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New Moon in Taurus
On Earth Day
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
April 22, 2020
The second New Moon of the Spring season will be at 10:25 pm EDT on Wednesday, April 22, 2020,  at 3 degrees Taurus 24’. This is in the double Venus ruled first decanate of the sign. Write a wish list during the eight hours following the New Moon and watch your wishes come true as Luna waxes in light. Taurus is the sign of the Moon’s exaltation. A lush, nurturing mood will prevail throughout this lunar month. April 22 is also Earth Day, a modern holiday honoring ecology and the need to respect the planet. This is most apropos as the sign of Taurus is of the element earth in astrology. Try gardening, a nature walk or just being near flowers, trees and crystals to establish stability and coping skills during these times of complicated transitions. Music and color healing therapies can be extremely helpful too. Taurus rules both sound and color.
The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this New Moon is “The rainbow’s pot of gold”. Faith, the promise of treasures ahead and to come, and gratification are the keynotes. This lunation is very close to a conjunction with the Fixed Star Sharatan. A small pearly white star, Sharatan hovers at The Ram’s horns. It has a Mars-Saturn nature. Unstable weather or seismic activity are possibilities. There is a need to focus the potent energy this star promises toward accomplishment and constructive expression. Many can experience anger or frustration.
The Sun and Moon are very close to a conjunction with Uranus in Taurus at this New Moon. There are elements of the unpredictable unfolding during the weeks ahead. The Taurus stellium will square Saturn in Aquarius. This describes concern over the economy, employment, cash flow and money issues in general. Fixed signs are involved. Patience is important, time heals eventually.
Venus in Gemini favorably aspects Mars in Aquarius. This air sign pattern favors study, using technology, writing, and cultivating light, casual social connections. It has a butterfly-like quality. Mercury in Aries promises an interest in sports and physical fitness, but also a bit of boredom. Overall, many are ready for a change, for a new adventure. Get to the point in conversing with others. Attention spans are short. Since Mercury will square Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn avoid introducing pointless controversy or volatile debates. Speak kindly or else silently keep your own counsel. Allow extra time if traveling for work or other appointments, as the social distancing requirements are lifted. My own feeling brings a yellow light for caution. There could be a relapse, a resurgence, if there are too many large gatherings. The virus will disappear suddenly, but I still think it will be at the end of the year before it runs its course.
Here are the magical associations for honoring this New Moon in Taurus. Incorporate these into rituals or just into making the best personal choices for attunement.
1. Elemental energy: Earth
2. Colors: Greens and pinks — just like all those flowering trees!
3. Gemstones: Emerald (spiritual love and vision), rose quartz (heartfelt love and beauty), moss agate (connect to the planet and nature)
4. Flowers: Daisy (symbol of friendship and sincerity) also tulips (true love) and daffodils (for pleasure).
5. Essential Oils: Rose and ylang-ylang
6. Mystical beings; Brownies, gnomes
7. Music: Drumming and sultry love songs
8. Food/Drink: Rich and/or sweet foods and full-bodied wines
Plan ahead! Preparations are underway as social distancing restrictions are eased. In the magical year Walpurgis Nacht and Beltane/May Day are coming up in late April – May 1. Witches will think of flying on their brooms to The Brocken. That’s a peak in Germany’s Harz Mountains, a traditional gathering place to cavort with spirits. May poles decorated with ribbons and May baskets filled with flowers and gifts celebrate the resurgence of life and the beauties of springtime on May 1. Balefires light the way.

 

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Excerpts from Presage 2018 -2022
Prophecy and Predictions
by Dikki-Jo Mullen

The Wheel of Time resets to start at the vernal equinox, marking a new zodiacal cycle. Throughout the ensuing year the passing seasons are the same, yet all at once not the same. Springtime ushers in a longing for new life, reflecting the greater patterns of personal and planetary transformation in progress. As the last tired shadows of the dull winter are gradually refreshed by outbursts of color, humanity likewise looks toward hope and growth. The wisdom of the heavens, through astrology, provides a map offering guidance and understanding.
What is our relationship to the universe? Or for that matter to the Earth and each other? Where are we going and why? All of us are hoping for a glimmer of light to follow in understanding ourselves, others and the world around us better. For thousands of years astrology, the speech of the stars, has been a key factor in the quest for the truth, in finding answers. The Sun, Moon, planets and stars are alive with energy fields. They are truly potent and magical forces to reckon with and befriend in the lives of those who would follow the Old Ways into embracing the future.
The year (2019) finds Jupiter transiting Sagittarius, the sign it rules, until December. This underscores the role animal companions as well as wild creatures play in our lives. The welfare of animals and secrets about their undiscovered aptitudes and possibilities can come to light. On December 2 2019 Jupiter shifts into Capricorn for a year long stay. Economic factors and changing values as well as ecological issues can become a focus. Amazing revelations about crystals can be discovered in late 2019 -2020.
Consider the eclipses . Two in Cancer and two in Capricorn. Eclipses augur inevitable, significant and unexpected changes. This year’s eclipses will affect family life, housing, the water and food supply and economics. Values are in flux. Eclipses encourage growth. The wise will cope by harmonizing with what is on the leading edge. To grow is to change, to change often is to grow much.
2020
Every 20 years or so astrology’s Great Conjunction occurs. This astrological pattern correlates with profound events which reshape history. The Great Conjunction is the actual coming together or conjoining of Jupiter and Saturn, the two celestial heavyweights in the solar system. On December 21, 2020 at 6:22 pm, Greenwich Mean Time, the Great Conjunction will be exact at 0 degrees Aquarius 29 minutes. The last Great Conjunction took place at the New Millennium, in the year 2000. History fans might recall how this 20 year interval has always marked major milestones in the human condition. For 140 years or so The Great Conjunction takes place in the same element. Then it mutates. 2020 marks a mutation of Jupiter and Saturn from conjoining in Earth signs to an Air sign series. This promises to put a new twist on world affairs for many decades.
What might we expect? Well, this powerful Jupiter-Saturn conjunction last took place in Aquarius 600 years ago. That’s when the Ming Dynasty established Beijing as the capital of China. At the same time the Ottomans were engaged in a 7 year struggle for the throne of Wallachia, the historic region of Romania. That ended in the formation of the Prussian Federation. Against the cyclical back ground of time, the Great Conjunction in Aquarius promises new values and new types of government. Out of chaos can emerge a completely different world. Economic values and ecology should be affected as both are ruled by Earth, the outgoing element. One thing is certain, the year ahead will certainly be interesting.
2021-2022
During these times of personal and planetary change the influence of the Sun can also assume a sinister side, as in concerns about global warming and climate change. Combined with the Sun sign, the influences of the Moon and planets are explored. The idea is to build upon the powerful Hermetic axiom “as above, so below”. The axiom is from “The Emerald Tablet” a short work attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. It is well known in occult circles. Great writers and scientists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Isaac Newton consulted it as a way to understand how and why the universe works. Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Theosophy and The Golden Dawn all trace inspiration from this work. So follow the Sun. Continue through the solar system to Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and beyond to the stars. The celestial map “above” is the guide to enjoying a wholesome and successful year on our home, planet Earth “below.”

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Hey Star Gazers! Look up on May 16, 2020. Find the Moon and see that it will actually form a Smiley Face! This reminder comes from my friend Nancy Noe. Nancy is the sister of Seattle Astrologer Margot Miller of The Three Keys School of Astrology. Margo,when I was 19 years old, encouraged me to become a professional astrologer.
“Smiley face’ – when you hear that, most likely you would think of an emoticon, not planets aligning to form one!
The moon, Jupiter and Venus are going to be showing off for us on the 16th of May 2020, by aligning in a rare position that will form a smiley face in the sky!
This rare spectacle is called conjunction and is not to be missed, as the last time this happened was 12 years ago in 2008, so not a regular occurrence. In 2007 this also happened in the Philippines when the sky lit up at night.
An explanation by Space.com of alignment, or occultation is it “happens when one object passes in front of another from an observer’s perspective. A simple example is a solar eclipse. From a certain area on Earth, the Moon passes in front of the sun and either partially or totally blocks the light. So, we can say that the sun is eclipsed or occulted.”
Venus passed in front of Jupiter in 1818 and more than likely this occultation will happen again in 2065.
Even thought this occurrence that will take place in May might seem to be an occultation, it is actually a conjunction, RMG explains, “In astronomy, a conjunction occurs when any two astronomical objects (such as asteroids, Moons, planets, and stars) appear to be close together in the sky, as observed from Earth.”
What is particularly interesting with this special event is how the human brain identifies with it. As when we see this phenomenon, our minds are geared to ‘take a picture’ of it to give it a ‘label’ and in this scenario, it will be a smiley face. Actually it is just planets aligning during their usual cycle around the sun, but forming a smiley face sounds appealing!
What is rare, is that Jupiter does not usually align so close to the moon as Venus regularly does once a month. So now when Jupiter does, it will look like it and Venus are two eyes and the moon is the big mouth with a delightful smile.”

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A new hobby has developed from the weeks of quarantine during the Coronavirus/Covid 19 pandemic. I have posted pictures of home cooked meals and menus to boost the health of both the spirits or mind and body. The Plague Doctor’s Cocktail has attracted the most interest, .
Many have asked about The Plague Doctor’s Cocktail served at Le Café Quarantine. Does it work? The plague (Covid 19, Coronavirus) isn’t responding to modern medicine. All I can say is that I’ve felt great since discovering this updated version of an historic recipe. It works for me and the party goes on. Green Chartreuse is the only liqueur with a color named after it. The recipe dates back to about 1605, it’s made by Carthusian Monks in Grenoble, France. Their secret recipe contains 130 different alpine herbs. The Becherovka is a delicious beverage concocted from another secret combination of herbs and spices dating back to at least 1807 in what is now The Czech Republic. Below is the Plague Drink recipe again, by popular request.
Here is a recipe inspired by Medieval alchemists for mixing a drink to cure the modern day plague, the Coronavirus.
Plague Water-Inspired Cocktail
From Tattersall Distilling and the Minneapolis Institute of Art
• 1 ounce Green Chartreuse (substitute for Plague Water)
• ½ ounce Becherovka (substitute for Aqua Mirabilis)
• ½ ounce pineapple juice
• ¼ ounce honey sage syrup
• ¼ ounce lemon juice
Honey Sage Syrup: In a saucepan, add 1 cup honey, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon fresh sage roughly chopped. Cook on medium, stirring until simmering. Reduce heat and simmer five minutes. Cool and strain.
Combine Honey Sage Syrup and remaining ingredients with ice. Shake. Strain. Pour in coupe glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

 

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Super Moon April 7, 2020
Moon Watch – Astrology In Action!

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

Astrology Tuesday April 7, 2020 The Full Moon today is a “Super” Moon, it will appear larger and brighter than usual as it’s closer to the Earth than usual. Enjoy this beautiful lunation and the extra moon beams. it’s the final Super Moon for a long time. Emotional intensity, creativity, stormy weather and paranormal activity can be expected. The Full Moon will be exact at 10:35 pm EDT at 18 degrees Libra 44′. Check to see where that degree falls in your own birth chart. The Seed Moon and Pink Moon are two names associated with this first lunation of the springtime. Justice, relationships, attraction to beauty, decorations, fashion, art and good manners are some of the keynotes. It’s a great night for meditating on the Moon or doing ceremonial work. The colors are all of the pastels in plaids or stripes.

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Quacks, Four Thieves And Today’s Pandemic
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
Have you ever wondered why medical doctors are sometimes called “quacks”? During these troubled times while valiant health care workers are putting themselves at risk to help the rest of us survive this modern day plague, the Covid 19 or Coronavirus, that nickname is likely to evoke outrage. Originally though it was an affectionate term, dating from the Middle Ages. That’s when previous plagues struck. Doctors wore costumes which eerily reflect today’s PPE (personal protection equipment). The bird like beaks incorporated into early face masks reminded patients of ducks. Dr. Quacks were specialists who treated patients suffering from life threatening highly contagious illnesses which really had no cure, much like the current situation. Yet, the Quacks would move among the afflicted and remain well in the face of The Plague. Part of the secret is believed to be the unique combination of herbs which were stuffed into the “beaks”. Small air holes filtered the “miasma” or contaminated air of the viruses, etc. which took the lives of so many. This plague doctor invention is believed to have been adapted from the cleverness of Four Thieves. Some say the Thieves appeared in Spain, other sources say France. Their story, like many anecdotes during troubled times, has several versions. Even the century is debated. The Thieves were reputed to have pursued their calling from the 1400’s – 1600’s. The band appeared to be immune from the sickness which claimed so many. While victims were dead or dying the Thieves would merrily pillage and loot the valuables. There was almost a supernatural quality to their luck for many years. Eventually they were caught in the act. When taken before a judge to answer for their crimes the Thieves were asked about the secret of their ability to avoid getting sick. The wily criminals offered the information in exchange for mercy. They were sentenced to be burned alive. Some sources say the court set them free, commuting their sentences entirely. Other accounts state that they were granted the mercy of a quick death by hanging instead of the agony of death by fire. The secret these characters shared involved herbs. There are several versions. Some describe a vinegar, others a concoction of oils. The Four Thieves covered themselves in the mixture and wore face masks either soaked in the vinegar or saturated with the oil. Masks served as disguises and to offered further protection from the miasma, as the contagious air was called. Today practitioners of the mystic arts will sometimes use Four Thieves Vinegar or Oil in rituals for protection against thievery or psychic attack. However, many do feel it has potential for life saving protection against contagious viruses, bacteria, germs, etc. Here are suggestions passed down through the ages.
Four Thieves Vinegar
Four Thieves Vinegar can be used for protection against illness, personal protection, and banishing, and for cursing your enemies.
Recipes will vary but the base is vinegar. White vinegar, apple cider or red wine vinegar all work well. Add to your vinegar of choice the following ingredients:
Garlic
Salt
Pepper – black or red
Basil
Sage
Lavender
Mint
Mustard seeds
Mix your ingredients into the vinegar and pour it into a bottle or jar; seal it and leave in a dark place for three or four weeks. You can then either leave all the herbs in the liquid or strain it into a new bottle.
Here is an easier and more specific vinegar recipe. 2 TBSP dried thyme. 2 TBSP dried rosemary. 2 TBSP dried sage. 2 TBSP dried lavender. 2 TBSP dried mint. 4-8 cloves garlic (minced, optional) 4 cups organic apple cider vinegar including the “mother” of the vinegar.
Four Thieves Oil
Here is a blend of oils. Add these to a carrier oil such as olive or safflower oil.
Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary.

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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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