Latest Update: Nov 21, 2007
Sidereal Star Chart of Comet Holmes Retrograde in Perseus as seen from Earth
Comet Holmes made a spectacular eruption during its passage through Perseus on Oct 23-24, 2007, brightening almost one million times. The comet's coma doubled in size on October 25th. As of Nov 1, 2007, Comet Holmes is seven times wider than the planet Jupiter, and is still expanding. The Comet can be easily spotted with the naked eye rising in the constellation Perseus after sunset, and is high in the northeast midnight sky. The comet makes for wonderful viewing through back-yard telescopes and binoculars. It is possible that comet Holmes could become the brightest comet known.
Comet Holmes was discovered by Edwin Holmes on Nov 6 1892 at the time of its first eruption.
Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. Bronze, 18 feet high 1545-54.
Image Credit: © 1999 Mary Ann Sullivan
Pictures of the Comet can be found at SpaceWeather.com
Ocurring on the New Moon of Nov 9, 2007
Comet's Tail breaks away
"COMET TAIL: Exploding Comet 17P/Holmes continues to amaze onlookers. On Nov. 8th and 9th part of the comet's blue tail broke away in view of many backyard telescopes. Visit http://spaceweather.com to see photos of the "disconnection event" and speculation about what might have caused it." (Quote from SpaceWeather.com)
The Full Moon in the November Lunar Cycle conjoins Comet Holmes and Mirpahk in Perseus
An excerpt from the Nov 9, 2007 Lunar Planner
"Comet Holmes' dramatic eruption in Perseus occurred in the last lunar cycle. Now, the Full Moon of Nov 24, 2007 significantly conjoins Holmes while retrograde Holmes and Mirphak conjoin in both ecliptical longitude and latitude.
What a significator! Comet Holmes illumines and accentuates this Mirphak Full Moon theme; and perhaps our need to rise-to the occasion as the hero Perseus does in his initiatory journey to claim the success and achievement that Mirphak embodies. The realizations this Full Moon offers, whatever they may be for each of us, are of extreme significance."
Comet Holmes Grows larger than the Sun
This composite image by University of Hawaii astronomer David Jewett shows a Nov. 9th photo of Comet Holmes beside the sun and Saturn for scale. Comet photo by Rachel Stevenson et. al. ( 3.6 meter Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Mauna Kea) Sun and Saturn images courtesy of NASA's SOHO and Voyager projects.
See a larger image and more about it at:
Quote from Spaceweather.com (Nov 15):
"GIANT COMET: University of Hawaii astronomers have measured the diameter of Comet 17P/Holmes: 1.4 million kilometers. This makes the exploding comet bigger than the sun and now the largest object in the solar system. Not surprisingly, the comet is visible to the naked eye; with only a backyard telescope you can watch its gigantic debris cloud expand from night to night. Nov. 19th is an especially good night to look: Comet Holmes will glide by Mirfak, the brightest star in the constellation Perseus, and appear to swallow it."
"Note: The sun remains by far the most massive object in the solar system. Comet 17P/Holmes' diaphanous atmosphere of dust and gas, which is what the astronomers measured, contains less mass than a typical asteroid. In spite of its great size, Comet Holmes is a lightweight that won't be deflecting the orbits of planets or causing any other such catastrophes."
Sky Chart for mid-November
Culminates at midnight at 109 W 00
Sidereal Heliocentric Star Chart of Earth & Comet Holmes as seen from the Sun.
The above star chart shows the location of Earth and Comet Holmes looking from the Sun. This alignment (when the Sun, Earth and Holmes align in ecliptical longitude) marks the start of a new Earth-Comet Holmes synodic cycle.
I can only call this event and the new Earth-Holmes synodic cycle extremely auspicious due to several factors: the dramatic eruption of this cosmic messenger, which brought global attention to the comet; the location of the comet in Perseus; its conjunction with the Full Moon of Oct 24; and it occurring at the start of the new 13-year Jupiter-Pluto synodic cycle. The Earth-Holmes synod occurs just hours before the Full Moon, in the high-energy crescendo leading into the Full Moon. The alignment (in ecliptical longitude) including the Full Moon is: Sun-Earth-Full Moon-Comet Holmes.
Comet Holmes' orbital period through our solar system is 6.88 years. The Earth-Holmes synodic cycle is about 530 days in duration; and of course, this specific synod and its message creates a hallmark of extreme significance in our evolutionary progression. The comet is currently seen north of the ecliptic because its orbital plane is tilted 19.113° to Earth's orbital plane (the ecliptic); and the comet is at its most northern point in its orbit, which happens to occur in Perseus.
The synod itself occurs in early sidereal Taurus under the auspices of our hero Perseus. The comet is north of the ecliptic plane passing through the constellation Perseus. Notice also the comet's path: having made passage through Triangulum, then Perseus, and into the Charioteer, Auriga--all providing additional insight into the Comet's message and the synodic cycle theme.
The Earth-Holmes Synodic Theme
The previous Earth-Holmes synodic cycle ends with Holmes passing through Triangulum and into Perseus. Triangulum can best be summed up with the phrase "Let thine eye become single"--meaning to lift our vision above and beyond the dramatics occurring in the world that can pull us into a lower entrapping resonance; and to also see beyond any fear-based judgments of dark verses light. Perseus, as he flies upon Pegasus over fear-instilling Cetus, the techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, to free Andromeda, sets his sight upon Triangulum; thus, holding this vision of singularity, of unified consciousness--of the unified field of Creative Intelligence / Cosmic Consciousness. This is our prerequisite to achieve our missions and Divine destiny, to be able to demonstrate the heroism and success that the constellation Perseus embodies.
The new synodic theme itself is set by the foot of Perseus, which is created by Atiks; Zeta Perseus; and the potent neutron star, X-Perseus. This alignment brings a powerful capacity to infuse the spiritual power gained from our initiations in life and to manifest our longer-term purpose and destiny in the physical world. Note that this occurs after Perseus has slain Medusa, marked by Algol at the Taurus cusp. Algol, the head of Medusa held in Perseus' hand articulates the act of slaying our own fears, that which can freeze us in our tracks. Here at the foot of Perseus we are asked to audaciously claim the true gift of the inner refinement that the past initiatory fires of life have catalyzed.
Also conjoining Otis is Quasar 3C110 of Eridanus, the River of Life. Eridanus is of the soul's evolutionary journey through incarnate life. Eridanus is a very long constellation, winding its way from Orion (in sidereal Taurus), backward in the ecliptic (east to west), through Aries where it reversing direction twice, then into Pisces and then completes its journey in sidereal Aquarius. The stars of Eridanus reveal the nature of the trials and rewards found throughout life's winding sojourn. Quasar 3C110 inspires us to apply a laser like focus to mold what appears to be a physical barrier into the means to accomplish our greater vision.
Overseeing and providing context to the synodic theme is Mirphak (Mirfak), the primary star of Perseus (which Holmes is crossing as seen from Earth's view). A fortuitous star, Mirphak embodies the totality and success of all that Perseus has been through in his initiatory trials with need and capacity to now live his destiny. (The full story of Perseus and Royal Family.)
Our new and dramatized Earth-Holmes Full Moon-based synodic cycle theme illuminates and accentuates our need to rise-to the occasion as the hero Perseus does in his initiatory journey and to claim the success and achievement that this part of the zodiak embodies. Note also that Holmes it at is most northern point above the ecliptic in its orbit around the Sun; and it is at the highest point in its retrograde loop as seen from Earth, all astrological signifiers affirming the Perseus theme--rising above and overcoming.
As the Earth-Holmes synodic cycle fully commences (when Holmes is seen from Earth to return direct from its retrograde in early Jan 2008), Holmes will then begin its journey from Perseus to Auriga over the few months ahead, where it will also make passage from south to north of the galactic plane. Notice in the star chart above that Auriga is north of the galactic plane while the horns of the bull lie south. Auriga is another constellation of mobilization, perseverance, and achievement. It is a vision holder, one offering mutual support amongst soul colleagues. Its principal star Capella is the Messenger of Light.
Jupiter and Pluto in Time and Space
The Earth-Holmes synod occurs at the same time as the very significant Jupiter-Pluto synod, another auspiscious indicator from this cosmic messenger Holmes. "Mobilizing and expansive Jupiter makes its third synod of 2007, this being the capstone and most significant of the three. The first occurred with Ixion in May 2007 commencing a new 13-year Jupiter-Ixion cycle; the second was with Quaoar in late June 2007 commencing a new 13-year Jupiter-Quaoar cycle; and now Jupiter and Pluto create a very significant synod on Nov 22-23 2007, commencing a new 13-year Jupiter-Pluto synodic cycle--"the climatic opening."
The Hidden Finger of God
Astrologers Note: There is a 150° (quincunx) aspect between the Jupiter-Pluto-Galactic Centre synod and the Earth-Comet Holmes-Mirphak synod. Saturn is also in aspect: square the Earth-Holmes synod and trine the Jupiter Pluto synod. And most importantly, Venus and Earth-Holmes (in sextile 60°) create a Finger of God pointing to the Jupiter-Pluto synod. (The synods and aspects are seen in a heliocentric chart.)
It reminds me of the old saying, "Where did God put man's soul: In the last place he would look!" Venus and Earth-Holmes, in an angular harmonic (aspect) of "strength" (sextile) are both in a resonance of "creative opportunity to redirect our energy" (quincunx) to the portal being opened by Jupiter-Pluto Galactic Center / Gate of God.
This is the Finger of God, also know as a "Yod" in astrological terms. The pointers come from Venus and Earth-Homes. They point toward Jupiter-Pluto. The harmonic geometry is called a Finger of God because it demands that the point be addressed. The means to do so is by claiming the strength between Venus (heart, art passion, rapture, and beauty) and the Earth Holmes-Perseus theme presented above; and to then redirect that strength with creativity to walk through the portal being opened by Jupiter and Pluto. Saturn stands as witness and creates a challenge to do so (the square (90°) and also makes the opportunity easy (the trine 120°) if one accepts the challenge.
The Jupiter-Pluto synod and the Comet-Holmes Full Moon of Nov 24 2007 nest within the Nov 9 2007 Lunar Cycle theme: Relations of Purpose" (for subscribers).
Aug 1, 2008 Solar Eclipse
Comet Holmes conjoins Pollux, the Ambassador, of the Twins on the Aug 1, 2008 Solar Eclipse. View from Earth.
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