LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 1ST SEPTEMBER

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 1ST SEPTEMBER

Ring of Fire – Solar Eclipse

By Michelle McClunan

The first day of Spring (in the Southern Hemisphere) is ushered in by a burning ring of fire, an annular solar eclipse. This is, in essence a super charged new moon, which has far reaching effects. The Moon is positioned in between the Earth and the Sun, almost but not entirely blocking out it’s light, so as to create  a  corona or a ring of fire. Apparently  it will be visible in Central Africa . However, whether we see it or not,  we will definitely feel its effects.

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Here is an example of what a Solar eclipse looks like in action!

What does it mean?

Before I explain what I think it means, close your eyes for a few seconds and feel the energy of it and what it might mean to you.

There are many myths and superstitions around Solar Eclipses and throughout history, they’ve  been both feared and revered. In some cultures, they are still seen as bad omens, as the sun disappears from the sky or the cosmic light “goes out”. This is the first of two eclipses this month, which could be an interesting one on all fronts – politically, economically and climatically, with dire weather being rather widely predicted.

Symbolically, a Solar Eclipses can be seen as the  masculine (Sun) being eclipsed / vanquished by the Feminine (moon).   Eclipses are also seen as portals or gateways between the material and subtle worlds, Generally though, a Solar eclipse signifies a closure, a completion… where something disappears or ends, to allow for something new to enter.

Completion 9 9 9

There’s a strong theme of  completion and closure with this one, being at 9 degrees Virgo, in the 9th Month of the year 2016, (which reduces to a 9) making  it a 9 year numerologically.  Although I don’t practice Numerology, a nine year does indicate the  end of a cycle and signals this as a year of completion, surrender and forgiveness.Next year will be a 1 year, when the time will be right to start afresh. That will be a relief for many, as this year its seemed to be rather difficult to get things moving forward… or maybe it’s just me.  That aside, we all get the chance this year to complete and release whatever we need to from the last 9 years.

Completion cycles often come with a sense of aloneness, grief or sadness, as we part ways with things and people who have been important to us.  Even though this can be challenging, it also carries the potential for huge spiritual growth , even if it’s hard to see at the time.

Eclipses work in 19 year cycles, so this one relates to 1st September 1997, when there was an eclipse at the same degree.  It might be useful to take a few moments and cast your mind back to that time and to what was going on for you.

What ended or disappeared from your life?

What new elements or people entered your life in the months after the eclipse?

What loose ends do you need to tie up from that period?

The part of  your birth chart which houses  8 to 10 degrees Virgo  indicates the area of your life where this played out and which is likely to repeat in some way now. If you have planets or points at those degrees of Virgo or in any of the other mutable signs, (Sagittarius, Pisces or Gemini) you’re likely to feel the effects more strongly than if you don’t.

In my case, 9 degrees Virgo sits at the apex of my chart and in September 1997 EVERYTHING changed for me…. And I mean everything. … so its going to be interesting to see how this one plays out!

Saturn/ Mars and Neptune are caught up in the Ring of Fire

I’m placing more importance on this eclipse than I normally do, due to it triggering the Saturn/Mars/ Neptune square which I wrote about here.

And  don’t forget  Mercury Retrograde

Last, but certainly not least, this eclipse coincides with Mercury (the eclipse’s ruler) turning retrograde until 21st/22nd September (don’t delay in backing up ALL your data and  double check your travel bookings!) .

So, what do we do with it?

I see this as an opportunity to look back (Mercury retrograde) and reflect on the last 9 or 19 years – where we have shifted and where we haven’t;  where we’ve grown and where we haven’t;  where we’ve broken promises or vows to ourselves or others; how our relationship is with our bodies; where we are overly perfectionistic or pedantic, to the point of  stalling activity completely and what we need to fully and finally let go of, in order to move forward in our lives.

This is a really powerful time to release and let go, so that we can be cleared for a re-boot.

  • Close your eyes
  • Picture a ring of fire
  • Ask yourself what you really,  really, really want to let go of?
  • Put it into the ring of fire and let it burn baby!

If you’re feeling that something is changing in your life, but you’re unsure about how to move forward or how to navigate it, it’s highly likely that your chart is being triggered in some way. I’d be more than happy to do a mini reading over Skype to help you shed some light on it.

9 THINGS TO DO ON THIS TRIPLE 9 ECLIPSE

  1. Re-visit September 1997, what was going on for you then and how it connects to where you find yourself today.
  2. Connect with what or who you really need to let go of and release.
  3. Write it down, paint it, sculpt it, dance it, sing it, make some nature art
  4. Do some kind for ritual where you release it – eg burn the paper you have written or painted on,and blow away the ashes.
  5. Go through papers and photographs and burn  or throw out what you don’t want to keep.
  6. Clear out a cupboard or two – get rid of whatever you haven’t used or worn in 2 years. Remember, this is symbolic. By doing this, you are notifying the Universe that you have space for the new and are not holding onto the old out of fear.
  7. Make amends – write a letter to anyone you’ feel you may have wronged. If you aren’t able  to send it that’s ok – writing it will help clear your path.
  8. Really release anybody you might be holding onto who has physically departed from your life
  9. Commit to doing one thing towards a healthier, fitter, happier you – every day for the next 21 days.

.In life and light and Rings of Fire

 

Michelle

 

Featured image – Land art by Andy Goldsworthy

 

Full Moon in Aquarius

Full Moon in Aquarius

By Michelle McClunan

On Thursday 18th August, we have a stimulating, perspective-changing, rule-breaking Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius.

With both the Sun and the Moon forming easy aspects to Uranus,  stay tuned for bold new energy, intuitive flashes, and original creative insights.

With Saturn having  just moved direct and a beautiful flowing trine between Venus and Pluto, we are being handed some extra Universal help this full moon , to eject us out of any boxes we may have been hiding in, step out, embrace our individuality and  stand up for what we believe in.

Hopefully we’ll  start feeling some forward movement in terms of our goals, relationships and finances too.

It’s interesting that the Olympics are held when the Sun is in regal Leo, which rules the human heart, the colour gold and honours individual expression.

Have you ever considered why so many millions of people, who may normally have little or no interest in sport, tune in and watch the opening, and much of the games? For me, it’s so much more than people showing their athletic prowess.  It’s a chance for the whole world to see, acknowledge and honour men and women who have challenged themselves, put their hearts and souls into their particular discipline and  actually succeeded in making the Olympic team.

I think we watch the games because collectively and individually we like to see people beat the odds.  Our hearts swell, as we watch  an athlete break the tape first, jump the highest, swim the fastest,  throw the furthest.

We watch because every single one of us wants to shine in our own unique way. We all want to be seen and acknowledged. It’s part of the human condition.

But what about those athletes who don’t win… those who have trained single-mindedly, mercilessly  for years, only to somehow not “make it” or even worse, injure themselves? I think that’s all part of it too. As we watch them, we feel our hearts opening to their sadness and their disappointment.  Win or lose – we feel connected to each other, which is what Aquarius is all about!

But here’s a question… when someone doesn’t make the cut, misses the mark…  do we respect and admire them less? Do we see them as losers?  I don’t think so!  In fact, the Olympic athletes are honoured with medals even when they don’t win. Even when they may feel that they have let themselves down by not winning the Gold, we still applaud them for their bravery, determination and endurance.

How often do we do the same for ourselves? How often do we applaud ourselves for our efforts, whether we “win” or “lose”? Many of us are experts at judging and berating  ourselves for our mistakes, failures,  errors of judgement, bad behaviour, “negative” emotions; for the  times that we’ve missed the mark in relationships, business, or life in general. Some of us could write books about our failures and our apparent misdemeanours.

How often do we look back on our lives and acknowledge the challenges that we have dealt with, the hardships that we have endured and overcome, the things we have accomplished. Why is  it that we  find it so hard  receive compliments or applause? I think we are probably harder on ourselves than anyone else.

So this full moon,  ask these questions…

How often do you honour or decorate YOURSELF?

What would honouring yourself look like?

How about setting an intention to write down three things at the end of each day that you actually did achieve… so those little things don’t go by unnoticed?

What would happen if you viewed yourself in the same light as you do an Olympic competitor – as a person  who, against all odds, has made it into the team, is showing up, giving it  all you’ve got, training, learning, honing your skills and shining your light, whether or not you win the gold.

What if you honoured yourself, even when you didn’t succeed the way you anticipated?

How would your life change if you treated yourself as an honourable being, rather than a  worthless one? What would happen if you could be patient with yourself, as you would be with a small child, if you could accept your mistakes, forgive yourself, ditch the judgements and recommit to your game, eyes wide and heart open, with wisdom, love, forgiveness and acceptance?

Speaking of Honouring and Celebrating- I have 2 more spaces on my Celebrating your Inner Child Workshop on 27th August. If you’re in Johannesburg, check out details of my 2 day workshop  on 17th and 18th September (almost full, so book asap) and lastly I’ll be running a  Seed of Life Workshop on the 24th September.

Love

Michelle

 

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 2 AUGUST 2016

moon

By Michelle McClunan

Late on Tuesday night (2nd August) we have a beautifully creative, lighthearted New Moon in Leo, which, when compared to what we’ve been experiencing of late, has a buoyancy and an optimism to it.…  dare I say, perhaps even a dash of fun!

This is the perfect new moon to plant new seeds, set new intentions and start new creative endeavours. Saturn, (which I wrote about in my last blog) is in a positive flowing aspect to this moon, adding a dollop of maturity, commitment and endurance into the playful mix, ensuring that those seeds get planted properly, so that they can take root and grow.

The sign of Leo is of course symbolised by the Lion and rules the heart, courage, fun, play, romance, expression and creativity.

COURAGE

Interestingly, the root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart.

For me this Lunar  month,  we’re being asked to courageously  follow our uniquely creative hearts.

  • In what ways are you completely unique?
  • If you weren’t afraid and could do anything with your life force, what would it be?
  • What’s the one thing you want to do before the end of your life?
  • What’s the one thing you want to do before the end of the year?
  • Where in your life, can you take another courageous step towards expressing your heart’s desire and your uniqueness?

 

CREATIVITY

I can’t tell you how many people tell me they’re not creative  I’m still shocked every single time it happens.

It’s impossible to be human and not to be creative.

It seems that a lot of people get creativity and artistic ability confused. Somebody tells us  early on that we can’t draw as well as somebody else … and boom…. What we hear is “I’m not creative”, when basically, someone has just given you their opinion on your technical artistic ability… NOT your creativity!

Have you ever heard a small child utter the words “I’m not creative” ?

I certainly haven’t! They KNOW they are!

If you think about it, our lives are a continual process of creativity… from selecting ingredients for a meal,  hunting down that perfect shirt or dress, to raising our children, choosing a hairstyle, negotiating our relationships, planning our holidays, nurturing others, picking out furniture, and arranging our home and work places…. And everything else too!

For me, creativity is our relationship with and connection to, the Supreme Source of Life and how we shine our unique light into the world.

CREATING OUR REALITY

Right now, you might be creatively imagining or visualising what you’re going to have for dinner, or  the things you need to do when you finish reading this. Maybe you’re wondering how you might or might not be able to pay your bills at the end of the month, or what’s going to happen during or after the elections.

We constantly have stories swirling around in our heads. In fact, they probably have the potential to be Pulitzer prize winners if we wrote them all down.  Our imaginations are rich and  infinite and can work for us or against us.

At the end of the day, the stories we tell ourselves today are creating tomorrow’s reality – whether they’re negative or positive.

A COURAGEOUS COMMITMENT

Here’s something for you to try.  Just for today, make a courageous commitment to yourself not to judge anybody, including yourself… or to complain about anything at all. If you do find yourself about to judge or complain, take a deep breath, collect your energy and affirm something more useful. If you feel better as a result,  do it for another day and another.

This is a really quick way to become more conscious of what kind of reality we are creating in this moment.

SHOOT THOSE ARROWS

Mars the planet of action and activity, finally leaves the  deep waters of Scorpio later today, where it’s been on and off since January. During its journey there, a lot has surfaced, been transmuted and released  globally and personally.  The floods last week  in South Africa may have been part of a massive clearing.

Now that its finally moving into the sign of Sagittarius, the far-seeing archer, we should be able to start viewing things from a higher perspective and  shoot those arrows in the direction of our hearts desires.

 

In Life and Light

 

Michelle