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* Summer SoUlstice 2016 on June 20, at 3:36 pm PDT: Sacred Stand-Still & Turning Point

20 Jun

Happy SUMMER SOLSTICE!

We are celebrating the longest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere (as the SUN has reached the Tropic of CANCER) – one of the four sacred turning points of the year (Summer and Winter Solstice, and Spring and Fall Equinox).

Solstice means literally ‘Standstill of the Sun’.

 

celticwheeloftheyear

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, LITHA / Summer Solstice, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.

 

Apparently, from the perspective of the Northern Hemisphere, the SUN has reached its maximum range of the Ecliptic, and is now overhead the Tropic of CANCER, ‘producing’ the longest day time hours, before ‘receding’.

 

And if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, the ‘arch’ of the SUN is the smallest and lowest now, reaching Winter Solstice. (Your Summer Solstice is when, through the Earth tilt, the Sun is overhead the Tropic of Capricorn – longest days for you guys and gals).

Happy WINTER SOLSTICE, dear reader in the Southern Hemisphere, esp. Australia and South Africa!

Back to our ‘Northern turf’:

As you can see in http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/canada/victoria, we are actually 2 weeks in Solstice mode:

16 hrs and 06 – 07 min of day time this whole week in Victoria BC, culminating tomorrow June 20 / 21, with 16 hrs and 06 min. and 47 sec., the absolute maximum of the year. June 21 will be 7 hours and 48 minutes longer than the Winter Solstice (Dec 21)! And next week, the day time will recede very slowwwly.

 

* STANDSTILL & SPIRALING Vibes abound – not ‘just’ through the SoUlstice SUN

 

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Chartres Labyrinth

 

A Turnaround Time it IS, in many ways.

Our Planetary SoUlar System ‘Family’ mirrors that this month:

 

MARS, CHIRON, URANUS, and NEPTUNE are ALL in stationary mode, and SATURN retro is slowing down too!

Plus, the Square between SATURN in SAG (“Where are we / where is this going???”) and NEPTUNE in PI (“LET go.”), exact again (for the 2nd out of 3 times) on Fri (June 17) adds to the Spiraling Effect.

 

In other words, these planets have just recently, or are in the process of changing direction from direct (forward from Earth perspective) to retro (CHIRON – June 27, URANUSJuly 29, and NEPTUNE – June 13), or from retro to direct (MARS – June 29). They prompt us to turn soulward, and ‘thread ourselves’ with these archetypal human experiences through the ‘eye of the karmic needle’, while SATURN retro / soon stationary in SAG calls us to go into deep inner Heart Truth, and the transpersonal, collective energies of PLUTO are transforming us, through the ‘birth canal of consciousness’. MARS stationary in late SCO, the Zodiac energy related to PLUTO is a deep provocative catalyst to process what has been hidden and covered ‘in the dark’.

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

 

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

MARS in SCO: Vengeance and self sabotaging ‘aggression’, ‘cold war’.

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

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

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

And SATURN: Old REpetitive patterns, karma, obstacles, limitations, blocks, pain, ‘excess luggage’

 

…and find inside the more conscious vibrations of:

MARS in SCO-to-SAG (will go direct on June 29, and cross over the ‘Phoenix Point’ on Aug 3): Transformed, and naturally deeply empowered Masculine arising!

CHIRON in PI (will go retro on June 27): The ‘wound’ carries the Medicine. Unity heals.

URANUS in AR (will go retro on July 29): Liberation into the vibrant NOW.

NEPTUNE in PI (went retro on June 13): Dropping into Unity Consciousness, in the Unified Field.

 

Here is the SUMMER SO(U)LSTICE ‘Birth Chart’:

 

Summer Solstice 2016

Check out the Mutable Cross that’s forming again – active throughout June, now re-energized through MERCURY –  SO important to find stillness in the ‘hub of the wheel’ – given all the centrifugal mutable impulses…

A perfect time for inquiry, and to communicate from a place of perspective about what we have ‘conceived’ on a higher / deeper level of consciousness, even ‘just’ since the GEM New Moon on June 4.

 

The recent SQUARE from SATURN retro in SAG to NEPTUNE stationary / retro in PI asks us:

How can we navigate the unknown and ever changing?

