Lifelight Astrology Update 21 July

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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.

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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 7th June 2017

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FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS 

On Friday 9th June, we have a full moon in Sagittarius, which means that the Moon is opposite the Sun in Gemini, continuing the communication theme for the next two weeks.

Gemini represents the logical, rational mind and is concerned with our busy daily lives, our immediate environment and all incoming information. Sagittarius represents the truth seeker, the higher intuitive mind, the guru that resides within each of us.

This full moon urges us to reach higher, shoot our arrows further and explore beyond the borders of our daily lives, by developing and honing our intuition.

Even though the rational mind often gets a bad rap, without it, we would be incapable of processing any information whatsoever.

However, we need to make it a servant, not the master.

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift”. Albert Einstein

 

The barrage of information that comes to us on any given day, together with the gazillion thoughts and concerns we may have, tends to drown out any intuitive messages that might be trying to gain access.

Over the next few weeks, see if you can connect more consciously with your intuition. This is not something that’s reserved for a special  gifted few. It’s available to us all, but we need to work it like any other muscle.

14 WAYS TO HONE YOUR INTUITION:

  • For a few minutes each day, turn off or step away from your devices and the noise of daily life and spend some time in silence. Give the chattering mind a chance to subside, so as to allow your intuition to emerge. Remember that the words “Listen” and “silent” have the same letters.
  • Spend time in nature. Ground yourself regularly! (Read more here)
  • If you have a dilemma or a problem, try stepping away from it and doing something completely different. Go for a walk or a shower or pull some weeds out of the garden. Very often, the answer will magically appear.
  • Tune into the 5 senses regularly. It’s quick, easy and accessible and brings you into the moment, opening a channel to your higher self.
  • Do some stream of conscious journalling, which clears the mind of busy mundane thoughts and worries and makes space for intuitive guidance  to come through.
  • Try writing with your non-dominant hand. It will help you to liberate rigid patterns of expression.
  • Write down whatever you remember of your dreams. Our souls communicate every single night, but we need to listen.
  • Take some time to creatively express yourself. Spontaneous imagery, collage, painting, doodling, drawing, singing, making music and dancing help to calm the busy mind and give us more access to  our intution.
  • Start an intuitive notebook. Write down every intuitive flash or hunch you have.
  • When you have a feeling that you should call or visit someone, or reach for a book, follow it and see where it leads.
  • Pay more attention to your feelings. They are a compass and will tell you whether you’re moving in the right direction.
  • See if you can guess who’s on the phone before you look at it. Have fun with it and don’t beat yourself up if you get it wrong 🙂
  • Pick a subject and speak to yourself or to somebody else for 3 or 4 minutes – without interrupting. As you talk, notice how the clutter clears and gems of insight and wisdom start to appear.
  • Let somebody else talk for the same amount of time and just listen, without commenting, fixing or helping. As you listen, notice any new awareness that might arise  about yourself or your own life.

I’ll be sharing some insights on Intuition and Listening on FACEBOOK over the next month. Please join in the conversation and share how you connect to your intuition!

THE ART OF LISTENING WORKSHOPS

To work with the current communication/ intuition theme,  I will be running two THE ART OF LISTENING workshops in June, where I will be teaching you how to make your own deck of Soul Guidance Oracle Cards. The process of selecting images and reading the cards in a group environment will hone your intuition and listening skills and is highly likely to shed light on important issues in your life.

The workshops will be held on Saturday 10th and 24th June – 9:00 to 4:30  AND every Wednesday in June from 9:30 to 12:30

From June, Wednesday “pop-in” classes will be in the form of stand-alone courses – with a different theme each month.

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

In light and life

 

Michelle

New Moon in Gemini 25th May 2017

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On Thursday 25th May, we have a SUPER new moon in Gemini and as we know, a new moon always signify the start of a new cycle. This one isn’t forming major aspects to other planets, but Venus is squaring Pluto, which can trigger intensity and/or challenges around our relationships, finances, safety and security. Simmering tension can rise to the surface without any warning,  so remember to breathe, before you react.

The New Moon in Gemini ushers in a new cycle of communication – how we speak and how we listen!

When you recognize that there is a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking. When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice (the thinker) but the one who is ‘aware’ of it. Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom. ~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Read that again and really absorb it. If you are truly able to understand this, it will change your life!

 WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

For the next  two weeks, see if you can really be present with how you communicate. Take a few moments during the day to check in with yourself, notice your thoughts and the feelings they evoke in you – and the other way around. Become aware of how you speak to yourself and ask whether you would speak to anyone else like that. It helps me if I journal or even speak out loud here – yes, I know I would probably be locked away if anyone heard me… but it works!Only when we really take note of how we talk to ourselves, do we realise how often we repeat the same mantra’s. “ I’’ll never…….I’m worried sick about….I’m tired of…. What really worries me is…. This country/economy/ government is…. My child/partner/boss is…. I can’t take……

Our thoughts and words are literally creating our reality and only when we take time to notice them, can we choose different ones. The moment we are able to see what we’re thinking, we become the witness and in the instant, we can start changing the script.

DON’T THINK OF A WHITE BEAR

I read a really interesting article a while back  on the “ironic monitoring process”, where research studies have shown that our brains actually search for whatever thought or emotion we are trying to suppress.

In a series of experiments, a group of participants were told not to think of a white bear, while they performed other tasks. A second group was instructed to think of white bears and then not to think of them.

Interestingly, the people in the first group, who tried to keep the white bear at bay, thought about them more than once a minute!

The second group thought about them more when they were trying to suppress white-bear thoughts than when they were told to think about them.

Basically, when we try to suppress an intrusive uncomfortable thought or feeling, it’s as good as putting out a welcome sign for it.

The article suggested (and I find that it helps), to rather invite the worrying or disturbing thought in, making it intentional. Say it out loud, write it down or talk to someone about it. Then, if you think there is something you can practically do about it, set 5 to 15 minutes where you commit to focussing on it  (or really worrying about it if you want to!).  I find that when I notice the thought or feeling, rather than suppress it, and ask if it’s true, it relaxes its hold on me and often disappears completely or a solution arises easily and effortlessly when I’m least expecting it.

The more work I do with myself and clients, the more I realise that this human experience is  really about being fully present to what’s going on right now – whatever it is, … to feel into it, to dialogue with it with compassion and  from there to move forward.

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!

One of the greatest gifts I think we can give ourselves and others is that of listening, which is something we don’t do a lot of these days.   Try this. When someone you know is worried or stuck or fearful or confused, or just needs to talk,  just listen intently to what they are saying for 5 minutes or so, without interrupting, fixing, advising, prompting or finishing their sentences. If they are silent, let them be silent, even if it feels uncomfortable.   In my experience, when we’re able to let somebody just talk, after a while, answers and solutions start to drift into up into their consciousness… entirely without our help!

The same applies if we listen to ourselves.  Whether you speak out loud, or journal what’s going on for you, when you put yourself into the position of the witness, you find clarity after a while.

THE ART OF LISTENING

To work with the current communication theme,  I will be running two THE ART OF LISTENING workshops in June, where I will be teaching you how to make your own deck of Soul Guidance Oracle Cards. The process of selecting images and reading the cards in a group environment will hone your intuition and listening skills and is highly likely to shed light on important issues in your life.

The workshops will be held on Saturday 10th and 24th June – 9:00 to 4:30  AND every Wednesday in June from 9:30 to 12:30

From June, Wednesday “pop-in” classes will be in the form of stand-alone courses – with a different theme each month.

MOVING FORWARD

If you are stuck in any area of your life, this is a good time astrologically to get to the bottom of whatever patterns or behaviours might be holding you back. If you would like to explore working with me to help you to navigate your life, you can read more here. The first step on our adventure together is usually a comprehensive astrology reading, which is often followed by an agreed number of personal navigational coaching sessions, to put you back on course. These include Process Art, Neurolinguistic programming, Energy work and more.

Drop me a line if you’d like to discuss the options.

 

In Life and Light

Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 10TH APRIL

butterfly roseLIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY UPDATE

10 APRIL 2017

By Michelle McClunan

Hi everybody

I’ve been contemplating over the past few days, whether to even write a newsletter for the full moon on Tuesday 11th April, because to be honest, I’m not sure I have any wise words for anybody at the moment. Having been through the ringer myself over the past few weeks, I’m feeling a little bent and bruised and am still trying to makes sense of it all.   So… I’m going to just write this and let what needs to emerge, emerge! This comes from a place of not having the answers…and I guess that’s ok!

As the Sun moves through Aries, joining revolutionary Uranus, we are being called upon to be Bold and one of the boldest things we can do, is to show up 100% for ourselves and to be vulnerable.

Some words from Brene Brown “Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences — good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as “ordinary courage.”

