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Happy Birthday, New York City!

16 May

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Guess whose birthday is today, May 16?
Well, yeah, I gave it away…

Since I feel very connected to New York City, and at the very least I find the City fascinating (and it’s been TOO long since I visited), and I got ‘her’ birth chart(!) here’s to honour and celebrate HER – not only, but definitely: TODAY!

 

New York Above Gotham

 

There are a few dates and times for the ‘Birth of the City of Dreams’ and ‘Big Apple’, depending on which event is considered the initiating one.

In 1625, Fort Amsterdam was designated the capital of the province of New Amsterdam, the colonial Dutch settlement which would later become the City of New York. The first Dutch settlers actually arrived in the region in 1624, and the town of New Amsterdam was incorporated in 1653.
The City of New York  was consolidated at a flag raising to the top of the pole over City Hall at 00:00 midnight of 1 January 1898.

So, what about May 16 then?
391 years ago, on May 16, 1626 a historic purchase was made (very TAURUS – very PLUTO / SUN / VENUS in TAURUS actually – see chart below): Peter Minuit bought Manhattan Island for 60 gilders (value of something like $ 1500 today) from the Lenape tribe – or, as the story goes, ‘made gifts for the use of their land’. And what a legendary ‘land use and development’ it’s become! We’ll see some of this theme in New York’s chart.
Maybe the first, definitely the biggest capitalist / land speculation coup in history – a pretty famous one anyhow.
Never mind the indigenous wisdom: You belong to the Earth – the Earth doesn’t belong to you. 

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Photo: Wall St. Bull (Wiki)

But, as history has it, humanity had to take a ‘detour’.
And Manhattan owes its ‘birth’ to this historic deal:

It’s May 16, 1626 chart sports PLUTO / SUN / VENUS in TAURUS (the sign of the Settler, the Land, the Bull, assimilation, purchases, money, value…. and yummy things like APPLES in the Garden of Eden).

 

So, let’s take a look at the chart, and what it tells us.

Whoa…. soo much encoded in it, so many stories in these Archetypes – worth of much deeper and broader research and exploration.
But hey, let’s get the ball, or shall I say: Apple, rolling, on ‘HER’ Birthday:

 

New York City

  • With the time I have for the transaction, 9:33 am EST, the Rising sign is proud and glamourous LEO, ruled by the solid TAURUS SUN – ‘coming out of’ PLUTO, and next to VENUS, in the 10th / 11th house. EARTH is the predominant element.
    But that’s just the first glance…

 

  • What a powerful (overpowering?) purchase (PLUTO / SUN / VENUS in TAU) – given the VALUE of the land, as history has shown.
    Let me put it in neutral terms: A model to the world (10th house) of what transforming and developing the potential of the land value (PLUTO in TAU) can do. And proudly showing it (LEO Rising) to the world. Definitely not shy. Definitely Celebrity City.

 

  • Early LEO has an ARIES undertone – pioneer spirit shows. NYC has always been so innovative and creative. Here is where the individual can rise and shine – if…. they also got something potent, valuable, and attractive (PLUTO / SUN – Ruler of the AC / VENUS) to put out to the world.

 

  • The AC on the CAN / LEO cusp is also the Spirit of Creativity and Welcome! (MOON / SUN ruled). Both definitely signatures of the City – with the hallmark of the Statue of Liberty.

 

  • SUN / VENUS in late TAU on the 10th – 11th house cusp: Purpose (10th) for the future (11th), from the perspective of 1626, was – with the human PLUTO shadow attached – to create something ever so attractive, through craftiness, ingenuity, and smart, skillful work (late TAU has a VIRGO undertone). The VIRGO undertone also brings us to the Sacred Feminine. You probably know that the Statue of Liberty was donated by France in 1886. Researchers speculate its intentional, masonic placement was, in short, invoking the Egyptian Goddess Isis! Lots of fascinating material out there. 

 

  • On that note, NYC’s North Node ‘happens to be’ on the ‘Sphinx Point’, also in early VIRGO in ‘her’ 2nd house, next to SATURN: A mandate for NYC to: “Know yourself!” Know what you can do, be in integrity, and don’t loose energy by getting pulled into others’ agenda (South Node in PI in the 8th house).
    Well, there have been more than a few fishy, shady, criminal things going on in NYC’s history that made her infamous… yet, ‘cleaning up’, esp. in the 1990’s became the talk of not just the town but a model of what’s possible. Check out this City Journal article. In the 1990’s, NYC had its Nodal Return in VIRGO, and also SATURN, URANUS, and NEPTUNE were moving through ‘her’ 6th house in CAP. Serious clean-up business. 

