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NEPTUNE in PISCES retro (June 16 – Nov 22) – and MOON / NEPTUNE today: Connectivity without Co-Dependency

16 Jun

Have you recently felt overwhelmed by information and possibilities, yet going nowhere?
Where is this going? What’s the direction?
Have you been questioning everything?
Have you been 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, with a ‘dash’ of SATURN / LILITH in SAG. Which can easily happen these days.
Why?

 

NEPTUNE is a V.I.P.

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

= a Very Important Planet this month, since it’s on a turnaround course (twice a year) from Earth perspective, exact today, June 16, hence moving very slowly all of June, and becoming an energetic focal point.
NEPTUNE will be retro until Nov 22 (a yearly rhythm of 5 months retro / 7 months direct).

Good 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 SAG – GEM Full Moon on June 9, and is presently activated by a square from LILITH in SAG (exact June 21) and a water trine from MARS in CANCER (exact on June 25):

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

 

We are all in THIS together…

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June 8 was World Oceans Day, raising awareness for the Beauty and vital Importance of the World Oceans.

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

 Remember when people were talking about the theory of ‘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 – which is now omni-available, ever since NEPTUNE sailed through AQ from 1998 – 2012).

We’re swimming in, or rather: AS, a collective and universal field of energy – all connective and vibrational, atmospheric and boundary-less. 
Well, solid form is an illusion anyway.

 

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Oceanic Evening Glow – Photo by Melanie

 

Since the slow moving planets NEPTUNE (2012 – 2026) and CHIRON (2010 – 2018) are in PISCES, there’s a flood of influences and confluences, maybe overwhelming (NEPTUNE), and weakening / or we might feel vulnerable (CHIRON).
Our individual (which is of course an illusion) identity that experiences him / herself separate, yet has a need to feel connected.
Where to turn?
How to turn connectedness on?

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The last 1 1/2 years of the South Node in PISCES and the North Node in VIRGO (Fall 2015 – Spring 2017) showed us how important it is to discern what to immerse ourselves into, and how to find healthy (re)alignment in ourselves – the body is a temple – what do you allow to come in? What are healthy alignment practices and rituals to keep us in integrity, AND connected?

Yoga has become a big phenomenon, and a lot of people turned to a spectrum spiritual (PI) practices (VIR) – all showing the way (SAG) to / AS the ONE (PI).

 

So, what’s with codependency?

PISCEAN energy is about connection.
It’s a transpersonal, universal energy though. When ‘drawn into’ inter-personal realms, there can be a need to connect into a no-boundary / ‘endless’ state with someone that’s quite unhealthy, and doesn’t allow for breathing space or closure, often based on various early life experiences (often neglect, confusing bonding, or overwhelm / abuse) that the PISCEAN ‘person’ unconsciously tries to compensate for, to ‘get the loving connection’, yet s/he might re-attract similar situations as s/he looks for love at the wrong places with the same vibration.

A while ago, I saw a video based on the experiences and teachings of Gabor Mate that showed how addiction is a misdirected need for connection (both so Piscean!).
In German, the words for seeking (Suche) and addiction (Sucht) have the same root.
“Still haven’t found what I’m looking for…”.

Our Piscean Age that humanity is just about to outgrow has compounded such patterns and tendencies with, simplistically put, the classic co-dependent triad of victim – perpetrator – martyr / saviour.
Always good to check in and be self-aware (VIRGO) which role/s (maybe two at once) we might play in a difficult situation – and release it.

 

YinYang Infinite

The essence of timeless Tao Wisdom: Yin-Yang Balance is always dynamic and interwoven.

Pisces and the Paradox

With PISCES, the approach is paradoxical (“Let go, relax, and it comes to you, you can’t ‘get’ it… (LOVE?) what you already have or rather: are….”), and transpersonal (“Don’t take it personally!” Is that possible?)

I’m sure there’ll be more downloads and releases from NEPTUNE now freshly retrograde in PISCES…
May the Universe-All Love show us: All is connected. May we relax into this, breathe out and let go, and let the inbreath come naturally…

 

Beware the Agenda, and be FREE!

SATURN and now also LILITH (Feb 13 – Nov 8) in SAG are also regulative Archetypes, showing us that it’s liberating when we don’t get drawn into all the allure and agenda, and stay focused and Heart connected.
A walk outdoors (SAG), literally by the Water, 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 temporarily into boundless states.

LILITH now (exact June 21) square NEPTUNE creates a dynamic tension between openness, surrender, oneness (NEPTUNE) and being true to ourselves (LILITH), and also what reconciles them: Being in our True Nature and Heart-Field IS connective!

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.

Pied_Piper by Kate Greenaway

Pied Piper by Kate Greenaway

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 then some external authorities (SATURN) give us a ‘way out’, a ‘solution’…
Yet we don’t need to follow the inner / outer Pied Pipers showing up in many shapes and forms… incl. the flute of omnipresent media.

  • Does it take extra stimuli (maybe increased dosage) to lose yourself in something ‘bigger’, and drop your sense of separate identity?
  • Can you BE immediately, already in the space that having / doing what such and such…. promises to take you to?
  • Do you already have (access to) the resources / solutions – are they within??? – when someone ‘out there’ lures you to take you to ‘The Promise Land’ 🙂 

 

What a miraculous mirage!

… that NEPTUNE in its own domain PISCES (2012 – 2026) shows us:
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 (let’s contemplate THIS)?

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

 

Medicine_WheelBlessings for Oneness in Freedom, on this Aboriginal Day Weekend!
Well, again: it’s always Aboriginal Time…

All our Relations, through Time and Space – One Humanity!

 

 

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

 

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Nodal Shift on Apr 29, over the SPHINX Point, into LEO: Show up in Your Loving Strength!

23 Apr

Now, that’s BIG:
The ‘Karmic Pathways’ a.k.a. Nodal Axis is shifting this month, into LEO / AQ, catalyzed by the TAURUS New Moon (Apr 26)!
For 1 1/2 years, until Nov 16, 2018, we’ll be in the LEO – AQ dynamic, which gives esp. you LEOs out there (by SUN, MOON, AC, and Planets) a natural ‘cosmic boost’.


And it’s a full-circle karmic activation (LEO incentive / AQ release) for all of you who were BORN with the LEO / AQ Nodal Axis:

Nov 1942 – May 1944
June 1961 – Dec 1962
Jan 1980 – Sept 1981
Oct 1998 – Apr 2000

 

Lunar South Node Glyph

Lunar North Node Glyph

In what way?

Quick re-cap, to show the context, where the energy comes from:
Since Oct 2015, we’ve been ‘under the weather’ of a PISCEAN South Node (intensified in the PISCES Eclipse seasons in March 2016, and Feb / March 2017) that could have drained our energy by ‘taking too much in’ and being ‘exposed’ to wayyyy too much, resulting in overwhelm, confusion, literally a weakening of the immune system.
ALL is ONE, says PISCES, the last and ultimate Zodiac energy, where all comes together, in Unity consciousness, and not just compassion but Oneness with / as ALL.
Yet, that doesn’t suggest to let it all into the human energy field, indiscriminately, unconsciously, to overwhelm ourselves, or try to ‘be everything to everybody’. Now that’s not far from martyrdom and victimhood – not really spiritual.

The Lunar South Node in PISCES, linking with CHIRON (esp. via March 8, 2016 Eclipse), and with NEPTUNE (esp. catalyzed through Feb 26, 2017 Eclipse) is also an indicator that we are gradually leaving the PISCES AGE of the last 2300 years – which of course is a process, not an event. One of the ‘signatures’ of the PISCES AGE is the co-dependent triad of Victim – Perpetrator – Saviour (and Martyr, and a blend of Victim and Saviour).
We are outgrowing this old omni-present paradigm now. Let’s check in, in challenging situations: “Am I one of the 3? Do I ‘cast’ the others, to keep the wheel of karma going???” The last 1 1/2 years with the South Node (release, release….) in PISCES brought these old collective patterns up, to let them GO (bless them with Love, acknowledgment, and gratitude for what they’ve taught us – now we’ve outgrown them).

What helps to determine when they still tend to show up – habitually?
Awareness is the first step – so VIRGO (“What’s going on here?” “What’s the issue?”).

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Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card II – Priestess – Photo by Melanie

VIRGO, the complementary opposite of PISCES offers us

  • A clear head – and analytical gift to sort out the situation. Incentive to be in the integrity of our body-mind-spirit ‘Temple’, and to do healthy practices that bring us back to overall wellness and wholeness.

VIRGO is the Archetype of the Sacred Feminine, the Priestess, offering sacred service, to herself and others.

Which goes of course for women and men – the Temple doesn’t have a gender.
Yet, the notion to honour the Feminine has become big over the last 1 1/2 years.

Would be excellent if everything was ‘in place’ now, if we were clear, critical, and discerning, re: ‘what’s real’/ ‘what works’, rather than be fooled and seduced.

It has become clear by now, at the end of the PI / VIR Nodal Axis activation:

  • How important spiritual practice is.
  • How compassion and loving energy needs to show up in ‘real life’.
  • How taking ourselves out of toxic, unhealthy environments (rather than being the martyr) if they overwhelm us and leave us drained, and not feeding anything into it, nor trying to ‘fix it’ can be the most loving act of kindness.
  • How we can offer our love and heartfelt blessings, unattached to the outcome, to situations we can’t personally change.

When in doubt (or overwhelm): How would the Priestess show up in this?
By the way: Practice IS perfect (just in case VIRGO’s notion for perfection and inadequacy tries to block you from doing anything). Sighhhhh (outbreathhhh)!
That’s one the mantras that emerged for me, during the North Node in VIRGO phase. Which goes for my on-going spiritual practice, my Astrology practice, all the technical ‘tricks’ and tools that showed up to be integrated into business, over the last 1 1/2 years.

And you?

  • What are ‘formulas’ and practices you’ve integrated, and that really help you come into alignment with your cosmic Self? 
  • What’s your healthy lifestyle like, and how does it support a fulfilling work and service?

Once VIRGO North Node is ‘established’, i.o.w. the ‘work is in place’, and a healthy practice is integrated, we learned how to work with tools that are helpful, and bring a sense of order and ‘smooth operation’.

Where in your chart and life does the VIR – PI axis show up?
Examples:

  • VIR in your 1st house of Self – PI in your 7th house of encounters with others:
    Be in your integrity temple, and take care of your own well-being – which gives you energy to be compassionate and available for others, and ‘just present’.
    Much preferable to giving energy away, by trying to help everyone but not yourself.
  • VIR in your 7th house – PI in your 1st house:
    Let go of dwelling in passivity and victim mode. Seek the company of people with whom you can do healthy practice, and service in the world – which clears your energy field too.

Looking at the specifics of your chart would be important to see how it all fits for you.

 

And now – the Shift!

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Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card XI – Strength – Photo by Melanie

As the North Node moves from VIRGO to LEO it crosses over the ‘Sphinx Point’ of Self Awareness – an Initiation!

A cosmic, karmic influx of energy (North Node) enters when we apply the tools and practices of awareness (VIR) to the Self (LEO). This is where we are in our Strength.

From the place of Self Awareness (in a ‘regular’ sense: Knowing how we operate, what’s healthy and what works for us, and in a deep way: Who ARE YOU? What is the SELF?) we can flow and roll with life (PI), and be available for Community and Humanity.

 

However, if we lean too much over to passively following others, on the ‘path of least resistance’, and let them ‘run the show’ we loose energy, get drained, and loose touch with the Self.

I can see this tendency happening through the omni-presence of social (AQ) media (PI), when we get too drawn into the world of others, and become the spectator. Addictive (lower vibration of PI – out of the notion to be connected), and unsatisfying.

 

Time to… get a LIFE, be self loving, and creative from the inside-out.
Time to let the Self shine, and dance as if no one or everyone (is there a difference?) watches.

Having learned tools and techniques (VIR), and knowing what works for us, what our sacred work is, and how to be in alignment it’s now play time and show time (LEO)!

 

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Fragrant Discovery… Rose Garden Bounty – Photo by Melanie, June 2016


Be creative, show your colours, be generous, and come from the Heart.
Be seen – and loved for who you are!

LEO’s motto is Live Life Lovingly!

Guess who was born with the AQ – LEO Nodal Axis?

Princess Diana (born July 1, 1961) – who moved many with her genuine humanitarian work (AQ), and needed to step out of her AQ shyness and shine as the ‘Queen of Hearts’. The people – AQ (maybe not so much the Royals) had so much love for her – and love never dies….
Ex-President Barack Obama (born Aug 4, 1961), with LEO MERCURY / SUN / LILITH / URANUS / North Node, and AQ Rising / South Node – definitely a ‘King of Hearts’ with a big charisma, while serving the People (AQ). Maybe not really ‘dethroned’…

 

Speaking of U.S.:
The event this year related to the Nodal Axis in AQ – LEO that stands out most is the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug 21 – with totality over the U.S. – hence declared as ‘Great American Eclipse’ – so American – lots of preparedness and travel info already online for a while.

Since the TSE (and exact New Moon, as the MOON covers the disk of the SUN from Earth perspective) comes with the Lunar North Node it’s a ‘Seed Eclipse’ emphasizing on the beginning of a major new cycle – for the U.S., for Planet Earth, and for all of us, when it comes to Self Awareness, and Service with Love:
Who are we, and what are we doing? How can we do things smarter, and more lovingly? And in a deep way: Who are WE, as Humanity? 
The TSE on Aug 21 is exactly on Trump’s MARS / AC. Can it change his approach of “This is me, and that’s what I’m doing – in macho style” into a higher vibration of LEO / VIR?

How can we outgrow the system (AQ) with LOVE and Strength (LEO)?
How about already invoking your Sphinx Point energies (SUN, if you were born mid – end of Aug, MOON, AC, Planets) for the highest good, in their loving strength?!

 

Serving with Love and Passion, and wishing us all a year of Love in Action!

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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