January 2014 – New Years Day – Leaping Goats, Gifts & Good intentions

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On the very first day of the Year, we have a highly significant New Moon in Capricorn and then a second one on the 30th January in Aquarius. Two new moons in one month is  relatively uncommon, although this year it happens in March as well. New moons always mark new beginnings and are a powerful opportunity every month to set intentions, send them out into the Universe and start new endeavours.  The house where 10 or 11  degrees Capricorn falls is the area of your life where you’re likely to make a new start this year.

This particular new moon is a whopper, with 5 planets in Capricorn (including transformative Pluto), all activating a Cardinal Grand Cross with three other planets.  This is an unusual, challenging but potentially incredibly powerful planetary formation, which has been happening in fits and starts for a while now and will continue for months to come. It’s intensified radically this new moon and sets the scene for 2014.

Let’s try and understand it better, so we can work with it and harness its energy. Cardinal signs (Capricorn, Cancer, Libra and Aries) have a pioneering, brave, initiating, “take no prisoners” type energy and we have 8 (out of ten planets)  in Cardinal signs  this new Moon. If you have any of your personal planets in Cardinal signs, it will be especially powerful for you.

The bunch of planets in Capricorn – (lets call them our little herd of mountain goats) –  are standing by, beckoning us to journey with them up the mountain, utilising their resourceful guidance, disciplined, mature, tenacious energy to introduce order and structure into our lives and make solid plans. First of all though, we need to identify which mountain we want to set our sights on and start the clamber, one step at a time. Somewhere along the journey, the chances are we may have to take a calculated risk and leap across a crevasse to get to another place in our lives or our consciousness.

And this is where the other planets involved in the Grand Cross come into play this year. First let’s look at what a Grand Cross formation is – it basically occurs when 4 planets or groups of planets are in a square (or challenging) aspect to each other, normally depicted by red lines.

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The best way I can describe this energy is as a red box. Imagine yourself for a moment, inside this box, with no view out…. scurrying from corner to corner and back again, not able to see anything other than red.  How does that make you feel… stuck, heavy, energised, tired, agitated, irritable, emotional, panicky, or maybe even a tad aggressive? Wanna get the hell outta there?  That’s the energy of the Grand Cross. What to do?  Walk slowly and gently towards the middle of the box, gathering your energy into a core centre line. Connect with the stillness of the present moment, in the centre of your heart, lift yourself up… and “transcend” out of the “chaos” – one Goat step at a time.  From there, you become the observer, with a birds eye view of what’s going on, the patterns that are being triggered and whether  action is required or not.

Other than our little bunch of mountain goats, the other planetary gifts in our red box are Jupiter,  Uranus and Mars, describing the landscape for the rest of the year. Jupiter in Cancer calls upon us to connect with what we’re feeling… in fact, without reacting, to let those feelings to grow, rather than push them away. To allow them to be present so as  to assist us in expanding our consciousness in a nurturing  way.

Using our feelings as our compass, we’re then encouraged to journey a little deeper beneath the surface  and unearth whatever has been stashed there, which is potentially the source of our greatest transformation. This is where Pluto comes in (which is positioned in the midst of all the mountain goats), encouraging us  to investigate and question everything …our  beliefs, the roles we play, whether we’re being honest with ourselves and others, where we break our promises, whether we’re living authentically and maturely or expecting someone else to take the lead in our lives.

Mars in Libra invites us to discover whether our inner masculine or feminine is running the show and asks us to balance them by placing ourselves in the centre of our internal scale, thereby embracing  the qualities of temperance, tolerance and balance.

And lastly Uranus in Aries encourages us to be active revolutionary agents of change in our own lives and on the planet; to leap out of our comfort zones, speak our truth and to really be the change we want to see in the world. This really is a make or break year people, where we have the potential of raising our consciousness to another dimension… or not. It all depends on whether we’re prepared to commit ourselves to making deep inner change. If so, the forces are with us. If not, I’m afraid we’re going to feel more stuck in our little red boxes than ever before.

Before or on Old Years Eve, do yourself a favour and quietly contemplate or journal the past year, sifting out the lessons and the awakenings. And then let go symbolically or ritually of whatever you don’t want to carry into 2014. Reflect on the changes you’d like to make in the New Year and what you’re prepared to commit to with your whole heart.

Then on New Years day, just start one thing you’ve committed to and stick to it for 21 days. Why not speak your intentions out loud to the supportive people in your life, or write a mission statement for yourself and put it somewhere you can see it every day

Energetically the next two months are  definitely the best time to clarify our visions and put them out there, so I’ll be running two VISION BOARD workshops – one on the 18TH January and the other on the 8th February. Quite a few people have told me that the visions they worked with in last year’s workshop have already manifested 🙂 –  so its really important to keep them updated and fresh. For more info

Have a wonderful New Year everyone. I look forward to sharing it with you

Blessings

Michelle

Christmas 2013 – Follow your star

Peace on earth

 

A quick note this week,  as I know most of you are run off your feet round about now – I’ve just got back from the shops, after promising myself I would not go near them today… why I do it I will never know.  It felt like a pressure cooker out there, much like the rather tricky (to put it mildly) planetary line up for tomorrow and the next few days.

