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Pale Blue Dot

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast, cosmic arena,”  said Carl Sagan in his now famous speech to Cornell University Graduates in 1994, “Our posturing, our imagined self-importance, our delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe are challenged by this point of pale light – our planet is but a drop of light in our universe….It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly to one another, and to preserve and cherish the Pale Blue Dot.  The only home we’ve ever known.”

An art student at Sheridan College took an excerpt from that speech and created this beautiful art video.   The Cornell speech was taken from his inspiring, humbling and thought-provoking book “The Pale Blue Dot,“ which challenges traditional perspectives of Earth and human civilization.



Pale Blue Dot – Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo.


Carl Edward Sagan (seɪɡən/; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. He spent most of his career as a professor of astronomy at Cornell Universitywhere he directed the Laboratory for Planetary Studies. He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books. He advocated scientifically skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

Sagan is known for his popular science books and for the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he narrated and co-wrote. The book Cosmos was published to accompany the series. Sagan wrote the novel Contact, the basis for a 1997 film of the same name.

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This Is No Easy Full Moon. Sincerely, Scorpio

full moon astrology report

It may seem like every astrology report starts with how “potent” the Full Moon will be this month, but trust us – this one is going to be a feisty one.

Not only will April 25th embody the Full Moon in Scorpio, but it is also intensified by the first lunar eclipse of the spring season.  Here are some astral insights for you to bring forward prior to the Full Moon:

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse occurs on Thursday, April 25th, 2013, at 3:57 PM EDT, 5 degrees Scorpio.

This Full Moon is a balancing act between content Taurus and ravenous Scorpio. Taurus’ energy deals with personal values, the material world, and security; while Scorpio rules transformation, change, destruction, and strips away what is false and corrupt. The foundation may be shaking as false beliefs and values are being destroyed bringing in purity, truth, and deepening our human experience. You’re being directed to resolve your shadow side and transform it into light. This Full Moon/Lunar eclipse may also bring up seeds that you have sown a long time ago. Whether it is this lifetime or beyond, whatever appears and activates emotional stuff is what needs to be cleared and balanced through being responsible and accepting your part in it. Denying or avoiding will only keep the issue stuck to you longer than necessary.

Cosmic insider, Jana Groscot Matthews, of New Moon Manifesting says, “The Full Moon in Scorpio is an ideal time to delve deep into the unconscious and how you relinquish or use your power. Look at what motivates your behavior and action. How does this relate to your sense of security on both a physical and emotional level? Are the old ways managing your power working for you? During the Scorpio Full Moon you can let go of the old and rise from the ashes to create something new. But in doing so it may feel like so
From a Soul-level perspective, as one accepts responsibility for their part in the experience or issue, the insight is extracted and thus deep healing occurs. One then can be free to move forward without being on repeat. Find the courage to face whatever the Full Moon in Scorpio is enlightening for you. Your growth may be astounding.meone whacked you on top of the head with a dose of truth. Sometimes the truth hurts. But Scorpio helps us take responsibility for actions that stop you from getting what you want. You may not like what you see, but know that you are being guided for your highest good towards healing and spiritual evolution.”

This Full Moon is about emotional declarations. Something has been building inside of us, likely of an intimate nature, and now is the time when the energy of the cosmos fairly demands that we let it out. Over the next two weeks, we will discover what this declaration means for us. For now, we can’t sit on our feelings. We need to express them. The Full Moon illuminates this conflict between collecting and sharing.

This is no easy Full Moon – it asks us to find the courage to face our truth. Only in seeing our truth can we truly change.

full moon lunar eclipse


How do you honor the Full Moon in your life? 

 If you enjoyed this article, you will also like: “The Profound Interconnection of Life- An Astronaut’s Perspective“. 

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New Moon in Aries: The Most Important 12 days of the Year

Aries Horoscope

Today, Tuesday March 12 is the New Moon of Aries, the beginning of a new lunar calendar, according to the ancient practice of Kabbalah.  It is believed that in these next twelve days, we create and control our experience or destiny for the next twelve months.  Rav Berg, Kabbalah teacher and author of “Days of Power” says Aries “is the battleground which will determine the outcome of all battles that will arise during the next year.”

The 16th century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria (the Ari) taught that each of 
corresponds to and directly influences each of the 12 months of the year. 

For example, day one of Aries corresponds to the month of Aries, day two to Taurus, day three to Gemini, and so on. Why is this important to know? Because how you think and act on these 12 days affects the shape and future of the upcoming months.

Each of the first 12 days of Aries presents you with an opportunity to overcome whatever it is that normally blocks you from receiving the fulfillment you desire – and deserve. 

How you respond to the tests of the first 12 days affects the outcome of how you will experience the coming year. In general, be as proactive as possible, and familiarize yourself with the types of challenges you’ll be facing. 

This guide has been created to steer you through the challenges so that you can create an incredible start to the new year.




• Remember the past to avoid repeating mistakes
• Before acting – ask for the Light to guide you
• Decrease ego by remembering we are just a channel for Light
• Empathize with others
• Avoid conflict

It’s time to break the “me, me, me” syndrome


Meditate on the letters.
As I look into my soul, I can feel the sore places where I have been wounded by my ego: worry over what people think about me, needing to be right, angry when things don’t go my way. As I let it go and reach for Light on a higher plane, those places in my soul open up. I am free, my ego diminishes and I concentrate on what is really important: love.




• Listen to others
• Embrace discomfort
• Actively share with others
• Transform complacency to movements

Coming out of the “Comfort Zone”


Meditate on the letters.
As I look into my soul, I can feel the sore places where I have been wounded by my ego: worry over what people think about me, needing to be right, angry when things don’t go my way. As I let it go and reach for Light on a higher plane, those places in my soul open up. I am free, my ego diminishes and I concentrate on what is really important: love.




• Focus on details
• See the big picture
• Finish what you start
• Trust the Light, not your mind

Stop putting it off until later…it’s now or never.


Meditate on the letters.
Think of an unfinished project that is an obstacle in your life.
Decide you are going to finish it and follow through, and begin this meditation. I see the unfinished project in front of me. I am going to complete [enter project here] as I visualize myself [enter the process necessary for completion here]. I feel frustration and procrastination drifting away. I am getting closer to completing my goal. As I breathe, I get even closer. I feel stronger, more connected to my Light Force. Laziness and doubt are gone, and I see myself fulfilled, creating more space for even greater accomplishments.




• Let go of fears and possessions
• Take a risk – Trust the Light
• Realize that all the money in the world can’t give you a sense of security
• only connection to the Light can
• Do a sharing action daily
• Count your blessings
• Live in the present

Let Go…Fear, insecurity -Get rid of it all.


Meditate on the letters.
I am letting go of past pain, regret, trauma. All of it. [If there is a particular theme or moment that you keep coming back to, picture it in your mind. As you do this meditation, go back to that moment,
then reverse it, plant a new seed.] I will release past emotions that are dragging me down, replacing old baggage with Light and love.
I look forward, not back.





• Think before speaking
• Use strength to help others, not to dominate them
• Be more empathetic; understand others perspective
•  Be sensitive to another person’s feelings
• Don’t be the center of attention


Meditate on the letters.
I will purge anger from my heart, free my soul of the burden that comes with reacting to the external.
As I recall, I see that I was swayed by the darkness.
I gave power to the situation instead of taking a moment to pull back, of restricting, and keeping the real power in my own hands. 
As I invoke this name, I realize that nothing in the physical world can cause me to react with anger.





• Let go of the desire to control the physical
• Be proactive and ask questions
• Seek to understand, not judge
•  Realize we are not in control
• Realize the only one solving the problem is the Light
• Look for the good and positive in everything

This might sound crazy, but maybe you’re wrong? Maybe?


Meditate on the letters.
I will spread love for no reason.
I will resist my tendencies toward judgment.
As I look back on negative words or deeds from my past, I replace them with Light and compassion, sending positive forces out into the universe to replace the negative ones. I will look upon others with compassion, sweetening the judgments as they come my way.





• Make decisions and be certain about them
• Don’t question past decisions
• Share for the right reasons

You’ve just got to have faith.


Meditate on the letters.
I have absolute certainty that what is right will happen through proactive behavior.
I take complete responsibility for my life and know that I am getting what I need right now.
And as I continue to allow more Light and certainty into my life, I will get even more.





• Stay calm; don’t create crises
• Be proactive
• Think of consequences on self and others
• Invite the Light in
• Achieve fulfillment through self-control
• Don’t control

The only thing more destructive than hating
others is hating yourself.


Meditate on the letters.
God is within. I connect to the divine power in my soul and awaken an incredible source. My confidence is fortified so that I am empowered to solve my problems, to eradicate the chaos and confusion in my life.
I am aware of the good within and the good that I can do, if I choose to take responsibility for the Light in me. It has always been there–now I see it.





