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MARS in AQ (starts with Square 1 to URANUS – two more to come!): Catalysts for Liberation.

14 May

MARS makes its entry into AQ on May 15 / 16 with a BOOM – a square to URANUS (which rules AQ) just 2 hrs later (and after a square from MERCURY on May 12).
While URANUS will have also just freshly entered TAU (on May 15).
All this happens shortly after the TAU NEW MOON (yep, on May 15).

Clearly, mid-May is super charged, and primed for shifts.

Sounds volatile & turbulent?
Yep, possibilities with the MARS – URANUS dynamic, since release of tension and stress is due. 
Maybe Mother Earth will release more stress too…

 

Prometheus, mythological Archetype of URANUS, capturing the Fire of the Gods for Humanity

URANUS entering TAU tomorrow May 15 brings Wake-up calls for a new Earth Consciousness.

See my blog article about this major shift here. 

URANUS brings mainly societal / social change, yet also sets us individually FREE.

The liberating impulse can express through upheavals, chaos, revolution, yet also in sudden advances in technology, paradigm shifts, discoveries, and innovations. 
Remember, URANUS, the first ‘outer’ / far out / outsider PLANET was discovered in 1781, a time with a very revolutionary Zeitgeist – right between the American Revolution 1776 and the French Revolution 1789. 

URANUS, related to the Archetype of Prometheus who brought the Fire of the Gods to Humanity brings Freedom – often through access to what was reserved to the few – which can overthrow / pull the rug from underneath the elite establishment.
Freedom to (the light bringing Prometheus) – Freedom from (the Known – and ‘what we got used to’, says esp. TAU), and simply: FREEDOM.

Where’s your own / inner / Life Revolution / New Freedom? 
Check out where in your chart early TAU (and late AR) is (House, Planets, Sun, Moon, AC, MC, Nodes) – that’s where you’d get a hit from the Uranian push for freedom this year, followed by its activation in the next 7 years, for the rest of the Taurean terrain! 
Themes with TAU are: 
Freedom of (and from) Values, the Body, Location, Finances / Money / Income, Security, Stability.
On a positive / promising Promethean note: What’s been reserved to the few in those areas becomes accessible to the many now – which can also have turbulent effects.

NO Boredom, with URANUS in TAU.

When URANUS was in TAURUS last time (1934 – 1942) there were clearly huge economic and Earth upheavals as the great-not-so-great Depression wiped out jobs, companies, security, people’s self esteem. Ups and downs, Fascism (with a social working class slant / hook – pretending to fight and bust “Anti-Jewish-Capitalism”) leading into the Second World War that devastated countries and killed millions.
Not that we can exactly compare that URANUS in TAU era with ours…
The times were different, and societally relevant Transpersonal Planets were differently positioned than where they are nowadays. But consider parallels when it comes to the basic ‘ingredients’.
As always, I’d like to inspire you with my writings to recognize the Archetypes ( here: the combo of URANUS and TAURUS), to pro-actively express a higher vibration of them in your life, and ‘feed’ that into the collective ‘field’. Nowadays, since we’re so interconnected chances are higher that ideas take off freely and create trends (well yeah, repression and manipulation happens still too).

What’s MARS got to do with this?
A lot, and quite acutely:

MARS entering AQ (the sign of URANUS!) catalyzes this right away, setting FREE what’s been held in / back for long.
As I said in the URANUS into TAU article:

“URANUS entering TAU squared by MARS shifting into AQ feels like a liberation from slavery – literally: Freedom from ownership.
And freedom from what uses up our time and resources (CAP) that can be repurposed much more fulfillingly…

  • Where have you enslaved yourself / let yourself be enslaved by something you own / that ‘owns’ and occupies you, your time, your energy / money / resources?
  • How can a movement towards collaboration and community (MARS in AQ) propel us forward, for the well-being of Humanity and Planet Earth?” 

 

Freedom from the Known, and for the NEW!

About time – to shake things up, get unstuck, get out of (or at least take a break from) confining situations and relationships that keep us ‘on hold’ or hold you back, and from our habitual ways of living that may satisfy our need for security yet have become stale and boring, and to experiment with new dynamics and fresh ways of being!
Experience your body and Nature in a new way!
Be in the NOW where LIFE happens!

