Lammastide Blessing

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Lammas is celebrated at the beginning of August, its an important high holiday in the Old Celtic Calendar, one of eight seasonal festivals in the magical year. The name might come from loaf mass, honoring loaves of bread and the life sustaining grains which are nearly ready for harvesting. The festival is also called Lughnassad, in honor of Lugh, an Irish deity who reigns in late Summer. The symbolism of Lammas is one of a harvest and time of thanksgiving to come. The first hints of the coming winter are here, the hot bright peak of summer is passing.

What have you reaped? What is ready to enjoy and harvest in your own life? What are your goals for the season ahead?

Seasonal Colors: Grey, green, gold, yellow, deep burnt orange, burgundy.

Symbols: Garden tools; grains, berries and other fruits, vegetables which ripen in August. Mugwort, yarrow, goldenrod, sunflowers.

Create: A simple meditation altar with candles, seasonal flowers and plants apropos to August. Include a favorite bread and fruit juice or tea. Light the candles, say the blessing below, enjoy a feast as you begin a new cycle of luck and prosperity.

Invocation of Lammas

I breathe in and become the life of the universe,

And exhale all that no longer serves me, abandoning any anger or

Resentment or sorrow over the illusion of loss.

Every seed, animal and every being is a record reflecting back to

Ancient times and looking forward to all of the tomorrows that will ever

Be. I am part of that eternal whole.

Here are two easy and delicious recipes for making seasonal breads to enjoy at Lammas or Loaf -mass.

These recipes are reprinted courtesy of the web page of The Witches’ Almanac.

Golden Honey Cornbread

August corn fields are bursting with golden ears to eat fresh. Corn is also one of the grains that sustain us through all the seasons. This bread, eaten warm with herb or honey butter adds a satisfying element to any meal.

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup white sugar
3 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 egg slightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 inch round cake pan (or 9×9 square) In a large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar and baking powder. In medium bowl lightly beat egg and add cream, honey and oil stirring lightly to combine. Make a well in center of dry ingredients and pour liquid mixture in to well. Stir to combine, do not beat. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool slightly in pan before cutting into serving size pieces.

Bread for Lammas
Whole Wheat Cottage Bread

This recipe yields a nice loaf without. This bread can be baked in a loaf pan or a round casserole dish. Add toasted sunflower seeds or raisons for a different flavor. Serve warm with lots of butter and jam.

2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 tablespoon dry yeast
3 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (or whole wheat and white flour combined to equal 3 3/4 cups)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups warm water

Grease loaf pan. Combine honey and 1/2 cup warm water. Mix in yeast and let stand a couple of minutes or until the mixture looks foamy . In a large bowl combine flour, salt and yeast mixture together. Slowly add 1 1/4 cups of warm water until the dough is holding together but sticky. Put dough in prepared loaf pan. Let rise about 45 minutes. Bake 50 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from baking pan and place on rack.


It is said that if all of the worlds money (the multiple billions and trillions out there) would be equally divided among all human beings on the entire planet, then each man, woman and child would have 8 million dollars! Focus on reaching out to claim your abundance, knowing that all that you will ever need is right here, as a Lammas affirmation.

July, 2015 – A month of Blue Moon Magic!

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

July will begin and end with Full Moons. This makes July, 2015 a rare Blue Moon month, the last one we will have until 2018. The first of the Full Moons, on July 1 at 10:20 pm EDT, will be at 9 degrees Capricorn 55 minutes, in the double Saturn decanate of the sign. This emphasizes a respect for time and a desire to use resources efficiently.

The Sun will trine Neptune earlier in the day and Venus will conjoin Jupiter. These two aspects suggest spirituality and a love of art, recreation and beauty. Summer’s first full month begins with an emphasis on the mysteries and messages of the ocean, Neptune’s environment. Collecting shells or taking photographs of the beach can be enjoyable ways of appreciating and honoring the aesthetics of this delicate combination of cosmic influences. This July 1 lunation is also applying to conjoin Pluto and square Uranus. Political tensions can simmer beneath the surface and some surprises with the weather can be brewing.

The Sabian Symbol reads An albatross feeding from the hand. The message is encouraging each of us to take the initiative to meeting the needs of others.

The New Moon in Cancer on July 15 at 23 degrees 14 minutes coasts in accompanied by a slew of six quite volatile aspects, including oppositions to Pluto from both Mars and Mercury. Avoid arguments and don’t offer unsought advice. Conversations can become confrontational and competitive situations are accented. Family dynamics can be in flux. Real estate values and housing can concern many. The fixed star Pollux conjoins this New Moon. This orange star represents the assertive son of Jupiter and Ledea. Sometimes Pollux is also linked to the powerful Hercules. The mood generated is Mars like. To cope seek peace and project a good humored tolerance. If outdoors, in the heat and bright sun, protect the eyes with sunglasses, wear sunscreen and carry a cool drink.

In quiet contemplation pen your New Moon wish list on July 15. Then watch your wishes manifest as the Moon waxes toward the upcoming Full Moon. This will be the Blue Moon on July 31. The Blue Moon will be at 7 degrees 56 minutes of Aquarius at 6:43 AM EDT, just as Venus is retrograding back over the Cusp of Virgo into Leo. The Sabian Symbol reads Beautifully gowned wax figures. Expect the mood to be dramatic, with an emphasis on appearances, ideals and reputation. Build upon a foundation of friendship in relationships. An urge for freedom will prevail. Astrology as well as inventions and the latest electronics will intrigue many.

The Blue Moon usually doesn’t actually look blue. In the USA Blue Moon legends are very positive. Tradition tells that it augurs a time of great serendipity and good luck. In other parts of the world the Blue Moon is considered unlucky, some even say that the term blue really is rooted in the word betrayer. Still another Blue Moon definition is completely different. It describes a Full Moon that actually looks blue because of haze, fog or other atmospheric conditions.

Take note of how the Blue Moon affects you. The unique experiences it brings will help you to draw your own conclusions. If you are familiar with your own birth chart look at planets, points and house cusps near 7-8 degrees of Aquarius to see where the Blue Moon will shine in your own horoscope.

Here is my poem inspired by the lore and legends of the Blue Moon.

A Blue Moon Ode

Moon teach us awareness of all that is, was or will be

As the oldest stones are aware with memory

Moon, bring us the courage to be bright

Trees washed with star- watered light in the forest

Watch for freedom

The Night Flight of Owl and others

Forget old loss and out worn life

As winter frost ice melts into springtime

Seeds blossom to never look back at

The past

Only forward to the future, Moon the first

Clock and calendar in all of the heavens

Brings a rare

Blue Moon, time the most precious possession of

All, the present is the gift you bring all to use

Wisely, for to waste of time would squander eternity.

Ride The Moon Beams! Here is a Quick Sun Sign Guide Interpreting the Aquarius Blue Moon of July 31, 2015 Around the Zodiac


You are in the spotlight. Make a special effort to be helpful, rewards will manifest in the future. You are impressive and a leader now.


Its all about money. Cultivate financial opportunities sharpen job skills, shop for something youve longed to purchase.


Listen carefully and reread all written communications. Information of value is exchanged. Catch up on current events, there can be some extra travel.


Decisions about housing absorb time. Your heritage, memories and a reunion have you reflecting about old times and repeating patterns. The past holds the key to unraveling the future.


Children are a source of pride and happiness. A romantic involvement moves forward. Express creative ideas, pursue a favorite hobby.


A new animal companion can come into your life. A dream or hunch can help you make wise decisions about health care. Prepare healthy meals at home.


Team work and partnerships, business or personal, are an asset. You can find a legal matter taking a turn for the better. Others reach out to you and include you.


Research pays off, a puzzle or mystery is solved. Its a wonderful time to try ghost tracking, messages from the spirit world are hovering. Heed omens.


Far away places, new philosophical concepts and study will satisfy your yearning for a wider scope of activity. Youre feeling restless, ready to explore and expand.


Career prospects and achievement are your focus. You are ready to move forward and seek a promotion. Some well earned recognition, a flash of fame and fortune, comes your way.


Involvement in a new organization or social circles provides you with valuable contacts now. Politics and community issues are a focus. Consider long range goals.


Peace and privacy are cherished. You will feel an urge to avoid hustle and bustle. Meditation and retreat brings healing to the mind, body and soul. Quietly, you will offer help to those in need.


The Blue Moon most often will occur during October, July and August. February is the only month which, rarely, can skip a Full Moon. When this takes place a resulting Blue Moon in January or March is credited with especially potent impact. Sometimes both January and March will have Blue Moons, ushering in a time of unique Moon Magic


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.”


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 94 other followers