The Witches Astronomy Digest for Tuesday, September 11th
“A witch who is bored might do ANYTHING.
People said things like ‘we had to make our own amusements in those days’ as if this signified some kind of moral worth, and perhaps it did, but the last thing you wanted a witch to do was get bored and start making her own amusements, because witches sometimes had famously erratic ideas about what was amusing.”
― Terry Pratchett, Legends 1
Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses for September 10 to September 30
Sep 10, 2018 8:56 PM Mars enters Aquarius
Sep 17, 2018 11:55 PM Vesta enters Capricorn
Sep 21, 2018 11:39 PM Mercury enters Libra
Sep 22, 2018 9:54 PM Sun enters Libra
Sep 25, 2018 8:12 PM Chiron Retrograde enters Pisces
Sep 29, 2018 7:43 PM Juno enters Gemini
Sep 30, 2018 10:03 PM Pluto Direct
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, September 11
Sun Direction: ↑ 333.27° NNW
Sun Altitude: -44.20°
Sun Distance: 93.589 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2018 8:54 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 6:34 am↑ 83° East
Sunset Today: 7:12 pm↑ 277° West
Length of Daylight: 12 hours, 37 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 308.73° NW
Moon Altitude: -38.43°
Moon Distance: 229324 mi
Next Full Moon: Sep 24, 20189:52 pm
Next New Moon: Oct 8, 201810:46 pm
Next Moonrise: Tomorrow8:34 am
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Sep 16, 2018 at 6:14 pm
New Moon: Sep 9, 2018 at 1:01 pm
Astrology of Today – Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The Moon is in Libra.
The Moon is void from 6:57 PM forward (until tomorrow at 2:14 PM).
The Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
We are in between the New Moon (which happened on the 9th) and the First Quarter Moon (which will happen on the 16th).
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.
Mars spends its first full day in Aquarius (Mars transits Aquarius from September 10-November 15th).
The Moon & Timing
The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before changing signs is indicated here and is indicative of the “outcome” of the matter (whether that is a new project begun before the void period or the answer to a question in Horary Astrology).
Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The Moon being Void is one of the Strictures against Judgment in Horary Astrology. The following tables incorporate the modern planets, but some astrologers do not count Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in void Moon calculations.
The Void-of-Course Moon this Week
VOC Moon on Tuesday, September 11th, from 6:58 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Pluto), until the Moon enters Scorpio the next day, Wednesday, September 12th, at 2:15 PM EDT.
VOC Moon on Friday, September 14th, from 4:54 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Sagittarius at 8:45 PM EDT.
What’s In Store By the Stars – Daily Astrology Trends
Jupiter and Pluto are heading towards their final sextile in a set of three while Jupiter has been transiting Scorpio (this first happened in January), and the Sun is harmonizing with both planets today. We’re feeling productive, pleasantly ambitious, and determined. This is a resourceful, capable, and strategic time — we’re willing to put in the extra effort to make something as perfect as we can get it. It’s a particularly powerful time for both discovering flaws and fixing them.
The Moon spends the day in Libra, and we’re seeking emotional balance and harmony. As the day advances, we move towards a Venus-Uranus opposition, however, and we can experience some instability, restlessness, and rebelliousness. Our needs for comfort and togetherness appear to clash with the desire to be free and independent.
The Moon is void from 6:58 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Pluto), until the Moon enters Scorpio the next day, Wednesday, September 12th, at 2:15 PM EDT.
The sky this week for September 11 to 16
A New Moon paves the way for some spectacular views of the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
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 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 Tuesday, September 11
Take full advantage of solar dynamics in the early hours. The sun forms a supportive, 60-degree alliance with giant Jupiter (5:11am) and then moves on to make a harmonious trine with secret-keeper Pluto (8:32am). It’s not every day that the heart of our solar system connects favorably with two major celestial orbs. Slow your tempo later on when the moon in Libra squares off with Pluto in Capricorn (3:59pm) — beginning a 19 hour void lunar miasma that lasts until the moon enters formidable Scorpio at 11:16am tomorrow. Adding a touch of potential discord is a frictional 90-degree tie between Ceres and Saturn (4:10pm) — acting as a reminder to be extra sensitive with children and elders in your family circle. Later on enjoy playing a favorite musical instrument or exploring an artistic hobby as Juno contacts Neptune via an inspirational, 72-degree rapport (10:58pm).
[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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Your Cosmic Weather Forecast for September 11
Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room
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.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Tuesday, September 11
The Moon today is 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 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 1.96 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 375,604.43 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,576,207.63 km
Moon Signs This Week
When the Moon is in Virgo
Moon – Virgo We instinctually gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In an urge 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.
When the Moon is in Libra
Moon – Libra Creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others’ approval is another.
The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.
When the Moon is in Scorpio
Moon – Scorpio Intensity is what the Moon in Scorpio is all about. Whether it’s passion, elation, sorrow, or desire, emotions are felt on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things, and we instinctively read between the lines. Superficiality won’t work for us now. The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power, and it’s an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. It can be an intimate and passionate time. Avoid manipulative tactics, brooding, and suspiciousness.
The Moon in Scorpio generally favors the following activities: Taxes, accounting, intimacy issues, psychological examinations, research, self-examination, getting rid of old things.
When the Moon is in Sagittarius
Moon – Sagittarius 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.