Outline of Novice Course Lessons

Novice Course Lesson Outline 

1. Making Your Book of Shadows/Grimoire – This is that magickal tool that is highly recommended to have.

1A. What type of things should or could be written or included in your Book of Shadows/Grimoire?

Make sure you write down the date you receive the reply for this lesson as that is the date your 1 year and 1 day of study as a novice is done. All lessons must be completed by this date unless given an extension from Rev. Lady Beltane or one of the Council of Elders. To request an extension, you will need to submit a 300-word explanation on why you need it.

2. Definition of Common Words and Phrases used in Witchcraft

3. Explain what defines each Moon phase

4. What are some of the magickal correspond for each day of the week?

5. Explain where objects representing the elements go when setting up a pentagram.

5A. Research 6 Gods and 6 Goddesses than explain why you pick those particular Gods and Goddesses to research.

  1. What is a Witch’s Familiar?
  2. What are Magical Tools? Please describe any that you have or might want to have someday. (NOTE: Not all the tools you may read about are needed for performing rituals and/or spells.)

7A) Explain why should choose which magickal tools you feel you will need and/or want to practice witchcraft.

8. How would you set up a Basic Altar?

9. What are the basics of meditation?

  1. How would you cast a Sacred Circle?

10A. Why is it important when performing any type of magick to do so in a sacred circle?

10B. After doing your first sacred circle explain in detail how it felt being in the circle, what you felt went right if you felt anything went wrong, etcetera

  1. Explain the questions you should ask yourself whenever you write a spell

11A. Write a Self-Protection spell

  1. Write a Ritual to perform to cast your self-protection spell in a sacred circle.

12A. Submit for review before attempting to do your ritual and spell.

12B. After doing the ritual explains in detail how it felt doing it, if you think anything went wrong, etcetera

  1. What is an Esbat?

13A. How often can an Esbat gathering occur?

  1. Write an Esbat ritual for a New Moon

14A. Submit the Esbat ritual before performing it.

14B. Please explain in detail how do you felt your ritual went

14C. Write an Esbat ritual for a Full Moon

14D. Submit the Esbat ritual before performing it.

14E. Please explain in detail how do you felt your ritual went

14 F. Explain in detail what a Sabbat is

14 E. What the date or dates each are normally observed on for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

14 G How they are Placed of the Wheel of The Year explains what each Sabbat is observed for.

14 H. Explain the difference in how the Sabbats are celebrated in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres

  1. 15. Write a Sabbat Ritual for the next Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year for whichever hemisphere you live in (Please put which hemisphere you live in next to the lesson number in the emails subject line). Submit ritual before preforming it.
  2. 16. Write a Ritual for Your Personal Dedication to The Craft. DO you want to do your dedication privately, or with just the Elders or the whole coven?
  3. 17. 14 Question You Should Now Be Able to Answer
  4. 18. Write a Review about Being a Novice Within Heart’s Spirit Coven

All lessons will be reviewed, and you will receive a reply within three days from when you lesson is due.

If you have any questions about any lessons or anything having to do with witchcraft, please email me at ladybeltane@aol.com 

If you want to attend WOTC’s School of Witchcraft, please email Lady Beltane at ladybeltane@aol.com for an application.

Celebrating Legends, Folklore and Spirituality 365 Days a Year for January 7 – Saint Distaff’s Day

January 7

Saint Distaff’s Day

In southern England, Saint Distaff’s Day was when work began again after the Christmas holiday. Saint Distaff’s Day was not a saint’s day at all, but rather a tongue-in-check commemoration of the day on which women returned to their distaffs of unspun wool.

Printable Coloring Page for Use in Your Book of Shadows

Let’s Have More Fun – Winter and Summer Word Searches

Let’s Have Some Fun – Printable Coloring Pages

Even though winter is just beginning in the northern hemisphere here in the USA we have been going through a bitter cold period. If you are anything like me something fun to do would be welcomed right now so I give you these pages for you and/or your children and/or grandchildren to color. Take a picture of the creations and email to ladybeltane@aol.com to have it posted on WOTC. Include the first or pagan name you want to be posted with the picture(s).

