The Witches Astronomy Journal for Monday, March 12

Season Correspondences

Spring – Healing, Fertility, Prosperity, Air Magick

Spring is he season for cleansing, stretching and growing. Open up the wiindows, take walks, plan and nuture your garden. Spend time with Earth and Wood. This is the best time for love and fertility spells. Reunite with nature and take many deep breathes of fresh air. Thisis the time to throw away unnecessarily no longer needed. Feel the new.

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, March 12

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 73.74° ENE
Sun Altitude: -25.41°
Sun Distance: 92.369 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:09 am↑ 93° East
Sunset Today: 6:58 pm↑ 267° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 49 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 122.53° ESE
Moon Altitude: 7.80°
Moon Distance: 251055 mi
Next New Moon: Mar 17, 20188:11 am
Next Full Moon: Mar 31, 20187:36 a
Next Moonset: Today2:32 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Immunization: 23.7%


Astrology of Today – Monday, March 12, 2018

The Moon is in Capricorn until 6:44 PM, after which the Moon is in Aquarius.
The Moon is void from 11:35 AM until 6:44 PM.
The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter Moon phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 9th and the New Moon will occur on March 17th.
Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will retrograde from March 22nd to April 15th).
**Times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Moon in Capricorn

The Moon is traveling through Capricorn today. Make a list of goals. Work overtime. Climb higher. Don’t sulk.

We become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead with a Capricorn Moon. We are instinctively aware of the limitations of time and motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are more important to us now. We are resourceful and don’t want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a somewhat sober influence, but it can also be a productive time when we look reality in the eye.

The Moon in Capricorn generally favors the following activities: Long-term activities that yield slow but steady results, practical undertakings, career issues, making a business plan, practical investments.

Your Daily Planets, Moon & Sky Overview for Monday, March 12

The Moon continues its transit of industrious, capable Capricorn until 6:45 PM EST, encouraging us to pay attention to structures, rules, and goals in our lives. The Capricorn Moon harmonizes with the Sun and Jupiter this morning, promoting cooperation, encouragement, and reconciliation. The Moon moves into Aquarius at 6:45 PM, stimulating our progressive or revolutionary spirits. The Aquarius Moon is determined, principled, and non-traditional. It draws out our humanitarian impulses and desire for innovation.

Even so, we’re getting closer to a Venus-Saturn square, exact tomorrow morning, that can point to blocks to pleasure or self-protectiveness that limits our experiences.

The Moon is void from 11:36 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Uranus), until the Moon enters Aquarius at 6:45 PM EDT.

The sky this week for March 12 to 18

Mars and Saturn flank the Moon, Jupiter shines in Libra, and Mercury reaches peak altitude in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Monday, March 12

Mars’ eastward motion relative to the background stars carries it from Ophiuchus into Sagittarius today. The magnitude 0.6 Red Planet rises around 3 a.m. local daylight time and climbs some 25° high in the south-southeast by the time twilight begins. Although the passage from Ophiuchus into Sagittarius is little more than a technical milestone, it does set up a series of pretty conjunctions with some of the Archer’s deep-sky gems starting next week.

Tuesday, March 13

Head outside before dawn and you can’t miss Jupiter. The giant planet rises around midnight local daylight time and climbs highest in the south around 5 a.m. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.2, which makes it the brightest point of light in the predawn sky, and resides among the much dimmer stars of the constellation Libra. A telescope reveals the planet’s 40″-diameter disk and plenty of detail in the gas giant’s cloud tops.

Wednesday, March 14

As midnight approaches, look to the east for the bright star Arcturus. At magnitude 0.0, it is the second-brightest star visible from mid-northern latitudes. If you look about 20° to the left and a little below this luminary, you should see a conspicuous semicircle of stars — the constellation Corona Borealis the Northern Crown. It’s the most prominent group of stars having a shape reminiscent of a circle, and it makes a fitting target for Pi Day. (For you non-geeks, Pi Day is 3/14 because the first three digits of the mathematical constant pi are 3.14. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, so today we celebrate all things circular.)

For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, today marks the peak of the annual Gamma Normid meteor shower. The shower’s radiant — the point from which the meteors appear to originate — lies among the background stars of the southern constellation Norma the Square. This region lies below the horizon for observers north of 40° north latitude, but those farther south should keep their eyes open. The best views will come after midnight, once the radiant climbs higher. Fortunately, the waning crescent Moon sheds little light into the predawn sky. The shower typically produces about 6 meteors per hour at its peak.

Thursday, March 15

Mercury reaches greatest elongation at 11 a.m. EDT, and tonight marks the peak of its best evening apparition of 2018 for Northern Hemisphere observers. The innermost planet lies 18° east of the Sun and stands 12° high in the west a half-hour after sunset. It shines at magnitude –0.4 and shows up well against the darkening sky. But the easiest way to find it is to locate brilliant Venus and then look 4° to the upper right. The two inner planets fit nicely in a single binocular field of view. A view of Mercury through a telescope reveals an 7″-diameter disk that appears slightly less than half-lit. (Venus spans 10″ and is nearly full.)

Friday, March 16

One of the sky’s largest asterisms — a recognizable pattern of stars separate from a constellation’s form — occupies center stage after darkness falls on March evenings. To trace the so-called Winter Hexagon, start with southern Orion’s luminary, Rigel. From there, the hexagon makes a clockwise loop. The second stop is brilliant Sirius in Canis Major. Next, pick up Procyon in the faint constellation Canis Minor, then the twins Castor and Pollux in Gemini, followed by Capella in Auriga, Aldebaran in Taurus, and finally back to Rigel.

Saturday, March 17

New Moon occurs at 9:12 a.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.

Mercury and Venus have their second close conjunction of March this evening. Innermost Mercury passes 4° due north (upper right) of its neighbor at 9 p.m. EDT.

Sunday, March 18

With an age of 4.5 billion years, “young” might not seem an appropriate word to describe our Moon. But tonight, you have an exceptional opportunity to see what astronomers call a “young Moon” — a slender crescent visible in the early evening sky. With New Moon having occurred yesterday morning, only 2 percent of our satellite’s disk appears illuminated after sunset tonight. It forms a spectacular trio with Venus 4° to its right and Mercury 4° farther away. You should notice an ashen light faintly illuminating the Moon’s dark side. This is “earthshine,” sunlight reflected by Earth that reaches the Moon and then reflects back to our waiting eyes.



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