first day of lent

RELIGIOUS THEMES IN “mother!” BY DARREN ARONOFSKY

Spoilers below!

Synopsis to begin: “Mother” and “Him” live in a secluded house in a bright field. Mother is trying to repair the house from the apparent fire that only Him survived. Him is a famous poet and has writer’s block for his new poem. Strangers, a married couple, bring disruption in their house as Him welcomes them in but Mother is unsure of them.

Ending: God has found disorder and evil in the world and must destroy it to try again. Mother/The Mother Church/Mary creates a fire that explodes “The Garden of Eden”, killing everyone, and Mother/The Mother Chruch/Mary allows God to remove her heart and crush it. The film then begins where we started as Mother wakes up, a new start for God to try and create a perfect utopia without wickedness and sin.

Plagues of Egypt

All 10 plagues are shown or mentioned in the film:

Water into blood///Frogs///Lice///Mixture of wild animals or flies///Diseased Livestock///Boils///Thunderstorm of hail///Locusts///Darkness for three days///and Death of firstborn

Mother (Mother Earth/Mother Church)

Jennifer Lawrence portrays “Mother”, allegedly Mary or the Mother Church. In Roman Catholicism, the Mother Church is also referred to as the Goddess Church, the term Javier Bardem’s character calls Lawrence’s character. The Blessed Virgin Mary and Mother both lose their first child, witness those around them kill their sons, and later witness those who killed their sons “eat” him. At the end of the film, Mother allows Him to take her heart as Mary is continuously compassionate as she is known in Scripture as “Mary, The Compassionate Mother”. Once Mother’s son is born, Him waits to present him to the crowds of people but Mother refuses to let go of the child, aka Jesus.Once Him takes the child away to show the crowds he is immediately praised and taken away by the crowd, signifying him leaving his Mother to preach to other crowds. After the child’s death, Mother is beaten by the crowd, showing her survive the sword of grief that Mary the Mother of Jesus survived after Jesus’s death.

Him

Javier Bardem portrays “Him”, another word that is used to refer to God. It is noted that “Him” is a poet and people travel near and far to hear his word. Towards the end of the film, Kristen Wiig’s character refers to Jennifer Lawrence as the “inspiration” for the book, aka the Bible. In the end of the film, we see Bardem wipe out the population because his plan didn’t work. Bardem wants to “get it right” just as in the Bible, God sent a flood to wipe out the population because of their wickedness. In the film, Bardem explains he “must get ready for the apocalypse”, signifying the end of the population.

The House Heart

The heart of the house is shown becoming decrepit throughout the film and refers to the “Immaculate Heart of Mary” which is the interior life, as the heart in the film is inside the house, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, aka Mother. 

Mud Smear

Signifies Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent where ashes are spread onto believer’s foreheads.

Masculinity

This film is told entirely from Mother’s perspective, as in the Bible the only perspective on the creation of humans is God’s. In the Bible’s tradition, many men have the masculine nature to continue wiping things out and not allowing the wives or women to continue with their work as the males should be the main focus.

The Garden of Eden

God created The Garden of Eden to be a “paradise” in scripture as Mother  states in a scene, “ I want to make it a Paradise.”

Cain and Abel

Domhnall and Brendan Gleeson allegedly play Cain and Abel. In Genesis 4, Cain is jealous of Abel and asks Abel to come to a “field” aka in the film the house located in the field. Cain then kills Abel with a stone which in the film is a doorknob.

Adam and Eve

Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer allegedly play Adam and Eve, the parents of Cain and Abel. Adam’s character appears first, as Adam was created first by God. Bardem’s character chooses to spend lots of time with him because this is his first creation. Eve’s character is extremely cunning, as she has been influenced by the cunning serpent in scripture aa she encourages Mother to sexualize herself to be more appealing to Him. Mother sees Adam and Eve having sex, beginning the spiral towards original sin and evil in the world.  

Lent 2017

Today is the first day of Lent and I’ve been racking my brain as to what to commit to. In the past I’ve given up pop, cheese,  the scale, and decluttered like a ninja (woot!) to name a few, and have always enjoyed the tradition of this time of year. 

But for the past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about what to give up, or what habit to change, and I really can’t think of anything.  So much so, I almost feel like this is a sign I’m very content in life… maybe?  

