The WINTER SOLSTICE OF 2018

DECEMBER 21, 2018 marks the winter celebration wherein the Sun is 00 CAPRICORN and marks the Cardinal point to spring forth the season of Winter.  

It is the oldest winter celebration and the best place to observe this is at the Celtic erected Stonehedge where the druids lined up the exact position of the sunset on the Winter Solstice.  

Many of the rituals, stories, and beliefs associated with Christmas–The Dinner Feasts, gift giving and decorative wreaths are rooted in pagan Winter Solstice rituals.     It is the shortest day of the year.  The good news is every day forward the days become a little longer until our 00 Cancer Cardinal Sun.  

This is a time also where the Sun is said to disappear or stand still over the Tropic of Capricorn which is 23.5 degrees south of the equator.    That Sun missing 3-day concept was used again in the Christian Holiday of Easter when it was taught that Christ arose after his death after a 3-day disappearance.   Also, Pope Julius 1 replaced the Roman midwinter festival called “Saturnalia” with a Christian Holiday of Christmas on December 25th.  

Because the Sun is at the lowest arc it will cast the longest shadows at NOON On the Day of the Solstice.   Try it while ice skating, skiing, or just walking on a crisp day.   

The Old Farmers Almanac (which happens to be an excellent reference for Astrology) states that since tracking heavenly events the Winter Solstice WITH the Full Moon has only happened 10 times since 1793, and will not happen again until 2094.  This year the full Moon in Cancer will occur on December 22, 2018.  This is also called the COLD MOON which is a name given the monthly Moons by the American Indians.   

Please refer to my Post:  AMERICAN INDIAN MOONS

There is countless and timeless holidays, rituals, beliefs, cultures that stem and grow from the information given us by the Heavens and the Constellations.  

On that note  HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE.   The beauty of the seasons is so evident and the seasons change, the planets and universe move to the music of the universal geometry. 

 

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NEW MOON in SCORPIO NOV 2018 SIGNIFICANCE OF 15 DEGREES OF SCORPIO

On November 7 at 8:01am PST, the new moon will be in Scorpio.

When we talk about new moons, we usually emphasize the “lighter” side: starting fresh, setting positive intentions, manifesting something new and positive,  But at the new moon in Scorpio, we need to talk about the darkness.

Yes, death and rebirth go hand-in-hand at any new moon—but while some signs are uncomfortable facing this reality, the November 2018 new moon in Scorpio looks it straight in the eye.

WHAT DOES THE NEW MOON IN SCORPIO MEAN?

With intense focus and hidden observance,  Scorpio sees it all. But with this fixed water sign, what we see is often just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a whole lot more going on beneath the surface: subtle energies, subconscious motives, and suppressed emotions.

Scorpio plays its cards with power, determination,  passions, passions, and charisma and Quietly and completely bringing forth “death and rebirth” to create our intentions.  at the November 2018 new moon 15 degrees of  Scorpio, we’re likely to do the same. We know what we desire, and we’re determined to get it. But we’re wary of discussing our intentions with anyone else—that might take away their power.

And power is a big deal to Scorpio. What else would you expect from a sign ruled by both Mars and Pluto? Mars, the ancient ruler, represents the personal or “lower” will. Modern ruler Pluto represents the “higher” will—whether that’s destiny, evolution, or our belief in a Higher Power.

The secret to mastering Scorpio’s energy—and rising above negative expressions like manipulation and possessiveness—is putting the lower will in the service of the higher.

Moon in Scorpio creates the need to delve into your feelings as deep as possible and this brings great vulnerability. You need a deep emotional relationship, even if it is not easy and you are forced to change many things  It should prove to be a deep and introspective day for you

BUT…..

