Archive | December, 2016

* URANUS in ARIES retro to direct Dec 29: Expect the Unexpected. Wake-up Calls and Awakening. Emergence of the NEW. From the ‘9’ Year to the ‘1’ Year.

29 Dec

Maverick Planet Uranus (NASA)


It already started: December and January are quite the ‘URANIAN’ months as URANUS changes direction from retro to direct – today!


URANUS, the Archetype of Prometheus the Awakener, catalyzes liberation on all levels (“I’m out of here!” “Get outa here!” “Eureka!”), and ‘out of the Box’ / ordinary / norm experiences, surprises, shocks, incidents, accidents, precedents, wake-up calls, paradigm shifts, unsettled energy, a sense of urgency / emergency, unrest, and revolutions.


There’s been definitely a lot of those in the ‘cosmic weather’ recently…

URANUS is the ‘higher octave’ / transpersonal version of MERCURY.

We’re experiencing now a synchronized, compounding effect of URANUS and MERCURY influences, since MERCURY’s ‘Day of Enlightening Insight’ – the half-way point of the M-r phase, was just yesterday Dec 28. That’s when M-r shifts from the first half, called ‘epimethean’ phase (where ‘old stories’ are being processed) to the ‘promethean’ phase where new ideas and ‘forward-thinking’ is ‘in the air’, and URANUS goes direct today – all in one ‘package’.



I don’t know where this poster comes from, or whether the quote is really by Socrates. But it expresses the ‘Zeitgeist’ of URANUS in AR / PLUTO in CAP so well and simply.


Since July 29, UR has been in its yearly 5-month retro (inward-backward oriented, or rather latent) phase. Now it’s Wake-UP time: Inner liberation – maybe a breaking away from old beliefs or limiting containers – has prepared us for actually showing our liberated Self more outwardly in our actions and choices.

SATURN in SAG helps with being done with ‘old ways / stories / beliefs’ while JUPITER in LI shows how important choices, balance, fairness, reciprocity, right relationship, and ‘good matches’ are.

JUPITER in LI is also opposing URANUS in AR (was exact only 3 days ago, Dec 26): Being in our liberated Self and ‘enlightened self interest’ (UR in AR) benefits our relationships and attracts a suitable match – on all levels.

UR goes the furthest back in the Zodiac this year now (up to 20°33 AR).

If you have planets between about 18 and 23° AR, CAN, LI, or CAP you’d get the kick from URANUS to be the liberated, authentic Self (even if there might be an apparent conflict with family, partners, society – but that’s just part of the path to freedom).

Dec 2016 – Jan 2017 is therefore a very charged time that once again pushes us into new levels of RE-birth, transformation, and awakening of consciousness.


So let’s BE the Change of the World-in-Becoming!

The NEW is emerging NOW. And a New Year is around the corner.


So many people are ‘done’ with 2016, for different reasons. 2016 has been a ‘9’ year, numerologically: 2+0+1+6 = 9. Endings, closure, release.

And it feels very ‘old’ already. A lot of what came up this passing year needed to ‘come out’ to be released, perhaps of the last 9 years even (since the beginning of 2008). Doing an intentional ceremony would be a good way of honouring what we let go of.


2017 will be a ‘1’ year: 2+0+1+7 = 10 / 1. Newness on many levels. Stay tuned. Things can shift fast now. What’s the newness that you invoke?


© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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* CAP New Moon / New MERCURY Dec 28 / 29, close to PLUTO: BE the Change, as the Power is IN You!

28 Dec

Snowy Log Heart – photo by Melanie, 2015 and timeless.


Seems like TIME has a ‘life of its own’ – Christmas was only a few days ago – somehow seems like ages – for you too?

The sacred time of year that marks the Return of the Light and how / what that reflects in ourselves.


The CAP SUN is now in our Northern Hemisphere from Earth perspective ‘climbing’ again in the ecliptic (slightly ‘higher’ every day), and the daylight is gradually increasing, daily a minute or so for now, in the cold of Winter, and eventually, from Feb on, exponentially more.

Likewise, CAP energy is fueled by the spirit of gradual, grounded, consistent building and ‘climbing’, persevering, enduring, being prepared and equipped, on the ‘way up’.

Does that mean: ‘when the going gets tough the tough get going’? Or is that another myth of glory-through-hardship?

