Astronomy Picture of the Day – The Last Days of Venus as the Evening Star 

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 October 5

The Last Days of Venus as the Evening Star 
Image Credit & CopyrightRadu-Mihai Anghel


Explanation: That’s not a young crescent Moon poised above the hills along the western horizon at sunset. It’s Venus in a crescent phase. About 54 million kilometers away and less than 20 percent illuminated, it was captured by telescope and camera on September 30 near Bacau, Romania. The bright celestial beacon is now languishing in the evening twilight, its days as the Evening Star in 2018 coming to a close. But it also grows larger in apparent size and becomes an ever thinner crescent in telescopic views. Heading toward an inferior conjunction (non-judgmental), the inner planet will be positioned between Earth and Sun on October 26 and lost from view in the solar glare. At month’s end a crescent Venus will reappear in the east though, rising just before the Sun as the brilliantMorning Star.


Your Daily Planet Tracker for October 5: Mercury in Libra

Mercury in Libra: Friendly, Diplomatic, Easygoing

Now Until – October 9, 2018


Mercury, the communication planet, gets nice and comfortable in the sociable Air sign of Libra. The Air element is very much about the mind and communication, so Libra meshes quite nicely with Mercury. Libra loves to build bridges and find ways to overcome our differences. It knows that there is more than one side to any situation, and wants to harmonize opposing points of view.

Mercury’s entry into this peacemaking sign signals a time when speech becomes a little bit softer to create more harmony in our relationships. We’ll all be a little more apt to bring down the noise level, allowing both sides of an argument to be heard. Because of this, Mercury in Libra is the perfect time to heal wounds caused by arguments or misunderstandings.

When Mercury is in Libra

When the planet of speech and the sign of one-on-one relationships get together, our communication with others comes into focus. This isn’t just love relationships we’re talking about — it’s also about our family, friends, and coworkers, too. If we’ve had any fights, or if we’ve been holding on to a long-term grudge, this is a good time to finally put them to rest.

Diplomacy takes center stage when Mercury is in Libra! Libra is represented by the Scales of justice in Astrology, so it makes sense that we’ll be more objective during this time, attempting to approach every situation in a fair-minded and balanced way. Think of this transit as a gentle reminder from the universe on the importance of considering others’ perspectives and embracing the beauty of compromise.

One challenge of this transit is the tendency to be a little too nice. Don’t sugar-coat things or withhold information just to avoid rocking the boat, as kindness could end up being a barrier to real communication. We need to realize there are many ways to connect with someone, and agreement is only one of them. Expressing opposing beliefs with respect and openness is a terrific way to strengthen any partnership.

Mercury Retrograde in Libra

It might feel like your love life has gone haywire when the planet that rules communication, perception, and thought retrogrades through relationship-oriented Libra. Mercury Retrograde in this sign can feel a bit like a not-so-welcome blast from the past because this energy likes to stir up drama, causing old relationship issues to reappear. If we’ve had any resentments in the love department, this is the time when they could come spilling out.

This is an especially tough since it might feel like we aren’t even speaking the same language as the people we’re normally in sync with. Miscommunication can easily happen, and our patience may wear thin. It’s best to take a deep breath and try to decipher what others are really trying to say during this Mercury Retrograde.

If you were born with Mercury in Libra

You’re a breath of fresh air — literally! With Mercury in an Air sign, you are quite the social butterfly, making friends no matter where you go. People tend to find you very charming, probably because you seem to have a knack for knowing all the right things to say. You like to keep things easy breezy, and your relaxed, go-with-the-flow approach is just another reason you’re so well-liked.

“Can’t we all just get along?” That should be your motto! You often play the peacemaker, avoiding (and preventing) confrontation if you can. It’s your ability to keep an open mind that helps you consider everyone’s input, and ultimately, find the middle ground. This, coupled with your cooperative and tactful nature, is especially helpful in situations that require collaboration or negotiation.

Do you find that decisions — no matter how big or small — are nearly impossible to make? You can thank your Mercury in Libra for that! Not one to be reckless or impulsive, you like to weigh all your options before making a move. Spending time considering the pros and cons can come across as indecisiveness to others, but you simply want to ensure the best outcome possible.

Art, design, music, literature — these are just a few of your favorite things! You enjoy dabbling in a wide variety of creative and cultural activities, and may even pursue a career in one of these areas. is Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2018

Your Daily Karmic Number for October 5 is 11


Have you noticed how beautiful autumn leaves are when they move through the air or across the ground when the wind moves them? It’s like a dance with Mother Nature. It’s magical. That’s not your life right now, under number 11. You have been blowing around like debris being swept down a sidewalk by a leaf blower. You are ungrounded and easily influenced by outside forces. You have too many people giving you advice that has nothing to do with your life. Tell them to stop sharing then focus on your breath for five minutes. You will gain clarity this way. You’ll soon become more like a leaf, floating through the air.

Your Daily Witches Rune for October 5 is The Crossed Spears

The Daily Witches Rune

The Crossed Spears

Meaning: The presence of the spear signifies arguments, negative events, and all manner of strife of an upsetting nature. However similar to the ‘Tower’ tarot card if next to a positive rune it could mean the end of an argument or quarrel. If with the rings it means the healing or renewal of a relationship. If there are military connections it could mean promotion. If illness is within the equation it means a speedy and successful recovery.

Your Daily Rune for October 5 is Jera

Your Daily Rune for October 5


Rune of harvest and reward for, or reaction to, right actions in a horizontal (naturally ordered) cyclical process. Rune of peace on the land and in the heart.

Psi: psychological time, patience, the measurement of time

Energy: good harvest, orbits, cycles, progress, biorhythms, right effort

Mundane: waiting, gardening, farming, the seasons, harvest

Divinations: Reward for positive action, plenty, peace, proper timing; or repetition, bad timing, poverty, conflict, regression.

Fertility, creativity and harmony with the land
Peace, prosperity and plenty
Realization of the cyclical nature of the multiverse, invoking the power of time and cycles
Bringing other concepts gently into material manifestation
Initiating gradual and lasting change in flow of life

Shuffling the Cards, Your Influences for the Weekend of Oct. 5

Your Weekend Influences


Tarot Influence


Faith denotes the spiritual self taking or needing to take the forefront and need to seek truth.










Astrological Influence


While Gemini always has its duality to keep under control, it does manage to bring both humor and intelligence into any situation.










Element Influence

Earth Reversed

Earth reversed denotes a lack of positive connection with the life spirit–a lost soul. If you are not careful you may miss much of what life has to offer you.

Your Past Lives Tarot Card for October 5th is Strength

Your Past Lives Tarot Card











Overnight you may have discovered a heightened awareness of everything around you. This might be happening because the spirit of the famous poet you once were has returned to you. Where daily existence was once less defined, now every little detail holds a deeper meaning for you and this makes the mystery of life even greater. Of all the poets, only a chosen few can capture the minds of others. As you nurture this more sensitive awareness of the world, you may be inspired to create your own poem or work of art.

Your Daily Erotic Tarot Card for October 5th is The Emperor

Your Daily Erotic Tarot Card

The Emperor










The Emperor card is a symbol of extremely masculine energy, which of course can be interpreted as an influx of testosterone into your sex life! You may be more interested in the quantity than the quality today, and you prefer to be the initiator and dominant one in the bedroom. If there was ever a time to try out some light BDSM stuff, this is it! You get a rush out of being in charge today, and you take your sexual power very seriously. When it comes to the job of being your partner, the sexually timid need not apply.

Daily Love Tarot Card for October 5th is Justice

Daily Love Tarot Card











Justice is the epitome of the law of cause and effect, or as the saying goes, ‘What goes around comes around.’ You have insight into what is important that is going on in your life now. In this light, weigh the meaning of the present condition when you see right to the heart of matters. Relax if waiting for someone else to decide. Expect a fair outcome.


Your Tarot Card of the Day for Friday, October 5th is the The Hierophant

Your Daily Tarot Card for October 5th

The Hierophant










The Hierophant Tarot this card refers to a master and the learning of practical lessons from the study of natural law. This energy of this card points to some agent or resource that can reveal the secrets of life, the cycles of the Moon and tides, the links between human beings and the heavens.

Because monasteries were the only places a person could learn to read and write in the Middle Ages, a Hierophant was one to whom a student would petition for entry. He was the one to set the curriculum for the neophyte’s course of study.

Often pictured with the right hand raised in blessing, the Hierophant is linked with the ancient lineage of Melchezidek, initiator of the Hebrew priestly tradition, the one who passes on the teachings. All shamans of any tradition draw upon this archetype. is Part of the Daily Insight Group © 2018

Venus Retrograde: What Does It Mean for Your Zodiac Sign?

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Venus, the planet of love, beauty, pleasure, and self-worth, will go retrograde in the sign of Scorpio and then Libra starting on October 5, 2018. During Venus Retrograde we’re called to reevaluate and reflect on our personal values, our relationships (which also includes the relationship we have with ourselves), and the things that bring us pleasure and fulfillment. Essentially, Venus wants us to ask ourselves: Is it worth it?

With Venus beginning her retrograde through passionate Scorpio (Oct 5-31), we will be called to reexamine our definition of intimacy, review shared resources with a partner, and reconnect to our deepest desires. With Venus Retrograde in Libra (Oct 31-Nov 16), we’re asked to reevaluate our relationships and the way in which we connect and partner with others.

Read below to see what Venus Retrograde means for your sign.

Aries Horoscope (March 21 – April 19)

How do you define intimacy? Well, one way that you can define it is through authenticity and vulnerability. Part of this may require recognizing that vulnerability is authentic. It’s also a strength. As you contemplate the state of your love life, you might arrive at these truths. Ultimately, you will be pushed to get to the truth, especially when it comes to what you want on a deep, emotional level. A relationship doesn’t have to mean the loss of your freedom. You just need to make sure it’s one that works for you, and that means being more giving of yourself.


Taurus Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)

A significant partnership may come up for review (whether in business or in love) that may encourage you to push for more balance and reciprocity between you. Know that you don’t always have to shoulder all the responsibility or burdens in your relationships. Allow others to pick up the slack and share the load with you — that goes for shared financial obligations, too. If single and looking for a commitment, Venus Retrograde will give you the nudge needed to address the challenges and blockages that stand in the way of you having the kind of partnership you want. Hint: Recognize when to let go.


Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – June 20)

You are often a friend to many, going above and beyond to help others. However, this can sometimes put you in a precarious position of trying to keep everyone happy all the time. The problem with this is that it’s impossible to do. Under this retrograde, you’ll find that one of your biggest lessons is learning how not to place all your self-worth into how much you do for other people. In this way, Venus Retrograde will ask that you be a bit more discerning. And in terms of your creative talent, it’s time to reinvest in it.


Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – July 22)

As a tender-hearted Water sign, love is never too far from your mind, which is why this retrograde is perfect for you. When it comes to love and romance, Venus Retrograde will push you to address the ways you may be settling in love and the ways you can improve. Part of this may require learning that you are deserving of love while also letting go of some of your romantic ideals that may be hindering you. For example, your desirability isn’t determined by the amount of romantic interest you get from others. You’re desirable because, well, why wouldn’t you be?


Leo Horoscope (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Your attention is called towards your home and family, which could have you taking a deeper look at the bonds you share with the women in your family or someone close to you. If there’s been a rift between you and someone you love, Venus Retrograde could pave the way for the two of you to make amends. On the flipside, Venus Retrograde could show you where you may need to be less accommodating. Friendships will also need to be reevaluated. In terms of your living space, your peace of mind and well-being might benefit from a redecorating project.


Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

With your zones of communication and income being activated by this retrograde, one of the things you’ll find yourself reevaluating over the next few weeks is your social calendar. Another thing is money. You love to be of help to others and show up for people in your life, but you often do it at the risk of overextending yourself. On a similar note, how can you improve the connections and conversations that you have with others on and offline? Hint: They should be helping you to make money or adding some sort of value to your life. Guard your time.


Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

It’s all about the things you value now, specifically when it comes to your money and the things that you want. However, the question for you to answer is whether you feel you are worthy of having those things. If you’ve been struggling with seeing yourself as the lovable and valuable person you are, this retrograde will bring you opportunities to improve your self-esteem. This may require asking for a raise, finding a better job, practicing self-acceptance, and being less compromising when it comes to getting what you want. You might even find that the things you found important aren’t anymore.


Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Self-love is your gospel over the next few weeks as Venus spins backwards in your zone of self-image. In what ways can you stand to be kinder, gentler, and more accepting of yourself? Can you recognize that your beauty also includes your scars? Meanwhile, if you’ve been spending too much time overextending yourself with others, your mission is to redirect some of that energy back to yourself. Spending time in your own company doesn’t have to feel like a prison sentence either. Take time away to not only rekindle your relationship with yourself but your relationship to the spiritual world. Heal.

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Though you’re an independent Fire sign, it doesn’t mean you aren’t a hopeless romantic. Oftentimes you are, and over the next few weeks, you’re going to be pushed to take a closer look at your ideals about love, especially if you’re always going above and beyond for it and getting little in return. There’s this saying that goes, “When people show you who they are, believe them.” You may need to reflect on this statement, as you have a way of seeing the best in others. You just need to make sure they’re willing to bring you their best.


Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Friendships and associations take center stage for you now as you’re called to bring some of these relationships under the microscope. Is it time for you to give the ax to an imbalanced friendship or be more intentional about who you connect with online? Has the time come for you to stop seeking acceptance from a certain group or community of folks, especially when it comes to your professional life? In what ways can you be more proactive about giving back to your community? On a separate note, in what ways are you underselling your achievements? Pat yourself on the back.

Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

It’s time for you to examine how happy or fulfilled you feel when it comes to your current career path or goals. If you’re working at a job where you don’t feel as valued or appreciated for your talent as you should be, it may be time to consider going somewhere where you will be. At the same time, be careful of comparing yourself to others when it comes to your accomplishments. Remember, what you’ve achieved or haven’t achieved doesn’t define you. You are the only one that can define you. How will you do that? Give yourself permission to just be yourself.


Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 – March 20)

If you want true freedom, you’re going to have to reevaluate the self-limiting beliefs that keep you from experiencing that freedom. In other words, it’s time for you to believe in you a bit more and recognize that the desires and the dreams you have are worth going after. On another note, when it comes to intimacy, you deserve a partner that’s willing to go to the depths with you while holding space for you, all of you, not just the pretty pieces. To have that kind of a partner, you have to hold space for those pieces of yourself, too. is Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2018