Lifelight Astrology 30th July – Once in a Blue Moon

moon child

Big news in the next couple of days and weeks folks.  First of all there’s the full moon on the 31st July, which is the second one this month, commonly known as a Blue Moon. Having two full moons in one month only happens about once every 2.7 years, hence the saying “Once in a Blue moon” .  This one certainly is even more potent than usual, with 6 planetary bodies now in retrograde motion.

It feels as though the planets are conspiring to sloooooow us right down, so that we can re-flect, re-assess and re-strategise our lives.

Two important planets turned retrograde this week, encouraging us to ask:

Uranus – What needs to change? Where are we stuck? Where are we afraid to be different?

Venus (retrograding back into Leo) – What do we really love and value? … and are we treating it with love and value? When Venus connected with Jupiter earlier in July, different ways of being, new ideas and creative urges surfaced. Now a few weeks down the line, we reassess, re-look – do they still have value and if so, have we acted on them or left them by the roadside?

Here’s a quick question… without over thinking it… in your head, list 5 people or (furry/ feathered beings) who you love and cherish with all your heart… those you would hate to lose the most. Ok – once you have them, bank them for later….

Back to the planets. The full moon is in Aquarius, ruled by the Planet Uranus, bringer of thunderbolts and lightning and  designed to get us to remove our heads from our  butts… stop… look around and see the bigger picture. This is the ideal moon to boot us clean out of any comfort zones we may have become ensconced in. The thing about comfort zones, is that they usually aren’t all that comfortable!!. They’re just familiar and tend to keep us exactly where we are, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – the definition of insanity, according to Mr Einstein.

So, the energy this week is likely to range from rather exciting, to a bit prickly, or edgy, to downright uncomfortable, bringing old emotional and physical aches and pains to the surface. This moon will shine her  light on anything in our lives which makes us feel small,  constricted or boxed in, bringing the rebel, the revolutionary, the quirky one out of the closet. She will also bring with her,  brilliant out-the-box, intuitive ideas, for those of us who take some time to listen.  It’s  a stimulating moon, encouraging us to  look deeper, shining a bright blue laser truth serum into those dark rutty corners and ferreting out all the lies we’ve been telling ourselves, for oh… so long. Also paraded in the line-up will be the parts of ourselves and areas of our lives where we keep breaking promises to ourselves.

You know… those things that we consistently tell ourselves we’re going to change…. And then do absolutely nothing about ?  Well, they are being  ousted – exposed in the bare light of this full moon, with nowhere to hide.

And there – right there, just as soon as they are exposed, we need to take ourselves  gently by the hand and ask why – why when we know something is good for us, we don’t do it?

I honestly believe it boils down to a lack of self worth, which seems to be a global epidemic. The truth is, if we really, truly believed we were valuable, wouldn’t we treat ourselves as such?

Back to the list you made earlier. Did you appear on it amongst your nearest and dearest?  Well done if you were and if you weren’t … well …there you have it…!

I was speaking to a friend on the weekend about self- worth and I remembered a story I heard once. I’ve forgotten the exact details, so I’ll re-write it, just for fun. Hey Venus in Leo brings out the playful me.

Let’s call it Matilda and the Monk.  One day, a Monk came upon Matilda, weeping and wringing her little hands in despair. She had made some sort of boo-boo and was busy beating herself black and blue. In between sobs, she told the Monk what a terrible person she was and how little value she thought she  had. “I’m just no use to anyone” said little Matilda.

The Monk sat down and took her by the hand. When the tears subsided a little, he asked her how much she would be prepared to sell one of her eyes for. Matilda was horrified – “One of my Eyes ….?  Never…. How would I see?”, she said. “How about an ear?”, he asked. Again, the answer was a resounding “No”. The Monk continued to ask her how much she would ask for a hand, a foot, her heart,  which kept her blood flowing, her lungs that helped her to breathe or the skin that protected her.

Needless to say, by the end of the exercise, Matilda’s eyes were regaining a sparkle, and she had started to sit up a lot straighter, as she realised that she was, in fact, priceless… that there was no amount of money that could replace the amazing miracle that was Matilda.

And so it is with each of us. We are precious and priceless and we deserve to be treated as such. So…. this month, how about treating yourself as you would the most precious person in the world? How about thanking yourself for all that you do on any given day?  How about congratulating yourself on the small wins, rather than beating yourself up, when you feel you don’t succeed?

According to Matt Kahn, every time we do this, we fill up our self-worth tanks. The fuller they are, the more we will treat ourselves as valuable and the more love we will have to spill out into the world. And that my dears is the theme of big, lion-hearted Leo. Leo loves LOVE, creativity, expression, fun and beautiful things.

With Venus doing the lion dance again, maybe its time to ditch all the stuff that you no longer wear and try a different look, more suited to who you are NOW, or change your hairstyle, vamp up your décor or just have some fun!

As I see it, when Leo is around in all his playful glory, it is THE time of the year to start loving our inner child.  To celebrate come and play for the day in August – see below for details about my Doodling workshops.

I am also offering a special on Readings for children for the next two months – see below for details.

And lastly, I’m thrilled to bits to be planning my next (Summer) Retreat and my next workshops in Johannesburg– below.

All this excitement!  Must be the Full moon drawing near!

In Love and Leo Light

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology New Moon 16th July 2015

raging sea

This is a rockingly intense week emotionally, as we head towards the new Moon in Cancer on Thursday. Not only the sun and moon, but also Mars and Mercury are congregating in the super-sensitive sign of the crab and will be opposed by deep, dark, transformative Pluto.  There are some other rather tricky planetary fisticuffs which add to the picture as well this week, but suffice to say… emotions  are already, or will be coming up for a lot of us, which may not be entirely comfortable.

Those troublesome, irritating little feelings of “off-ness” or “not-so-goodness”, are just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath, if we do some deep sea diving, we may discover beauties like anger, sadness, grief, rage or fear, which are  trying to get our attention. And… as usual, we have the choice to feel them or to beat them into submission… guess which one works better?

I speak from personal experience, after waking up yesterday morning feeling absolutely, completely rotten emotionally… for no real rhyme or reason (that I could analyse anyway). But there it was – this heavy feeling –  like thick  grey lead jelly in my heart centre. Much as I tried (and I really did try) to ignore it, the feeling just wasn’t going away and I couldn’t get myself together  to get on with all the pressing things I had to do.

SO! … I elected to stop everything and honour what I was feeling, allowing it to just be there or to even expand if necessary.  After a short while of sitting quietly, the tears began to roll and before I knew it, they were flowing like the Victoria Falls.  I hung in there and not long afterwards, the sobs started to subside and  the lead jelly started to melt a little. Then there was what felt like a gentle voice (I don’t actually hear anything)  telling me that it was all ok, that I was fine and  I would survive. After a while, a couple of answers to some pressing questions started to drift into my consciousness too – without any effort.  I asked what I could do to support myself and the answer was – “Make some tea Michelle”… which I did.

A few minutes later, I was getting on with my day, feeling a whole lot lighter. Do I know what caused the heaviness?  Not really. Do I need to know? No I don’t. Did I need to just feel it?  Yes I did.  Is that feeling gone?  Not completely – but it’s changed.  And if it comes back, I know what to do.

If  there was ever a time to ride the wave of emotion, this is it. Many of us are feeling the angst and suffering of Mother Earth and humanity right now, in addition to our own. According to Matt Kahn, each time we are able to feel a feeling without censorship,  we’re helping to transmute it, not only for ourselves, but for mankind. A few tears for Mother Earth – I can do that!.

Themes that are likely to present themselves this week, are issues around  security, money, home, family, tribe, women and/or our mothers.

I see this as a time of radical self care. If you feel insecure, needy, inadequate, sad or full of rage, sit it with it or express it outwards –dance it, sing it, paint it,  if it’s anger, hitting a pillow really helps.  Then ask yourself how best you can show up for yourself. Maybe that means  cooking yourself a warm nourishing meal, sitting next to a fire (or a heater in my case – with a beanie on), or perhaps its connecting with the people who love you, taking a nap, or having a hot bath.  What would you advise your best friend, lover or child to do if they were in distress – do that!

Every single time we abandon or berate ourselves, we deplete our energetic  and emotional tanks. Every time we value and love ourselves, we fill them up. All our tanks need filling and this is the time to do it. The fuller our individual tanks are, the more love we have to give.

With  you in the Ocean

Michelle