Do you have a Galactic Birthday? What even is a Galactic Birthday? It’s when you’re born on one of the days of the year that feature the Sun (or Earth) near one of the points that connect our solar system to the wider galaxy.
And if you were born during a meteor storm that also counts because meteors are interstellar – old cultures saw the people born during these showers of shooting stars as standouts, usually in a good way – ie: you would have been deemed shamanic or gifted with unusual powers.
Find out if your birthday – or that of someone close to you – is galactic below. These don’t come with ‘delineations’ btw, because there are none. But you’ll spark your own and many of the classic scientific definitions, especially the older ones tucked away in the Smithsonian-NASA’s astrophysics archives, can be surprisingly inspirational.
The Quadrantids meteor shower – short and spectacular, with often up to 100 ‘shooting stars’ an hour, the Quadrantids emerge every year from a point near Arcturus – the Bear Guardian/King Arthur star. The ‘parent’ comet is still unconfirmed but the meteor stream is thought be from a gigantic comet chronicled by Japan, Korea and China in the 15th Century.
This is Perihelion, when the Earth as as close to the Sun as it can possibly be. It’s also when the Earth’s motion is the fastest, as it speeds up in response to the Sun’s gravity. Another maximalist indicator? Visually, the Sun looms largest in the sky at this point.
Peak of the Alpha-Centaurids meteor shower. They come from the Alpha Centauri star system, for years the top contender for nearest extra-terrestial intelligence. That theory was canned in May 2019, after Proxima Centauri zapped out the strongest stellar flare ever recorded – 17 septillion joules. It’s now rebranded from ‘potentially habitable’ to ‘weird physics.’
You were born with the Sun conjunct newly discovered (February 2023) exoplanet TOI-5293A – nobody has given it a fancy name yet. It’s huge – bigger than Jupiter, hot – more than 3000 degrees Celsius – and fast-spinning – a year takes 20 Earth days.
The Lyrids, arguably the most iconic Meteor Shower of all, peak at this time. Chronicled and annually awaited for nearly 3000 years, they “emerge” from the Lyra constellation and, like January’s Quadrantids, can produce up to 100 ‘shooting stars’ per hour, including some stunning fireballs. They’re extra-radiant every 60 years – 1982 was the last ultra-amped Lyra display.
These birthdays are when the Sun passes by the Pleiades star cluster – the Seven Sisters/Seven Hathors and a whole host of other associations – with its array of mind-boggling interstellar features and the stunning Merope Nebula.
The Sun is opposite the Galactic Center at this time, conjunct the so-called Anti-Center. It’s not ‘anti’ as in negative – it’s just that the Sun is as far out as it gets in its orb. Earth, on the other hand, is closest to the G.C. at this time.
It’s also the Solstice or close enough. This is not only when the Earth’s axis tilts to its most extreme but also the Sun crossing the Galactic Equator, the point where the Ecliptic plus the Galactic plane converge. It’s like a junction where one of the highways goes straight to town or country and the other to the wild magical unknown in both directions.
These birthdays are at Aphelion, when the Earth is as far away from the Sun as it can get. The orbital rotation mode apperently slows and the Sun – whether it’s Summer or Winter for you – seems smaller because it is further away.
July 27-August 3
The Sun moves through the Beehive or Praesepe cluster – 1000 stars that move as one and probably were one at some point. It apparently has leaders and renegades even. This ‘star dynasty’ has been known for so long it’s even cited in myths describing the battle between the Olympians and the Titans.
The Sun aligns with the North Galactic Pole and yes, this aligns with the Equinox also. It’s interesting that the Solstice and Equinox points are all galactic – referencing remote phenoms in a vast cosmological matrix that (technically, officially) has only become apparent with recent advances in space-tech.
The peak of the Orionids Meteor Shower. Breakaways from the basically famous Halley’s Comet, they appear to emerge from the most widely visible constellation – Orion, near Gemini.
The Sun passes the Blue Horsehead Nebula, familiar to many because it’s super-photogenic. Oddly, it’s a Dark Nebulae but various reflective phenoms give it an indigo/ultra-blue glimmer and of course, it can resemble a horse’s head. Like Ophichius and Orion, it’s a stellar nursery – stars are born in there!
The Sun aligns with the Dark Horse Nebula – a gigantic and genuinely dark star cluster that is dense enough to conceal whatever lies behind it. Speaking of galactic mysteries, see also the Great Wall!
The Sun aligns with the Galactic Center and crosses the Galactic Equator. This is a super-intense zone and while it’s standard to talk about Saturnalia and the December Solstice as a seasonal thing – especially in the Northern Hemisphere, where it coincides with mid-Winter – I wonder if ancient cultures somehow knew of this being essentially our Sun’s Sun?
December 28-January 2
The Sun passes the fabulous Messier-22 – a cabal of celestial anomalies, black holes and beautiful blue stars, including the one at its center.
Even if you have no natal points near any of these zones, it can be interesting to observe the dates. Thoughts?