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Two more Moons for Pluto, god of Hades
Votes for the names of Pluto’s newly discovered moons–P4 in 2011 and P5 in 2012–is open until noon on February 25th (link below) and Star Trek’s William Shatner is favoring and tweeting about “Vulcan” for one of the moons in honor of Dr. Spock’s reputed home planet.
Actually, the name “Vulcan” already appears in Astrology and is related in meaning to a hypothetical Uranian planet, Vulcanus (power; force; fated happenings.)
In Greek Mythology, Hephaistos [Latin: Vulcan) was told by Zeus to create the first woman, Pandora, as a punishment to mankind. Being of a Pandoric persuasion myself, I consider this to be perverted misogynistic hogwash! We women are an evolutionary improvement over man, imho.
Anyway, back to the forge, where Vulcan’s fire molds metals into weapons for primal violence. Here’s what my 1948 copy of DeVore’s Encyclopedia says about Vulcan:
“An hypothetical planet, much conjectured among ancient astrologers, the orbit of which is supposed to lie inside that of Mercury. Astronomers have so far found no justification for any assumption of its existence.”
And of course, Mercury orbits close to the Sun where the temperature is just what a blacksmith prefers.
Here’s a link to an article with video of SETI Institute’s Mark Showalter discussing Pluto and his discovery of its two additional moons.
Vote at Pluto Rocks!
Surprise! Turns out it’s a spiral sort of deal as the Earth follows or is dragged through space by the Sun. Gulp!
For a plethora of intriguing videos visit Forbidden Knowledge TV.
May 5/6, 2012: A Celestial Heads-Up Weekend!
Space Weather News for May 3, 2012
Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley’s Comet, source of the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower. The shower peaks this weekend on May 5th and 6th. Glare from a perigee full Moon–a “Super Moon”–will interfere with the display. Nevertheless, observers especially in the southern hemisphere could still see dozens of meteors during the hours before local sunrise on May 6th.
More information about the shower and live audio from a meteor radar may be found on SpaceWeather.com.
An intriguing perigee Moon, the closest to Earth of any 2012 ‘SuperMoon’, as named by expert astrologer Richard Nolle, and debris from Halley’s Comet make this weekend cosmically eventful for all earthlings of the stardust persuasion!
Plus, if you’re like me, you always think of Mark Twain when there’s any mention of Halley’s Comet since he was born during one of the comet’s close encounters with Earth and the author-journalist’s death was timed by the next sighting as he himself predicted!
But as an ace storyteller, Twain (Samuel Clemons) was known to exaggerate a smidgeon when it suited. To quote him on the topic, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: “Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”
- Mark Twain, A Biography
Additionally, if you can manage a little Political Astrology (written in English!), you may wish to check out my post May 5, 2012 Scorpio Full Moon w 00Cap Rising which is a significant, critical degree on the Cardinal axis of World Manifestation and which peeks over the horizon when the Full Moon horoscope is exact and set for Washington DC. Capricorn rising makes controlling manager Saturn the chart-ruler so there’s that astrological factor to consider as well and you’ll remember that powerful, spying, wealth-hoarding, and transformative Pluto was the most recent outer planet to cross the 00Cap00 point.
Also, if you click you’ll find a linked path to a wonderful May 5 Full Moon analysis written by Depali Desai–her not-to-be-missed article is very interesting reading by the light of any super-sized Full Moon you can spy in the heavens above!
Well, I knew about today’s New Moon in Pisces, of course, but how cosmic and cool is this?
Space Weather News for Feb. 21, 2012
SOLAR ECLIPSE FROM SPACE: Earlier today the new Moon passed in front of the sun, producing a solar eclipse visible from space. High-resolution images of the event captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory are featured on the Feb. 21st edition of SpaceWeather News.
Check out a few astro-details I’ve posted concerning today’s New Moon @ 3Pis42, exact at 5:34 pm est with Regulus Rising in Washington DC. As you know, Regulus is one of the Royal Stars of Persia with one major caution: success if revenge is avoided–too bad over-reaching Washington and the Pentagon seldom if ever take such good advice.
Scan the Skies!
Y’all keep looking up on January 15 and 16, okay?
Space Weather News for Jan. 5, 2012
MARS PROBE PHOTOGRAPHED: Phobos-Grunt, a Russian Mars probe stuck in Earth orbit since November, is sinking back into the atmosphere. Best estimates suggest re-entry will occur on Jan. 15th or 16th. Meanwhile, citizen scientists can see the probe moving through the night sky sometimes shining as brightly as a first-magnitude star.
French astrophotographer Thierry Legault recently photographed Phobos-Grunt through a 14-inch telescope, revealing its outlines and perhaps a clue as to why the probe has had difficulty communicating with Earth.
His images and video are highlighted on today’s edition of SpaceWeather News.
Astro-Note: well, yes, I know that the words and description of “Phobos-Grunt, the Mars probe” “re-entering” Earth’s atmosphere is astrologically replete (‘pregnant’?) with vast amounts of testosterone-laden symbology but considering that the glyph for Mars is a circle sporting a ‘sexy’ arrow, this is to be expected, at least on a sophomoric level, right?
Yet who can mention Mars when studying Political Astrology without noting the Mars ‘god of war’, quarrelling, shooter, activism, instigation (ex: arson), rioting, and protest associations?
Not I, said the reluctant astrologer!
Well, apparently today the US Congress acted in time to avoid a shutdown of the US government tonight at midnight so that we the people can avoid being extinguished for a while longer–we survived our own ‘solar plunge’ in spite of the massives egos operating and battling for control on Capitol Hill.
The horoscope for that hour and date tonight set for DC shows US natal Neptune 22Vig25 rising, and as you know, Virgo is the sign of Work, Service (including military and police), and Health; plus, the stars of Virgo are very important to the cosmic founding of America and our Ceres-Venus-Columba-goddess archetypes and obsessions (ex: Statue of Liberty.)
Consider Fixed Star Denebola, now @ 22Virgo: keywords: ‘to go against society; against the mainstream’ which seems to me to be just what politicians are conspiring to do when they fiddle faddle around and neglect the creation of employment opportunities and programs that could put Americans back to work and which would help boost the US economy.
Instead we get such frothiness as light bulb efficiency regulations and reaffirmation of our national motto even though it was reaffirmed as recently as 2002.
Yes, it’s time and dime wasting on Capitol Hill! And of course, transit Neptune @ 28AQ is still within orb of US natal Moon (we-the-people) which brought us floods, fraud, and home foreclosures with the resulting homelessness, sense of rootlessness, and loss.
Besides, any chart with Neptune rising describes unstable and/or deceptive conditions so with a rising spiritual, idealistic, and inspired yet confused Neptune, planet of fraud, dissolution, oil-gas-water, and poisons, I hope the megabus bill passed today doesn’t have what’s called “poison pills” hidden secretly in Neptunian fashion within its 2,300 pages.
And with President Obama’s natal Mars (motivation; desire nature; energy ;action principle) veiled by US natal Neptune, can we depend on Mr. Obama to veto what the majority of us don’t want such as indefinite detention? Doubtful–also a Neptunian word.
Anyway, here’s a SpaceWeather News update for you about a comet that avoided being extinguished in spite of all the Sun could do:
Space Weather News Dec 16, 2011
SUNGRAZING COMET SURVIVES: Sungrazing Comet Lovejoy has confounded the experts and survived its close encounter with the sun. Last night, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded amazing movies of the comet entering and exiting the sun’s atmosphere.
Comet Lovejoy’s scorched remnant is now receding from the sun in full view of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Visit SpaceWeather.com for the latest movies and discussion.
If you’re not overly wary of Political Astrology, you may wish to check out my freshly updated blog Stars Over Washington, or, for briefer posts and what could be groanworthy verses, I promise to tell nary a soul if you simply mosey on silent paws to Woolly Mammoth Chronicles while no one is looking!
And from one blogger, here’s a very special message:
Welcome Home to All US Soldiers!
Electric blue clouds with mysterious origins now appearing more southerly than ever…time for the NLCs.
Space Weather News for June 4, 2011
ELECTRIC-BLUE CLOUDS: The 2011 noctilucent cloud (NLC) season has begun. For the past few nights, observers in northern parts of Europe have spotted velvety, electric-blue tendrils rippling across the sunset sky.
NLCs are a summertime phenomenon first reported by polar observers in the 19th century. In recent decades, for reasons no one fully understands, the clouds have intensified and spread as far south as Utah and Colorado.
Visit today’s edition of Space Weather News for photos and observing tips.
CHANCE OF MAGNETIC ACTIVITY: NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance of geomagnetic activity on June 4th when an incoming solar wind stream and a CME might deliver a double blow to Earth’s magnetic field. High-latitude sky watchers in both hemispheres should be alert for auroras.
Hope you’ve checked out today’s global event World Drawing Day 2011! Did you upload an image of your drawing? My entry is titled, ‘Fairy Path w Moss Drawing Day 2011‘.
As always: pencil on paper; by Jude Cowell (coh’ wull) (c)2011