 

How does the energy want to express under MARS in AQ this year, and why is this so relevant for the U.S.?

MARS in AQ can activate us to stand up, united as humanity for societal / political causes.
A lot is and will heat up even more with this MARS shift and its – yes! – triple square to URANUS this Spring and Summer.

This can look like: Heated debates / arguments, stirring up action, conflict through and in groups. Better to channel it into concerted action!

MARS will cross over the South Node of the United States, in June / July, and again end of Sept. which is at 7°35 AQ.

The Sabian Symbol for 8°AQ is quite telling:

Beautifully Gowned Wax Figures on Display.
Keynote: The inspiration one may derive from the appearance of Examplars who represent to us the Archetypes of a new culture…. they herald new collective developments.
May new heroes / heroines of Freedom step forward and influence group consciousness, in the Land of the Brave – and in other lands too!

 

And then, towards the end of the AQ activation, mid-Nov MARS will meet the U.S. MOON (at 27°09 AQ). Chances are, people will have been quite stirred up, in the Home of the Free.


And no, I don’t suggest: MARS shall be our new Home…

 

Mars (Hubble Telescope picture)

 

MARS will be in AQ for a long time this year: 5 months!

Precisely: May 15 – Aug 12 & Sept 10 – Nov 15 (the average is 2 months).
Why? You guessed it:

MARS will go retro this year (every 2 years) from early AQ back into late CAP and forward again into AQ). The retro phase will be June 26 – Aug 27, with MARS on the Community Building point AQ-CAP-AQ.
What does that mean???
We humans get an energy boost to show up and do the work that’s required in Community with  everybody contributing with their resources and what they’re best at (CAP), and nobody’s the boss in old-consciousness ways. A circle of equals, beyond the linear / hierarchical authority model.

And what’s with the retro part of it?
A re-calibration of how we pursue things, and of the ‘traditional Masculine’ as MARS goes back to CAP: Ideally backing off from old school top-down ruling over, and moving to contributing our best qualities instead, and bringing them into community and humanity. ‘Seems like’ (no-brainer) there’s ‘unfinished business’ (CAP) around this, and even though it’s been brought up many times in history, we need to re-visit it now, to affect change.

There’ll be another Astro~News blog post for MARS retro, closer to the date. For now, a few markers of the MARS journey pre- during and post-retro:


As MARS goes forth and back and forth into AQ – CAP – AQ it will square URANUS that’s freshly in TAU now not just once on May 16 but THREE times this year:
Again (under MARS retro) on Aug 1, and lastly (in Martian forward-direct mode) on Sept 18.


More liberating shifts obviously required and on the horizon.
This can really shake things up when it comes to provocative, experimental, if not shocking, yet hopefully liberating breakthroughs and break-frees.
Chances are more social unrest and protection of Mother Earth coming.

 

The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers with the Prayer Scarves, gifted to them by HH the 14th Dalai Lama.

Community of Wisdom Elders & Circle of Leaders – this is also AQ.


Retro note: Initiating (MARS) isn’t so cool anyhow, nor favoured under retro (“who initiates loses / needs to back off”).
So best to be the detached AQ and the Wise CAP Elder and hold space for things to run their course and disintegrate in retro mode.

 

Can become quite ‘interesting’ this Summer….


Oh, and when MARS will be furthest back in CAP (28°37′, on Aug 27 – basically stationary mid-Aug – mid-Sept) it will ‘hit on’ the U.S. ‘Essential Point of Power’ PLUTO (at 27°33 CAP) – and perhaps just barely miss it.


That doesn’t sound very comfortable for the establishment…
Chances are deep power agenda comes out (yay, JUPITER still in SCO this year helps!), AND people with integrity will make a stand – because they have to, are propelled to do so, and maybe have an irrefutable case and resources to do so.

 

Let’s see which Planets MARS will meet in its AQ mode:

Ok, ok, just did a time line overview of the most important contacts of MARS in its journey into AQ, back to CAP and then through AQ until Nov 15 – and that covers 2 pages.  
So, let’s keep it short and sweet, to the ones that stand out in the Martian itinerary:

 

  • As I said, MARS will form 3 squares from early AQ to URANUS (ruler of AQ) newly in TAU:
    May 15, then in retro Aug 1, and again in forward mode, Sept 18.
    At the very last day of its journey through AQ, Nov 15, MARS will go into sextile with URANUS which by then will be in retro, and back at the very end of AR (ruled by MARS).
    This double whammy is a very rare phenomenon that definitely gets our attention.
    New Earth Consciousness. One Earth, One People.
    Express it in in your life in liberating ways – wake up and be FREE!

 

  • MARS will also form 3 sextiles from AQ with CHIRON now freshly on the ‘Birthing Point’ in AR (which in turn is ruled by MARS): May 19, under MARS retro Aug 3, and in Martian forward mode Sept 13.
    Maybe more of us are being called to stand up for causes that we’re passionate about, and show up in authentic, vulnerable ways to let the world know why this matters – a new movement of Earth Warriors and Healers can be born. And together with the MARS square to URANUS, there can be quantum leaps and domino effects.

 

  • A big Martian phase will be end of July, half-way through its retro period when MARS retro in early AQ will be tied exactly into the AQ – LEO Full Moon / Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27 – and MARS will be closest to the Earth on that day too.
    A strong polarity if not confrontation between We the People, We the independent Scientists, and We the synergistic and systemic Forward-Thinkers (AQ) and ‘Royalty’.
    How can bridges be built to motivate (MARS) all to be Humanity conscious and Earth conscious (the Eclipse will be also in T-square with URANUS in early TAU)?

 

My simple blessing in closing:
May MARS in AQ help us all to act in ways conscious and mature humans do!

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

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Eclipses 2018 Vol. 1 : Total Lunar Eclipse (Jan 31) – Celestial Goddess Pointer. Regenerative Creative Power.

29 Jan

Dear ASTRO~NEWS Blog Reader,

We’re in Eclipse Season again (twice a year):  

Two Eclipses are on the horizon – and their effects have been noticeable for a while:

  • The Imbolc Total Lunar Eclipse / SuperMoon in LEO – AQ on Wed Jan 31, and
  • The Partial Solar Eclipse in late AQ / cusp to PI on Feb 15. It also ushers in the Chinese New Year (always on the day after the second New Moon after Winter Solstice) of the Yang Earth Dog (stay tuned for a blog post on this!)!

The ‘Superstar’ Total Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31, with many attributes (Blue Moon, Blood Moon, SuperMoon) – and in central LEO – shows up quite dramatically as a very unique Yod, and even ‘Green Kite’ formation, pointing TO the Eclipse!
What an astro image! Chart below, of course!

In our purrrsonal LEO journey, and in the AQ group consciousness, we’re experiencing all these dynamics.
Let’s see how they play out, what’s ‘UP’, wants to be seen (and loved, as in LEO)!

Loving awareness leads to Freedom!

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

 

 

The Total Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31 will be visible in East and South-East Asia, Australia, Alaska, and Greenland.
The Path of the Chinese New Year Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15 will go over South America and Antarctica.

Twice a year, a pair of Eclipses occurs, and they ‘string together’, through the Lunar Nodes.
Remember the last Eclipse pair in August 2017?
Of course! The famous ‘American’ Total Solar Eclipse of Aug 21 was epic. The Partial Lunar Eclipse on Aug 7 was less spectacular, yet both were united through their shared AQ – LEO theme.

And now we see another pair of Eclipses in LEO – AQ where the Lunar Nodes have been since end of April 2017, and will be until Nov 2018.


This time, the MOON is the SuperStar – as the blue (2nd Full Moon in the calendar Month, after the New Year’s SuperSuperMoon) / red (eclipsed) SuperMoon Total Lunar Eclipse in LEO.


The Partial Solar Eclipse end of AQ on Feb 15 has a more ‘humble’ appearance, in comparison to the dramatic Total Lunar Eclipse – yet nevertheless important effects…

 

Eclipses 101

  • Eclipses occur when a NEW MOON or a FULL MOON are close to the Nodal Axis, which is presently (April 2017 – Nov 2018) in AQ – LEO.
  • Eclipses come twice a year, in pairs of New Moon / Solar and Full Moon / Lunar (sometimes even as a triad, as in: July 12, 2018 Partial Solar, July 27, 2017 Total Lunar, and Aug 11, 2018 Partial Solar Eclipse), when it’s the month of the North Node (this year LEO – and back into CAN), and the month of the South Node (this year AQ).
    On that note, Eclipses, as the Nodes go backwards in the Zodiac (presently LEO – AQ, from Nov on CAN – CAP).
  • The closer to the Nodes the more likely a Total Eclipse:
    The Full Moon on Jan 31 will be at 11°37′ LEO, and the North Node at 15°16′ LEO – very close, and a Total Lunar Eclipse!

    The Sun of the New Moon on Feb 15 will be at 27°07′ AQ, and the South Node at 14°27′ AQ – not close enough for a Total Solar Eclipse, but for a Partial SE.
  • Eclipses are either connected with the South Node (SN) = emphasis on release, or with the North Node (NN) of the Moon = emphasis on new beginnings. This is esp. important for Solar Eclipses (exact New Moons)!
    The Total Lunar Eclipse in LEO on Jan 31 catalyzes the North Node in LEO.
    The Partial Solar Eclipse in AQ on Feb 15 catalyzes the South Node in AQ (release).
  • Eclipses are at the same position in the Zodiac every 18-19 years – a karmic ‘string’:
    On Feb 5, 2000 was a SN Solar Eclipse in AQ. For the Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15 you might want to review where you were at in early 2000, and what was the ending / release of an engagement in a community / system, while you were following your own heart, 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 August 2017) to Eclipse season (Jan / Feb 2018, and July 2018).
  • 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’.
    The Total Lunar Eclipse / Blood Moon is clearly a RE-generation of the YIN-Feminine, in her passionate LEO Strength – roarrrr!

 

Shakti Maa Mother Goddess Durga

 

Jan 31 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in mid-LEO / mid-AQ (Gates of Power)

Also a SuperMoon, and close to Imbolc (Feb 2)

Regeneration of Creative Power, Freedom, and Self-Radiance

It’s an ECLIPSE of the MOON, by the Earth Shadow which causes the temporary lunar darkening – the umbra (= shadow), out of which the MOON re-emerges.

Mother Earth provokes and evokes a ‘RE-SET’ of LEO themes like:

  • Come (back) into your creative strength and radiance!
  • Bring out / heal your Inner Child!
  • Be the Artist & the Heart-ist!
  • Live Life Lovingly!

How do we get from here to there, you may ask, given all the shadow that’s been cast ON Planet Earth, preventing our Lunar / Yin / Feminine to be in ‘her’ strength?

By the way, just to clarify, I’m not talking generically about men and / vs. women, but about the Inner Feminine in all Beings and phenomena.
I strongly believe that’s more helpful than polarizing in the divisive realm of dualities (which can also happen a lot at a Full Moon, and an exact one like this, even more so). 

This is the TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in LEO, complementing the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on Aug 21:
The Yin Energy meets the Yang Energy in equality, and with her own intrinsic strength.


Just felt called to pick a Goddess card from Susan Boulet’s deck.
CHANGING WOMAN showed up!

Had to be right by the MOON / North Node in the chart. 

 

This is what the description says:

“Changing Woman is perhaps the most revered of deities among Native Americans of the southwestern United States. She is wholly benevolent, since it is Changing Woman who gives the people their abundance and who provides the teachings that allow them to live in harmony with all things.
In the initiation ceremony of Navajo women, the initiate takes in the power of Changing Woman so that she might learn the values of love, hospitality, and generosity, and know that she herself is a source of food and harmony.
Changing Woman received her name because she can change at will from baby to girl to a young woman to an old woman, and then back again.
Very much alive today, she is a tremendously nourishing goddess who teaches the wisdom of nature and the cycles of birth and death.”

Wow, I’m so grateful and in awe of the gift and teaching in this card.
Feminine strength for sure!

And the theme of changing from baby, girl, young, and old woman  and back is such a beautiful expression of the lunar cycle too. In a Total Lunar Eclipse the MOON apparently goes through the whole cycle from waning – dark – waxing – full. Such an additional symbol for the renewal of the Feminine. 

The Feminine IS cyclical and renewing. 
Let’s step into this Power, and celebrate Life, and the renewing, life giving forces of Nature!

 

Another related theme round Change:

Between the TSE on Aug 21 and now, JUPITER entered SCORPIO (on 10/10/17), and abundant hidden, covered agenda has been brought to our awareness – to transform deep ‘sediment’ from the bottom-up, esp. in Scorpionic affairs of behind-the-scenes agenda, sex, power, manipulation, abuse, shame…
Change for the better gets a big boost this year. Yet, we must go into the dark for this.
JUPITER is almost exactly between the SUN in AQ and the MOON in LEO now (the square of the MOON to JUPITER happens on Jan 31 / Feb 1, and the square of the SUN to JUPITER on Feb 10).
Deep transformation brings out true intrinsic power which doesn’t engage in power ‘draws’, and stands in its natural strength (like a Lion/ess).

A movement is obviously already kindled, and happening globally, esp. triggered through the U.S., since the new presidency. 
Goes to show, often it has to get worse (lights go out) to get better (lights go on again) and bring out our best…. human nature (says AQ)…

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


Yet not loose energy (South Node in AQ) through engagement in ‘low grade’ group / collective energy (like: being sucked into shock-and-awe news and media manipulation).
CO-creating the NEW is the theme.

 


The Total 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, Heart creations, loving and showing ourselves more fully are LEO MOON / 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, activated by the SUN and VENUS).

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 (months… since April 2017 to Nov 2018) with the South Node in AQ.

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

Lunar North Node Glyph

Loving and showing ourselves as we ARE – as a mother or grandmother / Changing Woman would love her child.
From there connecting with others, friends, groups, humanity, or even an ‘anonymous crowd’ with a loving 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 / SUN / VENUS in AQ), and be naturally creative and playful FIRST.

 

The Chart of the Total Lunar Eclipse:

 

Check out this amazing YOD configuration TO the Eclipse!

The main theme of the whole chart / cosmic matrix!

The MOON / North Node in LEO are the balancing point for SO much celestial energy on the other side of the chart (from SCO to ARIES)!

As a Planetary Pattern this is a ‘Bucket’, with the MOON / NN in LEO being the ‘handle’ which picks up the rest!
Seems like Goddess is taking charge…!

Back to the exact YOD configuration…which has an important message for us.

What’s a YOD?
Technically / visually:
A ‘steep’ elongated triangle, composed of a (blue) sextile base line of 2 planets (here: LILITH in CAP and NEPTUNE in PI), both pointing together in (green) quincunx to an apex Planet = the MOON / NN in LEO.

Yods are relatively rare (I see them in about 10% of my clients’ charts, and as events).
A Yod is also called ‘Finger of God/ess!’ / ‘Celestial Pointer’.
It is likened to an ‘Inner Journey’ / pilgrimage, an orientation towards the Apex Planet’s theme. It’s not about ‘getting somewhere’ but about the deep experience in the process.

When Yods get activated through planetary transits / progressions life changing events tend to occur. As if destiny points you into a new direction. 

I believe this also being true for an ‘event Yod’, esp. as an Eclipse!
An inner process is being set in motion, for us personally, and for humanity.
Clearly a powerful pointer to regenerate creative Yin / Feminine forces in all of us!
What a celestial Goddess pointer indeed!

What’s involved in this as well?
The Archetypes of the heavenly bodies ‘on the bottom’: 

  • LILITH in CAP (‘ahead’ of SATURN) – Being in natural Integrity can be so simple. 
    Doing what works, builds, sustains, what’s a wise use of time and energy.
    Saying no to the rest.

    LILITH btw is more than just the Archetype / stereotype ‘Wild Woman’ (ha, LILITH doesn’t like ‘boxes’, so let’s stop calling ‘her’ Wild Woman!). It’s rather being in our intrinsic (call it ‘wild’) nature, free from conditioning. Basically, being as-Nature (when left alone).
  • NEPTUNE in PI – All is connected. All is One.
    If that means on a personal level we’re getting overwhelmed – since we feel so connected / entangled with everything and everyone, being like Ocean, and letting the wind and waves take care of release. Breathing, Yoga, moves certainly help….
  • All this feeds into our natural Goddess Strength (LEO FULL MOON).

 

The YOD extends as a ‘Green Kite’ to the SUN / VENUS / SN in AQ – which, in opposition with the MOON / NN is the ‘spine’ of the Kite.
SUN / VENUS / NN is the ‘head’ / direction of the Kite, in this case also in airy AQ!
In other words, as always in Nodal Axis (here even congruent with the Kite axis) the energy received at the North Node (LEO MOON) is being brought / fed back into the South Node (AQ SUN / VENUS):
The LEO / Goddess Power is not just a purrrsonal thing, we need to bring it to community, groups, humanity!
Co-creation for the Future, through coming together in natural Strength, Love, and Radiance.

A few more words about the chart of the Eclipse and present cosmic energy:

  • The energy is very ‘fixed’ – Gates of Power activated, through mid-LEO, mid-SCORPIO, and mid-AQ.
    The Power to Love. The Power to Change. The Power to Co-Create.
  • NO Planets are presently (until early March) retro – momentum to move forward and manifest.
  • MARS has entered SAG on Jan 26 (until March 17):
    Follow the Spirit, the Heart, Intuition, your Truth!
  • URANUS in late AR is unaspected (an unpredictability agent…!) – but will be brought into a Fire Trine by the post-ecliptic MOON, on Feb 1, and into another Fire Trine from MARS in SAG, on March 11 (calling us to move forward / upward-onward). In the meantime, expect the unexpected, wake up from the Winter slumber!
  • CHIRON in late PI is also unaspected (vulnerability / inter-connectedness / the Medicine of ONE!). It will get activated towards March, as VENUS, MERCURY, and the SUN move through PI. May it ‘just’ hold space for now…!

 

IMBOLC to come – Feb 2!

So close to the Total Lunar Eclipse!

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of AQUARIUS:
We’re celebrating Candlemas, Imbolc / Brigid’s Day and Groundhog Day (Feb 2).

celticwheeloftheyear

Image to the right:
Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the Equinoxes, Solstices and mid-season / cross quarter holidays: Beltane, Luchnassad, Samhain, and Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day.

In the Gaelic / Celtic Calendar, Imbolc is one of the 4 fixed ‘Gates of Power’ (see above) of the Zodiac year!

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the Fire Feast of Brigid the Irish Goddess of hearth and home – yes, more Goddess Celebration!
She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation(!). 
As the world awakes from the dark slumber of Winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past, and welcome the warmth of Spring.

 

Snow_Drops

Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted!
The ground is greening again (with SOO much rain that has come down…!)

Brigid’s blessings…!

And here’s a dedication by Ann Mortifee, from her wonderful book

In Love with the Mystery:

“SPRING APPEARS

Just when you think the Winter will never cease, suddenly Spring appears.
So it is with sadness, sorrow, loneliness, or loss. Everything has its day and its season.
A new bud will appear where a barren twig lay empty. A fresh start will burst forth with the first green leaf. An unexpected possibility, a new life, will be felt among the ruins. 
Have faith. Expect the impossible. Trust the unfolding nature of life. Wait an eternity if need be.
Spring, inevitable, will surely come.”

 

I’m closing the Astro~News post Vol.1 for the Eclipse Season here.
More to come, for Vol. 2, the Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15, on the AQ – PI Transition zone.
Stay tuned!

 

Much Love, Seasonal and Celestial Blessings!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2018

 

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

31 Dec

Happy New Year, dear Astro Friends!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Retro Free Phase!

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


The Sun Rules Leo – Painting by Johfra Bosschart

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


We feel its effects throughout January:

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

 

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

Melanie

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2017

 

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