Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Fixed Stars Currently in Cancer

Onward with a series of monthly posts on Fixed Stars in each tropical zodiac sign.

Data for Cancer from Astroweb (HERE), showing star positions in 1900 in the left-hand column and in 2000 on the right.

Astrological interpretations for most of those stars, if found to be tightly conjunct a natal personal planet, or important point, are available online. A good, all-encompassing website to investigate for this is Constellation of Words.

So...which of those shall I choose to expand upon this month? The best known of the lot, I think, is Sirius, aka the Dog Star. I recall researching a little on that star some years ago....a re-airing:

The Old Farmer's Almanac, a venerated publication first on the streets of the USA in 1792, has the dog days, summer's hottest, most sultry days, spanning 40 days from 3 July to 11 August. Other, possibly more up to date, sources have the dog days set during a slightly later period of summer. Whatever dates are involved there's a link to the heliacal (at sunrise) rising of Sirius the Dog Star. Movements of Sirius have been noted by inhabitants of planet earth from as long ago as records exist - and probably long before that.

Sirius is a binary star system composed of Sirius A and Sirius B; there's supposition of a third star involved, but no proof of this. Sirius shines brightest of all bodies in the night sky. In case of difficulty pinpointing Sirius just look for the three stars in a row forming Orion's belt, extend the line southeastward - there it is.

Click on image for clearer view:

 Hat-tip here

It's possible to wander, all unsuspecting, into realms of myth and wonder while chasing information on Sirius. I shall post only what can be seen to be true(ish), and leave stories related to, for instance, the ancestry of the Dogon tribe of Africa for others to investigate.

Astrologer "Dr. Z" is always a good read, his piece on this fixed star is titled
Dog Days of Summer - Let’s Get Sirius.

The following paragraphs come from a piece written by Denise St.Denis at Souled
Sirius is also associated with liberation; in fact, according to ancient teachings, the very concept of freedom itself resides in human consciousness because of the influence of this star system. Interestingly enough, the time each year our sun conjuncts Sirius at 14 degrees Cancer is close to July 4, America's Independence Day. Bastille Day, the French equivalent of Independence Day is July 14, and Canada celebrates its independence from England on July 1; Dominion Day. Venezuela's Independence Day is observed July 5, while Argentina's is celebrated on July 9. And noting, Iraq's Freedom Day, when the new Coalition government took control, happened on June 28, 2004 (two days earlier than it had been announced).

In 1993–1994, as the "great conjunction" of Sirius A and B approached, a wave of freedom swept our world culminating in the breakdown of the communist rule in Europe and the liberation of the Russian people from the hard-line Communist party. The Berlin Wall fell as the cold war ended ... these events transpired simultaneously with the magnetic forces building to their highest intensity on Sirius. Is there a connection? Perhaps. Conditions on our world may not become as dramatic as previously described; nevertheless, certain major adjustments are likely to occur.
Interesting eh?

The next "great conjunction" of Sirius A and B, will occur in around 50 years from 1993 = 2043. I'll not be around, but if a younger reader passes by and stops to read, do make a note of the year 2043, and watch what happens then!


mike said...

Alhena is conjunct my natal Uranus in Cancer and is not afflicted. From
"With Uranus: Timid, suspicious, selfish, economical over small things and extravagant in large ones, emotional, vacillating, unpractical and much influenced by habits, easily hypnotized, occult interests and secret psychic ability, afflicted with Cancerian ailments, two or more marriages, one very early and extremely unhappy especially if female, unfavorable for home and children. If a woman, good-looking and many friends but enemies among women. [Robson*, p.127.]"

The interpretation sounds similar to that for any Scorpio, to which I have Sun, Mercury, and Venus all conjunct, so it's difficult for me to differentiate. My Alhena-Uranus conjunction is trine my Scorpio planets. I can say that I'm NOT easily hypnotized...tried hypnotism many years ago as a method to quit smoking. The professional, psychologist-hypnotist said that I most definitely WAS hypnotized, but I never "felt" it and I was perfectly conscious the entire time, including writing the check to the hypnotist for $50 (a lot of $ 30 years ago!).

Are you in the deluge of rain and flooding? We are having a week of hot & steamy here, without rain. Grass and weeds growing faster than I can mow and pull and I'm constantly facing yard work...very tiring.

mike (again) said...

P.S. - forgot to mention that the session with the hypnotist did NOT produce results other than depleting my bank account. I wasn't hypnotized.

Twilight said...

mike ~ Terry Nazon has this for Alhena:

Acute sensitivity, creative imagination, artistic skills, writing, injuries to feet
And that its character is of Mercury/Venus/Jupiter and is "fortunate".

That's nicer - apart from the foot thing !

