14 October 2016 – Astro-Weather: Saturn remains a gorgeous sight in the evening sky all week. It stands high in the southwest an hour after sunset & doesn’t set until 10pm CDT. The ringed world shines among the background stars of southwestern Ophiuchus
This is the time of year when the Big Dipper lies level in the north-northwest in mid-evening. Look two fists at arm’s length above it for Kochab, the brightest star in the bowl of the Little Dipper.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
The Intercession of the Theotokos or the Protection of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, is a feast of the Mother of God celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox & Byzantine Churches.
The Slavic word Pokrov, like the Greek Skepê has a complex meaning. First of all, it refers to a cloak or shroud, but it also means protection or intercession. It is often translated as Feast of the Intercession.
According to Eastern Orthodox Sacred Tradition, the apparition of Mary the Theotokos occurred during the 10th century at the Blachernae church in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) where several of her relics (her robe, veil, & part of her belt) were kept. St. Andrew the Blessed Fool-for-Christ, saw the dome of the church open & the Virgin Mary enter, moving in the air above him, glowing, surrounded by angels & saints. She knelt & prayed with tears for all in the world. The Virgin Mary asked Her Son, Jesus Christ, to accept the prayers of all the people entreating Him & looking for Her protection. Afterwards, She spread Her veil over all the people in the church as a protection.
St Andrew turned to his disciple, St. Epiphanius, who was standing near him, & asked, “Do you see, brother, the Holy Theotokos, praying for all the world?” Epiphanius answered, “Yes, Holy Father, I see it and am amazed!”
According to the Primary Chronicle of St. Nestor, the inhabitants of Constantinople called upon the intercession of the Mother of God to protect them from an attack by a large Rus’ army. The feast celebrates the destruction of this fleet.
1582 – Because of the adoption of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain
1773 – Just before the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, several of the British East India Company’s tea ships are set ablaze at the old seaport of Annapolis, Maryland
1884 – The American inventor, George Eastman, receives a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film
1888 – Louis Le Prince films first motion picture: Roundhay Garden Scene
1894 – Birthday of E. E. Cummings
1898 – The steamer ship SS Mohegan sinks after impacting the Manacles near Cornwall, United Kingdom, killing 506
1908 – The Chicago Cubs defeat the Detroit Tigers, 2–0, clinching the World Series. Their last win to date…GO CUBBIES!
1912 – While campaigning in Milwaukee, Theodore Roosevelt, is shot & mildly wounded by John Schrank, a mentally-disturbed saloon keeper. With the fresh wound in his chest, & the bullet still within it, Roosevelt still carries out his scheduled public speech
1913 – Senghenydd colliery disaster, the United Kingdom’s worst coal mining accident claims the lives of 439 miners
1933 – Nazi Germany withdraws from the League of Nations & World Disarmament Conference
1943 – Prisoners at the Nazi German Sobibór extermination camp in Poland revolt against the Germans, killing eleven SS guards, & wounding many more. About 300 of the Sobibor Camp’s 600 prisoners escape, & about 50 of these survive the end of the war
1944 – Linked to a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is forced to commit suicide
1952 –Battle of Triangle Hill is the biggest & bloodiest battle of the Korean War
1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis begins
1964 – Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence
1964 – Leonid Brezhnev becomes the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, ousting former leader Nikita Khrushchev, sending him into retirement as a nonperson in the USSR
1968 – Vietnam War: The United States Department of Defense announces that the U.S. Army & U.S. Marine Corps will send over 24,000 soldiers & Marines back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours of duty in the combat zone there
1968 – Apollo program: The first live TV broadcast by American astronauts in orbit performed by the Apollo 7 crew
1979 – The first Gay Rights March on Washington, D.C., draws 100,000 people
1981 – Citing official misconduct in the investigation and trial, Amnesty International charges the U.S. Federal Government with holding Richard Marshall of the American Indian Movement as a political prisoner
1981 – Vice President Hosni Mubarak is elected as the President of Egypt one week after the assassination of the President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat
1982 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaims a War on Drugs
1984 – “Baby Fae” receives a heart transplant from a baboon
1994 – The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the establishment of the Oslo Accords & the framing of the future Palestinian Self Government
MY POD (Poem Of the Day)
~Libra, Lady Justice:
My meetings with you have been quick & fleet
From thought to meaning
From plus to fraction;
Is life fair in a moment’s interaction?
You, bestow desires, or passions deplete,
& decide from the start, but are discreet,
Allowing judgement to change thru action –
By disavowing outside distraction
The scales are now replete
Shared by Jonathan Hilton of the Astrosophy Research Center
“…Might it be possible that we do not notice certain rhythms of time with regard to more subtle rhythms of human existence—for instance, our cultural life, and so on—because we have not yet developed a proper sense for time beyond our merely physical requirements? The fact that we live in an age in which prophets appear, proclaiming a glorious ascent of humanity in the future, while others speak of ultimate decline, shows that humanity has not achieved a universally valid cognition of ‘cultural time’. Humanity today is like a congregation of human beings, who have lost their sense of time—through some strange accident—and are now quarreling among themselves as to whether it is morning or evening. Therefore, it is not astonishing that modern humanity has managed to put itself into a cultural and social crisis that has no example in history. We also need time signals from the universe with regard to the foundation of cultural life.” (Willi Sucher, Time Signals from the Universe)