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Austin Almanac: Week of April 18, 2010 to April 24, 2010

Mercury Retrograde Begins on April 19th

On April 19th, the first Mercury retrograde of 2010 begins.  "Retrograde" means that the planet seems to be traveling backwards across the sky.  When Mercury slows to a stop and then reverses direction, we refer to this time as a Mercury retrograde.  The planet is not really stopping and backing up; the effect is an illusion caused by Earth and Mercury traveling in the same direction at different speeds -- so one overtakes the other.

This retrograde period lasts until May 11th, making it just over 3 weeks long.  Expect frustrations and interruptions for this period.  Miscommunications are more prevalent, too -- dropped cell phone calls, problems with internet access, old-fashioned interpersonal misunderstandings, etc.  On the up side, though, Mercury retrogrades often usher in old friends that we've lost contact with, prime opportunity to finish old projects that we let slide, time to review topics we've already studied.

New activities will be more difficult to engage in and complete.  Old activites will be easier to engage in and complete.  That seems to sum it up.

The other Mercury retrogrades for 2010 occur August 21st to Septemeber 12th and December 11th to December 30th.

First Quarter Moon occurs April 21st

The moon reaches first quarter at 1:20pm here in Austin, Texas.

When planning your magical activities for the day, keep in mind that Mercury is retrograde and that the moon is void-of-course between 9:06am and 10:41am.  If you work before the void-of-course, the moon is still in Cancer.  If however, you work after the void-of-course, the moon will be in Leo.

Where is the Moon this week?

On Sunday, April 11: The moon is still in Gemini and will be all day.

On Monday, April 12: The moon finally leaves Gemini at 5:20am.  She is void-of-course for just over an hour, entering Cancer at 6:38am.

On Tuesday, April 13: The moon's travels in Cancer continue for another day.

On Wednesday, April 14: The moon leaves Cancer at 9:06am.  She is void-of-course from 9:06am until 10:41am.  Then the moon enters Leo.

On Thursday, April 15: The moon spends another day in Leo.

On Friday, April 16: The moon leaves Leo and goes void-of-course at 10:34am.  She is void-of-course until 1:23pm, when she enters Virgo.

On Saturday, April 17: The moon isin Virgo all day .

Sunrise / Sunset Table

The table shows both duration of daylight and duration of darkness for calculating planetary hours.  (Please refer to How to calculate planetary hours after sunrise and How to calculate planetary hours after sunset for more information.)

Day

Date

Sunrise

Duration of Daylight

Sunset

Duration of Darkness

Sunrise (after darkness)

Sunday

04/18

7:01

13 hr 00 min

20:00 (8:00)

11 hr 00 min

6:59

Monday

04/19

6:59

13 hr 02 min

20:01 (8:01)

10 hr 58 min

6:58

Tuesday

04/20

6:58

13 hr 03 min

20:02 (8:02)

10 hr 57 min

6:57

Wednesday

04/21

6:57

13 hr 05 min

20:02 (8:02)

10 hr 55 min

6:56

Thursday

04/22

6:56

13 hr 07 min

20:03 (8:03)

10 hr 53 min

6:55

Friday

04/23

6:55

13 hr 08 min

20:04 (8:04)

10 hr 52 min

6:54

Saturday

04/24

6:54

13 hr 10 min

20:04 (8:04)

10 hr 50 min

6:53

Moonrise / Moonset Table

The table converts the time from 24-hour clock to the common 12-hour civilian clock and includes information about the phase of the moon.


Day

Date

Moonrise

Moonset

Phase

Sunday

04/18

09:49 (9:49am)

not applicable

Waxing crescent

Monday

04/19

10:50 (10:50am)

00:29 (12:29am)

Waxing crescent

Tuesday

04/20

11:54 (11:54am)

01:22 (1:22am)

Waxing crescent

Wednesday

04/21

13:01 (1:01pm)

02:10 (2:10am)

1st Quarter

Thursday

04/22

14:08 (2:08pm)

02:53 (2:53am)

Waxing gibbous

Friday

04/23

15:07 (3:07pm)

03:31 (3:31am)

Waxing gibbous

Saturday

04/24

16:19 (4:19pm)

04:07 (4:07am)

Waxing gibbous

For more information:

United States Naval Observatory Sun and Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year

Unites States Naval Observatory Phases of the Moon Table

 

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