Archive for August, 2014

Holiday Craft

Cookies that are For The Birds

August 25, 2014 10:12 AM EDT

By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer

Holiday Craft
Cookies That Are For The Birds!
These birdseed cookies will help the lovely feathered ones get through the winter once their food supplies dwindle. They will also make nice, inexpensive holiday gifts to give those who enjoy bird watching. I remember an old story titled “The Birds’ Christmas tree” about a poor family whose only Christmas celebration was to decorate a small pine tree outside with scraps for the birds. Anyway, here is the recipe.
2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup sugar, 2/3 veg shortening (Crisco), 2 cracked eggs (isn’t this ingredient cannibal or vampire – zombie like?), 3/4 cup birdseed – small seeds. cookie cutters and paper clips and yarn.
Sift all the dry ingredients together, cut in the Crisco. Add eggs, knead until smooth.
Chill overnight, roll dough to 1/4 inch, cut into shapes with cookie cutters (stars are nice). Press extra bird seed into the top of the cookies, perhaps using some sunflower, pumpkin or other colors of seeds for decoration, gently into the top of the cookies. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, until the cookies are hard. (some versions of birdseed cookie  recipes suggest adding wire or paper clip hanger before baking, but those might harm the birds) Just string with yarn and hang on a tree, fence, window sill, etc. for the birds to enjoy. Get a camera ready, you can get some lovely photos to include with your holiday cards from the beautiful and grateful birds. I just made a batch to give as holiday gifts to others who love the birds.

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Hi Astrologers,
Robin Williams was born July 21, 1951, 1:34 pm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lauren Bacall was born Sept 16, 1924 at 2:00 AM in New York City, if you want to set up the charts.
Robin’s ascendant was 11 Scorpio, with Saturn and Mars by transit aspecting it. Lauren had recently passed her 3rd Saturn Return in Scorpio. There are many other intriguing chart points to consider, but these stood out. So many people have called to ask me about the celebrity deaths. There are 4 placements in Leo, the sign of the entertainment world, right now (Sun, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury). The Leo planets were quincunx (150 degree aspect sometimes called an inconjunct) the Moon and Neptune in Pisces. The quincunx has an a 6th(health) and 8th (death) house connotation. The Moon has a bearing on the flow of daily life. I have found Neptune to be very prominent in death charts.

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A Faerie Blessing For Late Summer

While the blossom of our dreams has never faded
Savoring fruits and flowers both good and evil
Call to the embattled multitude by flame and air
You who soar,in flames above wings
Amid the storms of mortality
You reply with rapturous music sunset until the dawn of morning breaks There is a grey and white whisper and an ending
Of the touch of wings and a glimpse of a white hand or foot
Adorned in dew crystals with tiny rainbows of hope.

Scribed by Dikki-Jo as chanted by the fey ones in the back garden

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