The Witches Digest for Thursday, October 19th
(Part 1, Astronomy)
We Are Witches All
We sing and dance and hold our rites,
We live and love together.
We go sky-clad or wear our outer robes
If it is chilling weather.
About the altar we do dance;
We praise The Gods
We love and ever do, we give
Our thanks to the sun.
And moon above, We are The Craft;
Love The Craft; We are Witches All.
Join us.. In Our Circle For We Are Witches All.
Walk into our Circle and feel the love Bound,
And Meet The Lord and Lady who guide us in our Rounds;
” An’ Harm None, Do What Thou Wilt.”
It is The Wiccan Rede.
We fear no foe for love we show,
In thought and also Deed.
Our words of thanks, our songs of praise,
We offer them in pray’r.
We sing their praise, we ask their help;
We know that they are there.
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Thursday, October 19th
Sun Direction: ↑ 112.75° ESE
Sun Altitude: 12.06°
Sun Distance: 92.580 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 7:06 am↑ 102° East
Sunset Today: 6:11 pm↑ 258° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 5 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 109.69° ESE
Moon Altitude: 15.62°
Moon Distance: 243982 mi
Next New Moon: Oct 19, 20172:12 pm
Next Full Moon: Nov 4, 201712:22 am
Next Moonset: Today6:32 pm
Moon Illumination: 0.2%
Current Moon Phase: Near New Moon (Waning Crescent)
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: New Moon
New Moon: Oct 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm
Third Quarter: Oct 12, 2017 at 7:25 am
Astronomy Overview for Thursday, October 19th
The Moon is in Libra until 9:42 PM EDT, and it reaches the Sun at 3:13 PM. This New Moon launches a strong cycle for committing to personal goals that express the positive energies of the Libra sign. We have a chance to build our negotiating skills and work on re-balancing our relationships. The weeks ahead are excellent for learning to make peace with those around us, establishing a sense of order and balance in our lives, and recognizing the value of partnerships. Libra has an innate ability for — and love of — synthesizing opposites. Peace and harmony are the goals, but there’s a delicate balancing act involved along the way that requires some commitment and effort.
This New Moon brings fresh and creative energy into our lives. Negotiations may be especially productive. However, with the New Moon opposing Uranus very tightly, we are likely to encounter resistance from others, as well as from within. Surprising events may be part of the picture now, particularly through our relationships and the illumination of a different perspective. This energy is rebellious and touchy, especially if we feel constrained by a partnership. The lunation’s sextile to Saturn suggests opportunities to make alternative setups work for us, however.
The Sun’s opposition to Uranus and sesquiquadrate with Neptune today point to the need to deal with distractions and feelings of discontent which could lead us along unexpected tangents.
The Moon transits Scorpio from 9:42 PM forward, prompting a desire to explore motivations and understand meanings.
A void of course Moon occurs from 3:13 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to the Sun), until the Moon enters Scorpio at 9:42 PM EDT.
Astrology of the Day for October 19th
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 Libra
Creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others’ approval is another.
The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.
The Sky This Week for October 19 to 22
A meteor shower, a well-known fall constellation, and more will appear in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Thursday, October 19
Uranus reaches opposition and peak visibility tonight. Opposition officially arrives at 2 p.m. EDT, when the outer planet lies opposite the Sun in our sky. This means it rises at sunset, climbs highest in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time, and sets at sunrise. (From 40° north latitude, Uranus peaks at an altitude of 60°, the highest it has appeared at opposition since February 1963.) The magnitude 5.7 planet lies in southeastern Pisces, 1.8° west-northwest of magnitude 4.3 Omicron (ο) Piscium. Although Uranus shines brightly enough to glimpse with the naked eye under a dark sky, use binoculars to locate it initially. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.
New Moon occurs at 3:12 p.m. EDT. At its new phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.
Friday, October 20
With the Moon now gone from the predawn sky, the rest of this week offers an excellent opportunity to view the zodiacal light. From the Northern Hemisphere, early autumn is the best time of year to observe this elusive glow before sunrise. It appears slightly fainter than the Milky Way, so you’ll need a clear moonless sky and an observing site located far from the city. Look for the cone-shaped glow, which points nearly straight up from the eastern horizon, shortly before morning twilight begins (around 5:45 a.m. local daylight time at mid-northern latitudes). The Moon remains out of the morning sky until November 3, when its bright light will return and overwhelm the much fainter zodiacal light.
Saturday, October 21
If you’re out enjoying the predawn darkness, you’ll likely see a number of bright streaks peppering the sky. These are Orionid meteors, which belong to an annual shower that peaks before dawn. Observers under a dark sky could see up to 20 meteors per hour shortly before twilight begins, when the constellation Orion the Hunter climbs highest in the south. (The meteors appear to radiate from a point in northern Orion.) With the Moon absent from the morning sky, viewing conditions could hardly be better this year.
Sunday, October 22
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.
Venus appears 1.3° southwest of the 3rd-magnitude star Gamma (γ) Virginis this morning.