Five years ago I had my first psychic reading in Cassadaga by the medium Reverend Judy Cooper, and spent the entire 90-minute drive home thinking hard. Then again, I peeked into my future in New Orleans thanks to a geriatric but alert palm reader off Bourbon Street. Most recently, I sought astrological guidanceÂ fromÂ Dikki-Jo Mullen of Orlando, and it was an insightful experience.
Perhaps I am in the minority, but what I have always sought is confirmation of the unknown, the future, or illuminations on the unseen, and psychic consultation does that; it is no joke.
I am anÂ atheist, but steadfastly open to debate, and am happy to live and let live with regards to other viewpoints. I have however always felt the presence and evidence of energies of the universe, karma, unseen spirits, and ways that the zodiac concretely impacts daily life. As I learned talking with Dikki-Jo, I amÂ predisposed to intuition thanks to my uniqueÂ natal chart arrangement. Only someone else born Sunday, February 22, 1987, at 5:30 p.m. in Tampa, Florida, would have the same general personality traits.
I can’t explain it as well as she did, but as part of her $125 fee, she sent me home withÂ a folder of her pre-research, based on my birth date, time, and place. I rapidly realized that her method is far more scientific and specific than most laypeople realize, or even those who are regular psychic devotees.
Part of this package of information included explanations of the traditional zodiac, descriptions of the planets and their magnetism upon universal energy, and other systems of spiritual organization, like the Celtic zodiac, American Indian (Native American) Sun sign, and Oriental system of animals associated with each new year.
It turns out, I am from the year of the rabbit, or in some parts of the far east, the house cat. My Celtic sign is the ash tree. Considered a source of magic, the ash tree inspires creativity and encompasses themes of duality, illusion, and meaning found “between the lines.”Â These are certainly all themes that recur in my life. And my American Indian sun sign is the…wait for it…COUGAR!
Other items Dikki-Jo Mullen sent me home with:
- Personality Mediationâ€”thirteen pages of info about Pisces, the 12 houses, the sun, moon, and planets
- Moon Cycles for 2017 (new and full dates); seven to nine days after the full moon are most active and luckyÂ for me
- A daily affirmation for wellness
- Explanation of the astrologer’s Sabian symbols
- My natal chart in multiple formats
- My natal chart compared to that of my friend Paul, who introduced me to Dikki-Jo
- My natal chart compared to where the planets stood on the day of my reading (March 8)
- A printed output sheet with the precise position of the planets on the day and time of my birth (what D-J based the natal chart on)
- My month-by-month astrological outlook for 2017 (seven pages!) **this was most impressive
- Angel Gabriel’s Knot and explanation
- Astrological Keys (a cheat sheet for common terms and jargon)
- 1987 Year of the Fire Rabbit in Chinese Astrology (3 pages)
- Celtic astrology and expansion on the Ash Tree
- Customized apothecary candle blessing (and candle rubbed with oil)
- Herbal meditation sachet for upliftmentâ€”made of white safe, rose, patchouli, thyme, myrrh, and jasmine
- A happy birthday greeting message handwritten by Dikki-Jo, and a small Pisces jewelry charm
What I have concluded, through my interactions with the spiritualist community and by careful self-observation over the past thirty years, is thatÂ interpretation is key.
Skeptics would argue that psychics and astrologers throwÂ a lot of assertions against the wall to see “what sticks,” but often the evidence manifested tangibly in life to support what is predicted by the zodiac *is* there, it just may not be as apparent or literal as we’d like.
And, like any profession, practice aids in improvement and refinement. Are your wifi service, cosmetics, personal trainer, and car always 100% reliable? No, but they become more-so as time goes on, with greater experience of the provider. To that point, not every psychic pairs well with every person. You have to try a few to find one you click with.
A few of Dikki-Jo’s pieces of wisdom stuck out for me as especially poignant: relating to the year of the rabbit, “financial planning is a theme this year. A family member relies on you to a greater extent. Keep a positive outlook. Don’t let the world situation or news get you down. Remember worry doesn’t help. Faith and spirituality are sources of strength.” This could be true for lots of people, and probably is. I happen to feel it all applies to me; alloraÂ sono d’accordo.
For the month of March in Dikki-Jo’s in-depth analysis, it says: “the last half of the month turns your thoughts Â toward financial decisions again because Mercury enters Aries, your second house of money matters from the 13th to the 31st. This transit favors gathering information about financial options. The new moon on the 27th emphasizes values and reveals how financial trends and needs are progressing. A new purchase is considered.”
Perhaps these words are no revelation, but they are accurate: I am in limbo with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) because of an income verification question. I don’t know if I will continue to pay $60 each month for insurance, or more, or nothing at all because they will cancel my coverage completely. I don’t know what the alternatives would be, how much they cost, and am always thinking about how much I am bringing in each week from freelance and selling bits from my closet. I am also considering the idea of debt consolidation under a balance transfer. And, my student loan repayment begins in April.
So yeah, finances are on my mind.
Thankfully, April’s forecast says “financial concerns take a temporary place on the back burner of your life…Past efforts are appreciated and rewarded. Practical solutions are presented. Anything which has been difficult to understand is clarified and easier to assimilate…A connection to the spiritual realm intensifies. Your insight is sharp and a different perspective on a mystery from the past enables you to release old emotional baggage…This is a very upbeat social cycle which continues until the 28th.”
I find that any manner of psychologic introspection, from personality tests like the myers-briggs and Gallup strengthsfinder, to speaking with a therapist or to a psychic, can be helpful in providing fodder for consideration and affirmation of intuition. I have always had “gut feelings” about things, internal and external, but I also, as a Pisces, tend to constantly battle between my heart and my head. Guidance and focus are always welcome.
My latest fork in the road is the choice between pursuing freelance opportunities or continuing to search for a full-time position. The former keeps me in Tampa, as this is where my network exists, and the latter would preferably take me elsewhere. Leaving satisfies my desire for continued life adventures (even though I was happy to return home to Tampa from Italy), and the other provides a much broader sense of autonomy and freedom, but with the necessity for discipline and hustle to develop clients, make enough money to be sustainable.
Per the tarot cards, Dikki-Jo told me that I would do better to accept and pursue freelance work, and in a way,Â make it work. She said that finding a full-time job would eventually result in resentment over my pay rate and conflict with my coworkers.
I didn’t want to hear this, but I also realize that she is simply passing along a message as she interprets it. While it has been pleasant to fall into money-making opportunities, the flow is lumpy and I would be on a crash-course for a while until I get a rhythm going.
Though it isn’t her primary focus, Dikki-Jo also helped me connect with the spirit of my mother during our session. I asked her to think about my mom, because in the two years since her death, I have often felt conflicted, depressed, even guilty about her, her sickness, her possessions.
By briefly meditating, focusing on my mom, and (apparently) sensing her presence around me, she told me things she couldn’t have knownâ€”that my mom died young of a slow sickness of something abdomen-related (pancreatic cancer), had trouble sleeping and scalp itchinessÂ throughout her life, and ultimately wasÂ ready to die when she did. I believe this too, because she stayed alive through the chemo, radiation, and subsequent wasting away for both my and my dad’s birthdays and during my responsibilities to GFA that year, but gently passed as soon as the house was calm again.
She told me that Jane experienced emotional trauma at various points in her life, and had a troublesome upbringing (conflict with her dad). Dikki-Jo also knew about a problem with addiction in the family on my mom’s side, which she said troubled my mom greatly (it did).
Instead of this encounter being a saccharine moment to communicate something trite, Dikki-Jo simply said “this is what I’m receiving. If you want to get closer to your mom’s spirit and perhaps practice mediumship, consider building her a shrine and when you want, make her a place setting at the dinner table and pour her favorite wine.”
The frankness and freshness and actionable nature of this suggestion were exactly what I have been wanting, and it made me like Dikki-Jo even more.
Like other, more common therapeutic services, e.g. counseling, sensory deprivation, and meditative yoga, astrologic consultation (a.k.a. parapsychology) serves to provide answers, focus, and in some cases inspiration or new perspectives about existing circumstances.
It fits within a wide range of self-love and self-health actions that all of us can take to feel less anxious, less distracted, and more at ease with what are often conditions outside of our direct control. I have learned through my various psychic experiences that swimming with the universal current rather than against it is a sure way to less aggravation and more happiness in an increasingly polarized world.
If you are curious about what psychic predictions and analysis might provide to you, as well as a link to the spiritual world to connect with late friends or family, you should consider seeing Dikki-Jo Mullen for a complete, comprehensive astrological assessment. I don’t believe you will regret learning at least one thing about yourself you didn’t know before.