Lunar Herb: Evening Primrose

Plants of the Moon

Lunar herbs help us connect with the energy of the Moon, bringing its influence into magic and rituals.  The moon plays a prominent role in the spiritual practices of Pagans and Witches alike.  It is described as being feminine in nature due to its connections to water and the subconscious, as well as its correlation to the twenty-eight day cycle of the menstrual period.  The moon has a major influence over men and women here on Earth, its waxing and waning tides directly influencing how we feel, the way we express our emotions, and how we relate to others.  The moon also represents mystery, occultism, the sub-conscious and the dream world.  Mythologically it is associated with a number of goddesses both dark and light.  The moon also has this dual nature, during its waxing cycle its energy is building making it a powerful time to manifest our desires and reflect our light back out into the world around us.

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The Watchers and the Four Royal Stars

Who are those Watchers, anyway? We’ve all asked that question at one point, at least those of us who regularly cast sacred circles or work with correspondence lists and the effects of the elements or the cardinal directions generally associated with many Pagan traditions, Wicca among them. Just what exactly are the Watchers who watch us from within those Watchtowers?

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Posts on United States Total Eclipse

Merry meet and merry greet brothers and sisters of The Craft,

I realize I have been posting only on one topic for the last week or so there is a reason for this. This is an event that affects our energy which affects our spirit and body also in many ways we will not understand until possibly after the event. So I am trying to bring you as much information as I have time to from the scientific view point as well as a metaphysical view point. As Lady of the Abyss has said in a couple of articles I reblogged from Witches of The Craft (Lady A is the person who talked me into doing this as an independent site from WOTC. WOTCis the site that sponsored Coven Life) this maybe a once in a lifetime happening for many people. Aside note there will be another total solar eclipse over North America on April 8, 2024, but more on this one at a later date.Ra, Egyptian Sun God, and my patron god, has blessed me with the time off work on Monday, August 21st to be able to view this celestial wonder, even though where I live outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA, at full eclipse for my area the Sun will only be about 97% covered, I think. Below is a time line for viewing in my area.

Time Phase Direction Altitude
11:54 amMon, Aug 21 Partial Eclipse beginsThe Moon touches the Sun’s edge. Map direction South-southeast152°

57.3°

1:19 pmMon, Aug 21 Maximum EclipseMoon is closest to the center of the Sun. Map direction South-southwest192°

59.4°

2:42 pmMon, Aug 21 Partial Eclipse endsThe Moon leaves the Sun’s edge. Map direction Southwest226°

51.7°

To get more information about this viewing time please click on this link: Viewing Total Eclipse Chicago Illinois

So I will continue sharing eclipse information over the weekend. I will try to record bits and pieces of it with my cell phone and/or Kindle and/or Netbook size computer as the eclipse is happening. If I can do that then all I have to do is figure out how to post some of them with still pictures on here for you. Please if you live in an area where you can see this marvel of our universe take still pictures and do not mind sharing them with others through this website…email mail them to ladybeltane@aol.com Be sure to include a name you would not mind the world seeing as I will be crediting the photographer for the picture and also where in the USA the photo was taken. I look forward to sharing pictures from all across the USA.

As I want to have my altar any other things set up by 11:45 AM CT, I will be holding a short ritual for this event in the Coven Life chat room about approximately 11:00 AM CT. I will have the all the information posted for that on Saturday, August 19th by 12:00 PM CT.

I will be doing a special post-Monday afternoon just for any one who experienced this eclipse partial, total, or whatever to share how they felt, what thoughts were running through their heads, what if any ritual they did during the eclipse. Basically, it will be for you to tell your stroy of this unqiue day in all our lifes. The post will be set up on the first page of Coven Life’s website.

Solar Eclipse – Witchipedia

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth causing the Sun to be fully or partially obscured by the Moon, as seen from Earth. This happens only during the New Moon.

A total eclipse happens when the moon appears large enough in the sky that its disc can nearly completely obscure the sun’s disc, leaving only a red ring around the dark shadow of the moon. This happens when either the moon is closest to the Earth (def:perigee) in its orbit or the Earth is furthest from the Sun in its orbit (this happens in month:July) or any variation on the orbits that cause the moon to appear as large as, or larger than the sun. If the moon is further away in its orbit(def:apogee), or the Earth is closer to the Sun in its orbit (it is closest in month:January), then the disc of the moon will appear smaller than the disc of the Sun and the moon will not fully obscure the sun. This is called an annular eclipse.

