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Posted: Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:09 pm    Post subject: Sirius Heliacal Rising Reply with quote

SiriusA is about twice as massive as the Sun and has an absolute visual magnitude of +1.42. It is 25 times as luminous as the Sun. It is nicknamed the "Dog Star" because it is part of the constellation Canis Major, Latin for "the greater dog." The expression "dog days" refers to the period from July 3 through Aug. . The system is between 200 and 300 million years old.
The ancient Egyptian New Year began when the spectacularly brilliant star Sopdet (Sothis in Greek; Sirius in Latin) was seen to rise before the Sun in the early morning. This is known as the heliacal rising of the star. During part of the year, you see, Sirius is so close to the Sun that the greater solar light blots out the light of the star and the star seems to disappear from the sky. The heliacal rising is the day that the sun and Sirius are once more far enough apart that—for the first time in months—Sirius may be once again seen in the pre-dawn skies. From at least the time of the Pyramid Texts, the beautiful star Sopdet was associated with the beautiful Goddess Isis. Sirius is the holy star of Isis. And they wanted to celebrate the Birthday of Isis in the traditions of the ancient calendar.

«The “heliacal rising” is the first day when the star rises and the Sun is far enough below the eastern horizon to make it visible in the morning twilight. In the same way, the “heliacal setting” is the last day when the star sets and the Sun is far enough below the western horizon to make the star visible in the evening twilight. This is not to be confused with what is called “cosmic rising”, which is around 14 Cancer In the latter case, it is not possible to see the star, due to the light of the Sun.»
Sirius has always been considered a very important star, and it was watched diligently. It is also one of the primary stars of navigation. The importance of calculating the heliacal rising and setting of Sirius was recognized in Ancient times and is still relevant today. As is true of any star, Sirius is only visible between the time of its helical rising and setting. Conversely, it is invisible from the time of heliacal setting until its heliacal rising.»
(James Clark - )

James wrote his article above in 2003 whilst in conversation with Giuseppe Bezza. - Section Stars and Constellations

Also, Deborah Houlding wrote an article about Sirius
«This 1st magnitude binary star is the brightest in the heavens, capable of surpassing all the planets in brilliance except Venus and Jupiter. It was held in the highest regard by the Egyptians, not only because of its brilliance, but because its heliacal rising coincided with the annual inundation of the Nile. Its influence was listed by Ptolemy as like Jupiter and Mars: elevating and active. Because of its heliacal rising in the middle of summer, ancient cultures associated Sirius with the fierceness of the Sun's summer heat, blaming the the Dog-star for the high occurrence of heat-stroke, fever and 'canine madness' during the summer months.»

The heliacal risings and settings occur with different altitudes of the Sun below the horizon.

When does Sirius, the Star of Isis, rise in your area?
«So precisely when does Sirius’ heliacal rising occur? Well, it depends on where and when you are located in the world and in time. The further north of the equator you are, the later in the year you will see Sirius rise; and due to the precession of the equinoxes, the date of the star’s rising shifts over time.
Here is a site designed by a French doctor of astronomy with an interest in ancient Egypt. She offers software for purchase that lets you calculate any star’s heliacal rising. But here’s the good part: you can sample the calculator—on Sirius—for free. Here’s the link. (Put in your email and the password softtests) All you need to know is your latitude and altitude.»
And link for the calculation
Fill in Year considered
Latitude of the observation site in degrees – Your Latitude
Altitude of thé observation site (in meters) – Use the Altitude of the Sun
Visual acuity of the observer : 1,0
Common name of the star : Sirius

Back to the article of James Clark who refers us to the website of Giuseppe Bezza
Section Stars and Constellations – Some texts on the heliacal rising of Sirius

Weather and Forecast

The forecasts drawn at the rise of Sirius are inscribed in the context of a year marked not by the equinoxes and solstices, but by the phases of the stars.

The seven nights following the heliacal rising of Sirius are remembered by al-Bîrûnî (The Chronology of Ancient Nations, transl. by CE Sachau, London 1879, pp. 259ff) As "caniculars": "In each of these days they [the peasants and sailors] draw conclusions regarding some changes in the weather in the months of autumn and winter and part of spring and these changes occur for the most part leaves at dusk and dawn. It is believed that these days are, compared to the year, what the critical days are with respect to acute diseases, in which the crisis occurs, or the judgment regarding the disease, from which one can feed hope or fear about the outcome ".

The second text is by Hephaestion of Thebes 1,23, an astrologer of the fourth century AD

The ancient Egyptian sages also observed the rising of Sirius on the twenty-fifth day of the month epiphí, and established the relative judgments, which, being many, I will limit myself here to expounding some of the most evident.
Therefore, when Sirius shines like gold at his rise, he shows himself advantageous to everything; in fact it shows the town the abundance and the best things and shows according to proportion and at the right moment the rising and falling of the waters, and also the harvest and the rest.
On the other hand, if the star rises surrounded by darkness, everything is disappointed: the products are scarce and what is conceived aborts.
When the star rises large and bright and northern winds blow, it means an increase of the waters according to proportion and the harvest is good and abundant and the king of the country will triumph over his antagonists.
If instead it rises gloomy and small, and northern winds blow, an expedition out of the country will be undertaken which will not end favorably, the growth of the Nile will be proportionate, honors and dignities will deteriorate.
If it rises large and bright and winds blow from the west and from noon, it indicates disagreement and mortality, the rise in the water level will be mediocre and portends famine.
If it rises large and bright while winds blow from the north and east, the king of the country will abandon his throne and remain hidden and there will be war;
If, on the other hand, it shows itself small when the Borea and Apeliote blow, there will be a right increase and it means that the land of the Ethiopians will be taken by force.
If it rises blackish it indicates a pestilence, yellowish the diseases, reddish the war and the killings.

