Your Daily Number for Sept. 20th: 8

You’ve got a fighter’s spirit today, and issues regarding management, organization and business take up most of your brainpower. You’re truly a force to be reckoned with, so use this time of positive energy to further your agenda. Loved ones may complain about a lack of attention while you’re focused on work issues, so be sure to acknowledge those you love with a little extra TLC.

Fast Facts

About the Number 8

Theme: Power, Responsibility, Good Judgment, Financial Rewards
Astro Association: Leo
Tarot Association: Strength

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Sept. 20th is 38: Diverging Interests

38: Diverging Interests

Hexagram 38

General Meaning: An image of estrangement is indicated here. One example used in ancient Chinese texts is how when brothers and sisters marry, they grow apart, since their allegiances now lie with new family groups. Though they will remain close enough to successfully deal with problems and share minor interests, they will be unable to undertake anything big together. Simply put, when people grow apart — even for the most natural of reasons — their points of view, values and interests start to diverge.

Diverging interests bring opposition into the world of human affairs. And when differences morph into alienation and enmity, no good results. But when opposition takes the form of healthy competition, or when contrasting energies or positions are seen as part of the natural order of things, good fortune is still possible.

Even when diverging energies make a situation seem stagnant or futile, there are always creative possibilities inherent in polarities. One is reminded of the yin-yang interplay that is fundamental to the creation of life itself. But when opposition arises from issues of principle, you must hold to your integrity and individuality. And avoid becoming involved with vulgar or base people who do not share your values. With both people and companies, one measure of stature is the quality of the competition.

Today’s Tarot Card for September 20th is The High Priestess

The High Priestess

This Tarot Deck: Fantastical Tarot

General Meaning: Traditionally called the High Priestess, this major arcana, or trump, card represents human wisdom. She can be viewed as a kind of female Pope, the ancient Egyptian Priestess of Isis, the even older snake and bird Goddesses, the Greek Goddess Persephone, or the Eve of Genesis before the Fall.

For the accused heretics who were burnt at the stake for revering her in the 14th and 15th century, she symbolized the prophecy of the return of the Holy Spirit, which was perceived as the female aspect of the Holy Trinity.

In the sequence of cards in the major arcana, the High Priestess appears as soon as the Fool decides he wants to develop his innate powers, making a move toward becoming a Magus. The High Priestess is his first teacher, representing the Inner Life and the method for contacting it, as well as the contemplative study of Nature and the Holy Mysteries.

Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, September 20th

We can choose to engage or avoid nearly any issue today because the whimsical Gemini Moon allows us to tune a conversation in or out as if it is a radio station. However, the Moon’s shift into tenacious Cancer at 2:53 pm EDT makes it tougher to simply let go of our feelings as we attach our desires to a preferred outcome. Nevertheless, the Moon’s dynamic square to electric Uranus this evening can temporarily free us from emotional dependence.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may be fast-talking early in the day, but you could grow tired of listening to the sound of your own voice. Once the Moon slips into emotional Cancer, you might think that it’s wiser to say nothing at all. However, withholding your desires can be as problematic as sharing too much information. Fortunately, you don’t need to encourage a melodrama that evolves from an all-or-nothing strategy. Walk away from the internal tug-of-war and just appreciate every moment for what it is.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Financial pressures may turn a wonderful day into one filled with angst. It helps to remember that there are some things that are simply out of your control today, including how much money you have on hand. Still, you’re responsible for specific behaviors that can immediately impact the current situation. For example, spending less can truly work in your favor now. A conservative approach ensures that you’ll have what you need tomorrow.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You might not be very cooperative today, even if you care deeply for your friends and associates. You want others to be successful at whatever they choose to do, but you prefer to keep the energy low-key and not share your feelings. Although conserving your energy is a smart strategy now, it won’t hurt to just nod your head in approval so others, at least, know that you heard what was said. The best plan might be to take a bit of time to be alone so you can sort out your thoughts.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

The Moon’s return to your contemplative sign this afternoon may raise issues of doubt about your chosen path. You have a way with words now and might choose to hide your uncertainties behind a mask of humor. Unfortunately, your desire to acquire something beautiful could create its own complicated story. Postpone a non-essential purchase and focus on building trust, instead.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Attending to financial issues can take precedence today over encouraging the whimsical dreams of others. As much as you might want to help a friend turn a fantasy into reality, don’t let your concentration on the material world lapse. You may need to set aside some of your big-hearted generosity in order to get serious about money. Take care of business first so you can offer your support later.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You know what must be done today, but might be paralyzed with fear of doing something wrong. You probably have taken on a lot of responsibility at work, but when you return home later, you’ll still need to handle unfinished domestic chores. Don’t let all your running around during the day distract you from the important personal work that still needs to be addressed. Your desire for perfection doesn’t need to get in your way.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Your romantic dreams motivate you to take action, so you don’t end up stuck in a world of illusions without achieving success. But accomplishing your goals may not bring you the recognition you want or the love you seek. Being caught up in an exciting flurry of emotions is invigorating, yet it’s still crucial to refocus on your core beliefs before taking care of business.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your issues about your family of origin are more pressing today, possibly bringing a tough situation to a head. Although you might prefer to sidestep a direct confrontation and move on, you can feel your emotions gaining in strength and you know something will have to give way. Naturally, it’s healthier to express your concerns before they become serious problems. Resolve your differences quickly and aim to handle potential conflict before it reaches a critical state.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You may have a variety of things to do today, yet it’s significant that you keep up the appearance of being a strong leader at work and at home. However, you might not know the exact recipe to make this happen. Forget about the how-to book filled with step-by-step instructions. Instead, reclaim your power by trusting your instincts.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your current dilemma pits your need for independence against your desire for relationship security. Unfortunately, there aren’t any quick fixes to your deep cravings for a meaningful and spiritual connection. You may long to rediscover a missing sense of purpose that you set aside to climb a corporate or social ladder. Instead of expecting everything to make sense today, simply focus on the most immediate tasks and leave the bigger issues for another day.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You have been moving quickly to keep up with all the social activities in your life. Now, however, it’s time to slow down and reconnect with the more mundane aspects of your existence, such as work. But don’t bother making big plans or looking too far ahead, or you’ll just end up in a state of confusion. Save the dreaming for another day while you focus on the current daily grind.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Someone may not approve of what you are doing, but you aren’t sure why. The more you investigate, the more convoluted the whole situation becomes. You may be ready to give up and simply let the winds of change carry you wherever they will. Unfortunately, your current obligations prevent you from escaping today because other people are counting on you and you can’t just run out on them.

the daily humorscopes for tuesday, sept. 20th

the daily humorscope

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Noodle day #2! “The Revenge Of The Noodle.” Today you will learn to make a really killer recipe for szechuan noodles, which will contain both chili-garlic paste and whole peanuts.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Today is the 1,750,000-year aniversary of the invention of hand tools! (The original hand tool was the Oldovan Chopper, commonly made of chipped flint, and originally sold under the Sears Craftsman label.) Celebrate by getting out there and banging some rocks together!
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Try not to be too impulsive, today. Ask youself if you really need that howitzer, or if you just think it’d be fun to have.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Benjamin Franklin said: “If you would like to know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.” You’re not sure this is an accurate indicator of the value of things, however. At least not after having tried to borrow a toothbrush…
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Remember: good people are good because they gain wisdom through failure. Happily, there’s every reason to believe you’ll become much better soon!
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Thrombosis. Beware. Also, your best friend will rush up and indicate by nonverbal means that Timmy is trapped under a log again.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Good day to get a potted plant for your office, which you should name “Throckmorton”. (The plant, not the office. Obviously, “Throckmorton” is a completely inappropriate name for an office. “Wiggins” is a good name for your office, if it doesn’t already have a name.)
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Hmm. Hard to read this one. The carrot stopped right between “catches horrible disfiguring disease” and “loses everything in major earthquake”. I guess you can pick whichever one you want, in this case.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Try to praise in public and criticise in private. Just never, ever, criticise privates.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
Good day to go around “nudging” people.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
Stay out of the Cheez Doodles today.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Your ancestors were berserkers — feared warriors who attacked without fear or common sense. You will soon enter the same state of mind, and when you finally “snap out of it”, you will find an enormous pile of peeled potatoes and family members edging towards the door.

Dog Gone Doggie of the Day for Sept. 20th

Bella, the Dog of the Day
Name: Bella
Age: Four years old
Gender: Female Breed: Cane Corso, Pitbull mix
Home: Levittown, New York, USA
I adopted Bella from the Town of Hempstead animal shelter. She came in as a stray, so nothing is known of her original home. I previously owned an American Staffordshire terrier and was familiar with the bully breed. In my opinion these breeds get a bad rap. Bella is such a joy to have living with us! She loves to play with her squeaky toy and run like a racehorse around our backyard. She also has perfect manners and is very gentle with people. (Don’t let her looks, or her breed’s reputation fool you.) She is a great addition to our family. I am so glad to give Bella another chance at a wonderful life. Bella and I wish more people would consider adopting from their local animal shelter and save a life!

On a personal note from me, Lady A, this is a beautiful dog. Unfortunately the breed has a terrible reputation. My daughter has raised Pit Bulls for years. They are beautiful, loving dogs and it is a shame they have the bad reputation. My daughter and I get in the pen with them and all they want is to be loved and the only attacking they do is with their tongues (they lick you to death, lol!).

Sweet, Adorable Kitty of the Day for Sept. 20th

Zephyrus, the Cat of the Day
Name: Zephyrus
Age: Five years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Cat
Home: Waynesville, North Carolina, USA
Zephyrus lives at his very own bed and breakfast inn in the mountains of North Carolina, Iris Meadows Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, which he adopted four and a half years ago. He is in charge of the gardens, mostly, where he plays and dozes and poses for guest photos. He often romps with his sister dog in the meadows. He spends his relaxing moments in the private innkeepers’ quarters as he is not allowed in guest areas because guests may have allergies or prefer not to have pets. That is also where he sleeps. Zephyrus was a very thin and hungry cat when he arrived. We first saw him nibbling on the leftover muffins and waffles that we toss into a far meadow for the birds. Gradually, he decided to stay.He also answers to “Zephy” and to “Mr. Z.” Yes, he has become quite a fixture here. He is very friendly with everyone now and playfully entertains everyone with his antics. He and our dog are great friends. He loves to ride so we advise guests to check for him in their car before departing. He keeps me company when I work in the gardens… he acts as if it is his job to scare off all the spiders and crawly critters for me. There is a particular guest he really likes, and he once brought her a live mouse… he kept placing his paw on its tail and releasing it in front of her so she would notice her “gift.”

This picture of him “Watching for Butterflies” won first place in our local animal rescue organization’s annual photo contest several years ago. His heart shaped tag reads “I have humans at the Inn at Iris Meadows”

*NEW* NASA Image of the Day for Sept. 20 – Sikorsky Helicopter

Sikorsky Helicopter

In this image taken in 1944, one of Langley Research Center’s Sikorsky YR-4B/HNS-1 helicopters is seen in the 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel. A technician sets up camera equipment for stop-action rotor-blade photos. The Sikorsky Company built hundreds of R-4 helicopters during World War II. It was the first mass-produced helicopter.

Image Credit: NASA

Astronomy Picture of the Day for Sept. 20 – Origin of Gold

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.

On the Origin of Gold
Image Credit: Dana Berry, NASA


Explanation: Where did the gold in your jewelry originate? No one is completely sure. The relative average abundance in our Solar System appears higher than can be made in the early universe, in stars, and even in typical supernova explosions. Some astronomers have recently suggested that neutron-rich heavy elements such as gold might be most easily made in rare neutron-rich explosions such as the collision of neutron stars. Pictured above is an artist’s illustration depicting two neutron stars spiraling in toward each other, just before they collide. Since neutron star collisions are also suggested as the origin of short duration gamma-ray bursts, it is possible that you already own a souvenir from one of the most powerful explosions in the universe.