Sirius (currently at 14 Cancer 22 in 2021) is the Brightest Star in our Night Sky and is prominent as we Ring in each New Year – check out this link – and it is also significantly linked with The Dog Days of Summer. Scroll to the bottom to see important dates when planets are with Sirius at the end of this article.
Sirius and the Dogs Days of Summer
“Contrary to other rivers, [the Nile] begins its annual swelling in the hottest time of the year, at the beginning of the Dog Days, that is, at the moment when Sirius rises at the same time as the Sun, a date which during the third millennium BC coincided with the summer solstice.”
~ Lucy Lamie, Egyptian Mysteries
The the dog days of summer currently begin around June 25 and last until August 11 with the exact Sun conjunction to Sirius happening on July 5 or 6. Sirius rises before the Sun around August 7 in many locations on the August Cross-Quarter. This is due to precession that shifts the seasonal dates through the constellations moving one degree every 72 years. See table below showing the dates Sirius rises as morning star in different latitudes
Sirius was one of the most important stars to the Egyptians because when it rose in the morning sky before the Sun it signaled the annual rise of the Nile river. “Contrary to other rivers, [the Nile] begins its annual swelling in the hottest time of the year, at the beginning of the Dog Days, that is, at the moment when Sirius rises at the same time as the Sun, a date which during the third millennium BC coincided with the summer solstice.” ~ Lucy Lamie, Egyptian Mysteries
The term “the dog days of summer” comes to us from different cultures that recognized the time when the Sun was with Sirius, also known as the “Dog Star”.
Many ancient cultures describe Sirius as a dog or wolf. The ancient Chinese saw this star as a heavenly wolf. In Sumeria, Babylonia and Chaldea (present day Iraq) Sirius was known as the “Dog Star that Leads,” or it was called the “Star of the Dog.” In Assyria, this star was called the “Dog of the Sun.” In ancient Akkadia, it was the “Dog Star of the Sun.” Clearly Sirius has been viewed by many cultures as a Dog Star. http://www.constellationsofwords.com/stars/Sirius.html
“Dog days” is the name for the sultriest period of summer, from about July 3 to August 11. Named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period was reckoned as extending from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (a.k.a the dog star) and the Sun….The time of conjunction varies with difference in latitude, and because of the precession of the equinoxes it changes gradually over long periods in all latitudes. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/dogdays.html
These canicular days get their name from Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major. At this time of the year Sirius disappears into the Sun’s glow meaning the Sun and Sirius are rising and setting around the same time.
What is Canicular?
The Latin word canicula, meaning “small dog,” is the diminutive form of “canis,” source of the English word canine. “Canicula” is also the Latin name for Sirius, the star that represents the hound of Orion in the constellation named for that hunter from Roman and Greek mythology. Because the first visible rising of Sirius occurs during the summer, the hot sultry days that occur from early July to early September came to be associated with the Dog Star. The Greeks called this time of year “hēmerai kynades,” which the Romans translated into Latin as dies caniculares, or as we know them in English, “the dog days. ~Webster’s Dictionary
Ancient stargazers thought the heat from Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens, combined with the heat of the Sun creating the hottest days of the year! Technically Sirius is hotter than our Sun however, it is unlikely this far away star is adding to the heat of our planet.
However, it is worth noting the synchronicity of the Sun with Sirius giving rise to these stories in the current star season that lasts for a few thousand years. Over 26,000 years every season will connect with the Sun and Sirius shifting signs every 2160. For example, Sirius currently at 14 Cancer 21 is in this seasonal sign for 2160 years having entered this sign just over a 1000 years ago and staying in this sign another 1160 or so years. Previously Sirius traveled through the seasonal sign of Leo for 2160 years and will be in the seasonal sign of Gemini for 2160 years covering the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere.
Approximate Dates for Heliacal Rise of Sirius in the Table Below by Latitude from Sky and Telescope contributors David Dickinson and Ed Kotapish. If you live below 30° latitude subtract a day for each degree and if you live above 56° North Latitude add a day for each degree. Also these are approximate dates that are also affected by your horizon line.
The degrees in the data below are North Latitude.
30° August 01
31° August 02
32° August 03
33° August 04
34° August 05
35° August 06
36° August 07
37° August 08
38° August 09
39° August 10
40° August 11
41° August 12
42° August 13
43° August 14
44° August 15
45° August 16
46° August 17
47° August 18
48° August 19
49° August 20
50° August 21
51° August 22
52° August 23
53° August 24
54° August 25
55° August 26
56° August 27
Sirius the Giver of Life
The ancient Egyptians saw Sirius as a giver of life for it always reappeared at the time of the annual flooding of the Nile. When the star sank in the west and disappeared from the night sky, it was hidden by the light of the Sun for 70 days before appearing in the east at its heliacal rise or rising before the Sun. This was viewed as a time of death and rebirth.
This was so important to the Egyptians they used this 70 day period in their funeral rites. For example, when a king died it was 70 days after death when the burial took place symbolizing when the king was “reborn” in the stars. ~Damond Benningfield.
More on the Egyptian View of Sirius
For the Egyptians Sirius was key to the destiny of their world, and to their own personal immortality. Their beliefs were based on a series of texts, already ancient in their time, describing special “Star Medicines” that resonated with the energy of Sirius capable of transforming their bodies into a higher immortal form. http://www.siriusrising.com/main.htm
Sirius also has associations with higher dimensional frequencies of consciousness helping to quicken and evolve our planet and shift our physical vibration. Tuning into the Planets as they pass Sirius further facilitates the restructuring and cellular transformational process already underway. This is an especially useful time to sit with clear intent in meditative relationship opening to receive insights or messages about your own personal transformational process.
Is Sirius Our Spiritual Sun?
The Dog Star, Sirius is also known as our Spiritual Sun, esoterically the heart of our physical Sun. During the Dog Days when Sirius disappears into the Sun’s glowing light some say our physical Sun is embracing our Spiritual Sun! After such a celestial union a rebirth or resurrection occurs 70 days later.
This is the period of time Sirius disappears from the sky — sequenced in the myth when Isis is hiding until the birth of her son, Horus — eventually the star reappears after Horus is born — resurrection. It is time!
Sirius was astronomically the foundation of their [Egypt’s] entire religious system. It was the embodiment of Isis, sister and consort of the god Osiris, who appeared in the sky as Orion. Crystalinks.com/inundation
In 1776 on the 4th of July the Sun was aligned with Sirius. The signing of the US Declaration of Independence was purposely planned for this time accessing the magical energies of this star a bold revolutionary act as Independence was being declared for a new nation. (More on Sirius and the 4th of July HERE)
The Sun with Sirius alchemically activates this star gate – opening the doorway to many multi-dimensional realms including our starry origins.
…Entrusted with the wisdom and knowledge of an earlier and now forgotten civilization, the Ancient Egyptians believed that Sirius held the key to the destiny of their world, and to their own personal immortality.
Their beliefs were based on a series of texts, already ancient in their time, which described special “Star Medicines” that resonated with the energy of Sirius and were capable of transforming their bodies into a higher immortal form.
In the “Maxims of Ptahotep”, we are all urged, “Follow the Heart for as long as you live”, for it is this organ that retains the greatest sensitivity to the harmonizing, archetypal forces of Sirius, it becomes our “listening place”, for the Sirian/Isian message of Eternal Love, Knowledge, and Understanding. (I originally had a link to where this quote came from but it no longer works)
From Late June to the September Equinox the light codes from Sirius are amplified by Sirius being in the beams of the Sun until early August when Sirius rises before the Sun in the morning sky suggesting this is a powerful time to receive downloads and insights from Sirius.
Sirius and the Sun within 6 Degrees from June 30 to July 12 each year.
Sirius is a Behenian Star so Sirius is with the Sun. The Taoists see the Sun as a gateway, and the alchemists also recognized the importance of the Sun activating the Sirius when the energies of this magical star are illuminated and amplified so we can more easily access the wisdom found in various multi-dimensional realms. This includes the knowledge and remembrance of our starry origins.
From late June until the September Equinox the light codes from Sirius are amped up – worth tuning into even though Sirius will not be visible in the morning sky until about August 7th each year. These are often referred to as the Dog Days of Summer.
The Great Star of Initiation
Sirius was described as “the Great Star of Initiation” by M. Temple Richmond in her book Sirius. Richmond suggests entering “humbly and reverentially into meditative contemplation of Sirius, the custodian of occult mystery, for in contemplating this great star-being, we encounter a sacred source of transcendence.”
Follow Your Heart
In one of the 37 Maxims of Ptahotep the message of Sirius is to Follow the Heart for as long as you live as the physical heart retains the greatest sensitivity to the harmonizing, archetypal forces of Sirius. The heart is our “listening place” for the Sirian/Isian messages of Eternal Love, Knowledge, and Understanding. (More HERE and scroll way down)
Mythic Story From India
The following India Myth about Sirius and the importance of the Dog Star’s reminds of the importance of following our hearts.
In India, Sirius is known as Svana, the faithful dog of Prince Yudhistira. The prince, along with his dog, Svana and his four brothers set out on a long and arduous journey to find the kingdom of heaven. One by one the brothers abandoned the search all except for Yudhistira and Svana. At long last they arrived at the gates of heaven.
The gatekeeper, Lord Indra, welcomed the prince but denied Svana entrance. Yudhistira was aghast and told Lord Indra that he could not forsake his good and faithful servant and friend. Yudhistira told Lord Indra his brothers had abandoned the journey to heaven. But the faithful dog Svana, who had given his heart freely, chose to follow none but Yudhistira. The prince told the Lord that without his dog, he would forsake even heaven. This is what Lord Indra wanted to hear and he welcomed them both (the prince and the dog) through the gates of heaven.
Around the world Sirius has been seen as a dog or wolf. For example, the ancient Chinese saw this star as a heavenly wolf. In Sumeria, Babylonia and Chaldea (present day Iraq) the star was known as the “Dog Star that Leads,” or it was called the “Star of the Dog.” In Assyria, the “Dog of the Sun.” In still older Akkadia, it was the “Dog Star of the Sun.” Tuning into Dog and Wolf medicine as loyal companion and teacher is a great way to receive the guidance from Sirius that is being amplified while the Sun is there.
Stars Influence Humans
It is said that the fixed stars, and their domain, contain the essences or souls of matter … a living soul is a higher essence of matter, and when evolved may also be called a star. These stars and essences become gods. Like souls, stars are regarded as having divine attributes. Stars look down from regions of chaotic, violent, purity onto the world of humanity and influence the energies of humankind invisibly, yet most powerfully.
In June of 1993, as our Sun covered Sirius from the Earth’s view, the largest flood of the past century occurred. The waters of the Mississippi, our Nile River, overflowed its banks. The flood that year continued until the middle of August. When Sirius re-appeared from behind the sun, the flood waters receded and the immediate life-threatening crisis subsided. Could this not have been a reflection of the great rivers of energies streaming out from Sirius? http://www.souledout.org/cosmology/sirius/siriusgodstar.html
Mayan Day Out of Time
July 26 is sometimes referred to as The Mayan Day Out of Time as described by Jose Arguelles. I have read (can’t remember where now) that the Day Out of Time was originally calculated for the the Heliacal Rise of Sirius or when Sirius would rise into the morning sky before the Sun. The date of that occurrence shifts over time – 1 degree every 72 years and is a different date for different latitudes as indicated in the above table. Currently Sirius is NOT visible on July 26 and the exact conjunction with the Sun is now on July 5 or 6.
Without time we would not have a way to experience this reality and yet TIME is ultimately an illusion. In The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean by Doreal originally published in the 1930s we find in Tablet 10 Thoth asking about the Mysteries of Time and receiving the following answer…
Once, in a past time, I spoke to the Dweller. Asked of the mystery of time and space. Asked him the question that surged in my being, saying: “O Master, what is time?”
Then to me spoke He, the Master: “Know ye, O Thoth, in the beginning there was void and nothingness: a timeless, spaceless, nothingness. And into the nothingness came a thought, purposeful, all-pervading, and It filled the Void. There existed no matter, only force, a movement, a vortex of vibration of the purposeful thought that filled the Void.”
And I questioned the Master, saying: “Was this thought eternal?” And answered me the Dweller, saying: “In the beginning, there was eternal thought, and for thought to be eternal, time must exist. So into the all-pervading thought grew the Law of Time. Aye, time which exists through all space, floating in a smooth, rhythmic movement that is eternally in a state of fixation. Time changes not, but all things change in time.
For time is the force that holds events separate, each in its proper place. Time is not in motion, but ye move through time as your consciousness moves from one event to another. Aye, by time ye exist, all in all, an eternal One existence. Know ye that even though in time ye are separate, yet still are One in all times existent.” Ceased then the voice of the Dweller, and departed I to ponder on time. For knew I that in these words lay wisdom and a way to explore the mysteries of time.
Cycles of Time
Many indigenous cultures had ways of tracking the seasonal cycles of Time. The Mayans used their calendars within calendars to measure the seasons and astronomical events and other aspects of time that were important to them. They had the ability to look millions of years into the future and the past. For the Mayans Time had no beginning and no end and one of the ways they remembered Time was an illusion was to have a Day Out of Time once each year.
Attempting to understand the complexities of Time with only our minds has not been successful. The Mayans knew that and created many of their calendars from an intuitive or feeling sense of Time along with the use of the logical rational aspects of mind. Indeed, understanding the many Mayan calendars requires intuitive ability as well as logic and reason.
In a sense it requires a desire to know in ways that go beyond ordinary knowing, a desire to remember, and a desire to connect or – reconnect with this aspect of Great Mystery. This link has more on the Mayan Day Signs as it relates to Jaguar Days and locating your own Mayan Day Sign.
Shamanic Astrology utilizes what we know and remember from all the ancient cultures to provide a powerful way to remember our connection to Great Mystery primarily through a direct experience of the cycles and rhythms of Earth and Sky.
Studying Shamanic Astrology, reading Celestial Timings, having a reading or coming to a live event or studying on line are all great ways to deepen your connection to your own divine design and what time it is for you in your life and the greater collective here at the Turning of the Ages. http://www.shamanicastrology.com/
July 26 in any year – is a good day to meditate on the mysteries of Time, bridging the past and future in the here and now.
Rainbow Bridge Meditation
One way to do this is to engage in the Rainbow Bridge Meditation happening around the planet on the Day Out of Time. This mediation can be done anytime, thought is greatly empowered when collectively joining in with the intent described below. https://lawoftime.org/rainbow-bridge/rainbow-bridge-is-universal-peace.html
The purpose of this Meditation is to generate a telepathic wave of love that connects human hearts with the center (or heart) of the Earth, with the bipolar rainbow alternators that hold Earth’s magnetic fields in place, and with all of the other planetary kin who are doing the same meditation.
By establishing and participating with this world-wide telepathic Earth wave we are co-creating a matrix of communication bringing the noosphere – Earth’s mental envelope – ever closer into conscious manifestation. This matrix also provides a protective field of genuinely positive thought vibrations meant to maintain Earth’s resonant field in a state of harmony and peace.
This Rainbow Bridge is the bridge of peace long prophesied that will permanently connect the third-dimensional Earth with the fourth and higher dimensions, assuring a peace and harmony that will not be broken. In order that all beings may participate in this meditation whether or not they have ever heard of the synchronic order, we offer this universal version of the Day Out of Time Rainbow Bridge World Peace Meditation found at this link… https://lawoftime.org/rainbow-bridge/rainbow-bridge-meditation.html
Planets with Sirius from 2021 to 2025
Jul 5 2021 Sun Cnj Sirius 14°Cn 22′ D
Jul 6 2022 Sun Cnj Sirius14°Cn 23′ D
Jul 6 2023 Sun Cnj Sirius 14°Cn 24′ D
Jul 5 2024 Sun Cnj Sirius 14°Cn 25′ D
Jul 5 2025 Sun Cnj Sirius 14°Cn 26′ D
Jul 6 2026 Sun Cnj Sirius 14°Cn 27′ D
May 16 2021 Mars Cnj Sirius 14°Cn22′ D
Apr 22 2023 Mars Cnj Sirius 14°Cn24′ D
Sep 29 2024 Mars Cnj Sirius 14°Cn25′ D
Sep 02 2026 Mars Cnj Sirius 14°Cn27′ D
Jun 14 2021 Venus Cnj Sirius 14°Cn22′ D
Jul 29 2022 Venus Cnj Sirius 14°Cn22′ D
May 20 2023 Venus Cnj Sirius 14°Cn24′ D
Jun 28 2024 Venus Cnj Sirius 14°Cn25′ D
Aug 12 2025 Venus Cnj Sirius 14°Cn26′ D
May 30 2026Venus Cnj Sirius 14°Cn26′ D
Jul 20 2021 Mercury Cnj Sirius 14°Cn22′ D
Jul 11 2022 Mercury Cnj Sirius 14°Cn23′ D
Jul 3 2023 Mercury Cnj Sirius 14°Cn24′ D
Jun 23 2024 Mercury Cnj Sirius 14°Cn25′ D
Jun 16 2025 Mercury Cnj Sirius 14°Cn26′ D
Jun 11 2026 Mercury Cnj Sirius 14°Cn26′ D
Moon Passes Sirius at least once each month (13 times a year)
Table below shows Moon and Sirius from 2021 to 2025
Jan 26 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 3:06:36 PM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Feb 23 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 12:25:52 AM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Mar 22 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 9:23:16 AM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Apr 18 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 4:57:33 PM MST 14°Cn22′ D
May 15 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 11:10:07 PM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Jun 12 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 4:53:35 AM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Jul 9 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 11:09:51 AM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Aug 5 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 6:32:57 PM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Sep 2 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 2:52:50 AM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Sep 29 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 11:21:51 AM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Oct 26 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 7:04:45 PM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Nov 23 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 1:40:54 AM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Dec 20 2021 Moon Cnj Sirius 7:42:36 AM MST 14°Cn22′ D
