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MERCURY Retro (July 25 – Aug 18) in LEO: SelfLove Talk – Cosmic RE-lief & Toolkit

21 Jul

Hello Astro Archetype Attuned 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 collective awakening & wake-up calls, transformational shifts in society , and of old patterns and ‘operating systems’ in our personal lives, mirrored by our transpersonal planetary ‘friends’ URANUS now on the TAURUS cusp, CHIRON now on the ARIES cusp, NEPTUNE in PISCES, and PLUTO in CAP.

Plus, the Record Retro Summer of 2018 (so far 5, soon 6, and in August 7 Planets retro!!!) has begun!
No wonder, things are a bit topsy-turvy.

But what’s with all the technology and communication glitches (or surprises!) that have sneaked in again lately?
No way? Are you telling me…..?
YEP, the inevitable is happening again: 

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again… summery HOT in LEO this time.

Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!
All in LEO this time (from 23°27′ back to 11°32′ LEO), from JULY 25 – AUG 18.

M-r happens in the same Element for one year, and is in FIRE in 2018.
The Element sequence goes backward in the Zodiac, e.g. this year in FIRE. The last M-r phase March 22 – Apr 15 was all in AR, next one will be in SAG / SCO Nov 16 – Dec 6, and 2019 M-r in WATER signs PI, CAN and SCO is on.

Those of you who’ve read in my MERCURY retro support REport (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 the MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently / ‘unusually’, and tuned-up into a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).


Have you noticed?
We’re already in the build-up (or rather: slow-down) phase!
Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY has since July 8 been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., crossed the 11° LEO mark from which it will go direct again on Aug 18).

Since JULY 16, MERCURY has been in stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

Next week, on JULY 25, MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop which goes until AUG 18.
Definitely a good time for RE-treat. Take it easy on a busy holiday back and fro, and getting wrapped up in planning ‘loops’ directed by mental overdrive.

 

Speak from the Heart, Roar if Needed, and Show Yourself.

Woohoo – a loooong phase of MERCURY in LEO altogether this year, throughout JULY, AUGUST, and into early SEPT!

Seems like we’ve got something to learn and RE-trieve from the LEO side of things.

Everything LEO (Love, Passion, Creativity, The Self, yet also the Inner Drama Queen / King and Narcissist) is brought to awareness and discussion.
Be the Artist and Heart-ist!

The energy turns inward-backward as MERCURY goes retro, to RE-connect from the Heart rather than roaring / making it all about ourselves….

But hey, why do we / they crave attention?
Maybe ‘simply’ to be seen and loved.
Maybe something ‘went wrong’ there in the past, maybe early on… and we internalized it.
Time to re-lease those inner voices, under MERCURY retro.

YES, Self Love Talk is totally in accord with M-r in LEO.
Give yourself the Love you might miss from others, and tell yourself a new Love Story.

How do you talk to yourself?
Is it a feedback-loop?
Stop, notice, take note even, and check out patterns. With our repetitive mental patterns we create pre-conceived reinforcement neuro pathways, and selective perceptions of what confirms our beliefs. Our mind is a powerful manifestor – well, at least it’s a filter of ‘reality’ which can create ‘blinders’.

How does the Self Loving YOU communicate with others?
Notice how your communication flows when you’re in a loving space…

When / how / why do you compensate a lack of love through self absorption?
Why do you need the attention?
Often easier to recognize in narcissistic, self absorbed others who dominate a situation.

Experiment witnessing yourself (would be great to re-listen to a re-corded conversation…) – how do you represent yourself?

What do you LOVE about yourself?
What do you LOVE about LIFE?
How can you LIVE Life (more) Lovingly?

And what would LOVE say?

Rather than feeding anger, and going into verbal confrontation
(which might be a strong temptation, with MARS on the other side of the spectrum, presently retro in AQ), can you find the Loving Place in your Heart from which to speak and act?
But hey: What does the anger tell you?  What’s the deeper desire (MARS) behind it?
What are your desires, when it comes to friends, groups, community, and humanity (AQ)?
What’s your message for Humanity?

Always good (not only) these days, to start from the Heart – an invitation from the LEO North Node (which MERCURY will re-approach when in retro) – and meet ‘even strangers’ from a place of Love.
I prefer to live in a World where Love and warm heartedness matter, rather than in icy glass houses of isolation, alienation, and anonymity (AQ South Node).

“Share your smile with a stranger, and be excellent with each other”, is what our LEO SUN Yoga teacher likes to say at the end of the class.
Yet, in our device driven environ-mental sphere not many smiles are exchanged anymore with real people (smiley icons on the screen yes…).

 

It’s gotten really hot(!) when MERCURY (in LEO the hottest sign of the Zodiac) went into pre-retro ‘storm’ last MON JULY 16! Noticed?
Don’t let the Ego Monkey Mind rule you!
Be mindful, rather than having the mind uber-full.

Hope all the LEO energy doesn’t mean more forest fires, drought, etc – MERCURY is one of the factors that also reflect weather patterns. Weather report confirms it IS getting hot over the weekend and next week, here on Vancouver Island.

Smile more often, smile at yourself, smile as if noone or everyone sees it, and enjoy the Sunshine and Moonlight, Cosmic Strangers & Friends!

 

Change of Heart, Change of Mind

MERCURY in LEO squares off this Summer with JUPITER in SCO (which just turned direct recently, on July 10, and is now in stationary mode)!
Not just once (July 9) but 3 times (again under M-r on Aug 10, and post-M-r on Aug 27)!

Nudging us to be authentic (rather than being trapped in the Ego Monkey Mind), vulnerable, and communicate from the Heart, to allow a deeper processing and more intimate connection with others.
Societally, it can mean hidden agenda comes out and shows things in a new light that helps with moving the change for the better.

 

What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro (M-r) in LEO?

The LEO motto (ruled bu the SUN) motto is: “I create.”
A self-radiant energy.

The shadow of LEO is to be too self-absorbed, narcissistic, and dominant / running the show, and boasting with privileges at the expense of others.

M-r adjusts the ego driven mind, and brings it back to be the assistant and tool to Spirit and the Heart.

While other M-r scenarios can deal with the over-thinker / worrier / fence sitter… this one can get stuck (fixed LEO) in revolving around the ego self.
Traditionally, MERCURY isn’t ‘well placed’ in LEO – actually ‘in fall’, vs. in exaltation in AQ on the opposite side of the Zodiac spectrum (why? because that would point to a synergistic group mind, to a systemic and innovative, future oriented rather than self absorbed thinker / mind).
So, at this time, and for all of us with MERCURY in LEO the theme is to witness (AQ) the mind yet not let it rule (LEO), notice how much is ‘self fulfilling’. To be aware is the first step to more freedom.

Yes, M-r in LEO does affect whatever you have in LEO (SUN, MOON, Planets, Nodes, AC / MC), and shows up in the area of life related to the LEO House in your chart.

M-r brings these sides in you to awareness. At this time you tend to think, write, and discuss about them more than otherwise: Love, creativity, playfulness, joyful self expression.

When in doubt and you’d like to find out get in touch with me. I can look it up if you’re already my client, or set up your birth chart if you give me your birth info.
This could be a good time to (RE)visit otherwise hidden themes in your life that want to come to the Light, with M-r in LEO, in an Astro session.

