New Moon February 4th in Aquarius

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by Michelle McClunan

February kicks off with a rather sizzling New Moon in Aquarius, which will be  exact at 11:03pm on the 4th Feb in South Africa, and will hopefully start to liberate the somewhat stuck, challenging energy that has been around over the last couple of weeks. Despite all the planets being direct and getting through the eclipse season, many people have asked me what’s going on “up there”  and whether “something” is retrograde. Well, no… all the planets are still direct, until 5th March, when Mercury starts its retrograde cycle.

So then why?  Well… astrologically, Mars, the planet of forward movement has been in a square to good old Saturn, a connection that is often referred to as the handbrake / head against the wall syndrome. One step forward and a couple back.  This connection can also make us feel more tired or weary or NAAFI than normal.

Mars is a masculine planet that represents forward momentum, striving towards our goals and our physical vitality and energy levels.  In Aries, he is in full  warrior mode, brandishing his sword to cut through the dross, impatient to get things MOVING!   But the wise old codger Saturn in Capricorn is standing on the side-lines, reminding us to be responsible adults and not to make stupid, impulsive decisions.

Thankfully, things change constantly up there in the cosmos, as they do right here on our little blue planet. Mars is now separating from Saturn and moving towards Uranus (ruler of this new moon).   He is also moving into a square with intense, transformational Pluto, both of which will be active this new moon.

So… lets translate that into English…

Leading up to and on either side of the New moon, there is likely to be some strong, intense, anxious, irritable, impatient, possibly combative energy around, which could, if unchecked, lead to explosive and/or intense encounters and situations.

Remember to earth yourself regularly, drink plenty of water, be careful on the roads and breeeeeathe!

On the upside (and there’s a big upside to this one) the Moon is accompanied by the Sun and Mercury and all three of them are in a beautiful  flowing connection to benevolent, expansive Jupiter in Sagittarius.  This alignment unlocks a strong maverick,  liberating    “ Free Spirit”  energy for the month ahead.

Aquarius is the sign of the maverick, visionary, freedom lover and innovator, the one who marches to the beat of her own drum, dislikes limitations of all kinds and has perfected the art of leaping out of the box, or getting rid of the box altogether.  This new moon has the potential to give us a proverbial kick up the butt to get out of any unhealthy ruts we may have fallen into and to set new intentions that are aligned to the unique vision we have for our lives. (I have two more spaces on my Vision Board Workshop on 9th Feb to make the most of this energy (only 2 spots available) Email me for details.

I often find myself asking, if happiness, vigour, vitality and vision are our birth right, why we so often sabotage them, before they have a chance to manifest in our lives? Perhaps because we know that in order to start something fresh and new, it’s possible that we may have let go of something that isn’t right for us, move into the unknown, confront something unpleasant or disappoint somebody.

Whenever we set intentions, we’re inviting the Universe to join us in co-creating something new and that always means that something will change.  The fear of change can keep us doing the same thing over and over again.

And so… we keep singing the same song, doing things the same way, staying in our comfort zones, even though they’re often anything but comfortable, often becoming prisons, which prevent us from growing and learning.

When we push the limits, they move – and this Moon is suggesting  that we do just that!

The situations in our lives that make us feel irritated, fearful, nervous, overwhelmed, inhibited or even angry, will usually tell us where we are repeating the same patterns and behaviours over and over again.

As Einstein apparently said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.  So, if we want something we’ve never had, we’ve got to do something we’ve never done!

With Pluto as part of this cosmic party, now is the perfect time to dig a little deeper!

  • Ask yourself where you repeat the same behaviours, and how they are serving you – (and they are serving you on some level, otherwise you wouldn’t be repeating them).
  • What areas of your life feel stuck, limited or just too damned comfortable?
  • What are you afraid will change, if YOU change?

What if, this New Moon, we infuse something “new” and exciting into our lives. Go somewhere different, take an alternative route to work, try something adventurous, get a funky haircut, chat with people  we wouldn’t normally chat to? Maybe pretend that we’re on holiday in our own city?

The good news is that every time we do something new, we literally start to form new neural pathways in our brains, which get stronger and stronger each time we practice. Eventually, if we work on stretching ourselves, we won’t be afraid of anything! Imagine that!

WEBSITE

Please note that my Soular-power.com website is currently down (with a virus!) :(, so please email me if you need to contact me about workshops or consults

ASTROLOGY CONSULTS –  YOUR 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.

I also do readings to help to bring understanding to your relationships with your children, partners and colleagues.

In Life and Light

Michelle

 

 

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Full Moon January 21st Total Lunar Eclipse – Rainbow Portal

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Hi everybody.  Are you feeling the potent energy of the forthcoming total eclipse that is building on 20th/ 21st January?

We are currently in between two eclipses, which is known as a gateway or portal, taking us from where we have been to where we want to be.

