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* TAURUS – SCORPIO Full Moon (Nov 14): Finding our Ground in the Changefulness.

14 Nov

What a wave and surge of deep emotions that are usually under the surface, since ‘New Seeds in the Darkness’ (motto of the last Astro~News) were planted, with the SCO New Moon on Oct 30. First a ‘dark and quiet before the storm’, leading up to the U.S. elections last week, and followed by an outburst of responses and reactions after the results were clear. What comes up needed to come out, cathartically.

Yet, dwelling or freezing in projecting our fear of the unknown, or rather: fear of the anticipated, disempowers us and weakens our energy field.

Well aware of the danger of ‘spiritual by-passing’, I’m more interested in looking at the cosmic, archetypal, astrological picture that presents itself nowadays – and wrote a 2-part not too long blog about ‘The American Evolution – An Astrological Perspective’ – featuring the chart of the U.S., and its transits, as well as the archetypal roles and activations for and through Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump. 

Take a read here:




SCORPIO is the Alchemy that transforms ‘lead into gold’, or depressing, heavy states into pure consciousness.



In the last few weeks, have you come through lots of emotional transformation, yet processed it faster than before? Maybe because it’s such a collective momentum, and we as Humanity go to deep core issues that are usually ‘left alone’.

The key for the fixed energy of SCO is to ‘not be afraid of the dark’, not resist, get stuck, or hurt yourself, and process ‘all the way through’, to allow the Alchemy do its magical thing. Even ‘simply’ by honestly addressing: ”What’s even deeper than this?”


We have moved through the central core = central 10 degrees and 10 days of SCO – round Nov 2 – 12, and are coming now to the ‘mutable’ part of SCO until Nov 21, where – this year also coordinated with and aided by the FULL MOON and waning lunar cycle – things get ‘washed out’ and released, to give room for the SAGITTARIAN light and space and freedom.


Speaking of Scorpionic Alchemy: Just before writing the Astro~News yesterday, something wanted to alchemize spontaneously: I felt called to ‘experiment’ with picking a Voyager Tarot card for the energies of the TAU – SCO Full Moon, and share its message to you. After the first card the process naturally turned into a 3-card spread.

I intuitively ‘sealed’ and activated it with a Hematite Heart that wanted to be in the spread ‘constellation’. https://www.healingcrystals.com/Tumbled_Hematite__Brazil__-_Tumbled_Stones.html says (found it after the fact): ”Hematite helps to absorb negative energy and calms you in times of stress or worry. Hematite is a very protective stone, and is great to carry to help you stay grounded in many situations. Hematite can boost confidence, and is also good for working with the Root Chakra.
Hematite can help one to find their own gifts and to release self-imposed limitations. Hematite can help with the ascension process, by facilitating the integration of higher spiritual energies into our physical 3-D existence. Hematite is also used to protect against geopathic stress and electromagnetic smog, and is said to be a great detoxifying stone, helpful for the liver and the blood.”




The order I picked them is not what you might think, by looking at the spread which rearranged itself as shown in the photo – I explain it in the paragraphs below.

And wow – now as I look at it and connect it with the Full Moon chart it is perfectly ‘in place’… take a peek at the chart below. If you’re somewhat of an Astro insider you know what I mean… and I’ll point to the chart connection along the way of ‘reading’ the cards.


Soo, the Man of Cups – Surfer showed up first, and yes, that guides us not go under but skilfully surf through and on the intense waves of energy in our oceanic interconnectedness (NEPTUNE / South Node in PISCES – was exact on Nov 4 but influences the whole Fall 2016, and is balanced by the North Node in VIRGO, incentivizing us to be in our overall health / wellness integrity, to apply our tools, be discerning, and do the clearing. NEPTUNE is this month ‘stationary’ as it will change direction from retro to forward in the Zodiac, on Nov 19. Neptunian November…

CHIRON is these years (2010 – 2018) in PI as well, showing us the collective and personal ‘wounds’ and their intrinsic ‘medicine’: When we get overwhelmed, what helps us feel fully connected to and as Source, and allows for release and flow, in the unified field of Being?

