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* Presidential Inauguration & The Emperor’s New Clothes – A Story of Sabian Symbols.

21 Jan

So, now it’s official: Since yesterday Jan 20, 12 pm, Donald J. Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th President of the U.S.A.


Here is the Inauguration chart:


Please note that there are presently NO Planets technically retrograde – full speed ahead?
Perhaps, in whatever the Planetary Archetypes represent, things can move quite fast now, esp. since URANUS in ARIES – THE acceleration force – just turned direct end of Dec.
MERCURY is now out of the post-retro ‘storm’, and almost out of the post-retro shadow as well (when it passes PLUTO, on Jan 29).

JUPITER in LIBRA is the only due-for-retro Planet (from Feb 5 on – at an interesting degree), so it’s clearly stationary: Questions of wise Choices, Fairness, Balance, Equality, Justice, Peace have been indeed BIG since JUPITER entered LIBRA on Sept 9, 2016, again highlighted now, and re-visited during the retro phase (Feb 5 – June 9).
Not ‘only’ for the U.S. – with their SATURN in LIBRA which JUPITER crossed round the elections but also for Trump himself, since he just had his 6th JUPITER return in LIBRA. In general, it’s very auspicious to start a new cycle that takes one to the next level of growth and brings exposure, under a JUPITER return. Yet, the LIBRA themes become bigger as well and more obvious for all to see.

URANUS and JUPITER continue to be almost exactly opposite throughout 2017, and presently (until March) even ‘divide’ the Zodiac into a ‘populated’ and an ‘empty’ half (check out the chart):
The balancing act to build bridges and support equality, fairness, right relationship, and peace, and on the other hand let something radically new emerge, and move boldly forward with it. In the meantime, radical and angry opposition to unfair, unjust ‘policies’ emerges. Very relevant for the U.S., with URANUS in ARIES squaring their PLUTO in CAP – political revolution? Unrest and upset is in the air 2017 / 18 with this transit. And it’s a great opportunity for innovative, liberating renewal too.

My intention is to explore the best potential of each transit and inspire to ‘go high’ (rather than getting stuck in the sensational, low vibrational mode).

When checking out some SABIAN SYMBOLS of the planetary, Sun, and Moon Zodiac degrees (didn’t include AC and MC, since the time could be a bit off) yesterday while watching ‘the show’, I was stunned at how much they describe the scenario of the inauguration, on an outer, obvious level, yet also, perhaps in idealized ways, what they say about the potential of what is being born here, through the new presidency, state of the country, and of humanity.

So how about this?

I’d like to let in this blog the SABIAN SYMBOLS pretty much stand for themselves, and encourage you to take it in, inspired by the ‘higher’ potential, for the new U.S. president and government, and, since All-is-One, also for the cosmic, energetic ‘matrix’ we’re in now here on Earth and in us. Hmmm, yes, the Trump Phenomena is archetypal, and brings out lots of shadow and projection… another, deeper theme to explore. 
So, how can we, rather than be frozen in projection compulsion, see beyond the obvious, be curious, aware, own our shadow around it, evolve and liberate ourselves, and indeed BE the CHANGE?!

And: In true blue Aquarian fashion, have a sense of humour at the drama, circus, and comedy unfolding, and activate the Inner Fool that sees through ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ (which was one of my favourite stories as a child already… 🙂 )?!


So here we go:
Here are the SABIAN SYMBOLS for the Planetary positions of the Inauguration chart, in order of the Zodiac (see chart) – since the SABIAN SYMBOLS work best in this cycle:


  • URANUS at 20°46’ ARIES – rounded up to 21° ARIES. Well, this one is straightforward. I can see a Sumo wrestler too.



KEYNOTE: The release and glorification of social aggressiveness.

Here we find potency glorified as muscular strength and will-to-power. Because it is potency operating at a harshly competitive level, it can and often does imply the possibility of defeat or disfiguration. In one sense the symbol translates into social terms the primordial struggle for survival of the fittest, adding to it an eagerness for social fame and social power (i.e. money). In another sense, the ring with two fighters in it can be referred to the Tai Chi symbol and the interplay between Yang and Yin. Each of the two types of energy wins in turn. Victory is always temporary in a dualistic world.

