The Witches Astronomy Digest for Monday, September 10th
“Most people live their lives laying prostrate before a false god, waiting for a cue to rise. There are no cues, only decisions. Shall I have dessert? Shall I have the best of the wine? Shall I love the person next to me? They can all be brought to your table. Rise, I say, rise and look within to the truth, to the light, and tell it your decision.”
― Lawren Leo, Love’s Shadow: Nine Crooked Paths
Custom Planetary Positions
September 10, 2018
08:00 am GMT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)
Sun: 17 Virgo 34
Moon: 25 Virgo 33
Mercury: 07 Virgo 49
Venus: 00 Scorpio 40
Mars: 29 Capricorn 52
Jupiter: 18 Scorpio 32
Saturn: 02 Capricorn 33
Uranus: 02 Taurus 07 Rx
Neptune: 15 Pisces 00 Rx
Pluto: 18 Capricorn 52 Rx
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, September 10th
Sun Direction: ↑ 272.53° W
Sun Altitude: 5.18°
Sun Distance: 93.618 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2018 8:54 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 6:31 am↑ 83° East
Sunset Today: 7:11 pm↑ 277° West
Length of Daylight: 12 hours, 39 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 271.78° W
Moon Altitude: 8.64°
Moon Distance: 226404 mi
Next Full Moon: Sep 24, 20189:52 pm
Next New Moon: Oct 8, 201810:46 pm
Next Moonset: Today7:31 pm
Near New Moon (Waxing Crescent)
Moon Illumination: 0.2%
Moon Phase Tonight: New Moon
First Quarter: Sep 16, 2018 at 6:14 pm
New Moon: Sep 9, 2018 at 1:01 pm
Astrology of Today – Monday, September 10, 2018
The Moon is in Virgo until 11:19 AM, after which the Moon is in Libra.
The Moon is void very briefly: from 11:12 AM to 11:19 AM.
The Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
The New Moon occurred yesterday in the sign of Virgo at 2:01 PM.
Mars is in its post-retrograde shadow until October 8th (Mars was retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).
Venus is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Venus will be retrograde from October 5th to November 16th).
Current retrogrades: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron.
Venus spends its first full day in Scorpio (Venus transits Scorpio from September 9-October 31, and then again from December 2, 2018-January 7, 2019).
Mars enters Aquarius today (Mars transits Aquarius from September 10-November 15th).
**Times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
Daily Overview of Your Stars and Planets for Monday, September 10th
This morning, Venus forms an awkward aspect with Chiron, and we may have a hard time cozying up to a person or project without feeling a little out of step. We’re commitment shy just for the time being.
The Moon continues its transit of discriminating Virgo until 11:20 AM EDT, after which it transits relationship-focused Libra.
Mars changes signs today, entering Aquarius where it will transit until November 15th. During this cycle, we experience dynamic yet erratic energy levels, achieving our goals through hit or miss tactics, and impersonal expression of anger. We are team players–cooperative and less concerned about personal power. We are attracted to unconventional methods and tend to approach problems from an intellectual, detached perspective. Some of our efforts that stalled while Mars was retrograde in Aquarius may now move forward. Our confidence strengthens as the day advances and the Sun heads into harmonious aspect with Jupiter and Pluto.
The Moon is void from 11:13 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Mars), until the Moon enters Libra at 11:20 AM EDT.
This Week in Astrology
The NEW MOON occurs on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 2:02 PM EDT.
On Sunday afternoon, the New Moon occurs as the Moon aligns with the Sun in the sign of Virgo.
A time of new beginnings, this New Moon presents an excellent opportunity for us to formulate some goals regarding “all things Virgo.” We’d do well to concentrate on new ways to get our day-to-day life organized. We might think about the keywords for this particular and earthy sign — such things as analytical, intelligent, reserved, critical, helpful, conscientious — and consider ways to incorporate these traits into our personalities.
The New Moon in Virgo is a good time to commit to personal goals that express the positive energies of the sign of the Virgin. These include building our powers of healthy, constructive discrimination; rolling up our sleeves and getting down to some serious work; beginning a new project that requires attention to details; making lists, actively ticking off completed activities, and taking pride in our “little” accomplishments; starting a health regime, researching nutrition and nourishment, and paying attention to our diet; setting up specific routines that will help us manage our lives in constructive and mindful ways; and handling the finer details of our day-to-day life in an organized, step-by-step fashion so that we can free our minds of clutter.
