Astronomy Picture of the Day – Icelandic Legends and Aurora

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 December 8

Icelandic Legends and Aurora
Image Credit & Copyright: Elizabeth M. Ryan; Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt

Explanation: Legends collide in this dramatic vista of land, sea, and sky. The land is Iceland, specifically Vík í Mýrdal, a southern village known for its beautiful black sand beaches. The sea, the Atlantic Ocean, surrounds Reynisdrangar, a sea stack of eroded basaltic rock pillars that Icelandic folklore tells are the petrified remains of trolls once attempting to drag a three-masted ship onto land. Watching from overhead and shining bright on the upper right is the god of the sky, according to Greek mythology: the planet Jupiter. Also visible in the sky are several other Greek legends encapsulated as constellations, including a lion (Leo), a big bear (Ursa Major), and a water snake (Hydra). One might guess that all of this commotion caused the spectacular aurora pictured — but really it was just explosions from the Sun.

Earth Sky News for Dec. 8th: N. Hemisphere? Watch for earliest sunsets

N. Hemisphere? Watch for earliest sunsets

The earliest sunset for 40 degrees N. latitude is on December 8, and the year’s earliest sunset comes around then for everyone near this latitude. The exact date of the Northern Hemisphere’s earliest sunset or the Southern Hemisphere’s earliest sunrise varies by latitude. But, at temperate latitudes, both of these annual hallmarks in our sky come some weeks before the December solstice, not on the solstice as you might expect.

Every year, toward the end of the first week of December – that is, around now – mid-temperate latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere have their earliest sunsets. That would be the latitude of New York City; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; Denver, Colorado; Reno, Nevada; Beijing, China; Madrid, Spain; Naples, Italy.

Suppose you live at 40o South latitude? Then, you’d be waking up to the earliest sunrises of the year.

What if you’re not at 40o North or 40o South latitude? At latitudes closer to the equator, the earliest sunset or earliest sunrise comes at an earlier date.

Closer to the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, the earliest sunset and earliest sunrise happen nearer the December solstice.

The next solstice in 2015 comes on December 21 or 22 (depending on your time zone) and marks an unofficial beginning for winter in the Northern Hemisphere. For this hemisphere, this upcoming solstice brings the shortest day and longest night of the year. And yet the earliest sunsets for middle latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere happen around December 8.

It seems paradoxical. At middle latitudes in the U.S. – and throughout the Northern Hemisphere – the earliest sunsets of the year come about two weeks before the solstice and the shortest day of the year.

Why isn’t the earliest sunset on the year’s shortest day? It’s because of the discrepancy between the clock and the sun. A clock ticks off exactly 24 hours from one noon to the next. But an actual day – as measured by the spin of the Earth, from what is called one “solar noon” to the next – rarely equals 24 hours exactly.

Solar noon is also called simply midday. It refers to that instant when the sun reaches its highest point for the day. In the month of December, the time period from one solar noon to the next is actually half a minute longer than 24 hours. On December 8, the sun reaches its noontime position at 11:52 a.m. local standard time. Two weeks later – on the winter solstice – the sun will reach its noontime position around 11:59 a.m. That’s 7 minutes later than on December 8.

The later clock time for solar noon also means a later clock time for sunrise and sunset. The table below helps to explain.

For Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date Sunrise Solar Noon (Midday) Sunset Daylight Hours
December 8 7:09 a.m. 11:52 a.m. 4:35 p.m. 9 hours 26 minutes
December 22 7:19 a.m. 11:59 a.m. 4:39 p.m. 9 hours 20 minutes

Solstice tale of two cities: New York, NY, and St. Augustine, FL

As you might have guessed, the latest sunrises and sunsets aren’t on the day of the solstice either. For middle latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, the latest sunrises come in early January.

So there’s variation in the exact dates, but the sequence is always the same for both hemispheres. First: earliest sunset before the winter solstice, the winter solstice itself, latest sunrise after the winter solstice. Half a year later: earliest sunrise before the summer solstice, the summer solstice itself, latest sunset.

The earliest and latest sunsets and sunrises are lovely phenomena that happen around every solstice. People around the world notice them and often ask about them.

Click here for more details on why the earliest sunset doesn’t fall on the shortest day.

Bottom line: The 2015 solstice comes on December 22, but the earliest sunsets at mid-northern latitudes – say, 40 degrees N. happen on or near December 8. Latitudes closer to the equator had their earliest sunset in late November, or earlier in December. Latitudes closer to the Arctic Circle have their earliest sunset closer to the December solstice.

 

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Your Daily Influences for Tuesday, December 8

Your Daily Influences
December 8, 2015 

 

Tarot Influence

Four of Pentacles
Financial gain, success and worldly power seem assured, but lack any higher meaning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rune Influence

Elhaz
Watch for hidden traps. Look for holes in your defenses and fill them.

 

 

 

 

Charm Influence

Inscribed Amulet
This aspect is affected by a narrowly averted dangerous situation. The dangerous event could be a personal confrontation or even an accident you narrowly miss.

 

 

 

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 Ancient Symbol Card for December 8th is Death

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

Death


Death is definitely not a card to shy away from. It does not foretell your impending doom. However it does suggest a period of change and the turbulence that often comes with it are on the horizon. We may not always welcome change, but invariably we must change to grow. Sometimes we have to shed some of the comfortability of who we are today to embrace the adventure of who we will be tomorrow. Death is the prophecy of such times.

As a daily card, Death tells you that changes need to be made in order for you to move smoothly along your life’s journey. When seen as a daily card, it is likely the changes indicated are on the order of “minor adjustments” in your day to day routine.

Your Witches Rune for December 8th is The Blank Rune

Witches Rune for the Day

The Blank Rune

Meaning: This is a rune of difficulty and negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life’s path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone, it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances.

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for December 8th is The Star

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

The Star


The Star represents a strong connection to the Cosmos, an open gateway to understanding “the big picture.” It is an optimistic card that promises peace, harmony, and hope realized. For the full power of the forces behind The Star to be realized one must have faith and accept that in cosmic terms all things balance out; that disturbances are sometimes necessary to ensure overall harmony. The reward for such faith is vision on a Cosmic scale, and sense of well-being that may well radiate to those around you through your warm, untroubled heart.

Your Daily I Ching Hexagram for December 8th is 35: Easy Progress

 

 

 

 

Your Daily I Ching Hexagram of the Day

December 8th, 2015

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35: Easy Progress

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The general situation is one of easy, natural progress. That which had been weak is now steadily rising up, and by gaining a prominent position, becomes a stronger force. The image is the light of the rising sun, which at first appears dimly through the mists. But this relatively weak light later radiates with powerful clarity once the sun has reached a high position in the sky.

Progress is made when those in subordinate positions create harmony with those above, and in so doing create a natural means for their collective talents and abilities to blossom. It is by recognizing and riding with the natural course of events — by hitching our wagon to the rising sun, as it were — that we advance our position and earn respect.

Goodness in human nature is like the dim but beautiful early morning light. It can easily be obscured — by greed, hatred and other forms of self-absorption — just as the morning light can be swallowed by fog. Be reminded that progress is achieved most effortlessly when right action is taken without concern for immediate reward, and when the path of the weaker elements aligns with the strong.

 

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Your Daily Rune for Tuesday, December 8th is Perthro

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bw-perthroYour Rune For Today
Perthro

Mysteries will become known to you. You should be able to see your life’s path clearly at this time. Pethro is often thought of as “Gambler’s Rune.” You are in a lucky period right now. Chance is your ally. Take advantage of it.

 

Additional information about Today’s Rune, Perthro

 

perþ: dice-cup? vulva?

 

Phonetic equivalent: p

 

DIVINATORY MEANINGS: rebirth, mystery, magic, divination, fertility, sexuality, new beginning, prophecy

 

MAGICAL USES: fertility, easing childbirth, to aid in divination and magic, enhancing psychic abilities

 

ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Freya, Angrbode

 

ANALYSIS: The actual interpretation of perþ has been the subject of much controversy among runic scholars. The problem lies in the fact that the initial P sound doesn’t occur anywhere else in the old Germanic language, leading to the belief that the word was imported from another language. The Old English rune poem seems to indicate that it had to do with some sort of game, leading many to interpret it as ‘chess pawn’ or ‘dice-cup’. The dice-cup meaning is particularly interesting as it not only fits the shape of rune, but also hints at such an object’s original use as a container for the runes themselves. An alternate interpretation of perþ is derived from the Slavic ‘pizda’, meaning ‘vulva’. This meaning (although obscure and somewhat unlikely) fits quite into the progression of runes up until this point, symbolizing the rebirth that follows death. Viewing it as a symbol of the womb of the Goddess, it represents the same element of the mysterious and hidden as ‘dice-cup’, but taken literally as ‘vulva’, it adds a powerful, feminine, sexual counterpart to uruz that would otherwise be missing from the fuþark.

 

However you choose to interpret the literal meaning of perþ (and again, nobody really knows what that is), the basic symbolism is that of a vessel, nurturing and giving ‘birth’, keeping hidden and secret all those mysteries, which can be uncovered only after the initiation of death. The rune is closely tied in with the idea of fate, that the road we travel, regardless of what we choose to do along the way, is predetermined from the moment of our birth. The very act of being born sets us along a course of cause and effect, action and reaction that we may choose to follow blindly, or try to divine through the runes or other means order that we may better understand the lessons we will learn. Perþ is the beginning of this process, as well as the tool for accomplishing it.
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Your Tarot Card Reading for the Week of December 7th

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Tarot Card Reading

A one-card reading gives you a glimpse at what’s coming

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Your Daily Tarot Card for Tuesday, December 8th is The Magician

 

 

 

 

Tarot Card of the Day

December 8th, 2015

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The Magician

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traditionally, the Magus is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic — as in healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans and the like. A modern Magus is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth, one who seeks to bring forth the divine ‘gold’ within her or himself.

At the birth of Tarot, even a gifted healer who was not an ordained clergyman was considered to be in league with the Devil! For obvious reasons, the line between fooling the eye with sleight of hand, and charging the world with magical will was not clearly differentiated in the early Tarot cards.

Waite’s image of the Magus as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements — with its formal arrangement of symbols and postures — is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what the Magus was doing. It’s best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul.

 

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Get a Jump on Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Wednesday, December 9th

 

 

 

 

 

Get a Jump on Tomorrow….

Your Horoscopes for Wednesday, December 9th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope
Aries

There can be important news coming in or conclusions drawn today about an educational or relationship matter, dear Aries. You may be wrapping up an important project or making a decision about your next step. Mercury, the planet of communication, enters your career and reputation sector today and will continue to influence this area of your life until January 1st. Your thoughts frequently turn to professional matters, plans, and goals during this cycle. You are also more careful and perhaps guarded in your communications, as you feel especially accountable for what you say and how you say it – and you are! You may be speaking as an authority on a matter or be asked for advice and guidance more frequently now. It’s a generally strong time for sorting out, researching, and gathering information about and for career projects or business endeavors.

Taurus

Taurus

You might get final word on, or a missing puzzle piece of information about, a financial, work, or intimate matter today, dear Taurus, which can help you put something behind you. Mercury moves into harmony with your sign today, and will continue this transit until January 1st. This is a good time for doing big picture thinking, and for picking up new interests and perhaps causes. It’s also good for publishing and sharing ideas. You could find that you’re more frequently thinking and communicating about moral or philosophical issues during this cycle. You are less interested in mundane, routine matters and details, preferring to focus on the bigger picture. You are more inclined to debate and defend your ideas, and also to persuade and entertain.

Gemini

Gemini

This is a strong day for learning something significant about a partner or partnership, dear Gemini. There could be a final conclusion or answer on a relationship or creative matter. Today and until January 1st, Mercury transits your solar eighth house, and this tends to sharpen your perceptions and turn your attention to psychological, intimate, private, and complicated matters more frequently than usual. You are also more able to be objective and perhaps communicate about these things. You might find yourself questioning a lot of what you hear and possibly entertaining some suspicions. You could also be doing some research, investigating, and analysis during this period, and you’re inclined to look for hidden layers to any problem. You can gain new insight to others’ motives and desires.

Cancer

Cancer

This can be a strong day for coming to important conclusions about work or health matters, dear Cancer. You could enjoy cooperation with co-workers and/or family members and collaboration with good results. Mercury enters your partnership sector and opposing sign today, where this planet of communication will transit until January 1st. This is a period of collaboration, negotiation, and significant conversations with a significant other. Others have much to say and/or teach you during this period, and these people can include counselors and partners. You might often bounce ideas off others in order to more effectively get your own reasoning powers working more vigorously. You seek out others and they seek you. Intellectual companionship is emphasized now, and you can do important thinking about your relationships.

Leo

Leo

The energies of early morning can point to some questioning of a relationship or creative project, dear Leo. However, as the day progresses, you’re likely to come to a strong conclusion about either of these things and to feel very comfortable about your decision. Today, Mercury moves into your health and work sector, and with the planet of communication here, there is likely to be a big emphasis on tending to your daily routines, work, and health programs while Mercury transits here until January 1st. This is a strong time for sorting, organizing, and analyzing these things. It’s a busy period when you’re more likely to focus on the little things that make up the whole. You are good at making lists and following them now, but do avoid nitpicking over tiny flaws.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

The energies of early today can have you questioning a current endeavor, dear Virgo, but as the day advances, the picture becomes clearer, and you can gain important new insight into a family or financial matter. Your ruler and the planet of communication, Mercury, enters your playful, creative solar fifth house today, and will continue to transit this sector until January 1st, taking you into the New Year. This places Mercury in harmony with your sign, so that in a general sense you are in your element, particularly when it comes to communications, transportation, learning, speaking, teaching, and making connections. There is a little more ease and pleasure in your social life, and perhaps more creativity in the work you’re doing at this time. You’re interested in talking about creative and romantic matters. Thoughts turn to romance, children, and entertainment. You express yourself with a fun, entertaining touch or flair that draws others to you. Presenting your ideas during this cycle is likely to be especially fruitful.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

This can be an important day of epiphanies, dear Libra, particularly about matters revolving around communications, studies, transportation, and acquaintances. Issues about trust in a relationship can also emerge now. Watch for quick decisions, but feel the inspiration, as what is coming to you now may be worth a lot. Mercury enters your home and family sector today, and will continue to influence this part of your solar chart until January 1st. Thoughts and conversations very frequently to personal matters and memories, family, domestic duties and improvements, and home matters during this cycle. It’s not the most sociable periods, but it’s a good time to organize, sort, and better manage your personal life. There might be a lot of activity on the home front or with family – perhaps more conversations and interactions, or frequent visitors.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

Today is strong for inspiration and intuition, dear Scorpio, particularly on business or financial lines, although you’re also in a great position to have an epiphany about a relationship matter. Intelligent, curious Mercury enters your communications sector today, and this serves to sharpen and enhance your ability to process information quickly and effectively over the coming weeks (this transit lasts until January 1st). This can be a mentally busy time, when you’re especially curious and observant, and often juggling a number of different ideas and tasks at once. There can be special news, new mental interests or studies, and ideas about projects. The pace of your life can pick up speed now, although this will be more pronounced once the Sun also enters this same sector of your solar chart from the 22nd. The Moon continues to move through your sign until late afternoon, and your emotional needs are up front and center, after which you see the benefits of taking your time.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

This is a great day for coming to an important conclusion, dear Sagittarius, and for sharing ideas and news with a friend or partner. There can be a revelation of sorts, and possibly a proclamation now. Someone quite possibly can come through for you today, and teamwork can be prosperous. There can be creative vision and inspiration now. Mercury enters your resources and values sector today and will transit this house of your solar chart until January 1st. This is an excellent cycle for analyzing your finances and possessions, including spending and saving habits. You might feel overloaded, at times, with number work, or worried about money, but it’s a great time for getting advice, or simply sorting out your finances. You are also more inclined to talk about what you value, material matters aside. Today, the Moon enters your sign late afternoon, and this can be felt as an emotional awakening of sorts.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

There can be breakthrough thinking today, dear Capricorn, particularly related to career and projects that belong in the past. It can also be a strong time for becoming aware of what you want to bring forward with you going forward. The busy, curious planet of communication, Mercury, enters your sign later today, and will continue to transit Capricorn until January 1st. You are considerably more talkative, communicative, and alert during this cycle. It can also be a strong time for work and new initiatives with your health. You tend to be a tad restless with this energy in your life, and this pushes you to circulate, move about, and interact. You’re also inclined to make executive decisions at this time. The Moon moves into your privacy sector tonight, where it will stay until early Saturday, and you’re naturally in a withdrawn, meditative phase.

Aquarius

Aquarius

You can gain some wonderful insights into a friendship or long-term goal today, dear Aquarius, and you’ll find it quite natural to team up with someone and for others to be especially cooperative now. There can be a good sense that working with others or sharing ideas with someone can be productive and rewarding. Tonight, Mercury moves into your privacy sector, and this will stay with you into the New Year, until January 1st, when Mercury enters your sign. While the world is demanding your attention in many ways, this cycle suggests a need for some introspection and a need to reassess certain projects and goals in your life. Your decision-making and thought processes tend to be more intuitive, inward, and solitary now. You might also be somewhat hesitant about making decisions as you take more time to absorb and digest information before coming to conclusions. Flow with this, as it’s part of a natural cycle when you can do some important thinking.

Pisces

Pisces

Honor uniqueness and freedom of spirit today, dear Pisces. It’s a strong day for cooperation, but also for insight into business affairs. The planet of communication, Mercury, enters a very sociable, group-focused area of your chart today, and will move through that sector until January 1st. During this cycle, you’ll thrive on the exchange of ideas with friends – the more humanitarian, unbiased, unconventional, and future-oriented the better! You seek out others who stimulate your mind, and others tend to be drawn to you for the same reasons. It’s a good time for taking part in group activities, or simply spending more time with like-minded individuals. You may even meet a love interest through these activities. A love relationship can be enhanced by your willingness to communicate and grant personal freedom.

If You Were Born Today, December 8

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If You Were Born Today, December 8

You are an enthusiastic and determined person who has high ideals as well as very big plans and goals. A deep thinker, your morals are unusual yet strong, and your courage is great, particularly when it comes to standing up for a cause you believe in. You have a definite religious or philosophical bent. You are exceptionally attractive no matter what you look like, as you have much in the way of personal charisma. You are frequently devising new plots and challenges for yourself.

Famous people born today: Jim Morrison, Kim Basinger, David Carradine, Sammy Davis Jr., Sinead O’Connor, Teri Hatcher, Ian Somerhalder, Nickie Minaj, AnnaSophia Robb.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, December 8th

 

 

 

 

 

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, December 8th

 

Aries

Aries Horoscope
Aries

A Sun-Uranus trine today stimulates wonderful forward-looking energy, dear Aries. You are likely to want to put something behind you and to look to new horizons now, and your attitude is optimistic. A strong urge to rid yourself of restrictions, particularly in the mind or in your attitude, can motivate you to take charge. You may be excited about new projects or interests or old ones that you are ready to push forward. Look for opportunities to publish, promote, travel, share, and learn. You can be happy to put an old method behind you and embrace a more open or authentic way to express yourself. There can be a desire to enjoy an entirely new adventure of sorts, whether this is in the mind or physical.

Taurus

Taurus

You might enjoy a desire to put a problem behind you today, dear Taurus, related to a relationship or your own emotional state. Embracing change comes more easily to you today than it does on most other days as you are able to detach yourself from some elements of the past. There is readiness when it comes to approaching typically tricky or deeper emotional issues, if only to move past them. There can be a bonus received now, either material or emotional, that seems to come up out of the blue. If you’re in need of a regeneration of sorts, including kicking a bad habit, this is a good time to do so. A pleasing connection can be made today. You can experience a strong emotional need to do something spontaneous or taboo – to break through barriers. Behind the scenes efforts are favored now.

Gemini

Gemini

The day brings good energy for connecting with others, dear Gemini, whether it’s a one-on-one situation or a friendship that develops from a friend of a friend or group connection. It’s an excellent time for being around people, networking, pairing up, and following through on recent connections. You are a little more spontaneous than usual, and people around you seem to be open to change and progress as well. Putting your head together with someone, you might come up with a great idea or opportunity that may not occur to you on a regular day. It’s also a good day to socialize and fraternize, join a group or attend a meeting, and otherwise make connections. You may open your eyes to someone who appears more friendly, or someone could see you in a new, more positive light. You’re also less anxious about social situations today.

Cancer

Cancer

This is another strong day when your ruler, the Moon, forms supportive aspects and you feel freer to be yourself, dear Cancer. Romantic and creative activities are favored. Also today, a Sun-Uranus aspect encourages a healthy desire to improve and make changes, particularly in practical areas. You can come to a new understanding about certain career, health, or financial matters today, or an overview of sorts as to where you are headed or want to head. Goals seem realizable. The desire is to move past problem areas or situations that truly hold you back from realizing your potential. New insights can be experienced now, and should not be ignored. A money-making idea may very well be golden. You might come across a new and innovative method for getting your work done or a way to update technology or methods of doing your business that free you to pursue other opportunities that require your attention. A sense of turning over a new leaf with a health or fitness goal can be with you today.

Leo

Leo

You can experience a desire to put something behind you or pull yourself out of a rut today, dear Leo, and this is especially so on romantic, recreational, and creative levels. This is a good time to break the routine in little or subtle ways – there is no need to force. Small personal triumphs are the goal now, and you might consider opportunities in areas of recreation, hobbies, higher education, travel, or publishing and promotion. You can find that others are agreeing with you or harmonizing in key ways, particularly a partner or significant other. You may be feeling more confident about pursuing a personal interest, creative endeavor, or even a relationship than you have been. There can be an opportunity to learn a new way of thinking through a connection or recreational activity (even an inspiring book or movie) or to inspire someone with your ideas and perspective.

Virgo

Virgo Symbol/Glyph
Virgo

The chance to put something behind you on an emotional level can emerge today, dear Virgo. This can be about a financial or home matter for some of you. This is a time for exploring ways to break out of a rut with family, in your home life, or in terms of your attitude towards how much you are in control of your own world. Allow yourself to enjoy your relationships with others by detaching yourself a little from your fears and insecurities, as good energy is with you for pushing beyond your usual limits and barriers, which are often self-imposed in the first place. There can be cooperation with someone close to you now. Some might enjoy good news on a financial level. This can also be a day when you or someone you love opens up about an intimate matter with nice, liberating results.

Libra

Libra Glyph-Symbol
Libra

Circumstances are such that it’s clear a relationship needs a fresh approach today, dear Libra, or you begin to see your relationship needs in a brand new way now. You’re approaching life with more spirit and faith, particularly as you interact with others and in your communications. There can be unexpected assistance or kindness, and possibly pleasant surprises, from a neighbor or acquaintance, partner, or close friend. Communications are more open-minded and forward-looking than usual. It’s a good day for reaching out, checking in with others or extending simple gestures that show you care, and learning new things. A new mental interest or project could reach a nice turning point or you might refresh an old project. The attitude today is “out with the old and in with the new” particularly for you as this pertains to relationships, learning, transportation, and communications.

Scorpio

Scorpio Symbol Glyph
Scorpio

Today brings good energy for getting over things – living in the present and looking forward to the future, rather than dwelling on the past, dear Scorpio. It’s also strong for planning and formulating strategies. Your intuition is serving you well. New insights into your career path, money and resources, or a work project can emerge today that can truly push you forward. You are drawn to new ways or methods for improving your daily life, income, and health now. In fact, alternative healing methods can be a draw now, or you might discover new ideas about approaching your health that liberate you from methods that haven’t been working for you. You certainly need to break out of any ruts that have kept you from thriving. The Moon occupies your sign all day, bringing visibility and an open pipeline to your emotions. Once again, the Moon is finding easy outlets for expression, and you’re in a great position for personal appeal and creative insight.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Glyph Symbol
Sagittarius

The Sun in your sign is forming a beneficial, supportive aspect to progressive Uranus today, dear Sagittarius, and this can stimulate some nice feelings of moving forward, particularly on creative levels. Others may be noticing you and appreciating your point of view, and they can be drawn to your optimism and ability to detach at appropriate times. You could be feeling freer to be yourself, to express your ideas or your affections, and even to put on a little show with your talents if it so pleases you. Your tastes may seem a little offbeat or different today, and you are also interested in new and different hobbies, pastimes, and recreational activities. It’s a great time to breathe new life into old projects and even relationships, or to pick up a new interest and pursue it with confidence. Don’t ignore the emotional opportunities of the day in the process: good energy is with you for connecting with family.

Capricorn

Capricorn Symbol/Glyph
Capricorn

An important change occurs today, and while its benefits may not be clear to you just yet, dear Capricorn, you’re likely to feel rather brave and confident as you sense you’re moving past something. There is more openness to change in the family unit or within your own mind as you are willing to let go of an expectation or a burden that you may have put on yourself. Family matters can thrive with an open mind. You might consider ways to improve your living space. This can be a time for receiving or giving support and help, and it can be gratifying. The key theme of the day is some form of liberation. You need to feel the weight of burdens lift. Look for opportunities to pull yourself out of a rut or to free yourself of an energy-draining habit.

Aquarius

Aquarius

This can be a strong day for communications and relationships in general, dear Aquarius, as your ruler, Uranus, forms a strong, supportive aspect to the Sun, currently a guest in your solar sector of friends, groups, and long-term dreams and goals. You are likely to feel quite confident and optimistic, and possibly excited to share ideas and plans with others. Networking can be beneficial or enjoyable now. You’re in an especially open frame of mind about making changes. There may very well be a new avenue of communication that opens up with someone special today, and agreements might be made or easy interactions with others are featured. There could be good news or encouraging, inspiring conversations. Open the airways, communicate, and encourage others to do so as well.

Pisces

Pisces

You might enjoy a pleasant surprise now, dear Pisces, related to your work, long-term goals, and finances. Some of you could enjoy a bonus, raise, or some form of recognition for your efforts. Others might come up with a new idea related to business or money-making plans. This is a time when you’re feeling especially open to new ideas and opportunities, possibly acquiring a new item that improves your life, or discovering a method that improves your work or business. Your intuition is strong when it comes to new ideas to make improvements. It’s a good idea to present yourself professionally today, as people can be drawn to your ease with practical affairs and your open-handed, open-minded approach. This is also a fine day for learning and teaching, legal matters, and travel plans.