Lifelight Astrology – 23 October

Solar Eclipse

Just before Midnight on Thursday evening (23 October) at 11:55pm (South Africa), we have a partial solar eclipse, which although not visible in South Africa, is still being  felt by us. A solar eclipse is seen as a more powerful time than a normal new moon and happens when the sun, moon and earth align and we see the moon moving across the sun, causing a shadow. This shadow or blanket effect has been felt by many of us already over the past few weeks, as many fears and issues from the past have reared their heads, along with extremes of emotion, potent dream experiences and a feeling of heaviness and confusion for many.

Every new moon marks the end of one cycle and the beginning of another and is always an opportunity to plant seeds for the moon cycle ahead – the type of seeds depend on what sign the sun and the moon are in.

This one is at 0 degrees of Scorpio and is, according to all the reading I have done, is an extraordinary opportunity for deep introspection, release, recharge and planting the seeds for our highest intentions to be manifested…. If we take time out in the next few days, we have a huge opportunity to resolve personal issues at a deeper level.  This eclipse sets the scene for the next astrological month, as the sun journeys through Scorpio, the sign of transformation

This is a chance to look at what lies beneath, to take our attention deeper, reach inside and find the truth that resides in our unconscious. Scorpio is all about deep water, which relates to unconscious emotion. This means digging a little into our feelings of vulnerability, insecurity, sadness or fear and bringing into them into the light of consciousness.

Only when we understand what our unconscious patterns are, can we start to release them. As long as they lie there unexamined and unnoticed, they continue to run the show from underground. Most of us really want to stay in the light and avoid any darkness, but this really does go contrary to the rhythms of the Universe. Everything is constantly in a state of death and regeneration. Your skin is shedding as you sit here and read this, cells are dying and new ones are growing. Everything is changing all the time and yet we resist it constantly.

Imagine a world without night time. Imagine if we weren’t given the opportunity to recharge every evening, to connect with the potent imagery our souls present to us through our dreams. Somehow we’ve got the message that being in the dark, even briefly, is wrong, that if we’re not in the light all the time, there is something wrong with is. How come? There are seasons for everything. The wave builds, crests and breaks.  All life is born, lives and dies.

What if we accepted that those times where the light gets dimmed a little in our lives have something to teach us and are as important as the light, bright happy times.  The truth is, we are never completely in the dark and we can always connect with the light that lies within us…always.  Just like the eclipse pic, it looks dark, but the light is right there too.

So with inner lantern in hand, this is the time to dig a bit deeper into those feelings. Allow them to be there for a bit and ask what they have to show you.  If for example, on your explorations, you come up with a fear such as “I’m fearful of feeling my emotions more” ask yourself “If I were to feel them more what could happen?”  The answer might be something like “I could lose control completely”.  Then prompt… “ and if you lost control completely, then what would happen?”  The answer might be “ I wouldn’t be able to function and run my life”  and “If you weren’t   able to function and run your life, then what? “I would be a failure” could be the answer – and there you have it -an unconscious fear of failure that is running your life from beneath.

Another example could be “I’m fearful of opening my heart”.  What if you did?  “If I opened my heart, I might be rejected”. “And if you were  rejected, then what? “I would feel alone” And if you were alone, how would you feel?”  “That nobody wants me”  How would that make you feel?” That I’m not good enough”

And there you have the unconscious core belief that you are not good enough. Funny this one, because the fear of opening our hearts is so common and it results in exactly what we are fearful of – shutting people out and landing up alone.

This is the most potent time to feel what you feel, find out the beliefs that lie beneath,  bring them into the light, question whether they are true, release them if they’re not and plant new ones that are.

Happy inner gardening.  Speaking of Gardening, come and “Be a Tree” for the day in November – a transformational Scorpio type workshop – see below for details

 

Garden gloves on, lantern in hand.

 

Michelle

 

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Lifelight Astrology Update 15 October – Last quarter Moon

 

 

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Well here we are, pretty much slap bang in the middle of two eclipses – the lunar eclipse (full moon) of the 8 October and the upcoming Solar Eclipse (new moon) in Scorpio on  24 October. This period has been compared to being in a birth canal and that sure is how if feels for me, as things inch very slooooowllly along. Today particularly, we have a last quarter moon, which is always a bit of a crisis in consciousness anyway and this one is caught up in a Grand Cross formation, with Pluto and Uranus, which seems even more uncomfortable than usual.  It’s as if we’re being held in a holding pattern whilst we reassess everything. On the one hand there’s a feeling of discomfort with the status quo and on the other, there’s a lack of motivation to do anything about it, or a feeling that when we do, not a whole lot happens.

As when a baby is in the birth canal, or a sprout is getting ready to emerge from a seed, this really isn’t the best time to be pushing and struggling and resisting, because it ain’t gonna  do one bit of good. As with any new birth, you kinda have to wait until it’s ready to emerge.

Looking at next week’s new moon  in Scorpio, we need to go beyond the normal surface layers now, challenge  the norms and shift our perceptions. This is what we’re being called to do personally and collectively.

We can all use this relatively  non-productive time to get rid of the clutter in our lives and psyches, in order to make way for new growth. If you feel that you aren’t moving forward in your life, there’s probably some blockage somewhere. You might need to talk to someone about how you feel, or write  down the thoughts that are swilling around in your head, do some process art 🙂 ;  or a physical detox or actually clear out any unnecessary stuff in your home or workplace. Your soul may be crying out for some exfoliating and nurturing before you go flying into your next outward endeavour. Let the ideas emerge like sprouts, in their own sweet time.

Yesterday, I was feeling well and truly stuck and my ever practical Taurean friend, Ev, seeing that my beautiful roses were starting to drop, suggested that I cut the stems off and  put them in a bowl of water. This one action turned out to be a real eye opener and spanner for me…. Thanks Ev.

First of all, as I cut those stems off and threw them into the garden to return to the earth, it felt as if I had ridden myself of some of the the dead wood inside me that was draining my life force.

Placing the roses one by one,  in a bowl of water felt incredibly nurturing.  As the tiny stems seeped in the water, the blooms opened up even more and probably because they are being held by the feminine nurturing of the water, they have stopped dropping their petals for now.

Today, they are even more beautiful than they were yesterday– just as they are, patiently accepting this stage of their lives and awaiting the next step, whilst they continue to provide me and my home with colour and beauty a while longer.

And lastly, the roses look completely different in the bowl than they did in the vase, just as we do and life does when we shift and expand our perspective.

Nature is such an amazing teacher and Life really is full of lessons if we just open our eyes and hearts.  See my November Art & Soul Workshops below – My Life as a Tree – so excited about this one. If you are on my blog page, email me for details on michellemcclunan@gmail.com

Some questions to ask yourself this week.

What’s the dead wood you need to cut out of your life?

How can you be more nurturing and accepting of yourself?

Can you shift your perspective and see yourself and your life in a different way

Can you allow yourself to just be – here – now.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle