The Witches Digest for Sunday, January 21st
(Part 1, Astronomy)
Thirteen Goals of a Witch
Know your Craft
Apply knowledge with wisdom
Keep your words in good order
Keep your thoughts in good order
Attune with the cycles of the Earth
Breathe and eat correctly
Exercise the body
Honor the Lord and Lady
—Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Sunday, January 21st
Sun Direction: ↑ 128.24° SE
Sun Altitude: 13.58°
Sun Distance: 91.483 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:04 am↑ 114° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:07 pm↑ 246° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 3 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 86.67° E
Moon Altitude: -15.62°
Moon Distance: 244613 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 20187:26 am
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Moonrise: Today9:46 am
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Jan 24, 2018 at 4:20 pm
New Moon: Jan 16, 2018 at 8:17 pm
Astrology of Today – Sunday, January 21, 2018
The Moon is in Pisces.
The Moon is void from 8:12 PM forward (until tomorrow at 1:26 AM).
The Moon is waxing and 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.
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 Sunday, January 21
The Moon is in dreamy Pisces all day, and we’re tuning into our compassionate, intuitive side. The Moon aligns with Chiron and connects pleasantly with Pluto, Jupiter, and Mars, opening up many opportunities and possibilities for understanding and cooperation. Optimistic spiritual energy can be brought to our lives now. We tend to connect to a higher purpose and may enjoy a feeling of well-being. This is a time of opening our hearts and our minds and allowing our more compassionate natures some free play. We’re also quite resourceful now. Today is good for solving problems, learning new things, teaching and sharing, and creating order.
The Moon is void from 8:14 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Mars), until the Moon enters Aries the next day, Monday, January 22nd, at 1:28 AM EST.
The sky this week for January 21 to January
Asteroid 20 Massalia, beautiful star clusters, and an exceptionally bright Jupiter will all make appearances in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Sunday, January 21
Saturn passed on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth exactly one month ago, but it already appears low in the southeast during morning twilight. From mid-northern latitudes, the ringed planet lies nearly 10° above the horizon an hour before sunrise. It shines at magnitude 0.5, which makes it the brightest point of light in this part of the sky.
Monday, January 22
Grab your binoculars or telescope and hunt down asteroid 20 Massalia this week. The 9th-magnitude minor planet lies among the background stars of eastern Taurus and climbs highest in the south around 9 p.m. local time. Start at 3rd-magnitude Zeta (ζ) Tauri, the star that marks the tip of the Bull’s southern horn. After taking a quick look at the Crab Nebula (M1) 1° to the northwest, slide 1.6° farther west to find 5th-magnitude 114 Tau. Massalia currently lies 1.1° west of this star and only 0.4° southwest of 6th-magnitude 108 Tau. The asteroid remains nearly stationary relative to this backdrop all week.
Tuesday, January 23
Head outside before dawn and you can’t miss Jupiter. The giant planet rises around 2 a.m. local time and climbs 30° high in the south-southeast 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.
Wednesday, January 24
You can find the half-lit Moon high in the south as darkness falls, then watch as it sinks toward the western horizon throughout the evening hours. Our satellite officially reaches its First Quarter phase at 5:20 p.m. EST. The Moon spends the evening among the background stars of northern Cetus the Whale.
Thursday, January 25
A pair of fine binocular objects are on display during evenings this week. The open star clusters M46 and M47 reside about a degree apart in the northwestern corner of the constellation Puppis the Stern. The two lie about 12° east-northeast of the sky’s brightest star, Sirius. The western cluster, M47, glows at 4th magnitude and appears as a fuzzy patch sprinkled with several pinpoint stars. Sixth-magnitude M46 shows up as a hazy collection of faint stars that is hard to resolve under most conditions. Although it contains nearly twice as many stars as M47, M46 appears fainter and fuzzier because it lies some three times farther from Earth.
Friday, January 26
The waxing gibbous Moon slides eastward through Taurus tonight. Once darkness falls across North America, you can see the lovely Hyades star cluster perched just east of Earth’s satellite. As the night wears on, the Moon moves into the V-shaped Hyades and approaches 1st-magnitude Aldebaran. (Although this star appears to belong to the cluster, it lies only half as far away.) From the northwestern United States and western Canada, the Moon passes directly in front of the star just before the pair sets.
Saturday, January 27
The brightest star in the night sky puts on a nice show January evenings. Gleaming at magnitude –1.5, Sirius shines nearly four times brighter than the next brightest star visible from mid-northern latitudes: Arcturus in the constellation Boötes. Sirius rises around 5:30 p.m. local time and ascends in the southeast throughout the evening hours.
