History is full of stories showing the importance given to Astrology and Astronomy was seen as the foundation of Astrology. All priests and governors in olden days had to have knowledge of the science of the stars and the science of numbers. Astrology was always used to map out a person’s life. The history of a race or country can also be determined by the influences of the day it began. The twelve Zodiac signs represent the twelve lessons of human existence; the twelve qualities to be gradually achieved by every human being, life after life, but not necessarily sign after sign. We have free will and can choose to work under a particular sign more often than the others or even disregard a specific sign, although this would produce a one-sided character and happens less often.
The first sign, Aries, whose symbol is the ram, represents the first experience of life, the beginning of the human journey and bestows extreme physical activity, caring and impulsiveness. They are ruled by Mars, the warrior. Aries represents the head and Aries folks use their brains intensely, although without much experience of life to back them up. At this, the beginning of the human journey, our human uses their quick-working brain and is eager and brave. He or she is ready to lead and wants to help, but is yet a poor judge of character and can be easily deceived. They make poor subordinates. They need to guard against over-working their brains and need plenty of sleep.
The second sign, Taurus, the bull, is very strong and plodding, but if suddenly aroused, they plunge swiftly to their goal and like the bull, they can be slowly aroused to anger. Ruled by Venus, they learn lessons about loving deeply with their whole heart and with great devotion and also about money, planting and harvesting, working the earth patiently. They are great agriculturists and nature lovers, singers and poets. They are courageous and devoted people. Their major problems come from overly luxurious living with much love for food and drink. They are patient and determined.
The third sign, Gemini, the twins, ruled by the planet Mercury gives humans the next lesson which is how to use the brain for practical matters and for reasoning. This gives a dual type of mind that can see both sides, and which also has great interest in every new idea presented. They love to share their knowledge and make great teachers and writers. Geminis are changeable and ambitious and their brains race up and down the tree of knowledge. Given brilliance and quickness, they learn to develop a logical reasoning mind with rapid thought. These qualities rely on the nervous system more than the brain, so they need to guard against overworking their sensitive nerves.
The fourth sign, Cancer, the crab, ruled by the Moon comes in with the accumulated experience of the first three signs and the next lesson is to learn how to apply it. Great patience and tenacity are given along with the talent for parenthood and family life. This is the nurturing earth mother and even the men enjoy cooking and being in their secure homes. There is restlessness too, causing an occasional desire to travel away from home. Cancerians are like crabs, moving forward and then turning back or going sideways on to something else and so live a life of ups and downs. The Moon makes them deeply sensitive and passionate for life. They require discipline and order in their world. Their accumulated experience now makes them ready to be good in the business world as well in the home.
The fifth sign, Leo, the Lion, ruled by the Sun incarnates with a great deal of knowledge of the human side of life and can produce very fine results. The task for them is to go forth and become a powerful and well-developed human, capable of high achievements. Often kings of men and people of power are born as Leos. They are big-hearted, strong mentally and physically, proud, ambitious and popular. Because they have not yet reached divine intuition, they may misunderstand and think less of those weaker than themselves. They do, however, attract many followers. Friends may cause them disillusionment because Leo is not used to adapting to the ways of others.
The sixth sign, Virgo the virgin, is ruled by Mercury just like Gemini. They come in to learn discrimination. At this point, humans have risen to great heights through using impulsiveness, forcefulness and a growing talent for self-expression. Virgo is given a natural fastidiousness and a critical eye. They are to begin from the angle of a critic rather than a person of action like the Mercury ruled Gemini. They are adaptable and make excellent subordinates, work well and are usually successful. They have exquisite taste. Virgos will organize us. They are the restaurant keepers, journalists, art critics and health workers.
Up to this point Man has learned to be a complete human being, but only half the journey is accomplished. The second half is about learning to become a spiritual person and live in both the world of power and spirit while on earth and have the mind be in touch with the Divine. Here we learn there is more to life than the physical world. Things become harder to understand, and the first thing our human must now learn is balance.
The seventh sign, Libra, the scales, is ruled by Venus just as Taurus is. Librans can actually miss many opportunities in life through too much weighing and balancing through over-thinking things. Now the human is becoming psychic and intuitive and would do better going with the first impression. There is a lot of love in Libra, but it has now become more mental than physical. They are able to love abstract things such as harmony, peace, justice and beauty. They truly dislike all disharmony in life. They will avoid an argument and this is because the refining process has begun. They are definitely not cowardly or weak. They are the lawyers, judges and specialists, the architects and researchers. Many Librans hold themselves back, afraid to let themselves go; and so to compensate they may tend to overwork.
