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SAG – GEMINI Full Moon (May 29) – Phoenix Heart-Fire Moon

27 May

Welcoming the Moon of Many Names…

The SAGITTARIUS – GEMINI Full Moon will be on May 29, at 7:20 am PDT exactly.
Monday to Tuesday will be the Full Moon night! 

It’s (already!) the last Full Moon in Spring.

It also completes the three Full Moon Festivals in the esoteric traditions:

  • Pre-Easter Full Moon (in the cardinal signs LIBRA – ARIES): Festival of the Risen Christ; 
  • Wesak Moon (in the fixed signs SCO – TAU): Festival of the Buddha; 
  • Post-Pentecost Full Moon (in the mutable signs SAG – GEM): Festival of Humanity.
    This last Full Moon (Festival) in Spring calls us to ‘Spread the Word’ from the Heart, in our Humanity.

What a diversity of cultures and languages (GEM) in the World (SAG). We can learn so much more, and so much from one another… yet the HEART (SAG) is always the best bridge.


Magical Almost-Full Moon (Sunday May 27) …still in SCORPIO, and close to JUPITER  (can you see the orange dot on the far right end of the pic???).


The Full Moon in May is in Native American traditions known as the Flower / Blossoming Full Moon.

So many beautiful flowers in full bloom now, incl. already Wild Roses and cultivated Roses. T
ime to smell the Roses, and pick up their Heart Medicine.

Just found this beautiful website with a long list of Native American names for the Full Moons of the year.

Each Nation has given the Full Moons of the month different names, according to what that month brings and requires.



Wild Rose Medicine – Photo by Melanie June 2017

The May Full Moon is from Abenaki to Zuni:

– Field Maker Moon
– When Women Weed Corn Moon
– Blossom Moon
– Season When the Leaves are Green Moon
– When the Ponies Shed their Shaggy Hair Moon
– Idle Moon
– Planting Moon
– When the Horses Get Fat Moon
– Flower Moon
– Frog Moon
– Mulberry Moon
– Food Gathering Moon
– Moon of Waiting
– Camas Bloom Moon
– Time of Big Leaf Moon
– Alewife Moon
– Strawberry Moon
– Budding Moon
– Moon When Ponies Shed
– Moon Before Pregnancy
– Hoeing Corn Moon
– The 9th Moon

So many names, so much diversity… directed by Nature.



What does THIS FULL MOON mean to YOU?
And even more so, how does it MOVE YOU?

I invite you to follow the trail into the Heart of Astro~News, and find its gifts and Medicine through the read, and in your HEART! 


Phoenix Heart-Fire Moon Moves Us!

Before tuning into the SAG FULL MOON (that might be already ON when you read this) we’re still going through the SCORPIO MOON (as I’m writing this) – the most intense of all lunar vibrations – which of course ‘feeds’ into the upcoming Full Moon.

What a SCORPIO MOON (with extra enhancing JUPITER!) weekend, building up to the FULL MOON on Tue in early SAG!

Let’s speak (the GEM SUN) about what touches us deeply, and about intense shadow things as well, where CHANGE for the BETTER is needed, and under way / hopefully coming!
Knowledge (GEM), Understanding (SAG / JUPITER), and mostly:




We rise again – even more so when we’ve processed and cleared a lot in / through the scorpionic phase.
The pre-Full Moon is always most charged – compounding through the SCO flavour which has been this time around very potent, enhanced by JUPITER, and still reverberating the SCO – TAU Full Moon on Apr 29 – the Wesak Moon:

  • Where are we emotionally ‘hooked’ yet can’t control the situation?
  • Where do we feel deeply affected (hurt over or passionate about something)?
  • How can we transform attachments (to a desired outcome / gain, or being stuck with the unwanted), and find freedom?
  • What’s a ‘game changer’ that brings the intense and ‘negative’ to the light, and restores love?
  • What does the inner Buddha Nature say to all this, and where does it take you?

Once the MOON will cross over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG (Mon May 28 at 3:29 pm PDT) the Spirit / mood can lift – and we can ‘come through what needed to be felt, ‘digested’, transformed, and alchemized, with new understanding and direction, rooted in the Heart.


This free and public Eagle showed up for Public Domain Photos – in public air space…


The following SAG energy pulls us upward-onward – yay!
SAG after SCO is the ‘Phoenix out of the Ashes’, the soaring Eagle, the rebirth and widening of perspective:
To SEE is to be FREE!

Freedom and Truth are big for SAG.

Yet when that comes from the head and ego it turns easily into a divisive scenario.
Either horizontally: “Me here – you there; my truth vs. your truth”, or vertically: “I’m up here and know better than you.”

What saves the day and the way is the HEART.
HEART Truth isn’t somebody’s truth, doesn’t have an opposite, is inviting rather than dividing.
Coming and speaking from the Heart Truth is a big theme under the GEM – SAG Full Moon.
Is that up for you too?
Related to the areas in life that the Houses with GEM and SAG in your chart point to, and perhaps even your SUN, MOON, Nodes, and Planets in GEM and / or SAG?

When the “me and them” or sense of “I know better” comes up, and creates an interpretation of perceptions that can turn into a ‘story’ we can inquire (GEM), a la Byron Katie, and deeply ask ourselves:

  • Is this true?
  • How do you know it’s true?
  • Who would you be without this truth / story?

Inquiring as in: questioning our assumptions, and also: asking deep existential questions about our True Nature is a great way of being with the SAG – GEM activation through the Full Moon.


Hermes / Mercury , with winged helmet, sandals, and Caduceus / serpent staff of the healer

After entering its domain of GEM on the day of the Full Moon, May 29, MERCURY the Communicator / Messenger / Mental Agent meets with the SUN in GEM on June 5.
MERCURY will be in GEM until June 12
(only, since it’s in its fastest speed presently).

Expect a 2-week whooosh of communication / writing / learning on steroids.

Some people have said recently, it feels like MERCURY retro…

Could be the upcoming MERCURY / SUN effect, very brainy, and always good to remember to travel from the head to the Heart (also a GEM – SAG theme).


Time to take a look at the SAG – GEMINI Full Moon chart!



With the bright GEMINI SUN, together with approaching MERCURY, rather than giving excess energy to more information, head space, questioning, doubting, it can be best activated through conscious spiritual inquiry: What is the Truth about YOU?

The SAG Full MOON brings the energy into the HEART that offers Wisdom, Truth, and Direction:
Why are you here?
What moves you?
What does LOVE say?


Both GEM SUN and SAG MOON point in T-square (from West Coast perspective) to the MC / Midheaven, and widely to NEPTUNE in PISCES:

Relaxing and surrendering into the flow of life, into the connectedness and actually oneness of ALL is often the solution. Forgiveness and letting go can be part of it.

Beyond controversy and polarity, this and that, right and wrong, PISCES and NEPTUNE are the big unifiers.

Other polarities in the chart and energy field presently show up as well, yet are here to be bridged and ultimately unified:

  • The Lunar Nodal Axis, with the South Node next to MARS in AQ and North Node in LEO, in favourable Fire Trine with the MOON in SAG:
    Yes, it takes a village and a world community for cooperation (more activation to come in this field, as MARS will go retro soon, on the AQ-CAP-AQ Community Building Point, from June 26 – Aug 27).
    And yet it starts with feeling loved and welcomed from the Heart, for everyone involved. The Heart is the fuel for community.
  • VENUS in CAN just opposed (on May 25) SATURN in CAP:
    Where / whom / what do you feel emotionally connected to, and what nurtures you? And what does the ‘practical’ side say?
    How can you balance and combine the two?


This Full Moon activates directly the U.S. chart! 

… as it lines up with the AC – DC axis of the U.S. (at 12°12′ SAG – GEM) which shows how the U.S. presents itself (quite Sagittarian), and relate to significant others (people and countries). On the U.S. DC is also MARS in GEM – very outspoken, debating, and often aggressive, now activated by the SUN and MERCURY. The Full Moon sits very close to the U.S. AC (4 degrees apart).

This is also the Full Moon of the year that most directly activates Trump’s SAG – GEM Full Moon. Yes, he was born under not just a Full Moon but a Lunar Eclipse, with the MOON / South Node in SAG, and the SUN / URANUS / North Node in GEM (no wonder the man is obsessed with ‘fake news’ yet needs to learn to respect the freedom of press – among many other freedoms, rather than just come from a righteous and arrogant ‘my way or the high way’ SAG MOON / South Node shadow).

I wouldn’t be surprised if significant news, stories, fiery discussions and debates showed up in the next while that have an important effect on the U.S. and their present president / precedent.



