Welcome to the Witches Digest for Tuesday, November 2nd (Astronomy)


Welcome to the Witches Digest for Tuesday, November 2nd


Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Thursday, November 2

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 133.83° SE
Sun Altitude: 24.16°
Sun Distance: 92.223 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 7:19 am↑ 108° East
Sunset Today: 5:55 pm↑ 252° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 35 minutes


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 326.61° NNW
Moon Altitude: -44.79°
Moon Distance: 230131 mi
Next Full Moon: Nov 4, 201712:22 am
Next New Moon: Nov 18, 20175:42 am
Next Moonrise: Today5:23 pm
Moon Illumination: 96.4%
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous


The 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)



Daily Astrology for Thursday, November 2nd

The Moon is in Aries.
The Moon is void from 11:02 PM forward (until tomorrow at 5:46 AM).
The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Gibbous phase.
The First Quarter Moon occurred on the 27th, and a Full Moon will occur in the sign of Taurus on November 4th.

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.

Daily Overview of the Planets for Thursday, November 2nd


Early today, a Mercury-Chiron trine strengthens our communication skills, not so much on a technical level but more in terms of using both our heads and our hearts to understand one another.

However, a longer-term influence comes into exactitude today: Saturn square Chiron. This is the last in a set of three (the aspect first perfected in December 2016 and again in April 2017), and we’re likely to deal with fears of not being competent or capable enough to meet our responsibilities. During the course of this transit, we may have had a hard time striking out on a unique path, again due to insecurities. The desire to break from the status quo has been strong, but we may have struggled with mustering up the necessary confidence to do so. Again now, circumstances are such that we may need to take a hard look at our vulnerabilities.

Later today, a Mercury-Uranus quincunx can complicate our interactions as it can be challenging to get a point across clearly or even kindly. There can be disorganization, a lack of receptiveness to practical advice, or unclear directions and instructions to deal with. We have some help from the Moon’s sextile to Saturn as well as Venus as it approaches a sextile to Saturn, which can be grounding and practical-minded, although not as certain of itself as it typically is due to a quincunx to Chiron. The Moon spends the day in Aries.

A void of course Moon occurs from 11:03 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to Uranus), until the Moon enters Taurus the next day, Friday, November 3rd, at 5:46 AM EDT.

The Sky This Week for November 2 to November 5

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

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.


Astronomy Magazine

The Witches Current Moon Phase for November 2nd

Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 96%

The 13 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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 – Thursday, November 2, 2017

Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 96%
Moon Age: 12.86 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 376,576.92 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,404,360.64 km





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