The Annual Opening of the Sirius Gateway
And Other Astral Weather, July 2022
The Sirius Gateway opens in the first week of July every year, and more specifically, from July 4 to 8 this year. According to all the ancient mystery schools, Sirius is the Sun behind our Sun, the true source of Divine Light in the local area of our galaxy. The Theosophists taught that Sirius is a major vortex of occult power and wisdom and the source of the mysteries of initiation for our planet.
The Star Tarot card is the seventeenth card of the Major Arcana. It symbolizes healing, rejuvenation, hope, inspiration, and faith. In the Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Arthur Waite suggests the bright star in this card is Sirius, the Dog Star.
In the first week of July, Sirius rises with the Sun at sunrise and is directly overhead with the Sun at noon. During this special alignment, the solar logos receives a regenerating boost, and the hierarchy of great divine Ones who guide humanity's evolution come to shower the world with some added power and grace.
The opening of the Sirius Gateway is related to the astronomical alignment of Sirius with the Earth and Sun which happens when the Earth is at aphelion, a word derived from the Greek “apo” meaning apart or away from, and “helios,” the god of the Sun. Aphelion occurs when the Earth in its orbit is farthest from the Sun, about 94.5 million miles.
The exact aphelion will occur this year on July 4 at 7:10 AM UTC/3:10 AM EDT. (Use The World Time Buddy to convert this time to your local time zone.) The Earth at aphelion is moving slower in its orbit around the Sun than at any other time of the year. It’s an important time for all of us to slow down and take some time to rest and recharge, too!
During aphelion, the Sun and the fixed star Sirius conjoin, meaning that they align in the same zodiacal longitude. Their conjunction will be within a two-degree orb from July 4-8. Sirius, also known as Alpha Canis Majoris or the “Dog Star,” is located at about 20 degrees and 14 minutes longitude in sidereal Gemini near the beginning of the Vedic nakshatra of Punarvasu, which means “The Return of the Light.”
In a fascinating correlation, Sirius is the brightest “light” in the sky (according to its apparent magnitude). Its name means “glowing” in Greek. One of the closest stars to Earth, Sirius is visible in most locations, thus making it important to almost all ancient cultures as in many indigenous creation myths. Of course, when it aligns with the Sun, as it is now, Sirius will be invisible to us.
Throughout history, Sirius has been one of the most prominent calendar stars. According to the late fixed-star astrologer Diana Rosenberg, the current Kali Yuga of the Hindu Calendar is said to have begun with the death of Krishna, on Feb 18, 3102 BCE at the zero hour. At this exact moment, Sirius was setting on the western horizon. As another example, the Sothic Calendar of ancient Egypt was based on the heliacal rising of Sirius which marked the annual flooding of the Nile.
In many parts of the northern hemisphere, the sweltering Dog Days of Summer begin around the Sun-Sirius conjunction, and last until around the second week of August in most mid-latitude areas, when Sirius will move out of the Sun’s bright rays and reappear in the east before sunrise.
This is a pic of my granddog Henry, our younger son’s precious animal companion who lives in Colorado and loves to swim a few times a day during the the hot summer months.
As the magnificent Sun-Sirius portal starts to open, the five planets Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn are in their own signs, where they are strongly manifesting in “dignity,” called swakshetra in Vedic astrology. Mars and Saturn will also be in their strongest root trine signs (moolatrikona). The Sun is not in its own sign but is in the sign of a friend (Gemini, ruled by Mercury) from June 15 to July 16.
When planets are in their own or friendly signs (or exalted signs), their natural raw qualities are more noticeable and readily expressed. Additionally, their strong matrices through the power of planetary-chakra resonance help to magnetize and stabilize higher-dimensional frequencies into our physical bodies and sublime energetic systems.
1. Mercury in Gemini, July 2 to July 16
2. Venus in Taurus, June 17 to July 13
3. Jupiter in Pisces, April 13, 2022 to April 21, 2023
4. Mars in Aries, June 26 to August 10
5. Saturn in both of its own signs: Aquarius until July 12, and Capricorn from July 12, 2022, to January 17, 2023.
(Someone wrote me and mentioned the Moon in Cancer transit, too. The Moon is in its own sign in Cancer every month, but it’s only in place from June 30 to late July 2/into early July 3, depending on the location, so it’s not really in place during the Sirius alignment).
What’s important during this Sirius alignment and while these planets are strong is that we take a little break to tune in and infuse ourselves with the cosmic light stream being emitted through the Sirius portal. Astrologer M. Temple Richmond described Sirius as “a vast cosmic heart center aligned with universal and cosmic principles such as karma and periodicity.” The high frequency energy coming through at this time can awaken a broader perspective; strengthen intuition; activate creativity; and recharge our bodies, minds, and spirits.
Also keep in mind that Sirius represents the principle of sovereignty as a significant element of the Divine Plan for life on Earth. Beyond all creed and dogma, the highest sovereignty is the essence of our soul, which is ultimately pure, eternal, birthless, deathless, fearless, and changeless. This is the utmost sovereignty. May it ring true for all beings everywhere.