Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Comet ISON - A Cosmological and Numerological Spectacle



On 28 November 2013 a large 'Sun-grazing' comet discovered on the 2012 Fall Equinox, will make it's closest approach to the Sun. This date is both interesting in terms of its proximity to what Sri Aurobindo and the Mother named 'Immortality Day', and in terms of its number power. The day and month reduce to 3 number power (28 + 11 = 39 = 3 + 9 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3) and the year reduces to 6 (2 + 0 + 1 + 3 = 6). The full number power of the date is 9  (3 + 6).

The comet may 'survive' the gravitational force of its swing around the Sun, it could outshine the Moon and be visible even in the daytime or it may disintegrate into an indistinct cloud of cosmic dust. The below Youtube video claims that only 9 comets in 333 years have shined with similar intensity. Apparently this comet has the same orbital path as the Great Comet of 1680, which graced the Earth 333 years ago. Adding to the potential visual impact of this comet, is its circumpolar nature, meaning it would be visible all night long in the Northern Hemisphere. Whether or this comet lives up to its potential as visual spectacle or not, it still seems to be something of a numerological spectacle. If it survives, its closest approach to Earth is said to be 26/27th of December 2013. 26 December is the 360th day of the Year from January 1st and is an 8 number power. 27 Dec 2013 reduces to the number power of 9 (27.12.2013 = 9 + 3 + 6 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9). 

The Importance of the 9 (and the 3 and the 6) in terms of cultivating a supramental vision and consciousness of the whole, are discussed elsewhere on this blog [see: The Mathematical Formula of the Supramental Descent] and especially in Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet's book, The Gnostic Circle, but here's an image which helps to understand the framework of this Unity Consciousness. The 3, 6, 0/9 Points form the central Trinity of the ONE Circle (3 + 3 + 3 = 9).


Well, we'll see how this unfolds. It will be truly interesting to see if this comet will survive its closest approach to the Sun in the 9th astrological sign Sagittarius, and continue on to and past the Earth in the 10th sign Capricorn, making the 2013 Winter Solstice and subsequent 'Return of the Light', particularly stunning.
‘[T]he possession of our complete divine consciousness delivered from all falsehood by the free descent of the truth, gives us the secure possession of the world of Swar and the enjoyment of mental and physical being lifted into the godhead above darkness, falsehood and death by the in-streaming of our divine elements. This victory is won in twelve periods of the upward journey, represented by the revolution of the twelve months of the sacrificial year, the periods corresponding to the successive dawns of a wider and wider truth, until the tenth [month] secures the victory.’ - Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet discusses the significance of Sagittarius, and of being in the 9th Manifestation in the evolutionary scheme in a 1986 talk, transcribed in The Vishaal Newsletter, December 1986 (Vol.1, No. 5).:
'Yes, it is the Aquarian Age, but we are in this larger arc of the 9th Manifestation. And that answers a lot of questions. Otherwise, just by looking at it in terms of Aquarius, you cannot understand what is happening. You cannot understand this total breakdown. If you understand it in terms of the birth process: 9 Months, 9 ages, 9 manifestations, and either you live or you die - but there is a new creation that comes out. It is very simple and very clear. Then you begin to understand why. ... Where the only solution is a new birth. The only solution is a new creation. There is no other, because we cannot find a solution based on any of the old pillars that we've clung to for so long.' [bold emphasis added]

Here's the Youtube video mentioned above (and more info on the comet follows):




'There’s a legitimate possibility this might indeed be the real deal: for one thing, ISON (named for the International Scientific Optical Network, of which discoverers Artyom Novichonok and Vitali Nevski members) was first seen when it was nearly 600 million miles (965 million km) from the Sun, well beyond the orbit of Jupiter. That’s unusually distant for a comet to be spotted: these interplanetary chunks of debris usually live in the frigid realms out beyond Neptune and are more or less invisible until solar heat begins boiling ice and dust from their surfaces, forming a light-reflecting halo (known technically as its coma), that makes them seem bigger than they really are. The fact that ISON can already be seen means it may be reasonably large — perhaps a couple of miles across — which suggests that when it dips to less than a million miles (1.6 million km) above the Sun’s fires next November 28, it may be robust enough to avoid the breakup that often happens to smaller comets. And if it does survive, ISON could go on to light up the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere for much of December, 2013 and on into January. Comet experts are also making much of the fact that ISON’s path is very similar to that of Kirch’s Comet, a.k.a. Newton’s Comet, a.k.a. the Great Comet of 1680, which was bright enough to be seen in daylight and had a magnificently long tail (it was also the first comet ever discovered with a telescope). It’s not the same object, but it’s quite possible that both are chunks of a much larger body that broke apart long ago, maybe during its own passage through the inner solar system. The fact that such larger bodies exist isn’t in doubt: Pluto, for example, is essentially a gigantic chunk of dirty ice. (PHOTOS:Spinning In the Heavens — Spiral Galaxies) If ISON is truly destined to become one of the greatest comets in history, we won’t have to wait until November to find out. By August, it will still be more than 200 million miles (320 million km) from the Sun, but that’s close enough for it to start forming its halo. How bright it is then should be a good indication of how much brighter it could get. Even then, comet-lovers would be wise to stay calm. “Comets are like cats,” the great amateur astronomer and comet hunter David Levy, who has found 22 comets himself, has said. “They have tails, and they do precisely what they want.”' -
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2 comments:

  1. A more imminent Cosmological Spectacle?

    Good omens or utter rubbish?

    We've missed you Lori,
    have you been on your holidays?


    Certainly, Krishna is credited with much caprice, difficult dealings and a playfulness (Lila!) which the played-with do not always immediately appreciate. But there is a reasoning as well as a hidden method in his caprices, and when he does come out of it and takes a fancy to be nice to you, he has a supreme attractiveness, charm and allurement which compensates and more than compensates for all you have suffered.
    ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga.

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  2. Hey Ian, thanks for the link to the 29 July 2013 Grand Sextile. I heard about this 'Sat-Kona' (Star of David) configuration a few weeks ago from a friend. I think it's interesting and powerful on many levels ... but don't really have a coherent enough picture in my head to share my thoughts.

    I did go on 'vacation' from blogging for awhile ... tending to more internal matters.

    You might enjoy Thea's latest posts on Puranic Cosmology Updated blog.

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