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Friday The 13th Astrology and Magic of the Days January 13 and October 13 in 2017
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer
(Born on the 13th of another month)

There are two of them this year. Friday the Thirteenths. Triskaidekaphobiacs (those who fear 13) can plan to shake and shiver while we triskadekophiles (those who love 13) can begin to smile and intone “carpe diem – live it up”! Surveys reveal that most of us have some feeling, pro or con, about a Friday the 13th day when it roles around. As a triskadekophile, born on the 13th and with 13 letters in my name, I have always marveled at all of the links to 13. It’s the Death Card in the Tarot, 13 witches make a full coven, 13 Full Moons make a lunar year, 13 attended The Last Supper. The United States of America, the wealthiest and most privileged society which has ever existed on the planet, has a flag of 13 stripes, 13 original states, the National Seal has an eagle with 13 tail feathers holding 13 arrows and 13 olive branches. The number 13 links to Masonic practices too, which were followed by many of the Nation’s founders. Fridays are named for Freya, a Norse goddess linked to love and feminine power. Fridays favor love, leisure and indulgence over business. TGIF, Thank goodness it’s Friday. It’s pay day and the end of a week of work and drudgery for many. There is a legend about a ship, the SS Friday, with a Captain Friday. It set sail and vanished on a Friday the 13th and was neither captain nor crew was heard from again. A carpenter who worked for our family once said he never accepted a new job if it came in on a Friday. Overall Fridays don’t favor long distance travel.
On Friday, January 13, 2017 the Moon will be in flamboyant and dramatic Leo. Black cat coincidences might be in evidence as this is the sign of the Lion. Humor and drama related to 13 can prevail. The Full Moon phase is just ending and this can bring a peak of paranormal activity. Why not visit a haunted site or have a séance? The Sun will parallel the dwarf planet Pluto on this Friday the 13th. This accents creativity, willpower and the ability for individuals to make a difference – for good or not depending on personal inclination.
On Friday, October 13, 2017 the Moon will enter Leo at 3:43 am EDT . This lunar transit is an example of one of the many coincidences which surround these mysterious days. Watch for cat omens and any rituals or films or theatrical productions which feature myth and magic. On October 13 there will be a Moon-Jupiter square as the only significant aspect. This brings a zest for life and quest for adventure. Life assumes a bigger and brighter dimension for many.
Both months favor honoring Friday the 13th with a special candle and incense because Leo is a fire sign. Try patchouli or frankincense fragrances and a red or orange candle. Focus on what these mystical days mean to you and chant either thirteen or three times at your preference: Don’t blow or pinch out the candle, that will cancel its power. Snuff it instead or just allow it burn out.
“Radiant Light, Lost Magic Time,
Welcome Surprises and Visions,
A blessed Day for is mine
All that is bad turn to good and revision”
So Be It! Wishes for happy and interesting Friday the 13th’s!

Moon Cycles – The Way of the Moon
New and Full Moons in 2017
Eastern Standard And Daylight Savings Time
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer
2017
Dates and Astrological Signs Of the New and Full Moons Each Month in 2017

New Moons
Jan 27 – Aquarius
Feb 26-Pisces
Mar 27 – Aries
Apr 26 – Taurus
May 25 – Gemini
Jun 23 – Cancer
July 23 – Leo
Aug 21 – Leo
Sept 20 – Virgo
Oct 19 -Libra
Nov 18 – Scorpio
Dec 18 – Sagittarius
(No New Moon in Capricorn in 2017, two New Moons in Leo)

Full Moons
Jan 12 – Cancer
Feb 10 – Leo
Mar 12 – Virgo
Apr 11 -Libra
May 10 – Scorpio
Jun 9 – Sagittarius
July 9 – Capricorn
Aug 7- Aquarius
Sept 6- Pisces
Oct 5 – Aries
Nov 4 -Taurus
Dec 3 -Gemini

