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* The SUN Crosses the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO to SAG on Nov 21: Rising – and Raising Vibrations, with the Inner Heart Light.

19 Nov

On Nov 21 at 1:22 pm PDT, the SUN moves from SCORPIO to SAG – across the ‘Phoenix Point’.
This weekend and early next week are very ‘Phoenix’ like:
We made it through ‘THIS’, burnt a lot through and off, and rise again… from the deep intense Scorpionic ‘underwater’ realm to a Fiery, Spirited Sagittarian sense of Knowing that might sound like: “We got through it, and see the picture more clearly now!”.
Yet, do we like what we see? And do we really know where we’re going from here?




SATURN in SAG these years (Sept 2015 – Winter Solstice 2017) doesn’t make the SAG Journey feel like a walk in the park or a joy ride. It’s been rather showing humanity the shadow of SAG – ‘More’ isn’t always ‘better’, and “I know better than you!”, “Our belief is superior to yours” heed karmic boomerang effects, are separative, and obstacles on the spiritual path.

In combination with PLUTO in CAP, the Zodiac sign ruled by SATURN, deep, dense, old, historic power stuff layers built up over time, and running through societies and cultures is coming ‘up and out’ now.
Just saying: Plutocracy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutocracy – Greek origin, literally: power of / dominion by the wealthy.
Here’s an excellent historic documentary film called Plutocracy that I found when researching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql05BE8dV6E

In a simple astrological formula:
PLUTO = it gets intense as it changes.
CAPRICORN = “I use” (resources and time) / shadow: Abuse and exploitation – to ‘optimize’/ get the most out of it.

SAGITTARIUS and CAPRICORN are intertwined these days, via SATURN – which gives the ‘usual’ high-spirited SAG a heavier, weighty, shadow conscious, karmic tone – to mature and ‘ground’ the energy in integrity.
As we step into the SAG season of the year it comes with SATURN:

  • What are truly the best gifts we can make to others and ourselves these days?
  • What’s with the ‘Christmas Spirit’ – independent of materialism?
  • What brings ‘the Return of the Light’?


Jupiter Rules Sagittarius. Painting by Johfra Bosschart


Indeed, where is the light in the SAG world these days?
The very grounded Hermit in the landscape of the Johfra painting holds a lantern, representative of carrying our soul light that sheds a spotlight on the step ahead but doesn’t allow us to get too much ‘ahead of ourselves’. A good image for SATURN in SAG.

The SUN will pass the ‘gate’ of SATURN in SAG on Dec 10. Time to give ourselves the ‘Ring’, and commit to a Path of Heart and Cour-age. Let’s be rooted in our Hearts, and not be held back by fears to follow our Heart! Always a good reminder that the Sagittarian Archer/ess pulls the arrow back to her / his HEART while aiming high!

As we connect in Heart Consciousness we not only rise in our own vibration but raise vibrations that affect those around us, and energetically a whole ‘field’.

Do you believe this?  Have you experienced this?




If you’re birthday is round Dec 10 you have SATURN on your SUN these days / weeks / months, a major maturation of Spirit (that’s ‘due’ every 29 years), and perhaps some karmic ‘graduation tests’ too, when it comes to trusting yourself, your intuition and knowing, being in your natural authority, and on your Path.


Chakra Awakening


In the Chakras, the SUN is astrologically related to the CROWN Chakra, and SATURN to the ROOT Chakra.
On Dec 13, we’ll reach in our present Crown-to-ROOT Astrological Chakra Journey the ROOT Chakra and SATURN! Gotta love synchronicities, showing us we’re naturally connected.

If you feel called to Chakras 4 to 1 (Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral, Root), with YOUR related Astrology, you are welcome to join us in the next weeks on Tuesdays, in person or via Skype. In other words, drop-in welcome.
I’d like to offer another ROOT to CROWN Astrological Chakra Journey from early January on, likely Jan 4. Let me know if you’re ready to come on board! No prerequisites, re: Astrology or Chakras. An open mind and heart are good assets.
Here’s the FB Event for the current Journey: https://www.facebook.com/events/1687579281560705/



© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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U.S. 2016 and Beyond – The American Evolution? An Astrological Perspective – part 1.

12 Nov


  • What’s going on down the border???!
  • Which direction is the country going?
  • What do Trump, Clinton, and Sanders bring to the Archetypal Picture?

Let’s gain perspective on the U.S. state of affairs, and the energy of this time, through a cosmic lens, in two parts:

  1. The U.S. ‘Birth Chart’ and its Current and Upcoming AstroActivations (this blog post).
  1. The major political Players that the U.S. presented and produced this year, in their Archetypal Roles: Birth Charts of Trump, Clinton, and Sanders, with Current and Upcoming AstroActivations (blog post to follow).


Part 1: The U.S. ‘Birth Chart’ and its Current and Upcoming AstroActivations.




Three factors are immediately striking:

  • The United States, founded on July 4, 1776 at 5:10 pm (signature of the Declaration of Independence) has a mid SAGITTARIUS Rising – which is this year 2016 transited by SATURN (a 29-year cycle).
  • PLUTO in mid CAPRICORN opposes the U.S. mid CANCER SUN and squares the U.S. mid LIBRA SATURN (2015 – 2017), and the country will have its FIRST PLUTO RETURN 2020 – 2022 (a 248-year cycle!).
  • URANUS in ARIES (during the elections retrograde) has been conjunct the U.S. CHIRON 2015-16 (an 84-year cycle), and will square its PLUTO in CAP 2017-18.


SATURN and its ruled sign CAPRICORN – both strongly influencing the U.S. these years – emphasize maturity, responsibility, leadership, and a wise and respectful use of resources.
Which means on a human level: Everyone with intrinsic excellence and capabilities should have access to resources, and the opportunity to apply themselves optimally.
Societally / politically: How do the socio-political and cultural structures (CAP) provide this access equally (LIBRA), and not just exclusively to the privileged elite ‘on top’ (CAP) who can afford the price tag?

JUPITER presently in LIBRA (Sept 2016 – Oct 2016) expands and ‘blows up’ the importance of Libran equality, fairness, balance, peace, and right relationships, so that improvement and growth in these areas follows. It is also activating the U.S. chart – their LIBRAN SATURN = karmic purpose this Fall and Apr. – July 2017.

The shadow (PLUTO) that’s been (barely?) hiding under the surface yet infiltrating everything is now coming out big time, and this will be hopefully cathartic and catalytic, without the destructive force that PLUTO can bring. A breakdown and crumbling of patriarchal, pyramidal, hierarchical and domineering systems that abuse their power at the expense of the very foundation they stand on has begun. The ‘monster’ shows off its teeth and claws once more, while its dying has begun, and regenerative change is already underway.

The U.S. broke away from the British Empire in 1776, yet in the meantime, an American Empire with world wide effects and influences has built up. Change is coming, as PLUTO in CAP comes full circle.

Natural resources, the land, and human beings have been treated ‘from the top down’ with less than respect, in fact exploited and abused (shadow of CAP whose neutral ‘mantra’ is ‘I use’). All that darkness comes now to the light of the day… to be purged, and for the released energy to be used for more conscious and productive purposes. A renewed working with resources is mandatory, for the survival of life on Earth.

SATURN in SAG, presently on the U.S. Ascendant, and opening a new 29-year cycle, holds the country accountable to be truly visionary and a responsible leader and model with the direction it’s heading, and there will be SATURN’s karmic feedback a.k.a. lessons if it’s not in integrity. The world is scrutinizing the U.S. and its leadership now. SAG inspires to ‘walk the high road’, and be true to the original U.S. spirit of freedom, generosity, and inclusiveness (SAG). Where is the opportunity (SAG) in the presented challenges (SATURN)?

SATURN in SAG can bring out tendencies to force and overcompensate the SAG ‘Knower’ archetype by being very judgmental, dogmatic, argumentative to prove to be ‘right’, or make promises that may or may not be realistic. Sort of a lawyer / salesman / preacher cliché. Yet the influence of the SAG type inner or outer parent, boss, know-it-all leader authority (SATURN) is what needs to be outgrown, while stepping into one’s own natural authority, for the U.S. as a country and a people, with SATURN on their AC.

In a SATURN-in-SAG ‘climate’ we may ask: “What’s the Truth??? How do I know it’s true? Whom can we trust? In God we Trust? Which God?”

