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* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value.

29 Apr

What a Wesak / SCORPIO / TAURUS Full Moon week it’s been!



“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)


The energetic ‘Buddha Moon’ in SCO – TAU on Apr 21 / 22 with its build-up phase, weeks before, and concentrated medicine at the exact SCO Moon ‘window’ (Apr 21 eve until Apr 24 morning PDT) felt for many of us like

  • a fight with the inner dragon (the ‘inner monster’ always growing more heads as one might be slayed / one issue might be ‘dealt with’), and / or sooo much inner painful processing – the suffering version of the SCO MOON side, in its outer yang and inner yin version,
  • dealing with the inner ‘hungry ghost’, as Buddhists would call it: our mouth, or our sense organs in general, can only take in so much, yet the belly of desire is big and insatiable… – the suffering on the TAU side: In an outer yang way, through consuming, pur-chasing(!), acquiring more and more, while never being satisfied, and in an a yin way: trying to attract and you never feel good enough…


So much suffering in all this, yet our human condition seems to draw us into these places, and they get reinforced through socio-cultural and economical conditioning.


Under the waning CAP, now AQ Moon we are grounding the energies that got stirred up, into our place of integrity: How can we live in comMOONity, from the insights and liberation we gained through the Wesak Moon process?


I must confess, I got sucked into some of this ‘mind mine field’ as well, even exactly over the Full Moon weekend.

One trigger was ‘fighting with technology monsters’, and feeling frustrated by the perception that I had opened a Pandora’s box of issues.
Yet, when I started to embrace what I had perceived as ‘a mess’ in my initial response, treat it as a learning curve, and released my grip of (self-) judgment, and my attachment to ‘getting it fixed – now’, things shifted in my inner world, reflected in what and who showed up ‘from the outside’, and how things played themselves out. Actually more playfully too! 🙂


Hmmm, Buddhist wisdom teachings 101 all over again (seems like RE-freshers are needed from time to time, in our human condition, lol):
First step is to acknowledge our attachment to not getting what we want, or to being stuck with what we don’t want, and to realize that it is the attachment that causes the suffering, not the ‘thing’ in itself.


How can we release the attachment?

Realization of how it all works (quite simply in fact) is already a huge freedom catalyst – for me anyway. Basically noticing: Hey, I’m doing this to myself. It’s not the situation, it’s what my mind makes out of it that causes the frustration.

Also, a key piece is to embrace impermanence.

No pain, problem, discomfort lasts forever. No pleasure and enjoyment either. So let’s not get so worked up and graspy or resistant, and relax in the ‘storm’.

Which naturally allows for the transformational process to go where it needs to go.

Let’s practice surfing skills… 🙂


Did I say ‘storm’?
Yep, MERCURY – winged Messenger Archetype, and in Astrology representing the Mind and its workings, has been in its pre-retro stationary (slow turnaround) ‘storm’ over the last week too!

The present early M-r phase shows us how the mind can mess with life, by putting a spin (or even a spell) on things (as they simply ARE), and influence our perception and inner ‘story’ about ourselves and the world, often ‘simply’ by making a case to confirm the ‘old stories’ that are already in our heads or subconscious. Reminds me of a great bumper sticker I once saw: “I don’t believe everything I think.”

Check out what the MERCURY trickster, this time in TAURUS, has up its sleeve, and how to be not just in good terms with it, but on neutral ground.


Wherever you are on the Planet EARTH, wide awake, in deep sleep / no-mind at this point, enjoy the read, hopefully with a storm free mind (brain storms are cool though)! 🙂

Wishing you a blessed navigation in the retro- and interdimensional zone, with the current Mercurial Mind currents, in the Heavens as on EARTH!



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NOT quite the TAURUS NEW Moon (May 6) Astro~News YET! 

Those will come down this ‘chimney’ within the next week.

So: What’s UP and urgent then, you ask?

Tahtah! You guessed correctly… I can’t hide it from you (a Scorpionic tendency), and shouldn’t hold back much longer (TAURUS is no-taureous / notorious for going slow, and taking time…)

MERCURY, now in late TAURUS (23°36′) just went RETRO yesterday morning Thu APR 28 at 10:20 am PDT.

That’s what this ar-tickle is all about :-).

I bet you’ve been tickled and re-mind-ed of all sorts of things lately. The late TAU zodiac zone cusp has a VIRGO undertone… so much to do as it seems – yet: what is it that we truly value?


Mid April to end of May 2016 is completely under the influence of MERCURY retro (you probably already noticed 🙂 ):

The technical retro phase started yesterday, Apr 28, and goes to May 22, with the ‘stormy’ / stationary atmosphere before and after, extending beyond that time:

The pre-retro stationary ‘storm’ was on since MERCURY significantly slowed down its speed = since the Full Moon on Apr 21 – see previous Astro~News).

Have you noticed a shift in your mind since the Wesak Moon, towards slowing down, and a call for more groundedness?

After Mercury will be direct again from May 22 on (after the next Full Moon on May 21), there will be another post-retro ‘storm’ until May 31.


And hey, maybe your mind has been recently a little bit ‘all over the map’, fuzzy, funny, synchronistic, poked, provoked, non-sensical / nonsense-ical? Or in a trickster mode, mischievous perhaps, and / or seeing synchronicities and meaningful signs  pop up ‘out of nowhere’.


All in perfect alignment with the cosmic dance, and the ‘cosmic smile’. Seems like the universe smiles at us when we recognize a synchronicity! :-).

Don’t get annoyed when the ‘cosmic prankster’ plays tricks on your mind, wants you to be FREE, and change your fixed ideas and set paradigms!


Welcome to the ‘Special Issue’ MERCURY RETRO AstroNews!



‘Sweet Spot’ on the Rocks, under the Oaks – ‘Retro’ Photo from mid April – (the place where I did a little video shoot for the Wesak Moon)


What you find in this ‘Special Issue’:

* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value. 

* MERCURY Retro in TAURUS and the Mental Maze / Labyrinth

* Sabian Symbol of the MERCURY Turnaround Degree: 23° TAU

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

* Itinerary for the Mercury retro Phase


* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value.


Mercury winged feet

MERCURY Retro in TAU – Staying Grounded, for Now / Taking off from a good Foundation – Mercury’s / Hermes’s winged feet (uuuh, just noticed: only the left foot of the statue seems winged!)


Believe it or not – I’ve been looking forward to this Mercury retro phase.

And so do many of my clients and friends whom I’ve been talking with recently.

Its arrival, after the Wesak Moon, has been rather liberating than frustrating – when met in a mer-curious way that’s aligned with the spirit of the archetypal activation…


What could that look like?

  • Sloooowing down, tuning into the Body and our Senses (related to the VIRGO / TAURUS theme).
  • Asking ourselves: Where do I physically belong and need to ground myself?
  • Maybe we need to take ourselves to magical spots. Mercury is also the magician, and, esp. with its VIRGO rulership, rules ‘practical magic’ – tools and physical places (TAU) that transform, re-align, help, and heal.
  • Letting go of being attached to and stuck in (TAU low vibe) mental (MERCURY) patterns, habits (TAU), gravitations, ruts. In fact, let’s get un-stuck. Very timely now.
  • Buying less, enjoying more. 
  • The mind habitually attaches itself randomly to things that we have an affinity to, desire for, aversion against, and present them as interesting to engage in (almost like a shop keeper presenting his window display) – very Taurean. Our habit is to give in, and engage mentally with those ‘offers’. Our job and in fact freedom is ‘just’ not to buy it.
  • Let’s tune into what brings us true intrinsic joy (not derived from ‘getting’ and consuming more on the outer level).
  • Let’s re-connect with what we truly value.
  • Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of the Body (TAU). They might take you inward at first, esp. in the first half of the M-r phase (until May 9)


Speaking of Messages of the Body, and Embodiment:

Mark your calendar for the next Living Breathing Birth Chart – Embodied Astrology, on FRI May 20, from 2:20 pm on, in Victoria BC.


Venus Birth Botticelli

How does this ‘work’, and how we humans represent the Heaven-on-Earth energies of someone’s chart?
Just come and join us, dive in, and you’ll see the amazingness.

  • No previous Astrology background required.
  • Experience your chart directly. Let the Archetypes speak to and through you.
  • Move with what you experience!
  • It’s an embodiment, not a performance.
  • Experience the Archetypes in Astrology and perhaps your own chart in a new, fresh, embodied way. Great for MERCURY retro in TAU – on the last day of the retro phase!

The Facebook event can be found here:

We have space for a few more Embodyers, and for one person to set up his / her chart! Newcomers most welcome!

If you have questions, and / or you are interested in even having your chart embodied please feel free to contact me, and let’s talk. Mercury retro likes that, rather than lots of back and forth texts and messages. 🙂


So let’s take time this first MERCURY retro week, under the waning / before New Moon (May 6)

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check our ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘resources’ and inventive ideas that you have collected over time (in TAU fashion), that are ‘just sitting’ somewhere, and could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.



* MERCURY Retro in TAURUS and the Mind Maze / Labyrinth


Labyrinth (Seven Circle Classical L.) by Helen Rowlands

7-Circle Classical Labyrinth by Helen Rowlands


When I was searching for something else on the internet a while ago, I came across this Labyrinth image by Helen Rowlands, which immediately reminded me of the brain.

Why haven’t I seen the connection before? A classical Mercury retro example for suddenly seeing connections that were always there, in ‘plain sight’ but not paid attention to.

Check out this confirmation article – found yesterday, at the retro onset:
A MERCURY retro question could be: Can we use the ancient labyrinth structure / system, to intentionally connect, energize, and regenerate both brain hemispheres, and everything ‘mind’?
TAURUS would have us physically walk the labyrinth, and sit in the NoMind centre.


With MERCURY retro in TAURUS, the association with the Minotaur / bull-headed Greek mythological figure in the maze / labyrinth in Crete came up too: Minotaur – Mind o’TAUR 🙂

Here’s a dramatic 1 min. Minotaur mythology cartoon clip


Synchronistically, when I googled for Minotaur, I found that Picasso’s (he was born under the SCO Sun – any doubts?) Minotaur series (which I’ve seen years ago in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona – intensely capturing and carrying forward the myth!) is presently in the National Gallery in Ottawa
So there are clues to the archetypal theme. Or you may argue: Melanie’s magical spin on them…

See how it resonates with you, and your TAUREAN inner Archetypes!


What matters is to identify the tendencies, and liberate ourselves from identifying with them! 


Mercury Butchard Gardens

Mercury / Hermes Statue at Butchard Gardens, Victoria (Photo by Gail Pettinger) … casting its shadow, and pointing to….?


What are the symptoms of being in an unconscious / default MERCURY retro mode?

How do you recognize that you are in a mercurial ‘maze’ / ‘labyrinth’?

What’s the best approach to the energy of this time?


