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* Happy Winter SoUlstice 2016! Light RE-turning *

20 Dec

OH SOLSTICE SUN!
Today and tomorrow, Dec 20 /21 are the shortest days of the year, and tonight (Dec 20 / 21) will be the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere: Here in Victoria B.C. Dec 21 is 7 hours, 48 minutes shorter than on the Summer Solstice: 8 hrs, 18 min. and 33 sec. daylight.

The SUN appears to ‘stand still’ (Sol-stice) for a few days, on the lowest arc of the Ecliptic, before slowly, gradually ‘climbing’ again, and providing minute by minute longer days (Dec 18 – 24: 8 hrs 18 – 19 min., then gradually longer daylight, see this Time & Date table  and wiki Winter Solstice article.

 

WINTER SOLSTICE is one of the 8 sacred yearly celebrations of alignment with the SUN:

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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha / Summer Solstice, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, YULE, and Imbolc.

 

Winter Solstice Traditions celebrate the Return of the Light, and the ReBirth of the Inner En-Lightened Consciousness.

Happy Yule!

Happy Solstice!

Merry Christmas!

 

Today Dec 20 at 12:12 pm, our AstroEmbodiment Circle of Eight stepped into the energy field of the Winter Solstice chart!

It was a dramatic, invigorating, magical day, and from our (indoor 🙂 ) vantage point, we were overlooking the stormy sea, with sunshine and storm, and even a rainbow and an eagle offered us their SAG blessings! On this last day of SAG, we were an inter-nation-all circle, coming from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, East Coast U.S., Western and West Coast Canada. Soo good to connect in Unity! Nature-ALL Alignment…

Here are some key themes that we ‘downloaded’ as we all stepped into the fields of several planets – with participants not even knowing what they represented (that’s the magic of the field!).
Wow, it was so rich, can’t remember it all:

 

  • The Solstice SUN – a calm, quiet energy field of simplicity. What matters matters. All else can wait.
  • Deep immersion into the dark, infinite PLUTO / MERCURY retro regeneration ‘cave’. Not scary, rather ‘velvety’. 
  • In contrast: What an exciting, igniting, liberating, whoaaaa energy of URANUS in ARIES (presently a stationary ‘focal point’). Freedom for being oneself!
  • JUPITER in LIBRA (and the Winter SoUlstice Moon next to it) – in opposition to URANUS – responding, balancing, dancing with URANUS, by offering an openness for new complementary relationships and synergies on all levels.
  • LILITH in SCO: Moving not just ‘with the storm’ but being the storm, being Nature – magical and empowering.
  • SATURN in SAG requires experience, practice, and a good grounding / lauching pad from which to fly – like a ski jumper.
  • The North Node in VIR is also grounding and aware of alignment – yet responding to many influences (“so much to do?”).
  • In balance: NEPTUNE, the South Node, and CHIRON in PI are the universality, where nothing is ‘to do’, all is interconnected and an interdimensional healing offer. The invitation to relax into this and receive its gifts. MARS in PI adds adventure, like surfers rolling with the waves.
  • VENUS in AQ adds sparkle – and needs breathing space.

 

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Solstice Storm (the Sun low in the sky round 3 pm) – Photo by Melanie Dec 20, 2016.

 

 

WINTER SOLSTICE 2016 will be exactly (as the SUN enters CAP) this year tonight, Dec 21 at 2:46 am PST.

Here is the Winter Solstice chart which we tuned into in our AstroEmbodiment:

 

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Balance is an important message – not only because LIBRA is the AC from the West Coast, but also the MOON and JUPITER will be in LIBRA (and the World has a big – JUPITER – need – the MOON – for Balance, Peace, Harmony, Fairness, Justice, and Right Relationships nowadays.

Plus there are 2 oppositions that require and offer Balance:

  • JUPITER and the MOON in LIBRA oppose stationary URANUS retro in ARIES: The ‘wild card’ / revolutionary / unpredictability factor of URANUS in ARIES needs some calming and moderation. And the tendency of JUPITER in LIBRA to be overly other-oriented can benefit from some fresh ‘enlightened self interest’ and pro-active ARIES initiative.
  • The North Node in VIR opposes (naturally) the South Node in PI, with NEPTUNE and also MARS approaching. A balance between relaxing, surrendering (MARS in PI: ‘Victory’ comes from surrendering the ego), letting go and Being in Oneness, and doing what’s in integrity, based on self awareness (VIR).

