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Summer SoUlstice 2018 – Height of the Light, Sacred Stand-Still and Turning Point

20 Jun

Happy SUMMER SOLSTICE on June 21, 2018 – Height of the Light!

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha / SUMMER SOLSTICE, Lughnassadh / Lammas, Mabon, Samhain.

We’re 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.
In this beautifully compiled UK originated page The Goddess and the Green Man you can find a plethora of traditions, ceremonies, and recipes for ‘Midsummer’ (as it’s also called, even though Summer only begins!).

Sol-Stice 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’.

If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, the ‘arc’ 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 Australia and South Africa, and the whole Southern Hemisphere of Mama Gaia!

Back to our Northern sphere:
As you can see in this daylight table we’re 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 on June 21, with 16 hrs and 06 min. and 43 sec., the absolute maximum of the year.
June 21 is 7 hours and 48 minutes longer than the Winter Solstice (Dec 21)!
And from next week on, the day time will recede very slowwwly – yet, it’s SUMMER!

 

* 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 22).
The first WATER sign of the Zodiac introduces the world of Feeling, Caring, Nurturing, and Belonging – ahhh!
This is the energy related to the Mother theme.
The MOON is ‘at home’
and most natural in CANCER which brings out our early, primal memories, our need to be safe and cared for, our instincts to protect life, and to nurture what and whom we care about – our ‘loved ones’ (2-legged or 4-legged), and extending to all beings and life forms.

With CANCER being so closely linked with the MOON you probably want to know when the first SUMMER Full Moon and New Moon will be:
The next Full Moon in CAP – CAN is on June 27/28, and the CANCER New Moon on July 12/13 will be actually a Partial Solar Eclipse, visible from Southern Australia and Antarctica.

Stay tuned for the  Astro~News blog, with cosmic offerings for attunement and celebration!

 

* STANDSTILL & SPIRALING Vibes

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Chartres Labyrinth

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

Yes, the SUN moves into CANCER and follows MERCURY (already there since June 12). Sooo, the the conscious, vital (SUN) and mental (MERCURY) energy is turning inwards-backwards, towards themes of origin, home, belonging, how we nurture and what nurtures the soul – as families and tribes gather at this warming season…

Some of our Planetary SoUlar System ‘Family Members’ (getting used to CANCER language here… 🙂 ) reflect the ‘standstill’ / turnaround / inward-turning energy this month too. Here they are, in order of closeness to our Earthly Home:

 

  • MERCURY is technically direct / forward moving, yet travelling in CANCER (June 12 – 28) which turns the mental energy inward-backward by nature:
    Memories, dreams, reflections, and thinking / talking about themes we care about, and what offers safety and compassion. Also an ebb-and-flow / back-and-forth / sideways ‘crab walk’ energy for the mind – which can be very creative, and feeling infused.

    When in LEO (from June 28 on), MERCURY will start to slow down, for (you guessed it, indeed!) another MERCURY retro phase, from July 25 to Aug 18, all in LEO. Themes will be to find our way from the ego to the heart, to love and healthy self love, in communication.
    MERCURY will still be in LEO until Sept 5!

    So, July and Aug will be also ‘turnaround months for MERCURY. 
    More about it on this channel in July.

 

  • MARS now in early AQ is on the brink of going retro, on June 26 (until Aug 27). 
    Quite a turnaround energy to RE-calibrate the Inner Masculine, and RE-activate community and cooperation, post old-World / old ways of aggression, competition, and division.
    Yet also a good time to process old anger, and to re-ignite projects that have been on the back burner.
    Find more about MARS Retro 2018 in this blog post.

 

  • JUPITER in mid-SCO, and on retro course since March 8, will go direct again on July 10, and is still stationary (moving super slowly in the ‘U-turn’ from backwards to forward) end June to end of July, to help us expand and deepen our awareness of core themes that are often hidden incl. from ourselves, and to transform inner / old blockages into treasures.

 

  • URANUS freshly in TAU is slowing down too, to go retro on Aug 7 (until Jan 7, 2019), and will be in apparent stationary ‘stand-still’ between 2 – 3° TAU, mid-July to end of Aug. URANUS’s Experiment in TAU will go until Nov 6 for this year but come back ‘for good’ from next March on). Both Trauma and Liberation start with the Body. And Wake-up call for us Earthlings. 
    More about URANUS into TAU in this blog post.

 

  • CHIRON freshly in ARIES is slowing down too, to go retro on July 4 – until Dec 8, and is now (June / July) also in turnaround / stationary mode, offering us the Medicine of Being Authentic and Present in the Self and in the Now, and in its retro phase even more so: to find it from within.
    Here’s also a blog post for CHIRON in ARIES.

 

  • NEPTUNE in mid-PISCES went retro on June 18, and is still stationary until mid-July too, tuning us into Inner All-Connectedness (beyond co-dependency).
    Find out more about this oceanic infusion in the blog post for NEPTUNE in PI going retro.

 

In other words, all these Planets are in the process of changing direction, from direct to retro (MERCURY,  MARS, 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 help us find those archetypal experiences of healing / medicine journey, liberation, and transcendence rather inward, and also to ‘revisit’ places we’ve been before in those experiences, and release the past.

Plus, SATURN and PLUTO have been retro for a few months now, and support inward / backward processes:

SATURN, now retro, and in Sept stationary in early CAP (will go direct on Sept 6) calls us to complete old limiting conditioning, and commit to the Inner Assignment, do the Inner Work, and find Inner Authority and Inner Elder who will then naturally be established and recognized in the outer world.

And PLUTO in CAP, also retro until Sept 30, supports Inner Evolution and Transformation to find the ultimate resource – Soul / Higher Power – and be directed from within – which fuels the collective Evolution of the structures on Planet Earth.

 

As you see, lots of planetary energies are / will be soon retrograde – in fact 6 in the month of July, and even 7 in the month of August!

We’ll tune in and explore these themes so that the process can be naturally supported, in our 

RETRO Record Summer 2018 –
Special ASTRO Parlour
RE-sourcing from Within

MON JULY 16
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3:16 – 6 PM PDT – additional afternoon group can be opened, with outdoor option.

The evening group has an online option too!
Here’s the FB Event.

 

In the present / upcoming turnaround course, we’re called go backwards / inwards, for REsolve and RElease, esp. when it comes to old low and unconscious perhaps karmically ‘inherited’ vibrations of…

MERCURY in LEO: Old mental patterns that revolve around oneself, perhaps in narcissistic ways.

MARS in AQ: Old ego patterns that divide and isolate us from friends, community, and humanity.

SATURN in CAP: 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.

CHIRON in AR: Old stressful survival mode wounds that turn into our ‘shamanic scars’.

URANUS in TAU: Old attachments that prevent our true freedom.

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

PLUTO in CAP: Old powers that oppress and abuse.

 

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

MERCURY in LEO: Expressing ourselves lovingly, passionately, creatively, and heart-fully.

MARS in CAP / LEO: Building in Community. Together we’re stronger.

SATURN in CAP: Standing in our Authority, and working with our Best.

CHIRON in AR / PI : The ‘wound’ carries the Medicine. We’re healing when the All is Healing.

URANUS in TAU / AR: Embodied Liberation into the vibrant NOW Presence.

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

PLUTO in CAP: Empowered by and for Evolution.

 

 

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

The SUN enters CANCER on June 21 at 3:09 am PDT.
Wake up into SUMMER, on June 21!

 

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

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

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

 

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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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LIBRA – ARIES Easter Full Moon with ERIS / URANUS, and MARS / SATURN: Liberation and Peace in a Polarized World

30 Mar

Dear Astro~News Readers!

Let’s welcome the LIBRA – ARIES Full Moon!

Not only as the March Blue Moon (second one, after March 1), and First Full Moon in Spring, heralding Easter the day after (yes, Easter is a lunar calendar festival, celebrated on the Sunday after the first Spring Full Moon)!
But also, since it brings lots of liberating shifts!

 

Young Hare, by Albrecht Duerer (original at Albertina, Vienna)

 

Surprise – surprise!
An unexpected Archetype’s ‘on board’ of the ARIES activation this month:

Not only URANUS but also ERIS (presently at 23°16’ AR) will be catalyzed by the LI – AR Full Moon (March 31) and by the New Moon in ARIES (Apr 15)!

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Eris – Antikensammlung Berlin

A befriended Astro client asked me a few days ago what my take on Eris, Sedna, and other seldomly looked-at and newly discovered Astro Archetypes is.
Which made me realize: 

It’s ERIS season again (yep, not just ARIES season). And, even more so: ERIS has been actually (perhaps overlooked but very effectively) operating for a while in ‘tandem’ with URANUS in ARIES.
Both just come out of that crazy 2 – 3 year alliance mirrored in world events.

Who / what / which Archetype is ERIS, and how does it show up now personally and societally?

ERIS, the most massive and second-largest dwarf planet known in the Solar System, was only discovered in 2005 (one of the reasons why PLUTO was demoted of its Planet status in 2006!), has an eccentric 561(!) year orbit around the SUN (more than twice as long as PLUTO), and has been almost the whole 20th and beginning of the 21st century in ARIES!

Even if you have ‘nothing in ARIES’ you do: ERIS (that’s another – personal – story, showing how you respond to / with that Archetype!)

The unevolved role of the ERIS Archetype – the Greek goddess of discord and strife is seeding separation – which we’ve seen a lot lately in humanity.
“She stirs up jealousy and envy to cause fighting and anger among men. At the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, all the gods were invited with the exception of Eris, and, enraged at her exclusion, she spitefully caused a quarrel among the goddesses that led to the Trojan War.”

Here’s where ERIS can evolve, according to Doug Walker in this excellent ERIS intro article:
“If the ERIS Archetype is developed fully, humanity may never have to experience war again. The feminine ERIS will balance the aggression of MARS. A well developed ERIS Archetype could banish all war. The ancient prophesy of swords turned into plowshares could be realized.”

May CHIRON entering ARIES (which is immanent, starting Apr 17 – until Sept 25 2018, and then fully ON from Feb 18, 2019 on until 2026 / 27 when it will meet ERIS) help with healing what makes war possible.

But realistically speaking (says SATURN in CAP now too…), we gotta start from and acknowledge where we’re at.
Has it ever been a period of discord, disruption, and seeding of separation in society over the last 2 years, esp. via the media!
The recently revealed social media scandals of sensitive private data being harvested and exploited to split the population by manipulatively feeding them back ‘news’ and intensifying what they believe in or side with in a way that could have tipped the scales for the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, and the Brexit referendum.
A prime example of large scale collective seeding of discord and separation.
Plus the huge trend of ‘disruptive technology’ which can be abused in so many ways…

As well as the crazy making U. S – North Korea conflict, scandalous school shootings in the U.S. and the heated gun control debate, and the Catalan call for independence (URANUS and ERIS have been on Barcelona’s ARIES SUN and not far from Spain’s MOON in the last years (Check out my astrological Catalunya Independence blog post) are all prime examples of ERIS at work – together with URANUS.

 

Uranian Liberation & Promethean Mercury Lead ON.

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

The Archetype of URANUS the Awakener (shocking and rude awakenings, in this case) reflects not only (or at least not always immediately) liberation but also disruption, distortion, trauma, and in combination with ERIS (which happens once in a century only) has been highly explosive and discordant. Esp. since both are also in assertive ARIES.

May the shocking revelations (JUPITER in SCO certainly helps with that) that are coming through now lead to freedom of humanity on a higher and more conscious level!

