the Northern Hemisphere
September 8- October 7, 2010
times are local unless
Moon, waxing and waning, impressively
promenades across the dark sky, partnering with the sparkling stars and
glowing planets. Who is the Moon dancing
~ A New Lunar Cycle Begins
9/10-15 ~ Luna Visits Venus and Grows Among the Stars
9/21-24 ~ Jupiter, Uranus, the Harvest Full Moon
10/1-7 ~ Last Quarter Luna Among the Winter Stars
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Phase of the Moon
on the Moon links for meditative insights and additional information.
the right side of the Moon is illuminated, the Moon is increasing
or waxing. When the left side illuminated, the Moon is decreasing
or waning. (Of course, this only works in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the Southern Hemisphere the effect is just the opposite!)
and Sun Data
Times ~ Major Bodies
A New Lunar Cycle Begins
September 8 3:30am PDT (10:30 UT)
Baptism by Fire
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westright, northtop, southbottom
New Moon can be thought of as a no Moon! Its sunlit side is facing
away from Earth toward the Sun. The side that is facing Earth is not
getting any sunlight, leaving it dark and invisible to us ... no Moon
to see! A New Moon lies between the Sun and Earth. Helpful
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BTW: The only time a New Moon
can be seen is during a solar eclipse, when it passes directly in front
of the Sun, visibly showing off part or all of its entire dark disk.
those living in San Francisco this New Moon takes place below the
eastern horizon 3.25 hours before sunrise. The Sun, New Moon and
planets are located in the same constellations for other parts of
the world; these constellations, in differing time zones, lie in
a different location above or below the horizon.
~ New Moon
Moon our soul goes into meditation and aligns with the inspiration
of the Nirmanakayas;
a potential is enlivened and a seed of consciousness is formed
deep within. Take some time to create a sacred space. A new cycle
Sun and New Moon lie in the constellation of Leo the Lion between Regulus,
the Lion's heart star and Denebola the tail star. The Sun and New Moon
also lie between Mercury in the constellation Leo and Saturn
in the constellation Virgo. Above (north) we
find Ursa Major (the Great Bear) and its Big
Mizar at the bend of the Big Dipper's handle influences
the new lunar cycle. Review map above.
the Lion, Mercury
Saturn in Virgo the Virgin
fire comes from Leo
the Lion, for the Sun rules this constellation exoterically, esoterically
and hierarchically. In addition, the Sun transits Leo the Lion through September
17. Leo's solar fire is associated with soul consciousness,
the fire of higher mind.
eternal flame burns within us, purifying the lower mind. Its highest
personality who stands out from the "herd". It is the Self
who is ignited by the fire of Divine Will and filled with the inspiration
of heaven, the human who has become the "five-pointed star”. Five
aligns humanity with the Law of the Soul and therefore with our essential
divinity, the True Self. The energy of Leo’s sickle-shaped
asterism, forming the Lion's head and heart, helps us cut through confusion
and clear out anything hindering the
application of the Spiritual Law, the expression of the Christ consciousness,
the quality known as love-wisdom.
When Mercury lies
in Leo the Lion, creative
powers are very strong for those tuning to the soul. Mercury remains
in this constellation through September 30.
represents the Son, the Son of Mind, the Son of the Divine Idea of
When Mercury is found in this position [in Leo the Lion] ... There
is an immediate and totally intimate connection with the process
of thought, and the manifestation of that thought process into
an externalised expression. Esoteric
Mercury in Leo
Saturn in Virgo the Virgin ...
Soul-centred purpose of this position is to build the correct structures
in life (as always with Saturn, they are centred on the mental plane)
for the unfolding of the Christ consciousness. The urge is to create
those patterns of interchange that foster the process of synthesis,
and thus serve a healing capacity. From the Soul level, this position
gives an intuitive perception of what ~works~ in a given life situation.
Its focus of practicality comes from knowing what will create an inclusive
wholeness in life. Esoteric Saturn in Virgo
Great Bear, Mizar
seven stars of the Great Bear's Big Dipper are esoterically known as
the Seven Rishis and correspond to the head centers in the body of
of these stars transmits a ray of energy into our solar system. These
seven rays are the givers of life to all on this earth.
New Moon of September 8, 2010 occurs in sidereal Leo and conjoins
fiery and expressive Mizar of the Great Bear (Ursa Major) ... Mizar
of the Great Bear, the overseeing and predominant star, articulates
raw fiery energy that must express one way or another. Mizar must
have a creative outlet, but for its proper expression, we must apply
with creative vision. Mizar brings attention to use of our creative
energies; creative and destructive tendencies, and the fear to
create lest it may result in destruction. Here we learn the nature
volatile forces. Mizar, with averted alignments is also known for
catastrophic fires or massacres. Mizar can however express quite
as gunpowder can express as beautiful fireworks or devastating
explosions. The expression of Mizar tends to express in a grand way,
with showy and dramatic Leo. Nick
Fiorenza 9/8 New Moon
New Moon in Leo the Lion roars with the fire of Divine Will. This purifying
fire brings the higher mind and soul into
manifestation. It subjects humanity to
the eternal flame that brings forth new life. The
Law of Spirit with its quality of love-wisdom, and the joining of
the head and heart heal any burn one might encounter.
powers are strong and fiery now. We
are being divinely ignited in a baptism by fire and raw volatile
energies are looking for creative
expression. Use the
Lion's sickle to cut through confusion and clear out what
does not align with the integrity of the soul.
the Whole. Create patterns of interchange that foster synthesis and
healing. Tap into the intuition for
what truly "works" in
life, that which creates an inclusive wholeness. Become
the five-pointed star, the human ascending into its divine expression
This meditation, which culminates at the
Full Moon during Libra, begins with this New Moon.
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Young Luna Visits Venus
Seek the Shapeshifting Triangle and Saturn
Friday-Saturday, September 10-11
Watch Luna Grow and Rise Among the Stars
Sunday-Wednesday, September 15
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after sunset on September 10th and 11th, Venus and the crescent
Moon guide the way to some much more difficult sights. The visibility
of faint objects in bright twilight is exaggerated here. These
scenes are drawn for the middle of North America. European observers:
move each Moon symbol a quarter of the way toward the one for the
previous date. In the Far East, move it halfway.
Sky & Telescope diagram
eyes and a little darker skies aid in seeking the shapeshifting triangle:
Venus, Mars, Spica. Binoculars really pull out the planets
and make vivid the colors of rouge-gold Mars and bluish Spica. Good
luck in spotting Saturn; it's being swallowed by the Sun! Binocular
need right timing and an unobstructed horizon to see this sunset
skyscape. The Sun sets around 7:30pm.
Approximate Set Times
Saturn 8:10pm; Spica 8:40pm;
Mars and Venus 9:00pm;
Moon: 8:30pm; 9:10pm
Times ~ Major Bodies
Generate exact times for your area.
8:15pm Sky Chart
As Venus sets in the west, Jupiter rises in the east
the Moon grows in the light provided by our Sun,
we too grow in the light of our Soul.
~ Waxing Crescent Moon
obstacles to the new incoming awareness begins with the waxing
Crescent Moon. What was conceived at the New Moon, Baptism
by Fire, (review
above) is now in the process of waxing or gestating.
10-11, Friday-Saturday, slender Crescent Luna activates the shapeshifting
triangle of Venus, Mars and Spica found in the constellation of Virgo
the Virgin. With or without Luna these two planets and brightest star
of Virgo continue to brew an evolutionary elixir within the Virgin's
within humanity. As this potent potion percolates, the passionate driving
will of Mars the warrior is unifying/cooperating with the understanding
creative wisdom of Venus the goddess of Love; both are being imbued
with divine qualities from on High, and the hidden
essential divinity of humanity is purposefully being midwived
into manifestation. Spirit's creative fires are indeed burning within!
As above so below.
Sunday, slim Luna, Venus and Zubenelgenubi (zoo-BEN-al-je-NEW-bee) of the
constellation Libra form their own triangle in the southwest. Map/Text
requires a point of balance where neither spirit nor matter dominates.
Zubenelgenubi is a star that has the potential of stimulating the
fires of revenge or repairing a relationship. Choose up by healing
a wounded relationship.
This spiritual balancing act requires yielding on all non-essentials
and finding common
Monday-Tuesday, growing Luna, leads us into the burning ground of Scorpius.
Monday Luna can be seen near the Scorpion's fiery red heart. 9/13
Map/Text Tuesday she's above
the stinger; here Luna lies in the constellation of Ophiuchus the
medicine man. 9/14
Map/Text This 9/14
9pm Star Chart shows all of Ophiuchus and Jupiter rising in the
east. Additional View of Scorpius: 9/13-14
Note: Tuesday, September
look for Luna in the day sky. She is low in the southeast at 3:00pm
and due south at sunset. For those in the Pacific Time Zone, First
Quarter Luna is bound to be "half-Full" and colorful as she
sets low in the southwest around 11:00pm. Her First Quarter phase
9/14 at 10:50pm PDT (05:50 UT 9/15).
and the cosmic Scorpion are fanning the flames of our baptismal
fire and activating the transformative power within us. Scorpius tests
us to reveal our illusions, when these burn away our consciousness
expands. Luna is asking us to be
Firewalkers, to "walk on
fire" and purify our lower mind through the use of solar fire,
higher mind, the soul consciousness. Feel the Scorpius sting or burn?
Call upon Ophiuchus the medicine man.
Wednesday, look for First Quarter Luna growing Gibbous in the day sky.
Today she's low in the southeast at 4:00pm and low in the south from
Luna lies near the top of the teapot asterism of Sagittarius. Constellation
lies Pluto and the New Horizons Pluto-bound
spacecraft! Learn more with this Map/Text.
cosmic Archer Sagittarius, with Pluto
upon his bow takes aim, zeroes in on the Light and Truth and
the way to go. His emanations illumine the useful intellect, allowing
intuitive perception to see a new type of goal, one that unifies the
dualities into a Divine re-union. Aim the arrow of the mind toward the
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Jupiter and Uranus at Their BEST ~ Tuesday,
Gibbous Luna Near Jupiter and Uranus ~ Wednesday, Sept. 22
Harvest Full Moon Transits Algenib of Pegasus ~ Thursday, Sept. 23
Full Moon Exact: Thursday, Sept.
23, 2:17am PDT (09:17 UT)
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and Uranus at Their BEST!
Moon in the vicinity of Jupiter's now extra-brilliant beacon of light
is a sensational celestial delight all night long.
The view will give a rise to your spirit. Check it out. Look
Up! Jupiter our gaseous
giant rises when the Sun sets, around 7:00pm and can be
seen setting when the Sun rises around 7:00am. Approximate Moonrises:
6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm. Rise
and Set Times ~ Major Bodies
near the circlet of Pisces has a planetary companion, blue
Uranus. Both planets at opposition are
at their closest, biggest and brightest Tuesday, September
However, one will not notice any decline in their appearance
a couple of weeks
after this date. Uranus normally
telescopic can now be seen with the unaided eye in a dark sky!
Is Extraordinary Now!
several reasons why.
equinox, which occurs during the sign of Libra (9/22-10/23). At this
time the Sun is located in the western part of the constellation of Virgo
the Virgin, at the head of the
Equinox Solar Point This year Jupiter and Uranus, positioned at
the circlet of Pisces, are opposite the autumn equinox point. They are
near the Vernal Equinox Solar Point during the autumn equinox! Check
out this 9/11
Star Map; click its constellation icon to see an image with annotations.
Harvest Full Moon is exact Thursday, September
23. However there
are 5 Harvest Full Moon nights, September 21-25.
During this time one can participate in an International Peace Day
Vigil, a Full
Moon global meditation and several autumn equinox global meditations.
Moon to learn more.
night of the Harvest Full Moon, September 23,
sunset Venus is at greatest brilliancy, magnitude -4.8. 9/23
sure to look for the striking diagonal line-up of the
Harvest Full Moon, Jupiter, and Fomalhaut our
Southern Royal Star located in Pisces Austrinus. Fomalhaut travels
alone close to the southern horizon. Click the following link.
9pm Sky Chart
the sky horizon to horizon.
Vary the sky chart's time and date.
Charts for your area.
~ Jupiter, Uranus, Pisces, Pegasus
and Uranus, in close proximity to each other with an exact conjunction
September 18/19 are also in a close approach
to Earth, reaching opposition September
21. This portends a strong, joint planetary effect upon our
lives. As a friend of mine says, "if you could express
the qualities of this pairing in two words it would be BIG CHANGE."
orbit of 12 years now brings this luminous planet to move in alignment
with Uranus. Jupiter expands and exaggerates Uranus' expression.
Together they jump-start vision, rapid change
and a leap in consciousness. On June 8, Jupiter and
Uranus joined together at ... the [exact] point of the Spring Equinox.
This marked the inception of unprecedented
that will continue to rise and mount with added complexity
and challenges as Saturn and Pluto are deep into the mix. The
second conjunction is Sept 18, this time in Pisces [near the
point of the Spring Equinox]. We're back in the cosmic ocean where
things don't make sense from a logical
may learn something new by moving with the currents and waves as
chaotic Mystery speaks louder to us now. Jacqueline
Lasahn / AstroFlash 9/17/10
surprises and sudden opportunities, as well as the feelings to express
youthfulness and freedom.
the effect of this transit, you can expect a sudden broadening of
the scope of your life and the opportunity to encounter life from
a new, richer and broader perspective. This may come about through
a major transforming event or through a series of minor ones that
collectively have a large impact. At the very least you could expect
to be exposed to completely new aspects of life. Robert
Hand / Planets in Transit
and Uranus are located in the dim constellation of Pisces, the constellation
of the World Savior. It
is interesting to note that Pisces,
lies beneath the Great Square of Pegasus, which the ancient Babylonians
called "The Doorway to Paradise." Review map above. Today
astronomers travel through this doorway or "window" to
the edge of our Milky Way Galaxy and go beyond to other galaxies!.
to Paradise opens, and new dimensions of reality are experienced,
when the Light of the World, the World
Savior, frees humanity from
subservience to the form, ending forever the darkness of matter.
are reminded of the Christ consciousness, humanity's essential
divinity, the awakened heart and soul. Jupiter is brilliant and
illuminating in this celestial position, for it is the brightest light
in the night sky after Venus sets. The
giant planet is ultimately bound to be light for our world, expanding
our hearts and minds. The call to humanitarian service is strong with Jupiter in
Pisces. In this location Uranus also
sheds its light upon our world by surprisingly shifting humanity into
a new reality with new visions of the greater whole, freeing us from
the outdated, limited form-life. This lunar cycle reminds us of the
purifying baptismal fire, which brings the higher mind and soul into
manifestation. We are above all else the Children of Fire for within
us is a peculiar quality which burns and destroys all that hinders
our essential divine
~ The Full Moon
Moon experience can offer us greater illumination of our essential
divinity. Issues worked on since the New Moon come to a climax.
If the restrictions of the past have been released during the waxing
Moon, then the Full Moon can bring fulfillment. If not, the Full
Moon might bring serious mental conflicts, possibly affecting the
Full Moon is exact September 23 at
2:17am PDT (09:17UT).
This is just 6 hours after the September 22 equinox.
Moon Global Meditation
Full Moon: Thursday, September 23
SouledOut.org invites you to participate in the
Clarity of Purpose Global Meditation During Libra.
We at SouledOut.org are meditating the preceding night,
Wednesday, September 22 at 9:00 pm PDT (04:00 UT 9/25).
Participate at this time or as you are inspired.
conceived at the New Moon, Baptism by Fire, review
comes to fruition and is birthed into the full light of our conscious
~ Full Moon's Position
Full Moon resides in Pisces, the constellation
of the World Savior. It transits Algenib the wing
star of Pegasus the Flying Horse, north of Jupiter and Uranus.
Review map above.
Algenib of the Great Square of Pegasus ... Algenib, the wing of
Pegasus, inspires us to lift ourselves above the emotional dramatics
the mortal world which feed our fear and keep us entrapped. Nick
as the World Savior, is inspired to rise up by riding
the wings of the soul toward the guiding Light and through the
gates of Paradise (The Great
Square of Pegasus).
~ Full Moon's Illumination
Moon during Libra is illuminated by the Sun positioned in Virgo the
Virgin near Saturn.
the point of balance in the zodiac, where spirit and matter maintain
a poised equilibrium. Libra demands we walk the razor edged path of
balance, the path of the soul and the awakened intuitive mind.
humanity's inner seed of divinity, so that it may grow and emerge,
ultimately giving birth to the HU - man being * ,
a God - man, a Christed ONE on Earth. The Sun positioned in Virgo bestows
the forms that can demonstrate a consciousness having a greater sense
of the whole. Saturn positioned anywhere in Virgo the Virgin conceives
the structures that exteriorize the unfolding Christ consciousness.
Moon's illumination supports the whole, all of who we are, and
guides us toward a balanced manifestation of spirit and matter.
Solar fire not only lights up this Moon; solar
fire is giving birth
luminous and its new creative forms and structures.
one season ends and another begins much of humanity will be looking
up toward, and aligning with the light of 5 Harvest Moons and an extraordinary
Jupiter in conjunction with
Uranus. Sunset Venus
at greatest brilliancy will also be catching our eyes and hearts!
In addition much
will be in meditation for International Peace Day, the Full Moon
and the equinox! All this looking up, going within and lunar
/ planetary impression is bound to create BIG CHANGE
in our world.
alignment of the Sun, Earth, Moon, Jupiter and Uranus is occurring with
the shift of the seasons and the Harvest Full Moon. The Sun lies at
the autumn equinox point, while the Full Moon, Jupiter and Uranus lie
point. A new 13.5 Jupiter-Uranus cycle begins with this current
conjunction. The previous one began in March 1997.
coincidence of these events creates a primary shift in our current
planetary timeline--in the tone of the expression and unfoldment of
human consciousness; and in the evolutionary events occurring in our
lives and in our world. ... --all promoting a dynamic and revelatory
shift in the evolutionary currents upon which we ride.
... The Mobilization and Expansion of Unexpected, Spontaneous and Radical
Fiorenza 9/8 New Moon
is a fire of new life energy rising within each one of us. This is
a time of accepting uncertainty and opening to new awareness. It's
not about feeling ready, life prompts us, even pushes us. There may
be an emergency where we respond with our reflexes. We may be surprised
with new opportunities for growth that take us beyond our imagination.
We are called to be authentic to our own vital core, rather than depending
on external security. It is time for us to take the initiative, to
be courageous and bold, to acknowledge our vulnerability, to step out,
to step up and to make a difference. Jacqueline
Lasahn / AstroFlash
lunar cycle and its Full Moon help us integrate the whole of who we
are in a baptism by fire. As Children of the Fire we are reminded to
balance matter and spirit, the personality and the soul. The Libran
Way governs the razor edged path between polarities. When spirit
and matter, light and dark interact it is our compassion that
unites them in right relationship and poised equilibrium. If we are
successful in this balancing act, our harvest will be full, nourishing
and serve the greatest good.
we make earthly challenges heavenly opportunities for At-One-Ment,
the path; we become the path.
With each step we save and transform our
world. We fly with the wings of the soul, experiencing new dimensions
Balance is attained,
Divine Love will sustain.
Form has served and wanes,
The Soul rises and remains!
Libra Global Meditation
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Last Quarter Luna Among the Winter Stars
View: Friday, October 1 – 2:15am
~ Moonrise: 12:00am
What can you identify before and after midnight?
Look Up! October 1-7
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view of the sky appears to move west 15°/hour *.
(180º in 12 hours=horizon to horizon ... 180º/12=15º)
Up! October 1-7
can you identify before and after midnight?
7pm Sky Chart
the sky chart's time and date.
the whole sky at different times.
Follow the morning's waning Crescent Moon
Charts for your area.
Quarter Luna rises
at 12:00am October 1 and by 2:15am appears low in the east
as shown in the sky chart. It is positioned in the constellation
of the Gemini Twins, within the Great Winter Hexagon, north
Triangle. Luna and the "kool" winter stars move westward
as the morning unfolds. They can be seen overhead just before
light. Look any morning for the winter stars. Orion's 3-star
belt points to our brightest star, Sirius,
in the South and reddish Aldebaran,
the eye of illumination, to the north.
Big Dipper in the north guides us to Polaris our
North Star in the Little Dipper. Just after sunset the
Big Dipper is located in the northwest, just before sunrise
in the northeast.
a variable star in the constellation Cetus, changes
in brightness during the year, making it visible or invisible
to the unaided eye. Mira, reaching maximum visibility
in early October, can now
Look for this variable star east (left) of Jupiter
11:00pm to dawn.
guides us north to The
Great Square of Pegasus the Flying Horse and south
to Fomalhaut our
Southern Royal Star. Fomalhaut, Jupiter and Algenib of
Pegaus diagonally line-up. The normally telescopic Uranus,
in close proximiity to Jupiter,
now be seen
sky with the unaided eye; use binoculars for easier viewing.
Eye-catching Jupiter is in the east at sunset, due south
around midnight and low in the west about an hour before
Summer Triangle lies overhead around 8:00pm and low in
the west around 2:15am as shown in the map above.
Look for its Northern
Cross (Cygnus the Swan) standing upright on the western
between 2:00am - 4:00am. Vega, the triangle's brightest
star, lies opposite Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens.
Vega sets when Sirius rises.
Sunrise Planet Is Sinking Out of Sight
Catch the last morning glimpses of Mercury.
Sunset Planets Are Sinking Away
Mars and Venus are close October 1-3
Times ~ Major Bodies
~ Last Quarter Moon,
Gemini Twins, Mebsuta, Wasat
Quarter Moon can bring a crisis in consciousness as the
Moon squares the
Sun. This cycle's experiences have culminated and one must
now prepare for rebirth by initiating change. This lunar phase
is exact September 30 at 8:52m
PDT (03:52 UT 10/1).
Gemini Twins though
opposites, innately cooperate for the benefit of the whole.
Castor the mortal twin represents the form. Pollux, the
eternal twin representing the spirit, is associated with
the fulfillment of the soul's
greater evolutionary purpose. The Gemini Twins are a sacred
union of the earthly and divine fires within; these "twin
as one in the heart. Together
they are and do something greater than either can alone.
Quarter Luna journeys between the Gemini stars, Mebsuta and Wasat. Review
Image and the sky chart above.
the knee star of Castor, means treading under feet. This relates
to triumphant Castor the mortal one. With his heart ablaze,
transforms evil into good and overcomes death because of the
sacred covenant he has with his divine twin. We too can establish
a sacred bond with our divine twin, and in daily co-creation,
share in the glory of Heaven on Earth.
the midst of Gemini is the star Wasat, Delta Gemini ... the
umbilical cord or connecting link between Castor and Pollux
... the means to bring the pieces together, a link that unites
those on Earth with their greater destiny and acts as a catalyst
for their evolutionary fulfillment. Wasat is of planning and
coordinating, assembling the diversity of parts and personalities
into a workable and demonstrable model. Nick
lunar cycle's baptism
by fire (review above) is now requiring that we initiate change,
one that unites the "twin flames" of spirit and matter
within a cooperative heart. This requires effort
the soul and
Luna are giving rise to this heartfelt human effort. The
time has come to create a cooperative spirit in the world, to
celebrate diversity, to set hearts ablaze with goodwill, to establish
lunar cycle is ending. Be reborn. Transform evil into good. Shine
Thursday, a New Moon occurs at 11:44am PDT (18:44 UT). Stay
tuned for the next edition of Moon Dances.
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