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VENUS in VIRGO (July 9 – Aug 6) – Self Alignment is Beautiful.

4 Jul

Cosmic Greetings, dear Astro~News Reader!

Virgo and Mercury, by Johfra Bosschart

 

VENUS will cross over the ‘Sphinx Point’ of Self (LEO) Awareness (VIRGO) on JULY 9.
Self Awareness, loving and knowing ourselves, and being in alignment with the Cosmic Self (as the image beautifully shows) is the prerequisite of helping others finding their light – true service.

If your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets / Nodes are in VIRGO they’re a magnet under VENUS in VIRGO and can attract more easily than otherwise – incl. attracting service and practice – which VIRGO loves.

 

Under VENUS in VIRGO, our loving qualities can be well channeled into the work we’re here to do. 
Yet good to remember for self critical VIRGO to not wait until we’re perfect, and not sabotage the work that’s needed by considering it as ‘not good enough’.

What helps if these understandable and likely conditioned voices come up is to bring ourselves back into alignment, perhaps through a health / wellness / spiritual practice, like meditation, Yoga, Qi Gong, walking in Nature. Anything that can turn into a healthy routine, bringing us back into ourselves.
Self sufficient VIRGO loves that.

Speaking of self sufficient, VENUS in VIRGO can bring out the d.i.y. self sufficiency a tad too much, so that we’re not so open to receive. Good to remember, and to open up and let the Love IN – as NEPTUNE in PI would offer. VENUS will go into opposition / relationship with NEPTUNE on July 24 – to make sure balance is in place, in a healthy way 😉

 

The beautiful VENUS Evening Star heralds VENUS Retro (coming up Oct 5 to Nov 16) – an important ‘underworld journey’ for relationship oriented VENUS to find her own self value.
VENUS in VIRGO can already help us with Self Alignment (“How do I work, what works for me and is healthy….?!”).

 

Here’s the line-up of ‘dates & dances’ for VENUS in VIRGO with other Planets – in order (yep, gotta be orderly, says VIRGO) of appearance:

 

JULY 9
VENUS enters VIRGO.
Self Alignment is Beautiful.

 

JULY 11 – 13
VENUS trine URANUS in TAU, quincunx CHIRON retro in AR, and trine SATURN retro in CAP.
This beautiful Grand Earth Trine of VENUS – URANUS – SATURN brings stability to what could have shown up before as unsettling and new when URANUS entered (VENUS ruled) TAURUS. Good to be in loving Self Alignment and commitment to integrity, while setting ourselves free from sticky attachments and ‘ownership’.

 

JULY 15
The crescent MOON in VIRGO joins VENUS in the Evening Sky.
Beauty to Behold (yet never own).

 

JULY 16
VENUS quincunx MARS retro in AQ.
Sacred Feminine and alignment help with stepping out of old ‘systemic’ conflict, and with loving awareness of what’s underneath it.

 

JULY 22
VENUS sextile JUPITER in SCO.
No taboos, just awareness – allows for intimacy and change for the better.

 

JULY 24
VENUS opp. NEPTUNE retro in PI.
Let the Love in – in a healthy way.

 

JULY 27 / 28
VENUS trine PLUTO retro / LILITH in CAP.
Naturally empowered and core connected – grounding in Love.

 

AUG 6
VENUS goes into LIBRA (until Sept 9 + Oct 31 – Dec 2! So long this year in LIBRA since she’ll go retro in SCO – LI!)
VENUS ‘Evening Star’ and also in LIBRA shows us about our relational ‘bias’ (comparing ourselves / designing ourselves for others / making our life and our choices overly about others).
VENUS Retro in SCO – LI (Oct 5 – Nov 16) helps us unravel it, and reconnect with our intrinsic value and self-love.

Post about VENUS Retro to come closer to the date – but first, save the date for VENUS & the MOON, on Friday the 13th – stay tuned for the post!

 

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Yout Inner Cosmic Compass’.

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, for perspective at a crossroad or dilemma, and for empowered choices.

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you in being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships with others.
Plus, I can help you determine your powerful places on Planet Earth.

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

 

 

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VENUS crosses the ‘SPHINX Point’, into VIRGO :: Inner Sacred Feminine in the Temple of Wholeness

19 Sep

VENUS crosses the ‘Sphinx Point’, and enters VIRGO today Sept 19 (day of the VIRGO New Moon 2017), for a journey in the sign of the Sacred Feminine until Oct 14.

VENUS in VIR will soon (can you feel it already?)

  • oppose NEPTUNE retro in PI on Sept 29.
  • Then, VENUS will go into grounding trine with stationary PLUTO in CAP on Oct 3
  • meet and pass MARS in VIR on Oct 5 (also the Full Moon day!),
  • square SATURN in SAG on Oct 8,
  • oppose CHIRON  retro in PI on Oct 10 (when JUPITER enters SCO), and
  • quincunx URANUS retro in AR on Oct 11.

 

Johfra Bosschart: Virgo, Ruled by Mercury

 

Inner Sacred Feminine in the Temple of Wholeness

We just boded VENUS farewell in LEO where ‘she’ has been his Summer since Aug 25. Another unusually hot Summer  here in BC Canada – too hot and fiery in the forests and in the land!
On the positive note, I trust your inner journey has shown what brings YOU true joy, from the inside out!
VENUS also connected on Sept 16 with the North Node of the Moon (which is in LEO Apr 2017 – Nov 2018) – YOU are # 1 in your life. Radiating from the Heart is the way to go, and be creative from (rather than loosing energy over watching other people’s show and drama). 

 

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VENUS enters VIRGO today Sept 19, to travel through this energy of initiation, purity, alignment, practice, service, from our intrinsic value/s until Oct 14.

The VIR side shows us that we don’t ‘need’ private one-on-one relationships out of feeling incomplete or ‘not good enough’ without them. What matters primarily is our wholeness, in alignment with spirit and soul. We offer our skills and service from that place. ‘Work relationships’ in this sense are fulfilling too.
VENUS on the ‘Sphinx Point’ initiates us into self-awareness, integrity, and service.

As MARS, MERCURY, the SUN, and these days also the dark-before-New MOON are all in VIRGO too, now joined by VENUS, we can enjoy getting things done, cleared, and organized.
We are drawn to develop healthy, productive habits (VENUS in VIR), and to build relationships, based on these values. Which hopefully also means: We don’t have to do it all ourselves! VIR can be so self contained and d.i.y. oriented – partially out of integrity, partially out of perfectionism, or even angst…
VENUS’s charm and pleasant energy brings a good balance to the frustrated and angry MERCURY / MARS energy in VIR we have seen on the weekend – which hopefully helped you though to speak up for what does and what doesn’t work for YOU!

With VENUS having gone through LEO we can more fully value ourselves and attract from there, yet also know that what we attract is a reflection of aspects (incl. projected shadow aspects) of ourselves.
VENUS opposing NEPTUNE on Sept 29 shows us, “there’s only one of us here”, in the ‘field’.

Giving off loving vibes (VENUS – NEPTUNE) makes diplomacy and considerate win-win negotiation and coordination with others easier, and it will be better received. Of course, the LIBRA SUN from Fri (Sept 22) on supports that too.
Hmmm, and so many choices, or so many people and interests to coordinate and balance, says also JUPITER in LIBRA (until it crosses over the ‘Tipping Point’ into SCO, on Oct 10 – choiceless choice??!).
And remember: The ‘deal’ doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’.

You may say: VENUS is considered ‘in Fall’ in VIR (‘she’ is exalted in PI) – what’s with that?
This too only illustrates and warns us of the shadow and ‘low grade’ VENUS in VIR:
Pleasing because of inner inadequacy, self-critical tendencies, and a need to fabricate perfection. What helps with this is the upcoming trine of VENUS in VIR with PLUTO in mid-CAP (which has a TAURUS undertone – TAU, as LIBRA are both ruled by VENUS):
As we live from essence, that is incorruptible, we are naturally empowered to not buy into those old personal and historic stories and conditioning anymore, and rather value one’s wholistic inner sacred Feminine.
The Sabian Symbol of the PLUTO station is quite telling too (more about this in the PLUTO Direct blog, closer to Sept 28, and a hint about it also in the VIR New Moon Blog – stay tuned).

Our work and practice is our temple, and so is our body. Let’s treat them with reverence, and begin every day and every new act of service as if we entered a sacred space.

VIRGO’s journey is an alignment of the human self with cosmic consciousness, through awareness, spiritual practice, and acts of service.

The New MOON – esoteric ruler of VIRGO – Sacred Feminine / Priestess / Virgin / Mother Mary, and Harvest Goddesses /– welcomes VENUS into VIRGO today Sept 19 / 20.

All of us are called to do our sacred work and practice, in this Body-Temple and Temple of the Here-Now. And to harvest its fruits, in inner fulfillment.

 

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Neptune, as seen by the Hubble Telescope

VENUS will oppose NEPTUNE retro in PI on Sept 29.
It can show up as a dilemma (opp) between our love for ‘doing the work’ (VENUS in VIR), and receiving, surrendering, relaxing, just being (NEPTUNE in PI).

NEPTUNE is also the ‘higher octave’ of VENUS, a universal loving-beingness. So let’s allow it to reach us, and allow ourselves to reach others and meet life from this space.

Working in the ‘field’ (as in: quantum field), and helping from a loving place where energy streams is a beautiful way of being with this tension.

 

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On Oct 3, VENUS in VIR will go into Earth trine with PLUTO in CAP, which has a stabilizing effect, esp. for relationships and work projects that have integrity.

By the way, ever since New Horizons showed us photos of PLUTO from the ‘Close Encounter’ fly-by in July 2016, we never look at the far-out heavenly body and  Astro Archetype the same. Love is Power! ❤

 

Hubble Mars

Mars (Hubble Space Telescope)

On October 5, VENUS will catch up, unite with MARS in VIRGO, and finally pass ‘him’.
MARS has been ahead of VENUS in the last months. VENUS in ARIES almost passed MARS early March, but then went retro to RE-new herself and her inner ‘values and vows’ in PISCES. In the meantime the ‘Warrior Planet’ MARS stormed ahead… and we’ve seen a lot of evidence for its presence. Not much evidence for the fine art of diplomacy…

VENUS is coming though… in the sign of the Sacred Feminine, VIRGO, where ‘she’ meets and passes MARS. 

Oct 5 will be also the day of the ARIES (ruled by MARS) – LIBRA (ruled by VENUS) Full Moon! Balance (FM) and Union (VENUS / MARS) of Feminine and Masculine. Calling us to show up as the Warriors of LOVE!

 

Saturn Pop

On Oct 8, VENUS in late VIR squares SATURN in late SAG:
Here we are called to discern what serves and is healthy (VIR) and to say NO (SATURN) to certain offers and directions (SAG) – esp. the ones that are too good to be true and real (SATURN in SAG), so that we can say YES to other engagement that we are aligned with (VIR).
When such a challenge arises which might feel like a rejection / limitation ask yourself: What’s the initiation here? It might feel like a test – but hey, be the tester too!

 

In ‘her’ finale in VIRGO, VENUS will oppose CHIRON retro in PISCES on Oct 10 (the day JUPITER will enter SCORPIO!), and go into quincunx with URANUS retro in ARIES on Oct 11.
‘Healing’ is at least as much about connecting in resonance, and knowing what it’s like or at least tune in, with a loving heart, as it is about ‘doing the right thing’ for the other as for oneself.  LOVE Heals!
And loving healing liberates. We’re all in this together. “You are another me”!
In Lak’ech Ala K’in! ❤

More about the JUPITER SHIFT in one of the next ASTRO~NEWS Blogs, of course.

Lots of VENUSian activations in early October!
Let’s bring LOVE to everything we do, and how we show up!

Blessings for the month with VENUS in VIRGO!
May the inner Priestess-in-Wholeness be our muse and mentor.

 

Would you like to explore the FALL 2017 Astro Weather, in a circle, and as it shows up in YOUR life? 
Come join us in the Fall 2017 Astro Parlour, next Tue Sept 26!
Here is the FB Event. All welcome, and online participation possible.

 

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships.

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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.

Why?
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:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
In a world of online offers, our intimate Astro hubs (6 – 10 participants) are a treasured way of being personally seen and involved – more commitment, a personal sense of community, and deeper effects.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

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

 

 

MARS crosses the ‘Sphinx Point’ and enters VIRGO on Sept 5 (until Oct 22): Strength in Service

5 Sep

Here comes a hopefully helpful shift, from FIERY LEO to EARTHY VIRGO, to ground the super charged HEAT of the SUMMER!

MARS has been travelling close to the SUN since July, culminating with both in hot LEO end of July to end of August.
What a HOT Summer, energetically and literally…  incl. record breaking wild fires in British Columbia. The smoke from the interior traveled over hundreds of km, and even reached Vancouver Island early August to linger here for a week. Exposing us to just a glimpse of what it must be like to be directly traumatically affected, evacuated, and loosing everything…
Fire has gone wild, and climate change brings extreme temperatures to continental and insular regions alike.
We’re all in this together, says the AQ – PI ‘counterpart’ of LEO – VIR. The AQ Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse on Aug 7 was there, and the PI Full Moon with NEPTUNE on Sept 6 will be there.
This interdependence can be overwhelming (SOO much coming together now, and all seems connected). Group / humanity coherence can be the healing agent, for whatever can be averted or alleviated, or collectively surrendered to.

How can we individually cope, or better: work with this energy?
A question for VIRGO and MARS.
VIRGO initiates  us into healthy practice.  MARS will be in VIR from Sept 5 until Oct 22 – a good long apprenticeship time, to put love and competence into service.

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Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card IX

STRENGTH, and working with what we LOVE, are key assignments / alignments.

What is real Strength, and Self-Control?

Here is an excerpt of the Voyager Tarot book for XI Strength says it all::

“As Leo the Lion, symbolic of rulership, Strength represents the law of self-dominion. Strength is the free and controlled total expression of your being.

As symbolized by the headrest Shu – Egyptian god of the air who brought order out of chaos – maintain dominion over your mind.

The pool of fiery water symbolizes your emotional control. The hand on the lion’s face represents dominion over your physical and animal lusts and appetites. The Parthenon is a symbol of your mastery over your worldly life.

Your supportive, non-possessive hands represent the freedom of expression you give to your attributes. Like the singing bird and blossoming flower, don’t be afraid to declare yourself and show your colours. Have the courage of the lion to be yourself.

Like the half-human, half-animal face, you can put on many masks, Be versatile, a player of many roles. As the fragile but strong egg and butterfly, express yourself in the yin and yang. Strength is living in full accord with the undiluted multiplicity of your spirit.”

 

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships.

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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.

Why?
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:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
In a world of online offers, our intimate Astro hubs (6 – 10 participants) are a treasured way of being personally seen and involved – more commitment, a personal sense of community, and deeper effects.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

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

 

 

 

RE-Post: AUG 21 2017 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE end of LEO, over the U.S.A. on the ‘SPHINX POINT’, and close to REGULUS, the ‘Heart of the LION’.

20 Aug

Dear REader,
in case it escaped you (MERCURY retro’s ON, after all) – I’m RE-posting and adding to the part of the Total Solar Eclipse from the August 2017 is Big Time ECLIPSE Month post.

 

AUG 21 2017 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE end of LEO, over the U.S.A. on the ‘SPHINX POINT’, and close to REGULUS, the ‘Heart of the LION’.

Total Solar Eclipse with ‘Diamond Ring’ effect

The path of the TSE will cross centrally over the U.S.A. (Northwest / OR to Southeast / SC).

The TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE Effects are clearly related to the United States, and to everything that emanates from the U.S. who themselves declared / ‘owned’ it as the Great American Eclipse – so American… “make Eclipse great again???!”

 

Definitely a spectacle to view (Eclipse show a la LEO?) – yet:

What are the deeper and longer term implications of this ‘cosmic event’?
Astrology (literally: language  of the stars) helps us reveal the themes:

 

LEO Constellation, with Regulus, the Heart of the Lion,

The TSE will be at the end of LEO, the ‘SPHINX POINT’, in transition to VIRGO, and close to the fixed star REGULUS ‘Heart of the Lion’, and brightest star in LEO!

This is where the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse / LEO – AQ FULL MOON of Feb 10 was (just 3 weeks after Trump’s inauguration).

Did you know? Trump was born on June 14, 1946 –  the DAY of a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE (just 3 1/2 hrs before totality!) I’ll show his chart below.

According to EarthSky,A series of monthly lunar occultations of REGULUS (i.o.w. a series of  Eclipses of REGULUS by the MOON) started on DEC 18, 2016, and will continue to take place until the series’ conclusion on APR 24, 2018.”
Interesting… DEC 19, 2016 was the day when the U.S. Electoral College voted for Trump, in the ‘winner takes it all’ plurality per state fashion that received a lot of controversial attention, given the shocking result (ha, URANUS was end of DEC also turning direction) – plus, MERCURY went retro in mid-CAP next to PLUTO the same day, DEC 19!
Note: MERCURY will be retro during the TSE (MERCURY retro starts on AUG 12 and goes until SEPT 5, 2017).

Here is the whole line-up of REGULUS Occultations by the MOON – monthly, from the EarthSky page:

1. DEC 18, 2016
2. JAN 15, 2017
3. FEB 11, 2017
4. MARCH 10, 2017
5. APR 12, 2017
6. MAY 4, 2017
7. MAY 31, 2017
8. JUNE 28, 2017
9. JULY 25, 2017
10. AUG 21, 2017
11. SEPT 18, 2017
12. OCT 15, 2017
13. NOV 11, 2017
14. DEC 8, 2017
15. JAN 5, 2018
16. FEB 1, 2018
17. MARCH 1, 2018
18. MARCH 28, 2018
19. APR 24, 2018

Exactly midway through the occultation series – on AUG 21, 2017 – the MOON occults = eclipses REGULUS on the same date that it totally eclipses the SUN on REGULUS.

This is very significant for the U.S. and their current president whose MARS / AC is at the end of LEO / REGULUS!
See Trump’s chart below.

Io.w. the Martian / REGULUS LEO Rulership appearance / persona of Trump gets overshadowed / eclipsed by the late LEO MOON once a MONTH (ha, like a menstrual cycle), when the MOON in late LEO passes in front of REGULUS. 

This cycle started just the day before he was sanctioned by the EC., then 5 days before his inauguration, then monthly when the MOON was late LEO until APR 24, 2018, culminating half-way with the TSE on AUG 21 – what a symmetry!
One could research and follow the dates and respective Trump effects (well, there are soo many!).
I’d say, at least at the first two occultations true ‘kingly’ ‘lionhearted’ Rulership got overshadowed / showed up in shadowy ways.
Let’s see what the TSE occultation brings.

The Fixed Star REGULUS at 29°53′ LEO has the following traditional connotations:
The most Royal Star. Raphael, the Healing Archangel, the Watcher of the North. Nobility, ambition, alertness, great power, status, leadership, sudden downfall, accidents, violence. Said by some to be the most benefic star in the universe.
Here’s an extensive description of REGULUS –  the drawing of the LEO constellation above is also from that page.

REGULUS, astrologically positioned at the very end of LEO, in transition to VIR where the theme is: The King / Queen is the first servant of the state (Frederick the Great coined this term) –
Rather than ‘staying stuck in LEO mode’ a la “L’Etat c’est moi!” – quote by the ‘Sun King’ Roi Soleil Louis XIV.
The current U.S. president is under scrutiny in this regard.

 

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Sphinx on the Giza Plateau – Photo by Melanie, Egypt Journey Nov 2010…

 

The LEO / VIR transition, as addressed many times on this ‘channel’, is also known as the ‘SPHINX POINT’, or Self Awareness Point in the Zodiac.

Here, the vibrant, self radiant, self enamored LEO energy reflects upon itself, and becomes aware of who s/he is, and what s/he can do for others.

The ‘SPHINX POINT’ is an Initiation from ‘being chosen’,  ‘special’,  ‘privileged’, ‘being King / Queen’ to becoming a Priest/ess, who offers sacred service. A transition from the ‘palace’ to the ‘temple’. And as it’s been said: The King is the first servant of the State.

If you have Planets, SUN, MOON, Nodes on the ‘SPHINX POINT’ their Archetypes guide you through this Initiation to being of service in your life.

It starts with self reflection and self awareness “Who am I?”, from which follows the notion to extend ourselves to others:
“How can I do what I love and what inspires me creatively?” “What can I do for others?” , “What are my strengths, what am I naturally good at that would help others?”, “How can I put my love into service?”.

The TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE is a ‘RE-SET’ of the theme on the ‘SPHINX POINT’ and REGULUS, i.o.w., we are all, president, Queen, King, or not, called to bring our LOVE, our LION HEART, and our Strengths into Service.
What is it that calls YOU?

 

Here is the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE chart for Victoria BC: 

The NEW MOON will be at 11:30 am, the maximum Eclipse at 11:21 am PDT, as noted on the chart.
We’ll be able here in Victoria to see 90% of the SUN disk occulted by the MOON, and the total Eclipse time takes 2 1/2 hrs, from 9:08 am to 11:37 am PDT.

 

 

 

Check this out:

MARS / Lunar North Node / SUN / MOON all end of LEO, and MERCURY Retro nearby (will meet the SUN on Aug 26), all round the ‘Sphinx Point’ / REGULUS.
A FIRE Trine to URANUS retro / stationary, at the very end of ARIES:
Can all this Ecliptic ‘reboot’ energy be channeled into major paradigm shifts, innovation, and inner liberation?!

Another FIRE Trine to LILITH / SATURN retro / stationary, grounding out the journey, and showing us our True Nature (LILITH) when it looks like “rien ne va plus” (SATURN in SAG).

FIRE is the predominant element (SUN, MOON, MARS, North Node, SATURN, LILITH, and URANUS, all in the 3 FIRE signs): So much stirred up – can it be expressed in passionate, creative ways? Things can really get rolling if we put intention and motivation behind them.

 

Who are the ‘Players’ in the Grand FIRE Trine? 
Well, more than half of the Astro Archetypes!

  • URANUS stationary retro at 29° AR – AUTONOMY:
    Set yourself FREE, and come alive (again).
  • MARS / North Node / MOON / SUN on the Sphinx Point – AGENCY (in AWARENESS) at 29° LEO:
    Do something that’s aligned for, and from your Self, from Self Awareness, and from the Spiritual Heart. After the re-boot, re-new and re-initiate your creative play. Be bright, alive, inspiring.
    The LEO Eclipse energy can be channeled through AQ on the other side of the spectrum:

    Your creativity feeds and inspires synergy in groups and humanity!
  • LILITH / SATURN retro stationary (going direct on AUG 25) at 21° SAG – AUTHORITY:
    Be the author of your ‘story’. Intentionally invite the best in everyone – in freedom!



SIX retrograde Planets (SATURN about to go direct, on Aug 25) – we’re also dealing with ‘unfinished business’ and recurring themes – many ‘inside jobs’.


MERCURY (until Sept 5), SATURN (until Aug 25), CHIRON, URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO (until Sept 28).

MERCURY retro in VIR (until Sept 5):
RE-considering what hadn’t been in the discussion in a while.
RE-entering the conversation, about what hadn’t been shared in a while, from a place of VIR awareness. Also a RE-fining tools, and discerning what serves / is practical and useful and what isn’t.

SATURN retro in SAG (goes direct on Aug 25):
Cropping and pruning where less is more.
Wrapping up inner limiting beliefs, world views, and ‘old stories’.
Catching the saboteur.

CHIRON retro in PI:
Why / when do I go into a mode of overwhelm?

What’s the re-curring wave of this?
How do I self-medicate with addictions?
How can I be there for others as for myself (esp. when I feel ungrounded)?

URANUS retro in AR (just turned retro on Aug 2 – Aug is quite a Uranian month):
Inner Liberation sets us FREE – unconditionally.

NEPTUNE retro in PI:
Inner and Universe-all Oneness  – you are never alone.

Not being in inner division and as the ONE – makes us immune to ‘Divide et Impera’ agenda.

PLUTO retro in CAP (goes direct on Sept 28):
Inner timelessness, call of the ancestors, inner mastery, and resource-full living.

Practically speaking, a better time to start a project when MERCURY and SATURN are out of retro & post-retro ‘storm’ – with the next Very VIRGO NEW MOON on SEPT 20.

 

Here is Trump’s chart.

He was born just 3 1/2 hrs before a Total Lunar Eclipse!

 


The TSE is right on his MARS / AC which is conj. REGULUS.

He also just had his 6th JUPITER return in LIBRA, and SATURN / LILITH are on his MOON / South Node in SAG / opp. his SUN / URANUS / North Node in GEMINI – ‘rien ne va plus’, re: shooting / tweeting from the hip? Roadblocks for his attitudes and wild and crazy unpredictability?

We shall see what this culmination of occultations brings to / through him (he surely is a catalyst to bring out the shadow of the establishment and system).

 

 

The U.S. chart (signature of the Declaration of Independence) looks like this:

 

Have you noticed?
The U.S. MOON
end of AQ is right opposite the SOLAR ECLIPSE Point: “We The People….”

 

Blessings to You and ALL, for the Eclipse Season!

 

Let’s stay HEARTful, and connected in our HUMANITY!

 

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships.
August is Client Appreciation Month in my Astrology practice – celebrating its 17th anniversary – with substantial discounts on consultation sessions – 10 – 50%!
The longer ago you had your first session the less you pay in August! 🙂 .
But even as a newbie you get 10% off this month!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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.

Why?
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:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
In a world of online offers, our small, intimate Astro hubs (6 – 10 participants) are a treasured way of being personally seen and involved – more commitment, a personal sense of community, and deeper effects.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

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

 

 

 

Total Solar ECLIPSE Initiation Aug 21. LILITH / SATURN Aug 22. Grand FIRE Trine: Autonomy – Agency – Authority.

19 Aug

Hey Cosmic Community, in Eclipse count-down!

