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Eris – A Planet Beyond Pluto-
Astrological Introduction From Deep Space
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

“What in the name of Halloween is happening?”
This question has been coming up over and over again, verbalized in different ways during astrological consultations recently. We all are striving to make sense of the chaos afoot in the world. This second decade of the 21st Century continues to bring such chaos. The established order and sense of security seems to be melting everywhere we look.
Considering current events, this calls to mind the axiom “as above, so below”. The quest is to seek answers through astrology to restore some rhyme and reason to our lives. When humanity develops the technology and science to observe and become aware of new celestial bodies and patterns in the universe, only then are we able to understand and respond to them.
Until just a few hundred years ago the solar system as we knew it stopped at Saturn, the furthest visible planet. Then, from the 1700’s on with the development of telescopes and sophisticated observation techniques technology, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and a variety of other celestial bodies became familiar. With each discovery life on Earth entered a new phase. Currently our perception of the universe is widening daily.
An area called the Kuiper Belt has been perceived swarming around the perimeter of our solar system, arranged in a doughnut like formation. It is filled with strange ice like objects, debris which seems to be left over from creation. At the edge of this area orbits an object larger and heavier than Pluto. Discovered in 2005, it has been dubbed Eris and is now classified as a dwarf planet, along with Pluto and the asteroid Ceres.
The planets all reflect the mythological archetypes they are named for. The ancient tales of the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses really do illustrate the actual ways the celestial bodies operate.
Eris was the Greek Goddess of mischief, chaos and strife who would run amok in battle. An entity of primeval anger who wanders in the infinite darkness, Eris expresses the forces of envy and resentment. When the energy of Eris reaches a higher level, it can eventually become determination and will generate the extra effort needed to motivate and assure triumph. Eris takes over 500 years to orbit the Sun and remains in each of the 12 zodiac signs over 40 years. This planet’s influence is generational and will describe whole cycles of time and groups of people.
In 2016-2017 this intense little lady stays at about 23 degrees Aries, in orb of a conjunction with Uranus in Aries. Technology, humanity, the erratic and unpredictable are Uranus’ keynotes.
With Eris in aspect the accelerated crime rate, government upsets, weird weather and the role electronics play in our lives can be attributed to this capricious new acquaintance; Eris.
At this degree of the zodiac the fixed star Baten Kaitos is close enough to exert an influence. Baten Kaitos is a pale yellow star in the constellation of the Whale and is related to immigration, transportation, rescues and anger. It is Saturnian in nature.
The Sabian Symbol for 23 -24 Aries reads “An open window and a net curtain blowing into a cornucopia.” The message is that there is a yearning for greater riches, to drawn upon comforts and attaining luxury items. There is a desire to make the most of opportunities and a tendency to become more acquisitive.
Here are some thoughts about how this Eris transit of 2016 -2017 can impact each of us. Consider first your familiar birth sign, then read the entry for your ascendant (rising sign) for deeper insight.

Cardinal Sign People
Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
This Eris-Uranus conjunction impacts houses 1, 4, 7 and 10; the angles in your solar chart. Personal appearance, home, partnerships and career aspirations are keynotes. These houses address the present, there is a sense of immediacy.

Fixed Sign People
Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius
The Eris-Uranus conjunction activates houses 12,9,6 and 3; the cadent houses in your solar chart. Reverie, education, health and travel can play a role in how it manifests for you. These houses bring reminders of the past. Memories and history come into play.

Mutable Sign People
Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces
For you the Eris-Uranus conjunction highlights houses 11,8,5 and 2; the succeedent houses. Group affiliations, reincarnation and the spirit world, creative expression and financial values are significant factors. These houses relate to latent potentials and the future.

Since Eris has been discovered so recently studying it offers astrologers intriguing opportunities to conduct new research. You can begin to do this by placing Eris in your own natal chart, where it was at birth. Next consider Eris in the charts of significant current events. Distant as it is Eris, this newly introduced member of our solar system family, seems quite powerful.

The Full Moon in Capricorn and Celestial Messages
Astrology Trends For The Summer
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

Gaze upon the moonrise just as the sunsets on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Luna will appear as a huge and perfect pearl colored sphere, if the sky is clear. The exact time of summer’s first Full Moon will be 6:56 pm EDT in the sign of Capricorn. In Colonial New England this lunation was dubbed The Buck Moon, in honor of the velvety new antlers which appeared on deer at this time. The July lunation is also called the Mead Moon, as it was a time when mead, a potent ale,  was brewed. The Thunder Moon and Hay Moon with references to the stormy summer weather and upcoming harvest season are other descriptive names for July’s Full Moon. “Make hay while the sun shines” is an axiom which was once taken quite literally by farmers at this time. Today it can be taken to mean that following through on opportunity when the timing is right, not procrastinating, is the key to success and prosperity.
A sense of urgency will prevail during the two weeks following July’s Full Moon. The intensity which is felt at every full moon combines with a potent emphasis on the cardinal signs of the zodiac, with the Sun and Moon in Cancer and Capricorn respectively, both square Uranus in Aries. Paradoxically, though, the July 19 Full Moon also begins a void of course cycle. Fate is at work, there can be kind of a tempest in a tea cup quality, remember to keep a broad outlook and not to squander emotional energy by over reacting to situations which in the grander scheme of things will mean little. This pattern underscores security issues and business trends. Enjoy simple pleasures and have faith that there will be enough. Time spent outdoors walking in a forest or park as well as healing with crystals can be most helpful.
Mercury and Venus are both racing through the sign of Leo during late July. Sports and games as well as combining business with pleasure are favored. It’s a good time to be creative and to honor the inner child. Splurge on vacation travel and amusements in general. Take a break and rejuvenate.
July 31, The Eve of Lammastide in the Old Celtic Calendar,  is a day which has long been linked to the spiritual, otherworldly and mystical. In Old Russia July’s final day was thought to be a time when wraiths and other supernatural beings wandered the Earth. Theosophist Helena Blavatsky and J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame (and Harry himself) all have July 31 birthdays. July 31, 2016 is the date when “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, the latest book in the wildly popular Potter series, is scheduled for release. At the end of July expect  fate and destiny take a hand in things. The unexpected is at work. Heed omens and interpret dreams.

Summer’s Morning Poem
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
The dawn is here but it makes no promises
There might be sunshine after the rain
Or not
What events the news might greet
To meet who is walking on the street
Release the fear that haunts too many hearts
Open a place within for the future
All is a mystery now
Later we awaken from numbness, from sleep
To know where the new day is going to go.

(pictured- peach angel trumpets in my garden …)

Shamanism and The Zodiac
Horoscope Guide To Dwelling  In An Alternative Reality
By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Living in downtown Orlando, Florida, almost around the corner from what has been dubbed “The Worse Mass Shooting In United States History”,  I have been especially aware of how society and life as we know it are changing daily. Ancient prophecies from Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, Mother Shipton Black Elk and even The Book of Revelations are all unfolding daily. It’s a time of wonderment but also special challenges to survival. Extremes of love and hatred, joy and anguish mark new parameters in daily life. It seems that humanity must just hold on for the ride and cope as best we can.

