MERCURY on the SPHINX POINT – into ‘storm’ on Aug 3 (retro Aug 12 – Sept 5), and URANUS retro (Aug 2): Self Awareness + Mindfulness + Magic + Liberation!

27 Jul

Harvest FieldWhy is everyone so bizzzy, even anxious and nervous?
Harvest time energy type of vibe (wait a minute, not Aug / Sept yet!)…

So much to organize, clear, get in order?
Refining skills and techniques?
You too?

MERCURY has this week (exactly on Tue July 25) crossed over the ‘Sphinx Point’ from LEO to VIRGO.
MERCURY in its natural placement of VIRGO now, as the SUN is in solid solar glow LEO (until Aug 22) can be a super creative and productive time!

Fine and dandy. However….

Is there a ‘however’?
Well, for those of us who get nervous just by hearing / reading about the buzz words: MERCURY retro.

YES, it’s true, due, and immanent: MERCURY will go RETRO, from Aug 12 on, until Sept 5.
OH NO! I hear you shout out.

No worries, VIRGO! Maybe it all turns out differently than you thought! To all of us, and esp for the early / mid VIRGO side in our charts I say, on behalf of MERCURY:
Rather than fretting over irrelevant details, going crazy over things ‘not working’, and tapping into the neurotic side of this (‘low vibration’ / shadow of VIR), let’s be self aware, mindful, and intuitive.
Let’s see what the universe is trying to tell us
rather than imposing our thoughts and ‘plans’ (esp. if they don’t really work practically) onto the world.

This week, July 25, MERCURY crossed the ‘SPHINX POINT’ (LEO to VIR) for the 1st time in a sequence of 3 – WOW, triple SPHINX POINT activation:

  • July 25 (in direct / forward mode / M-r pre-shadow)
  • Aug 31 (in retro mode)
  • Sept 9 (in direct mode / M-r ‘storm’)

What’s the SPHINX POINT all about?
Self Awareness: Know Thyself. Who ARE YOU?
Which can be taken very deeply…
The SPHINX is an oracle, and offers a silent mirror image.
Our perception of the world ‘as it is’, and of people show us a lot about ourselves.
Back to: Who or what IS the Self….?

Let’s see how we can healthily, happily align (which is a LEO – VIR thing) with this energy.
On a ‘practical’ level: Self (LEO) Awareness (VIRGO) means:

Who am I? What brings me joy? What do I do with Love, and as an expression of my fullness and wholeness? What do I create from Love that in service to others? How can I use my creative play, my passion, and my strengths not just for myself but to help others? How do I put my Love into Service?
VIRGO is motivated by alignment, as in: order into chaos, and alignment with the cosmic order and the higher self. Bringing these to the ‘ground level’.
Clearly a (necessary, next level) ‘humbling’ effect in VIR after glorious and bombastic LEO.
In the seasons / yearly cycle it’s the time when Summer play time turns into ‘back to school / work’. 
In human development LEO – VIR is the phase from adolescence (show time, party time, be seen, have fun) to young adulthood (taking on new responsibilities, transition into college / university or into the work world).

The passionate, fiery ‘anything goes’ LEO energy becomes grounded, practical, realistic, and checks in: Does this work, is it healthy, functional? What would work better? What needs to be realigned? Paying attention to details and ‘issues’ is helpful, becoming neurotic – not so much.  Always good to check in with awareness: What’s going on here? What am I doing and why? Whom and what does this serve? Or is it self-serving? Can I be aware of the ego, and put its energy into some practical use?



Sphinx on the Giza Plateau – Photo by Melanie, Egypt Journey Nov 2010…

The SPHINX POINT plays an important role this Summer:

Through the triple MERCURY contact, and, even more so:

Through the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on Aug 21 on the last degree of LEO – the SPHINX POINT – and close to REGULUS, brightest star in the constellation LEO, and astrologically on the SPHINX POINT.
The Eclipse path goes over the U.S. (South-East to North-West), and it will be on Trump’s AC / MARS (both at the very end of LEO).
U.S. and Trump – the Sphinx Effect?
What is he / are we / is the world doing???

The combo of MERCURY retro and TSE looks like a re-adjustment (M-r) and major re-set (Total Solar Eclipse), through an initiation gate (LEO – VIR).
Of course, I’ll write more about the Eclipse over the next weeks. Stay tuned. 


Hermes / Mercury

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

For the MERCURY journey this Summer, I’d suggest bottom line:
Let’s be self-aware, and see how what we do comes from LOVE, and how we can put our LOVE into service (doesn’t work so well with ego anyway 🙂 )

MERCURY will go into pre-retro ‘storm’ (moving very slowly before the ‘U-turn’) from Aug 3 on, and go retro on Aug 12.
The ‘stormy phase’ – Aug 3 until the first days of retro (about Aug 17) can be a bit turbulent 
since things don’t go according to ‘plan’ – but that makes room for something else to show up.

It can take a bit to get the hang of this different ‘modus operandi’.

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

So let’s not fret, and be flexible and mer-curious instead, to see what the Universe lines up for us.
How about turning it around and asking when something changes the ‘order’:
How does this help me? What does this help me with? Whom can I help now?

M-r in VIR is excellent for dealing with ‘unfinished business’ (quite literally) from the past. Do it with LOVE is the key.

M-r often relates ‘like a chain’ (yep, there’s a karmic effect / opportunity in it) to the previous M-r’s (April – early May 2017, Dec 2016 – early Jan 2017).
Time to RE-connect in communication with people, or RE-visiting projects dating back to those times.

Last year, MERCURY was also retro in VIR (Sept 1 – 22, 2016, and for a very long time in VIR (all Aug, Sept, until 1st week of Oct 2016).
What re-organized itself there, or how we were initiated and practically trained at that time can become quite useful and significant this year.

Maybe you’re already having a combination of premonitions and deja-vus, a M-r effect. And all of us born under M-r, we’re probably ‘good with it’, and in excited anticipation, having fun in the upcoming magic and synchronicities of it all.

Kin Yellow Crystal Seed YearWe’re now in the Mayan New Year (since July 26) of the Yellow Crystal Seed – an initiation into a different quality of being ‘in Time’.

Here’s a quote from the Foundation of the Law of Time

“Crystal is the tone of cooperation. Cooperation implies communication. Open communication is how we build bridges. Crystal seed is the year of the fulfillment of the Return of the People of OMA from across the bridge of time. We are the bridge. The Time is Now. OMA is the Original Matrix Attained.

The Original matrix is woven on Nature’s intelligence.  Intelligence implies a perception of patterns. The 13 Moon calendar offers a simple daily system to track multiple patterns of time. The effect is the increase of order, awareness and intelligence in your daily life.

Daily use also helps you to enter into a Universal consciousness that transcends dogma, religion, race, economic status and gender.  Synchronicity will become your normal every-day experience.”

This amazing Crop Circle from July 18 that ‘popped up’ in a search for me today is linked to the theme… loving it!

Speaking of synchronicities and surprises:


Prometheus, the Greek hero associated with the planet URANUS, capturing the fire of spirit and creative inventiveness from the Gods for Humanity.

URANUS, the ‘higher octave’ and ‘transpersonal’ dimension of MERCURY – Freedom from the Mind, Awakening – presently at the very end of ARIES, will also go retro (once a year), on Aug 2, which means: July and August are also very ‘Uranian‘, with URANUS as a stationary focal point and ‘transmitter’:
What an exciting, electric, surprising, paradigm shifting, liberating vibe in the air!
The URANUS effect can shift and uplift us (and catapult us out of an old ‘matrix’), with accelerated force. Which, for the ‘known’ identity can appear like a wild and crazy ride.
Let’s go with it (rather than resisting it and having it come ‘at us’)!

What’s new and exciting for YOU?



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I’m happy to support you being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships.
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© 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.

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