The Sky This Week – for September 21 to September 25
An unobstructed view of Venus, the Summer Triangle still prominent, and other awesome things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott Wednesday, September 21
Although autumn arrives with the equinox tomorrow, 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 midnorthern latitudes, Deneb passes through the zenith at approximately 9:30 p.m. local daylight time, about an hour after twilight ends.
Thursday, 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 10:21 a.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 presence of air and the finite size of our star make today a few minutes longer than 12 hours.
Friday, September 23
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 5:56 a.m. EDT. It rises around midnight local daylight time this morning, which gives North American observers a chance to see it almost precisely half-lit. Earth’s only natural satellite appears among the background stars of northern Orion, approximately 10° north of the red supergiant star Betelgeuse.
Saturday, September 24
Uranus reaches opposition three weeks from today, but it already has become a tempting evening target. The ice giant world rises before twilight ends and climbs nearly 40° above the eastern horizon by 11 p.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 5.7 planet lies in Pisces, 2.4° north-northwest of magnitude 4.8 Mu (m) Piscium. Although Uranus is bright 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″.
Sunday, September 25
Saturn remains a gorgeous sight in the evening sky all week. It stands some 20° high in the southwest as twilight fades to darkness and doesn’t set until after 10 p.m. local daylight time. The ringed world resides among the background stars of southwestern Ophiuchus, just 6° north of Antares, the brightest star in neighboring Scorpius. The yellow-hued planet shines at magnitude 0.5 and appears significantly brighter than the ruddy star. When viewed through a telescope, Saturn shows a 16″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 36″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight.
Sun Direction: ↑ 128.23° SE
Sun Altitude: 39.81°
Sun Distance: 93.307 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2016 9:21 AM (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 6:42 AM↑ 89° East
Sunset Today: 6:52 PM↑ 271° West
Length of Daylight: 12 hours, 10 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 275.89° W
Moon Altitude: 18.50°
Moon Distance: 228384 mi
Next New Moon: Sep 30, 20167:11 PM
Next Full Moon: Oct 15, 201611:23 PM
Next Moonset: Today12:04 PM
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Greetings, my name is Lady Willow. My friends simply call me Willow. I hope you come to think of me as your friend and your sister in The Craft. I will be with you for a few months due to Lady A’s horrible auto wreck. When the news of her wreck hit Eastern Kentucky and Virginia, no one could believe it, especially not me. I have always thought of Lady A as being bullet-proof. We grew up together in the mountains of Kentucky and Virginia. She lived on the Kentucky side and I lived on the Virginia side. We would sneak off down to the creek and practice our magick. I remember Lady A always had a new magick spell or ritual to show me. If it wasn’t for her, I probably would have never become a witch.
When I first heard of the wreck and how bad she was, I could only think back to the times we spent in the woods together. I didn’t want to think of the possibility that I might lose her. She is a very special lady and she showed me the Path to the Goddess. It was a wondrous, one full of beautiful and wonder. She opened my eyes and I began to see the world as I had never seen it before. After all the wonders and beauties she had shown me there was no way I could go back to the mundane world. It was on the Spring Equinox, that I made my commitment to a year and a day to study and learn. Lady A was there with me and so was the Lord and Lady, you could feel the electricity in the air. After the dedication was over, I could tell I was a changed person. Lady A helped me throughout my year and a day process. There never was a time when I had a question that she would stop whatever she was doing and answer it. She was never too busy to listen, guide or teach. I consider myself very fortunate to call her my sister and my friend.
When the council asked me to come and fill in for her while she recovered, I was humbled and I also refused. I refused because I didn’t think I could fill her shoes or even darn to try. Lord Myst and myself had a talk. He reminded me that I knew almost everything she did, she trusted me and she would want me to do it. I then agreed.
Now a little bit about me. I believe I live in the most beautiful state there is till I come to Kentucky. I have a log cabin and live quietly out in the forest around Powell Valley. You can lose yourself in the beautiful and wonder of all the Goddess’ gifts she has granted us. At one time, I did share my cabin with my husband. I was married for about four years till his family couldn’t take it anymore that I was a witch. You would think in an area that still have snake handlers in their churches on Sundays, one little old witch wouldn’t matter. But it did and he finally gave into to them and divorced me. He was kind enough to let me keep the cabin or should I say I had a very sharp lawyer.
I consider myself a Solitary Practitioner. There is a small group of witches that we gather in the woods and celebrate the Full Moons and the Sabbats. I am by no means a High Priestess. I believe in each individual thinking for themselves and deciding which Path and practices they wish to follow. I am a Celtic Practitioner. I would imagine with Lady A also being a Celtic Practitioner, you know about their practices and beliefs. I grow my own herbs also my own food. I am pretty self sufficient. I couldn’t ask for a better place to call home. At night, there are no city lights around, you can look up and see all the beautiful stars. When you see all those millions of stars, it makes you feel very small in the vast plan of the Goddess.
I did stop by the hospital and see Lady A today. She has been moved out onto the floor. She has a private room and the Swamp witch has arrived. Lady A listened to Swampy and myself talk but she didn’t remember anything. I had to get up and go outside to keep from crying. Swampy came out with me, gave me a hug and told me, “she will have her memory back shortly.” I truly believe her words, if anyone can make it happen she can.
I am not here to take Lady A’s place, I could never do that. I am here just to fill in and keep this site growing and spreading the word about Witchcraft. This happens to be the council’s fastest growing sites(thanks to Lady A) and they don’t want it to stand idle. As soon as she is better and feels like returning, I will spend sometime reminiscing and then leave. While I am here I hope to get to know some of you. I love meeting other individuals who are Pagan and learning about their practices and beliefs.
I shall close for now and see you again on the Autumn Equinox,
One final note, hospitals are worse than meat processing companies. They no longer tend to the person’s sick body instead they tend to the person’s broke bill-fold. Lord Myst asked me to take care of Lady A’s mail. I found an envelope with the hospital’s address on it. I opened it. Inside was a bill for $97,000, can you believe that? The $97,000 was just for the time Lady A was in the ICU. That is not her total bill. I find it so, so sad, the bill beats the patient home. If that doesn’t tell you what the hospitals are more concerned with, I don’t know what will.
I wanted to let you know how Lady A’s condition is today. She is still in the ICU unit and the doctors advised us, she probably will be for a few more days. The doctors have made several attempt to bring Lady A out of the drug-induced coma. On several occasions, she was able to stay awake for about 5 or 10 minutes, until the pain returns. Currently she is in tremendous pain. She has pins, screws and various other hardware throughout her body. Unfortunately for the brief period of time she is awake, she does not recognize any of us. The doctors told us she had received a good blow to the head thus resulting in amnesia. They are hopefully, it is only temporary.
Lady A is making gradual progress. The doctors informed us yesterday it could take up to a year for her to fully recover, if she does so then. She wouldn’t be in the hospital that long she would just remain under out-patient care.
I still am sleeping in the ICU waiting room. The nurses got a cot for me and I am now able to sleep a little more comfortable. I am woke up during the night by the sound of crash carts going through the ICU doors. My heart stops and I wonder, could it be? After the emergency is over, the nurses assure me it wasn’t Lady A. I try to go back to sleep but it is hard. It is very difficult to see the woman that you love, laying in a bed, unconscious, tubes, hoses, suction tanks, and oxygen all over her. I believe it will be a sight I live with the rest of my life.
I am tired and I am babbling. Thank you for your donations, your blessings, your prayers and the prayer circle the other night. Everyone has been very supportive and we continue to need your support, love and most of all prayers.
Lord Of The Myst
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It has been a very long night. Around 4:00 this morning, they had to take Lady A back to surgery. The surgery was to stop a bleeder. The operation was a success and the bleeder was found.
I am staying around the clock with Lady A. I sleep in the ICU waiting room and when you are allowed to visit Mystie and myself go visit. There are several others here also. Some of them are staying at night also. The nurses have been extremely kind. The doctors have not said when they will bring her out of the coma. Her status still stands at critical but stable.
We have learned that the man who hit Lady A was intoxicated. He walked away without a scratch. He has had three prior DUI arrests. That news was unsettling, he shouldn’t have even been behind a wheel of a car.
I am now going to try to catch some sleep. The next visiting hour is at 2:00, hopefully I will get a little sleep between now and then. I have my laptop with me, one of the nurses gave me access to use theirs. If anything occurs or Lady A’s situation changes, I will keep you updated.
Lady of the Abyss had a horrible accident, as you can see by the photo above. She was going to town on a back road when a F250 truck hit her. The truck Lady A was driving was hit so hard that it rolled over and landed up-right. Unfortunately, Lady A was thrown from the truck and had to be air lifted to an out-of-state hospital. Her present condition is listed as critical but stable. She suffered a broken collar bone, a crushed left arm and hand, a broken leg and ankle, several broken ribs, crushed pelvis and that does not include the internal injuries. The hospital is keeping her in a drug induced coma due to her many injuries. The doctors have told us that she has made it through the rough part and she should make a full recovery. That recovery is just going to take time. She will have to go through extensive physical therapy and there was mention of another surgery or two.
As you know the WOTC is a non-profit organization, due to this fact, Lady A did not have medical insurance. Her bills are going to astronomical. To make matter worse, the man who hit her did not have a valid driver’s license, no insurance and expired tags. He is now in the county jail.
Due to the fact that Lady A has no medical insurance, nor does the other driver, we are collecting funds to help pay for her medical expenses and after care that might follow. If you would like to help with this cost, you may do so by using the PayPal button below. In the comment section, simply state “medical expenses” and that money will be put aside to help cover her enormous medical bills.
When Lady A returns to Kentucky and we get her settled in, we will resume our daily practices. For now, she needs us more than ever and we want to be with her.
This is a good time for taking a step-by-step or traditional approach to your tasks, dear Aries. You’re looking to improve your skills or apply your knowledge. Generally speaking, this is a favorable period for learning practical skills that you’re likely to use to your advantage in the coming years as Saturn makes its way to the top of your solar chart. There can be some distractions to deal with, but you would be wise to put serious effort into studies and personal interests. Your ideas and advice are well-received today. Others especially appreciate your more responsible or mature side right now. Someone might acknowledge how you are always there when needed.
Realities you are facing today can spur you on, dear Taurus, and motivate you to make improvements. While you might initially feel a little disappointed, you are quick to get over it and make the best of your life. When it comes to people who have wronged you, keep in mind the expression that “the best revenge is living well” – live your life well and improve things for you, and make peace with the past as you do. You are learning to take more responsibility for your life on the deepest of levels, and kicking bad habits or controlling negative impulses are part of this. You can be quite productive today if you have something that captures your interest, and it’s also a powerful day for organizing or sorting out finances.
You might come to a better understanding of a relationship matter today, dear Gemini, and this can boost your spirits. There can be a satisfying agreement with a partner or friend, or you might experience a nice bonding moment. Look for ways to strengthen your connections, which may involve overcoming fears and approaching people with more maturity. While there can be some restrictions and perhaps even tedium involved in your closest commitments these days, there is also a sense that you are maturing, and this can feel good. Today’s energies are a little more serious but also quite stable. You tend to be more concerned about other people in your life and their needs than your own personal agenda. Pay close attention to commitments you have made and do what you can to honor them today.
There is a rather introspective and withdrawn energy to the day, dear Cancer, and you can use this to your advantage by focusing on those things that benefit most from focus and concentration. Turn your thoughts to long-term plans, as this is a good time for applying strategy to your thinking. Focusing on work and business affairs today can be especially fruitful. Co-workers and higher-ups look upon you with more respect. There can be good advice circulating or you might stumble upon information about a program for improving your health or effectiveness in your work or tasks.
Expectations are tricky things these days, dear Leo, particularly for you in the areas of relationships and creative projects. You may be working hard on bringing more stability and reliability to either or both of these things, and today, you’re in a good position to do so. Interactions can be on the serious side, and rightfully so. In fact, you may welcome a serious conversation about the future or a chance to show your commitment. This is a good time to bring a little more form and structure to your artistic ideas as well. You can benefit from thoroughness with whatever you are doing now, and it can serve to boost your confidence as well. Focus on strengthening and improving your work and your ties to loved ones.