 

The first half of M-r is the Epimethean phase, RE-minding us of ‘old stories’ – which doesn’t have to be a ‘bad thing’ to overcome, it can be an inspiration ;-).
And, as always, we learn so much from history / herstory. 

 

There’s a 7-Phase Sequence to every MERCURY Retro Cycle:

  1. Pre-retro shadow,
  2. Pre-retro stationary / ‘storm’,
  3. Mercury technically retro,
  4. Mercury direct again,
  5. Post-retro stationary / ‘storm’,
  6. Post-retro shadow,
  7. Out of shadow.

 

MERCURY went into so-called pre-retro ‘shadow’ on JULY 8, which means it passed for the first time the Zodiac point (11º32’ LEO) from which it will after the retro phase go direct / forward again. Certain ‘foreshadowing’ themes of what can come up during M-r are played out. Can we watch them without getting involved in the game?
Also a good time to be as fluid as quicksilver, responsive to higher intelligence, and trust the ‘messenger from the future’, via intuition and precognition.
Perhaps already have a clear(ifying) and heartfelt communication around ‘neglected’ themes (Love, Self Love, Self Expression, Joy, Passion…).

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

On JULY 16, MERCURY entered its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), a.k.a. ‘U-turn’ mode.
A time to also slow down the regular fast and busy mind that likes to multi talk / task.
‘Regular’ communication affairs might start to become ‘tricky’, ‘complicated’, ‘chaotic’, and ‘messed up’, but only from the perspective of the ego that needs to be in control via the mind.

MERCURY in zigzag mode suggests being in flux and at ease, while swiftly and intelligently changing course when necessary. Ironically, it can lead to a better outcome than what the self absorbed ‘fixed’ mind might cook up.

 

The actual retro phase (JULY 25 – AUG 18) turns the mind inwards, backwards, and out of its confines, like a snake biting its own tail while shedding its skin.

Under M-r., ‘usual’ thinking and communication patterns are being questioned, and it appears at times as if there was a trickster or little devil at play. Actually, we have a chance now to see the mental devil / trickster that’s been there all along, camouflaging and going unnoticed,
The challenge is to not get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way YOU thought they ’should’, according to a preconceived ego plan.
During M-r, experiment with, practice, and hopefully also integrate for later going with the flow of things in an intuitive way, and taking everything as a learning experience.
That also means changing your mind when you get the impulse / signal for an alternative course of action, being open to and curious about ‘detours’ that might lead to unexpected turns, and making unusual connections, rather than going with comfort, routine, and habit. 


Rather than getting wrapped up with linear, habitual, and often self-limiting ways of dealing with information and communication channels and modes, an alternative approach can open you up for serendipity, synchronicities, and lots of fun.

 

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

 

For all these reasons, stay as mobile (like quicksilver, the MERCURY metal), adaptable, and unplanned as possible, so that you’re able to surf Mercurial waves when the wind comes up. MERCURY is a very light, youthful, fresh, fun-loving punster and Coyote / prankster energy. It looks at the fun AND meaningful (hermetic knowledge, derived from Hermes / Mercury) side of unusual twists and turns, and, in the role of the ‘magician’, even likes to facilitate those. Aligning with that mode makes you happier these days.

So bring on these spontaneous twists, unintentional new found puns, and fun realizations!

At the same time, be mindfully present and clear – rather than self absorbed.

When it comes to making a decision and committing to something long-term consider that it’s not likely ready to be definite yet, because during M-r always new information streams in which changes our outlook on things. Often, after the M-r phase we have more information that gives a different picture, based upon which a decision makes more sense. If we did decide prematurely and aren’t flexible to back off again, we might say, “Oh, if I only had known…. I wouldn’t have decided…” And then you might have to untangle certain complications.

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

  • Say things several times in a different way / language to make sure there’s no misunderstanding in a fast / distracted context.
  • Ask questions that intuitively come to mind (which might clarify an otherwise held assumption!).
  • And PLEASE choose the most direct medium and tool that’s available (in person rather than over the phone, and phone rather than email), which helps with a clearer and more holistic communication, because more ‘channels’ are involved and signals are conveyed in person rather than on the phone, or via mutual messaging / e-monologue.
    And who knows what else might come up and be addressed as you take the opportunity to actually TALK?

If you become mercurially frustrated, maybe because you needed to learn something about the nature of human mind and its extensions, like technological equipment which now, more than usually, seems to have ‘a mind of its own’…
Consider that computers, phones, and tech gadgets are only servants and tools, and that their efficiency depends on the (hopefully detached, savvy and inventive) mind of their ‘master’. You don’t want to become a stressed-out slave of coordination and communication.

It also might become apparent during M-r that our tools and technical equipment magically morphically mirror the mind WE are in, even ‘simply’ by breaking down and being ‘on strike’ when we humans need ‘a break’ anyway.
Give your tools and tasks proper mindful and single-minded attention, one at a time, instead of attempting to multi task and ‘efficiently’ orchestrate everything simultaneously.
The electromagnetic field of computers and the human mind dialogue in an interface. To keep it all smoothly operational, don’t impose any potential extra stress onto your nervous system nor on your computer.

Also, be aware how your mental experiences suggest being relaxed and mindful, assuming nothing, dropping your (under M-r evident, otherwise hidden) expectations and assumptions, and foremost, trusting the infinite intelligence of the Universe, ‘even’ as it might take you on wild and ‘crazy’ journeys that you apparently haven’t signed up for.

Under M-r talk to people from the past who come to mind and whom you haven’t heard from in a long time (or new people whom you have just met and intuitively ‘clicked with’).

M-r also tends to bring back unfinished communication business from the past, esp. from previous M-r phases (last ones in Dec 2017 and March /Apr 2018).

What happens quite often under M-r: We receive a potentially interesting message for others that’s worth passing on – to whom it may concern, to be delivered to someone else who needs that information! Or to connect two or more people with one another – because you can.
So, keep collecting communication karma cookies, by being the messenger (without an agenda)!

Gibbons at Play Painting by Xuande Emperor, 1427 (!)

Rather be mindful, and observe the phenomenon mind from a ‘meta’ level.
Like, by asking yourself: Why am I really saying this? Who’s the one thinking and talking here?
If we don’t do that from time to time we out trick ourselves, subconsciously ‘sabotage’ our plans, and constellate circumstances that make us back off from our mental concept, so that we need to check what we’ve been doing with our brain – or rather, what the brain has been doing with us all along.

The Buddhists call the day-to-day mind that busies itself with all kinds of ‘chatting’ and inner stories, lists, and dialogues, the ‘Monkey Mind’ which, like a monkey, jumps from one tree (of interest and attachment) to the next, and is never quiet, unless we observe the movement, and thereby naturally calm it, in meditation.

M-r is an excellent opportunity to be mindful (rather than having one’s mind full), and to assume or return to a meditation practice (or even ‘just’ experiment with it), and thereby shift your paradigm about the nature of mind.

The Thinker

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

With any MERCURY retro, and also this one in LEO 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.

As always, the MERCURY retro cycle starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – JULY 25 – AUG 8) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for a REason (yet unknown, REvealing itself in the journey).

With the LEO energy of M-r, it’s good to stay in a joyful, playful mode, 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 surrounded by the Zodiac Belt (Rockefeller Centre NYC). 

 

At the half-way point of the M-r phase (AUG 8 this time), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN: A new ‘NEW MERCURY’ is born (like New Moon as in: monthly SUN – MOON conjunction) – which happens 3 times a year:
So, it’s time to REgenerate the mind (MERCURY), more conscious, following Spirit and the Heart (SUN).
It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.

Here’s to a  bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more freedom, esp. freedom from mental patterns, and to freedom for a whole new way of showing upbeing present with what IS.

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

The second half of M-r (AUG 8 – 18) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new consciousness can be creatively carried forward.

 

MERCURY’s Square Dance with MARS and JUPITER

This M-r in LEO forms as its main aspects an opposition with MARS (ruling planet of ARIES) presently in early AQ. It was exact on July 5. Quite dramatic. Also a reflection of “The King hath spoken” vs. “The People act.”
And also, 3 times in fact, MERCURY goes into square with JUPITER in SCO (see above): Pre-retro on July 9, again under M-r on Aug 10, and lastly on Aug 27 when MERCURY will be just out of post-retro ‘storm’.

What’s the gist of the message of these LEO – AQ – SCO oppositions / squares?
Don’t get stuck in ego mind that takes you into polarity and battle. 

 

So, what’s the MERCURY Retro Timeline?

‘Simply ‘ listed here, without much explanation.
Admittedly more for the ‘Astro Insider’ – but maybe it helps you as a guideline, in connection with the points above.

July 8: Pre-retro ‘shadow’ started
July 9: MERCURY in LEO in square with JUPITER in SCO (# 1).
July 16: Pre-retro ‘storm’ started.
July 22: The SUN enters LEO.

July 25: MERCURY goes retro (until AUG 18) at 23 – 11° LEO.
Aug 8: MERCURY retro conj. the SUN in LEO – Point of Enlightening Insight.
Aug 10: MERCURY retro in square with JUPITER in SCO (# 2).
Aug 18: MERCURY retro in LEO sextile VENUS in LIBRA.  MERCURY goes direct again.
Aug 24: Post-retro ‘storm’ ends.
Aug 27: MERCURY stationary in square with JUPITER in SCO (# 3)

Sept 2: Post-retro ‘shadow’ ends.

 

 

Here are my Seasoned & Seasonal
MERCURY RETRO TIPS & TOOL KIT for Everybody 

 

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 easy, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, or stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion)..

 

2) Be mindful, and lead from what’s here-now. 

There’s a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place, 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 here-now.

 

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 in March / April 2018).

 

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 M-r (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 LEO flavour, be clear and authentic, and connect with people and interests that are fun and fresh, creative and playful. In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by what shows up 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 Planet/s and House/s that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where ARIES is situated.
I’m happy to check that our for and WITH you.

 

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?
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) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?

Guess what? The Day of Enlightened Insight – when M-r meets the SUN on the exact half-way point of the M-r phase is on 08-08 this year! Also the Day of SIRIUS Rising!

 

15) 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. 

 

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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MERCURY enters PI after meeting the SUN (Feb 17 – March 5): Tuning in, and Communing. Openness & Fluidity of the Mind.

15 Feb

Only 18 hrs after connecting with the SUN on Saturday Feb 17 at the very last degree of AQ – a brilliant energy for synergies and visionary co-creations – , MERCURY will cross over the ‘Coherence Point’ to enter PISCES (The SUN will follow the day after – here’s a write-up for the Solar Piscean season).

Magical Sunset, Photo by Melanie, Feb 12, 2018

MERCURY will pay PISCES its yearly visit this time only for 2 weeks and 2 days… yet with a few sweet encounters of the mysterious kind.

Swift, brainy, practical MERCURY isn’t per se ‘well placed’ in PI (considered ‘in exile’ “What am I doing here..?”).
Not so much about doing, and even ‘active thinking’ Rather: Having an open mind, being fluid, flexible, perhaps receiving messages.

Straight-forward communication turns into energetic / psychic tuning in and communing with one another, with Nature, and the larger ‘field’.
A wonderful time for creative inspiration that’s beyond words, and of course for music, poetry, film, photography, and art-as-fusion.

Here’s the line-up of MERCURY connections in / from PISCES – giving us a flavour of the vibes:

 

Feb 25:
MERCURY meets NEPTUNE.
Can be on a personal level big confusion, illusion, unclear communication where boundaries aren’t respected.

On a deeper, more transcendent level, it’s all about connecting and communing – there’s only ONE of us here….!
A very watery day (MOON in CAN, SUN / MERCURY / NEPTUNE / VENUS / CHIRON all in PI) that calls for fluidity, flexibility, care, and connection.

Feb 28 (day before the Full Moon in VIR – PI):
MERCURY in PI squares MARS in SAG, and sextiles PLUTO in CAP.
Avoid ‘fishy’ dynamics that can lead to unnecessary conflict, and waste time and energy. Let Spirit be your counsel, and
speak through you.

March 2:
MERCURY in PI trine (stationary) JUPITER in SCO.
What do you pick up? What does your gut sense say?
How can you convey beyond words? What’s the vibe you put out?
Excellent time for meditation, and deep energetic clearing.

March 4:
MERCURY conj. VENUS and CHIRON
Also the day of the year of SUN conj. NEPTUNE, and VENUS conj. CHIRON.

Speaking from the Heart and Soul is healing for ALL.

 

Blessings for the sublime Piscean Time!

 

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Eclipses 2018 Vol. 2: Partial Solar Eclipse in AQ on Feb 15: Re-Set for New Group and Humanity Consciousness

13 Feb

Dear ASTRO~NEWS Blog Reader,

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

As ‘usual’, two Eclipses are strung together, via Full Moon / New Moon and the Nodes (‘Karmic Pathways’)  – and their effects have been noticeable for a while:

We had recently the Imbolc Total Lunar Eclipse / SuperMoon in LEO – AQ on Wed Jan 31.
And, coming up:

The Partial Solar Eclipse in late AQ / cusp to PI on Feb 15.
It also ushers in the Chinese New Year 
of the Yang Earth Dog (check out the blog post if you haven’t seen it yet).
This year’s Chinese New Year (varies, as it goes by Lunar calendar: always on the day after the second New Moon after Winter Solstice) will be very late, on the cusp from AQ to PI, since there was a New Moon just before Winter Solstice, the first one after was Jan 16, and now the second one on Feb 15.
Interesting that the Earth DOG is known for its quality as a loyal companion / friend – very AQ in that sense too. What’s our pack? Who’s loyal? Whom are we naturally, authentically loyal to and with?

Feng Shui, the Chinese Art of Placement, always a big emphasis before / round the CNY (clearing clutter, preparing home and environment for the New, inviting good energies) means literally Wind & Water – relating to natural flow of energy… also very much apropos to the Zodiac cusp from AQ (Air sign) to PI (water sign) where the New Moon will be.

 

How’s it been going, with the ‘Superstar’ Total Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31?
In our purrrsonal LEO journey, and in the AQ / PI group / collective consciousness, we’re experiencing all these dynamics.

Loving awareness leads to Freedom, or rather: IS Freedom!
LOVE is the Medicine that helps us in the ‘storm’ – is both grounding, and raises the vibration from which we experience the ‘events’! 

Let’s see what’s UP now, what’s ready to be released and re-set, on the AQ side of things, with this South Node Eclipse!

Nothing eclipsed here, but beautiful polar New Moon ‘boat’ (photographer unknown)

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

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


The Partial Solar Eclipse end of AQ on Feb 15 has a more ‘humble’ appearance, in comparison to the dramatic Total Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31 – yet nevertheless important effects…

The Path of the Chinese New Year Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15 will go over South America and Antarctica.
Letting go of harmful impacts of humanity on the climate and polar ice – we’re all in this together, says the AQ – PI Synergy?
And a fresh start with innovative collaboration in coherence (also AQ – PI)?

 

Firstly, here’a some basic Eclipse info for starters – skip it if you’re well aware (or don’t care 🙂 about the ‘mechanics’ of it):

URANUS Rules AQUARIUS
Painting by Johfra Bosschart

Eclipse ‘Mechanics’ 101

  • Eclipses occur when a NEW MOON or a FULL MOON are close to the Nodal Axis, which is presently (April 2017 – Nov 2018) in AQ – LEO.
  • Eclipses come twice a year, in pairs of New Moon / Solar and Full Moon / Lunar (sometimes even as a triad, as in: July 12, 2018 Partial Solar, July 27, 2017 Total Lunar, and Aug 11, 2018 Partial Solar Eclipse), when it’s the month of the North Node (this year LEO – and back into CAN), and the month of the South Node (this year AQ).
    On that note, Eclipses, just like the Nodes, go backwards in the Zodiac (presently in LEO North Node / AQ South Node, from Nov 2018 on in  CAN North Node – CAP South Node).
  • The closer to the Nodes a New Moon or Full Moon is the more likely a TOTAL Eclipse:
    The Full Moon on Jan 31 was at 11°37′ LEO, and the North Node at 15°16′ LEO – very close, and a Total Lunar Eclipse!
  • The SUN of the NEW MOON on Feb 15 will be at 27°07′ AQ, and the South Node at 14°27′ AQ – not close enough for a Total Solar Eclipse, but for a PARTIAL SE.
  • Eclipses are either connected with the South Node (SN) = emphasis on release, or with the North Node (NN) of the MOON = emphasis on new beginnings.
    This is esp. important for Solar Eclipses (exact New Moons)!

    The Total Lunar Eclipse in LEO on Jan 31 catalyzed the North Node in LEO.
    The PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE in AQ on Feb 15 catalyzes the South Node in AQ (release).

 

Eclipse Effects

  • The effect of the Eclipses extends beyond ‘just’ a lunar monthly phase, rather 2 – 3 months, and it’s a chain from Eclipse ‘season’ (last one in August 2017) to Eclipse ‘season’ (Jan / Feb 2018, and July / Aug 2018).
  • Eclipses are a RE-set, like rebooting your computer, after a temporary turning off of the energy.
    In other words, a RE-generation of YIN-Feminine (LUNAR ECLIPSE), and of the YANG-Masculine (SOLAR ECLIPSE) energies, after a ‘darkening’.
    The Total Lunar Eclipse / Blood Moon in LEO had brought a RE-generation of the (inner / outer) YIN-Feminine in all of us, in her passionate LEO Strength – roarrrr!

    The PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on the AQ – PI cusp is a re-set of the (inner / outer) YANG-Masculine in all of us, in his cool and detached com-passion for / IN humanity: We’re all in this together – You are another Me: Ubuntu
     (check out this beautiful description Ubuntu!). 
  • What are the qualities that need to be released, to free up energy for this synergistic co-creation in Unity?
    Perhaps adherence to a certain group or collective consciousness that doesn’t serve us and the purpose (anymore)?  Time to ‘Feng Shui’ it…
    Too much media brain wash (also AQ – PI, yet low vibrational)?
    Perhaps being blasé, and checking out, rather than tuning in with your Love?
    Perhaps having given up on a future for humanity, and numbing oneself…?
    Can we let these understandable responses to ‘the state of the world’ let go of???
  • Eclipses are at the same position in the Zodiac every 18-19 years – a karmic ‘string’:
    On Feb 5, 2000 was a SN Solar Eclipse in AQ.
    For the Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15 you might want to review where you were at in early 2000, and what was the ending / release of an engagement in a community / system, while you were following your own heart, esp. if you have your SUN, MOON, Planets, or even Nodes in LEO – AQ.
    In any case, where late AQ is in your chart, house wise, an ending / release of a longer cycle that leads to a opening new doors is in the making.

 

PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on the AQ-PI Cusp, square JUPITER in SCO:
Light of Consciousness to Deeper Issues Brings Freedom.

 

It’s a partial ECLIPSE of the SUN, by the MOON Shadow.

The Lunar emotional, habitual side provokes and evokes a ‘RE-SET’ of Conscious Solar AQ themes like:

  • Let go of indifference.
  • Look at the situation with detached compassion.
  • Come together in Groups of Like-Spirited Humans, and as Humanity!
  • Co-Create in Synergy – no one is an island (not even a perfectly self sufficient, media dependent one…).


The late AQ NEW MOON / SOLAR ECLIPSE comes with MERCURY (see chart below) – very well positioned in late AQ (the sign MERCURY is exalted in, plus late AQ has a GEM undertone, ruled by MERCURY). Systemic and innovative forward-thinking is strong here. 
The Solar Eclipse in AQ has also a sextile to (the AQ ruler) URANUS (exact Feb 13 / 15), confirming fresh new thinking and breakthroughs – after the ecliptic release of an old system – are very attractive and supported now.

And there’s a deeper dimension to this:
The SOLAR ECLIPSE with MERCURY squares JUPITER in SCO (exact Feb 10 / 13 / 15).


Time to reveal the NEW MOON / Solar ECLIPSE Chart – even though SCO likes to keep things hidden
(not so much anymore though, with JUPITER!) 🙂

 

JUPITER in SCORPIO since 10/10/17 has brought abundant hidden, covered agenda to our awareness – to transform deep ‘sediment’ from the bottom-up, esp. in Scorpionic affairs of behind-the-scenes agenda, sex, power, manipulation, abuse, shame… Deep transformation brings out true intrinsic power.
Change for the better gets a big boost this year. Yet, we must go into the dark for this.

The AQ Ecliptic NEW MOON / MERCURY in square to JUPITER is another catalyst for this.
What’s going on in group / systems (UN)consciousness / vibe / agenda?
In elites, government, and in any group situation, actually. What is it that doesn’t sit well, and needs to be talked about? An opportunity, even though it might appear like a conflict.

How can we bring more light and consciousness to the deeper issues?
Excellent times to talk with trusted friends, with a detached, investigative, almost scientific approach.
RE-sets can happen from there, either a change IN the group dynamics, or a a transformation out of them.
The Truth (JUPITER in SCO) shall set you free (AQ)!
Freedom beckons in either case, Freedom from…, Freedom for…, or ‘simply’ Freedom that has no opposite
(as J. Krishnamurti calls it – as long as there’s an opposite that’s not freedom!).

 

PLUTO in CAP, the ruling agent of SCORPIO, and in wide sextile with JUPITER is always checking in with us, like an evolution coach:
What’s the best way of using, applying, and positioning your time, energy, and the core of who YOU are, into Community and Humanity?

 

Freedom Blessings for this Ecliptic Time – and Always!

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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VENUS, the SUN, and MERCURY in AQ in Square with JUPITER in SCO and in Sextile with URANUS in ARIES (Feb 3/6, and 10/13/15): Liberation of Hidden Agenda in Group Consciousness.

