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ARIES New Moon with URANUS, MERCURY Turnaround & CHIRON Entering ARIES: Breakthrough into the Authentic YOU!

14 Apr

Dear Astro~News Readers,

The energies from the pre-Easter Full Moon are getting turned up another notch – or a few:

You MUST feel this already – at least ‘in the making’ (as in: New Moon)!
Tomorrow’s New Moon in late ARIES comes with URANUS, and brings a liberating Firework:
Freedom from… Freedom for… and ‘simply’:

Freedom to be Authentically YOU!

Whatever is in the way, like polarization splits a la ERIS in ARIES (see my recent post for the Full Moon on March 31, with ERIS involved) is being recognized for what it is, and gets busted right on the spot.

No need to ‘assert or defend yourself’ (which is also an ARIES energy but always implies an ‘against’).
Simply be YOU! Says liberating URANUS, right next to the New Moon.

Which can perhaps look like this:
Being consciously (SUN) emotionally (MOON) free (URANUS).
Feeling it coming big time?


Star Magnolia Dance – Photo by Melanie


If more and more of us wake up and step into LIFE (ARIES) with this Power? It can have massive effects on our lives, onto society, humanity, and our Life on Earth.

I’d say this Spirit is pushing so strongly now to come alive that there’s no more holding back or regressing. 
Also catalyzed by MERCURY and CHIRON, wrapping round the ‘Emergence’ / “Come Alive” Point from PI to AR!

MERCURY is now stationary in early ARIES – going out of retro tomorrow Apr 15 – about 16 1/2 hrs before the NEW MOON:
How have you come to more authenticity in your conscious thinking and communication?
Maybe you caught yourself in old conditioned / fearful / fake / ‘strategic’ / pleasing-oriented inauthentic patterns in this MERCURY Retro phase since March 22, questioned this, and tried on a new approach? Ha, or ‘simply’ something authentic ‘escaped you’ and brought out what you really think. 🙂
Maybe you noticed that when you speak-as-you-are things flow, you come alive, and people really only meet you for real.
Thaaank you, MERCURY Retro!
More about MERCURY below 🙂


CHIRON is about to ‘Come Alive’ & enter ARIES on Apr 17!

…with stationary MERCURY as a ‘midwife’
For a try-on / preview phase until Sept 25, when it re-immerses itself into PISCES. And then from Feb 18, 2019 on, the full-on emergence of ARIES Medicine will show up.

All is fresh and NEW in ARIES.
The Medicine is to be Authentically YOU!
Emerging from the Collective Consciousness.
Which can be scary, and / or hugely liberating.

CHIRON brings up ‘wounds’ and awkwardness, and we feel like an outsider – in ARIES when we show up or stand up for ourselves, and for what matters to us. It might be also awkward if we didn’t have role models, or their teachings don’t apply to THIS. 
Yet, what the heck? says ARIES, It’s my life, this is ME.
Early ARIES is a Warrior / Survivor. All about the NOW.

That’s what ARIES is all about: NOW THIS!
Alive, alert, letting life force emerge in every moment – like blossoms surprising us daily now. Time for fresh beginnings – or for simply being present with what’s always NEW.

Show up in a new way, try out what you haven’t before, not in a long time, or don’t have a ‘model’ or comparison for. If it ‘doesn’t work’ try something else (ARIES doesn’t mind starting anew). The essence of being innovative.
Anger (and ARIES expression) can be your vulnerability yet also guide you to your Medicine.

Those of you born with CHIRON in ARIES (Apr – Oct 1968, and Feb 1969 – March 1977) know a bit (or a lot) about this state of Being.
For you, round age 50 CHIRON will make its Return, and your ‘original wound / Medicine’ comes full circle.
All of us (independent of age) esp. if we have SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in ARIES (or triggered by it, in LIBRA, CAN or CAP) we’ll get a CHIRON ‘kick’ too, to step forward, authentically as we are, esp. in the area of life related to our ARIES House in the chart.

Let’s explore how this shows up for YOU, and in the World (symptoms are already manifesting) in our…

Special ASTRO Medicine Parlour:
The Medicine of Being Authentically YOU!

Coming Monday Apr 16
Afternoon and Evening Group to choose from.


Let’s take a look at the ARIES NEW MOON chart…

…and see which other Archetypes show up now, reminding us to let their energies enliven us!
The ARIES NEW MOON will be exact at 6:57 pm PDT tomorrow, Apr 15.


Boom! There’s URANUS right next to the SUN and MOON Union in late ARIES.

URANUS has finally passed ERIS (their connection happened over the last 2 years, 2016 / 17. See the blog post for the last Full Moon, describing the theme – disruptive, shock and awe, ‘splitting’ and polarizing effects.

Their combined energy has been (well, one facet of it!) erratic, unpredictable, volatile (“You never know what comes next!”) which could have kept us on adrenaline / alert mode – and has also been used and ‘worked’ by ‘power players’.

Yet, on a higher vibrational mode (hey, good reminder: Astro Awareness is all about Raising your Vibration and be free – in my world anyway 🙂 ), it’s been a shake and wake-up call for a new approach to… everything – esp. old core issues that are up for transformation (PLUTO in CAP).
The Power is IN You.

As the shocking discordance producing scenarios are being integrated the (Uranian) Awakening in Humanity emerges big time now.
We the People don’t buy into the old ‘divide et impera’ (divide and rule) principle anymore that’s based on being set up against each other.

The NEW MOON just past ERIS and approaching URANUS (the MOON unites with URANUS on Apr 15 / 16, and the SUN on Apr 18) is a strong momentum towards Conscious Breakthrough and Freedom.


Image Credit: Pexels – free stock photos


The ARIES NEW MOON with URANUS is unaspected (stands by itself without a link to other Planets) – that really stands out too!
This dynamic has ‘a life of its own’, which could manifest as ‘being in the closet’. But not for too long, with URANUS:
Liberation is ready to be released!


‘Winged Messenger’ MERCURY at the Beginning of ARIES 

…freshly out of retro (at 2:21 am PDT = 16 1/2 hrs before the NM).

Hope you’ve also had lots of paradigm shifts of / from the mind, with MERCURY retro, while URANUS the ‘higher octave’ of MERCURY (still) also in ARIES, on a transpersonal dimension has been rattling us to wake up.

MERCURY is now in post-retro ‘storm’ in its ‘U-turn’ from retro to direct – a re-adjustment time (like a ‘reverse culture shock’ which can happen when we come back from a re-treat to our ‘known’ environment). Let’s give it a week or so to integrate.

The ‘storm’ (MERCURY moving very slowly in forward gear) goes technically until Apr 24, followed by the post-retro shadow until May 4 (when it goes over the Zodiac degree zone which it went retro from = 17° AR).
A good time to process and start to act on ARIES Retro themes that have come up, a la “Back to the Beginning!”:

  • Did M-r re-connect you with people from the ‘beginnings’ when you started things / when you were new in town / in your work…?
  • Did it bring that spirit back?
  • Was that refreshing and re-inspiring, to bring you back to a ‘Beginner’s Mind’ approach?
  • Or did it show you (ha, the CAP contrast that also came up – MERCURY in triple square with SATURN): “Been there, done that. That was me in the beginning, Now with all my experience however…” (a fine line between being realistic and judge-mental).

Mainly, it’s about Authenticity and Origin-ality, with M-r in ARIES.

The stationary MERCURY invites CHIRON over from PISCES into ARIES: Being YOU is the Medicine!

MERCURY and CHIRON (only 5 degrees apart from each other, wrapping around the ‘Emergence Point cusp from PI to AR) are also unaspected. What brings you ‘back to life’? It’s YOUR Life.


Who else shows up for the ARIES New Moon Party?

As you see in the chart, there’s lots of cardinal activation in the New Moon and beyond: (Soon CHIRON), MERCURY, the SUN / MOON, URANUS, SATURN, MARS, LILITH, and PLUTO are all in cardinal signs, actually only two of the four: ARIES and CAPRICORN:

What are you initiating (AR), and where do you show up in leadership and integrity (CAP) – without taking too much on or becoming a scapegoat?!


Vibrant Country Goat

MARS in CAPRICORN having passed SATURN (Apr 2) will unite with LILITH on Apr 19 and with PLUTO on Apr 26!
A MARS activation happens only every 2 years.

MARS in CAP is a ‘kicker’ for all of us with SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in CAP, but also for the ARIES, CANCER, and LIBRA sides in us which aren’t by nature accomplishment oriented but can use a boost (inner / outer Spring clearing and ‘reno’ anyone?).

Check out my Astro~News blog for MARS in CAP 2018.

  • With MARS past SATURN, have you noticed (since early April) a shift to leave obstacles, frustrations, fears, shoulds, expectations, limitations behind and move on anyway?
    A challenge perhaps yet going ahead, with ‘right action’ is what matters.
    Congrats on the MARS – SATURN front!
  • Now as MARS meets LILITH this coming week, go with / come from what’s natural for and in you. Work with your time and resources (what you’re naturally good at, and what you have access to) , which is powerful and transformational (MARS / PLUTO – coming up end of the month!).
    Let Being in Your True Nature express itself. Work with your strengths, and be in your power.


Back to SATURN:
The ‘Ringed One’ is also stationary this month of April, since it goes retro on Apr 17 – at 9°9′ CAP (until Sep 6). 

If you have anything on or round 9° CAP (and also AR, CAN, LI) you probably notice the pressure. Yet, it’s the pressure of a chiseling away of what you don’t need anymore and actually, what you are NOT. 

I felt called to look up the Sabian Symbol for the SATURN station (haven’t brought those in in a while – being positively retro here, let’s see..):


KEYNOTE: The revelation of the spiritual meaning and purpose at the core of any life situation.

This picture simply says, “Heaven is within us.” All we have to do is to be open and listen to the total harmony of life, a harmony in which we play a part that is necessary to the completeness and meaning of the whole. In order to do this we have to surrender our separative ego- consciousness and flow with the universal current which, to the religiously minded person, is the Will of God.

This is the fourth symbol of the series. The technique it implies is that of ATTUNEMENT to the rhythm of universal life. Angels are to be considered personalizations of various aspects of this life, and totally subservient to its rhythms and purposes.”

This much for the Ringed One teaching us to model ourselves after other Winged Ones… ❤

Yet also, to realize that we can (from a SATURN perspective) ‘repurpose’ situations (incl. those challenging ones that we suffer, resist, and judge) by connecting with their spiritual core (PLUTO) and inner nature (LILITH). Which brings them to a higher vibration, as we surrender to the Higher Order of the Universe to use us, for a higher purpose.


Speaking of Higher Power and Purpose…
PLUTO in CAP is also stationary this month at 21 / 22° CAP, as it will go retro on Apr 22 (until Sept 30) – just before MARS passes PLUTO (Apr 26).

I see this dynamic on a societal level (together with the URANUS / New MOON in MARS’s domain ARIES, in wide square with PLUTO / MARS) as a strong momentum for revolutionary uprising against dominating establishment that holds and abuses power and isn’t in integrity. 
True leadership requires integrity – one of the essentials (PLUTO) of CAP.

As SATURN (authority) and PLUTO (power) both go retro this month
(which happens yearly in April, yet: extra activated via the AR New Moon, MARS, and LILITH this year) these positions and institutions are being held accountable so that ‘real change’ can come from this.

On an inner / spiritual (PLUTO) level, any soulful action in integrity is powerful (MARS / PLUTO in CAP).  And we’re called to find inner authority (SATURN retro) and inner power (PLUTO retro) again.


JUPITER this year in (PLUTO ruled) SCORPIO helps with revelations of what used to be under cover, hidden, taboo, in the closet – to evoke a change for the better.
With JUPITER presently (until July 10) retro it’s time to re-visit certain ‘dark corners’ that might look scary yet are important to clear, process, and transform.


VENUS now in TAU is about to go into opposition with JUPITER in SCO – (also on Apr 17): Enjoying this precious human embodiment with all our sense perceptions comes with seeing the bigger picture (JUPITER) of impermanence and change (SCO).

VENUS – JUPITER connect with the Planetary Archetypes in CAP, namely: MARS / LILITH / PLUTO:
How can we work with this human dilemma and tension (the joy of being alive vs. the changefulness) without engaging in attachment and suffering, in a ‘simple’, deep and mature way?
Maybe starting with some acts of voluntary simplicity (phew, can be applied in so many ways…).


