Lifelight Astrology Update 19th June

BLUE MOON AND WINTER SOLSTICE ON THE SAME DAY

Blue moon

Well folks, we have a real bona fide “Once in a blue moon” coming up on the 20th June. Not only is it the second full moon in Sagittarius within a month (see my post on 21st May for details of the first one) but it falls only one hour before the Sun moves into Cancer, heralding the Winter Solstice ( in the southern hemisphere that is )

This is the first time this has happened in 70 years, so it’s got a batch of sky watchers out there into a gleeful flurry.  For us astrologers, this combination of the Winter solstice and the Full moon in the sign of the archer, certainly brings with it the theme of opposites, as well as  a quiver of truth and meaning seeking arrows, as we ask –

” What is the meaning of it all?”  and “Is what I believe to be true, really true?”

Full moon shines bold and beautiful in the night sky – exposed, full and expressive. She always illuminates relationships – those we have with others, as well as with ourselves, our  thoughts and our beliefs about anything.

The Winter Solstice on the other hand is quiet and soulful, bringing the urge to retreat ot even  hibernate a little and then, from that silent  alone place, ask the big questions.  By taking shelter from the relentlessness of life,  the full  moon is able to shine her light on the questions which we ask.

To add more spice to this important moon, we also have another grand cross ( see my last blog for details) . This time, Mercury, the ruler of communication is involved. The fleet footed messenger opposes Saturn, invoking serious mindful thought or despondency/ depression. Jupiter and Neptune then form a square to this axis.

I’d like to explore the slow moving Saturn Neptune square a bit, because it’s  been around since November 2015 and will stay in our heavens  until September this year. It really is the transit of the year.

Firstly, Saturn is in Sagittarius and Neptune is in Pisces, both mutable signs, connected to our quest for truth, meaning, belonging and spiritual connection …  so there’s a bit of a  common  theme there.

But that’s where the similarity ends!

The two (a little like the introverted winter solstice versus the  extroverted beautiful big bold full moon) could not be more different.

Saturn in Sagittarius is the teacher, who insists that we go after our goals in a systematic, pragmatic , mature way. He just adores spreadsheets, schedules and boundaries, and wants us to be  disciplined, hard- working and, focussed on the future.

And Neptune in Pisces? Well….Our  king of the ocean would much rather  lie back in a hammock with a glass of wine  and contemplate the insides of his eyelids –  not apparently  achieving very much. He’s into dreaming beautiful dreams, connecting with the Divine, escaping the harshness,  drifting along in the present moment,  maybe strumming the ukulele, or dancing with the pixies. He finds Saturn crushingly boring with all his demands and Saturn in turn,  finds Neptune hazy, lazy and irresponsible.

And never the twain shall meet – but… like all relationships, we are challenged to  find common ground between the two.

We all have both these archetypes active within us right now and usually, one lands up winning, depending on our predispositions, upbringing and of course our natal charts. We might find ourselves feeling more or less unable to move forward, wanting to escape and  tune out reality completely , or we  may perhaps swing the other way , driving ourselves  relentlessly up the damn mountain.

A more helpful  way to deal with squares is to find a bridge, a centre point between the two energies.

So… whichever way the pendulum has been swinging for you, ask yourself what you need to do to bring it back to the centre. What is your medicine?

If you feel  as if you’re lost at sea without a paddle, perhaps you need to call on wise old Father Time (Saturn) to help you put some boundaries and routines in place … make some lists even !

If, on the other hand, you’ve been overdoing it, burning the candle at both ends, slogging up the never ending mountain, then maybe some time strumming the ukulele  in the hammock might not be a bad idea after all.

Above all, over this  full moon and for the next few weeks, remember to keep sending those truth seeking arrows into the centre of your soul – to find out what’s really true for you now! Don’t forget, as  we each expand our perspectives and upgrade our beliefs, we are actively helping the rest of the planet to do so as well.

In July and August, as the Sun moves through Cancer and Leo,  we will be working with the theme of re-envisioning our infancy, early childhood and our teenage years in my Art & Soul Workshops. Please email me for details.

In Life and Light

 

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Lifelight Astrology 5th June – New Moon

moon girl hooked

 Anyone feeling a bit spun out?  Wondering what on earth is going on out there?

Well, I’m going to do my best to explain it from an astrological perspective, as I see it.

For a while now, we’ve had a number of planets in a square alignment called a Grand Cross.  It’s been around for about a week and will last until the 13th June.

New moon is on the 5th June, when the Sun and Moon are joined by Venus in Gemini,  focusing the spotlight on  communication, thoughts and information.

Opposing this bunch is Saturn and squaring them  are Jupiter, Neptune and the nodes. Here is the chart, for those of you who might be interested.

SFPage
With a few other alignments and retrograde planets thrown into the mix, many people are struggling right now and the common theme seems to be, that the more we push and strive and fight, the less things seem to be moving forward!

Anybody keen on joining me on a desert island somewhere?

But for now… back to the square …Cast your mind  for a moment to a boxing ring. Ever wondered why it’s called a boxing ring and not a square?

Well I have, so I looked it up. Apparently, the ring refers to the small circle in the centre of the fight area, where the boxers meet at the start of each round.  This is then surrounded by the square.

Have fun with this. Imagine yourself as a boxer entering  the ring and walking to your corner,   all primed, pumped and full of good intentions, ready to slay your opponent and thrill the audience. You put your head down for a millisecond and the next thing you know, you’re unceremoniously lifted up and flung into the corner, compliments of an early attack by  your opponent. You have no choice other than to fight back, lest you be pummeled into the ground,  which seems to work. Then, just as you’re catching your breath,  you’re  dragged by your hair to the third corner by an unseen wildcard opponent, who has decided to join the fray.  The two of you scramble on the floor, throwing wild punches hither and thither. One lands and your opponent is briefly stilled. Then, just when you think you’re in the clear, you receive an almighty punch from behind, taking the wind out of your rather deflated sails and you find yourself being hauled  around the square by yet another unexpected opponent.  At this point, you’re bloody and confused,  perhaps even a bit dim-witted and your self-confidence is in the dustbin, as the crowd’s boo’s fill the arena.

And then it starts again.

I liken the opponents in this story to the incessant and sometimes brutal noise inside our heads and the constant barrage of busyness and information that bombards us day and night. The more we allow them to enter, unchecked, the further we move away from the circle, from the centre of who we are, from the soul… the heart… and the more we spin out.

We can so very easily can get taken out by our internal dialogue and by the stuff that we’re feeding ourselves on a daily basis.

Unless…

We lift ourselves out of  and above the square or take ourselves to the centre of it– where we are able to get perspective on our thoughts and on the information we are consuming.

We all know the saying “Your thoughts create your reality” But how does it actually work? Well, this is what science says.  We generate an electro-magnetic field of attraction or repulsion with every single thought we have, through the release of hormones and chemicals known as peptides.

Our thoughts travel through positive/negative receptors in every cell of our body and fire sequences in the neuro-net passages of our brains. Our unconscious thoughts, which  operate below our conscious awareness, also hold great power over our lives, as they continually fire the peptide messengers that unconsciously drive our choices.

When we’re not achieving self mastery in our lives, there is a separation between our unconscious thoughts that are driving our choices, and the conscious thoughts of our desire.

So how do we bridge this divide? By slowing our brain waves down, through creative processes, mindfulness, meditation, quiet contemplation, or time spent in nature… or all of these. Each time we do this, we disconnect from our fearful limited thoughts and form new pathways!

All the more reason to find those quiet moments in the whirlpool of life.

Be sure in the next few weeks (and forever) to pause during the day and check in with your inner dialogue, with the  sensations in your body and with the emotions you are feeling. It only takes a few minutes.

Externally, assess what you’re consuming on a daily basis. Is your information diet rich in doom and gloom and are you engaging in situations  which bring your vibration up or  down and can you make a different choice?

Saturn in Sagittarius (the wise teacher) which is opposing this new moon, is challenging us to  step away and see the bigger picture. Jupiter in Virgo is asking that we bring routine into our lives, in order to help us do that.  Neptune in Pisces is there to suggest that the way we can stop the spinning is to bring ourselves into the centre and connect at a deeper level. The king of  the ocean also  reminds us to ask for help from other dimensions when we need it and stop trying to carry the load all on our own.

This new moon, see if you can have a day without consuming any outside information – no reading, no time on social media, no googling, no TV. Remember the days before cell phones, tablets and computers, when we used to be able to completely unplug for a full day or even a weekend? Aaaah…let’s go back there for a while!

What might your soul tell you if you dialed down the noise?

My two workshops this month on the 4th and 25th  are all about connecting with our inner dialogue. There’s still space if you’d like to join us – details below. If you’d like an astrology reading or a private  coaching  session with me, I can help you to investigate what your  inner dialogue is. Once you know, you’re far better equipped to re-write the story.

Please take a few moments NOW …before you do anything else to listen to some of the most profound  words ever written (in my opinion), regarding the power of our Thoughts and their impact on every day life…spoken so eloquently by Sir Lawrence Olivier in the musical “Time” Close your eyes and listen. 

In Life and Light

 

Michelle