Good to know: URANUS has now passed ERIS (their ‘hottest’ years were 2016 / 2017).
So, my sense is the shocking discordance producing scenarios might integrate, as (Uranian) Awakening in Humanity continues. People don’t buy into the old ‘divide et impera’ (divide and rule) principle, based on being set up against each other anymore.

ERIS in ARIES is a strong Full Moon (March 31) and New Moon (Apr 15) catalyst.
See the Full Moon chart below.
Bringing the ERIS / URANUS low grade manifestation to the bright light of SOLAR Consciousness (the SUN is very strong in ARIES) IS a game (or rather: out-of-game) changer. Waking Up from being set up to fight / war  against ‘the other’ brings  for true URANIAN Liberation.

 

MERCURY in ARIES at the retro mid-point, connecting with the SUN on Apr 1 = Day of Enlightened Insight (for more about the whole M-r phase check out the blog post).

This certainly helps also with breakthroughs, aha effects, paradigm shifts, and mental liberation from the agitating ‘war on mind’ / mind at war with itself, and for a fresh approach.
With the MERCURY – SUN Enlightening Insight contact, a ‘New MERCURY’ (like a New Moon) is born, and the SUN (Consciousness, Spirit) is leading now, while the MERCURY (Mind) follows. This is the ‘Promethean’ phase of M-r. Prometheus is the URANUS Archetype. A liberating force. Forward-thinking, out-of the-
mind-matrix, etc.

“What and how do you Choose now newly?” asks the LIBRA FULL MOON, opposite the ARIES frenzy, and: “What brings Balance and PEACE in a Polarized World”?

 

MARS in CAP Passes Stationary (retro on Apr 17) SATURN:
Overcoming old blocks, obstacles, fears, and patriarchal control.
Moving forward, in Integrity and Inner Authority.

Mars (Hubble Space Telescope)

The LI – AR Full Moon links up in a sharp ‘T-Square’ with stationary SATURN (about to go retro, on Apr 17) and MARS. Now that’s quite the charge!

MARS and SATURN are the ‘outlet’ of that intense dynamic. Both strong in CAP. At best a momentum in Integrity and intrinsic Authority.

With the last New Moon, March 17, MARS, Ruler of ARIES, entered CAP – its ‘best’ position in the Zodiac (lots of energy to ‘move mountains’, and a push to persevere – in integrity), and will be in the Mountain Goat sign for a long time (basically until mid-Sept)
For more details, check out my MARS-in-CAP blog post.

Now MARS will pass SATURN (exact on Apr 2) – that’s big news, and the last massive shift catalyzed by the Full Moon!
Moving past serious authority challenges and obstacles, control, fears and resistances.
May Integrity lead the way!
And as SATURN will go retro on Apr 17 (for the first time since it entered CAP last Dec), we once again learn the lesson that true authority lays within.

Next up for MARS: A contact with LILITH, on Apr 19:
Our True Nature can’t be corrupted or controlled. Let’s move on and up from that place.

 

Here’s the chart of the LIBRA – ARIES Full Moon with URANUS and ERIS in AR, in T-Square to MARS – SATURN:

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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MERCURY and VENUS enter ARIES (March 5 / 6), leading the Way for CHIRON entering ARIES (Apr 17): Emergence of the NEW

28 Feb

And now for a refreshing shift and lift:
After passing CHIRON in late PISCES on March 4, MERCURY (March 5), followed by VENUS (March 6) will both move over the Spring Equinox ‘Emergence Point’ from PISCES to ARIES!

Maybe you’ve felt so vulnerable, entangled with (actually also a Quantum Physics concept!) and exposed to the interconnectedness – of everything! Which is ultimately true, but scary for the separate personal identity…

This year, even CHIRON will ‘try on’ ARIES, from Apr 17 – Sept 25, before making its long term move (until 2026) on Feb 19, 2019.
There it will witness and activate PLUTO’s entry into AQ (Spring 2023, fully from Jan 2024 on), and NEPTUNE’s entry into AR in Jan 2026.
Whoaaa, those will be major shifts in the Astro / collective & connective Weather!

