Full Moon in Gemini 25/26 November 2015

Moon and children

As we hurtle at breakneck speed towards the end of yet another year, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to check in with what the planets are up to. It’s no coincidence that Thanksgiving falls on the Gemini full moon this year (25th /26th November – just after midnight if you live in South Africa). For me, this brings the theme of Gratitude into the light, a quality which I think will get us through the next few weeks, as there are some rather challenging alignments around.

The reason this newsletter is going out at the last minute is that I’ve been and still am, feeling this tricky energy rather acutely…  For me, it’s a bit like wading through thick slimy mud or quicksand, but here goes. ….Please forgive me if this is all over the place, but  I’m going to explain how I’m feeling and intuiting what’s going on, rather than relying on any external information.

Interestingly this Full moon is encouraging us to do just that. She is in  busy, restless, communicative, information/ activity seeking Gemini… opposite the Sun in optimistic, expansive, truth seeking Sagittarius. Normally that would be simple enough –  suggesting that we filter through all the information “out there” and ask whether it is true and relevant to us personally, before we accept it as gospel or share it with all in sundry. The Gemini/Sagittarius axis urges us to connect with the intuitive point of wisdom that lies between information (Gemini) and knowledge (Sagittarius).

In some respects, with the instant access we have to information these days,  we are also forgetting how to work through problems and issues ourselves, because there is always some sort of a solution  or answer courtesy of Mr Google.  Although it’s amazing and incredible to have this technology, it’s also dumbing us down a bit, if you think about it.  In years gone by, when faced with a problem or a challenge, we often had no option other than to slow down and figure it out or feel it out for ourselves. By going through something step by step, we gain experience, develop our intuition,  and turn information into knowledge , the way I see it. When we hurry towards the end point, we prevent that from happening.

Now that’s where I would normally leave it, but there’s more to this particular full moon than that. That weighty old geyser Saturn has pulled into the party, joining the Sun and Mercury. With this alignment, the usually optimistic Sagittarian sun has sort of  disappeared  behind a cloud for a while. The fiery one wants to expand and grow and think big and send good  positive energy (and newsletters) into the Universe, but Saturn is sitting on his shoulder whispering… “But should you….? What if it doesn’t work… What if you can’t do it…. What if you fail…What if other people don’t like it … or you?

And that’s not all…there’s more… (that sounds like one of those hard selling ads of the 90’s 🙂  – This full moon also opens the curtain on a slow square dance between Saturn and Neptune, which will continue on and off until September 2016.

Whenever the outer planets get into an uncomfortable alignment, it signifies a big paradigm shift. The last one was the Uranus Pluto square  from 2012 to 2015 and was seen by many to signify a Shift in Consciousness . This one is taking the shift to a deeper level.

So what’s being asked of us now?

Well, Saturn and Neptune could not be more different. Saturn represents form, structure, boundaries, the old guard, tradition, goals and achievement. Neptune represents dreams, imagination, escape, illusions, addiction, connection, formlessness, oneness and our connection to the Divine.

When these two giants are at odds, like they are now, some of us might find ourselves feeling depressed, with old hurts, guilts, resentments or even old health conditions rising up from nowhere. Or we might feel lethargic, unwell or as if there  are major obstacles standing between us and our dreams. We may also find ourselves swinging from one extreme to another.  One minute we’re all fired up about achieving what we want to achieve, heading towards our goals in a mature, structured way… and the next, we feel burdened and saddened by the goings-on in the world, overwhelmed by everything and all we want to do is to lie in a hammock, dreaming and imagining a better life, or to zone out from reality completely..?

So what do we do with that?

Well, as I said, I’m still making my through this particular quagmire, but the idea with all squares and oppositions is for us to find the middle ground. We need to give both energies attention – invite Saturn in to provide us with enough structure, but not too much that our light is quelled  and allow Neptune to lighten the load a bit,  with some time out, dreaming, rest,creativity and compassion.

If you do find yourself spiralling downward in the next few weeks, I would suggest starting a Gratitude practice. I’m going to start a 30 day Gratitude challenge tomorrow on Face book – join us there.

Take a few minutes, sit quietly and connect with every single thing that you are grateful for. From the breath that keeps you alive, to your senses, your limbs, your heart, your bed… This will also help to lift your vibration out of the mud, shift your paradigm, and re-frame your experience should you slip into victim-hood and isolation – another theme song of Neptune Saturn.  I still have some space in my Taking stock / Gratitude workshops in December – a great way to complete the year. See below or email me for details.

In the next day or too, be sure to  schedule some time (Saturn) to connect to yourself and all that is (Neptune.) If you are in a quandary about something, ask the question, tune into your body and get a sense of what feels expansive and what feels restrictive. .. allow answers to surface, rather than chasing them down and when they do, take the first step, and then another and another….

And through it all, make sure you love and accept yourself , imperfections and all!  To demonstrate that, I’m going to hit send on this newsletter, even though it’s far from perfect!

 

Life and Light to you

 

Michelle

 

 

 

 

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New Moon 11th November – Life, Light and Shadows

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By Michelle McClunan

One of the things I love about writing these newsletters is that I get to ponder things more deeply and intensely than usual… deep and intense both being properties of Scorpio, along with transformation and change, our theme for November.

On the 11th November, we have a New Moon in Scorpio, joined by Mercury, which means that the focus is on giving careful consideration to and transforming our beliefs and the way we think and communicate.

As we hurtle at breakneck speed towards the end of the year, rest assured, you are not alone if you feel like the world is a difficult place to be in. The “shift” that many of are continuing to experience, I believe, is about how we deal with what’s going on “out there”… “in here”.

“The only way out… is in!”

The reality is that the world will continue to change… there have always been and possibly always will be wars, illness, natural disasters and violence. People will likely continue to let us down, cut in front of us in the traffic, get sick, die and leave us. Governments and politics will continue to be …well … government and politics. As long as the planet is turning and we’re on it, there will continue to be strife and struggle and darkness, but… for every strife, there is a joy… for every struggle, liberation and for every bit of darkness, there is light. Helen Keller said it like this “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I’ve learned that whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”

As hard as we try to escape the darkness in life, it’s just not possible. Our own shadows are eternally connected to us. In fact, if you think about it, the only way we can change the shape of our shadows is by shifting our position or our viewpoint. We can also choose whether to focus only on the shadow or on the light that is casting it. In every minute, of every day, we have the choice of how we’re going to handle each and every situation we are presented with. We choose whether we’re going to see something as a crisis or an opportunity, whether we’re going to stand in the sidelines shivering in fear or embrace it all with gusto – the bumps, roadblocks, joys and victories in equal measure.

The only way to really transform on a deep level is to change the way we view things, which requires a bit of investigation into the thought patterns and beliefs that run our lives. This month, the intense Scorpio energy helps us to access that information and start to transmute it. Scorpio is the plumber of the zodiac, so there’s a  good chance that “stuff” from the past will come up to the surface in the next few days– old emotional hurts,  issues, resentments and regrets.  Other things that are likely to come up, are concerns about money, power and sex.  You may also experience  “water” issues in your home, body or vehicles. I personally have just discovered a problem with my car’s water pump, which I choose to see as symbolic. Some emotional engine overhauling and clearing out is on the agenda for me.

The bible says “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”

 There’s a lovely story about two Buddhist monks who came upon a woman needing to cross a stream. The older monk carried her across on his back, but when he set her down she ran off without so much as a thank you. After walking for several more hours the two monks arrived at the monastery whereupon the younger monk simply could not stand it anymore. “You shouldn’t have carried that woman across the stream. She did not deserve your kindness, she did not even bother to thank you.”

The older monk replied, “I put her down hours ago, why are you still carrying her?

What are you still carrying around?

This new moon is the best one this year to do some internal plumbing, bring to the surface and release disempowering beliefs, thoughts and behaviours… fears, deeply ingrained knee-jerk reactions, resentments and sadnesses.

Sit quietly. Allow whatever needs to arise, to arise. Breathe, allow, release.  And then plant some healthy vibrant new seeds in the form of empowering beliefs.

I have some space left on my Metamorphosis workshops on the 14th or 28th November. I will also be hosting two workshops in December to give you the chance to take stock of 2015 before year end and to tie it up into a neat package before entering 2016.  See below for more details or email me for more info if you are reading this on my blog

In life, light and shadows

MIchelle