* 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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