I’d say, depends on the context of course. Not so powerful to operate ‘the hard way’ while giving Power away to those whose approval we might seek, or postponing ‘living’ for the sake of ‘accomplishment’. All based on the paradigm of duality / separation. And the old conditioned ‘Pyramid model’ is expiring anyway…


For the time being, we still live in a world of collective CAP ‘stories’ and history imprints that PLUTO (since 2009, for the first time in CAP since the late 1700’s) brings up for transformation. With PLUTO, it often ‘gets intense as it changes’.

The imperialistic and capitalistic framework of modern societies has produced a huge mountain of redundant stuff that the Earth is not capable of ‘digesting’, obviously, without serious ‘side effects’. And the paradigm of being motivated by and gaining status through ‘ownership’ (a BIG one) is so ingrained in our external reward-conditioned minds (“It’s worth working long hours – maybe not in a soulful way – to earn $$$ and time for the holidays, retirement, or other incentives, and to ‘show your value(!)’. Very apropos the TAURUS undertone of mid-CAP where PLUTO is now (until 2018), and where MERCURY retro has started out from on Dec 19, to release ‘old stories’.


This CAP NEW MOON and ‘NEW MERCURY’, near PLUTO (the MOON will pass PLUTO tomorrow Dec 29, the SUN will pass PLUTO on Jan 6) is a powerhouse – offering RE-generation and RE-empowerment from within. MERCURY retro in CAP helps us free ourselves from inner subconscious mental ‘shoulds’ and ‘supposed to’s’, and from our ‘hang-ups’ with leadership and authority (theirs and our own). So that our mind is less cluttered, and we are more clear to do the work we’re born to do!


Today’s / tomorrow’s CAP NEW MOON marks the release and closure not only of a monthly cycle (as every NM does), and of the year 2016 that was fraught with collective anger, frustration, defeat, but on a much bigger scale punctuates the epochal changes of structures and hierarchies that we see under PLUTO in CAP.

What role do values, security, stability, ownership, and money play in all of this? A big one, now as PLUTO is in mid CAP which has a TAU undertone.


CAP, also relating to mountains, solid structures, and hierarchies may ask:
“Who’s above, who’s below?” in terms of social hierarchies.




Since ancestors and history are also CAP themes, here’s a suggestion for an inquiry:

  • “Were your ancestors ‘above’ others, or ‘below’ others? And how has that affected your family history and your psyche?”
  • “What has been disempowering about this story, either via guilt, deprivation, disrespect, abuse, etc.?”
  • “How is this now, in the hologram of your world, coming up to be transformed, IN you and THROUGH you?”


I woke up some day with the question: “Who owns the land?” – and how that’s related to my ancestry and my life experience.

Definitely relevant for the CAP New Moon / NEW MERCURY / PLUTO in mid-CAP.

So I wanted to look up the whole text of the famous Chief Seattle speech, and quote to you from there, and to my surprise (well, Mercury retro is in effect) found in the ‘urban legends’ (!) site that it might be falsely attributed to Chief Seattle, and was actually written by screenwriter Mr. Perry in 1971! Very MERCURY retro…
To me, what essentially counts (whoever was the messenger) is that it is its profound prophetic advocacy for living with the land and in respect for the Earth. Of course, the actual author needs to be honoured, yet, is a speech for humanity ‘owned’ by anyone? 
Here is a beautiful video adaptation with voice and photos from Finland, to add another layer of fusion.

…and the text of the powerful, timeless, and ever so timely speech (wherever it came from)…:


Chief Seattle

Chief Seattle


“How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

Every part of the Earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clear and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man.

The white man’s dead forget the country of their birth when they go to walk among the stars. Our dead never forget this beautiful Earth, for it is the mother of the red man. We are part of the Earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters, the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony, and the man, all belong to the same family.

So, when the Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land, he asks much of us. The Great White Chief sends word he will reserve us a place so that we can live comfortably to ourselves. He will be our father and we will be his children. So we will consider your offer to buy land. But it will not be easy. For this land is sacred to us.

This shining water that moves in streams and rivers is not just water but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you land, you must remember that it is sacred blood of our ancestors. If we sell you land, you must remember that it is sacred, and you must teach your children that it is sacred and that each ghostly reflection in the clear water of the lakes tells of events in the life of my people. The waters murmur is the voice of my father’s father.

The rivers of our brothers they quench our thirst. The rivers carry our canoes and feed our children. If we sell you our land, you must remember to teach your children that the rivers are our brothers, and yours, and you must henceforth give the rivers the kindness that you would give my brother. We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The Earth is not his brother, but his enemy and when he has conquered it, he moves on. He leaves his father’s graves behind, and he does not care. He kidnaps the Earth from his children, and he does not care.


His father’s grave, and his children’s birthright are forgotten. He treats his mother, the Earth, and his brother, the same, as things to be bought, plundered, sold like sheep or bright beads. His appetite will devour the Earth and leave behind only a desert.

I do not know. Our ways are different from yours ways. The sight of your cities pains the eyes of the red man. But perhaps it is because the red man is a savage and does not understand.

There is no quiet place in the white man’s cities. No place to hear the unfurling of leaves in spring, or the rustle of an insect’s wings. But perhaps it is because I am a savage and do not understand. The clatter only seems to insult the ears. And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of a whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night. I am a red man and do not understand. The Indian prefers the soft sound of the wind darting over the face of the pond, and the smell of the wind itself, cleansed by a midday rain, or scented with the pinon pine.


The air is precious to the red man, for all things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, they all share the same breath. The white man does not seem to notice the air he breathes. Like a man dying for many days, he is numb to the stench. But if we sell you our land, you must remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also receives his last sigh. And if we sell you our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where even the white man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow’s flowers.

So we will consider your offer to buy our land. If we decide to accept, I will make one condition – the white man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers.

I am a savage and do not understand any other way. I have seen a thousand rotting buffaloes on the prairie, left by the white man who shot them from a passing train. I am a savage and do not understand how the smoking iron horse can be made more important than the buffalo that we kill only to stay alive.

What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.


You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the Earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.

This we know – the Earth does not belong to man – man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.

Whatever befalls the Earth – befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life – he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

Even the white man, whose God walks and talks with him as friend to friend, cannot be exempt from the common destiny. We may be brothers after all. We shall see. One thing we know, which the white man may one day discover – Our God is the same God. You may think now that you own Him as you wish to own our land, but you cannot. He is the God of man, and His compassion is equal for red man and the white. The Earth is precious to Him, and to harm the Earth is to heap contempt on its creator. The whites too shall pass, perhaps sooner than all other tribes.

But in your perishing you will shine brightly, fired by the strength of the God who brought you to this land and for some special purpose gave you dominion over this land and over the red man. That destiny is a mystery to us, for we do not understand when the buffalo are slaughtered, the wild horses tamed, the secret corners of the forest heavy with scent of many men, and the view of the ripe hills blotted by talking wires. Where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the Eagle? Gone. The end of living and the beginning of survival.”

Attributed to Chief Seattle.



Vibrant Goat

Vibrant Country Goat


  • “How do we treat and work with what’s given to us, with respect and integrity?” asks the CAP ‘goat’.
  • “How do we use and work with time and resources, incl. our body in a way that’s sustainable, rather than exploiting and abusive?”

Simple, yet not always easy questions to ask, in our modern ‘matrix’ – which is changing rapidly.

Not just ‘Less is More’ (which is still based on giving higher value to ‘more’), but actually ‘Less is Fulfilling’ says the CAP goat. Carrying (and owning and managing) less definitely frees up energies, not just on the mountain, but in life in general.


Inquiring and diving into essence is powerful, says PLUTO, now in CAP, catalyzed by MERCURY

SUN / PLU / MER in CAP remind us that every action from the spirit of integrity, aligned with core truth and basic common sense contributes energetically, and empowers immediately.

So let’s purge what’s redundant, has outlived its purpose, isn’t in alignment (anymore, with the consciousness of now).

Let’s honour, and work with resources (incl. inner hidden, buried, and unused ones, says MERCURY retro in CAP, going back over the ‘Integrity Point’ into late SAG, before re-entering CAP and passing PLUTO), and build in quality consciousness.


A ceremony to mark the transition from the old to the new consciousness, to re-build from new insights, and to invoke universal power (PLUTO) would be very apropos this New Moon.

Soul Power is what we’re deeply moved to connect with now.

Just as Nature is ever transforming, simple, essential Soul Power transforms the old, outlived and unsustainable and ‘re-purposes’ the energy for the NEW. To be consciously ‘with it’ catalyzes change that’s due now.


