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TAURUS Super-New Moon April 26: New Ground, New Seed, New Embodiment of Our Loving Nature!

25 Apr

Wildly Calming Camus – Photo by Melanie

Mother Nature on the Pacific West Coast is RE-greening, boldly showing her colours, and inviting us into a multi-sensual immersion – yummm!

Just in time for the TAURUS Super NEW MOON –
THE Moon to plant new seeds in the fertile soil!
Exact tomorrow Apr 26 at 5:16 am PDT!

 

Indeed! The TAURUS NEW MOON will be a SuperMoon!

You might wonder: Wait a minute, it’s not a Full Moon!
New Moons can be SuperMoons too – when they are very close to the Earth (called perigee) – and this is the first of 3 SuperNewMoons!

Astrologically, a SuperSeed energy…
Ahhh, that’s why such an abundance(!!!) of NEWness is showing up now, offering us to nourish ourselves with ‘SuperFood’ on all levels… incl. to establish new healthy, life affirming habits!
OUT with the old and stagnant, IN with the new and nourishing!

 

This NEW MOON almost feels like a FULL MOON, doesn’t it??
WHY?
There’s a strong gravitational field with a closer SuperMoon, plus a lot of planetary action on the side of the SUN / MOON: Also NEPTUNE, CHIRON / VENUS, URANUS / MERCURY, and MARS are ALL  in the same direction from Earth perspective, and mighty JUPITER is opposite – see chart below!
BALANCE (the theme of the Apr 11 Full Moon) is clearly still a big deal!
Here is the chart for the TAURUS Super-New Moon:

 

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Among the planetary ‘players’ in the cosmic field TWO stand out – astrologically close to the NEW MOON in early TAURUS, super-charging the Astro~Sphere for bold Newness:

MERCURY retro is about to ‘click’ again with URANUS in late ARIES (encounter # 2) on Apr 28 (and once more on May 9, by then with MERCURY in forward mode):
Idea (MERCURY) explosion (URANUS)? So many fresh ideas are swirling around now (also with MARS now in GEMINI). And, even deeper: Radical liberation (URANUS in AR) FROM old sticky mental patterns (MERCURY retro started out in TAU), and freedom FOR a NEW YOU!


I bet you are tapping into this ‘weather system’, esp. if you have end of ARIES, CANCER, LIBRA, or CAPRICORN Astro features!

When MERCURY will be out of retro, on May 3, having passed URANUS again on May 9, and out of ‘storm’ on May 12 the Mind can be REnewed, after this REfreshing REtreat and REboot phase of April.

I love how in Eastern, mainly Buddhist views ‘MIND’ represents to the intellectual and emotional continuum – because it IS – they influence each other constantly.
In Astro Archetype language, there’s the thinking mind as in: MERCURY, and the feeling mind, as in: the MOON.
Both are close to each other with this New MOON (see chart).
A New Ground for the Mind can be found.

 

What does the SABIAN SYMBOL ‘oracle’ for the New Moon at 6°27 TAURUS say?
Ever SO related – the Revolution of LOVE renders the old ‘establishment’ obsolete:

PHASE 37 (TAURUS 7°): THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA AT THE ANCESTRAL WELL.

 

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The Samaritan Woman at the Well by Annibale Carracci

 

KEYNOTE: The meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future.

The symbol refers to a most important, but usually narrowly interpreted (or interpreted away!) episode of the Christ mythos.
Early in his ministry, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at an ancestral well. This woman belongs to a tribe despised by the Jews; moreover, she is unmarried and therefore on the fringe of even her own society. It is to just that kind of woman that Jesus reveals that he is the Messiah: “I am He,” a revelation that he apparently will not bestow even upon his disciples, at least not in words. (Words in occultism are the creative factor.)

What does this mean? Jesus, as the Avatar incorporating the Christ-Impulse, came to replace the old tribal order with a new order based on universal Love.
It is not to representatives of, or even to men still attached to, the old order that Jesus could reveal his spiritual, evolutionary and society-transforming status; they had instead to reach a point where they could discover his avatar-ship – as did Peter just before the Transfiguration scene. But to the woman of Samaria – who, in her openness to love’s urgings, had already repudiated any narrow subservience to the old order – Jesus could reveal his function. The highest meets the lowest when this lowest is free from traditional bonds and open to love. The creative future descends first to that which has become chaos. An old order is never open to a new Revelation until it has accepted disorder in the name of that Power which subsumes all forms of order, i.e. Love.

In this second stage of the five-fold sequence, a contrasting element enters upon the scene. It is no longer a collective-cultural effort based on past knowledge — as in the preceding symbol — but a “meeting” that introduces into the collective situation a totally new factor which transcends it. A NEW QUALITY OF BEING is revealed, which renders the old patterns obsolete.

 

Outrageousness in Rootedness – Photo by Melanie, April 2017

 

Which brings us to VENUS (ruler of TAURUS) – the ‘Love Force’ – after ‘her’ retro tour back to PISCES where ‘she’ is exalted – LOVE IS:
VENUS has been travelling next to CHIRON in PISCES (the image of ‘Wounded Healer’ Jesus and the Samaritan woman in her spiritual openness come to mind and heart), initiating us into a healing, loving field – from which to act, attract, and start fresh – as VENUS is about to enter ARIES, also on Apr. 28 (when MERCURY retro meets URANUS).

Have you forgiven yourself and others, blessed the ‘chaos’, let go of past entanglements (VENUS in PISCES), and let ‘the field’ reveal to you the connection as-Love? Everything renews itself Nature-ally in this!

 

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The essence of timeless Tao Wisdom: Yin-Yang Balance is always dynamic and interwoven.

Finally, let’s remember:
A NEW MOON is the union of the Divine Masculine (SUN) and the Divine Feminine (MOON), in ‘conception’.

That’s why I’d propose, to be in alignment with this union, let’s bring our Inner Masculine (the intention setting, active seed-planting side) and our Inner Feminine (the receptivity, openness) together for this, and perhaps every New Moon:
Intending and conceiving in balanced alchemical union.

Maybe one or the other has been a bit or a lot neglected in our life? 
Time to call them in, and invite balance.

 

YES, a big week, with the TAURUS Super-New MOON tomorrow Apr 26, VENUS into ARIES, and MERCURY retro / URANUS (both Apr 28)!

May we BE AS NATURE – ‘organic’, in abundance and flow, embracing our unique ways of being, allowing the outgrown and redundant to seize and new life to emerge, and being nourished and nourishing through LOVE – and photosynthesis!
May we be NATURE-ally grounded in the Beingness of all Life, and Embody our True Nature!
And hey, friends – let’s BE IN NATURE – it’s SPRING!

Serving with Love, and inviting even more Love in Action!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Nodal Shift on Apr 29, over the SPHINX Point, into LEO: Show up in Your Loving Strength!

23 Apr

Now, that’s BIG:
The ‘Karmic Pathways’ a.k.a. Nodal Axis is shifting this month, into LEO / AQ, catalyzed by the TAURUS New Moon (Apr 26)!
For 1 1/2 years, until Nov 16, 2018, we’ll be in the LEO – AQ dynamic, which gives esp. you LEOs out there (by SUN, MOON, AC, and Planets) a natural ‘cosmic boost’.


And it’s a full-circle karmic activation (LEO incentive / AQ release) for all of you who were BORN with the LEO / AQ Nodal Axis:

Nov 1942 – May 1944
June 1961 – Dec 1962
Jan 1980 – Sept 1981
Oct 1998 – Apr 2000

 

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Lunar North Node Glyph

In what way?

Quick re-cap, to show the context, where the energy comes from:
Since Oct 2015, we’ve been ‘under the weather’ of a PISCEAN South Node (intensified in the PISCES Eclipse seasons in March 2016, and Feb / March 2017) that could have drained our energy by ‘taking too much in’ and being ‘exposed’ to wayyyy too much, resulting in overwhelm, confusion, literally a weakening of the immune system.
ALL is ONE, says PISCES, the last and ultimate Zodiac energy, where all comes together, in Unity consciousness, and not just compassion but Oneness with / as ALL.
Yet, that doesn’t suggest to let it all into the human energy field, indiscriminately, unconsciously, to overwhelm ourselves, or try to ‘be everything to everybody’. Now that’s not far from martyrdom and victimhood – not really spiritual.

The Lunar South Node in PISCES, linking with CHIRON (esp. via March 8, 2016 Eclipse), and with NEPTUNE (esp. catalyzed through Feb 26, 2017 Eclipse) is also an indicator that we are gradually leaving the PISCES AGE of the last 2300 years – which of course is a process, not an event. One of the ‘signatures’ of the PISCES AGE is the co-dependent triad of Victim – Perpetrator – Saviour (and Martyr, and a blend of Victim and Saviour).
We are outgrowing this old omni-present paradigm now. Let’s check in, in challenging situations: “Am I one of the 3? Do I ‘cast’ the others, to keep the wheel of karma going???” The last 1 1/2 years with the South Node (release, release….) in PISCES brought these old collective patterns up, to let them GO (bless them with Love, acknowledgment, and gratitude for what they’ve taught us – now we’ve outgrown them).

What helps to determine when they still tend to show up – habitually?
Awareness is the first step – so VIRGO (“What’s going on here?” “What’s the issue?”).

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Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card II – Priestess – Photo by Melanie

VIRGO, the complementary opposite of PISCES offers us

  • A clear head – and analytical gift to sort out the situation. Incentive to be in the integrity of our body-mind-spirit ‘Temple’, and to do healthy practices that bring us back to overall wellness and wholeness.

VIRGO is the Archetype of the Sacred Feminine, the Priestess, offering sacred service, to herself and others.

Which goes of course for women and men – the Temple doesn’t have a gender.
Yet, the notion to honour the Feminine has become big over the last 1 1/2 years.

Would be excellent if everything was ‘in place’ now, if we were clear, critical, and discerning, re: ‘what’s real’/ ‘what works’, rather than be fooled and seduced.

It has become clear by now, at the end of the PI / VIR Nodal Axis activation:

  • How important spiritual practice is.
  • How compassion and loving energy needs to show up in ‘real life’.
  • How taking ourselves out of toxic, unhealthy environments (rather than being the martyr) if they overwhelm us and leave us drained, and not feeding anything into it, nor trying to ‘fix it’ can be the most loving act of kindness.
  • How we can offer our love and heartfelt blessings, unattached to the outcome, to situations we can’t personally change.

When in doubt (or overwhelm): How would the Priestess show up in this?
By the way: Practice IS perfect (just in case VIRGO’s notion for perfection and inadequacy tries to block you from doing anything). Sighhhhh (outbreathhhh)!
That’s one the mantras that emerged for me, during the North Node in VIRGO phase. Which goes for my on-going spiritual practice, my Astrology practice, all the technical ‘tricks’ and tools that showed up to be integrated into business, over the last 1 1/2 years.

And you?

  • What are ‘formulas’ and practices you’ve integrated, and that really help you come into alignment with your cosmic Self? 
  • What’s your healthy lifestyle like, and how does it support a fulfilling work and service?

Once VIRGO North Node is ‘established’, i.o.w. the ‘work is in place’, and a healthy practice is integrated, we learned how to work with tools that are helpful, and bring a sense of order and ‘smooth operation’.

Where in your chart and life does the VIR – PI axis show up?
Examples:

  • VIR in your 1st house of Self – PI in your 7th house of encounters with others:
    Be in your integrity temple, and take care of your own well-being – which gives you energy to be compassionate and available for others, and ‘just present’.
    Much preferable to giving energy away, by trying to help everyone but not yourself.
  • VIR in your 7th house – PI in your 1st house:
    Let go of dwelling in passivity and victim mode. Seek the company of people with whom you can do healthy practice, and service in the world – which clears your energy field too.

Looking at the specifics of your chart would be important to see how it all fits for you.

 

And now – the Shift!

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Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card XI – Strength – Photo by Melanie

As the North Node moves from VIRGO to LEO it crosses over the ‘Sphinx Point’ of Self Awareness – an Initiation!

A cosmic, karmic influx of energy (North Node) enters when we apply the tools and practices of awareness (VIR) to the Self (LEO). This is where we are in our Strength.

From the place of Self Awareness (in a ‘regular’ sense: Knowing how we operate, what’s healthy and what works for us, and in a deep way: Who ARE YOU? What is the SELF?) we can flow and roll with life (PI), and be available for Community and Humanity.

 

However, if we lean too much over to passively following others, on the ‘path of least resistance’, and let them ‘run the show’ we loose energy, get drained, and loose touch with the Self.

I can see this tendency happening through the omni-presence of social (AQ) media (PI), when we get too drawn into the world of others, and become the spectator. Addictive (lower vibration of PI – out of the notion to be connected), and unsatisfying.

 

Time to… get a LIFE, be self loving, and creative from the inside-out.
Time to let the Self shine, and dance as if no one or everyone (is there a difference?) watches.

Having learned tools and techniques (VIR), and knowing what works for us, what our sacred work is, and how to be in alignment it’s now play time and show time (LEO)!

 

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Fragrant Discovery… Rose Garden Bounty – Photo by Melanie, June 2016


Be creative, show your colours, be generous, and come from the Heart.
Be seen – and loved for who you are!

LEO’s motto is Live Life Lovingly!

Guess who was born with the AQ – LEO Nodal Axis?

Princess Diana (born July 1, 1961) – who moved many with her genuine humanitarian work (AQ), and needed to step out of her AQ shyness and shine as the ‘Queen of Hearts’. The people – AQ (maybe not so much the Royals) had so much love for her – and love never dies….
Ex-President Barack Obama (born Aug 4, 1961), with LEO MERCURY / SUN / LILITH / URANUS / North Node, and AQ Rising / South Node – definitely a ‘King of Hearts’ with a big charisma, while serving the People (AQ). Maybe not really ‘dethroned’…

 

Speaking of U.S.:
The event this year related to the Nodal Axis in AQ – LEO that stands out most is the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug 21 – with totality over the U.S. – hence declared as ‘Great American Eclipse’ – so American – lots of preparedness and travel info already online for a while.

Since the TSE (and exact New Moon, as the MOON covers the disk of the SUN from Earth perspective) comes with the Lunar North Node it’s a ‘Seed Eclipse’ emphasizing on the beginning of a major new cycle – for the U.S., for Planet Earth, and for all of us, when it comes to Self Awareness, and Service with Love:
Who are we, and what are we doing? How can we do things smarter, and more lovingly? And in a deep way: Who are WE, as Humanity? 
The TSE on Aug 21 is exactly on Trump’s MARS / AC. Can it change his approach of “This is me, and that’s what I’m doing – in macho style” into a higher vibration of LEO / VIR?

How can we outgrow the system (AQ) with LOVE and Strength (LEO)?
How about already invoking your Sphinx Point energies (SUN, if you were born mid – end of Aug, MOON, AC, Planets) for the highest good, in their loving strength?!

 

Serving with Love and Passion, and wishing us all a year of Love in Action!

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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MARS in GEMINI (Apr 21 – June 4) & MERCURY Retro with URANUS in ARIES (Apr 28): Idea Explosion…

22 Apr

So. Here it is.
Bold MARS just entered GEMINI yesterday Fri Apr 21, and is now flying through the ‘lightest’ Zodiac vibration until June 4!
Already met two friends with VENUS in GEMINI yesterday – such dynamic dances of ideas and conversations, and invigorating visit / outing in the Land of Spring – nice initiation for MARS’s journey.

 

Bright Freshness – Photo by Melanie, Apr 21 2017

 

Not only is MARS now in GEMINI, also the GEMINI Ruler MERCURY is now retro, and since Thu back in ARIES, which in turn is ruled by MARS (a double-whammy, a.k.a. ‘mutual reception’) – AND: MERCURY retro in ARIES will trigger URANUS (second of 3 times) on Apr 28: Chances for radical paradigm shifts – it was all in the HEAD – let’s set ourselves FREE! Experimentation, no expectations…

Obviously, this gives the whole atmosphere a MERCURY / MARS and ARIES / GEMINI flavour:
New (AR) ideas, contacts, interests, learning, conversations (GEM).
Stirred up / provoked / stimulated / sharp (MARS) thoughts (MERCURY).
Aggressive / assertive / animated / ego-driven arguments can pop up now too.

 

The Two and the Many – Photo by Melanie, Apr 21, 2017

 

So let’s channel the energy into fresh, bold, youthful curiosity, and the desire to learn!
And physical activity (MARS) like cycling (so GEMINI) – well: Fairies would just fly….
Loved what a friend said this morning: “When you walk or cycle the ‘idea fairies’ can be with you.” So true, new ideas come to me when moving in nature w/o motor involved.

Well, ideas can become explosive now, as MERCURY retro will approach URANUS (Apr 28 and May 9): What would be a radically different way of approaching… (anything)?…

The MARS in GEMINI energy boost is fabulous for all your GEMINI planets, Ascendant, SUN and MOON. Just watch not to get too distracted, and scattered into tooo many directions! 

 

MARS makes several straight-up contacts with other ‘cosmic players’, while in GEM:

Right at the onset of MARS in GEMINI – this Earth Day weekend, MARS in early GEM squares the Nodal Axis, with the Lunar South Node on the PI / AQ cusp, and the North Node on the VIR / LEO cusp:
Rather than getting stressed out over sooo many pulls and interests (sorta ADD), yet incapable of ‘doing it all’ (maybe bi-locating / cloning yourself is the solution?) let’s channel this super-charged energy into diving into community, and being lovingly connected with friends – as ‘we’re all in this together’ – , co-generate good vibrations (PI / AQ), while knowing what works for us, and how we operate best to be creative, and offer our ‘specialty’ (VIR / LEO) – and: express your thoughts and ideas, discuss, ask, TALK! (MARS in GEM / MERCURY retro in AR) – maybe in a way you haven’t ‘dared to’ in a looong time.

Things can move really FAST now – which appears quite magical, just like blossoms in Spring!
Let’s give our thoughts wings, and set our loving intentions FREE!
(wings but no strings attached)

 

Star Magnolia Dance – Photo by Melanie, Apr 21 2017

 

Next up:
MARS will oppose LILITH in SAG on May 3 (which is also the day when MERCURY goes out of retro):
Be true to your inner nature and your path, and let them know (doesn’t have to turn into an argument – watch your tongue). Sooo many avenues. Also a great vibe for explorations and adventures that involve learning and the outdoors (take it easy on traffic, in the MERCURY turnaround ‘storm’).

 

MARS will trine JUPITER retro in LIBRA on May 12.
SO much energy, motivation, and vitality can come from this combo if they combine their gifts – in this case in the AIR element: Learning, relating, communicating – new connections for ‘good matches’ can be made. Dare to ask, and discuss! And: Don’t just be in your head, go out and DO something together! See how that goes and fits!

 

Finally, in the GEM journey, MARS will oppose SATURN retro in SAG (in the Galactic Centre), on May 28.
Be FREE to move in your ways, and chart your course – doesn’t have to be what you ‘should’ do or where you ‘should be’ (drop ‘should’ – that conditioned moral imperative if it’s not congruent with your HEART).
There’s no absolute right, many paths to, and in fact IN Truth and Freedom!

Wishing you a Vibrant, Inspired Flight through Spring, with MARS in GEMINI!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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PLUTO Week, Activated by the CAP MOON: Be at YOUR Best, SoUlar Powered!

18 Apr

Astro*News*Flash Apr 18 / 19

Before we settle into the fertile, joyous, earthy TAURUS seasontomorrow Apr 19, at 2:27 pm PDT the SUN enters TAURUS – , there’s a lot UP today, under the CAP MOON, having passed PLUTO (and what a PLUTO week it is – PLUTO changes direction on Thu Apr 20!) and squaring URANUS / SUN in ARIES.
The to-the-point message is:

* What works best for YOU / how YOU are built??? How can you be at your BEST? What is the best way of working with your resources and time??? To be determined by you alone, soul powered, rather than ‘selling your soul’ / giving your power away.

* Being in our CAP Authority and Power sets us FREE to BE, authentic and self actualized. True to what arises.

 

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Evolvuphant (Kimberly Dean)

 

Hints:
Courage (acting from the HEART) is the KEY!
Love sets us FREE!

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Super-Charged LIBRA – ARIES Full Moon (Apr 10 / 11) – Finding Peace and Power, in a Polarized World

9 Apr

Blossoming Spring Blessings, dear Astro*News Reader!

Nature is bursting open with bounteous Beauty, here in the Pacific North-West!
As we’re reaching the First Full Moon in Spring!
Exact tomorrow Apr 10 at 11:08 pm PDT!

 

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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with OSTARA / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.

The pre-Easter Full Moon celebrates the start of the ‘Solar Half of the Year’, as the days are now longer than the nights in the Northern Hemisphere. The SUN is ‘reborn’.

Did you know? Easter – the only Christian holiday based on the lunar calendar – is celebrated on the Sunday after the first Full Moon in Spring.
The word Easter is related to the Dawn / Spring Goddess Ostara.

Death-Rebirth Energy is so much on at this time, with this Full Moon, squared by stationary PLUTO.
How can we BE the Changeless in the Change? 

 

In the esoteric tradition, this is the first of the three Spiritual Spring Full Moon Festivals:

  • The Festival of the Risen Christ – Easter Full Moon (Apr 10 / 11)
  • The Festival of the Buddha – Wesak Moon (May 10 / 11)
  • The Festival of Humanity (June 9)

 

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Blossom Bounty – photo by Melanie, April 2017

 

Do you feel it?
The upcoming FULL MOON is full-ON super-charged – in the polarization of opposing energies, with Planet Earth, and us Earth Beings in-between two major energy fields (linked to the biggest bodies in the Solar System – JUPITER and the SUN) that express themselves in quite contrasting ways:

  • Beauty, Bounty, Blessings (Full MOON in LIBRA, with JUPITER retro – to be found within!) – Goddess Energy (MOON / JUPITER).
  • Shake-ups, Turbulence, Disruption, Conflict (SUN / URANUS in ARIES, both also close to ERIS – the Asteroid of Discord). The SUN will connect with URANUS directly on Apr. 13.
  • Change must happen, and IS under way (well, it comes often as destruction and rebuilding, death and resurrection), says evolutionary change agent PLUTO in CAP, presently (Apr / May) stationary (since it’ll go retro on Apr 20) AND in sharp T-square to the Full Moon axis. PLUTO is the release point… what does it mean to BE the Change / BE the Phoenix?

Going mental over all that craziness?
MERCURY retro (started today Apr 9 from early TAU, see Mercury retro energy blog post, and tool kit blog post) will re-visit ARIES for an extended time, Apr 20 – May 15, and connect with URANUS there twice, on Apr 28 and May 9. As you see in the Full Moon chart, MERCURY is very close to SUN / URANUS / ERIS, and about to approach them, in reverse gear. What has been stirred up and caused turmoil is also a wake-up call, and awakening kicker.

What may be reflected in a polarized collective and geo-political scene (just check events from last week!) can also show up personally as inner dilemmas, conflicts, and ‘hard choices’ (esp. in areas of life relating to where we are sensitized to the ARIES – LIBRA axis).
Bridging, and, perhaps even more so, Finding Balance is a BIG Deal (JUPITER in LIBRA, activated by the Full MOON).
Naturally, what’s experienced as ‘The Other’ is often a reflection or even a projection (“no, I’m not like that!”). Can we balance and integrate the shadow (PLUTO), just as an acknowledgement, not as a ‘big deal’, and come back to the balancing ‘Still Point’?

 

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Bridge Reflections – Photo by Melanie

 

The ‘old world’ / old consciousness in its patriarchal, hierarchical control-based military / industrial complex manifestation is SO passe and unsustainable (PLUTO in CAP). Yet, it still seems to be in charge – destructively so, which can render us depressed and disempowered.

How do we regain regenerative power?
Or rather : How can we come to the inner power-centre that’s always ‘there’?

 

  • Neither ‘fighting the demons’, nor putting the head in the sand…?
    What’s the ‘Middle Way’ that’s not a compromise but comes from a truly balanced place and powerful core?
    SO many ancient spiritual teachings, traditions, and practices (TAO, Yoga, ZEN, Buddhism…) have already entered the modern world during the PLUTO in SAG years 1995 – 2008. Now it’s time to actually LIVE the spiritual teachings that resonate with our soul. Whichever they may be, none better or more ‘true’ than the other, all taking us to our divine nature and nature-all perfection that isn’t identified with the ego-construct, rather in tune with life… that’d be the direct way in my sense.
    In the meantime:

 

  • Rather than ranting at the destructive Patriarchy (well, yeah, so much anger stirred up, understandably!) are you up for living in the Alchemy of Inner Masculine (SUN in ARIES, ruled by MARS), and Inner Feminine (MOON in LIBRA, ruled by VENUS)?The Full Moon ‘constellation’ highlights the Alchemy!

 

Johfra Bosschart Gemini Phoenix

Mercury Rules Gemini, the Masculine & Feminine Twins of Polarity / Duality. Painting by Johfra Bosschart. Upper detail: The Phoenix

 

  • The GEMINI / MERCURY / PHOENIX image points to MERCURY, the ‘lesser Alchemist’ (while PLUTO represents the Big Magus). MERCURY went retro yesterday, just before the  LI – AR Full Moon., and can also help us access the inner Alchemy of Opposites – so liberating (MERCURY / URANUS connection in the ‘Heart of M-r’)!

 

  • The Lunar North Node, presently on the LEO – VIR ‘Sphinx Point’ (still on the VIR side, ruled also by MERCURY) gives us incentive to be self aware, and aligned with our cosmic Self (PI South Node).
    The ‘karmic’ Nodal Axis will shift backwards in the Zodiac (always ‘retro’) into AQ (South Node) – LEO (North Node) on Apr 29 – themes for another blog post round the TAURUS New Moon on Apr 26. Stay tuned.In accord with VIRGO awareness, it always helps to identify the archetypal ‘players’ first. Awareness leads to freedom from being unconsciously, ‘chaotically’ identified with or absorbed by them, and having a charge around ‘the opposite’. And from there / as that, be in tune and alignment with nature – and our true nature (which is super simple… but not always easy, in the human journey).
    That’s why Astro*News is here, and what I want you to help with, via writing, personal sessions, and in groups.

 

So, let’s take a look at the LIBRA – ARIES Full Moon chart, and glean more messages from it:
The Full Moon will be exact tomorrow Apr 10 at 11:08 pm PDT!

 

LI - AR FM 2017

I penciled the names of some sign cusps in that planets occupy, since cusp energy stands out nowadays!

The Sphinx Point where the North Node is (see above) is a commonly used term among Astrologers, while the others are the terms I use to illustrate the transition energy from each Zodiac sign to the next.

So let’s hear it for the Archetypes, and cuspy vibes:

 

  • North Node on the LEO – VIR Sphinx Point: Awareness Rules. 
    We’ve learned an important set of tools (on all levels) since the NN entered VIR, in Oct 2015, that help with being clear, in alignment and wholeness, rather than drawn into chaos, addiction, overwhelm.
    April is a practice wrap-up time of that cosmic ‘workshop’, as we’ re transitioning into expressing more clearly from our heart-integrity (LEO – VIR).

 

  • SATURN hovers now stationary (just went retro on Apr 6) at the end of SAG, in the ‘Galactic Centre’ which may appear as a ‘dead end’ / ‘black hole’, just before the transition into CAP, the Integrity Point.
    When ‘nothing makes sense’, and the leaders don’t have answers: What’s the Pathless Path…? Not that it ‘gets us somewhere’. Rather an inner guidance without any agenda. A preparation to live even more so from what we know, in our ‘simple’ inner authority, under SATURN in CAP (from Dec 19 on). 

 

  • VENUS retro, now back in late PI, approaches CHIRON, both on the ‘Birthing Point’ a.k.a. Spring Equinox Point. And: After a retro journey since March 4, VENUS will turn direct on April 15. VENUS and CHIRON are close to each other all April.
    In the VENUS retro journey, ‘love wounds’ and old co-dependent relationship patterns on all levels (interpersonal, societal, spiritual – yes, even relationships with the spiritual realm!) are coming back so that we feel them, release, and allow healing to happen.
    From there we can more truly re-connect in what IS, live and attract from LOVE. A Birthing indeed.

 

  • VENUS retro / stationary / CHIRON squares SATURN stationary / retro (throughout April, CHIRON – SATURN exact on Apr 30) – an inward journey… perhaps to discover what never dies, what can’t be wounded or healed. Can you let yourself BE, without the notion to ‘go anywhere’? A teaching that may come in that space isn’t really so much ‘teaching’, rather ‘unlearning’. The Medicine in the Love that IS.

 

  • SUN / URANUS / ERIS and MERCURY retro on the ‘Settling Point’ from AR to TAU.
    Settling? Comfort? Security? So much conflict in the world!
    We gotta look at Asteroid Goddess ERIS of strive and discord. ‘She’s been in ARIES since 1926, and presently at 23:14 AR (check her Ephemeris here), super close to URANUS, and activated by the Full Moon.
    The mind (MERCURY) might wonder… “you gotta be kidding, these times?!”
    When the world is so unsettled and polarized, where is the ground (TAU), in every moment (UR in AR)? We may realize, security is just another concept. The Sabian Symbol for the MERCURY station tells us a bit about that… What a powerful, and definitely ‘retro’ message for the whole M-r phase – bringing the Mind back to SPIRIT / Consciousness (see Mercury retro / Saturn retro blog post). Radical impermanence, and aliveness in what-IS may be the ultimate security in the ‘Ground of all Being’. Acting from that place is more powerful anyway – as the Ancients and Masters know.

 

  • Lastly, stationary PLUTO in CAP (going retro from Apr 20 on, hence April is quite a PLUTO month too), in squaring the Full Moon Axis, is the ‘release point’ – rather than being torn and polarized, fragmented and pulled under, the ‘way out’ is the ‘way IN’: Transformation into Living from the Core!
    Warning (relief): it’s not a destination / outcome (as ‘old CAP’ would like to see it) but a powerful way of Being, to be found step-by-step.

 

Wishing us all a powerful, deeply transformational FULL MOON and Easter Time!

The TAURUS New Moon on April 26 will be a SuperMoon!
You might wonder: Wait a minute, it’s not a Full Moon!
Also New Moons can be SuperMoons – when they are very close to the Earth (called perigee) – the first of 3 SuperNewMoons

Astrologically, a SuperSeed energy… stay tuned for the SuperNewMoon Astro*News.

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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14 Tips – Mercury Retro Surviving – and Thriving! – Tool Kit & Itinerary

8 Apr

Hello Magical, Mer-Curious Friends,
yep, it’s on the horizon – and we have a divine appointment, ‘scheduled’ from tomorrow Sunday Apr 9 at 4:14 pm PDT on (until May 3):

MERCURY is going retrograde, from early TAURUS back to late ARIES, to hang out (or light a few fire crackers) with URANUS….
This one is for Liberation – the last one in Dec / Jan, starting out from PLUTO in CAP, was about Power and Integrity…

Wanna read up more about the themes of MERCURY retro, plus SATURN retro, starting out from the Galactic Centre? To be found in yesterday’s epic blog post.

 

Hermetic Staff of AlchemyHubble Saturn Purple

 

On a practical ‘check list’ note, here are my seasoned and seasonal

 

14 MERCURY RETRO TIPS

for the whole retro phase (exact Apr 9 – May 3), extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until May 12), and if you will, even post-retro shadow phase (until May 21):

 

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 have taken the pre-retro shadow phase since end of March as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, since 04 / 04.

 

2) Be mindful and centred.

There is a tendency for the mind to be distracted, and all over the place, to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, but also let go of your attachments (TAURUS), and the need to be in control. Practice being fully present in RE-al time, with every person you communicate with, and in any situation and function. Don’t loose sight of what’s most significant, truly valuable (TAURUS), and a priority, in the face of the apparently urgent ‘little’ things which can easily be an accumulation of distractions. Watch how you might actually find pseudo comfort in distractions – to avoid…? what? Slooowing down, and being calm and centred a la TAURUS helps!

 

3) Go with the inwards / backwards oriented energy.

A good way of aligning with the M-r quality is meditation and mindfulness. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) under M-r in early TAU is to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, and with loose ends, to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time – last one was in Dec / Jan, RE-member?

 

4) RE- everything!

Every M-r phase is a great time to attune and invite basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like:

RE-visit, RE-address, RE-align, REad, RE-treat, RE-pair, RE-boot, RE-group, RE-consider, RE-arrange, RE-place, RE-purpose, RE-connect with friends, and people whom you have ‘unfinished business with’ (which is not necessarily a ‘bad thing’!), … makes sense, eh?

Business wise, it IS a good period to back up your important files. Better safe / secure than sorry. Who knows what you find among your file ‘gatherings’? It could lead to a new creative project…

RE-connecting with ‘contacts from the past’ comes up a lot (likely in the area of life related to TAU in your chart)… maybe something you could cultivate together?

Also, of course, esp. with the TAU flavour, an excellent RE-minder to treat yourself to a RE-treat, take time out and enjoy life, with all your senses – so RE-generative!

Another RE-ason for pointing out all these RE-activities: During MERCURY retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up / it comes up like a mirror.

The themes that like to come up for RE-view, with TAU / AR: Our self-value, feeling comfortable in our skin and on Planet Earth, habits, business, money (as a reflection of value – what we consider valuable, how we offer from value).

 

Mercury Retro

Hermes / Mercury , with winged helmet, sandals, and Caduceus / serpent staff of the healer (“Like heals Like”)

 

5) Talk about what REally matters.

Come from a compassionate place. So often what people say very often comes from a need to be heard in their story and wound, even if that might be overcompensated by the ego. Rather than judging or resisting them when they get you ‘out of your comfort zone’ meet them from the heart, the warm human heart, and the spiritual heart that’s not attached at all. Take time for what’s important.

 

6) Taking time for a direct, authentic, and lively dialogue…

…can open up opportunities to co-create, and support one another in an alienating society, and touch on other more important subjects that e-correspond-dance just wouldn’t allow for. When a conversation takes a different direction than the ‘planned’ and anticipated purpose it can lead to an even more important outcome. Trust the process – since, RE-ally, it’s all a process, and the NOW is always a process anyway.

 

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

Phone or skype rather than emailing / messaging / phone tagging, meet them in person rather than phone, to make sure an actual dialogue happens. Look them in the eyes and feel out their presence, rather than just engaging in a factual monologue, via email / messaging, with the assumption you know what they think, or that they know what you think AND feel. Do they? Do you, really?

Be wise, and trust simple insight, consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message and energy comes across – and a bigger chance to actually reach them. But also, keep in mind and heart that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be distracted, scattered, and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”. Or it might actually be a monologue when you write to someone: Are you just thinking out loud as you “communicate’, or are you actually addressing them?

Which brings us to…

 

8) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, see the situation with less TAUREAN attachment and ego desires (“what’s in for me?”), drop your defenses, respond with genuine interest, and be a RE-source of service and guidance (if RE-quested)!

 

9) Be clear and precise with commitments, if you HAVE to (do you really?) sign an agreement now that can’t wait.

Patience is a TAURUS virtue, by the way…
For your own interest, and maybe to maintain your good terms with the other person, double check whether you have been understood correctly what the implications and consequences of your agreement are, especially value / money wise (TAU), and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to the other person. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (which is often only after MERCURY retro is over!). Especially related to where early TAU / late AR is in your chart (e.g. 7th house: relationships, 4th house: home / family).

 

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

When we act more intuitively, and are RE-leased from the ordinary conditioned mind we let synchronistic guidance in, and allow the spontaneous intervention of the Universe to show us our interconnectedness, and the Multi-verse sing and synch :-). With the TAU energy, let’s RE-member to tune into Nature and into the messages of our body, and come back to our senses.

 

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

People might come back into your life whom you are connected to, but for some RE-ason have lost touch with. Time to RE-visit RE-sidual communication that’s not complete, or wasn’t possible for a while. Chances are good that you RE-connect with people from realms related to TAU in your chart (e.g. 7th house: significant others, 9th house: foreign countries, studies…).

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, rather than getting stuck in an old mind-set (TAU), can you be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), creative and inventive?

Think “shift happens”, don’t judge or blame yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’, and making ‘mistakes’, and turn the paradigm around: What could be the opportunity and funny side in this mishap? Comic / cosmic relief is one of the M-r gifts (that gets even TAU going…) RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that subconsciously, you might have arranged a wild alternative (MERCURY / URANUS) to the original ‘plan A’ which shakes things up, and – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun and playful than what the habitual mind set could have come up with? 🙂

 

13) Enjoy those hilarious, unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind.

And they are guaranteed to happen, prob. already! Be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your MERCURY retro friends.

 

14) 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 MERCURY Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  • how you can best benefit from, and work WITH the energy,

 

…feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer.

 

RE-posting (since such RE-s are a good thing…), from the previous post:

* ITINERARY  for the  MERCURY RETRO Phase Apr / May 2017

 


Apr 4:
MERCURY in early TAU entered the stationary ‘storm’.
Stormy, ingenuous, or wrapped up in mental attachments, and chased by the Inner Minotaur, while attempting to walk the BIG Maze? Or fun and funky premonitions?

Time to take a break, and be open for a fresh approach.

Apr 9:
MERCURY in early TAU will turn retro, from Earth perspective.
Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with Self Awareness. And: What does our Body tell us…?

Mid April – Mid May:
MERCURY – URANUS phase
(exact Apr 28, and May 9!)

A liberated mind! Leading from the Heart, and from Innocence. RE-Birth Time!

Apr 19:
Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the 1° TAURUS SUN (just 8 hrs after the SUN enters TAU!)

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

Apr 20:
MERCURY retro re-enters ARIES
(until May 15!), to re-connect with URANUS on Apr 28, and May 9!

What a liberating and RE-newing phase. Time to be RE-invented!

May 3:
MERCURY will go direct again, close to URANUS.
We learned a big deal about the ‘operations’ of the mind – to be RE-vealed until then. And can be so much freer.

May 12 (2 days after the Wesak Moon on May 10):
MERCURY will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.
Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe it’s deeply changed.

May 22:
MERCURY will leave the post-retro shadow.
Green light for moving forward in negotiations and interactions, led by the Heart and Consciousness.

 

Take time, this first MERCURY retro week, under the Full / waning MOON:

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check your ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘RE-sources’ and inventive ideas that could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.
  • Spring Cleaning and retro-fitting time 🙂


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

Hope to SEE you again soon, in real life, or online – it’s all about REconnecting (as directly as possible)!

 

© 2017 by Mercur-elanie

 

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MERCURY retro (Apr 9 – May 3) in TAU – AR, and SATURN retro (Apr 6 – Aug 25) in the Galactic Centre :: Embracing the Void

7 Apr

Welcome to the ‘Special Issue’ MERCURY RETRO AstroNews!

Have you been going a bit (or very much) mental, these days and weeks?
Welcome to the club!
Welcome to Humanity – under the influence of the present Astro~Sphere!

Have you noticed a shift in your mind since last week, towards slowing down, and a call for more groundedness?

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’.

Mercury winged feet

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 perhaps attached if not stubborn mind (TAU shadow). It wants you to be FREE from ‘the known’, and FREE for…???
MERCURY is about to go RETRO on Sunday Apr 9  at 4:14 pm PDT, at the beginning of TAURUS (4°50′)!

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 early TAURUS zodiac zone has a CAP undertone…INTEGRITY and VALUES are important here.
This Spring MERCURY retro phase, close to the Liberator URANUS in ARIES, is in sharp contrast to the one with PLUTO in CAP, in Dec / Jan which was a lot about Power. What sets you FREE??!

 

The time from end of March until mid May is under the influence of MERCURY retro (you probably already noticed 🙂 ):

The pre-retro stationary ‘storm’ has been on since MERCURY significantly slowed down its speed = since Apr 4).
The technical retro phase starts on Apr 9, and goes to May 3. After Mercury will be direct again,  there will be another post-retro ‘storm’ until May 12.

 

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

What you find in this ‘Special Issue’ (the full ‘menu’ that-is):

* MERCURY Retro in TAU / AR (with URANUS) and SATURN Retro in the Galactic Centre:
Freedom from the Known!

* Embodied Astrology – in TAURUS

* MERCURY Retro and the Mental Maze / Labyrinth

* ‘Le Chart’ of MERCURY Retro Turnaround

* Sabian Symbol of the M-r Degree: 5° TAU

* REsource, re: Mind, Consciousness, Spirit  

* Itinerary for the MERCURY Retro Phase

 

# 1 for Starters:

Here’s the super short gist of this Special MERCURY RETRO issue – in case you’re too busy to read it all right now:

The winged messenger MERCURY will technically / ‘officially’ turn retro – from Earth perspective…. in early TAU from Sunday Apr 9 on!

Time to sloooow the busy mind down, and enjoy the magical, synchronistic ways of how nature and life speak to us – when we really look and listen, take it in with all our senses, learn, and flexibly adapt and flow.

“RE-tour a la Nature” is a sweet and simple theme of M-r in EARTH signs. EARTH is the strongest Element at the onset of M-r, with all 3 EARTH signs ‘occupied’. So let’s…

  • RE-evaluate Value,  what gives Security and Groundedness (rather than chasing the money, even in over-compensation for not feeling valuable), go slow, smell the blossoms, and enjoy Life-in-Spring: TAURUS, with M-r and MARS.
  • RE-align and discern what’s in integrity, in our ‘Temple’ of Wellness and Sacred Work (rather than just being the busy bee, and finding fault in self and others) – North Node for the last month (until Apr 29) in VIRGO – ruled by MERCURY, and
  • RE-establish inner priorities (rather than blindly going after status and control, or feeling controlled by external forces) – PLUTO in CAP, also stationary in Apr, going retro on Apr 20.

 

# 2: If you’d like to savour the Full MERCURY Retro Astro~News Menu… (well, a TAU foodie thing), and hear more about SATURN Retro (the ‘Lord of the Ring’ also turned around this week).

– Voila! Dished up from here on:

  • Pretty ‘Stormy’ these days – even weather wise, here in Victoria, and the wind is already blowing down some of the ‘pink snow’ (of the Cherry blossoms – hurry up to get a last whiff?!)
  • Simultaneously, 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!
  • MERCURY has been close to URANUS in AR end of March. This alignment will show up again end of Apr / early May. From unpredictability, surprises, shocks, trauma to a truly liberated Spirit.
  • The mind (MERCURY) has gotten wayyy ahead of SPIRIT and Consciousness (the SUN), and needs to be ‘lassoed in’, to follow as a tool, rather than taking the lead. This is the main function of M-r.

Three days ago, on 04 / 04 we entered the ‘hot zone’ of pre- M-r, as MERCURY went into ‘stationary storm’ which means, it’s moving now super slowly, shifting down gears, to go into reverse (from Earth perspective of course), from Sunday Apr 9 on, for 3 weeks (until May 3).
The Full Moon on Apr 10 gives the M-r onset a ‘super charge’ (since with a Full Moon all the other Astro themes are highlighted).
So: M-r on steroids? Actually NO, that’s not how I’d put it, since the job of M-r is actually to get us OFF the mental steroid mode.
Read on, to find out more about this perhaps unorthodox, less dramatic, more conscious and FUN way of RE-habilitating M-r (well, being conscious often also leads to breaking out in laughter – ZEN style).

So what’s the gig this time with M-r, you may wonder?

 

* MERCURY Retro in TAU / AR (with URANUS), and SATURN Retro in the Galactic Centre:
Freedom from the Known! 

Astrologically, MERCURY is making a loop from  ARIES – with URANUS (end of March) over to  TAURUS (March 31 – Apr 20), then back to ARIES, for playing again and longer with URANUS end of Apr to mid-May, to forward into TAURUS (May 15 – June 6).
In this season’s loop, MERCURY ‘dances’ around the AR – TAU ‘Settling Point’ of the Zodiac. Finding our ground – perhaps starting out being unsettled – being liberated – finding higher ground.
The AR – TAU connection also has to do with the human Desire Nature: “I’m going after what I want”.

  • We’re invited to check out the validity of desires, and in what ways they are a mental trip & trap.
  • How do we get attached to wanting things, wanting people to behave, or life to unfold in a certain way?
  • What has true value to us?
  • Is it possible to be attachment-FREE, and live less mentally, more magically?

A wild MERCURY – URANUS combo got the ball rolling recently (exact for the first time on March 26, activated by the ARIES New Moon on March 27 – the combo will be on again. for a longer phase, end of April  to mid May)!

Shake-up news, wake-up calls, new ideas popping up constantly, cameo appearance meetings new interesting people, and breakthrough conversations anybody?
All of these ‘symptoms’ are of the same MERCURY – URANUS Archetype combo! In that space, one never knows what comes next (definitely things don’t unfold according to plan or desire – which might be of a too dense vibration anyway). Does that make you anxious – or is it positively thrilling?! Nothing can be taken for granted, and things can change in the blink of an eye – which is also a hugely creative space.

Liberating ‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus at the Rockefeller Centre NYC, surrounded by the Zodiac belt..

Did you know? URANUS is the ‘transpersonal version’ and ‘higher octave’ of MERCURY! The Awake and Universal Mind… And: The creative principle, the spark of life.

  • Where does ‘Life’ come from?
  • What makes Life show up spontaneously, manifesting blossoms in Spring, and our precious human, animal, and plant life?
  • How do all our organs and functions ‘know’ exactly what to do?
  • And other ‘out of the box’ questions…

 

Blue Spectral Storm Seal

Which reminds me also – we are in the Blue Spectral Storm year of the Mayan Calendar (July 26, 2016 – July 24, 2017) – which, according to an article by Stephanie South, on the Foundation of the Law of Time site “also begins a much larger cycle: a cycle of 2756-years or fifty-three, 52-year cycles also known as Sirian wheels. This first Sirian wheel is from 2016-2068, establishing the first galactic era of Timeship Earth. This year offers us the potential to make a quantum leap of our physical body consciousness into states of super and continuing consciousness. But to do so we are required to continue releasing the layers and lifetimes of old identities, habits and belief systems.”

 

The latter – releasing, and being done with old karmic ‘stories’ and beliefs (what we think we know) – is what SATURN in SAG ‘coaches’ us about. SATURN is also big this week and month, since it also just went retro – yesterday Apr 6, until Aug 25!
An excellent ‘karma wrap-up’ phase, and for being less ruled by limitations and fear.
Via intro-spection (literally: retro in SAG, which rules vision, and seeing), we can see more clearly what the inner obstacles are, which helps us complete our ‘contracts’ with the old conditioning that creates karmic ‘feedback loops’.

I hear you say: “This can be a looong process.” But hey, that’s another ‘story’ too which doesn’t have to be always and nowadays true – everything accelerates, and what used to take years can be a matter of months or weeks now. URANUS in ARIES…!

With the lighter, freer, faster vibration of MERCURY / URANUS, rather than ‘going crazy’,  we can tap into the genius and spontaneity of LIFE itself – and tap into our inner genius along the way. These are the times of miracles and wonder… showing up as synchronicities,  magical connections, or ‘deja vus’ out of the blue.
Had quite a few this week – when in ‘non-resistance’ super fluid high vibration – love and excitement.

Maybe you experience the whole spectrum of acceleration, unpredictability, shocks, surprises, and miracles, in the Journey?
Maybe depending on which story you are telling yourself and others, and which lens you are looking through? Cause and effect… says ‘Lord of Karma’ SATURN in SAG.

Voyager Tarot card VII – Chariot, Law of Movement.

This stationary SATURN time can make us acutely aware of our ‘fears of flying’, yet also keeps us grounded for a purpose.
What is ‘right action’, where and HOW to move in integrity, and come from the Heart (which is beyond right or wrong) seems acutely ‘in our face’ now. SATURN has been stationary in March, in the ‘Galactic Centre’ end of SAG – where we’re dealing with the Ultimate Unknown, and Unknowable. When we get out of our own way (not to say: we’re doing nothing, rather: we’re being in the flow of ‘The Tao’ / ‘The Way’), and realize our resistance IS the obstacle we allow the Universe to be the ‘Charioteer’, so-to-say, and show us ‘The Vehicle’.

 

What’s MERCURY retro got to do with this?
The early TAURUS energy where MERCURY ‘sits’ now ‘stationary’ may feel like stalling, super slow and stuck, literally ‘sitting on something’ / ‘with something’, or, in ZaZen mode: just sitting, while SATURN stationary in the ‘Galactic Centre’ also seems to tell us to ‘go nowhere’ – into the VOID.
Can we embrace the VOID?

 

After taking a little cat nap break, on this stormy day, I randomly opened a beautiful book a friend gave me a while back: In Love with the Mystery by Canadian ‘Renaissance artist’ Ann Mortifee – and found a vignette that’s so apropos SATURN stationary in the Galactic Centre:

“The mind clings to what it has learned. It insists that we must first understand something before we can trust enough to move forward. We must be willing to let go. We must be willing to take with us only what serves the next step. Understanding is only a momentary rung on a ladder. We step from one rung to the other until finally we leave the ladder behind. In this way, we arrive one day at the place of Wisdom.”

Maybe in a certain life situation you seem to be going nowhere (from the ego perspective), except in circles in your mind, or even spiraling into a ‘black hole’ – frustrating, depressing…
Can you be with the Unknown, and even relax in its dark spaciousness? No need to know now. See what arises. The direction and guidance will reveal itself, from within, and in unexpected ways.
And with MERCURY RETRO, the information we have now, at the onset of its journey, changes, and thing look differently over the course of M-r.
RE-lax, RE-ceive, and RE-treat the busy mind, in its desire to know.

I love M-r, as a time of Magic and Miracles (not to be expected,of course, that would be an oxymoron) – great to be open and available, and see the world with fresh eyes, rather than filtered through the old lens.
MERCURY – URANUS (this ‘wild card encounter’ is RE-visited end of Apr / early May) REminds us to Live NOW & Wake UP! What an actutely-creative space this is!

  • Are you a bit nervous and stressed-out, just to think about – another Mercury retro!?
  • Is your mind driving the bus, and driving you and others crazy?
  • Has your mind, and have your ‘plans’ been on zigzag course lately?
  • Do you just wanna be FREE from all that… BS?
  • Have you gone like: whoaaa! Paradigm shifts, surprise news, shockers, in your world recently?
  • Are you experiencing liberating, awakening breakthroughs?

Yep, all of the above (incl. going crazy over Mercury retro!) ARE MERCURY pre-retro / URANUS symptoms.

Let’s RE-lax, just for now. Don’t worry, we’re all in one boat – and hey? What boat? What’s ‘real’? It’s all ‘just’ phenomenal, and actually un-real. Might sound far-out but modern quantum science confirms nowadays what spirituality always ‘knew’.
MERCURY RETRO starts from early TAURUS which rules our sense experiences of physical phenomena. TAURUS has the notion to grasp and assimilate what’s tangible, and cultivate something permanent, valuable, and pleasing to the senses.

What IS RE-liable, solid, tangible, constant, MERCURY in TAU might ask? – before going retro (on Apr 9), inviting us to dig deeper, and bring forth de-lightful and enlightening insights from the journey (MERCURY / SUN / URANUS) that we’re about to embark on.

Lots of impulses and ‘moving parts’ – Things change a lot (mirrored by lots of cardinal and mutable energy),  in the astrological weather patterns.

Can you be ok with that, and embrace what appears in the mind, esp. “what you want”, as impermanent? Good ol’ Buddhist teaching… and the Sabian Symbol of M-r will tell us more about this theme too…

 

Some random tips for the M-r zone:

  • Sloooowing down, tuning into the Body and its messages.
  • Maybe we need to take ourselves to magical places on Mother-Earth in Spring.
  • MERCURY the magician-healer offers tools that transform, re-align, help, and heal. What are the messages?
  • Let’s be open to guidance and help, from ‘winged messengers’ incl. the angelic realm.
  • Let’s BE magical, and open for the unknown and unknowable.
  • Buying less, RE-purposing more.

Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of the Body (TAU). They might take us inward at first, esp. in the first half of the M-r phase (until Apr 19), to help us come to our senses.

 

* EMBODIED ASTROLOGY – in TAURUS

Speaking of Messages of the Body, Alignment, and Embodiment:
Mark your calendar for the next Living Breathing Birth Chart – Embodied Astrology – in TAURUS (at and with TAUREANS!)
On Sunday Apr 30, from 1:30 pm on.

Our ‘Astro*Embodiment Grove’ in the Park – well, this time we’ll be in a private TAUREAN Home!

* Experience your chart directly through the TAUREAN Body (rather than via the MERCURIAL Mind).

* Let the Planetary 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.
 

The Facebook event is on my AstroPage.

We have space for a few more Embodyers!
Newcomers most welcome!

 

* MERCURY Retro and the Mind Maze / Labyrinth 

Labyrinth (Seven Circle Classical L.) by Helen Rowlands

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.
Uhh. and I was also RE-minded of the ‘Food Forest Labyrinth’ (SO M-r in TAU) that my friends from Edible Landscapes Design – offer awesome!

Check out this Labyrinth article, with TAUREAN Minotaur and all!

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’?

I’m sure more RE-storing, RE-generative qualities will come up with the M-r. And exciting new insights too.

 

Mercury Butchard Gardens

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 and attach to the mind’s analyses, 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 in its own net, and far from free (the incentive of MERCURY – URANUS).

Thinking itself is not the problem, and we can’t and don’t need to make our mind ‘shut up’. The issue is rather getting wrapped up with and stuck in our thoughts a la TAURUS.

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).

 


* ‘Le Chart’ of MERCURY Retro Turnaround

I got mer-curious to set up the chart of MERCURY going retro, and also to look at the Sabian Symbol – both very RE-vealing….

Here’s the chart!

 

  • Check out the concentration of MERCURY retro – URANUS / SUN, on the AR – TAU ‘Settling Point’ (not so settled, with SUN / URANUS (they’ll be aligned on Apr 13! – wake-up calls? Awakening from the habitual mind?
  • SATURN is also freshly retro,
  • PLUTO will go retro on Apr 20,
  • VENUS is still retro until Apr 15, soo close to CHIRON – Healing old ‘Love Wounds’ through connectedness that’s unconditional and always available…

And the Lunar Nodes will soon (Apr 29) shift from VIR – PI in the last 1 1/2 years to LEO – AQ. The North Node is presently (Apr / May) on the ‘Sphinx Point’ Self Awareness Rules! And Mercury Retro loves that too!

 

Bottom line:  

  • Let’s BE aware and MIND-ful, recognize when we are rather mind – full, and what it takes to 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 will turn retro at 4°50′ TAURUS.
 

TAURUS 5°:
A WIDOW AT AN OPEN GRAVE.

Keynote: The impermanence of all material and social bonds.

“All natural compounds decay,” said the Buddha. The most beautiful and most enjoyed substance loses its potential energy through continuous actualization and the principle of integration and form is withdrawn, leaving the Void — “the open grave” that ends all attachments. The Void is the great challenge: What next? One must begin anew, and if possible at a “higher,” i.e. more inclusive and universal, less egocentric, level.

This fifth conclusive stage of the sequence which deals with root elements and basic actions and responses may seem negative, yet it opens the door to self-renewal. Beyond the personal attachment rises the possibility of participating in a larger sphere of existence. This possibility rarely manifests itself except as one is ready to DISCARD THE PAST.

 

What a powerful, and definitely ‘retro’ message for the whole M-r phase – bringing the Mind back to SPIRIT / Consciousness. And it’s already a pre-cursor message for the Wesak Moon of the Buddha (this year May 10, when MERCURY will be still in post-retro ‘storm’).

Embracing the VOID…

 

On that note:

* RE-SOURCE, re: Mind, Consciousness, Spirit

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

 

* Itinerary for the  MERCURY Retro Phase Apr / May 2017

 

Butterfly Baby, Photo by Anne Geddess


Apr 4:
MERCURY in early TAU entered the stationary ‘storm’.
Stormy, ingenuous, or wrapped up in mental attachments, and chased by the Inner Minotaur, while attempting to walk the BIG Maze? Or fun and funky premonitions?

Time to take a break, and be open for a fresh approach.

Apr 9:
MERCURY in early TAU will turn retro, from Earth perspective.
Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with Self Awareness. And: What does our Body tell us…?

Mid April – Mid May:
MERCURY – URANUS phase
(exact Apr 28, and May 9!)

A liberated mind! Leading from the Heart, and from Innocence. RE-Birth Time!

Apr 19:
Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the 1° TAURUS SUN (just 8 hrs after the SUN enters TAU!)

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

Apr 20:
MERCURY retro re-enters ARIES
(until May 15!), to re-connect with URANUS on Apr 28, and May 9!

What a liberating and RE-newing phase. Time to be RE-invented!

May 3:
MERCURY will go direct again, close to URANUS.
We learned a big deal about the ‘operations’ of the mind – to be RE-vealed until then. And can be so much freer.

May 12 (2 days after the Wesak Moon on May 10):
MERCURY will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.
Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe it’s deeply changed.

May 22:
MERCURY will leave the post-retro shadow.
Green light for moving forward in negotiations and interactions, led by the Heart and Consciousness.

 

Take time, this first MERCURY retro week, under the Full / waning MOON:

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check your ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘RE-sources’ and inventive ideas that could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.
  • Spring Cleaning and retro-fitting time 🙂

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

Hope to SEE you again soon, in real life, or online – it’s all about REconnecting (as directly as possible)!

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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