The Witches Astronomy Journal for Tuesday, October 2
On every full moon, rituals … take place on hilltops, beaches, in open fields and in ordinary houses. Writers, teachers, nurses, computer programmers, artists, lawyers, poets, plumbers, and auto mechanics — women and men from many backgrounds come together to celebrate the mysteries of the Triple Goddess of the Dance of Life. The religion they practice is called Witchcraft.
—STARHAWK, Spiral Dance
Upcoming Astrology Events for the Month of October
Oct 03 Moon enters Leo
Oct 05 Venus *S. Retrograde Scorpio
Oct 05 Moon enters Virgo
Oct 08 Moon enters Libra
Oct 09 *~* New Moon Libra
Oct 10 Mercury enters Scorpio
Oct 10 Moon enters Scorpio
Oct 12 Moon enters Sagittarius
Oct 14 Moon enters Capricorn
Oct 17 Moon enters Aquarius
Oct 19 Moon enters Pisces
Oct 22 Moon enters Aries
Oct 23 Sun enters Scorpio
Oct 24 Moon enters Taurus
Oct 24 *~* Full Moon Taurus
Oct 26 Moon enters Gemini
Oct 28 Moon enters Cancer
Oct 31 Moon enters Leo
Oct 31 Mercury enters Sagittarius
Oct 31 Venus Retrograde enters Libra
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, October 2nd
Sun Direction: ↑ 296.59° WNW
Sun Altitude: -35.64°
Sun Distance: 93.049 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2018 4:22 pm (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:49 am↑ 93° East
Sunset Today: 6:37 pm↑ 266° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 47 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 45.35° NE
Moon Altitude: -18.15°
Moon Distance: 231382 mi
Next New Moon: Oct 8, 201810:46 pm
Next Full Moon: Oct 24, 201811:45 am
Next Moonrise: Today11:30 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Phase Tonight: Third Quarter
First Quarter: Oct 2, 2018 at 4:45 am
Full Moon: Sep 24, 2018 at 9:52 pm
Astrology of Today – Tuesday, October 2, 2018
The Moon is in Cancer.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 5:45 AM, after which the Moon is in its Last Quarter phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurs today.
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, and Chiron Rx.
What’s In Store By the Stars – Daily Astrology Trends
At 5:47 AM EDT, the Last Quarter Moon is exact, when the Sun in Libra squares the Moon in Cancer, pointing to a crisis of consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by the full light of the Moon at the time of the Full Moon, we come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us–and what doesn’t–in preparation for next week’s New Moon, when something new is born once again. It’s not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It’s time to begin finishing up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon.
While the Cancer Moon is catching the energy of an impending Venus-Neptune trine, and we can feel heightened levels of empathy now, a Mercury-Pluto square can overpower this energy, stimulating suspicions. There can be tense communications. We can become obsessed with getting our message across and for others to agree with our ideas. Mental anxiety or troubles could manifest now. We should avoid attempts to force our opinions on others and strive to maintain an open mind. Compulsive thinking is possible. On the other hand, this influence can suggest the ability to engage in deep, penetrating communication. Ideally, we learn more about our vulnerabilities through our reactions.
The sky this week for October 1 to October 7
A host of bright stars, a handful of beautiful planets, and even a minor planet for good measure, all in the night sky this week.
By Michael E. Bakich
Monday, October 1
Once it gets dark tonight, locate the two brightest stars in the sky: orange Arcturus (Alpha Boötis), which will lie low in the west, and bluish-white Vega (Alpha Lyrae), which will be nearly overhead. Locate the point three-fifths of the way from Arcturus to Vega, and you’ll spot the Hercules Cluster (M13). From a dark site, sharp-eyed viewers will spot this globular star cluster with their naked eyes. From less-blessed locations, use binoculars to bring this famous object into view.
Tuesday, October 2
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 5:45 a.m. EDT. It rose around 11:30 p.m. local daylight time yesterday evening, which gives North American observers a chance to see it almost precisely half-lit before this morning’s dawn. Earth’s only natural satellite appears among the background stars of western Gemini.
Wednesday, October 3
You might want to take a last look at Jupiter in the evening sky. It remains a conspicuous object 10° high in the southwest an hour after sundown. The gas giant, shining brightly at magnitude –1.8, resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales. If you view the planet through a telescope, its disk spans 32″ and displays stunning cloud-top detail.
Thursday, October 4
Today marks the 61st anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by the (then) Soviet Union. Sputnik 1 was our planet’s first artificial satellite. It had a diameter of 23 inches (58 centimeters) and weighed 184 pounds (83.6 kilograms). Using a 1-watt transmitter, it broadcast radio pulses for three weeks until its batteries died. The spacecraft then continued to orbit silently until January 4, 1958, when it reentered Earth’s atmosphere and burned up. Sputnik 1 completed a total of 1,440 orbits.
Friday, October 5
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 6:31 p.m. EDT. It then lies 227,665 miles (366,392 kilometers) from Earth’s center. At the same time the Moon is at perigee, Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion, lies 1.9° south of our lone natural satellite.
Saturday, October 6
Although it’s low, Saturn remains a tempting target in this week’s evening sky. The ringed planet stands nearly 20° above the southwestern horizon as darkness falls. Shining at magnitude 0.5, it appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. Of course, the best views of Saturn come through a telescope, which reveals a 16″-diameter globe surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 36″. But more significantly, look specifically at how much the rings tilt to our line of sight. The rings are quite open now, and the steep angle offers superb views of ring structure.
Sunday, October 7
Vesta, the brightest minor planet, is super easy to find tonight, low in the southwestern sky. Use a small telescope (or tripod-mounted binoculars) and point to magnitude 2.8 Kaus Borealis (Lambda Sagitarii). If you are familiar with the famous Teapot asterism of Sagittarius, Kaus Borealis is the star at the peak of the pot’s lid. As soon as it’s dark enough for you to locate the orange star, center it in your scope’s field of view. Vesta will then lie only 20′ (one-third of a degree) to the south.
Here’s what you can see in the night sky this month
By Angela Fritz
Monday, Oct. 8 — Draconids meteor shower
The Draconids meteor shower peaks early in the month, and it happens to coincide with the new moon, which means the sky will be extra dark for stargazing. This meteor shower occurs when our planet runs into the debris in the tail of the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. The meteors originate in the northern constellation Draco, hence the name. Because the origin is so far north, the meteors will be easiest to spot in the northern latitudes such as Canada, Europe and Northern Asia.
Thursday, Oct. 11 — Moon and Jupiter
A very bright Jupiter and a sliver of the moon will cozy up next to each other. After sunset, look toward the southwest, and you’ll see a faint crescent moon along with the bright Jupiter. They will be together until they set below the horizon around 8 p.m. local time.
Sunday, Oct. 14 — Moon and Saturn
Look southwest after sunset, and you’ll see Saturn very close to the crescent moon. To the right near the horizon, you might be able to see Jupiter, which should be bright. To the left, early due south, you’ll see the pink-hued planet Mars.
Wednesday, Oct. 17 — Moon and Mars
Mars now gets its turn with the moon. The pair will be in the southeast sky just after sunset and at their highest point in the south at 8:30 p.m., local time. Catch them before they sink beneath the horizon around 12:30 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 — Orionids meteor shower
The Orionids meteor shower lasts from Sept. 23 to Nov. 27, but it peaks Oct. 21, which means it is the best chance to spot a shooting star that originated from Halley’s comet. Astronomers say the best time to watch for these meteors is between midnight and dawn on the days leading up to Oct. 21, when the moon will be below the horizon.
The Orionids are known for their brightness and speed, according to NASA, moving at 148,000 mph into the atmosphere. At its peak, this shower can produce 20 meteors per hour.
Sunday, Oct. 21 — Uranus opposition
A planet’s opposition occurs when it is opposite the sun from our perspective on Earth. Because of its position, it is fully lit by the sun — just like a full moon. Uranus will be at its brightest of the year Oct. 23, although because of the full moon, you’ll have a better chance to see it on the days leading up to that.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 — Full Hunter’s moon
The Hunter’s Moon is slated for Oct. 24, so called because it’s traditionally the time of year when hunters try to bring in as much meat as possible before winter arrives. Some Native American tribes also refer to it as the Beaver Moon because they have traditionally used this time to trap the furry animals as they busily prepare for winter.
