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Monday, June 17, 2019

2019 Summer Solstice – Cancer Ingress

The still moment in the still moment.

You may learn or hear about the three days when the sun stands still at the solstices. The etymology of the word solstice is from Latin, sol, “sun” and stice, past participle of sistere, "stand still.” For three days the sun’s places of rising and setting appear the same, still. The exact moment of the change of orientation of Earth to Our Star is calculable and the precise timing is offered here. While the date is correct, in the initial posting the day was incorrectly given as Tuesday. It is Friday.

15:54:10 UTC, (UTC +0)
Friday, June 21, 2019

London, United Kingdom*
04:54:10 pm BST (UTC +1)
Friday, June 21, 2019

New York, NY, USA*
11:54:10 am EDT (UTC -4)
Friday, June 21, 2019

Chicago, IL, USA*
10:54:10 am CDT (UTC -5)
Friday, June 21, 2019

Denver, CO, USA*
09:54:10 am MDT (UTC -6)
Friday, June 21, 2019

Los Angeles, CA, USA*
08:54:10 am PDT (UTC -7)
Friday, June 21, 2019

State of Hawai’i, USA*
05:54:10 am HST (UTC -10)
Friday, June 21, 2019


The Summer Solstice is known as the longest day and shortest night since it provides the year’s greatest period of a day’s sunlight. There are some technical ramifications so that it might not precisely match a calendar date. For example, see how the Sun enters Cancer (the solstice moment in the tropical zodiac) late in the afternoon of June 21, in Greenwich, but early in the morning in Hawai’i, and in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, the solstice date is June 22.


In stillness there is the anticipation of change. Photographer and writer Teju Cole in an “On Being” interview says, “There’s a beautiful Inuit word ‘qarrtsiluni.’ It means, ‘sitting together in the dark, waiting for something to happen.’”* Of course, depending where you are on the planet, the solstice moment may be day or night. Sitting and waiting.

* https://onbeing.org/programs/teju-cole-sitting-together-in-the-dark-feb2019/

Aware of it or not, we are part of the natural world and subject to the changes of the season cycle, responsive to the waxing and waning cycle of our star. From Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice, daylight is waning and darkness reaches its peak at the shortest day and longest night of the Winter Solstice.

“The Solstices then are a time to stop, and to look back on where the half-yearly cycle has brought you, and a chance to look forward and see the direction in which the next half-yearly cycle may lead you; a moment to be conscious of your life's flow and direction; a time to express your hopes and fears, your intentions; to assimilate your learnings and celebrate your achievements; a time to celebrate the light; a time to celebrate the dark; a moment to be conscious of the way this waxing and waning of the Sun affects our lives, and to celebrate this duality and what it means to us.

“When the light is increasing from Winter Solstice to Summer Solstice, all beings are moving out into the light, becoming more individual and independent, expressing their own identity and uniqueness, expanding outwards into the material world. But as the light is decreasing from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice, nature and life as a whole is integrating itself into a more social way of life, going within, reflecting and becoming more intuitive, expanding into the inner realms - exploring inner wisdom.”

– from Sacred Celebrations by Glennie Kindred

Maybe the 2019 Summer Solstice is a good time for sitting together in the dark, waiting for something to happen. Have a great summer!

ADDENDUM

Are you south of the equator? Then WELCOME WINTER!

In a few months, my study of astrology will reach a 60 year anniversary. The roots of the astrology that’s involved most of my study lie in primarily in Europe, the Middle East, India, and Tibet, something like 95% or more a northern hemisphere concentration. I’ve given short shrift above to half of the planet and I apologize. The Summer Solstice in the north is the Winter Solstice in the south.

Some of the discussion of the significant turning points that the solstices mark does apply north or south, but much of what might be called interpretive is slanted to concerns of the northern hemisphere. Correcting this one-sidedness would require more attention than I can offer now. What I can do is review and comment on what’s been written above. While some of the solstice stories apply equally, some of it MUST be off-base for direct application to the southern hemisphere. Giving full attention to this requires a book or at least a comprehensive essay. There is much to learn by comparisons between how the Sun’s rounding of the track is experienced differently in the two hemispheres.

Let’s look at some of what’s been said by Glennie Kindred. Her first paragraph is 100% applicable north and south for either solstice. Reading on we might wonder will the south be “moving out into the light, becoming more individual and independent, expressing their own identity and uniqueness, expanding outwards into the material world,” while in the north, “as the light is decreasing from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice,” the experience is that “life as a whole is integrating itself into a more social way of life, going within, reflecting and becoming more intuitive, expanding into the inner realms - exploring inner wisdom”?

I don’t propose an answer to these questions. I only want to point out that we should probably be aware that there are accepted solstice delineations that should be carefully evaluated.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Beltane 2019

TIMING BELTANE
 The Sun at 15° 00’ Taurus marks the cross-quarter day.
There is a distinction between the calendar accident of May Day, May 1, and Beltane, a seasonally timed holy day, midway between Equinox and Solstice. The Spring/Summer midpoint occurs this year, May 5 in Hawai’i, at 9:02:39 AM AHST. Here’s a list with a few more time zones.

19:02:39 UTC, (UTC +0)
Sun, May 5, 2019

London, United Kingdom*
8:02:39 pm BST (UTC +1)
Sun, May 5, 2019

New York, NY, USA*
3:02:39 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Sun, May 5, 2019

Chicago, IL, USA*
2:02:39 pm CDT (UTC -5)
Sun, May 5, 2019

Denver, CO, USA*
1:02:39 pm MDT (UTC -6)
Sun, May 5, 2019

Los Angeles, CA, USA*
12:02:39 pm PDT (UTC -7)
Sun, May 5, 2019

State of Hawai’i
9:02:39 am HST (UTC -10)
Sun, May 5, 2019
Beltane 2013
For the ancient Gaelic holiday, Beltane, the astronomical day is usually May 5. On the night of May 4, all hearth fires are extinguished. All fires are snuffed out. The people assemble at the highest point in the area. A bonfire, a sacred fire of four holy woods, is assembled and lit with a friction fire started with oak by the druid (priest). From the sacred fire torches are lit and the new fire is carried back to relight the hearth fires in the homes. In some areas more fires might be lighted and livestock walked between the fires to purify them that they bear healthy young. Then, there’s a bit of carrying on, dancing, and partying.
Around the Beltane bonfire by Two Truths

To Philip Stubbes in his Anatomie of Abuses (1583), holidays such as Beltane licensed immoral behavior. His is a puritan’s nightmare of revelry and debauchery.

“Against May, Whitsunday or other time, all the young men and maids, old men and wives run gadding overnight to the woods, groves, hills and mountains, where they spend all the night in pleasant pastimes, and in the morning they return, bringing with them birch and branches of trees, to deck their assemblies withal, and no marvel, for there is a great Lord present amongst them, as superintendent and Lord over their pastimes and sports, namely Satan prince of hell. But the chiefest jewel they bring from thence is their Maypole, which they bring home with great veneration, as thus: They have twenty of forty yoke of Oxen, every Ox having a sweet nosegay of flowers placed on the tip of his horns, and these Oxen draw home this Maypole (this stinking Idol rather) which is covered all over with flowers, and herbs bound ’round about with strings from the top to the bottom, and sometime painted with variable colours, with two or three hundred men, women, and children following it with great devotion. And thus being reared up, with handkerchiefs and flags hovering on the top, they straw the ground ’round about, bind green boughs about it, set up summer halls, bowers and arbors hard by it. And then fall they to dance about it like as the heathen people did at the dedication of the Idols, whereof this is a perfect pattern, or rather the thing itself. I have heard it credibly reported . . . that of forty, threescore, or a hundred maids going to the wood overnight, there have scarcely the third part of them returned home again undefiled.”
Beltane Edinburgh 2010
A more friendly appreciation of the ancient rite was offered by Rudyard Kipling. This is from his poem, A Tree Song.

Oh, do not tell the Priest our plight,
Or he would call it a sin;
But--we have been out in the woods all night,
A-conjuring Summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth-
Good news for cattle and corn--
Now is the Sun come up from the South,
With Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!
May Pole Waldorf
This time in the year has been celebrated for ages with holidays, holy days, and festivals. I can remember in my toddler-hood walking around a Maypole (oddly at Saint Theresa’s Elementary School) holding a ribbon and not having a clue about what was going on, but enjoying the color and chaos. May Day in this country became associated with workers rights and labor unions until, in the Fifties, armies, tanks, and rockets with red stars, came via TV, and Life and Look magazines, to show the Soviet “hijacking” of May Day. May Day festivities fell off in the U.S.A. lest Americans be seen to have an affinity for the “godless communists.”
May Day 2010
Doc Rowe writes in his MayDay: The Coming of Spring, “Today, Mayday for many is associated with anti-capitalist demonstrations; however, Mayday originated as a pagan festive holy day celebrating the first spring planting. The Celts and Saxons celebrated Beltane, which means the day of fire (Bel was the Celtic god of the sun).
“Celebrations began on the eve of Mayday with feasts marking the end of winter and the return of the sun. These celebrations continued in Britain until the 1700's when they were outlawed by the church.”
Wheel of the Year
At Beltane the Sun is in the center of the Fixed Earth Sign, Taurus. In his book, The Pulse of Life, Dane Rudhyar writes: “‘Production’ is a key-word with Taurus. Everything which Taurus touches should be productive if it is at all to be considered as significant. But production depends upon the control of the basic energies of human or earthly nature. . . . Taurus insists on making energy productive. . . . Productive energy—energy which is controlled and formed—is power. Thus Taurus is a power-sign of the Zodiac. It is one of the four great moments of the year-cycle when life operates definitely and creatively in terms of power and purpose. [Taurus is one of the] gates through which power and purpose are released and experienced.”



One might consider and include the New Moon 20hr 17mn before the exact Taurus cross-quarter (15°) if you wish to get into some astrological druidry.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Spring Equinox 2019

The Vernal (Northward) Equinox, Start of Spring, Aries Ingress

Eostre by AngiandSilas
People have been sharing the post I offered for last year’s Vernal Equinox. I’m honored that they find it relevant. For the ritually oriented and the curious, here are 2019 Spring Equinox times for Greenwich and the USA.

March 20, 2019

21:58:22 PM GMT also known as 9:58:22 PM
05:58:22 PM EDT +4
04:58:22 PM CDT +5
03:58:22 PM MDT +6
02:58:22 PM PDT +7
11:58:22 AM AHST +10:00:00



[Daylight Saving Time, already in effect in the United States, starts in Great Britain and most of Europe on March 31, 2019. When local standard time there reaches Sunday, March 31, 2019, 1:00:00 AM clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, March 31, 2019, 2:00:00 AM, local daylight time.]

March 20 brings the Vernal Equinox, also known as Ostara, or Eostre, or Eastre,  named for the Germanic Goddess of spring and dawn. When the Sun's path along the Ecliptic (where the Signs or Zodiac are aligned with solstices and equinoxes) crosses the Celestial Equator from the South to the North we have the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring, zero degrees of Aries. The longer nights of the winter season are now in equal balance with daylight.  From this point, the length of daylight grows.  It is the beginning point of the Zodiac that astrologers use for measure

All points in the eight-fold year (defined by the astronomical measure of solstices, equinoxes, and the midpoints between those) are marked by human celebrations, holidays, and holy days. It’s my contention that those coincidental celebrations are not accidental but knowingly or circumstantially correspond to the astronomical. There are holy days with the Jewish and Christian calendars (also with Chinese, Hindu, and other systems of reckoning) that combine New and Full Moons with solstices and equinoxes. For example, the Full Moon after the Spring (Vernal) Equinox is Passover. The Sunday following that Full Moon is Easter (the preceding Friday is Good).

Some astrologers chart the Vernal Equinox (Aries Ingress) and derive information about at least three and at most twelve months following. Other astrologers favor the Winter Solstice (Capricorn Ingress) for the twelve months following that event. Many mundane astrologers will chart all four, Solstices and Equinoxes, and utilize those charts for a sense of the three months that follow those. The chart for the first day of Spring is said to be in effect, for the year until next Spring.  It is considered especially strong until the Summer Solstice chart "comes in" in June.

Happy Solstice!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

TIMING 2019 IMBOLC

Current technology gives easy access to calculate the precise moment of astronomical phenomena, including of the cross-quarter days, those that are mid-way between the solstices and equinoxes. We’ve already seen one of the reflections of a cross-quarter recognition with the February 2 attention to Groundhog Day, brought to the Americas by European immigrants who used different animals in their home countries. Some didn’t use animals at all but on the morning of notice saw either a clear cold day with sunshine (winter continues) or a damp, cloudy day (the ground begins to warm).
Imbolc Flowers - Church of All Worlds
15° Mid-Aquarius
February 4, 2019
03:14:35 AM UT/GMT
February 3, 2019
10:14:35 PM EST
09:14:35 PM CST
08:14:35 PM MST
07:14:35 PM PST
05:14:35 PM AHST

From Palden Jenkins we have this:
“...there is a distinction between the quarters and the cross-quarters. The quarters represent change-points in energy-patterning, in terms of light. The cross-quarters represent change-points in manifest energy, in terms of visible seasonal changes. The peaks of the four seasons show themselves at the cross-quarters.”

Biddy Murphy Irish Gifts
Imbolc or Imolg is celebrated at the end of January/beginning of February in Celtic and pagan traditions when Winter has reached its peak, the days are lengthening slightly, and the first signs of Spring begin to show. Coinciding events include Saint Brigid’s Day, Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus, Candlemas, and Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Those who minded such things were advisers to kings and to farmer folk. They had the respect of those whom they advised. Some were scientifically oriented, some were more intuitively minded. They were priests, nuns, druids, shamans, witches, and wizards who had respect as men and women of wisdom. Their attunement to the astronomical had nothing like the precision of timing offered here, and that timing may not be a superior tool for its accuracy. As long as it’s available though, it may be useful for some to incorporate into personal, ritual, or social practice.

Brigid found on Etsy
Inspired by "Sacred Celebrations, A Sourcebook"
The active phase of life in the Northern Hemisphere is beginning as daylight lengthens and the sun returns warmth. This awareness might be combined with intuitive receptive energy and what has been assimilated and understood on inner levels during the winter months is source material for the season ahead. It is a time for new beginnings, emerging ideas, and the outer growth of personal seeds from their incubation period within.
Glennie Kindred  http://www.gothicimage.co.uk/books/sacredcelebs1.html

A nature oriented wise person might also take note of and include lunations, new and full moons, as they may sometimes tie in closely with astronomical days. At the exact moment of the 2019 Imbolc Cross Quarter, the Moon is 8 degrees from the New Moon Sun. She catches the Sun about 15 hours after the cross quarter moment still within the 15th degree of the cross quarter. The final hours before the Moon joins the degree where the Sun is gives a sense of absolute consolidation. The cycle in completion is about to birth a new cycle from the loved or hated stuff of the closing cycle as it is dying and being born. For this a keyword, Emergence.

