Welcome to the Witches Digest for Monday, November 13th
Let me sing you a tale of magics of old,
of powers that slumbered through long years untold.
Let me weave you a song of a memory revived,
calling the Old Ones, their time has arrived.
Bale fires are lighting through all of the land,
the fey folk are dancing, their hour is at hand.
Their music is heard in the chattering stream,
their call echoes out on the wings of a dream.
Beyond the townships, where common folk sleep,
in moors and in meadows, in forests so deep,
Witches are gathering at the dark of the night,
to dance and to worship, bathe in moonlight.
They’ve winded the horn, they have opened the door,
the magics returning to slumber no more.
By the spells they have woven, the runes the have told,
they’ve awakened the Goddess, and the Horned One of old.
And those who have gathered now join hand in hand,
their voices are chanting, throughout all the land.
The God and the Goddess, at last will be heard,
their children, the witches, are spreading the word.
They sing songs of power when the moon, she is high,
They chant songs of joy when the sunrise is nigh,
They dance through the meadows, and through darkened streets,
join their ancient rhythm, when your circle meets,
Come dance to their rhythm, when your circle meets.
–Andrew Daws, Author
Originally published on Pagan Library
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, November 13th
Sun Direction: ↑ 140.25° SE
Sun Altitude: 24.33°
Sun Distance: 91.980 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:31 am↑ 112° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:45 pm↑ 248° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 14 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 205.68° SSW
Moon Altitude: 54.24°
Moon Distance: 240406 mi
Next New Moon: Nov 18, 20175:42 am
Next Full Moon: Dec 3, 20179:46 am
Next Moonset: Today2:31 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Illumination: 22.1%
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Nov 18, 2017 at 5:42 am
Third Quarter: Nov 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm
Your Astrology for Monday, November 13th
The Moon is in Virgo until 6:26 PM, after which the Moon is in Libra.
The Moon is void from 10:45 AM to 6:26 PM.
The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 10th and the New Moon will occur on November 18th.
Moon in Virgo
We instinctively gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In order to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead.
The Moon in Virgo generally favors the following activities: Mental pursuits, work activities, services, and routines. Activities that would benefit from tending to details.
Your Daily Planetary Overview for November 13th
The Venus-Jupiter conjunction early morning is a generous and charitable aspect that can have the effect of opening our hearts (and possibly wallets). Venus and Jupiter form a parallel as well, effectively strengthening and extending this influence through the day. We have large appetites for love and pleasure, and generosity of spirit as well. We have a stronger desire than usual to find meaning in our relationships.
As well today, Mercury forms a square to Neptune, and we can find it difficult to follow or communicate facts, directions, and instructions. Perceptions may be confused or too idealistic, influenced strongly by wishful thinking and imagination.
The Moon spends much of the day in exacting Virgo until 6:28 PM EST, when the Moon enters relationship-oriented Libra.
The Moon is void from 10:46 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Saturn), until the Moon enters Libra at 6:28 PM EST.
The Sky This Week for November 13 to 19
The year’s second-brightest asteroid, a planetary conjunction, and the peak of the Leonid meteor shower, all in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Monday, November 13
The finest planetary conjunction of 2017 takes place in the predawn sky. Venus and Jupiter rise together in the east-southeast some 70 minutes before sunrise and climb 5° high a half-hour later. Venus shines at magnitude –3.9 and appears just 0.3° to the left of magnitude –1.7 Jupiter. Binoculars deliver stunning views of the two set against the growing twilight, while a telescope shows both in a single field. Venus measures 10″ across and appears nearly full while Jupiter spans three times that diameter and lies at the center of an entourage of four bright moons. During the following days, Jupiter will climb higher while Venus sinks closer to the horizon.
Tuesday, November 14
The waning crescent Moon points the way to Mars this morning. Luna rises shortly before 3 a.m. local time and Mars follows about a half-hour later. The Red Planet lies some 8° below the Moon as the two climb together with the background stars of Virgo the Maiden. Of course, the magnitude 1.8 Red Planet stands out in the eastern morning sky all week, rising some three hours before the Sun and climbing nearly 20° high as twilight starts to paint the sky. Unfortunately, the view through a telescope proves disappointing — Mars spans just 4″ and shows no detail.
Wednesday, November 15
Uranus reached opposition and peak visibility less than a month ago, and it remains a tempting target. The outer planet appears in the southeast after darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 10 p.m. local time. The magnitude 5.7 world lies in southeastern Pisces, 2.7° west of magnitude 4.3 Omicron (ο) Piscium, the brightest star in this part of the constellation. 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″.
Thursday, November 16
The waning crescent Moon forms a spectacular trio with Venus and Mars this morning. Jupiter stands 3° above Venus while the wafer-thin Moon appears 6° above the giant planet.
Friday, November 17
This morning marks the peak of the annual Leonid meteor shower. Astronomical conditions should be nearly perfect because the Moon remains out of the sky all night. (It reaches its New phase tomorrow morning.) An observer under a clear, dark sky can expect to see up to 10 “shooting stars” per hour. The meteors appear to radiate from a point in the Sickle asterism of Leo the Lion, a region that rises in late evening and climbs high in the southeast before dawn. Prime viewing occurs between approximately 3 a.m. local time and the start of twilight some two hours later.
Saturday, November 18
Look high in the south after darkness falls this week, and you should see autumn’s most conspicuous star group. The Great Square of Pegasus stands out in the evening sky at this time of year, reaching its peak around 8 p.m. local time. These four almost equally bright stars form the body of Pegasus the Winged Horse. The fainter stars that represent the rest of this constellation’s shape trail off to the square’s west.
New Moon occurs at 6:42 a.m. EST. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.
Sunday, November 19
The days of viewing Saturn in the evening sky are dwindling rapidly. Still, you can find the ringed world nearly 10° high in the southwest an hour after sunset. The planet shines at magnitude 0.5 and lies on the border between Ophiuchus and Sagittarius. (It crosses from the former constellation into the latter one today.) Although the best views of Saturn through a telescope came earlier in this apparition, it never hurts to take a final look. This week, the planet’s disk measures 15″ across while the ring system spans 35″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.
For all your magickal needs, remember Magickal Necessities…..