In the Full Moon chart, PI with NEP / NN and CHI are also on the ‘right bottom’, houses 4 and 5.


Then came the Woman of Cups – Rejoicer. A beautiful illustration of the TAURUS Full Moon – such a sensual and en-joy (TAU) – able vibe! The MOON is ‘exalted’ in TAU – ‘highest’ position and fullest expression for the MOON in the Zodiac: Being nurtured with all senses, in and as Nature. You TAU MOON babes out there probably know what I’m talking about. There is even a Full Moon above the head of the right woman’s head! Spider webs and nature-spa like atmosphere relate to the regenerative SCO SUN energy that’s reflected ‘on the face of the MOON’.


Fascinating that Man and Woman of Cups – the natural ‘Watery Couple’ came up, with the MOON and SCO connection!
Looking at the chart, PISCES (the realm of the Surfer) and TAURUS (the realm of the Rejoicer) have at their opposite midpoint LIBRA, with JUPITER being presently almost the exact midpoint activator and enhancer. LIBRA is the energy of the ‘Sacred Marriage’, inner and outer. Not just about ‘finding the perfect match’ but, first of all, balancing and marrying the Inner Masculine and Feminine within. This is so up nowadays as a BIG theme, with JUPITER in LI since 09 / 09, until 10 / 10, 2017.
JUPITER in LI will form a significant transit just before the next New Moon, exact on Nov 24 that’s been building up this Fall: A square to PLUTO in CAP (#1 out of 3 – two more to follow in 2017): Balance is crucial for integrity and sustainability. 


And the last card: Death XIII Major Arcana. Scorpionic – Plutonic. The energy of SUN / LILITH (they were exactly aligned on Remembrance Day, 11 / 11) in SCO. Death as a Force of Nature. Scary to face the death mask perhaps… grieving of what’s dead and over, yet also a stillness, like the Dead Sea in the background, which is also a regenerative place. A rather eerie Moon hovers over the stillness…

How can we be with and in and as the river that must go to the Sea, aware of the impermanence of all phenomena, incl. the Taurean bodily experience, yet like nature connected to the undying regenerative life force?!

Perhaps a central and deeper message of the FULL MOON in TAURUS opposite the SUN / LILITH in SCORPIO.


* The Full Moon Chart: A Fuller Picture…




The SuperSuper FULL MOON will be today Nov 14 at 5:52 am PST – at Moonset. Given the rain at this point, it’s not very likely that we see the large MOON disk from our vantage point here on Vancouver Island ‘physically’ (TAU) – aww. Gotta rely on energetic download. All good.


Pretty straight-forward, this Full Moon chart, though. Nice change from the cosmic patterns of recent.

And you can probably see now what I meant with alignment of the Voyager Tarot 3-card spread above with the chart:


  • The Death card showed up where the SCO AC with LILITH and the SUN are: Shining light of consciousness on our deep dark nature that, like nature, is always subject to change of form yet always IS, and just changes form.


  • The Man of Cups / Surfer card showed up where NEPTUNE / South Node and CHIRON in PI are, in Water trine with the SCO SUN / LILITH, and opp. the North Node in VIR: Being one with the energy currents and waves, and surfing them skilfully is the way to go and let-go. NEPTUNE and CHIRON are a strong stationary influence this month.


  • The Woman of Cups / Rejoicer card showed up where the MOON in TAU is: Balancing all that depth and surf with embodied enjoyment, and finding worth and value in the joy of being, liberated from being occupied with (and by!) the ups and downs of mental-emotional waves and (under)currents.


  • JUPITER in LIBRA, in the midpoint (how LIBRAN also!) area opposite the NEPTUNEian Surfer and the LUNAR Rejoicer, calling us to find balance of inner and outer masculine and feminine, and other ways of being intrinsically at peace. JUPITER is about to square PLUTO in CAP – exact on Nov 24 (two more exact alignments to follow in 2017). Ideally, bringing relationships (LI) to a new level that serves the highest purpose (CAP). Other manifestations are of course also in the cards (see below in the JUPITER square PLUTO feature).


  • PLUTO will also visited by VENUS (ruler of LIBRA) on Nov 25, just one day after JUPITER in LI squares PLUTO in CAP. Great opportunities (inevitabilities?) to attract from a deep soul level, and for the highest purpose.


  • Finally, MERCURY is now in SAG (since Nov 12, until Dec 2), will square NEPTUNE on Nov 19, and pass SATURN on Nov 23. An important time to guard the mind from too many ‘random’ influences that could contaminate thoughts, blur the vision and distract us from our focus. Yet also a nice edge for imagination and inspiration.


* Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon Degree:

Personal Worth.

The Full Moon will be at 22°37’ TAU (see chart below).


Keynote: The social confirmation of natural excellence.

Two elements should be distinguished in this symbolic picture: The gems that result from natural processes, often induced by extreme volcanic heat and pressure, and the finished products and refined craftsmen. Both the gems themselves and the artistry are highly prized and bring prestige to the owner of the jewels. The symbol applies to any product in which culturally acquired skill has embellished or transformed the end results of a lengthy and demanding natural process.

At this stage we are concerned with the social process which brings about a CERTIFICATION OF PERSONAL WORTH.”


This Symbol called for another (crystal enhanced) Voyager Tarot card as an illustration: Woman of Crystals – Guardian.


Voyager Woman of Crystals - Guardian Crystals 3

Image: Crystal Activated Voyager Tarot card Woman of Crystals – Guardian (photo and crystal activation by Melanie).


Here is what the reference book says (with some of my comments in italics):
“The mind, like the crystal, is beautiful and rich and therefore susceptible to exploitation (just consider the influence of the media nowadays…). Like the Crystal Woman, guard the mind, your greatest natural resource (which leads over to MERCURY, Archetype of the mind, now in SAG, and conj. SATURN on Nov 23). Protect it against invading negativities such as confusion, delusion, defeatism, dullness, and narrowness, by giving it the hardness and impenetrability of the diamond. (MERCURY will first square NEPTUNE, on Nov 18, before meeting SATURN).

Like the Woman of Crystals, maintain dominion over your mind. Train it. Continuously aware of its workings, you are able to direct and focus it at will. Meditate. (Great advice and timing for MERCURY square NEPTUNE and conj. SATURN over the next week – and beyond of course)

The crystal also heals. You are a therapist and counselor, a healer of the mind. You bring mental health to yourself and others. You are able to articulate what you see intuitively. Trust your logic and your intuition.”


Hence, guarding the mind can be the crown jewel of excellence.
As we opt out of being distracted by many externally and internally alluring ‘shiny objects’ we can develop our deep natural excellence more fully.

Natural excellence and personal worth may be but don’t have to be socially confirmed. I believe LILITH in SCO would agree.


© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value.

29 Apr

What a Wesak / SCORPIO / TAURUS Full Moon week it’s been!



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


The energetic ‘Buddha Moon’ in SCO – TAU on Apr 21 / 22 with its build-up phase, weeks before, and concentrated medicine at the exact SCO Moon ‘window’ (Apr 21 eve until Apr 24 morning PDT) felt for many of us like

  • a fight with the inner dragon (the ‘inner monster’ always growing more heads as one might be slayed / one issue might be ‘dealt with’), and / or sooo much inner painful processing – the suffering version of the SCO MOON side, in its outer yang and inner yin version,
  • dealing with the inner ‘hungry ghost’, as Buddhists would call it: our mouth, or our sense organs in general, can only take in so much, yet the belly of desire is big and insatiable… – the suffering on the TAU side: In an outer yang way, through consuming, pur-chasing(!), acquiring more and more, while never being satisfied, and in an a yin way: trying to attract and you never feel good enough…


So much suffering in all this, yet our human condition seems to draw us into these places, and they get reinforced through socio-cultural and economical conditioning.


