Sirius the Dog Star

Traditionally, the long hot days of summer have been known as the Dog Days. Although the term may feel like it refers to being hot as a dog, or working like one, there is also an astrological connection with one of the brightest stars in the night time sky, the fixed star Sirius. This glowing giant can be seen from every inhabited region of the Earth's surface, and the stories associated with Siruis are most intriguing.

Sirius is situated in the eye of the greater dog Canis Major, hence the designation ‘Dog Star'. One of the stars nearest Earth, Sirius is 23 times more luminous and about twice the mass and diameter of our Sun. Its name comes from the Greek term seirios, (glowing). Sirius is actually a binary, or perhaps even a triple star, an insight that would seemingly have been unavailable to the ancients; but many texts and traditions support that humans have long known about this quality of our summer messenger.

Ancient Egyptians called Sirius the ‘Dog Star', after their god Osiris, whose head in pictograms resembled that of a dog. In Egypt, Sirius shines for most of the summer, and since it the brightest star, the Egyptians actually believed that the additional light from this nearby star was responsible for the summer heat. The rising of this star came at the time of inundation of the Nile River and the start of the Egyptian New Year which marked the beginning of Summer solstice.

The Egyptians apparently knew that Sirius was a binary star, as it had both a male and female deity association- that of Osiris and his partner, the great mother Isis. When Sirius appeared in the sky each year, the Nile generally started to flood bringing productivity to the land. The ancient Egyptians connected the two events, and so Isis took on the aspects of a goddess of not only the star and of the inundation, but of fertility. Isis had another link with water – she was believed to cleanse the pharaoh in the afterlife. It is interesting to note that the embalming of the dead took seventy days – the same amount of time that Sirius was not seen in the sky, before it's yearly rising. Isis was a goddess of fertility to both the living and the dead.

To locate Sirius in the night time sky, find Orion's belt which are the three bright stars in a row. (Hopefully you already know that one, if not ask you companion, because he or she probably does.) Follow an imaginary line through these stars to Sirius which is just above the horizon. The best time of year to view it is around January 1, when it reaches the meridian at midnight. Remember, this star can be seen from every inhabited part of the earth! Viewing Sirius through a telescope in a clear night time sky is an experience not forgotten. The star shines a steely blue, beckoning your recognition; there is no other star in the sky that shines like Sirius.

Our largest giant is actually two or more stars which rotate in a unique orbit. Sirius B is invisible to the naked eye but packs almost the entire mass of our sun into a globe only 4 times as large as the Earth. Sirius B's surface is 300 times harder than diamonds, while its interior has a density 3,000 times that of diamonds. Spinning on its axis about 23 times a minute, it generates huge magnetic fields.

As they approach each other, the stars both begin to spin faster as tidal forces become stronger, finally flip-flopping over, and actually trading places with each other. This energy releases magnetic fields to the Sun, which in turn transmits it like a lens to all the planets. The strength of these magnetic fields is thought to be one reason that we feel the pull of our Dog Star even here on earth. Male and Female, Osiris and Isis trade places in the seat of power regularly; it takes a bit longer here on earth for those kinds of changes.

The tarot card associated with Siruis is taught to be that of ‘The Moon’. This card is one which speaks to lessons of the unconscious and gestation of creative ideas. Many decks illustrate The Moon card with two canines, a dog and a wolf, howling at the Moon. Traditional decks also picture a crayfish on the Moon card, a symbol of the primitive notions that arise from our deep imagination. Our creativity which is gestated in the deepness of unconsciousness will be born only when the time is right and it has been sung into creation by the howling animals.

Predating the Egyptians, the epic poem Epic of Gilgamesh describes a dream where the hero is drawn irresistibly to a heavy star that cannot be lifted despite immense effort. This star descends from heaven to him and is described as having a very ‘potent essence' and being “the God of heaven”. Gilgamesh had for his companions, 50 oarsmen in the great ship, Argo, a constellation bordering Canis Major, where Sirius is found. In the ancient Vedas this star was known as the Chieftain's star; in other Hindu writings, it is referred to as Sukra, the Rain God, or Rain Star.

The Dogon people live in the southwestern portion of the Sahara Desert in Africa. Central to their religious teachings is knowledge about Sirius. The Dogon, say they received their knowledge by visitors to the earth from another star system. They believe Sirius to be the axis of the universe, and from it all matter and all souls are produced in a great spiral motion. Some scholars, including Carl Sagan dispute the validity of this claim, saying that the Dogon learned about Sirius from more modern sources- the truth remains hidden like Sirius B.

In June of 1993, as our sun covered Sirius from the Earth's view, the largest flood of the past century occurred. The rivers of the Mississippi, our Nile River, overflowed its banks. This flood continued until the middle of August. When Sirius came out from behind the Sun, the flood waters receded, news reports disappeared and the immediate life-threatening crisis subsided. Could this not be a reflection of the great rivers of energies streaming out from Sirius? Is Sirius a weather maker, a source of cosmic influence through its powerful magnetic rays, or even a great mother star seed of life on earth, as some propose? Next time you are out gazing at the stars this summer, ask it. You may be surprised by the answer.

“A star that keenest of all blazes with a searing flame and him men call Seirios (Sirius). When he rises with Helios (the Sun), no longer do the trees deceive him by the feeble freshness of their leaves. For easily with his keen glance he pierces their ranks, and to some he gives strength but of others he blights the bark utterly. Of him too at his setting are we aware.” – Aratus, Greek Astronomer, 3rd Century BC

Good News for September /Living Your Place and Purpose

It’s always refreshing to begin a new month, and now, as we enter September, a new season. It seems that late August always brings a shift in the wind – a significant storm or life event that signals the Autumnal Equinox is on its way.   

Sunday, September 9th ushers in the Virgo new moon. This new moon at 17 degrees of Virgo lands two favorable interactions -it trines Pluto in Capricorn and sextiles Jupiter in Scorpio. Honestly, if I wanted to choose something good to have working for me, it would be these positive aspects. The trine sits an open door, and the sextile invites you to take action.

Plus, Saturn stations direct this week, on September 6th. Translated, this means it’s time to ‘go back to school’; Life School that is. Summer vacation (or, winter holiday if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) has ended and a season of growth in the school of life has begun. Are you ready?

Energetically the week before a new moon is a time for consolidation and making plans that are congruent with growth in the new lunation cycle to come. And, Mercury facilitates that idea this week when he activates a trine between Saturn and Uranus.

Saturn and Uranus – a Father and His Son  

Mythology teaches us that Saturn was born of Uranus and Gaia. At the urging of his mother, Saturn rose up and dethroned his powerful father, Uranus.

This week Mercury harmonizes the archetypal father and son by completing a powerful earth trine; Saturn, now direct sits at 2 degrees of Capricorn, Uranus, at 2 Taurus, and Mercury at 2 degrees Virgo.

Uranus represents your unfettered creative force, and Saturn brings discipline to your creativity. With Mercury lending his skill at communication, this grand earth trine delivers an opportunity to unite the disparaging aspects of your own body, mind, and soul. Think ‘UNITY’, and hold onto that thought!

People often ask me how and why I became interested in AstroCartoGraphy, a specialized branch of astrology which shows YOUR best place to live or travel to based on your date, time, and place of birth.

Activate Your Place and Purpose With AstroCartoGraphy

AstroCartoGraphy is also called Relocation Astrology, or Astrological Mapping. The word ‘Astro*Carto*Graphy’ (or ACG) is a trademark term for the maps developed in 1977 by Jim Lewis. Before Lewis developed the mapping system, astrologers had to calculate hundreds of charts in order to get the information shown by one ACG map.

These maps brilliantly combined an ancient art with modern technology. Currently there are only 100 people in the world trained in this branch of astrology mapping; I was #66 to earn my certification. Over the years, I’ve served thousands of clients by helping them find their optimum place to live.

But, it’s important to know that you don’t have to move in order to be happy. Just like your natal chart, AstroCartoGraphy also helps you understand the planetary forces that you are dealing with where ever you are. If you are living in a challenging place, ACG helps you consciously seek out ways you can turn that around.  

In short – it puts you back in the driver’s seat – in any circumstance.  A full AstroCartoGraphy study takes me hours to complete because there are so many personal and technical aspects to be considered.

And, I know that not everyone can swing the cost of a full ACG reading. To get the information in your hands, I created the ‘Best Place’ report. If you're wondering about where you are, or what awaits you in another place – this is a great place to start your journey. Wishing you many blessings along the way. 


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Star Cast for August 28 – Post Pisces Tidal Wave

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The road ahead is getting clearer every day; step forward and lead with your heart.

Finally, Mars stationed back to direct motion on Monday, August 27th.  Like a stealth warrior, Mars crept back into the late degrees of Capricorn in mid-August and stays there until September 10th.

Mars is exalted in Capricorn, where he gains both temperance and wisdom. With scrappy Mars now direct, things will slowly straighten out. The road ahead is getting clearer every day; step forward and lead with your heart.

I surely felt the Pisces full moon on Sunday, but (sigh) because of a 24 hour pouring rainstorm; I didn’t get a chance to see it! Like a tidal wave, the full moon delivered an overflow of emotion and pulled back the covers on those silly things we humans do to protect our vulnerable hearts.

Mars Has a Mission  

Next, in perfect timing, Mars gets his act together. Mars let his wishes be known last month when he aligned with the earth and the sun in late July. And, right after Mars aligned with the earth, he entered into a dynamic, active square to Uranus. Symbolically this is a wakeup call saying that it’s time to pay attention and respond to your inner urgings.

To understand how the energy of Mars impacts you for the remainder of this year, take a look at your natal chart and find where Aquarius and Pisces are.

And, find out where transiting Uranus sits in your birth chart because this is your pivot point of radical change. The house placement of early Taurus and late Aries reveals where you can bust out of lifetimes of stagnation.

Simple Keys to Understanding Your Chart

When looking at your chart to understand what the signs, planets, and houses want you to know-  think of the Houses as revealing WHERE, the Planets teaching you HOW, and the zodiac signs expressing WHAT and WHY.  

Until the end of 2018, the houses that hold Aquarius and Pisces tell you the issues that Mars is energizing. Mars wants to tell you where you’re best supported to take action to facilitate an everlasting personal transformation through grounded, refined energy.

Now he is helping you move forward with a plan of action. This last week of August has few major planetary aspects, the most notable being Mercury square Jupiter on Tuesday.

September is packed full of planetary aspects and other events. In the meantime, enjoy these last days of Venus in Libra- it’s a great time to appreciate art, dance, and the finer side of Life.

Be sure to get your September horoscopes, and, wishing you an amazing week!




P.S.  I’ve been getting great feedback on the Sky Log. The Sky Log is like a super in-depth horoscope with an accurate time line. It that tells you where the planets are today (transits) and explains how the transiting planets relate to the planets in your natal chart. It also lists your progressions which is a valuable technique that addresses your personal growth and evolution. Thank you for your kind words about the Sky Log, and I am delighted that it has helped so many!  

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Living in the Moment

Just like the sun stands still at Solstice, post Mercury retrograde brings a brief moment of calm.

This week imparts the flavor of post-Mercury retrograde peace. Just like the sun stands still at Solstice, this week Mercury is almost standing still. Although Mercury retrograde officially ended on Sunday he’s basically at a standstill until Wednesday, August 22nd.

So, if you’ve felt as though you’re in ‘wait and see’ mode, it’s because Mercury moves slowly post retrograde.

Mercury gets moving again by the end of this week, though.

Embracing Post-Mercury Retrograde

Even in post-Mercury retrograde there are few stressful planetary events this week. Rather, this a time to be present and relish the long lasting Jupiter/Neptune trine that will be in place until early September.

I especially love how the sunlight shifts this time of year. Right on cue with the changing of season, the sun enters Virgo on Thursday, August 23rd.  The sign of Virgo has long been associated with the harvesting of crops, but there is an even deeper meaning.

Symbolically, Virgo represents the time when humans move out of the childlike ego state and grow into Universal stewardship. When the sun is in Virgo, it’s time to evaluate how you fit into the grand scheme of life; and to polish your diamond so that you shine.

Harvesting Loose Ends

Virgo is a sign that focuses on ‘HOW’, and the Pisces full moon of August 26th illuminates all the reasons ‘WHY’.  At full moon, the circle is completed. Harvest the loose ends of your life and apply the alchemical magic of Mercury to create a unified field.

Key words for Virgo are: Refinement; Productivity; Wholeness; Transmutation; Integration

Although many astrologers suggest that Chiron should be the ruling planet of Virgo, Mercury is presently the planetary ruler. And, indeed, Mercury helps you to be present; to live in the moment.

Mercury also delivers information. Living in peace often comes with being in a place that you love.

One of the reasons I became interested in AstroCartoGraphy relocation astrology is that I needed answers to understand why my life had brought me to a place far away from my home. The AstroCartoGraphy Explained reports bring peace of mind to many people by offering insight about places you live or travel to.

You don’t have to move to benefit from ACG Explained reports. They give valuable information to help you understand what’s going on where you are NOW – in the moment. And, they give you a heads up, for better or worse, about any place you are considering to move or to visit.

I love all kinds of astrology, but AstroCartoGraphy has provided me with amazing insight, and I invite you to receive the benefit!

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