Lifelight Astrology June/ July 2015 – When you wish upon a star!

wish upon a star

As June draws to a close and we usher in July, there’s a little bit of magic and a touch of  stardust in the air. If you’ve been on Facebook over the last week, you’ve probably caught the rainbow wave, as the world celebrates the overturning of the same sex marriage ban in the US…. Finally!  Good to know that some things are moving in a positive direction!

And now in the next few days we have a whole lot of brightness happening in our night skies… and hopefully our lives!

If you’ve turned your eyes skywards over the past couple of weeks, you would have seen two really bright “stars” up there!  Last weekend they were very close to the moon. What you’ve actually been gazing at, are Jupiter and Venus, our two most beautiful, beneficial, bountiful planets. They’ve been waltzing towards each other for a while now and on June 30th / July 1st, the music reaches a crescendo and the two finally come together in a gorgeous swoosh of light.

From our view point, this is likely to look like one very bright star and is apparently the closest they’ve been to one another in 2000 years.  It’s been suggested (and debated extensively) that a similar occurrence may have been what was called the “Star of Bethlehem” ,way back when the three wise men were trundling through the desert.

So… what does this mean for us?  Well Jupiter (Zeus) symbolises growth, higher learning, optimism, faith and wisdom, expanding whatever he comes into contact with. Venus (Aphrodite) is the planet of beauty, love, feminine energy, music, art, dance… and money!  When the two of them come together in LEO, it’s like super-charged abundant, creative, heart centred love energy. 

Why not let it help light our way towards your wildest imaginings?

What are you wildest imaginings?

If there was ever a time to wish upon a star, this is it… so… on the 30th June and/or 1st July, if the skies are clear, grab a blanket, wrap up warmly,  lie down on your back and gaze up into the western part of the heavens.  Let that beautiful, expansive energy seep into every cell, filling up your tanks and then allow yourself to be like a child and to wander and drift and dream and imagine and send out a wish from the middle of your heart.

If you know a bit about astrology, the house that contains 21 degrees Leo will be where you can expect some expansion!

When You Wish Upon A Star Lyrics

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Suddenly, it comes to you
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

When a star is born
They possess a gift or two.
One of them is this
They have the power to make a wish come true.

If you’re feeling generous, why not send out a wish or positive intention (or ten) for our planet and for humanity too… maybe keep those going for the whole month?

If you’d like to use this energy to start writing a new story for your life, come and join us for an Art & Soul workshop on 18 or 25 July. Details below.

A few of us lucky souls will be making the most of it at my Winter Art & Soul Retreat in the Midlands this weekend – this one’s fully booked, but if you’re keen to do it, let me know. I might just put together another one before the end of winter… just saying!

Before I go and star gaze, I need to just fill you in on the Full moon on July 2nd July, which is in patriarchal, traditional, pragmatic, ambitious Capricorn. She joins with intensely transformative Pluto and opposes the Sun and Mars in patriotic, motherly Cancer… a slightly tricky, rather potent configuration, to say the least.

There’s a good chance that  emotional issues could get stirred up with this lunation, especially around security, the home, the state of the nation/s. This is a time to be very authentic about how you’re feeling, but call upon the energy of Jupiter and Venus  to keep all your communication (with yourself and others)  firmly anchored in your heart. It’s a great opportunity to emotionally and physically clear out whatever is weighing you down and cluttering your life, so as to make  space for the new to enter.  Be kind to yourself and others, when and if things feel overwhelming. Breathe… soften…. Be… !






Lifelight Update – 16th June New Moon in Gemini

write a new story


What’s your story and is it still a page turner or are you a bit bored with it? I know I am more than ready for the New Moon on the 16th  June  to help me push the re-set/ re-write  button on mine.

Mars, the fiery warrior planet, is stepping onto the stage with the Sun and Moon in Gemini, the sign of the communicator/ talker /thinker –  bringing fire and brimstone and some extra vooma to our thought processes and communication. This is the day when we’re likely to side-step the eggshells and say it like it is, which might not be a bad idea.  We’re being given a perfect opportunity to really notice what we’re feeling, thinking and saying, to check whether the three are in alignment, and to make adjustments if they’re not. Some genius ideas might just appear too, provided we give ourselves the chance to download them.

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, irritated, anxious, frustrated or downright angry lately, this new moon could provide some red hot triggers that will accentuate these feelings. If this does happen,  rather than project it onto some unsuspecting soul, use the energy to really feel the feelings and get to the bottom of those thoughts. Vent the feelings in a safe way and listen to the stories attached to them.  They might have some really important information for you about the next chapter of your life.  Write it out, talk it out (to yourself if necessary) punch a pillow, run, move, paint ….  Whatever works for you…just connect with where you are, as authentically as possible, because whatever you do, will set the scene and open the door to the next month of your life.

This is probably the best time this year, to bring to light the stories we’ve been telling ourselves for years, about our lives, and to start editing and re-writing the chapters  that aren’t serving us anymore.  So often we find ourselves repeating the same sentences, the same actions, having the same reactions and  believing that this is the way it is and that there’s nothing we can do about it, when it really is in our power to change the script.

What is the story you tell about your life and is it true?

Here are some clues to get you going.

I will never …..…………

I always …………………

I’m a  very  ……………….person.

I always wanted to ………..

I have to ………………

I’m too…………. to do …………

It’s too late to………………….

The …………… part of my life just doesn’t work

The …………….part of my life flows really easy

I believe I can do ………………………..

My ……………… situation never changes

I’m not good at………………..

I am really good at……………….

……………. is really difficult for me

…………… really easy for me

I can’t take ……………….. any more

I’m really sick to death of ……………………..

I really wish…………………….

Another excellent clue as to finding out how our story might need to change, is to be  aware of the advice we give other people. Very often, that’s the very thing we need to do  ourselves.

The thoughts we think and the words we speak do become our reality, so doesn’t it make sense to change the story if it’s not working, take steps in that direction and re-envision our lives? It really is up to us!  Mercury has turned direct again, so it’s all systems go!

My workshops in July will be based around this theme.  In a playful way, we will connect with the stories we tell about our lives (and yes, they really can make us laugh). And then, using imagery, sharing and visual journaling, we will set about creatively re-writing the script and re-envisioning it.

I am also available to work with you on this theme on a one-on-one coaching basis

Happy New Moon everybody!


Lifelight Astrology June 2015

Lifelight Astrology June 2015

circle dance 2

I got back last night from a trip to Greece, after spending a week participating in a transformative painting workshop on the island of Paros ( yes I know, I know … I’m blessed…) and then working in a community high up on Mount Pelion, for another week. Home of Chiron, the wounded healer, the mountain experience was in stark contrast to the island Paradise, but very valuable nevertheless.

I’m in a bit of a travel-weary fog, feeling really sensitized and touched by the experiences I’ve had, amazing people I’ve met and all I’ve learnt. I’m still contextualizing it all, so please forgive me if this month’s newsletter is a bit rambling.

The month starts with a full moon on the 2nd  June in Sagittarius  opposite the Sun, Mars and Mercury (retrograde)  in Gemini, both squaring Neptune. This can make for some foggy, unclear, scrambled,  communication – so do your best to converse with yourself and other with as much clarity as possible.  We all want to reach our highest potential, to understand the truth about ourselves and our roles here on earth, but it seems a bit unclear. There may also be a cupful of jadedness, weariness or even a bit of blue thrown into the soup, but… Neptune opens the creative, intuitive gates, so find some time to be quiet, go within and let some inspiration drift up to the surface. Mercury turns direct on 13th June.

This full moon asks that we really notice what  and how we’re thinking, feeling and communicating with ourselves and others.

Every single day on my trip, I was reminded of the importance of real conversation, which often goes way beyond words.

In the workshop I participated in, much of the conversation was completely non verbal – eyes meeting eyes, hands touching, bodies dancing – rendering words completely unnecessary.  Most of us processed deeply and our facilitator, the magical Meera was often heard to say “No talking” , which allowed the real truth kernels and understanding to emerge, without interruption or going into the drama and the story.

It is always a special privilege to be part of a group of people, who start off as complete strangers from all over the world and end up moving closer and closer together, in softening and acceptance.  Sometimes not understanding each others languages actually helps to foster a deeper, unspoken understanding.  Even outside of the workshops, travelling around and working in a country where a lot of people don’t speak English, prompted me to find  ways of communicating, other than talking.

And then there are the words… harsh ones, gentle ones, wise ones…

One of the highlights at Pelion was spending a couple of days with David Whyte – (no… I’m afraid not in the flesh…) As I yanked deep roots out of the garden, I listened to (and wept at) his incredible words in a series called – the Five forms of Female Courage.  A million thanks to my new and lovely friends Sue and Pete for knowing what it would mean to me and for lending me your Ipod. I laughed and cried and released, as his words reached deep into my heart and soul.

And friendship does the same … what a treasure it is. I am so grateful  that I got to travel with my dear friend and soul sister Theresa – sharing the experience with you made it all the richer. And to all my friends – you know who you are – life would be very pale without you…. I did warn you that I was going to ramble.

Circles touch and mend hearts and souls too!  Each day in Paros and Pelion, our group would meet in a circle and check in with where we were. I’ve written about checking in many times before, but never really about the power of the circle. I start all my workshops in this way  and have grown to value it hugely.

In the community on Mount Pelion, apart from it being situated in the most exquisite mountain rain forests,  we were getting the place ready to receive guests, so there was a lot of hard work to be done, combined with a fair amount of stresses, strains, shrieking landlords, leaking pipes and cold, rainy weather for the last few days.

Without doubt for me, the most beautiful and sacred part of each day was the morning circle.  A candle was lit and each person had a turn with the talking stick.  Despite the work that had to be done, the differences that existed between people, the pressures  and anxieties,  this time was sacred and really necessary. This was where we could all be real and human, where we could address how we were feeling, without being cut off or minimised. By verbalizing where each of us were, we were able to check in with ourselves and each other in an authentic way.

It’s one thing to see somebody as grumpy or obnoxious or closed off and to judge them as such – it’s another to look into their eyes and  understand where their behaviour comes from, to see the pain or worry there and understand  what’s really going on for them.

The process made me realize again,  how often I judge or assume that I know what someone is thinking or feeling and how wrong I usually am.  I truly believe that if we were able to check in, in this way… often… with our loved ones and in our workplaces, the world would change

I really think being listened to  is one of the most of the most fundamental needs we have as human beings. To listen to somebody without interrupting, judging, fixing or defending is simply one of the greatest gifts we can give to anyone. When we are truly interested in another human being, we put ourselves aside and listen to what they have to say, only speaking when we need clarification and only if something is unclear. I reckon the art of listening is a learned skill. It requires concentration, dedication and discipline to just keep quiet for a while and let the other person have their say.

At Pellion, we  were encouraged to communicate to the centre of the circle (neutral point), rather than to address people specifically, to keep our conversation “I” centred, and to keep our sharing deep and brief!  All really good suggestions, which really work.

What was very apparent to me too was the time that the local  Greek people take to talk to each other –  be it  over a morning cup of coffee,  a leisurely meal mezze style (no hurried gobbling and going) or a  drink after work.  Most of the time when people were having a meal,  there was a wonderful absence of cell phones. Haallleluliah!

So… this month, lets  communicate from a heart-centred, authentic place. Lets keep it real, deep and brief. Lets look into each others eyes and find the recognition and understanding there. Lets make time to switch off the phones, break bread together  and actually converse with each other.