Astronomy Picture of the Day – Vela Supernova Remnant Mosaic 

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.

2019 January 10

Vela Supernova Remnant Mosaic 
Image Credit & CopyrightRobert GendlerRoberto ColombariDigitized Sky Survey (POSS II)


Explanation: The plane of our Milky Way Galaxy runs through this complex and beautiful skyscape. Seen toward colorful stars near the northwestern edge of the constellation Vela (the Sails), the 16 degree wide, 200 frame mosaic is centered on the glowing filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant, the expanding debris cloud from the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the supernova explosion that created the Vela remnant reached Earth about 11,000 years ago. In addition to the shocked filaments of glowing gas, the cosmic catastrophe also left behind an incredibly dense, rotating stellar core, the Vela Pulsar. Some 800 light-years distant, the Vela remnant is likely embedded in a larger and older supernova remnant, the Gum Nebula. Objects identified in this broad mosaic include emission and reflection nebulae, star clusters, and the remarkable Pencil Nebula.

EarthSky News for January 10: Moon sweeps past Mars January 11 to 13

Moon sweeps past Mars January 11 to 13

On January 11, 12 and 13, 2019, use the waxing crescent moon to find the red planet Mars. You’ll find both Mars and the moon in the evening sky, with the moon in a waxing crescent phase and Mars much fainter than it was six months ago, when it outshone all the stars, brighter than since 2003. Now, Mars is still shining as brightly as a 1st-magnitude star. It’ll be that bright “star” close to the moon on these evenings.

Of course, when we say the moon and Mars are close together, we mean they are close together on our sky’s dome. These two worlds are not particularly close together in space. When you see them, know that our moon lies about a quarter million miles (400,000 km) away, whereas Mars – a neighboring planet – lodges way beyond the moon, at some 467 times the moon’s distance.

The moon appears large in Earth’s sky because it’s close to us, relative to Mars. Meanwhile, Mars’ diameter is roughly twice that of the moon, yet Mars’ surface area exceeds that of the moon by about 4 times. Still, to the eye, Mars appears starlike in our sky – like a point, not a disk – because it’s so much farther away than the moon.

The Earth’s diameter is about twice that of the planet Mars, and Mars’ diameter is about twice that of our moon. Image via NASA.

Even when Mars made its closest pass to Earth since Stone Age times on August 27, 2003, the red planet’s angular diameter was only 1/74th the moon’s angular diameter. In other words – contrary to a persistent internet hoax that has circulated each year since 2003 – Mars never comes anywhere close to appearing as large as the moon in Earth’s sky.

In many respects, Mars is the most earthlike planet. The tilt of Mars’ spin axis is almost the same as Earth’s (25.19 degrees versus 23.26 degrees), and day length on Mars and Earth almost match (24.6 hours versus 24 hours). The mean temperate of Earth most resembles that of Mars, though Mars is quite a bit colder: -85 degrees F (-65 degrees C) versus 59 degrees F (15 degrees C). And, quite by coincidence, Mars’ surface area pretty much equals Earth’s land area.

Want to know more? Check out this planetary fact sheet.

Bottom line: These next several evenings – January 11 to 13, 2019 – use the waxing crescent moon to locate Mars, the fourth planet outward from the sun, and the next planet outward from Earth.


Your Daily Runes for January 10 (N.H.) and January 11 (S.H.)

Your Daily Runes for January 10



“The mind will trust the body, the body will trust the mind.”

Ehwaz – “eh-was” – Literally: “Horse” – Esoteric: Trust

Rune of harmonious teamwork and trust. Rune of pairs of entities working together for a common goal.

Psi: trust between individual entities, sexuality

Energy: trust, cooperation, the Fetch

Mundane: animals, teamwork, friendship

Divinations: Harmony, teamwork, trust, marriage, loyalty, a friend; or duplication, disharmony, mistrust, betrayal, nightmares, indecision, an enemy.


Activating the energies of your inner Fetch
Ability to detect deceit and uncover subtle queues
Facilitates swiftness in every regard
Establishing trust and bonds with animals (ie. horse whisperers)



Your Daily Runes for January 11

“We are each a savior, each a god.

It is the fear of what this means which binds us to the realm of humankind.


Mannaz – “Man-az” – Literally: “Mankind” – Esoteric: Humankind, awareness

Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.

Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence

Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time

Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)

Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.


Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential

Your Daily Love Tarot Card for January 10 (N.H.) and January 11 (S.H.)

Your Daily Love Tarot Card for January 10

The Magician

If you are single, this is an important time in your life when everything is close at hand if you just look for it. Will you find love? This card promises it. It is like gardening magic if you are in a union! Watch how a relationship grows when it is nurtured by two devoted and loyal people with the faith that anything and everything is possible.







Your Daily Love Tarot Card for January 11

The World

In the World, things are changing. If they are in your world, do you honestly think the changes for the better? They aren’t if you are losing your sense of self. They aren’t if you are editing your own beliefs. You have to be comfortable with who you are. This card says, freeze-frame like a photo or like a VCR on pause. Then, take a deep breath and put yourself back.


Your Daily Tarot Card for for January 10 (N.H.) and January 11 (S.H.)

Your Daily Tarot Card for January 10

The Chariot

Keywords: victory, (material) success, mastery, graduation, completion!

Astrological Correspondence: Cancer

The Chariot symbolizes enthusiasm, competitiveness, and triumph. Success and victory are achieved by employing all powers at one’s disposal – physical, spiritual, and intellectual. The Chariot symbolizes the positive side of the self, being strong and self-controlled, balancing conflicting emotions, triumphing over obstacles, sustaining an effort, and support attaining goals, thereby leading the way to transformation and self-knowledge. A dictatorial approach, recklessness, and extreme ambition can be on the other, negative side of the equation.


Your Daily Tarot Card for January 11


Keywords: inner strength, vision, self control!

Astrological Correspondence: Leo

The Strength card, depicting a gracious queen-like figure and a wild lion, shows that real strength has to be combined with graciousness and gentleness to become a force. It symbolizes inner strength, determination to overcome obstacles, self-knowledge and self-discipline, as only when we know ourselves and act in a responsible manner will we be able to deal with challenging situations and overcome difficulties successfully. Yet this card not only represents physical strength; moral and emotional strength are also included in the meaning. Patience, compassion, dealing with frustration, accepting of others, and tolerating imperfection (in oneself and in others) all leads to being a complete person. The negative qualities of Strength include misuse of power, aggressiveness, and intolerance.

Your Love Horoscopes for January 10 (N.H.) and January 11 (S.H.)

Pisces Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

Having a conversation about money might be the dullest of conversations, but you’re able to make progress by connecting with common sense and your practical side. You’re also right to believe that getting any monetary discussion done and dusted clears the way for you and someone close to do something much more interesting and enjoyable. Get business out of the way before indulging in pleasure.

Pisces tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

You could have an abundance of romantic memories to reflect upon, but some can produce strong emotions. However, the upside of this surrounds being able to use past experience to illuminate the way forward in your emotional world or one special connection in the present. Lessons lurk in your passionate past, and if you give them the right levels of attention, then what appears murky or ill-defined here and now could experience a warm vibe of clarity.

Capricorn Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

Finding that emotionally warm and comforting vibe in a love relationship will be extra important to you now as support from a loved one could mean more to you than support coming from anywhere else. It might also be helpful with you gaining a more reassuring view of circumstances in another area of your world. With the love of someone special behind you, many worries and concerns could be allayed in a heartbeat.

Capricorn tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

You’re someone who likes and needs space in a love connection, and this is probably something a loved one might fail to understand. Your level of devotion is unquestionable, but there are times when you need space to reconnect with yourself. Now could be such a time and before you prime yourself for a tense exchange with your paramour about your need for some ‘you time’ don’t rule out how understanding or supportive they might be.

Sagittarius Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

A challenge that arises in your emotional world could be what’s needed to alter the trajectory of current love life circumstances. Consider it a cosmic reminder that not every plan that goes skewiffy is something to resent. Even if your love life conditions need swift attention, you’ll see how a quick response from you can make light work of what might have normally caused you to feel deflated or thwarted.

Sagittarius tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

Communication could be prone to going off on tangents or entering very sensitive territory if you don’t apply plenty of care when communicating with your romantic interest at this time. Instead of choosing to ‘wing it’ and release what’s on your mind or in your heart, choose instead to refine the way you express or convey yourself. It might take more than one attempt to get it right but as soon as you sense any confusion or tension, stop in your tracks, count to ten and start again!

Scorpio Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

The cool, calm and collected way you manage an unexpected development could impress the object of your affections in a big way. There’s something very sexy about how you display grace under pressure and your way of accepting rather than resenting spontaneity can be reassuring to your passionate observer. It will take more than one sudden challenge to disrupt your relationship, and a loved one might learn a thing or two from watching you deal with and resolve it.

Scorpio tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

Your romantic aspirations might be crystal clear in your mind but overcoming obstacles to turn visions into something real might not be easy. Effort might feel rudderless, leaving you feeling confused about whether you’re applying it in the right ways or wasting your time. The answer might surround not overthinking or focusing too intently on a romantic plan going precisely to plan. Love refuses to work to any strict agenda, and with enough emotional patience and persistence, you’ll start to feel something is moving in the right direction.

Libra Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

You might have something to look forward to that fills you with a sense of excitement in your emotional world or with someone special. If this involves travel, then you can be certain your vision of a passionate adventure won’t be disappointing. Even if you can’t travel physically, you and the object of your affections can make special, sexy plans that provide stimulation in all the right ways. Trust whatever has you excited because something passionate awaits.

Libra tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

A sense of inner restlessness could create a confusing vibe in your emotional world generally or within a special connection. If you sense there are benefits to enjoying your own space and company, then do so. Enjoying a bit of ‘you time’ can help you get a firmer grip on what’s unfolding with affairs of the heart or your paramour. As keen as you might be to restore a harmonious equilibrium in your love life, be careful with how much energy you invest in any challenging romantic scenarios, especially if you feel you’ll struggle to summon it anyway.

Virgo Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

Bringing a new level of freedom to your emotional world doesn’t require grand, far-reaching gestures or actions. You’d be amazed what putting a bit more trust in your passionate heart can bring. You might find yourself reassessing your attitude toward love and romance at this time, but that’s not a bad idea, either. You’re able to inject a new level of passion into a love connection mainly by wanting to do so. If the desire is there, then a new level of desire can be achieved!

Virgo tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

The more you and a loved one can focus on your shared needs for creativity and open communication; the deeper one connection can become at this time. This applies even more if tension or conflict has pushed you apart recently or you both want to inject some sexy spontaneity and lightheartedness back into your relationship. When it comes to connecting with your passionate purpose and need for emotional stability, you and a loved one appear to be on the same page.

Leo Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

Something could trigger memories of a love affair from long ago, and this can be both positive and negative, depending on how long you allow it to linger. You’ve no reason to believe that a previous painful episode is waiting for a chance to spring into action and create havoc in your love life now. It’s more important you focus your fervent energy on making something special happen in the present rather than allow something from the past to distract you.

Leo tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

It’s by releasing passionate thoughts, hearing them conveyed with your own voice and seeing the way they’re received by a loved one that will reassure you that you’ve hit on something that the two of you can pursue together. What you’re saying or suggesting makes sense and helps you and someone special feel that you’re both on the same page in a way you need to be. Embracing the spirit of collaboration on offer could be nothing short of thrilling.

Cancer Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

It could be time reassess the direction of a love relationship, especially now that recent emotional intensity is waning, granting you a clearer perspective on where you stand and what you want. The spark that was once felt with a romantic routine might also be waning, offering nowhere near the same level of excitement you experienced once upon a time. You know that new, passionate energy is needed in a love connection, and a way forward to bring it is on its way.

Cancer tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

Whether single or attached, it could be possible for you and a certain person to ‘click’ in a way that intrigues and reassures you. You’ll instantly feel that you can be your authentic self with them and can be both spontaneous and just a little bit detached at the same time. It’s the way you can remain protected by your personal boundaries while still being able to test the limits of your passion that will help something special to unfold gradually.

Gemini Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

This is a time to trust your judgment in the form of your intuition, rather than heed the distracting observations or advice from others where a love life matter is concerned. Nobody is more knowledgeable about what your heart is dealing with and processing now than you, and you’re not obliged to justify anything to anyone. You might not have all the answers but are undoubtedly on the right track to gaining a crucial one related to affairs of the heart.

