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Summer Solstice 2017
By Rev. Dr. Dikki-Jo Mullen
As each new season begins, an event chart can reveal the highlights of the times ahead. The summer of 2017 officially begins on June 21, 2017 at 12:24 AM, Eastern Daylight time. This chart has a mutable T-Square involving Saturn in Sagittarius, Chiron in Pisces and Mercury in Gemini. The mood is hectic and multi tasking can be the secret of success. Virgo is the open end of the T-Square. This emphasizes health, daily service and employment as well as connections to companion animals. This season shows the Sun applying to a conjunction with Mars in Cancer, the birth sign of the USA. Political tensions are likely to continue, there is much anger to process and try to resolve in a constructive way. Water sports, the quality of water, aquatic animals as well as rain, flooding and drought can all be highlighted and of concern.
Jupiter in Libra underscores legal issues and partnerships for many. The Moon in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn. This favorable Earth sign pattern accents the healing potentials in nature, including plants and crystals. Opportunities to find security on many levels can appear. This favorable aspect can bring pleasure through music and other aspects of sound healing.
These thoughts are some highlights revealed by the summer ingress chart which sets the pace until the autumnal equinox on September 22, 2017.
Here is a tiny tree growing taller under the sun’s rays just now, perhaps assisted by the wee folk. Can’t you glimpse a fey face peeking out from the greenery?

  1. Summer Solstice Magic
  2. By Dikki-Jo Mullen
  3. Here is a traditional divination to find a symbol to describe your summer ahead.
  4. Among the witcheries of Midsummer’s Day there is a particularly charming one. On the longest day of the year, this year it will be Wednesday June 21, 2017, take a. bowl of ice water and some melted candle wax into the bright sunlight at noon. Concentrate on a question or just focus on the summer season ahead. Then drop a spoonful of hot melted wax into the cold water, a symbol will form offering an omen and insight apropos to your life! Carefully remove the wax and keep for contemplation. 
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  6. Now here is a delicious recipe for honoring the Summer Solstice ..
  7. Lemon Thyme Bread For A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream
  8. Midsummer – The Summer Solstice is approaching. The faerie world is especially active near this longest of days and thyme is a favorite herb of the wee folk. To bring some magic into your own life, here is a very easy and delicious recipe for LEMON THYME BREAD. Have some with a floral tea to celebrate “the bank where the wild thyme blows”, as Shakespeare wrote in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.“Compliments of Dikki-Jo Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg…

    3/4 cup skim milk 1 tablespoon chopped fresh lemon balm 1 tablespoon chopped fresh lemon thyme 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest

    Instructions (yields 1 loaf) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together flour, baking powder, and nutmeg. In a saucepan, combine milk, lemon balm, and lemon thyme. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Let stand, covered, until cool. In a separate bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar gradually, beating constantly until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir in lemon zest. Pour into a greased and floured 5×9-inch loaf pan. Bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 minutes. If glaze is desired, pour half of the glaze over the top of the cake before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Finish with the rest of the glaze.

    Lemon Glaze

    Ingredients 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice

    Instructions Stir together sugar and lemon juice until mixture is smooth.

The First New Moon of Summer – Moon Beams Of Silvery Blue- Grey
New Moon in Cancer