This New Moon occurs in opposition to Neptune, which can be a little too uncertain for fact-finding Virgo, and we may need to wrestle with our expectations or perceptions of what’s real and what may be an unrealizable dream. Even so, it harmonizes with Jupiter and Pluto which are heading towards a sextile aspect, and we’re determined, ambitious, and ready to make our new beginnings work for us.
This phase of the Moon occurs at 17 degrees and 00 minutes of Virgo, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 13 to 21 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.
The sky this week for September 10 to 16
A New Moon paves the way for some spectacular views of the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Monday, September 10
Saturn appears nearly due south and at its highest altitude as darkness falls this week. The ringed planet shines at magnitude 0.4, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius. If you own a telescope, there’s no better target than Saturn. Even the smallest instrument shows Saturn’s 17″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 39″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.
Tuesday, September 11
Any clear evening this week is a good time to explore the constellation Sagittarius the Archer. Not only does this star group harbor the incomparable Saturn, but it also hosts the central regions of the Milky Way. Sagittarius lies due south and at peak altitude around 9 p.m. local daylight time, near the time twilight ends. Notice that its brightest stars form a distinctive asterism in the shape of a teapot. To enjoy the Milky Way treasures, however, you’ll want to explore Sagittarius through binoculars or a telescope.
Wednesday, September 12
Venus dominates the twilight sky after sunset. The dazzling object shines at magnitude –4.7 among the background stars of southern Virgo. The planet stands 8° high 30 minutes after sundown and sets shortly after 8:30 p.m. local daylight time. A telescope reveals Venus’ disk, which spans 35″ and appears about one-third lit. This evening, you also can find the waxing crescent Moon hanging 9° above the planet.
Thursday, September 13
The Moon moves eastward relative to the background stars at an average rate of about 13° per day. This motion carries it to a position 4° to Jupiter’s upper right this evening. The pretty pair will be on display from twilight until Jupiter sets around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. Of course, the giant planet remains a conspicuous object all week. It currently shines at magnitude –1.9 and dominates the southwestern sky after Venus sets. Jupiter resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales; this evening, it lies 4° due east of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). If you view the planet through a telescope, its disk spans 34″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail.
Friday, September 14
The constellations Ursa Major the Great Bear and Cassiopeia the Queen lie on opposite sides of the North Celestial Pole, so they pivot around the North Star (Polaris) throughout the course of the night and the year. In the first half of September, these two constellations appear equally high as darkness falls. You can find Ursa Major and its prominent asterism, the Big Dipper, about 30° above the northwestern horizon. Cassiopeia’s familiar W-shape, which currently lies on its side, appears the same height above the northeastern horizon. As the night progresses, Cassiopeia climbs above Polaris while the Big Dipper swings below it.
Saturday, September 15
Uranus continues to climb higher in the late evening sky. The ice giant world lies in the southwestern corner of Aries, 12° south of the Ram’s brightest star, 2nd-magnitude Alpha (α) Arietis. At magnitude 5.7, Uranus glows brightly enough to see with the naked eye from under a dark sky, though binoculars make the task easier. To confirm a sighting, point your telescope at the suspected planet. Only Uranus shows a disk, which spans 3.7″ and sports a distinctive blue-green hue.
Sunday, September 16
First Quarter Moon arrives at 7:15 p.m. EDT. Our satellite rises in the southeast around 2 p.m. local daylight time, but it doesn’t become prominent until the Sun sets around 7 p.m. (The Moon then lies due south and about one-third of the way to the zenith.) After darkness falls, the Moon’s half-lit orb appears in southeastern Ophiuchus, to the right of Saturn and its host, Sagittarius the Archer.
Mars continues to put on a great show these September evenings. The Red Planet appears in the south-southeast as darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. The world shines at magnitude –1.7, almost imperceptibly fainter than Jupiter. When seen through a telescope, surface features on the 18″-diameter disk continue to sharpen as the global dust storm dissipates. Mars currently lies among the dim background stars of southwestern Capricornus. And at 9 a.m. EDT today, the planet reaches perihelion — its closest approach to the Sun during its 1.88-year orbit — when it lies 128.4 million miles from our star.
