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U.S. 2016 and Beyond – The American Evolution? An Astrological Perspective – part 1.

12 Nov


  • What’s going on down the border???!
  • Which direction is the country going?
  • What do Trump, Clinton, and Sanders bring to the Archetypal Picture?

Let’s gain perspective on the U.S. state of affairs, and the energy of this time, through a cosmic lens, in two parts:

  1. The U.S. ‘Birth Chart’ and its Current and Upcoming AstroActivations (this blog post).
  1. The major political Players that the U.S. presented and produced this year, in their Archetypal Roles: Birth Charts of Trump, Clinton, and Sanders, with Current and Upcoming AstroActivations (blog post to follow).


Part 1: The U.S. ‘Birth Chart’ and its Current and Upcoming AstroActivations.




Three factors are immediately striking:

  • The United States, founded on July 4, 1776 at 5:10 pm (signature of the Declaration of Independence) has a mid SAGITTARIUS Rising – which is this year 2016 transited by SATURN (a 29-year cycle).
  • PLUTO in mid CAPRICORN opposes the U.S. mid CANCER SUN and squares the U.S. mid LIBRA SATURN (2015 – 2017), and the country will have its FIRST PLUTO RETURN 2020 – 2022 (a 248-year cycle!).
  • URANUS in ARIES (during the elections retrograde) has been conjunct the U.S. CHIRON 2015-16 (an 84-year cycle), and will square its PLUTO in CAP 2017-18.


SATURN and its ruled sign CAPRICORN – both strongly influencing the U.S. these years – emphasize maturity, responsibility, leadership, and a wise and respectful use of resources.
Which means on a human level: Everyone with intrinsic excellence and capabilities should have access to resources, and the opportunity to apply themselves optimally.
Societally / politically: How do the socio-political and cultural structures (CAP) provide this access equally (LIBRA), and not just exclusively to the privileged elite ‘on top’ (CAP) who can afford the price tag?

JUPITER presently in LIBRA (Sept 2016 – Oct 2016) expands and ‘blows up’ the importance of Libran equality, fairness, balance, peace, and right relationships, so that improvement and growth in these areas follows. It is also activating the U.S. chart – their LIBRAN SATURN = karmic purpose this Fall and Apr. – July 2017.

The shadow (PLUTO) that’s been (barely?) hiding under the surface yet infiltrating everything is now coming out big time, and this will be hopefully cathartic and catalytic, without the destructive force that PLUTO can bring. A breakdown and crumbling of patriarchal, pyramidal, hierarchical and domineering systems that abuse their power at the expense of the very foundation they stand on has begun. The ‘monster’ shows off its teeth and claws once more, while its dying has begun, and regenerative change is already underway.

The U.S. broke away from the British Empire in 1776, yet in the meantime, an American Empire with world wide effects and influences has built up. Change is coming, as PLUTO in CAP comes full circle.

Natural resources, the land, and human beings have been treated ‘from the top down’ with less than respect, in fact exploited and abused (shadow of CAP whose neutral ‘mantra’ is ‘I use’). All that darkness comes now to the light of the day… to be purged, and for the released energy to be used for more conscious and productive purposes. A renewed working with resources is mandatory, for the survival of life on Earth.

SATURN in SAG, presently on the U.S. Ascendant, and opening a new 29-year cycle, holds the country accountable to be truly visionary and a responsible leader and model with the direction it’s heading, and there will be SATURN’s karmic feedback a.k.a. lessons if it’s not in integrity. The world is scrutinizing the U.S. and its leadership now. SAG inspires to ‘walk the high road’, and be true to the original U.S. spirit of freedom, generosity, and inclusiveness (SAG). Where is the opportunity (SAG) in the presented challenges (SATURN)?

SATURN in SAG can bring out tendencies to force and overcompensate the SAG ‘Knower’ archetype by being very judgmental, dogmatic, argumentative to prove to be ‘right’, or make promises that may or may not be realistic. Sort of a lawyer / salesman / preacher cliché. Yet the influence of the SAG type inner or outer parent, boss, know-it-all leader authority (SATURN) is what needs to be outgrown, while stepping into one’s own natural authority, for the U.S. as a country and a people, with SATURN on their AC.

In a SATURN-in-SAG ‘climate’ we may ask: “What’s the Truth??? How do I know it’s true? Whom can we trust? In God we Trust? Which God?”

The thing with Lord-of-the-Ring SATURN is, it’s restrictive and tends to say NO, while SAG likes be an expansive energy that says YES and looks for opportunites. It’s good to be cautious, and not fall for false promises and propaganda. Yet, also to keep the Spirit high, and aim for the light, despite negativity and fears. Sometimes grim and dark situations can bring out our best, and our commitment to shine our light even more brightly. Less is more (good old SATURN mantra) when it comes to engaging in the interaction with / resistance to the external SATURN authority (as a reflection of our inner authority issues), so that we can outgrow this dynamic, and walk our Path of Knowing. Authority and change come from within.

What helps with facing the SATURN ‘ring’ and ‘downer’? I’d say to come back to our core of SAG which is inner Trust and Truth and Wisdom from the Heart.

Will America find it’s inner Heart Authority, and not buy into Saturnian low vibrational judgmental separation and condemnation, in the face of the present Boss scenario, and grow from this?

Rather than building divisive walls (SATURN), physically or emotionally, out of fear of the foreign (SATURN in SAG), how can fear bow to true wisdom? What would the Heart say?

As SATURN in SAG will soon oppose the U.S. MARS in GEMINI, and square its LILITH / NEPTUNE in VIR (end of Dec 2016, and again July – Sept 2017), can the country stand its ‘higher ground’ without going into conflict with others over arguments, or ‘loosing it’?

LILITH / NEPTUNE in late VIR, not far from the U.S. Midheaven (outer purpose towards the world) on the VIR / LI cusp of ‘Perfect Alignment’ / ‘Design Point’ of the Zodiac, reminds me of Sacred Geometry that the Founding Fathers, architects and builders significantly worked with (google Masonic Washington, Secrets in Plain Sight, etc.). Moreover, it is the energy of being in Service (VIR) to Peace and Harmony (LI), and it’s the energy of honouring the Sacred Feminine (VIR) which is essential for balance, peace, and harmonious relationships. All these are pointers of direction and purpose for the U.S. have been enhanced over the last few months through JUPITER’s transit acting like a ‘magnifying glass’.

The Sacred Feminine being in her true ‘wild’ nature (LILITH in VIR) must not be sacrificed or rendered invisible or falsely glamourized (NEP), as e.g. the stereotype of the ‘beauty queen’, or ‘perfect housewife’. MARS in GEM in the U.S. chart square NEP / LILITH in VIR have been activated by CHIRON in PI opposing / squaring them, in 2016. Women, and everyone in their true nature are outspoken, and not to be silenced and victimized. SATURN in SAG will come into the picture as well, end of the year, and in Summer 2017. The Truth must come forth, and sets us all Free.

SATURN in SAG will simultaneously (end of Dec 2016, and again July – Sept 2017) also trine the U.S. CHIRON in ARIES in its 4th house, which has been recently transited by URANUS. Uprisings (UR) emerged (AR) in many places ‘at home’ – incl. through the North Dakota Water Protectors. URANUS activates the U.S. CHIRON in ARIES for the first time in 84 years, and sets the ‘Wounded Warrior’ free. Re-traumatizing old ancestral wounds… yet hopefully things come out to the open finally, for Liberation (UR in AR) and Justice (JU in LI).

Here’s a beautiful, ‘simple’ illustrated song about Lakota Medicine Man and Chief Sitting Bull, and how greed and violence suppressed the Native Ways of Living: http://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/wounded-knee .

So amazing that a herd of Bison showed up ‘out of nowhere’ and brought their medicine to the Water Protector Tribes who are holding their ground. http://usuncut.com/resistance/thousands-wild-buffalo-appear-nowhere-standing-rock/

Bernie Sanders is the only ‘player’ who stepped forward and took a stand in this crucial issue. His MOON / MARS in ARIES have been transited by URANUS for the first time in his life (an 84-year cycle). Earlier this year, he called for a Political Revolution. Bernie Sanders represents the URANUS in ARIES Archetype, among other things (see below, in the feature on him).

The U.S. CHIRON in AR calls for a new beginning that’s NOT belligerent and bloody, and doesn’t leave wounded warriors in its wake. URANUS is a wake-up call – and many are a-rising.

Next up: URANUS in AR will square the U.S. PLUTO in CAP and MERCURY retro in CAN from 2017 through early 2018. Looks like an American R-Evolution as well. Uprising from the roots and ‘home ground’ up (URANUS transiting the U.S. 4th house in AR), towards the PLUTO-cratic elite establishment where the money and the power (PLU in its 2nd house) sit. The human needs of families and tribes must be met (MER in CAN).

As URANUS in AR squares the U.S. PLUTO in CAP and MERCURY retro in CAN in 2017 / 18 before the PLUTO Return in 2020 – 2022, this looks like:

Revolution catalyzing Transformation / Evolution.

Perhaps for the historic and essential core values to be regenerated (PLUTO in CAP transiting in the U.S. 2nd house, coming up to its return)? Let’s trust the regeneration of the Country can come from within the People so that it doesn’t have to be catalyzed through more radicalization, confrontation, and tumultuous turnover.

On that note: what’s with justice, fairness, equality, peace, and right relationships (to other countries and internally) – essential factors the country seems to have ‘signed up for’, to model to the world and be held accountable to (SATURN in LIBRA in the U.S. 10th house, presently squared by PLUTO in CAP, and transited by JUPITER in LIBRA)?!

Looots of tensions, friction, conflict, with all the square / opposition activations, in the 4 cardinal signs: ARIES (Emergence / What shows up? What’s new-now? Warriors); CANCER (Home, Belonging, Family, Tribe, People making a Country); LIBRA (Relationships, Justice, Peace); and CAP (Building Structures, Working with Resources, Responsible Leadership).

The current and emerging American Revolution (URANUS in AR on the U.S. CHIRON, squaring its PLUTO) and Evolution (PLUTO in CAP Return) is a supercharged mirror of what Humanity needs to transform, so that new consciousness can more fully emerge (URANUS in ARIES).

May the World be Blessed, in these ‘interesting times’!



© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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* JUPITER in VIR square SATURN retro in SAG, Vol III (exact on May 26): Crisis and Perspective

27 May

A very significant alignment in this FULL MOON to NEW MOON phase is the 3rd of 3 Squares between JUPITER and SATURN.

# 1 was on Aug 3, 2015 (with JUPITER still in LEO, and while SATURN – still in SCO – was stationary / moving very slowly from Earth perspective / going from retro to direct).

# 2 was on March 23, 2016, not far from the positions of SATURN and JUPITER now, just 3 days before SATURN turned from direct to retro (its current ‘gear’).


In other words, the whole phase since last Summer until end of Spring (in a narrow, exact sense), and even 2015 and 2016 altogether, have been under the JUPITER square SATURN influence.


On a personal-spiritual level, we can check in where we create obstacles (SATURN) through the way how we SEE (SAG) and perhaps judge ourselves and the world, and how limiting beliefs hold us back. Acknowledgment is the first step. Maybe this belief has served the side in you that you are outgrowing now. An old skin. It’s growth pain.

With JUPITER in VIR, doing one’s daily beneficial practice, and being of help for others is supportive, and renders opportunities.





Ganesh, the Hindu deity known as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ comes to mind. If you’re connected with Ganesh, this could be a good time (it always is…) to invoke Ganesh.

Of course, Ganesh 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.


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 is2015 /6!), showing us we need to cut back and be in integrity, act eco-logically, and do business in integrity (SATURN in VIR), since all is connected (JUPITER in PI).

Lots of people started businesses online and are now connected via media (PI) – very practical and with lower impact on the environment (SATURN in VIR). Not so sure how much the world community has learned since then around being humble, ecologically clean, 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? Depending on the perspective.

The socio-political tension also emerged in pre-election Canada last year, and shows up big time in the U.S. this year, with more intense and radical tones.

“Where is it going???” (and perhaps even: ”Where am I going, if… gets elected?”), 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 Ascendant in mid SAG this year 2016 – a new 29-year cycle starts.

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, and B. Sanders with North Node / SUN in VIR.


So things are definitely heated up again, and this tension that could set the course for 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…!


This concluding Square is also activated by the SUN and VENUS, both in early GEM, opposing SATURN retro in SAG, and squaring JUPITER in VIR, on June 2 – 4.
Whoa! Let’s get ready for a super charged Mutable Grand Cross at the GEM New Moon, on June 4.

Lots of questions and inquiry!
This also looks like the signature of authority conflicts, and massive Youth movement and activism.


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger





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