By Michelle McClunan
Well here we are… most of us reeling a little, in the wake of a somewhat volcanic week. But…if you’re reading this, you’re still here, breathing in and out, so well done!
If you’ve managed to tear yourself away from US politics for a few minutes, you may have read a bit about the upcoming, beautiful, bountiful, Super Moon in Taurus on the 14th November. This certainly isn’t your garden variety full moon. Bella Luna will be closer to the earth than she’s been since 1948 and won’t be again until 2034. She will apparently be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual, so be sure to stay up late to see her on the 13th or get up early on the 14th to bathe in her.
But bountiful moons aside, if we penetrate through the surface beauty of the spectacle, what does the moment represent for us symbolically?
For me, more than anything, the forthcoming full moon is about examining/ investigating (Sun in Scorpio) our core values & beliefs (moon in Taurus). The moon forms harmonious aspects to Pluto (the plumber) and Chiron (the wounded healer), which assist us in finding healing through excavating the truth that exists within us.
With all the upheavals this year, from Brexit, to the Refugee Crisis, our ongoing South African political and economic challenges and shenanigans and of course the recent rather shocking selection of Trump as President of the US, it seems to me that our values as a people are seriously being called into question.
A personal value system is a set of principles or ideals that drive and/or guide your behaviour. Your personal value system gives you structure and purpose, by helping you determine what is meaningful and important to you. It helps you express who you are and what you stand for.
If you take the Statue of Liberty for example, it symbolically represents many values, among them friendship between nations and freedom from oppression…. It’s pretty clear that we’re experiencing a crisis of values !
It boils down to this. If we don’t know what our personal value systems are, how do we go about making important decisions in our lives? If we have no idea of what we stand for and are driven purely by fear, how do we vote for the right person to run our country or to marry, or find the right place to live, or a job that we enj0y?
It can sometimes be tricky to find out what our specific, personal values are. If you Google “List of Values” , you’ll find hundreds and a lot of them will resonate with you. I mean, who doesn’t want love, happiness, success, connection, stability etc?
But how do we go about finding those that are really close to our hearts, so that we can navigate our lives more successfully?
Here’s something you can try:
FIND AND LIST YOUR TRIGGERS
Who or what makes your hair stand on end, or the blood rise to your face? What makes you really angry, anxious or upset? What do Trump / Malema/ Zuma / irate taxi drivers/ rude people, / the destruction of Mother Earth/ etc trigger in you?
How does this process help? Well, whatever we truly despise, be it egotistical despots, rapists, racists… or cruelty, dishonesty, narcissism… provides clues as to what’s important to us at a fundamental level.
So, take some time to mull it over and pick ten poisons or pet hates and write them down.
WRITE DOWN THE OPPOSITE
Read through your list and, one by one, write down antonyms.
For example – If “racism” is one pet hate, ask yourself what the opposite of racism is for you. If you hate feeling stifled, then freedom might be on your value list. If you freak out when somebody demeans another person, it might be fairness or justice
You get the drift, I’m sure!
USE THE LIST AS A COMPASS
When you are trying to make a decision about something, use the list as a compass to determine whether something fits for you.
If, for example, freedom of expression is at the top of your list, you might want to re-think that relationship where you walk on eggs and are terrified to express yourself. If flexibility is important, you may want to consider how you can loosen the reigns on your control issues.
In the midst of the chaos that surrounds us, let’s allow the Super Moon to shine her light into the shadowed corners of our psyches and bring to the surface what’ we really hold dear. This needs to be a “no holds barred” investigation. We need to be completely honest with ourselves, even if we choose not to broadcast our findings! Remember, it’s our personal value systems we’re looking for and they don’t really have anything to do with anybody else. It’s when we refuse to acknowledge them, that the confusion sets in.
And last, but certainly not least, let’s look at how much or how little we value ourselves, because if we don’t, it’s almost impossible to truly value anybody or anything else. Actually, its when we underestimate our essential worth that we find ourselves making the “wrong” decisions or ending up in unsuitable, disempowering relationships, workplaces and life situations.
At any given moment, pause and ask yourself. “ How can I best value myself in this situation?” or when deciding to do something, “Does this indicate that I value myself or not?” If it doesn’t, reconsider it.
WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, CONSULTS – NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
I’ll be running two December Wrap it Up workshops on the 17th and 18th December. (see my newsletter or email me for details) This is a good opportunity to take stock of and complete your year, before you go hurtling into Christmas and 2017.
My River of Life Workshop on the 26th November is full and I’ve been asked by a couple of people if I can run one on the 27th as well. Please let me know if you’d like to join us.
I will be available for Astrology consults and Coaching sessions for the first few weeks of December, so let me know if you’d like to make an appointment.
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