Today is Friday, May 26, 2017
Hebrew date is 1 Sivan 5777
Islamic date is 30 Sha’ban 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 9 kab’an
Mayan Long Count is 188.8.131.52.17
Julian Day is 2457900
Today’s Birthdays: Mamie Smith (1883-1946), Al Jolson (1886-1950), Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), George Formby (1904-1961), John Wayne (1907-1979), Peter Cushing (1913-1994), Ruben Gonzalez (1919-2003), Peggy Lee (1920-2002), James Arness (1923-2011), Miles Davis (1926-1991), Lyudmila Petrushevskaya (1938), Levon Helm (1940-2012), Stevie Nicks (1948), Jeremy Corbyn (1949), Pam Grier (1949), Sally Ride (1951-2012), Bobcat Goldthwait (1962), Colin Vearncombe (1962-2016), Lenny Kravitz (1964), Helena Bonham Carter (1966), Matt Stone (1971), Selenis Leyva (1972), Lauryn Hill (1975), Raina Telgemeier (1977), Jaheim (1978), Isaac Slade (1981).
“You put your camera around your neck in the morning, along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of the body that shares your life with you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
— Dorothea Lange
Summer of Trust: The Great American Eclipse
Dear Friend and Reader:
On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, blocking the Sun and casting a shadow over the Pacific Ocean. As the Moon moves and the Earth turns, the shadow will pass just south of Portland, Oregon, traveling southeast, reaching maximum intensity near Memphis, Tennessee, passing through South Carolina and then out into the Atlantic.
This is the first eclipse to touch both coasts of the United States since 1918, though that one had maximum intensity over the Pacific Ocean south of Alaska, not on land. The Aug. 21 event will be the first eclipse to make landfall exclusively in the United States dating back to 1776. In that sense, it’s an unprecedented event, arriving at an unprecedented time in U.S. history.
Everyone paying attention knows that our nation needs some kind of shift. We need healing. Some think it has to be political, others spiritual, others social and economic. There are many different notions regarding in what direction these changes need to go. That might be the one thing that all sides agree on: change is necessary.
In astrology, eclipses represent watershed events. They can arrive with sweeping changes, and represent before and after moments. This works personally, and it works collectively — and it’s especially true for the place where the individual and the collective intersect. Said another way, eclipses represent collective events that can have deep personal influence. They represent change. And with the shadow falling across the United States, change is imminent. It’s an open question what kind of change we get, and what kind we create.
Of course, it’s rare that anyone has the idea that “we can create change,” much less a concept of what that change might be. As is written in the Declaration of Independence, “All experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
Moon Phase: Moon is in New phase and enters Waxing Crescent phase on May 28-29 at 5:18 pm PDT / 8:18 pm EDT (00:18:10 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Sagittarius on June 9 at 6:09 am PDT / 9:09 am EDT (13:09:31 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Cancer on June 23-24 at 7:30 pm PDT / 10:30 pm EDT (02:30:38 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Gemini and enters Cancer on May 27 at 4:24 am PDT / 7:24 am EDT (11:24:22 UTC).
Sun Degree: 6-7 Gemini.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
No changes today.
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Eros opposite Pluto at 12:07 am PDT / 3:07 am EDT (07:07:36 UTC).
— Ceres conjunct Altjira at 1:22 am PDT / 4:22 am EDT (08:22:25 UTC).
— Vesta opposite Crantor at 6:32 am PDT / 9:32 am EDT (13:32:35 UTC).
— Venus conjunct Pallas at 8:25 am PDT / 11:25 am EDT (15:24:52 UTC).
If Your Birthday is May 26
(The Day of the Stalwart Protector) | Gemini Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
Whatever you’re searching for, you’re well on the way to finding it. Your role is to treat every day as a new experience. Do your best to set aside your habits, conventions and even your preferences and let your curiosity lead you. One positive development will lead to another. Use your skill at conversation and be friendly and open with everyone you meet.
Written in the Planets
Is it time to try a new approach to love? The ideas of ‘strategy’ and ‘receptivity’ might not seem compatible — and often they are not. After all, someone who is on the prowl and actively trying to seduce another is coming from a place of projecting energy rather than receiving it. Yet sometimes we get stuck in patterns around sex and intimacy, and need to take a closer look at what we’re doing. Venus has been making her way slowly through Aries, a sign where she tends to come on strong and over-focus on herself. If that sounds like how you’ve been relating lately, take a cue from today’s conjunction between Venus and the asteroid Pallas: see about balancing your emotional intelligence with your intellectual intelligence better. That means noticing your environment, your effect on others and your deeper motivations, and making adjustments that open space for real connection. If, on the other hand, you’ve been reticent regarding attractions and desires, Venus-Pallas might help you notice where the theory and reality of your relationships conflict — and take corrective action.