The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 25th (Astronomy)

The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 25th


Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Wednesday, October 25th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 90.91° E
Sun Altitude: -19.38°
Sun Distance: 92.427 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 7:11 am↑ 105° East
Sunset Today: 6:04 pm↑ 255° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 52 minutes


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 29.40° NNE
Moon Altitude: -70.83°
Moon Distance: 251708 mi
Next Full Moon: Nov 4, 201712:22 am
Next New Moon: Nov 18, 20175:42 am
Next Moonrise: Today12:16 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 27.5%


The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Oct 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Oct 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm
(Previous Phase)


Overview of Your Daily Astronomy for Wednesday, October 25th

The Moon is in Capricorn all day, harmonizing with the Sun, Jupiter, and Neptune. With the emotional Moon in this practical sign, we look for ways to make us feel more secure and in control of our lives. While we may be focusing on practical affairs, we also have opportunities to draw upon our inner wisdom and intuition to understand what’s happening around us. Previously hidden or unacknowledged talents may emerge now because we need them. This combination encourages our ambitions and resourcefulness.

The Sun and Jupiter are moving towards a conjunction, exact tomorrow afternoon, stimulating positive visions of the future and a sense of new hope.

Moon in Capricorn


The Moon is traveling through Capricorn today. Make a list of goals. Work overtime. Climb higher. Don’t sulk.

We become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead with a Capricorn Moon. We are instinctively aware of the limitations of time and motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are more important to us now. We are resourceful and don’t want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a somewhat sober influence, but it can also be a productive time when we look reality in the eye.

The Moon in Capricorn generally favors the following activities: Long-term activities that yield slow but steady results, practical undertakings, career issues, making a business plan, practical investments.

The Sky This Week for October 25 to 29

A great horse, a bright asteroid, and more grace the sky overhead this week.
By Michael E. Bakich

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.


Astronomy Magazine

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Wednesday, October 25th

Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 28%

The 5 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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 – Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 28%
Moon Age: 5.22 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,309.42 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,719,373.11 km


The Waxing Crescent Moon

Magick performed on the waxing crescent moon is very similar to the waxing gibbous moon (they are both in the waxing or increase phase) and indeed you don’t have to pay attention to the distinction between them if you choose not to, but you should be aware that the closer the moon comes to being full, the more powerful it’s increasing potency becomes. This can be useful to know because sometimes we all have the luxury to wait a few days until after the half gibbous moon has passed into the more powerful phase, the waxing gibbous phase. With rituals that require less lunar potency or are the first in a line of several consecutive rituals that lead up to the full moon, you can confidently use this phase of the moon. For example, a healing performed to ease a cold or mild chronic illness can easily be started during the waxing crescent phase of the moon. However, a more serious illness would be better served during the waxing gibbous phase.

Ideally, with some minor examples, nearly all magick would be best divided out between the full or new moon, but this is such a short period of time each month, that we delegate certain phases to certain less important tasks. However, remember two things. For very serious illnesses the full (for healing the illness) or black (for banishing the illness) moons are the best choices, but they are not always necessary for more minor problems. Also the time does come sometimes when we have no choice but to do ritual work during incompatible times. In emergency cases, don’t let bad timing stop you. Use other Nature Correspondences or the other types of magick (Mental or Spiritual Magick) to offset your lack of timing.


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