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SUN, MOON, and PLANETS in Motion 2018 – An Astro Overview of the Year

31 Dec

Dear Astro~News Reader,

SATURN now in CAPRICORN likes things concise and organized.
So I’m offering you an Overview of Planetary Movements, New Moons, Full Moons, and Eclipses for the whole year 2018!

Feel free to print it off as a reference, and share it – while honouring my copyright.

And if you’re specifically interested in getting a sense of one or the other Transit come join our Astro workshops and Parlours!  
They are in the meantime all accessible online, via FB Messenger or Skype, from your home / holiday around the globe. Just register with your birth info (so that I can set up and integrate YOUR chart into the discussion), and show up at the PST / PDT time).


The big News Makers in 2018 are of course CHIRON and URANUS, both temporarily changing signs!

CHIRON has been in PISCES since 2011, and tries on ARIES from mid-April to end of Sept 2018.
URANUS has been in ARIES also since 2011, and provokes early TAURUS mid April to early Nov 2018. 

Here’s the whole line-up.
Interpretations of the alignments as they approach.

Or come to our 2018 New Years Outlook Parlour, on Jan 4!

Some room in the evening group left. Afternoon group is quite full now.


12 New Moons, 13 Full Moons, and 5 Eclipses 

Mystical Moon – Photo by Melanie Dec 2, 2017

Jan 1 / 2: New Year’s SuperSuperMOON in CAN – CAP

Jan 16: CAP NM

Jan 31: ‘Blue Moon’ / SuperMoon LEO – AQ FM / TLE (Total Lunar Eclipse)

Feb 15: AQ NM / Partial SE. Chinese New Year of the Yang Earth Dog starts on Feb 16!

March 1: VIR – PI FM

March 17: PI NM

March 31: LI – AR FM. Easter is on Apr 1 (w/e after the first FM in Spring).

Apr 15: AR NM – with URANUS

Apr 29: SCO – TAU FM (energetic Wesak Moon)

May 15: TAU NM. And URANUS enters TAU.

May 29: SAG – GEM FM

June 13: GEM NM

June 27: CAP – CAN FM

July 12: CAN NM / Partial SE – opp. PLUTO in CAP

July 27: AQ – LEO FM / TLE

Aug 11: LEO NM / Partial SE

Aug 26: PI – VIR FM

Sept 9: VIR NM

Sept 24: AR – LI FM

Oct 8: LI NM

Oct 24: TAU – SCO FM

Nov 7: SCO NM

Nov 23: GEM / SAG FM

Dec 7: SAG NM

Dec 22: Winter Solstice FM in CAN – CAP


Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

MERCURY Retrograde

3 times a year for 3 weeks, this year almost completely in FIRE signs:

March 22 – Apr 15 in AR
Pre-retro ‘Storm’ starts March 15. Post-retro ‘Storm’ ends Apr 24.

July 25 – Aug 18 in LEO
Pre-retro ‘Storm’ starts July 17. Post-retro ‘Storm’ ends Aug 24.

Nov 16 – Dec 6 in SAG / late SCO
Pre-retro ‘Storm’ starts Nov 11. Post-retro ‘Storm’ ends Dec 11.


VENUS Retrograde in SCORPIO / late LIBRA

About every 1½ years, last time in March / Apr 2017:
Oct 5 – Nov 16, 2018 (‘New VENUS’ on Oct 26).


MARS Retrograde in AQ / late CAPRICORN

About every 2 years, last time Apr – June 2016:
June 26 – Aug 27, 2018.


LILITH in CAPRICORN since Nov 8, 2017 until Aug 6, 2018, then in AQUARIUS until May 3, 2019.


JUPITER in SCORPIO since Oct 10, 2017, until Nov 8, 2018 when it enters SAGITTARIUS – the Zodiac sign it rules!

JUPITER in SCO will go retro on March 8, and direct on July 10, 2018 (close to SE NM on July 12).

JUPITER in SCO in Square with the Nodal Axis in AQ – LEO end of Dec 2017 / early Jan 2018.

JUPITER in SCO in Water Trine with NEPTUNE in PI May – Aug (exact May 25 and Aug 19).

JUPITER in SCO in Sextile with PLUTO (Ruler of SCO) in Jan (exact Jan 15), Apr (exact Apr 14), and Sept (exact Sept 12).

JUPITER in SCO in Water Trine with CHIRON in PI in Oct / Nov (exact Nov 1).


SATURN in CAPRICORN (Dec 19, 2017, until Dec 17. 2020).

Saturn Infrared (Hubble Space Telescope)

SATURN will go retro on Apr 17, and direct on Sept 6, 2018.

SATURN in early CAP will go into Square with CHIRON in early ARIES in Aug 2018 (but not exact).

SATURN in early CAP will go into Earth Trine with URANUS in early TAURUS in Aug / Sept 2018 (but not exact).


CHIRON in PISCES (since 2011) will enter ARIES…

…for the first time on Apr 17 until Sept 25, 2018, then fully on Feb 18, 2019.
CHIRON will go retro on July 4, and direct on Dec 8, 2018.


URANUS in ARIES (since 2011) will enter TAURUS…

‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus at the Rockefeller Centre NYC, surrounded by the Zodiac belt. Prometheus the Awakener is the Archetype related to the Planet Uranus!


…for the first time on May 15 until Nov 6, 2018, then fully on March 6, 2019.
URANUS will go direct on Jan 2, retro on Aug 7, 2018, and direct on Jan 7, 2019.


NEPTUNE in PISCES (until 2026).

NEPTUNE will go retro on June 18, and direct on Nov 24, 2018.


PLUTO in CAPRICORN (until 2023).

PLUTO will go retro on Apr 22, and direct on Sept 30, 2018.


Main ASTEROIDS by Zodiac Signs in 2018:



JUNO in AQ to TAU.


Details for the Asteroid Transits in the Llewellyn Daily Planetary Guide – Ephemeris tables for the year, and at www.astro.com’s Ephemeris.


Stay tuned for Special Occasion Astro Workshops in 2018!

Details via Astro~News, and on my FB Astro Page!

Here’s a preliminary itinerary for the first half of 2018:

  • The ECLIPSES of January / February WS on Mon Jan 29.
  • CHINESE NEW YEAR of the Yang Earth Dog WS on Thu Feb 15.
  • Happy Birthday, VICTORIA! Astrology, the City, and YOU PARLOUR on Wed March 14.
  • CHIRON into ARIES WS on Mon Apr 16.
  • WESAK MOON Astro Attunement on Apr 29.
  • URANUS into TAURUS WS on Mon May 14.
  • MARS retro WS on Mon June 25.
  • The ECLIPSES of July / Aug WS on Mon July 9.


Wishing you a fulfilling New Year 2018!
Guided by Starlight and Heart Light!



© Melanie Lichtinger 2017



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C.A.P.R.I.C.O.R.N. The Acronym – For SATURN in CAP (Dec 20, 2017 – Dec 20, 2017)

30 Dec

Greetings, dear Astro Friends,

on this Completion Day of the SATURN into CAPRICORN Start-UP Messages (Dec 20 – 30) on my FB Page, how do you like the C.A.P.R.I.C.O.R.N. Acronym on the menu?
Check out the FB Live I just did (could only do it on the main page) where I flesh out the Acronym themes a bit…

Vibrant Country Goat

Capacity. Calm. Casual.

Authority. Ancestors. Ancient. Ability. Accomplish. Acronym 🙂

Pragmatic. Practical. Productive. Pause. Purpose.

Ridge. Rigid. Rights (standing up for one’s rights, respecting one another’s human and civil rights).

Incremental. Increase. Inventory.

Complete. Control. Conserve.

On Time.

Repurpose. Recycle. Resources.

Say NO where needed, so that you can say YES to what matters most.


Hope that helps, in a concise Capricornian way, as reminders of what makes the CAPPY Goat happy, and the journey with SATURN in CAP now also more fulfilling. 


You can find all the daily SATURN in CAP posts / videos / FB Lives from Dec 20 – 30, at the FB event page.

I already did a video and wrote a little blog post on Dec 22 for S.A.T.UR.N.

Wishing you well for a good Completion of 2017!
Success (as in S.aturn) and many Cosmic (as in C.apricorn) Gifts along the way in 2018!




© Melanie Lichtinger 2017



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12 Days of Christmas & The Zodiac?!

26 Dec

Everyone knows the epic carol 12 Days of Christmas – and you might have wondered about the hidden, encoded meaning of the ‘gifts’?!
Check out the Wiki article, and maybe you’re inclined to do more research?

The 12 Days go from DEC 26 until JAN 6 / Epiphany.
Some say they start from Christmas night DEC 25 / 26, and each ‘Day’ starts with the eve / night leading into it.

Guess why I’m writing about them?
Because there’s a ZODIAC Connection with the 12 Days!

Two directions can be taken, forward or backward in the Zodiac, both complementary.
The first Day of Christmas, today DEC 26 is the Day of ARIES, and / or the Day of PISCES.

And hey, the MOON was floating in PISCEAN Waters on Christmas Eve and Day – and maybe we were emotionally immersed in the ALL too – miraculous, wondrous, elated, yet also potentially overwhelming, drowning, addictive, toxic even? LUNA has emerged into ARIES – fresh and new, in the NOW and the Authentic Self!

Would you like to tune in, follow the 12 Zodiac Days, and receive ‘customized gifts’ from those energies?



Photo: Angers Cathedral South Rose Window of Christ (centre) with Elders (bottom half) and Zodiac (top half). Mediaeval stained glass by Andre Robin after the fire of 1451.
Lots of astrological symbolism in Christianity and its architecture, often in plain sight – they knew what they were doing and using!


Here’s the line-up of dates and corresponding 12-Day ZODIAC themes  (forward and backward):

DEC 26:

DEC 27:

DEC 28:

DEC 29:

DEC 30:

DEC 31:

– and then it ‘flips’ on New Year’s, as we’re dancing on the VIR-LI-VIR cusp – Perfect Alignment!

JAN 1:

JAN 2:

JAN 3:

JAN 4:

JAN 5:

JAN 6:


Let’s invite synchronistic messages* (ha, esp. under post-retro MERCURY in SAG), and see how the ZODIAC themes show up for us,

*I always love those!

Much Love to you, ‘between the Years’, in Timeliness & Timelessness!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2017



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VENUS enters CAP (Dec 24/25 – Jan 17): A Love That Lasts…

24 Dec

Love and Gratitude for the ground we stand on! 

Over Christmas, it’s VENUS’s term, to settle from her Sagittarian running around and frolic….

To cross the ‘Integrity Point’, join the CAP crew of the SUN, SATURN, LILITH, and PLUTO, and turn rock-steady. 

Time to appreciate and enjoy the wintry calm, traditions of old, and lasting relationships with family and friends.

Quality over quantity, says VENUS in CAP.
Simple pleasures and timeless beauty attract.

And relationships benefit from / require maturity.


Also a good time to activate business and career relevant relationships, to provide and build something significant that the world and this time needs.

CAP is happiest when on purpose…!



Mountain Joy in Switzerland

VENUS will make a few contacts with the CAP Planets during ‘her’ residence there:

Christmas engagement anyone? Rock-solid commitments favoured – when in Integrity.

VENUS, freshly in CAP, passes good ole SATURN yesterday – yep, Christmas Day.
The Ringed One…
In a Ring of out-of-Integrity / outgrown sugar coated obligations, expectations, obli-gifts, you name it….?
More noticeable this year, as SATURN just entered CAP to give us (3 years of) reality checks that might appear harsh and cold but also show where ‘been there / done that land’ is, and where we stand.
In Family Constellation practice, what comes up sometimes as a Medicine when we’ve burdened ourselves with too much of other people’s (esp. family and even unknown ancestors) stuff that we still carry:
We only take the Love, and give everything else back with Love – to them, to the Universe, to where it can be recycled back into… L.O.V.E.

So, here we go, VENUS – SATURN Holy Days. 
Only Love is Real.
And sometimes we have to say NO to what’s dressed-up as Love, to connect with, and commit to (yay, Ringed One!) LOVE that IS. 

So yeah, relationships gotta be in intrinsic Integrity (not based on ‘shoulds’ or obligations). LILITH sanctions the simple & good, and gets you out of everything else.

JAN 8: VENUS meets the SUN.
Lasting quality rocks. Go for best.

JAN 9: SUN / VENUS / PLUTO Union in CAP.
Whoa – serious deep Soul Union material.
What’s LOVE in its core?
Also an excellent time to offer something life changing to the world (can be quite simple) – because you can.


Blessings for the Holiday Season – renewed traditions, and new traditions-in-Integrity rock!



© Melanie Lichtinger 2017



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S.A.T.U.R.N. – The Acronym. The Archetype.

22 Dec

Greetings, dear Astro Friends,
on Day Three of SATURN in CAPRICORN!

The CAP SUN just passed SATURN on Winter Solstice Day – yesterday Dec 21 – and shows us how it goes: Moving UP, in the Light of Consciousness.
Being in our Authority, keeping it Simple, sticking with Priorities, saying NO as needed, Acknowledging Reality, and working Respectfully with Resources is what the SATURN Doc prescribes…

Saturn Pop

Saturn Infrared (Hubble Space Telescope)

Let’s play with the S.A.T.U.R.N. Acronym, to demo what the SATURN Archetype is about:

Strong and steady. Stamina. Structure. Sculpting. Statue. Stones. Satisfaction.

Authority. Ancestors. Ancient. Archetypes. Archeology. Astrology. Aboriginal.

Tests. Tasks. Teaching. Teachers. Training. Time. Timing. Threshold.

Use (wise and responsible, for the highest purpose, no abuse / exploitation, no under-use / waste). Ur (ancient in German). Uniform. Unicorn (blend of SAG Horse and CAP Horn).

Ring (boundaries, commitment, container). Rights (standing up for one’s rights, respecting one another’s human and civil rights). Rhythm.

NO. Not. SATURN contrasts and negates the other Archetypes (e.g. SATURN – URANUS: Structure – Freedom; SATURN – NEPTUNE: Form – Formlessness; SATURN – JUPITER: Contraction – Expansion; SATURN – MOON: Elder / Maturation – Child / Needs).

Some of these S.A.T.U.R.N. expressions also relate to CAPRICORN – SATURN’s mountainous ‘domain’ (yet, I’d write a separate blog about CAP Acro).



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

The point would be with those Acronym themes to express them well.
Karma cookies may follow. But that’s not why we’re a good expression of these virtues – it may simply be because we’ve experienced what doesn’t work between people and in the world, what wastes time and exhausts energy, and we want to live more simply and in straight-forward manner.


Have you seen the SATURN in CAP video that I recorded on Dec 20 ‘on the rocks’? There, I expand on the Acronym themes too 🙂

T. b.cont. with the C.A.P.R.I.C.O.R.N Acronym blog post, and perhaps another video, in the next few days – stay tuned!


You can find more daily SATURN in CAP posts / videos / FB Lives from Dec 20 – 30, at the FB event page.


Wishing you well for this Sacred Turning Point Time of the Year!




© Melanie Lichtinger 2017



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MERCURY retro in mid-SAG going direct again (Dec 22/23) in ‘stormy’ square with NEPTUNE in PI: Co(s)mic RE-lief…

22 Dec

How has your December Journey with MERCURY retro been thus far?

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

Hopefully, you tapped into the magic of it, and didn’t get ‘lost in translation’ but found meaning in the ‘news of the weird and wondrous’.

Today, Dec 22, MERCURY goes from retro back to direct f / forward (normal???).
In this ‘U-Turn mode’ take it easy on yourself, and your fellow Earthly friends, as things can still turn out different than expected (SAG). Yet Truth is what matters most. And, as always, a good sense of humour, incl. about oneself.

MERCURY is now ‘behind’ the SUN again in the Zodiac (the effect of the M-r phase is that it ‘steps back’), therefore, Spirit, Consciousness, and the Heart (SUN) lead, and the Mind (MERCURY) can follow…

MERCURY in SAG will be in turnaround ‘storm’ until Dec 28 (yep, over Christmas) – while in square with NEPTUNE in PI.
I just read in the weather forecast for Vancouver Island / Lower Mainland BC that there might be snow storms this Christmas weekend! The retro dream of a White Christmas may well come true!
Stationary MERCURY in SAG square NEPTUNE in PI says: Hopes and dreams and visions are great, yet no attachment / disappointment please. It’s all good as IS. Let the mind not get in the way of the true Christmas Spirit of Love and Light!

Here’s the TIMELINE for the remainder of the MERCURY out-of-retro integration:

DEC 19 – 27: 
MERCURY stationary in SAG in square with NEPTUNE in PI: Often surrender is the wisest thing…

DEC 22: MERCURY goes out of retro at 13° SAG – 
Watch for U.S. news (right on their AC!).
And check in on Inner Guidance from the Heart.

DEC 28: Post-retro ‘storm’ ends.
Calming into wintry simplicity.

JAN 7: MERCURY in late SAG in square with CHIRON in PI, and trine with URANUS stat. in AR (#3 of 3).
Deeper understanding of what frees us, and helps release old ‘stories’.

JAN 10: Post-retro ‘shadow’ ends.
We’ve come a long way, since it all ‘started’, mid-Nov (pre-retro ‘shadow’).

JAN 12: MERCURY crosses the ‘Integrity Point’ from SAG to CAP.
Time to walk the talk, and build the change.

JAN 13: MERCURY conjunct SATURN (#2 of 2) – in early CAP.
Nice time for a new ‘contract with yourself’ – and / or with others.


For a cosmic relief and tool kit, check out this blog article.


Heart Blessings for this Sacred and Deep Time of Year!




© Melanie Lichtinger 2017



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* Happy Winter SoUlstice 2017! Light RE-turning *

20 Dec

Today and tomorrow, Dec 20 /21 are the shortest days of the year, and tonight (Dec 20 / 21) is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere:
Here in Victoria B.C. Dec 21 is 7 hours, 48 minutes shorter than on the Summer Solstice: 8 hrs, 18 min. and 33 sec. daylight.

The SUN appears to ‘stand still’ (Sol-stice) for a few days, on the lowest arc of the Ecliptic, before slowly, gradually ‘climbing’ again, and providing minute by minute longer days (Dec 18 – 24: 8 hrs 18 – 19 min., then gradually longer daylight)

Check out a little video I shot from my walk by the ocean on this pre-Solstice day.


Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha / Summer Solstice, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, YULE / Winter Solstice, and Imbolc.


WINTER SOLSTICE is one of the 8 sacred yearly celebrations of alignment with the SUN:

Winter Solstice Traditions celebrate the Return of the Light, and the ReBirth of the Inner En-Lightened Consciousness.

Happy Yule!

Happy Solstice!

Merry Christmas!



Solstice Sunset – Inner Fire. Photo by Melanie, Dec 20, 2017


WINTER SOLSTICE 2016 will be exactly (as the SUN enters CAP) this year just after sunrise (8:02 am), tomorrow Dec 21 at 8:30 am PST.


Voila – here is the Winter Solstice Chart:

What a potent cosmic Winter SoUlstice Sunrise energy!
With CAP Rising, and with CAP SUN / SATURN on the Solstice Point united (exact alignment  4 1/2 hrs later, at 1:08 pm PST!!!).
LILITH in CAP is exactly on the horizon, and PLUTO is in the 1st house, coming up on the horizon within an hour after Solstice sunrise.

  • How can visions and ideals (SAG) be brought into reality (CAP)?
  • What’s the Soul Force (PLUTO) that drives your ‘purpose’?
  • What does it always ‘come down to’, have us get up in the morning and ‘do the work’?
  • What’s intrinsically rewarding?


For the SoUlstice time, I look forward to nature walks, and engaging in what brings joy and is regenerative (PLUTO) – can be quite ‘simple’ says CAP.

Once CAPRICORN energy sets in, with the Winter Solstice, we are called to manifest what we deeply know (SAG). ‘Only’ resolutions, visions, and promises are not enough.

Let’s walk the talk, and show the evidence…, slowly, steadily, consistently, and without blaming ourselves for not being perfect yet. It’s work (AND play, miracles, joy!) in progress!




And hey, let’s not fall into the CAP trap of being buried under a mountain of…. (you name it: work, commitments, responsibilities, stuff….), and free up the most important resource: quality TIME / Time quality!

With the freed-up NO-time / clock-less time, let’s give each other the loving gift of time, not only this SOLSTICE!


By the way, if you still haven’t seen it yet, or as a reminder – esp. apropos materialistic Christmas:
Watch the 20-min video ‘Story of Stuff’ by Annie Leonard. She launched it 10 years ago(!), in Dec 2007 (just before PLUTO entered CAP, in Jan 2008), to illustrate how the ‘material’s economy’s’ linear system of extraction -> production -> distribution -> consumption -> disposal is unsustainable on a finite planet.
Which I’m sure is pretty obvious to you, dear reader, but perhaps you’d like to show / send it to some rare  ‘disbelievers’ out there. Apropos Mercury retro in SAG.
The project has evolved: In the meantime, there is also the ‘Story of Change’ and the ‘Story of Solutions’.
We sure need those nowadays. And work differently, more respectfully and sustainably with resources, says CAP, now mandatory and rewarding to do so, under SATURN very freshly in CAP.

CAP rules Time and Resources.

TIME as we know it, and our ways of working with it is indeed changing too.

Whether we are speaking metaphysically of transcending the conditioned experience of time, and tapping into 5th dimensional (beyond Time which is considered the 4th dimension) consciousness, or quite practically – it happens on all levels:

Astrologically, PLUTO (powerful evolutionary change agent) is presently in CAP (which rules time and maturity), 2008 – 2023.

Are we being swallowed by the ‘Time Monster’ or some other draconian super power or gruesome force? Or will the old Time Machine die a slow yet inevitable death? With PLUTO, my suggested formula goes like this: It gets intense as it changes…
And yep, the phenomenon of Time scarcity is really big these days.
Maybe because of being pulled into so many directions, via social media and otherwise offers and seductions, coupled with an exploitation of the human greed to get something, and to belong, creating omnipresent nervous FOMO (fear of missing out). 
SATURN in CAP is here to put the foot down, and help us set boundaries to what we really need, and what satisfies us – quite simply.


Historically, humanity has attempted to be the masters of time and productivity since PLUTO was the last time in CAP (late 1700’s, the times of the American, French, and Industrial Revolution, and major colonization, and ‘distribution’ of the world resources among imperialistic countries that subordinated and ‘ruled over’ indigenous cultures.
The ever faster running wheels and productivity devices have turned against us. With all the opportunities that ‘saving time’ has brought us we have become the slaves of time (as scarcity). Many people are caught in the machinery and ‘live for retirement’, or just want to maximize ‘life value’ while imposing our generation’s debt on the shoulders of the next generations, and ‘fall-out’ effects onto the Planet Earth. This is unsustainable.

Change is underway. Too slow? Effective and transformational enough?


Money-ure Log

Here is a random act of log wisdom that I found at a nearby beach (and left it there, for the next person): “Money, like manure, does no good until it’s spread around.”
Not just money, any resource and what we can extract from deep processes wants to be ‘spread around’ and used wisely now, with PLUTO and now also SATURN in CAP.

So how about right NOW (says ARIES where UR stirs up the pot), and from now on (with the Solstice SUN, SATURN, LILITH, and PLUTO in CAPRICORN):

~ Reclaiming alignment with time and natural laws (like the TAO),

~ Taking down-time in the midst of time acceleration craze,

~ Respecting ancient, timeless (and timely!) wisdom, and

~ Living more simply so that others can simply live?


Time is Consciousness.

“Not enough time for love, relationship, children” – postponing those to Day X, when “the work is done” could be a self trapping statement of purpose, attainment, and completion oriented CAPRICORN.

“The Work” is never done, we can’t personally be ever complete with what we set out to do.

And as Joanna Macy would say: “Help create a project that survives you!” A transpersonal practice a la PLUTO.



Did you know? CAPRICORN is actually a mythical fish-tailed Sea Goat.

What’s with that, you might ask?

The time of Winter Solstice when the SUN enters CAPRICORN has been traditionally (in the Pisces Age) celebrated as the birth of redeemers – masters who have climbed up the mountain of spiritual attainment, and offered their energy to the collective – the fish tail is an association with operating in the waters of Oneness. 


Which brings us to… CHRISTMAS!

A few years ago round this Advent time, I went to a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the Victoria Christ Church Cathedral. One of the Carols (commissioned by the CCC in 2011) struck me as relating (for those who are aware) to the Astrology and symbolism of the Christ Birth after Winter Solstice:


Magi Star


Magi and A Poor Place

A poor place this, no place to welcome kings;
No place for myrrh or frankincense or gold.
A place for simple folk and simple things;
A place of shadows, comfortless and cold.
Yet kings are here, and now as daylight dies,
By their command an minstrel softly sings
To calm the child while Magi search the skies
For mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.

So poor a place, yet now it welcomes kings.
See how they pause outside the stable door.
See how they kneel as each one humbly brings
A gift and lays it on the earthen floor.
For if the stars are true, if planets speak,
And if their journey to this humble place
Has guided them aright, this child they seek
Is mighty ruler both of time and space.

A poor place this, the world of these our days,
So poor in justice, poor in joy and peace;
Where children starve, where evil pays,
And empires clash in wars that never cease.
Yet still the Holy Child is brought to birth;
The grace he gives far more than we can tell.
His loving hands enfold the wounded Earth,
And all is well, and all things shall  be well.

Music by Patrick Wedd.
Text by Herbert O’Driscoll


I was astounded to hear and read in this beautiful ‘modern’ and timeless carol about

  • “…while Magi search the skies for mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.”The (triple) JUPITER / SATURN conjunction in PISCES in the year 6 BC which was apparently considered the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ – the biggest planets in our Solar System aligned which happens (usually only once) every 20 year could have appeared as ‘A Star’.
    Apparently right overhead Israel (which is ruled by SATURN) at the time.
    JUPITER and SATURN united stands for the Archetype of a master / teacher / guru / king. And the fact that the Great Conjunction happened in PISCES at the onset of the PISCES Age promised a new religious / spiritual era.
  • “Is mighty ruler of time and space” reminds me of the Space / Time Point from SAG to CAP, at Winter Solstice. SAG rules Space and CAP rules TIME (see above).
    The JU / SAT alignment didn’t happen at the Winter Solstice 6 BC, but JU and SAT rule that point! And that’s when The Light of the SUN Returns / is REborn

Hmm, goes to show, maybe Christianity knew something about Astrology, and ‘placed’ the birth of the redeemer onto Day 3 after Winter Solstice, when the SUN starts to gradually ‘return and climb’ on the Ecliptic.


Still looking for astrological Gifts from the Stars, for your loved ones?
Check out my Treat Time offer – on until Dec 31.


Would you like to join us at the Winter / 2018 Transits Parlour?

That’s after the Holidays, on THU Dec 28.
Afternoon group from 2:28 – 5 pm.
Evening group from 7:28 – 10 pm.

Let’s Celebrate the Returning Light!
Let’s honour and align with major astrological Winter transits into 2018!

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