The Path of Comet McNaught

& The Astrology

January 2007

This first Quicktime movie shows the path of Comet McNaught in January 2007. The stimulating dynamics of Comet McNaught add to the Jan 18, 2007 Lunar Cycle "Indus" Theme. Notice not only does Comet McNaught make its blazing appearance while crossing its south node (moving from north of the ecliptic to south of the ecliptic), but also remains in close conjunction with the Sun and Mercury throughout the process. The second Quicktime movie shows the path of Comet McNaught from 2000 through 2014. The astrology follows. Explore Comet McNaught's path through the heavens, its astrological ramifications, and some cool pics too!

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The path of Comet McNaught through January 2007
(The Moon's passage past the Sun marks the Jan 18, 2007 New Moon)

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Excellent pictures by discoverer Rob McNaught and others can be found at Sliding Spring Observatory;
including a very cool stereo movie of Comet McNaught's orbit.
(Click on the "new images" link on the web page for Rob's pics)

Additional photos of Comet McNaught can be found on:

And not to forget our friends at ESO - more cool pics of Comet McNaught can be found here as well:

The following is an interesting and inspiring email I received
about the astrological influences of Comet McNaught:

Aloha Nick,

I have been tracking Comet McNaught, our unusal weather and the important alignment of Constellation Indus. So, when I received your monthly email and saw Indus there within, I just had to send this to you.

Using the star program, Starry Night Pro, and the illustrations for the constellations, I found that on January 26th, the First Quarter moon, the Comet McNaught appears to enter the fontanel or Crown of Indus, who, as you wrote, is "the Steward of the Sacred Lands and who indicates the essential attunement required to the heavens and the land." Comet McNaught has certainly brought world wide attention to the land via the weather and to the heavens.

So, given that Indus represents the "essential attunement required to the heavens and the land," I thought about the astounding weather we have all had since Comet McNaught finished it's retrograde in Ophiuchus, and began it's journey forward.

The path has been amazing to track, especially with your interpretations throughout the months. The Comet passes along the body of Serpens Caput. Then as it enters the Constellation Scutum, "the Galactic Shield," it begins visibly showing it's tail of light or 'tale of light'. This seems important!

At the foot of Aquila the Comet becomes the brightest message seen in 30 years; by the time it reaches the tail of Sagittarius, where it rounds the Sun, it is the brightest in 40 years. It's path continues to the Crown of Indus, (1st quartermoon) exiting the sacrum of Indus, February 17th, (the New Moon) (thought of kundalini and Path of Light). It then moves through Tucan, the tip of the Hydrus' tail, through Chamaeleon, hoof of the Centaur, points of the compass/Circinus and finally to Ara where it's path circles the altar for the next 40 years disappearing in ever smaller circles into the depth of the heavens.

Thank you so much Nick, for your timely words regarding Indus and all of the work you prepare and share with us throughout the year.

Mahalo, Shawn Kimmel

The Astrology

Shawn's email inspired the following Quicktime movies and the astrological exploration (below). This first movie starts in 2000 and completes in 2014. It shows Comet McNaught's emergence from the "Sting of the Scorpion" and its dissaperance upon Ara, Altar of the Centaur.

The path of Comet McNaught from 2000 through the 2014

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Comet McNaught's Astrological Message for the Decade

Comet McNaught's point of emergence from the Sting of the Scorpion and point of disappearance upon the Centaur's Altar reveals an interesting astrological theme--perhaps indicative of its message for this entire decade and the nature of its dramatic influence occurring now (Jan-Feb 2007).

The Ara Initiation

Ara is the Altar of the Centaur. On the low altar, the Centaur places Lupus the Beast (our lower-order personality-based patterns of self-importance, and associated emotional baggage) with conscious deliberation to be consumed in the Centaur's transmutational pyre. Venom from Lesath, the sting of the Scorpion--the often harsh but required lessons incurred while incarnate--dripping on the altar serves as the required transmutational elixir. Over the high altar lies Galactic Centre where reinstatement into our souls' destined fulfillment occurs. The sting (marking the end of Scorpio) precedes movement across the cusp of Scorpio into Sag where Galactic Center resides.

Lesath requires we unconditionally embrace the lessons of life without judgment, a prerequisite to being able to surrender them upon the altar for their / our transmutation. Ara demands we release of all guilt, grief, judgment, fear, anger, and pain associated with all incarnate experience--the self-important baggage we carry, and that we may hold even at soul level. Doing so allows us to claim the wisdom gained from soul's entire incarnational experience. If we do not, we continue to burn in the alchemical process. Only from this mature and humble act can we step into our greater evolutionary fulfillment.

Ara, Altar of the Centaur, has also been imaged as the Altar of Dionysus, son of Zeus and Semele, god of wine and fertility, this was before the creation of Norma the square which is oddly placed between Lupus and Ara. Here was a censer in which perfumes were burned before the dead, also a brazier, both of which were associated with Vesta, goddess of the Hearth. Ara also represents the altars on the summits of temple towers, serving as lighthouses for the ancients, with the Alexandrian Pharos being the great example. The illustrations of Hyginus (1488-1535) show an altar from which flames ascended with demons on either side. Poetically it was described with flames rising northward through the Milky Way--along the starry stream and through galactic centre (Allen). Dionysus, god of ecstasy and wine, a mystic and lover, is known, in part, for rescuing women (descending to Helle--mortality--to save is mother) and restoring their office to Goddess--to their immortality. All of this refers to the purification process, the surrendering, or casting out that which is degenerative (the accumulations of judgments that bind us to mortality (judge ye not lest ye be judged) so we may attain our divine birthright, awakened to the illumined durative (immortal) souls that we are. In this light we have the principles underlying healing and the transmutation process, for which our northern illumined Ophiuchus stands.

Comet McNaught's pre-arrangement with Pluto, Ixion & Quaoar.

As Comet McNaught emerges from Lesath the sting of the Scorpion, perhaps bringing with it the magical elixir essence of the Scorpion (anyone stung by one would know what I mean) and moves closer to our Sun in its orbit, its retrograde loops (seen only from Earth's view due to Earth's own orbit around the sun) become larger and larger on the cusp of sidereal Scorpio-Sag. During its emergence from the south, the Comet McNaught conjoins Pluto over and over again as Pluto completes its many year passage in sidereal Scorpion and crosses the cusp into sidereal Sag. The significance of Pluto's movement into sidereal Sag is discussed in "Pluto's First Synod in Sidereal Sagittarius." Little did we know of Comet McNaught and Pluto's many-year repetitive synthesis before its discovery and appearance.

The path of Comet McNaught from 2003 through the 2007

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In 2006, Comet McNaught swings back west into Ophiuchus to conjoin with the Ixion and Quaoar between the legs of Ophiuchus in mid-sidereal Scorpio before its last conjunction with Pluto and its apparent movement eastward across the Scutum, Galactic Shield of the Holy Cross; and its southward movement across its south node and dramatic appearance. Pluto, Ixion and Quaoar are discussed in "The Path of Pluto Ixion & Quaoar."

The First Horseman, the Sagittarian Centaur, is where the first and highest spiritual light is found. Sagittarius is Galactic City of Light, gateway to the High Council of Galactic Centre, and is responsible for the higher spiritual education of all intelligent life forms in this galactic sector. Overhead is the constellation Scutum, Galactic shield of the Holy Cross, which is emblazoned with the symbol of the Holy Cross. Sagittarius is supreme defender of the High Truth of the Holy Cross--of the greater evolutionary fulfillment of the soul--that which the Zen Archer undauntingly lives, stands, and is willing to die for.

Comet McNaught: Robert. H. McNaught

Comet McNaught
Photo: Robert. H. McNaught,
Siding Spring Observatory, Australia
Image used with permission

Comet McNaught's South Node

Comet McNaught crosses its south node on Jan 14 (UTC) at ~4° sidereal Capricorn. Prior to this, Comet McNaught was visible from Earth's northen lattitudes, after it was visible from Earth's southern lattitudes.The Comet tightly conjoins Mercury, which is slightly west just one degree in ecliptical longitude. A few days later, as Comet McNaught heads south into Indus, we begin the Jan 18, 2007 lunar cycle. Comet McNaught synthesizes with the Jan 18, 2007 Lunar Theme.

The Military War Machine

In addition to Comet McNaught synthesise with the theme of Indus as presented in the Jan 18 Lunar Calendar, the first decan of Capricorn is also very much about the Military War Machine. Comet McNaught's appearance and current path also occurs under the auspices of Aquila the Eagle; Sagitta, the missile of Zeus; Vulpecula cum Ansare, the fox with the goose--all in the northern heavens; and in the southern heavens, its path continues through Microscopium, Indus, Toucan and Hydrus. I will forgo expounding upon the stellar themes of Aquila, et. al., since I have written extensively about these in many other places in the Lunar Planner--here for example: Lunar Planner Aquila.

In this light, Comet McNaught message may be telling ALL OF US about what we need to do in order to move onward in consciousness. Keep in mind, Comet McNaught's dramatic appearance occurs between its emergence from the Sting of the Scorpion and its return to the Altar of the Centaur. Part of the message here seems to be about our need to get over the excessive obsession and perpetual judgment that many people hold about the violent acts of war that have been occurring in our world (the sting of the Scorpion) and the need to surrender the grief, guilt, anger, and resentment that we may hold within about it all (upon the Altar of the Centaur) so the transformation of Human Consciousness can ensue. Remember, we all create collective consciousness. To hold bitterness and resentment within about that which is apparently occurring in our world, is to impede the very transformation we want for ourselves and for our world. Events on the global stage reflect the collective consciousness that we all compose. We can only move into an awakened state of being by embracing the "Ara Initiation"--by choosing to place, with "conscious deliberation," the griefs and resentments incurred from the sting of life's experience upon the Centaur's pyre for their transmutation--a message dramatically brought to light by Comet McNaught. The power to change the world is within!

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