Sunday, Oct. 28 — Mercury and Jupiter are super close
Just after sunset, Mercury and Jupiter will be very close in the southwest sky. The bright star Antares will also be close to their left. Farther up and left, you’ll be able to spot Saturn. Mars will be visible in the southeast.
Daily Cosmic Calendar for October 2
Cut through any apparent obstacles on your path to peace and harmony in key relationships as the last quarter sun-moon phase clocks in at 2:47am (energizing 10 degrees of Libra and Cancer). Fortunately, an uplifting grand triangle in water signs helps to neutralize any rising emotional tensions as the lunar orb in Cancer trines Venus in Scorpio (5:19am) and Neptune in Pisces (11:47am). Nevertheless, the universe still has some curve balls up its sleeve to toss at unsuspecting earth dwellers as problem-solver Pallas makes a dicey opposition with often illusion-creating Neptune (12:21pm). Sidestep any crisis-generating situations since Messenger of the Gods planet Mercury squares the still motionless Pluto (5:05pm) and then moves on to parallel Neptune (6:07pm). Play all business and financial cards close to the vest as the moon chimes in with another egregious aspect — its monthly polarity to underworld-chieftain Pluto (7:11pm). Learning more about your ancestral heritage may be one way to keep the blues at bay.
[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 Tuesday, October 2
Tomorow the Moon will be in a Third Quarter phase. Sometimes called a Last Quarter Moon, this phase occurs roughly 3 weeks after the New Moon when the earth is three quarter of the way through it’s orbit around the earth. If you live in the northern hemisphere the Moons left side will be illuminated and the right side dark. For thoughts of you in the southern hemisphere it will be the opposite with the right side illuminated. On the day of the Third Quarter phase the Moon will rise around midnight on the eastern horizon and set in the west around noon the next day. In the days following the Third Quarter Phase the Moon’s illumination will decrees each day until the New Moon.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2018
Phase: Last Quarter
Moon Age: 22.24 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 365,144.47 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,702,754.76 km
The Moon Phases
Some nights when we look up at the moon, it is full and bright; sometimes it is just a sliver of silvery light. These changes in appearance are the phases of the moon. As the moon orbits Earth, it cycles through eight distinct phases. The four primary phases occur about a week apart.
Phases of the moon
The moon, like Earth, is a sphere, and it is always half-illuminated by the sun. However, as the moon travels around Earth, we see more or less of the illuminated half. The moon’s phases describe how much of the moon’s disk is illuminated from our perspective.
New moon: The moon is between Earth and the sun, and the side of the moon facing toward us receives no direct sunlight; it is lit only by dim sunlight reflected from Earth.
Waxing crescent: As the moon moves around Earth, the side we can see gradually becomes more illuminated by direct sunlight.
First quarter: The moon is 90 degrees away from the sun in the sky and is half-illuminated from our point of view. We call it “first quarter” because the moon has traveled about a quarter of the way around Earth since the new moon.
Waxing gibbous: The area of illumination continues to increase. More than half of the moon’s face appears to be getting sunlight.
Full moon: The moon is 180 degrees away from the sun and is as close as it can be to being fully illuminated by the sun from our perspective. The sun, Earth and the moon are aligned, but because the moon’s orbit is not exactly in the same plane as Earth’s orbit around the sun, they rarely form a perfect line. When they do, we have a lunar eclipse as Earth’s shadow crosses the moon’s face.
Waning gibbous: More than half of the moon’s face appears to be getting sunlight, but the amount is decreasing.
Last quarter: The moon has moved another quarter of the way around Earth, to the third quarter position. The sun’s light is now shining on the other half of the visible face of the moon.
Waning crescent: Less than half of the moon’s face appears to be getting sunlight, and the amount is decreasing.
Finally, the moon is back to its new moon starting position. Now, the moon is between Earth and the sun. Usually the moon passes above or below the sun from our vantage point, but occasionally it passes right in front of the sun, and we get a solar eclipse.