Archive | August, 2016


30 Aug

What’s with all the technology, media, and communication glitches that have sneaked in again lately?

Bingo! Another MERCURY retro is ON.


If you’ve read my MERCURY retro support notes (or shall I say: RE-hab advocacy?) 3 times a year over the last years you know my take on it (and might find it liberating): M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.

In a nutshell, with M-r, the Messenger Archetype – our MIND – is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usual’, to be REcalibrated to a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).


Hermes / Mercury

Hermes / Mercury , with winged helmet, sandals, and Caduceus / serpent staff of the healer (“Like heals Like”)


Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…



So all groovy?

Well, trickster times ARE upon us, and a few practical hints can’t hurt, and might contribute to the RE-medies it offers… 🙂


Like myself, you might have already noticed glitches over the last while that RE-quired adjusting and clarifying communication and agreements, RE-sending emails, and making sure you and your partner are talking about the same thing.


Under one of the last M-r phases, I saw a RE-freshing Facebook message from a friend pointing out how RE-dundant and time consuming / wasting texting can be. It has become even more prevalent in the meantime…

What a perfect example!

Pick up the PHONE, or meet Face-to-Face, rather than messaging on Facebook!

Mercury retro RE-minds us to RE-adjust communication to a more effective way – sorta old fashioned groovy phoning and meeting for coffee… Take time, drop the pencil / tablet, and slow down that busy VIRGO back-to-school / harvest mode, Get to know the person better through physical presence whom you ‘thought’ you communicated with via your tech devices. Get away from the technology mediated connection, and see your friends again in front of you, for that one-on-one intimacy that an email / messages just wouldn’t do. Maybe, when you’re close to them you may save yourself a big ‘detour’ – can be actually quite efficient, which makes VIRGO happy.


Now, in the beginning M-r mode, we are more prone to bypass the rational censor, trust our bodily senses, discernment, and sensitivities, truly and simply address what needs to be talked about (rather than ‘heady’ niceties and ‘pseudo talk’), are able to intuitively pick up now what wasn’t communicated before, and where loose ends were left open.



Wise Turtle moving slowly, with natural intelligence. Nature is our model and medicine, (not only) under MERCURY retro.



Then, when it comes to practical planning and organizing, a la late VIR (with extra VIR undertone) take it easy under M-r! Something else, call it ‘The Mind of God / the Universal Mind’ (MERCURY opp. CHIRON in PI) is in the picture. Our personal planning takes a break from the habitual control mode, and is invited to align with what needs to happen, and what the universe orchestrates. Obviously, that re-quires and teaches us flexibility. And also, often, we stick to Plan A because we are concerned we might inconvenience others with changing plans. However, a different plan might work best and be most effective for everybody anyway (very VIRGO). 🙂


Funny, how a change in one piece of the puzzle can create a domino / snowball effect, which shows our intrinsic connectivity in a web of energy and information (VIR – PI). If one person whom you had made plans with and whom you have ‘counted in’ for a particular endeavour, needs to cancel last minute (perhaps because their pet is sick) it can create a whole chain of consequences, RE-quiring RE-coordination for you and everybody else involved… could be for the better. You might be RE-lieved to drop your ‘perfect plans’ and expectations. 🙂



Here are my seasoned and seasonal 14 Mercury retro tips,

for the whole retro phase (exact Aug 30 – Sept 21), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Sept 25), and post-retro shadow time (until Oct 7):


1) Be easy on yourself, as you get into the groove of things.

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you have taken the pre-retro shadow phase since mid-Aug already as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, since Aug 22.


2) Be mindful.

There is a tendency for the mind to be distracted, and all over the place, to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, but also let go of your attachments and needs to be in control. Practice being fully present with every person you communicate with, and any situation and function ‘at hand’. Don’t loose sight of what’s significant, truly valuable, and a priority, in the face of the apparently urgent ‘little’ things which can easily be an accumulation of distractions. Watch how you might actually find pseudo comfort in distractions – to avoid…? what? Be your own M-r coach. 😉 – VIR is very self sufficient.


3) Go with the inwards / backwards oriented energy.

A good way of aligning with the M-r quality is meditation and mindfulness. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) under M-r in VIR is to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, loose ends, to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time – last one was in Apr / May, RE-member?


4) RE- everything! 🙂
Every M-r phase is a great time to attune and invite basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like:

RE-visit, RE-address, RE-align, REad, RE-treat, RE-pair, RE-boot, RE-group, RE-consider, RE-arrange, RE-place, RE-purpose, you name it… makes sense, eh?

Also, of course, an excellent RE-minder to clear what has lost its purpose, to organize and streamline things (maybe RE-gift things to people who can use them more than you), and to back up your important files. Better safe than sorry.

Another RE-ason for pointing out all these RE-activities: During MERCURY retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up / it comes up like a mirror. With VIR, specially RE-lating to health and wellness, work and service..


5) Talk about what REally matters.