June 23, 2017
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

Each month the luminaries, the two brightest lights in the heavens; the Sun and Moon conjoin, marking a New Moon. This celestial event is important. A new cycle begins which will set the pace for the next 28 days or so. During the 8 hours following the New Moon intentions can be set and projects begun. Then, as the Moon moves forward, growing large and bright, the energies will assist these wishes in growth and manifestation. Give it a try, it’s most effective to hand write the wish list. Keep it in a drawer, use as a book mark, just don’t talk about it. That seems to dissipate the power. Like a seed in the darkness, just keep quiet and allow the wishes to nurture and incubate.
Write at least three up to ten wishes. The New Moon on June 23, 2017 will be at 10:31 pm EDT at 2 degrees 47’ Cancer. This is the only time all year that the Moon will be New in its own ruling sign of Cancer and it is in the double Moon ruled decanate too.
The focus can involve home and family life, nutrition, housing, history and processing emotion laden memories. The mood is especially sensitive and introspective. The generation gap comes into play. Talking or journaling about feelings can be worthwhile because the Moon will be applying toward a conjunction with Mercury, the heavenly chatterbox. Listen carefully to others. The simple act of caring to give time and attention can be a great gift. Mars will also be in Cancer and in orb with the Sun, Moon and Mercury. The Mars influence affects the National horoscope, impacting the military and safety issues. Cope with the Mars influence by directing anger toward constructive problem solving.
The fixed star Tejat is within orb of a conjunction with this June of 2017 New Moon. Tejat is a binary star at the left foot of the Northern Twin. Here is a positive spin on this star from the writings of Manilus, an astrologer who produced an amazing body of early research during the 1st Century CE
“From the Twins come less laborious callings and a more agreeable way of life, provided by varied song and voices of harmonious tone, slender pipes, the melodies inborn in strings and the words fitted thereto: those so endowed find even work a pleasure. They would banish the arms of war, the trumpet’s call, and the gloom of old age: theirs is a life of ease and unfading youth spent in the arms of love. They also discover paths to the skies, complete a survey of the heavens with numbers and measurements, and outstrip the flight of the stars: nature yields to their genius, which it serves in all things. So many are the accomplishments of which the Twins are fruitful.” [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD. p.281.
Here are some magical correspondences linked to the Cancer Lunation
· Nature Spirits: hobgoblins (small, grotesque but friendly brownie-type creatures), faeries of harvested crops
· Herbs: honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop
· Colors: silver, blue-gray
· Flowers: lotus, water lily, jasmine
· Scents: orris, frankincense
· Stones: pearl, moonstone, white agate
· Trees: oak, acacia, ash
· Animals: crab, turtle, dolphin, whale
· Birds: starling, ibis, swallow
· Deities: Khepera, Athene, Juno, Hel, Holda, Cerridwen, Nephthys, Venus
· Power Flow: relaxed energy; preparing; succeeding.
· Dream-work, divination, and meditation on goals and plans, especially spiritual ones.

The Full Moon on July 9 will reveal more of  the specifics of how this current lunar cycle is unfolding. The Next New Moon on July 23 in Leo will begin a whole new cycle bringing new celestial messages regarding life on Earth. “As Above, So Below” And Life goes on just as  the Moon phases go on and on …

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  1. Reverie and Dream Under a Scorpio Moon
  2. Spring’s green, green hills, at woodlands greet.
    And lavish tiny blossoms hand
    to all the forests of the land ;
    And now sky gifts rain’s floods descending,
    until every hill and valley in clouds be blending ;
    Fruit orchards garden paths
    In full fruitfulness
    Across all the land of beauty fling
    Bright faint traces of sun’s wing !
    And above all radiant flowers,
    deepening leaves, bright bowers
    A mystic’s task is to glean
    Roses and flowers as they softly bloom
    True jewels amid the forest’s gloom
    And shamrocks wove in pavement green,
    With fortune to grace
    Of times long past the resting-place.
  3. By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Sub Rosa, Angelic Flowers and the Night Sky
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer and Parapsychologist
“Sub rosa” means “under the rose”. This most beautiful and cherished of flowers represents discretion and esoteric secrecy, sacred truths and information is protected and sealed by the rose. For at least 5000 years roses have been referenced in art and literature as symbols of everything from love to alchemy to politics. Here is a print of my original rose painting, blessed for you to attract what personal joy the cherished rose symbol promises for you as you peruse this meditation which came at May’s Full Flower Moon in 2017 as a poetic dream ….

Morning Rose Petals – A Poetic Meditation
Now when the heart longs and wishes with dreams, visions will blossom from a rosebud and it is an angel, a fairy who brings this whisper, this touch. Walking in a garden and star watered by the light of the moon. The heart is uplifted, warmed as the roses whisper. Voices, fragrance as messages from the heavenly ones appearing as angels, deep within roses, the fairy globes

Astrology and The Neighbors
Your Horoscope Reveals All!
By Dikki-Jo Mullen

“Every day I wish those Johanssens would move to Siberia!” exclaimed Tabby. Her voice trembled with rage and her eyes filled with tears of anguish.
Usually my client Tabby is an intelligent, calm and popular individual. Her speech is peppered with amusing quips delivered with a good humored smile. However all that had changed during the past few weeks. Her whole life has become clouded by a series of confrontations with her neighbors.
From the outside looking in it can be hard not to laugh at the series of little incidents which had erupted into this full blown feud. It all began with a parking dispute. Then it became inflamed when Tabby’s cat bested the Johanssen’s cat in a feline squabble. Out and out warfare came about when the Johanssen’s 10 year old daughter put a garden hose in Tabby’s young daughter’s bedroom window and turned the water on.
Any temptation to laugh at all of this is quickly squelched though with one glance at Tabby’s face as she describes how the accelerating vendetta has impacted her. Unfortunately this scene isn’t at all unusual. With populations rising many of us are living at closer and closer quarters with many different kinds of neighbors. Apartment complexes, condominiums and zero lot line suburban housing projects generate clashes between those who are jammed together.
What can you do when confrontations seem inevitable with a difficult neighbor? This unhappy experience is one most of us have at least once. Aside from some common sense guidelines (such as not jumping to conclusions or over reacting) a glance at your horoscope can help. The 3rd house is the area which describes neighbors and the roles they will play in your life. Begin by considering the sign ruling your 3rd house at birth, then study any planets in that section for deeper insights. Your familiar Sun sign offers an easy and effective starting point.

Aries
Mercury and the sign of Gemini are the neighbor indicators for you. They might be talkative, filled with curiosity (Ok, nosey) and ask innocent questions which seem to encourage gossip. Be careful about revealing confidential information, don’t talk about one neighbor to another. Mail delivery, transporting children to school, commuter travel, bicycle traffic and loud outdoor phone bells and conversations can trigger complaints. A neighbor might be a teacher or media specialist.

Taurus
Your neighbors are described by the Moon and the sign of Cancer. There can be a number of multi-generation families nearby. Small children playing can get overly protective nanas and mamas upset if the kiddies argue over games and toys. Children and the elderly can be at the center of adult controversies. Ethnic group differences can come into play. Relationships might improve if one takes time to understand the cultural traditions neighbors have grown up with. Much pride will be taken in nice yards, furnishings and decorations. Compliment neighbors on their homes and children, then they will become staunch allies. One neighbor might be a historian or work in food and hospitality.

Gemini
Leo and the Sun describe your 3rd house of neighbors. Great pride will be taken in image and reputation. Some neighbors might seem to be snobs. The phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” is apt. Get along well with your neighbors by letting them shine. Don’t be overly competitive, find what they take pride in and offer an occasional word of praise. Flamboyant Sun-Leo energies love a party. Neighborhood block parties, barbecues or yard sales can be appealing to them. Be tolerant if neighbors have noisy gatherings and invite them over once in a while if giving a party of your own. One of them might work in tourism or the theater.

Cancer
Virgo and Mercury rule your neighbors. Health and safety factors as well as small animals all come into play. Keep your pets under control, don’t let them bark or prowl where unwanted. Be tolerant of their pets too. You might criticize neighbors too much or live near those who are fussy perfectionists. Be cautious about circulating petitions or voicing complaints to head off misunderstandings. A neighbor could work in health care or computer technology.

Leo
Libra and Venus are descriptive of your neighbors. You might socialize a great deal, or perhaps belong to the same clubs and organizations. If single there could be a romantic involvement. I had one client with Venus in her 3rd house of neighbors who actually married the guy across the street! Usually you’re fortunate regarding neighbors. They tend to be well mannered, artistically inclined an interested in neighborhood beautification projects. Neighbors might offer advice about remodeling or landscaping your home. Accept this graciously. Plant pretty flowers and shrubs to hide garbage containers. One neighbor could be a photographer or attorney.

Virgo
Your neighbors are described by Scorpio and Pluto. This can be one of the more difficult patterns for keeping the peace. Neighbors can have vastly diverse life styles and values. Don’t try to change them, but try to “put yourself in their shoes”. There can be some break-ins and legal infractions afoot. If you dislike someone, use care. All is often not as it seems. Accidents or wicked weather or other adversities have a way of drawing neighbors closer together, encouraging better communication and camaraderie. Look for ways to resolve apparent problems and you can spark the catalyst to assure good will. Your neighbors will be secretive, you might not ever know what they really do or who they are.

Libra
Jupiter and Sagittarius are your neighbor indicators. Managing wild or stray animals as well as issues linked to pets can create sensitive issues. Larger dogs, horses, goats or unusual/exotic animals can be a part of neighborhood dynamics. Folks can be blunt and tactless, try not to get offended too easily. Athletic events can be popular. One client with this configuration in her horoscope lives on a street which is always being closed off to allow marathon runners access. This has created much grief and anger. Very religious neighbors who invite you to their churches can be nearby, you might also find yourself residing near a school. Honesty and a liberal attitude will help you keep the peace. A neighbor could be a pastor, athlete or animal trainer.

Scorpio
Capricorn and the planet Saturn describe your neighborhood situation. You might be forced to live near those who seem to be of a lower socio-economic level. If you secretly see the neighbors as “blue collar red necks”, keep this observation to yourself. The age gap can be a hurdle. Older housing, cramped drive ways and tiny yards cn pose situations to cope with. In a positive sense historic preservation, preserving land marks and traditions can connect neighbors in a constructive way. There always seem to be repair projects afoot. Seek ways to keep this quiet and safe. Neighbors can be retirees or maintenance workers.

Sagittarius
Uranus and Aquarius are your astrological neighbor indicators. Very unusual eccentric characters can dwell near you. If not, then conservative neighbors can view you as the odd one out or the weirdo! Neighbors will usually come across as friendly, but you would do well to keep contact impersonal. Until you gradually get to know more about individual neighbors, just offer a friendly wave from a distance. Neighbors can have many gadgets such as alarms, cameras, unusual lights or holiday decorations operating. Some of them might try to organize a neighborhood watch or e-mail exchange. There can be much coming and going punctuated by unexpected moves in and out. There’s never a dull moment in your neighborhood. A neighbor might be a ghost tracker, psychic or astrologer.

Capricorn
Your neighbor are described by Neptune and Pisces. There can be at least one handicapped, disturbed or depressed person nearby. Expect be some barriers initially in figuring them out. Don’t discount alcohol, etc. as a factor. Before complaining about an ornery neighbor to the authorities, be sure you are right in doing so. Neighbors can be hypersensitive and easily upset. Good or bad, they aren’t as they first seem. A few kind gestures on your part can work wonders. Offer help if someone seems to need it. Water rights, zoning regulations and boundaries, the location of property lines, might have to be resolved at some point. A neighbor might be a sailor, mystic or beach comber.

Aquarius
Aries and Mars are your astrological indicators concerning neighbors. They might be especially proud of their motorcycles and race cars. There can be some issues about racing them up and down the street. Neighbors will be assertive and won’t hesitate to let you know their concerns. You might live near law enforcement or military personnel. Someone wants to run the neighborhood, expect a power struggle. Assert yourself in a good humored way. Anger can flair up and then die down if you’re patient. There can be someone who believes in carrying weapons to be aware of. If the neighborhood is a dangerous one use care in firearm control. Usually a grudge isn’t held though. Leave a neighbor who is momentarily upset alone and chances are all will be forgiven and activities forgotten. A neighbor could be a soldier or mechanic.

Pisces
Your neighbors are described by Taurus and Venus. Usually they will want to preserve the status quo in their routine activities while upholding conservative values. If you’re a newcomer, don’t try to change things right away. Try to fit into the picture amicably as it is. Some of your neighbors might be into real estate and landscaping, so maintaining a nice yard may endear you to them. Others among them might be bankers, musicians or artists. Your neighbors will be impressed if you appear to be classy and affluent with a high income. Try to appreciate your neighbors, the same set might be near you for many years to come. Expect less coming and going in your neighborhood than usual. A neighbor might be a business person.
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Additional Neighbor Notes For Everyone
After considering neighbors using your solar 3rd house guidelines above, consider the entry for your ascendant or rising sign and also natal planets in your 3rd house for deeper insights. By transit, Mars crossing through the 3rd can generate a cycle of tension among neighbors. Jupiter can bring a helpful or gifted neighbor your way. An eclipse in the 3rd house can promise new neighbors and/or a long time one who has been a fixture in the area departing. Also eclipses and outer planet transits in your 3rd house can indicate sink holes, construction projects or other upsets which profoundly change the neighborhood.

The Astrology of Pagan Pride 2017
Here Is A Study In Interpreting  A  Specialized Type Of Horocope
The  Event Chart

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Astrology, the celestial science, plays an important role in guiding the paths of those who would follow The Old Ways. The Wheel of the Year, marking the important craft observances, links to astrology as do the magical hours and the lunation cycle. Astrological patterns offer guidance and insight not only about individuals, but also about events as well. The event horoscope for the day selected to celebrate Pagan Pride in 2017 is an especially auspicious one. Saturday, September 3o, 2017 from 11am -5pm EDT, in Altamonte Springs, Florida is the date, time and place of what should surely prove to be a memorable gathering.
The “birth” of the event is the 11:00 am opening time. This is in the planetary hour of the Sun, which astrologers traditionally always select to assure a positive outcome. Growth, entertainment and a sense of well being prevail during a Sun hour. The ascendant (rising sign) is 24 degrees of Scorpio. This evokes a sense of depth and mystery, creating a connection with the inner planes and spirit guides. The Sun (the familiar zodiac sign we all know) is in Libra along with benevolent Jupiter and knowledge seeking Mercury. The 1oth and 11th houses of the event chart are activated by the placements in the affable, artistic and sociable sign of Libra. Group activities, learning experiences, worthwhile spiritual awakenings and an accent on the fine arts will set the tone. The Moon, which is the heavenly body closest to Earth and governs the flow of daily life, is in Aquarius. Aquarius is an air sign as is Libra. The Moon is applying to form a desirable 120 degree aspect called a trine to the Sun. The trine is called ‘the darling of the gods’ aspect in traditional astrology and is considered very favorable. The Aquarius Moon accents technology and metaphysics as well as originality. The Moon is in the 3rd house, accenting conversation as well as books. The Moon is waxing in the first quarter which favors healing and ‘white’ magical workings. Air elementals such as the fairies can be in attendance, with the strong accent on air signs in this chart.
Venus and Mars are in earthy Virgo in the 10th house. This shows hardworking vendors and some competitive situations. (Be sure to come by my own vendor table, at least to say hello.) Saturn is in Sagittarius in the 1st house. This shows much planning and effort involved by those creating the gathering. Also this placement accents familiars and other animals and their roles in the life of the witch. Uranus in Aries in the 5th house promises fun, maybe even a hint of romance, for some attendees. Pluto in Capricorn in the 2nd house brings some who see pagan related interests as a source of salable job skills. The North Moon node in Leo in the 9th house is intensely philosophical and spiritual. There might be some influences from the magical traditions of other lands in evidence. The 4th house shows the end of a matter in an event chart. Neptune and Chiron in Pisces are present here. This shows that many will be inspired and surprised by experiences they encounter at Pagan Pride 2017 with. Dreams and deep meditations can be a part of this. There can be some positive paranormal energies at the venue too, as the 4th house has a bearing on the “home”, the physical surroundings, of the building hosting Pagan Pride.
Overall this event chart appears to be most influential and worthwhile. Don’t miss out on the excitement, be sure to attend.
Here is a listing of the astrological placements of the horoscope for Pagan Pride, 2017. Tropical Placidus house cusps are used, the degrees and minutes and house placements are listed.
September 30, 2017, 11:00 AM EDT in Altamonte Springs, Florida
Sun – 7 Libra 38 (11th house)
Moon – 5 Aquarius 14 (3rd house) First Quarter Phase
Mercury – 1 Libra 05 (10th house)
Venus – 12 Virgo 57 (10th house, mutual reception with Mercury)
Mars – 15 Virgo 50 (10th house)
Jupiter – 27 Libra 53’ (11th house)
Saturn – 22 Sagittarius 13’ (1st house)
Uranus – 27 Aries 17 (5th house) retrograde
Neptune – 12 Pisces 10’ (4th house) retrograde
Pluto – 16 Capricorn 51’ (2nd house)
North Moon Node – 21 Leo 47’ (9th house)
Chiron – 26 Pisces 22’ (4th house) retrograde
Ascendant – Rising Sign – 24 degrees Scorpio
(Note: The Sun, Moon and Ascendant are the most important placements in the horoscope. )