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MERCURY in LEO (June 28 – Sept 5, where it’ll go retro from July 25 – Aug 18): Speak from the Heart, Roar if Needed, and Show Yourself.

29 Jun

Woohoo, what’s going on?
What a loooong phase of MERCURY in LEO this year!

Seems like we have something to learn and RE-trieve from the LEO side of things.
Tatahhh, you guessed it: Must be MERCURY on retro course, over the LEO terrain – July 25 – Aug 18 that-IS.

Everything LEO (Love, Passion, Creativity, yet also the Inner Drama Queen / King and Narcissist) is brought to awareness, discussion, and RE-flection.
Be the Artist and Heart-ist!

 

 

The energy turns inward-backward as MERCURY goes retro end of July to mid Aug (well, the whole phase incl. shadows & storms goes from July 7, and extends to Sept 3), to help humanity RE-connect from the Heart before roaring or making it all about themselves….

But hey, why do we / they crave attention? 
Maybe ‘simply’ to be seen and loved.
Maybe something ‘went wrong’ there in the past, maybe early on… and we internalized it.
Time to re-lease those inner voices, under MERCURY retro.

YES, Self Talk and Self Praise is totally in accord with M-r in LEO. 
Give yourself the Love you might miss from others, and tell yourself a new Love Story.

What do you LOVE about yourself?
What do you LOVE about LIFE?
How can you Live Life Lovingly?

And what would LOVE say?
Maybe….

MERCURY in LEO starts with a ROAR (and perhaps up-roar) already on JUNE 30, as MERCURY squares URANUS in TAU, and trines CHIRON in ARIES!
That could bring out some unexpected / maybe therapeutically cathartic verbal expressions. With CHIRON in ARIES, now stationary-slow (since it’ll go retro on JULY 4) the Medicine is in authenticity – which of course can be vulnerable and raw. But a chance to show others who you really are, behind the veneer.

The North Node is now also in LEO (which will tie into the Eclipse season), and MERCURY will connect with it on JULY 4, plus oppose MARS (now freshly retro) and the South Node in AQ the day after, JULY 5.
Another ‘non boring’ and maybe quite dramatic phase.
Rather than going into verbal confrontation 
(which might be a strong temptation), can you find the Loving Place in your Heart from which to speak and act, towards and with others?
What are your desires, when it comes to friendship and community?
What would you like to tell Humanity?

Always good (not only) these days, to start from the Heart – an invitation from the LEO North Node – and meet ‘even strangers’ from a place of Love.
I prefer to live in a World where Love and warm heartedness matter, rather than in icy glass houses of isolation and anonymity (AQ South Node).
“Share your smile with a stranger, and be excellent with each other”, is what our LEO SUN Yoga teacher likes to say at the end of the class.

As MERCURY will go into pre-retro ‘shadow’ (reaching the point in the Zodiac from which it’ll go direct again) on July 8, certain themes can foreshadow that come up during M-r to be RE-addressed and RE-solved.
Then, it gets really hot(!) as MERCURY (in the hottest sign of the Zodiac) goes into pre-retro ‘storm’ on July 16…. 
Hope that doesn’t mean more forest fires, drought, etc – MERCURY is one of the factors that reflect weather patterns.

 

In its pre-retro, retro, and post-retro phase, MERCURY in LEO will form triple aspects with several other Planets!
3 dates with each of these Archetypes means their themes really needs to get our attention, and the winged Heart messenger communicates to them in different ways several times:

  • There’s the triple square with JUPITER in SCO, on July 9, Aug 10, and Aug 27 – to passionately and from the Heart bring to attention what’s going on under the surface, and what’s ripe to come out into awareness now, big time, to change for the better – if not: for good.

  • Then, related, the triple quincunx with PLUTO (the ruler of SCO) retro in CAP, on July 16 (the day when the pre-retro ‘storm’ starts), Aug 4, and Aug 29.
    Unmasking power structures and their manipulation through creative, passionate Heart communication – and creating transformation from within. Taking the mind out of the time machine, and into creativity mode. Bringing natural Power back.

