September’s full moon rises this week and is called the Harvest Moon, offering a great starter destination to learning the night sky.
This week two of the brightest planets join forces, and sky-watchers celebrate the change of seasons with a bright full moon.
Saturn and Venus. Starting on Monday, September 16 after sunset, Venus and Saturn will be having a close encounter that will last most of the week. Low in the southwest sky, the second planet from the Sun will be the first visible—as the brightest star-like object in the entire heavens.
Look carefully next to Venus—binoculars may help—and fainter Saturn will pop out of the glare of dusk. Remember that since the two worlds are hot on the heels of the setting sun, they sink below the horizon less than an hour later.
The lord of the rings will pass only 4 degrees above the goddess of love—less than the width of your three middle fingers at arm’s length. As the week progresses both planets will appear lower in the sky each night with Venus sliding a bit towards the left of Saturn.
Even the smallest backyard telescope will show off Saturn’s iconic rings and even some of its brightest moons—like Titan and Enceladus.
Watch the near full moon rise soon after sunset, Wednesday, September 18, and reach official full moon status at 7:13 am EDT the next morning around when sun rises.
The full moon nearest the fall equinox is known as Harvest Moon and was probably coined by farmers in the Northern Hemisphere since its added light is said to have helped them gather in their crops.
Binoculars will easily show off the moon’s dark patches visible with the naked eyes. Called plains or maria in Latin, meaning seas, these are vast, ancient lava plains formed over billions of years ago when magma from the moon’s interior spilled out onto the surface, triggered by giant asteroid impacts.
With telescopes, the views get even more exciting—you can get sharp views of hundreds of ridges, mountains, cliffs, and craters up close.
All night long on Thursday, September 19 the seventh planet from the Sun, Uranus, will park itself near the moon.
The green giant is only 4 degrees away from the moon. The cosmic odd-couple will appear about four degrees apart in the sky—equal to 8 full moons side-by-side.
This week the near full moon acts as a convenient guidepost for finding Uranus. Credit: Starry Night Software/ A.Fazekas
This week after darkness falls the near full moon acts as a convenient guidepost for finding Uranus. Credit: Starry Night Software/ A.Fazekas
The green-colored ice giant has four times the width of Earth, but since it lies nearly 1.9 billion miles (3.1 billion kilometers) away from Earth, it’s barely visible to the naked eye—and only in very dark, pristine skies.
With the glare from the nearby moon, binoculars will be your best bet in spotting Uranus. Just look for a tiny greenish-blue disk in the field of view. By the way, the absorption of red light by methane in the atmosphere is what gives Uranus it’s cool cyan coloring.
Autumn equinox is at 4:44 pm ET on Sunday, September 22, and officially marks the time of year we kick off the fall season in the northern hemisphere and the start of spring in the southern hemisphere. The word equinox comes from Latin meaning “equal night” and refers to the 12 hour long day and night that occurs only on this particular day of the year.
Looking at the mid-day position of the sun over the summer season, Northern Hemisphere sky-watchers will notice that it has been slowly sinking closer to the southern horizon, and creating ever longer shadows.
It’s only on the spring and autumnal equinox that the Sun rises due east and sets due west.
Astronomically speaking, the September equinox marks one of the four major turning points in the cycle of seasons. The Earth spins on its axis, which is tilted at 23.5 degrees with respect to its orbital plane. On these days, however, the Earth’s axis is neither tilted away nor towards the Sun, but has both northern and southern hemispheres experiencing equal amounts of sunshine.
Ayur-Yoga massage is a therapeutic bodywork technique originated from India. It stems from the fusion of Yoga (Asanas) and Ayurveda (abhyanga & herbal medicine).
The massage is given on a mattress on the floor and applied with warm oil (sesame seed oil) and herbal powder (calamus powder). Deep and penetrating strokes are combined with yoga stretches, tractions, torsions and the pressure of energetic points (marmas) to stimulate the body, eliminate tensions, to correct and realign one´s body posture. It opens the body, balances the nervous system, regulates the function of all physiological systems and helps to renew the flow of energy in the body so one can find a natural balance.
The course will give you the capacity and the understanding to do a full body treatment. The entire massage lasts up to 120 minutes but can be reduced according to one´s individual needs.
Masaje Ayur-Yoga es una técnica terapéutica que se originó en la India. Resulta de la fusión de Yoga (Asanas) y Ayurveda (abhyanga y fitoterapia).
El masaje es sobre un colchón en el suelo y aplicado con aceite caliente (aceite de semilla de sésamo) y hierbas en polvo (polvo de cálamo). Trazos profundos y penetrantes se combinan con estiramientos del yoga, tracciones, torsiones y la presión de puntos energéticos (marmas) para estimular el cuerpo, eliminar tensiones, para corregir y alinear la postura del cuerpo del paciente. Se abre el cuerpo, equilibra el sistema nervioso, regula la función de todos los sistemas fisiológicos y ayuda a renovar el flujo de energía en el cuerpo, así que uno puede encontrar su equilibrio natural.
El curso le dará la capacidad y el entendimiento para hacer un tratamiento de cuerpo completo. El masaje completo dura hasta 120 minutos, pero puede reducirse según las necesidades individuales de cada uno.
10.30 am to 13.45 pm
This workshop is offered by Sasi to all who are interested to work on the light from within and then enabling to share with others on a constant moment.
Within the workshop we will work on:
– Clearing mental, emotional and spiritual obstruction with Kundalini Yoga.
– Meditation with music to connect with the light
– Blessing Circle: for healing
Please bring your crystals to be charged in the circle.
Please bring flowers and fruits for offering to Pachamama. The workshop is for donation.
Inner Child and Family Constellation Healing with Reiner Beck:
With this method you can
– identify the causes for symptoms, life crises & conflicts
– find accurate decisions
– uncover backgrounds of seemingly insoluable problems
Everybody can either facilitate an own constellation or participate as a representative!
Register and join us! 60 Soles
Healing House Cusco is looking for someone to manage our beautiful kitchen and garden. This person will help us to offer conscious and truly healthy vegetarian breakfasts and lunches to our staff and guests, as well as improve and maintain our existing garden (with the help of volunteers). The ideal candidate loves to prepare meals and to share his or her knowledge about nutrition, food and gardening. Are you great in the kitchen but not so much in the garden? Or the other way around? We are open to the possibility of this position being split between two people. Interested? Please write Niki at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you!
For a long time now we have been inviting the local peruvian children into the Healing House and offering free activities such as yoga, art, music, dance, snack and much more! This has been a very successful program with over thirty childern attending each week… So, we decided to add more to our kids program and we now have been inviting the local teenagers in to our house as well. We do similar activities such as yoga, art and we discuss feelings and write about them their personal journals. I have had the privilage of working with these teenagers and it has been such a gift! They are so excited to be at the House and we are so excited to share with them and help them to recognize and remember the Light that they are!
Greetings! It is our pleasure to share with you a hidden treasure we have unlocked this past month called Agnihotra. Agnihotra is an ancient Vedic fire ceremony performed at the exact second of sunrise and sunset. It is one of the basic Homa Therapies that anyone can and everyone can do!
Although the ceremony has been lost as far as most of the world is concerned, there are communities of people all over the planet keeping the tradition alive-ourselves included.
To perform Agnihotra, you need a copper pyramid (of a specific size and shape), organic cow dung, ghee (clarified butter) organic integral rice, time coordinates for your latitude, matches and the discipline to wake up before sunrise! To assemble the fire, you take three small pieces of the dung (very important it is organic) and smear a layer of the ghee, creating a pyramid within the pyramid. You then light the dung and the ghee helps to spread the fire and keep it roaring. At the exact second of sunrise or sunset, you sing the appropriate mantra and twice you throw the rice into the fire as an offering. Afterwards, you sit with the fire and meditate until the flames and smoke burns out. Both are extremely cleansing and purifying. The fire is very powerful for the people participating, but actually, it can cleanse an area of 150 acres surrounding. That is a lot of surface space!
It all sounds nice, but how does it work?
Agnihotra works with the subtle energies of the universe, collecting and creating a magnetic field around the pyramid which neutralizes negative energies and reinforces positive energies. The sunrise and sunset times around the planet create a half sphere of energy, and when those first rays of light his the earth, there is an explosion of energy for the atoms and molecules. This subtle explosion goes into the fire and travels like a double helix twelve kilometers into the air and then back down into the pyramid until the flames die out. The idea behind this is that we work to purify the toxic world we have created, and in return the atmosphere heals us. Agnihotra also works to neutralize radiation in the earth, water and air (this has been proven with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Russia).
This ancient Homa Therapy is also being applied to organic farming, called biodynamics. By performing the fire, the molecular and cellular structure of the soil and plant is changed, giving more nutrients to the fruit and less to the leaves, stems and roots. This ultimately leads to a greater, more bountiful yield of fruits and vegetables with increased size, flavor and texture. Performing the fire can also reduce pest problems.
The Agnihotra fire has many medicinal properties which can be utilized just by performing the fire and also with the resulting ash.
Our experience with the fire…In only two and a half short weeks, all of us participating in the fire have experienced a noticable increase in energy throughout the day, increase in overall health and well being, clarity of mind, inner peace, openness to give and receive love and a beautiful meditation every morning to start the day. The most rewarding aspect of performing this fire has not only been the change we feel within ourselves, but how we are affecting and inspiring our community members to join the fire. The more we share our experience, the more people are intrigued and inspired to ingite this positive change in their life. As the days go by, people of all ages and walks of life are coming through our door and sharing this beautiful ceremony with us.
When it comes to Agnihotra, we choose to hold the light.
For more information, visit http://www.agnihotra.org/