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LIBRA – ARIES Spring Equinox Super Full Moon (March 20) – Show up in Balance!

18 Mar

Happy Equinox, dear Astro Friends!

…exact at 2:58 pm PDT on Wed March 20!
To tune in, come over to the equinoctial blog article.

Dancing LEO MOON on Fire / on the Wire – Photo by moi, March 18, 2019

Just 4 hrs after exact Spring Equinox (exact at 2:58 pm PDT on March 20) comes the exact first Full Moon in SPRING – on the ‘Perfect Balance’ axis from the cardinal starting points of ARIES & LIBRA!

It’s the ‘opposite of the Harvest Moon’ – the closest Full Moon to Fall Equinox that always appears bigger and brighter than a ‘usual’ Full Moon, and provides extra Moonlight for harvesting into the evening hours.

As you already might wonder, looking at the waxing Moon at daytime – yes, it IS also brighter than a ‘regular’ Full Moon.
It’s the 3rd of three SuperMoons (Jan 20 / TLE, Feb 19, and March 20) early this year.


Naturally, the theme of Balance is heightened, via the polarity axis of SUN & MOON, with the Earth in the middle, and via the MOON’s entry into LIBRA.
On the Lunar ‘Perfect Balance’  Point from VIR to LI it’s about a VIRGO practice / technique that helps us come back into Balance.

  • What helps you to come into and BE in Balance?
    Balance of peaceful rest and activity, of stimulation and reflection, of giving and receiving, of focus and r & r time, of time at the desk and time in Nature, of creativity and inspiration, of seriousness and fun, of home time and public out-there time, of learning and sharing, balance in your diet, and in the body balance of the right and left side…
  • If there’s an imbalance how does that show up in your life, and what does that show you?

I learned esp. through Yoga & Meditation practice that Balance isn’t so much a way of equating this and that, the polar opposites, but finding the Still Point in the ’emptiness’.

With the FULL MOON on the ‘Perfect Balance’ cusp from VIR to LIBRA – how’s it going with our practice and lifestyle (VIR) that support and sustain Balance?
And how can we show up (ARIES) from a well (yet of course never perfectly) balanced place?


Here’s a raw & spontaneous video I created in the park yesterday, apropos the Full Moon – showing up again myself, after a wintry video ‘hibernation’. Enjoy!


Let’s take a look at the LIBRA – ARIES Equinox Super FULL MOON chart:

The FULL MOON will be exact at 6:43 pm PDT on March 20  – less than 4 hrs after the exact Spring Equinox at 2:58 pm PDT.


What a super-charged and multi-connected cosmic pattern, with several inter-linked aspect configurations / closed figures that describe inter-connected themes that are on now.

If you wanna know / get a sense: A Blue Kite, 2 Yods, a Cradle, an Ambivalence Triangle, and a Mutable Grand Cross. Can you geeks see them?
I won’t go into all those ‘gestalts’ (not even under the analytical VIRGO MOON, lol) – that would be quite an oeuvre – so let’s keep it simpler…

Btw, if you’d like to learn about Planetary Patterns, Aspects, and Aspect Configurations get in touch with me. I intend to offer a new Level 3 Intermediate Astro course with that focus in the Fall, and am happy to put you on my list of friendly interested folk. Ask me any preliminary questions – they’re always welcome. I’m here to support you.



For starters / most important things first:
Look at that close alignment of the SUN at 0°09′ ARIES – on the the ‘Emergence Point’ where Life Awakens and Arises – just barely behind CHIRON at 1°44′ AR!

Out of the PISCEAN unifying waters of Oneness New Life arises.
Just as snow and ice have (hopefully in your world too) melted, the rivers are running again, fresh Life emerges from the ground-up, and from the blossoming trees out and down!
Likewise, let’s rise again, into the freshness, newness, and NOWness of Life!


Cherry Blossom Ocean – Photo by Melanie


‘Simply’ showing up as your authentic Self can be very raw and vulnerable, yet is healing and renewing, says also CHIRON now freshly in ARIES activated by the FULL MOON ‘equation’ as it’ll be met by the SUN on March 22 – which brings consciousness to areas of life (whether personally – in ourselves, in relationships, in society…) that call us to take action / be pro-active, make a move and take the first step.
And ultimately, to be in our Presence in the NOW.


‘Back’ in PISCES is MERCURY retro (until March 28), about to unite with NEPTUNE for the second time (on March 24) helps us with awareness about, and letting go of old toxic energy & mind forms that used to draw us in – almost in an intoxicating and addictive way – and perhaps allowed us to check out.
Now we can see those patterns more clearly (M-r is doing its job to re-mind us of what’s usually under the radar!) – the first step to becoming FREE.


…and URANUS now freshly in TAURUS (since the day of the last New Moon on March 6!) cooperates, by kicking us out of old habits, stuckness, and attachments, to EmBody Freedom!


And, as you can see in the chart:
SATURN comes very close to PLUTO now (they won’t meet until Jan 12, 2020 but travel side by side this Spring, together with the South Node, all of them between 19° and 24° CAP).
Let the Old Empire Expire continues to be the motto – brought up with the Partial Solar Eclipse with SATURN, on Jan 5 / 6. In some sense a mantra for the year.

You’re probably well aware by now what these Old Empire themes are in your life, personally, relationally, and societally…

The CAP shadows of control and abuse are a good place to check in on:
How are we treated by others / allowing them to treat us, and do we treat other people, Nature, and ourselves…?


MARS now in TAURUS (until March 30)- the Cosmic Gardener – brings an Earth Trine support to the CAP Concentration of Old (SATURN / SN / PLUTO).
The MARS – PLUTO alignment is exact on March 20 too, and active all week. 

Let’s engage in slowly, steadily planting new seeds that outgrow the ‘wintry conditions’, and in cultivating the transformation…
Amazing how Nature always ‘accomplishes’ what needs to ‘get done’, and ‘just in time’ (a la SATURN in CAP), and is ever transforming (PLUTO).

How can that come in, in your Life?


Also in the ‘cosmic web’, and strongly activated by the Super FULL MOON:

The North Node of the MOON is in late CANCER, and accentuated by a Blue Kite, and also by a Yod pointing to this ‘sensitive point’ – clearly a ‘celestial pointer’ – to what?

A NN incentive for care, compassion, gentleness, a sense of belonging, and (end of CANCER has a PISCES undertone) emotional connection in the ‘Human / Soul Family’.
Even ‘just’ re-connecting with others who are close to your Heart is sooo good, and has ripple effects.

Follow the prompting when someone comes to mind and heart!
And notice how what you put out comes back – from different yet connected sources in the ‘web of life’.


Star Cluster in the Galactic Centre (NASA) – Heart of our Milky Way, at the end of SAG where the SUN travels just before the WINTER SOLSTICE Point

Another Yod points ‘down’ to JUPITER in late (double) SAG – very close to the direction of the Galactic Centre – The ultimate unknowing where ‘the journey goes’, yet we can be connected to the ‘knowing source’.
Such a potent time to connect with deep Heart Wisdom & Inner Guidance.

So rare to have two Yods activated at the same time – they are called ‘Finger of God’ / ‘Celestial Pointer.
And they describe a Journey where it’s not about the destination / outcome but the process – like a pilgrimage.


Wall St. Bull Sculpture

OH – and what’s with VENUS in AQ – meeting LILITH on March 22 (once a year), and squaring MARS in TAU (exact on March 21)?!
That tension’s been building up too, and comes to a release with the FULL MOON.
A VENUS – MARS charge that’s mirrored in the FULL MOON in (VENUS ruled) MOON in LIBRA – SUN in ARIES (ruled by MARS).
Literally a Feminine – Masculine conflict?
The AQ Free Spirit / Feminist vs. the TAU Bully / Stubborn Guy?
In any case, the Inner Feminine and Inner Masculine are in tension at this time – a good time to explore how that shows up for and IN you!

Yesss, our True Nature is FREE – says LILITH now in AQ.
And when we come together in groups, or with friends – all in the name of Freedom and Equality via our shared Humanity, we can stand up towards territorial claims and conflicts / bullying of some who pretend they ‘own the space’. 

Standing our ground and ‘not going away’ (MARS in TAU) can be much more effective when done in groups (AQ) – beating the age old ‘divide / disperse and rule’ strategy.

On another note / ‘higher octave’ the square between VENUS / LILITH in AQ and MARS in TAU brings up / helps with spaciousness and non-attachment / beyond claim of ‘ownership’ in relationships.
Which can be quite strong now / culminating with the Super Full MOON in LIBRA – ARIES.


In Summary – any and all of these themes help with showing up in Balance:

  • Let’s emerge and rise again, into the freshness newness, and NOWness of Life!
  • Let’s make a move and be authentic.
  • Let’s release old energy & mind forms that used to draw us in and kick us out of balance.
  • Let’s kick old stagnant habits, stuckness, and attachments, to EmBody Freedom!
  • Let’s stop feeding the ‘Old Empire’, and let it expire.
  • Let’s consistently plant new seeds that outgrow the ‘wintry conditions’, and cultivate the transformation…
  • Let’s be caring, compassionate, gentle, tune into a sense of belonging and emotional connection in the ‘Human / Soul Family’.
  • Let’s connect with deep Heart Wisdom & Inner Guidance.
  • Let’s stand our ground – together with others.
  • Let’s cultivate non-attachment in all our relationships.


Inner Balance is the best way of, if not prerequisite for effectively showing up / standing up in and for Peace, Justice, Equity, you name it – what calls you to be active at this time.


Blessings for the Fullness of the New Season!


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger





Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your ‘Inner Cosmic Compass’.

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.

Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with yourself in 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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Navigating the Seas of Change – NEPTUNE going direct, and JUPITER in SCO trine NEPTUNE in PI (exact Dec 2)

21 Nov

Greetings, dear Astro~News Blog Reader!


Neptunian ‘Portrait’ by NASA’s Hubble     

Have you been overwhelmed, in a maze or daze, blah mode, aimless, passive, confused, depressed, drifting, dreaming, feeling disillusioned, feeling like checking out, escaping ‘reality’ and going into your ‘bubble’,  and / or ‘hooked’ on something that has turned into a (secret or not so secret) addiction? 

Let alone being exposed to the pervasive effects of the the ‘media showers’… SO much to process…

That’s what a low grade expression of NEP-TUNE’s turnaround mode could look like, amplified by JUPITER in SCO.
Which can easily happen, these days… been there.


NEPTUNE is mid-Nov to early Dec 2017 one of the focal points in the Astro~Weather, since it will change direction from Earth perspective tomorrow Nov 22 (happens twice a year, going from direct to retro, and, like this time, retro to direct), and NEPTUNE will be also trined by JUPITER on Dec 2 (a transit that’s active mid-Nov to mid-Dec).
It’s a good idea to be aware of the NEPTUNE Archetype, and able to recognize what’s up when we’re getting ‘hooked’, what alternative higher vibrational expressions may look like, and how to tune into those.

NEPTUNE is a transpersonal planet – actually the ‘higher octave’ of VENUS. In other words, we are personally attracted to and connected with another via VENUS, while NEPTUNE is about being connected. (period). 

It can be super simple to actually live in that fluid awareness of connectedness, when we don’t go into the illusion of separateness (which the mind, the ego and other gremlins constantly try to lure us into).

Does it take extra stimuli (maybe ever increased dosage) to lose ourselves in something, and drop our sense of separate identity?
Or can you immediately, already BE in the space which the promise of having / doing such and such…. pretends to take you to?

I saw a video based on Gabor Mate’s work (couldn’t retrieve it – maybe you find it), along the lines that addictions are also an expression of the need for connection – and when authentic human connections or spiritual connectedness aren’t available one might develop a connection (which seems controllable but starts to control you) to substances or behaviour.


Neptune Rules Pisces.
Painting by Johfra Bosschart

NEPTUNE is nowa-years in its own domain PISCES:

(2012 – 2026 – only 1/3 into PI, actually)

All is fluid, ever changing, everything is always here. There is nothing constant about life, about you, yet something permeates existence. Big paradoxes. Wherever you go, there you are. Yet where is the Self to be found?
The ‘Unified Field’ where Quantum Physics and Spirituality meet…

Collectively / societally speaking:
Humanity and all life forms are interconnected – which is inevitably obvious (well, some sadly in political power are sadly blind to this!) on all levels, ecologically, climate wise, via the media, politically, economically, and culturally.
And of course enhanced through media & social media.


As NEPTUNE turns from retro (since mid-June) to direct, on Nov 22, the NEPTUNIAN energy can show up more outwardly, and we can ‘move forward’ again, rather than ‘backtracking’ into retro-PISCES realms which could be literally old PISCES Age modes of Victim – Perpetrator – Savior.
Check in where you’ve slipped into that co-dependent triad, like feeling victimized and paralized…?
Moving forward can literally mean with NEPTUNE in PISCES (and we’ve seen it since 2012): A Wave, a Movement.
Which per se is a ‘neutral phenomenon’, a collective availability / exposure (NEP) that can be ‘hijacked’ by any agenda, with effective ‘marketing’ / propaganda (as SATURN in SAG, square NEPTUNE in PI has shown us abundant evidence of – the square was exact in early and late 2015, and June – Sept 2016).

What’s the Spirit of the Wave you want to be consciously part of that expresses deep change for the better (JUPITER in SCO)?



JUPITER, in trine with NEPTUNE…

… can show us not only what’s BIG (well, this!) but also what the guidance could be, in this multidimensional labyrinth.

JUPITER is the ‘Mentor’ Archetype – here to support us, and help us ‘outgrow’ what prevents us from being free and in our full potential.

This year’s JUPITER in SCORPIO (Oct 10, 2017 – Nov 9, 2018) shows there’s SO much ‘in the closet’, wrapped around hidden agenda, repressed stuff, esp. about ‘uncomfortable’, shameful things that need to be seen and moved through. The process that takes us deeper than where we ‘normally dwell’ can also reveal ‘hidden treasures’, esp. of a psychological and spiritual nature.


Big Wave Surfer Maya Gabeira


In what ways and areas can you go into the Dark now – not a hiding place but unseen inner spaces which can be rich ‘fertilizers’ for your growth?
A Water Trine – like the one from JUPITER to NEPTUNE suggests going with the flow and adapting, surfing with the situation, diving deeply in (SCO) but also letting go (PI) as needed…

What would the inner spiritual (NEPTUNE) guide / guru (JUPITER) say to a situation you’re dealing with and that might seem overwhelming and entangled (PI) and / or out of control (SCO)?



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


Deeply moving and connecting chants, Yoga, and other physical – spiritual practices (don’t just drift off, grounding in the body is important), and other containers for the interwoven fabric of life are good medicine for these times.

Being IN the world, yet not OF the world.

Not escaping from the ‘real world’ but going more deeply into resonance, to experience oneness, and let go / release from there with compassion.


Here is a gift that found me again – passing it on to you, and letting the wave and the sound of the soundless bell permeate…


T’ich Nhat Hanh

The Great Bell Chant
Read by Thich Nath Hanh.
Chanted by brother Phab Niem

“May the sound of this bell penetrate deeply into the cosmos.

Even in the darkest space living beings are able to hear it clearly,

So that all suffering in them may seize,

And understanding comes to their heart.

And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal Dharma door is already open.

The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly.

The miracle happens.

A child appears in the heart of a lotus flower.

One single drop of this compassionate water

Is enough to bring back the refreshing Spring to our mountains and rivers.

Listening to the bell, I feel the afflictions in me dissolve.

My mind calm. My body relaxed. A smile is born on my lips.

Following the sound of the bell,

My breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness.

In the gardens of my heart

The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.”


© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger



Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to YOUR INNER ‘COSMIC COMPASS’.

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.

  • Are you in a challenging transition or transformational crisis?
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