This is the first stage of the fifth five-fold sequence of cyclic phases. Potency and the two-fold possibilities inherent in any release of power are seen operating at the socio-cultural and emotional level. The symbol reveals man’s deeply rooted feeling of admiration and envy for whoever can generate OVERWHELMING POWER.



  • JUPITER at 22°42 ’LIBRA– rounded up to 23° LIBRA. An important degree, since JUPITER will station and go retrograde from 23°08’ LIBRA on Feb 5 – just into the Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster / Phoenix Bird! I saw a photo somebody posted, apparently showing the Washington Monument yesterday at sunrise, in red glow.



KEYNOTE: A creative and joyous response to life processes.

The cock that crows as the first coloring of dawn appears at the eastern horizon is a beautiful symbol of the ability, demonstrated by all pioneers and cosmically attuned individuals, to give voice to what is as yet unmanifested, but is on the way to manifestation. At the ego level, chanticleer may feel that he makes the sun rise; but someday he will learn through painful experiences that to create is only to reveal what essentially is. It is the vivid recognition of the as-yet-unknown in the known.

This third stage symbol should make us think afresh about issues we too often take for granted. At every “sunrise” there are a few isolated witnesses that herald the coming of a new day. What is at stake here is the individual’s capacity of RESPONSE TO LIFE’S RENEWALS — renewals which are cyclic, predictable, yet always new, always creative.



  • The MOON at 9°21’ SCORPIO – rounded up to 10° SCORPIO. Well, yeah, ‘comrades’ at Inauguration luncheon, at the parade, and the balls.



KEYNOTE: The overtones of human relationships based on a community of work or experiences.

This symbol pictures the essential nature of the bond that unites individuals who have participated in some common activity. The social feeling of communion, plus all that it engenders, arises after the act performed together. Activity is at the root of consciousness. Activity in common generates social consciousness and cultural patterns which become set in the form of institutions. A group-personality emerges, which displays characteristic features and gives birth to collective emotions and values.

This is the final stage of the forty-fourth five-fold sequence. Wherever the symbol appears, it suggests the importance of establishing or strengthening links with those with whom one has shared, or can share, living experiences. The value of COMRADESHIP is emphasized.



  • LILITH at 27°16’ SCORPIO – had to show you both 27° and 28° SCORPIO – both quite telling by themselves and in sequence.



KEYNOTE: The aggressive glorification of cultural values.

Every cultural-social collectivity sooner or later tries to impress the value of its achievements forcibly and noisily upon all those who belong to it, as well as upon foreign onlookers. At the individual-mental level the member of such a collectivity swells with pride and excitement when a display of the excellence of that in which his consciousness and personality are deeply rooted is publicly affirmed. Thus, the feeling of social unity binds the individuals of a culture through collective pride.

This second stage symbol contrasts sharply with the first one. Our aggressive, tense, domineering Western civilization is indeed in opposition to the natural spontaneity and instinctive adjustment to nature of tribal societies. The Keyword here is POMP.



KEYNOTE: The capacity in man to recognize and to pay homage to an integrating Principle at the core of all existence.

This rather peculiar picture tells us perhaps a good deal about the limitations of the mind of the clairvoyant who saw it, though it can be related to the symbolism of the various creatures of a spirit world mentioned in some alchemical and Rosicrucian books. What seems to be implied is that beyond both outer nature and the realm of the proud ego, a spiritual world exists to which the intuitive consciousness of man can pay allegiance. In that world, all manifested entities are seen as multiple aspects of a central Power and Consciousness. It is such a central principle of unity that human societies have sought to revere symbolically in human, all-too-human kings. In an individual sense, this principle is the Self.

This is the third stage in the forty-eighth five-fold pattern of symbols. It adds a new dimension to the two preceding ones. At this stage the presence of a spiritual unifying factor begins to be sensed by the individual perhaps weary of the outer shows of his culture. An INNER ALLEGIANCE begins to polarize the consciousness.



  • SATURN at 23°30’ SAGITTARIUS – rounded up to 24° SAGITTARIUS – hmmm, did we see a bluebird style new First Lady, perhaps? Random?



