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MARS in AQ (starts with Square 1 to URANUS – two more to come!): Catalysts for Liberation.

14 May

MARS makes its entry into AQ on May 15 / 16 with a BOOM – a square to URANUS (which rules AQ) just 2 hrs later (and after a square from MERCURY on May 12).
While URANUS will have also just freshly entered TAU (on May 15).
All this happens shortly after the TAU NEW MOON (yep, on May 15).

Clearly, mid-May is super charged, and primed for shifts.

Sounds volatile & turbulent?
Yep, possibilities with the MARS – URANUS dynamic, since release of tension and stress is due. 
Maybe Mother Earth will release more stress too…


Prometheus, mythological Archetype of URANUS, capturing the Fire of the Gods for Humanity

URANUS entering TAU tomorrow May 15 brings Wake-up calls for a new Earth Consciousness.

See my blog article about this major shift here. 

URANUS brings mainly societal / social change, yet also sets us individually FREE.

The liberating impulse can express through upheavals, chaos, revolution, yet also in sudden advances in technology, paradigm shifts, discoveries, and innovations. 
Remember, URANUS, the first ‘outer’ / far out / outsider PLANET was discovered in 1781, a time with a very revolutionary Zeitgeist – right between the American Revolution 1776 and the French Revolution 1789. 

URANUS, related to the Archetype of Prometheus who brought the Fire of the Gods to Humanity brings Freedom – often through access to what was reserved to the few – which can overthrow / pull the rug from underneath the elite establishment.
Freedom to (the light bringing Prometheus) – Freedom from (the Known – and ‘what we got used to’, says esp. TAU), and simply: FREEDOM.

Where’s your own / inner / Life Revolution / New Freedom? 
Check out where in your chart early TAU (and late AR) is (House, Planets, Sun, Moon, AC, MC, Nodes) – that’s where you’d get a hit from the Uranian push for freedom this year, followed by its activation in the next 7 years, for the rest of the Taurean terrain! 
Themes with TAU are: 
Freedom of (and from) Values, the Body, Location, Finances / Money / Income, Security, Stability.
On a positive / promising Promethean note: What’s been reserved to the few in those areas becomes accessible to the many now – which can also have turbulent effects.

NO Boredom, with URANUS in TAU.

When URANUS was in TAURUS last time (1934 – 1942) there were clearly huge economic and Earth upheavals as the great-not-so-great Depression wiped out jobs, companies, security, people’s self esteem. Ups and downs, Fascism (with a social working class slant / hook – pretending to fight and bust “Anti-Jewish-Capitalism”) leading into the Second World War that devastated countries and killed millions.
Not that we can exactly compare that URANUS in TAU era with ours…
The times were different, and societally relevant Transpersonal Planets were differently positioned than where they are nowadays. But consider parallels when it comes to the basic ‘ingredients’.
As always, I’d like to inspire you with my writings to recognize the Archetypes ( here: the combo of URANUS and TAURUS), to pro-actively express a higher vibration of them in your life, and ‘feed’ that into the collective ‘field’. Nowadays, since we’re so interconnected chances are higher that ideas take off freely and create trends (well yeah, repression and manipulation happens still too).

What’s MARS got to do with this?
A lot, and quite acutely:

MARS entering AQ (the sign of URANUS!) catalyzes this right away, setting FREE what’s been held in / back for long.
As I said in the URANUS into TAU article:

“URANUS entering TAU squared by MARS shifting into AQ feels like a liberation from slavery – literally: Freedom from ownership.
And freedom from what uses up our time and resources (CAP) that can be repurposed much more fulfillingly…

  • Where have you enslaved yourself / let yourself be enslaved by something you own / that ‘owns’ and occupies you, your time, your energy / money / resources?
  • How can a movement towards collaboration and community (MARS in AQ) propel us forward, for the well-being of Humanity and Planet Earth?” 


Freedom from the Known, and for the NEW!

About time – to shake things up, get unstuck, get out of (or at least take a break from) confining situations and relationships that keep us ‘on hold’ or hold you back, and from our habitual ways of living that may satisfy our need for security yet have become stale and boring, and to experiment with new dynamics and fresh ways of being!
Experience your body and Nature in a new way!
Be in the NOW where LIFE happens!


How does the energy want to express under MARS in AQ this year, and why is this so relevant for the U.S.?

MARS in AQ can activate us to stand up, united as humanity for societal / political causes.
A lot is and will heat up even more with this MARS shift and its – yes! – triple square to URANUS this Spring and Summer.

This can look like: Heated debates / arguments, stirring up action, conflict through and in groups. Better to channel it into concerted action!

MARS will cross over the South Node of the United States, in June / July, and again end of Sept. which is at 7°35 AQ.

The Sabian Symbol for 8°AQ is quite telling:

Beautifully Gowned Wax Figures on Display.
Keynote: The inspiration one may derive from the appearance of Examplars who represent to us the Archetypes of a new culture…. they herald new collective developments.
May new heroes / heroines of Freedom step forward and influence group consciousness, in the Land of the Brave – and in other lands too!


And then, towards the end of the AQ activation, mid-Nov MARS will meet the U.S. MOON (at 27°09 AQ). Chances are, people will have been quite stirred up, in the Home of the Free.

And no, I don’t suggest: MARS shall be our new Home…


Mars (Hubble Telescope picture)


MARS will be in AQ for a long time this year: 5 months!

Precisely: May 15 – Aug 12 & Sept 10 – Nov 15 (the average is 2 months).
Why? You guessed it:

MARS will go retro this year (every 2 years) from early AQ back into late CAP and forward again into AQ). The retro phase will be June 26 – Aug 27, with MARS on the Community Building point AQ-CAP-AQ.
What does that mean???
We humans get an energy boost to show up and do the work that’s required in Community with  everybody contributing with their resources and what they’re best at (CAP), and nobody’s the boss in old-consciousness ways. A circle of equals, beyond the linear / hierarchical authority model.

And what’s with the retro part of it?
A re-calibration of how we pursue things, and of the ‘traditional Masculine’ as MARS goes back to CAP: Ideally backing off from old school top-down ruling over, and moving to contributing our best qualities instead, and bringing them into community and humanity. ‘Seems like’ (no-brainer) there’s ‘unfinished business’ (CAP) around this, and even though it’s been brought up many times in history, we need to re-visit it now, to affect change.

There’ll be another Astro~News blog post for MARS retro, closer to the date. For now, a few markers of the MARS journey pre- during and post-retro:

As MARS goes forth and back and forth into AQ – CAP – AQ it will square URANUS that’s freshly in TAU now not just once on May 16 but THREE times this year:
Again (under MARS retro) on Aug 1, and lastly (in Martian forward-direct mode) on Sept 18.

More liberating shifts obviously required and on the horizon.
This can really shake things up when it comes to provocative, experimental, if not shocking, yet hopefully liberating breakthroughs and break-frees.
Chances are more social unrest and protection of Mother Earth coming.


The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers with the Prayer Scarves, gifted to them by HH the 14th Dalai Lama.

Community of Wisdom Elders & Circle of Leaders – this is also AQ.

Retro note: Initiating (MARS) isn’t so cool anyhow, nor favoured under retro (“who initiates loses / needs to back off”).
So best to be the detached AQ and the Wise CAP Elder and hold space for things to run their course and disintegrate in retro mode.


Can become quite ‘interesting’ this Summer….

Oh, and when MARS will be furthest back in CAP (28°37′, on Aug 27 – basically stationary mid-Aug – mid-Sept) it will ‘hit on’ the U.S. ‘Essential Point of Power’ PLUTO (at 27°33 CAP) – and perhaps just barely miss it.

That doesn’t sound very comfortable for the establishment…
Chances are deep power agenda comes out (yay, JUPITER still in SCO this year helps!), AND people with integrity will make a stand – because they have to, are propelled to do so, and maybe have an irrefutable case and resources to do so.


Let’s see which Planets MARS will meet in its AQ mode:

Ok, ok, just did a time line overview of the most important contacts of MARS in its journey into AQ, back to CAP and then through AQ until Nov 15 – and that covers 2 pages.  
So, let’s keep it short and sweet, to the ones that stand out in the Martian itinerary:


  • As I said, MARS will form 3 squares from early AQ to URANUS (ruler of AQ) newly in TAU:
    May 15, then in retro Aug 1, and again in forward mode, Sept 18.
    At the very last day of its journey through AQ, Nov 15, MARS will go into sextile with URANUS which by then will be in retro, and back at the very end of AR (ruled by MARS).
    This double whammy is a very rare phenomenon that definitely gets our attention.
    New Earth Consciousness. One Earth, One People.
    Express it in in your life in liberating ways – wake up and be FREE!


  • MARS will also form 3 sextiles from AQ with CHIRON now freshly on the ‘Birthing Point’ in AR (which in turn is ruled by MARS): May 19, under MARS retro Aug 3, and in Martian forward mode Sept 13.
    Maybe more of us are being called to stand up for causes that we’re passionate about, and show up in authentic, vulnerable ways to let the world know why this matters – a new movement of Earth Warriors and Healers can be born. And together with the MARS square to URANUS, there can be quantum leaps and domino effects.


  • A big Martian phase will be end of July, half-way through its retro period when MARS retro in early AQ will be tied exactly into the AQ – LEO Full Moon / Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27 – and MARS will be closest to the Earth on that day too.
    A strong polarity if not confrontation between We the People, We the independent Scientists, and We the synergistic and systemic Forward-Thinkers (AQ) and ‘Royalty’.
    How can bridges be built to motivate (MARS) all to be Humanity conscious and Earth conscious (the Eclipse will be also in T-square with URANUS in early TAU)?


My simple blessing in closing:
May MARS in AQ help us all to act in ways conscious and mature humans do!


© 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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