SO much fiery charge is UP and around and within now, as we’re approaching THE Big Event very fast.
‘Not only’ is the Eclipse THE cosmic event of the year – definitely for the U.S.A. who even claim it as the ‘Great American Eclipse’, the only country on its Totality Path.
Just look at how fired-up the atmosphere (mirroring the astro-sphere) within and from the States is these days….!

The ecliptic New Moon – with fiery LEO MARS! – also creates a Grand Fire Trine which is ‘a good thing’, i.o.w. a growth opportunity in spirit-in-action. Where? How? Hang in, we’ll get to the specifics further down.

MERCURY retro (Aug 12 – Sept 5), now in full swing (moving faster backwards after the initial ‘U-turn’) brings Awareness and IN-sight, as a mindful witness, ob-serving the ‘Big Show’, RE-minding us to look at what we might have been blind-sighted by / to…

Lion Eye Covering

Blinded by the Light – of too much bling and ‘shiny objects / subjects’ that court for our attention, incl. narcissistic ‘selfie’ bling – this is the shadow of LEO.

A Solar Eclipse is quite simply, factually, a Light – Shadow – Light process.

The extra strong LEO Solar side and August SUN gets dramatically ‘occulted’ / overshadowed by the late LEO MOON, before LUNA moves on.

Lioness Energy stepping in front of Lion Presence….?
Let’s check out what that ecliptic process between SUN / MOON and Earth symbolizes… 
Heavens, give us signs! And they do…

An exact, super-duper NEW MOON, happening on the Initiation Point from LEO to VIRGO.
So much concentrated energy in all of this.

 

What a concentrated Eclipse Initiation Portal:

All within 27 hrs!
AUG 21:

  • Maximum Eclipse 11:21 am PDT (Occultation of the SUN by the MOON shadow starts at 9:08 am PDT)
  • NEW MOON at 11:30 am PDT, at 28° 52′ LEO.
  • The MOON crosses over the ‘Sphinx Point’ into VIR at 1:25 pm PDT.

Aug 22:

  • The SUN crosses over the ‘Sphinx Point’ into VIR at 3:20 pm PDT.

The fact that the MOON eclipses the SUN 9 min before the New Moon yet the NM is aligned with the North Node of the Moon (rather than South Node which was the ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse on Feb 26) gives it a ‘hybrid’ quality:
On one hand, the Eclipse occurs technically at the VERY end of the old lunar cycle, as the ‘Dark Moon’, and that’s about endings and release.
On the other hand, the connection of the Eclipse with the North Node of the Moon where fresh energy can be found, gives it an energy of ‘Incentive’ for uplifting, higher vibrational end-of-LEO qualities.


I.o.w., Self Awareness is the way to let-go, and to renew!
Who am I? How do I operate?
What’s working here, and what isn’t healthy and doesn’t serve – let go!

Crystal (Clear Quartz, Lemon Quartz, and Hematite) activated Voyager Tarot Card II – Priestess – Can you see the Sphinx on the right side? Crystal Activation and Photo by Melanie


Being in the Integrity of the Body-Mind-Spirit Temple, and evoking qualities of …

The Priestess perhaps, who calmly observes, and is in alignment. She owes that to herself as in: ‘Higher’ / ‘Cosmic’ Self, and to those whom she is in service to.


She sees the world as symbolic, an oracle. “See yourself in where your attention goes.” and, deeper: “You are THAT.”

Sounds a bit ‘lofty’ and ‘far out’?
Let’s bring some other flavours and voices of Astro Archetypes in that are very influential in the Eclipse energy!

 

Could the Grand Fire Trine be a SoUlution?

Definitely a ‘Divine Intervention Opportunity’ – which needs to be activated (otherwise it’s just ‘sitting there’ like money on the bank account).

 

Who are the ‘Players’ in the Grand FIRE Trine?
Well, more than half of the Astro Archetypes!

  • URANUS stationary retro at 29° ARAUTONOMY:
    Set yourself FREE, and come alive (again).
  • MARS / North Node / MOON / SUN on the Sphinx Point – AGENCY (in AWARENESS) at 29° LEO:
    Do something that’s aligned for, and from your Self, from Self Awareness, and from the Spiritual Heart. After the re-boot, re-new and re-initiate your creative play. Be bright, alive, inspiring.
    The LEO Eclipse energy can be channeled through AQ on the other side of the spectrum:

    Your creativity feeds and inspires synergy in groups and humanity!
  • LILITH / SATURN retro stationary (going direct on AUG 25) at 21° SAGAUTHORITY:
    Be the author of your ‘story’. And invite the best in everyone – in freedom!

 

Ancient Sumerian Lilith Relief, with Owls & Lionesses – ‘her’ Entourage. ‘She’s a clawed and winged one herself, strong and wise – feared by those who she ‘triggers’.

The ECLIPSE that gets all the attention (SO LEO), yet it’also a strong LILITH – SATURN week and month:

LILITH will meet and pass SATURN on AUG 22!
…which is also a major ‘game changer’, and only happens every 12 1/2 years – last time in FEB 2005 in CANCER.

A ‘wildly feminine’ / instinctual energy passing the Archetype of authority – which in its SAG shadow (one of SATURN’s jobs is to reveal the shadow, and have us work through it) shows up as a saboteur of inspiration, a linear, judgmental, righteous, dogmatic ‘boss’ / patriarch.

Yep, the inner and outer SATURN gets also symbolically ‘eclipsed’, or at least passed, in ‘Wild SAG Flight / Ride’ by LILITH who will from then on take the lead for quite a while, while SATURN follows.

A new 12 1/2 year LILITH / SATURN cycle starts – now in late SAG – the realm of the Wise Ones. May they speak UP and lead ON!

Why does that remind me of the ‘nasty woman’ quote? Well, LILITH was in SCO when it was directed towards Hillary who has a massive SCO concentration, mostly in her ‘collective’ 12th House…

For all of us, it’s time to go beyond being blocked, caged in, and held back by old stories, paradigms, labels, dogmas, and beliefs that have (even historically) produced patterns of fear from moving forward, and fear of ‘the foreign’ / ‘the other’.

Perhaps we’ve over-compensated, by living a narrow trajectory of expectations, judgments, and projections of negativity, coming up with ‘game plans’ to control (and prevent) what SAG is really about: Trusting in the journey, the adventure of LIFE itself, and to follow our Heart.

Well, SATURN has definitely taught us a lot about all this, in the last 2 years since it’s been in SAG (until Dec 19, 2017) and recently retro, pushing us to be ‘done with inner obstacles on the journey’, such as old limiting beliefs, or at least to unburden ourselves from a big part of it.

 

Owl Freeing

Where and how have we let ourselves be kept small, caged in, and prevented from growing, and living in the fullness of our truth and our path?


Besides the Total Solar ECLIPSE, this is also a LILITH shift week and month, as ‘she’ takes flight, out of SATURN’s ring /cage.

SATURN is also having a ‘Change of Heart’ or at least, a change of direction, from inward-retro to outward-direct (on Aug 25) – but can’t catch up with LILITH who’s leading now.

Hopefully (prob. painfully) we would have experienced in the SATURN retro phase since early Apr how fear can hold us back, and how it’s legit to not move forward based on intuition. Also: an inner ‘wrap-up’ of walking around with blinders on (either too focused on something that’s just not realistic, or not seeing what’s possible / lacking perspective). Now we hopefully know more. Yet, don’t let your knowing turn into dogma.

With LILITH moving past SATURN, things are shifting, and our ‘Inner Wildness’, i.o.w. our intrinsically free True Nature leads us on the path onward, with heartful inspiration and radical inner trust.

The Grand FIRE Trine theme courtesy of LILITH / SATURN in late SAG (the ‘Integrity Point’ of the Zodiac) says: Claim Intrinsic AUTHORITY, 
Can’t hurt to invoke their Archetypes. Hint: SATURN likes ritual (putting intention into form).

“The Truth Shall set You FREE” is another LILITH – SATURN in SAG theme.
Truth about what???
Clues can be found in late SAG in your, or in a relationship’s / organization’s / city’s / country’s chart.

For the U.S., that’s in the country’s first house of identity.
LILITH / SATURN at 21° SAG exactly oppose the U.S. MARS at 21°22 GEM in their 7th house of ‘significant others’, i.o.w. other countries and individuals the country is partners or opponents with – who face them, and whom the country dialogues with.

“Why are there all these enemies to the State/s and within the State/s now?”
“What does that have to do with the GEM SUN / URANUS Trumpotus / ‘precedent’?”
“What’s with all that rhetoric?”
“In whom or what can we / they trust?” (SAG)?!

 

Here’s the U.S. chart for Illustration:

 

 

The ‘Encounter Axis’ in SAG – GEM for the U.S. (Trump was born with the Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse on this axis!) brings up a few (may I understate) ‘inconvenient’ / shadowy issues to be discussed and brought to light.

