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SCO-TAU Wesak Moon (May 18) – Sit in the Buddha Hub!

17 May

WESAK MOON Blessings,
Dear Reader in the Astrology ComMOONity!


The Wesak Moon is celebrated by the Buddhist world Sangha (community), in honour of the birth, attaining of enlightenment, and passing of Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha, who walked the Earth more than 2500 years ago, and set a model for the Living Buddha in all of us.

The Full Moon in May traditionally marks the Wesak Moon in Buddhist cultures, and that falls this year on May 18, with the MOON in late SCO and the SUN in late TAU.

The SCORPIO MOON – TAURUS SUN polarity aligns with the astrological Wesak Moon (see chart below).
It expresses the gist of basic Buddhist teachings, which in turn can help us be conscious of (SUN) and emotionally go into and transform (MOON) the core (SCO) of the matter (TAU)!


One essential question in Buddhism is:
Why do we humans suffer, or are even ‘just’ dissatisfied / discontent 
(‘dukkha’) in life?

The answer is simple and obvious – yet still, it’s over and over again revolutionary to see it this way (why do we forget?!):
Because of our attachments to what we desire, and their frustration – not getting what we want, and not being able to get rid of the unwanted and painful. Which is… very TAURUS – SCORPIO!


Well, being in NYC these days before and around the Wesak Moon is a living example of the SCO – TAU axis.
NYC’s Taurean birthday was yesterday (see my post). Obviously, she isn’t called Big Apple for no reason, famous for the Taurean ‘candy store’ of sensual input and consumption, incl. a delish and culturally diverse food culture. Well, you need Taurean bucks to fully enjoy it all on the material level, and a healthy body to move about…

Wall St. Bull Shoulder Rub

Plus, there’s literally the capitalist Bull & Bear (hibernating / Scorpio related) Wall St. Market, and its the ever so popular massive bronze Wall St. Bull epitome (erected as a symbol of resilience after the recession) whom I also needed to rub shoulders / horns with… 🙂

And with ‘her’ MOON in CAP, the City strives ever higher, maximizing and optimizing time, real estate, and resources of all kinds, yet also needs to control and regulate on the shadow level of exploitation and privilege.

A City of sharp light & shadow, literally via the skyscrapers and street canyons, yet also energetically.

Wandering across ‘selfie haven’ Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan, I naturally gravitated towards WTC 1 – the proud and shiny ‘resurrection’ of what the Twin Towers represented.

Ground Zero North Pool

Being with Ground Zero Memorial right next to it in the evening – and under the early SCO MOON above was so moving. The North Pool & South Pool are exactly positioned where the towers once stood.
Having been on the observation deck of the South Tower at my 1st visit to NYC in the late 80’s and not since Sept 11 made me feel into the grief over those who painfully died in the tragedy, and feel the immense gratitude for the grace of not having been at the right place at the wrong time…
The names of all the 9/11 victims are engraved across the frames of the Ground Zero pools – and visitors are “encouraged to touch the names”. I really felt a connection with actual humans this way, rather than just an anonymous tragedy.
Golden-lit water cascades down into the about 1 acre square pools, and from there into central smaller completely dark square pools – like black holes.
All so Plutonic / Scorpionic.

So there it is – the SCO – TAU Full Moon themes a la NYC.
Reminiscent / playing out on an intense stage what’s going on in life, in all of us.
Taurean Life-as-Spring, enjoyment, physical / material pleasure, eating, embodying, gaining, having.
And Scorpionic pain, death, loss, grief and the whole spectrum of emotional depth that bring us to the essence and change us.

What does the Buddha say to this essential polarity in life?

As far as I understand the gist of the teachings, firstly, there’s a difference between physical and emotional pain and human suffering from it – true but not always easy to do… that’s why it’s called a practice.
Suffering obviously-not-always-obviously has to do with the attachment (yes, attachment is the key – as in sticky fixed signs TAU – SCO) to the desire for the wanted and to the desire of getting rid of the unwanted and painful.
The Buddhists would suggest two ‘ways out’ of suffering:
To be aware that nothing really lasts forever, everything is impermanent. This world of phenomena is in constant flux and change – we better get used to it, and become free through that realization.
Walking the ‘Middle Path’, a.k.a. the practice of the Noble 8-fold Path (right speech, right livelihood, right samadhi….) brings intrinsic happiness.

May the astrological Wesak Moon and the Buddhist Wesak Moon bring golden opportunities for realization & practice that set us FREE!

With the  example of NYC and the teachings of the Buddha, let’s link back into Astrology and the Wesak Moon chart with its message:


SCO – TAU Full Moon Themes – that are UP now:

Fixed, earthy TAURUS (ruled by VENUS) is all about embodiment, enjoyment of Life-on-Earth, sensuality, assimilation (food and stuff), and value. A substance building energy.
Immersed in the realm of  TAURUS, as in the full bloom of Spring, we celebrate the physical senses, comfort and pleasure, everything that creates security and grounding, and grows over time.

