Lifelight Astrology November 2016



Painting and words by Michelle McClunan

One of the up-sides to writing these newsletters is that I get to stop the outer noise of my life and ponder things more deeply and intensely than usual…deep and intense both being characteristics of Scorpio, which is our theme for November.

There’s a huge focus on the water element over the next few weeks, starting with an intense, transformational, but healing  New Moon on the 31st October. Mercury joins the sun and the moon in Scorpio and the trio form a flowing aspect to mystical, mysterious Neptune in Pisces.

Water… water… everywhere… can you feel it?

How does the water element relate to us personally ? It represents feelings, emotions, sensitivity, compassion, empathy, flow, nurturing, connection to all that is, purification, cleaning, clearing, power, tenacity. If  water isn’t channelled, it can be overwhelming, scary and unpredictable and of course, it can lead to destruction.

Picture the life of a river in your mind’s eye. Starting off as a little spring, full of potential, it grows into a stream and then might become a happy babbling brook. With each big rain, the stream may swell, until it becomes a raging river… a powerful, ambitious  force,  flowing with an intensity that will burst its banks, should they be too narrow to contain it. The river tenaciously, carves its way through the landscape, moving huge boulders, trees or anything else in its way. At other times, this very same river might almost completely dry up or stop and become stagnant, until the next rains arrive.

The river is never ever the same, not even for a moment. It will encounter obstacles, but will almost always find a way under, through  or around them.  The interesting thing about water is that it changes state but it never dies.

Much like us!

Sometimes the river might get dammed up by us humans, so as to keep it all in one place. Imagine you as a happy babbling little river, trundling along over the rocks… flowing… free to be. Suddenly you meet a wall and there seems to be no way of getting through it. Feel what that feels like in your body. Now imagine the sluice gates opening, so the river can flow again. How does that feel?

When I look at the astrology of the next few weeks, it feels to me that the new moon and her flowing aspects to Neptune, are opening the sluice gates, as it were, giving us the opportunity to clear what we need to clear, release the pressure and get back into the flow.

Perhaps you’ve been experiencing water issues lately…flooding, mud, geysers bursting, pipes getting blocked or drying up. Or… you might have issues with your body’s plumbing system?   Any of these could suggest that your ”water might be out of whack”

If you feel like your banks are bursting, you may find that you’ve dammed up some old emotions that now need to be felt and released. If you feel stagnant, you might need to shine a light on the nooks and crannies of your body, mind and soul, to see if there’s anything there that might be  making you toxic. If you feel dry, stagnant or uninspired, you might need some nourishing – time out, creative expression, long hot baths, or you might need to drink more water – to get the flow going again.

If you need some help with navigating your waters, book an ASTROLOGY, COACHING or PROCESS ART session with me – or join me on one of the RIVER OF LIFE WORKSHOPS in November. Email me for details.

Back to the New Moon and the Astrology for November.

With Mercury involved with this new moon, we have the opportunity of reaching a deeper level of understanding about the way we communication, thoughts and our core belief systems.

We also have Venus (the planet of love and money) in a close dance with Saturn in Sagittarius.  This can mean that we feel limited financially or that relationships  feels restrictive. And/or it can mean that we have an opportunity to bring maturity and stability to our relationships  with others and our money.

The last few months have been really, really difficult for many. Our planet and our country is in crisis. It almost feels like we are reaching some kind of a tipping point. Many of us have been feeling really anxious, irritated or flat out pissed off of late, with a sort of impending doom permeating the atmosphere (especially last week).

Another theme that’s been coming up often is the underlying fear that we might be missing or have already missed, the boat in our lives. If it’s any consolation… you can’t miss the boat, because you’re already on it!

The best thing we can all do during these times is to stay on the boat, with as much presence as possible, and use the navigational equipment we have at our disposal to help us stay in the flow and steer our way through the fog. If we resist the flow of the river, or try and go upstream, there’s a good chance we will feel like we are unravelling.

