Archive | February, 2016

* Sabian Symbol for the FULL MOON at 3°33’ VIR

22 Feb

And here’s the

* Sabian Symbol for the FULL MOON at 3°33’ VIR

Nice alignment – also since the date is 02 / 22! 🙂






Keynote: The overcoming of sociocultural prejudices.

Freedom from all the forms, biases and idiosyncrasies of the particular culture and class in which one has been born and educated is a sine qua non of the consciousness truly ‘on the Path’. The ideal of universal brother- and sisterhood underlies all great spiritual teachings, for they all are like branches of the One Tree, human beings in their divine state. This does not mean there are no racial differences, but rather that these differences have a functional value in terms of the whole organism of humanity – and of Planet Earth.

At this… stage the basic technique which applies to all truly spiritual progress is clearly stated. Every human being should be seen, approached, and warmly met as a ‘Child of God’, or in less religious terms as an exemplar for humanity. Such a status gives to every social and interpersonal group the character of BROTHERHOOD and SISTERHOOD.”


Wow, I just love how the message of this MOON degree symbol brings VIRGO and PISCES together – there’s only ONE of us here -, and it also ties into SATURN in SAG – the rewarding challenge is to overcome judgment, prejudice, and perceived separation / fear, via experiencing the ‘other’ as different, and not on ‘our path’.

The symbol and its description by Dane Rudhyar shows how being on The Path (higher vibration of SAG) is to SEE beyond differences (acknowledge their function – very VIRGO) but tap into what unites us.


We’ll keep an eye on SATURN in SAG over the next while, since (see Intro message at the beginning of the Astro~News) it will be in exact T-Square with the VIR – PI axis at the Total Solar Eclipse, and into Spring.


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

* VIRGO – PISCES FULL MOON on Feb 22, and magnified VIR – PI Bridge: Self-Awareness and Service in Oneness

22 Feb


Voyager II Priestess Crystals 1

Voyager Card II – Priestess – Crystal Activation and Photo by Melanie


Have you been following the MOON?

~ Did you see her travelling past Orion? This Winter constellation is still visible in the evening sky for a while.

~ … and then, last Wed to Fri she could be seen in her ‘pregnant’ waxing CANCER MOON goodness. I was lucky to be out for a walk on a clear-sky afternoon, and ‘she’ followed me from the East.

~ Now, in LEO, ‘she’ is approaching JUPITER (bright planet to her ‘left’ in the Ecliptic).

~ Tomorrow Monday morning, the MOON will enter VIRGO, to be fully lit by the PISCES SUN as the FULL MOON!

Since  Feb 23 at 10:20 am PST is the exact Full Moon tonight is already the ‘Fullest Moon’ night here on the West Coast. Further East and in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia / New Zealand, Feb 23 is the Full Moon night.


As Above So Below, is the motto for cosmic alignment and Astrology.

Goes back to ancient mystery schools, and shows us how, not in a linear cause-effect relationship but rather synchronistically and in a mirror effect, different dimensions interrelate. Holograms, fractals, sacred geometry…. all of that cool stuff that naturally teaches us that all is connected, nothing ever was separate.

With it comes the notion to align consciously with patterns and cycles, to go into coherence rather than resisting and ‘struggling’.

Being ‘in the wave’, so to say, rather than experiencing ourselves as ‘a separate particle’ 🙂


Why am I writing about this general stuff?

For one thing, this is why I’m so fulfilled with offering what I do, to support more alignment, with ease and cosmically sustained energy in you, and through you with your influence in the world.

We’ve come a long way in the last decades, in acknowledging and re-embracing these ‘natural laws’ again. When I was younger, I felt quite ‘fringy’ with what I knew to be true, and didn’t feel very free to fully express and share it with others.

Thank Goddess, I was called to go with a big transformation that brought me here, to serve and inspire from this place.


And, it’s timely: The upcoming Full Moon, with the Moon in Virgo and the Sun in Pisces is all about ‘Sacred Alignment.
Under JUPITER / North Node in VIRGO these months and esp. weeks (very strong again at the PISCES Solar Eclipse on March 8) it seems like problems and issues are under a magnifying glass. It gets bigger so that we can see them for what’s really going on, resolve what needs to be ‘fixed’ and realigned, but also gain perspective, and outgrow our sense of imperfection, inadequacy, the inner critic…

VIRGO thrives on alignment and self-containment, discernment, loves wellness practices, recipes and remedies. And it’s important to heal low vibrational VIRGO (“never good enough, always problems”) with higher VIRGO vibes.

  • What is your Body Temple showing you?
  • What can you do (with joy and awareness) to help and serve others, and make the world a better place? Maybe in the service lays your own healing?
  • What needs physical cleaning / clearing / organizing in your life (how about starting with a small realm, like: the desk?). The present VIR – PI FULL MOON, after the CHINESE NEW YEAR momentum helps with clearing clutter and reorganizing things so that the Chi can flow more smoothly (and you know where things are J ).
  • What are you grateful for? Even (and maybe esp.) those ‘small’ things (VIRGO).


