NEW MOON JANUARY 6TH IN CAPRICORN

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– This beautiful image was created at my Ebb & Flow Retreat last year by Jenny Piercey

Can you even believe that another year has ended and a new one has begun?  Happy New Year everybody!

If you’re anything like me, you might be feeling that we’re still in 2018! This could be because we started the year with the Moon in her waning cycle, which isn’t necessarily the most optimal energy for setting intentions and getting those over-indulged Christmas-infused engines going.

Energetically, the official start to this calendar year as I see it, is marked by the New Moon/ partial Solar Eclipse on the 6th January. New Moons always mark new beginnings and provide us with powerful opportunities every month to set intentions, send them out into the Universe and start new endeavours.

EARTH – CAPRICORN

This is a particularly strong one, setting the theme for the year. The Sun and Moon are joined in Capricorn by Mercury and the South Node and flanked by transformational Pluto on one side and Saturn, the wise teacher on the other. That’s a LOT of Capricorn/ambitious/ goal setting energy right there!

Depending on where and how this plays out in your personal chart, on a positive note, it’s likely to bring some commitment, common sense, maturity and clarity to your thought processes and decision making, with regards to how you want to move forward in your life.  However, it could also feel a little heavy – as if there’s a giant finger wagging in front of you, demanding to know what your next move is going to be. With Pluto joining this little party, there could also be  some intense encounters with others, around security, money, business and/or home.

FIRE

Uranus turning direct in Aries and Mars in the same sign adds some fire energy to the mix, which bodes well for moving forward with new ideas, but can also ignite anger or aggression. Deeeeep breaths people!

GOALS… RESPONSIBILITIES!

It may be that the prospect of another year is a bit overwhelming or responsibility laden. All those expectations …. all those goals you need to set for 2019… all those things you have to accomplish… the weight you need to lose or gain…. the decisions you need to make….  the diets you need to go on…. the money you need to earn…. the parts of yourself you have to fix…….

Really… ?

Truly…..?

It all just sounds exhausting to me!

SOFTENING INTO FLOW

Fortunately Neptune is around to soften things and suggests that we don’t have to control every little thing or figure it all out!. The King of the ocean beckons us into the flow of life, over and over again and reminds us that “success” is an inner, not an outer thing;  that striving and  outward success is not guaranteed to make us happy.

BALANCE

With the Moon’s nodes on the Cancer/ Capricorn axis until mid 2020, we are all being prompted to find a balance between being and doing,  nurturing/ nourishing and excelling out there in the world, between the inner and the outer.  We are reminded that stopping, resting, and tuning in is vital and the only way to reallly get into sync with ourselves and our innate life force, which is the starting point of everything.

THE PRESENT MOMENT

This present moment really is the only reality, so why not make one of the goals this year to commit to that!

 “The most important time in your life, is now

The most important person in your life, is the one in front of you… now

The most important activity in your life, is what you are doing now”

From “A Monk’s Journey”  Deepak Chopra

Really let those words seep into your soul!  They give me goosebumps!

There’s certainly nothing wrong with having goals and dreams, but when we define ourselves by them or link our self-worth to them, we are destined to live in an llusory future and very possibly set ourselves up for suffering.

How do you specifically, bring yourself into the present?  What about committing to more of that?  How do you love to feel?  Why not commit to doing/being more of whatever it is that makes you feel that and see what flows from there?

TO COMMIT OR NOT TO COMMIT

This New Moon,  have another look at your calendar, reassess your goals and ask yourself which ones you really, really, really want to commit to and why. If you have set goals to please others, perhaps question their  validity. If you are committing to things that don’t feel right for you anymore, can you choose differently?  How many of the things you have on your list bring a feeling of joy and expansion?  The one thing we do have as human being is the power of choice!

There really isn’t any sense in getting “ there” (wherever that might be) and being too exhausted to enjoy it.

SUSTAINABLE VISION – STEP BY STEP

With Venus joining Jupiter in Sagittarius on 7th January, we really do have the potential  this year of  tuning into the highest possible, achievable and sustainable visions we have for our lives and then committing to them with all the joy and presence that we can muster.

