January 13, 2021: Mercury and Venus can be found in the west-southwest during bright evening twilight. Mars is higher in the sky when the sky is darker. It is nearing the planet Uranus.2021, January 13: Evening Planets — When the Curves Line Up
Image courtesy of Vancouver’s Winter Solstice Lantern Festival 2020 Marsilio Ficino wrote in a letter to Rinaldo Orsini: “… I recalled what the ancient sages say, not without very good reason, in their fables about Saturn and Jupiter, Mars and Venus; they say that Mars is bound by Venus, and Saturn by Jupiter. Thus simply […]Yuletide 2020 — The Classical Astrologer
Today is the winter solstice, which as I have explained on various occasions, in the past, is for me the natural New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day rather than the arbitrary 31 December/1 January. Obligatory Stonehenge winter solstice image Today in also the occurrence of a so-called great conjunction in astronomy/astrology, which is when, viewed from […]The solar year ends and starts with a great conjunction — The Renaissance Mathematicus
Jupiter makes its way through Aquarius from December 19th of 2020 to December 28th of 2021, emphasizing a widespread desire for freedom and the joining of forces with those of like mind in order to achieve shared goals and aspirations. Aquarius is the sign that represents the intellectual and material capacities of man, his or […]Jupiter in Aquarius and the Reshaping of Culture —
Did only three men see the star over Bethlehem? Might others have looked seeing nothing more than an ordinary light? The world never knew it was there. What did the wise men see but a star that led them to “the light of the world”? In the beginning, before there were stars, a sun, a […]How Bright the Star of Bethlehem — God’s Grace ~ God’s Glory!
December is THE month when we have the much-awaited Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius. Years and even centuries from now, people will refer to 2020 as “the year of the big shift”. 1,632 more wordsAstrology Of December 2020 – Jupiter Conjunct Saturn in Aquarius —
Saturn in Aquarius is one of the most anticipated transits of the year. Saturn enters Aquarius on December 17, 2020 and will stay in Aquarius until March 2023. We cannot talk about Saturn in Aquarius without putting it into the context of Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on December 21st, 2020, at 0° Aquarius. This is not ‘just’ […]Saturn in Aquarius 2020-2023 – What to Expect —
By the middle of the nineteenth century there was no doubt that the Earth rotated on its own axis, but there was still no direct empirical evidence that it did so. There was the indirect evidence provided by the Newton-Huygens theory of the shape of the Earth that had been measured in the middle […]The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part LI — The Renaissance Mathematicus
By the middle of the eighteenth century, Newton’s version of the heliocentric theory had been universally accepted by all of those knowledgeable enough to express a considered opinion on the subject. However, some (most?) Jesuit astronomers continued to pay lip service to a variant of the Tychonic geo-heliocentric system, as their personal allegiance to the […]The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part XLIX — The Renaissance Mathematicus
The model of the solar system that Johannes Kepler presented in his mature work had dimension significantly larger than any of the other geocentric, heliocentric, or geo-heliocentric systems on offer in the early part of the seventeenth century. Although by 1630, Kepler’s heliocentric system with its elliptical orbits had become one of the two leading […]The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part XLVIII — The Renaissance Mathematicus
A baleful visage rising
Moon — why are you blue?
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