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GURU PURNIMA Full Moon Blessings – with the ‘Astro Gurus’ JUPITER and SATURN

16 Jul

Dear Astro~News Reader,

indeed, there’s a lot to today’s Full MOON in CAP – CAN / Partial Lunar Eclipse!

Theme is (see Eclipse post): Transforming the Old – Being ONE Love!

Clearly, this Eclipse MOON with SATURN / South Node, VEGA, and next to PLUTO gets our attention, and has us release old attachments, judgment, and conditioning, to come back to the Light of Consciousness, and of the Loving Heart.

A la MERCURY retrograde, I found again this Ram Das article A Heavy Curriculum– very apropos the projections about change and judgment going along with it:
“If somebody is a problem for you, it’s not that they should change, it’s that you need to change. If they’re a problem for themselves that’s their karma, if they’re causing you trouble that’s your problem with yourself…..”

  • What’s our job when people ‘are difficult’?
  • How do our lunar emotions and needs (like, for them to love and appreciate us) have power over us, pull you into judgment and separation (SATURN) and out of Love?
  • What needs to deepen to change (PLUTO) in this?

A heavy curriculum… (a la CAP)… yet lightened and transformed in the Heart.

I get it. Been there with family, other ‘karmic partners’, and even ‘random people’…

This Full Moon also helps us connect with ‘Ancient Essence’ – the essence of the Ancestors (PLUTO in CAP, super close to the MOON). Biological Ancestors, ancient Teachers, Ancestors of the Land…
Maybe their Spirit is speaking to us… helping us transform old (usually fear / separation based) energies that prevent us from being in the Love and in Heart Space.


In Hindu and Buddhist tradition, the Full Moon in July is the Guru Purnima / Guru Puja, dedicated to the inner and outer Guru.


Ganesh, the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ is invoked at the onset of a journey.

We could all use some Ganesh energy nowadays / -years…
SATURN (ruler of CAP) is presently IN CAP (Winter Solstice 2017 – Winter Solstice 2020) where karmic challenges for ‘the journey’ / the path arise.
Only to teach us what our inner blocks, judgments, and resistance are, and handing it over to PLUTO in CAP to help with the transformation – as things are irreversably evolving collectively.

Dense stuff, perhaps. Heavy curriculum?
May the Inner Teacher and light bringer show the way, and lead by example, just like the CAP goat slowly but surely climbing up the mountain, and the CAP SUN climbing up the Ecliptic.


“Ohhh, I don’t have a Guru, nor do I want one!” is what one might hear from us Westerners…

GU-RU means ‘simply’ “From Darkness to Light” – one who removes darkness and brings light. 

“Guru Purnima is celebrated on the day of the year when the SUN is closest to the Earth and the Full MOON reflects the brightest light.
It is a holy day, and an especially beneficial time to make fresh resolves for spiritual growth.
Truth is, the SUN is not closest to the Earth in Summer but in early January, however the CANCER SUN is so bright and strong and it’s early Summer in the Northern hemisphere.

Because the energies of the SUN and of the MOON in reflection are both at their peak, our subtle energy channels are unusually open and receptive to absorb spiritual energy. Practices done or begun these day will bring growth and auspiciousness in life.

Through sadhana (spiritual practice) and by following the Guru’s teachings, devotees can purify the mind to reflect the Atman / Universal Self, just as the MOON reflects the brightness of the SUN.

Traditionally, Guru Purnima is an auspicious time to begin four months of spiritual practice. Beginning at this time allows us to make great spiritual progress more quickly.”


Never too early, never too late, for spiritual practice, and connection with the inner Guru / Teacher / Mentor / Light Bringer, I’d say.

Time (ruled by CAP) in fact can be suspended, stretched, and can dissolve and ‘disappear’ in immersion with what IS  (PLUTO points us to ‘that’).
The Guru is a bridge into vastness, spaciousness, and freedom.


In Astrology, the ‘Guru’ is associated with the Archetypes of JUPITER, the Mentor, and SATURN, the Teacher.

Jupiter and Earth – A matter of Perspective. Photo: Hubble / NASA

Presently, JUPITER is retro and in its own SAG domain (until Dec 3, 2019), this year in triple square with mystical NEPTUNE in its own PISCEAN domain.

Gifts and happiness (JUPITER in SAG) require surrender and letting go, which leads to Unity (NEPTUNE in PI).
Once we SEE the benefits (JUPITER in SAG) deep gratitude and an abundant life are the results.


Saturn & Earth

Saturn and Earth – Ringed Guru. Photo: Hubble / NASA

SATURN, this year in mid-CAP, quintessential integrity teacher, is also very supportive at this Guru Puja time, since it forms two relationships with transpersonal Archetypes:

  • A triple sextile this year with NEPTUNE in PISCES – the teaching and on-going practice is surrender and connection.
    Flow and ease in the ‘achievement’ follow.
  • An almost-exact conjunction with PLUTO (strongest in May / June 2019, and exact conjunct on Jan 12, 2020.
    As we’re called / pressured to complete and be done with what’s old and doesn’t serve Humanity, Planet Earth, and all Beings, esp. abusive, disrespectful top-down control and power, we’re also called to Build the New from the inside-out – a caring and compassionate world, based on Love – the ‘top priority’ that IS.

Pluto Reveals… One of the first pictures New Horizons transmitted from the close fly-by in July 2015

Have I mentioned?
Almost all the planetary Archetypes mentioned are presently retro:

MERCURY, JUPITER, SATURN, CHIRON, URANUS (going retro on Aug 11), and PLUTO!
Excellent for inward-turning movement….

Under PLUTO in SATURN ruled CAP (2008 – 2023), and NEPTUNE in PISCES (since 2011 / 2012, until 2018 / 2026), so many traditional spiritual teachings and practices from our biological and Spirit ancestry have reached our modern cultures and become ‘mainstream’.
The ‘trick’ is to really be consistent and apply them into our daily and most challenging situations – says SATURN in CAP.

Different accesses and avenues for everyone, yet light is always light.


Aummmm! Namaste!

The Light in me honours the Light in you!
May we ground and embody it.


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger




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CAP New MOON / PSE on Jan 5 / 6 – Let the Old Empire Expire!

4 Jan

Dear Astro~News Reader,

We ‘made it’ (always such a CAP statement) into 2019!

And the first New MOON of the year, in CAP of course, on JAN 5 (in the Americas, 5:28 pm PST) / JAN 6 (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand) is on the doorstep.
(The next New MOON btw on FEB 4 heralds the Chinese New Year of the Yin Earth Pig, starting on FEB 5).


This one’s rather an ‘OLD-to-New MOON’ though, I’d say – Why?
CAP is old and mature energy, that too, but mostly:

  • Because it’s a Partial Solar Release Eclipse with the South Node, and also:
  • The Eclipse New Moon is sandwiched between SATURN (closure, endings) and PLUTO (the power of evolution and transformation)…

Where’s the release, closure, and transformation?
In CAPricornian matters, of course.
As in: 


  • Dropping what we’ve taken on – heavy duty burdens, guilt, old ‘inherited’ ‘shoulds’, jobs that aren’t ours, other people’s business, ‘paying’ for others’ BS, being a scape goat….
    Maybe a slow process, but so worth committing to, checking in, noticing, and consciously removing ourselves from those energies and adopted roles.


