1. a journal or diary. 

2. a table giving the apparent position of celestial bodies throughout the year; normally given as right ascension and declination. 

3. software that calculates the apparent position of celestial bodies.

Etymology: from New Latin, from Ancient Greek ephēmerís, “diary, calendar”, from ephḗmeros, “daily”.

[Vladimir Kush - Diary of Discoveries]

An ephemeris (plural ephemerides) is a table of values or specialized calendar used in celestial navigation and astronomy and formerly in astrology to ascertain the position of celestial bodies at a given time.  An ephemeris can be used to show when occultations or eclipses would occur as well as moon phases and nodes.  Ephemerides can also be used to track planets or constellations or individual stars.  Modern ephemerides are calculated electronically using computers and any celestial object can be tracked-including satellites or the International Space Station.  The word ephemeris comes unchanged from the Latin word ephemeris meaning diary, which derived from the Ancient Greek word ἐφημερίς (ephemeris) meaning a diary or calendar.  

Image from the 1496 Almanach Perpetuum of Abraão ben Samuel Zacuto (one of the first books published with a printing press in Portugal).

“Most students of occult science have no doubt realised that it is concerned with the mind side of things-the mind of man, the mind of nature, and·the unorganised, raw material of mind; and they know that, theoretically, it is possible to manipulate all this by means of the powers of the human mind alone. Many schools teach their students that there is no other means of advancement than through the trained human mind. Some students, however, have realised that to try to control the mind side of things by the unaided mind is like trying to carry on any form of labour with the bare hands. Man is a tool-using animal, and the occultist is no exception to the rule, and it is the knowledge of the occult tools which is so sedulously guarded by the illuminati. Just as the operative mason uses tackle and mechanical devices to enable him to handle weights beyond the power of his unaided sinews, so does the occultist, in his rituals and "words, of power,” use the psychic equivalent of the lever, counterpoise, and pulley.

The formulae of occultism exactly resemble the formulae of mathematics, in that they are expeditious ways of achieving certain known ends that have been explored in the past and are too well known to need to be rediscovered by each successive student; though, if the teacher be wise, he will satisfy himself that his pupil is capable of doing the necessary calculations and thoroughly understands the principle involved before he furnishes him with the mantram or “word of power” that is a mechanical device on the inner planes. When a true occult order confers the secrets of its degrees it is really giving its initiates an ephemeris and table of logarithms corresponding to the plane with which the degree is concerned.“

- Dion Fortune: Sane Occultism


The Dates for Gemini change every year, so check an ephemeris if you’re on the cusp. Sun into Gemini takes us into the social peak of Spring.

Gemini’s symbol is the Twins. After the fixedness and fruition of Taurus comes Gemini, a sign of scattering to the winds, short trips, and new fascinations. Gemini loves variety, change and has a curious, agile mind. It’s a busting apart sign, to see anew, and find what’s funny in any situation.

• Element is Air (bright mind).
• Quality is Mutable (dispersing, collecting).
• Gemini is Masculine (outgoing).
• Polarity is Sagittarius.
• Ruler is Mercury
• Natural House is Third.
• Phrase is “I think.”
• Body Association: nervous system, arms (clavicle, fingers, hands, shoulders), brain, respiratory system.
• Season is late Spring
• Colors are kaleidoscopic, sky blue, stripe or spotted swirls.
• Rules quicksilver (mercury).
• Birthstone is agate, as well as amethyst and the aventurine.
• Gemstones are chrysoprase, citrine, and moonstone, pearl and white sapphire.

Flowers: Flowers that attract winged ones, in orange, yellow or blue, or with many colors, like snapdragon, morning glory, wild indigo, day lily, iris, butterfly milkweed.

Animals are birds, especially talking parrots, swallows, magpies, mockingbirds, sparrows. Trickster creatures like monkeys, weasels or hyenas. Buzzing insects, grasshoppers, ladybugs, butterflies.

Gemini has many sides, making them great company, rarely boring. They’re social creatures, and stay current on the most interesting gossip, cultural events, new restaurants and shows. They’re deft communicators and social observers. Many end up in journalism, as bloggers, and in fields where schmoozing is in the job description, like sales, promotion, politics.

At the extreme edges, Gemini is duplicitous, unreliable and unable to commit to one thing and do it well.

Gemini thrives on collecting bits and pieces, and rearranging it all into new forms. They’re mischievous, and have a childlike side. Moods can be erratic, making it hard to find discipline or a singular focus. Gemini loves to have lots of friends, and likes the familiarity of the neighborhood (shops, cafes, passersby).


Buka-buka sonklot, terus nemu ini, di tumpukan notifikasi yang mengendap satu bulan. Terima kasih, mbaknya - yang saya nggak tahu siapa, sudah bersedia membacakan tulisan ini.


Ini tentang juli, di mana bulan pernah jatuh ke bumi; ia tidak mati, ia hanya tidak mau berlama-lama melihatmu menangis sendiri. Sebab langit tahu apa itu kehilangan; tubuhnya adalah tanah pemakaman. Angkasa adalah kurusetra di mana mayat bintang-bintang bergelimpangan.

Di sana aku pernah memelukmu, menahanmu agar tak pergi, menabrak rasi-rasi yang menertawai kenangan yang kubenci. Selanjutnya matamu, adalah keindahan yang paling kubenci setelah langit; sebab di sana kau pernah menaruh banyak tanda tanya, yang hanya bisa aku jawab sendiri tentu dengan menerka-nerka. Seperti juga mendung waktu itu, yang ternyata tak pernah jadi hujan.

Juli adalah kenangan; berisi puluhan surat-surat rindu yang tak pernah sampai, ratusan kalimat-kalimat tanya yang tak menemukan jawab, juga ribuan benih hujan yang kau tanam di tubuhnya.

Di sana hanya ada aku; kerinduan; juga bayanganmu yang diam-diam mengikuti langkah kakiku. lalu ia membunuh bayanganku.

Tulisan ini, yang bahkan belum pernah saya bacakan, juga pernah dibacakan mommy lisa @senjasewarnasaga di sini dan mbak @aidicted di sini. Selamat mendengarkan, juga selamat menuju senin yang entahlah ~ *dikeplak* 

wednesday january 30th-

the first aspect of the day is the most dominant energy of the week: at 3:37am jupiter stations direct at 6'19 gemini, making the planet of abundance, optimism and expansion the most powerful planet in the sky! with jupiter stationary watch out for the tendency to excess, self-aggrandizement or being holier than thou. turn within to see what needs to shift/grow/move in your life and get ready to take it on. right now with jupiter stationary it is better to wait until he picks up speed before acting. don’t be impulsive or excessive- you will pay for it later! with jupiter in gemini the mental energy is high and lots of ideas can be flying around. the path of mastery involves grounding them down and practically applying them.

at 10:50am saturn in scorpio parallels juno in capricorn, aligning the planet of mastery and commitment with the asteroid Goddess of partnership and marriage. this is a great time to get clear on relationships, commitments and arrangements in our lives and figure out what traditions, expectations and obligations work for us and which ones don’t. we can get more serious and committed right now, or we can get clear that it’s time to let something go. either way, addressing reality as it is is necessary!

then at 2:49pm the sun in aquarius squares saturn in scorpio, bringing tension and friction between the conscious self and ego and the planet of limitations, reality and grounding. reality checks around our life path and where we are headed can occur right now. tension between our ideals and what is real is helping us to see how to bridge them. if you feel held in/held back in any way, look within to see the Source- not without. take time to honor your inward/downward impulses. this, too, shall pass.

the day ends with mercury in aquarius semisquare to uranus in aries at 9:59pm, bringing tension between the conscious mind and intellect and planet of rebellion, revolution and change! mercury triggers the uranus/pluto square starting today and lasting until saturday. pay attention to conversation, communication and thinking today- sudden insights, random but intriguing communication and/or totally out there ideas can arrive in the most unexpected ways!