Total Solar ECLIPSE Initiation Aug 21. LILITH / SATURN Aug 22. Grand FIRE Trine: Autonomy – Agency – Authority.

19 Aug

Hey Cosmic Community, in Eclipse count-down!

SO much fiery charge is UP and around and within now, as we’re approaching THE Big Event very fast.
‘Not only’ is the Eclipse THE cosmic event of the year – definitely for the U.S.A. who even claim it as the ‘Great American Eclipse’, the only country on its Totality Path.
Just look at how fired-up the atmosphere (mirroring the astro-sphere) within and from the States is these days….!

The ecliptic New Moon – with fiery LEO MARS! – also creates a Grand Fire Trine which is ‘a good thing’, i.o.w. a growth opportunity in spirit-in-action. Where? How? Hang in, we’ll get to the specifics further down.

MERCURY retro (Aug 12 – Sept 5), now in full swing (moving faster backwards after the initial ‘U-turn’) brings Awareness and IN-sight, as a mindful witness, ob-serving the ‘Big Show’, RE-minding us to look at what we might have been blind-sighted by / to…

Lion Eye Covering

Blinded by the Light – of too much bling and ‘shiny objects / subjects’ that court for our attention, incl. narcissistic ‘selfie’ bling – this is the shadow of LEO.

A Solar Eclipse is quite simply, factually, a Light – Shadow – Light process.

The extra strong LEO Solar side and August SUN gets dramatically ‘occulted’ / overshadowed by the late LEO MOON, before LUNA moves on.

Lioness Energy stepping in front of Lion Presence….?
Let’s check out what that ecliptic process between SUN / MOON and Earth symbolizes… 
Heavens, give us signs! And they do…

An exact, super-duper NEW MOON, happening on the Initiation Point from LEO to VIRGO.
So much concentrated energy in all of this.


What a concentrated Eclipse Initiation Portal:

All within 27 hrs!
AUG 21:

  • Maximum Eclipse 11:21 am PDT (Occultation of the SUN by the MOON shadow starts at 9:08 am PDT)
  • NEW MOON at 11:30 am PDT, at 28° 52′ LEO.
  • The MOON crosses over the ‘Sphinx Point’ into VIR at 1:25 pm PDT.

Aug 22:

  • The SUN crosses over the ‘Sphinx Point’ into VIR at 3:20 pm PDT.

The fact that the MOON eclipses the SUN 9 min before the New Moon yet the NM is aligned with the North Node of the Moon (rather than South Node which was the ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse on Feb 26) gives it a ‘hybrid’ quality:
On one hand, the Eclipse occurs technically at the VERY end of the old lunar cycle, as the ‘Dark Moon’, and that’s about endings and release.
On the other hand, the connection of the Eclipse with the North Node of the Moon where fresh energy can be found, gives it an energy of ‘Incentive’ for uplifting, higher vibrational end-of-LEO qualities.

I.o.w., Self Awareness is the way to let-go, and to renew!
Who am I? How do I operate?
What’s working here, and what isn’t healthy and doesn’t serve – let go!

Crystal (Clear Quartz, Lemon Quartz, and Hematite) activated Voyager Tarot Card II – Priestess – Can you see the Sphinx on the right side? Crystal Activation and Photo by Melanie

Being in the Integrity of the Body-Mind-Spirit Temple, and evoking qualities of …

The Priestess perhaps, who calmly observes, and is in alignment. She owes that to herself as in: ‘Higher’ / ‘Cosmic’ Self, and to those whom she is in service to.

She sees the world as symbolic, an oracle. “See yourself in where your attention goes.” and, deeper: “You are THAT.”

Sounds a bit ‘lofty’ and ‘far out’?
Let’s bring some other flavours and voices of Astro Archetypes in that are very influential in the Eclipse energy!


Could the Grand Fire Trine be a SoUlution?

Definitely a ‘Divine Intervention Opportunity’ – which needs to be activated (otherwise it’s just ‘sitting there’ like money on the bank account).


Who are the ‘Players’ in the Grand FIRE Trine?
Well, more than half of the Astro Archetypes!

  • URANUS stationary retro at 29° ARAUTONOMY:
    Set yourself FREE, and come alive (again).
  • MARS / North Node / MOON / SUN on the Sphinx Point – AGENCY (in AWARENESS) at 29° LEO:
    Do something that’s aligned for, and from your Self, from Self Awareness, and from the Spiritual Heart. After the re-boot, re-new and re-initiate your creative play. Be bright, alive, inspiring.
    The LEO Eclipse energy can be channeled through AQ on the other side of the spectrum:

    Your creativity feeds and inspires synergy in groups and humanity!
  • LILITH / SATURN retro stationary (going direct on AUG 25) at 21° SAGAUTHORITY:
    Be the author of your ‘story’. And invite the best in everyone – in freedom!


Ancient Sumerian Lilith Relief, with Owls & Lionesses – ‘her’ Entourage. ‘She’s a clawed and winged one herself, strong and wise – feared by those who she ‘triggers’.

The ECLIPSE that gets all the attention (SO LEO), yet it’also a strong LILITH – SATURN week and month:

LILITH will meet and pass SATURN on AUG 22!
…which is also a major ‘game changer’, and only happens every 12 1/2 years – last time in FEB 2005 in CANCER.

A ‘wildly feminine’ / instinctual energy passing the Archetype of authority – which in its SAG shadow (one of SATURN’s jobs is to reveal the shadow, and have us work through it) shows up as a saboteur of inspiration, a linear, judgmental, righteous, dogmatic ‘boss’ / patriarch.

Yep, the inner and outer SATURN gets also symbolically ‘eclipsed’, or at least passed, in ‘Wild SAG Flight / Ride’ by LILITH who will from then on take the lead for quite a while, while SATURN follows.

A new 12 1/2 year LILITH / SATURN cycle starts – now in late SAG – the realm of the Wise Ones. May they speak UP and lead ON!

Why does that remind me of the ‘nasty woman’ quote? Well, LILITH was in SCO when it was directed towards Hillary who has a massive SCO concentration, mostly in her ‘collective’ 12th House…

For all of us, it’s time to go beyond being blocked, caged in, and held back by old stories, paradigms, labels, dogmas, and beliefs that have (even historically) produced patterns of fear from moving forward, and fear of ‘the foreign’ / ‘the other’.

Perhaps we’ve over-compensated, by living a narrow trajectory of expectations, judgments, and projections of negativity, coming up with ‘game plans’ to control (and prevent) what SAG is really about: Trusting in the journey, the adventure of LIFE itself, and to follow our Heart.

Well, SATURN has definitely taught us a lot about all this, in the last 2 years since it’s been in SAG (until Dec 19, 2017) and recently retro, pushing us to be ‘done with inner obstacles on the journey’, such as old limiting beliefs, or at least to unburden ourselves from a big part of it.


Owl Freeing

Where and how have we let ourselves be kept small, caged in, and prevented from growing, and living in the fullness of our truth and our path?

Besides the Total Solar ECLIPSE, this is also a LILITH shift week and month, as ‘she’ takes flight, out of SATURN’s ring /cage.

SATURN is also having a ‘Change of Heart’ or at least, a change of direction, from inward-retro to outward-direct (on Aug 25) – but can’t catch up with LILITH who’s leading now.

Hopefully (prob. painfully) we would have experienced in the SATURN retro phase since early Apr how fear can hold us back, and how it’s legit to not move forward based on intuition. Also: an inner ‘wrap-up’ of walking around with blinders on (either too focused on something that’s just not realistic, or not seeing what’s possible / lacking perspective). Now we hopefully know more. Yet, don’t let your knowing turn into dogma.

With LILITH moving past SATURN, things are shifting, and our ‘Inner Wildness’, i.o.w. our intrinsically free True Nature leads us on the path onward, with heartful inspiration and radical inner trust.

The Grand FIRE Trine theme courtesy of LILITH / SATURN in late SAG (the ‘Integrity Point’ of the Zodiac) says: Claim Intrinsic AUTHORITY, 
Can’t hurt to invoke their Archetypes. Hint: SATURN likes ritual (putting intention into form).

“The Truth Shall set You FREE” is another LILITH – SATURN in SAG theme.
Truth about what???
Clues can be found in late SAG in your, or in a relationship’s / organization’s / city’s / country’s chart.

For the U.S., that’s in the country’s first house of identity.
LILITH / SATURN at 21° SAG exactly oppose the U.S. MARS at 21°22 GEM in their 7th house of ‘significant others’, i.o.w. other countries and individuals the country is partners or opponents with – who face them, and whom the country dialogues with.

“Why are there all these enemies to the State/s and within the State/s now?”
“What does that have to do with the GEM SUN / URANUS Trumpotus / ‘precedent’?”
“What’s with all that rhetoric?”
“In whom or what can we / they trust?” (SAG)?!


Here’s the U.S. chart for Illustration:



The ‘Encounter Axis’ in SAG – GEM for the U.S. (Trump was born with the Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse on this axis!) brings up a few (may I understate) ‘inconvenient’ / shadowy issues to be discussed and brought to light.

Energetically / archetypally, the public figure of Trump is a catalyst who brings things into motion, the bad, the ugly, and perhaps through this ‘messy process’ the ‘good’, or neutrally put: the NEW that comes from it.

Why am I saying this?
This claimed ‘Great American’ TSE (and first Solar Eclipse over the U.S. in 99 years since 1918) catalyzes the 1st PLUTO Return for the U.S. (2020 – 2023) in the country’s history!

What does that mean?
A complete restructuring, to hopefully leading by example / from integrity, based on the core of foundational principles, incl. the essence of the American Constitution – but also and perhaps foremost: Natural Law.
Intense transformational years for the ‘Land of the Free’.


Prometheus – the Archetype of URANUS – Bringing the Fire of the Gods to Humanity

Speaking of Freedom, in the meantime (2016/17) URANUS in late AR has been squaring the U.S. PLUTO.
A destabilizing, unsettling, traumatic, uprising, revolutionary, and ultimately liberating energy – as we’ve seen.

The TSE in late LEO is exactly (less than 2° off) opposite the U.S. MOON in late AQ (which URANUS is ‘at home’ in):
“WE the People”! 

Vs. ‘The One / the Elite / the Special Superstars’ who get all the attention and seem to have all the Agency and political power.

The TSE brings a RE-Boot in that regard.

The curtains of the LEO stage in the shadow ‘reality show’ of drama, narcissism, and ‘high maintenance’ are being closed – done with this act!

And opened again…
Who’s the agency of ‘the curtain’?

Well, the MOON – crossing like a curtain the ‘face of the SUN’.

Total Solar Eclipse with ‘Diamond Ring’ Effect

In a country the MOON represents The People (vs The Ruler/s = The SUN). And also The Feminine. LEO type strong women who aren’t shy to ‘roar’ from the Heart.

Makes me think of a provocative FB live with Brene Brown at the occasion of Charlottesville that I saw the other day. She pointed out the need for awareness (VIR) of undeserved white privilege (LEO), incl. NOT needing to deal with any discrimination, and the shadow effects of this core narrative of the country. And the polar opposite, woven into the country’s history: Dehumanizing and objectifying ‘the others’ so that they can be treated less than human (shadow of AQ).

Very apropos MOON in LEO to see passionate strong Feminine and ‘People’ Forces ‘roaring’ now, incl. privileged women, artists, actors, and many people who express their passion (not just against but FOR).


What comes ‘on stage’ when ‘the curtain’ is pulled up again?
A profoundly Re-NEWed end-of-LEO energy!
What could that look like?

  • Strength through Integrity.
  • A Leadership of the Heart.
  • Channeling Passion into Healing Activism.
  • Highest Potential of Working with Spirit.

Crystal (Carnelian and Jasper) activated Voyager Tarot Card XI Strength – Photo and Crystal Activation by Melanie

And: It’s an Initiation.

That’s what happens with Eclipses.
AND on the ‘Sphinx Point’ – the LEO – VIR cusp where this one occurs.
A double dose!

In other words, the change clearly doesn’t ‘happen’ immediately / automatically.
The heavenly signs are pointers and mirrors, they don’t ‘produce’ the ‘effects’.

It might take a while to change…
To ‘handle’ one’s fiery LEO passions, and channel them into Service from the Heart.
But things ARE quickening now. Lots of build-up.

A Total Solar Eclipse for a country has effects over years…
The Initiation is being initialized, with the U.S. TSE.

The same is true for a personal chart and life.
I.o.w. if you are affected by the TSE (esp. if you have your AC, SUN, MOON, or planets in late LEO) the ‘cosmic Heart surgery’ / resurgence is under way….


Here’s the TSE chart, with Grand Fire Trine incl. LILITH / SATURN, and the points of Autonomy – Agency – Authority.

Check out all that FIRE (Feuer in German) in the elemental table.




The LILITH / SATURN theme of Intrinsic Authority (i.o.w., we know what’s going on, as we follow inner guidance and wisdom, have our ‘act together’, and walk our talk) ties well together in the Grand FIRE Trine, with

URANUS in ARIES, the Awakener Archetype –  which often acts through disruptive wake-up calls, and brings us radically into our AUTHENTICITY and AUTONOMY.
URANUS also feeds into the end-of-LEO ECLIPSE energy: A Radical Renewal of AGENCY in AWARENESS.


What else stands out in the Eclipse chart, and at this time of cosmic ‘weather’?

SIX Planets are presently retro:

Sun Dial at Beacon Hill Park. Light – Shadow ‘Retro’ tool, yet always ‘On Time’  “Only Count the Sunny Hours” – yet the Eclipse clearly ‘counts’!– Photo by Melanie


MERCURY (until Sept 5), SATURN (until Aug 25), CHIRON, URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO (until Sept 28).

Lots of old ‘unfinished business’ to deal with, and ‘inner processes’ – an important internal / preparation phase, with:

MERCURY retro in VIR (until Sept 5):
RE-considering what hadn’t been in the discussion in a while.
RE-entering the conversation, about what hadn’t been shared in a while, from a place of VIR awareness. Also a RE-fining tools, and discerning what serves / is practical and useful and what isn’t.

SATURN retro in SAG (goes direct on Aug 25):
Cropping and pruning where less is more.
Wrapping up inner limiting beliefs, world views, and ‘old stories’.
Catching the saboteur.

CHIRON retro in PI:
Why / when do I go into a mode of overwhelm?

What’s the re-curring wave of this?
How do I self-medicate with addictions?
How can I be there for others as for myself (esp. when I feel ungrounded)?

URANUS retro in AR (just turned retro on Aug 2 – Aug is quite a Uranian month):
Inner Liberation sets us FREE – unconditionally.

NEPTUNE retro in PI:
Inner and Universe-all Oneness  – you are never alone.

Not being in inner division and as the ONE – makes us immune to ‘Divide et Impera’ agenda.

PLUTO retro in CAP (goes direct on Sept 28):
Inner timelessness, call of the ancestors, inner mastery, and resource-full living.


Blessings to You and ALL, for the Eclipse Season!

Let’s stay HEARTful, and connected in our HUMANITY!


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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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The longer ago you had your first session the less you pay in August! 🙂 .
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© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger





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