The Witches Digest for Friday, October 6th, 2017
(Part 1 – Your Astronomy for the Day)
“Hail Freyja, Golden One!
Holder of the glorious Brisingamen, that brings fertility and abundance.
As we love and honor you, may we find love and power within us. Join us and accept our thanks.
Hail Freyr, Harvest God!
Keeper of the rain and the sunshine!
As we love and honor you, may we find creativity and inspiration within us.
Join us and accept our thanks.
Hail Sif, Great Lady!
We come to this place grateful for your gifts.
Golden-haired goddess of the ripening grain, as we love and honor you, may we find beauty and grace within us.
Join us and accept our thanks.
Hail Thor, son of the Earth Mother!
Strong and noble keeper of Thunder, Red-Bearded Guardian of us all, guide us through the seasons and the cycles of life.
We thank you for the fertility of our lands and for the abundance we have received this year.
As we love and honor you, let us find strength and wisdom with us.
Join us and accept out thanks.
– Kristen Madden, Autumn Celebration Ritual
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, October 6th
Sun Direction: ↑ 106.24° ESE
Sun Altitude: 12.08°
Sun Distance: 92.918 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:54 am↑ 96° East
Sunset Today: 6:29 pm↑ 264° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 35 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 279.30° W
Moon Altitude: -4.92°
Moon Distance: 230427 mi
Next New Moon: Oct 19, 20172:12 pm
Next Full Moon: Nov 4, 201712:22 am
Next Moonrise: Today7:29 pm
Moon Illumination: 99.1%
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Gibbous
Third Quarter: Oct 12, 2017 at 7:25 am
Full Moon: Oct 5, 2017 at 1:40 pm
Your Astronomy for Friday, October 6th
The Moon is in Aries until 7:55 PM, after which the Moon is in Taurus.
The Moon is void from 6:37 PM to 7:55 PM.
The Moon is waning and in its Full Moon phase.
The Full Moon occurred yesterday in the sign of Aries, and the Last Quarter Moon will occur on October 12th.
Moon in Aries
We’re motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. A gut instinct to start something new is with us now, as well as the gumption to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong, and we feel energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic. We may also be tactless and impulsive now. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.
The Moon in Aries generally favors the following activities: Quick actions that yield immediate results. Undertakings that involve the self and the personality. (Staying power may be lacking). Self-assertion, taking on challenges, beginning short-term projects.
The Sky This Week for October 6 to October 8
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
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Friday, October 6th
Moon in ♈ Aries
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Tomorrow the Moon will be in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.
Phase Details for – Friday, October 6, 2017
Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Age: 15.55 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 373,875.66 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,520,297.34 km