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New Moon of the Sacred Cat

Saturday, July 26, 2014

This cosmic influence sets the pace until the Virgo New Moon

(on August 25, 2014)  begins a new lunar month.

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Just as the light of late afternoon ( East Coast, USA time) is starting to fade into the gold of a setting summer Sun, on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm EDT, the Moon will be new at 3 degrees Leo 51 minutes. This is in the double Sun ruled decanate of the Lion. Sunlight will mingle with shadows and its a time for cat magic. My antiquarian copy of Degrees of the Zodiac Symbolized by the 19th Century astrologer Charubel dedicates this 4th degree of Leo to

A cat watching its prey. Be suave, patient and prudent. Desires will be accomplished through maintaining a dedicated and cat-like effort. Sip a cup of catnip tea to find inner peace and a way to accomplish goals; the prey sought in an increasingly complex and turbulent world. Catnip tea (nepeta cataria) has been used medicinally for thousands of years for calming frazzled nerves and promoting sleep. It drives cats into fits of ecstasy. Perhaps there is a reminder here about the healing qualities of sleep, cats often sleep 18 hours a day. Dreams and sleep belong to the spirit realm along with felines, the companions of witches, fairies and deities. Be sure to get enough rest during the next four week period.

Write a wish list, especially for all things related to Leo, during the 8 hours following the New Moon on Saturday night. Recreation, games, creativity, children and romance are all linked to Leo. Reread the list several times and watch your wishes manifest as the Moon waxes toward Full. The Sun and Moon are conjunct Jupiter in Leo. This promises a hot weather time marked by fires. Candle rituals can be especially effective. The Leo placements are square Mars in Scorpio emphasizing risks, adventure and competition. This is a volatile astrological aspect pattern. Those who have natal planets in the first decanate of the fixed signs would do well to direct anger constructively. Amber is a wonderful talisman stone to wear to curb fury. Remember that anger is a just a letter away from danger. Keep your temper. No one else needs it, especially now. There can be an escalation of tensions in Russia, a Scorpio ruled nation, in the weeks ahead while war like Mars transits Scorpio.

A grand trine in the water signs adds sensitivity, sentiment and emotional expression to the celestial mix. Neptune in Pisces, Mars as well as Saturn in Scorpio and Mercury and Venus in Cancer will activate extra rainfall and usher in a tendency to be guided by feelings and instinct. The well aspected Cancer planets favor updating diaries and photo albums, scrap booking, writing about the family and ancestry, adding to collections and antique hunting. Good bargains can be had in real estate, its a great time to focus on home life and assembling the best living arrangements and life style.

Household Cat Magic

Here is a beautiful and powerful bit of ritual cat magic to bless a dwelling. It will induce a friendly spirit entity to enter the residence, bringing order and happiness. Offer your favorite cat a delicious meal, perhaps of fish and cream. The hold the kitty, stroking its fur until it purrs and let yourself focus on it, merging as one with the felines thoughts and feelings. Utter this charm, chanting it three times.

“Magic one without a name,

Welcome here, make life a game,

Cat is sent, errand bound,

Bring you here, you will be found,

May you of kind heart be

As you make of this home good company.”

When your kitty jumps down to run playfully away, the spell has worked and a friendly goblin, elf, pixie or brownie will soon make its presence known.

July 26th is The Feast of St. Anne. Those who practice Christian Witchcraft know her as a goddess of fresh waters, white light, a clean home and healthful living. Commit a random act of kindness at this New Moon to invoke St. Anne’s graces and blessings. Use white linens and wear white to connect with this tidy lady and light a pure white candle to call upon seek her aid.

The fixed star Praesaepe sparkles close to this Leo lunation. Praesaepe represents the stable sheltering the beloved donkeys ridden by Vulcan and Bacchus. Its actually a star cluster which brightens the head of the Crab and releases a Moon-Martian energy. Emotions over rule logic. Guard the eyes from too much sunlight or other hazards. Overall the world news will continue to be turbulent. Personal wellness and peace can be found through faith, meditation and strategically avoiding controversy, potentially volatile people and places. When in doubt, shelter in your own stable to sleep on it. Solutions can come upon awakening or during a dream. Wait things out and see how the wind blows rather than acting on impulse at present.

The Solar Return is the astrological term for “birthday”. It’s when the Sun returns to the exact degree and minute for the current year it occupied at birth. Usually this chart is calculated for the current place of residence. Sometimes the Solar Return will be the day before or after the actual birthday. A solar return chart will describe what can be expected during the birthday year ahead. We really celebrate birthdays because of the Solar Return, the candles, cakes and other niceties are to honor the Sun and welcome in the positive spirits of the year to come. The Sun’s place in the horoscope reveals where and how we shine. The Sun sign is the only part of the birth chart most people know of. Solar Return Horoscopes are available as personal consultations or by regular mail by Astrologer Dikki-Jo. This reading offers a wonderful way to get a perspective on the potentials promised for the year ahead while celebrating your future.

Summer Full Moon Poem
By Dikki-Jo
Crisp are the early mornings
Fog encroaches
A strong breeze makes the leaves speak
Autumn has a distant approach
Always I love to stroll
Around the quiet lake
Doves and geese scatter as I pass by
Cypress trees quiver
Urged for no reason,
New delight
At the changed season.
Thank you world, I say
with my whole heart and soul,
Just for the ability to see and hear
All of this beauty.
It is enough.

The full moons on July 12, August 10 and September 9,2014 are supermoons because the moon and Earth are less than 361863 kilometers (224851 miles) apart.

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term “supermoon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This has proven to be true many times. A thumbs up for the validity of astrology! Astrologer Rick Nolle coined this term, it appeared in Dell Horoscope magazine in 1979. Rick is a brilliant astrologer whom I once had the privilege to meet briefly before he moved from Florida out of state.

The most recent occurrence was on 30 January 2014. The next occurrence will be on 10 August 2014, which will be the closest encounter in 2014.

The opposite phenomenon, an apogee-syzygy, has been called a micromoon,though this term is not as widespread as supermoon.

The Moon’s distance varies each month between approximately 357,000 kilometers (222,000 mi) and 406,000 km (252,000 mi) due to its elliptical orbit around the Earth (distances given are center-to-center).

According to NASA, a full moon at perigee is up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than one at its farthest point, or apogee.

The name SuperMoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, arbitrarily defined as:

…A new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.

Nolle described that the moon causes “geophysical stress” during the time of a supermoon. He predicted a major hurricane at the time he coined the word, this did indeed occur and it coincided with a supermoon.

The term supermoon is not used within the astronomical community, which use the term perigee-syzygy or perigee full/new moon. Perigee is the point at which the Moon is closest in its orbit to the Earth, and syzygy is a full or new moon, when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun aligned. Hence, a supermoon can be regarded as a combination of the two, although they do not perfectly coincide each time.

Rings of Saturn Shade a Full Moon

Full Moon in Capricorn

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

Saturday, July 12, 2014

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

Summer’s first Full Moon ushers in a strong Saturnine mood. The lunation falls in Saturn’s sign of Capricorn on Saturday (Saturn’s Day), July 12, 2014 at 7:25 AM EDT. For most of the East Coast, USA this is also a Saturn planetary hour. Saturn, the ringed planet, is all about parameters, boundaries, economic and generation gaps, time, resources and responsibilities. A tight Grand Cardinal Cross is formed with the Sun and Moon at 20 degrees Cancer and Capricorn, respectively, square Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries. This cosmic cross pattern, formed of all squares and oppositions, is hectic, patience is scant and there is a desire to get projects going immediately amid blockages. The secret to coping is to select priorities. What is the most important topic or need in your life? Take care of that first, let everything else go. It will unfold in divine time and order. This is the first of three Supermoons  during the summer of 2014. A  Supermoon is closer to the Earth than usual so, its influence has been linked to unusual weather and seismic events as well as political upheaval.  If life seems like something of a “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride right now, just hold on, smile and attribute the craziness to the cosmos.

The fixed star Deneb in Capricorn is quite close to this Full Moon. Deneb is a green star, it twinkles in the Eagle’s tail and conveys a mood of Mars and Jupiter. Liberal values, military campaigns and emerging leadership are associated with the prominence of this star.

The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is A Relay Race. Values are established through human interaction. A competitive spirit prevails. The keyword is Fitness. Focus on wholesome thoughts, foods and lifestyles. The strongly aspected Mars in its sign of detriment underscores all of the news about soccer and how the various wins and losses are affecting fans as The World Soccer Cup has global coverage. Any peace is especially fragile and a warlike mood prevails on the international scene as well as within neighborhoods and family life. Cope by remembering to be kind and keep a sense of humor. Almost everyone, even those one might not care for, is fighting a hard battle. All of this is just energy, seek a positive way to direct it and frustrations will evaporate in time. Time in all of its many applications plays a powerful role in all that is affected by Saturn.

Saturn has an impact on both physical and mental health. Keep well by seeking good company and frequenting positive surroundings. Jupiter, the largest planet, is in Cancer, its sign of exaltation. Jupiter is the cosmic healer, Cancer has an affinity with the water, home and food. Eat healthy foods and take care of the body, the temple of the spirit, with enough rest. How can you make your home more peaceful and comfortable? What about a peaceful walk along the shore or a healing bath?

The Sun is applying to form a conjunction aspect to Jupiter. This can point to too much and too many as a theme. A surreal Twilight Zone of large crowds waiting in long lines can be a part of this. Contemplate the crowds gathering at the new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios here in Orlando.

Moon Names

Full Moon with Sun in Cancer and The Moon in Capricorn

Pagan   Mead Moon

A cycle of important work. New mown hay and the start of ale brewing in reserve for the winter ahead are honored. The phrase make hay while the Sun shines was originally coined to describe this cycle.

Native American    Strong Sun Moon

The life giving Sun mingles with Moons sensitive nurture to facilitate strength and growth.

The weather can be especially hot or otherwise extreme during the four weeks following this Full Moon. Perhaps the planet is reflecting human nature. The Capricorn Full Moon is separating from a conjunction with Pluto which has a bearing on ecology as well as economics. New ideas about conserving Earths natural treasures, historical preservation as well as coping with the economy can be among the emotional buttons being pushed.

Crystals and medicine stones to wear or carry for strength and healing at present include garnet (banishes grief and draws confidence), hematite (for stability), moonstone (for psychic attunement and emotional balance) and garnet (for virtue and friendship). Go for cool blue-green hues regarding wardrobe selections. Be on time for appointments. The popular World War II slogan Keep Calm and Carry On is a suitable mantra. Check your own horoscope for the houses ruled by the Cardinal signs of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn to determine how the Full Moon will activate your own situation.

To quote Edgar Cayce, “let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food”. Here is a delicious and easy recipe to make with ingredients ruled by some of the celestial influences which are so prominent right now.

Beer Bread

3 cups all purpose flour

1 ½ tsp salt

1 ½ TBS baking powder

3 TBS sugar

½ tsp oregano OR basil OR rosemary

12 oz bottle of beer, room temperature (Pabst Blue Ribbon works well, or your favorite brew)

½ stick (¼ cup melted) butter

¼ tsp granulated garlic (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients, then stir in the beer until the batter is smooth. Bake in a lightly greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Now take the melted butter (garlic butter if you prefer) and pour the butter over the bread. Can be served warm or cool.

This should help chase away the Full Moon lunar blues and restore well being.

Spiritual Healing And Problem Solving Technique

Mystical Numerology

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

For this beautiful and powerful esoteric Christian healing technique you will need ¼ cup of pure olive oil, an index card and pen and your Bible.

In the evening, when a difficulty concerns you, sit quietly and write the problem on the index card. Now add all of the digits together in your birthday, and reduce them. When you get to a number that corresponds to a Psalm. Stop. Read that Psalm aloud from the Bible. Pour the olive oil, using a dish, over the card. Leave it out overnight. Next morning right after you awaken, look again at what you wrote on the card. Have your morning tea or coffee, read the Psalm again and anoint yourself with the oil. The holy oil can be used to bless a candle, put on your hair, forehead, etc. An answer to the problem will come.

Example of how to do the numerology using a birth date of

December 15, 1954.

12 (for the month of December) + 15 + 1954 = 1981

1+9+8+1= 19. The 19th Psalm would work. You can go further and add 1+9 = 10 and use the 10th Psalm or add the numbers yet again and get Psalm 1. Use your intuition about when to stop and consult the Psalm which will relate to your birth number. This can be used again with the same or another apropos Psalm.

Dr. Maya Angelou
A Towering Rainbow Among Life’s Clouds
A Phenomenal Person’s Horoscope
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
Just by being herself Maya Angelou rose above a childhood of chilling tragedy to become a global superstar. Her final tweet, sent just a couple of days before her passing on May 28, 2014, read, “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”
The words were echoed around the world in social media as the life of a true American giant was honored. She was a respected teacher, friend and mentor whose important body of literary and artistic work inspired several generations. Although she never attended college herself, Maya Angelou preferred being referred to as Dr.. She did receive more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American Studies for many years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Born on April 4, 1928 at 2:10 pm CST in St. Louis, Missouri, Maya Angelou’s birth chart is that of a true Aries adventurer and pioneer. Her Sun, Uranus and Jupiter are widely conjunct in Aries showing originality, an unpredictable nature and a desire to explore and experience ever expanding horizons. The Sun and Jupiter form a mutually applying grand trine aspect in fire signs with Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Leo. This auspicious pattern indicates resilience, vitality and enthusiasm. Her natal Sun is also exactly square Pluto in Cancer, indicating a need to challenge and reinvent the status quo. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings , her first and perhaps most lasting literary contribution was published in 1969. It explored racism in a daring and memorable way in the historic era of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The cardinal sign transits at that time included Saturn in Aries and Jupiter and Uranus in Libra. This pattern profoundly impacted Angelous natal Moon, which is in Libra, as well as her Sun. A lunar eclipse on April 2, 1969, just before her 41st birthday, also reflected the lasting significance that the publication of this influential work would have both on readers and on the life of Angelou herself.
The Moon rules the early childhood years. At the age of 7 little Marguerite was sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend. After telling her brother about the attack, the abuser was murdered, probably beaten to death by the childrens’ uncles. Maya thought her voice had killed him and fell completely silent, not speaking again for nearly six years. Its interesting to note that her Moon forms a T-Square aspect. It opposes the Aries placements and squares Pluto, showing her turbulent start in life. At the same time her Libra Moon indicates her emotional attachment to justice as well as the fine arts. Libra rules the cusp of her 3rd house, the indicator for siblings in the birth chart. By all accounts the relationship with her brother was a loving and supportive one. It was he who gave her the nick name Maya, as he had trouble pronouncing Marguerite as a child. The nickname stuck.
Maya Angelou was born when the Moon was nearly Full, in the waxing gibbous phase. This puts her Part of Fortune in Aquarius in the 6th house. Looking toward the future, expressing progressive ideas, trouble shooting and attention to details can all be seen in this placement. Mayas natal Saturn is in Sagittarius in the 4th house, the sector of the chart which describes heritage and the childhood home. Saturn is the celestial heavy weight, showing where obstacles and challenges might appear. As a very small child she lived for a time in beneficial and favorable circumstances with grandparents before being returned to the chaotic home of her mother. Shortly afterward the attack occurred. Transit Saturn was in Pisces ( February, 1935 – April, 1937) and making the first square to its natal place, illustrating again a lack of comfort and safety at home. However, during the time that the traumatized little girl was shocked into silence the Saturn transit also conjoined her natal Mercury-Venus conjunction in Pisces, bringing a need to find a different kind of expression. It was then that Maya Angelou first began to write and invent stories. Later she would state that she wanted to write so well that readers wouldn’t even realize at first that they were reading, implying that they would be so immediately engrossed in the story. A natal Mercury-Venus conjunction often gives a creative and appealing command of language. In sensitive, imaginative Pisces this Mercury-Venus conjunction aspect becomes especially lyrical and poetic in expressing ideas.
Maya studied dance and drama in San Francisco during her early teens. Standing 6 feet tall, she was a striking and flamboyant figure, exuding the pride and dignity promised by the Leo ascendant. With Neptune rising in Leo combined with the Mercury-Venus conjunction in Pisces, she had a flair for musical theater. However at age 16 she suddenly dropped out of high school and became San Francisco’s first female streetcar driver. She returned to school and earned her diploma shortly before becoming a single mother at age 17, then began working as a waitress to support her baby son. Undeterred, she continued to nurture her passion for music and dance. During the 1950s she recorded her first album, Miss Calypso and also toured Europe in the opera, Porgy and Bess. When Maya felt that acquaintances became too familiar and casual, she also displayed the Leo rising qualities by regally reminding them to call her Mrs. Angelou. Once she offended someone so much that he wrote an anonymous complaint saying that although she was a wonderful writer she had no right to insult and demean others.
Maya Angelou had Aquarius ruling the cusp of the 7th house of her natal chart. The 7th house Mars in Aquarius opposes Neptune in the 1st house. This describes an angry, confused and tense marriage situation. When it ended in divorce, at a time when divorce was still uncommon, she broke new ground yet again by keeping the name Angelou while dropping the husband. Mars in Aquarius accents her passion for humanitarian work and enthusiastic struggle to support human rights. Aquarius is also the sign of friendship. This Mars position also describes her circle of friends which included Rosa Parks, Oprah, Quincy Jones, Malcolm X. and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countless ordinary people also found her an inspiration, remarking how in various ways Maya Angelou had given them their lives. Often this was by letting it be known that someone else had managed to cope with life amid overwhelming hardships. The 11th house Pluto further reveals powerful and transformative situations through her social circle. She has four placements, the Sun, Uranus, Mercury and Venus, in her 8th house. This also hints at the theme of rebirth, renewal and insightful intensity which defined Maya Angelou.
Chiron in Taurus and Jupiter in Aries in her 9th house show Mayas affinity for teaching, and her promise to be successful with her published writing as well as languages and travel. She spoke at least 6 languages. In 1993 when she read an original poem created for President Bill Clintons inauguration, she was the first poet to do so since Robert Frost read his work at President Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. She was also the first black woman to have such a prominent role at this important National event. An observer (author Tananarive Due of the Cosby endowed chair for the humanities at Spellman College in Atlanta) said of her reading of On the Pulse of Morning that She had a tremendous gift for choosing the right language to give us peace and power. Other highlights of her full and impressive life include authoring a cookbook, being nominated for a Tony Award and receiving The Medal of Freedom in 2010, the Nations highest civilian honor, from President Barack Obama. Upon bestowing the award The President praised Maya Angelou as a brilliant writer and fierce friend.
Her North Node in Gemini in the 10th house is descriptive of her prominence as well as her multi – talented and multi – faceted public image. She was born on a Wednesday, Mercury’s day of the week. This further accentuates her curiosity, versatility and tendency toward duality. When the legendary author was found by her caregiver in her
Winston-Salem, North Carolina home about 8:00 am on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the age of 86, it was just as her Uranus return was moving out of orb. The Uranus return often marks either a passing or a renewed sense of freedom. Perhaps both were true in a sense. Those close to Dr. Angelou remarked that she was increasingly tired and frail and suffering from heart trouble.
A statement released by Wake Forest University President Norman O. Hatch summed up her profound influence on American Culture succinctly saying, We will miss very her lyrical voice and always profound insights.

The University has published a tribute site featuring her last speaking engagement at Wake Forest.

Data Table
Maya Angelou
( born Marguerite Ann Johnson)
Born on Wednesday, April 4, 1928
At 2:10pm CST in St. Louis, MO
(Tropical Placidus House Cusps)
Sun – 14 Aries 48 – 8th house
Moon – 11 Libra 21 – 2nd house – Gibbous Lunar Phase
Mercury – 20 Pisces 25 -8th house
Venus – 21 Pisces 44 – 8th house
Mars – 27 Aquarius 53 – 7th house
Jupiter – 16 Aries 07 – 9th house
Saturn- 19 Sagittarius 05 (retrograde) – 11th house
Uranus -4 Aries 01 – 8th house
Neptune – 26 Leo 40 (retrograde) – 1st house
Pluto – 14 Cancer 59 – 11th house
N. Moon Node – 12 Gemini 37 – 10th house
Part of Fortune – 20 Aquarius 31 – 6th house
Chiron – 4 Taurus 21- 9th house
Ascendant or Rising Sign – 23 Leo 58

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