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MARS in CAPRICORN (Feb 16 – March 30): Gett’n Stuff Done. Integrity in Action & (RE)Builder Energy

5 Feb

Hi, Fellow CosmoNauts, as in: Travelers & Navigators in the Cosmic Realms!

Let’s face it:

MARS (Hubble Space Telescope)

We’ve come a long way, with MARS moving (us) through SAG, since Jan 3! Hope you had a motivating and insightful time, Truth & Freedom moved you, and Spirit called you to follow your Heart!
And that your own SAG themes got activated in a way that sets you free.

On Feb 16, the energetic Warrior Archetype and ruling Planet of ARIES (which is so fresh and ‘hot’ these days, via VENUS, LILITH, and CHIRON) moves over the ‘Integrity Point’ into CAPRICORN where we’re called to DO what we know and say, follow up on those high-flying visions and promises, do the work, and build what matters and lasts.

Here on the Canadian Pacific NorthWest Coast we’ve seen loads of snow mid-January, and massive rain (15-year record floods) in the last 2 weeks, which the meteo predictors promise will seize now. Hope and trust has carried us through. And once the light returns – in this case with MARS in CAP – the clean-up work begins.

When a Planet moves into a new sign we usually see shifts / events expressing the themes. Let’s watch for ‘hot’ Integrity Issues mid-Feb.
AND: On that very DAY, MERCURY in PISCES goes retro! This can be interesting…


Once MARS is solidly in CAP, all the CAP issues that have built up over the Winter and was strongest in Dec / Jan, esp. via the SUN, MERCURY, VENUS, JUPITER, SATURN, and PLUTO – culminating with the Full Moon / PLE on Jan 10 / the epic & epochal SATURN – PLUTO alignment on Jan 12 – are getting energized via MARS.
Great boosts for Evolution. It can also lead to anger at the system, and outbursts of violence. Let’s give energy to constructive outlets of building from integrity.

In its 2-year cycle, MARS hasn’t been in CAP since Spring to late Summer 2018 (then also retro).
Do you remember, was it a productive time for you?
Of course, the circumstances have changed since then, and the Astro Sphere too. Therefore we can’t compare directly, yet there might be parallels.


MARS in CAP is an upgrade of the Masculine.
It also reminds me also of David Deida’s work
 “The Way of the Superior Man”.

His book from 1997 was ground-breaking in the Men’s Movement.
In an audio book presentation (excerpt here), he intriguingly addresses three levels of masculinity:

  1. Grow for your own sake – I’d call it “Personal MARS”.
  2. Share and cooperate – “Interpersonal MARS”.
  3. Realize that everything is only change. Come to terms with death of everything which doesn’t stop the Superior Man from giving – he IS the giving. Feel your deepest purpose. – “Transpersonal MARS.”


MARS in CAP is a solid energy that holds everyone (esp. oneself and those in leadership) accountable, AND helps us to be responsible, step up to the occasion with our cap-acities, and get the job done.
Accomplishment and completion are CAP’s big motivators.
CAP keeps it real, and doesn’t like waste of Time and Energy.


Vibrant Country Goat – Photographer unknown


Time to get going with those long awaited Spring projects! Hey, we got the energy and motivation now (no more excuse / blame, ha-ha), plus, thankfully the days are getting longer. CAP loves working with the Seasons.

MARS is considered ‘exalted’ in CAP (top position for MARS in the Zodiac)
Think: persistence, endurance, mountaineer, marathon runner, and builder… sustainable energy to reach a goal.

Let’s USE (yay, a buzz word for CAP) the Time and Energy as it’s available.
Plain and simple.
CAP likes Simplicity, and sticking to Priorities.

What does that mean for the CAP sides in us (SUN, MOON, AC, Planets, Nodes)?

Well, they get an energy boost, to be even more Capricornian, in terms of accomplishing and completing (yay! finishing!) what we’ve set out to do. Yet not the old hard, fear & control based way.
DO it, says MARS in CAP, you got the Energy now… well paced, and with consistent engagement. 

That’s for sure: The CAP side in your chart (either via Planets, SUN, MOON, AC, Nodes, or in any case the House/s CAP lives in) gets an energy boost.

If you feel called let’s check that out for you personally, and direct the energy in a good way, via a private session. 
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What’s the Itinerary for MARS in CAPRICORN 2020?

What’s the Cosmic Activation it brings into the mix / Astro Weather, as it contacts other Planets

Rule of thumb, re the dates given below:
The energy is active / available in the whole week around the dates when it climaxes.
The build-up time is usually stronger than the outflow phase.


FEB 16
MARS enters CAP – Lead ON!
Moving forward with vigor and integrity.
What motivates YOU to accomplish what really matters?
What sustains your energy?


FEB 20 / 21
MARS in early CAP squares LILITH & CHIRON in early ARIES, and in Earth Trine with URANUS in early TAU.
Showing up in our authentic Nature (rather than in survival mode) is the Medicine that gives us a kick to get into gears and do what’s timely and has Priority. Freedom’s on the other side (and with us all along).
And hey, this can also mobilize women in / towards / against status-quo leadership.


FEB 24
MARS in early CAP meets the Lunar South Node, and opposes the Lunar North Node in early CANCER.
Just because it’s challenging / just because some authority said so, or we would ‘usually’ feel obliged / guilty we don’t have to do it (esp. not the hard way). Let’s lead with gentleness & care.


MARS in mid CAP sextiling NEPTUNE in mid PI.
Great time for work flow. And to be in connectedness which naturally leads us to what matters most.
There’s always primo energy for it available.


MARS in late CAP meets JUPITER.
Looots of energy – for what brings out our Best and what we’re built for
(yet it might have been hard to tackle thus far).
Let’s use that energy – round Spring Equinox!
Also great for Spring cleaning, of course.


MARS in late CAP meets & passes PLUTO.
Whoooaa – Power House / Super Hero energy.
Likely the highlight of the MARS in CAP Transit – and it can express on different levels:
Transforming anger into productive work.
Moving Mountains? What needs to change to accomplish this…?
Societal structures change when shadow comes out.
Deep inner work that transforms generational / historic / ancestral conditioning.
Doing the Soul Work.


MARS enters AQ
(until May 12)
Coming to the end of what YOU can do?
It takes a village / team / humanity to collaborate.
All things CO- rock.


MARS freshly in AQ passes & initiates / activates SATURN (also freshly in AQ since March 21 – first phase until July 1).
Beyond old blocks, obstacles, fears, and patriarchal / hierarchical control, there’s Freedom. 


MOON – MARS Contacts

Besides the Martian activation / inter-action with other Planets, we’ll also feel (maybe even more personally) the weekly dynamics between the MOON and MARS – whenever the MOON makes a sharp aspect angle from a Cardinal sign (ARIES, CANCER, LIBRA, CAP) to MARS in CAP, either via conjunction, square, or opposition.
Yes, a great time to get work done. Just don’t work yourself up emotionally. And rather find a healthy / productive action outlet for anger than turning it against other Beings.

Here are the dates – mark your calendar:

FEB 18 
MOON in CAP meeting MARS

FEB 26
MOON in ARIES squaring MARS

MOON in CAN opposing MARS

MOON in LIBRA squaring MARS

MOON in CAP meeting MARS

MOON in ARIES squaring MARS



Where is MARS’s Rock-Solid Action Boost in CAP Happening in Your Chart & Life?

As you read this maybe you have your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in CAP? Then there’s more to MARS’s visit in CAP, since ‘he’ also activates your CAP Archetypes. They get a boost of energy – to show up and do the work.   

Saturn Rules Capricorn – Painting by Johfra Bosschart

And for all of us, whichever House/s CAP inhabits in our birth charts is the manifestation realm – The corresponding area of Life is about making something real – because it matters.


Our CAP House/s – we all have one (or two) – is the area of life where we’ll get activated by the MARS Effect – which can also be about turning conflict into doing the good work!

1st House
Your Presence and Sense of Self

2nd House
Your Values, what you own, literally & metaphorically, your Business

3rd House
You in Your Local Environment

4th House
Your Home, Origin, Ancestry

5th House
Your Creativity, Your Playful, Inner Child and Lover

6th House
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

7th House
Your Partners & Significant Others

8th House
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others, Your Transformations

9th House
What gives you Meaning, Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels

10th House
Your Purpose incl Career, Your Public Self

11th House
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends

12th House
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.


May we all USE and work with the time and energy of MARS in CAP for the highest purpose! 



© 2020 by Melanie Lichtinger 





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Total Lunar ‘Blood Moon’ ECLIPSE in AQ (with MARS) – LEO: EmBody Your HEART Light, and Share it with the World!

26 Jul

Bright SoUlar and Crystal Clear Lunar Greetings, dear Reader in the ASTRO~NEWS ComMOONity!

We’re in the Summer Eclipse Season – and I bet you feel it:  



  • Coming up:
    The Total Lunar ‘Blood Moon’ Eclipse in AQ – LEO, next to red-golden MARS retro in AQ (also closest to Earth since 2003), on July 27 / 28. Sounds very dramatic…doesn’t it?


  • The Partial Solar ‘Seed’Eclipse Super New MOON in LEO on Aug 11.

I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkness, The astonishing light of your own Being ~ Hafiz


The big theme is LOVE!
Isn’t it always?
True – yet / and: With so much LEO boost, our loving Heart is really the key, to balance and re-set the energy, esp. of too much shadow AQ energy of isolation and alienation in society / between people, and with technology overload.

Eclipses are like light switches of the Sunlight and Moonlight.
Turn on the Heart Light!

Here’s a little article I wrote before the July 12 / 13 PSE for the Summer 2018 Eclipse Portal – inviting the HEART Medicine.


On the horizon – in a few hours literally:
The central Eclipse in the New Moon – Full Moon – New Moon Triad:
The ‘BloodMoon Eclipse’ in AQ – LEO!

Its effects are here to balance and re-set our purrrsonal LEO journey, and the AQ group consciousness as well.

TAU is also involved, since the Full Moon axis is T-squared by URANUS (the ruling planet of AQ):
Embody Your Heart Light, and Share it with the World!


LOVE is the Medicine that helps us in the ecliptic, electric ‘storm’ – is both grounding, and raises the vibration from which we experience the ‘events’! 



The path of the super long TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE will stretch from South America to New Zealand, and last almost four hours!
Totality, which will occur over Africa, the Middle East and part of Asia, will last an hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest one in 100 years!

Twice a year, a pair of (usually, this time 3!) Eclipses occurs, and they ‘string together’, through the Lunar Nodes.
The Summer 2018 Eclipses happen in early LEO – AQ where the Lunar Nodes have been since end of April 2017, and will be until Nov 2018.

This time, the MOON is the SuperStar – as a RED (totally eclipsed) ‘BloodMoon’ – in the longest Lunar Eclipse of the century! – next to RED MARS – closest to Earth, and the Earth exactly between MARS and the SUN.


Eclipses 101


  • Eclipses occur when a NEW MOON or a FULL MOON are close to the Nodal Axis, which is presently (April 2017 – Nov 2018) in AQ – LEO.


  • Eclipses come twice a year, in pairs of New Moon / Solar and Full Moon / Lunar (sometimes even as a triad, as in: July 12, 2018 Partial Solar, July 27, 2017 Total Lunar, and Aug 11, 2018 Partial Solar Eclipse), when it’s the Solar month of the North Node (this year LEO – and back into CAN), and the Solar month of the South Node (this year AQ).
    On that note, Eclipses, as the Nodes go backwards in the Zodiac (from Nov on CAN – CAP).


  • The closer to the Nodes the more likely a Total Eclipse:
    The Full Moon on July 27 / 28 will be at 4°44′ AQ / LEO, and the North Node at 5°53′ LEO – very very close, and a Total Lunar Eclipse!


  • Eclipses are either connected with the South Node (SN) = emphasis on release, or with the North Node (NN) of the Moon = emphasis on new beginnings / directions.
    This is esp. important for Solar Eclipses (exact New Moons)!
    And we’re invited to bring the gifts of the North Node (LEO LOVE, Follow Your Heart) to the South Node (releasing old draining group energy and embracing new comMOONity).


  • Eclipses are at the same position in the Zodiac every 18-19 years – a karmic ‘string’:
    On July 28, 1999 was the last SN Lunar Eclipse in AQ – LEO.
    You might want to review where you were at in Summer 1999, and what was the ending / release of  a community / system, while you were following your own heart, esp. if you have your SUN, MOON, Planets, or even Nodes in LEO – AQ.


  • The effect of the Eclipses extends beyond ‘just’ a lunar monthly phase, rather 2 – 3 months, and it’s a chain from Eclipse ‘season’ to Eclipse season (Jan / Feb,  July / Aug 2018, Jan, July 2019).


  • Eclipses are a light switch, and RE-set, like rebooting your computer, after a temporary turning off of the energy.
    In other words, a RE-generation of YIN-Feminine (LUNAR ECLIPSE), and of the YANG-Masculine (SOLAR ECLIPSE) energies, after a ‘darkening’.
    The Total Lunar Eclipse / Blood Moon is clearly a RE-generation of the YIN-Feminine, in her AQ group / humanity / woman-ity consciousness, fueled by LEO Love & Strength!


Shakti Maa Mother Goddess Durga



Release of old mental / emotional and ego attachments, incl. old / inner ‘war zones’.
Regeneration of the Light of Creative Consciousness, Freedom, and Self-Radiance



It’s an ECLIPSE of the MOON by the Earth Shadow which causes the temporary lunar darkening – the umbra (= shadow), out of which the MOON re-emerges – see graphic to the left.
Plus: MARS retro is near the Eclipse MOON!



With the AQ Full MOON / South Node / MARS retro, all bundled up, our collective (and group / peer associated) mental / emotional patterns, attachments, and engagement in fixed ideas that lead to ‘us and them’, separation, and are a source of conflict and war, are due for a cosmic ‘re-set’ and upgrade.

The LEO SUN / North Node brings cosmic SoUlar Consciousness that re-engages the Heart and our Self Love which we can then bring to ‘the World’.

  • Come (back) into your creative strength and radiance!
  • How lovingly do you speak to yourself? MERCURY retro is also in LEO
  • Bring out / heal your Inner Child!
  • Be the Artist & the Heart-ist!
  • Live Life Lovingly!
  • Show up with this energy in the World, with ‘random people’, and towards / IN humanity.
  • Old group energies might need to be released, as they’re stuck in low vibrational, draining patterns.
  • Coming from LEO Love make new friends – and notice the difference in energy!

Yep, we’re processing a LOT of uncomfortable, painful, self-sabotaging, in-the-closet shadow these days, says also JUPITER in SCO, widely / wisely 🙂 squaring the Eclipse / Full Moon axis. Let’s honour that.
And, even more exactly, URANUS in TAU T-squares the Eclipse / Full Moon axis, catalyzing liberation from stuckness in habitual grooves, and notions for ‘security’, ‘convenience’, ‘comfort’, while we’ve already outgrown those matrices. It’s time to cut the ties and find better ground.
Ask your body and your senses (TAU) what freedom would look like and require.
Let’s be guided by SoUlar Consciousness in this process.


Time to look at the chart of the Full MOON / Total Lunar Eclipse:

The FULL MOON in AQ will be exact at 1:20 pm PDT / the maximum Totality at 1:43 pm PDT.


Check out this sharp polarity between SUN / North Node in LEO, and LILITH, MARS / MOON / South Node in AQ, both squaring URANUS in early AQ.
This suggests not just ‘bridging’ opposites but disrupting and liberating (square to URANUS) old patterns (Eclipse MOON with South Node and MARS retro).

Good thing, URANUS is also less stressfully aspected / buffered, otherwise this could be a real trouble maker alignment.
SATURN retro in CAP stabilizes URANUS in an Earth Trine.
Good practice for the Inner Guru to be grounded and ‘for real’, to bring Spirit into Matter, EmBodyment, and daily experiences. Beyond resistance and judgment, Freedom arises.
This earthy Trine alignment is active all July and August, supporting stability / grounding / boundaries in combination with freedom. Follow the wisdom of your body and senses.

square between SATURN in CAP with CHIRON in early ARIES, active all July / August (even though not exact), is challenging us Earthlings to learn and integrate the lessons from our Healing Journey, heal old karma, and to take the Medicine of Authenticity.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, and honour your Journey of being YOU!


Speaking of Spiritual / Karmic Healing:
What a SABIAN SYMBOL for the FULL MOON / MARS retro alliance!
I take 4° AQ, since the MOON is at 4° 44′ AQ and MARS retro at 3° 58′ AQ.

What’s the triple 4 telling us, actually?
Wow, just found this beautiful Angel Messages video ❤ 
We are Beings of Light and Love. 
Thank you Angels for being with us and reminding us, under the AQ – LEO Full Moon!

So, back to the 


Amma, the ‘Hugging Saint’ embracing and healing.



KEYNOTE: The disciplined use of spiritual energies in restoring the natural harmony disturbed by man’s inharmonic attempts to transcend nature through mind.

Civilization implies a process of transcending compulsive and rigid biological drives while making use, in a refined and mentalized way, of what it cannot control. The goal of a true civilization — Western civilization being to a large extent a caricature of it — is the development of a humanity composed of self-motivated and responsible individuals freely associating according to harmonic patterns in order to produce a vast spiritual chord of consciousness fully actualizing the potentialities inherent in the archetype, MAN. The process of individualization and civilization is full of dangers, and for a very long time it is obsessed by karmic shadows, the results of individual and collective deviations and perversions. Such results most often lead to disease. It is the spiritual duty of individuals who have been able to tap the vast reservoir of spiritual forces pervading our planet to use these energies for healing their less-fortunate comrades.

This fourth stage symbol refers to a technique which not only can be used for the healing of physical illnesses but for the “making whole” of whatever has lost its natural root integration and has not yet reached the holistic state of perfect harmony and identification with the “divine” whole. Self-discipline, purity of motive, compassion, faith in the divine order are required — and the FOCUSING OF SPIRITUAL ENERGY.”


PLUTO (New Horizons Mission 2015)

Healing into Wholeness also connects with:

VENUS in VIR in Earth Trine with PLUTO retro in CAP – exact tomorrow July 27:
It’s definitely beautiful, harmonizing, rewarding and self-loving / self-caring to do the work and practice that sustains us, keeps us sane and well, restores wholeness, and keeps things simple and grounded when stress arises.
In fact, doing ‘simple’ / ‘little’ things with love and care can help us with deep inner Soul Work in these intense times.

VIRGO is an helping / healing ‘Earth Angel’ and PLUTO reaches into the Soul – with Love.


Another Grace Intervention comes via the Water Trine from JUPITER in SCO to NEPTUNE in PI. 
It’s been active since May and until Aug, and will be again exact on Aug 19.
Beneficial transformation (JUPITER in SCO) comes from surrendering and letting go, and leads to Unity and Connectedness in Life (NEPTUNE in PI).
Once we SEE the benefits (JUPITER) it’s not really so scary (SCO) to dive in and process what’s been sticky.

Both SATURN / URANUS and JUPITER / NEPTUNE support the ‘Guru Purnima’ Full Moon of the outer and inner Spiritual Teacher. Here’s the blog post about the Guru Purnima Full Moon. 


And hey, can you see how many Planets are retro now?
6 presently, and even 7 from Aug 7 on…
MERCURY, MARS, (JUPITER just came out of retro on July 10, and helps now with SCO processing OF the old), SATURN, CHIRON, URANUS (going retro on Aug 7), and PLUTO!
Excellent for inward-turning movement….


MERCURY Retro in the Starters


MERCURY retro (July 25 – Aug 18), the whole phase in LEO:
SelfLove Talk IS cosmic and Soul RElief.
Here’s the full-on post for this M-r phase.



In the chart, you might have also noticed, LILITH is about to leave CAP and go into AQ on Aug 5 (PDT  and West of it) / 6 (East of PDT) which is quite a shift (LILITH is 9 months in a sign) – and lift, for the ‘Inner Wildness’:
To get off our Rock of Integrity, grow wings, and ‘fly’, in a flock of like- and light-spirited others. And ‘even beyond’ group consciousness, we can find freedom through and in your True Nature. 

Stay tuned for the
LILITH into AQ (Aug 5, 2018 – May 4, 2019)
Special Astro Parlour:
Your True Nature is FREE.
Tue Aug 7

7:07 – 9:39 pm

Pre-registration welcome!
Special LILITH into AQ post to come.

Sending you cosmic blessings for the AQ – LEO Total Lunar ECLIPSE – as the almost-Full Moon is looking over my left shoulder while I’m sending this blog post out into cyber space to you!


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger





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.

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.


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