The Witches Astronomy Journal for Friday, May 4th
The Lady’s Prayer
Who art here present,
Honored be thy name.
Thy time is come
We shall be One
On Earth, which is our heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And love us in our imperfections
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
For thine is the spirit of the great transformation
Forever and ever.
So Mote It Be
Published on Pagan Library
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, May 4th
Sun Direction: ↑ 89.38° E
Sun Altitude: 26.49°
Sun Distance: 93.729 million mi
Next Solstice: Jun 21, 2018 5:07 am (Summer)
Sunrise Today: 5:56 am↑ 69° East
Sunset Today: 7:46 pm↑ 291° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 13 hours, 49 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 233.37° SW
Moon Altitude: 10.37°
Moon Distance: 250552 mi
Next New Moon: May 15, 20186:47 am
Next Full Moon: May 29, 20189:19 am
Next Moonset: Today9:24 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Astrology of Today – Friday, May 4, 2018
The Moon is in Capricorn.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
The Full Moon occurred on the 29th in the sign of Scorpio. The Last Quarter Moon will occur on May 7th.
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.
A Look At Your Planets And Stars for Friday, May 4th
The Moon transits Capricorn all day, and we seek more order and structure in our lives. Our sense of responsibility is stronger than usual, and we aim for efficiency in most areas of life now. Our careers, reputation, and objectives are in focus with the Moon in this practical sign. The Moon aligns with Saturn in Capricorn this afternoon, which is sobering. We aim to be more responsible, practical, and efficient under this influence.
A Sun-Jupiter contraparallel active today, however, has us questioning and philosophizing, not only dealing with the practical world. Moral dilemmas may present themselves.
The sky this week for May 4 to May 6
By Richard Talcott
Friday, May 4
Although the calendar says May, the sky’s Summer Triangle returns to prominence this month. The asterism’s three bright stars — Vega in Lyra, Deneb in Cygnus, and Altair in Aquila — all clear the horizon by midnight local daylight time. An hour later, they rule the eastern sky. Vega shines brightest and appears at the apex of the triangular asterism. Look for Deneb to Vega’s lower left and Altair to the lower right of the other two. The Summer Triangle will grace the Northern Hemisphere’s evening sky from now through the end of the year.
Saturday, May 5
The waning gibbous Moon appears roughly halfway between Mars and Saturn this morning. All three objects rise by 1:30 a.m. local daylight time and climb nearly 30° high in the south by 5 a.m. Mars shines at magnitude –0.5 and is already a little brighter than it was earlier in the week. Saturn glows about half as bright, at magnitude 0.3. The trio stands against the backdrop of northern Sagittarius the Archer. If you view Saturn through a telescope this week, you’ll see its 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a stunning ring system that spans 40″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
The Moon also reaches apogee today, at 8:35 p.m. EDT. It then lies 251,318 miles (404,457 kilometers) from Earth’s center, the farthest it gets from our planet during its month-long orbit.
Sunday, May 6
The annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks before dawn. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous Moon shares the sky, and its bright light will wash out fainter meteors and render the brighter ones less impressive. Don’t give up hope, however. For the best views, find an otherwise dark site and position yourself where a tree or building blocks the Moon’s direct light. The Eta Aquariid shower derives from bits of debris ejected by Comet 1P/Halley during its many trips around the Sun.
Although the Moon interferes with the Eta Aquariids, take a few minutes to enjoy a binocular view of our satellite next to Mars. The Moon slides 3° due north of the Red Planet at 3 a.m. EDT.
In the Sky This Month
Of the five planets easily visible to the unaided eye, only Mercury is missing from view this month. The other four are in good view, with one of them, Jupiter, putting in its best showing of the year. Venus climbs higher as the Evening Star, while Mars and Saturn remain in the early morning sky. Among the stars, Regulus and Spica climb to their full spring glory.
May 4: More Moon and Planets
Mars and Saturn will be easy to spot early tomorrow, because they will flank the Moon. Saturn will stand to the right of the Moon at first light, with Mars a little farther to the lower left of the Moon. Orange Mars is the brighter planet.
May 5: More Moon and Mars
The planet Mars is in great view early tomorrow. It looks like a bright orange star just to the lower right of the Moon as the first blush of twilight begins to paint the sky. Mars will grow much brighter over the next couple of months.
May 6: Ursa Major
Ursa Major, the great bear, is high in the north on May evenings. The bear’s body and tail form the Big Dipper. The bear aims nose-first at the northern horizon.
May 7: Jupiter at Opposition
Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, shines at its best for the year this week. It rises at sunset and sets around sunrise. It is brightest for the year, too, outshining everything else in the night sky except the Moon and Venus.
May 8: Evening Lights
As twilight fades this evening, two lights will pop into view long before the others. In the west, look for Venus, the “evening star.” At about the same height in the southeast, look for slightly fainter Jupiter, at its brightest for the year.
May 9: Coma Berenices
Coma Berenices is in the eastern sky at nightfall. Its stars are faint. But under a dark sky, they offer one of the prettiest sights in the heavens: streamers of stars that represent the hair of Berenice, a queen of ancient Egypt.
May 10: Coma Star Cluster
The star cluster Melotte 111, in Coma Berenices, is a good target for binoculars or a small telescope. The constellation is high in the east at nightfall, and good binoculars reveal a small swarm of stars.
Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for Friday, May 4th
As indicated at the end of yesterday’s calendar entry, take a good look at investments, insurance needs, safety and security issues as well as soul-sister bonds as the moon in Capricorn makes its monthly rendezvous with Vesta (4:51am).
Emulate the tortoise with a slow-and-steady climb to the executive penthouse of your professional aims during the monthly lunar conjunction with discipline-encouraging Saturn (1:03pm).
Drop old fears and jettison chronic worries to the best of your ability. Giving you rays of hope is a contra-parallel between the Sun and Jupiter (7:33pm) as long as pride and arrogance are replaced by humility.
Strive to make progress empowering primary partnerships — courtesy of a 60-degree tie between Juno in Aries and underworld-chieftain Pluto in Capricorn (8:00pm).
[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.]
Copyright 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd.
Cosmic Weather Horoscope – May 2018
Jane Lyle, Astrology
From The Astrology Room
Thought for May:
‘May, the blossom of the hawthorn, smells of sex and death. This is neither hyperbole nor poetic licence: it contains a substance called trimethylamine that appears when bodily tissues and sexual fluids decompose. Perhaps because of this, and perhaps because of religious opposition to its ritual use as a portal to the otherworld, a folkloric fear of hawthorn exists in living memory.’
– Nina Lyon, ‘Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man’ (2016)
Traditionally the ‘Merry month of May’ is an enticing layer-cake of folklore, fairy-tale, pagan rituals and otherworldly beauty. Green Men, May Queens, the spirits of the dead, fairies and all manner of mischievous supernatural beings dance around the Beltain bonfires – even in our tumultuous, high-tech world.
May is always a portal. What lies on the other side of the mysterious door?
May 2018’s astrology signals movement, tension, and change. We are half way between the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice in June (or the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere), and six planets are due to change signs. Only the Sun and Venus moved home in April, so chances are we’ll all feel a shift in ourselves, our priorities, and in the world around us.
Certainly, there’s high global tension as May begins. Mars and Pluto in Capricorn foster a brooding, ruthless atmosphere, while revolutionary planet Uranus in war-like Aries clashes with Mars, and continues to signify a time of upsets, unexpected possibilities, and sudden upheavals.
Mid month astrology heralds an exciting, even shocking atmosphere as Uranus enters earthy, security minded Taurus, and Mars enters clever, geeky Aquarius. The warrior and the nutty professor clash beneath a potent, earthy new Moon in Taurus.
There’s more to say about this – but some essential themes are money and the stock markets, technology, earthquakes, and electrical storms. Its bumpy, with strange algorithms causing confusion, internet-based meltdown, or yet more leaks of information, documents, and shadowy hacking scandals – perhaps more aggressive than usual.
Cyber warfare or hostilities are a strong possibility, particularly between Monday 14th and Friday 18th May.
By the end of May, some love and inspiration flows – in one corner of the universe at least. Venus in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces offer beauty, healing, and inspiration then – and I think we’ll all be eager to drink deeply at that particular cosmic fountain, and look forward to happier times.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for May 4
The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018
Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Age: 18.94 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 404,652.15 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,870,103.87 km
The Waning Gibbous Moon
This intermediate Moon phase comes after Full Moon and lasts until half of the Moon’s surface is illuminated at Third Quarter Moon.
Just after Full Moon, when the face of the Moon is 100% illuminated, the intermediate phase called Waning Gibbous Moon starts.
Waning means that it is getting smaller. Gibbous refers to the shape, which is less than the full circle of a Full Moon, but larger than the semicircle shape of the Third Quarter Moon.
With some exceptions, the Waning Gibbous Moon rises after sunset but before midnight and doesn’t set until after sunrise.
During this period, the lit up portion of the Moon goes down from 99.9%% to 50.1%.
Technically, this phase starts as soon as the Full Moon moment has passed. However, it can be difficult to differentiate the first stage of a Waning Gibbous Moon from a Full Moon when as much as 98% to 99% of the Moon’s surface is illuminated.
Sun Lights Up the Moon
The Moon does not radiate its own light, but the Moon’s surface reflects the Sun’s rays. Half of the Moon’s surface is always illuminated by direct sunlight, except during lunar eclipses when Earth casts its shadow on the Moon. Just how much of that light we can see from Earth varies every day, and we refer to this as a Moon phase.
Primary and Intermediate Moon Phases
In Western Culture, we divide the lunar month into 4 primary and 4 intermediate Moon phases.
The Moon phases start with the invisible New Moon. The first visible Moon phase is the thin sliver of a Waxing Crescent Moon. Around a week later, half of the Moon’s surface is illuminated while the other half is in darkness at First Quarter Moon.
The illuminated part continues to grow into a Waxing Gibbous Moon, until 14 to 15 days into the cycle, we see the entire face of the Moon lit up at Full Moon.
The illuminated part then gradually shrinks into a Waning Gibbous Moon, and when it reaches Third Quarter, the opposite half from the First Quarter is illuminated. From there, it fades into a Waning Crescent Moon. Finally, the Moon disappears completely from view into another New Moon phase, only to reemerge and repeat this cycle over and over.
Same Phase Looks Different
Moon phases are the same all over the world. The same percentage and area of the Moon are illuminated no matter where on Earth you are. However, the Moon is rotated in different ways depending on the time, the date, your location, and the Moon’s position in the sky. Therefore, the illuminated part of a Waning Gibbous Moon can appear on the left, the right, the top, or the bottom.
No Gibbous Moon in Calendars
There is no symbol for the Waxing Gibbous Moon in calendars as it is an intermediate Moon phase.
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower, May 6th
The Eta Aquarids will peak on May 6, 2018. The best time to see the shower, which is visible from most of the world, is in the early morning, just before dawn.
Where Can I See the Eta Aquarids?
The radiant, the point in the sky where the Eta Aquarids seem to emerge from, is in the direction of the constellation Aquarius. The shower is named after the brightest star of the constellation, Eta Aquarii.
When Can I See the Eta Aquarids
Also sometimes spelled as Eta Aquariid, the meteor shower is usually active between April 19 and May 28 every year. In 2018, it will peak on May 6.
Dust From Halley’s Comet
The Eta Aquarids is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Comet Halley. The Earth passes through Halley’s path around the Sun a second time in October. This creates the Orionid meteor shower, which peaks around October 20.
Comet Halley takes around 76 years to make a complete revolution around the Sun. The next time it will be visible from Earth is in 2061.
The table below shows the exact direction of the Eta Aquarids from your location.
Location in the Sky Tonight
A slight chance to see η-Aquariids; the table below is updated daily and shows the position for the coming night.
η-Aquariids meteor shower for Kentucky (Night between May 4 and May 5)
Time Azimuth/Direction Altitude
Sat 3:00 am 96°East 5.9°
Sat 4:00 am 105°East-southeast 17.6°
Sat 5:00 am 116°East-southeast 28.7°
Direction to see the η-Aquariids in the sky:
Azimuth is the direction, based on true north; a compass might show a slightly different value.
Altitude is height in degrees over horizon.
Note that this is not the prime period to watch the η-Aquariids, so there may be few or no meteors visible this night. Set your location
How to Watch Meteor Showers
Check the weather: Meteors, or shooting stars, are easy to spot; all you need is clear skies and a pair of eyes.
Get out of town: Find a place as far away as possible from artificial lights.
Prepare to wait: Bring something to sit or lie down on. Stargazing is a waiting game, so get comfortable.