Under the waning CAP, now AQ Moon we are grounding the energies that got stirred up, into our place of integrity: How can we live in comMOONity, from the insights and liberation we gained through the Wesak Moon process?


I must confess, I got sucked into some of this ‘mind mine field’ as well, even exactly over the Full Moon weekend.

One trigger was ‘fighting with technology monsters’, and feeling frustrated by the perception that I had opened a Pandora’s box of issues.
Yet, when I started to embrace what I had perceived as ‘a mess’ in my initial response, treat it as a learning curve, and released my grip of (self-) judgment, and my attachment to ‘getting it fixed – now’, things shifted in my inner world, reflected in what and who showed up ‘from the outside’, and how things played themselves out. Actually more playfully too! 🙂


Hmmm, Buddhist wisdom teachings 101 all over again (seems like RE-freshers are needed from time to time, in our human condition, lol):
First step is to acknowledge our attachment to not getting what we want, or to being stuck with what we don’t want, and to realize that it is the attachment that causes the suffering, not the ‘thing’ in itself.


How can we release the attachment?

Realization of how it all works (quite simply in fact) is already a huge freedom catalyst – for me anyway. Basically noticing: Hey, I’m doing this to myself. It’s not the situation, it’s what my mind makes out of it that causes the frustration.

Also, a key piece is to embrace impermanence.

No pain, problem, discomfort lasts forever. No pleasure and enjoyment either. So let’s not get so worked up and graspy or resistant, and relax in the ‘storm’.

Which naturally allows for the transformational process to go where it needs to go.

Let’s practice surfing skills… 🙂


Did I say ‘storm’?
Yep, MERCURY – winged Messenger Archetype, and in Astrology representing the Mind and its workings, has been in its pre-retro stationary (slow turnaround) ‘storm’ over the last week too!

The present early M-r phase shows us how the mind can mess with life, by putting a spin (or even a spell) on things (as they simply ARE), and influence our perception and inner ‘story’ about ourselves and the world, often ‘simply’ by making a case to confirm the ‘old stories’ that are already in our heads or subconscious. Reminds me of a great bumper sticker I once saw: “I don’t believe everything I think.”

Check out what the MERCURY trickster, this time in TAURUS, has up its sleeve, and how to be not just in good terms with it, but on neutral ground.


Wherever you are on the Planet EARTH, wide awake, in deep sleep / no-mind at this point, enjoy the read, hopefully with a storm free mind (brain storms are cool though)! 🙂

Wishing you a blessed navigation in the retro- and interdimensional zone, with the current Mercurial Mind currents, in the Heavens as on EARTH!



Question Cloud

NOT quite the TAURUS NEW Moon (May 6) Astro~News YET! 

Those will come down this ‘chimney’ within the next week.

So: What’s UP and urgent then, you ask?

Tahtah! You guessed correctly… I can’t hide it from you (a Scorpionic tendency), and shouldn’t hold back much longer (TAURUS is no-taureous / notorious for going slow, and taking time…)

MERCURY, now in late TAURUS (23°36′) just went RETRO yesterday morning Thu APR 28 at 10:20 am PDT.

That’s what this ar-tickle is all about :-).

I bet you’ve been tickled and re-mind-ed of all sorts of things lately. The late TAU zodiac zone cusp has a VIRGO undertone… so much to do as it seems – yet: what is it that we truly value?


Mid April to end of May 2016 is completely under the influence of MERCURY retro (you probably already noticed 🙂 ):

The technical retro phase started yesterday, Apr 28, and goes to May 22, with the ‘stormy’ / stationary atmosphere before and after, extending beyond that time:

The pre-retro stationary ‘storm’ was on since MERCURY significantly slowed down its speed = since the Full Moon on Apr 21 – see previous Astro~News).

Have you noticed a shift in your mind since the Wesak Moon, towards slowing down, and a call for more groundedness?

After Mercury will be direct again from May 22 on (after the next Full Moon on May 21), there will be another post-retro ‘storm’ until May 31.


And hey, maybe your mind has been recently a little bit ‘all over the map’, fuzzy, funny, synchronistic, poked, provoked, non-sensical / nonsense-ical? Or in a trickster mode, mischievous perhaps, and / or seeing synchronicities and meaningful signs  pop up ‘out of nowhere’.


All in perfect alignment with the cosmic dance, and the ‘cosmic smile’. Seems like the universe smiles at us when we recognize a synchronicity! :-).

Don’t get annoyed when the ‘cosmic prankster’ plays tricks on your mind, wants you to be FREE, and change your fixed ideas and set paradigms!


Welcome to the ‘Special Issue’ MERCURY RETRO AstroNews!



‘Sweet Spot’ on the Rocks, under the Oaks – ‘Retro’ Photo from mid April – (the place where I did a little video shoot for the Wesak Moon)


What you find in this ‘Special Issue’:

* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value. 

* MERCURY Retro in TAURUS and the Mental Maze / Labyrinth

* Sabian Symbol of the MERCURY Turnaround Degree: 23° TAU

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

* Itinerary for the Mercury retro Phase


* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value.


Mercury winged feet

MERCURY Retro in TAU – Staying Grounded, for Now / Taking off from a good Foundation – Mercury’s / Hermes’s winged feet (uuuh, just noticed: only the left foot of the statue seems winged!)


Believe it or not – I’ve been looking forward to this Mercury retro phase.

And so do many of my clients and friends whom I’ve been talking with recently.

Its arrival, after the Wesak Moon, has been rather liberating than frustrating – when met in a mer-curious way that’s aligned with the spirit of the archetypal activation…


What could that look like?

  • Sloooowing down, tuning into the Body and our Senses (related to the VIRGO / TAURUS theme).
  • Asking ourselves: Where do I physically belong and need to ground myself?
  • Maybe we need to take ourselves to magical spots. Mercury is also the magician, and, esp. with its VIRGO rulership, rules ‘practical magic’ – tools and physical places (TAU) that transform, re-align, help, and heal.
  • Letting go of being attached to and stuck in (TAU low vibe) mental (MERCURY) patterns, habits (TAU), gravitations, ruts. In fact, let’s get un-stuck. Very timely now.
  • Buying less, enjoying more. 
  • The mind habitually attaches itself randomly to things that we have an affinity to, desire for, aversion against, and present them as interesting to engage in (almost like a shop keeper presenting his window display) – very Taurean. Our habit is to give in, and engage mentally with those ‘offers’. Our job and in fact freedom is ‘just’ not to buy it.
  • Let’s tune into what brings us true intrinsic joy (not derived from ‘getting’ and consuming more on the outer level).
  • Let’s re-connect with what we truly value.
  • Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of the Body (TAU). They might take you inward at first, esp. in the first half of the M-r phase (until May 9)


Speaking of Messages of the Body, and Embodiment:

Mark your calendar for the next Living Breathing Birth Chart – Embodied Astrology, on FRI May 20, from 2:20 pm on, in Victoria BC.


Venus Birth Botticelli

How does this ‘work’, and how we humans represent the Heaven-on-Earth energies of someone’s chart?
Just come and join us, dive in, and you’ll see the amazingness.

  • No previous Astrology background required.
  • Experience your chart directly. Let the Archetypes speak to and through you.
  • Move with what you experience!
  • It’s an embodiment, not a performance.
  • Experience the Archetypes in Astrology and perhaps your own chart in a new, fresh, embodied way. Great for MERCURY retro in TAU – on the last day of the retro phase!

The Facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1542648912706150/

We have space for a few more Embodyers, and for one person to set up his / her chart! Newcomers most welcome!

If you have questions, and / or you are interested in even having your chart embodied please feel free to contact me, and let’s talk. Mercury retro likes that, rather than lots of back and forth texts and messages. 🙂


So let’s take time this first MERCURY retro week, under the waning / before New Moon (May 6)

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check our ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘resources’ and inventive ideas that you have collected over time (in TAU fashion), that are ‘just sitting’ somewhere, and could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.



* MERCURY Retro in TAURUS and the Mind Maze / Labyrinth


Labyrinth (Seven Circle Classical L.) by Helen Rowlands

7-Circle Classical Labyrinth by Helen Rowlands http://lighttogoplaces.blogspot.ca/2015_05_01_archive.html


When I was searching for something else on the internet a while ago, I came across this Labyrinth image by Helen Rowlands, which immediately reminded me of the brain.

Why haven’t I seen the connection before? A classical Mercury retro example for suddenly seeing connections that were always there, in ‘plain sight’ but not paid attention to.

Check out this confirmation article – found yesterday, at the retro onset: http://coursesite.uhcl.edu/HSH/Whitec/terms/M/mazelab.htm
A MERCURY retro question could be: Can we use the ancient labyrinth structure / system, to intentionally connect, energize, and regenerate both brain hemispheres, and everything ‘mind’?
TAURUS would have us physically walk the labyrinth, and sit in the NoMind centre.


With MERCURY retro in TAURUS, the association with the Minotaur / bull-headed Greek mythological figure in the maze / labyrinth in Crete came up too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minotaur. Minotaur – Mind o’TAUR 🙂

Here’s a dramatic 1 min. Minotaur mythology cartoon clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qrZ1clEp-Y


Synchronistically, when I googled for Minotaur, I found that Picasso’s (he was born under the SCO Sun – any doubts?) Minotaur series (which I’ve seen years ago in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona – intensely capturing and carrying forward the myth!) is presently in the National Gallery in Ottawa http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/picassos-minotaur-bulls-through-suite-of-prints-on-display-at-national-gallery
So there are clues to the archetypal theme. Or you may argue: Melanie’s magical spin on them…

See how it resonates with you, and your TAUREAN inner Archetypes!


What matters is to identify the tendencies, and liberate ourselves from identifying with them! 


Mercury Butchard Gardens

Mercury / Hermes Statue at Butchard Gardens, Victoria (Photo by Gail Pettinger) … casting its shadow, and pointing to….?


What are the symptoms of being in an unconscious / default MERCURY retro mode?

How do you recognize that you are in a mercurial ‘maze’ / ‘labyrinth’?

What’s the best approach to the energy of this time?


Well, to cut right through the story, unconsciousness IS the maze.

When we identify with the mind’s stories and assumptions, AND with our feelings, based on the thoughts that circulate in us (or vice versa, thoughts based on feelings) we are entangled, and far from free.

Thinking itself is not the problem, and we can’t and don’t need to make our mind ‘shut up’. The issue is rather identification with and attachment to thinking and to the content of our thoughts, esp. with TAURUS being one of the fixed sign of the Zodiac that can get attached. It relates to grounding, security, stability. Its unevolved quality and shadow is an attachment to the status quo.


MERCURY retro in TAU is creating a very grounding Grand Earth Trine with stationary PLUTO in CAP (now retro), and stationary JUPITER in VIR (to turn from retro to direct on May 9) that can lead us to inner resources, as we are true to ourselves, our integrity, our wholeness. The Grand Earth Trine was exact as a first prelude mid April, before the retro phase, will be again strongly activated with the New Moon in TAU on May 6 while MERCURY is retro – to anchor us on New Inner Ground, and for the last, integration time late May / early June, after the retro phase).


Each Mercury retro phase serves as a REcalibration of the mind, and REconnection of the mind (represented by MERCURY) with Consciousness and Spirit (represented by the SUN. MERCURY has gone ahead of the SUN, and is during M-r being ‘lassoed back in’, to step behind the SUN).

Bottom line:

  • Let’s BE MIND-ful, recognize when we are rather mind – full, and what it takes to get mentally unstuck, and bring more ease and flow to our life.
  • Let’s REalize again that we are not the mind. It’s just a function that serves consciousness.
  • Let’s be open minded, and available to see things in a new, fresh light.


Let’s see what the

* Sabian Symbol of the Mercury Turnaround Degree reveals.

Mercury turned retro at 23° 36′ TAU.



Photo: Wall St. Bull (Wiki)


Quite striking: This degree is super close (only 1° off) where in May 2000 JUPITER and SATURN were conjunct!

This ‘Great Conjunction’ happens every 20 years, and starts a new socio-economic 20-year cycle. A Taurean, rather conservative cycle started, capitalism and consumerism became quite prominent, with then developing / economically rising countries like China and India joining the consumer population on the globe.

Presently, we are in a JUPITER (in VIRGO) Square with SATURN (in SAG) crisis. Limits of growth…. Problems are growing… The environment can’t take it… Less is more….

MERCURY retro symptoms re: TAURUS have been already for a while in the public discussion, re: questioning the damaging effects of unregulated capitalism. The Bull in the political arena… or, shall I say: maze!

As the famous Gandhi quote goes: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs but not every man’s greed.”


For the Sabian Symbol, I’d suggest to round it down to 23° TAU, since the direction is backwards.

23° TAURUS: 



Voyager Woman of Crystals - Guardian Crystals 3

Image: Crystal Activated Voyager Tarot card Woman of Crystals – Guardian (photo and crystal activation by Melanie).


Keynote: The social confirmation of natural excellence.

Two elements should be distinguished in this symbolic picture: The gems that result from natural processes, often induced by extreme volcanic heat and pressure, and the finished products of refined craftsmen. Both the gems themselves and the artistry are highly priced and bring prestige to the owner of the jewels.

The symbol applies to any product in which culturally acquired skill has embellished or transformed the end results of a lengthy and demanding natural process.

At this stage we are concerned with the social process which brings about a CERTIFICATION OF PERSONAL WORTH.”


I feel this Voyager tarot card RE-flects beautifully the MERCURY retrograde meaning of this Sabian Symbol:
The Crystal Woman’s Third Sapphire Eye is clear and open. Her mind seems RE-laxed, yet focused on the clear crystal ‘at hand’, undistracted by the multitude of beautifully and skillfully cut gems and ‘shiny objects’ around her that might court for her attention. Skillfully aware of the workings of the mind, she guards the mind.

In the abundance of what life offers, what matters most, and what has the highest intrinsic value that is free from attachment?

Let’s take this image as a personal inspiration for the MERCURY retro phase.


On that note:

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

Apparently randomly, I came across Adyashanti’s ‘old’ but gold video about his basic spiritual teachings. Excellent.

Check it out: http://www.adyashanti.org/cafedharma/index.php?file=video


* Itinerary for the  S M (= Mercury retro) Phase


Mercury Pajou (at the Louvre, Paris) Seems Libran / Scorpionic to me :-)

Mercury, Sculpture by A. Pajou (Louvre, Paris) – uuuh, temporarily grounded / lost his ankle wings!


Since Apr 21: MERCURY in TAU entered the stationary ‘storm’.

Stormy, ingenuis, or crazy maze?


Yesterday Apr 28: MERCURY end of TAU turned retro, from Earth perspective. 

Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with what we truly enjoy and value. Nature speaks…


May 6: TAU New Moon with MERCURY and VENUS.

Finding New Ground and Value, from within. What has the body been telling you (TAU)?


May 9: Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the TAU SUN, plus: JUPITER in VIR turns direct again.

Ahhh, the half-way point of the MERCURY retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New MERCURY’ is being born.
The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant.

The whole point of the MERCURY retro adjustment phase…


May 22 (Day after the SAG – GEM Full Moon: MERCURY will go direct again, plus: MARS will oppose the SUN (half-way point of the MARS retro phase)

We learned a big deal about the mind – to be revealed until then. Let it sit with (TAU) what comes up, and bravely uncover our inner truth (MARS retro from SAG into SCO).


May 31: Mercury will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.

Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe deeply changed and even unattached.


June 8: Mercury direct in late TAU will leave the post-retro ‘shadow’.

Green light to go forward with what we truly value and enjoy.



© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger



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