Hey Astrology Students! This upcoming New Moon on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 at 12:07 am est is lucky and very special.
It is at 23 Degrees Scorpio 18′. Plan ahead! It is a rare Cazimi lunation! (Very Influential and Opportunistic): Any planet or luminary whose center is within 17 minutes of the arc of the center of the Sun is referred to as Cazimi. A Cazimi Moon (which can only happen at the time of a New Moon) is good to use if you want something to really succeed. It’s one of the highest forms of good luck. As far as the time frame goes, a Cazimi Moon is in effect for about a half an hour before the conjunction of the Sun and half an hour after. Remember! Important! Not all New Moons are Cazimi.

Some Astrological Thoughts About The Winter Solstice of 2020
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

In 2020 the winter solstice takes place on December 21 at 5:02 am Est, when the Sun enters Capricorn and winter begins. It’s the longest night and shortest day of the year. The astrological patterns at each seasonal shift (the solstices and equinoxes) will describe the events which might be expected throughout the times to come in the new season. For this year of 2020 the winter solstice coincides with the Great Conjunction. The implications are profound. The events of this remarkable year have all been linked to this unique celestial coming together.
Every 20 years or so astrology’s Great Conjunction occurs. This astrological pattern correlates with profound events which reshape history. The Great Conjunction is the actual coming together or conjoining of Jupiter and Saturn, the two celestial heavyweights in the solar system. On December 21, 2020 at 6:22 pm, Greenwich Mean Time, the Great Conjunction will be exact at 0 degrees Aquarius 29 minutes. The last Great Conjunction took place at the New Millennium, in the year 2000. History fans might recall how this 20 year interval has always marked major milestones in the human condition. For 140 years or so The Great Conjunction takes place in the same element. Then it mutates. 2020 marks a mutation of Jupiter and Saturn from conjoining in Earth signs to an Air sign series. This promises to put a new twist on world affairs for many decades.
What might we expect? Well, this powerful Jupiter-Saturn conjunction last took place in Aquarius 600 years ago. That’s when the Ming Dynasty established Beijing as the capital of China. At the same time the Ottomans were engaged in a 7 year struggle for the throne of Wallachia, the historic region of Romania. That ended in the formation of the Prussian Federation. Against the cyclical back ground of time, the Great Conjunction in Aquarius promises new values and new types of government. Out of chaos can emerge a completely different world. Economic values and ecology should be affected as both are ruled by Earth, the outgoing element. One thing is certain, the year ahead will certainly continue to be interesting.

Final Jeopardy

Hey Astrologers! Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek was born July 22, 1940 at 11:15 am EWT in Sudbury, Ontario. He was a Cancer ( Leo cusp) Sun with Mercury, Chiron and Pluto conjunct the Sun in the 10th house of fame and fortune. He was born to be a famous and charming public figure. His Pisces Moon trine his Sun showed he was lucky and intuitive as well as empathetic. His Saturn was conjunct Jupiter in Taurus showing a strong character. Venus in Gemini shows story telling ability and word skill (he was bilingual English/French) and his sense of humor. Alex’s Virgo ascendant with Neptune in Virgo in the 12th house close to the ascendant describes his long time concern with health. He died of colon cancer on November 8, 2020.

– by Dikki-Jo Mullen

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Lunar Phases Guide

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An Easy and Powerful Blue Moon Rite
By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Full Moon Drum Circles and other ceremonies are very popular ways to honor and attune with the Moon. The Rare Blue Moon on Halloween, October 31, 2020 is an especially powerful lunation. A way to  celebrate it, while still staying distanced and safe during this era of Covid, is to face East at sunset and turn your back to the setting Sun. Move into and contemplate Luna’s bright face as she climbs sky ward. Light a candle, play a Moon themed song, charge crystals and stones in the moon light. Let water in a clear glass or pitcher absorb the silvery lunar rays. A chant to say is:
“I Pray to the Moon while She is round, Luck with me will then abound, what I wish and will for now is found, As my will So Mote it Be.”
Repeat either 2 or 7 times.

Lunar Goddesses and The Zodiac – Week 4
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
The Moon offers a way to relate to each zodiac sign through lunar imagery. The goddess associated with your own Sun sign offers insight into your potential and purpose in life. The goddess connected to the Moon sign provides insight into your past lives, psyche and unfulfilled yearnings. Form a connection with a goddess to attune to the celestial currents. Dedicate a candle to your goddess of choice, collect pictures, statues, poems and literature apropos to your goddess to deepen the connection.

Aries   Minerva
The Roman warrior goddess, Minerva was the overseer of soldiers in battle. Inventions, medicines and handicrafts are her gifts to humanity. She encourages the pursuit of goals, exploration and knowledge.

Taurus   Hathor
In Egypt Hathor appeared as a sacred cow and she was the embodiment of both the Sun and Moon. Strong, musical, sensual, jolly and fertile, she represents all that is beautiful.

Gemini    Kaltes
A shape-shifter of Siberian origin, Kaltes adapts to the needs of the moment and immediate surroundings. Her accessibility enables her to mold destiny. She offers wisdom in times of confusion and uncertainty.

Cancer   Selene
This Greek lunar goddess carries the Full Moon across the sky in a white chariot. Growth, potential and clarity are associated with Selene. She offers guidance through dreams and healing through slumber.

Leo   Fortuna
Italian in origin, Fortuna’s emblem is The Wheel of Fortune. A symbol of the rising and setting Sun, the Wheel offers a reminder to maintain perspective through life’s changes, ups and downs. Offering abundant blessings, she replaces disappointments with hopeful options.

Virgo     Arianrhod
This Welsh goddess is associated with virtue, beauty and purity. She oversees weather, assuring a bountiful harvest. A time keeper, Arianrhod expresses concern as she assists all who ask.

Libra   Venus
This Roman goddess of grace, love and justice grants irresistible desires. Passion, beauty and sensuality are her domain. A popular image shows Venus rising from the sea buoyed by a shell. This shows her as a guide across the waters of life, whether they are calm or stormy.

Scorpio   Rhiannon
A Welsh goddess, Rhiannon is accompanied by song birds who can revive and rejuvenate the dead. She bestows the gifts of rebirth, strength and survival. A queen of the night, Rhiannon rewards instinctual and honest recognition of our animal nature.

Sagittarius   Epona
A Celtic Goddess, Epona embodies fertility, independence and mobility. The horse is her symbol. She is associated with the birth of foals, and the journeys of life and death. She combines instinct with vitality, as well as intuition with nurturing.

Capricorn   Gaia
A figure from pre-history, Gaia is the goddess who is Earth herself. Her realm is damp caverns, mysterious dark corners, roots, patterns, and the rhythms of the planet. She brings a reminder of our kinship with nature.

Aquarius   Morgan Le Fay
She is the mysterious half-sister of King Arthur. Her abilities to heal, prophesy and, change forms established her as the goddess queen of Avalon. Morgan Le Fay is a mistress of high magic.

Pisces   Kuan Yin
The Chinese Goddess Kuan Yin is beloved for her infinite compassion and mercy. She is unconditional motherly live. Born of Buddha’s tears, it is said that she never turns her back on those who are in need.