The thing with Lord-of-the-Ring SATURN is, it’s restrictive and tends to say NO, while SAG likes be an expansive energy that says YES and looks for opportunites. It’s good to be cautious, and not fall for false promises and propaganda. Yet, also to keep the Spirit high, and aim for the light, despite negativity and fears. Sometimes grim and dark situations can bring out our best, and our commitment to shine our light even more brightly. Less is more (good old SATURN mantra) when it comes to engaging in the interaction with / resistance to the external SATURN authority (as a reflection of our inner authority issues), so that we can outgrow this dynamic, and walk our Path of Knowing. Authority and change come from within.

What helps with facing the SATURN ‘ring’ and ‘downer’? I’d say to come back to our core of SAG which is inner Trust and Truth and Wisdom from the Heart.

Will America find it’s inner Heart Authority, and not buy into Saturnian low vibrational judgmental separation and condemnation, in the face of the present Boss scenario, and grow from this?

Rather than building divisive walls (SATURN), physically or emotionally, out of fear of the foreign (SATURN in SAG), how can fear bow to true wisdom? What would the Heart say?

As SATURN in SAG will soon oppose the U.S. MARS in GEMINI, and square its LILITH / NEPTUNE in VIR (end of Dec 2016, and again July – Sept 2017), can the country stand its ‘higher ground’ without going into conflict with others over arguments, or ‘loosing it’?

LILITH / NEPTUNE in late VIR, not far from the U.S. Midheaven (outer purpose towards the world) on the VIR / LI cusp of ‘Perfect Alignment’ / ‘Design Point’ of the Zodiac, reminds me of Sacred Geometry that the Founding Fathers, architects and builders significantly worked with (google Masonic Washington, Secrets in Plain Sight, etc.). Moreover, it is the energy of being in Service (VIR) to Peace and Harmony (LI), and it’s the energy of honouring the Sacred Feminine (VIR) which is essential for balance, peace, and harmonious relationships. All these are pointers of direction and purpose for the U.S. have been enhanced over the last few months through JUPITER’s transit acting like a ‘magnifying glass’.

The Sacred Feminine being in her true ‘wild’ nature (LILITH in VIR) must not be sacrificed or rendered invisible or falsely glamourized (NEP), as e.g. the stereotype of the ‘beauty queen’, or ‘perfect housewife’. MARS in GEM in the U.S. chart square NEP / LILITH in VIR have been activated by CHIRON in PI opposing / squaring them, in 2016. Women, and everyone in their true nature are outspoken, and not to be silenced and victimized. SATURN in SAG will come into the picture as well, end of the year, and in Summer 2017. The Truth must come forth, and sets us all Free.

SATURN in SAG will simultaneously (end of Dec 2016, and again July – Sept 2017) also trine the U.S. CHIRON in ARIES in its 4th house, which has been recently transited by URANUS. Uprisings (UR) emerged (AR) in many places ‘at home’ – incl. through the North Dakota Water Protectors. URANUS activates the U.S. CHIRON in ARIES for the first time in 84 years, and sets the ‘Wounded Warrior’ free. Re-traumatizing old ancestral wounds… yet hopefully things come out to the open finally, for Liberation (UR in AR) and Justice (JU in LI).

Here’s a beautiful, ‘simple’ illustrated song about Lakota Medicine Man and Chief Sitting Bull, and how greed and violence suppressed the Native Ways of Living: http://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/wounded-knee .

So amazing that a herd of Bison showed up ‘out of nowhere’ and brought their medicine to the Water Protector Tribes who are holding their ground. http://usuncut.com/resistance/thousands-wild-buffalo-appear-nowhere-standing-rock/

Bernie Sanders is the only ‘player’ who stepped forward and took a stand in this crucial issue. His MOON / MARS in ARIES have been transited by URANUS for the first time in his life (an 84-year cycle). Earlier this year, he called for a Political Revolution. Bernie Sanders represents the URANUS in ARIES Archetype, among other things (see below, in the feature on him).

The U.S. CHIRON in AR calls for a new beginning that’s NOT belligerent and bloody, and doesn’t leave wounded warriors in its wake. URANUS is a wake-up call – and many are a-rising.

Next up: URANUS in AR will square the U.S. PLUTO in CAP and MERCURY retro in CAN from 2017 through early 2018. Looks like an American R-Evolution as well. Uprising from the roots and ‘home ground’ up (URANUS transiting the U.S. 4th house in AR), towards the PLUTO-cratic elite establishment where the money and the power (PLU in its 2nd house) sit. The human needs of families and tribes must be met (MER in CAN).