Taurean energy takes roots, builds, cultivates, and conserves, like a gardener, farmer, and good custodian of the Earth. TAU likes to attract what’s pleasant, to experience it via the senses, to eat, assimilate, gather and accumulate, to settle and to claim ownership and territory.
TAU slows down, after the fast and furious ARIES energy, and favours predictability and patience; therefore habits and routines are formed. Its orientation is very life affirming, yet can obviously lead to attachment to the known and comfortable, to the material and worldly plane in general, and to physical satisfaction, hoarding, and greed. TAU has a strong resistance to change and to pain.

SCORPIO (ruled by PLUTO) carries transformation medicine.
The fixed deep water sign SCO (picture: lake or pond or Ground Zero pool for that matter), in contrast to the ‘above ground’ Taurean world takes us to emotionally intense, uncomfortable, ‘ugly’ and painful places where the ‘muck’ and hidden, often covered or repressed emotional material sits.

Just as the leaves rot and go under the earth in late Oct – late Nov, the Scorpionic energy takes us to the ‘grand mystery’ of the intangible, and to emotionally deeply affecting processes that have nowhere to go but down and through, so that the alchemical work can be performed.
SCO penetrates the underground / underworld / underbelly, which can be a painful process (TAU – SCO also represent the pleasure – pain, and life – death axis). This is where deep ‘down under’ transformational ‘digestion’ of what’s actually already dead needs to happen, be purged, and eliminated.
Our very ‘human humus’ and shadow can’t be just ‘gotten rid of,’ or ‘hidden away’. It’s here to be fully processed, so that it becomes a ‘fertilizer’ for renewalThe Alchemy of Life.


SCORPIO is for the MOON the most ‘challenging’ sign.
While the MOON is considered ‘exalted’ in TAU, it is considered ‘in fall’ in SCO – here’s why:
The MOON represents emotions, our instinctual mind (in a broad sense of body-mind, feeling-mind), and our needs and habits which by nature long for nourishment and sustenance.

TAURUS is the sign that provides such sustaining delivery and assimilation – intake through feeding and reliable presence… whereas SCO represents necessary detoxifying elimination, often through painful processes. That’s not what our Lunar side (representing also our Inner Child) is most comfortable with, to put it mildly.

Under a SCO MOON (whether we’re born with it, have it by astrological Progression for 2½ years every 29 years, or whether the MOON in SCO for 2½ days per month affects us), we’re instinctively sensitized towards the need to purge and to ‘get rid of’ what’s toxic and outlived, what controls us, and doesn’t allow us to be free in a deeper sense.
The process calls us to go into the ‘mouth of the monster’ and through its bowels even, while our head and ego might severely protest and resist.

A SCO MOON experience can lead us to the deepest abyss of our inner worlds, yet is an opportunity to take us through it, and be regenerated and transformed through the process.


Mother and Child, by Pablo Picasso (1921). Picasso *Oct 25, 1881 was born under a strong TAU (4 Planets) – SCO (Sun and Mercury) axis. Can you tell from his art and intense gaze?

The SCO- TAU Full Moon happens often close to Mother’s Day – last Sunday.
It’s ‘normal’ to have difficult feelings round mother(hood), as a mom or as a daughter / son, at this time of year – could be related to wounds around early bonding, abandonment, or abuse.

A time to go deep into the core of it,  and let the pain and woundedness   hat’s usually hidden  process, for transformation – which takes its time…

So much ARIES activation recently, and continuously via CHIRON too – encouraging us to be authentic in our process
(no sugarcoating, and playing nice).

And (as you can see in the chart below, and prob sense in ‘real life) soo much TAU now – VENUS / URANUS, also exact tomorrow May 18, and SUN / MERCURY (exact May 21) –
with URANUS being the main and ‘lasting’ one (until 2026) encouraging and ‘kicking’ us like Buddha the Awakener into freedom from the known and attached, and into embodying the liberation.
A theme for the coming 7 years still – we’re just on the brink of it. Esp. relevant for all our fixed sign themes (Sun / Moon / AC / Planets in TAU, LEO, SCO, and AQ). I’m sure you’ve noticed…

The SCO / TAU Wesak Full Moon each year is a fully solar illumined (therefore the most potent) SCO MOON that reveals our deepest needs for transformation.

With our conscious Self (represented by the SUN) we have to patiently stay and ‘sit with’ (TAU quality) what comes up from the depth, for the processing.

Astro~Alchemy sessions are here to help you shed light on things from deep levels, and get the process going.
Get in touch with me if you’d like to hear more about it, or discuss how it can be beneficial for you.
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Bali Morning Prayer – Photo by Helga Hendricks


In Buddhist tradition, the image of the peaceful Buddha floating on a (Taurean) Lotus flower that blossoms so purely and beautifully while rooted in the (Scorpionic) mud swamp, represents the enlightened quality, rooted in real-life human suffering and compassion.

