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  1. Void of course Morning Poem
    by Dikki-Jo
    – from last night’s dreams –

    The trail goes on and on, loops,
    Then leads to
    No where different
    It runs around a river shore
    And there is an island midway …
    Across distant water
    So slow and so still, quiet, the river flows.
    It all is no where different.
    A scene that seems the same
    Yet never the same.

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The Sun, Moon and Fire
Silent and hot—
Reflecting on what is not
Always to burn, turn
Forever to long
For a breakthrough, a bird’s song

Breaking down,
Rejecting a frown,
When you look down
While love in embers glows, shines, aimlessly

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

(This poem was channeled to me while meditating on the affect weather, temperature and the Sun and Moon have always had on life on Earth. )

 

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The Astrological Gardener

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Whether it is just having a few plants in the window of an apartment in the city or acres of gardens in the country, nurturing plants and connecting with the Earth afresh has become a favorite 21st century hobby. Gardening offers peace and pleasure to people of all ages during these often hectic and tension times. It is easy to feel bewildered by the intriguing array of choices when visiting a greenhouse to select plants. Geraniums might do well for one friend, while another favors ferns or begonias. Should you start a cactus garden or splurge on a bonsai tree? Zodiacal rulerships for plants, both medicinal and ornamental, have been a part of astrological traditions for centuries. Your own birth sign (the familiar Sun sign) is a wonderful place to begin when designing a garden to bring a wholesome, earthy peace into your life. By analyzing which plants are compatible with your nature, you can assemble a really outstanding collection of greenery, whether the space available for the project is large or small.
Aries
As a fire sign, you must remember to water your plants regularly. Also they can wither if you give them too much sunlight. You will enjoy the extra physical activity that gardening requires. Experiment with a cactus garden combined with a candle or rock garden. For an indoor garden, using a grow light can work well. Pepper plants, tulips, mustard, radishes, poppies, bay trees and aloes are plants you can have success with.
Taurus
Plants respond almost magically to your touch. Some of the most gifted master gardeners are Taureans. Your garden could even produce enough surplus to sell as a supplement your income. You have the legendary green thumb and can grow almost anything, but some especially good choices include corn, wheat, columbine, myrtle, spinach, iris, daisies and forget-me-nots. Look into an edible landscape that is also visually pleasing.
Gemini
Unless your natal chart has some earth and water sign emphasis, you might be challenged in getting plants to thrive. Your patience can wear thin with the slow pace of gardening and the time consuming effort it takes. If it is just too much for you, try assembling silk arrangements or dried flowers accented with feathers. Plants that can grow well for you include woodbine, meadow sweet, birch trees, yarrow, tansy, lilacs and roses. Planting a butterfly garden can bring novelty and happiness your way, as butterflies have a link to your birth sign.
Cancer
You love swamps and lush water plants. Take care not to over water or over fertilize your garden. Try all types of lilies (water lily, lily of the valley, tiger lily, etc.), water plants of all kinds, white roses, weeping willow trees (the long strings of leaves provide a nice veil to hide behind, when you want to dream or read). Also mushrooms, pumpkins and melons will flourish for you. Take along a slip from a plant that grew in a home from your past when moving to a new dwelling, you are sentimental about your plants.
Leo
For you it is an exotic and dramatic garden, with splashes of brilliant color. Do not crowd too many plants into a small space though and be sure to water them enough. Sunflowers, marigolds, mint, parsley, fennel, citrus trees, dill, olive trees and daffodils are excellent choices for your garden. You would enjoy an elevated garden, placed to attract attention on a small hill or pedestal. You would like to add beautiful hanging baskets, wind chimes or a decorative flag or windsock too.
Virgo
As an Earth sign, you have a natural aptitude for horticulture. Study medicinal herbs and experiment with the goal of making your own home remedies. Assembling herbal tea blends, poultices, etc. to enhance health will appeal to you. Popular table vegetables such as carrots, squash, celery, lettuce will also thrive for you. Valerian, lavender and chicory are other excellent choices. You might want to try beekeeping in conjunction with gardening.
Libra
You treasure plants for their beauty, fragrance and other aesthetic qualities. The beauty of a formal garden would delight you. If you have the time and space, try to copy a floral clock, maze or rose garden from historical references. Beautifully kept parks will draw you, you will enjoy wandering through them as a mild form of exercise. Plants to select for your apartment or small patio garden include roses, thyme, violets, pansies, apricot or chestnut trees, bleeding hearts, strawberries, primroses and cowslips.
Scorpio
Your plants tend to be hardy survivors, weathering freezes and droughts well. Gardens in your care are very fertile too and you can have extra produce to sell or offer to friends. Try bonsai gardening. The twisted and mysterious dwarf trees harmonize with Scorpio. Other great choices include orchids, geraniums, lobelia, beans, magnolia, lichens, tomatoes, blackthorn and witch hazel trees.
Sagittarius
You seldom think of purchasing plants, they seem to find you; perhaps as a gift from a friend or picked up as an afterthought at the supermarket. Sturdy greenery that will flourish independent of personal attention will be your favorite. You would like to have vines trailing over the door or even covering the whole house, plants on the front porch and foreign or exotic plants will attract you too. Some good choices are linden trees, hyssop, ginseng, cinnamon trees, dandelions, chervil and jasmine. Include plants to offer your pets. How about growing some catnip for a favorite feline or grass for a dog to chew?

Capricorn
Massive and gnarled trees, especially pines and oaks, ravaged and marked by time and the seasons, will attract you. Purchase a live Christmas tree in a container to plant outdoors after the holiday is over. You would enjoy visiting a stand of virgin timber, perhaps a redwood forest in the Western United States, or historic forests in Europe. Plants made famous in stories, poems and songs attract you too. Consider holly, ivy, thistles, flax, sienna, cypress, sage and wintergreen for your garden.
Aquarius
Exotic, mutated or grafted plants are linked to your sign. Purchase a batch of x-rayed seeds to plant, you’ll be thrilled by their eccentric growth and appearance. Imported and unusual plants will thrive for you, perhaps defying their usual limits regarding climate. If anyone can grow a magnolia in Minneapolis, a coconut palm in Chicago or a birch tree in Key West, it’s you. Air plants of all kinds, spikenard, dragonwort, rowan tree, crocus and begonias are all good choices for your garden.
Pisces
You have an empathy with fragile, fussy plants which require constant care.
A fountain, fish pond or other water features as a center piece for your garden and statues of fairies, angels or St. Francis to invoke a spiritual and mystical presence would also appeal. You can often bring nearly dead plants back to life by talking to them, a gift you share with gardeners born under Scorpio, your fellow water sign. Rubber trees, orchids, African violets, wildflowers in general, mosses, gardenias, mimosa, frangipani, hops and ferns should all do well for you. So will all night blooming plants. Consider planting an all white moon garden to wander in after sunset.
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“The touch of the wind for pardon, the kiss of the Sun for mirth,
We are nearer God’s heart in a garden than in anyplace else on Earth.”
(a traditional garden poem)

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day …. a hard freeze is predicted for Central Florida on this March weekend. The world seems quite chaotic so … baking this traditional bread has been warming my heart and hearth all day. Here is an easy and delicious recipe …
Irish Soda Bread Family Recipe
… Compliments of Dikki-Jo Mullen ….
(Mullen (paternal Grandfather) and Rolland (paternal Grandmother) family roots in … County Mayo and County Cork, Eire
Ingredients
· 3 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 tablespoon baking powder
· 1/3 cup white sugar
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 1 egg, lightly beaten
· 2 cups buttermilk
· 1/4 cup butter, melted
Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.
Irish Soda Bread Recipe …. Irresistible! add 1/4 c raisins and 1 tsp caraway seeds if desired! Serve with fresh butter or imported Irish country cheeses.

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  1. March Poem  – Ode to the Wee Folk
  2. By Dikki-Jo Mullen
  3. “Undines and Sprites of bitter glass green sea
    turn your spirits, share your dreams with me
    now bright powers and forces the tides will take
    summoning waves, …a wish true to make.”
  4. Walking along the sea side at dawn today, watching a pastel colored Florida sun emerge from the horizon line, I heard this song of the sea sung by a tiny fey being while a bright green sand crab played a lute fashioned from on a conch shell and some strings of sea weed. When the sun’s rays touched them they disappeared.

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