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AQUARIUS New Moon on Feb 4 – Freedom for New Light!

2 Feb

Dear Astro~News Reader,

Uranus Rules Aquarius – Painting by Johfra Bosschart

The Days are getting longer, and the Light is coming in stronger…
AQUARUS brings Light, Prana, and fresh AIR.

And as the 2nd NEW MOON after WINTER SOLSTICE, the AQ NEW MOON also heralds the CHINESE NEW YEAR – the day after, on FEB 5 (see special CNY feature) –

When’s the AQ New MOON?
At 1:04 pm PST on FEB 4.
Nice date-time alignment 🙂

The AQ New MOON links up with MERCURY / LILITH, both also in AQ, and both being met by the MOON on that day too – see chart image below.
What does it mean to be in your ‘wild and free Nature’?
A wildly refreshing and liberating energy… like taking in new Prana and fresh AIR that connects us all…
…post the ‘rocky’ and heavy CAP vibes over weeks – which also showed
(via SATURN / PLUTO / South Node) where things are indeed ‘expiring’.


Voila – the Cosmic Map for the AQ NEW MOON

Quite striking:

A whole line-up of Planets, embracing the SUN & MOON union, are concentrated in the Zodiac Field from mid-SAG to end of ARIES – within 140° – with the North Node end of CANCER counter-balancing so much Winter-to-early Spring energy.
A planetary pattern called a ‘Basket’, with the NN being the basket ‘handle’.

And it’s quite unusual (very Aquarian in that sense) that presently there are 4 PLANETS in their own ruled ZODIAC signs:

MARS in ARIES (until Feb 14)
JUPITER in SAG (until Dec 2)
SATURN in CAP (until Dec 17, 2020)
NEPTUNE in PISCES (until 2026).

Plus, NO Planet is retro (until March 5 when MERCURY goes retro).

All in all, cosmic energy can move and expresses purely – facilitating accelerated shifts and evolution.

So, let’s see what’s in the ‘New MOON Basket’, and how to pick it up, via the NN in CANCER:


  • Starting with JUPITER in mid / towards end of its own ruled sign SAG (where it travels and inspires us this year (precisely Nov 8, 2018 – Dec 2, 2019).
    JUPITER is just coming out of its 1st (of 3 in 2019) square with NEPTUNE, these years 2012 – 2026 also in its own sign PISCES (their square was exact on Jan 13, and comes back in June and Sept).
    Being in a spirit of gratitude and abundance elevates our vibration, lightens us up, and brings us into flow and connectedness. Coming from the Heart and following its call, and sharing our Gifts with the World attracts synchronicities and ‘miracles’. 


  • Next up: VENUS, freshly in CAP (Feb 3 – March 1), on the ‘Integrity Point’ – a magnet to attract what’s ‘real’ and in integrity / really works for us, while ‘in the meantime’ it’s also a ‘match’ & mirror for where we’re at, with our self value and self love.
    With VENUS in CAP, on her way to meet SATURN, on Feb 18, just the day before the Full Moon, we might feel called to make a timely & important commitment – in the area of life related to mid-CAP in our charts. And what’s done and complete (even though you used to love it)?


  • Then, SATURN, solidly anchored in mid-CAP (also the sign it rules, and checks in on these years, Dec 2017 – Dec 2020) – in sextile with NEPTUNE in its own oceanic Piscean realm (the 1st of 3 alignments between them this year was exact just on Jan 31, again in June and Nov).
    Time to stand in who we are, let go of old patterns, esp. revolving around judgment, resistance, and doing things ‘the hard way’. 
    A good combo between dreams, visions, and realism / manifestation.
    What does it take to make your dreams come true? Chances are, being in flow and synch with the Universe (PI) and in receiving mode has to do with it. 🙂 Doesn’t mean we have to say YES to everything that comes our way. SATURN helps us with being clear about what works for us, and NEPTUNE in PI to let go of the rest – with Love.


  • SATURN is also approaching PLUTO this year – closest in Apr / May at 20 – 23° CAP, when both are stationary, as they go from direct to retro, PLUTO on Apr 24 and SATURN on Apr 29.
    Next year, on Jan 12, 2020, the rare (every 38 years) conjunction will be exact. It closes a cycle of societal structural breakdown, purging of its shadow, and rebuilding from the core / basics.
    The SATURN – PLUTO conjunction will be almost exact on the U.S. PLUTO (plus, the country has its 1st PLUTO Return at 27°33′ CAP in 2021-23- every 248 years only – speaking of regeneration from its core and soul!).


  • The Lunar South Node in late CAP is (while moving retro) soon lining up with PLUTO (exact on March 29) and with SATURN (in effect all the way from mid-May until end of Sept!).
    One of the main themes this year, and has been already activated with the CAP New Moon Partial Solar Release Eclipse on Jan 5 / 6 (“Let the Old Empire Expire.”).
    It’ll come back into the picture big time with the CAN NM / Total Solar ‘Seed’ Eclipse opposite SATURN / SN / PLUTO, on July 2, and with the CAP / CAN FM / Partial Lunar ‘Release’ Eclipse on July 16.

    All pointing to the end of a CAPricornian era of hierarchical top-down structures / control systems that are anachronistic, abusive, and destructive for all life forms.
    And the seed of a New World of caring and compassion – catalyzed by the North Node in CANCER phase (Nov 2018 – June 2020) – “Because we Care.”


  • Gentleness, Caring, and Compassion while making sure to fill our own cup too are themes of the North Node in CAN Basket Handle.
    It can help us ‘pick up’ the ‘basket’ of critical themes presented at this time, collectively, and in our personal world, and show up for what’s our ‘assignment’ – yet not to pick up what’s not ours to carry
    (SN and Planets in CAP).


  • Then, quite centrally in the Cosmic Basket:
    The AQ New MOON and MERCURY / LILITH – New Light & Freedom, and Freedom for New Light!
    Mid-AQ where the New MOON will be is double AQ:
    Fixed energy concentrates there, with the theme of Humanity consciously cooperating.


Let’s see which hints the
SABIAN SYMBOL for the New MOON offers.
The NEW MOON will be at 15°45 AQ.



KEYNOTE: The ability to organize the many aspects of an enterprise involving a large group of human beings.

A great deal of what is glowingly written about the Aquarian Age is probably sheer glamour. The New Age should be one in which humanity learns to use the power generated by human togetherness and group interplay — that is, to use it harmoniously for the welfare of the whole of which all individuals are parts, humanity and Planet Earth. This has never been achieved and only very rarely attempted. Mankind today must make a thorough and irresistible attempt, or be nearly destroyed — except for a creative “remnant” of seed-persons who would have to begin again from new foundations. In the field of big business, of huge war undertakings (like the Normandy landing in World War II) or of major national efforts (like the Moon landings) great results have been achieved, but the motive and the quality of the human interrelationships involved were neither of permanent significance nor invested with a truly harmonic quality. The character of the techniques used were totally unsatisfactory from a “human” point of view. Nevertheless there is much to learn from modern large-scale management and systems analysis, even in terms of personal endeavors of very limited scope.

This is the first stage in the sixty-fourth five-fold sub-cycle. It introduces the concept of management which is basic at this period of the cyclic life process which the zodiac symbolizes, yet which needs to be totally reevaluated if mankind is to actualize the spiritual potentialities implied in the evolutionary transformation just ahead. ORGANATION should be the Keyword, rather than mere “organization”; for humanity now can and should realize that it is indeed an ‘organism’.”


Please note:
Eminent astrologer Dane Rudhyar wrote this interpretation of the Sabian Symbols in 1973 – 46 years ago, hence the language carries a somewhat antiquated tone yet the themes are timeless.

And this one is even very timely, given the urgency for Humanity (beyond our political representatives) to co-avert a climate catastrophe, and co-create a livable, cleaner, greener, lighter, freer and socially just and responsible future.
How can this immense undertaking be possible and coordinated?
Perhaps the initiatory challenge to even enter the Aquarian Age.

This AQ New MOON is signaling us:
A Seed is planted. We need to co-intend, co-envision (JUPITER-NEPTUNE help with this), and concretely tend it (says SATURN) – together.
And – with the Lunar North Node in CANCER:
Prioritizing human need over corporate greed, and tending to the needs of our fellow animal and plant Beings – so that a peaceful Future together is possible where the next 7 generations and beyond can thrive, on Planet Earth.


