Wednesday 15th July
Have you been able to do any sky watching lately? The weather here has been patchy, with some clear spells. I am lucky enough to say that I have had a couple of great sightings, mainly due to the clear weather and the fact that I am a lady of a certain age and often wake up very hot in the night! I have discovered that this does have its advantages in terms of sky watching, but one has to be quiet so as not to disturb the rest of the household who are not quite so keen on spotting planets and comets at silly o’clock!
My sky spotting successes are; Monday morning I saw the waning crescent moon and Venus rising in the East. They were both very bright and this is the first time I have seen Venus as a morning ‘star’. It moves from being visible in the evening to being visible in the morning. It started its new cycle as a morning star with a conjunction with the sun in early June. Yesterday morning 14th July they made an exact conjunction. This is the first of seven visible junctions over the next seven months of Venus and the waning moon. The good news is that these conjunctions will get progressively later in the morning each month here in the northern hemisphere as we move towards the autumn and winter. So by the time we get to November we won’t have to be creeping around in the middle of the night to see the conjunction!
Sunday 12th July
The summer moves on and Mercury turns direct today Sunday 12th July. Mercury is the communication planet so if you have been having communication hiccups things should move a bit more easily from today.
Talking of communication, yesterday Chris Mitchell delivered his talk about medieval astrology to the Norfolk Astrology group. It was excellent and went down very well, so thank you Chris. That is one good thing to have come out of lock-down, the amount of on line events which re springing-up. It certainly gives us more flexibility as an astrology group- our Norfolk group was attended by people in Norfolk but also Scotland, Derbyshire and Sussex. We are going to do further online meetings, so please look out on my events page for dates. Everyone interested in astrology is welcome.