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Illuminating Holiday New Moon
November 22, 2014
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer
The New Moon this month slipped in just past dawn barely into Sagittarius at 0 degrees 7 minutes on the East Coast of the USA at 7:32 AM EST. Throughout the Eastern USA and Canada the rising sign was also Sagittarius, with Venus rising too. The holiday season begins with a triple date with the Sagittarius, the Cosmic Archer. Following the Scorpio eclipse at the last New Moon in October, which was all about water and mystery, this cycle is very bright and up front. People will calls it as they sees it. The decisions of the courts, attitudes toward International diplomacy, the value of higher education and the welfare of animals can all be prominent topics. The fixed star Yed Prior at 1 degree Sagittarius is influential. This small yellow star twinkles at the left hand of Ophicus. It relates to morality and scandals. New chapters in the story of the fallen icon Bill Cosby and other controversies are likely to make the news.
The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is A Grand Army of the Republic Campfire. This indicates a banding together to campaign for important issues, perhaps with candlelight vigils or bonfires. The keynote is like minded associates. Yuletide candles, such as burning holiday bayberry tapers for good luck and wealth, as well as Yule Logs to brighten the dark, cold nights near the Winter Solstice, will have universal appeal. Think of many lights and glitter for Christmas/Yule trees. The prominent Venus promises great appreciation for beautiful décor right now. Since Sagittarius relates to animals, why not decorate a tree for the birds and squirrels with popcorn and cranberries? Take photos or sketch the grateful visitors. The bird and squirrel pictures can serve as unique holiday keepsakes to share with loved ones.
Mercury is conjunct Saturn in Scorpio square Jupiter in Leo with this lunation. Conspiracy theories, secrets and subtleties abound. There is great sorrow and conflict locally over the destruction of so many historic sites and the few wilderness preserves we have left in Central Florida. The latest is an iconic hotel built in 1926 on Washington St. There are so many vacant office spaces already that could be used. The beloved land marks take so little room, yet will soon all be just a memory. Sadly, its all for the empty cliché excuse of creating jobs. Neptune in Pisces squares the Sagittarius placements in this chart showing that many will buy into the mirage and illusions. At least for the time being.
Write your personal wish list under this Sagittarius New Moon, focus on writing, education, travel, animal companions, philosophy, exploring your faith and truth. Watch them manifest as Luna waxes toward Full on December 6.

Names for the Full Moons were a part of the culture of early peoples around the globe since star gazers first observed how the heavens reflect life on Earth below. There are a variety of different lists of Full Moon names. The Maine Farmers’ Almanac seems to have been the first almanac to publish Native American “Indian” Full Moon names in the 1930′s. Here is a list which originally seems to have been compiled for the boy scouts nearly a century ago. An early list of “Indian month names” was published in 1918 by Daniel Carter Beard in his The American Boy’s Book of Signs, Signals and Symbols for use by the boy scouts. Beard’s “Indian” month names were:

January: Difficulty, Black Smoke
February: Raccoon, Bare Spots on the Ground
March: Wind, Little Grass, Sore-Eye
April: Ducks, Goose-Eggs
May: Green Grass, Root-Food
June: Corn-Planting, Strawberry
July: Buffalo (Bull), Hot Sun
August: Harvest, Cow Buffalo
September: Wild Rice, Red Plum
October: Leaf-Falling, Nuts
November: Deer-Mating, Fur-Pelts
December: Wolves, Big Moon
What do you think of this version of Moon names? Can you relate it to the Moon’s impact on your own spiritual path?

Astrological reflections about Joan Rivers ... born June 8, 1933, 2am in Brooklyn, NY, she had Aries rising, the Sun, Mercury and Venus in Gemini, oppose a Full Sagittarius Moon. Her gift of spicy gab and assertive pioneer spirit are certainly reflected in this chart. She had a Mars-Neptune conjunction in Virgo this has been called the White Witch or Lamp of Aladdin aspect. Mars conjunction Neptune people have a unique gift for manifestation of their wishes. Mars is also conjunct Jupiter and Neptune. This shows the ability to attune to the masses and gives “The kind of personality lesser mortals pray for”, to quote Astrologer Grant Lewi about the Mars-Jupiter conjunction. That Mars-Jupiter conjunction appears in the horoscopes of many U.S. Presidents, it gives tremendous charisma. The Virgo placements also show a critical tendency. Everyone definitely knew when Joan was annoyed. Her natal mutable T-square was turned into a grand cross by transit on September 4, 2014, the date of her death. Neptune (rules medications) was in Pisces, square and oppose the Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius placements. Transit Venus and Jupiter were in Leo, the sign which especially relates to entertainers, suggesting a peaceful passing and a life well lived. Joan said once at a venue “I hate old people, if you’re old, get out,”. Looking decades younger than her age (that’s a Gemini trait) she went out with so much love and acclaim. Her passage was a heartbreaking shock to her fans and daughter, but probably was a peaceful and painless one for the great lady herself.

Holiday Craft

Cookies that are For The Birds

August 25, 2014 10:12 AM EDT

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

The Moon is waxing now, growing larger day by day toward the final of the three Super Full Moons. This special and bright Full Moon takes place on September 8. Start new projects, promote goals, reach out to others, make applications. Others are receptive and tend to say “yes” to suggestions. Move forward toward the future. “Onward and Upward” is a great mantra to chant for the next two weeks, until September 8 when the lunar tides will shift again. This is the longest lunar month this year, spanning August 25 – September 24. The Moon is changeable, its appearance and rate of movement is variable and inconstant, as Shakespeare’s Juliet knew.

Holiday Craft
Cookies That Are For The Birds!
These birdseed cookies will help the lovely feathered ones get through the winter once their food supplies dwindle. They will also make nice, inexpensive holiday gifts to give those who enjoy bird watching. I remember an old story titled “The Birds’ Christmas tree” about a poor family whose only Christmas celebration was to decorate a small pine tree outside with scraps for the birds. Anyway, here is the recipe.
2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup sugar, 2/3 veg shortening (Crisco), 2 cracked eggs (isn’t this ingredient cannibal or vampire – zombie like?), 3/4 cup birdseed – small seeds. cookie cutters and paper clips and yarn.
Sift all the dry ingredients together, cut in the Crisco. Add eggs, knead until smooth.
Chill overnight, roll dough to 1/4 inch, cut into shapes with cookie cutters (stars are nice). Press extra bird seed into the top of the cookies, perhaps using some sunflower, pumpkin or other colors of seeds for decoration, gently into the top of the cookies. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, until the cookies are hard. (some versions of birdseed cookie  recipes suggest adding wire or paper clip hanger before baking, but those might harm the birds) Just string with yarn and hang on a tree, fence, window sill, etc. for the birds to enjoy. Get a camera ready, you can get some lovely photos to include with your holiday cards from the beautiful and grateful birds. I just made a batch to give as holiday gifts to others who love the birds.

Hi Astrologers,
Robin Williams was born July 21, 1951, 1:34 pm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lauren Bacall was born Sept 16, 1924 at 2:00 AM in New York City, if you want to set up the charts.
Robin’s ascendant was 11 Scorpio, with Saturn and Mars by transit aspecting it. Lauren had recently passed her 3rd Saturn Return in Scorpio. There are many other intriguing chart points to consider, but these stood out. So many people have called to ask me about the celebrity deaths. There are 4 placements in Leo, the sign of the entertainment world, right now (Sun, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury). The Leo planets were quincunx (150 degree aspect sometimes called an inconjunct) the Moon and Neptune in Pisces. The quincunx has an a 6th(health) and 8th (death) house connotation. The Moon has a bearing on the flow of daily life. I have found Neptune to be very prominent in death charts.

A Faerie Blessing For Late Summer

While the blossom of our dreams has never faded
Savoring fruits and flowers both good and evil
Call to the embattled multitude by flame and air
You who soar,in flames above wings
Amid the storms of mortality
You reply with rapturous music sunset until the dawn of morning breaks There is a grey and white whisper and an ending
Of the touch of wings and a glimpse of a white hand or foot
Adorned in dew crystals with tiny rainbows of hope.

Scribed by Dikki-Jo as chanted by the fey ones in the back garden

The Moon’s Gentle  Healing Magic and Kwan Yin

 Here is an invocation to the kindly Moon Goddess. Chant it to maximize the positive potentials of the celestial energies at Full and New Moons. Astrologically the Moon has a bearing on emotions, children, family life, changes in general, plant growth and weather.

Kwan Yin

This Oriental Goddess Moon Goddess resonates with the emotional needs of all. A being of infinite compassion and mercy, this kindly universal mother figure never turns her back on those who seek her help. Recite the invocation below daily to draw support from Kwan Yin. She will assist in all areas of your life which require improvement.

Invocation to Kwan Yin

“Homage to Kwan Yin, who holds

the willow branch. Homage to the vase

hand of Kwan Yin,

Bodhistiva of mercy, whose right

hand heals, she drives away

illness. Her left hand holds the vase

from which streams the nectar of

wisdom and compassion.. May it

be sprinkled on me. All merciful and divine

mother from the East.”

(Note: Sometimes her name is also spelled Quan Yin or Kuan Yin)

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