* The CAP New Moon Chart

The CAP New Moon is exactly this eve / tonight Dec 28 at 10:53 pm PST / Dec 29 at 1:53 am EST:




Lots of NEWness and Liberation in the AstroSphere, yet from a solid foundation (CAP):

As you see, a big gravitation is in CAP, and the Earth Element is strongest:

  • SUN / MOON / MERCURY retro (that’s what a New Moon / New Mercury alignment looks like), and PLUTO nearby (the MOON will pass PLUTO tomorrow Dec 29, the SUN on Jan 6, and MERCURY on Jan 29).
    Simple Soul Power. The Power is IN us, as we connect with Spirit, and speak from that place. Resources to sustain us are there – just a matter of allocating them.
    The New Moon / MERCURY in CAP is also in trine with the North Node in VIR – it helps to be specific and sort out what the issue is, what works for you and your integrity and what doesn’t. Planting seeds for a new ‘operating system’ with awareness and integrity.


  • As MERCURY retro met the SUN today Dec 28, just before the CAP New Moon: It’s time for new breakthrough insights that move us forward. More about the MERCURY retro phase, tips & tricks in my Astro~News blog post from Dec 13.


  • JUPITER in LIBRA opposes stationary URANUS retro in ARIES: The ‘wild card’ / revolutionary / unpredictability factor of URANUS in ARIES needs some calming and moderation. And the tendency of JUPITER in LIBRA to be overly other-oriented can benefit from some fresh ‘enlightened self interest’ and pro-active ARIES initiative.


  • SATURN in SAG trines URANUS stat in AR (was exact on Christmas eve, Dec 24, and again, for more integration on May 18 and Nov 11, 2017): Ahh, that alignment makes it much easier – and spacious! – to be in our truth and on our path, matured from old beliefs, conditioning, moralizing, and guilt-tripping ‘shoulds’. Free to show up in our authentic Self – hallelujah! SATURN in SAG squares CHIRON in PI (exact Dec 28, and again Apr 30 and Nov 2, 2017): Let go of what weakens you, and move with the YES!


  • South Node in PI, with NEPTUNE / MARS (exact contact on Dec 31 / Jan 1): A dynamic wave – so much coming ‘at us’ or to ‘take in’. Be the ‘enlightened’ surfer – you can’t control the waves but you can learn how to surf. Releasing and moving forward, rolling with the ever-changing.



Blessings for the Capricorn New Moon, dear Reader!

Next up: URANUS turning from retro to direct tomorrow, Dec 29 – blog post to follow!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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SUN, MOON, and PLANETS in Motion 2017 – Overview for ‘Initiates’

26 Dec

Holiday Greetings, dear Astro~News Friends!

As 2017 is nearing, and MERCURY retro in CAP gives an incentive to be organized – here’s the no-frills overview of DATES for Eclipses, New Moons, and significant motions, by planet.
For a more ‘fleshed out’ version, check out the New Year’s blog, or come to the 2017 Parlour on Dec 29 where we check out significant 2017 transits for all participants. 🙂

Maybe you’d like to learn the Foundations of Astrology in 2017? We have space for you in our 5-week class that starts on Jan 5 (participation in person or via skype / messenger)!



Light on the Wintry Path – Photo by Melanie, Dec 6, 2016


Voila – the Calendar:

SUN, MOON, and PLANETS in Motion 2017


SUN / MOON – New Moon Dates

Jan 27: AQ (Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster starts on Jan 28)

Feb 26: PI

March 27: AR

Apr 26: TAU

May 25: GEM

June 23: CAN

July 23: LEO

Aug 21: LEO / Solar Eclipse – 2 New Moons in LEO this year, flipping from early to late.

Sept 19 / 20: VIR

Oct 19: LI

Nov 18: SCO

Dec 17: SAG


Eclipses and Nodes

Feb 10: Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse in LEO / AQ (Nodes in early PI / VIR)

Feb 26: New Moon / Solar Eclipse in early PI (with SN)

Nodes shift from PI / VIR to AQ / LEO on Apr 29 (until Nov 17, 2018)

Aug 7: Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse in AQ / LEO

Aug 21: New Moon / Solar Eclipse in late LEO (with NN)


MERCURY Retrograde (3 times a year for 3 weeks, this year in Earth / Fire signs):

Dec 19, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017 in CAP – SAG

Apr 9 – May 3 in TAU – AR

Aug 12 – Sept 5 in VIR – LEO

Dec 2 – 22 in SAG


VENUS Retrograde in AR – PI (about every 1 ½ years, last one in Summer 2015):

March 2 – Apr 15 (‘New VENUS’ on March 25, close to the New Moon on March 27)


MARS travels from PI to SCO in 2017 (not in retro until June – Oct 2018).


JUPITER in LI (since Sept 9, 2016 to Oct 10, 2017 when it enters SCO).

JUPITER retro on Feb 5, and direct on June 9 – Full Moon.

JUPITER opposes URANUS in AR on Dec 26, 2016, March 3, and Sept 27, 2017.

JUPITER squares PLUTO in CAP on March 30 and Aug 4.


SATURN in SAG until Dec 19, 2017 when it enters its ruled sign CAP.

SATURN retro on Apr 6, and direct on Aug 25.

SATURN squares CHIRON in PI on Apr 30 and Nov 2.

SATURN trines URANUS in AR on Dec 24, 2016, May 18, and Nov 11, 2017.


CHIRON end of PI (enters AR for the first time in Apr 2018).

CHIRON retro on July 1, and direct on Dec 5.


URANUS end of AR (enters TAU for the first time in May 2018).

URANUS direct on Dec 29, 2016, retro on Aug 2, 2017, and direct on Jan 3, 2018.


NEPTUNE in PI (until 2026).

NEPTUNE retro on June 16, and direct on Nov 22.


PLUTO in CAP (until 2023).

PLUTO retro on Apr 20, and direct on Sept 28.


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* 12 Days of Christmas and the Zodiac?

26 Dec

The 12 Days go from Dec 26 until Jan 6 / Epiphany.
Some say they start from Christmas night Dec 25 / 26, and each ‘Day’ starts with the eve / night leading into it.

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

Would you like to tune in and see whether there is a message for you from those energies?


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


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

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

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

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


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* Happy Winter SoUlstice 2016! Light RE-turning *

20 Dec

Today and tomorrow, Dec 20 /21 are the shortest days of the year, and tonight (Dec 20 / 21) will be the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere: Here in Victoria B.C. Dec 21 is 7 hours, 48 minutes shorter than on the Summer Solstice: 8 hrs, 18 min. and 33 sec. daylight.

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


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


Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha / Summer Solstice, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, YULE, and Imbolc.


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

Happy Yule!

Happy Solstice!

Merry Christmas!


Today Dec 20 at 12:12 pm, our AstroEmbodiment Circle of Eight stepped into the energy field of the Winter Solstice chart!

It was a dramatic, invigorating, magical day, and from our (indoor 🙂 ) vantage point, we were overlooking the stormy sea, with sunshine and storm, and even a rainbow and an eagle offered us their SAG blessings! On this last day of SAG, we were an inter-nation-all circle, coming from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, East Coast U.S., Western and West Coast Canada. Soo good to connect in Unity! Nature-ALL Alignment…

Here are some key themes that we ‘downloaded’ as we all stepped into the fields of several planets – with participants not even knowing what they represented (that’s the magic of the field!).
Wow, it was so rich, can’t remember it all:


  • The Solstice SUN – a calm, quiet energy field of simplicity. What matters matters. All else can wait.
  • Deep immersion into the dark, infinite PLUTO / MERCURY retro regeneration ‘cave’. Not scary, rather ‘velvety’. 
  • In contrast: What an exciting, igniting, liberating, whoaaaa energy of URANUS in ARIES (presently a stationary ‘focal point’). Freedom for being oneself!
  • JUPITER in LIBRA (and the Winter SoUlstice Moon next to it) – in opposition to URANUS – responding, balancing, dancing with URANUS, by offering an openness for new complementary relationships and synergies on all levels.
  • LILITH in SCO: Moving not just ‘with the storm’ but being the storm, being Nature – magical and empowering.
  • SATURN in SAG requires experience, practice, and a good grounding / lauching pad from which to fly – like a ski jumper.
  • The North Node in VIR is also grounding and aware of alignment – yet responding to many influences (“so much to do?”).
  • In balance: NEPTUNE, the South Node, and CHIRON in PI are the universality, where nothing is ‘to do’, all is interconnected and an interdimensional healing offer. The invitation to relax into this and receive its gifts. MARS in PI adds adventure, like surfers rolling with the waves.
  • VENUS in AQ adds sparkle – and needs breathing space.



Solstice Storm (the Sun low in the sky round 3 pm) – Photo by Melanie Dec 20, 2016.



WINTER SOLSTICE 2016 will be exactly (as the SUN enters CAP) this year tonight, Dec 21 at 2:46 am PST.

