The Witches Digest for Monday, November 20 (Daily Horoscopes & Divination)

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The Witches Digest for Monday, November 20

(Daily Horoscopes & Divination)

Your Weekly Karmic Forecast: November 19 – 24, 2017

The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.

*NOTE* There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.  

Weekly Forecast:  November 19 – 24, 2017

11/19 ~ Mars (lower will) ~square~ Pluto (Higher will):

This is a test of what you are made of, on the deepest core level, and will require surrender as well as focus. This energy challenges you to evolve and will make you want to push through all obstacles but you must be careful not to be so aggressive that you are stepping on anyone to get where you’re going. This is a potent energy that can facilitate major transformation in your life if you know who you are, what you want and what you are willing to sacrifice to get there – that includes parts of your Self that may need to shift to be more effective. This energy can bring power struggles, within or without, so be mindful because this energy is affecting everyone at this time. This is the time to tie up any loose ends if you are close to beginning anew. If you do not finish what you already have in the works, it may get in the way of things you want to do in the future. It is time to align your true inner power with balanced outer actions & choices.

11/21 ~ Venus (relationships) ~sextile~ Pluto (transformation):

This energy deepens all emotions and strengthens bonds & attachments. Friendships & love relationships become much deeper and, sometimes more intense, not to mention any physical (sexual) experience. Being fake or superficial is never possible when Pluto is involved, and because Venus is involved, we’re talking relationships or how you relate in general, so if you are needing to dig a little deeper with someone, you are supported. This energy can facilitate positive transformation in your relationships, partnerships or collaborations. It will give you added power to help you change what needs changing or at least get it on the table for deeper discussion or a clearing conversation. Your emotional intensity may be at an unusually high level, so be sure to surround yourself with people who love you unconditionally or try to be alone and just reflect on what you’re feeling.

11/25 ~ Mercury (voice) ~trine~ Uranus (individuality):

This activation gives you access to your Higher Mind and opens the way for new, deeper insights that can guide & direct you at this time. Business as usual will not work, it’s time to open up to the unusual, do something different, look at things from another angle and watch the ah-ha’s start pouring in. Your intuition will be firing on all cylinders, giving you access to unprecedented clarity. While your thinking may lack discipline, your ability to access solutions to any recent (or long-standing) challenges will be off the charts. This energy will not be contained, even though it is generally all mental, you really will have a hard time keeping up with the ideas, thoughts, concepts & intuitions that come to you under this influence so try to take notes that you can refer to later when the grounding will be necessary. Pay attention to the messages that come through/from others as well since you never know how the Universe will show up. This alone is an indication that whatever your consciousness may not have been previously ready to assimilate or process is awakening now to that which is just for you!

Cosmic Weather Horoscope for the Week of November 20th

Jane Lyle, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

Wednesday 22nd November:

Something Magic This Way Comes…

Neptune turns direct today in fishy Pisces, and something shifts in our dreams. We’re drawing closer and closer to a time filled with deeply magical potential.

Jupiter and Neptune both rule the mysterious sign of Pisces, a slippery sign that somehow moves between sacrifice and bliss, charity and extravagance, victim-hood and philanthropy.

Neptune and Jupiter both rule religious experiences and beliefs. We can always widen this out to include faith in a philosophy of life (Jupiter) and an attraction to hidden worlds, dreams and visions (Neptune).

Jupiter in Scorpio is now flowing beautifully with Neptune in a trine aspect. Together they release all sorts of smoky, translucent, ethereal things into the atmosphere, and work with delicacy and beauty on a creative, musical, and spiritual level. Yet when channelled into materialism, this pair are prone to symbolise fat, oily bubbles of delusional financial greed, bubbles that will inevitably burst. Here comes the snake oil salesman and the guru with feet of clay.

There’ll be more to say about Jupiter and Neptune’s partnership, for it’s one of astrology’s themes for 2018. If it touches your own natal horoscope, it’s something bewitching to work with this November, and during the year ahead.

This magical partnership is around until September 2018.

It will be exact on 3rd December at 11 degrees
25th May 2018 at 16 degrees
19th August at 15 degrees.

So, as you can probably tell, the season of the witch has escaped from its flimsy, contemporary Halloween container. To celebrate, here’s a delightfully quirky vintage ghost-hunting TV documentary. It stars the inimitable Dame Margaret Rutherford, her husband, and a famous society clairvoyant. It’s called ‘The Stately Ghosts of England’ (1965):


Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for November 20th

by Sarah Bartlett, Astrologer

From the Astrology Room

With the sun moving into debonair Sagittarius, we can all expect some exciting loving. Although we will still be graced with normality, we may wonder, what is all this passion about?

But ironically, the great news is, that we can become truly aware of acting out those passions, rather than simply imagining them.



Things seem so inconsistent right now. Sometimes people love you, sometimes they don’t, and if you don’t feel special this week, then you’re going to run away and have an adventure all alone. But remember that happiness is a bit like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and softly sits on your shoulder.



It’s entirely understandable that you feel like you’re being pushed hard by a few irritating people. In fact all the anger is welling up inside you, perhaps generated by low self-esteem?  Luckily, by the end of the week, you can drop the self-sabotage and start to be nice to yourself. Maybe even realise you are as loveable as anyone else?



You know that you have to be more accepting, more understanding and be able to give as much as you receive. But with the sun moving int your opposite sign this week, you will also experience a burst of vitality. You’re coming alive, no longer armed with a set of conditions about how love should be. Instead, at last you can engage in the boundless, abundant thing that love is.



Don’t make assumptions about how your partner feels, or what an admirer wants. Whether you’re newly in love, or a long-term couple, nothing is cast in stone.  But if you don’t think before you act, then thoughtless words will probably be the outcome. Instead, maintain a balance, especially now the pendulum is swinging in your favour.



It’s time to be more serious and reflect on what exactly your reality of love is? Does it have to be shown through action or deeds, does it have to be spoken or just felt? There may be a few ups and downs, broken promises, and indecision this week, but it’s time to adjust to your true perception of love and welcome it into your world.



Take the plunge into passionate loving. This week, the cosmic line-up confirms your true needs, reveals your wilder dreams, but most importantly give you the chance to either start all over again with the one you love, or throw yourself into a passionate embrace with someone new.



We often think we ‘fall’ for someone who represents everything that we are not. ‘They’re my opposite, that’s why we get on like a house on fire!’ Yet this week, I think you’re beginning to realise that the qualities of your lover or those you look for in a partner, are part of who you are.  Enjoy being attracted to yourself.



What you’re feeling this week, is for once very good about yourself. This in turn, is a sign to partners or admirers that you’re in touch with your deepest desires. But a run of bad feeling between you and someone special needs to be dissolved, so let off a little steam by all means, then see what you need to change in your emotional armoury.



Honesty can sometimes get us into more trouble than we bargained for. And this week, it does seem that every time you open your mouth, whether to say sweet nothings or to suggest some useful changes, all you get back is defensive reactions. In fact, if you can ‘do,’ rather than ‘say,’ the challenging energy can be put to more physical delights..



This week’s planetary line-up gives you a sudden urge to travel, or just to change your lifestyle. And even though you won’t tolerate anyone else’s opinion, truths have to be told. If it all seems odd, it will create long-term joy rather than long-term pain, leading you to fantastic changes in the months to come.



You’ve become quite restless and bored with your routine existence. So if you’re not experiencing the light-hearted, fun-loving spontaneous side of love this week, then be golly you’re going to do something about it. The sun’s influence may put a spring in your step, so if you’re in one of those extrovert moods, then just be daring, it’s your right.



This week, if single, there are some dark horses out there who suddenly become highly desirable. Attached, you wish your partner would take you on a surprise trip away. You change your look, but will they notice? You resolve to get on with your own career, but will they notice? Notice if they notice. Feel the faith you have in yourself, feel it and most of all, act upon it now.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, November 20th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From the Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
The struggles of your normal routine start to vanish and you slowly but surely start to realise you are in control of your life. Don’t accept first offers financially. There are better deals to be done with a little investigation. .

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
You are finally comfortable with a decision you made last month, but have not really had chance to put into action. Friends could turn into lovers for some of your sign. You’re beginning to realise what you need to be happy.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
You enter the next few days with a feeling of excitement and it’s not for nothing. Shock announcements and surprise visits make for a week which sees you entering a better phase of your life.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
If you had all the time and money in the world, what would you do Cancer? Aspects tell me you can do it all with a little planning and foresight. Confidence is the key to impressing important faces.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
When you’re true to who you are, amazing things will happen Leo. You may not realise it, but you hold the power to open the doors which were shut to you this time last month.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
One way to get the most out of your current situation, is to look upon it as an adventure. You can do this sooner rather than later, if you work on ignoring those who only ever bring negativity to your heart and mind.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
As soon as you start to pursue your dreams, your life wakes up and everything has a meaning. Today Neptune gives you the power to excel and to find the confidence which I see was lacking earlier this month.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Life is a rollercoaster. Enjoy the ride, but don’t forget to buckle up, as the coming days are sure to prove memorable, if a little bumpy along the way. An old friendship is given the chance to be rekindled.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Mars makes it hard for you not to accuse close ones of things they may not have done. Know how far is too far to go, or you could end up losing a friendship you only just got back. Geminis link to a better social life.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
A touch of fame beckons within your career and you begin to feel more confident about the support of those close to you. This is good day to do your sums and figures. You may discover something is in your reach.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
So how do you get through the very sensitive few days you’ve had? Believe and act as if it is impossible for you not to succeed. Romance is well starred and you finally get back your self-confidence.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
There’s someone you need to say thank you to and to show appreciation for, but Mars is stopping you from finding the right words. Come on, fight back and show you can be the bigger person.

If You Were Born Today, November 20th

The year ahead is one of new beginnings as you feel you’re beginning a new chapter of your life. It’s good for enjoying new opportunities, experiences, and perspectives, as well as wonderful social or love opportunities. Your faith increases and you seek out more meaning from your life. You’re in good shape for staying on track and meeting your responsibilities as well. Useful contacts can be made during this period. Your love or social life comes alive this year.

You are a dedicated, family-loving person who is loyal to loved ones. Your personality is highly intuitive and receptive, and the quiet strength that sits just under the surface forms some of your considerable charm. Desirous and passionate, you sometimes over-indulge in the pleasures of life. Because you value partnership so strongly, you must guard against smothering your loved ones. There is a fine line for you between caring and possessiveness. Your strong character is apt to propel you into a leadership position in your career. If so, you are what might be considered a benevolent leader, as you are very big-hearted.

Famous people born today: Bo Derek, Richard Dawson, Gene Tierney, Robert F. Kennedy, Joe Walsh, Edwin Hubble.


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Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, November 20th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From the Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
With the Sun behind you at the moment, every day holds the possibility of a miracle. This is the time to have another try at the things that didn’t work out earlier in the year. New work avenues beckon via e mails.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Surround yourself with positive people only, Taurus. You have allowed yourself to be emotionally blackmailed by those who don’t have your best interests at heart. With the help of Mars, know where to draw the line.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Why are you so worried about how things look to others. Shouldn’t how you feel be more important? After all, you are the one who has to live your life and with the decisions you make.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Your time is limited this week, so don’t waste it doing things which can’t bring results. It’s time to tie up those loose ends you’ve left for yourself. New career openings beckon and could see many of you crabs changing vocation.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
You’re ready and willing to put down some roots, but you don’t seem sure who will support you through this. Go to those who are directly involved, or you may make them think you are not capable.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
There’s an immature feel to your chart, which could see you saying and doing all manner of things you may come to regret. Make a mental note of how far is too far to go, or you could end up with a lot of apologising to do.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
The less you say about other people’s lives this week, the better. You see Libra, there is a secretive feel to the stars, which will see many of the signs wanting to keep their private life private.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
You’ve got to have a dream Scorpio and you’ve got to grab it and never let go. Your ruling planet Mars helps you sweet talk anyone into anything. Use this opportunity well. Ring now to hear why this is the perfect time to negotiate home circumstances and affairs.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Try not to accuse people of things they may not have done. Mercury is preventing your judgement from being at its best my friend. Stick to plans today, as those around you are relying on you more than you may realise.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Arrange to see old friends who can give you the confidence boost I know you’re in need of. You’ve found it hard to have faith in your own ideas and opinions recently, but they’re the ones who can give it back to you.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
The most effective way to do things, is to actually do them. A better relationship with a member of family evolves as you all agree to meet each other half way. Patience with paperwork is essential for its successful completion.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
You are the CEO of your life. Don’t allow others to take control, or you will regret it for a very long time to come. Be ready to say yes to impromptu plans tonight. It can and will make your life a more interesting place to be.

Tarot Card of the Day

Seven of Coins

November 20, 2017








The Seven of this suit is typically a paean to the humble laborer who is willing to show up every day and sweat in the sun for next season’s bounty. The traditional concept is cultivation, with an attitude that slow and steady wins the race, with faith in nature’s assistance. The protagonist of this card doesn’t make excuses, isn’t whimsical or moody, but is dedicated and sees the job through. Of course, it’s no good to count your chickens before they hatch, but there’s no question that the person who is vigilant over a project is more likely to get the desired result.

Someone who works with nature, cooperating with her ways, will waste less energy and time than the person who works against her. As a side meaning, we sometimes see this normally humble farmer in a moment of frenzy, betting the crop on a roll of the dice. This represents a moment of dementia, addiction or desperation which hopefully will not last long enough for the farmer to lose everything!


Daily Love Tarot

The Sun


November 20, 2017








The Sun is an invitation to a supportive relationship in which you can be yourself around your significant other. You feel relaxed and loved, with a sense of peace of heart. You’ve struck gold and entered into a new realm. Keep looking if this is not how you feel because it is how things should be. You can’t expect improvement in a long-term union if you do not take effective steps to create it.

Your Erotic Tarot

The Judgement


November 20, 2017









The Judgement card represents a sexual awakening, and now that you aren’t afraid to move in a new direction, a whole new world awaits you. What sex positions do you want to try, and which fantasies have you been dying to act out? Being honest with yourself and potential partner(s) about the details of what you desire will help you get what you want faster, and the end result will be much more satisfying. And above all, enjoy your sexual liberation!

Your Daily Rune for November 20, 2017


“Man-az” – Literally: “Mankind”

Esoteric: Humankind, awareness

Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.

Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence

Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time

Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)

Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.


Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential


Your Animal Spirit Guide for November 20, 2017

The Falcon


The Wisdom of the Budda

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

Earth Sky News for Monday, November 20th: Watch for the moon and Saturn

Tonight – November 20, 2017 – finds the slender lunar crescent pairing up with the planet Saturn after sunset. As dusk gives way to darkness, look in the southwest sky, and rather close to the sunset point on the horizon, for the lovely celestial couple, the moon and Saturn. Start your search no later than an hour or so after sundown. These two worlds will follow the sun beneath the horizon at or around nightfall.

You might – or might not – see the planet Mercury below the moon and Saturn tonight. Mercury is rather difficult to catch from northerly latitudes, but is easier to spot from the Southern Hemisphere. Several people did catch Mercury Sunday evening, near the very young moon, and sent us photos.

Click here for recommended almanacs; they can provide the setting times for the sun, moon, Saturn and Mercury in your sky.

Our sky charts above and below are for mid-northern North American latitudes, where the waxing crescent moon and Saturn appear especially close together after sunset on November 20, 2017. From the world’s Eastern Hemisphere – Europe, Africa, Asia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand – tonight’s moon appears more to the west of Saturn (and closer to the planet Mercury). See the sky chart below.

On the same date in the Eastern Hemisphere, the moon is more offset to the west of Saturn (and closer to Mercury) than it is in North America. Moreover, the farther east you are in the Eastern Hemisphere (far-eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand), the more the moon is offset toward the previous date on the sky chart. For instance, from far-eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand on November 20. 2017, the moon appears closer to Mercury than to Saturn as darkness falls on November 20.

Of course, when we say the moon is close to Saturn or Mercury, we’re really saying that the moon resides close to Saturn or Mercury on the sky’s dome. The moon is actually nowhere close to these planets in space. Tonight’s moon is only around 252,000 miles (406,000 km) distant from Earth. But Saturn and Mercury lie much father away, at about 4,000 and 400 times the moon’s distance from Earth, respectively.

Click here to find out the moon’s present distance from Earth and click here to find out the present distance of Saturn and Mercury from Earth in astronomical units (AU). One astronomical unit = Earth/sun distance.

Day by day, watch for Saturn to slowly but surely sink downward and closer to Mercury on the sky’s dome. Look for these two worlds to be in conjunction (near the same line of sight) on November 28, 2017.

Bottom line: This evening after sunset – November 20, 2017 – look for the moon and Saturn in the southwest sky. You might – or might not – spot Mercury beneath the moon and Saturn.


A Little Humor for Your Day

The Valkyrie Song

Tune: Wagner’s “Flight of the Valkyries”

We fly through the night skies
Flashing our fat thighs,
Picking up dead guys;
You call this a job?

You take the blond guy,
I’ll take the redhead!
Wait, he’s not dead yet;
Let him go…splat!

Woo-oop! Woo-oop!
Woo-oop! Woo-oop!
Woo-oop! Woo-oop!
Woo-oop! Woo-oop!

We’re hunting the Wabbit!
We’re hunting the Wabbit!
We’re hunting the Wabbit!
We’re hunting the Wabbit!

A Little Thought from Me to You…….

I pledge allegiance
to the Earth
Of our Beloved Solar System
and to all
of Her creatures
for here they dwell
One planet
united in harmony
with universal love
and compassion for all.






For all Your Magickal Needs, Think Magickal Necessities….


Wishing You & Yours A Very Beautiful & Blessed Monday! May The Goddess Fill Your Life With Her Love & Beauty!

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Welcome to the Witches Digest for Monday, November 20

Bright Blessings


Earth Mother
Giver of life
Strengthen me during my life-long strife.
Teach me Your ways of perfect love,
peace, and wisdom true.
Spawn from my purest heart
These words to You
May this prayer help me to better
myself in word and deed,
To a higher plane I shall succeed.
Beautiful Light of Goodness Fair
Lore of old we both do share
A Witch’s brew, I drink to You
My love for You, by day, by night
In thought and in sight
Will my soul learn
the meaning of this life again.

—Author Unknown
Originally published on Pagan Library

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, November 20

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 140.73° SE
Sun Altitude: 22.01°
Sun Distance: 91.842 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:42 am↑ 115° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:42 pm↑ 245° West
Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 59 minutes


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 121.24° ESE
Moon Altitude: 6.81°
Moon Distance: 252011 mi
Next Full Moon: Dec 3, 20179:46 am
Next New Moon: Dec 18, 201712:30 am
Next Moonset: Today6:38 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon’s Illumination: 4.3%


The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Nov 26, 2017 at 11:02 am
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Nov 18, 2017 at 5:42 am
(Previous Phase)


Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Those Down Under, November 21

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 154.29° SSE
Sun Altitude: -32.01°
Sun Distance: 91.842 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 22, 2017 3:27 am (Summer)
Sunrise Today: 5:40 am↑ 115° Southeast
Sunset Today: 7:41 pm↑ 245° West
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 1 minute


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 182.25° S
Moon Altitude: -37.78°
Moon Distance: 252013 mi
Next Full Moon: Dec 4, 20172:46 am
Next New Moon: Dec 18, 20175:30 pm
Next Moonrise: Today7:39 am
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon’s Illumination: 4.3%


The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Nov 27, 2017 at 4:02 am
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Nov 18, 2017 at 10:42 pm
(Previous Phase)


About the Waxing Crescent Phase

The waxing crescent phase is the moon’s first step toward fullness. And it’s a very visible shift — the moon is completely invisible (while it’s new) until a tiny sliver is illuminated. The moon is considered a crescent only when less than one half of it is visible. According to astrologer and medium Natalia Kuna, this lunar phase presents us with a major opportunity for change.

