“And all roads lead to Tranquility Base…” in this week’s issue of the MANILA MAIL (July 15-21, 2015; page A5)

Pilipinasblitz Forever
A column by Bles Carmona
For the week of July 15-21, 2015

“And all roads lead to Tranquility Base…”

I wonder if you’re familiar with a 1980s era song called “Boat on the River” by the rock group Styx (Tommy Shaw, Dennis DeYoung, etc.). This column’s title is part of the lyrics of that iconic hit song. While there are a lot of theories proposed out there about what exactly that song meant – Was Tommy Shaw high on something? Is it about dying and passing through the River “Styx?” et cetera – I would like to mention at this point that “Tranquility Base” is actually a place on our very own natural satellite: the Moon. “And all roads lead to Tranquility Base/ where the frown on my face disappears, ooohhh/ Take me back to my boat on the river/ and I won’t cry out anymore.”

Why are we mentioning the Moon? Two things: first, there’s a New Moon on July 15 so it’s time to sign those New Moon Abundance Checks again. Fast-track your way to prosperity with this ritual. Simply enter “abundance checks” on your search engine to find sites with instructions on how to sign one (or more). Personally, the last New Moon was my second month of doing this ritual, and the blessings I have received so far have been really blowing my mind! The second reason why I’m mentioning the Moon is that there’s actually a “Moon Day” and it’s celebrated every July 20. Let’s free-associate here: Tranquility Base… on the Moon… Apollo 11 … July 20, 1969… “The Eagle has landed,” as declared by Commander Neil Armstrong… “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Is this beginning to make sense? I sure hope so, because “Moon Day” is commemorated every July 20 precisely in honor of the historic landing of the Apollo 11 mission on the Moon, on an area in its surface called Tranquility Base. The Apollo Space program, begun by President John F. Kennedy, was created to put the first man on the moon. Apollo 11 fulfilled that dream, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin, Jr. to the Moon on July 20, 1969 – that’s 46 years ago now, folks. The original magic and amazement of that epic event may have lost some of its luster, but to diehard aficionados of astronomy, the wonder of space never ends.

Aside from the Sun, the Moon is the brightest object we see in the sky when it’s up and sometimes also during daylight when it’s clear enough. According to Peterson’s First Guides: Astronomy, “The moon, which is more than one-fourth the Earth’s diameter, orbits the Earth at an average distance of 238,000 miles. With respect to the stars, the moon takes 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes to complete each orbit. The Earth has moved in that time, so it takes 29 ½ days for the moon to come back to the same place in our sky (Pasachoff, J., 104).” In those 29 ½ days, we observe the Moon going through its successive phases. This Moon cycle, from new to waxing to full to waning and back again, depends on where the relative positions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun are.

I’ll share a Moon-gazing tip with you peeps: How do we know for sure if the Moon is waxing (going to be Full) or waning (going to be New)? First of all, let’s all agree that the term “new moon” actually refers to the period when there’s no visible moon in the sky. It’s also called the “dark moon.” A few days later, you’ll see this crescent moon up there. So when you see that the lighted side of the moon is on your right-hand side, then you’ll know that this moon is waxing and is going to be full in two weeks. A few more nights of observation, and you’ll now notice that the lighted side of the moon is on your left-hand side. This means that in a few more days, this moon will get smaller and smaller until it goes completely dark – and the whole cycle begins again. These distinctions do actually continue to be of practical importance to farmers, sailors, and fishermen, for instance. “Galileo, in 1609, discovered craters and flat areas called maria (mar’ ee-ya; singular: mare, pronounced mar’ay, from the Latin for “seas”).You can see with your naked eyes that some parts of the moon are darker than others. Binoculars or a telescope will reveal the craters and maria (Pasachoff, 106).”

Astrologically speaking, it’s also quite appropriate to celebrate Moon Day on such a day, July 20, since it belongs to the zodiac sign Cancer (June 21-July 22), which astrology students like me know is ruled by the Moon. In fact, some astrology books poetically refer to a Cancerian as a “Moon Child.” The perfect international example I could think of that exemplified the caring, emotionality, maternal instincts, and tenacity of a Cancerian was the late Princess Diana. Bucking royal tradition, she went out there and lent her popular presence so that the causes close to her heart (AIDS, land mines, hunger, etc.) could get media coverage and more financial support. She sent her sons to public schools instead of those tony boarding schools for those with royal blood because she wanted her sons to know how the other half lived. Because she mingled freely with the sick and poor, she was called “The People’s Princess.” With all that she stood for, she captured the imagination of the English populace and was deeply mourned with her passing despite her personal troubles. As the late astrologer Linda Goodman put it, “Cancer cares.”

Linda Goodman was the author of “Sun Signs,” and for many astrologers in my generation, she had been influential and inspirational. Well, she certainly inspired me, and knowing that she’s a fellow Aries added to my excitement when I was still learning my craft. Now you know your Sun Sign as your zodiac sign based on the date of your birth, and truly, those 12 signs have distinct characteristics indeed that could distinguish one from the other. But what if you read a description of… let’s say you’re a Virgo, but when you read the description, you’re shaking your head and going, “No, no, and no… I’m not nitpicky, not a perfectionist, not analytical. This stuff is wrong.”

But wait. Before you throw out that astrology book, I want to explain why you’re not exactly how your sign is described. You see, you’re not only your Sun Sign. You also have a so-called Moon Sign and a Rising Sign (which is also called your Ascendant). Let’s leave the Rising Sign discussion for another day. Since July 20 is Moon Day, let’s talk briefly about Moon Signs. While your Sun Sign describes your basic character, your Moon Sign is your “default” emotional mode. The Moon in your chart describes your “feelings.” For us to know with certainty which Moon Sign (and Rising Sign) you have, we need to know your date, time, and city of birth. There are free resources on the web, and I highly recommend Astrodienst (www.astro.com) so that you can input your own data and get your free natal chart, brief interpretation, short forecast – oh! There are simply lots of free educational stuff there! If you’re interested, why don’t you try to discover these other aspects of your persona? Know thyself, get thee to thy boat on the river, and maybe you won’t cry out anymore.

Find advisor Blesilda44 at KEEN.com, 1-800-ASK-KEEN (1-800-275-5336), extension 05226567 either by phone or chat: Mon-Fri 7-10 pm, Sat-Sun 7-11 pm Pacific. I speak English, Tagalog, and some Spanish. For personal readings (fee required), email me here: blessingsandlight725@gmail.com


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