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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’.
Why?
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.

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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
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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:
URANUS, CHIRON, the MOON, SATURN, MARS, JUPITER, NEPTUNE, MARS, PLUTO / LILITH.
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

 

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Group of SEVEN in CAPRICORN – into the NEW MOON (Jan 16 / 17): Integrity from the Ground UP

14 Jan

Hey, dear Astro~News Friends,

Seriously?
SEVEN Celestial Bodies now in CAPRICORN?


Yep, that’s it – as much as it gets – pretty much until 2020.
Who are the ‘Players’?
SUN (the ‘season’, until Jan 19 / 20), MOON (since today Jan 14, until just after the CAP New Moon on Jan 16 / 17), MERCURY (Jan 10 – 31), VENUS (Dec 24 – Jan 17), LILITH (Nov 8, 2017 – Aug 5, 2018), SATURN (Dec 19 / 20, 2017 – Dec 17, 2020), and PLUTO (2008 /09 – 2023 / 24)!

Looks like a Big Call for Integrity from the Ground-UP.

Rock-Solid Green Ground – Photo by Melanie Jan 14, 2018

How has your New Year started?
Maybe still with a lots of residual energy from 2017?
Maybe with clearing some of the ‘Holiday effects’?
You’re not alone.

Yes, it’s true, the SuperSuper FULL MOON in CAN / CAP aligned so beautifully with the Gregorian New Year of January 1. 
However, Full Moon energy isn’t about Newness but about ‘Fruition’ – esp. this one:
A Super build-up of the weeks round Christmas, and perhaps of the whole year 2017 – which has taken so many of us, personally, in relationships, as nations (the U.S.), countries (catastrophes!) through the ‘fire’ / ‘storm’.

Pluto Reveals… One of the first pictures New Horizons transmitted from the close fly-by in July 2015.

The CANCER Full Moon belly was such a womb energy.
The waning phase over the last 2 weeks, after such a big time build-up, and with the help of the PLUTO in CAP ‘midwife’, has ‘delivered’ deep stuff through the ‘birth canal’ of transformation. It’s been quite the purge too, with PLUTO ‘in charge’. 

Since PLUTO is the key & core ‘Player’ and in CAP the longest (2008 – 2024), pointing to the deeper evolution that’s going on on Planet Earth and in us internally.
So, what’s the effect of each other planetary body passing PLUTO?

 

So let’s first do an Astro Inventory (very Capricornian anyway) about the Planetary Players and their Transformation through PLUTO.

VENUS and the SUN in CAP passed PLUTO on Jan 9, and just 15 hrs before the New Moon, on Jan 16, the CAP MOON will pass PLUTO too. 
It’s an initiation process with PLUTO in CAP.
And yep, it gets intense as / so that it changes…

While (because?) the Shadow and all sort of ‘old gunk’ gets cleared and purified (PLUTO), the Best of these Inner Archetypes in their Integrity (CAP) can come out:

SUN – Spirit, Consciousness, Vital Energy:

  • What does it takes for your energy to operate best?
  • What’s ‘counterproductive’ and (hopefully) on the way out?
  • What brings you energy?
  • What brings you closer to Essence?

VENUS – Attraction, Magnetism, Reflection in Relationships:

  • Do you attract / do they show you your Best, or your Shadow?
  • How can you bring Love, the Big Transformer, into the picture?

MOON – Sensitivity, Somatic Cycles, Emotions, Needs:

  • How do you honour (CAP) our emotions and needs?
  • How do you align with the energy of the month, nurture (MOON) and sustain (CAP) yourself?
  • It is a low energy before / round the New Moon – maybe you need lots of Rest & Regeneration…?
  • The one New Moon in CAP of the year: The world seems to resonate with, or at least emotionally reflect your CAP themes (like: need for integrity, simplicity, building a good foundation, being in tune with the Spirit of the Time / Zeitgeist, working with Nature – rather than against it….).
  • PLUTO as an ‘Initiation Chamber’ for the NEW MOON (with VENUS) helps us get aligned with what truly, simply, essentially matters, and ‘works best’.
    Call it Being as Nature, call it the The Power of Love.

MERCURY  – Mind, Thought Forms, Communication:
MERCURY in CAP will pass PLUTO on Jan 24: 

  • Mental ‘clutter’ of the CAP kind (abusive / self abusive, judgmental, fear / control mechanisms…) can come ‘up and out’ to process.
  • Hidden agenda in govern-mental structures can come out (more? oh yeah…).
  • An excellent time to practice deep inquiry into the core of your being – and live from there, one step / breath / minute at a time.

The SUN, MERCURY, and VENUS pass PLUTO yearly, the MOON monthly.
Yet, nowadays / now-a-years, there’s more going on in CAP where PLUTO sits:

LILITH – ‘Wild Woman’, actually: Being in our True ‘Wild Nature’.
LILITH is now also in CAP (until Aug 2018), and will pass PLUTO in mid-May (only every 10 years). The themes are already building up:

  • Being as-Nature is so simple. We don’t need all the ‘stuff’ (materialism, status symbols…) that’s been ‘sold’ to us by those who benefit from the consumer society and ‘ego system’.
  • Less is more is empowering. Less to buy / more to create / grow, re-purpose, up-cycle, share brings more Life and Soul into the World.
  • Rather than resisting / protesting against authorities (and thereby feeding them energy and still being the ‘adolescent’), how about letting the Inner Adult and Mature Wise One (CAP) step up and coach us into a transformation from within which can spread like wildfire?!

MARS – Warrior: Assertion. MARS is in CAP exalted (strongest sign for MARS): Strength, Stamina, Endurance, Persistence, Perseverance.
MARS will be in CAP this year too, March 17 to May 15, and again (due to retro) Aug 15 to Sept 10).
MARS will pass PLUTO (every about 2 years) on Apr 26 – while PLUTO will be stationary (going retro on Apr 22). Quite the intense transit.

  • When we need to get through things we also have energy and resources (we don’t have to ‘do it alone’) that are required, step by step.
  • An excellent time for a big project that requires perseverance, and builds character.

Eventually in 2020, SATURN and JUPITER, both in CAP (SATURN just entered, JUPITER in 2020), will pass PLUTO:
Deep & huge societal / structural / economic ‘make-over’.

The energy is building towards this, esp. with SATURN now in CAP. Being in our own mastery, authority and responsibility, having good boundaries, and not taking too much on – all this helps moving things forward to where evolution goes anyway.
Check out my SATURN into CAP blog post from Dec 16!

 

To be in natural alignment with these PLUTO Initiation Processes, you might also want to check out my ASTRO~WEATHER & MEDICINE video for Jan 8 – 16 (also featuring JUPITER / MARS in SCO).

 

I’d say the NEW YEAR energetically only begins with the CAPRICORN NEW MOON, this coming week. 
The New Moon will be exactly on Tue Jan 16 at 6:17 pm PST / Wed Jan 17 at 2:17 am GMT.
Into the NEW YEAR, from the Ground UP!

 

Here’s the CAPRICORN NEW MOON Chart:

 

The NEW MOON will be exactly on TUE JAN 16 at 6:17 pm PST / Wed Jan 17 at 2:17 am GMT.

Yep, see? 
The Group of SEVEN in CAP?!

VENUS is about to leave CAP for AQ the day after the New Moon Work Party, i.o.w., on Jan 17.
And so does the SUN, on Jan 19.

That’s the ‘Prometheus Point’ a.k.a. Community Building Point as I like to call the CAP – AQ cusp.
I.o.w., how can our energy and consciousness (SUN) go to the next level, from the CAP world of Leading from Integrity to attracting (VENUS), cooperating, and Co-creating in Community (AQ)?
A few things to keep in mind:

  • We are magnets (VENUS) for the energy we give off.
    Our habits create patterns and structures that build up (CAP).
     
  • How does life and how do relationships that you attract reflect back what you are, and engage in? 
  • How committed are you to taking responsibility (SATURN) for your relationship attractions (VENUS), and to recognizing when they are complete, and the lessons learned (SATURN)? 
  • How can you transform everything you attract into Love (PLUTO – VENUS), and see its Higher / Deeper Purpose (PLUTO in CAP)? 
  • Big Things require Cooperation (AQ) of good and competent people (CAP) who are complementary (VENUS).
    What are communities you are engaging in more now?

The main tension / stress / action inducing aspect of the CAP NEW MOON is a square from the NEW MOON and VENUS to URANUS in late ARIES.
It was already exact for the SUN and VENUS last weekend (Jan 13 / 14), and for the MOON it will be exact on the 16th.


So yeah, more shocks and awe in relation to govern-mentals, and others in responsible positions acting a wee bit, or very, cuckoo?
Could well be. Could we have imagined a year ago how much public craziness can be out and up there???
And, a more constructive question: 
Can the energy be expressed in a better way? That’s always my notion with understanding the astrological, archetypal messages in their symbolism and language….

Yay, sure, if we emancipate (URANUS) ourselves more from ‘the big boss/es’ (CAP), are innovative (UR in AR), and in self sufficient authority (CAP).
The Times they are a-changing, says PLUTO and now also SATURN in CAPRICORN.

Right NOW, the square can also be expressed by ‘giving birth’ to experimenting (UR in AR) with new, more productive, and sustaining (CAP) ways of Being and Living. Let’s be creative!

 

Prometheus at the Rockefeller Centre NYC, surrounded by the Zodiac belt. The Archetype of Prometheus the Awakener is related to the Planet URANUS! And VENUS and the SUN will cross the ‘Prometheus Point’ on Jan 17 / 19. So I better bring that ‘golden boy’ into the picture!

By the way, have you noticed?
We’re in a Retro Free Zone NOW!

Since URANUS went direct (technically on Jan 2, more noticeable now, as it’s coming into gear), until March 8 when JUPITER goes retro – well, let’s say, because of the stationary phase, until end of Feb!
What’s that good for (asks the CAP voice, ha-ha)?

Well, things move forward now, and can manifest more easily.
A student asked me in an Astrology course meeting last week, “Does that mean things go well now?”
Good point. And important to clarify:
Forward-motion doesn’t necessarily mean things go ‘well’. When the ‘catalyst’ planets URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO show up, things can get ‘messed up’, esp. when we act ‘against the cosmic grain’, yet it leads to much needed change.
That’s why it’s good to be aware of what these archetypal energies that the planets represent ‘want’, and how to be ‘on better terms’ with them…

For example:
URANUS in ARIES says: Just try it out, and see what happens. There are no mistakes, showing up, esp. for yourself is what matters. CAP makes sure it all stays ethical.

In the forward course of things now, whatever has been held you back, can you see the deeper dynamics of it (JUPITER in SCO)?

Can you take even just baby goat steps (CAP Planets and New Moon), and try out a new and perhaps surprising approach (URANUS in ARIES)?

 

Arunachala, Southern India (Tamil Nadu). The Sacred Mountain to Shiva the Transformer – related to the PLUTO Archetype.

Are you on Your Transformational Mountain, into (Promethean) Liberation (URANUS in ARIES) from what’s weighing and wearing you down (too much CAPRICORN, experienced as burdensome and depressing)?
And into Liberation, to be the Authentic YOU?!

 

Much Love for and with it ALL!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2018

 

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

9 Jan

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

And:
MERCURY is also an Alchemist.

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

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

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

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

JAN 10: 
Post-retro ‘shadow’ ends.

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

Time to walk the talk, and build the change.

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

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

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

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2018

 

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* 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…

 

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* MERCURY crosses PLUTO on Jan 29, squares URANUS on Jan 31, squares stationary JUPITER on Feb 2, and enters AQ on Feb 7: Powerful, Liberating Messages to and from Humanity ♥

1 Feb

What a MERCURY week! News are going crazy…!
After the finale of the retro and post-retro storm, and shadow phase last weekend – MERCURY finally passed PLUTO, and kicked off a cardinal T-square activation week with URANUS and JUPITER that has a ripple effect for the weeks to come.

As you can see in the AQ New Moon chart (see blog post Jan 27), and as mentioned in the chart description, MERCURY presently in CAP passed PLUTO – exact on Jan 29: Issues of power, control and abuse are being recognized and verbalized, in fact intensely discussed, these days. How can this lead to change??
Essentially, Soul Power (PLUTO) is the catalyst for change. Biological Ancestors and Elders (CAP), Ancestors of the Land, and Spirit Elders have our back. We can invoke their support any time. And the changes we are catalyzing now in our lives are changes back to the historic timeline of our lineage as well!
May history NOT repeat itself, and may we be empowered to change through history!

MERCURY squared URANUS yesterday Jan 31 – there’s no holding back:
What needs to come out will. Suddenly things are being revealed, which can be traumatic, chaotic, shocking liberating, or all of the above. What needs to be freed-up?

Lastly in this sequence MERCURY in CAP will square stationary JUPITER in LIBRA on Feb 2 (JUPITER will go retro from Feb 5 on). Are executive choices being made and orders given (whoaaahh, that’s what I wrote last week, and are they ever!)? To balance this, speaking from authority and integrity, on behalf of justice, fairness, equality, and the law… all this is super crucial.

Eventually, on Feb 7, MERCURY will enter AQ (there until Feb 25) where it is considered ‘exalted’, i.o.w., at its best.
Here, the systemic, innovative, out-of-the-box free thinker and communicator, as well as cooperative, synergistic brain-storming of a forward-thinking group-mind is not only more interesting than the ‘same old voice of the leader’ and executive orders of the authority, with SATURN in CAP. It also allows everyone in a system or group, or HUMANITY to have a strong voice.
And this is the energy where Humanity Speaks, and invokes Togetherness.