In the Sky This Month
For much of the country, September is a perfect time for some evening skywatching. The nights are longer and cooler but not yet frigid, and there’s plenty to look at. The Summer Triangle remains in good view high in the sky, while Scorpius and Sagittarius wheel across the southwest. In the east, Pegasus, Andromeda, and Perseus climb into view after sunset.
September 10: Lacerta
If you have clear, dark skies, away from most of the glow of city lights, look for Lacerta, the lizard, about half way up the northeastern sky at nightfall. It’s between W-shaped Cassiopeia, to the lower left, and Cygnus, the swan, to the upper right.
September 11: Moon and Venus
Look for the Moon just above the western horizon at sunset. It’s a beautiful thin crescent. And it has a beautiful companion: the planet Venus. It is the brilliant “evening star,” to the left of the Moon.
September 12: Moon and Companions
The Moon forms a beautiful triangle with two brilliant planets this evening. Venus, the “evening star,” is close to the lower left of the Moon, with fainter Jupiter farther to the upper left.
September 13: Moon and Jupiter
Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system. It’s 11 times the diameter of Earth, and more massive than all the other planets and moons combined. And it is in great view tonight. The planet is quite close to the crescent Moon as night falls.
September 14: Royal Bonus
Cassiopeia, the queen, glistens in the northeast at nightfall and wheels high across the north later on. The queen’s five brightest stars form the shape of the letter W.
September 15: Moon and Antares
Antares, the bright orange heart of the scorpion, is among the biggest and heaviest stars in the galaxy. And it’s the dominant member of a vast complex of young, heavy stars. Antares stands directly below the Moon as darkness falls tonight.
Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for Monday, September 10th
Tweak a 150-degree aspect between Venus in Scorpio and Chiron in Aries (2:18am) away from emotional hassles and in the direction of enjoying a healing treatment you know will be soothing. A 7-minute void lunar cycle in Virgo starts at 8:14am during a trine between the moon and Mars and ends at 8:21am when the lunar orb enters airy Libra. Increase productivity in your main fields of expertise as the moon makes its monthly union with Ceres (11:43am). Pushing ego-agendas too far too fast can boomerang as Ceres makes a caustic, 150-degree alignment with Uranus (3:16pm) and Mars forms a potentially chaos-creating, 45-degree aspect with Neptune (4:42pm). The red planet leaves Capricorn for its return into airy Aquarius (5:57pm) in a cycle lasting until November 15.
[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 2017 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd.
Your Cosmic Weather Forecast for September 2018
Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room
Welcome to September 2018.
September’s astrology suggests a most vibrant month with great constructive potential for change and positive developments. It’s as if all those annual back-to-school, harvest-time, new season themes have been given extra oomph and fabulosity. Yes, it’s gritty and scratchy in parts, of course. But there’s plenty of energy, and a refreshing shift after the sultry summer months.
You may not notice much at first, but by the time of the new Moon on 9th September, we’ll all scent the potential for something fresh in the September air. Once Saturn turns forward on 6th September, there’ll be six planets moving forwards. In August, mostly, six planets were rewinding in a summer slow-down. Did you feel it?
With the astrological element of Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) so strongly represented, September 2018’s cosmic weather is a tempting time to get your hands dirty, cook some delicious food (don’t forget those earthy root veg!), go walking, or save some money.
Mixing up something old and traditional with something edgy or innovative goes well all month – thanks to an unlikely, yet harmonious, partnership between cautious Saturn in Capricorn and rebellious Uranus in Taurus.
Then it’s all change at the Equinox (23rd), when the Sun (and Mercury) leaves Virgo, harvest maiden goddess, and enters airy Libra.
So why not embrace this wonderfully practical, yet sensuous, phase? Enjoy September!
Sunday 9th September:
Venus enters Scorpio
Beguiling Venus is drawing ever closer to us here on Earth this September. Step outside, and you’ll see her shining brightly in the evening sky now, and throughout the autumn.
Bright Venus is prominent this autumn, for she’s turning retrograde (as seen from Earth) between 5th October – 16th November. This means she’s travelling closer to us here on Earth as she moves along her magical pentagram-shaped path through space. Her path is known as the five petals of Venus, or the pentagram/pentacle of Venus. It takes eight years to complete. And how lovely it is to know that this witchy shape is being drawn by Venus in the heavens, over and over again.
