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NEPTUNE in PISCES stationary in June – goes retro June 18 (until Nov 24) – Connectivity without Co-Dependency

17 Jun

June is quite the oceanic month, Friends!

Did you know? June 8 was also World Oceans Day, raising awareness for the Beauty and vital Importance of the World Oceans.
To this I say: Every day is World Oceans Day!
Obvious by now how the Oceans show us: We’re all, and it IS all connected.
How are we responding to  / IN this ‘simple’ truth?

Just as the Oceans and atmosphere connect us, we experience now (well, always have, but perhaps even more so since CHIRON and NEPTUNE have entered PISCES, 2010 and 2012) how everything links with everything, in a limitless energetic continuum. The veils between dimensions, incl. Time and Space have become more and more permeable.

Have you recently felt overwhelmed by information and possibilities, yet going nowhere?

Where is this going? What’s the direction?
Have you been questioning everything?
Have you been in a maze, blues, blah mode, aimless, passive, confused, maybe even depressed, drifting, dreaming, feeling disillusioned, disappointed, feeling like checking out and escaping ‘reality’ lately,  and / or ‘hooked’ on something that has turned into an addiction?

Seems like you’re tuning into a low grade expression of NEP-TUNE’s turnaround mode….

 

Neptunian Turning Point 

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

The Archetype of Oneness takes us inward-backward as it goes in its 5-months retro journey, starting tomorrow, June 18.
This doesn’t mean to retreat from the ‘outer world’ and ‘do nothing’.
Yet, a retreat from overwhelm / addiction (which are often linked and of the same Archetype: “Still haven’t found what I’m looking for…”) and inner ‘refuge’ would be well-supported by NEPTUNE retro.

As we’re in the cycle of the alchemical GEMINI New Moon (June 13), a good starting point would be inquiry into:

  • What’s missing, what am I yearning for?
  • What would complement and change me?
  • How can this… be found within, in connection with / as the ONE?

NEPTUNE is just the first of 4 planets going retro in July / Aug (MARS on June 26, CHIRON on July 4, MERCURY on July 25, URANUS on Aug 7), joining a Record ‘team’ of total 6 (July) / 7 (Aug) Retrograde ‘Players’!

Join our Retro Record Astro Parlour on July 16 to co-explore and co-attune with their energies in our lives!

 

NEPTUNE is a V.I.P.

Poseidon / Neptune, in the Harbour of Havana, where the Malecon starts…. Photo by Melanie, from a Neptunian Journey in Cuba in 2012

Good to be aware of the NEPTUNE Archetype, and able to recognize what’s up when we’re getting ‘hooked’, what alternative higher vibrational expressions may look like, and how to tune into those.= a Very Important Planet this month, since it’s on a turnaround course (twice a year) from Earth perspective, exact tomorrow, June 18, hence moving very slowly all of June, and becoming an energetic focal point.
NEPTUNE will be retro until Nov 24 (a yearly rhythm of 5 months retro / 7 months direct).

NEPTUNE has been also involved in the GEM New Moon on June 13 (which widely squared NEPTUNE in PI), and is presently activated by a Grand Water Trine from MERCURY in CANCER (exact on June 20) and from JUPITER retro in SCO (which is on May – Aug, exact: May 25 and Aug 19).

The Grand Water Trine invites us to….:

Communicate with care and compassion, stay connected (rather than ‘checking out’), surf the energy field that’s naturally available, dance with Life, surrender to what-IS, hold space in Oneness, ride energy waves with flow and ease, without resisting nor getting unhealthily entangled or enmeshed in co-dependency (shadow of PI), is the way to (Let) Go.

 

Water is Life!

In case you haven’t seen (or not in a while) the moving and mobilizing video about Standing Rock Water Protectors/ Warriors with the song by Trevor Hall please watch and connect. 
Still and always important to protect our Waters!

 

We are all in THIS together…

Earth YinYangRemember when people were talking about the theory of ‘six degrees of separation’, but hey – since  NEPTUNE
moved into PISCES (2012 – 2026) the experience of separation through Time and Space has more and more

morphed into interconnectedness anyway.
My sense is NEPTUNE in PISCES also mirrors the outflow of the Piscean Age – as the Aquarian Age is already ‘moving in’ with highly individualizing technological self-sufficiency (and isolation).

Internet and media allow (and hook!) us to be continuously plugged in and connected (to and through technology – which is now omni-available, ever since NEPTUNE sailed through AQ from 1998 – 2012, and to and through media -omni-present, and for many of us the place where ‘social’ happens most, ever since NEPTUNE entered PI, in 2012.

We’re swimming in, or rather: AS, a collective and universal field of energy – all connective and vibrational, atmospheric and boundary-less. 
Well, solid form is an illusion anyway.

 

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Oceanic Evening Glow – Photo by Melanie

 

Since the slow moving planets NEPTUNE (2012 – 2026) and CHIRON (2010 – 2018, already in ARIES, but back for a final immersion into PISCES over the Winter) have been in PISCES, there’s been a flood of influences and confluences, overwhelming and weakening (NEPTUNE),  and leaving us vulnerable (CHIRON).
Our individual (which is of course an illusion) identity experiences him / herself separate, and has a need to connect and feel connected. 
Where to turn? 
How to turn connectedness on?

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Yoga has become a big phenomenon, and a lot of people turned to a spectrum of spiritual (PI) practices (VIR) – all showing the path to / AS the ONE (PI).


And yes, NEPTUNE also reflects trends and mass movements
(also mass manipulation, by the way).

 

So, what’s with co-dependency?

PISCEAN energy is about connection.
It’s a transpersonal, universal energy. When ‘drawn into’ inter-personal realms, there can be a need to connect into a no-boundary / ‘endless’ state with someone that’s quite unhealthy, and doesn’t allow for breathing space or closure, and maybe the other partner has the co-dependent need to be needed. “Can’t be with you, can’t be without you” sums up the feeling culture in such co-dependent / addicted relationships. Often, they’re based on various early life experiences (like neglect, confusing bonding, or overwhelm / abuse) that the PISCEAN ‘person’ unconsciously tries to compensate for, to ‘get the loving connection’, yet s/he might re-attract similar addictive situations as s/he looks for love at the wrong places with the same vibration.

A while ago, I saw a video based on the experiences and teachings of Gabor Mate that showed how addiction is a misdirected need for connection (both so Piscean!).
In German, the words for seeking (Suche) and addiction (Sucht) have the same root.
“Still haven’t found what I’m looking for…”.

Our Piscean Age that humanity is just about to outgrow has compounded such patterns and tendencies with, simplistically put, the classic co-dependent triad of victim – perpetrator – martyr / saviour. They need each other to maintain the constellation.
Always good to check in and be self-aware (VIRGO) which role/s (maybe two at once) we might play in a difficult situation – and to keep releasing…

And good to be aware of:
NEPTUNE is a transpersonal planet – actually the ‘higher octave’ of VENUS. 
In other words, we are personally attracted to and connected with one another via VENUS, while NEPTUNE is about… being connected.