  • MERCURY – exalted / best positioned in AQ aligning with LILITH in AQ on the DAY of the New MOON (an only once-a-year happening) is also quite striking.
    The Voice of Freedom, from our ‘wild’ and Natural Self.


  • More ‘New MOON Basket’ Goodies:
    NEPTUNE in PI – yes, triple-squared by JUPITER & triple-sextiled by SATURN this year –
    All about Unity, Connection, Oneness Consciousness – which is also the ‘like-heals-like’ Medicine for overwhelm and feeling lost.
    Speaking of Medicine, Cosmic Medicine Wo/man CHIRON is now in its very last DAYS in PISCES (since 2010).
    On Feb 18, it will cross over the ‘Emergence Point’ into ARIES, for the next 8 years, until Apr 14, 2027 – The Medicine of Being Authentically YOU.
    CHIRON already ‘tried on’ AR last year, Apr – Sept.

    So yeah, coming out of our Piscean slumber of collective consciousness might be scary yet
    hugely liberating, and the Medicine the World needs now.


  • In ARIES, MARS the Warrior enlivens and kicks us into action these days (since Dec 31 actually) – and we’re coming up to the Grand Finale for MARS in AR:
    MARS in AR conj. URANUS (every 2 years only) on Feb 12.
    Liberation and breakthroughs across the board. Revolutionary energy. 
    Can easily turn into societal / political protests and riots. Hopefully, instead of a re-active a pro-active and innovative direction is being taken.
    Birth the New Self!


So there we have it – a Cosmic Basket of Archetype activation!
My we pick up what’s ours, with / for LOVE… and: Because we Care.

And, as mentioned – worth saying it again:
NO Planets are presently retro – until March 5, when MERCURY goes retro, on the day before the PI NEW MOON. We’re in a phase where things can and want to move forward – into the NEW.



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

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

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

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

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

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

    Looks like Humanity really needs to and can cooperate much more than ever.
    Since things get intense and extreme with PLUTO, we can also see a lot of alienation and encapsulation, loneliness, social awkwardness, and other side effects of the technological self-sufficiency…
    Endeavours of replacing humans with robots will increase, and perhaps a massive ‘Space Age’ will break out, with settlements on other Planets, if Earth becomes uninhabitable – whoooaah!

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


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

Astrology is an Aquarian Art.


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger





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MARS in AQ (starts with Square 1 to URANUS – two more to come!): Catalysts for Liberation.

14 May

MARS makes its entry into AQ on May 15 / 16 with a BOOM – a square to URANUS (which rules AQ) just 2 hrs later (and after a square from MERCURY on May 12).
While URANUS will have also just freshly entered TAU (on May 15).
All this happens shortly after the TAU NEW MOON (yep, on May 15).

Clearly, mid-May is super charged, and primed for shifts.

Sounds volatile & turbulent?
Yep, possibilities with the MARS – URANUS dynamic, since release of tension and stress is due. 
Maybe Mother Earth will release more stress too…


Prometheus, mythological Archetype of URANUS, capturing the Fire of the Gods for Humanity

URANUS entering TAU tomorrow May 15 brings Wake-up calls for a new Earth Consciousness.

See my blog article about this major shift here. 

URANUS brings mainly societal / social change, yet also sets us individually FREE.

The liberating impulse can express through upheavals, chaos, revolution, yet also in sudden advances in technology, paradigm shifts, discoveries, and innovations. 
Remember, URANUS, the first ‘outer’ / far out / outsider PLANET was discovered in 1781, a time with a very revolutionary Zeitgeist – right between the American Revolution 1776 and the French Revolution 1789. 

URANUS, related to the Archetype of Prometheus who brought the Fire of the Gods to Humanity brings Freedom – often through access to what was reserved to the few – which can overthrow / pull the rug from underneath the elite establishment.
Freedom to (the light bringing Prometheus) – Freedom from (the Known – and ‘what we got used to’, says esp. TAU), and simply: FREEDOM.

Where’s your own / inner / Life Revolution / New Freedom? 
Check out where in your chart early TAU (and late AR) is (House, Planets, Sun, Moon, AC, MC, Nodes) – that’s where you’d get a hit from the Uranian push for freedom this year, followed by its activation in the next 7 years, for the rest of the Taurean terrain! 
Themes with TAU are: 
Freedom of (and from) Values, the Body, Location, Finances / Money / Income, Security, Stability.
On a positive / promising Promethean note: What’s been reserved to the few in those areas becomes accessible to the many now – which can also have turbulent effects.

NO Boredom, with URANUS in TAU.

When URANUS was in TAURUS last time (1934 – 1942) there were clearly huge economic and Earth upheavals as the great-not-so-great Depression wiped out jobs, companies, security, people’s self esteem. Ups and downs, Fascism (with a social working class slant / hook – pretending to fight and bust “Anti-Jewish-Capitalism”) leading into the Second World War that devastated countries and killed millions.
Not that we can exactly compare that URANUS in TAU era with ours…
The times were different, and societally relevant Transpersonal Planets were differently positioned than where they are nowadays. But consider parallels when it comes to the basic ‘ingredients’.
As always, I’d like to inspire you with my writings to recognize the Archetypes ( here: the combo of URANUS and TAURUS), to pro-actively express a higher vibration of them in your life, and ‘feed’ that into the collective ‘field’. Nowadays, since we’re so interconnected chances are higher that ideas take off freely and create trends (well yeah, repression and manipulation happens still too).

What’s MARS got to do with this?
A lot, and quite acutely:

MARS entering AQ (the sign of URANUS!) catalyzes this right away, setting FREE what’s been held in / back for long.
As I said in the URANUS into TAU article:

“URANUS entering TAU squared by MARS shifting into AQ feels like a liberation from slavery – literally: Freedom from ownership.
And freedom from what uses up our time and resources (CAP) that can be repurposed much more fulfillingly…

  • Where have you enslaved yourself / let yourself be enslaved by something you own / that ‘owns’ and occupies you, your time, your energy / money / resources?
  • How can a movement towards collaboration and community (MARS in AQ) propel us forward, for the well-being of Humanity and Planet Earth?” 


Freedom from the Known, and for the NEW!

About time – to shake things up, get unstuck, get out of (or at least take a break from) confining situations and relationships that keep us ‘on hold’ or hold you back, and from our habitual ways of living that may satisfy our need for security yet have become stale and boring, and to experiment with new dynamics and fresh ways of being!
Experience your body and Nature in a new way!
Be in the NOW where LIFE happens!


How does the energy want to express under MARS in AQ this year, and why is this so relevant for the U.S.?

MARS in AQ can activate us to stand up, united as humanity for societal / political causes.
A lot is and will heat up even more with this MARS shift and its – yes! – triple square to URANUS this Spring and Summer.

This can look like: Heated debates / arguments, stirring up action, conflict through and in groups. Better to channel it into concerted action!

MARS will cross over the South Node of the United States, in June / July, and again end of Sept. which is at 7°35 AQ.

The Sabian Symbol for 8°AQ is quite telling:

Beautifully Gowned Wax Figures on Display.
Keynote: The inspiration one may derive from the appearance of Examplars who represent to us the Archetypes of a new culture…. they herald new collective developments.
May new heroes / heroines of Freedom step forward and influence group consciousness, in the Land of the Brave – and in other lands too!


And then, towards the end of the AQ activation, mid-Nov MARS will meet the U.S. MOON (at 27°09 AQ). Chances are, people will have been quite stirred up, in the Home of the Free.

And no, I don’t suggest: MARS shall be our new Home…


Mars (Hubble Telescope picture)


MARS will be in AQ for a long time this year: 5 months!

Precisely: May 15 – Aug 12 & Sept 10 – Nov 15 (the average is 2 months).
Why? You guessed it:

MARS will go retro this year (every 2 years) from early AQ back into late CAP and forward again into AQ). The retro phase will be June 26 – Aug 27, with MARS on the Community Building point AQ-CAP-AQ.
What does that mean???
We humans get an energy boost to show up and do the work that’s required in Community with  everybody contributing with their resources and what they’re best at (CAP), and nobody’s the boss in old-consciousness ways. A circle of equals, beyond the linear / hierarchical authority model.

