The Witches Digest for Monday, January 29th (Part 1, Astronomy)

The Witches Digest for Monday, January 29th

(Part 1, Astronomy)

The Awakening


Let me sing you a tale of magics of old,
of powers that slumbered through long years untold.
Let me weave you a song of a memory revived,
calling the Old Ones, their time has arrived.


Bale fires are lighting through all of the land,
the fey folk are dancing, their hour is at hand.
Their music is heard in the chattering stream,
their call echoes out on the wings of a dream.


Beyond the townships, where common folk sleep,
in moors and in meadows, in forests so deep,
Witches are gathering at the dark of the night,
to dance and to worship, bathe in moonlight.


They’ve winded the horn, they have opened the door,
the magics returning to slumber no more.
By the spells they have woven, the runes the have told,
they’ve awakened the Goddess, and the Horned One of old.


And those who have gathered now join hand in hand,
their voices are chanting, throughout all the land.
The God and the Goddess, at last will be heard,
their children, the witches, are spreading the word.


They sing songs of power when the moon, she is high,
They chant songs of joy when the sunrise is nigh,
They dance through the meadows, and through darkened streets,
join their ancient rhythm, when your circle meets,


Come dance to their rhythm, when your circle meets.

Andrew Daws, Author
Originally published on Pagan Library

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, January 29th


The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 122.57° ESE
Sun Altitude: 11.08°
Sun Distance: 91.560 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 6:59 am↑ 112° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:16 pm↑ 248° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 16 minutes


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 327.78° NNW
Moon Altitude: -26.89°
Moon Distance: 223448 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 20187:26 am
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Moonrise: Today3:25 pm
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 94.2%


The Lunar Calendar
Moon Direction: ↑ 328.19° NNW
Moon Altitude: -27.08°
Moon Distance: 223447 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 20187:26 am
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Moonrise: Today3:25 pm



*Friendly Reminder*

Total Lunar Eclipse 2018: Rare ‘Super Blood Blue Moon’ Visible On January 31


The next supermoon lunar eclipse visible throughout all of the United States will be January 21, 2019 — though that one will not be a blue moon.

World | Agence France-Presse


MIAMI, UNITED STATES: A cosmic event not seen in 36 years — a rare “super blood blue moon” — may be glimpsed January 31 in parts of western North America, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Australia.

The event is causing a buzz because it combines three unusual lunar events — an extra big super moon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse.

“It’s an astronomical trifecta,” said Kelly Beatty, a senior editor at Sky and Telescope magazine.

A blue moon refers to the second full moon in a month. Typically, a blue moon happens every two years and eight months.

This full moon is also the third in a series of “supermoons,” which happen when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit.

This point, called the perigee, makes the moon appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter.

During the eclipse, the moon will glide into Earth’s shadow, gradually turning the white disk of light to orange or red.

“That red light you see is sunlight that has skimmed and bent through Earth’s atmosphere and continued on through space to the moon,” said Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine.

“In other words, it’s from all the sunrises and sunsets that ring the world at the moment.”

The alignment of the sun, moon and Earth will last one hour and 16 minutes, visible before dawn across the western United States and Canada.

Those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand should look for it in the evening, as the moon rises.

Unlike a solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse can be safely viewed without protective eyewear.

How rare?

“We’ve had a lot of supermoons and we’ve had lunar eclipses, but it’s rare that it also happens to be a blue moon,” said Jason Aufdenberg, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s campus in Daytona Beach, Florida.

“All three of these cycles lining up is what makes this unusual,” he added.

“It’s just a wonder to behold.”

According to Sky and Telescope magazine, “the last time a complete lunar cover-up took place on the second full moon of the month was December 30, 1982, at least as reckoned by local time in Europe, Africa, and western Asia — locations where the event could be seen.”

That event also occurred at the moon’s orbital perigee, making it an extra bright supermoon.

Aufdenberg said that by his calculations, the last time a supermoon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse all together were visible from the eastern United States was on May 31, 1844.

According to Sky and Telescope, the last blue moon total lunar eclipse visible from North America happened on March 31, 1866.

“But on that date the moon was near apogee, its most distant point from Earth,” it said.

Lunar eclipses during a supermoon happen rather regularly. The last one was in September 2015.

Lunar eclipses occur at least twice a year.

Supermoons can happen four to six times a year.


(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


Astrology of Today – Monday, January 29, 2018

The Moon is in Cancer.
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.

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 Monday, January 29th


We can be a little more self-indulgent than usual today. The Moon spends the day in its own sign, Cancer. This strong and sensitive Moon gets support from Neptune and Jupiter today, boosting our imagination, and also opposes Pluto, reminding us of the need to take a break from pursuing our goals from time to time.

Mercury’s semi-square with Neptune points to some cloudy thinking or a tendency to daydream rather than pay attention to the facts. We may not express ourselves clearly, or others are not reading our messages well.

As well today, we can see more clearly behaviors, indulgences, or attachments that may be holding us back from expressing ourselves creatively and confidently as Venus in Aquarius aligns with the true South Node of the Moon.

The sky this week for January 29 to February 4


A stunning total eclipse of the Moon, a chance to witness zodiacal light, and comet PANSTARRS all take stage in the sky this week.

By Richard Talcott

Monday, January 29

Although Saturn passed on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth only a month ago, it already appears low in the southeast before dawn. From mid-northern latitudes, the ringed planet lies 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.

Tuesday, January 30

Anyone with clear skies in North America and across the Pacific Ocean to Australia and eastern Asia can witness this week’s biggest event: a total eclipse of the Moon. The Full Moon, which arrives officially at 8:27 a.m. EST tomorrow morning, then lies deep in Earth’s shadow and will dim considerably while likely taking on an orange hue. From North America, the eclipse occurs before dawn and delivers better views to those who live farther west. The eclipse’s partial phases start at 6:48 a.m. EST (3:48 a.m. PST). Those in the continent’s western two-thirds can view at least some of totality, which gets underway at 6:52 a.m. CST (4:52 a.m. PST). Totality last 76 minutes and can be seen in its entirety west of a line that runs from central North Dakota to New Mexico. The eclipsed Moon hangs among the background stars of Cancer with the Beehive star cluster (M44) 4° to its northwest.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, just 27 hours before it is Full. At 4:57 a.m. EST on the 30th, it lies 223,068 miles (358,994 kilometers) away from us.

Wednesday, January 31

Mars stands out in the southeastern sky before dawn this week. The magnitude 1.2 Red Planet rises around 2:30 a.m. local time and appears 25° high as twilight starts to paint the sky. It exits the constellation Libra today and moves into Scorpius, standing 9° above the latter constellation’s brightest star, magnitude 1.1 Antares.. Unfortunately, the view of Mars through a telescope proves disappointing — its disk spans only 6″ and shows no detail.

Thursday, February 1

The dwarf planet Ceres reached opposition and peak visibility yesterday, but it remains a fine sight throughout February. It currently shines at magnitude 6.9 and is an easy object to spot through binoculars. The largest member of the asteroid belt resides in the constellation Cancer the Crab, which appears in the east once darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around midnight local time. This evening, Ceres lies 0.9° northeast of the 5th-magnitude star Tau (τ) Cancri.

Friday, February 2

Tonight should provide your first good opportunity of 2018 to view the zodiacal light. From the Northern Hemisphere, late winter and early spring are the best times of year to observe this elusive glow after sunset. It appears slightly fainter than the Milky Way, so you’ll need a clear moonless sky and an observing site located far from the city. With the waning gibbous Moon now exiting the early evening sky, the next two weeks will be prime viewing times. Look for the cone-shaped glow, which has a broad base and points nearly straight up from the western horizon, after the last vestiges of twilight have faded away.

For those who believe in folklore, the fate of winter rests on the shoulders of the groundhog. If the furry rodent sticks his head out of his burrow this morning and sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. But if the weather is cloudy, it means spring is right around the corner. What does this have to do with astronomy? Groundhog Day celebrates one of the four so-called cross-quarter days, which mark the midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes. February 2 falls approximately midway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.

Saturday, February 3

Comet PANSTARRS (C/2016 R2) currently glows between 10th and 11th magnitude, which makes it a tempting target through telescopes for those under a dark sky. What makes it even more tempting is its location in Taurus: The comet spends February’s first week just 2° east of the stunning Pleiades star cluster (M45). Look for a small, round, diffuse glow similar to a companion galaxy in the Virgo Cluster.

Sunday, February 4

The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 8:19 p.m. EST, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you start viewing as soon as darkness falls, you can watch it more than triple in brightness (to magnitude 2.1) over the course of about five hours. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol appears nearly overhead after sunset and sinks low in the northwest well after midnight.


The Astronomy Magazine

Cosmic Calendar for January 29th, 2018


The universe is already making preparations to offer humanity an extra full moon enlightenment this month as a Total Lunar Eclipse – energizing the sun in Aquarius and the moon in Leo – builds toward a dramatic high-point early this Wednesday. Students of astrology and professionals in the field understand that alignments in the near future can easily affect the here and now. Just as a grand triangle geometric sky pattern influenced everyone on January 1, the same configuration returns as the moon in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces (7:20am) and Jupiter in Scorpio (8:39pm). Revelations abound although psychic storm warnings are still posted as the moon forms its monthly opposition to underworld-ruler Pluto (6:35pm) and Mercury makes a frictional, 45-degree tie to often chaos-accomplice Neptune (7:03pm). Think more about aligning with your higher destiny in this lifetime than on fulfilling low-level desires.

[Note to readers: All times are now calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]


The Witches Current Moon Phase for Monday, January 29th

Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 94%

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: 94%
Moon Age: 12.39 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,308.62 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,360,796.50 km


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