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Strength in Self Alignment & Service – MARS in VIRGO (Aug 17 – Oct 3)

15 Aug

Howzit going, with the Roaring Summer?

Has MARS in LEO heated up your Life, ignited your Passion and Confidence, and added Ooomph?
Here’s in review the recent / current Martian Summer Weather since July 1.

Now comes a Martian shift, from fiery LEO to earthy VIRGO, helping us to ‘harvest’ and practically ‘apply’ the super charged heat of the SUMMER!

MARS has been travelling close to the SUN since July, culminating with both in hot LEO end of July to mid-August, and MERCURY & VENUS also joining the Royal Entourage.
What a HOT Summer, energetically and literally… 

VIRGO initiates us into healthy practice and alignment with our cosmic assignment.
MARS will be in VIRGO from Aug 16 until Oct 2 –
To put Love & Confidence into Competence & Service. To actively discern, and even assert, what works for us and what doesn’t, and to work diligently on what we’re passionate about.

STRENGTH, and working with what we LOVE, are key assignments / alignments for the LEO – VIRGO cusp.


Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card IX Strength – Crystal activation & Photo by Melanie

What is real Strength?

Here is an excerpt of the Voyager Tarot book for XI Strength:

“As Leo the Lion, symbolic of rulership, Strength represents the law of self-dominion. Strength is the free and controlled total expression of your being.

As symbolized by the headrest Shu – Egyptian god of the air who brought order out of chaos – maintain dominion over your mind.

The pool of fiery water symbolizes your emotional control. The hand on the Lion’s face represents dominion over your physical and animal lusts and appetites. The Parthenon is a symbol of your mastery over your worldly life.

Your supportive, non-possessive hands represent the freedom of expression you give to your attributes. Like the singing bird and blossoming flower, don’t be afraid to declare yourself and show your colours. Have the courage of the Lion to be yourself.

Like the half-human, half-animal face, you can put on many masks. Be versatile, a player of many roles. As the fragile but strong egg and butterfly, express yourself in the yin and yang. Strength is living in full accord with the undiluted multiplicity of your spirit.”


MARS, once fully in VIRGO, and activated with the VIRGO New MOON on AUG 30, calls us to give energy to healthy & helpful activities, to engage in health / wellness related activism, and to do what’s in alignment with our own wholeness and wellness.
After all, only when we’re well can we help others.
And it’s also a good energy to develop useful and helpful modalities and techniques – incl. skills to deal with conflict.


Let’s check out the 

Cosmic Contacts of MARS in VIRGO with other Planets –

…to work optimally with these Energy Combos a la VIRGO.
They show up in three phases:

AUG 24 – 28

MARS freshly in VIRGO is met by VENUS (Aug 24), goes into quincunx with CHIRON retro in ARIES (Aug 25) and into Earth Trine with URANUS retro in TAU (Aug 28).
Doing what you love and what’s in alignment / integrity for you might require asserting this ‘new YOU’ bravely to the world. Very healing and liberating. Allow your body and its sensations to be your ally in this, and embody Freedom.


AUG 30 – SEPT 3
The New Moon in VIRGO on Aug 30 comes with MARS. The SUN & MERCURY meet and pass MARS on Sept 2 / 3.
Planting the seed for the New You, in wellness and conscious alignment with what works for you. Communicating passionately about what serves you and how you want to serve.


SEPT 8 – 19
The core phase of MARS in VIRGO, when it goes into alignments with several slower moving Planets:
Into Earth Trine with SATURN retro / stat in CAP (Sept 8), into square with JUPITER in SAG (Sept 12), and into opposition with NEPTUNE retro in in PISCES (Sept 13) while VENUS & MERCURY will both go out of VIRGO on Sept 14. Lastly, MARS goes into another Earth Trine with PLUTO retro in CAP on Sept 19.

Quite the initiation into what it means to be in solid integrity and have boundaries, while also in gratitude, abundance consciousness, and to surf the waves of Life. Know you can always retreat into your ‘Soul Cave’ and come out clearer as to what needs to be done.


MARS goes into LIBRA (until Nov 18).
Make sure you take care of your own inner balance first before negotiating / asserting fairness and balance with others and in the world.


Crafty & Beautifully Tiled Staircase in San Francisco


How does MARS in VIRGO affect you, and how can you work best with this energy?

VIRGO questions…

Your SUN, MOON or Planets in VIRGO get a boost of energy – to do what you’re here to do!

And for all of us, wherever VIRGO is in our birth chart this is the area of life to get into gears and get the job done.

1st house:
How you show up.
Work out & work on your Wellness!

2nd house:
What you have and value –
Work on Your Business!

3rd house:
Your Environment –
Join the busy buzz in the City!

4th house:
Your Home –
Perfect time for Home improvement projects!

5th house:
Your Creativity –
How about learning new Skills?

6th house:
Your Work, Health, and Lifestyle –
A good time to establish healthy routines, and start physical exercises.

7th house:
Your significant Others –
Is your relationship healthy and functional? If not you gotta address it.

8th house:
Your deep Involvement and Transformations –
Do you have the desire to analyze what’s going on under the surface? Purging is healthy.

9th house:
Your Travels and Worldviews –
Travel for work and / or wellness!

10th house:
Your calling and purpose –
Service – and to make the World a better place.

11th house:
Your Community –
Collaboration is key.

12th house:
Your Oneness with ALL –
Nothing needs to be done / the business of Isness…
Allow for a change of vibration – from complicated into ease.


Fractal Flower


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Wishing you a well-aligned productive time with MARS in VIRGO!


Check out these Astro Experiences & Creations during the initial phase of MARS in VIRGO – helping you with Alignment & cosmic-human Wellness: 


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger




Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your Inner ‘COSMIC COMPASS’.

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MARS in TAURUS (Feb 14 – March 30): Slow and Steady Strength into Spring

14 Feb

Dear Astro Friend on Planet Earth,

Today, Feb 14, MARS left ‘his’ ARIES domain, shortly after ‘his’ grand finale, offering in ‘his’ bi-annual linking with URANUS on Feb 12 fierce ‘fire crackers’ or other surprise effects (like extended and substantial snow here on Vancouver Island), revolutionary and liberating energy outbursts!

To enter TAURUS where the ‘Warrior’ energy will dwell until March 30:
Pursue natural Desires, Be Fully EmBodied, and Enjoy Life with all your Senses
 (the new Chinese Year of the Earth Piggy is in par with that).

Yet Remain Unattached.
Be in Nature and in Your Nature!

Tactile Buds – Photo by Melanie, Feb 2019


Johfra Bosschart Taurus

Johfra Bosschart: Venus Rules Taurus (and the Martian Warrior Takes a Rest)

Spring is now hopefully for real on the doorstep here on the West Coast (thanks Goddess for granting the gift of patience!), as the Martian energy settles into TAURUS – inviting us to slow down, enjoy Life with all our senses, plant seeds, and take some time to relax…

…after perhaps battling the elements, or fighting with others, running and rushing here and there, starting a lot of fires, and being highly charged and challenged, under MARS in fast and furious ARIES at the start of the year (Dec 31 – Feb 14).
MARS in in its ruled sign ARIES is a fast, direct, initiatory energy, and brought up anger and the impulse to assert.

MARS in fiery ARIES came to a crescendo in the first half of February, when it squared PLUTO the Transformer on FEB 1, and joined forces with URANUS the Awakener / Electrifier on FEB 12.
How was that for you? 
Did you ‘jump’ – or ‘surf’ through it? Enlivened and energized? Or irritated and dealing with Power issues?
A catalyst energy for transformation and liberation it’s been… Perhaps something in you like in myself ‘suddenly’ shifted, affirming to ‘keep things simple’ and show up authentically.


MARS is our assertion / life force / vitality Archetype. 
It rules the Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) – our power centre.
You know that sensation in the stomach when getting triggered…
Always good to check in and register what that has to do with the Ego. Yes, MARS is also the ‘Ego Planet’, expressing itself in ARIES rather direct and aggressively / assertively: “This is what I want and going for. And I’m doing it – actually: NOW.” Butting heads and flared-up battling can be an immediate effect when assertions conflict with one another. And yes, it’s been definitely an assertive time over the last 1 1/2 months…

Sheep Babies

Sheep Babies – baaaahh!

And / or it could have expressed as emergence and spontaneous action. Innocent. Baby steps.
Just going for it, trying out something new, rather than contemplating and ruminating.
ARIES is the first sign of the Zodiac. The Spring Lamb.

Hopefully we could channel the energy into this spontaneous, authentic action – and get up and start fresh when things were short-lived, or didn’t go anywhere.


With MARS now in TAURUS, the energy lends itself to slowwwing down, literally sitting and meditating, sitting with our initiatives and choices, smelling the fragrances of the (fingers crossed!) incoming Spring, cooking and tasting yummy food, listening to the sounds of music and the sounds of Nature, enjoying Life with all our senses, and honouring Mother Nature (every day is Earth Day!) and our earthly existence.
Fighting for Mother Earth and all her creations would be a natural MARS in TAURUS impulse, or rather resisting than actively fighting.


In its nearly 2-year cycle, MARS was in TAURUS the last time in March / April 2017.
We’re now coming full circle with what we planted and what took roots since then – esp. in the area of our lives relating to TAU in our charts (House, Planets, SUN, MOON, AC in TAU).
One thing that comes to mind for me from that time is new actions (MARS) I took in my business (ruled by TAURUS – yep, that meant also investing money – a Taurean domain too), and the patience required with seeing things ‘bloom’.
Looks like it’s time for more inspired action – and for ‘gardening qualities’ of patience and persistence.

In TAURUS, the first Earth Sign of the Zodiac, MARS

  • helps us with being grounded,
  • give more attention to our body and its natural desires,
  • and going for tangible, sensate experiences of being alive.
  • We tend to rather pursue security and stability than ephemeral adventures.
  • Our motivation to assert (MARS) what’s valuable (TAU) is strong – and can sometimes become rigid and stubborn (TAU when there’s attachment.

And hey, what’s REAL WEALTH?


On a deeper level, MARS in TAURUS helps us with grounding and embodying Spirit-in-Matter.
PLUTO and SATURN nowa-years in ultra-Earthy rock-solid CAP have us
lead by example – by being an embodiment of our intrinsic soul / spirit / essence.

MARS goes into Earth Trine alignment with SATURN on March 14, and with PLUTO on March 20, supporting acting / moving from Power-as-Simplicity and Body Wisdom.

In these MARS in TAURUS weeks, lets re-discover slowing down and enjoying the EmBuddha-ment (Embodiment without attachment)!




MARS in TAU in Earth Trine with SATURN & PLUTO in CAP just before / AT Spring Equinox is a welcome grounding and integrative upcoming Astro~Weather pattern, after a wilder Martian ride in ARIES at the beginning of this year. A good time to find inner ground in the big evolutionary changes, and to be clear where we stand.

It’s also an excellent energy to guard and protect sacred land and Mother Earth from exploitation and abuse of resources. MARS in TAURUS can harness resisting and defending energy, to be channeled into a deeper, evolutionary purpose.


Painting: Anima Mundi by Forrest Boden

MARS in TAURUS (Feb 14 – March 30) Meetings with other Cosmic Archetypes

Weekly (mostly on / just after the weekend), the MOON in fixed signs TAU, LEO, SCO and AQ meets, goes into square, and opposition with MARS.
Days to watch for, re: emotional re-actions / attachments / confrontation / resistance.

Be the wise and patient Buddha…


MARS in TAU itself goes into mostly ‘chill’ and mutually supportive aspects with the SUN, NEPTUNE, SATURN, MERCURY, and PLUTO.
Good to know – and not to ‘neglect’ / be lazy re: the gifts in this.

FEB 14
MARS enters TAU
Slow, Steady, Strong, into Spring

FEB 17
The MOON in LEO in square with MARS in TAU
Don’t let ego, pride, and stubbornness get the better of you / get involved in ‘theirs’. 
Be playful and enjoy Life.

FEB 23
The MOON in SCO opposes MARS in TAU
Feeling like someone / life / your deep-dark emotions poking and provoking you like El Toro being poked by the Matador?
Don’t turn the discomfort against you, go into brooding / pouting, or numb it with food. Better to go to the bottom of things, emotionally, and guided by your bodily sensations.

FEB 27
The SUN in PISCES in sextile with MARS in TAU
A ‘Spa Day / Evening’? Perfect day to chill, rest, and enjoy.

The MOON in AQ in square with MARS in TAU
Conflict between your (or your friend’s / partner’s) need to socialize, and the Call of Nature, peace and calm? How can it be reconciled? Freedom matters.

MARS in TAU sextile NEPTUNE in PI
Being calm, relaxed, and open to attune to and connect with synchronicities and miracles.

The MOON in TAU conj. MARS
Time to cook up something yummy.

MARS in TAU in  Earth trine with SATURN in CAP
Know where you stand, simply, clearly. Find Inner Ground.

MERCURY retro (post conj. with the SUN) in PI sextile MARS in TAU
Let your Body guide you to be open for Messages.

MARCH 18 – here we go again, one lunar cycle later:
The MOON in LEO in square with MARS in TAU
Don’t let ego, pride, and stubbornness get the better of you / get involved in ‘theirs’. 
Be playful and enjoy Life.

MARCH 20 – Spring Equinox (first day of ARIES, ruled by MARS!) & Full MOON in LIBRA-ARIES!
MARS in TAU in Earth Trine with PLUTO in CAP
Harness resisting and defending energy, and channel it into a deeper, evolutionary purpose.

VENUS in AQ in square with MARS in TAU
En-Joy with all your Senses, yet don’t get attached to your desires. Love is always Free.

MARS in TAU in quincunx with JUPITER in SAG.
Beyond wanting permanence there’s freedom in knowing what it’s all about…

MARCH 24 – rolling out the MARS – PLUTO (ruling SCO) dynamic:
The MOON in SCO opposes MARS in TAU
Go to the bottom of things emotionally, and guided by your bodily sensations.

MARS leaves TAURUS and enters GEMINI
Find your Voice, and take Flight.


MARS in TAURUS (FEB 14 – MARCH 30) ushers two slow moving Archetypes into new Zodiac signs:

  • Shamanic CHIRON goes fully into (MARS ruled!) ARIES – already next week, Feb 18 – until Apr 14, 2027!
    The Medicine of Showing up Authentically!
  • URANUS – Archetype of the Awakener – leaves ARIES (since 2011) and fully enters TAURUS, on March 6 – the day of the New Moon in PISCES.
    Wake UP, Earthlings!


Dedicated to MARS in TAURUS,
in Earth Trine with SATURN and PLUTO in CAP – exact March 14 & 20:



Medicine Wheel



You have been telling people this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is THE Hour.
Here are the things that must be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off toward the middle of the river, keep your eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is here with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves!
For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lonely wolf is over.
Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

The Elders
Oraibi, Arizona
Hopi Nation


MARS in TAURUS in Your Chart & Life…

…can help your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planetary Archetypes in TAURUS and the area/s of life relating to the House/s where TAURUS is in your birth (and local) chart/s to being grounded in the strength of slow, steady, patient, and enjoyable Life Force. Sense it in your Body!


MARS in TAURUS now transiting in your… House relating to…:

1st House:
Your Presence and Sense of Self

2nd House:
Your Values, what you own, literally & metaphorically, your Business

3rd House:
Your Environment

4th House:
Your Home, Origin, Ancestry

5th House:
Your Creative, Playful, Inner Child and Lover

6th House:
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

7th House:
Your Partners & Significant Others

8th House:
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others, Your Transformations

9th House:
What gives you Meaning, Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels

10th House:
Your Purpose incl Career, Your Public Self

11th House:
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends

12th House:
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.


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Wishing You the Gifts of Slow, Steady Strength and EmBodied Enjoyment, with MARS in TAURUS!


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger





Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your ‘Inner Cosmic Compass’.

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’, those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with yourself in the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘Hub of the Wheel’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

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.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

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