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Super PISCEAN ‘Ring of Fire’ Annular Solar ECLIPSE ~ Cosmic Relief ~ Loving Release ~ Deep Trust-in-Renewal!

24 Feb

The Annular ‘Ring of Fire’ Annular Solar Eclipse is coming!

On Feb 26 –  the path of the ‘Ring of Fire’ will go path will go over South-West Africa, the Atlantic, and Argentina / Chile.




It will be one of the TWO major ecliptic New Moons of the Year:
Feb 26 and Aug 21
(Total Solar Eclipse over the U.S.A.).

Both are catalyzing karmic pathways, collectively and for us personally, esp. if we have LEO / VIR and AQ / PI energies in our charts.

Have you been feeling the Eclipse effects (usually building up the month before, if not longer), and welcoming the ‘karmic gifts’ it offers?

Tomorrow’s ‘Ring of Fire’ Annular Solar ECLIPSE in early PISCES helps us with releasing, ‘washing out’, and re-balancing in a much bigger way what the LEO / Regulus / VIR – AQ FULL MOON on Feb 10 has been preparing us for:
* Clearing residual ‘chaos’ / overwhelm (South Node / NEPTUNE in PI)
* Re-aligning with integrity (VIR), to radiate our authentic Self (LEO).


This is the LAST New Moon of the Zodiac Year which begins with ARIES and ends with PISCES.

And it’s the last Solar Eclipse in PISCES for a while.
Big time Release, to Re-Connect in fresh, new, authentic ways.


Remember the Total Solar Eclipse (with CHIRON) in PISCES last year, March 8, 2016?
Or maybe you were ‘out’… (I was, with an extended virus / bacteria infection – a healing crisis to find inner Medicine, during that Solar Eclipse ‘season’ – For me, the theme was releasing overwhelm and unhealthy inter-personal influences, with Love AND clear discernment (VIRGO), so that I could operate and serve better again.

Since Eclipses come back to the same point in the Zodiac every 19 years (there was a PI Solar Eclipse on Feb 26, 1998!) it’s an invitation to reflect upon that cycle:
* What did you let go of, and what did you ‘breathe in’ then? 
* Where has the Ocean of Life taken you since, and what can you release with Love now?


Every New Moon closes a lunar month cycle and initiates a new one. A Solar Eclipse is an exact New Moon – a clear threshold and ‘re-set’ of Solar Consciousness, aligned with the ‘karmic pathways’ of the Lunar Nodes:
Lights off / on!


The South Node of the Moon has been since Oct 2015 in PISCES (and the North Node in VIRGO). The ‘cosmic outbreath’ / switch-off button is on the PISCES side these days / months / years, and the cosmic ‘inbreath’ / incentive / switch on button comes from the VIRGO side:
When things become chaotic, overwhelming, and exposure to them drains our energy and lowers our vibration (and immune system – ruled by PISCES!) it’s time to cleanse, discern, and to re-claim the inner healthy VIRGO Temple of Wholeness.

Yet, PISCES as the last ‘all-inclusive’ last sign of the Zodiac shows us that indeed all-is-one, the solution is not separation and being overly critical and problem focused (too much VIRGO), but to release what doesn’t serve us or is not healthy and functional, with Love and Blessings, and it can flow away, down the River of Life, or be washed out by the Sea.
The Lunar Nodes are about Balance (rather than old-school dualistic: do this, avoid the opposite).



Neptune Rules Pisces. Painting by Johfra Bosschart


A Release Ritual on the day before the Eclipse New Moon (= on Saturday Feb 25) would be in perfect PISCES – VIRGO alignment with the energies, and supported by the Universe.
Maybe you’d love to literally bring a gift to a place by the water for a release-with-love?
I got one ‘wrapped-up’ today ❤

The ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse is also SUPER WATERY = PISCEAN (MERCURY, South Node, SUN / MOON, NEPTUNE, and CHIRON all in PISCES!).

And, as always with the Eclipses (twice a year, a pair of Lunar and Solar Eclipse occur), it catalyzes what’s going on in the Astro sphere otherwise. Esp. if they happen in omni-connected PISCES…


On that note, here is the Eclipse chart:



The PISCES ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse helps us wash out PISCEAN endings, and ignite ARIES-like new beginnings:
Most planetary energies ‘wrap’ round the ‘Birthing Point’, between PI and AR!
A great boost for release and renewal!
Maybe we experience Life and see the World in a whole new way?


And: No Planets in fixed signs! Nothing to get attached or hold on to. Nothing to resist…
All is fluid and ephemeral. 
Mirrors and masks… reminds me: it’s also the Carnival weekend – naturally synchronized!

MERCURY will enter PISCES tomorrow Feb 25, and sail the universal waters until March 13 – a very fluid mental sphere to tune into – artistic, all connected, intuitive downloads come easy, yet we can get also overwhelmed by being super open to the randomness of influences.
MERCURY in PI will meet NEPTUNE on March 4, the PI SUN on March 6, CHIRON on March 10, and square SATURN in SAG on March 12.
We can surf these energies by connecting our mind in Oneness, letting Spirit and Consciousness ‘rule’, being open for teachings and healing in the Love that IS, and even dropping old conditioned and hard-wired ‘stories’ and beliefs.