Taking a shamanic journey provides a wonderful way to use the undeveloped potentials contained in each of our minds and bodies and the power in the deep mind to create a joyful and safe existence during these times of personal and planetary change. Although it is often associated with Native American spirituality SHAMAN is actually a Siberian word. It refers to one who has experienced an alternative view of reality. Specifically this is a state of consciousness which involves dreams and visions leading to an ability to actually impact the everyday physical world. The shamans, those who are able to accomplish,  this have been important figures in cultures around the globe since the dawn of time. The Ainu of Japan, Aranda tribe of Australia, almost all of the Native American tribes, Celts of the British Isles, the Rune casters of the Nordic countries and Russian visionaries are among those who have a tradition of shamanism. At present this ancient practice of shamanism is going through a major revival. It begins with experiencing  a state of ecstasy, often induced by spending time outdoors in meditation to precipitate a new level of awareness and sensitivity. Dream interpretation, crystals and fragrances can be used during this process. Without exception mind altering substances must be avoided.
With patience there are safe and easy steps which will facilitate a personal shamanic journey. Woden, the Norse God of wisdom, brought the runes following a shamanic trance or dream journey. Legend tells us that he hung suspended upside down in Yggdrasil, The World Tree, for nine days and nine nights. At the end of that time he was given the sacred runes or symbols to share with humanity. In the Tarot deck Key 12, The Hanged Man, illustrates this tradition. In the Arthurian Legends Merlin guides a young King Arthur on a shamanic like journey. Arthur’s consciousness is extended into the animal world where he flies like a hawk and runs like a deer. Each of us can create an environment which will alter and expand awareness in a similar way.
Begin by selecting some music ( music has been called the speech of the angels} which touches your psyche and emotions. Try dancing, singing and or drumming, while expressing feelings without inhibition. Add a candle in white or a favorite color and incense (sandalwood is a good choice). Following the musical interlude by a time of becoming quiet and relaxed while entering a light sleep or meditation. Focus on seeing other dimensions, let new insights into the self and others surface. Envision places, people and events as you would have wanted them to be. Create a different end to what might have been a nightmare. Start a notebook to record dreams and thoughts. Listen to the still, small voice within and heed hunches. The point of shamanism today is to recognize how we can create a desirable life in the outer world with the energy of thought. Healing and lifestyle improvements resulting from the practice of white magic is what the shaman aspires to.
To begin the life enriching journey of the shaman it is important to  take some time alone. Focus within. Sailing or canoeing over an isolated stretch of waterway is a possibility. Walking through a forest gazing at the night sky or the moonlit water at a quiet beach are other alternatives. A milder approach can be just to turn off the electronics and relax in the peace and safety of your own home.
As a shaman the goal is to attain a state of enhanced balance, poise and self sufficient confidence. A pleasant and comforting sensation of being absorbed by something above and beyond the former self is the sign that genuine progress is being made. Past limitations, regrets and disappointments assume a new slant, becoming just a step along the path of real progress. A deeper inner strength emerges.
Calling upon an animal guide is one effective way to explore shamanism successfully. Long ago seekers would build a dream nest, then sleep until the animal guide appeared. Astrology offers an alternative, with suggestions about animal guides apropos to the various birth signs.
Consider the animals related to your familiar Sun or birth sign, Moon or ascendant. The creature that resonates will touch a chord within. Then find a picture, statue or make or draw an image of the selected animal. Mentally take it with you into meditation,  simply let the journey begin.  Shamanism leads to any good thing one might desire.

Shamanic Totems Around The Zodiac

Aries
Wolf, Horse, Opossum, (new pathways, wise and strong role models)

Taurus
Beaver, Dog, Hawk (builder, constructive, cooperative, loyalty)

Gemini
Deer, Porcupine, Coyote (gentle, humorous, alert, faith, dual, responsive)

Cancer
Owl, Badger, Whale (intuitive, clever, seeker, mission)

Leo
Lynx, Peacock, Turkey (subtle prowling, release, waiting and watching)

Virgo
Squirrel, Fox, Rabbit (mobile, rewards of planning, conserving resources)

Libra
Crow, Butterfly, Mouse (communication, detachment, attentive, truth)

Scorpio
Buffalo, Weasel, Dragonfly ( open to abundance, release scarcity and illusions)

Sagittarius
Moose, Elk, Eagle (honor self image and potentials and dignity)

Capricorn
Bear, Goat, Antelope (personal strength, reliability, motivation)

Aquarius
Swan, Bat, Dolphin ( surrender, resilience and persistence amid change)

Pisces
Hummingbird, Frog, Raven (embrace pleasure and happiness, count blessings)

Midsummer on a Full Moon
Heiligenschein – Angel Shadows, Mermaids and The Summer’s Ingress, 2016

Thoughts for the summer season ahead …

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

The ingress chart is a special horoscope cast as each new season begins, marking the precise times of each solstice and equinox. The ingress chart reveals what can be expected during the season ahead.
Here is a time tested way to catch a glimpse of your own energy pattern this summer. This magical activity can be pursued on any morning when the rises, bright and cloud free. It’s called meeting your aura shadow angel or “heiligenenschein”, a German word meaning “saintly or a holy light”. Glance briefly at the rising sun, then turn your back on it and look at your own shadow. A dazzling white halo will extend around your head, suggesting the halo of an angel or saint. This is best viewed when the dew is on the ground and the sun is still low in the sky, just over the horizon. A temperature of about 50 -75 degrees Fahrenheit is best. The angelic glimpse at your aura looks especially impressive when viewed against a background of dew covered grass. Try taking a selfie.
The summer season this year is one of moonlight, there was a rare Full Moon at the solstice. All summer long everything lunar is highlighted, The solstice Full Moon was on a Monday, the Moon-day of the week and ushered in the zodiac sign of Moon ruled Cancer coming into prominence. Memories, patriotism, family values, heritage, emotional expression, intergenerational dynamics, history, keepsakes, reunions, antiques and the water are all likely to be key issues. The Sun and Venus in the early degrees of Cancer are conjunct, suggesting artistic expression, Mars in Scorpio (still retrograde) and Neptune in Pisces (still retrograde) form a wide grand trine in water with the Cancer transits. Among the fey ones, the elementals of the water can swim near. Mermaid motifs are likely to be popular themes in art, poetry and spiritual studies.
The healing qualities of lakes, rivers and the sea shore can offer comfort and balance. Intuition is keen for many, listen to your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t and vice-versa. The Moon will have moved over the Sagittarius cusp to enter Capricorn by the time of the solstice. Luna will form a mutually applying conjunction with retrograde Pluto. This suggests research, investigations, secrets coming to light. The horrific events of late spring, particularly the mass shooting which took place just around the corner from my office in Orlando, will continue to be the subject of unexpected twists and revelations. Jupiter remains in Virgo until September 9. This accents health care, the companionship and well being of pets and service in general. Gainful, meaningful employment will universal goals. Spiritual beliefs which offer practical support in coping with real life issues will appeal. Home gardens and local, healthy food choices also link to Jupiter in Virgo.
The summer of 2016 ushers in an unusual pattern of three eclipses in a row!  A lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 18 and two in September. September 1 brings a solar eclipse with the New Moon in Virgo. The Harvest Moon falling in Pisces on September 16 completes the trio of eclipses. Eclipses are wild cards, unpredictable, breakthroughs, not always bad, but definitely unsettled. Many will feel restless during August and September. Examine any planets and which house placements in your own birth chart are linked to Aquarius, Virgo and Pisces. Dreams can offer insights as well as messages from spirit guides and higher consciousness. When in doubt, “sleep on it”, then note your thoughts,feelings and symbols recalled from dreams immediately upon waking. Mercury will be retrograde in its own sign of Virgo from September 1 until going direct again September 22, exactly at the autumnal equinox on September 22. Tread familiar paths and let the universe make the first move regarding changes in the status quo as September begins. A sense of dejavu prevails as the first autumn colors brighten summer landscape. Travelers can find themselves meandering during the last weeks of summer.

Angels
Heavenly Heralds
Astrology and Poetry
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
Astrologically angels are ruled by Neptune, the planet linked to all that is dream like, elusive and otherworldly. A good description of angels might be that they are too beautiful to be real and yet too beautiful not to be real. Are angels real? Are there really winged beings with purposes and powers beyond what we can conceive of? Or are they some sort of energy field, natural or supernatural? The topic has been debated for centuries and ends in a moot point. However,too many angelic sightings and encounters have occurred over the centuries for them not to have some validity. Many have felt their presences and assistance, perhaps when least expected. Neptune remains about 14 years in each sign of the zodiac. Currently, in the second decade of the 21st Century, Neptune is transiting its own sign of Pisces, where it will remain until January 26, 2026. During these times of personal and planetary challenges remembering and calling out to the angels might be especially helpful, supported by the current transit pattern. During the past weeks angels have entered my dreams, along with poetry. Neptune, along with the planet Venus, also rules poetry. Neptune is often called a higher octave of Venus and Venus is exalted when in Pisces. Venus relates to love of course, but also to comfort and happiness. Here are some of my dream recollections and impressions to share, thinking of the positive cosmic influences of Neptune and Venus. Music, which is said to be the speech of the angels, is ruled by Venus. Try singing or playing music as a way to invoke and understand the angels.

Words From Angels
Dreams
June, 2016

Precious angels look to Earth
Guide and softly comfort
Moments of new birth.

Flowers and fragrances sweet and bright
comes as gifts from above
Drive away woes and misery
Lightened by your love.

Wondering, wandering through the day
Faces, all kinds,
Was ever there an angel met along the way?

Brilliant angel at my side,
Thank you for giving care,
Although I can’t see you,
but do sense that you are there.

Angelic beings exist, keep us in your sight,
Guardians bright and glowing,
as heartaches and concerns grow day and night
Bring times of joy following tears flowing.

Like a sweet summer breeze when we are down,
Heavenly,you are there, bring a smile not a frown
Angels, angels in so many ways
Bring the means to manage through all the days.

Angels bring beauty
Brighten the dark of night,
Replace regrets with blessings,
Lit by halos of celestial light.

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.

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