‘See you’ next time, in person here in Victoria, online, here on this ‘blog channel’, on my FB Page, or on the email Astro~News!
Next one: for the AR New Moon to the SCO – TAU Full Moon / the Wesak Moon.

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Many Blessings for the Liberation Journey!


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger




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9 Mar

The VIRGO – PISCES FULL MOON on THU March 5, AND ‘her Entourage’ opened the scene for this super charged month of March, and brings us to the Line-up of the 3 BIGGIES this month (one of them is a major TWO-in-ONE):

March 14: SATURN goes retro (until Aug 1)

March 16: URANUS – PLUTO SQUARE # 7 out of 7

March 20: NEW PI / AR cusp MOON / TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE leading over into the



March 14:
SATURN in SAG goes retro (until Aug 1) – 
Clearing old Narratives and Beliefs.

Saturn tilted

March is quite the ‘Saturn’ themed month, since our ringed ‘tough love coach’ is doing its yearly ‘U-turn’ backwards, from Earth perspective. Therefore Saturn is moving very slowly, and becomes a ‘stationary’ focus.

Which means astrologically, we are called to zoom in on our themes with Saturn in early Sag, realize the sooner the better, as Saturn goes retro, how they go back to our old, original Saturn themes, and clear those obstacles and blockages ‘on the path’.

Saturn will be retro until Aug 1. Yes, this is the ‘regular’ yearly process of 4 1/2 month retro phase, and 7 1/2 months direct phase.


Ok, ok, let’s start with where we’re AT with Saturn.

Which is Saturnian, to say: Start HERE-NOW, one step at a time.

Saturn in our Chakras rules the Root Chakra.

Being anchored in what grounds us: Our body, our practice, form and structure, and especially the EARTH. Roots give support, and the Earth gives roots support, says the Muladhara Root Chakra…

We just completed last week another Astro~Alchemy of Chakras & Planetary Archetypes 7-week process with Crown / the SUN! – Big gratitude to all of you in the groups! So much was coming together, was processed and liberated as we came together every week. Alignment happened.


Next TUE March 10, 3:03 – 5:35 pm, timely in a stationary Saturn week, we start the next Astro~Alchemy of Chakras and Planetary Archetypes, with ROOT / Saturn.

We have space for 2 – 3 joiners. No previous experience with Astrology or Chakra awareness necessary. It all unfolds organically.


Saturn  Mercury NN

Saturnian anchor and outlook, nearby in Esquimalt


So what’s up (or down) with that Saturn retro phase, from March 14 – Aug 1, 2015?

YES, Saturn is now in SAG, since Dec 23, 2014, and until Winter Solstice 2017.

However (Saturn likes caveats…), the retro journey in Spring / early Summer 2015 will take Saturn back over the Phoenix Point into the tail end of Scorpio (until 28°17 SCO), and then back out over the Phoenix Point into SAG again on Sept 17 – not to return into Scorpio until 2042. Yes, 2042.

So, again, when’s that Saturn-in-Scorpio phase this year???

June 14 – Sept 17.



This piece of news might not sound so attractive (Saturn typically shows what we reject or resist) but it is a window for purposeful residual emotional processing. Let’s use it well. It’s related to the area in our lives related to where late SCO is in our charts (e.g. 5th house: children, inner child, creativity, 7th house: significant others, partners, 11th house: social arena, co-creation with others, friends…).

Saturn brings lessons that our ego might not be so eager to embrace in the first place, but in hindsight, these experiences mature and ‘ripen’ us, so that we eventually carry less, when it comes to conditioning, karma, old burdens, limitations and restrictions, authority and parental issues.

The point is to lead life from what truly grounds and anchors us in ourselves and our own purpose, why we are here, embodied on Planet Earth at this time.

The whole year 2015, Saturn hovers over the Phoenix-out-of-the-Ashes Point, from early SAG, back to late SCO and forward into early SAG.



If you have planets, Sun, Moon, AC in late SCO / early SAG you probably experience Saturn’s influence which can feel heavy, even depressing. Saturn shows what in you is coming to a close, and you don’t have to carry it anymore. Finish well, says Saturn.

  • Where can there be a good clear completion?
  • Why are you ‘grounded’ and not quite yet ready / able / giving yourself permission to take flight and soar? Residual processing wants to go into that area.

Saturn in SAG calls to be done with old narratives and limiting beliefs based on these stories.

Very timely now to acknowledge the ‘symptoms’ (without judgement, otherwise you go into a loop…) where you experience yourself as held back by inner stories wrapped around:

“I can’t go there (you fill in the blanks), or not yet….. BECAUSE…” Here’s the key that can open the lock of your inner restraint dungeon.

Saturn in SAG inquiry questions are:

  • What prevents you from being FREE?
  • What do you focus on?
  • What ‘turned the light off’?

Since Saturn is about to go retro, it’s time to go inward-backward.

No need to be extra frustrated (and hard on yourself or judgmental about others) when things haven’t rolled and gone ahead in a direction you thought you would go.

Rather than just waiting for ‘a better time’ to be on this or that journey it is now the time to clear old conditioning that limits our connection with Spirit, prevents us from following up on our vision and being on the path.


4 R

Johfra Boschart: Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter

SAG, the centaur with bow and arrow is connected with the animal body (the horse), the human growing out of the animal, and spirit arrows of vision, intention, prayer, aspiration, connecting us to the Divine.

And, SAG is also Chiron after his ‘Hero’s Journey’, immortalized as a star constellation. All that inspired Sagittarian wisdom may well come from our Chironic Medicine Journey.

With the recent Full Moon on March 5, the PI SUN brings consciousness to Chiron (their exact conjunction was on March 7): Our often challenging journeys bear their own medicine that is a gift to all. We’re all in this together….and we don’t have to ‘suffer the experience’ anymore, as has been ‘noble’ in the Pisces Age paradigm – we are as FREE as our consciousness is.

We live in exciting, paradigm shifting times.

Check out the Uranus – Pluto Square feature below, and what I found out about a shift in sequence…

This could be an excellent time for a Saturn focused zoom-in Astrology session, or an Astro*Coaching sequence with 3 – 5 sessions to go deeper and explore where you have a ‘knot’ or feel blocked in these themes, and what’s specifically related in you. The ‘diagnostic tool’ of Astrology helps identify issues very directly and fast. My clients are amazed and love that, and I love fast results too. Astro*Coaching sessions offer clear awareness that helps you with focused processing, and leads to freedom FROM limiting conditioning (rather than what the general ‘clichee’ is: prediction of what’s to happen, within the ‘box’).
The present astrological alignments are phantastic catalysts for breakthroughs.

Saturn teaches and shows us in REAL LIFE that every ending and closing of a door takes us over a threshold, may well be an ‘initiation’, and leads to a new phase, which can be a new chapter, a new structure from which we will be operating, an ‘upgrade’, a freedom from the ‘known’.

Well, the influence of Uranus is also involved in this…



March 16:

URANUS – PLUTO Square # 7 out of 7 (between 2012 and 2015)

See chart of the alignment:

UR square PL 7

Radical Newness, just in time for the Spring Equinox – actually timelessly!

Evolutionary Transformation & Liberation of Cosmic Consciousness!


Calling forth

– Liberation and breaking free from what we’ve been carrying as dense and intense ‘baggage’, 

– Cathartic and catalytic breakthroughs in accelerated ways (could be a domino effect!), and

– Radical regeneration from the core, from spirit, from the soul.

ARE YOU READY to step UP and be FREE?


Painted Stairs Beirut 2

Painted Stairs, Beirut


This will be # 7 out of SEVEN exact squares between Uranus and Pluto these intense years of transformation and liberation.

Of course, the effect has been already on for a while, and will affect us for a while.

The ‘seed’ in the connection between these archetypal energies was planted during their last conjunction which was exact in 1965 / 1966 (in Virgo). Times of civil unrest, and revolutions around the world in the Sixties. This Spirit (Pluto) is now re-awakened (Uranus).

Old authoritarian, dominating, exploiting and wasteful structures that eat up our energy, time, and precious resources (Pluto reveals the shadow of what happens when Capricorn energy is being abused) are due for change, via evolution. As human consciousness is being empowered and liberated, they can become redundant and are being replaced by better and more respectful and inventive ways of working with resources (Capricorn), in more simplicity and sustainability, and with renewable energy.


Uranus in Aries brings a new consciousness, via uprising, via emergence, via emergency, via inventiveness, via awakening and liberation. It can be upsetting, and it wants to set us FREE to BE.

BE the Evolution & Revolution!

If you were born in the Sixties when the Pluto / Uranus conjunction happened you carry the signature of a generation of inventors and regenerators. What’s your contribution?

You’re also in the age of your Chiron return (round age 50), and time for the Medicine Wo/Man to emerge.

How have the processes you have gone through in life initiated you to be a mentor for others?

How has your journey become your medicine?


The collective Uranus – Pluto Liberation / Transformation process has been happening in 7 stages, since 2012.

There must be a the connection with the Chakras!


Chakra Awakening

Here is the sequence of Uranus – Pluto alignments, and related Chakras:

# 1: June 24, 2012 – Root

# 2: Sept 19, 2012 – Sacral

# 3: May 20, 2013 – Solar Plexus

# 4: Nov 1, 2013 – Heart

# 5: April 21, 2014 – Throat

# 6: Dec 14 / 15, 2014 – Third Eye

# 7: March 16, 2015 – Crown

What has been your experience with Chakra themes in this process? Your feedback is most welcome!

I welcome you to a private session, focused on this specific exploration. Can be very revealing and empowering to SEE.

For me, there has been a powerful process that kicked me into freedom, from the Root up, almost exactly aligned with the months of the Uranus – Pluto Squares.

Would you like to shed light on your own transformational and liberating process these years?

Since 2012, I’ve been exploring, testing, verifying and intuiting the hidden message in that connection.

One of the gifts of this process has been the ‘download’ close to the Solar Eclipse early Nov 2013 one morning that showed me in an instant how the Chakras connect with the 7 planetary Archetypes of our Solar System from Saturn to the Sun!


I am in deep gratitude to my dear friend Marina Halleran who is not in physical embodiment any more.

Marina was a master Yoga teacher and chanting facilitator, and as an Aquarian ahead of her time…. Chakras were a big theme for her. It is clear to me that her spirit and our connection led me to connect more deeply with Chakras, and their relation with Astrology.

And I am so grateful also to my friend Ocian Flow who facilitates Chakra journeys and dances in Victoria, and who invited me end of 2013 where the connection with the astrological Archetypes was made.

The rest is history, and since January 2014 there have been now 6 Astro~Alchemy of Chakras & Planetary Archetypes 7-week processes. I’m in awe how also the astrological alignments of each week have fit so well with the themes and Archetypes that we’ve been explore together. Deep processes have happened for participants, often cathartic but gentle, and ‘just-in-time’ 🙂


The most recent journey ended just yesterday Tue 03 / 03, with Crown Chakra, related to… the SUN  while the Moon (with Jupiter) was in LEO where the Sun is ‘at home’, gearing up to this potent FULL Moon, and just before Crown Chakra related Uranus -Pluto Square # 7! Trust me, I didn’t ‘schedule’ it that way.
The next 7-week process starts next TUE March 10, right before the Uranus – Pluto Square on March 16 (what a signature at the onset!), starting from the Ground / Root up,  in the week of Saturn turning around.

You are welcome to register if you hear the calling. Looks like we have room for 2 – 3 joiners.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/256328271215243/


As we relate the 7 Uranus – Pluto Squares to the Chakras, we are with the upcoming  # 7 reaching the CROWN Chakra that connects us with Universal Consciousness!


Chakras 7 Crown

Each one of us is a channel for divine and cosmic consciousness.

Let’s allow our / THE light to shine, and creative Spirit to express itself through us!


A simple Chakra related mantra for the tension between Uranus in AR and Pluto in CAP is:

BE CROWN-ded! 🙂


Back to the 7-fold Uranus – Pluto Squares 2012 – 2015:

It mirrors a collective, historical, evolutionary process that’s a birth of a new consciousness.


Our very first experience with Pluto is the process a embryo of being pushed through the birth canal, by forces of nature. Intense, and ‘overpowering’, jet just natural. We can’t go back, and must go where we are supposed to be: Into new Life!

Our very first experience with Uranus is coming out of the womb, taking our first breath as a newborn.


Likewise, humanity on Planet Earth is now going through a very intense, transformational (Pluto in CAP), and renewing (Uranus in AR) r/evolutionary process, a coming out of the old ‘matrix’ / cocoon, and into the big unknown.



Butterfly Baby, by Annie Geddess


The old world that’s dying / changing (Pluto in CAP), has, as know all to well, to do with the CAP shadow of hierarchical, intimidating, fear and separation based structures that are exploitative and abusive to nature, humanity, and not soulful.

Yes, yes, as the monster is dying and the transformation takes place, it’s gotten intense, cause: certain solid conditionings die hard, and all of us have some investment in them, even as judgement, resistance, passionate hatred, fear, anything that holds a strong charge.


Way more effective to let the old expire on its own, and in the meantime invest our energy and CAPacities into what we DO wish to see in the world.

Yep, good old Ghandi got it:



Yesterday, in the Astrology & Chakra group, I was asked:

“How often do Uranus and Pluto align in such a charged way?”

A: Well, their last alignment was the conjunction in 1965 / 66 in mid Virgo (aha – this Full Moon sheds light on that too! – Oh my, the connections never end….). The conjuction, like a New Moon, marks the end of the old and the beginning of the new.

The 1960’s heralded the beginning of a new ERA, with the new cycle between Uranus and Pluto (Liberation / Transformation, Evolution / Revolution).

Now, in 2012 – 2015 (basically during the whole time of Uranus in AR, 2011 – 2018, while Pluto is in CAP, which is from 2009 – 2023), we’re at the crisis point where there is a LOT of pressure on humanity, societies, and us personally, to free up the old, and transform on deep core structural levels.

2046 – 2049, Uranus in Virgo (ha, one whole 84-year Uranus cycle since the mid Sixties) will oppose Pluto in early Pisces.  The overall end of the Pisces Age?

Ok, ok, I don’t want to be too futuristic and Uranian in that regard.

Let’s stay ‘closer to home’ and re: what’s UP nowadays, in these very interesting times…

Here’s another important thing to keep in mind about this last Uranus square Pluto alignment:

Up until the last square on March 16, Pluto has been most of the time ‘further ahead’ in CAP than Uranus in AR. Only at the  times when the square was exact in these years, Uranus caught up with and ‘hit’ Pluto.

From now on, Uranus will be further ahead in AR than Pluto is in CAP.

Which has a big consequence:

In the last years, when a planetary Archetype energy (say: personally our Moon in AR, CAN, LI, CAP) was transited, typically Uranus (in earlier degrees in AR) activated that energy first, then came Pluto (in later degrees in CAP).

So there was first a surprise kick, maybe something shocking, disruptive and upsetting, a surprise, ideally freeing, awakening, and paradigm shifting.

And then Pluto came along, and transited that energy which could have felt like a shut-down, overpowering, something went back into the shadow or underground. It showed about the power of the old system, and how it can come back in so many ways… It showed that something very old (CAP rules time and traditions) has to change foundationally, from the ground up. Our way of setting up structures and work with resources, and who’s got the power.

A classical example for this sequence was the Arab Spring in early 2011 when Uranus was just about to enter AR.

Also Fukushima which happened on the DAY (yes, March 11, 2011) when Uranus entered AR.

And you probably have your own examples.

Now what’s NEW from this last of 7 Squares on is:

Uranus goes ahead in AR (up to 20°30′ this year, in July) while Pluto, slower than Uranus, reaches ‘only’ 15°33′ in April. So transits happen from now on FIRST from Pluto and THEN from Uranus – here’s the shift.

Which is also in line with the sequence at birth:

First the intense Plutonic birth canal, and then the Uranian freedom into new life.

Sequence matters – get the idea?

I expect from this shift still deep and powerful restructuring processes that we all go through, and liberating breakthroughs following.


To be continued….

More about the following with the NEXT Astro~News.

Brief preview, since it IS another March Catalyst:



March 20:

PI / AR Cusp Total Solar Eclipse & Spring Equinox, a.k.a. ‘Equipse’ 🙂 – The End Shall Be the Beginning!

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The next New Moon on March 20 at 2:36 am PDT will be a South Node Total Solar Eclipse (at 2:45 am PDT), on the VERY LAST degree of PISCES, and of the whole Zodiac!

Followed by the Spring Equinox on the same day – at 3:45 pm PDT when the SUN enters Aries, and the Astrological New Year starts.

See New Moon chart, just before the Total Solar Eclipse:


Spring Equinox 2015 NM TSE

What a Spring Equinox Catalyst!

The process for the Spring 2015 Eclipses has already begun.

It wraps around South Node in Aries and North Node in Libra (Eclipses connect with the Nodes).


Uranus has been with the South Node in Aries, and is being activated by Venus, and – next week – Mars.

So let’s set the side of Aries free that takes too much energy, and is outdated, find new sustaining energy from the Libran quality (the North Node Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in Libra on April 4 will show us a lot about that), and balance it all out:

In other words:

  • Let’s release the Aries energy that’s in stressful fight-flight survival mode (rather than in peaceful harmony and balance) , reactive (rather than pro-active), competitive (rather than cooperative).
  • What are you a warrior of???
  • In what ways are you starting fresh in Spring?
  • Where are your partners?
  • How do you find harmony and synergy this Spring, and from now on???
  • What does it mean to be in ‘right relationship’ with others, with the world, with your purpose, with….?

The Total Solar Eclipse – an EXACT New Moon, ON the last degree of the whole Zodiac, is clearly a ‘super ending, leading into a brand new beginning’.


It is on the Birthing Point, which is also the Emergency / Emergence Point.

The path of the Eclipse goes over the Arctic, Greenland, and Norway, see http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2015-march-20 .Let’s hold the vision that humanity will birth a new consciousness round the importance of the Arctic, and Climate altogether! 


The Sabian Symbol for 30° PISCES where the New Moon falls says:



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Two Khmer Heads – Angkor Wat Photo credit: David Wilmott


KEYNOTE: The power of clearly visualized ideals to mold the life of the visualizer.

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “The Great Stone Face” is used here in an allegorical sense to show the capacity for self-transendence latent in man. This power can be developed through visualization, where the emotions and the will are poured into the visualized image. At the highest spiritual-cosmic level this is the power used by the God-like Beings at the close of a cosmic cycle in projecting the basic formula (the Word) which will start a new universe. In a biological sense, it is the power latent in all seeds – the power to produce and guide the growth of the future plant. A most fitting symbol for the last phase of the cyclic process. Within the end of the cycle the seed of a new beginning  exists in potency – unless the entire cycle has proven to be a failure.

This is the last stage of the last scene of the great ritual play of cyclic transformations. It brings tu us a realization of the power of archetypes as factors conditioning life processes. Thus we could use as a final Keyword: ARCHETYPALIZATION.”


This potent Spring Equinox that comes with a Total Solar Eclipse AND carries the last Uranus – Pluto Square forward was calling to set up something very special:

Come join us on March 19 – the eve of the New Moon / Total Solar Eclipse AND Spring Equinox 2015 for a 2-part very unique Astro~Experience (come to one or both):




Chart Constellation of the Spring Equinox Total Solar Eclipse

IN the Victoria Landscape of PISCES – ARIES (where’s that? Surprise!) 


3:19 – 5:19 pm

Experience yourself AS Planetary Archetypes of the Spring Equinox!

Step into the energy of Pluto, Uranus, the Sun, Moon, Saturn going retro….

Chances are high that you will intuitively choose Archetypes that have a deep message for you at this time!

NO experience whatsoever required. Just Piscean openness, and a spirit of adventure (Aries calling).

$ 19


Spring Equinox Total Solar Eclipse

Private Intentional Astrological Parlour Circle 


7:19 – 9:39 pm

…with personal exploration for all circle holders with their personal birth charts involved, how this intense window of newness can be opened with the highest level of consciousness.

$ 33  Reg.

$ 27  Newcomers, and for both of you if you  introduce a friend.

$ 44  Combination of Spring Equinox Chart Constellation AND Evening Parlour.


Looking forward to seeing you again or anew,  in heart centred circles, or for a private alignment session!


Wishing you a powerfully liberating month of March!

Free to BE!


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