The division of the ecliptic into twelve equal parts (i.e., the zodiac) has long been contested, one key charge being that the twelve thirty-degree signs are human constructions and do not reflect the spacial distribution of the constellations of the signs as they appear to the human observer. However, this twelve-fold division gains credence as one considers the twelve full lunar cycles of each solar year. There are actually more than twelve, but not quite thirteen. Therefore, this last fractional lunar cycle might be considered the first complete cycle of the next solar year.
Taking this approach to fitting twelve complete lunar cycles into one solar year, one finds the current state of lunisolar astrology ripe with synchronicity and harmony—auspicious in terms of pragmatic applications of analytical thought.
The tropical sun is now moving into Virgo, the sixth sign of the zodiac. The moon presses on toward the waning quarter, this lunar-mansion parallel to Virgo being realized during the sixth lunar cycle of this solar year. This union of lunar and solar cycles is remarkable, a special time in nature which, of course, will have various bearings on human life or lives in conjunction with the types of astrological questions posed and charts employed. Overall, this phenomenon may be seen as an indicator of the importance of putting solar, lunar, and planetary phases at the forefront of astrological interpretation. Such a mindset highlights the importance of visual observation and a recognition of one of astrology’s founding principles, that it is a study of light.
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2/5/2017 08:46:05 pm
Just a quick correction, the thirteenth lunar cycle of the solar year, which is never complete, should be considered to be prior to the first complete lunar cycle of the next solar year.
2/5/2017 09:24:40 pm
Actually, after observing the moon-phase calendar for the coming years, I found that the completion of twelve lunar cycles per solar year is not even a constant! I still feel the first new moon after the vernal equinox should be the beginning of the lunisolar year, and that the only acceptable measure of time is a joining of lunar and solar cycles.