Jan 16 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 2:05:44 PM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Feb 12 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 9:23:54 PM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Mar 12 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 5:28:23 AM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Apr 8 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 1:39:59 PM MST 14°Cn23′ D
May 5 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 9:17:00 PM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Jun 2 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 4:00:54 AM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Jun 29 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 10:05:19 AM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Jul 26 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 4:06:17 PM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Aug 22 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 10:41:08 PM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Sep 19 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 6:07:24 AM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Oct 16 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 2:11:17 PM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Nov 12 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 10:14:34 PM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Dec 10 2022 Moon Cnj Sirius 5:38:30 AM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Jan 6 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 12:10:25 PM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Feb 2 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 6:14:49 PM MST 14°Cn23′ D
Mar 2 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 12:40:14 AM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Mar 29 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 8:03:27 AM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Apr 25 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 4:17:05 PM MST 14°Cn24′ D
May 23 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 12:34:33 AM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Jun 19 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 8:06:43 AM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Jul 16 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 2:35:08 PM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Aug 12 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 8:22:51 PM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Sep 9 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 2:22:43 AM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Oct 6 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 9:27:32 AM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Nov 2 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 5:52:34 PM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Nov 30 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 2:56:29 AM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Dec 27 2023 Moon Cnj Sirius 11:23:56 AM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Jan 23 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 6:21:57 PM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Feb 20 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 12:08:38 AM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Mar 18 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 6:06:13 AM MST 14°Cn24′ D
Apr 14 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 1:29:42 PM MST 14°Cn25′ D
May 11 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 10:21:03 PM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Jun 8 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 7:36:33 AM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Jul 5 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 4:00:41 PM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Aug 1 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 10:53:29 PM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Aug 29 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 4:34:25 AM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Sep 25 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 10:18:21 AM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Oct 22 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 5:32:48 PM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Nov 19 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 2:49:10 AM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Dec 16 2024 Moon Cnj Sirius 1:06:30 PM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Jan 12 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 10:31:13 PM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Feb 9 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 5:46:40 AM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Mar 8 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 11:22:34 AM MST 14°Cn25′ D
Apr 4 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 5:14:07 PM MST 14°Cn25′ D
May 2 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 12:56:59 AM MST 14°Cn25′ D
May 29 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 10:31:00 AM MST 14°Cn26′ D
Jun 25 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 8:38:39 PM MST 14°Cn26′ D
Jul 23 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 5:46:53 AM MST 14°Cn26′ D
Aug 19 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 1:00:43 PM MST 14°Cn26′ D
Sep 15 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 6:39:24 PM MST 14°Cn26′ D
Oct 13 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 12:19:54 AM MST 14°Cn26′ D
Nov 9 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 7:56:53 AM MST 14°Cn26′ D
Dec 6 2025 Moon Cnj Sirius 6:04:55 PM MST 14°Cn26′ D