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LIBRA – ARIES Spring Equinox Super Full Moon (March 20) – Show up in Balance!

18 Mar

Happy Equinox, dear  Astro Friends!

…exact at 2:58 pm PDT on Wed March 20!
To tune in, come over to the equinoctial blog article.

Dancing LEO MOON on Fire / on the Wire – Photo by moi, March 18, 2019

Just 4 hrs after exact Spring Equinox (exact at 2:58 pm PDT on March 20) comes the exact first Full Moon in SPRING – on the ‘Perfect Balance’ axis from the cardinal starting points of ARIES & LIBRA!

It’s the ‘opposite of the Harvest Moon’ – the closest Full Moon to Fall Equinox that always appears bigger and brighter than a ‘usual’ Full Moon, and provides extra Moonlight for harvesting into the evening hours.

As you already might wonder, looking at the waxing Moon at daytime – yes, it IS also brighter than a ‘regular’ Full Moon.
It’s the 3rd of three SuperMoons (Jan 20 / TLE, Feb 19, and March 20) early this year.


Naturally, the theme of Balance is heightened, via the polarity axis of SUN & MOON, with the Earth in the middle, and via the MOON’s entry into LIBRA.
On the Lunar ‘Perfect Balance’  Point from VIR to LI it’s about a VIRGO practice / technique that helps us come back into Balance.

  • What helps you to come into and BE in Balance?
    Balance of peaceful rest and activity, of stimulation and reflection, of giving and receiving, of focus and r & r time, of time at the desk and time in Nature, of creativity and inspiration, of seriousness and fun, of home time and public out-there time, of learning and sharing, balance in your diet, and in the body balance of the right and left side…
  • If there’s an imbalance how does that show up in your life, and what does that show you?

I learned esp. through Yoga & Meditation practice that Balance isn’t so much a way of equating this and that, the polar opposites, but finding the Still Point in the ’emptiness’.

With the FULL MOON on the ‘Perfect Balance’ cusp from VIR to LIBRA – how’s it going with our practice and lifestyle (VIR) that support and sustain Balance?
And how can we show up (ARIES) from a well (yet of course never perfectly) balanced place?


Here’s a raw & spontaneous video I created in the park yesterday, apropos the Full Moon – showing up again myself, after a wintry video ‘hibernation’. Enjoy!


Let’s take a look at the LIBRA – ARIES Equinox Super FULL MOON chart:

The FULL MOON will be exact at 6:43 pm PDT on March 20  – less than 4 hrs after the exact Spring Equinox at 2:58 pm PDT.


What a super-charged and multi-connected cosmic pattern, with several inter-linked aspect configurations / closed figures that describe inter-connected themes that are on now.

If you wanna know / get a sense: A Blue Kite, 2 Yods, a Cradle, an Ambivalence Triangle, and a Mutable Grand Cross. Can you geeks see them?
I won’t go into all those ‘gestalts’ (not even under the analytical VIRGO MOON, lol) – that would be quite an oeuvre – so let’s keep it simpler…

Btw, if you’d like to learn about Planetary Patterns, Aspects, and Aspect Configurations get in touch with me. I intend to offer a new Level 3 Intermediate Astro course with that focus in the Fall, and am happy to put you on my list of friendly interested folk. Ask me any preliminary questions – they’re always welcome. I’m here to support you.



For starters / most important things first:
Look at that close alignment of the SUN at 0°09′ ARIES – on the the ‘Emergence Point’ where Life Awakens and Arises – just barely behind CHIRON at 1°44′ AR!

Out of the PISCEAN unifying waters of Oneness New Life arises.
Just as snow and ice have (hopefully in your world too) melted, the rivers are running again, fresh Life emerges from the ground-up, and from the blossoming trees out and down!
Likewise, let’s rise again, into the freshness, newness, and NOWness of Life!


Cherry Blossom Ocean – Photo by Melanie


‘Simply’ showing up as your authentic Self can be very raw and vulnerable, yet is healing and renewing, says also CHIRON now freshly in ARIES activated by the FULL MOON ‘equation’ as it’ll be met by the SUN on March 22 – which brings consciousness to areas of life (whether personally – in ourselves, in relationships, in society…) that call us to take action / be pro-active, make a move and take the first step.
And ultimately, to be in our Presence in the NOW.


‘Back’ in PISCES is MERCURY retro (until March 28), about to unite with NEPTUNE for the second time (on March 24) helps us with awareness about, and letting go of old toxic energy & mind forms that used to draw us in – almost in an intoxicating and addictive way – and perhaps allowed us to check out.
Now we can see those patterns more clearly (M-r is doing its job to re-mind us of what’s usually under the radar!) – the first step to becoming FREE.