Where the new moon is restorative and the full moon is expansive and specific to the time of year, the waxing crescent moon is a call to action. Regardless of the season or month, this is a great time to work toward the goals that are right in front of you. Tackle those home improvement projects that have piled up; start that awkward conversation with your manager; or finally adopt a dog.

If you think all of this go-getting will feel forced, you might be surprised. The waxing crescent moon encourages positivity and faith, so even the most steadfast pessimists may be more likely to leap without a net during this phase.

Of course, the moon shouldn’t take the blame for completely reckless behavior. But, if you’re usually timid about inciting change, this is absolutely your invitation to act boldly. Ride this wave of energy as long as you can — before you know it, it’ll be time to look inward and reflect all over again with the next new moon.



Your Astrology for Monday, November 20

The Moon is in Sagittarius.
The Moon is void from 7:26 PM forward (until tomorrow at 2:13 AM).
The Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
The New Moon occurred on the 18th in the sign of Scorpio, and the First Quarter Moon will occur on the 26th.
Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will retrograde from December 3-22).

Your Astrology for Tuesday, November 21

(For Those Down Under)

The Moon is in Sagittarius until 2:13 AM, after which the Moon is in Capricorn.
The Moon is void until 2:13 AM (since yesterday at 7:26 PM).
The Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
The New Moon occurred on the 18th in the sign of Scorpio, and the First Quarter Moon will occur on the 26th.
Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will retrograde from December 3-22).
The Sun enters Sagittarius today (the Sun transits Sagittarius from November 21-December 21).


What’s in Store by the Stars

November 20, 2017

The Moon spends another full day in the sign of Sagittarius, prompting us to try something new, move beyond our usual bounds, and seek out truth and meaning. We take a philosophical attitude to problems or challenges in our lives. A change of scenery is in order today, and new experiences and adventures satisfy an emotional need. We are not interested in details just now. Instead, we focus on the big picture. The Moon harmonizes with Uranus and aligns with Saturn, stimulating our need for change, progress, and improvement, but keeping us grounded. Venus and Pluto are moving towards a sextile, exact tomorrow, and we appreciate depth in our interactions.

Your Daily Planetary Overview for November 20th

The Moon spends another full day in the sign of Sagittarius, prompting us to try something new, move beyond our usual bounds, and seek out truth and meaning. We take a philosophical attitude to problems or challenges in our lives. A change of scenery is in order today, and new experiences and adventures satisfy an emotional need. We are not interested in details just now. Instead, we focus on the big picture. The Moon harmonizes with Uranus and aligns with Saturn, stimulating our need for change, progress, and improvement, but keeping us grounded.

Venus and Pluto are moving towards a sextile, exact tomorrow, and we appreciate depth in our interactions.

The Moon is void from 7:27 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to Saturn), until the Moon enters Capricorn the next day, Tuesday, November 21st, at 2:14 AM EST.

Your Daily Planetary Overview for November 21

(For Those Down Under)

The Moon ends its transit of Sagittarius and enters Capricorn at 2:14 AM EST. Venus forms a sextile to Pluto this morning, and if we seize the opportunity, we can advance our interests with finances and relationships. Our feelings are impassioned in a pleasant manner. We are focused and confident, and we appreciate depth of feeling and authenticity in our dealings with others. This can be a good time for doing what we love, following our passions, or pursuing a pleasure heartily

The Moon in Capricorn is practical, earthy, smart, and particularly resourceful later today around the Moon’s sextile to Jupiter.

The Sun enters Sagittarius tonight and will transit the sign until December 21st. With the Sun in Sagittarius, our focus shifts from the need for an intimate connection with a person and with ourselves, to the desire to reach out to the world and connect with something bigger than ourselves. While the Sun moves through this fiery, mutable sign, we’re driven to take steps to increase our understanding and awareness of the world around us. We muster up the courage to expand our horizons and branch out into new ways of thinking. We can gain more confidence and optimism by focusing on the “big picture” as we move away from our focus on the details of mundane existence. Although we may be prone to overdoing our expectations, we have the opportunity to nurture our faith, hope, and vision under this influence.

The Moon ends its void period when it enters Capricorn at 2:14 AM EST.