And as we tap into the Cosmic Self (NEPTUNE) we can easily release illusion and delusion. It’s all a game of appearances…

Let’s be the attachment-free Buddhas and Surfers, in the Waters of Love! ❤




There’s even a mutable T-Square forming, from the Nodes in PI – VIR to LILITH in early SAG (on the ‘Phoenix Point’ – in the fresh Fire Rooster / Phoenix Year).
Hearing the Call of our intrinsic, always ‘wild and free’ unconditioned nature we simply know when the Heart says YES!
We can’t ‘go wrong’ by following the Heart Path.
Makes it easier to let go with Love of what’s not serving anymore, and embracing the New, with Trust, and Rising like a Phoenix!
LILITH will square MERCURY on Feb 27, and the Nodes on March 10, so the energy is building right after the Eclipse, and into mid-March.



Star Cluster in the Galactic Centre (NASA) – Heart of our Milky Way, at the end of SAG where the SUN travels just before the WINTER SOLSTICE Point

SATURN, further ‘ahead’ in late SAG, is now in alignment with the Galactic Centre = 26 – 28° SAG (from end of Feb until end of May, esp. stationary there end of March and throughout April, since it will go retro on Apr 6 in the GC!)).

The Galactic Centre at the end of SAG – close to the ‘Integrity Point’ to CAP is about the ultimate Unknown that points us to the Wisdom and Knowing of the Spiritual Heart, and to ultimate Trust in the Journey.

With SATURN activating the GC this Spring, there can be (for the ego) challenging tests and initiations into the ultimate ‘Black Hole’ of what we ‘can’t know’ yet deep down something knows. SATURN in SAG gives us cause-effect feedback, and shows how it is to be in the Freedom of our Truth and Trust, and on our Heart Path, rather than going into separation and judgment towards others. Let’s keep on walking…. – Jumping through the Ring of Fire helps!


Lots of ARIES energy is UP too, in the Eclipto-sphere and chart, with ‘Amazon’ VENUS, and: MARS – meeting URANUS on the DAY of the Eclipse!

Now that’s quite the starter boost!

MARS / URANUS in AR opposite JUPITER retro in LI form also a cardinal T-Square with PLUTO in CAP – whoaaa! Re-activating the epic URANUS – PLUTO square (7 exact alignments between 2012 – 2015), now with JUPITER in LIBRA involved:

  • How do we move out of and free ourselves from unsustaining and even destructive control patterns and societal structures that waste and drain energies?
  • Shiva the destroyer / rebuilder can be invoked to help us move through the transformation.
  • What sustains us deep down, through change and evolution?
  • How can we work well (with least effort) with time and natural resources (esp. our inner resources)?
  • Sitting on the fence all too long, and trying to coordinate with everyone can be paralyzing.
  • Maybe a sudden breakthrough kicks us into the NEW?!

VENUS is now stationary in mid ARIES, and
will go retro on March 4 (until Apr 15), which will help us shift from being so oriented towards others (VENUS ‘Evening Star’ has a LIBRA undertone: pleasing, comparing, copying, judging) to finding our intrinsic value, and attract from there (VENUS ‘Morning Star has a TAURUS undertone)!
Specific blog post to follow!

Ignition of the ‘Ring of Fire’!
Wake-up Calls, Awakening, and Liberation on all levels!



© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger




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* ARIES Super-New Moon with URANUS and Eris on Apr 7: Breakthrough into YOU! Magical Butterfly Effect… Outer Pressure – Inner Strength & Opportunities.

7 Apr

“What’s with the ARIES Fire?” was a question in the last phase and Astro~News, when the Spring Equinox was already here but residual more-than-Winter Blues from the PI Total Solar Eclipse and going all the way back to the CAP New Moon with PLUTO on Jan 9 (remember that one?) were still hanging like heavy rain clouds in the atmosphere.

The New Moon in ARIES with URANUS is a game changer. Or rather: Game Over!
You are FREE.
CAP would say: “Use the Freedom wisely…”. Well, yeah.

But let’s start here, says AR, with URANUS the Liberator which is catalyzed by the New Moon:

BE Free as you ARE.

Realize your intrinsic FREE Nature.

Every moment is fresh and new, and the freedom is in what comes into being. Always unknowable. And NOW THIS!


Monarch our of Chrysalis

Monarch Emerging from Chrysalis


“Jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne.”

Is one of my favourite quotes by Hermann Hesse. There is magic in every new beginning.

In fact, everything always emerges. Just more obvious in Spring, and in times like these.


The Magic of the Butterfly Birth is also encoded in the signature of the ‘birth chart’ of the  ARIES New Moon with URANUS:

Not only carries it a message of radical Newness but it even features a (rare!) Big Butterfly Configuration! Can you see her???

 AR NM - UR 2016

Spreading her wings, with

  • SUN / MOON / URANUS in ARIES, square to
  • PLUTO in CAP – stationary now, going retro on Apr 18, trine to
  • JUPITER retro / stationary (direct May 9) in VIR, next to the Lunar North Node, square to
  • SATURN retro (since March 25) in SAG, close to MARS – stationary now, going retro on Apr 17, trine to the NEW MOON – a closed configuration.


