By Michelle McClunan
On Thursday 18th August, we have a stimulating, perspective-changing, rule-breaking Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius.
With both the Sun and the Moon forming easy aspects to Uranus, stay tuned for bold new energy, intuitive flashes, and original creative insights.
With Saturn having just moved direct and a beautiful flowing trine between Venus and Pluto, we are being handed some extra Universal help this full moon , to eject us out of any boxes we may have been hiding in, step out, embrace our individuality and stand up for what we believe in.
Hopefully we’ll start feeling some forward movement in terms of our goals, relationships and finances too.
It’s interesting that the Olympics are held when the Sun is in regal Leo, which rules the human heart, the colour gold and honours individual expression.
Have you ever considered why so many millions of people, who may normally have little or no interest in sport, tune in and watch the opening, and much of the games? For me, it’s so much more than people showing their athletic prowess. It’s a chance for the whole world to see, acknowledge and honour men and women who have challenged themselves, put their hearts and souls into their particular discipline and actually succeeded in making the Olympic team.
I think we watch the games because collectively and individually we like to see people beat the odds. Our hearts swell, as we watch an athlete break the tape first, jump the highest, swim the fastest, throw the furthest.
We watch because every single one of us wants to shine in our own unique way. We all want to be seen and acknowledged. It’s part of the human condition.
But what about those athletes who don’t win… those who have trained single-mindedly, mercilessly for years, only to somehow not “make it” or even worse, injure themselves? I think that’s all part of it too. As we watch them, we feel our hearts opening to their sadness and their disappointment. Win or lose – we feel connected to each other, which is what Aquarius is all about!
But here’s a question… when someone doesn’t make the cut, misses the mark… do we respect and admire them less? Do we see them as losers? I don’t think so! In fact, the Olympic athletes are honoured with medals even when they don’t win. Even when they may feel that they have let themselves down by not winning the Gold, we still applaud them for their bravery, determination and endurance.
How often do we do the same for ourselves? How often do we applaud ourselves for our efforts, whether we “win” or “lose”? Many of us are experts at judging and berating ourselves for our mistakes, failures, errors of judgement, bad behaviour, “negative” emotions; for the times that we’ve missed the mark in relationships, business, or life in general. Some of us could write books about our failures and our apparent misdemeanours.
How often do we look back on our lives and acknowledge the challenges that we have dealt with, the hardships that we have endured and overcome, the things we have accomplished. Why is it that we find it so hard receive compliments or applause? I think we are probably harder on ourselves than anyone else.
So this full moon, ask these questions…
How often do you honour or decorate YOURSELF?
What would honouring yourself look like?
How about setting an intention to write down three things at the end of each day that you actually did achieve… so those little things don’t go by unnoticed?
What would happen if you viewed yourself in the same light as you do an Olympic competitor – as a person who, against all odds, has made it into the team, is showing up, giving it all you’ve got, training, learning, honing your skills and shining your light, whether or not you win the gold.
What if you honoured yourself, even when you didn’t succeed the way you anticipated?
How would your life change if you treated yourself as an honourable being, rather than a worthless one? What would happen if you could be patient with yourself, as you would be with a small child, if you could accept your mistakes, forgive yourself, ditch the judgements and recommit to your game, eyes wide and heart open, with wisdom, love, forgiveness and acceptance?
Speaking of Honouring and Celebrating- I have 2 more spaces on my Celebrating your Inner Child Workshop on 27th August. If you’re in Johannesburg, check out details of my 2 day workshop on 17th and 18th September (almost full, so book asap) and lastly I’ll be running a Seed of Life Workshop on the 24th September.