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Jonathan Cainer's Astro News
Friday July 19th 2002 - edited by Bernard Fitzwalter

This week in Astro News:
~ The dog days... ~
~ AstroDiary ~
~ Astrology & Fertility - Can you help with some research? ~

The dog days...

Today is the beginning of what used to be called the ‘dog days’, which run until August 27, and more or less coincide with both the hottest days of the summer and the school holidays. Almanacs from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries delight in reminding readers that dogs run mad in the heat of these days - an idea which comes apparently from the Roman writer Pliny, who died in 79AD while watching the eruption of Vesuvius which buried Pompeii. They also say that these days are dangerous times to undergo surgery, or to take new medicines - and that it would probably be a good idea for men to abstain from women, too, because too much heat and passion is bad for you. Brits on holiday in sunny climes, take note!

Yet amid all this tongue-in-cheek advice about mad dogs and Englishmen, the ancient commentators also give the true explanation of dog days, which is that the Sun and the star Sirius rise together around now. Sirius is the ‘Dog Star’, the main star in the constellation of the Dog, and actually the brightest star in the sky. But what made it really significant centuries ago was that the river Nile in Egypt began its annual flood at this time, and that was of prime importance for the Ancient Egyptians growing their food. Predicting the flood was vital to them, and several of their temples were aligned so that they face the point on the horizon where the Sun and Sirius rise on this special day. Not surprisingly, July 19 is the start of the Ancien t Egyptian year, and this way of counting the days is part of what is known as the Sothic calendar, after Sothis, which is the Egyptian name for Sirius.

It may be hot in Egypt, but an English summer is a different thing, as we all know, and so far this year we have been in little danger of our dogs flaking out. Nonetheless, this weekend sees the Sun and Jupiter together, which usually denotes a sustained period of high barometric pressure, and therefore a warm spell. So if we are going to get a proper summer at all this year, it should be now. Get your barbecue going...

Tonight (July 19):York Astrology Group. Many Happy Solar Returns + Cancer Celebrity Charts, 7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York.

Booking now: Company of Astrologers, London Summer School. Aug 5-9. 10.30am - 4.30pm, School of Acupuncture, 13 Mandela St, Camden, London NW1. £32 daily (£28 Friends); £120 (Friends only). Monday Aug 5: Reading Tarot; Tues (6), Surviving Outer Planet Transits; Wed (7), Interpreting Progressions; Thurs (8), Look at Relationships Astrologically; Fri (9), Interpret a Horary Chart.
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Research into Astrology and Infertility by Pat Harris, MSc., D.F.Astrol.S.

I would like to thank everyone who has responded to my earlier notices on Jonathan's website and who volunteered to take part in the research that I am conducting as part of my PhD in astrology and health psychology at Southampton University, UK. I now have quite a number of people taking part which will help me in conducting my study into factors that may or may not correlate with fertility treatment outcome. I should have a progress report out soon. However, I am still looking for women who are currently pregnant - not necessarily as a result of fertility treatment - and who would like to contact me about details of my research to see if they would like to take part. My email address is:

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If you missed any of Friday's Astronews articles, click on the Archive Thought for the Day link in the left hand frame.