CANCER New Moon (June 23 / 24), with MERCURY and MARS: Longings to Belong.

23 Jun

Warm SUMMER Greetings,

dear Reader in beautiful Victoria, on Vancouver Island, on the Pacific West Coast, or physically further away on Planet Earth, yet well connected, in our Cosmically Attuned Astro Community!



Just in time: Islandview Shoreline with hidden Dog. Dog walks have been ON, these days – while Sirius the ‘Dog Star’ will rise again soon…. Photo by Melanie


Uhhh – can you FEEL the Call of the Water?
The WATER Element of sensitivity, caring, belonging, and all things emotional, is all of a sudden so present astrologically, since MARS, on Solstice of course the SUN, and also MERCURY, today also the MOON are all in CANCER, while NEPTUNE and CHIRON keep cruising in PISCES (see New Moon chart below).


Dolphin Mates

So let’s be gentle, and tune into the Fluidity of Life.
Our emotions and needs keep changing (CAN), while the energetic Fabric of Life shows us that we all are, and all IS connected.

Actually, there is just Oneness of Life (PI) in its many forms.



Welcoming the First Summer 2017 New Moon!


Moon Goddess


Here she comes:

The FIRST New Moon in Summer 2017 happens this evening Friday, June 23, at 7:31 pm PDT at 3° CANCER – La Luna’s zodiacal ‘home domain’.

Three more Summer New Moons to follow, incl. the BIG ONE, on AUG 21:
JULY 23: Initial LEO New Moon (with MARS!)
AUG 21: End of LEO / Sphinx Point New Moon / Total Solar Eclipse!
SEPT 19 / 20: End of VIRGO New Moon.

Even though, we’re (here in the Northern Hemisphere) in the height of the SOLAR Year – this week, the Solstice SUN is bright and dominant, and the daylight hours are the longest – BALANCE happens, as we’re entering a very LUNAR phase, with the CANCER New Moon – La Luna’s very abode.
After lots of Spring ‘buzz and fuzz’, this and that, information and learning, in the GEMINI season, we’re now dropping from the AIR into the WATER Element, from thinking and communicating to feeling and resonating.

I call the GEM – CAN cusp of the Zodiac also the ‘Gathering Point’:
We might have gathered a lot of information, made new contacts, learned a lot, and brought it all into your space. On a relational level, early Summer is a natural time to gather as family, friends, tribes, and communities. Gathering (ideally) is an expression, or creates a sense of Belonging – very Cancerian.

Johfra Bosschart Cancer

Can you feel the pull of the Ocean Mama, back to Home Sweet Home?

Whatever Home means to you: Literally to your physical Home, to your Family, to your Spirit Home, to the Land you call Home, or to the Home of your Innermost BEING….?

What are you ‘conceiving’ of these days?
Where do you feel you belong?

The CANCER New Moon is the natural time for new beginnings, when it comes to all themes round home, nurturance, and belonging.


The essence of timeless Tao Wisdom:
Yin-Yang Balance is always dynamic and interwoven.

I always feeling strange, and like something’s off when the New Moon is being described as a time to ‘set new intentions’ which, if at all, is just one side of the energy: the yang / masculine one!!! What about the yin / feminine one, of being open and receptive, to be a vessel for conception?!

YES, a New MOON is Conception Energy!
SUN and MOON come together, like Yang and Yin.

When we ARE in a Yin/Yang Union at the New Moon, we are aligned with the rhythms of nature.
The yin / lunar Cancerian quality is very motherly, caring, gentle, nurturing for our needs.
The yang / solar Cancerian quality is very fatherly, and consciously creates safe tribal and family ‘hubs’.

Where early CANCER falls in your chart
(houses, planets there) is where a seed is being planted, where ‘conception’ and new beginnings take place (‘in the dark’, for the time being), when it comes to caring and belonging:

Early CAN in your 2nd house: A new ‘conception’ of what you value about belonging – and literally for your physical home;

Early CAN in your 5th house: New beginnings for nurturing your Inner Child, your children, and of your creativity; 
Early CAN in your 11th house: New start for your home and belonging in a community….


Canada Features Maple LeafAND, this is the beginning of the Lunar Cycle that contains Canada Day (July 1) and U.S. Independence Day (July 4):
Many Tribes, One Nation?! What is it that we call HOME? How do we make sure everybody can feel welcome and belong?

I’ll write a blog post for Canada Day
150 years since the Canadian Confederation (French: Confédération canadienne) was created, as the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into one Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.

Of course, taking a look at the ‘birth chart’ of the Canadian Confederation, and its evolution.

You’re welcome to join our COSMIC CANADA Astro~Events on June 28:
The Astro~Embodiment of the Canada chart(!) in the afternoon, and in the evening :
Canada and YOU / Canada et VOUS – a workshop to explore your astrological relationship with the country!

Voila, here’s the FB Event.
Welcome / Bienvenue at either or both in combo!

Let’s visit the CANCER New Moon chart.

And see what else shows up in the Cancerian and otherwise ‘cosmic landscape’:

CAN NM 2017


OH! Not ‘just’ the SUN / MOON in Cancerian Union, also MERCURY closely linked to them, and MARS in CANCER ahead of the trio, pulling the CANCER energy.

The SUN is now travelling with MARS (you can picture MARS next to the SUN in the sky!), until mid Aug. The SUN will pass MARS in July 26, right after the super fiery LEO New Moon. That looks like a HOT SUMMER, in many ways…

This week, lots of action coming from and to MARS… which is traditionally considered ‘challenged’ in the sphere of CANCER where a lot of old emotions, esp. anger, are stirred into action. The upside: needs can be more strongly asserted than otherwise.
Let’s not allow our ego wants and ‘needs’ dominate consciousness, yet use this energy to pro-actively offer care and nurturing to ourselves and other beings with whom we feel kinship. 

MARS ‘drives’ the New Moon energy, while it also links to JUPITER (in square exactly on June 24), NEPTUNE (the trine is exact on June 25), and LILITH (their quincunx is exact on June 27). All these alignments are catalyzed through the New Moon, and are showing up together in the cosmic ‘field’.

  • MARS square stat. JUPITER  in LIBRA (June 24) shows where conflict and disturbance of balance can arise when an encounter is not a natural complementary match, and contrasting needs clash. If complementary energies are present this energy is rather stimulating – an interesting ‘test’.
  • MARS trine stat. / retro NEPTUNE in PI (June 25) smooths situations out, when we roll with the changing needs, and are fluid and adaptable. It’s not a win-loose situation, rather a dance of energies.
  • MARS quincunx LILITH in SAG is about coordinating notions for belonging and care with freedom and space. Hopefully, there’s room for both simultaneously.
  • MARS, JUPITER, LILITH, and SATURN are linked into a rare ‘Trapezoid figure’ – can you see it?
    This configuration of planetary energies round Planet Earth combines and synthesizes different learning figures into one whole, closed circuit.

    The growth through learning that’s available now is charged and driven by the two dynamic squares: MARS square JUPITER, and LILITH square NEPTUNE (was exact June 21).
    I.o.w. when it comes to needs and wants in relationships
    (MARS in CAN – JUPITER in LI), we are called to choose well, so that our needs are naturally nurtured, and to take care of them personally anyway.
    The other one
    (LILITH – NEPTUNE) is about being honest and authentic, free and  on one’s path, while practicing ‘live and let live’, in the flow of life.


And then there’s MARS – PLUTO… between Canada Day and Independence Day.

The transpersonal, collective energy of PLUTO in CAP is transforming us, as we go through the ‘birth canal of consciousness’, in this World in Change. The more we ARE in integrity with the Change we wish to SEE (even in ‘small’ ways – the vibration matters) and live in simplicity the more we sense the energy that carries and renews us!

MARS now in CANCER, on the opposite side of PLUTO, its ‘higher octave’ (MARS is about personal will and assertion, and PLUTO about higher power). MARS will go into exact opposition to PLUTO on July 2 – once every 2 years. This can trigger change and realignment, on personal levels, esp. when it comes to the polarity between ‘what we personally want and need’ and ‘what matters most’. As with any opposition, our ‘job’ is to ‘marry’ the two.
MARS – PLUTO, exact on July 2, will be also a ‘signature’ for Canada Day (and there’s already a lot of controversy around Canada 150, and sensitivity around “Are we celebrating Colonialism???” “How can Truth and Reconciliation be put into action, how does it look like, and how can it evolve?”), and of U.S. Independence Day (well, lots of heated debates down the border which could come to a head on another level).


