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Episode 196 | Podathon Day Three:  Mercury’s Mental and Manual Might!

It’s the Fourth Annual Big Sky Astrology Podathon! In today’s sky, the Sun and Mercury meet in a conjunction that also brightens the Last Quarter Moon in Mercury-ruled Gemini. In the Days of the Week segment, April explains how Wednesday got its name and why it’s a great day of the week for anything requiring mental or manual dexterity. Plus, a closer look at the Lunar Phase Family Cycles, a very musical greeting from Listener Emily, and all the news of Podathon – including how to make your donation, receive special gifts, and be enrolled in a drawing for one of five fabulous prizes!


And tune in tomorrow for Day Four of the Podathon!

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[0:36] It’s the 4th Annual Big Sky Astrology Podathon, with five daily episodes, all the week’s planetary news, some special podathon segments, and a chance to win prizes!

[2:09] Donate $25 or more to be entered into the drawing!  One grand prize winner will win a 90-minute reading with April (a $269 value). One lucky listener will win a 60-minute reading with April (a $210 value). Another lucky donor will win a free enrollment into one of April’s upcoming classes ($249 value). Last but not least, two lucky winners will win a personalized copy of April’s “Followed by a Moonshadow” eclipse report. Ongoing monthly donors are also entered!

[3:20 ] Can’t contribute $25 or more? That’s ok!  Donate $10 or more to gain access to April’s special episodes for the Equinoxes and Solstices. 🙂

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[5:18 ] Today, Mercury conjoins the Sun (4:09 AM PDT) at 13°36’ Virgo. Take advantage of the power and clarity of mind and communications that are represented by this cazimi condition of Mercury.

[6:27] Moon Report! The Last Quarter Mercury-ruled, Gemini Moon (3:21 PM PDT) is at 14º03’ Gemini on the Sabian symbol 15 Gemini, Two Dutch children talking. Just a heads up, as the Moon squares Mercury today (1:45 PM PDT), feelings may not match up with words.

[7:35] Tuneful greetings from Listener Emily!

[8:20] The name Wednesday is derived from “Wodensday”, a nod to the Norse God Odin, which was called Woden in old English. Woden and Mercury shared association with communication, knowledge, and travel, and eventually referred to the same day of the week. Since Mercury is associated with manual and mental dexterity, mend clothing, study, communicate, and run neighborhood errands.

[10:44] A closer look at the Lunar Phase Family Cycles. Let’s give a Big Sky Astrology shout out to Celeste Brooks of Astrology by Celeste, who tipped April off to these cycles. Check out their interview on Episode 141. Dietrich Pessin’s book is a fine resource on these cycles as well.

[16:33] And that’s a wrap for Day Three of The Fourth Annual Podcast! Make your donation at, and join April again tomorrow morning for another episode!

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