Navigating with Orion
The Hunter Heralds the Coming of Winter
Orion the Hunter is a sure sign that winter is near. During the first two weeks of every December you can see him emerge above the eastern horizon at about 8:00pm local time. This heavenly cosmic giant rises horizontally, on his side, and is easy to spot. Look for his illustrious starlit belt. It is marked by three equally spaced bright stars lined up in a row. This famed Hunter's belt always guides you in imagining his hourglass physical form and always helps you discover several well-known heavenly bodies.
Image (left): TheSky Astronomy Software Image:(right): Corbis
Shown mid-December at 8:00pm for mid-Northern latitudes.
Navigating with Orion
The two bright stars above (north of) Orion's belt are his shoulders, and the two bright stars below (south of) the belt are his knee and foot. Review images above.
If you you draw your focus out from the middle star of Orions Belt, you will find that it points to the reddish star, Betelgeuse (Orions shoulder) on one side and the whitish blue star, Rigel (Orions foot) on the other. Helpful Image Look for his hourglass shape.
Now locate the diagonal line of stars below his belt, this is Orion's sword. The red glow in his sword is the Orion Nebula (M42), a stellar nursery, where new stars are being born from a humongous cosmic cloud of gas and dust. The Orion Nebula is easily seen as a fuzzy star with the unaided eye. Look Up!
In the evening sky, if you focus on the three stars in the Belt of Orion and follow them east, you will find they point to the brightest star in the heavens, Sirius, (see image below) and if you follow Orions belt west, you will find it points toward the reddish orange star, Aldebaran, the eye of illumination in Taurus the Bull (see image below).
Hmmm ... Orion was once known as "the three Kings".
December 1-14 - Mid Northern Latitudes 10:00pm
Image: Distant Suns / Adobe Photoshop
top-north, bottom-south, left-east, right-west
Winter's Orion rises in the east as the cosmic Scorpion disappears below the western horizon. The following mythology tells us why.
Look Up! View the gorgeous, giant Hunter of old. Set your imagination free and ponder on this. It is said that influential and potent forces are pouring in at this time from the great stars Betelgeuse and Sirius. These forces can aid in the service of those who are spiritually attuned. The forces streaming from Betelegeuse can stimulate the heart center, and the forces from Sirius are able to stimulate the head center. Meditating upon these stars is called for now, during this time of global transition. Follow these heavenly main attractions until bedtime, and be blessed in more ways than you imagined!
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