Day: August 9, 2016
A Little Humor for Your Day – Oreo™ Cookie Divination
Oreo™ Cookie Divination
You will need a package of Oreo Cookies … the cheap imitation sandwich cookies are an insult to the Goddess! … enough for everyone to have at least three. Milk is good, but optional.
- Take a cookie in your hand.
- Ask the cookie a question. A “yes or no” question is best.
- Put your intent on the cookie, e.g. hold the cookie in your left hand, cover it with your right, and hold it for 13 seconds.
- Using both hands, take the cookie apart (straight pull or twisting deosil), with one side in the left hand and one side in the right.
Reading the “creme filling”
- If the creme filling is full on the right side cookie, the answer is “yes”, or a positive outcome, or wish will come true.
- If the creme filling is full on the left side cookie, the answer is “no”, or negative outcome, or wish won’t come true.
- If the creme is mostly on the right, the answer would be mainly positive.
- Vise versa on the left cookie.
- If the creme is on both cookies in a pattern, shape, split, chunks falling off, etc, you may interpret the creme filling in however manner you feel comfortable with.
You can also interpret the creme as moon phases: The full creme on right side is full moon, left side new moon….different phases can be interpreted by different splits in the creme. There are many other possible ways to interpret these cookies. Go with what feels right for you.
Of course, you must eat the cookie afterward to honor the Goddess. If you want to dunk your cookie, do so after the divination. Mushy cookies don’t separate well.
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Astronomy Picture of the Day – Mars at Closest Approach 2016
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 August 9
Mars at Closest Approach 2016
Video Credit & Copyright: Jesús Santos Garzás
Explanation: When does Mars appear the largest? This occurs when Earth sweeps past Mars in their respective orbits around the Sun, creating a momentary Sun-Earth-Mars alignment called opposition. The featured video shows the Mars opposition that occurred earlier this year. All of the images were taken from Earth with a small telescope. Mars actually changes its size continuously — the monthly jumps in size are an editing effect. During the first month in video, March, Earth’s view toward Mars is from relatively far away and from a relatively sideways angle — making Mars appear small and at less than full phase (gibbous). As months progress, Mars appears increasingly larger and fuller. The day Earth andMars were closest together — opposition — was on May 22. By June, Earth had passed Mars, and part of the other side of Mars appeared shadowed. Mars will now appear increasingly smaller during 2016. Even if you watch Mars from Earth all along its orbit, though, Mars will never show a crescent phase.
Earth Sky News for August 9th: Closest far-moon of 2016
Closest far-moon of 2016 on August 10
Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky’s popular Tonight pages since 2004. He’s a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He also writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around his home in upstate New York.
Originally published on EarthSky
The Wisdom of Buddha
The Wisdom of Buddha
Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
Crack the Cookie
Your Daily Charm for Tuesday, August 9th is The Necklace of Charms
Your Charm for Today
What you need in this aspect is a bit of understanding. You can find happiness in abundance if you understand and accept the differences of those with whom you share your life within this aspect.
This is an Egyptian group of amulets. The center ornament is the Lotus, from which hangs the emblem of Millions of years — Thou shalt never perish, never, never come to an end. The Lotus bestowed upon the wearer Light and Understanding, the gifts of the god Ra, their sun god, king of gods and of men. The Fish, the symbol of the Egyptian goddess who controlled the rising of the Nile brought Abundance and Riches. The other pendant is in the form of a lock of hair, the meaning of which is obscure.
Your Three Dragon Reading for Tuesday, August 9th
Your Three Dragon Reading for Today
The Red Dragon represents success, achievement and fulfillment. The three tiles under the Red Dragon tile will influence the power your Red Dragon currently has in your life.
Symbol: Seven Stars
The Seven Stars tile signifies creative growth and power. Creativity should be applied to the area this tile appears. This is a place to let your imagination run free. The Seven Stars tile also indicates hope for the future.
The Chrysanthemum tile indicates you will enjoy a happy time filled with social activities and leisurely moments untainted by the demands of everyday life.
Symbol: Lotus Flower
The Lotus Flower tile represents birth or rebirth. On a spiritual level it may indicate you are about to reach new heights in your understanding of your place in the cosmos. Physically it may suggest a child is coming, or a new project is about to emerge. The Lotus Flower tile also speaks of regeneration, and may indicate a time of recovery from hardship—a new beginning.
Invocation to the Spirit Guide, Elephant
Your Animal Spirit Guide for August 9th is The Elephant
Your Ancient Symbol Card for August 9th is The Sword
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Sword is a a call to action. It indicates challenges are before you and to attain your goals you will have to address them. The Sword does not suggest rash or underhanded behavior on your part. Indeed, while actions indicated by The Sword are decisive, they are based on the power of your wisdom and ethics. The strength of The Sword lies in the moral purity of your actions.
Your Elemental Influences for Tuesday, August 9th
Your Elemental Influences for Today
Air denotes freedom and the ability to transcends the mundane. You may be, or may soon experience a spiritual or secular liberation.
Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for August 9th is The Chariot
Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today
The Chariot is the representation of Victory and the personality traits required to attain victory. The Chariot indicates self-awareness and control. Courage—the ability to overcome fear and confront the unknown head on–is a primary ingredient of any victorious campaign and is denoted by the Chariot. So too is force of will. Often success is as much the product of will power and a refusal to surrender as it is anything else. The Chariot also represents the healthy personality of someone who believes in themselves; someone who can take control of the situation and bring events to a positive end. His successes come in competition with others.
Daily I Ching Hexagram for August 9th is 05:Waiting
Your Daily Rune for Tuesday, August 9th is Kenaz
Your Daily Tarot Card for Tuesday, August 9th is The Lovers
Your Personal Daily Tarot Card
The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lovers’ embodies love and union on a cosmic scale—a love so strong, so inherently good that it actually makes the lovers better, more than they really are. All of the elements are there for the perfect union. The Lovers represent all powerful unions in general, and the elements that create/sustain them. The problem The Lovers face is temptation and the decision to act morally or abandon their ethics to take advantage of other opportunities that would be defined as transgressions.
Cat Astrology: Traits by Zodiac Sign
Cat Astrology: Traits by Zodiac Sign
Find your cat’s sign and learn more about their personality…
Do you have a pretty kitty or a downright fat cat? Trust us, the cosmos affect your kitties’ personalities and moods just as much as they affects ours.
Look to your cat’s zodiac sign for clues to why your little beastie might be a lover … or a biter.
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Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, August 10th
Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..
Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, August 10th
by Rick Levine
Our lives are complicated by unspoken words and feelings that lurk in the shadows. The secretive Scorpio Moon reminds us that metamorphosis occurs in the dark. But the radiant Leo Sun shines the light of awareness into the night, turning the invisible into the obvious. We’re intrigued by the power of the unconscious as perceptive Mercury trines mysterious Pluto. Nevertheless, our brains are supercharged and our powers of persuasion are strong.
Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19
You have the proper words at your disposal today to describe those feelings that are typically not easy to talk about. Fortunately, you won’t be deterred from speaking your piece while persuasive Mercury teams up with relentless Pluto, empowering you to press your point until you convince others that your position is a wise one. Nevertheless, there’s still room for improvement which means it’s crucial to listen to the critical feedback you receive. The Buddha said, “Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth.”
Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20
Someone’s response to your actions might feel like an attack on your judgment. However, it may be that your thin-skinned reaction turns constructive criticism into a personal affront. Thankfully, clear thinking and strategic planning smooth out ruffled feathers with stabilizing aspects from Mercury to Pluto. Instead of escalating an unnecessary conflict by over-personalizing everything you hear today, sink beneath the surface and connect with the deeper message.
Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20
Mixed signals at work could prompt you to think you lost your way today, yet wallowing in self-doubt won’t accomplish anything. However, you are motivated to clear the air in order to improve the current communication dynamics. Thankfully, you can quickly develop a diplomatic strategy to resolve the tension while interactive Mercury trines evolutionary Pluto. Trust earned by hard work and accountability invites deeper discussions and important insights, which in turn can produce a sensible solution to an existing problem.
Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22
Your sensitivity to the plights of others is one of your greatest gifts, but it could be the source of deeply rooted angst today. You might be slightly overwhelmed because of the magnitude of trouble you see in the world or in the suffering of those around you. But instead of withdrawing to nurse your pain, you have a chance to help people by participating in meaningful dialogue. Rather than creating an emotional gulf between you and your loved ones, a supportive Mercury-Pluto trine opens communication channels so you don’t feel so alone. Reaching out places peace of mind within reach.
Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22
You seem to be at odds with the world today, but in your heart of hearts you know you’re right. Unfortunately, everyone is so entrenched in their own positions that there’s no resolution to be found. Tempers might flare at first, but Mercury’s trine to Pluto allows you to bring the conversation back to the real issues. Discussing what motivated the argument in the first place is your key to resolving the differences, no matter how deep they run. Author Dorothy Thomas wrote, “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”
Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22
There are many voices in your head fighting for your attention, and it is a challenge to choose which one to listen to now. You may struggle at first if you pretend to have a plan in place, yet admitting you don’t have an answer for every question reveals your vulnerable side. Mercury’s creative trine with surgical Pluto helps you cut through the clutter, dig down to the heart of the matter and communicate with conviction. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from achieving your goal, especially yourself.
Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22
Your values might clash with those of your friends while the Moon in your 2nd House of Core Beliefs dynamically squares the Sun in your 11th House of Community, bringing you to the edge of verbal combat. You know what you want, you express it and you’re willing to show that you mean it. Fortunately, Mercury creates an agreeable trine with evolutionary Pluto, allowing you to magically transform a potential conflict into an intimate moment if you’re willing to join someone in unknown emotional territory. Author Gail Sheehy wrote, “The delights of self-discovery are always available.”
Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21
Your emotional reaction is swift and strong today yet you must fight for recognition every step of the way. It’s as if everything feels more complicated than it is. People aren’t confident in your ability to keep your love light shining now. Mercury’s favorable trine to penetrating Pluto is ideal for addressing a delicate issue requiring careful communication. Thankfully, your perceptions empower your words and supply you with the information needed to prove your point. Your intuition is an endless resource if you are wise enough to use it.
Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21
You prefer to conceal your emotions today because you don’t want them to interfere with your professional activities. Your thinking is clear and deep now; your communication is concise and compelling. But working to bring your hidden feelings out into the open is only the first step to connecting with others. Ultimately, directing your attention to where it will do the greatest good is your smartest strategy. Your character’s strength is measured less by your words and more by your actions.
Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19
You may feel underappreciated by someone close to you today. Nevertheless, you have a clear understanding of your desires, so concentrated efforts can produce dramatic results in a short amount of time. Cerebral Mercury’s creative trine with incisive Pluto deepens your insights and sharpens your words to help you encourage coworkers and friends. In the final analysis, your positivity motivates others and then cycles around to lift your spirits. The best way to multiply your happiness is to share it.
Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18
You can’t help but bring your emotions to work with you now, even if you wish you could conveniently leave them at home. Fortunately, you can create some distance between you and your desires without denying your feelings. But you must be brave and push past your resistance to establish a deeper connection with your colleagues while Mercury forms a harmonious trine with secretive Pluto. A meaningful conversation with the right person is priceless, no matter where it takes place.
Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20
Everyone seems so practical today that it appears like you have nowhere to fit in and call home. Your emotions are so strong that you might feel a sense of alienation from those closest to you. Nevertheless, you possess plenty of perfect answers, if only you could figure out a way to get your message across. But be careful what you say when Mercury receives a passionate blast from potent Pluto, giving your words tremendous power. Your intensity can scare others away now if you put it on full blast. Ultimately, communication works best when it flows both ways.
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If Today is Your Birthday: August 9
If Today is Your Birthday: August 9
Although your personality is restless, you are at your best when meeting your responsibilities and filling commitments. Self-esteem plummets otherwise. You are hard-working, likable, dependable, and achievement-oriented. Some of you are overachievers. You might often find yourself in the position of managing and taking care of others. You have a very responsible streak and might stay in difficult situations longer than most as a result – watch for over-committing yourself. Because pride and protectiveness can keep you from sharing your worries and concerns with people closest to you, it can be very important for you to find a confidante so that you can share some of your burdens. Making more time for pleasure is also essential to your success. In close relationships, control or imbalance can be issues, but relationships get much better later in life. You are deeply loving and have strong personal magnetism. Famous people born today: Whitney Houston, Gillian Anderson, Melanie Griffith, Audrey Tautou, Anna Kendrick, Eric Bana, Sam Elliott.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
The Sun in a waxing sextile to the Moon in your Solar Return chart has a fortunate influence on your year ahead. You can be especially productive this year, as in many ways you are starting fresh, but you have a rather clear vision of what you want to accomplish. Your inner needs tend to be mirrored by external events, and vice versa, which helps to boost your confidence and happiness levels. You more readily accept that challenges are part of the natural cycle in life, which in turn helps you to meet them with confidence and to worry less. You are likely to be on top of your game this year for the most part, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. A comfortable level of personal popularity helps keep conflict to a minimum. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there will be less stress on both your mind and body.
Jupiter moves into transiting harmony with your Sun from December 2016 forward. You have a stronger than usual desire to improve, grow, and learn. This is a fortunate aspect that helps boost optimism and confidence, and you can attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Matters related to universities, higher education, organized religion, publishing, legal affairs, and foreign interests can be especially favorable. It’s a good time to further your education. You are likely to enjoy a larger perspective on matters that keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses.
This is an excellent year for learning new things and meeting people who bring important information into your life. Making new contacts through learning and mental pursuits figures strongly.
However, there can be some problems with blocks or delays with communications and transportation. Your thoughts are likely to be quite sober at times, and you should do your best to avoid negative thinking. This may be a year when you often retreat to work on specific tasks on your own. You might be required to travel for business purposes. The maturity of young people in your life may become an issue or area of focus. Thinking in realistic and practical terms is your best bet, and the need for tangible results for your efforts is strong. Still, there can be misunderstandings, misinformation, wishful thinking, or carelessness. Verify the facts before making decisions and avoid taking precipitate action. Certainly, you might often see things that others don’t, as you’re tuned into the subtle side of life and situations, but, at the same time, you may miss practical details.
Even so, your powers of investigation are strong – you go to the origin of a problem and work from there. There may be a project, idea, or person that demands much of your attention or occupies much of your thoughts. You are especially resourceful when your curiosity is piqued.
There can be some fireworks in key relationships this year. Feelings can sometimes run hot and cold in love. Your affections are strongly stimulated, and you are more acutely aware of your powers of attraction. You can enjoy an increase in personal magnetism, but timing can be off and you should be wary of competitiveness or tension in existing love relationships, as your passions run high, whether they‘re feelings of love or anger.
Marketing and promotional activities can thrive. Business revolving around the home, nutrition, cooking, and real estate may be particularly fruitful.
You may win respect and recognition for your work or craft this year. There is a good balance between learning from tradition and seeing things progressively.
Transiting Saturn transits in harmony with your Sun in November 2016. This suggests benefits from keeping your feet on the ground and paying attention to, and honoring, tradition as well as tried-and-true methods. Work you have done in the past begins to pay off now – not necessarily in dramatic ways, but in small, measurable ways. You may be recognized or rewarded in some way for the efforts you put forth. When you project a more responsible and credible “you”, people in authority are more inclined to appreciate you and recognize your work. This is a time in which you put your life in order in some significant manner. The key to success under this influence is adopting a realistic, practical, disciplined, and orderly approach to your life. Having a strong sense for both tradition and innovation opens doors for you. You have a real sense of tomorrow now, so it’s easier for you to take the necessary steps to make all of your “tomorrows” better.
There is steadiness in many areas of your life this year, although some relationships can be up and down. From December forward, you’re in an exceptionally strong position for taking advantage of new opportunities. There can be recognition for your work or talents. However, you may have a difficult time focusing on one or two projects during this period of life, and you can benefit from attempts to focus your energies.
2016 is a Number Eight year for you. Ruled by Saturn. This is a year of power and accomplishment. Actively seeking to expand, taking educated risks, and moving forward are highlighted. This is a year of opportunity, particularly in the material and business world, and opportunities need to be seized. It’s generally not a year to find a new love partner, simply because the focus is on the material world and your place in the world. This is a problem-solving year in which you can expect real, tangible results. Advice – take action, plan ahead, seize opportunities.
2017 will be a Number Nine year for you. Ruled by Mars. This is a year of completion and transition. It is a time when we need to let go of things that no longer serve their purpose, and hold on to things that have a future. It is a time of cleaning out dead wood, not necessarily for new beginnings. It can be a time when a burden has been taken off your shoulders, and it can be a year of giving of yourself. Advice – let go of things that are holding you back, give of yourself and express your sympathetic, compassionate side.
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