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Astronomical & Astrological Events in April 🌌
  • April 1st: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
  • April 2nd: Venus Retrograde enters Pisces; Jupiter biquintile Neptune
  • April 6th: Saturn enters Retrograde
  • April 7th: Jupiter at Opposition
  • April 9th: Mercury enters Retrograde
  • April 11th: Full Moon in Libra
  • April 15th: Venus Direct
  • April 19th: Sun enters Taurus
  • April 20th: Pluto enters Retrograde; Mercury Retrograde enters Aries
  • April 21st: Mars enters Gemini
  • April 22nd: Lyrids Meteor Shower
  • April 23rd: Lyrids Meteor Shower
  • April 26th: New Moon in Taurus
  • April 28th: Venus enters Aries
  • April 29th: International Astronomy Day
  • April 30th: Saturn square Chiron
What’s Up for April 2017

Jupiter, the king of the planets, is visible all night long, and the Lyrids meteor shower peaks on April 22.

On April 7, Jupiter–the king of planets–reaches opposition, when it shines brightest and appears largest. 

Jupiter will be almost directly overhead at midnight.

This is also a great time to observe the planet’s Galilean moons–Io, Ganymeade, Europa and Callisto. They can be easily seen through binoculars.

With binoculars, you can even see the Great Red Spot as the storm transits the planet every ten hours.

Looking east on April 22, look to the skies for the Summer Triangle, consisting of Deneb, in Cygnus, the Swan; Altair in Aquila, the Eagle; and Vega, in Lyre(the Harp).

Get ready for the Lyrids, the year’s second major meteor shower, as it pierces the Summer Triangle in the early morning hours of April 22. Since the shower begins close to the new moon, expect excellent almost moonless viewing conditions.  

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The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaked before dawn on April 22nd, as our planet plowed through dust from the tail of long-period comet Thatcher. Seen from the high, dark, and dry Atacama desert a waning crescent Moon and brilliant Venus join Lyrid meteor streaks in this composited view. Captured over 5 hours on the night of April 21/22, the meteors stream away from the shower’s radiant, a point not very far on the sky from Vega, alpha star of the constellation Lyra. In the foreground are domes of the Las Campanas Observatory housing (left to right) the 2.5 meter du Pont Telescope and the 1.3 meter Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) telescope. 

Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN)

Lyrids Meteor Shower Magick 🌠

The Lyrids is a meteor shower that takes place from April 16th to April 26th of this year, with its peak being around April 22nd. The Lyrids meteor shower is named for the constellation Lyra, with it’s radiant point originating from the constellation’s brightest star, Alpha Lyrae, otherwise known as Vega. 

Magickal workings that would be appropriate to perform during the Lyrids meteor shower include those having to do with:

  • The underworld
  • Enchantment 
  • Immortality of the soul
  • Music 
  • Love

It is said that the first lyre ever made was given to Orpheus by Hermes as a bargain. The music produced by this lyre was so great that even inanimate objects could be charmed by it. 

“At one point, Orpheus married Eurydice, a nymph. While fleeing from an attack by Aristaeus, she stepped on a snake that bit her, killing her. To reclaim her, Orpheus entered the Underworld, where the music from his lyre charmed Hades. Hades relented and let Orpheus bring Eurydice back, on the condition that he never once look back until outside. Unfortunately, near the very end, Orpheus faltered and looked back, causing Eurydice to be left in the Underworld forever. Orpheus spent the rest of his life strumming his lyre while wandering aimlessly through the land, rejecting all marriage offers from women.”

Associated Herbs/Resins:

  • Spirit work - Aconite (Wolfsbane, Monkshood), Apple, Bay Laurel, Birch, Cedar, Copal, Cypress, Elder, Lavender, Mandrake, Marigold, Mugwort, Mullein, Pomegranate, Thyme, Tobacco, Willow, Wormwood, Yew
  • Enchanting - *The herb will depend on the type of enchantment you are performing*
  • Creativity - Dragon’s Blood, Fig, Lavender, Lemon Verbena (Vervain), Orange, Pomegranate, Rosemary, Tangerine, Valerian, Wild Cherry Bark, Willow, Yellow Pepper
  • Love - Acacia, Allspice (Pimento), Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Bachelor’s Buttons, Balm of Gilead, Barley, Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Bloodroot, Cabbage, Cardamom, Celery, Cherry, Chestnut, Chickweed, Chili Peppers, Corn, Daffodil, Dates, Dogbane, Dragon’s Blood, Elm, Fig, Gardenia, Geranium, Ginseng, Grapes, Henbane, Hibiscus, High John, Honeydew, Hyacinth, Indian Paintbrush, Job’s Tears, Juniper, Kiwi, Lady’s Mantle, Lavender, Leek, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena (Vervain), Lettuce, Lime, Liverwort, Lobelia, Lovage, Maidenhair, Mandrake, Mango, Maple, Marjoram, Marshmallow, Meadowsweet, Mint, Mistletoe, Moonwort, Mullein, Mushrooms, Myrrh, Myrtle, Nectarine, Nuts, Orange, Orchid, Orris Root, Pansy, Papaya, Parsley, Pea, Peach, Pear, Peppermint, Periwinkle, Plum, Quassia, Quince, Radish, Raspberry, Rose, Rosemary, Rue, Rye, Saffron, Southern Wood, Spearmint, Spiderwort, St. John’s Wort, Strawberry, Sugarcane, Tangerine, Thyme, Tomato, Turnip, Vanilla, Vetiver, Willow, Witches Grass (Dog Grass), Wood Betony, Wormwood (Absinthe), Yams, Yarrow, Yerba Mate

Associated Crystals:

  • Spirit work - Amethyst, Angelite, Apophyllite, Aqua Aura Quartz, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Quartz, Carnelian, Celestite, Charoite, Clear Quartz, Cuprite, Diamond, Fluorite, Iolite, Labradorite, Lepidolite, Malachite, Natrolite, Pearl, Ruby, Selenite, Sugilite, Sunstone, Tanzan Aura Quartz, Tanzanite, Tsavorite, Turquoise, Violet Flame Opal
  • Enchanting - *The crystal will depend on the type of enchantment you are performing*
  • Creativity - Alexandrite, Amazonite, Apatite, Aventurine, Carnelian, Citrine, Coral, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Howlite, Opal, Rainforest Jasper, Sardonyx, Topaz, Ulexite
  • Love - Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Danburite, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Kunzite, Lapis Lazuli, Marble, Morganite, Peridot, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Selenite, Seraphinite, Serpentine, Smithsonite, Sugilite, Topaz

Associated Colors:

  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Pink
  • Black
  • Grey
  • White

Magickal Ideas:

  • Write and play music as an offering to Orpheus and Lyra
  • Engage in other creative activities 
  • Enchant various objects
  • Carve the constellation into a wax cube or candle and let it melt
  • Burn corresponding incense
  • Give a physical representation of music (i.e. sheet music) as an offering
  • Perform spirit work
  • Give offerings to ancestors or anyone close to you that has passed on
  • Harness energy from the meteor shower itself
  • Use this energy to charge and enchant items
  • Summon the spirit of Orpheus and Lyra to aid in your spellwork for the duration of the meteor shower
list of astronomically interesting things happening this year

April 21 and 22 - The Lyrids Meteor Shower is classed as an “average” shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. These meteors can produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. They usually peak on April 21 and 22, although some can be visible from April 16 to 25. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.
May 5 and 6 - The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower is capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour. Most of the activity is seen in the southern hemisphere but stargazers here may still see some when it peaks in the pre-dawn hours of May 5 and 6.
May 23 - we will be treated to a spectacle called Saturn at opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to see and photograph Saturn and its moons. A medium-sized or larger telescope will allow you to see the planet’s rings and a few of its brightest moons.
August 12 and 13 - The Perseids Meteor Shower runs from July 17 to August 24 but peaks on August 12 and 13. This is one of the best meteor showers to observe and are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. They can produce 50 to 100 meteors per hour in a dark sky.
September 28 - There will be a total lunar eclipse. This occurs when the earth comes between the sun and the moon. This means that the earth stops the sun’s rays reaching the moon. During this type of eclipse, the moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red colour. It will be visible just before 4am. It’s safe to look at the lunar eclipse with the naked eye and telescopes.
October 20 - The Orionids Meteor Shower tends to be active in the month of October, usually peaking around October 20. People can sometimes see about 20 meteors an hour.
October 28 - a rare three-planet conjunction will be visible. The planets Venus, Mars, and Jupiter will all form a tight one-degree triangle in the early morning sky. Look to the east just before sunrise for this spectacular event.
November 16 and 17 - The Leonid meteor shower peaks around these days. The shower is called Leonids because its radiant or the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from, lies in the constellation Leo. There can be around 20 meteors an hour.
• December 13 to 23 - The month of December is good for meteor shower watchers, with the Geminids gracing the skies, peaking around December 13 and 14, and the Ursids that peak around December 22 and 23. The Geminids owes its name to the constellation Gemini while the Ursids get their name from the constellation Ursa Minor.

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Lyrids 2016: Watch Lyrid meteor shower live online as it coincides with April full moon
The Lyrid meteor shower returns this week, peaking on Friday 22 April.

Thought you guys would be interested in this! It’s a great time to do any celestial/moon/space/planetary based magic over the next few days. 

The event will be livestreamed at 8pm EDT on the 23rd of April. Link to the livestream is in the article.

Meteor in the Milky Way : Earth’s April showers include the Lyrid Meteor Shower, observed for more than 2,000 years when the planet makes its annual passage through the dust stream of long-period Comet Thatcher. A grain of that comet’s dust, moving 48 kilometers per second at an altitude of 100 kilometers or so, is swept up in this night sky view from the early hours of April 21. Flashing toward the southeastern horizon, the meteor’s brilliant streak crosses the central region of the rising Milky Way. Its trail points back toward the shower’s radiant in the constellation Lyra, high in the northern springtime sky and off the top of the frame. The yellowish hue of giant star Antares shines to the right of the Milky Way’s bulge. Higher still is bright planet Saturn, near the right edge. Seen from Istra, Croatia, the Lyrid meteor’s greenish glow reflects in the waters of the Adriatic Sea. via NASA

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Meteor in the Milky Way

Image Credit & Copyright: Marko Korosec

Explanation: Earth’s April showers include the Lyrid Meteor Shower, observed for more than 2,000 years when the planet makes its annual passage through the dust stream of long-period Comet Thatcher. A grain of that comet’s dust, moving 48 kilometers per second at an altitude of 100 kilometers or so, is swept up in this night sky view from the early hours of April 21. Flashing toward the southeastern horizon, the meteor’s brilliant streak crosses the central region of the rising Milky Way. Its trail points back toward the shower’s radiant in the constellation Lyra, high in the northern springtime sky and off the top of the frame. The yellowish hue of giant star Antares shines to the right of the Milky Way’s bulge. Higher still is bright planet Saturn, near the right edge. Seen from Istra, Croatia, the Lyrid meteor’s greenish glow reflects in the waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Friday Highlights: Full Moon, Earth Day and Meteor Showers

Originally posted by leradr

Today has a lot going on! So I thought i’d make a little Friday highlights post and talk about it.

First of all, we have the full moon! Full moons are always great times to work on big spells and rituals, intuition and developing magical ability. Emotions are always strong around this time though, so be mindful of other people today. 

 It’s also Earth Day! If it’s relevant to your practice, you might want to do something special in your full moon spells and rituals tonight to honour the earth. Or even in your general day. Grow some new plants, be more efficient with your recycling, bike to work instead of taking a car.  Just show the world some love! <3

In other news, the livestream for the Lyrids 2016 meteor shower is rapidly approaching. Check out this post if you want to know more. :) 

And finally, the weekly VioletWitchcraft Tinychat happens tonight at 11pm GMT. We’ve been running for 12ish weeks strong now! The Tinychat is a great way to meet new people and make new friends in the community. Anyone in the witchcraft, pagan and occult community is welcomed. Even curious onlookers :) You can find the details here.

I hope you all have a great Friday and a great weekend to follow it.

What’s Up for April 2016?

Jupiter, Mars, the Lyrid meteor shower and 2016’s best views of Mercury are all visible in the sky this month.

Jupiter, where our Juno mission will begin orbiting on July 4, continues to shine almost as brightly this month as last. And eagle-eyed telescope viewers will see a transit, a shadow transit, an occultation and an eclipse of Jupiter’s moons- all in one night: April 6-7. 

Io transits first, crossing the planet beginning at 9:52 p.m. EDT. It’s shadow can be seen less than an hour later. 

Next Jupiter occults, or eclipses, Europa as Europa slips behind the giant planet at 10:48 p.m. EDT. At 3 a.m. Europa reappears from its eclipse, dramatically leaving the shadow of Jupiter. 

Ganymede transits the planet beginning at 1:01 EDT April 7.

Check out the other planets in April, too! Mercury is always a challenging object to view, but this month you can spot it after sunset about 10 degrees above the horizon. Through a telescope you can see its phase. It will appear like a tiny crescent moon, with about 1/3 of its disk illuminated.

Mars is finally visible before midnight this month. It rises in the southeast at about 10 p.m. by the end of April. The best observing of Mars will be when it is highest in the sky. This means a few hours before dawn. Its brightness and apparent size increase dramatically this month. By month’s end, Mars appears nearly twice as bright as at the beginning of the month. 

About mid-month you’ll see Mars near its rival in the sky: the similar-colored red supergiant star Antares. The name “Antares” means “equal to or rival of Mars”.

Earth moves almost twice as fast as Mars does, so it often passes Mars in their race around the sun. This causes “retrograde motion”: an illusion we see from our viewpoint on Earth. 

Retrograde motion happens as Earth catches up to Mars, causing Mars to appear slow to slow its eastward motion against the stars. After a few days, when Earth has overtaken Mars, the Red Planet seems to move westward. Eventually, Earth moves far enough around its orbit that Mars appears to be moving eastward again.

April features one meteor shower, the Lyrids. This year the Lyrids are marred by the full moon. The best time to view will be just before dawn on April 23, when the constellation Lyra is overhead and the moon will be near to setting.

With all of these great things to spot in the sky this month, be sure to get outside and look up!

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