The five-pointed star of the pentacle itself ripples with magical associations. It represents the ancient goddess Kore, whose symbolic five-pointed star is revealed by cutting open her sacred fruit, the apple, horizontally. Venus in astrology rules orchard fruits, including apples. Her pentacle-shaped path in space is mapped out in the fertile heart, or core, of an apple.
Kore is a Greek goddess, but her name has many variants across other cultures for she embodies the symbolic feminine energies of the universe.
Venus, goddess of love, rules attraction, art, beauty, money, jewellery, orchards, flowers, entertainment and many other lovely, desirable things in astrology.
Her natural zodiac houses are sensuous Taurus – possessions, values, and cash, and strategic Libra – partnerships, alliances, marriages, and open enemies (you always hurt the ones you love). Venus attracts. She’s magnetic.
Venus now travels through passionate, possessive Scorpio until Halloween, when she backs into her home sign, Libra for November, and maybe a few marriage proposals. She’s back into bewitching Scorpio in time for some Yuletide intensity – 2nd December – 7th January, 2019.
So where is Scorpio in your own natal horoscope?
Scorpio’s themes and concerns are about to get a big Venusian boost between September and January. Do you have any planets there? Venus in Scorpio doesn’t mess about. This is a lock on, lock it down kind of energy.
Generally, Venus in Scorpio could be very positive for finances, investments, and money from unearned sources such as insurance claims or legacies. Scorpio is an astute financial sign, as well as a psychic, sexual one. The fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, and Aquarius are also in line for some extra attention from Venus.
A winter Venus in Scorpio wears rich, moody colours, snakey prints, and shiny boots of leather. She may also enjoy flaunting a little velvet, or some fake fur, dyed an unlikely colour.
Romantically, Venus in Scorpio is a seriously sexy introvert. Autumn 2018 could be a stand-out time for love, relationships, and sexual connections for many of us.
Once Mars dives into sensitive, watery Pisces on 15th November, we enter a particularly rich, fluid phase for erotic and intuitive (even karmic) links between people. It’s deeply emotional. Prepare for a time when music is the food of love, and passion rules.
Sunday 9th September:
“A Bit of Earth”: New Moon at 17 degrees of Virgo, the Harvest Goddess
A little Virgo new Moon story:
“Might I,” quavered Mary, “might I have a bit of earth?”
In her eagerness she did not realize how queer the words would sound and that they were not the ones she had meant to say. Mr. Craven looked quite startled.
“Earth!” he repeated. “What do you mean?”
“To plant seeds in—to make things grow—to see them come alive,” Mary faltered.
He gazed at her a moment and then passed his hand quickly over his eyes.
“Do you—care about gardens so much,” he said slowly.
“I didn’t know about them in India,” said Mary. “I was always ill and tired and it was too hot. I sometimes made little beds in the sand and stuck flowers in them. But here it is different.”
Mr. Craven got up and began to walk slowly across the room.
“A bit of earth,” he said to himself, and Mary thought that somehow she must have reminded him of something. When he stopped and spoke to her his dark eyes looked almost soft and kind.
“You can have as much earth as you want,” he said. “You remind me of some one else who loved the earth and things that grow. When you see a bit of earth you want,” with something like a smile, “take it, child, and make it come alive.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, ‘The Secret Garden’ (1911)
This is a stunning new Moon – creative, dreamy, and properly practical. Do make the most of it – this is such a positive time for new beginnings and fresh intentions.
Here’s the astrology:
The Virgo Sun and new Moon oppose mystical Neptune in Pisces, sextile Jupiter in Scorpio, and trine Pluto in Capricorn. An otherworldly feeling or some confusion swirls around, thanks to Neptune – but the powerful Jupiter and Pluto aspects mean we can find a productive, successful way through the fog.
Mercury in Virgo rules our new Moon. It’s just beginning to move away from a constructive grand trine with Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus.
Currently, the astrological earth element is very strong. Today, we have Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Virgo; Saturn, Mars and Pluto in Capricorn; Uranus in Taurus. That’s an amazing down-to-earth seven out of the classical ten planets used in astrology.
If you’d like to add the asteroid goddesses too, then marriage and partnership Juno is in sexy Taurus all month; hearth and home fires Vesta enters security-minded Capricorn on 18th September, and wise, clever Pallas is in Virgo from the 4th, where her ideas will no doubt be discerning and meticulous.
Until 22nd – 23rd September when the Sun and Mercury enter Libra, we have Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto in the realistic, practical earth signs.
Tuesday 11th September:
Warrior Mars returns to Aquarius today.
What began in May, when Mars first entered this airy fixed sign, comes around again. If things stalled over the summer, they can move forward now. With Aquarius, it’s about groups of people – so anything needing teamwork, sociability, or some kind of consensus is highlighted for action between now and mid-November.
Social media questions and issues are prominent topics too. And watch out for more tales of cyber crime, hacking, and techie incidents. Checking your own computer security is worthwhile.
Between now and the end of September things could get quite punchy, with tempers flaring up suddenly as people agitate for reforms, or rebel against the establishment.
Mars is arguing with rebellious Uranus in Taurus, and challenging the public – represented by the Moon’s Nodes in Leo.
Mars reactivates the total lunar eclipse of 27th July now as well. 4 degrees of Aquarius is now sensitive, and Mars switches it on.
Aquarian themes illuminated by July’s energetic eclipse include technology, electricity, humanitarian organisations and groups, inventive epiphanies, rebellions and upheavals.
There may be spectacular electrical storms or outages. People could be in the mood to call a strike or join a mass protest. There were tremendous storms around the date of July’s lunar eclipse, so we could well see more – particularly between 23rd – 28th September.
Mars enters musical, fishy Pisces on 15th November, 2018 – 1st January, 2019.
Wednesday 12th September:
Confidence, power, and influence rise as Jupiter sextiles Pluto exactly today at 18 degrees of Scorpio and Capricorn.
This dynamic duo has been around for much of 2018. Its themes include travel, foreigners and foreign nations, the power of religion, international security and secret negotiations, plutocrats, and the influence of the underworld – from criminals to earthquakes. It’s strongly financial too – Scorpio and Capricorn are financial signs.
If you have personal planets or points at around 18 degrees of Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, Cancer, Virgo or Taurus you can choose to take advantage of this planet pattern during September, and make it work in your favour.
Do you need to do something requiring confidence and staying power? Is there something you’d really like to change in your life or career? September could be the perfect moment to go for it, or embrace opportunities and introductions that come your way.
Sunday 23rd September:
The Autumn Equinox, Sun enters Libra the Scales
Equal day and night mark the first day of autumn, when the Sun enters Libra – sign of the Scales of balance and harmony. Or rather a sign that strives for balance and harmony, and will use charm and strategy to achieve it. Happy Equinox!
Tuesday 25th September:
Ouch! Full Harvest Moon in Aries
Our energetic full Moon in Aries rises at 1-2 degrees of this dynamic, feisty fire sign. It means serious business, and reality bites now in a big way for some individuals and locations.
The diplomatic Sun in Libra will have a lot of work to do as September ends and October begins – from couples counselling to conflict resolution.
Numerous national horoscopes are lit up by this full Moon, and the serious aspects it illuminates.
Places worth watching include the UK where the Aries Moon and her aspects rattle the UK’s rebel Uranus in legal Libra. Legal and leadership issues could be coming to a head, although things are still in transition. There’s tension between old and new, innovative action and existing partnerships and arrangements.
Cambodia and New Zealand have their Libran Suns opposite this Moon – people power and government actions could create tension in these locations.
Full Moon aligns with Chiron in Aries. Moon and Chiron sextile Mars in Aquarius, square Saturn in Capricorn. Sun in Libra opposes Moon and Chiron, trines Mars, and squares Saturn.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Monday, September 10th
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 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 0.86 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 371,308.15 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,615,400.87 km
Moon in Virgo
We instinctively gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In order to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead.
The Moon in Virgo generally favors the following activities: Mental pursuits, work activities, services, and routines. Activities that would benefit from tending to details.
The Moon Phase Cycle: The Bigger Picture
Sep 9, 2018, 2:01 PM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Sep 16, 2018, 7:15 PM Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Sep 24, 2018, 10:52 PM Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Oct 2, 2018, 5:45 AM Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Oct 8, 2018, 11:47 PM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
When is the Harvest Moon?
The full Moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox is commonly referred to as the “Harvest Moon,” since its bright presence in the night sky allows farmers to work longer into the fall night, reaping the rewards of their spring and summer labors. Because the equinox always falls in late September, it is generally a full Moon in September which is given this name, although in some years the full Moon of early October earns the “harvest” designation.
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