  • Where do your swampy roots show up, these days?
  • Can you ‘sit’ with it all, open to the light of consciousness?
  • And how can you dwell in the Buddha hub of calm within enjoyment and pain?

The Wesak Full Moon is a magnificent divine and meditative moment-in-time, when transformation (SCO) can be anchored (TAU).
Our attachment to desires and longing for what we want and don’t have, or ‘even’ to pain / suffering / complaining / feeding those ‘hungry ghosts’ (TAU – SCO) that show up in obvious or subtle personal and collective / cultural addictions and compulsions (more consumption, information, work, entertainment, nothing’s ever enough…).
All these manifestations of  attachments can be put into the bonfire of the soul (SCO) so that the deep Alchemy can do its job.


YinYang Infinite

The YIN-YANG is a perfect symbol for balancing the Yin / Lunar and Yang / Solar influences in us, under each Full Moon, esp. under this astrologically potent (SCO – TAU) and spirited Wesak Moon.

As above so below and within….
We ARE the field, and the buddhic catalysts for evolution and liberation…



Here is the astrological Wesak Full Moon chart:


As you see, the SCO MOON ‘sits’ all by herself, only aspected by the opposition to the SUN / MERCURY (while everybody else seems to have a good time…).
This could show up as encapsulated / exiled / repressed emotions that are now fully highlighted.
Do yourself a favour, slow down (TAU) and sit with what needs to be tended to, on deep levels.
No need to get stuck in the process – you can be carried through, and come out transformed and re-grounded in your Earth Body.

Looots of Earth in the chart and energy field these days!
With a supportive / opportune Earth Trine from the SUN / MERCURY in late TAU to SATURN retro / SN / PLUTO retro, clustered together in late CAP.
So here’s the opportunity to ‘Let the Old Empire Expire’ as I call the theme that’s concentrated these years 2019 / 20, with SATURN / PLUTO / South Node close together in CAP (esp this Spring, and again strong / culminating with the SAT – PLUTO conj. on Jan 12, 2020.
What’s your ‘old regime’ (hint: power / control themes)?

And to sit a la TAU with what’s here-now, enJoy Life with all its blossoming expressions – without getting attached. Basically, as the smiling Buddha would.

Plus, the SUN / MERCURY and the North Node in CAN form a rare Yod to JUPITER retro in SAG. A ‘celestial pointer’ / ‘Finger of God’ pointing to the inner Guru (JUPITER retro) – a wise, gentle & compassionate (CAN NN) and common sense (SUN / MERCURY in TAU) mentor. Like your grandmother… 🙂

VENUS in her Taurean abode meeting URANUS also tomorrow May 18 is a wake-up call to EnJoy EmBodying Freedom.
For some of us, this may mean the freedom from what’s been stifling and stuck, from old fears that have proven redundant when actually at the situation, and the alike. You may also be drawn to (VENUS) a new Freedom for… yet don’t get attached, experiment, and see. 
Ultimately, as Krishnamurti would point out brilliantly(!), it’s about Freedom without an opposite (as in: from / for), since otherwise it pretends to be Freedom but isn’t the real deal. Fake Freedom so-to-say. Similarly – again quoting K., and enquiring myself: What is Love (VENUS) that has no opposite?
K’s Taurean human birthday was May 12.


That takes us full circle.

A good place to hand it over to the Wesak Moon herself…

Many Blessings now-as-always!


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger



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Happy Birthday, New York City!

15 May

Guess whose birthday is today, May 16?
Well, yeah, I gave it away in the title – and I’m HERE now!

Since I feel very connected to New York City, and at the very least I find the City fascinating, and since I got ‘her’ birth chart(!), and since I visit her these days:  Here’s to honour and celebrate HER – not only, but definitely: TODAY!


New York Above Gotham


There are a few dates and times for the ‘Birth of the City of Dreams’ and ‘Big Apple’, depending on which event is considered the initiating one.

In 1625, Fort Amsterdam was designated the capital of the province of New Amsterdam, the colonial Dutch settlement which would later become the City of New York. The first Dutch settlers actually arrived in the region in 1624, and the town of New Amsterdam was incorporated in 1653.
The City of New York  was consolidated at a flag raising to the top of the pole over City Hall at 00:00 midnight of 1 January 1898.

