The Witches Astronomy Journal for Wednesday, May 16
“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Wednesday, May 16
Sun Direction: ↑ 66.61° ENE
Sun Altitude: 1.42°
Sun Distance: 93.988 million mi
Next Solstice: Jun 21, 2018 5:07 am (Summer)
Sunrise Today: 5:45 am↑ 65° East
Sunset Today: 7:56 pm↑ 295° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 11 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 59.13° ENE
Moon Altitude: -10.88°
Moon Distance: 226913 mi
Next Full Moon: May 29, 20189:19 am
Next New Moon: Jun 13, 20182:43 pm
Next Moonrise: Today6:56 am
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Astrology Calendar for May 16 – May 29
MARS ENTERS AQUARIUS
Emphasis on abrupt change all around us, an unstable day.
VENUS ENTERS CANCER
Emphasis on everything that is maternal.
SUN ENTERS GEMINI
A four-week period of light and fun energy.
MERCURY OPPOSITION JUPITER
A time when we must think twice before we speak or it could bring bad consequences.
SUN IN GEMINI TRINE MARS IN AQUARIUS
A good week to bring ideas into reality through networking and social media.
JUPITER IN SCORPIO TRINE NEPTUNE IN PISCES
An abundance of luck, generosity, and compassion.
VENUS OPPOSITION SATURN
It brings needed lessons in love, self-esteem, and finances.
FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS
A great time to finish projects and put the final touches on long-term ideas.
MERCURY ENTERS GEMINI
Communications become easy, witty, and flirty.
Astrology of Today – Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The Moon is in Gemini.
The Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
The New Moon occurred yesterday in the sign of Taurus.
Mars is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mars will retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).
Uranus spends its first full day in Taurus (Uranus transits Taurus from May 15, 2018, to November 6, 2018, then March 6, 2019, to July 7, 2025, and then November 7, 2025, to April 25, 2026).
Mars enters Aquarius today (Mars transits Aquarius from May 16-August 12 and then September 10-November 15).
A Little Do You Know
How to Determine if the Moon is Waxing or Waning
Different parts of the moon are illuminated during waxing and waning. In the Northern Hemisphere, the part of the moon that is illuminated will appear to grow from right to left until it’s full, and it will then diminish from right to left.
A waxing moon will be illuminated on the right side, and a waning moon will be illuminated on the left side.
Hold out your right hand with your thumb out, palm facing the sky. The thumb and forefingers make a curve like a backward C. If the moon fits in this curve, it’s a waxing moon (increasing). If you do the same with your left hand and the moon fits in the “C” curve then it is waning (decreasing).
Since the moon always follows the same illumination pattern, you can use the shape of the letters D, O, and C to determine if the moon is waxing or waning. During the first quarter, the moon will look like a D. When it’s full, it will look like an O. And when it’s in the third quarter, it will look like a C.
A crescent moon in the shape of a backwards C is waxing
A half or gibbous moon in the shape of a D is waxing.
A half or gibbous moon in the shape of a backwards D is waning.
A crescent moon in the shape of a C is waning.
Moon in Gemini
The Moon is traveling through witty Gemini today. Call, text, send email, write letters. Visit someone you’ve missed. Watch a movie and talk about it at a coffee shop. Get out and about. Don’t sleep in.
Our instincts are to communicate, think, and learn under the influence of Moon in Gemini. We are motivated by a desire for variety and by an instinctive curiosity. The Moon in Gemini is light-hearted, breezy, and curious, but it can also be restless and fickle.
The Moon in Gemini generally favors the following activities: Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.
Overview of the Planets and the Stars for May 16
Mars enters Aquarius early today and promptly forms a square to Aquarian ruler, Uranus, which just changed signs yesterday. This is a potent, start-fresh combination. Mars will transit the sign of Aquarius until August 12th when it retreats into Capricorn but will return to Aquarius from September 10th to November 15th. Mars typically spends about two months in a sign but will spend much longer in Aquarius due to an upcoming retrograde (Mars will retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).
With the Mars-Uranus square early today, we’re inclined to assert our independence abruptly or to attempt to enforce changes. Under this influence, we can be tempted to take risks or to act on impulses without considering consequences. There is little patience with restrictions or limitations. We might feel rebellious in the face of rules and regulations, mainly those we think are outdated, or anything that requires us to conform. There may be changes in work schedules, or life’s circumstances could challenge us in such a way that we need to redirect our energy or alter our goals. Energy is stop-and-go, and it can be hard to focus on only one activity. Inner tension begs for release now.
With Mars in Aquarius, we tend to act only when we can totally “get behind” or believe in what we are doing. As such, we might spend more time thinking about action than taking it. However, we’re crusaders for our ideas and causes during this cycle. The Moon spends the day in the sign of Gemini, stimulating our curiosity and encouraging movement and connection.
The sky this week for May 17 to May 20
A slew of brilliant planets, a wafer-thin crescent Moon, and a high-riding Big Dipper all stand out in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Thursday, May 17
A wafer-thin crescent Moon appears 6° to the left of Venus this evening. Our satellite appears only 9 percent lit because it passed between the Sun and Earth just two days ago. 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. Use binoculars for the best view.
The Moon also reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, today. At 5:05 p.m. EDT, the Moon lies 226,040 miles (363,776 kilometers) away from us.
Friday, May 18
Dwarf planet 1 Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It currently resides in western Leo, which appears high in the west after twilight fades to darkness. The magnitude 8.5 dwarf planet is easy to spot through binoculars or a telescope, particularly when it slides past magnitude 4.5 Kappa (κ) Leonis this evening. Point your scope at Kappa and then look for a magnitude 6.8 star half the Full Moon’s diameter to the south-southwest. Ceres lies between these two and slightly closer to Kappa.
Saturday, May 19
The Big Dipper’s familiar shape lies nearly overhead on May 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.
Sunday, May 20
Venus crossed the border from Taurus the Bull into Gemini the Twins yesterday, and tonight it slides less than 1° north of the 5th-magnitude open star cluster M35. Binoculars or a telescope at low power will provide the best view of this pretty conjunction, especially once the sky grows dark around 10 p.m. local daylight time. The brightness disparity between the two objects is quite impressive: Venus appears some 4,000 times brighter than the combined glow from all the cluster’s distant suns.
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 16: Bootes
The bright yellow star Arcturus, in the constellation Bootes, stands high in the east at nightfall. It is one of the brightest stars in the night sky. Bootes also contains a large void — a huge volume of space with almost no galaxies.
May 17: Moon and Venus
The planet Venus is in the west shortly after sunset this evening, close to the right of the crescent Moon. Venus is the brilliant “evening star,” so you can’t miss it.
May 18: Vega Rising
Vega, in Lyra, the harp, is climbing into the evening sky. It is low in the northeast as the sky gets fully dark, and climbs high overhead during the night. Vega is the third-brightest nighttime star visible from most of the United States.
May 19: VW Cephei
A pair of stuck-together stars is visible through binoculars in Cepheus, the king, which is low in the north at nightfall. VW Cephei is about 90 light-years away. Its two stars share their outer layers of gas, so they look like a glowing peanut.
May 20: Dragon’s Eyes
A pair of eyes stares down from the northeast as night falls right now — the brightest stars of Draco, the dragon. They are above brilliant Vega, one of the night sky’s most prominent stars. The brighter eye is Eltanin, the dragon’s leading light.
May 21: Moon and Regulus
The first-quarter Moon snuggles especially close to a bright companion tonight. Regulus, the heart of Leo, the lion, will stand just a degree or so from the Moon as night falls, which is less than the width of your finger held at arm’s length.
Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for Wednesday, May 16
This is a good point in the Cosmic Calendar to recall that solar and planetary alignments on one day don’t just disappear the following day. Instead, they remain in effect, but somewhat below the consciousness radar screens of individuals — working out their creative or debilitating influences below the surface in the subliminal recesses of our species.
Therefore, yesterday’s quartet of major heavenly configurations is still reverberating far and wide. Adding to the recent array of potential discord is a formidable square between Mars in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus (12:05am). Hanging on to stubborn attitudes and behavior patterns, that could prove detrimental to yourself and loved ones, is not an option.
Replace obstinacy with flexibility — to the best of your ability. Under versatile, multi-faceted Gemini moon, a trio of celestial helpers appears on the scene as Mercury trines investment-savvy Vesta (3:50am) and parallels innovation-bringer Uranus (1:52pm) while the moon makes a supportive, 60-degree alliance with productivity-enhancer Ceres (2:09pm). Find time to enjoy favorite arts, crafts and hobbies with the lunar orb energizing the third sign of the zodiac.
[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.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Wednesday, May 16
Tomorow the Moon will be in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 1.12 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 368,226.62 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,280,783.97 km
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