Lifelight Astrology Update 21 July

pexels-photo-207997BRAVE HEART

There’s some exciting Astrological weather ahead, with the Eclipse Season approaching, ushered in by a New Moon in Leo, the first of two in the same sign!

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the Phoenix Process, which is undoubtedly still in play.  Without going into the details, I for one, have definitely been through the fire and although the flames have subsided a little, there’s still a whole lot of heat around and ahead of us –  more like burning embers than a raging inferno,  but fire and heat nonetheless.

fire lion

Yesterday, Mars emerged from the deep waters of Cancer, after a 6 week sojourn,  during which, a whole lot of emotion was churned up. He has now just entered Leo, the brave-hearted Lion King, where he’ll be brandishing his fiery sword for the next  6 weeks.

 

 

On Sunday 23rd July,  the warrior planet will be joined by the Sun and the Moon, presenting us with a New Moon in Leo.    This  sets things in motion for the  eclipse season ( Lunar eclipse on the 17th August and a Total Solar Eclipse (new moon in Leo) on the 21st  August. As the  second New moon is also in Leo,  some astrologers refer to it as a black moon. This is all particularly  relevant for people who have personal planets in Leo and Aquarius!

 

The first new moon in Leo ushers in what feels to me energetically like a holding pattern, a bed of embers stretching before us, beckoning us to walk through them and burn away anything that is still preventing  us from expressing ourselves in all our glory.  With the Sun, Moon and Mars all being in a square to Uranus, this is a crucial trigger point to start clearing a pathway to a new cycle of courage, self love, growth,  fulfillment and happiness.   But, as we know by now, the good things don’t generally come without testing some comfort zones.

Some years back, I attended a fire walking ceremony.  At first, I refused  to participate, shrinking back,  unwilling to take the risk. But after a while I managed to  muster up some courage and go for it.  Encouraged by the supportive group  around me, all I had to do was hold a positive intention, commit to the process and  keep moving – not running – but walking… across red hot coals! As soon as I hesitated or doubted, I would feel the heat rising through my feet more intensely. However, when I shifted my mind back to the positive intention, trusted and moved forward in a committed way, I felt nothing at all…amazingly  There certainly was a huge feeling of elation when we got to the other side with our feet and our dignities intact.

As we walk through the fiery embers of the next few weeks,  it’s possible that we’ll come face to face with our shadow, with self doubt, lack of trust and possibly some  pretty volatile feelings or situations. If we are able to just be present with the emotions that arise (keep moving through the fire) ,without rejecting or projecting them, there is very real potential to burn away whatever isn’t serving us and open the door to more inspiration, expansion and liberation.

The energy of the next astrological month is all about  living whole heartedly and any of the rage or rebellion we feel at the moment, is very likely to be triggered by a feeling that we are not.

I went to see an incredible movie at the Durban Film Festival the other night, called “The Most Beautiful Day”, where two men (complete strangers) are told that they are hurtling towards death’s door. Rather than wait for it to arrive, they decide to throw caution to the wind and find their Most Beautiful Day, before they die. Its poignant, funny and well worth the watch.  But more than that, there were a few things that really stood out for me. Being given a death sentence actually liberated these men, as it does for many people in the same position. Knowing that they weren’t going to be around for long, gave them the “permission” to go out, break the rules and fully embrace the time they did have left.

They stopped waiting for things to come to them and went out to get them!

This is the only life any of us will ever have in this form!

Are you living your life, with all your might… or are you just existing….waiting ….?  Waiting for the right person to appear, waiting for more money, a better house,  more security, the right occasion to get that beautiful crockery out, light that beautiful candle,  wear that sexy lingerie? Are you waiting until your house looks good enough to entertain your friends, or until you have enough time to go for a walk on the beach, talk with a friend, learn how to play the guitar or go on that trip you’ve always wanted to go on? Are you waiting for somebody to complete you or tell you that they approve of you  enough for you to embrace all that you actually are?

