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

1 Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brigid’s blessings…!

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

“SPRING APPEARS

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

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

 

Much Love, Seasonal and Celestial Blessings!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2018

 

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Eclipses 2018 Vol. 1 : Total Lunar Eclipse (Jan 31) – Celestial Goddess Pointer. Regenerative Creative Power.

29 Jan

Dear ASTRO~NEWS Blog Reader,

We’re in Eclipse Season again (twice a year):  

Two Eclipses are on the horizon – and their effects have been noticeable for a while:

  • The Imbolc Total Lunar Eclipse / SuperMoon in LEO – AQ on Wed Jan 31, and
  • The Partial Solar Eclipse in late AQ / cusp to PI on Feb 15. It also ushers in the Chinese New Year (always on the day after the second New Moon after Winter Solstice) of the Yang Earth Dog (stay tuned for a blog post on this!)!

The ‘Superstar’ Total Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31, with many attributes (Blue Moon, Blood Moon, SuperMoon) – and in central LEO – shows up quite dramatically as a very unique Yod, and even ‘Green Kite’ formation, pointing TO the Eclipse!
What an astro image! Chart below, of course!

In our purrrsonal LEO journey, and in the AQ group consciousness, we’re experiencing all these dynamics.
Let’s see how they play out, what’s ‘UP’, wants to be seen (and loved, as in LEO)!

Loving awareness leads to Freedom!

LOVE is the Medicine that helps us in the ‘storm’ – is both grounding, and raises the vibration from which we experience the ‘events’! 

 

 

The Total Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31 will be visible in East and South-East Asia, Australia, Alaska, and Greenland.
The Path of the Chinese New Year Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15 will go over South America and Antarctica.

Twice a year, a pair of Eclipses occurs, and they ‘string together’, through the Lunar Nodes.
Remember the last Eclipse pair in August 2017?
Of course! The famous ‘American’ Total Solar Eclipse of Aug 21 was epic. The Partial Lunar Eclipse on Aug 7 was less spectacular, yet both were united through their shared AQ – LEO theme.

And now we see another pair of Eclipses in LEO – AQ where the Lunar Nodes have been since end of April 2017, and will be until Nov 2018.


This time, the MOON is the SuperStar – as the blue (2nd Full Moon in the calendar Month, after the New Year’s SuperSuperMoon) / red (eclipsed) SuperMoon Total Lunar Eclipse in LEO.


The Partial Solar Eclipse end of AQ on Feb 15 has a more ‘humble’ appearance, in comparison to the dramatic Total Lunar Eclipse – yet nevertheless important effects…

 

Eclipses 101

  • Eclipses occur when a NEW MOON or a FULL MOON are close to the Nodal Axis, which is presently (April 2017 – Nov 2018) in AQ – LEO.
  • Eclipses come twice a year, in pairs of New Moon / Solar and Full Moon / Lunar (sometimes even as a triad, as in: July 12, 2018 Partial Solar, July 27, 2017 Total Lunar, and Aug 11, 2018 Partial Solar Eclipse), when it’s the month of the North Node (this year LEO – and back into CAN), and the month of the South Node (this year AQ).
    On that note, Eclipses, as the Nodes go backwards in the Zodiac (presently LEO – AQ, from Nov on CAN – CAP).
  • The closer to the Nodes the more likely a Total Eclipse:
    The Full Moon on Jan 31 will be at 11°37′ LEO, and the North Node at 15°16′ LEO – very close, and a Total Lunar Eclipse!

    The Sun of the New Moon on Feb 15 will be at 27°07′ AQ, and the South Node at 14°27′ AQ – not close enough for a Total Solar Eclipse, but for a Partial SE.
  • Eclipses are either connected with the South Node (SN) = emphasis on release, or with the North Node (NN) of the Moon = emphasis on new beginnings. This is esp. important for Solar Eclipses (exact New Moons)!
    The Total Lunar Eclipse in LEO on Jan 31 catalyzes the North Node in LEO.
    The Partial Solar Eclipse in AQ on Feb 15 catalyzes the South Node in AQ (release).
  • Eclipses are at the same position in the Zodiac every 18-19 years – a karmic ‘string’:
    On Feb 5, 2000 was a SN Solar Eclipse in AQ. For the Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15 you might want to review where you were at in early 2000, and what was the ending / release of an engagement in a community / system, while you were following your own heart, esp. if you have your SUN, MOON, Planets, or even Nodes in LEO – AQ.
  • The effect of the Eclipses extends beyond ‘just’ a lunar monthly phase, rather 2 – 3 months, and it’s a chain from Eclipse ‘season’ (last one in August 2017) to Eclipse season (Jan / Feb 2018, and July 2018).
  • Eclipses are a RE-set, like rebooting your computer, after a temporary turning off of the energy.
    In other words, a RE-generation of YIN-Feminine (LUNAR ECLIPSE), and of the YANG-Masculine (SOLAR ECLIPSE) energies, after a ‘darkening’.
    The Total Lunar Eclipse / Blood Moon is clearly a RE-generation of the YIN-Feminine, in her passionate LEO Strength – roarrrr!

 

Shakti Maa Mother Goddess Durga

 

Jan 31 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in mid-LEO / mid-AQ (Gates of Power)

Also a SuperMoon, and close to Imbolc (Feb 2)

Regeneration of Creative Power, Freedom, and Self-Radiance

It’s an ECLIPSE of the MOON, by the Earth Shadow which causes the temporary lunar darkening – the umbra (= shadow), out of which the MOON re-emerges.

Mother Earth provokes and evokes a ‘RE-SET’ of LEO themes like:

  • Come (back) into your creative strength and radiance!
  • Bring out / heal your Inner Child!
  • Be the Artist & the Heart-ist!
  • Live Life Lovingly!

How do we get from here to there, you may ask, given all the shadow that’s been cast ON Planet Earth, preventing our Lunar / Yin / Feminine to be in ‘her’ strength?

By the way, just to clarify, I’m not talking generically about men and / vs. women, but about the Inner Feminine in all Beings and phenomena.
I strongly believe that’s more helpful than polarizing in the divisive realm of dualities (which can also happen a lot at a Full Moon, and an exact one like this, even more so). 

This is the TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in LEO, complementing the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on Aug 21:
The Yin Energy meets the Yang Energy in equality, and with her own intrinsic strength.


Just felt called to pick a Goddess card from Susan Boulet’s deck.
CHANGING WOMAN showed up!

Had to be right by the MOON / North Node in the chart. 

 

This is what the description says:

“Changing Woman is perhaps the most revered of deities among Native Americans of the southwestern United States. She is wholly benevolent, since it is Changing Woman who gives the people their abundance and who provides the teachings that allow them to live in harmony with all things.
In the initiation ceremony of Navajo women, the initiate takes in the power of Changing Woman so that she might learn the values of love, hospitality, and generosity, and know that she herself is a source of food and harmony.
Changing Woman received her name because she can change at will from baby to girl to a young woman to an old woman, and then back again.
Very much alive today, she is a tremendously nourishing goddess who teaches the wisdom of nature and the cycles of birth and death.”

Wow, I’m so grateful and in awe of the gift and teaching in this card.
Feminine strength for sure!

And the theme of changing from baby, girl, young, and old woman  and back is such a beautiful expression of the lunar cycle too. In a Total Lunar Eclipse the MOON apparently goes through the whole cycle from waning – dark – waxing – full. Such an additional symbol for the renewal of the Feminine. 

The Feminine IS cyclical and renewing. 
Let’s step into this Power, and celebrate Life, and the renewing, life giving forces of Nature!

 

Another related theme round Change:

Between the TSE on Aug 21 and now, JUPITER entered SCORPIO (on 10/10/17), and abundant hidden, covered agenda has been brought to our awareness – to transform deep ‘sediment’ from the bottom-up, esp. in Scorpionic affairs of behind-the-scenes agenda, sex, power, manipulation, abuse, shame…
Change for the better gets a big boost this year. Yet, we must go into the dark for this.
JUPITER is almost exactly between the SUN in AQ and the MOON in LEO now (the square of the MOON to JUPITER happens on Jan 31 / Feb 1, and the square of the SUN to JUPITER on Feb 10).
Deep transformation brings out true intrinsic power which doesn’t engage in power ‘draws’, and stands in its natural strength (like a Lion/ess).

A movement is obviously already kindled, and happening globally, esp. triggered through the U.S., since the new presidency. 
Goes to show, often it has to get worse (lights go out) to get better (lights go on again) and bring out our best…. human nature (says AQ)…

In our personal lives, the TLE in LEO calls us to be in touch with our loving and creative Heart, and in passionate creative collaboration with others in community, and in solidarity with Humanity (SUN / VENUS in AQ).


Yet not loose energy (South Node in AQ) through engagement in ‘low grade’ group / collective energy (like: being sucked into shock-and-awe news and media manipulation).
CO-creating the NEW is the theme.

 


The Total LUNAR ECLIPSE in mid-AQ / mid-LEO is super relevant for all of us with SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in mid-LEO, mid-AQ, but also in mid-TAU, and mid-SCO.

Your personal birth chart and which houses the Eclipse axis falls into for you reveals the particular themes and areas of life this plays out for you.

For all of us, Heart creations, loving and showing ourselves more fully are LEO MOON / North Node incentives in the Eclipse dynamic, vs. just ‘watching the show’ (lots of ‘shows’ going on out there in the media, it can easily get draining and overwhelming) or dissociating (AQ South Node shadow, activated by the SUN and VENUS).

Lunar South Node Glyph

That doesn’t mean not to be informed politically, but too much of a ‘good thing’ in a passive, numbing way doesn’t help, yet the tendency can be strong these days (months… since April 2017 to Nov 2018) with the South Node in AQ.

The Nodal axis invites us to balance both ‘poles’ in a healthy way, starting with ‘breathing in’ beneficial energies on the MOON / North Node in LEO side:

Lunar North Node Glyph

Loving and showing ourselves as we ARE – as a mother or grandmother / Changing Woman would love her child.
From there connecting with others, friends, groups, humanity, or even an ‘anonymous crowd’ with a loving energy.
If we ‘pick up’ ‘random vibes’ from the collective that are draining clearing and release is definitely cool and needed. Being in Nature, and being creative and playful helps.

Let’s loosen the connection with the technological umbilical chord (SN / SUN / VENUS in AQ), and be naturally creative and playful FIRST.

 

The Chart of the Total Lunar Eclipse:

 

Check out this amazing YOD configuration TO the Eclipse!

The main theme of the whole chart / cosmic matrix!

The MOON / North Node in LEO are the balancing point for SO much celestial energy on the other side of the chart (from SCO to ARIES)!

As a Planetary Pattern this is a ‘Bucket’, with the MOON / NN in LEO being the ‘handle’ which picks up the rest!
Seems like Goddess is taking charge…!

Back to the exact YOD configuration…which has an important message for us.

What’s a YOD?
Technically / visually:
A ‘steep’ elongated triangle, composed of a (blue) sextile base line of 2 planets (here: LILITH in CAP and NEPTUNE in PI), both pointing together in (green) quincunx to an apex Planet = the MOON / NN in LEO.

Yods are relatively rare (I see them in about 10% of my clients’ charts, and as events).
A Yod is also called ‘Finger of God/ess!’ / ‘Celestial Pointer’.
It is likened to an ‘Inner Journey’ / pilgrimage, an orientation towards the Apex Planet’s theme. It’s not about ‘getting somewhere’ but about the deep experience in the process.

When Yods get activated through planetary transits / progressions life changing events tend to occur. As if destiny points you into a new direction. 

I believe this also being true for an ‘event Yod’, esp. as an Eclipse!
An inner process is being set in motion, for us personally, and for humanity.
Clearly a powerful pointer to regenerate creative Yin / Feminine forces in all of us!
What a celestial Goddess pointer indeed!

What’s involved in this as well?
The Archetypes of the heavenly bodies ‘on the bottom’: 

  • LILITH in CAP (‘ahead’ of SATURN) – Being in natural Integrity can be so simple. 
    Doing what works, builds, sustains, what’s a wise use of time and energy.
    Saying no to the rest.

    LILITH btw is more than just the Archetype / stereotype ‘Wild Woman’ (ha, LILITH doesn’t like ‘boxes’, so let’s stop calling ‘her’ Wild Woman!). It’s rather being in our intrinsic (call it ‘wild’) nature, free from conditioning. Basically, being as-Nature (when left alone).
  • NEPTUNE in PI – All is connected. All is One.
    If that means on a personal level we’re getting overwhelmed – since we feel so connected / entangled with everything and everyone, being like Ocean, and letting the wind and waves take care of release. Breathing, Yoga, moves certainly help….
  • All this feeds into our natural Goddess Strength (LEO FULL MOON).

 

The YOD extends as a ‘Green Kite’ to the SUN / VENUS / SN in AQ – which, in opposition with the MOON / NN is the ‘spine’ of the Kite.
SUN / VENUS / NN is the ‘head’ / direction of the Kite, in this case also in airy AQ!
In other words, as always in Nodal Axis (here even congruent with the Kite axis) the energy received at the North Node (LEO MOON) is being brought / fed back into the South Node (AQ SUN / VENUS):
The LEO / Goddess Power is not just a purrrsonal thing, we need to bring it to community, groups, humanity!
Co-creation for the Future, through coming together in natural Strength, Love, and Radiance.

A few more words about the chart of the Eclipse and present cosmic energy:

  • The energy is very ‘fixed’ – Gates of Power activated, through mid-LEO, mid-SCORPIO, and mid-AQ.
    The Power to Love. The Power to Change. The Power to Co-Create.
  • NO Planets are presently (until early March) retro – momentum to move forward and manifest.
  • MARS has entered SAG on Jan 26 (until March 17):
    Follow the Spirit, the Heart, Intuition, your Truth!
  • URANUS in late AR is unaspected (an unpredictability agent…!) – but will be brought into a Fire Trine by the post-ecliptic MOON, on Feb 1, and into another Fire Trine from MARS in SAG, on March 11 (calling us to move forward / upward-onward). In the meantime, expect the unexpected, wake up from the Winter slumber!
  • CHIRON in late PI is also unaspected (vulnerability / inter-connectedness / the Medicine of ONE!). It will get activated towards March, as VENUS, MERCURY, and the SUN move through PI. May it ‘just’ hold space for now…!

 

IMBOLC to come – Feb 2!

So close to the Total Lunar Eclipse!

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of AQUARIUS:
We’re celebrating Candlemas, Imbolc / Brigid’s Day and Groundhog Day (Feb 2).

celticwheeloftheyear

Image to the right:
Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the Equinoxes, Solstices and mid-season / cross quarter holidays: Beltane, Luchnassad, Samhain, and Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day.

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

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

 

Snow_Drops

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

Brigid’s blessings…!

And here’s a dedication by Ann Mortifee, from her wonderful book

In Love with the Mystery:

“SPRING APPEARS

Just when you think the Winter will never cease, suddenly Spring appears.
So it is with sadness, sorrow, loneliness, or loss. Everything has its day and its season.
A new bud will appear where a barren twig lay empty. A fresh start will burst forth with the first green leaf. An unexpected possibility, a new life, will be felt among the ruins. 
Have faith. Expect the impossible. Trust the unfolding nature of life. Wait an eternity if need be.
Spring, inevitable, will surely come.”

 

I’m closing the Astro~News post Vol.1 for the Eclipse Season here.
More to come, for Vol. 2, the Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15, on the AQ – PI Transition zone.
Stay tuned!

 

Much Love, Seasonal and Celestial Blessings!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2018

 

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* Imbolc / St. Brigid’s on Feb 2! Mid-Winter Blessings!

2 Feb

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of Aquarius: We’re celebrating Candlemas, Imbolc / Brigid’s Day and Groundhog Day (Feb 2).

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

 

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

Ahh, goes well together with VENUS entering ARIES on Feb 3!

 

celticwheeloftheyear

Image: Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the Equinoxes, Solstices and mid-season / cross quarter holidays: Beltane, Luchnassad, Samhain, and Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day

 

Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted!

 

Snow_Drops

The ground is greening again.

Brigid’s blessings….

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

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Brighid’s Blessings for Imbolc!

2 Feb

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer in our Northern hemisphere, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of Aquarius:
Today, Feb 2, we’re celebrating Candlemas, Imbolc / Brigid’s Day and Groundhog Day.

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

 

celticwheeloftheyear

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain.

 

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the fire feast of Brighid the Irish goddess of hearth and home. She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation. As the world awakes from the dark slumber of winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past and welcome the warmth of spring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc

 

Snow_Drops

Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted! And the Earth is greening again.

Brighid’s blessings….

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger