The 8 Festivals of the UCC Year Aries [☉⊕♈] Taurus [☉⊗♉] Cancer [☉⊕♋] Leo [☉⊗♌] Libra [☉⊕♎] Scorpio [☉⊗♏] Capricorn [☉⊕♑] Aquarius [☉⊗♒]
The 'Astronomology' of the
'Nobenox New Year Cardinal Festival of Aries♈'
[ ☉ ⊕ ♈ ]
Northern 'Springfest' / Southern 'Autumnfest'
A 4 Day Festival to celebrate the Aries♈ Equinox aka the 'Nobenox' (the NO-rth B-ound E-qui-NOX), the passage from the old year to the new, and the start of the 1st Quarter Season
This period covers one of the 4 major Sun/Earth events, the 2 Equinoxes & the 2 Solstices, which divide our Year into its 4 Quarter Seasons
It is called a 'Cardinal' Festival because Aries♈ is one of the 4 Cardinal Zodiac Signs;
Aries♈, Cancer♋, Libra♎ & Capricorn♑
They are called 'Cardinal' signs because cardinal comes from the latin cardo which means 'hinge/pole/axis', signifying the poles/axis of the equinoxes & solstices
So, we can symbolise these events using the Sun symbol ☉ & the Earth symbol ⊕ together with the symbol for the particular equinox or solstice
At this time the Sun is reaching the '1st Point of Aries♈' which is symbolised simply with '♈' so we can add this to the Sun & Earth symbols to give a combined symbol for the Festival:
☉ ⊕ ♈
This Festival takes in the last 2 days of the old year and the first 2 days of the new year.
So the 4 Days each year are:
Day 1 [☉⊕♈1]
29th Pisces ♓
Numerical Date [YYYYY.12.29]
Day #364 of the Year
Day 2 [☉⊕♈2]
30th Pisces ♓
Numerical Date [YYYYY.12.30]
Day #365 of the Year
Also can be called 'New Year's Eve'
(This is also 'Nobenox Day' this year, 13515 - see 'Stellarium' picture below)
* In Leap Years this Festival Period expands to 5 days due to an additional Intercalary Day being inserted here, on to the start of the new year
This becomes Day 3 of the festival [☉⊕♈3], has the numerical date [YYYYY.00.00], is Day #000 of the Year and is called 'Leap Year's Day' with the symbol '✶'
The following 2 days then become Days 4 and 5 of the festival but the rest of their numerology stays as it is
Day 3 [☉⊕♈3]
* (Day 4 [☉⊕♈4] In Leap Years)
'New Year's Day'
Numerical Date [YYYYY.00.01]
Day #001 of the Year
Day 4 [☉⊕♈4]
* (Day 5 [☉⊕♈5] In Leap Years)
'1st Season's Day'
Numerical Date [YYYYY.00.02]
Day #002 of the Year
Can also be called 'Spring Day' in the Northern Hemisphere and 'Autumn Day' in the Southern Hemisphere
It has the symbol '◷' as it introduces the Quarter Season which forms this 'top right' part of the Zodiac circle
So... On To The Nobenox 'Astronomology'
The following 4 shots from the package Stellarium show the position of the Sun on each of the 4 days of the festival:
The 2nd of the 4 screen shots above [☉⊕♈2] shows the Sun on its Ecliptic path crossing the Celestial Equator rising north, arriving at its 'Ascending Node' and the 'First Point of Aries' (♈)
This is the intersection of the Ecliptic with the 0 Hrs Right Ascension (RA) line and the 0° Declination (DE) line (the celestial equator)
This is shown as - RA/DE (of date) : 0h 00m / 0°00' - in the top left of the picture
At this point The Sun leaves the Sign Pisces ♓ - Pisces correlates to the 2 hours of Right Ascension from 22hours to 24 / 0 hours
We can see that the Sign Pisces is currently occupied by the Constellation Aquarius due to the Precession of the Equinox of the Great Year
The Sun is then entering the Sign Aries ♈ - Aries correlates to the 2 hours of Right Ascension from 0 hours to 2 hours
We can see that the Sign Aries is currently occupied by the Constellation Pisces, again due to Precession
We can confirm this 'astronomological' link between the astronomy & the astrology with a shot from the website 'Planet Watcher'
This shot taken at the time of the 'Nobenox' shows the Sun at 0°Aries
This confirms the Astrological alignment with the 0 hours Right Ascension line of the Stellarium Astronomy shot
You will notice that the Planet Watcher shot shows the same anti-clockwise cycle of the Zodiac as I have used for the Calendar, but rotated 180° starting with Aries on the left at '9 o'clock'
This is because the astrological Zodiac shows the Eastern Horizon on the left and the North at the bottom, whereas I've followed the Ecliptic path of the Sun, showing the North at the top and the South at the bottom!
So, we can see the historical links between astrology and astronomy reflected in their modern day uses
And in the spirit of left brain/right brain balance and Scientific & Spiritual equilibrium, I think it's time we brought them back together!
After all, achieving balance is what life is ALL about...
Anyway, the main point to remember is that the Nobenox will always occur on one of the 4 days of this New Year Festival EVERY year
Happy New Year!
☉ ⊕ ♈