The Witches Digest for Tuesday, November 7th (Astronomy)


The Witches Digest for Tuesday, November 7th


I pray for spirit to revive my heart, to spark it with a relish for service. I hope that my desire to be a flame of love will spark other stalled souls to come alive, aflame with love themselves.

—Modern Affirmation

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, November 7th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 148.05° SSE
Sun Altitude: 30.12°
Sun Distance: 92.107 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:25 am↑ 110° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:50 pm↑ 250° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 25 minutes


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 292.51° WNW
Moon Altitude: 2.39°
Moon Distance: 225842 mi
Next New Moon: 18, 20175:42 am
Next Full Moon: Dec 3, 20179:46 am
Next Moonset: Today10:02 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 83.7%


The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Gibbous
Third Quarter: Nov 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm
(Next Phase)
Full Moon: Nov 4, 2017 at 12:22 am
(Previous Phase)


Your Astrology for Tuesday, November 7th

The Moon is in Gemini until 5:44 AM, after which the Moon is in Cancer.
The Moon is void very briefly, from 5:39 AM to 5:44 AM.
The Moon is waning and in its Full phase until 6:06 AM after which the Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
The Full Moon occurred on the 4th in the sign of Taurus and the Last Quarter Moon will occur on the 10th.
Venus enters Scorpio today (Venus transits Scorpio from November 7-December 1).

Moon in Cancer


The Moon is traveling through Cancer today. Beware of mood swings. Cook some soul food. Cuddle up with someone.

The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. Feelings of belonging and safety are what motivate us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.

The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.

Daily Overview of Your Astronomy for Tuesday, November 7th

Early today, mental pressures or troubles can be unsettling as Mercury and Pluto form a semi-square. We should watch for obsessing over an issue that we can’t or shouldn’t control. The Moon continues its transit of Gemini until 5:40 AM EST, after which the Moon moves through the sign of comfort-seeking Cancer.

Venus enters Scorpio today, where it will transit until December 1st. Deeply passionate relations are the focus with Venus in Scorpio. Superficial flirtations and contacts do not satisfy now, as we yearn for “body and soul” contact with someone special that breaks the norms, is intense, and is unforgettable. This is a highly emotional and passionate position for Venus. We look for projects, pleasures, and relationships that consume us. Fears of being too vulnerable or of giving up our own power to others are strong. We’re good at handling money and resources during this cycle.

There can be disdain for routine today, or circumstances are such that our lives are too chaotic or scattered to be able to focus on our goals. We should watch for sudden abandonment of goals, projects, responsibilities, or commitments now. The Moon’s trine to Jupiter this afternoon is encouraging and generous, while the Moon-Mars square tonight can stimulate tension and impulsive reactions.

A void of course Moon occurs from 5:40 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Venus), until the Moon enters Cancer at 5:45 AM EST (an extremely brief VOC period).

The Sky This Week for November 7 to 12

Venus shines brilliantly, a variable star triples in brightness overnight, and much more in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Tuesday, November 7

The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness around 10:56 p.m. EST, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you start tracking it this evening, you can watch it more than triple in brightness (to magnitude 2.1) by dawn. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol remains visible all night, passing nearly overhead around midnight local time.

Wednesday, November 8

As if the earlier sunsets this week don’t put you in mind of winter, the midevening appearance of the season’s most conspicuous constellation surely will. Orion the Hunter rises in the eastern sky around 9 p.m. local time and appears halfway to the zenith in the southeast by midnight. Look for three 2nd-magnitude stars in a line that form the Hunter’s belt. The constellation’s brightest stars are ruddy Betelgeuse and blue-white Rigel.

Thursday, November 9

Mars stands out in the eastern sky before dawn this week. The magnitude 1.8 Red Planet rises three hours before the Sun and appears 15° high as twilight starts to paint the sky. It resides among the background stars of Virgo, and this morning it passes 1.8° south of 3rd-magnitude Gamma (γ) Virginis. Unfortunately, the view through a telescope proves disappointing — Mars spans just 4″ and shows no detail.

Friday, November 10

Last Quarter Moon arrives at 3:36 p.m. EST. It rises in the eastern sky around 11:30 p.m. local time and reaches its peak in the south around sunrise tomorrow morning, by which time it appears slightly less than half-lit. Throughout this period, our satellite resides among the background stars of western Leo the Lion.

Saturday, November 11

Although Jupiter passed on the far side of the Sun from our perspective in late October, it already is climbing into view before dawn. To find it, head outside about a half-hour before sunrise and locate dazzling Venus. This morning, Jupiter appears 1° directly below its sibling. The gas giant planet shines some two magnitudes fainter than Venus but still stands out through binoculars against the bright twilight. Two mornings from now, these planets pass within 0.3° of each other in the finest planetary conjunction of 2017.

Sunday, November 12

A lone bright star now hangs low in the south during early evening. First-magnitude Fomalhaut — often called “the Solitary One” — belongs to the constellation Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish. From mid-northern latitudes, it climbs 20° above the horizon at its best. How solitary is Fomalhaut? The nearest 1st-magnitude star to it, Achernar at the southern end of Eridanus the River, lies some 40° away.


Astronomy Magazine

The Witches Current Moon Phase for November 7

Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 85%

The 18 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

Phase Details for – Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 85%
Moon Age: 18.48 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,298.08 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,218,434.98 km


Tuesday 7th November

Today we are exactly in between the September Equinox and December’s Winter Solstice. It’s a moment of balance, a hinge in the year. And lovely Venus plunges into watery Scorpio today too. Altogether, a moment for reflection…