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Lunar and Solar Eclipses of October, 2014

Behind The 8 Ball

Retrograde Mercury By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

October the name of this month is a reminder of long ago calendars which measured time and followed the celestial cycles as we do, but from a different perspective. October comes from Octo, meaning eight, it was at one time the 8th month. The number 8, turned on its side, becomes the cosmic lemiscate, a figure of balance and perpetual motion which suggests energies stirring from different dimensions. In numerology the 8 becomes hidden power, intense strength and support from other realms. Some systems of astro-numerology link the 8 to the planet Neptune, a higher octave of Venus, ruler of Libra, the zodiac sign which predominates this month. The 8 is a favorable money symbol too. Pencil it lightly on your desk or doorway and see what happens regarding prosperity October marks the beginning of the annual celebrations of the dead. As the darkness grows and the daylight diminishes the veil separating this world from the next begins to thin. Glimpses of other dimensions and hints from those in spirit often come with greater clarity to the living. This October of 2014 is highlighted by two eclipses, with an erratic celestial symphony to be conducted by retrograde Mercury as it spins in between the eclipses. October’s orchestra will be outrageous, odd, off -beat, obliterating, overwhelming, observing outbursts. Prepare for an opulence of the wildest energy ever.

Mercury goes retrograde from October 4, 1:02 pm EDT in Scorpio and direct again on October 25 at 3:17 pm EDT in Libra. Return, reunite, remember, repeat, regress almost all words with the prefix re are descriptive of this 3 week cycle. Try not to move your home or job , keep the same familiar life style, be careful about signing documents and contracts, don’t buy a new car . Allow for delays, everything takes longer, especially travel .Check facts and instructions, communication can be a bit scrambled. Investments, legal matters and partners are impacted. Double check mail and messages for delivery confirmation. It’s easy for packages or letters to go astray or appointments to be forgotten.

October 8 at 6:51 am EDT will bring a total lunar eclipse at 15 Aries 08, almost exactly conjunct Uranus in Aries. Its a South Node eclipse, one of the more challenging ones. On the East Coast just before sunrise, if the sky is clear, a glimpse of the eclipse should be available, look toward the West. This eclipse points to the military, technology, fire and wild weather. The Sabian Symbol is “Brownies Dancing In the Sunset”. The mood is effervescent and invigorating with elements of fantasy and a desire to escape drudgery for many. This eclipse is quite near the Fixed star Alpheratz, a purplish – white double star of the 2nd magnitude currently located at 14 degrees Aries 26 minutes. It is benevolent, with the overall nature of Venus. Charitable gestures and random acts of kindness will inspire many. A dislike of those who are mean spirited can rally groups to a common cause. After the eclipse the lunar the Moon will be waning and Mercury continues its backward spin. A Series of Unexpected Events can follow, with a nod to the author Lemony Snicket. Be flexible and enjoy the moment, Life is unpredictable, Have Dessert First might be a good adage for meditation. Let the universe make the first move, don’t be pushy. On October 23 at 5:57 pm EDT there will be a partial solar eclipse at 0 Scorpio, with Venus exactly at the ) degree, holding hands with the Sun and Moon. (Look up cautiously, protecting your eyes this should be visible in many areas) All three Scorpio placements are drifting toward a trine with Neptune in Pisces. Its a North Node eclipse too, which is one of the better ones. The weather traumas, especially regarding situations with flooding, should taper off. Soul mate ties can be renewed, the healing quality of true love will be in evidence. The Sabian Symbol for this solar eclipse reads A Sight Seeing Bus. This suggests a range of new avenues for travel and personal expression. There is a freedom from long time boundaries for many.

By October 26 Mars is in Capricorn, sign of its exaltation. Power is focused and front runners should begin to emerge on the political scene as election day approaches. For Halloween, black attire, perhaps with a Gothic or zombie look would appeal. Another idea would be to select a costume honoring a past life identity. Friday, October 31, 2014 has an Aquarius Moon oppose Jupiter. Friends will have invitations, the crowd or group mentality prevails. The mood of the holiday will be adventurous and many will be out on a limb, throwing caution to the winds.

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. Insert a paper clip to use as a hanger, then bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, until the cookies are hard. 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

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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