Gemini tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

A clash of attitudes or opinions could occur between a plan you see as cut and dried and the way a loved one or someone close views it. It might seem as if you haven’t considered their needs, but you know that’s not the case. It will be up to you to achieve some level of balance between your vision of the future and the role the object of your affections plays in it. If handled sensitively and with the right levels of openness, a compromise can be reached.

Taurus Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

Whether it’s speaking your mind or probing a loved one for elusive information, it’s possible to come across as heavy-handed, and that won’t get either of you anywhere. You’re encouraged to pay close attention to timing because progress on a level you’re keen to make it on relies on choosing your moment carefully. Your intuition won’t fail you when it comes to offering hints regarding when to open your heart or make any bold romantic move you’re considering.

Taurus tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

You might feel uncomfortable trying to process passionate emotions and might also sense that something connected with affairs of the heart feels stuck or stagnant in some way. However, releasing outdated ideas about what you want and need from a love connection is your first step to altering your romantic trajectory. It’s time to let go of what – or possibly who – no longer serves you or can play a part in achieving your true, passionate potential. Your love life fate is in your hands – and not before time!

Aries daily love horoscope:

Thursday 10th of January 2019

Making progress in other areas of your world might appear to be a breeze compared to the inertia you might be encountering in your love life. However, it might only require a tweak to a routine or for a tiny spark of spontaneity to be applied to affairs of the heart that brings something new and more fulfilling. Something you do that’s steeped deeply in a routine needs to change, even if it’s a seemingly small habit. Dare to do something differently and see where it gets you.

Aries tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

Your desire to achieve a deeper level of commitment comes at a price that will involve freedom you’ve enjoyed or possibly clung to being relinquished. However, you’re prepared to let go of any reasons you’ve nurtured that played a part in being cautious or reluctant to take this romantic plunge in the past. A new – and more fulfilling – level of interaction and involvement comes from taking a small but exciting risk – and all in the name of love!

Aquarius Daily Love Horoscope

Thursday 10th of January 2019

You might sense you have something to say to the one you love but are right to resist consciously rehearsing your words. With the right mindset, you could find your words flow in a way that would make any poet jealous, and your keenness to be transparent with thoughts and feelings will ensure nothing important is left unsaid.

Aquarius tomorrow love horoscope:

Friday 11th of January 2019

A bit of tension in a love connection could be what’s needed if it leads to a revelation about one issue that you and someone close must address. Avoiding further confusion or frustrations requires you to put your head together. However, ensure your head and heart are working in tandem before you say or do something impulsive. A loved one will need to do the same. However, a solution can be found if the matter is brought into the open calmly and sensibly.

The Daily Horoscopes for Friday, January 11

The Daily Horoscopes for Friday, January 11

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

Some of your sign are going to be stuck in the position of having to choose between two people. It may not even be lovers, but it could be a partner and an in law, or a family member and their spouse. Caution. Wait until you uncover the whole story.


TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

You’ll be able to find out some very interesting facts this weekend. They’ll help you to understand why a close one has been acting so strangely of late. Call now to hear why business and pleasure should not mix.


GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

Please never underestimate yourself Gemini. You are one of my favourite signs of the zodiac, for you are like a chameleon who really can merge themselves into any lifestyle they choose. Do however remember that you also need to be in charge!


CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

Something that has not been done will soon be landing on your doorstep as a responsibility. Try to do all you can to get things under way so you can show what a consummate professional you are.


LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

You’ll be trying to control everything today. Instead, try following the lead of those you trust. It’s sure to show you some alternative views of life you haven’t seen before. A new attraction makes you question much, in a very productive way.


VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

Think positive and life will be positive. You have been talking yourself into negativity. You and I know that’s not a path you wish to travel down (again). Change what you do this weekend.


LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

It’s time to let the person who is dragging you down in life go, or you are only going to find yourself stuck in a rut for an even longer period of time than you have been. Fresh starts and new beginnings are waiting for you.


SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

Determination will get you through anything today Scorpio (yes, even things you don’t know!). Use your time wisely and tackle the things you have been avoiding. Success is yours if you do.


SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

A relationship which has been going through an awkward sticky patch is given a boost by the planets. What happens today gives you reason to work through issues. Time spent reviewing paperwork can save you both time and money.


CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

You may think you’ve done something bad, but the planets simply see it as a learning curve as to what not to do next time. I like you Capricorn, because your honesty means you always have to follow your heart.


AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

Try to spend some time today focusing less on other peoples’ problems and more on your own life. It’s how you will start to make the progress you have secretly been hoping for. Talking may be painful, but can work miracles.


PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

You think you’re not getting anywhere, but you’re wrong. Stop looking backwards and focus eyes forward. What you want does not seem so far away now does it Pisces? Admitting what you wanted would have meant fewer delays.


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Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, January 10th

Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, January 10

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

Collect moments, not things Aries. Life was hard work this year, but you could well be over-compensating yourself now. Draw in the purse strings and make it your goal to make memories with those you care so much about.


TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

A friendship which once meant so much to you, has become distant from you and has left you feeling confused and bewildered. Don’t question so much, but think about what has changed in their life and you’ll get your answer.


GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them. Knowing what you want out of life is half your battle won this month. Stop asking everyone else what would make you happy and ask the most important person. You! Ring now to be the most confident you.


CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

It’s not selfish to love yourself and to take care of yourself Cancer. It would seem that a certain person has done a very good job of stripping away your confidence and it’s time to fight back. Prepare for that work confrontation. It can ensure you come out on top.


LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

Don’t believe the rumours which are going round, as many of the signs really are talking for the sake of it. You begin to grow in confidence as the days continue, so don’t worry as you are most definitely moving forwards, not back.


VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

Try not to judge new faces by first impressions. You know your opinions can change Virgo. Knowing what you want from new business paths which are open is half the battle Virgo.


LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

You know you have done enough for a close one and that they should do something for you, but you just can’t seem to get them to budge. There seems to be far more going on than you know for them lately. Talk, don’t shout if you want your answers.


SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

There is a really exploratory feeling to your chart at this time, which could see you attempting (or talking about it at least!) new things. Mars encourages you to push the boundaries and you will be.


SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

The hardest step is the leap that gets you started and that’s just what you’re about to take Sagittarius. Don’t be scared, this is what will make the pain of past experiences worthwhile. News of a pregnancy brings surprise.


CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

You start to see what needs to be done to feel in control of your life again. No longer do you worry and fret about the little things (as you did for much of last year!) but you’re ready, willing and able to move on.


AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

Your element of air brings out your need to talk about others and you start to make up the parts you do not know. Think about what you’re doing Aquarius and put yourself in their position. Put your energies into taking ‘that’ relationship to the next level.


PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Did you know you are the most psychic sign in the zodiac Pisces? Then why not use the powers which the gods have given you to feel your way to the right decision which is currently pending. I know you already know!


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Astrology has a long history and tradition as a magical aid. In fact, astrology, alchemy, and magic were originally seen as three related, or sister, arts that were practiced in tandem. Two of the basic conditions for magical activity are that a planet be in one of its dignities—the places where it has heightened powers—or the planet be in conjunction with a powerful fixed star.

With this definition in mind, these five transits are slated to be the most magical of 2019.



Capricorn is considered to be one of Saturn’s two domiciles or home signs, and this offers full access to all its natural powers, which include structure, organization, and long-term planning. Vega is a very bright star in the constellation of Lyra and is often found in the charts of performers; its magical power is the ability to charm coupled with powerful charisma. Overall, this translates to an ability to gain cooperation in the institution of powerful plans.

Saturn is widely conjunct Vega all year, and within one degree from about January 28—February 16 (exact February  6), again (in retrograde) July 18–August 20 (exact August 1) and a third time from October 17­–November 15 (exact November 2).


February’s full moon is the second of three in a row to meet the criteria of supermoon, which means it is closer to the Earth and appears larger. Additionally, this full moon is conjunct Regulus, one of four Royal Stars which form a celestial cross in the heavens. Known as Cor Leonis or the Heart of the Lion, Regulus is magnanimous and grants success. At night, the moon receives triplicity dignity in Virgo, which means that She receives help from family, friends, and the community. Use this transit to give or receive help that forges strong community bonds. Look to the new moon in Virgo six months before (September 9, 2018) for the seeds of that which is ready to flower into current success.



2019 begins with a sun-Saturn conjunction which transitions Saturn into morning visibility, rising ahead of the sun each morning, along with Jupiter. Together, these three (sun, Jupiter, Saturn) are considered diurnal, masculine, or yang in nature, and the morning apparitions reinforces this. After the sun moves into Aries on March 20, all three diurnal planets are in signs of their dignity as well. The following period, up until Jupiter’s retrograde station on April 10, is therefore extremely fortunate for bold forceful action that is also forward-looking and well-structured. For a little balance from the nocturnal/feminine side of the equation, consider April 7–8, as these days will also see Venus and the moon in their dignities, as well as all planets direct.


August’s is no ordinary new moon, as there will be five planets conjunct within the first twelve degrees of Virgo, including Mercury, who finds his most powerful expression there. In fact, all five planets, the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all have some form of dignity here. Just as the sun and moon were often depicted in a hieros gamos or sacred marriage ceremony in alchemy texts, Venus and Mars also strongly represent the feminine/masculine polarity. Like the scene in The Lovers card of the Tarot, this new moon grants the ability to plant the seeds of a strong magical blending between opposite polarities which has the power to eventually give birth to the “magical third,” or a newly awakened spiritual consciousness.


The visible passage of Mercury across the solar disc is a rare astronomical event that only happens around thirteen times per century. Usually, Mercury is completely hidden from view during its retrogrades, but today it is revealed. Since this event happens in a special zone of Scorpio afforded to Mercury by the Egyptians—known as terms or bounds—this gives all things Mercurial (communications, local travel, commerce) a temporary boost of power or protection. We have the chance to zoom into the very heart of something and witness it in a way seldom possible. In ancient times, the metaphor was a visit to the throne room of the King or Queen. But this visit is even more special, as the sovereign doesn’t completely outshine the messenger; this may translate as a special opportunity for upward mobility


Gary P. Caton is a transdisciplinary astrologer who maintains an active sacred relationship with the living Sky as his temple. Initiated an astrologer by a magnificent dream in 1993, Gary is the author of Hermetica Triptycha: The Mercury Elemental Year, and host of the popular Hermetic Astrology Podcast. Find Gary online at

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Daily Cosmic Calendar for January 10 (N.H.) and January 11 (S.H.)


A day before the annual solar union with distant Pluto, the cosmos attempt to undermine some of your best efforts by presenting humankind with a solar parallel with Pluto (8:40 a.m.) and a frictional, 45-degree aspect between Mars and Juno (8:34 p.m.). The sun-Pluto link by parallel may actually contain the same emotionally-charged intensity as tomorrow’s conjunction in the zodiac.

Helping to ameliorate any psychic storms traversing the globe are the monthly lunar rendezvous with far-out, Neptune in compassionate Pisces (4:48 p.m.) — magnified by a good-luck-endowed parallel between the sun and Jupiter (9:45 p.m.). Employ the power of positive thinking as a guard against losing faith since the approaching sun-Pluto conjunction reaches exactitude at 3:39 a.m. on Friday.

[Note to readers: All times are calculated as Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Stop, look, and listen as the sun and Pluto make their annual union (3:39 a.m. at 21 degrees of Capricorn). Realize that this celestial event represents the merging of the central life-force and the main outermost planetary orb of our solar system. While research and in-depth studies are encouraged, arm-twisting maneuvers and manipulative behavior get the axe — particularly in business matters and professional work.

The lunar and solar orbs happily reach an understanding via a supportive, 60-degree alliance (6:26 a.m.), but this aspect also starts a 17-hour void miasma that lasts until fiery Aries moon begins in earnest at 12:19 a.m. on Saturday. This long void dispensation is a reminder to finish odds and ends instead of breaking new ground in important projects. Your psychic sensitivity is empowered during the monthly union between the moon and wounded-healer shaman Chiron in Pisces (9:10 p.m.).

[Note to readers: All times are calculated as Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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