Clink Street, London, 28th November 2013
The seasons tell us when to plant our crops, and they almost, but not quite, tell us which stars we will see in the sky.
Just over two thousand years ago, we would do our spring planting when the sun rose at the same time as the constellation Aries. When the sun was in Virgo, it was time to reap. Hence the Zodiac signs we still refer to today. Trouble is, the earth’s axis slowly precesses like a wobbling spinning top, so now springtime starts slightly more than one constellation sooner.
Welcome, therefore, to the Age of Aquarius.