And what’s with the retro part of it?
A re-calibration of how we pursue things, and of the ‘traditional Masculine’ as MARS goes back to CAP: Ideally backing off from old school top-down ruling over, and moving to contributing our best qualities instead, and bringing them into community and humanity. ‘Seems like’ (no-brainer) there’s ‘unfinished business’ (CAP) around this, and even though it’s been brought up many times in history, we need to re-visit it now, to affect change.

There’ll be another Astro~News blog post for MARS retro, closer to the date. For now, a few markers of the MARS journey pre- during and post-retro:

As MARS goes forth and back and forth into AQ – CAP – AQ it will square URANUS that’s freshly in TAU now not just once on May 16 but THREE times this year:
Again (under MARS retro) on Aug 1, and lastly (in Martian forward-direct mode) on Sept 18.

More liberating shifts obviously required and on the horizon.
This can really shake things up when it comes to provocative, experimental, if not shocking, yet hopefully liberating breakthroughs and break-frees.
Chances are more social unrest and protection of Mother Earth coming.


The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers with the Prayer Scarves, gifted to them by HH the 14th Dalai Lama.

Community of Wisdom Elders & Circle of Leaders – this is also AQ.

Retro note: Initiating (MARS) isn’t so cool anyhow, nor favoured under retro (“who initiates loses / needs to back off”).
So best to be the detached AQ and the Wise CAP Elder and hold space for things to run their course and disintegrate in retro mode.


Can become quite ‘interesting’ this Summer….

Oh, and when MARS will be furthest back in CAP (28°37′, on Aug 27 – basically stationary mid-Aug – mid-Sept) it will ‘hit on’ the U.S. ‘Essential Point of Power’ PLUTO (at 27°33 CAP) – and perhaps just barely miss it.

That doesn’t sound very comfortable for the establishment…
Chances are deep power agenda comes out (yay, JUPITER still in SCO this year helps!), AND people with integrity will make a stand – because they have to, are propelled to do so, and maybe have an irrefutable case and resources to do so.


Let’s see which Planets MARS will meet in its AQ mode:

Ok, ok, just did a time line overview of the most important contacts of MARS in its journey into AQ, back to CAP and then through AQ until Nov 15 – and that covers 2 pages.  
So, let’s keep it short and sweet, to the ones that stand out in the Martian itinerary:


  • As I said, MARS will form 3 squares from early AQ to URANUS (ruler of AQ) newly in TAU:
    May 15, then in retro Aug 1, and again in forward mode, Sept 18.
    At the very last day of its journey through AQ, Nov 15, MARS will go into sextile with URANUS which by then will be in retro, and back at the very end of AR (ruled by MARS).
    This double whammy is a very rare phenomenon that definitely gets our attention.
    New Earth Consciousness. One Earth, One People.
    Express it in in your life in liberating ways – wake up and be FREE!


  • MARS will also form 3 sextiles from AQ with CHIRON now freshly on the ‘Birthing Point’ in AR (which in turn is ruled by MARS): May 19, under MARS retro Aug 3, and in Martian forward mode Sept 13.
    Maybe more of us are being called to stand up for causes that we’re passionate about, and show up in authentic, vulnerable ways to let the world know why this matters – a new movement of Earth Warriors and Healers can be born. And together with the MARS square to URANUS, there can be quantum leaps and domino effects.


  • A big Martian phase will be end of July, half-way through its retro period when MARS retro in early AQ will be tied exactly into the AQ – LEO Full Moon / Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27 – and MARS will be closest to the Earth on that day too.
    A strong polarity if not confrontation between We the People, We the independent Scientists, and We the synergistic and systemic Forward-Thinkers (AQ) and ‘Royalty’.
    How can bridges be built to motivate (MARS) all to be Humanity conscious and Earth conscious (the Eclipse will be also in T-square with URANUS in early TAU)?


My simple blessing in closing:
May MARS in AQ help us all to act in ways conscious and mature humans do!


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger


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