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SAG New Moon with Jupiter (Dec 6 / 7) square Mars / Neptune: Surfing & Surrendering, and Trusting the Heart Journey…

1 Dec

Dear ASTRO~NEWS Friend,

How’s it going and rolling thus far, in the SAG season (since Nov 22), and with JUPITER now (since Nov 8, and for 12 more months) in SAG?

Lots of us are still in SCO-to-SAG PHOENIX transition mode, burning off a lot of intensity that’s been bubbling up and become too obvious to ignore, with JUPITER in SCO (Oct 2017 – Nov 2018), in the recent SCO-to-SAG Season.

Plus, MERCURY retro (Nov 16 – Dec 6) cruises back and forth 3x(!) over the PHOENIX Point as well…(the days round Oct 30, Dec 1, Dec 12).

As MERCURY just re-entered SCO (Dec 1 – 12), we’re called to go into the depth of our thoughts and feelings, and deeper / more intimately into  communicative exchange with others – and re-trieve ‘treasures in the dark’ (maybe at places we’ve avoided).

 

MERCURY retro now back in SCORPIO…
…turns our memories to people, places, language, and intimate connections that have been ‘under wraps’ or on the back burner – until we remember what it’s like and how it touches us to talk with them or think / talk about these things.
Follow the prompting and synchronicities that guide you together! 

Rolling through a dark SCO wave or diving into a dark calm lake has us meet and touch on those places we usually avoid. As scary as they seem – they show us (sometimes through extremes) what makes us feel truly human and alive. Of the same Earth, going back to the same Earth.

 

Deep knowing from an inner Scorpionic place brings us back to the Heart, and gives everything a whole different meaning and direction (SAG). Thus is the Transformation from heavy ‘lead’ to Heart Gold..

Sounds like this has to do with MERCURY’s ‘mission’ back through SCO (in its role as the Alchemist!), before fully rising in SAG on 12/12.
So let’s tune into the signs and messages, and how they can change us – if we let them in.

 

VENUS will dive into SCORPIO too – tomorrow Dec 2 until Jan 7:
How Deep is Your Love?

After making a choice – hopefully in freedom and autonomy (VENUS in late LI opposing URANUS in ARIES yesterday Nov 30) it’s time to lovingly dive into the change that this choice brings (SCO).

When we do it with the depth of our Heart we’re in a place where intimacy and magic can unfold, and we may feel carried by something bigger and powerful.

The dark-before-NEW MOON will be in dark SCO too (Mon – Wed Dec 3 – 5) – evoking deep emotional responses to what we’re going through, and facilitating transformation of what has been stuck or hidden, esp. in the fields of communication (MERCURY – what have you been hiding / not processed fully, etc?) and attractions / love / intimacy (VENUS).
Can be quite magic-all if we let it – and follow our M-r / SCO intuition and instinct.
Trust the Lunar Midwife for transformation!


The Scorpionic ALCHEMY that’s on now via MERCURY, VENUS, and the MOON – leading us to a higher level of Sagittarian freedom.

 

Towards the SAG New MOON with JUPITER

 

Light Beckoning – Photo by Melanie, Dec 2018

 

Jupiter Rules Sagittarius –Painting by Johfra Bosschart

As we’re moving towards the time of longest darkness (Northern Hemisphere) SAGITTARIUS initiates us into the Inner Light:

The Heart lantern shines on our path (as the Hermit’s
in the SAG painting…). The Advent candle lights celebrate the trust in the daylight and Christ light returning, the trust in the birth of the Divine Son at Christmas / Re-birth of the Sun at Winter Solstice.

Where is it going?
Where are we going?

And equally important:
Where do we ‘come from’, as we move in a certain direction / are on our Path?

Are we in Body-Mind-Heart-Spirit alignment in our movement, not on a guilt trip (Centaur, carrying the goat skin on his shoulder as a reminder), aiming high, divinely ignited (Zeus’s thunderbolt igniting the SAG arrow)?

The Scorpionic ‘Dark Moon’ incubation phase (with MERCURY, VENUS, and the MOON) can help us process and prepare, before the Journey with / in the SAG NEW MOON phase begins which also initiates JUPITER more fully into SAG.

 

Let’s see how the

SAG New Moon shows up, and what she shows us, with her ‘birth chart:

From the West Coast perspective, the New Moon will be on Dec 6 at 11:20 pm PST – from MST on eastward, it will be Dec 7 already.

 

 

So, here’s the MOON having passed JUPITER (at 6:31 am PST on Dec 6), and meeting the SUN in mid-SAG:
A BIG New MOON – birthing and blessing the Heart Truth and its Gifts (JUPITER in SAG).

