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MERCURY enters CAP on Jan 10 (until Jan 31): Important Messages from SATURN, LILITH, and PLUTO (Jan 12, 16, 24)

9 Jan

SO much going on with PLUTO (as the SUN and VENUS meet it today – transformation in our Consciousness and Values – attracting and modelling Integrity, and bringing out our Best!), and MARS – JUPITER in SCO the sign of PLUTO – big purge, and desire to go into the depth….
Here’s a video I created yesterday, for these energies.

MERCURY is also an Alchemist.

MERCURY in CAP – Staying Grounded on (and in) solid Marble, and Taking off from a good Foundation. 

Connecting through language and messages, and crafting skillfully – in CAP like a sculptor.

The MERCURY retro phase of Nov / Dec 2017 (all in SAG) is now integrating and consolidating- yay!

Here’s a little itinerary for the next phase, out of post-retro, and through CAP:

JAN 10: 
Post-retro ‘shadow’ ends.

We’ve come a long way, since it all ‘started’, mid-Nov (pre-retro ‘shadow’). So much clearer and wiser now…
MERCURY crosses the ‘Integrity Point’ from SAG to CAP.

Time to walk the talk, and build the change.

JAN 12: MERCURY conjunct SATURN (#2 of 2) – in early CAP.
Nice time for a new ‘contract with yourself’ (or with others).

JAN 16: MERCURY conjunct LILITH in early CAP.
What does ‘Being in Your True Nature’ translate into, on the ground level of ‘real life’?

JAN 24: MERCURY conjunct PLUTO in mid-CAP.
Deep Change of Mind(set?). Communicating and living by what matters most.


© Melanie Lichtinger 2018



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SATURN in CAPRICORN (Dec 20, 2017 – Dec 17, 2020): About TIME…!

16 Dec

SATURN, the Archetype of the INNER ELDER / TEACHER / SAGE  will enter its own ‘mountainous’ domain of CAPRICORN on DEC 19 (Dec 20 AST, and anywhere East of it).

It wants (us) to climb – saying: Humanity, you can do better!

SATURN in CAP until DEC 17, 2020 will shape us up, and help us grow up, to be more fully on purpose, and not waste (anymore) precious time and resources.
2020 btw will be a huge CAP year, with JUPITER, SATURN, and PLUTO – big time structural changes!


SATURN has a 29-year cycle, and hasn’t been in CAP since NOV 1989 – JAN 1991, a time of huge structural changes esp. with the Berlin / East German Wall coming down, with a domino effect on Eastern European Communist regimes…

Societally, are we into times of more control, restrictive laws, and authoritarian, ultra conservative regimes?
Definitely a possibility. I trust that LILITH and PLUTO in CAP, ahead of SATURN, are ‘regulating’, and show how empowerment of people (esp. those usually on the ‘bottom of the pyramid’) is now underway, not to be controlled anymore.
JUPITER in SCO this year (Oct 2017 – Nov 2018) also helps to bring out hidden agenda.
And URANUS going into TAU (first brief phase May – early Nov 2018, then from March 2019 on) is a big Wake-up call of the Earth, and of values that matter.

Change is upon us. We gotta step into our natural authority, and not give it away (old mode SAT – CAP).
SATURN in CAP helps us with being resilient, and not give up – when the goal is worth pursuing and attaining.

And it helps us with saying NO to what’s a waste of time and energy.
Apropos energy:
SATURN in CAP is super energy efficient, and therefore into
Refuse – reuse – repurpose – recycle.


First things first (a la CAP):
What a Winter SoUlstice this will be, with SUN & SATURN aligned on the ‘Integrity Point, the first degree of CAP (see chart below)!
Hasn’t happened since 1870 that SATURN entered CAP just before Winter Solstice.

Here’s the SABIAN Symbol of 1° CAP:

Chief Seattle


KEYNOTE: The power and responsibility implied in any claim for leadership.

The religious ideal implied in the preceding symbol has now materialized or crystallized into sheer power — the power to lead the community and to ensure its welfare or even its physical survival. The energies released through group cooperation (Libra), deepened and emotionally experienced as forces of great potency (Scorpio), and given meaning and conscious purpose (Sagittarius) are now stabilized and hierarchized. The power of the group is turned into a measurable and carefully managed “capital.” The words “chief” and “capital” come from the same Latin word, caput, meaning “head.”
A time comes in many lives when the individual finds themselves placed in a situation that allows them to assume power over their comrades, however limited this power may be. Is he / she ready to do this effectively and responsibly? This is the supreme test of a human being in society.
It complements its polar opposite (Summer Solstice degree), which refers to the acceptance by the individual of a new kind of allegiance as a foundation for the integration of a mature personality. Such a foundation may, but need not, refer to establishing a home.

This represents the first stage in a five-fold process — the fifty-fifth sequence of five symbols. It refers to the capacity latent in every individual to claim and assume AUTHORITY in a vital group-situation.”


SATURN in CAP is clearly about Authority – a notion to claim it where appropriate, and the repercussions of its use (or abuse).
Quite clearly, we’re seeing plenty of evidence of the necessity for responsible leadership and authority, and for the misuse of it. The theme becomes more prominent in the SATURN in CAP years that can also have a heightened karmic effect (SATURN being the ‘Lord of Karma’, in its own domain CAP), across the board.
What / who’s evidently not fit for authority must adjust, or go.
Actually quite simple.

May better leadership and authority establish itself in these years.
What in us doesn’t step UP to the occasion, and assume leadership (because you can, you have the cap-acities)?
What’s in the way of truly leading your life?


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

Elephant headed Ganesh, known as the ‘Remover of Obstacles on the Path’ is buddies with SATURN, and can be invoked (if you resonate with him), to bring the (actual) obstacles to the light, whatever they may be, and a path to overcome or release them.

Speaking of The Path, SATURN comes out of SAG as it enters CAP.
And SAG is a lot about the Path we’re on.

Under SATURN in SAG over the last almost 3 years (since DEC 2014, and fully from SEPT 17, 2015 on) we’ve come to see through the ‘fake’, manipulative agenda, empty promises, and not so much light bringing but perhaps even life threatening ‘stories’ and beliefs. And we were called to be done with our own old stories and limiting beliefs.

Have you been able to cut through and rise beyond that, and be in your intrinsic Truth?
What does that look like now, vs 3 years ago?
 Comparing before – after is a great SATURN tool.

We’ve been challenged (SAT) to stay focused (SAG) on what matters most, and to come from the Heart (SAG Archer), rather than be pulled into divisive right-wrong polarization. 
SATURN from SAG to CAP – what I call the Integrity Point in the Zodiac – shows:
Being more solidly in our Truth, having cropped and pruned all sorts of BS that’s out there and can waste our time and energy, we see what’s real and meaningful.
Now it’s Time to live in Integrity and mature (inner / outer) leadership!
Rather than judging others we lead by example.


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

Speaking of maturity, SATURN, esp. in CAP, is also the Elder, the Sage, the Crone Archetype.
A group participant in one of our SATURN into CAP groups reminded us that Crone and Chronos = Greek name for SATURN relate!

“Her own child baring days are past; she is the wisdom keeper, seer and healer and midwife, whose knowledge is sought out to guide others during life’s hardships and transitions.” from: the Goddess Guide that also offers a list of many Crone Goddesses in different cultures (like Ereshkigal, Grandmother Spiderwoman, Hekate, Lilith, Frau Holle…). All of them can be invoked in these times where the Wisdom of the Old can lead us on.

With SATURN in CAP, Elderhood becomes important, and the Elders need to be respected and can help in precarious times, as experienced leaders. 
Societally, issues of old age security will become big, esp. since a big wave of baby boomers retire now.


The stakes are high, and Integrity is the key.
Growing-up time for humanity.

Say what you do, and do what you say, be the mature adult, and let SATURN be your accountability coach.
Integrity and accountability – essentially all good leadership qualities (or rather the lack thereof – SATURN’s job is to also show what’s missing, and why it would be so important to re-attain this) are a big deal these days in society, and perhaps also in our personal world. 


Vibrant Country Goat


If you have a CAPRICORN side in you it gets ‘SATURN-ized’:
SATURN’s TTTTT brings Tests, Tasks, Teaching, and Training, in Timeliness.


The following Themes will become important Priorities under SATURN in CAPRICORN:

Who’s the Boss? You are. Bottom line – it’s your life. No one to blame or judge. Wouldn’t that be simple?

End of guilt and ‘shoulds’, taking too much on, feeling resentful... you name it. Heavy, heavy stuff.
SATURN in CAP is quite ZEN about things: Simplicity beyond complexity, on all levels. Quality over quantity. Minimalism becomes more attractive to many.

Say what you do, and do what you say, walk your talk, lead by example, and be the Change you wish to see. Hold yourself accountable, and honour the incremental progress (rather than being hard on yourself), like a good coach.

“…is everything” says CAP which works with the natural seasons of the year and the day, like a good traditional farmer. And yes, there are therefore times of focus and concentrated work, times of play, times of rest. To everything, there is a season, and a reason for the season – for YOU. Remember: with SATURN, you’re the boss, and it’s your time. Just say yes. Just say no.

The LAW:
Living by the Inner, Universal, Natural and Cosmic Laws.
Yet also important reforms of societal Laws that are not a reflection of common sense and constitutional rights will be due.

SATURN in CAP teaches us to become masters in resourcefulness (sometimes through necessity) and in self reliance. Perhaps through tapping into the CAPacities of our Ancestors to work with the land and the seasons – CAP rules Agriculture…
The shadow = exploitation of resources, people and ourselves, backfires with karmic SATURN. We only get away with so much, before it comes back at us…
The smart CAP Goat says: “I use. I use optimally what I got. I get (only) what I use. I use everything for the highest purpose.” (applies to everything, any life situation, like: rather than wasting it on the lower vibration of judgment and self judgment, how can we use it as a teaching, or…?)

What is it that we need to be good stewards and guardians of? I can think of a few things… esp. all that Mother Nature provides and makes life on Earth sustainable.
On the other hand, there can be lessons about not to take on what’s not ours to carry (like: by taking over, rather than letting others shape up and mature, or – similarly – by burdening ourselves with other people’s stuff).