In addition to the political shenanigans in South Africa over the past few weeks, which have wobbled our worlds, many of us have had a whole heap of other challenges to deal with as well. A quick list of some  of mine – a dear friend of mine was  diagnosed with Cancer and is having chemo as I write this;  my beloved  16 year old cat  died; I received a shocking and very hurtful accusation from an old and trusted friend;  my geyser burst, which lead to me having to vacate my living area for  a week;   I smacked  my head hard  on my car door, resulting in a deep gash in my eyebrow;  old health challenges have re-presented themselves and I had a car accident on Friday followed by two people getting very aggressive towards me….eish!

A part of me seriously just wanted to curl up, lick my wounds and hopefully protect myself from any further onslaughts. Having given myself the opportunity to do just that yesterday, I am now starting to feel the glimmer of something else arising. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I know, without any doubt that there’s something much bigger at play here that needs my attention. I do believe that when we feel as though we’re being pummeled, there’s always something more going on.

The way I see it, with FOUR PLANETS RETROGRADE right now, we’re all being encouraged to take responsibility for what’s going on in  our lives, to get REAL,  reflect, review, and reassess everything!

With all this retrograde energy, it can feel as if we’re taking one step forwards and a few backwards; as if our progress is being blocked, or we’re being physically stopped or slowed down. Some of us might even feel hopeless, unable to “see” the future” and maybe fearful of even contemplating what lies ahead.

All of us have experienced that moment when a computer/tablet/cell phone starts just going haywire. It might freeze or a strange gobblygook language might  appear on the screen. It’s almost as if the device is  saying “I’m overloaded… too much going on… too much is being demanded of little old me…please give me a break!”  Sometime,  the only option is to switch the thing OFF… and when we do this, and then turn it back on,  it often sort itself out.

It’s the same with us, methinks…There’s never been a better time to  re-set…re-boot!

Here’s how I see this Retrograde season.

Mercury Retrograde (until 4th May) – We’re all familiar with this one, which comes with reassessing how we communicate with ourselves and others (including unspoken communication – the raising of eyebrows, body language, the way we turn away or walk away from somebody and in so doing, dismiss them); the amount of time we spend on social media, our phones, our computers or in front of the TV; the way we numb our feelings, by absorbing more and more information, which can result in us really not knowing what is true for us anymore.

Saturn Retrograde (until 26th August) – this can feel as if we’re being severely challenged or disciplined by a strict, finger-wagging celestial authority figure. It might feel like we’re being dealt a series of karmic klaps. Perhaps its a message that its time to be honest about our fears, about our shadow side and in a a kind and loving way, get real about where we are self- sabotaging ourselves,  where we keep repeating the same fruitless patterns and where we don’t live up to the promises we make.

Venus Retrograde (until 17th April)  – We get to review  our relationships with ourselves, friends and partners. Where are they out of balance?  Where might we be over-giving? Where are we pleasing others and forsaking ourselves or the other way around? What is truly valuable to us…now? How worthy are we? How much money, love, happiness do we deserve?

Jupiter Retrograde (until 10th June)  – where do we inflate things and situations?  Where do we exaggerate, blow things out of proportion, over-indulge?  Where do we see our own specialness as being more important than anybody else’s? What are the blessings or the learnings hidden within the challenges?  How can we grow from them?  Perhaps these hardships are softening us? Maybe they’re preparing us for something more? Could it be that we’re being humbled and brought to our knees for a reason?

Some examples in my own life (which I’m still working my way through) –  Geyser – Where in my life have I been putting myself under extreme pressure?  Where do I bottle up emotions (water) until they have to be released?. Bashing the ol head – what am I not seeing/ where do I keep on doing the same things, expecting things to change?  Car Accident – where am I not paying attention?  Where am I trying to push something that is stationary, forward? Aggressors – How am I handling my own rage and what is beneath it – Sadness, fear, grief?

The potent  full moon tomorrow in Libra calls us to look at where we mask our true selves, in order to please others and where we project our anger or aggression (Aries) onto the people in our lives (Libra).  It asks us to find out what, in our lives is out of balance and what needs to die, in order for something new to be reborn.  This full moon calls on us to be bold – to face the truth about ourselves, to sit with what’s going on and not run from it.  There is huge boldness in vulnerability, in surrender, in taking accountability and responsibility.

It was such a privilege to  journey with some special, brave souls this past Saturday on the first of my BORN TO BE BOLD workshops. I still have space on the second workshop on the 22 APRIL 2017.

If you feel the need to RE-SET or RE-BOOT, you might want to consider joining us at ANTBEAR lodge for our AUTUMN RETREAT from 12th 14 May.