 

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Gospel Choir – Pixabay Public Domain Graphic

 

 

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* AQUARIUS New Moon on Jan 27: Freedom For The Light!

27 Jan

Let’s look right at the AQ New Moon chart – a picture says more… AQ is ‘systemic’ – and rules Astrology (no surprise :-))
Let’s see how a cool, distanced, detached look at things can help us sort out what that ‘drama’ is all about…

The AQUARIUS New Moon is exact today Jan 27 at 4:07 pm PST / 7:07 pm EST:

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What strikes in the chart – Overview:

The practically unaspected New Moon.

Several ‘focal points’ (hot spots?), in CAP, AQ, and PI.

The chart is divided into 2 sides, one occupied with Planets (from LI to AR), one ‘empty’ (except for the North Node). The JUPITER – URANUS polarity is the division axis.

Two squares, between SATURN in SAG, and VENUS / CHIRON in PI, and between MERCURY / PLUTO in CAP, and URANUS in AR.

 

And now in detail:

 

  • The NEW MOON in early AQ isn’t aspected, except for a sextile (location dependent) – and has ‘a life of it’s own’ (very Aquarian also 🙂). Something’s cooking there. A seed is planted, for a new beginning in freedom, solidarity, in groups, as humanity, and a new beginning for the Feminine and the People (the MOON). To be revealed as time progresses.
    WE are the People. WE are Humanity.
    The New Moon close to the ‘Prometheus Point’ / ‘Community Builder Point’, from CAP to AQ shows us: It’s time to come together in groups of like spirit, in freedom, equality, and co-creation, and build together in circles of community beyond the CAP pyramid and hierarchy.

 

  • MERCURY / PLUTO in CAP
    Well, that’s a big, important deal, and a heavy one:

    With MERCURY still in CAP where it’s been ‘forever’ (in MERCURY terms), since early Dec, Humanity has ‘serious business’ to deal with and talk about.
    The recent MERCURY retro phase (Dec 19 – Jan 8) has happened mostly in CAP. Only now, with the AQ New Moon, the post-retro ‘shadow’ ends, mental digestion and integration can happen. MERCURY retro started on Dec 19, soo close to PLUTO, from where it went back to the SAG – CAP ‘Integrity Point’, close to SATURN, by Jan 8.
    Serious issues re: what does inner guidance say, what matters most, how to be in integrity and walk one’s talk, have come up for lots of us personally.
    This has been of course very relevant for the political arena (MERCURY traveled between close to the U.S. PLUTO, and Trump’s Eclipse MOON).
    What’s the truth? What is leadership? Who can be trusted? Where is this going?!
    “I’m the Messenger”, said GEMINI Trump in his populistic inauguration speech… Lots of messages and agenda has been thrown around in this turbulent month.‘Old school’ power / control agenda (PLUTO in CAP) became evident, also showing how the system is anachronistic, and due for changeNow, finally, MERCURY will actually cross PLUTO on Jan 29. What needs to change is being purged, and brought out of the ‘closet’ / shadow, into public discussion.

 

  • MERCURY / PLUTO practically square URANUS (MERCURY will square URANUS on Jan 31):
    Whoa – a serious wake-up call (also catalyzed by the Phoenix Rooster), lots of upset already – and perhaps more erratic and traumatic turmoil a la “one never knows what’s been thrown into the discussion next”?

    What would be best to feed into the collective ‘field’?
    How about: A liberated mind that sees the ‘spiel’, and through the illusion of it all?!

 

  • Presently, there is still so much PISCES energy going on (not just a ‘hot spot’, rather an overwhelming wave), with the South Node, NEPTUNE, CHIRON, VENUS – MARS just ‘made it’ today, Jan 27, out of PISCES, over the ‘Emergence / Survival Point’ into ARIES.
    Does that make you sea sick and nauseous? Well, yeah, no wonder – waves after waves of collective energy have been quite overwhelming and weakening for many of us, esp. psychically and for the immune system if you’re sensitive. Lots of people I know literally got sick, and I don’t think it was ‘just the flu’. The system can’t take all these invasive energies anymore.

    The PISCEAN Medicine (in combination with VIRGO): Let go of what’s vibrationally not working (anymore)!
    SATURN in SAG was squared by MARS in PI last week, and by VENUS in PI just today, Jan 27. The square between SATURN in SAG and CHIRON in PI continues this year (was exact Dec 24, 2016, again exact Apr 30, and Nov 2, 2017): In the midst of ‘chaos’ finding inner guidance and connection to our wisdom source! Staying Heart focused and grounded helps, walking in nature and gaining space from it all too.

 

  • We need to use our awareness and discernment muscles!
    The helpful North Node in VIRGO stands presently all by itself, without an aspect to a Planet (except for locally a quincunx to the MC), so it’s up to us to activate this support system. VIRGO helps with clear awareness, engaging with what works for us, establishing a daily wellness practice, healthy routines and rituals, building self sufficiency, bringing ‘order into chaos’, serving in a practical, grounded manner, and being with the plant kingdom is all good VIRGO medicine. And it is the energy of the Sacred Feminine. Letting HER inform us how we best take care of ‘our temple’ (the body-mind-spirit temple, and our physical environment)…!

    As for myself, and the inner VIRGO part, I introduced daily longer than usual Yoga practice since December into my morning routine – makes a big difference.
    Being with my work, and raising awareness through the Astrology of it all, rather than just being passively and helplessly exposed to ‘what happens’ is a big winner  too – for myself and whomever I serve and share with.

 

  • Lastly, the opposition of JUPITER in LIBRA and URANUS in ARIES that ‘seals off’ the 180° scene where it all happens (LI to AR) is quite a prominent ‘kicker’ all year (was exact on Dec 26, 2016, again on March 3, and Sept 27, 2017). Expect the unexpected! Issues of justice, lack consideration, balance, fairness, negotiation and equality are HUGE now, with JUPITER in LI, and the lack thereof is very upsetting, unsettling, and causing turmoil, in the societal (esp. U.S. – where URANUS also squares their PLUTO in 2017 / 18) arena, under URANUS in AR. More protests and marches, action and re-action very likely…
    Yet, how can we, beyond going into opposition, integrate this polarity?
    How about this: Finding the inner Balance Point and even Still-Point of Essence, from which to act, freshly, freely, spontaneously?!
    I’m sure the Yin Phoenix Bird would be quite happy with that too….

 

 

* Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 8°15’ AQ – and another, related one for the U.S. as well!

9° AQ says (yep, really):

“PHASE 309 (AQUARIUS 9°):

A FLAG IS SEEN TURNING INTO AN EAGLE.

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KEYNOTE: The dynamic incorporation of new social values in individuals who exemplify the spiritual potential and greatest significance of these values.

This symbol nearly duplicates the one for Sagittarius 12°, but in this five-fold sequence it has a somewhat different meaning — especially since the last term of the mysterious transformation (i.e. the crowing of the eagle in chanticleer’s fashion) is omitted. All that is implied here is the vitalization of a powerful symbol, its embodiment in a living reality, i.e. in a person able to fly in consciousness to the highest spiritual realm. The archetype is given living substance and wings. The Image has become a Power.

This fourth stage symbol, as usual, gives us a technical suggestion. To “see” the new archetype, to perceive the new standard of value with one’s mind is not enough. The seer must become the doer. The impersonal is dynamized and brought into focus. We have here the ACTING OUT of the vision.”

 

Whoa – what a timely / synchronous symbol!
Not in terms of: it’s all in place government wise. Rather than: as a standard and measuring stick. So who really IS acting out the vision, nowadays?!

The referred to Sabian Symbol for 12° SAG is actually the degree just above the U.S. AC (which is at 12°12’ SAG!). It seems to hold a hidden code to be looked at here as well – esp. given the recent and current affairs in the U.S., and, as we shall see, in relationship to the Chinese New Year:

 

PHASE 252 (SAGITTARIUS 12°):

A FLAG TURNS INTO AN EAGLE; THE EAGLE INTO A CHANTICLEER SALUTING THE DAWN.

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KEYNOTE: The spiritualization and promotion of great symbols of a New Age by minds sensitive to its precursory manifestations.

In the background of this strange allegory we can recognize the deep-seated belief that the American nation and its basic democratic institutions were constituted to be the cradle for a new step in human evolution. The “flag” is the abstract symbol of the nation; it becomes an “eagle” — another U.S. symbol — when the concept is made alive by bold and transcendent action. The eagle symbolizes spiritual will and the power to rise to the highest possible altitude of consciousness and purpose. Flying at such an altitude, the eagle is the first living creature to perceive the rising sun. Having perceived it, it heralds it — and by so doing is identified with the crowing chanticleer, who had convinced himself that his resonant cry was responsible for the rise of the sun and the coming of a new day.

This second stage symbol contrasts with the first in that it is completely future-oriented. It speaks of “peak experiences” instead of the wisdom found in the organismic depth of the body- consciousness. It urges us to bring our noblest ideals to actual life through the power of the spiritual will. A Keyword might be ANNUNCIATION.”

 

Hmmm, I can think of a ‘Red Rooster’ and “crowing chanticleer, who had convinced himself that his resonant cry was responsible for the rise of the sun and the coming of a new day.”…

May the incoming Fire Rooster turn into a Phoenix, burn off narcissistic and chauvinistic display, and may we all Rise in Consciousness!

 

 

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* Happy Winter SoUlstice 2016! Light RE-turning *

20 Dec

OH SOLSTICE SUN!
Today and tomorrow, Dec 20 /21 are the shortest days of the year, and tonight (Dec 20 / 21) will be the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere: Here in Victoria B.C. Dec 21 is 7 hours, 48 minutes shorter than on the Summer Solstice: 8 hrs, 18 min. and 33 sec. daylight.

The SUN appears to ‘stand still’ (Sol-stice) for a few days, on the lowest arc of the Ecliptic, before slowly, gradually ‘climbing’ again, and providing minute by minute longer days (Dec 18 – 24: 8 hrs 18 – 19 min., then gradually longer daylight, see this Time & Date table  and wiki Winter Solstice article.

 

WINTER SOLSTICE is one of the 8 sacred yearly celebrations of alignment with the SUN:

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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha / Summer Solstice, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, YULE, and Imbolc.

 

Winter Solstice Traditions celebrate the Return of the Light, and the ReBirth of the Inner En-Lightened Consciousness.

Happy Yule!

Happy Solstice!

Merry Christmas!

 

Today Dec 20 at 12:12 pm, our AstroEmbodiment Circle of Eight stepped into the energy field of the Winter Solstice chart!

It was a dramatic, invigorating, magical day, and from our (indoor 🙂 ) vantage point, we were overlooking the stormy sea, with sunshine and storm, and even a rainbow and an eagle offered us their SAG blessings! On this last day of SAG, we were an inter-nation-all circle, coming from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, East Coast U.S., Western and West Coast Canada. Soo good to connect in Unity! Nature-ALL Alignment…

Here are some key themes that we ‘downloaded’ as we all stepped into the fields of several planets – with participants not even knowing what they represented (that’s the magic of the field!).
Wow, it was so rich, can’t remember it all:

 

  • The Solstice SUN – a calm, quiet energy field of simplicity. What matters matters. All else can wait.
  • Deep immersion into the dark, infinite PLUTO / MERCURY retro regeneration ‘cave’. Not scary, rather ‘velvety’. 
  • In contrast: What an exciting, igniting, liberating, whoaaaa energy of URANUS in ARIES (presently a stationary ‘focal point’). Freedom for being oneself!
  • JUPITER in LIBRA (and the Winter SoUlstice Moon next to it) – in opposition to URANUS – responding, balancing, dancing with URANUS, by offering an openness for new complementary relationships and synergies on all levels.
  • LILITH in SCO: Moving not just ‘with the storm’ but being the storm, being Nature – magical and empowering.
  • SATURN in SAG requires experience, practice, and a good grounding / lauching pad from which to fly – like a ski jumper.
  • The North Node in VIR is also grounding and aware of alignment – yet responding to many influences (“so much to do?”).
  • In balance: NEPTUNE, the South Node, and CHIRON in PI are the universality, where nothing is ‘to do’, all is interconnected and an interdimensional healing offer. The invitation to relax into this and receive its gifts. MARS in PI adds adventure, like surfers rolling with the waves.
  • VENUS in AQ adds sparkle – and needs breathing space.

 

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Solstice Storm (the Sun low in the sky round 3 pm) – Photo by Melanie Dec 20, 2016.

 

 

WINTER SOLSTICE 2016 will be exactly (as the SUN enters CAP) this year tonight, Dec 21 at 2:46 am PST.

Here is the Winter Solstice chart which we tuned into in our AstroEmbodiment:

 

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Balance is an important message – not only because LIBRA is the AC from the West Coast, but also the MOON and JUPITER will be in LIBRA (and the World has a big – JUPITER – need – the MOON – for Balance, Peace, Harmony, Fairness, Justice, and Right Relationships nowadays.

Plus there are 2 oppositions that require and offer Balance:

  • JUPITER and the MOON in LIBRA oppose stationary URANUS retro in ARIES: The ‘wild card’ / revolutionary / unpredictability factor of URANUS in ARIES needs some calming and moderation. And the tendency of JUPITER in LIBRA to be overly other-oriented can benefit from some fresh ‘enlightened self interest’ and pro-active ARIES initiative.
  • The North Node in VIR opposes (naturally) the South Node in PI, with NEPTUNE and also MARS approaching. A balance between relaxing, surrendering (MARS in PI: ‘Victory’ comes from surrendering the ego), letting go and Being in Oneness, and doing what’s in integrity, based on self awareness (VIR).