I am fully onboard (perhaps even driving) the calorie counting bus; tomorrow marks one month of doing it practically perfectly (we’re talking measuring everything and writing everything down; even the oil spray on my roasted veggies!  And with this new initiative of mine, I’ve also cut out all pop/juice and just drink water… and coffee, because I’m not that nutty. 

I’ve been going to CrossFit consistently at least four times a week, and pushing myself like whoa.  (I haven’t lost any weight from my calorie-counting-crossfit commitment, which is awfully frustrating, but I’ll save that for another post). 

I’ve also been: getting at least eight hours of sleep a night, reading a ton, not shopping too much (I added “too much” because I am shopping a bit, but I’m saving so much money being in Detroit, and have my finances in control that I don’t feel like it’s a bad thing).  

I don’t go on social media that much anymore (last week I went at least three days completely forgetting about Facebook!) and hardly even watch TV in the evenings (although I did have one Saturday where I watched 3,002 Say Yes to the Dress Episodes).  I’ve been trying new recipes. And, as I noted in a post earlier this year, my apartment/life is so decluttered that I couldn’t do the decluttering trend right now, as I’ve already done it. 

I’m definitely not saying life is all sunshine and sparkles, but I do feel like this year I have my sh*t together, and there’s no gaping area or annoying habit that I’m dwelling on.  Even my obsession / fascination / infatuation with cheese has been subdued… I KNOW. Whoa.  

Although….

as I type this post I know there’s one area I could change. I don’t even want to admit it, but I’d be lying if I didn’t; dating. I am such a bad online dater. I am terrible and lazy and awful at responding to messages, and I never ever ever ever put myself out there, because LOL, rejection sucks. 

I wrote earlier this year that a goal of mine was to either fall in love or get heart broken in 2017, and I have taken approximately no steps towards this goal, which means perhaps I should focus on that for Lent? Maybe? Yes? Is that a weird one?  

I would not say I’m lonely, but I am alone a lot, and although I am living in a different country from my home, so I have no idea what my actual game plan would be if I did start dating a lot, it would still be nice to have company.  And, it is something I think about a lot (like how last Saturday I went to a birthday and was the 7th wheel. Cool. Cool.)   It would also be nice to explore Detroit with someone, and have someone to watch Netflix with / do nothing with. Someone to share my wins with (as I had a win today at work, and realized there’s nobody to tell it to… ). 

Hmmm, but I don’t know. I don’t know because as I type this I know I’d choose a night alone on my couch 302 times over  an awkward first date. BUT. But I am getting older and I don’t think love will hit me on my couch reading a book, which means I must actually force myself to get out there, and, well, at least try putting myself out there.

And thus with the conclusion of this post which started out to declare I had nothing to do for Lent, here I am telling you that I will commit to messaging at least one person a day. If he doesn’t write back, so be it, but I at least must try. So 40 days of putting myself out there, hmmm, let’s see how this goes. 

And just like that, 2017′s Lent is established. Thanks for listening! 

Seventeen Ways to Succeed in College: Do Your Reading

Originally posted by mountean

“neither of us bought the expensive textbook but there is only one copy in the library and it can’t leave the building”

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a/n: welcome to the first in a new series; seventeen ways to succeed in college! we begin with our beloved leader, s.coups, who is honestly a joy to write. i hope you all enjoy this new endeavor, and let me know what you think!

The first week of classes is always an unfortunate shitstorm of finding rooms, poring over syllabi, and deciding which textbooks are worth going broke over. In an executive decision, you had decided that your microeconomics textbook just did not make the cut, and as a result, you would be spending a solid hour in the library every other day to do your reading. Thankfully, your professor had anticipated that the majority of you were without books for at least the first week, and you were going to take advantage of every scanned-in page you could. 

Whoever came up with the idea that college textbooks should single-handedly have the ability to make a student go broke can go die in a very long, very deep hole. Whoever decided that there could be only one copy of said expensive textbook on reserve in the library can also be subjected to a long, torturous existence. 

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Ash Wednesday – 1 March 2017

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.   (In Eastern Rite Catholic churches, Lent begins two days earlier, on Clean Monday.)

Ash Wednesday always falls 46 days before Easter.   While Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, all Roman Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass on this day in order to mark the beginning of the Lenten season.

The Distribution of Ashes

During Mass, the ashes which give Ash Wednesday its name are distributed.  The ashes are made by burning the blessed palms that were distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday; many churches ask their parishioners to return any palms that they took home so that they can be burned.   After the priest blesses the ashes and sprinkles them with holy water, the faithful come forward to receive them. The priest dips his right thumb in the ashes and, making the Sign of the Cross on each person’s forehead, says, “Remember, man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return” (or a variation on those words).