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Dramatic Lightning through the Clouds (Photographer unknown)

 

Early / mid Feb, we’ll see quite an interesting pattern:

First VENUS (Feb 3 / 6), then the SUN (Feb 10 / 13), finally MERCURY (Feb 13 / 15) in AQ will square JUPITER in SCO, and then go into sextile with URANUS (the ruler of AQ) now in ARIES!

This ‘smells’ like a political / societal scenario where (more?!) big (JUPITER) hidden agenda (SCO) can come to the light, likely revealed through revolutionary / liberating group consciousness (similar energy as in ‘Me too’, whistleblowers, etc.). 
The effect can be quite mind blowing, and ultimately liberating for groups and humanity altogether – yet again, as always with SCO where JUPITER ‘sits’ this year, the deep dark stuff needs to be processed, to provoke and support ‘Change for the Better’.

Of course, these alignments are also relevant for us personally and interpersonally in relationships:
Maybe some ‘storms’ need to bring things to the surface that are usually hidden, covered, and repressed, which clears the air, and frees us to be authentic.

Interesting that the last phase of these alignments ends with the Partial Solar Eclipse end of AQ, which is also on Feb 15.
This New Moon is an AQ Release Eclipse – inviting us to let go of Systemic / Group Consciousness that doesn’t serve anymore, and to go forward into co-creating the future. Maybe you’re already sensing it.

And to fully round it up, MERCURY in AQ (exalted there, remember? ‘Mind’ can function really well in AQ, be innovative and liberating) will meet the SUN in AQ, on Feb 17.

At this ‘Superior Conjunction’ exactly in-between two MERCURY retro phases, plus in the ‘best’ Zodiac energy for MERCURY it’s an excellent time for communication and co-invention.
A threshold, from the old system, to a new and innovative, synergistic co-creation!
What, and Whom are are you co-creating with???

MARS now in SAG surely helps with bringing the Truth out!

 

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2018

 

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JUPITER into SCORPIO (Oct 10, 2017 – Nov 9, 2018) :: Deep Dive into the Alchemy

9 Oct

Mighty JUPITER has come to the end of its 13-month journey through LIBRA (09/09, 2016 – 10/10, 2017), and moves over theTipping Point’ into SCORPIO tomorrow, Oct 10!

Harvesting the LIBRAN gifts that JUPITER has brought with questions like these can be quite fruitful:

  • What have you seen more clearly about relationships with significant others and yourself IN relatedness, over the last year? 
  • What did you attract in others as a reflection of yourself (missing parts, blind spots, shadow projection)?
  • Which important choices came up for you, and how did you go about choosing wisely?
  • How do you go about restoring inner and outer peace and balance, in a world of turmoil (JUPITER in LI has been opposed by URANUS in ARIES 3 times, in Dec 2016, March and Sept 2017)?

The area of life related to LIBRA in your chart (House, Planets) has been ‘blown up’ over the last year, so that there can be more SPACE around it that allows for (mutual) growth.

 

 

On the LIBRA – SCORPIO ‘Tipping Point’,

Choices (or a Choiceless Choice?) lead to Change!
Choosing from Peace.
Deep Journey into Change.

The cusp from LIBRA to SCORPIO is not ‘just’ a Tipping Point.

 
It’s also an ‘ALCHEMY Point’, and a Magical Zone.

New Life Unfurling in the Fall – Photo by Melanie, Oct 2017

SO much MAGIC is showing up these days – if we invite it, and are open and grateful (JUPITERian qualities)!

I’ve been blessed with a whole domino effect of Magic at and since a personal retreat this Thanksgiving weekend, where a recurring theme has been ‘Free Fall into the Timeless’ 
Inquiries like:
Freedom that has no opposite.
Love that has no opposite.
…have been gifts that open tremendous SPACE – very JUPITERian…

And then, intimate encounters (LIBRA – SCORPIO) with Nature Beings (Plants, Trees, Animals, the Elements) have shown me the Timelessness yet natural Timeliness they’re always in.
What they teach me in that moment is just perfectly what resonates and what I need to hear. What looks like ‘synchronicities’ seems more the result of naturally being ‘at the right time at the right place’ without resisting, without ulterior agenda.

The Wisdom of Nature, and the Intimacy with Life as it Unfolds….

It can’t be actually described and talked about (as airy LIBRA would like to – which would also lead to Libran comparisons…) since it’s a very visceral sense of what happens – the SCORPIO realm.

Have you tapped into the ‘Magic Zone’ and the Alchemy too, these days?

On the ‘Alchemy Point’ encounters happen, and  ‘ingredients’ are ‘married’, to co-create something bigger than the sum of them.
If the ‘match’ is magical powerful change is afoot!
JUPITER into SCORPIO shows us opportunities to go into magical and alchemical change – if we trust the Unknown…
 

Alchemy Retort. Medieval painting,. Origin unknown.

…and dig deeply into our taboo, repressed, or emotionally (apparently) controlled experiences, are offered now (galore!) to alchemically / psychologically / spiritually, or even ‘just’ instinctively process them.

Which can reveal hidden treasures and powerful resources that we might have buried from the world and ourselves.
We don’t know yet what’s ‘behind the veil’ and underneath the cover. That’s the whole point.
Who knows what comes from that?!
 

A lot (JUPITER) is due for transformation now.
In Society and the World at large, and in our personal inner worlds.
My sense is, A LOT of hidden agenda will be revealed in the World which inevitably leads to change.

JUPITER in LIBRA has brought the themes of relatedness, fairness, equality, balance, and peace so strongly to our awareness…
Not that it’s ‘all good’ in that realm as ‘benefic JUPITER’ has visited that realm (as the old-world polarized / simplistic Astrology would have suggested) – in fact it can have the opposite effect.

If there’s a ‘formula’ for a JUPITER Transit, it’s more like:
The theme gets bigger, so that we can fully SEE what’s going on there (a magnifying glass effect), to create space around it,  and use the opportunities to outgrow the old.

People and other ‘partners’ (even shadow projections) have come into our lives who show us a mirror (LIBRA) of what’s due for transformation (SCO).

Now, JUPITER in SCO helps us with processing what’s ‘in the dark’ – maybe because the theme is everywhere, lots of others are ‘coming out’ with taboos and under cover issues, and massive processing is going on.

Having found good partners (LIBRA), and being in good relations with others who also go into depth and darkness (SCO) can help. Whether they are physically present, or whether there’s lots of space between you – even all around the globe (JUPITER).
Yet, it’s of course an ‘inside job’ for everyone – with the inner JUPITERian Mentor on your side. No other person can do it ‘for you’.
It’s your inner access to nature-ALL Power (SCO). 

Power of Love?
Power of Freedom?
Finding a motto that speaks deeply to you and guides you on the Journey can help.

 

SCORPIO, PLUTO, and the Shadow

SCO is ruled by PLUTO which is more outwardly ‘active’ again as it’s going direct / forward from Earth perspective, since Sept 28, calling us to follow the Power of the ‘Body Wisdom’ (Sabian Symbol for the PLUTO Turning Point degree at 17 CAP) for empowered change.

The ‘original’ PLUTO in our chart points to our inner Power Centre in the Core of our Being, or rather:
How historic / societal conditioning has repressed and controlled our Power, and what needs to transform in us to step into it.


Similar to Persephone’s decent into the realm of PLUTO / Hades in Fall where an Initiation happens before ‘she’ and Nature come back in Spring, we might need to ‘dive’ into our inner ‘Underworld’ in the next while, for a deep regeneration and re-empowerment from within.

Perhaps to alchemically transform the ‘lead’ of ego consciousness into the ‘Gold’ of the pure Self.
Not by ‘killing’ the ego (which still comes from a dualistic / separative ego consciousness) but by making it conscious, by exposing the dark and sticky attachments that drain our energy like a vampire to the light.

Jekyll / Hyde

How do we recognize the ego’s ways?
In SCO, it ‘should be’ actually quite easy because it can get so intense when it displays low vibrational responses of…
…obsessions, compulsions, and various needs for control, as if there were inner demons that have a hold on you, or ‘hungry ghosts’ (a Buddhist term for desires that can never be satisfied – the belly is always bigger than the mouth).
And since these things are embarrassing, there’s a shame factor involved as well that keeps things under wraps – which can create a vicious circle.

The energy is often released through behavioral symptoms like being secretive, involving ‘allies’ into one’s ’cause’ and controlling them, being cynical, hurtful (knowing where to ‘bite’ others in their vulnerable side) in order to not get hurt, being manipulative…
Sometimes behind all this is a deep fear of death – the ultimate loss of control.
In SCO strong and deep emotions (SCO is a fixed Water sign) can be hermetically sealed in the Alchemy retort.

JUPITER in SCO brings Awareness to all this, has us face our hidden sides, inner darkness and inner light, and (RE)discover our Soul Power that’s the catalyst for change.

Awareness, witnessing, and holding space (JUPITER) is often ‘all’ it takes to let things run their course and to outgrow them gradually.
After all, the pristine Lotus Flower too, is rooted in the murky Scorpionic swamp.

 

Here is the JUPITER-into SCORPIO chart – viewed from Victoria BC.

 

As you see, JUPITER leads into SCO.
It catalyzes the other planetary Archetypes and their alignments into the Alchemy:

SUN / MERCURY – rather than letting the Mind run the show, be mindful and conscious of what’s going on;
VENUS / MARS opposing CHIRON, in T-square with SATURN / LILITH – rather than a wounding battle of the sexes that goes nowhere, except into old patterns and beliefs, a sacred union that heals and points to the ultimate unknowable…

MERCURY (on Oct 17), the SUN (on Oct 22), VENUS (on Nov 1), and MARS (on Dec 9) will follow into SCORPIO.
When these personal planets / planetary Archetypes unite with JUPITER their qualities get enhanced through a deepening:

MERCURY / JUPITER (Oct 19): More depth through communication that goes under the skin.
SUN / JUPITER (Oct 26 – also the day of MOON / PLUTO!): Massive Consciousness about the Change that’s needed and is under way.
VENUS / JUPITER (Nov 13): Magnetized by the Power of Love.
MARS / JUPITER (Jan 7): Radical Purge and Transformation.

Every month, the intense and powerful SCORPIO MOON will unite with JUPITER which can evoke deep, amplified emotions – quite the time for purging and alchemical change from within – maybe after a few rounds. Be gentle with yourself and your environment, as you get ‘a hang of it’. And have a MOON calendar at hand..
First encounters of JUPITER / MOON in SCO:
Oct 19 (right after the late LI New Moon!), Nov 16, Dec 14.

 

JUPITER’s Gifts for SCORPIOS & SCORPIO Mini Generations


JUPITER in SCO offers this year extraordinary opportunities for a deepening and expansion of consciousness for whole groups of ‘SCO Mini Generations’, and of course for everyone with SUN, MOON, AC, and personal Planets (MERCURY, VENUS, MARS) in SCO.


Whichever Planetary Archetype is in SCO for you gets enhanced – with the opportunity to be alchemically transformed into coming even more from Soul Power – which changes everything.

What are the ‘SCORPIO Mini Generations’?
All of us born with slow moving, societal (JUPITER, CHIRON, SATURN) and transpersonal, evolutionary Planets (URANUS, NEPTUNE, PLUTO) in SCORPIO.

And that’s a LOT of us!
B.t.w., I give the whole time spectrum from first entry into SCO until final exit, incl. brief intervals back in LIBRA or forward in SAG. In doubt get in touch with me, and I can let you know from your birth chart, or set up your chart if you don’t have it yet.

Here are the ‘Mini Generations’, with ‘working titles’.
Expanding on their generational themes would be a topic for another, extensive blog post – perhaps during JUPITER in SCO?

PLUTO in SCO – The Magicians
Nov 1983 – Nov 1995

NEPTUNE in SCO – The Mystics
Oct 1956 – Nov 1970

URANUS in SCO – The Liberators
Nov 1974 – Nov 1981

CHIRON in SCO – The Shamans
Nov 1946 – Nov 1948
Jan 1997 – Sept 1999

SATURN in SCO – The Masters of Transformation
Oct 1953 – Oct 1956
Dec 1982 – Nov 1985
Oct 2012 – Sept 2015

North Node in SCO – New Values through Deep Change
Oct 1956 – May 1958
June 1975 – Dec 1976
Jan 1994 – Aug 1995
Sept 2012 – March 2014

JUPITER in SCO – Deep Dive into the Alchemy
Oct 1934 – Nov 1935
Sept 1946 – Oct 1947
Jan 1958 – Oct 1959
Dec 1969 – Feb 1972
Dec 1981 – Dec 1982
Nov 1993 – Dec 1994
Nov 2005 – Nov 2006

 

These phases of Planets moving through SCORPIO had a certain signature / Zeitgeist.
Maybe you remember some of them, how they changed you, through going through a deep psychological process, esp. related to the area in your life related to the SCORPIO House in your chart. 

 

Now, as JUPITER initiates SCORPIO again, we’re all exposed to more depth, to SEE and be fully aware of what’s been hidden (incl. what we were hiding from ourselves), to process and purge deep stuff and ‘dark matter’, and allow it to transform into pure ‘Gold’.

May we come out deeply changed, perhaps like a Phoenix out of the Ashes, having burnt off and outgrown old consciousness, when JUPITER crosses the ‘Phoenix Point’ on Nov 9, 2018!

 

You’re invited to a private JUPITER in SCORPIO Deep Dive Session, during the first month of JUPITER in SCORPIO (10 / 10 – 11 / 11, 2017), where we intentionally, and with the astrological map & compass, plus the synchronistic support of Voyager Tarot & Animal Spirit cards, go into, and focus on:
  • What’s being cleared away now, from your ‘inner basement / closet’?
  • 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 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’.

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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* Summer SoUlstice 2017, on June 20: Height of the Light, Sacred Stand-Still, and Turning Point – feat. SUN / MERCURY: Speaking from Spirit.

20 Jun

Happy SUMMER SOLSTICE – Height of the Light!

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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, LITHA / SUMMER SOLSTICE, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.

We are celebrating the longest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere – one of the four sacred turning points of the year – Summer and Winter Solstice, and Spring and Fall Equinox.

Summer Solstice is in Pagan Tradition called LITHA.  Researching its origin I found this article, with a plethora of ‘Midsummer’ (as it’s called, even though Summer only begins now) traditions in Europe and North America.

Solstice means literally ‘Standstill of the Sun’.

Apparently, from the perspective of the Northern Hemisphere, the SUN has reached its maximum range of the Ecliptic, and is now overhead the Tropic of CANCER, ‘producing’ the longest day time hours, before ‘receding’.

And if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, the ‘arch’ of the SUN is the smallest and lowest now, reaching Winter Solstice. (Your Summer Solstice is when, through the Earth tilt, the Sun is overhead the Tropic of Capricorn – longest days for you guys and gals, of course).

