Metamorphosis in 7 Steps

Metamorphosis in 7 Steps

tree butterfly mandala

There’s some butterflyingly beautiful, transformational energy around for the next month folks. Right now, we have Venus, Mars and Jupiter (all in Virgo), in a gorgeous free flowing trine to Pluto (the planet of Transformation and ruler of Scorpio)…and then on the 23rd, the Sun  enters Scorpio, further assisting us in transmuting whatever we choose to, in our lives.

I’ve been fascinated by the concept of metamorphosis ever since I was a small child, when I spent my days poking holes into  shoe- box lids and  collecting mulberry leaves for my silkworms.   The process by which the caterpillar or worm turns into the butterfly or moth, has long been  used as a human metaphor for transforming states of consciousness, from one dimension to another.  With all this Scorpio Energy around,  I’m dedicating the next month’s writings, Facebook postings and Workshops to the Butterfly and the incredible process of Transformation.

The glorious, gorgeous butterfly, which not only lifts our spirits, but also serves the planet by pollinating our plants, starts off it’s life as a  caterpillar … doing it’s thing, eating and crawling and hanging out with other caterpillars, not for a minute envisaging life as anything other than a caterpillar.  And then one day, our little friend  decides he just doesn’t feel like doing the same old thing everyday, so he starts to shed his skin, stops eating and hangs upside down on a twig. It is here that he starts to spin himself a cocoon, and that’s as much as most of us know. He goes into the chyrsalis as a caterpillar and comes out as a butterfly… right?

Yep, but what happens in between?

Well, he starts to let go of his caterpillarness entirely. He actually starts to release enzymes which dissolve all his tissues, until there’s seemingly nothing left of him… just caterpillar soup! You can imagine that for the caterpillar, this probably feels a little confusing and disorientating to say the least! But it is there, in the midst of the apparent dissolution, that the magic starts to happen. A group of cells, known as imaginal discs survive the dissolution and using the protein rich soup around them, start to form the features of a butterfly.

There was order in the chaos after all!

Out of this imaginal place, emerges the possibility of the caterpillar transforming into something completely different.  It takes some time, but eventually, the wings start to form and he starts to push his way out of the cocoon.  But, its not over yet… our newly designed butterfly now needs to  struggle out of his cocoon all on his own.   The restriction of the cocoon and the difficulty required to get through the opening, forces fluid to flow from the body into the wings, so that they will be strong enough for him to fly. If he is helped out by anyone, he will literally never get off the ground.

For me, this  describes the energy of Scorpio and the theme of transformation so perfectly. We’ll explore the concept in more depth over the next month, as the full moon and new moon in November continue this theme.

In the meantime, consider the caterpillar’s story,  how you have experienced the different phases of metamorphisis in your own life and how you have emerged, time and time again. Its a good idea to journal or visual journal it.

Consider too, where you feel you might be in this process right now, bearing in mind that different parts of your life might be at different phases of transformation. i.e. your business might be in the cocoon stage, your relationship might be emerging!

Are you or is a part of your life:

  • Crawling around, tired of the same old, same old
  • Feeling the need to hang upside down (change your perspective)
  • In the cocoon/ withdrawn – feeling like things are dissolving and changing
  • Starting to imagine a new life
  • Getting ready to emerge
  • Struggling to emerge
  • Emerging as a butterfly

I am very excited to announce a brand new one-day workshop “Metamorphosis – Me as a Butterfly”  where we’ll  play with these themes in the Magical Imaginal Realm of meditation, movement and art.  I will be running the same workshop on Saturday 14th November and Saturday 28th November, so as to accommodate end of the year busy-ness . See below for details.

metamorphosis

Blessings

Michelle

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Lifelight Astrology 30th July – Once in a Blue Moon

moon child

Big news in the next couple of days and weeks folks.  First of all there’s the full moon on the 31st July, which is the second one this month, commonly known as a Blue Moon. Having two full moons in one month only happens about once every 2.7 years, hence the saying “Once in a Blue moon” .  This one certainly is even more potent than usual, with 6 planetary bodies now in retrograde motion.

It feels as though the planets are conspiring to sloooooow us right down, so that we can re-flect, re-assess and re-strategise our lives.

Two important planets turned retrograde this week, encouraging us to ask:

Uranus – What needs to change? Where are we stuck? Where are we afraid to be different?

Venus (retrograding back into Leo) – What do we really love and value? … and are we treating it with love and value? When Venus connected with Jupiter earlier in July, different ways of being, new ideas and creative urges surfaced. Now a few weeks down the line, we reassess, re-look – do they still have value and if so, have we acted on them or left them by the roadside?

Here’s a quick question… without over thinking it… in your head, list 5 people or (furry/ feathered beings) who you love and cherish with all your heart… those you would hate to lose the most. Ok – once you have them, bank them for later….

Back to the planets. The full moon is in Aquarius, ruled by the Planet Uranus, bringer of thunderbolts and lightning and  designed to get us to remove our heads from our  butts… stop… look around and see the bigger picture. This is the ideal moon to boot us clean 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 thing over and over again and expecting different results – the definition of insanity, according to Mr Einstein.

So, the energy this week is likely to range from rather exciting, to a bit prickly, or edgy, to downright uncomfortable, bringing old emotional and physical aches and pains to the surface. This 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 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 is good for us, we don’t do it?

I honestly believe it boils down to a lack of self worth, which seems to be a global epidemic. The truth is, if we really, truly believed we were valuable, wouldn’t we treat ourselves as such?

Back to the list you made earlier. Did you appear on it amongst your nearest and dearest?  Well done if you were and if you weren’t … well …there you have it…!

I was speaking to a friend on the weekend about self- worth and I remembered a story I heard once. I’ve forgotten the exact details, so I’ll re-write it, just for fun. Hey Venus in Leo brings out the playful me.

Let’s call it Matilda and the Monk.  One day, a Monk came upon Matilda, weeping and wringing her little hands in despair. She had made some sort of boo-boo and was busy beating herself black and blue. In between sobs, she told the Monk what a terrible person she was and how little value she thought she  had. “I’m just no use to anyone” said little Matilda.

The Monk sat down and took her by the hand. When the tears subsided a little, he asked her how much she would be prepared to sell one of her eyes for. Matilda was horrified – “One of my Eyes ….?  Never…. How would I see?”, she said. “How about an ear?”, he asked. Again, the answer was a resounding “No”. The Monk continued to ask her how much she would ask for a hand, a foot, her heart,  which kept her blood flowing, her lungs that helped her to breathe or the skin that protected her.

Needless to say, by the end of the exercise, Matilda’s eyes were regaining a sparkle, and she had started to sit up a lot straighter, as she realised that she was, in fact, priceless… that there was no amount of money that could replace the amazing miracle that was Matilda.

And so it is with each of us. We are precious and priceless and we deserve to be treated as such. So…. this month, how about treating yourself as you would the most precious person in the world? How about thanking yourself for all that you do on any given day?  How about congratulating yourself on the small wins, rather than beating yourself up, when you feel you don’t succeed?

According to Matt Kahn, every time we do this, we fill up our self-worth tanks. The fuller they are, the more we will treat ourselves as valuable and the more love we will have to spill out into the world. And that my dears is the theme of big, lion-hearted Leo. Leo loves LOVE, creativity, expression, fun and beautiful things.

With Venus doing the lion dance again, maybe its time to ditch all the stuff that you no longer wear and try a different look, more suited to who you are NOW, or change your hairstyle, vamp up your décor or just have some fun!

As I see it, when Leo is around in all his playful glory, it is THE time of the year to start loving our inner child.  To celebrate come and play for the day in August – see below for details about my Doodling workshops.

I am also offering a special on Readings for children for the next two months – see below for details.

And lastly, I’m thrilled to bits to be planning my next (Summer) Retreat and my next workshops in Johannesburg– below.

All this excitement!  Must be the Full moon drawing near!

In Love and Leo Light

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology Update 21 January – Out the box

Aquarius New moon: Think out the box

This week, we start to feel the energy of the sun entering the freedom-seeking, communicative  sign of Aquarius. We started our journey this year clambering up our earthy little Capricorn mountains, filled with serious intentions and back-packs full  of responsibilities. Now, those packs are starting to feel a bit heavy.

Ooef….Another year…. another mountain…seems to be the general consensus.

It’s time to put the pack down, sit under a tree and consider the view of your year from a different perspective.  If you’re approaching the year in the same old way, it’s time for a change. How can you introduce some of the lightness and freedom you may have experienced during the festive season into your life more regularly? Those excursions to beautiful places … why not do more of them during your normal week and stop waiting for the holidays to give yourself the permission to have fun? The social gatherings you may have had – why not organise them more often?  Life is all about connection, after all, so if you’re slogging up your mountain all on your own, reach out.

Aquarius is all about community – friends, groups and gatherings and seeing things from a broader perspective. Connect with like-minded people and let your minds run free as you  brainstorm wild new ideas. Share your dreams and your dilemmas with others and let them help you come up with some new progressive ways of doing things.

We have the opportunity of being very inventive, original and innovative in the next month, so let’s make the most of it and march to our very own, very unique drums.  Do something different… that you ordinarily wouldn’t do … go somewhere new,  change your routine, wear something unusual, take the risk of standing out.

This is the time to think out of the box … to express yourself differently. And if that chastising parental voice tells you to get back inside it, tell it to get lost and roam free.

More on this next week. Watch this space for news on the exciting transformational workshops I’ll be running on this theme in February and March.

Please like  my Facebook page, where I post regular updates and inspirations.

Blessings to you all 

Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY OCTOBER 2013

The Divine Romance

By Michelle McClunan

fiberdance

As usual, the Universe has been conspiring to provide me with exactly the material I need for October’s newsletter.  After a long, dry winter in Natal, I was feeling a little arid myself, tired, cranky and creatively somewhat stuck. So, I made a decision to head to Knysna for a short holiday with one of my oldest and dearest friends, on the beautiful farm she stays on. My head was shrieking at me… stay at home and “do, do, do”… but for once, I opted to listen to my heart and just  “be, be, be”.
One week later, after lots of hearty meals, afternoon snoozes, chats around cozy log fires, art making, walks in nature, a paddle down the Goukamma river, communing with donkeys, cats, dogs and other assorted flying, walking, buzzing beings, we’re both slowly starting to sense a quickening … a rustle of energy here… a flutter of excitement there… the first flush of enthusiasm… as the slightly submerged life spark slowly starts to ignite the fire of passion that resides deep within us… a little like falling in love actually. By slowing down, nurturing ourselves and allowing ourselves to “be”,  we’ve been strengthening our inner female; softening and becoming more receptive, so that she can provide her inner male with a warm, fertile place to land, penetrate and light the spark of new birth.  We’ve started to accept the differences and needs of our masculine and our feminine and to integrate the two.  Jung called this individuation, the alchemical transformation process of the personality into spiritual gold.And that is exactly what the astrology for the end of September and much of October is all about (see what I mean about the Universe conspiring?).  Mars in Leo (Driven, active, creative male energy) is at loggerheads with Venus in Scorpio (Passionate, intense, transformative female energy).  The Sun in Libra steps in to help bring about peace, harmony and balance through integration.  The New moon in Libra on 5th and the Lunar Eclipse in Aries on the 19th further reinforce the theme. The Uranus Pluto square becomes exact again at the end of October, so we will need to be as integrated and balanced as possible, to stay centred amidst ongoing personal and global change.
When the masculine and feminine within us is out of balance, you can bet your bottom Zimbabwean dollar that we’re going to project the lack of harmony we feel onto others, which can only lead to tension, aggression and conflict.  This is basically what’s happening in Western Society, which to a large degree, praises male energy and quashes the feminine. When last did someone ask you how you were really feeling on the inside? Usually the first thing we ask is what you’ve been “up” to, how much you’ve achieved and what you’ve been doing ‘out there in the world’.  And so, in an attempt to be seen in the eyes of the world as successful, we favour and strengthen the masculine and downplay the feminine. The problem is, whatever we’re oppressing, rejecting, judging or withholding has to have an effect on the opposite. Hard as we might try to keep them apart, the masculine and feminine within us can never be separated – they are woven into the very fabric that is us.Let’s look at the archetypal male and female qualities that are found within us all, so we can get an idea of what might need some tweaking. Give whatever is more active in your life 1 point and then add up either column to see which one is more dominant at the moment.
Who’s wearing the pants?
FEMALE MALE
Moon / Egg/ Earth, Water/ Yin/ Soul Sun / Sperm/ Fire, Air / Yang/ Spirit
Receive
Surrender
Nurture
Dream
Gather
Reflect
Rest
Lean back
Listen
Feel
Intuition
Synthesis
Now
Mercy
Chaos
Soft
Depression
Stillness
Contain
Being
In, down, under
Push
Assert
Defend
Rationalise
Hunt
Shine
Strive
Push forward
Speak
Think
Logic
Analysis
Future
Discipline
Order
Firm
Anxiety
Motion
Expand
Doing
Out, up, above
If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, brittle, filled to the brim with busyness, rational ideas, lists and strategies, but have difficulty in manifesting them into anything tangible, your inner male is probably running the show.If you’re feeling hyper emotional, heavy, lethargic, confused, stagnant or unable to move forward, your inner female is wearing the pants. What’s probably needed is a good dose of active, animating male energy to hoof her out of her sludge. 
Here’s an example of how the dance can play out. We feel a pain, ache or discomfort. An awareness arises within us that we need to pause, nurture, turn inward, slow down and relax. Society and survival say “No way Jose – keep trucking – what about the rent?”  So we march on like true little soldiers… firing off a relentless stream of busy little idea sperms into the world.  If we can just push a little harder, succeed a little more, be more disciplined, more focused, then we’ll feel secure and things will be just dandy.  In the war we wage on the world, the feminine side of us gets relegated to the sidelines like ugly floral wallpaper as we continue to climb our ‘oh so important’ mountains.
And then suddenly, the earth shifts and we feel ourselves slipping … an accident, illness, retrenchment, break-up or some situation arises that more or less brings us to our knees.  We have no choice.  We stop because we have to… our thirsty souls have designed it that way.  We spend time being, nurturing, replenishing, listening, renewing and softening, so that when that little sperm cell comes a’cruisin’, it finds a soft fertile place to land.And then, it’s a lot like a love story… that first flush of romance when we feel special and cherished, we start to remember the things we once loved about ourselves; sparkling new ideas start to appear as if out of a fog; the life spark that we thought may have been lost forever starts to ignite. We start to feel capable, grounded, confident, ready to commit to this new unconditionally loving Divine Romance and dance the dance of life.
What’s the status of your inner marriage? Does your male have a nurturing place to come home to?  Do you tell each other how much you love each other or snipe at each other?  Do you appreciate your differences and love each other anyway, like you did in the beginning?  Do you still cherish you?  Are you faithful to you?  Do you buy you flowers, write you love letters, stick to the vows you make to yourself?  Is your marriage bed sacred or do you allow creepy characters to threaten its sanctity?  What if you were to fall in love with all of you again and commit to yourself in Holy Matrimony?
The honour of your presence is requested
at the marriage of yourself to yourself
at my next 
Art & Soul Workshop
 The Divine Romance
 

on the 19th (full day) and 20th October (Half day) 
(Lunar Eclipse)  
We’ll spend a magical day re-introducing our inner male and female to each other, igniting the spark of love between them and joining them in Holy Matrimony.  It’s going to be a fun creative process – there will be music; there will be prayers; there will be vows, rituals, flowers, delicious food and magical art making. If you bring three friends with you, you’ll receive a 50% discount.
  
If you feel ready to nourish, celebrate and recommit to yourself
 
Please visit my  Facebook page  to enter an exciting promotion where you stand to win a free Skype Astrological session with me. Like my page and you will receive regular astrology updates, insights and inspirations throughout the month.

Blessings.

Michelle