Archive | December, 2015

* Into 2016 – New Year’s Astrology

31 Dec

Voila – here’s a peek into the ‘Birth Chart’ of 2016 – January 1 at 12 am in Victoria:


2016 Entry

Ahhh, NO retrograde planets?!

Full speed ahead?

Apparently / technically.

However a ‘stormy’ time, with

  • URANUS in ARIES in ‘storm’, just came out of retro (Dec 25) and going direct again now – May I say: quake Dec 29?
  • MERCURY in CAP / AQ in ‘storm’, going retro on Jan 5 (until 25). What’s really essential? Time to restructure, declutter, clear and shape up.
  • JUPITER in VIR in ‘storm’, going retro on Jan 7 (until May 9): Soo many tools available… and little things can make a big difference.


All three Archetypes are quite dynamic. If you’re aiming to travel in the early days of 2016 be extra flexible. Not super suited for well-organized moves according to ‘Plan A’. Great for adventures.

Opportunities and inspirations for new moves are in the making.


Nothing fixed (until MARS enters SCO on Jan 3) – no hanging onto / attaching to anything?


VENUS – NEPTUNE – SATURN (all in mutable signs): You know it when the Call of Love meets you. And hey, that doesn’t have to be ‘The One’. Maybe it’s about the wisdom of the Heart, and the Love that unifies.




The Cardinal T-square  of URANUS in ARIES opp. LILITH in LIBRA, both square PLUTO (and the SUN, on Jan 5) in CAP is in effect until end of Feb!

Go for best and most essential, pursue deep soulful endeavours, choose what suits your true nature, BE new and free!


The 2016 chart also shows quite some ‘cuspy’ energies (the Archetypes in energetic transition):

  • VENUS freshly in SAG (since Dec 29). We rise again!
  • MERCURY about to enter AQ (Jan 1 – 8) – the ‘Prometheus Point’ from which it will go retro on Jan 5. What are we building together?
  • MARS on the ‘Tipping Point’, from LIBRA, about to enter its traditional home domain of SCO on Jan 3. Choices bring change – ready to dive in?


The MOON will have just passed JUPITER in late VIR, very close to the Lunar North Node. A good note to end 2015 on:

Showing us opportunities to enhance our wellness and inner wholeness, to be of service to others, and gain fulfillment from it.

* VENUS crosses the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG on Dec 29: Why we Travel. Why we Love.

28 Dec

 A big shift for VENUS, to come out of her ‘exile’ in SCO (since Dec 4) which magnetized SCO energies, for better or worse – well, SCO gets a bad rep only because people are afraid to dig into what’s hidden and could – at first – be painful, yet transformational.

I had my own share of it, in several ways, incl. two acupuncture (SO scorpionic) sessions, the first one surprisingly ‘pleasant’ (HA! Acupuncture, my new love.. ), and the second last week (hmmm, pre-Full Moon and all) at first very painful, yet triggering and releasing a lot. I noticed the huge difference between an instinctual response of ‘resisting the invasive needles’, leading to contraction and pain, and consciously opening up to the medicine. Breathing helps… I was sooo glad that the acupuncturist let me have the needles extra-long time in, so that I wouldn’t leave the process prematurely, and could experience the full effect of experiencing and relaxing the resistance, embracing and receiving the medicine, allowing the energy channels to open.

A literal example perhaps, for what we might have attracted and gone into relationship with, since early Dec. Has it been possible to embrace the triggers, and allow the process to go all the way? Always so important for SCO to not get stuck, and go all the way through the transformation.





Tomorrow, on Dec 29, VENUS crosses the ‘Phoenix Point’, and enters SAGITTARIUS, for a 4-week journey there – which also coincides with the upcoming MERCURY retro phase.

  • What are the opportunities that are you attracting and attracted to, from a transformed place?
  • Where are you drawn to go to (travel, expand your horizon, what gives you space and freedom)?




But hey, SATURN in SAG is awaiting VENUS, for their ‘date’ (VENUS meets and passes SATURN) on Jan 8!
So that doesn’t look like the ‘regular’ Sagittarian extravagance and ‘anything goes’ / ‘it’s all good’ attitude. More like: budget travel, intentional journeys, going on your own when the calling is clear, travel with a purpose or in the context of a project.


If you consider travelling or relocating, or live at a different place (maybe even foreign country) away from your birth place and are interesting in learning helpful Geographic Astrology tools, I highly recommend the 2-part course

* ASTRO~TRAVEL: Astro~Worldmap, Relocation Charts, Location Compatibility, held on Jan 15 / 16, just after VENUS / SATURN, plus JUPITER’s Turnaround.


