The 8 Festivals of the UCC Year Aries [☉⊕♈] Taurus [☉⊗♉] Cancer [☉⊕♋] Leo [☉⊗♌] Libra [☉⊕♎] Scorpio [☉⊗♏] Capricorn [☉⊕♑] Aquarius [☉⊗♒]
The 'Astronomology' of the
'Mid-Season Festival of Leo♌'
[ ☉ ⊗ ♌ ]
Northern 'Mid-Summer' / Southern 'Mid-Winter'
A 2 Day Festival to celebrate the mid point of the 2nd Quarter Season
One of the 4 Mid Season Festivals occurring on the middle 2 days (15th & 16th) of the middle Triad Month of each Quarter Season
These signify the passing of the Sun ☉ across the mid points between the equinoxes and solstices
Together with the 4 'Cardinal Festivals' which celebrate the equinoxes and solstices themselves, these 4 Mid Season Festivals mark what our ancestors called 'The 8 Fold Year'
This one relates closely to what the druids called 'Lughnasadh' and here is called the 'Mid Season Festival of Leo' because Leo♌ is one of the 4 'Fixed' Zodiac Signs;
Taurus♉, Leo♌, Scorpio♏ & Aquarius♒
which each fall in the middle of their respective seasons
They are called 'Fixed' signs in the Zodiac because they are fixed with the energy of their season, being in the middle, between the 'Cardinal' signs which open the door to each new season and the 'Mutable' signs which bring each season to a close
The equinoxes and solstices form the 'Solar Cross' symbolised by the Earth sign '⊕'
But, at these 'Mid Season' times, the Sun ☉ is mid way between an equinox and a solstice and these 4 mid points form the 'Galactic Cross' symbolised as '⊗'
So, we can symbolise these 'Mid Season' events using the Sun symbol '☉' & the Galactic Cross symbol '⊗' together with the symbol for the particular fixed Zodiac sign
At this time the Sun is crossing the mid point of Leo ♌ so we can add this to the Sun & Galactic Cross symbols to give a combined symbol for the Festival:
☉ ⊗ ♌
This Festival takes in the 15th & 16th (the middle 2 days) of 'FIVE-Leo♌', the middle Triad Month of the 2nd Quarter Season.
So the 2 Days each year are:
Day 1 [☉⊗♌1]
15th Leo ♌
Numerical Date [YYYYY.05.15]
Day #138 of the Year
Day 2 [☉⊗♏2]
16th Leo ♌
Numerical Date [YYYYY.05.16]
Day #139 of the Year
So... On To The 'Astronomology'
The following 2 shots from the package Stellarium show the position of the Sun on each of the 2 days of the festival:
The 1st of the 2 screen shots above [☉⊗♌1] shows the Sun on its Ecliptic path crossing the 9 Hours Right Ascension (RA) line of the celestial grid on 15/5/13515
The 9 Hour Right Ascension line corresponds to the mid point of the Star Sign Leo ♌ which correlates to the 2 hours of Right Ascension from 8hours to 10hours
We can see that the Sign Leo is currently occupied by the Constellation Cancer due to the Precession of the Equinox of the Great Year
We can confirm this 'astronomological' link between the astronomy & the astrology with a shot from the website 'Planet Watcher'
The Sun reaching 15°Leo on 17/5/13515
This confirms the close Astrological proximity to the 9 hours Right Ascension line in the Stellarium Astronomy shot of 15/5/13515
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 we reach the mid point between the 'Nolstice' and the 'Sobenox' during this Mid Season Festival of Leo EVERY year
Happy Mid Season!
☉ ⊗ ♌