Ruby Summer Lee – a star is born!

Here’s Ruby Summer Lee.. the Gaian Times mascot.. who was named on 22nd April 2012.. EARTH DAY ūüôā

Her own blog is at

Retrograde Venus transits the Sun: graphical explanation

Following on from the detailed ¬†3-Dimensional graphics I created to `show’ the way Earth & Moon move around, and how their different positions create the shadows we we (Eclipses), I thought Venus transit deserved a graphics too ūüôā

Every diagram in the internet shows `what we will see. .. a picture of the Sun-disc, and Venus as a black spot moving from top-left  across the sun to the right.  But no one has said why?

Normally – from our Earth’s point of view (if we take north pole as `up’) planets move `clockwise’ ¬†around the Sun. ¬†If Venus moved that way too, then from our point of view- we will see the transit as going from right hand to left hand part across the Sun.

But of course, at the moment, Venus is `retrograding’. This means it’s going backwards. Not really but it `seems’ that way to us on Earth. ¬†A good example is if you are in a train that’s just leaving the station, and you look out…and ¬†you see another train leaving the station at next platform. ¬†But if your train’s speed is faster than he other train, that one will suddenly look like it’s going `backwards’ – even though both train are going forward. This is an optical illusion of relative perspective of two objects. Same is happening with Earth going around Sun, and Venus.

(You can imagine the headache Albert Einstein must have had, trying to imagine light beams and other objects travelling in space..  as he came up with those Theories of Relativity!)

So Venus IS seemingly going backwards, and so we see the transit of venus across the Sun …from left to right- only for the 6th June 2012. ūüôā



Also read about Data for Venus transit

Lunar Eclipse: Explanation graphics of orbits & shadows

We often see so many `figures’ an `diagrams’ in science and technical books or websites.. ¬†But not many people actually try to explain what we see and why we see it that way. ¬†So I have created this graphics to show the orbits of Earth around the Sun, and the orbit of moon around Earth (us)..

This clearly shows positions of the Moon around the Earth, what those positions of Moon mean in terms of Lunar phases (new moon, first ¬†quarter, full moon, last quarter) etc. ¬† This is a `view from space’ – if you like.

But in this graphics, I have tried to also show -in the 2 `box screens’ ¬† – what the flat-image will be of the Solar eclipse. Same for the lunar eclipse – except, you are looking at ¬†the back of the `screen’ in this graphics. ¬†From Earth, we’ll see the front of the `screen’ and that will be a reverse of the image.

Just take a few minutes to look at this graphics, put your finger on each object (Sun, Moon, earth) and move it in the orbit..  to get a feel of it.  That may help you work out what happens and what we see from Earth.



Adverts in my blog by WP – I am not amused!

Just to let readers an followers of my blog know.. it seems suddenly wordpress adverts have started to appear at the bottom of my blogs .. I must have hit some sort of threshold of popularity.. (there has been an increase in visitors). Am not happy about it, but WP says they sometimes run adverts to pay the bills.. And only run adverts on blogs when viewed by outsiders (ie if you have a blog, and are logged into Wp, then you don’t see the ads).

The upgrade to ad-free blog costs!  .. As soon as I can afford it, I will upgrade.


Astronomical Data & visibility Map for Transit of Venus: What, where and how long

Hi all,

here’s a fabulous world map / data by Fred Espenak of NASA.¬† ¬†(His website is one I use regularly for a lot of astronomical data, especially Eclipses…and now for this.¬†If you are quoting this or him, please ¬†due acknowledgement to Fred Espenak. ¬†Thank you)

Global visibility map – Transit of Venus – June 2012 by Fred Espenak of NASA

Transit of Venus- what is it and how does it happen:

Venus transit (and eclipses) are all similar.. ¬† In Solar Eclipses, the moon comes between us on earth and blocks the Sun for a bit. ¬†In transit of venus, the planet Venus comes and blocks the Sun out. except because the Venus is further away from us, but closer to the Sun, it doesn’t `seem’ to cover the whole of the Sun.. ¬†It just appears as a small spot passing across (in front) of the Sun.

Because of orbits, geometry (relationship between shapes, distances, angles) and speeds of planetary motion, ¬†the transit of Venus ¬†`happens’ (for us!) twice every century (once, then 8 years later, then next century). ¬† After 6th June’12, next transit of venus will be in the year 2117 (unless you have the secrets of long life, you won;t live to see it again). ¬† The last time this event occurred (as it happens on pairs) was on June 8, 2004.

Time variations Why?

Stellar events (like planets moving) take time. ¬†The Transit of venus is – simply put- us from Earth viewing the Sun and Venus. Planets are moving around the Sun in different orbits (circular or elliptical paths). ¬† Because of the geometry of shapes and distances involved (ie planets are spheres, and distances between Sun, venus ¬†& earth are vast!), what we view from earth changes. Specifically, where on Earth you are located makes a big difference to the exact image you will see.. ¬† It’s a bit like watching the Football in a field being kicked about – what you see depends on where about in the auditorium / seats you are at. ¬† It’s one event (the ball moving on the ground.. but thousands of people watch it from different parts of the stadium..).

