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Moon Dances
For the Northern Hemisphere
? 15 - ? 14, 2011

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Night Sky Visitors ...

My 2011 sabbatical continues. In this abbreviated edition of Moon Dances, I offer the following 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?

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? Global Meditation
This meditation, which culminates at the
Full Moon during ____, begins with this New Moon.

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Current Phase of the Moon

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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!)

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A New Lunar Cycle Begins
Total Solar Eclipse ~ The Sirius ~ Leo New Moon

Tuesday, July 21 – 7:35pm PDT (02:35 UT 7/22)
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east–left, west–right, north–top, south–bottom

The 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 Image + Description 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.

Note: For those living in San Francisco this New Moon takes place above the western horizon about 1 hour before sunset. 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.

 

Reflections ~ New Moon

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.

 

 

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

 

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