KEYNOTE: The reward which meets every effort at integrating into a social environment for those who remain true to their own selves.

The bluebird is a symbol of happiness, but also it refers to what one might call a spiritually oriented mind – to which the color blue relates, especially when a ‘bird’ is mentioned. A cottage is normally a part of a community, and the implication is that its inhabitant are well-adapted, either to the life of the community, or to their’ more or less isolated togetherness.

This is a fourth stage symbol, and it suggests that the essential technique for successful living is the development of a consciousness in which peace and happiness dwell. There is also a hint that GOOD FORTUNE is going to bless your life.



  • MERCURY at 6°45’ CAPRICORN – rounded up to 7° CAPRICORN – food for reflection, to consider how, maybe despite appearance, or paradoxically, the voice of God, and of the ‘Great Ancestor’ is speaking to us through this event.



KEYNOTE: The ability to act as a mouthpiece for the revelation of a transcendent will and truth determining future action.

Here we witness the deepest manifestation of that Power which operates within all relatively permanent social units, especially at the level of tribal organization. A tribe is a bio-psychic whole (or organism) integrated by a collective superphysical Power, the god of the tribe. In the Hebrew tradition, this god is YHWH (Yahweh-Jehovah); in earlier tribes, it may have been a deified more or less mythical “Great Ancestor.” All these tribal gods are local manifestations of the very power of “Life” within the earth’s biosphere. It is this deified Power which psychically “seized” especially sensitive or religiously trained men or women, who became Its mouthpiece — prophets, seers, oracles. That Power operates in our days as well, but in different ways because of the individualization and intellectualization of modern man’s consciousness. It binds together and helps to maintain the integration of organized social collectivities. It guides their development by releasing and focusing through especially open persons the visionary expectation of developments about to occur.

At this second stage of the fifty-sixth sub-cycle the future interacts with the present to release it from the inertial power of the past. Thus, this symbol stands in contrast to the preceding one. At the threshold of tomorrow man is allowed to have a vision or revelation of the essential elements of the as-yet-unknown next step in evolution. The key word is MEDIATORSHIP.



  • PLUTO at 17°36’ CAPRICORN – rounded up to 18° CAPRICORN – close enough: Stars and Stripes. And parades galore. How power (as in: political, natural energy, personal power and unused potential) is being USED is so crucial nowadays / years with PLUTO in CAP. This symbol in this context has an interesting connection to the British Empire that the U.S. broke away from. The U.S. will have their PLUTO return (every about 250 years) in 2020 – 2022 – a ‘total makeover’, with the original spirit renewed.



KEYNOTE: The protection afforded to individuals and groups by powerful institutions in charge of maintaining order.

This symbol reflects conditions prevailing in the past when Great Britain’s fleet was policing the seas under the international principle of the freedom of the seas. Times have changed, but the concept remains valid. Power is required to maintain social order and relatively peaceful interpersonal as well as international relationships. Alas, this power can easily be misused under the pretext of preserving “law and order.” Justice and compassion must balance social power, and especially the power of privileged groups. Where this symbol appears, the need for protection may be in evidence — or it may be a warning against using power for selfish advantage.

This is the third symbol in the fifty-eighth five-fold sequence. It brings to us a realization of the ambivalence of POLITICAL POWER, its value and its dangers.



  • The SUN at 0°49’ AQUARIUS – rounded up to 1° AQUARIUS – uuhh, this one is clearly influenced by a colonial or even racial supremacy philosophy, yet, in fact: therefore, the symbol is very telling about why this government is so ‘old world’.



KEYNOTE: The power inherent in all great human works to endure far beyond the workers’ life spans.

The works and spirit of the Spanish priests who directed the building of the California missions have had a lasting influence on the development of this land; these remain as a monument to the men who were able to make their mark upon this alien environment. While the zodiacal sign Capricorn begins with a symbol of socio-political power, Aquarius at its start presents a more spiritualized and idealistic or creative picture of the social forces at work. Moreover, it stresses the enduring character of human achievements ensouled by a great vision. At least within the frame of reference of our Western civilization, the symbol speaks of the projection of a noble ideal into concrete forms of beauty and significance, thus of the radiation of a “civilizing” power into an institution offering to primitive men the opportunity to reach a higher, more organized and productive, level of activity.

