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Eclipses 2018 Vol. 2: Partial Solar Eclipse in AQ on Feb 15: Re-Set for New Group and Humanity Consciousness

13 Feb

Dear ASTRO~NEWS Blog Reader,

We’re still in Eclipse Season (twice a year):  

As ‘usual’, two Eclipses are strung together, via Full Moon / New Moon and the Nodes (‘Karmic Pathways’)  – and their effects have been noticeable for a while:

We had recently the Imbolc Total Lunar Eclipse / SuperMoon in LEO – AQ on Wed Jan 31.
And, coming up:

The Partial Solar Eclipse in late AQ / cusp to PI on Feb 15.
It also ushers in the Chinese New Year 
of the Yang Earth Dog (check out the blog post if you haven’t seen it yet).
This year’s Chinese New Year (varies, as it goes by Lunar calendar: always on the day after the second New Moon after Winter Solstice) will be very late, on the cusp from AQ to PI, since there was a New Moon just before Winter Solstice, the first one after was Jan 16, and now the second one on Feb 15.
Interesting that the Earth DOG is known for its quality as a loyal companion / friend – very AQ in that sense too. What’s our pack? Who’s loyal? Whom are we naturally, authentically loyal to and with?

Feng Shui, the Chinese Art of Placement, always a big emphasis before / round the CNY (clearing clutter, preparing home and environment for the New, inviting good energies) means literally Wind & Water – relating to natural flow of energy… also very much apropos to the Zodiac cusp from AQ (Air sign) to PI (water sign) where the New Moon will be.


How’s it been going, with the ‘Superstar’ Total Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31?
In our purrrsonal LEO journey, and in the AQ / PI group / collective consciousness, we’re experiencing all these dynamics.

Loving awareness leads to Freedom, or rather: IS Freedom!
LOVE is the Medicine that helps us in the ‘storm’ – is both grounding, and raises the vibration from which we experience the ‘events’! 

Let’s see what’s UP now, what’s ready to be released and re-set, on the AQ side of things, with this South Node Eclipse!

Nothing eclipsed here, but beautiful polar New Moon ‘boat’ (photographer unknown)

Twice a year, a pair of Eclipses occurs, tied together through the Lunar Nodes.
Remember the last Eclipse pair in August 2017?
Of course! The famous ‘American’ Total Solar Eclipse of Aug 21 was epic. The Partial Lunar Eclipse on Aug 7 was less spectacular, yet both were united through their shared AQ – LEO theme.

And now we’re in-between another pair of Eclipses in LEO – AQ where the Lunar Nodes have been since end of April 2017, and will be until Nov 2018.

The Partial Solar Eclipse end of AQ on Feb 15 has a more ‘humble’ appearance, in comparison to the dramatic Total Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31 – yet nevertheless important effects…

The Path of the Chinese New Year Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15 will go over South America and Antarctica.
Letting go of harmful impacts of humanity on the climate and polar ice – we’re all in this together, says the AQ – PI Synergy?
And a fresh start with innovative collaboration in coherence (also AQ – PI)?


Firstly, here’a some basic Eclipse info for starters – skip it if you’re well aware (or don’t care 🙂 about the ‘mechanics’ of it):

Painting by Johfra Bosschart

Eclipse ‘Mechanics’ 101

  • Eclipses occur when a NEW MOON or a FULL MOON are close to the Nodal Axis, which is presently (April 2017 – Nov 2018) in AQ – LEO.
  • Eclipses come twice a year, in pairs of New Moon / Solar and Full Moon / Lunar (sometimes even as a triad, as in: July 12, 2018 Partial Solar, July 27, 2017 Total Lunar, and Aug 11, 2018 Partial Solar Eclipse), when it’s the month of the North Node (this year LEO – and back into CAN), and the month of the South Node (this year AQ).
    On that note, Eclipses, just like the Nodes, go backwards in the Zodiac (presently in LEO North Node / AQ South Node, from Nov 2018 on in  CAN North Node – CAP South Node).
  • The closer to the Nodes a New Moon or Full Moon is the more likely a TOTAL Eclipse:
    The Full Moon on Jan 31 was at 11°37′ LEO, and the North Node at 15°16′ LEO – very close, and a Total Lunar Eclipse!
  • The SUN of the NEW MOON on Feb 15 will be at 27°07′ AQ, and the South Node at 14°27′ AQ – not close enough for a Total Solar Eclipse, but for a PARTIAL SE.
  • Eclipses are either connected with the South Node (SN) = emphasis on release, or with the North Node (NN) of the MOON = emphasis on new beginnings.
    This is esp. important for Solar Eclipses (exact New Moons)!

    The Total Lunar Eclipse in LEO on Jan 31 catalyzed the North Node in LEO.
    The PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE in AQ on Feb 15 catalyzes the South Node in AQ (release).


Eclipse Effects

  • The effect of the Eclipses extends beyond ‘just’ a lunar monthly phase, rather 2 – 3 months, and it’s a chain from Eclipse ‘season’ (last one in August 2017) to Eclipse ‘season’ (Jan / Feb 2018, and July / Aug 2018).
  • 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 in LEO had brought a RE-generation of the (inner / outer) YIN-Feminine in all of us, in her passionate LEO Strength – roarrrr!

    The PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on the AQ – PI cusp is a re-set of the (inner / outer) YANG-Masculine in all of us, in his cool and detached com-passion for / IN humanity: We’re all in this together – You are another Me: Ubuntu
     (check out this beautiful description Ubuntu!). 
  • What are the qualities that need to be released, to free up energy for this synergistic co-creation in Unity?
    Perhaps adherence to a certain group or collective consciousness that doesn’t serve us and the purpose (anymore)?  Time to ‘Feng Shui’ it…
    Too much media brain wash (also AQ – PI, yet low vibrational)?
    Perhaps being blasé, and checking out, rather than tuning in with your Love?
    Perhaps having given up on a future for humanity, and numbing oneself…?
    Can we let these understandable responses to ‘the state of the world’ let go of???
  • Eclipses are at the same position in the Zodiac every 18-19 years – a karmic ‘string’:
    On Feb 5, 2000 was a SN Solar Eclipse in AQ.
    For the Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15 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, while you were following your own heart, esp. if you have your SUN, MOON, Planets, or even Nodes in LEO – AQ.
    In any case, where late AQ is in your chart, house wise, an ending / release of a longer cycle that leads to a opening new doors is in the making.


Light of Consciousness to Deeper Issues Brings Freedom.


It’s a partial ECLIPSE of the SUN, by the MOON Shadow.

The Lunar emotional, habitual side provokes and evokes a ‘RE-SET’ of Conscious Solar AQ themes like:

  • Let go of indifference.
  • Look at the situation with detached compassion.
  • Come together in Groups of Like-Spirited Humans, and as Humanity!
  • Co-Create in Synergy – no one is an island (not even a perfectly self sufficient, media dependent one…).

The late AQ NEW MOON / SOLAR ECLIPSE comes with MERCURY (see chart below) – very well positioned in late AQ (the sign MERCURY is exalted in, plus late AQ has a GEM undertone, ruled by MERCURY). Systemic and innovative forward-thinking is strong here. 
The Solar Eclipse in AQ has also a sextile to (the AQ ruler) URANUS (exact Feb 13 / 15), confirming fresh new thinking and breakthroughs – after the ecliptic release of an old system – are very attractive and supported now.

And there’s a deeper dimension to this:
The SOLAR ECLIPSE with MERCURY squares JUPITER in SCO (exact Feb 10 / 13 / 15).

Time to reveal the NEW MOON / Solar ECLIPSE Chart – even though SCO likes to keep things hidden
(not so much anymore though, with JUPITER!) 🙂


JUPITER in SCORPIO since 10/10/17 has brought abundant hidden, covered agenda to our awareness – to transform deep ‘sediment’ from the bottom-up, esp. in Scorpionic affairs of behind-the-scenes agenda, sex, power, manipulation, abuse, shame… Deep transformation brings out true intrinsic power.
Change for the better gets a big boost this year. Yet, we must go into the dark for this.

The AQ Ecliptic NEW MOON / MERCURY in square to JUPITER is another catalyst for this.
What’s going on in group / systems (UN)consciousness / vibe / agenda?
In elites, government, and in any group situation, actually. What is it that doesn’t sit well, and needs to be talked about? An opportunity, even though it might appear like a conflict.

How can we bring more light and consciousness to the deeper issues?
Excellent times to talk with trusted friends, with a detached, investigative, almost scientific approach.
RE-sets can happen from there, either a change IN the group dynamics, or a a transformation out of them.
The Truth (JUPITER in SCO) shall set you free (AQ)!
Freedom beckons in either case, Freedom from…, Freedom for…, or ‘simply’ Freedom that has no opposite
(as J. Krishnamurti calls it – as long as there’s an opposite that’s not freedom!).


PLUTO in CAP, the ruling agent of SCORPIO, and in wide sextile with JUPITER is always checking in with us, like an evolution coach:
What’s the best way of using, applying, and positioning your time, energy, and the core of who YOU are, into Community and Humanity?


Freedom Blessings for this Ecliptic Time – and Always!

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger



Serving you in and out of Victoria BC since 2000

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Happy CHINESE NEW YEAR of the Yang Earth DOG, Starting Feb 16!

9 Feb

Dear Astro~News blog Reader,

Are you ‘into’ Chinese Astrology?
Using it for Feng Shui?
‘Simply’ curious?

Here’s my East-West honouring of the Chinese New Year.
Happy New Year of the Yang Earth DOG!


The Upcoming New Moon on Thursday Feb 15 at 1:05 pm PST at 27º07’ AQ initiates the CHINESE NEW YEAR of the YANG EARTH DOG, starting on the following day, Feb 16.

In BC, with strong Chinese communities, we have quite an awareness of Chinese Astrology and year cycles.
Did you know? Victoria has the oldest Chinatown in Canada!


Dragon Guardians – Photo by Melanie, Feb 5, 2018


The BIG parade however will be in Vancouver on Feb 18 – no wonder, given the large Chinese population!

Here in Victoria where the Chinese population is about 30 000, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated again in Chinatown on Sunday, Feb 18 – always on the Sunday after the CNY – with traditional Lion’s Dance, fun performances, before the Lions will walk through the streets of Chinatown to visit the shops, bring blessings, eat the lettuce that’s prepared for it, and snatch the bills and red envelopes – for the Chinese Benevolent Society.



The last Yang Earth Dog year was Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 7, 1959.

Chinese Character GOU – Dog

When you’re about 60 years old, you get your Chinese element / animal return (together with the Western Astrology 2nd SATURN and 5th JUPITER return). And if you have grandchildren 60 years younger than you, you share your Animal / Element combo with them.

The last DOG years (with different Element combinations) were (Jan / Feb until Jan / Feb the following year) 1933-5, 1946-7, 1958-9, 1970-71, 1982-83, 1994-5, 2006-7.

Please find specific dates, and more detailed intro to the Chinese Elements and Animal Cycles here.

For the DOG years, check out this table:

Start date End date Heavenly branch
14 February 1934 3 February 1935 Wood Dog
2 February 1946 21 January 1947 Fire Dog
18 February 1958 7 February 1959 Earth Dog
6 February 1970 26 January 1971 Metal Dog
25 January 1982 12 February 1983 Water Dog
10 February 1994 30 January 1995 Wood Dog
29 January 2006 17 February 2007 Fire Dog
16 February 2018 4 February 2019 Earth Dog
2 February 2030 22 January 2031 Metal Dog
22 January 2042 9 February 2043 Water Dog

The cycles have more combinations than just the yearly ones –
The so-called 4 Pillars:

  • The Animal / Elements of the YEAR (which would in Western Astrology compare with the sign JUPITER was in at the year of birth), a.k.a. the ‘outer animal’.
  • The Animal / Element of the MONTH of birth (which would compare with the 12 Zodiac SUN sign cycle), a.k.a. ‘inner animal’.
  • The Animal / Element of the DAY of the week (which would roughly compare with the MOON sign), a.k.a. ‘private animal’.
  • The Animal / Element of the HOUR of birth, with a 2-hour range per animal, and rotating with elements (comparable with AC signs), a.k.a. ‘secret animal’ – only people who know your birth time would know it.

So, in fact, the system is much more differentiated and complex in its combinations and variables than at first glance, with the ‘Year of the…’ only.

12 x 5 Year combinations, 12 x 5 Month combinations, 12 x 5 Day combinations, and 12 x 5 Hour combinations = total 12,960,000 combinations are possible!


Rooster Review

FIRE (the last 2 years, with Yang Monkey and Yin Rooster) is the Element of the South, which stands for passion and creativity, adventure, leadership, the colour red, Summer, and relates to the planet MARS.
Simultaneously, SATURN was in fiery SAG in those years.

Coming out of the Yin Fire Rooster – a Phoenix Bird year it was!

Did you know that Fire in the 5 Chinese Elements is also associated with the Vermillion Bird / Phoenix? A double whammy…?!


The Phoenix out of the Ashes process has been on:

Burning off what we aren’t anymore, or fooled by, has been a big theme this year.
And all the wildfires!!!
Trusting we won’t see another series of those, this EARTH Year.

Rooster likes to show off, and is everything but shy.

“Show your colours!” has been also a theme for the Lunar NORTH NODE, in LEO since end of Apr. 2017 for 1½ years. And “Take a stand for what is close to your Heart!” said SATURN in SAG. It’s not about right or wrong. It’s about Living Life Lovingly, and directed from Inner Truth.

Rooster’s shadow is Ego bolstering – “Look at ME!”, narcissism, and creating a ‘Harem’ / following of admirers. As it usually goes, a lot of that drawing of attention can be an over compensation for inner sensitivity, insecurity, and being easily hurt by criticism – even though critical him/herself, and a perfectionist, possibly being overly zealous and opinionated – we’ve seen a lot of that kind of display over the last year!!!

The FIRE Rooster can be even more flamboyant, aggressive (cock fight style), know-it-all, and dramatic.

I’m not saying every person born in the Fire Rooster year (1957 – 58, and babies born 2017 – 18) has these character traits – wouldn’t be my style, and wouldn’t make sense to generalize in that way.
Also, as mentioned, the Chinese system has its 4 pillars (see above) that modify the characteristics.

But let’s be aware of these traits in ourselves and in the world ‘outside’, in integration of the Rooster year, and meet them with what they are really about.

  • Why are we / are people seeking attention?
  • What is it that we really need to show to others?
  • What is the (self)awareness that is important now?


What’s been going on with JUPITER, the 12-year cycle planet, in the Rooster Phoenix year?

JUPITER entered SCORPIO on Oct 10. 2017, and will continue to travel through scorpionic ‘dark places’ until Nov 8, 2018, when it enters its own domain, SAGITTARIUS.
Big and deep change is under way. From SCO to SAG is the ‘Phoenix Point’ in the Zodiac where we rise into Freedom, seeing the Bigger Picture… maybe a ‘Phoenix’ delay effect in Western Astrology…


The Yang Earth Dog, and its Year

This year, a new Element is coming in, for 2 years:
EARTH / Kun, after 2 years of FIRE / Li.

A grounding, stabilizing, and balancing energy is offered, and required(!).
EARTH energy is also quite emphasized in Western Astrology this year:

SATURN entered its own earthy sign CAPRICORN (Dec 19, 2017 – Dec 17, 2020), approaching PLUTO there (conj. will be in early 2020), and LILITH being in CAP this year too – until Aug 6. 
URANUS will enter earthy TAURUS (can be disruptive there, and we surely need grounding in the ‘storm’) on May 15, until Nov 6 (when it goes back into AR, before finally entering TAU on March 6, 2019).

EARTH is in the Chinese system associated with 

  • The Centre (also in Feng Shui / the BaGua)
  • The Change of Seasons (rather than ONE season)
  • The Planet SATURN – corresponds with SATURN being in earthy CAP now.
  • The Colour Yellow.
  • The Yellow Dragon.
  • The digestive system, spleen, and stomach.

Good to strengthen / be supported by all those attributes, always, and esp. in the next two EARTH years (Yang Earth DOG, followed by Yin Earth PIG).

What’s with the (always Yang attributed) DOG / Gou?

Of all the Chinese animals the DOG is the friendliest and kindest.
Dogs like to serve and being of use. They are the epitome of loyalty and faithfulness.
DOG has an association with the Western Zodiac sign LIBRA.
Known to be very relational, loyal, reserved, quiet, helpful, practical, unpretentious (after Rooster), calm in a crisis, keeping equilibrium in chaos, yet always ready to respond.
They thrive on team work and have a strong sense of duty in the community.
Dogs are eager to please. They seek companionship, and friend-ly relationship, and can go out of their way to be praised and approved of. Dogs are also very outgoing and social, and thrive on contact and company – otherwise they become a lone wolf…
They’re honest, intelligent, with a sense of justice, fairness, and integrity, affectionate and sociable, trustworthy, yet hard to forgive if the trust they’ve offered is being abused.
Rather an expert in certain things than a ‘jack of all trades’. They don’t need much, yet when in need they’re very resourceful. They need purpose, be motivated and acknowledged, otherwise they’re unfulfilled. Having high standards, they can easily become judgmental, cynical, and pessimistic.
All of these traits are also very apropos SATURN now in CAPRICORN.
They can do everything for others (LIBRA), even to a degree of martyrdom, or being taken advantage of (CAP). 
Being dogged and fatalistic are borderline shadow expression of the DOG characteristics.
Success is a result of consistent effort. They can make a sound adviser and good leader  – who demands loyalty, and dedication to the work.

These characteristics of a DOG year / month / day / hour person (or dog, lol) can also be translated into the Earth DOG year to come:

Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog (Creative Commons)

A year where a call for justice, integrity, and true leadership becomes stronger and stronger, common sense, and (with JUPITER in SCO, relating to PLUTO in CAP) also an impulse for transformation of structures and their (if not the principle of) leadership.
Loyalty to a ‘pack’, and defending integrity and principles can become a big theme.
Hopefully not to a degree where loyal ‘serfs’ are being used to ‘do everything’ for their master.

We need to see – and become – rather Integrity DOGS who stand up in Loyalty for Mother EARTH, and all her life forms.

As we move into the CHINESE NEW YEAR, and under the waning-before-NEW MOON, let’s clear space and energy for the NEW!
FENG SHUI helps with organizing and streamlining our environment – which makes life simpler, easier, and foremost: directs the energy flow in optimal and naturally aligned ways.


In our East-West CNY & Feng Shui Parlour on Thu Feb 15, we’ll explore the (and YOUR) Chinese System and the Western Astrology, plus basic Feng Shui principles.

You’ll also receive a 14-p. E-Booklet with lots of helpful Feng Shui tips.

If you don’t come to our CNY Parlour you can still order the 14 p. Feng Shui Tips E-Booklet for $ 4.14 via e-transfer, or PayPal. I email it to you upon payment.


Happy New Year of the EARTH DOG!


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger



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