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Super-LEO New Moon (July 31) with VENUS & MARS – Igniting Creative Passion & Power – with Love.

30 Jul

Dear Cosmic Friend,


Artist of this amaaaazing piece unfortunately unknown (to me – I’m sure s/he’s well known!)

Can you feel HER coming?
Rather in a blaaah mode?
Or straight-out moody?

The LEO New MOON is just 1-2 days off – on JULY 31 / AUG 1 (depending on your time zone).
A very FIERY one!

Even though the gentle dark CANCER MOON now & up to July 31 in the morning, opposing SATURN & PLUTO in CAP and connecting with MERCURY on its last retro day today July 30 doesn’t make it appear so…

Now it’s Time for self-care, to feel into and release what’s preventing us from radiating Love Heart-fully as in LEO!


And then – LEO galore:
SUN, MOON, VENUS, and MARS all in Fiery Feline mode.

* How’s your creative FIRE and Love for Life these days?

* Do you Live the Life you Love?
The CAT does, unapologetically.

* Do you Love yourSELF fully?

* Do you stand in the Light of your SoUlar Being?
Show Time – of the Radiant Heart!

…Central questions for LEO – the Zodiac energy of central Summer!

The upcoming very FIERY LEO New Moon (surrounded by VENUS & MARS both now also in LEO) is planting Seeds of Love & Creative Potency into our cosmic-human Beingness.

If we choose to invoke, welcome, and nurture it, supported by the MOON in CANCER now, and by the nodal energy and MERCURY turning direct in late CANCER on the New MOON day!

This is the chance to start fresh, from heart-full Self Love!
And to let loving Creativity from the core of our Being take over!

You gotta love the Sabian Symbol that goes with the New Moon degree!


What’s Special about the Super-LEO NEW MOON on July 31 / Aug 1?



  • LEO IS special! 😉


  • It’s the 2nd New Moon of July – the 1st one was on July 2 – a Total Solar Eclipse.
    Some call that phenomenon ‘Black Moon’ (parallel to ‘Blue Moon’ as the 2nd Full Moon in a month) which I find misleading, since it can be confused with the Dark Moon phase before each New Moon. And every New Moon is actually a ‘Black Moon’ since the MOON is invisible next to the SUN.
    By the way, there’s no astrological significance to the fact that July has two New Moons – since Astrology goes by cosmic cycles, not by human made calendars. 
    Except – that’s special and a tad dramatic – as in: LEO. 🙂


Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the cardinal Turning Points of the Equinoxes and Solstices, and the fixed ‘Gates of Power’: Beltane, LAMMAS, Samhain / Halloween, and Imbolc.

  • The New MOON comes just before Lammas / Lughnassadh – the Summer mid-season Harvest Festival in the Celtic Calendar, celebrated on Aug. 2Leading over to 08 / 08 mid-LEO / mid-Summer ‘Gate of Power’ where energy concentrates and emanates:
    The LEO Power to LOVE. ❤


  • Blue Star SIRIUS

    The LEO New MOON is – like its ‘Sister MOON’ – the New MOON / TSE in CANCER on July 2 related to SIRIUS!
    The TSE in CANCER was (very unusual!) next to SIRIUS – an Initiation into Liberation!

    The LEO New MOON on JULY 31 / Aug 1 heralds the Rising of SIRIUS the ‘Dog Star’ (brightest star in the Dog constellation Canis Major, and in the night sky!).
    SIRIUS will rise again before the SUN – the ‘Heliacal Rising’ (Helios = SUN in Greek)! on 08 / 08! We’re in SIRIUS Season…

    If you’re intrigued by that, and feel connected to SIRIUS (as I am) here’s the little seasonal SIRIUS Rising article – REbirth of the Spiritual SUN for you.


  • Creative SOLar Fire is being channeled via the LEO New MOON. A SoLunar conception  of creative, heartful, playful LEO expression.
    LEO is even (of course!) ruled by the SUN – Life Force, Creativity, Pure Light & Consciousness.
    As with every New Moon, a seed is planted ‘in the dark’, and we can’t see it sprout yet until… it does. 🙂 Yet something stirs within… 
    The SEED of LOVE, nurtured when we live lovingly.
    LOVE is the force in the Universe that creates – and fuels our human creativity.
    Love is Creative Alchemy.


Hermes / Mercury, with winged helmet, sandals, and Caduceus / serpent staff of the healer (“Like heals Like”)

  • Speaking of Alchemy –
    MERCURY the Alchemist & Cosmic Messenger presently in CANCER
    (the Zodiac vibe closely related to the MOON) goes out of retro on the day of the New MOON!
    Doesn’t happen very often (statistically once every 29th M-r = about once every 10 years)!

    Being attuned to the cosmic MERCURial field suggests:
    * Coming gradually out of our crab shell, and integrating the Memories (wow, this one brought a whole flood od memories…!), REflections, INsights, and Messages from within that we received during the retro phase (practically throughout July) into the here-now.* Discerning temporary mercurial / mental-emotional ‘weather and how we really feel about things.* Consciously & lovingly communicating (the gift of MERCURY having met the SUN and VENUS) what has come up (maybe what hasn’t been said before) and is important now.

    The LEO New MOON ‘dramatically’ marks the Mercurial turnaround, giving it special attention, plus the North Node in CANCER is also close to MERCURY (see chart below) – pointing out how important it is to care, and honour our true feelings.Since this M-r turnaround comes right with the New MOON, I took a look at the Sabian Symbol of the turnaround degree at almost exactly 24° CANCER.
    See below what that reveals and how the oracle guides us!


12 Olympians – which direction are the Gods & Goddesses going?


  • The New MOON in LEO CAT-alyzes a Retro Window of 5 – 6 Planets (until Sept 18 / Oct 2 when SATURN & PLUTO go direct again)!
    Not quite like the RETRO Record Summer 2018 with Seven Planets Retro.

    But still – also this Summer 2019 (July until Sept), with 5 – 6 Planets simultaneously retro (6 until MERCURY is out of retro on Aug 1) we’re been called to go backwards / inwards, to REsolve and RElease, esp. when it comes to old low and unconscious perhaps karmically ‘inherited’ vibrations of…
    MERCURY in LEO / CANCER (retro July 7 – 31):
    Old mental patterns that revolve around oneself, perhaps in dramatic- narcissistic ways. Going in circles, regressing into previous stages of life, living in our memories.
    JUPITER in mid SAG (retro Apr 10 – Aug 11):
    Old stories and beliefs that shape our philosophy and outlook on life.SATURN in mid CAP (retro Apr 29 – Sept 18):
    Old REpetitive patterns, karma, blocks and obstacles, being stuck in (self) judgment, taking too much on, carrying too much, being the scapegoat.CHIRON in early AR (retro July 8 – Dec 12):
    Old stressful early life wounds / survival mode wounds.URANUS in early TAU (going retro Aug 11 – Jan 10, 2020):
    Old attachments and sticky habits that prevent us from embodying our true freedom.NEPTUNE in mid PI (retro June 21 – Nov 27):
    Old overwhelm, confusion, delusions, addictions, feeling victimized, and ways of ‘checking out’ and giving up.PLUTO in later CAP (retro Apr 24 – Oct 2):
    Old (outer and inner) control patterns, old oppressive and abusive powers that prevent us from being in our true Power..…and find through re-visiting and re-leasing from the ‘inside-out’ more conscious vibrations. as in:


    Being compassionate and caring with ourselves, maybe even going back to our Baby self and the messages s/he received, giving her / him extra care, and showing her / him how loved and welcome s/he is, helps us to express and show ourselves lovingly, passionately, creatively, and heart-fully.

    JUPITER in mid SAG:
    Finding the Truth about our Gratitude for Life, our Belief in Ourselves, and Walking the Path of Love.

    SATURN in mid CAP:
    Standing in our Authority & Values, prioritizing what matters most, lightening the load, and working with our Best.

    CHIRON in early AR:
    The ‘wound’ carries the Medicine. When we experience ourselves as standing alone facing the collective it also brings out the Medicine of being Authentic.

    URANUS in early TAU:
    Being free from attachments (to habits, stuff, location) leads to emBodying Freedom in so many ways…

    NEPTUNE in mid PI:
    Dropping into Unity Consciousness, in the Unified Field.

    PLUTO in later CAP:
    Empowered by and for Evolution.


The cosmic map of the Super-LEO New MOON below makes it so clear:
How strong LEO becomes, and how much fiery energy is showing up now!

Time to show our Colours, Ignite Creative Passion & Power, and Create from the Heart.

The SUN Rules LEO. Painting by Johfra Bosschart

YES! LEO rules the fiery Solar Plexus – just take a look at that glow-rious Solar Lion on the JB picture! – which is in Chakra Astrology related to MARS, as well as the Heart Chakra – related to VENUS, and the Crown Chakra – related to the SUN.

All of them, SUN, VENUS, and MARS are now in LEO, and all these 3 Chakras get lit up now!
Bright Summer sunlight clearly helps too 🙂

Let’s use that energy to go for what we’re truly passionate about, and where our Love is – in our Heart, not ‘just’ as an ego-want.
Nice practice to notice the difference…

LEO’s all-time motto:

The LEO New MOON catalyzes that energy – a seed is being planted.

The first ‘sprouting’ can be seen at the AQ – LEO FULL MOON on Aug 15.
What are we part of in co-creation these days, while  bringing your own passionate creativity to it???


Play Time!

Crystal activated Voyager Tarot card Child of Worlds – Player

Let’s tune into, receive, and express that energy and SoLunar LEO Spirit from the Loving Heart –
SO much can be channeled into joyful creativity from there!

Are children around you? Play!
Or be as playful as children, in your ‘adult’ life!
This is the month that brings out the Inner Child most.
Great to be around animals too.
And to Free the Inner Artist!

Early to mid LEO is in your chart,
activated by the Super-LEO New MOON points to the area of life that invites you to be receptive (the MOON), and conscious (the SUN) around new authentic creativity and playful lovingness!

Maybe there are even Planets there?
Bring new life affirming & loving energy to those situations & inner Archetypes!


Voila, here is the cosmic map of the LEO New MOON!

…which will be exact at 8:12 pm PDT on July 31.

Uhhh, it’s got lots of FIRE in it.
The Element of Spirit rules – maybe even Spirit over Matter (Earth), definitely over Mind (zero Air). 

So let’s not overthink.

Let’s Show up Authentically – ARIES,
Live from Love – LEO,
and Trust the Journey – SAG!


The New MOON in LEO is surrounded by Love & Passion, compliments VENUS in early LEO and MARS in late LEO!
An extra cosmic boost to put yourself out, and show your Colours of the Heart!

Plus, both VENUS & MARS are quite active & activated now –
Beautiful celestial offerings and pointers!

VENUS goes into Healing Fire Trine with CHIRON retro in ARIES (exact Aug 1) and into Liberating  square with URANUS in TAU (exact on Aug 2). The energy has been building since VENUS entered LEO on July 27, and the New MOON brings it out.

VENUS in Fire Trine with CHIRON retro in ARIES
A New Love?
Being authentically & freshly present from the inside-out is healing (CHIRON retro in ARIES), and goes with being self-loving / life-loving, naturally brilliant and magnetic (VENUS in LEO)!


No room for old sticky attachments.
Set yourself free, and love yourself. Set your Heart on Fire!


Roaring MARS in LEO is now the Apex of a Yod (two quincunxes pointing to MARS) – a ‘Find the Way’ aspect, a rare Finger of God / Celestial Pointer configuration.
The Yod window is exact from July 30 (quincunx to NEPTUNE) to Aug 4 (quincunx to PLUTO) – yet extends beyond that – esp. for you purrrsonally, if MARS in LEO activates points / Planets in your chart.


MARS in LEO in quincunx with NEPTUNE retro in PISCES
Know what You want, yet allow the Universe to arrange things for the Highest Good of All! BE in the ONE, maybe experienced as: Being in creative flow state, and fueled by creative passion.


MARS in LEO in quincunx with PLUTO retro in CAP
Let your personal will & passion and Higher Power work in unison.
Tap into true Strength. 


Finding the Way…

Voyager Tarot card VII – Chariot… Perfect for SAG / JUPITER and CANCER

Now is quite a phase of Quincunxses (those long green aspect lines)!

Besides the double-quincunx Yod to MARS (active end of July / early Aug) – see the MARS themes above…

There’s also the quincunx from JUPITER retro / stationary in mid SAG to the North Node in mid CANCER, active June until September.

Quincunx energy is about finding a way to connect & coordinate what seems ‘strange’ to each other and an ‘odd match’.
Now it’s about the two impulses to finding our Home / feeling safe and belonging (NN in CANCER) and being free to pursue Adventures, Journeys, and Opportunities (JUPITER in SAG).
Just heard from friends they found this purrfect motor home for their Journey together – niiice!
So yes, you CAN be both safe and on the Journey that calls you, both protective / protected while adventurous and out & about.

What helps in such situations is to ask the Universe / one’s Higher Self / God: How? Please show me the way!
And to allow the Universe to send you celestial pointers.
Happened for me almost continuously on my Epic Spring-into-Summer Journey in May / June, for which I’m so grateful!


The SUN & MOON in LEO go into quincunx with LILITH in PISCES – exact on AUG 1 / 2.
How does LEO & PISCES go together?
Maybe purrrfectly as in:
Showing of yourself without showing off, i.o.w., being surrendered, at ease, in the flow of Life, not taking anything purrrsonally, and at ease with just being YOU.
Like: Dance as if nobody watches…
The gloriously relaxed Charioteer on the card exemplifies that state too…


Aug 11 is a Big Shift Day

Noteworthy, and I’m sure you’re noticing:
Two Planetary Players change directions soon – on the same day, AUG 11!
Plus, MERCURY goes into LEO.

JUPITER in mid SAG (retro since Apr 10) goes direct again.
URANUS in early TAU goes retro (until Jan 10, 2020).

Sooo, Aug is a stationary month for both JUPITER & URANUS – giving both Archetypes extra attention as they’re in ‘U-turn’ mode, and hence moving slowly.
If you got any Astro features in early TAU / mid SAG you can’t miss it.
Both JUPITER & URANUS have to do with Freedom – a big theme this month.

* For JUPITER in SAG (until Dec 2) that means:

Freedom to move, grow, see the World, and see things the way you do.
Goes with perspective and understanding while generously live & let live.

After many inner Journeys to understand Life and see the bigger picture, maybe also Journeys to ‘old happy places’, under JUPITER retro since April 10….
…it’s time now to move forward-onward-upward, and elevate to ‘higher ground’ on all levels, with JUPITER in SAG going direct.

  • What’s possible and calling?
  • Where do trust & adventure, generosity & freedom come in?


Maverick Planet Uranus (NASA)

* For URANUS in TAU that looks like:

Liberation from sticky attachments,

Awakening from ‘fake’ security, and into your true Self.
EmBodying Freedom.

Maybe even (as J. Krishnamurti put it): Freedom that has no opposite.

Over the last 7 months of URANUS going direct / forward, we had lots of liberating paradigm shifts that set us free – maybe ‘involuntarily’ / surprisingly / shockingly so.
Now it’s time to integrate the experiences, and find unconditional Freedom within. 




No Time for the Old Empire

SATURN retro in mid CAP travels slowly but surely next to the Lunar South Node (all Spring and Summer 2019).

This ‘smells’ so much like endings, closures, esp. of the shadow / low and heavy vibration of CAP:
As in: Doing things the hard way, resisting and judging (others and self), wasting time and energy (on exactly that, or other rock-solid ineffective / damaging patterns), being the martyr and taking too much on, or a scapegoat, being stuck in pretend security that has a high price, being in guilt or scarcity mode… and getting drained by it all – you get the picture!

Feels prob heavy even just reading…

This really is the year (the PSE New MOON in CAP next to SATURN on Jan 5 set the tone) to let the ‘Old Empire’ expire.
Whatever your inner / outer ‘Old Empire’ is that had its time.
Good to check in with shadows / blind spots…
Find a way of honouring the Old for the purpose it has had, and give it a conscious farewell,  a ceremony perhaps even. And / or notice how symptoms of it / people and experiences that represent simply fall away. 

Energy is freed up for the CANCERian creativity.
The Universe and Nature are infinitely creative.
A Goddess thing ❤

How about for a change: Play first, work later.
Or better yet: Work playfully, and play purposefully.

MERCURY in turnaround mode close to the CANCER North Node has hopefully shown us that getting the mind as an advocate for ‘shoulds’ out of the way, and leading with playful joy raises the vibration, and connects in fun, magical, and creative ways.


And voila – as promised:

The Sabian Symbols for the New MOON and for MERCURY’s turnaround degrees

The New MOON will be at 8°36′ LEO.

LEO 9°:

Glass Art – free stock photo (Pixabay)

KEYNOTE: The need to involve one’s most spiritual and vital energies in the creative act if it is to produce significant and beautiful new forms.

The breath represents the power of the spirit, animator of all living manifestations. Because the glass blower uses his breath to shape the glass vessels, he is a fitting symbol of how deeply any creative individual has to involve his total being in his creation. He is also using the fire of the spirit — transpersonal inspiration — or, in another sense, the fire of deeply felt emotions. Any creative activity which does not involve both the “breath” and the “fire” cannot transform into beautiful artworks — or indeed into any new form of order — the raw materials, remains of the past (the “sand”).

This fourth stage of the twenty-sixth sequence symbolically shows us the technique required in true and successful transforming activity. It always implies CREATIVE INTENSITY.

Well, yes, Creative Intensity it is, with the LEO New MOON, next to VENUS, linked to healing CHIRON & liberating URANUS and MARS, linked to transcending NEPTUNE & transformational PLUTO.
If you feel genuinely passionate about something involve your total Being into the Creation – with the Fire of Spirit. Cosmic energies are SO supportive now.

When Spirit, Passion, and Power are with the Creation we’re on Fire, and the Creation has a Life of its own.
We’re born to co-create with the infinitely creative Universe!


MERCURY will turn from retro to direct at 24°01′ CAN.


Heart Island Tupai close to Bora Bora

KEYNOTE: The focalization of complex inner potentialities in harmonic and concrete relationships.

We are dealing here with a special phase of the process of integration. The woman and the two men represent the three-fold aspect of the human personality, particularly at this stage when one of these aspects — the emotional life (the woman) — is facing the possibility, if not the inevitability, of relating itself to both the spiritual and the mental. This confrontation occurs on a small island of the South Seas, and “south” always refers symbolically to the strong and passionate impulses of human nature. Somehow the three-fold consciousness has to develop a harmonious and well-integrated modus vivendi (a specific way of life). If successful, this will release powerful energies and will lead to the next symbolic scene.

We have reached the fourth stage of the twenty-third five-fold sequence. As is most often the case, we are introduced here to a specific technique — or at least to a problem of technique — in living. The three human beings should become integrated; but the form this integration will take seems left open. It has to be a concrete type of integration in terms of the emotional and biological drives of human nature (an island of the South Seas) and the field of integration is “small.” The key to the problem of relationship should be the realization of INTER-DEPENDENCE.


So interesting to find this symbol show up ‘synchronistically’ as a message for MERCURY retro-to-direct – since the integration of the emotional (CANCER), mental (MERCURY) and spiritual dimensions (the SUN which is now leading again, and MERCURY following – the effect of the M-r process) is also the point of the MERCURY retro process – which is often trivialized as ‘bad news’ (for our overly mentally identified world…).
M-r has again been an adjustment showing us that all levels indeed are interdependent, and that rationalizing emotions (which MERCURY can tend to when it meets the CANCERian world of feeling) needs to shift. Feelings need to be compassionately and safely seen and met by the Heart and by Consciousness (the SUN).
MERCURY can help us now communicate them, and let the world know in a kind way how we feel.


Wishing you a blessed and passionately inspired creative August,
Fueled by the LEO New MOON!


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger




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

18 Mar

Happy Equinox, dear Astro Friends!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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



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

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


Cherry Blossom Ocean – Photo by Melanie


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

How can that come in, in your Life?


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

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

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

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


Star Cluster in the Galactic Centre (NASA) – Heart of our Milky Way, at the end of SAG where the SUN travels just before the WINTER SOLSTICE Point

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

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


Wall St. Bull Sculpture

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


Blessings for the Fullness of the New Season!


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger





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

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

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

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

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

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PISCES – VIRGO Full MOON (Aug 26) with 2 Kites, Catalyzing MARS’s Turning Point: RE-newable Energy

25 Aug

Dear Astro~News Reader,

Once again, the Heavens mysteriously (PISCES) yet precisely (VIRGO) mirror Life on Earth and in us… since all is connected, all is ONE.

This last Full Moon of Summer 2018 (yes it is – the next one will be the Harvest Moon on Sept 24, just after Fall Equinox on Sept 22!) carries so much energy and information, and yet the big themes with PISCES – and NEPTUNE retro close to the Full MOON is:
What’s the atmosphere?
What are you picking up if you’re sensitive?
What’s showing up in all its fullness and ripeness, to be surrendered and released?

If your MOON or SUN, your Rising Sign or Planets in your birth chart are in PISCES I’m sure you’re feeling the collective energy strongly now – and might already have taken a lot IN.

As with the Piscean Ocean it’s so important to release and cleanse too – physically and energetically – for our overall well-being.
Have you?

How about this d.i.y. release (PI) practice (VIRGO) that I learned a few years back from a meditation teacher friend:

Visualize your body being a temple, a cathedral, or another beautiful (contained) sacred space.
Notice in what area / even chakra related energy is stuck and stagnant…. which level / ‘floor’ is it?
Could it be that you took this energy in, as you moved into situations – or the people and situations came towards you?
Notice how these frontal portals in your body (even ‘just’ the pores of your skin, your nose, mouth…) might have absorbed that energy which is sitting now in that…. area.
Now ‘simply’ visualize portals on the back of your body in the area of the the stuck energy opening, and a ray of golden or silver light carrying the stuckness out of your body and energy field.
Give yourself time for this process until you feel it’s complete.

How are you feeling now?
How’s your body and energy field?

Maybe an Epsom salt bath to round it up… or a walk… follow your intuition.


PISCES – VIRGO is the energy of the Sacred Feminine and spiritual practitioner, a.k.a. PRIESTESS in Tarot.

Crystal (mainly clear Quartz) activated Voyager Tarot card II – Priestess – Crystal Activation and Photo by Melanie

Being in Priestess Consciousness means:
Being self aware, whole and complete in our body-mind-spirit temple.
Practicing what keeps us well.
Being of service with our gifts.

The Priestess also relates to the extension of the ‘Sphinx Point’:
An initiation from LEO to VIRGO with the theme of Self Awareness  – which was activated by the SUN this week (exactly on Aug 22).