 

  • Re: Early VIRGO North Node, with SATURN, reminds me immediately also of Woody Allen’s movie Manhattan (which I first saw in German, called Der Stadtneurotiker – the City Neurotic – which is what early VIRGO can also turn into, ha-ha!). Woody Allen has a SAG SUN and VIRGO Rising. Makes sense, with his humour. No wonder he is / was one of NYC’s movie trademarks.

 

  • The MOON in late CAP (with the VIRGO undertone), in the VIRGO related 6th House – NYC had a CAP MOON Lunar Return earlier today too (rare on a birthday): Well, lots of hard work that pays… in the end, if you have resilience, perseverance, and… know the right people – a trine to the SUN / VENUS on the 11th house cusp.

 

  • The City that never sleeps (MARS in cozy CANCER in ‘her’ 12th house), and always strives (the MOON – ruling CANCER – in CAP in ‘her’ 6th house).

 

  • NYC’s MOON connects with the U.S. PLUTO in late CAP, both transited by PLUTO, for the first time in history in 2020 – 2022 – a development that can change everything… A major political event? An Evolution that’s already under way…. ? How well do we use resources and time???! Maybe a Revolution at the same time, since the NYC MOON, and the U.S. PLUTO are on the ‘Prometheus Point’ in the Zodiac, where CAP turns into AQUARIUS – rules by… URANUS. Prometheus bringing the ‘Fire of the Gods’ / the privilege of the Elite to Humanity.

 

 

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

 

  • And in contrast: There’s also ARIES, namely: NYC’s Midheaven, recently transited by URANUS: The spirit of innovation and revolution… Technologically, start-ups, new wave of entrepreneurs, and: Women’s March. URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 18) has brought lots of fast paced innovation, and acceleration of processes, big time via technology, but also in general, for human consciousness. Wake-up calls, and awakening spirit. Independence is a big theme there for URANUS on NYC’s MC.
    More Uranian square activation for the U.S. PLUTO to come, this year, mixing things up, for outmoded controlling forces and structures. Liberty!
    So much fast paced, competitive energy on the ARIES MC – if you can make it there… yet, perhaps nowadays not JUST NYC anymore – the Uranian spirit is everywhere…

 

  • Speaking of URANUS, it sits on NYC’s 2nd house cusp in LEO – thank Goddess for eccentricity, and unique creative ways of standing out! We love you for that, Big Apple!
    The Total Solar Eclipse over the U.S. on Aug 21 will be on NYC’s URANUS – a new beginning for Liberation and Independence of Self Expression!
     

 

  • JUPITER / NEPTUNE in LIBRA in ‘her’ 4th house – City of Dreams – Dream BIG!
    So many hopes (JUPITER) and dreams (NEPTUNE) have brought so many people from many cultures (LIBRA) to New York. And what a cultural and art scene there!
    Plus: The ‘energy exchange’ of the original deal between Peter Minuit (which means midnight in French) on the ‘midnight point’ of the chart, representing to the land and ‘home’ itself, was a big time (JUPITER) give-away (NEPTUNE) / gain. Speaking of ‘balance’!!!

    New York will have ‘her’ JUPITER return this Sept (first contact was already in Jan / Feb) – goes to show, LIBRA’s notion for fairness, justice, and balance is also BIG this year – now that could lead to a whole political discussion…

 

  • Lastly, the NYC CHIRON in late PISCES in ‘her’ 9th house also returns (every 50 years!) 2017 – 18. The ‘melting pot’ for people from across the world. Once again, we see how vulnerable one can be when looking for a new shore, or simply: surviving. 

 

Let’s be compassionate. We are all in this together.
New York City Night Map

 

Birthday Blessings to NYC, and to the NEW YORK SPIRIT in all of us!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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* SUN into AQ on Jan 19 – Community Building and Sharing.

18 Jan

The zodiacal season shifts this week from rock-solid CAPRICORN to airy AQUARIUS (yearly on Jan 19 / 20, dependent on your location). This year exactly tomorrow Jan 19 at 1:24 pm PST.
I like to call the cusp energy ‘Prometheus Point’ (Prometheus is the mythological Archetype for the planet URANUS which rules AQ), or, in plain English: ‘Community Builder Point’. 

What comes after attaining mastery, and ‘making it’ – when, let’s say: CAP is complete and content with its accomplishment (hmmm, is s/he ever? Always dealing with that notion!)? Well, up on the summit of the mountain, literally, or symbolically: of the career, the mastery, the air is thin, and it can get a bit lonely. But, hey, there are others too on the same, or on ‘their mountain’, and we can connect with them as a team, or like-spirited friends.

 

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Mountain Joy in Switzerland – Visit in 2010

 

And if  the ones ‘on top’ are ruling and running the show, the Promethean aspect of CAP – AQ kicks in: Prometheus in Greek mythology claimed the fire of the ‘elite gods’ for humanity, and after an ordeal of punishment for his ‘hybris’ was eventually ‘unbound’: Fire, divine inspiration, and enlightenment are available to everyone!

 

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Prometheus, capturing the fire of spirit and creative inventiveness from the Gods for Humanity (and you probably know the continuation of the story, with his punishment and liberation).

Prometheus is as an astrological Archetype associated with the Planet URANUS, which also rules AQ. URANUS is presently (2011 – 2018) in ARIES, and has just changed direction from Earth perspective on Dec 29, and goes now direct again. Lots of impulses for rebellion, but also true liberation from within, are in the collective field nowadays, and you probably notice them in your life too, esp. if you have AC / MC, SUN, MOON, or Planets in late AR, CAN, LI, or CAP. The Full Moon on Jan 12 in CAN – CAP (see post) catalyzed with its Cardinal Grand Cross also URANian liberation and renewal – into 2017.

Let’s connect! The social factor comes in again (as with AIR signs), and we realize we need one another and can’t build ‘an empire’ or a community by ourselves. Hence, social networks, groups, circles of like-spirited humans come together, in a network, either physically, or through the ether-net 🙂

Speaking of www (which almost looks like the AQ symbol  – the font doesn’t show up here but you probably know what I mean 🙂

 

Co-building in liberated, egalitarian community is actually rather: Sharing of energy, like the AQ ‘water / energy bearer’ – incl. FREE energy that’s available to everyone.

I love how in the symbolic painting below the ‘Water Bearer’ / ‘Energy Provider’ pours prana over the 7 Lotus blossoms – perhaps also a theme of Chakra activation, which opens us up to cosmic energies, and naturally liberates and empowers us.

 

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URANUS Rules AQUARIUS, Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

In that spirit, let’s do our work, bring it into community, and connect in groups and with friends, intentionally, and ‘randomly’, in syn-ergy.

And if you feel called come join our ASTRO~EXPERIENCES in our circles – live in person in Victoria, or via Skype / fb Messenger on camera from your home or holiday!

Astrology groups are double Aquarian, since Astrology is ruled by AQ – does that surprise you? Take your pick – and find description on the fb Event pages:

* 5-week ASTRO~FOUNDATIONS: Rising Sign, and Planets in the 12 Houses. Continues with the 2nd meeting (Houses 1 – 3) tomorrow Thu Jan 19 – drop-in welcome.

* CHINESE NEW YEAR of the YIN FIRE ROOSTER (Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018) – Workshop and Dinner. Jan 27 / 29.

* 7-week Astrological Chakra Journey: From Your Root Chakra / Saturn to Your Crown Chakra / The Sun. From Wed Feb 1 on.

 

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* Uranus Turns Retro on July 29 :: Liberation From Within!

29 Jul

Yes.
URANIAN / Promethean times we’re in…

Did you know? 2 days ago, July 25, the Mayan New Year of the Blue Spectral Storm started.

Whoa that year theme is – very URANIAN / Promethean too!

 

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Blue Spectral Storm Seal

 

http://www.13moon.com/galactic-new-year.htm states:
“The Blue Storm Year calls us to be awakened Thunder Beings; agents of electric passion and purpose; alchemists of energies; empowered self-generators; embodiments of stillness dancing; lucid World-Changers living from our centers of calm resilience.”
“ This is the Time to access the force of your inner spark as your ultimate source of power; to unleash the lightning of your soul; to be the calm eye of the storm amidst potent inner and outer transmutations and shifts of all kinds!”

 

URANUS is now in very slow moving ‘direct-to-retro STORMall July and August, since…:

* URANUS turns retro tomorrow July 29 (until Dec 29):

 

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LIBERATION from WITHIN

The URANIAN Turnaround (twice a year, from retro to direct – recently end of December, and from direct to retro – recently in July) is a stand-still and ‘gear shift’ in a collective (outer) and transpersonal (inner) way.

