Archive for January, 2011

Blue Moon: What is it?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Most of us have been taught that a Blue Moon is the second full moon of the month.  But you know, you learn something new everyday.  According to a 1943 issue of Sky & Telescope, there are usually 12 full moons in a year, or three full moons for each season.  However, occasionally a year will have thirteen full moons.  This means that one of the four seasons will contain four full moons instead of three.

In ancient times, this gave rise to a lot of difficulty in creating calendars, and calculating when exactly the Blue Moon would occur, and so gave rise to the expression, “Once in a Blue Moon”.  Monks, especially found these thirteen moons to be a real headache, because it threw the church festivals out of whack.  For this reason, to this day, the number thirteen is seen as being unlucky.

 

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Animal Totems: Brother Rabbit

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Winter is a time that you have to keep a special eye out for brother Rabbit.  Our friend has a bit of a problem with boundary issues, when he decides to chomp on our favorite perennials, or collard greens growing in the winter vegetable garden.  So make sure you protect your vulnerable plants with either a two-foot fence, or plastic cloches.

Traditionally, the Rabbit Totem sports several meanings.   The first deals with Rabbit’s ability to hop and jump, and then to prolifically reproduce.   People, who have this totem, may watch their endeavors leap forward to success and abundance.

Because Rabbit is scene mostly during the day’s twilight hours, he can sometimes lead you into the Faerie Realm.  This totem is also related to the moon, as young rabbits can survive on their own after only 28 days.  So, watch for a new 28-day cycle if Rabbit shows up in your life.

Although brother Rabbit is easy prey for hawks and other predators, he is also gifted in creating defensive, hiding places with back doors, so if Rabbit has hopped into your life, its a good idea to be prepared for unexpected possibilities.

2011 Astrological Overview

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Here are some dates that may come in handy later in the year. 
Mercury Retrogrades

3/30/11 – 4/23/11
8/3/11 – 8/26/11
11/24/11 – 12/14/11
Remember these are times you don’t want to start new projects, or sign contracts, for you will encounter major delays in your endeavors, and miscommunication.

There is a partial solar eclipse on January 4th,that occurs at 13 degrees, 38 minutes Capricorn, and will be especially felt by people who have planets in Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn around thirteen degrees.

During this eclipse, there will be a stellium (many planets lined up in a row) of North Node, Pluto, Sun, Moon, and Mars in Capricorn, with Sun, Moon and Mars square to Saturn in Libra.  Although these squares may seem challenging to us, they will also push us into action to accomplish something.  And with Saturn there, along with the new moon, it will be a good time to begin seeding a new foundation for our 2011 goals and activities.

The major event for 2011 will be the partial solar eclipse at 9 degrees Cancer on July 1, 2011, as Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto will form a T-square. With the addition of the eclipse, this configuration will form another grand cross in the heavens.  Get ready for some fireworks, as Pluto, the planet of transformation, squares Uranus, the planet of Revolution, while both oppose Saturn the planet of resistance, and structure.  Stay tuned to see more about these happenings, later in the year.