The sun is now moving toward a minimum in the 11-year solar cycle, and spots on the sun’s surface have been few and far between. But, in recent days, a giant spot has come into view on the sun. Dubbed Active Region 2529, it is many times the size of Earth.~earthsky.com This showed up on the 6th day or Goddess Katyayani’s day of worship. In Hindu traditions like Yoga and the Tantra, she is ascribed to the sixth Ajna Chakra or the ‘Third eye chakra’, and her blessings are invoked by concentrating on this point.~wikipedia.com
You can’t make this stuff up.
Eliot Herman in Tucson was struggling with incoming clouds when caught Aldebaran and the moon in daylight, just as the star was about to disappear behind the moon’s disk. The star can be seen in the lower right of the photo.~earthsky.com (Aldebaran is my bindi.~L)
Just to sum up; that’s the Sun and the Moon wearing bindis. (sort of)~L
Happy Navratri, yo.
Mars, known to the Romans as the god of war (in Greece he was Aries~L), goes retrograde on April 17 and remains so until June 29. Historically, those who draw a sword or attempt to expand power during these periods eventually find it turned against themselves. In our personal lives we are well advised to avoid extending our boundaries or initiating “war” on any front. The defendant, not the aggressor, will win in any conflict as long as the god of war moves backward and it doesn’t matter how big or right the initiator may be. When Mars is retrograde we are well advised against filing suit, hunting for game or opting for elective surgery (a different type of sword.) ~horoscopesbyvivian.com
Artist’s rendition of a solar storm hitting Mars and stripping ions from the upper atmosphere. (Interesting to note that the planet of war has been so embattled with the sun and other objects that it has lost it’s atmosphere, water and habitable terrain.~L)
The two planets are like race cars on an oval track. Earth has the inside lane and moves faster than Mars — so much faster, in fact, that it makes two laps around the course in about as much time as it takes Mars to go around once.
About every 26 months, Earth comes up from behind and overtakes Mars. While we’re passing by the red planet this year, it will look to us as though Mars is moving up and down. Then, as we move farther along our curved orbit and see the planet from a different angle, the illusion will disappear and we will once again see Mars move in a straight line.
This apparent erratic movement is called “retrograde motion.” The illusion also happens with Jupiter and the other planets that orbit farther from the sun.
Just to make things a little more odd, the orbits that Earth and Mars follow don’t quite lie in the same plane. It’s as if the two planets were on separate tracks that are a little tilted with respect to each other. This causes another strange illusion.~nasa.gov
Year: 2016 (2 + 0 + 1 + 6) = 9
Universal Energy for April 2016: (4 + 9) = 13 = 4
- There are 13 weeks in any season, which make up the 4 x 13 = 52 weeks in the year.
- The lunar calendar was based on these 13 weeks.
- The 52 card deck was created to track the lunar calendar – an ancient card deck comprised of 4 suits representing the 4 seasons, with 13 cards each, representing the 13 weeks in each season, and 52 cards total – each representing one week in the year.
- There are 13 lunations in one year.
- The Moon covers approximately 13 degrees in one day.
- 13 adds up to the root number 4, manifesting and grounding ideas into reality.
By merging the number 13 into important historical narrative, the feminine was included into the storyline – even when women were excluded from power:
- Jesus plus 12 apostles = 13
- 12 Knights at the Round Table plus King Arthur =13.
- The original colonies in that formed the United States numbered 13.
The month of April in 2016 is a 13 Universal Month in numerology, so you’ll be guided to embrace your sensitive, intuitive nature – your instincts, your gut feelings, to let go and TRUST.~taniagabrielle.com
13. The archetype of the Olympian of Obstacles.
It’s known as a number of transformation because – if you are focused enough to not fall for the trap of the short cut – you can become an alchemist; turning ordinary and frustrating hardship into something absolutely magnificent. In crisis, I became obsessed with the elephant-God Ganesh. I remember thinking, ‘There is nothing more powerful than Ganesh. He is strong. He is persevering. He can remove and bust through any blockage or boulder that comes in my way and turn it into gold.’
The numerological 13 to a tee; positive expression, towing no weapons, even in an environment of resistance.
You have already faced it so far this year I am sure; that wall of fear. A desire or yearning has brought you to its destiny-barrier where you are facing your deepest doubts of capability.
‘Should I turn back? Should I give up? Can I really do this? Did I make the wrong decision to shoot so high?
Anything but this. Anything but the pain of not being taken care of; of not being held; of feeling negativity from every angle.
Ganesh! WHERE ARE YOU?!!!!’
Don’t give up or turn back. The calling is there for one reason, and one reason only: YOU ARE DESIGNED FOR THIS.
That luminous relationship, incredible dream job, thrilling vitality or creative endeavor. It is in escrow right below the layer of fear. It is waiting for you. (IT IS YOU.~L)
Those who have come before you and succeeded simply allowed the discomfort to be there. And you can, too. Hold steadfast and the new world will emerge.~nataliepescetti.com
Chaitra Navratri is an auspicious Hindu festival which is solely dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. This festival holds lots of importance for the entire Gujarati, Bengali and Maharashtrian communities. Navratri itself symbolizes victory over evil. According to some popular legends, devotees believe that Lord Shiva granted permission to his wife Goddess Durga for seeing her mother for just nine days. During that time, Goddess Durga demolished demon Mahishasura. Hence Goddess Durga aka Kali is represented as a symbol of shakti – the ultimate strength. It is also said that Maa Durga has eternal divine power, which can never be created nor destroyed.~india.com
Saraswati Awahan, Kalaratri Puja, Saptami – Thursday April 13, 2016
Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Saraswati Puja – Friday April 14, 2016
Chaitra Navratri ends – Ram Navratri Day 9 – Saturday April 15, 2016
PPS. Jupiter and Saturn are already retrograde. Mars joins them on the 17th, then Pluto on the 18th. Mercury caves to peer pressure on the 28th. What’s your hurry? SLOW and LOW, it seems to go . . .