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CANCER – multi-CAP FM / Lunar Eclipse (Jan 10) & Epic SATURN conj. PLUTO (Jan 12) – Birthing of a New Era, as the Old Empire Expires.

9 Jan

Dear Star Being,

Feeling HER in you?

It really feels like a massive Birthing Process.
And the cosmic energies of & around the Eclipse confirm this.

What a Lunar Infusion coming up and extending her effects for a while already!

The now building Full MOON in CANCER – exact on Jan 10, 2020 at 11:21 am PST (all 0-1-2’s) – across the multi-CAP ‘world’ of the SUN & several Planets – will be a Partial Lunar Eclipse (not visible in the Americas but almost everywhere else on Planet Earth).
Such an intense polarity of the MOON in her natural CANCER abode, with SO much CAP gravitation (see below in the Birth-ing chart) on ‘the other side’ of the equation / Eclipse axis!

AND it’ll lead over to the Epic SATURN – PLUTO conjunction on Jan 12, which itself is a release of an old and initiation into an New Era.

Plus, URANUS is also in the picture, turning from retro to direct on the Lunar Eclipse DAY.  A very URANian (exciting, electric, shocking, unpredictable,  wake-up calls, liberating) phase we’re in.

Initiating a 5-week period where NO Planet will be retro, and things can move forward and manifest in the outer World much faster.


What does this Eclipse FULL MOON evoke?

As an Eclipse (exact alignment of Moon – Earth – Sun) she’s a super charged & super charging & super changing Full Moon:
SO much is coming to Fullness, Fruition, and Harvest that is ripe for birthing as well as release now!
SO much birthing out of the Old Matrix and into the New and Unknown World.

A ‘Seed Eclipse’ she is – aligned with the Lunar North Node – inviting to plant beneficial CANCER energy, and to receive energy from Cancerian ways of Gentleness, Care, Compassion, Belonging, Home, Family, Tribe, Mother Goddess energy.
…in the face of SO much CAP gravitation (JUPITER / South Node, SUN / MERCURY, SATURN / PLUTO – 3 aligned pairs) – releasing the old and done-with shadow of CAP:
The Old Empire Expires. Fear, control, and scare-city based top-down structures crumble and collapse, subordination and power-over operating systems are outdated as they’ve shown enough evidence of their shadow (SATURN – PLUTO).


Prometheus, mythological Archetype of URANUS, bringing the Fire of the Gods to Humanity

Also coming right with the Eclipse:
URANUS the Awakener & Liberator Archetype is going from retro (since last Aug) direct again – ON Jan 10!

With that move a 5-week Retro Free Phase (until Feb 16) starts!

A LOT can shift and move quite suddenly and surprisingly. Freedom comes in so many ways. Yet also wake-up calls from Mother Earth are striking once again.
Let’s get out of our habitual comfort zone, and cut the energetic umbilical chord to an old outdated and exhausted model.


BALANCE is a key theme for the Eclipse, since it’s an opposition.
The Full Moon is the ‘Mother of Oppositions’, calling for Balance & Integration in Right Relationship.
See paragraph below.

And this one comes with SO many other Planetary Archetypes in CAP, so hard to balance by the CANCER Eclipse Moon as it seems.
The essence of CAP has to do with hierarchical relationships, and traditional, timeless Natural Law.

The CANCER Moon Goddess / Mother / Midwife is – amazingly! – holding space & Balance for it all to transform and come through.


The January Full Moon is traditionally the WOLF MOON.

Wolves – from Pixabay


Time & Date says:
“Regardless of where the name Wolf Moon comes from; wolves howl to communicate over long distances both in North America and in Europe. It is a way of saying “here I am” to the rest of the pack or “stay away” to intruders.”
So cool to tune into Wolf Language here.

The Wolf MOON Eclipse is actually a lot about finding your Tribe / Pack, and saying NO to / moving out of external / disrespectful / abusive domination & control structures that violate Right Relationship & Natural Law.



The height of the Eclipse (which you can watch via the Time & Date telescopes if you can’t see the Red Moon directly) will be at 11:08 am PST on Jan 10. 
The FULL MOON will be exact just 13 min later, at 11:21 am PST.

Take a look at the

Birthing chart of the Eclipse Full Moon


Obviously, the CANCER – CAPRICORN polarity is very powerful in the Astro ‘Field’ – and lots of heavenly bodies are all wrapping around the Lunar South Node in CAP – while the Eclipse Full MOON comes with the Lunar North Node in CANCER.

As Eclipses always do, this Partial Lunar Eclipse Full Moon accentuates the Karmic Nodes.
Which are since Nov 2018 until June 2020 in CAPRICORN
(South Node, releasing of its Shadow) Let the Old Empire Expire – esp. since the Partial Solar Release Eclipse in CAP on Jan 5, 2019 – CANCER (North Node – embracing its Light) – Finding Home, brought out by the Total Solar ‘Seed’ Eclipse in CAN next to Sirius on July 2: Initiation into Liberation.

We’re in the climaxing conclusion of the karmic Nodal phase (which is always highlighted by Eclipses) of CAP (Lunar South Node) – CAN (lunar North Node) – since Nov 2018 until June 2020:
Because we Care.



What are the NODES in CAP – CANCER about?

