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Wesak Moon 2017: Freedom from the Known Mind – Let Buddha Nature Emerge!

9 May

WESAK MOON BLESSINGS, dear Reader in the Astrology ComMOONity!

The Wesak Moon is celebrated by the Buddhist world Sangha (community), in honour of the birth, attaining of enlightenment, and passing of Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha, who walked the Earth more than 2500 years ago, and set a model for the living Buddha in all of us.

Yes, the ‘Full Moon in May’ marks the Wesak Moon in Buddhist cultures. And that will be this year May 10 / 11.

Astrologically, the SCORPIO MOON – TAURUS SUN polarity of the Wesak Moon (see chart below) actually expresses the gist of basic Buddhist teachings:

Why do we humans suffer, or are even ‘just’ dissatisfied (‘dukkha’)?
Because our attachments to what we desire, and its frustration – not getting what we want, and not being able to get rid of the unwanted and painful. Very TAURUS – SCORPIO.
The Buddhists would suggest 2 ‘ways out’ of the quagmire:
1) To be aware that nothing really lasts forever, everything is impermanent; this world of phenomena is in constant flux and change – we better get used to it, and free through that.
2) The ‘Middle Path’, translated into the Noble 8-fold Path one is invited to go by (right speech, right livelihood, right samadhi….) brings intrinsic happiness.

Back to the Full Moon theme of  TAURUS / SCORPIO:

Fixed, earthy TAURUS (ruled by VENUS) is all about embodiment, enjoyment, and sensuality.
Immersed in the realm of  TAURUS, as in the full bloom of Spring, we celebrate the physical senses, comfort and pleasure, everything that creates security and grounding, and grows over time, like a garden or a solid investment. Taurean energy takes roots, builds, cultivates, and conserves, like a gardener, farmer, and good custodian of the Earth. TAU likes to attract what’s pleasant, to experience it via the senses, to eat, assimilate, gather and accumulate, and to claim ownership and territory.

TAU slows down, after the fast and furious ARIES energy, and favours predictability and patience; therefore habits and routines are formed. Its orientation is very life affirming, yet can lead to stuckness, attachment to the known and comfortable, to the material and worldly plane in general, and to physical satisfaction, hording, stuckness, and greed.

SCORPIO (ruled by PLUTO) carries transformation medicine.
The fixed deep water sign SCO (ruled by PLUTO),  in contrast to the ‘above ground’ Taurean world, takes us to emotionally intense, uncomfortable, ‘ugly’ places where the ‘muck’ and hidden, often covered or repressed emotional material sits.

Just as the leaves rot and go under the earth in late Oct – late Nov, the Scorpionic energy takes us to the ‘grand mystery’ of the intangible, and to emotionally deeply affecting processes that have nowhere to go but down and through, so that the alchemical work can be performed.
SCO penetrates the underground / underworld / underbelly, which can be a painful process (TAU – SCO also represent the pleasure – pain, and life – death axis). This is where deep ‘down under’ transformational ‘digestion’ of something that is actually already dead needs to happen, be purged, and released.
Our very ‘human humus’ and shadow can’t be just ‘gotten rid of,’ or ‘hidden away’. It’s here to be fully processed, so that it becomes a ‘fertilizer’ for renewalthe Alchemy of Life.

Scorpio


SCORPIO is for the MOON the most ‘challenging’ sign.
While the MOON is considered ‘exalted’ in TAU, it is considered ‘in fall’ in SCO:

The MOON represents our emotions, our instinctual mind (in a broad sense of body-mind, feeling-mind), and our needs and habits which by nature long for nourishment and sustenance.

TAU is the sign that provides such sustaining delivery and assimilation – intake through feeding and reliable presence… whereas SCO rules necessary detoxifying elimination, often through painful processes, which is not what our Lunar side (representing also our Inner Child) is most comfortable with, to put it mildly.

Under a SCO MOON (whether we are born with it, have it by progression for 2½ years every 29 years, or whether the MOON in SCO for 2½ days per month affects us), we are instinctively sensitized towards the need to purge and to ‘get rid of’ what is toxic and outlived, what controls us, and doesn’t allow us to be free in a deeper sense. The process calls us to go into the ‘mouth of the monster’ and through its bowels even, while our head and ego might severely protest and resist.
A SCO MOON experience can lead us to the deepest abyss of our inner worlds, yet is an opportunity to take us through it, and be regenerated and transformed through the process.

 

Mother and Child, by Pablo Picasso (1921)

Hmm, the SCO Full Moon also happens often (definitely this year) close to Mother’s Day (May 14). It’s ‘normal’ to feel difficult things round mother(hood), as a mom or as a daughter / son, at this time of year – could be related to early bonding, and wounds of abandonment / abuse.

So important to allow ourselves to go deep into the core of it (maybe with professional support), and let the pain and woundedness process. So much ARIES activation recently – let’s be authentic (no sugarcoating, and playing nice) in our process.

The SCO / TAU Wesak Full Moon each year is a fully solar illumined (therefore the most potent) SCO MOON that reveals our deepest needs for transformation.

SO worth (TAU) entering into the core of our frustrated needs, and invite deep transformation.

With our conscious Self (represented by the SUN) we have to patiently stay and ‘sit with’ (TAU quality) what comes up from the depth, for the processing.

‘Mother’s Month’ Astrology session can help you shed light on your Mother Themes, and get the process going. Sessions for moms or for everyone with a Mother themed focus are 20% off until end of May. Details can be found here. Get in touch with me if you’d like to hear more about it, or discuss how it can be beneficial for you.