Astrology of the Week 3
Class Notes
In preparing to honor the Blue Moon on Halloween, 2020, gather or purchase some mugwort as a substitute for sage as an aid in meditation and attuning to the lunar currents.
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) or cronewort, is named after the lunar goddess Artemis. Mugwort is a Moon herb, a stirrer of visions and an opener of portals. It heightens our extrasensory perception while simultaneously dropping us deep into our center. It’s just where we want to be. It is a door opener, a wayfinder, a welcoming bridge to the realms of consciousness needed to cultivate a deeper relationship with the natural world.
“Known to many as an herb of magic, mugwort allows us to live in several worlds at once, expanding and nourishing the habit of drawing our gaze before us to that which is visible, and behind us to that which is invisible.”
In China, bunches of mugwort were hung in the home during the Dragon Festival to keep away evil spirits. The Ainus of Japan burn bunches to exorcise spirits of disease, who are thought to hate the odor. Planted along roadsides by the Romans, who put sprigs in their shoes to prevent aching feet on long journeys. Carry to ward against wild beasts, poison, and stroke. Prevents elves and other evil things from entering houses. Said to cure madness and aid in astral projection.
A pillow stuffed with mugwort and slept upon will produce prophetic dreams. Mugwort is burned during scrying rituals, and a mugwort-and-honey infusion is drunk before divination. The infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors, and mugwort leaves are placed around the base of the ball, or beneath it, to aid in psychic workings.
Native American tribes used mugwort leaves to rub on one’s body as protection from ghosts. The leaves could also be worn as a necklace.
Shamanic Magical Use:
This is the plant of Midgard (Earth), burned at the start of a ritual. One starts and ends with Mugwort, as one starts and ends with Midgard. Its shamanic purpose is purification.
Mugwort is the herb that is most often burned as incense. It’s an alternative to the Native American-derived term “smudging”, and it can be bound in bundles and burned in the same way as white sagebrush. It also has a clearing effect on the mind, and a heightening of the extra senses, so it is a good thing to start any working that is going to involve an altered or trance state at some point.
Mugwort is a versatile sacred herb. It can be used for spiritual cleansing, protection, healing, and consecration, and it can aid dream work, trance, and intuitive development. Associated with the Full Moon since ancient times, Mugwort also is suitable for rituals year round.
home for protection and good fortune. Hang a Mugwort sprig or wreath above your bed to bless sleep and dreaming. Fill an amulet bag with Mugwort, energize it, and wear it around your neck for healing, spiritual growth, and intuition. Put a pouch of Mugwort in the glove compartment of your vehicle or hang a Mugwort amulet bag from your rear view mirror to bless your travels. In addition, Mugwort can be combined with other ingredients in making amulets and charms for a variety of purposes.
Sacred Space: Grow Mugwort in a ritual garden. Create a year round ceremonial circle with a Mugwort hedge. Grow Mugwort next to your home to bless and protect it. Meditate and commune with living Mugwort for relaxation, healing, and inspiration.

The Moon orbits one full turn around the Earth in 28 days. And as it does, it passes through each of the Zodiac signs for about 2 to 2 1/2 days. The sign of the Moon on any given day broadcasts the subtle emotional undercurrent. Like the mystery of the lunar pull, it’s hard to put your finger on, but something felt, like a background hum or wave.
It’s a fleeting mood that you can follow to help you plan your week. Following the Moon through its signs and phases takes you out of artificial time, and into natural time. The more you tune into the lunar rhythm, the more it’ll come into the foreground for you. You can discover your own power days for every particular life situation by following the Moon.

The Moon by Zodiac Sign
When the Moon is in Aries

  • Fresh Starts: the courage to act, momentum, big bursts of energy, new beginnings, taking the road less traveled, being a leader, doing it on your own.
  • Just Being: directness, innocence, feeling separate, personal authority, responsibility for your own life.
  • The Fighter: taking risks, not backing down from a confrontation, courage.
  • Watch out for: aggressive attitude, harshness toward others, taking dangerous physical risks, picking fights.

When the Moon is in Taurus

  • Wealth: resources, income, material possessions.
  • Valuing the Self: having strong boundaries, making the most of your natural talents
  • Sensuality: body pleasure, comforts, touch, affection, delight in the five senses.
  • Contentment: total relaxation, appreciation for the natural world, reveling in life, deep satisfaction, gratitude
  • Watch out for: rigid opinions, sluggish energy, stagnating, clutching on to people and things

When the Moon is in Gemini

  • Sociability: quick wit, craving variety, short exchanges
  • Mental Flexibility: logical, seeing all sides, fast analysis, clever
  • In Motion: driving, getting around, on the move, short trips
  • Society’s Buzz: local media, the Internet, gossip
  • Relating: schoolmates, colleagues, siblings, extended family, roommates.
  • Watch Out For: frazzled mind, impulsive mischief or telling white lies, superficiality, being disingenuous, flaking out.

When the Moon is in Cancer

  • Intimacy: compassion, soul laid bare, tenderness, nurturing
  • Emotions: moodiness, sensitivity to feelings, heartfelt understanding
  • Home Life: envelopment in the familiar, emotional roots, mother, need to belong
  • Watch Out For: lack of confidence, hiding out of fear; shutting down, defensiveness, insecurity, dependence on others, smothering.