For Your Listening Pleasure

This is one of my favorite pagan songs. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Always enjoy how you practice your pagan path. Remember none of us can know everything about the magick the universe surrounds us with

Behold There is Magick All Around Us

Until we meet again blessed be my dear Sisters, Brothers, and Honored Guests

January 7, 2022 Daily Correspondence Digest for the Daily and Birthday Horoscopes

Click here for Georgia Nicols’ Daily Horoscopes 

Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or making important decisions after 5 PM EST today (2 PM to 9:30 PM PST). After that, the Moon moves from Pisces into Aries.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a feel-good day! That’s why it will be easy to get along with others, especially bosses, parents and VIPs. In fact, relations with people in authority are so good you might develop a crush on your boss? Someone will ask for your creative advice about something today.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You would love to travel somewhere exotic today. You want adventure and stimulation. A pleasant escape. Some of you might also develop a crush on someone who is “different” or from another culture.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Someone might do a favour for you or give you a gift today. Financial situations will also favour you. (Ask for a loan.) It’s also a good time to discuss an inheritance or how to divide something. However, do not negotiate after 5 PM EST (or 2 PM PST) See above.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

People feel warm hearted today, which is why you will enjoy talking to partners, close friends and members of the general public. Someone might feel sympathetic towards you or vice versa, you might feel sympathetic towards them. A mutual appreciation society.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Relations with coworkers will be warm and cordial today, which is why this is a good day to ask for someone’s help or assistance. You will also enjoy making your workspace look more attractive. Some of you will be involved with your pet. You might have a good idea about how to improve your health.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is a lovely day to socialize! Enjoy a long lunch. Meet friends for Happy Hour. Enjoy sports events and playful activities with kids if possible. (Different areas experience restrictions.) Do what pleases you so that you enjoy a good time.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a lovely day to entertain at home! Invite the gang over for pizza and beer or quiche and wine – whatever is your pleasure. You might tweak your digs and do some redecorating because you want your home to be happy and comfortable today. This is why you want to share it with someone.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today you will appreciate your surroundings more than usual. Look around you. Not will you appreciate the beauty of your environment, you will also appreciate the people in your life. You realize how much you are loved.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This is a tricky day because in one way, it’s good for business and financial negotiations. However, the minute the Moon Alert begins (5 PM EST and 2 PM PST) all bets are off. After that, do your homework but agree to nothing important. Nevertheless, you will attract favours and money to you today.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This is an excellent day to buy wardrobe items for yourself, except for the fact that the Moon Alert begins at 5 PM Eastern time and 2 PM Pacific time. Don’t shop for clothing after those times. But if you shop beforehand, you will like what you buy.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Solitude in beautiful surroundings will please you today because you need a breather. It’s end of the week and you need time off for good behaviour. Therefore, grab your favourite drink and snack and hide somewhere so that you can relax in comfort.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Relations with others are warm and cozy today, which is why this is a great day to hang out with friends. It’s also a good day to relate to groups and organizations. In fact, things are so cozy, a friend could become a lover.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Nicholas Cage (1964) shares your birthday today. You respect tradition; nevertheless, you call your own shots and do things their own way. You have the patience and perseverance to deal with difficult situations. Personally, you are a helpful person. This year holds exciting changes for you! You might make important decisions that lead to new directions because your personal freedom is important to you.

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope

The January 7 birthday horoscope predicts you are unique! Yes, you are among exceptional innovators. Since you have a January 7 birthday, the planet Neptune rules you. You act on your gut instinct when things do not feel right. When it comes to making decisions, it is vital that you listen to your sixth sense. Do not wait for the right time. Do not ignore your warning.

The January 7 horoscope predicts that you are fortunate to be able to tap into your inner self and make use of your gift. This is the mystical characteristic for people with Capricorn birthdays, which needs nurturing. Try toning in on your senses by wearing your birthstone garnet on your person.

Any seeds already planted will start to flourish now. In preparation for the future, contemplate and cultivate. This year’s events will serve as a medium that helps you deal with some emotional crisis that will arise. Mood swings may be the cause of conflicts in the Capricorn sun sign’s life. You are going to be in high demand this year. So, get a hold of those emotions. A blank stare is sometimes a better way to win a battle rather than blow up the bridge.

According to the January 7th horoscope, you can communicate. Use that creativity to smooth over some differences between you and that person that is annoying you. Mercury is harmonizing with Saturn. That means your ability to think on a rational level will be invoked. You can do this. You are Capricorn, the January 7 birthday personality!

People today born with zodiac birthday on January 7 should practice using patience as things do not always come when you want them to. During the year, you come to a crossroads regarding your individual development. When it comes to achieving your goals, you may have to consider a Plan B.

With your vivid imagination, you are prone to have idealistic notions. Setting goals too high could end up disappointing you. When this happens, you will need to get back up and try it again. There is no need to feel depressed behind it. Be optimistic and perceptive. Use that oomph to attract the harmony you so desire. The results will be well worth the efforts forecasts the Capricorn birthday horoscope.

Ruled by Venus, love has always been easily attainable. On a personal level, old associations will make a reappearance in your life. Chances are they will pop up when you least expect them. Your love compatibility by birthday predictions asks you to think about the past and make sure this is what you want to do before opening old wounds.

Within the family unit, that decision will come effortlessly. You will be able to get in touch with your feelings by doing so. That relationship you have wanted with someone younger will happen at this time, stabilizing your place in that person’s life. The future of person who born on 7 January depends on how they interact with others.

The natural ability of people with birthday sign Capricorn is to make friendships. Thus it leaves you little time to be alone. You enjoy your private time, your time. You have a good idea of what makes people tick, so they enjoy being around you. At times, you tend to be a little isolated or detached. That is when people find you most difficult. Underneath this person is a passionate and loving human being yearning to be free.

If you are born today on January 7, all you desire is someone who shares your ambitions and values. Your ideal life partner is someone who will respect your needs including those previous bouts of seclusion. You only keep your guard up because you wear your heart on your sleeve. You lose more than you gain when it comes to personal relationships with this way of thinking.

Since the January 7th zodiac sign is Capricorn, you are born under the guidance of Saturn and Neptune. You are uniquely you! You matured early. You understand the nature of being human. Your decision to make more money usually means more work, but then again, it is what you live for foretells your birthday astrology.

 

Famous People And Celebrities Born On January 7

Charles Addams, Henry Allen, Nicolas CageKatie CouricMillard Fillmore, Danny Greene, Zora Neale Hurston, Jinxx, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Jeremy Renner, Jann Wenner

See: Famous Celebrities Born On January 7

This Day That Year – January 7th In History

1782 – The Bank of North America, the first American commercial bank opens today.
1929 – Tarzan comic strip was started this day.
1959 – Fidel Castro’s Cuban government is recognized by The United States.

January 7 Makar Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

January 7 Chinese Zodiac Ox

January 7 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Saturn which makes us aware of our commitments and responsibilities in our life.

January 7 Birthday Symbols

The Horned Sea Goat Is The Symbol Of The Capricorn Zodiac Sign

January 7 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Chariot. This card represents positive thinking, hard work, and perseverance. The Minor Arcana cards are Three of Pentacles and Queen of Pentacles.

January 7 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Capricorn: A harmonious relationship between two people of the same sun sign.
You are not compatible with people born under Libra: This relationship between the air signs and earth sign will have many problems.

See Also:

January 7 Birthday Lucky Numbers

Number 7 – This is a rational number, always seeking truth and thinking about the world beyond ours.
Number 8 – This is a powerful number that represents the creation and destruction of everything around us.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For January 7 Birthday

Black: This color stands for authority, discipline, elegance, and determination.
Red: Signifies passion, love, and strength.

Lucky Days For January 7 Birthday

Saturday – The day of planet Saturn symbolized by determination, motivation, efforts, and dedication.
Monday – The day of planet Moon stands for emotions, intuition, instincts, and sympathy.

January 7 Birthstone Garnet

Garnet helps in maintaining the right balance between your physical, mental and spiritual consciousness.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gift For People Born On January 7

A soft wool sweater for men and a fleece blanket for women. January 7 birthday horoscope predicts that you appreciate gifts given to you.

January 7, 2022 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.

 

From Moongiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Visit the January 2022 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waxing Crescent Phase

The Waxing Crescent on January 7 has an illumination of 27%. 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 January 7 the Moon is 5.18 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: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 27%
Moon Age: 5.18 days
Moon Angle: 0.52
Moon Distance: 383,402.83 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,105,293.09 km

Useful Moon Resources

January 07, 2022
12:00 am GMT 4:00 PM PST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:16 Capricorn 39
Moon:13 Pisces 41
Mercury:05 Aquarius 50
Venus:19 Capricorn 58 Rx
Mars:17 Sagittarius 23
Jupiter:01 Pisces 45
Saturn:12 Aquarius 34
Uranus:10 Taurus 53 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 47
Pluto:26 Capricorn 08
True Lunar Node:00 Gemini 39 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:29 Taurus 13 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):19 Gemini 08
Chiron:08 Aries 35
Ceres:28 Taurus 11 Rx
Pallas:18 Pisces 01
Juno:19 Capricorn 43
Vesta:27 Sagittarius 45
Eris:23 Aries 41 Rx
Fire:4
Earth:7
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:6
Fixed:5
Mutable:8

January 07, 2022
11:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM CST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Capricorn 37
Moon:26 Pisces 30
Mercury:06 Aquarius 49
Venus:19 Capricorn 23 Rx
Mars:18 Sagittarius 04
Jupiter:01 Pisces 57
Saturn:12 Aquarius 40
Uranus:10 Taurus 52 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 48
Pluto:26 Capricorn 10
True Lunar Node:00 Gemini 35 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:29 Taurus 10 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):19 Gemini 14
Chiron:08 Aries 36
Ceres:28 Taurus 08 Rx
Pallas:18 Pisces 16
Juno:20 Capricorn 06
Vesta:28 Sagittarius 16
Eris:23 Aries 41 Rx
Fire:4
Earth:7
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:6
Fixed:5
Mutable:8

Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence Digest for Friday

From FlyingTheHedge.com

Friday comes from the Old English name frigedaeg, which comes from the Norse goddess Frigga. Frigga, like Venus, is associated with love, making this a great day to focus on romance, passion, fertility, and friendship.
Color: Pink, aqua,
Planet: Venus
Deities: Freya, Venus, Aphrodite
Crystals: Coral, emerald, rose quartz
Herbs: Strawberries, apple blossoms, feverfew
Associations: Love, birth, romance, fertility, passion, friendship, pregnancy

From LearnReligions.com – Magical Days of the Week

Friday falls at the end of the work week for many of us, and that means we get a chance to relax for a little bit! Mark your Fridays with colors like pink and aqua, and metals such as copper. This is a day ruled by the planet Venus, so it should be no surprise that Venus and Aphrodite—goddesses of love and beauty—are associated with Fridays. This is a day named for the Norse goddess Freyja*, so be sure to take a moment to honor her as well.

Gemstones associated with Friday include coral, emerald and rose quartz, and plants like strawberries, apple blossoms and feverfew are also related. This is a good day to do spellwork associated with family life and fertility, sexuality, harmony, friendship, growth. Take advantage of Friday’s correspondences and plant a seed, make something grow, and enjoy your blessings.

*Note: There are a lot of disputes as to the origins of the word Friday because there is still a great deal of discussion as to whether it was named for Freyja or Frigga, and whether they were the same deity or two separate ones. Some scholars believe that while they may have eventually become two distinctly different goddesses, they could have had their origins in a single, common Proto-Germanic deity.

Click here for more Friday Correspondences from Spells8.com

Magick Candle

Light a pink candle to connect with your most sensitive and receptive side, harmonizing bonds of friendship and love. Meditating with a pink candle helps relief depression and promotes self-love.

Ruling Deities

Wiccan Goddess Aphrodite Wiccan God Eros Wiccan Goddess Hathor Wiccan Goddess Isis Wiccan Goddess VenusÁine, Eros, Aphrodite, Freyja, Hathor, Isis and Venus are rulers of Fridays.

Crystals

Aventurine, Emerald, Jade, Rose Quartz, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot.

Carrying these gemstones today can bring success and fulfillment of your goals. Wear them as a talisman or simply keep them close to you to harness their energy.

Potion

Drink Hibiscus Tea to enhance your relationship with yourself and others. Hibiscus is an aphrodisiac flower, so it is closely related to love and sex. It has been used to make love potions and charms, as well as medicine.
Note: Expecting mothers should not take Hibiscus¹.

(1 Hibiscus Sabdariffa – Uses, Side Effects, and More)

From whats-your-sign.com

There’s a reason out of all the days of the week, Friday is commonly dubbed ‘date night’.  Why? Because Fridays are overseen by the angel Anael, who’s name means ‘Star of love’.  Anael is one of the angels considered to have helped with the creation of the heavens and earth.  If Anael doesn’t convince you that Fridays are for lovers, then perhaps knowing this day is ruled by Venus might give you confirmation.  Venus is symbolic of love, sensuality, creativity and relationships. Of course, love and loving isn’t exclusive to Friday. Everyday of the week is an opportunity for love.  However, Friday is most auspicious for connecting with others on a loving level.  This doesn’t mean you have to have a date, or a mate.  You can augment your intensity of love on Friday by showing affection to your pets, your family and/or your friends. You get the idea.

January 7th Daily Divination Journal

Tarot Card

Click here for more information about The World card from labyrinthos.co

The World – A Major Arcana Card

World Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
completion, achievement, fulfilment, sense of belonging, wholeness, harmony lack of closure, lack of achievement, feeling incomplete, emptiness
Skip to Upright Meaning Skip to Reversed Meaning

The World Tarot Card Description

The World card in the tarot deck has a dancing figure at the center. The dancing figure on the card has one leg crossed over the other and holds a wand in either hand. She symbolizes balance and evolution in movement. The fulfillment and unity that she represents is not one that is static, but ever-changing, dynamic and eternal.

The green wreath of flowers that surrounds the central figure is a symbol of success, while the red ribbons that wrap around it are reminiscent of infinity. There are four figures on each corner of the card – and they are the same ones that are in the Wheel of Fortune. The four figures represent Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius and Taurus – representative of the four corners of the universe, the four elements, and the four evangelicals. Together, they symbolize the harmony between all of their energies.

Upright World Meaning

To encounter the World in your cards is to encounter a great unity and wholeness. It symbolizes the moment when the inner and the outer worlds – self and

Witch’s Rune

From psychic-revelation.com

The Rings 

Keywords: Love, relationships.

Meanings: The Rings is the rune of love and again, when it is the leading stone, it is a positive answer to your question. It is very much a rune of relationship and can indicate engagement, marriage or a new/renewed relationship. It can also indicate the need for a fresh approach to an existing relationship.

Rune

From TheRuneSite.com – Armanen Runes

Rit

Sound: “r”
Stands for: Ritual (or Primal Laws)
Casting meaning: This rune represents the orderliness in the world, the ritual, primal law and things that are done correctly. It also stands for cynical events and rescue from an enemy.

Ogham

From symbolsage.com – Ogham Symbols

Tinne/Teine

The eighth ogham letter, Tinne corresponds to the holly tree and to the letter T. The name tinne is related to the Old Irish word teann, meaning strong or bold, and the Irish and Scots Gaelic word teine which means fire. Therefore, the ogham symbol is associated with strength and power. It’s also sacred to the Celtic smith god Govannon or Goibniu, and the Saxon smith god Weyland, who are associated with strength, endurance, and the attainment of skill.

I Ching

Click here for more information about Hexagram 35

Hexagram Thirty – Five/35

Chin / Aspiration

The Sun shines down upon the Earth:
Constantly honing and refining his brilliance, the Superior Person is a Godsend to his people.
They repay his benevolence with a herd of horses, and he is granted audience three times in a single day.

Promotion.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

This is a time of reward for good works.
Those you have helped want to show their gratitude.
Benefits come both from on high and from the humble you uplifted.
Accept all gifts graciously, though the reward may not be what you truly need or hoped for.
Some may bestow more than they can afford to give, but you must realize that they need to feel that they have repaid you.

