The Witches Digest for Tuesday, October 24th
(Astronomy for the Day)
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, October 24th
Sun Direction: ↑ 123.10° ESE
Sun Altitude: 19.74°
Sun Distance: 92.449 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 7:11 am↑ 104° East
Sunset Today: 6:05 pm↑ 255° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 54 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 94.94° E
Moon Altitude: -27.01°
Moon Distance: 251658 mi
Next Full Moon: Nov 4, 201712:22 am
Next New Moon: Nov 18, 20175:42 am
Next Moonrise: Today11:26 am
Moon Illumination: 20.5%
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Oct 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm
New Moon: Oct 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm
Overview of Your Daily Astronomy
With Mercury forming a trine to Neptune today, our words and thoughts can be more imaginative and colorful, subtle, or creative. We experience a sense of knowing and understanding with minimal explanation or instruction. Intuition is highlighted or awakened now. This is a good influence for photography, the arts, poetry, fiction, spirituality, advertising, and promotion. This is an excellent time for understanding one another and for feeling good about giving others the benefit of the doubt. We can feel empowered by our charitable qualities. We might choose to team up to generate ideas and solve problems. Today is strong for mental rapport.
The Moon spends much of the day in truth-seeking, courageous Sagittarius. At 8:13 PM EDT, the Moon enters Capricorn and our focus turns to our goals and performance.
A void of course Moon occurs from 12:46 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Uranus), until the Moon enters Capricorn at 8:13 PM EDT.
Moon in Sagittarius
The Moon is traveling through Sagittarius. The grass looks greener on the other side during this time. Jump ship. Learn a new language. Tell it like it is. Make people laugh.
The Moon is at her most optimistic and upbeat in Sagittarius. We are motivated by a need to seek the truth, and we are ready to pursue a new vision. We are not interested in details just now. Instead, we focus on the big picture. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. Spontaneity is the key. We may also be inclined toward overdoing and overstating. We don’t want to plan ahead, and prefer to “wing it”.
The Moon in Sagittarius generally favors the following activities: Adventurous activities that involve “winging it”, travel, higher education, starting publishing projects, advertising, sports, physical activity.
The Sky This Week for October 24 to 29
A great horse, a bright asteroid, and more grace the sky overhead this week.
By Michael E. Bakich
Tuesday, October 24
Go out around 9:30 p.m. local time tonight, look toward the northeast, and find the W-shaped asterism that marks the main part of the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen. Then, using binoculars, scan about 10° to the east for the famed Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884). This pair of open star clusters lies in the constellation Perseus. From a dark site, they appear as fuzzy patches to the naked eye. Any optics, especially 10-power binoculars, really bring out their glory.
Wednesday, October 25
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 10:24 a.m. EDT. It then lies 251,751 miles (405,154 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Thursday, October 26
Jupiter is in conjunction with the Sun. It now lies on the opposite side of our daytime star from our perspective. It will become visible in morning twilight in mid-November.
Friday, October 27
First Quarter Moon arrives at 6:22 p.m. EDT. Our satellite rises in the southeast around 2 p.m. local daylight time, but it doesn’t become prominent until the Sun sets shortly after 6 p.m. (The Moon then lies due south and about one-third of the way to the zenith.) After darkness falls, the Moon’s half-lit orb appears in northeastern Sagittarius, to the upper left of that constellation’s conspicuous Teapot asterism.
Saturday, October 28
If you live in the southern tier of states, you might be able to glimpse Mercury as October ends. The innermost planet shines brightly enough — magnitude –0.4. The problem is that it rises only a couple degrees above the west-southwestern horizon 30 minutes after sunset. Use binoculars first, then, if you observe Mercury, see if you also can spot it with your naked eyes.
Sunday, October 29
Asteroid 7 Iris glows at magnitude 6.9 as it reaches opposition and peak visibility tonight. Iris lies within one binocular field of Aries the Ram’s brightest star, magnitude 2.0 Hamal (Alpha Arietis). This area stands high in the east by midevening. The best way to find Iris is to look 1.5° south of Hamal and 1° south of the star Kappa Arietis, which glows at magnitude 5.0. To confirm a sighting, sketch the star field with Alpha, Kappa, and several stars south of them. Return a night or two later and identify the point of light that changed position. That “star” is Iris.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Tuesday, October 24th
The 4 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.
Phase Details for – Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 4.33 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,436.97 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,760,013.57 km
Cosmic Weather Report for October 23rd thru 26th
by Jane Lyle
From The Astrology Room
Thought for October:
“After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the world with mellow warmth…The maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch. The oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze. The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her…In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.”
Between the 23rd – 26th there’s an intense burst of expansive energy when the Sun aligns with Jupiter, newly in Scorpio. Money, sex, and the unconscious mind are all highlighted – with Jupiter asking us to learn, widen our horizons, and question our philosophies at this time. A Sun-Jupiter conjunction is a potent and often fortunate time for new beginnings.
Some lively, sensitive degrees to look out for in your own natal horoscope this month are:
*Jupiter in Libra opposition Uranus in Aries: 27 – 29 degrees between 1st – 10th October.
*Saturn in Sagittarius, 22 – 24 degrees, trine Uranus in Aries, 27- 26 degrees during October. This dynamic fiery partnership is exact on 11th November at 25 degrees.
*Venus is conjunct Mars in Virgo, 18-19 degrees on 5th-6th October.
*Sun in Libra sextiles Saturn in Sagittarius, 23 degrees on 16th October. Constructive.
*Sun in Scorpio conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio, 3 degrees. Their exact alliance happens on 26th October, but is pulsing away, intensely, from Monday, 23rd October.
Calendar of the Sun
Feast of the Spirits of the Air
Colors: White, light blue, lavender, pale yellow, grey
Altar: This rite is to be done outdoors, and the altar consist of many flags, banners, ribbons, and windchimes on poles.
Offerings: Grain or papers thrown to the winds.
Daily Meal: Cold, light food.
Invocation to the Spirits of the Air
Hail to the Spirits of the Winds!
Hail to the Powers of the East,
The Morning and the Spring Equinox,
The cool breeze that awakens!
Hail to the bird that rides the skies,
Hail to the bat that swoops in the night,
Hail to the fragile butterfly on the flower,
Hail to the bee that sings her song,
Viewing the world from high above our heads!
Hail to the Power of Mind that we focus,
Hail to the Wings of Memory that we write,
Hail to the Beak of Thought that uses it.
Hail to the breath in our bodies,
Every one reminding us that we still live.
Hail to the gentle breath that moves the pollen
From green stem to green stem, bringing the fruit,
Hail to the strong wind that tosses the windmill’s arms,
Driving the clouds across the sky,
Hail to the tornado that writhes in the air,
Causing awe and terror in our hearts!
Hail to the Power of Words that we speak,
Of communication, of transmission of ideas,
Without which we would all be fumbling in silence.
(All then toss into the air whatever offerings they have for the spirits. Words written on small pieces of paper are most common, and can be wishes or blessings as well. Divination via the winds is then done, either with slips of paper or with arrows or from watching the omens of the flights of birds.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Calendar of the Moon
Apaturia Day 3: Koureotis
Altar: Upon a white cloth set the carved root of a tree, the leafy branch of a tree, scattered seeds, a bowl of water, a loaf of bread, and either fresh milk or nourishing herbal tea.
Offerings: Oneself, to the Order.
Daily Meal: A feast of any correct foods of the harvest, prepared for all.
Hail to those who have come together today!
Hail to those who live outside the Houses,
Yet follow the Rule as best they can,
Spreading the seeds of our Light beyond our walls.
(One comes forth with a handful of seeds, and gives them out to the lay members who have come to the House on this day, and says, “Take these with you, and plant them well.”)
Hail to those who are like the branches of a tree,
Reaching for the light, seeking for grace,
Who come to us like birds alighting,
Perhaps to stay and nest, perhaps to fly away.
Hail to you, and may you touch that Light
With your outstretched arms.
(The tree branch is carried around, and all Branch members brushed with the water.)
Hail to those who are rooted here,
Flesh and bone, heart and soul,
Giving up their lives for this our Life.
Hail to those who are the ground beneath our feet,
The stone beneath the field, the mountain
Beneath the path that climbs. Hail!
(The carved root is carried around, and all Root members are touched with water via the root.)
Bring forth those who would enter,
Who would come further, who would go deeper!
Bring them forth and hear their vows!
(All cry, “Bring them forth!” and those who would enter the Order as lay members are brought forward, and then those who would enter the Houses as Branch members, and then those who would take Root vows. Each in turn makes their vows before all.)
Song: Blessing Song