Look Up! ... Goodwill's Galactic Full Moon

The will-to-good of the world knowers
is the magnetic seed of the future.
The will-to-good is the Father aspect,
whilst goodwill is the Mother aspect,
and from the relation of these two the
new civilisation, based on sound spiritual
(but utterly different) lines, can be founded.

- Alice A. Bailey, The Rays and The Initiations

Hello Night Sky Travelers,
May 6, 12:29pm PDT marked the beginning of the 2016 Festival of Goodwill lunar cycle that ends June 4, 7:59pm PDT. The Goodwill Festival is the third of the three major planetary Full Moon Festivals that occur in the spring. The first, March 23 penumbral lunar eclipse, aligned with the Christ (Easter), the second, April 21/22, aligned with the Buddha (Wesak) and the third, May 21, with the spiritual and Divine nature of humanity (Goodwill). These Festivals form a spiritual high point of the year.

The Goodwill Full Moon is exact Saturday, May 21 at 2:14pm PDT (21:14 UT)

The folks at SouledOut.org invite you to celebrate the current lunar month by participating in the Goodwill Full Moon Festival of Unification.

Mercury's rare transit of the Sun May 9 was fun to watch online. I felt blessed to see a solar prominence emerge behind Mercury, as well as see sunspots across the Sun! This photo is exquisite and this one is unique Tiny Mercury and the International Space Station You can see more at Mercury Transit Photo Gallery.

Lunar Theme: New Beginnings "This May 6, 2016 New Moon resides amongst the stars of the Ram ... at the ecliptical location of the Sun's exaltation [Map], making this an empowering lunar cycle ... to step forth into a more appropriate position in life, to gain greater freedom in life, or to create some type of transformation in our lives to do so. It is of new beginnings ... to take action ... surrendering any righteous attitudes we may hold about deserving more or becoming more than we are, which creates an inner tension that keeps us from the very thing we seek ... this location ... is of a regenerative nature ... can also be volatile ... requires a need to channel this energy ..." Click the lunar theme link for more insights by Nick Fiorenza.

Festival of Goodwill and the Galactic Heart
Full Moon Exact: Saturday, May 21 at 2:14pm PDT (21:14 UT)
Aldebaran / Antares Axis ~ Healing of the Nations

Image: Star Gazer graphic made with
TheSky Astronomy Software adapted with Adobe Photoshop

east–left, west–right, north–top, south–bottom

Note: The Map above is a southeastern view after 9:00pm, however
it includes the earlier occurring position of the exact Full Moon.
The galactic center (GC) is the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.
The Gray area shows the bulging heart of our Galaxy.
Moonlight interferes with observing the constellation shapes.

The Goodwill "Galactic" Moon moves eastward, toward the constellation Sagittarius. Both retrograde Saturn (Mar. 25-Aug.13) and Mars (Apr. 17-June 29) are slowly headed westward toward the constellation Libra (not on map). Saturn and Mars form a shape-shifting triangle with red Antares, the heart star of the Scorpion.

Festival of Goodwill and the Galactic Heart

With each Goodwill Festival there is a festival in the heavens. It occurs as the Full Moon enters the white ether of the Milky Way. Each year the Goodwill Festival Full Moon lies in the bulging Heart of our Milky Way Galaxy. This central hub and widest part of the Milky Way lies in the constellations of Sagittarius and Scorpius. The Galactic Center (GC) is found in this central hub. Compare this GC Map to the one above.

The Sagittarian Archer aims his arrow toward the Galactic Heart and red Antares, the transformative heart of the cosmic Scorpion, Scorpius. Sagittarius sees the vision for humanity and knows the way to go, toward an all inclusive heart, transformation and goodwill.

In 2016 the Goodwill Festival Full Moon is in exact conjunction with Mars at 3:43pm PDT (22:43 UT), about 1 1/2 hours after the Moon's exact Full phase. As the hours unfold, the Moon transits the Mars-Antares-Saturn triangle, and 25 hours later conjoins Saturn May 22, at 3:20pm PDT (22:20 UT). May 21-25 the "Galactic" Moon activates Mars, Antares, Saturn, the Galactic Center (GC) and Pluto as it transits the bulging Heart of the Milky Way. Review the map above.

During this sacred time, when the Moon transits the bulging Heart of the Milky Way, the galactic magnetic field carries a blessing and evolutionary energies to ALL on Earth. Its highest effect is world unity.

Aldebaran / Antares Axis ~ Healing of the Nations

Each year the Goodwill lunar cycle activates the alignment that exists between Aldebaran, the star of illumination in the constellation Taurus, and Antares, the transformative heart star of Scorpius the Scorpion. The New or young Moon lies near Aldebaran, while the Full or nearly Full Moon lies near Antares.

Directly opposite Antares in the sidereal center of Taurus is Aldebaran, eye of the Bull. The Aldebaran / Antares axis is indicative of political systems, their people, and their opposing politics. Aldebaran holds and radiates vision for ideal physical logistics for authorities to put in place so as to aid the peoples of the Earth through evolutionary process and transition. Antares ensures that the current and accepted approaches and visions do not become static or antiquated. Antares ensures growth, evolution and change. Nick Fiorenza

The energies released at the Goodwill Festival are forces of the Divine Will that affect the healing of the nations. The Aldebaran / Antares Axis is significant in radiating these evolutionary energies and stimulating those groups, individuals and powers actively involved with the nations of the world.

The Festival of Goodwill and the Galactic Heart goes into more depth about the Central Hub of our Galaxy, Gemini's Festival in the heavens, the Goodwill Festival Full Moon, the 5 significant Goodwill lunar conjunctions (Mars, Antares, Saturn, GC, Pluto) and the Aldebaran / Antares Axis.

You can review information about the shape-shifting triangle formed by retrograde Saturn, retrograde Mars and the star Antares in the April 20 Look Up! Reminder.

May 20-22 Evening Map: Goodwill Moon/Mars/Antares/Saturn

Blue Moon and Mars on May 21 ~ What’s a seasonal Blue Moon?

Goodwill Festival Full Moon Meditation ~ World Invocation Day


Mark Your Calendar!
Note: The 5 visible planets are in bold print.
The Planets in Esoteric Astrology ... scroll 1/2 way down link
Venus, brightest planet, lost in the sunrise
Mercury, too close to the Sun, is a challenge to see in the morning sky unless
you are in the Southern Hemisphere.
- May 18 Bright moon still close to Spica
- May 20-22 Evening Map: Goodwill Moon/Mars/Antares/Saturn
- May 21 Goodwill Festival Full Moon Meditation ~ World Invocation Day
- May 21 Blue Moon and Mars ~ What’s a seasonal Blue Moon?
- May 22 Mercury is stationary direct. New ideas/directions begin to take hold on the physical world.
- May 22 Brightest Mars in 10 years ~ Close and far Martian oppositions
- May 30 - Mars' closest approach to Earth in 2016 (46.8 million miles away).
- May Evenings Southeast: Saturn-Mars-Antares Triangle Map
- May Evenings Southwest: Jupiter-Regulus Map
- May: Follow the arc to star Arcturus in May ~ Drive a spike to star Spica in May
- Bright star Vega on May evenings
- June 2/3 This night Saturn is at its best for 2016. Map/Text
- June 5 Mercury reaches greatest western (morning) elongation.


Moon ... Evening, Morning, Daytime
The Moon's Phases help us grow in consciousness.
Where's the Moon tonight? Can you see it in the daylight sky?
Can you name its phase when you see it?

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.
Sunrise Sunset Calculator

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


This lunar cycle takes us through the May 20 doorway into the seasonal sign of Gemini. It peaks May 21 with the Goodwill Full Moon Festival and ends June 4. Nick Fiorenza reminds us this an empowering lunar cycle of transformation and new beginnings.

During this cycle the forces of the Divine Will that affect the nations of the world are seeding our vision, and in turn enlightening our behavior for a spiritually infused leadership. The Spirit of Humanity is being enlivened for the purpose of goodwill, unification, reconstruction, and a regenerative transformation.

We are united in the ever-evolving relationship of Spirit and matter, and we welcome the light and the insight now available.

Let us be forces of Light. Let us offer and preserve the spirit of Love for all peoples.

- 2016 Goodwill Festival of Unification Meditation

The folks at SouledOut.org invite you to participate in the 2016 Goodwill Festival of Unification Meditation and in its World Invocation Day Vigil. Together we are the Chalice, the Holy Grail on Earth, prepared to receive the outpouring from on High.


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