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MARS SuperStar / SuperPlanet :: Super Close Earth Encounter, and Scorpionic Dive into the Dark Heart of the Matter

28 May

Whoa, MARS is the astronomical and astrological News Breaker these days!

Hubble Mars

Mars – Hubble Space Telescope (NASA)

 

  • Closest MARS – EARTH Encounter in 11 years nowadays, coming up exactly on May 30! Have you seen MARS with the naked eye already, glowing brightly in red-orange towards the East / South in the late evening?
  • MARS forms also presently a beautiful triangle with SATURN and Antares (mythologically Mars’s rival – Ant-Ares / Ares being the Roman version of Mars), the brightest star in SCORPIO.
  • The exact opposition between the SUN and MARS (every 2 years), with the EARTH between them, was on May 22, right after the Full Moon (which was on May 21).

This much for the astronomical side of things. Let’s go out and SEE MARS and SATURN through telescopes, or ‘simply’ with our naked eyes, over the next week!
Beautiful description here https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury, and an invitation from Slooh to watch the Close Encounter and Mars discussion live http://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html

 

What does Astrology (a la Melanie) say to these phenomena?

  • We have reached (with the SUN – MARS Opposition on May 22) the half-way point of the MARS RETRO phase (Apr 17 – June 29). A ‘Full MARS’ (like Full Moon, with the Earth between SUN and MARS – only every 2 years). A cathartic Turning Point.
  • MARS RETRO crossed over the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SAG back into SCO yesterday, May 27 where it will go direct on June 29, and on Aug 3 out of SCO, and over the ‘Phoenix Point’into SAG again.
  • MARS is making THREE passages, forth – back – forth over the ‘Phoenix Point’ (March 5, May 27, Aug 3) – very significant!

 

PhoenixScorpio

 

MARS as the ‘Warrior’ Archetype provokes our self assertion, our vital life force, and also rules blood in the body (hopefully rich in iron, the metal of MARS).
MARS retro might feel like a damper on our usual energy, and frustration of our drives, and desires. If we tried to get what WE want, when and how WE want it, it could have easily backfired – to show us how the ego is driving the bus.

“Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?”
Under MARS retro in SAG, ego based old ‘My way or the highway’, righteousness, or arrogant ‘know it all’ attitudes had to go on an ‘inward journey’ for transformation in SCO…  

 

DeepNeonDive

With MARS retro, now (since yesterday) in SCO, we are diving IN to our deep, dark places were MARS stirs up the bottom of the pot again (after the MARS phase in SCO from early Jan to early March), and shows us, viscerally:

  • Where old inner conflicts and battles originate that tend to flare up now.
  • Where our inner hidden passions, treasures, and magic lie – maybe buried under the ego?

On a transformational side of MARS retro, back into SCO:

  • Did you dive into something this week,  that came from your intuition (SAG) and gut sense (SCO) required courage (MARS), and can bring fundamental change (SCO)?
  • What would it be like to take action in a courageous (from the heart – le coeur) place?

A perfect time to bravely follow the depth stimulation, go to inner places otherwise unmet, and let the sabotaging Ego be burned up. The Ego is the biggest enemy….
Either way, SOOO much energy gets released and made available, to find deeply sourced (SCO) authentic and spirited (SAG) inner agency (MARS)!

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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* JUPITER in VIR square SATURN retro in SAG, Vol III (exact on May 26): Crisis and Perspective

27 May

A very significant alignment in this FULL MOON to NEW MOON phase is the 3rd of 3 Squares between JUPITER and SATURN.

# 1 was on Aug 3, 2015 (with JUPITER still in LEO, and while SATURN – still in SCO – was stationary / moving very slowly from Earth perspective / going from retro to direct).

# 2 was on March 23, 2016, not far from the positions of SATURN and JUPITER now, just 3 days before SATURN turned from direct to retro (its current ‘gear’).

 

In other words, the whole phase since last Summer until end of Spring (in a narrow, exact sense), and even 2015 and 2016 altogether, have been under the JUPITER square SATURN influence.

 

On a personal-spiritual level, we can check in where we create obstacles (SATURN) through the way how we SEE (SAG) and perhaps judge ourselves and the world, and how limiting beliefs hold us back. Acknowledgment is the first step. Maybe this belief has served the side in you that you are outgrowing now. An old skin. It’s growth pain.

With JUPITER in VIR, doing one’s daily beneficial practice, and being of help for others is supportive, and renders opportunities.

 

Ganesha

Ganesha

 

Ganesh, the Hindu deity known as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ comes to mind. If you’re connected with Ganesh, this could be a good time (it always is…) to invoke Ganesh.

Of course, Ganesh doesn’t just magically take the obstacles away but represents the guru, the spiritual teacher that shows what the real obstacle is, and what it takes to go beyond.

 

Let’s look into the societal arena as well:

This is the ‘closing square’ in the 20-year JUPITER – SATURN cycle that started in May 2000, with their conjunction in TAURUS.

A new socio-economic-political-cultural cycle with Taurean themes started then. Conservative governments became more prominent in the world. Money and business as well as ‘territorialism’ (and domains) became a big deal.

 

2010 was the opposition, with JUPITER in late PI, and SATURN in late VIR (where the Nodal axis is2015 /6!), showing us we need to cut back and be in integrity, act eco-logically, and do business in integrity (SATURN in VIR), since all is connected (JUPITER in PI).

Lots of people started businesses online and are now connected via media (PI) – very practical and with lower impact on the environment (SATURN in VIR). Not so sure how much the world community has learned since then around being humble, ecologically clean, and content with less (SATURN in VIR)….

 

So this Square between the ‘main players’, JUPITER in VIR (Aug 2015 – Sept 2016), and SATURN in SAG (Sept 2015 – Winter Solstice 2017) brings a crisis (square) and challenge (SATURN) that is also an opportunity (JUPITER) to act upon (a Square has a MARS undertone). NEPTUNE in PI is also involved in the dynamic.

 

A continuous PISCEAN wave of refugees coming to Europe, escaping from their war torn countries, esp. Syria, has caused a mass migration that has brought up a big spectrum of responses: As much as countries like Germany initially welcomed large numbers of refugees with open arms and compassion, the whole process also brought up paranoia, fear of being uncontrollably invaded by unknown and unchecked, and perceived as possibly dangerous foreigners (SATURN in SAG square NEPTUNE in PI).

JUPITER in VIR may say: SO much to do, as in: so many opportunities to help, or: how can all these problems be managed? Depending on the perspective.

The socio-political tension also emerged in pre-election Canada last year, and shows up big time in the U.S. this year, with more intense and radical tones.

“Where is it going???” (and perhaps even: ”Where am I going, if… gets elected?”), and “We could have a big problem here.”, is what many U.S. citizens and the world community is wondering, with concern (JUPITER in VIR).

Remember, the U.S. have also SATURN on their Ascendant in mid SAG this year 2016 – a new 29-year cycle starts.

Rather than ‘big words’ and promises, or righteousness – the shadow of SAG (do I hear: “Make America great again….”?), SATURN moderates and restrains SAG, and shows consequences if the path is not in alignment with the Heart and true Sagittarian wisdom and perspective.

Interesting, that D. Trump was born with MOON / South Node in SAG, and B. Sanders with North Node / SUN in VIR.

 

So things are definitely heated up again, and this tension that could set the course for years to come.

PISCES says: Yes, everyone can be affected by everything, since all is connected. Which also means: What we feed into the ‘field’ can have a domino effect as well.

Might as well Spread the Love…!

 

This concluding Square is also activated by the SUN and VENUS, both in early GEM, opposing SATURN retro in SAG, and squaring JUPITER in VIR, on June 2 – 4.
Whoa! Let’s get ready for a super charged Mutable Grand Cross at the GEM New Moon, on June 4.

Lots of questions and inquiry!
This also looks like the signature of authority conflicts, and massive Youth movement and activism.

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

 

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* SAG – GEM Full Moon (I) (May 21): Alchemizing Polarities, and The Journey from the Head to the Heart

21 May
Voyager I Magician with Text

Voyager Tarot I – MAGICIAN, with beautiful description….. I love alchemizing Astrology insight and guidance with the images from Voyager Tarot in private sessions, and they want to show up in our groups too. Very magical indeed!

 

Why SAG – GEM Full Moon # I?

Yep, there will be TWO SAG – GEM Full Moons this year, a Zodiacal ‘Blue Moon’ situation 🙂 Nice for the Twin theme during the GEMINI SUN time.

The second Full Moon will be at the VERY end of GEM, in fact on the DAY of the Summer Solstice, June 20 (11 ½ hrs before the SUN enters CANCER).

Stay tuned!

From ‘fast forward’ to SAG – GEM II, let’s rewind too, to look into the energetic continuum that we’re coming from…:

One Full Moon ‘ago’, the SCO – TAU ‘Buddha Moon’ showed us once again that when we resist and separate ourselves from others with a ‘charge’ and attachment (a.k.a. need to control) then suffering arises.

Have you been able to relax, knowing that deep down (SCORPIO) you are secure (TAURUS)?

Re-connecting with our intrinsic values, and naturally holding our ground have been important themes for the recent (May 6) TAURUS New Moon.

Yet, it all starts with fully inhabiting our BODY. And listening to its messages (MERCURY retro in TAU).

Could you embrace the slow pace and inward direction (FIVE planets were retro in the last month; in the meantime, JUPITER turned direct, and MERCURY will do its U-turn tomorrow Sunday May 22)?

Or did you, understandably, sometimes ‘flip out’ when things just wouldn’t roll externally, get delayed, obstacles and all sorts of outward funk showed up?

I did, occasionally, RE-minded myself, and RE-connected with body sensation and messages…

Things do change now astro-energetically, with and after the Full Moon – phew! Lots of mutability, change of retro’s, plus SCORPIO getting activated, from its entry and exit point…

Yep, Full Moons and New Moons (and Eclipses even more so) tend to be catalysts for their ‘entourage’ of planets and alignments.

 

Let’s see what the Full Moon chart reveals, as ‘usual’ from the Victoria BC perspective (the AC and houses would be different at other places on Planet Earth but the position of the planets and aspects between them would be the same).
SAG – GEM Full Moon which will be exact at 2:14 pm PDT today Saturday May 21.

Whoa, not ‘just’ a Full Moon but MOON and MARS (retro), with SATURN retro ‘standing by’, on one side of the Earth, and SUN / VENUS, with MERCURY (about to turn direct again the day after), on the other side of Planet Earth.

Multiple Balance….

What’s UP – on each side, and how to bridge them?

SAG - GEM FM (I) 2016

On the TAURUS to GEMINI cusp (which I also like to call ‘Body-Talk Point’, inspired also by some BodyTalk practitioner friends in our Astro groups), the SUN just moved Fri morning into GEM, from grounded, embodied, sensual TAU where VENUS still lingers (until May 24), and MERCURY does its ‘U-Turn’ tomorrow May 22.

That’s where Nature (TAU) Speaks (GEM), and the Body (TAU) has Messages (GEM). MERCURY retro in TAU has brought us messages from within, through our body, and all the senses, over the last while. MERCURY will (sloowly) move forward through TAU, until June 12, for assimilation of the messages, and new ways of processing information.

The SUN is now in GEMINI for 4 weeks – the season to spread our wings, take flight, and learn wherever we go!

Johfra Bosschart Gemini

Mercury Rules Gemini. Alchemical union through interchange of polar opposites. Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

GEMINI is ruled by MERCURY, the Messenger and Alchemist Archetype: How can we bring the messages we received on inner planes (MERCURY retro) ‘out’ into the Alchemy of Life…, and, perhaps even more so:

How have we moved from the cerebral head space (MERCURY) to the heart space and pure consciousness (the SUN)?

Each M-r phase offers us this opport-Unity.

The theme of Balancing and Alchemizing ‘Polar Opposites’ is ‘written over’ the SAG – GEM Full Moon in many ways:

 

SUN / VENUS / MERCURY stationary on one end of the spectrum, on the TAU / GEM cusp, and MOON / MARS retro / SATURN retro on the other side:

 

It is the season now to take so much in, naturally, with all our senses (TAU), esp. our sense of beauty (VENUS in TAU) and attraction to what’s pleasant, and to be curious, listen and learn (GEM). Nature Speaks to us. And messages from our body in-form us (MERCURY retro in TAU).

 

MOON / MARS retro are ‘hanging out’ on the other, ‘night side’ of the spectrum, on the ‘Phoenix Point’ where we have come through deep processes, transformed, and with new life and perspective. The MOON crossed over the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO into SAG today May 21 at 11:48 am PDT. The MOON will meet MARS at 3:43 pm PDT, just 1 ½ hrs after the Full Moon (2:14 pm PDT).

Lots of energy is now available for deep purging, and processes that take us from the darkness to the light.

 

Have you been just recently (in the last few days even) gone through an emotional process that helped you bring things from a dark, hidden place to the light?

This is the ‘(SCO to SAG MOON) time of the month’, extra charged through MARS this time!

We did quite a bit of that, intentionally, in our Astro~Embodiment workshop outdoors in Beacon Hill Park yesterday afternoon (our ‘seasonal opening’ this year). A lot ‘came up’ (as it tends to, under the SCO Moon), in the safe container and ‘Field’ that is being created; Nature’s Medicine (animals, plants, sounds, sky) came in ‘randomly’, together with energetic messages from every-body’s sensation and intuition, and all together helped move what was ready to shift.

 

MARS retro will re-enter SCO on May 27 for more than 2 months, which means it’s been and will continue to cruise around the SCO – SAGPhoenix Point’ from mid May until mid Aug. That’s a lot of transformation charge this Spring until mid Summer.

Mars

Mars

The Inner Masculine will RE-enter scorpionic emotional and spiritual depth, where passion and power sit. Let’s activate the Spiritual Warrior, ready to meet what’s sticky and painful IN us, with courage and love. The Full Moon is an overture for this period.

Let’s listen to the wisdom of the body, and how it can guide us into and through powerful, regenerative processes.

  • What do YOU need physically, to access your deepest places where your magic sits, and from which empowering change happens?
  • What regenerates you?
  • How can (old) anger turn into inspired motivation?

 

Not far from MARS retro is SATURN retro in SAG (not to go back into SCO – I’ve been asked by, shall I say: wondering :-), clients…).

Last night, I was up late-ish, and before retreating to sleep zone I stepped on the balcony and was in awe to see them so beautifully lined up – maybe you too? SATURN ‘leading’ to ‘the left’, and not far from it, even looking slightly reddish, MARS, both followed by the almost-Full MOON, slightly higher in the Ecliptic. I stood there, taking in the fresh night air, and the heavenly download…

 

Saturn & Earth

Saturn and Earth – Hubble Space Telescope picture (NASA)

 

SATURN in SAG (by the way: presently on the AC of the U.S.!) is a major player now too, since finding ‘ The Path’, ‘The Direction’ seems really challenging for many of us. It might appear as ‘something’ holds us in place, and prevents us from moving forward, and trusting the Journey. So many ‘circumstantial obstacles’ – or so we tell us….

SATURN now (end of March until mid Aug) retro in SAG shows us where the Inner Obstacles are:

Limiting beliefs, old ‘fear of flying’, what prevents our happiness and growth. And: how to coach and re-parent ourselves from within (hmmm, lots of us born under SATURN retro have that live theme….) to come into our own natural authority, and move from there.

Lots of opportunities to go inward – backward (retro) these Spring into mid-Summer months, to meet and complete ‘old SATURN in SAG  business’ (limiting fear patterns, and old stories that prevent us from trusting…) that we still carry – hmmm, the archer to the left carries a goat skin…. – , to find our authentic path.

 

Jupiter Rules Sagittarius. Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

SATURN retro in SAG reminds me of the Art of Archery, where the arrow has to be pulled BACK first – to the area of the HEART, and in that heart-centred place we aim and shoot, effortlessly, with natural trust and confidence.

It doesn’t even matter so much whether we ‘successfully’ hit the target. The art of movement matters…

The HOW and the WHY.

 

And then, it looks like there is this contrast between SAG One-Pointed Focus, and GEM Diversity and Multiplicity – the Ten Thousand Things, as ZEN might say.

Where SAG is in our charts that’s where the Heart Focus and fiery passion come up. Where GEM is in our chars that’s where we branch out and diversify, and are interested in learning more about a variety of things, and different aspects of people or ourselves.

But hey: There is a common thread, a bridge:

 

GEMINI, the Zodiac Energy of the Season, Alchemizes Polar Opposites.

Which brings us back to the highly symbolic GEMINI painting by Johfra Bosschart, in its upper part.

Johfra Bosschart Gemini Phoenix

Mercury Rules Gemini. Painting by Johfra Bosschart. Upper part detail: The Phoenix

Here is a quote from the Johfra Astrology book (which describes all the illustrations in detail):

“The pillars finish in in two alchemical dragons which represent the various cosmic principles of polarized power. They retain their respective colour up to the point where their necks intertwine, when an intense exchange of powers takes place in which both red and blue become a radiant golden yellow (the colour of insight, the higher Mercury).

The Androgyne, the mythical dual being, in which the masculine and feminine merge to form a perfect human, rises from the fire like a Phoenix.”

It’s all connected – GEMINI and Phoenix have a lot in common, and this Full Moon reflects that too.

I’d add to the quote: The most potent Alchemy of Polar Opposites happens not in the head or genitals but through the HEART.

 

Another Polarity and Alchemy of Opposites that’s presented these months is (besides GEM – SAG) is the other mutable axis of VIRGO and PISCES:

Activated this year through the Lunar Nodes, with JUPITER close to the North Node in VIR, and NEPTUNE / CHIRON wrapping round the South Node in PI.

  • JUPITER in VIR (Aug 2015 – Sept 2016) shows us how important and beneficial it is to be self aware and in our ‘Sacred Temple’, and practice what’s in alignment for us. New tools and opportunities to be of service might have presented themselves. The WHY might have become clearer.
  • NEPTUNE in (its ‘home domain’) PI (2012 – 2026) and CHIRON in PI (2010 – 2018) show how the unity IS the medicine – but also how too much influx of ‘random energies’ can be overwhelming for the system, and weaken us.
Lunar North Node

Lunar North Node Glyph

Lunar South Node

Lunar South Node Glyph

The Lunar South Node in PI and Lunar North Node in VIR (Oct 2015 – May 2017) suggest ‘breathing out’ and releasing ‘used up’ PI energy (of overwhelm, martyrdom, victimhood…), and ‘breathing in’ and integrating fresh VIR energy (health, wellness, integrity, wholeness).

 

 

In extension to the VIR side, a Grand Earth Trine, exact for the rest of May, between stationary MERCURY in TAU, JUPITER / NN in VIR, and PLUTO retro in CAP, shows mutually enhancing ‘grounding gifts’ from the complementary trinity of Earth signs:

  • Messages from the body, and through all our senses (MERCURY retro in TAU, now stationary, to turn direct tomorrow May 22, then moving slowly forward).
  • Doing alignment practice, working with helpful practical tools, and being of service in a fulfilling way (JUPITER in VIR).
  • Inner transformation and purging of what used to disempower us. Living the Change (PLUTO retro in CAP).

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

 

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Re-Wilding Initiation: LILITH enters SCORPIO on May 21

15 May

Have you been feeling HER?

The power of the wildly free, instinctual, and naturally self directed Feminine in all of us, men and women, guides and empowers our choices nowadays, as LILITH comes to the end of LIBRA, where the Choice Point, or shall I say, ‘Tipping Point’ over into SCORPIO is.

I call the LI – SCO cusp also the ‘Alchemy Point’ where ‘ingredients’ in our life or relationships with people come together, and their ‘marriage’ starts a deeper process. If it is compatible and a ‘good match’, great. Then  our wild and original LILITH nature can take us deeper, into powerful processes. If not it can bring up issues that LILITH helps us process. LILITH in SCO is such a change agent, through the discomfort to new natural empowerment.

LILITH has a natural inner affinity with SCORPIO, and can be extra potent in that realm.

With ‘her’ move, all your SCORPIO Planets, SUN, MOON, Nodes, AC, MC get ‘lilified’, i.o.w. re-connected with your original, natural, ‘wild’ Self.

  • Are your day-to-day decisions, or bigger, even life changing, choices very charged these days?
  • Do you make sure you are true to your authentic, natural, instinctual, original Self in these choices?
  • What’s going on for you in the ‘Alchemy’ of life, where involvement creates change?
  • What does your natural self call you to go into?
  • Where is the Magic in your life?

 

LILITH moves from LIBRA into SCORPIO in a week, exactly on the Full Moon day, Sat May 21 – a big deal, since ‘she’ only changes signs every 9 months!

So let’s tune into the archetypal gifts of LILITH these days,  see what’s cooking, and what’s ‘cooking us up’!

To be naturally aligned with, yet not attached to, the cosmic vibrations that are offered now.

If it resonates with you, you are invited to join one of our LILITH-into-SCORPIO groups, on Wed afternoon or Thu evening PDT (also via Skype, from anywhere)!

 

* LILITH enters SCORPIO on May 21 (until Feb 14, 2017):
RE-Wilding Ourselves, From Our Authentic Depth

 

Lilith (Sumerian) - Queen of the Night

Sumerian Lilith

 

Whoa – even more themes around the Archetypes of the Feminine in this time period, after JUPITER’s turnaround in VIRGO last Monday, and Friday the 13th (VENUS / MOON-Day):

LILITH is known as the Archetype of the ‘Wild Woman’ but beyond that, so much more

Her mythology dates back to Sumerian and Hebraic creation myths.

She was considered the first man’s (Adam’s) wild and instinctual female consort who animated his sexual longings and claimed equality with him, “because we were created from the same earth”. When he wanted to dominate her, she left him, and chose loneliness and exile rather than subjugation. As ‘punishment’ for her rebellious act against the masculine, LILITH was regarded as a personification of the ‘feminine evil’, a demoness and ‘vamp’ that attracts and then devours male energy, the raging, ‘out-of- mind’, uncontrollable feminine, uncivilized woman who cohabits with men at her own will. The witch in her role as devil’s consort and the temptress and bitch / prostitute are some of the prominent darker LILITH Archetypes and (particularly male) phantasies and projections in our Western societies.

Psychologically, LILITH brings up deep and primal issues like unbound sexual power, repressed feelings of rejection and rage, and yet refusal to submit. In a ‘LILITH state’, we are very irrational, but sometimes it seems as if that’s what it takes to bring out the truth from underneath. Perimenstrual times can guide us women to LILITH’s realm. So important to acknowledge the themes that come up, and find a safe, creative and transformational outlet, ideally together with other LILITH peers, rather than exiling and isolating oneself.

What’s with the ‘Black Moon LILITH’ which some astrologers associate with calculations round the MOON’s shadow? In my view, that’s rather symbolic and psychological: In mythology, LILITH got enraged about the ‘diminishment of the MOON’, in other words, about the treatment and self understanding of the Feminine as secondary and inferior: As ‘MOON’, lots of women have been expected to merely reflect back the sunlight of the creative, SUN-like masculine. LILITH’s motifs for claiming equality for the Feminine were dual – for herself, and for her ‘MOON sisters’. Which reminds me of Feminists who fight for equality for themselves, and on behalf of their repressed Sisters. Therefore, the ‘Black MOON’ speaks of the alliance of LILITH and MOON. It’s always interesting to look at the relationship between LILITH and the MOON (and also VENUS) in one’s birth chart, to find out more about the dynamic of the inner ‘feminine trinity’, in women as well as in men (as their ‘animas’).

Many traditional men and unempowered women tend to avoid going to these muddy emotional places; they let (other) women go into and through it, and rather stay ‘in control’. HA! Very SCORPIONIC. Thereby, they contribute to perpetuating a projection of the demonic dark Feminine onto ‘women out there’, while an aspect of their own inner Feminine cries for acknowledgment and integration. I would like to encourage everyone to deeply explore what brings out their ‘inner LILITH’, to meet ‘her’ and go ‘through it’ with ‘her’, esp. under LILITH in SCO.

Over the course of the last decade or so, since I’ve been exploring the astrological LILITH as an inner Archetype, with clients, groups, and in my own experience and transits from and to LILITH, an evolution happened – maybe a reflection of PLUTO having opposed my natal LILITH: On a spiritual level, LILITH points us to ‘simply’ being in our true, Unconditioned Nature. Having said that, the ‘traditional’ LILITH effects can still play out.

 

Lilith (John Collier)

Lilith, by John Collier

 

LILITH, the Archetype of the ‘Wild Woman’ / being in one’s ‘Unconditioned Nature’ enters deep, magical, transformational SCORPIO on May 21 (also day of the Full Moon, and the day before Mercury goes direct again), for 9 months, until Feb 14, 2017..

LILITH has a 9-year cycle, and hasn’t been in SCO since Oct 2006 – Apr 2008.

Interesting that LILITH travels 9 month in one sign – a pregnancy phase to cultivate those qualities, through our true nature. And by the way, ‘she’ never goes retro.

If you have a SCO side in you (and even if you don’t), you are likely noticing a stirring up of your ‘deep inner wildness’ that just doesn’t put up with shallow superficial fake BS, and sees through manipulation, power trips, and other strategic agenda.

Let’s backtrack: Under LILITH in LIBRA over the last 9 months, have you made choices from your inner true nature?
Choices have consequences, says the ‘Tipping Point’ from LIBRA to SCO. Time to get ‘into it’. The depth of the matter, where the power lays, perhaps buried under layers of…. you name it. 

LILITH in your chart…
…shows where YOU need to be in tune with YOUR natural power and which areas of life trigger that (money, children, relationships, travel, career…) and in what way (sign, and aspects to other planets).

 

Where LILITH transits in your chart in SCO (be it your SUN, MOON, Nodes, Planets, AC, MC) these Archetypes and sides in you are being ‘rewilded’ and brought back to being in your true nature.

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

If you hear ‘the Call of the Wild’ come to our Astro~Experience ‘Wildshop’, on May 18 / 19 (2 groups to choose from)

* LILITH into SCORPIO (May 21 – Feb 14):

RE-Wilding Ourselves, From Our Authentic Depth

Two groups to choose from:

Outdoors WED May 18, 3:18 – 5:55 pm, in a Sacred Space in Beacon Hill Park (weather permitting)

Indoors THU May 19, 7:19 – 9:59 pm

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1742402262710729/

 

Wishing you a wildly and naturally immersive Spring! Let’s trust our instincts!

 

 

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* Friday the 13th – Double Feminine Day, with VENUS Trine PLUTO: Feminine RE-Empowerment

13 May

So how’s it going, with JUPITER in VIRGO now direct (forward from Earth perspective) again, since Monday? 

Do things ‘work better’? Have you become aware and clear about ‘issues’, and found remedies and recipes? Do you feel more self sufficient perhaps? Whole and complete, ‘perfect’ as you ARE…

VIRGO is the astrological vibration of the Sacred Feminine and Priestess Archetype. So let’s honour the temple of our work, our practice, our body, our alignment in ‘cosmic order’.
JUPITER will be still in VIRGO until Sept 9, and , in forward motion, pointing us to outer opportunities to align more fully with what’s healthy, what works, what serves us, how we can be in our ‘temple of service’. 

Speaking of Sacred Feminine:
How do you hold Friday the 13th?

What’s your sense about its reputation as a ‘bad luck’ or even scary day?

What’s considered ‘scary’ might actually be sacred!

 

Did you know that the Norse Goddess Freya gave Friday its name? She is the equivalent of VENUS / Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, attraction, erotic pleasures, art.

The Romans called the 6th day of the week ‘De Veneris’ (belonging to VENUS) which became Venerdi in Italian, Viernes in Spanish, and Vendredi in French.

So here’s the case for VENUS and Friday.

 

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Picture: Birth of Venus (detail). Painting by S. Botticelli.

 

Just for fun, here are the 7 days of the week and their associations with planets, Sun, and Moon:

SUNday

MOONday

MARSday (Mardi, Martedi) – Tuesday relates to Tyr / Tew (Norse good of war and law – equivalent of Mars)

MERCURYday (Mercredi, Miercoles)
JUPITERday (Jeudi, Jueves) – Thursday relates to Thor (Norse good of thunder – similar to Jupiter / Zeus)

VENUSday (Vendredi, Viernes) – Fridey relates to Freya

SATURNday

 

And now, what’s with the 13?

Uhh, there is a lot of story around vilifying the number 13… do your research.
The number 13 may have been purposely vilified by the founders of patriarchal religions in the early days of Western civilization because it represented femininity. Thirteen is said to have been revered in prehistoric goddess-worshiping cultures because it corresponded to the number of lunar (menstrual) cycles in a year (13 x 28 = 364 days).

 

Moon Goddess

 

Zodiac years have 12 – 13 New Moons and / or Full Moons per Zodiac cycle.
As the solar calendar triumphed over the lunar with the rise of male-dominated civilization, so did the “perfect” number 12 over the “imperfect” number 13.

The association of 13 with the feminine and lunar cycle is the MOON side of Friday the 13th.

So in reality we have a strong VENUS / MOON themed day.

Those who sowed the seeds of superstition must have been very afraid of the power of the Feminine…

This time, Friday the 13th comes with two very apropos astrological alignments:

  • MERCURY retro conj. VENUS in TAURUS – so yeah, ditto: let’s talk about the untold and forgotten themes round the Feminine.
  • VENUS trine PLUTO retro in CAP – Feminine RE-empowerment, and the established structures crumble and transform.

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

 

* MERCURY Transit over the SUN Disk (May 9), and MERCURY Retro in TAU 2nd Half: New Enlightening Insights, from Heart Consciousness – Receiving the Blessings

9 May

The upcoming conjunction of MERCURY retro with the SUN today Monday May 9 (called ‘Day of Enlightening Insight‘) will be super exact (would be an Eclipse of the Sun if Mercury was large enough from Earth perspective 🙂 no M-r hoax!

 

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Path and Timing of Mercury Transit May 9, 2016. Picture credit: NASA

 

MERCURY will ‘crawl’ over the SUN disk, very rare (every few years), astronomically called the ‘Mercury Transit’. (While, as you know, astrologically, Transits from Mercury happen all the time, as Mercury travels through the Zodiac, and visits places where our planets, AC, SUN, or MOON are).

 

Here is a NASA clip. http://www.space.com/32784-mercury-transit-2016-sun-viewing-guide.html I heard local astronomers with solar filter telescopes will be on Mt. Tolmie in the morning.

 

The ‘Mercury Transit’ and conjunction with the SUN today May 9 is the MERCURY Retro half-way point.

As MERCURY crawls from Earth Perspective from left to right over the SUN disk, it shows us how predominant Mind can be, yet also how ephemeral its workings. The MERCURY Archetype gets astrologically ‘RE- initiated’ through the 7-hrs ‘close encounter’ with the SUN, and a ‘New Mercury’ emerges.

 

What’s on your mind, these days?

Issues with the present MERCURY Retro in TAU likely revolve around values, money, body, territory / where’s our ground – have you noticed? 🙂

 

Before the MERCURY – SUN conjunction on Mon May 9, we have been in the ‘epimethean phase’ (first half) of the M-r cycle where ‘old stories’ come up to be brought to the light.

 

In the ‘promethean phase’ (second half, from today on) new insights lead to forward thinking.

From then on, MERCURY will be behind the SUN again, and the SUN will ‘lead’, we ‘get it’ that spirit and consciousness (the SUN) are what matters most, and mind (MERCURY) is an expression / servant. So things are brought into natural order again.

 

Here is a chart for the exact conjunction, at 8:12 am PDT:

 

MER - SUN May 9 2016

MERCURY and the SUN united in Grand Earth Trine with the North Node / JUPITER (will have just gone direct on the same morning, at 5:14 am PDT) in VIR, and PLUTO retro in CAP.

A Grand Water Trine shows up as well – both form a beautiful Grand Hexagon / Star of David (remember the Heart Chakra Yantra?) – very naturally auspicious and aligned.

 

Chakras 4 Anahata Heart

 

The conjunction of MERCURY with the SUN brings the mind into RE-alignment with Spirit and Heart Consciousness. Voila!

 

Let’s take a look at the Sabian Symbol of the conjunction as well. The SUN / MERCURY point will be at 19°24’ TAU.

The Sabian Symbol for 20º TAU says:

“WHISPS OF WINGLIKE CLOUDS STREAMING ACROSS THE SKY.

 

 Wing-Cloud-Sunset

Keynote: The awareness of spiritual forces at work. 

Any emergence of life potentialities from the depth of the vast Unconscious is answered by the spiritual activity of superconscious forces in a cosmic kind of antiphony. The individual who has taken a new step in his / her evolution  should look for the ‘signature’ of divine Powers confirming his / her progress. It may reveal the meaning of what is to come next. The ‘wing like clouds’ may also symbolize the presence of celestial beings (devas, angels) blessing and subtly revealing the direction to take, the direction of ‘the wind’ of destiny.

This stage concludes a process, having experienced which the individual should find him/herself more securely established in his / her own original nature, receiving the BLESSINGS of super-natural forces.”

 

Ahhh, so glad I felt guided to look into this symbol as well. Seems like with it, all is coming together.

When we come back from the question of values, body, ground, to the essence, to being securely established (TAU) in our own original spiritual nature (the SUN), we are open to receive messages that land inside (MERCURY retro in TAU) as blessings.

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

 

* JUPITER in VIR Goes Direct on May 9: Awareness, Refinement, and Alignment Bring Benefits.

9 May

 

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Virgo, and Mercury, by Johfra Bosschart

 

Ahh, one of the five(!) Retro Planets turns around todayJUPITER, after its yearly 4-months retro trip, since Jan 7 (just before the epic CAP New Moon with PLUTO, on Jan 9).

JUPITER Retro has shown us how to source the gifts from within that JUPITER ‘promises’.

And with VIRGO, the emphasis has been on know-how / ‘how to’ / d.i.y., being skillful and self sufficient. Which could have become somewhat frustrating and challenging when JUPITER in VIRGO gave us a sense of “What expands (JUPITER) are problems (VIRGO), esp. in the field of health, wellness, functionality. “Things don’t work, and there’s just so much to do, all the time.” Familiar?

Well, yeah, JUPITER is not (as the reputation of the Archetype, or shall I say: stereotype, might suggest) just a ‘benefactor’ per se, like a Santa Claus effect when the transit strikes. JUPITER has an expansive effect.

Situations tend to get ‘bigger’ so that we get a better perspective and understanding what’s going on, from which place it can indeed ‘get better’. Like looking through a magnifier.

This metaphor of the magnifying glass (or even a microscope) is actually very apt for JUPITER’s retro journey in the energy field of VIRGO which is very detail oriented.

Sooo, what has shown for you, maybe very specifically and in detail, in the last 4 months under JUPITER retro, about where ‘the issue’ is, esp. related to the house in your chart where late / mid VIR is?

  • What has been brought to your awareness in a big way?
  • What have you learned about being clear and aligned?
  • What brings ‘order into chaos’?
  • What is a simple, self sufficient, regular self-care practice that helps?
  • Have you been feeling gratitude for the ‘little things’?
  • How have you refined your skills?
  • How have you RE-connected with the Sacred Feminine (VIRGO)?
  • How do you ‘keep your temple (of your body, of your home, of your work…) clean’ (VIR is associated with the Priestess)?
  • What serves you, and how do you serve best?

With the clear in-sights gained through JUPITER Retro in VIRGO, we know what’s good for us, and how we operate best.

Let’s bring the understanding forward now, through practice (practice IS perfect), for the well-being of all, and as men and women, honour the Sacred Feminine.

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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If the above described themes speak to you, if you feel the resonance and could use support in your journey drop me a line, and we can set up a private Astrology referenced consult session. Or maybe it’s time to fully benefit from a 3- or 5- sessions coaching sequence? Email me, and we can customize it.

Interested in courses, workshops, embodied, experiential Astrology in Victoria BC?

They are featured in the email Astro~News that go out every 2 weeks and cover the whole Astro~Weather phase from New Moon to Full Moon or FM to NM, plus offers and Astro~Experiences. I’m happy to subscribe you (pls message me your email address).

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