Astronomy

Pluto has a new moon!

Uranus rules surprising events, so it’s an interesting synchronicity that a new Moon around Pluto is discovered just as the square between Uranus and Pluto reaches its closest point until next year.  Temporarily named P-4, the new moon may ultimately be called Cerberus after the dog that guards the gates of Hades.

The New Horizons mission is expected to reach Pluto in 2015, just as the square of Uranus to Pluto reaches its completion.

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By | 2011-07-22T06:41:11+00:00 July 22nd, 2011|Astronomy|Comments Off on Pluto has a new moon!

The Universe defies expectations

Hubble telescope

I always feel a certain amount of glee when conventional science is turned on its head.  After all, conventional science pooh-poohs not only astrology, but also psychology and any other field of study which cannot be rigorously tested and duplicated without fail.

So naturally I love this:

Space is festooned with vast “hyperclusters” of galaxies, a new cosmic map suggests. It could mean that gravity or dark energy – or perhaps something completely unknown – is behaving very strangely indeed.

We know that the universe was smooth just after its birth. Measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB), the light emitted 370,000 years after the big bang, reveal only very slight variations in density from place to place. Gravity then took hold and amplified these variations into today’s galaxies and galaxy clusters, which in turn are arranged into big strings and knots called superclusters, with relatively empty voids in between.

On even larger scales, though, cosmological models say that the expansion of the universe should trump the clumping effect of gravity. That means there should be very little structure on scales larger than a few hundred million light years across.

But the universe, it seems, did not get the memo. Shaun Thomas of University College London (UCL), and colleagues have found aggregations of galaxies stretching for more than 3 billion light years. The hyperclusters are not very sharply defined, with only a couple of per cent variation in density from place to place, but even that density contrast is twice what theory predicts.

“This is a challenging result for the standard cosmological models,” says Francesco Sylos Labini of the University of Rome, Italy, who was not involved in the work. …

The result hints at some profound new physical phenomenon, perhaps […]

By | 2011-06-27T05:27:48+00:00 June 27th, 2011|Astronomy|3 Comments

Pagan aspects of the Solstice

Astrologer Gary Caton has a about the pagan symbolism in the Wheel of the Year and also connects the Solstices and Equinoxes to the Tarot:

there are 4 cards in the Tarot which tell the story of these 4 cardinal points that begin the 4 seasons. The first of these cards is The Sun. This is the card of the Winter Solstice and it speaks of the re-birth of the Sun at mid-winter as the days begin to grow longer again. It is followed by The Emperor (Spring Equinox), which speaks of the triumph of Light over Darkness as the days become longer than the nights. The Hanged Man (Summer Solstice) follows, and speaks of the surrender of Light to the growing Darkness as the days begin to shorten in length. Finally we have The Devil, who is sort of an anti-Emperor and speaks of the triumph of Darkness over Light as the nights become longer than the days. …

The Horned God, who is the consort of the Goddess, takes two forms which alternate much like the yin/yang of the Taoists -the Holly King and the Oak King. This can be seen to reflect the declination cycle of the Sun through the seasons as outlined above. At Winter solstice two kings are born -the Light King and the Dark King. The Light King rules the first half of the year. At midsummer he is sacrificed (in effigy) and the Dark King rules the 2nd half of the year. The Dark King can be thought of as Bacchus or Dionysus instead of the “Devil.” He represents chaos and catharsis whereas the Light King represents order and stability.

By | 2011-06-22T16:03:34+00:00 June 22nd, 2011|Astronomy|Comments Off on Pagan aspects of the Solstice

Much ado about Comet Elenin

Comet EleninOver the past few months I have read lots of exciting news about Comet Elenin – that it could be the Blue Star Kachina of the Hopi Prophecy, heralding the end times, or that it is actually Planet X, the Nibiru of Zechariah Sitchin fame that comes close to Earth every 3600 years.  Or that the Comet Elenin was a Brown Dwarf star headed for a collision of earth in September of 2011, ready to extinguish life on earth as we know it.

Despite the frenzy of fearmongering and misinformation, there are some interesting coincidences that have followed Comet Elenin which was discovered in December of 2010.  One scientist has found going back as far as 2006 that correspond to increased seismic activity.


The timing of the Elenin/Sun/Earth alignment of March 15th just after the spectacular horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11th has given rise to speculation that the perihelion of Comet Elenin in September 2011 could give rise to more dramatic seismic activity.  The earthquake in Japan was preceded by an and a coronal mass ejection (CME) that hit the Earth’s atmosphere on March 10th after an M-class flare on March 7th.  As astrologers know, alignments are generally stronger when they are in their applying phase than their separating phase.

Most scientists, of course, don’t believe that Comet Elenin has a strong enough magnetic field to have any effect on Earth.

“Comet Elenin will not only be far away, it is also on the small side for comets. And comets are not the most densely-packed objects out there. They usually have the density of […]

By | 2011-06-17T16:49:27+00:00 June 17th, 2011|Astronomy|4 Comments
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