The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 4 (Part 1, Daily Astronomy)

The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 4th

(Astronomy Section)


The Great Invocation

From the point of Light within the Mind of God,
Let Light stream forth into the minds of men;
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God,
Let Love stream forth into the hearts of men;
May Christ return to Earth.

From the centre where the Will of God is known,
Let Purpose guide the little wills of men,
The Purpose which the Masters know and serve;

From the centre which we call the race of men.
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out;
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

—Author Unknown

Originally Published on Pagan Library

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Wednesday, October 4th

The Sun

Sun Direction: 126.61° SE

Sun Altitude: 32.33°

Sun Distance: 92.969 million mi

Next Solstice: October 31, 2017 (Samhain)

Sunrise Today: 6:52 am 95° East

Sunset Today: 6:32 pm 265° West

Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 40 minutes


The Moon

Moon Direction: 313.53° NW

Moon Altitude: -47.76°

Moon Distance: 235057 mi

Next Full Moon: Oct 5, 20171:40 pm

Next New Moon: Oct 19, 20172:12 pm

Next Moonrise: Today6:17 pm

Moon Illumination: 98.4%

Current Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous


Lunar Calendar

Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Gibbous

Full Moon: Oct 5, 2017 at 1:40 pm

(Next Phase)

First Quarter: Sep 27, 2017 at 9:53 pm

(Previous Phase)


Your Astrology for Wednesday, October 4th

Mars-Uranus early today is progressive. A Last Quarter Moon occurs shortly before midday, and asks us to consider our spiritual needs.

  • The Moon is in Pisces all day (until Wednesday, June 10th, at 7:13 AM).
  • The Moon is void from 2:08 PM forward (until tomorrow at 7:13 AM).
  • The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 11:41 AM/ Third Quarter phase from 11:41 AM forward.
  • The Third Quarter Moon occurs at 11:41 AM in Pisces.
  • Mercury is retrograde. (Mercury is retrograde from May 18 to June 11 in the sign of Gemini).

Moon in Pisces

The Moon is traveling through Pisces today. You may feel disconnected. Serve others. Listen to music. Paint a picture. Daydream.

We are not inclined to want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It’s a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.

The Moon in Pisces generally favors the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.

The Sky This Week for October 4th to October 8th

Wednesday, October 4

The night sky’s most conspicuous harbinger of winter now rises in the east around midnight local daylight time. The constellation Orion the Hunter appears on its side as it rises, with ruddy Betelgeuse to the left of the three-star belt and blue-white Rigel to the belt’s right. As Orion climbs high in the south before dawn, the figure rotates so that Betelgeuse lies at the upper left and Rigel at the lower right of the constellation pattern.

Thursday, October 5

Full Moon occurs at 2:40 p.m. EDT, but our satellite will look completely illuminated all night. You can find it rising in the east shortly after sunset and peaking in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. The Moon skims along the border between Cetus the Whale and Pisces the Fish overnight. As the Full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox, which occurred September 22, this is also the Harvest Moon. In early autumn, the Full Moon rises about a half-hour later each night compared with a normal lag close to 50 minutes. The added early evening illumination supposedly helps farmers bringing in their crops.

Venus and Mars appear just 0.2° apart — about half the Full Moon’s diameter — before dawn. The two planets haven’t been this close since November 1995. If you view the pair through binoculars, you’ll also see the 4th-magnitude star Sigma (s) Leonis 0.3° north of Venus. Unfortunately, a telescope doesn’t add much to the scene. Venus measures 11″ across while Mars spans 4″, and both worlds appear nearly full.

Although Neptune reached opposition and peak visibility a month ago, it remains a worthwhile subject. The outermost major planet appears one-third of the way to the zenith in the southeastern sky after darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 11 p.m. local daylight time. Neptune glows at magnitude 7.8, which is bright enough to spot through binoculars if you know where to look. The trick is to find 4th-magnitude Lambda (l) Aquarii, which lies about 10° southeast of Aquarius’ distinctive Water Jar asterism. This week, Neptune appears 0.6° southeast of the star. When viewed through a telescope, the planet shows a blue-gray disk measuring 2.3″ across. But the big event this evening involves Neptune’s large moon, Triton. Observers in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada can watch the satellite pass directly in front of a 12th-magnitude star. Viewers will see the star dim by 1.4 magnitudes for up to 161 seconds sometime between 7:44 and 8:00 p.m. EDT, depending on location.

Friday, October 6

The second brightest asteroid of 2017 puts on a nice show in October’s sky. Minor planet 7 Iris glows at magnitude 7.5, which is bright enough to see through binoculars from the suburbs. It resides in the constellation Aries the Ram, a region that climbs high in the east by late evening. Iris stands 3° due east of Aries’ brightest star, magnitude 2.0 Hamal (Alpha [a] Arietis), all week.

Saturday, October 7

Uranus reaches opposition in less than two weeks, but it is already a tempting evening target. The ice giant world rises within a half-hour after sunset and climbs more than 30° above the eastern horizon by 10 p.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 5.7 planet lies in Pisces, 1.4° west-northwest of magnitude 4.3 Omicron (o) Piscium. Although Uranus glows brightly enough to see with the naked eye under a dark sky, binoculars make the task much easier. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.

Mars reaches aphelion at 6 p.m. EDT, when the planet’s orbital motion carries it farthest from the Sun. It then lies 154.9 million miles (249.2 million kilometers) from our star.

Sunday, October 8

Look high in the east after darkness falls this week and you should see autumn’s most conspicuous star group. The Great Square of Pegasus stands out in the evening sky at this time of year, though it appears balanced on one corner and looks more diamond-shaped. These four almost equally bright stars form the body of Pegasus the Winged Horse. The fainter stars that form the rest of this constellation’s shape trail off to the square’s west.

Mercury passes behind the Sun from Earth’s perspective at 5 p.m. EDT. This means the innermost planet lies on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth and remains hidden in our star’s glare. It will return to view in the evening sky at the end of October.


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The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 4th

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2 thoughts on “The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 4 (Part 1, Daily Astronomy)

  1. I see you are cutting it up a bit more, I think it does make it more digestible, but either way, thank you so much for compiling all this info for us! Happy full moon rising! Hang in there, I hope each day brings greater things for you!


    1. I can’t begin to thank you enough. All your comments have took my mind off of all the sorrow I have been feeling. Thank you for those moments of peace. Happy Full Moon to you, too!


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