Astrological Musings & More

Comet Neowise

With all that’s been happening in 2020, why would we expect any less than the passage of a comet, with two tails, that hasn’t visited us for at least 4500 years and maybe as long as 6800 years?

The history of comets, and how humans have viewed them, is an interesting one. They were first observed as early as the 3rd millennium before the birth of Christ and seen by many as both messages from the gods and omens of disaster. They inspired fear, dread, and awe around the world in many cultures.

Halley’s Comet was blamed for earthquakes, illnesses, red rain, and even the birth of two-headed animals. Then there was the comet that the Romans believed marked the assassination of Julius Caesar. There’s recorded history that tells of the Incan belief that a comet foreshadowed the coming of Pizarro to their land, just days before he brutally conquered them. The list goes on with many examples including a widespread belief that the Star of Bethlehem was actually Halley’s comet based on the fresco “Adoration of the Magi” by Giotto di Bondone, an Italian Renaissance painter.

And now, we have Neowise, the comet of 2020. Heaven knows we could use some “new wisdom” (neo-wise, get it?). Even more interesting is the two tails. The first tail is blue, made from gas and ions. There’s a red separation in the tail caused by high amounts of sodium. The second tail is a golden color and is made of dust. This second tail just developed this month (July). Is there meaning to that?

With all that we’re experiencing in this country and around the world, one has to wonder what message this comet is trying to give us. I guess only time will tell. After all, we’re still trying to beat this pandemic and we do have a Presidential election coming up in November.

What I do know is that this is a sight to see. If you want to observe this once-in-a-lifetime view of Neowise, check your night sky for the Big Dipper, look in the area of the horizon below the cup of the Dipper and you’ll find the comet there. It will be closest to the Earth on July 22 & 23, when it passes within 64,000 miles of us. They say it’s a photographer’s dream.

In the meantime, other than still having four planets retrograde – Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto, the Heavens are somewhat quiet astrologically.

New Moon in Cancer 2
There’s a New Moon in Cancer happening on Monday, July 20th @ 1:33 p.m. EDT. If you remember, we had this same combination for the New Moon in June. It’s kind of unusual for that to happen, but what it basically means is we are in for another round of the same type of New Moon energies, albeit without the Solar Eclipse that occurred then.

This is what I said then, “…the combination of both Sun and Moon in Cancer creates a strong imagination and a liability of going to extremes. Beware of inertia, it will produce laziness. Lots of opportunity for change is indicated.

“The Moon in Cancer, by itself, is at home, literally, as the Moon rules Cancer. Perhaps that explains why this gives enjoyment in domestic life.

“This is an emotional placement that can produce high plateaus of excitement and/or going down to the depths of depression. Neither mood lasts long as change is another attribute of this placement. Relationships can become strained because of the tendency those affected by these energies to produce excessive guilt in the very people they love the most. Tears, rather than temper, are an emotional weapon of Moon in Cancer. Being aware of these traits and tendencies in yourself or others can help to keep harmony and balance in interactions with others.

“This being a New Moon, a time of new beginnings, I would say if you are tired of the way your life feels emotionally, this is the perfect time to choose a different path that can bring different experiences and people into your life. At the very least, maybe you need a different emotional approach to the people and situations you are currently in.”

Sun in Leo

Just two days later, the Sun leaves Cancer and enters Leo at 4:37 a.m. EDT. This is a time when we all have a chance to “shine” and feel the pleasure of success, in some way.

This is the sign ruled by the strongest “planet”, the Sun. It’s energies are filled with burning enthusiasm and ambition. Limitations may be ignored as determination drives us forward to reach our goal.

It will cause some to need to be the center of attention, just like the Sun is the center of our solar system. While, on the positive side, this can create the quality of leadership, especially where organization is required, it can also create dramatic behavior if recognition, admiration and appreciation aren’t expressed by others.

There is a need for romance, affection and attention. This may be entirely due to the fact that Leo rules the heart. Without it, those born under this sign or those affected by its energies, can feel dejected.

On the upside, Leo energies are very generous, warm, and kind. Downside, people can be conceited, snobbish, intolerant, and patronizing. My advice? Focus on the positive and make the most of this time of enjoyment and success.

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Wishing you all a fun-filled two weeks!

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