Well, here’s a literal JUPITERIAN gratitude story I’d love to share with you:

On Feb 8, the day of the last New Moon in AQ, it happened to be a very clear, crisp night (rare these days!), and our Astro 404 (Transits) groups that had in our 8-week journey reached the transits of JUPITER that eve. A week prior, an Astrology / Astronomy buff friend of mine, Stephen Courtin, had offered for us to take a look through his telescope, up on Mt. Tolmie in Victoria. Everything conspired (well, the wind was chilly, but there were cars to retreat to), and we seized the night, and were blessed with views of JUPITER and 4 of its Moons (!), but also (a big gift for me) SIRIUS, in bright ‘unreal blue’ radiance. Sirius is the star sacred to the Egyptian Goddess Isis. Check out this beautiful blog: and find Sirius in the evening sky, ‘left’ to Orion’s belt.

Moreover, the following week (last Monday), Stephen visited our 404 group (with SATURN then), and showed us his cool invention: The Ecliptic Calendar that clearly maps the constellations in the Ecliptic, and in relation to the Zodiac, plus the 20 brightest stars. Here is a scan of the laminated map that Stephen gave me, just to give you an idea. I can show the whole map to you if you come for a session on to a group.


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Ecliptic Calendar with 20 Brightest Stars, by Stephen Courtin.


Very VIRGO (precision) and PISCES (cosmic)!

Stephen can in ‘calendar fashion’ create a star map of the positions of Sun, Moon, and Solar System Planets, at any given day, as seen in the heavens. A great complement to the traditional astrological circular map where we also chart houses and aspects. I believe Stephen would also create laminated EC maps for your birth chart – awesome!
Big gratitude again, Stephen, for sharing your gifts and resources so generously with us!


So what’s with the ‘traditional’ Astro map of the FULL MOON, you may ask? Voila!


VIR - PI FM 2016


Now, that’s a whole lot of VIRGO and PISCES!


On the VIRGO side of the ‘equation’:

The MOON (from 3:24 am PST today Monday Feb 22 on), JUPITER, and the Lunar North Node. They have been in close alignment since end of December, from March on this alignment will ‘widen’ since JUPITER moves faster retro than the Nodes. June will be another month of ‘close encounter’, and JUPITER will pass the North Node on June 25. So the whole 1st half of 2016 is influenced by this union. And the MOON (exactly: after the FULL MOON, on Tue Feb 23) highlights it.

What are we talking about here?
The magnified (JUPITER) incentive (North Node) to

  • Be in body-mind-spirit alignment, good health, well-being and conscious practice,
  • Be mindful, aware and self-aware,
  • Take care of business, organize, clear and clean,
  • Help yourself (VIR is a big fan of DiY, and there is so much info online now too, re: How to)
  • Help others – because you can. Maybe ‘simple’, ‘small’ acts of service – they can be a big deal for them, and so rewarding.


And now let’s hear it for PISCES:

The SUN – nearing NEPTUNE (their union will be exact next Sunday Feb 28) – opposite the FULL MOON:
What does Unity Consciousness respond to all this?

Yes, we know from the AQ – PI cusp that ‘we’re all in this together’. As we immerse fully into the PISCEAN field there is just energy, a ‘quantum soup’ you may say. Can be overwhelming and chaotic, for the individual small self. The invitation is to experience and furthermore merge in the field of Oneness.

What does that require (asks VIRGO)? Maybe dropping resistance and separation, and, rather than putting up boundaries against the ‘tsunami of energy’ swimming into a field of resonance, or, allowing the energy to leave us (since as sensitive souls we tend to take things in and they sit and stick there, and possibly contaminate our inner environment).

The PISCES SUN, after having ‘hooked up’ with NEPTUNE (on Feb 28) will approach CHIRON (exact union on March 10 – and it will be a signature of the NEW MOON / TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE of March 8).


VIRGO MOON / JUPITER / North Node, and PISCES SUN / NEPTUNE / CHIRON / South Node create pulls on both sides of the Earth, and those of us with SUN / MOON / AC / Planets in VI, PI, or both will experience the (apparent) dilemma of…



Doing, Working, Helping <-> Being / Relaxing, Receiving, Asking

Perfection <-> Ease

Practicality <-> Creativity

Problems, Anxiety, Worry <-> Let-go, Forgiveness

Precision <-> Randomness

Discernment <-> Allowing

Skills, Crafts <-> Art, Music, Dance, Inspiration

Hands (ruled by VI) <-> Feet (ruled by PI)

Remedies, Recipes <-> Medicine

…and asks us to strike a balance that creates synergy between the ‘2 sides of the coin’.


What does all that mean, and how can we be in natural alignment with the cosmic ‘weather’?

Let’s again look at both sides, and their bridging:


On the MOON side:

MOON and JUPITER / North Node in VIRGO:

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Virgo, and Mercury, by Johfra Bosschart


 VIRGO is the energy of the harvest goddess and priestess who is clear and aligned with her sacred Self which she keeps in integrity.

VIRGO practices self-awareness (the energy of the Leo-to-Virgo Sphinx Point), and tends to ‘her’ body-mind-spirit temple through clearing, discernment, sacred practice, such as ceremony and ritual.

Which in our practical daily life means: a body / health / wellness / nutrition practice and lifestyle. A healthy body in a healthy spirit.

  • Is there a practice you can adopt right now that would benefit your well-being (something simple and self-sufficient that’s not a big deal, like walks, Yoga, exercise, getting more regularly fresh air)?
  • Which ‘recipes and remedies’ would your inner caring and wise one (MOON / JUPITER) prescribe? Like: adding / removing something from your diet, sleep, work style and hours, certain practices that make you overall happier and healthier?
  • Is there something is ripe and ready now to be harvested, as in: let go of?
  • Maybe it’s ‘all good’ if we can be ‘in the world’ (VIR) but ‘not of the world’ (PI)?


On the SUN side:

SUN / NEPTUNE, and CHIRON / South Node in PISCES:

Maya Gabeira in Hawaii

Big wave surfer Maya Gabeira – Adventurous example of the PI and VIR balance


The bigger, longer lasting, and more transpersonal influence of NEPTUNE (2012 – 2026) and CHIRON (2010 – 2018) in PISCES is now (yearly) highlighted by the SUN which brings Solar consciousness to these themes:

ONEness and interconnectedness of ALL – which can, for our separate identity, be overwhelming, confusing, make us vulnerable – or make us want to escape, be ‘addicted’ to ‘the state of bliss and union’, etc.

I guess you get the picture, and examples are everywhere, incl. the constant influx of media (also ruled by PISCES).

The SUN now in PI brings yearly consciousness to NEPTUNE – whoa, this really IS immense!

  • Have you been feeling overwhelmed by all kinds of influences and energies that are ‘streaming in and through’?
  • Maybe you have a very vivid dream life, maybe you don’t want to face it all?
  • How about this: The way ‘out’ is the way ‘IN’ – to surrender and trust in being carried by What-IS?


So much is coming together now… Allow it, and  allow yourself to BE. Maybe that means letting go of, forgiving, releasing something or some ‘disappointment’, ‘illusion’, etc. from the area of life related to PI in your chart.


CHIRON will be met by the SUN (a yearly event) on March 10. The upcoming FULL MOON tomorrow, and even more so the SOLAR ECLIPSE NEW MOON on March 8 catalyze that theme:

The ‘Medicine Wo/Man CHIRON’ shows that the ‘wound’ carries the medicine, and certain processes in life (esp. round age 50, at our CHIRON return) bring up old / original wounds as an initiation for intrinsic healing and as a deep teaching to us and others around us.



Nowa-years with CHIRON in PI, when we dive in, and experience our oneness with life we can relax, and let go of the idea of separation and even adversarial ‘you over there’, and we are re-connected with life. Where is the enemy, the victim, the perpetrator, the saviour? The ‘healing’ and ‘teaching’ can simply lay in letting go.

This oneness with what-IS allows us also to let things ‘go through us’ as energy, rather than having them stick to us, or sit in our field. Just as we have taken it IN (PI is ‘famous’ for taking a lot IN) we are invited to breathe or otherwise release it OUT. Maybe no need to ‘do anything with it’ (i.e. analyze and work on it…).

Music, dance, Yoga, Qi Gong, being with or IN water is natural therapy for this kind of release.

‘Wounding’ nowadays for many of us equals overwhelm of influences (CHIRON in PI), and unreleased energies. 


CHIRON in PISCES on the ‘opposite side’ of VIRGO yet representing the ONE, shows that it’s all related. When we drop into resonance and love we open up we ARE what we see on the outside / ‘over there’ in ‘them’ has to do with us too. And – maybe in a place of vulnerability – , we ask for help, drop resistance, let go, and let God.


Many people become more and more sensitive. I hear that from many clients, and experience it myself.

As an ‘energetic hygiene’ and clearing of what we have taken IN, I recommend a very effective Visualization Practice that I adopted from my friend and Satsang teacher Susan Broznitsky. Thanks so much, Susan!

I posted it before on Astro~News, and also showed it to clients directly. Many people asked me about it, and gave feedback that it works – almost immediately.

So here it is again, apropos CHIRON / South Node in PI.

Visualizations are also perfect for SATURN in SAG.


Another way of releasing is Forgiveness Writing Practice.

Last year, I came across a process that is intense but very liberating (also helps the process of MARS now at the end of SCO where it’s been stirring so much up for us, moving into liberating SAG on March 5!). There is a lot of writing involved with this one. Excellent to start it after the Full Moon, in the waning phase – green light from tomorrow on already.


Here are these two useful Tools & Resources for Release of Stuck Energy, and for Forgiveness.

Try them on, and feel free to pass them on.


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1) Releasing Stuck Energy – Visualization Practice

…and yes, as we are doing the practice, we extend it into the field of Planet Earth…

We all carry energy around that we picked up somewhere, and that’s sitting in us. What we can’t release can become toxic (low PI vibration).

It can be quite frustrating to feel or sense those things that are not directly ours (yet in a bigger sense they are ours too…).

We might have picked things up from other people or from the collective field, through resonance and empathy, and / or by being in a low and receptive vibration (like feeling angry, and docking on to the anger around us).

As empaths, and when we have a lot of PISCES in us we tend to take a lot IN, and need to make sure we release it too.


Close your eyes, and sit (or stand) upright.

Visualize your energy body that’s you and surrounds you as a beautiful temple, or cathedral, or garden, or any sacred space that speaks to you. Create or remember that sacred space vividly, in front of your inner eye.

Now locate where in your body, esp. in which Chakra area you have taken something in that’s still ‘sitting there’ and might feel like a blockage.

Realize and acknowledge that you must have opened up doors of your sacred space to let ‘it’ in, probably in front of your body when you were facing ‘it’.

Now you are invited to go to the back of your body in that same area, and open the doors or windows there (maybe they have never been opened? Or you weren’t aware that you can do this even?)!

Now allow the stuck energy to leave your space, blessed and transformed – since it is a sacred space. With ease and accompanied by the light. Hold space for this process. You may experience a light ray coming in from the back where you open the door / window, helping the energy to leave on this light ray.

Your experience is unique, and might have a message for you too!

How do you feel now?

You can do this practice when you notice having taken something in that kicks you off balance, and also in hindsight, even after years of ‘cultivating’ something in you. I’m not saying, do it all the time, to avoid any discomfort… but as a tool to work with, so that the energy can flow.

This is a great tool (well, I like it, and the clients whom I have shown it to) that is easy, can be done anywhere, without even anyone noticing. 🙂




2) Forgiveness – Writing Practice

I came across this one last year, online. See how it resonates. Release and forgiveness is great after the FULL MOON.

Like myself, you might start with it enthusiastically, and then get wrapped up in other things the next days. Forgive yourself, and continue.

See what comes up when you give up or find excuses.

See what the process shows you!

You might or might not feel the forgiveness right away when you write it. See how that moves.

Yes, when we release and forgive (PISCES), the space that the non-forgiveness filled up can be opened up for other, more healthy and loving manifestations.


“SEVEN DAY FORGIVENESS PROCESS  by Gary Douglas (adjusted / edited by Melanie L.):

As you begin this process, acknowledge your personal connection to Divine Presence. Your first step is to write down everything you want to manifest in your reality on all levels, physical, mental, spiritual, emotional.

BE VERY CLEAR BE VERY SPECIFIC. Write it in the ‘NOW’. Fill several pages – list all your goals, desires, dreams and wants. BE OUTRAGEOUS!

Give thanks for receiving them. Release them into the universe as done!


Write one statement 77 times each day, along with your response; you can do half in the AM and half in the PM, or all at the same time.

You are releasing a tremendous energy as you process these issues. Be kind to yourself and know healing is taking place. Since you are releasing layer upon layer of energy and nature abhors a vacuum, your goals, desires, dreams and wants will manifest in this new clear space.


Write each statement 77 times and your response… even if the response is the same each time, keep writing it, don’t judge… just write what comes up.

1st day: “I forgive others for hurting me………………… your 77 situations” (Example: I forgive my friend… for speaking badly about me … – be concrete!)

2nd day: “I forgive myself for hurting others……………. your 77 situations”

3rd day: “I forgive others for letting me hurt them……… your 77 situations”

4th day: “I forgive myself for letting others hurt me……. your 77 situations”

5th day: “I forgive myself for hurting myself……….…… your 77 situations”

6th day and 7th day: Pick the statement or issue that seems to have the most charge, or repeat the day # 5 exercise for these remaining two days.

Be sure you write each statement and response 77 times per day for 7 days.


Love and acknowledge yourself for having the courage to do this FORGIVENESS PROCESS.”

How was that? How’s it going with these practices?


In a wider, unifying, PISCEAN way, it all IS ONE already. Nothing needs to be done or perfected.

However, since we are embodied here in our physical temple (says VIRGO), we can bring universal energy into everyday experience, and everyone benefits.

Through sacred practice and concrete support with our tools, by connecting in the Quantum field of infinite possibilities and pure potentiality, by sending love and blessings, and with the focus on SATURN in SAG: by checking in on the intentions we hold and what we focus on, and SEE. Taking our ‘blinders’ down can open the path to new opportunities.


In summary:

The VIRGO – PISCES FULL MOON & Entourage calls us to be in Sacred Alignment, AND in Oneness with What-IS.




Spontaneous AND perfect Zen brush painting of an Ouroboros, the mysterious and also alchemical winged serpent that bites its own tail. Very PISCES – VIRGO – if anything! 




© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger




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* The SUN crosses the Kuan Yin Point, and enters PISCES, on Feb 18: Coherence and Compassion.

18 Feb

This is the time of year when Aquarian Air turns into PISCEAN Water.
Back in Central Europe where I grew up and lived up to my late 30’s it’s also (hmmm, before Climate Change mixed things up) it used to be the time when frosty Aquarian ice crystals and snow melt, and the Winter gets ‘washed out’…..

More rain? Maybe… (not everywhere on Planet Earth of course).

Definitely a time to connect in Humanity (AQ) and know that we’re all in this together (hence I call it ‘Coherence Point’). In a group it’s the vibe of tuning into the shared ‘field’.

Last year’s (2015) Chinese New Year on that point inspired me to call this cusp also ‘Kuan Yin Point’, since she is the Goddess of Love and Compassion for all of Humanity. A good time to invoke her (any time of course).



Crystal activated Voyager card XVII – Star, showing Kuan Yin… – Photo and crystal activation by Melanie


The Full Moon in PI – VIR on Feb 22 will be a strong axis from VIR (MOON, JUPITER / North Node) to PI (SUN / NEPTUNE, and CHIRON / South Node), asking us to operate (VIR) from flow and unity consciousness (PI), and keep the body temple and daily routines healthy (VIR), showing us we are whole and ONE.


The SUN will be in PI until March 19, and connect there with NEPTUNE on Feb 28, with CHIRON on March 10, plus the PI New Moon on March 8 will be a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE (path goes over Indonesia)! A huge planetary field in PI then!



Neptune Rules Pisces. Painting by Johfra Bosschart



More about the VIR – PI FULL MOON on Feb 22 and the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on March 8 in the next Astro~News.

We will also gather in an ASTRO PARLOUR on March 2, where we address the Eclipses in general, and for everyone present, according to their birth chart:


* The Eclipses of March

Total Solar Eclipse on March 8 & Spring Equinox Lunar Eclipse on March 23

WED March 2, at 7:02 – 9:39 pm

FB event to come, at Pre-registrations welcome.

Very relevant for all of us with planets, Sun, Moon, AC, Nodes in PI and VIR, but also in GEM and SAG.


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger


* Mercury and Venus enter AQ (Feb 13 / 16): Love Letters to Humanity and Freedom ♥

13 Feb

As you can see in the AQ New Moon chart in the previous post, MERCURY and VENUS are about to enter AQ which gives the AstroSphere a new lighter, more communal and liberation oriented flavour, after a concentrated CAP process over the last weeks (for MERCURY since Dec 10, with its triple PLUTO contact; for VENUS ‘only’ since the last Full Moon on Jan 23 – but a huge deal, since ‘she’ also had to pass PLUTO, on Feb 5). Once MERCURY and VENUS are in AQ only PLUTO will be ‘left’ in CAP, until Nov / Dec.


MERCURY goes first into AQ, today Feb 13 (and will journey through the AQ world until March 7).

This is a highlight for MERCURY, since it’s considered to operate optimally there, and can be the free thinker, beyond paradigms and conditionings, restrictions and fear. Time for seeing through the facades (incl. the ones of our own ego), free speech, innovative, systemic thinking. Esp. after a deep and intense Mercury retro processing phase this shift can be (understated) a breath of fresh air.

Let’s see what we come up with.

I wouldn’t be surprised if more leaks re: fear and control based power structures and corporate agenda (shadow of PLUTO in CAP) would come out and make people think more freely. Esp. round the time when MERCURY in AQ will square investigative MARS in SCO (exact on March 4), actually for both planets on the cusp (MERCURY: AQ to PI – the Coherence Point, i.o.w. we are all in this together, and MARS: SCO to SAG – the Phoenix Point). The time of the lone wolf and of the sheep-le are over….



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Angel of Revelation, Painting by William Blake


VENUS follows into AQ on Feb 16 (until March 12).

Making us inclined, instead of buying into (and literally buying products from) the institutionalized, corporate ‘Big Daddy’ world, to value community and networks of real people, rather than the consumer / debt vicious cycle. A great time to come together as one, to celebrate our humanity and intrinsic freedom, with friends of all ages, colours, and from all walks of life.


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

Serving you since 2000 In Victoria BC, and worldwide

Serving you since 2000
In Victoria BC, and worldwide


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* AQUARIUS New Moon on Feb 8 – Freedom For The Light!

8 Feb

With all the Fiery Chinese New Year Pizzazz, let’s not forget:

We’re also experiencing an AQ NEW MOON – basically every year, the AQ NEW MOON heralds the Chinese New Year (2nd New Moon after Winter Solstice).

When? 6:39 am PST on Feb 8. We’ll wake up into a new Lunar cycle 🙂

What? Check out the chart and its picture – also a signature for the onset of the Chinese New Year!


AQ NM 2016 CNY Fire Monkey

It still carries the sharp cardinal T-Square with URANUS in ARIES, and LILITH in LIBRA squaring PLUTO, VENUS (their alignment was exact Feb 5) in mid CAP, and MERCURY (after a long retro phase, incl. the pre-retro shadow, since Winter Solstice 2015) leaving the CAP concentration and post-retro shadow, as it will finally enter (its fave sign) AQ, on Feb 13.

MERCURY (rising at the time of the New Moon) has also been in contact with PLUTO, before, at the end, and shortly after its retro phase (Dec 19, Jan 22, Jan 29), as described in the last issues of Astro~News (and experienced by us) which transformed our mind to be more in tune with Soul and Essence:

  • What matters, ‘at the end of the day’?
  • What is a powerful, renewable resource we have access to?
  • How does our body-mind regenerate?
  • Rather than taking too much on that we can’t manage, what would be alternatives that are at least as ‘effective’ and more deeply fulfilling? Maybe connecting with others, supporting one another, sharing time and resources?

The CAPRICORN concentration is the apex (serves as an outlet) of the polarity between URANUS and LILITH (see chart). Innovative, revolutionary, awakening forces pushing the old and ‘expired’ out of the ‘matrix’, so that the energy transforms into….? Maybe ‘simply’ realizing: “We have all we need, and more.”  A paradigm shift, liberating us into being in our true nature (LILITH), in balance and right relatedness (LIBRA), authentic and ready for new beginnings (URANUS in AR).

URANUS, the ruler of AQ received recently, during AQ times, squares from MERCURY on Jan 31, from the MOON on Feb 5, and most recently, from VENUS on Feb 6. It really is a transformational and rebirthing time, for mind (MERCURY), needs and emotions (MOON), values and attractions (VENUS)!

Since AQ is ruled by URANUS, and New Moons have an ARIES theme, plus, the AQ NM will be – from the perspective of the West Coast – in the first house of the chart:
The AQ NEW MOON brings FREEDOM for – the LIGHT!

Which means: New Beginnings from a Cleared Slate, Co-Creation in Community (hey, the Monkey likes that too), and a more en-lightened Humanity!


* Sabian Symbol for the AQ New Moon at 19°15’ AQ




Crystal activated Voyager card III – Empress. Photo and Crystal Activation by Melanie



The answer of spiritual agencies to thorough, sustained and victorious individual efforts.

This concludes most significantly this series of five symbol (AQ 16 – 20). The individual who has gone courageously and with indomitable spirit through his / her crucial crisis receives, as it were, a deep spiritual blessing from the Soul realm: “Mission accomplished. Peace be with you.” And in this blessing a secret prophecy of what is yet to come may be seen by the perspicacious and spiritually sensitive mind of the recipient. Every real spiritual step someone takes in their development is the result of a victory over forces of inertia or destruction. The Divine is totally ‘present’ in the heart of all true victories.”

Sooo apropos the recent intense crisis and deep purging and purifying process so many of us have been going through.

May the Soul Blessings for the Light that’s now emerging be well received by all of us!


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger



Happy Chinese New Year of the Yang Fire Monkey (Feb 8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017)! What are the East-West Astro Energies at Play?

7 Feb

The Upcoming New Moon on Monday Feb 8 at 06:39 am PST at 19º15’ Aquarius initiates the Chinese New Year of the Yang Fire Monkey!


Monkeys (Gibbons) at Play 1427 painting by Xuande Emperor

“Gibbons at Play” – 1427 Painting by Xuande Emperor(!)


Here in BC, Canada, we have quite an awareness of Chinese Astrology and year cycles, due to the presence of the Chinese community – obviously much stronger on the mainland than on Vancouver Island.

Yet, also in Victoria (where the Chinese population is about 30 000), the Chinese New Year will be celebrated again in Chinatown on Sunday, Feb 14 (traditional Lion’s Dance and celebrations) – the Sunday after the CNY.


Introduction to the Chinese Animal and Element Cycles

The Chinese calendar is Lunar based (as in Islamic, Mayan, Native American cultures), and therefore the New Year varies every year. It traditionally starts with the day following the second New Moon after Winter Solstice.

Yes, there is also a Chinese Astrology based on the planetary movements in relation to the star constellations of the Zodiac, like our Western Astrology system.

The more popular system is based on two interlocking ‘wheels’ of cycles:

The cycle of the 12 Animals = 12 earthly branches.

These are in sequence: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

The cycle of the 5 Elements = 5 heavenly stems.
Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.

Therefore, there are 60 possible Animal & Element combinations, and they repeat every 60 years. The Elements stay ‘on’ for 2 years, with alternating Yang and Yin polarity.

For instance, after a Yang Wood Horse year (Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18 2015), a Yin Wood Sheep year followed (on Feb 18, 2015), and on Feb 8, 2016, we are moving into a Yang Fire Monkey year.

Next year will be the Yin Fire Rooster year.

This system with cycles that aren’t directly based on cosmic planetary / star constellation cycles, yet the 12 year animal cycle corresponds roughly with the 12-year Jupiter cycle.


The last Yang Fire Monkey year was Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30, 1957.

When you are about 60 years old, you get your Chinese element / animal return (together with the Western Astrology 2nd Saturn and 5th Jupiter return). And if you have grandchildren 60 years younger than you, you share your Animal / Element combo with them.

The last Monkey years (with different Element combinations) were (Jan / Feb that year until Jan / Feb following year) 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004.

For specific dates, and more detailed intro to the Chinese Elements and Animal Cycles, see


For the Monkey years, check out this nice table from – lots of info about the Monkey there too.

Start date End date Heavenly branch
6 February 1932 25 January 1933 Water Monkey
25 January 1944 12 February 1945 Wood Monkey
12 February 1956 30 January 1957 Fire Monkey
30 January 1968 16 February 1969 Earth Monkey
16 February 1980 4 February 1981 Metal Monkey
4 February 1992 22 January 1993 Water Monkey
22 January 2004 8 February 2005 Wood Monkey
8 February 2016 27 January 2017 Fire Monkey
26 January 2028 12 February 2029 Earth Monkey
12 February 2040 31 January 2041 Metal Monkey


The cycles have more combinations thank just the yearly ones:
The so-called 4 pillars:

  • The Animal / Elements of the Year (which would in Western Astrology roughly compare with the sign Jupiter was in at the year of birth), a.k.a. the ‘outer animal’.
  • The Animal / Element of the Month of birth (which would roughly compare with the 12 Zodiac Sun sign cycle), a.k.a. ‘inner animal’.
  • The Animal / Element of the Day of the week (which would roughly compare with the Moon sign), a.k.a. ‘private animal’.
  • The Animal / Element of the Hour of birth, with a 2 hours range per animal, and also rotating with elements (roughly comparable with AC signs), a.k.a. ‘secret animal’ – only people who know your birth time would know it 🙂

So in fact, the system is much more differentiated and complex in its combination variables than one thinks at first glance at the ‘Year of…’ only.

12 x 5 Year combinations, 12 x 5 Month combinations, 12 x 5 Day combinations, and 12 x 5 Hour combinations (total 12 960 000) are possible!



The Yang Fire Monkey, and his Year

Monkey Golden Headed Lion Tamarin

Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin (free photo from Pixabay) And yay, the Chinese Monkey relates to the Western sign Leo! 🙂


Quite a shift after the closing Yin Wood Sheep year…

Wood / Chen (which has been on for the last 2 years) is the Element of the East, plants, nurturance, growth, the colour green, Spring, and relates to the planet Jupiter.

The Sheep / Wei is Yin by nature, tribe / family oriented, and associated with the Western Zodiac sign Cancer: Soft, gentle, caring, needs the quiet ‘nest’.
How have your home and family themes grown over the last year?

Perhaps a lot to reflect upon.

Collectively, worldwide, the wave of refugees looking for a safe haven has been related to the theme of the Wood Sheep.
In the generating Element cycle, Wood feeds Fire, and Fire follows Wood in the sequence throughout the years.

Fire / Li (the new Element of the next 2 years) is the Element of the South, passion and creativity, adventure, leadership, the colour red, Summer, and relates to the planet Mars.

The Monkey is clever, forever curious, a mischievous prankster, and always playful. He makes fun, plays tricks, has always a joke up his sleeve, and shows us that life is a game. The smart Monkeys love watching (and imitating) people, learning, playing, and being creative.

No boredom, in the Yang Fire Monkey Year…
The Fire Monkey is super active and the most assertive (ruled by planet Mars…) if not aggressive of all Monkeys. He’s naturally competitive, likes to be dominant, and take on leadership.

Hmmm, wondering what this means for the U.S. Federal Elections in November….

He heads straight for the top, and likes to be in control. Sorta Alpha Ape. When he’s in charge of a situation, he’s very motivated to nurture his tribe. Naturally adventurous, this Monkey leaps, sometimes recklessly, into new situations. It’s a good idea for this one (and in this year) to channel all the fiery energy into creativity and into attracting with bold charisma and cheeky charm. Others can (often need to) help this Monkey get out of trouble.

Clearly, this Monkey is super-fast and clever, so watch out for tricks and too good to be true schemes!

Good thing Saturn is presently in SAG (until Winter Solstice 2017) which helps us not to believe everything we (seem to) see, and to examine our moves.

I’d also recommend to watch the MERCURY retro phases under the Fire Monkey, since of course, Mercury rules the ‘Monkey Mind’. You know what I mean…
So, that’ll be: April 28 – May 22, Aug 30 – Sept 21,and Dec 19 – Jan 8, 2017.


What’s up with MARS, the ruling planet of Fire, in this Monkey Year?

Well, something quite significant:
MARS will go retrograde (every 2 years) from April 17 until June 29, and cross the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO to SAG 3 times:
March 5 – Mars direct / forward from Earth perspective, from SCO to SAG.

May 27 – Mars retro from Earth perspective, crossing from SAG to SCO.

Aug 2 – Mars direct from Earth perspective, crossing from SCO to SAG.

Did you know that Fire in the 5 Chinese Elements is also associated with the Vermillion Bird / Phoenix?

MARS will be for a long time in SCO and SAG this year – since Jan 3 until Sept 27 – during which time we’ll experience all 4 Eclipses (March 8 & 23, Sept 1 & 16).



So, guess what? A lot gets burnt off and transformed in this fiery year… already started, have you noticed?

Best to work with it, maybe shed layers of old ‘skin’, conditionings, expired, limiting, fear and separation based beliefs (Saturn in SAG), offer it all to the purging fires of transformation.

May old (self) destructive aggressive tendencies be transformed into passion, enthusiasm, creative spark, with the MARS retro phase!


And hey, what’s JUPITER, the 12-year cycle planet up to, in the Monkey year?

JUPITER is presently in VIRGO, until Sept 9 when it enters LIBRA.

In January, and once again in June 2016, JUPITER conjoins the North Node, throughout June also supported by an Earth trine with PLUTO in CAP. So there’s lots of incentive and reward for doing sacred alignment practice, taking good care of health and household, the body temple and the home temple, and many opportunities for being resourceful, helpful, organized, and streamlined – makes life simpler and easier. Feng Shui fits right in there.



Jupiter and Io, one of its Moons


Appreciating the ‘little things’ we often take for granted is just as important as fun and play and joyful creativity a la Monkey – one feeds the other!

Once JUPITER will have entered LIBRA harmony, peace, balance, culture, arts, esthetics, fairness, and right relationship become big themes. How can those areas be enhanced in your life? Where is growth possible?

Of course, the personal astrological dynamics colour and modify the experience. And the very important factor of awareness (esp. in the Monkey year, but hey, always helpful!), so that we don’t overly identify with the energies, however wisely travel with their currents.

© by Melanie Lichtinger, 2016


Happy New Year of the FIRE MONKEY!

Monkey Fire


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger


* VENUS in CAP connects with PLUTO on Feb 5, and squares URANUS on Feb 6 :: The Power of Love is Bigger than the Love of Power – and more Liberating too!

4 Feb

VENUS now in CAP (since Jan 23) is attracted to ‘the real thing’.

Which means, we are more prone to prefer the traditional, grounded, built-to-last flavours of life, and attract people who are competent, experienced, and in general what’s time-proven, has quality, history, and / or ‘Zen style’. In the interpersonal realm, VENUS in CAP is into cultivating mature, self-responsible relationships ‘as adults’.

Whatever you have in CAP is now a magnet – have you noticed?
Which could mean your old conditioning to take too much on, burden yourself, put important things for yourself off because duty and responsibility call.

Check out your attractions, and what’s Capricornian about them!

The big deal with VENUS in CAP will be ‘her’ yearly rendezvous with PLUTO, tomorrow Feb 5 (and it will be a whole stellium of MOON / VENUS / PLUTO / MERCURY on that day!) – what a gravitation!

VENUS’s conjunction with PLUTO is followed by ‘her’ square with URANUS, on Feb 6 – wooohooo!


 Buddha Blessings


VENUS stepping into the square ‘fire’ of the URANUS – PLUTO Square is a catalyst for a deep transformation in relationships. This transit helps (or pushes us to) connect with their essence, and soul to soul. Depth rather than surface appearances and egos. 

If you have been in a disempowering, abusive relationship with others or yourself, this has to change – PLUTO purifies and purges.

The Power of Love is bigger than the Love of Power, and more liberating too!


Let’s look into the chart for the VEN – PLU Dance on Feb 5 – quite the CAP concentration:

VEN - PL Feb 5 2016

MOON, PLUTO / VENUS, and MERCURY (post-retro), all together in mid CAP, and also the apex of a sharp cardinal T-Square with URANUS in ARIES, and LILITH in LIBRA!

What a chart, eh?

A client came to me 2 weeks ago whose birthday is on Feb 5. LOTS of changes in the making for her. If you were also born early / mid Feb, this ‘birthday’ gift is a ‘signature’ for your new year too.

And if you have any planets in mid CAP, mid ARIES, mid CAN, mid LIBRA these sides of you are in for a deep ‘make-over’.

  • Is fear, and are old limiting stories and beliefs (SATURN in SAG – SATURN rules CAP) holding you back, from embracing love, deep engagement and relationship with others, with the world, with yourself, with LIFE?
  • Have you been compensating for lack of deep connection, perhaps with working towards something (CAP), outer / career satisfaction (or following the Capricornian ‘reward carrot’?
  • Are you conditioned to feel valuable and loveable (VENUS) when you accomplish and ‘produce’?
  • Have you bought into the materialistic consumer world, maybe for gratification (CAP), maybe because you compare yourself with others (a Venus theme), and want to measure up (CAP)?
  • Do we really need the newest…. just because it’s out there on the market, and others got one? While the old… would perfectly do.


Welcome to the club… of humanity – or at least predominant tendencies of conditioning in the modern, western(ized) world.


Soo, as VENUS comes into (her yearly) contact with PLUTO in CAP (remember, PLUTO is in CAP until 2023!) on Feb 5, some unearthing and digging might be in order. PLUTO ‘abducts’ VENUS into ‘the underworld’ where the shadow lays, and transformational powers sit.

The theme of ‘Valentine’s’ takes on a much deeper dimension. Not so say chocolate isn’t essential – super dark one of course. 🙂

What do you really, really value (VEN / PLU)? What’s soulful connection, without all that ‘fluff’?

That theme came up already and was activated under the CAP New Moon / PLUTO on Jan 9, and now VENUS and the MOON will unite with PLUTO very close to the New Moon point.


Plus, MERCURY has also been in (unusual) triple contact with PLUTO, before, at the end, and shortly after its retro phase (Dec 19, Jan 22, Jan 29) which transformed our mind to be more in tune with Soul and Essence:

  • What matters, ‘at the end of the day’?
  • What is a powerful, renewable resource we have access to?
  • How does our body-mind regenerate?
  • Rather than taking too much on that we can’t manage, what would be alternatives that are at least as ‘effective’? Maybe connecting with others, supporting one another, sharing time and resources?
  • Coming from a Human Being mode (rather than defaulting to the ‘Human Doing’ and abusing ourselves…).


The CAP Concentration is the apex (serves as an outlet) of the polarity between URANUS and LILITH (see chart). Innovative, revolutionary, awakening forces pushing the old and ‘expired’ out of the ‘matrix’ so that the energy transforms into….? Maybe ‘simply’ realizing: “We have all we need, and more.”  

A paradigm shift, liberating us into being in our true nature (LILITH), in balance and right relatedness (LIBRA), authentic and ready for new beginnings (URANUS in AR).

URANUS, the ruler of AQ receives during AQ times a square from MERCURY on Jan 31, from the MOON on Feb 5, and from VENUS on Feb 6.


The CAP Concentration is exactly between the SUN in AQ and SATURN (Ruler of CAP) in SAG. The SUN / SATURN sextile was exact yesterday Feb 3. This alignment ‘feeds’ into the CAP Concentration. Consciousness IS FREE. Limiting beliefs and judgments are seen as contracting and controlling forces of the ego that pretends to protect us. Let’s check in, how the way we were parented and how we parent ourselves is holding us back (SATURN in SAG), what that has to do with Society and the System (AQ), and where true Freedom can be found…

The CAP Concentration is also exactly between MARS in SCO and CHIRON in PISCES (both are in Water Trine with each other!).
MARS in SCO (for a looong time, since it will go retro from early SAG to SCO this Spring) is a transformational activator. Well, it could even be that anger and resentment push for change.
CHIRON in PI shows that relaxing, receiving, letting go, going into Unity Consciousness in ‘the field’ IS the Medicine, and allows for the inner Healer and Teacher to come in.
Had my own share last week and this, with inner processing ‘sabbatical’, and: Acupuncture.


It really is a transformational, healing, and rebirthing time, for mind (MERCURY), needs and emotions (MOON), values and attractions (VENUS), and deep ‘inherited’ structures (CAP)!


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger


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