This is the first stage in the sixty-first five-fold sequence. It speaks to us of THE CONCRETIZATION OF AN IDEAL. This also implies the “immortalization” of an individual within a great collective and cultural enterprise.



  • NEPTUNE at 10°16’ PISCES – I felt called to show you both 10° and 11° PISCES, since NEPTUNE moves so slowly, and to get some context where the theme comes from. NEPTUNE won’t go back to 10° PISCES where it ‘lingered’ last year. Walking on…



KEYNOTE: Man’s ability to develop powers and skills which by transcending natural limitations allow him to operate in mental-spiritual realms.

This symbol in a sense synthesizes the implications of the four preceding ones: the dedication to the community of men (present and future), self-assertion and the ambition to reach a social goal. Man is seen mastering difficulties implied in a type of operation transcending his organic limitations and the narrow boundaries of a localized “living space.” He does so as an individual in command of powerful energies, but also as heir to the industry of countless innovators and managers.

This is the last symbol of the sixty-eighth five-fold sequence of evolving stages of consciousness and human activity. It evokes the achievement of MASTERY.



KEYNOTE: The capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to a transcendent realm of reality.

This refers to the ancient and eternal symbol of the Path of Discipleship. The greatness of man is that he can always be greater; and the belief — deeply rooted in men’s inner nature — that if he fulfills the necessary conditions he can find “Elder Brothers” who have already attained a higher level of consciousness and will transfer their attainment and light to him. The Path is always open to the pure in heart, the mentally aware, the conqueror of emotions and the spiritually self-mobilized.

This symbol opens the sixty-ninth five-fold sequence and a new level of consciousness. Man is always in the making and remaking. He can always go further, reach beyond. But he has to take the first step. Someone can show him the Path, but he alone can do the walking. Thus, the Zen injunction: WALK ON.



  • VENUS at 17°43’ PISCES – rounded up to 18° PISCES. Self explanatory image. Reminds me somehow of Roman Empire style ‘panem et circenses’ – bread and gladiator games in the arena – or nowadays, rather the U.S. export culture of: fast food and mass media circus.



KEYNOTE: The collective appeal of a well-staged and exciting display of skill and/or oratory.

At first, Marc Jones interpreted the “gigantic tent” as the locale for a revivalist’s meeting; later he suggested a circus tent instead. In a sense, the basic meaning is the same whether it is the traditional performance of skilled clowns, acrobats or animal trainers, or that of a religious fundamentalist dramatizing an old religious imagery, what takes place is the use of personal achievement and conviction to bring a crowd to a state of enthusiasm sufficient to make it forget its boredom with everyday routine or its familiar sins of commission or omission.

At this third stage of the seventieth five-fold sequence, the individual person and the collectivity are brought together in a significant performance which subtly strengthens the communal spirit directly or indirectly.  The implication of the symbol, whenever it is found operating, is that the time has come for the individual to dare to present himself and his works to his community for applause, or for the purpose of attracting a following. What is suggested is PUBLIC SELF-DRAMATIZATION.



  • CHIRON at 21°48’ PISCES – rounded up to 22° PISCES – yep, so what happens after the big event? A hangover? An integration of the spirit into everyday life?



KEYNOTE: The need to bring down to the level of everyday existence the clear realizations made manifest in a great ‘peak experience’.

The symbol obviously refers to Moses after he received from the God of his people the basic principles upon which a new religion, and even more a new ritual of living, should be founded. This basic “Law” has to be “brought down.” It represents a descent of formative and structuring power, a divine Revelation. This type of revealed knowledge contrasts with the kind of knowing born out of the experience of touch, of feeling, of warmth of contact. This second stage symbol pictures a process to which a religious God-given character has been attributed in the past, but which today is being investigated at the personal and psychological level. The important point here is: what do you do after you have a peak experience, an inner revelation? The Keyword MANDATE is appropriate; but the basic problem is how to fulfill it in the right spirit.



  • MARS at 24°21’ PISCES – rounded up to 25° PISCES – which closes the circle, since MARS is the Ruler of ARIES where URANUS sits. A movement is happening – not just the one Mr. President has in mind…



KEYNOTE: The power of the Soul to intervene in the personal life and to induce necessary catharses.

The necessary centralization of the conscious attention and will symbolized by the preceding picture most often bring negative results — exclusivism, pride, jealousy, greed for power and wealth. Every man is a Church that has the Soul as its god, but most men forget the Soul and live according to dogmatic rules and habits which not only have become empty of inner meaning, but very often have been perverted by the demands of the senses and the emotional nature, and by the ego with its rationalizing intellect. A purging or catharsis is needed to restore not only fresh and creative spontaneity, but even more the contact with the Soul and the God-ordained dharma.

This is the last stage in the seventy-first subcycle. It leads significantly to the series of five symbols which concludes the vast cycle, because the final consummation of the process of actualization of the potency inherent in the original Creative Act requires moments of crisis and PURIFICATION.


Voila… a story unfolding.
Let’s see how it plays out, but not just be the spectators, also the change agents. Yet not so identified and attached that we get consumed by fixed ideas. Something bigger is already happening….


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* SUN – SIRIUS Days!

5 Jul

Did you know that from Earth perspective early July every year the SUN in mid CANCER lines up with SIRIUS, the beautiful bright ‘Dog Star’?
Would be exact TODAY, July 5!
Interesting that Canada, the U.S., and France all celebrate their ‘birthdays’ nowadays… July 1, 4, and 14.
Liberation is an important theme with SIRIUS.
Wishing us all Sirian downloads for deep liberation from old conditionings and restrictions that don’t serve us anymore!

SIRIUS is such a majestic blue / multicoloured star… some of us had the privilege to view SIRIUS via my friend Stephen’s telescope, in January, when it was visible in the night sky.





Presently, SIRIUS is ‘behind the SUN / which Ancient Egyptians considered the ’70 days in the Underworld’.
SIRIUS rises again in the morning before Sunrise, calculated for 08 / 08 – the time of the Egyptian New Year, with the flooding of the Nile.
We’re also in the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ between now and then…

Here are more SIRIUS stories, a description of the astrological influence of SIRIUS, and themes of conjunction between SIRIUS (in mid CANCER) with SUN, MOON, and Planets – check it out: Do you have anything in your birth chart in mid CANCER? That’d be close to SIRIUS.


Blessings for the SIRIUS Initiation into Liberation!

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

12 Jun

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

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



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


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


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


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

We are all in THIS together…


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


In the meantime, in the spiritual dimension…:

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

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

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

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

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


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


Sagittarius, Ruled by Jupiter – Painting by Johfra Bosschart


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

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


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

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

Walk in the inner Labyrinth…



Chartres Labyrinth


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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


Weißkopf-Seeadler auf der Jagd nach Lachsen

On July 4 will be also a New Moon!

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

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


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


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

  • How can we navigate the unknown and ever changing?

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

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



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


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

Being IN the world, yet not OF the world.

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


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

The Great Bell Chant

Read by Thich Nath Hanh.



T’ich Nhat Hanh


Chanted by brother Phab Niem


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

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

So that all suffering in them may seize,

And understanding comes to their heart.

And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal Dharma door is already open.

The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly.

The miracle happens.

A child appears in the heart of a lotus flower.

One single drop of this compassionate water

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

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

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

Following the sound of the bell,

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

In the gardens of my heart

The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.”


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger




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* JUPITER – SATURN Square, Vol. II on March 23: Perspective…

23 Mar

Today, on the day of the Lunar Eclipse, we also experience the 2nd of 3 exact squares from JUPITER in VIR to SATURN in SAG.

# 1 happened in August last year (while JU was still in LEO, and SATURN in SCO).

# 3 will be exact on May 26, not far from the positions of SATURN and JUPITER now.


On a personal-spiritual level, we can check in where we create obstacles (SATURN) through the way how we SEE (SAG) through our lens of perception, have tunnel vision, or don’t even see the obvious, and therefore judge things or people, and how limiting beliefs hold us back. Acknowledgment of the obstacle is the first step (which can be tricky, since we are dealing with blind spots here – that’s why a ‘mirror’ through a trusted friend, counsel, astrologer, elder helps.
Maybe this belief has served the side in you that you are outgrowing now. An old skin. It’s growth pain to see the Truth, and do something about it. But, as typically with SATURN, it will be unburdening (I know, the ego doesn’t believe this but resistance is eventually futile anyway).

You say: I got it, re: SATURN challenge. Where’s the opportunity?

Here you go: With JUPITER in VIR, doing one’s daily practice of wellness and wholeness, and being of help for others is supportive, and brings more opportunities for growth. We’re talking VIRGO, and even though it might seem like ‘that’s the small stuff’, it adds up. Just don’t sweat it, rather sweat at your jogging or Yoga practice….



Ganesha – Elephant headed Hindu god, known as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ on the Path.


Ganesha, the Hindu deity known as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ comes to mind. Of course, Ganesha doesn’t just magically take the obstacles away but represents the guru, the spiritual teacher that shows what the real obstacle is, and what it takes to go beyond. So yeah, anytime a good time to invoke Ganesha, esp. at the beginning of a journey, and in times like this.


Let’s look into the societal arena as well:

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

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

2010 was the opposition, with JUPITER in late PI, and SATURN in late VIR (where the Nodal axis is now!), showing us we need to cut back and be in integrity, act eco-logical, and do business in integrity (SATURN in VIR), since all is connected (JUPITER in PI). One example: Doing business online and be connected via media (PI) became very popular – very practical and promised lower impact on the environment (SATURN in VIR). Not so sure what the world community learned since then around being humble and content with less (SATURN in VIR).


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


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

JUPITER in VIR may say: SO much to do, as in: So many opportunities to help, or: How can all these problems be managed? Or: So many tools are now available. Depending on the perspective.


The socio-political tension already emerged in the heated pre-election Summer 2015 for Canada, while JUPITER, then still in LEO, squared SATURN in late SCO last August – and brought about new, ‘sunnier ways’ via the Liberal Govt. and ever charismatic (LEO like) Justin Trudeau – work ahead nevertheless (JUPITER now in VIR, and promises need to be kept, SATURN in SAG).

Clearly, the socio-political conflict shows up big time in the U.S. this year, with rather aggressive tones.“Where is it going???” (and perhaps even: ”Where am I going, if… gets elected?”) – SATURN in SAG, and “We could have a big problem here.”, is what many U.S. citizens and the world community is wondering, with concern (JUPITER in VIR).

Remember, the U.S. have also SATURN on their AC in mid-SAG this year – a new 29-year cycle starts (after the shadow and ‘rien ne va plus’ are faced).

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

Interesting, that D. Trump was born with MOON / South Node in SAG, see:

B. Sanders with North Node / SUN in VIR (plus, he has URANUS on his MOON / MARS in ARIES now, calling for a Revolution of Consciousness in the States), see (birth time unknown): http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Sanders,_Bernie


So things are definitely heated up now, and end of May is another phase of this tension that could set the course for the next years to come.

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

Might as well Spread the Love! 


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger




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CAPRICORN – CANCER Full Moon, with Sirius and Vega – ‘Birthday Gift’ for Canada and the U.S.?

2 Jul

CAP – CAN Full Moon on July 1, with Mars, Pluto, Sirius, and Vega  ‘Birthday Gift’ for Canada and the U.S.?

What a Full Moon coming up!

Exactly today July 1 at 7:20 pm PDT.

CAP - CAN FM 2015

Can you feel it?

Not only will it be a Full Moon on the CANCER (ruled by the Moon) – CAPRICORN (where the Moon is in ‘exile’ – furthest away from its Cancer ‘home’) axis, but also with Pluto retro next to the CAP Moon (the Moon will pass Pluto 7 ½ hrs after the Full Moon, on July 2 at 2:56 am PDT), and with Mars very close to the Sun, both in CAN.

And Mars squares the Lunar Nodes (North Node in LI, South Node in AR which is ruled by Mars).

Lots going on here – these are just the highlights.

BALANCE is a key theme, for every opposition (and the Full Moon is the ‘Mother of Oppositions’), and with the LIBRA North Node.

Balance of what?

The CAP – CAN axis brings up safety and security issues, and dilemmas between feelings and needs, and working with resources in a timely manner.

How can we strike a balance between these two opposing – but complementary – orientations?

  • CAN: activating gentleness, pro-actively nurturing our own needs, family, tribe, belonging, going with rhythms and cycles, and protecting nature and our loved and little ones with loving care (Mars in CAN is quite a ‘Mama Bear’ energy).
  • CAP: working with priorities, resiliently, respectfully, using time and resources well.

The two sides of the equation don’t have to be a dilemma but can cooperate.


How is that relevant for you?

The Full Moon highlights the CAP – CAN axis, with Moon and Sun.

Esp. if your birthday is between July 1 and 6, and the days around those days:

  • How can your needs be met, and your life be sustainable, in the context of the structures you are living in? 
  • Do you need to make foundational changes? In the areas of life relating to CAP / CAN in your chart? 
  • Do you need to downsize, to keep life simpler, and have all that you need – plus more time? 
  • Is the structure / the system you have been in changing?

The dynamic plays itself out in a deeper way when the CAN Sun opposes exactly Pluto retro in CAP – this year on July 6:

It is the axis of Family / Tribe and Elders / Leaders.

  • How can important themes round home, family, belonging, safety, emotional needs, and on the other hand (is it a dilemma?) long term building of sustaining structures, responsible working with time and resources, self-sustainability, and ‘s-aging well’ be reconciled? 
  • In a time where nuclear and extended families in the traditional sense seem to lose their cohesiveness (or will there be a renaissance?) – what is the world of home and family transforming into? Where and what is your family and home, in essence? Where is your tribe? 
  • Who are the Elders and leaders you turn to for guidance? Who are your Spirit Elders? Your inner Elder might be waiting to connect with you.



Out in the countryside, on the trails of the Elders Photo by Melanie, June 2015


More potent transits are coming up, in the polarity / complementary axis of CAN and CAP, building up to the CAN New Moon on July 15 (Mercury and Mars, close to the CAN New Moon, will also oppose Pluto retro).

There’s a lot of tension in the first half of July – which can be a good challenge for empowerment from within.

And back to the collective impact: The not-so-new questions:

How can our Human Family on our Home Planet (CAN) and the bigger structures cooperate in partnership to sustain, or at least minimize damage for, Life-on-Earth (CAP)?

How can our caring (CAN) and responsible (CAP) nature help build just and peaceful structures (LI / CAP) for the children of the world (CAN)?

Planet Earth Americas

Makes me think of the upcoming U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris (Nov 30 – Dec 11). 

“According to the organizing committee, the objective of the 2015 conference is to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all nations of the world.”

May it be effective for sustaining our beautiful planet.

Clearly, the Full Moon on July 1 affects Canada (* July 1, 1867) and the U.S.A. (* July 4, 1776).

Here’s the chart of Canada, with the Full Moon transits:


Canada July 1, 2015

The Full Moon is almost exactly on Canada’s IC with its CAN Sun / Uranus – CAP MC axis.

What does that mean?

Canada is called to be a model of maturity and integrity (CAP) to the world (MC), in other words, needs to ‘grow up’ and get its act together – which is super timely, given PLUTO’s influence in Canada’s 10th house now, since 2011 / 2012 (which was also when Canada had the exact opposition by Pluto to its Sun / Uranus in CAN) – for the first time in Canada’s history (Pluto has a 248 year cycle).

PLUTO brings out the shadow, so that transformation from the core can / must happen. It’s the ‘destroyer – rebuilder’ Archetype.

The CAP shadow has indeed shown its ugly face in the last years in this country, with leadership not in integrity with what the people need and what sustains nature, an adherence to big / global corporate agenda of hierarchical control and dominance, and disrespect / abuse of natural resources and even indigenous rights.

This Full Moon on Canada’s ‘birthday’, with the federal elections coming up in Oct could bring the change – from the core and soul (also: Pluto) of the country, and from its people (represented for a country by the Moon – which will be at the birthday Full Moon with Pluto retro in CAP).
Also, Uranus is now in Canada’s 1st house: Wake Up, and renew yourself, Canada!

More could be discussed about Canada’s chart and transits. I leave it with this in this context.

If some of you are interested in a workshop circle, we can certainly set that up.


And here is the U.S. chart, also with the transits that the Full Moon brings out:


U.S.A. FM July 1 2015

Moon / Pluto oppose almost exactly the U.S. Sun. 2014 / 2015 are the years of the exact opposition of Pluto in CAP to the U.S. Sun. Of course, the energy has been building up. Like with Canada, the Pluto opposition occurs just a few years before critical elections, in 2016, and in a time of a world in crisis and dire need for transformation. Established hierarchical institutional elite structures and ‘empires’ (Pluto in CAP) have to change from the core, while shadow is being released. The U.S. will also have their first Pluto return(!!!) since 1776 in the years 2020 – 2023. Full circle from establishing a new nation while breaking away from the British Empire (Britain is ruled by CAP, can’t you tell?)… We, the People….
Additionally, Uranus is this year and next (every 84 years) on the U.S. Chiron in Aries; stationary / exact June – Aug 2015, again April 2016 & Dec / Jan 2016/17. A call for radical awakening and renewal.

Plus, Saturn will cross the U.S. AC in 2016 (a 29 year cycle). Will the U.S. be able to (RE?)establish themselves, with a mission, vision, and credibility?

Again: More could be discussed about the U.S. chart and its transits. I leave it with this in this context.

If some of you are interested in a workshop circle, we can certainly set that up.


* * The SIRIUS & VEGA Connection


Sirius and Vega are presently activated by the Sun / Mars (next to Sirius) and Moon / Pluto (Vega)!

Aren’t they beautiful together? Worlds apart, from Earth perspective… we are basically suspended between them…

Mid-Cancer where the Sun is presently with the Full Moon, the ‘birth Sun’ of Canada, July 1, and the U.S., July 4, and also not far from the Sun’s position for the National Holiday of France, July 14, is close to the Zodiac position of Sirius (14°17’ CAN) which is the brightest star in the night sky, and one of the most powerful Fixed Stars, with rich mythological associations in various cultures. 

Here is an illustrative article for the effect of Sirius on the U.S. 

Makes me wonder whether the Founding Fathers with their Masonic connection chose the date intentionally, to align the Sun of their new country with Sirius…

And on the other side of the Earth, in the constellation Lyre is the 3rd brightest star (after Sirius and Arcturus), Vega, the ‘Harp Star’. Vega’s position in relation to the Zodiac is 15°33’ CAP – and guess who’s visiting there these days / years, from Earth perspective? Our friend Pluto, activated by the Full Moon!

I leave the message and meaning of Pluto – Vega up to further research – do your own too!

Pluto was exactly conjunct Vega in April this year when it stationed at – 15° 33’ CAP!!! And it will come back to that position in Jan and July – Dec 2016!

Let’s dive into the mysteries (hmmm, Saturn, the ruler of CAP presently retro in Pluto’s realm SCO can help us here!) to invite insights about the downloads from Vega.

Check out the Full Moon Chart, this time with Sirius & Vega.

Apologies for the bottom cut off in the scan.

CAP - CAN FM 2015 with Sirius & Vega


The Sun will, as every year, meet Sirius (between 14 and 15° CAN) round July 5 – 7.

HH the 14th Dalai Lama will have his 80th birthday on July 6!

Here is a beautiful quote by H.H. that a friend of mine who is a dedicated Buddhist practitioner sent me years ago – big gratitude, dear Heather!

Very apropos the CAP – CAN Full Moon, in a simple and profound way:


Never give up

No matter what is going on

Never give up. Develop the heart.

Too much energy in your country

Is developing the mind

Instead of the heart.

Develop the heart.

Be compassionate.

Work for peace

In your heart and in the world.

Work for peace.

And I say again: Never give up

No matter what is happening,

No matter what is going on

Around you,

Never give up.

~ The XIV Dalai Lama


© 2015 by Melanie Lichtinger




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