Archive | February, 2018

Happy CHINESE NEW YEAR of the Yang Earth DOG, Starting Feb 16!

9 Feb

Dear Astro~News blog Reader,

Are you ‘into’ Chinese Astrology?
Using it for Feng Shui?
‘Simply’ curious?

Here’s my East-West honouring of the Chinese New Year.
Happy New Year of the Yang Earth DOG!


The Upcoming New Moon on Thursday Feb 15 at 1:05 pm PST at 27º07’ AQ initiates the CHINESE NEW YEAR of the YANG EARTH DOG, starting on the following day, Feb 16.

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!


Dragon Guardians – Photo by Melanie, Feb 5, 2018


The BIG parade however will be in Vancouver on Feb 18 – 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, Feb 18 – always on the Sunday after the CNY – with traditional Lion’s Dance, fun performances, before the Lions will walk through the streets of Chinatown to visit the shops, bring blessings, eat the lettuce that’s prepared for it, and snatch the bills and red envelopes – for the Chinese Benevolent Society.



The last Yang Earth Dog year was Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 7, 1959.

Chinese Character GOU – Dog

When you’re 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 DOG years (with different Element combinations) were (Jan / Feb until Jan / Feb the following year) 1933-5, 1946-7, 1958-9, 1970-71, 1982-83, 1994-5, 2006-7.

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

For the DOG years, check out this table:

Start date End date Heavenly branch
14 February 1934 3 February 1935 Wood Dog
2 February 1946 21 January 1947 Fire Dog
18 February 1958 7 February 1959 Earth Dog
6 February 1970 26 January 1971 Metal Dog
25 January 1982 12 February 1983 Water Dog
10 February 1994 30 January 1995 Wood Dog
29 January 2006 17 February 2007 Fire Dog
16 February 2018 4 February 2019 Earth Dog
2 February 2030 22 January 2031 Metal Dog
22 January 2042 9 February 2043 Water Dog

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 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 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 (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 combinations and variables than at first glance, with 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 12,960,000 combinations are possible!


Rooster Review

FIRE (the last 2 years, with Yang Monkey and Yin Rooster) is the Element of the South, which stands for passion and creativity, adventure, leadership, the colour red, Summer, and relates to the planet MARS.
Simultaneously, SATURN was in fiery SAG in those years.

Coming out of the Yin Fire Rooster – a Phoenix Bird year it was!

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


The Phoenix out of the Ashes process has been on:

Burning off what we aren’t anymore, or fooled by, has been a big theme this year.
And all the wildfires!!!
Trusting we won’t see another series of those, this EARTH Year.

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

“Show your colours!” has been also a theme for the Lunar NORTH NODE, in LEO since end of Apr. 2017 for 1½ years. And “Take a stand for what is close to your Heart!” said SATURN in SAG. It’s not about right or wrong. It’s about Living Life Lovingly, and directed from Inner Truth.

Rooster’s shadow is Ego bolstering – “Look at ME!”, narcissism, 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 – even though critical him/herself, and a perfectionist, possibly being overly zealous and opinionated – we’ve seen a lot of that kind of display over the last year!!!

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, and babies born 2017 – 18) has these character traits – 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 aware of these traits in ourselves and in the world ‘outside’, in integration of the Rooster year, 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?
  • What is the (self)awareness that is important now?


What’s been going on with JUPITER, the 12-year cycle planet, in the Rooster Phoenix year?

JUPITER entered SCORPIO on Oct 10. 2017, and will continue to travel through scorpionic ‘dark places’ until Nov 8, 2018, when it enters its own domain, SAGITTARIUS.
Big and deep change is under way. From SCO to SAG is the ‘Phoenix Point’ in the Zodiac where we rise into Freedom, seeing the Bigger Picture… maybe a ‘Phoenix’ delay effect in Western Astrology…


The Yang Earth Dog, and its Year

This year, a new Element is coming in, for 2 years:
EARTH / Kun, after 2 years of FIRE / Li.

A grounding, stabilizing, and balancing energy is offered, and required(!).
EARTH energy is also quite emphasized in Western Astrology this year:

SATURN entered its own earthy sign CAPRICORN (Dec 19, 2017 – Dec 17, 2020), approaching PLUTO there (conj. will be in early 2020), and LILITH being in CAP this year too – until Aug 6. 
URANUS will enter earthy TAURUS (can be disruptive there, and we surely need grounding in the ‘storm’) on May 15, until Nov 6 (when it goes back into AR, before finally entering TAU on March 6, 2019).

EARTH is in the Chinese system associated with 

  • The Centre (also in Feng Shui / the BaGua)
  • The Change of Seasons (rather than ONE season)
  • The Planet SATURN – corresponds with SATURN being in earthy CAP now.
  • The Colour Yellow.
  • The Yellow Dragon.
  • The digestive system, spleen, and stomach.

Good to strengthen / be supported by all those attributes, always, and esp. in the next two EARTH years (Yang Earth DOG, followed by Yin Earth PIG).

What’s with the (always Yang attributed) DOG / Gou?

Of all the Chinese animals the DOG is the friendliest and kindest.
Dogs like to serve and being of use. They are the epitome of loyalty and faithfulness.
DOG has an association with the Western Zodiac sign LIBRA.
Known to be very relational, loyal, reserved, quiet, helpful, practical, unpretentious (after Rooster), calm in a crisis, keeping equilibrium in chaos, yet always ready to respond.
They thrive on team work and have a strong sense of duty in the community.
Dogs are eager to please. They seek companionship, and friend-ly relationship, and can go out of their way to be praised and approved of. Dogs are also very outgoing and social, and thrive on contact and company – otherwise they become a lone wolf…
They’re honest, intelligent, with a sense of justice, fairness, and integrity, affectionate and sociable, trustworthy, yet hard to forgive if the trust they’ve offered is being abused.
Rather an expert in certain things than a ‘jack of all trades’. They don’t need much, yet when in need they’re very resourceful. They need purpose, be motivated and acknowledged, otherwise they’re unfulfilled. Having high standards, they can easily become judgmental, cynical, and pessimistic.
All of these traits are also very apropos SATURN now in CAPRICORN.
They can do everything for others (LIBRA), even to a degree of martyrdom, or being taken advantage of (CAP). 
Being dogged and fatalistic are borderline shadow expression of the DOG characteristics.
Success is a result of consistent effort. They can make a sound adviser and good leader  – who demands loyalty, and dedication to the work.

These characteristics of a DOG year / month / day / hour person (or dog, lol) can also be translated into the Earth DOG year to come:

Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog (Creative Commons)

A year where a call for justice, integrity, and true leadership becomes stronger and stronger, common sense, and (with JUPITER in SCO, relating to PLUTO in CAP) also an impulse for transformation of structures and their (if not the principle of) leadership.
Loyalty to a ‘pack’, and defending integrity and principles can become a big theme.
Hopefully not to a degree where loyal ‘serfs’ are being used to ‘do everything’ for their master.

We need to see – and become – rather Integrity DOGS who stand up in Loyalty for Mother EARTH, and all her life forms.

As we move into the CHINESE NEW YEAR, and under the waning-before-NEW MOON, let’s clear space and energy for the NEW!
FENG SHUI helps with organizing and streamlining our environment – which makes life simpler, easier, and foremost: directs the energy flow in optimal and naturally aligned ways.


In our East-West CNY & Feng Shui Parlour on Thu Feb 15, we’ll explore the (and YOUR) Chinese System and the Western Astrology, plus basic Feng Shui principles.

You’ll also receive a 14-p. E-Booklet with lots of helpful Feng Shui tips.

If you don’t come to our CNY Parlour you can still order the 14 p. Feng Shui Tips E-Booklet for $ 4.14 via e-transfer, or PayPal. I email it to you upon payment.


