One of the four Royal Stars, Regulus, rises into visibility (with the much brighter Venus just below Regulus) on the morning of September 7th. Regulus sits in the constellation of the Lion at 00°08’ Virgo and on the ecliptic (or the path of the Sun). Symbolizing the “heart of the Lion”, this star has been invisible to the naked eye for over a month, but the morning of the 7th is rises briefly before the glare of the Sun overwhelms the light of Regulus.
The reason September 7th is the date of Regulus’ rise to visibility is that the Sun has now moved to 15° away from the star. Most visible planets and stars need at least a 15° orb away from the Sun to be seen due to the glare of the Sun. Some people may be able to see it a day or two earlier or days later depending upon their given horizon line or perhaps weather conditions.
The planet Venus will still also be visible at 3° Virgo, adding to the strong feminine frequency of this year’s heliacal rise of Regulus. Though, Venus is currently in its descent phase, meaning the symbolic goddess is nearing the underworld to die and be reborn, as the ancient Mesopotamians experienced it through their goddess Inanna/Ishtar.
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