Our feelings and intuition are our navigational equipment, so when we ignore  them, there’s a good chance we might drift off course for a while.

The new moon, through its contact with Neptune is suggesting that there is an opening to really connect with our intuition and to unseen realms as well.

Pause, breathe, connect with your body, let whatever arises to just be,  soften, breathe, flow with it, breathe again… Take time to connect to Source, / The Divine / Your guides/ Your Ancestors/ the Angelic Realm and  ask for help. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes forget to ask.

After you’ve made your request,  let it go and pay attention to  your dreams, to symbols and signs, chance meetings and sudden intuitive flashes or knowings. Don’t chase them down – let them come out of the mist.

In Life, Light and Flow








Are you ready to be catapulted out of the old and into the new?  Well the full moon on Saturday night/ Sunday (16th October) might help you do just that!

First of all, it’s a Super Moon, which means that it’s closer to the earth, bigger and a lot more potent than usual!

The moon is in fiery, independent, assertive, potentially war-like Aries  and is opposed by the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter in Libra.

That’s quite a polarity right there. Aries is about me… my life, my needs, my goals,  my ego, my independence. Libra is about you/ the other… it’s about relationships of all kinds; keeping the peace; justice; balance, co-operation and money!.

But here’s the kicker… the moon is closely joined (and the sun  opposed by)  rebellious, revolutionary, rule-breaker Uranus, which makes  this a  “thunder and lightning” type of full moon.  Uranus arrives unexpectedly,  just like lightning, with a large dose of the dramatic, jolting us out of any sluggishness, paralysis or boredom… shaking, rattling and rolling our cages, in order to break down old barriers and initiate radical change.

This full moon will light up exactly what we feel is limiting us or standing in the way of our independence or our personal freedom (Aries), as well as what’s really going on with our money and our relationships (Libra) It will illuminate in technicolour what we just aren’t prepared to tolerate any more and what needs to shift.

This full moon is a harbinger of change, which could be stressful, uncomfortable and possibly a little dangerous


If you like a bit of excitement and are ready to embrace change, you might find it exhilarating. She brings with her flashes of intuition, along with some highly charged energy to help blow those cobwebs away and get things moving!

More news is that Pluto and Mars  in Capricorn (which are squaring the Libra contingent)  are  moving in for a close dance, which challenges power structures of all kinds. This  is likely to be  accompanied by tensions in communications and even more skeletons emerging from  even more governmental closets.

When I was reflecting on what to write about today, the word “Equanimity” popped into my head.  Definition –  “calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation.

Life is challenging for many of us right now, so I think Equanimity is a good  Libran quality to connect with. IF or when you are triggered by something or someone, try stepping away, breathing and counting to  ten or twenty or a hundred…. before launching into defense or attack. Ask yourself one simple question. Is it  worth going to war!  Sometimes it is, but we always have the choice.

The other word that comes up is  “surrender”. When we’ve done all we can do , sometimes we just need to let it be, do our best to stay in the present moment and wait it out.


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In Life and Light






October kicks off with a NEW MOON in Libra, in the wee small hours of the morning on Saturday, in the Southern Hemisphere (up north, it happens on 30th September) . This  moon has  expansive, optimistic Jupiter along-side it, continuing the theme I wrote about last week in my Equinox post. As many of you may know, Jupiter expands whatever it touches. When it touches something good, that expands and when it touches something not so good… well… then there will be more of that!

Even though this looks like a purely lucky, expansive ,harmonious  New Moon at first glance (and it is), there is another side to it.

This one sets the scene for a bit of a balancing act for the next few weeks.  Some of you (if you’re old enough) might remember using scales with weights at school. You put a couple on one side and then had to adjust and re-adjust, until you got  them to balance perfectly…. adding a few, taking a few away. That’s what Libra  is actually about… adjusting until you find the balance. It doesn’t just magically happen… unfortunately.

Picture this on this new moon – on one end  of the scale, we have a peaceful, happy, pleasing little bunch,  consisting of Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon, providing us with the opportunity  of bringing more peace, love, harmony, balance and money into our lives.

On the other side, (in a square to the peace party) we have assertive, ambitious, sometimes war-like  Mars in  Capricorn AND  Pluto, the plumber of the psyche. Did you ever, when you were a child link arms with your mates and walk through the school yard singing “We walk straight, so you’d better get out the way” Well, maybe not, but I remember it vividly!   This is what Mars and Pluto in Capricorn remind me of?  I am driven to move forward/upward and nobody is going to stop me! This is obviously in stark contrast to the pleasing bunch in Libra!

This duo certainly is not going to let us get away with being too airy fairy or idealistic. They’re intensely focused on getting to the bottom of our relationships – those we have with others, our homes, our finances and ourselves. They will urge us to drill down and bring to the surface wherever we’re being inauthentic or  our lives are out of whack.

These are good questions to ask this new moon

  • Am I standing at the centre point of my life or am I allowing myself to be jostled about by others?.
  • Am I giving too much… or too little to the significant people in our live?
  • Am I co-operating in a spirit of unity or just being a push-over?
  • Where am I pleasing others to the detriment of my own goals and dreams?
  • Where and how are others being mirrors to me?


This is a good time to negotiate what we need in our relationships, so grab your “person” by the hand, go somewhere beautiful  and have a good heart-to-heart.

There’s magic in the air. You never know what might happen….


In Life and light



Hi all. Here’s a quick update and request. Please read before 22nd September.

Although we usually call 1st September  Spring day in the Southern Hemisphere, the real start of spring is at the Spring Equinox,  which happens on 22nd September this year in South Africa.

Equinoxes happen when day and night are almost exactly the same length… everywhere. The word equinox comes from Latin and means  “equal night”, so the spring equinox represents a point of balance .

This is also  the time of the year, where we sow seeds of hope, both physically and metaphorically, not only for ourselves, but for humanity as well.

With Jupiter having just entered Libra, as I wrote about last week, the focus of this eclipse is on peace, love and harmony.

My good friend Antoinette McInnes has been working tirelessly to organise a Crystal Ceremony at the exact time of the Equinox, a moment of perfect balance.  During the ceremony, a rose quartz crystal will be earthed, with the intention of  activating heart chakra opening and moving people towards a vibration of Christ Consciousness. There will be a special focus on raising the vibration of South Africa, but of course, there is no limit to such things and the crystal will be connected to any worldwide crystal grids and to anybody else with the same intention.

If you’re concerned about our country and our planet and are keen to plant some good strong seeds of hope,  please join in from wherever you are at 16:21  Spend a few moments in quite reflection on your own, or in a group, to plant a crystal of your own and/or to focus on any or all of the following.

Unconditional LOVE

If this resonates, please share this as far and wide as you can.

In life, light and hope for all




War or Peace

There are some strong themes in the heavens right now,  which suggest  that positive change is afoot.


On Friday 16th September, we will have a lunar eclipse, following on from the solar eclipse on the 1st September. It’s a bit like we’re in the birth canal, where something new is about to be born, but we still need a few more hefty pushes.

A lunar eclipse happens  when the moon (feminine) is eclipsed by the Sun (Masculine). With this one, the sun is still in organised (male) Virgo, while the moon is in  (feminine) oceanic, free-flowing Pisces. But there’s more… our lunar lady is  swimming  gill-to- gill with Chiron the wounded healer and kick boxing with Mars in Sagittarius.

So… what this means in English, is that this Eclipse  is rather a wing dinger, where old wounds (and anger)  around male domination of women could be triggered. If you read deeper into this… it also means the triggering of anger within us, particularly if we honour  the masculine over the feminine, paying more attention to what we’re achieving, to the intellect, than to our inner workings.

When I feel into the energy of the eclipse, it reminds me a little of a  pressure cooker, which we need to keep an eye on, lest that pressure rise to a point where the lid pops right off!

Leading up to, during and after this eclipse, give yourself permission to process any residual or obvious irritation or anger and find a way of letting off some steam.  Anger often rises when the masculine and feminine  within us are polarised… when we’re not listening to our inner voices, when we’re disconnected from our souls.

We’re being urged right now in a big way, to really listen to what our bodies our telling us (Virgo), to connect with the feminine emotions that are simmering underneath the surface (Pisces) and to intuitively (rather than intellectually)  move towards our goals (Mars in Sagittarius).

…which  leads me to the next big planetary happening:

Drum roll please!


For the past year, Jupiter the planet of growth and expansion has been travelling through earthy grounded Virgo, along with the North Node of the moon. The energy of Jupiter is expansive, curious, optimistic and enthusiastic. It wants to travel, grow, learn, enjoy life and shoot its arrows towards the stars. When it’s in Virgo, it feels a tad boxed in to say the least.  During the last year, many of us have realised that the big bold creative ideas we had when Jupiter was in Leo (July 2014 to August 2015)    require routine and dedication and that Rome really wasn’t built in a day… Damn!  The  saying “Chop wood, carry water”  comes to mind. Necessary, but not entirely easy.

This is all rather humbling and very often, at this point, the “dreams” are put in the bottom drawer, as we feel overwhelmed, incompetent or incapable of moving forward with them.

And now, our planet of expansion has finally moved into peace-loving, beauty seeking, social, relationship-orientated  Libra. …it’s a bit like a breath of fresh air, which we will probably start to feel after the eclipse.  It will hopefully bring some lightness to the mix and in the next year, we should see growth, expansion and opportunities  in the Venusian areas of life –  love,  money, creativity, art, relationships, social contact, beauty, peace. … Yes Please!

Where ever Libra sits in your birth chart is where you can expect this kind of growth and opportunity.  If you think back to 12 years ago, when Jupiter was was last in Libra, you might get an idea of what’s in store for the next year.

Historically,  Jupiter moving into Libra has often come hand in hand with peace initiatives and lucrative trade agreements. World War II ended days after Libra entered Libra in 1945. On other occasions, according to astrologers specialising in that kind of thing,  the Oslo accord and the Strategic Arms Treaty were signed and SA abandoned it’s Nuclear Weapons programme. Let’s all hold the hope that there will be more of the same in the year to come.

Jupiter’s move also coincides with the ending of the heavy Saturn Neptune square which has had us all in its grip this year. So, here’s hoping the veil starts to lift a bit and that some clarity begins to peak out from behind those  Neptunian Clouds, so we can begin to birth the new.

Check out my new workshops in September and October, when we will be working with these themes. Email me for details if you’re not on my newsletter list.


In life and light





Ring of Fire – Solar Eclipse

By Michelle McClunan

The first day of Spring (in the Southern Hemisphere) is ushered in by a burning ring of fire, an annular solar eclipse. This is, in essence a super charged new moon, which has far reaching effects. The Moon is positioned in between the Earth and the Sun, almost but not entirely blocking out it’s light, so as to create  a  corona or a ring of fire. Apparently  it will be visible in Central Africa . However, whether we see it or not,  we will definitely feel its effects.

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Here is an example of what a Solar eclipse looks like in action!

What does it mean?

Before I explain what I think it means, close your eyes for a few seconds and feel the energy of it and what it might mean to you.

There are many myths and superstitions around Solar Eclipses and throughout history, they’ve  been both feared and revered. In some cultures, they are still seen as bad omens, as the sun disappears from the sky or the cosmic light “goes out”. This is the first of two eclipses this month, which could be an interesting one on all fronts – politically, economically and climatically, with dire weather being rather widely predicted.

Symbolically, a Solar Eclipses can be seen as the  masculine (Sun) being eclipsed / vanquished by the Feminine (moon).   Eclipses are also seen as portals or gateways between the material and subtle worlds, Generally though, a Solar eclipse signifies a closure, a completion… where something disappears or ends, to allow for something new to enter.

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There’s a strong theme of  completion and closure with this one, being at 9 degrees Virgo, in the 9th Month of the year 2016, (which reduces to a 9) making  it a 9 year numerologically.  Although I don’t practice Numerology, a nine year does indicate the  end of a cycle and signals this as a year of completion, surrender and forgiveness.Next year will be a 1 year, when the time will be right to start afresh. That will be a relief for many, as this year its seemed to be rather difficult to get things moving forward… or maybe it’s just me.  That aside, we all get the chance this year to complete and release whatever we need to from the last 9 years.

Completion cycles often come with a sense of aloneness, grief or sadness, as we part ways with things and people who have been important to us.  Even though this can be challenging, it also carries the potential for huge spiritual growth , even if it’s hard to see at the time.

Eclipses work in 19 year cycles, so this one relates to 1st September 1997, when there was an eclipse at the same degree.  It might be useful to take a few moments and cast your mind back to that time and to what was going on for you.

What ended or disappeared from your life?

What new elements or people entered your life in the months after the eclipse?

What loose ends do you need to tie up from that period?

The part of  your birth chart which houses  8 to 10 degrees Virgo  indicates the area of your life where this played out and which is likely to repeat in some way now. If you have planets or points at those degrees of Virgo or in any of the other mutable signs, (Sagittarius, Pisces or Gemini) you’re likely to feel the effects more strongly than if you don’t.

In my case, 9 degrees Virgo sits at the apex of my chart and in September 1997 EVERYTHING changed for me…. And I mean everything. … so its going to be interesting to see how this one plays out!

Saturn/ Mars and Neptune are caught up in the Ring of Fire

I’m placing more importance on this eclipse than I normally do, due to it triggering the Saturn/Mars/ Neptune square which I wrote about here.

And  don’t forget  Mercury Retrograde

Last, but certainly not least, this eclipse coincides with Mercury (the eclipse’s ruler) turning retrograde until 21st/22nd September (don’t delay in backing up ALL your data and  double check your travel bookings!) .

So, what do we do with it?

I see this as an opportunity to look back (Mercury retrograde) and reflect on the last 9 or 19 years – where we have shifted and where we haven’t;  where we’ve grown and where we haven’t;  where we’ve broken promises or vows to ourselves or others; how our relationship is with our bodies; where we are overly perfectionistic or pedantic, to the point of  stalling activity completely and what we need to fully and finally let go of, in order to move forward in our lives.

This is a really powerful time to release and let go, so that we can be cleared for a re-boot.

  • Close your eyes
  • Picture a ring of fire
  • Ask yourself what you really,  really, really want to let go of?
  • Put it into the ring of fire and let it burn baby!

If you’re feeling that something is changing in your life, but you’re unsure about how to move forward or how to navigate it, it’s highly likely that your chart is being triggered in some way. I’d be more than happy to do a mini reading over Skype to help you shed some light on it.


  1. Re-visit September 1997, what was going on for you then and how it connects to where you find yourself today.
  2. Connect with what or who you really need to let go of and release.
  3. Write it down, paint it, sculpt it, dance it, sing it, make some nature art
  4. Do some kind for ritual where you release it – eg burn the paper you have written or painted on,and blow away the ashes.
  5. Go through papers and photographs and burn  or throw out what you don’t want to keep.
  6. Clear out a cupboard or two – get rid of whatever you haven’t used or worn in 2 years. Remember, this is symbolic. By doing this, you are notifying the Universe that you have space for the new and are not holding onto the old out of fear.
  7. Make amends – write a letter to anyone you’ feel you may have wronged. If you aren’t able  to send it that’s ok – writing it will help clear your path.
  8. Really release anybody you might be holding onto who has physically departed from your life
  9. Commit to doing one thing towards a healthier, fitter, happier you – every day for the next 21 days.

.In life and light and Rings of Fire




Featured image – Land art by Andy Goldsworthy


Full Moon in Aquarius

Full Moon in Aquarius

By Michelle McClunan

On Thursday 18th August, we have a stimulating, perspective-changing, rule-breaking Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius.

With both the Sun and the Moon forming easy aspects to Uranus,  stay tuned for bold new energy, intuitive flashes, and original creative insights.

With Saturn having  just moved direct and a beautiful flowing trine between Venus and Pluto, we are being handed some extra Universal help this full moon , to eject us out of any boxes we may have been hiding in, step out, embrace our individuality and  stand up for what we believe in.

Hopefully we’ll  start feeling some forward movement in terms of our goals, relationships and finances too.

It’s interesting that the Olympics are held when the Sun is in regal Leo, which rules the human heart, the colour gold and honours individual expression.

Have you ever considered why so many millions of people, who may normally have little or no interest in sport, tune in and watch the opening, and much of the games? For me, it’s so much more than people showing their athletic prowess.  It’s a chance for the whole world to see, acknowledge and honour men and women who have challenged themselves, put their hearts and souls into their particular discipline and  actually succeeded in making the Olympic team.

I think we watch the games because collectively and individually we like to see people beat the odds.  Our hearts swell, as we watch  an athlete break the tape first, jump the highest, swim the fastest,  throw the furthest.

We watch because every single one of us wants to shine in our own unique way. We all want to be seen and acknowledged. It’s part of the human condition.

But what about those athletes who don’t win… those who have trained single-mindedly, mercilessly  for years, only to somehow not “make it” or even worse, injure themselves? I think that’s all part of it too. As we watch them, we feel our hearts opening to their sadness and their disappointment.  Win or lose – we feel connected to each other, which is what Aquarius is all about!

But here’s a question… when someone doesn’t make the cut, misses the mark…  do we respect and admire them less? Do we see them as losers?  I don’t think so!  In fact, the Olympic athletes are honoured with medals even when they don’t win. Even when they may feel that they have let themselves down by not winning the Gold, we still applaud them for their bravery, determination and endurance.

How often do we do the same for ourselves? How often do we applaud ourselves for our efforts, whether we “win” or “lose”? Many of us are experts at judging and berating  ourselves for our mistakes, failures,  errors of judgement, bad behaviour, “negative” emotions; for the  times that we’ve missed the mark in relationships, business, or life in general. Some of us could write books about our failures and our apparent misdemeanours.

How often do we look back on our lives and acknowledge the challenges that we have dealt with, the hardships that we have endured and overcome, the things we have accomplished. Why is  it that we  find it so hard  receive compliments or applause? I think we are probably harder on ourselves than anyone else.

So this full moon,  ask these questions…

How often do you honour or decorate YOURSELF?

What would honouring yourself look like?

How about setting an intention to write down three things at the end of each day that you actually did achieve… so those little things don’t go by unnoticed?

What would happen if you viewed yourself in the same light as you do an Olympic competitor – as a person  who, against all odds, has made it into the team, is showing up, giving it  all you’ve got, training, learning, honing your skills and shining your light, whether or not you win the gold.

What if you honoured yourself, even when you didn’t succeed the way you anticipated?

How would your life change if you treated yourself as an honourable being, rather than a  worthless one? What would happen if you could be patient with yourself, as you would be with a small child, if you could accept your mistakes, forgive yourself, ditch the judgements and recommit to your game, eyes wide and heart open, with wisdom, love, forgiveness and acceptance?

Speaking of Honouring and Celebrating- I have 2 more spaces on my Celebrating your Inner Child Workshop on 27th August. If you’re in Johannesburg, check out details of my 2 day workshop  on 17th and 18th September (almost full, so book asap) and lastly I’ll be running a  Seed of Life Workshop on the 24th September.