2017 – A Universal One Year
Astro-Numerology – Know  Your Personal Number Cycle For This 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. Astrology and numerology have gone hand in hand at least since the time of Pythagoras in the 6th Century BC. Number codes are prominent in many spiritual texts, including The Bible.
A wonderful way to begin to understand number patterns is to consider the Universal Year. 2017 is 2+0+1+7 = 10. 1+0 =1. So 2017 is a one Universal Year.
The one year is ruled by the Sun. It is about a fresh start. Originality, courage, independence are the keynotes. Strong opinions, action, dignity, self employment, adventure, changes, daring, improving upon the status quo, experimenting are favored. There can be new knowledge presented by the astronomy world concerning the Sun in our solar system.
Flame, lilac, copper and apricot are some favorable colors for wardrobe, home décor and meditation candles this year. Crystals to wear or carry include yellow diamonds, sun stone, topaz, citrine and amber. Also the metal gold Music associated with 1 to select includes bright, cheerful music … the big band sound and horns such as trumpets. Think Herb Alpert.
Health wise the heart and circulatory system and back can be a focus for many people this year. Borage and Chamomile are favorable medicinal teas to enhance well being. Foods to have in one’s diet this year are raisin, oranges, honey, dates, season with bay leaves.
What does this number one year of 2017 hold for you? To determine your own personal year number add your month and day of birth to one, then keep adding the numbers together until just one single digit remains.
This is an example for Hillary born on October 26. 10 (for October) + 26 + 1 (for 2017) = 37 and 3 + 7 = 10. 1 +0= 1. So the year of 2017 shows a personal one year, a time of new horizons, leadership, changes and growth. The Sun’s position in her horoscope will be accented. All of the qualities of this Universal One Year will especially manifest for Hillary Clinton.
There is some variety in the astrological rulerships of the nine numbers, but here are the ones I prefer to use.

One will, leadership, vitality, independence, beginnings (Sun)

Two sensitive, partners, emotions, receptive (Moon)

Three expansion, creative, diplomatic, sociable (Jupiter)

Four structured, boundaries, limitations, physical, grounded (Saturn)

Five dual, communicates, restless, adventure, witty, clever (Mercury)

Six domestic, loyal, concerned, artistic, refined, cultured (Venus)

Seven intellectual, mysterious, mystical, reserved, occultism (Uranus)

Eight tenacious, materialist, accomplished, powerful, upward mobility
(Neptune, also Jupiter)

Nine universal, endings, humane, broad scope, spiritual, reflective
(Mars, also Pluto)

Live in Harmony With Your Numbers
Finish up things in your personal nine year, begin projects afresh in a one year. Marry or try creative projects in a two or six year. Work hard in a four or eight year. Take risks in a three year, try study and multi-tasking in a five year. Meditate and contemplate, enjoy peace and privacy in your personal seven year.

Think back upon important years in your own life. Check the numerology of the years you recall. To look ahead using numerology remember that the months of January and October of each year give a foreshadowing of the times to come in the next year. Events in January and October of 2016, for example, will foreshadow the whole of 2017.

 

Retrogrades and Eclipses
In 2017

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

Eclipses
Eclipses are close alignments of the Sun, Moon and Earth. They generate an intense energy focus. Elements of surprise, odd weather patterns, overall changes, growth and new perspectives are linked to eclipses. Those who have a birthday within three days of an eclipse can expect some shifts in the status quo. Perhaps a new job, residential move or relationship situation will play a part in this. There will be four eclipses this year, three are partial and one is total.
February 10, 2017 – Full Moon – partial lunar eclipse in Leo, North Node
February 26, 2017 – New Moon- partial solar eclipse in Pisces, South Node
August 7, 2017 – Full Moon – partial lunar eclipse in Aquarius, South Node
August 21, 2017 – New Moon- total solar eclipse in Leo, North Node

A total eclipse is more influential than a partial. The eclipses conjunct the Moon’s North Node are thought to be more favorable than those which conjoin with the South Node.

Retrograde Planetary Motion
Retrograde motion is the illusion of retrograde or apparent backward planetary motion. It is created by the Earth’s speed relative to that of the other planets. Astrologically retrogrades are quite significant, promising a change of pace, different paths and perspectives.

Mercury Retrograde
Three or four times yearly, retrograde Mercury impacts technology, travel and communication. Those who have been out of touch return. Complete old projects, revise, review, and tread familiar paths. Gemini and Virgo will be affected.
December 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 The year begins with Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius and Capricorn
April 10, 2017 – May 4, 2017 in Taurus and Aries
August 13, 2017 – September 5, 2017 in Virgo and Leo
December 3, 2017 – December 23, 2017 in Sagittarius

Venus Retrograde
Venus retrograde influences art, finances, and love. Taurus and Libra will be affected.
March 4, 2017 – April 15, 2017 in Aries and Pisces

Mars Retrograde
The military, sports, and heavy industry are impacted. Aries and Scorpio will be affected.
(There will be no Mars retrograde cycle this year)

Jupiter Retrograde
Large animals, speculation, education, and religion are impacted. Sagittarius and Pisces will be affected.
February 6, 2017 – June 9, 2017 in Libra

Saturn Retrograde
Elderly people, the disadvantaged, employment and natural resources are linked to Saturn. Capricorn and Aquarius will be affected.
April 6, 2017 – August 25, 2017 in Sagittarius
Uranus Retrograde
Inventions, science, electronics, revolutionaries, and extreme weather relate to Uranus retrograde. Aquarius will be affected.
August 3, 2017 – January 2, 2018 in Aries

Neptune Retrograde
Water, aquatic creatures, chemicals, spiritual forces and psychic phenomena are impacted by Neptune retrograde. Pisces will be affected.
June 16, 2017 – November 22, 2017 in Pisces

Pluto Retrograde
Ecology, espionage, birth and death rates, nuclear power, and mysteries relate to Pluto retrograde. Scorpio will be affected.
April 20, 2017 – September 28, 2017 in Capricorn

New Moon in Capricorn and Pepper Pot Soup Day
December 29, 2016
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

The first New Moon after the winter solstice will be at 1:53 am EST at 7 degrees Capricorn 59 minutes in the double Saturn decanate of the sign. The wise use of time, reveling in memories recognizing the established order and traditions will characterize the next four weeks. Uranus turns direct in Aries accenting surprises in social issues, upsets in the status quo and technology. Those experiencing computer glitches and woes can find some relief. Mercury is retrograde and very close to the Sun and Moon at this lunation. Be patient regarding travels and moves. Revise plans and be aware of the synchronicity of repeating patterns. They foreshadow the future. Keep a sense of humor and persist patiently if learning something new takes extra time and effort.
There is an earthy quality prevailing during the days ahead. Decorating the dinner table or altar with oak wood, pinecones and fragrant seasonal greens would create an emotional harmony with the environment. On December 29, 1777 George Washington asked the Continental Army’s chef to prepare a special meal to uplift the spirits and warm the bodies of the soldiers who were experiencing such harsh conditions at Valley Forge. There wasn’t much to work with, but the chef obliged by creating a hot soup using pepper corns and odds and ends. Dubbed Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup, it remains today as a legendary tonic to ward off chills of the body, spirit and mind. Pepper Pot has been immortalized as “The soup that won the Revolutionary War.”

Winter Solstice Ingress
Horoscope of Destiny For Events from December 21, 2016 – March 20, 2017
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer
Four times each year the entry of the Sun by transit into one of the four cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Capricorn or Libra) marks the start of a new season. A horoscope prepared for the moment of the sign change is called an ingress chart. It reveals future events for the season ahead. These charts are also called solstice and equinox charts. Many spiritual traditions in the various world religions honor each season.
The Winter Solstice was at December 21, 2016, at 5:54 am EST. This chart has the Moon and Jupiter in Libra. It is in force until the spring begins at the Vernal Equinox. This accents legal matters, partnerships and social dynamics. The Libra placements are square Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn and oppose Uranus in Aries, creating a cardinal T-Square. This brings impatience. Everyone will want immediate results and action. Opinions can change and loyalties will shift. Extreme weather and seismic activity can create the need to adapt and be flexible. There are elements of the unexpected impacting the flow of events in many ways and a lightning quick pace too.
Mercury and Uranus are retrograde. This can affect travel as well as technology. Venus in Aquarius favors science, astrology and metaphysics. The Venus-Jupiter trine from Venus in Aquarius to Jupiter in Libra is wonderful for artistic projects. Saturn in Sagittarius is exactly trine Uranus in Aries. This fire sign emphasis favors human rights issues. There can be some progress made in protecting wildlife too. Those protesting against injustice can make some headway as the season progresses. A Mars-Neptune conjunction in Pisces points to paranormal activity. Mediums and paranormal investigators as well as those who are interested in dream interpretation can experience significant break throughs.
Chiron in Pisces is Square Saturn in Sagittarius. This can affect learning environments. Educational plans and the choice of schools can be a concern. The safety of students and quality of education are likely to be a topic of discussion.
The cardinal T-Square has the sign of Cancer as the open end. This can show real estate values and inter generational dynamics as a point of interest. Those planning to buy or sell property would be wise to move forward with these plans as property values might decline in many areas later in the year. Historical events can be of interest to many. Collectibles and antiques can be in the news.
Elements of mystery with hidden facts coming to light are suggested by the Mercury-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn as well as the Mars-Neptune conjunction in Pisces.
Here are the astrological placements for the solstice chart, compare them to your own birth chart for more specific insights.
Sun – 00 degrees Capricorn 00’
Moon – Libra (last quarter phase)
Mercury-Capricorn
Venus – Aquarius
Mars – Pisces
Jupiter – Libra
Saturn-Sagittarius
Uranus – Aries
Pluto- Capricorn
N. Moon Node – Virgo
Chiron – Pisces
Eris (the new planet) – Aries (scroll down for more details about Eris)

 

Notes From Dikki-Jo’s Kitchen
Sometimes I like to spend the whole night just making fragrant and snowy mountains of delicious popcorn. There is a mystical and fatalistic quality to this experience. For example this 1930’s recipe mysteriously surfaced in an old family notebook … for popcorn balls …. Just when I had a big batch prepared and was afraid I’d have to make popcorn strings for the birds in order to use it all up. If you love popcorn as much as I, then you might like to try this …

Grandmother Esther’s Easy Popcorn Balls
4 quarts of popped corn. Melt 2 Tbs butter, ½ C sugar, 1 C Karo (corn) syrup (the red label is light and not high fructose), 1 tsp cream of tartar, ¼ tsp baking soda. Pour melted mixture over the popcorn, stir very gently and shape into balls, with lightly buttered hands. Makes about 8 large popcorn balls.
Here is a quick party or dinner dessert recipe and it gives you an excuse to pop lots of corn. It’s kind of a meditative and Zen experience to indulge in this pastime of culinary excess.

POPCORN CAKE
1 16 oz package of miniature marshmallows
20 caramels
1/4 cup butter, cubed
10 cups popped corn
1 cup M and M’s candies
2 cups of peanuts

Melt marshmallows, caramels and butter, stir, pour over the popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Stir in candies and peanuts, press into a cake pan (a bundt works well). Let cool until firm, remove from pan with a serrated knife, serves about 7 hungry souls.

Gift Idea!

Popcorn treats make wonderful, welcome and inexpensive gifts which are certain to bring a smile. Slices of the popcorn cake and popcorn balls can be wrapped in colorful cellophane or foil and presented in a paper lunch bag decorated with humorous stickers and stamps.