Thursday, November 28, 2013

Comet ISON Meets the Sun to be Reborn or Dissolve?


During this wild week dominated by controversy and radical, even radioactive sudden change, Comet ISON has offered more than just a diversion but a chance to experience the wonders of the divine universe. ISON in many ways is reflecting a current fiery trine between the Sun (our identity) in far reaching Sagittarius and the innovative planet Uranus in pioneering Aries. Is Comet ISON, the comet of the century or just a giant snowball that will disintegrate when hit by a CME? With perhilion less than 24 hours away, this comet has captured our imagination and sent out mixed signals regarding his/her fate. Just like here on terra firma, where we may all be a little on edge or confused as tense, historical planetary combinations per geocentric astrology reflect this Comet's transit.

ISON has been a mystery from the beginning as we examine a chart set for September 21, 2012 when ISON was discovered. Astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok discovered ISON in September 2012 using a telescope near Kislovodsk, Russia, that is part of the International Scientific Optical Network. This discovery  time period/chart cast reflects evidence of lots of scientific and detailed observation even a devotional feeling toward this sungrazer with Virgo rising @ 9 degrees alongside Ceres and Vesta. The Sabian Symbol for the ascendant at 9 degrees - "An impressionistic painter making a futuristic drawing." This symbol speaks of the desire to go beyond restricted reality and express in a careful, meticulous way that which is desired for the future not which supposedly valued. The fact that both Vesta and Ceres oppose Chiron and Neptune in Pisces speaks of universal healing and expanded imagination. Perhaps the most striking thing about this chart of ISON's discovery is that Mercury ruler of the chart is opposing Uranus in Aries when freedom of thought can either lead to enlightenment or to eccentric and exaggerated thinking. As we will see both this chart set for September 21st 2012 using Geocentric (earth oriented astrology) and the charts for today's perhileon have Mercury opposing Uranus in cardinal signs. 

According to, Comet ISON will makes it's closest approach to the Sun around 1:45 p.m. EST on Nov. 28th, which is Thanksgiving Day in the USA when gratitude should dominate. With all the anticipation and expectation about ISON's surviving the journey, should we still be thankful, if ISON gets hit by a large CME? CMEs are magnetized clouds of plasma hurled into space by the explosions of sunspot the comet will be little more than a million kilometers above the sun's fiery surface. Temperatures around ISON's icy nucleus could rise as high as 5000o F. No one knows if it can survive that kind of baking. When a Comet passes too close to a planet or sun, the gravitational forces can tear it apart - this is called the Roche Limit. The Roche Limit for comets moving around the sun is 1.49 million miles, and Comet Ison will pass within 1.16 million miles - inside the Roche Limit. Back in 2007, Comet Encke flew too close to the Sun and a solar eruption struck with sudden ferocity to rip it's tail off.

 Just like the discovery chart from back in 2012, Neptune and Mercury are strong leading to divine imagination and uncanny outcomes. If Comet ISON doesn't break up, we could have a spectacular views in December and no reason to worry. If ISON breaks up and spreads out, there are a number of possibilities. . It can lose speed and be pulled into the sun, or some of the pieces may be pulled into the sun while others escape. Escaping objects will probably be slowed due to the sun’s pull and their outbound speed and trajectories will change, increasing the chance of them crossing the Earth's orbit. According to Joel Graves on this theology website, the real problem comes after Ison goes behind the sun and begins its return trip. When would the comet and/or pieces of comet hit the Earth? And where? Joel goes on to discuss Biblical prophecy per Revelations connecting it to the passage of Comets this year. "The first trumpet, Rev 8:7, announces hail and fire mixed with blood and a third of the earth burns up. The hail and fire sound like meteors hitting the earth. This could be a precursor of an inbound asteroid or the effect of our attempt to destroy the asteroid, causing smaller pieces to precede the larger object. Instead of predicting as to what will occur, lets take a lesson from Mercury's geocentric transit in Scorpio which favors the process of thorough investigation.

 In order to do this I have erected a charts set for 1:45 PM EST or 6:45 PM UT for the ISON's perihelion . Lest  we forget Mercury has met Saturn 3 times in the last two months, adding a serious and even pessimistic approach (Mercury stationed to move retrograde on October 21st then direct on November 10th) Mercury won't leave the realm of the underworld, Scorpio till December 4th. With this combination in the sign of death and rebirth, will this comet or messenger be a potent symbol for our own renewal and redemption?  Since Pluto now ruler of Scorpio is in the greatest aspect of most of our lifetimes,  a waxing square which continues till 2015, powerful and secret forces are making their presence known to the human race.

First a chart set for 1:45 PM EST in Washington, DC using Heliocentric configurations (sun centered astrology).   First off Aries is rising (Sun is exalted in Aries and would be the aggressor with Uranus in the first house for an unexpected theme. This chart's ruler, Mars is in solar Leo in the natural house of the Lion, the 5th. @ 21 degrees. The Sabian Symbol is intriguing - "Intoxicated chickens busily flap there wings trying to fly. " Uranus is opposing Mercury in the 7th house which is all about the unconventional from thought to deed. Pluto, the destroyer sits at the top of the chart, an ominous placement and he is opposing Jupiter at the IC. Jupiter, the principle of expansion is literally in a power struggle with Pluto or is it a precursor to an alchemical transformation ready to happen?

Before we look at the next chart set for Universal Time take a minute to see what some experts are saying about ISON's fragments possibly hitting earth. In fact Gareth Williams in the video below says there is no guarantee that Comet ISON will NOT strike Earth!

 The second chart we will examine is set for Universal Time in Greenwhich, UK This chart has Cancer rising at 19 degrees (Sabian A priest performing a marriage ceremony adding a sacred side to the event). On some level there is sacred unity evident in the meeting of ISON with our solar orb. On the geocentric time we have a Venus-Jupiter opposition which is always great for huge celebrations like marriage. Uranus, that perennial trickster and bringer of the outer forces of the universe is at the top of the chart square expansive Jupiter in Cancer in the 12th. Jupiter-Uranus in this alignment speaks of spontaneous, free spirited revolutionary shifts for all of us in the Solar System. Jupiter in the 12th also is about the glory of solitude and merging with the divine. Of course since Jupiter is transiting in Cancer in the earthly geocentric version, gratitude can find a home on this cosmic event.

Sit back and revel in the majesty of this happening accepting that no matter what the outcome expect some amazing transformations. For the best real time images from the SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) spacecraft  click here. Stay tuned for more updates...

Comet ISON Emerges
November 28th. After pronouncing Comet ISON R.I.P. this confusing saga continues to amaze
per the Mercury-Uranus opposition in the Heliocentric charts above.
Per "Comet ISON flew through the sun's atmosphere on Nov. 28th and the encounter did not go well for the icy comet. Just before perihelion (closest approach to the sun) the comet rapidly faded and appeared to disintegrate. This prompted reports of ISON's demise. However, a fraction of the comet might have survived." Click on the image below to see what emerged from Comet ISON's brush with solar fire:

 Fragments of it's former self - a headless comet ala Algol at the last Full Moon?: 
Even CNN jumps on the ISON is Still Alive bandwagon. 
Comet ISON seems to be falling apart as it approaches the sun. Indeed, researchers working with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory said they saw nothing along the track that ISON was expected to follow through the sun's atmosphere. Nevertheless, something has emerged. Whether this is a small scorched fragment of Comet ISON's nucleus or perhaps a "headless comet"--a stream of debris marking the remains of the comet's disintegrated core--remains to be seen.