The Witches Astronomy Digest for Monday, October 29th


The Witches Astronomy Digest for Monday, October 29th

Custom Planetary Positions

October 29, 2018

Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun: 06 Scorpio 03
Moon: 07 Cancer 57
Mercury: 27 Scorpio 55
Venus: 01 Scorpio 19 Rx
Mars: 19 Aquarius 47
Jupiter: 27 Scorpio 50
Saturn: 04 Capricorn 44
Uranus: 00 Taurus 20 Rx
Neptune: 13 Pisces 53 Rx
Pluto: 18 Capricorn 57

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, October 29th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 114.50° ESE
Sun Altitude: 8.94°
Sun Distance: 92.330 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2018 4:22 pm (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 7:15 am↑ 106° East
Sunset Today: 6:00 pm↑ 253° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 44 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 262.74° W
Moon Altitude: 45.18°
Moon Distance: 230817 mi
Next New Moon: Nov 7, 201810:01 am
Next Full Moon: Nov 22, 201811:39 pm
Next Moonset: Today 12:14 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 73.6%

Lunar Almanac
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Gibbous
Third Quarter: Oct 31, 2018 at 11:40 am
(Next Phase)
Full Moon: Oct 24, 2018 at 11:45 am
(Previous Phase)


About the Waning Gibbous Moon

By Deborah Byrd

A waxing gibbous moon appears more than half lighted, but less than full. It rises before sundown and sets somewhere between midnight and dawn. The coming full moon – Hunter’s Moon for the Northern Hemisphere – is October 24.

You’ll see a waxing gibbous moon between a first quarter moon and full moon. The word gibbous comes from a root word that means hump-backed.

People often see a waxing gibbous moon in the afternoon, shortly after moonrise, while it’s ascending in the east as the sun is descending in the west. It’s easy to see a waxing gibbous moon in the daytime because, at this phase of the moon, a respectably large fraction of the moon’s dayside faces our way.

As the moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way. Follow these links to understand the various phases of the moon.

New moon
Waxing crescent moon
First quarter moon
Waxing gibbous moon
Full moon
Waning gibbous moon
Last quarter moon
Waning crescent moon

Bottom line: A waxing gibbous moon comes between first quarter moon and full moon. It appears more than half illuminated, but less than full. The next full moon – Hunter’s Moon for the northern hemisphere – will be October 24, 2018.


Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. “Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers,” she says.

Published On EarthSky

Astrology of Today – Monday, October 29, 2018

Today’s Moon:
The Moon is in Cancer.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
We are in between a Full Moon, which occurred on the 24th in the sign of Taurus, and the Last Quarter Moon, which will happen on October 31st.

Venus is retrograde (Venus is retrograde from October 5th to November 16th). We have two and a half weeks remaining of the retrograde Venus cycle.
Current retrogrades: Venus Rx, Uranus Rx, Neptune Rx, and Chiron Rx

Daily Overview of Your Stars and Planets for Monday, October 29

This morning, Mars forms a semi-square with Saturn, and the Moon in Cancer plays into this energy as it challenges both bodies. We may want to resolve a frustrating problem now but could be too impatient to make satisfying progress. We should watch for applying overly rigid standards now. We can feel thwarted, blocked, or slowed down, and enthusiasm is likely to wane as a result. Delays are possible but might lead to necessary edits and adjustments.

However, a Mercury-Jupiter conjunction inspires optimism. Mercury and Jupiter reach their final alignment in Scorpio, and we’re gaining insight into a problem, talking through issues, and seeing solutions or finding reasons to feel hopeful. Our opinions are strong.

Mercury moves into a trine to Chiron tonight (Jupiter and Chiron will form their trine on November 1st), indicating good energy for discussing, or giving further thought to, sensitive topics. We can effectively use words to heal and comfort, and we approach problems holistically. This aspect strengthens our communication skills, not so much on a technical level but more in terms of using both our heads and our hearts to understand one another. The Moon spends the day in protective Cancer.

The Sun is in Scorpio; Mercury is in Scorpio until the 31st, when it enters Sagittarius; Venus is in Scorpio until the 31st, when it returns to Libra; Mars is in Aquarius.

This Week in Astrology

The Sun is in Scorpio from October 23-November 22. The guiding principle of Scorpio is “I desire.” Scorpio is the sign of depth, intimacy, and extremes of feeling. Superficiality simply will not do with the Sun in Scorpio. We have the desire to get to the bottom of matters. Mediocrity does not satisfy either. All that is hidden, taboo, secret, or suppressed interests us. In Libra, we strive towards equality and fairness. Scorpio, however, instinctively believes that life simply isn’t fair. Scorpio’s energy is provocative, usually in a quiet way, as well as passionate, strong-willed, and intense. It can be an immensely healing and transformative energy. Jealousy, vindictiveness, beating a dead horse, and manipulative are some of the more negative expressions of Scorpio.

Mercury is in Scorpio from October 9-31. When Mercury is in Scorpio, our thoughts and communications are more probing and intense. While Mercury in Libra urged us to find balance and to arrive at fair solutions, Mercury in Scorpio instinctively knows that life simply isn’t fair. Mercury in Scorpio seeks truths in all that is hidden and undercover. We tend to probe, observe, and focus our thoughts under this influence. Looking for motivations–the more deeply buried the better–satisfies an intellectual need now. Our thoughts are profound. We throw away superficial manners of communicating in favor of deep conversations. Scorpio is extremely sharp, profound, and analytical. Thinking is inclined to be one-track minded, focused, and even obsessive.

Mercury is in Sagittarius from October 31-December 1, and then December 12, 2018-January 4, 2019. When Mercury is in Sagittarius, our thinking shifts from a need to plumb the depths of any given situation to the desire to learn about a wide range of topics. Ideals are sought, our thinking is more optimistic, and our faith increases. We are more equipped to believe and to persuade. What is fair and unfair concerns us most now. However, we are not always very precise under this influence.

Venus is in Scorpio from September 9-October 31. Deeply passionate relations are the focus with Venus in Scorpio. Superficial flirtations and contacts do not satisfy now, as we yearn for “body and soul” contact with someone special–contact that breaks the taboos, that is extreme and intense, and that is unforgettable. This is a highly emotional position for Venus. It is a passionate, sensual, and intense energy. Our relationships are immensely important to us, and we may even feel that they consume us. In fact, we tend to want to be consumed by them! Our drive is toward intense closeness, but blind faith in our partners is extremely hard for us now. Fears of being too vulnerable or of giving up our own power to others are strong. Scorpio is an “all or nothing” energy, and relationships tend to be somewhat of a rollercoaster ride as a result. Disdain for mediocrity and superficiality can compel us to create crises in order to feel alive and vital.

Venus is in Libra from October 31-December 2. We are more inclined to employ charm rather than aggressive behavior in order to get what we want during this cycle. Although Venus in Libra virtually lives for relationships, there is an air of cool detachment to this energy. We are very obliging with others–quite willing to negotiate and compromise. We can be especially idealistic about love. We prefer that things be done the “right” way, and are turned off by aggressive or uncouth behavior. The shadow side of this position is dependence, inconsistency, and superficiality. In an attempt to avoid unpleasant situations, we could easily gloss over deeper issues at play in our relationships. It’s probably best to avoid the trap of acquiescing to our partners but privately resenting the fact or thinking ourselves martyrs for doing so! This is also a time when we are more artistically inclined. We tend to seek balance in our personal environment.

Mars is in Aquarius from May 16-August 12 and September 10-November 15. Dynamic yet erratic energy levels, achieving our goals through hit or miss tactics, and impersonal expression of anger are characteristics of Mars in Aquarius. 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.

Saturn transits Capricorn from December 19/20, 2017, to March 21, 2020; and then finishes up its transit from July 1 to December 17, 2020. Read about Saturn’s transit through Capricorn here.

Jupiter entered Scorpio on October 10th, 2017, and will remain in the sign until November 8th, 2018. Read about Jupiter in Scorpio transit here.

Uranus entered Taurus on May 15, 2018, and will transit Taurus until November 6, 2018, and then from March 6, 2019, to 2025/6. We approach money and personal possessions in new ways and learn how to free ourselves from certain material constraints. Innovative ways to make ourselves comfortable emerge. We’re less inhibited about expressing sensuality, self-love, body love, and pampering. We’re challenging what we previously valued during this cycle. There can be abrupt changes with money, valuables, possessions, and income that lead to a reshuffling of priorities or values. Income might come from non-traditional sources or ventures. We’re bringing progressive ideas to the world of business. New ways of doing business, as well as making, viewing, and handling money are likely. Income and the energy we put into making money can be variable.

Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011, and will transit Aries until May 15, 2018, and then from November 6, 2018, to March 6, 2019. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.


Cafe Astrology

The sky this week for October 29 to November 4

Planets, planets everywhere!
By Richard Talcott

Monday, October 29

Mars continues to put on a great show these October evenings. The Red Planet appears more than 30° above the southern horizon once darkness falls. The world shines at magnitude –0.7, significantly brighter than any star visible on October evenings, against the faint backdrop of Capricornus. A telescope reveals a disk that spans 12″ and shows several subtle surface features.

Tuesday, October 30

Uranus reached opposition and peak visibility one week ago, and it remains a tempting target all this week. The outer planet appears in the eastern sky after darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around midnight local daylight time. The magnitude 5.7 world lies in the southwestern corner of Aries, just over the border from Pisces, some 2.5° northeast of 4th-magnitude Omicron () Piscium. Although Uranus shines brightly enough to glimpse with the naked eye under a dark sky, use binoculars to locate it initially. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.

