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The Witches Astronomy Guide for Thursday, June 7

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The Witches Astronomy Guide for Thursday, June 7


Resolution of A Witch

May I be as the one who weaves the cloth in a forest, deep hidden.

May I sit at the work, uninterrupted.

And may I remain an outcast, if that is what it takes.

May I know the seasonal procession in my spirit and in my body,

Celebrate cross quarters, solstices and equinoxes.

May each Full Moon find me looking upwards,

At trees outlined in luminous sky.

May I hold wildflowers.

May I cup them in my hand.

May I then release them, unpicked,

To live on in abundance.

May my friends be of the kind who are at ease with silence.

May they and I be innocent of pretension.

May I be capable of gratitude.

May I know that I was given joy, like mother’s milk.

May I know this as my dog does, in her bones and blood.

May I speak the truth about happiness and pain,

In songs that sound of the scent of rosemary,

As everyday and ancient, kitchen-herb strong.

May I not incline to self-righteousness or self-pity.

May I approach the high earthworks and the stone circles as fox or moth,

And disturb the place no more than that.

May my gaze be direct and my hand steady.

May my door be open to those who dwell outside wealth and fame and privilege.

May those who have never walked barefoot never find the path that leads up to my door.

May they be lost on the labyrinthine journey.

May they turn back.

And may I sit beside the fire in winter and see in the glowing logs what is to come.

Yet never feel the need to warn or to advise, unasked.

May I sit upon a plain wooden chair, in true contentment.

May the place where I live be as the forest.

May there be track ways where there are caves and pools.

Trees and flowers, animals and birds are all known to me and revered, loved.

May my existence change the world no more nor less,

Than the gusting of winds, or the proud growth of trees.

For this, I go in cast-off clothes.

May I keep faith, always.

May I never find excuses for the expedient.

May I know that I have no choice, and yet still make the choice.

As the song is made, in joy, and with consideration.

May I make the same choice every day, again.

When I fail, may I know forgiveness for myself.

May I dance naked, unafraid to face my own reflection.

~From The Wiccan Path by Rae Beth
Originally Published on “The Book of Shadows”


Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Thursday, June 7

The Sun

Sun Direction: 335.00° NNW

Sun Altitude:-25.93°

Sun Distance:94.335 million mi

Next Solstice:Jun 21, 2018 5:07 am (Summer)

Sunrise Today:5:34 am 60° Northeast

Sunset Today:8:11 pm 300° Northwest

Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 37 minutes

The Moon

Moon Direction: 75.34° ENE

Moon Altitude:-30.10°

Moon Distance:245023 mi

Next New Moon:Jun 13, 20182:43 pm

Next Full Moon:Jun 27, 201811:53 pm

Next Moonrise: Tomorrow 1:49 am

Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Illumination: 46.3%



Current Planetary Positions

June 07, 2018 

Sun: 16 Gemini 24
Moon: 21 Pisces 05
Mercury: 17 Gemini 46
Venus: 22 Cancer 07
Mars: 06 Aquarius 56
Jupiter: 14 Scorpio 59 Rx
Saturn: 07 Capricorn 18 Rx
Uranus: 01 Taurus 06
Neptune: 16 Pisces 27
Pluto: 20 Capricorn 49 Rx


Astrology of Today – Thursday, June 7, 2018

  • The Moon is in Pisces until 5:25 PM, after which the Moon is in Aries.
  • The Moon is void from 2:34 AM to 5:25 PM.
  • The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase.
  • The Last Quarter Moon occurred yesterday.
  • Mars is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mars will retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).


Your Daily Overview of the Planets, Stars and Sky for June 7

The Sun and Neptune perfect their square early today, and we can feel temporarily without a clear direction, or there may be detours or distractions to deal with now. We are reminded to tend to any overlooked spiritual needs before pushing forward. As the day advances, we’re in an excellent place to team up with others to generate ideas, solve problems, or listen to one another and “be heard.” Mental rapport assists our efforts today, and we’re taking pride in our ideas and observations now. This is a good time to bring unique elements to our work. New techniques or options can emerge as we open our minds to them.

The Moon continues its transit of Pisces until 5:26 PM EDT, after which it moves through Aries, and the urge to start fresh is with us. The Moon’s alignment with Chiron this evening can pull up the need to deal with unresolved emotional matters.

The Moon is void from 2:36 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Venus), until the Moon enters Aries at 5:26 PM EDT.


The sky this week for June 7 to June 10

Venus, Neptune, and Saturn are among the sights to spot in the sky this week.

Thursday, June 7

Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility about a month ago, and it remains a stunning sight nearly all night. It appears some 30° high in the south-southeast during evening twilight and climbs highest in the south shortly before 11 p.m. local daylight time. Shining at magnitude –2.4, the giant planet is the night sky’s brightest point of light once Venus sets around 11 p.m. Jupiter resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales, 1° north of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). If you view the gas giant through a telescope tonight, its disk spans 44″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail. You’ll also see its bright moons put on a nice show. Ganymede lies in Jupiter’s shadow in early evening, but it gradually returns to view between Io and Callisto. At 12:40 a.m. EDT, Io and Callisto appear 25″ apart southeast of the planet. If you watch the space between these moons, you’ll see Ganymede emerge into sunlight starting at 12:43 a.m. It return to full visibility by 1:02 a.m.

Friday, June 8

Venus passes 5° due south (lower left) of 1st-magnitude Pollux this evening. The planet has brightened slightly (to magnitude –4.0) since early in the week, and shines 100 times brighter than the star.

Saturday, June 9

Another comet in the growing crowd of such objects discovered by the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii makes its appearance in June’s morning sky. Comet PANSTARRS (C/2016 M1) currently glows around 9th magnitude within the Teapot asterism of the constellation Sagittarius, and you’ll need a telescope to spot its subtle glow. As a bonus both today and tomorrow, the comet slides about 40′ from the 8th-magnitude globular star cluster M54. Your best views will come from under a dark sky when Sagittarius climbs highest between 2 and 3 a.m. local daylight time.

Sunday, June 10

The conspicuous Summer Triangle asterism dominates the eastern sky in late evening. Vega, the triangle’s brightest member, shines at magnitude 0.0 and stands highest of the three stars. To its lower left lies Deneb; at magnitude 1.3, it is the faintest of the trio. Magnitude 0.8 Altair resides at the bottom right and completes the bright asterism. Despite its name, the Summer Triangle appears prominent from late spring until winter begins.



In the Sky This Month

The planets seem especially busy this month, highlighting both morning and evening skies. Venus reigns as the Evening Star, and points out some interesting sights in Gemini and Cancer during the month. Saturn puts in its best showing of the year, with Jupiter just past its best. And Mars climbs inexorably across the sky, toward its best appearance next month.

June 7: Menkent

From the southern latitudes of the United States, the upper half of Centaurus, the centaur, stands due south at nightfall. The brightest star in that part of the constellation is Menkent, the centaur’s shoulder.

June 8: IC 4665

The star cluster IC 4665 is a quarter of the way up the sky as it gets dark. It stands to the lower right of the brightest star of Ophiuchus the serpent-bearer. Under really dark skies, the cluster is barely visible to the unaided eye.

June 9: Serpens

The sky is divided into 88 constellations. One of them is split into two disconnected parts. Serpens, the serpent, consists of a head and a tail. Serpens is in full view in the east and southeast by a couple of hours after sunset.

June 10: Leaping Gazelle

In western culture, the stars of the Big Dipper and those around it form the great bear, Ursa Major. The dipper is his body and tail, and three faint pairs of stars represent his feet. In ancient Arabia, those stars represented the leaps of a gazelle.

June 11: Venus and Gemini

Venus, the “evening star,” is climbing a little higher into the sky each night. Tonight, the brilliant planet lines up with the twins of Gemini. The brighter star, Pollux, is closer to Venus, with Castor farther along the same line.

June 12: Scutum

A small, faint “shield” of stars climbs high across the southern sky on June nights. The constellation Scutum represents the coat of arms on the shield of John Sobieski, a 17th-century king of Poland and one of that country’s greatest heroes.




Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for Thursday, June 7

The current void lunar cycle in Pisces has a 14 hour duration — half the length of the previous one.

However, it is advisable to be completing odds and ends rather than launching any new, important activities until the moon enters fiery Aries (2:27pm). During the void zone, conceive of helpful ways to empower loved ones as Mars makes an inspirational, 72-degree contact with Juno (12:13am) while Mercury follows with a resourceful 60-degree alliance with Juno (1:10pm).

Parent-child relationships require extra attention during a potent, 135-degree link between Ceres in Leo and Saturn in Capricorn (3:37pm). Tune into feelings of déjà vu and strengthen your psychic abilities as the moon makes its monthly union with higher-dimension encouraging centaur Chiron (6:25pm). Find new ways to develop your leadership credentials without offending others via egocentric power plays.

[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.]

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The Witches Current Moon Phase for Thursday, June 7

Waning Crescent
Illumination: 43%

Tommorow the Moon will be in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.



Moon in Pisces

The Moon is traveling through Pisces today. You may feel disconnected. Serve others. Listen to music. Paint a picture. Daydream.

We are not inclined to want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It’s a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.

The Moon in Pisces generally favors the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.

Moon in Pisces

crescent moon buttonPisces sign glyph symbol
The Moon is traveling through Pisces today. You may feel disconnected. Serve others. Listen to music. Paint a picture. Daydream.

We are not inclined to want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It’s a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.

The Moon in Pisces generally favors the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.


Earth Sky News for June 7: Find the Summer Triangle

The Summer Triangle is a large star pattern made of 3 bright stars in 3 separate constellations. Look for it ascending in the east on these June evenings.

June is here. In the Northern Hemisphere, the days are long, the sun is at its most intense for the year, and the weather is warm, but not as warm as it will be later this summer. And the summer sky is with us, too. The famous Summer Triangle is ascending in the eastern sky on these June evenings.

The Summer Triangle isn’t a constellation. It’s an asterism, or noticeable pattern of stars. This pattern consists of three bright stars in three separate constellations – Deneb in the constellation Cygnus the Swan, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, and Altair in the constellation Aquila the Eagle.

Learn to recognize the Summer Triangle asterism now, and you can watch it all summer as it shifts higher in the east, then finally appears high overhead in the late northern summer and early northern autumn sky.

How to find the Summer Triangle. As night falls in June or July, look east for a sparkling blue-white star. That will be Vega, in Lyra. Reigning at the apex of the celebrated Summer Triangle, Vega is also the brightest of the Summer Triangle’s three stars, which all are bright enough to be seen from many light-polluted cities.

Look to the lower right of Vega to locate the Summer Triangle’s second brightest star. That’s Altair, the brightest star in the constellation Aquila the Eagle. A ruler held at an arm’s length fills the gap between these two stars.

Look to the lower left of Vega for another bright star – Deneb, the brightest in the constellation Cygnus the Swan and the third brightest in the Summer Triangle. An outstretched hand at an arm’s length approximates the distance from Vega to Deneb.

It’s difficult to convey the huge size of the Summer Triangle asterism. But you’ll see it. These three bright stars – Vega, Deneb and Altair – will become summertime favorites.

Summer Triangle as a road map to the Milky Way. If you’re lucky enough to be under a dark starry sky on a moonless night, you’ll see the great swath of stars passing in between the Summer Triangle stars Vega and Altair. The star Deneb bobs in the middle of this river of stars, which arcs across dark summer skies. This sky river is, of course, the edgewise view into our own Milky Way galaxy. Although every star that you see with the unaided eye is a member of the Milky Way, at this time of year we can see clearly into the galaxy’s flat disk, where most of the stars congregate. By August and September, we have a good view toward the galaxy’s center.

Once you master the Summer Triangle, you can always locate the Milky Way on a clear, dark night. How about making the most of a dark summer night to explore this band of stars – this starlit boulevard with its celestial delights? Use binoculars to reel in the gossamer beauty of it all, the haunting nebulae and bejeweled star clusters along the starlit trail.

Summer Triangle as nature’s seasonal calendar. The Summer Triangle serves as a stellar calendar, marking the seasons. When the stars of the Summer Triangle light up the eastern twilight dusk in middle to late June, it’s a sure sign of the change of seasons, of spring giving way to summer. However, when the Summer Triangle is seen high in the south to overhead at dusk and early evening, the Summer Triangle’s change of position indicates that summer has ebbed into fall.

A word about asterisms. As we mentioned above, asterisms aren’t constellations; they’re just patterns on the sky’s dome. Constellations generally come to us from ancient times. In the 1930s, the International Astronomical Union officially drew the boundaries of the 88 constellations we recognize today.

Meanwhile, you can make up and name your own asterisms, in much the same way you can recognize shapes in puffy clouds on a summer day.

Some asterisms are so obvious that they’re recognized around the world. The Summer Triangle is one of these.

Bottom line: Watch for the Summer Triangle, a large pattern made of three bright stars. On June and July evenings, you’ll find it in the east at nightfall. It swings high overhead in the wee hours after midnight and sits in the west at daybreak.