Summer Citrus Libation

Unforgettable Lemonade Recipe

Compliments of Dikki-Jo
Tea and lemonade are traditional refreshments served during séance gatherings. Here is an especially delicious lemonade to serve which is certain to please and impress guests and visitors on both sides of the veil.
Citrus Fruits are ruled by the Sun astrologically and each day the Sun shines longer during the bright and hot days of the season. Here is an especially refreshing lemon or limeade recipe to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer and enjoy through the autumnal equinox. Use less sugar to adapt for an orangeade. Using lemons … Juice 8 lemons, take a 9th lemon and slice it in thin rounds and set aside. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar and 3 cups of water and the lemon half rinds to the lemon juice. Bring the brew to a boil in a sauce pan and simmer to make a syrup. This takes about 15 minutes, let the mixture thoroughly cool. Strain. Take several sprigs of fresh mint, bruise it a bit and add to about 6 cups of cold water and the lemon mixture. Then put ice cubes in glasses, fill with the lemonade and mint, then float a thin lemon slice on top. Toast the sunlight and welcome the bright beautiful days ahead.

Two Full Moons in Sagittarius
Days of Flowers and Mead
May 21 and June 20, 2016
By Dikki-Jo

Some are calling it a Blue Moon. There are several definitions of the Blue Moon. Usually I say the rare second Full Moon in a single calendar month wins this title of charm and serendipity. However the late spring of 2016 brings us two Full Moons within the Sun sign of Gemini. The lunations are in Sagittarius, as the Full Moon is always in the sign across the zodiac from the Sun sign. Some sources also call this a Blue Moon. Blue Moons are times of synchronicity, surprises and serendipity. That seems appealing,
The first is just as the Sun changes signs, the Full Moon will be at 1 degree Sagittarius 14′ at 5:14 pm EDT on May 21. The Flower Moon is one of the traditional names given to the Full Moon in May. The next Full Moon will be on June 20 at 7:02 am EDT at 29 Sagittarius 33′, just few hours before the summer solstice at 6:34 pm EDT.

The first Full Moon on May 21 will join retrograde Mars and Saturn in the sign of the Archer. At the 1 -2 degree mark it has a double Jupiter energy. The Sabian Symbol reads “An Ocean Covered in White Caps”. Expansion, a desire for growth, an exuberance is suggested. There is a great desire to travel, taking journeys of the mind and body. The fixed star Bungula is within orb of this Full Moon. This binary white-yellowish star twinkles on the left foreleg of the Centuar. It is considered a near neighbor at only 275,000 times the distance between the Sun and Earth. Therefore its impact will be strong near this Full Moon on May 21. Many friendships, memorable parties, excesses of all kinds, diplomacy and government activity will set the pace. The strong Sagittarius influence underscores horses and other animals. Their well being and roles in our lives are emphasized. A competitive mood prevails, this can impact scholarship and school issues.

The second Full Moon in the cycle, on the morning of Midsummer’s Day, joins only Saturn in Sagittarius as Mars will have retrograded back into Scorpio. As the Mead Moon it has a link to reward, harvest and nourishment of the psyche. Overcoming depression and rising above set backs sets the pace. A Jupiter-Sun rulership affects the last decanate of the Centuar. An urge to excel can motivate many. The Pope is the Sabian Symbol at the 29-30 degree mark of the sign. Since Pope Francis has his Sun in Sagittarius, he might literally make a splash in the news. Looking for validation, and exceptional service are some of the keynotes here. Sinistra is a fixed star near this degree of the Full Moon in June. This tiny star marks the hand of the constellation Ophicus.  Purity of medicines, food and water can be a concern. Questions of ethics come to light, a hint of scandal can shadow the lives of some.

In your own horoscope look to see which house (or houses) span Sagittarius for deeper insight into where the double Full Moon pattern will shine in your own life. The Moon is the celestial body closest to us. Its power is evident always in observing weather, tides, plant growth and more. The phases and signs of the Moon can be followed as an easy and accurate guide to understanding astrological trends. Incorporate favorable colors, crystals, teas and flowers into your own life to enhance well being under the moonbeams of this double possibly Blue Moon!

Colors: royal purple, royal blue and deep green

Crystals: malachite and turquoise

Tea: lemon balm

Flower: jasmine

Spirit Guides: May 21 – Iambe – Greek Goddess of satire, humor, conversation and playfulness

June 20 –  Eagle Mother – Native American and USA symbol of freedom, perspective, power and destiny

During the month of these lunations Mars and Saturn will be making their perigees, or closest passages to the Earth. This enhances the impact these two planets have astrologically. It’s a time to keep making an effort and to be patient. Much can be accomplished by those who direct this celestial power tide constructively.

Monday Poem
A May Reverie
By Dikki-Jo
I saw a bird, an unassuming and timid sparrow,
Pausing mid flight, on a limb which was was slight
Bending beneath its weight,even such a mite,
Yet the tiny bird chirped so cheerfully and continued to sing even as the twig broke away, knowing it had wings …

Flowers, Stars and the Hours

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Hours of the Day

Make a Floral Clock or Horoscope.

Place a sundial or add a crystal in the center.

The circle, familiar as the form for a horoscope map, is an ancient and spiritual pattern honoring the cycles in our lives and the seasons in many ways. In planning a garden, a circle pattern can be used with apropos plants, trees and flowers in each of the 12 sections, representing the hours of the day and night or houses in the horoscope as one would choose.. Alternatively, a personal horoscope chart can be planted, starting with the rising sign as the 1st house. In esoteric astrology and in the séance room, fresh flowers and plants play a key role in honoring and invoking the spiritual and healing energies in the world around us. The current astrological transit of intense and transformative Pluto moving through earthy Capricorn right now favors looking more deeply into the ways plants can favorably impact and heal our world. Here are the plants I would use. There are variations. Do feel free to experiment.

9 oclock am or pm (1st zodiacal house) chickweed, tulips, olive tree.

8 oclock (2nd house) iris, orange tree

7 oclock (3rd house) roses, water plants, lettuce, lupins

6 oclock (4th house) all lilies – including day lilies, Easter lilies, tiger lilies, lotus

5 oclock (5th house) sunflower, gladioli, poppy, lemon tree

4 oclock (6th house) morning glory, dandelion, hyacinth

3 oclock (7th house) pansy, all white flowers, including roses

2 oclock (8th house) orchid, heliotrope, black eyed susans

1 oclock (9th house) jasmine, all buds

12 oclock (10th house) carnations, wood and water violets

11 oclock (11th house) snow drops, marigolds, mums

10 oclock (12th house) poplar trees, hydrangeas, African violets

Moons of Color – Pink, Black and Blue

Moonbeams by Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

April 22, 2016 – Full Moon – A Pink Moon. 

The Pink Moon is one of several names for the Full Moon in April. The intriguing phrase honors the lovely pink phlox flowers, which appear as a bright promise of spring beauty and the growth season ahead near this date. There will be Pink Moons again on April 11, 2017 and April 29, 2018. Normally there is just one Pink Moon each year.

The Black Moon is the rare second New Moon within a single calendar month. The Black Moon is mystical and magically linked to the wee folk; fairies, leprechauns, pixies and their kin. There will be a Black Moon on September 30, 2016. Usually about three years will elapse between Black Moons.

The Blue Moon is the rare second Full Moon in a single month. Once is a Blue Moon is a popular saying which offers a clue as to its rarity. As a rule about three years will separate blue moons. However in 2018 there will be two Blue Moons, on both January 31, 2018 and March 31, 2018. Blue Moons are considered serendipitous and fortunate in the United States. However in Europe they are thought to be ill omens. Personally, as a Moon Child and astrologer, born under the birth sign of Cancer, I like the Blue Moon and feel it welcomes good luck. Many queries about this topic have come my way on this eve of the Pink Moon. So hopefully this little study of the Moons of Color has brightened and delighted with moon beams your enjoyment of the night sky and its mysteries.

Memories of the Night Time Beach
A Neptune’s Dream Poem
by Dikki-Jo
Grey sea and a long arm of sand
A yellow pearl globe Moon, so large and low
Restless tiny waves leap, then weep
Moon fire curls disrupt their sleep
I walk a mile scented by the sea
Over a black dune, entering a mystery land!

Gladly Beyond and Time

By Dikki-Jo

Note: this poem was written as the Sun was conjunct Uranus in Aries on April 9, 2016. This astrological aspect ushers in surprises, yet the elements of the unexpected might not be all that influential in the grand scheme of things because the Moon was void of course. It was accompanied by a strong earth sign accent, with the Taurus Moon joined by Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. It suggests a good day to enjoy nature or perhaps a garden party, where I was headed when the poem came through from my muse and spirit guides!
Friends walking together
No idea where I am
Heavy and rich a lily garden
And orange blossoms
Chosen for beauty, not love
Wondering if there can be
Death by fragrance
The Sun acknowledges
Life of a brewing springtime
Not a hint of the distant dusk
Shadowing the end of perfection


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