A Day of Repentance

The distribution of ashes reminds us of our own mortality and calls us to repentance. In the early Church, Ash Wednesday was the day on which those who had sinned and who wished to be readmitted to the Church, would begin their public penance.   The ashes that we receive are a reminder of our own sinfulness and Catholics should leave them on their foreheads all day as a sign of humility.

Fasting and Abstinence Are Required

The Church emphasises the penitential nature of Ash Wednesday by calling us to fast and abstain from meat.   Catholics who are over the age of 18 and under the age of 60 are required to fast, which means that they can eat only one complete meal and two smaller ones during the day, with no food in between.   Catholics who are over the age of 14 are required to refrain from eating any meat, or any food made with meat, on Ash Wednesday.

Taking Stock of Our Spiritual Life

This fasting and abstinence is not simply a form of penance, however; it is also a call for us to take stock of our spiritual lives.   As Lent begins, we should set specific spiritual goals we would like to reach before Easter and decide how we will pursue them—for instance, by going to daily Mass when we can and receiving the Sacrament of Confession more often.

combateng1neer  asked:

Prompt #18: A darker prompt than normal; Nick and Judy haven't been talking to each other since the fight when Judy gets a call to investigate the scene of a murder. Apparently, the victim is a male red fox wearing a tacky clothing and Nick isn't answering his phone.

-remembers last dark prompt- I have entered a new realm of normal.  Also Why do you do this to me!!!!

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It’s been a solid two weeks since Judy saw Nick.  It’s been about two weeks and half since she spoke with him.

The two had had a falling out.

Over something so dumb and stupid Judy couldn’t really recall what it was even really about.  But at the time it was big, meaningful, and important and this stood on completely opposite sides.  And they just cut their partnership apart.

But as Clawshauser so elegantly put it the first day Nick was being “lent” to Precinct Five, space is good.  They are always around each other constantly, enough to the point where they wearied each other to the breaking point.  But Nick is important to Judy and vise versa, they’ll come back together eventually and things will return to normal.

Judy took the words to heart, because she knew it would work out.

After all Nick forgave her once before without really knowing her the way he did now.  It was a dumb and stupid argument after all.  She was more than ready to apologize for everything and move forward when the time came.

Her phone rang suddenly as she put the last of her dishes away.  A picture of Clawhauser with a doughnut appeared on screen.

“Hey, Clawhauser, what’s up?”  Judy answered cheerily.  Figuring the large cheetah was calling her to cover a shift if she could.

“Chief wants you at a crime scene,  I’ll text you the address.”  Clawhauser stated over the phone in his usual manner.  There was something else in his voice that she couldn’t quite place.

“Sure, I’ll be there as soon as I can.” Judy said with a nod. 

She instantly hung up the phone right after. The doe went to her closet to pull of her police uniform and change.  The phone chimed shortly after, no doubt the address from Clawhauser.  It dinged a few more times as Judy was getting dress.  Once her uniform was all on, she checked her phone, finding all messages from the large cheetah.

Just a warning, it’s a suspected murder scene.

You hung up before I could say

Here’s the address:

Judy felt a cold shiver run down her spine at the address.

The fact that Cheif Bogo was outside the crime scene did not help Judy’s nerves any.  He was talking with Office Fangmeyer and a few other officers Judy didn’t recognize. 

“Hopps, you’re here.”  Bogo stated once she neared.

“What’s going on here, Chief?”  The rabbit asked.

“A body was found over there,”  Fangmeyer started slowly, guesting towards the swarm of CSI mammals.  “They’re unidentified at the moment.  All we have is just a basic description of species and sex.”

Judy raised an eyebrow, a silent question and urge for them continue.

“They’re a male fox.”  Bogo informed flatly, and a coldness washed over Judy.  “They also happened to be wearing a rather…uniquely artful shirt.”

“Oh,”  Judy breathed as it’s all hitting her. 

She wasn’t there to help or do any sort of policing.  But rather to possibly identify a victim.  A victim who could be Nick, was thought to be Nick, if the number of officers was any indications.  And all she can thing about is last dumb thing she said to him.  The heated pointed words the both last spoke to each other.  Her ears dropped down.

Judy felt her legs grow a little weak, and all she wanted to do was sit down and wait to wake up from a dream.  But she turned sharply and pulled out her phone.

She dialed Nick’s number quickly.  Listened to ring, straining her eyes for his ringtone at the scene, or just a vibration in general.  Nothing, but it doesn’t calm her nerves.  His voicemail beeped loudly in her ear, along with his dumb little “can’t come to the phone” speech.  She hung up and called again.  Same reason.  Again.  Same result.

“He’s not picking up.”  Judy informed, turning back to Bogo. 

Bogo who is looking at her grimly.  As if to say, we already tried that.

Judy turned sharply and took off running down the street.  Ignoring the calls of her name behind her.

She runs, and runs.  Not one every really thinking, just sort of running.

Because if Bogo’s tried calling, then he’s sent officers to Nick’s apartment with the same result.  And Judy just needs to get out of there, because she doesn’t want to think about what it all means.  Nor does she want to look at what possibly be might be Nick’s unidentifiable body.

Judy stopped when she was too tired to continue.  Dropping to the grown in a mess of pants and tears she was trying to hold back.  But it didn’t take her long to notice she was back under the bridge she found Nick that one time when it really counted.

It doesn’t help the situation.

“Carrots?”  A voice suddenly said behind her.  “What are you doing here?”

Judy turned sharply to find Nick standing there confused. A small grocery bag in one of his hands.

“Nick!”  She exclaimed racing over him to hug him.  She heard him grunt as she wrapped her arms around him tightly.  “You’re alive.”

“Yes…”  Nick said oddly.  “And so are you?”  He patted her head lightly, and she can just hear the confusion in his voice.

“Why didn’t you pick up your phone!”  Judy snapped, pulling away sharply.

“Because Finnick decided to throw out the window of his van.”  Nick informed annoyed.  “I haven’t had a chance to get a new yet.  Why are you asking…and crying.  Or importantly what are you excited I’m alive.”

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AN: Happy ending, because I can only take so much darkness.

Also I have no reason why Finnick through Nick’s phone of the window, I will let all of you have your own ideas.

okay i’ve seen some stuff about a voltron marching band au but nothing concrete and like…i love band, i’ve had this written out for ages i Have to share it. i’m sorry this got so long, there’s more under the cut

  • Shiro and Allura are the cool seniors, Lance, Hunk, and Keith are juniors, Pidge is a lil upstart sophomore
  • Lance, Hunk, Shiro, and Allura have all been in band since middle school, Pidge and Keith joined their freshmen years
  • Shiro probably played like. Flute in middle school but switched to trumpet in high school (after he lost his arm), he plays left handed, is section leader & the soloist
  • Has two diff prosthetic arms he switches out, a clamp/specialized one for holding his trumpet and a plain hand/arm for school etc
  • Lance and Hunk both play clarinet but Hunk switched to percussion for high school (shiro was the first person they knew who played more than one instrument, they were Amazed and wanted to follow in his footsteps)
  • Hunk can play like every percussion. He probably marches bass drum but can fill in for anyone, marching or concert season, has a special love for chimes and marimba. He is the backbone of this band, the only good percussionist
  • Keith plays saxophone (it was like the only instrument he knew the name of when he wanted to join so he got stuck with it), he wore jeans on the first day of band camp his freshman year and almost died (allura lent him shorts halfway through)

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ok. but imagine competitive swimming AU.

Adrien is the son of one of the most decorated olympians, Gabriel Agreste. It’s expected of him to follow in his father’s footsteps and become just as successful in swimming. And, naturally, he does. Even as a high school freshman, he had already made a name for himself in Paris.

Marinette is a rising star among the swimmers and had admired Gabriel since she was a small child.

When she first learned that THE Adrien Agreste was transferring into her school AND joining her swim team, she nearly fainted, but to Alya’s (her loyal friend and timer) amusement. He was every bit as handsome as his father and instantly she was smitten with him. When she watched him swim the 200 free in 1:55:25, a feat that had yet to barely be achieved by both the JV and Varsity boys, she was completely head over heels.

Adrien had amazing sportsmanship, and was polite to everyone he met. He never gloated about his time or made snarky comments about the swimmers on Junior Varsity who were still learning the strokes. Marinette was especially please to find that he was damn near perfect both in and out of the water. But the poor thing couldn’t phrase a complete sentence in front of the boy, and missed many chances to befriend him and get to know him better. Even during practice, he was always placed in the fourth or fifth lane while she had long ago laid claim to the third lane. Even if she had the luck of sharing a lane with him, there’d be no chance to chat with the boy while he was focused on the practice set, quite honestly.

