“Where the Virgin creates in a holy way, there is always the Holy Spirit with Her…”
We have written about the apparitions of Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, on this website before (here and here), whereas this article contains a somewhat unusual approach to those events that took place a century ago. I’ve decided to digress from the religious context which has been already elucidated, and to simply look at the Fatima sky. At that, let’s first refer once again to the description of the 100-year-old events.
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It is not fashionable nowadays to scrutinize stars and endeavour to comprehend the laws of heavenly mechanics. Unfortunately, we are too preoccupied with the issues of survival, news in social media and endless shopping. Very few people have an idea of what is going on above our heads and understand that high above there are the Sun, the Moon, planets, asteroids and comets, stars and galaxies. Everything rushes somewhere at enormous speeds and distances. How can a human being grasp the nature and reasons of all that? Well, one can read a book on astronomy, but what benefit would such knowledge bring, he or she thinks? Hence, with a clear conscience the person immerses one’s attention back into the virtual reality of “new” earthly technologies.
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Perhaps, many have heard an expression “with the first (or last) star”, but very few people know whether this expression has any deeper meaning. To be more precise, the very fact of emergence or disappearance of celestial bodies, stars or constellations from the field of vision in the evening or morning sky represents no riddle. By the laws of celestial mechanics, everything is in perpetual motion and appears before our eyes as an indisputably cyclic change of stellar sceneries. However, in this article I will present several arguments evidencing that in ancient times this implied something more serious, and it related to neither superstitions nor religious traditions, but to something totally different.
The first argument is the article Dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Virgin Mary’s apparitions in Fatima which told about the heliacal setting of the three stars of Orion’s belt. At that point not many readers grasped what was actually discussed. I have to admit even today I have only a hazy notion of the importance of such events, although nothing prevents me from expanding my mental outlook and knowledge in this field.
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