Energetically / archetypally, the public figure of Trump is a catalyst who brings things into motion, the bad, the ugly, and perhaps through this ‘messy process’ the ‘good’, or neutrally put: the NEW that comes from it.

Why am I saying this?
This claimed ‘Great American’ TSE (and first Solar Eclipse over the U.S. in 99 years since 1918) catalyzes the 1st PLUTO Return for the U.S. (2020 – 2023) in the country’s history!

What does that mean?
A complete restructuring, to hopefully leading by example / from integrity, based on the core of foundational principles, incl. the essence of the American Constitution – but also and perhaps foremost: Natural Law.
Intense transformational years for the ‘Land of the Free’.

 

Prometheus – the Archetype of URANUS – Bringing the Fire of the Gods to Humanity

Speaking of Freedom, in the meantime (2016/17) URANUS in late AR has been squaring the U.S. PLUTO.
A destabilizing, unsettling, traumatic, uprising, revolutionary, and ultimately liberating energy – as we’ve seen.

The TSE in late LEO is exactly (less than 2° off) opposite the U.S. MOON in late AQ (which URANUS is ‘at home’ in):
“WE the People”! 

Vs. ‘The One / the Elite / the Special Superstars’ who get all the attention and seem to have all the Agency and political power.

The TSE brings a RE-Boot in that regard.

The curtains of the LEO stage in the shadow ‘reality show’ of drama, narcissism, and ‘high maintenance’ are being closed – done with this act!

And opened again…
Who’s the agency of ‘the curtain’?

Well, the MOON – crossing like a curtain the ‘face of the SUN’.

Total Solar Eclipse with ‘Diamond Ring’ Effect

In a country the MOON represents The People (vs The Ruler/s = The SUN). And also The Feminine. LEO type strong women who aren’t shy to ‘roar’ from the Heart.

Makes me think of a provocative FB live with Brene Brown at the occasion of Charlottesville that I saw the other day. She pointed out the need for awareness (VIR) of undeserved white privilege (LEO), incl. NOT needing to deal with any discrimination, and the shadow effects of this core narrative of the country. And the polar opposite, woven into the country’s history: Dehumanizing and objectifying ‘the others’ so that they can be treated less than human (shadow of AQ).

Very apropos MOON in LEO to see passionate strong Feminine and ‘People’ Forces ‘roaring’ now, incl. privileged women, artists, actors, and many people who express their passion (not just against but FOR).

 

What comes ‘on stage’ when ‘the curtain’ is pulled up again?
A profoundly Re-NEWed end-of-LEO energy!
What could that look like?

  • Strength through Integrity.
  • A Leadership of the Heart.
  • Channeling Passion into Healing Activism.
  • Highest Potential of Working with Spirit.

Crystal (Carnelian and Jasper) activated Voyager Tarot Card XI Strength – Photo and Crystal Activation by Melanie

And: It’s an Initiation.


That’s what happens with Eclipses.
AND on the ‘Sphinx Point’ – the LEO – VIR cusp where this one occurs.
A double dose!


In other words, the change clearly doesn’t ‘happen’ immediately / automatically.
The heavenly signs are pointers and mirrors, they don’t ‘produce’ the ‘effects’.

It might take a while to change…
To ‘handle’ one’s fiery LEO passions, and channel them into Service from the Heart.
But things ARE quickening now. Lots of build-up.

A Total Solar Eclipse for a country has effects over years…
The Initiation is being initialized, with the U.S. TSE.


The same is true for a personal chart and life.
I.o.w. if you are affected by the TSE (esp. if you have your AC, SUN, MOON, or planets in late LEO) the ‘cosmic Heart surgery’ / resurgence is under way….

 

Here’s the TSE chart, with Grand Fire Trine incl. LILITH / SATURN, and the points of Autonomy – Agency – Authority.

Check out all that FIRE (Feuer in German) in the elemental table.

 

LEO NM 2017 TSE

 

The LILITH / SATURN theme of Intrinsic Authority (i.o.w., we know what’s going on, as we follow inner guidance and wisdom, have our ‘act together’, and walk our talk) ties well together in the Grand FIRE Trine, with

URANUS in ARIES, the Awakener Archetype –  which often acts through disruptive wake-up calls, and brings us radically into our AUTHENTICITY and AUTONOMY.
URANUS also feeds into the end-of-LEO ECLIPSE energy: A Radical Renewal of AGENCY in AWARENESS.

 

What else stands out in the Eclipse chart, and at this time of cosmic ‘weather’?

SIX Planets are presently retro:

Sun Dial at Beacon Hill Park. Light – Shadow ‘Retro’ tool, yet always ‘On Time’  “Only Count the Sunny Hours” – yet the Eclipse clearly ‘counts’!– Photo by Melanie

 

MERCURY (until Sept 5), SATURN (until Aug 25), CHIRON, URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO (until Sept 28).

Lots of old ‘unfinished business’ to deal with, and ‘inner processes’ – an important internal / preparation phase, with:

MERCURY retro in VIR (until Sept 5):
RE-considering what hadn’t been in the discussion in a while.
RE-entering the conversation, about what hadn’t been shared in a while, from a place of VIR awareness. Also a RE-fining tools, and discerning what serves / is practical and useful and what isn’t.

SATURN retro in SAG (goes direct on Aug 25):
Cropping and pruning where less is more.
Wrapping up inner limiting beliefs, world views, and ‘old stories’.
Catching the saboteur.

CHIRON retro in PI:
Why / when do I go into a mode of overwhelm?

What’s the re-curring wave of this?
How do I self-medicate with addictions?
How can I be there for others as for myself (esp. when I feel ungrounded)?

URANUS retro in AR (just turned retro on Aug 2 – Aug is quite a Uranian month):
Inner Liberation sets us FREE – unconditionally.

NEPTUNE retro in PI:
Inner and Universe-all Oneness  – you are never alone.

Not being in inner division and as the ONE – makes us immune to ‘Divide et Impera’ agenda.

PLUTO retro in CAP (goes direct on Sept 28):
Inner timelessness, call of the ancestors, inner mastery, and resource-full living.

 

Blessings to You and ALL, for the Eclipse Season!

Let’s stay HEARTful, and connected in our HUMANITY!

 

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships.
August is Client Appreciation Month in my Astrology practice – celebrating its 17th anniversary – with substantial discounts on consultation sessions – 10 – 50%!
The longer ago you had your first session the less you pay in August! 🙂 .
But even as a newbie you get 10% off this month!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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.

Why?
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:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
In a world of online offers, our intimate Astro hubs (6 – 10 participants) are a treasured way of being personally seen and involved – more commitment, a personal sense of community, and deeper effects.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

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

 

 

 

August 2017 is Big Time ECLIPSE Month – Partial LUNAR (Aug 7) over India, and TOTAL SOLAR (Aug 21) over the U.S.A.

6 Aug

Dear ASTRO~NEWS Blog Reader,


what an intense month of AUGUST – already…
It IS the ‘HOTTEST’, most charged month of 2017, with (brief overview again):  

Two Eclipses (Lunar on Mon Aug 7, Total Solar on the Sphinx Point / Regulus over the U.S. on Aug 21) – that’s what this article is all about;


URANUS turnaround on Aug 2 – Aug therefore ‘Uranian’ – shocks, surprises, wake-up calls;


JUPITER in LI square PLUTO in CAP on Aug 4 – Deep Imbalances and need for Sustainable Change;

MERCURY into ‘storm’ since Aug 2, retro Aug 12 – Sept 5.

With all these ‘imbalances’ to call it mildly, the ultimate ‘medicine’ is to be in the Centre, the ‘Hub of the Wheel’, the ‘Stillpoint’ where ‘nothing moves as everything is in motion, coming and going’. That would be the ‘shortcut’.

In the meantime, in the human journey we are experiencing all these dynamics.

Let’s see how they play out, and what’s ‘UP’.

Awareness leads to Freedom!

And LOVE is the Medicine that helps us in the ‘storm’ – is both grounding, and raises the vibration from which we experience the ‘events’! 

 

 

ECLIPSE Season is ON, this month of AUGUST:

  • AUG 7: ‘Gates of Power’ / SIRIUS Rising Partial LUNAR Eclipse in mid-AQ – mid-LEO – Eclipse Portrait below!
  • AUG 21: TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on the ‘SPHINX POINT, close to REGULUS, the ‘HEART of the LION’.


The TSE path goes over the United States (NW to SE) – only (except for the Northeast of Brazil), and it’s the first TSE that’s centralized over the U.S. since the country was founded,
even though there have been Eclipses visible from the U.S., see list here.
Plus, it is exactly on Trump’s AC / MARS in late LEO.
Clearly significant for the United States and its present president.


Please find the charts of the PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE and of the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE in the body of this article, and the charts of Trump and,of the U.S. as a reference on the bottom .

 

Quick ECLIPSES INTRO

2017 Eclipses

Twice a year, a pair of Eclipses occurs, and they ‘string together’, through the Lunar Nodes.
Remember the last Eclipse pair in FEB?

  • FEB 10: Lunar Eclipse in late LEO – AQ. The Eclipse MOON, with the Lunar North Node, was close to ‘REGULUS’ the Heart of the LION where the Total SOLAR ECLIPSE on AUG 21 will be.
  • FEB 26: ‘Ring of Fire’ Annular Solar Eclipse (a ‘Closure’ Eclipse – PI SUN / MOON with the Lunar South Node).
  • And now the two AUGUST Eclipses, in LEO – AQ where the Lunar Nodes are since end of April.

 

Eclipses 101

  • Eclipses occur when a NEW MOON and FULL MOON are close to the Nodal Axis which is presently in AQ – LEO. The closer the more likely a Total Eclipse.
  • Eclipses come twice a year, and in pairs. When there’s a NEW MOON Solar Eclipse close to the Nodal Axis, say, in late LEO (AUG 21), the FULL MOON before (AUG 7) or after is an Eclipse too.
  • Eclipses are at the same position in the Zodiac every 18-19 years:
    On AUG 11, 1999 was a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE in mid LEO. Its path went over Europe (I saw it, before coming to Canada in 2000 – had quite an effect!).
    For the AUG 21 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE in late LEO you might want to review where you were at in 1999, esp. if you have your SUN, MOON, Planets, or even Nodes in LEO – AQ.
  • The effect of the Eclipses extends beyond ‘just’ a lunar monthly phase, rather 2 – 3 months, and it’s a chain from Eclipse ‘season’ (last one in Feb) to Eclipse season.
  • Eclipses are a RE-set, like rebooting your computer, after a temporary turning off of the energy.
    In other words, a RE-generation of YIN-Feminine (LUNAR ECLIPSE), and of the YANG-Masculine (SOLAR ECLIPSE) energies, after a ‘darkening’.

 

AUG 7 PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in mid-AQ / mid-LEO (Gates of Power)

Close to INDIA’s 70th Anniversary of Independence on AUG 15, and centrally visible over the Indian Ocean.
Inner Power, Freedom, and Self-Radiance

Lunar Eclipse Partial

Partial Lunar Eclipse

Since it’s an ECLIPSE of the MOON, by the Earth Shadow  which causes the temporary lunar darkening, literally Mother Earth provokes and evokes a ‘RE-SET’ of themes like:
WE The People, The Climate & The Planet
.
Humman Community and collective Interconnectivity (AQ).

I.o.w.: We’re all in this together!
A movement is obviously already kindled, and happening globally, and even more so in  the U.S., since the new presidency.
Goes to show, often it has to get worse to get better or bring out our best…. human nature…

In our personal lives, the Eclipse calls us to be in touch with our loving and creative Heart, and in passionate creative (SUN / MARS in LEO) collaboration with others in community, and in solidarity with Humanity (MOON in AQ). 


The LUNAR ECLIPSE in mid-AQ / mid-LEO is super relevant for all of us with SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in mid-LEO, mid-AQ, but also in mid-TAU, and mid-SCO.
Your personal birth chart and which houses the Eclipse axis falls into for you reveals the particular themes and areas of life this plays out for you.


For all of us, loving Heart creations and showing ourselves more fully and fiercely are LEO SUN / MARS / North Node incentives in the Eclipse dynamic, vs. just ‘watching the show’ (lots of ‘shows’ going on out there in the media, it can easily get draining and overwhelming) or dissociating (AQ South Node shadow).

Lunar South Node Glyph

That doesn’t mean not to be informed politically, but too much of a ‘good thing’ in a passive, numbing way doesn’t help, yet the tendency can be strong these days, as the MOON (our default moods and needs) connects with the South Node.

 

The Nodal axis invites us to balance both ‘poles’ in a healthy way, starting with ‘breathing in’ beneficial energies on the SUN / MARS in LEO side:

Lunar North Node Glyph

Loving and showing ourselves as we ARE.
From there connecting with others, friends, groups, humanity, or even an ‘anonymous crowd’ with a good energy.
If we ‘pick up’ ‘random vibes’ from the collective that are draining clearing and release is definitely cool and needed. Being in Nature, and being creative and playful helps.

Let’s loosen the connection with the technological umbilical chord (SN / MOON in AQ), and be naturally creative and playful FIRST.

 

 

India Flag Spinning Wheel

Indian Postage stamp commemorating the Independence Day, and the flag with the spinning wheel (symbolizing self sufficiency)

 

The Partial Lunar Eclipse in AQ – LEO will be most visible over Central Asia, especially India (and the Indian Ocean).
India will celebrate its 70th Anniversary of the Birth of the modern Indian Nation, and independence of Britain (midnight on Aug 15, 1947) just a week after the Eclipse!
Here’s an interesting little blog post about Gandhi and the spinning wheel.

The MOON in AQ (“Freedom to the People!”) will be temporarily eclipsed by the Earth shadow, before re-emerging, bright and clear.
So, what on Earth, and which part of Humanity is overshadowing the Spirit of Freedom and Independence?
I can think of a few people and things…. and the Earth is speaking too.
What brings the Spirit back, what’s called for Balance?
LEO celebration – but not just of the privileged elite on a power trip (LEO).


Everybody’s a Star, and by nature FREE, and Self-radiant as the LEO SUN.

Buddha Blessings

Bright Buddha Blessings

 

I’m immensely grateful for the spiritual teachings – and the many teachers originating / with their lineage from India – foremost Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha – who point us to the truth of the matter.

Let’s invite the AQ – LEO Spirit of inner Freedom and Self-Radiance, in our path through the LUNAR ECLIPSE, and in preparation for the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!


Here’s to Nature-ALL Inner Buddha Power, and Inner Buddha Nature!

 

The LUNAR ECLIPSE FULL MOON will be in Central AQ – LEO (15°25′) – LAMMAS FULL MOON / SIRIUS RISING FULL MOON – All in One!

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lughnassadh / LAMMAS, Mabon, Samhain.

The Four Center-Points of the fixed signs in the Zodiac wheel represent the center of each season (like now, mid-LEO / LAMMAS = mid-Summer), see Celtic Wheel to the right.
They are called the ‘Gates of Power’ where energy concentrates, and power themes come up.

The mid-Summer Lammas energy is double-LEO – very fiery – see the ASTRO~NEWS blog post about it!
Fiery MARS is this year super close to the Lammas SUN too
(see Lunar Eclipse chart below).

And it’s the time of SIRIUS (the ‘Scorcher’) Rising at dawn before the SUN, this year on 08 / 08!
See my blog article SIRIUS Rising – RE-birth of the Spiritual SUN.

Clearly, the Fire Element asserts its Power – to be used wisely.
You probably heard of, or are even personally affected by the smoke from the devastating BC wildfires that have been burning and spreading since the last Full Moon on July 8 when MARS and the SUN in CANCER were aligned with SIRIUS (check out the ‘Powerhouse Full Moon’ / Guru Purnima Full Moon chart and article)
Interesting SIRIUS Full Moon 07 / 08  –  08 / 07 Full Moon @ SIRIUS Rising Connection… 

Central AQ where the FULL MOON will be is double-AQ – a call for Humanity to not just ‘stand by and watch’.
AQ is an AIR sign, and a collective sign – i.o.w. “we’re ALL in THIS together”, as we’ve experienced here on the Westcoast with the wildfire smoke this week, building up to the AQ – LEO FULL MOON / PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE on Monday. So, yeah, AIR quality has been clearly ECLIPSED, and water-bearing clouds would be much needed.

Showing us as another wake-up call, how important and often taken for granted fresh AIR is (esp. when you live by the coast), and how much so many Beings – Humanity and all Sentient Beings on Planet Earth – are exposed to poor AIR quality nowadays, due to… well, mostly technological ‘progress’ that isn’t really innovative re: use of clean energy (all these are AQ themes).

In my opinion, the weather, the climate, and the fires aren’t just ‘random’, a ‘given’.
PLUTO in CAP, today Sat AUG 5 crossed by the MOON, has us look deeper, and take responsibility, incl. for the change we wish to see.

We’re ALL in THIS together, in the cycle of LIFE, says AQUARIUS.
What we do to a ‘small’ part (MERCURY about to go retro in VIRGO) we do to ALL (MERCURY opp. NEPTUNE in PISCES)… and we do to ourselves (LEO).

URANUS, Awakener Archetype and ruler of AQ, just went retro on Aug 2 – pointing us to previous shake-ups and wake-up calls (in different ways), and even more so, Inner Awakening.

Sometimes, an ecliptic, temporarily apocalyptic event triggers a change.
Let’s hope it’s a wake-up call that leads to a change in human behaviour, and support for more innovation that leads to sustainability.

Re: AIR quality (AQ) and Heat (LEO) – my prediction is they only lessen post the AQ – LEO FULL MOON / Partial Lunar Eclipse – often after the FULL MOON there’s weather changes…
Maybe it takes until Tue (08 / 08) when the MOON goes into PISCES until the smoke wave goes towards the ocean… not to say the issue is gone…

And yes, mid-LEO / mid-AQ energy is quite intense… may we use these ‘Gates of Power’ for a good purpose!

 

Here’s the AQ – LEO FULL MOON (exact at 11:11 am PDT) / Partial Lunar Eclipse chart for Victoria BC:

Showing the central-LEO MARS / SUN and the North Node in late LEO, with MERCURY about to go retro, in early / mid VIRGO.
The MOON in mid-AQ and South Node in late AQ on the opposite side.

URANUS, ruler of AQ, now in late ARIES, just went retro on AUG 2.
JUPITER just squared PLUTO too (on AUG 4), see blog post for both cosmic events (Wake-up calls, and Soulful Choices).

 

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AUG 21 2017 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE end of LEO, over the U.S.A. on the ‘SPHINX POINT’, and close to REGULUS, the ‘Heart of the LION’.

Total Solar Eclipse with ‘Diamond Ring’ effect

The path of the TSE will cross centrally over the U.S.A. (Northwest / OR to Southeast / SC) and touch into Brazil.

The TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE Effects are clearly related to the United States, and to everything that emanates from the U.S. who themselves declared / ‘owned’ it as the Great American Eclipse – so American… “make Eclipse great again???!”

 

Definitely a spectacle to view (Eclipse show a la LEO?) – yet: What are the deeper and longer term implications of this ‘cosmic event’?
Astrology (literally: language  of the stars) helps us reveal the themes:

 

LEO Constellation, with Regulus, the Heart of the Lion,

The TSE will be at the end of LEO, the ‘SPHINX POINT’, in transition to VIRGO, and close to the fixed star REGULUS ‘Heart of the Lion’, and brightest star in LEO!

This is where the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse / LEO – AQ FULL MOON of Feb 10 was (just 3 weeks after Trump’s inauguration).

Did you know? Trump was born on June 14, 1946 –  the DAY of a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE (just 3 1/2 hrs before totality!) I’ll show his chart below.

According to EarthSky,A series of monthly lunar occultations of REGULUS (i.o.w. a series of  Eclipses of REGULUS by the MOON) started on DEC 18, 2016, and will continue to take place until the series’ conclusion on APR 24, 2018.”
Interesting… DEC 19, 2016 was the day when the U.S. Electoral College voted for Trump, in the ‘winner takes it all’ plurality per state fashion that received a lot of controversial attention, given the shocking result (ha, URANUS was end of DEC also turning direction) – plus, MERCURY went retro in mid-CAP next to PLUTO the same day, DEC 19!
Note: MERCURY will be retro during the TSE (MERCURY retro starts on AUG 12 and goes until SEPT 5, 2017).

Here is the whole line-up of REGULUS Occultations by the MOON – monthly, from the EarthSky page:

1. DEC 18, 2016
2. JAN 15, 2017
3. FEB 11, 2017
4. MARCH 10, 2017
5. APR 12, 2017
6. MAY 4, 2017
7. MAY 31, 2017
8. JUNE 28, 2017
9. JULY 25, 2017
10. AUG 21, 2017
11. SEPT 18, 2017
12. OCT 15, 2017
13. NOV 11, 2017
14. DEC 8, 2017
15. JAN 5, 2018
16. FEB 1, 2018
17. MARCH 1, 2018
18. MARCH 28, 2018
19. APR 24, 2018

Exactly midway through the occultation series – on AUG 21, 2017 – the MOON occults = eclipses REGULUS on the same date that it totally eclipses the SUN on REGULUS.

This is very significant for the U.S. and their current president whose MARS / AC is at the end of LEO / REGULUS!
See Trump’s chart below.

Io.w. the Martian / REGULUS LEO Rulership appearance / persona of Trump gets overshadowed / eclipsed by the late LEO MOON once a MONTH (ha, like a menstrual cycle), when the MOON in late LEO passes in front of REGULUS. 

This cycle started just the day before he was sanctioned by the EC., then 5 days before his inauguration, then monthly when the MOON was late LEO until APR 24, 2018, culminating half-way with the TSE on AUG 21 – what a symmetry!
One could research and follow the dates and respective Trump effects (well, there are soo many!).
I’d say, at least at the first two occultations true ‘kingly’ ‘lionhearted’ Rulership got overshadowed / showed up in shadowy ways.
Let’s see what the TSE occultation brings.

The Fixed Star REGULUS at 29°53′ LEO has the following traditional connotations:
The most Royal Star. Raphael, the Healing Archangel, the Watcher of the North. Nobility, ambition, alertness, great power, status, leadership, sudden downfall, accidents, violence. Said by some to be the most benefic star in the universe.
Here’s an extensive description of REGULUS –  the drawing of the LEO constellation above is also from that page.

REGULUS, astrologically positioned at the very end of LEO, in transition to VIR where the theme is: The King / Queen is the first servant of the state (Frederick the Great coined this term) –
Rather than ‘staying stuck in LEO mode’ a la “L’Etat c’est moi!” – quote by the ‘Sun King’ Roi Soleil Louis XIV.
The current U.S. president is under scrutiny in this regard. 

 

Sphinx

Sphinx on the Giza Plateau – Photo by Melanie, Egypt Journey Nov 2010…

 

The LEO / VIR transition, as addressed many times on this ‘channel’, is also known as the ‘SPHINX POINT’, or Self Awareness Point in the Zodiac.

Here, the vibrant, self radiant, self enamored LEO energy reflects upon itself, and becomes aware of who s/he is, and what s/he can do for others.

The ‘SPHINX POINT’ is an Initiation from ‘being chosen’,  ‘special’,  ‘privileged’, ‘being King / Queen’ to becoming a Priest/ess, who offers sacred service. A transition from the ‘palace’ to the ‘temple’.

If you have Planets, SUN, MOON, Nodes on the ‘SPHINX POINT’ their Archetypes guide you through this Initiation to being of service in your life.

It starts with self reflection and self awareness “Who am I?”, from which follows the notion to extend ourselves to others:
“How can I do what I love and what inspires me creatively?” “What can I do for others?” , “What are my strengths, what am I naturally good at that would help others?”, “How can I put my love into service?”.

The TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE is a ‘RE-SET’ of the theme on the ‘SPHINX POINT’ and REGULUS, i.o.w., we are all, president, Queen, King, or not, called to bring our LOVE, our LION HEART, and our Strengths into Service.
What is it that calls YOU?

 

Here is the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE chart for Victoria BC: 

The NEW MOON will be at 11:30 am, the maximum Eclipse at 11:21 am PDT, as noted on the chart.
We’ll be able here in Victoria to see 90% of the SUN disk occulted by the MOON, and the total Eclipse time takes 2 1/2 hrs, from 9:08 am to 11:37 am PDT.

 

 

Check this out:

MARS / Lunar North Node / SUN / MOON all end of LEO, and MERCURY Retro nearby (will meet the SUN on Aug 26), all round the ‘Sphinx Point’ / REGULUS.
A FIRE Trine to URANUS retro / stationary, at the very end of ARIES:
Can all this Ecliptic ‘reboot’ energy be channeled into major paradigm shifts, innovation, and inner liberation?!

Another FIRE Trine to LILITH / SATURN retro / stationary, grounding out the journey, and showing us our True Nature (LILITH) when it looks like “rien ne va plus” (SATURN in SAG).
 
FIRE is the predominant element (SUN, MOON, MARS, North Node, SATURN, LILITH, and URANUS, all in the 3 FIRE signs): So much stirred up – can it be expressed in passionate, creative ways? Things can really get rolling if we put intention and motivation behind them.

6 retrograde Planets (SATURN about to go direct, on Aug 25) – we’re also dealing with ‘unfinished business’ and recurring themes – many ‘inside jobs’.
Practically speaking, a better time to start a project when MERCURY and SATURN are out of retro & post-retro ‘storm’ – with the next Very VIRGO NEW MOON on SEPT 20.

 

Here is Trump’s chart.

He was born just 3 1/2 hrs before a Total Lunar Eclipse!

 


The TSE is right on his MARS / AC which is conj. REGULUS.

He also just had his 6th JUPITER return in LIBRA, and SATURN / LILITH are on his MOON / South Node in SAG / opp. his SUN / URANUS / North Node in GEMINI – ‘rien ne va plus’, re: shooting / tweeting from the hip? Roadblocks for his attitudes and wild and crazy unpredictability?

We shall see what this culmination of occultations brings to / through him (he surely is a catalyst to bring out the shadow of the establishment and system).

 

The U.S. chart (signature of the Declaration of Independence) looks like this:

 

Have you noticed?
The U.S. MOON
end of AQ is right opposite the SOLAR ECLIPSE Point: “We The People….”

 

Blessings to You and ALL, for the Eclipse Season!

 

Let’s stay HEARTful, and connected in our HUMANITY!

 

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships.
August is Client Appreciation Month in my Astrology practice – celebrating its 17th anniversary – with substantial discounts on consultation sessions – 10 – 50%!
The longer ago you had your first session the less you pay in August! 🙂 .
But even as a newbie you get 10% off this month!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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.

Why?
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:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
In a world of online offers, our small, intimate Astro hubs (6 – 10 participants) are a treasured way of being personally seen and involved – more commitment, a personal sense of community, and deeper effects.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

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

 

 

 

MERCURY RETRO (Aug 12 – Sept 5 – and in the making) News & Toolkit

29 Jul

Hello Astro Friends,

What on Earth and in the Heavens is going on, these days? 
you might wonder… and I’ve been asked a lot lately…

Yes, it’s the era of massive awakening and transformational shifts in society on a big scale, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 2018) and PLUTO in CAP (2009 – 2023)

But what’s with all the technology and communication glitches that have sneaked in again lately?

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Bingo! Another Mercury retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!

As those of you know who have read my Mercury retro support notes (or even advocacy) 3 times a year over the years,

M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.

In a nut shell, with M-r, the Archetype of MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to tune into a ‘New Mercury’ (hey, what’s that???).

Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY is creating some ‘U-turn’ slowing down stationary ‘storm’ this coming week (calculated to start on Aug 3 but already in the making).

MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop on Aug 12 which goes technically until Sept 5.

Perhaps an overdue and well timed adjustment, esp. since URANUS, the ‘higher octave’ / transpersonal dimension of MERCURY is also in ‘storm’ and will go retro on Aug 2! URANUS is the Archetype of ‘the Awakener’ – incl. FROM the crazy Monkey Mind.
But it shows up also in ‘lower vibrations’ (that each Archetype has) as a crazy acceleration of… our perception of… everything – a hyper, wired, crazy, manic energy. SO much going on in the collective hyper Uranian cyber sphere.
And our mer-curious ‘Monkey Mind’ can jump from one ‘tree of information’ and stimulation to another, get distracted and scattered in a hurry, and loose track of what really matters.

Good to know we can stop, consciously choose, and re-adjust to ‘upgrade’ into FREEDOM 😊

The Thinker

The Thinker, by Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

A precious opportunity to get out of the head, check in to see who is that thinker (whether there is one?), tap into pure awareness, and SEE WHAT IS.

The affected Zodiac sphere of the upcoming MERCURY retro phase is between 12º VIR – (back to) 28º LEO, wrapping around the ‘Sphinx Point’ from LEO to VIR – where the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug 21 will be!
Seems like this an important M-r phase, and Mercury the ‘Divine Messenger’ wants to show us something about Self (LEO) Awareness (VIR) that is also mirrored in the Eclipses.

I wrote an ASTRO~NEWS Blog Article about it on July 27 – check it out here.

 

The Mercury retro cycle always  starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – this time until Aug 26) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for a REason (yet unknown, REvealing itself in the journey).
With the VIRGO energy, good to be aware of ‘details’ that can open up a world of synchronicities, bring back unfinished business that may connect the dots in new ways, and may well give the awareness and practical skills we have been looking for.

At the half way point of the MERCURY retro phase (Aug 26), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN, which produces a ‘NEW MERCURY’ – which happens 3 times a year:
Time to REgenerate the mind, and REnder it more conscious (SUN). It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.
Since URANUS (the Awakener Archetype) is also this July / Aug a stationary focal point, as it turns retro on Aug 2 at the very end of ARIES, August is quite a wake-up, shake-up month.
It’s a great, bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more freedom, esp. freedom from mental patterns, and freedom for a whole new way of showing up and being present with what IS.
AND the ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ (Aug 26) comes only 5 days after the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on the Sphinx Point (Aug 21)!
The question of SelfAwareness is ‘rebooted’ big time, in this collective initiation.

Check out what’s new and exciting! And how YOU are NEW in every moment!

The second half of Mercury retro (Aug 26 – Sept 5) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where the NEW can be planted – in conscious awareness.

 

Like myself, you might have already noticed glitches over the last while that required adjusting and clarifying communication, REsending emails, and making sure you and your partner are talking about the same thing. The changed mode could have also brought a REnewed openness for breakthroughs and aha effects, as we bypass the rational (VIRGO) censor, trust intuition, truly address what needs to be talked about (rather than ‘pseudo talk’), are able to read between the lines, pick up now what wasn’t communicated before and where loose ends were left open.

As we make suggestions or are asked to change the original ‘plan A’ things get a little ‘mixed up’, which REquires and opens up for flexibility. Often, we are afraid we might inconvenience others, but a different plan might work best and be most effective for everybody anyways.

 

Funny (might appear overwhelming and chaotic) how a change in one piece of the puzzle can create a domino effect, which shows our intrinsic connectivity in a web of energy and information (the www just being an obvious expression of it) – NEPTUNE in PISCES is opposite the point where MERCURY goes retro.

If one person whom you had made plans with and ‘counted in’ for a particular endeavour, needs to cancel (perhaps because their pet is sick) it can have a whole chain of consequences, RE-quiring RE-coordination for you and everybody else involved…
Good to stay fluid like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), intuitive, and ride the waves a la NEPTUNE.

 

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

Here are my SEASONED & SEASONAL MERCURY RETRO TIPS & TOOL KIT 🙂

…valid for the whole phase of pre-retro ‘storm’ (Aug 3 – 12), the exact retro phase (Aug 12 – Sept 5), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Sept 10), and post-retro shadow time (until Sept 20):

 

1) Be easy on yourself, as you get into the groove of things.

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you have taken the pre-retro shadow phase since late July as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’ this coming week, or stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion).

 

2) Be particularly mindful now – very VIRGO

There is a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place, to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be REtrieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters – in the face of the apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ which can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

Therefore align and practice even more now meditation and mindfulness – so VIRGO. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last one was in April to early May 2017).

 

4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…

The REason for me pointing out all these RE-activities: During Mercury retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting REsidual communication issues with people from the past. They / it comes up like a mirror. Talk about what REally matters and solution rather than problem focused (which can easily take over with the VIRGO vibe).

And check out how what people say very often comes from a place of wanting to be acknowledged and loved (LEO – VIR), even if that place is being over compensated by the ego.

 

5) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone rather than messaging / email, meeting in person rather than phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think or they know what you think). Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be scattered and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”, or actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?

 

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, and take ownership and responsibility for your mental processes, rather than blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication).

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

Double check whether you have been understood correctly, and REpeat / REphrase back to them too. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after Mercury retro is over!).

 

8) Mercury retro REminds us…

…that direct connection with another as an authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to meander and touch on other subjects than the originally intended purpose of the communication. Which can eventually lead to an even more important outcome or direction than anticipated. Check out in hindsight why you actually needed to talk to that person…

 

9) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively and out of the ordinary, we allow the spontaneous intervention of the universe to show us our interconnectedness! Way cool and fun! The pieces and details (VIR) actually have a natural way of coming together and BEING connected or need to be let go of (PISCES), and all the frantic, busy organization might be obsolete – ooops!

 

10) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

With the VIR – LEO flavour, be clear and come from the Heart.  In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by where it leads to when you speak to them.

 

11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU depend on the particular planets and house that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where LEO / VIR is situated.

I’m happy to check that our for and WITH you. Maybe it’s time to come for an update / cosmic tune-up in Self Awareness (very LEO / VIR) anyway.
You could save $$ in August too (and the VIR side in us likes that): It’s my yearly CLIENT APPRECIATION MONTH: As a client, you save between 10 – 50% on the consult fee, depending on how long ago your initial session was. First time clients get 10% off too!

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (Mercury’s metal), think “shift happens”.

Don’t judge yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’ and making ‘mistakes’, and turn the paradigm around:
What could be the opportunity in this mishap? REframe your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that subconsciously, you might have arranged a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun than the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most ‘efficient’ mind-in-rut-mode could have come up with?

 

13) Enjoy those unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind, be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your Mercury retro friends 😉

 

14) If you would like to know…

  1. a) whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under Mercury retro, as yours truly)
  2. b) in which part of life the retro trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  3. c) how to play creatively WITH the energy,

feel welcome to get in touch with your astrologer…

 

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships.
August is Client Appreciation Month in my practice – substantial discounts, esp. if you’ve been my client for years. But even newbies get 10% off!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

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.

Why?
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:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
In a world of online offers, our small, intimate Astro hubs (6 – 10 participants) are a treasured way of being personally seen and involved – more commitment, a personal sense of community, and deeper effects.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

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