The Witches Astronomy Digest for Tuesday, September 14
“’Are you going? What shall you wear?’
‘I shall go in what I am standing in,’ said Mak Genggang. ‘A witch is always appropriate whatever her attire.’”
–Zen Cho, Sorcerer to the Crown, 2015
Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses
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 Friday, September 14
Sun Direction: ↑ 89.94° E
Sun Altitude: 5.58°
Sun Distance: 93.507 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2018 8:54 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 6:35 am↑ 85° East
Sunset Today: 7:03 pm↑ 275° West
Length of Daylight: 12 hours, 27 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 62.43° ENE
Moon Altitude: -51.85°
Moon Distance: 240801 mi
Next Full Moon: Sep 24, 20189:52 pm
Next New Moon: Oct 8, 201810:46 pm
Next Moonrise: Today11:43 am
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 – Friday, September 14, 2018
The Moon is in Scorpio until 8:44 PM, after which the Moon is in Sagittarius.
The Moon is void from 4:53 AM until 8:44 PM.
The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Crescent phase.
We are in between the New Moon (which occurred 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.
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 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
Although a square between Mars and Uranus will only perfect on the 18th, this energy is building, and today, Mercury connects through a minor square to both Mars and Uranus, generating mental tension. We should watch for rushing things, impatience in speech and with movements, and abrupt or insensitive commentary.
The Moon spends a good part of the day in intense Scorpio, and then moves into Sagittarius at 8:44 PM EDT. The Sagittarius Moon is brave, bold, and forward-looking, and particularly confident tonight as it sextiles Mars.
The Moon is void 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
The sky this week for September 14 to 16
A New Moon paves the way for some spectacular views of the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
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 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 Friday, September 14
The monthly shift between the moon’s presence in Scorpio and Sagittarius is a stark reminder to let go of old behavior patterns that may be preventing forward progress. As the moon in the eighth zodiacal sign forms a supportive, 60-degree alignment to the sun in Virgo (1:55am), be willing to jettison stubborn mental attitudes and emotional stress as this lunar-solar link begins a 15 hour void lunar cycle that continues until the moon enters upbeat Sagittarius (5:46pm). Putting communications in the iffy category today are a trio of discordant alignments emanating from Mercury as the ancient Messenger of the Gods planet forms 135-degree contacts with Mars (4:54am) and Uranus (8:46pm) while also squeezing in a hard-to-decipher contra-parallel with Neptune (5:48pm). Almost precisely when Mercury hangs outs with Neptune, the moon blazes a trail into fiery Sagittarius (5:46pm). Shortly thereafter feelings of déjà vu can interact with intuitive brainstorms as the moon trines healing-maestro Chiron (6:42pm). Sports, games, educational endeavors and hitting the bull’s-eye with key goals are in the spotlight for the entire weekend.
[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 Friday, September 14
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 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 5.05 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 390,126.82 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,456,897.76 km
Moon in 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 suspicion.
The Moon in Scorpio generally favors the following activities: Taxes, accounting, intimacy issues, psychological examinations, research, self-examination, getting rid of old things.
Planetary Tracker for September 14: Mercury in Virgo
September 5 – September 21, 2018
Focused, Efficient, Constructive
By Tarot.com Staff
There is no better place for the planet Mercury to be than in the sign of Virgo! Not only is Virgo one of Mercury’s two home signs, meaning its energy works very well here, but Mercury is also exalted in Virgo, meaning its energy works BEST here!
Mercury guides the way we think. It rules our ideas, the way we process information, and how we communicate with others. Because Virgo is a sign of the mind that prizes precision and practicality, Mercury in Virgo can be an incredibly productive time for everyone!
When Mercury is in Virgo
Mercury’s move into Virgo begins a period when our minds are sharp, our speech becomes precise, and we’re able to communicate with others more efficiently. We aren’t interested in sugar-coating our words under this transit — we want to cut through the clutter and get straight to the point.
Virgo is highly skilled at taking in tons of information and stripping out everything that’s not necessary. So while Mercury moves through Virgo, our power to analyze information becomes much stronger, which helps us communicate our thoughts in the clearest way possible.
Productivity is one of the biggest benefits of Mercury in Virgo. While it’s not the most fun transit, our opportunities to make real progress are huge. Instead of getting stuck in a trap of dead-end ideas or in conversations that seem to go in circles, we are intently focused on details and useful information, making this a time of great forward movement.
One thing we must be beware of during this transit is becoming hyper-critical. Discernment is a good thing, but during Mercury in Virgo we can be so focused on finding faults that we insult others or become frustrated by our own flaws. Refining the way we speak to others and conveying our opinions with tact is key with Mercury in this discriminating sign.
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Because Mercury rules Virgo, a retrograde through this sign can feel especially disruptive. Virgo rules everything having to do with your day-to-day life, including your work, health, and routine. When Mercury retrogrades through Virgo, you could experience delays and missed deadlines on the job, or struggle with communication in your professional partnerships. Health issues may also pop up during this retrograde — especially issues you’ve had in the past that you thought had healed. Because Mercury and Virgo are both associated with information, you can also expect plenty of misunderstandings with appointments and contracts during this retrograde, and feel a general lack of clarity in your life.
But you can turn this Mercury Retrograde into something positive, too! Mercury Retrograde in Virgo is a great time to revisit projects that you left behind. Getting back into an exercise routine or reviving an old idea at work could set you up for real success once the retrograde ends!
If you were born with Mercury in Virgo
People born with Mercury in Virgo have very sharp minds that can easily comprehend complex patterns, processes, and problems. Your mind is your greatest asset, and you tend to look at the world more realistically than most. It’s not that you don’t have dreams, it’s that your dreams are practical, attainable, and full of intention.
There are no frills to the way you think or communicate your ideas. You don’t like to waste time, and you know that the clearer and more decisive you can be, the easier it is to keep your progress moving forward.
Those born with Mercury in Virgo can struggle with perfectionism. You find flaws easily and believe in constant improvement, but your drive for absolute perfection can be utterly exhausting to yourself and everyone around you. Because you’re so to-the-point, your critiques often come across as criticism and can ruffle the feathers of more sensitive types. The more you embrace forgiveness — of yourself and others — the less stress you’ll feel in your relationships.
On the surface you probably have a fairly serious demeanor. But even though you tend to think and speak in very practical ways, surprisingly, you also have a great sense of wit. Your dry or sarcastic humor adds a flare to your personality that helps soften the sharper edges of Mercury in Virgo.
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