When beggars die
there are no comets seen,
the heavens themselves blaze forth
the death of princes.
copper engraving of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout
Historically, common folk have regarded comets as evil omens. Which way will the gods now bend their will, as they make their mark on the vault of darkness? Shakespeare’s quote above refers to the death of Caesar, while Mark Twain knew he had arrived, and fully expected to leave under the passage of Halley’s Comet in 1910.
For those who know where to look there is a comet that was discovered using the PanSTARRS telescope in Hawaii. It is currently getting ready to reach its peak visibility through the middle of March. Although probably not visible to the naked eye, those with binoculars or a telescope should be able to find our heavenly visitor along the western horizon for a few evenings shortly after sunset.
Folks in the southern hemisphere have been able to view the comet PanSTARRS sooner than we have, but it is now observable in the north along the western horizon shortly (45 minutes or so, timing is in part dependent upon local light pollution) after sunset. Like the planets, PanSTARRS is traveling against the backdrop of the constellations, will swing around the Sun, and be catapulted out into deep space once again.
According to Wiki, comet PanSTARRS will pass closest to Earth on 5 March 2013, at a distance of 1.09 au. It will come to perihelion, the closest approach to the Sun on 10 March 2013.
Get yourself a front-row seat.
Traditionally, neither Pisces nor comets have been looked upon favorably. One observation is that in the desert environments of the river valley cultures, fish do not last very long out of their element. Their stench would be overwhelming. One might imagine they would be kept alive until the last possible moment. You’ve heard the old adage about fish and company after three days. . .
“Pisces was considered of such malignant influence in human affairs,- “a dull, treacherous, and phlegmatic sign”. . . “the Egyptians, the instructors of the Hebrews in astrology, are said to have abstained from eating sea-fish out of dread and abhorrence; and when they would express anything odious, represented a fish in their hieroglyphics.”
Pliny even provides a specific report about the consequences of what happens when a comet is found stirring this region of the celestial sea.
“Pliny, too, asserted that the appearance of a comet here indicated great trouble from religious differences besides war and pestilence; but this became the common reputation of comets whenever they showed themselves.”
Star Names, Allen, p. 340.
Precisely. The general nature of the comet is that they stir things up, but specific to the realm of the star grouping your working with. Inter-faith questions “from religious differences” is typically Piscean. The Pope announced his resignation on February 11th, effective 1 March 2013.
In my humble opinion, with the old Pope out of the way, the corruption of the Church will come to the surface and karma will have its day.