New Moon 15° 45’ Aquarius, February 4, 2019
09:03:28 PM UT/GMT
04:03:28 PM EST
03:03:28 PM CST
02:03:28 PM MST
01:03:28 PM PST
11:03:28 AM AHST

Thursday, December 20, 2018

TIMING THE 2018 WINTER SOLSTICE

At Winter Solstice the realm of the night has reached its maximum. Sol reaches his shortest period in the day sky while the night is the longest of the year. From the point of Winter Solstice onward to the Summer Solstice there is an increase of light.
David Degner/Getty Images
At solstice inside Karnak Temple in Egypt, one may see the sunrise in the entryway, between the high walls. The sun’s rays gleam through the pillars and chambers, including the Sanctuary of Amun, marking the beginning of the shortest day of the year.

TIMING THE 2018 WINTER SOLSTICE
Southward Solstice
Capricorn Ingress
December 21
10:22:40 PM UT/GMT
05:22:40 PM EST
04:22:40 PM CST
03:22:40 PM MST
02:22:40 PM PST
12:22:40 PM AHST
Via the magazine, Sky & Telescope
At Winter Solstice the realm of the night has reached its maximum. Sol reaches his shortest period in the day sky while the night is the longest of the year. From the point of Winter Solstice onward to the Summer Solstice there is an increase of light.
Available from MoonDragonCards moondragoncards.com
Donna Henes has a very poetic take on this famously still time, a time that is inevitably punctuated by eruptions from the depths of undifferentiated potential.

"The year is a wheel with eight spokes. Each circuit is comparable to the cycle of a human [sic] life. The Winter Solstice is the time before we were born, the great dark uterine void from which all is [sic] formed. The vast black ring around all possibility, its perimeter bulging with promise. Light is conceived in the cold dark at the time of the Winter Solstice. The smallest spark, the most tentative hint of a glow, is imagined in the dense ambiance of its absence. The sun is a mere gleam in the eye of eternity. Light, no matter how tiny, equals life."

-- Donna Henes, Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles & Celebrations. New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 1966, p. 5. Thanks to Astrolabe.
Via NASA
Astrologers look to two astronomical points, the Winter Solstice, and the Spring Equinox, as the year’s starting point. Here’s the vote for the Winter Solstice.
"...in very ancient times the most important yearly turning points were considered to be the summer and winter solstices. Later, in the 4th century A.D., the Emperor Julian opted for the Winter Solstice in particular, "when King Helios returns to us again, and leaving the region furthest south and rounding Capricorn as though it were [sic] a goal-post, advances from the south to the north to give us our share of blessings of the year."

--- Quoted by Charles Harvey in Michael Baigent, Nicholas Campion, and Charles Harvey, Mundane Astrology, 2nd ed. London, Aquarian Press, 1992.

In the 20th century, Charles Carter in England and Alfred Witte in Germany both echoed the Emperor Julian's sentiments and made a persuasive case for the Capricorn ingress to be regarded (astrologically speaking) as the beginning, or start of the year, while the general consensus among most “Western” astrologers is that the Vernal Equinox (Spring) begins the astrological year. Witte saw the Capricorn ingress as the beginning of the solar cycle. In the Northern Hemisphere it's the time when the old Sun dies and a new one is born, and, as Chinese astrologers saw it, increasing yin switches over to increasing yang. Like the New Moon, which most astrologers acknowledge to be the beginning of the lunar cycle, the Winter Solstice marks the end of the waning half of the cycle and the beginning of a new waxing half.
--- via Astrolabe AUG2.htm (TR edited)

In the Eight-fold Year, the Winter Solstice marks YULE.
Here’s an excerpt from a recent solstice discussion in Facebook.
Ellen M Zucker wrote:
One explanation I heard about Dec 25th being used as the date for Christmas is that at the Solstice the Sun virtually comes to a stop for three days. On Christmas, the Sun slowly begins its path northward beginning the cycle of lengthening daylight.
TR: At many places on the planet, maybe on every continent, I don’t know, there are monuments, standing stones, or geological realities, that are or can be used for tracking the course of the sun through the seasons. If you pay attention and live at the same location for some years you will be able to mark and track the sun’s seasonal course from its rise and set points at the solstices. If you haven’t done that, make a point of noting the day of the solstice and the precise (as much as you can) location of sunrise and of sunset. In the northern hemisphere, the point of sunrise will be as far south as it will get (Winter Solstice) and will proceed through the year to rise further and further north until the summer solstice when it reaches the point as far north as it will get. From then the sun’s rise will proceed to occur a titch more southerly, back to the winter solstice. At the equinoxes, the sun’s rise will be precisely due east and will set due west. That’s what the sun dagger in Chaco Canyon is about and the better known Stonehenge in England, marking and measurement. Where you are on the planet makes a difference, but not to the timing of the solstices and equinoxes other than in the southern hemisphere the winter solstice is the summer solstice in the north, etc.

The idea that the sun does not move for three days is an observational one, not a physical reality. The precise moment of standstill can be calculated to the second, although visually, the sun may seem to rise in the same place for a few days in a row. Since computer programs can give the precise timing, I use it. Astrologers have used the timing of solstices and equinoxes for mundane appraisal of the time period to follow. Some do a mind-bendingly good job of that. Certain Uranian astrologers come to mind. I use the precise timing personally and privately to honor the moments.

I expect that many will use this solstice to enjoy the release of the new film, Aquaman.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

2018 TIMING SAMHAIN – twixt Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice

Samhain is one of the four Cross-Quarter Days affiliated with holidays and holy days, that due to inaccuracies of the calendar, or by convention and tradition, have slipped out of alignment with the astronomical. The four are metaphysically regarded for spirit world connections, omens and divination. They are Imbolc (midwinter, Groundhog Day), Beltane (May Day), Lammas (harvest and second planting), and Samhain (Hallowe’en, All Souls Day, El Día de los Muertos).
Thanks to computer programs there is precision to pinpoint the astronomical moment of events, something astrologers do in calculating horoscopes. Here is the timing for the Sun, precisely midway between the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice, the Scorpio midpoint.

November 7, 2018
11:31:40 AM UT/GMT
06:31:40 AM EST
05:31:40 AM CST
04:31:40 AM MST
03:31:40 AM PST
01:31:40 AM AHST +10:00:00

In olden times, well before the “Common Era,” C.E., that’s now called B.C.E., Before the Common Era (“Before Christ”), there was no way to give the timing that I’ve been offering for the Eight-fold Year, the Solstices, Equinoxes, and the midpoints of those that we call the Cross Quarter Days, that are holidays and holy days of Wicca, Paganism, the Old Religion, or what have you. The events can now be timed to the second and I think that’s pretty cool, so share the times I get from computer assisted calculations.

There was no monolithic “Old Religion” or paganism, but Solstices, Equinoxes and Cross Quarters were likely recognized and utilized by a variety of peoples from very ancient times for ritual, augury, and as portals to exchange with the world of Spirit. Ancient astronomical accuracy recognizing the events are evident in many more structures than Stonehenge and Chaco Canyon, and from a wide variety of cultures globally. The Eight-fold Year resonates in celebrations and ritual in the calendars of religions and peoples, often obscured from the source, such as Groundhog Day for Imbolc (in the belly) midway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

Samhain, a sabbat or high holiday and fire festival of the pagan calendar falls with the Sun at the midpoint of the sign Scorpio, the Scorpion, symbol of death and transformation. It is a Water Sign traditionally affiliated with Mars but akin as well with Pluto, not visible to the ancient world, but well recognized by the astrological community fairly quickly after its discovery, February 18, 1930.

Scorpio is of the body zone of sex when considering the astrological associations from head, Aries, to feet Pisces. While Mars is strongly in the masculine, male, camp, Pluto well includes the so-called dark female, embodied by Persephone from the Greek view, and especially with Inanna the Sumerian goddess. The richness of mid-Scorpio easily includes all of the celebrations, holy days, and rituals that cluster about this time.
Pagan Wiccan Greeting Card, designed by artist Amanda Clark

Friday, September 21, 2018

Autumnal (Southward) Equinox 2018


At the equinox the Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the southern hemisphere. twice a year the sun’s rays shine directly over the Earth’s equator. The sun rises and sets exactly due east and due west on the equinoxes. Instead of the Earth tilting away from or toward the sun, its axis of rotation becomes perpendicular to the line connecting the centers of the Earth and the sun. From Autumnal Equinox to Winter Solstice (December 22) the nights get longer.
Mucha

The Autumnal (Southward) Equinox, Sun enters Libra (Sun at 0° Libra), Maybon (Holy Day), September 22-23, 2018, 01:54:02 AM UT/GMT September 23, 2018
3:54:02 PM Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time September 22, 2018


The Equinox in other time zones:
September 23, 2018
UT/GMT     01:54:02 AM
UK         02:54:02 AM
September 22, 2018
EDT         09:54:02 PM
CDT         08:54:02 PM
MDT         07:54:02 PM
PDT         06:54:02 PM
HST         03:54:02 PM Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time 2018

The Wheel Turns Toward Darkness.
The energies of the Dark Gods and Goddesses begins to increase and gain attention. The balance described by the Taoist symbol of Yin and Yang reflects the Equinoxes but an imbalance begins at the point of Equinox as night begins to overtake daylight's duration. The processes of inward turning gain significance. Persephone returns to her throne with Hades in the Underworld.

As I grow older, and if not wiser, at least more knowledgeable, I understand more about the Wheel of the Year and the astrological implications of my birthday, and of all other birthdays the year long. The Sun is the core of being, the source of life on Earth and of the energetic (if not biological life) on the rest of the system that orbits Sol. The place of the Sun in the Tropical Zodiac is what determines your "Sign."

With this very, very basic astrology that verges perilously close to what I've called Signology, I grow ever more deeply toward a ritual appreciation of life and living. I grow closer to the sacredness of life, my respect for the mystery deepens, my connection to the chimera of the ancient gods increases. These are not the gods and goddesses of traditional and ancient devotion, but symbols arisen from the rhythms of the heartbeat of the solar system, of what some traditions know as "the Word."

There is that continual heartbeat of creation, the Sun. The Sun's communication with us has developed and will continue to develop over time. Our lives on earth are quite brief though and one earthly life will simply experience the Word as regularly as a heartbeat.

While the heartbeat may slowly alter over eons of time, Earth's relationship with the Center cycles rhythmically through the Centuries. That essential relationship of Earth to Sun establishes a core pattern that is the basis of Tropical Astrology. That is not to say that other orientations, other methods of astrology are inferior. In fact, I find Constellational Astrology (Sidereal and Jyotish for example) more intellectual, you might say more scientific (I wouldn't but some would).

The gift of increasing information by observation and experience seems to work in both directions for me. One direction is toward detail and technique and the other is toward a very Earth-oriented, you might say Pagan appreciation (I would say that, but only in the most basic ways beyond the approaches of specific groups or tribes like Wicca, Heathen, Thelema, or what have you).

My understanding of the Wheel of the Year or Season Cycle reaches to the roots of most beliefs and religions and even to modern physics. I find solid support for my understanding in several branches of physics, especially: quantum mechanics, special relativity, stellar, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, cosmological, evolutionary, bio, cellular, particle, experimental, theoretical, atomic, molecular, mechanical, condensed matter, optical, mathematical, and gravitational wave astronomy (I may have left some out).
 

"Because night and day are nearly in balance, the equinox is a great time to work on personal balance. This is the perfect time of year to re-evaluate where you are and take the steps necessary to get your personal and spiritual lives in order."
    --Nasco 


And just a reminder, in a few weeks, on November 4, 2018, Daylight Saving Time ends – turn clocks back one hour, 2:00 am becomes 1:00 am.