In the Spirit of GEM Diversity, and combination of a mosaic of perspectives a la SAG – GEM, let’s take a look at the

SABIAN SYMBOLS Oracle for the Full Moon



Heart Lava on Kilauea. Photo by B. Lewis (from years ago)


KEYNOTE: The alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of human inner life.

Forces are at work in the deepest layers of the psyche which in their own way respond to the outer stimulation produced by a strong involvement in group ambitions and emotions, and even more by the powerful tensions and releases of love. An alchemical process goes on, usually unnoticed by the conscious ego, until it becomes obvious that a kind of mutation has taken place and a new level of awareness and of responses to life has been reached.

At this third stage of the five-fold sequence we deal with both the basic rhythm of growth of the human being and the reaction to more individualized experiences which aroused the emotions. The very substance of the person’s nature undergoes modifications, on the basis of which a new step may be taken. The symbol draws our attention to the inner changes. We have to become aware of them. What is implied is a kind of PSYCHIC GESTATION.”


Wow, so apropos what’s going on in Hawaii, on Sacred Mt Kilauea.
Maybe also standing for a symbolic purging and inner transformation that the Old Land / Old World / Ancient Earth births forth, through destruction and rebirth.

Take a look / read at my recent blog article from May 8 which offers an astrological view on the Kilauea eruption: The Ancient, Sacred Earth showing her Power.

And of course, for all of us a call to let the Heart Fire erupt, melt the old ‘trodden paths’, and make way for a new and more authentic journey of LOVE.


After all, GEMINI is also the Alchemist of dualities and polarities – which brings us full circle:

Mercury Rules Gemini, by Johfra Bosschart. Detail: The Phoenix, alchemizing Feminine and Masculine.


HEART-ful Blessings for the FULL MOON in SAG – and beyond!


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger



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SUN, MOON, and PLANETS in Motion 2018 – An Astro Overview of the Year

31 Dec

Dear Astro~News Reader,

SATURN now in CAPRICORN likes things concise and organized.
So I’m offering you an Overview of Planetary Movements, New Moons, Full Moons, and Eclipses for the whole year 2018!

Feel free to print it off as a reference, and share it – while honouring my copyright.

And if you’re specifically interested in getting a sense of one or the other Transit come join our Astro workshops and Parlours!  
They are in the meantime all accessible online, via FB Messenger or Skype, from your home / holiday around the globe. Just register with your birth info (so that I can set up and integrate YOUR chart into the discussion), and show up at the PST / PDT time).


The big News Makers in 2018 are of course CHIRON and URANUS, both temporarily changing signs!

CHIRON has been in PISCES since 2011, and tries on ARIES from mid-April to end of Sept 2018.
URANUS has been in ARIES also since 2011, and provokes early TAURUS mid April to early Nov 2018. 

Here’s the whole line-up.
Interpretations of the alignments as they approach.

Or come to our 2018 New Years Outlook Parlour, on Jan 4!

Some room in the evening group left. Afternoon group is quite full now.


12 New Moons, 13 Full Moons, and 5 Eclipses 

Mystical Moon – Photo by Melanie Dec 2, 2017

Jan 1 / 2: New Year’s SuperSuperMOON in CAN – CAP

Jan 16: CAP NM

Jan 31: ‘Blue Moon’ / SuperMoon LEO – AQ FM / TLE (Total Lunar Eclipse)

Feb 15: AQ NM / Partial SE. Chinese New Year of the Yang Earth Dog starts on Feb 16!

March 1: VIR – PI FM

March 17: PI NM

March 31: LI – AR FM. Easter is on Apr 1 (w/e after the first FM in Spring).

Apr 15: AR NM – with URANUS

Apr 29: SCO – TAU FM (energetic Wesak Moon)

May 15: TAU NM. And URANUS enters TAU.

May 29: SAG – GEM FM

June 13: GEM NM

June 27: CAP – CAN FM

July 12: CAN NM / Partial SE – opp. PLUTO in CAP

July 27: AQ – LEO FM / TLE

Aug 11: LEO NM / Partial SE

Aug 26: PI – VIR FM

Sept 9: VIR NM

Sept 24: AR – LI FM

Oct 8: LI NM

Oct 24: TAU – SCO FM

Nov 7: SCO NM

Nov 23: GEM / SAG FM

Dec 7: SAG NM

Dec 22: Winter Solstice FM in CAN – CAP


Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

MERCURY Retrograde

3 times a year for 3 weeks, this year almost completely in FIRE signs:

March 22 – Apr 15 in AR
Pre-retro ‘Storm’ starts March 15. Post-retro ‘Storm’ ends Apr 24.