So, what about May 16 then?
393 years ago, on May 16, 1626 a historic purchase was made (very TAURUS – very PLUTO / SUN / VENUS in TAURUS actually – see chart below): Peter Minuit bought Manhattan Island for 60 gilders (value of something like $ 1500 today) from the Lenape tribe – or, as the story goes, ‘made gifts for the use of their land’. And what a legendary ‘land use and development’ it’s become! We’ll see some of this theme in New York’s chart.
Maybe the first, definitely the biggest capitalist / land speculation coup in history – a pretty famous one anyhow. And now – she’s the capital of capiral
Never mind the indigenous wisdom:
You belong to the Earth – the Earth doesn’t belong to you. 


Photo: Wall St. Bull (Wiki)

But, as history has it, humanity had to take a ‘detour’.
And Manhattan owes its ‘birth’ to this historic deal:

It’s May 16, 1626 chart sports PLUTO / SUN / VENUS in TAURUS (the sign of the Settler, the Land, the Bull, assimilation, purchases, money, value…. and yummy things like APPLES in the Garden of Eden).


So, let’s take a look at the chart, and what it tells us.

Whoa…. soo much encoded in it, so many stories in these Archetypes – worth of much deeper and broader research and exploration.
But hey, let’s get the ball, or shall I say: Apple, rolling, on ‘HER’ Birthday:




  • With the time I have for the transaction, 9:33 am EST, the Rising sign is proud and glamourous LEO, ruled by the solid TAURUS SUN – ‘coming out of’ PLUTO, and next to VENUS, in the 10th / 11th house. EARTH is the predominant element.
    But that’s just the first glance…


  • What a powerful (overpowering?) purchase (PLUTO / SUN / VENUS in TAU) – given the VALUE of the land, as history has shown.
    Let me put it in neutral terms: A model to the world (10th house) of what transforming and developing the potential of the land value(PLUTO in TAU) can do. And proudly showing it (LEO Rising) to the world. Definitely not shy. Definitely Celebrity City.


  • Early LEO has an ARIES undertone – pioneer spirit shows. NYC has always been so innovative and creative. Here is where the individual can rise and shine – if…. they also got something potent, valuable, and attractive (PLUTO / SUN – Ruler of the AC / VENUS) to put out to the world.


  • The AC on the CAN / LEO cusp is also the Spirit of Creativity and Welcome! (MOON / SUN ruled). Both definitely signatures of the City – with the hallmark of the Statue of Liberty.


  • SUN / VENUS in late TAU on the 10th – 11th house cusp: Purpose (10th) for the future (11th), from the perspective of 1626, was – with the human PLUTO shadow attached – to create something ever so attractive, through craftiness, ingenuity, and smart, skillful work(late TAU has a VIRGO undertone). The VIRGO undertone also brings us to the Sacred Feminine.
    You probably know that the Statue of Liberty was donated by France in 1886. Researchers speculate its intentional, masonic placement was, in short, invoking the Egyptian Goddess Isis! Lots of fascinating material out there.


  • On that note, NYC’s North Node ‘happens to be’ on the ‘Sphinx Point’, also in early VIRGO in ‘her’ 2nd house, next to SATURN: A mandate for NYC to: “Know yourself!” Know what you can do, be in integrity, and don’t loose energy by getting pulled into others’ agenda (South Node in PI in the 8th house).
    Well, there have been more than a few fishy, shady, criminal things going on in NYC’s history that made her infamous… yet, ‘cleaning up’, esp. in the 1990’s became the talk of not just the town but a model of what’s possible. Check out this City Journal article. In the 1990’s, NYC had its Nodal Return in VIRGO, and also SATURN, URANUS, and NEPTUNE were moving through ‘her’ 6th house in CAP. Serious clean-up business.


  • Re: Early VIRGO North Node, with SATURN, reminds me immediately also of Woody Allen’s movie Manhattan (which I first saw in German, called Der Stadtneurotiker – the City Neurotic – which is what early VIRGO can also turn into, ha-ha!). Woody Allen has a SAG SUN and VIRGO Rising. Makes sense, with his humour. No wonder he is / was one of NYC’s movie trademarks.


  • The MOON in late CAP (with the VIRGO undertone), in the VIRGO related 6th House – NYC had a CAP MOON Lunar Return earlier today too (rare on a birthday): Well, lots of hard work that pays… in the end, if you have resilience, perseverance, and… know the right people – a trine to the SUN / VENUS on the 11th house cusp.


  • The City that never sleeps (MARS in cozy CANCER in ‘her’ 12th house), and always strives (the MOON – ruling CANCER – in CAP in ‘her’ 6th house).


  • NYC’s MOON connects with the U.S. PLUTO in late CAP, both transited by PLUTO, for the first time in history in 2020 – 2022 – a development that can change everything… A major political event? An Evolution that’s already under way…. ? How well do we use resources and time???! Maybe a Revolution at the same time, since the NYC MOON, and the U.S. PLUTO are on the ‘Prometheus Point’ in the Zodiac, where CAP turns into AQUARIUS – rules by… URANUS. Prometheus bringing the ‘Fire of the Gods’ / the privilege of the Elite to Humanity.