  • Giving wayyy too much Time and precious Life Energy to complaining about structures that ‘rule over us’ – whereas we keep disempowering ourselves.
    What can we constructively-creatively DO instead?


  • Judgment and resistance. Which are often linked.
    With awareness, recognizing and tuning into the energy of judgment, and how it pretends to protect you but automatically separates you. Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?
    How can you direct the energy into something constructive, like modelling what you do want to see, and not cluttering your time with mulling over ‘their shortcomings’ and feeding your righteousness? 
    Plus, let’s be compassionate. Everybody is on their Soul Journey. We never know what people go through and what their history is, leading them to show up as they do. And you might even have a ‘Soul Contract’ with those ‘challenging people’ – what’s the teaching – for YOU?
    NEPTUNE in PI in triple sextile with SATURN in CAP (both planetary Archetypes in their own ruled Zodiac signs – very pure and effective that way) this year helps with Spiritual Teachings – leading to karmic (SATURN) release (NEPTUNE).


  • All in all, releasing the Shadow and Redundancy of the Old World that we might be still (at least residually) conditioned by, and dragging along:
    Authority issues (esp. giving it away and blaming others for our misery – sounds like residues of the Piscean Age to me too…). What would it look like, and what’s required and possible to show up in our own authority? The SUN passed SATURN in CAP on New Year’s Day, bringing up Authority themes, and calling us to be consciously and creatively in our Authority.
    Fears – which might be related to old trauma that of course needs to be processed, or they can be an excuse for procrastinating, holding ourselves back, and putting our life on hold. Time for inner inquiry in that regard…
    I like the acronym for F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real.
    And the 3 questions from The Work by Byron Katie (which can be applied to other mental constructs and restrictions as well of course): 
    Is it true? How do you know it’s true? Who would you be without this?
    Unnecessary Restrictions, as in: scarcity mentality, loyalty to the past, living by redundant rules…
    Guilt – uhhh, another one that can get us, and often related to upbringing, authoritative / religious conditioning about ‘thou shalt / not….’ and psychological control. Often linked to shame. As always with these symptoms, key is to identify, and notice they’re just another attempt to keep us small, separate, not good enough, in a box, etc…
    Judgment (see above).
    Yet, natural inner Authority and Maturity, the conscious and resolved CAPRICORN gifts, lay beyond those CAP phenomena in the shadow, on ‘higher ground’ that SAG (‘before CAP) can take us to, with JUPITER in SAG this year helping to raise big awareness, and outgrow the old and small.


  • What can these energies transform into / be re-purposed for a Higher and the Greater Good? That’s where PLUTO in CAP comes in.
    Like: Finding our ‘Mountain’, and consistently walking with / on OUR Purpose.
    Naturally, it’s easier with less ‘old baggage’. And intrinsic Power-of-Nature / Soul Power is the fuel that sustains us.

    The SUN will align with PLUTO on JAN 11 – shedding light at this inevitable transformation and evolution that’s already happening. Life is easier when we join the River of Change…


Call of the Mountain – Photo by Melanie


These themes have been obviously already ‘upon’ / within us, moving their way through us personally and collectively –
ever since PLUTO (since 2008), SATURN (Dec 20, 2017) and the South Node (Nov 16, 2018) moved into CAP.

This year however, they’re clearly compounded and ‘sealed-off’,
with three South Node Eclipses:

JAN 5: PSE / New MOON in CAP 
JULY 2: TLE / Full MOON in CAP – CAN
DEC 25: Christmas New MOON / Annular Solar Eclipse in CAP.


Before taking a look at the cosmic patterns in the New MOON / Eclipse chart,
here’s a very apt quote / contemplation by Canadian Poet Laureate and sage Ann Mortifee, from her book In Love with the Mystery, adding important pieces round steady patience and chipping away….



…which is also – literally – very much apropos MERCURY entering CAP today JAN 4 – more notes about that move below.
And MERCURY will be in the CAP New MOON Team of 6 (yes, SIX! Check it out on the Eclipse chart!)!

Yes, time to look into the area of life that’s prone to chipping and sculpting – chances are it’s mostly related to where CAP is in your birth chart.
Where dropping and cropping and pruning is ‘up’ – only to bring relief, and bring us closer to our real self.

And I’d add, in accord with the Release Eclipse, and with NEPTUNE these years (2012 – 2026) in PISCES, in mutually supportive triple-sextile with SATURN in CAP this year – exact on JAN 31, JUNE 18, and NOV 8:
Allow Life, circumstances, the Universe to help you let go of what you might still carry but what isn’t YOU (anymore, if ever).
A Cosmic Blessing to continuously release, receive, re-orient.


Here’s the Astro Chart of the Super CAPPY (yes, Group of SIX!) New MOON / PSE!

The NEW MOON will be exact on JAN 5 at 5:28 pm PST, and the maximum Eclipse at 5:41 pm PST.
The Path of the Eclipse goes over North East Asia and parts of Alaska.
On a mundane level it affects the countries it crosses over.
Yet not as strongly as a Total Solar Eclipse (last one on Aug 21, 2017 on the ‘Sphinx Point’ over the U.S.).


So there it is – the whole CAPPY Party:

  • MERCURY (freshly in CAP from this eve JAN 4 on).
    I’ve written about the period of MERCURY in CAP (until JAN 23), and how the energy can be well used – interested?
  • SATURN now making its way to central CAP which it activates this year in the 3-year curriculum (DEC 2017 – DEC 2020). Here’s the SATURN-in-CAP blog post from the time of its entry a year ago. Can be referred to over the whole course of this important phase.
  • The NEW MOON at 15°24′ CAP. 
  • PLUTO, now 2/3 into CAP, since 2008, until 2023.
  • The South Node (NOV 16, 2018 – JUNE 5, 2020) – with the North Node in CANCER.
    The Nodes are ‘co-responsible’ for Eclipses in the CAP and CAN seasons, in 2019.
    Here’s the CAP-CAN Nodal blog post from NOV if you’d like to read up their Astro themes.

Yes, the emphasis of the CAP New MOON / Solar Eclipse is for several reasons on release, closure, and transformation of old CAP sides
…while ‘filling our cup’ from the CANCER side (What are our needs? What nurtures us and how do we nurture and care? Where do you belong?),
…from which place we have fresh energy to be present and just-in-time with our CAP Purpose and Priorities – which would have likely renewed through the process anyway!


Let’s take a look at the 

SABIAN SYMBOL for the Eclipse New MOON!

The NEW MOON at 15°24′ CAP. 

16° CAP: 


KEYNOTE: The need for physical activity and play, especially in adolescence.

Society has learned that a balanced combination of intellectual study and physical activity is necessary for the harmonious development of the human personality. Adults often forget this under the pressure of money-making and other duties, and this symbol reminds us of it.

This is the first stage of the fifty-eighth five-fold sequence which begins Scene Twenty of the cyclic ritual. It shows how we normally depend upon physical stimulation and EXERCISE for the maintenance of our health, and therefore of an equally healthy society.”


Yes, the old-style exercise and drill, emphasizing on performance, even fear and punishment, at least carrot and stick in the olden days, has come a long way…
Nowadays, the Sabian Symbol in contemporary Western pop culture looks rather like a Yoga class for all of us Young-at-Heart. 
Yoga is such a perfect CAPricornian way of sustaining and maintaining overall Body-Mind-Spirit wellness, without much equipment (not much to carry, ha-ha). It can be done almost anywhere (even pranayama breathing while sitting…, standing literally in Mountain pose, perhaps while waiting somewhere…).
So here’s to the Yogic regeneration and evolution of ‘exercise’ (nowadays rather called Practice)!
And it can also provide super important balance, given the ever increasing degenerative sedentary lifestyle via modern-day ‘conveniences’ (shadow of the CAPitalist CAPricorn world).
Loving the massive evolutionary come-back of this ancient practice (CAP) in our modern time, with an even bigger trend in the last decade since PLUTO’s been in CAP (2008).

Pragmatic CAP could say: Exercise increases our productivity and overall performance IN the system.
Ha, good for the economy (incl. all the Yoga classes, gear, etc…) – yes, true. And LOTS of CAPitalization shadow also in the world of Yoga, whereas some on ‘top of the pyramid’ reap the benefits while others pay the tickets, and most  ‘spiritual programs / retreats’ on the market aren’t accessible to most, and other shadow elements like sexual abuse too, for sure – CAP says: I use, and abuse of power, energy, money, people is the shadow – in all things organized (CAP).
But that’s hopefully you don’t fall into the shadow traps.
From a CANCER side doing Yoga and other physical-spiritual practices consistently (CAP) makes us feel good and nurtured, and we can be more creative and nurturing to others, simply-purely…

I’ve been on the Yogic path for ages, and have no intention of dropping it since it’s done me and my wellness so good, from the inside-out.

Even if you don’t have a Yoga class nearby or are travelling, there are options of doing Yoga online (yes, with some more CAP self discipline but also freedom). I love and recommend DoYogaWithMe out of Victoria BC! – with a huge array of classes, and a big portion of them filmed outdoors! If you do the classes from home / travel abode a la CANCER you don’t need any fancy Yoga gear / commuting time, plus it costs you very little.

Whether it’s Yoga that sustains you, or other Mind-Body-Spirit practices – this is to our overall Wellness and Energy Resilience & Regeneration in 2019 and beyond, in our own Authority (yes, we know what’s good for us…), and for the Highest Good!


What Poses and Movements are the other Planetary Players into, and up to these days…

…activated by and activating for the Eclipse New MOON?


First things first:

MARS entered its own sign ARIES, on Dec 31 / Jan 1!

Let Your Super Hero Emerge. Initiate something New & Fresh. Assert Yourself, and be Authentic!

With MARS now freshly in ARIES, and the SUN in CAP just past SATURN (since New Year’s) it’s easier to move with a clear and conscious Spirit past what appeared as obstacles, fears, judgments, and old blockages, and to stand in our authority and have agency.

This is OUR Time & Life.
Let’s not postpone or give up, but do what matters, with the Time and Energy we have here!

Read on, in the ASTRO~NEWS blog post for MARS in ARIES.


Image: Caduceus Staff of Hermes / Mercury (photographer and location unknown) – also very apropos MERCURY in CAP – classic / neo classic architecture… and needs to be in structural integrity.


MERCURY crosses over the ‘Integrity Point’, and enters CAP – this eve, Jan 4.

Communicating from Integrity is on now – incl. in connection with the Partial Solar Eclipse in CAP on JAN 5.
No more putting up with BS, disrespect, ‘takers’, abusers, and thoughts / communication that drain or waste your time and energy (shadow of CAP, to be released with the Eclipse, also via / from our Mind).
Being clear and stating simply what’s in Integrity for you and what isn’t. Plus, walking away from a situation can speak louder than 1000 words. Walking instead of talking / trying to educate / reform them about what they’re not cap-able of…

On JAN 8, MERCURY freshly in CAP squares MARS freshly in AR.
Angry words and arguments can be ignited, frustration about what doesn’t work can come up.
Channeling the energy into clearly, responsibly stating what you do want and what works for you, and not making it about others is a purer and cleaner way of going effectively with that combo.

Read on, in the MERCURY into CAP blog post.


The Planetary Archetype URANUS is associated with Prometheus, the Greek Hero who capturing the fire of spirit and creative inventiveness from the Gods for Humanity. 

The Big News around the Eclipse: URANUS in late ARIES makes a Move –

…from retro (since AUG 7, 2018) to direct / forward, the day after the Eclipse, JAN 6!

‘Wild Card’ URANUS end of ARIES (already since NOV, and continued throughout JAN, then fading) forms a T-square with the Nodal Axis of the Lunar South Node in late CAP, and the Lunar North Node end of CANCER!
Can you see the red configuration in the chart? (also marked on top of the wheel).

Sounds / looks / feels like Liberation to be authentic and free, as in:
Freedom from old burdensome heavy, taxing, systemic fear and control structures (CAP South Node, close to PLUTO) which we might have also internalized.
Freedom for being true to ourselves, taking care of our needs, being gentle, compassionate, and playfully-creative (CAN North Node) rather than productivity driven and always running out of time while being enslaved to the system (CAP South Node).
And even a Freedom beyond ‘from’ or ‘for’ – which is still conditional, and simply Freedom (without opposites).
Cuz, Freedom from or for is still dependent / conditional, and not really free (loved this pointer by J. Krishnamurti, suggesting, true Freedom is Freedom without an opposite.


With URANUS changing direction, there’s a climate of wake-up calls, unpredictability, surprises, even shocks, paradigm shifts, and out-of-the-ordinary experiences. The URANian ‘station’ and activation of its Archetype is in effect and noticeable all through JAN, activating both Eclipses on JAN 5 / 6 and JAN 20 / 21.
Re-invent yourself!
Awaken from a CAP mode of being slave to a system that eats up our time and energy, and into full-on Presence with what IS. Presence in the NOW.

URANUS is also related to weather patterns – and shows when all kinds of systems are ‘out of whack’.
Yesterday, when I was writing in my cozy home there was a wild and intense rain storm going on outside. And today it’s fresh and clear again. Things can shift fast – and free up energy, and URANUS in ARIES is all for it.


Retro Free Phase!

Once URANUS goes out of retro (on JAN 6) there will be a phase without a major Planet retrograde until early MARCH (when MERCURY goes retro again) – woohoo!
A good time to start the year with outer manifestations which can accelerate quite magically these days (propelled by MARS and URANUS in ARIES).


VENUS comes over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG, on Jan 7!

A ‘long time coming’ for VENUS the Love Goddess who, due to ‘her’ Retro ‘Underworld Journey’ in Fall 2018, has been in SCORPIO for extremely long, since the New MOON in VIR on 09 / 09, all through October, and again all through December.

Hope you channeled the energy into Love for Life’s Magic and Mystery, and a full-on regeneration of the Inner Divine Feminine in her Power!


The ‘PHOENIX VENUS’ is also part of the Partial Solar Eclipse in CAP.
Guess what that adds up to?
Rise of the Feminine, and, post-VENUS-retro, regenerated Inner Values (‘New VENUS’ since Oct 26), rather than (old-old!) comparing ourselves, and being so concerned about what ‘they’ think, and who loves us, bla-bla.

VENUS will be in fiery & inspired SAG until FEB 3, and meet big Mentor JUPITER there on JAN 22 – right after the Total LUNAR Eclipse Full MOON in LEO – AQ.
It’ll be fun! Lots of Opportunities to attract from the Heart and from Gratitude, Generosity, and Abundance – which are all attributes of LOVE – that’s where it’s at.


So here we go, so much cosmic support of releasing the Old, and getting ready for a fresh and better way and World in 2019!

A Release Ceremony just before the NEW MOON / Partial Solar Eclipse at 5:28 pm PST tomorrow JAN 5 would support the outflow of old energy and invitation of a New Wave!


Freshness of the Waves – Photo by Melanie, Jan 2019


All the Best to You!
Let’s keep on surfing the Cosmic Currents in / as the NEW!



© 2019 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.

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


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Next up:
Astro New Year’s Parlour on JAN 9
…where we of course also address the effects of the Solar Eclipse in CAP, and a ‘suggested course of action / release’, individually customized for everyone in the circle, with their personal birth chart involved.
2 groups, afternoon and evening, with online participation option as well.



SATURN in CAP going direct (Sept 6 – Apr 30, 2019): Now, what ARE we Building?

4 Sep
Countdown for SATURN in CAP going direct (Sept 6 – Apr 30, 2019):


Hubble: Infrared Saturn Sequence


Now, what ARE we Building?

SATURN retro (since Apr 17) in CAP has shown us what has served its purpose, is outlived (been there, done that), and also where there isn’t responsibility and mature leadership in place, and old, RE-curring issues have been frustrating or outright abusive and disrespectful.
Still, everything is a teaching… how can we use even those SATURN retro lessons for the highest purpose, and what do they call forth in us?
All the ‘NO’s of the last months have been showing us what’s complete, and gave us RE-minders of what not to RE-vert back to / not create more karmic debt around.

SEPTEMBER is an important SATURN month with stationary / retro-to-direct SATURN – modelling and showing us what it takes to turn things around, and to turn the focus from problem / obstacle to solution.
It may well start with a commitment – SATURN is the ‘Ringed One’ after all.
What’s the commitment you’re making with yourself and others these days???

I know three couples who’re getting married mid / late September – and helped two of them with choosing a well matched wedding date.
Great examples for SATURN’s turnaround.
So many blessings extended for your committed partnership! ❤

Of course, SATURN direct is also much better for starting / building businesses, signing contracts, etc. Anything that’s meant to last and to be rock solid – it’s SATURN, and it’s CAP, after all.

However, I’d suggest to wait until the VIRGO New MOON on 09 / 09 to actually go forward with such projects.



The square from SATURN in early CAP to CHIRON retro in early AR (Healing the Old through Inner Medicine and Authenticity) is now integrating.

While the Earth trine from SATURN to URANUS retro in TAU is going strong in Sept. 
An energy that combines traditional quality and time proven values, teachings, and respect for the Elders with a renewing embodyment of The Law and Natural Laws.
Be in natural alignment with the energies and their teachings!


Blessings for the SATURNian September!


© 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.

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

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CAPRICORN – CANCER Full Moon (with SATURN) on June 27 / 28: Soul-Full-Filling Completion

27 Jun

Dear Astro~News Reader,

The first FULL MOON of SUMMER 2018 is here to bless us – today June 27 (CDT and West of it) / June 28 (EDT and everywhere East of it)!

In CAPRICORN – as the SUN is now in CANCER.
Uhh, has it ever a strong CAPRICORN theme:
MOON / SATURN retro, PLUTO retro, LILITH, all in CAP!
And here on the West Coast even the Ascendant in CAP, since the MOON with SATURN would have just risen before Fullness!

I posted the Full Moon chart below – can you see the CAP concentration?


A Rising Beauty, next to the Ringed Planet – both shone upon by the SUN!

This also means, the SUN in CANCER was exactly opposite SATURN (once a year), this morning, June 27.
Authority Themes.
We’ve seen those also in the two CANCER countries of Canada (July 1, 1867) and U.S. (July 4, 1776) – with their leaders and governments (CAP) – that are in dire need of transformation (PLUTO).

The polarity of SOLAR creative, radiant authority vs. / AND the earned and experienced authority of the Elder (SATURN).

  • Have you experienced Authority issues / conflicts, in the build-up to the Full Moon?
  • Have you projected one side or the other onto ‘the other’ and gone into outer / inner confrontation?
  • Have you on the other hand experienced support by Elders and true authority that ignited your own creativity fire?
  • How are both sides already IN you, just waiting to be reconciled?
  • What needs to be balanced in this dynamic, so that the two sides that need each other can be complementary, and create a well-rounded Authority?

The Full MOON conjunct SATURN will rise on the Eastern horizon into exact Fullness at 9:53 pm PDT on June 27, here from the West Coast perspective!

Not an ‘easy’ MOON scape though…. you probably feel it.

Yet, it can be still full-filling – on a deeper level, as we connect with Elders and Ancestors, help complete old contracts, transform old contractions, and heal in the NEW and NOW (CHIRON in ARIES is in T-square with the Full Moon axis!).


In CAP, the MOON is in ‘exile’ – furthest away from its CANCERian ‘home’ with its warm, cozy and caring qualities, in safe momma-babe connection.
Rather cold and wintry?
Making sure resources are in?
Caring channeled into taking care of business?
Managing scarcity and fears?
An effort to be sustained?

If these themes come up for you, it’s time to take a look at old ancestral and societal conditioning and contractions around that.

I.o.w., with SATURN retro next to the MOON – an inquiry (take your time and do this at home):

  • What does the inner / old authority say to the need to be safe, cared for, and caring?
  • What were historic (PLUTO in CAP) traumas and hardship that your biological ancestors, Spirit Elders or your inner karmic journey went through?
  • How can you honour and acknowledge them?
  • How can the experience find completion in you, rather than you self-sabotaging (also a theme with SATURN retro), out of unconscious loyalty?
  • What helps in the deep transformation through time, and from your inner true Soul Nature (PLUTO retro and LILITH in CAP)?

This is the first Full Moon with, and super close(!) to SATURN since it entered CAP on Dec 19, 2017.
Their exact ‘date’ is just 1 hr 20 min before the Full Moon!
Even the astronomers suggest: Time to watch SATURN 😉

The Full MOON brings the SATURN in CAP themes that have been up for us in the last 6 months to a first fruition and maturation.
The Full Moon brings a monthly / 29-day (fertility) cycle to fruition, and SATURN brings a longer, 29-year cycle to maturation – full adulthood.

MOON / SATURN are also associated with children, family, motherhood & adulthood.
In one of the Astrology schools I studied, the Swiss API Institute for Astrological Psychology, SATURN is in the family triad associated with the Mother (the SUN as Father, and the MOON as the Child).

In other words, the Full MOON with SATURN is a prime opportunity to take a good look at our Mother-Child themes, and how they might be contrasted and highlighted by the (inner / outer) Father (opposition with the SUN).

How about creating a felt-sense mini-constellation (with placeholders from and IN nature, like rocks, flowers, twigs…) as a Full Moon Ceremony, and seeing how it moves in you?


The Moon – Transformation Cards, by Diana Varisco


The Moon (message on the back) – Transformation Cards by Diana Varisco


The Full MOON with SATURN in CAP ushers Transformation via PLUTO in:

  • What is your purpose and role in Evolution?
  • What transforms the old hierarchical / patriarchal structures of domination, subordination, separation?
  • Forming a chain and circle (AQ) of sisters and brothers in equality and cooperation beyond old hierarchies and separations IS building the NEW.

MARS now in AQ and going back into CAP (close to PLUTO) in Aug / Sept has just gone retro yesterday June 26, and will also help in overcoming old conflict, animosity, adversity and war, and activating the Inner Warrior of Change for Cooperation in Integrity.
Leading with this, and noticing the contrast to the old separating world sets an example that we all need and are nurtured by (MOON in CAP).


A ‘serious MOON business’ indeed. 
An important Full MOON.
Soul-Full-Filling Completion.


Plus, ‘Wounded Healer’ / Medicine Bringer CHIRON in early ARIES squares the Full Moon axis!

With this, the Full Moon initiates a theme that we’ll see throughout July and Aug:
The square (not precise but almost, and lingering) between SATURN retro in CAP and stationary / going retro (on July 4) CHIRON in ARIES.

So, it’s time to acknowledge early (ARIES) / passed-on / wounding ‘conditions’ and conditioning that have also matured us (CAP), and made us compassionate with ourselves and others (CAN).
CHIRON in ARIES brings healing and teaches us through the Medicine of emerging from the old, and being authentic in the NEW and NOW.

CAP themes
are related to accomplishment, success, responsibly stepping into our purpose, and committing to what’s not easy but what we’re ‘built for’, and what matters in the long run (rather than going for short term comfort), and doing the work, consistently.

An old / conditioned / lower / often ‘hidden in plain sight’ CAP shadow vibration it can be semi-/ unconsciously expressed through taking a lot on / labouring, carrying a lot / feeling burdened by the ‘load’ of…, feeling heavy and depressed, judged and judgmental, resentful, running out of time.

What’s your main theme in this?
It isn’t comfortable, but important to acknowledge what’s there, and has perhaps been building up for a very long time (CAP)…
Yet it can lead to an inner sense of completion – otherwise it goes in circles, because it IS about completion (and our sense might be it’s never complete).


This time I felt called to bring in the SABIAN SYMBOL for the Zodiac degree of the FULL MOON (6°28 CAP) and SATURN (5°48′ CAP) as a divination oracle which confirms this:


Log SeaScape with Crow. Photo by Melanie, Oct 2017

KEYNOTE: The need to complete any undertaking before seeking entrance to whatever is to be found beyond.

Number 10 is a symbol of completion; it symbolizes even more the revelation of a new series of activities just ahead. Yet unless the concluded series is brought to some degree of fulfillment, nothing truly significant is likely to be accomplished by a restless reaching out toward the as-yet-unknown. Number 10 is a symbol of germination, but the seed (Number 9) must have matured well. No natural process can be accelerated safely beyond certain limits.

This represents the first stage in the fifty-sixth five-fold sequence.
It establishes a foundation for what will follow. Here we reach a THRESHOLD in which we may have to pause in order to safeguard our further advance.”

This Sabian Symbol is so apropos SATURN / FULL MOON in CAP – wrapping around that degree!

  • Where does this theme of completion ‘get you’ emotionally?
  • Where is a cycle coming to completion – and it’s ‘simply’ your job to acknowledge that? It might have taken quite some time, yet for some reason necessarily so.
  • Can you reconcile home, family, belonging, safety, emotional needs, and on the other hand (is it a dilemma?) long term building of sustaining structures, responsibly working with time and resources, and ‘s-aging well’?

Acknowledgement is a prerequisite for ‘completion’ (which CAP is about).


Yet, certain ‘conditions’ can’t be completed…. they have ‘a life of their own’ – and come to a natural evolutionary ‘repurposing’ transformation (nothing ever ‘dies’, it just changes form).

Acceptance of a natural impermanence and continuum takes us deeper into Living from Soul, and our in our True Nature
(as represented by PLUTO / LILITH in CAP – which the MOON will meet on June 29).


Let’s take a look at the FULL MOON Chart:

It illustrates the themes described above…

See the CAP Cluster on the Eastern horizon / AC?
Even MARS and the Lunar North Node will move into CAP
(MARS Aug 12 – Sept 10, the NN mid-Nov).

The MOON / SATURN in early CAP, and the SUN in early CAN squaring CHIRON in early ARIES:
What is the Medicine in the New and Now?


How do the Full MOON with SATURN, and their connection with PLUTO / LILITH in CAP show up for you? 

Do the themes above sound familiar?
What are you acknowledging (SATURN) and processing (PLUTO) about the ‘things of old’?

Esp. if your birthday is
end of June (early CAN),
end of December (early CAP),
end of March (early ARIES),
or end of Sept (early LIBRA)?

Or you might have your MOON, AC, or Planets in the early degrees of these cardinal signs (check out your chart, or let’s take a look together).

Then a lot of this is probably UP for you now / these days / months, and might culminate with the FULL MOON.


Important questions with the CAP Full Moon:

  • How can your basic-and-beyond needs be met, and your life be sustainable, in the context of the structures you’re living in?
  • Time for foundational changes (which may just ‘organically happen’), esp. in the areas of life relating to CAP / CAN in your chart, e.g.
    1st – 7th House: Self & Relationships,
    2nd – 8th House: Owning & Sharing,
    3rd – 9th House: Social / Local Environment & World at large,
    4th – 10th House: Home / Family & Public / Purpose,
    5th – 11th House: Creativity / Children & Community,
    6th – 12th House: Health / Wellness / Livelihood & Soul Service.
  • Do you need to downsize to keep life simpler, and have all that you need – plus more time?
  • Is the structure / the system you’ve been in changing? How is it sustainable? Where’s your part in the change.

CAP – CAN is the axis of Family / Tribe, and Elders / Leaders:

  • How can important themes round home, family, belonging, safety, emotional needs, and on the other hand (is it a dilemma?) long term building of sustaining structures, responsible working with time and resources, and ‘s-aging well’ be reconciled?
  • In a time where nuclear and extended families in the traditional sense seem to lose their cohesiveness (or will there be a renaissance?) – what’s your world of home and family transforming into?
    Where / who is your tribe?
  • Who are the Elders and leaders you turn to for guidance?
    Who are your Spirit Elders?

    Your inner Elder might be waiting to connect with you.

