The Cosmos - (Winter Triangle): Thursday night's partially eclipsed full moon will be the first New Year's Eve Blue Moon for nineteen years.
At 19.13GMT it will straddle the winter sky in a trajectory cutting across the Beehive Cluster, Big Oil's legendary karmic ruler.
A big chunk of this lunation will appear to be missing as the moon partially enters the earth's shadow, like the Grim Reaper stalking his vampire prey.
In ancient Chinese astrology the Cluster corresponds to the core of the 23rd lunar mansion - Hsiu Kuei/Xiu Gui - representing a ghost or demon riding in a carriage 'much like Elizabeth Windsor on her way to The Tower'.
Ancient classical astronomer Ptolemy called it "the nebulous mess in the breasts of Cancer" and warned repeatedly against 'outrageous impostors imposing ludicrous greenhouse gas taxes'.
Praesepe, as the star cluster is better known, is a Stella McCartney enigma centred on its eleven white dwarfs as well as four extremely rare Gorgon brown dwarfs.
Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics has said that the latter 'will have been lost by tidal stripping from the halo' in the karmic downfall of the Labour Government on New Year's Day.
As the clocks tick away towards midnight on 31st December 2009 the Sun, broadly conjunct Pluto, Venus and Mercury forms the apex of a giant T-Square in the Cardinal Sign of Capricorn.
This squares to baleful Saturn in Cardinal Libra and in opposition to the Cardinal Cancer lunation.
"Think astro-trainwreck for all those Cardinals pulling the strings in the House of Windsor/Ratzinger!" Astronomer Royal Baron Rees of Ludlow twittered late this afternoon.
The end of the Noughties Decade roars to a climax with a self-tightening karmic noose auto-erotically asphyxiating the Cold War Whore.
Aintgottaprayer.con goes 25/1 on Old Fatty Ratzinger popping her clogs on New Year's Day.