Tropical astrology, also known as Western astrology, uses the vernal point, or vernal equinox, to 0 degrees of the Aries sign and defines the other zodiacs after this point. Each sign is divided into 30 degrees, adding up to 360 degrees in total. The ecliptic is often divided into 12 different signs, although Ophiuchus was added in 1995 as the 13th sign. The tropical date of Aries is March 21st to April 20th, Taurus is April 21st to May 21st, Gemini is May 22nd to June 21st, Cancer is June 22nd to July 22nd, Leo is July 23rd to August 22nd, Virgo is August 23rd to September 23rd, Libra is September 24th to October 23rd, Scorpio is October 24th to November 22nd, Sagittarius is November 23rd to December 21st, Capricorn is December 22nd to January 20th, Aquarius is January 21st to February 19th, and Pisces is February 20th to March 20th. The dates of the signs will move up one day every seventy and a half years.
Sidereal astrology defines the signs relative to the backwards motion of the fixed stars of one degree every seventy-two years on Earth. Sidereal astrology uses systems called ayanamsa to compensate for the movement of equinoxes, or the slow change of the orientation of a celestial body’s axis. Ayanamsa systems were used in traditional Hindu system, also called Vedic astrology. Jyotisha (Vedic astrology) was meant to set calendars, keep time, and determine the dates of Vedic rituals. The Sanskrit word jyotisha translates into “light” or “heavenly body.” Like in western astrology, there are twelve zodiacs: Mesha, Vrishaba, Mithuna, Karkata, Simha, Kanya, Tula, Vrishchika, Dhanus, Makara, Kumbha, and Meena. Interestingly, the Vedic zodiacs have the same characteristics as tropical zodiacs, but are calculated with the sidereal system.
Celtic astrology was practiced by the ancient Irish. Celtic astrology is based on the beliefs of the Druids -- Celtic priests -- and on the cycles of the moon. The year is divided into thirteen lunar months and a tree is assigned to each. Every tree has certain magical properties and a specific energy. Each zodiac is given a tree and a letter of the Ogham alphabet, a guardian animal, a celtic god, and a gemstone. The Druids had a special connection with trees and believed that they contained infinite wisdom. In fact, the Druids believed that the universe was one whole entire tree!
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Chinese astrology consists of twelve zodiac signs -- the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and the pig. Unlike western astrology, the signs take up a whole year. Every year has a different animal of the twelve. This year -- 2021 -- is the year of the ox. So, next year will be the year of the tiger, and the next will be the year of the rabbit. The years repeat every twelve years, approximate to the cycle of Jupiter. There are variations in some charts: the goat is sometimes changed into a sheep, and the pig is sometimes changed into a boar
Mayan astrology is based not on the Gregorian calendar but on the Tzolkin calendar, one of the Mayan calendars. The Tzolkin calendar is made up of 260 days that are broken into twenty day increments. Each day receives a different zodiac and a sacred number between 1 and 13 that assign even more characteristics to a sign’s personality. The zodiacs and numbers can make 260 possible combinations, one for every day of the year.
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Astrology around the World
Written by Melody Howard
The Full Flower Moon
May’s full Moon rises on Wednesday, May 26! This full Moon will be the closest full Moon of the year, making it the second of two supermoons—don’t miss it! Plus, it will coincide with a total lunar eclipse in some areas.
May’s Flower Moon name should be no surprise; flowers spring forth across North America in abundance this month!
~ “Flower Moon” has been attributed to Algonquin peoples, as confirmed by Christina Ruddy of The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre in Pikwakanagan, Ontario.
~ May’s Moon was also referred to as the “Month of Flowers” by Jonathan Carver in his 1798 publication, Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America: 1766, 1767, 1768 (pp. 250-252), as a likely Dakota name. Carver stayed with the Naudowessie (Dakota) over a period of time; his expedition covered the Great Lakes region, including Wisconsin and Minnesota areas.
~ Henry David Thoreau sparked to Native American Moon names as well, referencing the Flower Moon and Carver when he wrote about Native Americans.
Source: The Old Farmer's Almanac
The DeSoto County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a governmental subdivision of the State of Mississippi located in the First Congressional District.
The DeSoto County SWCD is charged with the responsibility of implementing a program of soil and water conservation in the county.
Commissioners and Deputies carry out these responsibilities by recognizing and determining conservation needs and problems in the county and then developing plans to meet these needs.
Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. was formed in 1995 to meet the increasing need for wildlife assistance. Each year, hundreds of injured and orphaned wild birds and mammal sare received by MWR, Inc. licensed rehabilitators. The techniques used to care for theses animals maximize their chances for survival when they are released to their natural habitat. The Director, Debbie Crum, has been leading the cause since 2019.
Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of the injured or orphaned animals with the specific goal of returning them to their native habitat. This involves emergency care, long-term rehabilitation and physical/mental conditioning for release back to the wild. It is a humane and rewarding endeavor which benefits both wildlife and people. By caring for individual animals, volunteers at MWR are gathering information that is relevant to entire species which gives all of us a better understanding of how these wonderful creatures relate to our world.
MWR is State and Federally licensed by the MS. Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
MWR, Inc. is now entering a new challenge, building a nature center in Desoto county! The first phase of this project is raising $500,000 to build an Education/Rehabilitation building on 154 acres of natural habitat the US Army Corps of Engineers at Arkabutla Lake awarded MWR, Inc. in 2007. Partnering with the Desoto County Greenways shortly after this award has allowed MWR, Inc. to put in 3 miles of walking trails, signage, bridges over low lying areas and a stage area to present wildlife programs.
We look forward to the future and are actively solicting more partners for this very worthwhile endeavor! Please join us in helping us to build a facility we all can be proud of so children and adults alike can benefit.