The Witches Almanac for Saturday, January 21st

winter fantasyThe Witches Almanac for Saturday, January 21st

Saturday (Saturn): Longevity, exorcism, endings, homes, and houses.

St. Agnes’s Day

Waning Moon
The Waning Moon is a time for study, meditation, and little magical work (except magic designed to banish harmful energies).

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Scorpio
Scorpio: Increases awareness of psychic power. Precipitates psychic crises and ends connections thoroughly. People tend to brood and become secretive.

Color: Blue

Incense: Ivy

Saturday’s Witchery

Fantasy Snow FairySaturday’s Witchery

Saturday is a day filled with opportunities to clean up and clear out. So if you are wondering why Hecate is assigned to this day, take another look at what she symbolizes and the magick that is associated with her. That should answer the question.

Hecate was the oldest form of the Greek Triple Goddess, as she presided over heaven, the underworld, and earth. Crossroads where three roads met were especially sacred to Hecate, earning her the title of Hekate of the Three Ways. It’s interesting to note that even after the worship of other goddesses waned, ancient people still worshiped Hecate as the Queen of the Underworld and the Guardian of the Three-Way Crossroad. It was also believed that if you left her an offering of food there, she would grant you her favors. As Hecate Trivia, her triple images were often displayed at these crossroads, where she was petitioned on the full moon for positive magick and on the dark of the moon for cursing and dark magick.

While this last bit of information sounds a little ominous, keep in mind that Hecate/Hekate was known by many titles and is a shapeshifter. Her appearance could and did change often. As a dark moon goddess, her faces are many. To some she may appear as a old crone, hunched over a smoking cauldron and draped in a midnight cape. To others she may appear as a dark beautiful, mysterious, and mature woman wearing a shimmering crown. To some she may be perceived as a maiden priestess. She was called the “most lovely one,” the Great Goddess of Nature, and the Queen of the World of Spirits. This dark goddess knows her way around the earth and the underworld. All the powers of nature, life, and death are at her command.



Book of Witchery
Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan


The Witches Guide to Saturday

FantasyThe Witches Guide to Saturday

The planetary correspondence for Saturday is Saturn. Matters dealing with the public, farming, family ties, legal matters (such as wills and estates), taking care of debts, dealing with lawyers, financing, joint money matters, real estate, older people, banishing or binding negativity, and getting rid of bad habits all fall under the charge of Saturn. It’s easy to see why “Saturday’s child works hard for his living.”

Saturday’s angels are Cassiel, Machatan, Uriel, and Orifiel. Cassiel is the angel of solitudes and tears. He is one of the rulers of the planet Saturn and occasionally appears as the angel of patience. Cassiel links himself to dragon energy. Regarding Machatan, the only information we get is that he works well with Cassiel and is also a power of Saturn. Orifiel is an angel of the wilderness, a ruler of the second hour of the day, and also associated with Saturn.

On Saturday, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Saturn, and that makes these times of the day doubly blessed. These four hours are the strongest four hours for conducting ritual. Check the local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine your local sunrise.



Gypsy Magic


The Goddess Book of Days for Saturday, January 21

My fantasy vintage: Бинги/Mi fantasía antigua: БингиThe Goddess Book of Days for Saturday, January 21

Day of St. Agnes, derived from Danish Goddess Yngona. She is also Anna, Anu, Danu, Don, the Morrigan (Ana, Badb, Macha), the Three Fates (Lachesis, Clotho, Atropos), the Noms, the Three Mothers (Sarasvati, Lakshmi, Parvati), Fortuna, Artemis, Diana, Athena, Oya and Anahit. Young women seek visions of their futures on St. Agnes Eve.


The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein


The Pagan Book of Days for Saturday, January 21

Into the new gothic world: senstx/En el nuevo mundo gótico: senstxThe Pagan Book of Days for Saturday, January 21


During the Roman Feralia, the spirits of the dead were believed to be abroad in this world, hovering above their graves. Provisions were left at graves for them. This was the last day of the Roman year for placating ghosts, on 22 February the living were appeased.



The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Saturday, January 21, We Celebrate….

FantasyOn Saturday, January 21, We Celebrate….

Saint Agnes’s Day (Various Locations)

Themes: Divination; Love

Symbols: Flowing Water; Seashells; Amber Beads

About Oshun: Oshun is a beautiful, oracular goddess of love. Generous and beneficent, she opens her eyes to let us peek into what the future holds for relationships. According to legends, Oshun didn’t always know how to tell the future. She was taught by Obatala, one skilled in divination, in return for retrieving his stolen clothing from Elegba. But Elegba exacted his price too. Once Oshun learned to divine, she had to teach all the other orishas the fortune-telling secrets.

To Do Today: Traditionally, Saint Agnes’s Day is spent divining information about love’s path and relationships in the coming year. Following Oshun’s example, make a fortune-telling tool from three shells, each of which has a “top” and “bottom.” If shells aren’t handy, use three coins. Think of a “yes” or “no” question related to love. Three tops (or heads) mean “yes.” Two tops mean things are generally positive, but uncertain. One top indicates a “wait” or a negative response, and three bottoms is a definite “no.” Put the shells under your pillow before you go to bed to dream of future loves.

Or, to encourage Oshun’s problem solving skills in a relationship, carry a small piece of amber or wear a piece of amber-colored clothing when you meet your loved one to talk things over.

365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Patricia Telesco


Saturday, January 21

FantasySaturday, January 21


Saturday is dedicated to the shadowy Anglo-Saxon God Saetere or Seater, equivalent to the God Saturn. It is a day also associated with the Norns, the Norse equivalent of Three Fates, and the trickster God Loki. It is connected generally with apprehension, austerity, caution, and excessive self-limitation.

Deity: Saetere

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Planet: Saturn

Tree: Alder

Herb: Daffodil

Stone: Amethyst

Animal: Eagle

Element: Earth

Color: Dark Blue

Number: 4

Rune: Dag(D)

Celtic Tree Month of Luis (Rowan) – January 21 – Februaru 17

The Runic Half Month of Peorth (womb, dice cup) January 13 – 27

Goddess of the Month of Hestia – December 26 – January 22


The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick




The Sky This Week for January 21-29

die treue Eule ::: the faithful owlThe Sky This Week for January 21-29

A chance to spot asteroid 4 Vesta, the Moon appearing like the Cheshire Cat, and other awesome things to look for in the sky this week.

By Richard Talcott

Saturday, January 21

Mars continues to put on a nice show these January evenings. It appears some 30° above the southwestern horizon once twilight fades to darkness, though it’s easier to find by looking 6° (about one binocular field) to the upper left of brilliant Venus. The magnitude 1.0 Red Planet currently lies among the background stars of Pisces the Fish. A telescope shows the world’s 5″-diameter disk, but you likely won’t see any surface detail.

The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 7:14 p.m. EST. It then lies 251,602 miles (404,914 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Sunday, January 22

Although asteroid 4 Vesta reached opposition and peak visibility last week, the brightest minor planet of 2017 still shines at 6th magnitude. That’s barely bright enough to see with the naked eye from under a dark sky, though binoculars make the task much easier. To find Vesta, start at magnitude 1.2 Pollux in northern Gemini and then drop 3.6° due south to magnitude 3.6 Kappa (k) Geminorum. Vesta lies 2.6° east of Kappa this evening.
Monday, January 23

Venus appears brilliant in the early evening sky starting within a half-hour after sunset. Although it reached greatest elongation nearly two weeks ago, when it appeared 47° east of the Sun, the planet will remain the evening sky’s brightest point of light through late March. It currently shines at magnitude –4.7, some 10 times brighter than the second-brightest object, Jupiter. Venus crosses the invisible border between the constellations Aquarius and Pisces today. This region stands about one-third of the way from the southwestern horizon to the zenith an hour after the Sun goes down and doesn’t set until 9 p.m. local time. When viewed through a telescope this evening, Venus appears 28″ across and slightly less than half-lit.

Tuesday, January 24

The waning crescent Moon appears 4° north (upper left) of Saturn in this morning’s sky. The Moon pokes above the horizon just before 4:30 a.m. local time followed 10 minutes later by the planet. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.5 and remains a tempting target all week regardless of whether you use naked eyes or optical aid. When viewed through a telescope, the ringed planet shows a 15″-diameter disk surrounded by a stunning ring system that spans 35″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.

Wednesday, January 25

The waning crescent Moon drops closer to the horizon this morning, when it meets up with Mercury. Our satellite lies about 7° (one binocular field) above the innermost planet, which in turn lies 8° above the southeastern horizon 30 minutes before sunrise. Shining at magnitude –0.2, the planet shows up nicely through the twilight glow. Mercury’s disk spans 6″ and appears about three-quarters-lit when viewed through a telescope.

Thursday, January 26

Observers who target Jupiter through their scopes this morning will be in for a treat. The planet’s moon Ganymede, the largest satellite in the solar system, will be crossing the gas giant’s north polar region. The transit lasts from 2:55 to 5:02 a.m. EST.

Friday, January 27

The variable star Algol in Perseus appears faintest at 2:15 a.m. EST tomorrow morning, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you start watching it immediately after darkness falls this evening, you can see it dim from its peak brightness (magnitude 2.1) to minimum and then rise back to maximum in a single night. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days, but the drop from peak brightness and subsequent rise lasts only about 10 hours. Algol appears nearly overhead soon after darkness falls and descends toward the northwestern horizon after midnight.

New Moon occurs at 7:07 p.m. EST. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.

Saturday, January 28

The brightest star in the night sky puts on a nice show January evenings. Gleaming at magnitude –1.5, Sirius shines nearly four times brighter than the next brightest star visible from mid-northern latitudes: Arcturus in the constellation Boötes. (Although the planet Venus now shines more than three magnitudes brighter.) Sirius rises around sunset and ascends in the southeast throughout the evening hours.

Sunday, January 29

Although the Moon reached its New phase just two days ago, its rapid orbital motion carries it into view after the Sun goes down this evening. Look low in the west-southwest about an hour after sunset and you’ll see its 4-percent-lit crescent hanging in the twilight like the smile of the Cheshire Cat.



Astronomy Magazine


Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Saturday, January 21

Fantasy 16Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Saturday, January 21

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 143.91° SE
Sun Altitude: 24.44°
Sun Distance: 91.483 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2017 5:28 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:04 am↑ 114° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:08 pm↑ 246° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 3 minutes


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 224.94° SW
Moon Altitude: 26.53°
Moon Distance: 251554 mi
Next New Moon: Jan 27, 20176:07 pm
Next Full Moon: Feb 10, 20176:32 pm
Next Moonset: Today12:31 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 34.0%