Lifelight Astrology March 2014

be still

By Michelle McClunan

March slips quietly into the great blue yonder with the first of two new moons this month on Saturday 1st.  With the Sun, the Moon, Chiron (the wounded healer) and Neptune all in Pisces, there’s a very strong, watery theme indeed.  On the same day we have Mars, Mercury and Saturn in a stationary position, after which they will turn retrograde. More about that below. 

 Fortunately the new moon falls over a weekend, so hopefully we’ll be able to heed the Universal call to apply the brakes and come to a full  STOP ( I think that’s a clear enough message, with three stationary planets), to  tune out the noise, centre ourselves and connect at a deeper level.

 Let’s be human beings this weekend and not human doings!

Imaginative Pisces is a water sign that represents amongst other things –  connection to the divine, healing,  oneness, spirit,  that which is hidden in the unconscious, illusion, delusion, addictive patterns, letting go and surrender. We give Pisces its form and substance through  all different forms of creative expression and flow.

This really is a new moon to go inside and listen. We will all be more  sensitive and finely attuned to spiritual and creative dimensions than usual.   We can also be more emotionally sensitive, tired, lethargic, addicted and depressed than usual.  Wherever you’re at, this  New Moon is setting the stage for a month of surrendering, rather than  striving and controlling. In fact the more we push, the more we’re going to feel like fish swimming upstream. So… I ask myself … Whats the point?

Let’s leeean back… breeeeathe……slooooww down….  Be still…. Feel how your body and soul feels even reading those words.

If possible this weekend,  go for a long walk on a beach , or if you’re inland, find a river.  Reflect on,  journal or creatively process  any illusions, delusions, false beliefs or addictions that may be holding you back from living your life fully. Where are you fighting and resisting and how you can surrender more? What do you need to complete, clear out or release, to prepare to embrace the new astrological year with a lighter load?

 When I look at the planetary activity for this   month and next, March feels like the calm before the storm. There’s another  Grand Cross happening in April, so this is the time to hunker down, connect with and stabalise our centres.

I know I sound a bit like a broken down record, but we really are being called upon as a species to drop our “head” knowledge down to the heart, to get in touch with our souls and not our egos.

More about Mars Retrograde1st March until 20th May

Mars is a masculine planet, that represents how we use (or abuse) our energy in an effort to reach our goals. When it turns retrograde, it’s a prompt to reconsider and re-evaluate our goals, how we go about achieving them and  reflect on how we are spending our energy. Are we making wise investments energetically or poor ones?  Who are the people and what are the situations that raise our energy and who and what drains it?  Really watch that this month. In any situation, feel how your energy is responding. Do you feel revitalised or demolished?  Then re-assess how you can put up healthy boundaries when faced with energy gobbling people, places or situations. Are  you able to stand up for yourself when its called for, in a gentle but strong way?  Can you say “no”?

With Mars being in Libra (the scales) when faced with a challenge, we’re  being encouraged to stop, centre and assess before we react. We need to look at other people or  situations as mirrors serving our growth.  What routines or rituals can we introduce to reduce stress  and create more balance and harmony? Can we be more considerate towards others in terms of the energy we’re putting out?  How can we be Peaceful warriors and stand authentically in our truth in an honest, loving, peaceful way?

Saturn retrograde – 3rd March to 21st July

Saturn is the planet of karma, lessons, limitations and structure.  The next few months will provide us with an opportunity to re-examine and restructure our lives, especially those parts that we find limiting, heavy or inhibiting.  Its about re-organising schedules and setting up systems that serve us.  Look at what you’ve been procrastinating about and attend to whatever needs sorting – finances, taxes (eeu…I know)  This is a time for each of us to stop blaming something  or somebody “out there”  for the situations we find ourselves in, to take full responsibility for our lives and grow up. The area where this will be most highlighted will be the house in which Saturn is situated in your chart.  A Saturn Retrograde period is also a time to re-asses where we have over-committed, dump the things that aren’t entirely necessary and put up healthy boundaries.

Although I realise this might not be entirely feasible,  this month is  not optimal in terms of starting major new projects.  Our energy is best spent  completing, clearing, contemplating, structuring and  planning.

Mercruy goes direct

Most of you will be relieved to know that Mercury goes direct on the 2nd March. Thankfully, this should alleviate some of the crazy technical glitches, delays, contractual upsets and misunderstandings. Whew!

 Full moon – 16th March

Allow the full moon in Virgo on the 16th to show you what healthy routines you can implement to get your mind, body and spirit into balance. More about that closer to the time.

2nd New moon – 30th March

All of the above is in preparation for the 2nd New Moon on the  30th March which feels like the real start of the year. As the sun (our will) and moon (our feelings) dance together in fiery Aries, we will be encouraged to leave the past behind, be brave and give birth to new ways of being; to blaze new pathways, and fully participate in the life you want to co-create with an incredible lightness of being.

I will be posting regular updates on my Facebook page throughout the month. https://www.facebook.com/MichelleMcclunanCreativeSelfDiscovery

 “The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” ― Steve Maraboli

In life, light and stillness

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology Update – 21 February – Sun in Pisces – Smoke and mirrors

Pisces

Its all smoke and mirrors this week folks!  What’s happening “out there” is being seriously  mirrored “in here”. However, its a little hazy, so we need to go deeper to get a clearer picture of whats up.

Let me explain. The Sun has entered Pisces and is in a week-long dance with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces and King of the Ocean. This basically means that the normal Piscean energy felt at this time of the year is intensified.  Pisces is the healer, the mystic, the artist. The fish represents the unconscious, the mystery, that which lies beneath the surface and the Sun’s watery passage through its depths indicates at its highest level,  connection, merging and  oneness.  However, it can also be a time when we feel lost at sea, confused, foggy; when we can self destruct or experience addiction, illusion, delusion or deception.  For the past few days and for the next week, you might feel that you have less energy than normal or you might even be unwell, with old, sometimes mysterious physical symptoms appearing. These are likely to be connected with issues stashed away in your unconscious.  If this is the case  then your soul is probably requesting some time out for you to connect at a deeper level and your body is obliging.  Go with it. Dedicate some time to letting yourself be still – read, rest, meditate, visualise,  listen to music, look at your dreams or make art.

The more we tune into our innate wisdom this week, the deeper we can go and the more mysteries we can unravel.  We had a very powerful Art & Soul class on Wednesday, during which, profound  imagery,  messages, and aha’s simply drifted to the surface. I just love connecting to the mystery in this way!  This is a potent time to do  any deep healing, soul work or to let you creativity run free.

The second very important thing that’s happening right now is that the North Node (our life purpose)  has just  moved into Libra, after spending 18 months in Scorpio.  Things are lightening up a bit  and finding balance on our planet, in our lives and our relationships will be the theme for the next 18 months.  If you’re in an important relationship, this will be the time to talk about things you haven’t talked about before, to  discuss where you’re going, what you’re doing,  whether you’re on the same page,  where the imbalances are and make the necessary adjustments.  If you’re  on your own right now, you  might very well start looking for a partner to dance with in the next 18 months. For those who aren’t too keen on that, its important to connect regularly with the people in your life who are  honest and authentic – those who can stand in as mirrors to you and be witnesses to your life.

What comes to mind as our quote for this week is “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu”  – Zulu phrase meaning – a person is a person through other people.

Blessings

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology – Full Moon 14th February – Lets Fall in Love

love water

Lets fall in love

Well, Valentines Day’s  here, perfectly coinciding with a beautiful full moon in Leo, which just happens to be in the sign of romance, celebration and grand gesture. Leo also happens to rule the heart and connects us to our deepest desires, creativity and inner light.

So… it’s a wonderful time to give and receive love – as we’ve been reminded of for weeks at every turn – it’s like a heart / rose / cuddly toy hurricane out there!  But setting the consumerism aside, let’s use this opportunity to connect with the real symbolism of it all.

Let us ask ourselves this Full Moon… this Valentines Day…

  • What is love…. Actually?
  • Is Love a verb?
  • Is Love a vibration? – see the shape the word love makes on water above – Dr Emoto
  • What does the commandment – “Love one another” really mean
  • Who do you love?
  • How do you love?
  • How unconditional is your love?

The way I see it, pure unconditional love is not a sentiment. It  is the most powerful vibration, force, energy, in the entire Universe and it emanates from the human heart.

In my experience when we’re able to bring ourselves into the present moment and drop into our hearts (fall in love)  we feel truly connected and at peace, regardless of what’s happening “out there”.  Automatically, we start to flow and vibrate with, rather than against everything else.  (Click  here for details on my next Love Mandala workshop).  It’s when we’re disconnected from our hearts, that we separate ourselves, resist what is and experience suffering.

Speaking of suffering, it might not be all gorgeous red roses for some of us at the moment. Good Old Saturn’s firmly plonked himself in Scorpio and is squaring our beautiful romantic Full Moon! That means there’s a good chance that some of our deepest issues and perceptions about love (or lack thereof) may be stirred up in the next few days. Those tough old thorns might very well poke through the surface and demand attention, like hungry children … lack of self worth,  abandonment, rejection, aloneness, fear, doubt… 

All we can do is invite them in with kindness and ask what they have to teach (Saturn is the teacher, after all).  Ask yourself how you can show your hungry child some love. What is the most loving thing you can do for you? It might be to simply get some rest. Lots of us are feeling more tired than normal. When you consider that the Sun represents our physical Vitality and  Saturn represents limitation, it figures that the combination will be Limited vitality / energy … so take some time to chill and kick back a bit. 

And ask yourself – can you love yourself and others, thorns and all; can you can accept yourself, others and your life situation as it is right now… in this moment?

Love is such a big word, such a big subject, that I’ve decided to dedicate a whole month to it. Starting tomorrow, I will do my best to post something interesting on Love on my Facebook page every day – It would be wonderful if you would participate, share and help to lift our personal and planetary vibration to one of Love.

Let’s fall in love this month

When we live in the vibration of love, we express compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, respect, generosity, joy, peace—all that inspires, empowers and enhances life.

This Valentine’s day,  please spread the love further than your lover/husband/wife. Let the other people in your life know they are loved and appreciated too. 

With love

Michelle