A Thought for Today

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When you feel that you are fighting an uphill battle for whatever reason remember you are never alone. The Goddesses and Gods along with your Spirit Guides and Helpers are there to help you through even the worse of times. Which was something I needed to be reminded of over the last few days.

Blessed be dear sisters and brothers of The Craft.

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As we go today…..

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TIll tomorrow, my sweets,

Love ya,

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Astronomy Picture of the Day – Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains 

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.

2018 August 7

Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains 
Image Credit & Copyright: Clément Brustel

 

Explanation: There is something unusual about this astronomically-oriented photograph. It’s not obvious — it was discovered only during post-processing. It is not the Moon, although capturing the Moon rising during a total lunar eclipse is quite an unusually interesting sight. (Other interesting images also captured during last month’s eclipse can be found here.) It is not Mars, found to the lower right of the Moon, although Mars being captured near its brightest also makes for an unusually interesting sight. (Mars is visible nearly the entire night this month; other interesting images of it can be found here.) It is not the foreground mountains, although the French Alps do provide unusually spectacular perspectives on planet Earth. It is the goat.

Your Earth Sky News for August 7: Aug. 8 – 9, Moon in Gemini

August 8 and 9 before sunup: Moon in Gemini

On the mornings of August 8 and 9, 2018, you’ll find the waning crescent moon in front of the constellation Gemini the Twins. Gemini’s two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux, represent twin brothers in Greek mythology, despite the fact that these two stars don’t look alike. If you look closely, you’ll see that Pollux is slightly brighter than Castor. Pollux is also more golden in color.

There are multiple versions of the ancient tale of the Twins. In Greek mythology, both Castor and Pollux were born from the same mortal mother, Leda, with different fathers. Castor, the mortal brother, was sired by Tyndareus, a mortal king of Sparta. Pollux, the immortal brother, was the son of Zeus, the king of the gods, who was said to seduce Leda in the form of a swan.

It’s said that – when the mortal brother Castor was slain in battle – his immortal brother Pollux was inconsolable. He begged his father Zeus to relieve him of the bonds of immortality. Zeus granted his request, and so Pollux joined his brother in death, chosing togetherness with his brother over eternal life. According to the legend, Zeus allowed the brothers to live together in the heavens as the constellation Gemini the Twins.

But, it’s said, the heavenly twins must spend a portion of the year in Hades, the underworld and land of the dead in Greek mythology.

And indeed – from the vantage point of Earth – the sun annually passes in front of the constellation Gemini from about June 21 to July 21 each year. Gemini is lost in the sun’s glare for that month at least, and is not visible in our nighttime sky. Thus it could be said that the heavenly twins dwell in the underworld during that time of year.

Of course, it’s really Earth that’s doing the moving. The Earth’s yearly orbit around the sun causes the sun in our sky to travel full circle in front of the constellations of the zodiac every year.

Still, at this time of year – as we look eastward before sunrise for Gemini’s return – it’s easy to imagine the fond brothers returning from the underworld to serve as a tribute in our sky to the redemptive power of brotherly love.

Bottom line: The moon has now waned to a slim crescent phase. It’s near the stars Castor and Pollux – the legendary Gemini “twins” – on August 8 and 9, 2018.

 

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