Did I mention? VENUS / SATURN is also the energy of ‘a door closes, another one opens’ in relationships. So yes, some relationships that are too much work (SAT), and ‘don’t go anywhere’ (SAG), or don’t really come from the Heart (SAG) may have to end. Yet others that feel ‘right’ no matter what it ‘looks like’ can begin. Relationships with a significant age difference are also ‘classic’ for VENUS – SATURN, and so-called significant ‘karmic relationships’ where something on a soul level gets worked out. Well, the combination could even lead to a significant karmic encounter while we travel – but hey, no expectations – go because you need to go anyway!

And a time to appreciate old, time-tested relationships and connections with others that may not be super exciting but solid and lasting.

With MERCURY Retro during that time, why not calling them up again, and share what you love about them and your connection with each other?


Plus, before meeting SATURN, VENUS will square NEPTUNE in PI already on Jan 5.

NEPTUNE is the ‘higher octave’ of VENUS, and these years in VENUS’s ‘exalted’ energy of PISCES (until 2026), showing us how everything is connected, and compassion opens hearts and unity heals us all. Of course it can also show up as overwhelm and chaos. Yet the medicine again is love and compassion.

VENUS in SAG square with NEPTUNE in PI shows how love and connectedness, as well as enthusiasm and charisma opens doors of the heart and many opport-Unities.


Buddha Blessings

So VENUS activates the SATURN – NEPTUNE Square that was exact on Nov 26, and will come back on June 17, and Sept 10, showing us that rather than judgment and fear of the foreign and unknown (SATURN in SAG low vibration responding to NEPTUNE in PI), a Loving Heart goes a long way 🙂


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* 12 Days of Christmas and the Zodiac?

28 Dec

The 12 Days go from Dec 26 until Jan 6 / Epiphany.

Some say they start from Christmas night Dec 25 / 26, and each ‘Day’ starts with the eve / night leading into it.

Two directions can be taken, forward or backward in the Zodiac, both equally valid and complementary. And the combination of directions reveals even more.
The first Day of Christmas, Dec 26 would be the Day of ARIES, and / or the Day of PISCES.

If you are called tune in and see whether there is a message for you from those energies.



Photo: Angers Cathedral South Rose Window of Christ (centre) with Elders (bottom half) and Zodiac (top half). Mediaeval stained glass by Andre Robin after the fire of 1451. Lots of astrological symbolism in Christianity and its architecture, by the way!


Here is the line-up of dates and corresponding 12-Day Zodiac energy suggestions (forward and backward).
Let’s check it out how it shows up for us, and invite synchronistic teachings. I love those!

Dec 26: Aries / Pisces
Dec 27: Taurus / Aquarius
Dec 28: Gemini / Capricorn
Dec 29: Cancer / Sagittarius
Dec 30: Leo / Scorpio
Dec 31: Virgo / Libra
Jan 1: Libra / Virgo
Jan 2: Scorpio / Leo
Jan 3: Sagittarius / Cancer
Jan 4: Capricorn / Gemini
Jan 5: Aquarius / Taurus
Jan 6: Pisces / Aries.

Interesting that on Dec 31 to Jan 1, the energy switches from Libra / Virgo to Virgo Libra. And the Virgo / Libra cusp that we are ‘dancing on’ on New Year’s eve has to do with Perfect Alignment.

Of course, there is also the song “12 Days of Christmas” – and speculations about the hidden, encoded meaning of the ‘gifts’.…/The_Twelve_Days_of_Christmas_%28s…

* CAN – CAP Christmas FULL MOON, and URANUS Turnaround (both Dec 25): Home for Christmas? What’s Coming Down the Chimney?

25 Dec

A FULL MOON on Christmas Day?!

The CAN – CAP Full Moon will be exact on Fri Dec 25 at 3:12 am PST.

The first time since 1977 (anybody remembering that one?), and next one only in 2034!

So we’re in for another rarity in this year of heavenly / cosmic revelations. In 2015, we’ve seen two Total Lunar Eclipses March 20 and Sept 27, one Total Solar Eclipse April 4, New Horizons sent high resolution photos from PLUTO, SuperMoon Tetrad Aug 29, Sept 27 – Total Lunar Eclipse – Oct 27!

Nice intro video for the Christmas Day Full Moon, and a 2015 Lunar Retrospective, with spectacular Full Moon / Eclipse photos from around the world:


  • What matters most? Can you FEEL it?
  • Where are your sensitivities triggered, these days?
  • Where is Your Inner Christmas?
  • What nurtures (CAN) and sustains (CAP) you?
  • What is timely and significant, as the world changes?


Simple, yet not always easy questions to ask, in the midst of all the dazzling Christmas Pizzazz.

Less is More, says the CAP goat. Inquiring and diving into essence is powerful, says PLUTO, now in CAP, catalyzed by MERCURY.


CANCER, the ‘natural Home’ of the MOON, is where the Christmas Full Moon will be in.

The MOON will enter CANCER this Christmas eve / night, Dec 24 at 9:27 pm PST – what a divine timing…!

Where and what is the Home you’re going for, or stepping into, this Christmas?
Nostalgic feelings anyone – a thousand memories…? Well, yeah, driving in a snow storm home for Christmas in Germany with a long-time friend who was visiting from overseas, long time ago, with Chris Rea’s song playing in the cassette deck J. Good to know we both remember those times, and call each other every year…


The FULL MOON is on the rise, and the tide is high… literally, down by the water… just came back from a Christmas Eve walk by the ocean which turned into a Capricornian climbing over freshly washed-up logs from the recent storms, and stepping UP to avoid getting wet from the waves.



The Tide is High – Christmassy antler log, seen on a balancing, climbing walk on the (Cancerian) shoreline. Photo by Melanie, Dec 24, 2015


Also energetically and emotionally, a lot of old memories and Christmas ‘logs’ are being washed up for us these days.

Home and Family, Children and the Inner Child are big themes, always round Christmas naturally, but especially this year, with the Full MOON in CANCER:

So let’s cultivate sweet nurturing care and motherly gentleness towards ourselves (esp. the Inner Child) and from there towards others, whether it’s our biological family (maybe that’s the most challenging?) or our soul family, our friends, or anybody in the human family, including those not-so-loved-ones – whom we might have important soul contracts with. Why do you think have those challenging people come into your life? What’s the deeper purpose of that relationship?


The Full MOON in CAN, will oppose the CAP SUN, and on Dec 25 / 26 also oppose PLUTO and MERCURY in CAP.

Balance and synergy of CAN and CAP are called for – the caring, sensitive, nurturing qualities of CAN, and the challenging yet rewarding, grounding, and sustaining qualities of CAP.

It’s also a juxtaposition between the need to belong (MOON in CAN) and one’s own dharma and purposeful manifestation (CAP SUN and planets).

Maybe you have experienced a sense of belonging to the tribe in a very conditional way, meaning: you need(ed) to perform in a certain way and meet expectations to be loved and welcome. Well, this would call for you to take extra loving care of your Inner Child, and not be so hard on him / her yourself, and practice loving him / her unconditionally – which of course has beautiful effects on all your relations.

On the other hand, perhaps you are experiencing the effects of outgrowing the confines of the tribe, and of carving your destiny or finding your purpose beyond and outside of the safe container called: Home and family.

If that’s YOU, the balancing factor might be to relinquish your judgment about the tribe as you perceive them (perhaps regarding their ‘limited consciousness’?).
If it still feels like two worlds clashing (esp. at Christmas, so fraught with expectations…), can you (for your own inner peace) ‘simply’ acknowledge and appreciate them for who they are – which would bring peace (that LIBRA thing) into your own life. At Family Constellations (a very CAN – CAP group work / practice) what often comes up in difficult family relationships (CAN – LI) is to simply acknowledge that our parents gave us life. As simple as that, which can ‘reorganize’ something deep inside (PLU in CAP), and can help overcome taking our issues (esp. unfulfilled needs) out on each other, or becoming alienated yet still inwardly attached.

And hey, maybe things aren’t as ‘icy’ as your ‘separate self’ pretended, and it’s time to open our hearts more to each other, connect, and let the stream of love and life force flow again. Maybe that naturally evokes a sense of belonging, or even ‘just’ knowing they are there might be all that’s needed.

If connecting with your immediate family is a big challenge, remember the Spirit of the Ancestors and Elders (PLUTO in CAP) that’s always with us, maybe even stronger than usually, these days. Some say the veil between dimensions is thinner, these days round and after Christmas. The Ancestors (whether you knew them or not) might be your link to family. And they are deep wisdom source. And besides the biological ancestors the Spirit Elders (perhaps masters and role models whom you admire, or representatives of a certain tradition) are here to support us – all very Capricornian.


Many of us don’t live close to their biological family, and we have found our soul family in our new place of home.

The Christmas CANCER FULL MOON gives us a boost to tune in, and feel our connections with the biological and soul families, and love as a transformer.