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


  • And in contrast: There’s also ARIES, namely: NYC’s Midheaven, recently transited by URANUS: The spirit of innovation and revolution…Technologically, start-ups, new wave of entrepreneurs, and: Women’s March. URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 18) has brought lots of fast paced innovation, and acceleration of processes, big time via technology, but also in general, for human consciousness. Wake-up calls, and awakening spirit. Independence is a big theme there for URANUS on NYC’s MC.
    More Uranian square activation for the U.S. PLUTO to come, this year, mixing things up, for outmoded controlling forces and structures. Liberty!
    So much fast paced, competitive energy on the ARIES MC – if you can make it there… yet, perhaps nowadays not JUST NYC anymore – the Uranian spirit is everywhere…


  • Speaking of URANUS, it sits on NYC’s 2nd house cusp in LEO – thank Goddess for eccentricity, and unique creative ways of standing out! We love you for that, Big Apple!
    The Total Solar Eclipse over the U.S. on Aug 21 will be on NYC’s URANUS – a new beginning for Liberation and Independence of Self Expression!


  • JUPITER / NEPTUNE in LIBRA in ‘her’ 4th house – City of Dreams – Dream BIG!
    So many hopes (JUPITER) and dreams (NEPTUNE) have brought so many people from many cultures (LIBRA) to New York. And what a cultural and art scene there!
    Plus: The ‘energy exchange’ of the original deal between Peter Minuit (which means midnight in French) on the ‘midnight point’ of the chart, represess to the land and ‘home’ itself, was a big time (JUPITER) give-away (NEPTUNE) / gain. Speaking of ‘balance’!!!

    New York will have ‘her’ JUPITER return this Sept (first contact was already in Jan / Feb) – goes to show, LIBRA’s notion for fairness, justice, and balance is also BIG this year – now that could lead to a whole political discussion…


  • Lastly, the NYC CHIRON in late PISCES in ‘her’ 9th house also returns (every 50 years!) 2017 – 18. The ‘melting pot’ for people from across the world. Once again, we see how vulnerable one can be when looking for a new shore, or simply: surviving. 


Let’s be compassionate. We are all in this together.


New York City Night Map



Birthday Blessings to NYC, and to the NEW YORK SPIRIT in all of us!

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger



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* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value.

29 Apr

What a Wesak / SCORPIO / TAURUS Full Moon week it’s been!



“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)


The energetic ‘Buddha Moon’ in SCO – TAU on Apr 21 / 22 with its build-up phase, weeks before, and concentrated medicine at the exact SCO Moon ‘window’ (Apr 21 eve until Apr 24 morning PDT) felt for many of us like

  • a fight with the inner dragon (the ‘inner monster’ always growing more heads as one might be slayed / one issue might be ‘dealt with’), and / or sooo much inner painful processing – the suffering version of the SCO MOON side, in its outer yang and inner yin version,
  • dealing with the inner ‘hungry ghost’, as Buddhists would call it: our mouth, or our sense organs in general, can only take in so much, yet the belly of desire is big and insatiable… – the suffering on the TAU side: In an outer yang way, through consuming, pur-chasing(!), acquiring more and more, while never being satisfied, and in an a yin way: trying to attract and you never feel good enough…


So much suffering in all this, yet our human condition seems to draw us into these places, and they get reinforced through socio-cultural and economical conditioning.


Under the waning CAP, now AQ Moon we are grounding the energies that got stirred up, into our place of integrity: How can we live in comMOONity, from the insights and liberation we gained through the Wesak Moon process?


I must confess, I got sucked into some of this ‘mind mine field’ as well, even exactly over the Full Moon weekend.

One trigger was ‘fighting with technology monsters’, and feeling frustrated by the perception that I had opened a Pandora’s box of issues.
Yet, when I started to embrace what I had perceived as ‘a mess’ in my initial response, treat it as a learning curve, and released my grip of (self-) judgment, and my attachment to ‘getting it fixed – now’, things shifted in my inner world, reflected in what and who showed up ‘from the outside’, and how things played themselves out. Actually more playfully too! 🙂


Hmmm, Buddhist wisdom teachings 101 all over again (seems like RE-freshers are needed from time to time, in our human condition, lol):
First step is to acknowledge our attachment to not getting what we want, or to being stuck with what we don’t want, and to realize that it is the attachment that causes the suffering, not the ‘thing’ in itself.


How can we release the attachment?

Realization of how it all works (quite simply in fact) is already a huge freedom catalyst – for me anyway. Basically noticing: Hey, I’m doing this to myself. It’s not the situation, it’s what my mind makes out of it that causes the frustration.

Also, a key piece is to embrace impermanence.

No pain, problem, discomfort lasts forever. No pleasure and enjoyment either. So let’s not get so worked up and graspy or resistant, and relax in the ‘storm’.

