Beautiful photo to start your day off right!
Personal thought: Strange even the animals that live amongst us know how to respect life better than some humans do.
The Witches Digest for Saturday, January 20th
Bewildered and amazed,
I stand before thee;
Receiving thy wisdom
As thou cast thy light upon me.
The overwhelming knowledge given
Seems way too much to bear.
With thy blessings of inner strength
I find it easy, with others, to share!
I know my path in the incarnation,
To serve thee well and true;
I thank thee for thy gift thou hast given,
For this gift has given me life anew!
—By The Light Of The Crystal Moon: A Book of Pagan Poetry and Short Stories
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Saturday, January 20th
Sun Direction: ↑ 120.42° ESE
Sun Altitude: 5.76°
Sun Distance: 91.475 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:04 am↑ 115° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:06 pm↑ 245° West
Length of Day Light: 10 hours, 1 minute
Moon Direction: ↑ 89.95° E
Moon Altitude: -18.10°
Moon Distance: 246853 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 20187:26 am
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Moonrise: Today9:13 am
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Direction: ↑ 90.19° E
Moon Altitude: -17.77°
Moon Distance: 246851 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 20187:26 am
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Moonrise: Today9:13 am
Daily Astronomy Overview for Saturday, January 20
The Moon is in Pisces.
The Moon is waxing and in its New phase until 10:45 PM, after which the Moon is in its Waxing Crescent phase.
The New Moon occurred on the 16th in the sign of Capricorn, and a First Quarter Moon will occur on January 24th.
The Sun spends its first full day in Aquarius today (the Sun transits Aquarius from January 19th to February 18th).
Moon in Pisces
The Moon is traveling through Pisces today. You may feel disconnected. Serve others. Listen to music. Paint a picture. Daydream.
We are not inclined to want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It’s a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.
The Moon in Pisces generally favors the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.
An Overview of the Sky, Stars & Planets for January 20
The Moon is in Pisces all day, aligning with Neptune and forming a sextile with Mercury. Again today, we’re communicating more gently or compassionately and thinking in creative, imaginative ways. We are looking at things holistically rather than picking things apart for analysis. Boundaries dissolve, and we are more spiritually aware and sensitive than usual. We can also be evasive and shy away from conflict, especially confrontation.
The Sky this week for January 20 to 21
A Mercury-Saturn conjunction, two striking star clusters, and a blazing Jupiter all take stage in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Saturday, January 20
Two of the finest deep-sky objects shine prominently on January evenings. The Pleiades and Hyades star clusters appear highest in the south in early evening but remain conspicuous until well past midnight. The Pleiades, also known at the Seven Sisters and M45, looks like a small dipper to the naked eye. The larger Hyades forms the V-shaped head of Taurus the Bull. Although both look nice without optical aid, binoculars show them best.
Sunday, January 21
Head outside before dawn and you’ll find Jupiter blazing in the southeast some 7° to the upper right of Mars. The giant planet climbs 30° high by the time twilight commences. Jupiter shines at magnitude –1.9, 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 35″-diameter disk.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Saturday, January 20th
Tomorrow 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 DETAILS FOR – SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 3.09 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 394,323.34 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,213,477.98 km
January 31 is 1st of 2 Blue Moons in 2018
By Bruce McClure
This year, in 2018, we have two months (January and March) that harbor a Blue Moon. That is, it’s a Blue Moon by the monthly definition of the term: the second of two full moons to fall within a single calendar month. The first Blue Moon comes on January 31, 2018, and the second on March 31, 2018.
The precise instant of the January 31 Blue Moon is 13:27 UTC. Although the full moon happens at the same instant worldwide, the hour differs by time zone. At North American and U.S. times zones, that places the time of January 31 Blue Moon at:
9:27 a.m. AST
8:27 a.m. EST
7:27 a.m. CST
6:27 a.m. MST
5:27 a.m. PST
4:27 a.m. AKST
3:27 a.m. HST
This Blue Moon is supposed to undergo an eclipse. But – by the time that you read this post – the full moon instant and the total eclipse of the moon might have already passed. For more about the eclipse, go back to yesterday’s sky post.
From the Americas, the moon that we see on the evening of January 31 is actually a waning gibbous moon, though it’ll likely appear plenty full to the eye. That bright star near the January 31 moon is Regulus, the constellation Leo the Lion’s sole 1st-magnitude star.
How often do we have a Blue Moon? If you’re defining the Blue Moon as the second full moon of a calendar month, the answer is usually once every few years.
But – as is the case in 2018 – how often do we have two Blue Moons in a single year? For the answer, you have to look to a concept from astronomy and calendar studies, at what’s called the Metonic cycle. The Metonic cycle is a period of 19 calendar years (235 lunar months), after which the new and full moons realign on or near the same dates of the year.
Therefore, 19 years from now, in 2037, we’ll again have another Blue Moon in January and March.
There are 235 full moons (235 lunar months) yet only 228 calendar months in the 19-year Metonic cycle. Because the number of full moons outnumber the number of calendar months, that means at least seven of these 228 calendar months must harbor two full moons (235 – 228 = 7 extra full moons).
However, if a February within this 19-year period has no full moon at all – as is the case in February 2018 (and February 2037) – it’s possible for an extra 8th full moon to fall into the lap of another calendar month. That’s why the year 2018 (and 2037) have two Blue Moons, in January and March.
Let’s take a look at the 8 Blue-Moon months in the upcoming 19-year Metonic cycle:
1. March 31, 2018
2. October 31, 2020
3. August 31, 2023
4. May 31, 2026
5. December 31, 2028
6. September 30, 2031
7. July 31, 2034
8. January 31, 2037
Moreover, the Metonic cycle assures us that seven of 19 years will also feature a seasonal Blue Moon – third of four full moons to occur in one season. Season is defined as the time period between a solstice and an equinox – or vice versa. The last Blue Moon by the seasonal definition happened on May 21, 2016. The next seven seasonal Blue Moons in the 19-year Metonic cycle:
1. May 18, 2019
2. August 22, 2021
3. August 19, 2024
4. May 20, 2027
5. August 24, 2029
6. August 21, 2032
7. May 22, 2035
In short, we have a monthly Blue Moon whenever we have 13 full moons in one calendar year, and a seasonal Blue Moon whenever we have 13 full moons in between successive December solstices.
This year, 2018, we have two Blue Moons because there are 13 full moons – plus a February with no full moon. In rare instances, it’s possible for a year with only 12 full moons to have one Blue Moon – if February has no full moon at all (example: 2067).
Bottom line: The second of two January 2018 full moons falls today, on January 31, 2018. By popular acclaim, the second full moon to occur in a single calendar month is known as a Blue Moon. Thanks to what is called the Metonic cycle, 19 years from now, in 2037, we’ll again have Blue Moons in January and March.
Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky’s popular Tonight pages since 2004. He’s a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He also writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around his home in upstate New York.
Originally Published on EarthSky
I Couldn’t Pass this One Up: About the Blue Moon, January 31st
Sex During The Super Blue Blood Moon Will Likely Affect Your Life In One Of These Two Ways
By Caitlyn Luce Christensen
On Jan. 31, 2018, the super blue blood moon arrives with a lunar eclipse. This will be a particularly potent moment for every sign, with the cosmological gesture propelling people forward into the next phase of life. The lunar effects will be particularly strong considering that Saturn, the planet of time and distance, shifted into Capricorn just last month. Depending on the influences of Saturn in your chart, you will have been feeling increased restrictions in your romantic, professional, or creative life. The lunar eclipse will intensify those effects, and they can be felt through sex.
For some of us, the lunar eclipse will feel like a tower has collapsed around us, propelling us out into a new beginning. For others, it will feel like a fist compressing around us, testing the strength in our bones. Having sex during this lunar phase will be a bit like turning a valve to release this pressure. The moon’s intensity will have the power to infuse your union with two polar opposite kinds of energy: love or fear. If you experience love, then sex will flood your whole being and make you feel like you are radiating life out of your hair and fingertips. If you choose to have sex out of a place of fear, the energy will cause cracks and ruptures that will bring about abrupt endings that you didn’t expect.
Here’s more about the two ways the super blue blood moon will influence your sex life, depending on whether you approach sex with an attitude of love or fear.
If You Experience Intensified Feelings Of Fear…
When we participate in sex, we have an energy exchange. It doesn’t matter if the sex is a casual encounter or within the context of a relationship that’s lasted years. The energy we absorb from the other person during sex can be full of both light and darkness. If we don’t have a mechanism to turn out the dark energy, through cleansing rituals, communal care, and acts of self-love, then we carry it with us. As dark attracts dark and light attracts light, the dark energy will eventually grow if we don’t purify ourselves.
The influences of Saturn have been drawing out this dark energy we carry around inside us. This energy is the product of living in a society where so much depends on domination and fear. If we focus on this energy, it leads us to building steep walls around our hearts. This is the source of fear.
If you bring intensified fear with you into the bedroom during the super blue blood moon, then you might experience sex as a constricting force that is meant to keep you closed off from the world. You may feel the need to cut things off with your partner, because you won’t be able to see how you can be together without losing sight of yourself. You’ll feel an intense, destructive energy that you can utilize to break free of whatever has been oppressing you, especially if your source of oppression has been a relationship.
If You Experience Intensified Feelings Of Love…
Excuse me for sounding a little bit corny, but I need to speak the truth. The truth is that love is the only truth. It’s the only thing that really exists, even though we spend most of our lives living the illusion of fear. These fears that we experience so intensely are imaginary ones, imposed upon us by wounded parents, repressive governments, false hierarchies, and the material world’s spiritual poverty. When you experience pure and eternal love, you part from these fears once and for all, leaving the physical world behind.
Sex out of love during the super blue blood moon can have the effect of elevating your esoteric body out of your physical one. If you are able to access these deep wellsprings of love, you can find yourself in an intense spiritual union with your sex partner. No, that doesn’t mean that you should only pursue sex with someone if you’re interested in having a long-term relationship. Casual encounters that only last a few hours or days can also be flooded with this intensely healing feeling. Not all physical relationships have to last forever in order to be pure and meaningful ones.
Approaching sex during the super blue blood moon will be favorable if you are motivated by true feelings of love. This love will be recognized by your willingness to give to the other, not out of a place of self-woundedness, but an endless spring of joy.
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