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Illuminating GEMINI – SAG Full Moon (Dec 3) with Neptune: Heart Language Connects in the ONE.

2 Dec

The last FULL MOON of 2017 it is – the New Year’s Full Moon will be exactly on Jan 1 in the Americas / on Jan 2 in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia!
And a SUPER Moon it is – the only one of 2017, appearing (if we see her) 14% larger and 30% brighter than a ‘regular’ Full Moon – and activating our emotional body much stronger too. 
Super Moon happens when a Full Moon approximately coincides with the Moon’s perigee – the point in her orbit at which the Moon is closest to Earth.

Just to clarify – MERCURY retro coming up…. as it says in the Space.com article above, the Full Moon will be in the astronomical constellation of TAURUS – occulting / ‘eclipsing’ even the ‘Eye of the Bull’ Star Aldebaran.

Silvery Eye in the Sky – Photo by Melanie Dec 2, 2017

Here’s a beautiful description of the esoteric meaning of Aldebaran, from Souled-Out:

“In the sign of Taurus, when desire is transmuted into aspiration, darkness gives place to light and illumination. The eye of the Bull, the spiritual Third Eye, or the “single eye” of the New Testament, is opened.
“If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light,” said the Christ (Matthew 6:22). This single eye takes the place of the two eyes of the personal self. As the attention of humanity becomes focused upon spiritual attainment, we tread the Way of Revelation.

Life is filled with revelation. The entire evolutionary process is essentially nothing but a growing revelation. The two concepts Evolution and Revelation go together. As we evolve, we perceive more than we ever knew was existent or perceptible, yet we are only perceiving what has always been there. The Way of Revelation is through the discovering and discarding of our own limitations.

Revelation, as defined by The Dictionary of Scripture and Myth, is a “symbolic communication from the higher nature to the lower, imparting truths of the invisible universe and the soul. As revelation does not and can not arise from the lower nature, it is self-evident that the lower or objective mind of man does not compose the revelation, but is merely the receptive vessel into which the Divine message is poured.”

Me, Melanie, coming in again:
What Souled-Out describes is so beautifully apropos the T-Square of the FULL MOON in GEM – SAG, square NEPTUNE in PISCES (see chart below)
Just to clarify again: Yes, astrologically (with the tropical Zodiac) the Full Moon is at 11°40′ GEMINI – SAG (the Sun is in SAG the solar month before Winter Solstice).

While the rather scientific GEMINI side of the Full Moon ‘equation’ is interested in facts and figures of the SuperMoon, and why it occults the Eye of the Bull yet is in Gemini, the SAG side wonders:
What does this Full Moon mean?
And NEPTUNE in PISCES shows our awe and mesmerizing wonder at the inconceivably miraculous, and points to the ONE, beyond this and that, polarization and controversy – the field beyond right and wrong-doing, as the much-loved Sufi poet Rumi would call it.

With the SUN now in fiery SAG – the Inner Light has been (re)ignited, after our deep scorpionic Journey, and moves forward / upward-onward, in trust and anticipated gratitude for the outer daylight returning after Winter Solstice.

May the GEMINI Super-Full MOON with the SAG SUN, and NEPTUNE in PISCES help us being single-Eye focused, and speak the Heart (SAG) Language (GEM) that transcends duality, and brings us back into the Truth of ONEness!

 

Once again, I was inspired to create a

Voyager Tarot Spread over the Full Moon Chart 

…as it happens also in private consultations – which always brings enriching and illustrative pointers, this time also enhanced by a Goddess card (Susan Boulet deck) for the SuperMOON Goddess.
Voila:

 

Super Full Moon in GEM – SAG Chart,  with Voyager & Goddess Spread – Photo by Melanie

 

Amazing what showed up:

  • For the SUN in SAG (close to VENUS – just entered SAG yesterday Dec 2, and MERCURY about to go retro Dec 2/3 – 22, plus SATURN, still in SAG) the card Nine of Cups – Fulfillment:  Celebrating the harvest, symbolized by wine from grapes, nectar from fruit, and flowers from seeds, and realizing the inner riches (pearls), with a feeling of abundance – time to enjoy the fruits of our work, honour our success, and be in an attitude of gratitude. Perspective matters, as SAG knows: The glasses are more than half-full – when we SEE it that way. And an inner sense of abundance makes for Heart-generosity.
  • For the MOON in GEM the Woman of Crystals – Guardian made her appearance:
    Again very apropos, not only since it’s a feminine quality but also since Crystals relate to the Mind – as GEMINI does, and MERCURY its ruling Planet, which goes retro on this eve of the Full Moon!
    This Priestess-Woman with the blue Sapphire Third Eye
    (see esoteric meaning of Aldebaran above!!!) and the calm, meditative gaze isn’t distracted (which MERCURY / GEMINI easily can be, given the insatiable interest in the ’10 000 things’ as Buddhists would call it, esp. in our information age!) by all the ‘shiny objects’, crystals,  and glitter around her. She focuses on the one diamond held in the hand-mudra, hence guards and protects her mind, and her priestess-intention. A beautiful blend of GEMINI MOON and  focused, intentional SAG SUN!
  •  More pointers for the Full Moon come from the Goddess card with the mask – it’s HEL.
    A Norse underworld / otherworld mother goddess. Northern shamans visit her realm, they put on a helkappe – a magical mask (sometimes hel-met) that renders them invisible. Hel is an embodiment of the divine mystery, a challenge to look behind the mask of appearances – to see things as they really are.
    So apropos the SuperMOON square NEPTUNE in PISCES!
    And reminds me also of a German fairy-tale I grew up with: The heavenly Frau Holle – when she shakes out the beds it snows on Earth…
  • And lastly – for NEPTUNE in PISCES: The Ace of Wands – Illumination!
    Flashes of insight – touching upon the Truth. So related to the illuminating Third Eye / Bull’s Eye – which also relates to late SAG where SATURN / MERCURY are: The Galactic Centre.
    SEEing beyond surface reality. Breakthrough revelations that create transformation. 
    NEPTUNE on PISCES shows where our illusions are – once the veil is lifted the Unifying Truth is being revealed.

The card spread itself is unifying, since the cards all relate almost interchangeably to each others; themes and to the whole, bringing the Illuminating Full Moon ‘field’ together.

 

Here is the chart of the Full Moon again

…without the cards – showing the planetary ‘players’ / Archetypes:


 

Here on the West Coast, the Full Moon will be exact at 8:47 am PST = Moonset / Sunrise!
Such a strong polarity – good to hold the balance, here on Planet Earth, right between SUN and MOON.

Maybe you’d like to go out into nature (so SAG) for a Sunrise / Moonset walk / celebration / ceremony?

Both SUN and MOON are at 11°40′ (SAG – GEM). Interesting that the symbol of GEM also looks like a double 1:
From duality to ONEness, maybe transcending polarized dimensions…

NEPTUNE, in exact T-Square to SUN and MOON, at 11° PISCES is also a unifier, of course – from controversial right-wrong debates into ‘the field’.

NEPTUNE is also in exact Water Trine with JUPITER (at 11°36′ SCO), inviting us to surf the currents and waves of Life, the Good, and the Intense and Challenging that calls for processing, rather than judging or by-passing.

 

We’re (thankfully) coming out of the opposition between MARS in LIBRA and URANUS retro in ARIES (which was building up like a Full Moon, to be exact on Dec 1).
While in the geo-political scene the atmosphere has been heated up, and no lack of thrill / suspense occurred, hopefully you found ways of channeling the energy into balance between authenticity and cooperation, and win-win’s!
Always good to feed higher-vibrational expressions of the patterns into the ‘field’.

 

MARS will cross over the ‘Tipping Point’ from LIBRA to SCO on Dec 9, and will be in SCO until Jan 26.
MARS is actually better placed in SCO than in LI (since Oct 22) where aiming for negotiation would have been often frustrated, since the negotiators could have been too much ‘in for themselves’, or, on a personal level, the ego would have been too involved in decision making and choosing, or in an inner dilemma between self assertion. vs. doing it ‘for them’.

With MARS in SCO what’s coming out and up now for processing (SO much, with JUPITER in SCO, since Oct 10!) gets moving!

Which can be somewhat a roller coaster of grief, anger, deep love that turns out to be obsession, attachment and control, jealousy, resentment, regret, shame… all those feelings that are otherwise hidden and ‘under wraps’ –
Uhhh, MARS in SCO is one of the parcels under the astrological Christmas Tree!

Just like in a good fairy-tale, and inner psychological processes, they all have their place, no-one is banned from the party…

SCORPIO stirs up and scrubs the bottom of the pot, can bring us to our knees, and into deep psychological layers that we usually avoid.
The Soul has its way with us…
Likewise, MARS in SCO can be a spiritual mobilization.
Way to (let?) go, and transform the aggressive and separative ego.
On Jan 6, MARS will pass JUPITER in SCO – hopefully lots of inner clearing and societal transformation for the better by then!

 

 

VENUS has just entered SAG yesterday Dec 1 (until Dec 24):
Turn on the Heart-Light, and share your Love generously!

More isn’t always better…
Under VENUS in SAG, we can be over the top with acquisitions, esp. with all the commercial Christmas craze around.
Since MERCURY is freshly retro now, also in SAG, chances are we might RE-gret indulging into too many shiny objects, at the expense of the credit card – and maybe even Planet Earth.
Whereas cultivating a loving generous spirit never goes out of style.

CHIRON in late PISCES is going from retro to direct on Dec 5, so the first half of Dec is also a CHIRON themed time:
Connection in Unity (hey, dance, song, and music help) is healing!

 

Lastly, our friend MERCURY (ruling planet of the GEMINI Full Moon) is going retro (YEP) tonight, Dec 2 / 3.
This time, the whole retro journey will be in SAG, from the very end, the ‘Integrity Point’ on the cusp to CAP, to mid-SAG, on Dec 22.
For a cosmic relief and tool kit, check out this blog article.

 

And guess what?
Not only will the MERCURY retro journey super relevant for the U.S. (it starts on Trump’s Eclipse Full Moon / South Node in late SAG, and ends almost exactly on the U.S. AC which is at 12°12′ SAG).

 

The Full Moon itself activates a lot for the United States:

It’s right on the U.S. AC – DC axis (representing the country in its own identity, and other countries it is in dialogue – or conflict – with), with the SuperMOON in GEM sitting between the U.S. URANUS and MARS (remember,  these two planets were just in opposition – which happens only every 2 years).
May NEPTUNE in PISCES help with turning polarities and ‘divided states’ in so many ways into unification, and dissolving of what had its time, incl. collective deception and delusion – esp. re: all sorts of agenda (SAG). 

Check this out:

 

 

A Grand Cardinal Cross actually forms, between the Full Moon ‘matrix’ of present and the U.S. chart:

MARS in late LIBRA and URANUS in late ARIES square the U.S. PLUTO in late CAP – the latter an epochal influence, showing how much is stirred up that doesn’t agree with the power structures and their shadow expression anymore, and calls for radical change and renewal.

As mentioned before, the U.S. will have their 1st PLUTO Return in history (a 248 year cycle) 2020 – 2022. A big turnover and regeneration – hopefully based on the original core spirit of the Constitution, Natural Law, and to honour the Ancestors of the Land.

MARS and URANUS also square the U.S. MERCURY retro in late CANCER – what do the voices of history say to what happens nowadays???
Hopefully, this MERCURY retro in SAG brings out the Truth, and many important truths, so that the country can start to find itself again.

 

Blessings to all of us for an Illuminating, Heart Focused Full Moon and Finale of 2017!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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

28 Nov

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

Hello Astro Friends,

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

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

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

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What’s Special about the upcoming MERCURY Retro?

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

 

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

“I know.”

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

Seven Cures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

“I grow.”

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

Seven Cures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

May it bring the country back to its true identity!

 

 

The Thinker

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Buddhasurf_quote

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

 

 

So, what’s the MERCURY Retro Timeline?

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

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

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

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

 

8) Mercury Retro RE-minds us…

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

14) If you would like to know…

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

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

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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

18 Nov

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

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

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

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

 

Stormy Waters – Photo by Melanie, Nov 2017

 

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

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

 

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

Here’s the New Moon Chart:

 

SCO NM 2017

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

 

What’s your transpersonal Super Power?

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

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

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

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

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

 

Involvement and Authenticity

Angel of Revelation, Painting by William Blake

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

“A MILITARY BAND MARCHES NOISILY ON THROUGH THE CITY STREETS –
The aggressive glorification of cultural values.

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

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

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

 

For MARS square PLUTO, The JAGUAR made its appearance!

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Coyote is SO apropos MERCURY going retro soon in SAG.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Navigating the Seas of Change…


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


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

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified WITH them, and they don’t have to run your life.

  • Are you in a challenging transition or transformational crisis?
  • Are you looking for perspective at a crossroad or dilemma, and for empowered choices?

I welcome you to meet and explore with the invaluable and timeless tools of astrology, and to access your own wisdom source in the process.

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
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TAURUS Super-New Moon April 26: New Ground, New Seed, New Embodiment of Our Loving Nature!

25 Apr

Wildly Calming Camus – Photo by Melanie

Mother Nature on the Pacific West Coast is RE-greening, boldly showing her colours, and inviting us into a multi-sensual immersion – yummm!

Just in time for the TAURUS Super NEW MOON –
THE Moon to plant new seeds in the fertile soil!
Exact tomorrow Apr 26 at 5:16 am PDT!

 

Indeed! The TAURUS NEW MOON will be a SuperMoon!

You might wonder: Wait a minute, it’s not a Full Moon!
New Moons can be SuperMoons too – when they are very close to the Earth (called perigee) – and this is the first of 3 SuperNewMoons!

Astrologically, a SuperSeed energy…
Ahhh, that’s why such an abundance(!!!) of NEWness is showing up now, offering us to nourish ourselves with ‘SuperFood’ on all levels… incl. to establish new healthy, life affirming habits!
OUT with the old and stagnant, IN with the new and nourishing!

 

This NEW MOON almost feels like a FULL MOON, doesn’t it??
WHY?
There’s a strong gravitational field with a closer SuperMoon, plus a lot of planetary action on the side of the SUN / MOON: Also NEPTUNE, CHIRON / VENUS, URANUS / MERCURY, and MARS are ALL  in the same direction from Earth perspective, and mighty JUPITER is opposite – see chart below!
BALANCE (the theme of the Apr 11 Full Moon) is clearly still a big deal!
Here is the chart for the TAURUS Super-New Moon:

 

TAU NM 2017

Among the planetary ‘players’ in the cosmic field TWO stand out – astrologically close to the NEW MOON in early TAURUS, super-charging the Astro~Sphere for bold Newness:

MERCURY retro is about to ‘click’ again with URANUS in late ARIES (encounter # 2) on Apr 28 (and once more on May 9, by then with MERCURY in forward mode):
Idea (MERCURY) explosion (URANUS)? So many fresh ideas are swirling around now (also with MARS now in GEMINI). And, even deeper: Radical liberation (URANUS in AR) FROM old sticky mental patterns (MERCURY retro started out in TAU), and freedom FOR a NEW YOU!


I bet you are tapping into this ‘weather system’, esp. if you have end of ARIES, CANCER, LIBRA, or CAPRICORN Astro features!

When MERCURY will be out of retro, on May 3, having passed URANUS again on May 9, and out of ‘storm’ on May 12 the Mind can be REnewed, after this REfreshing REtreat and REboot phase of April.

I love how in Eastern, mainly Buddhist views ‘MIND’ represents to the intellectual and emotional continuum – because it IS – they influence each other constantly.
In Astro Archetype language, there’s the thinking mind as in: MERCURY, and the feeling mind, as in: the MOON.
Both are close to each other with this New MOON (see chart).
A New Ground for the Mind can be found.

 

What does the SABIAN SYMBOL ‘oracle’ for the New Moon at 6°27 TAURUS say?
Ever SO related – the Revolution of LOVE renders the old ‘establishment’ obsolete:

PHASE 37 (TAURUS 7°): THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA AT THE ANCESTRAL WELL.

 

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The Samaritan Woman at the Well by Annibale Carracci

 

KEYNOTE: The meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future.

The symbol refers to a most important, but usually narrowly interpreted (or interpreted away!) episode of the Christ mythos.
Early in his ministry, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at an ancestral well. This woman belongs to a tribe despised by the Jews; moreover, she is unmarried and therefore on the fringe of even her own society. It is to just that kind of woman that Jesus reveals that he is the Messiah: “I am He,” a revelation that he apparently will not bestow even upon his disciples, at least not in words. (Words in occultism are the creative factor.)

What does this mean? Jesus, as the Avatar incorporating the Christ-Impulse, came to replace the old tribal order with a new order based on universal Love.
It is not to representatives of, or even to men still attached to, the old order that Jesus could reveal his spiritual, evolutionary and society-transforming status; they had instead to reach a point where they could discover his avatar-ship – as did Peter just before the Transfiguration scene. But to the woman of Samaria – who, in her openness to love’s urgings, had already repudiated any narrow subservience to the old order – Jesus could reveal his function. The highest meets the lowest when this lowest is free from traditional bonds and open to love. The creative future descends first to that which has become chaos. An old order is never open to a new Revelation until it has accepted disorder in the name of that Power which subsumes all forms of order, i.e. Love.

In this second stage of the five-fold sequence, a contrasting element enters upon the scene. It is no longer a collective-cultural effort based on past knowledge — as in the preceding symbol — but a “meeting” that introduces into the collective situation a totally new factor which transcends it. A NEW QUALITY OF BEING is revealed, which renders the old patterns obsolete.

 

Outrageousness in Rootedness – Photo by Melanie, April 2017

 

Which brings us to VENUS (ruler of TAURUS) – the ‘Love Force’ – after ‘her’ retro tour back to PISCES where ‘she’ is exalted – LOVE IS:
VENUS has been travelling next to CHIRON in PISCES (the image of ‘Wounded Healer’ Jesus and the Samaritan woman in her spiritual openness come to mind and heart), initiating us into a healing, loving field – from which to act, attract, and start fresh – as VENUS is about to enter ARIES, also on Apr. 28 (when MERCURY retro meets URANUS).

Have you forgiven yourself and others, blessed the ‘chaos’, let go of past entanglements (VENUS in PISCES), and let ‘the field’ reveal to you the connection as-Love? Everything renews itself Nature-ally in this!

 

YinYang Infinite

The essence of timeless Tao Wisdom: Yin-Yang Balance is always dynamic and interwoven.

Finally, let’s remember:
A NEW MOON is the union of the Divine Masculine (SUN) and the Divine Feminine (MOON), in ‘conception’.

That’s why I’d propose, to be in alignment with this union, let’s bring our Inner Masculine (the intention setting, active seed-planting side) and our Inner Feminine (the receptivity, openness) together for this, and perhaps every New Moon:
Intending and conceiving in balanced alchemical union.

Maybe one or the other has been a bit or a lot neglected in our life? 
Time to call them in, and invite balance.

 

YES, a big week, with the TAURUS Super-New MOON tomorrow Apr 26, VENUS into ARIES, and MERCURY retro / URANUS (both Apr 28)!

May we BE AS NATURE – ‘organic’, in abundance and flow, embracing our unique ways of being, allowing the outgrown and redundant to seize and new life to emerge, and being nourished and nourishing through LOVE – and photosynthesis!
May we be NATURE-ally grounded in the Beingness of all Life, and Embody our True Nature!
And hey, friends – let’s BE IN NATURE – it’s SPRING!

Serving with Love, and inviting even more Love in Action!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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14 Tips – Mercury Retro Surviving – and Thriving! – Tool Kit & Itinerary

8 Apr

Hello Magical, Mer-Curious Friends,
yep, it’s on the horizon – and we have a divine appointment, ‘scheduled’ from tomorrow Sunday Apr 9 at 4:14 pm PDT on (until May 3):

MERCURY is going retrograde, from early TAURUS back to late ARIES, to hang out (or light a few fire crackers) with URANUS….
This one is for Liberation – the last one in Dec / Jan, starting out from PLUTO in CAP, was about Power and Integrity…

Wanna read up more about the themes of MERCURY retro, plus SATURN retro, starting out from the Galactic Centre? To be found in yesterday’s epic blog post.

 

Hermetic Staff of AlchemyHubble Saturn Purple

 

On a practical ‘check list’ note, here are my seasoned and seasonal

 

14 MERCURY RETRO TIPS

for the whole retro phase (exact Apr 9 – May 3), extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until May 12), and if you will, even post-retro shadow phase (until May 21):

 

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 have taken the pre-retro shadow phase since end of March as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, since 04 / 04.

 

2) Be mindful and centred.

There is a tendency for the mind to be distracted, and all over the place, to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, but also let go of your attachments (TAURUS), and the need to be in control. Practice being fully present in RE-al time, with every person you communicate with, and in any situation and function. Don’t loose sight of what’s most significant, truly valuable (TAURUS), and a priority, in the face of the apparently urgent ‘little’ things which can easily be an accumulation of distractions. Watch how you might actually find pseudo comfort in distractions – to avoid…? what? Slooowing down, and being calm and centred a la TAURUS helps!

 

3) Go with the inwards / backwards oriented energy.

A good way of aligning with the M-r quality is meditation and mindfulness. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) under M-r in early TAU is to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, and with loose ends, to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time – last one was in Dec / Jan, RE-member?

 

4) RE- everything!

Every M-r phase is a great time to attune and invite basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like:

RE-visit, RE-address, RE-align, REad, RE-treat, RE-pair, RE-boot, RE-group, RE-consider, RE-arrange, RE-place, RE-purpose, RE-connect with friends, and people whom you have ‘unfinished business with’ (which is not necessarily a ‘bad thing’!), … makes sense, eh?

Business wise, it IS a good period to back up your important files. Better safe / secure than sorry. Who knows what you find among your file ‘gatherings’? It could lead to a new creative project…

RE-connecting with ‘contacts from the past’ comes up a lot (likely in the area of life related to TAU in your chart)… maybe something you could cultivate together?

Also, of course, esp. with the TAU flavour, an excellent RE-minder to treat yourself to a RE-treat, take time out and enjoy life, with all your senses – so RE-generative!

Another RE-ason for pointing out all these RE-activities: During MERCURY retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up / it comes up like a mirror.

The themes that like to come up for RE-view, with TAU / AR: Our self-value, feeling comfortable in our skin and on Planet Earth, habits, business, money (as a reflection of value – what we consider valuable, how we offer from value).

 

Mercury Retro

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

 

5) Talk about what REally matters.

Come from a compassionate place. So often what people say very often comes from a need to be heard in their story and wound, even if that might be overcompensated by the ego. Rather than judging or resisting them when they get you ‘out of your comfort zone’ meet them from the heart, the warm human heart, and the spiritual heart that’s not attached at all. Take time for what’s important.

 

6) Taking time for a direct, authentic, and lively dialogue…

…can open up opportunities to co-create, and support one another in an alienating society, and touch on other more important subjects that e-correspond-dance just wouldn’t allow for. When a conversation takes a different direction than the ‘planned’ and anticipated purpose it can lead to an even more important outcome. Trust the process – since, RE-ally, it’s all a process, and the NOW is always a process anyway.

 

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

Phone or skype rather than emailing / messaging / phone tagging, meet them in person rather than phone, to make sure an actual dialogue happens. Look them in the eyes and feel out their presence, rather than just engaging in a factual monologue, via email / messaging, with the assumption you know what they think, or that they know what you think AND feel. Do they? Do you, really?

Be wise, and trust simple insight, consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message and energy comes across – and a bigger chance to actually reach them. But also, keep in mind and heart that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be distracted, scattered, and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”. Or it might actually be a monologue when you write to someone: Are you just thinking out loud as you “communicate’, or are you actually addressing them?

Which brings us to…

 

8) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, see the situation with less TAUREAN attachment and ego desires (“what’s in for me?”), drop your defenses, respond with genuine interest, and be a RE-source of service and guidance (if RE-quested)!

 

9) Be clear and precise with commitments, if you HAVE to (do you really?) sign an agreement now that can’t wait.

Patience is a TAURUS virtue, by the way…
For your own interest, and maybe to maintain your good terms with the other person, double check whether you have been understood correctly what the implications and consequences of your agreement are, especially value / money wise (TAU), and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to the other person. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (which is often only after MERCURY retro is over!). Especially related to where early TAU / late AR is in your chart (e.g. 7th house: relationships, 4th house: home / family).

 

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

When we act more intuitively, and are RE-leased from the ordinary conditioned mind we let synchronistic guidance in, and allow the spontaneous intervention of the Universe to show us our interconnectedness, and the Multi-verse sing and synch :-). With the TAU energy, let’s RE-member to tune into Nature and into the messages of our body, and come back to our senses.

 

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

People might come back into your life whom you are connected to, but for some RE-ason have lost touch with. Time to RE-visit RE-sidual communication that’s not complete, or wasn’t possible for a while. Chances are good that you RE-connect with people from realms related to TAU in your chart (e.g. 7th house: significant others, 9th house: foreign countries, studies…).

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, rather than getting stuck in an old mind-set (TAU), can you be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), creative and inventive?

Think “shift happens”, don’t judge or blame yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’, and making ‘mistakes’, and turn the paradigm around: What could be the opportunity and funny side in this mishap? Comic / cosmic relief is one of the M-r gifts (that gets even TAU going…) RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that subconsciously, you might have arranged a wild alternative (MERCURY / URANUS) to the original ‘plan A’ which shakes things up, and – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun and playful than what the habitual mind set could have come up with? 🙂

 

13) Enjoy those hilarious, unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind.

And they are guaranteed to happen, prob. already! Be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your MERCURY retro friends.

 

14) If you would like to know…

  • whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY retro, as yours truly)
  • in which part of life the MERCURY Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  • how you can best benefit from, and work WITH the energy,

 

…feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer.

 

RE-posting (since such RE-s are a good thing…), from the previous post:

* ITINERARY  for the  MERCURY RETRO Phase Apr / May 2017

 


Apr 4:
MERCURY in early TAU entered the stationary ‘storm’.
Stormy, ingenuous, or wrapped up in mental attachments, and chased by the Inner Minotaur, while attempting to walk the BIG Maze? Or fun and funky premonitions?

Time to take a break, and be open for a fresh approach.

Apr 9:
MERCURY in early TAU will turn retro, from Earth perspective.
Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with Self Awareness. And: What does our Body tell us…?

Mid April – Mid May:
MERCURY – URANUS phase
(exact Apr 28, and May 9!)

A liberated mind! Leading from the Heart, and from Innocence. RE-Birth Time!

Apr 19:
Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the 1° TAURUS SUN (just 8 hrs after the SUN enters TAU!)

Ahhh, the half-way point of the MERCURY retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New MERCURY’ is born. The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness, the Heart) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant. The whole point of the MERCURY retro adjustment phase…

Apr 20:
MERCURY retro re-enters ARIES
(until May 15!), to re-connect with URANUS on Apr 28, and May 9!

What a liberating and RE-newing phase. Time to be RE-invented!

May 3:
MERCURY will go direct again, close to URANUS.
We learned a big deal about the ‘operations’ of the mind – to be RE-vealed until then. And can be so much freer.

May 12 (2 days after the Wesak Moon on May 10):
MERCURY will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.
Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe it’s deeply changed.

May 22:
MERCURY will leave the post-retro shadow.
Green light for moving forward in negotiations and interactions, led by the Heart and Consciousness.