The CAP side, via the SUN, PLUTO (the SUN will actually meet and pass PLUTO on Jan 5), and MERCURY, asks:

  • What do we ‘build together’ – something that survives us? Family?
  • When there is nothing external to ‘show for’, check in what your inner purpose for being in this tribe or relationship is. 
  • Rituals and ceremonies unite in a shared purpose – the Catholic Church, other religions, and intentional groups are well aware of that. Do you feel called to create an intentional community ceremony, or ‘start a tradition’?
  • What is changing now, and needs to be honoured? Maybe people are getting older…?
  • How can we make time for what is important?


* Winter T-square to PLUTO in CAP (in effect until Feb 2016, exact Dec 25 / 26):
Integrating the 2012 – 2015 Changes.

I guess it’s about time to show you the Christmas FULL MOON chart with this cardinal T-square to PLUTO, and all else that shows up with and is being washed up by the Full Moon!

The CAN – CAP Full Moon will be exact on Fri Dec 25 at 3:12 am PST.

Its effects are strongest on Dec 25 and 26 – with the MOON in CAN linking up in the T-square.


CAN - CAP Xmas FM 2015 Card. T-Square


Can you see the sharp Cardinal T-square from LILITH in LIBRA and URANUS (stationary) in ARIES to PLUTO in CAP (MERCURY will meet with PLUTO twice again too, on its retro course)?!

With this T-square, besides the FULL MOON polarity of SUN in CAP and MOON in CAN, Planet Earth and humanity is now also in the tension ‘field’ of the polar opposites, facing each other:

LILITH in LIBRA: Hey, what’s compatible and a good match for YOU, what brings YOU peace and balance – as you are in your true nature?

URANUS in ARIES – presently even a ‘focal point’, since it changes direction (also tomorrow, Dec 25!): Wake up and be present with THIS! Free to BE. The past is history, the future is yet unseen.

See below, the paragraph for URANUS Turnaround.

Both LILITH and URANUS create a 90° Square pressure to PLUTO which is where the energy is being released:

  • What’s a timely priority? What matters most?
  • Where is your time and energy best placed?
  • What is a purpose, project, or responsibility that would be timely and fulfilling now?
  • What is simple but effective, as it sustains and regenerates you?
  • And hey, activated through the CANCER MOON: Let’s be caring and gentle in all this!


URANUS – PLUTO… sounds familiar?

Yep, the URANUS – PLUTO square (from 2012 – Spring 2015) is back (even though not exact – about 2 degrees off), but hey, do we ever notice it.

A whirlwind of transformation? There is some time – the formation will continue throughout February 2016! Esp. in January will it get activated by MERCURY which will meet PLUTO 2 more times.

Where is residual processing happening for you now, to integrate the deep changes that happened between 2012 and 2015 for you?
What do you carry forward, so that the transformation of structures sustain and nurture new beginnings – the New You?!


The T-square gets activated weekly, when the MOON will be in a Cardinal sign – here’s the line-up for January 2016 (mostly on Fridays / Saturdays):

Dec 25 / 26: MOON in CANCER – FULL MOON

Jan 1 / 2: MOON in LIBRA (with LILITH)


Jan 15 / 16: MOON in ARIES (with URANUS)

Jan 22: MOON in CANCER

Jan 29: MOON in LIBRA (with LILITH)


Another strong time for the T-Square is on Jan 5 and 7:

The CAP SUN will first align with PLUTO (Jan 5) to shed light of consciousness on what’s dark and hidden, yet powerful and essential. The Power to Change.

Then, 2 days later, on Jan 7, the SUN in CAP squares URANUS in ARIES – breakthroughs and liberation, Freedom from the Known (quoting Krishnamurti here) and conditioned!


If your birthday is on or round Jan 5 – 7 your life is undergoing deep change: What is required now, and what’s the deep calling? Which could mean, to step up and take something on that you are well capable for, or to drop what you have taken on because it’s unsustainable. Ready for liberation and fresh starts?

If your birthday is in early April, July, or October, or if your Ascendant, MOON, or other planets in your birth chart are in mid-ARIES, mid-CANCER, or mid-LIBRA, you’re also in for BIG changes – and you probably already know exactly what I’m talking about.

Come over for a session if you feel called to shed light at and get support for what’s in the making.


* URANUS Turnaround from retro to direct (Dec 25):

What’s Coming Down the Chimney?