Did you stop smoking as a result of your attempt at hypnosis though?

We have had a few hours of steady rain today, and some at the weekend - it hasn't been torrential, but certainly much more than we're used to seeing in July. Weeds love it don't they? I've more or less despaired of keeping our wee strip of garden weed-free.
Bindweed grows almost as you walk past, and twirls around anything available, the more I pull it out the more it grows, same with a clover-looking weed - it's not ugly, so I leave it, it covers nasty looking ground anyway. Most of the creeping ground cover plants we put in a couple of years ago died off from the ice and/or drought -weeds never succumb to the elements it seems. :-/

mike (again) said...

Yes, Nazon's interpretation sounds much better...I'll take it. I had a severe foot injury as a child: chain on bicycle broke and I had to use my bare feet to brake, ripping the skin off the sole of one foot. I have flat feet, which caused more problems in my earlier days than nowadays, maybe because shoes are constructed better and more therapeutically.

No, I did not quit smoking as a result of the psychologist-hypnotist. It was a waste of money. I went to the hypnotist as the easy way to quit, which doesn't exist with nicotine...LOL.

I'm very intrigued with most of our "weeds" here. Like yours, they thrive in the harshest conditions. I've tried identifying several, but to no avail. I figure that many, if not all, are medicinal to some extent, and I want to know the folklore. There are some that seem ubiquitous to all of the regions I've lived in, such as the group called pillory weeds (they grow near trash dumps and sites stripped of vegetation). We have two types of grass that is a huge nuisance. One radiates out flat like spokes and can't be mowed, and has very tough stems suitable for basket weaving...the other grows into huge, tall clumps very quickly, and is hard to see when growing under bushes until the leaves poke through and are five feet tall, by then having major roots that are extremely hard to pull (more like excavate!).

Twilight said...

mike (again) ~ You've got me investigating the names of our weedy lodgers. It seems what husband called bindweed isn't - it's more like proper ivy, though with fairly small leaves. Maybe it's not a weed, but it's very very quick growing and tenacious. The clover-like weed must actually be clover but no flowers bloom. Husband had to dig out what was fast becoming a young elm tree - trying to grow through one of the ornamental bushes the other day - presumably from a seed blown in and sheltered.

We get odd blades of grass shooting up in bare spots in the front strip of garden too - I pull them out, roots and all, but that doesn't stop re-growth. We've never used weed killer, don't want to endanger any passing squirrel, bird, skunk, racoon, stray dog, coyote, cat or other wildlife.

Our backyard is much as nature intended - it gets a cutting weekly when needed, of course. It has, in places, some strange clumps of grass, not the usual kind, but maybe not similar to those you describe. A Crepe Myrtle we planted a few years ago was almost killed by a ice storm, struggled back, got ill again in the drought, but now, pruned much smaller, it is growing well and blooming.

We've had to have two big trees taken down at the back and one at the front - due to damage or disease, still one big Cottonwood at back and a Maple in front, hanging on, but barely. Just over the back fence a Mimosa tree took root about a year or maybe a wee bit more, ago. Just a 3 foot high bushy thing at first, visible above the fence, over this spring it has shot up to reach the cables above, and is a real tree with blooms on it - all in the space of not much more than 2 years! Cableone will have to come give it a pruning soon or our internet will suffer.

Our backyard remains for for birds, squirrels, a rabbit, moles, gofers (sp?), and whatever else visits. It adjoins a pasture with nice big trees, cows, and occasional horses often roam there. We used to see a deer too at times, and wild turkeys would wander past, possibly after visiting a nearby creek - but not since the drought. Maybe they'll return now.

We seem to have waxed all "sons of the soil" (or something) this afternoon. LOL!

Anonymous said...

If I hold up my chart and look south, Alhena's on the top.
If I look a little left of it, I can see the Moon ... above Alpha Canis Major.

Most of the time, I'm a sensitive, shy artist type. And ... I like being that way.
There isn't a shoe that I haven't worn, and my feet have always been sensitive.
... and rather flat :)

I've had "two" bosses/co-workers that were hypnotist's.
I myself have job-related (mc!) skills in that arena.


I'm also the kind of guy who gets a bang out of ...

kidd ( ... not a Tiger like Mugsy)

Twilight said...

Anon/kidd ~ Hmmm interesting - Alhena again! Nice! I don't recognise "mc", and wonder what job related skills are in areas of the hypnotic - Master of Ceremonies? I think that's more in Mugsy's line - I can imagine him presenting a "Roast" of some over-hyped celebrity or other. :-)

Yes, those animated movies are some of the better and most enjoyable ones of recent years (of those I've seen anyway).

Anonymous said...

Midheaven ...
Therapeutic ...

Twilight said...

Anon - I see - thanks - silly me! :-)