The Sphinx is an oracle, offering a silent mirror image.

Our perception of the world ‘as it is’, and of ‘other people’ shows us a lot about ourselves.

In LEO, a strong Self is developed.
In VIRGO, the question is explored:
Who or what IS the Self….?

To be self aware is to come back to these questions, and to live from that place.

Here’s the recent blog post about this activation.


In that Spirit, let’s take a look at the

PI – VIR FULL MOON and her ‘Entourage’


Can you see what I see?

The chart is very complex / layered, and interconnected (very apropos the VIRGO – PISCES dynamic)- as is the current world situation, and the state of personal affairs for many of us.

Often, the Universe shows things in several ways, and via similar flavours of the same theme….

‘Complex’ can be a good opportunity, since we have a chance to see patterns, problems, and solutions – a la VIRGO. Not that everything is ‘fix-able’, mind you….


There are 3 configurations that all hinge on the VIRGO SUN and URANUS retro in early TAU, and they even extend into 3-D:

  • A Tetradic Yod / Green Kite, pointing to the SUN (super rare). It’s highlighted with the Full Moon, and fades fast – yet keeps us questing… and the themes don’t ‘go away’.
  • A Grand Earth Trine with SUN / SATURN / URANUS involved (exact on Aug 25), and extended as a Blue Kite to the Full MOON.
    Wow, two overlapping Kites! The odds are really slim.
    The SATURN – URANUS trine continues until end of Sept (even though never precisely exact).
  • A T-square from the Nodal Axis in early AQ – LEO to URANUS retro in early TAU (active Aug – Oct!).
  • It almost looks like in 3D that there’s a Pyramid, with un-settling URANUS retro in early TAU (at the FM time FM time here on the West Coast even right overhead) being the ‘cap stone’.
    URANUS / Prometheus in TAU (freshly since mid-May), and until brings Freedom from Known, from attachments, the pyramidal hierarchy / solid and reliable structures… and for collaboration: Wake up, Earthlings!
    Here’s the still pertinent blog post about URANUS’s entry into TAU.


Mars (Hubble Telescope picture)

The Full MOON also catalyzes MARS’s turnaround!

MARS has been retro since June 26 (from early AQ back into late CAP) , and is about to go direct /  forward again, on Aug 27 at 28-29° CAP!

It’ll be stationary / slow moving between 29° CAP and 2° AQ on the Community Building and ‘Prometheus’ Point until Fall Equinox, before picking up momentum, as it moves through AQ until Nov 15.

The CAP / AQ cusp that MARS activates now for a while (and already has, mid-May, and retro mid-Aug) is about collaboration in mature leadership, responsibility, and community. We’ve seen lots of examples under the retro phase where this would have been necessary but wasn’t the case under MARS retro. 

MARS turning around in late CAP (where it’s the strongest in the Zodiac), close to evolutionary PLUTO is renewing energy – and can even activate a push for renewable energy – given the catastrophic climate situation that requires a serious, timely turnaround of how resources on Planet Earth are being extracted and ‘used’ – or rather: where the Earth is stewarded in a responsible way.

  • If you have your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets end of CAP what’s the energy renewal for you, and how do you use it wisely?
  • How is better collaboration now coming into place in your life?
    Maybe in different future oriented, innovative communities, groups, and systems…?

MARS activating the ‘Prometheus Point’ can be (esp. in square with URANUS – which is the Prometheus Archetype – exact on Sept 18) quite cathartic for innovative solutions, and revolutionary breakthroughs.
Watch for surprise news – and also watch out for accidents as a release valve for excess anger, and give the energy a better outlet.

LILITH is in the meantime in AQ, and will be met and passed by MARS on Oct 1 – what a boost for the liberation in our wild and FREE Nature!


Amazing FULL MOON Alignments 

Let’s take a closer look (a la VIRGO) at the Full MOON, her cosmic geometry, and the messages as they keep revealing themselves…. 
This one’s really quite magical and multi-layered:

Let’s start with the Pointer right at the VIRGO SUN:
Yet another YOD / Finger of God / Celestial Pointer, with LILITH / SN in AQ, and CHIRON retro in early AR forming the ‘base’.
It extends to the PI Full MOON, as a ‘Green Kite’ with the Full Moon as its ‘spine’. 
We also had a YOD to the recent LEO New Moon / PSE on Aug 11!
Now, that’s really rare to have two in a row.
Consciousness, Life giving Energy (the SUN) and literally:
The SUN as the focal point.


‘Randomly’, when ‘checking in’ this week on Crop Circles for the season, I found immediately this amazingly beautiful Sunflower like Circle that showed up right next to a Solar Farm, on July 14 –  right after the New Moon / PSE in CAN opp. PLUTO retro in CAP on July 12 / 13 – What humanity needs, vs. old and unsustainable energy ‘dinosaurs’ and other waste and abuse that needs to change.


A pointer to ‘go solar’?
Pretty obvious to me…
Using clean, green technology to work with natural resources – a powerful evolution of ‘farming’ that’s regenerative rather than destructive (as seen…).

Very much apropos the Grand Earth Trine also, with

  • The SUN in early VIR – Raising Awareness:
    What are we doing? What would be solutions to this problem?
  • SATURN in early CAP, about to go direct – Cosmic Coach:
    We know now how same old brings more of the same – and worse. Building what works is really time critical – takes work but there’s no way around.
  • URANUS retro in early TAU – Innovator:
    New / not-so-new innovative and revolutionary ways or working with natural resources that are FREE.


So, what’s with the YOD to the early VIRGO SUN / extending even to a Green Kite as the Full MOON in PI moves into the alignment?

A pointer towards SoUlar Consciousness – in VIRGO.
The Self Awareness Point: What’s going on here, what are we doing???!

What would healthy, aware, conscientious, skillful and helpful, practical and reasonable consciousness say to the PISCEAN chaos?
That also shows: We’re all on this Space Ship Earth together?

What’s the problem, and what can be a solution?
Since early VIR has a CAP undertone: What does Integrity and Responsibility say?
What would be simple first steps that can help and bring healing (CHIRON in AR on the base)?
What does humanity, society, group consciousness, and the future say (LILITH / SN in AQ on the base too)?
Are ‘the many’ even being seen and heard, or is it more about the ‘celebrities’ who get all the attention (LILITH / SN in AQ and LEO NN)?
And how does Humanity and do Groups and Organizations now need to step up?


I can’t help but seeing the socio-political side of the alignment…:
Please note in terms of North American leadership(?) that:

  • Trudeau has his AC in early VIR and his SUN in early CAP – this year challenged by SATURN.
  • Trump has his AC in late LEO – eclipsed by the ‘Great American Eclipse’ on Aug 21, 2017, and VIR also in his 1st house. No further comment…
  • For the City of Victoria, the early VIR YOD Full Moon is also quite relevant:
    The City’s AC and MOON are in early VIR. Municipal elections coming up on Oct 20 – which is in the Zodiac the LI-SCO ‘Tipping Point’ and the MOON will be in PI again – two Moons from now….
    Again: What would reason and (un)common sense, responsibility and true leadership say to ‘the mess / chaos’?


Here are the charts – check out the VIR AC areas:



…with SUN in VIR / SATURN retro / stat in CAP / URANUS retro in TAU involved (was exact on Aug 25), and extended as a ‘Blue Kite’ to the Full MOON, also shows us that this chaos-that-connects (PI) can be an opportunity for grounded common sense, and new innovative if not revolutionary solutions to problems and lack of responsible leadership which don’t go away without significant paradigm shifts.


…continues until end of Sept (even though it won’t be precisely exact). SATURN retro in CAP will go direct / forward from Earth perspective, on Sept 6, and is already a stationary focus (mid-Aug until late Sept).
While SATURN retro (since Apr 17) in CAP has given us ample evidence of what doesn’t work, what’s a waste of resources, and isn’t responsible leadership (rather more of the old) here’s the challenge / opportunity to turn the ship around, and bring better plans and leadership in integrity into responsible positions.

Sept is an important SATURN month.
URANUS retro in early TAU in alliance with stationary SATURN now brings new (and actually not-so-new) innovative approaches into the picture.


And then, there’s the URANUS hinge – on ‘top of the 3-D Pyramid’!

Quite a fascinating alignment and ‘pointer’!
It doesn’t look very ‘comfortable’ and ‘stable’ for the establishment (the ‘Settling Point’ in early TAU has also a CAP undertone), for business-as-usual, and for the economy…
Will the bubble burst?

Maybe not immediately – URANUS has an inbuilt surprise effect…


What’s with the T-square from the Nodal Axis in early AQ – LEO to URANUS retro in early TAU (active Aug – Oct!)?
Karmic pathways away from draining AQ, as seen in society: Isolation / anonymity, watching the show of the ‘celebrities’, the individual doesn’t count, is just part of a system, and towards healthy LEO: Everybody is special, seen and celebrated from a Heart space, everybody’s got creative talents that are welcome to be expressed.
Unplug. Play more.

The Nodal Axis is catalyzed by URANUS in-between these two points these months which can bring awakening shifts in consciousness that can have domino effects, in our personal lives and in society.

MARS will step into the picture again as well, when it re-enters AQ – the sign ruled by URANUS on Sept 10, goes into (# 3 of 3 ) square with URANUS, on Sept 18, and conjunct the SN in AQ on Sept 22.
Sounds like no boredom in September.
What would be new, innovative, experimental and creative ways of cooperation and co-creativity for you?
I can think of some already – hushhhh, to be revealed later.


Blessings for the PISCES – VIRGO Full MOON and beyond,
in ONEness and Wholeness!


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger





Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to YOUR INNER ‘COSMIC COMPASS’.

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

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

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

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

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LEO ‘Celestial Pointer’ Super New Moon / Partial SoUlar Seed Eclipse – and 7(!) Retro Planets: Living Life Lovingly!

10 Aug

Dear Astro~News Reader,

Leo-nasadhHow’s your creative FIRE and Love for Life these days?

Do you Life the Life your Love?

Do you Love yourSELF fully?

Do you stand in the Light and Radiance of your Being?


…central questions for LEO – the Zodiac energy in central Summer!

This exact / partially ecliptic and central (18°41′) LEO New Moon is planting a powerful Seed into our cosmic / human beingness, for all of the above – if we choose to invoke, welcome, and nurture it (the nodal energy goes from LEO to CANCER this Nov).


What’s Special about the upcoming LEO NEW MOON on Aug 11?

A LOT! All these ELEVEN factors:

  • LEO IS special! 😉


  • It’s the 3rd of three SUPER strong New Moons (as the MOON is closest to Earth in her orbit):
    In GEMINI on June 13, in CANCER / PSE on July 12 / 13, and now in LEO / PSE on Aug 11.

    Again, a very strong lunar, emotional and somatic influence on us Earth Beings.
    Feeling and sensing it?

    Creative SOLar Fire is being channeled via the cool MOON – a conception of the NEW into creative, heartful, playful LEO expression – ruled by the SUN.
    As with every New Moon, a seed is planted ‘in the dark’, and we can’t see it sprout yet until… it does. Yet something stirs, within… The SEED of LOVE, nurtured when we live lovingly.

    LOVE is the force in the Universe that creates – and fuels our human creativity. 


  • Yes, it’s an Eclipse!
    The path
    goes over the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, North Atlantic, North East Europe, and North East Asia – its effects will be mostly noticeable there.

    If only our Hearts melted, instead of the precious ice…The partially ecliptic shadow of the MOON ‘wandering’ in front of the SUN disk symbolizes a temporary occultation of the light of consciousness (SUN) through mental / emotional processes and ego identifications (isn’t Mind a continuum of thoughts and emotions…?!) from which it re-emerges, renewed, clear and radiant.
    With the LEO energy, let’s not let the egoic drama of our mind and emotions get the better of us, and overshadow our Heart and pure consciousness.
    Let’s offer it up to a new beginning from LOVE.


  • This PSE closes the Summer 2018 Eclipse Portal.
    See Astro~News post Heart Medicine & Creativity Boost – 3 Summer ECLIPSES: Welcoming Our Loving Heart into the Change:

    Two Partial Solar Eclipses on July 12 / 13 and Aug 11 have been ‘wrapping around’ the Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27 / 28.
    The whole planetary ‘team’ invites us to come from the Heart, and show ourselves in a warm, loving, playful, and generous way that’s based on intrinsic Self Love, while releasing old aggression that may come from a place of isolation and separation.
    The central Eclipse, a Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse was also the Guru Purnima – celebrating the Spiritual Teacher, and Inner Guru.


Amma, the ‘Hugging Saint’ and Spiritual Teacher to many, embracing and healing, while embodying the Divine Mother energy.


  • It’s also a LEO SEED Eclipse (as I like to call it), since it comes with the North Node (see chart below) which is also in LEO these days (May 2017 – Nov 2018), while the South Node is in AQ:
    A ‘cosmic invitation’ is to ‘unplug’ from collective isolation, and from group / system dynamics that suck our energy (AQ shadow); to play more, create more, love more (LEO) which we bring to our AQ co-creations.
    Everybody is special, and we’re all Stars in the Constellation of L.O.V.E.Last year, we had TWO LEO New Moons!
    The second one on Aug 21, 2017 was a Total Solar Eclipse (its path went over the U.S.), on the Self Awareness / Sphinx Point cusp to VIRGO. I’m sure you remember.

    What has happened with our LEO creations and expressions since – from awareness of who we are, and how we can be of loving service with our gifts and skills (VIR)?
    Have they grown and flourished?
    It all starts from the Heart, and from loving ourselves fully.

    This last (in the next 18 years) LEO SEED Eclipse brings us into the Heart Centre from which Life and Love and Creativity emanate, and where Love of Self, of Life, of ‘other’ are united as-ONE.


  • This Eclipse creates a Full Circle / Cycle going back to the Total Solar Eclipse (TSE) in LEO on Aug 11, 1999 at the same(!) degree in LEO (that one was more dramatic, and still….).
    Remember where you were at in Summer 1999?
    Do some journaling / let me know if you like to show & tell.

    I was still in Europe and experienced the Eclipse in a field in Bavaria, together with a friend.
    Quite an intense experience, as there was a thunder storm and some lightning happening ‘on the other side’ (towards North) while the sky darkened and everything became so still.
    What a powerful experience to have the SUN come back as the MOON moved on! A Solar Renewal in LEO indeed – following the Heart and Love.
    At that time, the seed was planted for me to come to Canada. 

    This PSE is also a Seed Eclipse in LEO.
    What did your Heart call YOU then?
    Where is it / are YOU now?

    Whatever the Question.
    LOVE is the Answer. 


  • As you’ll see in the chart below, there’s also rare YOD (elongated green triangle) configuration, with two quincunxes pointing  from PLUTO retro in CAP and NEPTUNE retro in PI to the SUN / MOON in LEO.
    This YOD, a.k.a. ‘Finger of God’ is a Celestial Pointer that orients our attention and energy in the direction of the Eclipse New Moon, with the archetypal energies ‘on the bottom’, PLUTO / Transformation of Resources, and NEPTUNE / Transcendence-in-Oneness, as a foundation. 
    It’s like a ‘pilgrimage’ – not that we ever ‘arrive’ anywhere specific, yet we’re on an inner journey, and need to surrender our attachment to a desired outcome, aiming at Love.

    The archetypal energies on the bottom are:

    * PLUTO retro in CAP: 
    The transformation of engaging in what promises personal power / can have power over us (all from a place of hierarchy / duality / judgment), and can waste time and resources, into the power that IS, incorruptible, and always a renewable resource. The source of integrity, and for the work we’re here to do.
    So, practically speaking: What are you investing your time, energy, and resources into?
    With the retro dynamic: The old ways don’t work anymore, time to transform and renew.

    * NEPTUNE retro in PI:
    Letting go of overwhelm (of the separate, disconnected Self), and surrendering in Oneness. When we tap into the Field of Union / Love, there’s flow, and there’s ‘only one of us here’.

    NEPTUNE in PI has been this Spring and Summer in a ‘Saving Grace’ Water Trine with JUPITER in SCO (will be once more exact, on Aug 19):  As we dive into what might be uncomfortable at first we discover hidden treasures that transform us for the better.

    Of course, all this transpersonal, transformational, transcendent energy is a great foundation and ‘funnels’ (the YOD) into Living from LOVE.
    Rumi sums it up so beautifully: 



  • The PSE comes right after the 08 / 08 mid-LEO / mid-Summer ‘Gate of Power’ where energy concentrates and emanates:
    The LEO Power to LOVE. ❤


  • Plus, 08 / 08 was the day of SIRIUS the ‘Dog Star’ (brightest star in the Dog constellation Canis Major, and in the night sky!) rising again before the SUN – the ‘Heliacal Rising’ (Helios = SUN in Greek)!
    REbirth of the Spiritual SUN!



  • Synchronistically with SIRIUS Rising on 08 / 08 was also the half-way point of MERCURY retro, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’, where MERCURY retro stepped behind the SUN – which you can also see in the chart below.
    Up to then, with MERCURY ahead of the SUN in the Zodiac, the mind (MERCURY) could have easily run the show.
    Purpose of each MERCURY retro phase is to ‘lasso’ the monkey mind a.k.a. MERCURY in, and let Spirit, Consciousness, and the Heart (represented by the SUN) direct again, and the mind be in its service.

    This half-way point with the MERCURY – SUN conjunction is also a ‘New MERCURY’ (like New Moon) – a new way of communicating with Love (LEO), starting from the inside-out.


  • Speaking of MERCURY retro:
    The PSE in LEO CAT-alyzes the Retro Record peak of SEVEN Planets now (until Aug 18 when MERCURY goes direct again)!

    RETRO Record Summer 2018 – Resourcing from Within
    This Summer (esp. July / Aug), we’re called to go backwards / inwards, to REsolve and RElease, esp. when it comes to old low and unconscious perhaps karmically ‘inherited’ vibrations of…

    MERCURY in LEO (retro July 25 – Aug 18):
    Old mental patterns that revolve around oneself, perhaps in narcissistic ways.

    MARS in AQ (retro June 26 – Aug 27 – back into late CAP):
    Old ego and societal patterns that divide and isolate us from friends, community, and humanity.

    SATURN in CAP (retro Apr 17 – Sept 6):
    Old REpetitive patterns, karma, blocks and obstacles, through being stuck in (self) judgment, taking too much on, carrying too much, being the scapegoat.

    CHIRON in AR (retro July 4 – Dec 8 – back into late PI):
    Old stressful survival mode wounds.

    URANUS in TAU (retro Aug 7 – Jan 7, 2019 – back into late AR):
    Old attachments and sticky habits that prevent our true freedom.

    NEPTUNE in PI (retro June 18 – Nov 24):
    Old overwhelm, confusion, delusions, addictions, feeling victimized, and ways of ‘checking out’ and giving up.

    PLUTO in CAP (retro Apr 22 – Sept 30):
    Old (outer and inner) powers that oppress and abuse, old control patterns.

    …and find through the release from the ‘inside’ more conscious vibrations of:

    Expressing and showing ourselves lovingly, passionately, creatively, and heart-fully.

    MARS in AQ / CAP:
    Building in Community. Together we’re stronger.

    SATURN in CAP:
    Standing in our Authority, prioritizing what matters most, and working with our Best.

    CHIRON in AR / PI:
    The ‘wound’ carries the Medicine. We’re suffering the wounds of the collective, and heal when we surrender and are authentic.

    URANUS in TAU / AR:
    Embodied Liberation into the vibrant NOW Presence.

    NEPTUNE in PI:
    Dropping into Unity Consciousness, in the Unified Field.

    PLUTO in CAP:
    Empowered by and for Evolution.


Voila, here is the cosmic map of the

LEO New Moon 2018 / Partial Solar Eclipse

The New Moon will be exact at 2:58 am PDT, and the height of the Eclipse at 3:02 am PDT.


Can you see the LEO concentration, and the YOD to the New Moon, plus all the 7 Retro Planets?

Lots of fixed energy, in TAU, LEO, SCO, and AQ. Don’t get pulled into personal power dynamics, and channel the energy into natural power-that-IS.

Also, there are two exact T-Squares now, channeled through the Eclipse New Moon:

To URANUS retro in TAU from the Nodal Axis (still on until the end of the year!), this month accentuated also through MARS retro and LILITH in early AQ:
Awakening from old collective, separative, competitive group consciousness, and into Heart Love.
Remove yourself from systems that fight other systems or carry inner battle-over-territory energy, and continue to feed the wheel of karma, and channel the energy into loving creativity.

To SATURN retro, from VENUS in LI (was exact Aug 9, now fading) and CHIRON retro in AR (on for the rest of Aug): 
Integrating the teachings of how the Medicine comes with the wound, and when ‘rejection’ / frustration happens in relationships it’s often just ‘not a good match’. Notice judgment. Finding our Balance in what might look like a Battle. What would Integrity, Wisdom, and the Ancient Ones say and do?


Johfra Bosschart Leo

The SUN Rules LEO – Painting by Johfra Bosschart


LEO rules the fiery Solar Plexus (just take a look at that glorious SUN Lion on the JB picture!), the Heart Chakra, and the Crown Chakra.

En-coeur-aging us to radiate powerful strength, to express from your beautiful Heart, and to BE in our SoUlar Cosmic Consciousness!
All these Chakras get lit up now – and bright Summer sunlight clearly helps too 🙂

LEO’s all-time motto:
LIVE LIFE LOVINGLY guides us in this!

The LEO Super NEW MOON PSE catalyzes that energy – a Seed is planted.

First ‘sprouting’ can be seen at the PI – VIR FULL MOON close to NEPTUNE in PI, on Aug 26:
When we do Spiritual Practice (PI – VIR) and let Love flow (PI) it naturally channels into Service (VIR).

Blessings for a Heart-full LEO New Moon PSE Season and Seed Energy!


Would you like to join our Cosmic Circles?
Always with Love and Joy present!

Check out the upcoming ones, posted on my Astro FB Page.
The circles are intimate, so that everyone is being seen (LEO) and met.


© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger





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Eclipses 2018 Vol. 1 : Total Lunar Eclipse (Jan 31) – Celestial Goddess Pointer. Regenerative Creative Power.

29 Jan

Dear ASTRO~NEWS Blog Reader,

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

Two Eclipses are on the horizon – and their effects have been noticeable for a while:

  • The Imbolc Total Lunar Eclipse / SuperMoon in LEO – AQ on Wed Jan 31, and
  • The Partial Solar Eclipse in late AQ / cusp to PI on Feb 15. It also ushers in the Chinese New Year (always on the day after the second New Moon after Winter Solstice) of the Yang Earth Dog (stay tuned for a blog post on this!)!

The ‘Superstar’ Total Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31, with many attributes (Blue Moon, Blood Moon, SuperMoon) – and in central LEO – shows up quite dramatically as a very unique Yod, and even ‘Green Kite’ formation, pointing TO the Eclipse!
What an astro image! Chart below, of course!

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)!

Loving awareness leads to Freedom!

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



The Total Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31 will be visible in East and South-East Asia, Australia, Alaska, and Greenland.
The Path of the Chinese New Year Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15 will go over South America and Antarctica.

Twice a year, a pair of Eclipses occurs, and they ‘string 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 see another pair of Eclipses in LEO – AQ where the Lunar Nodes have been since end of April 2017, and will be until Nov 2018.

This time, the MOON is the SuperStar – as the blue (2nd Full Moon in the calendar Month, after the New Year’s SuperSuperMoon) / red (eclipsed) SuperMoon Total Lunar Eclipse in LEO.

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


Eclipses 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, as the Nodes go backwards in the Zodiac (presently LEO – AQ, from Nov on CAN – CAP).
  • The closer to the Nodes the more likely a Total Eclipse:
    The Full Moon on Jan 31 will be 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 catalyzes the North Node in LEO.
    The Partial Solar Eclipse in AQ on Feb 15 catalyzes the South Node in AQ (release).
  • 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.
  • 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 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 is clearly a RE-generation of the YIN-Feminine, in her passionate LEO Strength – roarrrr!


Shakti Maa Mother Goddess Durga


Jan 31 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in mid-LEO / mid-AQ (Gates of Power)

Also a SuperMoon, and close to Imbolc (Feb 2)

Regeneration of Creative Power, Freedom, and Self-Radiance

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 LEO themes like:

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

How do we get from here to there, you may ask, given all the shadow that’s been cast ON Planet Earth, preventing our Lunar / Yin / Feminine to be in ‘her’ strength?

By the way, just to clarify, I’m not talking generically about men and / vs. women, but about the Inner Feminine in all Beings and phenomena.
I strongly believe that’s more helpful than polarizing in the divisive realm of dualities (which can also happen a lot at a Full Moon, and an exact one like this, even more so). 

This is the TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE in LEO, complementing the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on Aug 21:
The Yin Energy 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.

Had to be right by the MOON / North Node in the chart. 


This is what the description says:

“Changing Woman is perhaps the most revered of deities among Native Americans of the southwestern United States. She is wholly benevolent, since it is Changing Woman who gives the people their abundance and who provides the teachings that allow them to live in harmony with all things.
In the initiation ceremony of Navajo women, the initiate takes in the power of Changing Woman so that she might learn the values of love, hospitality, and generosity, and know that she herself is a source of food and harmony.
Changing Woman received her name because she can change at will from baby to girl to a young woman to an old woman, and then back again.
Very much alive today, she is a tremendously nourishing goddess who teaches the wisdom of nature and the cycles of birth and death.”

Wow, I’m so grateful and in awe of the gift and teaching in this card.
Feminine strength for sure!

And the theme of changing from baby, girl, young, and old woman  and back is such a beautiful expression of the lunar cycle too. In a Total Lunar Eclipse the MOON apparently goes through the whole cycle from waning – dark – waxing – full. Such an additional symbol for the renewal of the Feminine. 

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


Another related theme round Change:

Between the TSE on Aug 21 and now, JUPITER entered SCORPIO (on 10/10/17), and abundant hidden, covered agenda has been brought 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…
Change for the better gets a big boost this year. Yet, we must go into the dark for this.
JUPITER is almost exactly between the SUN in AQ and the MOON in LEO now (the square of the MOON to JUPITER happens on Jan 31 / Feb 1, and the square of the SUN to JUPITER on Feb 10).
Deep transformation brings out true intrinsic power which doesn’t engage in power ‘draws’, and stands in its natural strength (like a Lion/ess).

A movement is obviously already kindled, and happening globally, esp. triggered through the U.S., since the new presidency. 
Goes to show, often it has to get worse (lights go out) to get better (lights go on again) and bring out our best…. human nature (says AQ)…

In our personal lives, the TLE in LEO calls us to be in touch with our loving and creative Heart, and in passionate creative collaboration with others in community, and in solidarity with Humanity (SUN / VENUS in AQ).

Yet not loose energy (South Node in AQ) through engagement in ‘low grade’ group / collective energy (like: being sucked into shock-and-awe news and media manipulation).
CO-creating the NEW is the theme.


The Total LUNAR ECLIPSE in mid-AQ / mid-LEO 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 falls into for you reveals the particular themes and areas of life this plays out for you.

For all of us, Heart creations, loving and showing ourselves more fully are LEO MOON / North Node incentives in the Eclipse dynamic, vs. just ‘watching the show’ (lots of ‘shows’ going on out there in the media, it can easily get draining and overwhelming) or dissociating (AQ South Node shadow, activated by the SUN and VENUS).

Lunar South Node Glyph

That doesn’t mean not to be informed politically, but too much of a ‘good thing’ in a passive, numbing way doesn’t help, yet the tendency can be strong these days (months… since April 2017 to Nov 2018) with the South Node in AQ.

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

Lunar North Node Glyph

Loving and showing ourselves as we ARE – as a mother or grandmother / Changing Woman would love her child.
From there connecting with others, friends, groups, humanity, or even an ‘anonymous crowd’ with a loving energy.
If we ‘pick up’ ‘random vibes’ from the collective that are draining clearing and release is definitely cool and needed. Being in Nature, and being creative and playful helps.

Let’s loosen the connection with the technological umbilical chord (SN / SUN / VENUS in AQ), and be naturally creative and playful FIRST.


The Chart of the Total Lunar Eclipse:


Check out this amazing YOD configuration TO the Eclipse!

The main theme of the whole chart / cosmic matrix!

The MOON / North Node in LEO are the balancing point for SO much celestial energy on the other side of the chart (from SCO to ARIES)!

As a Planetary Pattern this is a ‘Bucket’, with the MOON / NN in LEO being the ‘handle’ which picks up the rest!
Seems like Goddess is taking charge…!

Back to the exact YOD configuration…which has an important message for us.

What’s a YOD?
Technically / visually:
A ‘steep’ elongated triangle, composed of a (blue) sextile base line of 2 planets (here: LILITH in CAP and NEPTUNE in PI), both pointing together in (green) quincunx to an apex Planet = the MOON / NN in LEO.

Yods are relatively rare (I see them in about 10% of my clients’ charts, and as events).
A Yod is also called ‘Finger of God/ess!’ / ‘Celestial Pointer’.
It is likened to an ‘Inner Journey’ / pilgrimage, an orientation towards the Apex Planet’s theme. It’s not about ‘getting somewhere’ but about the deep experience in the process.

When Yods get activated through planetary transits / progressions life changing events tend to occur. As if destiny points you into a new direction. 

I believe this also being true for an ‘event Yod’, esp. as an Eclipse!
An inner process is being set in motion, for us personally, and for humanity.
Clearly a powerful pointer to regenerate creative Yin / Feminine forces in all of us!
What a celestial Goddess pointer indeed!

What’s involved in this as well?
The Archetypes of the heavenly bodies ‘on the bottom’: 

  • LILITH in CAP (‘ahead’ of SATURN) – Being in natural Integrity can be so simple. 
    Doing what works, builds, sustains, what’s a wise use of time and energy.
    Saying no to the rest.