This time is often rather challenging anyway, with family get togethers triggering our issues and often igniting old power struggles.  It can also highlight loneliness for those who don’t have family and make us feel the loss of loved ones more deeply. Let’s reach out to those who are alone in the next few days and embrace the true spirit of Christmas which is Peace and Goodwill to all.

Whatever’s going on for you, wherever possible, step away from the drama, observe your reactions and breathe. Light a candle, be silent for a few moments and connect to your inner star, to that spark of love that resides deep inside your heart.

On that note, to each and every one of you, thank you for sharing your life and journey with me.  To my friends old and new, colleagues and clients – each one of you is a teacher to me and I appreciate you so much.

Look forward to journeying together in 2014.

In love

Michelle

 

Lifelight Astrology Update – Full Moon in Gemini 17th December 2013

Believe

 

Today’s full moon in communicative Gemini opposite the expansive, truth seeking  Sun in Sagittarius, challenges us to look at how what we believe about ourselves and the world, our visions for the future and how they relate to what we are actually putting out there. We’re being provided with a truth seeking laser beam this week, which can cut through layers of illusion, as long as we’re prepared to use it.

I recently heard this line, by Iyanla Vanzant which really struck a chord in me. “Our eyes adjust to the level of deficiency present”. In other words, our lives will adjust to wherever or however we believe ourselves to be lacking.  Our beliefs and visions are what pull us forward, whether they are positive or negative, so it’s really important that we examine them if we want to grow and flourish. “I am”  is the creative force of the Universe, so anything following those words will naturally create our reality.

So… if we are repeatedly stating or thinking “ I am poor…I am lonely… I am single… I am not good enough… I am too old”.. then guess what our reality is going to adjust to?

Take some time over the next day or two to examine and if possible journal what the deficiencies are that you are holding about yourself and whether they’re true or false. Be aware too of whether your words are in alignment with what you really want, or if you are censoring them in order to gain the approval of others.  Are you living authentically or pretending to be something that you aren’t?  Where can you make adjustments so as to be  more true to yourself?

Ask the questions and then just become the observer and notice what comes up. With all the planetary action “up there” this can be a very powerful trigger for huge change “in here”.

In Life and Light

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifelight Astrology Update 9 December

Peace madiba

The big focus this week is undoubtedly on the loss of the Father of our nation, which has left rather a large gaping hole, not only in our country, but across the world. Although not very outwardly active in the past few years, Mandela continued to hold the energy of equanimity, tolerance, humility and forgiveness. Amongst the many things he showed us, by example, was his ability to forgive his oppressors and completely transform hatred into love. If he can do it, so can we!

Somehow we all knew that as long as he was here, things would be alright. For me he was like our tap root, which kept us stable and balanced and now that he has departed in physical form, we need to keep that vital root alive, lest we tumble into chaos.

Over the past few weeks  I’ve written quite a bit about Venus (the feminine  planet of love) being in Capricorn, which is about embracing the mature feminine,  as we take responsibility for every aspect of our lives.  The big news this week is that Mars (the masculine warrior planet) has just moved into Libra, the sign of peace, harmony, dialogue and co-operation. This is interestingly the sign it was in when Madiba was born and in the second half of his life he certainly embraced the higher vibration of the planet, as a Warrior for Peace.  Mars usually spends only a few weeks in a sign, but this time it will be in Libra until July 2014.

The message, to me is clear –  it follows on from my newsletter last week on” Love being what the world needs now” (see below). Each one of us needs to now move beyond talking and actively take responsibility for keeping Mandela’s legacy alive. This is relatively easy right now, as the hearts of people all over the world have been opened and there is an outpouring of love,  as we remember the man, his life and his words. However it will all die down after while, as it does and that’s when we need to step into the very big shoes our beloved leader has left behind.

These words, handed to a Deepak Chopra by a monk really resonate with me and show the way forward.

The most important time in your life is now

The most important person in your life is the one you’re looking at right now

The most important thing you can do in your life is what you are doing right now

The best way to prepare for the future is to be totally present now

Now is the moment that never ends.

 Each one of us has a sphere of influence, where we can lead by example and raise the vibration of those around us. It might be with our children, our friends, in our work, our gym, our sport, inspiring others through social media, in meditation or creative circles or in our daily moment by moment interactions with the people who cross our paths. How would you treat the car guard who shows up each day and helps you carry your packages, if he were the most important person in you life in that moment?  How would the world change if we really started living like this?

How can you make a difference… today and every day? How can you help to fill those Mandela shoes? How can you nurture that tap root and help it to grow stronger? How can we all as a community uphold Mandela’s vision, his life’s work and the cause he was prepared to die for… freedom for all?  His words ring in my ears “Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great – you can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”  We are that generation and this is the time.

Martha Beck posted these words yesterday on Facebook “Once, leaving South Africa, I wondered, “Who will be the next Mandela?” And a voice in my heart said, “You must all be the next Mandela.” Well, the hero has gone home. It’s our turn. Let’s do it.

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In life, light and peace

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology December 2013

The world needs loveThis is one power packed month folks! As Sagittarius shoots his fiery arrows heavenward, we are all being prompted to follow his lead……. get out of our boxes, expand our paradigms,  look above our egos, personal stories and dramas and to become part of a new earth, a new vision, a new consciousness.

I don’t think any of us can ignore the incredible amount of evidence that we are indeed experiencing a shift in consciousness, and that our reality as we know it, is changing…. and quickly too. You and I, right now, have an important job to do….. and Venus, the planet of Love clearly tells us what it is.

On the solstice later this month, she turns retrograde until the end of January, which means that she will spend about 4 months in the sign of Capricorn.  The message is so clear – its time that we embrace the mature, authentic feminine and really experience love at its deepest level. I’m not talking about romantic “chocolates and roses” type love (although there’s nothing wrong with that), but rather the pure spark of divine love that exists in each of us… Love as THE frequency of the Universe, of God.

I’m pretty sure this is what all the greatest teachers have been trying to tell us for millennia.

 “Love one another” – Jesus Christ

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart” Carl Jung

“When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us to develop inner happiness and peace”– Dalai Lama

“Reason is powerless in the expression of love” – Rumi

 “Eventually you come to understand that love heals everything and love is all there is” – Gary Zukav

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love andaffection”. Buddha

Ask any question – and just see … if love might just be the answer.

 If you have any doubt, try it out (hah that rhymes!). If you have a conflict with someone, instead of lashing out and reacting in anger, try acting in love and see what happens. If you think you can’t do something, feel stuck, useless, desperate, sad or confused, see what happens when you go into stillness, connect to your heart and send yourself love… because it always starts with loving and accepting ourselves.

If you find that the answers which come to you are judgmental, angry, guilt-ridden or critical, they are coming from your mind, not your heart. After all, what are anger, sadness and pain but the soul’s desire for love? What if, this month, when we start thinking resentful thoughts or talking negatively about somebody or something, we just stop – there and then… in that moment and focus on something more empowering, more uplifting, more loving.

We don’t even have to look for love, because it’s always there and it’s our natural vibration.  All we have to do is tune into it… be receptive to it.  It’s much like receiving the frequency of light through our retinas when we open our eyes.  To access the frequency of Love, we need to open our hearts and immediately, our vibration increases and harmonises with the Universal rhythm. When we do that, not only does our own spiritual frequency rise, but we also help to heal the planet. On the flip side, when we live entirely from the egoism mind, we vibrate in a way that is counter to the Universal rhythm and actually do more damage – no wander Mother Earth is in the state she’s in.

There is so much we can do to connect to our hearts and raise our vibration -quiet our minds, spend time in nature, listen to beautiful music, play with children, meditate, give and receive energy healing, dance, sing, hug another human being, do a random act of kindness, make art, stroke an animal, forgive everybody, be grateful for everything… each of us know what takes us into our heart space and we need to do it …every day.

The one choice we all have in these challenging, somewhat difficult times, is how we deal with and react to every single thing that happens in our lives. If we continually, minute by minute, take responsibility for making less ego based choices and more heart based ones, I believe we are participating and helping to precipitate great change.

Both the New moon on the 3rd  December and the Full moon on the 17th  have  strong Sagittarian themes, so its all  about breaking out of our comfort zones, stepping out of our old paradigms of conditioned beliefs and reaching for our own authentic truth, raising our consciousness and understanding that Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. As we step into love, gratitude and acceptance, we start to free our hearts and minds and the rest of our lives and those of others follow suit.

This is month to let go of anything that makes us feel stagnant or small and embrace that which grows us,  s t r e t c h e s   u s   and raises our vibration.

I still have some places left on my Gratitude workshops on the 7th, 13th and 14th December, where we will do exactly that.   Come and join us for a day of good vibrations! Read more 

I posted a link to this video a few years back, by Kiesha, Little Grandmother – she talks more about the subject of love and it’s really worth the watch.  Part one  ;  Part two

ASTROLOGY READINGS 

This is a good time of the year to have an astrology reading or an update. We will wrap up the past year and see where you’re headed in 2014. I will  be around for December and January for consultations –  person to person in Durban and on Skype if you live elsewhere.

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THANK YOU

As we head towards the end of the year, I’d like to thank all my friends, clients and colleagues for the important part you have played in my life this year. I would also like to thank you for reading my ramblings. May you have a beautiful, love filled festive season.

In Life and Light

Michelle