In truth, the Sun is roughly 400x larger than the moon, but it is also 400x further away so the two bodies appear approximately the same size in the sky. However, the moon’s orbit around the Earth is elliptical, so it is sometimes closer to the Earth than others and thus, appears larger and smaller respectively. Likewise, the Earth’s orbit around the Sun is elliptical so that at some points in its orbit, the Sun appears larger than others.

A partial eclipse occurs when the moon blocks only a portion of the sun….

To read the rest of this please click on this link: Solar Eclipse

Astronomy magazine’s interactive eclipse 2017 widget

This tool has the answers to your eclipse day questions.
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Where will the eclipse start in your location on August 21?
Count down to the 2017 total solar eclipse of the Sun with Astronomy magazine’s Eclipse 2017 Widget from the makers of the popular SkySafari app. The widget lets you know exactly when the eclipse will start in your location, how long it will last, and when it will end. Use the interactive eclipse path map to simulate the eclipse from any location and figure out where you need to go to experience totality!

The Great American Eclipse is less than a month away. And the key to observing the eclipse safely and successfully is having the right tools…

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: interactive eclipse 2017 widget

Prepare for the 2017 total solar eclipse

When it comes to preparing for the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, Astronomy magazine has got you covered. This free guide will outline all you need to know as you prepare for next year’s event.

  • How important is it to be in the path of totality? Very. You want to be on the center line, where the shadow cast by the moon delivers the maximum amount of totality possible. We’ll tell you why you need to get there – and how.
  • Rehearse for eclipse day! With only a couple minutes of totality, you’ll want to make sure you do a run-through before the big event. In this guide, we’ll provide instructions on how to accurately rehearse for the eclipse.
  • When the time comes, you’ll need to view the eclipse safely. We tell you how to observe – and how not to observe – the sun.
  • An eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth all line up precisely. But how do astronomers accurately predict the timing? We detail the saros cycle in this guide.

Enter your email below to instantly receive this free download and start your solar eclipse planning!

This site has more eclipse information: 8/21/2017 Eclispe

Happy August & Full Moon Lunar Eclipse!

August is bringing the eclipse season a month early and also a Mercury Retrograde (on 8/12), so you may be experiencing a more intense lunation than normal!The Moon is Full in Aquarius with a partial Lunar Eclipse on Monday, August 7 at 2:10pm, but you may have been feeling the effects for at least a week. If you have Aquarius on or near 15 degrees anywhere in your chart, pay particular attention to those areas of your chart.

Aquarius is the sign of the New Age, transformation, community consciousness, and visions of the future. More than ever, we are being called to release old patterns, tired and repetitive ways of thinking, and anything with a focus on the past. Eclipse cycles are 19 years and you can gain some information by looking back to where you were in August of 1998.

Want to hear more about the eclipse and ways to work with the moon?Here is my Divination for the Full Moon and Astrology Update!

The offerings at Mystery School are offering a sanctuary from cosmic influences! We are delighted to have some of the Autumn classes starting to roll out, like Rhythms of the Goddess – Season of the Witch! Plus, a new series called Medicine Woman with Brandi Auset that is perfect to offset eclipse season and has several offerings with more coming!

We are also thrilled to welcome Katherine Skaggs as a new instructor! She has a free offering for Tarot and the Goddess and new courses coming in September! Katherine is an inspirational Goddess artist and we are lucky to be collaborating with her!

Sending you calm vibes to survive the cosmic chaos! Thank you for being connected with Mystery School of the Goddess – I appreciate you!

And we have a NEW free summit coming in September for Feast of the Sacred Waters – stay tuned for the sign up link within the next week!