 

YinYang Infinite

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

PISCES and the Paradox

With PISCES, the approach is paradoxical (“Let go, relax, and it comes to you, you can’t ‘get’… (LOVE?) what you already have or rather: are….”), and transpersonal (“Don’t take it personally!” Is that possible?)

I’m sure there’ll be more downloads and releases from NEPTUNE as it’s about to go retrograde in PISCES…
May the Universe-All Love show us:
All is connected. May we relax into this, breathe out and let go, and let the in-breath come naturally…

 

What a miraculous mirage!

… that NEPTUNE in its own domain PISCES (2012 – 2026) shows us:
All is fluid, ever changing, yet everything is always here.
There is nothing constant about life, about you, yet something permeates existence.
Big paradoxes. Wherever you go, there you are.
Yet where is the Self to be found (let’s contemplate THIS)?

 

Humanity and all life forms are interconnected. We see that now inevitably on all levels, ecologically, climate wise, via the media, politically, economically, culturally.

 

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Blessings for Oneness in Freedom, into the the Canadian Aboriginal Day (June 21, Summer Solstice) Week!
Well, again: it’s always Aboriginal Time…

All our Relations, through Time and Space – One Humanity!

 

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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VIRGO – Super-PISCES Full Moon @ 11:22: Self-Aligning in the Flow of Life

28 Feb

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She’s coming!

  • The last Full Moon in WINTER 2017 / 18 (after the New Year’s SuperMoon on Jan 1, and the Total Lunar Eclipse / Blue Moon / SuperMoon on Jan 31)!
  • Wow, so rare, to have TWO Full Moons in January (1 & 31), NO Full Moon in February, and again TWO Full Moons in March (1 & 31)!
  • The last Full Moon in the Zodiac cycle this year, with the SUN in PISCES – and the MOON in VIRGO.
  • The last Full Moon in the retro-free zone (no planets retrograde, between Jan 2 when URANUS went direct, and March 8 when JUPITER goes retro).

As with every Full Moon, it can be a very emotional phase, and things come to fruition (think: Full Moon – Harvest Moon, and VIRGO) to be released (PISCES SUN plus 4 planetary Archetypes in PI!).

 

Neptune Rules Pisces.
Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

If you’re been feeling so much, and being sensitive to the collective energy, you’re not alone.
‘Their stuff?’ / Not yours?
Yes and no, since on a personal level you don’t need to take in everyone’s woes, and a healthy membrane is a good thing, like a well-functioning immune system.
Yet energetically we’re all / all IS interwoven, connected, and ONE, in the flow of life.

We’re spiritual beings having a human experience.
Do you experience the suffering (as a phenomenon that comes and goes) with compassion, or do you (as in: you personally) suffer the experience?

Some of us sentient and sensitive ones are very attuned to the ‘psychic weather’ / atmosphere around us, maybe we came with this gift (that can sometimes feel like a curse), maybe it has been a survival training in early childhood – we learned to adapt or escape.

How do you, the empathetic person X, avoid being drawn into everyone’s emotional field, and experiencing it as my own?
And what of that IS actually a reflection of you (VIRGO discernment comes handy)?
How do I let go and allow things to be washed away?
How do you bring yourself, and what brings you back into alignment (VIR) with your true soul nature?
Why would you want this?

Because things flow so much easier (PI) and the Universe has our back when we’re true to ourselves. Magic and synchronicities are our companions and life is joy.
Versus trying to be everything to everybody, bending over backwards, protecting your image and social status, and building up a fake persona, not wanting to loose face in the eyes of others, etc. – all of that takes so much energy, comes from the ego, and actually goes against what nature intended for us: To be authentically ourselves.

In this sense, more BEING in natural alignment, and less ego directed DOING (as a compensation mode) is what the astro doc prescribes, always, and esp. brought out by this VIRGO – SuperPISCES FULL MOON.

Not always easy… diagnosing what’s going on, and being aware (a VIRGO specialty) is the first step to re-aligning.

There’s a lot of planetary energy in PISCES in the Astro Weather – showing up for the Full Moon on March 1, and gradually moving over to ARIES (starting with MERCURY and VENUS on March 5 / 6 – Spring in Becoming!

The Full Moon in VIRGO on March 1 (see chart below) receives the reflection of the SUN in PISCES, next to NEPTUNE (the SUN will pass NEPTUNE on Sunday March 4) in mid-PI (= SCO undertone), MERCURY, VENUS, and CHIRON in late PISCES (= double PI).
What a cosmic tidal wave! One thing leads to another, and all is interconnected.

Intensity and vulnerability through overwhelm and feeling lost….?

  • What’s the medicine that PISCES offers, led by CHIRON?
  • What’s the practice that the VIRGO FULL MOON prescribes?

 

How does the VIRGO ‘Priestess’ and ‘Earth Angel’ in us (whether we live in a as a male or female body) show up in this?

Virgo and Mercury, painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

First of all: Let’s be aware (VIR) and in a loving, open, neutral place (PI), with the washing up and out of old vibrations. Maybe even residues of the whole PISCES Age era, and our connection with it / conditioning by it?
And allow things to be purged and transformed (SCO undertone, and Water trine from JUPITER in SCO – which happens to be also stationary (going retro on March 8).

Around March 8 (one week before and after) is actually a very powerful, and transformational time (of course also good for clearing in a practical way).

 

HOW to (a VIRGO approach) release all THAT?
I hear VIRGO getting concerned…
Impossible to resolve it all with a ‘strategy’, ‘method’, or ‘fix’, or by analysis…

We can’t keep these collective-connective waves from coming but we can learn and practice surfing and navigating them skillfully (that’s where VIRGO comes in) and, even more so, BE with it all (PISCES) in a good vibration, and loving, heart-ful way.

 

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

 

What gets washed up and released, and what these themes are about for YOU can be seen in your chart – esp. where the VIRGO – PISCES axis is (houses, planets…).
CHIRON in PI says: the ‘Medicine’ is IN the theme itself.

The PISCES SUN and planets are squared by MARS (see chart below) which is presently (until mid March 17) cruising in late SAG, the direction of the Galactic Center – the Big Unknown and Unknowable, the ‘Black Hole Transformation’ we are going through, with ultimate trust. That’s where the inner Spiritual Guidance comes in. Let yourself be moved by it. An inner sense of YES!

Moving from the Spiritual Heart that knows and guides us. We will be changed in the process, and can’t know what it ‘looks like on the other side’ (the Ego doesn’t like that).
The path through, or actually with it is the Path of Heart.

 

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Star Cluster in the Galactic Centre (NASA) – Heart of our Milky Way, at the end of SAG where the SUN travels just before the WINTER SOLSTICE Point

This reminds me of A Path With Heart – one of Jack Kornfield’s books of Buddhist teachings for the modern world.
Here is an audio excerpt about self forgiveness.  So healing.
Also very much apropos VIR – PI.
We all hurt or harmed, abandoned, betrayed  others or ourselves, knowingly and unknowingly, out of fear, pain, or confusion.
And we all were hurt and harmed by others.
Asking for and offering forgiveness inwardly. Letting go of what we still carry in the body.
The Heart wants to be free and light and clear and open.
The blessings of a loving-kindness attuned Heart follow.

I invite you to tune in and see how it supports your Beingness.

 

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Triple Moon Goddess (waxing, full, waning): Maiden, Mother, Crone. (Artist unknown)

Were the SUN is presently in the sky during any time of day or night we can picture all those other planets, while the Full MOON will be opposite, holding balance.
We can expose ourselves to the cosmic unified and unifying PISCEAN medicine field, transmitted by the SUN, NEPTUNE, and CHIRON,
and channel the energy into this dimension, by tuning into the grounding gifts of Grandmother MOON in VIRGO, sign of the Sacred Feminine and Triple Goddess.

How can your cosmic gifts be actualized, put into service, and help you be in alignment with your cosmic assignment?

MARS in late SAG would add: What’s the Heart mission you’re on? Offering from a generous, expectations- and agenda-free place brings gifts back to ourselves too.


The VIRGO – PISCES Full Moon Chart

The VIR – PI Full Moon will be exact at 4:41 pm PST on March 1, 2018.

 

Look at this magical FULL MOON degree alignment at 11°22′ VIR (MOON) and PI (SUN)! Duality in ONEness. 

  • Soo much in PISCES, in ‘polarity’ with the balancing MOON in VIRGO (which will rise just about an hour after the exact Full Moon, from West Coast perspective).
  • SO much mutability (VIR – SAG – PI)! And very strong in the YIN EARTH / WATER Elements. We live in a Climate of Change!
  • Zero AIR – hmmm, not so easy to maintain a detached, objective perspective? Or: not about the rational mind, rather intuition and heart connection, translated into service and manifestation in integrity (VIR & CAP). 
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Essence of timeless Tao Wisdom: Yin-Yang Balance is always dynamically changing and interwoven.


The SUN /  NEPTUNE / MERCURY / VENUS / CHIRON  in PI  show us:

All is unified and ONE.
What makes us vulnerable also carries the Heart Medicine.

Letting go of mental hooks and hang-ups (MERCURY in PI), or being caught in the collective web would be so healing.

Perhaps through sound, music, dance, and vibrational medicine.
MERCURY in PI responds to those ‘messages’, rather than more inundating, confusing, and hypnotizing ‘news’. Not a suggestion to put the head into the sand. Rather an opport-Unity to tune into deeper messages.

 

The Full MOON in VIR is in Earth trine with SATURN / LILITH in CAP, and PLUTO nearby – which balances and grounds the energy:

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Saturn Infrared (Hubble Space Telescope). 

 

  • Awareness and practice matter.
  • Living simply and sustainably (CAP) in wholeness and wellness (VIR).
  • Being in nature, and in our Inner ‘Wild’ Nature (LILITH) helps and sustains – and doesn’t take things on or put up with things (SATURN).

 

Would you like to look closer at these present FULL MOON Energies? Dive in with me!

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Big Wave Surfer Maya Gabeira

 

As we immerse fully into the PISCEAN field there is just energy, a ‘quantum soup’.
Which can be overwhelming and chaotic, for the individualized, ‘separate’ human personal self. The invitation is to experience and merge in the field of Oneness.

Interconnectedness of ALL can, for our separate identity, be overwhelming, confusing, make us vulnerable – or make us want to escape, be ‘addicted’ to ‘the state of bliss and union’, etc.

I guess you get the picture, and examples are everywhere, incl. the constant influx of media (also ruled by PISCES).

The SUN now in PI brings yearly consciousness to the bigger, longer lasting, and more transpersonal influence of NEPTUNE in PISCES 2012 – 2023, and CHIRON in PISCES 2010 – 2018 (moving over to ARIES Apr 17 – Sept 25, 2018, and then fully from Feb 19, 2019 on). 

  • Have you been feeling overwhelmed by all kinds of influences and energies that are ‘streaming in and through’?
  • Maybe you have a very vivid dream life, maybe you don’t want to face it all?
  • How about this: The way ‘out’ is the way ‘IN’ – to surrender and trust in being carried by What-IS?

So much is coming together now…

Allow it, and allow yourself to BE.
Maybe that means letting go of, forgiving, releasing something or some ‘disappointment’, ‘illusion’, etc. (chances are in the area of life related to PI in your chart).

CHIRON shows us that old, early, time-transcending wounds can come up in this process (esp. for those of us born in the 1960’s under CHIRON in PI, and anyone with PI placements).

As James Hillman summed it up in a Jungian seminar in Victoria a few years ago:
There are two basic early childhood wounds: Abandonment and overwhelm (invasion, abuse). We might have experienced one more than the other, or both in combination.

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Crystal activated Voyager card XVII – Star, showing Kuan Yin… – Goddess of Compassion – Photo and crystal activation by Melanie

Often we have to feel what’s now ripe to be healed. There may be catalysts that bring out the old wounds – to be also healing agents.

Rather than spiritually bypassing the wounds, or indulging in them, or escaping into addictive behaviour (all these are shadow tendencies of PI), how can we do our part in letting go and healing (NEPTUNE, CHIRON, and MOON in VIR)?

The Full MOON in VIR – PISCES (with NEPTUNE and CHIRON) invites us to invoke Divine Mother / Goddess energy that is always available to support us. Like Kuan Yin, Mother Mary…

We can’t ‘do it all’ but we can ask for assistance from Higher dimensions… See how your energy shifts…!

Maybe it helps us with dropping resistance and separation, and, rather than putting up boundaries against the ‘tsunami of energy’ (since as sensitive souls we tend to take things in, and they sit and stick there, and possibly contaminate our inner environment) we can gently allow the energy to leave us.

Are there other concrete practices, maybe healthy rituals you can DO (VIRGO) that help us come back into Oneness with / in Life?

NEPTUNE in PI’s need for Connection and Oneness with the Great Mother, the Universe, the All, can lead to ‘looking for Love at the wrong places’, going on a compensation course via addictions of all sorts that promise to let the ‘me’ go away for a while, but hey, it does come back each time, which can turn into a painful vicious cycle.

These ‘depleting’ tendencies can be met by our awareness of wholeness (Full Moon in VIR) from which healing (CHIRON in PI) and renewed Consciousness that-IS (PI SUN) can come.
Practices that lead us to a physical, sensate awareness of wholeness, like mindfulness meditation, Yoga, walks in Nature help, ideally integrated into our life as a healthy routine.

 

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Wounded Healer / Centaur CHIRON Finding his Medicine through Surrender…

The ‘Medicine Wo/Man CHIRON’ shows that the ‘wound’ carries the medicine.

CHIRON in PI can be about paradoxical and confusing ‘wounds’:

Feeling awkward and like an outsider because of our urge for deeper connectedness, yet at the same time being overwhelmed and exhausted by too many influences, and not able to release energies we have taken in. Hence escapism, distraction, avoidance.

Nowa-years with CHIRON in PI, when we dive in, and experience our oneness with Life we can relax, and let go of the idea of separation, or even adversarial ‘you over there’, and we’re re-connected with Life again.

Oneness with what-IS allows us also to let things ‘go through us’ as energy, rather than having them stick to us, or sit in our field.
Just as we’ve taken it IN (PI is ‘infamous’ for taking a lot IN) we’re invited to breathe or otherwise release it OUT.
Maybe no need to ‘do anything with it’ (i.e. analyze and work on it…).

Music, Dance, Yoga, Qi Gong, being with or IN Water is natural release therapy.

NEPTUNE & CHIRON in PISCES on the ‘opposite side’ of VIRGO (yet representing the ONE), show it’s all related:
When we drop into Resonance and Love we open up and see: What seems to be on the outside / ‘over there’ in ‘them’ has to do with us too. And – maybe in a place of vulnerability – , we ask for help, drop resistance, let go, and let God.

Many people have become more and more sensitive – perhaps a symptom of overwhelm with influences streaming at us through the media, through the collective atmosphere and cyber sphere. I’ve been hearing that from many clients, and experience it myself.

Therefore, let’s

  • Be in body-mind-spirit alignment, good health, well-being and conscious practice.
  • Be mindful, aware and self-aware.
  • Take care of business, organize, clear and clean.
  • Help ourselves (VIR is a big fan of DiY, and there is so much info online now too, re: How to…).
  • Help others – because we can. ‘Simple’, ‘small’, anonymous acts of service – can be a big deal for them, and so internally rewarding.

VIRGO thrives on alignment and self-containment, discernment, loves wellness practices, recipes, remedies, and rituals. And it’s important to heal low vibrational VIRGO (“never good enough, always problems”) with higher VIRGO vibes.

  • What is your Body Temple showing you?
  • What can you do (with joy and awareness) to help and serve others, and make the world a better place? Maybe in the service lays your own healing?
  • What needs physical cleaning / clearing / organizing in your life (how about starting with a small realm, like: the desk?). The present VIR – PI dynamic, in combination with JUPITER in SCO helps with purging, clearing clutter and reorganizing things so that life energy can flow more smoothly (and you know where things are…).
  • What’s the change you’re grateful for (JUPITER in SCO)? Even (and maybe esp.) those ‘small’ things (VIR).

 

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Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card II – Priestess – Photo by Melanie

 

VIRGO is the energy of the Harvest Goddess,  Priestess, and Sacred Feminine who is clear and aligned with her sacred Self which she keeps in integrity.

VIRGO practices self-awareness and tends to ‘her’ body-mind-spirit Temple through clearing, discernment, sacred and spiritual practice, such as ceremony and ritual.

Which means in our practical daily life:
A body / health / wellness / nutrition practice and lifestyle.
A healthy body in a healthy spirit.
Honouring ourselves and our body-temple.

  • Is there a practice you can adopt right now that would benefit your well being? Something simple and self-sufficient, like – cell phone free walks, Yoga, exercise, getting more regularly fresh air? 
  • Which ‘recipes, remedies, and rituals’ would your inner Mentor prescribe? Like: adding / removing something from your diet, sleep, work style and hours, certain practices that make you overall happier and healthier, a morning ritual? 
  • Is there something is ripe and ready now to be harvested, as in: let go of? 
  • Would a ceremony help release something old and outlived, and / or help invite beneficial cosmic energies?

What a creative combo of both PI and VIR could look like:

  • Ride the waves, be in your element.
  • Your skills are what comes easy.
  • Holding space for others can be the best service you can offer.
  • Clean up with music.
  • Energy Medicine. AstroSomatics.
  • Sacred Geometry.
  • Astrology and its practical, embodied benefits.
  • Being in the world, yet not of the world. Doing what needs to be done, yet not in attachment.
  • God helps those who help themselves. Doing our share, and trusting divine intervention.
  • Random acts of service bring fulfillment.

 

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Voyager Tarot Card VIII Balance

(Why am I so drawn to bring in Voyager Tarot cards today? Maybe to show you their natural alignment with Astrology)

BALANCE is the way to go, or rather to BE, in the Full Moon dynamic.

The ‘whirlwind’ of stimuli and issues can kick us off balance. How can we infuse a situation where ‘problems’ show up / where we’re not aligned (VIR) with flow, allowance, acceptance, and love, which might mean release and let go(d) (PI)?

Intentionality is important too, and MARS in late SAG in T-square to the Full Moon axis, supports clear Heart Intentions.

 

Clearly, the answer is in the Heart.
May the Heart lead the way, in the Journey!

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Navigating the Seas of Change – NEPTUNE going direct, and JUPITER in SCO trine NEPTUNE in PI (exact Dec 2)

21 Nov

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Neptunian ‘Portrait’ by NASA’s Hubble     

Have you been overwhelmed, in a maze or daze, blah mode, aimless, passive, confused, depressed, drifting, dreaming, feeling disillusioned, feeling like checking out, escaping ‘reality’ and going into your ‘bubble’,  and / or ‘hooked’ on something that has turned into a (secret or not so secret) addiction? 

Let alone being exposed to the pervasive effects of the the ‘media showers’… SO much to process…

That’s what a low grade expression of NEP-TUNE’s turnaround mode could look like, amplified by JUPITER in SCO.
Which can easily happen, these days… been there.

 

NEPTUNE is mid-Nov to early Dec 2017 one of the focal points in the Astro~Weather, since it will change direction from Earth perspective tomorrow Nov 22 (happens twice a year, going from direct to retro, and, like this time, retro to direct), and NEPTUNE will be also trined by JUPITER on Dec 2 (a transit that’s active mid-Nov to mid-Dec).
It’s a good idea to be aware of the NEPTUNE Archetype, and able to recognize what’s up when we’re getting ‘hooked’, what alternative higher vibrational expressions may look like, and how to tune into those.

NEPTUNE is a transpersonal planet – actually the ‘higher octave’ of VENUS. In other words, we are personally attracted to and connected with another via VENUS, while NEPTUNE is about being connected. (period). 

It can be super simple to actually live in that fluid awareness of connectedness, when we don’t go into the illusion of separateness (which the mind, the ego and other gremlins constantly try to lure us into).

Does it take extra stimuli (maybe ever increased dosage) to lose ourselves in something, and drop our sense of separate identity?
Or can you immediately, already BE in the space which the promise of having / doing such and such…. pretends to take you to?

I saw a video based on Gabor Mate’s work (couldn’t retrieve it – maybe you find it), along the lines that addictions are also an expression of the need for connection – and when authentic human connections or spiritual connectedness aren’t available one might develop a connection (which seems controllable but starts to control you) to substances or behaviour.
All very NEPTUNIAN…

 

Neptune Rules Pisces.
Painting by Johfra Bosschart

NEPTUNE is nowa-years in its own domain PISCES:

(2012 – 2026 – only 1/3 into PI, actually)

All is fluid, ever changing, everything is always here. There is nothing constant about life, about you, yet something permeates existence. Big paradoxes. Wherever you go, there you are. Yet where is the Self to be found?
The ‘Unified Field’ where Quantum Physics and Spirituality meet…

Collectively / societally speaking:
Humanity and all life forms are interconnected – which is inevitably obvious (well, some sadly in political power are sadly blind to this!) on all levels, ecologically, climate wise, via the media, politically, economically, and culturally.
And of course enhanced through media & social media.

 

As NEPTUNE turns from retro (since mid-June) to direct, on Nov 22, the NEPTUNIAN energy can show up more outwardly, and we can ‘move forward’ again, rather than ‘backtracking’ into retro-PISCES realms which could be literally old PISCES Age modes of Victim – Perpetrator – Savior.
Check in where you’ve slipped into that co-dependent triad, like feeling victimized and paralized…?
Moving forward can literally mean with NEPTUNE in PISCES (and we’ve seen it since 2012): A Wave, a Movement.
Which per se is a ‘neutral phenomenon’, a collective availability / exposure (NEP) that can be ‘hijacked’ by any agenda, with effective ‘marketing’ / propaganda (as SATURN in SAG, square NEPTUNE in PI has shown us abundant evidence of – the square was exact in early and late 2015, and June – Sept 2016).

What’s the Spirit of the Wave you want to be consciously part of that expresses deep change for the better (JUPITER in SCO)?

 

JUPITER – NEPTUNE ‘Blend’

JUPITER, in trine with NEPTUNE…

… can show us not only what’s BIG (well, this!) but also what the guidance could be, in this multidimensional labyrinth.

JUPITER is the ‘Mentor’ Archetype – here to support us, and help us ‘outgrow’ what prevents us from being free and in our full potential.

This year’s JUPITER in SCORPIO (Oct 10, 2017 – Nov 9, 2018) shows there’s SO much ‘in the closet’, wrapped around hidden agenda, repressed stuff, esp. about ‘uncomfortable’, shameful things that need to be seen and moved through. The process that takes us deeper than where we ‘normally dwell’ can also reveal ‘hidden treasures’, esp. of a psychological and spiritual nature.

 

Big Wave Surfer Maya Gabeira

 

In what ways and areas can you go into the Dark now – not a hiding place but unseen inner spaces which can be rich ‘fertilizers’ for your growth?
A Water Trine – like the one from JUPITER to NEPTUNE suggests going with the flow and adapting, surfing with the situation, diving deeply in (SCO) but also letting go (PI) as needed…

What would the inner spiritual (NEPTUNE) guide / guru (JUPITER) say to a situation you’re dealing with and that might seem overwhelming and entangled (PI) and / or out of control (SCO)?

 

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

 

Deeply moving and connecting chants, Yoga, and other physical – spiritual practices (don’t just drift off, grounding in the body is important), and other containers for the interwoven fabric of life are good medicine for these times.

Being IN the world, yet not OF the world.

Not escaping from the ‘real world’ but going more deeply into resonance, to experience oneness, and let go / release from there with compassion.

 

Here is gift that found me again – passing it on to you, and letting the wave and the sound of the soundless bell permeate…

 

T’ich Nhat Hanh

The Great Bell Chant
Read by Thich Nath Hanh.
Chanted by brother Phab Niem

“May the sound of this bell penetrate deeply into the cosmos.

Even in the darkest space living beings are able to hear it clearly,

So that all suffering in them may seize,

And understanding comes to their heart.

And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal Dharma door is already open.

The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly.

The miracle happens.

A child appears in the heart of a lotus flower.

One single drop of this compassionate water

Is enough to bring back the refreshing Spring to our mountains and rivers.

Listening to the bell, I feel the afflictions in me dissolve.

My mind calm. My body relaxed. A smile is born on my lips.

Following the sound of the bell,

My breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness.

In the gardens of my heart

The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.”

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

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Early Summer Standstill and Spiraling Vibes

29 Jun
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This Summer Solstice / CANCER New Moon phase (June 23 – July 23) is a Turnaround Time, in many ways.

Yes, the SUN and MERCURY just moved last week – right ON Summer Solstice into CANCER (both together!) which turns the vital and mental energy into the feeling zone, and the NEW MOON activates the visceral, instinctual qualities.
Questions of origin, home, and belonging, how we nurture and what nurtures the soul, are on – as families and tribes gather.

Some of our Planetary SoUlar System ‘Family Members’ also reflect the ‘standstill’ / turnaround energy this month too:

JUPITER recently went direct (June 9), and is still stationary (moving super slowly) all June.
URANUS is slowing down, to go retro on Aug 2, and will be stationary July / Aug.
CHIRON is slowing down too, to go retro on July 1, and is now stationary (June / July). Stay tuned for the CHIRON Turning Point in the next days.
NEPTUNE went retro on June 16, and is still stationary until mid-July.
Plus, MARS is in CANCER ‘crab walk mode’ (until July 20), adding to the Spiraling Effect. With MARS in CANCER, a lot of old emotions, esp. anger, are stirred into action!

In other words, these planets have just recently changed, or are in the process of changing direction from direct (forward from Earth perspective) to retro (CHIRON, URANUS, and NEPTUNE), or from retro to direct  (JUPITER).

All these stationary / retro planets end of June / in July are focal points, and their archetypal energy naturally spirals inward / backward – soulward.

CHIRON, URANUS, and NEPTUNE bring us with their archetypal experiences, of healing / medicine journey, liberation, and transcendence, to more inward,  and also to ‘revisit’ places we’ve been before in those experiences, to release the past.

SATURN, now retro, and in Aug / Sept stationary in late SAG – the Galactic Centre (will go direct on Aug 25) calls us to go into deep inner Heart Truth.

We are called go backwards / inwards, for REsolve and RElease, esp. when it comes to old low and unconscious vibrations of…

CHIRON in PI: Old shame, vulnerability, and wounds that turn into our ‘shamanic scars’.

URANUS in AR: Old RE-actionary, hectic, survival stress.