  • If you were given 1 month or 6 months to live, how would you spend it… really?
  • Are you doing any of those things regularly?
  • If not, what are you waiting for?
  • How do you  really feel about yourself and your life?
  • What  makes you happy, opens your heart, makes it race with excitement or fills it up with love?
  • What is it that’s stopping you from doing more of this?
  • What are you afraid of? – THIS is a key question, because that’s what needs to be burnt in the fire?
  • What would you do differently, if you had nothing left to lose?

I’ll be sharing some insights on this theme on FACEBOOK over the next month. Please join in the conversation!

In My Tapestry of Life Workshops, we explore this theme more fully.

TAPESTRY OF LIFE WORKSHOPS

In addition to running the two part Tapestry of  Life Workshop in July and August ( on two different days) in Durban, I’m delighted to be running it as a two day workshop in Johannesburg (September) and Cape Town (October.

The workshops are designed to help you to navigate your way to your true Soular Power.

SOLAR RETURN

Each year, the sun returns to the same position it was on the day you were born. This is called your Solar Return, which is why we wish people Many happy Returns on their birthday. After you’ve had your natal chart done, its a good idea to have an update once a year. This is a stand alone chart, which gives you a weather report for the year ahead. Referring to this during the year, will help you to stay on track with your Soular Power.  We will also look at transits and progressions to your  Natal Chart, which remains your fundamental Astrological blueprint.

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

In light and life and Fiery Moons

Michelle

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Lifelight Astrology 5th July 2017

Full Moon 9 July

As the Full Moon in Capricorn approaches, you might be feeling some rather potent, possibly uncomfortable energy drifting around. Is your inner warrior rising up to the surface, possibly in ways that might not be entirely comfortable? Well, there is some big stuff going on out there in the heavens right now and although planetary energy doesn’t actually cause anything to happen,  it does provide us with a weather report, so that we can prepare ourselves and choose how to respond… and the weather doesn’t really get more intense than this, so buckle up!

Once a year, the Sun moves into an opposition with Pluto, which is happening right now.  This year, the picture is more complex than normal, as  Mars, the “don’t hold anything back” warrior, is locked into a fiery dance with the Sun and opposing compulsively intense and transformational Pluto.

This energy is bringing rather volatile emotions to the surface for many of us. All those old feelings and patterns of behaviour that we thought we had worked through and put in neat little boxes? Well…. they  could very easily come bubbling up…. again!

AND THEN THERE’S THE FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN!

By the time the Full Moon arrives later this week, there will be no less than 6 planets involved in this alignment.

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned the fact that emergency rooms are generally busier over Full Moons, as are mental asylums, the reason being that  energies  and issues are vastly amplified.  Full moons always highlight polarities in our lives and this one, being on the Cancer/Capricorn axis, puts the spotlight on emotions vs practical commitments, work vs home, nurturing vs ambition, emotional inhibition vs emotional expression,  what you need vs what you want. Any feelings of limitation, constraints, or being ignored / dismissed, could easily blow the lid off the pressure cooker, if we don’t keep an eye on it.

On the day of the full moon, the Sun & Mars opposing the Moon & Pluto will also be square to Jupiter in Libra (which tends to amplify everything it touches – and brings relationships into the picture).  The lunation is also square to Uranus in hot-headed Aries, bringing, revolutionary, rebellious, disruptive energy into the fray.

All this  can bring about emotionally charged, volatile  situations, as people act disruptively, aggressively or unpredictably. The political situation is going to be particularly interesting in the next few weeks.

Anybody feel like escaping to a desert island?

In terms of the signs involved, the  Sun and Mars in Cancer tends to make us extra sensitive and emotional. The moon and Pluto being locked into a tango, also raises the intensity a few notches. Capricorn brings a sternness and controlling element to the mix, telling us to control those emotions and get with the work at hand… and then the emotions rise up… and so it continues.

And that’s not all!  All 6 of these planets are in Cardinal signs.  Think of 6 rowdy children living inside you. They ALL want their own way and they want it now! Impatient, demanding, passionate, angry, emotional – but very powerful too!

This alignment could either result in huge power struggles and emotionally charged arguments, or if we are conscious and aware, it could provide us with the energy and courage to ditch what’s no longer serving us, speak our minds and make conscious and lasting commitments to moving forward, despite our fears.

Leading up to, during and after this full moon in Capricorn – it’s probably best to count to ten before we react to anything. If you find yourself in a volatile situation, get up and leave.  It will be easy to get drawn into  intense and possibly violent communications or situations. If you have a desperate need to confront somebody, it might be better to wait until after the full moon. Avoid anyone behaving in an aggressive or attention-seeking way. Your own moods could be subject to change without notice, so be careful where you go picking fights.

THE PHOENIX PROCESS

This really does feel like a Phoenix Full Moon to me. Elizabeth Lesser writes about the Phoenix Process in her book Broken Open, which I highly recommend.  She explains that every five hundred years, the Egyptian bird, known as the Phoenix, renewed his quest for his true self. “ Knowing that a new way could be found only with the death of his worn-out habits, defences and beliefs, the Phoenix built a pyre of cinnamon and myrrh, sat in the flames and burned to death. Then he rose from the ashes a new being, a fusion of who he had been before and who he had become. A new bird, yet even more himself”. 

“You and I are the Phoenix. We too can reproduce ourselves from the shattered pieces of a difficult time. Our lives ask us to die and to be reborn every time we confront change – change within ourselves and change in the world. Each one of us, is looking for the treasure in the ashes. We are in search of our most authentic, vital, generous and wise self. What stands between that self and us, is what burns in the fire. Our illusions, our fear, our blame, our lack of faith, and our sense of separation. All of these are what must die, in order for a more true self to rise.  If we want to turn a painful or challenging even into a Phoenix Process, we must name what needs to burn within us”.

WHAT IN YOU LIFE NEEDS TO BURN?

Is it fear? Fear of your own power, fear of change, fear of loss, fear of others? Or perhaps it’s your inability to feel, crippling cycnicism, sense of shame, eternal dissatisfaction, lack of trust, continual need to please others or perhaps a  deep and abiding anger?

FULL  MOON IN CAPRICORN RITUAL

This full moon is a really powerful time to do some sort of ritual. One way would be to connect with what you would really like to shift in your life. Feel into it, allow it to move through you. Then visualise feeding it into the fires of change. Or you could paint it out, write it out and burn it. Watch as it turns to ash and blow it away, as you set the intention to usher in new and exciting treasures.

SOLAR RETURN

Each year, the sun returns to the same position it was on the day you were born. This is called your Solar Return, which is why we wish people Many happy Returns on their birthday. After you’ve had your natal chart done, its a good idea to have an update once a year. This is a stand alone chart, which gives you a weather report for the year ahead. Referring to this during the year, will help you to stay on track with your Soular Power.  We will also look at transits and progressions to your  Natal Chart, which remains your fundamental Astrological blueprint.

ART & SOUL WORKSHOPS JULY & AUGUST – The Tapestry of Life

I’m very excited to be running  two workshops over the next two months, which are designed to help you to navigate your way to your true Soular Power.           It will be most beneficial to do both workshops, as they have been designed to run sequentially, but it’s not essential.

JULY – CREATE A BOOK OF YOUR LIFE

In July, the focus is on journeying into,  healing and celebrating our lives.  In this one day workshop, we will do a timeline of our life story  and then create  a mixed media photographic collage in the form of a Z-fold book,  to decorate and celebrate ourselves and what we have triumphed over.

AUGUST – CREATE A PERSONAL LABYRINTH MANDALA

In August we will start to identify the golden threads that run through our lives and lead us to our  highest potential. We will spend the day creating our very own Personal Labyrinth, either in Mandala format or as per your choice.

I’ll be sharing some insights on this theme on FACEBOOK over the next month. Please join in the conversation!

Thanks for reading 🙂

In light and life and Phoenix Moons

Michelle

 

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