 

Take time, this first MERCURY retro week, under the Full / waning MOON:

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check your ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘RE-sources’ and inventive ideas that could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.
  • Spring Cleaning and retro-fitting time 🙂


Wishing you a blessed navigation
in the retro- and interdimensional zone, with the Mercurial Mind currents, in the Heavens as on EARTH!

Hope to SEE you again soon, in real life, or online – it’s all about REconnecting (as directly as possible)!

 

© 2017 by Mercur-elanie

 

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MERCURY retro (Apr 9 – May 3) in TAU – AR, and SATURN retro (Apr 6 – Aug 25) in the Galactic Centre :: Embracing the Void

7 Apr

Welcome to the ‘Special Issue’ MERCURY RETRO AstroNews!

Have you been going a bit (or very much) mental, these days and weeks?
Welcome to the club!
Welcome to Humanity – under the influence of the present Astro~Sphere!

Have you noticed a shift in your mind since last week, towards slowing down, and a call for more groundedness?

Maybe your mind has been recently a little bit ‘all over the map’, fuzzy, funny, synchronistic, poked, provoked, non-sensical / nonsense-ical? Or in a trickster mode, mischievous perhaps, and / or seeing synchronicities and meaningful signs  pop up ‘out of nowhere’.

Mercury winged feet

All in perfect alignment with the cosmic dance, and the ‘cosmic smile’.
Seems like the universe smiles at us when we recognize a synchronicity! :-).

Don’t get annoyed when the ‘cosmic prankster’ plays tricks on your perhaps attached if not stubborn mind (TAU shadow). It wants you to be FREE from ‘the known’, and FREE for…???
MERCURY is about to go RETRO on Sunday Apr 9  at 4:14 pm PDT, at the beginning of TAURUS (4°50′)!

That’s what this ar-tickle is all about.

I bet you’ve been tickled and RE-mind-ed of all sorts of things lately. The early TAURUS zodiac zone has a CAP undertone…INTEGRITY and VALUES are important here.
This Spring MERCURY retro phase, close to the Liberator URANUS in ARIES, is in sharp contrast to the one with PLUTO in CAP, in Dec / Jan which was a lot about Power. What sets you FREE??!

 

The time from end of March until mid May is under the influence of MERCURY retro (you probably already noticed 🙂 ):

The pre-retro stationary ‘storm’ has been on since MERCURY significantly slowed down its speed = since Apr 4).
The technical retro phase starts on Apr 9, and goes to May 3. After Mercury will be direct again,  there will be another post-retro ‘storm’ until May 12.

 

Mercury, Sculpture by A. Pajou (Louvre, Paris) – uuuh, temporarily grounded / lost his ankle wings!

What you find in this ‘Special Issue’ (the full ‘menu’ that-is):

* MERCURY Retro in TAU / AR (with URANUS) and SATURN Retro in the Galactic Centre:
Freedom from the Known!

* Embodied Astrology – in TAURUS

* MERCURY Retro and the Mental Maze / Labyrinth

* ‘Le Chart’ of MERCURY Retro Turnaround

* Sabian Symbol of the M-r Degree: 5° TAU

* REsource, re: Mind, Consciousness, Spirit  

* Itinerary for the MERCURY Retro Phase

 

# 1 for Starters:

Here’s the super short gist of this Special MERCURY RETRO issue – in case you’re too busy to read it all right now:

The winged messenger MERCURY will technically / ‘officially’ turn retro – from Earth perspective…. in early TAU from Sunday Apr 9 on!

Time to sloooow the busy mind down, and enjoy the magical, synchronistic ways of how nature and life speak to us – when we really look and listen, take it in with all our senses, learn, and flexibly adapt and flow.

“RE-tour a la Nature” is a sweet and simple theme of M-r in EARTH signs. EARTH is the strongest Element at the onset of M-r, with all 3 EARTH signs ‘occupied’. So let’s…

  • RE-evaluate Value,  what gives Security and Groundedness (rather than chasing the money, even in over-compensation for not feeling valuable), go slow, smell the blossoms, and enjoy Life-in-Spring: TAURUS, with M-r and MARS.
  • RE-align and discern what’s in integrity, in our ‘Temple’ of Wellness and Sacred Work (rather than just being the busy bee, and finding fault in self and others) – North Node for the last month (until Apr 29) in VIRGO – ruled by MERCURY, and
  • RE-establish inner priorities (rather than blindly going after status and control, or feeling controlled by external forces) – PLUTO in CAP, also stationary in Apr, going retro on Apr 20.

 

# 2: If you’d like to savour the Full MERCURY Retro Astro~News Menu… (well, a TAU foodie thing), and hear more about SATURN Retro (the ‘Lord of the Ring’ also turned around this week).

– Voila! Dished up from here on:

  • Pretty ‘Stormy’ these days – even weather wise, here in Victoria, and the wind is already blowing down some of the ‘pink snow’ (of the Cherry blossoms – hurry up to get a last whiff?!)
  • Simultaneously, MERCURY – winged Messenger Archetype, and in Astrology representing the Mind and its workings, has been in its pre-retro stationary (slow turnaround) ‘storm’ over the last week!
  • MERCURY has been close to URANUS in AR end of March. This alignment will show up again end of Apr / early May. From unpredictability, surprises, shocks, trauma to a truly liberated Spirit.
  • The mind (MERCURY) has gotten wayyy ahead of SPIRIT and Consciousness (the SUN), and needs to be ‘lassoed in’, to follow as a tool, rather than taking the lead. This is the main function of M-r.

Three days ago, on 04 / 04 we entered the ‘hot zone’ of pre- M-r, as MERCURY went into ‘stationary storm’ which means, it’s moving now super slowly, shifting down gears, to go into reverse (from Earth perspective of course), from Sunday Apr 9 on, for 3 weeks (until May 3).
The Full Moon on Apr 10 gives the M-r onset a ‘super charge’ (since with a Full Moon all the other Astro themes are highlighted).
So: M-r on steroids? Actually NO, that’s not how I’d put it, since the job of M-r is actually to get us OFF the mental steroid mode.
Read on, to find out more about this perhaps unorthodox, less dramatic, more conscious and FUN way of RE-habilitating M-r (well, being conscious often also leads to breaking out in laughter – ZEN style).

So what’s the gig this time with M-r, you may wonder?

 

* MERCURY Retro in TAU / AR (with URANUS), and SATURN Retro in the Galactic Centre:
Freedom from the Known! 

Astrologically, MERCURY is making a loop from  ARIES – with URANUS (end of March) over to  TAURUS (March 31 – Apr 20), then back to ARIES, for playing again and longer with URANUS end of Apr to mid-May, to forward into TAURUS (May 15 – June 6).
In this season’s loop, MERCURY ‘dances’ around the AR – TAU ‘Settling Point’ of the Zodiac. Finding our ground – perhaps starting out being unsettled – being liberated – finding higher ground.
The AR – TAU connection also has to do with the human Desire Nature: “I’m going after what I want”.