Since they’re so important for this Eclipse, I’d like to expand on them and you might be interested in getting a good sense of them – also to recognize evidence in ‘real life’ (society, inter-personally, personally) and to be in synch with the cosmic invitation, and help evolution.


* Releasing the shadow of CAPRICORN which has such a weight now, via all these Planetary Archetypes sitting there now.
The South Node now in CAP has connected to almost all of these Planets in the meantime, showing low vibrational qualities of CAP that are ripe to be released now, re:

PLUTO – Power
The irresponsible use of, and external power over, rather than honouring Power within.

SATURN – Authority / Structures / Law / Time / Managing Resources
Inauthentic Authority via fear / control. Inefficient structures that waste and exploit resources and don’t work with better ones for corrupt reasons. Disrespect for Natural Law, while man made laws lack integrity. Waste of time, disempowering lack of time for people being in the ‘system’ / machine.

JUPITER – Growth
Does more more more production and consumption make us happy and give us meaning? Or is it just about the economy?

MERCURY – Communication
Disrespectful, lack of integrity, manipulative, condescending.

and the Eclipse SUN (Energy / Creativity) – activated by the Eclipses in the last year, incl the recent Ring of Fire Annular Solar Eclipse in CAP on Dec 25 / 26.
Using Energy for pseudo purposes of status and productivity in a way that’s not a sign of maturity, responsibility, or common sense, nor creative.


Bottom line, release, release, release of…

  • Prioritizing productivity, status, and ‘success’, at the expense of Nature and Mother Earth.
  • A linear, hierarchically separative, controlling ‘governing order’ that disrespects Natural Laws.
  • Artificial scarcity and misplacement of resources.
  • Commodification of everything – it’s all up for sale / use.
  • All types of exploitation and abuse, incl. self abuse via never having / making enough time / running out of time – by setting priorities that aren’t in alignment with what matters most – LIFE.


* Feeding and nurturing our compassionate, motherly, caring and protective CANCERian qualities – now brought out via the Lunar Eclipse – a lunar light switch to Compassionate Caring:

  • What, who, which Beings need our caring presence now?
  • Could be yourself (it’s gotta start with YOU!), and could me Mother Earth.
  • Gentle Lunar / Mary / Kuan Yin and Fierce Kali / Durga Mother Goddess (CAN) energies can be invoked to support and supply us with the energy to show our care (CAN) and to do what we’re ‘built for’ at this critical Time (CAP).
  • Finding our Way HOME…


Call of the Mountain – Photo by Melanie


The exact SoLunar polarity from Earth perspective is calling for Balance & Integration.

BALANCE of what?

The CAP – CAN axis is about safety and security issues.
To tending to feelings and needs (CAN), while going for voluntary simplicity, and working with resources in a timely manner (CAP).

How can we create a balanced relationship between these apparently opposing orientations?

  • CAN:
    Gentleness, compassion, nurturing our own and others’ needs, family, tribe, finding belonging, going with rhythms and cycles, protecting Nature and our loved and little ones with loving care.
  • CAP:
    Being mature and in integrity, living in leadership / leading by example, working with priorities, resiliently, respectfully, using time and resources well.

The two sides of the equation don’t have to be a dilemma but can synergistically cooperate.

SATURN in CAP asks us to take responsibility for our part in humanity whose greedy power (PLUTO) and control / authority (SATURN) structures have been exploiting and abusing Mother Earth (shadow of CAP) and her human, animal, and plant Beings that need protection and care (CANCER).
To have boundaries, disengage from this shadow wherever we can, and to Be the Change, and the Ones (of the more and more) who Care.
What matters is consistency and leading by example, rather than judging and blaming. Makes us feel better and more empowered too…

‘Just’ resisting and blaming external authority and power structures (SATURN / PLUTO) is not the way forward. It still feeds their energy field by giving them attention, acknowledges them energetically, and basically responds / reacts in an adolescent manner (SATURN retro).
How about claiming self-authority (SATURN retro), and ‘outgrowing’ old modes, by co-building new and better, more compassionate and humane structures that take care of needs more directly and on an equal level, rather than the old fossilized top-down institutionalized world?!



How can the Full MOON / PLE that highlights the CAP – CANCER axis affect and inspire us personally?


  • Where / in what ways can we receive nurturing, satisfaction, and reward from being creative and resourceful and through working with what’s already available to us (CAP), rather than buying from / into the system that makes it convenient to consume (and promises status a la CAP) – but at what price?! 
    Here’s to ‘grass roots’ gardening, cooking, and to (re-?)learning / applying traditional home / building / repair skills!
    Let’s consume less. And have more time to play & create more!


  • Where-else can we respond to what’s sold to us by: “Thank you, I (already) got this.”, and be content with less?
    A la Refuse – Reuse – Repurpose – Recycle


  • Which wasteful (time, energy, resources) habits can we get out of, and establish higher vibrational ones that are more deeply satisfying?


  • How can we take more time doing what we’re best at?


  • Creative play & fun beat the heavy CAP vibes of ‘no time for that’…
    Maybe ‘even’ shifting the conditioned paradigm (SATURN in CAP) to: Play first, work later.
    Has been working great for me these days / months since the Nodes are in CAP – CAN. I just need to remind myself more often. 🙂
    Play puts me in an inspired and relaxed work mode, plus I get to see that ‘work’ and clients come to me not because I work so hard but because they love me and love what I offer, and how it affects them. And everything works so much more smoothly – and playfully – with resonance and connection.


If your Birthday is between JAN 8 – 15, JULY 8 – 15, or your MOON, AC, or Planets are esp. between 20 – 25º CANCER, CAPRICORN yet also ARIES or LIBRA, this Eclipse – and also the SATURN / PLUTO Conjunction (see below) are BIG for you – and you know it…

Here are some Questions to inquire, or do a Ceremony around: 

  • How can your needs be met, and your life be sustainable, in the context of the structures you are living in?
  • Do you need to make foundational changes? In the areas of life relating to (esp.) CAP / (yet also) CANCER in your chart (Houses)?
  • Do you need to downsize, to drop excess ‘weight’ (incl the weight of responsibility to manage what you got), to make life simpler, and have all that you need – plus more time?!
  • Is the structure / system you’ve been in changing?
  • What would be the smartest way of resourcefully adapting (late CAP has a VIRGO undertone) in a way that nurtures you, resonates with you, and puts you at ease (late CANCER has a PISCES undertone)?


CANCER – CAPRICORN is the axis of Family / Tribe and Elders / Leaders.
Additional questions round those themes:

  • How can important themes round home, family, belonging, safety, emotional needs, and on the other hand building of sustaining structures, responsibly working with time and resources, self-sustainability, and ‘s-aging well’ be reconciled?
  • In a time where nuclear and extended families in the traditional sense seem to lose their cohesiveness (or will there be a renaissance?) – what’s your world of home and family transforming into? Where and what is your family and home, in essence?
    Where does your Soul feel at home? Where is your tribe?
  • Who are the Elders and leaders you turn to for guidance? Who are your Spirit Elders?
    Your inner Elder might be waiting to connect with you.


The CANCER – multi-CAP Lunar Eclipse catalyzes the Epic Alignment of SATURN & PLUTO on Jan 12!
The Old Empire Expires.

SATURN and Earth – Hubble Space Telescope picture (NASA)

Not exactly new – a deep, slow & inevitable Process:
The Lunar South Node in CAP already connected last Spring / Summer with SATURN retro and with PLUTO retro close-by.
In the meantime (mid-Sept / early Oct) both Planets turned direct.
Their exact union will be Jan 12, 2020 – only every about 37-38 years! Now that already looks quite heavy, rocky, unmoving. Buuuut…

SATURN – PLUTO in combination are about cycles of societal structural breakdown, purging of the shadow, and rebuilding from the core / basics. Their last unions were in 1947 in LEO and 1982 in late LIBRA.

PLUTO (New Horizons Mission 2015)

The present SATURN – PLUTO alignment 2019 / 2020 in late CAP also approaches PLUTO in the U.S. Independence chart.
The U.S. will have their first PLUTO Return(!!!) since 1776 in the years 2020 – 2023.
Full circle from establishing a new nation while breaking away from the British Empire (Britain is ruled by CAP, can’t you tell?)… The American Empire is revealing its CAP PLUTO shadows – to transform and come back to its essence – as in: The Constitution, and to honour what and who came before the settlers: The People of / and the Land.
The CANCER Full MOON Seed / Birthing Eclipse will be close to the U.S. CANCER SUN. We, the People….?! All People.

Also, there will be a Lunar ‘Release’ Eclipse Full Moon in CAP – CAN ON July 4 / 5, 2020 – again pointing to releasing outdated ‘Empire’ structures, and coming back to the original Spirit (the SUN).


Let’s take a look at the SATURN – PLUTO 2020 chart:


As you see – and probably experience, we’re now in a huge CAP concentration:

Not only are SATURN & PLUTO aligned, but tightly interwoven also the SUN and MERCURY. JUPITER with the South Node also in CAP ‘stand by’.

The SATURN / PLUTO conjunction at 23º CAP on Jan 12, 2020 is ending a 38-year SATURN / PLUTO cycle since 1982, re: societal structures disintegrating, making room for a New Era.

In the early 80’s the alignment was end of LIBRA, and the shift affected the breakdown of old paradigms in relationships – esp. the default model of marriage as a life-long commitment which ain’t no more the norm (SATURN).

Now we’re facing the disintegration / collapse of an old outer (yet also internalized) world.

What happened via PLUTO in LIBRA on the ‘horizontal’ level is now due on the ‘vertical’ level of relationships.
The top-down Empire expires, with its established structures, systems and hierarchical societal paradigms (SATURN in CAP), its fear & control, shame & guilt based conditioning, its shadows of systemic domination and oppression of Nature and ‘Inferiors’.
All kind of real deal shadow (SATURN / PLUTO) is coming out now for transformation.
We don’t have to participate in that ‘contract’ anymore, and can from the inside-out change low vibrations of fear & manipulation and upgrade them into respect, groundedness, and intrinsic power, in alignment with Higher Self, Soul Power, and the Power of the Cosmos.
We’re on the threshold of a New Era.


In the SATURN – PLUTO cycle, we’ve experienced in this millennium thus far the critical points of

  • The Opposition (SATURN in GEM – PLUTO in SAG) in 2001 / 02 –
    Ground Zero and its Consequences.


  • The waning Square (SATURN in LIBRA – PLUTO in CAP) in 2009 / 10 – Effects of the 2008 Depression, yet also shifts in relationship between the individual and power structures.


One could argue that with the SATURN – PLUTO Conjunction, the controlling institutions (esp. via media & info technology) are even more fully established now.
Yet also there’s such a momentum out of that ‘matrix’ and into ‘the real world’ where human connections and togetherness matters and aren’t
mediated’ / controlled.

CAPRICORN rules Time and History.

And there hasn’t been such a concentration in CAP in ages.
That’s why THIS SATURN / PLUTO alignment is so significant, plus, there’s such a massive CAP concentration around it.

The SATURN / PLUTO alignment in the sign of CAP hasn’t happened in half a millennium!
The last time exactly in 1517 / 18  – the start of the Protestant Reformation, initiated by Martin Luther which led to a historic break with the established Church. Luther had become convinced that the institutional Church was corrupt in its ways and had lost sight of what he saw as several of the central truths of Christianity.
Unsurprisingly, Luther was born with multiple SCO placements (MARS, SATURN, VENUS, SUN), prone to uncover what was going on behind the scenes and incongruent with the essence of the teachings the Church was built on. His bold ARIES MOON opposed PLUTO in LIBRA. He had to initiate a break from what wasn’t in right relationship with essence / God, as both were T-squared by the 1516 – 17 SATURN / PLUTO conj. in CAP.


Late CAP where the Jan 12 alignment happens (and JUPITER / SATURN / PLUTO will be aligned throughout 2020, plus PLUTO will still be until 2023) has a VIRGO undertone.
The primarily patriarchal-hierarchical ‘leadership’ model that has over centuries disrespected Natural Laws and the Sacred Feminine, and shown ample evidence (SATURN) for its destructive effects (example: more and more production incl. for wars and for waste) is SO overdue to expire.

Less is more, and being more humble, aware, and caring in our global ‘household’ (literally the root of terms economy & ecology) is mandatory (SATURN) for an effective transformation (SATURN-PLUTO). We all need to show up & contribute with our Best (CAP) and collaborate (end of CAP leading over to AQ) rather than bailing out or blaming ‘those in charge’.
High time to learn from mistakes, correct them and abide by Natural Law, in respect for all Life on Earth.

Old heavy / karmic / limiting timelines (SATURN in CAP) come up to be transformed and cleared now (PLUTO).
A cosmic-collective RE-birthing process is on:

SATURN represents archetypally also the matrix, and labour / contraction initiating the process of separation at birth.
PLUTO represents the birth canal – forces of nature take over. Resistance to change is futile. A death leading to rebirth.

The Lunar North Node now in CANCER – opposite the CAP cluster, and activated with the CAN – CAP Full Moon / PLE on Jan 10, 2020, calls upon the Great Mother Goddess in / with us to nurture ourselves and other Beings with love, compassion, and gentleness through these hard times (CAP), and to treat everything and everyone with love and reverence.
Of course, the devastating bush fires in Australia come immediately to mind & heart in this.

On deep levels, the limited physical reality of our experience (SATURN) seems so solid (CAP) yet is an illusion / a ‘matrix’ if you will. We can shift out of old linear & limiting consciousness into freer ways of Being.
Consistently living (SATURN) from Soul Self / Essence (PLUTO) transforms old burdens, Karma, judgment and limitations, and shows:
All Life is Sacred.
The Spiritual and the Material are ONE.
Which is also much better for sustainable Living and Building – the purified and elevated CAP.


Strikingly, not ‘just’ SATURN, but FIVE Planets and the SUN have passed / will pass PLUTO.

Shiva Nataraj – the Dancing Shiva – helping with the Shadow Dance that transforms


  • VENUS in CAP passed PLUTO on Fri Dec 13, 2019.
  • MERCURY & SATURN in CAP pass PLUTO on Jan 12, 2020.
  • The SUN in CAP passes PLUTO on Jan 13, 2020.
  • MARS in CAP passes PLUTO on March 22, 2020.
  • JUPITER in CAP passes PLUTO on Apr 4, June 29 (both in retro), and Nov 12, 2020.


All of these Planetary Archetypes move into and through the CAP Shadow, to be transformed and regenerated.

From attraction to status and power to the Power of Love.

From judge-mental thinking & communicating to calm & wise counsel.

From a fear, scarcity, and control based ‘operating system’ to being resourceful & on purpose, embodying true mastery, maturity & responsibility, Living inner Soul Authority.

From lack of energy and depression to pacing ourselves, going with natural cycles, and consistently restoring energy from within.

From heavy lifting and taking a lot on (could be an ego thing) to working with what we’re best at, and letting Higher Power take the lead.

From ueber productivity and being condescending / patronizing to using our gifts for the highest purpose – and give others space & trust to do the same.


Soooo, let’s not just wonder what happens ‘out there’ and externalize but do our own Shadow Work / Soul Work in this.
SOOO worth it (CAP likes that).


Wishing you from my Heart a soulful and regenerative Partial Lunar Eclipse Full Moon & SATURN (et al) – PLUTO Transformation!




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Wolf Moon / Total Lunar Seed Eclipse in LEO – AQ (Jan 20 / 21): Regeneration of Love, Creative Power, Freedom, and Self-Radiance

18 Jan

Dear ASTRO~NEWS Blog Reader,

Uhhh – a LEO Full MOON with many dramatic titles is coming up on Sunday evening:


A Total LUNAR ECLIPSE – Lunar ‘reset’ through the Earth shadow – a spectacle we can SEE from this continent if skies are clearing!