Its been a while since I read “The Invitation” but it seems very relevant right now.

In life, light and BOLDNESS

Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY UPDATE 21 MARCH

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

Our new Astrological year has finally begun, with the sun entering Aries, the sign that governs new intentions, new beginnings and new life. This is the time of the year when we feel a real desire to emerge from the oneness, express our individuality, stand up, be seen and push forward with new initiatives.

The cusp on which Aries falls in your Natal chart is the area of your life which is where you will be wanting to focus your energy and  where a new cycle of expression will begin.

Some other important news is that Venus, the planet of love, peace, harmony and money,  is currently travelling retrograde through Aries, which means that she will be in the sign of the warrior for 13 weeks in total, compared to the normal 3 weeks she spends in a sign.

With her being retrograde, we are asked to re-visit our relationships, our money and our value systems. If there seem to be blockages in any of those areas, this is a good time to reassess them and make the changes that need to be changed.

When you combine the feminine energy of Venus with the fiery boldness, individualism and assertion of Aries,  you can end up with a ragingly angry feminine force OR a person who stands gently, but firmly in her own power, despite the opinion and actions of others.

This is the time of the year, where we are encouraged to explore our uniqueness, to embrace life to the full… to move, to sing, to dance, to make art, to make love, to adventure….  to emerge from the  shadows, step into our power and boldly embrace the next step in our lives.

Where are you unique?

How do you stand out from the crowd?

What is one audacious dream you have for your life? ‘

Where in your life, are you prepared to make one bold step into the future?

Email me for details on the BORN TO BE BOLD Workshops in April.

We still have space on our EARTH AND AUTUMN ODYSSEYS as well, so be sure not to miss them.

 

In Life and light

 

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology Update 10th March

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Full Moon 12th March in Virgo!

Hi folks

On Sunday, we have the last full moon of the astrological year. This means that we’ll end the year on a waning moon cycle, which gives us a final opportunity to clear out, detox, release and surrender.

The moon is in earthy, pragmatic, organised Virgo, opposing a school of planets is Pisces (the fish), comprising the Sun, Chiron, the wounded healer and Mercury (communication, thought) and Neptune (connection with the Divine/ Universal energy)

Astrology is basically the study of energy and all energy is made up of the elements –  fire, earth, water, air and ether.  They are the building blocks of everything, including ourselves.  An astrology chart, whether it’s for a person, a country or a business, basically tells us where and how these energies are distributed, as well as where our balances or imbalances are likely to be.  The fact that we understand this instinctively, is demonstrated daily to me, when discussing the elemental make-up of my clients’ birth charts.

What I do know, is that when we understand the elements, we are able to work with them more consciously and to bring them and ourselves, into balance and harmony.

So – what’s happening right now elementally?

Let’s look at water first, with all the Pisces energy around.

In astrology, water is the element which absorbs, purifies, softens, nourishes and clears. It’s associated with our feelings, emotional needs, connection with all that is, as well as with nourishing, replenishing and softening.  When our water is balanced, there is empathy, compassion, flow and nurturance. When there’s too much, we feel overwhelmed, deluded, confused, victimised or over -emotional. When there’s too little, we might feel parched, dry, rigid, pressed. You get the drift ? (excuse the pun…J)

How’s your water feeling right now, this minute?  Take a moment to check in with where you are. Is your water flowing. Are you feeling dry or water-logged?

Let’s look a bit further and investigate Pisces in particular.  When there’s a lot of Pisces energy around, it often coincides with actual water issues in our environments – like leaking pipes, floods, cars overheating or heavy rains.   In our physical bodies, we often find excess fluid or lack of flow. Flu,  pleurisy or other mucous conditions might present themselves. Physical, emotional or mental issues that have settled into the unconscious will often come up to the surface at this time. Emotionally we might feel confused, overwhelmed by grief, loss, – or pain.  Unconscious mental conditioning can surface as well. There may be a huge urge to escape into anything that is less harsh than the situation we find ourselves in. There can be a lethargy, a lack of clarity and sometimes a fogginess as well.

On the upside, there can be more creativity, better intuition and easier connection to higher states of consciousness. Pisces helps us to bring things up from the unconscious and to release them, by washing them away. It helps us to relinquish the controlling ego mind and allow something bigger to emerge, to connect with the big Self, rather than the small self.  It encourages us to get into alignment with the Universe, rather than resisting it; to flow with the river of life, rather the try to push it – and we are so good at pushing rivers in our culture.

Now let’s have a quick look at the element of Earth – practical, grounded, steady. When Earth is in balance, we are deeply connected with and able to properly listen to and nurture our bodies. We feel that we have a steady base, from which to launch ourselves into the world. When there’s too much earth, we might feel heavy, lethargic, sluggish, depressed, rigid, controlled,  controlling or stuck. When there’s too little, we might feel spaced out, ungrounded, insecure, scattered.

This full moon this weekend is in pragmatic, organised Virgo. She helps us to discern what’s healthy and what’s not, assisting us in separating the wheat from the chaff in our lives.

What this full moon is asking us to do is to slow down, ground ourselves and connect with the wisdom of  the earth and our bodies (Virgo). We can do this by checking in with all our senses, to find out how we’re feeling on all levels. When we do this, we provide ourselves with a container, which helps our water to flow, without overwhelming us.  This can be achieved by spending time in nature,  quietly just sitting with our feelings and allowing them to ebb and flow, or by engaging with them through playing, painting, singing them out – these would all be containers.

Squaring the sun and the moon is Saturn in Sagittarius, the wise old teacher. He encourages us to notice what’s going on, but not to get caught up in the drama. By moving into the position of the seer or the observer, we are able to find the learning in what is arising for us. However, we need to be aware that Saturn can be stern  task master and is perfectly capable of dishing out some pretty heavy lessons, especially when we’re not listening, or not  being true to ourselves. He can be the dispenser of some Karmic klaps, to wake us up.

To end off, I’ll give you a quick example of how this has and still is, playing out for me personally this week, which might help you decipher what’s happening in your own chart and life.

Last week, my friend and business partner Theresa and I pushed really hard to get a new WEBSITE and vision up and running. We used to be in the production industry together, which was all about working around the clock to get the job done…no matter what! When I have a deadline (self-imposed or not) I  still find myself stepping straight into “production mode”. I tend to  become super-focussed and, if I’m not careful,  ignore the needs of my body and almost everything else too, in order to get the job done! This can be very helpful on one level, because I… well… get things done!  However… and I know this for sure…. When I do this, without listening to my deeper needs, I step out of the universal flow and my body starts to freak out. She sends signals to me, to tell me she’s not happy, but because I am so captured, I occasionally ignore her and then, she stages a revolt.  This generally comes (for me) in the form of really bad cluster headaches, as I seem to process most of my stuff through my head.. go figure! . Symbolically – there is  too much going on “up there”. Too much pressure!  Over the years, thanks to the work I’ve done and with a lot of help from my A team of healers, these headaches have largely disappeared… except when I stop listening to the signs.

This is where it gets interesting.   By the time the weekend came around, I realised that I needed to lean back and rest, which I did!  And then on Monday night I got home to water pouring into my lounge through a light fitting.  You guessed it – burst geyser. These days, I view things very symbolically, so I absolutely have not missed the “co-incidence”  – too much pressure (up there), too much activity (fire), emotion ( (energy in motion)  – boiling water, with no outlet. Due to it being the middle of the night, there was nobody to ask, so I turned to our trusty advice provider, Mr Google. I laughed out loud when the advice was to “ Turn the geyser off.  Run the hot water to release the pressure”   Great advice indeed. When I was able to stop the train the next day, feel what I was feeling and throw some paint at a canvas, the headaches started to ease.

So, this is how we can work with the elements and with what life is presenting us with at any given moment.  Theresa and I have planned to run a series of retreats this year, where we will be doing a deep dive into each element.  Starting with EARTH, we’ll be spending 4 nights and 5 days in the Drakensberg at the most exquisite venue, Mkomazana. The mountains, rivers and trees will provide us with the perfect container to help us to get ourselves back into rhythm with our planet and with our bodies. Over the five days, we’ll spend a lot of time  connecting with the earth, walking in nature, seeping her into our bodies and souls. We will make art both indoors and outdoors, with paint, clay and gifts from our natural surroundings .We will star-gaze, flower-gaze, lie on the grass, drum, stretch, and dance to get into alignment with Mother Earth.

Theresa will help you to understand the Earth Element in terms of mythology and archetypes.  I will help you to investigate your astrology charts through the lense of Earth, to find out what your blueprint is and how you can bring it back into balance. This is the first step to understanding Astrology and will be the precursor to the Astrology retreats and on-line courses we are putting together.

Please have a look at our new website:  www.soular-power.com. I will continue to post here as well for the time being, so if you already follow this blog, there is no need to change anything.

Have a beautiful, soulful Full moon weekend everyone.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle

To Surrender or not to Surrender?

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Coming up on the 26th February, we have a powerful solar eclipse (new moon).  The sun is joined by the Moon, Mercury, the South Node,  Neptune and widely by Chiron … all in Pisces. That’s a whole lot of water right there!

Solar Eclipses always indicate major endings, in order to usher in the new. This is  especially true when they happen in Pisces. Being the last sign of the zodiac, this signals that the end of the astrological year is nigh.  This one is connected to the Pisces  Solar eclipse in March 2015, so  there might very well be a connection, if you think back to that time.

Pisces is a dual water sign  (two fish swimming in opposite directions) and relates to the dreamworld, imagination,  intuition, surrender, Divine Connection and all things mystical. However, it is also associated with  delusion, illusion, addiction and  self-sabotage. It shows us where we let ourselves down, over and  over again, where we still consider ourselves to be victims and where we’re waiting for somebody else to come in and rescue us.

If this eclipse involved only a batch of planets in Pisces, I would expand on that, but it’s really not that simple.  Bringing all that  water to the boil , we also  have a major pattern in the sky, formed by Mars (masculine, goals, ambitions, ego drives) in fiery Aries ( the  warrior)  at the same degree as Uranus,  the planet of radical change and liberation; square  transformational Pluto and opposite expansive Jupiter.

So in English now… this combination of energy says – “What do you desire?  Where do you want to go?  How are you going to get there?  It’s time to push yourself forward, take no prisoners!  Don’t be a woes! Make those changes now and  get things moving!.”

So… what do we do with that?

Push forward or surrender?

I’ve just read a very interesting book called The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer.  He has made a life-long  commitment to release his personal preferences, and surrender to the bigger “plan” for his life. The story that emerges is very  interesting,  because every single time he relinquishes his ego drive,  something bigger and better than he ever could have imagined, opens up for him.

However, I have to admit, even though this resonated with me on one level, there was and still is, a voice inside my head  that pops up to say…. “But what happens to MY dreams, MY needs, MY purpose… if I surrender entirely to the flow???”

I’ve been mulling over this for a while and have yet to come up with anything definitive, but it does bring to mind  the first  time I ever rode a horse in the wild. It was at NIGHT, a moonless night at that and we were heading down into a valley in the middle of Zululand.  At one point, early on  in the ride,   I could see absolutely nothing. Let me tell you, my ego was freaking out. Every part of me wanted to take control of that horse, or get off and walk.  My body was stiff, I was scared and hanging on for dear life. A friend (experienced at riding in the dark) advised me to soften my body and give my horse a very long rein so that he would be able to smell and sense his way along.

This was completely counter- intuitive, because all  I wanted to do was tighten the reins and hang on with all my might. However,  due to the fact that I didn’t actually know anything about riding, and  had no idea of how to get to where we were going,  I had no option but to take his advice.  All I needed to do was to stay on the horse and keep my head down, to avoid being de-eyed by unseen branches!

The amazing thing was the  more I surrendered my control and put my faith in this  incredibly intuitive being, the more I realised that I could trust him to lead me to where I needed to go, which he did… and flawlessly at that, never even faltering once.  Along the way, on the straight sections, we cantered, wind in our hair…nothing but the sound of horses hooves on the ground and the occasional “Yeehaa!” from the likes of me and my fellow rookies.  I remember closing my eyes at one point and letting my steed do what horses do, without any interference from me at all. I felt completely connected to  him, to the evening, to the earth, the sky, the stars… the whole caboodle.

By trusting and surrendering to something bigger, I had one of the most exhilarating, liberating experiences of my life … and I reached the destination, but in an entirely different way to how I would have planned it. If I reflect on it, whenever   I have surrendered to the flow, I have been supported!

I  guess there is a midpoint somewhere between our  ego drives and surrender.  Perhaps this eclipse asks us to find it. What if we show up, wholeheartedly… get on the horse, head in the basic direction and then let go of the reins a little?  What if we are kinder, gentler, less cruel, less rigid… softer… towards ourselves and others?  What if we are able to relax and trust that we really are not alone in all  this and that there might be an even bigger, more delicious  plan in store for us than the one we’ve imagined ?

As Rumi says, “Life is a balance between holding on and letting go” … perhaps it’s  a dance between making it happen and allowing it happen.

Please see my newsletter or email me for details about my “Art of Surrender” workshops in March.

 

In life and light

Michelle