December, 2015 – January, 2016

A Mystical Advent Calendar Gift For You Astrologers and Pagans

A Guide To The Journey Through Yuletide

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

November’s last days are here,  the Full Moon of the Frost Giants on November 25, 2015 has just passed. Wonderfully and mysteriously the autumn fades toward winter and each day is shorter than the last. The winter holiday season casts its universal magic. There is a special something in the manner that the times begin speaking in the ancient and traditional language of candlelight, fragrance of pine, familiar carols and other holiday traditions and rituals. Black Friday, said to be the busiest shopping day of the year, really relates to businesses operating at a profit or in the black, rewarded after a year of hard work. Expenses are met and now it’s a time of reaping rewards for workers and businesses. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, I usually spend time harvesting wild mistletoe to be decorated with ribbons and given as gifts. This year as I awoke from a Black Friday dream, a reverie among the images of the vision I recalled is an exquisite old time Advent Calendar. Its tiny windows, meant to be opened as Christmas approaches, day by day revealing the secrets of the religious holiday of Christmas enchanted me. Having grown up in a Spiritualist and Pagan rather than a Catholic home, the whole idea of Advent seems rather remote, even foreign. However, the thought of honoring the daily journey toward the glory of the solstice and Christmas was suddenly irresistible. My dream revealed a New Age Advent Calendar developed for Astrologers, Pagans, Spiritualists and Christian Mystics. The idea evolved into this holiday gift for you. The First Sunday in Advent is November 29, 2015. This customized Advent Calendar spans December 1, 2015 through Twelfth Night, 2016.

Holiday Advent Calendar

The Sun is in Sagittarius

Tue. December 1

Moon in Leo – Mercury is trine Neptune today. Theres a hyper sensitive yet charitable mood afoot. Call upon Poseidon (Neptune) God of the Sea. Savor a glass of pure water, interpret dreams, do a deep meditation about the holiday season ahead. Send greeting cards to or telephone those who might be sad and lonely as the holiday season looms on the horizon.

Wed. 2

Moon in Virgo – Ask for favors – Reach Out. A Japanese Goddess of needlework, Hari No Kuyo, presides over today. Can you crochet, stitch or knit a few tiny holiday gifts?

Thu. 3

Last Quarter Moon – The Goddess Bona Dea presides and the Romans allowed only women to celebrate today. Serve hot chocolate or mulled pomegranate juice during a get together of sister and mother figures. Share photos of Christmas past.

Fri 4

Moon in Libra- Shop for clothes and art objects and jewels tonight.

Decorate, wrap gifts. Wear dark rose, the color of love, perhaps light a rose-red candle. Arrange holiday decorations.

Sat 5

Make time to initiate changes, release old regrets. Remember, one definition of insanity is to repeat the same thing and expect a different outcome.

Sun 6

This is St. Nicholas Eve. Watch for the jolly old elf to visit bringing small gifts of fruits and nuts, hinting at delights to come. St. Nick is the patron saint of horses. What about scheduling a trail ride at a local stable?

Mon 7

Moon in Scorpio

Force some paper white bulbs to bloom by placing them in water supported by tiny stones, blossoms should appear in 2 weeks. Share a holiday ghost story, many spirits and shadows are floating about and haunting the cool evenings.

Tues 8

The Sun is trine Uranus. Issues of justice and injustice can be resolved. Today belongs to Astrea, a Grecian Goddess of Justice. Light a purple candle to her and make your case for retribution. Let any need for vengeance be left to her. Forgive. Give any lingering enemies plenty of rope, they will hang themselves.

Wed 9

Moon in Sagittarius

Restlessness is afoot, elements of the unexpected are at work. A Mexican health mother, Tonatzin, is honored today with apple dishes. Bake an apple crisp or prepare a fresh apple salad. Enjoy an apple for health. An apple a day

Thu 10

Mars is oppose Uranus

The working of the cosmos are is fraught with conflict. Strange weather and conflicting stories are afoot, sort through details before making decisions. Let others be independent.

