Astrology 101 – Week Three Assignment

The Celestial Bodies
Cosmic Energy Generators Affecting all things on the Earth

Sun – birth sign, ego, identity, life force
Moon – emotions, memories, personality, heredity
Mercury – communication, intellect, skills
Venus – love, pleasures, the fine arts
Mars – energy, challenges, sports, anger
Jupiter – expansion, philosophy, religion, luck, happiness
Saturn – responsibility, parameters, realities, restriction
Uranus – originality, progress, science, accidents
Neptune – inspiration, dreams, illusions, 6th sense, spirits
Pluto – rebirth, renewal, transformation, natural resources

Additionally Consider
Chiron – healing, teaching, moving beyond disappointments
Moon’s North and South Nodes – karmic conditions, give and take, a goal and avoidance

Astrology 101 – Week 2

The Twelve Houses of the Zodiac Twelve Areas of Life

As the Earth turns on its axis, during the day, the Sun, Moon and planets move across the sky from our perspective.  The different segments, areas in the sky are the various houses in the horoscope. This shows how these celestial energies are directed and manifested.

1st house – appearance, image, identity – angular (ascendant, rising sign)
2nd house – money, possessions, tools, earning ability – succedent
3rd house – communication, siblings, early schooling – cadent
4th house – family, domesticity, security, heritage – angular (I.C.)
5th house- romance, creativity, hobbies, children – succedent
6th house – health, service, daily routine, small animals – cadent
7th housemarriage, partnerships, justice – angular (descendant)
8th house – passion, death, rebirth, investments, mystery -succedent
9th house – travel, philosophy, higher education, in-laws -cadent
10th house – fame, achievement, leadership, visibility – angular (M.C.)
11th house – goals, friends, wishes, groups and organizations, politics – succedent
12th house – sacrifice, solitude, secrets, institutions -cadent

Celestial Sparks A- Flying!
The New Moon in Aries on April 11, 2021
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

This first New Moon of springtime sparks and blazes in a very bright cosmic stellium lit by cardinal fire sign candles. The lunation takes place on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 10:31pm EDT with Chiron, Mercury and Venus all joined by the Sun and Moon in Aries. An adventurous spirit and a desire to make things happen prevails in the here and now characterizes this New Moon cycle, which will set the pace for the next 4 weeks. It is also about starting projects which will mature during the year of seasons to come. “Start it and just do it now”, whatever the “it” might be in your own life, is the mantra. Write a wish list to clarify and crystallize your intentions. This simple bit of magic, the hand written wish list, supports dreams becoming a reality. Write yours during the eight hours following the time of the New Moon.
The Sun and Moon at 22 Aries 24’ are conjunct in the Mars -Jupiter ruled decanate of The Ram. The Sabian symbol for this degree, shared by The Sun and New Moon, reads “A woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load.” This suggests visibility (bright pastels), involvement in something of importance (heavy load) yet all is not obvious (the future wears a veil). The fixed star Baiton Kaitos conjoins this degree also. Located in The Whale constellation this fixed star has an overall Saturnian flavor. Its name translates “in the Belly of the Sea Monster”. There is a challenging lean, mean times mood and a need to look into making the best of the situation. How can one serve lemonade squeezed and sweetened from the abundance of lemons?
Mercury in Aries is in mutual reception with Mars in Gemini. This fuels travel, a battle of wits and words, as well as duality and nervous energy or stress. Yet there are ways to get out of what ever one gets into, with this favorable mutual reception. Escape is possible. Venus in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn. Lighten up and keep a perspective on passions. Some relationships are more turbulent than peaceful, many romances are in a state of flux. Chiron in Aries points to the need for healing of eyestrain, headaches or over doing physical activities such as extreme sports. Mars favorably aspects Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius. Humanitarian concerns continue to be a focus, many will be motivated to help those in need. Values and the economic situation continue to evolve with Uranus in Taurus squared by Saturn. Wealth can assume an unconventional meaning. Neptune is within orb of a square to Mars. Rainfall and water quality are underscored by this influence. Weather changes occur with New Moons. Listen to the weather report tonight. Here in Central Florida the skies are stormy. Surprisingly, a cool front is on the way amid chaos in the clouds.
This time is unusual in that all of the major planets are in direct motion. Progress is encouraged and the celestial current favors going forward in pursuing desired changes. Think “ full steam ahead”. So just “go for it”, whatever “ it” means to you. It might mean leaving an old job for a new one, moving or nurturing some other cherished dream. The Moon is beginning its waxing cycle. Escape from a rut. So now is the time, through the next Full Scorpio Moon on April 26. The various retrograde energy cycles will gradually return with Pluto beginning its backward dance on April 28, 2021.

Astrology 101 Week One Assignment

There are 12 signs of the zodiac, marking the circle of space around the Sun. The word zodiac means “circle of animals” from the Greek. The zodiac signs are 12 channels of expression. This week learn them in order along with the glyphs which represent each sign in order and the key words, as discussed in class. Write the glyphs for each sign in order a few times. They are the foundation of your basic alphabet as an astrologer.