VENUS in TAU trine PLUTO retro in CAP (exact tomorrow June 24): Valuing and Attracting what’s Solid and ‘Real’, throughout Change.



Standing Tall – Photo by Melanie, Oct 2016


The CANCER NEW MOON is also a Conception for an earthy ‘liaison’ between VENUS in ‘her abode’ of TAURUS with PLUTO retro in mid-CAP.
A welcome grounding effect, that can look like:

  • Let’s stick with what’s simple, choose quality that proves itself over time, and enjoy what’s here and real, in the NOW, like: the gifts of Nature.
  • In this world of change, what’s solid and of tangible value?
  • Drawn to traditions and Elders? A good time to (re?)establish connections.
  • Let’s appreciate deep relationships that prevail through times of change.


CHIRON in late PISCES goes retro on July 1:
Inner Journey into Oneness


Chiron with the Wounding Arrow

Perhaps the inner ‘SoUlution’ to the longings to belong and to be in ‘right relationship…

June and July are quite Chiron-ic months, since CHIRON is now a stationary (slow moving) focus, as it changes ‘gears’ from direct into retro mode (July 1 – Dec 5).

Late PI has also a PI ‘undertone’ – it all comes together, and yet is elusive.
This can show up in ‘wounded syndromes’ of: feeling overwhelmed yet never really ‘getting anywhere’, feeling lost, confused, deluded, weakened, esp. in the immune system, feeling like giving up.

What’s the ‘healing agent’ with a ‘Like Heals Like’ approach (very Piscean, and Chironic)?

How about:
Tapping into Oneness, where ALL is already and always HERE.
Literally being by or in the Water, relaxing, releasing, soaking up the oceanic energy that’s freely available…?
And / or exposing ourselves to music and dance, sound therapy, yoga, meditation, anything that brings us back into a place of unity in life, from which all ‘comes together’ quite naturally…?

A big shift is coming next year, as CHIRON (in PI since Feb 2011) will enter ARIES (for a short time mid Apr – end of Sept 2018, and eventually end of Feb 2019) where it hasn’t been in almost 50 years.
A ‘wounded warrior’ theme? An emergence of shamans? Vulnerability yet also in-built medicine of a ‘precedent’ of sorts? The birth of SELF and a new way of being? Hmmm, at this point, it seems still elusive and mysterious. To be revealed… (next year, JUPITER will be also in SCORPIO).

In any case, CHIRON in now (June / July) on the very end of PI – 29° (in transition to AR) = on the ‘Emergence / Birthing Point’, where out of the ALL a new life form and potentiality is almost emerging – yet at this point re-tracing into the ocean of oneness. Let’s find our Medicine in THIS.

Many Heartfelt Summer Blessings!

Enjoy this Body-Mind-Spirit Nourishing Season!


© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger





Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to YOUR INNER ‘COSMIC COMPASS’.

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’ those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘HUB OF THE WHEEL’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’ and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified WITH them, and they don’t have to run your life.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

ASTRO~EXPERIENCES, via Courses. Workshops, and Embodied Astrology:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
In a world of online offers, our small, intimate Astro hubs (6 – 10 participants) are a treasured way of being personally seen and involved – more commitment, a personal sense of community, and deeper effects.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

This is to empowered and liberating ways of working with the ancient and timeless gift of Astrology!

For the remainder of JUNE, I’d like to offer you as a NEW Client a FREE 22-min. Short & Sweet Get-to-know Focused Astro Session for a specific theme you are feeling blocked, or having difficulty with presently.
Let’s clarify what’s going on underneath, and how you could express these energies in a freer way!
You are welcome to come over in person (always ideal) here in Victoria, or we connect via Messenger / FaceTime from the comfort of your home or holiday! Let your friends know about this sweet offer too!

Looking forward to meeting you and them! 

Canva 22 Free


To book, please call me at 250 381 4299, or reply to these Astro~News, with the subject line: 22 FREE.


Let your friends know about this sweet offer too!
Looking forward to meeting you and them!

FB page which is where the creative action happens, and where you can sign up for Astro*News for Insiders, a newsletter that comes into your inbox at the New Moon and Full Moon, with Astro~Weather and Astro~Medicine, Offers and Astro~Experiences, for the whole 2-week period). Get the inside scoop, and be the first to find out what’s UP.




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: