Archive | November 26, 2011

Heavenly Signs: Black Friday’s Partial Solar Eclipse

Heavenly Signs: Black Friday’s Partial Solar Eclipse


By Hwaa Irfan

In certain areas around the world, November 25th might have been a day of tension and flying emotions. You might have even felt you were in total control of yourself, just sounding off or trying to be heard. And there are always those lurking around, waiting to take advantage!

November 25th 2011 has been called Black Friday because of a partial solar eclipse when the New Moon passed in front of the sun. According to NASA, this was visible from Antartica, New Zealand, Tasmania and South Africa. This happened in the morning, and by the setting of the sun, a conjunction took place between Venus, and the crescent New Moon.

The term “Black Friday” actually has nothing to do with cosmology, but is a public holiday in the U.S. after Thanksgiving that pertains more to profit or loss.

This solar eclipse is the 5th this year, and is expected to be the last for 2011, with the greatest eclipse at 06:20:17 UT near the coast of Antarctica.


The U.S. Navy site refers to this solar eclipse as being “rather unusual” as at the time they believed it will only be visible from the desolate region of Antartica. Like the desolate aspects of our lives, a call from the Universe is trying to awaken our unconscious where our true selves lay buried beneath the ideal/projected self – the only part of ourselves that we choose to recognize. To allow this to happen an energy grid is in motion.

According to Donna Provancher, the position of the eclipse links all four southern continents with Africa and Australia, and South America and Antartica polarized to rebalance the dualistic nature of our perception of reality: light vs. dark, good vs. evil, male vs. female etc. Balance is required between the two aspects in order to broaden one’s horizon. However that much needed development is being challenged by our willingness to face the Truth (Neptune) that arises out of the power of community (Occupy World),

This is supported by the New Moon which allows for the new, which is opposite to stagnation. Because of its proximity to the Earth there is a pull on our emotions. Combined with the partial solar eclipse (90% in Antartica), and our ability to act together (Virgo) as exampled by the new crop of protests across Egypt affecting its future.

Ruled by Jupiter, Sagittarius also asks us to acknowledge the Laws of Nature or the cosmic order of things, if we are to move beyond this period of stagnation with sustainable lives. The fact that the Sun rotates around the Galactic Center, and the Galactic Center is in Sagittarius only emphasizes that this is not just a passing moment, but a period of training for humanity. The Galactic Center is the rotational center of the Milky Way, the alignment of which takes place every 26,000 years. The Galactic Center is being investigated by NASA which has an interest in the Galactic Center’s blackhole for a while.

As Venus has been in the constellation of Sagittarius (November 2 – 26), the global influence is one of the desire for freedom of self expression, new places, and adventure. But on the line of transgression there can be  tendency to get carried away and be inconsiderate of the feelings of others, and hence carelessness. As Mercury comes out of retrograde, it means being going over things that we have misunderstood, but a chance to do it with an open heart, i.e. without prejudgement.

Happy Hijra, November 26 1433 (6 + 5 = 11!)

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

“For fasting the day of ‘Ashura, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” [Muslim #1976]


“The Sky This Week, 2011 November 22 – 29.”

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Four Countries Battle for 570sq m of Rock!

Four Countries Battle for 570sq m of Rock!


By Hwaa Irfan


Like two year olds, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, and the U.K., of course are all fighting over a 570 square meters rock that protrudes 20 m above sea level. Can one imagine what would happen if that piece of rock was big enough to sustain a human population no matter how small – just think of Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan!

Of course, with the exception of Afghanistan, the reason is oil under what is remaining of what used to be a volcano. The rock is en route for guillemots, northern cormorants, northern gannets, fulmars, and kittiwakes along with a bounty of shellfish, in surrounding waters that possess a long living coral reef.  The birds, shellfish, and the coral reef are the only species to frequent the rock, so given that they can neither speak a European language their rights are inconsequential, and so would it be if they were human as the UN decides who will get the rock!

Rockall forms a part of the 555 million year old North Atlantic Igneous Province where Greenland and Europe split to form the north-east Atlantic Ocean. The rock itself is alkali granite, consisting of rare minerals bazirite, elpidite, and leucophosphite to name a few.

“Rocabarra” finds a place in Irish medieval folklore whereby it is said that the rock will appear at the end of times (“Nuair a thig Rocabarra ris, is dual gun tèid an Saoghal a sgrios“), but was first referred to scientifically in 1703. Why it has taken so long to lay claims is because the bad reputation the rock has for being a fatal place, claiming lives from the ship wrecks that occur there.

A little over 301.4 km from St. Hilda, Scotland, and half way between Ireland and Iceland, of course the British laid strategic claim as far back as 1955, like the American astronauts did when they first landed on the Moon, By sticking a flag in the rock, but the British never registered the claim of what is a part of the “Hatton Rockall Basin.

Surprisingly events do take place on that small piece of rock jutting out of the ocean. A Greenpeace weblog reads:

On June 15th, 1997, three Greenpeace activists – Peter, Meike and Al – attempted to make a home for themselves, on a tiny ledge, 4 by 2.5 metres in size. Their house was just small solar capsule, with two blue and white deckchairs set outside, for comfort.

They raised a flag, and a new country was formed – a new global state called Waveland. From around the world, citizenship applications flooded in, and before long, 15,000 passports had been issued to people who saw the importance of protection rather than exploitation of nature. The pledge for citizenship read:

“Without violence and by bearing witness, to defend nature, to protect the global commons, to reform industrialism, and to secure peace, believing in action, rather than words.”

That was the second event to take place on the rock in the world of humans. Once scientists found oil, the fate of the rock was sealed. U.K. experts believe that the find will replenish the British treasury to the tune of £100bn sterling.

Five years later, the battle ensues. While Britain tries to claim it as British territory by classifying it as an island, Ireland quite logically claims it is a rock where there can be no territorial waters, and therefore the benefits of it should be shared. Nature keeps providing us with opportunities in sustainable living, and the common good, while sometimes we fail to learn those valuable lessons!



Trukhachev, V. “Four Countries Struggle for Tiny ‘Golden Rock’ in North Atlantic.”

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