Numerology

From worldnumerology.com

Thirty – Five

It is creative in business, an inventor, gadget-designer, or business adviser. It is social but does not work well with others; too independent, better off as a freelancer.

Angel Number

Click here for more information about Angel Number 35 from informationseries.com

Thirty – Five

Do you often see the number 35 recently?

The birthday of the person I met recently is March 5, and the clock looks at 3:05.

Don’t look at the number 35 somehow recently?

Numbers have been treated since ancient times not only as numbers, but also as meaningful.

The numbers you see often aren’t just accidents, they’re called angel numbers, and are said to be messages from an angel watching you.

Each angel number has a meaning, and knowing the meaning can help you avoid risks and unlock opportunities.

What exactly is Angel Number 35 trying to teach you?

This time, I would like to introduce the meaning of Angel Number 35 and what kind of message it contains. Knowing the meaning of angel number 35 will help you be happy.

What is Angel Number 35?

What does angel number 35 mean? Knowing the meaning will help your life change in a better way. Let’s catch the message of angel number 35 firmly. Angel number 35 can read the message not only from the meaning of 35 but …

Animal Spirit Guide and/or Animal Spirit Helper

Click here for more information about the Sloth from spiritanimaldreams.com

Sloth

The sloth spirit animal is telling you to slow down. When the sloth spirit guide comes your way, it means that you have been moving too fast for your own good.

Perhaps, you need to take time off your busy schedule and pay attention to the other areas of your life.

Have you been spending quality time with family and friends? When was the last time you treated yourself to a well-deserved holiday?

Have you created enough time for your spiritual needs?

These are some of the areas your sloth spirit animal wants you to concentrate on. You have it in your power to deal with the stress, fatigue, and worries in your life.

The sloth spirit guide asks you to fix the broken aspects of your life. Likely, your inner being is suffering from neglect because you have been too busy with the cares of the world.

What is the Significance of the Sloth Spirit Animal?

Sloths are best known for their slow movement. They spend long hours sleeping, thus; most people consider them to be lazy, slow, and indolent.

The truth is that sloths are not lazy. They are just laid back and …

Crack the Cookie

Wisdom of Buddha

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.

2022 January 7

Ecstatic Solar Eclipse

Image Credit & Copyright: Annie Schmidt (Point Blue Conservation Science)

Explanation: A male Adelie penguin performed this Ecstatic Vocalization in silhouette during the December 4 solar eclipse, the final eclipse of 2021. Of course his Ecstatic Vocalization is a special display that male penguins use to claim their territory and advertise their condition. This penguin’s territory, at Cape Crozier Antarctica, is located in one of the largest Adelie penguin colonies. The colony has been studied by researchers for over 25 years. From there, last December’s eclipse was about 80 percent total when seen at its maximum phase as the Moon’s shadow crossed planet Earth’s southernmost continent.

 

Status Updates: Deploying the James Webb Space Telescope

January 7 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1610 Galileo Galilei discovers the first three moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa & Ganymede

1714 Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)

1941 Chinese Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire on the surrounded Communist New Fourth Army at Maolin, Anhui Province, killing or capturing 7,000 troops

1953 US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb

1954 Georgetown-IBM experiment, 1st public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held at IBM’s head office in New York

1999 President Bill Clinton‘s impeachment trial begins in the US Senate after the House voted to impeach him for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky

Today’s Historical Events

754 Pope Stefanus II arrives in Ponthion

1325 Afonso IV succeeds Denis as King of Portugal

1558 Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by France

1566 Antonio “Michele” Ghislieri is elected Pope Pius V

1584 Last day of the Julian calendar in Bohemia and The Holy Roman Empire

1598 Boris Godunov seizes Russian throne on death of Feodor I

1601 Robert, Earl of Essex, leads revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth

1608 Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1894 William K.L. Dickson captures “Fred Ott’s Sneeze” as a motion picture at Thomas Edison‘s Black Mariah Studio, West Orange, New Jersey [1]

1925 Musical “Big Boy” with Al Jolson premieres in NYC

1955 WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

1966 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion

1968 “GE College Bowl” quiz show premieres on NBC TV

1973 WNPB TV channel 13 in Marquette, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting

1982 TV series “Fame”, based on the film of the same name, starring Debbie Allen and an ensemble cast premieres on NBC TV

2001 27th People’s Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1842 Gioachino Rossini‘s cantata “Stabat Mater” premieres in Paris

1903 Vincent d’Indy‘s opera “L’etranger” premieres in Brussels

1950 “Happy as Larry” closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances

1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

1958 Gibson issued US patent for the Flying V Guitar

1966 Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts

1970 Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by “Woodstock Festival”

1973 “Purlie” closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1899 Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier’s

1910 Stanley Cup, Dey’s Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (ON), 3-1 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series

1927 Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game in Hinckley, Illinois

1932 1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich

1936 Tennis champs Helen Moody & Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1h18m)

1947 Australia v England at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Australia since 1882

1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

1955 20 year-old future world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson scores a 5th-round TKO of Willie Troy in a non-title super middleweight bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden

7 January 2022 Daily Correspondence Digest for the Southern 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.

 

From Moongiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Visit the January 2022 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waxing Crescent Phase

The Waxing Crescent on January 7 has an illumination of 27%. 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 January 7 the Moon is 5.18 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: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 27%
Moon Age: 5.18 days
Moon Angle: 0.52
Moon Distance: 383,402.83 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,105,293.09 km

Useful Moon Resources

 

If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link 

Currentplanetarypositions.com 

To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link 

 For Your Local Time and Date

Southeastern Hemisphere

The time for this Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

7 January 2022
08:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Capricorn 30
Moon:24 Pisces 51
Mercury:06 Aquarius 42
Venus:19 Capricorn 27 Rx
Mars:17 Sagittarius 58
Jupiter:01 Pisces 55
Saturn:12 Aquarius 39
Uranus:10 Taurus 52 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 48
Pluto:26 Capricorn 09
True Lunar Node:00 Gemini 35 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:29 Taurus 10 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):19 Gemini 13
Chiron:08 Aries 36
Ceres:28 Taurus 08 Rx
Pallas:18 Pisces 14
Juno:20 Capricorn 03
Vesta:28 Sagittarius 11
Eris:23 Aries 41 Rx
Fire:4
Earth:7
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:6
Fixed:5
Mutable:8

Southern Hemisphere

The time for this Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Cape Town, South Africa

7 January 2022
03:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Capricorn 17
Moon:22 Pisces 05
Mercury:06 Aquarius 29
Venus:19 Capricorn 35 Rx
Mars:17 Sagittarius 49
Jupiter:01 Pisces 52
Saturn:12 Aquarius 38
Uranus:10 Taurus 52 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 48
Pluto:26 Capricorn 09
True Lunar Node:00 Gemini 36 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:29 Taurus 11 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):19 Gemini 12
Chiron:08 Aries 36
Ceres:28 Taurus 09 Rx
Pallas:18 Pisces 11
Juno:19 Capricorn 58
Vesta:28 Sagittarius 05
Eris:23 Aries 41 Rx
Fire:4
Earth:7
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:6
Fixed:5
Mutable:8

Southwestern Hemisphere

The time for this Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

7 January 2022
06:00 am GMT 5:00 PM AEDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:16 Capricorn 54
Moon:17 Pisces 04
Mercury:06 Aquarius 06
Venus:19 Capricorn 48 Rx
Mars:17 Sagittarius 33
Jupiter:01 Pisces 48
Saturn:12 Aquarius 35
Uranus:10 Taurus 52 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 47
Pluto:26 Capricorn 08
True Lunar Node:00 Gemini 37 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:29 Taurus 12 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):19 Gemini 09
Chiron:08 Aries 36
Ceres:28 Taurus 10 Rx
Pallas:18 Pisces 05
Juno:19 Capricorn 49
Vesta:27 Sagittarius 53
Eris:23 Aries 41 Rx
Fire:4
Earth:7
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:6
Fixed:5
Mutable:8