January 2020


"What's Going on For January 2020?"

January Moon is Full Wolf Moon

  

This month's moon was named due to the hungry wolves who would roam the countryside looking for food.  

 

https://www.almanac.com/astronomy/moon/calendar/zipcode/14618/2020-01 

Moon graphic from: The Farmer's Almanac 


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Shooting Stars

The Quadrantids produce up to 40 shooting stars an hour at the peak.  As many as 100 meteors an hour could fly during the Jan. 3-4 peak. The first-quarter moon sets just after midnight, leaving dark skies for optimum viewing conditions. 

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The New Year 2020

2020 Chinese Calendar is Year of the Rat

  

2020 is going to be successful! The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animals cycle of the Chinese Astrology, and for this reason, 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals.

The Metal Rat Year is going to be a strong, prosperous, and lucky year. This is a great year for founding and evolving. 



Numerology for 2020


When adding up the numbers in 2020 equals 4, we're starting the new decade in a 4 year. The number 4 is defined by hard work, determination and making plans. So when we enter a 4 year, we are allowed to lay the groundwork for our future selves, and possibly create a better world. The number 4 is also associated with money. It indicates times when we’re saving for the future or making smarter financial choices (potentially creating a better economy in 2020). 

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Scottish Tradition - Hogmanay and First Foot

Hogmanay is a very big deal in Scotland. It’s the biggest day in the festive calendar, a celebration that makes Christmas Day seem very small indeed – and it’s like nothing else on Earth. What is Hogmanay? Hogmanay is what the Scots call their New Year’s Eve celebrations. The origins of the word are unclear – some say it’s a corruption of the Greek words for ‘holy month’, others that it’s of French origin – but the celebrations themselves go back centuries. 

Where did Hogmanay come from? Hogmanay’s origins are viking. Norse invaders celebrated the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, with wild parties in late December. Those parties began to incorporate elements from the Gaelic Samhain winter festival, which celebrates the beginning of winter, and Yule, whose celebrations were known as ‘daft days’ in Scotland. Like many annual celebrations, the end result is a mix of its various influences.