Archive | January, 2017

* AQUARIUS New Moon on Jan 27: Freedom For The Light!

27 Jan

Let’s look right at the AQ New Moon chart – a picture says more… AQ is ‘systemic’ – and rules Astrology (no surprise :-))
Let’s see how a cool, distanced, detached look at things can help us sort out what that ‘drama’ is all about…

The AQUARIUS New Moon is exact today Jan 27 at 4:07 pm PST / 7:07 pm EST:

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What strikes in the chart – Overview:

The practically unaspected New Moon.

Several ‘focal points’ (hot spots?), in CAP, AQ, and PI.

The chart is divided into 2 sides, one occupied with Planets (from LI to AR), one ‘empty’ (except for the North Node). The JUPITER – URANUS polarity is the division axis.

Two squares, between SATURN in SAG, and VENUS / CHIRON in PI, and between MERCURY / PLUTO in CAP, and URANUS in AR.

 

And now in detail:

 

  • The NEW MOON in early AQ isn’t aspected, except for a sextile (location dependent) – and has ‘a life of it’s own’ (very Aquarian also 🙂). Something’s cooking there. A seed is planted, for a new beginning in freedom, solidarity, in groups, as humanity, and a new beginning for the Feminine and the People (the MOON). To be revealed as time progresses.
    WE are the People. WE are Humanity.
    The New Moon close to the ‘Prometheus Point’ / ‘Community Builder Point’, from CAP to AQ shows us: It’s time to come together in groups of like spirit, in freedom, equality, and co-creation, and build together in circles of community beyond the CAP pyramid and hierarchy.

 

  • MERCURY / PLUTO in CAP
    Well, that’s a big, important deal, and a heavy one:

    With MERCURY still in CAP where it’s been ‘forever’ (in MERCURY terms), since early Dec, Humanity has ‘serious business’ to deal with and talk about.
    The recent MERCURY retro phase (Dec 19 – Jan 8) has happened mostly in CAP. Only now, with the AQ New Moon, the post-retro ‘shadow’ ends, mental digestion and integration can happen. MERCURY retro started on Dec 19, soo close to PLUTO, from where it went back to the SAG – CAP ‘Integrity Point’, close to SATURN, by Jan 8.
    Serious issues re: what does inner guidance say, what matters most, how to be in integrity and walk one’s talk, have come up for lots of us personally.
    This has been of course very relevant for the political arena (MERCURY traveled between close to the U.S. PLUTO, and Trump’s Eclipse MOON).
    What’s the truth? What is leadership? Who can be trusted? Where is this going?!
    “I’m the Messenger”, said GEMINI Trump in his populistic inauguration speech… Lots of messages and agenda has been thrown around in this turbulent month.‘Old school’ power / control agenda (PLUTO in CAP) became evident, also showing how the system is anachronistic, and due for changeNow, finally, MERCURY will actually cross PLUTO on Jan 29. What needs to change is being purged, and brought out of the ‘closet’ / shadow, into public discussion.

 

  • MERCURY / PLUTO practically square URANUS (MERCURY will square URANUS on Jan 31):
    Whoa – a serious wake-up call (also catalyzed by the Phoenix Rooster), lots of upset already – and perhaps more erratic and traumatic turmoil a la “one never knows what’s been thrown into the discussion next”?

    What would be best to feed into the collective ‘field’?
    How about: A liberated mind that sees the ‘spiel’, and through the illusion of it all?!

 

  • Presently, there is still so much PISCES energy going on (not just a ‘hot spot’, rather an overwhelming wave), with the South Node, NEPTUNE, CHIRON, VENUS – MARS just ‘made it’ today, Jan 27, out of PISCES, over the ‘Emergence / Survival Point’ into ARIES.
    Does that make you sea sick and nauseous? Well, yeah, no wonder – waves after waves of collective energy have been quite overwhelming and weakening for many of us, esp. psychically and for the immune system if you’re sensitive. Lots of people I know literally got sick, and I don’t think it was ‘just the flu’. The system can’t take all these invasive energies anymore.

    The PISCEAN Medicine (in combination with VIRGO): Let go of what’s vibrationally not working (anymore)!
    SATURN in SAG was squared by MARS in PI last week, and by VENUS in PI just today, Jan 27. The square between SATURN in SAG and CHIRON in PI continues this year (was exact Dec 24, 2016, again exact Apr 30, and Nov 2, 2017): In the midst of ‘chaos’ finding inner guidance and connection to our wisdom source! Staying Heart focused and grounded helps, walking in nature and gaining space from it all too.

 

  • We need to use our awareness and discernment muscles!
    The helpful North Node in VIRGO stands presently all by itself, without an aspect to a Planet (except for locally a quincunx to the MC), so it’s up to us to activate this support system. VIRGO helps with clear awareness, engaging with what works for us, establishing a daily wellness practice, healthy routines and rituals, building self sufficiency, bringing ‘order into chaos’, serving in a practical, grounded manner, and being with the plant kingdom is all good VIRGO medicine. And it is the energy of the Sacred Feminine. Letting HER inform us how we best take care of ‘our temple’ (the body-mind-spirit temple, and our physical environment)…!

    As for myself, and the inner VIRGO part, I introduced daily longer than usual Yoga practice since December into my morning routine – makes a big difference.
    Being with my work, and raising awareness through the Astrology of it all, rather than just being passively and helplessly exposed to ‘what happens’ is a big winner  too – for myself and whomever I serve and share with.

 

  • Lastly, the opposition of JUPITER in LIBRA and URANUS in ARIES that ‘seals off’ the 180° scene where it all happens (LI to AR) is quite a prominent ‘kicker’ all year (was exact on Dec 26, 2016, again on March 3, and Sept 27, 2017). Expect the unexpected! Issues of justice, lack consideration, balance, fairness, negotiation and equality are HUGE now, with JUPITER in LI, and the lack thereof is very upsetting, unsettling, and causing turmoil, in the societal (esp. U.S. – where URANUS also squares their PLUTO in 2017 / 18) arena, under URANUS in AR. More protests and marches, action and re-action very likely…
    Yet, how can we, beyond going into opposition, integrate this polarity?
    How about this: Finding the inner Balance Point and even Still-Point of Essence, from which to act, freshly, freely, spontaneously?!
    I’m sure the Yin Phoenix Bird would be quite happy with that too….

 

 

* Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 8°15’ AQ – and another, related one for the U.S. as well!

9° AQ says (yep, really):

“PHASE 309 (AQUARIUS 9°):

A FLAG IS SEEN TURNING INTO AN EAGLE.

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KEYNOTE: The dynamic incorporation of new social values in individuals who exemplify the spiritual potential and greatest significance of these values.

This symbol nearly duplicates the one for Sagittarius 12°, but in this five-fold sequence it has a somewhat different meaning — especially since the last term of the mysterious transformation (i.e. the crowing of the eagle in chanticleer’s fashion) is omitted. All that is implied here is the vitalization of a powerful symbol, its embodiment in a living reality, i.e. in a person able to fly in consciousness to the highest spiritual realm. The archetype is given living substance and wings. The Image has become a Power.

This fourth stage symbol, as usual, gives us a technical suggestion. To “see” the new archetype, to perceive the new standard of value with one’s mind is not enough. The seer must become the doer. The impersonal is dynamized and brought into focus. We have here the ACTING OUT of the vision.”

 

Whoa – what a timely / synchronous symbol!
Not in terms of: it’s all in place government wise. Rather than: as a standard and measuring stick. So who really IS acting out the vision, nowadays?!

The referred to Sabian Symbol for 12° SAG is actually the degree just above the U.S. AC (which is at 12°12’ SAG!). It seems to hold a hidden code to be looked at here as well – esp. given the recent and current affairs in the U.S., and, as we shall see, in relationship to the Chinese New Year:

 

PHASE 252 (SAGITTARIUS 12°):

A FLAG TURNS INTO AN EAGLE; THE EAGLE INTO A CHANTICLEER SALUTING THE DAWN.

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KEYNOTE: The spiritualization and promotion of great symbols of a New Age by minds sensitive to its precursory manifestations.

In the background of this strange allegory we can recognize the deep-seated belief that the American nation and its basic democratic institutions were constituted to be the cradle for a new step in human evolution. The “flag” is the abstract symbol of the nation; it becomes an “eagle” — another U.S. symbol — when the concept is made alive by bold and transcendent action. The eagle symbolizes spiritual will and the power to rise to the highest possible altitude of consciousness and purpose. Flying at such an altitude, the eagle is the first living creature to perceive the rising sun. Having perceived it, it heralds it — and by so doing is identified with the crowing chanticleer, who had convinced himself that his resonant cry was responsible for the rise of the sun and the coming of a new day.

This second stage symbol contrasts with the first in that it is completely future-oriented. It speaks of “peak experiences” instead of the wisdom found in the organismic depth of the body- consciousness. It urges us to bring our noblest ideals to actual life through the power of the spiritual will. A Keyword might be ANNUNCIATION.”

 

Hmmm, I can think of a ‘Red Rooster’ and “crowing chanticleer, who had convinced himself that his resonant cry was responsible for the rise of the sun and the coming of a new day.”…

May the incoming Fire Rooster turn into a Phoenix, burn off narcissistic and chauvinistic display, and may we all Rise in Consciousness!

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

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Chinese New Year of the Yin Fire Rooster – The Phoenix Bird: Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018

26 Jan

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The Upcoming New Moon on Friday Jan 27 at 4:07 pm PST at 8º15’ AQ initiates the Chinese New Year of the Yin Fire Rooster which starts on the following day, Jan 28.

 

In BC, with strong Chinese communities, we have quite an awareness of Chinese Astrology and year cycles.
Did you know? Victoria has the oldest Chinatown in Canada! The BIG parade however will be in Vancouver on Jan 28 – no wonder, given the large Chinese population.

Here in Victoria where the Chinese population is about 30 000, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated again in Chinatown on Sunday, Jan 29 – always on the Sunday after the CNY – with traditional Lion’s Dance and fun performances.

 

Introduction to the Chinese Animal and Element Cycles

The Chinese calendar is Lunar based (as in Islamic, Mayan, Native American cultures), and therefore the New Year varies every year. It traditionally starts with the day following the second New Moon after Winter Solstice.

Yes, there is also a Chinese Astrology based on the planetary movements in relation to the star constellations of the Zodiac, like our Western Astrology system.

 

The more popular system is based on two interlocking ‘wheels’ of cycles:

The cycle of the 12 Animals = 12 earthly branches. These are in sequence: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

The cycle of the 5 Elements = 5 heavenly stems: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.

Therefore, there are 60 possible Animal & Element combinations, and they repeat every 60 years. The Elements stay ‘on’ for 2 years, with alternating Yang and Yin polarity.

For instance, after a Yang Fire Monkey year (Feb 8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017) the comes the Yin Fire Rooster year from Jan 28, 2017 to Feb 15, 2018.

 

The Chinese cycles aren’t directly based on planetary cycles or related to star constellations. But the 12-year animal cycle corresponds roughly with the 12-year JUPITER transit cycle. So, when you have your JUPITER Return you also have the Return of your Chinese year animal. Makes sense?

 

The last Yang Fire Rooster year was Jan 30, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958.

When you are about 60 years old, you get your Chinese element / animal return (together with the Western Astrology 2nd SATURN and 5th JUPITER return). And if you have grandchildren 60 years younger than you, you share your Animal / Element combo with them. 

The last Rooster years (with different Element combinations) were (Jan / Feb that year until Jan / Feb following year) 1933-4, 1945-6, 1957-8, 1969-70, 1981-2, 1993-4, 2005-6.

Find specific dates, and more detailed intro to the Chinese Elements and Animal Cycles here.

 

For the Rooster years, check out this table: 

 

Start date End date Heavenly branch
26 January 1933 13 February 1934 Water Rooster
13 February 1945 1 February 1946 Wood Rooster
31 January 1957 17 February 1958 Fire Rooster
17 February 1969 5 February 1970 Earth Rooster
5 February 1981 24 January 1982 Metal Rooster
23 January 1993 9 February 1994 Water Rooster
9 February 2005 28 January 2006 Wood Rooster
28 January 2017 15 February 2018 Fire Rooster
13 February 2029 2 February 2030 Earth Rooster
1 February 2041 21 January 2042 Metal Rooster

 

The cycles have more combinations than just the yearly ones –
The so-called 4 pillars:

  • The Animal / Elements of the Year (which would in Western Astrology roughly compare with the sign JUPITER was in at the year of birth), a.k.a. the ‘outer animal’.
  • The Animal / Element of the Month of birth (which would roughly compare with the 12 Zodiac SUN sign cycle), a.k.a. ‘inner animal’.
  • The Animal / Element of the Day of the week (which would roughly compare with the MOON sign), a.k.a. ‘private animal’.
  • The Animal / Element of the Hour of birth, with a 2-hour range per animal, and rotating with elements (roughly comparable with AC signs), a.k.a. ‘secret animal’ – only people who know your birth time would know it.

So, in fact, the system is much more differentiated and complex in its combination variables than at first glance at the ‘Year of the…’ only.

12 x 5 Year combinations, 12 x 5 Month combinations, 12 x 5 Day combinations, and 12 x 5 Hour combinations (total 12960000) are possible!

 

 

The Yin Fire Rooster, and its Year – feat.: Monkey Review

The Element Fire / Li continues for another year before Earth will be on.
Fire is the Element of the South, passion and creativity, adventure, leadership, the colour red, Summer, and relates to the planet MARS.

Whoa – we already had a big dose of Fire in the passing Monkey year – no kidding, esp. in the American political / electoral arena. Check out this image again that I posted a year ago, for the Fire Monkey article. Had to share it with you with the original text too – for review. End of this p. 4, and p. 5.
Any associations with who won the Elections and wreaks havoc now? He’s got his PLUTO, MARS and AC in LEO… hmmm, freakishly fitting, here we go:

 

Monkey Golden Headed Lion Tamarin

Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin And yay, the Chinese Monkey relates to the Western sign Leo! 🙂

 

“No boredom, in the Yang FIRE MONKEY Year…

The Fire Monkey is super active and the most assertive (ruled by planet MARS…) if not aggressive of all Monkeys.
He’s naturally competitive, likes to be dominant, and take on leadership.

Hmmm, wondering what this means for the U.S. Federal Elections in Nov….

 

He heads straight for the top, and likes to be in control. Sorta Alpha Ape. When he’s in charge of a situation, he’s very motivated to nurture his tribe. Naturally adventurous, this Monkey leaps, sometimes recklessly, into new situations.

It’s a good idea for this one (and in this year) to channel all the fiery energy into creativity and into attracting with bold charisma and cheeky charm. Others can (often need to) help this Monkey get out of trouble.

The Monkey is clever, forever curious, a mischievous prankster, and always playful. He makes fun, plays tricks, has always a joke up his sleeve, and shows us that life is a game. The smart Monkeys love watching (and imitating) people, learning, playing, and being creative.

 

Clearly, this Monkey is super-fast and clever, so watch out for tricks and too good to be true schemes!

Good thing SATURN is presently in SAG (until Winter Solstice 2017) which helps us not to believe everything we (seem to) see, and to examine our moves.

I’d also recommend to watch the MERCURY retro phases under the Fire Monkey, since of course, MERCURY rules the ‘Monkey Mind’.

You know what I mean… So, that’ll be: April 28 – May 22, Aug 30 – Sept 21, 2016 and Dec 19 – Jan 8, 2017.
What’s up with MARS, the ruling planet of Fire, in this Monkey Year? Well, something quite significant:
MARS will go retrograde (every 2 years) from April 17 until June 29, 2016, and cross the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO to SAG 3 times:
March 5 – Mars direct / forward from Earth perspective, from SCO to SAG.

May 27 – Mars retro from Earth perspective, crossing from SAG to SCO.

Aug 2 – Mars direct from Earth perspective, crossing from SCO to SAG.

 

MARS will be for a long time in SCO and SAG this year – since Jan 3 until Sept 27 – during which time we’ll experience all 4 Eclipses (March 8 & 23, Sept 1 & 16).

A lot gets burnt off and transformed in this fiery year… already started, have you noticed? Best to work with it, maybe shed layers of old ‘skin’, conditionings, expired, limiting, fear and separation based beliefs (SATURN in SAG), and offer it all to the purging fires of transformation.

May old (self) destructive aggressive tendencies be transformed into passion, enthusiasm, creative spark, with the MARS retro phase!”

 

Wow, reading this Fire Monkey Chinese, and Western brief preview from last year, I was amazed at how much of it has come to pass.

 

So, what now? Coming out of a fiery, aggressive and mischievous year with crazy retro energies that showed us how we can get tricked, incl. by our own mind, confused and deluded (Eclipses with SN, CHIRON, and NEPTUNE in PISCES)… here we are – what a Monkey mess, you may say?!

 

 

Yin Fire Rooster – Phoenix Bird Coming in!

Did you know that Fire in the 5 Chinese Elements is also associated with the Vermillion Bird / Phoenix? A double whammy…?!

 

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The Phoenix out of the Ashes process continues:

Burning off what we aren’t anymore, or fooled by, will be a big theme this year.
LILITH (our natural, undefined Self) goes over the ‘Phoenix Point’ in the Zodiac (from SCO to SAG) on Feb 13, so shortly after the Chinese New Year.

Ego busting times, for the Rooster, and through the Phoenix.

 

So, what’s the FIRE ROOSTER about, ‘usually’, and in this year’s context?

Rooster likes to show off, and is everything but shy.

“Show your colours!” is also a theme for the Lunar NORTH NODE going into LEO end of Apr. 2017 for 1½ years. Just to clarify: That goes for all of us, not just for an ‘elite’. And “Take a stand for what is close to your Heart!” says SATURN in SAG. It’s not about right or wrong. It’s about Living Life Lovingly.

Rooster’s shadow is Ego bolstering – “Look at ME!”, and creating a ‘Harem’ / following of admirers. As it usually goes, a lot of that drawing of attention can be an over compensation for inner sensitivity, insecurity, and being easily hurt by criticism.

The Fire Rooster can be even more flamboyant, aggressive (cock fight style), know-it-all, and dramatic.

I’m not saying every person born in the Fire Rooster year (1957 – 58) has these streaks to this degree – wouldn’t be my style, and wouldn’t make sense to generalize in that way. Also: as mentioned, the Chinese system has its 4 pillars (see above) that modify the characteristics.

But let’s be particularly aware of these traits in ourselves and in the world ‘outside’ in the year to come, and meet them with what they are really about.

  • Why are we / are people seeking attention?
  • What is it that we really need to show to others?

 

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Peacock – Photo by Melanie

 
Once again, as in the Fire Monkey Year, let’s channel the Fire rather than into divisive aggressiveness into passion and creativity from the inside-out!

And show our true colours, as we transform and burn off what we have never been.
A purifying Fire from which we grow wings!

On another level, the Yin PHOENIX / FIRE ROOSTER has an association with the Western sign VIRGO. It is transformational, and excellent for health regeneration, as well as clearing on all levels. 
The Lunar North Node is also still in VIRGO until end of April – what a perfect time to take care of business, and get our affairs in order.
Now, that’s good news, and good medicine, after the LEO associated MONKEY, and for the peacock like show-off qualities of the ROOSTER. Show us your transformation, PHOENIX!

And hey, what’s with JUPITER, the 12-year cycle planet, in the Rooster year?

JUPITER is presently (since Sept 9, 2016) in LIBRA, until Oct 10, 2017 when it enters SCORPIO.
Themes of fairness, justice, right relationship, choices in general, balance, and peace are BIG this year. Doesn’t mean: “It’s all good”, rather blown up and magnified, so that real growth or growing out of certain situations can happen. Once JUPITER is in SCO from the Fall on, big change will be under way.
Two major aspects from JUPITER in LIBRA will occur (3 times each) this year:

  • JUPITER opposes URANUS in ARIES (# 1 was on Dec 26, 2016), on March 3 (#2), and on Sept 27, 2017 (# 3).
    What brings us balance and peace, and what’s unsettling and upsetting? Where do we need to get off the fence and be proactive? When is negotiation and ‘being nice’ enough, and it’s time to assert?!
  • JUPITER will square PLUTO in CAP (# 1 was Nov 24, 2016), on March 30 (# 2), and on Aug 4, 2017 (# 3).
    Our choices, and the relationships we engage in have a powerful effect on the world we live in. How can we help turn things around for the better, and for positive growth?

Presently, and for the entry into the Chinese New Year, JUPITER is stationary and will go retro on Feb 5 (until June 9). An important time to re-view our choices and ‘what’s a good match’, what creates synergy, or (in square with PLUTO in CAP), what’s just too much work and too much we’ve taken on? A time to scale back, and find inner fulfillment (VENUS will be retro too).
With JUPITER in LIBRA, there’s lots of incentive and reward for creating harmony and balance in our lives. PLUTO in CAP loves resourcefulness – digging and purging, re-using and re-purposing what we already have.
Goes with the Feng Shui principles of organizing and streamlining our environment – makes life simpler and easier.

In our East-West CNY / AQ New Moon / Feng S9hui workshop on Jan 29, besides the Astrology we’ll also address basic Feng Shui principles, and you’ll receive a paper with lots of helpful tips.

With JUPITER in LIBRA:
How can harmony, peace, balance, culture, arts, aesthetics, fairness, and right relationship be enhanced in your life? Where is growth possible? 
Of course, the personal astrological dynamics colour and modify the experience.

And we can all benefit from the important factor of awareness, so that we don’t unconsciously identify with the energies, however wisely travel with their currents.

 

Happy New Year of the FIRE ROOSTER!

 

 

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Happy Australia Day!

26 Jan

AQUARIUS rules the abstract mind, science, organizations, constellations, incl. star constellations, hence also Astrology, AND Australia!

 
 
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Happy Australia Day, in the heat of Summer, on Jan 26!

Well, Down Under it’s already the day after – hope y’all had a good one!
 
Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January. It marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip.
 
 
The chart for that day shows Australia has a lot of AQ energy: SUN, PLUTO, VENUS, and SATURN.
CAP too (LILITH and MERCURY).
 
More Capricornian colonial history…
Even if we don’t like the imperialistic shadow of CAP (does it surprise you that Great Britain is a CAP country…?), how about celebrating the essence of AQ – Constellation of Equals, and Co-creating the Future in Community!

 

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Southern Cross

 
Thanks you gals over there, in Brisbane, Alexandra, Darwin, and Sydney, for staying connected!
Hope to visit you some day, Down Under!
 
 
 
 

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* Presidential Inauguration & The Emperor’s New Clothes – A Story of Sabian Symbols.

21 Jan

So, now it’s official: Since yesterday Jan 20, 12 pm, Donald J. Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th President of the U.S.A.

 

Here is the Inauguration chart:

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Please note that there are presently NO Planets technically retrograde – full speed ahead?
Perhaps, in whatever the Planetary Archetypes represent, things can move quite fast now, esp. since URANUS in ARIES – THE acceleration force – just turned direct end of Dec.
MERCURY is now out of the post-retro ‘storm’, and almost out of the post-retro shadow as well (when it passes PLUTO, on Jan 29).

JUPITER in LIBRA is the only due-for-retro Planet (from Feb 5 on – at an interesting degree), so it’s clearly stationary: Questions of wise Choices, Fairness, Balance, Equality, Justice, Peace have been indeed BIG since JUPITER entered LIBRA on Sept 9, 2016, again highlighted now, and re-visited during the retro phase (Feb 5 – June 9).
Not ‘only’ for the U.S. – with their SATURN in LIBRA which JUPITER crossed round the elections but also for Trump himself, since he just had his 6th JUPITER return in LIBRA. In general, it’s very auspicious to start a new cycle that takes one to the next level of growth and brings exposure, under a JUPITER return. Yet, the LIBRA themes become bigger as well and more obvious for all to see.

URANUS and JUPITER continue to be almost exactly opposite throughout 2017, and presently (until March) even ‘divide’ the Zodiac into a ‘populated’ and an ‘empty’ half (check out the chart):
The balancing act to build bridges and support equality, fairness, right relationship, and peace, and on the other hand let something radically new emerge, and move boldly forward with it. In the meantime, radical and angry opposition to unfair, unjust ‘policies’ emerges. Very relevant for the U.S., with URANUS in ARIES squaring their PLUTO in CAP – political revolution? Unrest and upset is in the air 2017 / 18 with this transit. And it’s a great opportunity for innovative, liberating renewal too.

My intention is to explore the best potential of each transit and inspire to ‘go high’ (rather than getting stuck in the sensational, low vibrational mode).

When checking out some SABIAN SYMBOLS of the planetary, Sun, and Moon Zodiac degrees (didn’t include AC and MC, since the time could be a bit off) yesterday while watching ‘the show’, I was stunned at how much they describe the scenario of the inauguration, on an outer, obvious level, yet also, perhaps in idealized ways, what they say about the potential of what is being born here, through the new presidency, state of the country, and of humanity.

So how about this?

I’d like to let in this blog the SABIAN SYMBOLS pretty much stand for themselves, and encourage you to take it in, inspired by the ‘higher’ potential, for the new U.S. president and government, and, since All-is-One, also for the cosmic, energetic ‘matrix’ we’re in now here on Earth and in us. Hmmm, yes, the Trump Phenomena is archetypal, and brings out lots of shadow and projection… another, deeper theme to explore. 
So, how can we, rather than be frozen in projection compulsion, see beyond the obvious, be curious, aware, own our shadow around it, evolve and liberate ourselves, and indeed BE the CHANGE?!

And: In true blue Aquarian fashion, have a sense of humour at the drama, circus, and comedy unfolding, and activate the Inner Fool that sees through ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ (which was one of my favourite stories as a child already… 🙂 )?!

 

So here we go:
Here are the SABIAN SYMBOLS for the Planetary positions of the Inauguration chart, in order of the Zodiac (see chart) – since the SABIAN SYMBOLS work best in this cycle:

 

  • URANUS at 20°46’ ARIES – rounded up to 21° ARIES. Well, this one is straightforward. I can see a Sumo wrestler too.

 

PHASE 21 (ARIES 21°): A PUGILIST ENTERS THE RING. 

KEYNOTE: The release and glorification of social aggressiveness.

Here we find potency glorified as muscular strength and will-to-power. Because it is potency operating at a harshly competitive level, it can and often does imply the possibility of defeat or disfiguration. In one sense the symbol translates into social terms the primordial struggle for survival of the fittest, adding to it an eagerness for social fame and social power (i.e. money). In another sense, the ring with two fighters in it can be referred to the Tai Chi symbol and the interplay between Yang and Yin. Each of the two types of energy wins in turn. Victory is always temporary in a dualistic world.

This is the first stage of the fifth five-fold sequence of cyclic phases. Potency and the two-fold possibilities inherent in any release of power are seen operating at the socio-cultural and emotional level. The symbol reveals man’s deeply rooted feeling of admiration and envy for whoever can generate OVERWHELMING POWER.

 

 

  • JUPITER at 22°42 ’LIBRA– rounded up to 23° LIBRA. An important degree, since JUPITER will station and go retrograde from 23°08’ LIBRA on Feb 5 – just into the Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster / Phoenix Bird! I saw a photo somebody posted, apparently showing the Washington Monument yesterday at sunrise, in red glow.

 

PHASE 203 (LIBRA 23°): CHANTICLEER’S VOICE HERALDS SUNRISE.

KEYNOTE: A creative and joyous response to life processes.

The cock that crows as the first coloring of dawn appears at the eastern horizon is a beautiful symbol of the ability, demonstrated by all pioneers and cosmically attuned individuals, to give voice to what is as yet unmanifested, but is on the way to manifestation. At the ego level, chanticleer may feel that he makes the sun rise; but someday he will learn through painful experiences that to create is only to reveal what essentially is. It is the vivid recognition of the as-yet-unknown in the known.

This third stage symbol should make us think afresh about issues we too often take for granted. At every “sunrise” there are a few isolated witnesses that herald the coming of a new day. What is at stake here is the individual’s capacity of RESPONSE TO LIFE’S RENEWALS — renewals which are cyclic, predictable, yet always new, always creative.

 

 

  • The MOON at 9°21’ SCORPIO – rounded up to 10° SCORPIO. Well, yeah, ‘comrades’ at Inauguration luncheon, at the parade, and the balls.

 

PHASE 220 (SCORPIO 10°): A FELLOWSHIP SUPPER REUNITES OLD COMRADES.

KEYNOTE: The overtones of human relationships based on a community of work or experiences.

This symbol pictures the essential nature of the bond that unites individuals who have participated in some common activity. The social feeling of communion, plus all that it engenders, arises after the act performed together. Activity is at the root of consciousness. Activity in common generates social consciousness and cultural patterns which become set in the form of institutions. A group-personality emerges, which displays characteristic features and gives birth to collective emotions and values.

This is the final stage of the forty-fourth five-fold sequence. Wherever the symbol appears, it suggests the importance of establishing or strengthening links with those with whom one has shared, or can share, living experiences. The value of COMRADESHIP is emphasized.

 

 

  • LILITH at 27°16’ SCORPIO – had to show you both 27° and 28° SCORPIO – both quite telling by themselves and in sequence.

 

PHASE 237 (SCORPIO 27°): A MILITARY BAND MARCHES NOISILY ON THROUGH THE CITY STREETS.

KEYNOTE: The aggressive glorification of cultural values.

Every cultural-social collectivity sooner or later tries to impress the value of its achievements forcibly and noisily upon all those who belong to it, as well as upon foreign onlookers. At the individual-mental level the member of such a collectivity swells with pride and excitement when a display of the excellence of that in which his consciousness and personality are deeply rooted is publicly affirmed. Thus, the feeling of social unity binds the individuals of a culture through collective pride.

This second stage symbol contrasts sharply with the first one. Our aggressive, tense, domineering Western civilization is indeed in opposition to the natural spontaneity and instinctive adjustment to nature of tribal societies. The Keyword here is POMP.

 

PHASE 238 (SCORPIO 28°): THE KING OF THE FAIRIES APPROACHING HIS DOMAIN.

KEYNOTE: The capacity in man to recognize and to pay homage to an integrating Principle at the core of all existence.

This rather peculiar picture tells us perhaps a good deal about the limitations of the mind of the clairvoyant who saw it, though it can be related to the symbolism of the various creatures of a spirit world mentioned in some alchemical and Rosicrucian books. What seems to be implied is that beyond both outer nature and the realm of the proud ego, a spiritual world exists to which the intuitive consciousness of man can pay allegiance. In that world, all manifested entities are seen as multiple aspects of a central Power and Consciousness. It is such a central principle of unity that human societies have sought to revere symbolically in human, all-too-human kings. In an individual sense, this principle is the Self.

This is the third stage in the forty-eighth five-fold pattern of symbols. It adds a new dimension to the two preceding ones. At this stage the presence of a spiritual unifying factor begins to be sensed by the individual perhaps weary of the outer shows of his culture. An INNER ALLEGIANCE begins to polarize the consciousness.

 

 

  • SATURN at 23°30’ SAGITTARIUS – rounded up to 24° SAGITTARIUS – hmmm, did we see a bluebird style new First Lady, perhaps? Random?

 

PHASE 264 (SAGITTARIUS 24°): A BLUEBIRD PERCHED ON THE GATE OF A COTTAGE.

KEYNOTE: The reward which meets every effort at integrating into a social environment for those who remain true to their own selves.

The bluebird is a symbol of happiness, but also it refers to what one might call a spiritually oriented mind – to which the color blue relates, especially when a ‘bird’ is mentioned. A cottage is normally a part of a community, and the implication is that its inhabitant are well-adapted, either to the life of the community, or to their’ more or less isolated togetherness.

This is a fourth stage symbol, and it suggests that the essential technique for successful living is the development of a consciousness in which peace and happiness dwell. There is also a hint that GOOD FORTUNE is going to bless your life.

 

 

  • MERCURY at 6°45’ CAPRICORN – rounded up to 7° CAPRICORN – food for reflection, to consider how, maybe despite appearance, or paradoxically, the voice of God, and of the ‘Great Ancestor’ is speaking to us through this event.

 

PHASE 277 (CAPRICORN 7°): A VEILED PROPHET SPEAKS, SEIZED BY THE POWER OF A GOD.

KEYNOTE: The ability to act as a mouthpiece for the revelation of a transcendent will and truth determining future action.

Here we witness the deepest manifestation of that Power which operates within all relatively permanent social units, especially at the level of tribal organization. A tribe is a bio-psychic whole (or organism) integrated by a collective superphysical Power, the god of the tribe. In the Hebrew tradition, this god is YHWH (Yahweh-Jehovah); in earlier tribes, it may have been a deified more or less mythical “Great Ancestor.” All these tribal gods are local manifestations of the very power of “Life” within the earth’s biosphere. It is this deified Power which psychically “seized” especially sensitive or religiously trained men or women, who became Its mouthpiece — prophets, seers, oracles. That Power operates in our days as well, but in different ways because of the individualization and intellectualization of modern man’s consciousness. It binds together and helps to maintain the integration of organized social collectivities. It guides their development by releasing and focusing through especially open persons the visionary expectation of developments about to occur.

At this second stage of the fifty-sixth sub-cycle the future interacts with the present to release it from the inertial power of the past. Thus, this symbol stands in contrast to the preceding one. At the threshold of tomorrow man is allowed to have a vision or revelation of the essential elements of the as-yet-unknown next step in evolution. The key word is MEDIATORSHIP.

 

 

  • PLUTO at 17°36’ CAPRICORN – rounded up to 18° CAPRICORN – close enough: Stars and Stripes. And parades galore. How power (as in: political, natural energy, personal power and unused potential) is being USED is so crucial nowadays / years with PLUTO in CAP. This symbol in this context has an interesting connection to the British Empire that the U.S. broke away from. The U.S. will have their PLUTO return (every about 250 years) in 2020 – 2022 – a ‘total makeover’, with the original spirit renewed.

 

PHASE 288 (CAPRICORN 18°): THE UNION JACK FLAG FLIES FROM A BRITISH WARSHIP.

KEYNOTE: The protection afforded to individuals and groups by powerful institutions in charge of maintaining order.

This symbol reflects conditions prevailing in the past when Great Britain’s fleet was policing the seas under the international principle of the freedom of the seas. Times have changed, but the concept remains valid. Power is required to maintain social order and relatively peaceful interpersonal as well as international relationships. Alas, this power can easily be misused under the pretext of preserving “law and order.” Justice and compassion must balance social power, and especially the power of privileged groups. Where this symbol appears, the need for protection may be in evidence — or it may be a warning against using power for selfish advantage.

This is the third symbol in the fifty-eighth five-fold sequence. It brings to us a realization of the ambivalence of POLITICAL POWER, its value and its dangers.

 

 

  • The SUN at 0°49’ AQUARIUS – rounded up to 1° AQUARIUS – uuhh, this one is clearly influenced by a colonial or even racial supremacy philosophy, yet, in fact: therefore, the symbol is very telling about why this government is so ‘old world’.

 

PHASE 301 (AQUARIUS 1°): AN OLD ADOBE MISSION IN CALIFORNIA.

KEYNOTE: The power inherent in all great human works to endure far beyond the workers’ life spans.

The works and spirit of the Spanish priests who directed the building of the California missions have had a lasting influence on the development of this land; these remain as a monument to the men who were able to make their mark upon this alien environment. While the zodiacal sign Capricorn begins with a symbol of socio-political power, Aquarius at its start presents a more spiritualized and idealistic or creative picture of the social forces at work. Moreover, it stresses the enduring character of human achievements ensouled by a great vision. At least within the frame of reference of our Western civilization, the symbol speaks of the projection of a noble ideal into concrete forms of beauty and significance, thus of the radiation of a “civilizing” power into an institution offering to primitive men the opportunity to reach a higher, more organized and productive, level of activity.

This is the first stage in the sixty-first five-fold sequence. It speaks to us of THE CONCRETIZATION OF AN IDEAL. This also implies the “immortalization” of an individual within a great collective and cultural enterprise.

 

 

  • NEPTUNE at 10°16’ PISCES – I felt called to show you both 10° and 11° PISCES, since NEPTUNE moves so slowly, and to get some context where the theme comes from. NEPTUNE won’t go back to 10° PISCES where it ‘lingered’ last year. Walking on…

 

PHASE 340 (PISCES 10°): AN AVIATOR PURSUES HIS JOURNEY, FLYING THROUGH GROUND-OBSCURING CLOUDS.

KEYNOTE: Man’s ability to develop powers and skills which by transcending natural limitations allow him to operate in mental-spiritual realms.

This symbol in a sense synthesizes the implications of the four preceding ones: the dedication to the community of men (present and future), self-assertion and the ambition to reach a social goal. Man is seen mastering difficulties implied in a type of operation transcending his organic limitations and the narrow boundaries of a localized “living space.” He does so as an individual in command of powerful energies, but also as heir to the industry of countless innovators and managers.

This is the last symbol of the sixty-eighth five-fold sequence of evolving stages of consciousness and human activity. It evokes the achievement of MASTERY.

 

PHASE 341 (PISCES 11°): MEN TRAVELING A NARROW PATH, SEEKING ILLUMINATION.

KEYNOTE: The capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to a transcendent realm of reality.

This refers to the ancient and eternal symbol of the Path of Discipleship. The greatness of man is that he can always be greater; and the belief — deeply rooted in men’s inner nature — that if he fulfills the necessary conditions he can find “Elder Brothers” who have already attained a higher level of consciousness and will transfer their attainment and light to him. The Path is always open to the pure in heart, the mentally aware, the conqueror of emotions and the spiritually self-mobilized.

This symbol opens the sixty-ninth five-fold sequence and a new level of consciousness. Man is always in the making and remaking. He can always go further, reach beyond. But he has to take the first step. Someone can show him the Path, but he alone can do the walking. Thus, the Zen injunction: WALK ON.

 

 

  • VENUS at 17°43’ PISCES – rounded up to 18° PISCES. Self explanatory image. Reminds me somehow of Roman Empire style ‘panem et circenses’ – bread and gladiator games in the arena – or nowadays, rather the U.S. export culture of: fast food and mass media circus.

 

PHASE 348 (PISCES 18°): IN A GIGANTIC TENT, VILLAGERS WITNESS A SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE.

KEYNOTE: The collective appeal of a well-staged and exciting display of skill and/or oratory.

At first, Marc Jones interpreted the “gigantic tent” as the locale for a revivalist’s meeting; later he suggested a circus tent instead. In a sense, the basic meaning is the same whether it is the traditional performance of skilled clowns, acrobats or animal trainers, or that of a religious fundamentalist dramatizing an old religious imagery, what takes place is the use of personal achievement and conviction to bring a crowd to a state of enthusiasm sufficient to make it forget its boredom with everyday routine or its familiar sins of commission or omission.

At this third stage of the seventieth five-fold sequence, the individual person and the collectivity are brought together in a significant performance which subtly strengthens the communal spirit directly or indirectly.  The implication of the symbol, whenever it is found operating, is that the time has come for the individual to dare to present himself and his works to his community for applause, or for the purpose of attracting a following. What is suggested is PUBLIC SELF-DRAMATIZATION.

 

 

  • CHIRON at 21°48’ PISCES – rounded up to 22° PISCES – yep, so what happens after the big event? A hangover? An integration of the spirit into everyday life?

 

PHASE 352 (PISCES 22°): A PROPHET CARRYING TABLETS OF THE NEW LAW IS WALKING DOWN THE SLOPES OF MOUNT SINAI.

KEYNOTE: The need to bring down to the level of everyday existence the clear realizations made manifest in a great ‘peak experience’.

The symbol obviously refers to Moses after he received from the God of his people the basic principles upon which a new religion, and even more a new ritual of living, should be founded. This basic “Law” has to be “brought down.” It represents a descent of formative and structuring power, a divine Revelation. This type of revealed knowledge contrasts with the kind of knowing born out of the experience of touch, of feeling, of warmth of contact. This second stage symbol pictures a process to which a religious God-given character has been attributed in the past, but which today is being investigated at the personal and psychological level. The important point here is: what do you do after you have a peak experience, an inner revelation? The Keyword MANDATE is appropriate; but the basic problem is how to fulfill it in the right spirit.

 

 

  • MARS at 24°21’ PISCES – rounded up to 25° PISCES – which closes the circle, since MARS is the Ruler of ARIES where URANUS sits. A movement is happening – not just the one Mr. President has in mind…

 

PHASE 355 (PISCES 25°): A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION SUCCEEDS IN OVERCOMING THE CORRUPTING INFLUENCE OF PERVERTED PRACTICES AND MATERIALIZED IDEALS.

KEYNOTE: The power of the Soul to intervene in the personal life and to induce necessary catharses.

The necessary centralization of the conscious attention and will symbolized by the preceding picture most often bring negative results — exclusivism, pride, jealousy, greed for power and wealth. Every man is a Church that has the Soul as its god, but most men forget the Soul and live according to dogmatic rules and habits which not only have become empty of inner meaning, but very often have been perverted by the demands of the senses and the emotional nature, and by the ego with its rationalizing intellect. A purging or catharsis is needed to restore not only fresh and creative spontaneity, but even more the contact with the Soul and the God-ordained dharma.

This is the last stage in the seventy-first subcycle. It leads significantly to the series of five symbols which concludes the vast cycle, because the final consummation of the process of actualization of the potency inherent in the original Creative Act requires moments of crisis and PURIFICATION.

 

Voila… a story unfolding.
Let’s see how it plays out, but not just be the spectators, also the change agents. Yet not so identified and attached that we get consumed by fixed ideas. Something bigger is already happening….

 

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* SUN into AQ on Jan 19 – Community Building and Sharing.

18 Jan

The zodiacal season shifts this week from rock-solid CAPRICORN to airy AQUARIUS (yearly on Jan 19 / 20, dependent on your location). This year exactly tomorrow Jan 19 at 1:24 pm PST.
I like to call the cusp energy ‘Prometheus Point’ (Prometheus is the mythological Archetype for the planet URANUS which rules AQ), or, in plain English: ‘Community Builder Point’. 

What comes after attaining mastery, and ‘making it’ – when, let’s say: CAP is complete and content with its accomplishment (hmmm, is s/he ever? Always dealing with that notion!)? Well, up on the summit of the mountain, literally, or symbolically: of the career, the mastery, the air is thin, and it can get a bit lonely. But, hey, there are others too on the same, or on ‘their mountain’, and we can connect with them as a team, or like-spirited friends.

 

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Mountain Joy in Switzerland – Visit in 2010

 

And if  the ones ‘on top’ are ruling and running the show, the Promethean aspect of CAP – AQ kicks in: Prometheus in Greek mythology claimed the fire of the ‘elite gods’ for humanity, and after an ordeal of punishment for his ‘hybris’ was eventually ‘unbound’: Fire, divine inspiration, and enlightenment are available to everyone!

 

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Prometheus, capturing the fire of spirit and creative inventiveness from the Gods for Humanity (and you probably know the continuation of the story, with his punishment and liberation).

Prometheus is as an astrological Archetype associated with the Planet URANUS, which also rules AQ. URANUS is presently (2011 – 2018) in ARIES, and has just changed direction from Earth perspective on Dec 29, and goes now direct again. Lots of impulses for rebellion, but also true liberation from within, are in the collective field nowadays, and you probably notice them in your life too, esp. if you have AC / MC, SUN, MOON, or Planets in late AR, CAN, LI, or CAP. The Full Moon on Jan 12 in CAN – CAP (see post) catalyzed with its Cardinal Grand Cross also URANian liberation and renewal – into 2017.

Let’s connect! The social factor comes in again (as with AIR signs), and we realize we need one another and can’t build ‘an empire’ or a community by ourselves. Hence, social networks, groups, circles of like-spirited humans come together, in a network, either physically, or through the ether-net 🙂

Speaking of www (which almost looks like the AQ symbol  – the font doesn’t show up here but you probably know what I mean 🙂

 

Co-building in liberated, egalitarian community is actually rather: Sharing of energy, like the AQ ‘water / energy bearer’ – incl. FREE energy that’s available to everyone.

I love how in the symbolic painting below the ‘Water Bearer’ / ‘Energy Provider’ pours prana over the 7 Lotus blossoms – perhaps also a theme of Chakra activation, which opens us up to cosmic energies, and naturally liberates and empowers us.

 

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URANUS Rules AQUARIUS, Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

In that spirit, let’s do our work, bring it into community, and connect in groups and with friends, intentionally, and ‘randomly’, in syn-ergy.

And if you feel called come join our ASTRO~EXPERIENCES in our circles – live in person in Victoria, or via Skype / fb Messenger on camera from your home or holiday!

Astrology groups are double Aquarian, since Astrology is ruled by AQ – does that surprise you? Take your pick – and find description on the fb Event pages:

* 5-week ASTRO~FOUNDATIONS: Rising Sign, and Planets in the 12 Houses. Continues with the 2nd meeting (Houses 1 – 3) tomorrow Thu Jan 19 – drop-in welcome.

* CHINESE NEW YEAR of the YIN FIRE ROOSTER (Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018) – Workshop and Dinner. Jan 27 / 29.

* 7-week Astrological Chakra Journey: From Your Root Chakra / Saturn to Your Crown Chakra / The Sun. From Wed Feb 1 on.

 

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* PISCEAN Immersion (Lunar South Node, VENUS, NEPTUNE, MARS, CHIRON) in January: Connectivity without Co-Dependency

15 Jan

You can see it in the Full Moon chart (blog post from Jan 11), and I bet you sense it nowadays: We’re swimming in – or rather: AS a collective and universal field of energy – all connective and vibrational, atmospheric and boundary-less. 
Well, solid form is an illusion anyway.

 

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Oceanic Evening Glow – Photo by Melanie, January 2017

 

The slow moving planets NEPTUNE (2012 – 2026) and CHIRON (2010 – 2018) are in PISCES now, the Lunar South Node too (Oct 2015 – late Apr 2017 – it always goes retro, and will move into AQ thereafter), while the Lunar North Node (always opposite the SN) is in VIRGO, and met by the VIRGO MOON today and tomorrow – a good and healthy counter balance for so much PISCES. Also VENUS (Jan 3 – Feb 3) and MARS (Dec 19 – Jan 27) are presently in PISCES.
VENUS has just connected with NEPTUNE on the Full Moon day Jan 12, and tomorrow Jan 16, MARS meets and passes CHIRON, which can stir up wounds and vulnerability through co-dependency, but also activates healing via inter-dependency. With CHIRON and PISCES, the timeless mantra: Heal Like with Like (of a high vibration) is the key for release, let-go, and connect in the All-Love.

There’s a flood of influences and confluences, maybe overwhelming (NEPTUNE), and weakening / or we might feel vulnerable (CHIRON) in our individual (which is of course an illusion) identity that experiences him/herself separate, and yet has a need to feel connected.
What ‘to do with this mess’? asks VIRGO.

From the North Node’s perspective certainly a healthy practical approach would be for example to boost our immune system, rather than expose ourselves to unhealthy substances of all sorts (be it in the environment, addictive substance abuse, media overwhelm and delusion….).
And a good idea is also to release toxic energy on all levels, esp. as we approach the PISCES NEW MOON / South Node Solar Eclipse, on Feb 26 (with soo much PI energy).

Release energetically – re-connect with universe-ALL energy – let LOVE do its thing…

 

So, what’s with codependency?

PISCEAN energy is about connection. It’s a transpersonal, universal energy though. When ‘drawn into’ personal realms, there can be a need to connect into a no-bourndary, ‘endless’ way that’s quite unhealthy and doesn’t allow for breathing space or closure, often based on various early life experiences (often neglect, confusing bonding, or overwhelm / abuse) that the PISCEAN ‘person’ unconsciously tries to compensate for, to ‘get the loving connection’, yet s/he might re-attract similar situations as s/he looks for love at the wrong places with the same vibration.

Our Piscean Age that humanity is just about to outgrow has compounded such patterns and tendencies with, simplistically put, the classic co-dependent triad of victim – perpetrator – martyr / saviour.

With PISCES, the approach is paradoxical (“Let go, relax, and it comes to you, you can’t ‘get’… (LOVE?) what you already have or rather: are….”), and transpersonal (“Don’t take it personally!” Is that possible?)

A while ago, I saw a video based on the experiences and teachings of Gabor Mate that showed how addiction is a misdirected need for connection (both so Piscean!). “Still haven’t found what I’m looking for…”. In German, the words for seeking (Suche) and addiction (Sucht) have the same root.

I’m sure there’ll be more downloads and releases for the PISCES Solar Eclipse New Moon, end of Feb.
May the Universe-All Love (VENUS / NEPTUNE in PI this week) show us: All is connected. May we relax into this, breathe out and let go, and let the inbreath come naturally…

 

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* MERCURY out of retro, back in CAP (Jan 12 – Feb 6): Saving Mental Energy for… what it’s Good for. Feat. also: * No Planets Retro Phase?

14 Jan

Ahhh, let’s start with the Question:

* No Planets Retro Phase? 

I’ve been asked online and by friends and clients about this window of NO retro planets, in the phase since MERCURY went out of retro (Jan 8) until JUPITER goes retro (Feb 5).

Yes, technically it’s true, no planet of the Solar system is presently from Earth perspective going retrograde (you see on the Full Moon chart in the Jan 12 post no R behind planetary positions in the bottom right table). The conclusion that online initiatives for a global meditation made is that this window brings everything into forward motion, and things can manifest more easily without hindrance.

I wouldn’t generalize in that way, based on THAT factor alone. The Cardinal Grand Cross is actually much more of a catalyst – IF we don’t waste energy in conflict, and take ‘centred action’.
How’s it going for you with the CGC?

And, it’s also too technical to say: “Nothing is retro”, since MERCURY is JUST out of retro, and the time of the post-retro storm goes until mid January, followed by a post-retro shadow phase until end of January, where integration of the recent retro phase is on.
JUPITER in LIBRA on the other hand, is already slowing down into stationary mode now, to go retro from Feb 5.
JUPITER is quite the focal point end of Jan to mid Feb, and brings issues of fairness, balance, justice, right relationship and wise choices to our awareness to be RE-visited when in retro (until June 9). So it’s rather a time to consider: Stop and be aware of your choices!

By the way, it’s not super rare to have no planets retro. Also 2015 ended and 2016 began with no retro planets – a 2 week window. But hey, at that time too, MERCURY and JUPITER were stationary.

So, the answer to the No Planets in Retro Phase? Question is: Yes and No (very Libran, ha-ha).

A global synchronized meditation with a shared intention for anything that helps humanity is certainly beneficial at any time, esp. since there’s so much energy in PISCES now.

 

So yeah, how about this:

 * MERCURY out of retro, back in CAP (Jan 12 – Feb 6): Saving Mental Energy for… what it’s Good for.

 

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Image: Caduceus Staff of Hermes / Mercury on a building (photographer and location unknown) – also very apropos MERCURY in CAP – classic / neo classic architecture… and needs to be in structural integrity.

 

Shortly after the exact Full Moon, on Jan 12, MERCURY moved over the ‘Integrity Point’ from SAG into CAP again (where it was throughout December, and went retro from, next to PLUTO, on Dec 19). This is the 3rd and last passage over the ‘Integrity Point’ – now hopefully an integration of the retro phase.

 

What does that mean?

Well, we learned a lot in the last 1½ months, about what our trickster mind with its old inner stories tells us, esp. when it comes to judging others and ourselves, and how much mental energy is invested in that. All these ‘shoulds’!

 

Quick check-in: Ask yourself randomly:

  • How does this… look like without judgment in the picture???
  • What really IS integrity – without the mind running the show with concepts, ideas, beliefs?

 

As the re-generated MERCURY post-retro is now in CAP again:

How can the mind employed and used ‘just to do the job’?! While spirit / consciousness, the Heart (represented by The SUN as an astrological Archetype) are ‘in charge’. Much lighter and less ‘charged’, isn’t it? Amazing really how naturally capable the mind is, ‘simply’ in its natural function. Sometimes we think we need to control the situation with the mind, yet before too long the ego-mind takes control.

 

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Tiled Staircase in San Francisco

 

So yeah, stepping into 2017 with a less burdened and charged mind is a ‘good thing’ and another energy saver (CAP loves that). 🙂

 

 

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