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Happy Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day – Spring Stirring!

29 Jan

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Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of AQUARIUS:

We’re celebrating Imbolc / St. Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, and Groundhog Day (Feb 1/2).

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the cardinal Turning Points of the Equinoxes and Solstices, and the fixed ‘Gates of Power’: Beltane, Lammas, Samhain / Halloween, and IMBOLC / Brigid’s Day.

 

 

 

In the Gaelic / Celtic Calendar, Imbolc is one of the 4 fixed ‘Gates of Power’ of the Zodiac year!

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the Fire Feast of Brigid the Irish Goddess of hearth and home – yes, more Goddess Celebration!
She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs.
At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation(!). 
As the world awakes from the dark slumber of Winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past, and welcome the warmth of Spring.

Found in a beautiful Imbolc / St. Brigid’s post with lots of inspiration for creativity, crafts, recipes, and ceremony, to honour the season:

Some of the symbols attributed to Brigid are:

The Snowdrop. The first gift of Spring in the bleakness of Winter.

The Swan. The swan mates for life, and represents loyalty, fidelity and faithfulness. Swan feathers are a powerful amulet.

The Flame. Imbolc is a Fire Festival and fire of all kinds is associated with Brigid – the fire of creativity, the protective hearth fire, and her fire wheel – the Brigid Cross, which heralds her as a Sun Goddess.

Brigid’s Cross. This is a traditional fire wheel symbol – found at the hearths of homes throughout Ireland and beyond as a symbol of protection. A customer in the shop recounted finding a hearth in Ireland, in recent years, adorned with over 200 Brigid Crosses – 200 years in the life of a hearth and a family, overlit and protected by Brigid.

Brigid Doll. A very old tradition involved the making of a Brigid doll which can be included in ceremony and/or placed in ‘Bride’s Bed’ to bring fertility and good fortune to the home.

The Serpent. In Celtic mythology Brigid was associated with an awakening hibernating serpent which emerged from its lair at Imbolc. Traditionally serpents were associated with creativity and inspiration – the powerful Kundalini energy of the Eastern Mysteries. Paths of earth energy were called serpent paths and at Imbolc they are stirred from their slumber.

Sheep. Brigid’s festival is at the beginning of lambing – eat ewe’s milk cheese!

Imbolc Colours: White and silver for purity, green for the fresh burst of life.”

 

With The MOON, SATURN and PLUTO in CAP, and the MOON square MARS in ARIES on Feb 1 / 2 it’s a wonderful time for Ceremony that honours the New that wants to come forth, for setting up altars and tuning into traditions and the seasons, and for working with the energies that nature provides, to be naturally aligned!

 

Here in Victoria, snow drops, Rhodo blossoms and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted! The ground is greening again .

Brigid’s blessings…!

Here’s a dedication by Ann Mortifee, from her wonderful book In Love with the Mystery:

“SPRING APPEARS

Just when you think the Winter will never cease, suddenly Spring appears.
So it is with sadness, sorrow, loneliness, or loss. Everything has its day and its season.
A new bud will appear where a barren twig lay empty. A fresh start will burst forth with the first green leaf. An unexpected possibility, a new life, will be felt among the ruins. 

Have faith. Expect the impossible. Trust the unfolding nature of life. Wait an eternity if need be.
Spring, inevitable, will surely come.”

 

Much Love, Seasonal and Celestial Blessings!

 

Astrology is an Aquarian Art.

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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AQUARIAN Times Ahead – via the SUN (Jan 20 – Feb 18), MERCURY, LILITH, and the New Moon (Feb 4)

19 Jan

AQUARIAN Times Ahead!

After a phase with SO much rock-solid CAP EARTH, most concentrated round the Partial Solar Eclipse on JAN 5 / 6, and NO AIR in the Astro-elemental realm (except for LILITH in AQ and the MOON) since early Dec(!), AQ is a welcome and uplifting energy, as the most solid & rocky Earth of CAP turns into Aquarian AIR.

 

Up on the Rocks, liberating fresh Air. Photo by Melanie, 2018


A Swiss client of mine who was born on this CAP – AQ cusp literally climbs up mountains, with his parachute / flying device, to glide around and down. He describes this as his ultimate Freedom.

The zodiacal season shifts this weekend from rock-solid CAPRICORN to airy AQUARIUS (happens yearly on JAN 19 / 20, dependent on your location). 
I like to call the cusp energy ‘Prometheus Point’ (Prometheus is the mythological Archetype for the Planet URANUS which rules AQ), or, in plain English: ‘Community Builder Point’. 

 

This year, the SUN crosses over the ‘Prometheus Point’ and enters AQUARIUS on JAN 20 at 1:00 am PST – just 20 hrs before the CAN / LEO SuperMoon / Wolf Moon TLE on SUNday JAN 20 eve!
Yes, the CAP / AQ cusp can have also a cold and icy ‘Lonely Wolf’ energy – if we haven’t found our like-spirited ‘pack’ yet.
The Total Lunar Eclipse in early LEO – AQ shows us how important is is to bring our healthy Self Love and authentic Creativity into Community.

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Mountain Joy in Switzerland – Visit in 2010

What comes after attaining mastery, and ‘making it’ – when, let’s say: CAP is content with its accomplishment (hmmm, is s/he ever? Always dealing with that notion!)?
Well, up on the summit of the mountain, literally, or symbolically: of career and mastery the AIR is thin, and it can get lonely.
But, hey, there are others too on the same, or on ‘their mountain’, and we can connect with them as a team, or like-spirited friends – a big notion of AQ is cooperation and friendship.

 

And if  the ones ‘on top’ are ruling and running the show, the Promethean aspect of the CAP – AQ cusp kicks in: 

Prometheus – the Archetype of URANUS

Prometheus climbed up Mount Olympus, seat of the gods / the elite, to bring the Fire of illumination to Humanity, was punished though by the gods for his hubris, and chained on a rock.
Only an encounter with  Wounded Healer Chiron who acknowledged that everyone should have access to ‘the Fire’ set him free.
Divine inspiration 
and enlightenment are available to everyone!


Let’s connect!
The social factor comes in again
(as with all AIR signs), and we realize we need one another and can’t build a community by ourselves. Hence, social groups and circles of like-spirited humans come together, in / as a network, either physically, or through the Aquarian ether-net – which took off when NEPTUNE and URANUS were in AQ, from the mid-1990’s to early 2000’s.

Speaking of the www (which almost looks like the AQ symbol!) – it also shows up as an ‘ether wave’ in the Johfra Bosschart AQ painting below.

The Planet URANUS which rules AQ is the Astro Archetype associated with Prometheus.
URANUS is presently (2011 – 2019) in ARIES, has just changed direction from Earth perspective on JAN 6, and goes now direct again.

Lots of impulses for true awakened liberation from within are in the collective field, and you probably notice them in your personal life too, esp. if you have AC / MC, SUN, MOON, or Planets in late AR, CAN, LI, or CAP.
The Total Lunar Eclipse on JAN 20 / 21 on the CAN / LEO – CAP / AQ axis catalyzes also URANian liberation and renewal via a T-square active well into 2019.

 

Big News:
URANUS will fully change signs this year (after a ‘trial phase’ last year) – and go over the ‘Settling Point’ into TAURUS on MARCH 6, 2019. 

A Wake-up Call for us Earthlings… and for new ways of collaborating innovatively with the Earth rather than continuing to exploit her. A call for new energies, and for being in new ways in our own Earth body.
Lots of us are also feeling called to – at least experiment with – living at a new location on Planet Earth – perhaps closer to Nature.

Co-building (still a rather CAP concept) in liberated, egalitarian Community is actually rather: Sharing of Energy, like the AQ ‘Water / Energy Bearer’ – incl. FREE energy that’s available to everyone.
With URANUS in TAU (2018 / 19 – 2026) what’s called The Sharing Economy will become more common place.

 

If you have Planets / AC / Nodes on the CAP / AQ cusp you might identify with the Promethean story and the Archetype of URANUS, and be here to dedicate ‘your work’ to the liberation of Humanity.
Esoterically it’s called Light (AQ) Worker (CAP). I like Light Leader better – leading by example (CAP), rather than doing the work ‘for them’.

In the CAP / AQ field we realize that our own work and achievements only go this far. Cooperation in Community of Light Leaders is Key.

URANUS Rules AQUARIUS Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

I love how in the richly symbolic painting by Johfra Bosschart the Aquarian ‘Water Bearer’ / ‘Energy Provider’ pours Prana over the 7 Lotus blossoms.

Perhaps a pointer to Chakra activation, which opens us up to cosmic energies, naturally liberates and empowers us – whoever we are.

 

What does the SUN in AQ 2019 (JAN 20 – FEB 18) shed Light on?


Literally, on the MOON, with the Earth Shadow exactly in-between the SoLunar sphere, at the Total Lunar Eclipse, at the very 1st day and degree of AQ, on JAN 20 / 21.

Some of the old and cold ‘Lone Wolf’ CAP / AQ themes are on the way out, while summery, warm, loving, nurturing CAN / LEO Goddess qualities are supported to take the lead. They’re needed and welcome IN community, society, and Humanity.

 

JAN 29
Day of the MERCURY / SUN Union –
the one furthest away from MERCURY retro (from March 5 on), and MERCURY moves fastest now. Yes, MERCURY will be also in AQ, ‘only’ JAN 23 – FEB 10 – see below. 

From that day onward, MERCURY will be ahead of the SUN in the Zodiac before it gets ‘lassoed-in’ under M-r. Even though it’s a time for brilliant thoughts and brain storms we also need to watch  for the mind not to take over and take precedence over Spirit and the Heart, represented by the SUN.

 

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with IMBOLC / Brigid’s / Candlemas, Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha, / Summer Solstice, Lughnassadh / Lammas, Mabon /  Fall Equinox Halloween / Samhain, Yule / Winter Solstice.

FEB 1 / 2
IMBOLC / Brigid’s / Candlemas.
Mid-Winter is reached, and the first signs of Spring come forth. A time to honour the Season. Beautiful inspirations from The Goddess and the Green Man here.

 

On FEB 4 will be the mid-AQ (Imbolc) NEW MOON – leading to the Chinese New Year of the Yin Earth Pig, starting on FEB 5.
The AQ NEW MOON links up with MERCURY / LILITH, both also in AQ.
A wildly refreshing and liberating energy, post the ‘rocky’ CAP vibes over weeks.
Stay tuned for the AQ NEW MOON / Chinese New Year blog post.

 

FEB 7
The SUN in AQ sextiles JUPITER in SAG.
A double call for Freedom, from the two largest celestial bodies in our Solar System. Freedom to be with your People, and Freedom to Move – from the Heart.

 

FEB 17
At the very end of the Aquarian Journey, the SUN sextiles URANUS, Ruler of AQ, and presently at the very end of ARIES (where the SUN is super strong). 

Freedom to be YOU. Authentic as the Awake Self.

 

And what’s with MERCURY’s Trip in AQ this Year (JAN 23 – FEB 10)?

As you probably know, MERCURY is exalted (comes with ‘honours’) in AQ – since AQ helps the mind to be free, inter-linked, systemic yet out-of-the-box, innovative and collaborative. 
As mentioned, MERCURY is now fastest too, and furthest away from the retro phases, plus, meets and passes the SUN, on JAN 29.
End of JAN is an excellent time for getting together, brain storm, co-create in projects with your team, or your group of friends, and for new and freer ways of seeing things.

 

FEB 3
MERCURY in AQ sextiles JUPITER in SAG – both strong in their signs.

Chances are, inspiration is high, opening you up to see win-wins, and excellent opportunities to take travelling, storytelling, writing, journaling to the next level. Yes,  a great time to be on it with your online presence – it might reach just the right people who continue to weave the web with you.

 

With the AQ NEW MOON on FEB 4 comes also the yearly union between MERCURY and LILITH, both being met by the MOON on that day too. 
What does it mean to be in your ‘wild and free Nature’?

 

FEB 7
MERCURY in late AQ sextiles MARS in late ARIES.

Don’t just think and share those brilliant ideas – get going and act on them.

 

FEB 9
MERCURY sextiles its transpersonal ‘higher octave’ URANUS, the Ruler of AQ, now in late ARIES.

Primed for paradigm shifts and brilliant experiments that can take you to the next level. Keep the connections going, and the ball rolling.


FEB 10
MERCURY enters PISCES where it’ll be for a loooong time, until APR 16.

You guessed it… because it’ll go retro in PI, MARCH 5 – 28.
More about MERCURY’s Surf Season in an upcoming timely Astro~News blog post.

 

By the way, I’m being asked quite often, and you might wonder too:

Is the AQUARIUS AGE already here? Or when does it start?

No clear-cut ‘scientifically correct’ answer for this – very Aquarian.
Yes, according to astronomical calculations the AQ Age starts when the Spring Equinox point will move (always backwards, and very, very gradually) out of PISCES and into AQ – apparently in the year 2597 – faaaar ahead.

But for one thing, there are ‘overlaps’ in the constellations.
And there are other indications, besides the ‘mere’ calculations.

Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen a ‘preview’ of what the AQ Age could be about:

  • URANUS and NEPTUNE were united in AQ in the late 1990’s – they have 84- and 165-year cycle, and a conjunction in AQ is super rare.
    What happened then?
    Personal computers became accessible for everyone, and the Internet took off, and changed our social, communicative, and work world forever. In the meantime, the Internet is omnipresent, in any area of life, and continuously being developed! 
  • PLUTO (with its 248-year cycle) will go into AQ in 2023 / 24.
    There’s a big time AQ Evolution coming up. 

    Looks like Humanity really needs to and can cooperate much more than ever.
    Since things get intense and extreme with PLUTO, we can also see a lot of alienation and encapsulation, social awkwardness, and other side effects of the technological self-sufficiency… 

    Endeavours of replacing humans with robots will increase, and perhaps a massive ‘Space Age’ will break out, with settlements on other Planets, if Earth becomes uninhabitable – whoooaah!

Let’s already / any time co-create with the AQ energy, be innovative (URANUS / Prometheus, the AQ related Planetary Archetype loves that), connect with like-spirited others in integrity, and cooperate in Circles and Community into the future, a future ON Planet Earth, I’d propose.

 

Blessings for the AQ Times!
Needless to say (I do it anyway):

Astrology is an Aquarian Art.

 

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’, those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Why?
Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with yourself in the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘Hub of the Wheel’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified with them, and they don’t have to run your life.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

This is to empowered and liberating ways of working with the ancient and timeless gift of Astrology!

 

Upcoming ASTRO OFFER:

VALENTINE’s Month
22% discounted Relationship Sessions
FEB 2 – 22

 

ASTRO~EXPERIENCES
…via Courses. Workshops, and Embodied Astrology:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you – also available as an online participant.


Next up:

ASTRO*TRAVEL –
Find Your Auspicious Places on Planet EARTH
via Astro Worldmap, Relocation Charts, and Location Compatibility

4-Part ASTRO Journey throughout FEB 2019

Happy Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day – Spring Stirring!

1 Feb

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of AQUARIUS:

We’re celebrating Imbolc / St. Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, and Groundhog Day (Feb 1/2).

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the cardinal Turning Points of the Equinoxes and Solstices, and the fixed ‘Gates of Power’: Beltane, Lammas, Samhain / Halloween, and IMBOLC.

In the Gaelic / Celtic Calendar, Imbolc is one of the 4 fixed ‘Gates of Power’ of the Zodiac year!

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the Fire Feast of Brigid the Irish Goddess of hearth and home – yes, more Goddess Celebration!
She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation(!). 
As the world awakes from the dark slumber of Winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past, and welcome the warmth of Spring.

Found in a beautiful Imbolc / St. Brigid’s post with lots of inspiration for creativity, crafts, recipes, and ceremony, to honour the season:
Some of the symbols attributed to Brigid are:

The Snowdrop. The first gift of Spring in the bleakness of Winter.

The Swan. The swan mates for life and represents loyalty, fidelity and faithfulness. Swan feathers are a powerful amulet.

The Flame. Imbolc is a Fire Festival and fire of all kinds is associated with Brigid – the fire of creativity, the protective hearth fire, and her fire wheel – the Brigid Cross, which heralds her as a Sun Goddess.

Brigid’s Cross. This is a traditional fire wheel symbol – found at the hearths of homes throughout Ireland and beyond as a symbol of protection. A customer in the shop recounted finding a hearth in Ireland, in recent years, adorned with over 200 Brigid Crosses – 200 years in the life of a hearth and a family, overlit and protected by Brigid.

Brigid Doll. A very old tradition involved the making of a Brigid doll which can be included in ceremony and/or placed in ‘Bride’s Bed’ to bring fertility and good fortune to the home.

The Serpent. In Celtic mythology Brigid was associated with an awakening hibernating serpent which emerged from its lair at Imbolc. Traditionally serpents were associated with creativity and inspiration – the powerful Kundalini energy of the Eastern Mysteries. Paths of earth energy were called serpent paths and at Imbolc they are stirred from their slumber.

Sheep. Brigid’s festival is at the beginning of lambing – eat ewe’s milk cheese!

Imbolc Colours: White and silver for purity, green for the fresh burst of life.”

With the VIRGO MOON today and tomorrow (Feb 1 / 2), in trine with SATURN and PLUTO in CAP, and in opposition with NEPTUNE in PI, it’s a wonderful time for Ceremony, for setting up altars and tuning into traditions and the seasons, working with the energies that nature provides, and being aligned!

Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted!
The ground is greening again (with SOO much rain that has come down…!)

Brigid’s blessings…!

And here’s a dedication by Ann Mortifee, from her wonderful book In Love with the Mystery:

“SPRING APPEARS

Just when you think the Winter will never cease, suddenly Spring appears.
So it is with sadness, sorrow, loneliness, or loss. Everything has its day and its season.
A new bud will appear where a barren twig lay empty. A fresh start will burst forth with the first green leaf. An unexpected possibility, a new life, will be felt among the ruins. 

Have faith. Expect the impossible. Trust the unfolding nature of life. Wait an eternity if need be.
Spring, inevitable, will surely come.”

 

Much Love, Seasonal and Celestial Blessings!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2018

 

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