Welcome to the Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 5th (Astronomy)

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Welcome to the Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 5th


Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, December 5

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 142.52° SE
Sun Altitude: 20.55°
Sun Distance: 91.596 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:53 am↑ 118° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:37 pm↑ 242° Southwest
Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 44 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 299.09° WNW
Moon Altitude: -5.27°
Moon Distance: 223088 mi
Next New Moon: Dec 18, 201712:30 am
Next Full Moon: Jan 1, 20188:24 pm
Next Moonrise: Today7:08 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Illumination: 94.1%

The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Gibbous
Third Quarter: Dec 10, 2017 at 1:51 am
(Next Phase)
Full Moon: Dec 3, 2017 at 9:46 am
(Previous Phase)



Your Astrology for Tuesday, December 5th

The Moon is in Cancer.
The Moon is waning and in its Full phase.
The Full Moon occurred on the 3rd in the sign of Gemini, and the Last Quarter Moon will occur on the 10th.
Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius (Mercury is retrograde from December 3-22).
Chiron stations and turns direct today.

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, December 5th

Chiron reaches a station as it turns direct after many months of retrograde motion (since July 1st). Emotional truths about matters we’ve been avoiding or confused about begin to emerge now and in the coming weeks. These may not always be comfortable, but they serve to motivate us to take appropriate action. We’re more inclined to work on or with our sensitivities and vulnerabilities than to allow them to hold us back or nurse our wounds.

The Moon spends the day in Cancer, stimulating our desire to stick to a familiar path. With the Sun and Saturn parallel, as well as Mercury and Saturn moving towards alignment, there can be a focus on seeking or clarifying information, serious talks, and structuring our lives in some significant manner.

In the Sky This Month for October

The year ends as it began, with the brilliant stars of winter climbing into the evening sky. By the end of December, dazzling Orion will be in good view by the time the sky gets dark. Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, will rise below Orion a bit later. The twins of Gemini stand to the left of the hunter, with Taurus, the celestial bull, above, continuing the never-ending cycle of stars and planets across the night sky.

December 5: Lepus
Lepus, the rabbit, hops across the evening sky this month, beneath the feet of Orion, the hunter. Since the rabbit was one of Orion’s favorite quarries, early skywatchers thought it fitting for hunter and prey to inhabit the same area of the sky.

December 6: Gemini’s Twins
Many cultures have seen two human figures in the stars of Gemini. Twin streamers of stars extend from Castor and Pollux, the bright “twin” stars that give Gemini its name. They line up directly above the Moon this evening.

December 7: Moon and Regulus
Regulus, the brightest star of the constellation Leo, the celestial lion, follows the Moon across the sky after they rise late this evening.

December 8: More Moon and Regulus
Regulus, which marks the heart of the lion, crouches to the right of the Moon at first light tomorrow. Regulus is one of the brightest stars in northern skies, so it’s hard to miss.

December 9: Last-Quarter Moon
The Moon will reach its “last-quarter” phase at 1:51 a.m. CST tomorrow, when it lines up at a right angle to the line between Earth and the Sun. Sunlight will illuminate half of the lunar surface, with that fraction growing smaller over the coming week.

December 10: Orion Rising
Orion the hunter clears the eastern horizon by about 8 p.m. Look for its belt of three moderately bright stars, which aims straight up into the sky as Orion rises. It’s flanked by Orion’s brightest stars: Betelgeuse to the left, Rigel to the right.

December 11: Geminids
One of the strongest meteor showers of the year, the Geminids, should be at its best on Wednesday night. The shower may sprinkle dozens of meteors into the sky per hour. The Moon won’t interfere with the fireworks, so it should be a good show.



Cosmic Weather Report for December 2017

by Jane Lyle
From The Astrology Room

Thought for December:

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.”

– Dr. Carl Jung

December opens with intensity, and a shape-shifting full Moon in tricky Gemini.

The first few days of December pack four important cosmic patterns into a short space of time. It’s a dynamic, eventful start:

1) Sudden Actions: Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries

These are uncertain days, with impulsive acts and unexpected upheavals flagged up by the stand-off between warrior Mars and rebellious Uranus. This connection symbolises electrifying moments, sudden outbursts, and more than a whiff of excitement at best, accidents, fights, and danger at worst. Anyway, more haste, less speed – and take it easy. Alongside this, there’s the hallucinogenic supermoon – full on 3rd December – but heightening emotions and craziness from 1st to 5th December.

2) Gift from the Sea: Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces

‘The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach- waiting for a gift from the sea.

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh, ‘Gift from the Sea’ (1955)

I’ve written about the beautiful potential of Jupiter and Neptune in the Cosmic Weather horoscope for November. It’s wonderful for creativity and spiritual adventures, yet generally very dodgy when it comes to delusions, financial bubbles, and unwise investments of love, cash, or belief.

In honour of this watery, magical astrology I’ve chosen the work of three mystical women artists for three of the illustrations this month. They are – Georgiana Houghton, Ethel Le Rossignol, and Hilma af Klint.

Jupiter and Neptune have all the glamorous allure and danger of fairy gold. This aspect repeats again exactly in May and August, 2018.

3) Invisible Hands: Full Moon, Supermoon in Gemini, 3rd December 2017

‘Hardcore spirits have been exorcised with the vacuum cleaner of secular psychology, but what can we do if their invisible hand sometimes still wants to reach out to ours and shake it?’

– Marco Pasi, Associate Professor in History of Hermetic Philosophy, University of Amsterdam. From ‘The Hidden Hand, Tate Etc. Summer 2016’

Here’s a chaotic full Moon at 11 degrees of Gemini, spilling over with wild gossip, high spirits, and mesmerising words. Many of us will feel a little unhinged – mostly in a delightful way, I hope. December is full of magical folklore and ghostly tales, and this full Moon favours a few otherworldly Yuletide adventures.

This is a supermoon, closer to us here on Earth – with clear winter skies, it should look stunning. There’s much more about it in the Moon Diary.

4) Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius

Mercury backtracks through the sign of travellers, philosophers, sportsmen and women, humorists and adventurers. I don’t think it bodes well for seamless holiday travel plans – strikes, cancellations, and other delays or hold-ups are very likely. Making careful plans, allowing plenty of time, and seeing the funny side should help.

Things tend to backfire when Mercury travels in reverse – and in Sagittarius this includes jokes, social media posts, and generally tactless remarks. Avoiding social media when intoxicated is always wise, and never more so than right now.

Mercury retrograde is always a helpful time to review things. If something needs more research, or a fresh point of view, now’s the time to tackle that.

Mercury is retrograde from 3rd December until 23rd December.

18th December:

Traveller’s Tales: New Moon rises in Sagittarius, 26 degrees

This exciting, fiery new Moon offers inspiration for the month ahead, particularly over the next two weeks. It favours what’s unconventional, and loves spontaneity and the far horizons. The far horizons of your own imagination will be just as important as real-world travelling. There’s more in the Moon Diary.

20th December:

Saturn Comes Home to Capricorn

It’s an extremely important astrological moment, right on the cusp of the Winter Solstice. This is Saturn’s season, when the Roman Saturnalia meant that the god Saturn was unchained, and bacchanalian mayhem celebrated his temporary release from bondage. In 2017, Saturn enters the sign of the Sea Goat for the first time since 1988. Here, Saturn is rock solid – perfectly at home in the sign it rules, and master of earthly powers. Saturn in Capricorn will be part of our lives and culture until 2020.

Seven Saturn in Capricorn characteristics:

Ambition and love of status and social success
Hard work, veering towards workaholic habits

Eleven Saturn in Capricorn themes:

Building – strong foundations and lasting structures can be created
Budgeting – Saturn in Capricorn can be particularly frugal and risk averse.
Banking and finance – Saturn in Capricorn wants to see stricter controls and rules in these areas.
Authority – Saturn represents the archetypal, old-fashioned father-figure.
Science – Saturn is all about structure and foundations, so scientific work that examines these is favoured – for example, in physics, chemistry, and genetics.
Medical and archaeological research involving bones and fossils is also highlighted.
History and archaeology in general are favoured by Saturn in Capricorn.
Older people and the stories of our ancestors

21st December:

Winter Solstice – Sun enters Capricorn

Human beings have celebrated the Winter Solstice for thousands of years. The Sun dies, the Sun is reborn – it’s just such a powerful moment for life here on Earth.

This year, the astrological Capricorn flavour is strong. The Sun, Saturn, and Pluto are in Capricorn, joined by Venus on Christmas Day to make a serious line-up in this, the most serious of signs. It’s a dynamic Solstice season, favouring realistic, rational plans and ambitions. Yet Capricorn is also musical, has a quirky, often dry, sense of humour, and admires stylish glamour. The determined goat climbs, the fish-tailed part of Capricorn dips into the waters of wisdom and universal knowledge.

If you’re a December Capricorn, March Aries, June Cancerian, or September Libran this is a notable turning point time for you – now, and on into 2018.

25th December: Happy Christmas!

We’re drawn to tales of the past, and the romance of wild places this Christmas.

Venus enters earthy Capricorn today, joining the Sun, Saturn, and Pluto in this dynamic cardinal sign. The Moon is in mystical, musical Pisces. In many ways, it’s a sentimental Yuletide holiday this year with a strong feeling for tradition and ritual.

2018 has much positive potential for quiet achievements and massively important changes in finance and politics. It will be a very tough year for those who resist restructuring and rebuilding – what needs reforming is already obvious, so if we can work with that, then changes can be made more constructively and have lasting value. As ever, we can always hope. Wishing you a very happy, fulfilling 2018!

The sky this week for December 5 to 10

A Super Moon, a meteor shower, and an asteroid all grace the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Tuesday, December 5

Mars stands out in the southeastern sky before dawn this week. The magnitude 1.7 Red Planet rises nearly four hours before the Sun and appears 25° high as twilight starts to paint the sky. It resides among the background stars of Virgo, some 5° to the left of the Maiden’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. 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.

Wednesday, December 6

The second-brightest asteroid of 2017 puts on a nice show during December. Minor planet 7 Iris rides high in the evening sky among the background stars of Aries the Ram. It glows at 8th magnitude and should be relatively easy to spot through binoculars even from the suburbs. This evening, you can locate Iris 1° southeast of the magnitude 5.9 star 4 Arietis.

Thursday, December 7

Although people in the Northern Hemisphere won’t experience the shortest day of the year for another two weeks (at the winter solstice December 21), those at 40° north latitude will see the Sun set earlier today than at any other time this year. Tomorrow’s sunset will arrive one second later and, by the solstice, our star will set three to four minutes later than today. The date of earliest sunset depends on latitude — the farther north you live, the closer it occurs to the solstice.

Friday, December 8

Head outside before dawn and you’ll find Jupiter blazing low in the southeast. The giant planet rises nearly three hours before the Sun and climbs 20° 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 32″-diameter disk.

Saturday, December 9

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.

Sunday, December 10

Last Quarter Moon occurs at 2:51 a.m. EST. It poked above the eastern horizon shortly before midnight local time yesterday evening and climbs highest in the south as twilight starts to paint the sky today. The half-lit Moon spends the morning hours in the southern part of the constellation Leo the Lion.


The Astronomy Magazine

The Witches Current Moon Phase for December 5th

Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 95%

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: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 95%
Moon Age: 16.89 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,410.99 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,402,048.49 km



Moon Diary

by Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room

We need to examine what’s whirling around us with great care, or be prepared to surrender to what may, or may not, be the world of make-believe. We can’t make any hard-and-fast judgments in the real world for now. Yet fantasy can be very alluring, and we all need to step out of our everyday lives now and then.

Neptune, planet of illusion and magic, squares off to Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Gemini. It favours flexibility, as the mutable signs weave their spells and we adjust our thinking. There’s a strong religious or spiritual edge with Pisces and Sagittarius – philosophy, healing, ideals and fantasies peak.

Jupiter in Scorpio expands everything, linking with watery Neptune in the first of three meetings that boost intuition and imagination. Jupiter and Neptune will confuse and disappoint us if we spend our time just trying to make easy money, or pin our hopes on some devious, charismatic trickster.

More disarray arrives care of that chatty traveller, Mercury. Mercury rules Gemini, sign of this full Moon. Mercury turns back today, retrograde in Sagittarius until 22nd December. What’s been talked about in recent weeks may have to be reorganised, cancelled, or just parked until later. Travel plans are vulnerable targets, as are public statements, sporting events, and those ever-present ‘fake news’ shenanigans. The game of ‘true or false’ goes on and on.

This misty Moon symbolises sheer poetry or sheer idiocy. We can find bliss here, or disappointment and loss. Beautiful possibilities are there, but they fluctuate like the sea, and can only be found if we sacrifice our need for everything to be solid. If we can enter the house of the spirits (whatever that may signify to us personally) we’ll find something valuable.

Up Next…..

Your Daily Horoscopes and Everything We Should Have Done Yesterday!

If we do the Yule spread right now, you won’t get your horoscopes till 3:00 this afternoon, so Yule is after the Daily Horoscopes & Divination.

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