  • We’re invited to check out the validity of desires, and in what ways they are a mental trip & trap.
  • How do we get attached to wanting things, wanting people to behave, or life to unfold in a certain way?
  • What has true value to us?
  • Is it possible to be attachment-FREE, and live less mentally, more magically?

A wild MERCURY – URANUS combo got the ball rolling recently (exact for the first time on March 26, activated by the ARIES New Moon on March 27 – the combo will be on again. for a longer phase, end of April  to mid May)!

Shake-up news, wake-up calls, new ideas popping up constantly, cameo appearance meetings new interesting people, and breakthrough conversations anybody?
All of these ‘symptoms’ are of the same MERCURY – URANUS Archetype combo! In that space, one never knows what comes next (definitely things don’t unfold according to plan or desire – which might be of a too dense vibration anyway). Does that make you anxious – or is it positively thrilling?! Nothing can be taken for granted, and things can change in the blink of an eye – which is also a hugely creative space.

Liberating ‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus at the Rockefeller Centre NYC, surrounded by the Zodiac belt..

Did you know? URANUS is the ‘transpersonal version’ and ‘higher octave’ of MERCURY! The Awake and Universal Mind… And: The creative principle, the spark of life.

  • Where does ‘Life’ come from?
  • What makes Life show up spontaneously, manifesting blossoms in Spring, and our precious human, animal, and plant life?
  • How do all our organs and functions ‘know’ exactly what to do?
  • And other ‘out of the box’ questions…

 

Blue Spectral Storm Seal

Which reminds me also – we are in the Blue Spectral Storm year of the Mayan Calendar (July 26, 2016 – July 24, 2017) – which, according to an article by Stephanie South, on the Foundation of the Law of Time site “also begins a much larger cycle: a cycle of 2756-years or fifty-three, 52-year cycles also known as Sirian wheels. This first Sirian wheel is from 2016-2068, establishing the first galactic era of Timeship Earth. This year offers us the potential to make a quantum leap of our physical body consciousness into states of super and continuing consciousness. But to do so we are required to continue releasing the layers and lifetimes of old identities, habits and belief systems.”

 

The latter – releasing, and being done with old karmic ‘stories’ and beliefs (what we think we know) – is what SATURN in SAG ‘coaches’ us about. SATURN is also big this week and month, since it also just went retro – yesterday Apr 6, until Aug 25!
An excellent ‘karma wrap-up’ phase, and for being less ruled by limitations and fear.
Via intro-spection (literally: retro in SAG, which rules vision, and seeing), we can see more clearly what the inner obstacles are, which helps us complete our ‘contracts’ with the old conditioning that creates karmic ‘feedback loops’.

I hear you say: “This can be a looong process.” But hey, that’s another ‘story’ too which doesn’t have to be always and nowadays true – everything accelerates, and what used to take years can be a matter of months or weeks now. URANUS in ARIES…!

With the lighter, freer, faster vibration of MERCURY / URANUS, rather than ‘going crazy’,  we can tap into the genius and spontaneity of LIFE itself – and tap into our inner genius along the way. These are the times of miracles and wonder… showing up as synchronicities,  magical connections, or ‘deja vus’ out of the blue.
Had quite a few this week – when in ‘non-resistance’ super fluid high vibration – love and excitement.

Maybe you experience the whole spectrum of acceleration, unpredictability, shocks, surprises, and miracles, in the Journey?
Maybe depending on which story you are telling yourself and others, and which lens you are looking through? Cause and effect… says ‘Lord of Karma’ SATURN in SAG.

Voyager Tarot card VII – Chariot, Law of Movement.

This stationary SATURN time can make us acutely aware of our ‘fears of flying’, yet also keeps us grounded for a purpose.
What is ‘right action’, where and HOW to move in integrity, and come from the Heart (which is beyond right or wrong) seems acutely ‘in our face’ now. SATURN has been stationary in March, in the ‘Galactic Centre’ end of SAG – where we’re dealing with the Ultimate Unknown, and Unknowable. When we get out of our own way (not to say: we’re doing nothing, rather: we’re being in the flow of ‘The Tao’ / ‘The Way’), and realize our resistance IS the obstacle we allow the Universe to be the ‘Charioteer’, so-to-say, and show us ‘The Vehicle’.

 

What’s MERCURY retro got to do with this?
The early TAURUS energy where MERCURY ‘sits’ now ‘stationary’ may feel like stalling, super slow and stuck, literally ‘sitting on something’ / ‘with something’, or, in ZaZen mode: just sitting, while SATURN stationary in the ‘Galactic Centre’ also seems to tell us to ‘go nowhere’ – into the VOID.
Can we embrace the VOID?

 

After taking a little cat nap break, on this stormy day, I randomly opened a beautiful book a friend gave me a while back: In Love with the Mystery by Canadian ‘Renaissance artist’ Ann Mortifee – and found a vignette that’s so apropos SATURN stationary in the Galactic Centre:

“The mind clings to what it has learned. It insists that we must first understand something before we can trust enough to move forward. We must be willing to let go. We must be willing to take with us only what serves the next step. Understanding is only a momentary rung on a ladder. We step from one rung to the other until finally we leave the ladder behind. In this way, we arrive one day at the place of Wisdom.”

Maybe in a certain life situation you seem to be going nowhere (from the ego perspective), except in circles in your mind, or even spiraling into a ‘black hole’ – frustrating, depressing…
Can you be with the Unknown, and even relax in its dark spaciousness? No need to know now. See what arises. The direction and guidance will reveal itself, from within, and in unexpected ways.
And with MERCURY RETRO, the information we have now, at the onset of its journey, changes, and thing look differently over the course of M-r.
RE-lax, RE-ceive, and RE-treat the busy mind, in its desire to know.

I love M-r, as a time of Magic and Miracles (not to be expected,of course, that would be an oxymoron) – great to be open and available, and see the world with fresh eyes, rather than filtered through the old lens.
MERCURY – URANUS (this ‘wild card encounter’ is RE-visited end of Apr / early May) REminds us to Live NOW & Wake UP! What an actutely-creative space this is!

  • Are you a bit nervous and stressed-out, just to think about – another Mercury retro!?
  • Is your mind driving the bus, and driving you and others crazy?
  • Has your mind, and have your ‘plans’ been on zigzag course lately?
  • Do you just wanna be FREE from all that… BS?
  • Have you gone like: whoaaa! Paradigm shifts, surprise news, shockers, in your world recently?
  • Are you experiencing liberating, awakening breakthroughs?

Yep, all of the above (incl. going crazy over Mercury retro!) ARE MERCURY pre-retro / URANUS symptoms.

Let’s RE-lax, just for now. Don’t worry, we’re all in one boat – and hey? What boat? What’s ‘real’? It’s all ‘just’ phenomenal, and actually un-real. Might sound far-out but modern quantum science confirms nowadays what spirituality always ‘knew’.
MERCURY RETRO starts from early TAURUS which rules our sense experiences of physical phenomena. TAURUS has the notion to grasp and assimilate what’s tangible, and cultivate something permanent, valuable, and pleasing to the senses.

What IS RE-liable, solid, tangible, constant, MERCURY in TAU might ask? – before going retro (on Apr 9), inviting us to dig deeper, and bring forth de-lightful and enlightening insights from the journey (MERCURY / SUN / URANUS) that we’re about to embark on.

Lots of impulses and ‘moving parts’ – Things change a lot (mirrored by lots of cardinal and mutable energy),  in the astrological weather patterns.

Can you be ok with that, and embrace what appears in the mind, esp. “what you want”, as impermanent? Good ol’ Buddhist teaching… and the Sabian Symbol of M-r will tell us more about this theme too…

 

Some random tips for the M-r zone:

  • Sloooowing down, tuning into the Body and its messages.
  • Maybe we need to take ourselves to magical places on Mother-Earth in Spring.
  • MERCURY the magician-healer offers tools that transform, re-align, help, and heal. What are the messages?
  • Let’s be open to guidance and help, from ‘winged messengers’ incl. the angelic realm.
  • Let’s BE magical, and open for the unknown and unknowable.
  • Buying less, RE-purposing more.

Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of the Body (TAU). They might take us inward at first, esp. in the first half of the M-r phase (until Apr 19), to help us come to our senses.

 

* EMBODIED ASTROLOGY – in TAURUS

Speaking of Messages of the Body, Alignment, and Embodiment:
Mark your calendar for the next Living Breathing Birth Chart – Embodied Astrology – in TAURUS (at and with TAUREANS!)
On Sunday Apr 30, from 1:30 pm on.

Our ‘Astro*Embodiment Grove’ in the Park – well, this time we’ll be in a private TAUREAN Home!

* Experience your chart directly through the TAUREAN Body (rather than via the MERCURIAL Mind).

* Let the Planetary Archetypes speak to and through you.

* Move with what you experience! It’s an embodiment, not a performance.

* Experience the Archetypes in Astrology and perhaps your own chart in a new, fresh, embodied way.
 

The Facebook event is on my AstroPage.

We have space for a few more Embodyers!
Newcomers most welcome!

 

* MERCURY Retro and the Mind Maze / Labyrinth 

Labyrinth (Seven Circle Classical L.) by Helen Rowlands

When I was searching for something else on the internet a while ago, I came across this Labyrinth image by Helen Rowlands, which immediately reminded me of the Brain.

Why haven’t I seen the connection before? A classical MERCURY retro example for suddenly seeing connections that were always there, in ‘plain sight’ but not paid attention to.
Uhh. and I was also RE-minded of the ‘Food Forest Labyrinth’ (SO M-r in TAU) that my friends from Edible Landscapes Design – offer awesome!

Check out this Labyrinth article, with TAUREAN Minotaur and all!

A MERCURY retro question could be: Can we use the ancient labyrinth structure / system, to intentionally connect, energize, and regenerate both brain hemispheres, and everything ‘mind’?

I’m sure more RE-storing, RE-generative qualities will come up with the M-r. And exciting new insights too.

 

Mercury Butchard Gardens

What are the symptoms of being in an unconscious / default MERCURY retro mode?

How do you recognize that you are in a mercurial ‘maze’ / ‘labyrinth’?

What’s the best approach to the energy of this time?

Well, to cut right through the story, unconsciousness IS the maze.

When we identify with and attach to the mind’s analyses, stories and assumptions, AND with our feelings, based on the thoughts that circulate in us (or vice versa, thoughts based on feelings) we are entangled in its own net, and far from free (the incentive of MERCURY – URANUS).

Thinking itself is not the problem, and we can’t and don’t need to make our mind ‘shut up’. The issue is rather getting wrapped up with and stuck in our thoughts a la TAURUS.

Each MERCURY retro phase serves as a REcalibration of the mind, and REconnection of the mind (represented by MERCURY) with Consciousness and Spirit (represented by the SUN. MERCURY has gone ahead of the SUN, and is during M-r being ‘lassoed back in’, to step behind the SUN).

 


* ‘Le Chart’ of MERCURY Retro Turnaround

I got mer-curious to set up the chart of MERCURY going retro, and also to look at the Sabian Symbol – both very RE-vealing….

Here’s the chart!

 

  • Check out the concentration of MERCURY retro – URANUS / SUN, on the AR – TAU ‘Settling Point’ (not so settled, with SUN / URANUS (they’ll be aligned on Apr 13! – wake-up calls? Awakening from the habitual mind?
  • SATURN is also freshly retro,
  • PLUTO will go retro on Apr 20,
  • VENUS is still retro until Apr 15, soo close to CHIRON – Healing old ‘Love Wounds’ through connectedness that’s unconditional and always available…

And the Lunar Nodes will soon (Apr 29) shift from VIR – PI in the last 1 1/2 years to LEO – AQ. The North Node is presently (Apr / May) on the ‘Sphinx Point’ Self Awareness Rules! And Mercury Retro loves that too!

 

Bottom line:  

  • Let’s BE aware and MIND-ful, recognize when we are rather mind – full, and what it takes to bring more ease and flow to our life.
  • Let’s REalize again that we are not the mind. It’s just a function that serves consciousness.
  • Let’s be open minded, and available to see things in a new, fresh light.

Let’s see what the * SABIAN SYMBOL of the Mercury Turnaround Degree reveals.

MERCURY will turn retro at 4°50′ TAURUS.
 

TAURUS 5°:
A WIDOW AT AN OPEN GRAVE.

Keynote: The impermanence of all material and social bonds.

“All natural compounds decay,” said the Buddha. The most beautiful and most enjoyed substance loses its potential energy through continuous actualization and the principle of integration and form is withdrawn, leaving the Void — “the open grave” that ends all attachments. The Void is the great challenge: What next? One must begin anew, and if possible at a “higher,” i.e. more inclusive and universal, less egocentric, level.

This fifth conclusive stage of the sequence which deals with root elements and basic actions and responses may seem negative, yet it opens the door to self-renewal. Beyond the personal attachment rises the possibility of participating in a larger sphere of existence. This possibility rarely manifests itself except as one is ready to DISCARD THE PAST.

 

What a powerful, and definitely ‘retro’ message for the whole M-r phase – bringing the Mind back to SPIRIT / Consciousness. And it’s already a pre-cursor message for the Wesak Moon of the Buddha (this year May 10, when MERCURY will be still in post-retro ‘storm’).

Embracing the VOID…

 

On that note:

* RE-SOURCE, re: Mind, Consciousness, Spirit

Apparently randomly, I came across Adyashanti’s ‘old’ but gold video about his basic spiritual teachings. Excellent.

 

* Itinerary for the  MERCURY Retro Phase Apr / May 2017

 

Butterfly Baby, Photo by Anne Geddess


Apr 4:
MERCURY in early TAU entered the stationary ‘storm’.
Stormy, ingenuous, or wrapped up in mental attachments, and chased by the Inner Minotaur, while attempting to walk the BIG Maze? Or fun and funky premonitions?

Time to take a break, and be open for a fresh approach.

Apr 9:
MERCURY in early TAU will turn retro, from Earth perspective.
Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with Self Awareness. And: What does our Body tell us…?

Mid April – Mid May:
MERCURY – URANUS phase
(exact Apr 28, and May 9!)

A liberated mind! Leading from the Heart, and from Innocence. RE-Birth Time!

Apr 19:
Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the 1° TAURUS SUN (just 8 hrs after the SUN enters TAU!)

Ahhh, the half-way point of the MERCURY retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New MERCURY’ is born. The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness, the Heart) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant. The whole point of the MERCURY retro adjustment phase…

Apr 20:
MERCURY retro re-enters ARIES
(until May 15!), to re-connect with URANUS on Apr 28, and May 9!

What a liberating and RE-newing phase. Time to be RE-invented!

May 3:
MERCURY will go direct again, close to URANUS.
We learned a big deal about the ‘operations’ of the mind – to be RE-vealed until then. And can be so much freer.

May 12 (2 days after the Wesak Moon on May 10):
MERCURY will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.
Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe it’s deeply changed.

May 22:
MERCURY will leave the post-retro shadow.
Green light for moving forward in negotiations and interactions, led by the Heart and Consciousness.

 

Take time, this first MERCURY retro week, under the Full / waning MOON:

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check your ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘RE-sources’ and inventive ideas that could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.
  • Spring Cleaning and retro-fitting time 🙂

Wishing you a blessed navigation in the retro- and interdimensional zone, with the Mercurial Mind currents, in the Heavens as on EARTH!

Hope to SEE you again soon, in real life, or online – it’s all about REconnecting (as directly as possible)!

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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And NOW for the NEW! MERCURY now in ARIES (March 13 – 31 + Apr 20 – May 15) with Triple URANUS Contact – Revolution of the Mind!

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And now for a refreshing mental shift and lift:

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Butterfly Baby, Photo by Anne Geddess

MERCURY entered ARIES today, March 13!
Inviting us to connect mentally with the Emergence of the NEW!

An enlivening, activating, quickening energy, post Piscean ‘floating’, dreaming, surfing, and navigating of the cosmic waves and currents of the collective mental sphere – an Odyssey for many of us… MERCURY was in PISCES since just before the Shivaratri PISCES Solar Eclipse on Feb 26, until today March 13.

Phewww, that wasn’t ‘easy’, since so much has been washed up, and come to our mental attention as well – only to show: we are, and it IS all connected, always in-becoming.
MERCURY is traditionally considered ‘in exile’ in PISCES, opposite its ruled sign VIRGO, the helper, and square its other ruled sign GEMINI, the learner. PISCES is rather the mystic.
How’s the mind of the mystic? Rather a no-mind.

Hope you could dance through, and BE with it, rather than straining your mind to find a way through the waters of overwhelm and confusion, and, like myself, took time to release and retreat, let go of your agenda, connect spiritually, and be open to see miracles and synchronicities.
Maybe in reflection on where this recent time took us mentally can help putting it into perspective, and we can see the gifts in disguise (PISCES likes to camouflage)…

MERCURY’s farewell to PISCES came with a square with SATURN in SAG, yesterday, March 12 – sounds like a mental bruise… maybe news and communication that showed what to let go of, and where the path actually leads – and comes from: The HEART. 

And NOW for the NEW!

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First Flight

MERCURY entering ARIES is a big shift, and big news.
Why?

  • ARIES is where everything starts – Spring Equinox energy.
    MERCURY as a function of the mind is very well placed in ARIES, since it lends itself to new ideas and inspiration (hopefully after a big release, surrender, and re-connection with what-IS in PISCES).
    Here-now, we can get the ball rolling, in communication and new endeavours that might require courage – or rather a fresh mental approach, and to simply give it a try, and put something forward. Be pro-active, make the first step, make a suggestion.
    Kick your mind into gears, let fresh ideas arise!
    Out of hibernation, into action, one baby step at a time!
    But hey, with ARIES, things can go fast!
    Any mental projects sitting on the back burner that you’d like to tackle? Get going!

  • MERCURY will go retro soon (Apr 9 – May 3), which – you know my approach by now – isn’t ‘bad news’, rather an opportunity for mental re-set with the Heart, Spirit, and Consciousness (MERCURY is being ‘lassoed in’ by the SUN).This will be such an interesting MERCURY retro phase!

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    Prometheus – the Archetype of URANUS – Bringing the Fire of the Gods to Humanity

    MERCURY will meet its ‘higher octave’ and transpersonal ‘Avatar’ URANUS in late ARIES 3 times in this journey (March 26, Apr 28, and May 9!), and start its post-retro forward motion on May 3 right next to URANUS! 
    End of April to mid May will be very MERCURY – URANUS energized!
    Does that sound like revolution from within, and awakening from the mental game, or what?!
    Innovative approaches to everything. Liberating mind-shifts in so many ways.

    What a contrast to the last MERCURY retro phase that started next to PLUTO in CAP, on Dec 19 – sounds already heavy and oppressive… and it showed us a big deal about power structures, and how to not get oppressed by or depressed over the news they produce but instead shift our mind and BE the change!
    So here’s a brief mental pause, to honour and acknowledge our Winter journey with MERCURY (the Mind) and PLUTO (Power – to change, and be the Evolution!).

    I set up the charts for MERCURY going retro (Apr 9), meeting the SUN (Apr 19 / 20 – a ‘New Mercury’ – Mind guided by Spirit and the Heart, and for MERCURY going direct, next to URANUS, on May 3 (shortly before the Wesak Moon of the Buddha, which will be this year on May 10).
    Don’t want to overwhelm you with more info here.
    Yet I must say: I’m excited at the upcoming energies!
    Which are already HERE
    if our consciousness taps into them – since ‘time’ is only a linear construct which we have been entrained to go by…

So, let’s welcome MERCURY in ARIES with all that it brings us, to set ourselves FREE from the ‘known’ and for the NEW!

And see what happens when we get the ball rolling for something that Spirit calls us to move towards. Things can go much faster than you thought 🙂

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

ASTRO~EXPERIENCES Alert:

Come join us at the Astro~Embodiment of the Spring Equinox – very apropos MARS in TAURUS! – Experience the energies of the Planets at the entry into Spring 2017 in a direct, sensate way!
Full description at the FB event page.
On March 19 – the day before Spring Equinox!

And, you are welcome tomorrow Tue March 14, the birthday of the City of Victoria – ‘she’ is a VIRGO – PISCES Full Moon City (* March 14, 1843)! -, our once-a-year AstroExperience of the City’s chart and our astrological resonance and ‘cosmic dance’ with ‘her’: Astrology, the City, and YOU! This one is also available via skype or fb messenger – you don’t have to show up in embodied presence. 🙂

Join from your home or holiday if you happen to NOT be in Victoria presently!
Full description at the FB event page.

 

 

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