The Witches Digest for Friday, November 17th, 2017
(Astronomy for the Day)
A Witch’s Tale
What is it like
To cast a spell?
To chant a charm?
To ring a bell?
To cast a circle?
To praise the moon?
To love the Earth?
To read the rune?
To love the Goddess?
To live her way?
To ebb and flow
The clouds and hills;
All these things
Need you ask
The reason why?
The power can be found
From deep within,
When you find it
You’re ready to begin.
–By The Light Of The Crystal Moon: A Book of Pagan Poetry and Short Stories
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, November 17th
Sun Direction: ↑ 126.14° SE
Sun Altitude: 12.68°
Sun Distance: 91.901 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:35 am↑ 114° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:43 pm↑ 246° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 7 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 127.92° SE
Moon Altitude: 23.27°
Moon Distance: 248511 mi
Next New Moon: Nov 18, 20175:42 am
Next Full Moon: Dec 3, 20179:46 am
Next Moonset: Today4:40 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Illumination: 1.0%
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: New Moon
New Moon: Nov 18, 2017 at 5:42 am
Third Quarter: Nov 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm
Cosmic Calendar for November 17 & 18
Nov 17/18: Leonid Meteor Shower
In 2017, the Leonids will peak during the night of November 17 and the early morning of November 18.
The Leonids peak around mid-November.
We suggest you try your luck after midnight during the night between November 17 and 18.
The Leonid meteor shower is annually active in the month of November and it usually peaks around November 17 or 18. The shower is called Leonids because its radiant, or the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from, lies in the constellation Leo.
The Leonids occur when the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet takes around 33 years to make one orbit around the Sun.
You can see about 20 meteors an hour when the the Leonids meteor shower reaches its peak of activity.
Where to View the Leonids
The Leonids can be seen by viewers from both hemispheres.
Look towards the constellation Leo.
While it is not necessary to look in any particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower, astronomers suggest lying down on the ground and looking at the sky between the East and the point right above you to view the Leonids.
When to View the Leonids
The best time to view the Leonids is after dark.
How to Watch Meteor Showers
Check the weather: Meteors, or shooting stars, are easy to spot. All you need is clear skies and a pair of eyes.
Get out of town: Find a place as far away as possible from artificial lights
Prepare to wait: Bring something to sit or lie down on. Star gazing is a waiting game, so get comfortable.
Your Astronomy for Friday, November 17th
Mars-Uranus early today is progressive. A Last Quarter Moon occurs shortly before midday, and asks us to consider our spiritual needs.
The Moon is in Pisces all day (until Wednesday, June 10th, at 7:13 AM).
The Moon is void from 2:08 PM forward (until tomorrow at 7:13 AM).
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 11:41 AM/ Third Quarter phase from 11:41 AM forward.
The Third Quarter Moon occurs at 11:41 AM in Pisces.
Mercury is retrograde. (Mercury is retrograde from May 18 to June 11 in the sign of Gemini).
Moon in Scorpio
Intensity is what the Moon in Scorpio is all about. Whether it’s passion, elation, sorrow, or desire, emotions are felt on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things, and we instinctively read between the lines. Superficiality won’t work for us now. The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power, and it’s an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. It can be an intimate and passionate time. Avoid manipulative tactics, brooding, and suspicion.
The Moon in Scorpio generally favors the following activities: Taxes, accounting, intimacy issues, psychological examinations, research, self-examination, getting rid of old things.
Overview of Your Daily Astronomy Calendar
Mercury favorably aspects Mars today, and we can be especially alert and observant, as well as extremely resourceful. Communications are energetic and enthusiasm for topics or projects runs high.
Even so, this is a better time for going over the past than for making solid plans for the future. For one, a quincunx between the Sun and Uranus is somewhat hesitant. Surprise elements make us feel out of control of our lives or the direction we would like to take. Disrupted plans or schedules may be part of the picture now, and they throw us off center a little more than usual. For another, the Moon spends the full day in Scorpio and is Balsamic, as a New Moon will occur tomorrow afternoon in the sign. This is a time for winding down, pruning, letting go, reducing, and reflecting rather than beginning anew. We are symbolically in the dark now.
The Sky This Week for November 17 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
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.
The Current Moon Phase for Friday, November 17th
Tomorrow the Moon will be in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 28.62 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 398,489.63 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,878,483.56 km
Moon Diary for Saturday, November 18th
by Jane Lyle
From The Astrology Room
Juggler’s Moon. New Moon at 26 degrees Scorpio
Adaptability is our keyword for the coming weeks. Our juggling skills will come in very handy.
November’s Scorpio new Moon rises at 26 degrees. There’s the promise of a fresh start with every new Moon – but this month adaptability and a willingness to compromise are needed if we want things to work out.
The new Moon makes an awkward link with rebellious Uranus in Aries – and this puts a focus on creating something new by working with what’s chaotic, unusual, or otherwise outside what’s thought of as conventional.
This theme could emerge in new ideas about parenting, sexuality, motherhood, technology, emotional well-being, and intuition. Flexibility, and an open mind can help to diffuse tension or calm down heated arguments now and particularly during the next two weeks.
The rulers of this new Moon are Mars and Pluto – we’re looking at power and desire, action and intensity. Currently, Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn are squaring off – meaning that there’s conflict aplenty, and a particularly challenging atmosphere to deal with. This is the worst possible time to lash out against anyone, or seek revenge. It’s a time of hidden information and behind-the-scenes negotiations, consultations with lawyers, and financial juggling. But sooner or later, someone, somewhere, will drop the ball.
What does begin with this new Moon promises to be very interesting, probably provocative, edgy, or likely to evoke sudden changes in our beliefs and routines.
‘Timing: The alpha and omega of aerialists, jugglers, actors, diplomats, publicists, generals, prize fighters, revolutionists, financiers, dictators, lovers.’
– Marlene Dietrich
The Witches Guide to Fridays
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