The Cats’ Creation Story
|On the first day of creation, the Gods created the cat.
On the second day, the Gods created humans to serve the cat.
On the third, the Gods created all the animals of the earth to serve as potential food for the cat.
On the fourth day, the Gods created toil so that humans could labor for the good of the cat.
On the fifth day, the Gods created the sparkle ball so that the cat might or might not play with it.
On the sixth day, the Gods created veterinary science to keep the cat healthy and their humans broke.
On the seventh day, the Gods tried to rest, but they had to scoop the litterbox.
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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.
Explanation: An old Moon and the stars of Orion rose above the eastern horizon on August 10. The Moon’s waning crescent was still bright enough to be overexposed in this snapshot taken from another large satellite of planet Earth, the International Space Station. A greenish airglow traces the atmosphere above the limb of the planet’s night. Below, city lights and lightning flashes from thunderstorms appear over southern Mexico. The snapshot also captures the startling apparition of a rare form of upper atmospheric lightning, a large red sprite caught above a lightning flash at the far right. While the space station’s orbital motion causes the city lights to blur and trail during the exposure, the extremely brief flash of the red sprite is sharp. Now known to be associated with thunderstorms, much remains a mystery about sprites including how they occur, their effect on the atmospheric global electric circuit, and if they are somehow related to other upper atmospheric lightning phenomena such as blue jets or terrestrial gamma flashes.
Moon and Uranus in Pisces February 12
Tonight – February 12, 2016 – the waxing crescent moon and planet Uranus, the seventh planet outward from the sun, float in front of the constellation Pisces the Fishes. Although Uranus will remain within Pisces’ borders for the rest of this year, the moon will leave Pisces after a few more days.
With the moon waxing to full now, you’re not likely to glimpse Uranus with the unaided eye. But keep reading.
So, again, don’t expect to see Uranus with the unaided eye tonight, especially when looking in the moon’s glare, although you might catch its photo (see above).
Uranus was the first planet to be discovered by the telescope, by William Hershel on March 13, 1781. At a distance of 20 astronomical units from Earth at present, this world is pretty easy to see through binoculars – if you know exactly where to look.
People with good vision – and good charts, like those here – do see Uranus with the unaided eye on dark, moonless nights.
In your quest to locate Uranus, first make friends with the constellation Pisces after the moon leaves the evening sky, starting in late February 2016. Familiar with the Great Square of Pegasus? If so, jump off from there to the constellation Pisces the Fishes. Then with a good sky chart and binoculars you just might catch Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun.
Bottom line: As darkness falls on February 12, 2016, the moon and planet Uranus both reside in front of the constellation Pisces the Fishes.
Bruce McClure is the chief writer for the popular EarthSky Tonight pages. Since joining EarthSky in 2004, he has written thousands of astronomy articles, enjoyed here by millions. He also writes, gives planetarium shows and hosts a wide assortment of public astronomy programs in and around his home in upstate New York. If you ask an astronomy question on our site, it’s likely to be Bruce that answers it. His love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, and he has sailed the North Atlantic, earning his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. Bruce is also a sundial aficionado. He says his number one passion – besides his wife Alice – is stargazing.
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The Wisdom of Buddha
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Your Daily Influences
February 12, 2016
Three of Wands Reversed
Be wary of offers of assistance. Underhandedness and failure are possible.
The Ice Rune, represents stagnation and a passionless existence. Your life’s course may seem blurry at the moment, but if you persevere you will move onto better days.
The Arrow Head
When the arrowhead is pointing up it indicates troubles in this aspect have passed for the time being and the future appears clear of major obstacles. Now is the best time to prepare for the future.
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 Today
Throughout history the Dove has symbolized peace and innocence in nearly all cultures. Dove’s soft cooing and gentle nature bring a calmness to any situation. The Dove appears where peace has been attained or there is a need to bring events to a peaceful ending. It denotes a time to let lose of grievances and settle conflicts in a way that benefits all parties equally.
As a daily card, Dove suggests the need to put an end to conflict in your present life. The conflict may be yours or may be that of people close to you. Regardless of the parties involved, you have been called upon to bring the discord to an impartial end.
Meaning: In many cultures, the Star is a symbol of hope, dreams and destiny, and in the Witches Runes this symbol has a similar connotation. When the Star rune appears, it’s green light for you to go after what you want.
Note that the Star does not say you’ll get everything you want without any work. No. This symbol is a not about easy success, but about having faith in what you are doing – and doing it. In fact, the goals suggested by the Star are usually the highest and most significant ones – the ones that are hardest to get. It does not matter what the dream is, but its significance in your life. This symbol also represents ideals, and they can be both individual and collective ones.
In a more down-to-earth way, the Star is related to revolutions, changes, risks, speculation and all things motivated by faith and ideals. It can represent a sudden spark on inspiration, a windfall, a sudden rise to fame or a promotion. Though the sudden changes brought by the Star are usually positive, they are also fast: you can get back to point zero as quickly as you rose. So don’t be afraid to jump forward when the opportunity arises.
The Star urges you to take the risk, to have hope and to trust. After the staleness of Crossroads, the Universe finally begins to move again. If you believe in Higher Powers, this symbol shows that They are guiding you in this moment. The Star is a very positive rune, but in a more negative context it can represent revolution for revolution’s sake and the constant idealization of people and situations. It can also stand for excessive individualism when going after a dream.
In relationship readings, this rune represents hope and an idealistic kind of love. Usually the people involved in the relationship have high expectations about the other. They easily put their partner on a pedestal, only to feel frustrated when reality strikes. The Star can also represent unrequited love, or the love for someone who is unattainable. On the other hand, this rune tells you to not give up love entirely – keep looking, because someone is coming.
Additional Information About Today’s Witches Rune courtesy of Your Spiritual Journey Australia
Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today
The Moon represents those forces which remain largely hidden to us. The light of the moon provides some illumination down a path into the unknown, but not enough to brighten the landscape like The Sun, or cut through the dark shadows from which the unexpected may leap. However, The Moon is not without gifts we can use. She spurs our imagination and creativity. She can be a portal to knowledge and experience beyond the realm of our everyday lives. But Her offerings are not available to the feint of heart. To receive what The Moon offers one must have the courage to follow uncharted paths and the intelligence to find truths hidden in a bewildering setting rife with illusion. For those who can make this journey the reward may be finding the key to making their dreams come true.
Your Love & Relationship Reading for the Weekend of Feb. 12
The Current State of Things
Jera denotes positive, recurring cycles, fertility and a time to harvest rewards from your hard work.
Your Lover’s Current Position
Laguz is the feminine Rune. It denotes a deep sexuality and fertility. Laguz also represents that which is ever changing and renewal. You may be in a tremendous spiritual growth period.
Nature of Your Issue
Thurisaz embodies the polarity of life and death and the struggle to keep them in balance. Expect conflict, hardship and obstacles, but be assured that remaining focused and in touch with your inner strengths will see you through whatever comes your way. This Rune may also represent protection from your enemies, which is never a bad thing.
Desires in Relation to Your Question
Ingwaz signifies completion, success and fertility. Your present ambitions are about to be met. You are fecund in both mind and body.
Your Lover’s Desires
Tiwaz is the Warrior Rune. It represents pure, masculine power and the ability to successfully fight to meet your goals. However, you must be careful that costs of attaining your goals overshadow their values.
Challenges Which May Arise for You
Watch for hidden traps. Look for holes in your defenses and fill them.
Challenges Which May Arise for Your Lover
Mannaz reversed may indicate you are in a period of depression. Be careful when making serious decisions at this time. Trust only those whom time has proven trustworthy.
The Future Outcome
Ansuz represents mankind’s spiritual connection to God and the universe. It is often referred to as the “God Rune.” This Rune embodies reason, truth and justice. It denotes the coming of knowledge and true counsel from a higher authority.
Othala represents a solid, immovable home, prosperity and safety. Good fortune based on your heritage and character is yours to enjoy.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Othala
Phonetic equivalent: o
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: property, land, inheritance, home, permenance, legacy, synthesis, sense of belonging
MAGICAL USES: for acquiring land or property, to complete a project, to strengthen family ties
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: the nine worlds of Yggdrasil
ANALYSIS: In oþila, we find ourselves back in the seemingly mundane realm of wealth and property, just like the first rune, fehu. However, while cattle represented a more movable, transitory form of wealth, the land (as Mr. O’Hara said) is the only thing that lasts. It can be passed on as a legacy, but more importantly, it defines who we are by defining where we are. It is, ultimately, our home.
This rune brings us to the seventh cardinal point, which is the centre. It is the meeting place
between Midgard and Asgard; between our Gods and us. It is the axis around which our lives revolve. The idea of land or property is only a symbol – we must all find our own “centre” (or, as Joseph Campbell termed it, our “bliss”) to give our lives meaning, and this is really the ultimate goal of the runic journey. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we discover that after all our travels and adventures, we all eventually end up going home. But this doesn’t mean that the travels and adventures are pointless. On the contrary, it is only through those explorations that our ‘home’ or spiritual centre can have any real meaning for us. “There’s no place like home” of will have no power to send us there unless we come to truly understand what and where our home is to us.
Conversely, none of lessons learned along the way can be of any real use to us unless we actively integrate them into our ‘mundane’ lives and find that centre point to anchor them to. Oþila not only completes the smaller cycle of the third aett, but also brings us back to the beginning of the fuþark itself, only on a higher level. We may now begin the grand cycle of the runic journey again.
Tarot Card of the Day
The High Priestess
Traditionally entitled “The High Priestess,” this major arcana or “trump” card represents human wisdom — whether viewed as a kind of female Pope, the ancient Egyptian Priestess of Isis, the even more ancient 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 terms of the major arcana ordering of cards, the High Priestess appears in the sequence 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.
Get A Jump On Tomorrow….
Your Horoscopes for Saturday, February 13, 2016
Our plans are based on practicality today rather than idealistic fantasy since we see the world through a realistic lens once the Moon shifts into earthy Taurus at 6:35 am EST. We could become so entrenched in where we are and what we’re doing that we don’t want anything to change. However, logical Mercury shifts into futuristic Aquarius to shake up the status quo. Additionally, our enthusiasm grows as optimistic Jupiter supports energetic Mars.
Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19
Establishing a slower rhythm today isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Nevertheless, it’s still wise to rest while you can because the pace will pick up significantly after the weekend. Try practicing tried and true relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation. If you have too much energy, go for a walk or do something creative. Setting your sights on a more ambitious project is fine as long as you partake in activities that are rejuvenating rather than depleting. It’s best to save energy now so it’s available when you need it.
Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20
It appears as if people are pushing your emotional buttons now just to rattle you. Thankfully, your resistance is strong and you won’t likely get involved in dramas that aren’t yours. Your obstinate behavior works in your favor today, empowering you to establish clear boundaries. Luckily, your infamous stubborn nature doesn’t seem to upset others. Nevertheless, reserving permission to change your mind at the last moment increases your chances of experiencing joy throughout the day.
Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20
Your imagination comes to life with captivating fantasies today, making it nearly impossible to focus on events in the outer world. However, you may actually grow single-minded, mulling over the same images again and again in your daydreams. There’s no need for worry; your current obsession is a harmless detour and soon you will be back to your old playful and productive self once more. Color outside the lines while you have the chance.
Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22
Your thoughts are doggedly pulling you into the future, even if you don’t think you’re ready for it. But your current ideas aren’t just idle musings; you are actually laying a concrete foundation for whatever may unfold during the weeks ahead. Rather than cutting the ties of the connections to your own memories, weave them into the fabric of your dreams. Once they are part of your internal imagery, your subconscious will do the rest.
Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22
You might feel uneasy today because someone’s expectations are in direct conflict with your own ideas about how you want to spend your day. Avoid bringing a difference of opinion to a head now, for it won’t likely resolve the underlying tension anyhow. Instead of fruitlessly trying to find a common path, accept the incongruity between your needs and your reality. Discussing your worries with a good friend over the weekend will help to soothe your concerns. Sometimes a simple conversation is enough to set things right.
Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22
Finding satisfaction is annoyingly elusive today because your best plans seem to grow cold while sitting on the back burner. Although some of the larger pieces of the puzzle may be missing, enough of the smaller ones fit so well that the energy still flows. Nevertheless, you are wise to proceed slowly now; use this time to rejuvenate your spirit and prepare for the next adventure around the bend.
Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22
It’s nearly impossible to see how people are attempting to influence your feelings in an indirect manner today. Unfortunately, even your closest friends won’t necessarily come right out and say what they want. You sense an awkward emotional undercurrent and there’s not much you can do now other than recognizing it for what it is. Remember, nothing is gained by sinking to a level of retaliation. Moving ahead with your own agenda is indisputably your best course of action.
Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21
You might think that others are trying to make something appear less complicated than it is now. You are certain you know the truth, but can’t seem to get anyone to see it from your perspective today. Nevertheless, you can simultaneously accept totally different ways of looking at a similar experience for the sake of peace. Believe it or not, multiple points of view bring deeper awareness and greater choice. Seeking common ground improves your chances for success.
Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21
You may be drifting off in your own little world today, daydreaming of a recent trip or planning your next one. However, much to your chagrin, reality continues to call you back to the dull routines at hand. Even if you wish you were somewhere else, it’s still necessary to concentrate on your current work now. Take care of chores as soon as possible and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself without remorse over the weekend.
Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19
A slow dance between your head and your heart lures you into friendly waters today. You might feel as if you are trying to overcome some old limitations that are based on unpleasant memories. Luckily, the past is over and you’re not emotionally bound to yesterday. Although your current truths are already quite different, they are still in the development stage. There is not as much risk in the present moment as you think. Just do whatever comes naturally and enjoy the ride while it lasts.
Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18
Your interpersonal interactions are complicated today since unresolved emotional issues might be dragging you down. Act with cautious reserve; you don’t need to take everyone else’s problems and automatically add them to yours, even if you care a great deal about the people involved. Practice listening with an open heart, but keep some of your feelings private, nonetheless. Sometimes letting someone stand on their own two feet is an act of kindness in itself.
Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20
A relatively quiet day can turn into a rushing river of thoughts as a coworker tells you more personal information than you need to know. Nevertheless, you can’t just turn your back on someone in need if he or she shows up with a problem. Fortunately, lending a helping hand doesn’t mean you must sacrifice your own agenda. Kindly inform others of your limits and then stick to them. Your compassion knows no bounds; just make sure to apply it to yourself as well.