Well, to cut right through the story, unconsciousness IS the maze.

When we identify with the mind’s stories and assumptions, AND with our feelings, based on the thoughts that circulate in us (or vice versa, thoughts based on feelings) we are entangled, and far from free.

Thinking itself is not the problem, and we can’t and don’t need to make our mind ‘shut up’. The issue is rather identification with and attachment to thinking and to the content of our thoughts, esp. with TAURUS being one of the fixed sign of the Zodiac that can get attached. It relates to grounding, security, stability. Its unevolved quality and shadow is an attachment to the status quo.


MERCURY retro in TAU is creating a very grounding Grand Earth Trine with stationary PLUTO in CAP (now retro), and stationary JUPITER in VIR (to turn from retro to direct on May 9) that can lead us to inner resources, as we are true to ourselves, our integrity, our wholeness. The Grand Earth Trine was exact as a first prelude mid April, before the retro phase, will be again strongly activated with the New Moon in TAU on May 6 while MERCURY is retro – to anchor us on New Inner Ground, and for the last, integration time late May / early June, after the retro phase).


Each Mercury retro phase serves as a REcalibration of the mind, and REconnection of the mind (represented by MERCURY) with Consciousness and Spirit (represented by the SUN. MERCURY has gone ahead of the SUN, and is during M-r being ‘lassoed back in’, to step behind the SUN).

Bottom line:

  • Let’s BE MIND-ful, recognize when we are rather mind – full, and what it takes to get mentally unstuck, and bring more ease and flow to our life.
  • Let’s REalize again that we are not the mind. It’s just a function that serves consciousness.
  • Let’s be open minded, and available to see things in a new, fresh light.


Let’s see what the

* Sabian Symbol of the Mercury Turnaround Degree reveals.

Mercury turned retro at 23° 36′ TAU.



Photo: Wall St. Bull (Wiki)


Quite striking: This degree is super close (only 1° off) where in May 2000 JUPITER and SATURN were conjunct!

This ‘Great Conjunction’ happens every 20 years, and starts a new socio-economic 20-year cycle. A Taurean, rather conservative cycle started, capitalism and consumerism became quite prominent, with then developing / economically rising countries like China and India joining the consumer population on the globe.

Presently, we are in a JUPITER (in VIRGO) Square with SATURN (in SAG) crisis. Limits of growth…. Problems are growing… The environment can’t take it… Less is more….

MERCURY retro symptoms re: TAURUS have been already for a while in the public discussion, re: questioning the damaging effects of unregulated capitalism. The Bull in the political arena… or, shall I say: maze!

As the famous Gandhi quote goes: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs but not every man’s greed.”


For the Sabian Symbol, I’d suggest to round it down to 23° TAU, since the direction is backwards.

23° TAURUS: 



Voyager Woman of Crystals - Guardian Crystals 3

Image: Crystal Activated Voyager Tarot card Woman of Crystals – Guardian (photo and crystal activation by Melanie).


Keynote: The social confirmation of natural excellence.

Two elements should be distinguished in this symbolic picture: The gems that result from natural processes, often induced by extreme volcanic heat and pressure, and the finished products of refined craftsmen. Both the gems themselves and the artistry are highly priced and bring prestige to the owner of the jewels.

The symbol applies to any product in which culturally acquired skill has embellished or transformed the end results of a lengthy and demanding natural process.

At this stage we are concerned with the social process which brings about a CERTIFICATION OF PERSONAL WORTH.”


I feel this Voyager tarot card RE-flects beautifully the MERCURY retrograde meaning of this Sabian Symbol:
The Crystal Woman’s Third Sapphire Eye is clear and open. Her mind seems RE-laxed, yet focused on the clear crystal ‘at hand’, undistracted by the multitude of beautifully and skillfully cut gems and ‘shiny objects’ around her that might court for her attention. Skillfully aware of the workings of the mind, she guards the mind.

In the abundance of what life offers, what matters most, and what has the highest intrinsic value that is free from attachment?

Let’s take this image as a personal inspiration for the MERCURY retro phase.


On that note:

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

Apparently randomly, I came across Adyashanti’s ‘old’ but gold video about his basic spiritual teachings. Excellent.

Check it out:


* Itinerary for the  S M (= Mercury retro) Phase


Mercury Pajou (at the Louvre, Paris) Seems Libran / Scorpionic to me :-)

Mercury, Sculpture by A. Pajou (Louvre, Paris) – uuuh, temporarily grounded / lost his ankle wings!


Since Apr 21: MERCURY in TAU entered the stationary ‘storm’.

Stormy, ingenuis, or crazy maze?


Yesterday Apr 28: MERCURY end of TAU turned retro, from Earth perspective. 

Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with what we truly enjoy and value. Nature speaks…


May 6: TAU New Moon with MERCURY and VENUS.

Finding New Ground and Value, from within. What has the body been telling you (TAU)?


May 9: Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the TAU SUN, plus: JUPITER in VIR turns direct again.

Ahhh, the half-way point of the MERCURY retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New MERCURY’ is being born.
The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant.

The whole point of the MERCURY retro adjustment phase…


May 22 (Day after the SAG – GEM Full Moon: MERCURY will go direct again, plus: MARS will oppose the SUN (half-way point of the MARS retro phase)

We learned a big deal about the mind – to be revealed until then. Let it sit with (TAU) what comes up, and bravely uncover our inner truth (MARS retro from SAG into SCO).


May 31: Mercury will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.

Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe deeply changed and even unattached.


