Fourth of July
Holiday and Holy Day!

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.

In that this Principle of Freedom is closely associated with the consciousness on Sirius, it governs the expanding initiations we reach as humans in our evolution to membership in the Spiritual Kingdom. This incredible principle aligns us with spirit instead of form, and invokes unity as freedom from duality, freedom from life centered in the lower three worlds of physical incarnation. The Principle of Freedom and Liberation

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!

Note: Interestingly enough Canada Day, July 1, marks Canada's independence from England. Bastille Day, the French Independence Day, is July 14. And the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq occurred with a surprise handover (2 days early) on June 28, 2004.

Independence/National Days

BTW: Another fascinating note is that the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, was born July 6, 1935 and George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, was born July 6, 1946. Both men in their own unique way have been dedicated to increasing freedom in our world.

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.

After the close of the Three Major Spiritual Festivals, in July, the earth’s orbit places our planet the furthest it gets from our physical sun. This astronomical event, known as earth at aphelion, occurs annually around July 3–7. The physical sun, though furthest from the earth, is now closest to, in conjunction with Sirius, our Spiritual Sun, while the planetary Hierarchy is in close alignment with the earth, responding to our invocative appeal during the recent Spiritual Festivals.

At this time a powerful relationship is set up on the galactic plane between our physical Sun and our spiritual Sun and between the Hierarchy and the earth. Energies from Sirius can now flow freely through our sun, the solar system and the Hierarchy to our earth, evoking a response in humanity and stimulating evolution. The Hierarchy steps down the potent incoming energies to assist humanity in their assimilation. The Galactic Planes

Dog Days
Sirius disappears in the Sun's embrace.

Aphelion Day
During the first week of July
Earth Is Farthest from the Sun.

The Fourth of July Begins ...

July 4, 2013 ~ Predawn Sky
Looking East at 5:00am
Taurus the Bull Ushers In a New Day
How Many Celestial Bodies Will You See?

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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.
The waning Crescent Moon rises at 3:15am and sets at 5:45pm.

Approximate Set Times for the Planets:
Uranus 1:30pm, Mars 7:15pm and Jupiter 7:45pm

The Pleiades set by 5:30pm, Aldebaran 6:00pm
Al Hecka and Elnath by 7:30pm.

Note: These celestial bodies dance invisibly across the sky during the daylight hours. Their energies influence our daytime activities.

Taurus the Bull, the Moon, Mars

Every year on July 4 Taurus the Bull heralds the rising Sun. The enlightened mind is the gift of Taurus when one transforms desire into spiritual aspiration.

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.

July 4, 2013 the waning Crescent Moon aligns with Aldebaran and the Pleiades accentuating enlightenment at a deep level. Rebirth can occur.

Mars positioned anywhere in Taurus the Bull brings forth struggles between the desires for the form and the freedom from attachments. These may result in a denial or the inappropriate use of sexual and financial energies.

July 4, 2013 Mars is positioned near Al Hecka the southern horn tip of the cosmic Bull. This is bound to increase conflicts within humanity. The horns of the Bull embody struggles that are age-old and evolutionary. The southern horn and Al Hecka symbolize stalemates, standoffs and blind habitual fighting, while the northern horn and its star Elnath represent perseverance and breakthroughs. With the multitude of global and personal struggles, desires and spiritual aspirations that tug and pull at us, humanity often hangs on the horns of a dilemma having to make a difficult choice. When an integrated heart and mind (intuitive knowing) express through Mars, humanity can demonstrate creative wisdom in physical manifestation. During the days surrounding the Fourth of July, call on nearby Jupiter to expand the heart and mind and nearby Elnath for perseverance and breakthroughs. Keep reading to learn more about Elnath and Jupiter.

Elnath, the tip of the northern (upper) horn of Taurus the Bull, is also a southern star in the constellation Auriga. This star lies almost opposite our galactic center. When we look at Elnath we are looking toward the rim of our galaxy and the less-populated regions of intergalactic space, away from the crowded galactic hub. Tune to Elnath for perseverance and breakthroughs. Allow Elnath to expand your horizons, free you from limiting influences and align you with the heart of our galaxy and its blessings.

Note: Capella, the brightest star seen most often, is located in the constellation Auriga to the north of the Pleiades. "Auriga, is the charioteer, leading forth to new lands and so symbolizing the soul." The Labors of Hercules - Labor II, pg. 48


July 4, 2013 Jupiter, which transmits cosmic energy into our solar system, conjoins the "Gate of Man" in the constellation Gemini (5° sidereal Gemini). Here the solar plane (ecliptic) forms a cross with the galactic plane (Milky Way). Galactic and cosmic information focused through Jupiter is bound to evolve and expand the hearts and minds of humanity during the days surrounding the Fourth of July.


July 4, 2013 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. Also see The Uranus-Pluto Square 2012-2015.

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.

BTW: The Fourth of July occurs during the sign of Cancer whose keynote is "Love builds a Lighted House wherein Life dwells."

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!

July 4, 2013 ~ Sunset Sky
Looking West at 8:45pm
How Early Will YouSee Venus?
Spy Paired Spica and Saturn with Virgo the Virgin

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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.


July 4, 2013 Blazing Venus the goddess of love is bright enough to see in the northwest at twilight. How early will you see her? By 10:15pm the planet is out of sight below the horizon.

Venus brings the Love Principle to our lives, harmonizing humanity with the gifts of understanding, love-wisdom, unity, creativity and beauty. Venus rises around 8:00am. Though you may not see her during the daylight hours, know that her loving emanations are shining down upon everyone all day long. Open to her gifts and the Love that sets us free.

Venus is positioned near the Beehive star cluster also known as "The Manger" in the constellation Cancer. These thoughts come to mind … Home sweet home … Home is where the heart is ... Birth of the Soul ... Creative group endeavor. Note: The Beehive is too dim and too close to the Sun to be observed.

... [With Venus in Cancer] one perceives the reasons for the sustaining nourishment of the various forms of love in one’s life, and is able to make the necessary connections that allow such giving and sharing to continue. It is through such activities that Venus joins with Cancer’s esoteric ruler Neptune, bringing forth a greater consciousness for the universal application and source of love. Venus through the Signs

BTW: Venus is in the constellation Cancer during the sign of Cancer. The keynote of Cancer is "Love builds a Lighted House wherein Life dwells."

The Difference Between Signs and Constellations

Leo the Lion, Regulus

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

In Review ... Humanity's concept of freedom and liberation is linked to Sirius. The Fourth of July is linked to the conjunction of our physical Sun, the center of our solar system, and our spiritual Sun, Sirius. Regulus, the heart star of Leo the Lion, focuses and regulates the emanations of Sirius toward Earth.

Spy Spica, Saturn, 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 everyone of us can be fanned into the flame of Divine freedom as we tread The Path.

Virgo itself is a cup-shaped constellation, ... the cup of communion ... in its highest meaning the Holy Grail. Bailey's Labours of Hercules

Spying Paired Saturn and 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, first to yellowish Saturn, then to bluish Spica to the right of (below) Saturn. Binoculars magnify their subtle hues. Saturn is not shown in this in this helpful image.

Saturn ends its retrograde, the apparent westward movement toward Spica, on July 7, 2013 at 10:12pm PDT (05:12 UT 7/8). Afterwards the planet moves eastward away from Virgo's brightest star.

Saturn positioned anywhere in Virgo the Virgin conceives the structures that exteriorize the unfolding Christ consciousness. These evolved structures of forms and beliefs in turn give us the freedom to be all that we can divinely be.

Liberate ... Celebrate!

Time for Fireworks!

More Fireworks by Popular Demand!

After the Fireworks ...

... are over in 2013, around 10:00pm, look west. Are you able to see Regulus the heart of Leo the Lion low on the western horizon? How about bluish Spica and yellowish Saturn above the cosmic Lion? Now is a good time to Navigate with the Big Dipper. Notice the seasonal position of the Big Dipper's bowl.

BTW: The sky is dark tonight without moonlight. A slim waning Crescent Moon rises around 4:00am July 5.

Midnight Delights ~ Look Up!

Away from city lights, with 2013's dark moonless sky, be sure to view the Milky Way around midnight. It magnificently sweeps through the heavens from the southern horizon to the northern horizon.

Look Up! The celestial gems and jewels of the midnight sky are beckoning you to call out their names.

Summer's Milky Way
Midnight Fourth of July ~ Every Year
Mid-Northern Latitude Stars

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Around midnight on July 4, weather permitting, 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.

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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 first to yellowish Saturn and then to bluish Spica. In 2013 Saturn lies to the left of (above) Spica.

Note: Hercules the Strong Man lies about a third of the way from Vega to Arcturus. Look for his four star wedge-shaped torso. Enjoy your summertime night sky traveling!

The Milky Way

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. "The mysterious band in the heavens, which we call the Milky Way, is closely connected with cosmic prana, or that cosmic vitality or nourishment which vitalizes the solar etheric system." Alice Bailey TCF p. 99 Wowsers ... Look Up! Liberate yourself and travel the Milky Way!

Have a Safe and Sacred Fourth of July.
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