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MERCURY in SAG (Dec 9 – 28) – Elevation & Expansion of the Mind… Truth Speaking… Prayers & Invocations with the Light

8 Dec

Dear Cosmic Friend & Astro News Reader,

Yayyy – more Phoenix News:
We’re coming through!
Tomorrow it’s MERCURY’s turn to cross over the Phoenix Point (as I like to call it – and looks like it’s catching on!) from SCORPIO to SAG!
Exactly on Dec 9 at 1:42 am PST – and it’s feeding into the GEMINI (ruled by MERCURY) – SAG Full Moon on Dec 11 / 12!
A burst of energy coming out of the loooong deep dark into the light.

Phoenix Nessie (only comes out at sunset)

We’ve had a VERY scorpionic Fall – SUN, MERCURY (extended!), VENUS, and also MARS (since Nov 18 to Jan 3 – last one to leave).
If you’re very scorpionically inclined you might miss the Magic, Mystery, and deep dive into dark psycho-spiritual realms that MERCURY in SCO (Oct 3 – Dec 9) has offered.
Otherwise you’ll prob say: Hallelujah!
But hey, let’s check in what MERCURY in SCO has brought, and why there can be immense reasons for gratitude (SAG) now – not just for that it’s over but for the gifts of the process.

Well, MERCURY has been in SCORPIO this time round for XXLong time – for 9 1/2 weeks since Oct 3 (the usual is 3-4 weeks)!
Seems like an initiation & immersion into Alchemy of the Mind (MERCURY is the Alchemist & SCO represents Alchemy & Transformation) has been the cosmic gift.
How has this process been in your life?
Aligning with MERCURY retro (happens 3 times a year for 3 weeks – and we need it) brings a shift from letting the mind be in charge (the ‘usual’ in our mind driven world & information societies) to allowing Spirit, Consciousness, the Heart (the SUN) lead, and the mind (MERCURY) be in service to it.
Maybe you have not just noticed but felt deeply (SCO) how the mind can lead us into the dark where there’s an allure and intrigue yet via evoking emotions that put us into feeling separate (like deep anger that can’t express, jealousy, shame…) – now that’s the raw material that the mind itself cannot transform.
Spirit, Consciousness, and the Heart have to kick in.
Hope this happened for you as well!
And now… With the SUN & MERCURY in SAG, Spirit elevates the mind, inspiring us to rise and expand, see and share the good news. Maybe it’s via deep gratitude for the gifts that we’ve received and witnessed – which didn’t look like gifts at first?
For me one of the gifts has been the gift of natural healing via the body’s intelligence of what looked like it required intervention from the outside. Time heals, and allowing the body to heal in its own accord with trust & patience offered me such a gift of confidence in the Power of Nature – and in EmBodying an expression of Nature.
What a miracle – how the body is constantly doing its thing to sustain Life!
Prayers as Sagittarian arrows to Spirit are really Offerings of deep Gratitude, and re-connections in the ONE – invoking the Light that IS even if it appears dark.
With MERCURY in SAG post such a looong and re-generative phase in SCO this might feel like a burst of Upliftment. It doesn’t take contrast for that – but hey, it’s like dark purple turning into bright orange… well, Phoenix like.
Winged Messenger spread the Heart Wings!
Fly on Angel Wings, and inspire us to invoke the Light, sing praises of Joy & Gratitude, share inspiring stories, soar above what kept us stuck, elevate vibrations and see opportUnities for offering and receiving a bounty of Gifts!

A big theme for MERCURY in SAG is to Speak the Truth!
Which is great – if our Truth that may have been hidden, covered, repressed in the Scorpionic realm is coming out now.

Yet, there’s also a caveat (reflecting the trad. ‘exile’ position of MERCURY in SAG):
My Truth doesn’t have to be yours.
Yes, MERCURY in SAG likes to inspire and perhaps convince, yet with all the Scorpionic passion fuel behind can overdo it and be a tad too much on a mission which can turn people off. The high road would be to really be generous and leave ample S~P~A~C~E for infinite Truths – Rays of the One Light.


Let’s hear it – how MERCURY in SAG (Dec 9 – 28) will fly with and inspire the other Planetary Archetypes it comes in contact with.

Not too many – yet important ones, and strikingly with exact Lunar Connections:  


DEC 10
MERCURY in SAG in Fire Trine with CHIRON retro / stat. (goes direct on 12/12).