Being mature and wise, instead of old, judgmental, and rigid. The societal issue (burden?) of an aging baby boomer generation will be a big deal under SATURN in CAP. Anti-aging will be popular – and aging well can be quite simple, by living well – which comes back to self-responsibility.


The CAPRICORN constellation is a fish-tailed Seagoat / Goat-Fish(did you know?). 

The CAP Being who has attained mastery on the height of ‘the mountain’ – but not just for their own purpose. The accomplishment / mastery must be made available to ALL (Fish).

Sometimes, this theme turns for our CAP side into the lower vibration of martyrdom.
Keep an eye on it, and say NO when taking too much on FOR others just isn’t right.

There are more SATURN in CAP themes…
Like – did you know? –

SATURN relates to the ROOT Chakra.
People with a strong SATURN in their chart are / need to be very grounded, and convert fear (a SATURN expression) into being in the here-now, grounding, and checking in with the physical body and its sensations.



On the note of Chakras, I’m so happy to announce that there’ll be another ROOT to CROWN Astrological Chakra Journey (first one after 1 1/2 years), starting with a free intro, on Jan 17 – the day after the CAP New Moon. 


Voila, here is the Chart of SATURN entering CAPRICORN:


As you see, it’s quite a celestial concentration from mid-SAG to mid-CAP, with MERCURY retro (almost ready to go direct again, on Dec 22 – yet in stationary slow moving / turnaround ‘storm’, VENUS, the late SAG SUN, and then over in CAP: SATURN, LILITH, PLUTO, and on that day also the newly waxing MOON, aligned with PLUTO.


Grand Fir

All gathering around the Winter SoUlstice Point of the Cosmic Tree / the Space (SAG) – Time (CAP) point, where we’re called to be at the right time at the right place.

Sounds simplistic perhaps. But can be hugely relevant, and perhaps even sum up Integrity.
What guides us, in this darkest point of the (Northern) year???

LILITH is ahead of SATURN in CAP, and so it PLUTO (SATURN aligns with PLUTO in Jan 2020). 
Therefore, CAP ‘success’, ‘mastery’, ‘resource & time management’ and ‘planning’ must be aligned with LILITH’s Crone Wisdom, and the core of what matters most (PLUTO in CAP).



…shows where YOU are called to be on Purpose, in your Authority, Self Mastery, and Bring out YOUR Best, which areas of life call you for that (money, children, relationships, travel, career…), in what way (Sign), and in which  other dynamics (Aspects to other Planets).

If you have SUN, MOON, AC, Nodes, or Planets in CAP, and for all of us, where CAP is in our charts, this is a 3-Year Initiation phase to cultivate Living on Purpose, and in authentic Integrity and Leadership from within.
It’s Your Life, and Your Time, and Your ‘Mountain’!


Are you in a SATURN Return ‘Generation’?

If you were born between NOV 1988 and JAN 1991 you’ll have your 1st SATURN RETURN (round age 28 – 30).
If you were born between JAN 1959 and DEC 1961, this will be your 2nd SATURN RETURN (round age 57 – 59).
And if you were born between DEC 1929 and NOV 1932 (I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a lot of people out there in that group, since SATURN in CAP is about aging well…) you have your 3rd SATURN RETURN (round age 86 – 88).

Full Circle to be in your Natural Authority, and to bring out YOUR Best!


Would you like to join the Astro~EmBODYment of the Winter Solstice and SATURN in CAP?
On Dec 20, all participants step into the energies of the Planetary Archetypes, where they are at Winter Solstice (the slow ones in the years ahead), incl. SATURN
, feel out their energy, and share it in a safe circle! So much direct inner guidance can come from being in the EmBODYment.


On the first 10 days of SATURN in CAP (Dec 20 – 30) I’ll offer a SATURN in CAP Start-up Message a Day – stay tuned on my FB Page Astrology for Self Realization.


Blessings to all of us for a fulfilling and well grounded-out finale of 2017, with SATURN in CAP, and all the other ‘Cosmic Players’!


© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger




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LILITH Enters CAPRICORN (Nov 8 – Aug 6, 2018): Wild & Wise Inner Integrity and Leadership

2 Nov


LILITH, the Archetype of the ‘Wild Woman’, or rather ‘Unconditioned Nature’ will enter CAPRICORN on Nov 8.

LILITH has a 9-year cycle, and hasn’t been in CAP since 2009.
‘She’ travels 9 month in one sign – a ‘pregnancy phase’ to cultivate intrinsic qualities of that Zodiac energy, through our True, unconditioned Nature.
And by the way, ‘she’ never goes retro.


Quick re-CAP, for the context:

Under LILITH in SAG over the last 9 months since Feb we’ve seen through the ‘fake’, manipulative agenda, empty promises, and life threatening ‘stories’ and beliefs.
Have you been able to cut through and rise beyond that, and be in your intrinsic Truth?
What does that look like?
LILITH from SAG to CAP shows collectively: The ‘Wild Feminine’ / our Inner ‘Wild Nature’ has been in ‘her’ Truth, and wants to live in Integrity and mature Leadership now!
If you have a CAPRICORN side in you it gets ‘lilified’:
Done with guilt and ‘shoulds’, taking too much on, feeling resentful… you name it. Heavy, heavy stuff. Lighten the load!
LILITH in CAP is quite ZEN about things.

