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The Witches Digest for Wednesday, August 16th


The Witches Digest for Wednesday, August 16th

The Goddess is Alive


Moon shines down upon a sea of Light,
Shifting sands lay singing in the Heart of the Night.
I looked upon a scene that gripped me to the core,
White-clad maidens below were dancing on the shore.


Sweet sounds slipped from moon-lit throats,
Wind whipped hair abound,
Lit by the light within and without,
The Women circled ’round.


As I stood, water engulfed my feet,
My body swayed to your Heavenly Heart beat.
Wind and wave and fire light,
Paled in my mind Earthly delight.


Time slipped by me as you held your embrace,
And windblown spray covered my face.
Protected deep within your Womb,
I could feel the tender pain of Life’s bloom.


Candles flared high as the Dance progressed,
Deep inside with a healing touch you blessed.
All around, wind, wave and fire shouted of your life,
Your light speared deep within, soothing my strife.


Divine Mother, Goddess of Light,
To you I come seeking protection from the night.
Come home to shelter within your arm,
Surrounded by Love, hidden from harm.


Holy Mother, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
From you we all trace our Birth.
Heavenly Goddess, light from above,
Shine down upon us, we pray for your Love.


—-Author Unknown
Originally published on Pagan Library

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Wednesday, August 16

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 91.98° E
Sun Altitude: 25.51°
Sun Distance: 94.122 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 6:12 am↑ 72° East
Sunset Today: 7:44 pm↑ 288° West
Length of Daylight: 13 hours, 32 minutes


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 194.67° SSW
Moon Altitude: 69.56°
Moon Distance: 228684 mi
Next New Moon: Aug 21, 20171:30 pm
Next Full Moon: Sep 6, 20172:02 am
Next Moonset: Today3:18 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 32.9%


Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Aug 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm
(Next Phase)
Third Quarter: Aug 14, 2017 at 8:14 pm
(Previous Phase)



Did You Know: Accuracy of Eclipse Times

Consistent with NASA

First things first: yes, you can trust our eclipse times.


If you are planning to watch a solar or lunar eclipse, our eclipse pages are a great place to get reliable information. We have tested the information we display, compared it with sources like NASA and the Astronomical Almanac—and tested it again. You will not miss out on an eclipse because our times are off.


So why choose us? While our eclipse times are highly consistent with all of the most reputable sources in the field, we provide more service. Our eclipse maps, animations, and eclipse library simply make eclipse data easier and more fun to use.


Total Accuracy Is Impossible

Eclipse times can be determined mathematically. You only need to take into account factors like the size of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon, as well as their movements in relation to one another, do the math—et voilà: the result will tell you when an eclipse starts, reaches its maximum, and ends at a location of your choice. But only just. There are some factors that make it impossible to be 100% precise. They include:


Neither the Moon nor the Earth is perfectly round; they are both slightly squashed. Their exact shapes can only be determined up to a certain degree of precision. This means that the numbers any eclipse prediction is based on are merely approximations.

There are mountains and valleys on the Moon, so its shadow has a slightly rugged edge. Solar eclipse predictions usually do not take this factor into account. If you happen to stand in the shadow of a lunar mountain at the beginning or end of a total solar eclipse, totality may last a tiny bit longer for you.

The mountains and valleys on Earth further distort the timing of a solar eclipse. Our calculations are based on the size of the Moon’s shadow at sea level. However, its umbra, the portion of the shadow where the Sun appears completely eclipsed, is cone-shaped. As a consequence, the higher you are above sea level, the larger the shadow—and the longer totality lasts for you.

The movements of the Earth and the Moon are not constant. While we know that the Earth revolves around the Sun in about 365.24219 days and the Moon completes a full orbit around Earth in relation to the Sun in about 29.530575 days, it is impossible to predict their precise speeds on a daily basis as a number of forces can speed things up or slow them down. This means that a day on Earth is rarely exactly 24 hours long and that the Moon’s shadow may move slightly faster or slower during a solar eclipse than predicted.

We don’t know exactly how large the Sun is. Even NASA wouldn’t be able to tell you the exact diameter of our star! The margin of error is only about 0.03%, but that it is enough to influence the times for a solar eclipse by a few seconds as the size of the Moon’s shadow also depends on the size of the Sun.

The Earth’s atmosphere blocks some of the sunlight, so our planet’s shadow has a slightly fuzzy edge. During partial or total lunar eclipses, this makes it difficult to determine the precise moment when the shadow first touches the lunar surface, which marks the beginning of the eclipse.


Very Small Margin of Error

So, how accurate are our eclipse times? It’s difficult to put a number on it as any potential deviation depends on the type of eclipse, its date, your location, and other factors. But unless you need to know the moments an eclipse starts, ends, or reaches its maximum down to the second, it’s fair to say that our predictions are so precise that, if there is a deviation, it is very small and you will most likely not notice it.


The factors mentioned above, while making it impossible to be absolutely precise, only cause minute distortions. For example, the fact that the lunar shadow increases in size as you move towards the Moon creates a slightly longer totality at higher altitudes. However, because the lunar shadow moves at such a high speed and its diameter increases at a very slow rate, this difference only amounts to fractions of a second. Even on Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, the Moon’s shadow is only about 80 meters (260 feet) wider than at sea level.


Similarly, the unpredictability of the Earth’s rotational speed, while having the potential to significantly distort the predictions of eclipses in the far future, poses less of a problem for the calculation of eclipse times in the next few years. The closer the eclipse is in time, the more reliable the calculated times are.


In terms of the location of the Moon’s shadow during solar eclipses, the margin of error may sound pretty large at first. For example, the location of the Moon’s shadow during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 shown on the Eclipse Map can be off by about 1 kilometer (3300 feet). However, that is the approximate distance the Moon’s shadow covers in only 1 second, so this imprecision amounts to no more than a heartbeat for spectators on the ground. Having said that, if you are at the very edge of the path of the total eclipse, it is probably wise to move at least 1 kilometer towards its center to make sure you will not miss out on totality.

Beware of the Horizon

It is worth noting that the times we display for sunrise and sunset, as well as moonrise and moonset, are based on a flat horizon where the observer is at the same altitude as the horizon. For this reason, it is important to avoid obstacles like hills or buildings if you are planning to watch an eclipse where the Sun or Moon appears close to the horizon.


Please also note that in rare cases, our list of eclipses seen in a particular location may not include a solar eclipse that occurs during sunrise or sunset. However, we are already in the process of tweaking our models to fix that issue.



Do Sunglasses Protect Eyes in a Solar Eclipse?

How Not to Watch Solar Eclipses

According to NASA, the following materials should never be used to view a solar eclipse:

sunglasses of any kind
color film
medical X-ray film
smoked glass
floppy disks


The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness. This can occur even if your eyes are exposed to direct sunlight for just a few seconds.

Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse

DIY: Project the Sun.

The only way to safely view the Sun – eclipsed or not – is to either project or filter the Sun’s rays.

Projection works well. You can make your own box projector or use a telescope or binoculars. However, don’t look through the telescope’s eyepiece or side-mounted finder scope while projecting the Sun’s image onto a screen.

Eclipse Glasses
If you are not the DIY type, the American Astronomical Society has compiled a list of vendors where you can buy safe eclipse glasses.
Use protective gear.

NASA recommends welder’s glasses rated 14 or higher. These can be found at your local welding supply store. Keep in mind that welder glass grading may be different in different countries.

Solar Filters
You can use special solar filters to watch the Sun during a solar eclipse, but use the proper type of solar filter that is designed for eclipses. Check that filters do not crack under the Sun’s magnified and focused intensity. Solar filters must be treated with care, or they can quickly become damaged and unsafe to use.



Make a Box Pinhole Projector to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse

A simple and safe way to watch a solar eclipse is with a box pinhole projector. It is easy to make from a cardboard box and ordinary household items.

Diagram of a box pinhole projector.
Watch an eclipse through a pinhole projector.

Project the Sun

Never look directly at the Sun without proper eye protection. You can seriously hurt your eyes and even go blind.


Projecting the Sun in a box projector, with binoculars or a telescope, or using only 2 pieces of cardboard is a safe and easy way to see a solar eclipse.

Projector Using a Box

This type of pinhole projector works on the same principle as a basic pinhole projector. However, the box makes this projector much sturdier and easier to set on a surface. And it only requires a few extra items to construct.

You Need:

a long cardboard box or tube
duct tape
aluminum foil
a pin or a thumbtack
a sharp knife or paper cutter
a sheet of white paper


What to Do:

Cut a rectangular hole at the end of the box. You can tape 2 boxes together to make a long box. The longer the box, the larger the projected image.

Using the scissors, cut out a piece of the aluminum foil slightly larger than the rectangular hole. Make sure the foil is completely flat and not crinkled.

Tape the foil over the rectangular hole in the box.

Use the pin to poke a tiny hole in the center of the foil.

Tape the sheet of paper on the inside of the other end of the box.

Stand with your back toward the Sun. Place the box over your head with the pinhole towards the Sun. Adjust your position until you see a small projection, a reversed image, of the eclipsed Sun on the paper inside the box.


Using a Tube?

If you are using a long tube or taping 2 tubes together, cut the end of the tubes and tape the foil with a pinhole on 1 end. On the other end, tape a piece of white paper over the end of the tube. This will act as the screen. Close to this end, cut a rectangular hole using the knife. This will be your viewing window.


With your back toward the Sun, point the end with the foil toward the Sun, angling the tube along the Sun’s rays. Look into the tube through the viewing window until you see a reversed image of the eclipsed Sun on the screen.

Keep Safe!

Never look at the Sun directly without protective eye gear. Even sunglasses cannot protect your eyes from the damage the Sun’s rays can do to them.
Always keep your back toward the Sun while looking at a pinhole projection.

Do not look at the Sun through the pinhole.


No Good for Planet Transits

Unfortunately, for planet transits like the Mercury Transit on November 11–12, 2019, Mercury is too small and too far away to be projected in this manner. However, a projector made from binoculars or a telescope can work.




The Sky This Week for August 16 to 20


Comet PANSTARRS, the Perseid meteor shower, and other beautiful things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Wednesday, August 16

Look for the waning crescent Moon this morning as it hovers just east of the Hyades star cluster in Taurus the Bull. The two objects clear the horizon by 1 a.m. local daylight time and climb halfway to the zenith by the time morning twilight begins. The Moon appears 35 percent lit and easily outshines the stars of the V-shaped Hyades. First-magnitude Aldebaran, which marks one tip of the V, appears brighter than the rest of the cluster’s stars because it actually lies in the foreground.

Thursday, August 17

Jupiter appears low in the west-southwest an hour after sunset this week. The brilliant planet shines at magnitude –1.8 and dominates the evening sky. It appears against the backdrop of Virgo, some 6° to the right of the Maiden’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. When viewed through a telescope, Jupiter’s disk spans 33″ and shows a wealth of atmospheric detail.

Friday, August 18

Look overhead around 10 p.m. anytime this week and your eyes will fall on the brilliant star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp. At magnitude 0.0, Vega is the brightest member of the prominent Summer Triangle asterism. The Triangle’s second-brightest star, magnitude 0.8 Altair in Aquila the Eagle, lies some 35° southeast of Vega. The asterism’s dimmest member, magnitude 1.3 Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, stands about 25° east-northeast of Vega.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 9:18 a.m. EDT. It then lies 227,497 miles (366,121 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Saturday, August 19

By the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky, your eyes will be drawn to the eastern sky for a meeting of the night sky’s two brightest objects. Brilliant Venus rises first, clearing the horizon shortly before 3:30 a.m. local daylight time. Less than a half-hour later, the waning crescent Moon joins the planet. The two make a stunning pair as they climb higher in the twilight sky. Venus, which shines at magnitude –3.9, appears 20° above the horizon an hour before sunrise.

Sunday, August 20

Distant Neptune reaches opposition and peak visibility in just two weeks, but the view now is essentially the same. The ice giant planet rises during evening twilight and climbs nearly halfway to the zenith in the southern sky by 2 a.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 7.8 planet lies in Aquarius, 1.5° east of 4th-magnitude Lambda (l) Aquarii. You’ll need binoculars to spy Neptune and a telescope to see its blue-gray disk, which spans 2.4″.


Astronomy Magazine

Your Astrology for Wednesday, August 16th

The Moon is in Gemini.
The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 14th, and the New Moon (Solar Eclipse) will occur on August 21st.
Mercury is retrograde (Mercury is retrograde from August 12-September 5).

Moon in Gemini


The Moon is traveling through witty Gemini today. Call, text, send email, write letters. Visit someone you’ve missed. Watch a movie and talk about it at a coffee shop. Get out and about. Don’t sleep in.


Our instincts are to communicate, think, and learn under the influence of Moon in Gemini. We are motivated by a desire for variety and by an instinctive curiosity. The Moon in Gemini is light-hearted, breezy, and curious, but it can also be restless and fickle.


The Moon in Gemini generally favors the following activities: Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.

Wednesday’s Magick


Magickal Intentions: Communication, divination, luck, safety, health, wisdom, commerce, business

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Color: Purple

Crystals: Aventurine, Agate

Today is Wednesday, August 16th


Wednesday is the day of the Teutonic deity known as Wodin or Odin, an aspect of the Allfather, god of knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes, the planet Mercury.

Deity: Woden

Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo

Planet: Mercury

Tree: Ash

Herb: Cinquefoil

Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx

Animal: Raven & Cat

Element: Air

Color: Red & Blue

Number: 6

Rune: Odal(O)


Celtic Tree Month of Coll (Hazel) – August 5 – September 1

Runic Half-Month of As (gods) – August 13 – August 28

Goddess of the Month of Hesperia – August 9 – September 5



The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Wednesday, August 16th, We Honor the Goddess Iduna


IN ANCIENT TIMES, THE Norse people considered apples essential for the continuation of life. Associated with the resurrection, containers of these sacred fruit were placed in graves, perhaps to nurture mortals as they journeyed from one life to the next. The Norse also believed that a soul could be passed from body to body, contained within the flesh of an apple. Many European folktales tell of infertile women who miraculously conceive a child after eating an apple.

Not surprisingly, the Norse credited the apple with granting eternal life to their deities. They honored Iduna as the goddess responsible for growing this fruit, which was eaten by the gods and goddesses to retain their youth and beauty. Iduna grew the golden apples of immortality in her enchanted western garden named Appleland; in the stories of King Arthur, Appleland was called Avalon—the idyllic country of immortal life.

Iduna was renowned for her youthful beauty, and was married to Bragi, the handsome god of poetry. As keeper of the golden apples, she was reponsible for the well-being of the Norse pantheon. Though she did her best to protect the gods and goddesses from harm, the mischievous fire god Loki nearly undermined their immortality.


The Book of Goddesses: Expanded Anniversary Edition
Kris Waldherr



Wednesday: Is associated with Mercury and the colors of Purple, Magenta and Silver


Wednesday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Accounting, Advertising, Astrology, Clerks, Communication, Computers, Correspondence, Critics, Editing, Editors, Education, Healing, Hiring Employees, Intelligence, Journalists, Kin, Learning Languages, Legal Appointments, Memory, Merchants, Messages, Music, Neighbors, Phone Calls, Placing Ads, Siblings, Signing Contracts, Students, Visiting Friends, Visual Arts, Wisdom, and Writing



Practical Magick for the Penny Pinching Witch
Carol Moyer

The Witches Guide to Wednesday


Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.


Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?


Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.



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

A Little Witchery for Your Wednesday


Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.


Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?


Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.


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

The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, August 16th

Xicolatada (French)

Waning Moon

Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Gemini

Incense: Honeysuckle

Color: Topaz

Magickal Applications for Wednesday


To the Romans, this day was called Dies Mercurii, or “Mercury’s day” Mercury was a popular character in the Roman pantheon. A messenger of the gods, he presided over commerce, trade, and anything that required skill or dexterity. The Celts also worshiped Mercury and eventually equated him with the Norse god Odin (some spelling variations on this name include Wotan, Wodin, and Wodan). In Norse mythologies, Odin, like Mercury, is associated with poetry and music. Interestingly enough, both Odin and Mercury were regarded as psychopomps, or the leaders of souls, in their individual mythologies.


