November 16 Moon Goddess’ Current Phase

Today the Moon will be in 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 November 2020 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waxing Crescent Phase

The Waxing Crescent on November 16 has an illumination of 2%. 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 November 16 the Moon is 1.47 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.


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. 

6 Famous Curses and Their Origins

Dig into the superstitions that surround King Tut’s tomb, the Hope Diamond and more.

Throughout history, people have promoted stories of curses for a variety of reasons. To sports fans, curses can help explain their favorite team’s loss. When a cause of death is misunderstood, curses can provide an explanation. For an imperial nation, curses can betray anxiety about being punished for colonizing and taking artifacts. And sometimes, curses come about because someone just wanted to make up a story.

Here are some prominent curses in history.

1. King Tut’s Curse (and Other ‘Mummy’s Curses’)

King Tut's Curse

The burial mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

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In February 1923, a British archaeological team opened the tomb of Tutankhamun, or “King Tut,” an Egyptian pharaoh during the 14th century B.C. Two months later, when the team’s sponsor died from a bacterial infection, British newspapers claimed without evidence that he’d died because of “King Tut’s curse.” Whenever subsequent members of the team died, the media dredged up the alleged curse again.

King Tut’s curse and other famous “mummy’s curses” were invented by Europeans and Americans while their countries removed priceless artifacts from Egypt. After the Titanic sank in 1912, some newspapers even promoted a conspiracy theory that the ship had sunk because of a “mummy’s curse.”

READ MORE: The Craziest Titanic Conspiracy Theories, Explained

Though it’s not clear how many people actually took these “curses” seriously, these stories became extremely popular subjects for horror movies like The Mummy (1932) and its many iterations, as well as comedies like Mummy’s Boys (1936) and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955).

2. The Curse of the Polish King’s Tomb

Casimir IV Jagiellon, King of Poland

Casimir IV Jagiellon.

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In 1973, a group of archaeologists opened the tomb of the 15th-century Polish king Casimir IV Jagiellon in Kraków, Poland. As with the opening of King Tut’s tomb 50 years before, European media hyped up the event, and the researchers involved allegedly joked that they were risking a curse on the tomb by opening it.

When some of the team members began to die shortly after, some media outlets speculated it was due to a curse. Later, experts discovered traces of deadly fungi inside the tomb that can cause lung illnesses when breathed in. This was the cause of their deaths.

3. The Hope Diamond Curse

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The Hope Diamond, Evelyn Walsh McLean

Evelyn Walsh McLean, one of the owners of the famous Hope diamond, c. 1915.

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In the 1660s, the French gem dealer Jean-Baptiste Tavernier purchased a large diamond of unknown origin during a trip to India. Yet by the 20th century, a myth had sprung up in the United States and Europe that Tavernier had stolen the diamond from the statue of a Hindu goddess. The newspapers and jewelers who spread this story claimed the diamond was cursed and brought bad luck to those who owned it.

By 1839, the diamond supposedly ended up with Henry Philip Hope, a Dutch collector based in London and the source of the stone’s modern name—the Hope Diamond. Sometime after this, European and American newspapers began claiming that the Hope Diamond carried a curse.

The French jeweler Pierre Cartier reportedly used these stories to enhance the diamond’s value when he sold it to American heiress Evelyn Walsh McLean in the early 1910s. After she died, it went to a U.S. jewelry company, which exhibited it before donating it in 1958 to the Smithsonian Institution, where it remains today.

READ MORE: 8 of Halloween’s Most Hair-Raising Folk Legends 

5. The Curse of Tippecanoe (or Tecumseh’s Curse)

he Curse of Tippecanoe, Tecumseh’s Curse

The Battle of Tippecanoe, where General Harrison fought Tecumshe on Nov 7, 1811.

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In the mid-20th century, U.S. media began to note a pattern in presidential deaths. Starting with William Henry Harrison and ending with John F. Kennedy, every 20 years the country elected a president who would die in office.

Harrison, the first president to die in office, was elected in 1840. The other presidents who died in office include Abraham Lincoln, elected 1860 (and 1864); James A. Garfield, elected 1880; William McKinley, elected 1900; Warren G. Harding, elected 1920; Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected 1940 (as well as 1932, 1936 and 1944); and JFK, elected 1960. The only president between Harrison and JFK to fall outside of this pattern is Zachary Taylor, who was elected in 1848 and died in 1850.

In the 1930s, Ripley’s Believe It or Not claimed the “pattern” was due to a curse Shawnee Chief Tecumseh placed on Harrison and future presidents after Harrison’s troops defeated Tecumseh’s at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. (Tecumseh died two years later in another battle against Harrison’s troops.) This story likely originated with non-Native Americans and bears a similarity to other “curses” in U.S. books and movies about disturbing Native burial grounds.

WATCH: Halloween Documentaries on HISTORY Vault

6. The Curse of Macbeth

There are lots of superstitions in the world of theatre. It’s bad luck to wish actors good luck, hence the reason people instead tell them to “break a leg.” And it’s also bad luck to say the word “Macbeth” in the theatre except during a performance of the Shakespeare play. Supposedly, this is because tragedy has historically befallen productions of the play. In reality, these stories are a mix of fabrication and selective evidence-picking.

The legend about the play seems to have started with Max Beerbohm, a British cartoonist and critic born in the 1870s, nearly three centuries after Macbeth’s first performance. Beerbohm—possibly annoyed that Macbeth was such a popular playmade up a story that the first actor cast to play Lady Macbeth died right before the play’s opening night.

Since then, this story has become part of a myth that the play is cursed and has brought bad luck to those involved with it. Though there have been real accidents during runs of Macbeth over its more than 400-year history, these accidents gain more attention than accidents during other plays because of the supposed “curse.”

READ MORE: Did Shakespeare Really Write His Own Plays?

7. The Billy Goat Curse on the Chicago Cubs

History of the Billy Goat Curse

 A fan pushes a goat in a cart outside of Wrigley Field before the start of the 2017 home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

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As with theatre, there are also a lot of superstitions in the world of sports. One of the most famous is the supposed “billy goat curse” on the Chicago Cubs.

In 1945, a tavern owner named William “Billy Goat” Sianis was reportedly prevented from bringing his pet goat, Murphy, into Chicago’s Wrigley Field to see the Cubs play the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Supposedly, Sianis put a curse on the Cubs, saying they wouldn’t win this or any other World Series ever again.

Before this, the Cubs had only won the World Series twice before, in 1907 and 1908. When they lost the World Series in 1945, the curse gained credence. In 2016, when the Cubs won the world series for the first time in over a century, U.S. media promoted the idea that the curse was broken.

The billy goat curse is similar to the curse of the Bambino, which supposedly began when the Boston Red Sox traded Babe Ruth in 1919 and ended when the team won the World Series in 2004. There’s also rapper Lil B’s curse on Kevin Durant, which Lil B issued in a 2011 tweet and lifted in 2017 in another tweet. When the Golden State Warriors won the NBA finals that year with Durant earning MVP, sports media jokingly (or not?) proclaimed that Lil B had helped by lifting the curse.

WATCH: A new season of The Curse of Oak Island premieres Tuesday, November 10 at 9/8c on HISTORY. Watch a preview now.


Weekly Horoscope Sunday, May 24 to Saturday, May 30, 2020

All Signs

Please note: Mercury will be retrograde from June 18 to July 12. However, there are buffer times because Mercury slows down ahead of time; then afterwards, it takes time to catch up to where it was at when it went retrograde. The buffer times are June 4 to July 27. Mercury retrograde is a poor time to initiate new projects. It’s also a poor time to buy cars, trucks, motorcycles and bikes; computers and cell phones. This info will help you to initiate things now or wait. Nevertheless, Mercury retrograde times are excellent to finish old business! (Like frantically squeezing grapes into an empty wine bottle two minutes before the Big Wine Tasting Competition.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Your focus on home and family continues this week; however, there will be more emphasis on family discussions and making plans. Many of you will tackle home repairs and DIY projects. Fortunately, Venus is in the part of your chart where it sweetens your words and makes you charming and diplomatic. This will be handy if you need to cajole others to help you in your projects. Naturally, you will run the show because you’re the general! You’re comfortable giving orders and delegating work to others. “I am Star Command!” Meanwhile, you’re happy being behind the scenes right now. (Maybe even plotting something?)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your busy pace continues! In fact, you will be even more busy this week because you will be talking to more people, and perhaps travelling more or taking short trips. Group discussions will take place and you will enjoy meeting meet new people. This will be a good week to gather information about something that you need to know. Get background data and discuss possibilities. Stay flexible because life is a changing landscape right now. Meanwhile, you will still attract money to you. (Yes!) And you will still want to spend money on beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. Many of you are collectors, and you love antiques.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Your focus is still on money, cash flow, earnings and dealing with your possessions. You might be concerned with some business or commercial affairs more than usual this week because there will be discussions about money. Some of you will have moneymaking ideas, as well. This is likely because in addition to Mercury being in your Money House, Mars is at the top of your chart arousing your ambition. Powerful combo! Plus, lucky Jupiter is in the House of Wealth from others. This is also an excellent time to buy wardrobe goodies but if you have to shop online – that’s challenging. (There’s a thin line between looking indie and looking homeless.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

