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 September 1
Explanation: From where do these neutrinos come? The IceCube Neutrino Observatory near the South Pole of the Earth has begun to detect nearly invisible particles of very high energy. Although these rarely-interacting neutrinos pass through much of the Earth just before being detected, where they started remains a mystery. Pictured here is IceCube’s Antarctic lab accompanied by a cartoon depicting long strands of detectors frozen into the crystal clear ice below. Candidate origins for these cosmic neutrinos include the violent surroundings of supermassive black holes at the centers of distant galaxies, and tremendous stellar explosions culminating in supernovas and gamma ray bursts far across the universe. As IceCube detects increasingly more high energy neutrinos, correlations with known objects may resolve this cosmic conundrum — or we may never know.
Mercury in Libra
Now Until Nov 1, 2015
Mercury, the communication planet, should be feeling comfortable in the sociable air sign of Libra. The air element is very much about the mind and communication, so it fits very nicely with Mercury’s meaning. Libra is about building bridges and overcoming differences. It recognizes that there is more than one side to any question and seeks to harmonize opposing points of view. Diplomacy, then, is likely to be featured at this time, both in the larger public arena and in our personal lives.
Mercury in Libra can soften speech to ensure peaceful relationships. It’s necessary at times to bring down the noise level so that both sides can be heard. This is, therefore, a good time to heal wounds caused by misunderstandings or different views of reality.
The challenge of this period is that the tendency for being nice can sometimes overwhelm the necessity of being truthful. Being kind then becomes a barrier to real communication. Ideally, we can recognize (in Libra’s well-balanced manner) that there are many ways to connect with one another, and that agreement is not the only one. Expressing opposing points of view with respect and openness is a terrific way to strengthen any relationship. It is about being fair enough to yourself and others to both listen and be heard.
Famous folks born with Mercury in Libra include singers Bruce Springsteen, Olivia Newton-John, Cass Elliott, Art Garfunkel and ultra-charming Julio Iglesias. Actors Jeremy Irons, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Reeves, Richard Harris and Susan Sarandon are part of this group.
Sports stars Doug Flutie, Brett Favre and Scotty Pippen were born with Mercury in Libra, too. Writers Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Michael Crichton and Ken Kesey have entertained us with their thoughts. David Copperfield has shown sleight of hand, Evel Knievel a crazy kind of courage and Larry Flynt more than we really want to see. Mercury in Libra is also found in the charts of artist Peter Max, comedian-activist Dick Gregory, director Penny Marshall and poet-statesman Vaclav Havel.
The Words of Confucius
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
Your Daily Influences
August 23rd, 2015
A lover of tradition and ceremony, The Hierphant needs social approval and appreciates the positive aspects of conformity.
Naudhiz reversed may tell of needs met and harmonious relationships. Your passions for someone or something may be at their pinnacle.
Pisces the Fishes
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is escapist and idealistic, secretive and vague, weak-willed and easily led. This person probably relies to heavily upon you to make decisions for them.
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.
Your Charm for Today
The most powerful of all talisman indicating you or someone close to you will recover from an infection.
One of the most famous of all talismans, and used as a magical formula by the Gnostics in Rome for invoking the aid of beneficent spirits against disease, misfortune and death. Sammonieus, the celebrated Gnostic physician; instructed that the letters of this magical triangle which he used for curing agues and fevers, were to be written on paper, folded into the shape of a cross, worn for nine days suspended from the neck, and, before sunrise, cast behind the patient into a stream running eastward. It was also a most popular charm in the middle ages. During the Great Plague, 1665, great numbers of these amulets were worn as supposed safeguards against infection.
Your Daily Tile
September 1, 2015
The Toad tile indicates some troubling moments along your life’s path, but these aches will heal. It also suggests your ambition may be greater than your reach
Your Daily Animal Spirit for Today
September 1, 2015
Is your life in a state of balance? If not, long-legged Heron has flown in today to help you. Because Heron is a water bird, he is most often associated with emotions. He stands motionless, almost in a trance, his body mirrored in the water below. Take a few moments today to be like Heron—be quiet, go within, and discover the answer to your questions.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Unicorn indicates uniqueness and reminds us of the ability for magic we possess. Although gentle, the unicorn nonetheless is able to defend itself, not only through horn-to-horn face-off but also through swift flight or even by disappearing into a mystical mist. The unicorn also represents purity, strength, and for a mentor or a nurturing family member. When the Unicorn appears, extraordinary events are possible in the near future.
As a daily card The Unicorn indicates a short period in which amazing happenings are possible. The Unicorn also suggests that it is crucial to maintain a high ethical standard during this span, and to remember kindness begets kindness.
Your Witches Rune
The Ear of Corn
Meaning: This rune represents abundance, success and happiness. This is considered a lucky rune and if leading, it is very positive about your query, whether the query is about finance, business, friendship, partnership or spirituality. In conjunction with the Rings, it indicates a happy and prosperous marriage. With the Sun, it means success in your career, and with Waves, success abroad.
Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today
The High Priestess
The completely feminine counterpart to The Magician, the High Priestess is the Gatekeeper of the subconscious, the unknown. She travels in worlds which most of us only glimpse in our dreams. Her realm is that of unseen truths, untapped potentials, and hidden dangers. The Calling of The High Priestess is to go beyond the obvious and visible to tap those powers which are veiled from normal vision. While she is passive by nature, she has the power to uncover unknown potential and is very aware of the infinite potential all humans harbor within them. She is also very patient. She can wait for events to blossom in their own time.
September 1, 2015
Additional information about today’s rune, Mannaz….
mannaz : man, humankind
Phonetic equivalent: m
- DIVINATORY MEANINGS:
- significator, self, family, community, relationships, social concerns
- MAGICAL USES:
- to represent a specific person or group of people; to establish social relationships
- ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
- Ask and Embla, Midgard
- In its broadest sense, mannaz represents all of humanity, and therefore the entire realm of Midgard. In more practical terms, though, it is those with whom we have personal connections, from our immediate circle of family and friends to the wider community around us, reminding us of our nature as social animals. It also represents our connection with the Gods and with nature, through the two Norse myths of the creation of humans; the first where they sprang from Ymir’s body, and the second in which they were created from two logs by a river. It takes the raw energy of ehwaz and controls it through our social conscience, reminding us of those we affect with our deeds both magical and mundane.
The rune itself resembles gebo with its joining of masculine and feminine elements, but is much more complete. It is the entire web of human relationships, with the self at the centre, which mirrors the web of fate explored through raiÃ°o. But while that web was more or less fixed, this one is mutable and alive. Past and present, male and female, self and other – all opposites are joined here and made whole. Mannaz is our home, and speaks for all those whose lives we touch when we use the gifts we have been given through the runes
Your Daily I Ching Hexagram
September 1, 2015
Take personal time alone to assess your progress and goals. Evaluate your friends and cut off any deadwood that may exist.
Line One of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Abandon unsatisfying relationships.
Line Two of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Move down your path without looking back.
Line Three of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Do not let other’s need for counsel exhaust you.
Line Four of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Pull back from failing relationships. Act decisively. Doubt is your enemy.
Line Five of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Do not associate with persons with whom you dislike. This will bring you peace.
Line Six of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Leave bad relationships. Your courage to move on will be rewarded.
Monthly Tarot Card Forecast: Sept. 2015
Emotional baggage, changes, and the will to move forward!
Hi, I’m Brigit Esselmont, professional Tarot reader and teacher! Today I have for you a very special Tarot card forecast for the month of September. What I’ll be doing is drawing three cards: one for the blessings of this month, one for the challenges of this month, and our final card for how we can make the most of the month ahead…
Blessings/Opportunities Card: Eight of Cups, Reversed
Now, the first card that I drew, for our opportunities, is the Eight of Cups, Reversed. You can see that there’s a man who’s turned his back on the eight cups and he’s decided to walk away from them, leaving behind the emotional stuff (so what we can see in those cups), the emotional baggage, I suppose, and deciding to walk away from that.
Now, in the reverse position, and knowing that this is about our blessing and opportunities this month, you may find in September it actually serves you well to let go of the stuff that’s disappointing you recently.
Challenges Card: Death, Reversed
With our challenges, we’ve got the Death card, Reversed. It does look like quite a scary card with the figure of Death on the horse, but it’s really about death and transformation. And when it’s appearing in the reverse position, and particularly when it’s appearing as a challenge, what I see coming out with this card is that there may be some resistance to change.
Now with the Eight of Cups, Reversed, it’s important to walk away from something right now that has been disappointing. With the Death, Reversed card there may be some resistance as you go along, with that. So really have a think about, “What, right now, during this month, is changing for me? What skin am I shedding? What parts of myself do I need to let go of, in order for something new to grow?”
Maybe there’s a really good outcome if you can leave behind something that’s no longer working for you. So just really tune into any feelings around resisting change.
Recommendation Card: Two of Pentacles
For our card for how we can make the most of this month, we’ve got the Two of Pentacles. And you can see this guy, juggling coins, and it’s almost like he’s doing a bit of a dance. And it’s about just the stuff of life, the day-to-day demands, about managing your To Do list. This card’s just saying to you, “Keep on top of your affairs, keep on top of your money, keep on top of your responsibilities.” Set out a plan if you need to — schedule for the month ahead — and that will help to balance things out.
At a deeper level, remember, you are dealing with some big changes, and the opportunities are about leaving behind something that’s no longer working, and at the some time making sure that everything is running smoothly.
Embrace all of that change and transformation that is surrounding all of us, and make the most of it!
I look forward to connecting with you again for our next month’s forecast.