Wednesday, October 31

Last Quarter Moon occurs at 12:40 p.m. EDT. By the time it rises in North America shortly after midnight local daylight time, its phase will have waned to approximately 43 percent lit. Earth’s satellite lies near the border between Cancer the Crab and Leo the Lion.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 4:23 p.m. EDT. It then lies 230,034 miles (370,204 kilometers) away from us.

Thursday, November 1

The night sky’s most conspicuous harbinger of winter now rises in the east around 11 p.m. local daylight time. The constellation Orion the Hunter appears on its side as it rises, with ruddy Betelgeuse to the left of the three-star belt and blue-white Rigel to the belt’s right. As Orion climbs higher before dawn, the figure rotates so that Betelgeuse lies at the upper left and Rigel at the lower right of the constellation pattern.

Friday, November 2

Saturn remains a tempting target in the early evening sky. The ringed planet stands about 20° above the southwestern horizon an hour after sunset and remains on view until 9 p.m. local daylight time. Shining at magnitude 0.6, it appears more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius. 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″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.

Saturday, November 3

Although the calendar says November, the Summer Triangle of bright stars remains prominent in the early evening. Look overhead after darkness falls and you’ll spot Deneb, a conspicuous point of light despite being the faintest of the three luminaries. Brightest Vega lies west of Deneb and intermediate Altair appears to their south.

Sunday, November 4

Although Venus passed between the Sun and Earth just nine days ago, its rapid orbital motion brings it back into view quickly. This morning, the planet rises an hour before the Sun and climbs 5° high in the east-southeast 30 minutes before sunrise. Shining at magnitude –4.3, the brilliant world appears conspicuous against the twilight glow. When viewed through a telescope, Venus displays a 59″-diameter disk that is just 3 percent illuminated.

For those areas of the United States and Canada that observe daylight saving time, set your clocks back 1 hour this morning. The official switch occurs at 2 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1 a.m. local standard time. The switch means sunrise and sunset both arrive an hour earlier today than they did yesterday. So, at least by clock time, the latest sunrise of the year occurred yesterday morning.


The Astronomy Magazine

In the Sky This Month


A giant mythological soap opera stretches up the eastern half of the sky on October nights, encompassing five major constellations: Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Cepheus, Cetus, and Perseus. In the tale, Cassiopeia, queen of Ethiopia, claimed that she was more beautiful than the sea nymphs. The nymphs complained to the god Poseidon, who sent the sea monster Cetus to ravage the country. To save his people, King Cepheus chained his daughter Andromeda at the seashore as a sacrifice. At the last second, though, she was rescued by Perseus, who flashed the snake-topped head of Medusa at Cetus, turning the monster to stone.
October 29: Dazzling Vega

One of the prime stars of summer continues to dazzle in the autumn sky. Vega is quite high in the west at nightfall. It’s the brightest member of the Summer Triangle.
October 30: Last-Quarter Moon

For the second time this month, the Moon is at last quarter. It is three-fourths of the way through its cycle of phases, headed toward “new” on November 7. There’s no special name for two quarter moons in the same month.
October 31: Halloween

Today is Halloween, an astronomical cross-quarter day. Such dates occur roughly half way between an equinox and a solstice. In many calendars, such a date marked the beginning of a season, not its middle.



Daily Cosmic Calendar for Monday, October 29th

The last three days of October pack a cosmic wallop in more ways than one. Right now three challenging sky cycles — the monthly lunar opposition to Saturn from Cancer to Capricorn (12:33am), Mars making a dicey, 45-degree tie to Saturn (3:48am), and Mercury forming a parallel to sometimes authoritarian Pluto (7:35am) — attempt to rain on a favorable parade of encouraging heavenly alignments. The good news includes flowing trines by the moon with the sun in Scorpio (2:35am) and Neptune in Pisces (4:13pm) — forming an insight-beckoning grand triangle in water signs. Plus, it helps greatly in business-professional matters, the arts and social activities, as well as in many healing modalities that Mercury unites with Jupiter at 28 degrees of Scorpio at 4:06am and trines Chiron in Pisces (6:58pm). Venus tosses in a potentially love-enhancing parallel with Mars (4:42pm) as an extra gift to so many souls looking for encouragement in affairs of the heart.

[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 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd.

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Monday, October 29th

Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 74%

Tomorow the Moon will be in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.


Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 74%
Moon Age: 19.78 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 366,229.52 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,569,010.50 km



Moon in Cancer

The Moon is traveling through Cancer today. Beware of mood swings. Cook some soul food. Cuddle up with someone.

The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. Feelings of belonging and safety are what motivate us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.

The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.