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

SATURN: Old REpetitive patterns, karma, and blocks and obstacles, through being stuck in judgment, limiting beliefs, old stories, pain – all ‘excess luggage’ that prevents us from moving forward with trust and from the heart.

 

In the turnaround, we are called to find through the release from the ‘inside-out’ more conscious vibrations of:

CHIRON in PI : The ‘wound’ carries the Medicine. Unity heals.

URANUS in ARLiberation into the vibrant NOW Presence.

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

SATURN in SAG: Life is a Pilgrimage – Spirit Guides us. 

 

Many Heartfelt Summer Blessings!

Enjoy this Body-Mind-Spirit Nourishing Season!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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NEPTUNE in PISCES retro (June 16 – Nov 22) – and MOON / NEPTUNE today: Connectivity without Co-Dependency

16 Jun

Have you recently felt overwhelmed by information and possibilities, yet going nowhere?
Where is this going? What’s the direction?
Have you been questioning everything?
Have you been in a maze, blues, blah mode, aimless, passive, confused, maybe even depressed, drifting, dreaming, feeling disillusioned, disappointed, feeling like checking out and escaping ‘reality’ lately,  and / or ‘hooked’ on something that has turned into an addiction?

Seems like you’re tuning into a low grade expression of NEP-TUNE’s turnaround mode, with a ‘dash’ of SATURN / LILITH in SAG. Which can easily happen these days.
Why?

 

NEPTUNE is a V.I.P.

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

= a Very Important Planet this month, since it’s on a turnaround course (twice a year) from Earth perspective, exact today, June 16, hence moving very slowly all of June, and becoming an energetic focal point.
NEPTUNE will be retro until Nov 22 (a yearly rhythm of 5 months retro / 7 months direct).

Good to be aware of the NEPTUNE Archetype, and able to recognize what’s up when we’re getting ‘hooked’, what alternative higher vibrational expressions may look like, and how to tune into those.

 

NEPTUNE has been also involved in the SAG – GEM Full Moon on June 9, and is presently activated by a square from LILITH in SAG (exact June 21) and a water trine from MARS in CANCER (exact on June 25):

Surfing the energy field that is naturally available, dancing with Life, surrendering to what-IS, moving with care and compassion, holding space in Oneness, riding energy waves with flow and ease, without resisting nor getting unhealthily entangled or enmeshed in co-dependency (shadow of PI), is the way to (Let) Go.

 

We are all in THIS together…

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June 8 was World Oceans Day, raising awareness for the Beauty and vital Importance of the World Oceans.

Just as the Oceans and atmosphere connect us, we are now (well, always have been, but perhaps even more aware, since CHIRON and NEPTUNE have been in PI, 2010 and 2012) experiencing how everything connects with everything, in a limitless energetic continuum. The veils between dimensions, incl. Time and Space have become more and more permeable.

 Remember when people were talking about the theory of ‘six degrees of separation’ , but hey – since NEPTUNE moved into PISCES (2012 – 2026) the experience of separation through Time and Space has more and more morphed into interconnectedness anyway. Internet and media allow (or hook?) us to be continuously plugged in and connected (at least to and through technology – which is now omni-available, ever since NEPTUNE sailed through AQ from 1998 – 2012).

We’re swimming in, or rather: AS, a collective and universal field of energy – all connective and vibrational, atmospheric and boundary-less. 
Well, solid form is an illusion anyway.

 

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Oceanic Evening Glow – Photo by Melanie

 

Since the slow moving planets NEPTUNE (2012 – 2026) and CHIRON (2010 – 2018) are in PISCES, there’s a flood of influences and confluences, maybe overwhelming (NEPTUNE), and weakening / or we might feel vulnerable (CHIRON).
Our individual (which is of course an illusion) identity that experiences him / herself separate, yet has a need to feel connected.
Where to turn?
How to turn connectedness on?

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The last 1 1/2 years of the South Node in PISCES and the North Node in VIRGO (Fall 2015 – Spring 2017) showed us how important it is to discern what to immerse ourselves into, and how to find healthy (re)alignment in ourselves – the body is a temple – what do you allow to come in? What are healthy alignment practices and rituals to keep us in integrity, AND connected?

Yoga has become a big phenomenon, and a lot of people turned to a spectrum spiritual (PI) practices (VIR) – all showing the way (SAG) to / AS the ONE (PI).

 

So, what’s with codependency?

PISCEAN energy is about connection.
It’s a transpersonal, universal energy though. When ‘drawn into’ inter-personal realms, there can be a need to connect into a no-boundary / ‘endless’ state with someone that’s quite unhealthy, and doesn’t allow for breathing space or closure, often based on various early life experiences (often neglect, confusing bonding, or overwhelm / abuse) that the PISCEAN ‘person’ unconsciously tries to compensate for, to ‘get the loving connection’, yet s/he might re-attract similar situations as s/he looks for love at the wrong places with the same vibration.

A while ago, I saw a video based on the experiences and teachings of Gabor Mate that showed how addiction is a misdirected need for connection (both so Piscean!).
In German, the words for seeking (Suche) and addiction (Sucht) have the same root.
“Still haven’t found what I’m looking for…”.

Our Piscean Age that humanity is just about to outgrow has compounded such patterns and tendencies with, simplistically put, the classic co-dependent triad of victim – perpetrator – martyr / saviour.
Always good to check in and be self-aware (VIRGO) which role/s (maybe two at once) we might play in a difficult situation – and release it.

 

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

Pisces and the Paradox

With PISCES, the approach is paradoxical (“Let go, relax, and it comes to you, you can’t ‘get’ it… (LOVE?) what you already have or rather: are….”), and transpersonal (“Don’t take it personally!” Is that possible?)

I’m sure there’ll be more downloads and releases from NEPTUNE now freshly retrograde in PISCES…
May the Universe-All Love show us: All is connected. May we relax into this, breathe out and let go, and let the inbreath come naturally…

 

Beware the Agenda, and be FREE!

SATURN and now also LILITH (Feb 13 – Nov 8) in SAG are also regulative Archetypes, showing us that it’s liberating when we don’t get drawn into all the allure and agenda, and stay focused and Heart connected.
A walk outdoors (SAG), literally by the Water, can be wondrous (PI) in itself. And ‘real’ connectedness doesn’t depend on the umbilical cord of the media, nor on substances that take us temporarily into boundless states.

LILITH now (exact June 21) square NEPTUNE creates a dynamic tension between openness, surrender, oneness (NEPTUNE) and being true to ourselves (LILITH), and also what reconciles them: Being in our True Nature and Heart-Field IS connective!

NEPTUNE is a transpersonal planet – actually the ‘higher octave’ of VENUS. In other words, we are personally attracted to and connected with one another via VENUS, while NEPTUNE is about… being connected.

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Pied Piper by Kate Greenaway

It can be super simple to live in that fluid awareness – as long as we don’t go into the illusion of separateness which the mind, the ego, and other gremlins constantly try to lure us into… – and then some external authorities (SATURN) give us a ‘way out’, a ‘solution’…
Yet we don’t need to follow the inner / outer Pied Pipers showing up in many shapes and forms… incl. the flute of omnipresent media.

  • Does it take extra stimuli (maybe increased dosage) to lose yourself in something ‘bigger’, and drop your sense of separate identity?
  • Can you BE immediately, already in the space that having / doing what such and such…. promises to take you to?
  • Do you already have (access to) the resources / solutions – are they within??? – when someone ‘out there’ lures you to take you to ‘The Promise Land’ 🙂 

 

What a miraculous mirage!

… that NEPTUNE in its own domain PISCES (2012 – 2026) shows us:
All is fluid, ever changing, yet everything is always here.
There is nothing constant about life, about you, yet something permeates existence. Big paradoxes. Wherever you go, there you are.
Yet where is the Self to be found (let’s contemplate THIS)?

Humanity and all life forms are interconnected. We see that now inevitably on all levels, ecologically, climate wise, via the media, politically, economically, culturally.

 

Medicine_WheelBlessings for Oneness in Freedom, on this Aboriginal Day Weekend!
Well, again: it’s always Aboriginal Time…

All our Relations, through Time and Space – One Humanity!

 

 

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

 

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Neptunian November

18 Nov
MERCURY, now in SAG (since Nov 12, until Dec 2), squares NEPTUNE today, Nov 18, and will pass SATURN on Nov 23.
 
An important time to guard the mind from too many ‘random’ influences that could contaminate thoughts, blur the vision and distract us from our focus. Yet also a nice edge for imagination and inspiration. And to keep our Heart of Compassion open (and not let the mind ‘override’ it)! 
 
 
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Ocean Spa – Photo by Melanie Nov 3

 
 
Quite watery and Neptunian these days, as the MOON is still in CANCER until this eve, the SUN in the last 3 days / tail end of deep SCO (until Nov 21), and – big news:
NEPTUNE stations, and goes from retro to DIRECT from Earth perspective, tomorrow Sat Nov 19!
 
What a Neptunian November, and U.S. Election… media, ‘glamour’, deception, confusion, illusion, incl. the MOON in PI accentuated NEPTUNE on Nov 8 / 9 – you get the idea: Lots of people thought they were dreaming or in an alternate reality / unreality – and on a spiritual dimension it IS all ‘Maya’.
 
NEPTUNE rules music, media, dance, surrender, altered states of consciousness.
  • Is your dream world also more heightened these days? Surrendering to what-IS seems to come easy these days – let it be a fluid energetic experience (rather than a ‘whatever’ / blah mode or depressive giving up). Does being in nature, connected, in the dance of life help you with that?
  • Allow things to be washed ashore and come your way – and release what’s not ‘yours’.
  • Purging, cleansing, soaking in Sea Salt. All good medicine.

And the North Node in VIR on the ‘other end’ says: be discerning, check what’s healthy. Exposure to the subtle, all-connective realms (PI) helps me with my work and well-being.

 

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* Neptunian June: Surfing the Waves of ONEness, Navigating the Seas of Change ~ NEPTUNE in PISCES is going retro on June 13, and SATURN square NEPTUNE # 2 (out of 3) on June 17

12 Jun

Have you been overwhelmed, in a maze, Blues, blah mode, aimless, passive, confused, maybe even depressed, drifting, dreaming, feeling disillusioned, disappointed, feeling like checking out and escaping ‘reality’ lately,  and / or ‘hooked’ on something that has turned into an addiction?

Seems like you’re tuning into a low grade expression of NEP-TUNE’s turnaround mode, and of the Square from SATURN in SAG. Which can easily happen…

 

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

 

NEPTUNE is a V.I.P. (Very Important Planet) this month, since it’s on a turnaround course (twice a year) from Earth perspective, exact on June 13, hence moving very slowly, and becoming an energetic focal point, AND will be squared by SATURN (exact on June 17!). It’s a good idea to be aware of the NEPTUNE Archetype, and able to recognize what’s up when we’re getting ‘hooked’, what alternative higher vibrational expressions may look like, and how to tune into those.

 

NEPTUNE has been also involved in the GEM NEW MOON Mutable Grand Cross (see last blog post), and close to the Lunar South Node (their alignment, every about 20 years, will be exact in November when NEPTUNE turns around again.

 

Surfing the energy field that is naturally available, dancing with Life, surrendering to what-IS, moving with compassion, holding space in Oneness, riding energy waves with flow and ease, without resisting nor getting unhealthily entangled or enmeshed in co-dependency (South Node in PI) is the way to (Let) Go.

We are all in THIS together…

 

June 8 was World Oceans Day, raising awareness for the Beauty and vital Importance of the World Oceans. http://www.worldoceansday.org/

Just as the Oceans and atmosphere connect us, we are now (at least since CHIRON and NEPTUNE have been in PI, 2010 and 2012) experiencing how everything connects with everything in a big energetic continuum. The veils between dimensions, incl. Time and Space become more and more permeable.

 

Remember when people were talking about the theory of ‘six degrees of separation’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_degrees_of_separation, but hey – since NEPTUNE moved into PISCES (2012 – 2026) the experience of separation through Time and Space has more and more morphed into interconnectedness anyway. Internet and media allow (or hook?) us to be continuously plugged in and connected (at least to and through technology – omni-available since NEPTUNE sailed through AQ from 1998 – 2012). For better or worse.

 

SATURN in SAG is a regulative Archetype, showing us that it’s liberating when we don’t get drawn into all the allure, and stay focused and heart connected. A walk outdoors (SAG) can be wondrous (PI) in itself. And ‘real’ connectedness doesn’t depend on the umbilical cord of the media, nor on substances that take us to boundless states.

 

SATURN square NEPTUNE – an important collective transit which was on for the first time in late 2015 (exact Nov 26, 2015) and now again (exact June 17 and Sept 10, 2016) shows the contrast and charge between openness, surrender, oneness (NEPTUNE) and separation, boundaries, fears, restrictions, judgement (SATURN) but also what reconciles them. 

The massive stream of war refugees since last year evokes our compassion and openness (NEP in PI). Boundaries and borders (SAT) have become more permeable (NEP). Does that make us (esp. Europe?) more vulnerable (CHIRON in PI)? Wh0 is US and THEM anyway, asks NEPTUNE.

Paranoia, showing up as fear of uncontrolled invasion and infiltration by the unknown and fanatic, and xenophobia, the fear of the foreign (SAT in SAG since Sept 17, 2015) are atmospheric phenomena (NEPTUNE in PI) that can come up under this constellation. First in Europe, and this year also via Trump’s campaign in the U.S., just today again ‘inflamed’ through the sad news of the Florida shootings. It’s complicated. It’s all interrelated.

