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Moon Dances
For the Northern Hemisphere
July30 - August 28, 2011

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Night Sky Visitors ...

My 2011 sabbatical continues. In this abbreviated edition of Moon Dances I offer a Moon Table below and the following links to keep you looking up and tuned to the wonders above.

Enjoy!
Susan Sun

 

Look Up! The Moon, waxing and waning, impressively promenades across the dark sky, partnering with the sparkling stars and glowing planets. Who is the Moon dancing with tonight?

7/30-8/1 ~ The Sirius / Leo Cosmic Lunar Cycle Begins
8/2-4 and more ~ The HU-man Is Aroused
Sky Lights ~ Leo

EarthSky Tonight
This Week's Sky at a Glance
Monthly Sky Calendars +
AstroViewer Interactive Sky Map
San Francisco Whole Sky Chart (8:00pm = 20:00)
Whole Sky Chart for Your Area
Leo Night Sky 7/22-8/23
The Night Sky ~ Home Page


Current Phase of the Moon

Click on the Moon links for meditative insights and additional information.

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New Waxing Crescent First
Quarter
Waxing
Gibbous
Full Waning Gibbous

Last
Quarter

Waning
Crescent
7 / 30 / 11   8 / 6 / 11   8 / 13 /11   8 / 21 / 11  
11:40amPDT 4:08amPDT 11:57amPDT 2:54pmPDT
18:40 UT 11:08 UT 18:57 UT  21:54 UT
       

Note: When 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!)

Moon and Sun Data
One Specific Day
One Year Table
Sunrise Sunset Calendars

Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

UT Time Conversion

 

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Reflections ~ The Sirius / Leo Cosmic New Moon
July 30, Saturday, 11:40am PDT (18:40 UT)

The Sirius ~ Leo Cosmic Festival is celebrated at the upcoming Full Moon (8/13) occurring during the Sun sign of Leo (7/22-8/23). This great world Festival and its lunar cycle are dedicated to the task of making contact with the evolutionary forces of Sirius, our Spiritual Sun and brightest star in the heavens. The influences of Sirius are focused and regulated through the star Regulus, the heart of the Lion, found in the constellation Leo. Awareness of the Leo-Sirius connection has a unifying effect on all of humanity and its world religions. During this time soul-infused, focused humanity has the opportunity to align with the greater cosmic energies beyond our solar system.

With every New 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 is beginning.

Emergence and Migration
Nick Fiorenza gives insight to this lunar cycle ...
"It is of emerging out of the frenetic confusion of mass
consciousness; finding our new path and direction ...
getting out of our personal or collective dogmas and the
darkness they create. The issue here is about making the move."

Fulfillment of Purpose Global Meditation
Celebrating the Sirius ~ Leo Cosmic Festival
This meditation, which culminates at the
Full Moon in Leo, begins with this New Moon.

 

August 1, Monday, the youngest sunset Moon forms a triangle with Regulus the regulator of Sirian energies and Mercury the messenger of the gods. You'll be very lucky if you get a glimpse of this horizon hugging, twilight triad. Sunset Map/Text Tune to messages from on High. Be still and know.

 

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The HU-man Is Aroused

The Sirius ~ Leo Cosmic Lunar cycle is awakening humanity to the greater Whole and in turn to its divinity, which can encompass the All-One. Here's to our emergence from darkness into light.

Luna, Virgo the Virgin, Saturn

August 2-4, Tuesday-Thursday, young Luna grows while transiting Virgo the Virgin and visiting Saturn. 8/2-4 Map The Moon when located in the Virgin's Heavenly Holy Grail affirms and fosters a deep growing awareness of the importance of world service on Earth. Saturn in the Holy Grail conceives the structures that exteriorize the unfolding Christ consciousness and cultivate synthesis. Be receptive to these emanations 8/2-4. Luna, Virgo and Saturn are arousing the HU-man* from its slumber. Humanity is the sacred Chalice for the Divine Host on Earth.

Regulus, Mercury Retrograde, Venus, the Sun

August 2, Tuesday, Mercury begins its retrograde cycle (8/2-25) within 1 degree of Regulus, the heart star of Leo the Lion. This star focuses and regulates the cosmic emanations of our spiritual sun, Sirius, toward Earth. Regulus also tunes humanity to the Higher Law of the Soul. Mercury the messenger of the gods remains within 1 degree of Regulus until August 10; it then moves further west of the star toward Venus and the setting Sun.

Note: A shift or change in direction begins to take place now. Allow the new incoming cosmic energies to break up the old patterns. Surrender and maintain during the first half of Mercury retrograde. During the second half pay attention to emerging new ideas.

August 16, 3 days after the Sirius ~ Leo Cosmic Full Moon Festival*, Mercury our divine messenger is in inferior conjunction with the Sun, while Venus the goddess of love is in superior conjunction with the Sun. Both planets on opposite sides of the Sun are in exact conjunction with our central luminary and each other. It's as if these planetary energies are riding the Sun's rays throughout the solar system.

August 21, Venus goddess of Love, Regulus the Royal Hearted Lawgiver, and the Sun the heart of our solar system are in very close proximity. They line up vertically above the sunset horizon. (Venus and Regulus are invisible in the Sun's glaring light.)

August 22 the Sun (heart of our solar system) occults Regulus (heart star of Leo the Lion), which focuses and regulates the emanations of Sirius (esoterically the heart of our Sun) toward Earth!

Note: The Sun occults Regulus annually on or near 8/22.

The HU-man* is truly being aroused, ultimately giving rise to the GOD-man, the Christed ONE, Homo Luminous. The all-encompassing wise heart is being awakened within us by a myriad of pulsing energies. During this lunar cycle imagine the heart of humanity growing in divine love and purpose as these systemic and cosmic energies stream forth through our solar system.

Note: The Mayan New Year began July 26, 2011. Its theme centers on the wisdom of the heart.

Mayan Year of the White Rhythmic Wizard
July 26, 2011 - July 25, 2012
"... the Magician, whose powers are activated
by wisdom that emanates from the heart ..."

13 Moon Calendar

BTW: Another cosmic shift is occurring. Regulus located in the constellation of Leo the Lion has been in the seasonal sign of Leo (fire) for more than 2,000 years. By 2012 it will be in the seasonal sign of Virgo (earth). Learn more from Shamanic Astrology and astronomer Bruce McClure. Also see The Difference Between Signs and Constellations.

 

 

I'd like to know your thoughts about The Night Sky and
if you'd like reminders to Look Up! ...

send me an email.
May your Night Sky traveling always be filled
with Celestial Delights and Treats!
Susan Sun

 

Getting Started in Astronomy
Includes a downloadable Moon map and bimonthly star charts.

At Skymaps.com download a current monthly guide, evening sky map & calendar.

Link to Sky and Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance.

Spaceweather.com keeps you looking up!

Online Schools
A space and science study guide for kids

 

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