Look Up! ... We Grow in Heaven's Light

Hello Sky Watchers,
February 28, 11:59 pm PST marked the beginning of a new lunar cycle that ends March 30, 11:45 am PST.

Lunar Theme: Relevancy "This New Moon lies in mid-sidereal Aquarius, nesting between Neptune and Chiron ... Aquarius is of vision and creativity, revolutionary and unpredictable, original and innovative ... A plethora of events occur in the first few days of this lunar cycle, initiating a cathartic inner process ... current set of retrogrades continues a reassessment and redefining period in many areas of our lives ... we now enter a few month period ... to get clear upon that which is truly nourishing in our lives, to become clear upon that which is relevant in our rapidly changing reality, and to recommit with dedicated focus to our new found clarity of purpose." Click the lunar theme link for more insights by Nick Fiorenza.

Note: Mars is retrograde March 1 - May 19 and Saturn is retrograde March 2 - July 20. At this time both planets are in a close approach to Earth, appearing brighter and bigger, and having a stronger affect on humanity than usual. (Jupiter ends its retrograde March 6.)
Retrograde Map Mars/Saturn ~ Esoteric Mars ~ Esoteric Saturn
Path of Jupiter ~ Esoteric Jupiter

As the Moon grows in the light provided by our Sun, we too grow in the light of our Soul.

Luna Grows in Light. Who Is She Dancing with Tonight?

Image: Sky & Telescope

The waxing Moon passes over Orion as it waxes through first quarter. 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. The blue 10° scale is about the size of your fist held at arm's length. Sky & Telescope

Approximate Set times Mar. 6-10:
Jupiter: Just after 3:00am
Moon: After Midnight
Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

Use the above map for the following nights at dusk:

March 6-7, Thursday-Friday
The waxing Crescent Moon transits reddish Aldebaran our star of enlightenment
and the Pleiades star cluster, which seeds this star with universal light.
Imagine light descending on Earth.
This lunar phase brings up obstacles from the past that can impede the new incoming
energies and one's growth in consciousness. It's time to overcome these obstacles.
Pleiades at the end of winter and during the spring

March 8, Saturday - First Quarter Moon exact: 5:27am PST (13:27 UT).
At nightfall the First Quarter Moon stands above Orion.
Jupiter lies to the left of the Moon today.
This map shows the 2 bright stars to the left of Jupiter - the Gemini Twins.
Orion's belt stars point down to Sirius, our brightest star, and up to Aldebaran.
Can you find reddish Betelgeuse, Orion's shoulder star?
Jupiter and Orion lie inside The Great Winter Hexagon, a sacred Geometry
that activates one's Divine expression on Earth.
Esoteric Jupiter

During the First Quarter Moon ...
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.

Note: Daylight-saving time begins at 2:00am, tomorrow (Sunday) morning
for most of North America. Clocks spring forward an hour.

March 9-10, Sunday-Monday
Waxing Gibbous Luna transits Jupiter.
This lunar phase offers illumination and growth,
only if the obstacles from the past are cleared away.
Review March 8 for info on Jupiter and Orion.

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.

EarthSky Tonight ... nightly highlights/maps
This Week's Sky at a Glance ... weekly highlights/maps

March 14-15 Friday-Saturday Evenings
Waxing Gibbous Moon is east of bluish Regulus, the heart star of Leo the Lion.
3/14 Map ~ 3/15 Map/Text ~ Regulus and Leo the Lion

March 15/16, Saturday/Sunday
Full Moon exact: 3/16 at 10:08am PDT (17:08 UT).
Join the folks at SouledOut.org for the Pisces Festival Global Meditation.

This Pisces cycle, we sense the call for meditation and reflection, as we experience the consummation of this Spiritual year. We reflect now on the wisdom gained throughout the year and recognize the jewels of our experience. Pisces Festival Global Meditation

Evening Planets in March:
- Jupiter is high in the south at nightfall ... west at midnight.
3/23 Jupiter Moon Shadows  ~ Jupiter's Galilean Moons
- Mars is southeast 9:30pm-midnight.
3/17 Map Moon/Mars/Spica  ~ 3/18 Map Moon/Mars/Spica
- Saturn is southeast around midnight.
3/30 11pm Map Mars/Spica/Saturn

Morning Planets in March:
- Mercury is southeast until mid-March.
- Venus is southeast all of March.
3/14 Dawn Map Mercury/Venus  ~ Mercury at Greatest Elongation
- Saturn is south early March, southwest mid-late March.
3/22 Dawn Map Moon/Antares/Saturn
- Mars is southwest near bluish Spica.

The Planets
See Night Sky Info for finder charts and more info on each planet.


This lunar cycle is initiating a reassessment of our lives. What is truly nourishing and relevant? What supports the future well-being of humanity? This cycle calls forth visions and innovations that support humanitarian pursuits.

Invite Mystery to sit at your table.
Surrender pride,
bow to tenderness.
Face fear without allowing it's cries to fill your room.
Value compassion and the kinship of unspoken affinities.
Write a letter to your hopes and dreams.
Look to the stars and listen to the ground.
Learn to read your intuitive compass and decipher invisible ink.
Sort through the curious treasure trove of your imagination.
Read the poetry etched on your heart.
Trust in the ineffable during uncertain times.
Cultivate integrity. Practice gratitude. Believe in love.

- Jacqueline Lasahn / New Moon


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