Sunday, January 28
Mars stands out in the southeastern sky before dawn this week. The magnitude 1.2 Red Planet rises before 3 a.m. local time and appears 25° high as twilight starts to paint the sky. It currently resides among the background stars of eastern Libra, some 10° east of brilliant Jupiter. Unfortunately, the view of Mars through a telescope proves disappointing — its disk spans only 5″ and shows no detail.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Sunday, January 21
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 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 4.03 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 390,002.96 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,227,000.03 km
The Planets for January 17 – February 10, 2018
Venus in Aquarius: Friendly, Optimistic, Outgoing
Venus is the planet that guides our desires, our money, and our one-on-one relationships. Because Aquarius is the sign of friendship, it seems like its energy would work quite well with that of loving Venus. But Aquarius can be an emotionally detached sign, which could put a confusing spin on love and intimate relationships while Venus spends time here!
Venus in Aquarius is a time to love with purpose and uphold the ideals of unity, kindness, and individuality. We’re called on now to surround ourselves with others and open our minds to all forms of love.
When Venus is in Aquarius
The line between love and friendship is very thin once Venus enters Aquarius! Aquarius rules friendship and groups of all kinds, so during this transit, we often find ourselves falling for people we already know. We may realize those we’ve previously written off as “just friends” could be our perfect match. The likelihood of meeting a new lover through mutual friends and social outings also increases greatly while Venus is in Aquarius.
Aquarius is less attached to its emotions than other signs, relying more on the head than the heart when relating to others. We aren’t so interested in connecting over passionate encounters and sweet nothings while Venus is in Aquarius — instead, we want to unite with those who think the same as we do. Aquarius’ loose grip on love gives Venus room to move, making love less sticky and partnership less confining. Those who like the warm and squishy stuff might find others a bit standoffish during this transit. However, the Aquarian approach is less possessive and can bring a needed breath of reason and fresh air to partnerships.
If in a committed relationship, Venus in Aquarius lightens the level of intimacy and encourages us to reconnect with the honesty, friendship, and common interests that drew us to our partners in the first place. Working together on an environmental or social cause that’s meaningful to both partners can also help rekindle hearts during this transit. We may even find that we feel a lot freer to be individuals within our relationships. Venus in Aquarius makes it clear that pursuing our own passions separately enriches what we bring back to our relationships.
For people who are single and ready to mingle, this is one of the best times to do it! The planet of love and desire in the sign of idealism and creativity puts an unconventional — even experimental — flair on romance, and opens our minds about who and how we love. Parties with friends, organized meetups, and protests and other social causes are hotspots for meeting like-minded lovers now. And because Aquarius also likes things a little weird, we may find ourselves interested in people and experiences that we have never been attracted to before. Long story short: The more open we are now, the more likely we are to find love.
While Venus is in Aquarius, we are drawn to modern, original forms of art and personal style. It’s a great time to experiment with new ways of dress and decor. We also find greater benefit from high-tech gadgets, and splurging on new electronics now can help us well beyond this transit.
If you were born with Venus in Aquarius
People born with Venus in Aquarius are humanitarians at heart! You believe in the power and inspiration of people everywhere, and surround yourself with kindred souls. You’re social and outgoing by nature and feel most alive when you’re with your friends
You are more interested in connections of the mind than connections of the heart, and you strive to maintain your individuality even when you’re in a committed relationship. You also know that relationships don’t last when they aren’t built on a foundation of friendship. Therefore, you have a hard time being “just friends” — when you find someone you share so much with, you see no reason not to take it to the next level.
Others tend to think of you as a bit of an oddball. You march to the beat of your own drum and don’t seek the approval of others. You have a great, unique vision of where you’re going in life, and no one is going to stop you or make you think differently. When it comes to your personal appearance, you express yourself creatively and never stick to one style for very long. Experimentation is the spice of life, and it gives you a thrill to surprise others with something new.
You have big visions, original thoughts, strong values, and an open mind, and the more you embrace these traits, the more magnificent your life can become.
Venus in Aquarius Traits:
The Planets for January 19 – February 18, 2018
Sun in Aquarius: Eccentric, Idealistic, Aware
By Tarot.com Staff
When the Sun moves into the mentally active and social sign of Aquarius, it’s time to come back out and reconnect with the world. Aquarius is an intellectual sign that embraces originality and freedom, so you’re free to walk to the beat of your own drum under the Aquarius Sun!
But as much as the Water-bearer prizes individuality, this sign is also intently aware of humanity as a whole, and champions the rights of all people. The Sun’s transit through revolutionary Aquarius is an opportunity to step back from our individual identities, and realize that every living thing on Earth is valuable and connected.
When the Sun is in Aquarius
Change begins with YOU while the Sun moves through idealistic Aquarius! See all the ways you can embrace this powerful transit here:
WHAT TO DO:
Volunteer. Aquarius is the humanitarian of the zodiac, greatly concerned with the lives and situations of others. Help support the greater good by spending time volunteering for a cause that’s important to you.
WHAT TO SAY:
“You matter.” Aquarius stands up for the equality of all, yet still celebrates the differences of each individual. Instead of looking at others as a faceless mass, look at the unique qualities of everyone around you, and realize that each person has something to contribute to the world.
WHERE TO GO:
Book club. As the sign of groups and friendships, Aquarius loves to get together with like-minded souls and exchange new ideas. Joining any group or organization will help expand your community, your mind, and your social circle.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Hair dye. Unique and rebellious, Aquarius is all about expressing their originality. Fun hair colors, extensions, or a new edgy style can help you embrace your individuality and make you stand out among the crowds during Aquarius season.
WHAT TO BUY:
Donate. As the most socially-aware sign, Aquarius’ money is well spent on helping out causes that are very important to them. While the Sun’s in Aquarius, put yourself aside and give what you can to a homeless shelter, animal rescue group, climate conservation effort, or any other cause that serves the greatest good.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Being a smarty pants! As a sign of the mind, Aquarians can acquire so much knowledge that they come across as know-it-alls. Everyone is full of brilliant ideas and opinions while the Sun is in Aquarius, so be sure to listen to others, too!
WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
Making new friends. Aquarians are very social and tend to belong on teams and in groups where they can enjoy spending time with people who like what they like. Take advantage of the Aquarian energy to enlarge your social circle!
If you were born with the Sun in Aquarius
Eccentric and opinionated, your presence is impossible to ignore! Born with your Sun in Aquarius, you aren’t afraid to break the rules. You are an innovative soul who is always searching for ways to improve yourself and the community around you. You’re driven by the freedom to do things your own way, and often surprise others with your unpredictability.
Aquarius is known as the Water-bearer, but it is actually an Air sign. Air signs are all about the intellect, which means you tend to act with your mind instead of your heart. This sense of detachment helps you focus all your intentions on what’s real, what’s true, and what will best serve yourself and everyone around you in the future.
With a reputation for being a little remote or distant, you may not be one for wild and passionate affairs. You need your space and freedom, and try to stay away from sticky emotional situations that require you to reveal your feelings, fears, and vulnerabilities. Instead, you find the greatest connection with lovers whose ideas, thoughts, and values are just like yours.
You have impeccably high standards for yourself, and for anyone who wishes to take a special place in your life. It can be hard for others to live up to your expectations. But when you find someone who’s just as driven, aware, and passionate about the world as you are, you know you’ve met your match.
Aquarius is a visionary, able to see all that is possible in the future and initiate it in the present moment. Your mind is always churning out brilliant ideas, which helps you excel in brainstorming and teamwork settings. Your work is most effective when it’s part of something greater.
Your humanitarian side is so strong that a job in conservation, social services, or law are right up your alley. No matter what, it’s of utmost importance to you that you truly care about what you do — if not, it just isn’t worth your time.
Your sign actually rules friendship, astrologically speaking. Still, you prefer to keep friends in the “acquaintance zone,” which means you get to enjoy all the social interaction without having to deal with any deep feelings. Group dynamics are much more comfortable for you than one-on-one friendships because you get to connect with the most people, and have a lot of ways out if someone tries to push you into a conversation or interaction that’s a little too close for you.
WHAT SETS YOU APART:
Everything you do! Your sign is the oddball of the zodiac, pushing everyone around you outside their comfort zones to think and look at things in ways they never have before.
SUN IN AQUARIUS TRAITS:
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Ok, what’s up? Did everyone go into hiberation? The reason I am asking is because we kept that half priced herb sale going through the Winter because we know how hard it can be to get them. And unfortunately, they don’t seem to be moving very fast. That half price sale will run till probably April and then we will close it down. So you got plenty of time to run out of herbs, lol! I wanted to let you know that we have a shipment of Power Pendants in and they are gorgeous. They have an 18″inch (don’t quote me on this, one just briefly flew by my face) silver chain, the pendant has a silver top to it with a loop for the chain. The pendant is filled with the appropriate herbs and oils for its intended purpose. I believe there is about 12 different various magickal uses these pendants can be used for. Unfortunately, they did not have one for a broken leg, lol! But they will be going on the store this afternoon along with something else that I can’t remember what now? I blame it on the drugs. Anyway get a minute this afternoon stop by and check out the new inventory coming in by the truckloads. Now I am off to do, hmm, do what again…..