The Magickal Day of Tuesday

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The Magickal Day of Tuesday

 

Named for the Norse god Tyr, who was a deity of heroism and combat, Tuesday is a very martial sort of day – color associations include bright red and oranges, as well as warrior-like metals such as iron and steel.

The ancient Romans called this day Martis, after the warrior god Mars – other deities associated with Tuesday include Ares, the Morrighan, and other gods of battle and glory. Red gemstones like rubies and garnets come into play on Tuesdays, as do herbs and plants such as thistles, holly, coneflowers and cacti – you’ll notice these are all sharp, prickly plants!

One of the interesting – and more than a little amusing – aspects of Tuesday magic is that in addition to war and conflict against your enemies, this is a day also associated with marriage. You can also use this day of the week for magical workings connected to protection and initiation. Use Tuesday to assert yourself, make a mark and stake your claims

 

Source

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article originally published on & owned by ThoughtCo.

 

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The Sky This Week for April 25 to April 30

defi spring dominance jaune et vertThe Sky This Week for April 25 to April 30

The Lyrid meteor shower, a young Moon, and other exciting things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Tuesday, April 25

Look west after darkness falls tonight and you’ll witness the beginning of the winter sky’s decline. By 9:30 p.m. local daylight time, the lower tier of bright winter stars and constellations barely clears the horizon. From mid-northern latitudes, Sirius in Canis Major, Aldebaran in Taurus, and the three belt stars of Orion the Hunter all hang about 10° high. Still, a higher tier of winter stars remains prominent. Look for Capella in Auriga, Castor and Pollux in Gemini, and Procyon in Canis Minor to keep winter on your mind and in the sky for several weeks to come.

Wednesday, April 26

Although Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility earlier this month (on the 7th), it remains a stunning sight nearly all night. It appears about 30° above the southeastern horizon during evening twilight and climbs highest in the south shortly after 11 p.m. local daylight time. Shining at magnitude –2.4, the giant planet is the night’s brightest celestial object with the exception of Venus, which doesn’t rise until morning twilight commences. Jupiter resides among the background stars of Virgo, 9° northwest of that constellation’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. When viewed through a telescope, the gas giant’s disk spans 44″ and shows incredible detail in its cloud tops.

New Moon occurs at 8:16 a.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.

Thursday, April 27

With an age of 4.5 billion years, “young” might not seem an appropriate word to describe our Moon. But tonight, you have an exceptional opportunity to see what astronomers call a “young Moon” — a slender crescent visible in the early evening sky. With New Moon having occurred yesterday morning, only 4 percent of our satellite’s disk appears illuminated after sunset tonight. (Tomorrow evening, a 9-percent-lit lunar crescent hangs noticeably higher in the sky.) You should notice an ashen light faintly illuminating the Moon’s dark side. This is “earthshine,” sunlight reflected by Earth that reaches the Moon and then reflects back to our waiting eyes.

The Moon also reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, today. Our satellite lies just 223,275 miles (359,327 kilometers) away from us at 12:15 p.m. EDT.

Friday, April 28

Be sure to check out the waxing crescent Moon against the backdrop of Taurus the Bull this evening. Our satellite stands just 4° to the upper left of 1st-magnitude Aldebaran while Mars and the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters reside a bit farther to the lower right.

Saturday, April 29

Venus appears brilliant in the eastern sky from the time it rises around 4:30 a.m. local daylight time until close to sunrise 90 minutes later. It stands about 10° above the horizon 45 minutes before the Sun comes up. Shining at magnitude –4.7, it appears slightly brighter today than at any other time during this morning apparition. (The difference is essentially imperceptible, however — it appears only a thousandth of a magnitude brighter today than it did yesterday or will tomorrow.) When viewed through a telescope this morning, Venus spans 39″ and appears one-quarter lit.

Sunday, April 30

This is a good evening to hunt down asteroid 29 Amphitrite through a telescope. The 10th-magnitude space rock lies in the constellation Leo, just 0.3° due west of magnitude 3.8 Rho (r) Leonis. The Lion appears about two-thirds of the way from the southern horizon to the zenith as twilight fades to darkness.

 

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

 

About the Waning Crescent Moon

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About the Waning Crescent Moon

This intermediate Moon phase is the last phase of the lunar month. It starts just after the Third Quarter Moon and lasts until the following New Moon.
Waning Crescent Moon against a black night sky

During the Waning Crescent Moon phase, the illuminated part of the Moon decreases from the lit up semicircle at Third Quarter until it disappears from view entirely at New Moon.

Waning means that it is getting smaller while crescent refers to the curved shape similar to a banana or a boat.

With some variations, the Waning Crescent Moon rises after midnight and is still up and visible in the morning and day sky before it sets in the afternoon.
Sun Lights Up the Moon

The Moon does not radiate its own light, but the Moon’s surface reflects the Sun’s rays. Half of the Moon’s surface is always illuminated by sunlight. Just how much of that light we can see from Earth varies every day, and we refer to this as a Moon phase.
Repeating Cycle

In Western culture, we divide the lunar month into 4 primary and 4 intermediate Moon phases.

The Moon phases start with the invisible New Moon, while the first visible phase is the thin sliver of a Waxing Crescent Moon. Around a week later, half of the Moon’s surface is illuminated while the other half is in darkness at First Quarter Moon.

The illuminated part continues to grow into a Waxing Gibbous Moon, until 14–15 days into the cycle, we see the entire face of the Moon lit up at Full Moon.

The illuminated part then gradually shrinks into a Waning Gibbous Moon, and when it reaches Third Quarter, the opposite half from the First Quarter is illuminated. From there, it fades into the Waning Crescent Moon before it finally disappears from view again, only to reemerge and repeat this cycle over and over.
Earthshine

Although only a small part of the Moon is directly illuminated by the Sun at the end of the Waning Crescent Moon phase, the rest of the Moon is sometimes also faintly visible. This is because Earth also reflects sunlight as a dull glow onto the Moon, a phenomenon called earthshine.
Same Phase Looks Different

The Moon phases are the same all over the world, both in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The same percentage of the Moon will be illuminated no matter where on Earth you are.

However, whether the Waning Crescent Moon looks like a banana, a boat, or even an umbrella, depends on the time, the date, your location and the Moon’s position in the sky. Exactly which part of the Moon is lit up–the top, bottom, or the side–also depends on how high the Moon is in the sky.

The line–or curve–dividing the illuminated and dark parts of the Moon is called the terminator. The terminator of a Waning Crescent Moon can appear on the right side, the left, the top or the bottom.
No Crescent Moon in Calendars

There is no common symbol for a Waning Crescent Moon in calendars as it is an intermediate Moon phase.

These symbols reflect the Moon’s appearance in the Northern Hemisphere, which can be confusing for people in the Southern Hemisphere, where the opposite side may be illuminated.

The Moon illustration on our Moon phase pages changes as time passes, and indicates more accurately, although not perfectly, which part of the Moon is illuminated in more than 5000 locations worldwide.

 

Source

timeanddate.com

 

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, April 25th

Spring Fairy Fantasy Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, April 25th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 84.18° E
Sun Altitude: 14.72°
Sun Distance: 93.526 million mi
Next Solstice: Jun 20, 2017 11:24 pm (Summer)
Sunrise Today: 6:06 am↑ 73° East
Sunset Today: 7:38 pm↑ 288° West
Length of Daylight: 13 hours, 31 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 98.86° E
Moon Altitude: 18.47°
Moon Distance: 225820 mi
Next New Moon: Apr 26, 20177:16 am
Next Full Moon: May 10, 20174:42 pm
Next Moonset: Today6:51 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 1.6%

 

Source

timeanddate.com

Wishing All Our Brothers & Sisters A Very Beautiful & Blessed Tuesday! Welcome To Your Astronomy for Today

Good Tuesday Morning to all our Brothers & Sisters of the Craft! We hope you are have a very beautiful & blessed Tuesday so far. Are you ready for today’s astronomy. We hope so, because we are starting today with a beautiful poem from the author Alan Faraway from his book, “Pagan Ways.”

 

 Pagan Ways

Upon my altar a crystal ball,
An athame, candles and chalice tall,
A pagan goddess, a pagan god,
All laid upon my altar cloth,
A bell to help me celebrate,
Offerings placed upon a plate,
My pagan tools I now display,
How I love my pagan ways.

I’ll cast my circle upon the floor,
Then call upon the quarters four,
Earth, Fire, Water, Air,
The God and Goddess may join me there,
I may sing, or I may dance,
I may even dare to chant,
As pagan music softly plays,
How I love my pagan ways.

My ritual over, now time to seek,

I’m feeling light upon my feet,
I’ll walk among the trees and plants,
And search for berries upon the branch,
I’ll feel the breath of natures kiss,
At one with all is total bliss,
I wish I lived in bygone days,
To learn first hand these pagan ways.

 

—Pagan Ways
Alan Faraway

 

This episode also includes:

 Your Astronomy For Tuesday, April 25th

In Your Sky Tonight

 The Witches Current Moon Phase

Mars in Gemini

About The Planet Mars

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The Witches Spell of the Day for April 24th – Binding off Harm

The Witches Spell of the Day for April 24th – Binding off Harm

You’ll need:

A photo of the person you wish to bind
Black pen
Black glove
3 tsp black pepper
Small round mirror
Twine
Dark cloth
Black candle (optional)
You can burn a black candle while you do this spell if you wish.

 

If a person wishes to harm you, take their picture and write their name nine times on the back in black. Take a black glove and place 3 tsp of black pepper in the glove. Take a small round mirror and place this picture facing the mirror, and place the glove stretched out as a hand on the back of this picture. Take some twine and wrap it all together while saying:

 

“Everything you say to me, everything you do,
bounces off of me three times, and sticks itself on you.”

 

Then wrap it into a dark or black cloth and hide it somewhere near the entry door which is most used in your house. Results should start to be evident in about three days.

 

Best done on a Wednesday night.

 

Courtesy of Everything Under the Moon

What does the day have in store for you, Your daily Divinations for Monday, April 24th

Again we apologize for running so late but it’s a Monday and finally your horoscopes for today………

This episode includes

Your Daily Horoscopes for Today

(ok, they are late, but you can see if this stuff really happened)

If You Were Born Today

Get A Jump on Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for April 25th

Next Up…..

Your Daily Tarot Card

Your Daily Runes

Your Animal Spirit Guide

and lots more, so stay tuned!

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Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for April 24

Love Is In the Air! That’s right, it’s time for your Weekly Love Horoscopes for April 24th brought to you by Marie DeSimone from Tarot.com (which is a Daily Insight Group). Since the love horoscopes are so long, we divided them up and will be doing the same with “Get a Jump on Tomorrow’s” horoscopes. Besides, we didn’t want you to get bored.

 

And here they are, your Love Horoscopes for the Week of April 14th

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