…and URANUS now freshly in TAURUS (since the day of the last New Moon on March 6!) cooperates, by kicking us out of old habits, stuckness, and attachments, to EmBody Freedom!


And, as you can see in the chart:
SATURN comes very close to PLUTO now (they won’t meet until Jan 12, 2020 but travel side by side this Spring, together with the South Node, all of them between 19° and 24° CAP).
Let the Old Empire Expire continues to be the motto – brought up with the Partial Solar Eclipse with SATURN, on Jan 5 / 6. In some sense a mantra for the year.

You’re probably well aware by now what these Old Empire themes are in your life, personally, relationally, and societally…

The CAP shadows of control and abuse are a good place to check in on:
How are we treated by others / allowing them to treat us, and do we treat other people, Nature, and ourselves…?


MARS now in TAURUS (until March 30)- the Cosmic Gardener – brings an Earth Trine support to the CAP Concentration of Old (SATURN / SN / PLUTO).
The MARS – PLUTO alignment is exact on March 20 too, and active all week. 

Let’s engage in slowly, steadily planting new seeds that outgrow the ‘wintry conditions’, and in cultivating the transformation…
Amazing how Nature always ‘accomplishes’ what needs to ‘get done’, and ‘just in time’ (a la SATURN in CAP), and is ever transforming (PLUTO).

How can that come in, in your Life?


Also in the ‘cosmic web’, and strongly activated by the Super FULL MOON:

The North Node of the MOON is in late CANCER, and accentuated by a Blue Kite, and also by a Yod pointing to this ‘sensitive point’ – clearly a ‘celestial pointer’ – to what?

A NN incentive for care, compassion, gentleness, a sense of belonging, and (end of CANCER has a PISCES undertone) emotional connection in the ‘Human / Soul Family’.
Even ‘just’ re-connecting with others who are close to your Heart is sooo good, and has ripple effects.

Follow the prompting when someone comes to mind and heart!
And notice how what you put out comes back – from different yet connected sources in the ‘web of life’.


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

Another Yod points ‘down’ to JUPITER in late (double) SAG – very close to the direction of the Galactic Centre – The ultimate unknowing where ‘the journey goes’, yet we can be connected to the ‘knowing source’.
Such a potent time to connect with deep Heart Wisdom & Inner Guidance.

So rare to have two Yods activated at the same time – they are called ‘Finger of God’ / ‘Celestial Pointer.
And they describe a Journey where it’s not about the destination / outcome but the process – like a pilgrimage.


Wall St. Bull Sculpture

OH – and what’s with VENUS in AQ – meeting LILITH on March 22 (once a year), and squaring MARS in TAU (exact on March 21)?!
That tension’s been building up too, and comes to a release with the FULL MOON.
A VENUS – MARS charge that’s mirrored in the FULL MOON in (VENUS ruled) MOON in LIBRA – SUN in ARIES (ruled by MARS).
Literally a Feminine – Masculine conflict?
The AQ Free Spirit / Feminist vs. the TAU Bully / Stubborn Guy?
In any case, the Inner Feminine and Inner Masculine are in tension at this time – a good time to explore how that shows up for and IN you!

Yesss, our True Nature is FREE – says LILITH now in AQ.
And when we come together in groups, or with friends – all in the name of Freedom and Equality via our shared Humanity, we can stand up towards territorial claims and conflicts / bullying of some who pretend they ‘own the space’. 

Standing our ground and ‘not going away’ (MARS in TAU) can be much more effective when done in groups (AQ) – beating the age old ‘divide / disperse and rule’ strategy.

On another note / ‘higher octave’ the square between VENUS / LILITH in AQ and MARS in TAU brings up / helps with spaciousness and non-attachment / beyond claim of ‘ownership’ in relationships.
Which can be quite strong now / culminating with the Super Full MOON in LIBRA – ARIES.


In Summary – any and all of these themes help with showing up in Balance:

  • Let’s emerge and rise again, into the freshness newness, and NOWness of Life!
  • Let’s make a move and be authentic.
  • Let’s release old energy & mind forms that used to draw us in and kick us out of balance.
  • Let’s kick old stagnant habits, stuckness, and attachments, to EmBody Freedom!
  • Let’s stop feeding the ‘Old Empire’, and let it expire.
  • Let’s consistently plant new seeds that outgrow the ‘wintry conditions’, and cultivate the transformation…
  • Let’s be caring, compassionate, gentle, tune into a sense of belonging and emotional connection in the ‘Human / Soul Family’.
  • Let’s connect with deep Heart Wisdom & Inner Guidance.
  • Let’s stand our ground – together with others.
  • Let’s cultivate non-attachment in all our relationships.