June 8: Mercury direct in late TAU will leave the post-retro ‘shadow’.

Green light to go forward with what we truly value and enjoy.



© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger



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* Wesak Effects Days of Safeguarding and Distribution – From the Pure, Universe-All Heart

21 Apr

The Wesak Moon of the Buddha (Full Moon in SCO – TAU, exact today Apr 21 at 10:24 pm PDT) – full description: see yesterday’s blog post) offers a very potent time for receptivity, assimilation, and attunement to the cosmic energies, meditation and openness to transformational change.

Its effects extend over several months, some people say until the next Wesak Moon, a year later.



The spiritually auspicious Wesak Full Moon in its charged SCO – TAU energy has been building up well before, and is still available well after the exact alignment, as it requires and also helps us to ground ourselves, even in the apparent predicament and abyss of it all. So let’s be present with what IS, even with overpowering inner and ‘external’ demons, while sustaining a vision for humanity, together with others (the universal Sangha = spiritual community)!


In esoteric traditions the day of the Wesak Festival starts with the “Day of Safeguarding”, followed by two succeeding “Days of Distribution” (see


In short, on the Wesak Moon day (of Safeguarding), the spiritual community is called to regard themselves as recipients and custodians of as much of that inflowing spiritual force as they can possibly hold. This corresponds with the quality and capacity of fixed signs, and is a perfect expression for the SCO / TAU Full Moon, this year active from Thu Apr 21 at 5:17 pm PDT until Sun Apr 24 at 5:46 am PDT, peaking at the exact Full Moon, at 10:24 pm PDT on Thu Apr 21.


In the following Days of Distribution, it is suggested to turn the attention away from one’s inner subjective planes, in order to pass on the spiritual energy that has been received, ‘to whom it may concern’. This corresponds with the mutable, distributing and ‘broadcasting’ SAG MOON that follows the SCO MOON ‘container’, and will be active from Sun Apr 24 at 5:46 am PDT to Tue Apr 26 at 4:54 pm PDT.


Since the theme of the Days of Distribution is very apropos astrological mutable energy the multiple mutable T-Square can be used for a higher purpose:


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Johfra Bosschart: Sagittarius


The post-Full SAG MOON will meet MARS retro on Sun / Mon Apr 24 / 25, connect with SATURN retro on Mon Apr 25, and will also square NEPTUNE in PI and JUPITER in VIR (plus the Nodal Axis) on Mon Apr 25, and CHIRON in PI on Tue Apr 26.

So rather than ‘shooting arrows of righteousness’ which doesn’t contribute (except to the problem perhaps) or distribute good energy even though it’s omnipresent these polarized times, where issues around ‘the right way / politics / direction’ are very charged and keep the concept of separation going:
How about committing (SATURN) to pulling the energy inwards (MARS retro) towards the Heart, and aiming from there?

  • What are you truly grateful in your Heart?
  • What does Love Say?
  • Surround yourself with Nature, be in the Green – and feel how Mother Nature stimulates your Green Heart Chakra!


How about a Chakra Attunement into the Heart – with the Mutable Planets?

Root yourself well (Saturn supports the Root Chakra and vice versa).

Feel fulfilled in your Jupiterian Sacral belly that nourishes your Solar Plexus life force.

Intentionally pull the Martian Solar Plexus Warrior energy up into the Venusian Heart Chakra. Neptune is the higher frequency – Universe-All Love~


In our Astrological Wesak Moon Circle this evening, let’s Chakra attune together, in our outdoor circle by the Stone Circles, before Moonrise!

Back in the studio, let’s connect with the astrological opportunities of distributing the Wesak energies – unique for each one of us, according to our charts!

And let us be guided by the magical SCORPIO MOON in the unfolding!


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger



* Sabian Symbol for the Wesak Moon at 3° SCO: Cooperation

20 Apr

The Wesak Full Moon 2016 highlights 2º30’ Scorpio and Taurus (see chart in the last post).

The Sabian Symbol for 3º SCO (for the MOON) says:


Haida Legacy Pole Raising 2013

Ceremonial Raising of the Haida Legacy Pole (42 ft.) in 2013 – the First Totem Pole that was raised in 130 years…



Keyword: The feeling of community demonstrated in a basic joint effort.

In rural neighbourhoods, especially as the American West was being developed, the building of at least the framework of a house was often a collective, friendly enterprise. Newcomers building their home-to-be found friendly helpers in their neighbours. The sense of togetherness and participation in a common enterprise was developed by such a collective work. The home remains ‘our’ home, yet the whole community is involved in its erection and the welcome marking its completion.
At this… stage feeling becomes activity. The past and its memories are repolarized in terms of the expanded social consciousness. From that activity a new sense of reality will derive. The keyword is COOPERATION.”


Sounds more Aquarian than Scorpionic?

But hey, there is an intimacy in building together with our neighbours(-to-be) into our sphere, and such a house-raising is an emotionally and physically transformational process – that requires mutual trust and dealing with ‘shared resources’ (8th house in the chart, ruled by SCO).


The image immediately reminded me of a film about Haida Gwai that I received yesterday, and the ceremonial totem pole raising in traditional Haida villages.
Also of course, of the dark sides of colonial exploitation, abuse, and even importing disease (smallpox) that killed so many First Nations people. Very Scorpionic.

