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.

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

Spring fades Into Summer
By Dikki Jo Mullen
The days are hot, yet sun and windy washed
Cardinals chirp and look my way
As the rains, beautiful smash across the sky today
The air turns so misty and soft
Cradles the peaceful pines
Squirrel buries something
Like him, I try not to forget
What is of real importance in these
Changing times

The Summer Solstice will be at 6:51 AM EDT on June 21 this year, when the Sun enters the sign of The Crab. A chart prepared for that moment is called an ingress chart, it reveals events that can be expected to unfold during the season ahead until the Autumn Equinox on September 22, 2014. This year’s Summer Solstice chart has a favorable Moon-Mercury aspect. It’s wonderful for study and travel. Enroll in a class, purchase some new books or visit an intriguing new place, perhaps a special museum or historic site since sentimental Cancer is emphasized. A Moon-Jupiter square is also present making everyone a bit more adventurous than usual. Embracing  a zest for life is a good focus to celebrate the long, bright days of summer.

With Venus and Jupiter conjunct in my natal horoscope in the 9th house … the transit Sun in Gemini today activated it on the eve of the long holiday weekend. It has inspired a new poem.

For The Trees of Orlando’s Urban Forest
By Dikki-Jo
Twisted and gnarled ones, trees! You are sisters of mine.
It was dark last night , but my cat eyes defined,
Your shadows sure reaching to heaven, skies so starry
The sky that at sunset like you, for your night rest, hurried,
Like someone a clerk, a landscaper
Who is tired of the day’s hard and heavy labor.
Away, for the morning I waited to go,
By the early star, the sunrise, and the winds that blow
All which fate has me on me kindly bestowed.
I thank you, my tree wizards,
For peaceful songs of storms past,
Leaves rustle at the thoughts of hurricanes to come.
A dawn sky of cool hue,
For all that is there I walk past to offer to you


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