What IF?

What IF?

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 28th NOVEMBER 2016

Well, we’ve finally gurgled our way through the raging rivers of Scorpio… whew…!  Now now hopefully we can put our heads up and take a nice big expansive breath of fresh air with the New Moon in Sagittarius on  29th November.  The archer fires his invigorating arrows and calls us to lighten up a little.

I’ve been musing about this New moon and what I’m going to write for a few days now  and I just couldn’t  bring myself to go into anything serious. I have no desire to write about slowing down, being healthy, connecting with our emotions, going deep, transforming, transmuting… or saving the planet.

Perhaps it’s because this new moon is activating my Sagittarian moon (which has been a little soggy of late) , or maybe it’s due to the heaviness and seriousness  that has surrounded us for the past few months. Or it could be because I’m just a little soul tired, if not a tad jaded… Its probably a combination of all three.

Whatever the reason, today I’m going to focus on the largess, the generosity, the expansion, the truth of  Jupiter…. the ruler of this new moon.

When I think of Jupiter, I think of the laughing Buddha, I think of breaking bread with friends at a table laden with delicious food, flowers and wine, jesters, clowns, magic, travelling to exciting new places, being outrageous, feeling the wind in your hair, diving into an ocean, riding a horse in the countryside,  turning up the music and dancing as if  nobody’s watching,  relishing the smell of freshly baked bread, newly ground coffee, picking some flowers, biting into a strawberry, soaking in a bath filled with bubbles  – I think of LIVING, growing and expanding.

A  while ago I wrote in my journal…” What if…. there is nothing else I have to achieve… nobody I have to please, nothing I have to do any better or any more perfectly… What if… I was complete right now… if I could accept and embrace myself as I am … this moment?”

What if?

When I read those words, I feel expansive. I feel relieved. I feel light. I feel free.

The reality is that when we do manage to let go of the need to control and scheme and analyse, even for short periods, we actually rewire our brains and redesign our physiology. So …when we’re having fun or relaxing, we’re actually healing ourselves and our lives.

I remember listening to a talk I listened to by Deepak Chopra, where he said that when you’re in ecstasy, you create millions of dollars of Interluken 2, which cures dire diseases like Cancer!

When last did you experience ecstasy … or joy… or something close to it?

How can you connect with that again?

So… how about it?

What if, this week and this month, you allowed yourself to embrace the expansive playful  child-like you (even for short periods)  and  released yourself from the prison of  responsibilities, concerns and burdens occasionally?  What if you embraced your quirky side? What if you bestowed upon yourself the luxury of spending some time doing the things or having the experiences that gave you a sense of freedom and joy?

This is my invitation to you this  month – and if it works, maybe for EVER.

I’d love you to share the fun adventures you have, big and small with me on my Facebook page. Let’s inspire each other.

I’m running my Wrap it up Workshop on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of December, so be sure not to miss the opportunity of celebrating and completing the year. If you’re not on my Newsletter list, email me for details.

 

Injoy

Michelle

 

Lifelight Astrology 10th November

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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.

 

In Life and Light

 

Michelle

 

Lifelight Astrology November 2016

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A RIVER RUNS THROUGH

Painting and words by Michelle McClunan

One of the up-sides to writing these newsletters is that I get to stop the outer noise of my life and ponder things more deeply and intensely than usual…deep and intense both being characteristics of Scorpio, which is our theme for November.

There’s a huge focus on the water element over the next few weeks, starting with an intense, transformational, but healing  New Moon on the 31st October. Mercury joins the sun and the moon in Scorpio and the trio form a flowing aspect to mystical, mysterious Neptune in Pisces.

Water… water… everywhere… can you feel it?

How does the water element relate to us personally ? It represents feelings, emotions, sensitivity, compassion, empathy, flow, nurturing, connection to all that is, purification, cleaning, clearing, power, tenacity. If  water isn’t channelled, it can be overwhelming, scary and unpredictable and of course, it can lead to destruction.

Picture the life of a river in your mind’s eye. Starting off as a little spring, full of potential, it grows into a stream and then might become a happy babbling brook. With each big rain, the stream may swell, until it becomes a raging river… a powerful, ambitious  force,  flowing with an intensity that will burst its banks, should they be too narrow to contain it. The river tenaciously, carves its way through the landscape, moving huge boulders, trees or anything else in its way. At other times, this very same river might almost completely dry up or stop and become stagnant, until the next rains arrive.

The river is never ever the same, not even for a moment. It will encounter obstacles, but will almost always find a way under, through  or around them.  The interesting thing about water is that it changes state but it never dies.

Much like us!

Sometimes the river might get dammed up by us humans, so as to keep it all in one place. Imagine you as a happy babbling little river, trundling along over the rocks… flowing… free to be. Suddenly you meet a wall and there seems to be no way of getting through it. Feel what that feels like in your body. Now imagine the sluice gates opening, so the river can flow again. How does that feel?

When I look at the astrology of the next few weeks, it feels to me that the new moon and her flowing aspects to Neptune, are opening the sluice gates, as it were, giving us the opportunity to clear what we need to clear, release the pressure and get back into the flow.

Perhaps you’ve been experiencing water issues lately…flooding, mud, geysers bursting, pipes getting blocked or drying up. Or… you might have issues with your body’s plumbing system?   Any of these could suggest that your ”water might be out of whack”

If you feel like your banks are bursting, you may find that you’ve dammed up some old emotions that now need to be felt and released. If you feel stagnant, you might need to shine a light on the nooks and crannies of your body, mind and soul, to see if there’s anything there that might be  making you toxic. If you feel dry, stagnant or uninspired, you might need some nourishing – time out, creative expression, long hot baths, or you might need to drink more water – to get the flow going again.

If you need some help with navigating your waters, book an ASTROLOGY, COACHING or PROCESS ART session with me – or join me on one of the RIVER OF LIFE WORKSHOPS in November. Email me for details.

Back to the New Moon and the Astrology for November.

With Mercury involved with this new moon, we have the opportunity of reaching a deeper level of understanding about the way we communication, thoughts and our core belief systems.

We also have Venus (the planet of love and money) in a close dance with Saturn in Sagittarius.  This can mean that we feel limited financially or that relationships  feels restrictive. And/or it can mean that we have an opportunity to bring maturity and stability to our relationships  with others and our money.

The last few months have been really, really difficult for many. Our planet and our country is in crisis. It almost feels like we are reaching some kind of a tipping point. Many of us have been feeling really anxious, irritated or flat out pissed off of late, with a sort of impending doom permeating the atmosphere (especially last week).

Another theme that’s been coming up often is the underlying fear that we might be missing or have already missed, the boat in our lives. If it’s any consolation… you can’t miss the boat, because you’re already on it!

The best thing we can all do during these times is to stay on the boat, with as much presence as possible, and use the navigational equipment we have at our disposal to help us stay in the flow and steer our way through the fog. If we resist the flow of the river, or try and go upstream, there’s a good chance we will feel like we are unravelling.

Our feelings and intuition are our navigational equipment, so when we ignore  them, there’s a good chance we might drift off course for a while.

The new moon, through its contact with Neptune is suggesting that there is an opening to really connect with our intuition and to unseen realms as well.

Pause, breathe, connect with your body, let whatever arises to just be,  soften, breathe, flow with it, breathe again… Take time to connect to Source, / The Divine / Your guides/ Your Ancestors/ the Angelic Realm and  ask for help. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes forget to ask.

After you’ve made your request,  let it go and pay attention to  your dreams, to symbols and signs, chance meetings and sudden intuitive flashes or knowings. Don’t chase them down – let them come out of the mist.

In Life, Light and Flow

 

Michelle

 

 

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 13TH OCTOBER

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SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL

Are you ready to be catapulted out of the old and into the new?  Well the full moon on Saturday night/ Sunday (16th October) might help you do just that!

First of all, it’s a Super Moon, which means that it’s closer to the earth, bigger and a lot more potent than usual!

The moon is in fiery, independent, assertive, potentially war-like Aries  and is opposed by the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter in Libra.

That’s quite a polarity right there. Aries is about me… my life, my needs, my goals,  my ego, my independence. Libra is about you/ the other… it’s about relationships of all kinds; keeping the peace; justice; balance, co-operation and money!.

But here’s the kicker… the moon is closely joined (and the sun  opposed by)  rebellious, revolutionary, rule-breaker Uranus, which makes  this a  “thunder and lightning” type of full moon.  Uranus arrives unexpectedly,  just like lightning, with a large dose of the dramatic, jolting us out of any sluggishness, paralysis or boredom… shaking, rattling and rolling our cages, in order to break down old barriers and initiate radical change.

This full moon will light up exactly what we feel is limiting us or standing in the way of our independence or our personal freedom (Aries), as well as what’s really going on with our money and our relationships (Libra) It will illuminate in technicolour what we just aren’t prepared to tolerate any more and what needs to shift.

