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A Horoscope Fantasy For Santa Claus
Christmastide Lore in 2019

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

The word “astrology” is derived from a root word, “astara” meaning star. So the topic
dearest to my heart, astrology, is literally “the study of the stars.” When thinking of
Christmas, the heavens and the stars provide a background, suggesting the elevating
mysteries of the old year ending and a new one beginning. One of the most famous stars of
all time is one we think about this time of year, The Star of Bethlehem. This star
signaled the end of the Age of Aries and the start of the Age of Pisces, with the birth
of Christ, some two thousand years ago. In reading the story of The Nativity carefully,
it is obvious that The Three Wise Men following the Star of Bethlehem to a specific
location were actually astrologers. They had charted the birth of a great soul and were
traveling, enroute to the latitude and longitude where they knew the Nativity would be taking place.
Today astrologers often feel The Star of Bethlehem was really a conjunction of the
brightest planets, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. An alignment of these bright heavenly
lights could have produced the single shining beacon. Each of the three Wise Men can be
seen as archetypal descriptions of one of the three stars. Perhaps Caspar was Venus, Balthasar was Jupiter and Saturn was Melchoir.
The world’s major religions all celebrate near the winter solstice. The theme is that
light reflects an upcoming promise of the continuity of life during the time of profound
darkness. This year the winter solstice is on December 21, 2019 …At 11:20 pm EST. The
winter solstice is the first day of winter, sometimes called midwinter’s day. The
shortest day and longest night (in the Northern Hemisphere), it is when the Sun enters
Capricorn. Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn. Wisdom, a coming of age, life
experience and the correct use of time are linked to Saturn. Father Time, Old Man New
Year ushering out the old year while The New Year’s Baby appearing at Midnight on January
1, are easy to understand metaphors. The death of the old inevitably makes way for the birth of the new.
The mists of time cloud many of the origins of customs linked to winter celebrations
but they all tend to revolve around a common theme. The cyclical rebirth of the Sun (Son)
or spirit is shown, when the dark days begin to lengthen and the light and warmth
gradually increase. The word “Yule” comes from a Celtic term for “wheel”. The whole
holiday season references a cycle or circle which has been spinning from some starting
point too long past to date. Christmas wreaths are unbroken circles of evergreen branches
which illustrate the idea of everlasting eternal life. The seasonal colors of red and
green hint at the mixture of animal (red) and plant (green) energies which dwell within
each of us. The vivid contrast of these colors, which oppose each other on the color
wheel, show the contrasts and extremes struggling for balance and control within human
nature. The 14th Century Arthurian Legend of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” begins at
a winter holiday festival in King Arthur’s Court. This tale is a really splendid
illustration of the polarities of red and green. Since Plato’s time philosophers have
taught that we are partly ethereal (mind) and part animal (body). The winter holiday season offers joyful and poignant reminders of this.
Fragrances and Plants
The magic of the plants and fragrances linked to Christmas are of great significance.
Remember that frankincense and myrrh were brought as gifts to the Christ Child. Pine,
because of its shape and evergreen needles, suggests the flame of eternal life. The
Christmas Tree, decorated with lights and ornaments, reflects legends of sacred trees
from Scandinavian, Hebrew and Biblical texts and other traditions. (Think of the Norse
Odin and Ygaddisrill, The Tree of Life in the Cabala, etc.). Holly, cedar and juniper
also are sacred to the promise of eternity, by virtue of their perpetual greenery. A
crown worn by The Holly King, a spirit of the season who is prominent in festivals at
Yuletide in early legends, illustrates this. In Great Britain the village of Glastonbury
is thought by many historians, to have been the site of Camelot. The name Glastonbury
suggests the Irish and Cornish words for “holly”. Holly’s lyrical partner, ivy, was once
brewed into a potent winter ale. The wood of the ivy was carved to make goblets and the leaves were chewed to enhance the euphoria. In ancient Greece ivy was sacred to
Dionysius, the god of revelry. Wine and fertility were also his province. Ivy was one of
the first popular house plants, its mere presence projects an aura of hospitality and
friendship. Just enjoy ivy for its ambience though, it actually can be somewhat toxic if ingested.
Mistletoe is another beloved holiday plant. Today we think of it as an excuse for
exchanging holiday kisses. To add sparkle to your relationship, give this a try! Along
with the oak, mistletoe reflects the earthier magic of the winter holidays. Its name
means “sacred tree” in Old Norse. It offers the power of life and fertility, as evidenced by the white berries.
Mistletoe is one of the most mysterious, magical and sacred of plants. Since earliest
times it has been called a bestower of health, a protector of love and generator of passion. Leadership, invulnerability and protection from storms are also among
mistletoe’s many attributes. In medieval times it was forbidden to fight in the presence
of mistletoe, so it’s a symbol of peace. Tradition tells us that mistletoe must be
plucked without a blade and never allowed to touch the ground to preserve its powers.
Hang the fresh mistletoe leaves high in the home at Yuletide (by January 6, Epiphany and
12th Night). The leaves can be gathered into a bit of cloth, then tied with yarn or
ribbon. Leave it there for an entire year, then toss it on the hearth fire at the end of
the year while giving thanks. Replace the discarded leaves with a fresh bundle of mistletoe at once.
Make your own amulet of the sacred plants which most attract you to hang over your
bed during the twelve days of Christmas to invoke spiritual dreams and assure protection from the many spirits which wander during the dark nights. “Poinsettias are red
Holly is green
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year
With Joy In Between!”

