Archive | December, 2016

* GEM – SAG Super Full Moon 2016 (Dec 13 / 14), in T-square with CHIRON in PI, and Mystic Rectangle :: Heart Connection is Lighting the Way!

13 Dec

What’s the GEMINI – SAG  Full Moon all about astrologically, in a nutshell, and what are other cosmic catalyst energies that the Full Moon is highlighting?  


SuperMoon Lighting for the Gemini Reader


OH yes, here’s another  SuperMoon (#3 in a series of 3), after the AR – LI SuperMoon on Oct 15 /16, and the TAU – SCO SuperSuperMoon on Nov 14. I bet you remember that with the last SuperSuperMoon supercharged emotions came to full fruition that to be released with the waning Moon cycle after fullness. What a difference a lunar cycle makes!

We’re in a similar phase now with the Full Moon release energy as in mid Oct and mid Nov, yet wayyy less fierce and raw (AR) or intense (TAU – SCO).


What can come up with the GEM Full Moon is distraction and scatteredness through inner and outer dialogues, curiosity and interest in the ‘10000 things’, and the challenge to focus (SATURN in SAG) – a big ‘issue’ these years actually, given the social media influx… What’s the way-out?

Before going into the ‘Full Menu’ of the Full Moon Picture let’s start with a little 101 Intro (and RE-visit, if you’re familiar with the ‘puzzle pieces’) for some key Astro ‘Ingredients’ of the Full Moon:

  • GEM – SAG – the Full Moon Zodiac energies, are in contrast and polarity. Both mutable / adaptable / flexible in different ways:
  • GEM deals with asking, questioning, being curious, absorbing information, learning, studying, reading and writing, and engaging in dialogue. GEM energy can be a good word smith, and lives to learn. GEM rules the bi-hemispheric brain. Dualities come up, to be alchemized so that they not only ‘speak to each other’ but for the opposites to be married. As in: thesis – antithesis – synthesis. The shadow / challenge of GEM is being scattered, distracted, centrifugal with soo many interests, listening to many ‘channels’ and ‘voices’.

GEM is ruled by MERCURY, the Archetype of Mind. And MERCURY will go retro in mid CAP (next to PLUTO) very soon – Dec 19 – Jan 8, and into slooow, stationary ‘storm’ right after the Full Moon, on Dec 15.
Here’s my Astro~News Blog for MERCURY retro – don’t get distracted, and come back here.  

With the GEM – SAG Full Moon, AND MERCURY about to go retro there’s definitely a lot going on, on the mental plane presently. However, never mind: The mind that got wayyy ahead of the game, and running the show will be ‘lassoed in’ again in the MERCURY retro journey, to be it it’s place of an ‘agent’ for consciousness and creativity (the SUN).

  • SAG – in contrast to GEM – is the explorer, needs to follow his / her Heart, and put their Heart into what they’re doing, be focused and on ‘the Path’, get the ‘big picture’, and connect with their Truth. S/He can be an inspired story teller and sage. The shadow / challenge of SAG shows up when s/he turns into a ‘know-it-all’ and ‘know-it-better’, and that’s where judgment and beliefs come in. With the tendency to expand and a ‘more is better’ attitude SAG can over-extend his / herself, or promise more than s/he can deliver.

As SATURN is presently in SAG (Sept 2015 – Dec 2017), there’s an incentive and necessity to ‘downsize’ the excessiveness of SAG, to be done with old stories and limiting beliefs, to stay focused and heart centred. SATURN was just (on Dec 10) passed by the SUN, and is a big player in the Full Moon theme. For more depth, and tips re: SATURN Return, check out the SUN / SATURN blog from the weekend.

  • PISCES – represented by CHIRON in the Full Moon ‘matrix’ (the Full Moon is in a 90 degree T-square angle with CHIRON) – is also a mutable sign like GEM (MOON) and SAG (SUN / SATURN), yet ‘ultra flexible’, surrendered, and connected in oneness. We live in times where it becomes more and more obvious  and evident that everything is connected with everything else, in the fabric of life. That’s what Astrology is also about…. The Cosmos is ‘in’ us, and weaves through us. When we flow (PI) with our soul dharma we are aligned (VIR), and let go (PI) what’s gone.


Remember when people were talking about the theory of ‘six degrees of separation’ ? But hey – since NEPTUNE moved into PISCES  (2012 – still there until 2026) the experience of separation through time and space has more and more morphed into interconnectedness – one degree of connection is more apt these days. Internet and media allow (or hook?) us to be continuously plugged in and connected (at least to and through technology). ‘Wounded Healer’ CHIRON in PISCES (2011 – 2018) adds to the picture of oneness, by showing us our vulnerability through ‘entanglement’ and interdependency. Yet the ‘wound’ carries also its medicine: If all is connected (and YES, Water IS Life…!) our healing vibrations, our prayers, and our compassionate ‘being with’ have an influence that transcends time – space. Also, showing up with our vulnerability really IS connective. 

PISCES is one of the SoUlutions of the Full Moon ‘dilemma’….


A rare ‘Mystic Rectangle’ shows up as well, in the Full Moon energy – a ‘closed envelope’ shape (see chart below). What’s in it??? A note to self? A love letter? An invitation? Maybe Messenger MERCURY, gearing up for the next retro phase (Dec 19 – Jan 8) which starts out from PLUTO in CAP will help us decipher the mystery?

URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 2018) is quite the Archetypal ‘Player’ in Dec / Jan too: Paradigm shifts and breakthroughs, fresh approaches and initiatives get quite a boost.


The exploration continues… under the ASTRO~WEATHER & ASTRO~MEDICINE below.

When I saw the mutable T-Square from the GEMINI – SAG Full Moon to CHIRON in PI, and the ‘Mystic Rectangle’ aspect figure, this famous quote by Rumi came to my awareness:


Rumi Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do

Rumi: Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do


“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
There is a field. I will meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
The world is too full to talk about
Language, ideas, even the phrase each other
Doesn’t make any sense.”

By Rumi

Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی) (Sept 30, 1207 – Dec 17, 1273), was a Persian philosopher, poet, teacher, and founder of the Mevlevi (or Mawlawi) order of Sufism; also known as Mevlana (Our Guide), Jalaluddin Rumi, or simply Rumi.

This page features an overview and introduction to the mystical, timeless poetry by Rumi.

Read ON, for the SUN / SATURN in SAG Gifts for the Full Moon in GEM – SAG, and for your SATURN Return (if you were born 1956 – 59, or 1985 – 88)!

With references to ZEN, Ganesh, the ‘Remover of Obstacles’, and some themes to check in on, under SAT in SAG for all of us, esp. for those of you born with SAT in SAG.


Under the Mutable FULL MOON T-Square (see 101 Intro for some key Astro ‘Ingredients’ above, and chart below), we can feel pulled into different directions, maybe like a flag in the wind, maybe feeling aimless, maybe free and unbound.

The GEMINI Full MOON energy is curious, questions things, loves diversity, variety, likes to talk and learn, is hungry for information and communication, can jump around from topic to topic, and also be easily distracted / distracting. Sooo many ideas and questions. Very cerebral.

Have you found yourself pulled into the realm of information and ideas (“They say this, he says that, to which I said….”, and what about this article and interview?)?
Trapped in the tentacles of the seamless (and sometimes senseless) information stream? Hooked on the information high-way? The notion to know…

Does more knowledge (GEM) make us happier (SAG)?
And (old SAG adage): Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?

The U.S. election battle and results and the GEM / SAG storm of posts and communication (hmmm, not so many dialogues and inquiries, mostly SAG type statements) showed us ‘knowing’ doesn’t equate with happiness, nor with vision. Who knows where this is going… Interestingly, Donald Trump (born June 14, 1946) has the GEM – SAG axis emphasized in reverse: GEM SUN / URANUS (does that surprise you?!) / North Node and SAG MOON / South Node…born on the day of a Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse! I’m not going into analysis here. Wondering what your intuition says, and we can talk if you like. Here’s a blog I posted last month, for the U.S. chart with transits (wow, lots coming up there) – scroll back to part 1 -, as well as my take on the charts of Donald, Hillary, and Bernie to get the Astro ball rolling.


Back to the GEM – SAG Full Moon chart:

Natural happiness comes when we feel connected. Now that’s the Medicine of CHIRON in PI which (thankfully) releases the tension between SUN / SATURN in SAG and the MOON in GEMINI.

Heart connection (SAG – PI) makes us drop the arrows, and perhaps even words (as wise as they may sound).



Heart connection lights the way to Winter SoUlstice, and the Return of the outer Light.


Uh, and from the Heart connection it’s so much easier – and natural, actually – to act authentically in the NOW.

URANUS in ARIES (stationary mid Dec to mid Jan) gives us a big boost to break through and free us from the Old, and for… THIS.

The Mystic Rectangle (check it out on the chart below), with URANUS, MOON, JUPITER, and SUN / SATURN shows how apparently opposing forces want to be bridged and reconciled, mainly revolving round: Head and Heart, Radical New Self and Growth in Relatedness. Hmmm, what’s in the ‘closed envelope’? What’s the letter you write? What’s the message you receive there?


* GEM – SAG Full Moon Chart

A Fuller Picture

Here’s the Full Moon chart, for you visually inclined readers and Astro initiates:



HA! Here’s the evidence (SATURN in SAG): The MOON was already exactly FULL at 4:06 pm PST = Moonrise on the West Coast.


That’s when our Chakras & Astro group (with 2 GEM SUN and 1 GEM Moon, and 1 SAG SUN ladies in it) was in an inspired sharing journey that showed (CHIRON in PI ‘overseeing’ the FM) that when we come together intentionally (SAG) and open up (PI) in trusted communication (SAG – GEM) it turns out ‘we’re all in this together’ and have so much in common. Resonance heals. Showing up with vulnerability (CHIRON in PI), and honouring the journey (SATURN in SAG), without re-gurgitating the ‘story’ invokes the collective (PI) Healer / Teacher. Great grounding finale of our journey!


So here’s also the ‘Mystic Rectangle’ between the MOON in GEM, JUPITER in LI, SUN / SATURN in SAG, and URANUS in AR. Can you see it in the chart? Bridging, reconciling, and creatively balancing the polar opposites is the call of (not only) the Day, and actually quite stimulating. The point is that the opposite sides can be stronger when they cooperate in synergy, like a good partnership. (Aspect ‘technically’ speaking: each opposition point has also a trine and sextile attached, for opportunities):

  • There’s the Full Moon opposition with its Head & Heart / Knowledge & Knowing / Dialogue & Intuition themes.
  • And there’s the JUPITER – URANUS opposition (exact on Dec 26, and again on March 3 and Sept 27, 2017):

A BIG emphasis on URANUS is building up, since URANUS is in Dec / Jan also stationary, as it goes from retro to direct (kaboooom!) on Dec 29 = the day after the CAP New Moon, and ‘Day of Enlightening Insight’ in the MERCURY retro cycle!!!

URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 2018) is the signature of the ‘Zeitgeist’ (literally: Spirit of the Time) that shows up as accelerated awakening of consciousness, yet also the quickening of everything, and revolutionary notions to break free from repressive old structures (PLUTO in CAP). We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!

If people are truly liberated in themselves (UR in AR) that’s a great starting point for growth in relationships (JU in LI), and there’s less need for a tug of war between independence (UR in AR) and the benefits / compromises in relationships (JU in LI).


  • Also visible in the Full Moon chart: MERCURY next to PLUTO in CAP, about to go into pre-retro ‘storm’ on Dec 15 and retro Dec 19 – Jan 8. See: the epic special feature Astro~News Blog on the upcoming MERCURY retro phase.


  • VENUS has entered AQ recently, on Dec 7, and will travel through the ‘coolest sign of the Zodiac’ until Jan 3. Being cool, free-spirited, nerdy, a mad scientist even, and definitely: a good and original friend (and astrologer) is attractive. Ha-ha.
    VENUS will make some real nice aspects on Christmas Day Dec 25: Trine JUPITER, sextile her URANUS friend in AR, and ‘even’ sextile SATURN in SAG, linking the SATURN – URANUS trine (which will be exact on Dec 24 – and again in May and Nov 2017). The common denominator of SAG, JUPITER and URANUS is: FREEDOM. Which comes in so many ways… to be explored in the next Astro~News (from Winter SoUlstice to CAP New Moon Dec 28 / 29).


  • MARS is about to leave AQ and will be ‘gone fishing’ in PI, from Dec 19 on (until Jan 27). Time to ‘get your surf gear out’? To disappear? More about it below, in a n upcoming Astro~News blog.


For now: Blessings for the GEM – SAG Full Moon and the bridges and connections it encourages us to build!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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Mercury Retro Gearing UP – and Travelling with PLUTO in CAP (Dec 19 – Jan 8) :: Seasoned Tips & Tricks, and New Perspectives on M-R!

13 Dec

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. The upcoming MERCURY RETRO phase (Dec 19 – Jan 8).

This one is a potent MERCURY – close to PLUTO in CAPRICORN – and it goes back over the SAG – CAP ‘Integrity Point’ = Winter Solstice Point.


Mercury winged feet

MERCURY Retro in CAP – Staying Grounded on & in solid Marble, for Now / Taking off from a good Foundation



MERCURY the magician and shape shifter shows up this time as HERMES the ‘psycho pomp’ who guides Souls into the Underworld – the realm of HADES = PLUTO)…, while Winter SoUlstice is nearing, the long-night time of the year, and while Humanity in some way goes through the Dark Night of the Soul, these years….


We’re all in one boat (hmm, maybe some dark humour here…).

With MERCURY’s underworldly trip back to Soul, and back to SoUlar Consciousness (MERCURY / SUN alignment – which ushers the next New Moon, Dec 28 / 29!) collective evolution (PLUTO) is brought back inward into our Soul evolution, and contribution to the whole (CAP).

So, in other words, an inquiry time for questions like:

  • What are we on our Soul’s Journey contributing and supporting?
  • What can we provide and help building that makes a difference, in a soulful and sustainable way?
  • What matters most ‘at the end of the day’ and at any time, esp. NOW?!



MERCURY will go RETRO Dec 19 until Jan 8.

And it will be in stationary turnaround ‘storm’ over the coming week, from Dec 15 on…
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, in VIR in Aug / Dec, and this one in CAP in Dec / Jan).

In RE-view:

  • RE-evaluate Values (rather than chasing the money) – TAU.
  • 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) – VIR.
  • RE-establish inner priorities (rather than going after status and control) – CAP (this one).

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

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

Voila! Dished up from here on:


Did I say ‘storm’?
Yep, MERCURY – winged Messenger Archetype, representing the Mind and its workings, is going into its pre-retro stationary (slow turnaround) ‘storm’ this week (from Dec 15 on, kicked off by the Full Moon)!

The immanent early M-r phase in CAP, close to PLUTO shows us ‘old stories’ of how the mind can try to ‘control’ life and how that in turn can turn into hard work, yet something else is in charge, and we can be sustained and fuelled by IT…


At the onset on M-r we are shown how the Mind 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 weather and mind (brain storms are cool though)! J


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


And a blessed SoUlstice Season!

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

Mecur-elanie, a.k.a. cosmic SoUl SiStar du jour


What you find in this ‘Special Issue’:

* MERCURY RETRO in CAP next to PLUTO and back over the ‘Integrity Point’:
What Matters Most (‘Matter over Mind’) 

* MERCURY Retro and the Mental Maze / Labyrinth

* Sabian Symbol of the MERCURY Turnaround Degree: 15° CAP

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

* Itinerary for the Mercury retro Phase




* MERCURY RETRO in CAP next to PLUTO and back over the ‘Integrity Point’:
What Matters Most (‘Matter over Mind’)


SoUlstice Light Photo by Melanie


What could that look like?

  • Sloooowing down, and being in Nature, grounded and inward.
  • Rather than going crazy over the Holiday ‘agenda’, asking ourselves:

What matters most? And what’s with TIME (ruled by CAP), as in: giving each other the gift of Time. And also not being so controlled and ruled by Time. How can we return to soulful Time?

  • Maybe we need to take ourselves to magical spots. MERCURY is also the magician, and M-r times can be quite magical – if we let it unfold (and our ‘original plans’ transform).
  • Ceremony is perfect under M-r so close to the SoUlstice, and into the NEW, esp. for a release of old thought forms. Specifically before the New Moon on Dec 28 / 29 would be great cosmic timing.
  • Buying less, crafting more. RE-alizing that what’s soUld to us may turn into a selling our Soul to materialism that’s like a bottomless hole. We are whole and complete without ‘stuffing’ ourselves.
  • The mind in CAP tries to plan and control. Going with the flow?! Definitely more magical, and open for the unknown and unknowable.
  • Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of Nature and Soul, and of Mother Nature (PLUTO in CAP). They might take you inward at first, esp. in the first half of the M-r phase (until Dec 28), to help us RE-align with What Matters Most.



Take time this first MERCURY retro week, under the waning Moon

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of ‘gotta’ / ‘should have’ to-do’s.
  • To check your ‘invent-ory’, in other words, ‘RE-sources’ and inventive ideas from the ‘back burner’ could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.
  • Check in with your friends and family whom you might not have made TIME for! Esp. for your M-r buddies!


* MERCURY Retro and the Mind Maze / Labyrinth

Labyrinth (Seven Circle Classical L.) by Helen Rowlands

7-Circle Classical Labyrinth 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. Nature and natural formations (CAP) does that ‘to us’ too. And they are never static and ‘the same’ and show us a great deal about transformation and impermanence (PLUTO). Maybe another RE-ason why I love being in Nature, besides: it’s so RE-generative.

Check out THIS confirmation article about Labyrinths!
A MERCURY retro question could be: Can we use (HA! CAP asks the qu: “How can we use and work with what we already have?”)  the ancient labyrinth structure / system, to intentionally connect, energize, and regenerate both brain hemispheres, and everything ‘mind’? Maybe just a prompting RE-minder to be RE-ceptive (not only) under M-r in CAP, for seeing what we are called to work with that’s already here. We don’t need to RE-invent the wheel…


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, assumptions, judgments that circulate in us we bury ourselves under the mental load (CAP), and far from free.

Thinking itself is not the problem, and we can’t and don’t need to make our mind ‘shut up’. The issue is rather getting wrapped up with our thoughts, in CAP in mostly via the notion to control, organize, and work optimally, which can be frustrating when people and circumstances don’t cooperate. Hence judgment / self judgment and resentment can set in.

So the key is (in the CAP world) to use the Mind as a ‘natural RE-source’ yet not to be used or enslaved by it.



Sun Dial at Beacon Hill Park. Always ‘On Time’ Photo by Melanie


Each MERCURY retro phase serves as a REcalibration of the mind, and REconnection of the mind (MERCURY) with Consciousness and Spirit (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


Let’s see what the

* Sabian Symbol of the Mercury Turnaround Degree reveals.

MERCURY will turn retro at 15° 07′ CAP.

For the Sabian Symbol, I’d suggest to round it down to 15°CAP, since it’s so close to 15, and the direction is backwards.  




Keynote: The Responsibility of society to ensure the welfare and total health of the new generation.

The sociocultural process must look to the future as well as to the past. It has created conditions which may harm the children who will carry forward its work, and it must try to repair these negative conditions through love as well as through physical care. In personal life, the individual should take great care of her fresh intuitions and his dreams for future growth. They are often fragile developments which the pressures of everyday life can easily distort or destroy.
This is the last stage of Scene 19 (1 – 15 CAP) which began with a powerful claim for socio-political power. The exercise of such a power can indeed produce social conditions which endanger the healthy and spiritual unfoldment of a community, and especially of its children. There is therefore a constant need for TENDER CARE as well as skill to neutralize the destructive tensions of social living.”

Powerful, and definitely ‘retro’ message for the whole M-r phase – bringing the Mind back what matters most, now and into the future of the Children of Humanity! SOOO timely.


* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

Check out Adyashanti’s ‘old’ but gold video about his basic spiritual teachings. Excellent.


* Itinerary for the  Mercury retro Phase

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

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


Dec 15: MERCURY in CAP close to PLUTO enters the stationary ‘storm’

Stormy, ingenuous, or wrapped up in trying to get your act together, while being in an ‘underworld / inner world journey’?


Dec 19: MERCURY in mid CAP, next to (almost but not quite passing) PLUTO will turn retro, from Earth perspective. 

SoUlstice Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with SoulAwareness. And: Nature speaks…


Dec 28: Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the CAP SUN and also NEW MOON and URANUS Direct (both on Dec 28 / 29!).

The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant.

The whole point of the MERCURY retro adjustment phase…

Ahhh, the half-way point of the MERCURY retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New MERCURY’ is being born. WOW, on the eve of URANUS (the Archetype of Prometheus the Awakener) turning direct – very illuminating! And it starts the ‘Promethean’ phase of M-r!

SO divinely timed this time, with the New Moon in CAP, just at the end of the calendar year, into the New Year of 2017 which will also numerologically be a 1 year (count up the # = 10 / 1).


Jan 4 – 12: MERCURY re-enters SAG, and cruises on the ‘Integrity Point in the first half of January.

Look for new insights and visons that can turn into manifestation – that you are called to build and show up with. They gotta be in alignment with integrity for you. And now you know your mind can’t trick you…


Jan 8: MERCURY will go direct again.

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


Jan 14: Mercury will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.

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


Jan 28: Mercury direct in CAP will leave the post-retro ‘shadow’.

Green light, to be more clearly in our alignment with integrity and showing up with what matters most to us.



For good measure, and on a practical note, it’s time for another updated



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???).

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Hermes / Mercury

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


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!  Esp. for CAP who doesn’t like waste and wants to use what’s best.

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. 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. Take TIME to meet them. It’s time well invested and may save you from having a fantasy or judgment about them. Make it RE-al!

Now, in the beginning M-r mode, we are more prone to bypass the rational censor, trust our bodily senses, 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, take it easy under M-r in CAP! Something else, call it ‘The Mind of God / the Universal Mind / Higher Power’ (MERCURY conj. PLUTO) 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 (good medicine for CAP energy which can become rigid and set in its ways…) 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 – so don’t take it ON, CAP!


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. 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 Dec 19 – Jan 8), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Jan 14), and if you will, even post-retro shadow time (until Jan 28):


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 early Dec already as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, from Dec 15 on.


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 the need to be in control. Practice being fully present in RE-al time, with every person you communicate with, and any situation and function. Don’t loose sight of what’s most 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 in CAP coach!


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 CAP (the energy that’s so much about completion and accomplishment) 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 Aug / Sept, 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 (very CAP – use what you got, and only get what you use!), you name it… makes sense, eh?

Also, of course, esp. with the CAP flavour, 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 CAP, specially RE-lating to career, purpose, business, and the Elders.


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. Rather than judging them (shadow of CAP) 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 wise and trust simple insight, 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?”), drop your defenses, respond with genuine interest and be a CAP RE-source of service and guidance (if RE-quested)!


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 what the implications and consequences of your agreement are (CAP), 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 CAP 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 CAP energy, let’s RE-member to tune into Nature and into the Inner Elder.


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 CAP in your chart (e.g. 7th house: significant others, 9th house: foreign countries, studies…).


12) When ‘glitches’ occur, rather than carrying judgment and resentment around (CAP) 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? How can you use this situation for the highest purpose? A major teaching that’s also funny? 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 ‘set in stone’ /controlling CAP mind set could have come up with? J


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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SUN / SATURN in SAG Gifts for the Full Moon in GEM – SAG (Dec 13 / 14) – and for Your Saturn Return (born 1956 – 59 and 85 – 88)

12 Dec

When I saw the mutable T-Square from the GEMINI – SAG Full Moon to CHIRON in PI, and the ‘Mystic Rectangle’ aspect figure in the chart this famous quote by Rumi came to my awareness:

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
There is a field. I will meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
The world is too full to talk about
Language, ideas, even the phrase each other
Doesn’t make any sense.”

by Rumi


Rumi Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do

Rumi: Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do


Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی) (Sept 30, 1207 – Dec 17, 1273), was a Persian philosopher, poet, teacher, and founder of the Mevlevi (or Mawlawi) order of Sufism; also known as Mevlana (Our Guide), Jalaluddin Rumi, or simply Rumi.

This page features an overview and introduction to the mystical, timeless poetry by Rumi.


Under the Mutable FULL MOON T-Square (see chart in the next Astro~News blog), we can feel pulled into different directions, maybe like a flag in the wind, maybe feeling aimless, maybe free and unbound.

The GEMINI Full MOON energy is curious, questions things, loves diversity, variety, likes to talk and learn, is hungry for information and communication, can jump around from topic to topic, and also be easily distracted / distracting. Sooo many ideas and questions. Very cerebral.

Have you found yourself pulled into the realm of information and ideas (“They say this, he says that, to which I said….”, and what about this article and interview?)?
Trapped in the tentacles of the seamless (and sometimes senseless) information stream? Hooked on the information high-way?

And then, Zen: “What is the sound of the one hand clapping?”


The GEMINI – SAG Full Moon calls to balance head (GEM) and heart (SAG).

It matters not so much how far and where we are going (which is what lots of people are uncertain and confused about these days, with SAT in SAG square NEP in PI), but HOW we are going, and: where we are coming from!


The Sagittarian Centaur Archer (formerly CHIRON!) pulls the arrow back to his heart, aims, and releases the arrow of inspiration, heart-wisdom, and vision. The ‘why’ is crucial for IN-tension, for ‘the path, and for any journey. Motivation matters. Well, it helps to have the heart arrow ignited by a lightning bolt of Zeus / JUPITER .

Of the 3 Fire signs, SAG represents the inner fire, and also relates to the inner wandering Sage (see Hermit with lantern in the picture).


Jupiter Rules Sagittarius. Painting by Johfra Bosschart



SATURN in SAG (Sept 17, 2015 – Winter Solstice 2017) is the bigger backdrop that the SAG SUN bring to consciousness (SUN):

  • How do people turn righteous, intolerant, judgmental, preachy, even fundamentalist (shadow of SAG, shown by SATURN)?
  • How do beliefs and fear get into the picture (or shall I say: blind spots, blinders, and shadow)?
  • What is the way through and out?


SATURN is about the experience of contrast (you / they are over there, I am here), separation, resistance, and the side in us that pretends to protect us from the apparent non-self. The ring around us. The ‘separate’ form, and what anchors us here-now.

In SAG, SAT shows us through insight and lessons about obstacles on the path – obstacles can be caution, a simple NO, lingering judgment, and a sense of separation. Obstacles ARE lessons – about ‘what’s in the way’ for us, and what that tells us about our ego.


Saturn & Earth

Saturn and Earth – Hubble Space Telescope picture (NASA)


In the Hindu tradition, the Elephant headed Lord Ganesh is invoked at the onset of a journey, to help ‘remove obstacles’. In a Yoga class a while ago, our teacher suggested to do a whole Ganesh sequence hour of Yoga. Ironically, after the class, there was a pain in the body that I didn’t have before. Hmmm, I wondered jokingly, “How come? Isn’t Ganesh supposed to remove obstacles, and not bring new ones???”. The process with the pain lead me through something I would have avoided or ignored otherwise. This was the obstacle. And CHIRON was involved as well…




Here is a Ganesh chant for you…


An example of SATURN in SAG, and pre-cursor of the Full Moon presented itself to me a while ago:
Someone I had asked for practical support positioned himself as the know-it-all expert, judging everyone else as idiots who don’t know what they are doing. Since this judgment also related to two of my friends, I got sensitized and could have stood up on their behalf, advocated for them, and endeavoured to convince this gentleman that there are many paths and approaches, not just his ‘one and only right one’. But hey, I didn’t want to play his game, and rather save my energy, since he seemed angry, very entrenched in his views, and lacking a positive and generous, spacious SAG outlook.

When I found out that he was in severe physical pain I sensed that he probably felt powerless and fearful. This is when we often compensate, by holding on to something that we consider ‘certain’.

In such potentially confrontational, frustrating, argumentative situations (which can come up with the Full Moon T-Square to CHIRON), it’s often better to opt out of getting pulled into an argument about who’s right, and to release and diffuse the situation (CHIRON in PI) through prayers and blessings, and to honour deeper teachings (SUN / SATURN in SAG) about compassion for how pain can contract us.

After the meeting with that gentleman, I stepped outdoors for fresh air, and saw an eagle soaring – ahhhh!

Later, more medicine and gifts of re-connecting in the Field found me on a sunlit walk to / by the ocean (so SAG – PI).


SATURN in SAG shows us where we experience ourselves as separate through often old, parental or otherwise imprinted conditions and limiting beliefs.

We might have adopted a selective perception of ‘obstacles’ and lack of trust, which of course makes us rigid and righteous.

We lose spaciousness, the bigger picture, an eye for opportunities, a sense of humour, an attitude of gratitude. All based on separation and fear. Whoa!


So: definitely a good idea to check in on those qualities.

And to question / inquire (very GEMINI):

  • Is this… absolutely true?
  • How else can this be seen?
  • What is the gift in this?

How about this all-time SATURN in SAG ‘Inquiry Mantra’ in such situations: “Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?”


SATURN is now in the area in late SAG where PLUTO was in 2004 / 2005. 

  • What are the effects and consequences of deeper changes then (2004 -5) for you now?
  • How have you matured, in the transformation since then?
  • What happened to the power of your path and to your happiness at the time? Any ‘obstacles’ now?
  • How can the SAG Fire be rekindled?


SATURN was in SAG the last time from Nov 1985 until Nov 1988, and before that from Oct 1956 until Jan 1959.

If you were born in those years you have your 1st or 2nd SATURN Return these years!
A look into your chart would tell us when that is exactly, however you probably sense it the whole time while SAT is in SAG.




Here are some themes to check in on, under SAT in SAG for all of us, esp. for those of you born with SAT in SAG – be honest! 🙂 

  • Are you a good story teller, or do you bug and bore people with the same old stories?
  • Do you take your attitude super seriously? Can you laugh at yourself?
  • Have you become masterful at inspiring others (maybe through the school of hard knocks)?
  • Can you see how your need to be right is actually limiting, and how generosity, gratitude and openness makes your life richer?
  • Can you turn the ‘doubt of the benefit’ into the ‘benefit of the doubt’?
  • Check for blind spots, blinders, agenda, old limiting beliefs – well, ask trusted friends, and don’t hold it against them.
  • What’s with a lack of humour or overcompensation of hopelessness through cynical humour? Yikes!
  • Do you trust that life always opens new avenues?
  • Have you found your path? Maybe the pathless path, the ultimate ‘path’?
  • What makes you really(!) happy?

Stay tuned for the Full Picture of the GEM – SAG Full Moon!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2016


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Freedom from the Known, and FOR the Path of Heart! SAG SUN sextiles JUPITER, and conj. SATURN. AR MOON conj. URANUS, Dec 9 / 10

9 Dec

Opportunity & Break-free Days!
The SUN in SAG sextiles mighty JUPITER in LIBRA – golden opportunities to make wise choices, based on, and regarding fairness, justice, balance, right relationship bring FREEDOM, open new directions, and open the HEART!
The ARIES MOON meets URANUS (once a month) also today. Break through, break free, break open. It all starts NOW – and there’s only NOW.



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


Check out a little video clip from my St. Nicklas walk here 🙂
…and come back to the AstroNews blog afterwards (haven’t figured out how to create a hyperlink that opens a new browser window – tips welcome!).

As the SUN passes SATURN tomorrow Satur-N-Day (Yes, it IS the day of the week dedicated to Saturn) Dec 10 (another YAY of the week, happens once a year!), it’s so much easier to SEE the LIGHT and the bigger WHY through the eyes of consciousness (the SUN in SAG), beyond what’s presented itself to us / what we perceived (SAG has to do with seeing and perception) as ‘obstacles on the path’ over the last… year! (SATURN in SAG – since Sept 2015). We can see and acknowledge these obstacles and challenges as opportunities to grow beyond conditioning (‘Freedom from the Known’). And the need to set boundaries, and say NO to pursuing old, conditioned directions that we’ve outgrown (and if we ‘went there’ we’d just get more karma to unravel).

OH, and of course, SATURN in SAG says: Less is More, when it comes to unnecessary ‘junk’ and clutter (even in the name of ‘gifts’). What are the gifts that matter most? 

The Path of Heart prevails! So ‘simple’.



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* MERCURY over the ‘Integrity Point’ into CAP (Dec 2), and Mercury retro (Dec 19 – Jan 8) fore-shadowing :: Behind the Message there’s a Human.

2 Dec

Ahhh, why does nobody ‘like’ MERCURY retro?

It seems to mess with our plans, our mind, and with communications. 


Monkeys (Gibbons) at Play 1427 painting by Xuande Emperor

“Gibbons at Play” – 1427 Painting by Xuande Emperor(?!)


YES, MERCURY will inevitably go retro again (again??? 3 times a year for 3 weeks, plus pre- and post- retro shadow and storm, all in all almost 2 months each phase).

Rather than seeing M-r as an annoyance there’s a deeper purpose, and there are better ways of grooving with the ‘backwards flying messenger’.

Each M-r phase ‘lassoes’ MERCURY the Archetype for the Mind that gets ‘ahead of the game’ and has traveled ahead of the SUN back in, so that Spirit and Consciousness (the SUN) rule, and Mind follows as its function and ‘servant’. Always lots to learn and adjust each time, since the ‘monkey mind’ / ego mind really IS the make-believe trickster.


So here’s a brief overview of the upcoming M-r phase with itinerary (see also my scribblings on the SAG New Moon chart).


More about it in the updated M-r tool kit that I’ll send out next week in separate mail and in the next Astro~News for the GEM – SAG Full Moon on Dec 13 when MERCURY is about to go into pre-retro ‘storm’.


This year 2016, M-r visits the Earth signs (first phase was in TAU in Apr / May, then in VIR in Aug / Sept, and rounding it up with CAP in Dec / Jan).

Physical, practical matters have been mostly ‘affected’ by M-r (values, money, organizing, business, health) and this continues with M-r in CAP which rules societal structures, governments, bosses, law, time and history, as well as how we work with time and resources, and the long term effects of it.


Since PLUTO entered CAP in 2008/9, these larger issues have been ‘in our face’, and transformation of the modern capitalist life style has to happen to keep bio-structures on Planet Earth sustainable.

MERCURY will start its next retro tour on Dec 19, right next to PLUTO, and go back to the last degree of SAG, hence cross the SAG – CAP ‘Integrity Point’ 3 times (forward – retro – forward). All the deeper, more serious issues where walking our talk matters will be brought up by MERCURY. If the Mind (MERCURY) has either driven us more overtly crazy and powerless with our need to plan and control, in the face of world changes, or if we’re gone into denial / shut-down (PLU) things will come up for RE-visit and RE-view, to RE-connect with Spirit, and be guided from deep within.

Aaand: When receiving messages from and communicating with authorities, consider: “Behind the message is a person.” And communicate directly with them as human beings


Itinerary for the M-r phase in Dec / Jan 2016 /17:

Dec 1: MERCURY goes into pre-retro shadow – themes and patterns to address foreshadow.

Dec 2: MERCURY crosses from SAG over the ‘Integrity Point’ into CAP – how do you ‘walk your talk’, and think and talk in integrity?

Dec 15: MERCURY significantly slows down, and enters the stationary pre-retro ‘storm’ – time for RE-visit, RE-view, RE-treat…

Dec 19: MERCURY goes retro next to PLUTO – don’t be afraid of the ‘black hole’, may it RE-generate us deeply from within over the SoUlstice time.

Jan 4 – 12: MERCURY re-enters SAG and hovers on the ‘Integrity Point’: Walking our Talk matters.

Jan 8: MERCURY goes out of retro – what life lessons have we learned and do we need to practice now?

Jan 12 (Full Moon): MERCURY goes out of SAG into CAP, and out of stationary ‘storm’ – settling on ‘higher ground’?
Jan 27: MERCURY goes out of the post-retro shadow – integration.

I’ll post a Mercury retro tool kit shortly – stay tuned :-).



© Melanie Lichtinger 2016


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