Look Up! ... A Most Potent Cycle

Hello Sky Gazers,
November 3, 4:50 am PST marked the start of a new lunar cycle, which ends December 2, 4:22 PST. This cycle began with a New Moon solar eclipse and several potent planetary placements that created an "extremely significant, dynamic and intense" new beginning for humanity, a revolutionary turning. Click the lunar theme link below for more details.

Lunar Theme: A Revolutionary Turning "This lunar cycle is pivotal, one of the most potent in years. It is exceptionally inspirational for profound personal transformation ... The New Moon Eclipse, occurring in mid-sidereal Libra, conjoins the stars of the Southern Cross and those of the Northern Crown, inviting us to live from the equipoise of the pure intent of our souls ... several extremely significant events occurring within this eclipse lunar cycle ... create a primary turning ... into the several-year period ahead, one of demonstrable action catalyzing revolutionary change in many facets of human society." Click the lunar theme link for more insights by Nick Fiorenza.

Hmmm: During this lunar cycle the spiritual eye must be open to live from the "equipoise of the pure intent of our souls." During the previous cycle we learned the third eye or inner vision is a directing agent, a spiritual guiding force, the instrument of Divine will. It is responsive to and reveals love-wisdom in one's life. The inner eye opens when thoughts are heartfelt or are quieted. Allow the mind and heart to work in harmony by focusing thoughts in the heart. Stay positive. Be still and know.

Venus and Crescent Luna Are Breathtaking!
Eye Catching Venus Visits Sagittarius the Archer

Image: Sky & Telescope

Approximate Set times Nov.5, 6, 7:
Venus: 7:40pm
Moon: 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:20
Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

Fresh out of eclipsing the Sun when precisely new, the Moon waxes past Venus in twilight. (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. The blue 10° scale is about the size of your fist held at arm's length. For clarity, the Moon is shown three times actual size.)

Tuesday, November 5 In twilight, look southwest for the waxing crescent Moon with Venus more than a fist-width at arm's length to its left, as shown here.

Wednesday, November 6 Venus and the crescent Moon are closest this evening. Look for them in the southwest as twilight fades.

Thursday, November 7 The bulge of the crescent Moon points sunward — but not quite down to Venus in evening twilight. The Moon is currently 5° north of the ecliptic [*], while Venus is 4° south of it. (In fact, Venus is at its farthest-south declination [*], –27° 10', since 1930!)

Source: Sky & Telescope

Note: The waxing Crescent Moon brings up obstacles from the past that can impede the new incoming energies and one's growth in consciousness. The work to overcome these obstacles begins with this lunar phase.

Eye Catching Venus Visits Sagittarius the Archer

Venus is sooooooo bright you can spot her in a light sky. Give it a try! Look southwest at nightfall to get a sense of where Venus is located. You can't miss her blazing radiance. Each evening look a little earlier until you can see this luminous planet in a light sky.

Venus, often mistaken for a UFO, is getting brighter every night as she moves closer to Earth. During November she brightens from magnitude -4.5 to -4.8. Venus reaches greatest brilliancy December 10, 2013 and is closest to Earth in January 2014.

Early evening Venus is dazzling until she sets around 7:40 pm. Look Up! You'll want to see her stunning performance over and over. She's the main attraction until brilliant Jupiter rises around an hour after Venus sets.

All of November Venus the goddess of love visits Sagittarius the Archer. Constellation Image

Venus in Sagittarius ~ This position joins Venus and the Earth, Sagittarius’s esoteric ruler. A special relationship between these two planets - one which symbolises the overshadowing of the lower self (Earth) by the Higher (Venus). Those individuals who have Venus in this sign may find that they are especially gifted in the application of abstract, technical, or metaphysical information to the practical needs of the Earth and humanity. From the personality level, this position is often more ideal than real, about one’s personal relationships. On the Soul-centred level the Fifth Ray of Venus and Sagittarius joins with the Third Ray influence of the Earth to produce a lively intelligence that easily communicates its messages of unity to the world. - Venus in Sagittarius

Venus Maps
30 minutes after sunset, looking southwest
Early Nov. ~ Mid-Nov. ~ Late Nov.

BTW: The emanations of blazing Venus and the cosmic Archer shine down upon humanity from around 10:40am when Venus rises in the daylight until the planet sets at night around 7:40pm.

You may want to learn more about the qualities of Venus and Sagittarius the Archer.


Nov. 8-14, Friday - Thursday

Luna swims the celestial sea, a dark sky with no bright stars and lots of "watery" constellations: Capricornus, the Sea-Goat; Aquarius, the Water Bearer; Pisces, the Fishes; Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish; Cetus, the Whale; and Eridanus, the River.

Nov. 8, Friday - Last night of the waxing Crescent lunar phase
The waxing Crescent Moon is at its widest now.

Nov. 9/10, Saturday/Sunday - First Quarter Moon: 9:57pm PST 11/9 (05:57 UT 11/10).
During this lunar phase ...
a continued awareness of that which was conceived at the New Moon is gained.
Ideally any obstacles impeding this awareness are overcome now.
This must happen if the energy released with the coming Full Moon is to be utilized.

Use binoculars to examine the Moon's terminator.
(the line separating the light side from the dark side)
Lunar craters, mountains and valleys are accentuated along this line of contrasting light.

Nov.10-14, Sunday-Thursday - Waxing Gibbous Luna grows in light.
This lunar phase offers illumination and growth,
only if the obstacles from the past are cleared away.

Nov.10, Sunday
Mercury is stationary direct.
The Gibbous Moon lines-up with Fomalhaut, the only bright star in the south.
Telescopic Neptune lies between them.
It's a good time to tune to the soul and be receptive to divine guidance.
What new ideas are emerging within?

Nov. 11, Monday Morning
Comet ISON may be visible with binoculars or the naked eye (?).
Today the comet lies between Mars and Spica, the brightest star of Virgo.
Mercury reappears low on the eastern horizon, below Spica.
The comet and Mercury get brighter with each day.
11/11 5:30am Map ~ 11/13-22 Maps/Text

Nov.13, Wednesday Evening
The Moon and telescopic Uranus are in conjunction
Invoke and be receptive to Revolution & Revelation.


Rise and Set Times
Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies
Use this link to find exact times for the
planets, Sun and Moon in your area.

Any Night Twilight to 7:40pm
Venus blazes in the southwest.

Any Night 9:00pm to Dawn - Jupiter, Orion and Sirius
Jupiter and Orion fully rise in the east by 9:00pm.
By 5:00am Jupiter is overhead.
The Gemini Twins lie to the left of Jupiter.
Red Betelgeuse, the shoulder star of Orion, lies to the right of brilliant Jupiter in the south.
Orion's belt stars point down to Sirius, our brightest star and spiritual Sun.
Sirius is seen above the southeastern horizon after 10:00pm.
Orion's Belt Pints to Sirius and Aldebaran the Bull's Eye of Taurus
Early Nov. Jupiter, Orion - midnight, looking east.
Mid Nov. Jupiter, bluish Regulus, bright white Procyon - midnight, looking east.
Late Nov. Jupiter, bluish Regulus, bright white Procyon - midnight, looking east.

Any Morning - Mars
Mars rises around 1:30am and is easily seen in the SE one hour before sunrise.
Mars is getting bigger, redder, and brighter as the planet nears Earth and its
April 2014 opposition. Mars/Earth Orbital Animation
After Midnight Mars, Leo the Lion
Early Nov Mars and Virgo's bluish Spica - one hour before sunrise, looking southeast.
Mid Nov. Mars, Spica, Mercury - one hour before sunrise, looking southeast.
Late Nov. Mars, Spica, Saturn - one hour before sunrise, looking southeast.
Mercury is now unseen below the horizon.

Nov. 11-22 Mornings - Comet ISON
Comet ISON may be visible with binoculars or the naked eye (?).
Mercury reappears low on the eastern horizon.
The comet and Mercury get brighter with each day.
11/11 5:30am Map ~ 11/13-22 Maps/Text

The Planets
See Night Sky Info for information on each planet.


This lunar cycle is the beginning of a several-year revolutionary turning for humanity. Nick Fiorenza says, "It is exceptionally inspirational for profound personal transformation."

What speaks from through the cracks,
what erupts from the depths,
the unknown, the unseen.
Denial unleashed.
What is yet unborn,
still laboring, yearning for fruition.
What has been born
not fully formed.
Anything is possible now
don't let fear shut the door.
There is more truth to be revealed.
There is more to be healed.
Persistence, endurance and strength are our allies.
Persistence, endurance and strength are our invocations.
Dig deep into the complexities
call forth passion to rise,
renew and heal.

- Jacqueline Lasahn / New Moon

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Look Up! ... Look Within,
Susan Sun at The Night Sky