Astrology has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BCE, and has its roots in calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications.
Many cultures have attached importance to astronomical events, and some – such as the Indians, Chinese, and Maya – developed elaborate systems for predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations.
Western astrology, one of the oldest astrological systems still in use, can trace its roots to the 17th century BCE Mesopotamia, from which it spread to Ancient Greece, Rome, the Arab world and eventually Central and Western Europe.
Astrology in its broadest sense means that we are searching for meaning in the night sky.
Sky watchers will get a special treat next week as the year’s brightest comet flies across the night sky.
Though the comet has the rather uninspiring name of “46P/Wirtanen,” it will be among the 10 closest comet approaches to Earth since 1950 and the 20th-closest approach of a comet dating as far back as the ninth century, according to Sky & Telescope.
Wirtanen’s closest approach to the sun will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, and its closest approach to Earth will be Sunday, Dec. 16, EarthSky said. On that day, the comet will be “only” 7.1 million miles from Earth, which is rather close in cosmic terms.
The comet should be visible with the naked eye, but the best views will probably be through binoculars and small telescopes, especially away from city lights. “Be sure to seek out dark skies in your quest for Comet 46P Wirtanen,” said David Dickenson of Universe Today.
One nuisance will be brightness from the increasingly full moon next week.
The comet and its coma will be rather large – two to three times the diameter of the moon.
At present, the comet can be spotted using telescope or binoculars. During the opening half of December, Wirtanen climbs through the constellation of Taurus, siting itself near to the Pleiades star cluster mid-month, before heading on towards the constellation of Auriga.
For any early risers, watch for Venus in the east brightly adorning the morning sky. Just before Christmas, the planet is joined by two others, Jupiter, with the harder-to-spot Mercury nearby just above it on December 21-22.
46P will continue on its journey and fade from earth’s view into January of 2019. Making it officially the first comet of the new year.
With Comet 46P traveling through these constellations and lining up in view with these particular planets, it maybe a sign, a warning…an omen for 2019.
Taurus, possibly the oldest constellation dating back to at least the Early Bronze Age when it marked the location of the Sun during the spring equinox. Its importance to the agricultural calendar influenced various bull figures in the mythologies of Ancient Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
Its long been a symbol for strength, stubborness, and success.
The constellation of Pleiades is also a very old constellation. Know as the “seven sisters” in many cultures.
The earliest known depiction of the Pleiades is likely a Northern German bronze age artifact known as the Nebra sky disk, dated to approximately 1600 BC.
The Babylonian star catalogues name the Pleiades meaning “stars”, and they head the list of stars along the ecliptic, reflecting the fact that they were close to the point of vernal equinox around the 23rd century BC.
The Ancient Egyptians may have used the names “Followers” and “Ennead” in the prognosis texts of the Calendar of Lucky and Unlucky Days of papyrus Cairo 86637. Some Greek astronomers considered them to be a distinct constellation, and they are mentioned by Hesiod’s Works and Days, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and the Geoponica.
Some scholars of Islam suggested that the Pleiades are the “star” mentioned in Sura An-Najm of the Quran.
The Pleiades cluster is associated generally with ‘wisdom’, & knowledge.
The constellation of Auriga dates back to Mesopotamia where it has long been associated with a schimatar or a crook. More broadly known as a goat herder.
Goatherders are historically mentioned meaning good health and vitality in western astrology.
Capella is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. Capella is the Latin word for “nanny goat”, and this lovely star is often called the Goat Star.
Capella also has some legend about it. It is reputed to represent the goat that suckled Zeus. At some point Zeus accidentally broke off a horn.
In contrition, he made this piece of horn magical in that it could be filled with whatever the possessor wished for. It was given the name Cornucopia, or “horn of plenty.”
Jupiter is known as the King of the planets, due to its size.
Jupiter is the chief Roman god, husband of Juno, and god of light, of the sky and weather, and of the state and its welfare and its laws. Generally associated with authority and leaders.
Jupiter is also a protector of earth, as it literally protects earth with its gravitational pull steering projectiles away from Earth.
Mercury is known in many cultures as the messenger of the gods.
Venus is largely feminine. Associated with love, wealth and fertility.
2019 in the Chinese Zodiac is the year of the Pig or boar. The pig symbol in Asia is associated with abundance, wealth and success.
On the Jewish calendar, it is the year 5779, dubbed the Feast of the Trumpets. It is the last year in a sequence of years known as the Eye. According to Jewish mysticism, it is the last year of a reveal, a coming to truth as God reveals it to us. Exposing the corrupt before we can fest
in the light.
If you follow Comet 46P’s journey across the night sky with in mind all of these historical meanings it paints a ‘message’, a sign or omen for 2019 pertaining to worldly events and nations.
World leaders who lead with strength and even borish stubborness whom seek to expose the truth will continue to see economic prosperity even greater than before.
This will serve as a message from God, those nations that succeed. Those who do not, will see a confrontation of choice.
Love and unity of a people will grow, for those who adhere to law and order, heal and calm from this prosperity as those nations who heed this omen will enjoy the feast and friendships will continue to grow.
Corruption, darkness will be exposed in a grand finale and this will make our nations healthy and multiply in success with abundance.