March Astromusings – Blessings for the Autumn/Spring Equinox, World Science Festival in Brisbane – Alan Alda, Revisiting Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

Autumn EquinoxBlessings for the Autumn/Spring Equinox! We are approaching the Autumn/Vernal Equinox. For us in the Southern Hemisphere the Autumn Equinox occurs on Sunday 20 March 2016 while for those in the Northern Hemisphere the Vernal or Spring Equinox occurs on Sat 21 March.

Autumn/Spring Equinox 20/21 March 2016

Fasching and Karneval

Karneval welcoming spring

The Autumn Equinox occurs in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday, 2o March 2016 at 3.29:36 AEDT. In the Northern Hemisphere the Spring Equinox has long been celebrated as a time of transition and rebirth. Many cultures celebrate spring festivals and holidays, such as Easter and Passover and Mardi Gras. In Germany, Switzerland and Austria they celebrate Karneval or Fasching at the end of winter by burning the witch which represents the dark spirits of winter time and welcome in the spring which represents hope and rebirth, the birth of new life in the awakening nature. The equinox is derived from the Latin referring to the time of the year when day and night are of equal duration, mid-way between the longest and shortest days known as the Summer and Winter Solstices.

The chart of the Autumn Equinox reveals a line up of planets in Pisces – Sun, Mercury, Neptune and Venus plus the South Node, Chiron and Ceres. This will highlight the Piscean qualities of compassion, sensitivity, and intuition. The square from Jupiter in Virgo to Saturn in Sagittarius will be alleviated by the harmonious trine from Jupiter to Pluto. There is also a grand trine from the Moon in Leo to Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius.

Albert Einstein
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” -Albert Einstein
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”- Albert Einstein
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”-
– Albert Einstein

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein, the world renowned physicist and Piscean born 14 March, 1879, 11.30 am Ulm Germany has featured prominently in the news this year.  On the anniversary of his birthday on Monday this week ABC TV devoted their weekly program Q&A to a discussion on science in which Brian Greene, American physicist and string theorist, and other scientists on the panel paid tribute to Einstein’s prescience re his theory of relativity on waves of gravity. It was just 100 years ago in 1916 when Einstein predicted that there were waves of gravity in the fabric of space and now fast forward 100 years to February 2016 and the LIGO  Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory detectors located in Louisiana and Washington USA successfully measured gravitational waves. Greene paid tribute to Einstein’s amazing ability to see into the deep nature of reality. Greene enthused that the confirmation of Einstein’s theory gives us a whole new way of exploring the Universe. He also paid tribute to the team of Australian researchers at ANU who contributed to the design of the detector.

Alan Alda Bunsen & Brian Greene pic 2

Alan Alda with Brian Greene at Press conference launching the World Science Festival at New York University, 4/2/08.

Another well known American personality who has been promoting science in general and  the genius of Einstein in particular is the actor, scriptwriter and director, Alan Alda (born 28 Jan 1936, 5.07 am Manhattan, NY) who is currently visiting Australia to promote the World Science Festival in Brisbane. Alan Alda, a future oriented Aquarian, was interviewed by Richard Fidler on ABC 702 on Tuesday 15 March in which he shared his passion for science, speaking about his play, Dear Albert, based on love letters written by Albert Einstein, his wives and friends.

 

 

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