The Sun is still in your sign boosting your energy, and now Mercury moves into Cancer as well! Ta da! With Mercury in your sign (Mercury is all about communication and how you talk and think), you will be talkative! You will also be able to put a great deal of yourself into whatever you say. (At least up to your elbows.) Your mind will be active and you will also have a better ability to examine yourself with greater objectivity. Naturally, you will want to get out and travel because Mercury likes to be on the move! Although your mind will be fast moving – it will also be clear, which will allow you to accomplish a lot. (I’m impressed.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Last week, I mentioned the Sun is hiding in your chart, which means this is a good time for you to formulate goals for your new year ahead, which will begin when the Sun enters Leo on Wed. July 22. Goals give you a clearer focus on what’s important. They also give you more clarity in your decision-making. They give you better control over your future and certainly, give you a sense of purpose. Because Mercury is joining the Sun in this hidden part of your chart, you will be happy to go off by yourself and study or do research. You’re not being antisocial – it’s your preference. Nevertheless, fair Venus is in your House of Friendship encouraging you to be friendly with others and involved in groups. Friendship will promote love and love will promote friendship.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Last week the Sun introduced an influence that makes you popular! This week your popularity is heightened even more because now Mercury is on the scene. Specifically, it will attract younger people into your world and boost your communications with others. It will encourage you to examine your attitudes toward a group. This is a good time to think about goals and to examine whether or not you’re happy with your goals. Meanwhile, Venus is creating favourable circumstances for your business life or your career and your public image. You might find yourself suddenly involved in artistic matters like design, layout work, office redecorating or landscaping. (Mars is still opposite your sign, so be patient with loved ones.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You’re still looking mahvelous dahling, especially to bosses, parents and VIPs because you are captured in the flattering spotlight from the Sun at the top of your chart. This week Mercury joins the picture, encouraging you to make plans for your professional life. Mercury will also encourage you to study something new that will help your career. Mercury will encourage conversations with bosses, parents, employers and people who can help you. Venus continues to promote your love of beauty and potential romance with someone “different.” Venus also wants you to take a vacation – maybe not possible, but you can dream, can’t you?

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Your desire to broaden your horizons through adventure, study and travel will become even stronger this week because Mercury is moving into that part of your chart to join the Sun! Now you are really keen to study because you want to take a larger view of things and see how everything fits together. Details related to foreign places, the law, philosophy and astrology will intrigue you. Naturally, this increased curiosity will make you want to travel – maybe you can; maybe you can’t. In either case, something will happen that broadens your scope of things, making you more tolerant of different opinions. This is so important because as everyone on Facebook is saying, “Although we’re all in the same storm, we’re not all in the same boat.”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This is a lovely time to relate to others because fair Venus is opposite your sign, which makes all your closest relationships easy-going and smooth. This is good thing because the placement of your Sun intensifies your passion about everything. And this week, Mercury joins the Sun to amplify this intense focus! You want to discover deep, psychological truths about yourself. This is why you will enjoy intellectual encounters with others that might have a profound effect upon you. You might discuss sex or mortality. (We’re not talking weather.) You’re also concerned with negotiations about finances and property, which is not surprising because increased chaos and activity on the home front are par for the course.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You still need to get more sleep and more rest. Respect your need for this because this will continue until mid-July. (Yawn.) This week Mercury moves opposite your sign, which gives you a beautiful opportunity to clarify and explain issues to someone. It will also help you discuss difficulties that come up in an intimate relationship, especially because you will have more detachment and objectivity to see things. In fact, this objectivity will help you to weigh the benefits of signing or entering into contracts and negotiations. Meanwhile, Venus continues to benefit your health and your job with the exception of overindulgence in sweets and desserts. Yummers!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You’re still gung ho to work hard and get better organized, which is a wonderful thing. This week Mercury adds to this influence, which means you will love to be absorbed in all kinds of mental work. You’ll find it easy to be attentive to detail. You will be concerned with using the best techniques to do something. You will be more of a perfectionist. You will certainly enjoy planning and making lists. This is also great week to sit down with someone (or a group) and discuss problems that exist. (Don’t criticize others.) Fortunately, the placement of Venus makes you friendly and lighthearted, so you will be smooth. (You can be right or you can be in a relationship.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You have lots of energy because fiery Mars is still in your sign until the end of June. Enjoy this boost because it won’t return again for two years. Meanwhile, you want to play! That’s because both the Sun and Mercury are in the part of your chart related to the arts, sports, vacations, playful activities with kids and romance. Yes, it’s time for fun! You especially want to use your mind for amusing pastimes like reading, writing and playing games that require mental agility. You’ll be more prankish than usual and might want to play a joke on an unwitting friend. Don’t feel you have to justify things with a practical motive. It’s okay to lighten up and enjoy your life! (“When this quarantine is over, let’s not tell some people.”)

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A Chuckle for Your Day

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Pluto Living – Shout-out Hootenanny!

Get to Know Silver Sage a Bit Better

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I Have a Secret by Sliver Sage

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