21 May 2022 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

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Southeastern Hemisphere

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

21 May 2022
03:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:00 Gemini 33
Moon:15 Aquarius 35
Mercury:00 Gemini 49 Rx
Venus:21 Aries 50
Mars:27 Pisces 30
Jupiter:01 Aries 59
Saturn:25 Aquarius 05
Uranus:15 Taurus 44
Neptune:25 Pisces 04
Pluto:28 Capricorn 29 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 29 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 05 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):04 Cancer 05

Chiron:15 Aries 01
Ceres:02 Cancer 36
Pallas:09 Taurus 25
Juno:10 Pisces 13
Vesta:29 Aquarius 12

Eris:24 Aries 43


Southern Hemisphere

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

21 May 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:00 Gemini 21
Moon:12 Aquarius 38
Mercury:00 Gemini 56 Rx
Venus:21 Aries 36
Mars:27 Pisces 21
Jupiter:01 Aries 57
Saturn:25 Aquarius 05
Uranus:15 Taurus 43
Neptune:25 Pisces 03
Pluto:28 Capricorn 29 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 29 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 06 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):04 Cancer 04

Chiron:15 Aries 01
Ceres:02 Cancer 31
Pallas:09 Taurus 19
Juno:10 Pisces 09
Vesta:29 Aquarius 08

Eris:24 Aries 43


Southwestern Hemisphere

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

21 May 2022
02:00 am GMT 12:00 PM AEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:00 Gemini 02
Moon:07 Aquarius 53
Mercury:01 Gemini 08 Rx
Venus:21 Aries 12
Mars:27 Pisces 06
Jupiter:01 Aries 53
Saturn:25 Aquarius 04
Uranus:15 Taurus 42
Neptune:25 Pisces 03
Pluto:28 Capricorn 30 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 29 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 07 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):04 Cancer 01

Chiron:15 Aries 00
Ceres:02 Cancer 23
Pallas:09 Taurus 10
Juno:10 Pisces 03
Vesta:29 Aquarius 02

Eris:24 Aries 43


A Thought for Today

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

May 19, 2022 Daily Horoscopes Digest

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Moon Alert

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

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Move forward with confidence when dealing with financial matters today. These could relate to current earnings, or potential future earnings; but ideally, it will be matters that you have already set in motion. Trust your “big” ideas! You’re on a roll!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today the Sun in your sign is dancing with big daddy Pluto, which gives you a powerful energy to look around you and decide what needs to be changed or improved. Do you need to introduce reforms into your daily world? You can make these changes rather easily now.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today your ruler Mercury is retrograde, and dancing with lucky Jupiter, which means you have lots of optimistic, hopeful energy to finish projects that you have already started. Your hopes and wishes are more important to you today. Write down your plans for the future. Get a bead on where you’re headed.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You will find that you will express yourself more forcefully talking to friends and members of groups today. Because you can do this so easily, you will make a strong impression on someone! (If you see the hair blowing back over their ears, take it easy.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

A discussion with a parent or boss will be intense and powerful today. Be careful you don’t cross a line and threaten them in any way because you will be forceful. You want to get things done and you want to move quickly! Nevertheless, remember that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You might want to avoid subjects like politics, religion and racial issues today because these will be buttons that could trigger arguments with others. This is because you are coming on like gangbusters, even if you don’t realize it. Note: Someone else might come on just as strong! This is a recipe for a fight.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You can see how to improve a financial arrangement with someone today. It might be about reducing debt or dealing with taxes and insurance issues. It might be a better arrangement on how to deal with shared property? One thing is certain: You’ll have no trouble making your case.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today you might attract someone to you who is very powerful. (“Hi Darth.”) Nevertheless, you will also be powerful — so express yourself with care and good judgment. This is an excellent day to join forces with someone to investigate something.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today you’re gung-ho to introduce reforms so that you can improve your health. Meanwhile, some of you will use this same energy to introduce reforms to your job or how you do your work. The bottom line is you intend to make things better!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Whether you are in sports or the arts or music, be aware that today is an excellent day to practice something. That’s because you will get way more results for your efforts than you usually would. Practice dance, arpeggios, catching a ball, batting, martial arts – whatever.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You will see ways to introduce improvements to where you live today, especially in areas related to plumbing, bathrooms, garbage and recycling. Meanwhile, in a family discussion, a secret might come out. Or you might suspect that a secret exists.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You are super convincing today when talking to others, which makes this a strong day for those of you in sales, marketing, teaching, acting as well as writing. Personally, you might want to determine what motivates you? What changes do you need to make?

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Polly Walker (1966) shares your birthday today. You have a calm, detached even regal style. This can make you convincing when talking to others. Personally, you are focused and determined. This year you have a stronger zest for life, which is why you will enjoy socializing and reaching out to others. Let your hair down and have fun!

May 19, 2022 Birthday Horoscope Digest

May the next year of your life be better than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

May 19 birthday horoscope predicts that you take a royal approach to life. You are brilliant and have an independent quality that makes you a great leader. People will thrive under your guidance.

According to the May 19 zodiac analysis, your friends and family members usually elect you as the go-to person when anyone needs an extra hand. This May 19 birthday personality has an exceptionally sharp intellect and great independence. This quality makes a confident and intellectual leader.

Naturally, those born on this birthday are independently secure in their values. You take your duties responsibly and enjoy being around others. The Taurus birthday individuals born on May 19 are likely to make new friends with ease and perhaps have too many acquaintances.

More often than not, this Taurus chooses a few close relationships to come to in their time of need. These friends know their dreams, hopes and ultimately, their fears.

If today is your birthday, you hold dear certain family members although you enjoy the family reunions. You love being a part of this diverse group of ancestry. But you might have to wait to have children of your own. When this Bull does decide to have children, they will be brought up with morals and a sense of knowing.

The May 19th birthday astrology analysis predicts that you fall in love hard when you do fall. It is so hard for this Taurean to trust people, it makes it difficult to share any feelings, hopes or dreams. Being friends first is paramount to you to make a lasting partnership.

In a long-term relationship, the May 19 zodiac person can be eager and spontaneous regarding wickedly erotic engagements. A relationship with a Taurus born on May 19 can be fun and exciting. You are generous, interesting, and idealistic. However, you can be domineering and straightforward individuals.

The May 19th horoscope predicts that you desire physical work as opposed to a desk job. Money is a necessary value that provides the luxuries you love to have around.  But as the May 19 birthday zodiac sign is Taurus, you do not require a large paycheck to validate your degree of success. This allows you the opportunity to share the material goods bestowed on you.

The May 19 birthday meanings show that these bulls may need guidance in preparing nutritious meals and overall, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You have your burst of energy but still, need to develop a workout routine to stay fit and tone. Just being full of energy is not enough. This energy should be focussed on the right things.

Typically, these Taurus natives are instinctively competitive. If you like outdoor sports, try establishing a routine of playing your favorite game. Include the people that you love so much and make it enjoyable as well as functional as quality family time. Be careful though Taurus, you are accident-prone.

People born on May 19 exemplify c. These Taureans are very smart and value their independence as being essential to their privacy. Normally, you will maintain a close relationship with few family members although you make friends easily. Not all your friends can be your close friends.

The May 19 birthday analysis shows that you will become parents late in life. As a career, you look for the original job titles. The pay does not have to be a factor on whether you will succeed but rather the kind of work you do will make you ambitious. Once financial stability has been obtained, the May 19 Taurus is generous and shares with their family.


Famous People And Celebrities Born On May 19

Kevin Garnett, Andre the Giant, Grace Jones, Ferdinand Magellan, Sean Paul, Eleanor Tomlinson, Malcolm X

See: Famous Celebrities Born On May 19

This Day That Year – May 19 In History

1848 – The first department store opens today.
1865 – The Union Cavalry detains Pres Jefferson Davis.
1891 – Now a chartered university, the Rice Institute becomes Rice University.
1898 – Postcards are now available through the US Post Office.
1929 – Stampede in Yankee Stadium caused by cloudburst kills two people.

May 19 Vrishabha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

May 19 Chinese Zodiac SNAKE

May 19 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Venus that symbolizes the different pleasures that make you happy in life.

May 19 Birthday Symbols

The Bull Is The Symbol For The Taurus Sun Sign

May 19 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Sun. This card symbolizes happiness, achievement, optimism, and confidence. The Minor Arcana cards are Seven of Pentacles and King of Swords.

May 19 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Capricorn: This is a very stable and reliable match.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign LeoThis love relationship will be overemotional.

See Also:

May 19 Lucky Numbers

Number 1 – This number signifies inspiration, determination and leadership skills.
Number 6 – This number signifies balance, unconditional love, empathy, and poise.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For May 19 Birthday

Orange: This color stands for joy, optimism, positivity, and action.
Lavender: This is a color that stands for nobility, lavishness, dignity, and independence.

Lucky Days For May 19 Birthday

Sunday – This is the day of the Sun that symbolizes a positive spirit, a new day, healing and significant transformations.
Friday – This is the day of Venus that helps you bond with people and indulge in creative and artistic activities.

May 19 Birthstone Emerald

Emerald gemstone helps you make your relationships more secure and blissful.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On May 19th

Tickets to a Broadway Show for the man and a pair of sexy cashmere-lined leather gloves for the woman. May 19 personality love fitness accessories as gifts.

May 19, 2022 Current Moon Phase Digest

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

Today’s Waning Gibbous Phase

The Waning Gibbous on May 19 has an illumination of 84%. 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 May 19 the Moon is 18.58 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: 84%
Moon Age: 18.58 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,588.00 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,373,906.00 km

Useful Moon Resources

May 19, 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

May 19, 2022
07:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM PDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:28 Taurus 47
Moon:19 Capricorn 08
Mercury:01 Gemini 52 Rx
Venus:19 Aries 42
Mars:26 Pisces 08
Jupiter:01 Aries 40
Saturn:25 Aquarius 02
Uranus:15 Taurus 38
Neptune:25 Pisces 02
Pluto:28 Capricorn 30 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 30 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 11 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Cancer 53

Chiron:14 Aries 56
Ceres:01 Cancer 51
Pallas:08 Taurus 35
Juno:09 Pisces 40
Vesta:28 Aquarius 39

Eris:24 Aries 42


Northern Hemisphere

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

May 19, 2022
05:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:28 Taurus 42
Moon:17 Capricorn 54
Mercury:01 Gemini 54 Rx
Venus:19 Aries 37
Mars:26 Pisces 04
Jupiter:01 Aries 39
Saturn:25 Aquarius 02
Uranus:15 Taurus 37
Neptune:25 Pisces 01
Pluto:28 Capricorn 30 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 30 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 11 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Cancer 52

Chiron:14 Aries 56
Ceres:01 Cancer 49
Pallas:08 Taurus 33
Juno:09 Pisces 38
Vesta:28 Aquarius 37

Eris:24 Aries 42


Northeastern Hemisphere

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

19 May 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM CEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:28 Taurus 25
Moon:13 Capricorn 36
Mercury:02 Gemini 04 Rx
Venus:19 Aries 16
Mars:25 Pisces 51
Jupiter:01 Aries 35
Saturn:25 Aquarius 02
Uranus:15 Taurus 36
Neptune:25 Pisces 01
Pluto:28 Capricorn 31 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 30 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 12 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Cancer 50

Chiron:14 Aries 55
Ceres:01 Cancer 41
Pallas:08 Taurus 25
Juno:09 Pisces 33
Vesta:28 Aquarius 32

Eris:24 Aries 42


May 19 Tarot Card, Rune, Witch’s Rune, Ogham Divination Journal

Tarot Card

From Tarotx.net – Gilded Tarot Crads

The High Priestess – Major Arcana Number 2

Menu of Contents


I. Meaning of the High Priestess Gilded Tarot

II. Message of the High Priestess Gilded Tarot

III. Interpretation of the High Priestess Tarot in a spread


From TheRuneSite.com – Younger Futhork Runes


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.

Witch’s Rune

From OtherWorldlyOracle.com – Witches Runes

The Sun

Growth, new beginnings, fertility, prosperity, solar magic, god

When this witches rune pops up in a reading, I typically smile. The sun means different things to different people; however, the fact that it sustains the planet also means it sustains our lives and brings an abundance of good things.


From LearnReligions.com – Celtic Ogham

Beith, or Beth, corresponds to the letter B in the alphabet, and is associated with the Birch tree. When this symbol is used, it is representative of new beginnings, change, release, and rebirth. In some traditions, it also has connections with purification.

Birch trees are hardy. They’ll grow just about anywhere, including on bare soil. Because they tend to grow in clusters, what may be just one or two seedlings now can be practically an entire forest in a few decades. In addition to being a sturdy sort of tree, the Birch is useful. In days gone by, it was used for infants’ cradles, and is still harvested today to make cabinets and furniture.

From a magical perspective, there are a number of uses for Birch. The branches are traditionally incorporated into the construction of a besom, and are used for the bristles. Use the white outer bark in ritual in place of paper or parchment–just be sure you only harvest the bark from a fallen Birch tree, not a living one. Ancient herbalists discovered that various parts of this tree can be used for medicinal purposes. Bark was once brewed into a tea to fight fevers, and the leaves were used alternately as a laxative and a diuretic, depending on how they were prepared.

Beith Correspondences

Mundane Aspects: When this symbol appears, it means it’s time to get rid of all those negative influences you’ve been carrying around with you. Figure out what things are bad in your life, which relationships are toxic, and find a way to leave them behind. Instead of being dragged down by the negative, focus on the positive things you have in your life, the blessings and abundance. Use these things as a focus, rather than the harmful or damaging ones.

Magical Aspects: Consider the property of renewal and rebirth, as demonstrated by the Birch. Use this as a tool for spiritual and emotional regrowth, and developing your own ability to regenerate where there has been emptiness or devastation.

May 19 I Ching, Numerology, Angel Number, Animal Spirit Guide or Helper Divination Journal

I Ching

Click here for more detailed information about Hexagram 43

Hexagram Forty – Three/43

Kuai / Breakthrough

A Deluge from Heaven:
The Superior Person rains fortune upon those in need, then moves on with no thought of the good he does.

The issue must be raised before an impartial authority.
Be sincere and earnest, despite the danger.
Do not try to force the outcome, but seek support where needed.
Set a clear goal.


Your iron will must come to the forefront now.
It will take great personal determination to resolve the situation in question.
Your adversary would love to force you into an angry display.
That would legitimize his opposition to you.
Such a berserker rage would drag you down to his level.
You must resolutely take a public stand against what he represents, but refuse to engage him.
Without compromise, you show others the way to higher ground


Angel Number

Animal Spirit Guide or Animal Spirit Helper

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence Digest for Thursday

From GypsyWolf.weebly.com

Thursday is the fifth day of the week.   In the Norse languages this day is called Torsdag, honoring Thor, the god of strength, fertility, thunder, the protector and defender in war, and son of Odin.  Thor is the counterpart of Zeus (Greek), and Jupiter or Jove (Roman).  Thor, the most beloved of the great gods of northern mythology, is the only god who cannot cross from earth to heaven across the rainbow bridge, for he is so heavy and powerful that the gods fear it will break under his weight.  It was said that whenever his hammer Mjollnir, was thrown, it would produce a thunderbolt and when struck against stone, it would create lightning.


Latin: Dies Jovis (“Jove’s Day”), after Jove or Jupiter, the almighty Roman God.
French: jeudi
Italian: giovedi
Spanish: el jueves
German: Donnerstag
Dutch: donderdag

Rules: Expansion, wealth, prosperity, political power, legal matters, spirituality, meditation.
Colors: Purple, Deep Blue
Planet: Jupiter
Metal: Tin, associated with the thunderbolt of Jupiter (Zeus in Greek myth)
Stones: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Sugilite
Herbs: Anise, Cinquefoil, Clove, Honeysuckle, Hyssop, Maple, Nutmeg, Oakmoss, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Star Anise
Zodiac: Sagittarius

Spell for Today – Juno’s Prosperity Elemental Ritual


Juno’s Prosperity Elemental Ritual


calls for some natural magick supplies. Try working with affordable tumbled malachite stones. As for the wheat stalks, look at the dried flowers and fillers in the arts and crafts shops. Ditto for the feather, or peruse a fly-tying store; you can usually pick up a package of feathers for a few bucks. As to the green seven-day candle, if you look around, you can find green jar candles. I actually found some at the grocery store for a dollar apiece. They were in the ethnic food aisle and were called novena candles. I simply peeled the saint sticker off of it, and abracadabra! An instant seven-day candle for my witchery.

As mentioned before, all of these magickal supplies listed below correspond with the goddess Juno in two of her prosperity-drawing aspects, Juno Augusta (the harvest mother) and Juno Moneta (patron of the Roman mint).

1 malachite stone (to represent the earth element)

A few peacock feathers (to represent the element of air)

3 small stalks dried wheat

1 green seven-day jar candle for prosperity

3 drops honeysuckle, peppermint, or clove oil (all of these oils encourage prosperity)

A clean dropper (to add the oil to the candle)

A long, thin screwdriver (to put holes in the candle)

A dollar bill or coin

Matches or a lighter

A safe, flat surface on which to set up the spell

Carefully and slowly push the screwdriver straight down into the wax. Now pull it straight back up. Add two more holes for the essential oil. Now set the screwdriver aside; using the dropper, squirt a few drops of honeysuckle oil down into those channel that you just created.

Next, hold the green jar candle in your hands and transfer a little of your personal power and desire for prosperity into the candle. Then place the candle on your work area on top of the currency. Arrange the stone, wheat stalks, and feathers to your liking. Make your work area pretty, and enjoy the process. While you are doing so, you may chant the following (the chanting will help you raise some energy too):

By the power of three times three
Bring prosperity now to me!

When you feel that you are ready, light the candle and repeat the following verse three times:

Juno Moneta, Roman goddess of prosperity
Lend your power to this elemental spell that I weave
Juno Augusta, mother of the harvest, hear my plea
These three golden stalks of wheat are a gift to you from me
A peacock feather for air, and a malachite for earth
Lady, bless me with success, abundance, and rebirth
For the good of all, with harm to none
In Juno’s name, this spell has begun!

Allow the candle to burn until it goes out on its own. It will probably take five to seven days for the jar candle to burn out. When I burn seven-day candles, I tuck them inside of my large cast-iron cauldron, then I place the spell components around the outside of the jar. That way, the candle can continue to safely burn, and even if it gets knocked over, everything stays contained inside of the fireproof cauldron.

Once the jar candle is finished, pocket the malachite stone and the bill or coin. Keep the money with you, tucked in your wallet or in your pocket. Tie up the feathers somewhere where prominent where you will see them every day, like the rearview mirror of your car, your dresser mirror, or a chest of drawers’ handle. Every time you see the feather, tell Juno thank you. Take the dried wheat and crumble the pieces apart. Sprinkle the seeds outside as an offering for Juno. Abundance and prosperity will find their way to you soon.

Please note: If you cannot leave the ritual candle safely burning then snuff it out when you leave and relight it as soon as you are home. It may take a few days longer, but the magick will still turn out, especially since you are taking the time and energy to tend the ritual candle so carefully. As you relight the candle, say:
As this ritual candle relights, so does my magick one more ignite.

Enjoy your ritual work, and may prosperity come to you in the best possible way!



Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

May 19 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 May 19

A Digital Lunar Eclipse

Image Credit & Copyright: Michael Cain

Explanation: Recorded on May 15/16 this sequence of exposures follows the Full Moon during a total lunar eclipse as it arcs above treetops in the clearing skies of central Florida. A frame taken every 5 minutes by a digital camera shows the progression of the eclipse over three hours. The bright lunar disk grows dark and red as it glides through planet Earth’s shadow. In fact, counting the central frames in the sequence measures the roughly 90 minute duration of the total phase of this eclipse. Around 270 BC, the Greek astronomer Aristarchus also measured the duration of total lunar eclipses, but probably without the benefit of digital watches and cameras. Still, using geometry he devised a simple and impressively accurate way to calculate the Moon’s distance in terms of the radius of planet Earth, from the eclipse duration.

May 19 Today in History and the Word of the Day

Today’s Important Historical Events

1536 Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason

1643 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England

1649 England is declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Rump Parliament making England a republic for the next 11 years

1885 German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland

1898 US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labelled “Private Mailing Cards” until 1901, known as “souvenir cards”

1919 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Black Sea coast, beginning the Turkish War of Independence

Today’s Historical Events

715 St Gregory II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1182 The high altar of Paris cathedral Notre Dame is consecrated by Cardinal Henri de Château-Marçay and Maurice de Sully

1506 Christopher Columbus selects his son Diego Columbus as sole heir

1515 George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles

1517 Philip van Bourgondie installed as bishop of Utrecht

1518 Public unveiling of Titian’s masterpiece “Assumption of the Virgin” a painted altarpiece in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice

1536 Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason

1547 Monarch Johan Frederik surrenders to Karel

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1968 20th Emmy Awards: “Get Smart”, “Mission Impossible” & Barbara Bain win

1972 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting

1972 25th Cannes Film Festival: “The Working Class Goes to Heaven” directed by Elio Petri and “The Mattei Affair” directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

1975 27th Emmy Awards: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win

1977 Film “Smokey & the Bandit” starring Burt ReynoldsSally Field and Jackie Gleason premieres in NYC

1980 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash

1982 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples, Italy for tax evasion

1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1886 Camille Saint-Saëns’ 3rd Symphony in C premieres at St. James Hall, London, with the composer conducting

1911 Maurice Ravel‘s opera “L’Heure Espagnole” premieres at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, France

1958 “South Pacific” soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks

1962 “Bravo, Giovanni” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances

1962 “John Birch Society” by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99

1973 “Daisy A Day” by Jud Strunk hits #14

1973 “Smith” opens at Eden Theater, NYC: runs for 17 performances

1976 Columbia Records releases “Turnstiles”, singer-songwriter Billy Joel‘s fourth studio album

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1905 Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champ

1909 In his first title defence Jack Johnson fights “Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien to a no decision in 6 rounds in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to retain his world heavyweight crown

1912 AL President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb‘s suspension, they will be banned from baseball

1923 49th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande wins aboard Zev for his first Derby success

1928 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4

1929 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium, crushes 2 people to death

1935 NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936

1941 Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis

Today’s Word is

Merry Andrew

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Merry Andrew / noun / mer·ry an·drew

“Merry Andrew” is an archaic definition we use to describe people who behave in a clownish or buffoonish fashion. This early 16th-century noun represents the silly antics or behavior of a person who others consider as being foolish and “jester-like.” Being called a “Merry Andrew” is not a compliment. Someone being called a “Merry Andrew” is being insulted and described as a fool. Merry Andrew is also the name of the 1958 American musical film directed by Michael Kidd and starring famed actor Danny Kaye.

In a Sentence

Look out, here comes that unfunny Merry Andrew from last night’s performance.

A court jester and a Merry Andrew are one and the same.

The king and queen demanded to be entertained by the local Merry Andrew.


We saw the first use of Merry Andrew around the late 16th-century in 1670. Etymologists say the term was used to represent people who were kept around because of their entertaining qualities that regularly included them making foolish jokes and public spectacles of themselves.


Comedian, Jester


Wise, Humorless


830 million-year-old organisms found locked in ancient crystals could be resurrected

An interesting article that shows some of the wonders that Mother Earth/Gaia has made.

I found this on NewsBreak: 830 million-year-old organisms found locked in ancient crystals could be resurrected https://share.newsbreak.com/13s74s9x

A Laugh for Today