Take some time (20 min) to tune into the spirit of Restoring the Balance

“You have to walk in perfect balance, otherwise you fall off the edge.” –

The Wesak Moon on the very early SCO ‘Tipping Point’ (beyond LIBRAN Balance) – Choices have consequences…


How can there be a human cooperation in the global interconnected Village of Humanity, on the edge of the ‘Tipping Point’?

Let’s be intentionally in the Wesak Safeguarding place, and hold maximum energy for a peaceful, transformational human cooperation!

How can we distribute the spirit, and help generate change, in our circles of influence…?

A clear and ‘simple’ message for Earth Day!


© 2015 Melanie Lichtinger



Wesak Full Moon (SCO – TAU) 2016 (Apr 21 / 22) : * Let Buddha Nature Manifest! *

20 Apr

Buddhist Stupa under the Full Moon (Photo: Unknown Artist)


The Wesak Moon is celebrated by the Buddhist world Sangha (community) in honour of the birth, attainment of enlightenment, and passing of Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha, who walked the Earth more than 2500 years ago, and set a model for the living Buddha in all of us.

Yes, the ‘Full Moon in May’ marks the Wesak Moon in Buddhist cultures. And that will be this year May 21

What’s with this Full Moon on Apr 21 / 22 then?

I’d like to call the SCORPIO MOON – TAURUS SUN polarity the energetic Wesak Moon – even though not in May, but it carries a strong energy that relates to basic Buddhist teachings, and Buddhist practice also offers a ‘medicine’ for them – ‘Four Noble Truths’:

The basic suffering or even just basic dissatisfaction (‘dukkha’) in the human condition is due to attachment to the status-quo, to what’s desired, and its frustration – not getting what one wants, and not being able to get rid of the unwanted.

This is also a basic TAURUS / SCORPIO theme:

TAURUS (ruled by VENUS) represents desire, pleasure, comfort, joy, erotic attraction and assimilation through the senses (with the shadow of attachment to the material and worldly plane and to physical satisfaction, hording, stuckness, greed, stinginess). TAU carries the medicine of embodiment and sensuality.

SCORPIO (ruled by PLUTO) on the opposite side of TAU takes us to emotionally intense, uncomfortable, ‘ugly’ places where the ‘muck’ and hidden, often covered or repressed material sits. This very ‘human humus’ and shadow can’t be just ‘gotten rid of’ or ‘hidden away. It’s here to be spiritually processed so that it becomes a ‘fertilizer’ for renewal – the Alchemy of life. SCO carries transformation medicine.



SCORPIO is for the MOON the most ‘challenging’ sign (while the MOON is considered ‘exalted’ in TAU, it is considered ‘in fall’ in SCO):

The MOON represents our emotions, our instinctual mind (in a broad sense of body-mind, feeling-mind), and the needs and habits developed from that place, which by nature long for nurturance and sustenance.

TAU is the sign that provides such sustaining delivery and assimilation – it’s all about feeding and reliable presence… whereas SCO rules necessary detoxifying elimination, partly through painful processes, which is not what our Lunar (representing also the inner child) side is most comfortable with, to put it mildly.

Under a SCO MOON (whether we are born with it, have it by progression for 2½ years every 29 years, or whether the MOON in SCO for 2½ days per month affects us), we are instinctively sensitized towards the need to purge and to ‘get rid of’ what is toxic and outlived, of what controls us, and doesn’t allow us to be free in a deeper sense. The process calls us to go into the ‘mouth of the monster’ and through its bowels even, while our head and ego might severely protest and resist. A SCO MOON experience can lead us to the deepest abyss of our inner worlds, yet is an opportunity to take us through it, and be regenerated and transformed through the process.


The SCO / TAU Wesak Moon each year is a fully solar illumined (therefore the most potent) Scorpio Moon, which brings revelation about our deepest notions for transformation.

Consciousness (represented by the Sun) has to be intent to patiently stay and ‘sit with’ (TAU quality) what comes up from the depth, for the processing. In that sense, the polarity axis of TAU – SCO can be bridged in complementary, cooperative, and productive ways.


The central spiritual (esp. Buddhist) themes of attachment & transformation are being highlighted in the ‘Bull’s Eye’ and the ‘Scorpion’s Stinger’:

The fixed earth sign TAU (ruled by VENUS) celebrates the physical senses, comfort and pleasure, and what creates security and grows over time, like a garden or a solid investment. Taurean energy takes roots, builds, cultivates, and conserves, like a gardener, farmer, and good custodian of the Earth. TAU likes to attract what’s pleasant, to experience it via the senses, to eat, assimilate and accumulate, and to claim ownership and territory. TAU slows down, after the fast and furious ARIES energy, and favours predictability and patience; therefore habits and routines are likely being formed. Its orientation is very life affirming, yet can lead to stuckness, attachment to the known and comfortable, hence has a challenge with change and letting go.

The fixed deep water sign SCO (ruled by PLUTO) in contrast to the ‘above ground’ Taurean world, penetrates the underground / underworld / underbelly, which can be a painful process (TAU – SCO also represent the pleasure – pain, and life – death axis), yet sharply points out where deep ‘down under’ transformational ‘digestion’ and purging release of something that is actually already dead needs to happen, so that it can become a fertilizer for new life.

Just as in late Oct – late Nov the leaves rot and go under the earth, the Scorpionic energy takes us to emotionally deeply affecting processes that have nowhere to go but down and through, so that the alchemical work can be performed.


In Buddhist tradition, the image of the Buddha floating on a (Taurean) lotus flower that blossoms so purely and beautifully while being rooted in the (Scorpionic) mud swamp, represents the enlightened quality, rooted in real-life human suffering and compassion.  


