John Dee’s Blazing Star

Comet Seen on October 10, 1580 over London

Report on the Comet of 1580. Opening page of a pamphlet published in London reporting on the comet of 1580. The opening lines are: ‘A blazyng starre or burnyng beacon, seene the 10 October laste (and yet continewyng) set on fire by God’s providence, to call all sinners to earnest and speedie repentance’. The author Francis Shakelton is described as ‘minister and preacher of the worde of God’. At bottom is an Old Testament biblical quote: ‘I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke’ (Joel, 2:30). Comets were often taken as an omen of some impending doom.

In John Dee’s diary note of November 22nd of the same year, he notes:

Nov. 22nd, the blasing star I cold see no more, though it were a cler night.

The Diary of John Dee


What can I say? Could Pluto and Chiron been implicated in the comet’s arrival? By November 22, 1580, Pluto had moved past Chiron @ 3 degrees Aries. Food for thought?

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I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to (And, in case you are also interested, I have an extensive list of celebrity birth and death details if you wish to 'confirm' what you suspect may be a past-life experience of yours.) Bless.
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