April 27, 2022 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

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

 27 April 2022
03:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:07 Taurus 20
Moon:29 Pisces 22
Mercury:27 Taurus 39
Venus:24 Pisces 16
Mars:09 Pisces 27
Jupiter:27 Pisces 17
Saturn:24 Aquarius 05
Uranus:14 Taurus 21
Neptune:24 Pisces 28
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 33 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:23 Taurus 21 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Cancer 25

Chiron:13 Aries 49
Ceres:22 Gemini 58
Pallas:28 Aries 49
Juno:02 Pisces 27
Vesta:20 Aquarius 59

Eris:24 Aries 29

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:3
Water:7
Cardinal:5
Fixed:7
Mutable:7
Obliquity of the Nine Planets

Southern Hemisphere

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

27 April 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:07 Taurus 08
Moon:26 Pisces 38
Mercury:27 Taurus 25
Venus:24 Pisces 02
Mars:09 Pisces 17
Jupiter:27 Pisces 14
Saturn:24 Aquarius 04
Uranus:14 Taurus 20
Neptune:24 Pisces 27
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 34 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:23 Taurus 22 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Cancer 23

Chiron:13 Aries 48
Ceres:22 Gemini 53
Pallas:28 Aries 43
Juno:02 Pisces 22
Vesta:20 Aquarius 54

Eris:24 Aries 29

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:3
Water:7
Cardinal:5
Fixed:7
Mutable:7

Southwestern Hemisphere

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

27 April 2022
02:00 am GMT 12:00 PM AEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:06 Taurus 48
Moon:22 Pisces 14
Mercury:27 Taurus 02
Venus:23 Pisces 39
Mars:09 Pisces 02
Jupiter:27 Pisces 10
Saturn:24 Aquarius 03
Uranus:14 Taurus 19
Neptune:24 Pisces 27
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 34 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:23 Taurus 23 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Cancer 21

Chiron:13 Aries 47
Ceres:22 Gemini 45
Pallas:28 Aries 35
Juno:02 Pisces 15
Vesta:20 Aquarius 47

Eris:24 Aries 29

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:3
Water:7
Cardinal:5
Fixed:7
Mutable:7

April 27, 2022 Current Moon Phase

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From Moongiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this part of the Moon cycle, the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

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

Today’s Waning Crescent Phase

The Waning Crescent on April 27 has an illumination of 12%. 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 April 27 the Moon is 26.28 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 Crescent
Illumination: 12%
Moon Age: 26.28 days
Moon Angle: 0.52
Moon Distance: 381,872.34 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,605,493.48 km

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A Thought for Today

Until we meet again dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests blessed be.

April 25, 2022 Daily Horoscopes Digest

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Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Pisces.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is an excellent day for business negotiations and dealings with finance and commerce because you’ll be quick to see the big picture. You will also be ready to act and explore any opportunity that comes your way. This is a winning day!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today the Sun is in your sign along with Mercury; and Mercury is dancing with lucky, moneybags Jupiter. This gives you a chance to see the big picture and view things with confidence and optimism. This is why you are courageous and hopeful about your future.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This is an excellent day to do a little soul-searching and explore your own ideas and values, especially regarding spiritual matters. Your hopes and wishes are important today. Furthermore, you are taking a look at how you fit into the bigger picture around you.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Your interactions with friends, as well as groups and organizations, will be upbeat and positive today. In fact, your ability to work with others today will be extremely successful because you are quick to grasp group values and needs. People will listen to you today.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This is a fabulous day to make your pitch to a boss, parent, teacher or any member of authority because you see the big picture, and will present your ideas with clarity and vision. (Oh yeah, people will be impressed.) This is because today you easily see the overall pattern of things.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is a marvellous day to study and do something to satisfy your intellectual curiosity about something. Philosophical and religious subjects in particular will appeal to you because you’re interested in exploring big answers to big questions. Travel plans will be ambitious!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Your ability to negotiate important decisions with others about shared property, inheritances, taxes and debt is top-notch today. You see the big picture, which also allows you to see future possibilities as well as present solutions. Impressive!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Discussions with others will be optimistic and upbeat today because you are in a positive frame of mind. Because of this, you will also attract positive-thinking people to you, as well. Take note: This is the perfect day to mend broken fences with someone who is close to you.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Discussions about work-related travel will go well today. This is also an excellent day to deal with foreign interests and people from other cultures, especially related to your job or your health. Something to do with a pet might lift your spirits today.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This is a marvellous day for artists and anyone who is involved in a creative project. This is also a wonderful day to start a vacation or to enjoy social outings with others, especially in groups. Sports events and fun activities with children will particularly delight!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Family discussions will go well today. This is a good day to begin an ambitious home-repair project or to explore real-estate opportunities. Dealings with the law and legal matters will be positive. You find it easy to “think big” today. Good day for family discussions about future plans in general.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a lovely day for a trip or a chance to explore new ideas and meet new people, especially people from other cultures and different countries because you want to do anything to expand your experience of the world. Your mind is sharp, clear and alert to all possibilities today. You are optimistic and positive!

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Channing Tatum (1980) shares your birthday today. You are determined and focused. You are hard worker with a strong sense of responsibility. Others know that they can rely on you. This year is the last year of a nine-year cycle for you, which means wrap up whatever you are involved in. Clean your plate to be ready for next year when your new cycle begins.

April 26, 2022 Current Moon Phase

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 was born.

From Moongiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this part of the Moon cycle, the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

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

Today’s Waning Crescent Phase

The Waning Crescent on April 26 has an illumination of 19%. 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 April 26 the Moon is 25.27 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 Crescent
Illumination: 19%
Moon Age: 25.27 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 377,201.84 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,566,224.17 km

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April 26, 2022 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions Digest

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Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Los Angeles, California, USA

April 26, 2022
07:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM PDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:06 Taurus 31
Moon:18 Pisces 22
Mercury:26 Taurus 42
Venus:23 Pisces 20
Mars:08 Pisces 49
Jupiter:27 Pisces 06
Saturn:24 Aquarius 02
Uranus:14 Taurus 18
Neptune:24 Pisces 26
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 35 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:23 Taurus 24 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Cancer 19

Chiron:13 Aries 46
Ceres:22 Gemini 38
Pallas:28 Aries 27
Juno:02 Pisces 09
Vesta:20 Aquarius 40

Eris:24 Aries 28

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:3
Water:7
Cardinal:5
Fixed:7
Mutable:7

 

Northern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

April 26, 2022
05:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:06 Taurus 27
Moon:17 Pisces 16
Mercury:26 Taurus 36
Venus:23 Pisces 14
Mars:08 Pisces 45
Jupiter:27 Pisces 05
Saturn:24 Aquarius 01
Uranus:14 Taurus 18
Neptune:24 Pisces 26
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 35 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:23 Taurus 24 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Cancer 19

Chiron:13 Aries 46
Ceres:22 Gemini 36
Pallas:28 Aries 25
Juno:02 Pisces 08
Vesta:20 Aquarius 38

Eris:24 Aries 28

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:3
Water:7
Cardinal:5
Fixed:7
Mutable:7

Northeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe

26 April 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM CEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:06 Taurus 10
Moon:13 Pisces 22
Mercury:26 Taurus 15
Venus:22 Pisces 54
Mars:08 Pisces 32
Jupiter:27 Pisces 01
Saturn:24 Aquarius 00
Uranus:14 Taurus 17
Neptune:24 Pisces 26
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 36 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:23 Taurus 25 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):01 Cancer 17

Chiron:13 Aries 45
Ceres:22 Gemini 30
Pallas:28 Aries 17
Juno:02 Pisces 02
Vesta:20 Aquarius 31