  • SCO was been quite the ‘boot camp’ for humanity also, under SATURN in SCO (Fall 2012 – Sept 2015), and we are integrating its lasting effects now: to process, purge, get to the bottom of things, and find completion and closure: A karmic harvest.
  • MARS, now retro (since Apr 17, until June 29) will also go back to end of SCO (May 27 – Aug 2), and provide us with energy to go into our deepest, darkest places from which liberation (the Phoenix Point to SAG) arises. Let’s be brave, inner warriors!
  • LILITH (now at the end of LIBRA) will enter SCO (in her 9-year cycle) on May 21, for 9 months, to show us our True and Unconditioned Nature in the dark and magical places. What is true intimacy with and as Life?

The peaceful (inner) Buddha ‘beyond satisfaction’ sits on a beautiful Lotus flower (SUN in TAU) that has its roots in the ‘deep, dark and dirty’ swamp (MOON in SCO).


Bali Lotus Morning Prayer HH

Early Morning Prayer – Lotus with Orb – Photography by Helga Hendricks


The Yin-Yang is a perfect symbol for a balancing the Yin / Lunar and Yang / Solar influences in us, under each Full Moon, but esp. under this very astrologically potent (SCO – TAU) and spirited Wesak Moon.

YinYang Infinite


The Wesak Full Moon is a magnificent divine and meditative moment-in-time, when transformation (SCO) can be anchored (TAU). When attachment to longing, or ‘even’ to pain, incl. feeding those ‘hungry ghosts’ (TAU) that show up in obvious or subtle personal and collective / cultural addictions and compulsions (more consumption, information, work, entertainment, nothing is never enough…) can be put into the bonfire of the soul (SCO), so that the deep Alchemy can do its job.


Here is the Wesak Full Moon chart:


Wesak Moon 2016


Let’s see what the chart reveals:

The Full Moon holds the ground, and ‘underground’, through the fixed TAU – SCO axis MERCURY in TAU is the only fixed planet presently – and will go retrograde on Apr 28 (stay tuned for the Astro~News blog) – hence into ‘storm’ on the Full Moon day! We really need anchoring of energy these days!

What else is in the cosmic energy field?

As above so below and within….we ARE the field, and the catalysts for evolution and liberation:

  • A lot is getting ‘ignited’ (ARIES), and authentic choices need to be made (LILITH in LIBRA) that are also sustaining, soulful, and serve the highest purpose (PLUTO in CAP). This cardinal energy has been strongly with us, esp. with the New Moon / PLUTO in CAP (Jan 9) and recent New Moon / URANUS in AR (Apr 7). Pretty intense, and exciting (or unsettling). Transformation – Liberation.
  • VENUS in AR just squared stationary PLUTO in CAP (Apr 19), and ‘she’ will unite with URANUS in ARIES just after the Full Moon (once a year) – Let’s channel the energy that can be a draw to much quick newness but nothing sticks and is sustainable rather into a higher vibration of: In Love with Liberation from (and through) the Depth!


Morpho rhetenor rhetenor MHNT

Morpho rhetenor rhetenor MHNT


  • A multiple mutable T-Square can swirl us around, and shake us up...:
    JUPITER retro / Lunar North Node in VIR, opposite NEPTUNE / Lunar South Node / CHIRON in PI, and both poles squaring MARS retro and SATURN retro in SAG – whoa! When things are overwhelming, ‘messy’, chaotic, and we are concerned about ‘loosing it’, going under, being wayyy to sensitive and influenced by everything (South Node / CHIRON in PI – close to the area of the Total Solar Eclipse  on March 8) we are invited to do some clearing, a healthy wellness practice, and know we ARE whole, we are perfect, and aware of what our remedy is – perhaps being in authentic, fulfilling service (JUPITER retro in VIR with the North Node). MARS / SATURN, both retro in SAG are the outlet: Finding our path from within (rather than being so distracted and unfocused, wondering “where shall I go?”.  Let’s pull the energy back, go deeper, and start from the Heart! 
  • NEPTUNE in PI, opposite JUPITER in VIR (all April / May), and square with SATURN retro in SAG (June) is the big background theme of the mutable T-square: Do what comes from the Heart. Know your are whole, we’re all in this together, and all is ONE. CHIRON / NEPTUNE in PI remind us that allowing and being with what IS, in Oneness Consciousness, offers healing and is a profound timeless teaching.

Buddha Nature is everywhere, just as nature by nature is always in interconnected union, yet it can’t be held or grasped…(even photographs are merely frozen moments in the flow of life…). And there’s always more to emerge (no need to grasp! 🙂 )
Let’s be AS Nature, naturally giving and releasing, creatively blossoming and transforming!

Let Buddha Nature Manifest!



Here is a beautiful chant and imagery for the universality of life: Nothing but Everything


If you feel called, please feel most welcomed to join our Astrological Wesak Moon Circle on Thursday evening (just before the Full Moon!), starting outdoors, under the Rising Moon.


© 2016 Melanie Lichtinger



* Settling IN, and Smelling the Roses: MERCURY in TAURUS is going into pre-retro shadow now (as of today Apr 15), and will go retro Apr 28 – May 22

16 Apr

Noticing some funk? Some ‘wait a minute’ promptings?

