Grand Opening Special

Grand Opening Special

 

From August 15th till August 31th, with any purchase of $10.00 or more,  you will receive a three piece set Cedar, White & Blue Sage sticks. Yes, you heard right, you will receive all three of them with any order over $10.00. I know if you are like us you run through smudging sticks and this is a great way to stock up on them.  The Sage sticks will be fixed in the back so you don’t have any trouble checking out. All you have to do is wait for them to show up in the mail and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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Remember for all your magickal needs, it’s Magickal Necessities

 

 

 

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Astronomy Picture of the Day – Stars, Gas, and Dust Battle in the Carina Nebula

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.

2017 August 15

Stars, Gas, and Dust Battle in the Carina Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Bastien Foucher

 

Explanation: Chaos reigns in the Carina Nebula where massive stars form and die. Striking and detailed, this close-up of a portion of the famous nebula is a combination of light emitted by hydrogen (shown in red) and oxygen (shown in blue). Dramatic dark dust knots and complex features revealed are sculpted by the winds and radiation of Carina’s massive and energetic stars. One iconic feature of the Carina Nebula is the dark V-shaped dust lane that occurs in the top half of the image. The Carina Nebula spans about 200 light years, lies about 7,500 light years distant, and is visible with binoculars toward the southern constellation of Carina. In a billion years after the dust settles — or is destroyed, and the gas dissipates — or gravitationally condenses, then only the stars will remain — but not even the brightest ones.

 

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Your EarthSky News for Tuesday, August 15: Sunspots during solar eclipse? Probably

Sunspots during solar eclipse? Probably

Add sunspots to the list of wondrous sights to look for during the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017

On August 14, 2017, a new active region showing small sunspots appeared on the eastern limb, or edge, of the surface of the sun. If this region on the sun remains active or evolves, the new sunspot(s) will – for those with access to telescopes – complement other amazing sights during the total solar eclipse of Monday, August 21, 2017. That’s great news and unexpected, since we’re now so near Solar Minimum, an 11-year cycle of activity on the sun, and sunspots aren’t as frequent this year as they were a few years ago. Spaceweather.com reported on August 14:

Suddenly, the eastern limb of the sun is crackling with minor solar flares, heralding the approach of a new sunspot …

The coming sunspot(s) likely require magnification to be visible, and please remember: always use safe solar filters whenever you observe or take pictures of the sun.

As the sun rotates, new sunspots appearing on the sun’s edge usually take from 5 to 6 days to reach the sun’s center – that is, the Earth-facing center of our star – and may take a total of from 11 to 12 days to reach the opposite edge of the sun. This means that if the new sunspot(s) that appeared on August 14 remain visible, these features should be located not far from the center area of the sun during the August 21 solar eclipse.

Sunspots are regions of intense magnetic activity which appear dark and are “cooler” or less hot than other areas on the surface of the sun. Sometimes they grow several times the size of Earth’s diameter.

On the morning of August 14, there were solar flares or explosions in the new active region of the solar surface. The largest was categorized as a C1-class explosion, and Spaceweather.com pointed out:

During Solar Maximum, such a solar flare would be considered too minor to report. Now, however, the sun is close to Solar Minimum, so even a C-flare is noteworthy. In fact, it is noteworthy. A typical C-class solar flare releases as much energy as 1 billion WWII atomic bombs. Only on the sun, which is itself a 1027 ton self-contained nuclear explosion, would such a blast be considered puny.

Amateur astronomers with safely-filtered solar telescopes are encouraged to monitor the eastern limb for further developments.

What to look for during a total solar eclipse

Bottom line: A sunspot is becoming visible on the edge of the sun and should be in a good place to be viewed during the partial phases of the August 21 total solar eclipse.

 

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The Great American Solar Eclipse

The Great American Solar Eclipse

Get ready for this once-in-a-lifetime event on August 21, 2017


This will never happen again in your lifetime! On August 21, 2017, a truly historic event will take place in the skies: a Total Solar Eclipse will cross the entire United States from West Coast to East Coast. The last time an eclipse spanned the United States (and only the United States) was before the “United States” even existed … in the year 1257!

In general, Total Eclipses over even the slightest part of the U.S. have been rare during our lifetime — the last Total Eclipse that was visible to anyone in the U.S. was in 1991, but you could only see it from Hawaii. Before that, there was a Total Eclipse visible in 1979, but that one was only visible in the Northwest states, and one in 1970 that could only be seen on the East Coast. Otherwise, the only eclipses you’ve seen in the U.S. in nearly 50 years have been partial eclipses. Hopefully by now you are realizing what an incredibly rare treat this upcoming eclipse is!

Spanning from Oregon to South Carolina, this epic cosmic event has been named the Great American Eclipse. The “path of totality” (where you must be in order to see the Total Eclipse) also crosses over parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. Thankfully, even if you aren’t in the path of totality during the eclipse, you can still see a partial eclipse from most of the U.S. However, the closer you are to the path of totality, the more impactful the eclipse will be!

The path of totality:

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

During a Total Solar Eclipse, the Moon passes in front of the Sun, totally blocking out the Sun and its light from our view here on Earth. Because the Sun and Moon must be in the same place in the sky, a Solar Eclipse will always happen on a New Moon. On August 21, 2017, for 2 minutes or more, those in the path of totality will experience a complete blackout. It will be as if night has suddenly fallen upon us in the middle of the day. You will be able to see the stars against the black sky, and Mercury, Venus, and Mars will all be visible, too! Plants and animals are even tricked by this brief but total darkness, and will immediately react as if it is nighttime.

If you are near, but not in, the path of totality during this Great American Eclipse, you will see the Sun partially eclipsed by the Moon, but you will not experience total darkness.

What does this mean in Astrology?

This Great American Eclipse will happen when both the Sun and Moon are in Leo, and coincides with the Leo New Moon. Leo is a sign of expression and creativity, but also drama and pride, so you can expect things to get intense around this eclipse!

Astrologer Rick Levine explains, “Solar Eclipses may appear disruptive as they break up blockages in our lives.” This Solar Eclipse in Leo offers you a profound opportunity to realize the changes you must make in your own life.

 

 

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