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Summer SoUlstice 2019! Height of the Light, Sacred Stand-Still and Turning Point

22 Jun

Happy SUMMER SOLSTICE on June 21 – Height of the Light!

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha / SUMMER SOLSTICE, Lughnassadh / Lammas, Mabon, Samhain

We’re celebrating the longest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere!
One of the four sacred turning points of the year:
Summer and Winter Solstice, and Spring and Fall Equinox.

Summer Solstice is in Pagan Tradition called LITHA.
In this beautifully compiled UK originated page The Goddess and the Green Man you can find a plethora of traditions, ceremonies, and recipes for ‘Midsummer’ (as it’s also called, even though Summer only begins!).

Sol-Stice means literally ‘Standstill of the Sun’.

Apparently, from the perspective of the Northern Hemisphere, the SUN has reached its maximum range of the Ecliptic, and is now overhead the Tropic of CANCER, ‘producing’ the longest day time hours, before ‘receding’.

If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, the ‘arc’ of the SUN is the smallest and lowest now, reaching Winter Solstice. Your Summer Solstice is when, through the Earth tilt, the Sun is overhead the Tropic of Capricorn – longest days for you guys and gals, of course.
Happy WINTER SOLSTICE, dear Reader in Australia and South Africa, and the whole Southern Hemisphere of Mama Gaia!

Back to our Northern sphere:
As you can see in this daylight table we’re actually 2 full weeks in Solstice mode: 16 hrs and 06 – 07 min of day time, this whole WEEK in the Northern Hemisphere (with the example of Victoria BC), culminating on June 21, with 16 hrs and 06 min. and 43 sec., the absolute maximum of the year.
June 21 is 7 hours and 48 minutes longer than the Winter Solstice (Dec 21)!
And from next week on, the day time will recede very slowwwly – yet, it’s SUMMER!



* Happy CANCER Season:
Nurturing What We Care About.


Johfra Bosschart: The MOON Rules CANCER

Since the SUN crossed the Summer Solstice Point yesterday we’re in the CANCER Season of the year (this year until July 22).
The first WATER sign of the Zodiac introduces the world of Feeling, Caring, Nurturing, and Belonging – ahhh!
This is the energy related to the Mother theme.
The MOON is ‘at home’
 and most natural in CANCER which brings out our early, primal memories, our need to be safe and cared for, our instincts to protect life, and to nurture what and whom we care about – our ‘loved ones’ (2-legged or 4-legged), and extending to all beings and life forms.

With CANCER being so closely linked with the MOON you probably want to know when the first SUMMER New Moon and Full Moon will be:
The CANCER New Moon on July 2 will be a Total Solar ‘Seed’ Eclipse(!), visible from South America.
The CAP – CANCER Full Moon on July 16 / 17 will be a Partial Lunar ‘Release’ Eclipse, visible from South America, Africa, Eurasia, and Oceania.

So yes, CANCER time is Eclipse season, just as CAPRICORN is these years, 2019 / 20 since the Lunar Nodes are now in CAP (South Node) / CAN (North Node).
Check out the blog post for this energy dynamic.

Time to plant new seeds of Love, Care, Compassion, Nurturing, and Belonging.

Stay tuned for the  Astro~News blog, with cosmic offerings for attunement and celebration!




Chartres Labyrinth

This Summer Solstice is a Turnaround Time, in many ways.

Yes, the SUN moved into CANCER and follows MERCURY (already there since June 4).
The the conscious, vital (SUN) and also mental (MERCURY) energies are turning inwards-backwards, towards themes of origin, home, belonging, how we nurture and what nurtures the soul – as families and tribes gather at this warming season…

Some of our Planetary SoUlar System ‘Family Members’ (getting used to CANCER language here… 🙂 ) reflect the ‘standstill’ / turnaround / inward-turning energy this month too.
Here they are, in order of closeness to our Earthly Home:


  • MERCURY is technically still (yes, you know what’s coming…) direct / forward moving, yet travelling in CANCER (June 4 – 26) which by nature turns mental energy inward-backward:
    Memories, dreams, reflections, and thinking / talking about themes we care about, and what offers safety and compassion. Also an ebb-and-flow / back-and-forth / sideways ‘crab walk’ energy for the mind – which can be very creative, and feeling infused.
    When in LEO (from June 26 on), MERCURY will start to slow down, for (you guessed it, indeed!) another MERCURY retro phase, from July 7 – 31, in early LEO to late CANCER.
    Themes will be to find our way from the ego to the Heart, to Love and healthy Self Love, in communication
    (starting with how we talk to ourselves).
    MERCURY will be again in CANCER from July 19 – Aug 11.

    July and Aug will be therefore also ‘turnaround months’ for MERCURY.
    More to come about MERCURY retro in LEO / CANCER, in a separate blog post – stay tuned!


  • VENUS will enter CANCER on July 3 (until July 27) – right after the CANCER New Moon / Total Solar Eclipse!
    We’re attracted to people, places, activities that make us feel warm and fuzzy, give us a sense of emotional rapport and belonging. And we just looove to nurture (esp in the area of life related to where CANCER is in our charts).
    Feeling it coming?
    Stay tuned for a blog post to come.


  • MARS is now in CANCER too – almost at the end of its Homeward Bound-Unbound move = only until July 1.
    It hasn’t been an easy time when it comes to straight-forward action / assertion, or even with energy levels
    (forget consistency) with MARS in CANCER, culminating in a crescendo this week (June 18 / 19) when MERCURY met MARS and both opposed MOON / PLUTO in CAP.

    Tooo much talk about how everyone feels? Not enough productive action to get the job done?
    Hope you could channel the energy into a balance between compassion, care, and connection and focus on priorities and power-within.
    Find more about my take on the MARS in CANCER phase in this blog post.


  • JUPITER this year happily in SAG, and on retro course since April 10, will go direct again on Aug 11. Which means it will be stationary (moving super slowly in the ‘U-turn’ from backwards to forward) end July to end of Aug, to help us expand and deepen our awareness of inner / unconditional spaciousness, happiness, gifts and gratitude.


  • URANUS freshly in TAU is slowing down too, to go retro on Aug 12, and will be in apparent stationary ‘stand-still’ between 6 – 7° TAU, end-of-July to end of Aug. A Wake-up call for us Earthlings, starting from within.
    Time to listen to our body’s call for Freedom from attachments, from the Known, for the New, and simply for EmBodying Freedom!

    More about URANUS into TAU (2019 – 2026) in this blog post.


  • CHIRON freshly in ARIES is slowing down too, to go retro on July 8 – until Dec 12, and is now (end of June to mid July) also in turnaround / stationary mode, offering us the Medicine of Healing old / early wounds, and being authentic and present in the Self and in the Now – and in its retro phase even more so: to find it from within.
    Here’s also a blog post for CHIRON in ARIES (2019 – 2027).


  • NEPTUNE in mid-PISCES went retro just yesterday, June 21, and is stationary until mid-July too, tuning us into Inner All-Connectedness (beyond co-dependency).
    Find out more about this oceanic infusion in the blog post for NEPTUNE now retro in PISCES.


In other words, all these Planets are in the process of changing direction, from direct to retro (MERCURY, CHIRON, URANUS, and NEPTUNE), or from retro to direct (JUPITER).

All these stationary / retro Planets end of June / in July are focal points, and their archetypal energy naturally spirals inward / backward – soulward.

CHIRON, URANUS, and NEPTUNE help us find those archetypal experiences of healing / medicine journey, liberation, and transcendence rather inward, and also to ‘revisit’ and re-connect with places we’ve been before in those experiences, and to let go of and release attachments to shadow ‘hooks’ into the inner old.

Plus, SATURN and PLUTO have been retro for a few months now, and support inward / backward processes:

SATURN, now retro, and in Sept stationary in mid CAP calls us to complete old limiting conditioning, and commit to the Inner Assignment, do the Inner Work, and find Inner Authority and the Inner Elder who will then naturally as a reflection of the inner be established and recognized in the outer world.

And PLUTO in CAP, also retro until early Oct, supports Inner Evolution and Transformation to find the ultimate resource – Soul / Higher Power – and be directed from within – which fuels the collective Evolution of the structures on Planet Earth.

In the present / upcoming turnaround course, we’re called go backwards / inwards, for REsolve and RElease, esp. when it comes to old low and unconscious perhaps karmically ‘inherited’ vibrations of…

MERCURY in LEO / CANCER: Old mental patterns that revolve around oneself, perhaps in narcissistic ways based on certain needs not being met – can we fulfill those without drama (an overcompensation with the purpose to be seen and loved – yet it often is counter-productive and people turn away)?
I bet it has to do with loving and caring for ourselves and esp. the Inner Child…

SATURN in CAP: Old REpetitive patterns, karma, and blocks and obstacles, through being stuck in judgment, limiting beliefs, old stories, pain – all ‘excess luggage’ that prevents us from moving forward with trust and from the heart.

CHIRON in AR: Old stressful survival mode wounds that turn into our ‘shamanic scars’.

URANUS in TAU: Old attachments that prevent our true freedom.

NEPTUNE in PI: Old overwhelm, confusion, delusions, addictions, ways of ‘checking out’ and giving up.

PLUTO in CAP: Old powers that oppress and abuse.


…and find through the release from the ‘inside’ more conscious vibrations of:

MERCURY in CANCER / LEO: Expressing ourselves lovingly, passionately, creatively, and heart-fully.

SATURN in CAP: Standing in our Authority, and working with our Best.

CHIRON in ARThe ‘wound’ carries the Medicine. Healing early Wounds and finding healing by making bold first steps is the way forward.

URANUS in TAU: Embodying Freedom.

NEPTUNE in PIDropping into Unity Consciousness, in the Unified Field.

PLUTO in CAP: Empowered by and for Evolution.


Would you like to tune into the astrological transits of the Summer, in your own chart and life?
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An Astro birthday session is a great self-gifting that many clients treat themselves to. 

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger


Wishing us all a Happy SUMMER 2019!




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Winter SoUlstice Full Moon (Dec 22, 2018) in CANCER – CAP: Home is where the Heart of Hearts is…

21 Dec

Happy Winter SoUlstice Full Moon,

dear Reader in the Astro~News Tribe!

What a rare occurrence this year, as only 17 hrs after Winter Solstice, LUNA shows her fullness just after entering her Cancerian home abode. 
The Winter Solstice SUN is met by the Summer Solstice MOON!


At this WINTER SOLSTICE Day, the waxing MOON is still in GEM, and the Solstice Night will be an almost-Full MOON night (when the lunar energy is even stronger than the day after the Full Moon).
A polarity between the need to belong to a tribe or family, be with children / with the Inner Child (CANCER), and focusing on priorities and purpose / being the Elder (CAP).

Which may be but doesn’t have to be a dilemma, ‘bridged’ by MARS / CHIRON between them (a square): SoUlutions come from surrendering to the healing quality of unity and connection. When we connect from the Heart it all comes and flows together, time flies or stands still – either way, it’s magical.


Tall Tree Time – Nourished by the Waters of Life…. Photo by Melanie, Winter SoUlstice 2018


What nurtures us? asks the CANCER Full Moon…
How do we nurture Ourselves, our Children, our Inner Child, our Family / Tribe?
How do we feel and give a sense of Belonging?
Where’s HOME?

Nurturing young and old through the COLD, finding emotional and physical comfort and resources is a big deal in Northern lands – even though we’re just coming through the shortest days of the year, Winter  & CAPRICORN has only just begun, today Dec 21.

How do the contrasting themes of the warm, cuddly, and caring CANCER and rock-solid CAPRICORN energies (which you can see in the chart below) balance and complement?


The Winter Solstice Sun initiates CAPRICORN where SATURN, PLUTO, and the Lunar South Node sit these days / years:


  • SATURN, the Ruler of CAP – for a year now in CAP (since Dec 20, 2017 and dwelling in the mountainous region of CAP until Dec 17, 2020)!
    Here’s the blog article for this momentous move a year ago – maybe time for a review of the first year?
    SATURN in CAP brings rewarding incentives for us to ‘step up’ and be / do what we’re best at.
    No need to waste our time and energy on what’s futile and not ‘the real thing’. It’s Your Time and Your Life.
    No need to feel guilty, nor to judge what we don’t want to see, rather to move on / up, and model the Best and the Change (PLUTO).


  • PLUTO is in CAP for the long haul, until 2023.
    To make sure CAP goes through its deep foundational change and Evolution. I.o.w., for humanity to be done with wasteful, abusive, irresponsible, immature behaviour.
    So much time and energy is invested in sustaining a dinosaur system. We need to step up to the plate, live more simply (doesn’t mean deprivation) and sustainably, with quality focus instead of quantity (yet never-enough).
    What helps is clear noticing what / which (perhaps conditioned) patterns drain our energy, where energy comes from in contrast, and following that trail.


Here’s the full ‘Birth Chart’ of the Winter Solstice Full Moon!

Yes, a Full Moon is like a birthing or harvest of what comes to fruition – whether it’s been planted / sown under the previous New Moon, or many Moons ago.

The Full Moon in CANCER – CAP will be exact at 9:49 am PST tomorrow Dec 22.



Here ‘she’ is! The MOON will enter her CANCER abode at 8:28 am PST, just 80 min before the Full Moon at 9:49 am PST on the first degrees (0°49′) of CAN – CAP.

The MOON and the Lunar North Node surround and embrace CANCER – a well-needed and supported Zodiac energy nowadays.
The Lunar Nodes shifted into CAP – CAN on Nov 16 where they’ll be until June 5, 2020 (here’s the blog post for this Nodal energy phase).

Inviting us to lead from Cancerian warmth, care, nurturance, playfulness, creativity, drop heavy Capricornian burdens, ‘shoulds’, conditioning, fears, restrictions, depression, judgment, and not feed the CAP shadow of unqualified leadership and tyrannical structures that eat up our time and energy.
Rather to go where joy and playful timelessness are, and to create and raise vibrations from there. More energy freed up to create the change we do want to see and that sustains us.


For the CANCER – CAPRICORN Solstice / Christmas Full Moon in the signs of the Lunar Nodes that means (and is also a prelude to the upcoming Solar and Lunar Eclipses in CAP – CAN in 2019):

  • It’s not about ‘production’ and status for the Holidays (yep, pretty clear how that can drain our time, energy, and money…), rather about Heart connections, home, and belonging.
  • HOME is where the Heart of Hearts is…. a place we just love and where we feel welcomed, and a spiritual place that invites us unconditionally to come home to, at Christmas and any timeless time.
  • CANCER & CAP bring Elders and Children and anybody in-between together (rather than a separation and segregation that’s so common – and also costly – in modern society). 
  • How do traditions (CAP) feed our needs, and make us feel we belong (CANCER)?
  • The Summer Solstice GEM – CAN cusp of the FULL MOON is the ‘Nesting Point’ as I call it. Having a nurturing nest to come back to (CAN MOON) helps us with having energy to do important work in the world (CAP SUN).



Let’s take a look at the SABIAN SYMBOLS

…for the MOON and SUN at the Summer and Winter Solstice Points!


The Full MOON will be at 0°49′ CANCER.



Mexican Moon Boat(s) – Photo by Melanie, Dec 2018



KEYNOTE: A radical change of allegiance exteriorized in a symbolical act: A point of no return.

We have now reached a square (go-degree angle) to the beginning of the cyclic process. This is a moment of crisis, a sharp turning point. In the zodiacal cycle, at the Summer Solstice the northward motion of the Sun (in “decimation”) stops; the Sun rises and sets as far north of exact east and west as it can during the year-cycle. Its motion is now reversed. Slowly the sunset points move southward on the western horizon, and the length of the day decreases. In the Lunation cycle (from New Moon to New Moon) this is the First Quarter phase.
On the “ship” which symbolizes the ego-consciousness floating, as it were, on the sea of the vast Unconscious, the individualized will makes a basic decision. The dominant Yang force allows the Yin force to begin its six-month long rise to power. The “collective” will gradually overcomes the “individual,” and at the end the state will overpower the person. Now, however, the individual person enjoys his most glorious hour; he exults in his ability to make a “free decision”- i.e. to act as an individual who selects his life goal and his allegiance.

This is the first stage in the nineteenth five-fold series of degree symbols. In a decisive act heavy with consequences, the symbolic college youth might realize that he should bring to an end his quest for the ideal companion and enter into matrimony. He assents to the possibility of progeny, of home responsibility. His consciousness accepts a process of fundamental REORIENTATION, implying the stabilization of his energies.”

Sooo, where’s your Moon Boat taking you?
Which relation-ships, home, and other harbours for your soul….?
Dare to re-orient yourself.


The SUN will be at 0°49′ CAP.



Chief Seattle



KEYNOTE: The power and responsibility implied in any claim for leadership.

The religious ideal implied in the preceding symbol has now materialized or crystallized into sheer power — the power to lead the community and to ensure its welfare or even its physical survival. The energies released through group cooperation (Libra), deepened and emotionally experienced as forces of great potency (Scorpio), and given meaning and conscious purpose (Sagittarius) are now stabilized and hierarchized. The power of the group is turned into a measurable and carefully managed “capital.” The words “chief” and “capital” come from the same Latin word, caput, meaning “head.” 
A time comes in many lives when the individual finds themselves placed in a situation that allows them to assume power over their comrades, however limited this power may be. Is he / she ready to do this effectively and responsibly? This is the supreme test of a human being in society. 
It complements its polar opposite (Summer Solstice degree), which refers to the acceptance by the individual of a new kind of allegiance as a foundation for the integration of a mature personality. Such a foundation may, but need not, refer to establishing a home.

This represents the first stage in a five-fold process — the fifty-fifth sequence of five symbols. It refers to the capacity latent in every individual to claim and assume AUTHORITY in a vital group-situation.”


SATURN now in CAP is clearly about this kind of mature Authority – a notion to claim it where appropriate, and the repercussions of its use (or abuse).
Quite clearly, we’re seeing plenty of evidence of the necessity for responsible leadership and authority, and for the misuse of it. The theme becomes more prominent in the SATURN in CAP years that can also have a heightened karmic effect (SATURN being the ‘Lord of Karma’, in its own domain CAP), across the board.

What / who’s evidently not fit for authority must adjust, or go.
Actually quite simple.

May better leadership and authority establish itself in these years.

What in us doesn’t step UP to the occasion, and assume leader-ship (because you can, you have the cap-acities)?
What’s in the way of truly leading your life?
And how can you claim Authority again?


Especially if your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets are in early CANCER, CAP but also ARIES and LIBRA…
…You’d notice the tension and perhaps notion for re-orientation to be in natural Leadership of your Life (again).
As the year 2019 unfolds, with its Eclipses in CAP – CAN, clear orientation reveals itself more and more. But hey, maybe this FULL MOON already made things crystal clear to you, in your Heart of Hearts?



Winter SoUlstice SUN – Photo by Melanie, Solstice 2018


What are other Planetary Energies in the Full Moon Field, and what’s their Medicine for us?


  • The SUN and MOON in early CAP / CAN come out of a T-square with MARS / CHIRON (aligned on Dec 28) in late PISCES where also NEPTUNE ‘sails’ (and was met by MARS on Dec 7).
    The ‘outlet’ and Piscean solution for the SUN – MOON tension leads us to the Medicine of Unity and Connection. Heart Connection transcends either-or, this or that, and a happy, healing Heart can be ‘at home’ anywhere, esp. in the Heart of Hearts….


  • MERCURY and JUPITER in SAG aligned this morning, just before the Winter SoUlstice.
    Joy to the World! Speak your Truth, and Raise Vibrations!
    Important to be truthful, and come from a pure Heart that’s not about better-than.


  • VENUS has come to the Heart of the Scorpion – as she ‘sits’ in mid SCO -, comes out of a mystical, magical Water Trine with NEPTUNE in PI (exact today Dec 21) and will square LILITH in central AQ on Dec 23.
    Intimacy, Magic, and Depth of Love and Connection vs / and Freedom and Independence.
    Allow both to co-exist rather than be in conflict – NEPTUNE is the big unifyer anyway…


  • URANUS retro (the only retro Planet at this point!) in late AR / on the ‘Settling Point’ to TAU will turn around to go direct on Jan 6 – the day after the CAP New Moon / Partial Solar Eclipse. This month (end of Dec to mid-Jan) are quite URANIAN with this focal point.
    Meaning, paradigm shifts and liberation yet also disruption of old patterns and structures.
    Allow freedom to prevail, not just freedom from or freedom for, but (one of my favourite provocative quotes by J. Krishnamurti) freedom that has no opposite….



More about URANUS’s turnaround on Jan 6, and MARS going from PISCES into ARIES on Dec 31 (a big energy boost into the New Year) in upcoming blog posts. Stay tuned!
Of course, you can also expect a New Year’s Overview post!


Wishing you a blessed Winter SoUlstice, Christmas, and Holiday Time of your Tradition!
May the Returning Light shine brightly into all areas of your life, and guide your Way HOME! ❤ 




© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger




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