The Witches Digest for Monday, October 30, Samhain Eve (Astronomy)

The Witches Digest for Monday, October 30, Samhain Eve


Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, October 30

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 118.34° ESE
Sun Altitude: 12.41°
Sun Distance: 92.297 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 7:16 am↑ 107° East
Sunset Today: 5:58 pm↑ 253° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 41 minutes


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 346.00° NNW
Moon Altitude: -62.85°
Moon Distance: 240929 mi
Next Full Moon: Nov 4, 201712:22 am
Next New Moon: Nov 18, 20175:42 am
Next Moonrise: Today3:38 pm
Moon Illumination: 75.1%
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous


Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Gibbous
Full Moon: Nov 4, 2017 at 12:22 am
(Next Phase)
First Quarter: Oct 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm
(Previous Phase)


Your Astrology for Monday, October 30

The Moon is in Pisces.
The Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter phase.
The First Quarter Moon occurred on the 27th, and a Full Moon will occur in the sign of Taurus on November 4th.


Overview of Your Astronomy for Monday, October 30

Our instincts for doing the right thing are excellent today as the intuitive Moon in Pisces harmonizes with the Sun and Jupiter in Scorpio. A cooperative spirit is with us. A positive state of mind can attract others, as well as favorable circumstances, to us. We’re not inclined to worry over details or rely too heavily on rationale today, and this helps us see the bigger picture.

This evening, we’re easily touched and swayed as the Moon aligns with Neptune, awakening our imaginations for better or for worse.


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 30 to November 5

The last of the Orionids and several bright planets will appear in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Monday, October 30

Mars stands out in the eastern sky before dawn this week. The magnitude 1.8 Red Planet rises nearly three hours before the Sun and appears 20° high an hour before sunup. It resides among the background stars of Virgo, and this morning it lies 0.3° southwest of 4th-magnitude Eta (η) Virginis. Even more impressive, Mars stands nearly on top of 6th-magnitude 13 Vir. As twilight begins on the East Coast, they appear just 44″ apart; from the West Coast, 4.2′ separate the two.

Tuesday, October 31

Although the Orionid meteor shower peaked 10 days ago, the shower remains active until November 7. And with the Moon setting around 3 a.m. local daylight time (some three hours before twilight begins), observers can expect to see a few “shooting stars” in the predawn sky. To differentiate an Orionid from a sporadic, remember that a shower meteor will appear to radiate from the northern part of the constellation Orion the Hunter.

Wednesday, November 1

Venus rises around 6 a.m. local daylight time and dominates the morning sky from then until close to sunrise. Gleaming at magnitude –3.9, no other point of light comes close to matching this planet’s brilliance. As a bonus today, Venus passes 4° due north of Virgo’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. The planet shines 100 times brighter than the star.

Thursday, November 2

Uranus reached opposition and peak visibility two weeks ago, and it remains a tempting target all this week. The outer planet appears in the southeastern sky during midevening and climbs highest in the south around midnight local daylight time. The magnitude 5.7 world lies in southeastern Pisces, 2.3° west of magnitude 4.3 Omicron (ο) Piscium, the brightest star in this part of Pisces. 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″.

Friday, November 3

Full Moon officially arrives at 1:23 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning (10:23 p.m. PDT this evening). You can find it rising in the east around sunset and peaking in the south just before 1 a.m. local daylight time. It dips low in the west by the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky. The Moon lies on the border between the constellations Pisces and Cetus.

Saturday, November 4

Saturn remains a tempting target in this week’s early evening sky. The ringed planet stands 15° above the southwestern horizon an hour after sunset and remains 10° high at twilight’s close. Shining at magnitude 0.5, it appears four times brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. Of course, the best views of Saturn come through a telescope, which reveals a 15″-diameter globe surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 35″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.

Sunday, November 5

For those areas of the United States and Canada that observe daylight saving time, set your clocks back one hour this morning. The official switch occurs at 2 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1 a.m. local standard time. The switch means sunrise and sunset both arrive an hour earlier today than they did yesterday. So, at least by clock time, the latest sunrise of the year occurred yesterday morning.

Observers in eastern and central North America are in for a surprise shortly after the Moon rises. Although the waning gibbous Moon lies among the background stars of Taurus the Bull, that constellation’s brightest star will be absent because Luna is blocking 1st-magnitude Aldebaran from view. Observers should target the Moon’s dark limb through their telescopes and try to view the star when it suddenly reappears.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 7:10 p.m. EST. It then lies 224,587 miles (361,438 kilometers) away from us.


The Astronomy Magazine

The Witches Moon Phase for Monday, October 30th

Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 74%

The 10 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has it’s roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.

Phase Details for – Monday, October 30, 2017

Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 74%
Moon Age: 9.79 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 391,088.71 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,520,200.59 km



Belonging to the Light Maiden, the Waxing phase occurs when the Moon grows in the sky from new to full, and it’s during this period that She gains power. That means it’s a good time to perform any efforts that require an increase of sorts, or necessitate momentum. Good candidates include spells that involve a fresh start, increased productivity or efficiency, the addition of something to your life, a victory or recognition of sorts, or good health and well-being. If you need more of something, Waxing Moon energy can provide it.

Just as with the Dark Moon energy, though, things can get a bit sticky here with some practitioners as well. Why? Because they also divide the Waxing Moon phase into two separate portions: First Quarter Moon energy and Gibbous Moon energy. Luckily, this isn’t nearly as magically confusing as the Dark/ New Moon debate. Simply put, they define the First Quarter energy as that which occurs from seven to ten days after the New Moon, and they apply it to any effort that necessitates increase. While they consider Gibbous Moon energy (which occurs, incidentally, from ten to thirteen days after the New Moon) to be of major magical importance, they use it primarily with only one goal in mind; to instill the attribute of personal patience while waiting for an effort to manifest—something that a magickal practitioner can never have too much of!


Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living (Everyday Series)
Dorothy Morrison

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