The Witches Digest for Thursday, January 25th (Part 1, Astronomy)

The Witches Digest for Thursday, January 25th

(Part 1, Astronomy)


Through the ages I have travelled
I have seen all there is to know
I have entered the space that lies untouched
My power has bridged time
Energy has filled the void
Their voices can be heard
I know what they have been taught
Their memories travel with me
For I know who they are
Our circle remains unbroken
For they call to me
I have come freely to know them
They have passed their knowledge to me
I can feel their thoughts
Their wisdom is mine
From time to time
From Witch to Witch
We are one …

—A Witch’s Prayerbook
JoAnne Spiese

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Thursday, January 25th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 119.71° ESE
Sun Altitude: 6.71°
Sun Distance: 91.517 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:02 am↑ 113° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:11 pm↑ 247° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 9 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 25.60° NNE
Moon Altitude: -39.17°
Moon Distance: 233069 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 20187:26 am
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Moonrise: Today12:00 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 57.2%

The Lunar Calendar
Moon Direction: ↑ 26.26° NNE
Moon Altitude: -38.97°
Moon Distance: 233063 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 20187:26 am
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Moonrise: 12:00 pm


Your Daily Astronomy Overview for Thursday, January 25th


This morning, Mercury’s sextile to Jupiter helps put things into perspective, although it does also encourage reaching beyond our usual boundaries. We are clearer in our thinking, and we’re looking for solutions to problems or the positive side of situations. Our minds open to possibilities. The Moon spends the day in steady, comfortable Taurus. After some overthinking, we’re inclined to want to simplify as the day advances.

The Moon is void from 10:17 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Mercury), until the Moon enters Gemini the next day, Friday, January 26th, at 12:40 PM EST.

Astrology of Today – Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Moon is in Taurus.
The Moon is void from 10:16 PM forward (until 12:39 PM tomorrow).
The Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter phase.
The First Quarter Moon occurred yesterday and the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse will occur on January 31st in the sign of Leo.

Moon in Taurus


The Moon is traveling through comfy Taurus today. Eat something you love. Have a second serving.

We are motivated by the desire for serenity, security, peace, and comfort. The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. Our basic impulses are to relax, resist change, and “stop to smell the roses”. Life slows down a little, and we get comfortable. We may also be inclined to stubbornness and materialism under this influence.

The Moon in Taurus generally favors the following activities: Substantial and material actions that yield solid results. Financial activities, and those involving personal possessions, applying for a loan, beginning a potentially long-term relationship, music, home decor.

The sky this week for January 25 to 28

Asteroid 20 Massalia, beautiful star clusters, and an exceptionally bright Jupiter will all make appearances in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

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 Astronomy Magazine

The Witches Current Moon Phase for January 25th

Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 56%

The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has it’s roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.


Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 56%
Moon Age: 7.98 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 371,674.50 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,288,273.53 km



The Moon in Taurus: Practical, Devoted, and Steady January 24 – January 26, 2018

By Staff
Videos, Taurus, New Moon, Moon, Full Moon, Astrology

Before we go into the Moon in Taurus, let’s just talk about the Moon for a moment. The Moon is the fastest moving heavenly body in the sky. Because it moves so quickly, the Moon spends a little over 2 days in each zodiac sign every month! If you look at your own Astrology birth report, you can find out what your lunar sign was at the time that you were born.

When the Moon is in Taurus
It doesn’t matter where your Moon sign is because for a couple of days a month we all feel the influence of a Taurus Moon. When the Moon is in Taurus, there’s a dedication to getting what we want, as Taurus is oriented toward filling our needs directly. If there have been things you’ve longed for, there’s no better time to make them happen than a Taurus Moon.

Taurus is uncomplicated, and just want its senses satiated. A Taurus Moon gives us the desire for a full belly, a feeling of security, to know that there’s money in the bank. Maybe some of these things are things that we always want, but while the Moon is in Taurus, we’re more drawn toward getting them. These are the things that will make us feel good in the moment.

You might be feeling a desire for more comfort and security now. Indulge in the sheer pleasure of being here, adored by gravity, Earth’s invisible embrace. Enjoy your weight. Roll in a newly mowed lawn. Celebrate your voice: shout, sing, or whisper in somebody’s ear. Then drink a soothing tea for the thyroid and throat. Yes, Taurus is goal-oriented, but it’s also concerned with achieving a harmonious balance.

Be careful — the Taurus Moon makes it easy to feel stubborn. But in a changing world, such strength can sometimes defeat itself. Don’t try to move immovable objects.

New Moon in Taurus
The New Moon in Taurus happens once a year in mid-spring when the Sun is in the sign of Taurus. New Moons are always about beginnings, a time when things take root, and a Taurus New Moon is especially focused on doing things that are real. It’s about making something happen that has substance to it. It’s a great time to go out into the garden to plant seeds, or anything else that has a tangible element to it.

Full Moon in Taurus
The Full Moon in Taurus occurs when the Sun is in Scorpio, around mid-autumn. The Sun in Scorpio is intricate, while the Moon in Taurus is simplistic. This creates a great counterbalance in energy, taking out the complicated and mysteries energies that are at play during this time. A Taurus Full Moon is a great reminder that by paying attention to our senses — what we can touch, taste, smell, and feel — we can ground ourselves and make life simple again.

If you were born with the Moon in Taurus
You’re probably already familiar with your Sun sign — the sign representing your outer self, the person you show to the world. You can calculate your Moon sign (natal Moon) using the date, time, and location of your birth. It’s important to know both because while your Sun sign represents your outer personality, your Moon sign reflects your inner self. It’s all about your emotions, habits, intuition, and unconscious. You can read more about Moon in Taurus compatibility here, but just remember that the Moon is your emotional being.

Taurus is the first Fixed sign of the Zodiac. It’s Taurus the Bull. Have you ever heard of someone being bull-headed? This describes Taureans, because there is always a determination to get to wherever they need to go. This gives them the ability to put in the work, and stick it out when the going gets tough. Nothing can stand in the way of a Taurus who has decided what they want!

If you were born with the Moon in Taurus, it is considered a blessing because it’s always about having your needs met. Whether it’s nice sheets, delicious food, or good music, a Taurus wants to feel a sense of pleasure in everything they do. When a Taurus is immersed in satisfying experiences, all is right in their world.

The ruling planet of Taurus is Venus. Venus concerns itself with money and matters of the heart, and has a sensual quality to it, increasing the power of attraction. If you were born under a Moon in Taurus, you are most likely drawn toward beauty, love, and creativity. A Taurus takes their relationships seriously, and wants to feel a sense of deep, abiding kinship with their partner.

Taurus Moon Sign Traits:
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A Year of Full Moons
Learn the name and meaning of the Full Moon every month
By Staff
Moon, Full Moon, Astrology

In Astrology, the Full Moon signals a time each month when we are able to take a clear look at what is happening in our lives so we can decide if we need to make changes. But culturally and historically speaking, the Full Moon has additional meaning that changes from month to month throughout the year.

The Full Moon stirs our emotions, so it’s fitting that the Full Moon for each month has a different name and personality. Many of the Full Moon names date back to ancient tribes who followed the Full Moon to help keep track of the seasons.

Other Full Moon names have been created by different cultures around the world, and most of the Full Moons have more than one name — although one is likely more widely used than the others.

Let’s take a glance at a year’s worth of Full Moons!

Mark your calendar for the Full Moons of 2018!

January: The Wolf Moon
The Full Wolf Moon in January is named for the time when wolves could be heard howling with hunger in the heart of winter. Alternate names: Snow Moon or Old Moon.

February: The Snow Moon
The Full Snow Moon in February is named for the time of the heaviest winter snowfall. This is also a time when hunting is more difficult, so it is also known as the Hunger Moon.

March: The Worm Moon
The Full Worm Moon in March is named for the time of year when the temperature begins to warm, the earth softens and earthworms begin to reappear, followed by the birds. Alternate names: The Sap Moon or the Crow Moon.

April: The Pink Moon
The Full Pink Moon in April is named for the time of year when the earliest pink phlox and wildflowers begin to bloom. Alternate names: The Grass Moon, the Egg Moon or the Fish Moon.

May: The Flower Moon
The Full Flower Moon in May is named for the abundance of flowers that begin to bloom this month. Alternate names: The Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.

June: The Strawberry Moon
The Full Strawberry Moon in June is named for the time of year the Native American Algonquin tribes would rush to gather ripe strawberries. Alternate names: The Honey Moon, the Rose Moon or the Hot Moon.

July: The Full Buck Moon or Thunder Moon
The Full Buck Moon in July is named for the time of year when buck deer begin to grow new antlers. Alternate names: The Thunder Moon (for frequent thunderstorms), or the Hay Moon.

August: The Sturgeon Moon
The Full Sturgeon Moon of August is named for the time when Native American fishing tribes could most easily catch this fish in certain lakes. Alternate names: The Green Corn Moon, the Red Moon or the Grain Moon.

September: The Corn Moon or Harvest Moon
The Full Corn Moon of September is named for the time of year when Native Americans harvested corn. It’s alternately called the Harvest Moon (which is the Full Moon closest to Fall Equinox and can happen in September or October) or the Barley Moon.

October: The Hunter’s Moon or The Harvest Moon
The Full Hunter’s Moon of October is named for the time of year when Native American tribes hunted for the fattest game and stored provisions for winter. October’s Full Moon is called the Harvest Moon when it falls closest to the Fall Equinox. Alternate names: The Travel Moon or the Dying Moon.

November: The Beaver Moon
The Full Beaver Moon of November is named for the time when Native Americans would set their beaver traps before the water began to freeze over. It’s also the time of year beavers begin to prepare for winter. Alternate name: The Frosty Moon.

December: The Cold Moon or The Long Nights Moon
The Full Cold Moon or Full Long Nights Moon of December is named for the mid-winter month in which the cold really takes hold, and nights become long and dark. Alternate name: Yule Moon.


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