Blood moon: Sky gazers mesmerized as red hue lights up night sky

Blood moon: Sky gazers mesmerized as red hue lights up night sky

By Faith Karimi and Paul Vercammen, CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) — Sky gazers caught a glimpse of the “blood moon” crossing the Earth’s shadow Tuesday in all its splendor.

The moon took on a reddish hue as it appeared in different phases between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET.

In North and South America, where the blood moon was most prominent, observers pointed at the spectacle with binoculars, telescopes and cellphones.

Depending on time zones, it started late Monday night or in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Showers and clouds rendered it a bust in some cities, including Atlanta.

In Los Angeles, the chance to view the total lunar eclipse lured thousands to the Griffith Observatory. Families spread out blankets on the grass to take in views from dozens of telescopes set up like a stand of small trees.

Cameras clicked while watchers cheered and pointed at the blushing moon.

“It’s energizing. Look around. Everybody is here to see something rare and live,” said Gene Ireland, who teaches astronomy to middle school students.

Ireland encouraged those who reached the hilltop observatory grounds to peek through his 12-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope.

“Everyone is always looking down at their phones, their iPads,” he said. “We want them looking up. Looking up, you see a whole different world. Getting away from the cities and traffic, and the sky is just beautiful.”

‘Blood moons’

In a total lunar eclipse, the full moon turns a coppery red as it passes into Earth’s shadow. During the process, the moon’s bright glow dims, taking on a red hue because of shimmers of sunlight and sunsets seeping through the Earth’s atmosphere.

Dust and sulfur dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere can affect the size of the shadow. The moon has to be full for the total lunar eclipse to occur.

As more of the moon emerges from the shadow, its red tint fades as it gets lighter and transitions to its normal silver color. The entire reddening process takes about an hour.

Left out

In Tuesday’s spectacle, clouds hid the view from half of the United States, but cities such as Dallas, Denver and Los Angeles had optimal, front-row seats.

“Woke up in just enough time to see half of the blood moon,” tweeted LaTara Hammers of Columbia, Missouri. “It’s so cool how the universe works.”

South and North American residents watched the entire spectacle, while observers in the Western Pacific caught the second half of the event. Central Asia and some parts of Europe and Africa didn’t see much — the moon was setting in most of those continents during the eclipse.

“You know what’s even weirder than the ‘blood moon’? The entire solar system and how amazing it perpetually is always while we barely notice,” Johnny Argent tweeted.

‘A chance arrangement of gravity’

Ed Krupp, director of the observatory, described it as a “typical copper red” total lunar eclipse.

Though rare, it’s the sky “conspiring into a special event” that helps draw crowds, he said.

“The fact that there are four lunar successions coming this year and next … is unusual,” Krupp said. “But it’s not the kind of thing astronomers get worked up about. It doesn’t really mean anything. It’s a chance arrangement of gravity and the motions of objects in the solar system, primarily the Earth and moon.”

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye and don’t require special filters.

The rare sight and was virtually unheard of a few centuries ago.

Before the 20th century, there was a 300-year period when there were no blood moons, said Fred Espenak, a NASA eclipse expert.

“The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA,” he said.

Three more chances

If you missed it Tuesday, there will be more opportunities.

North America will see a blood moon four times — known as a tetrad — between now and September of next year. In addition to Tuesday, it will make another appearance on October 8 of this year, and April 4 and September 28 of next year.

Miss those, and you’ll have to wait until 2032.


Hail & Merry Meet My Dear Brothers & Sisters of the WOTC!

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I am the butterfly

Emerging from the cocoon

I am the chick

New-hatched from the egg

I am the snake

That sheds its old skin

I am the phoenix

Risen from the fire

I am myself

The same and yet different

I claim my new power

And I am reborn.

So Mote It Be

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A Little Humor for Your Day – Irish Joke

Irish Joke

John O’Reilly hoisted his beer and said, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life, between the legs of me wife!” That won him the top prize at the pub for the best toast of the night!

He went home and told his wife, Mary, “I won the prize for the best toast of the night.”

She said, “Aye, did ye now. And what was your toast?”

John said, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life, sitting in church beside me wife.”

“Oh, that is very nice indeed, John!” Mary said.

The next day, Mary ran into one of John’s drinking buddies on the street corner. The man chuckled leeringly and said, “John won the prize the other night at the pub with a toast about you, Mary.”

She said, “Aye, he told me, and I was a bit surprised myself. You know, he’s only been there twice in the last four years. Once he fell asleep, and the other time I had to pull him by the ears to make him come.”

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Remembering September 11, 2001

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 Remembering September 11

9-11-2001 (9-1-1)

8:42 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 with 81 passengers, nine flight attendants and two pilots, hijacked from Boston en route to Los Angeles, slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

9:00 a.m. United Airlines flight 175, a Boeing 767 heading for Los Angeles, carrying 58 passengers, four flight attendants and two pilots slammed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

9:43 a.m. American Airlines flight 77, a Boeing 757 leaving Dulles airport for Los Angles with 58 passengers and six crew members, crashed into the Pentagon. A portion of the Pentagon collapsed 30 minutes later as a result of the crash.

10: 29 a.m. United Airlines flight 93, a Boeing 757 taking off from Newark, New Jersey, heading for San Francisco, carrying 38 passengers, two pilots and five attendants, crashes just south of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh.

In less than two hours, the world changed forever. Thousands of people died, the economy was shattered, and the most powerful nation in the world was brought to a standstill, all because a few politically and religiously intolerant men didn’t like the American lifestyle.

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains
so much destructive feelings as moral indignation
which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the
guise of virtue.

—-Erich Fromm

Daily Feng Shui Tip for Sept. 2 – 'Labor Day'

Labor Day is a perfect time to share some positive and powerful job Shui. This tradition maintains that you should never let your files be ‘stepped’ on or put on the floor. According to these ancient rules of order, ‘stepping’ on your files creates a negative energy that will then adversely affect your job ‘luck.’ Important files should be kept in order and positioned to the left of the desk so that your labor will reflect your purpose and your passion.

By Ellen Whitehurst for

Daily Feng Shui News for Aug. 22nd – 'Be An Angel Day'

On  maybe you’d like to call on one to make your wishes come true. Author and angel historian JoAnn Cornug shares that Angel Xexor is your ally in bringing magic and manifestation to whatever you wish. Be specific with what you want when you call on him and he will answer, especially if you call this way: ‘I am a witness to God’s Miracle every instant of every day.’ Invoke Xexor three times before saying this prayer and then be careful what you wish for, because now it’s coming true.

By Ellen Whitehurst for

Your Tarot Card for August 19th is Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

Monday, Aug 19th, 2013








The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.

Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at some time or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!

Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent

                          Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost A   Cent


But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.


Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.


Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”


It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.


A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.


Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.


There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.


The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You. Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. Show your friends how much you care.

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Quiz of the Day – How Centered Are You?

How Centered Are You?

by Annie B. Bond

This fascinating quiz gives us important information about the ways we  usually relate to the world: through thinking, feeling, intuiting, sensing–or  from a centered place which many believe is the goal of our inner work and  healing, a place of deeper/higher consciousness.

Take this multiple-choice quiz and learn more about your basic nature,  here:

1. Your lost pet is returned to you, but the finder refuses your offer of a  reward. You

a. Are deeply moved by the refusal, though you would have done  the same in that position.

b. Inquire about the expense incurred in  returning the pet and insist that the other accept that amount with your  thanks.

c. Express your gratitude for having met such a fine person as the  finder.

d. Know the finder doesn’t need the money or he or she wouldn’t have  refused it, so you extend thanks.

2. At a restaurant a waiter spills some soup on your jacket. While he is  apologizing, the manager intervenes and threatens to fire him for being so  careless.

a. You assure both the manager and waiter that the jacket has not  been damaged and the incident is unimportant.

b. Recalling mistakes you’ve  made yourself, you reassure the manager that no great harm has been done.

c.  You convince the manager he should excuse the accident if the waiter will pay  for dry-cleaning your jacket.

d. You make light of the incident and joke  about it with your companions.

3. A new neighbor has asked you for a recommendation to your employer for a  position that is available. You don’t know the individual well enough to give a  competent recommendation but you

a. Are pleased to have the neighbor know  you have influence, so you agree to the request.

b. Agree to ask your  employer to interview the neighbor.

c. Have a feeling he or she wouldn’t be  right for the position, so you refrain from arranging any meeting.

d. Do as  asked so you won’t hurt the feelings of the newcomer.

4. You are in line at a supermarket with about nine items in your basket,  when someone with a full shopping cart asks to go ahead of you so as not to be  late for an appointment. You have ample time. You a. Perceive that the  person is always late, so invent an excuse for refusing. b. Are happy to be  of assistance, so exchange places and start a conversation with the person. c. Know what it’s like to be late, so agree to change places. d. Realize  the other couldn’t save that much time by going first, so invent an excuse for  refusing.

5. On a television show you are offered the choice between taking a stated  sum of money or gambling on what is behind a curtain. You decide

a. To  follow your impulses, since whatever you receive will be best for you.

b.  According to whether you need the money or can risk losing it for something that  may be worthless to you.

c. To gamble on the prize behind the curtain  because you’re enjoying being on the show and want to prolong the fun.

d. On  the basis of your success or failure in guessing correctly in the past.

6. Everyone is taking a turn at telling stories at a gathering. You choose  the content of your story on the basis of

a. What you believe is most suited  to the backgrounds and interests of those present.

b. Some possible future  incident of a science-fiction nature that would intrigue your listeners.

c.  Whatever seems most important to you at the moment.

d. The inherent  fascination of the topic, so you can tell one of the most memorable stories.

7. Though you are happy in your present position and expect advancement, you  are offered an immediate promotion in another part of the country. You  decide

a. You will refuse the offer rather than leave your family, friends,  and current business associates.

b. That while you have considered the  situation, no clear alternative seems preferable, so on the basis of a hunch you  decide it is or isn’t right for you.

c. After carefully considering the pros  and cons of the matter.

d. That what is in your best interest will happen  without any strenuous effort on your part.

Here is the key. Just note in which category you scored highest: