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ASTR101 – The Solar System to Scale

The Solar System

Back many many years ago, when I was in college in the 80’s, I took an astronomy class. It fulfilled my science requirement with a lab. And since I had no interest in the sciences (I had OD’s on them in high school with Advanced Chem and Advanced Bio) this would do.

This morning, I saw a post on Facebook that reminded me of one of the more educational labs we did. The “experiment” was to make a scale model of the solar system. And the process of creating it ( in our short 3-hour lab) was much less cool than the video I am about to share with everyone, it was just as educational.

Probably one of the more mind bending parts of understanding the Universe is scale. We simply do not have any frame of reference here on earth to feel it.

So we started at one end of the longest hallway at San Diego State University. I believe it was 2 buildings that had been Frankensteined together making one massively long hallway. There, we took a sheet of paper and traced a circle the size of a quarter – and taped the paper to the wall.

Then we were given measurements – and I forget whether they made us use tape measures or just counting out footsteps. A dot some 30 steps down the hallway was Mercury. Another dot some 50 or more steps further was Venus. As I recall, the Hallway did not allow us to get past Jupiter.

The question asked at each planet was to look at the papers we had taped up before and think about how much we could actually see of the dots we put on the paper.

The Video

For the purposes of my blog, I cannot share the video that I saw this morning. But I can send you to the site to see it yourself. You understand the whole plagiarism thing. But I thought it was so cool, that I wanted to talk about it and share it.

Every solar system model you’ve seen is wrong

So these filmmakers mapped out the true scale of the planets’ orbits in the sand.

The video is educational, beautiful and awe-inspiring. It shows off our planet’s place in the solar system, and it offers perspective on just how small Earth is in the grand scheme of things. The entire film is captivating, but perhaps the most poignant moment is at sunrise, when the real sun matches the model’s sun, showing that the representation is accurate.

So please go watch and enjoy!

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ASTR101 – New Moon in Leo – July 31, 2019 11:11 PM EST

NEW MOON: begin, initiate, wish, project, set an intention

At the time of the New Moon, we mark it at 0 degrees. The Moon moves across the sky at a rate of about .5 degrees per hour – or about 12 degrees per day. We split that into the eight phases of the moon, each with its own energetic signature.


At the time of the New Moon, the Moon is located directly in between the Sun and the Earth. You might ask, :Then why do we not have an eclipse every month at the New Moon?” I will get into this question another time. But it has to do with the orbital plane of the Moon being different than that of the Earth to the sun. 2 times per year, they meet (at the Spring and Autumn Equinox) and can potentially offer us an eclipse.

The Moon does not generate any light itself. The bright moon is caused by the light of the Sun reflecting off its surface. So we can only see brightness on the side of the Moon that faces the sun. When the Moon is stationed in between, we see nothing but darkness.

Astrologically, it is said that the energy of the Moon is at its lowest point. It is the starting point of the lunar cycle.

For the Leo Cycle, this happened at 11:11 PM on July 31. The Moon and Earth were at 8 degrees 37 minutes of Leo. We round up to 9 degrees to get the Sabian Symbol that will describe the energy activated – “glass blowers shape beautiful vases with their controlled breathing”


If you remember the analogy of the Scrambler – Carnival Ride, This is the point where you feel like you are suspended in air. The torque is ab out to take hold. You are about to accelerate. But it has not started.

Since it is the beginning, it is said that it is a good time for us to set intentions for the Lunar Month.

Kind of like New Years resolutions, you can follow the same type of plans each month by setting intentions. These may not need to be as long ranging (Like quitting cigarettes or losing 50 lbs). This is the time to start. The energy is ramping up and you will be in prime position to launch whatever your intention. It will be supported by the increasing energy of the Moon; you will be as if surfing the lunar cycle.

The day of the New Moon is a quiet time to pause and rest in nature. As it is good complete the old before starting something new, the last few days before the New Moon are good for getting rid of things you don’t want to have any more in your life, like bad habits.

Also, your body may not be able to recuperate or heal as well or as quickly around the New Moon. This should be taken into account when planning a surgery.

Similarly, the New Moon can mark a low point in the emotional life, so people who are prone to depression should be careful about the surrounding emotional atmosphere on these days.

Born Under the New Moon

Do you know what phase the moon was in when you were born. This is not a common piece of astrology that is looked at. In my opinion, one that is not given the importance it deserves. After discovering my own, I was able to see its influence over my life. I may talk more about that when we get to the disseminating phase (HINT HINT).

If you do not know it, it is simple to find. Go to a search engine. Search:

“Lunar Phase at Birth”

There are many sites that will give you this information. I will outline the basic lunar phase astrology for each phase in upcoming posts. But for now, we are starting

New Moon – Low Energy Phase

  • In tune with what they want
  • Try new things with Childlike wonder and innocence
  • It is a loving energy
  • Drawn to try new things and follow trends
  • They are Creative idea people
  • Aggressively go after what they want
  • Always a shiny new idea on the horizon
  • Dog like enthusiasm – like a large labrador chasing things around


  • Energy can bee fleeting
  • Fizzles out before its done
  • Dog like enthusiasm like ADHD – jumping to the next shiny object they see and forgetting what they were aggressively attacking moments before
  • Cloaked in a darkness around themselves – Unable to see how they are from an outside perspective.

How New Moon people can Relate to the other phases.

  • Low Energy phases are good – Including Balsamic, New and Crescent – This is when mind and heart are in alignment
  • High energy Phases are more Difficult – Gibbous, Full and Disseminating
  • Full Moon is a time to look inward and focus on personal reflection. The energy at full moon is the full expression of the energy exposed at the New Moon. It is more intense though.
  • Quarter Phases use to evaluate self.


New Moon in Leo July 31, 2019 11:11 PM EST


The New Moon in Leo enters at 11:11 pm EST with Mercury stationing direct at 11:59 pm.

Here are the three themes for this cycle. You can the visual of these descriptions by looking at the astrology chart above.

1 – NEW FORMS – Our visions and ideas for a new world – Second Renaissance – begin to take shape with help from our Higher Selves. Finally, the tide has turned and we are merging into 5D. It is going to be beautiful. (Venus conjunct the New Moon)

2 – CHOICES – The field of consciousness changed last month. Now, what do we do? Do we take a risk or stand still? (Mercury opposition Pluto)

3 – ALL THINGS ERIS POINT – Justice, revolution, rebirth, and the power of voices dominate this month. The cabal will take a whoopin’. (Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Pluto, and the Nodes aspecting the Eris Point)

Here is a list of the energetics the planets are discharging at the time of the New Moon, which gives us an idea of what is in store:

SUN & MOON: 09 Leo – “glass blowers shape beautiful vases with their controlled breathing”

MERCURY: 24 Cancer – “a woman and two male castaways on a small island in the South Seas”

VENUS: 5 Leo – “rock formations tower over a deep canyon” (degree Mercury stationed retrograde)

EARTH: 09 Aquarius – “a flag is seen turning into an eagle”

MARS: 20 Leo – “American Indians perform a ritual to the Sun”

BLACK MOON: 10 Pisces – “an aviator in the clouds”

JUPITER: 15 Sagittarius – “the ground hog looking for its shadow on Ground Hog’s Day”

SATURN: 16 Capricorn – “school grounds filled with boys and girls in gym suits”

CHIRON: 06 Aries – “a square brightly lighted on one side”

NORTH NODE: 18 Cancer – “a hen scratching for her chicks”

SOUTH NODE: 18 Capricorn – “the Union Jack flies from a new British warship”

URANUS: 07 Taurus – “a woman of Samaria comes to draw water from the well”

NEPTUNE: 19 Pisces – “a master instructing his disciple”

PLUTO: 22 Capricorn – “a general accepting defeat gracefully”

ERIS: 25 Aries – “a double promise reveals its inner and outer meanings”

There is also a Yod (Finger of God, special purpose) between Mars, Neptune, and Pluto.

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ASTR101 – What is a Black Moon?

I am completely lifting an article from another site (Time and due to its relevance to now and the irony about it. I did get rid of all of its internal links – and recommend that if you are interested, please visit them. Time and Date is a very useful site. I use it often as a reference.

Much of Astrological information is plagued by misnomers. One person will name something and something else similar will take its place. So it is with the subject of The Black Moon. If you know anything about The Oracle Report, you have heard of The Black Moon (also referred to at Black moon Lilith and other such names).

THIS ARTICLE talks more about a nickname for a specific moon phase that does not happen very often. You may have hear of a “Blue Moon” or “The Harvest Moon”. This specific usage is in that vein, and I wanted to draw attention to it.

When Is the next Black Moon?

There are several definitions of a Black Moon. It can be the third New Moon in an astronomical season with four New Moons or the second New Moon in the same calendar month.

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The first days after a New Moon.

© Smith

Black Moon is not a well known astronomical term. In recent years, the term has been made popular by social media, astrologers, and followers of the Wiccan religion.

No Single Definition

There is no single accepted definition of a Black Moon. The term has been commonly used to refer to any of the following phenomena associated with the New Moon:

  • Second New Moon in the same month: These Black Moons are the most common ones, and they occur about once every 29 months. Because of time zone differences, the month they happen in can vary, like the Black Moon in July 2019 (US) or August 2019 (UK).
  • Third New Moon in a season of four New Moons: These Black Moons are a little rarer, and occur about once every 33 months. We divide a year into four seasons – spring, summer, fall (autumn), and winter. Usually, each season has three months and three New Moons. When a season has four New Moons, the third New Moon is called a Black Moon. This is the exact counterpart to the original definition of a Blue Moon, except that Blue Moons are Full Moons.
  • No New Moon in February: About once every 19 years, there is no New Moon in February. This can only happen in February, as this is the only month which is shorter than a lunar month (lunation). When this occurs, both January and March have two New Moons, instead of just one, which is the norm.The next Black Moon by this definition will occur in 2033, while the last one was in 2014. Because of time zone differences, these Black Moons may not happen all over the world. For instance, there is a Black Moon in the most western parts of the US in February 2022, but not in Europe or Australia.
  • No Full Moon in February: About once every 19 years, February does not have a Full Moon. Instead, there are two Full Moons in January and March, also known as a double Blue Moon.The next Black Moon by this definition will occur in 2037, while the last one was in 2018. Because of time zone differences, these Black Moons may not happen all over the world.

Invisible New Moon

New Moon is the Moon phase we cannot see at all from Earth, as only the far side of the Moon is illuminated.

However, 2–5 times a year, the New Moon comes between Earth and the Sun, causing a solar eclipse. The New Moon, or at least a part of it, is then visible as a silhouette in front of the Sun.

Significant in Pagan Culture

Black Moons hold special significance to people who practice certain forms of Pagan religions and who believe certain actions become more potent when performed on the night of a Black Moon.

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ASTRO101 – Lunar Phases


Much of understanding Astrology and the world around us is about paying attention. And a great place to start paying attention is by watching the lunar phases.

Astrology tells us about the energy that we are experiencing from outside of our home here on Gaia Earth. This includes all of the planets and entities in our solar system, including: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto to name the ones that are generally known and talked about in the Mainstream.

When you leave the mainstream, you also contend with Asteroids (Chiron, Juno, Athena to name a few) , The Black Moon and Eris to name a few.

Each of these entities energy fields has an effect upon the Earth. Its Magnetic. Its Gravitational. Its energetic. We feel it sometimes. And often ignore it in the background. And the point of studying Astrology is to Pay Attention to them and be ready for the energy as it is in effect. Your knowledge of it, as well as how to deal with it, is your defense.

Start with The Moon

I begin this study of Astrology focusing on the moon. I listed it as one of the major influences in our solar system mostly as its proximity to us. It is the closest object to us in the solar system. It is by no means the largest. This illustration shows, starting with Earth as the largest, the size of some of the other items in our solar system. Since the Moon is so close, it affects us more than any other entity, other than the Sun.






Let’s put it another way, for people who like numbers:

Circumference of Moon – 6,786 Miles

Circumference of Earth – 24,900 Miles

Distance Earth to Moon – 238,900 Miles

Distance Earth to Sun – 91 Million Miles (1 AU)


I have been on a quest to follow more of the natural phases and cycles rather than the man-made cycles. I have felt for a long time that the standard Gregorian Calendar does a terrible job of this. If you are lucky you will find a calendar that has many of these marked. More likely, you have to do it yourself.

I have found many calendars that show basic Lunar phases (usually Full Moon and New Moon). But little else.
A couple years ago I began paying attention to each of the lunar phases and paying attention to how I felt. I had
been following this through Oracle Report for years. Until I began tracking them personally, it was pretty hit and
miss. I would notice at the New Moon and try to keep track. But often lost focus and interest.

When I started watching the dates and the changes, all became different. Paying attention to the energy helped it
to make sense.

Just the Facts

There is much that needs to be understood about the Lunar Cycle. The physics can be confusing. So I will step us through it.

  1. The Earth revolves in a circle once every 24 hours. We call it a day.
  2. The Moon rotates around the Earth every 29 odd days
  3. The Moon also revolves. just much slower. It revolves once every 29 odd days.
  4. A circle is 360 degrees
  5. A Lunar Cycle is counted from New Moon to New Moon
  6. This is more than 360 degrees

The illustration to the left shows this oddity and may help you to understand it better. Since the earth is moving in its path around the sun, when the moon makes its 29 day circuit, the earth has moved in relation to the sun. Therefore it gets to 360 degrees of rotation, it is not yet New Moon again.

The Moon’s revolution is in sync with its rotation. From our perspective, it is locked. We always view the same side of the moon. You have heard the term “the Dark Side of the moon.” Pink Floyd not withstanding, The Dark side is actually whichever side is not facing the sun. We usually think of it as the side of the moon that we never see.

We however see a constantly changing view of the moon. I found this picture somewhere online and thought it was hilarious. It reminds me of Bazooka Bubble Gum. How cute. Some cigarette company put cool collectible cards in their packs. Now who do you thing they were marketing to?

All jokes aside, it is a cool picture and offers a good example of how we see the moon.

More Physics – Motion

Now you ask, why would there be any difference here as a result of the moon moving around us? I have a pretty good visual to consider that may help you understand the characterizations that we will explain later about the energy at each phase.

Have you ever been to a carnival or amusement park and ridden The Scrambler? It is a common ride. I think it is called the scrambler because after you have ridden on it, the experience can be compared to the way an egg might feel after being scrambled.

I like the comparison because it shows what happens when multiple forces come to bear on a single spot. You sit in a car. The car is one of 3 or 4 that rotates on a single axis. This axis point is attached to an arm that is one of 3 or 4 that rotate on a second axis. While turning on a single axis is nothing to write home about (Think Merry Go Round). 2 axes turning gets pretty intense.

Here is where we can compare ourselves on Earth to the Scrambler. The Earth would be the axis at the end of the long arms. The example has 4 moons, but when you are riding, you get the idea about the forces the Moon is feeling. And for the earth, it is being whipped around in all different ways.

Another thought that you should remember (not in the scrambler example). We on Earth face the gravitational pull of the Moon each time we face the moon. At that time (and then again 12 hours later) we experience its strongest pull. It is so strong that it pulls on the Earth so much that we can see it in the tides (Wow, I made it back to surfing!). It actually creates a bulge in the Earth’s crust.

Tracking the Lunar Month

Here we get to the point of this article. Each lunar phase carries with it a specific energy.I have them listed below, along with their energetic description. For this article series, I will be going through each of the phases and explaining more about that time and the energy that we experience.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.


NEW MOON:                              begin, initiate, wish, project, set an intention
CRESCENT MOON:                challenge, growth, struggle, expansion, gathering
FIRST QUARTER PHASE:   step out, take action, breaking away, expression
GIBBOUS PHASE:                   trust, analyze, prepare, digest, alchemy
FULL MOON PHASE:             illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience
DISSEMINATING PHASE:   share, demonstrate, teach, learn, feed-back, distribution
THIRD QUARTER PHASE:  realign, revise, reorient, surrender, complete
BALSAMIC PHASE:                 release, transform, healing, forgiveness, prepare for the new

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DADA101 – More on Astrology

In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Astrology Still Gets a Bum Rap.

You would think that in a world where people performed magic spells, and curses, there would be an open minded awareness of such arts as Astrology. But as you read through the series, you soon learn this is not the case.

This is a case where reading the books provides a more extensive view of the Wizarding World than if you only watched the movies. there is only so much you can cram into a 3 hour movie. Some details had to be erased. The case of Astrology and Astronomy are one example.

Astronomy, as a subject at Hogwart’s school, is addressed in a few of the books, starting with book 1 – The Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s one of the classes they attend (at night of course). They draw star charts and discuss planets. Its very much treated as any science would be in our own existence. And as a plot device, useful to set the scene.

It is not until the 3rd book, Prisoner of Azkaban, where Astrology is introduced. And it is done with humor and derision. Movie watchers only saw Professor Trelawney – Half Blind, kinda crazy and prone to weird fits of insanity (we later find out to be prophesies.

Hermione Granger helps push the points about Trelawney home by referring to her as an old fraud and and calling the whole subject of Divination “a bunch of rubbish.” Her preference in subjects was for Arithmancy (dare we call it numerology)?

Truth be told, the books are not much kinder to her. Though they do discuss in much more detail some of the subjects that she teaches, including tea leaf reading, crystal balls and Astrology.

Knowing a little bit about astrology, the interplay about Astrology homework is actually very funny. But it points out a blatant disrespect for the subject.

Some Personal Notes on Astronomy and Astrology

In my freshman year in college, I decided to take an Astronomy class. As a business major, I was required to take a science with a lab. I had already studied both Chemistry and Biology in high school and was looking for something different.

And Astronomy sounded so cool. I could go on star gazing tours, go visit the observatory (Palomar Mountain was only about 30 miles away and the University had a partnership there). Learning about the planets and the solar system had more of an appeal to me than chemicals and dissections.

Besides this, it was one of the few classes that I could get. San Diego State University boasted over 45,000 students at the time. Most classes were held in large lecture halls, and still would fill to capacity. You took what you could get.

Day one in the class re educated me quickly about the “fun” in astronomy. Astronomy could be better described as applied mathematics, chemistry, and physics all together.

NOTE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE: I have never taken physics, so most of my simplistic descriptions of physics principles will be borrowed from someone else’s work who knows WTF they are talking about.

As my major would eventually change from Business to Economics (which is another applied mathematics, specifically statistics and calculus, field) the mode of learning fit right into my own mindset.

Astronomy is all about DESCRIBING what is going on in the universe around us. It provides the descriptive information that has helped us to ask some of the more important questions about life, the universe and everything.

Now the Science of Astrology has been studied for a long time. So long, that most of what was learned in the past was either forgotten or has been ignored or suppressed by different groups trying to control the narrative (Think organized religion or the organized education, or governments).

These organizations, for their own purposes have sought to define our world on their terms – in order to control the thoughts of the populations at large. But as in a fair game of poker, the cards call themselves. Facts are presented. Hopefully people will not continue to keep these facts to themselves.

People in Babylon, Ancient Greece, Egypt, India, China, Scandinavia, Central, South and North America. Have actively studied what they saw in the sky. Each sought answers to the questions of their existence, and to discover what they could about the world around them. They would ask questions like:

  • What was that crazy light that just streaked across the sky?
  • Why did the Moon just disappear and darkness just fill the sky for an hour?
  • Why do most stars always in the same place in the sky while others appear to wander across the sky?

Given that very little of what they knew can be figured out today due to lack of written records, we can only look at what they left for us and guess. And they have left us some pretty big hints:

  • The Pyramids being built with exact measurements and specific alignments towards cardinal points and directions. And in alignment to the constellation Orion.
  • Stonehenge and many other megalithic sites aligned exactly to the equinoxes.
  • An understanding of the procession of the equinoxes.
  • “Gods” named same at the planets.

The sophistication of what they built far exceeds our own estimation of their ability to understand things.

But Back to Astrology

I have wanted to gather, in one place, a comprehensive explanation many aspects of Astrology. I have been studying Astrology pretty closely for about 8 years. And while I have many books and know of many websites, it is still a challenge to answer what I feel are basic questions.

I feel that there are many others out there that may feel the same.

So while this is not exactly Defense Against the Dark Arts (until we get to sections on how the Archons and Illuminati Elites use astrology to time their attacks that is), it is important information. So I am opening a second “class.


Future articles will be headlined ASTRO101. It will be training as basic as it gets. As I have found. astrology can get pretty deep pretty fast. So I will be walking through subjects as slowly as it takes for me to be able to explain them.

More than likely, there will be fewer references to good old Harry Potter. But I promise to keep it fun.

Again, as with Defense, I am hoping that these will be interactive subjects for all to engage in.