Happy New Year of the EARTH DOG!


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger



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VENUS enters PISCES on Feb 10 (until March 6): Love IS.

8 Feb

Birth of Venus – Botticelli


From Feb 10 on, VENUS will make her yearly ‘appearance’ (or rather: sublimation) in PISCES where ‘she’ is traditionally ‘exalted’:

The most exquisite, undefined, ‘je ne sais quoi’ energy – call it ‘unconditional love’ / All IS Love – All IS Love’.  
Yet, this vibration can lead us mere mortals also into confusion, disillusionment, unrequited scenarios, out of victim consciousness, or / and due to projections / putting the ‘adored one’ on a pedestal (or having to escape the pedestal another puts us on). 
VENUS in PI is an energy of love and attraction that’s best expressed without attachment… 

This goes for any kind of attractions, not just ‘special Valentine’s’.


Ocean Bliss – Photo by Melanie, Feb 8, 2018


Here’s a Preview for all the ‘DATES’ VENUS in PISCES (Feb 10 – March 6, 2018) will have – many!

Feb 15:
VENUS in PI in sextile with SATURN in CAP.
Wow, the ‘Ringed’ One meets VENUS – a Valentine’s commitment?
Not to be taken lightly, says SATURN. Could be the ‘real deal’, yet without attachment (otherwise ‘she’ swims away…).

Feb 16:
VENUS in PI is met by the PI MOON.
Can it be sweeter than this… (except in the 7th Heaven)?
Yet, don’t mix up the movie with a real person.
And swim away from confusing / overwhelming ‘media showers’.

Feb 17 & 18:
MERCURY and the SUN follow VENUS into PISCES – and start a very PISCEAN season, until mid-March.
Surf the Waves, and Go with the Flow. Be open, connect, and receive.

Feb 21: 
VENUS in PI meets (her ‘higher octave’) NEPTUNE.
Love comes in so many ways – and waves. Love IS.

Feb 25:
VENUS in PI square MARS in SAG.
Sounds like a sweet & adventurous love affair / romance novel to me… (you name it).

Feb 27:
VENUS in PI in sextile with PLUTO in CAP.
Connection beyond Time and ‘Death’.

March 1:
Surrender, and you’re IN it.

March 4:
Commune and connect, with and beyond words, poetry, and music. Be vulnerable, and open for the healing.

Blessings for this sublime month with VENUS in PISCES!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2018



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VENUS, the SUN, and MERCURY in AQ in Square with JUPITER in SCO and in Sextile with URANUS in ARIES (Feb 3/6, and 10/13/15): Liberation of Hidden Agenda in Group Consciousness.

3 Feb

Dramatic Lightning through the Clouds (Photographer unknown)


Early / mid Feb, we’ll see quite an interesting pattern:

First VENUS (Feb 3 / 6), then the SUN (Feb 10 / 13), finally MERCURY (Feb 13 / 15) in AQ will square JUPITER in SCO, and then go into sextile with URANUS (the ruler of AQ) now in ARIES!

This ‘smells’ like a political / societal scenario where (more?!) big (JUPITER) hidden agenda (SCO) can come to the light, likely revealed through revolutionary / liberating group consciousness (similar energy as in ‘Me too’, whistleblowers, etc.). 
The effect can be quite mind blowing, and ultimately liberating for groups and humanity altogether – yet again, as always with SCO where JUPITER ‘sits’ this year, the deep dark stuff needs to be processed, to provoke and support ‘Change for the Better’.

Of course, these alignments are also relevant for us personally and interpersonally in relationships:
Maybe some ‘storms’ need to bring things to the surface that are usually hidden, covered, and repressed, which clears the air, and frees us to be authentic.

Interesting that the last phase of these alignments ends with the Partial Solar Eclipse end of AQ, which is also on Feb 15.
This New Moon is an AQ Release Eclipse – inviting us to let go of Systemic / Group Consciousness that doesn’t serve anymore, and to go forward into co-creating the future. Maybe you’re already sensing it.

And to fully round it up, MERCURY in AQ (exalted there, remember? ‘Mind’ can function really well in AQ, be innovative and liberating) will meet the SUN in AQ, on Feb 17.

At this ‘Superior Conjunction’ exactly in-between two MERCURY retro phases, plus in the ‘best’ Zodiac energy for MERCURY it’s an excellent time for communication and co-invention.
A threshold, from the old system, to a new and innovative, synergistic co-creation!
What, and Whom are are you co-creating with???

MARS now in SAG surely helps with bringing the Truth out!



© Melanie Lichtinger 2018



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Happy Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day – Spring Stirring!

1 Feb

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of AQUARIUS:

We’re celebrating Imbolc / St. Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, and Groundhog Day (Feb 1/2).

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the cardinal Turning Points of the Equinoxes and Solstices, and the fixed ‘Gates of Power’: Beltane, Lammas, Samhain / Halloween, and IMBOLC.

In the Gaelic / Celtic Calendar, Imbolc is one of the 4 fixed ‘Gates of Power’ of the Zodiac year!

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the Fire Feast of Brigid the Irish Goddess of hearth and home – yes, more Goddess Celebration!
She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation(!). 
As the world awakes from the dark slumber of Winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past, and welcome the warmth of Spring.

Found in a beautiful Imbolc / St. Brigid’s post with lots of inspiration for creativity, crafts, recipes, and ceremony, to honour the season:
Some of the symbols attributed to Brigid are:

The Snowdrop. The first gift of Spring in the bleakness of Winter.

The Swan. The swan mates for life and represents loyalty, fidelity and faithfulness. Swan feathers are a powerful amulet.

The Flame. Imbolc is a Fire Festival and fire of all kinds is associated with Brigid – the fire of creativity, the protective hearth fire, and her fire wheel – the Brigid Cross, which heralds her as a Sun Goddess.

Brigid’s Cross. This is a traditional fire wheel symbol – found at the hearths of homes throughout Ireland and beyond as a symbol of protection. A customer in the shop recounted finding a hearth in Ireland, in recent years, adorned with over 200 Brigid Crosses – 200 years in the life of a hearth and a family, overlit and protected by Brigid.

Brigid Doll. A very old tradition involved the making of a Brigid doll which can be included in ceremony and/or placed in ‘Bride’s Bed’ to bring fertility and good fortune to the home.

The Serpent. In Celtic mythology Brigid was associated with an awakening hibernating serpent which emerged from its lair at Imbolc. Traditionally serpents were associated with creativity and inspiration – the powerful Kundalini energy of the Eastern Mysteries. Paths of earth energy were called serpent paths and at Imbolc they are stirred from their slumber.

Sheep. Brigid’s festival is at the beginning of lambing – eat ewe’s milk cheese!

Imbolc Colours: White and silver for purity, green for the fresh burst of life.”

With the VIRGO MOON today and tomorrow (Feb 1 / 2), in trine with SATURN and PLUTO in CAP, and in opposition with NEPTUNE in PI, it’s a wonderful time for Ceremony, for setting up altars and tuning into traditions and the seasons, working with the energies that nature provides, and being aligned!

Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted!
The ground is greening again (with SOO much rain that has come down…!)

Brigid’s blessings…!

And here’s a dedication by Ann Mortifee, from her wonderful book In Love with the Mystery:


Just when you think the Winter will never cease, suddenly Spring appears.
So it is with sadness, sorrow, loneliness, or loss. Everything has its day and its season.
A new bud will appear where a barren twig lay empty. A fresh start will burst forth with the first green leaf. An unexpected possibility, a new life, will be felt among the ruins. 

Have faith. Expect the impossible. Trust the unfolding nature of life. Wait an eternity if need be.
Spring, inevitable, will surely come.”


Much Love, Seasonal and Celestial Blessings!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2018



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