Moon Dances
For the Northern Hemisphere
January 4 - February 2, 2011

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Night Sky Visitors ...

After reaching a decade milestone of producing the Night Sky pages online, I received an intuitive message to take a one-year sabbatical in 2011. This is a time to rest and recuperate, study more about the heavens, spend time with friends and increase my income.

In this abbreviated edition of Moon Dances, I offer the following to keep you looking up and tuned to the wonders above.

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?

1/4 ~ A New Lunar Cycle Begins
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Current Phase of the Moon

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

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New Waxing Crescent First
Full Waning Gibbous


1 / 4 / 11   1 / 12 / 11   1 / 19 / 11   1 / 26 / 11  
1:03amPST 3:31amPST 1:21pmPST 4:57amPST
09:03 UT 11:31 UT 21:21 UT  12:57 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
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Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

UT Time Conversion


A New Lunar Cycle Begins
New Moon ~ Partial Solar Eclipse
Tuesday, January 4 - 1:03am PST; 09:03 UT
The Emerging Authentic Self in Action




Reflections ~ Partial Solar Eclipse

This partial solar eclipse is visible from much of Europe, North Africa and central Asia. Animated Eclipse ~ Mechanics of Solar Eclipses ~ Eclipse Frequency

Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play, or how we articulate ourselves in the world. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression. They often mark a new beginning or way of life, or a new way of participating in life.

This Solar eclipse is counter part to the previous Solstice Total Lunar Eclipse, which was about letting go of emotional attachments to ways of participating in the world or with others that no longer serve us. This solar eclipse is more about going forward from attachments left behind, with a new sense of self to pursue our ideals, dreams and goals. Nick Fiorenza 1/4/11 Lunar Cycle


Reflections ~ New Moon

The New Moon takes place in the constellation of Sagittarius the Archer, on the arm of the Archer holding, aiming the arrow toward the Heart of our Milky Way Galaxy, the Galactic Center.

... our Sagittarian Centaur, is where the first and highest spiritual light is found, our Galactic City of Light, and is responsible for the higher spiritual education of all intelligent life on Earth ... Sagittarius inspires action to live our deeper inner truths, to express that truth through an undaunted Zen focus to hit our target, to achieve our highest ideals and dreams. The Sagittarian Archer is self-taught, of spiritual wisdom gained through raw experience ... This Lunar Cycle embodies the pure and total potential of the archer applied through focused demonstrable action. Nick Fiorenza 1/4/11 Lunar Cycle

Note: Jupiter and Uranus exactly conjoin a few hours after the New Moon partial solar eclipse, at 4:52am PST (12:52 UT). Early January Finder Chart This marks the last in a series of three Jupiter / Uranus conjunctions: 6/8/10, 9/18/10, 1/4/11.

This is a time of accepting uncertainty and opening to new awareness. It's not about feeling ready, life prompts us, even pushes us. There may be an emergency where we respond with our reflexes. We may be surprised with new opportunities for growth that take us beyond our imagination. We are called to be authentic to our own vital core, rather than depending on external security. It is time for us to take the initiative, to be courageous and bold, to step out, to step up and to make a difference. Jacqueline Lasahn / AstroFlash 1/2/11

Jupiter and Uranus make their third and final conjunction opposite Juno, asteroid of covenant partnerships, and Makemake [*], one of our recently discovered planets ... Juno's retrograde conjoining Makemake may herald a change in partnerships, especially involving financial matters and their management ... A primary shift occurs in this lunar cycle as the very tight aspects between Jupiter, Uranus, Makemake, Neptune and Chiron now start to diverge, creating a refreshing sense of emergence from what has been a rather heavy period that began in mid-2008, and which had spawned the last few years of financial upheaval. Nick Fiorenza 1/4/11 Lunar Cycle

Lunar Theme: The Emerging Authentic Self in Action

The Totality of Self in Action
A Multiplicity of Possibilities

Nick Fiorenza gives insight to this lunar cycle.

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


I'd like to know your thoughts about The Night Sky ...
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May your Night Sky traveling always be filled
with Celestial Delights and Treats!
Susan Sun


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