    LILITH btw is more than just the Archetype / stereotype ‘Wild Woman’ (ha, LILITH doesn’t like ‘boxes’, so let’s stop calling ‘her’ Wild Woman!). It’s rather being in our intrinsic (call it ‘wild’) nature, free from conditioning. Basically, being as-Nature (when left alone).
  • NEPTUNE in PI – All is connected. All is One.
    If that means on a personal level we’re getting overwhelmed – since we feel so connected / entangled with everything and everyone, being like Ocean, and letting the wind and waves take care of release. Breathing, Yoga, moves certainly help….
  • All this feeds into our natural Goddess Strength (LEO FULL MOON).


The YOD extends as a ‘Green Kite’ to the SUN / VENUS / SN in AQ – which, in opposition with the MOON / NN is the ‘spine’ of the Kite.
SUN / VENUS / NN is the ‘head’ / direction of the Kite, in this case also in airy AQ!
In other words, as always in Nodal Axis (here even congruent with the Kite axis) the energy received at the North Node (LEO MOON) is being brought / fed back into the South Node (AQ SUN / VENUS):
The LEO / Goddess Power is not just a purrrsonal thing, we need to bring it to community, groups, humanity!
Co-creation for the Future, through coming together in natural Strength, Love, and Radiance.

A few more words about the chart of the Eclipse and present cosmic energy:

  • The energy is very ‘fixed’ – Gates of Power activated, through mid-LEO, mid-SCORPIO, and mid-AQ.
    The Power to Love. The Power to Change. The Power to Co-Create.
  • NO Planets are presently (until early March) retro – momentum to move forward and manifest.
  • MARS has entered SAG on Jan 26 (until March 17):
    Follow the Spirit, the Heart, Intuition, your Truth!
  • URANUS in late AR is unaspected (an unpredictability agent…!) – but will be brought into a Fire Trine by the post-ecliptic MOON, on Feb 1, and into another Fire Trine from MARS in SAG, on March 11 (calling us to move forward / upward-onward). In the meantime, expect the unexpected, wake up from the Winter slumber!
  • CHIRON in late PI is also unaspected (vulnerability / inter-connectedness / the Medicine of ONE!). It will get activated towards March, as VENUS, MERCURY, and the SUN move through PI. May it ‘just’ hold space for now…!


IMBOLC to come – Feb 2!

So close to the Total Lunar Eclipse!

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of AQUARIUS:
We’re celebrating Candlemas, Imbolc / Brigid’s Day and Groundhog Day (Feb 2).


Image to the right:
Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the Equinoxes, Solstices and mid-season / cross quarter holidays: Beltane, Luchnassad, Samhain, and Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day.

In the Gaelic / Celtic Calendar, Imbolc is one of the 4 fixed ‘Gates of Power’ (see above) of the Zodiac year!

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the Fire Feast of Brigid the Irish Goddess of hearth and home – yes, more Goddess Celebration!
She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation(!). 
As the world awakes from the dark slumber of Winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past, and welcome the warmth of Spring.



Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted!
The ground is greening again (with SOO much rain that has come down…!)

Brigid’s blessings…!

And here’s a dedication by Ann Mortifee, from her wonderful book

In Love with the Mystery:


Just when you think the Winter will never cease, suddenly Spring appears.
So it is with sadness, sorrow, loneliness, or loss. Everything has its day and its season.
A new bud will appear where a barren twig lay empty. A fresh start will burst forth with the first green leaf. An unexpected possibility, a new life, will be felt among the ruins. 
Have faith. Expect the impossible. Trust the unfolding nature of life. Wait an eternity if need be.
Spring, inevitable, will surely come.”


I’m closing the Astro~News post Vol.1 for the Eclipse Season here.
More to come, for Vol. 2, the Partial Solar Eclipse on Feb 15, on the AQ – PI Transition zone.
Stay tuned!


Much Love, Seasonal and Celestial Blessings!


© Melanie Lichtinger 2018



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* FULL MOON Week ‘Super Retro YOD’ to VENUS / MARS (united on Aug 31): What is LOVE? Timeless, Eternal Quest… yet always HERE.

30 Aug

 * FULL MOON Week ‘Super Retro YOD’ to VENUS / MARS (united on Aug 31)

What is LOVE?

Timeless, Eternal Quest… yet always HERE.

Voyager VI Lovers

Voyager Tarot VI – LOVERS
Related to MARS – VENUS, Gemini, Libra, Pisces.


The Lovers VENUS and MARS are bound to RE-unite. Their conjunction in passionate and heart-centred mid LEO will be tomorrow Aug 31.

Which activates the YOD from PLUTO and NEPTUNE / CHIRON to them. The PI MOON already stimulates the YOD.

What’s in this apparently very romantic picture?

VENUS retrograde / stationary (on ‘her’ way to emerge as the ‘Morning Star’ and going direct again on Sept 6).

VENUS has come a long way. Remember your Venusian side before ‘she’ turned retro on July 25?

Maybe, perhaps, possibly much more externally oriented (literally: making your life dependent on others, via strategies, etc., and being entangled in relationship patterns from the past).

The furthest ‘Evening Star’ / LIBRA quality of VENUS was reached before VENUS went retro (remember the beautiful VENUS / JUPITER conjunction in the evening sky at the July 1 Full Moon?). In the meantime, ‘she’ has gone through the ‘underworld’ (VENUS retro united with the Sphinx Point SUN: “Who am I?” “Love ThySelf”– a ‘New VENUS’ was born in the invisible night side), and will RE-emerge as the ‘Morning Star’ (‘Goddess of the Dawn’) when out of retrograde (turning direct next Sunday Sept 6). ‘She’ will be most brilliantly illuminated in the morning sky on Sept 21 – just before Fall Equinox (SUN enters VENUS ruled LIBRA, on Sept 23).

The ‘Morning Star’ VENUS has a TAURUS undertone: Spirit / Heart / Consciousness leads again, in our values, choices, and relationships.

Since VENUS turns around in the very centre (14°23’) of LEO we are drawn into the very heart of the radiant, loving SELF, connect and attract from there.

Everyone in true Self Love and Radiance makes the world a better, brighter place.


Johfra Bosschart: LEO, ruled by the SUN
Here is some inspiring and Virgo-an Astronomy, also featuring a ‘Golden Triangle’ very close to the structure of the YOD (just saw it, synchronistically):


Coming to that Heart-of-Hearts space, VENUS’s meeting with the fiery, passionate ‘masculine’ MARS Warrior Archetype on Aug 31 creates a new foundation for the unity of the Sacred Feminine and Masculine, in all things. Not ‘just’ literally in relationships.

The foundation that this unity is supported by is the YOD ‘base line’ of PLUTO retro / stationary (going direct on Sept 24) in CAP, and MOON / NEPTUNE retro in PI. With almost all the YOD ‘players’ in retro (VENUS, PLUTO, NEPTUNE, and CHIRON), we are dealing with something old here, and it’s an ‘inside game’.

In other words, being in inner integrity with the changes that are now happening in the name of evolution (PLUTO retro in CAP), as well as releasing the old, helps with the process, allows things to be released and come together naturally, ‘heal’, and reveal us their teachings (NEPTUNE & CHIRON both retro in PI). Ancestors, Elders, Inner Spirit Guides (PLUTO retro in CAP) are supporting and coaching us, so that we aren’t walking in the footsteps of conditioning / unconscious loyalty to the old but forward with evolution.

The ‘adjustment’ (Quincunx aspect from PLUTO retro, and NEPTUNE retro / CHIRON retro, to VENUS retro / MARS) is only an ‘issue’ if our Ego is in the way of the natural flow and eternal presence. An inside game indeed.

LOVE is not a ‘pilgrimage’ or unattainable place ‘out there’. It’s timeless, and always HERE.

Here is again (some of you have asked me to re-post) the excellent talk by Matt Kahn, re: Soul Contracts, Twin Flames, and Soul Mates. A powerful ‘paradigm shifter’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2da2CQEyy0