Beltane of the Southern Hemisphere

Today, in the Pagan calendar, the north celebrate the coming of winter at Samhainn. And all the while the sun is peaking up from behind the lush vernal trees and dancing for us once more in the southern hemisphere, as we welcome Beltane on October 31st. Or as I like to refer to it Beltane of the underworld.

A pagan spiral formation in Faerie Glenn where everything is miniature and enchanted. Copyright Content Catnip 2010

Beltane is  the Gaelic seasonal festival historically held to mark the midpoint between the spring equinox & summer solstice (Là Bealltainn in Scottish Gaelic; Lá Bealtaine in Irish). Fire is the traditional means of marking this spring festival of optimism & return.

A famous Ossianic lament…

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Information About the Anglo-Saxon and Frisian Rune Sets

From The Rune Site – Anglo-Saxon and Frisian Runes

The Anglo-Saxon rune set was adapted early in the 6th century B.C.E. from a rune row known as the Frisian rune row. The Frisian runes were the result of a rapid change in the language in Frisia. With such a rapid change in the language more runes were eventually needed so the Elder Futhark was expanded by 4 symbols to bring the Frisian rune row to a total of twenty-eight rune staves. Later around the 7th century a twenty-ninth rune, Ear, was added to form the Anglo-Saxon rune set.

When the rune row was expanded a slight change was made to the order of the set. Ansuz, the fourth rune of the Elder Futhark, was replaced with a new rune, Os and Ansuz was renamed Aesc. While this may have been the only change to the shapes and names of some of the runes it was not the only change in rune order that we come across with this set (and its similar sets). In various manuscripts and on some carvings we see the runes in different orders. On a knife found in the Thames River in London we see the full rune row but in a different order. On the Thames River knife we still see that the fourth rune is Aesc, but the last eight runes are arranged differently leaving the rune Ear to be at the end of the rune order.

Most of the information for the order of the Anglo-Saxon and Frisian rune sets is known because of the Thames River knife, also known as the Thames scramasax, and the Vienna Codex. The Vienna Codex is an early 9th century Anglo-Saxon manuscript that does provide a complete version of the Anglo-Saxon rune row.

What is the Linestrider Tarot Deck?

From – For more information on the Linestrider Tarot Deck

I. Introduction and review Linestrider Tarot Deck

The Linestrider Tarot, illustrated by Siolo Thompson and released by Llewellyn Publications, is a 78-card deck of travelers between two worlds – whose lives span both worlds, ideas, mental states, or reality.

This deck of cards refers to that concept, combined with the traditional Rider-Waite Smith standard (RWS), creating delicate, minimal, and appealing cards. In folk, there is a margin that separates the visible world from the invisible world on many levels, and Linestriders are magical people who live those lives or gather knowledge from both sides of the line or the edge. Linestriders tour through the routes that separate ideas, discipline, mental state, world, and reality.

With the stable basis of the Rider Waite-Smith Tarot deck, the Linestrider Tarot both expands and reduces the look of the classic Pamela Coleman Smith deck. Human figures appear in only half of this deck while the rest are animals, fulfilling the roles commonly performed by humans in many standard RWS decks. With an unusual sensuality and sensitivity, artist Siolo Thompson described humans as mysterious and dreamy, and animals are wise and intelligent creatures.

This is a 78-card tradition-oriented Tarot deck, with 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 fully illustrated Minor Arcana cards. The Major cards remain the old title and the four Minor suits are Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles. Court cards include Page, Knight, Queen, and King as usual.

The card size is 7 x 12 cm [2.8 x 4.7 inch] – the standard size of a regular Tarot deck. The deck weight is well-made and hand-fitted. The card is quite heavy-handed but flexible, has a smooth edge and a light shade. Linestrider Tarot deck has quite meticulous images, delicate and elegant colors. The work is a bizarre mix of minimalism in many respects such as watercolor, comic style, subtle pencil brush strokes; realism, and symbolism.

The image on the card has an open and blank background; close-up images seem to be simple with a layer of watercolor and pencil that create clever symbols that are consistent with the lower stimulus-center-space-threshold image.

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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.

2021 October 23

3D Bennu

Image Credit: NASAGSFCU. Arizona – Stereo Image Copyright: Patrick Vantuyne

Explanation: Put on your red/blue glasses and float next to asteroid 101955 Bennu. Shaped like a spinning toy top with boulders littering its rough surface, the tiny Solar System world is about one Empire State Building (less than 500 meters) across. Frames used to construct this 3D anaglyph were taken by PolyCam on the OSIRIS_REx spacecraft on December 3, 2018 from a distance of about 80 kilometers. With a sample from the asteroid’s rocky surface on board, OSIRIS_REx departed Bennu’s vicinity this May and is now enroute to planet Earth. The robotic spacecraft is scheduled to return the sample to Earth in September 2023.

October 23 Daily Correspondence Digest for the Daily and Today’s Birthday Horoscopes

Daily Horoscopes

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Moon Alert

After 4 AM EDT today (1 AM PDT) there are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Gemini.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You will be unusually intense and passionate in the next four weeks. You will have a stronger than usual desire to improve yourself, and you might want to improve others as well! (Easy does it.) Needless to say, romance will flourish in a dizzying way.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

For the next four weeks, you will need more sleep because symbolically, the Sun will be the farthest away from your sign as it gets all year. (The Sun represents energy.) You will have the opportunity to improve your closest relationships because you will have more objectivity.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You will be keen to work hard and get better organized in the next four weeks. In fact, you will apply these high standards to every aspect of your life, which is why you will do whatever you can to improve your health as well. “It’s the new wrinkle free me!”

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Lucky you! For the next four weeks, you will view life in more playful terms. Vacations, the arts, sports events, fun activities with kids, socializing with friends and romantic tete-a-tetes will be tops on your menu. Your bottom line will be, “Let’s have fun!”

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Home and family are your primary focus for the next four weeks. Many will be involved more than usual with a parent. All of you will want to cocoon at home and focus on your private world. Nevertheless, Venus will encourage social outings and Mars will encourage communications with others.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The pace of your days will accelerate in the next four weeks because suddenly you’re busy! Errands, appointments, short trips plus increased reading and writing are just some reasons you will be on the go! Many will work to improve the appearance of their home.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Expect to have an increased focus on money, cash flow and your possessions in the next four weeks. You might shop more than usual. You might look for ways to boost your income or make money on the side. You might also focus on improving or taking care of something that you own.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

For the next four weeks, the Sun will be in your sign. This happens only once a year and when it occurs it is your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. Important people and favourable circumstances will come your way. Lucky you!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your personal year is coming to an end; however, your new year will not begin until the Sun enters your sign, four weeks from now. Therefore, use this next window of time to look over your shoulder. How well are you doing at the art of living? How do you want next year to be different?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You will be more popular and interactive with groups and friends in the next four weeks. You might even take on a leadership role. This same window of time is a good time to think of your long-term goals for the future. You are always aware of the long game.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

For the next four weeks, the Sun will be at high noon in your chart, something that can happen only once a year. This symbolizes a flattering spotlight shining on you, which means people will be impressed with you even if you don’t do anything special. Obviously, you can use this to your advantage!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Do something different in the next four weeks. Your desire for adventure, travel and stimulating experiences will be strong. Grab every opportunity to learn something new and meet people from different backgrounds. This is an exciting window to expand your horizons.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Film director Ang Lee (1954) shares your birthday today. You are a determined, focused, optimist. In many ways, you were born ahead of your time. You also have a subtle appreciation of aesthetics. This is a quieter, gentler year for you when your focus on your closest relationships will be more important. Trust your intuition. Be open to accepting the help of others.

Birthday Horoscope

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IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS OCTOBER 23, then you are a romantic at heart. You are a mysterious Scorpio, however. You tend to expect a certain level of loyalty from your friends and you have some idealistic notions about love.

If today is your birthday, you are also a distinctive person. In a relationship, you have a tendency to keep it private but demand a lot. Ironically, you’d make a great private investigator. People born today are known to have unmistakable gut instinct.

When it comes to you and your family, you guys are close. You love your siblings and find that you are not as close to your cousins. The October 23rd birthday personality is affectionate and spiritual. You practice meditation generally in your daily routine as a part of relaxation techniques.

Mostly, you could be vulnerable especially when you are sleep deprived. Those of you born on this day could be lazy when it comes to relationships. Perhaps, you should find a balance between the two.

The 23rd October birthday love compatibility predictions show that you are a hopeless romantic. You love to be seduced and to do the seducing.

Although you don’t particularly care for hanging all out in public, you like to touch in private. Loyalty is a must if you want to be in a relationship with this Scorpio birthday person. You just don’t like a lot of attention like other Scorpions.

As the 23 October birthday zodiac sign is Scorpio, you are likely to be very close to your family members especially when it comes to your siblings. You still enjoy playing around with them possibly having memories of when you were naughty children.

You may have better parenting skills because of your close upbringing. Some friendships can be compared to as extensions of the family as well. As a lover, you can be so very passionate and creative.

The October 23 birthday horoscope also predicts that you may have idealistic dreams and hopes but you know how to handle your paper. Money may not be the most important thing to you. It could be possible that you haven’t found your professional niche. Someone like you may be interested in the thrill of a certain position. If it tests your skills and knowledge or even, a gift of having certain power that you need to improve on, you will do it.

Career options for the 23 October birthday personality are many. You are suited for many occupations especially when it comes to legal affairs or law enforcement. It gives you pleasure and satisfaction knowing that you can turn a negative situation into a winning campaign.

As the October 23rd birthday astrology rightly says, you can be an individual who is bloodthirsty and possibly manipulative. These qualities could be your downfall or you can use them as a positive feature. Your reputation is at stake so make your decisions carefully. Whatever field you choose, you will likely go at it with a lot of determination and with a competitive spirit.

When it comes to your health, Scorpio, you lack the ambition to work out. You have a tendency to think that maintenance is not necessary because your overall health is in good condition. However, you could spruce up your tennis game. It’s a great outdoor activity and it could be fun with the right person or people.

In the meantime, meditation seems to be working for you as a sleep aid. Your eating habits can contribute to your sleep patterns as well. Be sure to take your vitamins every day to get the maximum effects from them.

You are a mysterious Scorpio if you were born on October 23. You keep your business to yourself but would make an awesome detective or police officer. You enjoyed your childhood with your brothers and sisters and still embrace them with so much love and tenderness.

The October 23 birthday meaning suggests that you are determined to succeed as you have a competitive trait as well. Generally, your health is up for a challenge so, you should find a work out tailored just for someone born today.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On October 23

Johnny Carson, Nancy Grace, Sanjay Gupta, Martin Luther King III, Miguel Jontel Pimentel, Frank Sutton, Weird Al Yankovic, Dwight Yoakam

See: Famous Celebrities Born On October 23

This Day That Year –October 23 In History

1814 – In England, the first time cosmetic surgery is performed.
1915 – In NYC, over 25,000 women march for the right to vote.
1957 – French designer, Christian Dior, suffers from heart attack and dies.
2010 – Katy Perry marries comedian Russell Brand in Northern India today.

October 23  Vrishchika Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
October 23 Chinese Zodiac PIG

October 23 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planets are Mars that symbolizes aggression, passion and action, and Venus that symbolizes relationships, love, finance, money, and pleasures.

October 23 Birthday Symbols

The Scales Is The Symbol For The Libra Zodiac Sign
The Scorpion Is The Symbol For The Scorpio Zodiac Sign

October 23 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Hierophant. This card symbolizes knowledge, tradition, power, and maturity. The Minor Arcana cards are Five of Cups and Knight of Cups

October 23 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Aries: This couple will have a steady and long-lasting relationship.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign GeminiThis relationship will be volatile.

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October 23 Lucky Number

Number 6 – This is a number that speaks of good balance, firmness, justice, and grace.
Number 5 – This number signifies inquisitiveness that will take you on unknown travels.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For October 23 Birthday

Red: This color stands for love, action, energy, inspiration, and enthusiasm.
Green: This color symbolizes peace, nature, growth, nurturing and endurance.

Lucky Days For October 23 Birthday

Tuesday – The day of Mars that symbolizes the right day to get competitive and achieve your goals.
Wednesday – Planet Mercury‘s day that symbolizes excellent communication with everyone around you.

October 23 Birthstone Topaz

Topaz gemstone is said to bring good fortune, luck, and happiness. It is also said to increase attraction between couples.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On October 23rd

A photo album with good memories for the man and a leather briefcase for the woman.

The Witch Said What?!

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October 23 Daily Correspondence Digest for the Northern Hemisphere’s Moon Phase and Planetary Positions


You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born.


The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with an illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9pm and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

Visit the October 2021 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waning Gibbous Phase

The Waning Gibbous on October 23 has an illumination of 93%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On October 23 the Moon is 17.37 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.

Phase Details

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 93%
Moon Age: 17.37 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,220.97 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,799,614.84 km

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