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Heads-up! Draconid Meteor shower coming tonight

Heads-up! Draconid Meteor shower coming tonight

(USA TODAY) – The Draconid meteor shower will sweep across U.S. skies early Monday evening just after sunset.

Although not among the showiest showers of the year, the Draconids stand out for one reason: Unlike most meteor showers, they are best seen in the evening rather than before dawn. That makes them a great introduction to sky-watching because they don’t require getting up early. Read More…..

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Dragons and Apples Spell (Seed Moon)

Dragons and Apples Spells

(Seed Moon)

Dragons always indicate magick is afoot. Draco the dragon is a circumpolar constellation that wraps itself around the northern hemisphere. Draco’s face and head look different depending upon the time of year. It is an ancient constellation that once had more stars and is associated with Ladon from Greek Mythology, the monstrous dragon with a hundred heads. Ladon guarded the Golden Apples of Hesperides in the Goddess Hera’s garden. Hercules in his eleventh task slew Ladon and stole the apples. Hera was heartbroken over the loss of Ladon and put the dragon in the skies, coiled around the North Pole. The purpose of this spell is to call upon the stellar dragon energy to bring more sweet love into your life.

You will need a white candle, a dragon figurine or a picture of a dragon, your athame, and an apple.

At midnight, draw a magick circle and call in the elements. Also invite the helpful dragon powers into your circle. Set up your altar in the north sector of your circle. Light the candle, dedicating it to your lover or would be beloved. Place the dragon figurine or picture by the candle so that it is illuminated by the candlelight. Focus your awareness on the dragon in front of you, and say:

Magick dragon of midnight light
Bring more sweet love into my life.
As I will, so shall it be!

Use Your athame to cute the apple in half from side to side instead of from end to end. This reveals the star or five-pointed pentacle in the apple core. Before eating each half of the apple, repeat:

Magick apple of midnight light
Bring more sweet love into my life.
As I will, so shall it be!

When you are done, allow the candle to safely burn down. Thank the dragon powers, bid farewell to the elements, and pull up the circle. Put the dragon figurine on your altar or somewhere close to your bed to draw more sweet love into your life.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day for February 16th

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2012 February 16
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NGC 5965 and NGC 5963 in Draco
Image Credit & Copyright: Stephen Leshin 

Explanation: These two spiral galaxies make a photogenic pair, found within the boundaries of the northern constellation Draco. Contrasting in color and orientation, NGC 5965 is nearly edge-on to our line of sight and dominated by yellow hues, while bluish NGC 5963 is closer to face-on. Of course, even in this well-framed cosmic snapshot the scene is invaded by other galaxies, including small elliptical NGC 5969 at the lower left. Brighter, spiky stars in our own Milky Way are scattered through the foreground. Though they seem to be close and of similar size, galaxies NGC 5965 and NGC 5963 are far apart and unrelated, by chance appearing close on the sky. NGC 5965 is about 150 million light-years distant and over 200,000 light-years across. Much smaller, NGC 5963 is a mere 40 million light-years away and so is not associated with the edge-on spiral. Difficult to follow, NGC 5963′s extraordinarily faint blue spiral arms mark it as a low surface brightness galaxy.

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Dragons In Astronomy

Dragons In Astronomy

In astronomy, the ancient constellation of Draco is in the northern heavens and curves in a winding pattern between the Big and Little Dippers. It ends in the Dragon’s Head, a trapezium of four stars. The star Draconis is a brilliant double star. The constellation has probably shifted over the millennia and may have once been the polestar to which the pyramid of Cheops was aligned.

Ancient astrologers called the north node of the Moon Caput Draconis, or head of the dragon, and the south node Cauda Draconis, or tail of the dragon.The nodes (the actual meaning is “knot” or “complication”) are not planets but points which relate the Moon’s orbit to the actual orbit of the Earth around the Sun. In astrology the north node symbolizes intake and positive aspects, the south node releases and negative aspects. These draconic nodes are still considered important to today’s astrologers.

“Dancing with Dragons”

D. J. Conway

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