Celestial Doings — Lots of Celebrations

Lots of chances for good parties over the next three weeks; each with their own unique celestial event.

Next Monday night there will be the first of 4 total lunar eclipses spaced six months apart. The moon will appear blood red before disappearing totally just after midnight here on the west coast. As an added benefit; Mars also will be nearby; also appearing red. Of course there is controversy about this; some say that this is the beginning of the end as proclaimed for the rapture. With a great out, if wrong; there are seven more sets of 4 full lunar eclipses in a row. For more information read:
http://earthsky.org/tonight/total-lunar-eclipse-for-the-americas-on-night-of-april-14-15
And from the griffith observatory website:

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Once we get done celebrating an eclipse; you need to spend the next week resting. For the following week, on April 22 and 23; there is the oldest known meteor shower; the Lyrids. In Vista; one of the best times may be very early on Tuesday april 22nd. Get up at 4 am; go outside and look upwards. If none then, try again on Tuesday night about 10 or 11 pm. Unfortunately the weathre reports are for fog next week. It looks like we may have to go to places like Palm Springs or Julian to see them. You can read about the meteor shower at:
http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/lyrids.html

And then the following week is May Day also known as Beltane in many celtic and pagan communities. It’s the halfway point between the solstice in March and the equinox in June. Traditionally, Mayday or Beltane marked the beginning of summer. And I like that holiday. It makes more sense to me than mid june. In May, we start seeing the Jacaranda Trees blooming. School ends. Bob and I celebrate birthdays. We have Mother’s Day and fathers Day observations. The days are getting longer and warmer. At mid june; the eclipse provides the longest day which traditionally was called mid summers eve. Anyway; Beltane is a good excuse for a celebration. Have a bonfire, eat lots, share some food with the gods or at least with the coyotes and other wild animals around. Make love with your significant other and generally enjoy the evening. I plan to do just that although I’ll leave the leaping over a bonfire to younger folks. To read more about Beltane, see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane

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Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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