TOUCHSTONE&TALISMAN

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

Sirius is the largest brightest star visible to us with the naked eye. It is our closest star at 8.7 light years away and found in a direct line beyond Orion's Belt in the constellation of Canis Major, hence it's unassuming nickname, the Dog Star, running at the heels of the giant. As usual we seem to have forgotten the significance of something we always knew.....

The Ancient Egyptians well understood its power and revered the gorgeous star as the goddess Isis. They built aspects of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in alignment with its cosmic cycle allowing its starlight to shine directly into the Queen's chamber.

Modern astronomers have identified it as a binary star system; star A is the huge blue white star and a faint star B is a small white dwarf which erupts into nuclear fusion whenever their dance around eachother gets close enough.

During the period from early July to mid August, in the Northern Hemisphere, Sirius is in conjunction with the Sun and the Earth. This period is its annual heliacal rising, meaning we see it just before dawn as rising with the Sun. These sultry days of high summer are sometimes referred to as the 'dog days' derived from the term 'canicular' days. The assumption being this is a reference to the oppressive heat driving dogs mad. However the concept more accurately stems from the belief that this is when the energy of Sirius is affecting us most strongly.

At this time of year the Ancient Egyptians called it the Nile Star as it heralded the rising of the river into its annual flood bringing fertility. It's worth noting that due to the precession of the solstices over the last 5000 years, it would have been first visible to them on the 25th of June. Throughout history superstitions have been attributed to it through fear, by other cultures and religions, such as droughts, plagues and madness.

The modern 'dog days' occur from 3 July to 11 August and although this is the hottest time of the year, surprisingly the Earth and Sun are farthest apart from eachother and the Sun is actually closest to and in alignment with Sirius. The summer heat is therefore not the result of Earth’s distance from the Sun, but a result of Earth’s tilt on its axis, meaning Sunlight is actually flowing in its most direct path and angle onto Earth. As also is the light from Sirius. Although the extra heat reaching us from Sirius has been measured as slight, the direct influx of its storm of electrons is massive. So we do experience additional radiation, verified in the ultra high UV Index readings during this time.

This extra radiation is what accounts for the heat, pressure and intensity we feel in our lives during these few weeks. To some, the energy feels unusual, disturbing and otherworldly, strangely heavy, like walking through fog. Our most challenging events often happen emotionally and physically during this time. This is due to our resistance to change.

The most beneficial way to deal with this increase in subtle and not so subtle energy is to not resist it. Open yourself to it, accept it and allow it to flow through you, burning away the stale and dry, igniting the dormant into germination and clearing space for the verdant new to thrive.

Be grateful to this glittering star for the chance to expand your horizons at this magical time and you may be amazed at your personal transformation.

CINNAMONGIRL