Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Saturday, November 25th
Sun Direction: ↑ 139.36° SE
Sun Altitude: 20.73°
Sun Distance: 91.751 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:38 am↑ 116° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:35 pm↑ 244° Southwest
Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 56 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 82.34° E
Moon Altitude: -35.39°
Moon Distance: 247660 mi
Next Full Moon: Dec 3, 20179:46 am
Next New Moon: Dec 18, 201712:30 am
Next Moonrise: Today11:56 am
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Illumination: 39.5%
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: First Quarter
First Quarter: Nov 26, 2017 at 11:02 am
New Moon: Nov 18, 2017 at 5:42 am
Your Astrology for Saturday, November 25th
The Moon is in Aquarius all day.
The Moon is void from 9:36 PM forward (until tomorrow at 3:03 AM).
The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Crescent phase.
The New Moon occurred on the 18th in the sign of Scorpio, and the First Quarter Moon will occur tomorrow.
Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will be retrograde from December 3-22).
Moon in Aquarius
The Moon is traveling through Aquarius today. Go against the grain. Fight for a cause. Stand up for the underdog.
Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence. This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us.
The Moon in Aquarius generally favors the following activities: Unusual or radical undertakings, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group.
An Overview of the Sky, Planets & Stars for Saturday, November 25th
Mercury forms a trine to Uranus this morning, helping us to make more satisfying decisions. Insights come suddenly, unexpectedly, and brilliantly. It’s easy to express more radical viewpoints and to find a receptive audience. This is a good time to communicate online, join groups, or take part in activities involving computers, scientific projects, and metaphysics. Original, creative ideas are easy to come by today.
The Aquarius Moon picks up the energies of this aspect by coming to its midpoint, harmonizing with both Mercury and Uranus, and Saturn to boot, as Mercury gets closer to an alignment with Saturn. This is a good time to talk about problems and find answers through further conversation and thought. We’re picking up things we might ordinarily miss.
A void of course Moon occurs from 9:37 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Saturn), until the Moon enters Pisces the next day, Sunday, November 26th, at 3:04 AM EST.
The sky this week for November 25 to December 3
The First Quarter Moon brightens to Full as it’s joined by Mars, Mercury, Uranus, and Jupiter in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
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.
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.
Monday, November 27
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 passes 3° due north (upper left) of the Maiden’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. (Mars remains within 3° of Spica through the morning of December 2.) Notice the stark color contrast between the orange-red planet and the blue-white star. Unfortunately, the view through a telescope proves disappointing — Mars spans just 4″ and shows no detail.
Tuesday, November 28
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 sundown. Binoculars will help you to find the magnitude –0.2 object in the twilight glow. Binoculars will also reveal the fainter glow of magnitude 0.5 Saturn just 3° to Mercury’s upper right.
Wednesday, November 29
The second-brightest asteroid of 2017 puts on a nice show during November. Minor planet 7 Iris rides high in the evening sky among the background stars of Aries the Ram. It glows at magnitude 7.7 and should be relatively easy to spot through binoculars even from the suburbs. This evening, you can locate Iris 0.5° due east of the magnitude 5.9 star 4 Arietis.
Thursday, November 30
The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 9:27 p.m. EST, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you start watching it after darkness falls this evening, you can see it more than triple in brightness, to magnitude 2.1, over the course of a few hours. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol appears high in the northeastern sky after sunset and passes nearly overhead around 10:30 p.m. local time.
Algol can guide you to one of the finest binocular star clusters in the late autumn sky. Just after darkness falls, target the variable star through binoculars and place it at the bottom of your field of view. At the top of the field, you should see a hazy patch of light roughly the size of the Full Moon. This is M34, a collection of roughly 100 suns near Perseus’ border with Andromeda. Through 10×50 binoculars, M34’s brightest stars appear to twinkle against the unresolved glow of the cluster’s fainter members.
Friday, December 1
Uranus reached opposition more than a month ago, but it remains a tempting target. The outer planet appears in the southeast after darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 9 p.m. local time. The magnitude 5.7 world lies in southeastern Pisces 3.2° west of the 4th-magnitude star Omicron (ο) Piscium. Although Uranus shines brightly enough to glimpse with the naked eye under a dark sky, binoculars make the task much easier. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.
Saturday, December 2
Head outside before dawn and you’ll find Jupiter blazing low in the southeast. The giant planet rises 2.5 hours before the Sun and climbs 15° high an hour before sunup. Jupiter shines at magnitude –1.7, which makes it the brightest point of light in the night sky, and resides among the much dimmer stars of the constellation Libra. A telescope reveals the planet’s 31″-diameter disk.
Sunday, December 3
Full Moon officially arrives at 10:47 a.m. EST, though it will look completely illuminated all night among the background stars of Taurus the Bull. The Full Moon rises close to sunset, appears highest in the south around midnight local time, and sets as the Sun comes up. Our satellite reaches its Full phase just 17 hours before its closest approach to Earth during its monthly orbit. The coincidence between these two events makes this the largest Full Moon of 2017, and you can expect to hear the phrase “Super Moon” used to describe it. Just how special is it? This Full Moon spans 33.4′, 7 percent larger than average. Most people won’t notice that small of a difference, but you can bet a lot of them will head out this evening, see the bright Moon hanging low above the horizon, and be amazed at its size. But this is an illusion — viewing the Moon near familiar foreground objects tricks the mind into thinking it looks bigger.
The Witches Moon Phase for Saturday, November 25th
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 DETAILS FOR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 6.28 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 397,856.30 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,642,988.24 km
The Waxing Crescent Moon
Magick performed on the waxing crescent moon is very similar to the waxing gibbous moon (they are both in the waxing or increase phase) and indeed you don’t have to pay attention to the distinction between them if you choose not to, but you should be aware that the closer the moon comes to being full, the more powerful it’s increasing potency becomes. This can be useful to know because sometimes we all have the luxury to wait a few days until after the half gibbous moon has passed into the more powerful phase, the waxing gibbous phase. With rituals that require less lunar potency or are the first in a line of several consecutive rituals that lead up to the full moon, you can confidently use this phase of the moon. For example, a healing performed to ease a cold or mild chronic illness can easily be started during the waxing crescent phase of the moon. However, a more serious illness would be better served during the waxing gibbous phase.
Ideally, with some minor examples, nearly all magick would be best divided out between the full or new moon, but this is such a short period of time each month, that we delegate certain phases to certain less important tasks. However, remember two things. For very serious illnesses the full (for healing the illness) or black (for banishing the illness) moons are the best choices, but they are not always necessary for more minor problems. Also the time does come sometimes when we have no choice but to do ritual work during incompatible times. In emergency cases, don’t let bad timing stop you. Use other Nature Correspondences or the other types of magick (Mental or Spiritual Magick) to offset your lack of timing.