Scorpions are plain spoken and direct. They will always make you realise what they appreciate and what they hate. True and straight forward, Scorpions seldom lie. Such people let others become aware whether they have performed well or not. A lifetime comrade, a person belonging to this sun sign can make you roll in the aisles, help you visualize and judge and make your life lively and witty. So, let’s set out on a voyage with Scorpio.
The water sign of Scorpio and air sign of Aquarius are an excellent match. Both are strong willed and decisive. Ardent and fervent, both like to spend time with themselves than with people they dislike.
Be direct, sincere and transparent. These are the magic words that people of this sun sign love to see in other people. They immediately bond with people who are outspoken and natural.
A coconut is the best description of a Scorpio. Hard and rigid on the outer, easy and gentle on the inside, sometimes person of this sun sign can hurt you. Giving them the time to think, judge and grow will help to build a long lasting and steady bond over the time.
Prayer and meditation do wonders for a Scorpion since they are spiritual by nature. They also find peace in music. Art is also one of the ways to recline. Also Adventure sports, hiking, etc. help them knock off.
People of this zodiac signs love personal retreats and remote locations. Vacations are a way of recharging themselves. They love to meet celebrities and at the same time interact with the locals. They love authentic flavours and rich culture. They also love travelling to foreign countries.
Not influenced by peer pressure, scorpions like to do own things. Art in the form of drawing, cooking, drama always lure people of this zodiac sign. Win, music, fresh air is always loved by them. They love to hang out with those whom they love and with whom their wave length matches. Else they prefer to spend time alone away from the crowd.
Since their birthdays fall in the end of October and beginning of November, they like cold nights, curled up in cozy sheets. They cherish evenings and long nights, love the nature and wild and the winter storms.
Bold and fearless Scorpions are positive and self-assured. The colours that impress and motivate them are:
The following colours a scorpion must avert:
People of this Sun sign are spiritual in nature. They like to retreat into loneliness and religious rituals. They will not perform rituals formally but will do so only if they believe in it. Such people prefer meditation and yoga. Music also helps them detox from the daily routine and draw energy and motivation. These activities help them in self-evaluation and drive to excel. Also they draw the will to fight all barriers and achieve their goals. Frank and outspoken, they have only people they truly respect and love in their circle and like to interact with them.
Across Australia, on the evening of February 11/12, the Full Moon will travel directly in front of the bright star Regulus. For about an hour, the star will be hidden from view as the Moon passes by.
This event is known as a lunar occultation and we have entered a season of lunar occultations of Regulus. They will continue through until April 2018 but each one will only be seen from certain locations on Earth.
This Saturday night, Australia is in the right place to see the occultation. We’ll also see another in May and northern Australia will see a final one come September.
Regulus will disappear behind the right side of the Moon and emerge from the left. Observing the exact moment when the star disappears and returns again will be tricky considering that the Moon is full and therefore shining at its brightest. So it’ll be best to look for Regulus a few minutes before and after the given times.
For West Australia, the event occurs about an hour after moonrise, so the Moon will be found low towards the eastern horizon. Most other places will see the occultation around local midnight, with the Moon high towards the north-east. From Darwin, the Moon will only just meet up with Regulus, and you will see a grazing occultation at 10:40pm local time.
Every nine years, the Moon’s path aligns almost perfectly with the ecliptic, which is the apparent path that the Sun follows across the sky. The ecliptic can be traced through the zodiac constellations and Regulus, in the constellation of Leo the lion is the brightest star to sit very close to the ecliptic.
For the next year or so, the Moon will travel directly in front of Regulus each month as it makes its way around the sky.
Today, watching the Moon play peak-a-boo with Regulus is for the most part a curiosity. It’s a great chance to see the clockwork of the universe in action and precise timings of the event can be used to map the Moon’s surface features.
However, there was a time when observing the position of the Moon relative to bright stars such as Regulus, and also to the Sun, was a critical skill. It was a practise used by navigators as they sailed the oceans and provided them with a way to determine their longitude. Captain James Cook was highly proficient in the technique and used it to navigate his voyages across the southern ocean.
Being the brightest star in the constellation of Leo, Regulus is named as the ‘little king’. The other named stars in this constellation are Denebola ‘the lion’s tail’ and Algieba ‘the forehead’.
The constellation resembles a crouching lion, although that’s a little hard to see from Australia since the constellation appears upside. From the south, Leo is most easily recognised as an upside-down question mark, formed by the curving line of stars that would otherwise be the mane of the lion.
Leo contains a number of bright galaxies, such as the lovely Leo Triplet that includes two nearby spiral galaxies which can be seen using amateur telescopes. The Hubble Space Telescope has also imaged a ‘ghost-like’ galaxy in the constellation, known as Leo VI.
It is an old relic from the early times of the universe and about 13 billion years ago, this galaxy abruptly shut down its star formation which stunted its growth. Leo IV is one of more than a dozen ultra-faint dwarf galaxies to have been discovered.
And if you are out looking at the Moon and Regulus on Saturday night, be sure to also take a look towards the east where you will find bright Jupiter, the king of the planets.
For thousands of years, people believed their future could be read in the lines etched into the palm of their hands. The ancient art of palmistry, originating in India, claimed a close examination of the hand could not only reveal what kind of person you were, but also other information such as when you might die.
Like many other cosmological beliefs, it’s tempting to ask whether there might not be a kernel of truth to palmistry; that somehow the ancients intuited the workings of nature revealed today by the natural sciences.
This is certainly a temptation SBS documentary The Secrets of the Hand (part of its four-week Tales of the Unexpected season) has succumbed to. In a series of experiments, the program tests the notion that the hand might “speak to us” about our personalities, illnesses and even longevity.
Since the 18th century movement in Europe known as the Enlightenment, the hand has been incredibly important for scientists. Take, for example, the celebrated surgeon and physiologist Sir Charles Bell (1772-1842).
Bell was not a scientific nobody. His experiments on the nerves opened the way for the modern understanding of the nervous system. He even has a facial palsy named after him.
For Bell, the hand was a particularly special part of the body. So much so that, in 1833, he made it the subject of a Bridgewater Treatise, a series of books written by some of the most eminent British scientists of the day, all of whom aimed to demonstrate that nature proved the existence of god.
In an exhaustive tome of more than 400 pages, Bell minutely described the anatomy of the hand, pointing out its incredible complexity, which could only have arisen if there was a designing god.
Bell’s beliefs were mocked by The Lancet, which cruelly aped his Scottish accent, saying that Bell:
never touches a phalanx and its flexor tendon, without exclaiming, with uplifted ye, and most reverentially-contracted mouth, ‘Gintilmin, behold the winderful eevidence of desin!’
Despite The Lancet’s disdain and the contemporary temptation to see Bell’s ideas as a direct antecedent to those of the intelligent design movement, his beliefs were mainstream for orthodox British scientists of the day.
Indeed, people like Bell did an incredible amount towards establishing the homology of the hand with the flippers of whales and the wings of birds. But Charles Darwin’s theories about evolution would soon purge such views from mainstream science.
Now the hand illustrated the complexities of evolution through natural selection. Equally significant, the minute grooves and ridges – the arches, whorls and lines – were a sign of the uniqueness of each person.
It was this that led Darwin’s cousin, Francis Galton (1822-1911) to develop fingerprinting, which very soon became a major tool of forensic science.
Galton wasn’t the first to recognise the potential of fingerprinting as a method of identification. That honour goes to William James Herschel, a functionary of the East India Company, who used palm and fingerprinting for preventing imposture.
Still, Galton was the man who classified the different patterns, allowing fingerprints to be used for the systematic identification of individuals.
But these weren’t science’s only encounters with the hand.
Clinical medicine, which emerged from the Paris hospitals of the late 18th and early 19th century, was always on the lookout for new ways of diagnosing illness from physical signs. Close study of the features of the hand might disclose the existence of incipient medical problems.
And so, the early years of the 20th century saw the emergence of dermatoglyphics: the attempt to correlate the different features of the hand with specific medical conditions.
This outcrop of clinical medicine was only successful up to a point. A variety of illnesses, both mental and physical, can be detected from the various shapes, distortions and patterns of the hand, including a variety of vascular conditions and a few genetic disorders.
But, like many of the older methods of clinical medicine, the diagnostic potential of dermatoglyphics has now been exponentially surpassed by genetics.
Nonetheless, those older ways of knowing the world, fostered in ancient worlds, refused to die. Along with other forms of divining, such as astrology, palmistry remained incredibly popular.
The Enlightenment, with its emphasis on rationalism over superstition, failed to sound palm-reading’s death knell.
In sideshow tents and seaside shops, mystics continue to thrive, peddling their wares to the many who believe that “there is more in heaven and earth than is dreamt of” in science’s philosophy.
Like astrology or homeopathy, palmistry today stands as a critique of scientific reductionism; a way of saying there’s a metaphysical world beyond discoverable matter.
So how well does this older way of knowing stand up to the scrutiny of the documentary makers and their attempt to construct experiments that test palmistry’s plausibility?
To answer that question you’ll have to watch on SBS on Sunday April 13 at 8:30pm, suffice to say that you’ll see one rather astounding result.
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