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

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

 

Voyager V Hierophant Crystals & Ganesh

Voyager Tarot card V – Hierophant (the Spiritual Teacher). Activation with Crystals, Rock, and Ganesh, and Photo by Melanie

 

As those of you who have come to private sessions or group experiences know, the Voyager Tarot loves to be ‘married’ and synergized with Astrology…

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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

12 Jun

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

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

 

Neptune

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

We are all in THIS together…

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

In the meantime, in the spiritual dimension…:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Sagittarius, Ruled by Jupiter – Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

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

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

 

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

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

Walk in the inner Labyrinth…

 

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Chartres Labyrinth

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Weißkopf-Seeadler auf der Jagd nach Lachsen

On July 4 will be also a New Moon!

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

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

 

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

 

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

  • How can we navigate the unknown and ever changing?

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

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

 

Buddhasurf_quote

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

 

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

Being IN the world, yet not OF the world.

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

 

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

The Great Bell Chant

Read by Thich Nath Hanh.

 

T'ich_Nhat_Hanh

T’ich Nhat Hanh

 

Chanted by brother Phab Niem

https://vimeo.com/6518109

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

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

So that all suffering in them may seize,

And understanding comes to their heart.

And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal Dharma door is already open.

The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly.

The miracle happens.

A child appears in the heart of a lotus flower.

One single drop of this compassionate water

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

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

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

Following the sound of the bell,

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

In the gardens of my heart

The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.”

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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If the above described themes speak to you, if you feel the resonance and could use support in your journey drop me a line, and we can set up a private Astrology referenced consult session. Or maybe it’s time to fully benefit from a 3- or 5- sessions coaching sequence? Email me, and we can customize it.

Interested in courses, workshops, embodied, experiential Astrology in Victoria BC?

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* NEPTUNIAN November Infusion– NEPTUNE in PISCES, Squared by SATURN in SAG in Nov / Dec (exact Nov 26): Form & Formlessness – Navigating the Seas of Change.

26 Nov
Neptune

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

 

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

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

 

NEPTUNE is in Nov and Dec one of the focal points in the Astro~Weather, since it just changed direction from Earth perspective, AND is squared by SATURN (exact tomorrow Nov 26!). It’s a good idea to be aware of its Archetype, and able to recognize what’s up when we’re getting ‘hooked’, what alternative higher vibrational expressions may look like, and how to tune into those.

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

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

Does it take extra stimuli (maybe increased dosage) to lose ourselves in something, and drop our sense of separate identity?

Can you be immediately, already in the space that having / doing such and such…. promises to take you to?

 

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

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

Have you recently felt overwhelmed yet going nowhere?

Where is this going? What’s the direction?

 

Saturn Pop

SATURN in SAG doesn’t seem to make is easy to target and stay focused, with all the distractions, and sooo many options, even so many external sources for guidance, so many gurus, teachers, paths – yet….!

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

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

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

Walk in inner Labyrinth…

 

chartreslabyrinth

Chartres Labyrinth

 

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

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

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

  • Did you go over a threshold at the time, maybe from a structure and form you were in (SAT) that was broken open and dissolved?
  • Where are you at, in relation to those changes, now? SAT says, “Well, that was then, this is now. Been there, done that, learned the lesson, got the T-shirt.” NEP says, “What’s time? It’s all ephemeral and fluid. Who is the you that goes there in dream time?”. So maybe something can wash through your system from those imprints, and any imprints for that matter.

 

The SAT – NEP cycle we are in goes until 2025 (when both will be on the cusp from PI to AR) – well, futile to speculate about that… and what’s time (NEP)?

In the HERE – NOW (thank you, SAT for bringing us back), we’re in the  (Square) = 90° angle phase between SAT at 7° SAG and NEP at 7° PI (see chart above).

This is not the only time the Square is exact; it will come back from June to Sept 2016 (exact June 17 and Sept 10), due to the back-and-forth motions of SAT and NEP from Earth perspective. So it’s basically an Initiation (very SAT – NEP) into the Interwoven Fabric of… everything.

Post-Quantum physics talks about new laws (SAT) round ‘entanglement’ (NEP). Science finds more and more evidence for what mystics and spiritual teachings have been pointing to ever since.

 

With SATURN in SAG, now squaring NEPTUNE in PI for the first time (again in an extended phase from June to Sept 2016, exact June 17 and Sept 10):

How can we navigate the unknown and ever changing?

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

 

What would the inner spiritual (NEPTUNE) teacher / guide / guru (SATURN) say to this situation that might seem like out of control?

 

Buddhasurf_quote

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

 

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

Being IN the world, yet not OF the world.

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

 

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

 

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

https://vimeo.com/6518109

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

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

So that all suffering in them may seize,

And understanding comes to their heart.

And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal Dharma door is already open.

The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly.

The miracle happens.

A child appears in the heart of a lotus flower.

One single drop of this compassionate water

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

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

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

Following the sound of the bell,

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

In the gardens of my heart

The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.”

 

* GEMINI – SAG Full Moon (Nov 25), in Mutable T-square to stationary NEPTUNE in PI: Beyond Ideas of Right and Wrong, there is a Field…

25 Nov
Rumi Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do

“Let the Beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi

 

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
There is a field. I will meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
The world is too full to talk about
Language, ideas, even the phrase each other
Doesn’t make any sense.

By Rumi

 

When I saw the mutable T-Square from the GEMINI – SAG Full Moon to NEPTUNE in PI, this famous quote by Rumi came to my awareness.

Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی) (Sept 30, 1207 – Dec 17, 1273), was a Persian philosopher, poet, teacher, and founder of the Mevlevi (or Mawlawi) order of Sufism; also known as Mevlana (Our Guide), Jalaluddin Rumi, or simply Rumi.

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Rumi features an overview and introduction to more mystical, timeless poetry by Rumi.

 

 

Under the Mutable FULL MOON T-Square (see chart below), we can feel pulled into different directions, maybe like a flag in the wind, maybe feeling aimless, maybe free and unbound.

The GEMINI Full MOON energy is curious, questions things, loves diversity, variety, likes to talk and learn, is hungry for information and communication, can jump around from topic to topic, and also be easily distracted / distracting. Sooo many ideas and questions. Very cerebral.

Have you found yourself pulled into the realm of information and ideas (“They say this, he says that, to which I said….”, and what about this article and interview?)?
Trapped in the tentacles of the seamless (and sometimes senseless) information stream? Hooked on the information high-way?

And then, Zen: “What is the sound of the one hand clapping?” The teaching story: http://deoxy.org/koan/21

 

 

GEMINI Full Moon, with SUN / SAT / MERC square NEP in PI.

 

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Sagittarius, Ruled by Jupiter. Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

The GEMINI – SAG Full Moon calls to balance head (GEM) and heart (SAG).

It matters not so much how far and where we are going (which is what lots of people are uncertain and confused about these days, with SAT in SAG square NEP in PI), but where we are coming from!

The Sagittarian Centaur (and redeemed shamanic CHIRON) archer pulls the arrow back to his heart, aims, and releases the arrow of inspiration, heart-wisdom, and vision. The ‘why’ is crucial for IN-tension, for ‘the path, and for any journey. Motivation matters. Well, it helps to have the heart arrow ignited by a lightning bolt of Zeus / JUPITER 🙂

Of the 3 Fire signs, SAG represents the inner fire, and also relates to the inner wandering Sage (see Hermit with lantern in the painting by J.B.).

 

 Saturn tilted

SATURN in SAG (Sept 17, 2015 – Winter Solstice 2017) is the bigger backdrop that the SAG SUN (on Nov 29) and MERCURY (today Nov 24) bring to conscious (SUN) understanding (MERCURY) this week, and for the FULL MOON:

  • How do people turn righteous, intolerant, judgmental, preachy, even fundamentalist (shadow of SAG, shown by SATURN)?
  • How do beliefs and fear get into the picture (or shall I say: blind spots, blinders, and shadow)?
  • What is the way through and out?

SATURN is about the experience of contrast (you / they are over there, I am here), separation, resistance, and the side in us that pretends to protect us from the apparent non-self. The ring around us. The ‘separate’ form, and what anchors us here-now.

In SAG, SAT shows us through insight and lessons about obstacles on the path – obstacles can be caution, a simple NO, lingering judgment, and a sense of separation. Obstacles ARE lessons – about ‘what’s in the way’ for us, and what that tells us about our ego.

 

 Ganesha

In the Hindu tradition, the Elephant headed Lord Ganesh is invoked at the onset of a journey, to help ‘remove obstacles’. In a Yoga class a while ago, our teacher suggested to do a whole Ganesh sequence hour of Yoga. Ironically, after the class, there was a pain in the body that I didn’t have before. Hmmm, I was wondering jokingly, “How come? Isn’t Ganesh supposed to remove obstacles, and not bring new ones???”. Learned the lesson in the process of the pain leading me through something I would have avoided or ignored otherwise. This was the obstacle.

Here is a Ganesh chant for you that I just found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=287BnMx_mXQ  – lots of them online – find your medicine…

 

An example of SATURN in SAG, and pre-cursor of the Full Moon presented itself to me yesterday:
Someone I asked for practical support positioned himself as the know-it-all expert, judging everyone else as idiots who don’t know what they are doing. Since this judgment also related to two of my friends, I got sensitized and could have stood up on their behalf, advocated for them, and endeavoured to tried to convince this gentleman that there are many paths and approaches, not just his ‘one and only right one’. But hey, I didn’t want to play his game, and rather save my energy, since he seemed angry, very entrenched in his views, and lacking a positive and generous, spacious outlook.

Hearing from him that he was in severe physical pain I sensed that he probably felt powerless and fearful. This is when we often compensate, by holding on to something that we consider ‘certain’.

Being aware of the immanent Full Moon T-Square, I opted out of getting pulled into an argument, and diffused the situation (NEP in PI) through release and blessings, while acknowledging that this was more than a frustrating situation that could have brought out my resistance: A deeper teaching about compassion for how pain can contract us, and also a hologram of the Astro~Sphere these days.

After the meeting, I stepped out on my balcony for fresh air, and saw an eagle soaring – ahhhh!

Later, more medicine and gifts of re-connecting in the Field found me on a sunlit walk to / by the ocean (so SAG – PI).

 

SATURN in SAG shows us where we experience ourselves as separate through often old, parental or otherwise imprinted limiting beliefs.

We might have adopted a selective perception of ‘obstacles’ and lack of trust, which of course makes us rigid and righteous.

We lose spaciousness, the bigger picture, an eye for opportunities, a sense of humour, an attitude of gratitude. All based on separation and fear. Whoa!

So: definitely a good idea to check in on those qualities.

And to question / inquire (very GEMINI):

  • Is this… absolutely true?
  • How else can this be seen?
  • What is the gift in this?

And by the way, this all-time SATURN in SAG ‘Inquiry Mantra’ comes handy in such situations:
“Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?”

 

SATURN is now in the area in early SAG where PLU was in the late 1990’s, esp. 1998 / 99.

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  • What are the effects and consequences of the changes your life went through in those years?
  • How have you matured, in the transformation through spirit that was initiated then?
  • What happened to the power of your path and to your happiness at the time? Any ‘obstacles’ now?
  • How can the SAG Fire be rekindled?

 

SATURN was in SAG the last time from Nov 1985 until Nov 1988, and before that from Oct 1956 until Jan 1959.

If you were born in those years you have your 1st or 2nd SATURN Return these years.
A look into your chart would tell us when exactly, however you probably sense it the whole time while SAT is in SAG.

Here are some themes to check in on, under SAT in SAG for all of us, esp. for those of you born with SAT in SAG:

  • Are you a good story teller, or do you bug and bore people with the same old stories?
  • Do you take your attitude super seriously? Can you laugh at yourself?
  • Have you become masterful at inspiring others (maybe through the school of hard knocks)?
  • Can you see how your need to be right is actually limiting, and how generosity, gratitude and openness makes your life richer?
  • Can you turn the ‘doubt of the benefit’ into the ‘benefit of the doubt’?
  • Check for blind spots, blinders, agenda, old limiting beliefs – well, ask trusted friends, and don’t hold it against them. J
  • What’s with a lack of humour or overcompensation of hopelessness through cynical humour? Yikes!
  • Do you trust that life always opens new avenues?
  • Have you found your path? Maybe the pathless path, the ultimate ‘path’?
  • What makes you really(!) happy?

Intrinsic happiness is connectedness. Which will bring us to NEPTUNE in PI, squared by SATURN in SAG….

 

Before we explore the SAT – NEP theme more deeply – post to follow -, I’d like to show you the FULL MOON chart.

Astro buffs who can ‘read the patterns’, check out these configurations in the FULL MOON ‘field’:

 

GEM - SAG FM 2015

 

  • Full MOON in GEM, and SUN / SAT / MERC in SAG in Mutable T-Square to stationary NEP in PI.
  • SAT in SAG square NEP in PI (exact Nov 26, again June 17 and Sept 10, 2016)
  • JUP in VIR opposite CHIRON retro in PI (was exact Nov 3, again Feb 23 and Aug 12, 2016)
  • MARS in LI conj. LILITH (exact Dec 1), square PLU in CAP (exact Dec 6), and opposite UR in AR (exact Dec 10).
  • UR – PLU Square gets re-activated as UR goes retro until Dec 25, and LILITH in LI enters the Cardinal T-Square in Jan 2016.

 

 

* NEPTUNIAN November Infusion & SATURN square NEPTUNE – Paranoia, and the Reality of Our Interconnectivity

16 Nov

NEPTUNE in PISCES, presently retrograde and ‘stationary’ (apparently very very slowly moving backwards in the Zodiac, from Earth perspective) goes direct on Nov 18, AND will be also squared by SATURN in SAG on Nov 26 (the effect of this transit is noticeable all Nov and Dec).

SATURN and NEPTUNE have a 35-year cycle together (from conjunction to square to opposition to conjunction). The present SATURN – NEPTUNE cycle started with their conjunction in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down, setting off an avalanche of crumbling of the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe.

 

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NEPTUNE in its own domain of PISCES (from 2012 until 2026) is in Nov and Dec one of the focal points in the Astro~Weather, since it’s changing direction from Earth perspective. It’s a good idea to be aware of its Archetype, and able to recognize what’s up when we’re getting ‘hooked’.

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

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

To lose ourselves in something, and drop our sense of separate identity… does it take external stimuli (and a repeated ‘feed’ even) to be in this space? Addiction is a mere substitute that often backfires…

Can you be immediately, already in the space of Oneness that having or doing such and such…. seems to promise to take you to?

NEPTUNE in its own domain PISCES (2012 – 2026): All is fluid, ever changing, yet everything is always here. There is nothing constant about you, yet something permeates your existence. Big paradoxes.

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

Wherever you go, there you are.

 

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Neptune Rules Pisces, by Johfra Bosschart

 

Have you recently felt personally overwhelmed, yet going nowhere?

Where is this going? What’s the direction?

Quite recently: Our vulnerability to terrorism, and collective fear of subversive invasion. Yet also our love and prayers for all humans who are being affected by brutal violence.
We are all in this together, as the world is connected, and we are connected through our humanness.

SATURN now in SAG (since Sept 17, and already early this year, until Winter Solstice 2017) is a contrast to NEPTUNE in PISCES in so many ways, and even marches into exact square with NEPTUNE, due on Nov 26.

 

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Where NEPTUNE is about Unity and Formlessness, SATURN gets us into our ‘separate’ (not ultimately true, but a very good illusion) form. SATURN rules the Root Chakra, anchors us in the body, slows us down, shows us karmic lessons, and can manifest as fear and pain (‘symptoms’ of separateness).

In SAGITTARIUS which rules the world at large, long distance travel, higher education, perspective, bigger picture, freedom to move, space, is now being transited by SATURN – ouch!

After a warm welcome of war refugees from the Middle East, over the last while, escalated through the massacres in Paris, a new paranoia and xenophobia set in: “Why weren’t they registered? Terrorists could sneak in.” “The borders will be closed.” New levels of ‘homeland security’ esp. in Europe are taking place.
Whom can we trust?

Uhhh, and the ‘bad luck’ day of Friday the 13th, esp. in SCO, seemed to be fully justified again.

Yet also: Is there a bigger plot going on? Weapons of mass deception?

When 9/11 happened, SATURN opposed PLUTO (which was on the AC of the U.S.A. chart). Now, SATURN is in SAG where PLUTO was in 2001. What is the truth here? Nobody seems to have the ‘whole story’.

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

Which might mean: Drop old, limiting beliefs and prejudices. How about being curious, challenging yourself, and doing a reality check (SATURN) on what you think you already know is ‘so’? Also, the bumper sticker “Don’t  believe everything you think!” comes handy.
Plus: “I don’t believe everything I see and hear in the media.”

On a personal level (which IS political): In what way do you already have the inner compass, and just don’t give yourself credit, or find excuses by giving authority away? If you know… why don’t you act on your knowing???

Also, when it comes to questions like:”Where am I going / directing my life or work?”, with SATURN in SAG, we realize that it matters less how far (geographically or success wise) and even where we are going, and much more where we are coming from. The Sagittarian archer pulls the arrow back to his heart, aims, and releases the arrow. The ‘why’ is crucial for IN-tension, for ‘the path, and for any journey. Motivation matters.

 

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Sagittarius by Johfra Bosschart

 

With SATURN in SAG now squaring NEPTUNE in PI for the first time (again in an extended phase from June to Sept 2016): How can we navigate the unknown and ever changing?

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

How can we allow old ego structures that pretend to protect us but are based on separation in the first place, dissolve in the all-connectedness?

How can we see spirit in matter, and the formless and infinite in the form? Science and spirituality realize that they are just two sides of the same coin. May more ‘evidence’ for the oneness of all life emerge!

And: what would the inner spiritual (NEPTUNE) teacher / guide / guru (SATURN) say to this situation that’s apparently out of control?

 

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

Jon Kabat-Zinn