Green Dragon in the Sky

Image courtesy of NASA/Dan Bartlett

According to NASA (or Nasha’, defined as “to beguile, deceive”), we will all be able to see a very rare comet in the sky between February 1-2, 2023. Now, according to these reports, this is such a rare event that it only happens every 50,000 years.

Image courtesy of Michigan State University Abrams Planetarium Sky Calendar, showing the path of Comet ZTF across the sky.

Where to look for the green comet

You can start the next clear night by sweeping binoculars around Polaris, the North Star. Actually, not very close to Polaris, but below it between nightfall and 11 PM, and above it during the four hours before dawn. If you know how to locate the North Star by following the two stars on the end of the Big Dipper’s cup, then you should be able to spot the comet as a faint smudge between the Big Dipper’s “cup” and the North Star. A modest set of binoculars will help. 


After applying some logic and doing some basic math while checking the vast internet highway, we can safely assume that there were no eye witness accounts 50,000 years ago to verify such a claim. So what exactly are they basing their observation on?

Since the celestial events of December 21st 2020, we have experienced more than a few unusual occurrences in our night’s sky. So, in the absence of any actual records from 50,000 years ago to support the claims that this comet indeed existed at that time, we will instead look to the ancient stories and artifacts that have been left behind. Let’s see if there are any actual references to a green phenomenon in the sky.

The first thing we stumble across are some fantastically unusual images of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Any display of the aurora is always fascinating and inspiring, and these are no exception. The images depict a large green dragon or bird in the sky, reportedly pictured in February of 2019.

Some very impressive imagery, we are sure you can agree! And again, they are courtesy of the very informative NASA people. This imagery is also available complete with spy plane footage on their website. (One must surmise that they also own the spy plane! As well as the latest tech in CGI, let’s be real here.)

This image did, however, remind us of an ancient Eastern seal that we had nestled away in the TB Archive, also shown as an eaves tile below.

Green dragon in the sky eaves tile
Qīnglóng sculpture on the eaves tile. SOURCE

So, could there be more commonality between the green comet and ancient knowledge than meets the eye? As always, we will look back to myth, religion, and legend to find some references points. Perhaps we will find some interesting similarities as to what is being forecasted for our February night sky this year, 2023.

Comets and dragons

In the modern world, anything moving in the sky is usually referred to as a comet. In the tales of old, however, they were very commonly described as dragons!

Some of these furious monsters could even breath fire! Luckily for us, the fiery dragons of old that rained fire and brimstone from the heavens are normally associated with the colour red. So we can all breathe out there.

Green dragon in the sky

So what do we know about green dragons?

In East Asian tales, the Green Dragon is often depicted with a long flowing tail and suspended or floating in the air! As portrayed on the dynasty jar pictured above. This sounds suspiciously like the modern day comet with its flowing tail, and this one also just so happens to be green or Azure.

So it would seem that both the East and the West have their own stories of a Green Dragon or Star!

The Azure Dragon, also known as Qinglong in Chinese, is one of the Dragon Gods who represent the mount or chthonic forces of the Five Regions’ Highest Deities. He is also one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations, which are the astral representations of the Wufang Shangdi. The Azure Dragon represents the east and the spring season. It is also sometimes referred to as the Blue-green DragonGreen Dragon, or the Blue Dragon.

The Dragon is frequently referred to in the media, feng shui, other cultures, and in various venues as the Green Dragon and the Avalon Dragon. His cardinal direction’s epithet is “Bluegreen Dragon of the East”.

This dragon is also known as Seiryū in Japanese, Cheongryong in Korean and Thanh Long in Vietnamese.


Notice the reference to the Green Dragon as astral as well as is a trajectory being indicated from east to west. The final reference we could associate is that it is a spring dragon, meaning it may appear in the first quarter of the year.

Green dragon in the sky Green comet
NASA Image


We also find the next reference both interesting and a little disconcerting. There was a comet in the spring of 2021 that is referred to as “Wormwood” (Artemisia absinthium), which is distinctly associated with the colour green and can be poisonous. “Wormwood” was commonly used as a term during the middle ages, some believe the named derived from a popular drink at the time, very much like some absinthin of today.

The New Testament also has an interesting reference to “wormwood”, the star:

The Greek word apsinthos, which is rendered with the English “wormwood”, is mentioned only once in the New Testament, in the Book of Revelation:

The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter. (Rev 8:10–11)

Apsinthos is believed to refer to a plant of the genus Artemisia, used metaphorically to mean something with a bitter taste. The English rendering “wormwood” refers to the dark green oil produced by the plant, which was used to kill intestinal worms. In the Book of Revelation, it refers to the water being turned into wormwood, i.e. made bitter.


The threshold guardian

At Taoist temples, the Azure Dragon is considered to be a door god, a divine guardian of doors, gates, and thresholds used to protect the people from evil forces entering into a house and encouraging positive forces to come in.


The ancient Greeks and Romans viewed the arrival of comets as foreshadowing for a momentous occasion or event. Either good or bad, something big was going to happen or had already just happened. This could also mean the birth of a great being. In fact, according to The Conversation, “some people have even argued that the star in the sky which the Persian Magi followed to Bethlehem to see the newborn Jesus was actually a comet.”

As always, what do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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