It is also necessary to observe the Moon and the five stars: their configuration, their motion and their complexion towards Sirius in its rising. In fact, the complex indicates the events while the configuration and the quality of the motion or the stations carry out the action with greater or lesser force. Each star that is close to the apogee participates in a certain way in the strength of the superior star and the one that is close to the perigee transfers it to the lower one, while every star that moves medium in its motion preserves its virtue intact in its associate with the other stars. When the star of Saturn is at its apogee it becomes more cooling and thus disposes earthly things and when the Moon is in perigee it alters earthly things more than in its other positions.
It is therefore necessary to observe the arrangement of the stars and their motion and effectiveness. Each of them means <precipuamente> in its own stations and the event they produce has greater vigor especially in the second station; as for the Moon, it produces more sensitive meanings after its defluxions from the stars, and the remaining stars also operate in this way between them.
If Saturn and Mars are in the ecliptic places of the Moon without the intervention of the benefits, then they are the cause of plagues, especially in the feet of Gemini or in the first stars of the breast of Cancer and in the Crib and in the breast of Leo and in the dark region near the breast of the Virgo and in the extreme parts of Libra and in the southern parts of its plates and in the forehead of Scorpio and in the stars that are in the hand of Sagittarius and in the two stars that are on the tail of Capricorn.
The same things mean the eclipses of the Sun and the Moon in these regions; and if they are surrounded by evil and Mercury is afflicted and the benefits do not bear witness, then it produces the most fatal things, particularly in the tropical signs; since the eclipses in these places, and especially those of the Sun, produce universal calamities, while those that occur in the sign of Leo destroy the realms and sterilize the rivers.

In 2019, Sirius heliacal rising fell in the 6th House of China.
Sirius is on the North Node opposing Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn in the axis 6/12 and trine Neptune in Pisces. A double-whammy: Sirius afflicted by malefics and conjunct the Nodal axis where Eclipses happened.

To summarize, shouldn't we regard Sirius heliacal rising as important as equinoxes, solstices and syzygies in the study of Mundane Astrology.
Some will argue that this refers to something specific to the Egyptians and the Nile but I think there is something to reflect upon for our modern world.


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Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your writing on Sirius, interesting linking it’s appearance to the Saturn Pluto NN afflictions which would suggest a eclipsing of the light a reflection on what is going on since then. Maybe next year we may get a Jupiter trine the Sirius rise better times.
Last year I completed my room extension roof work topped off with a pyramid skypod to allow more light into the room. I felt it highly significant that I completed as Sirius rose on a day that was sacred to the Egyptians to celebrate the light. I completed the floor on the winter solstice eclipse. Unconsciously I realised that I was working with the heavenly cycles & now it’s finished I can sense an imbued energy almost making it a sacred space.
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Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2021 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Zosma,

Of interest would be to compare the theories to predict world events and the astrologers who favor one system over another.
And they all have their value.

**Ptolemy used the eclipses and the syzygies along with the sign rulership of the countries (ex: Spain is Sagittarius)
**Abu Ma'shar who introduced the Great Conjunctions.
**Theophilus of Edessa who codified the entrance of the Sun in the Equinoxes and Solstices.
**The Egyptians who where guided by the Fixed Stars (notably Sirius)

For the pandemic, I have to give it to the Egyptians here.

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Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2021 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes the Egyptian use of Sirius is a revelation for me,
It was interesting that Ali A Olomi revealed that Abu Ma'shar said that the Jupiter Saturn conjunction in an air sign would coincide with plagues, & that even though the conjunction occurs later in the year as in this case December
The effect would begin as the Sun enters Aries at the Spring Equinox of the year of the great conjunction.March 20th which I believe is when the lockdowns began in UK.
The more I meditate on the Aquarian conjunction the more concerned I become, especially the great reset which will be targeted at the plebs, the Elite will just gain more advantages.
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Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depending where you live on Earth, this year Sirius Heliacal rising is happening on the Full Moon of August 22nd.
For all Egyptian fans out there, it would be interesting to watch the colors surrounding Sirius (around 14 Cancer) to see how the year will unfold. It should be visible before sunrise early in the morning. I have drawn the FM for Washington, DC.
This year Sirius 14 Cancer sits in between Uranus in Taurus and Mercury/Mars in Virgo. Quite a contrast with the Heliacal rising of 2019.
With the Moon in the 6th House, public health and job market news. Conjunct Jupiter R opposing the Sun, Clergy and High Courts may well reject some demands from the Head of State (Sun in the 12th). And Jupiter ruling the 4th, we see already that Housing, real estate and living conditions are a concern right now in US. Regulus(nature Mars/Jupiter) near the Sun and Fomalhaut (nature Mercury/Venus) near the Moon are considered Royal Stars.
Adding Mercury/Mars on the ASC in Virgo, Communication and transportation, younger people and teachers and health workers will take a stand.
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Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I read from Casey Claar, an observer of Sirius heliacal rising at sunset in 2021 located in Pacific Palisades, CA

“At this time, Sirius rises in the morning sky, conjunct to your Sun, and for this creative moment your Planet has two suns, a white/gold sun and a blue sun ( Sirius ). In this magical energy the Planet also aligns with the Lions Gate in the Constellation of Leo and the Royal Star Regulus, also known as the “Heart of the Lion”, which ushers in a new cycle and timeline for Earth.”

And here is what he saw looking at Sirius through a crystal. The face of a Lion!

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