MERCURY freshly retro (Dec 19 – Jan 8) with PLUTO in CAP asks us to go deeper into soul searching – what’s the deeper symbolic meaning, essence, and spirit of Christmas, SoUlstice, Light Returning – for us? And what is TIME?
Practically speaking:

  • How can we work with what we got (yes, optimizing working with day light is a metaphor)?
  • If we have health, time, community, access to resources, how do we work with all of this and them in the best way? 
  • Maybe a new approach with cooperation, synergy, and balance (CAP – LI)? Could be a ‘personal revolution’ (URANUS in ARIES turning direct on Dec 29!)

MERCURY is presently in the first = epimethean phase of the retro journey. ‘Old stories’ – perhaps ‘inherited’ from the ancestors (CAP) might come up, to be acknowledged and transformed (PLU) into higher purpose. Maybe the old stories teach us / can be used as a ‘teaching example’ to show how empowering, evolutionary change is possible / already happened in other situations (like: the ancestors were resourceful and went through… how can me use their example, strength and endurance – without the struggle, scarcity,or even survival scenarios they might have gone through!).
Our conditioned Mind (MERCURY) is going through a transformation (PLU). What comes up for you?
Let’s go deeper, into our visceral incorruptible ‘gut’ sense of what’s going on and ripe for transformation and empowerment – symbolized by PLUTO. That’s where the Power-to-Change sits.

Clearly, this MERC / PLU activation affects all you CAP friends out there, and the CAP sides (AC, MOON, Planets, and house) in all of us. Ask me if you’d like to explore these themes in your own chart and life with me.

 

Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card IV – Photo by Melanie

Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card IV – Photo by Melanie

 

When MERCURY retro meets the SUN on Dec 28, just before the CAP New Moon on Dec 28 / 29 it’s time for new breakthrough insights that move us forward.

More about the MERCURY retro phase, tips & tricks in this blog post.

 

SATURN in SAG trines URANUS retro / stat in AR (exact on Christmas eve, Dec 24, and again, for more integration on May 18 and Nov 11, 2017):

Ahh, that alignment makes it much easier – and spacious! – to be in our truth and on our path, matured from old beliefs conditioning, moralizing, and guilt-tripping ‘shoulds’. Free to show up in our authentic Self – hallelujah!

 

For the SoUlstice time, I look forward to nature walks, and engaging in what brings joy and is regenerative – can be quite ‘simple’ says CAP.

Once CAPRICORN energy sets in, with the Winter Solstice, we are called to manifest what we deeply know (SAG). ‘Only’ resolutions, visions, and promises are not enough.

Let’s walk the talk, and show the evidence…, slowly, steadily, consistently, and without blaming ourselves for not being perfect yet. It’s work (AND play, miracles, joy!) in progress!

And hey, let’s not fall into the CAP trap of being buried under a mountain of…. (you name it: work, commitments, responsibilities, stuff….), and free up the most important resource: quality TIME / Time quality!

With the freed-up NO-time / clock-less time, let’s give each other the loving gift of time, not only this SOLSTICE!

 

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By the way, if you still haven’t seen it yet, or as a reminder – esp. apropos materialistic Christmas: Watch the 20-min video ‘Story of Stuff’ by Annie Leonard. She launched it 9 years ago(!), in Dec 2007 (just before PLUTO entered CAP, in Jan 2008), to illustrate how the ‘material’s economy’s’ linear system of extraction -> production -> distribution -> consumption -> disposal is unsustainable on a finite planet, which I’m sure is pretty obvious to you, dear reader, but perhaps you’d like to show / send it to some rare  ‘disbelievers’ out there. The project has evolved: In the meantime, there is also the ‘Story of Change’ and the Story of Solutions’.

 

TIME as we know it, and our ways of working with it is indeed changing.

Whether we are speaking metaphysically of transcending the conditioned experience of time, and tapping into 5th dimension consciousness, or quite practically – it happens on all levels:

Astrologically, PLUTO (powerful evolutionary change agent) is presently in CAP (which rules time and maturity), 2008 – 2023.

Are we being swallowed by the ‘Time Monster’ or some other draconian super power or gruesome force? Or will the old Time Machine die a slow yet inevitable death? With PLUTO, my suggested formula goes like this: It gets intense as it changes…

 

Historically, humanity has attempted to be the masters of time and productivity since PLUTO was the last time in CAP (late 1700’s, the times of the American, French, and Industrial Revolution, and major colonization, and ‘distribution’ of the world resources among imperialistic countries that subordinated and ‘ruled over’ indigenous cultures. The ever faster running wheels and productivity devices have turned against us. With all the opportunities that ‘saving time’ has brought us we have become the slaves of time (as scarcity). Many people are caught in the machinery and ‘live for retirement’, or impose our generation’s debt on the shoulders of the next generations. This is unsustainable.

Change is underway. Too slow? Effective and transformational enough?

Here is a random act of log wisdom that I found at a nearby beach (and left it there, for the next person): “Money, like manure, does no good until it’s spread around.” Not just money, any resource and what we can extract from deep processes wants to be ‘spread around’ now, with PLUTO in CAP, and SATURN in SAG.

 

Money-ure Log

 

So how about right NOW (says ARIES where UR stirs up the pot), and from now on (with the SUN, MERCURY and PLUTO in CAPRICORN):

~ Reclaiming alignment with time and natural laws (like the TAO),

~ Taking down-time in the midst of time acceleration craze,

~ Respecting ancient, timeless (and timely!) wisdom, and

~ Living more simply so that others can simply live?

 

Time is Consciousness.

“Not enough time for love, relationship, children” – postponing those to Day X, when “the work is done” could be a self trapping statement of purpose, attainment, and completion oriented CAPRICORN.

“The Work” is never done, we can’t personally be ever complete with what we set out to do.

And as Joanna Macy would say: “Help create a project that survives you!” A transpersonal practice a la PLU.

 

Did you know? CAPRICORN is actually a mythical fish-tailed Sea Goat.

 

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What’s with that, you might ask?

 

The time of Winter Solstice when the SUN enters CAPRICORN has been traditionally (in the Pisces Age) celebrated as the birth of redeemers – masters who have climbed up the mountain of spiritual attainment, and offered their energy to the collective – the fish tail is an association with operating in the waters of Oneness. 

 

Which brings us to… Christmas!

Last year round this time, I went to a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the Victoria Christ Church Cathedral. One of the Carols (commissioned by the CCC in 2011) struck me as relating (for those who are aware) to the Astrology and symbolism of the Christ Birth after Winter Solstice:

 

Magi Star

 

Magi and A Poor Place

 

A poor place this, no place to welcome kings;

No place for myrrh or frankincense or gold.

A place for simple folk and simple things;

A place of shadows, comfortless and cold.

Yet kings are here, and now as daylight dies,

By their command an minstrel softly sings

To calm the child while Magi search the skies

For mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.

 

So poor a place, yet now it welcomes kings.

See how they pause outside the stable door.

See how they kneel as each one humbly brings

A gift and lays it on the earthen floor.

For if the stars are true, if planets speak,

And if their journey to this humble place

Has guided them aright, this child they seek

Is mighty ruler both of time and space.

 

A poor place this, the world of these our days,

So poor in justice, poor in joy and peace;

Where children starve, where evil pays,

And empires clash in wars that never cease.

Yet still the Holy Child is brought to birth;

The grace he gives far more than we can tell.

His loving hands enfold the wounded Earth,

And all is well, and all things shall  be well.

 

Music by Patrick Wedd. Text by Herbert O’Driscoll

 

I was astounded to hear and read in this beautiful ‘modern’ and timeless carol about

  • “…while Magi search the skies for mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.”The (triple) JUPITER / SATURN conjunction in PISCES in the year 6 BC which was apparently considered the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ – the biggest planets in our Solar System aligned which happens (usually only once) every 20 year could have appeared as ‘A Star’. Apparently right overhead Israel (which is ruled by SATURN) at the time. JUPITER and SATURN united stands for the Archetype of a master / teacher / guru / king. And the fact that the Great Conjunction happened in PISCES at the onset of the PISCES Age promised a new religious / spiritual era.
  • “Is mighty ruler of time and space” reminds me of the Space / Time Point from SAG to CAP, at Winter Solstice. SAG rules Space and CAP rules TIME (see above). The JU / SAT alignment didn’t happen at the Winter Solstice 6 BC, but JU and SAT rule that point! And that’s when The Light of the SUN Returns / is REborn

Hmm, goes to show, maybe Christianity knew something about Astrology, and ‘placed’ the birth of the redeemer onto Day 3 after Winter Solstice, when the SUN starts to gradually climb.

 

Would you like to join us at the Winter Transits Parlour?

That’s  after the Holidays, on THU Dec 29 from 6:29 – 9 pm.

Let’s Celebrate the Returning Light!
Let’s honour and align with major astrological Winter transits into 2017!

More about it here.

 

HAPPY HOLY DAYS and RETURN of the LIGHT!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2016

 

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* From the Galactic Centre to WINTER SOLSTICE 2016: Light Returning…

17 Dec

These days, Dec 17 – 19 is the yearly time when (in the Northern Hemisphere) the SUN in late SAG points to the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy – the Galactic Centre, a dark rift, ‘black hole’, AND a birthing place out of stillness, energetically honoured by indigenous cultures as the Womb of Creation.

All of us with our birthday these days, or other planets in our birth chart at 26 – 28° Sag, are strongly called to align from our loving heart with the heart of hearts, follow ultimate truth, inner guidance, and trust the inner soul light on our path.

 

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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

 

On the Winter Solstice intersection of SAG / CAP, we are also at the Space-Time cross(roads).

Showing up at the right place at the right time matters, and meets the mark…

Living from inner wisdom (SAG) and integrity (CAP) help with that.

In the Space-Time crossroads of the Galactic Centre is a ‘Dark Rift’, some say a Black Hole.

 

What does it take, to show up simply and ‘magically’ at the right time at the right place? To ‘attract synchronicities’?

We increase the odds, as it seems, when we are in resonance with the Universe, in other words, when we follow inner guidance, the inner teacher that is connected to the bigger sphere, or even ‘simpler’: when we are in egoless alignment with integrity as-nature, and move with LOVE.

 

Sagittarius, Ruled by Jupiter - Painting by Johfra Bosschart

Johfra Bosschart: Jupiter Rules Sagittarius.

 

The Sagittarian Centaur is from the waist down a horse with a human upper body. He shoots his arrows from the heart to the heavens. The nature – animal – human – divine continuum. All in ONE.

The Winter SoUlstice Point is also the Space-Time Point, Integrity Point, or Inner Guru Point where we can find the teacher and guiding light within. 

SATURN, the ‘obstacle bringer’ that teaches us via ‘what’s in the way’ (hint: old patterns and conditionings, fears and limitations, ego contraction, sense of separateness, and need for control) to drop that excess ‘baggage’ of these heavy duty engagements, is now in SAG (until Winter Solstice 2017), and was just passed by the SUN (on Dec 10).

  • Where is the Inner Sage that shows the way, and whom we can trust? 
  • What is the Ground of all Being?
  • When all is still and dark, what is undying?

 

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Ganesha – Elephant headed Hindu god, known to be the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ on the path, and Guru that takes us from the darkness (of not seeing what the obstacles is / was) to the Light.

 

Sometimes Ganesha shows what the true obstacles are… hint: the Mind can be the ‘Pink Elephant’ in the room.

 

Blessings for the Galactic RE-Birthday to all of us NOW!

‘After’ the Galactic centre, the SUN will reach the sacred SAG-to-CAP transition, at WINTER SOLSTICE.

The energy to align with essential deep Truth (the ultimate Gift that comes ‘down the chimney’) so that we can actually WALK the vision, and BE the Truth, the Light, the Love!

 

The WINTER SOLSTICE Point is the ‘Space – Time’ Point’ / ‘Integrity Point’ and ‘Tree of Life Point’ in the Zodiac.  SAG rules Space, and CAP rules Time.

 

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The ‘Cosmic Tree’ (intersection of Galactic Equator and Ecliptic) in the Galactic Alignment 2012 …

 

Ancient teachings and deep inner guidance come to life here.

Let’s link up with that potent energy that’s available, at this time of year.

Speaking of Space-Time:
Space as we knew it changed irreversibly (Internet, globalization, worldwide travel expansion etc.), during the period when PLUTO was in SAG (1995 – 2008). 