…while the SUN / MOON union squares the MARS / NEPTUNE union in PI (which in itself is a rare alignment – only comes every 2 years, exact on Dec 7).

Lots of movement and flow…
Rather than feeding stories of overwhelm, disorientation and disappointment (which all could come up in this ‘SAG – PI cocktail’ too, or trying to push or stop the energetic waves (forget it!) let’s remember to surf them…
It’s literally a Go with the Flow vibe.
And to keep it Buddha-ful…

 

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


Let’s tune in, to see what else is going on in the watery world of PISCES, and how SAG brings the Spirit Fire to it:

MARS’s meeting with NEPTUNE in PI on Dec 7 happens on the day before…

CHIRON in late PI goes from retro to direct (Dec 8).

This watery cocktail is on in the first half of December, and calls for relaxing, surrendering, being open, flexible, adaptable, unattached, ‘rolling with things’, listening to the music, diving into an energy that feeds us, and surfing what-IS – very therapeutic.
…esp. in pre-Christmas times that can paradoxically get so hectic.

 

Centaur Chiron with the Wounding Arrow

The SAG NEW MOON ‘births’ CHIRON into forward motion (from Dec 8 on), after its yearly 5-months retro phase (since July 4).

CHIRON retro started this year from early ARIES, and went back into PISCES (where it’s been since 2010!) on Sept 25, cruising on the PI – AR ‘Emergence Point’ 2018 / 19:
Out of Oneness / Connectedness emerges a new beginning in authentic presence.
Its lower vibration is emergency and survival.

Have you experienced (perhaps old / re-curring) ‘wounding’ – and its Medicine! – through

  • …being either so immersed and overwhelmed that you lose yourself – and might have gotten wounded, to remind you of being more present and in natural me-first priority?
  • …or feeling disconnected, and perhaps going into compensations like addictions that ‘connect’ you yet take you out of presence, and found you need to show up again authentically – which can lead to healthier connections?
  • …or combinations / variations of the theme?


As the Piscean tide of CHIRON is turning we can more easily ‘surf the waves of Life’, express the Medicine we’ve re-ceived outwardly, and show up authentically
 (as CHIRON will fully go into ARIES from Feb 18, 2019 on).

And YES, you got it: CHIRON is a Centaur like SAG.
According to a version of the mythological CHIRON story, he transforms into SAG(!) as the culmination of his Hero’s / Healer’s / Teacher’s Journey.

There’s a natural inner connection between the SAG wisdom and inner Heart knowing that is re-initiated with the New MOON, and with CHIRON at the very end of PI / end of the Zodiac Journey:
Connection (PI) Heals (CHIRON), and ultimate Teaching (CHIRON) shows: ALL is Connected (PI). 
How does immersing in the ‘knowing Field’ affect your Heart and your Journey (SAG)?

 

Stationary CHIRON in late PI is also one of the points of contact in the Grand Water Trine, together with stationary MERCURY (going direct 10 hrs before the New Moon!) in late SCO / on the ‘Phoenix Point’, and the Lunar North Node in late CAN. 
Late (last 10 degrees) Water signs have a PISCES undertone – yes, more Piscean energy…
Let’s allow caring gentleness-in-oneness (late CAN NN) touch the place where we may come through deep-dive realizations of the nature of Mind (as in: thoughts and emotions) (MERCURY retro / stat in late SCO), and meet the Medicine of connecting in what’s always here – a unified field (CHIRON in late PI). It allows things to release, heal, and bring us back into natural flow.

 

The Lunar North Node in late CAN forms a square with VENUS (which was exact last week when ‘she’ was in late LI, and easing off as ‘she’ dives into SCO tomorrow Dec 2) and a square with URANUS retro in late AR (this one’s exact on Dec 2 / 3, and in effect Nov / Dec) – can you see the red T-square pointing to the North Node? 

The late CAN NN is quite a focal point as both the T-square and the Water Trine hinge on it.
A call for choices (VENUS on the LI – SCO ‘Tipping Point’) to be authentic (URANUS retro in late AR):
When we truly love ourselves, and come from the Consciousness of Love (supported by the ‘New VENUS’ post-retro) we don’t need to ‘rebel’ / run away / split / oppose ourselves to others, to be free.
Freedom arises through the Love that IS – and it (re)arranges relationships as needed.
‘Tipping’ into freedom AND depth – with gentleness and compassion – in awareness All is ONE (late CAN with PI undertone).

 

Phoenix

The NEW MOON in mid-SAG (which has a LEO undertone), together with JUPITER nearby, and Winged Messenger MERCURY coming out of retro at the end of SCO / on the ‘Phoenix Point’:
A call to tune into the Loving Heart, and trust the Journey as it unfolds, surf, fly, and all! ❤ 

 

May the Spirit of the Heart, Sagittarian Trust and Piscean Faith & Surrender bless our Journey with the SAG New Moon and beyond!


Melanie

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Why?
Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘Hub of the Wheel’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

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.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

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

 

Come over to TREAT TIME Offers in December, to treat yourself or a Loved One to an Astro Session for the Holidays, esp. for an Outlook into the New Year!

 

 

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Cuspy Full Moon in GEM – SAG (Nov 22 / 23): Voice Your Heart Truth, and Move with it!

21 Nov

Dear Astro~News Friend in Spirit Connection,

Horse Hug – Photo by my Friend Otto Heitzer

 

That’s BIG and Exciting – and many of us have been already tuning into this Massive Energy Field:
Tomorrow Thu Nov 22, the SUN follows JUPITER over the PHOENIX Point into SAG.
Thu is JupiterDay, and it’s U.S. Thanksgiving – both SO SAG / JUPITER.
The SUN / JUPITER union will follow shortly, on Sun-Day the 25th!
Gotta LOVE the Heavens-as-on-Earth alignments….!

JUPITER since (Thu!) Nov 8 in its own realm of SAG invites us to find our Heart Truth, and generously share our Spirit and Gifts with the World.

That’s not all, because the reason for the season of the ASTRO~NEWS is the FULL MOON, happening 20 hrs after the SUN’s entry into SAG.
I.o.w., the MOON will be on the first degree of GEM when exactly full.

Both SUN and MOON will be cuspy.
Plus, 5 more Zodiac cusps are activated through the Nodes, VENUS, CHIRON, and URANUS – see below, in and under the Full Moon chart.
And, we’re moving out of the fixed holding pattern, into very mutable Zodiac field across the board – as the Full Moon chart also shows:

The Nodes are freshly out of fixed AQ – LEO, and now in CAP – CAN, MARS left AQ, and is now in PI, JUPITER came out of SCO on Nov 5, after 13 months in it, the SUN follows tomorrow, and the MOON will be out of TAU in GEM just shortly before the FULL MOON.

Bottom line, lots can get unstuck now, shifting and moving, onward and upward!

…just after this almost-Full Moon that’s been very strongly fixed in TAU yesterday and today Nov 20 / 21 – bringing the deep SCO season to a ‘harvesting’ completion.
And showing us where our desires or aversions can turn into attachment that causes suffering to ourselves and others (as the Buddha teaches too…) and needs to be processed for the sake of all.


The MOON will be still in TAU for most of tomorrow Nov 22 before she ‘grows wings’ in GEM at 8:10 pm PST, just 1 1/2 hrs before the FULL MOON at 9:39 pm PST.

The early GEMINI energy has also an Alchemy flavour:

  • How does the (TAUREAN) ‘food’ (intake on all levels) ‘taste and smell’, and what’s been ‘cooking’?
  • Which fragrances do we move toward now?
  • What’s the ‘fragrance’ and what are the ‘sounds’ (literally / symbolically) that are being released through the process we’ve been in?
  • Making sounds and breathing into what’s been going on, perhaps breathing new life into what’s been stagnant and stuck can be helpful instinctual bodily and symbolic movements.
  • What are the messages and signals (GEM) of the body (TAU) we’re receiving and giving off?
  • What’s been stagnant and stuck, or ‘fermenting’ and come to fruition to find a voice now?
  • What’s growing wings now, and ready to take flight?

 


Here’s the Yin-Yang Phoenix – on top of the allegoric Gemini painting by Johfra Bosschart. 
You’ve seen it before – maybe in a new light now (under MERCURY in SAG, and in the context of the GEM – SAG Full Moon).

More and more people have found their Twin (GEM) Flame (SAG) – a theme that’s also related to this Full Moon – which may heighten the chances to connect – or re-connect (under MERCURY – ruler of GEM – now retro in SAG), if the flame is (re-)ignited through certain signals (or maybe a secret Soul Code).

 

Time to FREE things up – and see them in a new LIGHT.

  • Maybe by rising above the ‘creepy-crawly’ dimension we’ve been stuck in, burning off what doesn’t serve anymore and has fulfilled its purpose – esp. when we look at it clearly, and notice the space between us and ‘it’.
  • Maybe by honouring the dark, ‘hiding’, and holding places we’ve been in, taking us deeper than we might have chosen, but importantly so.

What helps us shift from ‘being in the dark’ to moving forward, and trusting the Journey that Life is?
What is it that ignites the Heart and Spirit in these seasonably darkest times (in our Northern hemisphere)? 
What can we trust, and move forward and through the dark days with?

 

Jupiter Rules Sagittarius –Painting by Johfra Bosschart

The SAG Hermit carries his Soul light lantern – always shedding light on the path right in front of him…
Reminds me of a quote:

“Qu: How do I know whether I’m on the right path?
A: Just look down where your feet are.”
(must have been coined by a SAG – CAP person…. ).

The SAG Centaur (according to a mythological story the transcended ‘Wounded Healer’ CHIRON) is the embodied connection of Animal (an animal with a Big Heart that-is!) with Conscious Human, shooting the arrow ignited / fueled by Zeus’s (JUPITER’s) thunderbolt to the Heavens. 
Animal – Human – Divine, in ONE.

A simple formula / reminder for the SAG Spirit.
The inner Heart Fire is the Divine Ignition, that carries us forward, and our Spirit into the World….
Maybe – quite often actually – the result / in the context of what’s called a ‘Healing Journey’
(which may continue… it doesn’t need to have a destination).

 

Let’s take a look at the FULL MOON chart!

The MOON will be culminating in her Fullness at 9:39 pm PST tomorrow Nov 22 (12:39 am EST on Nov 23).

See the SUN / JUPITER alignment on the ‘Phoenix Point’ in early SAG? 
The two biggest bodies of the Solar System aligned in that area of the heavens – what a gravitation! Where you see the SUN these days is also JUPITER.

It’ll takes the SUN 3 days after the Full Moon to catch up with and pass JUPITER (on Nov 25 / 26). 
From then on JUPITER will rise again before the SUN (call it ‘New JUPITER‘). We won’t see JUPITER in the early morning for a while yet, though.
Yet, it’s a Solar initiation of JUPITER into SAG – in case you haven’t noticed the ‘Phoenix’ / SAG energy so strongly yet in the last weeks.
May we rise in Spirit, Heart guided and with clear seeing!

Not far from SUN / JUPITER:
MERCURY, now retro a bit further in early SAG, is being in this first half of M-r ‘lassoed in’, to meet and go behind the SUN next Tue Nov 27 = ‘Day of Enlightened Insight’ aka ‘New MERCURY‘.

The first half of M-r (since Nov 16) a.k.a. Epimethean phase can (esp. in SAG) bring out ‘old and told stories and beliefs’ which are coming to the forefront of the mind – only for us to acknowledge them for what they’ve meant, and how they might have made sense in the context of the past.
But we’re outgrowing them, inevitably, as we’re finding deep Inner Truth and Freedom.

I.o.w., so much Phoenix Rebirth Energy nowadays… 
When you feel stuck in the ‘Labour’ or ‘Birth Canal’ of it trust the process. This too shall move!
And with the consciousness of the Old we can’t quite perceive of the new and lighter yet. It’ll look differently on the other side.

 

What’s with all the Zodiac Cusps being activated?

 

  • The PHOENIX Point – as of tomorrow on the SAG side! – , with the SUN (enters SAG on Nov 22 at 1:01 am PST), JUPITER, and MERCURY retro.
    Shifts with the ‘New JUPITER’ and ‘New MERCURY’ over the next week, as in:
    Rebirth of Spirit, and of a clear seeing Heart-Mind.

    MERCURY retro will go again over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into late SCO from Dec 1 – 12, to dive into deeper motives and magical zones (SCO) that inspire us (SAG).

 

  • The South Node is now at the end of CAP, while the North Node is at the end of CAN. 

    The Nodal Axis shifted recently, on Nov 16
    , with the Lunar South Node (SN) on the CAP / AQ ‘Society/ System / Witnessing Point’ (aka ‘Prometheus Point’= the Rebel / Innovator bringing the Fire of Freedom to Humanity, another story….) and Lunar North Node (NN) on the ‘Creativity Point’ (CAN / LEO).

    The ‘air can get thin’, and it can get icy, cold, and lonely, on top of the mountain where we understand and witness…

    We’ve reached an imbalance of overly ‘watching / witnessing’ (AQ / CAP) – perhaps immature narcissistic ‘drama queens and drama kings’ playing out their unresolved childhood stuff (CAN / LEO), and giving them / this stuff energy through attention while getting drained – and it gets old. This imbalance needs to shift.
    Otherwise not-so-great CAP effects
    (feeling heavy, burdened, depressed, judgmental, resentful…) can easily kick in – symptoms showing something’s out of balance.

    How about stepping away, and unplugging from this position (should you have put yourself into it), incl. the over-engagement with watching other people in a way that’s ‘sensationally’ tempting but drains your energy?
    Social media doesn’t help / is part of the problem, esp. if it’s a substitute that replaces social engagement with real people in a lonely ‘plugged-in modern world’ that just reinforces the system.

    And how about instead – with the freed-up energy – playing and being creative (CAN – LEO NN) like / with the Inner Child?!
    And dancing as if nobody or everybody watches (what’s the difference – if you’re childlike?)?
    Because you can, and because you care. Because taking care of your needs gives you new energy you can bring into the picture with others.
    Yep, a fresh cuspy shift right there.

 

  • MARS is now freshly in early PISCES (Nov 15 – Dec 31) encourages us to go with the flow, surf the cosmic waves, adapt to the energies that come up, ride them out, and channel ‘action’ into release, relax, and letting go….
    Ha, esp. in the Holiday craze – excellent antidote to otherwise Piscean ‘Tsunami’ overwhelm – beware of that one, take it easy, and be in the flow.

 

  • CHIRON presently retro is in late PISCES – moved back over the ‘Emergence Point’ from ARIES where it’s been since mid-April until end of Sept, and is now back in late PI until Feb 18, 2019. A ‘CHIRON-ic Immersion’ for its last phase in PI (where it’s been since 2010 / 2011).
    CHIRON will go out of retro on Dec 8 – a stationary focal point in the first half of Dec, pointing us to what the oceanic immersive, reconnective, and regenerative ‘Medicine’ is for / in us that changes our vibration and helps with a fresh genuine presence.
    Remember, CHIRON in ARIES offers the Medicine of being the Authentic YOU.

 

  • URANUS retro is also backtracking nowadays, for one more phase at the end of ARIES where it’s been since 2011.
    URANUS has already ‘shaken up’ and awakened TAURUS (doing its job as the Archetype of the Awakener) as in: Us Earthlings, in relation to Mother Earth, and to our sensate body, mid-2018.
    URANUS on the TAU side of the ‘Settling Point’ has been obviously rather un-settling, yet helping us be free from dullness, stagnation, comfort traps, attachment, complacency, and for a new way of embodying Spirit.
    Now back in ARIES, URANUS brings fresh Spirit of experimentation to how we show up.
    Just do it, says ARIES, and be alive, new, and in the NOW.
    URANUS will go out of retro = direct again on Jan 6, the day after the CAP New MOON / a Partial Solar Eclipse, on Jan 5.
    Hence end of Dec to mid-Jan will be quite Uranian, bringing wake-up calls and paradigm shifts.

 

  • VENUS in late LIBRA – post her retro journey in Fall, and now re-newed as the ‘Morning Star’ Goddess / Divine Feminine – helps us choose, and engage relationally (LIBRA), based on our intrinsic values.
    VENUS will once again on Dec 2
     (already happened this Fall, due to her retro journey) dive over the ‘Tipping Point’ cusp into SCO where she’ll dwell until Jan 7 / 8.
    So yeah, make a choice that’s a good match and don’t be afraid of the magic and change it brings.
    VENUS on the ‘Tipping Point’ will oppose URANUS on the ‘Settling Point’ once again (# 3 of 3) on Fri (VenusDay!) Nov 30.
    The freedom of choice…

 

  • The FULL MOON on the TAU – GEM cusp which I call ‘BodyTalk Point’ or ‘Voice Point’ calls us to respond to the messages and signals of the body, and give a voice to what’s been ‘sitting there’.
    Asking good questions helps….
    As does following the Path of the Heart that SAG points us to so strongly now…

 

 

Sending Love, Light, and Joy – on your Path, and in the Cosmic Dance!
Melanie

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’, those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Why?
Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘Hub of the Wheel’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

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.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

 

Come over to TREAT TIME Offers in December, to treat yourself or a Loved One to an Astro Session for the Holidays, esp. for an Outlook into the New Year!

 

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

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you – also available as an online participant.


Next up:
Astro New Year’s Parlour on Dec 27

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

 

 

MARS in PISCES (Nov 15 – Dec 31) – Surfing the Cosmic Waves!

14 Nov

Hi Cosmo-Terrestrial Surfers,

Sensing it?
MARS will
 (YES, it will!) leave AQ where it’s been basically forever (well, since the TAU New MOON on May 15!) due to its retro phase this Summer (which took MARS slightly back into CAP).

Crystal activated Voyager Tarot Card Man of Cups – Surfer. Photo by Melanie

 

Loving the picture on the Voyager Tarot card Man of Cups – Surfer that I chose for MARS in PISCES.
It also contains a blossoming Horse cornucopia (so JUPITER in SAG) – symbolizing the exhilarating, ecstatic joy MARS in PISCES can engender. 

 

Has the Inner Masculine been re-calibrated in your Life under the Summer of MARS Retro (and the Retro Record Summer)?

Also reflected in your relationships with men in your life if you’re on the feminine side of the spectrum…?
Which kind of masculine energy shows up in your life and through you, and how has that changed since the Summer?
How are Men in Society (MARS in AQ) changing? 
Well, they are, as the Times they are a-changing, the CAP Patriarchy looses its power, and forces of Transformation sweep up the shadow and regenerate it.

MARS will enter PISCES tomorrow Nov 15 where it’ll be exactly until the last day of the year, Dec 31 – on the last degree of the Zodiac, before entering freshly into the New Year in ARIES. Nice natural alignment job, Mr. MARS!

The Piscean MARS isn’t so much into fighting, rather into chilling, relaxing, connecting, dancing, surfing, and the ‘pursuit’ of all things spiritual and transcendental including altered states – pursuit is an oxymoron here of course since it’s rather about rolling with it (PISCES is always so paradoxical, there we have it again…). It all comes together when MARS meets NEPTUNE on Dec 7.

 

Neptunian ‘Portrait’ by NASA’s Hubble – Doesn’t it look tie dyed? 🙂

Which Transit combos are up with MARS in PI?

Nov 15 / 16
The freshly immersed PISCES MOON meets MARS – an Initiation into Being…
Oh yeah, we’re also in the MERCURY ‘storm’ mode, going retro on Nov 16, plus VENUS turns from retro to direct, and the Nodes shift into CAP – CANCER – all on the 16th!

The PISCES MOON vibe rolls out through Saturday.

Enjoy the music, groove through the evening, chill-ax, nap as needed, swim, float, be ok with the comings and goings and impermanence of things (like water through your fingers or a beautiful piano piece…) and follow the flow of natural energy, as we’re in the heart of the ‘dark season’…
No need to ‘go by the plan’, rather be flexible and see what the World shows you!
Be gentle and caring! What really are your needs?


One thing I love about being aware of the Astro sphere is to know “it’s the weather” when I could take things personally – no need to ‘pick those vibes up’ and
identify with them – quite freeing… and being able to consciously channel the energy into what would be a good fit for it.

 

Nov 19
MARS freshly in PI squares JUPITER freshly in SAG!
Adventure Calling. What moves you? Be ok with the Unknown!

 

Nov 26
MERCURY retro in SAG – just about to meet the SUN – squares MARS in PI.
Be fluid, ‘step into liquid’ (title of a surfer movie), and ride the Heart Waves of Love…
While the Mind takes a back seat, just helps to connect the dots, and smiles at synchronicities and magic that couldn’t have humanly possibly been ‘created’.

Capricorn the Sea Goat – did you know?

 

Nov 27
MARS in PI sextile SATURN in CAP.
Good to get some footing again in this whole fluidity ‘spiel’ where we could also get lost…
I.o.w., chopping wood & carrying water – the ‘simple and ordinary things in life’ is where the Ground of Being can be found.

 

Dec 7
The central aspect of MARS in PI – its meeting with NEPTUNE.
It’s also the day before CHIRON in late PI goes from retro to direct.
This mix vibe is on in the first half of December, and calls for relax and adaptable, unattached ‘rolling with things’ – surfing what-IS can be very therapeutic.
Ha, esp. in pre-Christmas times that can paradoxically get so hectic. Brings us back into the Spirit.

 

Dec 13 – 15
…will be another very PISCEAN 3-day phase, with the MOON, NEPTUNE, MARS, and CHIRON in the oceanic energy field.
Just BE.

 

Dec 16
MARS in PI sextile PLUTO in CAP.
More ‘footing’, on a deep Soul level if you will.
Bring the flow into the core of yourself – or maybe re-discover it there.

 

Dec 28 / 29
Rolling out the year and the MARS in PI season as MARS connects with CHIRON.
Now we know how to go for what’s the Medicine (or perhaps to let go of other things that are in the way).

 

Dec 31
MARS emerges out of the Piscean Waters freshly into its ARIES domain to start the New Year with renewed energy and zest.

Lots going on in the first week of the New Year 2019, incl. a Solar Eclipse New Moon on Jan 5!

We better relax before! 😉

 

Your Piscean Sides (AC, SUN, MOON, Planets, Nodes)…

…get activated by MARS over the next weeks:
If they’ve been for a long time in the ‘background’ or rather passive MARS gives it a boost, to go for what you want – or rather what the Universe wants you to do and show up as.
The area of life related to the House PISCES is in your chart also gets activated to come alive.

If you have a hunch this could be YOU we could check in in a private session, for MARS awareness-in-action.

 

 

So that’s it from my side.
Ride the Cosmic Waves of Regeneration – and on-going Blessings for the Rising Phoenix!

Light & Love!
Melanie

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’, those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Why?
Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘Hub of the Wheel’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

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.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

 

Stay tuned for TREAT TIME Offers in December, for the Holidays & New Year!
It will appear as an event & offer on my FB page Astrology for Self Realization.
Check in there / get notified.

 

 

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

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

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

 

 

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

8 Oct

Dear Astro~News Reader,

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

Me too Flashback

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

And now: MERCURY

Tipping Point – Photo by Ted Roberts

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

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

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

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

Oct 12
MERCURY sextile SATURN in CAP
Considering deeper issues.

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

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

Oct 22
MERCURY sextile PLUTO in CAP
Looks like the ‘Old Empire’ is on its way to expire.

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’, those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Why?
Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘Hub of the Wheel’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

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.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

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

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

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

 

 

* SIRIUS is RISING on 08 / 08 * REbirth of the Spiritual SUN!

8 Aug

SIRIUS

 

Two Winters ago, I saw SIRIUS through a friend’s telescope, and felt immediately connected to the bright blue star.

On 08 / 08, SIRIUS a.k.a. The Dog Star (brightest star in the Dog constellation), a.k.a. The Scorcher, will rise again, before the SUN!
Hot Dog Days of SUMMER are on NOW, and we’ve certainly had an ‘extra dose’ of scorching heat lately, with wildfires starting.

 

Synchronistically with SIRIUS Rising, today 08 / 08 is also the half-way point of MERCURY retro, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ where MERCURY retro steps behind the SUN.
Thus far, with MERCURY ahead of the SUN, the mind (MERCURY) could have easily run the show.

Hardly any astrologers talk about this:
Purpose of each MERCURY retro phase is to ‘lasso’ the monkey mind a.k.a. MERCURY in, and let Spirit, Consciousness, and the Heart (represented by the SUN) direct again, and the mind be in its service.
This half-way point with the MERCURY – SUN conjunction is also a ‘New Mercury’ (like New Moon) – a new way of communicating with Love (LEO), starting from the inside-out.

 

 

Sirius Dog Star

 

SIRIUS the ‘Dog Star’ is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, ‘the Dog’ and in fact brightest star in the night sky(!)

Please find an excellent description here and here.

SIRIUS now RISING again before the SUN is called the ‘Heliacal Rising’ (Helios = SUN in Greek), this year on 08 / 08 (which is also the 08 / 08 ‘Lion’s Gate’ – the Centre of the fixed signs, TAU, LEO, SCO, and AQ, are Gates of Power)…
…while hot LEO Days (‘DOG DAYS of Summer’) are here, in the Northern Hemisphere.

 

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Walk with your Cat or / and Dog friend, (not only) under the conjunction of the SUN in LEO the Lion, with SIRIUS the Dog Star! 🙂

 

A special treat and invitation awaits you and your dog(!) again this year, at this fine occasion: 
Welcome to * You and Your Star-Dog @ Sirius Rising on 08 / 08 THU see the FB event.
Last minute registration (well, until 1 pm) welcome!


When SIRIUS the brightest star in the night sky re-appears before the SUN at dawn it’s the time for the ‘Spiritual SUN’, or Heart of our physical SUN to be REborn.

Well, always a good time to RE-connect with the Spiritual SUN…

 

Isis Papyrus

Egyptian Goddess Isis

 

Ancient Egypt honoured the yearly reappearance of SIRIUS which announced the flooding of the Nile and the Goddess Isis, heavenly wife of Osiris, and Mother of Horus.

Blessings for the SIRIUS Initiation to our Spiritual SUN! 

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’, those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Why?
Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘HUB OF THE WHEEL’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

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.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

AUGUST is Client Appreciation Month, at the occasion of the 18th anniversary of my Astrology practice!
Come on over, or let’s meet online, for a substantially discounted (11% – 22% – 33%, depending on how long you’ve been my client) Astro session. And let your friends know!

 

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

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
Our intimate Astro hubs (6 – 10 participants) are a treasured way of being personally seen and involved – more commitment, a personal sense of community, and deeper effects.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

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

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

21 Jul

Hello Astro Archetype Attuned Friends,

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

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

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

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

Mercury Retro

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

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

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

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

In a nut shell, with M-r, the Archetype of the MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently / ‘unusually’, and tuned-up into a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And what would LOVE say?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Change of Heart, Change of Mind

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

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

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Thinker

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

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

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

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

 

Liberating ‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus surrounded by the Zodiac Belt (Rockefeller Centre NYC). 

 

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

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

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

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

 

MERCURY’s Square Dance with MARS and JUPITER

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

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

 

So, what’s the MERCURY Retro Timeline?

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

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

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

Sept 2: Post-retro ‘shadow’ ends.

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

There’s a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place, to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters. The apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.
Practice coming back to the here-now.

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

Would be a good time to RE-treat, and RE-visit meditation and mindfulness.
Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, and to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last one in March / April 2018).

 

4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘.

Like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…
The RE-ason for me pointing out all these RE-activities:
During M-r (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up like a mirror. Talk about what RE-ally matters – in an inspiring, generous, and fun way.

 

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

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

 

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

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

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

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

 

8) Mercury Retro RE-minds us…

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

 

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

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

 

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

With the LEO flavour, be clear and authentic, and connect with people and interests that are fun and fresh, creative and playful. In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by what shows up when you speak to them.

 

11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU…

…depend on the Planet/s and House/s that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where ARIES is situated.
I’m happy to check that our for and WITH you.

 

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

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

 

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

 

14) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?

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

 

15) If you would like to know…

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

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

 

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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RETRO Summer Ahead! RE-Sourcing from Within…

28 Jun

Dear Astro~News Reader in Lunar / Saturnian Infusion,

The CAP – CAN Full Moon with SATURN of June 27 / 28 has brought a lot to fruition that calls for completion (see blog post here) , and we’re now in its energy field ‘distribution’.

There’s another important ‘cosmic signature’ this Summer that helps with the inner processing and completion (and you can see some of it already in the Full Moon chart:
Lots of planetary energies are / will be soon RETROGRADE:
Up to 6 in July, and even up to 7 in August!

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

 

RETRO Record Summer 2018


Lots of planetary energies are / will be soon RETROGRADE:
Up to 6 in July, and even up to 7 in August!

 

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

 

MERCURY in LEO (retro July 25 – Aug 18):
Old mental patterns that revolve around oneself, perhaps in narcissistic ways.

 

MARS in AQ (retro June 26 – Aug 27 – back into late CAP):
Old ego and societal patterns that divide and isolate us from friends, community, and humanity.

 

SATURN in CAP (retro Apr 17 – Sept 6): 
Old REpetitive patterns, karma, blocks and obstacles, through being stuck in (self) judgment, taking too much on, carrying too much, being the scape goat.

 

CHIRON in AR (retro July 4 – Dec 8 – back into late PI)
Old stressful survival mode wounds.

 

URANUS in TAU (retro Aug 7 – Jan 7, 2019 – back into late AR)
Old attachments that prevent our true freedom.

 

NEPTUNE in PI (retro June 18 – Nov 24)
Old overwhelm, confusion, delusions, addictions, feeling victimized, and ways of ‘checking out’ and giving up.

 

PLUTO in CAP (retro Apr 22 – Sept 30)
Old (outer and inner) powers that oppress and abuse, old control patterns.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SATURN in CAP:
Standing in our Authority, prioritizing what matters most, and working with our Best.

 

CHIRON in AR / PI
The ‘wound’ carries the Medicine. We’re suffering the wounds of the collective, and heal when we surrender and are authentic.

 

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

 

NEPTUNE in PI
Dropping into Unity Consciousness, in the Unified Field.

 

PLUTO in CAP:
Empowered by and for Evolution.

 

 

If it calls you come join (live in person in Victoria, or online via zoom) the 

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

…where we’ll tune in and explore these themes so that the process can be naturally supported.
MON JULY 16
7:16 – 10 PM PDT
3:16 – 6 PM PDT – additional afternoon group can be opened, with outdoor option.
The evening group has an online option – afternoon too if we’re not outdoors!

 

If you can’t come to the Parlour, or prefer a private setting let’s meet in a one-on-one session, to explore and reveal how you can be in natural alignment and soul supported with the Astro~Weather this Summer – and beyond!

 

Pre-Retro 😉 Blessings to you!
Melanie

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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