Many stories are told of the Full Moon … when you gaze upon Luna’s bright face, what do you see? Most of us see something, personifying the images in the Moon even has a name … it’s called “lunar pareidolia” . The light and dark images on Luna’s surface speak to moon gazers across time and space. One’s vantage point on Earth has an impact of course. In East Asia there is a magical rabbit- mixing the cakes of a long life elixir, In New Zealand there is a Maori lady named Rona, banished forever for her disrespect to the bleak and inky rock from the beautiful Earth, in India the hand prints of Astangi Mata appear, she is the mother of all things and is waving farewell to her children. In Hawaii the Moon shows a banyan tree sacred to Hina. Her name is from Mahina, a native word which means “moon”. Hina is always busy, she makes cloth of the banyan bark. The Man in the Moon gazes down upon Europe and the USA. Legend says he was formed from ancient lava flows. Another version teaches that he was banished for not keeping the Sabbath and must perpetually carry a heavy burden of sticks across the sky. What do you see as you look at this last full Moon of the long winter?
Late Winter Full Moon in Virgo
March 16, 2014
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer
The final Full Moon of what has seemed like many to be an endless winter falls on the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day, March 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm EDT at 26 degrees of Virgo. Its influences will linger until the next Full Moon on April 15, 2014.
The fixed star Markab twinkles near this lunation. Markab is a white star in the wing of the constellation of Pegasus, the flying horse of myth. With a nature of Mercury and Mars, Markab has a traditional link with travel. A ship returning from afar is one of its images. Perhaps there might be some news about the Malaysian Airlines jet which vanished into thin air. The disappearance brings to mind an old tale of the Japanese Devil Sea in Asia. It reflects the more familiar Bermuda Triangle off the coast of Florida. There are accounts of ships disappearing near those parts of the world long ago. If there isnt news of the missing aircraft near the time of this Full Moon, the vanishing could remain forever a mystery. I would not discount an encounter with aliens being responsible for the disappearance.
The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon of March 16 reads Grand Dames at Tea. Living life with aplomb, using the wisdom of past experiences and accomplishments to draw upon intuition to guide the present and future is the message. It would be a wonderful time to try tea leaf reading. Swirl the leaves after enjoying a cup of your favorite brew and take a glimpse into the designs and symbols for some guidance concerning the season to come. Remember, its not how much you have, but what you do with what you’ve been given. Bread and water can so easily become toast with tea. and There are no problems which cant be solved over a cup of tea. are some favorite meditations to try while enjoying a relaxing time out for tea during this the Full Moon.
The Native Americans call this The Full Moon of the Big Wind. The fresh breezes begin to stir the dullness of winter. Which way does the wind seem to be blowing in your own life?
For the Pagans this is The Chastity Moon, it hints at embracing the freshness and innocence of spring. A spring cleaning of the heart as well as the dwelling place and reflections about the deeper messages of Lent are suggested. Forgive and forget.
The stirring of the wee folk, leprechauns, fairies, elves and pixies is promised as winter ebbs and nature awakens. St. Patricks Day, a holiday which has come to be celebrated all month long, is brightened by the Full Moon phase. Its the day when everyone is Irish, suggesting a zest for life and laughter.
The current planetary transits place a powerful emphasis on the water signs of the zodiac. The Sun, Chiron and Neptune are in Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Cancer. Sentiment and emotion are at a peak. The quality of water and the healing qualities of sacred streams and waters can be accented. Give thanks for a glass of fresh, cool water. Preserving history and keepsakes can be dear to the heart. In Orlando, Florida (a Cancer ruled area) the preservation of historic Tinker Field, a sports stadium which dates to the early 20th Century, has been headlining local news. Retrograde Mars is near the Moons node in Libra, showing that questions justice and balance will concern many. Mercury and Venus in Aquarius accent politics and human rights issues. Uranus and Pluto maintain a close square, showing deep challenges and emerging changes in the status
quo. The volatile political situation in Russia, a Scorpio and Pluto ruled nation, can generate global implications in the days ahead.