‘Maverick Planet’ Uranus (NASA)


Since July 26, URANUS has been in its yearly 5-month retro phase. Now it’s Wake-UP time. Inner liberation – maybe a breaking away from old beliefs or limiting containers – prepared us for actually showing our liberated Self more outwardly in our actions and choices (MARS in LI recently, and soon (exactly on Jan 23) also LILITH in LI in opposition with UR – has something to do with this too…).

As UR goes the furthest back in the Zodiac this year now (up to 16°34 AR) goes into almost exact square with PLU at 14°51 CAP again (only 1 ½ degrees off).

This is basically the ‘8th Square’ of UR and PLU – after the epic, epochal 7 squares between June 2012 and March 2015.

Dec 2015 until Feb 2016, culminating on Christmas Day Dec 25 is therefore a very charged time that once again pushes us into new levels of RE-birth, transformation, and awakening of consciousness.

So let’s be the change of the world-in-becoming!

Let us welcome the awakening Christ Child Consciousness!


* Happy Winter SoUlstice! * Fish-Tailed Capricorn… and the Story of TIME

21 Dec

Today, Dec 21 is the shortest day of the year, and tonight (Dec 21 / 22) will be the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere: Here in Victoria B.C. Dec 21 is 7 hours, 48 minutes shorter than on the Summer Solstice: 8 hrs, 18 min. and 33 sec. daylight.

The SUN appears to ‘stand still’ (Sol-stice) for a few days, on the lowest arc of the Ecliptic, before slowly, gradually ‘climbing’ again, and providing minute by minute longer days (Dec 18 – 24: 8 hrs 18 – 19 min., then gradually longer daylight, see the table at


WINTER SOLSTICE is one of the 8 sacred yearly celebrations of alignment with the SUN:



Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain.


Winter Solstice Traditions celebrate the Return of the Light, and the ReBirth of the Inner En-Lightened Consciousness.

Happy Yule!

Happy Solstice!

Merry Christmas!


Two weeks ago, our Chart Constellation ‘core group’ set up one participant’s chart, and also the Winter Solstice chart!

So much solace and sustenance from the MOON in TAU (see chart below), and very earthy energy altogether.
When I stood on the position of the Winter Solstice SUN it was so powerful to actually experience the warmth from the Earth through my soles, how the lowest position of the SUN meets the Earth, and they feed each other.


Grand Fir

Grand Fir, Photo by Melanie 2013


WINTER SOLSTICE 2015 will be exactly (as the SUN enters CAP) this year this evening, Dec 21 at 8:50 pm PST.

Here is the Winter Solstice chart that we tuned into in our constellation this week:


Winter Solstice 2015

So earthy, with super nourishing TAU MOON right overhead, here from West Coast perspective, at the Solstice hour, in sustaining trine with MER – PLU in CAP, and tomorrow Dec 22 also in trine with JUP in VI. Bodes well for common sense grounding, after a rather turbulent and challenging double T-square influence earlier this month.

LEO is rising here on the West Coast, and the Solstice SUN in the 5th house rules the chart:
So let’s follow the Heart, create with Love, and be a wise and knowing Child, at any age. 🙂

The SUN is aligned with MERCURY (exact Dec 19, 2 more to follow, Jan 22 and 29, due to MERCURY RETRO coming up, Jan 5 – 25) – a pre-cursor of re-aligning Mind (MERCURY) with Consciousness (the SUN). See my previous blog post.

I look forward to nature walks, and engaging in what brings joy and is regenerative – can be quite ‘simple’ says CAP.

Once CAPRICORN energy sets in, with the Winter Solstice, we are called to manifest what we deeply know (SAG). ‘Only’ resolutions, visions, and promises are not enough.

Let’s walk the talk, and show the evidence…, slowly, steadily, consistently, and without blaming ourselves for not being perfect yet. It’s work (AND play, miracles, joy!) in progress!

And hey, let’s not fall into the CAP trap of being buried under a mountain of…. (you name it: work, commitments, responsibilities, stuff….), and free up the most important resource: quality TIME / Time quality!



Spiraling Time OUT!


By the way, if you still haven’t seen it yet, or as a reminder – esp. apropos materialistic Christmas: Watch the 20-min video ‘Story of Stuff’ by Annie Leonard. She launched it 8 years ago(!), in Dec 2007 (just before PLUTO entered CAP, in Jan 2008), to illustrate how the ‘material’s economy’s’ linear system of extraction -> production -> distribution -> consumption -> disposal is unsustainable on a finite planet, which I’m sure is pretty obvious to you, dear reader, but perhaps you’d like to show / send it to some rare ‘disbelievers’ out there. The project has evolved: In the meantime, there is also the ‘Story of Change’ and the Story of Solutions’:


TIME as we know it, and our ways of working with it is indeed changing.

Whether we are speaking metaphysically of transcending the conditioned experience of time, and tapping into 5th dimension consciousness, or quite practically – it happens on all levels:

Astrologically, PLUTO (powerful evolutionary change agent) is presently in CAP (which rules time and maturity), 2008 – 2023.

Are we being swallowed by the ‘Time Monster’ or some other draconian super power or gruesome force? Or will the old Time Machine die a slow yet inevitable death? With PLUTO, my suggested formula goes like this: It gets intense as it changes…


Historically, humanity has attempted to be the masters of time and productivity since PLUTO was the last time in CAP (late 1700’s, the times of the American, French, and Industrial Revolution, and major colonization, and ‘distribution’ of the world resources among imperialistic countries that subordinated and ‘ruled over’ indigenous cultures. The ever faster running wheels and productivity devices have turned against us. With all the opportunities the goal to ‘save time’ has brought us, we have become the slaves of time. Many people are caught in the machinery and ‘live for retirement’, or impose our generation’s debt on the shoulders of the next generations. This is unsustainable.

But hey, change is underway. Too slow? Effective and transformational enough? Thinking of the COP 21 with its 1.5 degrees non legally binding target result… it needs to be implemented!

Here is a random act of log wisdom that I found at a nearby beach (and left it there, for the next person). Not just money, any resource and what we can extract from deep processes over the last years wants to be ‘spread around’ now, with PLUTO in CAP, and SATURN in SAG.


Money-ure Log

“Money is like manure. Does no good until it’s spread around.”


So how about right NOW (says ARIES where UR stirs up the pot), and from now on (with the SUN, MERCURY and PLUTO in CAPRICORN):

~ Reclaiming alignment with time and natural laws (like the TAO),

~ Taking down-time in the midst of time acceleration craze,

~ Respecting ancient and timeless (and timely!) wisdom (not necessarily the ‘letters’), and

~ Living more simply so that others can simply live?


Time is Consciousness.

Love and Time don’t need to be contrary forces either.

The Power of Time and the Power of Love want to come together, with VENUS in (PLUTO ruled) SCO in sextile with PLUTO in CAP (was exact on Dec 17, and affects December).

“Not enough time for love, relationship, children” – postponing those to Day X, when “the work is done” could be a self trapping statement of purpose, attainment, and completion oriented CAPRICORN.

“The Work” is never done, we can’t personally be ever complete with what we set out to do. And as Joanna Macy would say: “Help create a project that survives you!” A transpersonal practice a la PLU.

With the freed-up NO-time / clock-less time, let’s give each other the loving gift of time, not only this SOLSTICE!


CAPRICORN is actually a mythical fish-tailed Sea Goat.


Capricorn Sea Goat

What’s with that, you might ask?


The time of Winter Solstice when the SUN enters CAPRICORN has been traditionally (in the Pisces Age) celebrated as the birth of redeemers – masters who have climbed up the mountain of spiritual attainment, and offered their energy to the collective – the fish tail association with the waters of Oneness. Whether that was historically correct is another question.


Yesterday, I went to a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the Victoria Christ Church Cathedral. One of the Carols (commissioned by the CCC in 2011) struck me as relating (for those who are aware) to the Astrology and symbology of the Christ Birth after Winter Solstice:


Magi Star


Magi and A Poor Place


A poor place this, no place to welcome kings;

No place for myrrh or frankincense or gold.

A place for simple folk and simple things;

A place of shadows, comfortless and cold.

Yet kings are here, and now as daylight dies,

By their command an minstrel softly sings

To calm the child while Magi search the skies

For mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.


So poor a place, yet now it welcomes kings.

See how they pause outside the stable door.

See how they kneel as each one humbly brings

A gift and lays it on the earthen floor.

Fir if the stars are true, if planets speak,

And if their journey to this humble place

Has guided them aright, this child they seek

Is mighty ruler both of time and space.


A poor place this, the world of these our days,

So poor in justice, poor in joy and peace;

Where children starve, where evil pays,

And empires clash in wars that never cease.

Yet still the Holy Child is brought to birth;

The grace he gives far more than we can tell.

His loving hands enfold the wounded Earth,

And all is well, and all things shall  be well.


