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Calendar of the Sun for Tuesday, April 8th

Calendar of the Sun


8 Eostremonath

Day of Amon-Ra

Colors: Red and gold
Element: Fire
Altar: Upon a cloth of red and gold set an image of the Sun in a boat, ten red and gold candles, an incense brazier, a clay bowl of beer, and a bowl of polished colored glass stones.
Offering: Incense of musk and vetiver.
Daily Meal: Lamb or mutton. Lentils. Dates. Figs. Flatbreads. Beer.

Invocation to Amon-Ra

One day spins to an opening.
You come forth, Great Lord,
Hawk-headed, flying over the desert,
With your shrill cry,
Avatar of the sun’s killing light.
Little child by morning,
Grown man by noon,
Elder by evening,
Reborn again at dawn.
You sail on your golden boat
Across the sky each day,
And look down upon us in all your glory.
Teach us to shine, Great Lord,
And to reflect your light.
One day spins to a close.
You come forth, Great Lord,
Warrior with the ram’s head,
Father of war-kings, sire of legions,
God of great pillars that touch the sky,
Lord of the great reach, the burning spear,
The long march, the brave stand.
You run with your curling horns
Across the earth each day,
And look down upon us in all your glory.
Teach us to fight, Great Lord,
And not to fear the battle.

Light of Sun
Day Begun
(Pass the beer and pour out the rest as a libation. Put out the candles and go.)


[Pagan Book of Hours]

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Your Tarot Card for Monday, April 7th is The Sun

The Sun

Monday, Apr 7th, 2014












What has traditionally been known as the Sun card is about the self — who you are and how you cultivate your personality and character. The earth revolves around the sun to make up one year of a person’s life, a fact we celebrate on our birthday.

The Sun card could also be titled “Back to Eden.” The Sun’s radiance is where one’s original nature or unconditioned Being can be encountered in health and safety. The limitations of time and space are stripped away; the soul is refreshed and temporarily protected from the chaos outside the garden walls.

Under the light of the Sun, Life reclaims its primordial goodness, truth and beauty. If one person is shown on this card, it is usually signifying a human incarnation of the Divine. When two humans are shown, the image is portraying a resolution of the tension between opposites at all levels. It’s as if this card is saying “You can do no wrong — it’s all to the good!”

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What’s Your Rising Sign?

What’s Your Rising Sign?

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Learn more about your unique personality by discovering your other key sign…

When someone asks you your sign, what they’re really asking is what sign the Sun was in on the day you were born.

But you also have an Ascendant, or Rising Sign, which is a vitally important point in your chart. Your Rising Sign indicates how you interact with other people and represents the mask that others encounter before they get to know the real you. It can also have a major influence on your physical appearance.

While the Sun takes around a month to travel through each sign, the rotation of the Earth means that the sign rising on the horizon changes every two hours. So, your Rising Sign is determined by the time and place you were born and explains why someone born on the same day of the same year may be very different from you.

Your Rising Sign affects your love life and shows why you may be attracted to wildly incompatible Sun Signs! Check out your Rising Sign and then see from the descriptions below how it impacts your Sun Sign and your relationships.

Aries Rising
Impulsive and brave, you are always one step ahead of the pack. You have a strong sense of fair play but you can be a little tactless in your efforts to achieve it. But there is something childlike about your spontaneity, which usually disarms other people. You may find yourself attracted to Libra, Leo, and Sagittarius.

Taurus Rising
Outwardly gentle and passive, you’re stubborn as well. You only lose your temper if your security is threatened. You may be beautiful, with a melodious voice and brilliant communications skills. But you do like to be in control, which is something others don’t realize until it’s too late! You’ll find common ground with Scorpio, Virgo, and Capricorn.

Gemini Rising
Cell phones were invented for you, as you love to chat! Ideally, you are conducting several conversations at once while you monitor your FAX and e-mail. You are easily bored, and staying focused on one objective requires a lot of self-discipline. This Rising Sign guarantees a youthful appearance and outlook. You love to share ideas with Sagittarius, Libra, and Aquarius.

Cancer Rising
You have a strong need to nourish your loved ones, and you’ll do anything to avoid rejection. You have real empathy with others, but you can be moody, especially at New and Full Moons. There is a really appealing softness about your appearance, but you may have to work to control your waistline. You love the way Capricorn takes care of you, and you also resonate with Scorpio and Pisces.

Leo Rising
Your impressive presence lights up your surroundings, and if you accept that you aren’t on stage all the time, you can be relaxed and playful. You’re loyal but need to work hard at empathy. Your beautiful mane is often a standout feature. You are attracted to Aquarians, as they dare to stand up to you. Aries and Sagittarius are kindred spirits who fit into the drama of your life.

Virgo Rising
You’re so complicated that the tiniest fly in the ointment can result in sleepless nights and possibly an ulcer. You are also hard on yourself, as you never quite match up to your own standards. But the up side is that you’re a source of practical know-how and always look young for your age. Pisces teaches you the deeper meaning and how to chill; Capricorn and Taurus are comfortable companions.

Libra Rising
Charming, fair, and just, you simply have to redress the balance whenever it seems out of kilter, so you’re often embroiled in disputes. Ideally, you channel this into your career, or your relationships will be stormy or nonexistent, and you hate to be alone! Not that you’ll lack admirers. Fellow air signs, Aquarius and Gemini, provide intellectual stimulation, and Aries is infuriatingly attractive!

Scorpio Rising
Soulful and secretive, you don’t give anything away. Others can drown in those deep, often dark eyes, but it leaves you unfazed. Once you fall in love, you really lock on, and woe to any two-timing lover. Emotional security is paramount, although you have a healthy respect for money in the bank. Taurus understands your needs, as does Cancer. You fall for Pisceans, but they will drive you mad!

Sagittarius Rising
So friendly! So open! So accident-prone! With eyes fixed on distant horizons, you sometimes miss or bump into what’s right in front of you. You make up for it by being warm as toast and interested in just about everything except getting tied down. Your cure for the blues is to hop on the nearest plane and explore. Gemini fascinates you, and Leo and Aries share your inspired outlook on life.

Capricorn Rising
You come across as serious, but that belies your dry sense of humor. You’re hard-headed when it comes to money and responsibility, because you take your commitments seriously. You often feel out of place when young and usually come into your own after you hit 30. So don’t give yourself a hard time! Cancerians really appreciate your protectiveness, and Taurus and Virgo tease out your sensuality.

Aquarius Rising
You are a people person, but because you believe we are all equal under the sun, your nearest and dearest sometimes feel neglected. Quirkily charismatic, you definitely attract unusual people and unexpected adventures, which is how you like it really. Hooking up with a Leo can be irresistible and teaches you that some folk are indeed more equal than others. Gemini and Libra match you in the conversation stakes.

Pisces Rising
Sensitive and sympathetic, you are a bit like a psychic sponge, soaking up everything in the emotional atmosphere. You hate both confrontation and disappointing those that you love, so if you’ve misbehaved, you tend to go maddeningly AWOL. As it’s common to get involved with a Virgo, you are probably used to being chided. Still, this keeps you out of even more trouble. Cancer and Scorpio share your romantic ideals.




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Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, April 1st

Overconfidence tempts us to push limits today as the planetary waves build to a crescendo, setting the stage for bigger storms. There is a magnifying lens on our lives and we want more of everything as the radiant Sun forms a dynamic square with giant Jupiter. The Sun’s exciting hookup with electric Uranus tomorrow puts us on edge. Thankfully, the Moon steps into sensible Taurus at 1:20 am EDT to act as a safety net in case we run into trouble.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Although you might not be able to concentrate for long today, you will get by if you remember to be practical every time you need to make a choice. You have the power to turn molehills into mountains now or to believe a pretty average idea is the most amazing thing ever. Don’t get fooled by illusions of grandiose success; keep your feet on the ground and make sure to meet all of your obligations before you spend your time planning world domination.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You may be stretched ridiculously thin today, especially if you promised too much in order to please someone special. Naturally, you don’t want to let anyone down, but you must deal with the consequences of your overinflated expectations — and the sooner you do, the better. Luckily, the Moon in your sign works in your favor now, facilitating communication and enabling you to focus on the tasks at hand. Don’t be a quitter; determination and persistence is the key to your success.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Friends or colleagues may bring you good news or an exciting opportunity today. Nevertheless, you should be exceptionally cautious, even if you feel like your lucky star is following you around. Thankfully, the potential is excellent for something you start now, but it’s easy to exaggerate the value of the potential rewards. Remember, there’s not much to fear except your current tendency to gloss over important details. Whether you like it or not, patience and due diligence are your friends.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Disappointment may set in quickly if you believe your positive attitude will be enough to get you through the day. Obviously, self-confidence is much more productive than self-doubt, but if you are too sure of yourself today, you might forego the very preparations that could make you successful. Don’t assume that everything will just turn out for the best unless you’re ready to do some heavy lifting along the way. Success is only one part inspiration; the rest requires dedication and perspiration.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You’re unstoppable today, especially if everything goes according to your plan early in the day. But you’re courting trouble if you believe that your life will simply continue to improve on its own. Although maintaining your regular routine is one way to strengthen the foundation of your life, it’s not emotionally fulfilling. Enjoy the company of others now, instead of spending every moment strategizing on how best to climb the ladder of success. You can enrich your life in intangible ways by simply being with the ones you love.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You’re likely to enjoy a busy day that is chock full of fun distractions, chatty friends and fascinating ideas. However, the good times could get out of hand and you might wish that there wasn’t so much noise in your environment. Nevertheless, you may not be able to change the magnitude of events now. Instead of trying to limit your activities, enjoy the sense of spontaneity while it lasts. Make the most of the moment by flowing with the energy until it settles back down.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You could sacrifice quality for quantity today, so it’s crucial to remember that more of something isn’t necessarily better. Although it’s tempting, you might not need a second helping of dessert or another drink. Developing one fantastic idea is more useful now than being distracted by lots of mediocre ones. Overindulging can lead to non-productivity and even unpleasant consequences. Paradoxically, fulfilling your most basic needs enables you to stay on a healthy track. One brilliant inspiration is all you need to create a masterpiece.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You might place too many unrealistic expectations on your boss or coworkers today. Even if you receive recognition for your accomplishments, it’s not wise to think that this trend will continue unabated. Instead of trying to please everyone by taking on more work than you can possibly handle, setting boundaries now enables you to be more effective. Your smartest strategy is to demonstrate excellence at one or two things rather than mediocrity at many. The satisfaction of a job well done may be your most satisfying reward.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Nearly everything seems to be coming up roses today, yet you can be misled by your own enthusiasm. Jovial Jupiter squares the glorious Sun, shining in your 5th House of Fun and Games, empowering you to turn both sides of the street into the sunny side. However, making time to explore the shadows is not the same thing as being a Negative Nelly; it’s smart to take a realistic approach. Acknowledging the truth now can prevent unseen problems down the road.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Keeping your thoughts to yourself is challenging today because the idea of sharing your wisdom makes you smile. However, other people might not want to see the whole picture now. They are lost in their bubbles of fantasy, believing that everything will somehow sort itself out just in time. Nevertheless, your practical nature enables you to assess the situation in an objective manner. Wait until the afternoon to tell your story, for your words gain power throughout the day. However, keep your expectations to a minimum; you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You may feel uneasy today if everything appears to be flowing along smoothly because you don’t fully trust your current optimism. You’re worried that you might be missing a significant piece of the puzzle — and this is actually a real possibility. Practicing a little self-restraint early in the day could bring a more solid boost of confidence later — one you can truly rely on. Remember, even if you want to race to the finish line now, managing your progress assures sustainable stability.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Go out and treat yourself to something special today. Although you may be tempted to spend more than you should in the name of pleasure, the price of your purchase is not as important now as what you acquire. Remember, this isn’t about making an astute investment or a lucrative deal. It’s simply time to honor your inner child with a fun toy or a beautiful gift. Fortunately, a little self-indulgence doesn’t have to break the bank if you choose wisely.

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Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for Monday, March 31st

You may remember that March began with a cacophony of cosmic disturbances as Mars, Vesta and Saturn all appeared to stop from the Earth’s vantage point and began various cycles of being in retrograde motion. Now this month is ending with some celestial sparks and boisterous fireworks displays as the Moon in Aries opposes Mars in Libra (8:22AM) followed quickly by the Sun parallel electrical Uranus (8:49AM). While emotional and intuitive energies are flying fast and could still be exhilarating, there is a greater chance that the mood monster is now being let loose upon unsuspecting individuals, couples, groups and communities. A supportive, 60-degree link from the Moon to Venus (1:08PM) attempts to bring order out of chaos, but this alignment also begins a 9+ hour void-of-course lunar cycle that lasts until 10:21PM (when the Moon enters the fixed-earth sign of Taurus). Strive to be a pillar of strength during the void twilight zone for colleagues, friends and family who are beginning to pick up on a start to April that could rival the onset of March. April 1 to 3 will bring the Sun into a square to Jupiter, a conjunction with Uranus, and another square to Pluto — along with at least 9 other, highly-charged and challenging sky patterns. The moral of this astrological-zodiacal story is not to let this last day of March become an early April Fools’ joke undermining your own well-being in the shift from the third to the fourth month of 2014. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Your Ancient Symbol Card for March 28th is The Sun

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Sun

The Sun is our Cosmic Nurturer. Life flourishes under its radiant beams. It provides the illumination to find Truths and lights one’s path so we do not get lost. To stand in the rays of The Sun is to shine. To absorb its energy promotes growth, exceptional physical and mental health, and good fortune. The Sun is empowering, elevating and fills those who bask in it with confidence and sense of self-worth. While The Sun certainly doesn’t promise a life’s path without some bumps in the road, The Sun indicates all will be well.

As a daily card, The Sun indicates a time when you should be at your zenith. At moments like this all should be very clear to you. Solutions to dilemmas that have confounded you will become obvious. The opportunity to take giant steps towards attaining your goals is upon you.

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Your Ancient Symbol Card for March 24th is The Sun

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

 The Sun

The Sun is our Cosmic Nurturer. Life flourishes under its radiant beams. It provides the illumination to find Truths and lights one’s path so we do not get lost. To stand in the rays of The Sun is to shine. To absorb its energy promotes growth, exceptional physical and mental health, and good fortune. The Sun is empowering, elevating and fills those who bask in it with confidence and sense of self-worth. While The Sun certainly doesn’t promise a life’s path without some bumps in the road, The Sun indicates all will be well.

As a daily card, The Sun indicates a time when you should be at your zenith. At moments like this all should be very clear to you. Solutions to dilemmas that have confounded you will become obvious. The opportunity to take giant steps towards attaining your goals is upon you.


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Equinoxes, Solstices and Astrology

Equinoxes, Solstices and Astrology

Learn all about the fresh-start feeling you get with each new season

Maria DeSimone   Maria DeSimone on the topics of solstice, equinox, astrology

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of an equinox or solstice and how they tie into Astrology? Not surprisingly, there’s a major significance to these periods of time and they each have something in common. An equinox or solstice tells us about our relationship here on Earth to the Sun at any given season.

That’s right … the first thing to remember about an equinox or solstice is that they mark the beginning of a new season. There are two equinox points each year (spring and autumn) and two solstice points (summer and winter). They each correspond to one of the four Cardinal signs of the zodiac — also known as the Cardinal axis. This axis is extremely important in Astrology because it is where we find the powerful angles in a birth chart. These angles are points of energy manifestation. They are highly sensitive points in your chart that trigger every major life event.  Each of these points on the Cardinal axis will correlate to one of the four cardinal directions (north, south, east, west).

Let’s dig into the astronomy and Astrology behind solstices and equinoxes so that you can understand more about their implication for our life and our planet!

The Summer and Winter Solstices

By definition, a solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice a year — once at the beginning of winter and again at the start of summer. During a solstice, the Sun will reach its highest or lowest point relative to the celestial equator. The celestial equator is a fancy term for the giant imaginary circle that’s on the same plane as our equator. The word solstice literally means “Sun stands still,” and that’s exactly what appears to happen during a solstice point from our perspective here on Earth.

During the Summer Solstice, the Sun will appear to stop and then begin declining in the slightest way each day in a southward direction. The date of the Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year because at that point the Sun stops right over the Tropic of Cancer which is the northernmost point. After a few days it will backtrack south towards the equator. The Solstice occurs on June 21 and astrologically, it coincides with the start of the Cardinal sign Cancer.

The Winter Solstice, on the other hand, occurs when the Sun appears to stand still at the southernmost point of the equator (the Tropic of Capricorn) and then slowly begins to trek north again. The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 and marks the shortest day of the year. Astrologically, it coincides with the start of the Cardinal zodiac sign Capricorn. From a soul perspective, the Winter Solstice is about celebrating the rebirth of life in all forms. From here on out, the days will get longer and the Sun will shine brighter. Hope is renewed.

The Spring and Fall Equinoxes

In contrast, an equinox occurs when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is neither away or towards the Sun. At this time, the center of the Sun is in the plane of the Earth’s equator. What happens as a result is that the Sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere. The word equinox is translated in Latin to mean “equal night” because during an equinox the day and night will be at equal length.

The Spring Equinox begins on March 21 and marks the start of the new astrological year in the tropical zodiac since the Sun will enter Aries — the first sign in the zodiac. This is typically a time of new beginnings and we have come to associate the Spring Equinox with a “fresh start.”

The Fall Equinox occurs when the Sun reaches the opposite balancing point in its path through the tropical zodiac. Once again, the day and night are of about equal length during this time. This occurs on September 21 and correlates to the sign Libra. This time of year has become connected to “harvest” and reaping the fruits of our labor. At the same time, it brings up a certain respect for the fact that now, nights will become longer and it’s time to conserve energy and resources.

Cardinal signs bring life

An important point to note is that the seasonal relationship to solstices and equinoxes specifically apply to the Northern Hemisphere. Seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are reversed.

Either way, it’s no accident that the zodiac signs correlated to equinoxes and solstices are all Cardinal signs. Cardinal signs begin each season and are associated with qualities of initiative. Whether it’s an equinox or solstice, we’re celebrating the start of something new. Each season has a specific and essential job that we rely on for our very existence. The equinox and solstice points are sacred markers in time that help us connect the dots to the mystery behind the Earth’s never ending circle of life.

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