Saturday 19th January 2019
My son and I had a great time tonight, we went Wassailing at Swaffham at the Escape allotment and orchard. It was all a bit of an adventure, as we didn’t know where we were going! We went the long way round in the dusk and were a little bit late as a consequence, but followed the shouting and drumming in to the orchard. It was beautiful , all lit up with lots of lanterns and tea lights in jam jars. We found the wassail and joined in at the back! I put the last piece of bread dipped in apple juice as an offering to the apple trees for this year’s crop. We then made lots of noise to chase away the evil spirits who might steal the apples. An effigy of last year’s goddess was set alight and this year’s goddess, with ample bosoms and belly was filled with apples and wishes for the coming year. We stood round the fire listening to live music. It was great!
Friday 18th January 2019
I am excited to announce I have a new event coming up here in Norfolk. I am working in collaboration with yoga teacher Gini Harrison at Kelling Studio near Holt. We are having an interactive session on Saturday 23rd March 2019 to tap into the regenerative energy of the Spring Equinox. I will give an introduction to the signs of the zodiac in relation to the year. I will then look at the themes for this year’s equinox. This will be followed by a yoga practice led by Gini tailored towards harnessing the energy to welcome the spring.
Thursday 17th January 2019
Did you know that the days of the week are associated with gods? In astrology, Thursday is associated with Jupiter, he was the Roman king of the gods and the god of thunder. This is reflected in the names for Thursday in the romance ( Latin based) languages. For example, French is Jeudi, Spanish is Jueves and Italian is Giovedi as in Jove, another name for Jupiter.
The English names for the days of the week reflect our mixed (mongrel) heritage. Thursday is ‘Thor’s day’ the Norse god of Thunder.
Jupiter is a lucky planet and Thursday is considered a lucky day. Here’s wishing you some luck today.😃😃
Tuesday 15th January
To all you moon and planet watchers, next week is a good week for observing the sky. You may have heard that we have a lunar eclipse coming up soon, I mentioned it here the other day, but it is worth repeating as it looks to be a good one. This is happening on Monday 21st January. It is visible here in the UK (weather permitting as ever!) but we will need to get up early.
The best viewing time is from 4:41am – 5:43am GMT this is when the moon is covered by the earth’s shadow. It goes a beautiful red, and that is why it is known as a ‘blood moon’. Exact totality is at 05.11 GMT and the show ends at 7.48am GMT. The moon sets at 8.09am GMT so that is good timing as long as the clouds stay away! Also, this moon is a ‘super moon’ as the media call it, this means it is as its closest point, or perigee to use the astronomical term.
As an added bonus, Venus and Jupiter will be rising in the South East early on the 21st and as they move up into the sky should make a beautiful pair, they are very close together. They will be exactly conjunct at the same degree of Sagittarius on Tuesday 22nd January.
Jupiter and Venus are visible early in the morning at the moment and I’ve been peering out of the bathroom window for a few mornings now trying to see Jupiter and it’s been too cloudy. I have seen Venus on a couple of occasions this week, always a pleasure! Here’s wishing for some clear skies for Monday morning in particular.
Photo from Max Pixel
Monday 14th January 2019
Next month’s (February’s) ‘Let’s Talk’ magazine is in the shops, it includes my regular monthly feature ‘Star Talk’. For February I focus on Aquarians, whose birthdays are soon. This year the sun moves into Aquarius on Sunday 20th January at 8.50am GMT.
Sunday 13th January 2019
The moon is in Aries today and is almost at first quarter, it makes its monthly meet up with Mars, the red planet. They are both visible now – it has gone clear here in Norfolk which is good (necessary) for planet spotting. Mars is to the West (right) of the moon.
Photo from Pixabay