The Witches Astronomy Digest for Wednesday, June 27th
Goddess be with you,
be after you,
be before you,
and be at your right and left hand.
May everything you,do be in the name of the Goddess..
Your Daily Sun & Moon Almanac for June 27
Sun Direction: ↑ 90.70° E
Sun Altitude: 41.94°
Sun Distance: 94.492 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2018 8:54 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:36 am↑ 60° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:18 pm↑ 300° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 41 minutes
Current Time: Jun 27, 2018 at 9:24:47 am
Moon Direction: ↑ 279.77° W
Moon Altitude: -47.42°
Moon Distance: 250976 mi
Next Full Moon: Jun 27, 201811:53 pm
Next New Moon: Jul 12, 20189:47 pm
Next Moonrise: Today7:55 pm
Current Moon PHase: Near Full Moon (Waxing Gibbous)
Astrology of Today – Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The Moon is in Sagittarius until 11:52 AM, after which the Moon is in Capricorn.
The Moon is void until 11:52 AM (since yesterday at 8:53 AM).
The Moon is waxing and in its Gibbous phase.
The First Quarter Moon occurred on the 20th, and the Full Moon will occur very early tomorrow.
Mars is retrograde (Mars is retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).
Moon in Sagittarius
The Moon is traveling through Sagittarius. The grass looks greener on the other side during this time. Jump ship. Learn a new language. Tell it like it is. Make people laugh.
The Moon is at her most optimistic and upbeat in Sagittarius. We are motivated by a need to seek the truth, and we are ready to pursue a new vision. We are not interested in details just now. Instead, we focus on the big picture. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. Spontaneity is the key. We may also be inclined toward overdoing and overstating. We don’t want to plan ahead, and prefer to “wing it”.
The Moon in Sagittarius generally favors the following activities: Adventurous activities that involve “winging it”, travel, higher education, starting publishing projects, advertising, sports, physical activity.
Daily Overview of Your Stars & Planets for June 27
The Moon continues its transit of Sagittarius until 11:53 AM EDT, after which it transits productive, practical Capricorn.
The Sun forms its annual opposition to Saturn today, and we can experience a reality check, likely related to our work, responsibilities, or the rules, in general. Feelings of doubt, pessimism, or guilt may undermine our confidence until we make corrections. Feeling blocked, encountering obstacles to progress, and inhibitions are all possible under this influence. While there can be some feelings of a letdown, our efforts to measure up to expectations can ultimately increase confidence in our ability to be responsible for ourselves. Focusing too much on our feelings may not be very productive right now. This is a time for reevaluating goals, taking into better account the limits of time and energy. It can be a good time for developing real solutions to long-term problems and for recognizing the meaning behind recent restrictions or limitations. We might acknowledge the need to adopt a humbler, more mature, and possibly more conservative approach. We might also need to catch up on neglected duties or responsibilities.
Later today, with a Venus-Neptune quincunx, however, and we can feel a little insecure or uninspired on social or romantic levels. It’s best to avoid making large purchases and commitments at this time. While the morning influence asks us to put more structure and order into our endeavors, the nighttime aspect encourages us to take better care of our spiritual needs in our relationships and pastimes.
The Moon is void until 11:53 AM EDT when it enters Capricorn.
The sky this week for June 27 to July 1
Mercury, Mars, Venus, Uranus — a slew of brilliant planets will grace the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Wednesday, June 27
Saturn lies opposite the Sun in our sky today, reaching its peak visibility for 2018. The ringed world appears low in the southeast as darkness falls and climbs higher as the evening wears on. It stands about one-third of the way to the zenith in the southern sky around 1 a.m. local daylight time. If you need help finding Saturn, tonight’s Full Moon points the way. Our satellite lies within 2° of the planet all night. (The Moon is officially Full at 12:53 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning.) Saturn shines at magnitude 0.0 and stands out well on any other night this week when the Moon isn’t so close. Both objects lie among the background stars of northern Sagittarius. When viewed through a telescope this week, the planet shows an 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 42″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
Thursday, June 28
Mars remains a stunning sight all week. The Red Planet reaches its stationary point today, which means that its eastward motion relative to the background stars of Capricornus comes to a halt and it begins moving westward. Mars rises around 11 p.m. local daylight time and climbs highest in the south just before morning twilight commences. The planet shines at magnitude –2.1, making the third-brightest point of light in the night sky after Venus and Jupiter. If you point a telescope toward Mars, you’ll see its 21″-diameter disk and perhaps some subtle surface features — though many of these likely will be obscured by the planet’s major ongoing dust storm.
Friday, June 29
Venus dominates the western sky after sunset. The dazzling object shines at magnitude –4.1 among the background stars of western Leo, having crossed the border from Cancer earlier in the day. The planet appears 15° high an hour after sundown and sets around 11 p.m. local daylight time. When viewed through a telescope, Venus appears 16″ across and 70 percent lit.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 10:43 p.m. EDT. It then lies 252,315 miles (406,061 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Saturday, June 30
The waning gibbous Moon rises in the east-southeast just as the last vestiges of twilight fade away. About 15 minutes later, ruddy Mars joins our satellite. The two stand about 5° apart as they cross the sky tonight.
For people who live near 30° north latitude, today marks the latest sunset of the year. Although Earth’s summer solstice and the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day occurred more than a week ago (on the 21st), latest sunset happens several days after and earliest sunrise several days before. The specific dates depend on your latitude, however — latest sunset at 40° north took place June 27. In general, latest sunset occurs closer to the solstice the farther north you live.
Sunday, July 1
Now that the Moon is exiting the evening sky, this is a good opportunity for binocular users to track down one of summer’s finest open star clusters. NGC 6231 lies in the tail of Scorpius the Scorpion, just 0.5° north of the double star Zeta (ζ) Scorpii (which is another fine binocular sight). NGC 6231 shines at magnitude 2.6 and packs more than 100 stars into a region about half the width of the Full Moon. This part of Scorpius lies nearly due south after darkness falls, though it doesn’t climb high from mid-northern latitudes.
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 27: More Saturn at Opposition
Saturn lines up opposite the Sun today, so it rises at sunset and is in view all night. A planet is closest to Earth at opposition, so it shines brightest for the year. Tonight, Saturn will stick close to the Moon.
June 28: Colorful Arcturus
Arcturus, the leading light of Bootes, the herdsman, stands high in the south as twilight turns to darkness. It is the brightest true star in the sky during the evening hours, so it’s hard to miss. It shines yellow-orange.
June 29: Moon and Mars
The planet Mars is growing brighter by the day. It’s in good view in the southeast by midnight, and looks like a bright orange star. Tonight, it stands to the lower left of the Moon.
June 30: More Moon and Mars
The gibbous Moon has a famous companion tonight: the planet Mars. It is to the lower right of the Moon as they climb into good view, around midnight, and almost directly below the Moon at first light tomorrow. Mars looks like a bright orange star.
July 1: Summer Triangle
The Summer Triangle is well up in the eastern sky at nightfall, and passes directly overhead after midnight. Vega, its brightest point, is at the top of the triangle in early evening. Deneb is the left point, with Altair to the lower right.
July 2: Tarazed
Aquila, the eagle, is in the eastern sky at nightfall. Its brightest star, Altair, is at the lower right corner of the Summer Triangle. A star named Tarazed is just above Altair. Tarazed is a giant star that is nearing the end of its life.
July 3: 16 Cygni
The binary system known as 16 Cygni is about 70 light-years away, in the constellation Cygnus, which is in the east and northeast in early evening. Both stars are nearly identical to the Sun, and one of them is orbited by a giant planet
Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for June 27
As indicated in Tuesday’s calendar entry, the lead into this evening’s full moon (energizing 7 degrees of Cancer and Capricorn at 9:54pm) is anything but smooth and tranquil. Not only are earthlings feeling zapped by yesterday’s Mars-Saturn link-up, the red planet in Aquarius stopping to go retrograde, three debilitating Mercury aspects, and a lengthy void lunar cycle in Sagittarius that finally ends at 8:53am this morning when the moon enters Capricorn, but the cosmos decides to toss in the annual solar opposition to Saturn (6:29am), the monthly moon-Saturn conjunction (8:35pm), plus a possibly confusion-producing, 150-degree connection from Venus to Neptune (8:42pm). The moon uniting with Vesta in Sagittarius (2:17am) and moving on to trine Ceres (8:18am) and Uranus (12:42pm) do carry some comforting and vitalizing energies, but the shadowy forces associated with Mars, Saturn, Venus and Neptune appear to have the upper hand for the time-being. Nevertheless, every full moon presents an opportunity to meditate for peace, spread goodwill far and wide, and receive an abundance of stellar love, wisdom and enlightenment.
[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.
Current Moon Phase for June 27th
The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018
Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Moon Age: 14.12 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 402,898.76 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,081,245.93 km
Moon Diary for June 27th
Horse Sense – Full Moon in Sagittarius, 29th May 2018
by Jane Lyle
From The Astrology Room
A bold and extra-fiery full Moon rises at 8 degrees of Sagittarius on 29th May, 2018.
Plenty of nimble energy bubbles up now. The Sun’s in multi-tasking Gemini, emphasising communications, media, and thinking on your feet.
The Moon in outspoken Sagittarius is also quick-witted, restless, philosophical and warm-hearted. Together, they underline our need to travel, communicate, and ask questions – bringing certain situations to a head. We can expect lots of questions, and much debate around the time of this full Moon.
What’s brewing is serious. The Sun opposite the full Moon highlights an important pair of fixed stars, two of the most important stars in our night skies. These two beauties are Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion, and Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull. They are known as the Watcher of the West (Antares) and the Watcher of the East (Aldebaran). East, West, home’s best? There’s a see-saw here, we need balance.
It’s a Moon with a global message, as well as a more personal one. The USA, for example, has disruptive Uranus at 8 degrees of Gemini in its founding national horoscope. So this full Moon and its starry companions energise that planet, suggesting that something disruptive – perhaps information – is surfacing, or erupting in the Gemini-ruled media now, and during the next two weeks.
Antares, now at 9 degrees Sagittarius, represents great, passionate power, and offers the potential for success but only as a result of some kind of transition or profoundly transformative process. There may also be something ruthless or intense to deal with. Antares is also linked in astrology to nuclear energy.
Aldebaran, now at about 10 degrees of Gemini, also denotes success – but demands honesty and firm principles. There can be no cutting corners, shifting the blame, or using underhand tactics. These will backfire.
What comes to the surface at this full Moon needs our full attention, plus our desire to be authentic and true to ourselves. But if you want to clear something up, or clear something out, there’s more than enough energy around to help you succeed.
THE JUNE 2018 FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN SHOWS YOU HOW TO RULE AT ADULTING
RACHEL CELESTE HANSEN, Aurhor
On Wednesday, June 27, 9:52pm PST, the full moon will be in Capricorn. This moon is also known as the Strawberry Moon, because it marks the perfect time to hunt for ripe wild strawberries.
Even though a full Strawberry Moon sounds to us like pretty much the best thing ever, traditionally, Capricorn is considered the sign of the moon’s “detriment”— in other words, the sign in which lunar energy has the hardest time expressing itself.
During the few days each month when the moon transits this sign, we often put our feelings on the back burner and take a more pragmatic approach to life. It’s the perfect time for getting things done… but, for tuning in to our emotions, instincts, or moods — not so much.
WHAT DOES THE FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN MEAN?
When the moon is full in Capricorn, we’re likely to feel this tension even more. That’s because the sun is in the opposite sign of Cancer which, as the moon’s home sign, is all about emotions, instincts, and moods. If there’s an imbalance in our lives between the objective and the subjective, the practical and the emotional, we’re likely to see it reflected back to us through situations, encounters, and events that play out around this full moon.
The sign of the sea-goat may not be the most comfortable place for a full moon, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. True, we all want a little Cancerian TLC now and then… but sometimes Capricorn’s brand of “tough love” is what we actually need.
Ruled by cosmic disciplinarian Saturn, this moon teaches us to gain mastery over our emotions so we control them, they don’t control us. It helps us establish boundaries so we don’t take things too personally, or take on too much of other people’s baggage. Under this full moon, we can develop a better sense of when it’s safe and appropriate to express our feelings, and when we’re better off keeping a stiff upper lip.
Self-discipline is what the full moon in Capricorn is all about. Sure, we all have our moods, and most of the time it’s better to work with the natural ebb and flow of our energies rather than against it. But there are some things in life that we have to do whether we’re in the mood or not. It’s called “adulting”—and if we’re in need of a reminder, this full moon shows us how it’s done!
FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS BY SIGN
Right now it seems like everyone you meet is looking for a heart-to-heart talk or a shoulder to cry on, Capricorn, when all you want to do is get on with business as usual. But, not so fast—the feelings coming up at this full moon are too deep to brush aside. Instead of wondering why everyone else is so sensitive, ask yourself how you could be more like them.
Who has time for soul-searching when you’re busy saving the world? If this sounds like you, Aquarius, you should probably make some time at this full moon to go within and work on your spiritual growth. No one’s questioning your humanitarian motives, but focusing all your attention on curing society’s ills can also be a convenient excuse to avoid dealing with your own stuff.
Some people think daydreaming is a waste of time, but you know better, Pisces. Over the years, your deep dives in the sea of imagination have resulted in some truly inspired creations! Still, it’s important to know when to come up for air. This full moon encourages you to bring more structure to your creative visions and share them with others in more accessible forms.
Whether you’re in a good mood or a bad mood, everyone around you knows exactly how you’re feeling at any given moment. It may make no difference to you, Aries, but it could be making a big difference to your reputation. This full moon makes it clear that you’ll have to rein yourself in a little if you want others to take you more seriously.
Admit it, Taurus: you love being right, and hate having your ideas challenged or criticized. Ultimately, though, it doesn’t matter whether the winning idea is yours or someone else’s—the important thing is finding an idea that works. This full moon asks you to take a more detached and pragmatic approach to problem-solving, and reminds you there’s always more to learn.
Great communicators like you know that the best way to get what you want is to talk to the right person. But there are times in life when you’re left with nothing to draw from except your own resources, Gemini. If you’ve been relying too heavily on others to get your needs met, this full moon points to ways you can—and should—develop greater self-reliance.
You’re not asking for much, Cancer. All you want is to have your feelings acknowledged and validated by the people closest to you. Unfortunately, you’re surrounded by stoics who just don’t seem to get what the big deal is. As maddening as their indifference may be, try not to take it personally. Use this full moon as a lesson in self-reliance and objectivity.
Shyness and insecurity aren’t traits you’re typically associated with, Leo, but sometimes even you have your doubts. Are you really cut out for the leadership roles life keeps bestowing on you? The only way to find out is to rise to the occasion. This full moon challenges you to put personal pride aside and focus on being of service.
If your schedule this month is packed tighter than you originally wanted it to be, Virgo, your chronic inability to say “no” was most likely the culprit. But at this full moon, it’s becoming clear that “no” is a word you’ll have to get more comfortable saying if you want more time and space in your life for the things you actually enjoy.
Genuine concern for others and eagerness to make everyone around you comfortable are the secrets of your success, Libra. But how often do you listen to your own feelings and do what would truly make you comfortable? If you’ve been stingy with self-care, this full moon can bring things to a head, forcing you to put your own needs first for a change.
Once you’ve made up your mind about something, Scorpio, there’s very little that can persuade you to change it. But the worldview you adopt and the decisions you make don’t just affect you—they can also have very real effects on other people’s lives. This full moon encourages you to look beyond your own situation and let yourself be moved by empathy and compassion for others.
Self-reliance is one of your greatest virtues, Sagittarius, but without a healthy sense of your own limitations, it can just as easily become a vice. We get it—accepting support from other people can entangle you in relationships that restrict your personal freedom. But at this full moon, that’s just a compromise you’ll have to make to get where you want to go.
Copyright 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd.
About The Full Moon
The Full Moon is the most spectacular Moon phase when the entire face of the Moon is lit up.
At Full Moon, the entire face of the Moon is illuminated by the Sun’s rays and it can be bright enough to light up otherwise dark nights.
Technically, this primary Moon phase only lasts a moment, the instant when the Sun and the Moon are aligned on opposite sides of Earth (see illustration). So the exact time for Full Moon is during the day on parts of the planet.
However, the Moon can appear to be full a day before or after while more than 98% of the Moon’s disc is illuminated.
Therefore, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a Full Moon and the last stage of a Waxing Gibbous Moon or the beginning of a Waning Gibbous Moon.
Earth in the Middle
The technical term for the Full Moon alignment is syzygy of the Sun-Earth-Moon-system.
When the side of the Moon we can see from Earth is fully lit up at Full Moon, the opposite side is in darkness, and vice versa at New Moon.
The Full Moon is visible in the sky approximately from sunset to sunrise. At the precise moment of the Full Moon alignment, the Moon is only visible in the night part of Earth, with a few exceptions.
A Primary Moon Phase
Full Moon is the 3rd of the 4 primary Moon phases which occur at specific moments in time. The other 3 are New Moon, First Quarter Moon, and Third Quarter Moon.
In addition, there are 4 intermediate phases which take up the time in between the primary phases. These are called Waxing Crescent Moon, Waxing Gibbous Moon, Waning Gibbous Moon, and Waning Crescent Moon.
The Moon orbits Earth counterclockwise on an elliptical path, and the same side of the Moon always faces Earth. However, over time, the Moon rocks slightly from north to south and wobbles a little from east to west. This motion, known as lunar libration, makes it possible to see up to 58% of the Moon’s surface from Earth, although only 50% at a time.
Supermoon and Micromoon
The point of the Moon’s orbit closest to Earth is called perigee and the point farthest away is known as apogee. When the Full Moon comes close to the perigee, it is known as a Supermoon or Super Full Moon.
When a Full Moon is close to the apogee, it is called a Micromoon.
Higher Tides at Full Moon
The greatest difference between high and low tide is around Full Moon and New Moon. During these Moon phases, the gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun combine to pull the ocean’s water in the same direction. These tides are known as spring tides or king tides.
Around 2 or 3 times a year, the Full Moon comes close to the lunar nodes. These are the points where the Moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic, which is the path of the Sun, seen from Earth. When this happens, Earth cast its shadow on the Full Moon, causing a lunar eclipse.
Solar eclipses, on the other hand, can only happen if the Moon comes close to the lunar nodes around New Moon.
Blue Moon Is a Full Moon
Most years have 12 Full Moons, 1 each month. However, our calendar is not perfectly synchronized with astronomical events. Therefore, every now and then, a year has 13 Full Moons. When this happens, at least 1 of those Full Moons will be Blue Moon.
Affects the Tides
The tides on Earth are mostly generated by the Moon’s gravitational pull from one side of Earth to the other. The Moon’s gravity can cause small ebbs and flows in the continents called land tides or solid Earth tides. These are greatest during the Full and New Moons because the Sun and Moon are aligned on the same or opposite sides of Earth.
The Full Moon in Culture
The Moon has influenced human culture for millennia, and the Full Moon phase in particular. The date for Easter Sunday, for example, is determined based on the Full Moon and the vernal equinox.
The Moon has also inspired the invention of countless deities, like the Roman goddess Luna or her Norse male counterpart Máni, who gave his name to Monday. And, even today, people use ancient Full Moon names, like Harvest Moon and Strawberry Moon.
Witches and Werewolves
Partygoers on the beach at night amongst neon lights in Haad Rin, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand.
In the past, it was common to think that many forms of mental illness were caused by the Moon, hence the name lunatic. The Full Moon has even been held responsible for supernatural transformations, changing otherwise harmless men into ferocious werewolves.
May the Goddess be with you and bless you,
May you see your children’s children,
May you be poor in misfortune,
rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but
happiness from this day forward.