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This scene came in a dream, I painted it as a channeled scene. Perhaps from a winter spirit or St. Lucy vision?

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

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Haniel is December’s Guardian Angel
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
As the winter holiday season unfolds in all of its splendor angels always seem to be more active than usual. Perhaps it is the holiday music invoking Them, as music has long been called the speech of the angels. Haniel, whose name means “Grace of God” is especially associated with December. Call upon Her to facilitate emotional rapport with others, positive connections and the subtle magic of the Moon. Her presence is patient, calming and ethereal. Here is an invocation to draw Haniel’s assistance during these times of personal and planetary change.
“Archangel Haniel, I call to you! With your divine and loving wisdom, draw grace, charm and the most positive energies to me. Amen/So Be It.”
Repeat this daily and soon you will sense that She is present once you feel more centered and surrounded by more uplifting circumstances. Even once the holiday season has passed you may keep calling upon this benevolent angel for comfort and blessings.

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Astrology on Mars!

Insight Lands on Mars
The Miracle of November, 2018
By Dikki-Jo Mullen

It will be up to the astrologers of the future to actually erect and interpret horoscopes for events and maybe even births on other planets. Meanwhile, with the recent landing of the spacecraft “Insight” on Mars though, let’s take a glimpse at this amazing event using Washington, DC as the coordinates. After more than a 6 month long journey, Insight touched down on the red planet on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 2:57 pm EST. Insight hurtled through space at 13,000 mph, yet de-accelerated plunging into the thin Martian atmosphere at 77 miles from the surface. Within only 6 and 1/2 minutes it gently touched down at 5 mph. Cheers broke out at NASA as this took place. So much could have gone wrong – but didn’t. Clear pictures that looked like a local television broadcast were soon sent back home. The craft is slated to study the interior of Earth’s neighboring planet. This event chart offers a fascinating look at astronomy for astrologers.
Insight landed with 29 degrees 07’ Aries rising and retrograde Uranus nearly exactly on the ascendant at 29 Aries 17’ . This promises progress and surprises. The Moon and North node are in the 4th house in Cancer at 22 degree 26’ and 29 degree 26’, respectively. This shows that this mission can mark the beginning of the rejection of Earth as our home. Venus is in Libra at 17 degrees in the 6th house. This shows the euphoria among the workers, the scientists, who achieved this miraculous accomplishment. The 8th house of the event is loaded with Jupiter at 4 Sagittarius 04’ and the Sun at 4 Sagittarius 30’. Mercury forms a stellium here at 5 Sagittarius 49’ retrograde. There can be much mystery and even more money than expected involved in the project. The favorable influence of the Sun, Jupiter and Mercury describes Insight’s safe journey. Saturn in the 9th house at 7 degrees Capricorn 23’ isn’t supportive of communicating with any alien life forms. Saturn here also brings a serious mood to the purpose of the project. The mid-heaven at 16 Capricorn 31 with Pluto conjunct in the 10th house at 19 Capricorn 32’ suggests profound discoveries and implications resulting from the mission. The 11th house has Mars at 6 Pisces 49’ conjunct Neptune at 13 Pisces 42’. This shows many long term hopes and wishes connected to Insight. The Mars -Neptune conjunction has been called the “Lamp of Aladdin” aspect. Synchronicity and omens can surface around this whole event. Astrologers, this has the potential to be a very meaningful research project! Keep track of what happens with Insight and how it might all be linked to this unique event horoscope. Just as literature predicted the lunar landing long before it happened and television shows and films have explored this theme of space travel, it became a reality. I have been thinking of a movie I saw a few years ago “John Carter on Mars” inspired by an Edgar Rice Burroughs book  which was written long ago, The story line explored details of colonization of Mars by earthlings …

 

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A Patchwork Autumn
The Fall Equinox Ingress September 22, 2018
The Full Harvest Moon on September 24, 2018

By Dikki-Jo Mullen

The Sun will be directly over the equator again at 9:55 pm EDT on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The hours of daylight and darkness will be equal in length. The Sun enters Libra, the first of the autumn signs and The Wheel of Year, makes another turn in the eternal cycle. Fall, in the Northern Hemisphere, marks the greatest change in the seasons. Summer’s last rose is still warm in September but by the Yuletide holiday season in December all is frozen in wintery darkness. Think of the metaphor of falling leaves, signaling changes. The fall of light into a greater darkness is due. Oftentimes people seem to remark that fall is their favorite season, preferred over the others. A horoscope prepared for the moment of the beginning of each new season reveals what can be expected during the next 12 weeks or so. The unique astrology charts for these events is called an ingress horoscope.
In deciphering the celestial puzzle reflected in this year’s autumn ingress chart a plethora of different themes emerged. That made me think of a patchwork quilt. Each patch has its own fabric, its own story. Like all seasons Autumn of 2018 has its own character, but this fall of 2018 has so many cross currents. The Sun and Mercury are conjunct in early Libra and both are quincunx the Moon. The Moon is in a mutually applying conjunction with retrograde Neptune. Saturn in Capricorn squares the Libra placements. Venus and Jupiter are in Scorpio. A fixed T-square with Venus in Scorpio oppose Uranus in Taurus with both Venus and Uranus square Mars in Aquarius reveals the dominant theme.
Much conversation about justice, courts, judges and the law of the land can be expected because of the Libra Sun-Mercury conjunction. The Moon conjoining Neptune in the sign of the Fish makes the ecology of the water ways a sensitive topic. This conjunction also brings prophetic dreams and paranormal activity. The Libra to Pisces quincunx suggests that fate is at work. Jupiter, planet of excesses, in the water sign of Scorpio, describes concerns over managing the sheer volume of water as autumn begins. The Mercury-Saturn square focuses concern on mental health as well as situations within the educational system. Many will struggle with depression or concerns about education. The fixed sign T-square is adamant. It presents a certain stubbornness. Separation between different factions of society continues. Live and let live. There is little use in trying to convince naysayers of anything. With Mars prominent, pivotal issues about gun laws and military action can continue to be inflamed topics of debate.
The Harvest Moon is the Full Moon occurring closest to the autumnal equinox. Because of the angle of the Moon, this extra bright moon light favored working late into the night, to bring in the harvest.
As a metaphor for today’s world, what have you been preparing to harvest in your own life as the seasonal shift ushers in cycles of change? The Full Moon on Monday, September 24, will be exact at 10:52 pm EDT, at 2 degrees Aries. This degree squares Saturn. Another T-square is created, this time in cardinal signs. A sense of immediacy, to live in and do things in the present, prevails. The economy, needed resources and survival are underscored. Patriotic interests in the face of the upcoming mid term elections is likely to be intense. The Sabian Symbol for this Harvest Moon, A cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country, accents participation in the culture and traditions of one’s birth right. A dedication to community interests can appeal to many. The fixed star Difda conjoins the Harvest Moon. A yellow star in the constellation of Cetus, the Whale, Difda is Saturnian in nature, according to Ptolemy. Combined with the Full Moon the influence of Difda relates to health conditions, a pioneer spirit of adventure and quarrelsome qualities. The ongoing debates concerning safety and gun laws can be highlighted near the time of the Harvest Moon.
Venus will be retrograde from October 5-November 16. The wise will preserve the status quo in relationships and conserve finances. Be tolerant in social situations. Kindly good humor can frequently diffuse awkward situations under this rare retrograde Venus. The Great Pluto Crossing of the ecliptic on Halloween, October 31st, from North to South, hints at transformative power tides at work. This infrequent event last took place on July 2, 1770 and heralded the spirit of revolution. A South to North crossing, the other direction, on September 4, 1930 related to The Great Depression.
On November 8, 2018 Jupiter enters its ruling sign of Sagittarius, where it remains until December 2, 2019 . Weather wise this Jupiter influence suggests less heavy rainfall. The welfare of animals, especially wild life, can be in the news during this transit. Expect new directions regarding church politics and religious beliefs to emerge. There can be some supernatural religious phenomena such as angelic or saintly appearances reported too.
Mercury will be retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio from November 16 – December 6, 2018. Postpone job changes, signing contracts or making a residential move. Nostalgic, traditional holiday celebrations, reconnecting with long lost friends and relatives, travels to old haunts and past life regression are favored during this Mercury retrograde.

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Hey Astrologers! Here are some notes on Declinations and Out of Bounds Planets.
By Dikki-Jo Mullen

For those who follow declinations … Out of bounds (OOB) is when a planet is beyond the threshold of the Sun’s declination. This transit is odd and off beat. Novelty and the unusual prevail, but it takes effort to make the best of and rise above this. Mars has been out-of-bounds for most of the summer. Some of the noticeable impacts have been an increase in violence in the news, untypical behavior, rising conflict, ineffective leadership, self serving and sneaky tendencies. OOB placements have a rogue quality. A planet or the Moon is out of bounds (OOB) when it moves past the Sun’s declination of 23 degrees 26 minutes, either North or South. The Moon and planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter are often out of bounds for short periods of time. The outer planets will be infrequently but for longer time spans. For example Pluto was OOB from 1938 – 1953 (WW II and the Korean War), but won’t be so again for hundreds of years.
Parallel planets are at the same declination, North or South and are like a conjunction. Contra- parallel planets are in opposite declinations and will function like an opposition. I suggest using a very small orb, within a degree, when interpreting oob placements and declinations.

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Astrological Hail and Farewell to Senator John McCain
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer
“Mourning grips the Nation” was the headline during the final week of August, 2018. The Stars and Stripes are flying at half-mast around the USA This was to honor the passing of “one of America’s finest public servants” which ironically took place nine years to the day that Senator Edward Kennedy passed away from the very same brain cancer. “The Maverick” and ”The Lion” of the Senate were colorful nicknames associated with these two great patriots and political figures. They were a Virgo and a Pisces, respectively. Their Sun signs were in opposition across the zodiacal wheel, just as McCain and Kennedy were a Republican and a Democrat, friends (and enemies or at least opponents ) for so many years.
John McCain served for more than 30 years in the Senate, from 1987 – until his death on August 25, 2018. Previously he was elected to the House of Representatives. The long time Senator from Arizona was the son and grandson of Four Star Admirals and a graduate of The Naval Academy. Characteristically modest and jovial, he joked about ranking “5th from the bottom” of his class. After graduation he volunteered for military duty in Vietnam during which he was held as a prisoner of war at the infamous “The Hanoi Hilton” prison. The horoscope of Arizona Senator John McCain is intriguing and provides insight into his eventful life.
As so often happens with the timing of a death, McCain passed away near his birthday. He would have been 82 this week and was born on Saturday, August 29, 1936 at 6:25 pm in Colon, Panama.
John McCain’s Sun, Neptune and Venus form a stellium in his 7th house in Virgo. The prominent Neptune reveals keen intuition. The Venus placement, dignified by house, describes his gracious. Fairness, humor and balance always characterized his interactions with others. Health concerns lingering from his war time injuries were always significant. A health focus is typical in the lives of those born with a natal Virgo influence. Saturn is in the 1st house in Pisces, showing a strong work ethic as well as an affinity with the water/Navy life. Jupiter in Sagittarius and the Moon Node in Capricorn in the 10th house describe his competitive spirit and career dedication. Cancer, a fertile sign, rules his 5th house and Pluto is also in Cancer in the 5th. Love and children were always a priority. His long time marriage to wife Cindy produced seven children. His natal Uranus in Taurus in the 2nd house favorably aspecting the Virgo placements indicates a life of wealth and privilege. Mars in Leo in the 6th house trine Jupiter at the mid-heaven accents the connection with the military and the emphasis on service. McCain’s natal chart shows the majority of placements in the West (right hand) side, in houses 4 through 9. Although he was a famous and influential person, he had little control over his life. External circumstances shaped his destiny.
The Moon was in the gibbous phase at John McCain’s birth, making him a natural extrovert, goal oriented and eager to live a life of purpose. This lunar phase at birth brings a zest for life and being resourceful at seeking new experiences. The Aquarius Moon in his 11th house is exactly trine Mercury in Libra. This describes his involvement with politics, the public, law and humanitarian issues. Chiron in Gemini in the 4th house points to his prestigious family heritage as a factor in his achievements. Using a wide orb, Chiron forms a grand trine in air signs with the Aquarian Moon and Mercury in Libra. He was a pilot in the Navy and this air sign configuration describes an affinity for aviation. The Moon also relates to women. McCain’s mother, Roberta, survives him. A super-centenarian at 106 years of age, she was born on February 7, 1912. Roberta always called her famous son “Scamp”. Beautiful in her 90’s, she joined him on stage at a political rally prior to his second unsuccessful bid for the presidency of the United States. Alaskan Governor Sara Palin, also an Aquarian, was the controversial running mate chosen during that presidential campaign. McCain lost to Barack Obama and later he expressed regret about the choice of Palin as his running mate. The Aquarian Moon is quincunx his Virgo Sun. This describes the hand of fate and circumstances twice blocking his potential for victory in being elected to the highest office in the land he loved.

Data Table
Natal Astrological Placements for John McCain
Sun – 6 Virgo 24’- 7th house
Moon – 2 Aquarius 24’ – 11th house
Mercury – 2 Libra 43’ – 7th house
Venus – 23 Virgo 17’ – 7th house
Mars – 12 Leo 33’ – 6th house
Jupiter – 15 Sagittarius 06’- 10th house
Saturn – 20 Pisces 06’ – 1st house
Uranus – 9 Taurus 30’ – 2nd house
Neptune – 16 Virgo 07’- 7th house
Pluto – 28 Cancer 00’ – 5th house
N. Moon Node – 1 Capricorn 26’ – 10th house
Chiron – 22 Gemini 43’ – 4th house
Ascendant – Rising Sign – is 5 Pisces 59’

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The Rare Pluto Crossing of 2018
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
One of my favorite astrology references is the Jim Maynard series. There is Maynard’s “Celestial Guide” which is a date book, a small portable “Pocket Astrologer” and “Celestial Influences”, a wall calendar. They’ve appeared yearly since the 1970’s and always provide easy to access astrology essentials such as eclipses, retrogrades and the daily transits which tell astrology’s ephemeral story. As the world around us expands, more and more details about the mysteries of the universe become known. Of course they’ve been there for eons, but only since humanity has been capable of finding out about these details have we been capable of responding to them, it’s theorized. This year of 2018 the Maynard guides included something new and extra. Information about a very rare Pluto crossing of the plane of the ecliptic (Earth’s orbit), moving from North to South . The last time this happened was on July 2, 1770, 248 years ago. On September 4, 1930 Pluto made this crossing moving the opposite direction, from South to North.
The 1930 crossing correlated globally with The Great Depression. In 1770 the prelude to world wide revolution stirred. (The world stage was set then for the American and French Revolutions and, the rise of democracy). The Industrial Revolution was forever impacting daily life during the late 18th Century. Because of Pluto’s wildly eccentric orbit the crossing pattern is infrequent and changeable. Does this upcoming transit once again foretell some kind of a transformation or cataclysm? There is little precedence to go by, but recent developments certainly hint that something is afoot.
The floods, volcanic eruptions, temperature extremes, fires and political upheaval as well as economic concerns are intense and obvious. Intense is a key word always associated with Pluto.
A NASA source gives July, 2018 as the time of the current Pluto crossing, and also listed 1931 as the most recent previous one, however Maynard’s astrological calculations show October 31, 2018 1:13 AM GMT as the relevant astrological data. I was intrigued by this and set up the three event charts. Using Greenwich, England for the coordinates. I used noon charts for the 1930 and 1770 events.
The 1770 chart shows Pluto in Capricorn widely oppose the Sun and Mercury in Cancer. Uranus and Mars are in Taurus oppose a Scorpio Moon. This definitely shows an impact on the environment, opposition to the status quo and a suggestion of treason or treachery afoot. The 1930 event chart has a stellium in Cancer with Pluto, Jupiter and Mars oppose Saturn in Capricorn and square Uranus in Aries. The Moon is on the Capricorn-Aquarius cusp. The Great Depression at that time stirred the events which eventually collapsed into World War II.
July, 2018 has been an eventful month, to say the least. Considering NASA’s data, the impact of the very long eclipse of July 27 as well as the exceptional number of retrograde planets might have been amplified by Pluto’s crossing. Looking at the Halloween, 2018 event chart Uranus is again in Taurus, opposing the Sun and Venus in Scorpio. Pluto and Saturn are in Capricorn again, oppose the Moon in Cancer. There is a grand trine in the water signs formed by the Moon in Cancer trine Jupiter and Mercury in Scorpio and both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. Also the National Horoscope of the United States (July 4, 1776) is in its first Pluto return.
These are some heavy duty star patterns. Contemplating what they might mean provides a most provocative puzzle. Does it all link to the spiritual and mystical traditions of Samhain and Halloween somehow? What do you think ?

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