Time as we know it is changing now, with PLUTO in CAP (2008 – 2023). Time is VERY relative, in fact it’s just a dimension that can be also molded, and transcended: We energetically ‘run out of it’ when we race around in scarcity mode, and, with consumer mentality, want more of what we don’t seem to ‘have’. Like a ‘hungry ghost’. The shadow of CAP (never satisfied materialist). In contrast, we ‘have all the time in the world’ when we slow down, and tune into ‘Kairos’ (time-as-quality) rather than ‘Chronos’ (time-as-quantity).

When we tap into ‘Deep Time’, and tune into Heart Time… One of the best gifts we can give others, to ourselves, and to the World. A theme that’s up now big time 🙂 under MERCURY to go retro (on Dec 19, now in ‘storm’) in CAP, next to PLUTO!

One of my all time (pun intended) stories (would make a beautiful Holiday RE-read) is Michael Ende’s Momo.  

In the village where Momo lives the pace of time goes very slowly. Nobody’s stressed, and everyone has time to chat and rest – until the day the grey men arrive. With a great selling strategy they offer the people an account to collect time….

Here’s the movie version in English.

 

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December Sun (round 2 pm) – Photo by Melanie Dec 16. 2016

 

Heart Blessings for this Sacred and Deep Time of Year!

© Melanie Lichtinger 2016

 

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From the Galactic Centre to WINTER SOLSTICE 2015: Light Returning…

18 Dec

This week, exactly today Dec 17 until Dec 19 is the yearly time when (in the Northern Hemisphere) the SUN in late SAG points to the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy – the Galactic Centre, a dark rift, ‘black hole’, AND a birthing place out of stillness, energetically honoured by indigenous cultures as the Womb of Creation.

All of us with our birthday these days, or other planets in our birth chart at 26 – 28° Sag, are strongly called to align from our loving heart with the heart of hearts, follow ultimate truth, inner guidance, and trust the inner soul light on our path.

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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

 

On this Winter Solstice intersection of SAG / CAP, we are also at the Space-Time cross(roads).

Showing up at the right place at the right time matters, and meets the mark…

Living from inner wisdom (SAG) and integrity (CAP) help with that.

In the Space-Time crossroads of the Galactic Centre is a ‘Dark Rift’, some say a Black Hole.

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The ‘Cosmic Tree’ (intersection of Galactic Equator and Ecliptic) in the Galactic Alignment 2012 …

 

What does it take to show up simply and ‘magically’ at the right time at the right place? To ‘attract synchronicities’?

We increase the odds, as it seems, when we are in resonance with the Universe, in other words, when we follow inner guidance, the inner teacher that is connected to the bigger sphere, or even ‘simpler’: When we are in egoless alignment with integrity as-nature and move with LOVE. The Sagittarian Centaur is from the waist down a horse with a human upper body. He shoots his arrows from the heart to the heavens. The nature – animal – human – divine continuum. All in ONE.

 

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Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. Painting by Johfra Boschart (he was a Sag Sun man)

 

We may call the Winter SoUlstice Point also Space-Time Point, Integrity Point, or Inner Guru Point, where we can find the teacher and guiding light within (especially when we seem to be in deepest darkness).

SAT, the ‘obstacle bringer’ that teaches us through ‘what’s in the way’ (often: old patterns and conditionings, fears and limitations, ego contraction, sense of separateness, and need for control), to drop that excess ‘baggage’ of these heavy duty engagements, is now in SAG (until Winter Solstice 2017).

Simply put:

Where is the Inner Sage that shows the way, and whom we can trust?

What is the Ground of all Being?

When all is still and dark, what is undying?

 

Ganesha

Ganesha – Elephant headed Hindu god, known to be the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ on the path.

Sometimes Ganesha shows what the true obstacles are… hint: the Mind can be the ‘Pink Elephant’ in the room.

Blessings for the Galactic RE-Birthday to all of us NOW!

 

After ‘moving through’ the Galactic Centre, the SUN reaches the sacred SAG-to-CAP transition, at WINTER SOLSTICE. (Special AstroNews blog post to come).

Let’s align with essential deep truth (the Ultimate Gift that comes ‘down the chimney’) so that we can actually WALK the vision, and BE the Truth, the Light, the Love!