Mars Hoax

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Don’t fall for it! Today is the day for the annual Mars Hoax email to make its rounds. That Mars will be its closest ever…yada, yada, yada. It’s pure bull! This started because about 5 years ago it did happen and it was AMAZING…but it still wasn’t as big as that hoax email purports it to be. Anyway, if you want to read more, click here. :)

Vote for Pluto and Pumpkins

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I keep reading on other blogs that fall is in the air…not here in S. FL. 90 degree days and hot as ever. Don’t get me wrong…I love it here, but I wanted to get in the mood a little for the 2nd harvest, Autumn Equinox a little early so I added the pumpkin theme to my blog here. :) Hope you don’t mind.

About Pluto, I think this is so cute: The Pluto Petition. Now agree that Pluto is not a plant, but this is just too fun. I like to read the other petition responses too, like this one:

from Shana M. Buck, home school teacher:

“Our family (two parents, 8 kids) vote for Pluto to keep its planet status — for now! But here’s a thought: Why did astronomers vote on this now, instead of after New Horizons reaches Pluto? Isn’t it kind of -unscientific- to make bold declarations as to whether Pluto is or is not a planet, knowing that a plethora of new scientific data about Pluto and Charon will most likely be on the way back in just 8+ years? I’m glad to see that scientists are just as prone to dumb decision making as the average person.”

Did You Catch the Sky Show This Morning?

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I woke up so early today, not my normal thing, nor my most favorite. I walked outside with my dog, Krypto at about 6:15 am. It was twilight on Aug. 17th. I looked to the East and I saw Venus and the waning crescent Moon beautifully close together, so bright. Did you see them? They say that the International Space Station (ISS) made an appearance, too, but I missed that. I’ve yet to catch the ISS.

Your Opinion Would be Greatly Appreciated :)

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I need your help in deciding what to stock up my Etsy store with next. I go crazy when I go to my crystal/stone connection. I start running around everywhere saying “oooo, I like this” “oh this is calling to me” ” oooo,sparkly” like a chicken w/ my head cut off. LOL. Don’t get me wrong. Its tons of fun. I love it! That’s why I deal with rocks, crustals and stones. I am a born rock hound, through and through. As a science department chair I have a special lab that I get to select and purchase from so I know I was meant to do this.

So , I need some focus and direction here. If you were going to buy 2 stones, crystals or related items what woudl they be and why? Not to worry…this is not a hint or promise to purchase anything! I just need your honest openion and feedback to help me make my next purchase for my shop.

Would you like larger clusters? What kind? Hwo about spheres? These are black amethyst, BTW.

Those seem real popular right now. How about a stone pendent? What type of stone or crystal? More points? Fluorite seems very popular right now too? Selenite? Hmmmmmmm? What?

Thank you so much for your input. It is greatly appreciated. If interested in viewing my Etsy store, you can click through on the Etsy banner ad on the right. :)

Perseids Tonight?

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OK, peeps. I saw nothing last night. I searched at all hours. Then again it was hazy, I have mega city lights to combat and the moon was very bright. How about you? Did you see them?

We have another chance tonight. When it gets dark, go outside and look for meteors. Apparently, Earth is still inside the debris stream of Comet Swift-Tuttle so the Perseid meteor shower is still active! NASA claims that the show could be better tonight, Aug. 12th, than it was last night. For my sake, I hope so. You can start searching immediately after sunset. Good luck!

Perseid Meteor Shower Update

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You’ll want to look for some preliminary “Earthgrazers” tomorrow night, Aug. 11th, between about 9:00 and 11:00 pm local time!

The Earthgrazers won’t be numerous so try to catch them. If you see one, you won’t soon forget it!

Photo credit: Credit: S. Kohle & B. Koch from http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/10aug_horseflies.htm?list758067.

Meteor Shower Alert!

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Do you know about the Perseid Meteor Shower? It comes ’round every year. This year’s Perseid meteor shower should be even better than usual! This is due to a filament of comet dust that has drifted across Earth’s path. When we (Earth) pass through it, sometime between 4 – 5 am EST on August 12th, the Perseid meteor rate could surge to twice its normal value. Its estimated to be at 200 meteors per hour on peak nights, Aug. 11th and 12th! Take a look at this map looking to the NorthEast to get your bearings for where to look:

Map credit: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/31jul_perseids2009.htm

BTW, have you been admiring Jupiter hanging out in the vicinity of the Full Moon as she rises lately? I wish my telescop had the right lenses to look at it! Those lenses have been on my want list to DH for far too long. ;)

In Business :)

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I told you I had something brewing away for a while. My Etsy shop for selling stones and crystals is up and running. Yay! Wooooohooooo! I am very excited to start this venture on the Corn Moon. :)

Hibiscus Moon’s Etsy Shop

Creativity

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Creativity

How does your creativity level relate to your spiritual path? Have you gotten more in touch with your creative side because of your journey (perhaps out of necessity for ritual items)?

The level of my creativity has been completely amped up since becoming more involved in my spiritual beliefs and especially since celebrating Earth-based sabbats. I’ve always been creative and go through phases of doing a bunch and then doing nothing. I feel that I have been steadily more creative than usual since being more involved with my spirituality.

In addition, my creativity has lit a fire under me to start selling healing stones and crystals online. Many of you know I have a huge love and knowledge base to pull from when it comes to rocks, crystals, stones so its a venture I’m going to try out. I’ve been researching that and building up my stock of stones. Creative wheels have been turning.

Here’s a batch of some new tumbled stones I got taking their 7 Day Cleanse.