Music by Patrick Wedd

Text by Herbert O’Driscoll



I was astounded to hear and read in this beautiful ‘modern’ and timeless carol about

  • “…while Magi search the skies for mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.”The (triple) JUPITER / SATURN conjunction in PISCES in the year 6 BC which was apparently considered the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ – the biggest planets in our Solar System aligned (which happens usually once only though) every 20 year could have appeared as ‘A Star’. Apparently right overhead Israel at the time. JUPITER and SATURN united stands for the Archetype of a master / teacher / guru / king. And the fact that the Great Conjunction happened in PISCES at the onset of the PISCES Age promised a new religious / spiritual / collective beginning, perhaps someone’s birth?
  • “Is mighty ruler of time and space” reminds me of the Space / Time Point from SAG to CAP, at Winter Solstice. SAG rules Space and CAP rules TIME (see above). The JU / SAT alignment didn’t happen at the Winter Solstice 6 BC, but JU and SAT rule that point, and that’s when The Light of the SUN Returns / is REborn



Want to join us at a Winter Transits Parlour?

That’s  after the Holidays, next MON Dec 28 from 7:28 – 10 pm.

Let’s Celebrate the Returning Light!
Let’s honour and align with major astrological Winter transits into 2016!

More about it at





Solstice SUN by the Ocean, Photo by Melanie Dec 2015




* Triple Mercury – Pluto Contact and Mercury – Uranus Squares (Dec 19 / 20, Jan 20 / 22 and 29 / 31): Essential Priorities :: Deep Power-to-Change :: Free to BE!

20 Dec

Where is your mind going, and how is it (rather than doing) being these pre-Holidays?

Same as every year… or a whole different tone, or a gradual evolution perhaps, or radical new ways how you think about and what / whether you plan and organize for the Holidays…?

So yes, MERCURY is now in CAP (since Dec 7 when it crossed the ‘Integrity Point’ from SAG to CAP) which can tune us into a more grounded, serious, pragmatic, realistic and purposeful mode of thinking and topics of interest. On the flip-side, our thoughts can become heavier and maybe depressed too (esp. when things are futile, a burden, too ‘old’ and pre-patterened, or not ‘successful’)?

Any of the above familiar these days? Esp. if you have any astrological placements in CAP to start with, which get activated by MERCURY now.

  • Why is this a big deal?
  • What does this have to do with The Emperor, the empire / institutions, deep Power-to-Change?


Voyager IV Emperor

Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card IV – Photo by Melanie


MERC will go RETRO, mostly in CAP, from Jan 5 – 25, 2016, AND be in CAP for a long time (Dec 9 – Jan 1, and Jan 8 – Feb 13) – we better get used to it 🙂

MERCURY in CAP will activate PLUTO 3 times during that phase!

  1. Dec 19 (when going into pre-retro ‘storm’)
  2. Jan 22 (at the end of its retro phase), and
  3. Jan 29 / 30 (just after going direct again).

And MERC will square off with URANUS in ARIES also 3 times, shortly after the PLU contacts

  1. Dec 20
  2. Jan 20
  3. Jan 31

MERC in CAP helps us go to essential priorities, and finally tackle those procrastinated projects. But hey, what really ARE priorities??? Not the ‘shoulds’ or ‘were’s’ from last year. Time to dig and realize what really matters, and start fresh from there, says MERC square URA! 🙂


Voila, here is the chart for the first MERC – PLU alignment, showing the whole energy matrix of these charged-up days = Cardinal T-square this weekend (tension and pressures, anybody?), with

MER - PL I Dec 19 2015

  • The MOON / URANUS in AR – being radically present, and breaking out of any old patterns – it all starts, or rather happens NOW. PLUS: MERC with PLU in CAP squares stationary URANUS in AR tomorrow Dec 20! Breakthroughs and paradigm shifts in the mind – or a sense of rebelliousness and unpredictability? All part of the MERC – URA mix.
  • LILITH in LI – what does being in your true nature have to do with balance, perhaps literally the balance of inner masculine – feminine?
  • Both MOON / URA and LILITH in LI are in T-square to MERC / PLU in CAP! What matters ‘at the end of the day’? What’s the priority? What’s the essential spirit of Christmas, and of anything we build and any ‘to-be-organized’ endeavor? How can we be more conscious and work respectfully in a deeply fulfilling way with other people, time and resources? What’s a renewing spirit now? How can we be as-nature? Maybe it’s time to slow down, step off the pre-planned and over organized ‘wheel’, regenerate deeply from within, and allow for more spontaneous joy and light in the moment – so regenerative!

This first MERC – PLU conjunction is a precursor of what wants to be processed about our personal, and the larger structures and systems (CAP / AQ cusp). It will come up again in the second half of January. Think: Transformation – Liberation.


Angel of Revelation, by William Blake

Angel of Revelation, by William Blake


Any premonitions?
I wouldn’t be surprised if more leaks came out that showed us why it’s not a good idea to keep believing in structures and authorities having our best interest in mind. SATURN (which rules CAP), now in SAG adds to the picture: It’s mandatory to assess and get over limiting beliefs and ‘old stories’.

When in doubt, let’s go deeper into our visceral incorruptible, incontaminable ‘gut’ sense of what’s going on – symbolized by PLUTO. That’s where the Power-to-Change sits.

Deep old thought patterns, perhaps ‘passed on’ from our ancestors that keep us ‘in place’, have us carry too much (what is not ours), or prevent us from ‘stepping up’ and living our fullest potential are ‘on the table’ now. This is an opportunity with MERC retro. PLUTO shows us the power they can have ‘over us’, but also how change from the core is the way to evolve.

We are doing this work also on behalf of our ancestors (family lineage), and we can invoke our spirit ancestors and guides for support. The Ancestors are with us now, in this sacred Solstice time, and mirrored by MERC / PLU’s triple contact. And we are doing it obviously on behalf of the Future (our future, and the future of humanity), UR in AR shows us it’s time to renew, for, with, and through the young ones.

Clearly, this MERC / PLU activation affects all you CAP and AR friends out there, and the CAP and AR sides (AC, MOON, Planets, and house) in all of us.

Feel welcome and free  to ask me if you have any questions.

I know it ain’t easy for CAP to get support – but that is changing now too. 🙂

And you AR friends out there, maybe you’re super dooper on the go these days, and it could be time to slow down and regenerate ( I know you can’t wait for Spring).



From the Galactic Centre to WINTER SOLSTICE 2015: Light Returning…

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This week, exactly today Dec 17 until Dec 19 is the yearly time when (in the Northern Hemisphere) the SUN in late SAG points to the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy – the Galactic Centre, a dark rift, ‘black hole’, AND a birthing place out of stillness, energetically honoured by indigenous cultures as the Womb of Creation.

All of us with our birthday these days, or other planets in our birth chart at 26 – 28° Sag, are strongly called to align from our loving heart with the heart of hearts, follow ultimate truth, inner guidance, and trust the inner soul light on our path.


Star Cluster in the Galactic Centre (NASA) – Heart of our Milky Way, at the end of SAG where the SUN travels just before the WINTER SOLSTICE Point


On this Winter Solstice intersection of SAG / CAP, we are also at the Space-Time cross(roads).

Showing up at the right place at the right time matters, and meets the mark…

Living from inner wisdom (SAG) and integrity (CAP) help with that.

In the Space-Time crossroads of the Galactic Centre is a ‘Dark Rift’, some say a Black Hole.


The ‘Cosmic Tree’ (intersection of Galactic Equator and Ecliptic) in the Galactic Alignment 2012 …


What does it take to show up simply and ‘magically’ at the right time at the right place? To ‘attract synchronicities’?

We increase the odds, as it seems, when we are in resonance with the Universe, in other words, when we follow inner guidance, the inner teacher that is connected to the bigger sphere, or even ‘simpler’: When we are in egoless alignment with integrity as-nature and move with LOVE. The Sagittarian Centaur is from the waist down a horse with a human upper body. He shoots his arrows from the heart to the heavens. The nature – animal – human – divine continuum. All in ONE.


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Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. Painting by Johfra Boschart (he was a Sag Sun man)


We may call the Winter SoUlstice Point also Space-Time Point, Integrity Point, or Inner Guru Point, where we can find the teacher and guiding light within (especially when we seem to be in deepest darkness).

SAT, the ‘obstacle bringer’ that teaches us through ‘what’s in the way’ (often: old patterns and conditionings, fears and limitations, ego contraction, sense of separateness, and need for control), to drop that excess ‘baggage’ of these heavy duty engagements, is now in SAG (until Winter Solstice 2017).

Simply put:

Where is the Inner Sage that shows the way, and whom we can trust?

What is the Ground of all Being?

When all is still and dark, what is undying?



Ganesha – Elephant headed Hindu god, known to be the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ on the path.

Sometimes Ganesha shows what the true obstacles are… hint: the Mind can be the ‘Pink Elephant’ in the room.

Blessings for the Galactic RE-Birthday to all of us NOW!


After ‘moving through’ the Galactic Centre, the SUN reaches the sacred SAG-to-CAP transition, at WINTER SOLSTICE. (Special AstroNews blog post to come).

Let’s align with essential deep truth (the Ultimate Gift that comes ‘down the chimney’) so that we can actually WALK the vision, and BE the Truth, the Light, the Love!