Eris:24 Aries 28

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:3
Water:7
Cardinal:5
Fixed:7
Mutable:7

April 26 Daily Tarot Card, Rune, Witch’s Rune, Ogham Divination

Tarot Card

Click here for more about the 7 of Cups from the Shadowscapes tarot deck on tarotx.net

7 of Cups

I. The meaning of the Seven of Cups Shadowscapes Tarot

The young girl’s mind now lost its way in the clouds. Her eyes were now filled with stars, her spirit drawn to the fanciful light of the moon as she looked toward the whole castle in the sky. She was not much aware of the dangerous standing position at the moment, maybe in a moment of excitement, she could carelessly step forward and fall from the cliff to the bottom of the dim white mist below. The wind blew and flipped her hair and clothes in an exciting melody.

In the meantime, the boy, standing in a somewhat safer position, with a little thought, turned his eyes towards the castle located on the surrounding cliffs. Perhaps it will be difficult to reach the place, but they can completely succeed, his desire is strong enough to achieve what he wants.

But that girl was the exact opposite. “Look!” She shouted while her fingers cupped the boy’s shoulders, urging him to listen to his desires. He nodded his head, trying to refute the thought of “how can we get to that heavenly city?” and continued to …


Rune

From TheRuneSite.com – Younger Futhork Runes

Óss

Sound: “o” as in “oh”
Stands for: God and also Mouth
Casting meaning: This rune represents the power of communication, oral bonds, and the commanding force of word and song.

More commonly Know by its Elder Futhark rune name – Ansuz

with a slightly different meaning

Sound: “aa” as in “aah”
Stands for: Mouth (or Divine Breath)
Color: Purple
Casting meaning: Ansuz is a rune that symbolizes stability and shows us order. It is also a rune that indicates intellectual activities and directly represents the divine breath of all life and creation.

Witch’s Rune

From thecarnutiannemeton.com – Witch’s Rune

Flight

Rune of Communication

As the bird fly’s in and out of this realm and the other it carries with it a message of transforming urgency. As quick as the birds direction can change also is the news it brings.

Keywords
communications, movement, travel, information, greater knowledge

Ogham

From thepeculiarbrunette.com – Ogham

Straif

Pronunciation – Str-ef

Tree Association – Blackthorn

Meaning – Adversity, omens, secrecy, and is sometimes known as the tree of the dead due to its connection with spirits and the Underworld. This thorny tree-shrub is symbolic of the sword, arrow, and spear. Now is a time to focus on the root of a problem instead of its effects. Confront challenges head-on, and do your best not to become overwhelmed by the difficulties that lie before you. Brace for the unexpected; life may be taking an unforeseen turn. It can be an excellent time to keep knowledge and information to yourself until the path ahead is more apparent.

If reversed – Transitions, changes, and death. Straif reversed is a sign of caution. Things may be falling apart in your life right now so that they can come together more positively later.

Inscription and Magical Uses – Use this ogham wisely. It can help to develop the courage and fortitude you need to overcome the unpredictable challenges headed your way. Change is headed your way, helpful for use in keeping your mindset upbeat and instilling hope.

Folklore – Blackthorn has developed a bad reputation over the years since it thrives in winter when everything else seems to be dying. It is often associated with cailleach (Dark mother or Crone) and the Morrighan. Blackthorn was often used to create a shillelagh (Irish walking stick) which was often the weapon of choice for bataireacht (BAHT-air-ahct) (Irish stick-fighting martial arts).

April 26 Daily I Ching, Numerology, Angel Number, Animal Spirit Guide or Helper Divination Journal

I Ching

From psychic-revelation.com – I Ching

 Hexagram Twenty – Five/25

Name: Wu Wang.

Keyphrase: Innocence.

Formed By The Trigrams: Heaven over Thunder.

 

General: To function most effectively you must be fully present in each and every moment.

Love: It is time to have fun. Not because you need to but just because you can.

Business: You will find that the simple approach will work the best. Let go of complex issues.

Personal: Enjoy life.

 

Overview: Wu Wang is about innocence and the childlike joy associated with it. Stop trying to impress others in order to gain their approval. Instead of concentrating on this aspect of life which focuses on an imagined future, focus and honor each aspect of life or work. This way you will remain open and alert. Although planning and thought are still needed, Fu is a reminder that it is never possible to foresee every contingency. Learn to react moment to moment rather than wasting too much energy on things that will probably never happen. Find the balance you need between childlike confidence and the wisdom of experience.

Numerology

Click here for more detailed information about Hexagram 2 from numeroscop.net

NUMBER Two/2

Two, as one of the Core Numbers, is an Axis of Symmetry, a point of equilibrium which provides peace to your inner world. Any disturbance of this condition you perceive as a direct threat to life and well-being. It provokes you to action with the main goal of the restoration of order and harmony in the world.Intuitive confidence in the rationality and justice of the world order makes you stick to the view that all the troubles come from the people’s inability to hear and understand each other. Therefore you voluntarily assume the responsibility of a peacemaker.

Positive qualities

 

The list of positive qualities of the Two fully matches the list of canonical human virtues. They are good nature, peacefulness, generosity, ethic and tact based on intuition, insight and understanding of the human soul.

Add romantic, artistic nature and an exceptional sense of beauty here, and you get a genuine Masterpiece. One can only regret that it is almost impossible to have this figure in all numbers of the numerological core, and that people whose positive qualities completely supersede all the negative ones simply don’t exist.

Negative qualities

The most obvious negative qualities of the Two are the disposition to dependent position, appeasement, depression and indecisiveness.

Being passive can cause undue flexibility in matters of principle which should inevitably lead to failures in all spheres of life, and as a consequence, resentment of oneself, anger and alienation.

One should clearly see the borderline between diplomacy and commitment to the peaceful coexistence, and compliance and timidity.

Name Numerology …

Angel Number

Click here to read more about Angel number 555 from informationseries.com

Five Hundred Fifty – Five

What is the meaning of angel number 555?

The angel number [555] has the meaning of change. This number will be a tailwind for change, transformation and major changes.

Here, we will specifically introduce the meaning of the [555] angel number.

[555] A major change

An angel number [555] signifies a major change in life. The number [555] is from an angel who wants to open a new door and try anything. It also means good luck and freedom.

Pursuing new discoveries and growth will make a big difference in the current situation. Big change is not a bad thing, so it’s important to be mindful enough to enjoy the change without fear.

[5] Change and transformation

Angel number [5] contains the meaning of change and transformation. A lot of things will turn around by accepting change from yourself. The number [5] is wonderful as an opportunity to grow.

Pursuing new discoveries and growth will also embrace change. The meaning of the changes and transformations in [5] has a positive meaning.

[6] Balanced behavior

The angel number [555] also has the meaning of [6] alone, which indicates a balanced action. This is because …

Animal Spirit Guide or Helper

Click on the hyperlinks more information about the spiritual meaning for the Dragonfly from UniGuide.com

Dragonfly

Dragonfly meaning and symbolism includes opportunity, transformation, spontaneity, ancient wisdom, and other mystical qualities. These beautiful winged insects have fascinated people for thousands of years. In fact, the dragonfly spirit animal is a powerful totem that appears in the spiritual beliefs of many cultures.

One of the first winged insects, dragonflies have inhabited the Earth for over 300 million years.1 By comparison, evidence of the first humans dates back to just 2.8 million years. As ancient artifacts attest, dragonfly meanings intrigued our distant ancestors, just as they intrigue us today. In this post, you’ll learn about commonly shared dragonfly symbols and meanings, dragonfly mythology, the dragonfly spirit animal, and more.