Simplicity beyond complexity.

AGE… what age? A matter of Spirit.
For / with LILITH, nobody’s ‘too young for’ or ‘too old for’ what they’re wildly-authentically capable of.
Same goes for all sorts of hierarchies and classes, on the ‘mountain’ / ‘pyramid’ of society.
LILITH is into re-establishing natural order and natural law.

LILITH from SAG to CAP shows collectively and for us personally:
The ‘Wild Feminine’ / our Inner ‘wild’ Nature has been in ‘her’ Truth, and wants to see Integrity and mature Leadership incl. Life Leadership now!
Being the Change, for Real.

If you have a CAP side in you it gets ‘lilified’, and infused with untameable and indomitable Spirit.


Ancient Sumerian Lilith Relief


LILITH in YOUR chart…

…shows where YOU need to be in tune with YOUR nature, which areas of life trigger that (money, children, relationships, travel, career…) and in what way (sign, and aspects to other planets).

So, give the inner CAP LILITH a good outlet in the next 9 months, and be in the authentic, mature and FREE Spirit of Integrity and Leadership.
It’s Your Life and Your Time!

On a spiritual level, the LILITH in CAP ‘Call of the Mountain’ is to find the ultimate ‘purpose in life’ in the unconditioned Nature of the Self.

If you have SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in CAP…
…and for all of us, where CAP is in our charts, this is the 9-month ‘pregnancy’ phase to cultivate being in natural integrity with our True Self ♥


LILITH is now ahead of SATURN (since end of Aug) in late SAG:
Our intrinsic Truth, and Path leads us on, and helps overcome old limiting beliefs and ‘stories’, ‘shoulds’ and externalized authority.

Which prepared us for LILITH now crossing the ‘Integrity Point’ from SAG to CAP, where it becomes mandatory and so rewarding to walk our talk, and be consistent in our natural authority and maturity.

The powerfully wild and wise Crone / Elder got his / her act together, and offers inner counsel.
Therefore, find support from the realm of the Grandmothers and Elders who hold traditional and ancient wisdom.
Tune into your inner future Crone / Elder Self, and find simple straightforward support.


LILITH in ‘traditional Astrology’ (if considered as an Archetype at all!) represents the wild and free inner Feminine. ‘She’ is a force of Nature, and relies on ‘her’ inner natural knowing.

‘She’ fiercely resists being conditioned, subordinated, disrespected, and ‘used’, in societal, patriarchal ways, in terms of what a woman (and: Nature) is ‘supposed to be’, as defined by patriarchal values.
End of Oct, LILITH just crossed the Galactic Center (end of SAG), the ‘deep end’ from which ultimate Truth can be traced. The big mystery of the GC (Is it a ‘black hole’? A birthing place of our Solar System and Life on Earth?) evokes deep, unanswerable quests and inquiry into the Nature of Life itself.
On a more ‘down-to-Earth’ level, when the GC is activated, it’s like a vortex into the Unknown, or a ‘Pandora’s Box’ from which all kind of things are flying out / get absorbed into.

Naturally, the association with the ‘Me Too’ Wave comes to mind (which started mid-Oct, when JUPITER had just entered SCO too), as ‘Wild Women and Men’ spoke their truth about sexual harassment and abuse – which showed the shocking magnitude of the issue.
Now what? Many people wonder.
Was it just ‘dumped’ out into public?
Will it be forgotten again as new shock and awe phenomena stream through the media landscape?
Will we even be desensitized, through the bombardment with such scandals?
How can the abuse be processed???
How do we know it’s not all again just statements and ‘empty promises’ but real change, through people showing up differently with each other, in all types of encounters and energy exchanges, and towards Nature???


LILITH crossing over the ‘Integrity Point’ into CAPRICORN where ‘she’ will meet PLUTO next Spring will help move Humanity forward into taking Responsibility and stepping into Leadership, rather than blaming external authority.

We’re the one’s we’ve been waiting for, and looking up to.
I.o.w., we can ‘get the job done’. The question is not ‘if’ (disempowering) but HOW?
‘She’ holds us accountable, and gives us simple, natural support, as in:

  • What would your wise inner Elder / a role model / someone you respect and admire say to this… situation?
  • What would you know is in Integrity, as the ‘high road’?
  • What’s the most mature and responsible way of being in this situation (not because someone / society says so but because YOU know deep inside)?
  • How can you use (be with or learn from) this situation, for the Highest Purpose?
  • Being pragmatic and outcome oriented (CAP), what would be the best, most mature and effective approach?
  • By the way: Coach yourself! Says LILITH.


CAP rules old age, as well as ancient & timeless teachings and practices that simply ‘work’.

Connecting with wise Elders and your own inner Crone or Sage, and following your instinctual Spirit (perhaps also supported by Power Animals) help with finding what matters, and making simple decisions in challenging situations that require maturity and integrity.


CAP works with Nature and the Land.

Nature and the Earth have shown us their fierce responses to not being in Balance and ‘overburdened’ by humanity, through catastrophes that exponentially increased over this year.
LILITH in CAP gives us a chance and says, it’s TIME, to work respectfully and with integrity WITH Nature and the Land.
Abuse will have repercussions (PLUTO in CAP, and JUPITER in SCO this year which is ruled by PLUTO – a fierce LILITH – PLUTO – JUPITER dynamic!).

LILITH was the last time in CAP from Jan – Sept 2009.

The last big economic crisis had started in the U.S. (also activated by SATURN in VIRGO which rules the economy, opposite URANUS in PISCES – chaos and unpredictability).

What was your maturation at the time (remember?), and how could you, rather than going into fear and depression (low vibrations of CAP) find true purpose, build based on integrity, and stick to it, consistently, one step at a time?
How do you look back at your experience then? 


LILITH will align with PLUTO in May 2018 (every 9 ½ years),
starting a new decade long cycle relating to the deep, transformational wisdom that is available as we tune into inner nature and into Mother Nature in her capacity to transform and renew. Core integrity and responsibility are crucial now – rather than exploitation of resources, imposing human will onto Nature, or disrespecting others and our time on Earth….


LILITH affects until early Aug 2018 the area of your life that is related to CAP in your chart (SUN, MOON, Planets, AC/ MC, House/s).

LILITH’s course in Nov / Dec 2017 will be very stimulating for you if you have SUN, MOON, Planets, AC / MC in early CAP, and it will charge / creatively challenge your early AR, CAN, and LIBRA themes.


The Focused Transit Workshop

LILITH into CAPRICORN – Wild & Wise Inner Integrity and Leadership

ON Nov 8 (the day when LILITH enters CAP)
will be dedicated to the LILITH Archetype in general, and in YOUR chart and life.

We’ll invoke and welcome LILITH’s entry into CAPRICORN on the same day (NOV 8), and discuss how to be best aligned with it, for the upcoming 9 months, customized for your astrological themes.

Relevant esp. for all of you with a strong LILITH in your chart, or SUN, MOON, AC, MC or planets in CAP, or in the other cardinal signs AR, CAN, and LIB. In doubt, I can check for you.

If you’d like to join this focused LILITH Workshop please register via email (to licht@islandnet.com), with your complete birth info (date, time, place). Welcome!
I’m available for your preliminary questions too, of course.

Please find the curriculum of classes and workshops in more detail here,
and current ones on my FB Page.


© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger




Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to YOUR INNER ‘COSMIC COMPASS’.

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’, and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified WITH them, and they don’t have to run your life.

  • Are you in a challenging transition or transformational crisis?
  • Are you looking for perspective at a crossroad or dilemma, and for empowered choices?

I welcome you to meet and explore with the invaluable and timeless tools of astrology, and to access your own wisdom source in the process.

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you in being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships with others.
Plus, I can help you determine your powerful places on Planet Earth.

ASTRO~EXPERIENCES, via Courses. Workshops, and Embodied Astrology:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over the 13 years I’ve been facilitating them become quite potent and catalytic.
Come join us, in person here in Victoria, or as an online participant, if deep synergy in an intimate (up to 6 participants) circle speaks to you!

Please find upcoming Astro~Experiences as well as offers, plus almost daily updates (more frequently than here on the Blog), incl. YouTube videos, on my FB Page:
Astrology for Self Realization.

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





* MERCURY out of retro, back in CAP (Jan 12 – Feb 6): Saving Mental Energy for… what it’s Good for. Feat. also: * No Planets Retro Phase?

14 Jan

Ahhh, let’s start with the Question:

* No Planets Retro Phase? 

I’ve been asked online and by friends and clients about this window of NO retro planets, in the phase since MERCURY went out of retro (Jan 8) until JUPITER goes retro (Feb 5).

Yes, technically it’s true, no planet of the Solar system is presently from Earth perspective going retrograde (you see on the Full Moon chart in the Jan 12 post no R behind planetary positions in the bottom right table). The conclusion that online initiatives for a global meditation made is that this window brings everything into forward motion, and things can manifest more easily without hindrance.

I wouldn’t generalize in that way, based on THAT factor alone. The Cardinal Grand Cross is actually much more of a catalyst – IF we don’t waste energy in conflict, and take ‘centred action’.
How’s it going for you with the CGC?

And, it’s also too technical to say: “Nothing is retro”, since MERCURY is JUST out of retro, and the time of the post-retro storm goes until mid January, followed by a post-retro shadow phase until end of January, where integration of the recent retro phase is on.
JUPITER in LIBRA on the other hand, is already slowing down into stationary mode now, to go retro from Feb 5.
JUPITER is quite the focal point end of Jan to mid Feb, and brings issues of fairness, balance, justice, right relationship and wise choices to our awareness to be RE-visited when in retro (until June 9). So it’s rather a time to consider: Stop and be aware of your choices!

By the way, it’s not super rare to have no planets retro. Also 2015 ended and 2016 began with no retro planets – a 2 week window. But hey, at that time too, MERCURY and JUPITER were stationary.

So, the answer to the No Planets in Retro Phase? Question is: Yes and No (very Libran, ha-ha).

A global synchronized meditation with a shared intention for anything that helps humanity is certainly beneficial at any time, esp. since there’s so much energy in PISCES now.


So yeah, how about this:

 * MERCURY out of retro, back in CAP (Jan 12 – Feb 6): Saving Mental Energy for… what it’s Good for.



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


Shortly after the exact Full Moon, on Jan 12, MERCURY moved over the ‘Integrity Point’ from SAG into CAP again (where it was throughout December, and went retro from, next to PLUTO, on Dec 19). This is the 3rd and last passage over the ‘Integrity Point’ – now hopefully an integration of the retro phase.


What does that mean?

Well, we learned a lot in the last 1½ months, about what our trickster mind with its old inner stories tells us, esp. when it comes to judging others and ourselves, and how much mental energy is invested in that. All these ‘shoulds’!


Quick check-in: Ask yourself randomly:

  • How does this… look like without judgment in the picture???
  • What really IS integrity – without the mind running the show with concepts, ideas, beliefs?


As the re-generated MERCURY post-retro is now in CAP again:

How can the mind employed and used ‘just to do the job’?! While spirit / consciousness, the Heart (represented by The SUN as an astrological Archetype) are ‘in charge’. Much lighter and less ‘charged’, isn’t it? Amazing really how naturally capable the mind is, ‘simply’ in its natural function. Sometimes we think we need to control the situation with the mind, yet before too long the ego-mind takes control.



Tiled Staircase in San Francisco


So yeah, stepping into 2017 with a less burdened and charged mind is a ‘good thing’ and another energy saver (CAP loves that). 🙂



© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger



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* ‘Blue Galactic’ SAG – GEM Full Moon (II) (June 20): Honouring and Building Tribes in Integrity

20 Jun

Welcome, dear Reader in the Astro Spirit Tribe, to this Summer SoUlstice Full Moon Cosmic Update!

While we’re honouring our Fathers and Forefathers (not just) today, the count-down is ON, for the FULL MOON on the very, very end of Spring, just 11 hrs before Summer Solstice!
Both ‘events’ happen tomorrow Mon June 20! – in the Western World – June 21 will be Summer Solstice in CET and East of that.

This will be the second SAG – GEM Full Moon this year (the first one was on May 21, on the first day of GEMINI) – a ‘Blue Moon’, zodiac wise 🙂

The Full Moon will be at the very end of SAG (pointing to the Galactic Centre!) – I call the SAG – CAP cusp also ‘Integrity Point’ of the Zodiac….

What a powerful energy guiding us into the Sacred Turning Point of the Summer Solstice!



Fragrant Discovery… Rose Garden Bounty – Photo by Melanie, June 2016


Here’s a brief INTRO / OVERVIEW, for those of you who’d like the gist of things first, or are not up for the full-on menu:

How have you been moving with the energies lately?

What’s moving you?

MOVEMENT has been a big theme lately, catalyzed by the Mutable Grand Cross that the GEMINI New Moon on June 4 ‘came with’ – remember? Or have things moved and shaken so much in your life that 2 weeks seem ages ago – all new and different now?

And even if outer movement, going here or there, according to OUR own expectations / agenda, or based on ‘old stories’ has been frustrated and not available, that’s completely ‘normal’ under SATURN in SAG retrograde, and MARS in SCO retro too.

Both are celestial pointers to go inward-backward, and

  • Find our Heart’s Calling first, before aiming to go here or there, since SATURN retro in SAG – still until Aug 13, teaches us a big deal about: It matters first where we come from, before we go ANYWHERE.
  • Another priority has been to bravely approach those dark, hidden, shadowy corners in our psyche and ‘underbelly’ that we usually hide, even from ourselves, AND to find magic and power through transformation of what has been repressed in us, from within, and / or from ‘the past’ (MARS retro in SCO).
  • Just yesterday, June 18,  MARS retro / stationary in SCO was into exact quincunx alignment with URANUS in AR. This transit is in effect (due to MARS’s and URANUS’s slow motion these weeks) since mid-June, and until end of July!
    What’s the gist of their combined energies, in ‘weird and wonderful quincunx’ (5 signs apart)?
    Breakthroughs, revelations, and surprises. Expect the unexpected! Not ‘just’ outwardly in the news etc., but also, and especially, from the inside out.

How about a transformed, and naturally deeply empowered Masculine (MARS retro-to-direct in SCO on June 29) emerging (UR in AR), and stepping forward, in the face of sad recent phenomena of old-world-consciousness that bears violence and wars, through the ‘matrix’ of competition / separation / separateness?

That’s what I hold space for, and invite into our world, (not only) on this Father’s Day weekend!


SUMMER 2016 starts with the Full Moon pointing to the Galactic Centre (very end of SAG) where we are called to bring our spirited wisdom (SAG) into manifestation (CAP), and where stories (SAG) turn into traditions (CAP). Therefore I call that Zodiac energy also ‘Integrity Point’. That’s the Winter Solstice Point in fact – the SUN crosses it on Dec 21.


Today, Sunday, June 19, I was honoured to attend  the Aboriginal Cultural Festival here in Victoria – on Coast Salish Land, with a very moving tour to the Totem Poles with aboriginal artist and anthropologist Andy Everson, stories about their ways of connecting with the Ancestors, their making, their symbolism… and how aboriginal culture had been violated and outlawed, after ‘first contact’ with the colonialists, out of ignorance and arrogance. Thankfully, many peoples persevered (and went ‘underground’) to retain their traditions. How to reconcile, how to honour….?!

Honouring and speaking from the wisdom of the ancestors, our tribe, our origin, our traditions, and Walking out Talk are all big themes for this Full Moon on the SAG / CAP cusp, opposite the SUN on the GEM / CAN cusp.

  • What are you called to speak and act on behalf of?
  • What are the stories and traditions that you pass on?
  • What is our tribe and what are our ancestors anyhow, in this multi-dimensional world? Ancestors and Tribes by blood, through history, through the land and place we share, in spirit…




Totems of the Land – Photo by Melanie, June 2016. This one shows how the supernatural Thunderbird reveals a Human inside. As Andy Everson explained, the Totem Animals can transform, and shed their skin, to show the Inner Human – we’re all deeply connected.


Well, and then, the Galactic Centre with its Supermassive Black Hole https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactic_Center that the Full Moon in very late SAG points to is also an energetic ‘Rabbit Hole’ – where anything can happen…

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Rabbit Epiphany (first one I ever saw in the park – in 16 years) – Photo by Melanie, June 2016


Some of us, in the Embodied Astrology constellation group on Thursday stepped into this Vortex of the Unknown, the Unknowable, more than ‘just’ a magical place. Sublime emptiness… also tapping into the vibrations of SATURN square NEPTUNE (their aspect was – for the second time – exact yesterday June 17) – a container for the intangible, ineffable… the ‘Hub of the Wheel’.


And here is the ‘FULL MENU’ with Chart:

* ‘Blue Galactic’ SAG – GEM Full Moon (II) (June 20)Honouring and Building Tribes in Integrity



Honouring Traditions, and passing them on to the young ones – Photo by Melanie, Aboriginal Cultural Festival June 16 – 19, 2016. So honoured to having witnessed teachings and traditional dances today, and being welcomed here on this land.


The SAG – GEM Full Moon (II – since the first one this year occurred on May 21) will be exact at 4:02 am PDT tomorrow MoOnday June 20.

Tonight will be the Full Moon night.

While tomorrow night will be the Summer Solstice night.


Let’s dive right IN, and hear what the astrological Full Moon energies have to say:

SAG - GEM FM (II) 2016

So there is the Full Moon polarity that calls us to ‘marry’ these opposites:


The  SUN and VENUS on the GEM / CAN Summer Solstice point, and the MOON at the end of SAG, on the Winter Solstice ‘Integrity’ point / cusp with CAP, approaching PLUTO (their exact encounter will be on Tue June 21 at 12:16 pm PDT).

Can you feel the pull between the two?

  • The de-light-ful, youthful, playful, butterfly and fairy like energy of GEM / CAN that likes to ‘sample’ the multiplicity of life. It’s a ‘sibling / family’ vibe, kids running around and playing. Life is young, so much to learn… and flirt with.
  • The more ‘wise and ancient’ energy of the SAG / CAP cusp, where we are called to be the grown-ups, the ones we were looking for or looking up to, and walk our wisdom.

And nowadays / -years (2008 – 2023), with PLUTO in CAP, we’re called to be the change-making grown-ups in this age, and live from deep integrity, sustained by and stewarding the Earth, yet also transform suppressed energies of our ancestors, and not carry inner sabotaging burdens.

Yep, definitely a more ‘weighty’ energy over there with MOON / PLUTO.  But as I said, not meant to be depressing or paralyzing (even though that can be a ‘side effect’ of the change-as-in-purge). Old structures whose vibes we carry are slowly transforming, and there is more lightness on the other side. It’s like using clean energy and resources that don’t rape and pollute the Earth anymore, and to come back in alignment with Natural Law.

URANUS in AR has something to say about that element of renewal, innovation, and awakening.


  • So what could a Bridge between these ‘two sides’ of SUN / VENUS and MOON / PLUTO on the Solstice Points look like?

Literally, a multi-generational CommUnity Building, where young ones and Elders are naturally in the tribe. And ‘Tribe’ can happen in many ways: through biological family / historical-emotional connection, affinity / resonance with one another, common purpose to build something that also gives a sense of belonging, Spirit tribe… you name it.

I’d suggest, with PLUTO in CAP, what matters is the Soul Connection, Soul Work, Soul Purpose.


  • Other ‘players’ involved in the picture are:

Another mutable T-square / soon Grand Cross (similar to the one at the GEM New Moon), now with MERCURY in mid GEM involved, in the Zodiac area of the New Moon on June 4:

What has been conceived then can be communicated and connected now. Maybe literally new connections with like-minded people were made, and new movement, new gatherings and building result from there. On the Summer SoUlstice (see chart below) the Grand Cross starts to come into effect.


  • In that mutable energy is also quite a magnet: JUPITER and the Lunar North Node, united (exact on June 25) in mid VIR. A rare alignment – last time in Feb 2009 in AQ. Special feature Astro~News blog to follow, closer to the day.

For now-here / first impression: Also an incentive and opportunities for Integrity, and (Re-)Alignment – important themes for VIR.


  • Finally, MARS is stationary now (slowly turning around from retro to direct – yes, indeed! – exact on June 29) while going into aspect relationships with stationary

CHIRON in PI, via trine, and with stationary URANUS in AR, via quincunx. Special MARS Retro-to-Direct Feature below!

This weekend, June 18 / 19, MARS retro / stationary in SCO went into exact quincunx with URANUS in AR. This transit is in effect (due to MARS’s and also URANUS’s slow motion these weeks) since mid-June until end of July! What’s the gist of their combined energies, in ‘weird and wonderful quincunx’ (5 signs apart)?
Breakthroughs, revelations, and surprises. Expect the unexpected! Not ‘just’ outwardly in the news etc., but also, and especially, from the inside out (MARS retro to direct on June 29). How about a transformed, and naturally deeply empowered Masculine (MARS retro-to-soon-direct in SCO) emerging (UR in AR), and stepping forward, in the face of sad recent phenomena of old-world-violence and competition / separation consciousness? That’s what I hold space for, and invite into our world.

The MARS – URANUS quincunx was already exact on Feb 5 when MARS was direct (yes! MARS has been in SCO for the longest time, since Jan 3!), now it happens again under MARS retro, and finally again under MARS direct, on July 13. A lot going on this year that stirs up old hidden, dark, shadowy spots in the collective human and personal psyche (MARS in SCO), to be released into the light of what’s here-now, awake and ready for rebirth (URANUS in AR). AR is ruled by MARS, so no wonder if there are flare-ups of aggression and provocative ‘stings’ as part of the process…. The present MARS retro phase calls us to own and transmute our inner, old stuff related to it. In July is the final quincunx, an integration phase.

Simultaneously, we’re also under the influence of an auspicious trine from MARS retro with CHIRON in PI. The most recent, ‘middle’ contact was already exact on June 12, the first one on Feb 9, and the last one will be on July 17. Goes to show, both aspects between MARS and URANUS, and MARS and CHIRON are synchronized.

The Water Trine between MARS and CHIRON brings out deep vulnerability, but also the Medicine of unity, forgiveness, release (CHIRON in PI), as we bravely go into the ‘uncomfortable’, and allow things to be transformed and healed. Also, lots of things stirred up now, under the stationary / MARS retro ‘middle’ aspect. To be integrated this Summer.

Loooots been going on in healing and liberation processes for many of us, since early this year!!!

Now, in June and July, is a big phase for forgiveness on all levels, and setting ‘us and them’ free!

That too is part of living and building in integrity, together with our human and more personal Tribes.


* Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon Degree

The FULL MOON will be at 29° 32’ SAG (see chart above)

30° SAG says:

Pope Francis Blessing



The need to pay homage to traditional values upon which the invisible community of the spirit is built.

The concrete integration of myriads of human individuals within a great religious institution with a long tradition reflects, as well as having produced century after century, an invisible spiritual community. The “flag bearer” (26 SAG) has now become the “Pope”, who assumes the role of God’s representative on Earth. It is a role, but culture is based on embodying great images and deeply moving symbols in physical reality. The symbol asks of the individual: “Are you willing to live a transpersonal life as a symbol?” This is the final and supreme statement of that section of the cycle  of the year, represented by Sagittarius.

This concludes Scene 18. A collectivity of human beings is seen having “transferred” their sense of spiritual value to a man who has become the incarnation of their common ideal. Keywords: PERSONALIZED WORSHIP. It can be a blessings, and in some cases a curse.”


Wow, quite interesting… brings up a few questions:

  • Who and what IS the ultimate spiritual (SAG) authority (leading over to CAP)? Another theme related to Integrity
    Does it have to be transferred onto a person as a leader / model / guru? How can we tap into that sense of inner authority (also now activated through SATURN retro in SAG)?!
  • And: Are we willing and able to live the transpersonal life? Reminds me of the term and notion coined by C.G. Jung: “Living a Symbolic Life” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Symbolic_Life . To which I’d add: Can we, rather than taking so much of what happens ‘to’ us, personally, ‘take it transpersonally’, by which I don’t indicate to ‘escape’ but to disengage from getting into sticky mind story, and gaining perspective and a witnessing perspective.


Interesting / synchronous also that Pope Francis (born Dec 17, 1936) has his SUN at the very end of SAG, not far from this degree, in fact in the Galactic Centre

And he made news just yesterday, provocatively proclaiming that the majority of Catholic marriages are invalid, since the partners aren’t fully aware / educated when entering the Sacrament what’s really involved with that commitment. A matter of integrity also… http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pope-marriages-invalid-1.3640107


With Blessings of Integrity and in Cosmic ComMOONity!


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger




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