Important 2017 Notice
The maps shown on this page are dated for the year 2015, however you will find that much of the information related to them is relevant every year. Constellations stay the same, only the planets and their positions vary from year to year. For current Fourth of July sky maps please check out the following sites: EarthSky Tonight, This Week's Sky at a Glance, Star Gazers Episodes This page continues to give The Night Sky visitor an understanding of the deeper esoteric significance of the Fourth of July. Enjoy!
The Fourth of July is linked to the brightest star in the heavens, Sirius. Every year on July 4 from our Earth's position, our Sun is in conjunction with Sirius. Esoterically this star is our Spiritual Sun and is associated with liberation. According to ancient teachings, the concept of freedom resides in human consciousness because of the influence of this star system.
Astrologically, a conjunction is the strongest aspect celestial bodies can have. Our Sun exactly conjoins Sirius in the sign of Cancer at 14 degrees, which occurs around July 4–7. America's Independence Day is strongly linked to the conjunction of Sirius and our Sun!
Annually on or near the Fourth of July the Earth and Sun are at their furthest distance from each other. This event plus the Sirius/Sun conjunction creates a significant spiritual alignment.
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4, 2015 ~ Predawn Sky
west–top, east–bottom, south–right, north–left
The curved yellow line at the bottom of the image represents the eastern horizon.
The Sun rises at 6:00am and sets at 8:30pm.
Taurus the Bull, Mercury
The sparkling Pleiades, the famous star cluster marking the shoulder of Taurus the Bull, rises around 2:40am. It is said that the Pleiades transmit the Light of God (the Universal Mind) into our minds, enabling God's light to descend on Earth.
Aldebaran, truly the "Bull’s eye" star of enlightenment, holds a vision that is seeded by the Pleiades. It is a divine ideal that can aid humanity’s evolutionary process through its political systems.
The horns of the Bull embody struggles that are age-old and evolutionary. The southern horn and its star, Al Hecka, symbolize stalemates, standoffs and blind habitual fighting, while the northern horn and its star Elnath represent perseverance and breakthroughs. Today, with the multitude of global and personal struggles, we experience desires and spiritual aspirations tugging and pulling at us. Humanity often hangs on the horns of a dilemma having to make a difficult choice.
With Mercury in Taurus "the task of bringing forth the illumined ~eye of the Bull~ is uppermost in the mind ... Form ~will~ be made into a correct expression for ideas, while art and the professions will be the channels." Venus, as exoteric ruler of Taurus, appreciates the gifts of Earth (Taurus) and is energetically linked with the planet Mercury positioned in the constellation of Taurus. Thus, Venus and Mercury co-operate to create the perfect unity of male and female, of the idea to its form. Culled from Mercury in Taurus.
During the days surrounding the Fourth of July, call upon Mercury in Taurus and Venus the ruler of Taurus for vision and understanding to help free humanity from its habitual fighting. Call on Elnath for perseverance and breakthroughs when age-old struggles show themselves. Expect the enduring spirit to bring forth illuminating ideas that can manifest as gifts of the Earth.
July 4, 2015 telescopic Uranus located in Pisces the constellation of the world savior, arouses a willful rejection of a limited reality. Its emanations surprisingly shift humanity into new visions that encompass the greater whole and lead to greater freedom.
It's a Brand New Day!
Set yourself free! Look Up! Open to the illuminating and evolutionary light of this brand new day. Allow it to enlighten you and thereby descend on Earth. Expect inner fireworks as you liberate yourself from the energies that no longer serve the soul and the greatest good. Imagine others doing the same, each freeing their spirit by moving beyond judgment, hatred, and separation toward understanding, wise love and unity. Ponder freedom, independence and interdependence.
Meditation ... Sunrise to Noon
Each Fourth of July a Circle of Peace occurs at the Rainbow Gathering. A silent circle of people prays for world peace starting at sunrise and ending around Rainbow noon after a period of OHMing. Join this meditation on the inner planes wherever you are physically located.
The Sun Sets ...
... on the Fourth of July at 8:30pm. Find a clear unobstructed western horizon to really appreciate the view shown in the star map below. Use binoculars to improve visibility; do not view the Sun with them!
4, 2015 ~ Sunset Sky
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Sun, Gemini Twins
Every year on July 4, the Sun representing physical consciousness, will, power and life-giving force, lies in the constellation of the Gemini Twins. From here its emanations harmonize will and form. The Gemini Twins though opposites representing the form and spirit, innately cooperate for the benefit of the whole. The emanations of Gemini keep the interplay of energies between dualities active and flowing so that eventually they reach synthesis and unity.
Leo the Lion, Regulus and Sirius
Every Fourth of July impressive Leo the Lion lies above the sunset horizon. A backward question mark of stars curves up from Regulus, Leo's brightest star and heart star, representing the Lion's chest, majestic mane and head. A triangle of stars forms Leo's hindquarters. Regulus, the Lion-Hearted Lawgiver, focuses the evolutionary energies of Sirius toward Earth and acts as a regulator for these liberating emanations. Sirius and Initiation
Leo the Lion, Jupiter, Venus
July 4, 2015 blazing luminous Venus and brilliant Jupiter pair up in the Lion's Den. Review map above. Venus is bright enough to see in the west at twilight. How early will you see this glorious planet? Jupiter pops into view as the sky darkens. Look Up! By 10:50pm both planets are out of sight below the horizon.
Note: Jupiter dims as the days and weeks unfold. July 9 Venus is at its greatest brilliancy in the evening sky. The difference in the brilliance of Venus is indiscernible to observers all of July.
It is said that Jupiter transmits cosmic forces into our solar system. Jupiter bridges, fuses and blends, freeing us from duality. This giant planet expands our hearts and minds bringing out the best in all, producing wisdom and the externalization of the Divine Plan in our solar system.
In co-operation, Venus the goddess of love, Jupiter the beneficent one, and the cosmic Lion prepare us to work with the will of Deity by bringing forth the liberating Law of the Soul.
Note: Both planets are fully risen by 9:15am July 4, 2015. Though you may not see Venus or Jupiter during the daylight hours, know that their loving emanations are shining down upon everyone all day long. Open to their gifts that set us free.
BTW: Both planets are positioned in the Lion's Den until August 4. Afterward Jupiter continues its easterly movement through Leo the Lion and retrograde Venus, in a westerly motion beginning July 25, leaves the constellation of Leo at this time.
Spy Spica, Mars, Virgo the Virgin
The constellation Virgo the Virgin with its brightest star, Spica, lies above (east of) Leo the Lion. Virgo's emanations nurture the essential divinity within humanity until spiritual birth can occur. This spark of divinity in each and every one of us can be fanned into the flame of Divine freedom as we tread The Path.
Spying Spica ... Locate the Big Dipper a little northwest of overhead, arc from its handle to the bright golden star Arcturus directly overhead, and from there spike down to the south, to bluish Spica. Binoculars magnify their subtle hues. This helpful image helps one navigate the heavens.
Scorpius, Antares, Saturn in the Southeast
After taking in the sunset view, be sure to turn around to see the j-shaped cosmic Scorpion, Scorpius, fully risen in the southeast. Look for the Scorpion's reddish heart star, Antares, and yellowish Saturn to the west (right) of Antares. Binoculars magnify their subtle hues. Image These heavenly bodies travel west above the southern horizon all night long.
Antares and Scorpius are initiatory and demand transformation. Saturn a tough taskmaster, known as the Lord of Karma, stands at the Gates of Initiation ready to put all who approach to the test. These potent celestial powers enliven the evolutionary burning ground within humanity. Be the Phoenix who rises to newfound spiritual freedom.
Liberate ... Celebrate!
Fireworks by Popular Demand!
After the Fireworks ...
... are over in 2015, around 10:00pm, look west. Blazing Venus and brilliant Jupiter are paired low on the western horizon. Are you able to see blue-white Regulus, the heart star of Leo the Lion above the paired planets? How about bluish Spica above the cosmic Lion? Review map above. Turn south to see yellowish Saturn to the right of reddish Antares, the cosmic Scorpion's heart star. Helpful Map Now is a good time to view all these colorful celestial bodies with binoculars and to Navigate with the Big Dipper. Notice the seasonal position of the Big Dipper's bowl.
Note: Check out the Milky Way before the light of the Moon enters the sky! See map and discussion below.
Midnight Delights? ~ Look Up!
Each year at this time the Milky Way magnificently sweeps through the heavens from the southern horizon to the northern horizon. The best way to view it is away from city lights, in a dark sky without moonlight.
In 2015 moonlight interferes with a midnight Milky Way observation. Be sure to view the Milky Way in a dark sky, before the gorgeous perigee Moon rises in the east around 10:30pm. Look again each following night when the Moon wanes and rises later, providing a darker sky for viewing.
Look Up! The celestial gems and jewels of the midnight sky are beckoning you to call out their names.
Weather permitting in a dark sky, just above the southern horizon you should be able to see two great summer constellations, Scorpius (sprawling "j" shaped), and Sagittarius (teapot shaped). Here the Milky Way bulges with the Heart of our Galaxy lying between these two great constellations. Antares, the heart of Scorpius, is a bright reddish star. In 2015 yellowish Saturn is seen to the right of reddish Antares, the cosmic Scorpion's heart star. Helpful Map Binoculars magnify their subtle hues.
Be sure to review the image above.
The Summer Triangle is centrally positioned over the Milky Way and Cassiopeia (M or W shaped) marks its northern sweep. Arc from the handle of the Big Dipper to golden Arcturus from there spike down to bluish Spica. Binoculars magnify their subtle hues.
A portion of our own Milky Way Galaxy appears like a faint cloud extending from the southern horizon, high overhead, and onward to the northern horizon. This is an especially breathtaking sight, if you are away from bright city lights. It has been said this is the river of souls, the white ether, the plane of consciousness where all souls can hold communion with the Cosmic Christ.
Wowsers ... Look Up! Liberate yourself and travel the Milky Way!
a Safe and Sacred Fourth of July.
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