Inner Balance is the best way of, if not prerequisite for effectively showing up / standing up in and for Peace, Justice, Equity, you name it – what calls you to be active at this time.


Blessings for the Fullness of the New Season!


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger





Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your ‘Inner Cosmic Compass’.

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’, those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with yourself in the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘Hub of the Wheel’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified with them, and they don’t have to run your life.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

This is to empowered and liberating ways of working with the ancient and timeless gift of Astrology!



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3:23 – 6:06 PM




Your Love is Free! VENUS in AQ (March 1 – 26)

25 Feb

Super cool tiled staircase in San Francisco (photographer unknown)

HI there, dear Astro Friends out there, known and unknown!

So, after (= based on, or beyond) CAPricornian tests, (mutual) commitments, maturity, reliability, and respect comes freedom.
If experience shows there’s a lack thereof in whom / what you attracted, the freedom comes from moving on, and finding environments, communities, and circles where these qualities have a better chance of being present.

And after the allegiance to established structures (societally, interpersonally, and personally) comes also a movement to ‘Freedom from the Known’.
Where are you being drawn to ‘out of the box’ experiences and creations?

VENUS in AQ also brings our our Love for Humanity and its Future.
Which brings people together to collaborate, be visionary – perhaps Utopian, and innovative.


The main theme for AQ is Freedom.
And since the one Archetype VENUS will meet in AQ (on March 22) is LILITH – representing our ‘Wild & Free’ Nature – , you bet a double dose of Freedom is ON for the VENUSian Magnet.

With URANUS, the Ruler of AQ, going on March 6 into a new Zodiac energy, TAURUS, the realm ruled by VENUS, while VENUS is in AQ there’ll be a mutual reception between them (‘double whammy’) reinforcing their shared themes.
Very conducive to come together in circles of like-spirit beyond the ‘boundaries’ of convention and predictability.


An exciting time – be open for surprises!
Also given MERCURY in PI will be retro almost the whole time of VENUS in AQ – it’ll go into pre-retro ‘storm’ on MARCH 1 when VENUS enters AQ.


Cloudy Phoenix – Photo by moi Aug 2017


Planet ‘Dates’ of VENUS in AQ (March 1 – 26)

Not so much directly – rather indirectly, via the inner connection with URANUS going into TAURUS.

The VENUS aspects culminate on March 21 / 22.
I added the ‘sharp’ aspects TO VENUS from the MOON, to give a sense of the ‘flavour’ on those days when they engage with each other in dynamic ways..:


VENUS freshly in AQ sextiles CHIRON freshly in AR.
Showing up in authentic ways sets your Love Free and is healing.


The waning MOON in AQ meets VENUS.
Where’s / who’s your Tribe? Maybe not in one group but eclectic.
All good, follow your feelings, and choose in Freedom.


The waxing MOON in TAU squares VENUS in AQ.
Habits and comfort vs attraction to freedom and experimentation.
How can they be reconciled? Yet also, your ‘conservative’ feelings might come from an old and boring place.


The waxing MOON in LEO opposes VENUS in AQ.
A need for being special, seen and loved as YOU vs. being drawn to group energy?
Be creative, show what you got, and be social too.


MARCH 21 – Day after Spring Equinox Full Moon!
VENUS in AQ squares MARS in TAU, and sextiles JUPITER in SAG.
Interesting ‘friction’ between the two ‘Lover’ Archetypes… when it comes to ‘ownership’ and territorial desires leading to jealousy Freedom wins and shows where Love lays.
And good to see the ‘bigger story’.



Your (and their) ‘Wild & Free’ Nature attracts.
Follow the ‘Call of the Wild’, be in Nature, because you love it, and your place in the community of Nature.


The waning MOON in SCO squares VENUS in AQ.
Diving in and through, where your feelings take you.
Don’t be afraid of the dark, and of loosing your lightness.


MARCH 26 – APR 20
VENUS in PISCES – where ‘She’s’ exalted among all Zodiac signs
Sail in the Waters of Love – All is ONE.


VENUS in AQUARIUS in Your Chart & Life…

…can help your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planetary Archetypes in AQ and the area/s of life relating to the House/s where AQ is in your birth (and local) chart/s – to be a magnet to attract partners and choices that are a good match because / if they represent free spiritedness and friendship.

In the meantime’ it’s also a ‘match’ & mirror game with VENUS, showing you where you’re at, with Your Self Value and Self Love.
As in: What’s with the respect and freedom you give to yourself? 
Your attractions mirror it.


VENUS in AQ (meeting LILITH) transiting in your… House relate to…:

1st House:
Your Presence and Sense of Self

2nd House:
Your Values, what you own, literally & metaphorically, your Business

3rd House:
Your Environment

4th House:
Your Home, Origin, Ancestry

5th House:
Your Creative, Playful, Inner Child and Lover

6th House:
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

7th House:
Your Partners & Significant Others

8th House:
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others, Your Transformations

9th House:
What gives you Meaning, Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels

10th House:
Your Purpose incl Career, Your Public Self

11th House:
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends

12th House:
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.


Feeling called to explore your own Cosmic Map, and how it can inspire you on your Earthly Journey?
Come over / let’s meet online, for Your private Astro session!

Or take me up on my Valentine’s Month Offer – 22% off for all Relationship themed sessions Feb 2 – 22) – see below.


Wishing You the Gifts of a Love that sets you Free, with VENUS in AQ!



© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger






Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your ‘Inner Cosmic Compass’.

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’, those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with yourself in the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘Hub of the Wheel’ where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified with them, and they don’t have to run your life.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

This is to empowered and liberating ways of working with the ancient and timeless gift of Astrology!


…via Courses. Workshops, and Embodied Astrology:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating them) become quite potent and catalytic.
Join us in person or online if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you.

Excited to share these three upcoming ones:


You’re welcome to join our 
Special ASTRO Medicine Parlour:
The Medicine of Being Authentically YOU

4:28 – 6:28 PM – afternoon group
7:28 – 9:28 PM – evening group


EmBODY Astrology – ASTRO Charts & Archetypes Come to Life!
Evening of March 1, in Chinatown Victoria
In person only – by nature of this one 🙂


Astrological CHAKRA Journey
7-week Astro~Alchemy of Chakras & Planetary Archetypes –
applied to all participants.
March 6 – Apr 17 Evenings

In person or online

VENUS and the SUN enter AQUARIUS (Jan 17 & 19), and MERCURY follows on Jan 31: Prometheans & Light Leaders, Unite, in Cooperation!

15 Jan

AQUARIAN Times Ahead!

Right after the late CAPRICORN New Moon (Jan 16 at 6:17 pm PST), first VENUS (on Jan 17 at 5:54 PST), and then the SUN (on Jan 19 at 7:09 pm PST) cross over the ‘Prometheus Point’, and enter AQUARIUS!

VENUS will be in AQ not quite a month, until Feb 10.
The SUN will be in AQ as ‘usual’ from Jan 19 – Feb 18.

This year, the AQ season will see also AQ Eclipses, as the South Node is in AQ – until Nov.
There’ll be a Total Lunar (Jan 31) and a Partial Solar Eclipse (Feb 15 – also the eve of the Chinese New Year).

After a phase with SO much EARTH, and NO AIR (except for the MOON) since mid-Dec(!), in the Astro-elemental realm, AQ is a welcome and uplifting energy, as the most solid & rocky Earth of CAP turns into Aquarian AIR.


Up on the Rocks, liberating fresh Air. Photo by Melanie, Jan 15, 2018

A Swiss client of mine who was born on this CAP – AQ cusp literally climbs up mountains, with his parachute / flying device, to glide around and down. He describes this as his ultimate Freedom.

On this cusp, we might have ‘done the work’ / accomplished our purpose (if that’s ever possible), and feel FREE.

Prometheus – the Archetype of Uranus – Bringing the Fire of the Gods to Humanity

Mythological Prometheus climbed up Mount Olympus, seat of the gods / the elite, to bring the fire of illumination to humanity (was punished though by the gods, and only an encounter with  Wounded Healer Chiron who acknowledged that everyone should have access to ‘the fire’ set him free).

So yeah, if you have Planets / AC / Nodes on that cusp you might identify with this story, and also be here to dedicate ‘your work’ to the liberation of humanity.
Esoterically it’s called Light (AQ) Worker (CAP).
I like Light Leader better – leading by example (CAP), rather than doing the work ‘for them’.

And here we realize that our own work and achievements only go this far.
Cooperation in Community of Light Leaders is key.
VENUS, and then the SUN in AQ help us attract others who’re also doing their work, and would be good matches for us, for cooperation, community building, and  convergence of communities.

Maybe some of these contacts have already been activated… happened for me lately where I was asked by 3 community leaders to engage in cooperation with them – yay!

The AIR is thin, in those great and established heights, and it’s cool out there.
I.o.w., in the old (!) world hierarchical, patriarchal paradigm – which thankfully is changing, complements PLUTO in CAP – it’s been an ‘elite’ place that’s a) hard to access, and b) there might not be many good matching people out there, and c) they’ve already established their system, and their circles.
Hope you don’t buy into this anymore, because: The times, they are a-changing. 

With VENUS leading on, and the SUN following into AQ this week, it would be good to expose yourself to groups and networks that you’re genuinely interested in cooperating with, to increase the odds for meeting ‘them’.
So much easier nowadays with the Aquarian online web world! 


Painting by Johfra Bosschart

By the way, I’m being asked quite often, and you might wonder too:

Is the AQUARIUS AGE already here? Or when does it start?

No clear-cut ‘correct’ answer for this.
Yes, according to the astronomical calculations the AQ Age starts when the Spring Equinox point will move (always backwards, and very, very gradually) out of PISCES and into AQ – apparently in the year 2597 – faaaar ahead.

But for one thing, there are ‘overlaps’ in the constellations.
And there are other indications, besides the ‘mere’ calculations.

Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen a ‘preview’ of what the AQ age could be about:

  • URANUS and NEPTUNE were united in AQ in the late 1990’s – they have 84- and 165-year cycle, and a conjunction in AQ is super rare.
    What happened then?
    Personal computers became accessible for everyone, and the Internet took off, and changed our social, communicative, and work world forever. In the meantime, the Internet is omnipresent, in any area of life!
  • PLUTO (with its 248-year cycle) will go into AQ in 2023 / 24.
    There’s a big time AQ Evolution coming up. 

    Looks like Humanity really gotta and can cooperate much more than ever. Since things get intense and extreme with PLUTO, we can also see a lot of alienation and encapsulation, social awkwardness, and other side effects of the technological self-sufficiency…
    Endeavours of replacing humans with robots will increase, and perhaps a massive ‘Space Age’ will break out, with settlements on other Planets, if Earth becomes uninhabitable – whoooaah!

Let’s already / any time work and create with the AQ energy optimally, be innovative (Uranus / Prometheus, the AQ related Planetary Archetype loves that), connect with like-spirited others in high-level integrity, and cooperate in community to co-create into the future, a future ON Planet Earth, I’d propose.


Next UP, this Year and Month:

MERCURY will also pay AQ a visit, between Jan 31 and Feb 17 – when, as a grand finale, it aligns with the SUN, just before both enter PISCES.

MERCURY is ‘exalted’ in AQ – the energy it can operate best in:
Our thinking can be more systemic and out-of-the-box, crystal clear and detached, concerned with the greater good, forward-thinking, team-mind, brain storming, aiming at cooperative, innovative solutions.


MARS will be this year for a very long time in AQ this year:
May 15 – Aug 15, and Sept 10 – Nov 15!

Why so long?
Because of the MARS retro phase from June 26 – Aug 27 (back into end of CAP).

What are endeavours that really serve the system, the greater good, and humanity???
More about this major transit of 2018 closer to the date.


Blessings for the AQ Times!
Needless to say (I do it anyway):

Astrology is an Aquarian Art.


© Melanie Lichtinger 2018



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Astro~Alchemy of Chakras & Planetary Archetypes – starts with a FREE Intro on Wed Jan 17 (right after the New Moon in super-grounded CAP, of course… – a 7-week Journey!)

The Muscle Testing Clinic on Jan 19, and also the

AstroEmBODYment on Jan 26 – Experience the Archetypes, as birth charts come to Life!






* GEM – SAG Super Full Moon 2016 (Dec 13 / 14), in T-square with CHIRON in PI, and Mystic Rectangle :: Heart Connection is Lighting the Way!

13 Dec

What’s the GEMINI – SAG  Full Moon all about astrologically, in a nutshell, and what are other cosmic catalyst energies that the Full Moon is highlighting?  


SuperMoon Lighting for the Gemini Reader


OH yes, here’s another  SuperMoon (#3 in a series of 3), after the AR – LI SuperMoon on Oct 15 /16, and the TAU – SCO SuperSuperMoon on Nov 14. I bet you remember that with the last SuperSuperMoon supercharged emotions came to full fruition that to be released with the waning Moon cycle after fullness. What a difference a lunar cycle makes!

We’re in a similar phase now with the Full Moon release energy as in mid Oct and mid Nov, yet wayyy less fierce and raw (AR) or intense (TAU – SCO).


What can come up with the GEM Full Moon is distraction and scatteredness through inner and outer dialogues, curiosity and interest in the ‘10000 things’, and the challenge to focus (SATURN in SAG) – a big ‘issue’ these years actually, given the social media influx… What’s the way-out?

Before going into the ‘Full Menu’ of the Full Moon Picture let’s start with a little 101 Intro (and RE-visit, if you’re familiar with the ‘puzzle pieces’) for some key Astro ‘Ingredients’ of the Full Moon:

  • GEM – SAG – the Full Moon Zodiac energies, are in contrast and polarity. Both mutable / adaptable / flexible in different ways:
  • GEM deals with asking, questioning, being curious, absorbing information, learning, studying, reading and writing, and engaging in dialogue. GEM energy can be a good word smith, and lives to learn. GEM rules the bi-hemispheric brain. Dualities come up, to be alchemized so that they not only ‘speak to each other’ but for the opposites to be married. As in: thesis – antithesis – synthesis. The shadow / challenge of GEM is being scattered, distracted, centrifugal with soo many interests, listening to many ‘channels’ and ‘voices’.

GEM is ruled by MERCURY, the Archetype of Mind. And MERCURY will go retro in mid CAP (next to PLUTO) very soon – Dec 19 – Jan 8, and into slooow, stationary ‘storm’ right after the Full Moon, on Dec 15.
Here’s my Astro~News Blog for MERCURY retro – don’t get distracted, and come back here.  

With the GEM – SAG Full Moon, AND MERCURY about to go retro there’s definitely a lot going on, on the mental plane presently. However, never mind: The mind that got wayyy ahead of the game, and running the show will be ‘lassoed in’ again in the MERCURY retro journey, to be it it’s place of an ‘agent’ for consciousness and creativity (the SUN).

  • SAG – in contrast to GEM – is the explorer, needs to follow his / her Heart, and put their Heart into what they’re doing, be focused and on ‘the Path’, get the ‘big picture’, and connect with their Truth. S/He can be an inspired story teller and sage. The shadow / challenge of SAG shows up when s/he turns into a ‘know-it-all’ and ‘know-it-better’, and that’s where judgment and beliefs come in. With the tendency to expand and a ‘more is better’ attitude SAG can over-extend his / herself, or promise more than s/he can deliver.

As SATURN is presently in SAG (Sept 2015 – Dec 2017), there’s an incentive and necessity to ‘downsize’ the excessiveness of SAG, to be done with old stories and limiting beliefs, to stay focused and heart centred. SATURN was just (on Dec 10) passed by the SUN, and is a big player in the Full Moon theme. For more depth, and tips re: SATURN Return, check out the SUN / SATURN blog from the weekend.

  • PISCES – represented by CHIRON in the Full Moon ‘matrix’ (the Full Moon is in a 90 degree T-square angle with CHIRON) – is also a mutable sign like GEM (MOON) and SAG (SUN / SATURN), yet ‘ultra flexible’, surrendered, and connected in oneness. We live in times where it becomes more and more obvious  and evident that everything is connected with everything else, in the fabric of life. That’s what Astrology is also about…. The Cosmos is ‘in’ us, and weaves through us. When we flow (PI) with our soul dharma we are aligned (VIR), and let go (PI) what’s gone.


Remember when people were talking about the theory of ‘six degrees of separation’ ? But hey – since NEPTUNE moved into PISCES  (2012 – still there until 2026) the experience of separation through time and space has more and more morphed into interconnectedness – one degree of connection is more apt these days. Internet and media allow (or hook?) us to be continuously plugged in and connected (at least to and through technology). ‘Wounded Healer’ CHIRON in PISCES (2011 – 2018) adds to the picture of oneness, by showing us our vulnerability through ‘entanglement’ and interdependency. Yet the ‘wound’ carries also its medicine: If all is connected (and YES, Water IS Life…!) our healing vibrations, our prayers, and our compassionate ‘being with’ have an influence that transcends time – space. Also, showing up with our vulnerability really IS connective. 

PISCES is one of the SoUlutions of the Full Moon ‘dilemma’….


A rare ‘Mystic Rectangle’ shows up as well, in the Full Moon energy – a ‘closed envelope’ shape (see chart below). What’s in it??? A note to self? A love letter? An invitation? Maybe Messenger MERCURY, gearing up for the next retro phase (Dec 19 – Jan 8) which starts out from PLUTO in CAP will help us decipher the mystery?

URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 2018) is quite the Archetypal ‘Player’ in Dec / Jan too: Paradigm shifts and breakthroughs, fresh approaches and initiatives get quite a boost.


The exploration continues… under the ASTRO~WEATHER & ASTRO~MEDICINE below.

When I saw the mutable T-Square from the GEMINI – SAG Full Moon to CHIRON in PI, and the ‘Mystic Rectangle’ aspect figure, this famous quote by Rumi came to my awareness:


Rumi Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do

Rumi: Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do


“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
There is a field. I will meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
The world is too full to talk about
Language, ideas, even the phrase each other
Doesn’t make any sense.”

By Rumi

Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی) (Sept 30, 1207 – Dec 17, 1273), was a Persian philosopher, poet, teacher, and founder of the Mevlevi (or Mawlawi) order of Sufism; also known as Mevlana (Our Guide), Jalaluddin Rumi, or simply Rumi.

This page features an overview and introduction to the mystical, timeless poetry by Rumi.

Read ON, for the SUN / SATURN in SAG Gifts for the Full Moon in GEM – SAG, and for your SATURN Return (if you were born 1956 – 59, or 1985 – 88)!

With references to ZEN, Ganesh, the ‘Remover of Obstacles’, and some themes to check in on, under SAT in SAG for all of us, esp. for those of you born with SAT in SAG.


Under the Mutable FULL MOON T-Square (see 101 Intro for some key Astro ‘Ingredients’ above, and chart below), we can feel pulled into different directions, maybe like a flag in the wind, maybe feeling aimless, maybe free and unbound.

The GEMINI Full MOON energy is curious, questions things, loves diversity, variety, likes to talk and learn, is hungry for information and communication, can jump around from topic to topic, and also be easily distracted / distracting. Sooo many ideas and questions. Very cerebral.

Have you found yourself pulled into the realm of information and ideas (“They say this, he says that, to which I said….”, and what about this article and interview?)?
Trapped in the tentacles of the seamless (and sometimes senseless) information stream? Hooked on the information high-way? The notion to know…

Does more knowledge (GEM) make us happier (SAG)?
And (old SAG adage): Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?

The U.S. election battle and results and the GEM / SAG storm of posts and communication (hmmm, not so many dialogues and inquiries, mostly SAG type statements) showed us ‘knowing’ doesn’t equate with happiness, nor with vision. Who knows where this is going… Interestingly, Donald Trump (born June 14, 1946) has the GEM – SAG axis emphasized in reverse: GEM SUN / URANUS (does that surprise you?!) / North Node and SAG MOON / South Node…born on the day of a Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse! I’m not going into analysis here. Wondering what your intuition says, and we can talk if you like. Here’s a blog I posted last month, for the U.S. chart with transits (wow, lots coming up there) – scroll back to part 1 -, as well as my take on the charts of Donald, Hillary, and Bernie to get the Astro ball rolling.


Back to the GEM – SAG Full Moon chart:

Natural happiness comes when we feel connected. Now that’s the Medicine of CHIRON in PI which (thankfully) releases the tension between SUN / SATURN in SAG and the MOON in GEMINI.

Heart connection (SAG – PI) makes us drop the arrows, and perhaps even words (as wise as they may sound).



Heart connection lights the way to Winter SoUlstice, and the Return of the outer Light.


Uh, and from the Heart connection it’s so much easier – and natural, actually – to act authentically in the NOW.

URANUS in ARIES (stationary mid Dec to mid Jan) gives us a big boost to break through and free us from the Old, and for… THIS.

The Mystic Rectangle (check it out on the chart below), with URANUS, MOON, JUPITER, and SUN / SATURN shows how apparently opposing forces want to be bridged and reconciled, mainly revolving round: Head and Heart, Radical New Self and Growth in Relatedness. Hmmm, what’s in the ‘closed envelope’? What’s the letter you write? What’s the message you receive there?


* GEM – SAG Full Moon Chart

A Fuller Picture

Here’s the Full Moon chart, for you visually inclined readers and Astro initiates:



HA! Here’s the evidence (SATURN in SAG): The MOON was already exactly FULL at 4:06 pm PST = Moonrise on the West Coast.


That’s when our Chakras & Astro group (with 2 GEM SUN and 1 GEM Moon, and 1 SAG SUN ladies in it) was in an inspired sharing journey that showed (CHIRON in PI ‘overseeing’ the FM) that when we come together intentionally (SAG) and open up (PI) in trusted communication (SAG – GEM) it turns out ‘we’re all in this together’ and have so much in common. Resonance heals. Showing up with vulnerability (CHIRON in PI), and honouring the journey (SATURN in SAG), without re-gurgitating the ‘story’ invokes the collective (PI) Healer / Teacher. Great grounding finale of our journey!


So here’s also the ‘Mystic Rectangle’ between the MOON in GEM, JUPITER in LI, SUN / SATURN in SAG, and URANUS in AR. Can you see it in the chart? Bridging, reconciling, and creatively balancing the polar opposites is the call of (not only) the Day, and actually quite stimulating. The point is that the opposite sides can be stronger when they cooperate in synergy, like a good partnership. (Aspect ‘technically’ speaking: each opposition point has also a trine and sextile attached, for opportunities):

  • There’s the Full Moon opposition with its Head & Heart / Knowledge & Knowing / Dialogue & Intuition themes.
  • And there’s the JUPITER – URANUS opposition (exact on Dec 26, and again on March 3 and Sept 27, 2017):

A BIG emphasis on URANUS is building up, since URANUS is in Dec / Jan also stationary, as it goes from retro to direct (kaboooom!) on Dec 29 = the day after the CAP New Moon, and ‘Day of Enlightening Insight’ in the MERCURY retro cycle!!!

URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 2018) is the signature of the ‘Zeitgeist’ (literally: Spirit of the Time) that shows up as accelerated awakening of consciousness, yet also the quickening of everything, and revolutionary notions to break free from repressive old structures (PLUTO in CAP). We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!

If people are truly liberated in themselves (UR in AR) that’s a great starting point for growth in relationships (JU in LI), and there’s less need for a tug of war between independence (UR in AR) and the benefits / compromises in relationships (JU in LI).


  • Also visible in the Full Moon chart: MERCURY next to PLUTO in CAP, about to go into pre-retro ‘storm’ on Dec 15 and retro Dec 19 – Jan 8. See: the epic special feature Astro~News Blog on the upcoming MERCURY retro phase.


  • VENUS has entered AQ recently, on Dec 7, and will travel through the ‘coolest sign of the Zodiac’ until Jan 3. Being cool, free-spirited, nerdy, a mad scientist even, and definitely: a good and original friend (and astrologer) is attractive. Ha-ha.
    VENUS will make some real nice aspects on Christmas Day Dec 25: Trine JUPITER, sextile her URANUS friend in AR, and ‘even’ sextile SATURN in SAG, linking the SATURN – URANUS trine (which will be exact on Dec 24 – and again in May and Nov 2017). The common denominator of SAG, JUPITER and URANUS is: FREEDOM. Which comes in so many ways… to be explored in the next Astro~News (from Winter SoUlstice to CAP New Moon Dec 28 / 29).


  • MARS is about to leave AQ and will be ‘gone fishing’ in PI, from Dec 19 on (until Jan 27). Time to ‘get your surf gear out’? To disappear? More about it below, in a n upcoming Astro~News blog.


For now: Blessings for the GEM – SAG Full Moon and the bridges and connections it encourages us to build!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2016



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* Mercury and Venus enter AQ (Feb 13 / 16): Love Letters to Humanity and Freedom ♥

13 Feb

As you can see in the AQ New Moon chart in the previous post, MERCURY and VENUS are about to enter AQ which gives the AstroSphere a new lighter, more communal and liberation oriented flavour, after a concentrated CAP process over the last weeks (for MERCURY since Dec 10, with its triple PLUTO contact; for VENUS ‘only’ since the last Full Moon on Jan 23 – but a huge deal, since ‘she’ also had to pass PLUTO, on Feb 5). Once MERCURY and VENUS are in AQ only PLUTO will be ‘left’ in CAP, until Nov / Dec.


MERCURY goes first into AQ, today Feb 13 (and will journey through the AQ world until March 7).

This is a highlight for MERCURY, since it’s considered to operate optimally there, and can be the free thinker, beyond paradigms and conditionings, restrictions and fear. Time for seeing through the facades (incl. the ones of our own ego), free speech, innovative, systemic thinking. Esp. after a deep and intense Mercury retro processing phase this shift can be (understated) a breath of fresh air.

Let’s see what we come up with.

I wouldn’t be surprised if more leaks re: fear and control based power structures and corporate agenda (shadow of PLUTO in CAP) would come out and make people think more freely. Esp. round the time when MERCURY in AQ will square investigative MARS in SCO (exact on March 4), actually for both planets on the cusp (MERCURY: AQ to PI – the Coherence Point, i.o.w. we are all in this together, and MARS: SCO to SAG – the Phoenix Point). The time of the lone wolf and of the sheep-le are over….



Angel_of_Revelation _W.Blake

Angel of Revelation, Painting by William Blake


VENUS follows into AQ on Feb 16 (until March 12).

Making us inclined, instead of buying into (and literally buying products from) the institutionalized, corporate ‘Big Daddy’ world, to value community and networks of real people, rather than the consumer / debt vicious cycle. A great time to come together as one, to celebrate our humanity and intrinsic freedom, with friends of all ages, colours, and from all walks of life.


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

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