Solar Eclipse 13 July- Riding the Wave

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Have any of you been feeling some rather intense energy over the last few days …particularly around family, security, home, mothering, roots?  Well…  its not really surprising, as we prepare for the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer in the early hours of Friday morning 13 July (in South Africa).

It’s always emotionally intense  when both the sun and the moon are in the watery, sensitive  sign of the crab, but this one takes it up a good few notches.

When we have a solar eclipse, the sun is overwhelmed by the moon.  In other words the feminine vanquishes the masculine. The light disappears and we are pulled into the darkness for a while.

This can feel scary at first, but when we stay there for a while, our eyes start to readjust and we start to see things differently. When the obvious colours and details are not available, we start to look at things in a deeper way. That is what is asked of us now.

DEEP SEA DIVING

This New Moon eclipse forms an exact opposition to Pluto, the king of the underworld, modern ruler of Scorpio.  Pluto is the plumber of the zodiac, beckoning us beneath the surface, so that we might process any debris that might be sitting there, or, to be blunt,  clear out the sewer. Not a particularly pleasant thing to do, but quite necessary every now and then to avoid even more, serious blockages in the future.

Suffice to say, emotions that are coming up right now might not be comfortable at all, especially for those who have a lot of fire/ air in their charts, who prefer to keep things light and positive!

Amongst myself and my closest friends, here are some examples of what is and has been arising over the past week. Issues around home/security/ finances/;    illness to do with fluids (pneumonia);  flooding of houses; old emotional issues coming to the surface;  leaking roofs,  a feeling of general down-ness or off-ness for no seeming reason; big emotions around parenting/  family issues and responsibilities; feeling sick to the stomach; feeling lost at sea, having lost sight of the shore; vivid disturbing dreams.

So – what do we do?

Well, those troublesome, irritating feelings or general dis-ease,  “off-ness” or “not-so-goodness”, are just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath, if we do some deep sea diving, we may discover beauties like anger, sadness, grief, rage or fear, which are desperately trying to get our attention. And… as usual, we have the choice to feel them or to beat them into submission… guess which one works better?

HONOUR YOUR FEELINGS

The good news is that if we are prepared to honour the feelings that come up, we have a very supportive, very powerful Grand Water Trine, formed by Sun/Moon, Jupiter and Neptune, which can help us to bring understanding to or clear some debris, so that we can move forward, lighter and less encumbered. Jupiter in Scorpio (more water)  has just moved direct after 4 months of being retrograde. With Jupiter being a beneficial planet, this can be seen as a positive thing – much like a giant pressure hose, coming in to clear away all the sticky stuff, if we choose to allow it to do so.

If however, we elect to repress or medicate or numb the emotions that are coming up, they will simply join the others  lurking in the sewer,  until the next time.

If  there was ever a time to ride the wave of emotion, this is it. Many of us are feeling the angst and suffering of Mother Earth and humanity right now, in addition to our own.  Consider this… what if, each time we  feel a feeling, without  censorship or guilt, we help to transmute it, perhaps not only for ourselves, but for mankind and Mother Earth too?

RADICAL SELF CARE

I see this as a time of radical self care. If you feel insecure, needy, inadequate, sad or full of rage, sit with it for a few moments and breathe into it…  or express it in some way… dance it, sing it, paint it, write a poem about it, journal it –   if it’s anger, hitting a pillow really helps.  Then ask yourself how best you can show up, nourish and nurture yourself.  Maybe that means  cooking yourself a warm nourishing meal, sitting next to a fire, or perhaps connecting with the people who love you, taking a nap, or having a hot bath.  What would you advise your best friend, lover or child to do if they were in distress?

…Do that for yourself!

Every single time we abandon or berate ourselves, we deplete our energetic  and emotional tanks. Every time we value and love ourselves, we fill them up. All our tanks need regular cleaning and refilling and this is the time to do it. The fuller our individual tanks are, the more love we have to give.

SOME TOOLS TO HELP YOU RIDE THE WAVE

You might want to try Emotional Freedom Technique. Try it – it’s really simple and sure  does work. Whilst tapping certain points, you acknowledge what you are feeling (out loud preferably EG “Even though I am feeling …. X, Y Z, I deeply love and approve of myself”

Other tools that could help would be grounding – spending time outside with no shoes,  walking, spending time in nature, meditating, deep breathing, or visiting a hypnotherapist, trusted energy worker or psychologist. Just as we feed ourselves nutritional food,  and exercise our physical bodies, our emotional bodies and energetic bodies also need regular nourishment and tune ups!

 

Eclipses always happen in sets and have much longer lasting effects than normal new and full moons. This one marks the start of the Cancer/ Capricorn eclipse season, which will last until 2020, so there’s lots of time to work with these themes . The last time we had an eclipse at the same degree was 11 July 2010, so you might find that there are similar themes that are coming up.

SET THOSE NEW INTENTIONS

This solar eclipse is also an excellent time to set new intentions. Wherever 20 degrees of Cancer/ Capricorn lies in your chart will usually be where this is most pressing.

If you’d like to plumb further into this, you might consider setting up an Eclipse Reading, where we can explore how and where this is going to be working with you personally over the next few years.

AUGUST WORKSHOP AND RETREAT

My next Art & Soul workshop, CELEBRATING WOMEN will be in Durban on Women’s Day, 9th August, followed by COME HOME TO YOU,  a retreat on 10th to 12th August, where I will be collaborating with Deborah Prosser of Rest & Digest.

CAPE TOWN WORKSHOPS

Stay tuned for exciting new workshops and retreats in the Cape Area.

With  you in the Ocean

Michelle

 

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Lifelight Astrology July 2016

 

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July gets off to a swimming start with a new moon in watery Cancer on 4th July, accompanied by Venus and Mercury, all forming a beautiful flowing aspect to Neptune in Pisces… fluid, imaginative, gentle, connected to all that is!  But… but there’s more…. Pluto, King of the Underworld is opposing this bunch too, adding some drama , depth and intensity to the picture.

So… grab your snorkel and get ready for some deep sea diving in the month ahead, punctuated by some blissful, creative, in-the-moment inspired drifting. In astrology, water represents emotions, feelings, gut instincts and intuition. Cancer is the sign of mothering, nurturing, family and home. More importantly, the sign of the crab is about SECURITY.

Neptune in Pisces is gently coaxing us to find our security and stability from a deeper, more eternal source… to acknowledge the connection, magic and mystery that exists amongst all things and to trust it !

Imagine drifting along on your back in a turquoise sea… gentle  sun on your face, soft nourishing water caressing your body… not a care in the world. You feel safe, held, nurtured, comfortable and connected to all that is… Bliss!

And then…. cue music…. The sky darkens a little, as a cloud passes over the sun and the air grows suddenly chilly. Before you know it, something grabs you by the ankle and pulls you under the water. This would be Pluto, who’s been cruising around like a sea monster, looking for some company, wanting to take you on a deeper exploration of your psyche.

For a few moments you’re completely disorientated, possibly fearing that you might never re-surface. After kicking and screaming and struggling with all your might, you realise that it’s not doing any good and that you might indeed drown if you continue. So, you decide to surrender and allow him to lead you into the nooks and crannies of your unconscious, coming up for a breath of  air every now and then. Even though the water has changed, it’s still the same ocean and you’re still being held.

Pluto in Capricorn represents the security we get from external sources – our jobs, homes, status, as well as those big, hefty, governmental structures, bosses, authority figures,  institutions and banking systems. With all that’s been going on globally, it’s pretty clear that things are changing on our planet and will never be the same again. That which we have always depended on to provide us with our security is in a constant state of flux and change, whether we like it or not.

Many of us are  asking…What will become of us?  What if we can’t earn the money we need to earn to support ourselves and our families? What if we can’t keep ourselves safe?  Or, for the very rich – what if we lose the wealth we’ve built?  I don’t think there’s anyone who isn’t feeling this on some level.

This month we’re being asked to really look at where we find our sense of security and stability from in this constantly changing world.

What is it that constitutes security for you? Is it your money, your job,  business, love partner, family,  group of friends,  home?

Here’s it comes – the Sea monster ….Grab that snorkel…

What if every single thing that you’ve always though provides you with security were to leave your life or change completely… what then?

Who would you be, without  the things you own, without the people who love you, without your job, your title, your home?

Who or what is it that lies beyond or beneath all of that?

Difficult questions, I know, but each of us needs to find those answers for ourselves. Neptune is at hand to encourage us to find the stability we search for within ourselves and through our eternal connection to Source. We’re encouraged to tune in, listen to our dreams and notice the signs that guide us to the centre of the storm and they are surely there, if we pay attention!

With all this Cancerian energy, I see this as a very good time to work with those needy little children that reside within each one of us and to re-parent ourselves on every level. We need to be very present and attentive to the fears and old conditioned beliefs that arise this month, as if we were dealing with frightened children…. Because we are?

If your children or nieces and nephews came to you and said,  “I’m really scared”, what would you say to them?  How would you nurture them? How would you support them?

Whatever you would say to them or do for them, do the same for yourself.

During July and August I’ll be facilitating four workshops to connect with, nourish and celebrate our inner children. In July we will meet and re-envision our 0 – 7 selves and in August our 7 to 18 selves. This is probably the most important work we can do on this journey of the Soul, so come and play for the day!  See here or email me for details

Above all this month, allow the water this month to cleanse, soften and nourish you.

Take time to really connect with what nurtures you and makes you feel safe. It could be going into meditation, painting a picture, getting together with your special tribe and having a beautiful comforting meal, or perhaps running a hot bath, lying on the ground, allowing Mother Earth to hold you, or sitting quietly with a cup of tea and just connecting with the bigger you… the eternal you, the soulful you… the you that will be here  long after Brexit and Trump and Malema and all the stuff of the world as we know it.

In life and Light

Michelle