The Witches Astronomy Digest for Monday, September 17

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The Witches Astronomy Digest for Monday, September 17

“True magick is neither black nor white. It’s both, because Nature is both.
Loving and cruel, all at the same time

.The only good or bad is in the heart of the witch. Life keeps a balance on it’s own.”

–Lirio

Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses

Sep 17 Moon enters Capricorn
Sep 19 Moon enters Aquarius
Sep 22 Mercury enters Libra
Sep 22 Moon enters Pisces
Sep 23 Sun enters Libra
Sep 24 Moon enters Aries
Sep 25 *~* Full Moon Aries
Sep 26 Chiron Retrograde enters Pisces
Sep 27 Moon enters Taurus
Sep 29 Moon enters Gemini

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, September 17

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 279.32° W
Sun Altitude: -8.29°
Sun Distance: 93.442 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2018 8:54 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 6:37 am↑ 86° East
Sunset Today: 7:00 pm↑ 274° West
Length of Daylight: 12 hours, 23 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 194.77° SSW
Moon Altitude: 30.76°
Moon Distance: 248265 mi
Next Full Moon: Sep 24, 20189:52 pm
Next New Moon: Oct 8, 201810:46 pm
Next Moonset: Today11:51 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Moon’s Illumination: 50.7%

Reference

timeanddate.com

Astrology of Today – Monday, September 17, 2018

Today’s Moon:

The Moon is in Sagittarius until 7:07 AM, after which the Moon is in Capricorn.
The Moon is void until 7:07 AM (since yesterday at 7:14 PM).
The Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter phase.
The First Quarter Moon occurred yesterday, and the Full Moon will occur on September 24th.

Retrogrades/Stations:

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 Rx, Neptune Rx, Pluto Rx, and Chiron RxThe First Quarter Moon Phase

About the First Quarter Moon Phase

The first quarter moon is when the moon appears half lit and occurs about a week after the new moon. It is considered the halfway point between the new moon and the full moon. In previous posts I have shared how the different moon phases affect us. This post will focus on how the first quarter moon affects us physically, mentally and emotionally.

The first quarter is considered the growth period of the moon cycle. The intentions that were set during the dark moon are beginning to take shape and during this time it is common to take on more than can be done. This is a great time to take classes or learn new skills that will help you to grow and accomplish your intentions and goals. It is also a great time to connect with God/Divine/Universe/Spirit to develop a deeper connection to ourselves and the world around us.

During the first quarter moon energy is more balanced than the other moon phases and energy increases during 10am and 2pm. It is common to feel emotionally balanced and more outgoing. Dreams tend to be more realistic and less symbolic during this phase and it is common to have prophetic dreams during this time. You may notice that you lose weight during this time and have an increased thirst and/or hunger.

Take it easy on yourself during this time, plans tend to develop easily, but we can often bite off more than we can chew so it is important to create a balance between taking action and overdoing it. This is a period for growth where we begin to see the fruits of the intentions we set during the new moon.

This phase is the most rational time for women. During this time logic is appealing and they are more interested in discussing issues. For men they tend to be more exocentric during this time. This is a great time for men to focus on their job or other mundanity because this period brings along the least emotion manifested.

What’s In Store By the Stars – Daily Astrology Trends

The Moon continues its transit of Sagittarius until 7:07 AM EDT, after which the Moon moves through the sign of Capricorn. The Capricorn Moon harmonizes with Uranus and Venus as well as aligns with Saturn today. We enjoy making small changes that benefit our projects. We have a broader sense of responsibility and naturally take an inventory of our priorities. We are cautious and draw upon common sense when making decisions with this practical Moon position that encourages us to pay attention to structures, rules, and goals. As the day advances, we may be feeling pleasantly attached, finding it natural and easy to nurture and support people in our lives.

The Moon is void until it enters Capricorn at 7:07 AM EDT.

The sky this week for September 17 to 23

During this last full week of summer, Mars and Jupiter are out in full force, and asteroid Vesta passes near one of the sky’s most beautiful nebulae.
By Richard Talcott

Monday, September 17

The waxing gibbous Moon stands 4° to Saturn’s upper left this evening. Although bright moonlight hampers observations of the ringed planet, wait a day or two for it to move away and return Saturn to its glory. The planet lies nearly due south and at its highest altitude as darkness falls this week. It 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 38″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.

Tuesday, September 18

Asteroid hunters have a great opportunity to spot Vesta in the vicinity of one of the Milky Way’s brightest star-forming regions this week. The 7th-magnitude minor planet resides in western Sagittarius, a region currently hosting the major planet Saturn. Vesta lies a few degrees southwest of Saturn. But of even more interest, the asteroid lies less than 2° southwest on the Lagoon Nebula (M8) tonight. On Friday evening, Vesta will slide 1° due south of the Lagoon.

Although autumn arrives with the equinox this coming weekend, the Summer Triangle remains prominent in the evening sky. Look high in the west after darkness falls and your eyes will fall on the brilliant star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp. At magnitude 0.0, Vega is the brightest member of the Triangle. The second-brightest star, magnitude 0.8 Altair in Aquila the Eagle, lies some 35° southeast of Vega. The asterism’s dimmest member, magnitude 1.3 Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, stands about 25° east-northeast of Vega. For observers at mid-northern latitudes, Deneb passes through the zenith around 10 p.m. local daylight time, nearly 90 minutes after the last vestiges of twilight have disappeared.

Wednesday, September 19

The waxing gibbous Moon stands 4° above Mars in this evening’s sky. The two make lovely companions from twilight until they set near 2 a.m. local daylight time.

The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 8:53 p.m. EDT. It then lies 251,578 miles (404,876 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Thursday, September 20

Saturn and its rings always look wonderful when viewed through a telescope, but this evening provides a great opportunity to target the planet’s moons through an 8-inch or larger instrument. Two inner moons — 12th-magnitude Enceladus and 13th-magnitude Mimas — reach greatest eastern elongation within an hour of each other and show up under good viewing conditions. (The bright glare of the rings normally masks these moons when they lie closer to the planet.) The two stand just beyond the rings’ edge halfway between the 10th-magnitude satellites Dione and Tethys.

Mercury reaches superior conjunction at 10 p.m. EDT. This means the innermost planet lies on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth and remains hidden in our star’s glare. It will return to view in the evening sky, though just barely, in late October.

Friday, September 21

Venus peaks at magnitude –4.8 this evening, shining brighter than at any other time during this evening apparition. (The difference is essentially imperceptible, however — it appears only a thousandth of a magnitude brighter today than it did yesterday or will tomorrow.) Venus lies only 5° high in the southwest a half-hour after sundown, however, so you’ll have to look for it from a site with an unobstructed horizon. As the inner planet swings closer to a direct line between the Sun and Earth, its telescopic appearance changes quickly. Tonight, Venus’ disk spans 40″ and appears about one-quarter lit.

Saturday, September 22

With the days growing shorter and kids back in school, it shouldn’t be surprising that summer’s reign is just about over. The warmest season comes to an official close at 9:54 p.m. EDT, when Earth reaches the autumnal equinox. This marks the moment when the Sun crosses the celestial equator traveling south. Our star rises due east and sets due west today. If the Sun were a point of light and Earth had no atmosphere, everyone would get 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness. But the air and finite size of our star make today a few minutes longer than 12 hours.

Sunday, September 23

Uranus reaches opposition one month from today, but it already has become a tempting evening target. The ice giant world rises before 9 p.m. local daylight time and climbs some 30° above the eastern horizon by 11 p.m. The magnitude 5.7 planet lies in southwestern Aries, 12° south of the Ram’s brightest star, 2nd-magnitude Alpha (α) Arietis. Although Uranus glows brightly enough to see with the naked eye under a dark sky, binoculars make the task much easier. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.

Reference

The Astronomy Magazine

In the Sky This Month

September 17: Andromeda
Andromeda, the princess, is in the east and northeast as the sky gets dark on September nights. It’s not all that bright, but you can find it by looking to the lower left of the more prominent Great Square of Pegasus.

September 18: Distant Galaxy
M31, the Andromeda galaxy, is about 2.5 million light-years away, in the constellation Andromeda. Under dark skies, it is just visible as a hazy smudge of light. It is the farthest object that most people can see with their eyes alone.

September 19: Moon and Mars
Mars stands close below the Moon as darkness falls tonight. Although it has faded a good bit since its peak in July, the planet still looks like a bright orange star.

September 20: M15
M15, one of the brightest globular clusters, is high in the southeast this evening. It consists of hundreds of thousands of stars squeezed into a region of space only a few light-years across. It is an easy target for binoculars

September 21: Autumn
Fall arrives in the northern hemisphere this weekend. It’s the autumnal equinox, which is the point at which the Sun crosses the equator from north to south. It occurs at 8:54 p.m. CDT Saturday.

September 22: Fomalhaut System
Fomalhaut, the leading light of Piscis Austrinus, the southern fish, is quite bright. It rises to the lower right of the Moon tonight, and stands below the Moon around midnight. It’s in a fairly barren region of sky, which makes it easier to pick out.

Reference

StarDate

Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for Monday, September 17

Before the void moon in Sagittarius has a chance to enter Capricorn (4:09am), the lunar orb makes its monthly convergence with Vesta (3:42am). This is your cosmic reminder to focus attention on safety and security measures, investments and insurance coverage, home and hearth, sisterhood and fellowship gatherings. The moon in Capricorn stimulates the need for changes and innovations in professional matters during a trine to Uranus (7:58am), but then a conservative wave develops during the monthly lunar union with Saturn (9:26am). Avoid self-doubts and old fears that can put you into a temporary pessimistic frame of mind. The moon forming a supportive, 60-degree alliance with Venus (3:04pm) — supplemented by nurturing vibes contained within a parallel between Mercury and Ceres at 4:52pm — can pull you out of any self-generated stupor. Asteroid watchers should note that Vesta re-enters Capricorn (9:04pm) until December 1.

[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.
Astrology.com

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Monday, September 17

Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 55%

Tomorow the Moon will be 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 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 55%
Moon Age: 7.86 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 401,589.80 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,335,231.69 km

Reference

MoonGiant

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.

Amusing Lunar Facts

 

What is the Moon? It is not a planet, although many scientists may think of it as one! It is a satellite of the Earth. In other words, it is a big chunk of rock, orbiting the Earth and is kept within a certain distance from the Earth (approx. 238,866 miles away) because of the Earth’s gravitational pull. Without that gravitational pull, the Moon would move farther out into space away from the Earth. Also, the Moon’s gravity affects our ocean tides. Obviously, as with astrology, there is a fine balance between the Sun, Moon and Earth.

The Moon is larger than Pluto with a diameter of approximately 2,160 miles. It takes approximately 27.3 days to travel all the way around the earth, moving at a rate of a little over one-half mile each second. According to some scientists, the Moon’s rate of orbit is slowing down and it is slowly moving away from the Earth.

It is believed that asteroids crashing into it millions of years ago created the many craters on the Moon. Since there is almost no atmosphere, there is essentially no wind or rain to cause these craters to erode or change. Also, because of this, the temperatures on the “sunny-side” of the Moon can reach 273°F while on the dark-side the temperatures plummet to a chilly -243°F.

 

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