Not only is this  a total Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, but  also a “blood moon” and “super moon”, due to its totality and closeness to the earth.  You could safely say it’s a full moon on steroids! As the ancients would have reminded us, blood moons  often coincide with powerful endings and karmic lessons.

In South Africa, the actual eclipse happens at 7:16am on 21st Jan, so we won’t be able to see it, but we will most certainly be feeling it –as some of you probably already are!

This is an important astrological event, because it’s the last eclipse there will occur on the Leo / Aquarius axis for another 19 years. Eclipses happen in cycles (like everything in astrology) and straddle a pair of signs over a period of about 2 years.  SO…, this one, is a big culmination of what was happening in our lives in February 2017 and also has longer threads back to the period between Aug 1998 and July 2000.

With a colourful Leonine flourish, this closing eclipse can bring home the message and the learning of the last two/ 21 years.

The degree of this eclipse is 0 degrees of Leo, opposite the Sun at 0 degrees of Aquarius. If you understand a bit of astrology and have a copy of your chart, look at the houses that Leo and Aquarius reside in and rule. For example, if Leo rules or resides in your 9th house of travel/ higher learning/ new philosophies, you might find that that something which was happening then in those areas, might occur again, but in a different way. Remember that we don’t just go around in circles. We evolve spirally, so this is another layer up!

RAINBOW PORTAL

An eclipse always represents a gateway, an opportunity, an opening… as well as a time when whatever has been going on beneath the surface, tends to rise up.  Being a full moon, the focus is likely to be on relationships – those with the people in our lives, as well as with our money, our bodies, our homes etc. The good news is that due to the way the planets are aligning around this eclipse, there is a real potential to clear and shift old patterns and obstacles!

This lunar eclipse is a aligned with the North node, which means its connected with our unique purpose as co-creators!  It beckons us to stand up and be counted, to put our money where our mouths are and to display our true colours.

The sun in airy Aquarius (which represents visionary ideas,  originality, out-the-boxness, community, the collective )  fans the flames of this moon   which is in multi-coloured Leo,  and represents  individual creativity, expression, joy, warmth, generosity and fun.

Together they form a square to Uranus,  the planet of individual and collective consciousness and liberation. The alignment can bring about sudden changes (particularly if you have felt like you’ve been going around in circles on the same pond for a while).  It can also feel disruptive or eruptive for some, particularly if you are hanging on to the status quo too tightly.  Heads up – Its likely to expose whatever is preventing us from stepping into our true, individual beingness.

If we’re able to find our still-point in the midst of all the current movement, there’s an excellent chance that we can use the energy of this eclipse to shift, resolve and clear old redundant issues, close a chapter, shift our consciousness and turn a corner.

On the day of the eclipse, Jupiter and Venus (known as the two beneficial planets) are hanging out together at the same degree in optimistic, far reaching, adventurous Sagittarius and in a beautiful trine to Mars in Aries.  And there’s  more – ALL  the planets are now direct (i.e none are retrograde)  which is the first time in ages and ages.  This provides us with a big, sunny, open  window of luck, possible good fortune and forward momentum… at last!

The eclipse ushers  a beautiful invitation for us to connect with and express our true colours in all their glory– our inner sun, our heart, our creative life source (Leo) and then allow our unique expression to shine and ripple out into the world (Aquarius).

HOW BEST  TO ALIGN WITH THIS ENERGY

If there is a situation or issue that you’re not sure how to resolve, try sitting quietly for a  few moments. Connect to your breath and then gently place the situation inside your heart. Send send light and love into it, breathe out and surrender it upwards and outwards.

Then be  on the lookout  for unexpected aha moments, ideas, synchronous meetings, downloads,  inspirations and  new answers to old problems. They WILL come in if we are open enough. We simply need to show up in our true  multi-coloured presence!

To make the most of the co-creator / forward energy of this time, you might try this:

Take three pieces of paper. On each one, list one thing/ situation that you would really like to create/  bring into your life and the reasons why. Then on the reverse, write why you are ready to manifest it– no buts, no maybes, no negatives.  Then release it to the eclipse and see what happens!

VISION BOARD WORKSHOP

To make the most of this visionary energy, I will be running two workshops over the next few weeks. I have only one place left on the 19th February and a few available on 9th Feb. Pop me an email if you would like to join us.

ASTROLOGY CONSULTS – YOUR 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.

I’m booking consultations now from the second week of February.

TRUE COLOURS LYRICS

 

You with the sad eyes

Don’t be discouraged

Oh I realize

It’s hard to take courage

In a world full of people

You can lose sight of it all

And the darkness inside you

Can make you feel so small

 

But I see your true colours

Shining through

I see your true colours

And that’s why I love you

So don’t be afraid to let them show

Your true colours

True colours are beautiful

Like a rainbow

 

In Life and LIght

Michelle

NEW MOON JANUARY 6TH IN CAPRICORN

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– This beautiful image was created at my Ebb & Flow Retreat last year by Jenny Piercey

Can you even believe that another year has ended and a new one has begun?  Happy New Year everybody!

If you’re anything like me, you might be feeling that we’re still in 2018! This could be because we started the year with the Moon in her waning cycle, which isn’t necessarily the most optimal energy for setting intentions and getting those over-indulged Christmas-infused engines going.

Energetically, the official start to this calendar year as I see it, is marked by the New Moon/ partial Solar Eclipse on the 6th January. New Moons always mark new beginnings and provide us with powerful opportunities every month to set intentions, send them out into the Universe and start new endeavours.

EARTH – CAPRICORN

This is a particularly strong one, setting the theme for the year. The Sun and Moon are joined in Capricorn by Mercury and the South Node and flanked by transformational Pluto on one side and Saturn, the wise teacher on the other. That’s a LOT of Capricorn/ambitious/ goal setting energy right there!

Depending on where and how this plays out in your personal chart, on a positive note, it’s likely to bring some commitment, common sense, maturity and clarity to your thought processes and decision making, with regards to how you want to move forward in your life.  However, it could also feel a little heavy – as if there’s a giant finger wagging in front of you, demanding to know what your next move is going to be. With Pluto joining this little party, there could also be  some intense encounters with others, around security, money, business and/or home.

FIRE

Uranus turning direct in Aries and Mars in the same sign adds some fire energy to the mix, which bodes well for moving forward with new ideas, but can also ignite anger or aggression. Deeeeep breaths people!

GOALS… RESPONSIBILITIES!

It may be that the prospect of another year is a bit overwhelming or responsibility laden. All those expectations …. all those goals you need to set for 2019… all those things you have to accomplish… the weight you need to lose or gain…. the decisions you need to make….  the diets you need to go on…. the money you need to earn…. the parts of yourself you have to fix…….

Really… ?

Truly…..?

It all just sounds exhausting to me!

SOFTENING INTO FLOW

Fortunately Neptune is around to soften things and suggests that we don’t have to control every little thing or figure it all out!. The King of the ocean beckons us into the flow of life, over and over again and reminds us that “success” is an inner, not an outer thing;  that striving and  outward success is not guaranteed to make us happy.

BALANCE

With the Moon’s nodes on the Cancer/ Capricorn axis until mid 2020, we are all being prompted to find a balance between being and doing,  nurturing/ nourishing and excelling out there in the world, between the inner and the outer.  We are reminded that stopping, resting, and tuning in is vital and the only way to reallly get into sync with ourselves and our innate life force, which is the starting point of everything.

THE PRESENT MOMENT

This present moment really is the only reality, so why not make one of the goals this year to commit to that!

 “The most important time in your life, is now

The most important person in your life, is the one in front of you… now

The most important activity in your life, is what you are doing now”

From “A Monk’s Journey”  Deepak Chopra

Really let those words seep into your soul!  They give me goosebumps!

There’s certainly nothing wrong with having goals and dreams, but when we define ourselves by them or link our self-worth to them, we are destined to live in an llusory future and very possibly set ourselves up for suffering.

How do you specifically, bring yourself into the present?  What about committing to more of that?  How do you love to feel?  Why not commit to doing/being more of whatever it is that makes you feel that and see what flows from there?

TO COMMIT OR NOT TO COMMIT

This New Moon,  have another look at your calendar, reassess your goals and ask yourself which ones you really, really, really want to commit to and why. If you have set goals to please others, perhaps question their  validity. If you are committing to things that don’t feel right for you anymore, can you choose differently?  How many of the things you have on your list bring a feeling of joy and expansion?  The one thing we do have as human being is the power of choice!

There really isn’t any sense in getting “ there” (wherever that might be) and being too exhausted to enjoy it.

SUSTAINABLE VISION – STEP BY STEP

With Venus joining Jupiter in Sagittarius on 7th January, we really do have the potential  this year of  tuning into the highest possible, achievable and sustainable visions we have for our lives and then committing to them with all the joy and presence that we can muster.

ASTROLOGY CONSULTATIONS

I have opened bookings for Astrology Consultations and Coaching Sessions from 22nd January. Please email me if you’d like to schedule an appointment.

VISION BOARD WORKSHOPS

Energetically the next two months are  definitely the best time to clarify our visions and put them out there, so I’ll be running two VISION BOARD workshops – one on the 19th January and the other on the 9th February.  I only have 2 spots left on 19th January, so be sure to book quickly if you’d like to join us on that day. So many people tell me that the visions they worked with in last year’s workshop have already manifested 🙂 –  so its really important to keep them updated and fresh. For more info  or to book, please email me

Here’s to an wonderful year ! I look forward to sharing it with you.

Blessings

Michelle