Odin, one of the main gods in Norse mythology, was constantly seeking wisdom. He traveled the world in disguise as a one-eyed man with a long gray beard, wearing an old, beat-up hat and carrying a staff or a spear (which brings to my mind images of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings). In the Old English language, this day of Mercury evolved into Wodnes daeg, “Woden’s day,” or Wednesday.


Wednesday carries all of the planetary and magickal energies and associations of the witty and nimble god Mercury himself. Some of these mercurial traits included good communication skills, cleverness, intelligence, creativity, business sense, writing, artistic talent, trickiness, and thievery. And don’t forget all of those wise and enigmatic qualities associated with the Norse god Odin/Wodin, not to mention the goddess Athena’s contributions of music, the arts, handmade crafts, and writing. Wednesdays afford excellent opportunities for seeking wisdom, changing your circumstances, and improving your skills, be they in trade and commerce, music and art, or in communication and writing.



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

Let’s Talk Witch – Blessing Your Dream Journal

Consecrate your dream journal to the elements. Inscribe inside it any personal symbols you wish and also this short incantation:

I will that this book serve to harmonize my spirit and mind.
May my spirit flow freely through the pages.
I shall discover myself here.
I will find my balance and healing.
I will experience joy and laughter.
May love and light surround me.
Blessed are the journeys.
Blessed is this book.
Blessed am I.
By babbling brook,
By flame and soil,
By breath and soul,
The dreams I have
Are remembered whole.
So mote it be!

You may anoint the journal with rosemary oil.


Elemental Witch: Fire, Air, Water, Earth; Discover Your Natural Affinity
Tammy Sullivan.

Dreaming Oil

Bay leaves
4 drops spearmint extract
Almond base oil
3 marigold petals
A few moonstone chips

Crush together equal amounts of rosemary and bay leaves. Add four drops of spearmint extract and blend into an almond base oil. Add three marigold petals and a few moonstone chips. Allow the oil to settle for thirty days in a dark place before use. Anoint pulse points or pillow. This oil promotes dreaming and helps you remember your dreams.


Elemental Witch: Fire, Air, Water, Earth; Discover Your Natural Affinity
Tammy Sullivan.

Dream Enhancers

Here are some other things you can do give your dreams a boost of energy:

1. Keep a moonstone or amethyst by your bed.
2. Make use of a dream catcher.
3. Record your dreams daily in your journal.
4. Keep track of what you eat for dinner the night before and which herb was prevalent in the meal.
5. Take a magical dream bath before retiring for the night. Passion flower or lavender scents work very well for this purpose.
6. Avoid taking medicines before bed.



Elemental Witch: Fire, Air, Water, Earth; Discover Your Natural Affinity
Tammy Sullivan.


Household Magick for Wednesday, August 16


On Wednesdays, cast for communication matters and to improve good life.

Planetary Influence: Mercury

Household Symbol: Phones, televisions, computers, letters, silver coins

Color: Orange or purple

Kitchen Spices: Dill and celery seed.


Cottage Witch, Natural Magick for Hearth & Home
Ellen Dugan

The Witches Current Moon Phase for August 16

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 34%

The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

Phase Details for – Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 34%
Moon Age: 23.71 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,435.71 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,461,696.08 km



Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, August 16th




Good energy is with you for connecting, learning, sharing, and communicating, dear Aries, although as the Moon and Saturn face off across your communications sector later today, there may be some frustration with differences of opinion or you begrudgingly need to crack down on your duties. Watch for overreaction and overindulgence today in general. A heavy influence this morning can have you second-guessing your decisions or worrying too much about your performance, and a lighter influence later today can brighten your mood but could also lead you to promise more than you can deliver. The latter is a Venus-Jupiter square, and while it’s one of the easier challenging aspects, there are some things to watch for. For one, people may be expecting a lot from you, and you may be tempted to go along with something just to make everyone happy, but this can backfire on you. For another, you may be enabling someone and they, you! Neither of these things is too serious, but if you can, remember your usual limits and don’t venture too far beyond them.



With a Venus-Jupiter square influencing your day, there is a real tendency to blow things out of proportion, dear Taurus. Venus is your ruler and is currently enjoying a guest stay in your communications sector, but Jupiter’s influence on Venus can lead you to believe you can do it all, and more! This can manifest as taking on too many projects, missing deadlines, or lining up more activities than you can reasonably manage. Alternatively, you could be reading too much into information you receive now and wasting a lot of time on something that isn’t even true. Aim to take things with a grain of salt, and avoid skipping steps and getting to a premature conclusion! Watch for making promises now if they’re based solely on the good mood of the moment.



Your feelings seem a little more colorful than usual as the Moon spends the day in your sign, dear Gemini. You are more in touch than usual with how you feel about recent and current events. Instead of ignoring or managing them, listen to your feelings and interpret them. You can learn a lot from your gut feelings and reactions, but be aware of two influences active today that can skew your perceptions a little. The first of these, active this morning, can have you stumbling on a decision. Whether to take action or wait things out can be the question. The second influence in effect later today is entirely different — it may have the effect of speeding up the decision-making process to the point that you jump to conclusions or jump into situations without enough thought. This is especially the case with money and love today!



While there is a retiring tendency with the Moon in your privacy sector all day, dear Cancer, Venus in your sign’s relationship with Jupiter puts you in the spotlight anyhow. However, it may, at times, be uncomfortable or pressured. Watch for impatience and overreaching. To get out of something you don’t want to do, you might promise something bigger, but that’s just unkind to your future self! You can be in an elevated good mood as the day advances, but you could also be expecting too much, and this sets you up for ups and downs. Try not to take others on that ride. You might also have great intentions for making improvements at home or making plans with loved ones, but you might also lose wind or motivation quickly. However, if you center yourself and aim to get in touch with what’s making you restless, you can avoid these little problems. Pamper yourself today, but don’t go so overboard that you have to pay the price in the future.



The Moon in your solar eleventh house all day points to a greater need than usual to enjoy a sense of community or to belong to a group or with friends, dear Leo. There is a happier outlook today, but perhaps a little volatile. Something started too quickly may burn out in the same fashion, not only because the next few weeks are not ideal for new launches, in general, but also because there is a tendency to become highly enthusiastic quickly without considering the practicality of your plans. You might begin a project or endeavor with gusto, but it may not “take” now with Venus in conflict with Jupiter. Of course, you can certainly make an effort and take your chances, especially if it’s something you enjoy, but try not to take on too much to the point of overwhelming yourself. A good mood or over-estimation of feelings and capabilities can lead to making commitments or promises that are later regretted. Enjoy yourself, but pace yourself as you do.



You’re more concerned about the rules and your performance or how others see you today, dear Virgo, with the Moon at the top of your solar chart making you feel more accountable. Today’s Venus-Jupiter square can steer you away from your priorities, however, and can challenge your concentration or commitment. It tends to stir up impatience with anything that seems dull or meaningless. While you can certainly use this restless energy to make changes, you might also be seeing things in extremes or making mountains out of molehills. Watch for overspending and overvaluing things, as well as relying too much on plans with friends. If you aim to hold off on decisions now, then it’s a good time to stretch your imagination and consider new things and ideas.



Jupiter in your sign is in challenging aspect to Venus today, dear Libra, and it’s an energy that is best used for having a little fun. However, there is a tendency to want–or pursue–too much under this influence, to go over the top or to feel discontent with what you get, or to live beyond your means. You may be tempted to act totally out of character today, which could negatively but temporarily impact your reputation. Self-restraint and patience can save the day and can help you save face, too. Trying too hard may come across poorly when all you need to sell yourself is you! The Moon in your spirit and adventure sector all day helps you to rise above most problems, although its opposition to Saturn suggests you need to keep at least one foot on the ground.



Emotions run deeper than usual today, dear Scorpio, or you are taking them or yourself more seriously! A Venus-Jupiter influence kicks in as the day advances, and it can encourage pleasure-seeking and fun activities, although it can also lead to over-indulgence. There are a number of ways we can end up borrowing from the future, such as buying on credit, but also non-financial routes, such as overindulging and promising ourselves we’ll cut back tomorrow, or making promises so you can put something off. You may want to watch for these tendencies to prevent future regret. As well, keep in mind that feelings are expanded now, and you might end up making more of a situation than is necessary or healthy. Tame impulsive decisions, and you’ll put yourself in much better shape for personal enjoyment. You may end up discovering areas of your life that could stand a change or expansion in the process.



You can be swinging up and down with emotions today, dear Sagittarius, but if you aim to keep your expectations in check, you’ll put yourself in the position to enjoy yourself, stretch your mind, and discover your feelings for someone or something. Unrealistic expectations in a relationship do nobody any favors, as they put the pressure on and make you or someone else feel they haven’t measured up. With Venus in challenging aspect to Jupiter (your ruler) today, intentions are likely good, but there is a tendency to go too far or over the top in your pursuit of a goal. However, with self-awareness, this needn’t be difficult. In fact, restlessness stirred today can give some huge clues as to what may be missing from your life.



You may continue to swing from feeling confident and second-guessing yourself or others today, dear Capricorn, but as the day advances, you feel less weighed down by frustration and seek out greener pastures. Mind you, this is due to a square between Venus and Jupiter, which has the potential of opening your heart to new experiences and possibilities, but it also seems to encourage going too far with this. Expectations may be too high or simply unrealistic. Relationship problems may be magnified now, mainly because of these expectations that put undue pressure on the people involved. This isn’t fair to you or others, so do your best to take things as they come and adjust. Be cautious when it comes to speaking too soon or too much about a matter, particularly in a public way. Taking charge of your life direction or formulating goals can help improve a relationship.



This is another day when we may be making too much of a situation, dear Aquarius, and decisions may be poor as a result. Your restless spirit is best fed with a varied routine, conversation, or knowledge, but a Venus-Jupiter square today can mislead you into thinking that it’s about something else altogether or something elusive. Finding a happy medium between filling your responsibilities and satiating your desire for experience and excitement may be challenging, but doable with some patience and self-awareness. Mistakes made now are likely due to overblown expectations and lack of foresight, particularly in your relationships or at work. Be careful when it comes to what you say and what you sign just now, as promises made today may be difficult to keep later. Keeping these in check puts you in a far better position to enjoy yourself and mix things up just enough to freshen up your mood.



The Moon in your home and family sector all day points to a legitimate need for extra security, comfort, familiarity, and rest, dear Pisces. Planetary influences today, however, tend to challenge you to seek out more from life than the ordinary, but be on the lookout for becoming misguided by your own whims. Without self-study, you may not be in touch with what you actually want and end up chasing rainbows. Do your best to remember your usual limits, as circumstances can seem to encourage you to forget them today! Judgment can be compromised just for now if you make decisions based on the feeling of the moment, which is likely very positive but perhaps overdone. There is a tendency to make promises or statements that are taken as more than they are. Do what you can to tame excessive impulses so that you can enjoy a smoother, more moderate day.


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If You Were Born Today, August 16

You have exceptionally strong convictions, and some might call you hard-headed! You are a highly independent thinker. You value your freedom more than most. You never stop learning, and you accumulate knowledge easily because you are so open to it. You can reach success on your wit alone. As intelligent as you are, you are also extremely intuitive and have a spiritual side. At times, you can be uncompromising and willful, simply because you believe in yourself and your ideas. You are attracted to, or you attract, competent people who you admire for their sharp minds, regal manner, or wisdom. You need to totally respect the person you are with, and you will go to great lengths to support and accommodate the people you love.


Famous people born today: Madonna, Timothy Hutton, Kathie Lee Gifford, James Cameron, Steve Carrell, Rumer Willis, Cameron Monaghan.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Horoscopes for Thursday, August 17th




Certainly, with Mercury still retrograde, there can be more than the usual misunderstandings these days, dear Aries, but it’s a good cycle in which to revisit old conversations from a different perspective. The Moon moves through your communications sector until midday, stimulating your desire to do some of this rehashing, as long as it’s on the light side, as you are far too busy right now to focus too intently on any one topic! Your desires to communicate, connect, and collect information are notable now. You enjoy a pleasing level of busy-ness. With the Moon in your home and family sector in the second half of the day, you’ll do well for yourself if you seek out activities that help build your confidence from the inside out and treat yourself to comforting endeavors. It’s a good time to back away from problems related to work or the outside world (of which there have been more than the usual recently) so that you can recoup some energy.



With the Moon in your resources sector for the first half of the day, your intuition is sound when it comes to practical affairs, dear Taurus. Mercury’s retrograde, active until September 5th, does sometimes pull your attention away from particular facts and details, but this opens your mind to things you overlooked in the past and allows you to reconsider how you’ve been handling money. As well, you can gain new ideas and instincts with money and business as you reassess things. Even if they need refinement later, coming up with these ideas gets you started. While you may stick with familiar tasks and activities this morning, the second half of the day has a way of stimulating your curiosity. In fact, the routine may feel too staid and boring, so it’s time to liven things up a little by branching out and connecting with people and information.



The first half of the day is favorable for connecting, sharing ideas, and going your own way, dear Gemini, with the Moon in your sign. It’s true that Mercury’s retrograde can lead to more misunderstandings or delays than usual these days, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have some great conversations. In fact, it’s an interesting time for revisiting old discussions and ideas. This is an important time of the lunar month for getting in touch with your emotional needs (and wants), even if they are often exaggerated under this influence. It’s a good time for healthy self-focus, but also quite enjoyable for reaching out. The Moon moves out of your sign midday, reminding you of the beautiful things already present in your life. Since there have been more than the usual complications in your life recently, you’ll welcome this Moon position’s moderate and reasonable perspective.



You tend to play things close to the vest this morning, dear Cancer, with the Moon in your private solar twelfth house. Withdrawing even in small ways from mainstream activities, particularly if they’re demanding or competitive, makes sense now as it gives you the chance to regroup. You may want to settle an issue or tie up some loose ends now. Extra rest and/or time to yourself makes sense now, if you can manage it. The Moon emerges in your solar chart midday, moving into your sign and activating your desire to reach out, connect, and start anew on an emotional level. People take notice of you. You experience a feeling of urgency when it comes to filling your needs. This is your monthly reminder of your need to connect emotionally to the world around you as well as to embrace your feelings, allowing them to motivate and invigorate you.



You can enjoy a pleasant sense of camaraderie with others in the first half of the day, dear Leo. You might have some inspiring and stimulating conversations in your social network or interesting follow-up news. Networking or group activities can be satisfying and engaging, especially the exchange of ideas. It’s one of the better days for casually communicating in this retrograde Mercury cycle, and good for revisiting old ideas or discussions. You might turn back to an old interest that you didn’t get the chance to follow up on, and now resolve to pursue it further. Midday forward, the Moon moves through your solar twelfth house for a couple of days, turning your attention to the need for further reflection, which can be especially useful after some busy days.



The Moon continues its transit of your solar tenth house until midday, dear Virgo, and you have your priorities all sorted. Mind you, there can be some overemphasis on performance to the point that you are a little on edge, making the Moon’s move into your sector of dreams, visions, and happiness goals around noon very welcome. It makes sense to tackle your responsibilities as soon as possible to get them out of the way. Work and duties can be on the chaotic side, as you seem to have a lot going on. In the second half of the day, you seek out cooperative rather than competitive activities and situations. The less that’s expected of you, the more naturally you contribute, share, and connect with others. Especially since there has been heavier energy with you in recent days, friendships or casual connections might help you to release some of the tension you’ve been feeling in constructive ways.



Jupiter in your sign is in challenging aspect to Venus today, dear Libra, and it’s an energy that is best used for having a little fun. However, there is a tendency to want–or pursue–too much under this influence, to go over the top or to feel discontent with what you get, or to live beyond your means. You may be tempted to act totally out of character today, which could negatively but temporarily impact your reputation. Self-restraint and patience can save the day and can help you save face, too. Trying too hard may come across poorly when all you need to sell yourself is you! The Moon in your spirit and adventure sector all day helps you to rise above most problems, although its opposition to Saturn suggests you need to keep at least one foot on the ground.