And isn’t it paradoxical (very Neptunian)? Making the foreign (SAG), and the refugees who themselves were victimized by the terror (NEP in PI) the scapegoat, out of confusion, overwhelm (NEP), and fear (SAT) is a short-sighted shaming and blaming.

Remember? http://www.unrefugees.org/2015/11/after-paris-attacks-refugees-should-not-be-turned-into-scapegoats/  
As I suspected last year when the first SATURN – NEPTUNE square was exact, just 2 weeks after the Paris attacks, we see now stricter regulations and laws (under SAT in SAG) under this constellation. Hopefully not more draconian governmental control (PLU in CAP) that threatens democracy and freedom.

What’s also coming up in the societal realm under the stationary NEPTUNE constellation is shady, questionable, ‘fishy’ practices, and possibly even fraudulent elections in the U.S. Every vote must count – that’s the essence of Democracy, and a presumably free society (SAT in SAG)!

 

In the meantime, in the spiritual dimension…:

NEPTUNE is a transpersonal planet – actually the ‘higher octave’ of VENUS. In other words, we are personally attracted to and connected with one another via VENUS, while NEPTUNE is about… being connected.

It can be super simple to live in that fluid awareness – as long as we don’t go into the illusion of separateness (which the mind, the ego and other gremlins constantly try to lure us into… – and SATURN in SAG has an attitude about that too…).

  • Does it take extra stimuli (maybe increased dosage) to lose ourselves in something, and drop our sense of separate identity?
  • Can you BE immediately, already in the space that having / doing such and such…. promises to take you to? 

NEPTUNE in its own domain PISCES (2012 – 2026): All is fluid, ever changing, yet everything is always here. There is nothing constant about life, about you, yet something permeates existence. Big paradoxes. Wherever you go, there you are. Yet where is the Self to be found?

Collectively speaking: Humanity and all life forms are interconnected. We see that now inevitably on all levels, ecologically, climate wise, via the media, politically, economically, culturally, and acutely: how refugees can find a safe and welcoming place to settle.

 

  • Have you recently felt overwhelmed yet going nowhere?
  • Where is this going? What’s the direction?

 

Sagittarius, Ruled by Jupiter – Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

SATURN retro in SAG, in contrast to the recent GEMINI New Moon with VENUS and soon in square with MERCURY in GEM (exact June 20) doesn’t seem to make is easy to target and stay focused, with all the distractions, and sooo many options, even so many external sources for guidance, so many gurus, teachers, paths – yet….!

SATURN’s point is – often through elimination – we learn: Less is more, and in this case: Find guidance from within!

 

In what way do you already have the inner compass, and just don’t give yourself credit, or find excuses by giving authority away?

If you know… why don’t you act on your knowing???

Walk in the inner Labyrinth…

 

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Chartres Labyrinth

 

SATURN and NEPTUNE have a 36-year cycle with each other (from conjunction to conjunction).

The current cycle started with their conjunction / union in 1989 – at the time in mid CAP, and with URANUS nearby too! Well, the year of the violently shut down demonstrations at Tienanmen  Square in Beijing, and when the Berlin Wall was brought down, which started a domino effect of a crumbling of Communist and Socialist regimes in the Eastern Block (Revolutionizing – URANUS, and dissolving – NEPTUNE of those controlling systems – SATURN).

 

If you’re a bit older and remember the time of the late 80’s:

  • Did you go over a threshold at the time, maybe from a structure and form you were in (SAT) that was broken open and dissolved?
  • Where are you at, in relation to those changes, now?

SATURN says, “Well, that was then, this is now. Been there, done that, learned the lesson(?), got the T-shirt.” NEPTUNE says, “What’s time? It’s all ephemeral and fluid. Who is the you that goes there in dream time?”. So maybe something can wash through your system from those imprints, and any imprints for that matter.

 

The present SATURN – NEPTUNE cycle goes until 2025 (when both will be on the cusp from PI to AR) – well, futile to speculate about that now – so many changes until then…

 

In the HERE – NOW (thank you, SATURN for bringing us back), we’re in the  (Square) = 90° angle phase between SATURN at 12° SAG and NEPTUNE at 12° PI.

 

SATURN is now right on the AC of the U.S.A. – which is at 12°12’ SAG!

The country is called to grow into a new authority and mature, visionary leadership. Under the present SATURN retro hopefully realizing that same old patterns don’t work anymore.

And NEPTUNE this year squares the U.S. AC – DC ‘Encounter Axis’… whom are they ‘letting in’??!

 

Weißkopf-Seeadler auf der Jagd nach Lachsen

On July 4 will be also a New Moon!

All that definitely calls for a Special Feature workshop ON July 4:
United States, 2016 Elections, and the American Evolution, Astrologically

Mark your calendar, stay tuned, or pre-register if you don’t want to miss it.

 

The SATURN – NEPTUNE Square will come back one more time (# 3 out of 3 exact alignments, due to the back-and-forth motions of SAT and NEP from Earth perspective) on Sept 10 – a grand finale between the Eclipses on Sept 1 and 16!

 

With SATURN retro in SAG, now squaring NEPTUNE in PI 2015 / 16:

  • How can we navigate the unknown and ever changing?

If we identify with SATURN, and would rather have control and a clear orientation we might get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way we expected them to be. Disappointment can show up – reminding us that we had an attachment to the outcome. Going with the flow and adapting, surfing with the situation is rather the way to let-go.

  • What would the inner spiritual (NEPTUNE) teacher / guide / guru (SATURN) say to this situation that’s out of control?

 

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

 

Invocations and sacred sound, spiritual teachings and practice, and a container around the INTERWOVEN fabric of life are good medicine for these times.

Being IN the world, yet not OF the world.

Not escaping from restrictions and the ‘real world’ but going more deeply into resonance, to experience oneness, and let it release from there (with compassion maybe).

 

Here is gift that found me again – passing it on to you, and letting the wave and the sound of the soundless bell permeate…

The Great Bell Chant

Read by Thich Nath Hanh.

 

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T’ich Nhat Hanh

 

Chanted by brother Phab Niem

https://vimeo.com/6518109

“May the sound of this bell penetrate deeply into the cosmos.

Even in the darkest space living beings are able to hear it clearly,

So that all suffering in them may seize,

And understanding comes to their heart.

And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal Dharma door is already open.

The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly.

The miracle happens.

A child appears in the heart of a lotus flower.

One single drop of this compassionate water

Is enough to bring back the refreshing Spring to our mountains and rivers.

Listening to the bell, I feel the afflictions in me dissolve.

My mind calm. My body relaxed. A smile is born on my lips.

Following the sound of the bell,

My breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness.

In the gardens of my heart

The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.”

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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