Comet Lovejoy Marks the Start of 2015

December 28, 2014

cometlovejoy Behold. According to Sky & Telescope magazine, Comet Lovejoy reveals itself  just below the brilliant blue-white super-giant star known as Rigel in the familiar constellation of Orion in January, 2015.  Lovejoy should remain visible through the month, reaching maximum brightness at mid-month.

To find Rigel, look first for the three familiar stars that mark Orion’s belt. You’ll see three stars in a short, straight line. A line drawn downward at a right or 90-degree angle from Orion’s Belt takes you to Rigel. Just below that you can spot the greenish Comet Lovejoy.

Since antiquity, sky watchers have understood that the sparkling celestial travelers we call comets serve as Skysigns of importance. What might this easily discernible comet portend for 2015?

The Pathway of Comet Lovejoy

The Pathway of Comet Lovejoy

One can hope that the distinctively named Comet Lovejoy – emerging in conjunction with Epiphany in early January –  is in fact an omen for love and joy. Only one thing we know for certain: change is in the air.

With this in mind, we turn to the inspiration of poet Sara Teasdale:

Winter Stars

I went out at night alone:
The young blood flowing beyond the sea
Seemed to have drenched my Spirit’s wings
I bore my sorrow heavily.

But when I lifted up my head
From shadows shaken on the snow
I saw Orion in the east
Burn steadily as long ago…

The Three Kings - Epiphany approaches

The Three Kings – Epiphany approaches

 

 

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Metamorphosis 2014: Some Key Celestial Portents

December 26, 2013

According to Chinese astrology, 2014 is a year of the Wood Horse, a year characterized by high energy and dazzling spirit.

By Chinese reckoning the year of the Horse is a cycle that gets underway not with the Capricorn New Moon on January 1, but rather with the Aquarius New Moon on January 31.

celestsideAs a symbol, Horse portends a wild ride of swift personal and planetary metamorphoses. Under Horse’s hard charging influence there is said to be scarce middle ground. Thus, we may well see extremes in all realms of human endeavor – from finance to romance — and also climate conditions that exceed known boundaries.

Decisive action, not procrastination, is the recommended course. In a Horse year, events move swiftly, with some people galloping toward their goals, and others galloping into fences or off a cliff. Seek meditative insight, sages advise, evaluate carefully, then take swift and focused action.

Western astrologers derive a similar characterization for the year from their system of studying the stars and planets. Through that traditional lens, the major portent is the ongoing transit of the planet Uranus in the sign of Aries in square (90 degrees) to the planet Pluto now transiting in the sign of Capricorn.

The celestial pattern symbolizes a process that has been playing out since the Spring of 2012, and it perfects (becomes exact) seven times. The final three perfections of the epic Uranus-Pluto Square lie just ahead in 2014 and 2015. They symbolize a time of even more raucous and fundamental change.

April 21, 2014 – at 13 degrees Aries Capricorn
December 15, 2014 at 12 degrees Aries-Capricorn
March 17, 2015 at 15 degrees Aries-Capricorn

The complex, world-changing pattern of these squares symbolizes revolution, upheaval, power (nuclear, financial, and political), resistance and breakthroughs. They portend ongoing metamorphosis for individuals, for relationships, and for systems of business, government, and life support.

More to come…