All important questions to explore and LIVE now, under the Full Moon dynamic and beyond.

They’ll be deepened and brought even more to our consciousness when the CANCER SUN exactly opposes PLUTO retro in CAP on the DAY of the Partial Solar Eclipse / ‘Seed’ New Moon in CANCER on July 12 / 13, heralding the North Node from LEO into CANCER this Fall.



Much Love and Cosmic Blessings for the CAP – CAN Full Moon!


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger



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SATURN and PLUTO Stationary in April (Going Retro Apr 17 / 22): Inner Authority. Inner Soul Power.

17 Apr

SATURN the ‘Ringed One’ is (besides the ‘Winged One’ MERCURY) also stationary this month of April, since it goes retro today Apr 17 – at 9°9′ CAP (until Sep 6). 

If you have anything on or round 9° CAP (and also AR, CAN, LI) you probably notice the pressure. Yet, it’s the pressure of a chiseling away of what you don’t need anymore and actually, what you are NOT. 

I felt called to look up the Sabian Symbol for the SATURN station (haven’t brought those in in a while – being positively retro here, let’s see..):




KEYNOTE: The revelation of the spiritual meaning and purpose at the core of any life situation.

This picture simply says, “Heaven is within us.” All we have to do is to be open and listen to the total harmony of life, a harmony in which we play a part that is necessary to the completeness and meaning of the whole. In order to do this we have to surrender our separative ego- consciousness and flow with the universal current which, to the religiously minded person, is the Will of God.

This is the fourth symbol of the series. The technique it implies is that of ATTUNEMENT to the rhythm of universal life. Angels are to be considered personalizations of various aspects of this life, and totally subservient to its rhythms and purposes.”

This much for the Ringed One teaching us to model ourselves after other Winged Ones… 

Yet also, to realize that we can (from a SATURN perspective) ‘repurpose’ situations (incl. those challenging ones that we suffer, resist, and judge) by connecting with their spiritual core (PLUTO) and inner nature (LILITH). Which brings them to a higher vibration, as we surrender to the Higher Order of the Universe to use us, for a higher purpose.


PLUTO (New Horizons Mission 2015)

Speaking of Higher Power and Purpose… 
PLUTO also in CAP (2009 – 2023) is also stationary this month at 21 / 22° CAP, as it will go retro on Apr 22 (until Sept 30) – just before MARS passes PLUTO (Apr 26).

I see this dynamic on a societal level (together with the URANUS / New MOON in MARS’s domain ARIES, in wide square with PLUTO / MARS) as a strong momentum for revolutionary uprising against dominating establishment that holds and abuses power and isn’t in integrity. 

True leadership requires integrity – one of the essentials (PLUTO) of CAP.

As SATURN (authority) and PLUTO (power) both in CAP and both go retro this month (which happens yearly in April, yet: extra activated via the AR New Moon, MARS – PLUTO, and LILITH in CAP this year) these positions and institutions are being held accountable so that ‘real change’ can come from this.

On an inner / spiritual (PLUTO) level, any soulful action in integrity is powerful (MARS / PLUTO in CAP).  And we’re called to find inner authority (SATURN retro) and inner Soul Power (PLUTO retro) again.


Much Love and Cosmic Blessings to YOU!


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger




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Group of SEVEN in CAPRICORN – into the NEW MOON (Jan 16 / 17): Integrity from the Ground UP

14 Jan

Hey, dear Astro~News Friends,

SEVEN Celestial Bodies now in CAPRICORN?

Yep, that’s it – as much as it gets – pretty much until 2020.
Who are the ‘Players’?
SUN (the ‘season’, until Jan 19 / 20), MOON (since today Jan 14, until just after the CAP New Moon on Jan 16 / 17), MERCURY (Jan 10 – 31), VENUS (Dec 24 – Jan 17), LILITH (Nov 8, 2017 – Aug 5, 2018), SATURN (Dec 19 / 20, 2017 – Dec 17, 2020), and PLUTO (2008 /09 – 2023 / 24)!

Looks like a Big Call for Integrity from the Ground-UP.

Rock-Solid Green Ground – Photo by Melanie Jan 14, 2018

How has your New Year started?
Maybe still with a lots of residual energy from 2017?
Maybe with clearing some of the ‘Holiday effects’?
You’re not alone.

Yes, it’s true, the SuperSuper FULL MOON in CAN / CAP aligned so beautifully with the Gregorian New Year of January 1. 
However, Full Moon energy isn’t about Newness but about ‘Fruition’ – esp. this one:
A Super build-up of the weeks round Christmas, and perhaps of the whole year 2017 – which has taken so many of us, personally, in relationships, as nations (the U.S.), countries (catastrophes!) through the ‘fire’ / ‘storm’.

Pluto Reveals… One of the first pictures New Horizons transmitted from the close fly-by in July 2015.

The CANCER Full Moon belly was such a womb energy.
The waning phase over the last 2 weeks, after such a big time build-up, and with the help of the PLUTO in CAP ‘midwife’, has ‘delivered’ deep stuff through the ‘birth canal’ of transformation. It’s been quite the purge too, with PLUTO ‘in charge’. 

Since PLUTO is the key & core ‘Player’ and in CAP the longest (2008 – 2024), pointing to the deeper evolution that’s going on on Planet Earth and in us internally.
So, what’s the effect of each other planetary body passing PLUTO?


So let’s first do an Astro Inventory (very Capricornian anyway) about the Planetary Players and their Transformation through PLUTO.

VENUS and the SUN in CAP passed PLUTO on Jan 9, and just 15 hrs before the New Moon, on Jan 16, the CAP MOON will pass PLUTO too. 
It’s an initiation process with PLUTO in CAP.
And yep, it gets intense as / so that it changes…

While (because?) the Shadow and all sort of ‘old gunk’ gets cleared and purified (PLUTO), the Best of these Inner Archetypes in their Integrity (CAP) can come out:

SUN – Spirit, Consciousness, Vital Energy:

  • What does it takes for your energy to operate best?
  • What’s ‘counterproductive’ and (hopefully) on the way out?
  • What brings you energy?
  • What brings you closer to Essence?

VENUS – Attraction, Magnetism, Reflection in Relationships:

  • Do you attract / do they show you your Best, or your Shadow?
  • How can you bring Love, the Big Transformer, into the picture?

MOON – Sensitivity, Somatic Cycles, Emotions, Needs:

  • How do you honour (CAP) our emotions and needs?
  • How do you align with the energy of the month, nurture (MOON) and sustain (CAP) yourself?
  • It is a low energy before / round the New Moon – maybe you need lots of Rest & Regeneration…?
  • The one New Moon in CAP of the year: The world seems to resonate with, or at least emotionally reflect your CAP themes (like: need for integrity, simplicity, building a good foundation, being in tune with the Spirit of the Time / Zeitgeist, working with Nature – rather than against it….).
  • PLUTO as an ‘Initiation Chamber’ for the NEW MOON (with VENUS) helps us get aligned with what truly, simply, essentially matters, and ‘works best’.
    Call it Being as Nature, call it the The Power of Love.

MERCURY  – Mind, Thought Forms, Communication:
MERCURY in CAP will pass PLUTO on Jan 24: 

  • Mental ‘clutter’ of the CAP kind (abusive / self abusive, judgmental, fear / control mechanisms…) can come ‘up and out’ to process.
  • Hidden agenda in govern-mental structures can come out (more? oh yeah…).
  • An excellent time to practice deep inquiry into the core of your being – and live from there, one step / breath / minute at a time.

The SUN, MERCURY, and VENUS pass PLUTO yearly, the MOON monthly.
Yet, nowadays / now-a-years, there’s more going on in CAP where PLUTO sits:

LILITH – ‘Wild Woman’, actually: Being in our True ‘Wild Nature’.
LILITH is now also in CAP (until Aug 2018), and will pass PLUTO in mid-May (only every 10 years). The themes are already building up:

  • Being as-Nature is so simple. We don’t need all the ‘stuff’ (materialism, status symbols…) that’s been ‘sold’ to us by those who benefit from the consumer society and ‘ego system’.
  • Less is more is empowering. Less to buy / more to create / grow, re-purpose, up-cycle, share brings more Life and Soul into the World.
  • Rather than resisting / protesting against authorities (and thereby feeding them energy and still being the ‘adolescent’), how about letting the Inner Adult and Mature Wise One (CAP) step up and coach us into a transformation from within which can spread like wildfire?!

MARS – Warrior: Assertion. MARS is in CAP exalted (strongest sign for MARS): Strength, Stamina, Endurance, Persistence, Perseverance.
MARS will be in CAP this year too, March 17 to May 15, and again (due to retro) Aug 15 to Sept 10).
MARS will pass PLUTO (every about 2 years) on Apr 26 – while PLUTO will be stationary (going retro on Apr 22). Quite the intense transit.

  • When we need to get through things we also have energy and resources (we don’t have to ‘do it alone’) that are required, step by step.
  • An excellent time for a big project that requires perseverance, and builds character.

Eventually in 2020, SATURN and JUPITER, both in CAP (SATURN just entered, JUPITER in 2020), will pass PLUTO:
Deep & huge societal / structural / economic ‘make-over’.

The energy is building towards this, esp. with SATURN now in CAP. Being in our own mastery, authority and responsibility, having good boundaries, and not taking too much on – all this helps moving things forward to where evolution goes anyway.
Check out my SATURN into CAP blog post from Dec 16!


To be in natural alignment with these PLUTO Initiation Processes, you might also want to check out my ASTRO~WEATHER & MEDICINE video for Jan 8 – 16 (also featuring JUPITER / MARS in SCO).


I’d say the NEW YEAR energetically only begins with the CAPRICORN NEW MOON, this coming week. 
The New Moon will be exactly on Tue Jan 16 at 6:17 pm PST / Wed Jan 17 at 2:17 am GMT.
Into the NEW YEAR, from the Ground UP!


Here’s the CAPRICORN NEW MOON Chart:


The NEW MOON will be exactly on TUE JAN 16 at 6:17 pm PST / Wed Jan 17 at 2:17 am GMT.

Yep, see? 
The Group of SEVEN in CAP?!

VENUS is about to leave CAP for AQ the day after the New Moon Work Party, i.o.w., on Jan 17.
And so does the SUN, on Jan 19.

That’s the ‘Prometheus Point’ a.k.a. Community Building Point as I like to call the CAP – AQ cusp.
I.o.w., how can our energy and consciousness (SUN) go to the next level, from the CAP world of Leading from Integrity to attracting (VENUS), cooperating, and Co-creating in Community (AQ)?
A few things to keep in mind:

  • We are magnets (VENUS) for the energy we give off.
    Our habits create patterns and structures that build up (CAP).
  • How does life and how do relationships that you attract reflect back what you are, and engage in? 
  • How committed are you to taking responsibility (SATURN) for your relationship attractions (VENUS), and to recognizing when they are complete, and the lessons learned (SATURN)? 
  • How can you transform everything you attract into Love (PLUTO – VENUS), and see its Higher / Deeper Purpose (PLUTO in CAP)? 
  • Big Things require Cooperation (AQ) of good and competent people (CAP) who are complementary (VENUS).
    What are communities you are engaging in more now?

The main tension / stress / action inducing aspect of the CAP NEW MOON is a square from the NEW MOON and VENUS to URANUS in late ARIES.
It was already exact for the SUN and VENUS last weekend (Jan 13 / 14), and for the MOON it will be exact on the 16th.

So yeah, more shocks and awe in relation to govern-mentals, and others in responsible positions acting a wee bit, or very, cuckoo?
Could well be. Could we have imagined a year ago how much public craziness can be out and up there???
And, a more constructive question: 
Can the energy be expressed in a better way? That’s always my notion with understanding the astrological, archetypal messages in their symbolism and language….

Yay, sure, if we emancipate (URANUS) ourselves more from ‘the big boss/es’ (CAP), are innovative (UR in AR), and in self sufficient authority (CAP).
The Times they are a-changing, says PLUTO and now also SATURN in CAPRICORN.

Right NOW, the square can also be expressed by ‘giving birth’ to experimenting (UR in AR) with new, more productive, and sustaining (CAP) ways of Being and Living. Let’s be creative!


Prometheus at the Rockefeller Centre NYC, surrounded by the Zodiac belt. The Archetype of Prometheus the Awakener is related to the Planet URANUS! And VENUS and the SUN will cross the ‘Prometheus Point’ on Jan 17 / 19. So I better bring that ‘golden boy’ into the picture!

By the way, have you noticed?
We’re in a Retro Free Zone NOW!

Since URANUS went direct (technically on Jan 2, more noticeable now, as it’s coming into gear), until March 8 when JUPITER goes retro – well, let’s say, because of the stationary phase, until end of Feb!
What’s that good for (asks the CAP voice, ha-ha)?

Well, things move forward now, and can manifest more easily.
A student asked me in an Astrology course meeting last week, “Does that mean things go well now?”
Good point. And important to clarify:
Forward-motion doesn’t necessarily mean things go ‘well’. When the ‘catalyst’ planets URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO show up, things can get ‘messed up’, esp. when we act ‘against the cosmic grain’, yet it leads to much needed change.
That’s why it’s good to be aware of what these archetypal energies that the planets represent ‘want’, and how to be ‘on better terms’ with them…

For example:
URANUS in ARIES says: Just try it out, and see what happens. There are no mistakes, showing up, esp. for yourself is what matters. CAP makes sure it all stays ethical.

In the forward course of things now, whatever has been held you back, can you see the deeper dynamics of it (JUPITER in SCO)?

Can you take even just baby goat steps (CAP Planets and New Moon), and try out a new and perhaps surprising approach (URANUS in ARIES)?


Arunachala, Southern India (Tamil Nadu). The Sacred Mountain to Shiva the Transformer – related to the PLUTO Archetype.

Are you on Your Transformational Mountain, into (Promethean) Liberation (URANUS in ARIES) from what’s weighing and wearing you down (too much CAPRICORN, experienced as burdensome and depressing)?
And into Liberation, to be the Authentic YOU?!


Much Love for and with it ALL!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2018



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New Year’s SuperSuper FULL MOON in CAN – CAP on Jan 1/2: Nurturing through the Winter…

31 Dec

Happy New Year, dear Astro Friends!

Initiated by the New Year’s Eve Sirius Culmination, and:

The Super-Super (closest to Earth in 2018) Full Moon in her very own CANCER Abode….

The Full Moon will be exact at 6:24 pm PST (Moonrise!) on Jan 1, 2018.
In Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania it will be on Jan 2, 2018.

Lighting up the Night Sky of the New Year like a lantern that shows us the way Home!

A.k.a. The Wolf Moon – the name of the January Full Moon when wolves were howling around villages.


What nurtures us?
How do we emotionally nurture Ourselves, our Children, our Inner Child, our Family / Tribe?
How do we feel and give a sense of Belonging?
Where’s HOME?

Nurturing through the COLD, finding emotional and physical comfort and resources is actually a big deal these days in Canada, with extreme temperature drops and wind chill effects of down to -30 degrees, in AB, Central and Eastern Canada, as well as the U.S. East Coast.

So yeah, even though we made it through the shortest days of the year, Winter  & CAPRICORN has only just begun, on Dec 21.


Call of the Mountain – Photo by Melanie, Dec 31, 2017


How do we balance the contrasting themes of warm, cuddly, and caring CANCER with LOTS of heavy duty CAPRICORN Energy (which you can see in the chart below)?

  • SATURN, the Ruler of CAP – freshly arrived (Dec 19/20), and dwelling in the mountainous region of CAP until Dec 17, 2020!
    A rewarding incentive for us to ‘step up’ and be / do what we’re best at (no need to waste our time and energy on what’s futile and not ‘the real thing’, and no need to feel guilty, nor to judge what we don’t want to see, rather to model the Best and the Change (PLUTO).
  • LILITH – having entered CAP on Nov 8, 2017, and taking a walk on the Wild Side there until Aug 5, 2018. Being in our unconditioned (un-restrained) Nature brings out our Best.
  • VENUS and the SUN, presently pleasantly united in CAP (exact Jan 8):
    Appreciation for quality, and for what matters most. and finally:
  • Good ole PLUTO who’s in CAP for the long haul, until 2023, to make sure CAP goes through its deep change and Evolution. I.o.w., done with wasteful and abusive human behaviour. We need to step up to the plate, live more simply (doesn’t mean deprivation), with quality instead of quantity, and sustainably.


Here’s the Chart of the New Year’s Full Moon!

The FULL MOON Alignment is quite JOY-FULL, with both the MOON and SATURN happy in their natural Zodiac energies, AND the Full Moon Axis is supported by a ‘Grand Mid-Water Trine’ of

  • The Super-Super MOON in CANCER (big Baby Belly energy) – very nurturing, showing us where / how we feel a sense of belonging, and how our needs are being met.
    Check out where mid-CANCER is in your chart (House, Planets there…?) for extra Astro hints…
  • MARS / JUPITER very close to each other (exactly aligned on Jan 6 – every 2 years) in deep and mysterious SCORPIO (which MARS likes, and ‘used to’ rule, before PLUTO came along, and claimed its underworld domain – MARS is still co-ruler). 
    MARS / JUPITER give a lot of energy, esp. for ‘bravely’ diving into depth, intimacy, inner processing, research, and anything that benefits from change through going to the core of things.
  • NEPTUNE in PISCES – also ‘at home’ there: 
    Going with the flow, taking it easy, releasing the old (year, stagnant energy, you name it) with love, and breathing in ‘fresh oxygen’, and anything that we resonate with. Being compassionate.

The Grand Water Trine is in the centre of the Water signs – which has an extra magical, transformational SCORPIO effect.

Also, a rare configuration lines the Grand Water Trine up with the Full Moon axis to a Kite – with the ‘head’ pointing to SUN / VENUS in CAP, and the MOON being the ‘tail’ of it. Or you may call it an airplane, with SUN / VENUS in the cockpit. 
This is a very stable figure, supporting us with leading (head / CAP) from integrity and maturity / the Inner Elder, motivated by nurturing and care, and sense of belonging.

How can this look like?
Feeling deeply, and reaching into our core, which makes us take good care of our Inner Child.
Keeping things simple and fulfilling, noticing that a lot of our ‘needs’ are compensations.
Helping make the World a better place, for our children, for future generations, for animals, for any Being that we deeply care for.


Bottom line:
HOME is BIG for the Full MOON in homey CANCER, and at home there, plus MARS, SATURN, and NEPTUNE also in their respective astrological home / comfort zone where they operate well.
Of course, our friend SATURN in CAP likes this:
Everything (a lot) where / how it works best.


Retro Free Phase!

And once URANUS goes out of retro (on Jan 2) there will be a phase without a major Planet retrograde until early March (JUPITER) and end of March (MERCURY) – woohoo!


‘Stormy’ URANUS goes from retro to direct on Jan 2!

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


‘Wild Card’ URANUS in late ARIES is unaspected in the Full Moon chart.

The CANCER MOON will go into square with it on Jan 2, and also into Water Trine with CHIRON in late PI (also unaspected presently), which can bring instability, yet also shakes things up in a healing way.

On the same day, URANUS goes from retro (since early Aug 2017) direct / forward from Earth perspective. Fires early Aug, icy temperatures now…
URANUS is related to weather patterns and systems – shows when systems are ‘out of whack’.

URANUS has been in ‘turnaround storm’ already in Dec (we were just so focused on MERCURY….). When that happens, the Archetype becomes a focal point.

URANUS is the Archetype of Prometheus the Awakener, bringing ‘Freedom from the Known’, or simply ‘Freedom that has no Opposite’.
Definitely room for wake-up calls, unpredictabilities, surprises, even shocks (there’s been a wave of those in the news lately…), and out-of-the-ordinary experiences.
Yet also and foremost, an awakening from our daily ‘slumber mode’ and into full-on presence with what IS. Presence in the NOW.

URANUS is one of the big news makers of 2018:
It will (temporarily) change signs (only every 7 years), and go from ARIES (since 2011) into TAURUS, mid-May until early Nov).

Check out the SUN, MOON, and Planets in Motion 2018 Overview that I posted earlier today – a neat reference list!
And join our 2018 Astro New Year’s Parlour on Jan 4, if you’d like to co-explore your trends in a group of like-spirited stargazers!

The Sun Rules Leo – Painting by Johfra Bosschart

The next FULL MOON, on Jan 31 – a ‘Blue Moon’ since it’s the second Moon in one calendar month – will be also a ‘SuperMoon’ and:

We feel its effects throughout January:

The best of LEO energy is supported, with the North Node in LEO (Apr 2017 – Nov 2018):
Love Yourself, Love Life, Love the World.
Live Life Lovingly.
Lead from your Strength.|
Share Generously.
Show your Colours… from the Heart!


Wishing you a fulfilling New Year 2018!
Guided by Starlight and Heart Light!



© Melanie Lichtinger 2017



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