The New Moon in November is at 15 DEGREES OF SCORPIO.    The 15 degrees of Scorpio is the significant factor here.    This may of be of some interest. The 4 fixed planets that made up the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ” are the FIXED SIGNS OF LEO – REGULUS, FIXED SIGN OF TAURUS – ALDEBARAN – FIXED SIGN OF SCORPIO – ANTARES, AND FIXED SIGN OF AQUARIUS – FOMALHAUT.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, an 1887 painting by Viktor Vasnetsov. Depicted from left to right are Death, Famine, War, and Conquest. (EARTH FIRE WATER AIR)

 

15degrees of Scorpio represents ANTARES, which is The traditional ruler of Scorpio There is a recurrent theme of fear of nature from this. Antares has been feared due to destructiveness, and its headstrong and destructive nature, and has carried a fearsome reputation. KEYWORDS FOR ANTARES: Intense, Dramatic, Militant, Passionate (sound like Mars?)

The new moon will be making grand cross transits to the other planets that relate to the Fixed Horsemen.

VERNAL EQUINOX SEPTEMBER 2018

Vernal Equinox is when the journey of the Sun is exactly halfway through its annual journey through the zodiac.   It is Opposite to the start of the astrological year at 00 Aries in April, which begins the Spring; a quarter distance away from 00 Cancer, the kickoff of the Summer, and a quarter 90 degrees away from the 00 Capricorn, which is the start of Winter.

The Journey of the Zodiac is our time and experiences attached to the transformation of life, death, history and the future.     It continues to move in its magnificent rotations to keep the universe in ultimate perfection.

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HARVEST MOON OCTOBER 2018

The first Full Moon after Sept. 22’s Equinox is also known as the HARVEST MOON  At this time of year in the northern hemisphere, as the Moon rises, it creates several nights of increased brightness, which was always helpful as farmers brought in the annual harvest.   This is the month when the leaves are falling and the game is fattened. Now is the time for hunting and laying in a store of provisions for the long winter ahead. October’s Moon is also known as the Travel Moon and the Dying Moon.

This moon alerts the animal and plant kingdom to prepare for the long winter ahead.  Time to prepare food to last the coming months, to clear the land to plant again in the spring, and the birds to migrate, hibernation, and collections of food and wood to provide nutrition and warmth for the next months leading up to the 00 Capricorn wherein the cold days of winter will be upon us.

FULL MOON IN ARIES – IMPULSIVE AND IMPASSIONED

 

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SEPTEMBER 25TH IS THE FULL MOON IN ARIES, THE VERNAL EQUINOX AT 00 LIBRA AND THE HARVEST MOON

A Full Moon occurs while the Moon moves to the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun. The stand-off brings situations and emotions to a head, which may escalate even more when the Moon is in a fire sign like Aries.

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THIS FULL MOON IS ALL ABOUT ACTION.   ARIES IS A FIRE SIGN, ALWAYS READY TO SAY AND DO WHATEVER IS NEEDED.    THIS FULL MOON IS ALL ABOUT ACTION AND PUTTING OUR EMOTION DOWN AND LOOKING AT EVERY AREA WE HAVE BEEN ANALYZING WITH OUR BEST JUDGEMENT AND ALL OF OUR LOGIC.    THIS MOON WILL ASK US TO GET HONEST AND REAL WITH OURSELVES USING THE UTMOST HONESTY

THIS FULL MOON WILL EFFECT RELATIONSHIPS, ESPECIALLY ARIES AND LIBRA.

START WHAT NEEDS TO BE STARTED, AND THE MANTRA IS HONESTY.

 

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SEPTEMBER 2018 REPRESENTS THE COMPLETION PHASE BEFORE A NEW CYCLE BEGINS.

After many eclipses and retrogrades, September is our month to clean up baggage of what we have been dealing with.    It is time to get grounded and find your stability and security    With you new endings and beginnings, it will be healing and settling.  The Sun in Libra is all about balancing our world.

 

 

 

MARS OPPOSITION FULL MOON and ECLIPSE

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MARS OPPOSITION . FULL MOON and ECLIPSE . 

In the Martian opposition, on the 27th, Mars is aligned with the Sun with Earth right in the middle. This alignment causes Mars to be very close to us, and to rise in the east just as the sun sets, and then remain out all night long.

Friday night also happens to be the full Moon of July. So the dazzling orange planet and the full Moon will hover together Friday night. Could finding it be any easier? This is a great time to check out the Red Planet, especially if you’re a beginner sky gazer.

The very closest approach of Mars actually unfolds four nights later, Tuesday night, July 31. Technically it’ll be a hair brighter then, but nobody will notice the difference. Either night finds Mars brighter than even Jupiter, which does NOT happen very often. You can actually be lackadaisical and look for Mars anytime this entire next month. But don’t ignore it. It hasn’t come this close to us since 2003, and won’t again approach this nearby for another 17 years.

mars_in_2018_apparent_size-full2_full_width.jpg: In 2018, Mars will appear brightest from July 27 to July 30. Its closest approach to Earth is July 31. Well, Earth meets up with Mars every 26 months, but when that happens, the gap between our orbits can be as wide as 70 million miles or as narrow as half that. So happens, July is when Earth is always farthest from the Sun and thus potentially closer to Mars. And August is when Mars is closest to the Sun and hence unusually near to us. Thus a summertime opposition offers the best close-up meeting between our two worlds.

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HOW TO VIEW MARS

At opposition, the Red Planet will line up with the Sun and rise just as the Sun sets on the horizon. Look for the Red Planet ascending in the southeastern skies, creeping up towards the Moon, then moving across the sky during the night.

After Venus sets in the West at around 10 p.m., Mars is actually the brightest star in the entire sky for the rest of the night. Plus it’s distinctly orange-yellow. You just can’t miss it.

But if you were trying to miss it, you couldn’t succeed on Friday night because it’s that brilliant orange star next to the Moon. And it will remain the most brilliant starlike object for most of the night for the remainder of the summer.

So, what to do with Mars? It’s not an easy telescope target because even now, Mars has a small disc about half the width of Jupiter, which requires a fair amount of magnification, which in turns magnifies any wiggles in the air. Bottom line: It usual appears smudgy through telescopes, though it’s definitely worth a shot on slightly hazy nights when stars are not twinkling.

But just staring at it with the naked eye may offer the most satisfying and certainly the most venerable way to salute this unusually close approach of the Red Planet.

Mars at opposition coincides with a magnificent total lunar eclipse and so-called Blood Moon on the 27th. It’s not visible in North America 

 

ECLIPSE & BLOOD MOON JULY 27, 2018

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. There are three types — total, partial and penumbral — with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon. The next lunar eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018.

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Throughout history, eclipses have inspired awe and even fear, especially when total lunar eclipses turned the moon blood-red, an effect that terrified people who had no understanding of what causes an eclipse and therefore blamed the events on this god or that. Below, you’ll find the science and history of lunar eclipses, learn how they work, and see a list of the next ones on tap. [See also our guide to Solar Eclipses.]

When is the next lunar eclipse?

The last lunar eclipse was on August 7, 2017. It was a partial lunar eclipse.

Here is a schedule of upcoming lunar eclipses:

  • Already Occurred – January 31, 2018: Total eclipse. Visible from Asia, Australia, Pacific Ocean, western North America.
  • July 27, 2018: Total eclipse. Visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia.
  • January 19, 2019: Total eclipse. Visible from North and South America, Europe, Africa.
  • July 16, 2019: Partial eclipse. Visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia.

NASA keeps a list predicting lunar eclipses until 2100. They also keep data about past lunar eclipses. During the 21st century, Earth will experience a total of 228 lunar eclipses, according to the space agency.

This montage of images taken by skywatcher Kieth Burns shows the Dec. 20, 2010 total lunar eclipse. The photos won a NASA contest to become an official NASA/JPL wallpaper for the public.