New Moon Astrology on Columbus Day

October 12, 2015

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue, back in 1492

This rhyme, learned long ago in grade school, unexpectedly echoed in my thoughts while thinking of the New Moon this month. It coincides with Columbus Day on Monday, October 12, 2015. The New Moon is exact at 8:06 pm EDT. This is the first New Moon of autumn and the first lunation following Septembers turbulent eclipses. The mood suggests adventure and freshness. The metaphor is that of a new beginning, reflecting an important journey. Think of life as an adventure, perhaps meditating on Columbus and the wide blue sea. Where do you want to sail next? Somehow an old chapter is complete and closed, while the book of life in the future is blank, open, receptive and filled with potentials. Its a cool autumn morning, looking out at my garden, Central Florida is like a paradise as the Sun rises. The foliage looks fresher, shaking the dusty heat of days past and tiny orange Ixora flowers peak, like tiny pumpkins, from among the greenery.

This New Moon falls in Libra, so if one is writing a New Moon wish list at some point during the 8 hours just after the lunation focus on questions of law and justice as well as relationships, partnerships and creativity. It sets the pace for the next 4 weeks. The lunation is at 19 degrees 20 minutes in the Venus-Uranus ruled 2nd decanate of the sign of The Scales. It is also oppose Uranus which is retrograde at 19 degrees of Aries. Unexpected events are unfolding, others can be unpredictable. Flexibility and maintaining a Columbus like sense of adventure as your inspiration will be helpful in making the best of this continuing cycle of personal and planetary change. The Sabian Symbol for Uranus reads A Magic Carpet, encouraging making the most of serendipitous opportunities and perhaps a bit of ritual and affirmation to smooth ones path as All Hallows nears. The fixed star Baten Kaitos is near the degree of Uranus at the New Moon. It is a topaz star twinkling in the underbelly of the Whale constellation. This star underscores immigrants, refugees, travel by sea and rescues. There are some serious situations. Baten Kaitos is traditionally affected by solemn Saturn.

Mercury is in Libra, showing some vacillation and indecision for many. There is a desire to look at all options and angles of situations. Mercury is in mutual reception with Venus in Virgo. This favors making and breaking commitments in the most positive way. This benevolent mutual reception also encourages eloquent speaking and writing. Keep an eye on the politicians and entertainers. New publications which come out on the market this month can be very influential.

There is a stellium of planets in Virgo including Mars and Jupiter as well as Venus and the Moons N. Node. The Virgo placements trine Pluto in Capricorn, and evoke a heavy Earth sign energy. Ecology, healing herbs and the use of crystals can be helpful to many. Sapphires, citrine, jasper and carnelian are good crystals to experiment with. Virgo also rules small animals so the companionship and well being of cats as well as other household pets can come to the fore.

Favorable fragrances for aromatherapy right now include coconut and lime for love and attraction, respectively. Try marigolds (for friendship) or chrysanthemums (for longevity and luck) as altar flowers to create a positive and spiritual atmosphere.

The strong influences with Venus and Uranus combined with the Earth sign influence makes me think of earthy handicrafts and the strange and exotic autumn vegetables. Try looking at Clemons Market on Curry Ford Road in Orlando. Various gourds, pumpkins, squash, mushrooms and foliage can be collected to assemble natural Halloween decorations. This year I selected a white ghost pumpkin and a twisted warty yellow and green gourd. One year I wrote a ballad about a mysterious blue pumpkin I purchased and sent a photo of it along with the poem in my Halloween cards. Here is an excerpt from that long ago October reverie:

The Great Night, Halloween, approaches.The great Blue Pumpkin is here!

I was wandering around at a local produce market,

one of my favorite places to reflect and regroup.

It’s right here in the (downtown Orlando)

neighborhood and features all sorts of

unusual fresh fruits and vegetables.

Among the exotic squashes and gourds

I saw a display of mysterious blue (

yes truly blue) pumpkins. One found its way into my cart and now sits proudly near

the front door, a reminder of the autumn holidays to come.

Exotic and fey it watches and waits. Does it want to become a pumpkin soup? Jack O Lantern?

Allowed to dry as keepsake gourd rattle? Is it friendly or sinister?

Astrology Birth Sign Trends – Predictions

For October, 2015

Fire Signs

(Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) An opposition between the Sun and Uranus brings unexpected choices and actions from others. Allow family members and business associates plenty of freedom. Smile at their eccentric actions and get some exercise, perhaps biking or hiking. Bring the focus to the future, forget and release past set backs or disappointments.

Earth Signs

(Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) The celestial benefics, Venus and Jupiter, are both smiling on you. Love and money are equally promising. Consider a risky venture, enjoy a break from work, enter a contest. Appreciate cultural events and purchase new finery for an out of this world Halloween costume. Enter a costume contest, you might win the grand prize. The good times peak at the Full Moon in Taurus on October 27.

Air Signs

(Libra, Gemini, Aquarius) The New Moon enhances your health and vitality, explore analyzing and being true to your own nature. Create a good first impression with a friendly smile and good grooming. Leadership, reaching out, being assertive carries you far. Focus on topics and projects which come easily. Slide along the slope of least resistance. Take photos, assemble a keepsake album or frame some prints of important moments to display in your office. Update electronics.

Water Signs

(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) With watery, elusive Neptune in Pisces affecting you, dream work is accented. Start a dream journal. Remember the old phrase Sleep on it upon drifting into sleep. Valuable guidance comes in your dreams, record impressions upon awakening and the answers will be there. Walk near a waterfall, river or the seacoast to collect shells, stones and driftwood talismans. Prepare a favorite family recipe, perhaps including apples, pears or vegetables. When the Sun enters Scorpio on October 23 the pace perks up.

October Eve Poem

The season of pumpkins and magic is gathering. The otherworldly quality of October thickens while the days grow shorter and cooler. Spiritual and mystical happenings are anticipated. This poem, titled Spirits, came during a moment of reverie about Octobers past just as the new month waits to begin.


By Dikki-Jo Mullen

What is it in the wind calling there?
Colorful leaves skip away from branches bare,
Glass panes in thin sun light shine.
Resting in a quiet house, candle-lit.
Passing the hours the clock just ticks shelves of dusty books watch and stand.
Their wisdom so silent yet at hand.

Not afraid; despite shadows of night
Kindly ghosts watch from corners edging the light.
Yet spirits otherworldly they are; while they come then go
Away on the wind , shivers blow.
Fresh air, open window, tired as I think of dreams and my bed,
Is it a spirit that comes to stand watch nearby my head?

A dream last night brought someone back again.
Among themselves they speak, at times quite plain.
Lovingly they comfort while offering thoughts they spoke
Of joyful memories and the hometown folk.
From far they journeyed a world away,
arriving, ready for Halloween to stay.

Now borne by phantom wind through star watered night
I remember friends faces, all bright and white
Watching in the dusk so much left unsaid
Why is it so hard to think of them being dead?
No need to fear the autumn wind, to bring a message is its aim
I am so at peace, for lost dear ones came!

Learn Something New….At Avalon

Horoscopes for Cities, States & Countries
– with Astrologer Dikki-Jo Mullen
Saturday, October 17th 4:30-6:30 pm. $20.

Those with all levels of astrological expertise, beginning to advanced, will be able to understand and enjoy this new class.
$20 includes keepsake study guides, featuring a map of the USA showing the astrological rulerships of all 50 states.
Florida is a Pisces State, Orlando is a Cancer town. The city of Paris has a traditional Virgo rulership, while Finland is a Sagittarius country. Find your own best locations with astrology!
The stars reveal whether or not a place will enhance your life, support romantic or educational goals, enhance good health and so much more! There will be a special section about cosmic calligraphy, examining the forms of the various symbols astrologers use. This will help you to understand the deeper meanings of the zodiac signs and planets.

Please, pre registration is required, just so we know how many participants to plan for. Phone Dikki-Jo at 407 895 1522 or contact Avalon at 407 895 7439

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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.


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