In front of Adrien, Marinette was a stuttering mess and he honestly thought it was cute. But when she was in the water, it was like she was a whole different person. The first time Adrien saw this, he had trouble remembering that the girl in the water was the same red-faced girl in pigtails who had lent him a towel on his first day of practice with the school’s team (he’d never admit it out loud but, now whenever he scented fresh cherry wood, he thought of Marinette).

Standing on the starting block, her face was concentrated and serious, but there was a sparkle in her eyes. Excitement mixed with anxious anticipation, Adrien would guess—he knew the feeling well. When the buzzer went off, she pushed off and flew into the water. Her best stroke was butterfly and Adrien could see why almost immediately. Her dolphin kicks appeared slow but were powerful enough to help her cut through the water with grace and ease. Even when it seemed that she would fall behind, she would keep a steady pace, never slowing down or speeding up, until the other racers had tired themselves out. Marinette would pull forward, finally increasing her speed in the last leg of the race and come out first. Her hands would touch the wall at the end of her race and she would burst into happy, nearly breathless laughter as she fought to catch her breath. When her timer, a bespectacled girl she seemed to be friends with, told her her time, Marinette whooped in glee and jumped out of the pool to hug her friend despite the loud, exaggerated protests. She had shaven off a whole second from her previous time, he later learned.

Adrien’s heart jumped and, for the rest of the meet, he couldn’t take his eyes off of her.

You held a warm cup of coffee up to your lips before taking a long sip, looking around the room and smiling at the perfectly wrapped presents under the Christmas tree that you had convinced Luke to put up in his multi-milliion dollar home. Time seemed to pass by extra slow as you waited for him to wake up; he’d had an extremely stressful week at the office, so you wanted him to get as much well-deserved rest as he could.

Your thoughts were interrupted when you heard the sound of soft footsteps that belonged to your boyfriend, turning around to see the CEO himself rubbing the sleep out of his eyes as his flannel pajamas hung loose around his waist. “Merry Christmas, baby,” he mumbled as he walked towards you, instantly pulling you into his chest as he kissed the top of your head. 

“Do you want coffee?” you asked after you kissed the tip of his nose, a smile cracking across Luke’s face as he sleepily nodded. “Then you have to open your first present.” 

The CEO’s eyebrows furrowed together in confusion as you bent down to hand him a small box carefully wrapped in penguin-decorated paper before he was ripping it off. “You didn’t,” he laughed as he held Michael Scott’s ‘World’s Best Boss’ mug from The Office. “Baby, I’m not even your boss.”

Well…” your voiced drifted off as you flirtatiously winked at him, causing a lighthearted laugh to fall from Luke’s lips as he shook his head and gently nudged you.

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lente a mix with songs that have a spring feeling to them because today was the first nice day of the year where i live

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p.s. lente is the dutch word for spring

p.s.s. the songs shown above are just a part of the playlist, it has 27 songs in total

p.s.s.s. in a few months i’ll make a summer playlist, with more hazy songs that suit warm weather


Christians familiar only with the Christian West may be surprised to learn that Ash Wednesday and its customs exist only in the Western church. The Eastern churches have other ways of counting the days of Lent, and of beginning this Great Fast. Maronite Catholics start Lent on “Ash Monday.”

The Roman Catholic Church counts Holy Week as part of the Lenten Fast, but not the Sundays during the Lenten season. Therefore, in about the 8th Century, it was necessary to add four days to the beginning of Lent to bring the number of days up to the traditional 40. This was the origin of Ash Wednesday.

The Eastern Christian Churches (both Catholic and Orthodox) consider Great and Holy Week as a separate unit with its own Fasting and Abstinence requirements, not technically included in the Great Lent. Lent liturgically concludes on the evening of the 6th Friday of Great Lent, the vigil of Lazarus Saturday. The Saturdays & Sundays of the Great Fast are counted in the total of days, thus bringing the number up to 40, counted from Clean (Ash) Monday, the first day of Great Lent. 

For the Maronite Catholic Churches, Lent is an important time, a type of retreat when the faithful renew their baptism, by associating with Christ’s struggle. In commencing the Seasons on a Sunday, in the Maronite Church, the purpose is to have a tight calendar with no ‘empty’ days. For the Maronite Catholic Rite, the Season of Lent begins on the Sunday with the focus on the Gospel passage of the Wedding at Cana. It is followed immediately with Ash Monday, which officially begins the Season of Lent and fasting. 

In the Maronite Lectionary, the Sunday Gospel passages throughout Lent focus on the healing and forgiving powers of Jesus, a reminder that Lent is a time to transform one’s life, just as the water was changed to wine in the Sunday Gospel that marks the entry into the Lenten Season. It reminds the faithful of the eternal wedding feast they are called to through Christ’s Resurrection.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday for both Churches. In the Maronite lectionary Great Lent begins with a rigorous fast on Ash Monday while Holy Week provides liturgical experiences of the most sublime poetry, music, art and ritual.

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So uh guys, it happened again! :D :D And Jenna was there too and they signed my book and they were both incredible and basically I just spent my entire day watching live Doctor Who!! :D They were both wonderful and it was amazing and I am so lucky, Peter Capaldi is so great he kept coming over and the security practically had to drag him away from the fans and he always promised he’d come back and he did, he was there for like an hour after he was done making sure that everyone who wanted to meet him did and Jenna was lovely too and it’s been such an brilliant day I can’t even put into words how great it is! :D I can’t wait for series nine I know it’ll be amazing! :D

April Full Moon in Libra: Total Lunar Eclipse Starts A New Cycle

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” Thich Nhat Hanh

April’s astrological energy is caught up in how we love and are in relationship. This is truly a time to be mindful of ourselves and others in relationship. How are we formed in love, and how do we use love to guide our lives? These are questions we explore this month.

On Friday, Venus formed a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces, sending us underground in an exploration and inner journey examining and turning over and over, ideas, memories, and concerns about our relationships. Whatever had been suppressed, is now clearly making its way into your awareness. Rather than fighting it, allow yourself to face your fears, acknowledge the truth that you may not have wanted to admit to yourself, or delight in the joy that you are presently feeling. Our inner life is active and churning right now, and we are able to sense the deeper meaning of our lives, and to see how loss is blessing, defeat is a valuable lesson, and love is the foundation of all.

The anticipation and growing concern about April’s Full Moon, may be doing little to help us appreciate the beauty and value of how our lives are in a beautiful stage of transformation.The nature of who we are and where we live, is one of dynamic movement and change. We are always in process, on a new leg of our journey, taking a new step. This is not unusual, it is the norm.

April’s Full Moon in Libra coincides with the first in a series of total lunar eclipses, and with the religious feast day of Passover. How does this happen, and what is its significance? It is not unusual for full moons and new moons to coincide with religious holy days and events, as most spiritual traditions use the lunar calendar. Even Easter is based on the Moon (Easter falls on the first Sunday after the First Full Moon in Spring). That’s how holy days and events like Lent and Ramadan are determined. We use the movement of the planets, the star (our Sun), and the Moon to help guide us through the seasons of our lives. So what is happening this month?

What is the Lunar Tetrad?

This April, a series of lunar eclipses begins with a full eclipse of the Moon on Passover, April 15. Beginning at 3:05 A.M. EST/12:05 A.M. PDT, the lunar eclipse will last about 30 minutes. The lunar tetrad, a series of four total lunar eclipses, begins on the night of the Full Moon in Libra, April 15, 2014. A lunar tetrad series is different from most eclipse cycles in that there are no partial eclipses between the four full moons over six lunar months.

This series of lunar eclipses has become the center of attention for a wide range of people due to the idea set forth by two Christian pastors that the Blood Moon Tetrad is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. Lunar tetrads are fairly frequent however, and would likely fall on holidays of any religious tradition that uses the lunar calendar.

According to EarthSky, lunar tetrads fell on Jewish feast days in the following years:

162-163 C.E. (Common Era)
2. 795-796 C.E.
3. 842-843 C.E.
4. 860-861 C.E.
5. 1493-1494 C.E.
6. 1949-1950 C.E.
7. 1967-1968 C.E.
8. 2014-2015 C.E.

This eclipse cycle includes the following dates for total lunar eclipses:

April 14/15, 2014
October 8, 2014
April 4, 2015
September 28, 2015

The term “blood moon’ was coined by Ron Hagee in his recent (2013) book Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change. In terms of the Universe and Divine law, something is always changing, and astrology and astronomy follow the dynamic patterns active at all times in our Universe and beyond. This lunar moon is also known as the Pink Moon likely due to the fact that that when you see the Full Moon low in the sky as it rises, you have extra air between you and the Moon making it look pink. As the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, it appears to be red. Full Moons almost always appear red or coppery. The expression that the moon is ‘blood red’ refers to this common phenomenon. Common though it may be, it will be spectacularly beautiful. And we can always use a sign from on high.

According to NASA, the four total eclipses will be visible in North America. “There are about two lunar eclipses per year, NASA says. Some of them – penumbral eclipses – are so subtle, they are vaguely visible and go greatly unnoticed.

Other eclipses just cast a partial shadow on the moon but lend it none of that brilliant sunset hue. Lunar eclipses – penumbral, partial or umbral – occur in random order, NASA says. Getting four umbral eclipses in a row is like drawing a rare lunar poker hand of four of a kind.” Just like the poker players, astronomers have a name for that lucky draw.

It’s called a tetrad, NASA’s Fred Espenak says:

“The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA,” longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak said in a prepared statement. In the 21st century, there will be many tetrads, but look back a few centuries, and you’ll find the opposite phenomenon”. For over 300 years there were no tetrads at all. For more information and some great lunar photography, visit Earth Sky.

Names for April’s Full Moon

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Full Moon in April is called many things including the Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, the Fish Moon, and this month, the Blood Moon. The Full Pink Moon originally referred to the herb moss pink or wild ground phlox that is one of the most widespread flowers of spring. Astrology is meant to be a tool, a guidebook of prevailing and specific trends and occurrences. Like any journey, we have a choice about how we travel. If we take the signs around us as messages or indications to help us make decisions, gain understanding, and become better people, we might understand this Full Moon in Libra to be one auspicious sign and the lunar eclipse/tetrad series as an auspicious time for transformation on all levels.

What does this Full Moon in Libra have in store for us?

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the two-week period of time between the Full Moon and the next New Moon is a time to weed the garden, thin and prune, mow and cut down what needs taking down, and sowing below-ground crops.

The total eclipse of the Moon begins when the Sun in Aries sits exactly opposite the Moon in Libra. The Earth lines up exactly between the two, creating a total lunar eclipse as the Earth’s shadow blocks the Moon. Full Moons are times for illumination. This Full Moon in Libra focuses our attention on relationships, as the Sun in Aries, focuses us on personal freedom, a sense of identity, and personal drive, motivation, and action. The Moon reigns over memory, so this lunar eclipse allows us to recognize, remember, and reflect on what has been released from our lives in order to make way for new beginnings.

What does this Full Moon in Libra have in store for us?

April 14, Pluto turns retrograde .The day before the Full Moon in Libra, Pluto turns retrograde. It has been slowing down, and we may have been feeling some heaviness or having less energy. Pluto’s retrograde behind the Sun opens a period of time to go back over whatever transformative and transitional ground may have been turned over in the past two years. Coinciding the aspecting the Full Moon in Libra and the Sun’s transit in the late degrees of Aries, this no doubt will cast light and attention on areas related to relationships and our need and desire to define ourselves independent from but in relation to others and the life paths we choose.

Libra Full Moon at 25/15 degrees, and the Full Lunar Eclipse occur at 12:42 AM PDT/7:42 GMT on April 15, 2014. The first in the series of eclipses, highlights the completion of a cycle and the start of a new one. This cycle and the degree it falls on, is the same degree of an eclipse in 1995. Think about what choices you made at that time, what projects, relationships, or work you began at that time, and consider how you have moved to a point of completion. Not everything is ending, however, chapters of certain relationships, stages of life, and connections are changing. Some relationships may be due for minor adjustments or changes, others may need more of deep cleansing and purging, while still others may reach a final point. Notice what is affected at 25/15 degrees of Libra and Aries in your chart/life.

In addition to the Sun being in Aries, so too are Uranus (planet of sudden change), Mercury (communications), the South Node (areas of weakness, growing edge for growth), and Juno (Goddess of marriages, unions, and finances). Expect the unexpected, and pay attention to how communications, unexpected changes, and changes you need to acknowledge and make are affecting your intimate relationships, your ideas about love, marriage, partnerships, and values.

The Moon in Libra is in conjunction with (same sign and making aspects in her passage of the slower planets and asteroids) Mars (planet of masculine energy, action, the warrior planet), the North Node (gateway to change), Ceres (Goddess of agriculture, nurturing and need for love), and Vesta (the vestial virgin, Goddess of hearth and home). All the issues having to do with feeling at home with ourselves and at home in our earthly home, rise to the forefront at this time. We may desire to make changes, however with Mars in Libra, we tend to ponder that change now rather than making concrete moves. This is actually a good time to learn how to process change within ourselves, working out the details, allowing ourself full rein to our flights of imagination. Let yourself dream big, and then reflect on what really serves your highest good and that of others. Rein in your impulsive behavior (reflected by the Aries action), and set intentions, plans, and visions according to what makes the best sense in the long range view of life. The Lunar eclipse of the Full Moon in Libra, allows us time to think without too much emotional baggage, for we have thrown that overboard by now. We have time to set ourselves on cruise control, to allow the Divine to direct, guide, guard, and provide for us right where we are. Allow the unfolding that is bringing you to a new point of departure, and trust that what you need is always provided for you, in the most unexpected and surprising ways.

This lunar eclipse is setting the waves into motion for our intentions, dreams, purpose, and desires to take shape as we move into the energy of the Grand Cardinal Cross. What has been building, undergoing transformation, falling apart, purging and cleansing us and our lives, is now ready to open the doors to new life, new beginnings, and greater clarity of vision. Listen to your heart, your intuition, and use your highest mind and basic instincts to guide you–body, mind, spirit working in tandem to propel you forward.

Uranus, Pluto, Mars, Jupiter are moving toward one another to form a Grand Cardinal Cross on April 21. Notice now how the Full Moon in Libra is calling your attention to issues you have been working out as Pluto transits Capricorn forcing you to face your inner reality and how your outer life is reflecting your inner fears, strengths, growth, character, and soul calling. Observe how Uranus in Aries has already and continues to highlight individual identity and integrity. How are you living according to your own code of honor, and living out of your truth? Notice how Jupiter in Cancer awakens the need for home and family, and the healing of your emotional health. Mars in Libra, conjunct the Full Moon, also is a key factor in the growing Grand Cardinal Cross, and will again highlight our relationships and our understanding of how our own identity is both shaped and guided by what we understand about our true nature, and how we see ourselves in relationship. Know yourself, and know what you need. Enter into relationships with as much awareness of who you are, what you need, and how you operate, as you have an interest in your partner. Knowing that our relationships reflect who we are-the healed and unhealed parts-make choices, decisions, and repairs with the gentle spirit of love, kindness, and understanding.

The theme of this forecast is Light and Love. We have light shining on the most precious parts of our lives and being. We see in the light, the capacity we have to love and be loved, and we move forward one step at a time to meet that destiny, Divinely inspired and led.

“Love begins at home…and it is not how much we do but how much love we put in that action.” Mother Teresa

By: Examiner 

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As you may, or may not know, today marks the first day of Lent. The time of year where people bid farewell to things (usually food) in anticipation for Easter.

True, I'm not really that religious, but it’s always been something I’ve enjoyed doing. I like challenges, and, let’s be honest, I’m always trying to find new ways to help in the battle of the bulge - which Lent is purrrrfect for.  

Over the years I’ve pretty much dabbled in saying goodbye to most of my downfalls in life (cheese, candy, the scalepop), and although I wasn’t planning on giving up anything this year, I lay in bed last night, thinking about the usual, and decided to do it! 

So… 

Drum roll please…

This year I will be giving up OFFICE SNACKING/FOOD. Now I realize in my old office this wouldn’t have been anything special, but my new office has food and treats and calories and carbs in every nook and cranny you can image. And, you guys,  I’ve been mindlessly taking advantage of it. Oh, M&Ms in the meeting? Don’t mind if I do….  And so here I am, boldly declaring that I, Liz, will not be eating ANY office goodies for 40 days, and 40 nights.  

To help myself out, I’ve already told the majority of people in my office about this new goal of mine, and am feeling hopeful that I can nip this growing habit of mine in the bud, before it gets out of control! 

So yup. There you have it. No more treats for Lizzles. Are you giving up anything for Lent? Do share, if you are! 

Note: I am still allowed to enjoy the office fruit bowl :)

today at church it was the first day of lent and every1 was the most religious i ever seen and in the middle of a prayer i started thinkin bout fuckin my crush like in the middle of a hail mary the image just popped in my head and i stared at the priest in shame cause he didn’t kno I was thinking about riding my crush’s dicc during a hail mary

Tomorrow signifies the first day in lent,

So I should probably try to give something up. Now I just need to think of something. Something that doesn’t effect my holiday.