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New Moon in Taurus on April 26, 2017
A Double Dose of Venus and Chocolate

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Cycles and circles. That’s really what astrology is all about. The various celestial bodies in our solar system circle the zodiac in the divine time, always marking and reflecting the personal harmonies in individual lives.
The lunar cycle is probably the easiest to follow and most powerful of these patterns. It’s about four weeks long, affecting the tides, weather, human health, agriculture and more along the way.
On April 26, 2017 at 8:16 am EDT. The Moon will be New at 6 degrees 27” in Taurus. This sets the pace until May 25 when the Gemini New Moon arrives and the next lunar cycle commences. One symbol illustrating this New Moon’s degree reads “ A well favored cow, grazing in a park.” (re: Astrologer Alan Leo) The message encourages being content with what we have. There is a complacent mood for this New Moon in this double Venus ruled decanate of Taurus, the sign of the Moon’s exaltation. Enjoy creature comforts, simple pleasures, natural beauty and avoid excessive stress or negative drama. The Earth, which has a powerful link to Taurus, is entering a time of growth and fertility, marked by the pagan festivals of May Day and Walpurgisnacht. Both of these traditional celebrations accent fruitfulness, flowers and feasting. The New Moon favorably aspects Neptune, Pluto and Venus. Be creative, appreciate your unique beauty and value all you have, trust intuition, ask yourself how situations feel. What are your surroundings and associates telling you? Time and patience can be great healers now.
Financial and security needs can be met and business matters flourish while the Moon is waxing toward full from April 26 – May 10.
The First Quarter Moon on May 2 brings a desire to feel appreciated and a drive to acquire a much desired possession. This might involve jewelry or new garments.
Once Mercury completes its retrograde on May 3 the pace picks up even more. Promote ideas, others can be “sold” on things and persuaded during the week following.
The Full Moon in Scorpio on May 10 accents a desire for a closer link with the spirit world and legacies left by loved ones. A mystery can be revealed or a puzzle solved.
The waning Moon begins on May 11, a time of retreat and release follows for the next two weeks.
The Last Quarter Moon on May 18 accents political and social issues. Thoughts turn toward the future.
Venus will be in Aries during this lunar cycle. Ethnic designs, bold colors and decorative lighting, including candles will be appealing. Mars will be in Gemini. Travel, variety and stimulating conversation will be sought as a relief from boredom.

Predictions for April 26 – May 25, 2017

Air Signs (Gemini. Libra, Aquarius) The Mars transit promises extra energy. You will feel motivated and can accomplish much.

Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) Venus favors you. Love, leisure and the fine arts bring you joy. Friends are attracted to you and helpful.

Earth Signs (Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn) The New Moon’s energy and the planet Pluto allow you to make changes for the better. Change what hasn’t been working, reinvent and revamp.

Water Signs (Scorpio, Cancer, Pisces) the Full Moon and Neptune affect you. Spiritual awakening and connection with nuances guides you. Interpret dreams, visit a shrine, attend meditation and yoga classes.

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. )

 

  1. Void of course Morning Poem
    by Dikki-Jo
    – from last night’s dreams –

    The trail goes on and on, loops,
    Then leads to
    No where different
    It runs around a river shore
    And there is an island midway …
    Across distant water
    So slow and so still, quiet, the river flows.
    It all is no where different.
    A scene that seems the same
    Yet never the same.

The Sun, Moon and Fire
Silent and hot—
Reflecting on what is not
Always to burn, turn
Forever to long
For a breakthrough, a bird’s song

Breaking down,
Rejecting a frown,
When you look down
While love in embers glows, shines, aimlessly

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

(This poem was channeled to me while meditating on the affect weather, temperature and the Sun and Moon have always had on life on Earth. )

 

The Astrological Gardener

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Whether it is just having a few plants in the window of an apartment in the city or acres of gardens in the country, nurturing plants and connecting with the Earth afresh has become a favorite 21st century hobby. Gardening offers peace and pleasure to people of all ages during these often hectic and tension times. It is easy to feel bewildered by the intriguing array of choices when visiting a greenhouse to select plants. Geraniums might do well for one friend, while another favors ferns or begonias. Should you start a cactus garden or splurge on a bonsai tree? Zodiacal rulerships for plants, both medicinal and ornamental, have been a part of astrological traditions for centuries. Your own birth sign (the familiar Sun sign) is a wonderful place to begin when designing a garden to bring a wholesome, earthy peace into your life. By analyzing which plants are compatible with your nature, you can assemble a really outstanding collection of greenery, whether the space available for the project is large or small.
Aries
As a fire sign, you must remember to water your plants regularly. Also they can wither if you give them too much sunlight. You will enjoy the extra physical activity that gardening requires. Experiment with a cactus garden combined with a candle or rock garden. For an indoor garden, using a grow light can work well. Pepper plants, tulips, mustard, radishes, poppies, bay trees and aloes are plants you can have success with.
Taurus
Plants respond almost magically to your touch. Some of the most gifted master gardeners are Taureans. Your garden could even produce enough surplus to sell as a supplement your income. You have the legendary green thumb and can grow almost anything, but some especially good choices include corn, wheat, columbine, myrtle, spinach, iris, daisies and forget-me-nots. Look into an edible landscape that is also visually pleasing.
Gemini
Unless your natal chart has some earth and water sign emphasis, you might be challenged in getting plants to thrive. Your patience can wear thin with the slow pace of gardening and the time consuming effort it takes. If it is just too much for you, try assembling silk arrangements or dried flowers accented with feathers. Plants that can grow well for you include woodbine, meadow sweet, birch trees, yarrow, tansy, lilacs and roses. Planting a butterfly garden can bring novelty and happiness your way, as butterflies have a link to your birth sign.
Cancer
You love swamps and lush water plants. Take care not to over water or over fertilize your garden. Try all types of lilies (water lily, lily of the valley, tiger lily, etc.), water plants of all kinds, white roses, weeping willow trees (the long strings of leaves provide a nice veil to hide behind, when you want to dream or read). Also mushrooms, pumpkins and melons will flourish for you. Take along a slip from a plant that grew in a home from your past when moving to a new dwelling, you are sentimental about your plants.
Leo
For you it is an exotic and dramatic garden, with splashes of brilliant color. Do not crowd too many plants into a small space though and be sure to water them enough. Sunflowers, marigolds, mint, parsley, fennel, citrus trees, dill, olive trees and daffodils are excellent choices for your garden. You would enjoy an elevated garden, placed to attract attention on a small hill or pedestal. You would like to add beautiful hanging baskets, wind chimes or a decorative flag or windsock too.
Virgo
As an Earth sign, you have a natural aptitude for horticulture. Study medicinal herbs and experiment with the goal of making your own home remedies. Assembling herbal tea blends, poultices, etc. to enhance health will appeal to you. Popular table vegetables such as carrots, squash, celery, lettuce will also thrive for you. Valerian, lavender and chicory are other excellent choices. You might want to try beekeeping in conjunction with gardening.
Libra
You treasure plants for their beauty, fragrance and other aesthetic qualities. The beauty of a formal garden would delight you. If you have the time and space, try to copy a floral clock, maze or rose garden from historical references. Beautifully kept parks will draw you, you will enjoy wandering through them as a mild form of exercise. Plants to select for your apartment or small patio garden include roses, thyme, violets, pansies, apricot or chestnut trees, bleeding hearts, strawberries, primroses and cowslips.
Scorpio
Your plants tend to be hardy survivors, weathering freezes and droughts well. Gardens in your care are very fertile too and you can have extra produce to sell or offer to friends. Try bonsai gardening. The twisted and mysterious dwarf trees harmonize with Scorpio. Other great choices include orchids, geraniums, lobelia, beans, magnolia, lichens, tomatoes, blackthorn and witch hazel trees.
Sagittarius
You seldom think of purchasing plants, they seem to find you; perhaps as a gift from a friend or picked up as an afterthought at the supermarket. Sturdy greenery that will flourish independent of personal attention will be your favorite. You would like to have vines trailing over the door or even covering the whole house, plants on the front porch and foreign or exotic plants will attract you too. Some good choices are linden trees, hyssop, ginseng, cinnamon trees, dandelions, chervil and jasmine. Include plants to offer your pets. How about growing some catnip for a favorite feline or grass for a dog to chew?

Capricorn
Massive and gnarled trees, especially pines and oaks, ravaged and marked by time and the seasons, will attract you. Purchase a live Christmas tree in a container to plant outdoors after the holiday is over. You would enjoy visiting a stand of virgin timber, perhaps a redwood forest in the Western United States, or historic forests in Europe. Plants made famous in stories, poems and songs attract you too. Consider holly, ivy, thistles, flax, sienna, cypress, sage and wintergreen for your garden.
Aquarius
Exotic, mutated or grafted plants are linked to your sign. Purchase a batch of x-rayed seeds to plant, you’ll be thrilled by their eccentric growth and appearance. Imported and unusual plants will thrive for you, perhaps defying their usual limits regarding climate. If anyone can grow a magnolia in Minneapolis, a coconut palm in Chicago or a birch tree in Key West, it’s you. Air plants of all kinds, spikenard, dragonwort, rowan tree, crocus and begonias are all good choices for your garden.
Pisces
You have an empathy with fragile, fussy plants which require constant care.
A fountain, fish pond or other water features as a center piece for your garden and statues of fairies, angels or St. Francis to invoke a spiritual and mystical presence would also appeal. You can often bring nearly dead plants back to life by talking to them, a gift you share with gardeners born under Scorpio, your fellow water sign. Rubber trees, orchids, African violets, wildflowers in general, mosses, gardenias, mimosa, frangipani, hops and ferns should all do well for you. So will all night blooming plants. Consider planting an all white moon garden to wander in after sunset.
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“The touch of the wind for pardon, the kiss of the Sun for mirth,
We are nearer God’s heart in a garden than in anyplace else on Earth.”
(a traditional garden poem)

Vernal Equinox Ingress Horoscope
Springtime Star Promises For The Zodiacal Year
Celestial Influences for March 20 – June 20, 2017

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

The Ingress Chart is a special predictive horoscope which is calculated four times each year, at the very beginning of each season. It describes the potentials for good or not so good and how to make the brightest and best of what the universe presents. The Ingress chart for Spring, 2017 takes affect on March 20, 2017 at 6:29 am EDT as the Sun enters the first degree of Aries and sets the pace until June 20. In earlier times the vernal equinox was celebrated as New Year’s Day. It’s a time to set intentions and look ahead at the future.
This spring dawns with Venus (retrograde), Mercury and Uranus forming a stellium with the Sun in Aries. This potent Aries influence favors exploring and pioneering inventive ideas, travel and technology. Mars is in Taurus in mutual reception with retrograde Venus, essentially making Mars retrograde as well. Avoid initiating any confrontations. (Note: mutual receptions occur when planets are transiting each other’s ruling signs. This makes them change places in horoscope interpretation. Mutual receptions usually tend to be favorable, providing ways to get out of whatever one gets into). The aggressor always loses under the Mars retrograde. Keep romantic relationships light, it’s a time to look at the consequences of intense involvements. Avoid love triangles or office romances or any situations which hint at unhappiness or abuse, for example. Practice social graces, thoughtful gestures and good manners can be especially rewarding now.
The Taurus influence with the mutual reception favors appreciating music as well as nature. Organic produce and wildcrafting can enhance wellness. It’s a good time to prepare an edible landscape or container gardening. What about planning a hike or camping trip as a spring vacation? Jupiter in Libra opposes Uranus. This points to great controversy involving the law. Here in Central Florida the State Attorney is at the center of a death penalty debate in a high profile criminal case while nationally there is much news coverage regarding the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice.
The Moon is conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius at 27 degrees, within one degree of the Galactic Center. This accents the welfare of animals, situations linked to education and foreign affairs. The Galactic Center is the rotation center of the Milky Way, it’s the Sun our Sun revolves around. It is a massive black hole and a source of tremendous energy. The Galactic Center tends to be a strengthening and fascinating addition when active in any horoscope. The Moon-Saturn conjunction favorably aspects Jupiter and Uranus. New solutions to resolving controversies can emerge. Overall people will desire improvement and employing new, more humanitarian ideals and values.
Six astrological placements are in the fire signs of the zodiac. In many areas the weather will be hot and dry this spring with fire hazards a possibility. Wear sunscreen or hats and sunglasses when outdoors at mid day. Drink plenty of fluids when active physically, it’s easy to get dehydrated. This applies to caring for animals too. I’ve been especially careful to keep the bird bath full of fresh water.

Sunbeams – Sun Sign Highlights For The Spring

Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
You will feel motivated, curious and creative. Adventures keep life interesting. You will shine, with the tremendous accent on fire signs prevalent in this ingress.

Air Signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
Jupiter favorably affects you. There are opportunities to advance regarding career and educational aspirations. Make the most of a lucky break. Animal companions offer solace and happiness.

Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
Neptune and Chiron affect you. Dreams, meditations and reverie provide understanding. Learn from the past and release it. Spiritual experiences facilitate inner peace.

Earth Signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
Mars, Pluto and the Moon node impact you. Analysis and research help you to make changes. It’s time to break counter productive habit patterns. Set goals to enhance physical fitness. Healthy eating can be a part of this.

Data Table:
Here are the Astrological Placements At The Spring Equinox, 2017
Sun – O Aries 00’
Moon- 27 Sagittarius 29’
Mercury – 12 Aries 45’
Venus – 8 Aries 01 (retrograde)
Mars – 7 Taurus 28’
Jupiter – 20 Libra 31’ (retrograde)
Saturn – 27 Sagittarius 33’
Uranus – 23 Aries 04’
Neptune – 12 Pisces 23’
Pluto – 19 Capricorn 09’
N. Moon Node – 2 Virgo 04’
Chiron – 25 Pisces 01’
(Note: the ascendant and house placements are contingent upon the location. Set up the ingress chart for your own home town to see more specifics.)

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day …. a hard freeze is predicted for Central Florida on this March weekend. The world seems quite chaotic so … baking this traditional bread has been warming my heart and hearth all day. Here is an easy and delicious recipe …
Irish Soda Bread Family Recipe
… Compliments of Dikki-Jo Mullen ….
(Mullen (paternal Grandfather) and Rolland (paternal Grandmother) family roots in … County Mayo and County Cork, Eire
Ingredients
· 3 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 tablespoon baking powder
· 1/3 cup white sugar
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 1 egg, lightly beaten
· 2 cups buttermilk
· 1/4 cup butter, melted
Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.
Irish Soda Bread Recipe …. Irresistible! add 1/4 c raisins and 1 tsp caraway seeds if desired! Serve with fresh butter or imported Irish country cheeses.