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.
2015 June 2
Polaris and Comet Lovejoy
Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Explanation: One of these two bright sky objects is moving. On the right is the famous star Polaris. Although only the 45th brightest star in the sky, Polaris is famous for appearing stationary. Once you find it, it will always appear in the same direction — all night and all day — for the rest of your life. This is because the northern spin pole of the Earth — called the North Celestial Pole — points near Polaris. On the left, about ten million times closer, is Comet Lovejoy, which noticeably changes its sky position by the hour. The featured image was taken last week. Officially designated C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), this disintegrating snowball is on a visit from the outer Solar System and will only appear near the North Star for a few more weeks. That should be long enough, however, for northerners with binoculars or a small telescope to see the greenish coma of this fleeting newcomer, perhaps with the help of a good star map.
Think of a horse running free. An archer’s eye trained on a distant target. A monk’s heart and mind expanding to the heavens. The Moon encourages you to reach beyond a limit today. Pick one thing (however small) that you can do in the next hour to renew your sense of adventure and love for the world. The energy of Sagittarius is expansive, free, optimistic, generous, philosophical and visionary. Quick-jot down five things you’re grateful for. Next, write down your current salary and add a couple zeros. And that fabulous thing you haven’t accomplished yet? See yourself having done it. In this expansive frame of mind, hug a know-it-all. Forgive anyone who sticks their foot in their mouth. But avoid the mall, you’ll overspend. In body matters, take a loofa to your cellulite thighs. If you go to the gym this Moontime, be cautious of upper leg strain.
The Wisdom of Buddha
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
Your Charm for Today
Your health vibration is very high! You are energetic and feel you can accomplish anything. This aspect reflects positive vibrations due to diet. This will continue for a few weeks.
The Lamas of Tibet encourage all sorts of magic. Their religion is a form of Buddism, introduced into Tibet about 750 A.D. It is corrupted with the worship of demons, and many curious magical beliefs. The Food Charm is used to stamp the form of their god Buddha on their food for protection against the powers of evil, and for happiness, both of the physical and spiritual body. The device shows the god Buddha probably surrounded with the emblematic circle of rice, which in Tibet means the Wheel of Life, or misfortunes roll off, and good fortune rolls on.
Your Animal Spirit for Today
June 2, 2015
Porcupine has appeared in your reading today to bring a message of innocence and trust. Although Porcupine can throw quills when cornered, he is gentle, loving, and non-aggressive. Is there an area of your life that need Porcupine energy? Have you lost the ability to trust??
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
Balance denotes the benefits of keeping the use of your energies justifiably proportioned between your pursuits. The symbol Yin and Yang is used to represent the balance. Yin and Yang is possibly the most elegant and sometimes elusive definition of Balance there is. While Balance is rarely if ever perfect, being far out of Balance means that while one part of you may be thriving tremendously, another part of your life may be wilting.
As a daily card, Balance indicates a need to find and maintain a level physical and spiritual state. It suggest you may be concentrating your energy on one or a few things so much that you are neglecting other important aspects of your life. While this is often necessary to make immediate gains it can lead to missing out on the diverse richness of life in the long term.
Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today
The Emperor is blessed with the skills to successfully lead others. He can turn chaos into order and provide structure to that which is unbound. He is quick of mind and confident in his power and right to rule, and does so in a just manner. Although stern by nature, he truly is the ultimate father figure. He will provide as needed, teach those with unanswered questions, protect the vulnerable, set and maintain boundaries. His perfect world runs on schedule and is free of any disturbances. What the Emperor must be wary of is setting boundaries and rules where none are needed. If he isn’t careful not to over use his powers he may well become a tyrant.
Your Rune For Today
Naudhiz may foretell needs unmet and friction in relationships. You may be in a time where you should be very careful in whatever endeavor you take on. Also it may be that you are about to learn some of life’s hard lessons and come out the other side of this period a stronger being.
Your Personal Daily Tarot Card
Like The Sun, The World brings good blessings. The World appears where all is in balance. It allows you to act effectively not only as an individual but as a member of a group too. The World promises contentment, fulfillment and completeness to those under its influence. It doesn’t guarantee there will not be moments of strife or discord in your life, but it does indicate that your trials and tribulations will be overcome; that ultimately you will know inner-peace and contentment. The World suggests you have found or will find your place in our Universe—that place where all is as it should be
Get A Jump On Tomorrow….
Your Horoscopes for Wednesday, June 3rd
While your focus on daily affairs may be keeping you bound to a desk or close to home these days, dear Aries, yesterday’s Full Moon has brought out a need for more adventure, a wider reach, or something non-routine. You could be coming out with a project, ready to announce something important to you, or promoting a recent project. Today, your personal appeal is strong. Avoid giving in to sudden impulses and desires, but do treat yourself to some form of light indulgence or extravagance – something that you won’t later regret. The Moon enters your career and goals sector tonight, where it will stay through to the end of Friday, and this can stimulate your ambitions.
You might be in the position to play detective today, dear Taurus, or it’s about your disposition, as you tend to be investigating, researching, and analyzing. It’s a good time for probing and looking at old problems in a new light, but do watch for false information or a tendency to latch on to “facts” that support wishful or even fearful thinking, with Neptune clouding our vision. Today, you might suddenly become obsessed with something or someone, but this is only a mask for a deeper issue. Avoid overly impulsive moves right now, but do treat yourself with a small indulgence. People are drawn to you today – you have a little extra oomph.
Today is a good time for giving your close relationships or significant people in your life their due attention, dear Gemini. Resolutions are likely now. It’s a time for showing how fair you can be. You might go so far as to people-please today, and this is just fine if you are truly feeling good about it, but know your limits on this front. Avoid going overboard to the point that you feel overloaded or put upon. Overall, the day is strong for connecting and bonding with others. The Moon moves into your solar eighth house tonight, where it will stay through to the end of Friday, and this can bring on a more introspective disposition.
Health or work matters that have been brushed aside recently are in focus now, dear Cancer, and this is a good time to give them their due attention. There can be a good feeling that comes from being productive, useful, or helpful now, although the day’s energies may seem to favor emotions and pleasures over practical activities. It might be wise to allow more time for yourself to get things done. The Moon enters your partnership zone tonight, where it will stay through to the end of Friday. This brings out your need to be with others, but most of all, with a significant someone. One-on-one seems the most appealing and beneficial during this cycle.
You may have received a cosmic push to explore your creativity or to express yourself in special ways from yesterday’s Full Moon, dear Leo. Today, take the time to tune in to your heart’s desire, as it’s an important time for realizing your needs, even if they’ve been buried for quite some time. Watch, however, for desires that seem to come on too quickly, as they may only be masks for what you truly want. The Moon enters your work and service sector tonight, where it will stay through to the end of Friday. This can stimulate an emotional need to contribute and produce. Work and health can be in stronger focus.
There can be an indulgent, passive quality to the day, dear Virgo. You are amenable and in the mood to spoil someone you care about. Family matters tend to attract your attention and thrive for you right now. Past issues can emerge, and it’s mostly a pleasant trip down memory lane. There may be a move or reorganizing of the home in the works, and new ideas about improving your home life or domestic activities. Later today, you are moving out of a domestic or withdrawn frame of mind, and could be itching to do something creative or share your ideas and feelings with others.
Teaching, authoring, and communications in general can be especially rewarding now, dear Libra. The day is more settled than it was yesterday, although you may not be certain where to direct your energies. You might find it nice to talk something through, spend time with others, and learn assorted facts. Personal magnetism is good. Later today, the Moon moves into your home and family sector for a couple of days, and this brings out the desire to surround yourself with familiar people and to stick with what you know just for the time being. Attention to personal matters is most appropriate now.
There can be special interest in, and focus on, money, possessions, valuables, and comfort today, dear Scorpio. You might want to look into ways to increase your income through networking, expanding your audience, and connecting with people far and wide. You could be looking into the past for benefits, or reviewing the past, especially with finances and close relationships now. The desire for comfort is very strong today. Tonight, the Moon moves into your communications zone where it will stay for a couple of days, stimulating your curiosity and desire for movement, learning, and connecting.
This is a day for being closer to your heart, dear Sagittarius, with the Full Moon having just occurred in your own sign. Today, there continues to be a lot of attention and focus on you. and with emotions still in the forefront but a little more settled, it’s a good time to consider what you need to feel satisfied or fulfilled. Desires can feel pressing, and you are giving off good vibes. Sometimes the Moon in our own sign can lead us to act childish or spoiled – avoid this as much as possible. It’s very appropriate to focus on your needs, but allow things and people to come to you. The Moon leaves your sign tonight, and will spend a couple of days in your values sector, prompting a stronger need to take care of what you have and own.
This is an important time for helping others, dear Capricorn, or for volunteering and performing other types of service for some of you. Others may need to go within and spend more time alone and resting with the Full Moon having just occurred in your spirituality sector and the Moon continuing to highlight this part of your chart until tonight. As much as possibly, avoid entertaining guilt about what you haven’t done. Do what you know is right at the moment and resolve to do so more often going forward. Tonight, the Moon moves into your sign, where it will spend time for a couple of days. This is a time for more emotional clarity as well as urgency, as emotional needs can feel pressing.
This can be a good time for reaching out to friends and people in your network, dear Aquarius. You may be especially aware of the need for their support, or simply the good feeling of camaraderie with others. You could be bringing something special to a group now, and deriving satisfaction from that. There may be surprises in your social life, but for some of you, there can be feelings of unrest if you are expecting more than you are getting from your friends. This is a day for being kind to yourself. The Moon enters your privacy zone tonight, where it will stay through to the end of Friday, and stirs the need for emotional renewal, rest, reflection, and healing.
There is a stronger focus on performance, career, responsibilities, and what others expect of you today, Pisces. Keep a safe distance emotionally if you need to draw conclusions or deal with important facts and figures. Otherwise, entertain your feelings about where you’re headed and why – you can learn a lot about yourself in the process. Avoid impulsive moves on the career front today, but do watch for interesting and seemingly coincidental events now. Tonight, the Moon moves into your solar eleventh house, where it will stay through to the end of Friday. This brings less emphasis on performance and more interest in socializing.
If You Were Born Today, June 2
You are a true companion who comes alive in any one-to-one relationship. Thoughtful, kind, funny, and warm, you can also be very stubborn! Your desire for security and reliability is so strong that at times you may try to control your life and those in it. You are an excellent mediator or go-between as you not only crave peace and balance, you also intuitively understand how to resolve conflicts fairly. You are extremely sensitive and imaginative, and possess quirky charm. Famous people born today: Thomas Hardy, Jerry Mathers, Dana Carvey, Bo Diddley.
Courtesy of Cafe Astrology
Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, June 2nd
This morning, you may become aware of the need for adjustments, dear Aries. Concerns tend to be about your responsibilities and whether or not you are reaching for your goals, as you’ve been especially busy taking care of small problems and little things. If you’ve been spreading yourself too thin at the expense of your larger goals, you’ll feel the need to make changes on this front now. With a Full Moon occurring in your solar ninth house, you may be publishing or completing an important project now or in the coming weeks. For other Aries, you may have a strong urge to take off somewhere or to depart your usual routine or way of thinking in some way. This Full Moon can bring illumination to, or the culmination of, learning matters or projects. An idea that you’ve been working on might blossom now. Advertising or promotional efforts can be successful.
Early day tensions might revolve around money, a possible purchase, or a need to get away that seems difficult to pull off, dear Taurus. If you’re feeling indecisive, try putting out your feelers for information. Advice doesn’t have to be taken, but may very well get your own thinking processes working in reaction. A Full Moon occurs in your intimacy sector today, and tends to bring matters to fruition or illuminate matters. Finances or shared resources can be a topic now, but for others, it’s about an intimate relationship or personal matter. While there could be some drama with regards to money, it might be a time for settling debts or collecting on money owed. There can be new insight into a relationship or a psychological matter. Emotions are important now, but can cloud over logic, so feel them but wait for big decision making.
With Mars in your sign, recently you’ve been more assertive, courageous, and possibly hasty, dear Gemini. Today, with Mars in difficult aspect with Pluto, displaced anger might be driving some of your actions or reactions if you’re not aware of it. Try to examine immediate reactions, as they can be quite revealing of problem areas. A Full Moon today occurs in your opposite sign (Sagittarius). This can bring relationship matters to light, or could indicate an important epiphany or turning point. Something about you could be revealed. Sudden awareness of a pre-existing situation can figure strongly today, especially regarding a significant other in your life.
A relationship or a personal problem can be weighing heavily on your brain this morning, dear Cancer. A decision may not be necessary, so take the pressure off yourself. Perhaps the conundrum should simply be felt now and the problem solved at a later date. A Full Moon occurs today, and can bring a service-related, work, health, or private matter to light. Some of you could be dealing with deadlines, or a sudden reveal of flaws to a plan that need management. There could be a new development, fruition of a project, or turning point that you’re dealing with now and in the coming weeks. It’s a wake-up call, but you can handle this onward thrust, and be happy for it. Emotions run high right now, so take things in before making important decisions.
You might experience some tension early today, dear Leo, as your desire to unwind and relax may be challenged. Power games might occur in your work, or pressures to get things done can weigh heavily on you. If someone’s methods grate on your nerves, try to dismiss them. Stay centered and keep things simple for best results right now. The Full Moon today occurs in your celebratory, creative solar fifth house, and this brings emotions to the surface and illumination to a social or romantic matter. This can be a time of epiphanies, breakthroughs, turning points, and sudden awareness. Unrecognized feelings might be expressed now. A project might be completed or announced. This is a time for listening to your heart, but it’s also important to take things in before making critical decisions.
Fears of expressing yourself creatively or speaking out on a matter can prevent you from going forward with plans this morning, dear Virgo. However, even if insecurities or frustrations are holding you back, it’s best to present your more competent and professional side to the world, and perhaps wait for a better day for pushing forward with something entirely new. A Full moon occurs today, and can prompt a need to move around your priorities, particularly if you’ve been too heavily focused on your outside responsibilities or work. Home, family, or a personal matter can grab your attention now, and the need to bring your life back into balance becomes evident now. Areas of life that are stirred up now are in flux for good reason – to bring your attention to imbalances and to unrecognized emotions.
Concerns about matters on the home front can be undermining your confidence this morning, Libra, and the desire to flee and escape your responsibilities can be strong. Restlessness is the likely result. Take a deep breath and find a balance. Avoid dwelling on matters that you can’t change, and instead work on things that you can. A Full Moon occurs midday, and with any Full Moon, there can be illumination of a matter, epiphany, or culmination. This lunation occurs in your communications and immediate environment sector, and it can stimulate quite a bit of flux and activity. There could be things to do, deadlines to meet, a culmination of a project or study, or news of a travel or educational matter. While it’s important to take in what’s happening now, keep in mind that all may not be as it seems. Wait and see before making major moves.
Try not to read too much into others’ actions and words this morning, Scorpio. The tendency to dwell on past conversations and interactions with others that bothered you is strong with Mars in awkward aspect with Pluto. Avoid alienating people you care about, and be kind to yourself by attempting to let go of frustrations rather than dwell on them. A Full Moon occurs midday in your finance and values sector, and this can bring an important breakthrough, new information, or the fruition of a matter surrounding business or finances. This lunation falls along an axis that also has to do with talents and resources, as well as sexual and intimate relationships, so new feelings or discoveries may revolve around these things. Because what we see today may be a little overblown by emotions, it’s best to take things in, digest, and process before making big moves or decisions.
Angers and frustrations can be operating very close to the surface in the first half of the day, dear Sagittarius, but can be difficult to express directly. Differences in opinions now may very well boil down to issues surrounding basic values. It will be important not to dwell on the negative because it’s not likely to get you to a better place. Find ways to loosen up and relax. A Full Moon midday tends to define the rest of it, and it’s in your sign. This can bring a lot of activity and attention your way, and sudden emotions or epiphanies to your life. A personal revelation can occur now, or if you’ve been focusing so much on others and their agendas, you can have a sudden need to attend to your own plans and needs or a burst of independence. Pay close attention to what emerges today – listen to your heart! Take things in rather than acting upon emotions just yet.
Insecurities or worries could be an issue in the first half of the day, dear Capricorn, or you could be feeling a little under the weather, as recent imbalances may begin to spill over and affect you in various ways, possibly indirect ones. Make it your aim to keep stress under control by identifying those things that have you feeling off your game and working on eliminating them. You can handle a lot, but you may overestimate what your system can take, and going easy on yourself is important – something you may easily forget to do. A Full Moon occurs midday in your privacy sector, and this is wonderfully timed, as you are reminded to get extra rest. It might bring a work or health matter to light, but it’s most likely to stimulate a sudden and important desire to heal, rest, replenish, and self-nurture. Buried feelings can come to light, including things that may have hurt you in the past but that you’ve brushed to the side, and of course, getting in touch with these things is the first step to healing. Take time for yourself and steps towards a stronger feeling of well-being.
The desire to express yourself uniquely and creatively is very strong these days, dear Aquarius, although you could be wrestling with something from the past or insecurities that undermine your “performance” today. As such, you may not be coming across as smoothly as you would like, just for the moment. It’s appropriate now to examine your fears, but not to dwell on them. The Full Moon midday favors being around people, socializing, and expressing feelings. A friendship or romantic matter may be illuminated now, and epiphanies are quite possible. There may be a sudden demand for your company, invitations can come in, a romantic revelation, or an announcement can be made by a friend or lover – even a child. A pleasant feeling of being needed and needing others can be experienced now.
Try to find a better balance between home and outside responsibilities, dear Pisces. Difficulties with friends or associates may be affecting your home life, and you don’t need the added stress. Resentments or unresolved problems can have a way of emerging in erratic ways early today. The Moon is Full midday, influencing your public sector. This can bring you into the spotlight, and increases your visibility in general. What you have and haven’t done may seem to be everybody’s business now, and whether you’re feeling comfortable with it or not, put on your best show! Paying closer attention to the rules is important now. It’s another reminder to better manage your time and attention, keeping your personal and professional or public lives separate and neither one left neglected or overdone.