The Witches Astronomy Journal for Monday, April 16th

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The Witches Astronomy Journal for Monday, April 16th


Just A Poem


Deep in the dark, silent forest
The Lord and the Lady and me,
Walk in reverent wonder
At the mystery of beauty we see.
Misty clouds and moonbeams
Play a silent symphony,
Filled with awe and peace
that They should walk with me.


Deep in the dark, silent forest
Where first they came to me,
The Lord of the Woods, the Green Man,
And the Lady in majesty.
There ‘neath the moon I adore them
with the beauty of nature around.
The Athame in blue white splendor
then draws the circle round.


Deep in the dark, silent forest
The Lord and the Lady and me
Create a space of wonder
Just large enough for three.
Earth and Air, Fire and Water
Thrice the circle drawn.
Enchanted space of ritual
until the morning dawn.


Deep in the dark, silent forest
The Lord and the Lady and me,
At the end of the long nights ritual
Are content and happy we three.
We watch the glow of the embers
As the heat of the fire dies low.
A few moments of meditation
and then it’s time to go.


Deep in the dark, silent forest
Here by the wide open sea,
The Lord and the Lady go walking,
The Lord, the Lady and me.
Here in the dark silent forest
I’ve learned a great mystery.
They are each a part of the other,
And each a great part of me.

—-Masochistic Maiden
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Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, April 16

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 67.11° ENE
Sun Altitude: -12.12°
Sun Distance: 93.287 million mi
Next Solstice: Jun 21, 2018 5:07 am (Summer)
Sunrise Today: 6:18 am↑ 77° East
Sunset Today: 7:30 pm↑ 284° West
Length of Daylight: 13 hours, 11 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 65.70° ENE
Moon Altitude: -19.04°
Moon Distance: 233778 mi
Next Full Moon: Apr 29, 20187:58 pm
Next New Moon: May 15, 20186:47 am
Next Moonrise: Today6:59 am
Current Moon Phase: Near New Moon (Waxing Crescent)
Moon Illumination: 0.4%


Astrology of Today – Monday, April 16, 2018


The Moon is in Aries until 4:50 AM, after which the Moon is in Taurus.
The Moon is void from 1:59 AM to 4:50 AM.
The Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
The New Moon occurred yesterday in the sign of Aries. The First Quarter Moon will occur on April 22nd.
Mercury is no longer retrograde and is in its shadow (Mercury is in its post-retrograde shadow until May 3).

OakTree_Pentagram_Tattoo_by_RalworMoon 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 Witches Current Moon Phase for Monday, April 16th

New Moon
Illumination: 0%

ommorow the Moon will be in a New Moon phase. During this phase the Moon is to close to the sun in the sky to be visible. The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs.



Phase: New Moon
Illumination: 0%
Moon Age: 0.44 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 378,245.27 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,158,000.57 km


Half moon – on the way to being full

We are in a period in which the first half of the moon is fully visible, and is advancing toward full moon.
We become serious people
This was created seven days ago, with the rebirth of the moon. In the last seven days, you spent your time making and creating new plans and ideas. Now the hard work begins.
Take positive actions in order to move forward fast and easily. Support yourself – with intention, with thought, with speech, and with action. If you move now, you will grow quickly.
The energies are high, you can achieve a lot if you focus and commit yourself with determination and persistence.
This is the time to complete the main body of work and leave the finishing touches and the work on the finer details to later.
Fight, overcome obstacles – be like a fighter, like an invincible Amazon, be strong and durable like cast concrete.


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Daily Overview of Your Stars and Planets for Monday, April 16

We may not be saying the “right” things early today with Mercury just coming out of a station and semi-square Venus. We may be extra sensitive, and problems can occur if we’re speaking about deep matters superficially or too casually.

The Moon moves into earthy, sensual Taurus at 4:51 AM EDT, and we’re focusing on the here and now. Minor disagreements or misunderstandings aside, enthusiasm is building today. A Venus-Jupiter opposition is a feel-good aspect but inclines to excess. Our appetite for pleasure, love, or material things is big now. Over-inflated expectations and the tendency to overstate our affections are things to watch out for. We may overvalue something (or someone). We might also feel torn between two equally appealing pleasures, situations, or viewpoints now. The desire to experience it all is active today.

The Moon is void from 1:59 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to Uranus), until the Moon enters Taurus at 4:51 AM EDT.


The sky this week for April 16 to 22

Venus and Jupiter take center stage, a New Moon hides from the Sun, and the Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak, all in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Monday, April 16

Look west after the last vestiges of twilight fade away and you’ll witness the beginning of the winter sky’s decline. By 10 p.m. local daylight time, the lower tier of bright winter stars and constellations barely clears the horizon. From mid-northern latitudes, Sirius in Canis Major, Aldebaran in Taurus, and the three belt stars of Orion the Hunter all stand about 10° high. (Ten degrees is the approximate width of your closed fist when held at arm’s length.) Still, a higher tier of winter stars remains prominent. Look for Capella in Auriga, Castor and Pollux in Gemini, and Procyon in Canis Minor to keep the cold season on our minds — and in the sky — for several weeks to come.


Tuesday, April 17

Evening twilight hosts a stunning pair of solar system objects as a slender crescent Moon appears 5° to the left of Venus. As the sky darkens, the Pleiades star cluster (M45) slowly emerges 9° directly above Venus. Set against the deepening twilight, this fine grouping offers a great photo opportunity.

Saturn rises a little before 1:30 a.m. local daylight time and climbs some 25° high in the south as morning twilight starts to paint the sky. The ringed planet shines at magnitude 0.4 against the backdrop of northern Sagittarius the Archer. When viewed through a telescope, Saturn shows a 17″-diameter disk surrounded by a stunning ring system that spans 39″ and tilts 25° to our line of sight. The outer world reaches two milestones today. From our viewing perspective, its eastward motion against the background stars comes to a halt as it starts to head westward in anticipation of its late June opposition. And from an orbital perspective, Saturn reaches its farthest point from the Sun at 7 a.m. EDT. It then lies 936 million kilometers (1.51 billion kilometers) from our star, its greatest distance since 1959.


Wednesday, April 18

The waxing crescent Moon resides among the background stars of the V-shaped Hyades this evening. The slim crescent lies a little below and to the right of 1st-magnitude Aldebaran, the orange sun that marks the Hyades’ upper left corner. In reality, however, this star is a foreground object that only appears along the same line of sight as the cluster.

If you point a telescope at Jupiter tonight, both of its outer moons, Ganymede and Callisto, appear south of the planet’s disk. This strange sight arises because Jupiter’s south pole tilts 3.4° toward Earth this month, the maximum angle during the planet’s 12-year orbit of the Sun. The modest tilt means the moons’ orbital motions carry them farther north and south of the planet’s center than at other times. The best views tonight come after Ganymede reappears from behind Jupiter’s disk around 11 p.m. EDT.

Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun at 10 a.m. EDT. From our earthly perspective, this means the distant planet lies behind the Sun and so is out of sight. Uranus will return to view in the morning sky in late May.


Thursday, April 19

The Big Dipper’s familiar shape rides high in the northeast on April evenings. The spring sky’s finest binocular double star marks the bend of the Dipper’s handle. Mizar shines at 2nd magnitude, some six times brighter than its 4th-magnitude companion, Alcor. Even though these two are not physically related, they make a fine sight through binoculars. (People with good eyesight often can split the pair without optical aid.) A small telescope reveals Mizar itself as double — and these components do orbit each other.
Friday, April 20

You can use the Big Dipper as a guide to two of the spring sky’s brightest stars. If you follow the curve of the Dipper’s handle toward the eastern horizon, you’ll easily spot Arcturus. This magnitude 0.0 star, which belongs to Boötes the Herdsman, lies some 30° from the end of the Big Dipper’s handle. It is the fourth-brightest star in the whole sky and the second-brightest visible from mid-northern latitudes. And if you continue the curve another 30° past Arcturus, you’ll arrive at magnitude 1.0 Spica, the luminary of Virgo the Maiden. An easy way to remember the two is with the phrase: “Follow the arc to Arcturus, then drive a spike to Spica.”

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 10:41 a.m. EDT. It then lies 229,108 miles (368,714 kilometers) away from us.


Saturday, April 21

Mars rises a bit before 2 a.m. local daylight time and appears about 25° high in the south-southeast by 5 a.m. The magnitude –0.1 Red Planet lies against the backdrop of northern Sagittarius, some 10° east of Saturn. When viewed through a telescope this morning, Mars shows a 10″-diameter disk and a few subtle surface details.


Sunday, April 22

The annual Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak before dawn under good viewing conditions. The nearly First Quarter Moon sets before 2 a.m. local daylight time, leaving nearly three hours of dark skies before morning twilight commences. The shower’s radiant — the point in the constellation Lyra the Harp from which the meteors appear to emanate — climbs nearly overhead just before twilight starts to break. Under a clear dark sky, observers can expect to see 15 to 20 meteors per hour.

You can find the First Quarter Moon high in the southwest as darkness falls, then watch as it sinks toward the western horizon, where it sets shortly after 2 a.m. local daylight time. Our satellite officially reaches its First Quarter phase at 5:46 p.m. EDT. The half-lit Moon spends the night among the background stars of central Cancer the Crab.


The  Astronomy Magazine


In the Sky for the Month of April

The constellations of spring begin to dominate the evening sky this month. Leo, the celestial lion, stands in good view at nightfall and leaps high across the south later on. Virgo follows the lion across the sky, with their brightest stars, Regulus and Spica, respectively, separated by more than 50 degrees — more than five times the width of your fist held at arm’s length.

April 16: Stationary Saturn
The word “planet” comes from a Greek word that means wanderer, because each of the planets moves against the background of “fixed” stars. Occasionally, though, a planet stands still against that background. Mercury and Saturn both reach such a standstill this month.

April 17: Moon and Venus
Venus is the brilliant “evening star,” low in the west at sunset. It outshines all the other planets and stars in the night sky. It’s especially prominent tonight because it stands close to the crescent Moon.

April 18: Moon and Aldebaran
The Moon is in the west during twilight this evening. Aldebaran will stand close to the upper left of the Moon. The bright orange star represents the eye of Taurus, the celestial bull.

April 19: Crab Nebula
The Crab Nebula, which is the debris from an exploded star, stands close above the Moon this evening. It is an easy target for small telescopes. Its filaments of gas and dust resemble the outline of a crab.

April 20: Morning Mercury
The planet Mercury just peeks into view in the east at dawn sky over the next few days. It looks like a fairly bright star. It is quite low, though, so you need a clear horizon to see it. The planet stands a little higher as seen from southerly latitudes.

April 21: Lyrid Meteors
The Lyrid meteor shower should be at its best tonight. You need dark skies to see it. Even at its peak, the shower produces no more than a dozen or so meteors per hour. But the Moon is out of the way, so if you have a good viewing spot it’s worth a look.

April 22: Cor Caroli
Cor Caroli, the Heart of Charles, is the brightest star of Canes Venatici, the hunting dogs. It’s to the right of the handle of the Big Dipper as night falls, and wheels above the dipper later on. It consists of two stars in a wide orbit around each other



Your Cosmic Calendar for Monday, April 16

Out of the proverbial frying pan and into the fire!

Just one day following a powerful new moon in Aries and Mercury ceasing its retrograde motion in favor of going direct, the moon is in Taurus (1:52am), the sign of its exaltation, for the next two days.

While this often-helpful zodiacal influence can lead you to embrace Mother Nature in an exhilarating manner and strengthen business acumen, expect the unexpected as outside-the-box, unconventional Uranus experiences a parallel with the life-giving sun (7:20pm). An anything-goes vibration often accompanies any major solar link to rebel-alliance leader Uranus.

Meanwhile, if your sense of timing seems somewhat askew, blame it on Chiron about to enter Aries early tomorrow and Saturn on the verge of making a station and turning into reverse motion in Capricorn later on Tuesday.

Even though these significant shifts by Chiron and Saturn have not yet officially happened, the approach of their arrival does impact highly-sensitive human souls.


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



There was a new moon in Aries yesterday, and Mercury ended its retrograde period in Aries. With the sun also in Aries, there is a strong feeling of newness that can help us focus on generative and creative energy.

With a new moon, we always look for new beginnings and renewals, and with Mercury essentially rebooting, it’s a good time to find new sources of energy.

Green tea is used as an alternative to coffee for a similar boost in the morning but with additional health benefits. It is an antioxidant, which is good for the health of our cells and immune system and reduces inflammation in the body. It is a stimulant, which provides energy, increases metabolism, and helps with cognition.

All of this is helpful for Aries energy in the skies. As a fire sign, Aries takes in a lot of input and expends a lot of output. Green tea is great for both increasing our ability to absorb outside information and supporting us as we process it.

One amazing thing about plants and herbs is that even as stimulants they’re often simultaneously calming, so we are never overloaded with too much activity. Green tea has a relaxing effect, which is enhanced when used in a tea ceremony or ritual.

For instance, when making matcha tea, which uses ground green tea leaves rather than dried leaves, the preparation is crucially important.

Tea ceremonies are a way to elevate the experience of ingesting tea in order to benefit from all the tea has to offer, including the emotional and spiritual aspects, so that the experience becomes meditative.

In order to harness the Aries fire today, you might want to spend some intentional time preparing a cup of green tea and letting it clarify your energy.

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