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

29 Jan

Dear ASTRO~NEWS Friends,

Loving it too?
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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CAP New MOON / PSE on Jan 5 / 6 – Let the Old Empire Expire!

4 Jan

Dear Astro~News Reader,

We ‘made it’ (always such a CAP statement) into 2019!

And the first New MOON of the year, in CAP of course, on JAN 5 (in the Americas, 5:28 pm PST) / JAN 6 (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand) is on the doorstep.
(The next New MOON btw on FEB 4 heralds the Chinese New Year of the Yin Earth Pig, starting on FEB 5).

 

This one’s rather an ‘OLD-to-New MOON’ though, I’d say – Why?
CAP is old and mature energy, that too, but mostly:

  • Because it’s a Partial Solar Release Eclipse with the South Node, and also:
  • The Eclipse New Moon is sandwiched between SATURN (closure, endings) and PLUTO (the power of evolution and transformation)…

Where’s the release, closure, and transformation?
In CAPricornian matters, of course.
As in: 

 

  • Dropping what we’ve taken on – heavy duty burdens, guilt, old ‘inherited’ ‘shoulds’, jobs that aren’t ours, other people’s business, ‘paying’ for others’ BS, being a scape goat….
    Maybe a slow process, but so worth committing to, checking in, noticing, and consciously removing ourselves from those energies and adopted roles.

 

  • Giving wayyy too much Time and precious Life Energy to complaining about structures that ‘rule over us’ – whereas we keep disempowering ourselves.
    What can we constructively-creatively DO instead?

 

  • Judgment and resistance. Which are often linked.
    With awareness, recognizing and tuning into the energy of judgment, and how it pretends to protect you but automatically separates you. Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?
    How can you direct the energy into something constructive, like modelling what you do want to see, and not cluttering your time with mulling over ‘their shortcomings’ and feeding your righteousness? 
    Plus, let’s be compassionate. Everybody is on their Soul Journey. We never know what people go through and what their history is, leading them to show up as they do. And you might even have a ‘Soul Contract’ with those ‘challenging people’ – what’s the teaching – for YOU?
    NEPTUNE in PI in triple sextile with SATURN in CAP (both planetary Archetypes in their own ruled Zodiac signs – very pure and effective that way) this year helps with Spiritual Teachings – leading to karmic (SATURN) release (NEPTUNE).

 

  • All in all, releasing the Shadow and Redundancy of the Old World that we might be still (at least residually) conditioned by, and dragging along:
    Authority issues (esp. giving it away and blaming others for our misery – sounds like residues of the Piscean Age to me too…). What would it look like, and what’s required and possible to show up in our own authority? The SUN passed SATURN in CAP on New Year’s Day, bringing up Authority themes, and calling us to be consciously and creatively in our Authority.
    Fears – which might be related to old trauma that of course needs to be processed, or they can be an excuse for procrastinating, holding ourselves back, and putting our life on hold. Time for inner inquiry in that regard…
    I like the acronym for F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real.
    And the 3 questions from The Work by Byron Katie (which can be applied to other mental constructs and restrictions as well of course): 
    Is it true? How do you know it’s true? Who would you be without this?
    Unnecessary Restrictions, as in: scarcity mentality, loyalty to the past, living by redundant rules…
    Guilt – uhhh, another one that can get us, and often related to upbringing, authoritative / religious conditioning about ‘thou shalt / not….’ and psychological control. Often linked to shame. As always with these symptoms, key is to identify, and notice they’re just another attempt to keep us small, separate, not good enough, in a box, etc…
    Judgment (see above).
    Yet, natural inner Authority and Maturity, the conscious and resolved CAPRICORN gifts, lay beyond those CAP phenomena in the shadow, on ‘higher ground’ that SAG (‘before CAP) can take us to, with JUPITER in SAG this year helping to raise big awareness, and outgrow the old and small.

 

  • What can these energies transform into / be re-purposed for a Higher and the Greater Good? That’s where PLUTO in CAP comes in.
    Like: Finding our ‘Mountain’, and consistently walking with / on OUR Purpose.
    Naturally, it’s easier with less ‘old baggage’. And intrinsic Power-of-Nature / Soul Power is the fuel that sustains us.

    The SUN will align with PLUTO on JAN 11 – shedding light at this inevitable transformation and evolution that’s already happening. Life is easier when we join the River of Change…

 

Call of the Mountain – Photo by Melanie

 

These themes have been obviously already ‘upon’ / within us, moving their way through us personally and collectively –
ever since PLUTO (since 2008), SATURN (Dec 20, 2017) and the South Node (Nov 16, 2018) moved into CAP.


This year however, they’re clearly compounded and ‘sealed-off’,
with three South Node Eclipses:

JAN 5: PSE / New MOON in CAP 
JULY 2: TLE / Full MOON in CAP – CAN
DEC 25: Christmas New MOON / Annular Solar Eclipse in CAP.

 

Before taking a look at the cosmic patterns in the New MOON / Eclipse chart,
here’s a very apt quote / contemplation by Canadian Poet Laureate and sage Ann Mortifee, from her book In Love with the Mystery, adding important pieces round steady patience and chipping away….

 

 

…which is also – literally – very much apropos MERCURY entering CAP today JAN 4 – more notes about that move below.
And MERCURY will be in the CAP New MOON Team of 6 (yes, SIX! Check it out on the Eclipse chart!)!

Yes, time to look into the area of life that’s prone to chipping and sculpting – chances are it’s mostly related to where CAP is in your birth chart.
Where dropping and cropping and pruning is ‘up’ – only to bring relief, and bring us closer to our real self.

And I’d add, in accord with the Release Eclipse, and with NEPTUNE these years (2012 – 2026) in PISCES, in mutually supportive triple-sextile with SATURN in CAP this year – exact on JAN 31, JUNE 18, and NOV 8:
Allow Life, circumstances, the Universe to help you let go of what you might still carry but what isn’t YOU (anymore, if ever).
A Cosmic Blessing to continuously release, receive, re-orient.

 

Here’s the Astro Chart of the Super CAPPY (yes, Group of SIX!) New MOON / PSE!

The NEW MOON will be exact on JAN 5 at 5:28 pm PST, and the maximum Eclipse at 5:41 pm PST.
The Path of the Eclipse goes over North East Asia and parts of Alaska.
On a mundane level it affects the countries it crosses over.
Yet not as strongly as a Total Solar Eclipse (last one on Aug 21, 2017 on the ‘Sphinx Point’ over the U.S.).

 

So there it is – the whole CAPPY Party:

  • MERCURY (freshly in CAP from this eve JAN 4 on).
    I’ve written about the period of MERCURY in CAP (until JAN 23), and how the energy can be well used – interested?
  • SATURN now making its way to central CAP which it activates this year in the 3-year curriculum (DEC 2017 – DEC 2020). Here’s the SATURN-in-CAP blog post from the time of its entry a year ago. Can be referred to over the whole course of this important phase.
  • The NEW MOON at 15°24′ CAP. 
  • PLUTO, now 2/3 into CAP, since 2008, until 2023.
  • The South Node (NOV 16, 2018 – JUNE 5, 2020) – with the North Node in CANCER.
    The Nodes are ‘co-responsible’ for Eclipses in the CAP and CAN seasons, in 2019.
    Here’s the CAP-CAN Nodal blog post from NOV if you’d like to read up their Astro themes.

Yes, the emphasis of the CAP New MOON / Solar Eclipse is for several reasons on release, closure, and transformation of old CAP sides
…while ‘filling our cup’ from the CANCER side (What are our needs? What nurtures us and how do we nurture and care? Where do you belong?),
…from which place we have fresh energy to be present and just-in-time with our CAP Purpose and Priorities – which would have likely renewed through the process anyway!

 

Let’s take a look at the 

SABIAN SYMBOL for the Eclipse New MOON!

The NEW MOON at 15°24′ CAP. 

16° CAP: 

“SCHOOL GROUNDS FILLED WITH BOYS AND GIRLS IN GYMNASIUM SUITS.

KEYNOTE: The need for physical activity and play, especially in adolescence.

Society has learned that a balanced combination of intellectual study and physical activity is necessary for the harmonious development of the human personality. Adults often forget this under the pressure of money-making and other duties, and this symbol reminds us of it.

This is the first stage of the fifty-eighth five-fold sequence which begins Scene Twenty of the cyclic ritual. It shows how we normally depend upon physical stimulation and EXERCISE for the maintenance of our health, and therefore of an equally healthy society.”

 

Yes, the old-style exercise and drill, emphasizing on performance, even fear and punishment, at least carrot and stick in the olden days, has come a long way…
Nowadays, the Sabian Symbol in contemporary Western pop culture looks rather like a Yoga class for all of us Young-at-Heart. 
Yoga is such a perfect CAPricornian way of sustaining and maintaining overall Body-Mind-Spirit wellness, without much equipment (not much to carry, ha-ha). It can be done almost anywhere (even pranayama breathing while sitting…, standing literally in Mountain pose, perhaps while waiting somewhere…).
So here’s to the Yogic regeneration and evolution of ‘exercise’ (nowadays rather called Practice)!
And it can also provide super important balance, given the ever increasing degenerative sedentary lifestyle via modern-day ‘conveniences’ (shadow of the CAPitalist CAPricorn world).
Loving the massive evolutionary come-back of this ancient practice (CAP) in our modern time, with an even bigger trend in the last decade since PLUTO’s been in CAP (2008).

Pragmatic CAP could say: Exercise increases our productivity and overall performance IN the system.
Ha, good for the economy (incl. all the Yoga classes, gear, etc…) – yes, true. And LOTS of CAPitalization shadow also in the world of Yoga, whereas some on ‘top of the pyramid’ reap the benefits while others pay the tickets, and most  ‘spiritual programs / retreats’ on the market aren’t accessible to most, and other shadow elements like sexual abuse too, for sure – CAP says: I use, and abuse of power, energy, money, people is the shadow – in all things organized (CAP).
But that’s hopefully you don’t fall into the shadow traps.
From a CANCER side doing Yoga and other physical-spiritual practices consistently (CAP) makes us feel good and nurtured, and we can be more creative and nurturing to others, simply-purely…

I’ve been on the Yogic path for ages, and have no intention of dropping it since it’s done me and my wellness so good, from the inside-out.

Even if you don’t have a Yoga class nearby or are travelling, there are options of doing Yoga online (yes, with some more CAP self discipline but also freedom). I love and recommend DoYogaWithMe out of Victoria BC! – with a huge array of classes, and a big portion of them filmed outdoors! If you do the classes from home / travel abode a la CANCER you don’t need any fancy Yoga gear / commuting time, plus it costs you very little.

Whether it’s Yoga that sustains you, or other Mind-Body-Spirit practices – this is to our overall Wellness and Energy Resilience & Regeneration in 2019 and beyond, in our own Authority (yes, we know what’s good for us…), and for the Highest Good!

 

What Poses and Movements are the other Planetary Players into, and up to these days…

…activated by and activating for the Eclipse New MOON?

 

First things first:

MARS entered its own sign ARIES, on Dec 31 / Jan 1!

Let Your Super Hero Emerge. Initiate something New & Fresh. Assert Yourself, and be Authentic!

With MARS now freshly in ARIES, and the SUN in CAP just past SATURN (since New Year’s) it’s easier to move with a clear and conscious Spirit past what appeared as obstacles, fears, judgments, and old blockages, and to stand in our authority and have agency.


This is OUR Time & Life.
Let’s not postpone or give up, but do what matters, with the Time and Energy we have here!

Read on, in the ASTRO~NEWS blog post for MARS in ARIES.

 

Image: Caduceus Staff of Hermes / Mercury (photographer and location unknown) – also very apropos MERCURY in CAP – classic / neo classic architecture… and needs to be in structural integrity.

 

MERCURY crosses over the ‘Integrity Point’, and enters CAP – this eve, Jan 4.

Communicating from Integrity is on now – incl. in connection with the Partial Solar Eclipse in CAP on JAN 5.
No more putting up with BS, disrespect, ‘takers’, abusers, and thoughts / communication that drain or waste your time and energy (shadow of CAP, to be released with the Eclipse, also via / from our Mind).
Being clear and stating simply what’s in Integrity for you and what isn’t. Plus, walking away from a situation can speak louder than 1000 words. Walking instead of talking / trying to educate / reform them about what they’re not cap-able of…


On JAN 8, MERCURY freshly in CAP squares MARS freshly in AR.
Angry words and arguments can be ignited, frustration about what doesn’t work can come up.
Channeling the energy into clearly, responsibly stating what you do want and what works for you, and not making it about others is a purer and cleaner way of going effectively with that combo.


Read on, in the MERCURY into CAP blog post.

 

The Planetary Archetype URANUS is associated with Prometheus, the Greek Hero who capturing the fire of spirit and creative inventiveness from the Gods for Humanity. 

The Big News around the Eclipse: URANUS in late ARIES makes a Move –

…from retro (since AUG 7, 2018) to direct / forward, the day after the Eclipse, JAN 6!

‘Wild Card’ URANUS end of ARIES (already since NOV, and continued throughout JAN, then fading) forms a T-square with the Nodal Axis of the Lunar South Node in late CAP, and the Lunar North Node end of CANCER!
Can you see the red configuration in the chart? (also marked on top of the wheel).

Sounds / looks / feels like Liberation to be authentic and free, as in:
Freedom from old burdensome heavy, taxing, systemic fear and control structures (CAP South Node, close to PLUTO) which we might have also internalized.
Freedom for being true to ourselves, taking care of our needs, being gentle, compassionate, and playfully-creative (CAN North Node) rather than productivity driven and always running out of time while being enslaved to the system (CAP South Node).
And even a Freedom beyond ‘from’ or ‘for’ – which is still conditional, and simply Freedom (without opposites).
Cuz, Freedom from or for is still dependent / conditional, and not really free (loved this pointer by J. Krishnamurti, suggesting, true Freedom is Freedom without an opposite.

 

With URANUS changing direction, there’s a climate of wake-up calls, unpredictability, surprises, even shocks, paradigm shifts, and out-of-the-ordinary experiences. The URANian ‘station’ and activation of its Archetype is in effect and noticeable all through JAN, activating both Eclipses on JAN 5 / 6 and JAN 20 / 21.
Re-invent yourself!
Awaken from a CAP mode of being slave to a system that eats up our time and energy, and into full-on Presence with what IS. Presence in the NOW.

URANUS is also related to weather patterns – and shows when all kinds of systems are ‘out of whack’.
Yesterday, when I was writing in my cozy home there was a wild and intense rain storm going on outside. And today it’s fresh and clear again. Things can shift fast – and free up energy, and URANUS in ARIES is all for it.

 

Retro Free Phase!

Once URANUS goes out of retro (on JAN 6) there will be a phase without a major Planet retrograde until early MARCH (when MERCURY goes retro again) – woohoo!
A good time to start the year with outer manifestations which can accelerate quite magically these days (propelled by MARS and URANUS in ARIES).

 

VENUS comes over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG, on Jan 7!

A ‘long time coming’ for VENUS the Love Goddess who, due to ‘her’ Retro ‘Underworld Journey’ in Fall 2018, has been in SCORPIO for extremely long, since the New MOON in VIR on 09 / 09, all through October, and again all through December.

Hope you channeled the energy into Love for Life’s Magic and Mystery, and a full-on regeneration of the Inner Divine Feminine in her Power!

 

The ‘PHOENIX VENUS’ is also part of the Partial Solar Eclipse in CAP.
Guess what that adds up to?
Rise of the Feminine, and, post-VENUS-retro, regenerated Inner Values (‘New VENUS’ since Oct 26), rather than (old-old!) comparing ourselves, and being so concerned about what ‘they’ think, and who loves us, bla-bla.

VENUS will be in fiery & inspired SAG until FEB 3, and meet big Mentor JUPITER there on JAN 22 – right after the Total LUNAR Eclipse Full MOON in LEO – AQ.
It’ll be fun! Lots of Opportunities to attract from the Heart and from Gratitude, Generosity, and Abundance – which are all attributes of LOVE – that’s where it’s at.

 

So here we go, so much cosmic support of releasing the Old, and getting ready for a fresh and better way and World in 2019!


A Release Ceremony just before the NEW MOON / Partial Solar Eclipse at 5:28 pm PST tomorrow JAN 5 would support the outflow of old energy and invitation of a New Wave!

 

Freshness of the Waves – Photo by Melanie, Jan 2019

 

All the Best to You!
Let’s keep on surfing the Cosmic Currents in / as the NEW!

Melanie

 

© 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 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!

 

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MERCURY into CAP (Jan 4 – 23): Communication from Integrity & Planning with Priorities

31 Dec

Dear Astro~News Reader,

the MERCUR-ial Messenger as SAGittarian Visionary turns into a Planner – great alignment with the start into the calendar year.
MERCURY moves over the Integrity Point into CAP on JAN 4.

Voyager Tarot Card IX of Wands – Integrity. Crystal activation and photo by Melanie

Communicating from Integrity comes up now – also in connection with the Partial Solar Eclipse in CAP on JAN 5.

No more putting up with BS, disrespect, ‘takers’, abusers, and thoughts / communication that drain or waste our time and energy.
Being clear and stating simply what’s in Integrity for you and what isn’t. Plus, walking away from a situation can speak louder than 1000 words. Walk, instead of talking / trying to educate them about what they’re not cap-able of…


CAP rules Time, and working wisely with Time and Resources.
Yet, with PLUTO now in CAP (2009 – 2023) our experience of Time is changing, and we tapping into Deep Time, and multi-dimensional time lines. Plus, Resources have a big priority.

 

MERCURY being now far away from retro (next phase only in March) helps with staying on track, and doing the mental part, when it comes to timing, planning, resources, and priorities.
Plus, from JAN 6 on, NO Planets will be retro until early March
(energetically from mid-Jan to end of Feb).

All good to go, moving forward and building what matters most, in early 2019?

MERCURY will be in CAP from JAN 4 – 23, just behind the CAP SUN.
The Messenger-Planner will meet other VIP CAP ‘Players’ and connect with other Planets from different Zodiac realms – which of course informs the planning process…

 


What Time is it? The Sun dial in Beacon Hill Park IS pretty exact. On a walk last Summer with  my Swiss friend I asked him to check his watch, and indeed, with Daylight Savings Time considered (4:15 pm on the watch, 3:15 pm on the Sun dial) it matched up…

 

With MERCURY in CAP in the New Year it’s an excellent Time to:

 

  • Do a realistic Inventory of the Old Year.
    What worked well?
    What were the lessons?
    What was worth putting energy into?
    What takes up too much of your time and energy?
    What would you do in a better way next time?
    Where’s the ‘been there, done that’ factor?
    What needs cropping and pruning, to free up resources and time?

 

  • Turn your SAG Visions into Goals & Priorities.
    What’s possible with the CAPacities and resources you already have?
    What can you manifest this year?
    What might be a challenge but rewarding when you stay committed and consistent?
    Where to you need to carve out time to make sure this goal becomes a priority?

 

  • Don’t do the Planning the ‘Old Way’.
    Find your own Authority, Agency, and Freedom.
    MERCURY will connect with the Partial Solar Release Eclipse in CAP on JAN 5 / 6, pass SATURN (JAN 13), PLUTO  (JAN 18) and the Lunar South Node (JAN 22), plus square MARS (JAN 8), and URANUS in ARIES (JAN 23) – hence:

    Forget about old style ‘resolutions’ that are usually short lived and not sustaining.
    Be realistic (MERCURY – SATURN) about your patterns and CAPacities.
    Access Your your true Agency (MERCURY – MARS – SATURN), and Inner Power to change patterns of giving energy to the Old & Told into living from what YOU’re best at (MERCURY – PLUTO – South Node) – which inevitably leads to Freedom (MERCURY – URANUS)!

 

 

Image: Caduceus Staff of Hermes / Mercury (photographer and location unknown) – very apropos MERCURY in CAP – classic / neo classic architecture… and needs to be in structural integrity.

 

Schedule of Planetary Alignments with MERCURY in CAP

JAN 8
MERCURY freshly in CAP squares MARS freshly in AR (DEC 31 – FEB 14).
Angry words and arguments can be ignited, frustration about what doesn’t work can come up.
Channeling the energy into clearly, responsibly stating what you do want and what works for you, and not making it about others is a purer and cleaner way of going effectively with that combo.

JAN 13
MERCURY in CAP conj. SATURN.
More frustration with authority? What’s your authority and responsibility? Invoke the Inner Elder / Master / Teacher to find the right words from a centred and calm place that is being respected and has beneficial effects. Also an excellent time (once a year, but these 3 years with SATURN in CAP extra boosted) to make a commitment to build / give due energy to what has priority at the end of the day – and every day.

JAN 14
MERCURY in CAP sextile NEPTUNE in PI (SATURN and NEPTUNE are in sextile in 2018).
Yes, there’s the correct and right approach a la CAP, and yet it helps to be also compassionate and sensitive – which helps smooth out what might become to rigid otherwise and with staying connected. How would the Buddha respond?
An excellent time to strengthen our commitment to spiritual practice.

JAN 18
MERCURY in CAP conj. PLUTO.
Let Mind drop to a much deeper place – call it Core or Soul or Essence or Inner Void.
See what happens to qualities of fear and control or power issues in your mental field and motivation… see what they transforms into.

JAN 22 / 23
MERCURY at the end of CAP conj. the Lunar South Node, and square URANUS in ARIES.
Old mental & communicative patterns (esp. with fear / control conditioning) have to go.
Beyond that heavy world is Freedom!

JAN 24
MERCURY enters AQ (until Feb 10)…
…where the ‘Messenger’ turns out of the box Free Thinker / Innovator / Paradigm Shifter, and will meet the SUN on JAN 29 (Superior Conjunction) – Freedom of Mind, Freedom of Consciousness.

 

Call of the Mountain – Photo by Melanie

 

MERCURY in CAP in Your Chart & Life…

…can ‘coach’ your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planetary Archetypes in CAP and the area/s of life relating to the House/s where CAP is in your birth (and local) chart/s to be clear and committed to what matters most, about…

1st House:
Your Presence and Sense of Self

2nd House:
Your Values, what you own, literally & metaphorically, your Business

3rd House:
Your Environment

4th House:
Your Home, Origin, Ancestry

5th House:
Your Creative, Playful, Inner Child and Lover

6th House:
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

7th House:
Your Partners & Significant Others

8th House:
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others, Your Transformations

9th House:
What gives you Meaning, Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels

10th House:
Your Purpose incl Career, Your Public Self

11th House:
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends

12th House:
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.

 

 

For a good head start into the New Year, chances are it’s a good time to consciously explore the massive CAP activation via MERCURY, SATURN, New MOON, South Node, and PLUTO in your own chart and life. To stay on track with what matters, and un-prioritize / drop the rest.

Come over for a private session!
I still have the Treat Time Offer on – extended to Epiphany (JAN 6) – see below.

 

All the Best for a crystal clear Start into / as the NEW!

Melanie

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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 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!

 

Come over to TREAT TIME Offers – extended to JAN 6 (Epiphany)! – to treat yourself or a Loved One to an Astro Session for the Holidays, esp. for an Outlook into the New Year!

 

 

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 New Year’s Parlour on JAN 9

 

 

 

 

From the Galactic Centre to the WINTER SOLSTICE 2018: Light Returning…

16 Dec

Solsticey Greetings, Cosmic Friend!

 

 

These days, Dec 17 – 19, is the yearly time when (in the Northern Hemisphere) the SUN in late SAG points to the Heart of our Milky Way Galaxy – the Galactic Centre, a dark rift, ‘black hole’, AND a birthing place out of stillness, honoured by indigenous cultures as the Womb of Creation.

All of us with birthdays these days, or AC, MOON, or Planets in our birth chart at 26 – 28° SAG, are strongly called to align from our loving Heart, with the Heart of Hearts, to follow ultimate Truth, inner Guidance, and trust the inner Soul Light on our Path.

 

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

On the Winter Solstice intersection of SAG / CAP, we’re also at the Space-Time cross(roads):
SAG rules Space, and CAP rules Time.

What does it take, to show up simply and ‘magically’ at the right Time at the right Place? To ‘attract synchronicities’?

We increase the odds when we’re in resonance with the Universe, i.o.w., when we follow inner Heart Guidance, the inner teacher who is connected to the bigger sphere, or even ‘simpler’: When we’re in egoless alignment with Integrity as-Nature, and move with LOVE.


The
 Winter SoUlstice Point is the Space-Time Point, Integrity Point, or Inner Guru Point – here we can find the Teacher and Guiding Light within. 

SATURN, the ‘obstacle bringer’ who teaches us via ‘what’s in the way’ (hint: old patterns and conditioning, fears and limitations, ego contraction, sense of separateness, and need for control) and where we need to drop the excess ‘baggage’ of these heavy duty engagements, was 2015 – 2017 in SAG, and crossed just before last Winter Solstice 2017 over the Space-Time Point into CAP (which SATURN rules), and where it reminds us of what’s real and has priority, and shows us through clear feedback what works and what doesn’t (esp. long term).

Reflections for SATURN now on the CAP side of the Winter Solstice Point:

  • Where / how can you find the Sage / Elder in you? 
  • What’s your experience of the Ground of Being?
  • When all is still and dark, what is undying?
  • How does the Inner Light return for you?
  • Living by ancient, timeless teachings can be very beneficial – always, esp. in times like these.

 

Ganesha – Elephant headed Hindu god, known as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ on the path, and Guru that takes us from the darkness (of not seeing what the obstacles is / was) to the Light. 

 

This year, JUPITER is in SAG. It will come close to the Galactic Ctre when it stations at 24°21′ SAG on Apr 10 to go retro from there, and will cross the GC in Nov 2019 before entering CAP on Dec 2, 2019.
A whole different energy with JUPITER round the GC than with SATURN in the last years:
Rather than dealing with / buying into and needing to unburden ourselves from old beliefs and stories that are obstacles and cause separation, with JUPITER in SAG, Deep Understanding, Trust, Heart Truth guiding our Path, the Freedom to live by it, and OpportUnities arise.

 

Blessings for the Galactic RE-Birthday to all of us NOW!

The energy to align with essential deep Truth (the ultimate Gift that comes ‘down the chimney’) so that we can actually WALK the Vision, and BE the Truth, the Light, the Love!

 

The SUN will reach the sacred SAG-to-CAP transition, at WINTER SOLSTICE 2017 – this year on Dec 21 at 2:25 pm PST.

Here is the Winter Solstice ‘Birth Chart’:

 

What’s so special about the WINTER SOLSTICE 2018:
It leads up to a FULL MOON  at the very first degree of CANCER (CAP for the SUN), just 19 hrs later, on Dec 22!

At WINTER SOLSTICE, the waxing MOON will be 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).
A polarity between the need to belong to a tribe or family, be with children / with the Inner Child, and to focus on priorities and purpose, which may be but doesn’t have to be a dilemma, ‘bridged’ by MARS / CHIRON between them (a square):
SoUlutions come from doing actively something about unity and connection, and surrendering to the healing quality of it. When we connect from the Heart it all comes and flows together, time flies or stands still – either way, it’s magical.

 

Also on the day of the WINTER SOLSTICE:
MERCURY in SAG (coming out of post-retro ‘shadow’) unites with JUPITER, and gears up to a square with NEPTUNE in PI on Christmas Eve, Dec 24.
This alignment is also quite relevant for the U.S., with MERCURY / JUPITER just 3° away from the country’s AC at 12°12′ SAG. 

More opportunity to find and speak our Heart Truth, be authentic, have fun, celebrate, see the bigger picture and the gifts of Life, and share generously.
With the NEPTUNE square, a romantic, dreamy, mystical and musical vibe at Christmas. It can be also prone to fantasies, illusions, and disappointments when expectations (SAG) aren’t met.
So take it easy, tune into wonder, and sound and song that unites.

 

Lastly, on the WINTER SOLSTICE day and the day after:
On Dec 21, VENUS in SCO goes into Water Trine with NEPTUNE in PI – Surfing the Waves of Love…
Then on Dec 22, VENUS in mid-SCO (doubly-SCO energy there) will square LILITH in mid-AQ (doubly-AQ there).
Intimacy and Depth of Love and Connection vs / and? Freedom and Independence?

 


Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the cardinal Turning Points of the Equinoxes and Solstices, incl. YULE – Winter Solstice

Let’s link up with the deep cosmic energy at this time of year!

And honour ancient traditions – in our Time and Place.

 

Speaking of Space-Time:

Space as we knew it has changed massively and irreversibly (Internet, globalization, worldwide travel boom etc.), during the period when PLUTO was in SAG (1995 – 2008). 

Time as we know it is changing now, with PLUTO in CAP (2008 – 2023).
Time is VERY relative, in fact it’s just a dimension that can be also molded, and transcended:
We energetically ‘run out of it’ when we race around in scarcity mode, and, with consumer mentality (ha, esp. before Christmas…), want more of what we don’t seem to ‘have’. Like a ‘hungry ghost’. The shadow of CAP (never satisfied materialist). 

In contrast, we ‘have all the time in the world’ when we slow down, and tune into ‘Kairos’ (time-as-quality) rather than ‘Chronos’ (time-as-quantity).

When we tap into ‘Deep Time’, and tune into Heart Time…
One of the best gifts we can give others, to ourselves, and to the World.
A theme that’s up now big time 🙂 and to REflect upon, with MERCURY& JUPITER in SAG, and SATURN in CAP!

 

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December Sun by the Flagpole (round 2 pm) – Photo by Melanie Dec 16. 2016

 

Heart Blessings for this Deep and Sacred Time of Year!

Melanie

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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 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!

 

Come over to TREAT TIME Offers in December, to treat yourself or a Loved One to an Astro Session for the Holidays, esp. for an Outlook into the New Year!

 

 

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 New Year’s Parlour on Dec 27

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Imagine…
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:
CHIRON Enters ARIES
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..):

“CAPRICORN 9°: AN ANGEL CARRYING A HARP

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.

You’re welcome to join the mailing list via signing up on my FB Page, or email me (licht@islandnet.com) and I add you manually.

Many Blessings for the Liberation Journey!

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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

SPRING EQUINOX 2018 (March 20 at 9:15 am PDT): Happy Astrological New Year! Happy New ARIES!

19 Mar

It is the Astrological New Year (SUN enters ARIES)!

Happy New Year, Astrology Friends out there!

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


SPRING EQUINOX is the day of equal daylight and night hours.

From tomorrow onward, the days are getting longer than the nights, in the Northern hemisphere – the reign of the SUN over the next 6 months until FALL EQUINOX.


It is one of the sacred Corner Stones of the natural yearly cycle (with its two Equinoxes, and two Solstices).

 

Easter (celebrated on the Sunday after the First Full Moon in Spring) was named after Ostara!

Yep, Easter is one of the few Christian festivals based on the Solunar calendar.

This year, the first Spring Full Moon will be on MARCH 31, and the day after, APR 1 will be Easter Sunday!

The spirit of Newness and Liberation is building, as the SUN enters ARIES, to approach URANUS (once a year!). Their encounter will be this year on APR 18, at the very end of ARIES.

And just before that, on APR 15, will be the First NEW MOON of the Astrological Year, with MERCURY, SUN, MOON, and URANUS, all in ARIES, and CHIRON going into ARIES too, on APR 17!
Quite the firecracker kickstarter, and breakthrough catalyst!

But patience please (I know, it’s hard for lightning fast ARIES), we’re not quite there yet!
More about the ARIES NEW MOON in the Astro~News dedicated specifically to that. Stay tuned.

 

Here’s the ‘birth chart’ of SPRING 2018:

Just look at that close alignment of the SUN at 0°00′ ARIES – the ‘Emergence Point’ where Life Awakens and Arises – just barely leaving behind CHIRON at the very end of PI (the New Moon on March 17 came with CHIRON!).

Out of the PISCEAN unifying waters of Oneness New Life arises.
Just as snow and ice have (hopefully) melted, the rivers are running again, and fresh Life shows up from the ground-up, and from the blossoming trees out and down!

Likewise, this is the time to let go and out-flow the old wounds and woes of Winter, and perhaps of the last 7-8 years with CHIRON in PI – and let their teaching become our healing agents.
And to rise again, into the freshness and newness and NOWness of Life!

 

Also, MARS the ruling planet of ARIES has just entered a new sign – CAPRICORN where it’s exalted (really well positioned), which helps to get the job done – whichever project you’re tackling these months, with motivated discipline, perseverance, maturity and integrity!
A great energy to start Spring – and it reaches over into Summer!
Check out the blog post for MARS into CAP for more cosmic downloads for this period (which basically extends until mid-Sept, incl. the MARS retro phase end of June to end of Aug)!
We’ll hear more from MARS in CAP over the months to come!

 

The fresh ARIES SUN will square MARS in CAP (building up all week) on Sat March 24:
So much energy built up – use it wisely and purposefully!

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Amazing how Nature always ‘accomplishes’ what needs to ‘get done’, and ‘just in time’.
Joyful Productivity!
Nature is such a model for being on purpose – nature-ally!

 

Cherry Blossom Bliss
Photo by Melanie, March 2018

 

Here are a few little Haikus I created yesterday spontaneously,
inspired by the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Victoria Art Gallery:

 

New Moon, now in Aries.

Cherry Blossoms
Such de-light-full Rebels.

 

Victoria in March –

Cherry Blossoms and Girls in Sandals
Ignore the calendar.

 

Cherry Blossoms 
At Equinox – 

Come Alive!

 

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© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Group of SEVEN in CAPRICORN – into the NEW MOON (Jan 16 / 17): Integrity from the Ground UP

14 Jan

Hey, dear Astro~News Friends,

Seriously?
SEVEN Celestial Bodies now in CAPRICORN?


Yep, that’s it – as much as it gets – pretty much until 2020.
Who are the ‘Players’?
SUN (the ‘season’, until Jan 19 / 20), MOON (since today Jan 14, until just after the CAP New Moon on Jan 16 / 17), MERCURY (Jan 10 – 31), VENUS (Dec 24 – Jan 17), LILITH (Nov 8, 2017 – Aug 5, 2018), SATURN (Dec 19 / 20, 2017 – Dec 17, 2020), and PLUTO (2008 /09 – 2023 / 24)!

Looks like a Big Call for Integrity from the Ground-UP.

Rock-Solid Green Ground – Photo by Melanie Jan 14, 2018

How has your New Year started?
Maybe still with a lots of residual energy from 2017?
Maybe with clearing some of the ‘Holiday effects’?
You’re not alone.

Yes, it’s true, the SuperSuper FULL MOON in CAN / CAP aligned so beautifully with the Gregorian New Year of January 1. 
However, Full Moon energy isn’t about Newness but about ‘Fruition’ – esp. this one:
A Super build-up of the weeks round Christmas, and perhaps of the whole year 2017 – which has taken so many of us, personally, in relationships, as nations (the U.S.), countries (catastrophes!) through the ‘fire’ / ‘storm’.

Pluto Reveals… One of the first pictures New Horizons transmitted from the close fly-by in July 2015.

The CANCER Full Moon belly was such a womb energy.
The waning phase over the last 2 weeks, after such a big time build-up, and with the help of the PLUTO in CAP ‘midwife’, has ‘delivered’ deep stuff through the ‘birth canal’ of transformation. It’s been quite the purge too, with PLUTO ‘in charge’. 

Since PLUTO is the key & core ‘Player’ and in CAP the longest (2008 – 2024), pointing to the deeper evolution that’s going on on Planet Earth and in us internally.
So, what’s the effect of each other planetary body passing PLUTO?

 

So let’s first do an Astro Inventory (very Capricornian anyway) about the Planetary Players and their Transformation through PLUTO.

VENUS and the SUN in CAP passed PLUTO on Jan 9, and just 15 hrs before the New Moon, on Jan 16, the CAP MOON will pass PLUTO too. 
It’s an initiation process with PLUTO in CAP.
And yep, it gets intense as / so that it changes…

While (because?) the Shadow and all sort of ‘old gunk’ gets cleared and purified (PLUTO), the Best of these Inner Archetypes in their Integrity (CAP) can come out:

SUN – Spirit, Consciousness, Vital Energy:

  • What does it takes for your energy to operate best?
  • What’s ‘counterproductive’ and (hopefully) on the way out?
  • What brings you energy?
  • What brings you closer to Essence?

VENUS – Attraction, Magnetism, Reflection in Relationships:

  • Do you attract / do they show you your Best, or your Shadow?
  • How can you bring Love, the Big Transformer, into the picture?

MOON – Sensitivity, Somatic Cycles, Emotions, Needs:

  • How do you honour (CAP) our emotions and needs?
  • How do you align with the energy of the month, nurture (MOON) and sustain (CAP) yourself?
  • It is a low energy before / round the New Moon – maybe you need lots of Rest & Regeneration…?
  • The one New Moon in CAP of the year: The world seems to resonate with, or at least emotionally reflect your CAP themes (like: need for integrity, simplicity, building a good foundation, being in tune with the Spirit of the Time / Zeitgeist, working with Nature – rather than against it….).
  • PLUTO as an ‘Initiation Chamber’ for the NEW MOON (with VENUS) helps us get aligned with what truly, simply, essentially matters, and ‘works best’.
    Call it Being as Nature, call it the The Power of Love.

MERCURY  – Mind, Thought Forms, Communication:
MERCURY in CAP will pass PLUTO on Jan 24: 

  • Mental ‘clutter’ of the CAP kind (abusive / self abusive, judgmental, fear / control mechanisms…) can come ‘up and out’ to process.
  • Hidden agenda in govern-mental structures can come out (more? oh yeah…).
  • An excellent time to practice deep inquiry into the core of your being – and live from there, one step / breath / minute at a time.

The SUN, MERCURY, and VENUS pass PLUTO yearly, the MOON monthly.
Yet, nowadays / now-a-years, there’s more going on in CAP where PLUTO sits:

LILITH – ‘Wild Woman’, actually: Being in our True ‘Wild Nature’.
LILITH is now also in CAP (until Aug 2018), and will pass PLUTO in mid-May (only every 10 years). The themes are already building up:

  • Being as-Nature is so simple. We don’t need all the ‘stuff’ (materialism, status symbols…) that’s been ‘sold’ to us by those who benefit from the consumer society and ‘ego system’.
  • Less is more is empowering. Less to buy / more to create / grow, re-purpose, up-cycle, share brings more Life and Soul into the World.
  • Rather than resisting / protesting against authorities (and thereby feeding them energy and still being the ‘adolescent’), how about letting the Inner Adult and Mature Wise One (CAP) step up and coach us into a transformation from within which can spread like wildfire?!

MARS – Warrior: Assertion. MARS is in CAP exalted (strongest sign for MARS): Strength, Stamina, Endurance, Persistence, Perseverance.
MARS will be in CAP this year too, March 17 to May 15, and again (due to retro) Aug 15 to Sept 10).
MARS will pass PLUTO (every about 2 years) on Apr 26 – while PLUTO will be stationary (going retro on Apr 22). Quite the intense transit.

  • When we need to get through things we also have energy and resources (we don’t have to ‘do it alone’) that are required, step by step.
  • An excellent time for a big project that requires perseverance, and builds character.

Eventually in 2020, SATURN and JUPITER, both in CAP (SATURN just entered, JUPITER in 2020), will pass PLUTO:
Deep & huge societal / structural / economic ‘make-over’.

The energy is building towards this, esp. with SATURN now in CAP. Being in our own mastery, authority and responsibility, having good boundaries, and not taking too much on – all this helps moving things forward to where evolution goes anyway.
Check out my SATURN into CAP blog post from Dec 16!

 

To be in natural alignment with these PLUTO Initiation Processes, you might also want to check out my ASTRO~WEATHER & MEDICINE video for Jan 8 – 16 (also featuring JUPITER / MARS in SCO).

 

I’d say the NEW YEAR energetically only begins with the CAPRICORN NEW MOON, this coming week. 
The New Moon will be exactly on Tue Jan 16 at 6:17 pm PST / Wed Jan 17 at 2:17 am GMT.
Into the NEW YEAR, from the Ground UP!

 

Here’s the CAPRICORN NEW MOON Chart:

 

The NEW MOON will be exactly on TUE JAN 16 at 6:17 pm PST / Wed Jan 17 at 2:17 am GMT.

Yep, see? 
The Group of SEVEN in CAP?!

VENUS is about to leave CAP for AQ the day after the New Moon Work Party, i.o.w., on Jan 17.
And so does the SUN, on Jan 19.

That’s the ‘Prometheus Point’ a.k.a. Community Building Point as I like to call the CAP – AQ cusp.
I.o.w., how can our energy and consciousness (SUN) go to the next level, from the CAP world of Leading from Integrity to attracting (VENUS), cooperating, and Co-creating in Community (AQ)?
A few things to keep in mind:

  • We are magnets (VENUS) for the energy we give off.
    Our habits create patterns and structures that build up (CAP).
     
  • How does life and how do relationships that you attract reflect back what you are, and engage in? 
  • How committed are you to taking responsibility (SATURN) for your relationship attractions (VENUS), and to recognizing when they are complete, and the lessons learned (SATURN)? 
  • How can you transform everything you attract into Love (PLUTO – VENUS), and see its Higher / Deeper Purpose (PLUTO in CAP)? 
  • Big Things require Cooperation (AQ) of good and competent people (CAP) who are complementary (VENUS).
    What are communities you are engaging in more now?

The main tension / stress / action inducing aspect of the CAP NEW MOON is a square from the NEW MOON and VENUS to URANUS in late ARIES.
It was already exact for the SUN and VENUS last weekend (Jan 13 / 14), and for the MOON it will be exact on the 16th.


So yeah, more shocks and awe in relation to govern-mentals, and others in responsible positions acting a wee bit, or very, cuckoo?
Could well be. Could we have imagined a year ago how much public craziness can be out and up there???
And, a more constructive question: 
Can the energy be expressed in a better way? That’s always my notion with understanding the astrological, archetypal messages in their symbolism and language….

Yay, sure, if we emancipate (URANUS) ourselves more from ‘the big boss/es’ (CAP), are innovative (UR in AR), and in self sufficient authority (CAP).
The Times they are a-changing, says PLUTO and now also SATURN in CAPRICORN.

Right NOW, the square can also be expressed by ‘giving birth’ to experimenting (UR in AR) with new, more productive, and sustaining (CAP) ways of Being and Living. Let’s be creative!

 

Prometheus at the Rockefeller Centre NYC, surrounded by the Zodiac belt. The Archetype of Prometheus the Awakener is related to the Planet URANUS! And VENUS and the SUN will cross the ‘Prometheus Point’ on Jan 17 / 19. So I better bring that ‘golden boy’ into the picture!

By the way, have you noticed?
We’re in a Retro Free Zone NOW!

Since URANUS went direct (technically on Jan 2, more noticeable now, as it’s coming into gear), until March 8 when JUPITER goes retro – well, let’s say, because of the stationary phase, until end of Feb!
What’s that good for (asks the CAP voice, ha-ha)?

Well, things move forward now, and can manifest more easily.
A student asked me in an Astrology course meeting last week, “Does that mean things go well now?”
Good point. And important to clarify:
Forward-motion doesn’t necessarily mean things go ‘well’. When the ‘catalyst’ planets URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO show up, things can get ‘messed up’, esp. when we act ‘against the cosmic grain’, yet it leads to much needed change.
That’s why it’s good to be aware of what these archetypal energies that the planets represent ‘want’, and how to be ‘on better terms’ with them…

For example:
URANUS in ARIES says: Just try it out, and see what happens. There are no mistakes, showing up, esp. for yourself is what matters. CAP makes sure it all stays ethical.

In the forward course of things now, whatever has been held you back, can you see the deeper dynamics of it (JUPITER in SCO)?

Can you take even just baby goat steps (CAP Planets and New Moon), and try out a new and perhaps surprising approach (URANUS in ARIES)?

 

Arunachala, Southern India (Tamil Nadu). The Sacred Mountain to Shiva the Transformer – related to the PLUTO Archetype.

Are you on Your Transformational Mountain, into (Promethean) Liberation (URANUS in ARIES) from what’s weighing and wearing you down (too much CAPRICORN, experienced as burdensome and depressing)?
And into Liberation, to be the Authentic YOU?!

 

Much Love for and with it ALL!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2018

 

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