Aries – fiery, pioneering, competitive
Taurus – earthy, stable, practical
Gemini – dual, lively, versatile
Cancer – protective, traditional, sensitive
Leo – warm, dramatic, flamboyant
Virgo – conscientious, particular, detail-oriented
Libra – refined, sociable, fair
Scorpio – intense, secretive, researcher
Sagittarius – friendly, expansive, philosophical
Capricorn – cautious, serious, security -oriented
Aquarius – inquisitive, unpredictable, original
Pisces – responsive, dependent, imaginative

Springtime, 2021
The First Full Moon of the Zodiacal Year
“Behind the Eight Ball”

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

Sunday, March 28, 2021 welcomes the first Full Moon of the Zodiacal Year at 2:48 pm EDT. Luna is Full at 8 degrees Libra 18’. The two week period from this Full Moon until the New Moon in Aries on April 11, 2021 will be impacted by this message. Among those who follow the Old Ways of the Pagan spiritual traditions this is called the Seed Moon. Now is the time to plant that which you want to grow, within your own psyche as well as in the garden. Another of the many names for springtime’s first Full Moon comes from the Native American Medicine Wheel teachings, where it becomes the Moon of the Budding Trees. The message is one ofadventure and new growth are promised, but rashness must be controlled. The tree which buds too soon can be frozen.
The Sabian Symbol for this degree reads “Three old Masters hang in an art gallery.” The number three and the paintings are a metaphor. The significance is one of admiring beauty, skill and protecting irreplaceable treasures. The Fixed Star Vindematrix at 9 degrees of Libra is nearly conjunct this Full Moon and will color its influence. Vindemiatrix is right up there with Algol in having a sinister reputation. The name translates “gatherer of grapes”. The mythology of Vindemiatrix is the story of Ampelos, a son of a nymph and satyr. He was beloved by Bacchus, the God of wine and revelry. Bacchus gave Ampelos a vine which was planted near an elm tree. Ampelos fell climbing from the vine and died. Bacchus turned him into a yellow star and placed him in the heavens. A Mercury-Saturn quality is assigned to this star. It suggests health and monetary matters, dealing with stress and rising above disappointments.
This Libra Full Moon will make justice an emotional concern. Love and relationships will also be an important focus for many. Be thoughtful. What do others need? How do associates feel? Focus on a creative outlet, fashions, fragrances and making the environment as pleasant as possible for yourself and others. The Full Moon will exactly oppose the Sun, Venus and Chiron all in a stellium at 8 degrees of Aries. This promises some ultimatums from others. A calling, a mission can become a personal priority. Use care if traveling, exploring new relationships or taking medicines. Some who have felt trapped can regain a sense of freedom. World news can bring some power upsets and other elements of the unexpected.
Are you behind this celestial “Eight Ball?” Check your own birth chart for any placements at 8 degrees of any sign. The natal potentials will be activated now.
Mercury and Neptune are in an applying conjunct in Pisces with this Full Moon. Psychic connections, magic and mysticism, spiritual messages and meaningful dreams are favored. Also the fey ones, the wee folk and nature spirits can be especially active.
It is quite unusual and worthy of notice that there are no retrograde planets (excluding the asteroids) in the sky currently. This favors moving on. Look forward to the future and be goal oriented. Start something new. This trend lasts until April 27 when Pluto goes retrograde. After that other planets will gradually change direction too.

Dikki-Jo Mullen
Astrologer and Parapsychologist https://dikkijomullen.wordpress.com

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OTHER NAMES: Eostre, Eostre’s Day, Spring Equinox, Vernal Equinox, Alban Eiber,
Bacchanalia, Lady Day.
DATES: March 19 – 22nd
COLORS: Pink, Yellow, Grass Green, All Pastels, Robin’s Egg Blue
ALTAR: Eggs, Rabbits, Potted plants, Seeds, Maiden goddesses, Flowers, Quartz crystals,
Cocoons, Bees, Baskets, Lambs, New Moon
ACTIVITIES: Conception, Egg painting, Gardening/planting a garden, Actualizing potential
SPELLS: Manifestation, Healing, Energizing, Rededications, Removing obstacles, Restoring
balance, Love attraction, Abundance, Home blessings, Spring cleaning
ANIMALS: Rabbits, Snakes, Chicks, Birds
STONES: Aquamarine, Amethyst, Rose quartz, Moon stone, Bloodstone, Red jasper
FOODS: Eggs, Honey, Sprouts, Fresh fruits, Sweet breads, Seeds, Poppy Seed Cake, Banana
bread, Chocolate, Sweet Wine, Milk and other dairy foods
HERBS: Celandine, Cinquefoil, Jasmine, Rose, Tansy, Violet, Acorn, Crocus, Daffodil,
Dogwood, Honeysuckle, Iris, Lily, Strawberry
TREES: Birch, Ash, Alder
MEANING: Balance, New Life/Rebirth, Goddess and God in Youth, Non-Celtic End of Winter,
Light Overtaking Darkness, Fertility, Balance, New Beginnings, New Love, Growth,
RITUAL OILS: Lotus, Magnolia, Ginger
INCENSE: Jasmine, Light scented florals
MYTHICAL CREATURES: Mermaid, Dragons, Unicorn

Spring Equinox 2021
Thoughts About The Celestial Message On International Astrology Day

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer and Parapsychologist

The First Day of Spring, March 20, also is International Astrology Day.
The Sun sign of Pisces, the last whisper of the previous zodiacal year fades to become a memory now and the Circle of the Year begins a new cycle with the beginning of Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. An astrology chart calculated for this moment, when the Sun is a 0 degrees Aries 00’, is called an ingress chart. It is a wonderful predictive tool which shows what can be expected throughout the season of spring. This will last until the summer solstice. This year that’s on June 20 .
On March 20, 2021 at 5:39 am EDT spring began. The morning was surprising cool, even chilly, for Florida. Was that a refreshing and favorable omen, I mused, as I walked outside in the predawn. Watching for the first blush of pale yellow light and listening to song birds, I contemplated the spring ingress chart. It shows the Aries Sun moving toward a conjunction with Chiron during the first week of the new season. This aspect points toward much healing and an interest in education. The Moon, North Moon Node and Mars are in Gemini. Variety, travel and a desire to converse and exchange ideas will appeal. Some will consider a residential move or acquire a second home. Communicating with and understanding family members will become a priority. The lunar eclipse on May 24 and lunar eclipse on June 10 tie in with the nodal axis and can fulfill the promise of the Gemini placements.
Mercury in Pisces sextiles Uranus in Taurus. Technology is emphasized, showing ever expanding yet nebulous applications regarding cyberspace and electronics. Creative breakthroughs here are likely to be abundant, especially when Mercury transits Taurus from April 20 – May 3.
Venus and Neptune are close to a conjunction in Pisces and both planets aspect Pluto in Capricorn. This ushers in an enjoyable romantic interlude for many. Artists and musicians can anticipate bursts of creativity. Spiritual realizations and paranormal phenomena are also promised by this combination of influences. Taphophiles will be in their glory. Schedule a séance, ghost tour or visit to a sacred site.
Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius continue to draw a powerful focus on human rights, political issues and the need to overcome discrimination. Safety and quality of life continue to be at the forefront with these two influential planets accenting liberal versus conservative values. Respecting and honoring diversity is essential if progress is to be maintained in attaining greater peace. Friendships and loyalties can be in flux.
Happy Easter/Ostara/Passover season. And so it goes.

Dreams, Feelings and Fantasies
Saturday’s New Moon in Pisces

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

Winter’s last New Moon whispers in on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 5:21 am EST. The lunation is in Pisces and forms a stellium with the Sun, Neptune and Venus. All of the placements are cradled from 19 degrees 49’ to 23 degrees 03’ in the Sign of the Fish. Emotional boundaries are dissolving. There is a deeply sensitive, truly empathetic potential prevalent. Many might feel overwhelmed and respond with the need to retreat into seclusion. Everyone is strongly impacted by the company kept. These highly sensitive energies can be overwhelming at close quarters. Venus is exalted in Neptune ruled Pisces. This fosters expressions of love and the search for beauty. Record dreams, note flashes of inspiration. A visitation from an angel or other supernatural entity is entirely possible. The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this New Moon reads “An inhabited island.” This image underscores the need to cherish companionship, yet to pull away from all that is murky or otherwise undesirable.
Subjectivity affects perspective, enjoy the calm and gentle company of those who are like-minded. Add beauty to your surroundings. This whole celestial pattern supports the arts, music, nature, and spiritual pursuits. Many can unleash true potentials and gifts. This March 13 New Moon is rare and significant because it is Casimi.
Cazimi or “in the heart of the Sun”, is the position of a planet or the Moon in tight conjunction with the Sun within 17′ (minutes of arc). The Sun’s radius on the sky is 17′. This astrological position is said to be one of great strength, the planet is fortified by the Sun’s rays. It’s also called “zaminium”. 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 an hour. That is for about a half an hour before the conjunction of the Sun at the exact moment of the New Moon through half an hour after. Write a wish list, make an application, mail in an important request, start a journey, etc.
The Sun and Moon conjunct in Pisces are also sextile (a favorable 60 degrees aspect) Pluto in Capricorn. This stirs motivation fueled by deep emotional power. It allows for the creation of the life we might choose.
The New Moon’s influence holds sway for about 28 days, until the next New Moon. So use this valuable time wisely to jump start a cherished project. Follow what is in your heart.