Sky watchers

Sept. 23 is the next day to watch the skies. I explain: ancient people’s wanted to make sense of the movement of bodies across the sky and thought they were gods. Ancient Egyptians and Babylonians and the Druids in England come to mind here. They invented fanciful explanations that became the astrological constellations and one of them is Virgo (a woman), another Leo (the king lion).

When the Apostle John was exiled to Patmos, he wrote the prophetic book called Revelations, and reported that a sign of the start of tribulations will be in the heavens, a woman, clothed by the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars above her head and Jupiter (the king planet to some) will appear in her womb and then descend through the birth canal.

Well, each year Virgo is in the Sun’s house, but this year the Moon, Jupiter and Mercury, Venus and Mars all show up at just the right time to complete this hypothetical scene. So religious seers, prophets and pundits, as well as neophyte readers of Revelations (I’ll pick them up later) are talking up this compilation of bodies that hasn’t happened for like 6000 years (a long time that is).

Remember now, Virgo is clothed by the sun, so we won’t see much, but gurus know where the action is anyway. Will this actually be the start of the end times? I don’t think so, but that is where those neophytes come in-remember that on 911 two building fell from the sky which appeared to answer prophecy-my point is that terrorists also read these prophetic books and I am guessing September 23 might just be an auspicious day for bad guys to hope to gain the spotlight, meaning that might be a good day to stay out of airports or train stations and that’s that.

PAUL PETERSON

Storm Lake