Which naturally allows for the transformational process to go where it needs to go.

Let’s practice surfing skills… 🙂


Did I say ‘storm’?
Yep, MERCURY – winged Messenger Archetype, and in Astrology representing the Mind and its workings, has been in its pre-retro stationary (slow turnaround) ‘storm’ over the last week too!

The present early M-r phase shows us how the mind can mess with life, by putting a spin (or even a spell) on things (as they simply ARE), and influence our perception and inner ‘story’ about ourselves and the world, often ‘simply’ by making a case to confirm the ‘old stories’ that are already in our heads or subconscious. Reminds me of a great bumper sticker I once saw: “I don’t believe everything I think.”

Check out what the MERCURY trickster, this time in TAURUS, has up its sleeve, and how to be not just in good terms with it, but on neutral ground.


Wherever you are on the Planet EARTH, wide awake, in deep sleep / no-mind at this point, enjoy the read, hopefully with a storm free mind (brain storms are cool though)! 🙂

Wishing you a blessed navigation in the retro- and interdimensional zone, with the current Mercurial Mind currents, in the Heavens as on EARTH!



Question Cloud

NOT quite the TAURUS NEW Moon (May 6) Astro~News YET! 

Those will come down this ‘chimney’ within the next week.

So: What’s UP and urgent then, you ask?

Tahtah! You guessed correctly… I can’t hide it from you (a Scorpionic tendency), and shouldn’t hold back much longer (TAURUS is no-taureous / notorious for going slow, and taking time…)

MERCURY, now in late TAURUS (23°36′) just went RETRO yesterday morning Thu APR 28 at 10:20 am PDT.

That’s what this ar-tickle is all about :-).

I bet you’ve been tickled and re-mind-ed of all sorts of things lately. The late TAU zodiac zone cusp has a VIRGO undertone… so much to do as it seems – yet: what is it that we truly value?


Mid April to end of May 2016 is completely under the influence of MERCURY retro (you probably already noticed 🙂 ):

The technical retro phase started yesterday, Apr 28, and goes to May 22, with the ‘stormy’ / stationary atmosphere before and after, extending beyond that time:

The pre-retro stationary ‘storm’ was on since MERCURY significantly slowed down its speed = since the Full Moon on Apr 21 – see previous Astro~News).

Have you noticed a shift in your mind since the Wesak Moon, towards slowing down, and a call for more groundedness?

After Mercury will be direct again from May 22 on (after the next Full Moon on May 21), there will be another post-retro ‘storm’ until May 31.


And hey, maybe your mind has been recently a little bit ‘all over the map’, fuzzy, funny, synchronistic, poked, provoked, non-sensical / nonsense-ical? Or in a trickster mode, mischievous perhaps, and / or seeing synchronicities and meaningful signs  pop up ‘out of nowhere’.


All in perfect alignment with the cosmic dance, and the ‘cosmic smile’. Seems like the universe smiles at us when we recognize a synchronicity! :-).

Don’t get annoyed when the ‘cosmic prankster’ plays tricks on your mind, wants you to be FREE, and change your fixed ideas and set paradigms!


Welcome to the ‘Special Issue’ MERCURY RETRO AstroNews!



‘Sweet Spot’ on the Rocks, under the Oaks – ‘Retro’ Photo from mid April – (the place where I did a little video shoot for the Wesak Moon)


What you find in this ‘Special Issue’:

* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value. 

* MERCURY Retro in TAURUS and the Mental Maze / Labyrinth

* Sabian Symbol of the MERCURY Turnaround Degree: 23° TAU

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

* Itinerary for the Mercury retro Phase


* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value.


Mercury winged feet

MERCURY Retro in TAU – Staying Grounded, for Now / Taking off from a good Foundation – Mercury’s / Hermes’s winged feet (uuuh, just noticed: only the left foot of the statue seems winged!)


Believe it or not – I’ve been looking forward to this Mercury retro phase.

And so do many of my clients and friends whom I’ve been talking with recently.

Its arrival, after the Wesak Moon, has been rather liberating than frustrating – when met in a mer-curious way that’s aligned with the spirit of the archetypal activation…


What could that look like?

  • Sloooowing down, tuning into the Body and our Senses (related to the VIRGO / TAURUS theme).
  • Asking ourselves: Where do I physically belong and need to ground myself?
  • Maybe we need to take ourselves to magical spots. Mercury is also the magician, and, esp. with its VIRGO rulership, rules ‘practical magic’ – tools and physical places (TAU) that transform, re-align, help, and heal.
  • Letting go of being attached to and stuck in (TAU low vibe) mental (MERCURY) patterns, habits (TAU), gravitations, ruts. In fact, let’s get un-stuck. Very timely now.
  • Buying less, enjoying more. 
  • The mind habitually attaches itself randomly to things that we have an affinity to, desire for, aversion against, and present them as interesting to engage in (almost like a shop keeper presenting his window display) – very Taurean. Our habit is to give in, and engage mentally with those ‘offers’. Our job and in fact freedom is ‘just’ not to buy it.
  • Let’s tune into what brings us true intrinsic joy (not derived from ‘getting’ and consuming more on the outer level).
  • Let’s re-connect with what we truly value.
  • Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of the Body (TAU). They might take you inward at first, esp. in the first half of the M-r phase (until May 9)


Speaking of Messages of the Body, and Embodiment:

Mark your calendar for the next Living Breathing Birth Chart – Embodied Astrology, on FRI May 20, from 2:20 pm on, in Victoria BC.


Venus Birth Botticelli

How does this ‘work’, and how we humans represent the Heaven-on-Earth energies of someone’s chart?
Just come and join us, dive in, and you’ll see the amazingness.

  • No previous Astrology background required.
  • Experience your chart directly. Let the Archetypes speak to and through you.
  • Move with what you experience!
  • It’s an embodiment, not a performance.
  • Experience the Archetypes in Astrology and perhaps your own chart in a new, fresh, embodied way. Great for MERCURY retro in TAU – on the last day of the retro phase!

The Facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1542648912706150/

We have space for a few more Embodyers, and for one person to set up his / her chart! Newcomers most welcome!

If you have questions, and / or you are interested in even having your chart embodied please feel free to contact me, and let’s talk. Mercury retro likes that, rather than lots of back and forth texts and messages. 🙂


So let’s take time this first MERCURY retro week, under the waning / before New Moon (May 6)

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check our ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘resources’ and inventive ideas that you have collected over time (in TAU fashion), that are ‘just sitting’ somewhere, and could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.



* MERCURY Retro in TAURUS and the Mind Maze / Labyrinth


Labyrinth (Seven Circle Classical L.) by Helen Rowlands

7-Circle Classical Labyrinth by Helen Rowlands http://lighttogoplaces.blogspot.ca/2015_05_01_archive.html


When I was searching for something else on the internet a while ago, I came across this Labyrinth image by Helen Rowlands, which immediately reminded me of the brain.

Why haven’t I seen the connection before? A classical Mercury retro example for suddenly seeing connections that were always there, in ‘plain sight’ but not paid attention to.

Check out this confirmation article – found yesterday, at the retro onset: http://coursesite.uhcl.edu/HSH/Whitec/terms/M/mazelab.htm
A MERCURY retro question could be: Can we use the ancient labyrinth structure / system, to intentionally connect, energize, and regenerate both brain hemispheres, and everything ‘mind’?
TAURUS would have us physically walk the labyrinth, and sit in the NoMind centre.


With MERCURY retro in TAURUS, the association with the Minotaur / bull-headed Greek mythological figure in the maze / labyrinth in Crete came up too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minotaur. Minotaur – Mind o’TAUR 🙂

Here’s a dramatic 1 min. Minotaur mythology cartoon clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qrZ1clEp-Y


Synchronistically, when I googled for Minotaur, I found that Picasso’s (he was born under the SCO Sun – any doubts?) Minotaur series (which I’ve seen years ago in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona – intensely capturing and carrying forward the myth!) is presently in the National Gallery in Ottawa http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/picassos-minotaur-bulls-through-suite-of-prints-on-display-at-national-gallery
So there are clues to the archetypal theme. Or you may argue: Melanie’s magical spin on them…

See how it resonates with you, and your TAUREAN inner Archetypes!


What matters is to identify the tendencies, and liberate ourselves from identifying with them! 


Mercury Butchard Gardens

Mercury / Hermes Statue at Butchard Gardens, Victoria (Photo by Gail Pettinger) … casting its shadow, and pointing to….?


What are the symptoms of being in an unconscious / default MERCURY retro mode?

How do you recognize that you are in a mercurial ‘maze’ / ‘labyrinth’?

What’s the best approach to the energy of this time?


Well, to cut right through the story, unconsciousness IS the maze.

When we identify with the mind’s stories and assumptions, AND with our feelings, based on the thoughts that circulate in us (or vice versa, thoughts based on feelings) we are entangled, and far from free.

Thinking itself is not the problem, and we can’t and don’t need to make our mind ‘shut up’. The issue is rather identification with and attachment to thinking and to the content of our thoughts, esp. with TAURUS being one of the fixed sign of the Zodiac that can get attached. It relates to grounding, security, stability. Its unevolved quality and shadow is an attachment to the status quo.


MERCURY retro in TAU is creating a very grounding Grand Earth Trine with stationary PLUTO in CAP (now retro), and stationary JUPITER in VIR (to turn from retro to direct on May 9) that can lead us to inner resources, as we are true to ourselves, our integrity, our wholeness. The Grand Earth Trine was exact as a first prelude mid April, before the retro phase, will be again strongly activated with the New Moon in TAU on May 6 while MERCURY is retro – to anchor us on New Inner Ground, and for the last, integration time late May / early June, after the retro phase).


Each Mercury retro phase serves as a REcalibration of the mind, and REconnection of the mind (represented by MERCURY) with Consciousness and Spirit (represented by the SUN. MERCURY has gone ahead of the SUN, and is during M-r being ‘lassoed back in’, to step behind the SUN).

Bottom line:

  • Let’s BE MIND-ful, recognize when we are rather mind – full, and what it takes to get mentally unstuck, and bring more ease and flow to our life.
  • Let’s REalize again that we are not the mind. It’s just a function that serves consciousness.
  • Let’s be open minded, and available to see things in a new, fresh light.


Let’s see what the

* Sabian Symbol of the Mercury Turnaround Degree reveals.

Mercury turned retro at 23° 36′ TAU.



Photo: Wall St. Bull (Wiki)


Quite striking: This degree is super close (only 1° off) where in May 2000 JUPITER and SATURN were conjunct!

This ‘Great Conjunction’ happens every 20 years, and starts a new socio-economic 20-year cycle. A Taurean, rather conservative cycle started, capitalism and consumerism became quite prominent, with then developing / economically rising countries like China and India joining the consumer population on the globe.

Presently, we are in a JUPITER (in VIRGO) Square with SATURN (in SAG) crisis. Limits of growth…. Problems are growing… The environment can’t take it… Less is more….

MERCURY retro symptoms re: TAURUS have been already for a while in the public discussion, re: questioning the damaging effects of unregulated capitalism. The Bull in the political arena… or, shall I say: maze!

As the famous Gandhi quote goes: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs but not every man’s greed.”


For the Sabian Symbol, I’d suggest to round it down to 23° TAU, since the direction is backwards.

23° TAURUS: 



Voyager Woman of Crystals - Guardian Crystals 3

Image: Crystal Activated Voyager Tarot card Woman of Crystals – Guardian (photo and crystal activation by Melanie).


Keynote: The social confirmation of natural excellence.

Two elements should be distinguished in this symbolic picture: The gems that result from natural processes, often induced by extreme volcanic heat and pressure, and the finished products of refined craftsmen. Both the gems themselves and the artistry are highly priced and bring prestige to the owner of the jewels.

The symbol applies to any product in which culturally acquired skill has embellished or transformed the end results of a lengthy and demanding natural process.

At this stage we are concerned with the social process which brings about a CERTIFICATION OF PERSONAL WORTH.”


I feel this Voyager tarot card RE-flects beautifully the MERCURY retrograde meaning of this Sabian Symbol:
The Crystal Woman’s Third Sapphire Eye is clear and open. Her mind seems RE-laxed, yet focused on the clear crystal ‘at hand’, undistracted by the multitude of beautifully and skillfully cut gems and ‘shiny objects’ around her that might court for her attention. Skillfully aware of the workings of the mind, she guards the mind.

In the abundance of what life offers, what matters most, and what has the highest intrinsic value that is free from attachment?

Let’s take this image as a personal inspiration for the MERCURY retro phase.


On that note:

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

Apparently randomly, I came across Adyashanti’s ‘old’ but gold video about his basic spiritual teachings. Excellent.

Check it out: http://www.adyashanti.org/cafedharma/index.php?file=video


* Itinerary for the  S M (= Mercury retro) Phase


Mercury Pajou (at the Louvre, Paris) Seems Libran / Scorpionic to me :-)

Mercury, Sculpture by A. Pajou (Louvre, Paris) – uuuh, temporarily grounded / lost his ankle wings!


Since Apr 21: MERCURY in TAU entered the stationary ‘storm’.

Stormy, ingenuis, or crazy maze?


Yesterday Apr 28: MERCURY end of TAU turned retro, from Earth perspective. 

Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with what we truly enjoy and value. Nature speaks…


May 6: TAU New Moon with MERCURY and VENUS.

Finding New Ground and Value, from within. What has the body been telling you (TAU)?


May 9: Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the TAU SUN, plus: JUPITER in VIR turns direct again.

Ahhh, the half-way point of the MERCURY retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New MERCURY’ is being born.
The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant.

The whole point of the MERCURY retro adjustment phase…


May 22 (Day after the SAG – GEM Full Moon: MERCURY will go direct again, plus: MARS will oppose the SUN (half-way point of the MARS retro phase)

We learned a big deal about the mind – to be revealed until then. Let it sit with (TAU) what comes up, and bravely uncover our inner truth (MARS retro from SAG into SCO).


May 31: Mercury will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.

Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe deeply changed and even unattached.


June 8: Mercury direct in late TAU will leave the post-retro ‘shadow’.

Green light to go forward with what we truly value and enjoy.



© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger



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