Wishing all viewers and bloggers and followers …and friends and family…and especially my chinese friends…Raymond, Yin & their 2 children, Ping & Christine and their soon to be born Son (who is going to be a Dragon. Wow!! And dearest pagan friend Reggie `Loose cannon’ Kwan… a fantastic New Year.
There is a fab article about this in the latest issue of Gaian Times, `Unleashing the mighty Dragon’ by my sister!. Here’s the quick link. http://www.gaiantimes.com/html/5__unleashing_the_dragon.html
Chinese New year is celebrated on the New Moon in the sign of Aquarius ..every year, and today is the aquarian new moon. The other culture who base their religious festivals around lunar stations is Hindus.
The `postcard’ below is created using photos I took of China town, London, and a dragon statue I have. By the way, the China Town’s New Year celebration in Central London takes place next Sunday 29th January’12 from 10am on wards. Am hoping to go with friends from Hern’s Tribe.. 🙂
Happy New Year!
First blog of the year 2012 – and so many thoughts and observations to blog about. Where to start?
Okay this isn’t exactly in the chronological order – but then, they say neither is Time itself – that is to say, Time is not linear??! And Space-Time is warped and the closest distance between 2 points is not a straight line, but a curved line etc.
Back to the New Year. Or rather to the picture. This one was taken on 2nd Jan’12, at 23.59hrs. It’s been brightened slightly, contrast increased, and obviously reduced in size. But apart from that, what you see is the waxing moon and the planet Jupiter – no special effects. Just a digital camera set to 3 Megapixels, put on 10 seconds timer to reduce any shakes, sat on a normal ladder outside, and put on night mode (takes an exposure of about 4-5 seconds I think).
Astrologers say Jupiter and Moon are both auspicious, and Venus – so am posting this picture as the first entry of 2012 (I saw all 3 a few days later at the same time…albeit separated by half a sky. They will be conjunct in a few moons, so should appear right next to each other).
I’ll put a reminder nearer the time. Meanwhile, around 24th January, we should see Moon with Venus. Am hoping for a photo like this for that event. If you have a digital camera, just go out there and take it. Astronomy starts easy!!
TRANSIT of VENUS (6th June 2012)
The biggest astronomical event of 2012 – that both Scientists and Astrologers are talking about – is the Venus transit of the Sun! This is where the planet Venus is going to be `seen’ passing in front of the Sun. (It’s like a Solar Eclipse – where the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun and blocks out the Sun temporarily.. But because of the stellar distances involved, Venus will be seen as a little spot moving across the width of the Sun. (Warning: do not look at this with naked eyes or any optical devices. It will blind you). It happens every 100+ years or so, and so is very unique. It happens in pairs – and what we are about to see in 2012 is the 2nd of the pair (first of this pair was in 2004, and lasted 6 hrs!). Next one will be in the year 2117 – and none of us alive today will see it again!!
“Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years .” Says the Wikipedia article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Venus
I am in the process of writing about the astrological symbology of this, as well as the Eclipse-Magic that can be done centered around the Transit of Venus. The `Eclipse-Magic e-workbook‘ will be published in early 2012. Keep an eye on my website http://www.craftandmagic.org/ for details of this in January.
ps. Reminder: BBC Tv’s Astronomy show `Stargazing Live!’ returns in January 2012 – for 3 nights – 16th, 17th & 18th January (8pm on BBC2). It covers the surface of the Moon, our galaxy the Milky Way, and Planets beyond Solar system (is here life out there?!) I’ll do a reminder nearer the time.
- Birth of the Sun-Child
Winter Solstice – when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn.. shortest day..longest night..!
This year it’s happening on Thursday 22nd December 2011.. at 5.30am (GMT). That’s the astrology.
Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and New-Agers celebrate this – and have done so for thousands of years – and consider the Sun-child being born. Makes sense as after this, the days get longer…Sun gets stronger ..growing its full force by Summer Solstice.
Of course this has been somewhat `acquired’ by Christianity, and repackaged as celebration fo the birth of Christ (baby Jesus!). Any decent effort at historical research will show that Christ was not born in December, but in earlier part of the year (if we can even consider the birth of Christ as `real’).
I have no problems with Christianity. Brought up as a Hindu, I also went to the nearby Church with family – once in a back in Ceylone in the early 70’s. No one would deny the `magic of this time’..
These days I look forward to the annual special show of Doctor Who on Christmas day.. and yes, I have a Yule tree in my home, and it has lights…and I think about those Christmassy feelings of childhood gone by..