In The Celtic Zodiac this Full Moon of March 16, 2014 greets the final days of The Ash Tree sign. The Ash Tree (February 18 – March 17) is about protection. Baby cradles and shepherds crooks as well as cottage fires were once made of ash wood, to invoke protection over the vulnerable. Neptune’s trident, the Old Irish Children of the God Lir, the Swans are symbols sacred to this sign. Translucence and purity, cherish life as a fragile water color painting, poetic writing, self renewal and attunement to the changes coming in natures moods with the promise of spring and the Easter/ Ostara season are part of the Ash Trees message. Spring begins near high noon on Thursday with the vernal equinox on March 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm EDT.
Here is a powerful planting ritual to try that day in order to plant prosperity and success in your own life. The Moon is in Scorpio on March 20, which is excellent for gardening and planting!
Springtime Magic … The Wishing Flower
At the vernal equinox
To manifest a cherished wish plant a bulb, (an amaryllis, tulip or iris works well), in your garden or in a new container while thinking thoughts of love, happiness, growth and harmony. Focus on and visualize only one specific wish. It should be of something good which you would like to be a part of your future. While planting the bulb chant:
As this root grows and as this blossom blows, may what I seek be turned onto me!
Nurture the plant with water, sunlight and attention. Repeat the chant often over the growing shoots as they become a mature plant with flowers. As the plant grows, so will your special wish. This effective blessing can be used to draw the right special someone into the life of one who is lonely, the perfect job, opportunity to travel or study, a spiritual awakening, finding a collectible, the perfect pet, enhancing artistic talent or whatever else one would like. This ritual comes from Eastern European spiritual folk traditions.
The Twin Black Moons of 2014
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
Two rare Black Moons promise to lend an extra special note of mystery and magic to the early months of 2014. Most of us know something of the legends of a Blue Moon, which is the second Full Moon in a single month. Once in a Blue Moon is a phrase which suggests serendipity and delight. The popular song Blue Moon hints at this. A Black Moon is even more mystical. It is seldom understood and is frequently mentioned only in a whisper. Usually occurring every two and a half to three years or so, the Black Moon comes when a month has two New Moons (instead of the usual single New Moon). The double lunation is associated with higher consciousness, hidden wisdom, the deepening of communication with the angelic, fairy and spiritual realms. Light a black or silver candle and meditate on the magic of other dimensions.
2014 is unique in that there are two Black Moons, one on January 30 at 4:38 PM EST and the other on March 30 at 2:45 pm EDT. The month of February has no New Moon at all. Carefully and thoughtfully write a wish list on the day of the Black Moon just after the lunation occurs and watch your wishes come true.
The Black Moon is a mystical, not an astronomical term. Some sources refer to the time shortly before each New Moon as the dark of the Moon or Black Moon too. Is the Black Moon a myth or a magical reality? Does it have special energies and open a state of higher awareness? 2014 is the perfect time to explore the idea and decide for yourself.
The January 30 lunation is at 10 degrees Aquarius 55 minutes, the Uranus-Mercury decanate of the sign. This is close to the fixed star Armus, in the heart of The Goat. With a Mercurial-Martian nature this star shines on controversial ideas and debates. Humor, diplomacy and a kind word or two are helpful when Armus is active. The Sabian Symbol reads Man tête-à-tête with his inspiration. Ecstatic insights, idealism and a yearning to do good in the world are linked to this degree. This Black Moon finds Venus completing its retrograde and Jupiter is oppose Pluto. Relationships are reaching a turning point, others offer transformative perspectives. Be aware of how others are impacting your life. Its a good time to learn about other religious and philosophical beliefs.
The March 30 lunation is at 9 degrees Aries 59 minutes, in the double Mars ruled decanate of Aries. This is near the fixed star Algenib. This white star twinkles at the wing tip of Pegasus and carries the traveler forward. The popular phrase from WW II Britain Keep calm and carry on is a good mantra for this Black Moon. Cultivating a good state of mind and being careful to avoid accident hazards is essential. This lunation conjoins Uranus, sudden changes and various surprises are in store. Its a good time to study astrology. Rise to the mood of the moment. The Sabian Symbol is The President of the Country. World leaders might be in the news more than usual. Values and recognition are emphasized with the March 30 Black Moon.
The Goddess Hecate has been associated with the Black Moon. She is a sovereign of storms, the night and cross roads. Often Hecate travels alone or with black birds and canines. Here is a poem to say at the Black Moon to honor Hecate and ask her blessing.
Hecate of the Black Moon
In the chill and still, velvet of nightfall ,
By the Black Moon and starlight silver
The Magical One dons a cape and turns to flight.
Soaring above the tired shadows of Earth,
Hecate flies over the trees soundless
Her companions are a black raven and a coal colored hound.
Her voice touches the dark. She begins to sing,
Timeless sounds of power solemnly ring,
Night Goddess; Magic arrives on Wing.
2014 – A Universal Seven Year
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
Calendars and numbers naturally go together. The numbers of the days, months and years help to orient us. Numbers are essential to sanity and happiness, they help us find our way amid the chaos. There is something so comforting about numbers. Since earliest times they have been linked to sacred teachings. A wonderful way to begin to understand number patterns is to consider the Universal Year. 2014 is 2+0+1+4 = 7. So 2014 is a seven year. Seven is magical, it has been compared to God. The days of the week, colors in the rainbow, chakra in the body, musical notes in the scale, visible planets all are seven in number. The triumph of progress over the past, of the spiritual over the material, seven is contemplative, solitary, dreamy and creative. Seven occurs often in nature in flowering plants. Buddha often is portrayed seated on a seven petaled lotus. The Tree of Life is usually drawn with seven branches. There are many other references to the sacred seven in the world around us. Many consider the seven especially lucky.
What does the Seven Universal Year hold for you? To determine your own personal year number add your month and day of birth to seven, then keep adding the numbers together until just one single digit remains. Here is a list of the number meanings for some quick insights.
One - will, leadership, vitality, independence, beginnings
Two – sensitive, partners, emotions, receptive
Three – expansion, creative, diplomatic, sociable
Four- structured, boundaries, limitations, physical, grounded
Five – dual, communicates, restless, adventure, witty, clever
Six – domestic, loyal, concerned, artistic, refined, cultured
Seven- intellectual, mysterious, mystical, reserved, occultism
Eight - tenacious, materialist, accomplished, powerful, upward mobility
Nine – universal, endings, humane, broad scope, spiritual, reflective
Finish up things in your nine year, begin afresh in a one year. Marry in a two or six year. Work hard in a four or eight year. Take risks in a three year, try multi-tasking in a five year. Meditate and contemplate, enjoy peace and privacy in your personal seven year.
(This feature is dedicated to the memory of Numerology Joe Fullington, 1934 – 2013, he was a number one Leo and such a great friend and extraordinary numerologist)
Chinese Chance Your Future
January 31, 2014 – February 18, 2015
The Journey of The Wood Horse For Each of the Twelve Zodiac Signs
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
Patience is your key to success. Make conservative financial choices. Maintain tolerance, project a live and let live attitude toward others. Keep emotional situations in perspective and business relationships light and friendly.
This year fitness is a focus, you will be especially interested in healthy foods and life styles. Your schedule will be hectic, getting everything done in a timely manner is important. Research, being well informed, increasing your knowledge through study will help assure your success this year. Being determined helps, through sheer persistence you will win out. Charitable endeavors are appealing to you. You will want to help those less fortunate.
Chinese Astrology says that the Horse brings Tiger extra projects. Expect to find yourself hard at work. Be diligent and all will be well, but its not the time for risk taking. Practicality is the key to success in the year to come. Heed the obvious.
Travel, playing host, and meeting helpful people highlight this year. An old disappointment fades away, what has been lost is won back again. Life is calm, health is good.
Unexpected news brings surprise twists of fate, its a roller coaster ride for you. There is some uncertainty. Affirm the best, keep a cheerful mind set and all works out well in the end.
The Horse brings some competitive situations your way. You will strive both to be understood and to understand others. Avoid initiating any legal challenges, focus on being very practical, patient efforts bring rewards. Managing time and schedules well helps all to move ahead smoothly. The winter solstice of 2014 is fortunate for you.
Make hay while the Sun shines horsey! Prance forward confidently. Its your time to race to victory. A cherished wish is fulfilled, enjoy a reward and cultivate promising opportunities. A new cycle begins. Release the past, overcome a negative habit.
The Horse promises hard work, laborious demands but also great rewards in the end. Its a productive and busy bee time which will add to your long term security. Be careful not to interfere with the problems of others, even if your intentions are only to help. A touch of independence would be preferable. Creative pursuits, enjoy music and theater, taking the time to record and interpret your dreams will all be worthwhile
The Horse brings progress, but encourages you to be low key and not to attract lots of attention. Avoid confrontations with egotistical people and be serious in serious situations. Others might not have a sense of humor. New opportunities are out there, be observant, subtle actions on your part pay off. The year ends well.
Horse can gallop in with some minor financial concerns early on. Do not gamble on an investment or tie up all of your funds, keep the cash liquid. Be sure to eat enough healthy, nourishing food. A diet too low in calories might weaken you. Overall it will be an agreeable year, you have much approval and support from loved ones.
Expect intensity. Keeping faith strong and getting a handle on anxiety is essential. Finances are taking a turn for the better. Before the end of 2014. You will be wondering about long term objectives and making many plans for your personal future. Patience is important, but see others as they are. You can be overly idealistic this year.
Horse brings a sense of healing and recovery from old set backs. Forgive and forget, look forward to the future, never back at the past. Relationships of all kinds are improving, let the heart rule the head. Manage your own financial matters, trusting your own intuition over advice offered by others. Overall you will do well this year!
Chinese Astrology And Feng Shui
The Year of the Wood Horse
January 31, 2014 – February 18, 2015
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer and Feng Shui Consultant
The oldest of the worlds zodiacs follows a cycle of twelve years. The legend is that Buddha invited all of the animals to his birthday party. The twelve who came were each rewarded with a year and the promise that they would be the animals to hide in the hearts of those born that year. The Horse is the seventh of the twelve animals Buddha rewarded with stewardship.
Five elements (fire, water, metal, earth and wood) distinguish the animals. Every sixty years the pattern of element-animal pairs repeats. Those born during a Horse Year are passionate in love, enthusiastic, independent, optimistic and quite strong – both physically and intellectually.
They do have a tinge of selfishness though and can be quick tempered.
Strong willed and earthy, the Wood Horse tosses its head with determination. This is the year to act upon new ideas and inspirations. Innovative techniques, courage and using the element of surprise, leads to winning situations. Remember the legend of the Trojan Horse. The Horse cherishes a free spirit. Allow others ample liberty while you persistently trot along your chosen path without compromising. Success awaits at the end of the trail.
Years of the Horse
1918, 1930, 1942, 1954,
1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Gong Hoy Fot Choy ( Greetings of Riches, Improve Your Fortunes!)
Feng Shui Guidelines To Follow For The Horse
In the Far East astrology includes suggestions to improve the cycle of luck and happiness by incorporating auspicious selections into your life regarding diet, daily activity schedules, home décor and other choices. Here are the preferences which will attract favor to The Horse and assure a positive future.
Colors: coffee brown, ebony and purple
Music: the human voice – chanting and choir music
Crystals: topaz, beryl
Drink: red wine
Tree: white birch
Flavor: sweet and sour
Lucky Number: 8
Motto: I Control
Western Astrology Correspondence: Gemini
Season: Spring, Summer
Lucky Hours: 11 am – 1 pm
Animals: horses, donkeys, wild cats
The Way of the Moon New and Full Moons in 2014
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer
Note: New and Full Moon days are powerful cycles for growth and turning points, be aware of how they impact you during the year to come.
(Black Moon, 3/30/14 is the second New Moon in a single month in the same year. Its another very rare occurrence to have two Black Moons or Fairy Moons in a single year!)