Above is a little holiday couplet written long ago by my mother, Elayne, who loved the
Christmas Poinsettia. This beautiful flower has been related to the life of Christ. Candles and Bells
Candles and Bells are also familiar and powerful holiday symbols. Santa Lucia,
another holiday figure from Scandinavia, wears a crown of lit candles to welcome in the
holiday spirit. Candles are prominent in other seasonal festivals, from pagan to more
mainstream traditions. The bayberry candle, burned from December 21st until Twelfth Night
or Epiphany, on January 6, carries one of the loveliest of all holiday legends. It comes
from the Celtic lore. The waxy outer covering of the bayberry is fragrant, burns well and is tied to the planet of wealth and health, Jupiter. An old rhyme reads:
“Bayberry candles burned to the socket, bring, health, love and gold in the pocket!”.
If you can find bayberries growing in your area (I collected them many years ago from
a marsh when I lived for a short time in Connecticut), you can make your own candles to
brighten the New Year. Boil the berries in water, then scoop off the wax as it separates
and floats to the top. Mold into candles. If you can’t find bayberries (they won’t grow
in Florida where I have lived for many years) larger gift and candle shops will usually
carry them during the holidays. The true bayberry wax is a soft bluish grey-green color, but it can be dyed red or bright green.
Santa Claus
The bells on Santa’s sleigh, church bells and the various holiday musical
presentations are related to a traditional belief that the sound will drive away evil
forces while simultaneously calling out to the angelic realms for care and attention. The
noise makers on New Year’s Eve also reflect this idea of sound driving away the bad situations and demons from the year past.
Santa, perhaps the most beloved symbol of all at Christmas, can be seen as an elfin
version of Father Time. His herd of reindeer are tamer versions of a Celtic Stag God,
Cerrunnos, who honored the forces of masculinity, which were related to rulership over
the winter. An ancient festival called Saturnalia (this correlates with Saturn and Father
Time of course) was a time, during the winter holidays, designed to help make the cold
and dark more bearable. Saturnalia, presided over the Lord of Misrule, a jester figure,
made the snow and cold something to laugh at. Appreciation of friends, ourselves and a
promise of warmer, easier times to come is the most precious gift of all to seek during the Christmas season.