  • Another triple quincunx from MERCURY will go to NEPTUNE retro in PI (exact July 12, Aug 9, Aug 29)- MERCURY will be actually (widely) the Apex of a YOD from PLUTO and NEPTUNE (5 signs apart from both). 
    Here’s a dynamic between standing out and being seen with / from the Heart, vs being passive, anonymous, and in mass consciousness. Or, reconciling these two by being open, receptive, and in the faith & flow.
    MERCURY in LEO ignites our passion. Follow it and pursue your interests from the Heart – it can dissolve the old – you might even bathe in love.

 

More about MERCURY Retro in LEO soon!
Until then: Smile more often, and practice Heart Language, Cosmic Strangers & Friends!

 

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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MERCURY Retro (March 22 – Apr 15) in ARIES: Back to the Beginning – Cosmic RE-lief & Toolkit

15 Mar

Hello Astro Archetype Attuned Friends,

What on Earth and in the Heavens is going on, these days? 
you might wonder… and I’ve been asked a lot lately…

Yes, it’s the era of massive awakening and transformational shifts in society on a big scale, and for lots of us personally too, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 2018) and PLUTO in CAP (2009 – 2023)

But what’s with all the technology and communication glitches (or surprises!) that have sneaked in again lately?
No way? Again?!
The inevitable is happening again: 

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Bingo! Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP, just in time for Spring Break and Easter…!
All in ARIES this time (from 17° back to 4°47′ AR), from March 22 – Apr 15).

M-r happens yearly in the same Element (in FIRE since the last M-r phase Dec 2 – 22, 2017 all in SAG), going backward in the Zodiac, i.o.w., this year in FIRE (next ones in LEO July 25 – Aug 18, and SAG / SCO Nov 16 – Dec 6), 2019 in WATER.

Those of you who’ve read in my MERCURY retro support REport (or even advocacy) over the years know:
M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.
And hey – perhaps an overdue and cosmically well timed adjustment!

In a nut shell, with M-r, the Archetype of MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to be tuned-up into a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that??? Wait, wait, I’ll get there).


Have you noticed?
We’re already in the build-up (or rather: slow-down) phase!
Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY has since March 9  been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., technically speaking, crossed the 4° ARIES mark from which it will go direct again on Apr 15).

Next phase:
From today March 15 on, MERCURY goes into
 stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

Next week, on March 22 MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop which goes until April 15. Yep, Spring Break and Easter (Apr 1) are this year M-r affected!
Definitely a good time for RE-treat (but take it easy on busy holiday prep and getting wrapped up in planning ‘loops’!).

 

What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro (M-r)?

It sets off Spring and the ARIES month (Equinox is on March 20), and ends with the ARIES New Moon (Apr 15).

But even more so, M-r happens all in ARIES.
UH-AH-Ouch, I hear you ARIES associated people go….
MERCURY is actually quite strong in the first Zodiac sign, and considered its ‘esoteric ruler’, and ARIES rules the head and brain, so that should be ok? Or what?
Hmm, the going ahead type of business might be the issue. Are you being too head strong?

M-r puts the ever so active ARIES mind on the bench to watch the play… RE-flect before you act.
I.o.w., no need to rush into anything… Yet on the other hand, sometimes under M-r unusual opportunities pop up (ARIES style) that wouldn’t otherwise… 

 

So what’s the deal with THIS M-r in ARIES?

The ARIES (ruled my MARS) motto is: “I am. I act.”
A Self-Assertive Warrior Archetype.

Mars Rules Aries, Painting by Johfra Bosschart

The shadow of ARIES is to be too self-driven, and acting before thinking / consulting / negotiating.
Works when in self-assertive survival mode.

M-r adjusts the ego driven mind, and brings it back to be the assistant and tool to Spirit and the Heart.

While other M-r scenarios can adjust the over-thinker / worrier / fence sitter… this one adjusts impulsive words and actions that come from a very primal place in the ego mind that always self defends and re-asserts itself…

B.t.w, with this statement I don’t mean you ARIES SUN readers per se.
In my Astrology practice over almost 2 decades I’ve found that clients don’t necessarily express their SUN sign’s quality, rather their MOON or AC themes. It’s more familiar and habitual to come from those places of conditioning. To express the best SOLAR quality takes consciousness, yet is so fulfilling… i.o.w. it would be good to be pro-active in conscious, enlightened self-interest, for you ARIES SUN friends. And this M-r phase can help you (maybe not initially, but as it processes through.