Fri 11

New Moon in Sagittarius

Create a holiday mood. Bruma, a European Goddess of Winter is honored today. Appreciate the special stark beauty of winters wonderland, if possible walk in the snow. Make cut paper snowflake ornaments. Include them in greeting cards or attach to gifts.

Sat 12

Moon in Capricorn

On this date in 1531 Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico and caused flowers to bloom out of season. Light a blue candle for faith and the reality of miracles in her honor. Make a special prayer request. Seek a Christmas cactus.

Sun 13

In Sweden Santa Lucia, Lucy of the Light, is honored today. A daughter of the household would dress all in white and wear a crown of lit candles while serving saffron rolls to loved ones. This is a Solstice Sun Goddess, about to bring light to the world. Prepare fruit cake, Christmas cookies and other holiday breads.

Mon 14

Moon in Aquarius

Soyal, A Hopi Indian Spider Goddess, blesses today. Make a dream catcher, do some drumming or dancing. Use your imagination to weave a web of magic. Collect fallen feathers for magical use. Mercury is sextile Neptune, creative potentials are at a peak.

Tue 15

Gather mistletoe today, while the trees are dormant it stays fresh and green. Mistletoe is one of the most mysterious, magical and sacred of plants. Since earliest times it has been called a bestower of health, a protector of love and generator of passion. Leadership, invulnerability and protection from storms are also among mistletoes many attributes. Tradition tells us that mistletoe must be plucked without a blade and never allowed to touch the ground to preserve its powers. Spread a white cloth on the ground to protect the mistletoe from making contact. Hang the fresh mistletoe leaves high in the home at Yuletide (do this by January 6, also known as Epiphany and 12th Night). The leaves can be gathered into a bit of cloth, then tied with yarn or ribbon. Leave it there for an entire year, then toss it on the hearth fire at the end of the year while giving thanks. Replace last years discarded leaves with the fresh bundle of mistletoe at once.

Wed 16

Moon in Pisces

Among the various celebrations linked with Saturnalia and Yuletide, December 16, known as Fairy Queen Eve, attracts curiosity. Fairy Queen Eve can be celebrated on many levels. There is a Celtic tradition with a tie to Queen Maeve (or Medb). The days leading up to the winter solstice mark a cycle when the gates to fairyland, the Other World, can be more accessible to mortals. Maeve presides over her court, overseeing the preparations for the cross quarter day of Yule, the longest of nights.

December 16 specifically marks the beginning of a nine day period of grace and waiting in the early Catholic rituals of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Universe. A time of reverie, of sacred anticipation, begins at 4:00 AM on December 16. For nine successive mornings, until Christmas Day, the enigmatic energies of a predawn Mass are dedicated to The Fairy Queen. Sometimes she is portrayed as a wretched old crone, an elderly fairy. On other occasions, she is royal, a beautiful and a radiant being, glowing with the Dew of Heaven. One of the most holy times of joy and penance, Fairy Queen Eve is most familiar today in the traditional Catholic cultures of the Philippines and Puerto Rico. December 16 is the start of the Mass or Misa de Aguinado. Aquinado is a Spanish word meaning a unique holiday gift. In Puerto Rico the Mass is a completely musical one. There the Aguinado becomes the gift of holiday songs.

To call in The Fairy Queen, whether you see her as Maeve or Mary, withered or youthful, obtain a bell and a snow white or silver gilt candle. During the dark hours on December 16 ring the bell nine times and light the candle. Ask for her blessing. Be observant, for either the old woman or the lovely lady will likely appear to you. Most likely this will be briefly and from a distance, as you round a corner, during an outing before midwinters day has passed.

Thu 17

Venus is sextile Pluto- It is rewarding to share experiences to benefit others. A kind work or act of charity can change the world, making it a bit better and more beautiful.

Saturnalia, the Lord of Misrule, begins his reign. Humor and silliness are healing. Share a joke and honor the inner child. Have a sip of grog or ale if you are safely at home or have a designated driver.

Fri 18

First Quarter Moon

Moon in Aries

Initiate things, promote progress.

In Latvia a legend exists of four winter spirits appear bearing gifts. Watch for and appreciate the small and delightful favors the universe is offering.

Sat 19

Mercury conjoins Pluto. Opalia, a Roman goddess of agriculture, is honored today. Weave ornaments of winter grasses or wheat. Enjoy the fragrance of bread baking. Shop for antiques and vintage Christmas items.

Sun 20

Moon in Taurus

Its a night for lucid dreams and runes. A Norse goddess, Mudda Nacht- or Mother Night – watches over this evening of deepening shadows. Consult the runes, prepare an herbal dream pillow, perhaps stuffed with Mugwort. Answers to questions are provided if you sleep on it. Think of important questions you need help with as you fall asleep. Note dreams and impressions upon waking. Inscribe a rune on a favorite stone or square of paper to carry as a charm for healing any ills of the body or spirit.

Mon 21

Read the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this timeless drama of the magic of seasonal shifts reaches a peak on this Solstice Eve. Eat pretzels, the twisting shape reflects the path of the Sun turning back to the light on the solstice. The pretzel shape was supposedly invented by a monk in Medieval times to illustrate the change of the seasons.

The Winter Solstice is at 11:49 pm EST on December 21 and The Sun enters Capricorn.

Burn bayberry candles to draw upon the magic of Yuletide. If candles made of bayberry wax are burned between the Winter solstice and Twelfth Night great blessings can be enjoyed all year. The old rhyme says:

“Bayberry Candles Burned to the Socket

Bring love, good health and Gold in the Pocket!”

Tue 22

Moon in Gemini

This evening favors sending last minute holiday greetings. Multi task to stave off boredom.

Wed 23

Today coincides with an annual Roman festival of death, sacred to Lares, the ancestors. Let things go. What is dead weight stale and useless in regard to your possessions, relationships or habits? Release it all, lighten your load you carry on your personal journey

Thu 24

Christmas Eve -Venus is sextile Jupiter Share a cup of hot cocoa with Santa Claus and sing some Christmas carols, perhaps while strolling through the neighborhood dressed in a favorite ugly Xmas Sweater.

The Celtic Tree Month of the Birch Tree Begins – This is a purifying and cleansing cycle to clear away of dark corners cycle as The Sun/Son is reborn. Birch is a bath herb, prepare a tub with fragrant salts and soaps and soak by candlelight.

Sun 25

Christmas Day brings a Full Moon in Cancer.

Emotions are riding a powerful wave with this holiday lunation. Home and family life are sensitive issues. The divine birth of the Christ consciousness is celebrated. The poinsettia, revered for generations as a holy day flower, were thought to have been a gift to baby Jesus by a poor boy who wished for something to offer the divine child. Cherish the beauty of the poinsettia and reflect upon this little poem written by a member of my family long ago.

“Poinsettias are red

Holly is green

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

With Joy In Between”

Arrange poinsettias to make a bright centerpiece for the holiday supper table.

Sat 26

Boxing Day

This day is a time of sharing, celebrated in England especially. Left over food and extra, duplicate or unwanted gifts are boxed up and offered to the poor. Its a traditional day off for your household servants. Cheerfully offer a helping hand. Give someone who has been working hard a break.

Sun 27

Moon in Leo- The sign of the great cat/ Lion

The Norse Goddess Freya is thought to have been born on this day. A deity of love, Freya traveled in a chariot drawn by white cats. Celebrate unconditional love by appreciating a special cat. Perhaps a new feline companion appears in your life to bring love and companionship. Share nuts and sweet fruit dishes with those whom you would befriend.

Mon 28

Today is thought to be unlucky for any work, called Bairns’ Day, its a time to be playful, like a child again. Bairn is an old word for child.

Tue 29

Moon in Virgo

This is a wonderful day to express appreciation. Write thank you notes or make calls. Look through holiday cards and answer the thoughtful messages they convey. Organize the envelopes of greeting cards received in alphabetical order to keep ready for next year to make a holiday mailing list.

Wed 30

There is a Sun-Moon trine in Earth signs today. This fortunate celestial pattern has been called the darling of the gods aspect. It favors constructive activity. Today is also Cake Day. Share holiday fruit cake ( I love fruit cake and get peeved at all of the bad fruit cake jokes circulated each holiday) with hot white chocolate. Prepare this delicious white chocolate drink by gently heating cream, milk and melted white chocolate. Dust with nutmeg and serve it in a mug, add a candy cane.

Thu 31

-Moon in Aries

New Year’s Eve is called Hogmagog or Hogmany in Scotland. This last day of the year favors opening doors and windows to release the spirits of the old year. Sing Auld Lang Syne. Build a fire, perhaps using some dried branches broken from a Christmas tree. Write a wish for something you would desire to manifest and another wish concerning a situation to be released on two separate papers. Burn them and cast the ashes into the wind. Watch the ashes of the wishes drift heavenward to be granted by the angels. Noise makers are used at midnight to scare away any remaining demons lingering from the old year. Masks and songs are incorporated into the festivities. Read the crystal ball or tea leaves. Its a marvelous time for divining the future or having a séance.

January 2016

Fri 1

Moon in Libra.

New Years Day – take note of your first visitor today, called the first footing, this offers an omen of times to come. A red haired stranger is the most fortunate visitor. For dinner prepare Hoppin John, a dish of rice, black-eyes peas, green peppers and bacon (vegetarians use soy bacon). In the Southern parts of the United States this simple dish is eaten on New Years day to attract luck and money during the year ahead. What is done today sets the pace for times to come, so be cheerful and positive. It is another day which is very favorable for divination. Read your horoscope or the Tarot Cards.

Sat 2

Last Quarter Moon

The highly symbolic Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, offers an intriguing meditation for reflection as the holiday season winds down.

Today is the 8th Day of Christmas.

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Eight Maids A-milking
The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

Sun 3

Moon in Scorpio

Its the 9th Day of Christmas.

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Nine Ladies Dancing
The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness,
6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control.

Mon 4

Watch the Quadrantids Meteor Shower. Wish upon the falling stars in the night sky.

Its the 10th Day of Christmas

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Ten Lords A-leaping
(The Ten Commandments.

Tue 5

Mercury turns retrograde at 8:06 am EST in Aquarius. Electronics can need some repair or replacement. A sense of dejavu occurs. History repeats itself. Events unfold in a round about way, allow extra time for travel, verify appointments and plans to avoid confusion.

Its the 11th Day of Christmas.

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Eleven Pipers Piping
(The eleven Faithful Apostles)

Wed 6

Moon in Sagittarius

Today is Epiphany also celebrated as Three Kings or Twelfth Night. The season of holiday revels concludes. On this night the Three Wisemen or The Magi (who were astrologers), Casper, Melchoir and Balthazar, followed the Star of Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child. Inscribe their initials like this with the numbers of the New Year, 20 + C+ M + B + 16, on the inside of your front door sill with ink to bring the blessings of the mysterious Three Kings to your own home during the New Year ahead.

The Honorable Barack Obama August 19, 2015
President of the United States
The White House – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,
This is to request your intervention in preventing a horrific and tragic event which is scheduled to occur at the end of October, 2015 in Florida. Despite numerous protests and public outrage,  the hunting of Floridas recently endangered black bears is about to be reinstated. Hunting permits are being issued daily. At least 1400 have already been sold, yet, when this legislation was passed it was on the grounds that just 600 permits would be issued. Although no one is certain of the exact number of surviving black bears, one estimate puts the current bear population at 3000. Twenty years of conservation efforts, since hunting was halted before when the bear population hovered on the verge of extinction, are about to be totally nullified. If the hunt is allowed to proceed the bear population could be all but eliminated. Wildlife experts and scientists, some from the Audubon Society and Sierra Club, as well as concerned citizens have presented various alternatives, yet this has all been ignored by the State. Please, Mr. President, act now to stop this. It is an impending domestic tragedy equal to the global outrage over the killing of Cecil, the beloved lion, last month.
On a more serious note and a different topic, I want to personally thank you for the Affordable Health Care Act. It has given me health insurance for just over $50.00 per month when I was paying nearly $400.00 previously.
Each Thanksgiving I smile when you publicly pardon the turkeys. Please pardon the Florida Black Bears and stop this impending tragedy.

Dikki-Jo Mullen

Astrological Plant Remedies

Zodiac of Natural Health

A Summer Solstice Herbal

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

The quest for wellness of the mind and body alike has been linked to astrology through the herbal cures related to the Sun, Moon, planets and zodiac signs for thousands of years. Although natural and alternative health care is rapidly catching on in the United States, as it becomes more and more difficult (often impossible) to navigate the health care conundrum, in other parts of the world herbs have long been the remedy of first choice in maintaining good health. It is nearly the summer solstice, the longest of days, as I am preparing this little herbal, but of course the remedies are treasured the year around. Many believe that they are the most precious of treasures and offer a source of renewed vitality. The greatest riches of all are excellent health and freedom from pain.

On a recent visit to England I was able to enroll in some college classes in spirituality. An especially fascinating workshop focused on making herbal teas from wild plants which could be gathered by the wayside. Weeds in the eyes of many, but with magical healing potentials for enhancing daily life in the opinions of others, herbal tea blends are an easy and pleasant way to access natures precious potentials. Here are some suggestions to consider.

Plants evolve around us, attuning to survive in the worlds changing climate and other living conditions. These few inexpensive and easily obtained plants contain at least 60 active ingredients altogether and can be used to create a variety of remedies to address the three facets of healing – mental, physical and emotional. If not found growing wild they can be cultivated in home gardens or purchased at health food stores.

Use the leaves and, especially in the case of the florals, the flowers in preparing these herbal teas.The leafy plant parts and flowers if applicable should be added to boiling water and allowed to steep for 5 to 10 minutes before drinking. About a generous tablespoon of the blended herbs per cup of water usually works well. Use no more than 4 to 5 different herbs per blend to avoid conflicting mixes. Herbs are quite powerful. The Latin names of the plants are listed too, to aid in selecting the proper herbs. There can be some confusion when first starting to use herbal remedies as many do appear similar. There are four steps in assembling your own herbal cures.

1. Choose one base herb. This will be ½ of the blend, the matrix. This can be green or black table tea, or for a caffeine free blend, nettle, raspberry leaf or bee balm (melissa).

2. Choose one aromatic. This is medicinal and will set the taste as well as the aroma. It should be about ¼ of the blend.

3. Choose one action herb, this creates the major impact or effectiveness of the tea. This should also be about ¼ of the blend.

4. Finally select a floral (rose or marigold) and add just a sprinkle for color and subtlety.

Leave the herbs as whole and natural as possible until ready for use. Over processing or crushing them will lessen the effectiveness. Fresh herbs are good, but wash them well and spread them on trays to dry. A dash of white vinegar in the rinse water will fight any bacteria. If doing your own wild crafting observe the plants. Does one seem to be calling you? Listen to your hunches. This can be significant, as that plant’s properties might be exactly what is needed at the present time. Astrologers can also consider which body parts correlate with the planetary rulers listed to aid in selecting the best plants to address a given wellness issue.

Herbs to Blend For Teas

Yarrow – achillea millefolium (Venus) – Action – reduces fevers, lowers blood pressure, stabilizes hormonal cycle, liver tonic and anti-inflammatory

Rose – rosa canina gp (Venus) – Floral – Decorative but also Action – helps acute respiratory problems, herpes, demulcent, astringent

Lavender – lavendula augustifolia (Mercury) – Aromatic – sedative, quells anxiety, positive mental outlook, anti-microbial

Sage – salvia officinalis (Jupiter) – Aromatic– sore throat, digestive upsets, anti-oxidant, boosts longevity

Nettle – urtica dioica (Mars) – Base or Action – detox, cleanser, anemia, allergies, nourishes (nettle soup makes an excellent healthy meal)

Rosemary – rosemarinus officinalis (the Sun) – Action or Aromatic – relieves headaches, memory aid, rejuvenates, beautifies the speaking or singing voice (also makes an excellent hair rinse)

Raspberry – rubus idaeus (Venus) – Base – aids digestion, eases female complaints

Thyme – thymus vulgaris (Venus) – Aromatic – anti viral, sore throats, sinus, coughs – traditionally thyme is carried as a sachet to connect with the elementals, the fairies, elves, etc.

Marigold – calendula officinalis (The Sun) – Floral – detox, skin troubles, stomach upsets, anti-microbial (marigold is best gathered in the afternoon after a time in the bright sunlight)

Mugwort – artemis vulgaris (Venus and The Moon) – Action – stimulates the liver, purges worms, dissolves fat, but mugwort is most famous for enhancing dreams and aiding in psychic dream work

Meadowsweet – filipendula ulmaria (Jupiter) – Action– relieves overall pain, has an aspirin type of effect

Mint – mentha pip. (Venus and Mars) – Action– has been called the aspirin of the herb world, also mint makes a good table tea all by itself. Relieves pain, nausea, gas, and calms nerves to alleviate stress. Often mint is carried as a sachet for general spiritual protection to offset any negative energy that might be afoot too.

Melissa – also called Bee Balm Melissa officinalis (Jupiter) – Base or Action – this lemony flavored tea base is also a wonderful anti-depressant.

Awakening from a dream to a bright May morning there was a sense of how each sunrise is really like beginning a whole new life. The Pisces (water sign) Moon is moving in to a favorable aspect with the Sun in (earth sign) Taurus today. Water nourishes the Earth, a thought about astrological alchemy came to me as a poem honoring this bright dawn. It’s so important, the message is, to remember to release, to let go of anything that is less than the brightest and best …

Season of New Life

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Celestial sphere, you gift us with days when the air is crisp and sweet-scented

And more days when it is heavy- damp with dew and decay. Forgive.

Soil, land warmed by the Sun stimulates life, so the tiniest of leaves reach

Skyward and somehow the light manages to find each and every one

Small living beings stretch and they feel important for a short time at least,

Before the day ends and the subtle long shadows gather

and the darkness comes to all, bringing equality in obscurity.

Astrology For Travelers

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Astrology is a science of time and place. Consulting the stars can help to bring out the brightest and best regarding precious vacation days. Being in the right (or wrong) place at the right (or wrong) time can point to an enjoyable, heavenly journey (or the slippery slope to Hades). Retrograde Mercury followed by retrograde Venus as well as some very intense cardinal sign aspect patterns can make travel during the summer of 2015 a mixed blessing. With thoughts turning toward planning a summer vacation a glance at the event chart for the road to be traveled can do much to assure peace and happiness. Business travelers can also benefit from choosing the most auspicious time to travel.

Remember, each journey has its own birth event chart with a beginning and an end. Selecting an optimal time for a departure can enhance safety as well as pleasure. The journey’s chart is prepared for the time one leaves home, not when the boat is scheduled to sail or the plane to fly.

The ascendant (1st house) in the event chart reveals how the journey begins, the nadir (4th house) shows how it ends. Look at the descendant (7th house) for insight into experiences and interactions, the mid-heaven (10th house) will show success and accomplishments. Focus on these four angular houses in selecting the time to travel. Augment the angles by placing benefics (the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter) there if safety is a concern. Don’t have the ascendant ruler retrograde, avoid departure within 12 hours of a New or Full Moon, especially if there is an eclipse. A favorable Sun-Moon aspect (trine or sextile) is good, especially if the Moon is waxing.

Mercury has a special influence over travel in general and often is prominent during the event charts of air tragedies. The Moon, the celestial body which is so close to earth, always influences the flow of events on a day to day basis. Try to have the Moon and/or Mercury well aspected to Venus or Jupiter for success and happiness. Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) on the angles or Moon placement will make the time pass quickly and will have you arriving and returning on time or even early. Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) respond well to a firmly planned itinerary and can be great for a business trip. Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) can impact health, vitality and lead to a meandering quality, many surprises can be in store en route. For astrologers who are familiar with using the planetary hours, there is a really quick and easy fix. Always leave in a Sun Hour and the journey will bode well. A Sun Hour brings pleasantness and success even in the face of challenging star patterns.

Mars shows the potentials for encountering fires, terrorists, arguments and sports. Saturn can show a legal issue or loss (hold onto your passport). Uranus affects airplanes, odd acquaintances and electronics. Neptune can show situations at sea, floods, deception and losing ones way. Pluto relates to mass karma, hijackers, etc. as well as extreme weather, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

In the natal chart the 3rd (local and domestic travel) and 9th (distant and foreign destinations) houses describe travel. Some horoscopes will simply be more favorable for travel than others. For example for some a cruise might be the perfect choice, for others a tour of art galleries and museums or theme parks might be more suitable. Consider the natal chart as well as the transits to planets in the natal 9th and 3rd houses for deeper insight.

Here is a quick and easy glance at the 9th house for each of the twelve zodiac signs. Even for those astrology fans who only know their familiar birth or  Sun Sign or the ascendant this can be a helpful guide. It is based on the planet and sign ruling the 9th house.

Aries Educational or spiritual pilgrimages are good choices, connect with foreign born people and learn some foreign language phrases.

Taurus – Historical sites or visits to see long time friends or older relatives are good. Seek a bargain. Exploring a cave or digging crystals can also be fun.

Gemini – Take electronics, including a GPS along, seek places that are new and unusual. Go off the beaten path. Ask the locals about interesting places to visit.

Cancer – Visit a haunted area or the sea coast, look for peace and privacy. A missionary trip with humanitarian intentions can work out well.

Leo – Athletics and sports such as a major league game or hiking trip can be good. Also try primitive camping or stay in a cabin in a place of natural beauty.

Virgo – A concert, cultural center, formal gardens and fine food are for you. Use fine luggage and pack a very nice wardrobe.

Libra – Ask neighbors or relatives for suggestions. A series of short trips can be better than a really long excursion.

Scorpio – Memories are important to you, take a camera and journal. Revisit a childhood home, also visiting a lake or river can be enjoyable.

Sagittarius – The fine arts and tradition can highlight a nice journey, visit a dinner show or theater . How about attending The Kentucky Derby?

Capricorn – Study background material, keep a journal, send greetings to loved ones, be well organized. A health spa, vineyard tour or pub crawl or restaurant tour would be fun.

Aquarius – A tour group with the opportunity to make new friends can be a great choice. Splurge on luxurious accommodations and meals, go first class and visit an exotic foreign city.

Pisces – Mass transit can be a better choice than trying to go it alone, journeys can mark the start of a new outlook and transformation in your life pattern. Ecology (eco travel) can be enjoyable. Visit a pristine swamp or jungle.


The Big Mama Asteroid

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Note: Jacksonville, Florida Astrologer Mr. Coleman Smith, editor of the North Florida Astrological Association’s newsletter “Skyward”, has asked me to contribute a feature about Ceres since I will be a guest speaker at the NFAA meeting in April, 2015. For those of you who might not receive “Skyward”, the article is reprinted here.

At first glance a diagram of the solar system reveals a beautiful symmetry. Beginning with Mercury the planets circle the Sun at proportional distances except for a gap between Mars and Jupiter. Something seems off beat or missing there, a misstep in the celestial dance. This gap is where the asteroid belt is located. The theory is that once, long ago, another planet orbited there but something, perhaps a passing meteor crashing into it, made it explode. Between 1801 and 1806 the four largest pieces of what might have once been the real 5th rock from the Sun were discovered. When there is a significant discovery in the celestial dome it tends to correlate with a new phase of development, some kind of discovery or new awareness, which affects life on Earth. The four largest asteroids (there are thousands of minor ones) were named Ceres (mother), Pallas (daughter) Juno (wife) and Vesta (sister) for the female archetypes interacting with the planet Jupiter or Zeus. Their discovery correlates with the first stirrings of the womens liberation movement. By the time astrologer Eleanor Bach calculated an accurate ephemeris for the asteroids it was 1973 and the role of women in society was in a full fledged transition. Since then astrologers who seek greater insights into the various aspects of femininity have been able to include the asteroids in natal carts as well as analyzing transits.

Ceres is the largest asteroid, measuring about 600 miles across. The massive size (compared to the other asteroid fragments) suggests that Ceres might be the most influential of them all. Ceres is named for an ancient Italian goddess of growing grain and rewarding harvests. In her honor the Romans would celebrate the spring time with a festival called Cerealia. The cult of Ceres was among the oldest of the plebeian cults.

The glyph astrologers use for Asteroid Ceres suggests a sickle used to harvest grain, the staff of life. Ceres, named for the goddess of fertility and crops, has been associated with a rulership over both Virgo and Taurus. Virgo, the harvest maiden, holds a sheaf of grain while the Moon is exalted in Taurus, suggesting the most nurturing of mothers. The keywords for Ceres are womanhood, family planning, ecology, personal service, health, nourishment and fertility. Ceres guidance addresses issues of parenthood, the generation gap, dependency, attachment and productivity, sharing and grief. In mythology Ceres (also Demeter) is the mother whose daughter, Persephone (also Pallas), was kidnapped by Pluto. Her grief at losing her beloved daughter for half of the year is reflected in the seasons. Because Persephone is forced to spend half of the year (winter) in Hades, the underworld, and is allowed to return to the surface of the Earth to rejoin her mother, Ceres, for the other six months (summer), Ceres created the cycle of seasons. The winter symbolizes her time of loss and grief. In the Tarot deck The Empress, Key 4, might be linked to Ceres.

Check your own horoscope with the current transit of Ceres to analyze how these keynotes might be important in the drama of your own life. The asteroid Ceres is transiting Capricorn until April 4, 2015 (also the day of the lunar eclipse). Then it will transit Aquarius until, August 4, 2015 when it will retrograde back into Capricorn. Ceres will reenter Aquarius from October 28, 2015 until January 28, 2016 when it will begin a transit in Pisces.

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Colby Temple, Cassadaga, Florida
By Dikki-Jo Mullen

It was a cool and grey winter Sunday morning and I was a guest speaker at the lovely historic Colby Temple in Cassadaga, Florida, the famous Spiritualist Camp. Here is an excerpt from that presentation.

Saturn is in Sagittarius until June 15. Schools, church politics and foreign diplomacy can be of concern. From June 15 – September 17 Saturn will be in Scorpio. Scandals come to light (watch news about Cosby and Prince Andrew and others). The final stages of the bad flu and ebola viruses can play out. Jupiter is in Leo until August 10. This is an outstanding time for the entertainment world, children’s programs and spectacular creative work. On August 11 Jupiter begins a year long transit through Virgo. Health care solutions will be accented. Reasonable coverage and alternative health care as well as natural and herbal medicines can become more popular. Mystical Neptune remains in its own ruling sign of Pisces all year. Psychic phenomena and the 6th sense are accented. Many might encounter angels and other helpful spirits. Visit a fairy trail, take photos of orbs, there is another world along side the mundane and ordinary to explore. Pluto remains in Capricorn all year. Ecology versus business, the value of currency and banking practices can be accented.

July 31 brings a rare Blue Moon. Expect serendipity and magic to be in evidence, appreciate coincidences and act upon synchronicity that day. Usually Blue Moons occur only every 2 – 3 years. It’s a good time for attending a Moon ceremony or drum circle. Venus will be retrograde July 25 – September 6 in Virgo and Leo. Don’t change your relationship status then, be as tolerant as possible of any rude behaviors or peccadillos while Venus is retrograde. Keep a sense of humor and resist the temptation to purchase expensive items or risk security during this Venus retrograde. Dieters might have a temporary set back.

Uranus will square Pluto all year. This is a long range and transformational transit showing vast changes sweeping society as a whole. A new world is emerging. Those who are flexible and can hold on for the ride will fare well. Cardinal signs are involved so there is an immediate, act here and now quality afoot. Patience is scant.”


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