If not we can always tune in – and watch the livestream on Time & Date or other media.

Why do Wolves howl?
Seems like, to communicate: “Here I Am” to the Rest of the Pack (and probably for many other purposes).
Similarly, with this exact CANCER/ LEO – CAP/ AQ FULL MOON, the ASTRO~MEDICINE calls us to show up as we are, roar or otherwise let the pack / tribe / humanity know who you we and where we stand.


Eclipse Season

This month, we’re in Eclipse Season again (twice a year):  

Initiated by the JAN 5 / 6 Partial Solar/ South Node (Release) Eclipse in mid-CAPRICORN, ‘sandwiched’ by SATURN / PLUTO, with the Theme Let the Old Empire Expire.

What’s that ‘Old Empire’ in Your world, and in You?
Are you allowing the heavy ‘unmoving’ old structures and conditioning to die a natural presently accelerated death, rather than keeping them on ‘life support’ that drains you?
What in you has the tendency to keep them alive? How can you set them free?

The solution can be aided by a much needed Balance on the ‘other side of the equation’ – from CANCER / LEO where Joy and Play are, where we’re (self)nurturing and (self)loving, childlike and naturally creative.
…which the Full MOON / TOTAL LUNAR ‘Seed’ Eclipse with the North Node on the cusp from CANCER to LEO brings into the picture now, Big Time.
Calling us to a Balance that starts with lovingly Filling our Own Cup – from which place we can be the ‘Water Bearer’ in the World, doing the good work in Society / Community, in Co-creation.


Imagine – if everyone would do and contribute with what they’re best at (CAP) and what they truly love (LEO)! The World would be a great place, full of Joy and Creativity, and we’d use our inner Resources much better, be in our Authority and Integrity. 
Why not living from this vision (yay, JUPITER now in SAG loves those!) – and feeling instantly elevated and supported by the infinitely creative Universe?!



…with the MOON having just entered LEO (only 80 min before the FULL MOON!), and with many attributes (Wolf Moon, Blood Moon, SuperMoon) also shows up quite dramatically, with a T-square to URANUS in late ARIES – the ruling Planet of AQ where the SUN will be freshly in (entering AQ 20 hrs before the Eclipse).
Looks like lots of CAT-alysts for Freedom are kicking in now.

And what an Astro chart image! See below.

In our purrrsonal LEO journey, and in the AQ group consciousness, we’re experiencing all these dynamics.
Let’s see how they play out, what’s ‘UP’, wants to be seen and loved, as in LEO!

LOVE is Freedom…
They can’t be in ‘opposition’, and if still experienced that way, the URANian Awakening is the Bridge to show they’re equal and One.
Without Freedom it’s hard to access LOVE.
Without LOVE there’s no Freedom.
LOVE engenders Freedom.
LOVE grows in Freedom.

LOVE is the Medicine that helps us in the ‘snow storm’ – both grounding, and raising the vibration from which we experience the ‘events’! 

URANUS having just turned from retro to direct on JAN 6 – opened a Portal of a Retro Free Zone until MARCH 6, bringing Awakeness, Liberation, and Freedom into Consciousness now, Big Time.

Liberation, to be authentic and free, as in:
Freedom from old burdensome heavy, taxing, systemic fear and control structures (CAP South Node, close to PLUTO) which we might have even internalized.
Freedom for being true to ourselves, taking care of our needs, being gentle, compassionate, and playfully-creative (CAN North Node) rather than productivity driven and always running out of time (CAP South Node).

Even and especially a Freedom beyond ‘from’ or ‘for’ – which is still conditional.
I love this pointer by J. Krishnamurti suggesting, True Freedom is Freedom without an opposite.
And similarly, how can Love be without an opposite?


Wolves – from Pixabay


As we wake up (URANUS) from all the old ‘historic’ conditioning by the Tribe, Group Consciousness, and Society (CAP / AQ), of what Love and Freedom look like, we don’t have to be the ‘Lone Wolf’…
…and can let the World know who we are, howlingly, roaringly, or quite calmly and with inner Strength and Love where we stand, and what we stand for.


Eclipses 101

The TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE on Jan 20 / 21 will be visible in ‘her’ Totality in the Americas, yet also in Europe, Northern Asia, Africa, in the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and in the Arctic.
Totality will be between 8:41 pm and 9:43 pm PST, with the maximum Eclipse at 9:12 pm PST, 4 min. before the FULL MOON at 9:16 pm PST – ‘her’ chart is below.
Nice timing from the West Coast, and not long after Moon rise – let’s hope for clear skies!
Here’s the time table and Eclipse map, a la Time & Date.


Twice a year, a pair of ECLIPSES occurs, and they ‘string together’, through the LUNAR NODES.

ECLIPSES happen when a NEW MOON or a FULL MOON are close to the Nodal Axis, which is presently (Nov 2018 – June 2020) in CAP – CAN – yet still close to AQ – LEO (hence this one is cuspy).
On that note, ECLIPSES, as the Nodes go backwards in the Zodiac..

ECLIPSES come twice a year, in pairs of NEW MOON / SOLAR and FULL MOON / LUNAR, and sometimes even as a triad. 

The closer to the Nodes the more likely a TOTAL ECLIPSE:
The FULL MOON on Jan 20 / 21 will be at 00°51′ LEO, and the North Node at 26°29′ CAN – very close, only 4° apart and a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE!

In comparison: The SUN / MOON of the NEW MOON on Jan 5 / 6 was at 15°24′ CAP, and the South Node at 27°17′ CAP – 12° apart, and not close enough for a Total Solar Eclipse, but for a PARTIAL SE.


ECLIPSES are either connected with the South Node (SN), aka ‘Dragon’s Tail’ in Chinese Astrology, with the emphasis on release, or with the North Node (NN) of the MOON, aka ‘Dragon’s Mouth’, with the emphasis on new beginnings – I call it a ‘Seed Eclipse’.
This is esp. important for SOLAR ECLIPSES (exact NEW MOONs which by nature represent the threshold of endings and new beginnings).

  • The PSE in CAP on Jan 5 / 6 catalyzed the South Node in CAP (plus was close to SATURN and PLUTO) – with a strong theme of endings, transformation, release.
  • The TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE on the CAN / LEO cusp on Jan 20 / 21 catalyzes the North Node in late CAN, hence has a ‘seed’ quality there.


ECLIPSES are at the same position in the Zodiac every 19 years – a karmic ‘string’:
On Jan 20 / 21, 2000 was a NN TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE – also visible over the Americas – here’s a ‘retro’ www for it

For the upcoming TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE on Jan 20 / 21, you might want to review where you were at in early 2000, and what was the ending / release of an engagement in a Community / System (CAP / AQ), while you were following your own Heart, esp. if you have your SUN, MOON, Planets, or even Nodes on the CAN / LEO – CAP / AQ axis.


The Effects of ECLIPSES extend beyond ‘just’ a lunar monthly phase, rather 2 – 3 months, and there’s a link from ECLIPSE Season (last one in July 2018) to ECLIPSE Season (Jan 2019, and July 2019).

ECLIPSES are a RE-set, like rebooting your computer, after a temporary turning off of the energy.
In other words, a RE-generation of YIN-Feminine (LUNAR ECLIPSE), and of the YANG-Masculine (SOLAR ECLIPSE) energies, after a ‘darkening’.
The Total LUNAR ECLIPSE / Blood Moon is clearly a RE-generation of the YIN-Feminine, in her compassionate CANCER / passionate LEO Strength!
The ‘old’ LEOnine Yin had to be loud, controlling, and dominant to be seen, heard, but not likely more loveable…. generally speaking, we still see this attribute in women of older generations.
Now, we’re coming back to an era where the Goddess and Inner Queen in all of us is standing and sitting in her powerful place from which ‘she’ exudes Love and Nurturance.

This ‘Blood Moon’ is even also a ‘SuperMOON’ (in Perigee) – larger than ‘life’ since ‘she’s closer to Earth than ‘usual’.
Sounds like a Cosmic Mother Goddess Energy to me – strong and nurturing.


The TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE on the CAN / LEO – CAP / AQ Cusps – Regeneration of Love, Creative Power, Freedom, and Self-Radiance

Shakti Maa Mother Goddess Durga


It’s an ECLIPSE of the MOON, by the EARTH Shadow which causes the temporary lunar darkening – the umbra (= shadow), out of which the MOON re-emerges.

MOTHER EARTH provokes and evokes a ‘RE-SET’ of CANCER / LEO themes like:

  • Come (back) into your creative strength and radiance!
  • Nurture, heal, and love your Inner Child!
  • Be the Artist & the Heart-ist!
  • Live Life Lovingly!

This is the TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in LEO, complementing the Partial SOLAR ECLIPSE in LEO we had on Aug 11. 2018:
The Yin Energy now meets the Yang Energy in equality, and with her own intrinsic strength.

Just felt called to pick a Goddess card from Susan Boulet’s deck, for the TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE.

IX CHEL – with the Jaguar! – showed up!

This is what the description on the back of the card says…


I’m so grateful and in awe of the gift and teaching in this card.
Ancient feminine strength and independence.
Fierce LOVE & Freedom!

The Feminine IS cyclical and renewing. 
Let’s step into this Power, and celebrate Life, and the renewing, life giving forces of Nature!

Let’s be in touch with our loving and creative Heart.

Let’s fill our cup, nurture our Creativity, whether biological, or other ways of offering our gifts to Humanity!

And not loose energy (South Node in late CAP with MERCURY & PLUTO) through engagement in ‘low grade’ old and heavy societal energy of the dying patriarchal subordination society with its power & control mechanisms that aren’t life sustaining.

CO-creating the NEW in nurturing ways, is the theme.




The TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in CAN / LEO – CAP / AQ is super relevant for all of us with SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in mid-LEO, mid-AQ, but also in mid-TAU, and mid-SCO.

Your personal birth chart and which houses the ECLIPSE Axis activates for you reveals the themes and areas of life this plays out for you.

For all of us, Heart creations, nurturing, loving, and showing ourselves more fully are CANCER /  LEO FULL MOON / North Node incentives, rather than giving too much energy away to draining ways of being part of the system.

Lunar South Node Glyph

That doesn’t mean not to be informed and active politically-societally, yet too much of a ‘good thing’ in a frustrating, draining way doesn’t help, yet the tendency can be strong these days, with the South Node in CAP.

