ASTRONOMY

During the winter months, we see some of the most recognizable stars in the sky. Encircling the trademark belt of Orion, we find the Winter Hexagon — a prominent asterism that includes stars from six constellations. From Orion’s Belt, track southwest to find Rigel, the bluish star that is one of Orion’s knees. Moving clockwise we come to Sirius, the brightest star in all the sky, and the nadir point of the hexagon. While Sirius belongs to Canis Major, the next star is its little brother, Procyon, of Canis Minor. Continuing clockwise, we keep the fraternal theme, landing upon Pollux, the brighter of the two stars that form the heads of the twins in the Gemini constellation. Crowning the hexagon is Capella, the most prominent star in Auriga. Last but not least we arrive at the final corner of the hexagon, and complete the asterism with Aldebaran, the red star that is the bull’s eye of the Taurus constellation. With the Milky Way slicing straight through the Winter Hexagon, it is a significant marker in the winter sky.

ASTROLOGY

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We’ve turned a new page in the Gregorian calendar, and with the new year comes a new astrological era, marked by Pluto’s ingress into Aquarius. To quote Richard Tarnas, “Pluto represents all things related to the underground and underworld.” Pluto is the hidden power deep within that can be unleashed with seismic force and volcanic violence. As a transpersonal planet, Pluto’s influence is generational in scope. While Pluto has regenerative properties, it comes with its requisite dose of destruction. Aquarius is the sign of innovation, revolution, technological advancement, and humanitarian pursuits. As Pluto transits this sign over the next twenty years, the immense power of our digital tools will be revealed, but so, too, will the hidden motivations and agendas of those controlling them. Pluto first dipped its toes into Aquarius last year when the next generation of AI capabilities hit the public sector. Where this leads remains to be seen. We now stand at the precipice of a new generation where the intersection of technological advancement and human values, democratic power, and authoritarian control will be paramount. 


~ Dawn Andreoni is a yoga teacher and astrologer. You can find out more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions. 

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  • Dawn Andreoni

    Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dawn Andreoni has been studying and teaching yoga, astrology, and other mindfulness practices for over 10 years. She considers nature her foremost teacher, and is grateful to call such a glorious classroom as Lake Tahoe her home. Read her column The Stars every month. You can find out more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions.

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