This full moon is a harbinger of change, which could be stressful, uncomfortable and possibly a little dangerous

AND/ OR

If you like a bit of excitement and are ready to embrace change, you might find it exhilarating. She brings with her flashes of intuition, along with some highly charged energy to help blow those cobwebs away and get things moving!

More news is that Pluto and Mars  in Capricorn (which are squaring the Libra contingent)  are  moving in for a close dance, which challenges power structures of all kinds. This  is likely to be  accompanied by tensions in communications and even more skeletons emerging from  even more governmental closets.

When I was reflecting on what to write about today, the word “Equanimity” popped into my head.  Definition –  “calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation.

Life is challenging for many of us right now, so I think Equanimity is a good  Libran quality to connect with. IF or when you are triggered by something or someone, try stepping away, breathing and counting to  ten or twenty or a hundred…. before launching into defense or attack. Ask yourself one simple question. Is it  worth going to war!  Sometimes it is, but we always have the choice.

The other word that comes up is  “surrender”. When we’ve done all we can do , sometimes we just need to let it be, do our best to stay in the present moment and wait it out.

 

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In Life and Light

 

Michelle

NEW MOON IN LIBRA 1st OCTOBER

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BALANCING ACT

October kicks off with a NEW MOON in Libra, in the wee small hours of the morning on Saturday, in the Southern Hemisphere (up north, it happens on 30th September) . This  moon has  expansive, optimistic Jupiter along-side it, continuing the theme I wrote about last week in my Equinox post. As many of you may know, Jupiter expands whatever it touches. When it touches something good, that expands and when it touches something not so good… well… then there will be more of that!

Even though this looks like a purely lucky, expansive ,harmonious  New Moon at first glance (and it is), there is another side to it.

This one sets the scene for a bit of a balancing act for the next few weeks.  Some of you (if you’re old enough) might remember using scales with weights at school. You put a couple on one side and then had to adjust and re-adjust, until you got  them to balance perfectly…. adding a few, taking a few away. That’s what Libra  is actually about… adjusting until you find the balance. It doesn’t just magically happen… unfortunately.

Picture this on this new moon – on one end  of the scale, we have a peaceful, happy, pleasing little bunch,  consisting of Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon, providing us with the opportunity  of bringing more peace, love, harmony, balance and money into our lives.

On the other side, (in a square to the peace party) we have assertive, ambitious, sometimes war-like  Mars in  Capricorn AND  Pluto, the plumber of the psyche. Did you ever, when you were a child link arms with your mates and walk through the school yard singing “We walk straight, so you’d better get out the way” Well, maybe not, but I remember it vividly!   This is what Mars and Pluto in Capricorn remind me of?  I am driven to move forward/upward and nobody is going to stop me! This is obviously in stark contrast to the pleasing bunch in Libra!

This duo certainly is not going to let us get away with being too airy fairy or idealistic. They’re intensely focused on getting to the bottom of our relationships – those we have with others, our homes, our finances and ourselves. They will urge us to drill down and bring to the surface wherever we’re being inauthentic or  our lives are out of whack.

These are good questions to ask this new moon

  • Am I standing at the centre point of my life or am I allowing myself to be jostled about by others?.
  • Am I giving too much… or too little to the significant people in our live?
  • Am I co-operating in a spirit of unity or just being a push-over?
  • Where am I pleasing others to the detriment of my own goals and dreams?
  • Where and how are others being mirrors to me?

 

This is a good time to negotiate what we need in our relationships, so grab your “person” by the hand, go somewhere beautiful  and have a good heart-to-heart.

There’s magic in the air. You never know what might happen….

 

In Life and light

SPRING EQUINOX 22ND SEPTEMBER  –Join the Circle

SPRING EQUINOX 22ND SEPTEMBER –Join the Circle

Hi all. Here’s a quick update and request. Please read before 22nd September.

Although we usually call 1st September  Spring day in the Southern Hemisphere, the real start of spring is at the Spring Equinox,  which happens on 22nd September this year in South Africa.

Equinoxes happen when day and night are almost exactly the same length… everywhere. The word equinox comes from Latin and means  “equal night”, so the spring equinox represents a point of balance .

This is also  the time of the year, where we sow seeds of hope, both physically and metaphorically, not only for ourselves, but for humanity as well.

With Jupiter having just entered Libra, as I wrote about last week, the focus of this eclipse is on peace, love and harmony.

My good friend Antoinette McInnes has been working tirelessly to organise a Crystal Ceremony at the exact time of the Equinox, a moment of perfect balance.  During the ceremony, a rose quartz crystal will be earthed, with the intention of  activating heart chakra opening and moving people towards a vibration of Christ Consciousness. There will be a special focus on raising the vibration of South Africa, but of course, there is no limit to such things and the crystal will be connected to any worldwide crystal grids and to anybody else with the same intention.

If you’re concerned about our country and our planet and are keen to plant some good strong seeds of hope,  please join in from wherever you are at 16:21  Spend a few moments in quite reflection on your own, or in a group, to plant a crystal of your own and/or to focus on any or all of the following.

Unconditional LOVE
Forgiveness
Compassion
Kindness
Nurturing
Understanding
Harmony
Gentleness
Joy
Peace
Service
Faith

If this resonates, please share this as far and wide as you can.

In life, light and hope for all

Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 14TH SEPTEMBER

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 14TH SEPTEMBER

War or Peace

There are some strong themes in the heavens right now,  which suggest  that positive change is afoot.

LUNAR ECLIPSE

On Friday 16th September, we will have a lunar eclipse, following on from the solar eclipse on the 1st September. It’s a bit like we’re in the birth canal, where something new is about to be born, but we still need a few more hefty pushes.

A lunar eclipse happens  when the moon (feminine) is eclipsed by the Sun (Masculine). With this one, the sun is still in organised (male) Virgo, while the moon is in  (feminine) oceanic, free-flowing Pisces. But there’s more… our lunar lady is  swimming  gill-to- gill with Chiron the wounded healer and kick boxing with Mars in Sagittarius.

So… what this means in English, is that this Eclipse  is rather a wing dinger, where old wounds (and anger)  around male domination of women could be triggered. If you read deeper into this… it also means the triggering of anger within us, particularly if we honour  the masculine over the feminine, paying more attention to what we’re achieving, to the intellect, than to our inner workings.

When I feel into the energy of the eclipse, it reminds me a little of a  pressure cooker, which we need to keep an eye on, lest that pressure rise to a point where the lid pops right off!

Leading up to, during and after this eclipse, give yourself permission to process any residual or obvious irritation or anger and find a way of letting off some steam.  Anger often rises when the masculine and feminine  within us are polarised… when we’re not listening to our inner voices, when we’re disconnected from our souls.

We’re being urged right now in a big way, to really listen to what our bodies our telling us (Virgo), to connect with the feminine emotions that are simmering underneath the surface (Pisces) and to intuitively (rather than intellectually)  move towards our goals (Mars in Sagittarius).

…which  leads me to the next big planetary happening:

Drum roll please!

JUPITER HAS JUST ENTERED LIBRA

For the past year, Jupiter the planet of growth and expansion has been travelling through earthy grounded Virgo, along with the North Node of the moon. The energy of Jupiter is expansive, curious, optimistic and enthusiastic. It wants to travel, grow, learn, enjoy life and shoot its arrows towards the stars. When it’s in Virgo, it feels a tad boxed in to say the least.  During the last year, many of us have realised that the big bold creative ideas we had when Jupiter was in Leo (July 2014 to August 2015)    require routine and dedication and that Rome really wasn’t built in a day… Damn!  The  saying “Chop wood, carry water”  comes to mind. Necessary, but not entirely easy.

This is all rather humbling and very often, at this point, the “dreams” are put in the bottom drawer, as we feel overwhelmed, incompetent or incapable of moving forward with them.

And now, our planet of expansion has finally moved into peace-loving, beauty seeking, social, relationship-orientated  Libra. …it’s a bit like a breath of fresh air, which we will probably start to feel after the eclipse.  It will hopefully bring some lightness to the mix and in the next year, we should see growth, expansion and opportunities  in the Venusian areas of life –  love,  money, creativity, art, relationships, social contact, beauty, peace. … Yes Please!

Where ever Libra sits in your birth chart is where you can expect this kind of growth and opportunity.  If you think back to 12 years ago, when Jupiter was was last in Libra, you might get an idea of what’s in store for the next year.

Historically,  Jupiter moving into Libra has often come hand in hand with peace initiatives and lucrative trade agreements. World War II ended days after Libra entered Libra in 1945. On other occasions, according to astrologers specialising in that kind of thing,  the Oslo accord and the Strategic Arms Treaty were signed and SA abandoned it’s Nuclear Weapons programme. Let’s all hold the hope that there will be more of the same in the year to come.

Jupiter’s move also coincides with the ending of the heavy Saturn Neptune square which has had us all in its grip this year. So, here’s hoping the veil starts to lift a bit and that some clarity begins to peak out from behind those  Neptunian Clouds, so we can begin to birth the new.

Check out my new workshops in September and October, when we will be working with these themes. Email me for details if you’re not on my newsletter list.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle