Into the Mystic
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. — Vincent Van Gogh
I for one have had way too much data thrown at me this year. Numbers, graphs, charts all displaying little hope, and instead offering increasingly more of the same. Numerical data drives the 21st Century — Information Age. The very system we all use to connect to one another is based on the basic binary code of zero and one. People have been counting and calculating for thousands of years. But for tens of thousands of years, we have looked to nature, and the stars for signs and portents of the future. The year 2020 is being consumed by the inexorable passage of time. Scientists are telling us there is a great dark winter coming. Let’s look up for omens of change.
We all need signs of hope, even if they are so-called “unscientific”. All matter in the Universe was created from cosmic energy. From the atomic to the galactic, vibrating waves of energy create our reality. So lets throw some celestial energy into the mix. There are many ways to astrologically forecast what’s up ahead, and you don’t have to believe in them to enjoy them. Let’s delve into the metaphysical for a bit. First: The Great Conjunction on the Winter Solstice — December 21, 2020. Conjunction — two or more heavenly bodies at the same celestial longitude. Jupiter and Saturn will be so close in the night sky they will appear as one planet. They will align in the constellation Aquarius for the first time in 400 years.
They say Aquarius is the sign of innovation, intellect and ideas. It is a time for intellectual innovation and introducing new ideas. I learned there are many ways to calculate the Age of Aquarius. This is all based on a 28,500 year cycle called axial precession or precession of the equinoxes. That big a number gives us some breathing room on the dates, so let’s just say we are in the Age of Aquarius now. Researching this stretched my imagination at times, such as an “expert” saying Aquarius is traditionally associated with “electricity, computers, flight, democracy…” To me it seems they are stretching that word “traditionally” to its breaking point. But hey, It’s the Age of Aquarius — “…peace will guide the planets; And love will steer the stars…”
But wait, there’s more. It all begins November 30/December 1 — with the Mourning Moon. This night there will be a “penumbral lunar eclipse” (at 9:44 UTC). The moon will darken but not like in a total eclipse. The King of the Meteor Showers is Coming on December 7- 17 — Geminids Meteor Shower. The peak will be on the night of the 13th , and morning of the 14th. But the morning of the 15th will be great too, because of the new moon. There may be up to 120 meteors an hour. Although they can appear anywhere, look towards the constellation Gemini. December 21 is the Winter Solstice. On that day, don’t forget to look for what looks like a double planet. Jupiter and Saturn will be extremely close. Look to the West just after sunset. The Ursids is another meteor shower coming out of the Big Dipper Dec 21, 22.
It’s not over yet. The full moon in December is called the Cold Moon. There will be another Blue Moon on December 30. So the stars and planets are aligning for the end of 2020 to go out in icy blue glory. While the data shows frightening darkness ahead related to the pandemic and global economy, let’s look up to the stars to guide us through the cold dark nights. Let us all shine on together. We all shine on…like the moon and the stars and the sun…we all shine on…come on and on and on… John Lennon