As URANUS in AR squares the U.S. PLUTO in CAP and MERCURY retro in CAN in 2017 / 18 before the PLUTO Return in 2020 – 2022, this looks like:

Revolution catalyzing Transformation / Evolution.

Perhaps for the historic and essential core values to be regenerated (PLUTO in CAP transiting in the U.S. 2nd house, coming up to its return)? Let’s trust the regeneration of the Country can come from within the People so that it doesn’t have to be catalyzed through more radicalization, confrontation, and tumultuous turnover.

On that note: what’s with justice, fairness, equality, peace, and right relationships (to other countries and internally) – essential factors the country seems to have ‘signed up for’, to model to the world and be held accountable to (SATURN in LIBRA in the U.S. 10th house, presently squared by PLUTO in CAP, and transited by JUPITER in LIBRA)?!

Looots of tensions, friction, conflict, with all the square / opposition activations, in the 4 cardinal signs: ARIES (Emergence / What shows up? What’s new-now? Warriors); CANCER (Home, Belonging, Family, Tribe, People making a Country); LIBRA (Relationships, Justice, Peace); and CAP (Building Structures, Working with Resources, Responsible Leadership).

The current and emerging American Revolution (URANUS in AR on the U.S. CHIRON, squaring its PLUTO) and Evolution (PLUTO in CAP Return) is a supercharged mirror of what Humanity needs to transform, so that new consciousness can more fully emerge (URANUS in ARIES).

May the World be Blessed, in these ‘interesting times’!



© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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* JUPITER in VIR square SATURN retro in SAG, Vol III (exact on May 26): Crisis and Perspective

27 May

A very significant alignment in this FULL MOON to NEW MOON phase is the 3rd of 3 Squares between JUPITER and SATURN.

# 1 was on Aug 3, 2015 (with JUPITER still in LEO, and while SATURN – still in SCO – was stationary / moving very slowly from Earth perspective / going from retro to direct).

# 2 was on March 23, 2016, not far from the positions of SATURN and JUPITER now, just 3 days before SATURN turned from direct to retro (its current ‘gear’).


In other words, the whole phase since last Summer until end of Spring (in a narrow, exact sense), and even 2015 and 2016 altogether, have been under the JUPITER square SATURN influence.


On a personal-spiritual level, we can check in where we create obstacles (SATURN) through the way how we SEE (SAG) and perhaps judge ourselves and the world, and how limiting beliefs hold us back. Acknowledgment is the first step. Maybe this belief has served the side in you that you are outgrowing now. An old skin. It’s growth pain.

With JUPITER in VIR, doing one’s daily beneficial practice, and being of help for others is supportive, and renders opportunities.





Ganesh, the Hindu deity known as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ comes to mind. If you’re connected with Ganesh, this could be a good time (it always is…) to invoke Ganesh.

Of course, Ganesh doesn’t just magically take the obstacles away but represents the guru, the spiritual teacher that shows what the real obstacle is, and what it takes to go beyond.


Let’s look into the societal arena as well:

This is the ‘closing square’ in the 20-year JUPITER – SATURN cycle that started in May 2000, with their conjunction in TAURUS.

A new socio-economic-political-cultural cycle with Taurean themes started then. Conservative governments became more prominent in the world. Money and business as well as ‘territorialism’ (and domains) became a big deal.


2010 was the opposition, with JUPITER in late PI, and SATURN in late VIR (where the Nodal axis is2015 /6!), showing us we need to cut back and be in integrity, act eco-logically, and do business in integrity (SATURN in VIR), since all is connected (JUPITER in PI).

Lots of people started businesses online and are now connected via media (PI) – very practical and with lower impact on the environment (SATURN in VIR). Not so sure how much the world community has learned since then around being humble, ecologically clean, and content with less (SATURN in VIR)….


So this Square between the ‘main players’, JUPITER in VIR (Aug 2015 – Sept 2016), and SATURN in SAG (Sept 2015 – Winter Solstice 2017) brings a crisis (square) and challenge (SATURN) that is also an opportunity (JUPITER) to act upon (a Square has a MARS undertone). NEPTUNE in PI is also involved in the dynamic.


A continuous PISCEAN wave of refugees coming to Europe, escaping from their war torn countries, esp. Syria, has caused a mass migration that has brought up a big spectrum of responses: As much as countries like Germany initially welcomed large numbers of refugees with open arms and compassion, the whole process also brought up paranoia, fear of being uncontrollably invaded by unknown and unchecked, and perceived as possibly dangerous foreigners (SATURN in SAG square NEPTUNE in PI).

JUPITER in VIR may say: SO much to do, as in: so many opportunities to help, or: how can all these problems be managed? Depending on the perspective.

The socio-political tension also emerged in pre-election Canada last year, and shows up big time in the U.S. this year, with more intense and radical tones.

“Where is it going???” (and perhaps even: ”Where am I going, if… gets elected?”), and “We could have a big problem here.”, is what many U.S. citizens and the world community is wondering, with concern (JUPITER in VIR).

Remember, the U.S. have also SATURN on their Ascendant in mid SAG this year 2016 – a new 29-year cycle starts.

Rather than ‘big words’ and promises, or righteousness – the shadow of SAG (do I hear: “Make America great again….”?), SATURN moderates and restrains SAG, and shows consequences if the path is not in alignment with the Heart and true Sagittarian wisdom and perspective.

Interesting, that D. Trump was born with MOON / South Node in SAG, and B. Sanders with North Node / SUN in VIR.


So things are definitely heated up again, and this tension that could set the course for years to come.

PISCES says: Yes, everyone can be affected by everything, since all is connected. Which also means: What we feed into the ‘field’ can have a domino effect as well.

Might as well Spread the Love…!


This concluding Square is also activated by the SUN and VENUS, both in early GEM, opposing SATURN retro in SAG, and squaring JUPITER in VIR, on June 2 – 4.
Whoa! Let’s get ready for a super charged Mutable Grand Cross at the GEM New Moon, on June 4.

Lots of questions and inquiry!
This also looks like the signature of authority conflicts, and massive Youth movement and activism.


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger





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* SAG – GEM Full Moon (I) (May 21): Alchemizing Polarities, and The Journey from the Head to the Heart

21 May
Voyager I Magician with Text

Voyager Tarot I – MAGICIAN, with beautiful description….. I love alchemizing Astrology insight and guidance with the images from Voyager Tarot in private sessions, and they want to show up in our groups too. Very magical indeed!


Why SAG – GEM Full Moon # I?

Yep, there will be TWO SAG – GEM Full Moons this year, a Zodiacal ‘Blue Moon’ situation 🙂 Nice for the Twin theme during the GEMINI SUN time.

The second Full Moon will be at the VERY end of GEM, in fact on the DAY of the Summer Solstice, June 20 (11 ½ hrs before the SUN enters CANCER).

Stay tuned!

From ‘fast forward’ to SAG – GEM II, let’s rewind too, to look into the energetic continuum that we’re coming from…:

One Full Moon ‘ago’, the SCO – TAU ‘Buddha Moon’ showed us once again that when we resist and separate ourselves from others with a ‘charge’ and attachment (a.k.a. need to control) then suffering arises.

Have you been able to relax, knowing that deep down (SCORPIO) you are secure (TAURUS)?

Re-connecting with our intrinsic values, and naturally holding our ground have been important themes for the recent (May 6) TAURUS New Moon.

Yet, it all starts with fully inhabiting our BODY. And listening to its messages (MERCURY retro in TAU).

Could you embrace the slow pace and inward direction (FIVE planets were retro in the last month; in the meantime, JUPITER turned direct, and MERCURY will do its U-turn tomorrow Sunday May 22)?

Or did you, understandably, sometimes ‘flip out’ when things just wouldn’t roll externally, get delayed, obstacles and all sorts of outward funk showed up?

I did, occasionally, RE-minded myself, and RE-connected with body sensation and messages…

Things do change now astro-energetically, with and after the Full Moon – phew! Lots of mutability, change of retro’s, plus SCORPIO getting activated, from its entry and exit point…

Yep, Full Moons and New Moons (and Eclipses even more so) tend to be catalysts for their ‘entourage’ of planets and alignments.


Let’s see what the Full Moon chart reveals, as ‘usual’ from the Victoria BC perspective (the AC and houses would be different at other places on Planet Earth but the position of the planets and aspects between them would be the same).
SAG – GEM Full Moon which will be exact at 2:14 pm PDT today Saturday May 21.

Whoa, not ‘just’ a Full Moon but MOON and MARS (retro), with SATURN retro ‘standing by’, on one side of the Earth, and SUN / VENUS, with MERCURY (about to turn direct again the day after), on the other side of Planet Earth.

Multiple Balance….