July 25 – Aug 18 in LEO
Pre-retro ‘Storm’ starts July 17. Post-retro ‘Storm’ ends Aug 24.

Nov 16 – Dec 6 in SAG / late SCO
Pre-retro ‘Storm’ starts Nov 11. Post-retro ‘Storm’ ends Dec 11.


VENUS Retrograde in SCORPIO / late LIBRA

About every 1½ years, last time in March / Apr 2017:
Oct 5 – Nov 16, 2018 (‘New VENUS’ on Oct 26).


MARS Retrograde in AQ / late CAPRICORN

About every 2 years, last time Apr – June 2016:
June 26 – Aug 27, 2018.


LILITH in CAPRICORN since Nov 8, 2017 until Aug 6, 2018, then in AQUARIUS until May 3, 2019.


JUPITER in SCORPIO since Oct 10, 2017, until Nov 8, 2018 when it enters SAGITTARIUS – the Zodiac sign it rules!

JUPITER in SCO will go retro on March 8, and direct on July 10, 2018 (close to SE NM on July 12).

JUPITER in SCO in Square with the Nodal Axis in AQ – LEO end of Dec 2017 / early Jan 2018.

JUPITER in SCO in Water Trine with NEPTUNE in PI May – Aug (exact May 25 and Aug 19).

JUPITER in SCO in Sextile with PLUTO (Ruler of SCO) in Jan (exact Jan 15), Apr (exact Apr 14), and Sept (exact Sept 12).

JUPITER in SCO in Water Trine with CHIRON in PI in Oct / Nov (exact Nov 1).


SATURN in CAPRICORN (Dec 19, 2017, until Dec 17. 2020).

Saturn Infrared (Hubble Space Telescope)

SATURN will go retro on Apr 17, and direct on Sept 6, 2018.

SATURN in early CAP will go into Square with CHIRON in early ARIES in Aug 2018 (but not exact).

SATURN in early CAP will go into Earth Trine with URANUS in early TAURUS in Aug / Sept 2018 (but not exact).


CHIRON in PISCES (since 2011) will enter ARIES…

…for the first time on Apr 17 until Sept 25, 2018, then fully on Feb 18, 2019.
CHIRON will go retro on July 4, and direct on Dec 8, 2018.


URANUS in ARIES (since 2011) will enter TAURUS…

‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus at the Rockefeller Centre NYC, surrounded by the Zodiac belt. Prometheus the Awakener is the Archetype related to the Planet Uranus!


…for the first time on May 15 until Nov 6, 2018, then fully on March 6, 2019.
URANUS will go direct on Jan 2, retro on Aug 7, 2018, and direct on Jan 7, 2019.


NEPTUNE in PISCES (until 2026).

NEPTUNE will go retro on June 18, and direct on Nov 24, 2018.


PLUTO in CAPRICORN (until 2023).

PLUTO will go retro on Apr 22, and direct on Sept 30, 2018.


Main ASTEROIDS by Zodiac Signs in 2018:



JUNO in AQ to TAU.


Details for the Asteroid Transits in the Llewellyn Daily Planetary Guide – Ephemeris tables for the year, and at www.astro.com’s Ephemeris.


Stay tuned for Special Occasion Astro Workshops in 2018!

Details via Astro~News, and on my FB Astro Page!

Here’s a preliminary itinerary for the first half of 2018:

  • The ECLIPSES of January / February WS on Mon Jan 29.
  • CHINESE NEW YEAR of the Yang Earth Dog WS on Thu Feb 15.
  • Happy Birthday, VICTORIA! Astrology, the City, and YOU PARLOUR on Wed March 14.
  • CHIRON into ARIES WS on Mon Apr 16.
  • WESAK MOON Astro Attunement on Apr 29.
  • URANUS into TAURUS WS on Mon May 14.
  • MARS retro WS on Mon June 25.
  • The ECLIPSES of July / Aug WS on Mon July 9.


Wishing you a fulfilling New Year 2018!
Guided by Starlight and Heart Light!



© Melanie Lichtinger 2017



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