Astrology 19th to 26th September

New Moon virgo

New Moon Virgo – The Trap of Perfectionism

We kick off the next few weeks with a New Moon on 20th September in Virgo, along with Mars, Venus and Mercury.  That’s a whole lot of Virgo Energy, so how best can we work with it?

New moon in Virgo is a great time to plant seeds for a healthier, more organised life.

  • Discern what you need and what you don’t
  • Clear out the clutter
  • Strategise a healthy, practical way forward

Chiron and Saturn are involved, so perfectionism and criticism are highly likely to appear.

Can you allow yourself to move forward on something, despite the  fear that it might not be as  perfect as you’d like or that you might be criticised for it?

Are you ready to let go of some of your perfectionism and self criticism, to allow what is inside you to emerge?

If you bring forth what is within you , what is within you will save you.                                    If you do not bring forth what is within you, what is within you will destroy you. Gospel of Thomas

What is it within you that you would like to bring forth?

I am doing my best to find my way out of my  own Trap of Perfectionism by publishing my very first VIDEO, where I explore this theme more deeply.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Love Michelle

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FULL MOON SEPTEMBER 6 2017

marimba dance2September dances into being with a beautiful, gentle full moon in Pisces.  This Full Moon September 6 2017 Softens things a LOT, after the fiery intensity of the last few months.

Madame de la Luna is not only in boundless Pisces, but she is also dancing cheek to cheek with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces and the sea, making the current astrological theme even more intuitive, more oceanic, more imaginative, dreamy and FEMININE than usual.

Opposing all this dreaminess is the Sun in Virgo –  earthy, orderly, health conscious,  organised, strategic, sometimes a little critical.  Mars enters Virgo on the 5th as well, giving us a hefty dose of masculine order and pragmatism this full moon.

Mercury finally turns direct on the day of the full moon at the same degree as the eclipse , extending the eclipse season into this month. If you missed my last post, you can read more here The winged messenger then moves into Virgo on the 10th, where he will stay for the next month, lending us all some pragmatism and strategic planning ability, so that we can make positive steps regarding our health and well being for the next few weeks.

Let’s go on a little flight of fancy – Pisces loves that !

Full Moon  September 6 2017 – She’s asking us to dance!

Imagine an old-fashioned dance floor, where it was still customary for men to cross over to the other side and ask a woman to dance. Yes… it was in this century all you young ones!

The first character in our story is the Sun  in Virgo – masculine, earthy, grounded, clever, witty and pragmatic. He cuts a dashing figure, freshly shaven, immaculately turned out, in his custom designed suit and stylishly cut hair. With an eagle eye, and using his incredible powers of discernment, he starts to suss out the talent on the other side of the dance floor. “She might do… but …oh no.. her nose is a little large!” Or “… Well she’s pretty, but that laugh…. too loud!.” ” Hmmm…She looks quite interesting, but really… those colour choices?”  Mr Virgo carefully and critically weighs the options, before making his move, which will be strategically planned. He likes things to be timed properly, and to be clean and orderly. He really hates chaos and does everything in his power to avoid it. In fact, he prides himself on bringing order to chaos. He favours the pure, the healthy, the fit and the hygienic. Not too much mystical, magical stuff for him!

And then…the lights change, the  rhythms start to play and suddenly out of the corner of his beady eye, appears a vision of loveliness. Seemingly manifesting from the ethers, she floats into his line of sight, this other-worldly, ethereal looking feminine phenomenon. She’s all fragility, swathed in floaty, gossamer fabric the colour of the sea, and bedecked with fresh flowers in her hair. Her eyes are half shut, as she sways seductively to the music, seemingly lost in another world.  Miss Pisces loves to connect to and sometimes lose herself in all that is. She hates too much order, dislikes any kind of boundaries and prefers to spend her time creating, imagining, dreaming, dancing, healing, and playing. Her pleasures may very well include slowly sipping an entire bottle of excellent wine and getting more than a little tiddly, demolishing all manner of delicious tit-bits and making long and lovely love. She is oceanic and vast and difficult to catch and pin down and control – a little like an angel fish.

Mr Virgo initially is appalled that he’s even vaguely drawn to this strange creature, so he returns to his strategy of assessing the rest of the feminine contingent. However, the music is intoxicating and as  Miss  Pisces starts to dance towards him, he feels himself being irresistibly  pulled towards her. Before he knows it, he’s standing in front of her in the middle of the dance floor. His strategy and planning goes out of the window, as he feels magnetically attracted to her.  She gently touches his hand, encouraging him to sway with her, flow with her. As he imbibes her gentleness, he feels his defences dropping…. softening… gentling.  She on the other hand, is drawn to his strength, and finds his sense of order and direction reassuring, like a welcome rudder in a turbulent sea.

And this dear hearts,  is the way I see the energy of the Full Moon September 2017  playing out for the  next few weeks. The feminine within us…meeting and integrating with the masculine within us. For better or worse, in sickness and in health.  The parts of us that wish to dream and love and imagine and merge, accepting and integrating  the parts that wish to plan and strategize and order… rather than keeping  them on separate sides of the room, or the world, or the universe for that matter

Jupiter in Libra is standing on the side-lines, egging us on to find balance, peace and harmony through love and acceptance in our relationships. Not forgetting, that the most important relationship we have is the one with ourselves.

5 ways to dance with this Full Moon September 6 2017

  • Spend a little more time just “being” and not “doing”
  • Listen to your intuition – your internal gps will be more finely tuned than normal – use it
  • Engage in non-outcome driven creativity – dance, sing, make music, paint, play!
  • Flow with life more – reduce the rules and the outcomes
  • Be aware of where you criticize yourself and others and opt for love and acceptance instead

I Hope you Dance!

Have a look at this video or just read the words, but either way… I hope you dance! Thanks to my friend Toni D’amant for this!

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
HAVE YOU HAD YOUR BIRTH CHART  READ? 
 Your personal astrology chart will show you the area in which this full moon September 6 2017 is playing out for you. You might want to consider having your chart done (if you haven’t already) or having a yearly update, if you have.

My Flowering of You Workshop on 23rd September is almost full, so book quickly if you’d like to join us!

Bookings for my Tapestry of Life Workshop in Capetown are now open.

 

In Life and Light

Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 17th August Solar Eclipse coming up

Solar eclipse

A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART

I don’t know about you, but it feels as though I’ve been bombarded with news about this eclipse season.  This is partly due to the fact that the Total Solar Eclipse will fall at the exact degree of  Mr Trump’s Ascendant (who was born on an eclipse). It will  also be visible across North America, which is probably why there’s so much hype from across the pond!

I’m going to try and simplify the whole thing:

MORE ABOUT THE ECLIPSE

  • On 7th August , we had a lunar eclipse in Aquarius  and on  21st August there will be a total solar eclipse in Leo.
  • At a Solar Eclipse, 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
  • Eclipse seasons happen twice a year, so it’s not that unusual.
  • However, this is the SECOND new moon in a LEO, which doesn’t happen often and as a result, is often referred to as a black moon.
  • It falls at 28/29 (final) degrees of the sign, which tends to shake things up and intensifies the energy more than normal.
  • This Solar Eclipse is conjunct (at the same degree as) one of the Royal stars, Regulus, which is concerned with success and fame, but it’s negative polarity is REVENGE.
  • Mars and Mercury (retrograde) are close to the eclipse as well, creating a Leo Stellium.
  • Eclipses are connected to the nodes of the moon, which are in Leo/ Aquarius from 28 April 2017 to 13th November 2018 extending this theme way beyond this eclipse.
  • This eclipse season links back to 19 years ago. It does NOT mean that the same thing is going to happen again, but if you look back, you might find some common threads

WHAT  DOES A SOLAR ECLIPSE REPRESENT FOR US SYMBOLICALLY?

  • A gateway between the material and subtle worlds – a portal or opening to something new.
  • A closure, a completion… where something disappears or ends, to allow for something new to enter.
  • The masculine (Sun) being eclipsed / vanquished by the Feminine (moon).
  • The feeling of life speeding up and unpredictable events occurring.
  • The revealing of issues that have existed quietly in the shadows – remember when a Solar Eclipse happens during the day, the light from the sun is hidden, briefly revealing the night sky.
  • Pressure, tension, anxiety, rage AND creative inspiration, liberation, flashes of intuition.
  • Something that’s been “cooking” for months or even years, can suddenly come to a head and before you know it… it’s over, or it changes…. just like that!
  • This can feel like a crisis or a big breakthrough, or both !
  • We all need to bear in mind that very often what feels like crisis, can turn out to be a gateway to a whole new experience, although we seldom see it at the time.

WHAT IS LEO ASKING US TO DO?

  • Leo is a fixed fire sign, that rules the heart and represents our unique essence.
  • Think of a lion living inside you, encouraging you to let go of old conditioning and to shine your light brighter, be MORE loving, to yourself and others, to expand your heart, to be courageous and roar with the uniqueness of you!
  • If you have repressed your fire/ fun side/ creativity/ rage, it will want to escape, somehow!
  • The Sun, Moon, Mercury retrograde and Mars in Leo presents us with a whole lot of fixed fire (Fixed – stubborn, contained, sustaining or repressed) (Fire – inspiration, creativity, intuition, recklessness, restlessness, anger, rage)
  • This combination of energy CAN lead to impatience, irritability, exhaustion, disagreements, volatility, or even violence, hatred and revenge.
  • OR, the energy can ignite something bigger, something higher within us and help us to make significant and enduring change.

HOW BEST CAN WE WORK WITH THIS ENERGY?

  • The best way we can serve this energy is to maintain a loving centre.
  • Instead of spreading bad news or hate speech, we CAN make a difference, by simply not perpetuating it.
  • If  horrific events showing up on your Social media timeline are depleting your energy, STOP reading them! If someone you know consistently posts negative stuff, un-follow them (for a while) until this energy cools.
  • If you are active on Social media, post inspiring news, beautiful imagery. The world needs more of that!
  • Instead of judging somebody else for their apparent shortcomings, ask yourself where you do the same thing and what you need to change inside yourself.
  • Instead of closing your heart, open it more!
  • Be the bigger person. Reach out to somebody who is struggling.
  • Hold and spread the light.
  • Light always wins over darkness!
  • As yourself how and where you can be more loving, more daring, more creative, have more fun, perhaps even take a risk or two?
  • Reflect on what needs to change and take some sort of action on the day of the Solar Eclipse to activate that change.

 HOUSES

If you’d like to understand how this is playing out  for you, grab your chart and see which houses  14 to 30 degrees Leo falls in. The eclipse season will activate both houses.

If you haven’t had a chart done, it’s a good time to book a session with me, OR run through this list and intuitively connect with what is being triggered in your life.

FIRST / SEVENTH HOUSE AXIS

FIRST HOUSE – The way you radiate your light/ energy into the world, self-discovery, selfhood, independence, new choices, your approach to risk and new beginnings, your physical body, style, health, how you see yourself, independence, autonomy, self absorption, ego

SEVENTH HOUSE-  Partnerships, relationships, marriage, close friendships, counsellors, open enemies, projections, co-dependence, how other people see you, co-operation, pleasing behaviour

SECOND / EIGHTH HOUSE AXIS

SECOND HOUSE – Money that you earn, talents/gifts/skills/resources you have that can support you, movable possessions, resources, where you derive your security from, your ability to survive and feel safe in the world, your sense of self-worth.

EIGHTH HOUSE – Other people’s money, shared resources, your attitude toward transformation, sexual intimacy, psychological transparency and honesty, intimate bonding, death, rebirth, regeneration.

THIRD/ NINTH HOUSE AXIS

THIRD HOUSE  – Learning, teaching, the mind and perception, neighbours and neighbourhood, siblings, local travel, vehicles, transport, how you adapt to your everyday environment, how you adapt to rapidly changing circumstances

NINTH HOUSE – Higher education, Philosophy, wisdom, foreign travel, gurus,  publishing, publicity, personal growth and expansion, thought systems, the search for meaning/the bigger picture/perspective, belief systems, in-laws

FOURTH TENTH HOUSE AXIS

FOURTH HOUSE  – Private innermost self, physical home, family, roots, foundations, committed, parents, inner psychological self, introspection, imagination

TENTH HOUSE –  Career, vocation, public image, fame, who you are in your community, marital status,  worldly ambition, success

FIFTH ELEVENTH HOUSE AXIS

FIFTH HOUSE –  Creativity, love affairs, romance, children, self-expression, recreation, art, performance, spontaneous pleasures, sharing from your heart, being seen, love you give others

ELEVENTH HOUSE –  future, goals, hopes, wishes & dreams, groups of friends and networks, humanitarian concerns, being recognised for your gifts, love you receive receive from others

SIXTH TWELFTH  HOUSE AXIS

SIXTH HOUSE –  health, mind-body-spirit, work life, co-workers, service, perfection, order, control, discrimination, pets, mentoring and apprenticeship, lineage, aunts and uncles, mundane daily routines and habits

TWELFTH HOUSE  –  The collective unconscious, retreat, dreams, meditation, hidden enemies,  self- sabotage, secrets, institutions (hospitals etc)  spiritual consciousness, restoration, loss and surrender, saying goodbye, the end of a cycle

Check out the Art & Soul  workshops I’ll be running in Durban, Johannesburg and Capetown in August, September and October – where we will continue  creatively working on the Leo Aquarius theme.  I’ll also be co-hosting an ART OF EARTHING  Yoga/ Art retreat  with Tracy Collyer of the Yoga Sanctuary at the beautiful Thornwood Lodge in  Hluhluwe from 15th to 17th September.

In Life and Light

MIchelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 3 AUGUST 2017

THE ECLIPSE SEASON HAS ARRIVED!

lightning moon

We are now fully entering eclipse season, with a lunar eclipse or FULL moon on  7th August in Aquarius. This will be followed by a solar eclipse on the 21st August, which I’ll write more about next time.

Let’s look at this one first. As we all know, full moon energy is always powerful, but eclipses are  even more so, as they happen in sets and have longer lasting effects.

This eclipse season relates back to August 1998, so reflect back on what was happening for you then. Chances are, there will be common themes at play!.

The ruler of this eclipse is Uranus, bringer of thunderbolts and lightening,  designed to get us to remove our heads from our  butts… stop… look around and see the bigger picture.

 

With Mars right next to the sun, we are provided with some extra vooma, to clean out any cobwebs and boot us out of any comfort zones we may have become ensconced in. The thing about comfort zones, is that they usually aren’t all that comfortable!! They’re just familiar and tend to keep us exactly where we are, doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results – the definition of insanity, according to Mr Einstein.

SO, If you want something different in your life, what are you prepared to change?

This moon full moon will shine her light on anything in our lives which makes us feel small,  constricted or boxed in, bringing the rebel, the revolutionary, the quirky one out of the closet. She will also bring with her, brilliant out-the-box, intuitive ideas, for those of us who take some time to listen.  It’s a stimulating moon, encouraging us to look deeper, shining a bright blue laser truth serum into those dark rutty corners and ferreting out all the lies we’ve been telling ourselves, for… oh… so long. Also paraded in the line-up will be the parts of ourselves and areas of our lives where we keep breaking promises to ourselves.

You know… those things that we consistently moan about, tell ourselves we’re going to change…. And then do absolutely nothing about?  Well, they are being ousted – exposed in the bare light of this full moon, with nowhere to hide.

And there – right there, just as soon as they are exposed, we need to take ourselves gently by the hand and ask why – why when we know something isn’t good for us, do we do it?  Or, when we know something is good for us, why don’t we do it?

Saturn is forming positive flowing aspects to this full moon, helping us to see exactly how we sabotage ourselves and how often we are our own worst enemies.

The truth is, if we really, truly believed we were valuable, wouldn’t we treat ourselves as such?

It all starts there really!

This full moon, ask yourself what ONE THING you can do to bring about change in your life.

On the day of the eclipse, sit quietly and write a list of whatever  you really, really, really want to let of for once and for all, the sabotaging patterns you want to send hurtling into the ethers, the habits that no longer serve you.  And then put the date on the page and sign it.

Go outside if you can and start to burn the paper. As you do so, make a statement something like this  “I release this……. Now”.  Once it has turned to ash, blow the ashes away into the light of the moon.

Mercury will be turning retrograde on 13th August, so back all your data, check travel arrangements and contracts before you sign them.

See you in  a few weeks for the great big SOLAR ECLIPSE

 

In life and light

 

Michelle

 

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

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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LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY UPDATE – 23rd JUNE

new moon cancerCome Home to your Heart

As the Sun and Mercury move into Cancer on Wednesday 21st June, followed by the moon on Saturday (full  moon), they forecast some internally watery times ahead… but before you roll your eyes heavenward and click to the next email or post, this is a good thing! Remember, nothing can survive without the nurturing properties of water.

As the focus shifts from Gemini to Cancer, we move from the head to the heart, from the rational mind to the  emotions, from external environments to the home, from  being busy busy busy, to  nurturing ourselves at the deepest level and to acknowledging and honouring our history and our roots.

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When I was contemplating this theme this morning, I felt led to pull a card out of my home-made deck of Soul Oracle cards and this one presented itself.

The meaning will be different for all of us, but in this context, for me , the guidance and confirmation is clear. We need to stand in the water/ in our feelings, engage with them with love and compassion…. One  by one… little by little, basin by basin.

If we do this regularly, we prevent those tidal waves of emotion coming at us and threatening to take the earth out from beneath our feet.  When we engage with our feelings quietly, gently, kindly, as they arise, we honour them and in so doing, we honour ourselves and connect with our true home, our heart.

When we do this, we heal not only the present, but the past as well.

These cards really fascinate me! I’d love to know what your take on this one is – Please share under this post on Facebook .

I still have space on my last ART OF LISTENING –  Oracle Card workshop of the year this coming Saturday, if you’d like to learn how to dialogue with your Soul’s guidance in this way (Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

With the deep feelings that are likely to be stirred up over the next month, we’re being encouraged to  become loving mothers to ourselves by truly honouring them.

We’re also being prompted to revisit the past, not so as  to dwell there, but  so as to bring understanding to it.

Speaking of the past,  If  you were given the opportunity of going back  and changing something in your life, what would it be?

Think about that for a few seconds before you read on.

Whatever you come up with will probably provide a clue as to what might be in need of healing and nurturing in your life. That might need be exactly what needs to be washed and rinsed again a few times, so as to provide clarity and understanding?

Now ask yourself this… if you did change that one thing, where would you be and who would you be right now?

Every single thing that happens to us, every choice we make (from the most mundane to the utterly profound) is interwoven into a universal tapestry containing threads of everybody’s lives we come into contact with us. We all have a profound impact on each other’s lives, whether we are aware of it at the time or not.

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Have you ever considered, that if you had to go back and change one single thing in your life, everything would be different. Your home, your friends, the work you do, the children you have, the place you’re at in your personal development and the list goes on.

Changing one event would be like pulling an important thread out of the tapestry, which then starts to unravel. Very often, at first glance, our lives seem like a confusing jumble, much like the back of a tapestry.

In times of turmoil especially, we battle to see the big picture and feel lost in the chaos of it all. But then, when we investigate a little deeper, some common threads start to appear and the picture starts to come into focus.

Everything is connected. This is one of the reasons I love Astrology so much, because each chart I look at reveals these threads and reminds me daily of the Divine Symmetry and perfection that exists.

When looking back on the transits to a natal chart, they clearly show us where our defining moments have been. Like landmarks on a road map, these moments mark key points on our life’s journey.

Very often they feel like crises or huge challenges at the time, but when we look back at them, they almost always are invitations to shift and change and grow.

Descansos

There is something very healing and nurturing about sifting through the waters of our past every now and again.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, in her classic book ” Women who Run with Wolves” , describes the process of “Descansos”, which is a Spanish word that means rest or resting place.

We’ve all seen those little wreaths on the side of a road, marking or decorating the site of a tragic accident in which somebody died. Clarissa explains that we often come to a time (usually around midlife) when we  feel as though our lives are just a mass of broken hearts, marriages, dreams and promises ( a bit like looking at the back of that tapestry?)

We battle to make sense of it all.   She recommends that when we get to this point, we make a time-line of our lives, acknowledge where the significant milestones ( she describes them as small and big deaths)  have taken place and then decorate them with a descansos.

This is one of the most powerful processes I have done for the following reasons

  • We start to identify the threads that run through our stories – the ups, the downs, the losses the victories, the dark threads and the light, all making up the tapestry of who we are today.
  • We are able to see and acknowledge how and where we have triumphed… and if you’re reading, then you have triumphed!
  • We can then nurture ourselves and decorate our own souls in gratitude, as opposed to lamenting our supposed mistakes and failures.

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our own story is the bravest thing we will ever do” Brene Brown

There’s another benefit to looking at our lives in this way. When we start to identify common threads on the back of our personal tapestry, something else rather magical starts to happen. Our golden threads are revealed. These are the threads that lead us to our highest potential, to our dharma, to our Soular Power. But more about that next time, when the sun moves into Leo.

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For now, let’s make the most of the Sun’s passage through Cancer. Let’s be kind parents to ourselves, nurture ourselves, treat ourselves and others the way we would want to treat a precious child. Let’s not repress our feelings, because they are our inner compasses. Let’s feel into them and see what they have to tell us.

There is deep healing there. Anita Moorjani, who had terminal cancer, went into a coma where she had a near death experience and came back fully healed explains her experience like this

“ I saw my life intricately woven into everything I’d known so far. My experience was like a single thread woven through the huge and complexly colourful images of an infinite tapestry. All the other threads represented my relationships, including every life I’d touched. The threads represented every other person who’d ever come into  my life, whether they related to me in a positive or a negative way. The Universe makes sense! I understood that I owed it to my self to everyone I met and to life itself to always be an expression of my own unique essence.

THE TAPESTRY OF LIFE WORKSHOPS

This theme, right here, is my passion  and is the basis of SOULAR POWER. It’s forms the basis of all the work I do – the astrology, the navigation and the workshops and retreats. So – I’m very very excited to be running two separate workshops on this theme over the next two months.

It will be most beneficial to do both workshops, as they have been designed to run sequentially. You can either do one Saturday workshop in July and one in August or attend four Wednesday morning classes each month.

PART ONE – COME HOME TO YOUR HEART In July, the focus is on Self Nurturing. We will do a timeline of our lives and then make a mixed media photographic collage (with pics from our lives) to decorate and celebrate ourselves and what we have triumphed over.

PART TWO – FIND YOUR GOLDEN THREAD In August we will start to identify our golden threads, which show us the way to our highest potential. We will spend the day creating our very own personal labyrinth. I’ll be sharing some insights on this theme on FACEBOOK over the next month. Please join in the conversation and share how you connect to your intuition!

THE ART OF LISTENING WORKSHOPS

I still have space on my last  THE ART OF LISTENING workshop on 24th June, where I will be teaching you how to make your own deck of Soul Guidance Oracle Cards.

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

In light and life and Golden Threads

Michelle