When the Moon is in Leo

  • Self-Expression: passion for own ideas, eagerness to give to an audience, creative ambition
  • Fun and Games: celebrations, play, vacation, exhilarating risks
  • The Drama of Love: happy together, surprising with gifts, indulging in luxuries, treating like a queen or king, loyalty
  • Watch Out For: ego taking over, insufferable self-centeredness, selfishness, winning at the expense of others.

When the Moon is in Virgo

  • Working Life: co-workers, daily rhythm, side jobs, ‘to-do’ list
  • Health: exercise, moderation, healthy habits, alternative healing
  • Getting Organized: tending to details, tidying up, being efficient, checking the day planner
  • Discernment: critical thinking, calm in a crisis, can plan out the steps
  • Watch Out For: anxiety about what could go wrong, overthinking an issue, pointing fingers.

When the Moon is in Libra

  • Partnership: marriage, collaborating, sharing responsibilities, relying on another, cooperation
  • Artful Life: design, high culture, elegance, aesthetically pleasing, sophistication, style
  • Balance: Weighing opposing views, meditating, instinct for equality, negotiations, legal issues
  • Watch Out For: losing yourself in a relationship, being a yes man or woman, talking too much, indecision.

When the Moon is in Scorpio

  • Power Struggles: picking up on hidden agendas, personal ambition
  • Holding Your Own: emotional strength, perseverance
  • Change: forgiveness, transmuting toxic emotions, release
  • Merging: Sex, kindred spirits, psychic entanglement
  • Watch Out For: revenge fantasies, resentment, blind rages, paranoia

When the Moon is in Sagittarius

  • Free Spiritedness: nature, travel, adventure, questing, exploring, discovering
  • Knowledge-seeking: higher education, moral conscience, spiritual wisdom
  • Open to Life: faith in the process, super friendly, quick to help, spontaneous
  • Watch Out For: missing the nuances, harsh honesty, skipping important steps.

When the Moon is in Capricorn

  • Substance: clear with life goals, resourceful, enduring, overcoming
  • Status and Authority: making your mark, mindful of your role in society at large, making contacts, recognition
  • Being Responsible: commitment, high standards, mature
  • Watch Out For: being too serious, authoritative, rigid, closed to innovation

When the Moon is in Aquarius

  • Fringey: Going off on a tangent, sudden shifts, quirks, and nuttiness
  • Friend Circles: associations, networking, coming together for a cause
  • Innovation: high tech, genius breakthroughs, futuristic ideas
  • Detached View: seeing how things are connected, working for the common good, being a champion for humanity
  • Watch out for: head in the clouds, rigid opinions, stubborn, hard to relate one-on-one.

When the Moon is in Pisces

  • Imagery and Illusion: vivid imagination, fantasy, dreaming, lostness, surreal, overwhelmed
  • Sensitivity: loss of boundaries, tuning in to currents of energy, compassion
  • Divine Guidance: mysticism, solitude, being a seeker, longing for God/Goddess, unseen helpers
  • Watch out for: being a victim, helplessness, anxiety, surrendering to others, addictions.

Week 2 Astrology Class assignment – Color a section of the shell to represent each of the year’s 13 Full Moons. This will help you to attune intuitively to each lunation.

Native American Full Moon Names

Names for the Full Moons were a part of the culture of early peoples around the globe since star gazers first observed how the heavens reflect life on Earth below. There are a variety of different lists of Full Moon names. The Maine Farmers’ Almanac seems to have been the first almanac to publish Native American “Indian” Full Moon names in the 1930’s. Here is a list which originally seems to have been compiled for the boy scouts over a century ago. An early list of “Indian month names” was published in 1918 by Daniel Carter Beard in his The American Boy’s Book of Signs, Signals and Symbols for use by the boy scouts. Beard’s “Indian” month names were:
January: Difficulty, Black Smoke
February: Raccoon, Bare Spots on the Ground
March: Wind, Little Grass, Sore-Eye
April: Ducks, Goose-Eggs
May: Green Grass, Root-Food
June: Corn-Planting, Strawberry
July: Buffalo (Bull), Hot Sun
August: Harvest, Cow Buffalo
September: Wild Rice, Red Plum
October: Leaf-Falling, Nuts
November: Deer-Mating, Fur-Pelts
December: Wolves, Big Moon
What do you think of this version of Moon names? Can you relate it to the Moon’s impact on your own spiritual path?