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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: Does the closest star to our Sun have planets? No one is sure — but you can now follow frequent updates of a new search that is taking place during the first few months of this year. The closest star, Proxima Centauri, is the nearest member of the Alpha Centauri star system. Light takes only 4.24 years to reach us from Proxima Centauri. This small red star, captured in the center of the featured image by the Hubble Space Telescope, is so faint that it was only discovered in 1915 and is only visible through a telescope. Telescope-created X-shaped diffraction spikes surround Proxima Centauri, while several stars further out in our Milky Way Galaxy are visible in the background. The brightest star in the Alpha Centauri system is quite similar to our Sun, has been known as long as recorded history, and is the third brightest star in the night sky. The Alpha Centauri system is primarily visible from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere. Starting last week, the European Southern Observatory’s Pale Red Dot project began investigating slight changes in Proxima Centauri to see if they result from a planet — possibly an Earth-sized planet. Although unlikely, were a modern civilization found living on a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, its proximity makes it a reasonable possibility that humanity could communicate with them.
Before dawn, Orion the Hunter
I noticed on your site that Orion returned to the predawn sky in late July. You called it the ‘ghost of the summer dawn.’ Due to cloudy skies and other conditions, I was not able to see it until August 6. When will Orion return to the evening sky?
Mike, Orion the Hunter is always behind the sun as seen from Earth in June. It comes back to the predawn sky every year in late July. By early September, Orion is rising in the wee hours and is well up in the southeast an hour before dawn, as shown on today’s chart.
Orion will soon be up by midnight, then 10 p.m. … and by December you’ll find it rising in early evening.
There’s nothing unusual about Orion’s shift from the predawn to the evening sky. This constellation is simply following the westward shift of all the stars, caused by Earth’s orbit around the sun. As we orbit the sun, our night sky points toward an ever-changing panorama of the Milky Way galaxy. Our orbit causes all the stars to rise approximately 4 minutes earlier each day.
Bottom line: If you’re an early riser, look to the southeast and spot Orion the Hunter roaming the September predawn sky.
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The Wisdom of Buddha
We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Golden Egg
The Golden Egg denotes the opportunity for substantial material gains. However, the Golden Egg is also a reminder that unmanaged greed ensures what gains are made will be lost.
As a daily card, The Golden Egg suggest that the prospects for you to increase your financial wealth are very strong today. Seize whatever opportunities come your way, but don’t ride them too long or you may find yourself no better off than you were before they came along.
Your Daily Rune For Sept. 2nd
“Per-throw” – Literally: unknown – Esoteric: The Norns, Fate, Lot-Cup
Rune of fate and the unmanifest. Rune of probability and the role of luck in the evolutionary process of the all things. Universe at play.
Psi: co-incidence, living with the unknown, the art and magic of guessing, pattern recognition, prophecy
Energy: evolutionary force, luck, nothingness, the unborn, the unmanifest
Mundane: gambling, random occurrences, guessing
Divinations: Good omen, knowledge of örlög, fellowship and joy, evolutionary change; or doom*, psychological or emotional addictions, stagnation, loneliness, delusion, fantasy, unknowability.
*Doom is the way in which the uncontrolled aspects of our self conspire in our destiny. It does not necessarily mean death.
Perception of the layers of örlög and wyrd
Manipulation of cause and effect
Placing runic forces in the stream of Nornic law
Alteration of probability and dependence on luck
The creation of favorable circumstances
Chance, gambling, divination and the art of guessing
Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today
The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lover’s 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.
Your Minchiate Tarot Card for the Month of September
The Strength Card
With Strength comes victory and success in our world. Power and inner energy are well used. Moral fortitude comes to the forefront. All virtues may be realized.
Tarot Card of the Day
The Chariot Tarot card points to a triumphal feeling of freedom, as if the Charioteer is being paraded through the streets as a hero (or heroine). The card reflects congratulations for high achievement, and serves as a sign of empowerment.
Huge wheels and frisky steeds speed the rate at which the driver’s will power can be realized. This kind of charge makes more of the world accessible to one ambitious enough to seize The Chariot’s reins. But there is danger in this feeling of freedom, because of the increased rate of change and its power to magnify mistakes in judgment. As a seasoned warrior, the Charioteer is called upon to be extra attentive to the way ahead.
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Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..
Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, September 3
By Astrologer Claire Petulengro
ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
You may have learnt by now that the three great physicians are time, nature and patience. If you haven’t then this is the weekend you will learn just how important they will be for you this month. Happier times at home link to unexpected phone calls.
TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Hard work is what it will take to make the most of your life this month. You’ve got the energy, you just don’t realise you have it yet. Something which took place at the end of last month is demanding an answer from you. Follow your heart!
GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Where money matters are concerned, things got out of hand. Today you start to see solutions where before you only saw problems. Happier times link to a new friend who has asked more than once to be a part of your life.
CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Baby steps you take are still helping you to move forward. Don’t take what help you have been offered for granted. If you do you may find yourself out of favour and friends before this weekend is over.
LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Your element of fire can often see you saying things you wish you could take back. What you learn today is that by saying what you really mean, rather than trying to protect your heart, you end up happier and more in control.
VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
You may feel let down and betrayed, but what you’re about to discover is that someone’s actually done you a very large favour. Give yourself time to process what’s occurred before you start asking others’ opinions.
LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
I see from the stars you’re looking for common ground with a close one. What I also see is that they’re not allowing you to do so. Getting back to what’s important to your day to day life will soon spur their interest.
SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Try not to poke your nose into other people’s business, but instead put your energy into the personal matter you’ve been avoiding. By doing so you will add confidence and sparkle to who you are attracting all sorts of magic into your life.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
You feel your future calling. What you can’t seem to work out is which of the many paths you see, should be your priority. A new calling in your career marks the beginning of the rest of your life.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
You’re tired, but I also see that you’re not doing anything to distance yourself from those who have sapped your energy. Be true to yourself and give yourself the self respect and self worth you know you deserve.
AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Travel is well starred and even though you may feel as if you have been deserted by certain people, they are actually there in spirit if not in body. A breakthrough with a legal or professional matter is possible if you do your research today.
PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Your need to see a certain person could see you travelling a ridiculous distance to make sense of recent words. Letting others talk would be a good way to ensure you don’t misinterpret or make up words.
If You Were Born Today, September 2
You are generous to a fault, always ready and willing to lend a hand, and kindhearted. A humanitarian and idealist, you aim to take everyone’s perspective into consideration and are a true team player. You are someone who notices details that others often miss. Others might often turn to you for information and advice. Inquisitive and curious, you are highly intelligent and also heavily draw on your intuition when coming to conclusions. You tend to thrive in partnership and can, in fact, be quite successful in careers that involve a lot of one-on-one interactions, such as a therapist, counselor, or lawyer. You can be emotional and moody, which can be confusing to those around you. They may leave you alone when you’d prefer company simply because they may be unsure of how to please you. Famous people born today: Keanu Reeves, Jimmy Connors, Salma Hayek, Mark Harmon, Allison Miller.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!
This can be a busy year on a mental level, with personal interests, studies, exciting ideas, frequent lectures, debates, or animated discussions. You are more assertive or forthcoming with your ideas and advice or opinions. You are highly motivated to put your ideas into motion. It can be a busy year for errands, travel, and trips. You may be more actively involved with young people.
There can be a strong focus on resolving long-standing problems or significant revivals of old projects or even relationships this year.
This can be a good time for updating your electronics and technology in ways that open up new avenues for communication or ease. Wonderfully creative ideas can fill your head this year.
Fortunate connections are likely to be made this year–connections that benefit you now and down the road and that enhance your chances of success at achieving your goals. A new relationship with someone that helps to broaden your horizons, expand your mind, and deepen your personal philosophy of life is possible, or existing relationships grow and improve.
You are taking more interest and pride in your relationships this period. It’s a good time to strengthen and support others as well as to build trust. You tend to instinctively know how to behave in ways that boost others’ confidence. This is a good time to team up with someone to generate ideas or solve problems, or simply to listen to and be heard. Mental rapport can be experienced in your relationships now.
You’re likely to be actively involved with teamwork and collaboration with others in the period ahead. There may be the beginning of a significant new relationship or the intensification of an existing romance.
This can also be a pleasantly ambitious period. You’re bound to enjoy professional as well as personal opportunities. Your faith in your ability to produce and to win takes you places you perhaps never imagined. You are able to see the “big picture”, which helps you to plan effectively. You might enjoy significant wins and positive outcomes in competitive activities, including sports and business, for example.
Bursts of creativity and energy emerge at seemingly perfect times and help you to further your goals. Healthy risk-taking is likely this year, as you are more able to spot an opportunity when you see one. It is easier than usual to break free from habits that have previously held you back from going after what you want in life.
At the same time, you benefit from a grounding influence. Work is solid this year, and you can see results from your efforts, or at least foresee success down the road. This gives you a sense of responsibility and a feeling of directedness and purposefulness. Traditional methods work, and thoroughness brings rewards. Practice or refining a technique is favored this year. The approach that seems to work best with this aspect is a step-by-step one and the appreciation of slow but steady progress.
Travel opportunities are likely. Pinnacle successes can occur during this period – for example, publishing an important project, graduating, marrying, having a child, getting a promotion, and so forth.
The year ahead is one of constructive accomplishment and the embracing of change and improvement. You are more courageous than usual, and you’re open to change, but you’re tuning into a more moderate lifestyle that suits you well. You’re highly active, motivated, and enterprising in the year ahead, but you’re also grounded and realistic in your approach. Pacing yourself is important and natural.
2017 is a Number Three year for you. Ruled by Jupiter. This is a year of sociability. It is a friendly time when you find it natural and easy to enjoy life and other people. The focus is on personal freedom, reaching out to others, making new friends, and exploration. You are more enthusiastic and ready for adventure than you are in other years. It’s likely to be a rather lighthearted year when opportunities for “play” time are greater than usual. It’s also a favorable year for expressing your creativity. Advice – reach out and connect but avoid scattering your energies.
2018 will be a Number Four year for you. Ruled by Uranus. This is a year of work and development. It’s “nose to the grindstone” time. It’s a time to pay special attention to practical matters, and it’s not a time to be lazy or especially gregarious. Sometimes, it can be a year that feels hard, monotonous and routine, and/or lonely. Positive new relationships are often not formed in a Four personal year. However, it can be a wonderful year for building, development, and laying a solid foundation for future successes. Advice – get yourself organized, work to build your resources, keep busy.
Courtesy of Cafe Astrology