• Practice forgiveness
• Look out for details
• Make a commitment and stick to it
• Analyze the whole situation before making a decision
• Be more sensitive to others; watch what you say

Open Up…That’s it, a little more, good, a little more…


Meditate on the letters.
As I focus on unconditional love, for all people around me, the dark forces within are cast out. In the past, I have felt hatred for certain people. Now, as I picture those people in my mind, I feel only love. Light washes over them, and me, and I recognize the common thread that we share—the spark of the Creator. My heart opens as I wish them joy and fulfillment, peace and greater understanding.





• Rely on the 99%, not the physical world
• Realize everything is from the Light
• Express emotions
• Realize emotions are tools, not purposes

Loosen the chains around your heart


Meditate on the letters.
I want to bring all future and existing relationships to the level of Soul Mate. I want to relate to all those around me on this heightened spiritual plane, and bring greater Light into my life.





• Don’t be unique
• Be a team player
• Practice compassion
• Make dependability a habit
• Transform ego into humility
• Create win/win situations through sharing
• Build relationships; care about others
• There’s no “I’” in team (cliché but true)


Meditate on the letters.
I am going to get out of the way and allow the Light to guide me.In the past, I have been stubborn, set in my ways, and I will let go. Instead of clinging to my beliefs, I will open up, and allow the Light of the Upper Dimensions to shine down into my realm and transform my life. I have real desire, not for myself alone, but to connect to something greater.





• Be a leader
•  Initiate action
• Balance logic and emotion
• Handle pressure with certainty
• Go the extra mile
• Feel other people’s pain, not your own

Repeat after me: “I am not a victim.”


Meditate on the letters.
I am not a victim.
All of my feelings of self-pity and my hopes of retaliation are vanishing, as I accept the consequences of my own actions.
I take responsibility for where I am, and know that if I want to change my circumstances, it is within my control.
I will be proactive, and achieve my own fulfillment. I am letting go of pain, and regaining control over my life.

This post was ran by the Kabbalah Centre.  Find out more about the Centre here.
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SuperMoon on the Rise – The Significance of the Wesak Full Moon, May 5

If you had trouble sleeping last night, astrologers would say that it’s a normal effect of the growing full moon.

For most of the month, the moon stands between the light of the sun, stars and constellations, and us, shielding the earth from their light. But during a full moon, when the moon is completely out of the way of the Sun, we can receive energy directly from the Spiritual Sun, and from the stars and constellations that radiate very high spiritual energy. The full moon is the mark of the time of highest spiritual energies available, and many around the world say that the Full Moon of May – or Wesak moon, is the most powerful of the year.  It is as if a door is suddenly opened wide, which at other times is more closed, and through this door, it is possible to contact energies which are otherwise not easily available. Great expansions of consciousness become possible which are not possible at other times.

The Wesak Festival  is known to all Buddhists and Hindus and to many hundreds of millions of people of the Muslim faith, and is one of the most celebrated days of the year in those cultures.  It is a day which honors Buddha’s birth, life and enlightenment.    Awareness of this day and the healing energy, which radiates through the planet, is growing in western cultures and people honor this time by gathering together in prayer and meditation.    According to metaphysical tradition, the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and left Earthly incarnation under the Full Moon of May. And the Buddha returns at this time each year to bring new light to the world.

At a hard to reach place, high in the Himalayas, Spiritual leaders gather in Wesak Valley, and hold ceremony every year at the time of the full moon of May. A vast crowd assembles along with spiritual leaders in the valley, in front of a great rock table.  Legend has it that at the time of the ceremony (full moon) the energy body of the Buddha descends to a level close to the physical plane so that humans can benefit from the tremendous love that he radiates.  And, on this day and night of Wesak (May 5, 8:35 p.m. West Coast, 10:35 p.m. Midwest, 11:35 p.m. East), esotericists around the world place crystal bowls filled with water outside, and it’s said that as the Buddha blesses the world, all waters are also blessed.


And if ancient tradition won’t convince you of this moon’s power, here’s some science on the May moon from

The biggest full moon of the year, a so-called “supermoon,” will take center stage when it rises this weekend, and may interfere with the peak of an annual meteor shower created by the leftovers from Halley’s comet.  Supermoon Saturday (also called the ‘Flower Moon,’ and ‘Milk Moon)  will be only 221,802 miles from Earth, the closest to our planet this year.

At 11:35 p.m. EDT, on Saturday May 5, the moon will officially turn full – and only 25 minutes later the moon will also arrive at “perigee,” its closest approach to Earth — a distance of 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) away.  In fact, this month’s perigee is the closest of any perigee in 2012 (they vary by about 3 percent, because the moon’s orbit is not perfectly circular). The result will be a 16 percent brighter-than-average full moon accompanied by unusually high and low tides this weekend and into the new week.


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