Here is the Winter Solstice chart which we tuned into in our AstroEmbodiment:




Balance is an important message – not only because LIBRA is the AC from the West Coast, but also the MOON and JUPITER will be in LIBRA (and the World has a big – JUPITER – need – the MOON – for Balance, Peace, Harmony, Fairness, Justice, and Right Relationships nowadays.

Plus there are 2 oppositions that require and offer Balance:

  • JUPITER and the MOON in LIBRA oppose stationary URANUS retro in ARIES: The ‘wild card’ / revolutionary / unpredictability factor of URANUS in ARIES needs some calming and moderation. And the tendency of JUPITER in LIBRA to be overly other-oriented can benefit from some fresh ‘enlightened self interest’ and pro-active ARIES initiative.
  • The North Node in VIR opposes (naturally) the South Node in PI, with NEPTUNE and also MARS approaching. A balance between relaxing, surrendering (MARS in PI: ‘Victory’ comes from surrendering the ego), letting go and Being in Oneness, and doing what’s in integrity, based on self awareness (VIR).

MERCURY freshly retro (Dec 19 – Jan 8) with PLUTO in CAP asks us to go deeper into soul searching – what’s the deeper symbolic meaning, essence, and spirit of Christmas, SoUlstice, Light Returning – for us? And what is TIME?
Practically speaking:

  • How can we work with what we got (yes, optimizing working with day light is a metaphor)?
  • If we have health, time, community, access to resources, how do we work with all of this and them in the best way? 
  • Maybe a new approach with cooperation, synergy, and balance (CAP – LI)? Could be a ‘personal revolution’ (URANUS in ARIES turning direct on Dec 29!)

MERCURY is presently in the first = epimethean phase of the retro journey. ‘Old stories’ – perhaps ‘inherited’ from the ancestors (CAP) might come up, to be acknowledged and transformed (PLU) into higher purpose. Maybe the old stories teach us / can be used as a ‘teaching example’ to show how empowering, evolutionary change is possible / already happened in other situations (like: the ancestors were resourceful and went through… how can me use their example, strength and endurance – without the struggle, scarcity,or even survival scenarios they might have gone through!).
Our conditioned Mind (MERCURY) is going through a transformation (PLU). What comes up for you?
Let’s go deeper, into our visceral incorruptible ‘gut’ sense of what’s going on and ripe for transformation and empowerment – symbolized by PLUTO. That’s where the Power-to-Change sits.

Clearly, this MERC / PLU activation affects all you CAP friends out there, and the CAP sides (AC, MOON, Planets, and house) in all of us. Ask me if you’d like to explore these themes in your own chart and life with me.


Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card IV – Photo by Melanie

Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card IV – Photo by Melanie


When MERCURY retro meets the SUN on Dec 28, just before the CAP New Moon on Dec 28 / 29 it’s time for new breakthrough insights that move us forward.

More about the MERCURY retro phase, tips & tricks in this blog post.


SATURN in SAG trines URANUS retro / stat in AR (exact on Christmas eve, Dec 24, and again, for more integration on May 18 and Nov 11, 2017):

Ahh, that alignment makes it much easier – and spacious! – to be in our truth and on our path, matured from old beliefs conditioning, moralizing, and guilt-tripping ‘shoulds’. Free to show up in our authentic Self – hallelujah!


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

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

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

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

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




By the way, if you still haven’t seen it yet, or as a reminder – esp. apropos materialistic Christmas: Watch the 20-min video ‘Story of Stuff’ by Annie Leonard. She launched it 9 years ago(!), in Dec 2007 (just before PLUTO entered CAP, in Jan 2008), to illustrate how the ‘material’s economy’s’ linear system of extraction -> production -> distribution -> consumption -> disposal is unsustainable on a finite planet, which I’m sure is pretty obvious to you, dear reader, but perhaps you’d like to show / send it to some rare  ‘disbelievers’ out there. The project has evolved: In the meantime, there is also the ‘Story of Change’ and the Story of Solutions’.


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

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

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

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


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

Change is underway. Too slow? Effective and transformational enough?

Here is a random act of log wisdom that I found at a nearby beach (and left it there, for the next person): “Money, like manure, does no good until it’s spread around.” Not just money, any resource and what we can extract from deep processes wants to be ‘spread around’ now, with PLUTO in CAP, and SATURN in SAG.


Money-ure Log


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

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

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

~ Respecting ancient, timeless (and timely!) wisdom, and

~ Living more simply so that others can simply live?


Time is Consciousness.

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

“The Work” is never done, we can’t personally be ever complete with what we set out to do.

And as Joanna Macy would say: “Help create a project that survives you!” A transpersonal practice a la PLU.


Did you know? CAPRICORN is actually a mythical fish-tailed Sea Goat.




What’s with that, you might ask?


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


Which brings us to… Christmas!

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


Magi Star


Magi and A Poor Place


A poor place this, no place to welcome kings;

No place for myrrh or frankincense or gold.

A place for simple folk and simple things;

A place of shadows, comfortless and cold.

Yet kings are here, and now as daylight dies,

By their command an minstrel softly sings

To calm the child while Magi search the skies

For mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.


So poor a place, yet now it welcomes kings.

See how they pause outside the stable door.

See how they kneel as each one humbly brings

A gift and lays it on the earthen floor.

For if the stars are true, if planets speak,

And if their journey to this humble place

Has guided them aright, this child they seek

Is mighty ruler both of time and space.


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

So poor in justice, poor in joy and peace;

Where children starve, where evil pays,

And empires clash in wars that never cease.

Yet still the Holy Child is brought to birth;

The grace he gives far more than we can tell.

His loving hands enfold the wounded Earth,

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


Music by Patrick Wedd. Text by Herbert O’Driscoll


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

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

Hmm, goes to show, maybe Christianity knew something about Astrology, and ‘placed’ the birth of the redeemer onto Day 3 after Winter Solstice, when the SUN starts to gradually climb.


Would you like to join us at the Winter Transits Parlour?

That’s  after the Holidays, on THU Dec 29 from 6:29 – 9 pm.

Let’s Celebrate the Returning Light!
Let’s honour and align with major astrological Winter transits into 2017!

More about it here.




© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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* MARS into PISCES (Dec 19 – Jan 27) Surf’s UP! Chill Out! ReConnect!

19 Dec

Voyager Tarot card Man of Cups – Surfer. Crystal Activation and Photo by Melanie.


UH, today Dec 19 MARS entered PISCES (until Jan 27) – on the same day when MERCURY went retro (until Jan 8) in CAP. Does that sound like a confusing mix, where the energy is ‘all over the place’ rather than linear and nicely ‘organized’? Perhaps… or, how about this:

Had fun fun fun today @ baking cookies (Lebkuchen and Baerentatzen = Bear Paws with dates), with inherited recipes of the Old World (from my grandma and from my dear old (since we were 5) friend Elisabeth’s Ma) while listening to Bavarian comedians. My mom had sent me CD’s years ago – timelessly funny, cool to tune into the humour and having a ball.
Under MERCURY freshly retro in ‘Old World’ CAP (who refuses to buy cookies when she can make them, pricelessly infused with the right spirit), and MARS freshly in PISCES – yep, just rolled with it, and yes there was chocolate spilling, just on the right spots to be fun rather than a crazy mess.
Picked a Voyager card to complete the still life / cookie altar: Nine of Cups – Passion – YES!



Old World Baking with Passion – Freshly co-created with Old World Spirit, and photographed by Melanie Dec 19, 2016


As always with PISCES, we’re in for the paradox, and for the interface of the personal (MARS) and the collective (PI):

  • On a personal level, MARS in PI is very conducive, together with MERCURY retro, to be on a roll and in the flow with anything that connects us with the bigger whole.  And to let go and release what 2016 (a ‘9’ year of endings: 2+0+1+6 = 9) has ‘washed up’. In a pro-active, physical way, mind you, with MARS: Dance, music, shaking, breathing, swimming, surfing, sauna’ing, steam bathing, soaking in salt baths, or receiving body work that releases tension.  All great ways of leaving 2016, and entering 2017 ‘freshly washed’ and re-connected.
    Yes, I get it, lots of people might want to drown their 2016 frustrations in alcohol and other drugs. Not the best outlet for MARS in PI.
  • Your Piscean SUN, MOON, ASC, or Planets  get an energy boost from MARS – in a relaxed, chill way.  Maybe your desire to immerse yourself in the ‘field’ of… (dance, music, art, or literally: the water) gets turned on. The life areas represented by your Piscean House/s are these weeks also more energized than ‘usual’, and want you to act on their behalf or at least immerse yourself into their affairs. For more specifics I invite you to check in with me re: your personal birth chart. Take me up on my Holiday Offer if you like! Will be extended to Dec 31! ❤
  • On a collective (= Piscean) level, MARS in PI can stir up an emotional unified, possibly even fanatical, ideally healing wave, since MARS in PI will contact NEPTUNE (on New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day!) and CHIRON (on Jan 16).
    Which can turn into a powerful emergence of an innovative impulse, and / or a revolutionary activist movement when MARS enters its own Warrior energy of ARIES (Jan 27 – March 9) where it squares PLUTO (on Feb 22) and meets URANUS (Feb 26 – also the day of the PI New Moon Solar Eclipse!).

So, for now, let’s RElax into collective high vibrations of unity consciousness beyond Time and Space, kick back, RE-connect, and enjoy the true Spirit of Solstice and Christmas!

What an auspicious wintry time NOW for RE-lease and RE-generation, as we gather energy for the cosmic Spring energy from February on!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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* From the Galactic Centre to WINTER SOLSTICE 2016: Light Returning…

17 Dec

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

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



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


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

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

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

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


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

We increase the odds, as it seems, when we are in resonance with the Universe, in other words, when we follow inner guidance, the inner teacher that is connected to the bigger sphere, or even ‘simpler’: when we are in egoless alignment with integrity as-nature, and move with LOVE.


Sagittarius, Ruled by Jupiter - Painting by Johfra Bosschart

Johfra Bosschart: Jupiter Rules Sagittarius.


The Sagittarian Centaur is from the waist down a horse with a human upper body. He shoots his arrows from the heart to the heavens. The nature – animal – human – divine continuum. All in ONE.

The Winter SoUlstice Point is also the Space-Time Point, Integrity Point, or Inner Guru Point where we can find the teacher and guiding light within. 

SATURN, the ‘obstacle bringer’ that teaches us via ‘what’s in the way’ (hint: old patterns and conditionings, fears and limitations, ego contraction, sense of separateness, and need for control) to drop that excess ‘baggage’ of these heavy duty engagements, is now in SAG (until Winter Solstice 2017), and was just passed by the SUN (on Dec 10).

  • Where is the Inner Sage that shows the way, and whom we can trust? 
  • What is the Ground of all Being?
  • When all is still and dark, what is undying?



Ganesha – Elephant headed Hindu god, known to be the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ on the path, and Guru that takes us from the darkness (of not seeing what the obstacles is / was) to the Light.


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


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

‘After’ the Galactic centre, the SUN will reach the sacred SAG-to-CAP transition, at WINTER SOLSTICE.

The energy to align with essential deep Truth (the ultimate Gift that comes ‘down the chimney’) so that we can actually WALK the vision, and BE the Truth, the Light, the Love!


The WINTER SOLSTICE Point is the ‘Space – Time’ Point’ / ‘Integrity Point’ and ‘Tree of Life Point’ in the Zodiac.  SAG rules Space, and CAP rules Time.



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


Ancient teachings and deep inner guidance come to life here.

Let’s link up with that potent energy that’s available, at this time of year.

Speaking of Space-Time:
Space as we knew it changed irreversibly (Internet, globalization, worldwide travel expansion etc.), during the period when PLUTO was in SAG (1995 – 2008). 

Time as we know it is changing now, with PLUTO in CAP (2008 – 2023). Time is VERY relative, in fact it’s just a dimension that can be also molded, and transcended: We energetically ‘run out of it’ when we race around in scarcity mode, and, with consumer mentality, want more of what we don’t seem to ‘have’. Like a ‘hungry ghost’. The shadow of CAP (never satisfied materialist). In contrast, we ‘have all the time in the world’ when we slow down, and tune into ‘Kairos’ (time-as-quality) rather than ‘Chronos’ (time-as-quantity).

When we tap into ‘Deep Time’, and tune into Heart Time… One of the best gifts we can give others, to ourselves, and to the World. A theme that’s up now big time 🙂 under MERCURY to go retro (on Dec 19, now in ‘storm’) in CAP, next to PLUTO!

One of my all time (pun intended) stories (would make a beautiful Holiday RE-read) is Michael Ende’s Momo.  

In the village where Momo lives the pace of time goes very slowly. Nobody’s stressed, and everyone has time to chat and rest – until the day the grey men arrive. With a great selling strategy they offer the people an account to collect time….

Here’s the movie version in English.



December Sun (round 2 pm) – Photo by Melanie Dec 16. 2016


Heart Blessings for this Sacred and Deep Time of Year!

© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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