The Nodal Axis invites us to balance both ‘poles’ in a healthy way, starting with ‘breathing in’ beneficial energies on the MOON / North Node side in CAN/ LEO:

Lunar North Node Glyph

Nurturing, loving and showing ourselves as we ARE – as a Goddess Mother would be with her child.
Filled with that loving energy, connecting with others, friends, groups, humanity (AQ), and building the World we envision, and where everyone can bring out and be at their unique best (CAP) while being creative and playful (rather than ‘efforting’ as the old conditioning might suggest / reward).
And let’s honour and receive teachings and regenerative energy from Ancestors and Mother Earth (SATURN & PLUTO in CAP).



The FULL MOON will be exact at 9:16 pm PST, while the maximum totality will be at 9:12 pm PST.

The MOON / North Node on the CAN / LEO side are the balancing point for SO much celestial energy on the other side of the chart (from SAG to AQ, concentrating mid-CAP to early AQ)!
Both sides T-squared by URANUS in late ARIES.

Creative, cyclical Loving Goddess Energy is strong and awakened now, and meeting the ending and transforming old ‘vertical’ and linear mind-sets (SATURN, PLUTO, MERCURY / South Node in CAP) that are based on subordination, can be exploiting and abusive, show up with control / authority / power over, and may suggest: Hard work and effort first before there can be freedom.
Transformed CAP energy brings back the honouring of Mother Earth, Traditions, and Natural Laws.


Also ‘in the Picture’:

VENUS / JUPITER in mid-SAG (with a LEO undertone) – their exact (yearly) alignment will be on Jan 22.
More Goddess energy – leading the way, inspiring, and speaking to our Hearts!

…in square with NEPTUNE in mid-PISCES (with a deep SCO undertone). 

VENUS will be in exact square with ‘her higher octave’, transpersonal NEPTUNE, on Jan 20, evoking universal Love and Union – as we’re on the Heart Path and walk in Life with Grace, Spirit, and Surrender.

JUPITER was in square with NEPTUNE on Jan 13, and will create this alignment twice more this year: On June 16 and Sept 21. 

And VENUS / JUPITER are also in trine with MARS in ARIES (exact Jan 18 / 25) – the Warrior Spirit energizes the scene – time to trust, be brave, make a (first!) move, try out something new, and be purely in the NOW.

SATURN in CAP ‘hooks up’ with NEPTUNE in PISCES in a ‘friendly’ sextile.
Together like this, and both in their ruled sign they can help us be open to and consistently practice spiritual teachings and laws that are simple and universal.
And, practically speaking, a good blend of commitment and letting go & letting God/dess, and of a loose planning that leaves lots of room for flexibility and openness to what can come our way when we don’t restrict life.
SATURN will create the 1st sextile this year on Jan 31, and 2 more to follow, on June 18, and Nov 8.


It’s quite unusual and striking that presently, there are  4-5 heavenly bodies in their own ruled sign:
(The MOON coming out of CANCER)
MARS in ARIES (until Feb 14)
JUPITER in SAG (until Dec 2)
SATURN in CAP (until Dec 17, 2020)
NEPTUNE in PISCES (until 2026).

Plus, NO Planet is retro (until March 5 when MERCURY goes retro).

All in all, cosmic energy can move and expresses purely – facilitating accelerated shifts and evolution.
See what’s ripe to be ‘harvested’ under the FULL MOON ECLIPSE, and turn into new creations.


And clearly:

The LEO / Goddess Power is not just a purrrsonal thing.
We need to bring it to community, groups, humanity!
Co-creation, through coming together in natural Strength, Love, and Radiance.


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger





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New Year’s SuperSuper FULL MOON in CAN – CAP on Jan 1/2: Nurturing through the Winter…

31 Dec

Happy New Year, dear Astro Friends!

Initiated by the New Year’s Eve Sirius Culmination, and:

The Super-Super (closest to Earth in 2018) Full Moon in her very own CANCER Abode….

The Full Moon will be exact at 6:24 pm PST (Moonrise!) on Jan 1, 2018.
In Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania it will be on Jan 2, 2018.

Lighting up the Night Sky of the New Year like a lantern that shows us the way Home!

A.k.a. The Wolf Moon – the name of the January Full Moon when wolves were howling around villages.


What nurtures us?
How do we emotionally nurture Ourselves, our Children, our Inner Child, our Family / Tribe?
How do we feel and give a sense of Belonging?
Where’s HOME?

Nurturing through the COLD, finding emotional and physical comfort and resources is actually a big deal these days in Canada, with extreme temperature drops and wind chill effects of down to -30 degrees, in AB, Central and Eastern Canada, as well as the U.S. East Coast.

So yeah, even though we made it through the shortest days of the year, Winter  & CAPRICORN has only just begun, on Dec 21.


Call of the Mountain – Photo by Melanie, Dec 31, 2017


How do we balance the contrasting themes of warm, cuddly, and caring CANCER with LOTS of heavy duty CAPRICORN Energy (which you can see in the chart below)?

  • SATURN, the Ruler of CAP – freshly arrived (Dec 19/20), and dwelling in the mountainous region of CAP until Dec 17, 2020!
    A rewarding incentive for us to ‘step up’ and be / do what we’re best at (no need to waste our time and energy on what’s futile and not ‘the real thing’, and no need to feel guilty, nor to judge what we don’t want to see, rather to model the Best and the Change (PLUTO).
  • LILITH – having entered CAP on Nov 8, 2017, and taking a walk on the Wild Side there until Aug 5, 2018. Being in our unconditioned (un-restrained) Nature brings out our Best.
  • VENUS and the SUN, presently pleasantly united in CAP (exact Jan 8):
    Appreciation for quality, and for what matters most. and finally:
  • Good ole PLUTO who’s in CAP for the long haul, until 2023, to make sure CAP goes through its deep change and Evolution. I.o.w., done with wasteful and abusive human behaviour. We need to step up to the plate, live more simply (doesn’t mean deprivation), with quality instead of quantity, and sustainably.


Here’s the Chart of the New Year’s Full Moon!

The FULL MOON Alignment is quite JOY-FULL, with both the MOON and SATURN happy in their natural Zodiac energies, AND the Full Moon Axis is supported by a ‘Grand Mid-Water Trine’ of

  • The Super-Super MOON in CANCER (big Baby Belly energy) – very nurturing, showing us where / how we feel a sense of belonging, and how our needs are being met.
    Check out where mid-CANCER is in your chart (House, Planets there…?) for extra Astro hints…
  • MARS / JUPITER very close to each other (exactly aligned on Jan 6 – every 2 years) in deep and mysterious SCORPIO (which MARS likes, and ‘used to’ rule, before PLUTO came along, and claimed its underworld domain – MARS is still co-ruler). 
    MARS / JUPITER give a lot of energy, esp. for ‘bravely’ diving into depth, intimacy, inner processing, research, and anything that benefits from change through going to the core of things.
  • NEPTUNE in PISCES – also ‘at home’ there: 
    Going with the flow, taking it easy, releasing the old (year, stagnant energy, you name it) with love, and breathing in ‘fresh oxygen’, and anything that we resonate with. Being compassionate.

The Grand Water Trine is in the centre of the Water signs – which has an extra magical, transformational SCORPIO effect.

Also, a rare configuration lines the Grand Water Trine up with the Full Moon axis to a Kite – with the ‘head’ pointing to SUN / VENUS in CAP, and the MOON being the ‘tail’ of it. Or you may call it an airplane, with SUN / VENUS in the cockpit. 
This is a very stable figure, supporting us with leading (head / CAP) from integrity and maturity / the Inner Elder, motivated by nurturing and care, and sense of belonging.

How can this look like?
Feeling deeply, and reaching into our core, which makes us take good care of our Inner Child.
Keeping things simple and fulfilling, noticing that a lot of our ‘needs’ are compensations.
Helping make the World a better place, for our children, for future generations, for animals, for any Being that we deeply care for.


Bottom line:
HOME is BIG for the Full MOON in homey CANCER, and at home there, plus MARS, SATURN, and NEPTUNE also in their respective astrological home / comfort zone where they operate well.
Of course, our friend SATURN in CAP likes this:
Everything (a lot) where / how it works best.


Retro Free Phase!

And once URANUS goes out of retro (on Jan 2) there will be a phase without a major Planet retrograde until early March (JUPITER) and end of March (MERCURY) – woohoo!


‘Stormy’ URANUS goes from retro to direct on Jan 2!

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


‘Wild Card’ URANUS in late ARIES is unaspected in the Full Moon chart.

The CANCER MOON will go into square with it on Jan 2, and also into Water Trine with CHIRON in late PI (also unaspected presently), which can bring instability, yet also shakes things up in a healing way.

On the same day, URANUS goes from retro (since early Aug 2017) direct / forward from Earth perspective. Fires early Aug, icy temperatures now…
URANUS is related to weather patterns and systems – shows when systems are ‘out of whack’.

URANUS has been in ‘turnaround storm’ already in Dec (we were just so focused on MERCURY….). When that happens, the Archetype becomes a focal point.

URANUS is the Archetype of Prometheus the Awakener, bringing ‘Freedom from the Known’, or simply ‘Freedom that has no Opposite’.
Definitely room for wake-up calls, unpredictabilities, surprises, even shocks (there’s been a wave of those in the news lately…), and out-of-the-ordinary experiences.
Yet also and foremost, an awakening from our daily ‘slumber mode’ and into full-on presence with what IS. Presence in the NOW.

URANUS is one of the big news makers of 2018:
It will (temporarily) change signs (only every 7 years), and go from ARIES (since 2011) into TAURUS, mid-May until early Nov).

Check out the SUN, MOON, and Planets in Motion 2018 Overview that I posted earlier today – a neat reference list!
And join our 2018 Astro New Year’s Parlour on Jan 4, if you’d like to co-explore your trends in a group of like-spirited stargazers!

The Sun Rules Leo – Painting by Johfra Bosschart

The next FULL MOON, on Jan 31 – a ‘Blue Moon’ since it’s the second Moon in one calendar month – will be also a ‘SuperMoon’ and:

We feel its effects throughout January:

The best of LEO energy is supported, with the North Node in LEO (Apr 2017 – Nov 2018):
Love Yourself, Love Life, Love the World.
Live Life Lovingly.
Lead from your Strength.|
Share Generously.
Show your Colours… from the Heart!


Wishing you a fulfilling New Year 2018!
Guided by Starlight and Heart Light!



© Melanie Lichtinger 2017



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