Ash Wednesday

  People often wonder why the dates of Easter and Ash Wednesday and other feasts are different each year. These are “moveable feasts” that are fixed by the cycle of the Moon’s phases. Easter (or properly, Pascha) is essentially defined to be the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the first day of spring, which is different every … Continue reading

Friday the 13th???

  “Friday the 13th” is an old superstition that needs to pass. Instead of fearing “bad luck” on this day, and attributing every stubbed toe to some mystical influence, we should instead: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – … Continue reading

Conjunction of the Moon With Jupiter

  The planet Jupiter is the very bright “star” near the Full Moon tonight, February 3. After nightfall tonight, be sure to go outside and take a look! (FYI, the Moon passes Jupiter every other month of the year, but only when Jupiter is near opposition does the FULL MOON pass Jupiter. At this time, both the Moon and Jupiter … Continue reading

“Blood Moon”???

“Blood Moon”?    An eclipse of the Moon occurs when the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow.  The best eclipses are when the Moon enters the Earth’s umbra, or full shadow.  There is a stage of every partial and total eclipse when the Moon passes through the penumbra, or partial shadow of the Earth.  This stage is hard to even notice, and … Continue reading

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