Today is Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
Hebrew date is 19 Av 5777
Islamic date is 19 Zul-Qi’dah 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 8 Ix
Mayan Long Count is 18.104.22.168.14
Julian Day is 2457977
Today’s Birthdays: Christiaan Eijkman (1858-1930), Stancho Belkovski (1891-1962), Edgar Zilsel (1891-1944), Eiji Yoshikawa (1892-1962), Louise Bogan (1897-1970), Angus Wilson (1913-1991), Aaron Klug (1926), Peter Eisenman (1932), Andre Dubus (1936-1999), Anna Massey (1937-2011), Ian McDiarmid (1944), Steve Wozniak (1950), Joe Jackson (1954), Richie Ramone (1957), Viola Davis (1965), Sophie Okonedo (1968), Ben Gibbard (1976), Pavel 183 (1983-2013).
“Stupidity always accompanies evil. Or evil, stupidity.”
— Louise Bogan
Of Nuclear Bombs and Reasoning
Dear Friend and Reader:
Yesterday, I was poking around the pages of The Onion, when I found this article: Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks. It featured a photo of two scholarly-looking pundits, and began:
“WASHINGTON — A group of leading historians held a press conference Monday at the National Geographic Society to announce they had ‘entirely fabricated’ ancient Greece, a culture long thought to be the intellectual basis of Western civilization.”
Without wasting a single moment, I posted this to Facebook. Andrew McLuhan, our resident media theorist, responded quickly: “I dunno…a little too on the nose to be funny?”
The article continued:
“The group acknowledged that the idea of a sophisticated, flourishing society existing in Greece more than two millennia ago was a complete fiction created by a team of some two dozen historians, anthropologists, and classicists who worked nonstop between 1971 and 1974 to forge ‘Greek’ documents and artifacts.”
I thought it was so funny because it was kind of true: history is largely a fictional contrivance. Who really knows what was going on in 500 BC? Who told the current historians? Other historians! Who told them? Other historians! Who the heck knows what was really going on? It sounds like “turtles all the way down.”
Moon Phase: Moon is in Full phase and enters Disseminating (waning gibbous) phase today at 5:39 am PDT / 8:39 am EDT (12:38:55 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Leo on Aug. 21 at 11:30 am PDT / 2:30 pm EDT (18:30:06 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Pisces on Sep. 6 at 12:03 am PDT / 3:03 am EDT (07:02:43 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Aries and enters Taurus on Aug. 13 at 3:39 am PDT / 6:39 am EDT (10:39:38 UTC).
Sun Degree: 19-20 Leo.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Huya stations direct at 10:00 pm Aug. 10 PDT / 1:00 am EDT (04:59:42 UTC).
Moon enters Aries at 10:22 pm Aug. 10 PDT / 2:22 am EDT (05:21:48 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mars trine Great Attractor at 7:47 am PDT / 10:47 am EDT (14:47:22 UTC).
— Mercury conjunct Vesta at 10:42 am PDT / 1:42 pm EDT (17:41:48 UTC).
— Mars square Mors-Somnus at 8:54 pm PDT / 11:54 pm EDT (03:53:41 Aug. 12 UTC).
If Your Birthday is Aug. 11
(The Day of Validation) | Leo Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
One by one, remove the obstacles from your path — and don’t put any new ones in your way. Habitually removing stumbling blocks from your path really is the key to happiness. Avoid needless delays, make no excuses, and remember that you cannot really sacrifice yourself for anyone. Your happiness and success will spill over into the lives around you.
Written in the Planets
On its way to stationing retrograde tomorrow, Mercury makes a conjunction to the asteroid Vesta in Virgo today. The themes of service, ‘atypical’ intimate relationships and holding space for transformation (especially sexual) are coming through. With Mercury slow and powerful right now, allow yourself to grasp the potential potency of these ideas in your life. Notice if you feel called to hold space for your own sexual healing — or that of another — in some way. Since Mercury is stormy, this calls for specificity in communication, and patience if anything goes off course in any part of your life. Look for the silver linings and inconvenient lessons.
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— Pauline Jones
The reverberations from these two eclipses will keep rippling out and developing through the next six to twelve months — and Eric’s 2017-18 Leo Birthday Reading is designed to guide you through it all.
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