But hey, getting ahead of myself a bit here (so ARIES), yet also good to know what’s on the horizon, I’d say!

 

MERCURY into ARIES (March 5 – May 13, incl. the Retro Journey March 22 – Apr 15)

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Butterfly Baby, Photo by Anne Geddess

MERCURY will enter ARIES on March 5!

Quite a long journey of the swift Messenger in the fastest sign of the Zodiac! How does that go together?
MERCURY will invite 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 has been in PISCES since Feb 17.

Phewww, that hasn’t always been ‘easy’, since so much has been washed up, and come to our mental attention – 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 receive, see miracles and synchronicities.
Maybe in reflection on where this recent time took us mentally it could help putting it into perspective, and we can see the gifts in disguise (PISCES is paradoxical and likes to camouflage)…

MERCURY’s farewell to PISCES comes with a conjunction with VENUS and CHIRON, on March 4, 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, Photographer unknown

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, take 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? 

MERCURY will go retro soon though (March 22 – Apr 15), 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 an interesting MERCURY retro phase, all in ARIES!

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 with. Things can go much faster than you thought 🙂

The MERCURY retro phase from March 22 (‘storm’ starts on March 15) to Apr 15 (‘storm’ ends on Apr 24) will be in the first half (5 – 17°) of ARIES.
MERCURY in AR will square SATURN in CAP 3 times, while direct – retro – direct:
March 1o
direct / pre-retro, Apr 5 retro, Apr 25 direct (with SATURN being retro / stationary then).

Seems like we’re in for lessons that bring the mind more into Integrity: Say as you do, and do as you say. Yet also a phase to try on new ways of thinking beyond limiting conditioning.
More about it closer to the M-r phase!

 

VENUS into ARIES (March 6 – 30)

Spring, by Italian Renaissance painter G. Arcimboldo

As VENUS is entering the ARIES scene on March 6, the Heroine emerges, and newness blossoms like shoots in Spring.  
VENUS in ARIES doesn’t wait to be asked ‘to dance’ or to be on the scene, she takes the first steps, goes for what she values, is direct and ‘in your face’.
How does VENUS in ARIES attract?
Perhaps through her rawness and courage. What you see is what you get. No more Piscean passive princess or mystical muse. Nor an Aphrodite who competes to be the fairest and ‘chosen one’ by Paris or any other prince who gives her the ‘golden apple’.

Time for the Feminine to come out in a new way!

VENUS, like MERCURY, will from ARIES square SATURN in CAP, on March 13 (‘only’ once).
A dynamic conflict between being attracted to the new, and solid reasons and experience (or fear) holding us back. The tension seeks an outlet though, and since MERCURY plus soon the SUN move also into ARIES, the fresh and new approach definitely needs to be acted on. 
Check out where early ARIES is in your chart, that’s where rebirth and fresh beginnings beckon!

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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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.

 

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“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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The SUN Crosses the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO to SAG: Rising – and Raising Vibrations, with the Inner Heart Light.

21 Nov

 

Today Nov 21 at 7:05 pm PST, the SUN moves from SCORPIO to SAG – across the ‘Phoenix Point’.
This week (started with the New Moon last Saturday) is very ‘Phoenix’ like:
We made it through ‘THIS’, burnt a lot through and off, and rise again… from the deep intense Scorpionic ‘underwater’ realm to a Fiery, Spirited Sagittarian sense of Knowing that might sound like: “We got through it, and see the picture more clearly now!”.
Yet, do we like what we see?
And do we really know where we’re going from here?

SATURN in SAG these years (Sept 2015 until Dec 19, 2017) doesn’t make the SAG Journey feel like a walk in the park or a joy ride. It’s been rather showing humanity the shadow of SAG:
‘More’ isn’t always ‘better’, and “I know better than you!”, “Our belief is superior to yours” heed karmic boomerang effects, are separative, and obstacles on the spiritual path.

Now we’re literally in the landing phase of SATURN in SAG – last 4 weeks!
An excellent time for a review of the teachings of the last years.
MERCURY will starts its retro journey also from close to SATURN (and will meet SATURN on Nov 7).
Let’s take time to reflect…

 

In combination with PLUTO in CAP, the Zodiac sign ruled by SATURN, deep, dense, old, historic power stuff layers built up over time, and running through societies and cultures is coming ‘up and out’ now.
Just saying: Plutocracy – Greek origin, literally: power of / dominion by the wealthy.
Here’s an excellent historic documentary film called Plutocracy that I found when researching.

In a simple astrological formula:
PLUTO = it gets intense as it changes.
CAPRICORN = “I use” (resources and time) / shadow: Abuse and exploitation – to ‘optimize’/ get the most out of it.

SAG and CAP are intertwined these days, via SATURN – which gives the ‘usual’ high-spirited SAG a heavier, weighty, shadow conscious, karmic tone – to mature and ‘ground’ the energy in integrity.

As we step into the SAG season of the year it has still a SATURN undertone:

  • What are truly the best gifts we can make to others and ourselves these days?
  • What’s with the ‘Christmas Spirit’ – independent of materialism?
  • What brings ‘the Return of the Light’?

 

Jupiter Rules Sagittarius. Painting by Johfra Bosschart

Indeed, where is the light in the SAG world these days?
The very grounded Hermit in the landscape of the Johfra painting holds a lantern, representative of carrying our soul light that sheds a spotlight on the step ahead but doesn’t allow us to get too much ‘ahead of ourselves’. A good image for SATURN in SAG.

Time to give ourselves the ‘Ring’, and commit to a Path of Heart and Cour-age. Let’s be rooted in our Hearts, and not be held back by fears, to follow our Heart!
Always a good reminder that the Sagittarian Archer/ess pulls the arrow back to her / his HEART while aiming high!

As we connect in Heart Consciousness we not only rise in our own vibration but raise vibrations that affect those around us, and energetically a whole ‘field’.

 

If you’re a Sagittarian by SUN sign you would have had SATURN on your SUN sometime between 2015 and end of this year, a major maturation of Spirit (that’s ‘due’ every 29 years), and perhaps some karmic ‘graduation tests’ too, when it comes to trusting yourself, your intuition and knowing, being in your natural authority, and on your Path.

 

Chakra Awakening

 

In the Chakras, the SUN is astrologically related to the CROWN Chakra, and SATURN to the ROOT Chakra.

I’m feeling called to offer another ROOT-to-CROWN Astrological Chakra Journey from early January on, possibly even already starting on Dec 28 – would be a beautiful alignment.
With SATURN then in CAP – very rootsy!

Let me know if you’re ready to come on board!
No prerequisites, re: Astrology or Chakras. An open mind and heart are good assets.
Here’s the FB Event for a previous journey, to give you a sense.

 

Much Love for the Sagittarian Times ahead!
May our Heart Light lead the way!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’, and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified WITH them, and they don’t have to run your life.

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

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

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you in being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships with others.
Plus, I can help you determine your powerful places on Planet Earth.

ASTRO~EXPERIENCES, via Courses. Workshops, and Embodied Astrology:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over the 13 years I’ve been facilitating them become quite potent and catalytic.
Come join us, in person here in Victoria, or as an online participant, if deep synergy in an intimate (up to 6 participants) circle speaks to you!


Please find upcoming Astro~Experiences as well as offers, plus almost daily updates (more frequently than here on the Blog), incl. YouTube videos, on my FB Page:
Astrology for Self Realization.
Welcome!

This is to empowered and liberating ways of working with the ancient and timeless gifts of Astrology!