You can be feeling a little withdrawn or self-protective today, dear Virgo. There may be a reason to defend yourself or a loved one. You might feel too vulnerable to deal with outside pressures, however, so it makes sense to sidestep situations that might involve a confrontation or intense demands on your time and energy. You can, in fact, benefit now from some time to yourself away from pressures and in better touch with yourself. You may be surprised to discover just how much inner strength you have to draw upon, but allowing yourself the chance to recoup and gather more strength is useful from time to time. Look for ways to heal, repair, and rework current resources.
Willingness to release yourself from automatic behavior patterns that no longer work in your favor can get you far today, dear Libra. You may be feeling a little isolated or alone in your decision-making today, but once you get over this hump, you can feel quite confident about your capabilities. This is a strong time for having a meaningful conversation about the future or drawing up a plan of action for tackling current problems. Practical affairs tend to be favored, as riding on the emotions of the moment can be a little too unstable today. Instructive conversations can be had now, and you may stumble upon truly helpful, practical information today. Traditional methods tend to work for you now, although some updates may be necessary.
The Moon aligns with Saturn today, dear Scorpio, which has been moving through your solar second house. Worries about your resources and your income may emerge, but also the wherewithal to do something about them. You’re stronger about standing up to people who have not shown you respect or who are not valuing you. This is a time for discovering what has been holding you back from achieving the results you want. Earthy, grounding activities are your best bet today, as these things turn your attention to the present, reminding you of the value of what you already have. Financial matters can be faced with realism today, and a conservative or moderate approach wins the day, even though you may be resisting this to some degree. Good advice about money may be circulating. Keep in mind that resolving problems in a day is unrealistic – instead, draw up plans for tackling problem areas step by step.
Your emotions are tough to ignore today, dear Sagittarius, with the Moon in your sign all day! There can be some ups and downs, however, as you may wrestle with a sense that you’re on your own or left to your own resources. Waiting for others to guess that you might want company or need help is unlikely to work in your favor. You may be better off being direct. It’s a good time for taking care of your duties and obligations because by doing so, even if it’s draining at the moment, it will ultimately improve your self-confidence. This is a time for drawing up plans that more realistically reflect what you are truly able to accomplish.
The Moon aligns with your ruler, Saturn, today and this serves to remind you of responsibilities, and perhaps those things you feel you lack in your life, dear Capricorn. Saturn has been transiting your solar twelfth house, and this has put you in the frequent position of trying to discern between fact and fancy, dealing with projects that have outworn their use, and managing past grievances, guilt, and other uncomfortable matters – all of this, largely on your own! Today, emotions are part of the equation. Assessing areas of your life that are no longer working for you makes the most sense now. Some introspection today can be useful as long as you avoid dwelling in favor of devising plans. Aim to center yourself and gather your wits. Efforts to help out others can be rewarding.
While you may feel a little weighed down by a stronger sense of your responsibilities today, dear Aquarius, you’re in a good position to put some of them behind you. You may be quick to put your emotions aside in order to get things done, but do watch that frustrations or complicated feelings don’t emerge in disruptive ways in your interactions with others. Instead of waiting for others to sense what you want or need, express yourself and take action, or wait for a more cooperative atmosphere to do so. If a project comes under question, take it as a challenge and allow it to motivate you to overcome obstacles.
The Moon aligns with Saturn today, dear Pisces, and Saturn has been transiting your career, reputation, and responsibility sector. As such, you may be feeling the weight of duties and obligations right now. Others are more aware of your accomplishments and perhaps also those things you haven’t done quite as well. Ideally, you are coming to a point at which you see your life more realistically. While there may be sobering moments today, it’s a good one for applying yourself to practical matters. As well, you may be learning from recent ups and downs and fine-tuning plans and ideas. The key is being able to see the value in the people you work with, and in objects, procedures, and situations as well.