URANUS went direct on Christmas Day, Dec 25, 2015. Lots of external, collectively experienced explosive, shocking wake-up calls since then (literally explosions in airports, attacks, shootings, bombings, Brexit surprise, shocking deaths of idols David Bowie and Prince….).

Now we are shifting from primarily outward experiences with URANUS to inner ‘revolution’ and awakening.

Not to say there’s a guarantee for calm waters ‘out in the world’ but the theme is more internalized. It is also an integration of the effects from ‘external URANUS’.

The more we dedicate our energy towards embracing URANian Liberation from within the better aligned we are.

 
You’re FREE. Have always been. But maybe NOW is the time to fully wake up to it.

 

Let’s look at the SABIAN SYMBOL for the URANUS Turnaround Degree:

URANUS is now stationary, and will go retro tomorrow July 29 at 24°30’ ARIES.

Since URANUS will go retro before reaching 25°, I chose the 24th degree here:

24° ARIES:

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“BLOWN INWARD BY THE WIND, THE CURTAINS OF AN OPEN WINDOW TAKE THE SHAPE OF A CORNUCOPIA.

Keynote: Openness to the influx of spiritual energies. 

The principle of abundance is brought to a further stage in this rather cryptic symbol. Physical fruition is shown operating at a more subtle and spiritual level. The wind (pneuma, spirit) blows through the open mind-window and brings into the house of personality a promise of more-than-material potency. Wind blown from a region of high pressure to one of low pressure. As the window curtains are blown inward, the individual consciousness represented by the house is receiving a more concentrated influx of spiritual energies, enabling this consciousness to extend the scope of its awareness and creative expression.

This message… is that inner growth demands not just an open mind but one able to provide a container for a spiritual harvest. The cornucopian shape of the window’s curtains suggests that the subtler translucent aspect of the mind (the curtains) has acquired a quality of plasticity enabling it to be MOLDED BY TRANSPERSONAL FORCES.”

 

This late ARIES symbol is very apropos the present ‘stormy’ URANIAN influence:

  • A fresh Spirit breeze into open minds!
  • Certain liberating realizations might indeed blow our minds!
  • Rather than going for external or sensational thrill (which is abundantly available nowadays) let’s tune into the URANIAN / Promethean gifts that liberate us FROM the mind-matrix and FOR a truly free and open mind!

 

URANUS has been the T-square catalyst of the recent CAP – CAN Full Moon (see previous post), and it will be stationary at that degree all July and August, into mid September!

A theme for the SUMMER:

Back to Nature, to our inner nature, flying high and nesting with our Spirit tribe, yet even there, not getting too settled, and staying open to transpersonal shifts and gifts that truly liberate and change us!

 

 

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* SUN into AQU (Jan 20 – Feb 18): May Light and Liberation Lead the Way!

19 Jan

 

The SUN will transition from the solid Earth energy of CAP to airy AQU tomorrow Jan 20 at 7:27 am PST.

A breath of fresh air?
How do we get from the heavy mountainous vibe of CAP to the lofty Aquarian zone?

 

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Prometheus, capturing the fire of spirit and creative inventiveness from the Gods for Humanity (and you probably know the continuation of the story, with his punishment and liberation).

 

 
Several scenarios fit the transition on the CAP – AQ cusp that the SUN is transitioning now:

  • “Nobody understands me and my visions, nobody’s on my level, I’m an outsider.”
  • “The work is done. Now I’m free / retired.”
  • Crystals and ice (CAP rules mountains and rocks).
  • Coming together in synergy and groups with other like-spirited ‘masters’.
  • Building community.

Clearly, in AQU we need friends and community, not only so that we’re not so alone in our detached ‘icy palace’. The natural sequence after masterful CAP who ‘makes it happen’ is to share with others and co-create in projects and teams.

 

AQU is post CAP, and free beyond the security giving structures that CAP is eager to build.

Our free-spirited, experimental, innovative, and liberated nature can emerge more easily in the realm of AQU.

AQU is ruled by URANUS – a.k.a. the planetary Archetype of ‘Prometheus the Awakener’ (which can bring disruptive surprises too)

On the very day of the Solar entry into AQU (tomorrow Jan 20), there’ll be also a square from ‘stormy’ MERCURY retro in CAP with URANUS in fiery ARIES.
Plus,  MERCURY is now in the ‘Promethean’ part of its retro phase:

Time for liberated forward-thinking!

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger