After all these months, all this build up… the bust. Call it the 2020 luck.
Here in this ‘neck of the woods’ of Pennsylvania, the cloud cover was too thick to see the historic Christmas star. The perfect line up of Jupiter and Saturn for the first time since the 1200s and the last time of most of our lifetimes unless science finds a way to freeze our bodies..
There is still some hope.. Experts say the so-called “Christmas star” will also be visible after sunset on Tuesday, Dec. 22.. So let’s hope the clouds clear before the Christmas storm!!
The perfect conjunction.. just as solstice occurs.. and the darkness begins before the ‘sun rises.’
This year has been one of the roughest in modern history.. 2021, for all its hope that midnight January 1 may bring, will most likely be equally challenging.
The Jupiter and Saturn alignment could not have come at a more appropriate time according to the gazers of the stars.. astrologers have looked to this conjunction as a massive moment in human history. Biblical scholars have equally paused at the magnificence of this time in their worldview. And while the wonders of the heavens made us wonder, a volcano came to life on earth.
2020 after all..
JUPITER AND SATURN UNITE: The astrology
This is a big deal in the astrology world.
Jupiter and Saturn are outer planets, meaning they move much more slowly across the clock face of the sky; as such, they’re believed to have influence on a grander scale — on society as a whole rather than on individuals. On top of that, the conjunction is taking place on the winter solstice, one of the most spiritually significant days of the year. It’s the longest night, meaning it marks the point at which days will finally start growing longer — a time associated with rebirth in all forms.
Jupiter is said to be the planet of optimism, expansion, healing, growth, and miracles; Saturn, conversely, is associated with restriction, responsibility, and long-term lessons. When these energies combine, we can expect a major ideological reset
The great conjunction “sets the tone for the ethos for the next 20 years affecting the arts, music, theatre, literature, entertainment, designer fashion, food, music, mathematics, science, politics, and the government agenda,” famed astrologer Susan Miller writes on her blog…
Whenever Jupiter and Saturn change signs, the entire look and feel of life changes, too. Jupiter changes signs once a year, and Saturn, closer to three years. If you met Saturn’s demands since he entered Capricorn in December 2017, your old challenges will begin to melt away now. In fact, Saturn usually leaves a gift by the door as thanks to you for dealing with his rigors—that might come as soon as January. Both Saturn and Jupiter are moving into Aquarius—Saturn on December 16 and Jupiter on December 19 https://www.astrologyzone.com/a-note-from-susan-miller-december-2020/#ixzz6hJxwllsB
And just as the planets began their grand alignment, a grand volcano erupted on Earth.
The Hawaii county Civil Defense Agency has asked residents to stay indoors after the Kilauea volcano erupted following a series of earthquakes.. The U.S. Geological Survey says Hawaii‘s Kilauea volcano has erupted. A magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit about an hour after the volcano began erupting. Hundreds felt the earthquake but significant damage to buildings or structures was not expected
Oddly, it was just 8 days ago that a Hawaiian news outlet said it was time to maintain a vigilant watch over volcano awareness, stating “Although we’re currently in the period after Kilauea’s 2018 eruption and Mauna Loa’s 1984 eruption, recent activity at both volcanoes reminds us that we’re also in the period before the next eruption in Hawaii.”
JUPITER AND SATURN UNITE: The religion
While the WORLD CATHOLIC REPORT says the star does not have much significance, another Christian site CROSSWALKS writes about why the star gives so much hope:
We’ve seen a star used in about every nativity skit we’ve watched at church. But what is the significance of this celestial body, apart from the fact it directed shepherds (and eventually the Magi) to Bethlehem? Stars do seem to play multiple roles throughout Scripture. Let’s analyze some verses in which they play an important part. Matthew 24:29: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
Astronomical signs point to the second coming of Christ. Although we cannot predict when he will return, when we see natural phenomena occurrences, we remember that such will be the conditions of the Last Days.
So if the end of days gives you hope… join in!
CHRISTMAS PAGAN PAST
There is something to be said about the stars in heaven and heaven itself.. Micah Dank, who recently appeared on Coast to Coast AM with Richard Syrett, believes that much of the Bible is based on the stars and their movements..
Each December 25 the Sun is re-born as it begins to rise an additional degree each day, making the days longer until June 21 when the Sun remains in place for three days before continuing to rise again, Dank explained.The metaphor represents Jesus birth and his body remaining in the grave for three days before rising again, he noted. The signs of Capricorn and Sagittarius parallel Jesus’ birth in a stable between the constellations of the horse and goat, Dank continued.
When the Sun enters Virgo, represented by a maiden with wheat, it corresponds to Bethlehem (which means “House of Bread”) and Jesus’ title as the “Bread of Life,” he revealed. Dank covered how Leo represents Jesus as the “Lion of Judah” as well as why the New Testament account records 30 years from Jesus’ birth until he was baptized by John. This period is associated with Saturn and the planet’s 30 year orbit of the Sun, and takes place under the sign of Aquarius, he pointed out.
Christmas has some pagan origins, as most things do.
The Yule log, the evergreen, the lit candle in a window–are all documented.
Santa and Krampus used to travel as good cop and bad cop..
Even before Fox News declared that there is a ‘war on Christmas,’ many puritans in America did not even want Christmas to be celebrated. They did not like burning human sacrifices .. they did not log the phallic image of the Yule log.
They did not appreciate fearing the ghosts of the night as winter’s brutal chill set in…
Scary ghost stories of Christmases long long ago
For those who believe that Halloween was the scariest holiday of all, think again!
Roger Clarke authored a book titled A NATURAL HISTORY OF GHOSTS: 500 YEARS OF HUNTING FOR PROOF.
He detailed why the Victorian age became the prime time for paranormal tales to be woven by people around the holiday season!
The popularity of ghost stories was strongly related to economic changes. The industrial revolution had led people to migrate from rural villages into towns and cities, and created a new middle class. They moved into houses that often had servants, says Clarke, many taken on around October or November, when the nights were drawing in early – and new staff found themselves “in a completely foreign house, seeing things everywhere, jumping at every creak”. Robbins says servants were “expected to be seen and not heard – actually, probably not even seen, to be honest. If you go to a stately home like Harewood House, you see the concealed doorways and servant’s corridors. You would actually have people popping in and out without you really knowing they were there, which could be quite a freaky experience. You’ve got these ghostly figures who actually inhabit the house.”
The fondness of telling ghost stories around warm December fires also struck another author, one from a longer time ago.. Jerome K. Jerome said this in his book TALES AFTER SUPPER in 1891:
Whenever five or six English-speaking people meet round a fire on Christmas Eve, they start telling each other ghost stories. Nothing satisfies us on Christmas Eve but to hear each other tell authentic anecdotes about specters.
Kira Cochrane of the UK GUARDIAN writes this to describe humanity’s long love of telling ghost stories around this time of year:
Christmas has long been associated with ghosts, says Roger Clarke, author of A Natural History of Ghosts: 500 Years of Hunting for Proof. Just before Christmas 1642, for instance, shepherds were said to have seen ghostly civil war soldiers battling in the skies. This connection continued in the Victorian era through Dickens’s story, and through the ghost stories he later published at Christmas in his periodical All the Year Round, with contributors including Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell.
It would also continue in the tradition started by MR James, the provost of King’s College, Cambridge, who would invite a select few students and friends to his rooms each year on Christmas Eve, where he’d read one of the ghost stories he had written, which are still popular today. They include Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book (1895), in which an ancient holy book brings forth a demonic presence, first announced by a hand covered in “coarse black hairs, longer than ever grew on a human hand; nails rising from the ends of the fingers and curving sharply down and forward, grey, horny and wrinkled”.
The popularity of ghost stories was strongly related to economic changes. The industrial revolution had led people to migrate from rural villages into towns and cities, and created a new middle class. They moved into houses that often had servants, says Clarke, many taken on around October or November, when the nights were drawing in early – and new staff found themselves “in a completely foreign house, seeing things everywhere, jumping at every creak”. Robbins says servants were “expected to be seen and not heard – actually, probably not even seen, to be honest.
If you go to a stately home like Harewood House, you see the concealed doorways and servant’s corridors. You would actually have people popping in and out without you really knowing they were there, which could be quite a freaky experience. You’ve got these ghostly figures who actually inhabit the house.”
Santa Claus is even paranormal–-he can sweep across the globe and enter homes across the planet, sparing enough time to throw down some presents and even eat about 25 billion cookies and glasses of milk.
Even the reindeer have time for carrots.
We tell our children at an early age to believe in something paranormal, to put faith in something hopeful.
Adults who laugh at the notion of Santa then go to church on Christmas morning and sing about another paranormal moment when an angel impregnated a woman with God’s son..
The darkest time of the entire year begins now. And the sun rises on December 25.
While the son is celebrated the same day.