There are two times of the year when the beautiful Star of Isis, Sirius, is most prominent.

One is in summer, at Her heliacal rising, which is the first time the star is seen to rise just before dawn after a long absence. To the ancient Egyptians, the rise of Sirius marked the New Year and the coming of the all-important Nile flood.

The other time is right now, during January (at least for those in the mid-northern latitudes). When you look to the night sky in January, the first thing you see, and the one that can take your breath away, is Sirius. Interestingly enough, Sirius reaches its highest point in the sky—directly overhead—at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Thus Sirius is our star of the New Year, too, just as it was for the ancient Egyptians. I utterly love this fact.

Of course, Sirius continues to dominate the night…

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