Blessings!
Kimberly Moore
Founder & Priestess
Mystery School of the Goddess
MotherHouse of the Goddess

This is from an email I recieved because I am on Mother House of the Goddess. To read more interesting and informative articles by Kimerly Moore and others please click on this link: Mother House of the Goddess

25 facts you should know about the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse

Posted by Michael Bakich
on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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This chart shows the paths of totality for 15 solar eclipses through 2028. // Astronomy: Roen Kelly after Fred Espenak, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

When I first wrote this blog, the event was more than three years away. Not anymore! Each day now seems to bring a new announcement of a talk, a workshop, or an event related to the eclipse. With tens of millions of people headed for the zone of totality, it’s going to be the biggest science event in history. In this blog I list 25 of the eclipse’s important details for our readership, the general public, and the media. Read them, and learn about the event. But for sure plan to experience totality. You’ll remember it for the rest of your life as the greatest thing you ever saw!1. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one occurred February 26, 1979. Unfortunately, not many people saw it because it clipped just five states in the Northwest and the weather for the most part was bleak. Before that one, you have to go back to March 7, 1970.

2. A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth…

To read the rest of this article please click on this link:  8/21/2017 Eclispe

August 7/8, 2017 — Partial Lunar Eclipse

Copied from Witches of The Craft website:

The partial lunar eclipse will be visible from most parts of South and East Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.

Where to See the Eclipse
Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: Much of Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, Africa, East in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide — Timeline
Lunar eclipses look approximately the same all over the world and happen at the same time.
The times displayed are accurate to around 2-3 seconds.

Event UTC Time Time Visible
Penumbral Eclipse begins Aug 7 at 15:50:01 Aug 7 at 10:50:01 am No, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse begins Aug 7 at 17:22:56 Aug 7 at 12:22:56 pm No, below the horizon
Maximum Eclipse Aug 7 at 18:20:29 Aug 7 at 1:20:29 pm No, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse ends Aug 7 at 19:18:09 Aug 7 at 2:18:09 pm No, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse ends Aug 7 at 20:50:56 Aug 7 at 3:50:56 pm No, below the horizon
The magnitude of the eclipse is 0.246.
The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 1.289
The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 1 minute.
The duration of the partial eclipse is 1 hour, 55 minutes.

Eclipses Come in Pairs
A lunar eclipse always occurs about 2 weeks before or after a solar eclipse. On some occasions, a lunar eclipse can be both preceded and followed by a solar eclipse!

Resource

timeanddate.com

(If you get the chance to see it and/or do a ritual during the eclipse please share your experience with those f us that do not live in the right part of Mother Earth to be part of it. Thank you! Lady Beltane)

The Sky This Week for August 3 to August 6

Copied from Witches of The Craft website:

The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower, Asteroid 89 Julia, and other cool things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Friday, August 4

Look overhead around 11 p.m. local daylight time any day this week and your eyes will fall on the brilliant star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp. At magnitude 0.0, Vega is the brightest member of the prominent Summer Triangle asterism. The Triangle’s second-brightest star, magnitude 0.8 Altair in Aquila the Eagle, lies some 35° southeast of Vega. The asterism’s dimmest member, magnitude 1.3 Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, stands about 25° east-northeast of Vega. Although the waxing gibbous Moon diminishes the luster of stars this week, the Summer Triangle remains conspicuous.

Saturday, August 5

Distant Neptune reaches opposition and peak visibility in just a month, but the view now is essentially the same. The ice giant planet rises around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time and climbs nearly halfway to the zenith in the southern sky by 3 a.m. The magnitude 7.8 planet lies in Aquarius, 2° east of 4th-magnitude Lambda (l) Aquarii. You’ll need binoculars to spy Neptune and a telescope to see its blue-gray disk, which spans 2.4″.

Sunday, August 6

Asteroid 89 Julia should be relatively easy to find through small telescopes south of the Great Square of Pegasus. Your signpost for finding this magnitude 9.6 space rock is a squashed box of four 5th-magnitude stars: 55, 57, 58, and 59 Pegasi. The box lies 6° south of magnitude 2.5 Markab (Alpha [a] Peg), the star that marks the Great Square’s southwestern corner. Tonight, Julia stands 1.5° south of 59 Peg. If you sketch the field and then return to the same area a night or two later, you should be able to detect the asteroid’s movement relative to the stellar background.

(If you get the chance to see it and/or do a ritual during the eclipse please share your experience with those f us that do not live in the right part of Mother Earth to be part of it. Thank you! Lady Beltane)

 

Source

Astronomy Magazine