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 September 19
Explanation: Inside the Cocoon Nebula is a newly developing cluster of stars. The cosmic Cocoon on the upper right also punctuates a long trail of obscuring interstellar dust clouds to its left. Cataloged as IC 5146, the beautiful nebula is nearly 15 light-years wide, located some 3,300 light years away toward the northern constellation of the Swan (Cygnus). Like other star forming regions, it stands out in red, glowing, hydrogen gas excited by young, hot stars and blue, dust-reflected starlight at the edge of a nearly invisible molecular cloud. In fact, the bright star near the center of this nebula is likely only a few hundred thousand years old, powering the nebular glow as it slowly clears out a cavity in the molecular cloud’s star forming dust and gas. This exceptionally deep color viewof the Cocoon Nebula traces tantalizing features within and surrounding the dusty stellar nursery.
Mars in Aquarius: Idealistic, Original, and Independent
September 10 – November 15, 2018
Mars in Aquarius
By Tarot.com Staff
While fierce Mars moves through the brilliant sign of Aquarius, we’re eager to fight for our freedom, our individuality, and our community! Aquarius is a sign that marches to its own beat, and we simply won’t allow our ideas and ambitions to be silenced or shoved aside during this transit.
Mars in Aquarius is a time to revolutionize our way of doing things. It blesses us with magnificent visions to improve not only our daily lives, but society as a whole. Our minds are clear and we are free to think and act in whatever way is needed. We can see a better future, and the steps we must take in order to reach it.
When Mars is in Aquarius
Mars’ transit through Aquarius is a time to stand up for our rights and fight for change. Aquarius is a detached sign that doesn’t typically get too fired up, but Mars’ warrior-like presence here adds the fuel that is normally lacking and encourages us to champion our ideas and ideals. We are fighting for our freedoms, but we aren’t using our fists — with Mars in Aquarius, our minds are our greatest weapons.
Strength lies in fresh ideas and original plans during this transit. Traditional ways of thinking will only lead to more of the same — Mars in Aquarius is a time to identify what we want the future to look like, and to take active steps toward it. It’s not just about thinking outside the box, it’s about completely forgetting about the box. The only way to make things radically different is to act in radical ways.
Injustices and societal problems are impossible to ignore while Mars is in Aquarius. Aquarius is the humanitarian of the zodiac, and is especially concerned with what’s happening to the underdog. While Mars is firing up this sign, we can clearly see what needs to change and how. We can see not just the problems, but the solutions. There’s a powerful opportunity for reformation and revolution during this transit that we don’t always have available to us.
It’s hard to follow anyone else’s rules while Mars moves through free-thinking Aquarius. And who would want to?! Mars in Aquarius is a rebel who shoves aside traditional ways of doing things for a more original approach. We’re all capable of brilliance if we allow ourselves to disconnect from our typical patterns and feelings to embrace a brand-new, totally different way of doing things. It’s about liberating ourselves and growing into our own, bit by bit.
If you were born with Mars in Aquarius
People born with their Mars in Aquarius are blessed with powerful minds and an insatiable need for freedom. You have an original way of thinking and doing things that opens opportunities and solutions where others see none. You like to surprise others — the second someone thinks they have you pegged, you’ll switch up your game. This open way of moving through the world helps you realize that nothing is permanent and there is always, always room for change and improvement.
People are very important to you. While you are an independent thinker, you thrive in group settings and know that there is strength in numbers. Aligning yourself with like-minded people not only builds your friendship circle, but it adds power to your ideas and support for the actions you want to take. It’s hard for you to connect with someone if you’re not on the same page. Your closest friends and lovers are the ones who think like you do.
You are connected to your community, and believe that every person deserves equal rights and opportunities. You will not stand for inequality. Instead of striving for what’s best for you in the moment, you focus on the future and what’s best for everyone.
If there’s one thing that makes you feel confined, it’s conforming — you are far too unique and brilliant to be stifled by anyone else’s limited way of doing things. Your mind is your most powerful asset, and you can’t stand to follow the rules. You think differently than others, making you both a visionary and a leader.
If you were born on the Virgo-Libra Cusp, from September 19 to September 25, you are a beautiful individual inside and out! You were born on the Cusp of Beauty and you are a vision of perfection, balance, and grace.
Being born on the Virgo-Libra Cusp, you are influenced by mindful Mercury, the ruling planet of Virgo, as well as Venus, the Goddess planet and the ruling planet of Libra. You have been blessed with both wits and charm, and when used correctly, you can be powerfully persuasive.
You have the grounded determination of an Earth sign (Virgo), and the charisma and social ease of an Air sign (Libra). This is a blissful blend of elements! When you’re in the zone, you have a realistic understanding of the world, and you have the added benefit of being able to express your thoughts fairly and eloquently. No wonder you’re so well-liked!
If you’re born on this cusp, you’re graceful, generous, and have an air of beauty about you no matter how you look! You have high standards and always try to carry yourself in an elegant fashion. You’re beloved by not only your friends and family, but also by anyone who has the opportunity to be bewitched by your kind words and gentle heart. You have a sharp eye on the world, with a strong distaste for cruelty and a longing love for those who fight for equality.
Watch out for your evil eye, though! You get upset quickly and are easily riled up when others don’t live up to your standards — and you set the bar quite high. Others hate letting you down! If they slip up and say a crass joke or forget their manners, they will feel the wrath of your judgement or may even get a quick scolding. That kind of behavior makes you cringe, but you might be distancing yourself from your loved ones when you stick your nose so high in the air. People make mistakes. Allow them to be humans and do your best not to jump down their throats if they say or do the wrong thing. If you can learn to breathe and loosen your perfectionist grip, you’ll be an inspiration to be around!
Attractive, intellectual, communicative, artistic, social, sensuous
Your intelligence and grace come together to make you a wonderful conversationalist and activist. You see right and wrong as clearly as black and white, and you’re able to explain your understandings to others in an approachable way that allows them to hear you and follow you. If you wield this powerful skill correctly, you can have a positive impact not only within your own world, but globally as well.
Superficial, materialistic, detached, perfectionist, nervous, jaded
On your bad days, you can get swept away by the dark side of beauty. You love to make a good impression and be polished inside and out — it’s the external needs that can warp you. Be aware of your desires for material possessions and superficiality. If you find yourself needing clothes, makeup, and accessories to make you feel fulfilled, then you’ll silence your true internal beauty./p>
Your heart is full of love for others and the desire to find balance in the world, but you have a hard time letting the people who are closest to you into your bubble. It takes a special someone with patience and strong communication to keep you interested and committed. Fire signs are much too impulsive! They’re always willing to be social with you, but they’ll often say the wrong thing. Air signs are fun and playful, but lack the commitment you need. Earth signs will keep you grounded and appreciate your kind nature.
Put your passion for equality and your power of persuasion to use! You don’t want to offend others, so you sometimes stay quiet on issues that really perplex and upset you. Speak up! You have an ability to speak your mind in a clear and concise way that others envy. Use your words to make a difference and make the world a better place.
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The Wisdom of Buddha
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Your Lucky Clover’s Advice
A word is more enduring than worldly wealth.
Your Ogham Reading
The Celts often believed the hawthorn to be a portal to the Otherworld. The hawthorn is a hardy plant commonly used for hedges and great firewood. It can even be an invasive species at times. The key points to remember with the letter Huathe are obstacles, walls, and obstructions. Its ability to form a natural wall gives the diviner an idea in what this symbol can mean to them and their lives.
Fortune – To overcome obstacles and walls you must make a personal sacrifice, to gain we must lose something of ourselves!
In many religious traditions the apple is a mystical or forbidden fruit. Yet to the Celts it was the food of the Gods. Despite it’s often bad reputation it is clear that the apple is a source of nutrition, health, and sustenance. That is why we read this ogham letter has having to do with life, health, and healing… a Quert a day keeps the bad vibes away!
Fortune – Take a good look at your mental and physical health. This Ogham is a warning to be mindful of nutrition and healing, take care of yourself!
The ivy is a sneaky plant that will first use another tree for growth, but overtime it will potentially take away vital nutrients and water from the tree itself. Ivy can be a symbiotic helper bringing birds and wildlife or it can destroy the one it is with, drawing this letter is a sign of warning to pay attention to those in life with potential ill intentions. Ideas associated with Gort are restrictions, warnings, bindings, and potential deceit.
Fortune – Be wary of those in life who like the Ivy may be draining you of life energy. Be sure they are helpful to your soul and not harmful!
Your Daily Rune for Today
“Hag-all-az” – Literally: “Hail” or “Hailstone” – Esoteric: Crisis or Radical Change
Key Concepts: hailstones, crisis and catastrophe, disruption, radical change, destructive elements of nature, severe weather, the uncontrollable, unavoidable unpleasantness, Jungian shadow, psychoanalysis, regression, acceptance of the unalterable
Psi: disruption, change, personal past
Energy: power beyond human ability to harness, perfect pattern, seed formation, objective confrontation, destructive natural forces, chaos
Mundane: bad weather, obstacles, surprises, shelter
Divinations: Change according to ideals, changes for the long-term good, controlled crisis, corrections, completion, inner harmony; or catastrophe, crisis, stagnation, loss of power, loss of property, short-term disappointment, victim-consciousness, obsession with the past, blame.
Completeness and balance of power, integration of unconscious shadow elements
The inevitability of Fate, Wyrd, Orlog
Evolutionary progress and operations of becoming
The outworking of a perfect pattern
Protection through banishing or exorcising disharmonious patterns, protection
Awareness of the unconscious ideas for eventual processing
Causing discomfort in others by awakening their own subconscious ‘garbage
Egyptian Love Tarot
The World card is the last card of the Tarot, and as such, signals a time of completion and accomplishment. If there is anything you have left unfinished in regard to love and romance, now is the time to tie up these loose ends. You have the potential to enjoy the fruits of your labor in relationships now, resting on your laurels and receiving praise and recognition from others.
Your Egyptian Tarot
The High Priestess
Whenever the High Priestess card comes up, the essence of womanhood is involved. The High priestess rules over the spiritual realm of the female psyche. It’s a card that makes you feel one with nature and those around you instead of separated. Although the High Priestess herself is a recluse, she remains involved with all facets of your life from an unseen spiritual place. The High Priestess guides you toward a profound love instead of a frivolous one.