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

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New Moon in Sagittarius
Owl Watch
November 26, 2019
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer
At 10:06 am EST on November 26, 2019, the Moon conjoins the Sun at 4 degrees Sagittarius 03 minutes. This final New Moon of the autumn season falls in the double Jupiter decanate of the sign. A glance at the astrological event chart for the lunation will reveal what might be expected during the next four weeks. The Sabian Symbol for this astrological degree is “An old owl up in a tree”. Dignity, self respect, remembering values and calling upon deeper potentials is the interpretation. The fixed star Graffias is within orb of a conjunction to the New Moon. So Graffias’ influence will color the message of this lunar cycle. Graffias is a triple lilac, yellow and white star traditionally thought to project a Mars-Saturn mood. It is one of the 27 stars which appears on the flag of the country of Brazil, symbolizing the state of Maranhão. Events in that part of Brazil can be significant. Other keynotes for the fixed star Graffias include voicing unpopular ideas, seeking wealth, power and making materialistic choices. The New Moon’s powerful accent on the message of the Centaur is further underscored by transiting Jupiter which making a the last hurrah while finishing a year long transit through Sagittarius. The Centaur, the man-animal archer, is the Sagittarius emblem. On one level it reveals how close Sagittarians are to animal companions, especially horses and dogs. There is another message, though. The human torso atop the animal body shows how the higher nature can rise above the animal instincts to attain higher consciousness. The arrow speeding, meteor- like, toward a target beautifully illustrates the energy of this final fire sign of winter. Brilliant and ephemeral the fiery arrow calls to mind the transient beauty of the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights. Chiron, the kindly Centaur, was a beloved teacher and respected healer. He understood and advised young, wayward Centaurs. Chiron, the wise Sagittarian Centaur, was a teacher who guided the elite and the divine. Achilles, the greatest of all the Greek warriors and the central character of Homer’s Iliad, as well as the great physician Aesculapius were among Chiron’s famous students.
Abundance, wholeness and expansion are ideals linked to Sagittarius. Forever galloping onward, the Archer targets the quest for eternal values. This New Moon cycle promises a great sense of adventure dedicated to exploring unchartered realms. Crusades and pilgrimages, journeys made to seek knowledge and union with the divine, can make many intolerant of the mundane.
A quincunx (150 degree angle) between this New Moon in Sagittarius and Uranus in Taurus is significant. This aspect ushers in an emotional and complicated quality concerning options and priorities during the holiday season ahead.
For a more personal insight about this celestial message consider the house and any planets which the New Moon degree activates in your own horoscope

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Esoteric Astrology and Camelot
 Zodiac Signs of the Knights of the Roundtable  and The Twelve Virtues of Chivalry 

By Dikki-Jo Mullen
The long standing traditions of Camelot and King Arthur’s Court have a link with astrology. The Twelve Knights each represents the best traits of a particular sign of the zodiac. King Arthur is the Sun, while Queen Gwen is the Moon and the famous Round Table itself suggests a zodiac wheel. Here is a list of the knights with their astrological correlations to chivalric virtues for meditation and reflection on the practice of chivalry in your own birth chart. The definition of chivalry is “laws pertaining to exemplary conduct.” In today’s world upholding chivalry is probably more important than ever.

Zodiac Sign – Chivalric Virtue – Knight
1. Aries – Valor – Sir Gareth
2. Taurus – Resolution – Sir Dinadan
3. Gemini – Liberality – Sir Lionel/Sir Bors
4. Cancer – Charity – Sir Kay
5. Leo – Hope – Sir Gawain
6. Virgo – Prudence- Sir Tristram
7. Libra – Justice – Sir Balin
8. Scorpio – Temperance – Sir Lancelot
9. Sagittarius – Sagacity – Sir Perceval
10. Capricorn – Faith – Sir Urry
11. Aquarius – Truth – Sir Palomides
12. Pisces – Diligence – Sir Galahad

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