The eighth sign, Scorpio, the scorpion or eagle, ruled by Pluto and before its discovery by Mars. Our next lesson is to transmute the tender passion of love to the higher planes. Scorpios have magnetic, forceful personalities and others feel fascinated by them and they can draw fanatical devotion. This sign produces many saints and many villains too; both the best and the worst! They can be their own worst enemy, or else have the beginnings of wisdom and attainment of high spirituality. They usually pass through the fire of the temptation of sex in all its forms to learn that it is the sex-force that gets used for higher attainment. There is versatility and loyalty and they are capable of swaying others. They are proud and ambitious, with intense and enduring feelings.
The ninth sign, Sagittarius, the archer is ruled by Jupiter and the goal now is truth and the beginnings of unselfishness. Sagittarians instinctively believe that truth is beautiful and they wish to spread it around joyfully. They love life and travel and are full of humor. They can be domineering and stubborn, but they always attempt to make others happy. They are very hospitable and since they contain the qualities of all the preceding signs, they are very versatile. Music and ceremony appeal and they will give great encouragement to music, the arts and the pleasures and luxuries of life. Their agile minds cause them to jump to results without patient study. They must always be actively employed and take periods of complete rest to relax their tenseness. Sagittarians are very popular with a great zest for life.
The tenth sign, Capricorn, the mountain goat is ruled by Saturn. Humans are now bending their will to attain spiritual accomplishment and Saturn, the great tester and trainer is here to help. Saturn holds Capricorns down to earth, pressing upon them and sometimes depressing them. Our humans are now ready to stand on their own two feet and work things out for themselves, rather than following others’ lead. They are ready for thoughtful, practical work and have appreciation for intellect and the sciences as well as the occult. There is independence and pride, organization and desire for leadership. There is tact, pity and patience and ability to now see outside of self, using suffering to identify with the feelings of all humanity. They usually put the work ahead of the chance for fun. Capricorn may be hard to understand, complex with unusual reactions, and yet with the stern discipline that is part of their lives, they usually live a long time and are quite healthy.
The eleventh sign, Aquarius, the water bearer, is ruled by Uranus and before its discovery, they were also Saturn ruled. By now our human is ready to pour out the waters of life, along with all their ideas on others. By now, they have lost some of their pride and begun to feel that they are a part of the whole. They are making great steps forward by beginning to give more importance to others than to themselves. Aquarians like to gather with others in groups to work for the betterment of all. They are no longer ambitious totally for themselves. They will work in the background, unless inspired to work for a cause. Their minds are learning to be non-attached, honest and free. They have great sympathy for human weakness. They are still overly-sensitive and can read character well. This gives intense likes and dislikes. They have developed some of the finer qualities of the soul, causing them to be delicately balanced. There can be frail health, yet nobody has more reserve force than these humanitarians.
The twelfth sign, Pisces, the sign of the fish ruled by Neptune and previously by Jupiter, encompasses the most perfected type of spiritual humans. The lesson now is the final letting go of the self and complete merging into the lives and feelings of others. Many wonderful actors are Pisceans, and also great poets, artists and musicians. Pisces produces the strongest and the weakest types of humans. The force flowing through them is difficult to handle and unless well-used, they can turn to drink, drugs and other excesses for escape. Being the sign of fish going in two directions, they can go either way. They need courage and confidence in themselves to be inspired to great heights of self-denial and attainment. Having attained the qualities of all the previous signs, they now have a natural understanding. Pisceans are very devoted to their friends and are the romantics. They identify with the universe and love traveling and everything about the sea.
It’s important to note that Astrology subdivides the twelve signs many times over. The laws of rebirth, karma and free will allow for numberless variations of the order for progressing through these signs. The number of times the humans have accomplished the full round will determine the old or experienced souls or new souls. The perfected human is a blend of the best of all the signs.
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Note that these Sun Sign traits are also found in those with these Signs Rising in their charts!
IN RANDOM ORDER BECAUSE ARIES ALWAYS GETS TO BE FIRST:
Cancerians …..or as I prefer to call them….Moon Children…because they are ruled by the Moon! They are having birthdays as I am writing this so they go first. Everyone should have a Cancerian friend; they will mother you, nurture you, cook for you, and do so many nice little things to help you out. They are psychic, sensitive and emotional. They sense your moods and feelings. They might bore you with their family stories and their past and their opinions. Often they are taken advantage of and others make great demands on their time and energy and might even become resentful when they can’t be available to them when needed. They give because they want to and please don’t forget how smart and shrewd they are!
Aquarians know how to unite people in a common cause. They would like to help everybody if they could. They live in an intellectual world and always come up with great new ideas. They are quite unconventional and always interesting. . People are very attracted to them. They don’t usually let others get too close and may sometimes seem aloof. They are very kind and caring and true humanitarians. Expect futuristic ideas, spiritual discussions and unusual views from your Aquarian friends.
Sagittarians have optimism, enthusiasm, wisdom and usually are truthful. They are honest and moral and appreciate that in their friends. They enjoy sports, athletics and love being outdoors. If they aren’t playing, they are watching sports. They like horses, enjoy watching them race and like to ride them. They are ruled by jovial Jupiter, which generally bestows a cheerful nature. This makes them enjoyable to be around.
Who has the most magnetic personalities? Scorpios, of course! They also have a strong will and an intense emotional nature. Their penetrating insight misses very little of whats goes on around them. Due to their secretive and suspicious nature, people don’t always trust them. They tend to be serious and could smile more to attract others. They usually control their deep emotions and hide their true feelings. If a Scorpio likes you, they will trust you, but if you wrong them, they never forget! They usually attract jealousy into their lives but do have many loyal friends.
Taurus worries about job security and security in general. They usually have fixed opinions and don’t like to change their minds. They have an overly careful attitude about the work they do and can drive others who work more quickly somewhat crazy. They should avoid nervous, fidgety people and situations where they feel pressured and pushed. They will listen patiently to others’ troubles and pamper them with understanding. Success and money rewards mean a lot to them.
Leos are the proud, determined, success-oriented ones who love to run things. They can become as irritable as a hungry lion, their symbol, if they don’t get approval and recognition. They have strong values and expect others to live up to them. When younger they are very proud of their long beautiful hair. Take a look at your Leo and Leo Rising friends and notice how many of them have noticeable moles or beauty marks on their faces.
Pisces are usually sensitive, easygoing, and lovable folks with very gentle natures, but when things go wrong for them, that can quickly change into lots of irritability. They are two fish swimming in different directions. That’s when they need hugs, love and attention. They will do any job that’s needed but want to feel appreciated. They can be very inspirational to others. Many of them are quite spiritual and they are also very artistic. Certain ones appear to be vaguely confused at times and this is their ruler Neptune at work in their lives.
Aries can be quite impatient and those Aries reading this wondered when we would get to them. They are always in a hurry and can get careless as a result. They are intelligent and sensitive but may tend to say things without thinking. They have firey enthusiasm, impulsive natures and creative minds. They want to be liked just the way they are, but need to know that sometimes to win at life one must play the game. They don’t like to stick to one project too long. Aries have great leadership qualities.
The ambitious, practical one is Capricorn. They mean business and nothing stops them. They may get sidetracked or slowed down but they never forget where they are headed. They use everything efficiently to get the most out of life. They have a great sense of humor, yet they are quite serious and may be prone to melancholy or depression. This comes from their ruler serious Saturn, the taskmaster of the zodiac.
The attractive, popular, well-liked folks are the Librans. They are people-pleasers, and are also fair-minded and treat others with respect. They seem to attract jealousy just like the Scorpios. They enjoy talking but hearing your views too. Don’t tell them any secrets you don’t want revealed; just like Geminis, they don’t mean to tell but it just slips out. They are fashionable, charming, flirty and know how to make others feel good. Making decisions is the hardest thing for them because they can see the benefits of both sides.
Virgos like to tinker and fix things using their analytical minds. If they don’t know how, they will read the instructions and follow them to the letter. They are always prepared and can solve your problems. They may be somewhat critical but are always attentive, alert and observant. They enjoy organization and neatness and making order out of chaos. They notice the tiniest details and analyze everything..
Gemini likes to talk, text, email and is also the practical joker. They love to flirt! They are popular because they relate well to people. They love to be on the go and to learn new things. Routine work bores them. They are the twins of the zodiac and often show two different sides to others. Which twin is out today? They retain their youthful looks. even as they age.
Gifts to each of the zodiac signs :
” …And it was morning as God stood before his twelve children and into each of them planted the seed of human life. One by one each child stepped forward to receive his appointed gift.
To you Aries
I give the seed first that you might have the honor of planting it. That for every seed you plant one million more will multiply in your hand. You will not have time to see the seed grow, for everything you plant creates more that must be planted. You will be the first to penetrate the soil of people’s minds with My Idea. But it is not your job to nourish the Idea, nor to question it. Your life is action, and the only action I ascribe to you is to begin making men aware of My Creation.For your good work I give you the virtue of Self-Esteem.
…. Quietly Aries stepped back to his place.
To you Taurus
I give the power to build the seed into substance. Your job is a great one requiring patience, for you must finish all that has been started, or the seeds will be wasted to the wind. You are not to question nor change your mind in the middle, nor to depend on others for what I ask you to do. For this I give you the gift of Strength. Use it wisely.
…. And Taurus stepped back into place.
To you Aquarius
To you Pisces
I give the most difficult task of all. I ask you to collect all the world’s sorrows and return them to Me. Your tears are to be ultimately My Tears. The sorrow you will absorb is the effect of people’s misunderstanding of My Idea, but you are to give them compassion that they may try again. For this the most difficult task of all, I give you the greatest gift of all. You will be the only one of my twelve Children to understand Me. This gift of Understanding is for you, Pisces, for when you try to spread it to humankind they will not listen.…. And Pisces stepped back into place. …. And Pisces stepped back into place.
I have been reviewing some information from a book written in 1928 called “Simplified Scientific Astrology”. I found the following facts to be very interesting because I had not heard some of them before.
During the 2000-plus years that have elapsed since the equinox came within orb of Pisces the sign of the fishes, religious rites have required that the people annoint themselves with “Piscean water” at the door of the church. The service or Mass was performed by a priest whose hat resembled the head of a fish, and were originally told to abstain from eating meat on Fridays and at other times and to eat fish instead. They were also taught to worship or honor an immaculate virgin (Mary) because Virgo, the sign of the virgin, is the sign opposite Pisces and the opposite signs are as two sides of the same coin. This type of worship will continue in a decreasing degree until the sign Aquarius and its opposite sign Leo have replaced the current symbols of christianity. Having been brought up in the catholic church, I have seen all these Piscean symbols first hand and I know many changes have been taking place through the years.
On either side of the Ecliptic or Sun’s path are a number of fixed stars which form twelve groups or constellations, that are called ‘signs of the zodiac’. These twelve constellations are called the natural zodiac remaining in the same relative positions, so we use a Table of Houses our whole life and yet we must consult an Ephemeris to see the planets’ places every year.
The sun crosses the celestial equator (precedes it) and this is called the precession of the equinox. It takes about 2,156 years before the Sun recedes one constellation, traveling one degree about every 72 years; and it takes about 25,868 years for the Sun to circle back through all twelve constellations.
At the time that we were in the age of Taurus which is the sign of ‘the Bull’ the ancient Egyptians worshipped the sacred ‘Bull Apis’. Their priests at that time wore the Uraeus or Serpent Symbol belonging to Scorpio opposite Taurus, to indicate their possession of the esoteric wisdom.
When the Sun went into Aries by precession it became idolatry for ‘the chosen people’ to worship the Bull or ‘golden calf’. They left Egypt and pinned their faith to the ‘ram’ or ‘lamb’ which was then slain. According to the esoteric symbol for Libra, the opposite of Aries, which is ‘the scales of justice’, He shall come again as judge.
The reason the Aquarian influence has already been felt is because the Sun’s orb is so large that it touches the cusp of Aquarius. We have seen many new inventions and electronics (computers, smart phones and even smart cars) all brought into our experience. Aquarius is also the sign of the humanitarian whose symbol is the Water Bearer, pouring out not water as is often suggested, but pouring wonderful ideas on humanity. The coming possibilities for the human race are wonderful to contemplate. When the equinox actually crosses into the sign of Aquarius in the year 2654, we should finally see the brotherhood and peace that this world longs to experience!
How does each zodiac sign approach love and romance? As always, after reading your sun sign, read your Rising Sign too! If you don’t know what that is, you are missing out on a lot of information about yourself and you might want to have your natal chart done. Note that the information below may be modified somewhat if you have a lot of planets in a different sign and if you have planets very close to the Ascendant, which is also called the Rising Sign!
Aries the Ram is very impatient and does not want to waste much time on the chase or on the art of seduction. They like to be the initiator and tend to fall in love quickly. The physical side of love is always as important as the romantic side. They are impatient and impulsive and may move on if the flame starts to die down. They are ruled by Mars.
Taurus the Bull must have beauty or attractiveness in the one they love. They are known for being down to earth and conservative, yet they make an adoring lover. They want a partner who understands their sensitivity and uninhibited side. There is a tendency toward jealousy, but once they feel secure, they are faithful and like being married, usually not demanding too much in return. Venus is their ruler.
Gemini, the sign of the Twins – Their dual personality could be like getting two lovers for the price of one. Needing constant change, they will want to keep two partners for as long as they can, and it may be hard for them to settle down too soon. They can live happily ever after with someone who is perceptive, loving, and understanding of their dual nature. Depending on which twin is in control, they could meet a perfect forever partner who offers these qualities. Quick-moving Mercury is their ruler.
Cancer the Crab looks for the big romantic dream but often it doesn’t turn out to be the rosy path they expected. After about age forty, they become much wiser. Security, marriage and a home of their own will bring them the best personal, lasting happiness. The Moon ruling their sign affects their emotions more than any of the other zodiac signs. Until Mr. Right comes along, they will enjoy good romance novels and romantic movies.
Leo the Lion has personal magnetism and knows how to make you feel special, even if you aren’t the only one in their life. Everyone should enjoy being loved by a Leo. They are so warm and considerate, and others could mistake that for a greater interest than they actually feel. They are dramatic in some way and fun to be around. Once happily married, Leo will be a faithful, protective and caring partner.
Virgo the virgin is not necessarily virginal, but is very discriminating. They have a delightful mind and good looks that rarely fade with age. Rather than enjoying the attention they get from others, they look at them analytically. They are not too anxious to get emotionally attached, but once they feel ready; both financially and emotionally, they choose a partner very carefully. They need intellectual compatibility and often find that a mutual interest in work creates a bond. Mercury is also their ruler.
Libra whose symbol is the scales, is seen as the love goddess of the zodiac and the males are noted for their gentlemanly charm. They are very refined in love, and in speech and actions. Small unexpected gifts please them and a gracious, luxurious approach to love works best. If divorced, they can be very discreet and enjoy experiencing different partnerships. There is always a partner around the corner for Librans. Their ruler is Venus.
Scorpio is either the scorpion or the eagle. Once they find a compatible person who can understand the depths of their nature, they are the most exciting companion. They can love with great passion if they decide the person is worthy of the emotional drain. They like being the one in command and can be jealous or experience jealousy from others. Their love may inspire them to write, paint or sculpt, but if it ends badly, that inspiration will dry up and life will be very dismal for them. Pluto is their ruler.
Sagittarius the archer is very interested in people and that naturally leads to romance. They aim their arrow directly at their target and nothing will deter them from wooing their chosen one. Females are more subtle but no less determined. Being a fire sign, they rush quickly into romance. If a partner is not too responsive, they can be content to be an exceptionally good friend. You may need to remind them of birthdays and anniversaries, but they are not usually found in the divorce courts.
Capricorn is the mountain goat. Their ruling planet Saturn often puts up barriers in the realm of romance. Often there is unrequited love and attempting to forget someone, they might go to the altar for reasons other than true love. They are very stable, if a bit serious. They can disguise their feelings very well. They are usually not happy with secret liaisons, resorting to them only out of loneliness or depression. Often Saturn allows them true marital happiness later in life.
Aquarius is the water bearer – But this is not a water sign, rather an air sign pouring out ideas on others. Their ruling planet Uranus, which is the planet of the unusual and unexpected, produces remarkable people in Aquarians. They like partners who are unconventional in some way. If friends wonder what Aquarians see in someone, it rarely matters to them because they can see beyond mere physical attraction. They love to be with someone with whom they can have great conversations.
Pisces the fish – they will want full romantic treatment even after the wedding bells have stopped ringing. They are easily hurt but do get over it quickly. A Pisces can say good bye quicker than anyone else if they are hurt too much or get bored. They idealize the loved one and want to create romantic moments as often as they can. They have practically all the other signs at their mercy when it comes to romance.
When you find that seemingly perfect other, consider having a compatibility chart done so you can see how well all your natal planets connect with each other. Understand your potential life partner so you can work on any disharmony between you and enjoy better harmony together. Many people marry without really knowing their partner and are apt to get a few surprises after the honeymoon.
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Mercury is going Retrograde again as it does four times a year! (from 1/5 through 1/25 when it goes Direct). Mercury rules our thoughts and speech.
A reminder: Always read important documents over carefully and don’t sign contracts or make new commitments if at all possible. If you must, just be sure to get a second opinion and pay extra attention to details. Negotiations can go okay if you very aware of what is being said, but try and wait before making final decisions. You could forget some of the important details and misunderstandings can easily occur.
Retrograde planets can certainly have a positive side. We get another chance to back up and redo things and they can wind up even better than before! You could figure out what hasn’t been working very well and implement some new changes. This is a great time to reorganize your life. Friends from the past and even former clients often pop up unexpectedly! This can be a very positive experience for both of you.
So, remember to read things over very well, especially if you don’t completely understand something. Ask questions and also remember to use spell check. Be especially aware of texting the wrong words if you don’t take the time to read what you said before hitting that send button. Don’t buy electronic equipment, wait a few weeks; often it has to be returned for some reason anyway.
This week also sees Jupiter taking a rest (going retrograde) all the way into May, (more like a slow down for Mr Jupiter) from giving out opportunities, growth, expansion and luck. (from 1/7 through 5/9 when he goes Direct).
To the Virgos, with Jupiter now in Virgo, worry not, he will be back to either continue what he started or finally get to you. It all depends if the degrees are early or later in your chart. If you are a Virgo or have Virgo Rising in your chart, think back to twelve years ago, as to what was happening in your life, and you will get some idea of might be happening for you. Wherever you have Virgo in your chart, in whatever planet or house, something there will enlarge or expand as Jupiter connects at or near those degrees.
And, lucky me with Virgo as my Rising Sign (also called the Ascendant). I have been having a pretty good year so far and I am expecting things to pick up in May when Jupiter moves forward again. Jupiter completes his one year journey in Virgo on 9/10/16 and will then enter the sign of Libra for one year!
Beginning December 25th, 2015 with Uranus stationing direct, all of the major planets in our solar system will be moving direct/forward. This continues until January 6th, 2016.
It’s uniquely a time where the earth’s perspective becomes like the Sun, where the vibration of the solar system can provide an extraordinary kind of cosmic assistance to any endeavor created to benefit human life on earth and where the whole planet can be energized by cosmic fuel rather than fossil fuels.
We might expect new discoveries with Uranus kicking this off including science, astronomy, astrology, technology, national social systems, and also the potential for instant and massive deep genuine global peace and harmony. This could also bring a sudden, shocking communication leak that leads to massive, positive changes on our Earth.
Be mindful at every moment of the possibility of an awesome breakthrough toward world harmony and peaceful tolerance among all cultures on Earth. There could even be a moment of acceptable alien communications. Who will be contacted is also part of the unknown mystery.
Manifestations can be quickened during this time. Coming together in groups to do such things is also a great way to use this beautiful and empowering astrological energy. Share this in the coming days leading up to this rare cycle that begins on December 25th, 2015 so we can reach as many people as possible to consciously co-create a beautiful new world during this 11 day cycle.
This certainly sounds good to me!
Thank you to Astrologer Stephanie Forest and Lance Schuttler for sharing this information.
Some are saying that for the first time in over two thousand years, the star of Bethlehem will reappear in the western sky, tonight, June 30th. This is of both historical and religious significance, the last time this particular celestial configuration was seen, the first coming of Christ was recorded in the New Testaments of the Holy Bible, between the years 3 and 2 B.C.
Venus is the planet named after the Goddess of love, and Jupiter is named after the God of Thunder. On Earth, they will appear so close together that they will look like a dramatic “double star.” These two planets have been gradually approaching each other for the last few weeks, creeping toward their closest point: 1/3° apart. That’s close enough to be able to see them while covering them with the tip of your pinky finger. Actually they are about 416 million miles apart in space.
The planets will also look like they are the same size, but Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and Venus is smaller than our Earth. Because of their relative distances, they appear to be of a similar size when viewed from Earth.
This converging of two planets is known as a conjunction. A conjunction between Jupiter and Venus is not unusual; they were last seen close together in the sky in August of 2014, but this is an extremely close conjunction like the one believed to be the bright double star the Wise Men followed in Bethlehem .
Look West to Northwest tonight right after dark and you will see them with the naked eye. The Moon, Mars, Mercury and Saturn can also be easily seen tonight. If you use binoculars or a telescope, you can actually see Jupiter’s four large moon.
Note: The above picture was taken this evening of Jupiter and Venus together from the App called “Skyview” !