The Dog Days of Summer

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The star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is in the constellation Canis Major. Sirius was the most important of the stars and formed the foundation of ancient Egyptian religion. It was considered to be a second Sun since its heliacal rising matched the length of our solar year at 365.2 days. This rising (conjunct the Sun) of Sirius came at the time of the inundation of the Nile, which was crucial to the survival of the ancient Egyptian culture. This was the Egyptian New Year (also called “The Opening of the Year”). This period, which occurred in late June 5,000 years ago but now takes place in mid-July, coincided with the hottest time of the summer, and the ancient Egyptians believed that the heat was caused by the conjunction of the Sun with Sirius.

There are various theories as to why Sirius is called “the dog star”. One of course is the fact that Sirius is in the Canis Major, or Big Dog, constellation but it was called the “dog star” long before the Romans applied that name. One theory connects Sirius with Anubis, the dog-headed god, and one story tells of the dog of Osiris. However, the symbolism of Sirius as a dog star is consistent throughout the ancient world.

There is increasing evidence that many of the founding fathers of the United States were Freemasons, and fascinated with astrology. David Ovason’s excellent work The Secret Architecture of our Nation’s Capital describes 23 zodiacs that are embedded in the architectural elements in Washington DC, and the alignment of many buildings such as the Washington Monument with the star Sirius. There is evidence that astrologers such as Ebenezer Sibley were consulted for the timing of the signing […]

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By |2021-07-31T14:26:33-04:00July 31st, 2021|Astronomy|0 Comments

Uranus full of surprises – even astronomers say so!

Uranus comic by Sammy DC Uranus comic by Sammy DC

Uranus IS the planet of surprise and sudden changes in paradigms, so it was fun to see this article posted on Facebook by my friend Shelley Ackerman:

University of Arizona astronomer Erich Karkoschka … believes that Uranus’s southern hemisphere rotates in a way never before seen in gas giants. A gas planet’s thick atmosphere, filled with clouds, typically shows the same rate of rotation at the top and bottom. But on Uranus, it seems, the southern hemisphere is cycling much more quickly than up north — as much as 15 percent faster.

“The unusual rotation of high southern latitudes of Uranus is probably due to an unusual feature in the interior of Uranus,” Karkoshcka said in a statement. “While the nature of the feature and its interaction with the atmosphere are not yet known, the fact that I found this unusual rotation offers new possibilities to learn about the interior of a giant planet.”

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Unusual features, new possibilities, faster movement – these are all highlights of the astrological influence of Uranus on humans.

The synchronicity between the planetary names and their astronomical qualities has always struck me.  For example, Uranus rotates on its side, unlike any of the other planets. And one of the archetypes of Uranus is dancing to the beat of your own drummer as they say – following your own star, living your own authentic life.

In ancient times the astrologers WERE the astronomers.  It’s nice to see scientists admitting that they don’t have all the answers!

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By |2018-06-11T11:56:57-04:00December 1st, 2015|Astronomy, Uranus|0 Comments

The Sun’s magnetic field is about to flip

Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 8.39.15 AMBefore you panic, this is an occurrence that happens approximately every eleven years at the midpoint of the solar cycle.  We are currently in a “Solar Max” period, even though this has been a mild one.

As humans we depend on the light of the Sun.  The astrological Sun feeds our vitality and quality of being, and when there is a solar storm or a coronal mass ejection we are affected here on earth.  Cosmic rays disrupt the electrical systems on earth, and as humans we are surrounded by an elecromagnetic grid that can be affected by solar changes.

NASA has kindly made a wonderful video that even I could understand, enjoy!

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By |2018-06-11T12:12:42-04:00August 6th, 2013|Astronomy, Sun|0 Comments

Solar Maximum and global warming

solar maximumIt seems pretty much everyone agrees now that the earth is warming, and the extreme weather over the past week certainly seems to confirm that both the weather AND the climate is changing.  Steven Forrest’s July newsletter included an article about the current Solar Maximum which reminded me that I haven’t written on this topic for quite awhile.  Steven links to a chapter in his book The Night Speaks which discusses the research of Aleksandr Leonidovich Chizhevsky who divided the sunspot cycle into four phases that correlate to human behavior: 

Phase One: The solar minimum. With sunspot activity at its eleven-year low, humanity is in an easygoing mood, tolerant but lazy. People are occupied with personal concerns and little inclined to organize themselves into any kind of unified, history-shaping force.

Phase Two: The solar increase. Social energies begin to coalesce. Exciting new Ideas and charismatic spokes people appear, planting seeds that quickly germinate into mass movements. Alliances form. According to Chizhevsky, at this point in the cycle some fundamental problem arises and demands radical solution.

Phase Three: The solar maximum. Energies abound. Everyone is excited, eager to respond en masse to leadership or inspiration, for better or worse. An air of enthusiastic drunkenness suffuses the polity. Emigration increases. Wars begin. Tension is high.

Phase Four: The solar decline. Exhausted and often disenchanted, humanity now loses steam. The seductive easy answers of the previous several years break down. Unity and collective focus drop off. Disillusionment increases. Groups disband. People go back to tending their own gardens – and gradually we descend again into the peaceful lassitude of Phase One, the sunspot minimum.

Chizhevsky divided the four solar phases into periods of three, two, three and three years respectively. Due to the varying lengths of the […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:12:58-04:00July 2nd, 2013|Astronomy, Sun|0 Comments

Phoenix Galaxy creates new star life

Although the Phoenix Galaxy was discovered a few years ago, scientists only recently discovered that this galaxy is creating stars at an astonishing rate of about 740 per earth year, or two new stars every day.

Stars are forming in the Phoenix cluster at the highest rate ever observed for the middle of a galaxy cluster. The object also is the most powerful producer of X-rays of any known cluster and among the most massive. The data also suggest the rate of hot gas cooling in the central regions of the cluster is the largest ever observed.


The Phoenix cluster is located about 5.7 billion light years from Earth. It is named not only for the constellation in which it is located, but also for its remarkable properties.


“While galaxies at the center of most clusters may have been dormant for billions of years, the central galaxy in this cluster seems to have come back to life with a new burst of star formation,” said Michael McDonald, a Hubble Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the lead author of a paper appearing in the Aug. 16 issue of the journal Nature. “The mythology of the Phoenix, a bird rising from the dead, is a great way to describe this revived object.”

This fascinates me.  What caused this star cluster suddenly to become infused with life?  And I can’t help but wonder what it means for us earthlings if this actually reflects a sudden shift in Universal energies powerful enough to begin generating stars at this “frenetic” rate.

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By |2012-08-26T07:46:43-04:00August 26th, 2012|Astronomy|6 Comments