 Visibility of transit of venus

Anyway, when the transit of venus starts, it will be different times.. ¬†for different parts of the world (time zones). ¬†Here’s the thing- for some people, it will actually be middle of the night! ¬†That means they can’;t see the Sun (!), and if ya can;t see the Sun, you can’t see Venus going in front of the Sun. ¬† In the map attached, you can see the shaded parts of the world ¬†`No transit visible’. If you are in one of those counties, or parts of those countries, alas, you are having night time.. ¬†so you won;t see it. ¬†(parts of South America, parts of Africa). ¬† For everyone else, the transit of venus is visible.. ¬† at least the beginning, middle, or end of the transit.

For the people in Australia, for example, the time happens to be Sunrise..when transit of venus starts…Lucky them.- they get to see the whole event…from¬†beginning¬† to end. ¬†For those of us in UK, as Sunrise¬†occurs¬†(our time), the transit is almost over, but we still get to see the end of it..

Start & End times (Universal Time equals GMT for all intends and purposes)

In the NASA site, Fred Espenak gives times for this transit as below. ¬†I have added simple *explanations of what we `see’

    Phase         +Time         *Explanation (by Mani Navasothy)

 Contact I      22:09:38  (outer edge of Venus first `touches' the Sun's edge).
 Contact II     22:27:34  (whole of Venus first fully `inside the Sun disc).
 Greatest       01:29:36  (Venus in the mid-part of transit).
 Contact III    04:31:39  (edge of Venus starts to come `out of the Sun' disc)  
 Contact IV     04:49:35  (trailing end of Venus fully `leaves' the Sun disc).

+Don’t forget your local `summer time adjustments’. ¬† Here in UK, ¬†for example, the `Greatest Transit’ ¬†at 01:29 hrs UT/GMT is ¬†seen at local British ¬†Summer time of ¬†02:29 hrs .

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Gaian Times Eco-Magazine: Issue 4 – Coming Soon

Gaian Times eco-magazine issue #4 will be coming out very soon.

We’ve published the previous issues freely online in the Gaian Times website.

But from this issue onwards, though it’s still free, we’ll be sending a link to those who subscribe to GT opting in with name & e-mail. ¬† Please visit the Gaian Times website and opt-in. ¬†Thanks.



A Big Thank you – to you all

Dear fellow bloggers, visitors, readers,and re-bloggers..

Just wanted to say a big Thank you – for visiting my blog

Your visits have been brilliant in the last 2-3 days, especially concerning the Astrological charts & astronomical data for the Solar & Lunar Eclipses  of 20th May 2012, and 4th June 2012.

I’ll create similar info for the next set of Eclipses that will take place in November & December of this year, and more importantly, the upcoming – once in a life-time astro-event of `Venus transit of the Sun’ ¬†that will take place on 6th June 2012.

Warm regards & best wishes


ps. If there’s any specific charts,graphics or info you are looking for, let me know…Post a comment, and I’ll see if I can provide them. ūüôā

Eclipse Magic Workbook – NOW PUBLISHED

Author of “Eclipse Magic Workbook” Manivannan Navasothy – Wiccan High Priest and founder of, in this book shows you step-by-step how to understand the uniqueness of Eclipse energies, their untapped hidden powers that could be used to develop your psychic powers, and offers you instructional tools to increase your magical receptivity, healing and balancing, accelerating your dream attainments, and many more personally useful methods, techniques, tools, tips, as well as safety considerations and your future eclipse preparatory work.


Note (22Dec’12): This book is available on Amazon Kindle¬†and also in my website

-Mani Navasothy


Interview with an Eclipse-Magician

Here’s a 11 min video interview that I filmed for explaining the basics of Eclipse Magic, and giving 3 important tips.

The annular Solar Eclipse is today (20th May’12) at 11.47pm (GMT). in the sign of Gemini.

My e-book `Eclipse Magic workbook’ has 70+ pages of core ideas, tasks and exercises to get any interested person doing this magical work. Launch price is ¬£14.00 only.
-Mani Navasothy.

Note (22Dec’12): This eBook is now available on Amazon Kindle for $9.99 ¬†(visit my amazon author page)

Rahu & Ketu – The serpent demons who swallowed the Sun and Moon (Eclipses).

Rahu & Ketu swallow the Sun & Moon and cause the Eclipses, according to hindu myths. They represent the north & south nodes, and are given `planets’ designation in vedic astrology.
Eclipse Magic Workbook - use the power of Solar & Lunar Eclipses in Esoteric work (c) Mani Navasothy.2012
Buy `Eclipse Magic Workbook ‘ (122 pages) Kindle ($7) or pdf ¬†(¬£9) ¬†– use the power of Solar & Lunar Eclipses in Esoteric work










Rahu & Ketu ¬†are – according to Hindu mythologies – the ¬†serpent demons who swallow the Sun and Moon! This occurrence is of course a Solar Eclipse or a Lunar Eclipse (`Sooriya Grahanam’ ¬†and `Chandra Grahanam’ ¬†in Tamil language).

These demons Рone with a human head and snake tail, and the other with a snake head and human body Рwere not always 2 separate beings!  In fact they were one demon (Asuran).

What’ s the story? ¬†Why did they split? ¬†And why do they taunt the Sun and Moon ?

I’ll have to write it later.

-Mani Navasothy

Related topics:

Mythology of Ganesh – Elephant Headed Hindu God

Shivarathri – Long night of Lord Shiva

Avatars: Hindu myths & Hollywood movies (Avatars of Lord Vishnu)

Ganga Thevi: The goddess who drowned her babies (story from Mahabharatham Рhindu epic) 

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