 

Bali Lotus Morning Prayer HH

Early Morning Prayer – Lotus with Orb – Photography by Helga Hendricks

In Buddhist tradition, the image of the peaceful Buddha floating on a (Taurean) Lotus flower that blossoms so purely and beautifully while rooted in the (Scorpionic) mud swamp, represents the enlightened quality, rooted in real-life human suffering and compassion.

Where do your swampy roots show up, these days? Can you ‘sit’ with it all, open to the light of consciousness?

The Wesak Full Moon is a magnificent divine and meditative moment-in-time, when transformation (SCO) can be anchored (TAU).
Our attachment to desires and longing, or ‘even’ to pain, incl. feeding those ‘hungry ghosts’ (TAU) that show up in obvious or subtle personal and collective / cultural addictions and compulsions (more consumption, information, work, entertainment, nothing is never enough…) can be put into the bonfire of the soul (SCO), so that the deep Alchemy can do its job.

 

YinYang Infinite

The YIN-YANG is a perfect symbol for a balancing the Yin / Lunar and Yang / Solar influences in us, under each Full Moon,esp. under this astrologically potent (SCO – TAU) and spirited Wesak Moon.

As above so below and within….we ARE the field, and the buddhic catalysts for evolution and liberation…

 

Here is the Wesak Full Moon chart:

 

Wesak Moon SCO - TAU FM 2017

Let’s see what the COSMIC MAP reveals:

The Full Moon holds the ground, and ‘underground’, through the fixed TAU – SCO axis – no planets in fixed signs – We really need anchoring of wildly moving energy these days!
And, as always with a Full Moon or New Moon, it catalyzes the other energies in the cosmic energy field:

 

  • Dynamic FIRE is still the strongest element: VENUS, MERCURY / URANUS ignite us in ARIES, North Node in LEO, LILITH and SATURN (retro) in SAG. Let’s be authentic, express who we are, and follow the Heart & Spirit!
    There’s even a ‘Grand Fire Trine’ of MERCURY / URANUS, North Node, and SATURN – with an exact trine between the ‘key players’ SATURN and URANUS, on May 18 (second of 3 times: Dec 24, 2016, May 18 and Nov 2, 2017):
    So rewarding to say NO (SATURN) to more, more, more / anything goes / excessive abundance for its own sake (even as addictive overwhelm – SATURN comes out of a square with CHIRON in PI) when the heart isn’t with a certain ‘deal’, or it’s not ones path anymore (SATURN in SAG). It opens the door for authenticity, and being in the moment – which brings abundant serendipitous gifts when we are free (URANUS in ARIES).

 

  • The TAU SUN is in trine with PLUTO retro in CAP, calling for common sense (not to be mixed up with maintaining the status quo). What would the Earth and the Elders say???

11 of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, with the white scarf offered to them by HH the Dalai Lama…

 

  • MARS in GEMINI is also a key player in the cosmic game these days: MARS will be in exact square with NEPTUNE in PI on May 11, followed by a lofty Air trine with JUPITER retro in LIBRA on May 12: As mentioned before, MARS in GEMINI and MERCURY / URANUS in ARIES have something going on together. To say the least, they generate a lot of brain storm… rather than getting all agitated and even mentally aggressive, let’s see what we can learn, and what would be not only a good question to ask, but deeper inquiry to engage in, a la Buddha: Sooo, who really are YOU? And who were you, before you were conceived????
    With the square from MARS to NEPTUNE, there may be a conflict between super active mind and ultimate surrender. Let the wind play on the waves. The ocean prevails… Then, when MARS trines JUPITER in LIBRA, we may enjoy ‘smooth sailing’ in perfect balance, or we are perhaps ready to make a wise choice…
    MERCURY will enter TAU on May 15 – the mind can settle…

 

  • VENUS is also activating AR still for a while – until June 6, and making some juicy contacts with other planetary players: A Fire trine with LILITH in SAG on May 14, an opposition with JUPITER retro in LI on May 19, a square with PLUTO retro in CAP on May 25, the exact day of the next New Moon, another Fire trine with SATURN retro in SAG on June 1, and for the grand finale, a conjunction with URANUS, on June 3 (once a year)!
    Let’s channel the energy that can be a draw to much quick newness but nothing sticks and is sustainable rather into a higher vibration of: In Love with Liberation from (and through) the Depth!
    The VENUS connection with LILITH and SATURN helps with following the call of the Heart, and the dynamic with JUPITER retro to make wise authentic choices ‘from the inside out’.

 

Lastly, let’s take a look at the oracular SABIAN SYMBOLS of the Full Moon degree. Since the Full Moon is exactly between 20° and 21° (20°24 SCO), I suggest to draw guidance from both degrees, which, as it reveals, is also balanced synergy:

Triple Goddess

SCORPIO 20°:
A WOMAN DRAWS AWAY TWO DARK CURTAINS CLOSING THE ENTRANCE TO A SACRED PATHWAY.

KEYNOTE: The revelation to the human consciousness of what lies beyond dualistic knowledge.

The “Woman within” — the faith that is rooted in the deepest intuitions of the soul — is seen here as the hierophant unveiling the realities which the either-or, pro-and-con mind of man alone cannot perceive. The path to the mystic’s “unitive life” is opened up once the darkness of fear, egocentricity and dualistic morality is removed.

This is the last symbol of the forty-sixth five-fold sequence. It reveals what a positive reliance upon faith and intuition can bring about. Courage is needed to go through the veiling darkness — the courage to venture beyond the familiar and the traditionally known, to PLUNGE AHEAD INTO THE UNKNOWN.

So apropos VENUS and MERCURY / URANUS in ARIES, as well as the dark and mystical SCO Full Moon! What a metaphor!

 

Prometheus – the Archetype of URANUS – Bringing the Fire of the Gods to Humanity

SCORPIO 21°:
OBEYING HIS CONSCIENCE, A SOLDIER RESISTS ORDERS.

KEYNOTE: A readiness to face the results of a refusal to follow the authoritarian patterns of an aggressive society.

As a person finds himself involved in activities which are traditional in his particular culture — and in many instances in all societies at this stage of human evolution — he often faces a conflict between his own individual sense of value (his conscience) and the demands of society. The conflict may be most typical in terms of the armed services — thus this symbol. In it we find the individual asserting his own values, though he cannot escape the consequences of his decision. In such a case he has to be quietly ready to face these consequences, whatever the cost.

This is the first stage in the forty-seventh five-fold sequence of phases in the great cyclic ritual of activity. The issue it presents is clear. Society in this situation seems to be all-powerful; yet the individual need not be spiritually bound, even if imprisoned. He still can display INNER FREEDOM and prove himself an “individual.”

Very Uranian / Promethean… Free in relation to societal conditioning, yet even more so: ultimately FREE.

 

Buddha_Blessing

Let Buddha Nature Manifest!

Here is a beautiful chant and imagery for the universality of life: Nothing but Everything

 

 

 

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Mercury retro to direct, with Uranus: Setting the Mind FREE!

3 May
Noticing the shift???
Today Wednesday (Mercury-Day) May 3, MERCURY changed gears / direction, and is now ‘officially’ / technically out of retro!
This one was (to me) really fun and liberating – you too?

Lots of re-connections and paradigm shifts!

No wonder, it’s been cruising round URANUS, the ‘higher octave’ of MERCURY – which represents ‘universal mind’ and free spirit: Set the mind FREE – shift out of old mind-sets. It all starts / happens HERE-NOW, says ARIES. Radical presence.

 
Here’s the chart, for evidence, and to give you a sense of what else is up and on these days:
 

 

MERCURY Retro-D in AR with UR 17-05-03

MERCURY will contact URANUS one more time (#3) on May 9, AND this is still the ‘stormy’ post-retro phase (until May 12), so nowhere ‘back to normal’ (whatever that is) – Goddess forbid.
Let’s experiment (URANUS) with the new freedom. Could get used to it, eh?
Wherever late ARIES is in your chart (house, planets nearby) is where the revolution happens.

If you’d like to explore this theme consciously with me shoot me a message, and we can set up an S, M, L personal Astrology session. Always so great to get perspective and a new liberating view & approach to ‘what happens’.

 
 

Guess what the wise Sabian Symbol oracle says to the degree where MERCURY and URANUS cruise?

ARIES 25°:
“THE POSSIBILITY FOR MAN TO GAIN EXPERIENCE AT TWO LEVELS OF BEING.

KEYNOTE: The revelation of new potentialities.

In some unspecified way the symbol is a guarantee that man can operate successfully at two levels of consciousness, if he has previously met the condition mentioned in the preceding symbol. “Be open. Be able and willing to shape your translucent mind in the form revealing spiritual fulfillment. And you will be able to experience life and power on inner as well as outer planes.” The implied message is one of faith. Man can only truly experience what he deeply believes he can experience.

This is the last stage of this fifth five-fold sequence of cyclic phases. It announces the possibility of a new step in evolution, but it is still only a possibility, a promise. The individual is truly ONPROBATION.”

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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If you feel the resonance with the themes above,  and you could use support inyour journey drop me a line, and we can set up a private Astrology consult session, or initial 20-min orientation talk, to find out what would be the best course of action.
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MARS in GEMINI (Apr 21 – June 4) & MERCURY Retro with URANUS in ARIES (Apr 28): Idea Explosion…

22 Apr

So. Here it is.
Bold MARS just entered GEMINI yesterday Fri Apr 21, and is now flying through the ‘lightest’ Zodiac vibration until June 4!
Already met two friends with VENUS in GEMINI yesterday – such dynamic dances of ideas and conversations, and invigorating visit / outing in the Land of Spring – nice initiation for MARS’s journey.

 

Bright Freshness – Photo by Melanie, Apr 21 2017

 

Not only is MARS now in GEMINI, also the GEMINI Ruler MERCURY is now retro, and since Thu back in ARIES, which in turn is ruled by MARS (a double-whammy, a.k.a. ‘mutual reception’) – AND: MERCURY retro in ARIES will trigger URANUS (second of 3 times) on Apr 28: Chances for radical paradigm shifts – it was all in the HEAD – let’s set ourselves FREE! Experimentation, no expectations…

Obviously, this gives the whole atmosphere a MERCURY / MARS and ARIES / GEMINI flavour:
New (AR) ideas, contacts, interests, learning, conversations (GEM).
Stirred up / provoked / stimulated / sharp (MARS) thoughts (MERCURY).
Aggressive / assertive / animated / ego-driven arguments can pop up now too.

 

The Two and the Many – Photo by Melanie, Apr 21, 2017

 

So let’s channel the energy into fresh, bold, youthful curiosity, and the desire to learn!
And physical activity (MARS) like cycling (so GEMINI) – well: Fairies would just fly….
Loved what a friend said this morning: “When you walk or cycle the ‘idea fairies’ can be with you.” So true, new ideas come to me when moving in nature w/o motor involved.

Well, ideas can become explosive now, as MERCURY retro will approach URANUS (Apr 28 and May 9): What would be a radically different way of approaching… (anything)?…

The MARS in GEMINI energy boost is fabulous for all your GEMINI planets, Ascendant, SUN and MOON. Just watch not to get too distracted, and scattered into tooo many directions! 

 

MARS makes several straight-up contacts with other ‘cosmic players’, while in GEM:

Right at the onset of MARS in GEMINI – this Earth Day weekend, MARS in early GEM squares the Nodal Axis, with the Lunar South Node on the PI / AQ cusp, and the North Node on the VIR / LEO cusp:
Rather than getting stressed out over sooo many pulls and interests (sorta ADD), yet incapable of ‘doing it all’ (maybe bi-locating / cloning yourself is the solution?) let’s channel this super-charged energy into diving into community, and being lovingly connected with friends – as ‘we’re all in this together’ – , co-generate good vibrations (PI / AQ), while knowing what works for us, and how we operate best to be creative, and offer our ‘specialty’ (VIR / LEO) – and: express your thoughts and ideas, discuss, ask, TALK! (MARS in GEM / MERCURY retro in AR) – maybe in a way you haven’t ‘dared to’ in a looong time.

Things can move really FAST now – which appears quite magical, just like blossoms in Spring!
Let’s give our thoughts wings, and set our loving intentions FREE!
(wings but no strings attached)

 

Star Magnolia Dance – Photo by Melanie, Apr 21 2017

 

Next up:
MARS will oppose LILITH in SAG on May 3 (which is also the day when MERCURY goes out of retro):
Be true to your inner nature and your path, and let them know (doesn’t have to turn into an argument – watch your tongue). Sooo many avenues. Also a great vibe for explorations and adventures that involve learning and the outdoors (take it easy on traffic, in the MERCURY turnaround ‘storm’).

 

MARS will trine JUPITER retro in LIBRA on May 12.
SO much energy, motivation, and vitality can come from this combo if they combine their gifts – in this case in the AIR element: Learning, relating, communicating – new connections for ‘good matches’ can be made. Dare to ask, and discuss! And: Don’t just be in your head, go out and DO something together! See how that goes and fits!

 

Finally, in the GEM journey, MARS will oppose SATURN retro in SAG (in the Galactic Centre), on May 28.
Be FREE to move in your ways, and chart your course – doesn’t have to be what you ‘should’ do or where you ‘should be’ (drop ‘should’ – that conditioned moral imperative if it’s not congruent with your HEART).
There’s no absolute right, many paths to, and in fact IN Truth and Freedom!

Wishing you a Vibrant, Inspired Flight through Spring, with MARS in GEMINI!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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If you feel the resonance with the themes above,  and you could use support in your journey drop me a line, and we can set up a private Astrology consult session, or initial 20-min orientation talk, to find out what would be the best course of action.
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MERCURY retro (Apr 9 – May 3) in TAU – AR, and SATURN retro (Apr 6 – Aug 25) in the Galactic Centre :: Embracing the Void

7 Apr

Welcome to the ‘Special Issue’ MERCURY RETRO AstroNews!

Have you been going a bit (or very much) mental, these days and weeks?
Welcome to the club!
Welcome to Humanity – under the influence of the present Astro~Sphere!

Have you noticed a shift in your mind since last week, towards slowing down, and a call for more groundedness?

Maybe your mind has been recently a little bit ‘all over the map’, fuzzy, funny, synchronistic, poked, provoked, non-sensical / nonsense-ical? Or in a trickster mode, mischievous perhaps, and / or seeing synchronicities and meaningful signs  pop up ‘out of nowhere’.

Mercury winged feet

All in perfect alignment with the cosmic dance, and the ‘cosmic smile’.
Seems like the universe smiles at us when we recognize a synchronicity! :-).

Don’t get annoyed when the ‘cosmic prankster’ plays tricks on your perhaps attached if not stubborn mind (TAU shadow). It wants you to be FREE from ‘the known’, and FREE for…???
MERCURY is about to go RETRO on Sunday Apr 9  at 4:14 pm PDT, at the beginning of TAURUS (4°50′)!

That’s what this ar-tickle is all about.

I bet you’ve been tickled and RE-mind-ed of all sorts of things lately. The early TAURUS zodiac zone has a CAP undertone…INTEGRITY and VALUES are important here.
This Spring MERCURY retro phase, close to the Liberator URANUS in ARIES, is in sharp contrast to the one with PLUTO in CAP, in Dec / Jan which was a lot about Power. What sets you FREE??!

 

The time from end of March until mid May is under the influence of MERCURY retro (you probably already noticed 🙂 ):

The pre-retro stationary ‘storm’ has been on since MERCURY significantly slowed down its speed = since Apr 4).
The technical retro phase starts on Apr 9, and goes to May 3. After Mercury will be direct again,  there will be another post-retro ‘storm’ until May 12.

 

Mercury, Sculpture by A. Pajou (Louvre, Paris) – uuuh, temporarily grounded / lost his ankle wings!

What you find in this ‘Special Issue’ (the full ‘menu’ that-is):

* MERCURY Retro in TAU / AR (with URANUS) and SATURN Retro in the Galactic Centre:
Freedom from the Known!

* Embodied Astrology – in TAURUS

* MERCURY Retro and the Mental Maze / Labyrinth

* ‘Le Chart’ of MERCURY Retro Turnaround

* Sabian Symbol of the M-r Degree: 5° TAU

* REsource, re: Mind, Consciousness, Spirit  

* Itinerary for the MERCURY Retro Phase

 

# 1 for Starters:

Here’s the super short gist of this Special MERCURY RETRO issue – in case you’re too busy to read it all right now:

The winged messenger MERCURY will technically / ‘officially’ turn retro – from Earth perspective…. in early TAU from Sunday Apr 9 on!

Time to sloooow the busy mind down, and enjoy the magical, synchronistic ways of how nature and life speak to us – when we really look and listen, take it in with all our senses, learn, and flexibly adapt and flow.

“RE-tour a la Nature” is a sweet and simple theme of M-r in EARTH signs. EARTH is the strongest Element at the onset of M-r, with all 3 EARTH signs ‘occupied’. So let’s…

  • RE-evaluate Value,  what gives Security and Groundedness (rather than chasing the money, even in over-compensation for not feeling valuable), go slow, smell the blossoms, and enjoy Life-in-Spring: TAURUS, with M-r and MARS.
  • RE-align and discern what’s in integrity, in our ‘Temple’ of Wellness and Sacred Work (rather than just being the busy bee, and finding fault in self and others) – North Node for the last month (until Apr 29) in VIRGO – ruled by MERCURY, and
  • RE-establish inner priorities (rather than blindly going after status and control, or feeling controlled by external forces) – PLUTO in CAP, also stationary in Apr, going retro on Apr 20.

 

# 2: If you’d like to savour the Full MERCURY Retro Astro~News Menu… (well, a TAU foodie thing), and hear more about SATURN Retro (the ‘Lord of the Ring’ also turned around this week).

– Voila! Dished up from here on:

  • Pretty ‘Stormy’ these days – even weather wise, here in Victoria, and the wind is already blowing down some of the ‘pink snow’ (of the Cherry blossoms – hurry up to get a last whiff?!)
  • Simultaneously, MERCURY – winged Messenger Archetype, and in Astrology representing the Mind and its workings, has been in its pre-retro stationary (slow turnaround) ‘storm’ over the last week!
  • MERCURY has been close to URANUS in AR end of March. This alignment will show up again end of Apr / early May. From unpredictability, surprises, shocks, trauma to a truly liberated Spirit.
  • The mind (MERCURY) has gotten wayyy ahead of SPIRIT and Consciousness (the SUN), and needs to be ‘lassoed in’, to follow as a tool, rather than taking the lead. This is the main function of M-r.

Three days ago, on 04 / 04 we entered the ‘hot zone’ of pre- M-r, as MERCURY went into ‘stationary storm’ which means, it’s moving now super slowly, shifting down gears, to go into reverse (from Earth perspective of course), from Sunday Apr 9 on, for 3 weeks (until May 3).
The Full Moon on Apr 10 gives the M-r onset a ‘super charge’ (since with a Full Moon all the other Astro themes are highlighted).
So: M-r on steroids? Actually NO, that’s not how I’d put it, since the job of M-r is actually to get us OFF the mental steroid mode.
Read on, to find out more about this perhaps unorthodox, less dramatic, more conscious and FUN way of RE-habilitating M-r (well, being conscious often also leads to breaking out in laughter – ZEN style).

So what’s the gig this time with M-r, you may wonder?

 

* MERCURY Retro in TAU / AR (with URANUS), and SATURN Retro in the Galactic Centre:
Freedom from the Known! 

Astrologically, MERCURY is making a loop from  ARIES – with URANUS (end of March) over to  TAURUS (March 31 – Apr 20), then back to ARIES, for playing again and longer with URANUS end of Apr to mid-May, to forward into TAURUS (May 15 – June 6).
In this season’s loop, MERCURY ‘dances’ around the AR – TAU ‘Settling Point’ of the Zodiac. Finding our ground – perhaps starting out being unsettled – being liberated – finding higher ground.
The AR – TAU connection also has to do with the human Desire Nature: “I’m going after what I want”.

  • We’re invited to check out the validity of desires, and in what ways they are a mental trip & trap.
  • How do we get attached to wanting things, wanting people to behave, or life to unfold in a certain way?
  • What has true value to us?
  • Is it possible to be attachment-FREE, and live less mentally, more magically?

A wild MERCURY – URANUS combo got the ball rolling recently (exact for the first time on March 26, activated by the ARIES New Moon on March 27 – the combo will be on again. for a longer phase, end of April  to mid May)!

Shake-up news, wake-up calls, new ideas popping up constantly, cameo appearance meetings new interesting people, and breakthrough conversations anybody?
All of these ‘symptoms’ are of the same MERCURY – URANUS Archetype combo! In that space, one never knows what comes next (definitely things don’t unfold according to plan or desire – which might be of a too dense vibration anyway). Does that make you anxious – or is it positively thrilling?! Nothing can be taken for granted, and things can change in the blink of an eye – which is also a hugely creative space.

Liberating ‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus at the Rockefeller Centre NYC, surrounded by the Zodiac belt..

Did you know? URANUS is the ‘transpersonal version’ and ‘higher octave’ of MERCURY! The Awake and Universal Mind… And: The creative principle, the spark of life.

  • Where does ‘Life’ come from?
  • What makes Life show up spontaneously, manifesting blossoms in Spring, and our precious human, animal, and plant life?
  • How do all our organs and functions ‘know’ exactly what to do?
  • And other ‘out of the box’ questions…

 

Blue Spectral Storm Seal

Which reminds me also – we are in the Blue Spectral Storm year of the Mayan Calendar (July 26, 2016 – July 24, 2017) – which, according to an article by Stephanie South, on the Foundation of the Law of Time site “also begins a much larger cycle: a cycle of 2756-years or fifty-three, 52-year cycles also known as Sirian wheels. This first Sirian wheel is from 2016-2068, establishing the first galactic era of Timeship Earth. This year offers us the potential to make a quantum leap of our physical body consciousness into states of super and continuing consciousness. But to do so we are required to continue releasing the layers and lifetimes of old identities, habits and belief systems.”

 

The latter – releasing, and being done with old karmic ‘stories’ and beliefs (what we think we know) – is what SATURN in SAG ‘coaches’ us about. SATURN is also big this week and month, since it also just went retro – yesterday Apr 6, until Aug 25!
An excellent ‘karma wrap-up’ phase, and for being less ruled by limitations and fear.
Via intro-spection (literally: retro in SAG, which rules vision, and seeing), we can see more clearly what the inner obstacles are, which helps us complete our ‘contracts’ with the old conditioning that creates karmic ‘feedback loops’.

I hear you say: “This can be a looong process.” But hey, that’s another ‘story’ too which doesn’t have to be always and nowadays true – everything accelerates, and what used to take years can be a matter of months or weeks now. URANUS in ARIES…!

With the lighter, freer, faster vibration of MERCURY / URANUS, rather than ‘going crazy’,  we can tap into the genius and spontaneity of LIFE itself – and tap into our inner genius along the way. These are the times of miracles and wonder… showing up as synchronicities,  magical connections, or ‘deja vus’ out of the blue.
Had quite a few this week – when in ‘non-resistance’ super fluid high vibration – love and excitement.

Maybe you experience the whole spectrum of acceleration, unpredictability, shocks, surprises, and miracles, in the Journey?
Maybe depending on which story you are telling yourself and others, and which lens you are looking through? Cause and effect… says ‘Lord of Karma’ SATURN in SAG.

Voyager Tarot card VII – Chariot, Law of Movement.

This stationary SATURN time can make us acutely aware of our ‘fears of flying’, yet also keeps us grounded for a purpose.
What is ‘right action’, where and HOW to move in integrity, and come from the Heart (which is beyond right or wrong) seems acutely ‘in our face’ now. SATURN has been stationary in March, in the ‘Galactic Centre’ end of SAG – where we’re dealing with the Ultimate Unknown, and Unknowable. When we get out of our own way (not to say: we’re doing nothing, rather: we’re being in the flow of ‘The Tao’ / ‘The Way’), and realize our resistance IS the obstacle we allow the Universe to be the ‘Charioteer’, so-to-say, and show us ‘The Vehicle’.

 

What’s MERCURY retro got to do with this?
The early TAURUS energy where MERCURY ‘sits’ now ‘stationary’ may feel like stalling, super slow and stuck, literally ‘sitting on something’ / ‘with something’, or, in ZaZen mode: just sitting, while SATURN stationary in the ‘Galactic Centre’ also seems to tell us to ‘go nowhere’ – into the VOID.
Can we embrace the VOID?

 

After taking a little cat nap break, on this stormy day, I randomly opened a beautiful book a friend gave me a while back: In Love with the Mystery by Canadian ‘Renaissance artist’ Ann Mortifee – and found a vignette that’s so apropos SATURN stationary in the Galactic Centre:

“The mind clings to what it has learned. It insists that we must first understand something before we can trust enough to move forward. We must be willing to let go. We must be willing to take with us only what serves the next step. Understanding is only a momentary rung on a ladder. We step from one rung to the other until finally we leave the ladder behind. In this way, we arrive one day at the place of Wisdom.”

Maybe in a certain life situation you seem to be going nowhere (from the ego perspective), except in circles in your mind, or even spiraling into a ‘black hole’ – frustrating, depressing…
Can you be with the Unknown, and even relax in its dark spaciousness? No need to know now. See what arises. The direction and guidance will reveal itself, from within, and in unexpected ways.
And with MERCURY RETRO, the information we have now, at the onset of its journey, changes, and thing look differently over the course of M-r.
RE-lax, RE-ceive, and RE-treat the busy mind, in its desire to know.

I love M-r, as a time of Magic and Miracles (not to be expected,of course, that would be an oxymoron) – great to be open and available, and see the world with fresh eyes, rather than filtered through the old lens.
MERCURY – URANUS (this ‘wild card encounter’ is RE-visited end of Apr / early May) REminds us to Live NOW & Wake UP! What an actutely-creative space this is!

  • Are you a bit nervous and stressed-out, just to think about – another Mercury retro!?
  • Is your mind driving the bus, and driving you and others crazy?
  • Has your mind, and have your ‘plans’ been on zigzag course lately?
  • Do you just wanna be FREE from all that… BS?
  • Have you gone like: whoaaa! Paradigm shifts, surprise news, shockers, in your world recently?
  • Are you experiencing liberating, awakening breakthroughs?

Yep, all of the above (incl. going crazy over Mercury retro!) ARE MERCURY pre-retro / URANUS symptoms.

Let’s RE-lax, just for now. Don’t worry, we’re all in one boat – and hey? What boat? What’s ‘real’? It’s all ‘just’ phenomenal, and actually un-real. Might sound far-out but modern quantum science confirms nowadays what spirituality always ‘knew’.
MERCURY RETRO starts from early TAURUS which rules our sense experiences of physical phenomena. TAURUS has the notion to grasp and assimilate what’s tangible, and cultivate something permanent, valuable, and pleasing to the senses.

What IS RE-liable, solid, tangible, constant, MERCURY in TAU might ask? – before going retro (on Apr 9), inviting us to dig deeper, and bring forth de-lightful and enlightening insights from the journey (MERCURY / SUN / URANUS) that we’re about to embark on.

Lots of impulses and ‘moving parts’ – Things change a lot (mirrored by lots of cardinal and mutable energy),  in the astrological weather patterns.

Can you be ok with that, and embrace what appears in the mind, esp. “what you want”, as impermanent? Good ol’ Buddhist teaching… and the Sabian Symbol of M-r will tell us more about this theme too…

 

Some random tips for the M-r zone:

  • Sloooowing down, tuning into the Body and its messages.
  • Maybe we need to take ourselves to magical places on Mother-Earth in Spring.
  • MERCURY the magician-healer offers tools that transform, re-align, help, and heal. What are the messages?
  • Let’s be open to guidance and help, from ‘winged messengers’ incl. the angelic realm.
  • Let’s BE magical, and open for the unknown and unknowable.
  • Buying less, RE-purposing more.

Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of the Body (TAU). They might take us inward at first, esp. in the first half of the M-r phase (until Apr 19), to help us come to our senses.

 

* EMBODIED ASTROLOGY – in TAURUS

Speaking of Messages of the Body, Alignment, and Embodiment:
Mark your calendar for the next Living Breathing Birth Chart – Embodied Astrology – in TAURUS (at and with TAUREANS!)
On Sunday Apr 30, from 1:30 pm on.

Our ‘Astro*Embodiment Grove’ in the Park – well, this time we’ll be in a private TAUREAN Home!

* Experience your chart directly through the TAUREAN Body (rather than via the MERCURIAL Mind).

* Let the Planetary Archetypes speak to and through you.

* Move with what you experience! It’s an embodiment, not a performance.

* Experience the Archetypes in Astrology and perhaps your own chart in a new, fresh, embodied way.
 

The Facebook event is on my AstroPage.

We have space for a few more Embodyers!
Newcomers most welcome!

 

* MERCURY Retro and the Mind Maze / Labyrinth 

Labyrinth (Seven Circle Classical L.) by Helen Rowlands

When I was searching for something else on the internet a while ago, I came across this Labyrinth image by Helen Rowlands, which immediately reminded me of the Brain.

Why haven’t I seen the connection before? A classical MERCURY retro example for suddenly seeing connections that were always there, in ‘plain sight’ but not paid attention to.
Uhh. and I was also RE-minded of the ‘Food Forest Labyrinth’ (SO M-r in TAU) that my friends from Edible Landscapes Design – offer awesome!

Check out this Labyrinth article, with TAUREAN Minotaur and all!

A MERCURY retro question could be: Can we use the ancient labyrinth structure / system, to intentionally connect, energize, and regenerate both brain hemispheres, and everything ‘mind’?

I’m sure more RE-storing, RE-generative qualities will come up with the M-r. And exciting new insights too.

 

Mercury Butchard Gardens

What are the symptoms of being in an unconscious / default MERCURY retro mode?

How do you recognize that you are in a mercurial ‘maze’ / ‘labyrinth’?

What’s the best approach to the energy of this time?

Well, to cut right through the story, unconsciousness IS the maze.

When we identify with and attach to the mind’s analyses, stories and assumptions, AND with our feelings, based on the thoughts that circulate in us (or vice versa, thoughts based on feelings) we are entangled in its own net, and far from free (the incentive of MERCURY – URANUS).

Thinking itself is not the problem, and we can’t and don’t need to make our mind ‘shut up’. The issue is rather getting wrapped up with and stuck in our thoughts a la TAURUS.

Each MERCURY retro phase serves as a REcalibration of the mind, and REconnection of the mind (represented by MERCURY) with Consciousness and Spirit (represented by the SUN. MERCURY has gone ahead of the SUN, and is during M-r being ‘lassoed back in’, to step behind the SUN).

 


* ‘Le Chart’ of MERCURY Retro Turnaround

I got mer-curious to set up the chart of MERCURY going retro, and also to look at the Sabian Symbol – both very RE-vealing….

Here’s the chart!

 

  • Check out the concentration of MERCURY retro – URANUS / SUN, on the AR – TAU ‘Settling Point’ (not so settled, with SUN / URANUS (they’ll be aligned on Apr 13! – wake-up calls? Awakening from the habitual mind?
  • SATURN is also freshly retro,
  • PLUTO will go retro on Apr 20,
  • VENUS is still retro until Apr 15, soo close to CHIRON – Healing old ‘Love Wounds’ through connectedness that’s unconditional and always available…

And the Lunar Nodes will soon (Apr 29) shift from VIR – PI in the last 1 1/2 years to LEO – AQ. The North Node is presently (Apr / May) on the ‘Sphinx Point’ Self Awareness Rules! And Mercury Retro loves that too!

 

Bottom line:  

  • Let’s BE aware and MIND-ful, recognize when we are rather mind – full, and what it takes to bring more ease and flow to our life.
  • Let’s REalize again that we are not the mind. It’s just a function that serves consciousness.
  • Let’s be open minded, and available to see things in a new, fresh light.

Let’s see what the * SABIAN SYMBOL of the Mercury Turnaround Degree reveals.

MERCURY will turn retro at 4°50′ TAURUS.
 

TAURUS 5°:
A WIDOW AT AN OPEN GRAVE.

Keynote: The impermanence of all material and social bonds.

“All natural compounds decay,” said the Buddha. The most beautiful and most enjoyed substance loses its potential energy through continuous actualization and the principle of integration and form is withdrawn, leaving the Void — “the open grave” that ends all attachments. The Void is the great challenge: What next? One must begin anew, and if possible at a “higher,” i.e. more inclusive and universal, less egocentric, level.

This fifth conclusive stage of the sequence which deals with root elements and basic actions and responses may seem negative, yet it opens the door to self-renewal. Beyond the personal attachment rises the possibility of participating in a larger sphere of existence. This possibility rarely manifests itself except as one is ready to DISCARD THE PAST.

 

What a powerful, and definitely ‘retro’ message for the whole M-r phase – bringing the Mind back to SPIRIT / Consciousness. And it’s already a pre-cursor message for the Wesak Moon of the Buddha (this year May 10, when MERCURY will be still in post-retro ‘storm’).

Embracing the VOID…

 

On that note:

* RE-SOURCE, re: Mind, Consciousness, Spirit

Apparently randomly, I came across Adyashanti’s ‘old’ but gold video about his basic spiritual teachings. Excellent.

 

* Itinerary for the  MERCURY Retro Phase Apr / May 2017

 

Butterfly Baby, Photo by Anne Geddess


Apr 4:
MERCURY in early TAU entered the stationary ‘storm’.
Stormy, ingenuous, or wrapped up in mental attachments, and chased by the Inner Minotaur, while attempting to walk the BIG Maze? Or fun and funky premonitions?

Time to take a break, and be open for a fresh approach.

Apr 9:
MERCURY in early TAU will turn retro, from Earth perspective.
Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with Self Awareness. And: What does our Body tell us…?

Mid April – Mid May:
MERCURY – URANUS phase
(exact Apr 28, and May 9!)

A liberated mind! Leading from the Heart, and from Innocence. RE-Birth Time!

Apr 19:
Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the 1° TAURUS SUN (just 8 hrs after the SUN enters TAU!)

Ahhh, the half-way point of the MERCURY retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New MERCURY’ is born. The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness, the Heart) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant. The whole point of the MERCURY retro adjustment phase…

Apr 20:
MERCURY retro re-enters ARIES
(until May 15!), to re-connect with URANUS on Apr 28, and May 9!

What a liberating and RE-newing phase. Time to be RE-invented!

May 3:
MERCURY will go direct again, close to URANUS.
We learned a big deal about the ‘operations’ of the mind – to be RE-vealed until then. And can be so much freer.

May 12 (2 days after the Wesak Moon on May 10):
MERCURY will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.
Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe it’s deeply changed.

May 22:
MERCURY will leave the post-retro shadow.
Green light for moving forward in negotiations and interactions, led by the Heart and Consciousness.

 

Take time, this first MERCURY retro week, under the Full / waning MOON:

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check your ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘RE-sources’ and inventive ideas that could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.
  • Spring Cleaning and retro-fitting time 🙂

Wishing you a blessed navigation in the retro- and interdimensional zone, with the Mercurial Mind currents, in the Heavens as on EARTH!

Hope to SEE you again soon, in real life, or online – it’s all about REconnecting (as directly as possible)!

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Freedom from the Known, and FOR the Path of Heart! SAG SUN sextiles JUPITER, and conj. SATURN. AR MOON conj. URANUS, Dec 9 / 10

9 Dec

Opportunity & Break-free Days!
The SUN in SAG sextiles mighty JUPITER in LIBRA – golden opportunities to make wise choices, based on, and regarding fairness, justice, balance, right relationship bring FREEDOM, open new directions, and open the HEART!
The ARIES MOON meets URANUS (once a month) also today. Break through, break free, break open. It all starts NOW – and there’s only NOW.

 

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Light on the Wintry Path, Photo by Melanie, Dec 6, 2016

 

Check out a little video clip from my St. Nicklas walk here 🙂
…and come back to the AstroNews blog afterwards (haven’t figured out how to create a hyperlink that opens a new browser window – tips welcome!).

As the SUN passes SATURN tomorrow Satur-N-Day (Yes, it IS the day of the week dedicated to Saturn) Dec 10 (another YAY of the week, happens once a year!), it’s so much easier to SEE the LIGHT and the bigger WHY through the eyes of consciousness (the SUN in SAG), beyond what’s presented itself to us / what we perceived (SAG has to do with seeing and perception) as ‘obstacles on the path’ over the last… year! (SATURN in SAG – since Sept 2015). We can see and acknowledge these obstacles and challenges as opportunities to grow beyond conditioning (‘Freedom from the Known’). And the need to set boundaries, and say NO to pursuing old, conditioned directions that we’ve outgrown (and if we ‘went there’ we’d just get more karma to unravel).

OH, and of course, SATURN in SAG says: Less is More, when it comes to unnecessary ‘junk’ and clutter (even in the name of ‘gifts’). What are the gifts that matter most? 

The Path of Heart prevails! So ‘simple’.

 

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2016

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