As I wrote on the chart, with the 2 squares on the ‘outside of the wings’ there is an ‘OUTER PRESSURE’. Yet, the 2 trines on the ‘inside of the wings’ show where ‘INNER STRENGTH and OPPORTUNITIES’ lay.



…shows up nowadays, through societal structures and fear and control based conditioned mentality and beliefs and voices like:
“No, you can’t do this.” “You gotta work extra hard to make your way up and succeed.” “You have to produce.” “Life is hard, a struggle.” “There are REAL obstacles in the path.” “Things go nowhere but downhill.” “Better stay in the secure place and don’t take risks.”

Feel the heaviness? I better stop here, you got the idea.

Outer pressure that can be easily internalized when it meets personal deep seated (often ancestral, historically inherited) fear based beliefs. PLUTO in CAP, and SATURN in SAG.


Yep, April IS a SATURN and PLUTO focused month too, since:
SATURN in SAG just turned retro on March 25 – so that we can turn to the inner coach, inner guidance, inner wisdom source that helps us with addressing where the real ‘obstacles on the path’ are, and how to ‘aim from the heart’!

PLUTO, now in mid CAP, does from Earth perspective (due to its own elliptical orbit around the SUN) its yearly ‘U-Turn’ to retrograde on Apr 17. An inward-backward turning, after all the external exposure and input.

  • What’s at the HEART and soul and spirit of CAP?
  • How can we re-connect with intrinsic soul force, and use this precious life time for the highest or rather: deepest purpose?



Last July, the New Horizons Mission reached the closest fly-by to PLUTO, and brought this famous picture back.


Pluto Heartjpg

Pluto Reveals…


A new perspective on PLUTO, also astrologically…

In the Deep Space of the Heart of Being, where is fear? What needs to be and can be controlled?


PLUTO, now stationary in CAP, can also show on a societal level changes in power structures, and SATURN in SAG can show how outer authorities that proclaim ‘the right way’ cannot control us anymore via fear and separatist attitude, as we connect more with the heart and its natural guidance.

Of course, I’m thinking of the U.S. with their presidential elections coming up in Nov, and as the country approaches their first PLUTO Return in history since 1776. PLUTO in the U.S. chart is at 27°33’ CAP – PLUTO gets there in 2021 – 2023. That’s soon. And SATURN is presently on the AC of the U.S. in mid-SAG – a 29-year societal cycle.

Plus, interestingly, July 4, Independence Day will be also a New Moon…

This calls for a Special Parlour where we can also include the candidates’ charts etc. that I would like to make available via Google Hangout webinar as well:

“U.S. Elections, Pluto, and the American Evolution, Astrologically.” ON July 4.

Stay tuned, and join us.


Ok, the emerging Monarch took me down South for a moment.

Back to here-now.

And to the Butterfly Effect of this First New Moon in Spring!


So, yeah, PLUTO in CAP will retreat into its ‘mountainous cave’ on Apr 18 (until Sept 26, by the way). And is now being exactly (not even 1° off) squared by the NEW MOON in AR, with URANUS!

Sounds familiar?
Yes, we had 7 (seven!) exact square alignments between URANUS in ARIES and PLUTO in CAP, between 2012 – 2015. Obviously, the process isn’t ‘over’, but now we are coming out of the ‘Era 2012’ as I called it.

It really is a collective Rebirth of Consciousness.

All the players play their roles in it…fear- and control freaks and freedom fighters, dominators and liberators – where are YOU in or beyond this game?




A good reminder, once again:

PLUTO represents the birth canal where something bigger – forces of nature – takes over, and carries us through. Even though it might appear dark and we’re out of control, connecting with something powerful that sustains no matter what is the way to let-go.

URANUS represents the stage of birth where the embryo is out of the womb, in the light of the day, where new independent life starts.


Where is YOUR RE-birthing this Spring?


The ARIES New Moon catalyzes URANUS.
And hey, here on the West Coast, the AC at the New Moon time is even AQ, ruled by URANUS!

Sooo much newness, here-ness, now-ness, freedom-in-becoming-ness.


Even if we can’t see the ‘evidence’ of the New, a seed is planted, and Beginnings happen out of the magical darkness.

The usual phrase / suggestion in the Astro sphere to ‘set new intentions’ with the New Moon is somewhat redundant now… it’s already happening in its own accord. Also, setting intentions is a masculine approach. Conception is the feminine association with the New Moon.
So let’s welcome the radically NEW (URANUS is liberating us from old concepts and from ‘the known’ anyway!), to be conceived, cultivated, and ‘built’ from within now. It will reveal itself in its own time – and we’ll recognize it. 


Not only URANUS but also ERIS (presently at 22° 54’ AR) is catalyzed by the New Moon in ARIES!



Eris – Antikensammlung Berlin


Who / what / which Archetype is ERIS, and how does that show up now personally and societally?

ERIS called me a week or so ago, when I re-listened to a ‘random’ recording from an initial class on Aspects and Configurations. In that particular recording, one of the participants (born in Greece, and well versed with the whole pantheon of Archetypes) brought Eris into the discussion. I don’t recall ‘she’ ever came up in another circle over the years! So that peeked my interest and I found out my own ERIS position in the chart, and her Archetype themes.

ERIS has an eccentric 558 year orbit around the SUN (twice as long as PLUTO), and has been almost the whole 20th century in ARIES!

So even if you have ‘nothing in ARIES’ you do: ERIS.


Yes, there is a lot of information out there that just sees the ERIS Archetype in her unevolved role as seeding discord and separation.

I much prefer where Doug Walker takes us in this excellent ERIS intro article: 

“If the ERIS Archetype is developed fully, humanity may never have to experience war again. The feminine ERIS will balance the aggression of MARS. A well developed ERIS Archetype could banish all war. The ancient prophesy of swords turned into plowshares could be realized.”

Makes me wonder where ERIS is in John Lennon’s chart…

Very interesting that MARS is about to go retrograde, now as ERIS (in ARIES, the ‘domain’ of MARS) is a strong NEW MOON catalyst – and URANUS will approach ERIS in the next years!


Let’s take a look at the other ‘Outer Pressure’ feature: JUPITER in VIR square SATURN in SAG.


Hubble Jupiter & Earth

Jupiter and Earth – Hubble Space Telescope picture (NASA)

Saturn & Earth

Saturn and Earth – Hubble Space Telescope picture (NASA)


This triple aspect in 2015 / 16 in the 20-year JUPITER – SATURN cycle reflects a crisis in purpose and motivation that can lead to a new orientation.

The first square alignment was early Aug 2015, the second recently (with stationary SATURN) on March 23, 2016, the third and last one will be with SATURN retro and JUPITER direct on May 26, 2016.


Another societal pressure cooker that trickles down into our personal lives.

The key themes here is PERSPECTIVE.

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

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: to do business online and be connected via media (PI) – very practical and with 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, Aug 2015 – Sept 2016 in VIR, 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 already emerged in pre-election Canada last year, and 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?”), 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 mid SAT AC this year – 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.


On a personal-spiritual level, we can check in where we create obstacles (SATURN) through the way how we SEE (SAG) and perhaps judge things, and how ‘blind spots’ and 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, featured strongly in May (goes direct on May 9), doing one’s daily beneficial wellness / wholeness 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. 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….


Sooo, now as we are well aware of the ‘square tensions’, the ‘obstacles’ (also the pressure that can cut diamonds) let’s look at the


The ‘retreating’, presently stationary, PLUTO in CAP is supported by a stabilizing, grounding EARTH trine from JUPITER which is presently also stationary, and turning direct (forward from Earth perspective) on May 9. The Trine is also a triple activation. First time was last Oct 2015. Then again exact a few weeks ago, on March 16 (JUPITER retro and PLUTO direct then), and the last one coming up on June 26 (with JUPITER direct and PLUTO retro).

Since both planets are in the centre of CAP and VIR this has a fixed Earth undertone (TAURUS). So we are invited to slooow down and stay with what gives us Strength and Stability.

From the VIRGO perspective:
JUPITER’s influence can show us there are piles of things to do, to sort out, to figure out, to iron out. Which can be satisfying – or take on a life of its own.

Warning: it will never be ‘perfect’, and our sense of inadequacy / inferiority can run the show.

So let’s rather channel that energy into natural alignment with what’s healthy and functional for us. Space and growth can result.

Gratitude is the key with JUPITER:

What a blessing to have the opportunity to support, help, be of service, make a difference in the world. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, and a flashy display. Rather grounded and with inner awareness. VIRGO is self sufficient and skillful. We have also learned to appreciate how we can help ourselves and d.i.y. and be quite content with ‘less’.

JUPITER retro since early Jan has shown us these inner resources.

The Trine with PLUTO in CAP comes in once more in June / July (exact June 26), to consolidate the process.

A wise, respectful, simple, and sustainable use of energy and time (CAP) has to do with slowing down, grounding, being in nature – AS nature, in natural rhythms (not in ‘industrial production mode’). Health and wellness (VIR) is a precious gift through the process.

A good omen for Spring to celebrate the gifts of Nature!  Let’s ground it all out in Spring.

JUPITER and PLUTO will also create a grand Earth Trine round the TAURUS New Moon (May 6)!


Besides this Earthy Trine, also a Fiery INNER RESOURCE gives the Butterfly Effect energy:


First Flight

First Flight


SATURN in SAG forms a Fire Trine with the ARIES New Moon!

The SUN was already exactly in Trine with SATURN yesterday Tue Apr 5. The ARIES MOON will activate the Trine tonight before the New Moon.

Where’s the gift, the opportunity in their ‘friendly encounter’?


The word that pops up is: Authenticity.

Showing up as we are (ARIES), maybe in a refreshingly new, liberated way (URANUS boost) that has doesn’t come from a place of competition or fighting, ‘just’ bringing our true selves into the situation, seeing the other, and meeting them from the Heart (SATURN in SAG) – maybe for the first time in a long time – overcomes ‘right’ / ‘wrong’, and gives space for growth and more overall ‘happiness’.

‘Fear of flying’ can be outgrown that way too…


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger





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9 Mar

The VIRGO – PISCES FULL MOON on THU March 5, AND ‘her Entourage’ opened the scene for this super charged month of March, and brings us to the Line-up of the 3 BIGGIES this month (one of them is a major TWO-in-ONE):

March 14: SATURN goes retro (until Aug 1)

March 16: URANUS – PLUTO SQUARE # 7 out of 7

March 20: NEW PI / AR cusp MOON / TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE leading over into the



March 14:
SATURN in SAG goes retro (until Aug 1) – 
Clearing old Narratives and Beliefs.

Saturn tilted

March is quite the ‘Saturn’ themed month, since our ringed ‘tough love coach’ is doing its yearly ‘U-turn’ backwards, from Earth perspective. Therefore Saturn is moving very slowly, and becomes a ‘stationary’ focus.

Which means astrologically, we are called to zoom in on our themes with Saturn in early Sag, realize the sooner the better, as Saturn goes retro, how they go back to our old, original Saturn themes, and clear those obstacles and blockages ‘on the path’.

Saturn will be retro until Aug 1. Yes, this is the ‘regular’ yearly process of 4 1/2 month retro phase, and 7 1/2 months direct phase.


Ok, ok, let’s start with where we’re AT with Saturn.

Which is Saturnian, to say: Start HERE-NOW, one step at a time.

Saturn in our Chakras rules the Root Chakra.

Being anchored in what grounds us: Our body, our practice, form and structure, and especially the EARTH. Roots give support, and the Earth gives roots support, says the Muladhara Root Chakra…

We just completed last week another Astro~Alchemy of Chakras & Planetary Archetypes 7-week process with Crown / the SUN! – Big gratitude to all of you in the groups! So much was coming together, was processed and liberated as we came together every week. Alignment happened.


Next TUE March 10, 3:03 – 5:35 pm, timely in a stationary Saturn week, we start the next Astro~Alchemy of Chakras and Planetary Archetypes, with ROOT / Saturn.

We have space for 2 – 3 joiners. No previous experience with Astrology or Chakra awareness necessary. It all unfolds organically.


Saturn  Mercury NN

Saturnian anchor and outlook, nearby in Esquimalt


So what’s up (or down) with that Saturn retro phase, from March 14 – Aug 1, 2015?

YES, Saturn is now in SAG, since Dec 23, 2014, and until Winter Solstice 2017.

However (Saturn likes caveats…), the retro journey in Spring / early Summer 2015 will take Saturn back over the Phoenix Point into the tail end of Scorpio (until 28°17 SCO), and then back out over the Phoenix Point into SAG again on Sept 17 – not to return into Scorpio until 2042. Yes, 2042.

So, again, when’s that Saturn-in-Scorpio phase this year???

June 14 – Sept 17.



This piece of news might not sound so attractive (Saturn typically shows what we reject or resist) but it is a window for purposeful residual emotional processing. Let’s use it well. It’s related to the area in our lives related to where late SCO is in our charts (e.g. 5th house: children, inner child, creativity, 7th house: significant others, partners, 11th house: social arena, co-creation with others, friends…).

Saturn brings lessons that our ego might not be so eager to embrace in the first place, but in hindsight, these experiences mature and ‘ripen’ us, so that we eventually carry less, when it comes to conditioning, karma, old burdens, limitations and restrictions, authority and parental issues.

The point is to lead life from what truly grounds and anchors us in ourselves and our own purpose, why we are here, embodied on Planet Earth at this time.

The whole year 2015, Saturn hovers over the Phoenix-out-of-the-Ashes Point, from early SAG, back to late SCO and forward into early SAG.



If you have planets, Sun, Moon, AC in late SCO / early SAG you probably experience Saturn’s influence which can feel heavy, even depressing. Saturn shows what in you is coming to a close, and you don’t have to carry it anymore. Finish well, says Saturn.

  • Where can there be a good clear completion?
  • Why are you ‘grounded’ and not quite yet ready / able / giving yourself permission to take flight and soar? Residual processing wants to go into that area.

Saturn in SAG calls to be done with old narratives and limiting beliefs based on these stories.

Very timely now to acknowledge the ‘symptoms’ (without judgement, otherwise you go into a loop…) where you experience yourself as held back by inner stories wrapped around:

“I can’t go there (you fill in the blanks), or not yet….. BECAUSE…” Here’s the key that can open the lock of your inner restraint dungeon.

Saturn in SAG inquiry questions are:

  • What prevents you from being FREE?
  • What do you focus on?
  • What ‘turned the light off’?

Since Saturn is about to go retro, it’s time to go inward-backward.

No need to be extra frustrated (and hard on yourself or judgmental about others) when things haven’t rolled and gone ahead in a direction you thought you would go.

Rather than just waiting for ‘a better time’ to be on this or that journey it is now the time to clear old conditioning that limits our connection with Spirit, prevents us from following up on our vision and being on the path.


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Johfra Boschart: Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter

SAG, the centaur with bow and arrow is connected with the animal body (the horse), the human growing out of the animal, and spirit arrows of vision, intention, prayer, aspiration, connecting us to the Divine.

And, SAG is also Chiron after his ‘Hero’s Journey’, immortalized as a star constellation. All that inspired Sagittarian wisdom may well come from our Chironic Medicine Journey.

With the recent Full Moon on March 5, the PI SUN brings consciousness to Chiron (their exact conjunction was on March 7): Our often challenging journeys bear their own medicine that is a gift to all. We’re all in this together….and we don’t have to ‘suffer the experience’ anymore, as has been ‘noble’ in the Pisces Age paradigm – we are as FREE as our consciousness is.

We live in exciting, paradigm shifting times.

Check out the Uranus – Pluto Square feature below, and what I found out about a shift in sequence…

This could be an excellent time for a Saturn focused zoom-in Astrology session, or an Astro*Coaching sequence with 3 – 5 sessions to go deeper and explore where you have a ‘knot’ or feel blocked in these themes, and what’s specifically related in you. The ‘diagnostic tool’ of Astrology helps identify issues very directly and fast. My clients are amazed and love that, and I love fast results too. Astro*Coaching sessions offer clear awareness that helps you with focused processing, and leads to freedom FROM limiting conditioning (rather than what the general ‘clichee’ is: prediction of what’s to happen, within the ‘box’).
The present astrological alignments are phantastic catalysts for breakthroughs.

Saturn teaches and shows us in REAL LIFE that every ending and closing of a door takes us over a threshold, may well be an ‘initiation’, and leads to a new phase, which can be a new chapter, a new structure from which we will be operating, an ‘upgrade’, a freedom from the ‘known’.

Well, the influence of Uranus is also involved in this…



March 16:

URANUS – PLUTO Square # 7 out of 7 (between 2012 and 2015)

See chart of the alignment:

UR square PL 7

Radical Newness, just in time for the Spring Equinox – actually timelessly!

Evolutionary Transformation & Liberation of Cosmic Consciousness!


Calling forth

– Liberation and breaking free from what we’ve been carrying as dense and intense ‘baggage’, 

– Cathartic and catalytic breakthroughs in accelerated ways (could be a domino effect!), and

– Radical regeneration from the core, from spirit, from the soul.

ARE YOU READY to step UP and be FREE?


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Painted Stairs, Beirut


This will be # 7 out of SEVEN exact squares between Uranus and Pluto these intense years of transformation and liberation.

Of course, the effect has been already on for a while, and will affect us for a while.

The ‘seed’ in the connection between these archetypal energies was planted during their last conjunction which was exact in 1965 / 1966 (in Virgo). Times of civil unrest, and revolutions around the world in the Sixties. This Spirit (Pluto) is now re-awakened (Uranus).

Old authoritarian, dominating, exploiting and wasteful structures that eat up our energy, time, and precious resources (Pluto reveals the shadow of what happens when Capricorn energy is being abused) are due for change, via evolution. As human consciousness is being empowered and liberated, they can become redundant and are being replaced by better and more respectful and inventive ways of working with resources (Capricorn), in more simplicity and sustainability, and with renewable energy.


Uranus in Aries brings a new consciousness, via uprising, via emergence, via emergency, via inventiveness, via awakening and liberation. It can be upsetting, and it wants to set us FREE to BE.

BE the Evolution & Revolution!

If you were born in the Sixties when the Pluto / Uranus conjunction happened you carry the signature of a generation of inventors and regenerators. What’s your contribution?

You’re also in the age of your Chiron return (round age 50), and time for the Medicine Wo/Man to emerge.

How have the processes you have gone through in life initiated you to be a mentor for others?

How has your journey become your medicine?


The collective Uranus – Pluto Liberation / Transformation process has been happening in 7 stages, since 2012.

There must be a the connection with the Chakras!


Chakra Awakening

Here is the sequence of Uranus – Pluto alignments, and related Chakras:

# 1: June 24, 2012 – Root

# 2: Sept 19, 2012 – Sacral

# 3: May 20, 2013 – Solar Plexus

# 4: Nov 1, 2013 – Heart

# 5: April 21, 2014 – Throat

# 6: Dec 14 / 15, 2014 – Third Eye

# 7: March 16, 2015 – Crown

What has been your experience with Chakra themes in this process? Your feedback is most welcome!

I welcome you to a private session, focused on this specific exploration. Can be very revealing and empowering to SEE.

For me, there has been a powerful process that kicked me into freedom, from the Root up, almost exactly aligned with the months of the Uranus – Pluto Squares.

Would you like to shed light on your own transformational and liberating process these years?

Since 2012, I’ve been exploring, testing, verifying and intuiting the hidden message in that connection.

One of the gifts of this process has been the ‘download’ close to the Solar Eclipse early Nov 2013 one morning that showed me in an instant how the Chakras connect with the 7 planetary Archetypes of our Solar System from Saturn to the Sun!


I am in deep gratitude to my dear friend Marina Halleran who is not in physical embodiment any more.

Marina was a master Yoga teacher and chanting facilitator, and as an Aquarian ahead of her time…. Chakras were a big theme for her. It is clear to me that her spirit and our connection led me to connect more deeply with Chakras, and their relation with Astrology.

And I am so grateful also to my friend Ocian Flow who facilitates Chakra journeys and dances in Victoria, and who invited me end of 2013 where the connection with the astrological Archetypes was made.

The rest is history, and since January 2014 there have been now 6 Astro~Alchemy of Chakras & Planetary Archetypes 7-week processes. I’m in awe how also the astrological alignments of each week have fit so well with the themes and Archetypes that we’ve been explore together. Deep processes have happened for participants, often cathartic but gentle, and ‘just-in-time’ 🙂


The most recent journey ended just yesterday Tue 03 / 03, with Crown Chakra, related to… the SUN  while the Moon (with Jupiter) was in LEO where the Sun is ‘at home’, gearing up to this potent FULL Moon, and just before Crown Chakra related Uranus -Pluto Square # 7! Trust me, I didn’t ‘schedule’ it that way.
The next 7-week process starts next TUE March 10, right before the Uranus – Pluto Square on March 16 (what a signature at the onset!), starting from the Ground / Root up,  in the week of Saturn turning around.

You are welcome to register if you hear the calling. Looks like we have room for 2 – 3 joiners.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/256328271215243/


As we relate the 7 Uranus – Pluto Squares to the Chakras, we are with the upcoming  # 7 reaching the CROWN Chakra that connects us with Universal Consciousness!


Chakras 7 Crown

Each one of us is a channel for divine and cosmic consciousness.

Let’s allow our / THE light to shine, and creative Spirit to express itself through us!


A simple Chakra related mantra for the tension between Uranus in AR and Pluto in CAP is:

BE CROWN-ded! 🙂


Back to the 7-fold Uranus – Pluto Squares 2012 – 2015:

It mirrors a collective, historical, evolutionary process that’s a birth of a new consciousness.


Our very first experience with Pluto is the process a embryo of being pushed through the birth canal, by forces of nature. Intense, and ‘overpowering’, jet just natural. We can’t go back, and must go where we are supposed to be: Into new Life!

Our very first experience with Uranus is coming out of the womb, taking our first breath as a newborn.


Likewise, humanity on Planet Earth is now going through a very intense, transformational (Pluto in CAP), and renewing (Uranus in AR) r/evolutionary process, a coming out of the old ‘matrix’ / cocoon, and into the big unknown.



Butterfly Baby, by Annie Geddess


The old world that’s dying / changing (Pluto in CAP), has, as know all to well, to do with the CAP shadow of hierarchical, intimidating, fear and separation based structures that are exploitative and abusive to nature, humanity, and not soulful.

Yes, yes, as the monster is dying and the transformation takes place, it’s gotten intense, cause: certain solid conditionings die hard, and all of us have some investment in them, even as judgement, resistance, passionate hatred, fear, anything that holds a strong charge.


Way more effective to let the old expire on its own, and in the meantime invest our energy and CAPacities into what we DO wish to see in the world.

Yep, good old Ghandi got it:



Yesterday, in the Astrology & Chakra group, I was asked:

“How often do Uranus and Pluto align in such a charged way?”

A: Well, their last alignment was the conjunction in 1965 / 66 in mid Virgo (aha – this Full Moon sheds light on that too! – Oh my, the connections never end….). The conjuction, like a New Moon, marks the end of the old and the beginning of the new.

The 1960’s heralded the beginning of a new ERA, with the new cycle between Uranus and Pluto (Liberation / Transformation, Evolution / Revolution).

Now, in 2012 – 2015 (basically during the whole time of Uranus in AR, 2011 – 2018, while Pluto is in CAP, which is from 2009 – 2023), we’re at the crisis point where there is a LOT of pressure on humanity, societies, and us personally, to free up the old, and transform on deep core structural levels.

2046 – 2049, Uranus in Virgo (ha, one whole 84-year Uranus cycle since the mid Sixties) will oppose Pluto in early Pisces.  The overall end of the Pisces Age?

Ok, ok, I don’t want to be too futuristic and Uranian in that regard.

Let’s stay ‘closer to home’ and re: what’s UP nowadays, in these very interesting times…

Here’s another important thing to keep in mind about this last Uranus square Pluto alignment:

Up until the last square on March 16, Pluto has been most of the time ‘further ahead’ in CAP than Uranus in AR. Only at the  times when the square was exact in these years, Uranus caught up with and ‘hit’ Pluto.

From now on, Uranus will be further ahead in AR than Pluto is in CAP.

Which has a big consequence:

In the last years, when a planetary Archetype energy (say: personally our Moon in AR, CAN, LI, CAP) was transited, typically Uranus (in earlier degrees in AR) activated that energy first, then came Pluto (in later degrees in CAP).

So there was first a surprise kick, maybe something shocking, disruptive and upsetting, a surprise, ideally freeing, awakening, and paradigm shifting.

And then Pluto came along, and transited that energy which could have felt like a shut-down, overpowering, something went back into the shadow or underground. It showed about the power of the old system, and how it can come back in so many ways… It showed that something very old (CAP rules time and traditions) has to change foundationally, from the ground up. Our way of setting up structures and work with resources, and who’s got the power.

A classical example for this sequence was the Arab Spring in early 2011 when Uranus was just about to enter AR.

Also Fukushima which happened on the DAY (yes, March 11, 2011) when Uranus entered AR.

And you probably have your own examples.

Now what’s NEW from this last of 7 Squares on is:

Uranus goes ahead in AR (up to 20°30′ this year, in July) while Pluto, slower than Uranus, reaches ‘only’ 15°33′ in April. So transits happen from now on FIRST from Pluto and THEN from Uranus – here’s the shift.

Which is also in line with the sequence at birth:

First the intense Plutonic birth canal, and then the Uranian freedom into new life.

Sequence matters – get the idea?

I expect from this shift still deep and powerful restructuring processes that we all go through, and liberating breakthroughs following.


To be continued….

More about the following with the NEXT Astro~News.

Brief preview, since it IS another March Catalyst:



March 20:

PI / AR Cusp Total Solar Eclipse & Spring Equinox, a.k.a. ‘Equipse’ 🙂 – The End Shall Be the Beginning!

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The next New Moon on March 20 at 2:36 am PDT will be a South Node Total Solar Eclipse (at 2:45 am PDT), on the VERY LAST degree of PISCES, and of the whole Zodiac!

Followed by the Spring Equinox on the same day – at 3:45 pm PDT when the SUN enters Aries, and the Astrological New Year starts.

See New Moon chart, just before the Total Solar Eclipse:


Spring Equinox 2015 NM TSE

What a Spring Equinox Catalyst!

The process for the Spring 2015 Eclipses has already begun.

It wraps around South Node in Aries and North Node in Libra (Eclipses connect with the Nodes).


Uranus has been with the South Node in Aries, and is being activated by Venus, and – next week – Mars.

So let’s set the side of Aries free that takes too much energy, and is outdated, find new sustaining energy from the Libran quality (the North Node Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in Libra on April 4 will show us a lot about that), and balance it all out:

In other words:

  • Let’s release the Aries energy that’s in stressful fight-flight survival mode (rather than in peaceful harmony and balance) , reactive (rather than pro-active), competitive (rather than cooperative).
  • What are you a warrior of???
  • In what ways are you starting fresh in Spring?
  • Where are your partners?
  • How do you find harmony and synergy this Spring, and from now on???
  • What does it mean to be in ‘right relationship’ with others, with the world, with your purpose, with….?

The Total Solar Eclipse – an EXACT New Moon, ON the last degree of the whole Zodiac, is clearly a ‘super ending, leading into a brand new beginning’.


It is on the Birthing Point, which is also the Emergency / Emergence Point.

The path of the Eclipse goes over the Arctic, Greenland, and Norway, see http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2015-march-20 .Let’s hold the vision that humanity will birth a new consciousness round the importance of the Arctic, and Climate altogether! 


The Sabian Symbol for 30° PISCES where the New Moon falls says:



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Two Khmer Heads – Angkor Wat Photo credit: David Wilmott


KEYNOTE: The power of clearly visualized ideals to mold the life of the visualizer.

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “The Great Stone Face” is used here in an allegorical sense to show the capacity for self-transendence latent in man. This power can be developed through visualization, where the emotions and the will are poured into the visualized image. At the highest spiritual-cosmic level this is the power used by the God-like Beings at the close of a cosmic cycle in projecting the basic formula (the Word) which will start a new universe. In a biological sense, it is the power latent in all seeds – the power to produce and guide the growth of the future plant. A most fitting symbol for the last phase of the cyclic process. Within the end of the cycle the seed of a new beginning  exists in potency – unless the entire cycle has proven to be a failure.

This is the last stage of the last scene of the great ritual play of cyclic transformations. It brings tu us a realization of the power of archetypes as factors conditioning life processes. Thus we could use as a final Keyword: ARCHETYPALIZATION.”


This potent Spring Equinox that comes with a Total Solar Eclipse AND carries the last Uranus – Pluto Square forward was calling to set up something very special:

Come join us on March 19 – the eve of the New Moon / Total Solar Eclipse AND Spring Equinox 2015 for a 2-part very unique Astro~Experience (come to one or both):




Chart Constellation of the Spring Equinox Total Solar Eclipse

IN the Victoria Landscape of PISCES – ARIES (where’s that? Surprise!) 


3:19 – 5:19 pm

Experience yourself AS Planetary Archetypes of the Spring Equinox!

Step into the energy of Pluto, Uranus, the Sun, Moon, Saturn going retro….

Chances are high that you will intuitively choose Archetypes that have a deep message for you at this time!

NO experience whatsoever required. Just Piscean openness, and a spirit of adventure (Aries calling).

$ 19


Spring Equinox Total Solar Eclipse

Private Intentional Astrological Parlour Circle 


7:19 – 9:39 pm

…with personal exploration for all circle holders with their personal birth charts involved, how this intense window of newness can be opened with the highest level of consciousness.

$ 33  Reg.

$ 27  Newcomers, and for both of you if you  introduce a friend.

$ 44  Combination of Spring Equinox Chart Constellation AND Evening Parlour.


Looking forward to seeing you again or anew,  in heart centred circles, or for a private alignment session!


Wishing you a powerfully liberating month of March!

Free to BE!


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