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Friday September 4, 2020

Friday September 4, 2020

– Full Moon Phase  – illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience

– Moon in Aries

– Sun in Virgo 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron, Uranus

– Black Moon conjunction with Eris and Mars

– Black Moon Days September 3 – 5

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – September 3rd -4th – Dry Fruits and Vegetables, Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Mow to Slow Growth, Pick Apples and Pears, Quit Smoking, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Slaughter, Kill Plant Pests

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  September 3rd – 5th – A poor time to plant.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): All goddesses on board

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New moon in Leo: “Daybreak — the luminescence of dawn in the eastern sky” (& Earth An ancient pottery bowl filled with violets)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN:  13 Virgo: A powerful statesman overcomes a state of political hysteria

EARTH:  13 Pisces: A sword used in many battles in a museum

 

Defense Against The Dark Arts – Choosing Your Teachers

Within the Harry Potter novels, we are introduced to a wide variety of teachers and instructors at Hogwarts School. And there are things about each of them that I love so much – (or at least I might love to hate them).

Some teachers we see throughout the series as a constant guiding and positive Force – like Professors McGonnigal, Flitwick and Sprout) – in charge of Transfiguration, Charms and Herbology). Snape (and later Slughorn) offer us Potions. Throughout the movies, there are not many others (Trelawney for Divination and Hagrid for Care of Magical Creatures). Nut the books offer us many more interesting and unique Characters.

But it is Defense Against the Dark Arts that give us the greatest variety of instruction.As you find, the job is cursed. And no instructor stays for more than a year. And for DADA at Hogwarts, We see the Good, the bad and the Evil.

For Good, we had Professors Lupin and Mad Eye Moody. Both tried and succeeded to teach the fundamentals of their subject (despite the fact that Mad Eye was an Evil imposter. And then, of course, there was harry taking over in The Order of the Phoenix (who Fred and George agreed had been their best DADA teacher)

For Bad, There was Snape, Quirrell, and Gilderoy Lockhart. Lockhart was just a self absorbed moron who knew and taught nothing. Quirrell, of course was Evil and possessed by Voldemort. But as a teacher was a bumbling fool – probably on purpose to cover his evilness. Snape I put as bad, because, as I will discuss another time, was just a bad teacher. Gifted and powerful wizard. But lousy teacher.

And then there were the Evil. I considered putting Snape here, but on the contrary, he seemed to teach the right things without holding back. But he was so full of his hatred for Harry that it clouded his ability to actually teach the subject. For true Evil, you had The Carrows. They actually taught how to perform the Dark Arts and perform curses on each other. And of Course, Professor Dolores Umbridge.

Unbridge is one of those characters who I will never forget. EVER! Evil. Nightmare evil. the kind like Pennywise the clown that I still have nightmares about. That is Umbridge.  Below its the scene for which she exposes her evil as a teacher. Because there is no subtlety to her evil. It’s right there. And in this

 

The Government (the ministry) is in Control – and you will do what you are told.

Dissent will not be tolerated.

In this speech, the book and the movie, while not exactly the same, were both on point. And from the movie, the line:

“It is the view of the ministry that a theoretical knowledge will be sufficient to get you through your examinations, which after all is what school is all about.”

This line always stuck with me after hearing it (I know that I saw this particular movie before reading the book).

This movie came out in 2007 – long before they implemented Common Core in US Education system. But the dumbing down of curriculum had begun long before. Soft sciences have become the norm over hard science. Much of the curriculum I see my kids learning now feels like the readers digest version of what I learned back in the 70’s and 80’s. And even back then,  I was always sure the writers left a hell of a lot out.

The Harry Potter series does a great job at making an example of this. And with the subject of The Dark Arts, this is readily apparent.

  • After Voldemort, The Curriculum changed from Teaching “Dark Arts” to a Defense against the Dark Arts.
  • Harry began his training in curses in order to help him with The Triwizard Tournament – but never taught directly by teachers.
  • When Umbridge would not teach even Defensive spells, Harry had to make an illegal class to teach those interested.
  • The highest levels of Government did their best to interfere with the actual education of the students.

Education in the Era of COVID

I am not personally a fan of Homeschooling. I am not a teacher – nor did I ever have aspirations to do so. While I hate the idea that my kids are being force fed the Common Core Curricula in public schools, I pay my taxes and they have a right to be there.

Now they are learning at home. And we must sit with the younger kids to make sure they understand what they are doing and supervise their progress. We are charged with understanding all of the ins and outs of each grade’s electronic devices.  We have  live action learning – where the kids are on Webex and Zoom meetings with the class. And then there is “Asynchronous learning.”

Here is where we get to the Advice in the age of Darkness

In our 2020 version of Defense Against the Dark Arts, we must have some advice about how to fight the misinformation and miseducation of our children.

For me, classes being at home make this easier. We get to see first hand what they are trying to do. And have the opportunity to undue that which is bad and reeducate where we can shed light on darkness.

So

  1. There are Good Teachers out there – We need to get to know who is teaching our children. Having this much close contact helps to identify what is going well. We need to pay attention to them.
  2. There are also some pretty bad ones – Paying attention is important here too. Are they lazy? Are they simply drones teaching straight out of a book. Are they evil? All relevant questions.
  3. “Never Trust Anything that can think for itself if you can;t see where it keeps its brain.” – This is n admonishment from Arthur Weasley to Ginny after he hears that she had been writing in Riddle’s Diary in The Chamber of Secrets. This speaks directly to my Asynchronous Learning problem. The teachers have been tasked with sending the kids to online courses. These courses are a combination of videos with probing questions afterwards. This is the Anything Without a Brain that we have to watch for. It is history and science lessons, all prepared carefully to offer a very specific frame of reference about its subjects. Consider it like Wikipedia. Everyone says to not trust it, as anyone can change what is there. All you really have to do is read any political issue or person and you will see the artwork of propaganda in motion. If you want to have some fun, look up The Clinton Foundation or Global Warming on Wikipedia.

 

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Wednesday August 5, 2020

Wednesday August 5, 2020

– Full Moon Phase – illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience

– Moon in Pisces

– Sun in Leo 

– Mars is Square Jupiter

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – August 4th – 5th  – Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Slow Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Wean, Go Hunting, Potty Train, Brew Beer, Slaughter

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –August 4th – 6th – Excellent for any vine crops such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting root crops.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – 1st New moon in Cancer: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – 2nd New moon in Cancer: “a Greek muse weighing newborn twins in golden scales” (& Earth – “a woman reading tea leaves”)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN:  14 LEO: Cherub-like, a human soul whispers, seeking to manifest

EARTH:  14 AQUARIUS: A train entering a tunnel

 

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Happy Monday! August 3, 2020

Happy Monday! August 3, 2020

– Full Moon Phase (@11:58 AM) – illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience

– Moon in Aquarius

– Sun in Leo 

– Planetary Alignments – Mercury – Earth – Saturn

– The Black Moon is Conjunct the Eris Point – 21 Aries – “A Boxer Enters the Ring” through August 3

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – August 3rd –  Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Mow to Slow Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Post Holes, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Jar Jams/Jellies, Wash Wooden Floors, Paint, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Host a Party, Slaughter, Kill Plant Pests

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –August 2nd – 3rd – Barren days, fine for killing plant pests.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – 1st New moon in Cancer: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – 2nd New moon in Cancer: “a Greek muse weighing newborn twins in golden scales” (& Earth – “a woman reading tea leaves”)
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”
SUN: 12 LEO: An evening lawn party of adults
EARTH: 12 AQUARIUS: People on a vast staircase graduated upwards

Happy Monday! Get ready to level up. Mentally. Emotionally. Financially. Spiritually. Energetically. It’s all coming.

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Tuesday July 7, 2020

Tuesday July 7, 2020

– Full Moon Phase – illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience

– Moon in Aquarius

– Sun in Cancer 

– Retrograde Planets: Mercury,  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune 

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 6th – 7th Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Mow to Slow Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Post Holes, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Jar Jams/Jellies, Wash Wooden Floors, Paint, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Host a Party, Slaughter, Kill Plant Pests

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –July 6th – 7th – Good days for killing weeds, briars, and other plant pests. Poor for planting.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN:  16 CANCER: A man studying a mandala in front of him with the help of a very ancient book

EARTH:  16 CAPRICORN: School grounds filled with boys and girls in gymnasium suits

 

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Saturday June 6, 2020

Saturday June 6, 2020

– Full Moon Phase: illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience

– Moon in Sagittarius – Void of Course 12:10 AM – 3:44

– Sun in Gemini 

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – June 6th  –Mow to Slow Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Prune Trees, Wean, Potty Train, Slaughter

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – June 6th – 7th –Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Bagalamukhi (The Storm-Calmer) – All are on Duty this month but Bagalamukhi is taking the lead.

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “The garden of the Tuileries in Paris” (& Two men playing Chess)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 17 GEMINI – The head of a robust youth changes into that of a mature thinker

EARTH: 17 SAGITTARIUS –An Easter sunrise service

June 6 – A Day that lives in Infamy!

I have always had trouble with this date. But that is from my own personal experience – and specifically from that night in the 1970’s when a friend stayed the night and we watched the movie The Omen. It was schlock horror to many. But to an impressionable 12 year old, it scared the piss out of me!

Especially about the fact that this evil little Devil Child was born on June 6, 1966, and had the mark of the beast 6 6 6 imprinted on his scalp. That night, as we had all the lights out in the house, no one was home and we were sure the world was coming to an evil end, was a teachable moment. Maybe R Ratings were there for a reason. Some movies might just be a little too much for impressionable young minds to deal with.

I remember quite a few of those movies during the late 70’s and early 80’s when we could stay up late and turn on the cable box when Mom and Dad were not paying attention. Movies like The Exorcist, Animal House, One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest, Blazing Saddles, Fame, Stripes, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Barbarella. All deserving of their R ratings. All probably not made for 12 year olds. But definitely part of my emotional maturity. I was always more into Roller Coasters than Merry Go Rounds. The faster and wilder, the better. Such was the same for entertainment.

So add The Omen to D-Day on June 6th and you have a pretty emotionally charged Date. And while astrologically, the date is no more important than others, the energetics can sometimes join together to make a crazy day anyway.

As for today, I am not seeing too much to worry about. Full Moon? Yes. Sun Squaring  Mars and Neptune can add some fun. But I do not see the coming of the 4 horses of the apocalypse.

 

 

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Thursday May 7, 2020

Thursday May 7, 2020

– Full Moon Phase (6:45 AM): illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience

– Moon in Scorpio

– Sun in Taurus

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Slow Growth, Prune Trees, Go Hunting, Jar Jams/Jellies

– Gardening tips May 6-7 (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –Plant seedbeds. First day is excellent for planting above ground crops, and planting leafy vegetables. Second day is a good day for transplanting. Second day is also when to plant carrots, beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops. Also good for leafy vegetables

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Tara – Goddess Who Guides

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 18 TAURUS – A woman airing an old bag through a sunny window

EARTH: 18 SCORPIO – a path through woods rich in autumn coloring

It’s Full Moon Fever again! Why do I always hear the song Runnin’ Down a Dream at the Full Moon? Its hard driving and in your face. Much like the energy of the Full moon, that’s for sure.

The moon does so while also opposing Mercury. Communication – especially feelings are affected. Be wary of scrambled or polarized thinking, not just in yourselves, but in others. Full Moon energy brings this out in people already. The Mercury addition can make it intense.

This is the final Supermoon of the year – having 3 of them this Spring. This is known as the Flower Moon in the Almanac, so called by Native Americans due to the abundance of flowers in the month of May.

 

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Wednesday April 8, 2020 – Frequencies

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

– Full Moon Phase: llumination, revelation, realization

– Moon in Libra

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Slow Growth, Prune Trees, Go Hunting, Jar Jams/Jellies, Slaughter

– Gardening tips April 8-9 (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for leafy vegetables

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Chinnamasta, Goddess who expands the Mind

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 20 ARIES – A young girl feeding birds in winter

EARTH: 20 LIBRA –  A Jewish rabbi performing his duties

Frequencies

While considering the enormity of the Full Moon, it made me want to talk about a whole lot more going on that we (collectively) do not pay a lot of attention to. This will range from the mundane to the far reaches of woo woo land known as the Twilight Zone. The intention is to open our minds to a greater understanding of the energies around us. And open us to the idea that there are realms around us that we know nothing about, but may not be beyond our reach.

Much of this line of thought came to me in the midst of Full Moon Fever yesterday. AND this was much more than while I was listening to “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” The long and short of it was that my kids were suffering from a Coronavirus-Cabin-Fever meltdown that was close to having the cops called in. Halfway through it I reminded myself that it was the Full Moon – The Full Pink Moon. Crazy energy is about.

But as stated in yesterday’s report, the mainstream has not ever come around to the idea that this energy is real. Scientists do not like things that they cannot measure and cannot control. And god knows that if there are forces out there that they cannot figure out, they sure as hell are not going to mention them in a scientific journal.

So What Do We Know?

There are a lot of the REALLY BASIC things in life that I would expect scientists would want to know but magically pay absolutely no attention to. We have 5 acknowledged senses: Sight, hearing touch, taste and smell. Do you consider how we measure these?

And as we look at them, you will start to get the picture of how much we really are unaware of.

BTW: The following may get a little technical, though I would not call it scientific. I am not a scientist. I took Chemistry and Advanced Bio in high school and Astronomy and Anthropology in College.

Visual Spectrum

I always have remembered this particular graph because it was a very striking picture about a couple things I know and a WHOLE LOT of things I do not. You look at the spectrum and realize that there is a Whole lot of the Electromagnetic spectrum that we, as Human beings are physically unaware of. And in order to perceive them, we need machinery.

UV Rays burn our skin. X rays go through us and can expose film to show a “shadow” of what is inside of us. Gamma Rays created the Hulk. Infrared can be used to detect things like heat. Radar things far away/ Radio and TV waves can be transmitted and converted into things we can see hear on Radios and Televisions.

We can only experience a very narrow band of this spectrum live. We know that Dogs and Cats, they say, cannot see in color. Nocturnal animals see better in the dark than we can. Do you wonder what all they can see? And looking at this, do you wonder where they are on the visual spectrum. Are other animals able to visually perceive things we cannot? Think of fish seeing in the murky water. And other than night vision goggles, do you hear of many efforts to understand more about all that we are not seeing? I tend to think these are the realm of really esoteric college professors fighting for grant money.

And none of this explains how Superman has X-Ray vision, that always seems to show itself in color.

Audio Spectrum

Note that the remainder of the senses will be entirely less technical and pretty much devoid of science, as I know very little. And if you read it here, I will almost guarantee you I got it from google.

When it comes to people who are unable to hear, society has done them no favors. Hearing forms a great part of how we communicate with each other. Sure there is body language, gestures and visual aids, but the rest comes from out ability to emit and perceive sound from the mouth and the ears. As with the visual spectrum, I found a keen and interesting graph to show what we are able to perceive.

Of course they use measurement units that are pretty much foreign to everyone, but it gives you an idea of what we can hear. And it again begs the question, what can’t we hear? And what animals are there that might be able to perceive things we do not. Think of Dog whistles that we cannot hear. And how other animals are said to be able to hear things happening prior to earthquakes.

Taste

I guarantee you that I know nothing about taste that hasn’t been joked about on a sitcom. The extent of my knowledge can be summed up by this graphic I found from that good Phd friend of mine named Google. But then I looked and saw something I had never seen – UMAMI. So I googled that noise. And it says that it is where the tongue perceives odd flavors like Monosodium Glutamate. When I read that I knew it had to be Bullshit because MSG has no flavor – haha.

What I do know is that other animals can taste things we cannot. Think of Snakes that flip their freaky forked tongues out to taste the air. Hmmm. Another Perception.

Touch

When science tried to claim that your skin was the largest organ in the body, I threw my hands up in the air. All I can point to is heat – where we can perceive temperatures between about 32 degrees and about 120. Outside of these, our temperature senses are blown out.

It is said that your hands have more sensory receptors than any part of the body. With all of these different receptors, do we question much about how they work?

Smell

I read some trashy thriller about a man with a dog. It was a hound, and it often took Point of View in the story. And it would think in terms of what it smelled and almost described smells in the same way as sight. The dog could see trails of smells that had passed through the area.

Scent really intrigues me. Especially after I heard someone say that most of your strongest memories involve smells.

Now Where Was I going With This?

I wanted to point out that there is an absolutely silly amount of activity going on that we are completely ignorant of. And our ignorance is due to us not being able to sense or perceive it. And when it comes to these very obvious senses that we take advantage of every day, it is easy to simply focus on those things we can perceive.

And this is where the discussions about physics and Astrology kick in. For astrological aspects, we cannot see them. We cannot touch or taste or smell or hear them. The aspects are beyond our ability to easily perceive.

Then the Full Moon hits and the ER’s are full. Mercury Retrograde happens and people have trouble with travel and communication. the list goes on and on.

And generally what is the cause? Is it gravitational? Is it magnetic? Is it electric? Few people in the scientific realm have been willing to study it for fear of being labeled a crank and losing funding or their position at a university.

So its left to all of us.

With That, It is Passover today. Has been here in Eastern PA since Sunset about 2 hours ago. Just a little bit ago, we heard aloud bang from the basement. Since my neighbors thought they heard it in their basement as well, we can only assume its an Earthquake. By going outside, I got to see a much clearer version of the Pink Moon. Still obscured by my trees, but it was pretty.

Enjoy the Frequencies

 

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Tuesday April 7, 2020 – Full Moon Fever

Full Moon 4/6

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

– Full Moon Phase (@ 10:35PM): llumination, revelation, realization

– Lunar Perigee (@ 6:35PM):

– Moon in Virgo

– Black Moon Transit the Moon April 6-7

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Mow to Slow Growth,  Slaughter BEST DAYS BUT NOT RECOMMENDED DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING (Entertain Friends, Host a Party)

– Gardening tips April 6-7 (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – A favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and fodder crops. Plant flowers. First day is when to plant corn, melons, squash, tomatoes, and other above ground crops. Second day is a favorable day for planting root crops.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Chinnamasta, Goddess who expands the Mind

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 19 ARIES – The magic carpet of Oriental imagery

EARTH: 19 LIBRA –  A gang of robbers in hiding

The Full Moon is one of the most well know astronomical and astrological events. 1) It happens once a month (just about). 2) It is visually striking (Besides the Sun it is the largest thing we can see in the sky – and it lights up the night), and 3) It is well known to cause weird things to happen.

So for this first Full Moon of the lunar year, I wanted to talk about it for a bit. Maybe set this as one of those pages you go to when you want to find out data about the moon.

Full Moon in Aries 2020

Full moons are a lunar phase which occur roughly once every month when the Earth is located directly between the sun and the moon. At these moments, the side of the moon that faces towards us is fully illuminated.

So for the Aries Lunar Phase in the Gregorian year 2020, This is the first Full Moon of the Spring. And it is referred to as The Pink Moon. In North America, it a name of ancient origin that is likely derived from the the pink flowers of the Wild Ground Phlox plant which often bloom around this time of year.  It has also been called the Paschal Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon, The Hare Moon, The Egg Moon and the Fish Moon. I guess it depends on where you are.

April full moons mark the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

For Astrology, We look at the Full Moon as the Completion or fullest expression of the energy that began with the New Moon. In our case in 2020, that was described with the Sabian Symbol at 5 Aries – A Triangle with Wings.

From the New Moon to Full, the energy is building (or Waxing). From the Full Moon, back to new, it is receding (or Waning). So the Triangle symbol suggests mysteries and the ethereal realm. Have you been feeling this energy. Things going on outside reality. Also consider your own intentions. Did you set intentions for the year? For the month? This is a time they have taken off and are on their way.

What’s a Supermoon?

“Supermoon” is a term which refers to any full moon that occurs when our Moon is within 10 percent of its perigee, or minimum distance from Earth. This year, The Full Moon in Aries happens within hours of the Lunar Perigee, as noted in the aspects at the beginning of this post. The Full Moon will occur at 10:35 p.m. Eastern Time, when the moon will be located 221,851 miles from our planet (as measured between the centers of the moon and Earth) according to EarthSky.

The lunar perigee will occur at 6:08 p.m. on the same day. At this point, the center of our natural satellite will be 221,773 miles from Earth’s center. The April full moon falls closer in time to a lunar perigee than any other full moon in 2020.

And what is the difference between a Supermoon and a non Supermoon? It is about 10% bigger. It is bright and fun to watch.

Full Moon Fever

We know its bigger and brighter. But the mainstay of Full Moon lore is that it is known to cause strange things to happen.

If you wish to deny this, you might spend some time with an Emergency Room nurse, a teacher or anyone involved in the mental health industries.What is it like when the Moon is Full? The ER is crowded, the kids are unruly, and the freaks are freakier. Ask a Cop. What are the jails like.

So what do people attribute this increase unrest at the time of the Full Moon? I can suggest a few that are obvious. But I will also suggest a few that are much less mainstream. In fact I believe that I may travel into Tinfoil hat territory in some people’s minds.

The Earth actually feels the constant pull of the gravity of the moon throughout the day. This can bee seen in the tides. As any point on Earth faces the Moon, it pulls toward it. The force is so strong, that it causes the tides. Is this a pull on the water? Is this a warping of the planet itself? Whatever it is, it affects us.

At the Full Moon, there is the strongest influence of the two greatest gravitational forces that exist. The Sun and the Moon. If you have paid attention, the greatest variations in Tides (highest flooding tides) are seen during the Full Moon Phase. The graphic above illustrates this.

Those same gravitational/magnetic forces are also acting upon each of us. Some of us are more sensitive to it than others. Are people actually more careless at the Full Moon – as they fall and get into accidents and end up in the ER more often? Do people who have mental disorders more sensitive because they can feel the pull, and it pulls them out of balance? Do we get Full Moon Fever?

All of these are questions that need answers. And the answers are not going to be found by asking a Doctor or a Scientist.

 

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Happy Monday! April 30, 2018

Happy Monday! Ask yourself what makes you come alive. Then go and do that. Have a great week!

Full Moon Phase: clarity, illumination, inspiration

Moon in Scorpio

Sun: 11 Taurus – “a woman sprinkling flowers”

Earth: 11 Scorpio – “a drowning man being rescued”

Tzolkin: 10 Owl

Skill: know there is light at the end of every darkness; ask for help if needed

True Alignments: retreating or taking a break when necessary, spreading love/good attitude, taking action when called upon, learning, fairness, random acts of kindness

Catalysts for Change: uncompromising, demanding, loose cannons, victimology, heavy hearted, turning one’s back

Emissary of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom): Chinnamasta (She Who Expands the Mind)

Emissary of the Aeon Thelete (Will): Ian (He of the East)

One of the many intents of sharing this blog is to have a daily update. The goal of the daily update is to note special aspects that have the potential of affecting each day – and specifically how it might affect gardening.

ORACLE REPORT: At least in the short term, I will start by using the aspects from The Oracle Report. These are aspects that I have been personally tracking for years and have been paying attention to the affects.

ALMANAC: I will also report information and advice that can be gleaned from the Farmer’s Almanac . Oddly enough, there is a fair amount of crossover with Oracle Report.

LUNAR ASPECTS: While we have talked about lunar aspects within Oracle Report, I plan to do some deep diving here.

And anything else that strikes my fancy. 

We are under the energy of a Full Moon today, and have been since 8:58PM Sunday the 29th. I snapped a picture of it that I posted in my previous post about the Moon (CLICK HERE TO READ IT). Most people misunderstand the influence and meaning of a Full Moon phase.

When tracking the lunar phases, we begin when the Moon is New (which was about 2 weeks ago – April 15th). The Full Moon offers the full expression of the energy that began at the New moon. This is described by the Sabian Symbol at that degree – 27 Aries “through imagination, a lost opportunity is regained”. The New Moon users in the energy. The Full moon sees it at its complete expression. It is a time when you reach clarity about it. In my case, this speaks a lot about my garden and my blog. I have been rebuilding my garden this year. And I am now at a point where I am moving forward with it. And I feel good about it.

Also note in the diagram that we on Earth are now in between the 2 strongest forces in our solar system – The Sun and the Moon. I will talk more at length about the Full Moon. But as you see here, we are under great strains and gravitational pulls between them. This can explain a lot. Like why things get a little crazy. People get a little spun out. Accidents happen. Emergency rooms fill up.

Pay attention to how you feel and how you react during the full moon phase. It is an aspect that I consider to be fun.

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Lunar Phases – Pt.1

I think in honor of the Full Moon phase today, I am beginning an extended lesson on The Moon. Part of AstroGardens is examining and living the affect of astronomy and astrology on my garden.  Anyone who has followed astrology or Oracle Report over the past 8 years will know that we follow the moon phases regularly and talk about it at length.

So, I will be putting together short posts to explain it. That way when I throw out some blanket statement like – “It’s Full Moon and you know what that means,” you will not first think that there will be werewolves all over the place. But you might take pause if you find yourself in the Emergency Room with a couple hundred other people.

Some notes on Astronomy

In my freshman year in college, I decided to take an Astronomy class. As a business major, I was required to take a science course with a lab. I had already studied both Chemistry and Biology in high school and was looking for something different.

And Astronomy sounded so cool. I could go on star gazing tours, go visit the observatory (Palomar Mountain was only about 30 miles away and the College had a partnership there). Learning about the planets and the solar system had more of an appeal to me than chemicals and dissections.

Besides this, it was one of the few classes that I could get. San Diego State University boasted over 45,000 students at the time. Most classes were held in large lecture halls, and still would fill to capacity. You took what you could get.

Day one in the class re educated me quickly about the “fun” in astronomy. Astronomy could be better described as applied mathematics, chemistry, and physics all together.

I have never taken physics, so most of my simplistic descriptions of physics principles will be borrowed from someone else’s work who knows WTF they are talking about.

As my major would eventually change from Business to Economics (which is another applied mathematics, specifically statistics and calculus, field) the mode of learning fit right into my own abilities.

Astronomy is all about DESCRIBING what is going on in the universe around us. It provides the descriptive information that has helped us to ask some of the more important questions about life, the universe and everything.

The location of the moon in relation to the earth and the sun is a significant source of the energy that we experience here on Earth. In fact, since it is the closest object in our solar system to the Earth, while not being the largest, it exerts the greatest gravitational influence upon us.

 

The Moon, as our satellite, travels around our planet every 28 or so days or about 13 times within each calendar year. See the diagram to the left that notes the basic synodic (monthly) path of the earth around the sun.

A few quick calculations will tell you that this means that it does not accurately match up with the standard Gregorian Calendar of 365.2422 days – requiring a leap-day every 4 years (and a curse to any kid born on that day – February 29).

 

 

 

For my purposes, I will be describing the phases by the following names:

New Moon –

Crescent Moon Phase –

First Quarter Phase –

Gibbous Moon –

Full Moon –

Disseminating Moon Phase–

Third Quarter Phase–

Balsamic Moon Phase –

I bring this up primarily because you will find the lunar phases called many different things. One of the most confusing that I have found are the difference between Waxing and Waning.

Between New Moon and Full Moon, the moon is Waxing, or getting bigger

Between Full Moon and New Moon, the moon is Waning, or getting smaller

But What about the Tides?

Remember that in addition to the moon moving around the Earth, remember that each day, the earth revolves once around on its axis. This means that during the course of the day, the planet will react (bulge) as it passes the moon. This compression in and out as the planet spins causes the tidal forces in all water on the planet. This is easy to see in the case of the oceans or in a large lake, where the movement of the water can be measured. But when you look at smaller bodies of water (like the 75 odd percent of each person’s body that is made up of water).

As a beginning point, this discusses some of the basics about our lunar satellite is a good start. In the end, all of these forces have impacts on our life. In this case, we want to know about what it does to our gardens.