You are inclined to throw much of yourself into whatever you’re doing in the first half of the day with the Moon in your dark solar eighth house, dear Scorpio. The themes of the eighth house are very much connected to your sign, so you understand its intensity. Whether it’s through a conversation with someone or with yourself, you’re inclined to pull important matter out from deep inside of you now, and it’s likely to do with getting a new take on a past issue. Thinking, writing, journaling or ruminating can get you in better touch with your inner needs, wants, and motivations. However, from midday forward, you turn your attention outward. This is a time of less thinking and more doing. The Moon’s move into the sign of Cancer each month usually inspires you to find natural outlets for expressing pent-up emotions, and today is no exception. You need it after some rather complex and possibly heavy days!



The Moon continues to transit your partnership sector until midday, dear Sagittarius, inclining you to make connections and seek out one-on-one exchanges. A partnership, love relationship, or friendship deserves some special attention now. You’re inclined to keep things light and playful, which is your best approach, at least until afternoon. You’re finding ways to combine togetherness and individuality quite seamlessly. Mercury’s current retrograde does sometimes mess with understanding in a relationship, but it can also be a time for a useful revisit of a past problem. The trick is to come at it with a new approach. The Moon’s transit of your solar eighth house in the second half of the day (and until Saturday) has you noticing and possibly dwelling on the hidden layers of a situation or relationship. People are complicated, and you may very well enjoy figuring them out now! Be sure to use this time to understand your deeper longings, too.



Aim to think before responding rather than react today, dear Capricorn, and you’ll be in great shape. The first half of the day is good for sorting things out — focusing on getting the small problems fixed so that you can feel more organized and freer to handle the big stuff. Heavy Pluto in Capricorn energy in recent days can have you feeling a little tense, but the Moon’s move into your partnership sector midday suggests that sharing some of the load with someone can be an emotional tonic. With this transit (good until Saturday), you prefer to share your ideas or activities with someone special, and/or you seek out the middle road, aiming for moderation — something you definitely need for at least a couple of days!



When the Moon is in Gemini each month, you tend to seek out a bit of extra attention or feel compelled to shake things up and enjoy yourself more thoroughly, dear Aquarius. The Moon spends the first half of the day in the sign of the Twins, and you’re ready to get creative. You approach others with more playfulness, confidence, and optimism than usual, and they tend to respond quite happily, ready to return the favor. People are drawn to your interesting perspective and ideas, as well as your good humor today. Conversations may frequently turn to the past. From midday forward, you’re gearing up to take care of business, or life’s circumstances seem to conspire to nudge you in that direction! You’ll find that you’re particularly sensitive to what’s out of balance or inconsistent in your life now and in the next few days. This frame of mind has its potential downfalls but can be very useful as you turn your attention to small problems that need fixing, effectively taking the pressure off over-thinking the bigger issues.



With the Moon’s continued transit of your home and family sector until midday, dear Pisces, you are in a self-protective or cautious, introspective mood. Your feelings are warm, and you tend to appreciate all that’s familiar, including close loved ones and creature comforts! Especially since there has been rather heavy and complicated Pluto energy recently, a focus on the simple things in your life can be very helpful now. You’re inclined to stick within your usual bounds, and this is good for you now, but the second half of the day tends to pull you out of your shell. You’ll experience a stronger need to express and share yourself with others. Recent tensions might be released through creative, entertaining activities. Pulling yourself away from a complex problem can sometimes give you a better perspective. Retrograde Mercury helps in this respect, as it encourages you to look at things in new ways.


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Tarot Card of the Day

The Hierophant

August 16th, 2017

The Hierophant Tarot this card refers to a master and the learning of practical lessons from the study of natural law. This energy of this card points to some agent or resource that can reveal the secrets of life, the cycles of the Moon and tides, the links between human beings and the heavens.

Because monasteries were the only places a person could learn to read and write in the Middle Ages, a Hierophant was one to whom a student would petition for entry. He was the one to set the curriculum for the neophyte’s course of study.

Often pictured with the right hand raised in blessing, the Hierophant is linked with the ancient lineage of Melchezidek, initiator of the Hebrew priestly tradition, the one who passes on the teachings. All shamans of any tradition draw upon this archetype.


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Learn the Tarot: The Emperor










General Meaning

In the most practical terms, The Emperor Tarot card represents the highest leadership, a head of state, or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.

The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits, or appearances to the contrary.

In the Advice Position

Draw upon the capable inner resources you possess to get the task completed.

The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.

When the Emperor arises, he advises you get in touch with your inner sovereignty and natural self-possession. Realize that somewhere deep inside you is the memory of royalty. Reach within to find that strain of natural nobility and leadership. These innate qualities will help you manage your current situation.

The Emperor suggests that you have the necessary abilities to be the final authority. This situation is an opportunity to showcase your competence and skill. Act with the confidence of someone who knows how to take care of business.


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Psychic Tip of the Day

August 16th, 2017

A far-off goal is in sight, suddenly; be sure to ask for a second and third opinion before submitting to your vision’s demands. Can you find clarity?


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Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

The Chariot

The Chariot is the representation of Victory and the personality traits required to attain victory. The Chariot indicates self-awareness and control. Courage—the ability to overcome fear and confront the unknown head on–is a primary ingredient of any victorious campaign and is denoted by the Chariot. So too is force of will. Often success is as much the product of will power and a refusal to surrender as it is anything else. The Chariot also represents the healthy personality of someone who believes in themselves; someone who can take control of the situation and bring events to a positive end. His successes come in competition with others.

Your Daily Influences for August 16th


Tarot Influence

Five of Wands Reversed

Obstacles to success will be overcome. New ventures are on the horizon.










Astrological Influence


Virgo denotes intelligence and a drive for perfection taking command–the dealing with all aspects of life honorably.










Element Influence


Water is the card of hidden truths and emotions. It also calms and soothes and is basic to life. The Water card may denote a period of discovery, fulfillment through learning and the unraveling of mysteries.









Your Ancient Symbol Card for August 16th

The Believer

The Believer represents Faith and the realization that you have an important place in the workings of the Universe. Although The Believer may not always understand why things are the way they are, they none-the-less feel an underlying cosmic rhythm which is moving events in a direction that is good. The Believer rejoices in their celestial role, because they realize their life has purpose on a grand scale.

As a daily card, The Believer denotes a time when you will benefit by embracing and exploring your place in the Universe. The Believer confirms that you have inherent value far beyond our secular existence; that you are an important part of the both the grandeur and the mystery of our Cosmos.


Your Animal Spirit for Today
August 16, 2017


Bat’s internal radar is exceptionally attuned—is yours? Because Bat medicine is the medicine of transformation, he is asking you to re-examine your life to determine (using all of your senses) what is worth keeping and what needs to be discarded. For every death there is a rebirth and Bat is here to help you decide what goes and what stays.


Crack the Cookie


The Words of Confucius

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.


Your Earth Sky News for August 16th:  Moon that’ll cover sun on August 21 is called a Black Moon

Like Blue Moon, Black Moon is a name from folklore. It’s the name for the 3rd of 4 new moons in a season. The August 21 total solar eclipse is caused by such a moon. Some will call it a Black Moon eclipse.

The moon turns new on August 21, 2017 at 18:30 UTC. Some will call it a Black Moon, for a reason entirely unrelated to eclipses. More about that below. A moon at the new phase comes most nearly – for any particular month – to passing between the Earth and sun. This August, 2017 new moon makes that pass directly over the sun’s face, causing the much-anticipated August 21 total solar eclipse . On that day, the day of the coming new moon, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth. The moon’s shadow will fall on Earth. Those in the shadow’s path will witness the solar eclipse, a beautiful sight in the sky, and a dramatic turning of day to dark in the middle of the day.

So … Black Moon. Black Moon eclipse. Why that name? The moon will, of course, in this total solar system and all total solar eclipses appear black in front of the sun’s face during the brief minutes of totality. But that’s not why. In this case, Black Moon stems from folklore, that is, from traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community. Prior to the internet, these names were passed by word of mouth. Black Moon is similar to Blue Moon, which, by one definition, can be the third of four full moons in a season. Black Moon is the name used for the third of four new moons in one season, with a season being the period of time between a solstice and an equinox (or vice versa).

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Most of the time, there are only three new moons in one season. But if the first new moon comes early enough in the season, it’s possible for a fourth new moon to sneak in before that season comes to an end. That’s exactly what happens during the Northern Hemisphere summer (Southern Hemisphere winter) of 2017:

2017 Jun 21: June solstice
2017 Jun 24: new moon
2017 Jul 23: new moon
2017 Aug 21: new moon
2017 Sep 20: new moon
2017 Sep 22: Sept equinox

A Black Moon by the seasonal defintion occurs 7 times in 19 years. EarthSky’s Bruce McClure has more to say about it, over in our daily Tonight pages.

Of course, all new moons are, essentially, black from our earthly perspective. New moons come once each month, as the moon orbits Earth. On the day of new moon – unless we’re viewing a total solar eclipse, we don’t see the new moon. That’s because a new moon rises when the sun rises. It sets when the sun sets. It crosses the sky with the sun during the day. Its fully illuminated face, or day side, is turned entirely away from us.

Modern techniques – telescopes, filters, photography – have made it possible to see the moon even at the instant it becomes new.

That’s the case with Thierry Legault’s image, below, which he acquired in 2013. Read more about Thierry’s image here.

It’s only as the moon moves in orbit, as its lighted hemisphere begins to come into view from Earth, that we can see it in our sky. Then we see the moon in the west after sunset as a slim waxing crescent – what some call a young moon.

From the U.S. – with autumn approaching – most of us won’t see the young moon again until August 23. It’ll be in the evening sky on August 22, too, but – with the angle of the ecliptic, or sun’s path, slanting low at this time of year with respect to the evening horizon – it’ll be hard to see.

Still, especially if you’re traveling back from the path of totality on August 22 or 23, watch for the young moon. You might catch it along some country highway, in the west shortly after sunset!


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A Little Humor for Your Day

A Daily Prayer

So far today, Goddess, I’ve done all right.

I haven’t gossiped, haven’t lost my temper,

haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish

or overindulgent. I’m really glad about that.

But in a few minutes, I’m going to get out of bed,

and from then on I’m probably going to need a lot more help!


Wishing you all a very blessed day! We hate to cut and run but I have a pup I have to take to the vet for a check-up. Nothing major, just a check-up. So have a very beautiful day and we will see you tomorrow.

Lady of the Abyss



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