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Poor Will's Almanack: October 9 - 15, 2018

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I wrote my recent annual almanack as a horoscope in nature. The word horoscope comes from two Greek words, hora, which means hour or time, and skopos, which means observer. The time observer is a horoscoper, and for the horoscoper  who watches the seasons, an “almanack horoscope in nature” can offer a useful guide to the galaxy as well as to one’s own neighborhood.

In The Emerald Tablet, an ancient text by Hermes Trismegistus, the author attempts to explain the astrological mysteries of the cosmos. The work contains the phrase: “As above, so below.”

Indeed the land does reflect the sky above it, and the Earth watcher can create constellations and stories no less than the traditional astrologer. For the horoscoper, the landscape is rich with lessons and with possibilities for alignments and predictions.

By focusing on events in nature, the time watcher not only observes how the weather and the movement of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets are connected to the seasons but also how events on Earth reflect what happens in the sky and how all of these events can be related to human emotions.

Can all that help you to tell the future like astrological horoscopes might do?

I think it can.

This is Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack. I’ll be back again next week with notes for the second week of Middle Fall. In the meantime, look around . See what is happening. Ponder your horoscope. See what it says.

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Bill Felker has been writing nature columns and almanacs for regional and national publications since 1984. His Poor Will’s Almanack has appeared as an annual publication since 2003. His organization of weather patterns and phenology (what happens when in nature) offers a unique structure for understanding the repeating rhythms of the year.