The Cosmology of Bears – Astrologically Bears Are Ruled By the Planet Saturn

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

“Bears are made of the same dust as we, and breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters.” … -John Muir on American Black Bears …

If only reading this famous and touching quote about bears by the famous naturalist John Muir could somehow inspire the wholesale slaughter of black bears in Central Florida to be stopped. Soon it will be too late. In just the last few days (Easter Week, 2014) at least 7 huge, beautiful bears have been murdered by the State of Florida Wildlife Management. All because ignorant, selfish, arrogant people barbeque out, place garbage and build huge homes near designated wildlife areas known to have rare and endangered animals who struggle to find a tiny corner of Central Florida in which to survive. Then they complain when the bears create a tiny incident of trauma in their lives. On national and local television this week one of these, an especially stupid, selfish woman has drummed up the latest bear massacre by whining and showing her wounds following a bear encounter.

The bears do have some rights, people like this won’t quit until every single bear is gone if this keeps up. I am wearing a pendant with a bear paw on it purchased from an Eskimo artist as a talisman, trying to invoke protection and healing over this tragedy, this holocaust. Doesn’t anyone else care about the fate of these glorious and quite human like creatures being victimized? Don’t feel that if you do care that we are powerless, never doubt that even one or two people dedicated to making a change in the world can. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

As I am writing this the Moon is transiting Scorpio and conjunct Saturn, the celestial ruler of bears. The Moon governs public opinion, emotions and the flow of daily life. This should be a time to gather support and a saving solution for these wonderful and so endangered beings.

The astrological tie bears have to the planet Saturn describes a challenging existence, with many odds to be overcome. Late May, 2014 finds Saturn in Scorpio, the sign of death, trine Jupiter, the cosmic healer, in Cancer. This aspect pattern widely trines Neptune in Pisces. Neptune represents salvation and also has a link with the wilderness. Late May, just before Memorial Day, might mark a crucial turning point concerning whether the bear population will be completely annihilated in Central Florida or whether measures will be taken to stop the senseless slaughter in progress at present. The Teddy Bear became a popular toy over a Century ago when President Teddy Roosevelt stopped the killing of some helpless bear cubs. Ever since these lovely creatures who have touched the hearts and lives of so many have been honored as cuddly teddy bear toys. However, these noble beasts cant be treated as toys, fed jelly doughnuts, then dubbed as nuisance bears and killed.

In the Native American Zodiac the Bear corresponds to the sign of Virgo. These gentle giants of the forest have agile paws, almost like hands, able to catch fish and gather berries. Those born under the totem of the Bear need plenty of sleep, as evidenced by the hibernation time of the bear, Bear natives, Virgos, are often adept with precision instruments and have great hand-eye coordination, showing skill with keyboards.

The Big and Little Dipper constellations are also Ursa Major and Minor, or the Big and Little Bear. On a clear night soon, locate them in the sky and send out a heartfelt prayer for the welfare of the bears struggling to live at all against the brutality and ignorance here in Florida.

The role of bears in mythology as spiritual creatures is profound. Among the Native Americans bear have been revered as totems for healing. The Chippewa and Sioux have a saying that following the bear path leads to good medicine. The Pawnee have a bear dance during which the dancers hold their hands to the Sun, to represent healing paws. There are over 200 variants of 20 different bear tales from Europe, all centering around humans of super human ability and strength who were raised by bears. Bears have, since earliest times been among the most beloved of guardians, healers and intercessors. Let’s advocate for them now.

Here is a poem I wrote grocery shopping in Winn Dixie, they had such pretty daffodils in the flower section …

Daffodil Springtime

I am always in love – with bright yellow faces
With innocence welcoming the spring

Their brave greeting to April’s concert, a painting
bird calls chirp over a yellow-gold stage Promising, rejoicing calling to all:

‘ We are here! Here we are! ’

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 the full Moon?

Magical workings during eclipses (which are always at Full or New Moons) are thought to be especially effective. Witches can experiment with esbat rituals at these powerful times. Eclipses herald the unexpected. Mystical experiences, turning points involving the weather and political events can be anticipated.
The popular story of the four blood red moons due to appear in the years 2014 and 15 was first brought to light using the NASA web site,it has been discovered that four total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 15 correlated exactly with four Jewish feast days:

April 15, 2014 Feast of Passover Total

October 8, 2014 Feast of Tabernacles Total

April 4, 2015 Feast of Passover Total

September 28, 2015 Feast of Tabernacles Total

This series of four lunar eclipses, called a Tetrad, falling on four feast days is very rare and will not happen again in this century. Also discovered that there would be two total solar eclipses and two partial solar eclipses during the same time periods.

April 29, 2014 Partial Solar Eclipse

October 23, 2014 Total Solar Eclipse
March 20, 2015 Total Solar Eclipse

September 13, 2015 Partial Solar Eclipse

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

Year 4712

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

Year 4712

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

Fragrance: wildflower

Tree: white birch

Flavor: sweet and sour

Lucky Number: 8

Flower: narcissus

Food: vegetables

Spice: cloves

Herb: parsley

Motto: I Control

Western Astrology Correspondence: Gemini

Direction: South

Season: Spring, Summer

Lucky Hours: 11 am – 1 pm

Animals: horses, donkeys, wild cats

Metal: silver

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.


New Moons


Mar 30

(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!)

Apr 29

May 28

Jun 27

July 26

Aug 25

Sept 24

Oct 23

Nov 22

Dec 21

Full Moons

Mar 16

Apr 15

May 14

Jun 12

July 12

Aug 10

Sept 8

Oct 8

Nov 6

Dec 6


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