April 26 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 April 26

Planet Parade over Sydney Opera House

Image Credit & Copyright: Prasun Agrawal

Explanation: The world is waking up to a picturesque planet parade. Just before dawn, the eastern skies over much of planet Earth are decorated by a notable line of familiar planets. In much of Earth’s northern hemisphere, this line of planets appears most nearly horizontal, but in much of Earth’s southern hemisphere, the line appears more nearly vertical. Pictured over the Sydney Opera House in southern Australia, the planet line was captured nearly vertical about five days ago. From top to bottom, the morning planets are SaturnMarsVenus, and Jupiter. As April ends, the angular distance between Venus and Jupiter will gradually pass below a degree as they switch places. Then, as May ends, Jupiter will pass near Mars as those two planets switch places. In June, the parade will briefly expand to include Mercury.

 

Notable Submissions to APOD: Morning Planet Parade 2022

April 26 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de’Medici and kill Giuliano de’Medici in Florence

1920 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold “great debate” on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

1945 Marshal Philippe Pétain, leader of France’s Vichy collaborationist regime during World War II, arrested for treason

1956 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas

1986 World’s worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, radioactive contamination reaches much of Western Europe

2005 Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.

Today’s Historical Events

757 Paolo Orsini replaces his brother Pope Stephen II, as Paul I

1220 German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights

1336 Italian Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch famously climbs Mont Ventoux

1467 The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy

1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de’Medici and kill Giuliano de’Medici in Florence

1514 Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn

1564 William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

1607 Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1954 “Seven Samurai”, Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

1967 KSPS TV channel 7 in Spokane, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting

1982 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

1991 “Dinosaurs” premieres on ABC-TV

1992 “Growing Pains” final episode on ABC TV

1992 “Who’s The Boss” final episode after 8 years on ABC TV

1993 NBC announces Conan O’Brien to replace David Letterman on “Late Night”

1994 TV series “Due South” about Canadian Mounties starring Paul Gross premieres in Canada

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1835 Frederic Chopin‘s “Grand Polonaise Brillante” premieres in Paris

1855 Composer Gioachino Rossini leaves Italy

1936 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 4th Symphony

1947 “Bless the Bride” musical opens in London

1965 Charles Ives‘ 4th Symphony premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York, 11 years after the composer’s death

1967 “Hallelujah, Baby!” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 293 performances

1969 “Celebration” closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances

1969 “George M!” closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1900 Newly renamed American League opener in Cleveland draws 6,500 (still as a minor league, was Western League)

1901 Jimmy Collins, having left the Boston Beaneaters (NL), captains and manages his first game for the Boston Americans (loses 10-6 at Baltimore Orioles)

1905 Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play

1912 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)

1920 Husband and wife team Ludowika & Walter Jakobsson representing Finland, win the pairs skating gold medal at the Antwerp Olympics; Ludowika is the only German-born athlete at the Games

1920 Ice hockey makes its Olympic debut at the Antwerp Games with center Frank Fredrickson scoring 7 goals in Canada’s 12-1 drubbing of Sweden in the gold medal match

1931 Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season

1935 Frank Boucher is given NHL’s Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years

 

The Sun Set on Mars

April 12, 2015

In this file photo from NASA, the sun sets behind the rocky terrain of Earth’s neighboring planet, Mars. The photo was taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover on April 15, 2015. The images were recorded by the Mast Camera attached to the rover. The haze in the air is martian dust still suspended in the atmosphere between dust storms. The blue hue of the image is due to the very fine dust particles being just the right size to allow blue light to penetrate the atmosphere.

Beltane / Beltain / Beltaine / Bealtaine

Beltane was an important festival in the Celtic calendar. The name originates from the Celtic god, Bel – the ‘bright one’, and the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire, giving the name ‘bealttainn’, meaning ‘bright fire’.

This is the beginning of the ‘lighted half’ of the year when the Sun begins to set later in the evening and the hawthorn blossoms. To our ancestors Beltane was the coming of summer and fertility. Nature is in bloom and the earth is full of fecundity and life.

Beltane falls halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice and is a Cross Quarter Day.

Fire festivals

Beltane is one of the four Celtic fire festivals marking the quarter points in the year – feasts were held and bonfires were lit throughout the countryside. Fire was believed to have purifying qualities – it cleansed and rejuvenated both the land and the people.

The ritual welcoming of the sun and the lighting of the fires was also believed to ensure fertility of the land and the people. Animals were transfered from winter pens to summer pastures, and were driven between the Beltane fires to cleanse them of evil spirits and to bring fertility and a good milk yield. The Celts leapt over Beltane fires – for fertility and purification.

Young men would circle the Beltaine fires holding Rowan branches to bring protection against evil – its bright berries suggested fire – malign powers were considered particularly active at the year’s turning-point.

It was considered unlucky to allow anyone to take fire from one’s house on May Eve or May Day, as they would gain power over the inhabitants.

A Beltane fire festival is held annually in Edinburgh, at Calton Hill on 30th April – a May Queen and Green Man, representing Beltane fertility and renewal lead the celebrations on the hillside.

The Beltany Stone Circle in the North West of Ireland is named after the Beltane festival as the sunrise at Beltane is aligned with the only decorated stone in the circle.

 

The Maiden

The Triple Goddess – worshipped by the Ancient Britons – at Beltane is now in her aspect of the Maiden :

The May Queen, May Bride, Goddess of Spring, Flower Bride, Queen of the Fairies
a symbol of purity, growth and renewal.

The Crone turns to stone on Beltane Eve.

May Blossom

 

May blossom symbolises female fertility, with its creamy/ white, fragrant flowers. Hawthorn blossom was worn during Beltane celebrations, especially by the May Queen.

It is believed to be a potent magical plant and it is considered unlucky to bring the blossom inside the house, apart from on May eve.

Flower Language

May Day – Beltane Traditions

Beltane is a time of partnerships and fertility. New couples proclaim their love for each other on this day. It is also the perfect time to begin new projects.

The maypole – a phallic pole planted deep in the earth representing the potency and fecundity of the God, its unwinding ribbons symbolized the unwinding of the spiral of life and the union of male and female – the Goddess and God. It is usually topped by a ring of flowers to represent the fertile Goddess.

Paganhill, near Stroud, has one of the tallest maypoles. The Puritans banned maypoles during the 17th Century.

It was a Celtic tradition to fell a birch tree on May day and to bring it into the community.

Crosses of birch and rowan twigs were hung over doors on the May morning, and left until next May day.

Beltane cakes or bannocks – oatcakes coated with a baked on custard made of cream, eggs and butter – were cooked over open fires and anyone who chose a mis-shapen piece or a piece with a black spot was likely to suffer bad luck in the coming months. They were also offered to the spirits who protect the livestock, by facing the Beltane fire and casting them over their shoulders.

Beltane Celebrations and Rituals

At Sheen do Boaldyne, in the Isle of Man, twigs of Rowan are hung above doorways as protection – the opening of Summer was regarded as a time when fairies and spirits were especially active, as at Samhain and the opening of Winter.

The ‘Obby ‘Oss, at Padstow, Cornwall – wearing of animal skins was believed to be a relic of a Pagan sacred marriage between earth and sky, and the dance enacts the fertility god sacrificed for the good of his people.

The May Queen – Maid Marion/the Maiden consorts with Robin/ the Green Man in Celtic celebrations of May day.

Going ‘A-Maying’ meant staying out all night to gather flowering hawthorn, watching the sunrise and making love in the woods – a ‘greenwood marriage’.

The dew on the May day morning is believed to have a magical potency – wash your face and body in it and remain fair all year, and guarantee your youth and beauty continues – men who wash their hands in it will be good at tying knots and nets – useful if you’re a fisherman!

From new-age.co.uk

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