Saturn in Sagittarius – When Saturn is in Sagittarius it shows a time to commit to what inspires us (Sagittarius), rather than what we fear (Scorpio).
This focus is akin to an archer steadying his gaze on the target with composure.
In order to hit the mark in life we need a target. Sagittarius is the sign where we are looking to aim higher than just the daily concerns of life, the problems and pleasures of the world that tend to boggle us down. Our life has a purpose. In order to feel like we are fulfilling that purpose we need to change our beliefs from time to time and commit to other ones, based on new information and experience (Gemini).
Saturn shows the willingness to face the hardships of life and persevere through the difficulty because some things are worth the trouble – worth the TIME – and we do not have unlimited time.
As we gain experience facing problems, we become less reactive and develop grace under pressure. This eventually brings a level of calm and cool when stressed, which allows us to keep going and staying focused on what is important.
When Saturn is in Sagittarius there is often a calm and composed commitment to reaching our life goals, like the steely calm of the archer who has taken great care to make sure his aim is true and his hand unwavering. But there could also be a rigid application of our current beliefs and a “doubling down” on Dogma.
On January 20, 2017 Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Notable on that day are three planets sandhi (last or first degrees), (I am including Jupiter at 28:33) either the last degree in their current sign or the 1st° of their new sign. When planets are at the last degree, or extremely close to it, their energy is less “together”. A good analogy is when you are moving/changing residence. Half of your things are in boxes, you feel totally in transition and not quite settled. After 1°or before 29° (at bare minimum) the energy settles down. Mars is changing signs, moving from Aquarius into Pisces today. This may portend more peace and less combativeness than we expect. It also may show confusion / disarray and escapism from facts/precision (negative qualities of Pisces).
Saturn is at the very last degree of Scorpio, about to enter Sagittarius on January 26. This could show less emotional/psychological manipulation (the negative qualities Scorpio) and more commitment to an inspired vision (higher qualities of Sagittarius) then we may expect. But it may also show the last vestiges of the darkness, fear and manipulation of the recent political campaign. It is my opinion that those same tactics will be disastrous for his presidency, as the upcoming transit of Saturn into Sagittarius will demand a more hopeful vision.
Jupiter is almost at the very last degree of Virgo, showing less attention to detail / precision and more emphasis on social concerns.
Also, based on exact degrees, Mars is casting a very tight 8th house aspect (though the aspect is now separating) to Jupiter from the sixth and 12 houses (on the cusp of the 5th and 11th houses). I interpret this to show quite a lot of battles ahead (Mars) especially ideological battles (Jupiter) about policy and the soon to be president’s ethical conflicts of interest. The exchange between Jupiter and Mercury is probably the most positive part of this chart, Especially considering Mercury is in the ninth house. This shows the potential for cooperation between practical and ideological concerns. Trump will likely try to find practical solutions, to what he sees as big problems. He may be surprisingly bipartisan (infuriating Republicans even) if he thinks it will advance the agenda he thinks is correct.
However, Mercury is a vicious, functional malefic for an Aries chart, ruling the third and sixth houses of self-will and ego (third house) and combativeness (sixth house). It shows the Aries tendency to use language and ideas for arguments, when they are better in action. This may show Trump using his words, language, and skills at propaganda (Mercury) to either benefit or detract from the principles (ninth house) of the country. Of course, that benefit or detraction is largely based on one’s political views. With Jupiter and Mercury exchanging between the sixth and the ninth houses, we can expect a lot of ideological battles during the Trump presidency.
The moon is in the 7th house, showing a “populist” message and that he will try to appeal to the masses. We can already see how he does this / bypassing the conventional media through the use of Social media and Twitter. He may wind up being surprisingly more popular than many believe. He may also get boggled down in gossip and the shallow end of the “Libra Pool” – and disperse his authority through the constant tit-for-tat personal feuding. The Moon in Swati has that potential to scatter and waste energy.
Overall, it is concerning to me that so many planets are in very late or very early degrees. After thousands of chart readings and close to 15 years of research I have seen these placements to show a lot of instability and volatility. When someone has multiple/many planets sandhi like this. When one is the chart ruler (in this case, Mars) and the other is the 10th house ruler (Saturn) it can show a person not meeting their responsibilities or duties with clarity. There are already many reports/complaints of the new administration “not being ready. It has been noteworthy to witness some (if not most) of his cabinet picks. Most are highly unqualified, have never held jobs in the agency they will lead, are totally antagonistic toward what the agency does, etc.
On a more positive or neutral note, such a weakened Mars, is rendered somewhat toothless. So the power (Or perhaps desire) to harm becomes less. The ruling planet in the 12th house also can show deceitfulness and secrets.
On December 28 the moon will be new in Sagittarius, the sign ruled by Jupiter, expressing his masculine, fiery side. Sagittarius is a sign of inspiration and hope, where we look for higher meaning and purpose. This takes the form of religion, teachers and those philosophies that allow us to rise above the day-to-day setbacks.
Everybody has a philosophy about life. Maybe your philosophy is something very elevated, something cosmic and metaphysical. Maybe your philosophy is something much more down-to-earth, related to just “being a good person”. But maybe your philosophy is something much more to insidious, such as “the Jews are the problem”, or “white people need to take their countries back”. All of these philosophies have a strong Jupiter/Sagittarius feel to them.
We see this in the world now, everyone backed up against the wall defending themselves and their beliefs. We see the proliferation of “fake news”, which now includes any news site that you don’t agree with. Many say that established new sites such as CNN, the Wall Street Journal and major networks are the “real” fake news. While others say fringe right-wing or left-wing publications are the fake news.
Besides the more worldly concerns, we have spiritual ones that are just as noticeable in Sagittarius. We believe in a certain cosmic order, that the universe was made/is here for a certain reason (even “no reason at all” is a reason). Atheism is as much a belief as Christianity or Buddhism.
The next 30 days will be a time to examine your beliefs and how much sense they make. If you believe things blindly, they will not benefit you when you need them the most. Unintegrated beliefs lead us to religious hypocrisy, spiritual bypassing and all kinds of other mistakes.
Purva Ashada Nakshatra This new moon happens in Purva Ashada Nakshatra, ruled by the God of the ocean, Apas. This is a section of Sagittarius related to blind faith and selfless love. It’s related to the ocean, the nourishing and nurturing influence that allows life to be created. It’s this love and nurturing that leads to our “early victories”. Purva Ashada means early victories.
When planets exchange they agreed to work together on areas of life that they can, and all planets share something in common with the others. Some planets do not share much, So it’s important to understand how to systematically break down how planets operate. The easiest way to do that are through the universal principles of gunas, elements, sign rulership’s, etc.
Saturn and Mars operate in completely different ways, but they share a very important principle with each other: The Tamasic guna. Both Saturn and Mars are poised to destroy things that make us weak (Mars) or avoid/prevent things that could be dangerous (Saturn).In excess, we can say very clearly that Mars shows anger and Saturn shows fear. But again, that is just an excessive and unintegrated expression. The balanced, integrated nature of Mars is “courage” and “discipline”. The balanced, integrated nature of Saturn is “determination” and “maturity”.
When These two planets aspect or exchange or interact in any way, we generally see that Mars gets the better of it, because Mars benefits from the determination of Saturn. Whereas Saturn can be disrupted by the impulsiveness of Mars.
If you’re planning holiday get-togethers, be aware of the “intensity potential”, as the moon will enter Scorpio, its sign of debilitation, on Christmas morning.
The moon is debilitated in Scorpio because Scorpio is the sign where we feel emotional vulnerability, get our feelings hurt easily and often want to strike back.
Of course, that’s not the only possibility in Scorpio. It is also a sign of deep devotion and emotional depth. But that is more of a long-term/universal quality of the sign. Meaning in the short term/momentary experience, the moon in Scorpio makes us prone to being triggered emotionally, reactive, and challenged to “stay calm and cool”.
So course, you as an enlightened spiritual person, who is aware of the astrology, may be just fine. But uncle Joe and aunt Mary are not, and may be triggered to the max – remembering the times when you got drunk at their daughters wedding or snubbed them – or voted for “Hillary” (or Donald) or someone else or whatever. And of course, after a while uncle Joe and aunt Mary and those goofy cousins just start to wear you down. After a few icy stares and rolled eyes you too could be easily primed for battle with the Moon in Scorpio.
In Scorpio, even an uncomfortable silence or an ambiguous moment, can lead us to think and imagine what the other person is thinking. Then we fall back on “our programming” and project that potentially dark scenario. So, you can have two people, both feeling awkward and without malice trigger each other very easily when the moon is in Scorpio.
In addition, Mars and Saturn have been in an exchange for a couple months. This shows we’re ready to fight to the death if the cause is just. Also, Mercury and Jupiter are exchanging, so our blabbering mouth is connected to our principles and the things we believe (but might not really understand very well). And of course uncle Joe, aunt Mary, your goofy cousins and everybody else are also ready to fight to the death for their opinions and blabber on and on about what they believe but have not figured out or thought through very clearly.
It is curious that we celebrate the “Return of the Light” on the darkest day. We do this because even though it is the darkest day, it is also the day the Sun appears to change direction in the sky. In fact to call it the “day” the Sun changes direction is a little misleading. Because it is like saying “the day I turned on the light”. A day is too long of a time increment to measure this “moment”.
The Sun began getting lower and lower in the sky, and its rays darker, in the Northern Hemisphere, since June 21, the day of the Summer Solstice. It reaches its absolute lowest point one second before it changes direction – the moment of the Winter Solstice.
One second it is getting darker, the next moment it is getting lighter. The Sun will continue to give more and more light for the next 6 months in the Northern hemisphere after the Winter Solstice – until the Summer Solstice – when It changes direction again, in the sign of Tropical Cancer.
This is how the Tropical Zodiac works. It is based on the Seasons. The first day of Capricorn in Western astrology is the winter solstice (which has nothing to do with the named constellation / stars) of Capricorn.
This is the Zodiac used in Western astrology, a seasonal Zodiac. Some also use it is Vedic astrology now, due its precision in marking the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and the indisputable evidence that the ancient Indians also used it (as the texts are full of references to the tropical Zodiac). In almost every classical literature piece, whenever the Zodiac is referred to it was tied to the Seasons, which is something very easy to observe, and at the time the 2 Zodiacs were aligned. Thus, when a Vedic text describes the Northern Course beginning in Capricorn, that was true for BOTH Zodiacs – at that time.
Two Zodiacs and a 1500 Year Old Mistake Vedic astrology uses a Sidereal Zodiac that measure the position of the planets as they move through the ecliptic as seen against the background of stars or star groups / sections of stellar energy (called Naksatras). At some point in history these stars groups were named either coincidentally or intentionally at a point when the stellar Zodiac and the tropical Zodiac were in synch. Meaning, there was a time when when the zero point of the Zodiac (in Aries) lined up with the first Nakshatra of Aries (Ashwini) and the moment the Sun crossed the Celestial equator moving North (the first day of Aries to this day in Western Astrology / tropical Zodiac).
Early authors of astrology made statements about the two Zodiacs that lead to much confusion in retrospect. These authors spoke of the two zodiacs, that at the time occupied the same space – AS IF they would always be occupying the same space. Perhaps they were just doing this for the sake of expediency, but 2,000 years later it has led to errors, such as celebrating Makar Sankranti on the Sidereal ingress of the Sun into Capricorn, when clearly it was meant to be a Solstice celebration, based on the Tropical Zodiac.
Below are quotes from a few Vedic astrology texts on the Seasons and the Zodiacs.
Yavana Jataka (from 191 AD) Chapter 79 V. 30. One should find that the northern course of the Sun begins at the beginning of Capricorn, and the southern course at the beginning of the fourth sign (Cancer); the first equator (crossing) in the year is at the beginning of Aries, the second at the beginning of Libra.
59. By terrible feats of asceticism the two Asvins learned this science from Prajapati, and the Sun learned it from them; hence the Creator placed the pair of horses (Asvini) at the beginning of his head in the circle of signs which is the body of Kala.
Even the great Varahamihira did this in Brihat Jataka, considered to be a sort of “Bible” of Vedic astrology. In Brihat Jataka Varahamihira states:
“In the celestial Chakra (globe) the signs commencing with Mesha and Aswini, are each formed by nine padams (quarters) of stars and govern the following organs of Kalapurusha,.. “.
He is clearly saying “Mesha commences with Ashwini”, that would be correct through the history of Indian astrology, as here would be connecting the Sign to the Nakshatras. Some have determined (curiously enough) that this might indicate that the great Vedic astrologer Varahamihira (as well as the Yavanas) did not know of the precession, as these statements would not hold true if he were discussing Tropical rasis (which he clearly was not).
This theory is laid to rest, as in later works, (Panchasiddhantika and Brihat Samhita) Varahamihira shows that he understands the precession. So we can assume, (Varahamihira) and others were speaking about the sky they observed when they placed both Sidereal / non precessional Zodiac (Ashwini) in the same space as Aries – what could be interpreted as a “Tropical” / precessional Zodiac.
From Brihat Samhita (500 AD): “There was indeed a time when Dakshinayana began from the Middle of Aslesha and Uttarayana from the commencement of Dhanishta. For it has been stated so in ancient works.
At present, Dakshinayana (Southern Course – first day of Summer) starts from the beginning of Cancer and the other (Northern Course – Uttarayana – first day of Winter) from the initial point of Capricorn. This actual fact, which goes against the old statement can be verified by direct observation.”
Notice he says, “at present Dakshinayana starts,…”. He is making it clear that in earlier times the Northern and Southern courses happened in Nakshatras that were in higher degree than at the time of his writing. Thus, instead of zero Cancer and Capricorn, the Summer and Winter Solstices were happening when the Sun was at least 23:20 (0 Dhanishta – middle Aslesha) of their respective signs – a time at least 2000 years earlier (approximately).
As we can see, and can measure scientifically, 1500 years ago, the “Return of the Light” coincided with the Sidereal Zodiac and Tropical Zodiac both at 0 Capricorn and Cancer – just as thousands of years earlier it happened when the Sun was in the middle of Cancer and Capricorn. Currently, Uttarayana happens when the Sun is in the middle of Mula (6:40 Sagittarius) Dakshinayan happens at 0 Ardra (6:40 Gemini).
To celebrate Makar Sankranti on January 14, 2017 would be to repeat a 1500 year old mistake.
The Courage to Question – Vedic Sciences Are Not Religions
I have brought this mistake up for several years now, and often I am met with people who get offended that I would dare question “The Sastras”, “the Traditions”,…etc. The Sastras are correct. It is those who do not understand them that need to get straight. Of course those who say such things have never delved into the sticky logistic mess of trying to sort this stuff out and actually looked into the Sastras themselves. If they had they would notice the mountain of contradictions that exists from text to text, etc.
One bottom line to remember: Everything is NOT a Sastra written by a master. That does not take away from their greatness, excellence or contribution. Many of these ancient Vedic texts were written by astrologers of their day (people like me) but without the benefit of computers or even great texts like Brihat Parashara Hora Sastra, etc. Verily, a modern researcher has as much to offer to the canon of Vedic literature than the court astrologers from the medieval era. Their greatness was in keeping the traditions together and offering some wonderful insights into the practice. I am grateful for it and them. My deep pranams to Varahamihira, Mantreshwara and others.
But these great Sciences were passed down through Rishis, (Spiritual Scientists – Like Parashara and Jaimini, Vyasa and others) who would not have wanted or allowed blatant factual errors to persist for thousands of years, especially at important moments and energetic openings that exists at the Cardinal points of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.
Does anyone actually think a Rishi would NOT correct this error in the Zodiac interpretation on this holiday.
I actually had a few people last year lecture me that there are a “different set of truths from the east and the west” and I should “open up my mind since I represented Vedic teachings”. I “owed it to the tradition” to just accept these inconsistencies because they were all great and from the sastras, etc.
We disgrace both the religion and the Science when we bury our head in the sand this way.
This is the same religious thinking that caused the Catholic Church to excommunicate Galileo and Copernicus for daring to say the (interpretation of the) Bible was wrong in asserting that the Earth was the center of the Universe etc.
It is totally understandable and excusable for people (and even governments) to have repeated this error, but it is time to overcome the religious thinking and actually experience a “Return of the Light” and celebrate Makar Sankranti when it is supposed to be celebrated, on the Winter Solstice.
The day Mercury goes retrograde is also the day the electors meet to cast their votes for the President of the US. Even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by close to 3 million votes, Trump won the electoral college pretty handily. But the electors still have to actually vote him in – and there is more and more growing dissent. Based on the transits that day, I think Trump will be elected – as the moon will be going through his first house that day. But don’t be surprised if there is a major turning of the tide in the congress against his obvious lack of concern for the conflicts of interest, controversial cabinet picks., disbelief in the intelligence briefings and more.
Mercury Retrograde For Us Beyond politics, this is a time for us to try to introspect about our communication style and how concise and precise we are when communicating. Are we a good listener as well as a good speaker. Are we open to information that goes against what we already believe or want to believe? Are we dogmatic?
These are big questions now. But now is also a good time connect the details in your mind with larger concepts and themes that are not so easily approached day to day. The exchange between Jupiter and Mercury unites these details with the larger picture. It also shows where you can look more deeply into the things you believe, with the willingness to change your mind. But be careful of exaggerations or confirmation bias, just believing what you want to believe and creating a story / narrative to confirm those beliefs.
The full Moon in Taurus will be a time to balance the intensity of Scorpio (Sun and Saturn), with peace and stability. We can relax into a deeper contentment now and feel into the heart without fear and worry.
This Full Moon is in Mrigashira nakshatra, ruled by the God Soma, the God of the immortal nectar. There is an innocent searching quality to this Nakshatra. In Taurus the quest is slower and more related to worldly happiness and pleasure.
Thus now is a great time to feel the transcendent beauty of the world, and connect to the depth of your heart.
There is also an aspect from Saturn and Jupiter onto to this Full Moon, making it a time of inspiration, duty and commitment.
Now is a good time to reconnect with the deep, silent, inspiring, unmoving center.
In this video I evaluate the first chapter of Brihat Parashara Hora sastra.
From the text: 9-12. Śrī Vishnu, who is the Lord (of all matters), who has undefiled spirit, who is endowed with the three Gunas, although he transcends the grip of Gunas (Gunatita), who is the Author of this Universe, who is glorious, who is the Cause and who is endowed with valour, has no beginning. He authored the Universe and administers it with a quarter of his power. The other three quarters of Him, filled with nectar, are knowable only to the philosophers (of maturity). The Principal Evolver, who is both perceptible and imperceptible in Vasudeva. The Imperceptible part of the Lord is endowed with dual powers, while the Perceptible with triple powers.
The Sun and moon come together in Scorpio on November 29, 2016 – starting a 30 day cycle emphasizing deep emotions, passions and fears. Scorpio is a sign of emotional depth and concentration. When healthy this leads to enormous love and devotion. But it is also where we can get stuck in negative emotions as well. Jealousies, fears and vulnerabilities could predominate the next few weeks as the Moon waxes toward the full Moon.
This New moon also joins Saturn, bringing increased drama and stress and desire to control our feelings and the feelings of others.
This new moon happens in the Nakshatra of Anuradha, ruled by the God Mitra, the divine friend. Now is a good time to be less emotionally attached and more detached, like you are with your friends. Emotion and drama become devotion and peace when we are not just trying to save our skin or defend ourselves. Possessiveness is the real downfall of Scorpio.
Now is the time to develop real emotional courage and not resist the changes in life. We all have Scorpio somewhere in our chart and will be affected differently by this New Moon.
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Leonard Cohen was one of the most talented and influential singer songwriters the world has ever seen. Using everyday language in rich, complex, metaphoric ways he was able to take the simplest themes and make them complex and express most complex subjects simply and directly. Regardless of the subject, there was always a juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane, the practical and the mystical and everything in between.
It’s not surprising when we look at his birth chart to find someone ruled by Mercury, in his case he was a Virgo ascendant. Virgo, ruled by Mercury, the one of “metaphoric speech”. In Leonard Cohen’s case he had Mercury exulted in his first house, which easily accounts for his gift with language. In addition to being a singer-songwriter he was also a novelist and poet.
In addition, Mr. Cohen had very prominent Saturn, retrograde in his fifth house of creativity. This Saturn is joined Rahu, the North node making for a bit of “creative obsession”, and also a focus on the dark side of life. Such a prominent Saturn, ruling his fifth house, tinged his work with themes of mortality, humility, disgrace and pain. And yet underneath it all, Leonard Cohen was never cynical or bitter in his music. One would expect such heavy subject matter to be depressing. But it was anything but depressing. Where one phrase turns sad, the next uplifts. His song lyrics were truly the personification of mercury “neutrality”, And seeing things from all angles.
One would expect such heavy subject matter to be depressing. But it was anything but depressing. Where one phrase turns sad, the next uplifts. His song lyrics were truly the personification of Mercury “neutrality”, And seeing things from all angles.
Mr. Cohen confessed to have suffered ongoing bouts of depression for his whole life. At times this was debilitating. In 1997 he became a fully ordained Buddhist monk, residing at the Mount Baldy monastery in Los Angeles. He would live there off and on for several years, eventually waking up one day with the depression gone. That makes me feel good to know.
Mr. Cohen just released his final album at the end of October 2016, called “You Want it Darker”. It is reported that he had been battling cancer the last few months, until on November 7 he died in his sleep after suffering a fall in the middle of the night.
Leonard Cohen Case Study – Vedic Astrology – VIDEO
The full Moon is a time of “emotional harmonizing”, in opposition to the sun sign. In this case, the sun is in Libra, the sign of compromise.
Now, the full Moon in Aries has us ready to express our own individual needs, Perhaps with excessive force. If we have recently buried our head in the sand, and tried to play nice with certain things (rather than maintaining a balance between our principles and where we can compromise), there may be a strong backlash against those who we feel have been oppressing us.
At best this is what would be called “righteous anger”, at worst it is just emotional frustration boiling over. If you find yourself really frustrated over something (for example the recent election results), also notice how much you did beforehand to actually prevent this result.
MY PERSONAL STORY WITH THIS I am noticing a lot of people who buried their head in the sand for months, not wanting to talk about it or stand tall to make sure Donald Trump was not elected, who are now completely furious about the result.
Well, where were you?
I will speak for myself. For more than a year I voiced my opinion about how I thought Donald Trump would be dangerous, and I took a lot of heat for it. And most of that heat I took all alone.
Yes, I would post on Facebook something very strong, outlining the choice we face between these 2. And I would get hundreds of people “liking” the post. But I would also get sometimes dozens of people posting anti-HRC propaganda. Most of them were not Trump supporters, they were just against HRC.
Months and months of smearing her over and over again like this depressed the turn out among independents. In addition, when people would post this anti-HRC propaganda, I was usually all by myself to have to defend her. All of these people who “liked” my post, would disappear when it came to actually defending her / me and the choice that we faced.
Of course, there were also many allies in my “anti-trump” campaign. Most of those allies are now somewhat resolved to this outcome. In many ways, they, like me, had been carrying that burden the whole time, while others were tuning that out. So rather than being furious all of a sudden, like me they are ready to move on to constructive solutions.
Their “anger” was being channeled in real time, while there was time to actually affect the situation.
How Mars Works In many ways, this is how Mars works. We only become frustrated and furious after we are backed into a corner, usually after the courage to stand up with integrity in real time has passed.
I’m reminded of Pres. Obama’s words the last couple weeks of the campaign in every speech he said: “We will have no one to blame except ourselves if she loses. If we show up and vote we will win.” That Is exactly what happened.
The reason HRC lost is because voter turnout for her was way down. The year of sniping at her depressed people so much about her that they didn’t show up. And now we have this result.
So, if you’re one of the furious and frustrated people now that Trump has been elected. Notice how much your frustration is directly proportionate to how much you were willing to stand up and defend HRC in recent months.
This is the first full moon after the recent election victory of Donald Trump in the United States. This full Moon in Aries, aspected by exalted Mars, could show some pretty extreme unrest over the weekend.
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Equinox – Equal Night Day Today, September 22, the summer of 2016 is officially over in the northern hemisphere, and winter is officially over in the southern hemisphere. We mark this astronomically, as the apparent motion of the sun (as shown by the Earth’s orbit) crosses the celestial equator moving south.
Times like these are important, if not only to remind us that we are actually living on a big round rock, going around a large ball of fire at close to 70,000 mph. Usually, any astrology class I teach begins with this astronomical truth.
This “seasonal zodiac” is a zodiac mainly used in Western astrology. It has no connection to the constellations in the sky that we use in Vedic astrology. But has been, and still is, a vital part of living on earth, and in harmony with the cycles of nature.
On these equinox days, there’s an equal amount of sunlight in the northern and southern hemispheres. It also marks the day when there will be less light in one hemisphere or the other for the next six months. On the September equinox we begin a cycle with less sunshine in the northern hemisphere and more sunshine in the southern hemisphere for the next six months.
Not until the April equinox will there be more sunlight in the northern hemisphere again. The darkest day in the northern hemisphere will be on the first day of winter, the winter solstice. The solstice points mark the extremes of light in each hemisphere.
Hot Fun in The Summertime – Sly and the Family Stone Here is my favorite song about the Summer
End of the spring and here she comes back Hi, hi, hi, hi, there Them summer days, those summer days
That’s when I had most of my fun back High, high, high, high there Them summer days, those summer days
I cloud nine when I want to Out of school, yeah County fair in the country sun And everything, it’s true, ooh, yeah
Hot fun in the summertime Hot fun in the summertime Hot fun in the summertime Hot fun in the summertime
First of the fall and then she goes back Bye, bye, bye, bye there Them summer days, those summer days
Boop, boop, ba, boop, boop when I want to Out of school, yeah County fair in the country sun And everything it’s cool, ooh yeah
Hot fun in the summertime Hot fun in the summertime Hot fun in the summertime