MERCURY freshly retro (Dec 19 – Jan 8) with PLUTO in CAP asks us to go deeper into soul searching – what’s the deeper symbolic meaning, essence, and spirit of Christmas, SoUlstice, Light Returning – for us? And what is TIME?
Practically speaking:

  • How can we work with what we got (yes, optimizing working with day light is a metaphor)?
  • If we have health, time, community, access to resources, how do we work with all of this and them in the best way? 
  • Maybe a new approach with cooperation, synergy, and balance (CAP – LI)? Could be a ‘personal revolution’ (URANUS in ARIES turning direct on Dec 29!)

MERCURY is presently in the first = epimethean phase of the retro journey. ‘Old stories’ – perhaps ‘inherited’ from the ancestors (CAP) might come up, to be acknowledged and transformed (PLU) into higher purpose. Maybe the old stories teach us / can be used as a ‘teaching example’ to show how empowering, evolutionary change is possible / already happened in other situations (like: the ancestors were resourceful and went through… how can me use their example, strength and endurance – without the struggle, scarcity,or even survival scenarios they might have gone through!).
Our conditioned Mind (MERCURY) is going through a transformation (PLU). What comes up for you?
Let’s go deeper, into our visceral incorruptible ‘gut’ sense of what’s going on and ripe for transformation and empowerment – symbolized by PLUTO. That’s where the Power-to-Change sits.

Clearly, this MERC / PLU activation affects all you CAP friends out there, and the CAP sides (AC, MOON, Planets, and house) in all of us. Ask me if you’d like to explore these themes in your own chart and life with me.

 

Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card IV – Photo by Melanie

Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card IV – Photo by Melanie

 

When MERCURY retro meets the SUN on Dec 28, just before the CAP New Moon on Dec 28 / 29 it’s time for new breakthrough insights that move us forward.

More about the MERCURY retro phase, tips & tricks in this blog post.

 

SATURN in SAG trines URANUS retro / stat in AR (exact on Christmas eve, Dec 24, and again, for more integration on May 18 and Nov 11, 2017):

Ahh, that alignment makes it much easier – and spacious! – to be in our truth and on our path, matured from old beliefs conditioning, moralizing, and guilt-tripping ‘shoulds’. Free to show up in our authentic Self – hallelujah!

 

For the SoUlstice time, I look forward to nature walks, and engaging in what brings joy and is regenerative – can be quite ‘simple’ says CAP.

Once CAPRICORN energy sets in, with the Winter Solstice, we are called to manifest what we deeply know (SAG). ‘Only’ resolutions, visions, and promises are not enough.

Let’s walk the talk, and show the evidence…, slowly, steadily, consistently, and without blaming ourselves for not being perfect yet. It’s work (AND play, miracles, joy!) in progress!

And hey, let’s not fall into the CAP trap of being buried under a mountain of…. (you name it: work, commitments, responsibilities, stuff….), and free up the most important resource: quality TIME / Time quality!

With the freed-up NO-time / clock-less time, let’s give each other the loving gift of time, not only this SOLSTICE!

 

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By the way, if you still haven’t seen it yet, or as a reminder – esp. apropos materialistic Christmas: Watch the 20-min video ‘Story of Stuff’ by Annie Leonard. She launched it 9 years ago(!), in Dec 2007 (just before PLUTO entered CAP, in Jan 2008), to illustrate how the ‘material’s economy’s’ linear system of extraction -> production -> distribution -> consumption -> disposal is unsustainable on a finite planet, which I’m sure is pretty obvious to you, dear reader, but perhaps you’d like to show / send it to some rare  ‘disbelievers’ out there. The project has evolved: In the meantime, there is also the ‘Story of Change’ and the Story of Solutions’.

 

TIME as we know it, and our ways of working with it is indeed changing.

Whether we are speaking metaphysically of transcending the conditioned experience of time, and tapping into 5th dimension consciousness, or quite practically – it happens on all levels:

Astrologically, PLUTO (powerful evolutionary change agent) is presently in CAP (which rules time and maturity), 2008 – 2023.

Are we being swallowed by the ‘Time Monster’ or some other draconian super power or gruesome force? Or will the old Time Machine die a slow yet inevitable death? With PLUTO, my suggested formula goes like this: It gets intense as it changes…

 

Historically, humanity has attempted to be the masters of time and productivity since PLUTO was the last time in CAP (late 1700’s, the times of the American, French, and Industrial Revolution, and major colonization, and ‘distribution’ of the world resources among imperialistic countries that subordinated and ‘ruled over’ indigenous cultures. The ever faster running wheels and productivity devices have turned against us. With all the opportunities that ‘saving time’ has brought us we have become the slaves of time (as scarcity). Many people are caught in the machinery and ‘live for retirement’, or impose our generation’s debt on the shoulders of the next generations. This is unsustainable.

Change is underway. Too slow? Effective and transformational enough?

Here is a random act of log wisdom that I found at a nearby beach (and left it there, for the next person): “Money, like manure, does no good until it’s spread around.” Not just money, any resource and what we can extract from deep processes wants to be ‘spread around’ now, with PLUTO in CAP, and SATURN in SAG.

 

Money-ure Log

 

So how about right NOW (says ARIES where UR stirs up the pot), and from now on (with the SUN, MERCURY and PLUTO in CAPRICORN):

~ Reclaiming alignment with time and natural laws (like the TAO),

~ Taking down-time in the midst of time acceleration craze,

~ Respecting ancient, timeless (and timely!) wisdom, and

~ Living more simply so that others can simply live?

 

Time is Consciousness.

“Not enough time for love, relationship, children” – postponing those to Day X, when “the work is done” could be a self trapping statement of purpose, attainment, and completion oriented CAPRICORN.

“The Work” is never done, we can’t personally be ever complete with what we set out to do.

And as Joanna Macy would say: “Help create a project that survives you!” A transpersonal practice a la PLU.

 

Did you know? CAPRICORN is actually a mythical fish-tailed Sea Goat.

 

capricorn-fish-tailed-goat-constellation

 

What’s with that, you might ask?

 

The time of Winter Solstice when the SUN enters CAPRICORN has been traditionally (in the Pisces Age) celebrated as the birth of redeemers – masters who have climbed up the mountain of spiritual attainment, and offered their energy to the collective – the fish tail is an association with operating in the waters of Oneness. 

 

Which brings us to… Christmas!

Last year round this time, I went to a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the Victoria Christ Church Cathedral. One of the Carols (commissioned by the CCC in 2011) struck me as relating (for those who are aware) to the Astrology and symbolism of the Christ Birth after Winter Solstice:

 

Magi Star

 

Magi and A Poor Place

 

A poor place this, no place to welcome kings;

No place for myrrh or frankincense or gold.

A place for simple folk and simple things;

A place of shadows, comfortless and cold.

Yet kings are here, and now as daylight dies,

By their command an minstrel softly sings

To calm the child while Magi search the skies

For mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.

 

So poor a place, yet now it welcomes kings.

See how they pause outside the stable door.

See how they kneel as each one humbly brings

A gift and lays it on the earthen floor.

For if the stars are true, if planets speak,

And if their journey to this humble place

Has guided them aright, this child they seek

Is mighty ruler both of time and space.

 

A poor place this, the world of these our days,

So poor in justice, poor in joy and peace;

Where children starve, where evil pays,

And empires clash in wars that never cease.

Yet still the Holy Child is brought to birth;

The grace he gives far more than we can tell.

His loving hands enfold the wounded Earth,

And all is well, and all things shall  be well.

 

Music by Patrick Wedd. Text by Herbert O’Driscoll

 

I was astounded to hear and read in this beautiful ‘modern’ and timeless carol about

  • “…while Magi search the skies for mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.”The (triple) JUPITER / SATURN conjunction in PISCES in the year 6 BC which was apparently considered the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ – the biggest planets in our Solar System aligned which happens (usually only once) every 20 year could have appeared as ‘A Star’. Apparently right overhead Israel (which is ruled by SATURN) at the time. JUPITER and SATURN united stands for the Archetype of a master / teacher / guru / king. And the fact that the Great Conjunction happened in PISCES at the onset of the PISCES Age promised a new religious / spiritual era.
  • “Is mighty ruler of time and space” reminds me of the Space / Time Point from SAG to CAP, at Winter Solstice. SAG rules Space and CAP rules TIME (see above). The JU / SAT alignment didn’t happen at the Winter Solstice 6 BC, but JU and SAT rule that point! And that’s when The Light of the SUN Returns / is REborn

Hmm, goes to show, maybe Christianity knew something about Astrology, and ‘placed’ the birth of the redeemer onto Day 3 after Winter Solstice, when the SUN starts to gradually climb.

 

Would you like to join us at the Winter Transits Parlour?

That’s  after the Holidays, on THU Dec 29 from 6:29 – 9 pm.

Let’s Celebrate the Returning Light!
Let’s honour and align with major astrological Winter transits into 2017!

More about it here.

 

HAPPY HOLY DAYS and RETURN of the LIGHT!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2016

 

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