Happy WINTER SOLSTICE, dear reader in the Southern Hemisphere, esp. Australia and South Africa!

Back to our ‘Northern turf’:
As you can see here we are actually 2 full weeks in Solstice mode:16 hrs and 06 – 07 min of day time, this whole WEEK in the Northern Hemisphere (with the example of Victoria BC), culminating today June 20, with 16 hrs and 06 min. and 42 sec., the absolute maximum of the year.
June 20 is 7 hours and 48 minutes longer than the Winter Solstice (Dec 21)! And next week, the day time will recede very slowwwly.

 

* Happy CANCER Season:
Nurturing What We Care About.

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Johfra Bosschart: The Moon Rules Cancer

 

As the SUN crosses the Summer Solstice Point we’re in the CANCER Season of the year (this year until July 23 – which is also the day of the LEO New Moon).
The first WATER sign of the Zodiac introduces the world of Feeling, Caring, Nurturing, and Belonging – ahhh!
The energy related to the Mother theme (the MOON is ‘at home’ and most natural in CANCER) brings out our early, primal memories, our need to be safe and cared for, our instincts to protect life, and nurture what and whom we care about, our ‘loved ones’ (2-legged or 4-legged), maybe extending to all beings and life forms.

I’d say this year the CANCER energy really starts with the New Moon, just 3 days into Cancer, on Fri June 23, and SUN, MOON, MERCURY, and MARS will all be in CANCER then!
Stay tuned for the CANCER New Moon Astro~News blog – to be posted here in the next few days!
In the meantime, check out all these CANCER associations in the symbolic painting by Johfra Bosschart here.

 

* SUN and MERCURY united on the Solstice Point:
Speaking from Spirit

This year, MERCURY meets the SUN on Solstice – very rare! Their exact ‘date’ is tomorrow, June 21 at 7:14 am PDT. MERCURY passes the SUN, after this ‘Superior Conjunction’.
A cosmic concentration within 10 hrs, where both SUN and MERCURY shift into CANCER, and unite there:

  • The SUN enters CANCER – exact Solstice Point – today June 20, at 9:24 pm PDT.
  • MERCURY enters CANCER tomorrow June 21 at 2:57 am PDT (‘at home’ there until July 5)
  • MERCURY meets and passes the SUN tomorrow June 21 at 7:14 am PDT, at 0° CAN.

How can the Mind (MERCURY) be united with Spirit and Consciousness (the SUN)?
How can we speak, write, communicate from a conscious place, and let Spirit come through us?

As MERCURY receives such a solar boost that can make the mind quite brilliant, full of energy, and guided by Spirit.
But the mind is a trickster too, and can easily ‘hijack the show’. Also a good occasion to re-mind ourselves how much in our ‘information age’ the mind is dominating, and… overrated.
MERCURY wants to ‘lead the show’ (i.o.w., travels ahead of the SUN) after the union (and will do so until the next MERCURY retro, Aug 12 until Sept 5 – which is always a regulating and adjustment phase to ‘lasso MERCURY back in’), and even unites with MARS, on June 28, and opposes PLUTO in CAP on June 29. Take this is a golden opportunity to watch how the ego-mind wants to be in charge, and to use the energy as a creativity fuel instead.

 

* MERCURY in CANCER (June 21 – July 5):
The Inner Landscape of the Mind.

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Crab Perspective… and Family Time…

MERCURY in CAN is better at playful, creative imagination anyway, after the intellectual, information driven MERCURY in GEM we’ve moved through in the last weeks.
MERCURY in CAN (until July 5) brings out memories and reflections, and is rather inward-backward oriented.
This mercurial energy can be also well channeled into peaking from a caring, nurturing, gentle place, with and on behalf of the family, tribe, children, the human family, and the family of all sentient Beings
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The shadow / pitfall is an emotional ‘overlay’ of information processing, and lack of objectivity – information is filtered through feelings which can be a moody, and also regressive situation: “Today, I feel like, now I don’t feel like….”, “Today it seems like this, who knows how I read / hear it tomorrow”.

MERCURY is this time in CANCER for 2 weeks only (since furthest away from MERCURY retro the ‘messenger’ moves the fastest now) – a relatively short window to look into the inner landscape, and ask: How does this and that information make me FEEL? Where do these feelings originate?
Dreams are very enhanced now too, and can be brought to consciousness (I’m definitely noticing that lately).
Which reminds me of one of Carl G. Jung’s famous works Memories, Dreams, and Reflections: “I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings.” – very apropos MERCURY in CAN.
The Swiss psychologist C.G. * July 26, 1875, was born under a LEO SUN / URANUS (ruler of his AQ Rising – a brilliant man indeed!), and VENUS / MERCURY in CAN.

 

Quite the MERCURY activated two weeks to come:

MERCURY triggers almost all planetary Archetypes, and their patterns with one another. Chronologically in this sequence: SUN, JUPITER, NEPTUNE, MARS, PLUTO, SATURN, URANUS, and CHIRON.
I.o.w., the whole Zeitgeist can be seen, through the lens of the mind, reflected in our emotional field, and communicated back ‘out’ again.
Since it all happens in a such concentrated time window, the themes below are almost all activated at once, and you might feel yourself be expressing all of it simultaneously:

  • June 21 (tomorrow)
    MERCURY enters CAN, and immediately unites with the SUN:
    Speaking from Spirit. Conscious Communication. 
  • June 27
    MERCURY squares JUPITER stationary in LI, and trines NEPTUNE retro / stat in PI: Making wise choices – what resonates and reflects ease and grace?
    Also: Speaking on behalf of the tribe, justice, fairness, balance, and spreading the word, ‘to whom it may concern’ / ‘to those who care’. 
  • June 28
    MERCURY in mid CAN conj. MARS in CAN:
    Watch angry thoughts and the sharp tongue, and don’t let it get the better of you. Tomorrow you might already feel and think differently about it all. The energy is well channeled into passionately advocating FOR something, and bravely tracing the origin of your feelings and thoughts.
  • June 29
    MERCURY in mid CAN opposes PLUTO retro in CAP:
    Speaking on behalf of our human family, in the face of where the world seems to go: How can this lifestyle be sustainable, for the next Seven (or less?) Generations to come? After all, we’re all in this together (says also CHIRON in late PI, to go retro on July 1)!
    Also, a good time to reconnect and communicate with Family and Ancestors (on all levels).
  • July 2
    MERCURY in late CAN quincunx SATURN in late SAG:
    (also CHIRON goes retro on July 1, and MARS opposes PLUTO on July 2)
    Speaking from a heart- and soulful place, not confrontational but from a deep place of truth that pierces right through right- or wrong-doing.
  • July 4
    MERCURY in late CAN square (its ‘higher octave’ planet) URANUS stat. in late AR:
    A call for revolution? Wild and crazy news? I’d opt for: Mental / communication breakthroughs and liberation. And freedom from the fabrications of the mind.
  • July 5
    MERCURY at the end of CAN trines CHIRON stat. at the end of PI:
    What would the inner Medicine Buddha say to all of this?
    And, with MERCURY on the CAN / LEO ‘Creativity Point’ – MERCURY enters LEO: Time to channel the impressions into creative expression.

 

* STANDSTILL & SPIRALING Vibes

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Chartres Labyrinth

This Summer Solstice is a Turnaround Time, in many ways.

Yes, the SUN and MERCURY move (this year together) into CANCER which turns the vital and mental energy into the feeling zone – questions of origin, home, and belonging, how we nurture and what nurtures the soul, are on – as families and tribes gather.

Some of our Planetary SoUlar System ‘Family Members’ (getting used to CANCER language… 🙂 ) reflect the ‘standstill’ / turnaround energy this month too:

JUPITER just went direct on June 9, and is still stationary (moving super slowly) all June.
URANUS is slowing down to go retro on Aug 2, and will be stationary July / Aug.
CHIRON is slowing down too, to go retro on July 1, and is now stationary (June / July).
NEPTUNE went retro on June 16, and is still stationary until mid-July.
Plus, MARS is in CANCER ‘crab walk mode’ (until July 20), adding to the Spiraling Effect.
Well, with MARS in CANCER, a lot of old emotions, esp. anger, are stirred into action!

In other words, these planets have just recently, or are in the process of changing direction from direct (forward from Earth perspective) to retro (CHIRON, URANUS, and NEPTUNE), or from retro to direct (JUPITER).

All these stationary / retro planets end of June / in July are focal points, and their archetypal energy naturally spirals inward / backward – soulward.

CHIRON, URANUS, and NEPTUNE bring us with their archetypal experiences, of healing / medicine journey, liberation, and transcendence, to more inward,  and also to ‘revisit’ places we’ve been before in those experiences, to release the past.

SATURN, now retro, and in Aug / Sept stationary in late SAG – the Galactic Centre (will go direct on Aug 25) calls us to go into deep inner Heart Truth.

We are called go backwards / inwards, for REsolve and RElease, esp. when it comes to old low and unconscious vibrations of…

CHIRON in PI: Old shame, vulnerability, and wounds that turn into our ‘shamanic scars’.

URANUS in AR: Old RE-actionary, hectic, survival stress.

NEPTUNE in PI: Old overwhelm, confusion, delusions, addictions, ways of ‘checking out’ and giving up.

SATURN: Old REpetitive patterns, karma, and blocks and obstacles, through being stuck in judgment, limiting beliefs, old stories, pain – all ‘excess luggage’ that prevents us from moving forward with trust and from the heart.

…and find through the release from the ‘inside’ more conscious vibrations of:

CHIRON in PI : The ‘wound’ carries the Medicine. Unity heals.

URANUS in ARLiberation into the vibrant NOW Presence.

NEPTUNE in PIDropping into Unity Consciousness, in the Unified Field.

SATURN in SAG: Life is a Pilgrimage – Spirit Guides us. 

 

And then there’s MARS – PLUTO… between Canada Day and Independence Day.

The transpersonal, collective energy of PLUTO in Saturn’s domain of CAP is transforming us, as we go through the ‘birth canal of consciousness’, in this World in Change. The more we ARE in integrity with the Change we wish to SEE (even in ‘small’ ways – the vibration matters) the more we sense the energy that carries and renews us!

MARS now in CANCER, on the opposite side of PLUTO, its ‘higher octave’ (MARS is about personal will and assertion, and PLUTO about higher power). MARS will go into exact opposition to PLUTO on July 2 – once every 2 years – which can trigger change and realignment, on personal levels, esp. when it comes to ‘what we want’ – ‘what matters most’, and, as with any opposition, to ‘marry’ the two.
MARS – PLUTO, exact on July 2, will be also a ‘signature’ for Canada Day (and there’s already a lot of controversy around Canada 150, and sensitivity around “Celebrating Colonialism???”), and of U.S. Independence Day (well, lots of heated debates down the border which could come to a head on another level).

 

Would you like to tune into the astrological transits of the Summer, in your own chart and life?
Come join our SUMMER TRANSIT PARLOUR, next Mon June 26 (afternoon and evening group)! The evening group has an online option too! Here’s the FB Event.

 

Here is the SUMMER SO(U)LSTICE ‘Birth Chart’:


Turns out, my program only showed 0°00′ CANCER at 9:27 pm PDT, even though the calendar says 9:24 pm PDT.

In any case, the Summer Solstice minute is just after Sunset
see: SUN and MERCURY just below the Western horizon.

 

Summer Solstice 2017

You can see the stationary planets (marked with ‘ST’) in the chart, as well as the retro planets (‘R’), as well as the SUN / MERCURY alignment.

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SAG Body – Does She Have LILITH in SAG?

Plus, MARS in CAN on its way to square JUPITER stat in mid LI, trine NEPTUNE stat / retro in mid PI, and quincunx LILITH in mid SAG (June 24 – 27), activating LILITH square NEPTUNE on June 21:
A lot is stirred up, in our primal, tribal, emotional ‘field’, indeed.
Let’s aim for creative, imaginative, unifying (NEPTUNE in PI), authentic, fun and inspired (SAG LILITH) activities (MARS) – like kids playing – while choosing our play mates well – a practice for choosing wisely in general.

Hey, maybe MARS in CAN involves turning your home upside down, finding treasures, recycling what doesn’t generate joy anymore, and creating new aesthetics (LI) and space (SAG). MARS in CAN is perfect for home action.

LILITH in SAG square NEPTUNE in PI: Follow the Call of the Wild and Authentic YOU (and don’t get deluded by weird stories or voices).

Where MARS in CANCER shows up now in YOUR chart get authentically active – assert yourself, but watch your ego in the choices you make…

 

Would you like to tune into the astrological transits of the Summer, in your own chart and life?
Come join our SUMMER TRANSIT PARLOUR, next Mon June 26 (afternoon and evening group)! The evening group has an online option too! Here’s the FB Event.

 

Wishing us all a Happy SUMMER – Count-Down’s ON!

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MERCURY into GEMINI (June 6 – 21): Life is Learning!

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Another planet shift today 06 / 06, under the double-Alchemy of GEMINI and the SCORPIO MOON:
MERCURY, entered today its natural Zodiac energy – of GEMINI, and our mental energy can be more swift and versatile, open to learn – from anything.

Re-enter conversations that might have gotten stagnant under MERCURY in TAURUS, and make new contacts (like, by: simply ASKing people something).  Be the Student of Life. A good time to start a new learning project, esp. languages. And keep track (or not) of all the ideas that pop in now.

 

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Hermes / Mercury , with winged helmet, sandals, and Caduceus / serpent staff of the healer (“Like heals Like”)


In the meantime, with MERCURY ‘Messenger’ in GEMINI our mind is buzzing like a bee and dancing around like a butterfly, mer-curious to sample here and there, learn where we go, and make light-hearted connections,
while in square with NEPTUNE in PISCES and trine with JUPITER in LIBRA (both alignments are exact June 13).
When MERCURY goes into square with CHIRON in PI and opposition with SATURN in SAG (June 17 / 18) we might want to watch not to get overwhelmed while buying into an atmosphere of FOMO (fear of missing out) – sounds like ‘hungry ghost’ symptom to me. So much goodness, so many beautiful blossoms of Spring… When the Heart is at the right place we’re always where we need to be, and it’s easy to cultivate happiness and fulfillment. 

MERCURY will catch up with the SUN on June 21, right on the Summer Solstice point (1 degree CANCER) – a sweet alliance that calls us to speak from the Heart, from Spirit, and make rapport-building connections.

This is to a joyful, de-lightful MERCURY-in-GEMINI mini-season! ❤

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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