Ok, back to our M-r in ARIES theme for all of us:
Yes, it does affect whatever you have in ARIES (SUN, MOON, Planets, Nodes, AC / MC), and shows up in the area of life related to the ARIES House in your chart.

When in doubt and you’d like to find out get in touch with me. I can look it up if you’re already my client, or set up your birth chart if you give me your birth info.
This could be a good time to (RE)visit otherwise hidden themes in your life, in an Astro session.

 


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(Not only) to kick off M-r in ARIES (March 22 – Apr 4)

 

M-r in ARIES: Back to the Beginning

The first half of M-r is the Epimethean phase, RE-minding us of ‘old stories’ – which doesn’t have to be a ‘bad thing’ to overcome, it can be an inspiration. And, as always, we learn so much from history / herstory. 
So, how about brainstorming (not only, but esp. under the M-r ‘storm’): “In the Beginning, my mind was…”?

And M-r in ARIES can bring us on a deeper level to the self-inquiry:
Where does this thought, where does Thought, where does Mind originate?

M-r in ARIES is an excellent time to (RE)discover the authentic and original Mind.

Under this M-r we’ll be RE-minded of Beginnings – where things started, how we were going about things when all was fresh and new and innocent. Maybe there’s a lot to learn from that.

 

There is a 7-Phase Sequence to every MERCURY Retro Cycle:

  1. Pre-retro shadow,
  2. Pre-retro stationary / ‘storm’,
  3. Mercury technically retro,
  4. Mercury direct again,
  5. Post-retro stationary / ‘storm’,
  6. Post-retro shadow,
  7. Out of shadow.

 

MERCURY went into so-called pre-retro ‘shadow’ on March 9, which means it passed for the first time the Zodiac point (4º47’ AR) from which after the retro phase it will go direct again. Certain ‘foreshadowing’ themes of what can come up during the upcoming M-r are played out. Can we watch them without getting involved in the game?
Also a good time to be as fluid as quicksilver, responsive to higher intelligence, and trust the ‘messenger from the future’, via intuition and precognition, perhaps already have a clear(ifying) and heartfelt communication around ‘neglected’ themes.

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

Today March 15, MERCURY enters its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), a.k.a. ‘U-turn’ mode.
This is a time to also slow down the regular fast and busy mind that likes to multi talk / task and tends to make quick assumptions and acts on them (ARIES).
‘Regular’ communication affairs might start to become ‘tricky’, ‘complicated’, ‘chaotic’, and ‘messed up’, but only from the perspective of the ego that needs to be in control via the rational mind. MERCURY in zigzag mode suggests being in flux and at ease, while swiftly (ARIES) and intelligently changing course when necessary.

 

The actual retro phase (March 22 – Apr 15) turns the mind inwards, backwards, and out of its confines, like a snake biting its own tail while shedding its skin.

Under M-r., ‘usual’ thinking and communication patterns are being questioned, and it appears at times as if there was a trickster or little devil at play, while in fact we have a chance now to see the mental devil / trickster that’s been there all along, camouflaging and going unnoticed, and is often to be found in the detail or fine print, and one number can change the whole outcome. The challenge is to not get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way you thought they ’should’, according to rational, preconceived plan.
During M-r, experiment with, practice, and hopefully also integrate for later going with the flow of things in an intuitive way, and taking everything as a learning experience.
That also means changing your mind when you get the impulse / signal for an alternative course of action, being open to and curious about ‘detours’ that might lead to unexpected turns, and making unusual connections, rather than going with comfort, routine, and habit. Well, shouldn’t be so difficult with fast moving ARIES.


Rather than getting wrapped up with linear, habitual, and often self-limiting ways of dealing with information and communication channels and modes, a now necessary and inviting alternative approach can open you up for serendipity, synchronicities, and lots of fun.

 

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

For all these reasons, stay as mobile (like quicksilver, the MERCURY metal), adaptable, and unplanned as possible, so that you are able to surf Mercurial waves when the wind comes up. MERCURY is a very light, youthful and fresh (esp. in ARIES), fun-loving punster and Coyote / prankster energy that looks at the fun AND meaningful (hermetic knowledge, derived from Hermes / Mercury) side of unusual twists and turns, and, in the role of the ‘magician’, even likes to facilitate those. Aligning with that mode makes you happier these days.

So bring on these spontaneous twists, unintentional new found puns, and fun realizations!

At the same time, be mindfully present and clear rather than impulsive (ARIES shadow).

When it comes to making a decision and committing to something long-term consider that it’s not likely ready to be definite yet, because during M-r always new information streams in which changes our outlook on things. Often, after the M-r phase we have more information that gives a different picture, based upon which a decision makes more sense. If we did decide prematurely and aren’t flexible to back off again, we might say, “Oh, if I only had known…. I wouldn’t have decided…” And then you might have to untangle certain complications.

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

  • Say things several times in a different way / language to make sure there’s no misunderstanding in a fast / distracted context.
  • Ask questions that intuitively come to mind (which might clarify an otherwise held assumption!).
  • And PLEASE choose the most direct medium and tool that’s available (in person rather than over the phone, and phone rather than email), which helps with a clearer and more holistic communication, because more ‘channels’ are involved and signals are conveyed in person rather than on the phone, or via mutual messaging / e-monologue.
    And who knows what else might come up and be addressed as you take the opportunity to actually talk?

If you become mercurially frustrated, could it be because you needed to learn something about the nature of human mind and its extensions, like technological equipment which now, more than usually, seems to have ‘a mind of its own’… Consider that computers, phones, and tech gadgets are only servants and tools, and that their efficiency depends on the (hopefully detached, savvy and inventive) mind of their ‘master’. You don’t want to become a stressed-out slave of coordination and communication.
It also might become apparent during M-r that our tools and technical equipment magically morphically mirror the mind WE are in, even ‘simply’ by breaking down and being ‘on strike’ when we humans need ‘a break’ anyway. Give your tools and tasks proper mindful and single-minded attention, one at a time, instead of attempting to multi task and ‘efficiently’ orchestrate everything simultaneously.
The electromagnetic field of computers and the human mind dialogue in an interface. To keep it all smoothly operational, don’t impose any potential extra stress onto your nervous system nor on your computer (ruled by MERCURY and URANUS, its ‘higher octave’).

Also, be aware how your mental experiences suggest being relaxed and mindful, assuming nothing, dropping your (under M-r evident, otherwise hidden) expectations and assumptions, and foremost, trusting the infinite intelligence of the universe, ‘even’ as it might take you on wild and ‘crazy’ journeys that you apparently haven’t signed up for.

Under M-r talk to people from the past who come to mind and whom you haven’t heard from in a long time (or new people whom you have just met and intuitively ‘clicked with’).

M-r also tends to bring back unfinished communication business from the past, esp. from previous M-r phases (last ones in Aug / Sept and in Dec 2017).

What happens quite often under M-r is that we might receive a potentially interesting message for others that’s worth passing on – to whom it may concern, to be delivered to someone else who needs that information! So, keep collecting communication karma cookies, by being the messenger (without an agenda)!

Gibbons at Play Painting by Xuande Emperor, 1427 (!)

Rather be mindful, and observe the phenomenon mind from a ‘meta’ level.
Like, by asking yourself: Why am I really saying this? Who’s the one thinking and talking here?
If we don’t do that from time to time we out trick ourselves and might subconsciously ‘sabotage’ our plans and constellate circumstances that make us back off from our mental concept, so that we need to check what we’ve been doing with our brain – or rather, what the brain has been doing with us.

The Buddhists call the day-to-day mind that busies itself with all kinds of ‘chatting’ and inner stories, lists, and dialogues, the ‘Monkey Mind’ which, like a monkey, jumps from one tree (of interest and attachment) to the next, and is never quiet, unless we observe the movement, and thereby naturally calm it, in meditation.

M-r is an excellent opportunity to be mindful (rather than having one’s mind full), and to assume or return to a meditation practice (or even ‘just’ experiment with it), and thereby shift your paradigm about the nature of mind.

The Thinker

The Thinker, by Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

With any MERCURY retro, and also this one in ARIES it’s a precious opportunity to get out of the head, check in to see who’s that thinker, tap into pure awareness, and SEE WHAT IS.

As always, the MERCURY retro cycle starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – until Apr 1) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for a REason (yet unknown, REvealing itself in the journey).

With the ARIES energy of M-r, it’s good to stay in ‘Beginner’s Mind’, and invite a world of synchronicities, look at things again, in a fresh way, and: get retro-actively inspired (by the past, by something overlooked).

 

Liberating ‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus surrounded by the Zodiac Belt (Rockefeller Centre NYC). 

 

At the half-way point of the M-r phase (ironically on Apr 1 – yep!), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN – a ‘NEW MERCURY’ (like New Moon as in: monthly SUN – MOON conjunction) – which happens 3 times a year:
So, it’s time to REgenerate the mind (MERCURY), more conscious, following Spirit and the Heart (SUN).
It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.

URANUS (the Awakener Archetype), these years in ARIES is also in the vicinity of MERCURY retro. Plus, on the DAY of MERCURY going direct again (Apr 15) will be the late AR New Moon with URANUS!

Here’s to a  bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more freedom, esp. freedom from mental patterns, and to freedom for a whole new way of showing up and being present with what IS (ARIES).

Check out what’s new and exciting! And how YOU are NEW in every moment!

The second half of M-r (Apr 1 – 15) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new consciousness can be creatively carried forward.

 

MERCURY’s Square Dance with MARS and SATURN

This M-r in ARIES forms as its main aspects a square with MARS (ruling planet of ARIES) then in CAP (where MARS is strongest – think marathon runner or mountaineer) – exact on Apr 4.
And also, 3 times in fact, MERCURY goes into square with SATURN in CAP: Pre-retro was on March 10, again under M-r on Apr 5, and lastly on Apr 25 when MERCURY is out of post-retro ‘storm’, yet by then SATURN will have just (Apr 17) turned retro.

What’s the message of these AR – CAP squares?
Rather than rushing into anything, based on what the Mind tries to convince you of (urgency, do it now!), and banging against walls ‘from the outside’ consider your energy resources (MARS in CAP) and the timeliness of it all (SATURN). It might be a really good time – after having done your RE-search, and come to a calm RE-solve.
But hey, give yourself permission to say NO if needed. 

 

So, what’s the MERCURY Retro Timeline?

‘Simply ‘ listed here, without much explanation.
Admittedly more for the ‘Astro Insider’ – but maybe it helps you as a guideline, in connection with the points above.

March 9: Pre-retro ‘shadow’ started. 
March 10: MERCURY in AR in square with SATURN in CAP (# 1).
March 15: Pre-retro ‘storm’ starts.
March 19: MERCURY in AR conj. VENUS.

March 20: Spring Equinox – the SUN enters AR.
March 22: MERCURY goes retro (until Apr 15) at 17 – 5° AR. The MOON will be in MERCURY ruled GEM that day, square NEPTUNE. Take it easy on confusing things, and definitely don’t take things at face value.
Apr 1: MERCURY retro conj. the SUN in AR – Point of Enlightening Insight.
Apr 4: MERCURY retro in AR square MARS in CAP.
Apr 5: MERCURY retro in AR square SATURN stationary in CAP (# 2).

Apr 15 MERCURY goes out of retro at 4°47′ AR, same day as the New Moon in late AR with URANUS.
Apr 17: CHIRON enters AR (first time, until Sept 25), and SATURN in CAP goes retro (until Sept 6)
Apr 24: Post-retro ‘storm’ ends.
Apr 25: MERCURY stationary in AR square SATURN stat. / retro in CAP (# 3). 

May 4: Post-retro ‘shadow’ ends.

 

 

Here are my Seasoned & Seasonal
MERCURY RETRO TIPS & TOOL KIT for Everybody 🙂

…valid for the whole MERCURY Retro phase, of pre-retro ‘shadow’, ‘storm’ (March 15 – 22), the ‘actual’ retro phase (March 22 – Apr 15), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Apr 24), and post-retro shadow time (until May 4):

 

1) Be easy on yourself, as you get into the groove of things.

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you’re taking the pre-retro shadow phase easy, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, or stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion), from mid-March on.

 

2) Be mindful, and lead from what’s here-now. 

There’s a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place (amplified by MERCURY in ARIES, not far from URANUS), to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present (YES, here-now, ARIES it is!) with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters. The apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.
Practice coming back to the here-now.

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

Would be a good time to RE-treat, and RE-visit meditation and mindfulness.
Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, and to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last ones were Aug / Sept 2017 in VIR / end of LEO which was all about self awareness, and living from love / bringing our love into service and daily practice, and in Dec 2017 in SAG – what’s the bigger vision).

 

4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘.

Like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…
The RE-ason for me pointing out all these RE-activities:
During M-r (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up like a mirror. Talk about what RE-ally matters – in an inspiring, generous, and fun way.

 

5) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone rather than messaging / email (YES!), meeting in person rather than phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think, or they know what you think).
Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be scattered and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”, or actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?

 

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, and take ownership and responsibility for your mental processes, rather than blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication).

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

Double check whether you have been understood correctly, and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to them too. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after MERCURY retro is over!).

 

8) Mercury Retro RE-minds us…

…that direct connection with another as an authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to meander and touch on other subjects than the originally intended purpose of the communication. Which can eventually lead to an even more important outcome or direction than anticipated. Check out in hindsight why you actually needed to talk to that person…

 

9) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively and out of the ordinary, we let the spontaneous intervention of the Universe show us our interconnectedness! Way cool and fun! 

 

10) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

With the ARIES flavour, be clear and authentic, and connect with people and interests that are fun and fresh and active. In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by what shows up (ARIES) when you speak to them.

 

11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU…

…depend on the Planet/s and House/s that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where ARIES is situated.
I’m happy to check that our for and WITH you.

Maybe it’s time to come for an update / cosmic tune-up for your inner alignment and guidance anyway?

Flash Focus Sessions are ON (not only) for M-r, from March 22 – 04/04:
44 min only $ 44 (instead of reg. $ 88).

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), think “shift happens”.

Don’t judge yourself or others for not being on the same page as you, and turn the paradigm around:
What could be the opportunity in this mishap? And what’s actually funny about this?
RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that you might have subconsciously ‘arranged’ a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most  ‘efficient’ mind-in-rut-mode could have come up with?

 

13) Enjoy those unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind, be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your MERCURY Retro friends 😉

 

14) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?

Guess what? The Day of Enlightened Insight – when M-r meets the SUN on the exact half-way point of the M-r phase is on Apr 1 this year!

 

15) If you would like to know…

  • Whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY Retro, as yours truly),
  • In which part of life the Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you,
  • How to play creatively WITH the energy,

….feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer. 

 

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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MERCURY and VENUS enter ARIES (March 5 / 6), leading the Way for CHIRON entering ARIES (Apr 17): Emergence of the NEW

28 Feb

And now for a refreshing shift and lift:
After passing CHIRON in late PISCES on March 4, MERCURY (March 5), followed by VENUS (March 6) will both move over the Spring Equinox ‘Emergence Point’ from PISCES to ARIES!

Maybe you’ve felt so vulnerable, entangled with (actually also a Quantum Physics concept!) and exposed to the interconnectedness – of everything! Which is ultimately true, but scary for the separate personal identity…

This year, even CHIRON will ‘try on’ ARIES, from Apr 17 – Sept 25, before making its long term move (until 2026) on Feb 19, 2019.
There it will witness and activate PLUTO’s entry into AQ (Spring 2023, fully from Jan 2024 on), and NEPTUNE’s entry into AR in Jan 2026.
Whoaaa, those will be major shifts in the Astro / collective & connective Weather!

But hey, getting ahead of myself a bit here (so ARIES), yet also good to know what’s on the horizon, I’d say!

 

MERCURY into ARIES (March 5 – May 13, incl. the Retro Journey March 22 – Apr 15)

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Butterfly Baby, Photo by Anne Geddess

MERCURY will enter ARIES on March 5!

Quite a long journey of the swift Messenger in the fastest sign of the Zodiac! How does that go together?
MERCURY will invite us to connect mentally with the
 Emergence of the NEW!

An enlivening, activating, quickening energy, post Piscean ‘floating’, dreaming, surfing, and navigating of the cosmic waves and currents of the collective mental sphere – an Odyssey for many of us… MERCURY has been in PISCES since Feb 17.

Phewww, that hasn’t always been ‘easy’, since so much has been washed up, and come to our mental attention – only to show: we are, and it IS all connected, always in-becoming.
MERCURY is traditionally considered ‘in exile’ in PISCES, opposite its ruled sign VIRGO, the helper, and square its other ruled sign GEMINI, the learner. PISCES is rather the mystic.
How’s the mind of the mystic? Rather a no-mind.

Hope you could dance through, and BE with it, rather than straining your mind to find a way through the waters of overwhelm and confusion, and, like myself, took time to release and retreat, let go of your agenda, connect spiritually, and be open to receive, see miracles and synchronicities.
Maybe in reflection on where this recent time took us mentally it could help putting it into perspective, and we can see the gifts in disguise (PISCES is paradoxical and likes to camouflage)…

MERCURY’s farewell to PISCES comes with a conjunction with VENUS and CHIRON, on March 4, maybe news and communication that showed what to let go of, and where the path actually leads – and comes from: The HEART. 

And NOW for the NEW!

First Flight

First Flight, Photographer unknown

MERCURY entering ARIES is a big shift, and big news.
Why?

ARIES is where everything starts – Spring Equinox energy.
MERCURY as a function of the mind is very well placed in ARIES, since it lends itself to new ideas and inspiration (hopefully after a big release, surrender, and re-connection with what-IS in PISCES).
Here-now, we can get the ball rolling, in communication and new endeavours that might require courage – or rather: a fresh mental approach, and to simply give it a try, and put something forward. Be pro-active, take the first step, make a suggestion.
Kick your mind into gears, let fresh ideas arise!
Out of hibernation, into action, one baby step at a time!
But hey, with ARIES, things can go fast!
Any mental projects sitting on the back burner that you’d like to tackle? 

MERCURY will go retro soon though (March 22 – Apr 15), which – you know my approach by now – isn’t ‘bad news’, rather an opportunity for mental re-set with the Heart, Spirit, and Consciousness (MERCURY is being ‘lassoed in’ by the SUN).This will be an interesting MERCURY retro phase, all in ARIES!

So, let’s welcome MERCURY in ARIES with all that it brings us, to set ourselves FREE from the ‘known’ and for the NEW!

And see what happens when we get the ball rolling for something that Spirit calls us to move towards with. Things can go much faster than you thought 🙂

The MERCURY retro phase from March 22 (‘storm’ starts on March 15) to Apr 15 (‘storm’ ends on Apr 24) will be in the first half (5 – 17°) of ARIES.
MERCURY in AR will square SATURN in CAP 3 times, while direct – retro – direct:
March 1o
direct / pre-retro, Apr 5 retro, Apr 25 direct (with SATURN being retro / stationary then).

Seems like we’re in for lessons that bring the mind more into Integrity: Say as you do, and do as you say. Yet also a phase to try on new ways of thinking beyond limiting conditioning.
More about it closer to the M-r phase!

 

VENUS into ARIES (March 6 – 30)

Spring, by Italian Renaissance painter G. Arcimboldo

As VENUS is entering the ARIES scene on March 6, the Heroine emerges, and newness blossoms like shoots in Spring.  
VENUS in ARIES doesn’t wait to be asked ‘to dance’ or to be on the scene, she takes the first steps, goes for what she values, is direct and ‘in your face’.
How does VENUS in ARIES attract?
Perhaps through her rawness and courage. What you see is what you get. No more Piscean passive princess or mystical muse. Nor an Aphrodite who competes to be the fairest and ‘chosen one’ by Paris or any other prince who gives her the ‘golden apple’.

Time for the Feminine to come out in a new way!

VENUS, like MERCURY, will from ARIES square SATURN in CAP, on March 13 (‘only’ once).
A dynamic conflict between being attracted to the new, and solid reasons and experience (or fear) holding us back. The tension seeks an outlet though, and since MERCURY plus soon the SUN move also into ARIES, the fresh and new approach definitely needs to be acted on. 
Check out where early ARIES is in your chart, that’s where rebirth and fresh beginnings beckon!

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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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.

Why?
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.

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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.


SUN / MOON –

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:

CERES in LEO to SCO.

PALLAS in TAU to LI.

JUNO in AQ to TAU.

VESTA in SAG to CAP.

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

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2017

 

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