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.
2016 April 4
Explanation: Is this the real world? Or is it just fantasy? The truth started with a dream — a dream that the spectacular Seljarlandsfoss waterfall in southern Iceland could be photographed with a backdrop of an aurora-filled sky. Soon after a promising space weather report, the visionary astrophotographer and his partner sprang into action. After arriving, capturing an image of the background sky, complete with a cool green aurora, turned out to be the easy part. The hard part was capturing the waterfall itself, for one reason because mist kept fogging the lens! Easy come, easy go — it took about 100 times where someone had to go back to the camera — on a cold night and over slippery rocks — to see how the last exposure turned out, wipe the lens, and reset the camera for the next try. Later, the best images of land and sky were digitally combined. Visible in the sky, even well behind the aurora, are numerous stars of the northern sky. The resulting title — given by the astrophotographer — was influenced by a dream-like quality of the resulting image, possibly combined with the knowledge that some things really mattered in this effort to make a dream come true.
Venus in Aries: Fiery Love
Love planet Venus gets a jolt from the warrior sign
Get ready for a shock to your love life! As of April 5, 2016, love planet Venus is officially moving through energetic Aries, the passionate first sign of the zodiac. Keeping an eye on Venus is the best way to figure out the savviest approach to love at any given time, so pay attention to the fact that Venus is spreading her sweet energy in this “warrior” sign!
This simply means that the planet of beauty and partnership is now most directly influenced by one of the most fiery horoscope signs. This makes each of us think of love in more proactive terms, enabling us to be a bit more assertive about affection.
Drawing on Aries’ most famous qualities, Venus is now inspiring us to energize our love lives by being a bit more spontaneous, either in how we flirt or the way we interact with significant others. It also makes us want to try new things and have new adventures when it comes to intimacy, whether that means testing out new personas in dating or suggesting outrageously fun activities with our partners.
Beware: Aries is also a restless sign, which means it’s easier to grow bored of your relationship or a blossoming romance. Our sudden craving for new experiences can make us overlook the admirable qualities of the people we already have in our lives.
And although Aries is thought of as a true leader, this streak of ingenuity can make us more risk-taking in how (and who) we love. We are less liable to think through matters of the heart, which could put our own emotions — or someone else’s — at the mercy of romantic whim. Be careful not to move too fast with a new partner, or to make drastic decisions about an established partnership. And don’t take questions of commitment — from being exclusive to co-habitating or even getting married — lightly. It’s easy to do when Venus is “under the influence” of Aries!
Go out there and have fun, just be smart!
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The Words of Confucius
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Your Daily Influences
April 4th, 2016
Four of Swords Reversed
Activity begins again. Success will be realized. Move with caution and wisdom as your guides.
Thurisaz reversed often represents your inability to come to terms with repressed issues. It is a warning that if you do not purge past demons they may return to harm you. This Rune is also indicative of a time when you should not act on impulse.
Aries the Ram
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is selfish, quick-tempered, impulsive, impatient, foolhardy and a bit of a daredevil. Be careful this person keeps your best interest at heart and not their own. This person is probably someone you already know. Do not allow yourself to get caught up in their impulsiveness.
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 Reading for the Week of April 4
Past Influence whose impact on your life this week is waning.
The Believer represents Faith and the realization that you have an important place in the workings of the Universe. Although The Believer may not always understand why things are the way they are, they none-the-less feel an underlying cosmic rhythm which is moving events in a direction that is good. The Believer rejoices in their celestial role, because they realize their life has purpose on a grand scale.
Present Influence whose impact on your life will be very strong.
Altruism denotes the noble act of giving to those in need without the expectation of a return. The act of giving has been seen as one of humankind’s greatest attributes throughout history. It is honored in nearly every culture. To give is a gift to both those who receive and those who give. Giving is usually associated with addressing the material needs of others, but the gift given can take many forms such as wisdom or protection or simply a shoulder to cry on.
Future influence whose impact on your life is growing and will be very strong in this week and the future.
Solitude is represented by a single person standing at the end of a boardwalk staring out at a vast, empty panorama. They are truly alone, but may not feel loneliness. They are at a place in their life where the need to withdraw from the our secular world is strong, because their focus should be on their inner self, their morality, and their dreams. The view before them is empty, but it is a canvas on which they may paint their future–a future restricted only by the size of their imagination and courage. For them Solitude is a choice. They chose to take the walkway that distances them from the rest of us. It is also a choice that can be undone. Just as they chose to take a path that leads them away from us, they may choose to turn around and come back at anytime.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
At its extreme Evil indicates a life force that embodies pure malevolence. Fortunately Evil in the extreme is very rare. Generally Evil suggests actions taken that challenge our morality and without regard to the harm that may be done to others. The appearance of Evil signifies a time in which someone is acting out of rage, selfishness, ignorance, or, sadly, sating a mean spirit.
As a daily card Evil is a warning that you or your group are the focus of someone’s malice. This is time for you to be very wary of the motives of those who haven’t earned your trust. It is likely you have something they want and they are willing to go to extremes to take it from you.
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