Capricorn News on Newport Living & Lifestyles

Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac, is all about hard work. In numerology, the number 10 can represent groups of people, as well as work, which brings much success. Those with Sun in Capricorn are hard workers, as they love building success and structuring finances. Some people can label this as work-a-holism, but if you love what you do, then it can be called passion. They are both ambitious and determined. Life is one big project as they have a businesslike approach to most everything. They are practical, methodical, realistic and pragmatic, dedicated and sometimes stubborn.

The Sun moved into Sag yesterday until Jan 14th, 2019. Sag is also the real estate in the sky where Saturn, Ruler of Capricorn is, sitting.  They are enemies. On the bright side, the sun can illuminate ideas, secrets and theories and provide direction. On the dark side, the sun can burn, cause inflammation emotionally and physically. Medically, when sun and Saturn sit together, it produces a hot wind. The remedy would be to reduce inflammatory foods, as well as be extra kind to your father, who is the significator of the sun. If your father has passed, then you can tell him you love him in your prayers.

Dec 21 Solstice in Newport Event at Stone Tower:

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John Dee, 1527, was an English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination, and Hermetic philosophy.

This year on the Winter Solstice, December 21, the sun rises at 7:25 AM.

 From around 7:45 to 8:00, the sun, rising in the east, shines through the south window, through the tower, through the west window, and is observed from the northwest corner of the park.

An hour later, from 9:00 to 9:15, the rectangular beam of sunlight coming through the south window illuminates the egg-shaped rock near the center of the northwest arch on the interior of the tower.

All this is assuming there are no clouds on the eastern horizon. As the word "solstice" actually means " stand-still," these illuminations can be witnessed for a few days before and a few days after the actual day of the solstice.

The best bet is to check the weather as the solstice approaches. The day when a perfectly sunny morning is predicted is the best day to show up. And be sure to bundle up, as it's nippy at dawn. It's never safe to look at the sun directly, or with a 35mm film camera, which has internal mirrors. However, it is safe to look at the image of the sun on your digital camera, or at its image projected on the ground.

Last year 75 people showed up for the Sunrise Solstice at the Tower event in Touro Park. And the more, the merrier.

Witness for yourself how the tower celebrates the turning point in the annual dance between the earth and the sun. After December 21, days start getting longer. That’s enough reason to celebrate!

Ekadasi is a Sanskrit term referring to the number 11.

Ekadasi is the 11th day of the waxing and waning of the moon, which occurs twice each month. According to the Hindu scriptures, Ekadasi and the movement of the moon has a direct correlation with the human mind. It is believed that during Ekadasi, our mind attains maximum efficiency giving the brain a better capacity to concentrate. Ekadasi is the most blessed day of the month where the body mind spirit complex can more easily purify itself of toxins.

Fasting from water for 36 hours is the most preferred way to fast on Ekadasi, but should only be done with professional guidance. Such fasts should be broken the next morning preferably with an organic nut milk or unpasteurized raw milk. Otherwise, the next best fast is can be done by only eating only fruits and vegetables, but no grains. This holistic ritual is aligned with the body’s natural and intrinsic detoxifying mechanism that becomes elevated on the 11th day after the new and full moon. This ancient theory is based on the circadian and astro-biorythms.

This ritual extends the telomeres in the body, supporting a long life. Telomeres are the longevity factor. The longer your telomeres, the longer you live. According to Ayurveda, when one fasts, all the imbalances within the body become balanced. Fasting on the day of Ekadasi can give the same results to fasting for 1 week at another time during the month. Ekadasi fasting magnifies and intensifies the purification process.