Come from a compassionate please. And check out how what people say very often comes from a need to be heard in their story and wound, even if that might be overcompensated by the ego. Meet them from the heart, the warm human heart, and the spiritual heart that’s not attached at all. Take time for what’s important.


6) A direct, authentic, and lively dialogue…

can open up opportunities to co-create, and support one another in an alienating society, and touch on other more important subjects that e-correspon-dance just wouldn’t allow for. When a conversation takes a different direction than the ‘planned’ and anticipated purpose it can lead to an even more important outcome. Trust the process.


7) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone or skype rather than emailing/messaging, meet them in person rather than phone, to make sure an actual dialogue happens. Look them in the eyes and feel out their presence, rather than just engaging in a factual monologue, via email / messaging, with the assumption you know what they think, or that they know what you think AND feel. Do they? Do you, really?

Be crafty (VIR) rather than critical (also VIR), consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across – a bigger chance to reach them. But also, keep in mind and heart that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be distracted, scattered, and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”. Or it might actually be a monologue when you write to someone: Are you just thinking out loud as you “communicate’, or are you actually suggesting something to them?

Which brings us to…


8) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, see the situation with less attachment and ego desires (“what’s in for me?”) and more humility (VIR), drop your defenses, respond with genuine interest and desire to be of service!


9) Be clear and precise with commitments, if you HAVE To (do you really?) sign an agreement now that can’t wait.
For your own interest, and maybe to maintain your good terms with the other person(!) double check whether you have been understood correctly (VIR), and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to the other person. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (which is often only after MERCURY retro is over!). Especially related to where late VIR is in your chart (e.g. 7th house: relationships, 4th house: home / family).


10) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively, and are RE-leased from the ordinary conditioned mind we let synchronistic guidance in, and allow the spontaneous intervention of the universe to show us our interconnectedness. With the VIR energy, let’s RE-member to tune into the body’s intelligence.


11) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

People might come back into your life whom you had connected with, but for some RE-ason have lost touch with. Time to RE-visit RE-sidual communication that’s not complete, or wasn’t possible for a while. Chances are good that you RE-connect with people from realms related to later – mid VIR in your chart (e.g. 7th house: significant others, 9th house: foreign countries, studies…)


12) When ‘glitches’ occur, rather than carrying frustration around (VIR) be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal).

Think “shift happens”, don’t judge or blame yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’, and making ‘mistakes’, and turn the paradigm around: What could be the opportunity and funny side in this mishap? RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that subconsciously, you might have arranged a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun and playful than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and most ‘efficient’ (controlling) VIR mind set could have come up with?


13) Enjoy those hilarious, unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind.

Be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your MERCURY retro friends…


14) If you would like to know…

  • whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY retro, as yours truly)
  • in which part of life the MERCURY Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  • how you can best benefit from, and work WITH the energy,


…feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer.


© Mercur-elanie 2016





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* MERCURY RETRO in VIRGO Opp. CHIRON in PI: Count the Sunny Hours, and Count Your Blessings – Very Healing!

30 Aug

Mercurial Greetings, dear Astro~News Fan!

Have you been going a bit (or very much) mental, these days and weeks?

Welcome to the club!

Welcome to humanity – under the influence of the present AstroSphere, feat. a SUPER MERCURY (‘blown up’ by JUPITER) in VIRGO – one of its home signs. Plus: several ‘helpings’ of VIRGO fare (SUN, MERCURY, VENUS, North Node, and JUPITER)…!

Makes you a bit nervous, just to think about it?

Suffering from analysis paralysis?

Can’t figure out how to resolve those issues…?

What’s the ‘right’ way of dealing with…?


Let’s just relax for now. Don’t worry, we’re all in one boat – and hey? What boat? What’s ‘real’? It’s all ‘just’ phenomenal (says PISCES on the others side of the spectrum, with NEPTUNE, South Node, and CHIRON these days / months / years), and let’s trust the HEART journey (says SAG, with MARS / SATURN nowadays)!

Lots of ‘moving parts’; things change a lot (mirrored by lots of mutability in the astrological weather patterns).


MERCURY is about to go RETRO – today Tue Aug 30 (you might read this message when Mercury already is retro – from 6:04 am PDT on!), until Sept 21.

And it’s been in stationary turnaround ‘storm’ over the last week…



‘Golden Boy’ with wheat sheaves (very Mercury in Virgo) and torch (hmm, also Promethean), on top of the MB Legislature in Winnipeg.


# 1 for Starters:

Here’s the super short gist of this Special Mercury Retro issue – in case you’re too busy (such a VIRGO identity) to read it all right now:
Indeed: The winged messenger MERCURY will technically / ‘officially’ turn retro – from Earth perspective…. in late VIRGO, tomorrow!
Time to sloooow the busy mind down, and enjoy the magical, synchronistic ways of how nature and life speak to us – when we really look and listen, learn, and flexibly adapt and flow.

“RE-tour a la Nature” is a sweet and simple theme of MERCURY Retro in Earth signs (this year – was in TAU in Apr / May, next one in CAP in Dec / Jan). So let’s…

  • RE-evaluate Values (rather than chasing the money) – TAU (last M-r),
  • RE-align and discern, in our ‘Temple’ of Wellness and Sacred Work (rather than just being the busy bee, and finding fault in self and others) – VIRGO (now), and
  • RE-establish inner priorities (rather than going after status and control) – CAP (next one).

If you could use some practical suggestions for going with the M-r current scroll down, esp. to the Tool Kit! 🙂


# 2:
If you’d like to savour the Full Mercury Retro Astro~News Menu

– Voila! Dished up from here on:


What a Super VIRGO time it’s been recently, and over the last year!

… with MERCURY (since July 30!), VENUS (was in VIR since Aug 6 – entered LIBRA this evening!), the SUN (since Aug 22, seasonally), the Lunar North Node (since Oct 2015 until May 2017) –Nodes show Eclipse seasons (in VIR and PI), and JUPITER (since Aug 2015 – until Sept 9 / next week)!

SO much to do, to take care of… so many issues that require help and re-alignment, i.o.w. where things are ‘messed up’ we can offer help, and when necessary help ourselves ‘bring order into chaos’ (one of VIRGO’s mantras), and lending a helping hand and a smart brain (both mind and hands are in fact ruled by VIRGO – as well as small intestines, as in: sorting things out).


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!

The immanent early M-r phase in VIRGO shows us ‘old stories’ of how the mind can try to ‘organize’ life.


MERCURY is also next to JUPITER now. They have 3 meetings Aug 22 (pre-retro), Sept 2 (M-r), and Oct 11 (post-retro, both in LIBRA then). Showing us in a big way (JUP) about the workings of the mind…

Which has gotten wayyy ahead of SPIRIT and consciousness (the SUN), and needs to be ‘lassoed in’ to follow as a tool, rather than taking the lead. This is the main function of M-r.


Wherever you are on the Planet EARTH while the message comes ‘down your chimney’, 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!

See you Hope to SEE you again soon, in real life, or on Skype – it’s all about REconnecting (as directly as possible)!



MERCURY, now at the very end of VIRGO (29°04′) is about to go RETRO this morning Tue Aug 30 at 6:04 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 VIR zodiac zone has also a VIR undertone… so much to do as it seems – what is in true ALIGNMENT though?


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


The technical retro phase starts tomorrow Aug 30, and goes to Sept 21, with the ‘stormy’ / stationary atmosphere before and after, extending beyond that time:

The pre-retro stationary ‘storm’ has been on since MERCURY significantly slowed down its speed = since Aug 22 – see previous Astro~News).

Have you noticed a shift in your mind since last week, towards slowing down, and a call for more groundedness?

After Mercury will be direct again from Sept 21 on (= after the Fall Equinox on Sept 22), there will be another post-retro ‘storm’ until Sept 25.


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! J.

Don’t get annoyed when the ‘cosmic prankster’ plays tricks on your perhaps uptight mind (VIR shadow) It wants you to be FREE from analysis paralysis and FREE for…???!


Welcome to the ‘Special Issue’ MERCURY RETRO AstroNews!


 What Time is it? The Sun dial in Beacon Hill Park IS pretty exact. I asked my Swiss friend to check his watch (all so VIRGO), and indeed, with Daylight Savings Time considered (4:15 pm on the watch, 3:15 pm on the Sun dial) it matched up…

What Time is it? The Sun dial in Beacon Hill Park IS pretty exact. I asked my Swiss friend to check his watch (all so VIRGO), and indeed, with Daylight Savings Time considered (4:15 pm on the watch, 3:15 pm on the Sun dial) it matched up…


What you find in this ‘Special Issue’:


Count the Sunny Hours, and Count Your Blessings – Very Healing!

* MERCURY Retro and the Mental Maze / Labyrinth

* Sabian Symbol of the MERCURY Turnaround Degree: 29° VIR

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit  

* Itinerary for the Mercury retro Phase




Count the Sunny Hours, and Count Your Blessings – Very Healing!


Mercury winged feet

MERCURY Retro – 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!)


What could that look like?

  • Sloooowing down, tuning into the Body and its messages, maybe literally our intestines – how do we digest experiences? (related to the VIRGO theme).
  • Rather than going crazy busy about the ‘to-do list’, asking ourselves: What helps in this situation???
  • 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 that transform, re-align, help, and heal.
  • Ceremony is perfect under M-r in VIR, esp. for a release of old thought forms. Specifically before the New Moon – before Sept 1 would be great cosmic timing.
  • Buying less, crafting more. J
  • The mind in VIR mode tries to figure out, analyze, and ‘fix’ a situation. Not everything is ‘figureout-able’! How about an organic and surrendered approach when intuition says: Go with the flow?! Definitely more magical, and open for the unknown and unknowable.
  • Watch for analysis paralysis (JUPITER / MERCURY retro in VIR opp. CHIRON in PI). Dito – relax!
  • Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of the Body (VIR). They might take you inward at first, esp. in the first half of the M-r phase (until Sept 12), to help us RE-align.


Speaking of Messages of the Body, Alignment, and Embodiment:
Mark your calendar for the next

Living Breathing Birth Chart – Embodied Astrology

On WED Sept 7, from 2:07 pm on.

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 through the body (rather than via the head).
  • 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.

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.


Take time this first MERCURY retro week, under the waning / before New Moon / Solar Eclipse in VIR (Sept 1)

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check your ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘resources’ and inventive ideas that you may or may not have organized (VIR), and could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.


* MERCURY Retro 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. VIR also rules both medical science and Sacred Geometry…

Check out this confirmation article:  
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’? A VIR d.i.y. RE-alignment practice perhaps?

I’m sure more ‘RE-medies’ and ‘practical magic’ will RE-veal themselves, under M-r in VIR.


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 analyses, 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 in its own net, and far from free (the shadow of M-r in VIR opp. CHIRON in PI).

Thinking itself is not the problem, and we can’t and don’t need to make our mind ‘shut up’. The issue is rather getting wrapped up with our thoughts, esp. with VIR which loves figuring things out.


MERCURY retro in late VIR is super close to VENUS (now freshly in LI) and JUPITER in late VIR – all on the ‘Perfect Alignment’ Point.

Rather than making a big fuzz about having things perfectly lined up, otherwise there’s a problem, let’s allow things to fall into place, and do our part, in a relaxed way.

And to focus on our blessings rather than on our problems, worries, and concerns…!


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 aware and MIND-ful, recognize when we are rather mind – full, and what it takes to 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.
  • Like the Sun dial, let’s count the ‘SUN-ny hours’, and the blessings (rather than the ‘regular’ accounting and calculating overdrive).



Sun Dial, Beacon Hill Park: I Count Only the Sunny Hours (photo by Melanie, Aug 2016)


Let’s see what the * Sabian Symbol of the Mercury Turnaround Degree reveals.

MERCURY will turn retro at 29° 04′ VIR. For the Sabian Symbol, I’d suggest to round it down to 29° VIR, since the direction is backwards.


29° VIRGO:  




Celtic Priestess (artist unknown)


Keynote: After a crisis one should seek to re-align the re-newed consciousness with the primordial re-velation of the Truth of Man.

Any revolutionary movement, once it has succeeded in overcoming the inertia of the past and in toppling obsolete structures, needs to tap the most essential realities of what a human being represents and signifies in the universal Order; or else it merely re-embodies in a superficially altered manner the very things it has destroyed. This is the crucial moment. In occultism the ‘Pattern of Man’ is an archetypal power that may be contacted. It must be sought with undeviating determination. After each revolutionary crisis this pattern and this power can be contacted – always the same, yet at each new cycle perceivable in a new light.

This symbol presents us with the technique required to ‘reach the other shore’. But each individual and each group must come in its own way to the ROOT KNOWLEDGE which provides the only safe foundation for rebirth”.


Powerful, and definitely ‘retro’ message for the whole M-r phase – bringing the Mind back to SPIRIT / Consciousness.


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.


Aug 22: MERCURY in VIR entered the stationary ‘storm’, and was also conjunct JUPITER for the first time.

Stormy, ingenuous, or wrapped up in details while attempting to walk the BIG maze / crop circle / Sacred Geometry of Life (all ruled by VIR)?


Today Aug 30: MERCURY end of TAU will turn retro, from Earth perspective. 

Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with Self Awareness. And: Our Body Nature speaks…


Sept 2 – day after the Solar Eclipse in VIR: MERCURY retro meets JUPITER in VIR.
Significant messages from within – the Inner Alignment Priestess is speaking.


Sept 12: Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the VIR SUN.

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…


Sept 21: (Day before the Fall Equinox): MERCURY will go direct again. retro phase).

We learned a big deal about the ‘operations’ of the mind – to be revealed until then.


Sept 25: Mercury will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.

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


Oct 7: Mercury direct in VIR will leave the post-retro ‘shadow’.

Green light to be more clearly in our alignment and self awareness..



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VENUS into LIBRA (Aug 29 – Sept 23) * The Beauty Way…

29 Aug
VENUS is now on the ‘Design Point’ / ‘Perfect Balance Point’ at the very end of VIRGO (where ‘she’ would have magnetized lots of ‘to do’s’ / diy’s, but also being in alignment with our sacred work), and will enter LIBRA this evening at 07:07 pm.
‘Vertical alignment’ with ‘Higher Self’ (VIRGO) turns into ‘horizontal alignment’ with a Partner and ‘good match’ in many ways.
VENUS loves LIBRA, and vice versa….
We are drawn to beauty and harmony, attraction and grace, the arts and culture.
Venus Birth Botticelli

Birth of Venus (La Nascenza di Venere) by Sandro Botticelli (the painting is in the Uffici in Firenze)

May we Walk in Beauty!
May we find Beauty in all daily things, big or small!
May we see Beauty in one another!
Beauty-full invocation:
VENUS will be in ‘her’ own sign LIBRA until Sept 23.
The world mirrors and we attract what we see and send out.
Let’s cultivate the fine art and dance of relatedness, reciprocity, synergy, and peace.
Oh – and we might be drawn to weigh and balance all these options we have attracted to ourselves – always a give and take…
Let’s cultivate inner Balance, choose, and dance with that.
VENUS will be in LIBRA until Sept 23, ushering JUPITER into LIBRA as well, on 09 / 09!
Johfra Bosschart: LIBRA

Johfra Bosschart: LIBRA

If we have SUN, MOON, Planets, Asteroids, and sensitive points (AC, DC, MC, IC, Nodes…) in LIBRA they’ll be a magnet for the next 3 1/2 weeks, via VENUS.
VENUS’s journey through LIBRA will have a few ‘dates’ with other planetary dancers:
  • On Sept 3, the (by then New) MOON will welcome VENUS more fully into LIBRA. Maybe we literally attract a New Home that is a good match, harmonious and beautiful. Good Family Relations is a nice way of expressing this energy also.
  • On Sept 7, VENUS will sextile SATURN (in SAG), and quincunx NEPTUNE (in PI – both in square with each other): Commitment on the Heart Path (SATURN in SAG) and Surrender into What-IS (NEPTUNE in PI where VENUS is exalted) attract naturally.
  • On Sept 11 (yes, also the 15th anniversary of Ground Zero in NYC), VENUS will square PLUTO (which is retro / stationary – going direct on Sept 26) in CAP: Love is beyond what dies and transforms…
  • On Sept 17 / 18, VENUS will go into quincunx with CHIRON retro in PI, and opposite URANUS retro in ARIES: Yes, we attract what makes us vulnerable – to find our ‘Medicine’ through that journey. And to set ourselves FREE.
  • On Sept 19, VENUS will sextile MARS in SAG: Let’s Walk the Beauty Way and the Heart Path!


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* MERCURY’s Retro Journey Begins – Linked with JUPITER * Priestess Communication & Counsel

25 Aug

It’s coming… the next MERCURY Retro phase: Aug 30 – Sept 21, throughout the VIRGO season, and all IN VIRGO, one of MERCURY’s ‘home signs’.

MERCURY is this year very loooong in VIR: since July 30, and until Oct 8 – 10 weeks!

There must be an Initiation going on…

Plus, MERCURY in its stationary ‘storm’ (which started on Aug 22) is now sitting right next to JUPITER, both at the end of VIR.


JUPITER is an expansive ‘magnifier’ that ‘blows up’ and brings something to our awareness (which is both a JUPITER and a VIRGO theme) in a ‘BIG way’ – often also to the effect that we SEE that we have outgrown it, and why. We can see the situation that bothered us before like from an ‘eagle perspective’ and higher vantage point. Or we might need more space from it, rather than just more of it (happens often for JUPITER in the 7th house, re: relationships…) – again, maybe because we’ve outgrown it.

I made this introduction to show you a bit better the effect of JUPITER, since the cliché simply says: “It’s all getting better when JUPITER shows up”.
Not immediately, first it’s getting BIGGER, and perhaps from there better – if we are aware.

JUPITER magnifies MERCURY in VIR, and MERCURY gets a JUPITER boost in Aug / Sept.
Their closest connection has just started last week, and is on from Aug 16 – Sept 9 (the day when JUPITER goes into LIBRA, while MERCURY continues to go retro in VIR).

MERCURY meets JUPITER 3 times: happened this week, Aug 22, then freshly in retro on Sept 2, and finally, both in LIBRA by then, on Oct 11.

Seems like there is SOO much to organize and coordinate, simply to DO – and all of this with back-to-school activities. Like a harvest on steroids. Busy bee mentality.
Maybe lots to worry about too…

But that’s just one way of experiencing this energy…


Voyager II Priestess Crystals 1

Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card II – Priestess – photo by Melanie


Remember, VIRGO is the Inner Sacred Feminine and Priestess who helps us with tending to our Inner Temple, and doing our Spiritual Practice and Sacred Work.

And she helps us with awareness about who we really are. Not a busy bee, not a robotic, neurotic, highly functioning, problem & worry driven species… not even the DOER…


Often, VIRGO energy is being experienced as over-doing, in compensation for a sense of inadequacy. “I can / have to make up for not being (good) enough through doing, doing, doing.” Or also by making a mountain out of a mole hill, and sweating the ‘small stuff’.

JUPITER shows us that it’s important to check in on our motifs and the bigger picture of what’s going on. And maybe when we find ourselves in scenarios of ‘so much more to do’ we can’t ignore the deeper issue anymore….

What could a higher consciousness experience of MERCURY – JUPITER in VIR look like?

Maybe we can tune into it already, to save us from full-on going through the MERCURY retro loop.
Well, it actually IS the energy of the  Priestess / Goddess / Sacred Feminine.

  • How would the inner Priestess take care of the body – mind – spirit temple?
  • What could her wise counsel (JUP) say to this and that issue?


When MERCURY goes retro it’s an excellent time to go inward, watch the mind’s frantic tendencies but not run with them.


Since my own Temple Priestess is saying: Let’s wind down for today, time for rest, I shall follow that voice of reason, and get to a further MERCURY retro description in a separate (how VIR!) blog. 🙂


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* Ecliptic, Cuspy AQUARIUS – LEO FULL MOON (Aug 18) * Let’s Co-create from the Heart, in Friendship and Freedom!

18 Aug
Golden Light Wave

Golden Light Wave – Photo by Melanie


YES, indeed:

Tonight’s FULL MOON is even a ‘wide’ LUNAR ECLIPSE that ‘grazes’ the penumbral shadow

The MOON will be about 18° away from the Lunar South Node (at 13°24 PI) – the closer SUN & MOON at a New Moon or Full Moon are to the Nodes the more exactly one of these heavenly bodies will be eclipsed.

The NEXT FULL MOON on Sept 16 (closer to the Nodes) will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.


But, hey, energetically it’s been a super charged, ‘electric’ build-up time for this FULL MOON too, due to the URANUS connection with the SUN this week, and the AQ FULL MOON will sextile URANUS too (see chart).


All about Liberation:
Freedom FROM… (low grade expressions of the energies involved) – perhaps:

  • LEO Drama & Dominance
  • AQ Isolation and Alienation

And Freedom FOR – perhaps:

  • Authentic Self Expression. Shining Our Light (LEO)
  • Living Life Lovingly and Creatively (LEO)
  • Connecting with Like-Spirited and Like-Hearted Friends and Community (AQ)
  • Co-Creating in Freedom, and with Synergistic Innovation (AQ)


Reminds me of the wise teacher J. Krishnamurti who was born with AQ Asc.

Wow, looking up his birth chart at,_Jiddu, it’s late AQ where tonight’s FULL MOON will be!

We could use a bit of his ‘Freedom from the Known’ teaching – on so many levels.


Where late AQ is in your chart, that’s the area of life where LIBERATION and Co-Creation is ‘full & ripe’ now:
1st House: How you show up – BE Liberated!

2nd House: What you have and value – Own Your Freedom!

3rd House: Your environment – Co-Create in the City, and with ‘Relatives’ in Humanity!

4th House: Your home – A Place for Friends!

5th House: Your creativity – You’re a Free-spirited Innovator!

6th House: Your work and health – Cooperation is the Future!

7th House: Your significant others – Liberated Partnerships, and: Is Your Partner Your Friend?!

8th House: Your deep involvement and transformations – perhaps from Loneliness and Distance to Sharing in Humanity?

9th House: Your travels and worldviews – Meet Like-Spirited Friends in the World – maybe as you Travel or Study?!

10th House: Your calling and purpose – is FREEDOM.

11th House: Your community – True Friends and Co-Creators.

12th House: Your oneness with ALL – always FREE…



And AQ – LEO reminds me also of the all time favourite quote: “We are All Stars in the Constellation of Love!”


The FULL MOON, technically in AQ – LEO, is actually on two sign cusps:


The SUN is at the end of LEO, coming closer to the cusp to VIR (and will enter VIR on Aug 22 at 9:38 am PDT), the ‘Sphinx Point’ of Self (LEO) Awareness (VIR).



Sphinx on the Giza Plateau – Photo by Melanie, Egypt Journey with my AQ Friend Marina, Nov 2010…


Lots of VIR energies are on presently, with

  • VENUS / North Node (was exact yesterday Aug 17), and

MERCURY / JUPITER. The winged one, MERCURY, will travel very close to its ‘Mentor’ / the BIG one, JUPITER, esp. Aug 22 – Sept 16, basically during the whole VIR time, due to MERCURY retro very close to JUPITER end of VIR. See below also: Feature on MERCURY’s VIRGO JOURNEY

  • More about the SUPER VIRGO energy – Honouring the Sacred Feminine, Being in Alignment with our Work and Service, Health and Wellness… – for the VIR SOLAR ECLIPSE (a ‘Seed Eclipse’) on Sept 1.


What does this mean for now, the Cuspy FULL MOON presently?

  • Time to HARVEST the gifts of Self Awareness.
  • Gratitude for being able to consciously Live from Love, and Serve Others with what we Love, and be in the Love while we do the Work.
  • Everything goes better (VIR) with a Loving Heart (LEO) – and some dance too 🙂


The MOON is at the end of AQ, as I propose to call it, the ‘Coherence Point’ (“We’re all in this together”) – one might also call it ‘www Point’ :-).

Luna will glide over into PISCES even already tomorrow (Aug 18) morning, 7 ½ hrs after the Full Moon, at 9:34 am PDT, to meet in the oceanic realm its very own ruler of the cosmic seas, NEPTUNE, the South Node, and CHIRON, on Fri Aug 19 / Sat Aug 20.

So yeah, Connection (PI) as friends, in circles, groups, as humanity (AQ) is definitely ‘highlighted’ at this point.

Real human connection, I’d suggest… electronic, virtual connection is good too but can’t replace sharing in physicality (You can’t smell or hug or massage or share food with someone online… well, that all sounds like TAU all of a sudden :-)).


Since the PI energies are all wrapping around the Lunar South Node (which is very close to NEPTUNE, for the rest of 2016!), it’s also time to release overwhelm and addiction (PI), and, in balance with VIR, do spiritual practice (PI – VIR).

More about the VIR – PI themes in the next Astro~News (VIR NEW MOON / Annular Solar Eclipse on Sept 1 to PI-VIR FULL MOON / Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on Sept 16).


The Buddha Surfer comes handy, to illustrate the theme of VIR (skills) PI (waves) 🙂 


Picture says: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn


More fun with some other surfer friends around (AQ – PI), and there we come full circle with the FULL MOON theme

Shine Your Light, Move Freely, and Be in Your True Nature!

Let’s Co-create from the Heart, in Friendship and Freedom!


* The FULL MOON ChartA Fuller Picture…


Voila – the chart for the exact Full Moon tomorrow Aug 18 at 2:27 am PDT, viewed from Victoria BC.

 AQ - LEO FM 2016


At the time, CANCER is even the Rising Sign, so the AQ MOON rules the chart, and is high up in the sky, in the 9th house of the chart – The Path of Freedom leads us HOME…


As you see, it’s pretty busy, ‘down’ in the VIR environment!
How about channelling that energy into dealing with practicalities that need to be ‘in place’ now, maybe literally Feng Shui’ing the home, or do ceremony and ritual for sacred alignment? Clearing clutter, and passing on unused items, bringing order into our household and health are smart practical moves in this.

Yet, all that ‘doing’ wants to be balanced with being in resonance with what-is, and letting things fall off as needed if we can’t / don’t need to ‘work on them’ / ‘fix them’.

A fine balance. Literally, fine-tuning (VIR-PI).

Actually, it’s not even a balance of this (VIR) and that (PI) but all interwoven and integral…

How about this:

Working in the Flow

Releasing Worry and OCD (obsessive-compulsive DOING), and turning it into OCD (original creative dance) 🙂


On that note of puns:

Looking forward (yes, no typo) to MERCURY retro (coming into ‘stormy’ stationary mode on Aug 22, and technical retro from Aug 30 on – see special feature below)… always a good chance to create new pun pathways, and seeing the thinker (and in this case also VIR doer) with new eyes…


And then:

Phewww, MARS has made it out of SCO into SAG – the Phoenix has Risen (technically on Aug 2, with the LEO New Moon! A seed for freedom, new trust, growth, and inspired movement (SAG), i.o.w. a new WHY, a new YES was planted then. Now, under the following FULL MOON, we can see ‘new life’ based on this initiation and seed time. How’s that for you? Esp. in the house of your chart where early SAG is.

As you see, there is still one ‘condition’ / test / ‘wait a minute’ effect: SATURN is still ahead of MARS. This (MARS) too shall pass (SATURN) – next Wed Aug 24.

So let’s use that SATURN energy to acknowledge how far we’ve come, and in fact the path unfolds in front of us as we walk – slow is beautiful… Maybe literally some (SATURN type) criteria have to be in place before we’re moving more swiftly and freely forward, upward, onward (MARS in SAG).


The MARS / SATURN team are quite crucial ‘players’ these days, since they are the apex / outlet of a mutable T-Square, from NEPTUNE / South Node in PI and VENUS / North Node in VIR.

Wow, lots of action, busy activity, and flow… good to be flexible with all the mutability, as things change, directions shift, quite like surfing energy waves. Skills, Surrender, Inspired Motion from the Heart would be a simple formula…


Our friend URANUS in ARIES, still in turnaround ‘station’ (went retro on July 29) made friends with the LEO SUN this week, and has also shown us that things can shift and open quickly, and what we ’loved’ and tried to hold on to yesterday is already passee today. What remains – best way anyway – is to Live in the NOW!



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* SATURN in mid SAG goes direct (Aug 13) * Committed to our Heart Intentions.

12 Aug

About time… / just in time:

SATURN makes its yearly retro-to-direct ‘U-turn’ this month, exact tomorrow, SaturNday Aug 13.

Which means: August is a stationary SATURN Themes month. Have you noticed?!?


Saturn Pop

Saturn Infrared (Hubble Space Telescope)


Many of us have been sitting in the starters, to head out on an intentional path, mission, journey, yet felt held back, tested, presented with ‘obstacles’ and ‘delays’…


SATURN energy is not ‘mean’, it actually represents a necessary reality check. It keeps us grounded to make sure the bases are covered, we are in our authority, and not buying into fear, or doing things for the wrong reasons. A maturing, sobering energy. The ring of commitment and self-responsibility is a magic key to be in good terms with SATURN (and to experience its positive effects). Less is more is also always a good mantra to go by, under the SATURN influence. So it would be good to unburden ourselves, on all levels, so that we ‘travel lighter’.


Many clients over the last year (since SATURN’s been fully in SAG – Sept 2015) have been wondering: “Where am I going?” – either literally, “Where in the world?”, or
“Where to focus on in my life’s journey? In my career?”
“Hard to aim on something, with so much uncertainty and distraction!”,
“Can I trust, or does fear win?”,
“What makes me happy?”
…Given the ‘reality’ and socio-economic context.

I often reflected those concerns back with the question: “Where are you coming from?”
Perhaps historically, through your conditioning (‘old stories’ and limiting beliefs that are now ‘ripe’ to be seen for what they are, and ‘reaped’ by SATURN), and from there:
Spiritually, motivationally. The SAG / Zen Archer/ess has to pull the arrow back first (a good SATURN retro in SAG image), towards the chest & HEART, aim clearly, and release in relaxed one-pointedness.


Jupiter Rules Sagittarius. Painting by Johfra Bosschart


Similarly, in the now turning SATURN retro phase which has been on since end of March, we had to ‘pull back’ our initial intentions that we might have formed before SATURN went retro, to make sure we come from the right & LIGHT place, as we move forward with what we ‘put out there’, or as we take ourselves on an intentional journey.

As SATURN goes direct on Aug 13 (which has been already activated through the MOON in SAG Aug 11 – 13, and will be catalyzed through the next Full Moon on Aug 18) we’ll have a much clearer sense of our Heart motivation, how and what we can really trust (a key theme in SAG), while moving forward and upward. Maybe we have received signs of ‘evidence’ that showed us what the path is inviting us to. What in you KNOWS?


MARS has been for a long time ‘behind’ SATURN in the Zodiac (hope you had a chance to see the beautiful triangular alignment in the early night sky, of (‘right to left’) MARS, Antares (brightest star in SCORPIO) and SATURN, just ‘below’ the MOON these days.

Some of us in our Houses group this Spring went out on a clear night after class, to see them through my friend Stephen’s telescope. Quite spectacular to see SATURN’s ring. Perhaps a heavenly ‘initiation’…


Soon after SATURN goes direct, MARS (also in SAG now!) will pass SATURN, on Aug 24.

Another phase that gives way for gaining energy and momentum for moving past the inner and perceived outer ‘obstacles’, and to ‘go for it’, not from an ego place but from the Heart!

More blessings for the Journey!


Voyager VII Chariot

Voyager Tarot card VII – Chariot, Law of Movement. What is your vehicle? Stay centered and calm in the body…


Quick guideline for the areas in your life SATURN stationary in SAG is pointing you to, to be in your truth and on your path, as mid SAG is in your…

1st house: How you show up.

2nd house: What you have and value.

3rd house: Your environment.

4th house: Your home and history.

5th house: Your creativity.

6th house: Your work, health, lifestyle.

7th house: Your significant others.

8th house: Your deep involvement and ‘contracts’.

9th house: Your travels and worldviews.

10th house: Your calling and purpose.

11th house: Your community.

12th house: Your oneness with ALL.


If you have planets, SUN / MOON/ AC in mid SAG, GEMINI, VIRGO, or PISCES these sides of you will be strongly affected by the SATURN station in August.

In a private session, we can explore and focus on the exact alignments and a good way of clearing your path which can be very timely, healing, releasing, and rewarding now, under SATURN in SAG, and NEPTUNE / CHIRON in PISCES.

August would be a great time to come if you’d like to take me up on my ASTRO CLIENT APPRECIATION MONTH OFFER

Aug 1 – 31. See below, under Astro~Offers, and on FB:



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* SIRIUS RISING (Aug 8) * Integrate and Radiate the Spiritual Sun!

8 Aug




SIRIUS the ‘Dog Star’ (brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, ‘the Dog’) and in fact brightest star in the night sky(!) (excellent descriptions at and is now RISING again before the SUN – the ‘Heliacal Rising’ (Helios = Sun in Greek), this year today Aug 8 (which is also the 08 / 08 ‘Lion’s Gate’ – the Centre of the fixed signs, TAU, LEO, SCO, and AQ, are Gates of Power)…
…while hot Leo Days (‘Dog Days of Summer’) are here to hopefully stay a bit longer, in the Northern Hemisphere.



Walk with your Cat or / and Dog friend, (not only) under the conjunction of the SUN in LEO the Lion, with SIRIUS the Dog Star! 🙂


A special treat awaits you and your dog(!) again this year, at this fine occasion:

* Your Dog-Star, and Star-Dog @ Sirius Rising: Cosmic Canine Compatibility THU Aug 11 – info below, under Astro~Experiences, and at the FB event:


When Sirius the brightest star in the night sky re-appears before the SUN, it is the time for a ‘Spiritual SUN’, or Heart of our physical SUN to be born. We are invited to align with this energy.


Isis Papyrus

Egyptian Goddess Isis


Ancient Egypt honoured the yearly reappearance of Sirius which announced the flooding of the Nile as the Goddess Isis, heavenly wife of Osiris, and Mother of Horus.,



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