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MERCURY in SCO (Oct 9 – 30 + Dec 1 – 12): Taboo Talk, Intimate Conversations, and 6th Sense

8 Oct

Dear Astro~News Reader,

We gotta address taboos.
As JUPITER’s been one year in SCORPIO (since 10/10/2017) now, and coming to its ‘tail end’ from which the Phoenix Rises (JUPITER enters SAG on Nov 8!) we’ve just seen another major upheaval in the U.S. Supreme Court nominations (check out my Astro take on it, in the LIBRA New Moon article), semi-uncovering old behind-locked-doors stories yet officially closing those books of records again to help the establishment have its way (i.m.o.).

Me too Flashback

A reflection on / picking up the ‘Me too’ torch which was ignited at the onset of JUPITER in SCO last Oct as MERCURY entered SCO too.
The ‘Me too’ social media wave was triggered by Alyssa Milano who encouraged women and men: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” 
Hundreds of thousands of us responded.
Which woman never has been sexually harassed or assaulted, verbally or physically??? Sadly and scandalously, it almost ‘comes with the territory’ of inhabiting a female body…



An issue of magnitude (JUPITER) indeed, that’s been revealed now big time. 
Outgrowing what’s been hidden!
May the Truth empower, and bring Healing (JUPITER now in late SCO in trine with CHIRON in late PI) and Freedom – as JUPITER and MERCURY sit on the ‘Phoenix Point’ this Fall!

Me too isn’t completely new – 12 years ago (JUPITER was also in SCO then), Tarana Burke founded the Me too Movement in 2006 to spread awareness and understanding about sexual assault in underprivileged communities of colour. 

May the Me too wave lead to ‘game over ‘ / zero tolerance for sexual harassment, assault, and even violence in Hollywood, Institutions, and in a Society of true Adults! 
I know I’m a ‘bit’ idealistic here but putting the blessing out regardless.

Big kudos, Alyssa Milano, for getting the ball rolling!
A.M. was born on Dec 19, 1972 – here is her chart.
Lilith and Saturn were last year (Oct / Nov, only every 9 / 29 years) transiting her late SAG Sun – on the Integrity Point. She even has PLUTO on her JUPITER / North Node in CAP nowadays /-years – being a catalyst for Eve-olution out of the dysfunctional and abusive patriarchal system.
And  with her MARS in late SCO, VENUS / NEPTUNE / MERCURY in early SAG – all on the ‘Phoenix Point’ on her 12th House cusp, she’s speaking out on behalf  of ‘whom it may concern’, and encourages the Collective to speak out and free up hidden stuff.
We’re all in this together, it’s a societal phenomenon.

Airing what’s been hidden is painful yet important for processing, empowering and transforming.

And now: MERCURY

Tipping Point – Photo by Ted Roberts

So – MERCURY is crossing over the ‘Tipping Point’ from LI to SCO on Oct 9, just after the Oct 8 LI New Moon, and will be in the ‘Down Under’ Zodiac sign for a while:
until Oct 30, and again Dec 1 – 12 (you guessed why – it’ll go retro, Nov 16 – Dec 6). 

Big Time Taboo Talk, as we dive into ‘uncomfortable’, scary, repressed, covered up, ‘under wraps’ and unfathomable topics and scenarios, remembered, experienced, or perhaps vividly pictured.
Yet , MERCURY in SCO also opens up our 6th sense, our interest in the mystery and magical otherwise unseen (imagine what MERCURY retro in SCO might be like!!!).
And it’s much more conducive for deep intimate conversations.

Let’s see which connections MERCURY in SCO makes with other Planetary Players –
In order of appearance:

Oct 10
MERCURY opp. URANUS retro in TAU 
Wild card / liberating shifts in thinking and communications. 
Be intuitive, innovative, expect the unexpected, incl. surprise news.
No rush to ‘run with it’ though.

Oct 12
Considering deeper issues.

Oct 15
MERCURY conj. VENUS retro
How deep is your Love? And what does it come down to?

Oct 19
MERCURY trine NEPTUNE retro in PI, and square MARS / LILITH in AQ
Going deep into the traps of mind, purging and releasing what overwhelms – through being in our true free Nature. 

Oct 22
Looks like the ‘Old Empire’ is on its way to expire.


Oct 23 (until Nov 22)
The SUN enters SCO
Consciously diving into Magic, Mystery, and Transformation.

Oct 26
The SUN and VENUS unite in early SCO
A ‘New VENUS’ – Planting the Seed for a Transformed Inner Feminine.

Oct 29 (also Nov 27 and Dec 22 – in SAG)
MERCURY conj. JUPITER on the ‘Phoenix Point’ and trine CHIRON retro in PI
The Truth heals and sets us / it all free.
And the ‘Veil’ is thinning at this time of year…



More about MERCURY retro in SAG – SCO from Nov 16 – Dec 6 in a blog post closer to MERCURY pre-retro shadow (which starts Oct 29).

For now, let’s dive in, be with Mystery, Magic, and not afraid of the ‘Dark’.


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger





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

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MERCURY in CANCER (June 12 – 28) – Inner Landscape of the Mind. Loving, Nurturing Messages.

11 Jun

Dear Astro~News Blog Reader,
noticing a shift in the mental landscape?

Tomorrow, one day before the New MOON (ruling CANCER) in GEMINI (ruled by MERCURY) – which is on June 13 at 12:43 pm PDT – blog post to come – MERCURY moves into CANCER! Can you see the cosmic elegance in this theme?
I call the GEM – CAN cusp that MERCURY moves over and which links MERCURY and the MOON the ‘MIND / Rapport Point’.
Once I attended a Buddhist talk where I learned for Buddhists the intellectual mind and the emotions are in one continuum of ‘Mind’. Makes perfect sense to me, since thoughts evoke emotions and emotions have their voices, and lead to thoughts… A lot going on in this realm these days, and Astrology reflects this.
I call GEM – CAN also the Rapport Point since to built rapport we need to have a mental and emotional connection, getting each other mentally, and sharing from a loving, nurturing place.
Let’s make a point of being in good rapport with the world – not just, but maybe esp. reminded of – these days.

So here we go: Winged Messenger entering the Cancerian Waters tomorrow!


MERCURY in CANCER (June 12 – 28):
The Inner Landscape of the Mind.


Crab Perspective… and Family Time…

MERCURY’s move into CANCER invites us into playful, creative imagination, after the intellectual, information driven MERCURY in GEM over the last weeks.

MERCURY in CAN (until June 28) brings out memories and reflections, and is rather inward-backward oriented.
This mercurial energy can be also well channeled into communicating from a caring, nurturing, compassionate, gentle place, with and on behalf of the family, tribe, children, the human family, and the family of all sentient Beings

I.o.w.: Talk to your Tribe! And talk to ‘others’ as if they were in your Tribe – because we ultimately are.

The shadow / pitfall of MERCURY in CANCER is an emotional ‘overlay’ of information processing, and lack of objectivity. Information is filtered through feelings which can be a moody (CANCER is ruled by the MOON and ebb – tides like: “Today it seems like this, but who knows how I read / hear it tomorrow, and what it reminds me of”.
CANCER’s got the best memory of them all which is where the mind (MERCURY) can be pulled into now, for better: bring on the stories and throwbacks! or worse: these ghosts from the past have a life of their own, and in hindsight it can me always be nostalgic or…haunting. 

MERCURY is this time in CANCER for 2 weeks only – a relatively short window to look into the inner landscape (YES, a good time to do it!), and ask: 
How does this and that information make me FEEL? Where do these feelings originate?
Dreams can be very enhanced now too (of course even more so closer to the Full Moon on June 27 / 28, MERCURY’s ‘grand finale’ day in CANCER, and can be brought to consciousness (I’m already noticing that lately – you too?).
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.J. * July 26, 1875, was born under a LEO SUN / URANUS (ruler of his AQ Rising – a brilliant man indeed!), and VENUS / MERCURY in CAN.


Forest Pond Magic – Photo by Melanie, June 2018


Quite the MERCURY activated two weeks to come, almost exactly from New Moon (June 13) to Full Moon (June 28):

MERCURY in CAN triggers almost all planetary Archetypes (ha, Jung – the ‘grandfather’ of Archetype awareness in the modern world – would love this), and their patterns with one another.

Chronologically in this sequence:
I.o.w., the whole Zeitgeist and its Archetypes 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 can be activated almost at once, and you might feel yourself be expressing all of them simultaneously / interchangably:


  • June 12
    MERCURY enters CAN:
    Building Rapport. Offering nurturing messages from / for the ‘Inner Landscape’.
    Talk with your Tribe, and create a Tribe atmosphere.


  • June 12 / 13
    One day overlap of MERCURY and VENUS both in CAN (VENUS goes into LEO on June 13), framing the beginning and end of it:
    Creating a space of gentle, caring conversation and connection.


  • June 13 – Day of the GEM New Moon
    MERCURY in CAN in sextile with URANUS in TAU, and in square with CHIRON in AR:

    Follow grounded intuition. Speak in authentic, maybe raw and vulnerable ways that touch the heart.
    A new conversation where ‘opposites’ and ‘dualities’ find common ground or even Alchemy can start from here (New Moon in late GEM).


  • June 14
    The (post-New) young MOON in CAN meets MERCURY, even more showing the start of the theme:
    How would a Caring One communicate? 


  • June 15
    MERCURY opposite SATURN retro in CAP:
    Facing ‘old world’ authorities with cold, rigid, heavy, righteous, separative agendas (incl. the inner one)? Don’t take the blame / don’t take things on that aren’t yours. What matters in the long run, and at ‘the end of the day’? What would the Inner Authority / Inner Elder say? Meditation and perhaps mediation are indicated, speaking with Elders and tuning into traditions is a healthy expression of this ‘polarity’.


  • June 16
    MERCURY quincunx stationary MARS (about to go retro, on June 26) in AQ:
    Watch angry thoughts and the sharp tongue, and don’t let them get the better of you.  No need to let them out on your friends. Tomorrow you might already feel and think differently about it all. The energy is well channeled into passionately co-advocating FOR something, and bravely tracing the origin of your feelings, thoughts, anger, and passion.


  • June 19 / 20
    MERCURY trine JUPITER retro in SCO (June 19) and NEPTUNE stationary in PI (June 20), activating the Grand Water Trine (that we already experienced via VENUS in CAN, on June 1 / 2, and we’ll experience again via the SUN in CAN, on July 5 – 8):
    Sharing our experiences, thoughts, and emotions on deeper levels (like: what’s been triggered from the past) can help with closer intimacy and connection with others and ourselves, reveal what’s been hidden all along, and transformational gifts that lead to more freedom.


  • June 21 – The SUN enters CANCER – Summer Solstice!
    Light on Warmth, Compassion and Kindness


  • June 23
    MERCURY opposite PLUTO retro and LILITH 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? 

    Also, a good time to reconnect and communicate with Family and Ancestors (alive or in other realms, Spirit Ancestors, as well as the Inner Spirit Elder). And to go into dialogue with your Inner ‘Wild’ True Nature that shows you where you’re respected and regenerated.


  • June 28 – Day of the Full Moon in CAP – CAN, and just after MARS going retro (June 26)
    MERCURY enters LEO where it’ll be for a LONG time, until Sept 5, due to, you guessed it: MERCURY retro from July 25 – Aug 18, all in LEO.
    MERCURY will immediately square URANUS in TAU and trine CHIRON in AR, on June 30.
    Almost all of Aug, MERCURY in LEO will square JUPITER in SCO:
    Speaking from a heart- and soulful place, and when ‘conflict’ arises suddenly, come from a deep place of truth that pierces right through attachments to right- or wrong-doing.
    All in the LEO name of Living Life Lovingly!



© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger



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

My Invitation

If you feel the resonance with the themes above,  and you could use support in your journey drop me a line, and we can set up a private Astrology consult session, or initial 20-min orientation talk, to find out what would be the best course of action.
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Astro Nexus after the Buddha Moon – May 11 – 13

10 May
Heads-up, or rather hands-down – we live in powerful times, which means also: change is afoot, wherever we go (or even where we dwell).



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

Finding calm and Buddha Spirit with its Transformer Power within the dark has been the call of the Wesak Full Moon in SCO – TAU (Apr 29).
And the Buddha Moon is rolling its effects and medicine out now like a huge wave – into the TAU New Moon on May 15.
This week we’ve seen reverberations from it as the SUN in TAU moved into opposition with JUPITER retro in SCO (same axis as the Full Moon):
“How can I find peace and calm, in a world / environment / relationship with these buggers and bullies…? – SO Old World UNconsciousness!” Or maybe inner / old ‘sore spots’ and ‘trigger points’ that can sit for a long time in the dark got activated for you…?
Lots of things can throw us off-kilter…
Doing the inner ‘Buddha work’ transforms as it helps finding our ground in the mental / emotional storm, and responding adequately and most powerfully.


Up next in the cosmic nexus, linking back to this theme:
Tomorrow MAY 11
The SUN in TAU in trine with PLUTO (ruler of SCO) retro in CAP.
Plus, VENUS in GEM in quincunx with PLUTO retro in CAP.
Life is ‘patiently’ calling us again to find our Ground in the deep unfathomable and timeless Ground of Being, while we’re embodied in Nature’s multitude of expressions ❤
Another shift tomorrow:
The MOON will emerge from the watery Piscean immersive field into boom-here-I-am ARIES (tomorrow morning 5:40 am PDT – feel the shift from these rather ‘out there – everywhere’ days!), and connect with CHIRON (which carries the medicine of authenticity).
So yeah, this is YOU. The one and only authentic ONE. Show UP!
Later in the eve, the ARIES MOON will bump up against ole no-nonsense SATURN retro in CAP.
I.o.w., old world authority / conditioning (outer / inner, same-same) might judge you or them for this. Only to show you to be later or sooner done with that controller that had its time anyway.
And as the ARIES MOON goes into square with LILITH, PLUTO, and MARS in CAP too, communication can go a bit wild and haywire.
Take it easy on heated discussions and power trips. Take a breath (or walk) before you react, don’t take it personally, take it transpersonally – and don’t take stuff on.
Be free beyond mind attacks (theirs, your inner…).


Yep, and we’ll hear more from MERCURY this weekend too, in its last hurrah days in ARIES, squaring with MARS on Sat May 12, and being catapulted by URANUS into TAU on May 13 early morning.

Sounds dramatic-shocking-controversial-explosive.
Yep, can be, and you prob. already notice it on your mind.
What would be the most liberating, non-reactive, way of being in an authentic mental / verbal expression? Set your mind free!
And use the energy for being inspired by innovative mind-blowing ideas – experiment with implementing them!
The energy wants to land…


just in time for Mother’s Day (5:40 am PDT on May 13), as MERCURY goes into TAURUS (until May 29), and the MOON follows.
Mental / emotional settling after the storm lately and of April, and enjoying our precious birth, in gratitude to our mothers and fore-mothers, and to Mother Earth!


Much Love in and for it ALL!


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger


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

If you feel the resonance with the themes above,  and you could use support in your journey drop me a line, and we can set up a private Astrology consult session, or initial 20-min orientation talk, to find out what would be the best course of action.
Maybe it’s time to fully benefit from a 3- or 5- sessions coaching sequence?
Just email me (licht@islandnet.com) if you’d like to discuss options.

Please find upcoming Astrology workshops and classes, embodied Astrology, as well as offers, plus almost daily updates (more frequently than here on the Blog), incl. videos, on my FB Page:

Astrology for Self Realization.

May is Mother’s Month – check out the offer that’s on now (until May 31):
May ASTRO*Spa for Moms – Starry Gifts 20% off & 2-for-1 Sessions!

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MERCURY Retro (March 22 – Apr 15) in ARIES: Back to the Beginning – Cosmic RE-lief & Toolkit

15 Mar

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 awakening and transformational shifts in society on a big scale, and for lots of us personally too, 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?
No way? Again?!
The inevitable is happening again: 

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Bingo! Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP, just in time for Spring Break and Easter…!
All in ARIES this time (from 17° back to 4°47′ AR), from March 22 – Apr 15).

M-r happens yearly in the same Element (in FIRE since the last M-r phase Dec 2 – 22, 2017 all in SAG), going backward in the Zodiac, i.o.w., this year in FIRE (next ones in LEO July 25 – Aug 18, and SAG / SCO Nov 16 – Dec 6), 2019 in WATER.

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 MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to be tuned-up into a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that??? Wait, wait, I’ll get there).

Have you noticed?
We’re already in the build-up (or rather: slow-down) phase!
Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY has since March 9  been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., technically speaking, crossed the 4° ARIES mark from which it will go direct again on Apr 15).

Next phase:
From today March 15 on, MERCURY goes into
 stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

Next week, on March 22 MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop which goes until April 15. Yep, Spring Break and Easter (Apr 1) are this year M-r affected!
Definitely a good time for RE-treat (but take it easy on busy holiday prep and getting wrapped up in planning ‘loops’!).


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

It sets off Spring and the ARIES month (Equinox is on March 20), and ends with the ARIES New Moon (Apr 15).

But even more so, M-r happens all in ARIES.
UH-AH-Ouch, I hear you ARIES associated people go….
MERCURY is actually quite strong in the first Zodiac sign, and considered its ‘esoteric ruler’, and ARIES rules the head and brain, so that should be ok? Or what?
Hmm, the going ahead type of business might be the issue. Are you being too head strong?

M-r puts the ever so active ARIES mind on the bench to watch the play… RE-flect before you act.
I.o.w., no need to rush into anything… Yet on the other hand, sometimes under M-r unusual opportunities pop up (ARIES style) that wouldn’t otherwise… 


So what’s the deal with THIS M-r in ARIES?

The ARIES (ruled my MARS) motto is: “I am. I act.”
A Self-Assertive Warrior Archetype.

Mars Rules Aries, Painting by Johfra Bosschart

The shadow of ARIES is to be too self-driven, and acting before thinking / consulting / negotiating.
Works when in self-assertive survival mode.

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 adjust the over-thinker / worrier / fence sitter… this one adjusts impulsive words and actions that come from a very primal place in the ego mind that always self defends and re-asserts itself…

B.t.w, with this statement I don’t mean you ARIES SUN readers per se.
In my Astrology practice over almost 2 decades I’ve found that clients don’t necessarily express their SUN sign’s quality, rather their MOON or AC themes. It’s more familiar and habitual to come from those places of conditioning. To express the best SOLAR quality takes consciousness, yet is so fulfilling… i.o.w. it would be good to be pro-active in conscious, enlightened self-interest, for you ARIES SUN friends. And this M-r phase can help you (maybe not initially, but as it processes through.

Ok, back to our M-r in ARIES theme for all of us:
Yes, it does affect whatever you have in ARIES (SUN, MOON, Planets, Nodes, AC / MC), and shows up in the area of life related to the ARIES House in your chart.

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, in an Astro session.


44 min Flash Focus sessions are also available – for only $ 44!
(Not only) to kick off M-r in ARIES (March 22 – Apr 4)


M-r in ARIES: Back to the Beginning

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. 
So, how about brainstorming (not only, but esp. under the M-r ‘storm’): “In the Beginning, my mind was…”?

And M-r in ARIES can bring us on a deeper level to the self-inquiry:
Where does this thought, where does Thought, where does Mind originate?

M-r in ARIES is an excellent time to (RE)discover the authentic and original Mind.

Under this M-r we’ll be RE-minded of Beginnings – where things started, how we were going about things when all was fresh and new and innocent. Maybe there’s a lot to learn from that.


There is 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 March 9, which means it passed for the first time the Zodiac point (4º47’ AR) from which after the retro phase it will go direct again. Certain ‘foreshadowing’ themes of what can come up during the upcoming 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.


MERCURY Retro in the Starters

Today March 15, MERCURY enters its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), a.k.a. ‘U-turn’ mode.
This is a time to also slow down the regular fast and busy mind that likes to multi talk / task and tends to make quick assumptions and acts on them (ARIES).
‘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 rational mind. MERCURY in zigzag mode suggests being in flux and at ease, while swiftly (ARIES) and intelligently changing course when necessary.


The actual retro phase (March 22 – Apr 15) 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, while in fact we have a chance now to see the mental devil / trickster that’s been there all along, camouflaging and going unnoticed, and is often to be found in the detail or fine print, and one number can change the whole outcome. The challenge is to not get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way you thought they ’should’, according to rational, preconceived 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. Well, shouldn’t be so difficult with fast moving ARIES.

Rather than getting wrapped up with linear, habitual, and often self-limiting ways of dealing with information and communication channels and modes, a now necessary and inviting 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 are able to surf Mercurial waves when the wind comes up. MERCURY is a very light, youthful and fresh (esp. in ARIES), fun-loving punster and Coyote / prankster energy that 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 impulsive (ARIES shadow).

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, could it be 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 (ruled by MERCURY and URANUS, its ‘higher octave’).

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 Aug / Sept and in Dec 2017).

What happens quite often under M-r is that we might 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! 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 and might 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.

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 ARIES 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 – until Apr 1) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for a REason (yet unknown, REvealing itself in the journey).

With the ARIES energy of M-r, it’s good to stay in ‘Beginner’s Mind’, 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 surrounded by the Zodiac Belt (Rockefeller Centre NYC). 


At the half-way point of the M-r phase (ironically on Apr 1 – yep!), 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), more conscious, following Spirit and the Heart (SUN).
It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.

URANUS (the Awakener Archetype), these years in ARIES is also in the vicinity of MERCURY retro. Plus, on the DAY of MERCURY going direct again (Apr 15) will be the late AR New Moon with URANUS!

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 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 (Apr 1 – 15) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new consciousness can be creatively carried forward.


MERCURY’s Square Dance with MARS and SATURN

This M-r in ARIES forms as its main aspects a square with MARS (ruling planet of ARIES) then in CAP (where MARS is strongest – think marathon runner or mountaineer) – exact on Apr 4.
And also, 3 times in fact, MERCURY goes into square with SATURN in CAP: Pre-retro was on March 10, again under M-r on Apr 5, and lastly on Apr 25 when MERCURY is out of post-retro ‘storm’, yet by then SATURN will have just (Apr 17) turned retro.

What’s the message of these AR – CAP squares?
Rather than rushing into anything, based on what the Mind tries to convince you of (urgency, do it now!), and banging against walls ‘from the outside’ consider your energy resources (MARS in CAP) and the timeliness of it all (SATURN). It might be a really good time – after having done your RE-search, and come to a calm RE-solve.
But hey, give yourself permission to say NO if needed. 


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.

March 9: Pre-retro ‘shadow’ started. 
March 10: MERCURY in AR in square with SATURN in CAP (# 1).
March 15: Pre-retro ‘storm’ starts.
March 19: MERCURY in AR conj. VENUS.

March 20: Spring Equinox – the SUN enters AR.
March 22: MERCURY goes retro (until Apr 15) at 17 – 5° AR. The MOON will be in MERCURY ruled GEM that day, square NEPTUNE. Take it easy on confusing things, and definitely don’t take things at face value.
Apr 1: MERCURY retro conj. the SUN in AR – Point of Enlightening Insight.
Apr 4: MERCURY retro in AR square MARS in CAP.
Apr 5: MERCURY retro in AR square SATURN stationary in CAP (# 2).

Apr 15 MERCURY goes out of retro at 4°47′ AR, same day as the New Moon in late AR with URANUS.
Apr 17: CHIRON enters AR (first time, until Sept 25), and SATURN in CAP goes retro (until Sept 6)
Apr 24: Post-retro ‘storm’ ends.
Apr 25: MERCURY stationary in AR square SATURN stat. / retro in CAP (# 3). 

May 4: Post-retro ‘shadow’ ends.



Here are my Seasoned & Seasonal

…valid for the whole MERCURY Retro phase, of pre-retro ‘shadow’, ‘storm’ (March 15 – 22), the ‘actual’ retro phase (March 22 – Apr 15), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Apr 24), and post-retro shadow time (until May 4):


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), from mid-March on.


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 (amplified by MERCURY in ARIES, not far from URANUS), 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 (YES, here-now, ARIES it is!) 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 ones were 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, and in Dec 2017 in SAG – what’s the bigger vision).


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 ARIES flavour, be clear and authentic, and connect with people and interests that are fun and fresh and active. In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by what shows up (ARIES) 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.

Maybe it’s time to come for an update / cosmic tune-up for your inner alignment and guidance anyway?

Flash Focus Sessions are ON (not only) for M-r, from March 22 – 04/04:
44 min only $ 44 (instead of reg. $ 88).


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 Apr 1 this year!


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. 



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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:
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:
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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* 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!


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.


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.


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

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.




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.


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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© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger




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