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Full Moon of June, 2, 2015

Attune, Soon, Lune, Near Noon

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

The Full Moon of June 2, 2015 falls just after high noon at 12:19 pm EDT, at 11 degrees Sagittarius 49 minutes. This final lunation of the springtime finds the Sun conjunct both Mars and retrograde Mercury in Gemini. Words and word plays are powerful now and transformative tools. These Gemini transits as well as the Full Moon will square Neptune in Pisces. A heavy mutable sign pattern is created showing a T-Square aspect with Virgo as the empty leg. Separate fact from fantasy and quell anxiety. Verify appointments and clarify. This is a very scattered and dualistic star pattern. The Full Moon is widely conjunct Saturn, which hovers on the Sagittarius- Scorpio cusp. Saturn is poised to retrograde back into Scorpio where it will remain until reentering Sagittarius again on September 17, just as Mercury turns retrograde once again. A good state of mind with a dash of humor and patience will help in making the best of things now. Topics linked to health and well being will occupy the thoughts of many. The welfare of wildlife as well as domestic animals will be of concern as well. Plan carefully if considering the adoption of a new animal companion. If in doubt, wait. Dreams can be vivid and intriguing, psychic experiences are likely, but both can be highly symbolic and a challenge to interpret. The unsubstantiated must be challenged. Care and thought must be incorporated into communication of all kinds. Reflect before pressing the reply all button on any explosive emails. Consider all sides of any controversial issues and be an exceptionally good listener. Mercury goes direct at 6:33 pm EDT on June 11. Wait until then to travel, sign documents or change jobs. Tie up loose ends and examine available options meanwhile.

Patriotism is especially accented, as Memorial Day has just passed, while Flag Day and Fourth of July are approaching. With the prominent Mars, the planetary ruler of soldiers, there is growing concern about and respect for veterans and those serving in the military. The Sabian Symbol of this Full Moon reads A flag that turns into an eagle that crows. The message is that adjustment of allegiances and loyalties prevails. Red, white, blue and camouflage can be popular fashion statements. Venus is in Cancer, birth sign of the United States of America, showing great love of country and a spirit of nationalism. Bake an apple pie and enjoy heritage and history. Here in Central Florida an archeological display of artifacts excavated from pre-Civil war settlement are on display in the Town of Fort Mead. Watching a television program about the bottles, tools and even a sardine can which were unearthed after over 150 years, I was fascinated by the way old and young visitors alike voiced how much they enjoyed the exhibit.

The fixed Star Rastaban, a binary yellow star situated at the eye of the Constellation of the Dragon, is almost exactly conjunct the Full Moon in Sagittarius. Rastabans message is especially relevant. This star has a rather turbulent Mars-Saturn nature. Care must be taken by those who ride or work with horses. Also care for the health of the eyes. Protect precious property and avoid confrontations. On a more positive note the Full Moon in Sagittarius does form a grand trine in fire signs with Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries. Enthusiasm can illuminate the work load, making labor seem lighter and more enjoyable. The strong fire sign trine also affects sports which can provide great pleasure and release. This strong fire sign emphasis does point to hotter weather and accents a need to treat fire with respect. Ritual blessings using candles, incense and other sacred flames should be especially effective for those drawn to the mystical. The long running transiting square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn continues to impact world weather and politics. Its a time of both personal and planetary change. Things aren’t the same any more. Cope by savoring the present and staying flexible.

This Full Moon with Sun in Gemini and The Moon in Sagittarius is celebrated by the Pagans as a Dyad Moon, suggesting duality. This is another reminder that there are at least two (sometimes more) sides to every story. Be fair and balanced, consider the totality and think things through before choosing.

Among the Native Americans this is the Corn Moon. Florida’s corn crop is outstanding this year. Stopping at a roadside stand recently I found some very sweet candy or cream and sugar corn,  just harvested and offered for sale. Corn is thought to be the first of all cultivated crops and recalls a time when culture took a leap forward. Corn fields were at the heart of early villages. This grain is symbolic of intelligence and versatility, just like the sign of Gemini. Besides being used in many dishes, The dried corn kernels can be turned into jewelry and used in blessing rituals.

After reflecting upon the possibilities promised by this upcoming Full Moon I did something I had often thought about and never tried before. I went to two different U Pick Farms, located West of Orlando and returned with two large containers of blueberries and blackberries, paying just a fraction of what a supermarket would charge. I was amazed at how many such farms had signs out and how many visitors each had. People of all ages and descriptions were busy berry picking! I wore one of my custom designed sun hats which turned out to be a real conversation starter, drawing many greetings and comments, most of which were friendly and favorable. It is time to make a large pitcher of iced blackberry lemonade now.

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.

Ceres

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.

Predictions
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.”

Year of the Sheep

Chinese Astrology – Year 4713

The Year of the Wood Sheep

February 19, 2015 – February 7, 2016

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Chinese New Year is celebrated at the second New Moon after the winter solstice, in late January to mid February. Following a cycle of twelve years, it is the oldest of all contemporary calendars, in use since at least 2637 BCE. The legend surrounding the origin of Chinese Astrology is an intriguing one. It began as a party to honor Buddha. Twelve animals attended and each was rewarded with a year. The animals are said to hide in the hearts of those born as well as within the events which take place during their respective years. Five elements (fire, water, metal, earth and wood) are also a part of this zodiac. Every sixty years the element and animal pairs will return to begin a new cycle.

The Sheep (also known as The Goat) was the eighth animal to arrive at Buddha’s festivities. Eight is a number which is most auspicious in the Far East, so the year holds the promise of greater peace and prosperity for many. Both lambs and goats have long been symbolic of sacrifice and spirituality; this sign also accents faith. Religious practices will become a stronger focus and a more universal source of solace.

Considered witty, loyal, altruistic, compliant, candid, kindly and tolerant and mild mannered, Sheep people are sought after as both business and marriage partners. The wood element also promises especially high intelligence, talent and a gift for communicating with those from all walks of life. The Wood Sheep fares well in business but also is a mystic, often revealing genuine psychic ability.

Those born in a Sheep Year can prepare to graze happily in greener pastures. Your prospects will improve during your year.

Years of the Sheep

1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Gong Hoy Fot Choy! – Greeting of Riches – Happy New Year

Here are Feng Shui guidelines for the Year of the Wood Sheep. Oriental astrology emphasizes symbols, omens and portents. Give it a try by incorporating these into your environment and choices to enhance health, wealth and happiness.

Color: light green

Music: harp music

Crystal: sapphire

Drink: mineral or sparkling water

Fragrance: apple blossom

Tree: dogwood

Flavor: bland

Lucky Number: 12

Flowers: carnation and narcissus

Food: raw vegetables

Spice: saffron

Metal: aluminum

Herb: mint

Motto: I depend

Direction: South to South West

Season: Summer, especially July

Lucky Hours: 1 -3 PM

Animals: nightingale, sheep and goats

(A special Thank You to The Witches’ Almanac where this feature first appeared for permission to reprint.)

Predictions – The Year of the Sheep For The Twelve Chinese Signs

Rat

Artistic projects and creativity will have great appeal to you, Rat, in the Sheep’s Year. Enjoy a light, easy going mood in love and friendship. Forgive and forget old disappointments. Cultural events such as concerts and the theater will renew your spirit. Look more to the future than the past now.

Ox

For Ox, the Sheep brings the need for patience. Unreliable people can try your sense of humor at times. Forgive and forget. Enjoy the peace and quiet of rural areas when possible. The care and upkeep of your home will be an important focus this year.

Tiger

What Does the Sheep Year bring to Tiger? This can be rather up and down concerning communication. Others will have different ideas and opinions to express. Humor and patience is a must. It can be a little slow concerning changes, fill some moments of boredom with studies and personal creative projects.

Rabbit

Rabbit, this year of the Sheep will be more tranquil than the Horse (2014) has been. Others are sympathetic, new social connections are a bright spot. Be patient with finances, there can be a slight or temporary financial set back, though. Dreams can be significant, offering insights and guidance. The fine arts and films can enhance your joy in 2015.

Dragon

The Sheep favors the Dragon. The year ahead is one of culture and creativity. It encourages you to have faith and confidence, you can accomplish much. Avoid negative people, hone your talents and allow inspiration to guide you. The Sheep supports the Dragons long range goals.

Snake

Snake, expect to be drawn into some drama or stress through relationships. You can be inclined to help those underdogs who might not be appreciative somehow. Keep the best company with constructive associates and all will be well. Love situations are favorable. Keep an eye on money, make conservative choices.

Horse

The Sheeps year, is likely to be less guarded and more relaxed than last year was. A combative situation can ease. Career rewards are likely, a romantic prospect can turn into a more promising relationship. Hold on, things will improve remember to use the Feng Shui guidelines to for a happier future

Sheep

In 2015 your animal, The Sheep returns. Chinese Astrology promises a new cycle and good fortune in 2015. Party on and enjoy!

Monkey

The Sheep is a delight for Monkey, it’s a time of sunshine and hope. You solve problems, get organized and sort through chaos. New plans and projects flourish. Just be careful of excessive generosity.

Rooster

Rooster, the Sheep Year brings uncertainty. Get a handle on anxiety. Have faith and all will be well. Others can seem shallow or frivolous, resist the temptation to be critical of their foolishness, just live and let live. Your methodical and independent self will win out as the year concludes.

Dog

Dog, the Sheep Year is favorable for writing of prose, poetry and music, and for finding peace at home. There can be some insecurity and uncertainty though. There is some uncertainty, but do not indulge in comfort food or other escapism. Dreams can be interesting but sleep patterns might be changing.

Boar

Boar, the Sheep assures great happiness! There is little competition or pressure. Moving at your own speed you can approach your goals. The times are hopeful, try a fresh path. An old conflict is laid to rest. You can feed or otherwise nurture others.

2015 – A Universal Eight Year

Astro-Numerology

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Calendars and numbers naturally go together. The numbers of the days, months and years help to orient us. Numbers are essential to sanity and happiness, they help us find our way amid the chaos. There is something so comforting about numbers. Astrology and numerology have gone hand in hand at least since the time of Pythagoras in the 4th Century BC. Number codes are prominent in many spiritual texts, including The Bible.

A wonderful way to begin to understand number patterns is to consider the Universal Year. 2015 is 2+0+1+5 = 8. 2015 is an eight year. The 8 is symmetrical, suggesting tangible accomplishment. Many will see finances improve. Eight brings a solid and well defined quality. Eight will also balance material values with other priorities. It has an efficient and businesslike quality, career goals can advance. In astrology 8 relates to the planets Neptune (a higher octave of Venus) and Jupiter. This combination suggests that comfort and order will be enhanced. For good fortune, if there is not numeral 8 included in your address, pencil in an 8 figure near the doorway. If turned on its side the 8 becomes the cosmic lemiscate, a traditional charm for harmony and balance in the midst of change. In any case, draw a sideways 8 near the entrance to your dwelling for good fortune all year. Interests and businesses related to sports, antiques and collectibles, real estate and property management should flourish this year.

Tan, canary yellow and ivory are favorable colors for wardrobe, home décor and meditation candles this year. Crystals to wear or carry include ,hematite, jet, black quartz, black pearls, very dark rubies and dark sapphires. Music to select includes organ, choral and sacred hymns or chants. Health wise be aware of the care of the bladder, teeth and skin as well as avoiding flu hazards. Celery and other fresh vegetables, vegetable soup, chocolate, popcorn and (!) marshmallows are favorable foods to include in your diet.

Here is a fun recipe to make to celebrate the eight year.

POPCORN CAKE

1 16 oz package of miniature marshmallows

20 caramels

1/4 cup butter, cubed

10 cups popped corn

1 cup M and M’s candies

2 cups of peanuts

Melt marshmallows, caramels and butter, stir, pour over the popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Stir in candies and peanuts, press into a cake pan (a bundt works well). Let cool until firm, remove from pan with a serrated knife, serves about 17 hungry souls.

What does this number Eight year of 2015 hold for you? To determine your own personal year number add your month and day of birth to eight, then keep adding the numbers together until just one single digit remains.

This is an example for some one born on July 13. 7 (for July) + 13 + 8 (for 2015) = 28 and 2 + 8 = 10. 1 +0 +1. So this shows a personal one year, a time of new beginnings, for some one born on this date.

Here is a list of the number meanings for some quick insights.

One –  will, leadership, vitality, independence, beginnings

Two –  sensitive, partners, emotions, receptive

Three –  expansion, creative, diplomatic, sociable

Four –  structured, boundaries, limitations, physical, grounded

Five  – dual, communicates, restless, adventure, witty, clever

Six  – domestic, loyal, concerned, artistic, refined, cultured

Seven –  intellectual, mysterious, mystical, reserved, occultism

Eight – tenacious, materialist, accomplished, powerful, upward mobility

Nine – universal, endings, humane, broad scope, spiritual, reflective

Finish up things in your personal nine year, begin afresh in a one year. Marry in a two or six year. Work hard in a four or eight year. Take risks in a three year, try multi-tasking in a five year. Meditate and contemplate, enjoy peace and privacy in your personal seven year.

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