MOTHER EARTH/GAIA/ALL EARTH GODDESS’ EARTH DAY April 22, 2021

ALWAYS TRY TO LEAVE THE PLACES YOU TRAVEL CLEANER THAN WHEN YOU GOT THERE!

10 WAYS TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY FROM HOME

By The EditorsApril 21, 2021

Every April 22, we celebrate Earth Day! Whether it’s a walk through the woods, picking up litter (while walking!), or buying more Earth-friendly products, here are 10 ways that you can help to care for your planet—plus some absolutely beautiful poetic verse to inspire you!

The “green things growing” whisper me
Of many an earth-old mystery
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–Eben Eugene Rexford (1848–1916)

THE 51ST ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY

Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we believe that nature, plants, and the land are integral to our own health and that individual responsibility lies with each of us.

Earth Day 2021 will mark the 51st anniversary of this holiday. Typically, Earth Day is assigned a different theme or area of focus each year; this year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth.”

Most years, Earth Day events range from river cleanups to removals of invasive plants. With social distancing still in place for many of us this April, Earth Day has gone digital. Virtual events, such as environmental lectures and films, will take place on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22). To see a catalog of official events, visit earthday.org.

Of course, social distancing doesn’t mean that you can’t go outside and enjoy nature, as long as you do so responsibly! Nature is not canceled! 

WHAT IS EARTH DAY?

Ever wonder how Earth Day began? The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, when San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. Dealing with dangerously serious issues concerning toxic drinking water, air pollution, and the effects of pesticides, an impressive 20 million Americans—10% of the population—ventured outdoors and protested together.

President Richard Nixon led the nation in creating the Environmental Protection Agency, which followed with successful laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

McConnell originally had chosen the spring equinox (March 20, 1970), but Nelson chose April 22, which ended up becoming the official celebration date. (Given that the date of the spring equinox changes over time, it may have made things more complicated to go with the astronomical event rather than just a calendar date.)

Today, not only is Earth Day a day meant to increase awareness of environmental problems, but it is also becoming a popular time for many communities to gather together to clean up litter, plant trees, or simply reflect on the beauty of nature. Further down the page, we’ve provided a list of activities and projects that you can do to improve your local environment!

WHEN IS EARTH DAY?

Earth Day is always celebrated on April 22. It’s followed closely by Arbor Day, which falls on the last Friday in April.

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10 EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES AND IDEAS

Celebrate Earth Day by appreciating and respecting the natural world. Here are some ideas to inspire you this year. 

1. SUPPORT OUR POLLINATORS! 

Bring native bees and other pollinating creatures to your garden. One way to do this is by selecting the right plants. Need ideas?

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2. CLEAN UP PLASTIC IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD OR LOCAL PARK

One of the best ways to connect with the Earth is through cleanups! Go on a walk with a trash bag and help to clean up any plastic that you find. Perhaps you know of a nearby ditch that is polluted with trash that needs a spring cleaning! You’ll start to realize that plastic permeates every aspect of our lives. But as the world wakes up to its addiction, just how easy is it to ditch plastic while growing and storing more of our own food? Don’t forget to recycle what plastic you can. See a Plastics Recycling Chart

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3. SWAP OUT YOUR KITCHEN AND HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS!

Let’s talk about the cooking and cleaning products that touch the food we eat as well as our skin. This year, we’ve discovered a line of kitchen and household products called If You Care.” Everything’s biodegradable and does not use chemicals or plastic. Think 100% recycled aluminum foil, chemical-free parchment paper for baking, compostable bags made with potato starch, and even vegetable-based inks for their packaging. We love company’s motto: “We care simply because it’s the right thing to do!” You can find If You Care products online and in stores. See the store locator.

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4. PLANT A TREE!

We love our trees! They capture carbon, cool overheated places, benefit agriculture, support pollinators, reduce the risk of disease transmission, and boost local economies. Did you know that planting one oak tree brings in more insect and bird species than an entire yard of plants? Talk to your local government about planting more trees and native garden beds in public spaces or consider planting your own on your property! See advice on how to plant a tree.

Another way to make a difference is to ditch printed seed or plant catalogs. When you receive an unwanted catalog in the mail (especially those huge ones!), contact the company and ask to be removed from their print list. 

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5. USE WILDFLOWERS AND NATIVE PLANTS

Wildflowers and indigenous species are not only beautiful but also attract native and beneficial insects that improve both pest control and pollination—meaning bigger flowers and bigger harvests. Try to simply add a couple of native plants to your garden each year, and you’ll be amazed at the difference—they’ll bring in pollinators as well as birds!

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6. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE IN THE GARDEN

Caring about yourself and nature means being less wasteful and saving money, too. Who could argue with this? If you are a gardener, here are just a few ideas:

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7. STOP PESTICIDES AND CHEMICALS IN THE GARDEN

Most of the beginner gardeners whom we meet want to start growing without chemicals or pesticides—in a way that works and even saves money. Much of this is simply about focusing less on the plant and more on the health of the soil that supports the plant. If it’s nutrient-rich with organic matter, plants thrive. 

  • See how to use organic soil amendments to turn your poor garden soil into a nutrient-rich paradise in which plants will thrive.
  • You don’t need chemicals to get rid of pesky garden pests: Companion planting, natural remedies, and attracting predators to your garden can save you money and also save your plants. See how to control pests in the organic garden.
  • Some bugs are good for the garden! Here’s a list of some of the best beneficial insects to have in your gardening space, with pictures and tips for attracting them.
  • It’s easy to use an organic plant fertilizer—made from just weeds and water. Does it sound strange to make plant fertilizer by using other plants? Thia is how nature works! Here’s a simple recipe for DIY organic fertilizer—without using chemicals or animal waste—right from your garden!
  • Gardening and farming methods such as not tilling the soil, growing cover crops during the off-season, and rotating crops (and grazing) help to retain organic materials in the soil.
  • Here are tips on organic seed-starting and our Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening to get you started.

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8. CONSERVE WATER!

We waste a lot of water. Avoid overwatering your plants and improve their health by knowing how much your garden really needs. Avoid watering your garden vegetables and plants from overhead, which invites fungal disease. Water at the soil level.  

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9. THINK ABOUT YOUR DIET!

About one-third of the food that we produce every year goes to waste annually! Usually, this happens after we buy the food. How do we avoid waste in our own lives (and save money)? Also, how can we improve our diet so that it’s healthier for ourselves (and the planet)? One way is to care about your “foodprint,” which is the result of everything that it takes to get your food from the farm to your plate. Take this fun 3-minute Foodprint Quiz to find out your foodprint.

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10. GET KIDS INVOLVED!

Pass down a love of nature and plants to kids. There are lots of opportunities for hands-on learning experiences outside. Here are some ideas for how to garden with kids, including fun activities like planting a sunflower house!

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BONUS: ENJOY THE WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE… FROM EARTH!

In the early morning hours of April 22, the annual Lyrid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak, spitting out 10 to 20 meteors per hour between Moonset and dawn. One of the oldest known meteor showers, the first recorded sighting of the Lyrids dates back to 687 BC in China—more than 2,700 years ago! If you’re up for an extra-early start to your Earth Day, venture outdoors around 4AM and look skyward.

For more viewing tips, see our 2021 Meteor Shower Calendar.

EARTH DAY QUOTES AND POETRY

Wish a friend a Happy Earth Day with one of these beautiful quotes!

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Horoscope 2021 Predictions For The 12 Zodiac Signs

Yearly Horoscope 2021 Predictions

SunSigns.org is pleased to offer you the Horoscope 2021 for various zodiac signs. The predictions give an outline of events likely to occur in the different areas of life such as career, finance, love relationships, family, health, and education.

There are 12 sun signs, namely Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. If you are interested in knowing what destiny is going to present to you in the coming year, 2021 horoscopes will give you a clear picture.

Planetary influences for the year 2021 emphasize revenue, hard work, and the accumulation of luxury items. Planets Saturn and Jupiter will help the generation of innovative ideas which may conflict with traditional ideas. Jupiter will help you to develop a sense of balance to adjust yourself to the novel ideas and situations.

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2021 Horoscope for all the zodiacs is available free of cost. You will get immediate answers to all your queries from career to health just by clicking on the right horoscope. Start right away and know about your future as well as the future of near and dear ones!

Aries Horoscope 2021

aries 2021Financial situations will control your life during the year 2021, and you should be prepared for a few surprises on this score. It is necessary to manage your expenses and live within your income. Otherwise, you will make a mess of your life. If you want to enlarge your circle of social contacts, the year will provide you with plenty of opportunities due to the positive influence of various planets.

Single Aries will be able to get into a promising relationship. You will revive old relationships. And, this will help your finances. You can maintain your health by regular exercise.

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Taurus 2021

taurus 2021The year 2021 will be full of drama and excitement due to the congregation of several planets in your zodiac. There will be many conflicts, and they get resolved quickly. You can build a harmonious relationship with your spouse by removing all outstanding misunderstandings. Life with your partner will be highly delightful and might even lead to pregnancy.

You will achieve success in your life this year by trying out new and innovative ideas. Contact with the right people will be instrumental in improving your finances. You can enhance your health by indulging in a refreshing hobby.

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Gemini Horoscope 2021

gemini 2021Gemini people can achieve their objective this year by being diplomatic in their dealings with people. If you get into conflict with people, you will get into unnecessary trouble. You have to be truthful and sincere in your transactions. Jupiter will help you in succeeding in your projects while Saturn will keep you grounded.

Your relationships will have the support of Mars and Venus this year. All your relationship problems will be solved. Jupiter and Saturn will help you in visualizing new projects. But, success will be ensured only if you have a concrete plan of action. Health will be challenging during the commencement of 2021. However, the influence of Mars will help you to retain your health by forcing you to exercise.

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Cancer Horoscope 2021

cancer 2021The year 2021 will be spent on socializing and building new contacts. This will help you to build your future after making important decisions with the help of new friends. In the process, you will make very close friends, and the friendship will last a lifetime.

Influence of Jupiter will be seen in your ambitions and success in life. Mars and Venus will make you romantic and sensual in your relationships during the year. Mars will take care of your health and vitality. Outside forces should not influence you if you have to succeed this year. You have to be diligent and determined.

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Leo Horoscope 2021

leo 2021Professional matters will be at the forefront of Leo personality during the year 2021. You will have the encouragement of the management for your career ambitions. You can look forward to promotions to senior positions along with pay rises.

Planetary aspects send conflicting signals regarding your future during the year. Love life will be full of mixed emotions. You have to be careful about your social interactions. And you should not go overboard in your responses to conflicts. Mars will help you to remain in good shape and cheer. At the end of all this, you will be a wiser man.

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Virgo Horoscope 2021

virgo 2021Virgo individuals should go by their wisdom while making important decisions during the year 2021. They should not be dependent on others and their ideas. Beginning of the year is not very promising for love relationships during the 2021 Mercury retrograde.

Planetary aspects are favorable for accomplishing your dreams this year. Love relationships will have a sense of dedication. Health will be good, and you will maintain your energy levels. This year you have to accept things as they are and should not strive hard to be great.

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libra 2021Libra people can achieve what they aspire for by making minor alterations in daily activities and avoiding significant changes. Planetary aspects are favorable for improving your health and vitality during this year. Jupiter and Saturn will help you to achieve your goals without much problem during the year 2021.

Venus and Jupiter will help you in forming love relationships. There will be plenty of love and romance. Social life will be enjoyable with the help of good astrological influences. You will take measures to maintain your physical and emotional health. You should be enthusiastic about doing whatever you want.

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Scorpio Horoscope 2021

scorpio 2021Love plays a vital role in the lives of married people during the year. Mercury and Venus will help in better understanding with your spouse if you spend more time. Relationships will be delightful, affectionate, and pleasant.

Scorpions will be able to execute their projects with the help of limited social contacts they have. You will get many opportunities in the middle of the year. But, you have to be careful about your expenses. You may find it difficult to relax due to the hectic activities. It is essential to relax and follow a strict exercise and diet program to maintain your wellbeing.

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Sagittarius Horoscope 2021

sagittarius 2021Sagittarius zodiac sign can look forward to plenty of romance in the year 2021. You will get many opportunities to get into love alliances, and it is up to you to make use of them. The first move should come from your side, and you should make efforts to make your partner feel free in communicating with you.

Jupiter will help you to be adventurous and novel in your activities this year. Saturn will make you sober and puts a limit on your imagination. You will be able to make plans for new ventures with the help of your close contacts. Health can be maintained if you make conscious efforts with proper diet and fitness routines. Do not yield to wild imagination and be pragmatic in your attitude towards life.

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Capricorn Horoscope 2021

capricorn 2021The year 2021 will come with a lot of responsibilities towards children. This will drain out your resources and fitness levels. You can overcome these stressful situations with proper relaxation techniques. Playing some sports and cultivating new hobbies will help you in the long run.

Mars and other planets will help you to execute the projects conceived during the last year. This will be a good year for relationships with the help of Jupiter and Venus. You have the support of your social circle and Mars in the execution of your new projects. Health and vitality will be fabulous with a bit of exercise and relaxation. Finances need to be monitored carefully.

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Aquarius Horoscope 2021

aquarius 2021Aquarians will not be able to decipher what is in store for them in 2021. It is essential to remain calm and face the uncertainties with courage and wisdom. Many old projects will come to an end, and many new ventures will begin during 2021. Things are more positive and encouraging.

Beginning of the year is not conducive for love and relationships. Things look better as the year progresses. If you have to succeed in your projects, plenty of hard work and expertise will be required. You will have to face many stressful situations during the year. Hence relaxation becomes essential to maintain your wellbeing. Face the challenges life throws at you and devise ways to overcome them.

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Pisces Horoscope 2021

pisces 2021Pisces people should learn to be diplomatic in their speech and actions and should not hurt the feelings of others during the year 2021. Maintain cordial relationships with your colleagues and seniors at the workplace. Will Pisces find love in 2019? There will be many chances for love and romance in relations with the help of Venus and Jupiter.

You will have the support of your social circle in executing your ventures this year. Jupiter will offer you new openings. You will be able to complete your projects successfully with the help of Mars. Health will be admirable with the help of regular exercise and relaxation routines. It is essential to use your instincts to achieve success this year.

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Working With The Moon

The Working MoonEvery magikal practitioner should know which days to work and which to take off. Which moon phases are best for what kind of casting and which are for rest. These guidelines are not cast in stone and certainly if you have a friend in dire need of healing, you don’t need to wait until the next Waxing Moon to cast. But for some of the best results, here are a few guidelines, interesting tid-bits, and helpful information.


To find out more from this article The Pagan’s Path

 

The Witches Almanac for Friday, July 10th

The Witches Almanac for Friday, July 10th

Friday (Venus): Love, friendship, reconciliation, and beauty.

Lady Godiva Day (English)

 

Waning Moon

The Waning Moon (from the Full Moon to the New) is a time for study, meditation, and little magical work (except magic designed to banish harmful energies).

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Taurus

Taurus: Things begun now last the longest, tend to increase in value, and become hard to alter. Brings out appreciation for beauty and sensory experience.

Incense: Alder

Color: Purple

 

Phases of the Moon

Moon phases depend on the position of both the Sun and Moon with respect to the Earth. The 4 primary phases of the Moon are: new, first quarter, full and third quarter.

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The phases of the Moon.
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The intermediate phases between the primary phases are, waxing crescent, waxing gibbous, waning gibbous, and waning crescent.

New Moon

A new moon is the moment when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction, meaning that the Sun and Earth are on the opposite sides of the Moon.

A New Moon cannot normally be seen from the Earth since only the dark side of the Moon faces the Earth at New Moon. Sometimes, if the New Moon is close to the Lunar nodes of its path, it causes a Solar Eclipse.

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New Moon: The darkest Moon Phase.

Waxing Crescent Moon

A few days after the new moon phase, the Moon will be visible again in a phase that lasts until the first quarter, called waxing crescent moon. The initial period, just after the Moon becomes visible, is sometimes called new moon, although it has another definition. Although only a small part of the Moon may be illuminated by the Sun, the rest of the Moon may also be faintly visible, due to a reflection from the Earth to the Moon, called earthshine. The waxing crescent moon is most visible after sunset. The first visual sight of the waxing crescent moon determines the beginnings of months in the Muslim calendar.

First Quarter Moon

First Quarter Moon Phase
First Quarter Moon is the second Phase.

During the first quarter, half of the Moon is illuminated, as seen from the Earth. The Moon rises near the middle of the day and sets near the middle of the night. In northern regions of the world, the right part will be visible, while the left part will be visible in the southern regions. Near the equator, the upper part is bright after moonrise, and the lower part is bright before moonset (the bright part appears and disappears first).

Waxing Gibbous Moon

The waxing gibbous moon occurs between the first quarter and the full moon. The sun illuminates more than half of the Moon’s surface during this period.

Full Moon

Full Moon Phase
Full Moon is the brightest phase.

Each Full Moon has a name
…unless it’s a Blue Moon

Full moon appears when the Sun and the Moon are on opposite sides of the Earth. As seen from Earth, all of the Moon’s surface will be visible.

The full moon is visible approximately from sunset to sunrise. When observed from Earth, the Moon can appear to be full for a couple of days, since more than 98 percent of the Moon’s disc is illuminated a day before or after the full moon. During full moon, the Moon may pass through Earth’s shadow causing a lunar eclipse. If the whole moon is in the Earth’s shadow, or umbra, a total lunar eclipse occurs. If only a part of the Moon enters the umbra, we see a partial lunar eclipse.

Waning Gibbous Moon

The period between full moon and third quarter is called waning gibbous moon. The portion of the visible half of the Moon illuminated goes down from 100 percent to 50 percent during this period.

Third Quarter Moon

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Third Quarter Moon is the last phase.

The third quarter moon occurs when the other half of the Moon is illuminated compared to the first quarter. On the day of third quarter, the Moon rises approximately in the middle of the night and sets in the middle of the day.

Waning Crescent Moon

The waning crescent moon is the period between the third quarter moon and the next new moon. It is most visible before sunrise. The Sun illuminates less than half the Moon during this period. When only a small part of the Moon is visible, it may be possible to see earthshine on the dark side of the Moon.

Lunation

A lunation is a cycle of the Moon. It starts at new moon and lasts until the next new moon.

Lunations & Moon Phases worldwide

On average, it takes the Moon 29 days 12 hours 44 minutes to go from one new Moon to the next. This time frame is called a synodic month. The duration of a synodic month varies from one lunation to another, most importantly because the orbit of the Earth and Moon are ellipses rather than circles, where the orbit speed depends on how close the orbiting object is to the mass center. For example, the Moon moves faster when it is closest to the Earth. Some years, such as 2004, have relatively small duration differences throughout the year (five hours difference between minimum and maximum duration), while the year 2008 will have larger differences (more than twelve hours).

Topics: Astronomy, Moon, Sun, Earth

From: http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/aboutmoonphases.html

The Witches Almanac for Friday, May 1st, Beltane


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The Witches Almanac for Friday, May 1st, Beltane

Friday (Venus): Love, friendship, reconciliation and beauty.

Beltane • May Day

 

 

Waxing Moon

The Waxing Moon is the ideal time for magick to draw things toward you.

Moon phase: Second Quarter

Moon Sign: Libra

Libra: Favors cooperation, social activities, beautification of surroundings, balance, and partnership.

Incense: Rose

Color: Coral

 

A Little About Moon Phases

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The Moon goes through four different phases every 29 days.

The full (Mother) Moon-this lasts from one night before until one night after the date the Full Moon is shown on a regular calendar. A full Moon is used to bring things to you. A good time for spells for your income to increase, protection for yourself, someone else or your home, etc. It is the best time to consecrate a Ritual tool, hold a Handfasting, marriage or Wiccaning.

Next comes the Waning Moon. This period lasts from the second night after the full Moon until one night before the New Moon. During this period, it is a time to send things away from you such as a build up of negativity around you or to charm an object to help you control a bad habit.

Then comes the New (Crone) Moon. This phase is from one night before until one night after the date the New Moon appears on a regular calendar. This is the time when being able to banish or send away bad habits, negative energy, do a house cleansing, etc.

Lastly is the Waxing Moon. This is a time of new beginnings and to bring good things to you. Use it to start a new project or job or getting to know someone better, etc. It is also a good time for a marriage or Handfasting. To charm an object to carry with you for protection or to do a house blessing, etc.

While I have only listed a very few things that work out better if done during the correct Moon phase. They are meant as a guideline to get you thinking about what else you may do during the correct phase.

Remember every time you do a spell or charm an object what energy you send out comes back to you three times as strong-The Law of Three.

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