Truth & Authenticity – The Medicine that elevates, raises vibrations, and brings new opportunities.


DEC 11 – Day of the GEMINI (ruled by MERCURY) – SAG Full Moon!
MERCURY in SAG in quincunx with URANUS retro in TAU.
What has happened in / to the mind recently that allows us to EmBody Freedom from within?


DEC 19
MERCURY in SAG in square with NEPTUNE in PISCES. 
Sing, chant, carol, praise – the Truth is beyond words, and Music is such a Gift to share and bathe in.


DEC 25 – Christmas Day
The Dark MOON in SAG meets MERCURY – 18 hrs before the ‘Ring of Fire’ Christmas New Moon Solar Release Eclipse(!). 
What’s your Truth about the ‘Old limiting Story’ that’s ripe to be released? Making room for a more expanded way of Seeing.


DEC 28
MERCURY goes over the Integrity Point into CAP where it’ll meet JUPITER, the SUN, the Lunar South Node, SATURN, and PLUTO – what a Cappy concentrated kick-off of 2020!
Say as you do. Do as you say. Keep it simple and real.  


Where’s MERCURY’s uplifting Flight in SAGITTARIUS activating your chart & inspiring You in Life?

Cherubs of The Triumph of Galatea – Painting by Italian Renaissance Master Raphael

The House in your chart that contains SAG is the ‘target’ of MERCURY shooting Heart Messages to you, and from which to shoot them out most easily too.
(Always, but esp. nowadays) a good time to be in your open-hearted & generous Spirit.

As you read this maybe you have your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in SAG?
Then there’s even more to the activation between MERCURY and these Inner Archetypes of yours…

Could be a good time to check in astrologically – get in touch if you feel it’s calling you.
Got the Treat Time offer on now (Dec 1 – 31).
A sweet opportunity to make a gift of cosmic inspiration to others and / or yourself and save big compared to my reg. fees.
Back to the SAG Houses – we all have one (or two) – and MERCURY’s 19-day visit (ha, a much shorter house guest than with its  9 1/2 weeks in the SCO House…)
1st House in SAG
Your Presence and Sense of Self
Magnanimous and fun to be around.
Now as you see… share your Truth – and be generous and open to theirs.


2nd House in SAG
Your Values, what you own, literally & metaphorically, incl. your Business
Your inspiration and uplifting vibes are moving. Share your story (and we know you came through a lot).


3rd House in SAG
Your Environment & Relatives
Wide open spaces to roam around?
A multi-cultural world? Or sooo much space between you & them?
A good time to talk, write, or travel to people from afar yet near & dear to your Heart.
Just take it easy on getting too fired up with opinions, and when arguments loom take the high road of live & let live.


4th House in SAG
Your Home, Origin, Ancestry
Overseas? Around the World?
Time for a re-connection to your (many?) roots. If it’s out of reach ask the Universe to show you the way.


5th House in SAG
Your Creative, Playful, Inner Child and Lover
Show your Heart, be curious and playful as a Child.
You’re the Heart-ist.


6th House in SAG
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

Sporty? Travelling? Marketing? Writing?
Connect and talk with people whom you could really help and who could help and uplift you. Be newly inspired for service and wellness. Trust that it’s already in the making.


7th House in SAG
Your Partners & Significant Others
They’re sooo much fun to be with, mutually inspiring, great travel mates?
Or a know-it-all / better who try to convince / convert you?
Time to share the Joy, sing together, raise Spirits, and allow for enough space between you.


8th House in SAG
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others. Your Transformations
Your words can be a god/dess sent – share generously & trustingly w/o trying to change the other person. True gifting w/o agenda makes you feel intrinsically wealthy & happy.


9th House in SAG
What gives you Meaning, Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels
That ‘SAG House’.
Soo many growth opportunities now as you come out of the thick of… Abundance is an attitude…
What’s your message to the World? 


10th House in SAG
Your Purpose incl Career, Your Public Self
Maybe a teacher, modelling with inspiration, fun, and generosity.
You got a lot to say, esp. these weeks. Be out there on your Heart Mission.


11th House in SAG
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends
From all walks of life, and corners of the Planet.
What a multitude of fun, heart-full people around you! What a gift how you uplift & inspire each other!


12th House in SAG
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.
The Universe is vast and infinite. Amazing how you made it here!
Be open to serendipitous Cosmic messages & guidance, and be the Divine Messenger.



Wishing you an inspiring Journey on MERCURY’s wings in SAG!



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12 Days of Christmas & The Zodiac?!

26 Dec

Everyone knows the epic carol 12 Days of Christmas – and you might have wondered about the hidden, encoded meaning of the ‘gifts’?!
Check out the Wiki article, and maybe you’re inclined to do more research?

The 12 Days go from DEC 26 until JAN 6 / Epiphany.
Some say they start from Christmas night DEC 25 / 26, and each ‘Day’ starts with the eve / night leading into it.

Guess why I’m writing about them?
Because there’s a ZODIAC Connection with the 12 Days!

Two directions can be taken, forward or backward in the Zodiac, both complementary.
The first Day of Christmas, today DEC 26 is the Day of ARIES, and / or the Day of PISCES.

And hey, the MOON was floating in PISCEAN Waters on Christmas Eve and Day – and maybe we were emotionally immersed in the ALL too – miraculous, wondrous, elated, yet also potentially overwhelming, drowning, addictive, toxic even? LUNA has emerged into ARIES – fresh and new, in the NOW and the Authentic Self!

Would you like to tune in, follow the 12 Zodiac Days, and receive ‘customized gifts’ from those energies?



Photo: Angers Cathedral South Rose Window of Christ (centre) with Elders (bottom half) and Zodiac (top half). Mediaeval stained glass by Andre Robin after the fire of 1451.
Lots of astrological symbolism in Christianity and its architecture, often in plain sight – they knew what they were doing and using!


Here’s the line-up of dates and corresponding 12-Day ZODIAC themes  (forward and backward):

DEC 26:

DEC 27:

DEC 28:

DEC 29:

DEC 30:

DEC 31:

– and then it ‘flips’ on New Year’s, as we’re dancing on the VIR-LI-VIR cusp – Perfect Alignment!

JAN 1:

JAN 2:

JAN 3:

JAN 4:

JAN 5:

JAN 6:


Let’s invite synchronistic messages* (ha, esp. under post-retro MERCURY in SAG), and see how the ZODIAC themes show up for us,

*I always love those!

Much Love to you, ‘between the Years’, in Timeliness & Timelessness!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2017



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MERCURY Retro (Dec 2 – 22) in SAG: Cosmic RE-lief & Toolkit

28 Nov

RE-posting now, on the start day of the MERCURY Retro ‘Storm’.

Hello Astro Friends,

What on Earth and in the Heavens is going on, these days? 
you might wonder… and I’ve been asked a lot lately…

Yes, it’s the era of massive awakening and transformational shifts in society on a big scale, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 2018) and PLUTO in CAP (2009 – 2023)

But what’s with all the technology and communication glitches (or surprises!) that have sneaked in again lately?

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Bingo! Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!
All in SAG this time (from 29° back to 13°), from Dec 2 – 22).

As those of you who have read in my MERCURY retro  support notes (or even advocacy) over the years know,
M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.
And hey – perhaps an overdue and cosmically well timed adjustment!

In a nut shell, with M-r, the Archetype of MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to tune into a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).

Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY has since Nov 15 been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’ (i.o.w., has crossed the 13° SAG mark from which it will go direct again on Dec 22).

Next phase: MERCURY goes into stationary ‘U-turn storm’ from today Nov 28 on. 

MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop on Dec 2 which goes technically until Dec 22. Yep, pre- and round Christmas this year is M-r affected!


What’s Special about the upcoming MERCURY Retro?

It happens all in SAG (and MERCURY is in ‘exile’ there, the Archetype isn’t ‘naturally at home’ there) – the Zodiac energy relating to truth, bigger picture, studies, politics, religion, foreign affairs – where mercurial / mental themes are: “I know” and “I grow”.


Crystal Activated Voyager Tarot Card Sage of Crystals Knower – Photo by Melanie

“I know.”

“I know better.” (and am not willing to question my beliefs and learn); being arrogant, righteous and judgmental, “my way or the highway”. I.o.w., self proclaimed ‘knowers’ could mess things up.

Seven Cures:

1) For starters, don’t believe everything you think! (A timelessly relevant bumper sticker) or read somewhere.

2) RE-cognize ‘old stories’, and question your beliefs! Check out The Work by Byron Katie, on this note (“Is this true?” “How do you know this is true?” “Who would you be without this belief?”).

3) What do we know, and make judgments based on? Good to do fact check, talk to others, be curious, ask, see for yourself…: The idea is not the territory.

4) Don’t follow ‘false prophets’ and crusaders. See clearly what the agenda is, and where it leads to.

5) When coming across others (maybe significant others) who ‘know’ differently than you do because of different personalities, paths, and values, rather than engaging in an endless debate that goes nowhere (except in circles “here it comes again..!”) how about settling (externally or internally) on: “Let’s agree to disagree.”? And to remember the mantra: “Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?”

6) Ask Inner Guidance and the Universe: “Show me more about…. I would like to understand this… better. Thank you!” And see how the Universe speaks to you and your Higher Self – can be so amazing, esp. under MERCURY retro, how the dots are being RE-connected to the Bigger Picture.

7) MERCURY will meet SATURN on Nov 27 / 28 at the very end of SAG (before SATURN enters CAP on Dec 19!) – so here’s the final finish-up of what SATURN in SAG has / could have taught us ever since Sept 2015:
To ‘be done’ with old stories and beliefs, and not buy into fear based agenda of patriarchal and authoritarian figures or programs (anymore).
What’s the High Road? What would true Freedom and your Heart Wisdom say?
MERCURY will meet SATURN again, after the retro trip, with both in CAP then, on Jan 13. A lot can change between now and then…


Crystal Activated Voyager Tarot Card X of Wands Growth – Photo by Melanie

“I grow.”

“More is better.”
(excess that’s unmanageable and unsustainable). 

Seven Cures:

1) Esp. for U.S. Thanksgiving and global Christmas, Hanukkah, and other ‘Return of the Light’ festivals: If it has gotten overly materialistic and stuff-ocating for you too, let’s backtrack, RE-member and live by the Spirit of the Festival.

2) How can we go (back) into the true-blue SAG Spirit of generosity from the Heart, trust, and: a good sense of humour / comic RE-lief?

3) How about down-time, real-life RE-connections, and downsizing on the material excess (rather than becoming seasonally frantically acquisitive) – a counter- (mainstream) cultural RE-freshing personal RE-volution?

4) What’s a truer expression of abundance, gratitude, trust, and fun?

5) MERCURY in late SAG goes THREE times (while moving forward – backward – forward) into exact square with CHIRON in late PISCES, and into trine with URANUS in late ARIES (Nov 24 / 25, Dec 10, and Jan 7):
This could turn into frenetic overwhelm, or, on the High Road, be a liberating experimentation in letting go of overwhelm through agendas and ‘media showers’,  as we open up to receive miracles and gifts along the way (CHIRON in PI), and a fresh approach to being authentic (URANUS in ARIES).

6) Both MERCURY (from Jan 12 on, until Feb 1) and SATURN (from Dec 19 on, until end of 2020) will go from SAG into CAP anyway, where Less is More, and it becomes clear what’s manageable, and what the priorities are. So, why creating more unmanageable excess in the first place, if we know we need to deal with it afterwards???

7) Less excess, more real joy and fun!
Like Outdoors – hikes, walks…
Nature is always growing, naturally abundant, and so good for our inner growth and gratitude!



This MERCURY Retro is very RE-levant for the U.S.

It starts it retro trip at the very end of SAG – the ‘Integrity Point’ cusp to CAP – where SATURN also sits presently.
That’s not far from Donald Trump’s Lunar Eclipse (yep, he was born under one) MOON / South Node which MERCURY will cross 3 times (Nov 21 / 22, Dec 12 / 13 retro, and Jan 4 / 5).
Integrity issues have come up SO much in American politics under the present administration, and in # 45 himself. Things could escalate, and the Truth can set us all free…
Plus: MERCURY ends its retro trip at 13°00′ SAG which is almost exactly on the U.S. Ascendant at 12°12′ SAG!

May it bring the country back to its true identity!



The Thinker

The Thinker, by Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

With any MERCURY retro, and also this one in SAG it’s a precious opportunity to get out of the head, check in to see who’s that thinker, tap into pure awareness, and SEE WHAT IS.

Since SAG rules SEEING, as in: eye sight, bigger picture, and vision, M-r in SAG:
Seeing is Believing
(which is what SATURN in SAG with its reality check would also say), and / or: Seeing is UN-Believing!

As always, the MERCURY retro cycle starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – this time until Dec 12where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for a REason (yet unknown, REvealing itself in the journey).

With the SAG energy of M-r, it’s good to stay open minded and intuitive, and invite a world of synchronicities, look at things again, in a fresh way, and: get retro-actively inspired (by the past, by something overlooked).


Liberating ‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus at the Rockefeller Centre NYC, surrounded by the Zodiac belt. Prometheus the Awakener is the Archetype related to the Planet Uranus!


At the half-way point of the M-r phase (Dec 12), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN – a ‘NEW MERCURY’ (like New Moon as in: monthly SUN – MOON conjunction) – which happens 3 times a year:
So, it’s time to REgenerate the mind (MERCURY), and REnder it more conscious (SUN).
It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.
URANUS (the Awakener Archetype) is also in ‘dialogue’ with MERCURY retro (via Fire Trine, exact Nov 25 pre-retro, Dec 10 under M-r, and Jan 7 post-retro). Plus, URANUS will be stationary in Dec / Jan (since it will go from retro to direct, on Jan 3), which makes for Dec and Jan being quite a wake-up, shake-up phase.
It’s also a  bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more freedom, esp. freedom from mental patterns, and freedom for a whole new way of showing up and being present with what IS (ARIES).

Check out what’s new and exciting! And how YOU are NEW in every moment!

The second half of M-r (Dec 12 – 22) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new consciousness can be creatively carried forward.


Like myself, you might have already noticed glitches over the last while that required adjusting and clarifying communication, REsending emails, and making sure you and your partner are talking about the same thing. 

The changed mode could have also brought a REnewed openness for surprises and aha effects, as we trust intuition, truly address what needs to be talked about (rather than ‘pseudo talk’), are able to read between the lines, and pick up now what wasn’t communicated before, and where loose ends were left open.

As we make suggestions or are asked to change the original ‘plan A’ things get a little ‘mixed up’, which REquires and opens us up for flexibility (good thing SAG is a mutable sign, and bringing in fun certainly helps too). Often, we are afraid we might inconvenience others, but a different plan might work best for everybody anyway.

Funny (it might appear overwhelming – NEPTUNE in PI – and chaotic – URANUS in AR) how a change in one piece of the puzzle can create a domino effect, which shows our intrinsic connectivity in a web of energy and information (the www is just an obvious expression of that), and the possibility for ‘spontaneous mutation’.
Good to stay fluid like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), intuitive, and ride the wild and adventurous waves of Life, a la NEPTUNE in PI / URANUS in AR.



“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)



So, what’s the MERCURY Retro Timeline?

‘simply ‘ listed, admittedly more for the ‘Astro Insider’ – but maybe it helps you as a guideline, in connection with the points above.

Nov 15: Pre-retro ‘shadow’ started. 
Nov 24 /24: MERCURY in SAG in square with CHIRON retro / stat. in PI, and trine with URANUS retro in AR (#1 of 3).
Nov 27 /28: MERCURY conjunct SATURN (#1 of 2) in late SAG.
Nov 28: Pre-retro ‘storm’ starts.
Dec 2: MERCURY goes retro (until Dec 22) at 29°SAG.
Dec 4: The MOON in GEM opposes, and MARS in LI sextiles MERCURY retro / SATURN in SAG.
Dec 10: MERCURY retro in SAG in square with CHIRON stat. in PI, and trine with URANUS retro / stat. in AR (#2 of 3).
Dec 12: MERCURY retro conj. the SUN in SAG – Point if Enlightening Insight.
Dec 15: MERCURY retro conj. VENUS in SAG.
Dec 19 – 27: MERCURY stationary in SAG in square with NEPTUNE in PI.
Dec 22: MERCURY goes out of retro at 13°SAG.
Dec 28: Post-retro ‘storm’ ends.
Jan 7: MERCURY in SAG in square with CHIRON in PI, and trine with URANUS stat. in AR (#3 of 3).
Jan 10: Post-retro ‘shadow’ ends.
Jan 12: MERCURY crosses the ‘Integrity Point’ from SAG to CAP.
Jan 13: MERCURY conjunct SATURN (#2 of 2) – in early CAP.


As you see, this MERCURY pre- / retro / post-retro phase moves and shakes a LOT.
Good thing SAG is mutable and hopefully adaptable!



Here are my Seasoned & Seasonal

…valid for the whole MERCURY Retro phase, of pre-retro ‘shadow’ (Nov 15 – 28) ‘storm’ (Nov 28 – Dec 2), the ‘actual’ retro phase (Dec 2 – 22), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Dec 28), and post-retro shadow time (until Jan 10):


1) Be easy on yourself, as you get into the groove of things.

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you’re taking the pre-retro shadow phase as of mid-November as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, or stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion), from end of Nov on.


2) Be mindful, and lead from the bigger vision. 

There’s a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place (amplified by MERCURY in SAG, and NEPTUNE in PI), to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters. The apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.
Practice coming back to the bigger vision, and lead from there (MERCURY / SATURN in late SAG).


3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

Would be a good time to RE-treat, and RE-visit meditation and mindfulness. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, and to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last one was Aug / Sept 2017 in VIR / end of LEO which was all about self awareness, and living from love / bringing our love into service and daily practice).


4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…

The RE-ason for me pointing out all these RE-activities: During Mercury retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up like a mirror. Talk about what RE-ally matters – in an inspiring, generous, and fun way.


5) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone rather than messaging / email (YES!), meeting in person rather than phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think, or they know what you think).
Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be scattered and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”, or actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?


6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, and take ownership and responsibility for your mental processes, rather than blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication).


7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

Double check whether you have been understood correctly, and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to them too. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after MERCURY retro is over!).


8) Mercury Retro RE-minds us…

…that direct connection with another as an authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to meander and touch on other subjects than the originally intended purpose of the communication. Which can eventually lead to an even more important outcome or direction than anticipated. Check out in hindsight why you actually needed to talk to that person…


9) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively and out of the ordinary, we let the spontaneous intervention of the Universe show us our interconnectedness! Way cool and fun! 


10) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

With the SAG flavour, be clear and come from the Heart, and connect with people and interests that are fun and Heart-warming. In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by where it leads  (SAG) when you speak to them.


11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU depend on the particular planets and house that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where SAG is situated.

I’m happy to check that our for and WITH you.
Maybe it’s time to come for an update / cosmic tune-up for your inner alignment and guidance anyway?


12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), think “shift happens”.

Don’t judge yourself or others for not being on the same page as you, and turn the paradigm around:
What could be the opportunity in this mishap? And what’s actually funny about this (SAG)?
RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that you might have subconsciously ‘arranged’ a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most  ‘efficient’ mind-in-rut-mode could have come up with?


13) Enjoy those unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind, be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your MERCURY Retro friends 😉


14) If you would like to know…

  • Whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY Retro, as yours truly),
  • In which part of life the Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you,
  • How to play creatively WITH the energy,

….feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer. 



© 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!





Phoenix (SCO into SAG) New Moon (Nov 18): Into the New and Transforming!

18 Nov

Late SCORPIO New Moon Greetings, dear Astro~News Blog Reader!

I was just cheering to the morning SUN and and MOON (next to it, crossing over the Phoenix Point, and entering SAG at 10:59 am PST – with a green smoothie alchemy – yumm! 

Wanted to complete the Astro~News writing last night but got really tired, under the dark Scorpionic Moon – happens….!

Only 3 more days and 4 more nights in the SCORPIO season 2017 – until Nov 21 at 7:05 pm PST when the SUN crosses over the ‘Phoenix Point‘, and enters SAG the (inner) Phoenix is reborn out of its own ashes, and we rise again, fueled by the Inner Light.
Maybe a lot of burning and purging is happening for you this Fall, with also JUPITER in SCO…?


Stormy Waters – Photo by Melanie, Nov 2017


It’s been dark and wet and stormy, here on the West Coast…
Maybe you felt content and contained in a magical, creative, and more intimate zone, yet at other times trapped and ‘thrown back at yourself’ – a time for inner processing, and for moving through dark density, shadow encounters and intensity, to purge and transform from within!

SCORPIO is a powerful energy – starts with the Alchemy Point, coming from LIBRA, and ends with the Phoenix Point into SAG!
If we’re not ‘afraid of the dark’ we can transform ‘lead into gold’ through this energy, depressing, heavy states into pure Consciousness, and BE transformed.


Into the New and Transformed or Transforming we go, and move forward, seasoned by change!

Here’s the New Moon Chart:


SCO NM 2017

The NEW MOON entered SAG only 7 hrs after the New Moon (at 10:59 am PST today).
Quite the release & rebirth energy in this New Moon!


What’s your transpersonal Super Power?

YodaMARS squaring PLUTO on Nov 19 also pushes us to make powerful decisions and act on them.

PLUTO is the ‘higher octave’ / transpersonal ‘version’ of Warrior MARS which wants us to be empowered in our intrinsic Soul Purpose (PLUTO in CAP), beyond our ego wants (MARS).

So, don’t give power away by stalling and letting others be in charge of / blaming them for your choices (MARS in LIBRA).
So there’s definitely an evolutionary ‘upgrade’ (PLUTO in CAP) available and needed in this regard, esp. for your CAP, AR, CAN and LI Planet themes.

Next up:
MARS in late LI will oppose URANUS in late AR (which is ruled by MARS) on Dec 1, the day before MERCURY goes retro, and 2 days before the GEM – SAG Full Moon on Dec 3.
Uhhh, sounds like trouble?

Yep, it can be an exciting, adventurous, surprise, and breakthrough time.
Don’t expect consistency, and rather experiment. Excellent to try out new communication channels as well, with MERCURY going retro.
And re-visit with friends whom you’ve lost track of, and have fun!


Involvement and Authenticity

Angel of Revelation, Painting by William Blake

The New Moon late SCORPIO is in a rather unusual almost exact 5-sign apart alignment, called Quincunx, with URANUS retro in late ARIES.

The alignment was already exact for the SUN and URANUS on Nov 17, so it’s fading now. The MOON brought it up just before the New Moon.
Still active but rather an integration with the New Moon.

SCO and AR seem so different: deep and processing, vs out there, and action oriented…. The New Moon in SCO plants ‘Seeds in the Dark’ vs. URANUS in AR is awake and alert, ready to go ahead, and step into the New NOW (well, it’s retro, so that moderates the effect). Still: how does this go together? 

Well, we’ve seen effects of this in the U.S. geopolitics, re: a tension about firing literally Uranium, vs. the notion to process the situation deeper. And also lots of hints about hidden agenda being suddenly revealed.
How can we approach this dynamic in our own world, and support the bigger process? 
URANUS would say: Be Awake. Add high-level Archetype energy into the mix, such as excitement, ingenuity, out-of-the-box approach to things, your Authenticity!
The New Moon in late SCORPIO, and JUPITER / VENUS nearby support us with processing through things, esp. if they have to do with own / old inner tucked-away trauma and stuck emotions in general. Not to hide oneself, but to reveal get involved.
Seeds in the Dark have been planted.
Tend to them, feel empowered and ALIVE!

Here comes a transforming experiment, right with the late SCORPIO New Moon / quincunx URANUS:

I felt called to let the Universe speak through Animal Medicine cards (paintings by Susan Boulet; the deck was gifted to me by a SCO New Moon / PLUTO born friend!!! Only realized in hindsight).

I picked Animal Spirit Cards for 3 important points in the chart:

  • The late SCO New Moon on Nov 18 – today.
  • MARS square PLUTO, exact tomorrow Nov 19.
  • MERCURY soon going into pre-retro ‘storm’ on Nov 28, and retro Dec 2 – 22.

For the late SCO New Moon, The DOG showed up:


The Dog – Devotion, Protection, Service – Animal Medicine Cards by Susan Boulet. Photo by Melanie.

DSC06684The quality of service to the degree of sacrifice is also a theme in late SCO (which has a PISCES undertone).
Some dogs are so loyal, they would put themselves into extreme danger and risk their lives to save their human friend.
And humans, in extreme situations can also sacrifice themselves for another or an ideal…

Hmmm, there’s another aspect to this that actually made me uncomfortable (SCO), considering the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 27° SCO which is:

The aggressive glorification of cultural values.

Every cultural-social collectivity sooner or later tries to impress the value of its achievements forcibly and noisily upon all those who belong to it, as well as upon foreign onlookers. At the individual-mental level the member of such a collectivity swells with pride and excitement when a display of the excellence of that in which his consciousness and personality are deeply rooted is publicly affirmed. Thus the feeling of social unity binds the individuals of a culture through collective pride.

This second stage symbol contrasts sharply with the first one. Our aggressive, tense, domineering Western civilization is indeed in opposition to the natural spontaneity and instinctive adjustment to nature of tribal societies. The Keyword here is POMP.”

Which links back to MARS in LIBRA – culturally channeled aggressive / assertive drives – and its sharp square with PLUTO (which happens to be also the ruler of the New Moon in SCO), exact tomorrow Nov 19.
PLUTO in CAP can be on a societal level the control through hierarchies. Hence the MARS in LI square PLUTO in CAP expression of the Military parading and displaying its power – besides it IS the Sabian Symbol of the New Moon degree. In my opinion a rather anachronistic, repressed / tamed / loyalized (is that a word?) or even abusive way of expressing the MARS – PLUTO and New Moon energies. How can there be deep, evolutionary transformation from the inside-out?
Dogs as Medicine Animals show us about their loyalty to ‘the leader of the pack’, to the degree of self sacrifice – and so are lots of humans.
The SAG side can either make people more fanatic and ‘on a mission’, or outgrow such destructive intensity, and set us FREE.
My hope is that SATURN in SAG has shown us enough evidence of ‘Mission impossible’, and of the futility / destructive boomerang effect of missiles.


For MARS square PLUTO, The JAGUAR made its appearance!


The Jaguar – Wholeness, Divinity. Rebirth – Animal Medicine Cards by Susan Boulet. Photo by Melanie.

Natural Power, powerful Magic.
Clearly undomesticated, highly independent, fiercely in its element (not loyal to another species).
Being in Integrity is also a big theme represented by LILITH now in SAG

As simple and powerful as that. 
Being in our Nature. Taking Jaguar Medicine.


For MERCURY going into pre-retro ‘storm’ on Nov 28, and retro on Dec 2, The COYOTE showed up (yeah, really!).


The Coyote – Transformation, Creation,  Cunning, Good Fortune – Animal Medicine Cards by Susan Boulet. Photo by Melanie.


Now we’re adding another layer of contrast  to the loyal and tamed dog – the mischievous Coyote Trickster.

Even though the Coyote and the Dog are ‘relatives’ in the animal kingdom, they represent quite different Medicine.

Coyote is SO apropos MERCURY going retro soon in SAG.

Let’s not take our mind and its SAG stories too seriously, and recognize them as ‘old tales’ and beliefs, and pull them by the tail 🙂 as a RE-minder it’s in the mind – is it real?!

Can we create a different story line that, like the Coyote did, restores balance and order? 
Which links back to a positive outcome of MARS in LIBRA (Balance) square PLUTO in CAP (order) – and wouldn’t that be transformational in a deep SCO sense?!

MERCURY Retro (Dec 2 – 22) is already in pre-retro ‘shadow’ since this week, and comes into pre-retro ‘storm’ on Nov 28.
Here’s a MERCURY Retro Cosmic RE-Lief & Tool Kit for you.

As you see on the chart, MERCURY in late SAG goes into square with CHIRON retro in late PI, and URANUS retro in late AR, before meeting SATURN (all between Nov 24 and 28):

This could turn into frenetic overwhelm, or, on the High Road, become a liberating experimentation in letting go of overwhelm through agendas, and ‘media showers’, and to opening up to receiving the miracles and gifts along the way (CHIRON in PI), and a fresh approach to being authentic (URANUS in ARIES).

To ‘be done’ with old stories and beliefs, and not buy into fear based agenda of patriarchal and authoritarian figures or programs (anymore). 

What’s the High Road? What would true Freedom and your Heart Wisdom say?


Navigating the Seas of Change…

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Also facilitated through the New Moon:
JUPITER in SCO in Trine with NEPTUNE in PI (exact on Dec 2, building up already, and active until mid-Dec, and coming back next Spring / Summer: May – Sept 2018):
Here’s a blog post about this energy – Let’s Surf it!



© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger


How’s it going so far for you, with diving into the Alchemy?
Could you use support and perspective?

If so you’re invited to a private JUPITER in SCORPIO Deep Dive Session, where we access your astrological map plus the synchronistic support of Voyager Tarot & Animal Spirit cards, to go into themes like :
  • Where is deep transformation now possible in your Life, what does it take to go INTO it, and how do you meet the landscape you meet there?
  • What’s the Alchemy that presents itself?
  • What’s being cleared away now, from your ‘inner basement / closet’?
  • What does that mean for your ‘outer’ world, above the surface?

You can find out more about the Deep Dive Sessions at my FB Page Event.
If you’re new to my services I welcome you to get in touch before booking, if you have preliminary questions, and to get to know each other a bit before we ‘dive in’.

The offer is on FB already expired but if you refer to the AstroNews Blog I’d like to extend it to you for a few more days:
Book by Nov 21 (last day in SCO) and you’re IN, for the discounted SCO focused sessions.

Looking forward to meeting you!





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!