There is a dynamic story unfolding across the sky in this season, that could be imagined a bit like this:
The celestial Lion shook, loosing the royal stars from his ancient mane, signaling the sacred entrance of the Sun into the domain of the mighty healer where he is hidden there, hovering above the scorpion’s underworld. Before entering, Lord Helios summoned his messenger, drawing him near to bear witness to the encounter, while Beauty, steeping in the baths of abundance in order to amplify her amorous radiance, beckoned to her own messengers, sweet envoys of ethereal light; one from among the seven sisters; the other from the Dame Divine, that first woman Virgo, where she on celestial centuries reclined, waiting on noble deeds among men.
Said another way: The Leonid Meteor Shower recently peaked in the midnight sky (the lion shook his mane), while the Sun moved from the region of Scorpio into the region of the constellation Ophiucus (the healer). At the same time, the planet Mercury (messenger of the gods) turned retrograde, toward the Sun (Lord Helios), while Venus (goddess of love and beauty) turned direct. Venus is near Spica in the morning sky, the star of abundance in the constellation Virgo (first woman reclining on the ecliptic path).
To top off this scene, there are two comets hurtling toward earth, heralds of other worlds, one that was just discovered a week ago, in the region of Virgo, and the other making the closest approach to earth of any comet in recent history, coming visible to the naked eye near the star cluster of the Pleiades, the seven sisters, in mid-December.
The new Comet C/2018 VI Maccholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto was discovered on November 7, 2018 and whizzed in front of the star Porrima in the constellation Virgo, star of the ancient goddess of prophe
cy. From Virgo this comet has moved on, passing above the region of the Libra scales, where the goddess of Justice, Astraea lays hidden, and it will make its closest approach to earth on November 27, in front of the region of Ophiucus.
Comet Wirtanen will appear to the naked-eye in the region of Taurus stars, where we find the star cluster of the Pleiades, the source from which all things emerge into our universe according to the ancient tradition. Wirtanen will appear closest to earth on Sunday, December 16, 2018.