The Mercurial inner Messenger / Communicator / Mind Archetype, now settled in TAURUS (since Apr 5) settles, and settles, and stays there, until June 12!
You guessed why so looong, and what’s in the REmaking:
MERCURY will go RETRO in TAU (from Apr 28 to May 22).
This year, Mercury retro happens in Earth signs, the last M-r was in Jan in Cap, next M-r will be in Vir in Sept.
TAU is grounded, slow, embodied, communicates and learns through all the senses, and not just via the brain. Clearly, that adds an extra ‘retro’ vibe to it. Don’t chew on things with your mind. Ask the body!
Smell the grass, the Spring, the roses – good Medicine for the otherwise too overrated and busy brain!
Patience is a good TAU and M-r virtue too, so no use hurrying others if you don’t get a response (who knows what they’re dwelling – or stuck – in at this point). And patience can allow YOU to relax and slow down the pace…
Plus: no assumptions please – always a prime M-r practice.


Orang Utangs Smell da Roses

Orangutans Smell da Roses…

MERCURY goes into its pre-retro ‘shadow’ today Apr 15, and into stationary pre U-turn ‘storm’ on Apr 21.
– A good time to slow down, and re-connect with the messages of the body.
– What grounds you and brings you natural (not mind-made) joy?
– M-r in TAU would be an excellent time for a retreat in nature….
– And being physically in each other’s presence makes all the difference (rather than default electronic ‘connection’).
– Why not having a yummy meal together, like ‘in the olden, retro days’, and see where the conversation goes?
Today, Apr 15, MERCURY slooowing down in TAU is in quincunx with SATURN retro in SAG. Our limiting beliefs and ‘old stories’ can speak through our bodies. On the other hand, asking what our body is really saying leads to natural inner guidance.
On Sunday, Apr 17, slowww MERCURY in TAU forms a supportive Earth Trine with stationary PLUTO in CAP, showing us how slowing down the pace is not only more enjoyable but also more sustainable and quality conscious. 
More about MERCURY retro to come in the next days, in an Astro~News Blog Special.
Stay tuned.

Oh, and, I hear you ask:
“Didn’t I just read MARS was going retro on Apr 17? And PLUTO on Apr 18?”
Yep, quite the Retro Spring (Jupiter – until May 9, Saturn, Mars, Pluto, Mercury), turning the focus from outer stimulation and response to the inner worlds, plus back-tracking on ‘open-ended’, unREsolved themes. REtreat time is Treat Time (How ARE we treating Time?).


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger



* MARS in SAG goes Retro on Apr 17 (until June 29) back into and out of SCO: RE-covering the Magical Masculine in the Deep Alchemy!

13 Apr

It’s rare (every 2 years). It’s coming:
MARS will go RETROgrade from 9° SAG, on Apr 17 (all the way back to 23° SCO, until June 29).
Sooo, MARS stops and goes from Earth perspective backwards, just before passing SATURN (which will only happen way after the retro phase, on Aug 24).
And: MARS will cross over the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SAG into SCO, in ‘reverse gear’, on May 27, and in forward gear again over the ‘Phoenix Point’ on Aug 2.
Quite the arc, quite the journey.


Vitruvian Man, by Leonardo da Vinci


MARS goes retro every two years, in sequence of the signs of the Zodiac.
The last MARS retro phase happened (in LIBRA) from March – May 2014, and the previous one from end of Jan – Apr 2012 in VIRGO.
Remember your experiences during those phases?

  • Do ‘men from the past’, and ‘unresolved battles from the past’ appear during MARS RETRO?
  • And what’s with MARS’s ‘unfinished business’, back in SCO?
  • In what ways is the masculine, assertive Warrior Archetype going ‘inwards-backwards’? 
  • What does that mean for US, and how can we hone this energy best?

It’s a magical zone there from SCO to SAG, where hidden and covered treasures and truths are coming to the light. However, with MARS going from SAG back into SCO (during its retro phase, on May 27) we have to change the story we are telling ourselves, and what we believe into existence (SAG where SATURN also sits), and ‘dip in’ again into SCO for deeper processing, before our passion re-emerges into the light as MARS finally enters SAG ‘for good’, on Aug 2.
MARS retro takes us to deeper processes to meet what’s usually covered and unseen, what we cover up or hide (for worse or better – the shameful and the inner magical power). 
An Odyssey? A dark-sea journey? A magical mystery tour? 
How can our inner connection with MARS take us all the way through, so that the Truth shall set us FREE, and we are strengthened and energized from within to pursue what we deeply love (rather than – lower Martian vibrations – going after ego based desires).

What does the MARS ARCHETYPE represent – for YOU?

  • Basic instincts and primal drives that bring us to a ‘fight or flight’ mode, survival instinct, our approach to conflict and competition, how we go after things, pursue people, and get what we want. In our intentional MARS Retro workshop circle on Apr 14, we will explore that assertive and possibly aggressive side in us. MARS is also considered the ego planet. MARS rules teeth and ‘claws’ and sex organs that take care of individual and species survival (of the fittest).
  • The area MARS occupies in our chart shows what we are geared to pursue with passion, where we want to be first and ‘alpha’, or otherwise tend to fight (because we might feel attacked), but also where our ego can come out very strongly.
  •  The sign MARS is in shows us our personal style of assertion, with AR, SCO, and CAP being naturally ‘Martian’, while CAN, TAU, and LI have to come up with their own unique ways of asserting, without falling into certain traps.
  • Through alignments with other planetary Archetypes, MARS stimulates other ‘inner players’ (e.g. if it’s the MOON: feelings and needs, if it’s SATURN: our discipline, authority, work attitude, etc.).

What about SEX?
Sexual desires and pursuits are MARS’s domain as well, complementary to VENUS’s erotic, charming, attractive and seductive gifts… MARS is the animal force, pure libido, while VENUS magnetically attracts.

The EGO?
Yes, MARS is the Archetype that also represents the personal ego. Important to develop a healthy ego in adolescence, yet running life on ego isn’t the point.
MARS retro dismantles the inauthentic ego (which might feel ‘impotent’), and helps with regaining authentic inner agency.

Drives and ENERGY level?
Yes, MARS represents a healthy life force, that inner motor and zest for life and the motivation and ‘kick’ / ‘itch’ to go after something (incl. hitting on somebody)… yet possibly turns into (auto)aggression and violence when a healthy outlet has been frustrated.

So, what do women and men want (in life and from each other)?

And what’s the ‘higher’ (or rather ‘deeper’) ‘octave’ and transpersonal level of MARS?
Well, PLUTO!
While MARS represents personal willpower and energy, PLUTO represents Higher Power and Evolution.
And hey, PLUTO at 17°29 CAP will go retro only one day after MARS, on Apr 18 (yearly in Apr.), until Sept 26.
In CAP we are called to ‘dig’ into Inner Resources, meet the Inner Elder, discover Inner Timelessness.


MARS RETRO in SAG – SCO & PLUTO RETRO in CAP reminds me also of “The Way of the Superior Man” by David Deida.
His book from 1997 was ground-breaking in the men’s movement of recent. In a presentation (excerpt here: he intriguingly addresses 3 levels of masculinity:

  1. Grow for your own sake – I’d call it “Personal MARS”.
  2. Share and cooperate – “Interpersonal MARS”.
  3. Realize that everything is only change. Come to terms with death of everything which doesn’t stop the Superior Man from giving – he IS the giving. Feel your deepest purpose. – “Transpersonal MARS.”


MARS Retro 2016

Here is the chart for the MARS Station / Retrograde. Check out the T-Square to MARS (a square has per se also a MARS undertone) – calling for release of tension / pressure through MARS at its turning point in SAG… What does the arrow point us to? What’s the meaning of the turning point and onset of the inner journey?

For more divinational insight, let’s bring the SABIAN SYMBOL for the Turning Point degree into the picture – so cool (or shall I say hot?):


Volcanic Rock with reddish-colored_Lichen

Volcanic Rocks with Reddish Lichen (Image from Wiki)

Keynote: The alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of man’s inner life.

Forces are at work in the deepest layers of the psyche which in their own way respond to the outer stimulation produced by a strong involvement in group ambitions and emotions, and even more by the powerful tensions and releases of love. An alchemical process goes on, usually unnoticed by the conscious ego, until it becomes obvious that a kind of mutation has taken place and a new level of awareness and of responses to life has been reached.

At this stage, we deal with both the basic rhythm of growth of the human being and the reaction to more individualized experiences which aroused the emotions. The very substance of the person’s nature undergoes modifications, on the basis if which  a new step may be taken, The symbol draws our attention to the inner changes. We have to become aware of them. What is implied is a kind of PSYCHIC GESTATION.”


Another amazingly synchronous and very apropos symbol, for MARS retro – all the way to late SCO! Couldn’t hide it from you! 🙂
So how do we encounter and integrate the Inner MAGICAL and naturally empowered MASCULINE, and allow for deep alchemical changes to personal desires, as Men or Women, during the MARS RETRO phase this Spring, and beyond???


In our intentional alignment Workshop Circle 

* Recovering the Magical Masculine * MARS Retro in SAG – SCO – SAG in Spring 2016

on THU Apr 14, 7:14 – 10 pm

FB Event:
… we shall be straight-forward, as we tune in and align with the highest, or shall I say (SCO) deepest potential of this bi-yearly RETRO phase of MARS.

Men and Women welcome!
Super crucial if you have planets, AC, Sun, Moon round the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO to SAG.


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger


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* Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 18° AR: “Living Rhythmically”!

9 Apr


P.S. the ARIES Super-New Moon 2 days ago – and relevant not just for the day, the week, the season:

Here is the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 18° AR:




Keynote: A constructive alternation of activity and rest.

The symbol refers to the ability to balance outer vitalistic activity and withdrawal from such activity and relaxation. The owner of the hammock is active, but in his consciousness he can hold the image of rest in the midst of re-energizing nature. The concept of following the rat race of business therefore has no hold. Potency may be preserved and extremes avoided. Time is found for recuperation.

This… symbol which suggests a middle path between total involvement in instinctual or social drives and withdrawal in impotent silence and narcissism – thus LIVING RHYTHMICALLY.”


Gotta LOVE how the Sabian Symbol, once again, magically – synchronistically perfectly complements the overall theme of the New Moon with its ‘Butterfly’ configuration- (find the full description in the previous Astro~News post):

Pressure and dynamic tension (Squares), as well as grounding in joy and movement (Earth and Fire Trines) makes for a good dynamic balance.


The ‘middle path’ is also a good theme to consider, for the present focus on SATURN in SAG, and for the upcoming Wesak Full Moon of the Buddha!

The energetic Wesak Moon will be already on Apr 21 / 22 (MOON in early SCO, SUN in early TAU), while Buddhists celebrate the ‘Full Moon in May’ (May 21) as the Wesak Moon of the Buddha.

Feel most welcome to our Wesak Moon Circle on April 21 where we invoke the gifts of the most potent and spiritually charged Full Moon of the year, and align with it in our astrological connection with its vibes.

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger