The Star of Bethlehem has always been a curiosity to me both from a spiritual and astrological perspective. There are many theories concerning what it might have really been:
a star, a comet, an alignment of planets, a supernova, etc.
Let me begin this by stating quite clearly that I mean no offense to the religious beliefs of those who follow the path of Christianity. I was once Christian. I just have always felt there were too many unanswered questions – the reality of the Star of Bethlehem being one of them.
In an article written for Space.com in December of 2011, Joe Rao brought up this very subject and looked closely at it. He notes that on Feb. 25th of 6 BC the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars formed a close triangle over Bethlehem. He also mentions that the comet we call “Halley” would have been visible in August or September of 11 BC. These both don’t really fit the time frame. For one thing, shepherds were in the fields, making it more likely it was Spring when this event took place. Using the death of Herod sometime between 4 BC and 1 BC (according to our current calendar) as a benchmark to calculate the event, Halley’s Comet would have occurred too soon. Most astronomers and biblical scholars believe the event happened sometime between 7 and 2 BC
There’s always a chance it could have been a nova or supernova, although neither of these would have “guided” the Magi.
The constellation of Leo was considered of great astrological significance to the ancient Israelites. That part of space was considered sacred. On August 12th of the year 3 BC, a very close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter occurred in the dawn sky of the Middle East. This would fit the timeline and would also allow for shepherds in the fields. Once again, I have to mention that this really wouldn’t have “guided” the Magi to Bethlehem.
Then there’s the theory sometimes put forth by UFO-ologists that the “star” was really a spacecraft meant to guide the Magi, as well as others, to this miraculous event. The entire story connected to this theory is interesting in and of itself, but better left for another time.
Finally, there is the possibility that the account and the Star are exactly what they are claimed to be – a miracle.
I prefer to continue to keep an open mind to all possibilities. After all, there is something extremely supernatural about an apparent “star” that can guide people across vast distances and then stay stationary over a single building to indicate that “this is the place.”
No matter what you may believe concerning this phenomena, I hope you will allow some “food for thought” to give you pause to consider the infinite possibilities of this and many other things in this reality.
The imagination is highly stimulated now and very creative things can be produced under its influence. It may cause you to seek out new experiences.
You may find yourself trying to rationalize your emotions. This can keep you from realizing how you really feel. There may also be quick flashes of temper and even spurts of resentment.
People tend to talk incessantly, which can annoy others. Restlessness can cause one to take many short journeys to alleviate feeling fidgety.
With the Sun in Sagittarius, this only turns up the heat on the desire for change. Guard against hasty speech or becoming overactive and overexcited.
This is a great time for learning as it allows for doing so quickly. It also aids the ability to teach what you know to others.
Uranus in Aries, which has been retrograde since mid-July now turns direct on Tuesday, December 17th at 12:39 p.m. EST. As I said, back in July, when it went retrograde: “If you feel the effects of this retrograde, you may discover what being highly individualistic, independent and unique mean to you. It may also cause you to discover that, although the ideas and opinions of others will always be considered, no person or idea should bind you. Nothing nor no one should impede your forward motion.”
Now that Uranus in Aries is turning direct again, if you have felt the effects of the retrograde at all and felt the need to become more uniquely you, then know that the energies of its forward motion are now available for you to use to consider new possibilities and create change in your life. Feel the energies of freedom, initiative and resourcefulness coursing through you as you look at your life and your path from a different perspective.
This has come about just in time for a new year where we should always consider new beginnings!
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, a strict but fair teacher. Capricorn is about improvement through learning. Time to get serious about what you want in your life. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t smile or have fun. It just means you have just entered the “no BS” zone that Sun in Capricorn energies create. You can let it get you down or you can use the practicality of these energies to begin to build a life that has positive meaning for you.
Lift those feelings of melancholy by using self-discipline to create new habits that will ultimately give you an increased sense of freedom. It’s not about self-denial. It’s more about making practical choices that lead you to new, higher levels of improvement and achievement.
For those who celebrate Yule/the Winter Solstice, you know that this may be the longest night of the year, but with the dawn comes the lengthening rays of the Sun that slowly lead us to Spring where the possibilities for growth and creativity are endless. This is true for all peoples, of all faiths, no matter what holiday you celebrate at this time of the year.
If you celebrate a birthday during this transit of the Sun through Capricorn take special care of your knees. You want to remove any self-imposed tethers so that you can keep climbing to those goals as you remove the obstacles in your way. Be persistent, be patient, but never let pessimism hold you back or stop you.
To all those celebrating a birthday now…
No matter what sign Venus is in, when it goes retrograde, its energies are bringing lessons that have to do with a great misunderstanding concerning love from either a past life or the past in this life. There can be such a memory of intense hurt that an individual will not risk being hurt again by exposing themselves to yet another relationship. The most notable trait is the obvious mistrust of any offer of love due to suspicions of ulterior motives.
Being placed in Capricorn this only intensifies morose feelings where love is concerned. Depression arises from the anger felt at having been hurt by those who were trusted. Pessimism can be great when thinking about finding love.
Retrograde Venus in Capricorn brings the lesson of overcoming this negative emotional self-indulgence and striving for a climb to the heights of improvement. It must start with us, for like does attract like!
There is a need here to be more optimistic and cheerful. While this is a sign of responsibility, all work and no play is just no fun!
While it is good to be confident in ones facts, guard against appearing overly authoritative in the manner in which you express yourself. Learn to listen, as much as speak, always considering what someone else is saying. Who knows? It could become a win-win situation!
With Mercury, Venus, the Sun and Pluto all in Capricorn now, it is really important to find a balance between being serious and responsible with the joy of the season and the chance to celebrate with friends and family.
As I close this, I want to express my gratitude to all of you for the gift you have given me by following my blog. It is very much appreciated!
I also want to send greetings to all those who are celebrating the special holiday of their faith. Whether you celebrate Yule, Christmas, Kwanzaa or something else,