The Witches Digest for Friday, January 26th (Part 1, Astronomy)

The Witches Digest for Friday, January 26th

(Part 1, Astronomy)

Full Circle

A pebble came from the earth.
A rock came from the pebble.
The boulder came from the rock.
The mountain came from the boulder.
But now back to earth.


The wind came from the sky.
The breeze came from the wind.
The gust came from the breeze.
The tornado came from the gust.
But now back to the sky.

The snow came from the cold.
The water came from the snow.
The river came from the water.
The ocean came from the river.
But now back to the cold.


The fire came from the light.
The flare came from the spark.
The blaze came from the flare.
The inferno came from the blaze.
But now back to the light.


Life came from the ashes.
We came from life.
Unity came from us.
Destruction came from unity.
But now back to the ashes.


The earth,
The wind,
The water,
The fire,
The life,
Return all as one, from beginning to end.


-Author Unknown

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, January 26th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 125.33° SE
Sun Altitude: 12.60°
Sun Distance: 91.527 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:01 am↑ 113° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:12 pm↑ 247° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 11 minutes


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 18.28° NNE
Moon Altitude: -37.08°
Moon Distance: 229872 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 20187:26 am
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Moonrise: Today12:41 pm
Moon Phase:Waxing Gibbous
Moon’s Illumination: 68.4%


The Lunar Calendar
Moon Direction: ↑ 18.91° NNE
Moon Altitude: -36.94°
Moon Distance: 229867 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 20187:26 am
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Moonrise: Today12:41 pm


Astrology of Today – Friday, January 26, 2018

The Moon is in Taurus until 12:39 PM, after which the Moon is in Gemini.
The Moon is void until 12:39 PM (since yesterday at 10:16 PM).
The Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter phase.
The First Quarter Moon occurred on the 24th and the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse will occur on January 31st in the sign of Leo.
Mars enters Sagittarius today (Mars transits Sagittarius January 26th to March 17th).

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.

A Quick Overview of the Stars & Planets for Friday, January 26th
This morning’s semi-square between Venus and Chiron points to some self-protectiveness as our differences seem more glaring than our similarities. This can put a bit of distance between us temporarily.

The Moon continues its transit of stable Taurus until 12:40 PM EST when it enters curious, mutable Gemini, quickly opposing Mars which has just changed signs.

Mars enters Sagittarius this morning where it will transit until March 17th. During this transit, our actions are heavily motivated by our ideals. We are bothered by routine, quickly becoming restless if we feel confined. We have a stronger love of adventure, and of conquest–this is the position of wanderlust. We start projects or challenges with enthusiasm, although we may abandon them rather quickly if they fail to hold our interest. This may be because we set our sights too high! Mars in Sagittarius defends its principles and sometimes takes it personally when others disagree with them. With this transit, Mars is now in mutual reception with Jupiter, connecting the two planets and generating a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

The Moon ends its void period when it enters Gemini at 12:40 PM EST.

Also on Friday, January 26th – Mars Enter Sagittarius

Mars is in Sagittarius from January 26-March 17, 2018. With a Sagittarius Mars, our actions are motivated by our ideals. We are bothered by routine, quickly becoming restless if we feel confined. We have a love of adventure, and of conquest–this is the position of wanderlust. We start projects or challenges with gusto, although we may tend to abandon them rather quickly. This may be because we set our sights too high!

The sky this week for January 26 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

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

In the Sky This Month

The year’s first month ends with perhaps the best skywatching show of the year, as the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow, creating a total lunar eclipse. The nights leading up to the eclipse provide plenty of beautiful sights, though. Mars and Jupiter are climbing higher into the morning sky, and snuggle close together for several days. Orion climbs high across the south during the evening hours, with its belt pointing toward Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

January 26: Moon and Aldebaran
Aldebaran, the brightest star of Taurus, stands to the lower left of the Moon at nightfall. Over the following few hours the Moon will move ever closer to the star. At their closest, they will be separated by less than the width of your finger at arm’s length.

January 27: Pollux
The brightest star with a known planet climbs high across the sky on winter nights. Pollux is the brighter of the “twin” stars of Gemini. It is about a third of the way up the eastern sky as night falls, with the other twin, Castor, to its upper left.

January 28: Castor
Castor, the fainter of the twins of Gemini, is about a third of the way up the eastern sky at nightfall, close to the upper left of Gemini’s brighter twin, Pollux. Tonight, the Moon will stand to the upper right of the twins.

January 29: Leo Rising
Leo, the lion, springs into the evening sky this month. Its brightest star, Regulus, rises around 7:30 or 8 p.m., with the body of the lion following over the next hour or two. Denebola, the star that marks its tail, climbs into good view by 10 p.m.

January 30: Eclipsed Blue Moon
The Moon will experience a spectrum of colors tonight. As the second full Moon of the month, it’s known as a Blue Moon. It won’t look blue, though. Instead, from most of the United States it will turn dark orange as it undergoes a total eclipse.

January 31: Orion
Orion climbs high across the south tonight. It’s marked by its three-star belt, with bright orange Betelgeuse to its upper left and blue-white Rigel to its lower right. And a giant stellar nursery lurks below the belt, known as the Orion Nebula.


The Witches Current Moon Phase for Friday, January 26th

Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 67%

Tommorow the Moon will be 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: 67%
Moon Age: 9.04 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 368,087.97 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,305,363.34 km