The Witches Current Moon Phase for November 20th

Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 4%

The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 4%
Moon Age: 1.81 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,089.36 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,786,050.71 km


The Witches Current Moon Phase for Those Down Under on November 21

Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 8%

Tommorow the Moon will be in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 8%
Moon Age: 2.71 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,502.64 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,756,313.87 km


The sky this week for November 20 to 26

A New Moon, a blazing Jupiter, and the Summer Triangle are all in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Monday, November 20

Look for a two-day-old waxing Moon low in the southwest about 45 minutes after sunset. Although the slim crescent appears only 5 percent lit, its unlit portion should show the faint illumination of earthshine. If you turn binoculars toward the Moon, you’ll also see Saturn 3° to its lower left. Then, scan toward the horizon and you should pick up Mercury 8° directly below Luna.

Tuesday, November 21

Head outside a half-hour before sunrise and you’ll find Jupiter blazing low in the east-southeast. The giant planet glows at magnitude –1.7 and stands out against the twilight. If you look 8° to Jupiter’s lower left, you should see magnitude –3.9 Venus gleaming just 5° above the horizon. The two planets were in conjunction last week, but they are now pulling away from each other. While Jupiter climbs higher and appears more prominent with each passing day, Venus dips closer to the Sun’s glare and soon will disappear.

The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 1:53 p.m. EST. It then lies 252,358 miles (406,132 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Wednesday, November 22

Neptune’s westward motion against the background stars comes to a halt today. The distant planet appears highest in the south around the end of evening twilight and sets around midnight. The magnitude 7.9 world lies in Aquarius, 0.6° south of the 4th-magnitude star Lambda (λ) Aquarii. You’ll need binoculars to spy Neptune and a telescope to see its blue-gray disk, which spans 2.3″.

Thursday, November 23

After the Sun sets this evening, look low in the southwest for Mercury. For observers at 35° north latitude, the innermost planet lies 7° above the horizon 30 minutes after sunset. (It appears somewhat higher the farther south you live.) Binoculars will help you to find the magnitude –0.4 object in the twilight glow. Today marks the peak of Mercury’s evening apparition because it reaches its maximum elongation from the Sun (22°).

Friday, November 24

Although Thanksgiving weekend signifies autumn to many people, the stars of both summer and winter appear prominent in late November’s evening sky. If you head out around 9 p.m. local time and look toward the west, you’ll see the bright stars of the Summer Triangle. These three luminaries — Vega, Deneb, and Altair — stand out nicely. Deneb appears highest (nearly halfway to the zenith), while the brightest, Vega, lies farthest to the north. Now, if you turn around and face east, you’ll find stars normally associated with winter. Betelgeuse, Rigel, Aldebaran, and Capella all clear the horizon before 8 p.m. and appear conspicuous an hour later.

The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 3:49 a.m. EST tomorrow morning. If you start watching it late this evening, you can see its brightness diminish by 70 percent over the course of about five hours as its magnitude drops from 2.1 to 3.4. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol appears nearly overhead around 11 p.m. local time and remains well above the northwestern horizon until dawn.

Saturday, November 25

While the stars of summer and winter remain on view these late November evenings, the stars of spring are not so lucky. The Big Dipper swings low in the north at this time of year. Although this conspicuous asterism never sets from much of the United States and Canada, it does come close. And the star at the end of the handle — magnitude 1.9 Eta (η) Ursae Majoris — does dip below the horizon around 9 p.m. local time for viewers south of 40° north latitude.

Mars stands out in the eastern sky before dawn this week. The magnitude 1.7 Red Planet rises more than three hours before the Sun and appears 20° high as twilight starts to paint the sky. It resides among the background stars of Virgo, and this morning it appears 4° above the Maiden’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. Unfortunately, the view through a telescope proves disappointing — Mars spans just 4″ and shows no detail.

Sunday, November 26

First Quarter Moon occurs at 12:03 p.m. EST. As darkness descends across the Northern Hemisphere this evening, observers will find the half-lit Moon due south and nearly halfway from the horizon to the zenith. Our satellite spends the night in the constellation Aquarius the Water-bearer.


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