What’s UP – on each side, and how to bridge them?

SAG - GEM FM (I) 2016

On the TAURUS to GEMINI cusp (which I also like to call ‘Body-Talk Point’, inspired also by some BodyTalk practitioner friends in our Astro groups), the SUN just moved Fri morning into GEM, from grounded, embodied, sensual TAU where VENUS still lingers (until May 24), and MERCURY does its ‘U-Turn’ tomorrow May 22.

That’s where Nature (TAU) Speaks (GEM), and the Body (TAU) has Messages (GEM). MERCURY retro in TAU has brought us messages from within, through our body, and all the senses, over the last while. MERCURY will (sloowly) move forward through TAU, until June 12, for assimilation of the messages, and new ways of processing information.

The SUN is now in GEMINI for 4 weeks – the season to spread our wings, take flight, and learn wherever we go!

Johfra Bosschart Gemini

Mercury Rules Gemini. Alchemical union through interchange of polar opposites. Painting by Johfra Bosschart


GEMINI is ruled by MERCURY, the Messenger and Alchemist Archetype: How can we bring the messages we received on inner planes (MERCURY retro) ‘out’ into the Alchemy of Life…, and, perhaps even more so:

How have we moved from the cerebral head space (MERCURY) to the heart space and pure consciousness (the SUN)?

Each M-r phase offers us this opport-Unity.

The theme of Balancing and Alchemizing ‘Polar Opposites’ is ‘written over’ the SAG – GEM Full Moon in many ways:


SUN / VENUS / MERCURY stationary on one end of the spectrum, on the TAU / GEM cusp, and MOON / MARS retro / SATURN retro on the other side:


It is the season now to take so much in, naturally, with all our senses (TAU), esp. our sense of beauty (VENUS in TAU) and attraction to what’s pleasant, and to be curious, listen and learn (GEM). Nature Speaks to us. And messages from our body in-form us (MERCURY retro in TAU).


MOON / MARS retro are ‘hanging out’ on the other, ‘night side’ of the spectrum, on the ‘Phoenix Point’ where we have come through deep processes, transformed, and with new life and perspective. The MOON crossed over the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO into SAG today May 21 at 11:48 am PDT. The MOON will meet MARS at 3:43 pm PDT, just 1 ½ hrs after the Full Moon (2:14 pm PDT).

Lots of energy is now available for deep purging, and processes that take us from the darkness to the light.


Have you been just recently (in the last few days even) gone through an emotional process that helped you bring things from a dark, hidden place to the light?

This is the ‘(SCO to SAG MOON) time of the month’, extra charged through MARS this time!

We did quite a bit of that, intentionally, in our Astro~Embodiment workshop outdoors in Beacon Hill Park yesterday afternoon (our ‘seasonal opening’ this year). A lot ‘came up’ (as it tends to, under the SCO Moon), in the safe container and ‘Field’ that is being created; Nature’s Medicine (animals, plants, sounds, sky) came in ‘randomly’, together with energetic messages from every-body’s sensation and intuition, and all together helped move what was ready to shift.


MARS retro will re-enter SCO on May 27 for more than 2 months, which means it’s been and will continue to cruise around the SCO – SAGPhoenix Point’ from mid May until mid Aug. That’s a lot of transformation charge this Spring until mid Summer.



The Inner Masculine will RE-enter scorpionic emotional and spiritual depth, where passion and power sit. Let’s activate the Spiritual Warrior, ready to meet what’s sticky and painful IN us, with courage and love. The Full Moon is an overture for this period.

Let’s listen to the wisdom of the body, and how it can guide us into and through powerful, regenerative processes.

  • What do YOU need physically, to access your deepest places where your magic sits, and from which empowering change happens?
  • What regenerates you?
  • How can (old) anger turn into inspired motivation?


Not far from MARS retro is SATURN retro in SAG (not to go back into SCO – I’ve been asked by, shall I say: wondering :-), clients…).

Last night, I was up late-ish, and before retreating to sleep zone I stepped on the balcony and was in awe to see them so beautifully lined up – maybe you too? SATURN ‘leading’ to ‘the left’, and not far from it, even looking slightly reddish, MARS, both followed by the almost-Full MOON, slightly higher in the Ecliptic. I stood there, taking in the fresh night air, and the heavenly download…


Saturn & Earth

Saturn and Earth – Hubble Space Telescope picture (NASA)


SATURN in SAG (by the way: presently on the AC of the U.S.!) is a major player now too, since finding ‘ The Path’, ‘The Direction’ seems really challenging for many of us. It might appear as ‘something’ holds us in place, and prevents us from moving forward, and trusting the Journey. So many ‘circumstantial obstacles’ – or so we tell us….

SATURN now (end of March until mid Aug) retro in SAG shows us where the Inner Obstacles are:

Limiting beliefs, old ‘fear of flying’, what prevents our happiness and growth. And: how to coach and re-parent ourselves from within (hmmm, lots of us born under SATURN retro have that live theme….) to come into our own natural authority, and move from there.

Lots of opportunities to go inward – backward (retro) these Spring into mid-Summer months, to meet and complete ‘old SATURN in SAG  business’ (limiting fear patterns, and old stories that prevent us from trusting…) that we still carry – hmmm, the archer to the left carries a goat skin…. – , to find our authentic path.


Jupiter Rules Sagittarius. Painting by Johfra Bosschart


SATURN retro in SAG reminds me of the Art of Archery, where the arrow has to be pulled BACK first – to the area of the HEART, and in that heart-centred place we aim and shoot, effortlessly, with natural trust and confidence.

It doesn’t even matter so much whether we ‘successfully’ hit the target. The art of movement matters…

The HOW and the WHY.


And then, it looks like there is this contrast between SAG One-Pointed Focus, and GEM Diversity and Multiplicity – the Ten Thousand Things, as ZEN might say.

Where SAG is in our charts that’s where the Heart Focus and fiery passion come up. Where GEM is in our chars that’s where we branch out and diversify, and are interested in learning more about a variety of things, and different aspects of people or ourselves.

But hey: There is a common thread, a bridge:


GEMINI, the Zodiac Energy of the Season, Alchemizes Polar Opposites.

Which brings us back to the highly symbolic GEMINI painting by Johfra Bosschart, in its upper part.

Johfra Bosschart Gemini Phoenix

Mercury Rules Gemini. Painting by Johfra Bosschart. Upper part detail: The Phoenix

Here is a quote from the Johfra Astrology book (which describes all the illustrations in detail):

“The pillars finish in in two alchemical dragons which represent the various cosmic principles of polarized power. They retain their respective colour up to the point where their necks intertwine, when an intense exchange of powers takes place in which both red and blue become a radiant golden yellow (the colour of insight, the higher Mercury).

The Androgyne, the mythical dual being, in which the masculine and feminine merge to form a perfect human, rises from the fire like a Phoenix.”

It’s all connected – GEMINI and Phoenix have a lot in common, and this Full Moon reflects that too.

I’d add to the quote: The most potent Alchemy of Polar Opposites happens not in the head or genitals but through the HEART.


Another Polarity and Alchemy of Opposites that’s presented these months is (besides GEM – SAG) is the other mutable axis of VIRGO and PISCES:

Activated this year through the Lunar Nodes, with JUPITER close to the North Node in VIR, and NEPTUNE / CHIRON wrapping round the South Node in PI.

  • JUPITER in VIR (Aug 2015 – Sept 2016) shows us how important and beneficial it is to be self aware and in our ‘Sacred Temple’, and practice what’s in alignment for us. New tools and opportunities to be of service might have presented themselves. The WHY might have become clearer.
  • NEPTUNE in (its ‘home domain’) PI (2012 – 2026) and CHIRON in PI (2010 – 2018) show how the unity IS the medicine – but also how too much influx of ‘random energies’ can be overwhelming for the system, and weaken us.
Lunar North Node

Lunar North Node Glyph

Lunar South Node

Lunar South Node Glyph

The Lunar South Node in PI and Lunar North Node in VIR (Oct 2015 – May 2017) suggest ‘breathing out’ and releasing ‘used up’ PI energy (of overwhelm, martyrdom, victimhood…), and ‘breathing in’ and integrating fresh VIR energy (health, wellness, integrity, wholeness).



In extension to the VIR side, a Grand Earth Trine, exact for the rest of May, between stationary MERCURY in TAU, JUPITER / NN in VIR, and PLUTO retro in CAP, shows mutually enhancing ‘grounding gifts’ from the complementary trinity of Earth signs:

  • Messages from the body, and through all our senses (MERCURY retro in TAU, now stationary, to turn direct tomorrow May 22, then moving slowly forward).
  • Doing alignment practice, working with helpful practical tools, and being of service in a fulfilling way (JUPITER in VIR).
  • Inner transformation and purging of what used to disempower us. Living the Change (PLUTO retro in CAP).


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger





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* Spring Equinox March 19 / 20, 2016: Happy Astrological New Year!

20 Mar

We have a date with Spring tonight:

The SUN enters ARIES this year today Sat March 19 at 9:33 pm PDT!
Sunday March 20 already for all of you on EDT and further East on Planet Earth!



Into Spring – Photo by Melanie, Victoria BC, March 2016


It is the Astrological New Year (SUN enters ARIES)!

Happy New Year, Astrology friends out there!


SPRING EQUINOX is the day of equal daylight and night hours, from which day onward the days are getting longer than the nights, in the Northern hemisphere – the reign of the SUN over the next 6 months until Fall Equinox.
It is one of the sacred Corner Stones of the natural yearly cycle
(with its two Equinoxes, and two Solstices).



Celtic Wheel of the Year, with OSTARA / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.


Easter (celebrated on the Sunday after the First Full Moon in Spring) was named after Ostara! And yes, next Sunday, March 27, will be Easter Sunday!


The spirit of Newness and Liberation is building, as the SUN enters ARIES, to approach URANUS (their encounter will be on Apr 9, shortly after the ARIES NEW MOON on Apr 7.

By then, VENUS will be also in ARIES, in trine with MARS in SAG on Apr 12 – lots of fiery energy, and spirit-in-action!

But patience please, we’re not quite there yet.

Another Eclipse – the (Equinoctial) Full Moon / Penumbral LUNAR ECLIPSE in LI – AR awaits us on March 23, and the energy is building… More about that in the next Astro~News dedicated to the Lunar Eclipse. Stay tuned.


Wanna take a peek at the SPRING EQUINOX 2016 chart?


Spring Equinox 2016


What strikes is… well, still very PISCEAN – ‘Spring in Becoming’, with

  • VENUS / NEPTUNE (exact tomorrow March 20 at 10:45 am PDT): A blissful union? Swept away? Lost in Love? Deluded and overwhelmed? Take matters of love and attraction ‘transpersonally’ :-), don’t get ‘hooked’, be unconditional and non-attached. A relaxed way of being connected. Let things come to you, and attract through good vibrations.
  • CHIRON / South Node is the apex of a YOD from LILITH in LIBRA and the MOON in LEO. CHIRON plus MERCURY in late PI nearby also oppose JUPITER / North Node in VIR: A lot of what was ‘washed up’ with the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on March 8  gets further processed, expressed now, perhaps creatively and artistically, and released.

Let’s see what we’re inspired to create, with the PISCEAN Eclipse as a muse?!

A Medicine quest… (YOD to CHIRON).


JUPITER retro in VIR is about to square stationary SATURN in SAG on March 23, just before SATURN goes retro on March 25. This will be the second of 3 exact JUPITER – SATURN squares (happened in Aug 2015, and again on May 26, 2016)

A tension / creative pressure (square) in the socio-political-economical arena, as well as for one’s personal business / professional world (JUPITER – SATURN). How can we work with it most effectively and wisely? Here are some awareness questions to explore:

  • Whom and how do you serve? Where are opportunities to clear and bring ‘order into chaos’, and more awareness into your daily world (JUPITER in VIR)?
  • What are the blocks and challenges for trust, focus, and forward motion (SATURN in SAG), and what’s the teaching in all this? How about less is more? What’s the effect (SATURN) when you ‘aim’ from the Heart (SAG)?

Tap into true inner seeing and wisdom before (or as) you make outer moves (SATURN in SAG).

What needs to be integrated, to live in wholeness and intrinsic happiness (JUPITER in VIR)?


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Virgo, ruled by Mercury, painting by Johfra Bosschart


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Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, painting by Johfra Bosschart

As SATURN on SAG goes retro in Spring and early Summer (until Aug 13), and JUPITER is also still retro until May 9, I wouldn’t suggest entering new long-term commitments at this time, but rather find purpose in ‘unfinished’ / revisited, important, timely tasks from the heart. The inner preparation for new structures and ventures is supported, of course.

And let’s treat ourselves and each other with gentleness. We are in the middle of ‘Eclipse season’, and a lot gets washed up and out.

May the Heart lead the way!


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger



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