ASTROLOGY CONSULTATIONS

I have opened bookings for Astrology Consultations and Coaching Sessions from 22nd January. Please email me if you’d like to schedule an appointment.

VISION BOARD WORKSHOPS

Energetically the next two months are  definitely the best time to clarify our visions and put them out there, so I’ll be running two VISION BOARD workshops – one on the 19th January and the other on the 9th February.  I only have 2 spots left on 19th January, so be sure to book quickly if you’d like to join us on that day. So many people tell me that the visions they worked with in last year’s workshop have already manifested 🙂 –  so its really important to keep them updated and fresh. For more info  or to book, please email me

Here’s to an wonderful year ! I look forward to sharing it with you.

Blessings

Michelle

 

 

 

 

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FULL MOON DECEMBER 2018 & SUMMER SOLSTICE

Full Moon December 2018 and Summer Solstice are on the same day this year!  Click here for a beautiful song and images which celebrate this.

The 22nd December is a big day for us all. In the Southern Hemisphere, we have the Summer Solstice in the wee hours of the morning, marking the Sun’s entry into Capricorn and ushering in the change of seasons. It also represents the balance between light and dark, both inside and outside of ourselves. .

The Solstice is  always a powerful time to release the old and dream in the new, but this one is even more potent than normal, due to the full moon happening later that same day. According to the Farmers Almanac, this  has only happened 10 times since 1793, so it’s rather a rarity.

And there’s more…

ZERO POINT

This Full Moon also occurs at 0 degrees Cancer, known in Astrology as the Cardinal, Zero or Alpha point,  and representing an outward initiatory movement of energy.

The Moon being at the first degree of Cancer, suggests that our need to engage emotionally,  to love and to nurture, moves from ourselves outwards into the world. It’s a good time to reach out to people you’ve had differences with or those who might feel lonely and isolated at this time of the year.

The Sun at the first degree of Capricorn, suggests that our urge to bring about tangible results moves in an outward direction too, which bodes very well when considering our intentions for the New Year.

The next 3 full moons will also be at 0 degrees of the signs they are in,  so it seems like 2019 will be a year of bold new beginnings.

FULL MOON IN CANCER

The Moon  is always her most luminous, most powerful and most feminine when she passes through the nurturing sign of the crab and when she’s in her fullness, Mama Luna really does rule the night sky.

So, this promises to be a sensitizing, softening, heart opening moon, bringing into focus matters  around family, home, safety, security and our goals for the future. If you have been ignoring the needs of your body and soul,then this Full Moon will most certainly shine a light on those areas and show you what needs to be done. If you’ve hardened, she will soften you,  if you allow her to. This is the perfect time to reconnect with your inner world, your ancestors, your family and nourish yourself and each other  with what is real and true.

On the 21st/22nd December, be sure to take some time to reflect on the past year

Think back on what you can remember about each month and how this year has shaped, grown and expanded you.

  • What have the challenges been and have they helped you in any way to reach another level of understanding or self acceptance?
  • What have you achieved and what have you not?
  • Who has entered your life and who has left – and what have you learnt fromhat?

Then, with great empathy and compassion,  recognise the wins,  losses,  challenges and  victories, acknowledging every single thing as an integral part of your journey.

A lovely ritual you can do at the Full Moon Solstice, is to write down anything you want to release from the year and surrender it into a candle flame or a bonfire. Remember that fire transmutes and transforms, changes what was, into something else, so the process of burning is really  powerful.

The New Moon in Capricorn on January 6th will be the best time to set your intentions for the New Year

WORKSHOPS

I’ll be running two  Vision Board Workshops to kick the year off and get those intentions well and truly planted. They will be on  Saturday 19th January  and Saturday 10th February.   Vision boards really work folks. Please see my newsletter or Facebook for details or email me

ASTROLOGY CONSULTATIONS & COACHING

I will be consulting again from the second week of January, so please  email me  if you’d like to set up a reading.

THANK YOU!

Thank you all for reading my ramblings this past and for those of you who have had readings done, attended my workshops, retreats or classes or just been really good friends , I’m filled with appreciation and gratitude for your support and for the richness you’ve added to my life.

May you all have a stunning Full Moon Solstice, a blessed Christmas and Fantastic New Year !

Love

Michelle

Full Moon November 23rd – Don’t believe everything you think!

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by Michelle McClunan

Full moon November 23rd  is in Gemini, opposite the Sun, Jupiter and Mercury in Sagittarius and squaring Mars. This makes for a big, rather blustery, restless, perhaps slightly opinionated or impatient energy, which you might be feeling even now, in the lead up to the full moon.

On the upside, Sagittarius and its ruler Jupiter are all about big ideas, new perspectives, expansiveness, freedom and wonderful new visions for our lives. This sets the scene for the next year, as Jupiter has just moved into his own sign of Sagittarius. We’ll be exploring this more in the months to come.

For now, with Jupiter (our largest planet) being so close to the Sun and opposite the moon, does suggest BIG energy, big emotions, possibly big weather / maybe more bush fires and big internal and external changes.

And…. we also have no less than 7 planetary bodies in mutable signs right now. Mutable energy can be adaptable, restless, changeable, confused, edgy or even unstable.   This is a good time to  explore different perspectives, spread our nets wider,  travel, learn and dream.   However, It’s not that greatest time for detail-orientated projects. If you have a task that requires a lot of focused energy, it would be optimal to leave it for a few days. If you do it now, you might get more irritated than normal and/or make mistakes. If you don’t have the option of postponing it for a bit,  just make sure you have regular breaks.

The best thing we can all do right now is to consciously and repeatedly take ourselves out of the drama and plant ourselves firmly in the role of the observer, focus on our breath and earth ourselves – Spending  time outside barefoot every day will help to ground this energy.

MERCURY RETROGRADE

Mercury has just turned retrograde  and will stay that way until 6 December.  The winged messenger is currently  square  Neptune, making for potentially unclear communications, both within  and outside of us.  As many of you know, Mercury Retrograde can and often does, coincide with disturbances or breakdowns in all forms of communication and conveyance.

SO, even if it feels like you don’t have the time, take a few moments to back up your ALL your data – across all your devices. Check your travel bookings twice or three times before you push the button and allow for extra time to get wherever you’re going. Check documents before you sign them and take ten deep breaths before you react verbally – to anything. It’s a good time to reflect, reassess, research & reduce information overload.

And … Don’t believe everything you think or hear at this time!

WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

  • As a thought appears, see if you can step into the role of the observer and view it from a different perspective.
  • Before you say anything to anyone ( including yourself) you might ask if it’s actually true or necessary.
  • If you’re feeling scattered and battling to make a decision about something, you could try sitting  quietly and connecting with a “you” of a different age and asking what he/she would do in the situation you are faced with. Try it … it really does work. Ask the 5 year old you, the 14 year old you, the 90 year old you and see what comes up!
  • Or you could ask what somebody you respect would do. If it’s a money/business issue, you could ask what Richard Branson would do.  If a spiritual issue, what a specific spiritual teacher’s  advice would be.
  • Or you could just ask  yourself what would a wise person do in this situation.

As soon as we do this, we are able to look at things from a different perspective, we have access to different solutions to our problems.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” Wayne Dyer

CONSULTATIONS

I am taking a break from consulting in December, but am booking now for January. Please get in touch with me if you’d like to set up a reading for the New Year.

LA LUNA LA FEMME – MOON JOURNAL

As some of you might know, I am collaborating with two amazingly talented young women,  Keri Bainborough and Amy Keevy in producing a Monthly Moon Journal. We launched it in November and the wonderful  feedback is that it is really helping to connect women to the magic of their natural rhythms and therefore themselves, whether or not they are still menstruating.

If you’re keen to learn more about setting new and full moon intentions, holding ceremony, journalling and creating ritual in your life – if you really want to get in touch with yourself as a woman,, head on over to the online shop  and purchase you December copy.  And please pop over and follow us on Instagram  Or like us on Facebook

 

In Life and light

 

Michelle

 

New Moon November – Jewels from the Depths

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Image by Dariah Hlazatova

New Moon November 7th, sets the scene for the month ahead, so even if you miss it, this may be worth reading.

The upcoming New Moon is deeply intense, transformational and healing, being in Scorpio – a feminine, fixed water sign and trine to Neptune (mystical, magical,  healer of the unconscious and ruler of our dreamworld)  On the same day, Uranus moves back into Aries (from Taurus), opposes Venus and squares the nodal axis.  And lastly, Jupiter travels through the 29th degree of Scorpio, before he moves into Sagittarius. Final degrees are always known as a critical point on the wheel.  I explored Jupiter in Scorpio here 

That’s a lot of astrology, I know… so I’ll try and break it down!

SCORPIO – INTO THE DEPTHS

Scorpio energy is always intense, focused, intimate and penetrative – interested not in superficiality, but rather in what lies beneath the surface. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet of transformation. Both the sign and the planet are often referred to as the Plumbers of the Zodiac, so this is the time of the year when those plumbing rods need to be sent down into darker, shadowy parts of our psyches to clear out the pipes.   I find it interesting to note how many people are experiencing flu-like/ mucous-filled symptoms right now (fixed water), or water issues in the home – which seem to be difficult to shift.  This new moon seems like the purge we need.

THE SHADOW

Whether we like it or not, we all have parts of ourselves that we don’t like much…  shadow selves – the things we fear, self-doubts, denials, raging emotions.  Very often we are taught to repress the shadow, or are told that it is somehow unacceptable or “un-spiritual”, if there’s even such a thing!

We’re generally encouraged to embrace the light, not the dark!  This New Moon can lead us  through the darker, hidden sides of ourselves and into healing, if we let her.  We really cannot go forward, until we have faced whatever is buried within us and what is holding us back. If we do have the courage to explore beneath the surface, we might find that our  inner conflicts become our greatest strengths. At this time of the year astrologically, we are  urged to heal the unresolved issues about who we really are  (at the deepest level) and what we truly want to be.  This is transformation and life will effectively provide us with ample opportunities to work with it right now.

Some of you might feel a curtain go down at the thought of that. You might even be tempted to stop reading.

But before you leave…this doesn’t mean we have to hang out in the shadows forever or soak ourselves in the stagnant water!  Rather, it’s a call to connect with the wise observer, explore a bit and see what’s hiding there. If you do this, you might find that you bring to light some real jewels. It’s a very powerful time to investigate your dreams (Neptune) or your current life circumstances symbolically  and/or creatively!

HOW DO WE WORK WITH THIS?

There are many ways of doing this, but here’s one – a personal example, which is happening in my life right now:

On the superficial or mundane level, over the past year, with Jupiter (my personal chart ruler) moving through Scorpio, and Saturn opposing my Sun (in Cancer – the sign of the home), I’ve experienced a series of seriously challenging issues regarding my home/property, amongst which have been without doubt, the most awful tenants I’ve ever had.  They have finally left the property (happy dance) and new people have arrived.  All clear?  Nope! – even though I am very eager to clear their stagnant energy and start afresh, there’s now an issue with a boat… yes… a boat!  My delightful ex-tenants decided, in all their infinite wisdom to haul a great big ugly-ass boat down the steepest driveway in Hillcrest and now they can’t get it out!

What do I do with this and why even mention it?  It’s just life right?  Trivial even?   Well yes… but for me, viewing things like this symbolically makes life richer and more rewarding. Even though this is a frustrating life event, which I would dearly like to disappear forever, I decided to work it and drill down to explore it more.  So yesterday, after waking from a rather emotionally unsettling dream, which started stirring the waters to reveal a whole tribe of feelings – ranging from abandonment, fear to insecurity  (emotions emerging from the unconscious), I decided to write it all down in my trusty, ever faithful, non-judgement journal,  a practice which I wholeheartedly recommend.

THE BOAT

Well… there it was… the ugly ass boat came creeping onto the page and when I dug a little more, by asking some very obvious questions, rather a lot was revealed. When working like this, don’t assume you know the answer. Take the time to write it down and let the answer emerge. You can use this process to decode your dreams too.

This was the gist of it.  I  have been, and intend to go, even deeper than this, but I’m sharing the basics with you.

Q: What is a boat? A: It’s a vehicle which transports you though water

Q What is water symbolically  A: For me it represents emotion, often unconscious

Q: Where is the boat? A: It’s stuck on land (out of it’s element) at the bottom of my driveway, in my garden.

And a bit deeper:

Q: What does this tell me?  A:  That there is some “not so pretty”  stuff which needs to be dealt with; possibly some stuck or blocked emotions or fears related to my security,  home (inner and outer) that needs to be shifted. Well… yeah!

Q: What is the solution to the boat?  A: It might be that the boat can’t be taken out all at once (as I would prefer) but may have to be carted out piece by piece!  Or they’re going to have to hire a truck – in other words  – get some assistance.

On  a deeper level, what this reveals to me is that

  1. I may need some help in dealing with shifting my stuckness.
  2. I may have to deal with it bit by bit, and not all at once, even though I want it to be gone now!

So – that’s what I’m doing. The Universe answered the call with an extremely powerful session with a treasured and highly gifted healer friend, during which I experienced rather  a momentous energetic/ emotional shift, which  extended into the even and which I’m still working through.

Once again, the challenges that life present, turn out to be exactly the teachers I need… if I choose to see them like that.

Straight after journaling yesterday,  a post appeared on my timeline by a truly remarkable soul and therapist Matt Licata, who describes this, as well as the current Astrology more fluidly and cohesively than I could ever do, even though he’s not an astrologer.

Emotionally-sensitive, somatically-grounded inner work is unique to each person. We must discover for ourselves the most skillful, effective, and compassionate ways to open and enter into the body, psyche, and heart. No other can reveal the right way for us. The journey is individual and unique by nature, requiring experiential, primary experience; a collective spirituality will never meet the longing within.

It is difficult to tend to the shadow and lost pieces of psyche on our own, and is often best approached via an empathic, attuned relational field, where our experience can be co-regulated and integrated slowly, by way of the relational field itself. To “borrow” another’s soothed, calm nervous system as we enter uncharted territory.

The way of direct revelation is not the easy way. It is not the path of five-steps to empowerment, manifestation, or thinking our way into permanent happiness, abundance, and bliss. While it is natural to want clear methods and direction, it is too wild inside us for all that. It is a humble journey, heart-wrenching at times, as we will inevitably be asked to compassionately tend to the disowned as it surges for reunion.

The goal is not to become dependent upon another in an unhealthy way, but over time to practice the art of self-regulation and be able to shift wisely, skillfully, and compassionately between the two.

Wherever you are on your journey, you can ask a guide to bear witness as you move into unknown territory, honuoring the immensity of the call to wholeness. Find a therapist, lover, mentor, or friend; a tree, a bird, a mountain, or dog; the sky, the sun, the stars, or the mud. A God or Goddess, wise inner figure, or being of light.

Allow your symptoms to merge into these protectors and enter into dialogue, practicing intimacy with the inner material, while simultaneously not fusing with it.

It is unlikely we’ll ever fully understand or resolve the mystery of self and other, separation and union, sun and moon. But we can break open into the questions together, as beginners, as amateurs, and as servants of the mystery.

That kind of says it all, really!

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

I will be running two more workshops this year and then will be taking a break for December.

I’ll be available for astrology consults for the month of November and then I will be taking a break until January. Please let me know asap if you would like to set up an appointment, as  my November diary is filling up!.

CHANGING PERSPECTIVES  WORKSHOP – 17 NOVEMBER

Jupiter’s move into Sagittarius urges us to see things from a different perspective – turn things upside down, shake them up a bit and see what emerges. I  experience this SO  often in my own art and whilst facilitating Intuitive Art Workshops and private sessions.

When we make art from the inside out,  we allow whatever is there, to bubble up to the surface. Then we take a step back…look at the painting  from a different position…turn it upside down a few times. And suddenly… there it is…an image…. an idea…. a light goes on!  We see something for the first time. It speaks to us. There’s an inner heart knowing that we will never be able to see ” it”the same way again.

There is a permanent shift in our perspective.. from the inside!. We’ll be exploring the theme artistically in my workshop on 17th November. Let’s see what arises!  Email me for details

THE ART OF COMPLETION – 18 NOVEMBER

As we hurtle towards the end of the year, I have decided to offer a Completion Day workshop.

  • You might want to attend Saturday and Sunday (R100 off if you do) and use the second day to deepen and fine tune your Perspectives artwork.
  • Or you might choose to do a Completion Collage, reflecting back on the year.
  • Or you are welcome to finish a piece of art you have started during the year, but not got around to finishing.

That  kind of says it all and to finish off the blog, I’m sharing one of my favourite poems by David Whyte – Everything is Waiting for you.

Love

Michelle

FULL MOON OCTOBER IN TAURUS – SUN IN SCORPIO

Moon octoberOn 24th October, we have a full moon in the sign of Taurus, which links back to the New moon in Taurus on 15th May If you reflect a little, you might find that similar issues, or a continuation of what was happening then, might be arising again now, but with more intensity.

This full moon is not only within a degree of Uranus, the planet of change, liberation, revolution and awakening, but both of them are closely opposing the Sun and Venus (Retrograde) in Scorpio. This combination can feel very unpredictable or uncomfortable for some, but it does have the power to boot us out of our comfort zones and align us with some magic, provided we work with its energy consciously.

The alignment provides us with no less than 8 planetary points in fixed signs and no fire whatsoever –There’s the deep desire for change, but we might feel stuck, without much impetus right now to make it happen!

Let’s explore this energy a bit more.

IT’S STEADY

Firstly there’s Taurus – a fixed earth sign, representing our connection with planet earth, our physical bodies,  five senses, money, food and that which we truly value. The full moon shines a spotlight on our need and concerns about stability,  comfort and security!

IT’S ELECTRIFYING!

And then along comes electrifying Uranus (in fixed Taurus), who’s not in the least bit concerned with any of these things. He’s an unpredictable, unconventional wildcard who demands liberation, excitement, adventure and change.  If things are too stultifying, earthbound or comfortable, he’ll send in his emissaries of thunder and lightning to penetrate and cut through the dross in order to get things moving. Mars, the planet of action,  is firmly ensconced in Aquarius (ruled by Aquarius), which simply reinforces this theme!

IT’S DEEP!

And of course, there’s Scorpio, a fixed water sign. The Sun has just moved into the sign of  deep transformation for the next month, where he joins  Venus (retrograde), Mercury and Jupiter in the sign of deep transformation.

This combination places the magnifying glass on intense emotive issues around relationships, sex, value, communication and the beliefs or “truths” that we hold dear to our hearts. The Scorpion insists that we go beneath the surface to investigate these at a deeper level and release what needs to be released, in order to make space for the new.

Suffice to say, this certainly isn’t the calmest or easiest of full moons, but, as always, we have the choice of how we’re going to respond to the energy  – Its electrifying, its deep, its passionate and its transformational!

All we can really do is to stay as present as possible with what ever is arising.

JOURNAL QUESTIONS

  • Write down 5 things that you really, really, really want in your life
  • Now apply laser focus and narrow that list  down to one thing!
  • Write down what you are prepared to change, release and/or commit to,  in order to help to bring it into being

OTHER WAYS TO WORK WITH THE ENERGY

  • Ask the penetrating questions about your life, but don’t demand the answers… right now.
  • Be aware of signs and symbols that appear in relation to your questions
  • Feel the feelings that arise, as they arise!
  • Keep returning to your breath, over and over again.
  • Get your body moving – it will help to get the static energy moving and ignite some much needed fire.
  • Listen to some inspirational or calming music
  • Watch some uplifting programmes or read a really good book
  • Soak in a bath… with bubbles or beautiful oils
  • Lie down on the grass and seep in the beauty of this moment
  • Between the 24th and the 26th do a detox or a releasing ceremony to prepare for the Birth of Venus.

VENUS JOINS THE SUN

On a positive note, when Venus joins the Sun on 26th October, it marks the beginning of the second part of her retrograde period and is often known to symbolise The Birth of Venus.  This is  a creatively inspired,  heart opening opportunity, which should help us to find the clarity we’ve been looking for over the past few months

METAMORPHOSIS WORKSHOP 27th OCTOBER

We’ll be working with this powerful Tranformative energy  and the theme of the  Birth of Venus in my next Art & Soul Workshop on 28th October. I still have a few places left, if you would like to join us.

ASTROLOGY READINGS / COACHING SESSIONS

I’m available for readings until the end of November ( First time Birth Charts, annual or 6 monthly updates, childrens’ charts, relationship charts, vocational readings and navigational coaching.Please contact me soon if you would like to book some time with me.

 

In Life and Light

Michelle

Full Moon September 24th in Aries- Building Soul Stamina

Balance.jpgBy Michelle McClunan

Full Moon September 24th /25th is in the first degree of Aries, a very powerful point on the zodiac wheel. A Full Moon happens when the Sun and Moon are in opposite signs and is always a time when things come to a head, culminate or are shown to us… in techn-icolour. It can also be a time of great paradox, when we feel pulled in different directions. This one is more intense than most, due to both the luminaries, as well as Chiron and Mercury, being in a square to the teacher planet Saturn.

This energy can be a little heavy, but rather than focusing on that that, I would  like to explore what its asking of us and how we can grow, through working with it.

For me, this full moon and the current planetary activity, particularly Saturn’s journey through Capricorn for the next 2 years, is urging us to build our integrity, or our Soul Stamina.

On the day of the full moon, we have the Moon and Chiron (the wounded healer) in Aries, opposite the Sun and Mercury in Libra.

The Sun and Mercury (the planet of thoughts, speech, communication) in Libra, urge us to co-operate, play nice, keep the balance, maintain the status quo exactly as it is. Libra is all about creating love, peace, harmony and beauty – “Let’s just shut up and keep the peace, Let’s all love one another” says Libra.

Directly opposite to this, there’s the moon and Chiron in Aries, which urges us to be unique, independent, state our opinions, stand up for ourselves, assert ourselves, dare to be different, rock the status quo and to take the next leap forward in our lives.  “We walk straight, so you’d better get out the way”  says Aries.

Can you feel that polarity?

And then to take it up a few more notches, along comes Saturn, the somewhat stern teacher/ authority figure of the zodiac, who shows us our inner conflict or perhaps, our incongruities. As annoying as this archetype can be when he weighs in like this, it helps to remember that he is always urging us to see times of difficulty as learning opportunities.

BUILDING INTEGRITY

Over the next few weeks and months and years, we’re being encouraged to look at whether we are living our lives with integrity, which is when our  our actions are congruent with our thoughts/words and beliefs. If not, there’s little chance that we can create a sense of inner harmony, which is the theme for this month.

Here’s a little exercise:

 

First identify two or three beliefs or truths that you hold sacred. These are things that you think or say often to yourself or others.

Here’s one example. Let’s say you find yourself often saying “We are all connected. We are all one”.

Most of the time, you really feel this to be true and happily move along, blissfully connecting in a peaceful way with all in sundry. And then… suddenly… somebody or something comes hurtling in to completely upset your beautifully arranged apple cart. Right there in front of you is a situation, a person or a group of people who it is almost impossible to feel connected with, let alone feel one with. “Well, yes… I feel that we’re all connected, but not with that person or that group! “

So…  what do you actually believe?  Are you in integrity when you make the blanket statement that we are all connected… all one?  Chances are… this troublesome person or situation has appeared at exactly the right time to show you your incongruity, and… unless you’re enlightened, it’s possible that you experience this somewhere in your life!  If it feels a little uncomfortable to read this, then Saturn is doing his thing, impeccably!

Carolyn Myss suggests that when we behave in a way that is contrary to a higher truth that is functioning within our souls, we create a storm in our energy field.

In that moment, we are at war with ourselves.

She suggests that we develop soul stamina through acting congruently with our beliefs, one small step at a time, day by day.

  1. Investigate what you really believe to be true for you … now… today… it may have changed!
  2. Keep a watchful, but compassionate eye on your own actions and words.
  3. When you find yourself thinking, speaking or behaving in a way that is contrary to what you say you believe to be true, gently hold yourself accountable (Saturn) and reassess what you’re about to say or do.
  4. Do this over and over again to build the muscle
  5. If you can’t change your behavior, go back and honestly reassess the belief.
  6. By doing this consciously, situation by situation, we build congruency, integrity, maturity and what Myss calls Soul Stamina.

YOUR ASTROLOGY CHART – SATURN AND SOUL STAMINA

Whatever Saturn in Capricorn is travelling in your birth chart will be the main area where soul stamina needs to be built over the next 2 years Let me know if you would like to book a session to explore this.

CELEBRATING SPRING WORKSHOP 29th SEPTEMBER

I still have some space on my next workshop in Gillits KZN. On this one day workshop we will explore what, in our lives, is ready to come into being and how we can put practical steps into place to bring it into the world!  We will explore this artistically by creating an intuitive painting, using spring as our theme.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle

We’re in Retro Season – 6 Retrograde Planets

We’re in Retro Season – 6 Retrograde Planets

Have any of you been feeling as though you’re performing the lead role in Ground Hog Day?  Same thing – different day?

Well, you’re certainly not alone and it’s not really surprising, seeing as we have 6 planets AND Chiron, all Retrograde right now.  This means that from our perspective here on earth, they all appear to be moving backwards! Although it’s an optical illusion, the energy certainly isn’t!

RETROGRADE PLANETS

In a heavy retrograde period like this, we often feel as if our lives (or areas of our lives) have come to a standstill.  We know that things need to change, but are unsure of exactly what to do next.

It really can feel as though we are taking one step forward and three backwards, as if our progress is being blocked, or that we’re being physically stopped or slowed down.

Some of us might even feel hopeless, listless, confused, unwell, unable to “see” the future” and perhaps fearful of even contemplating what lies ahead.

When there is this much retrograde activity around, we’re urged to go back… reflect on, review, reassess, reconsider different areas of our lives, so that we can learn from them and re-envision a future more aligned with our true potential.

Without going into too much astrological detail, we are quite accustomed to the outer planets (Pluto, Neptune and Uranus) going retrograde every year and Mercury every few months. However, this time it’s a bit different as they’re all retrograde together and are joined by the other hefties (Mars and Saturn).

The good news is that Mercury will turn direct on the 20th August and Mars  on 29th August, followed by Saturn on 6th September, so things should start to  turn around in the next couple of weeks… , but first, let’s grab this retro season by the tail and see what its teaching us.

 MARS

The one many of us are feeling most acutely right now (particularly if it’s triggering your personal chart)  is Mars  Retrograde (from June 26 to Aug 27th) The fiery one only  retrogrades once every 1.5 years, so it’s not as common as the others. To intensify it even more, he’s been moving in and out of a square with Uranus, the planet of change!

The way I’m feeling the energy is – “I want / need this situation to change, before I can shoot my arrows in the direction of my goals and dreams”  – “Oh.. but hang on… I’m not exactly sure what those are… and before I move forward, there’s this to take care of… so not yet!”

Mars, the planet of action really doesn’t enjoy being… well… inactive. The fiery one wants to shoot his arrows towards his goals, dammit!  Move FORWARD… not backwards!  He’s impulsive, impatient and wants to get on with it.  Obviously, when this isn’t possible, it can lead to irritability, nervous anxiety, anger, accidents or clashes with others.  This has all been elevated by the Eclipse season, by the way.

PULL BACK!

Mars Retrograde is asking us to really reassess/ review our goals/ desires to see if they are still valid or if they need to be adjusted a bit.  He also asks us to look at how we are using or abusing our energy.  Are we sending it on missions that are helping or hindering us?That little arrow on the mars symbol is itching to be set free, but first, as any good archer would tell you, he has to PULL IT BACK, reassess the target, make sure his feet are planted on solid ground and that neither the target or the ground beneath his feet are moving. Then when the time is right, take aim and fire!… but not yet!

Hopefully, when he turns direct on 29th/30th August,  the pressure should ease a little. Until then, pull back, if you can. Reflect. Reassess. Review.

AND THEN THERE’S GOOD OL SATURN

Saturn, the Lord of Karma, Father Time, the stern parent teacher planet, has been retrograde since  April and will stay that way until 6th September.  On his journey through Capricorn (where he will remain until 2020), he is, more or less, grabbing us by the scruffs of our necks and making us confront reality, face up to our responsibilities and do what needs to be done.  He is  also insisting that we take responsibility for everything in our lives – the good, the bad and the ugly. Even the stuff that seemingly isn’t “our problem” or “our fault”  – Everything. All our actions. All our thoughts. All our words.

The tendency is to want to run and hide, but that’s not the way it works, because it will just come around again – cue Ground Hog Day – scene Ten!

Saturn is also a past master at revealing our old, deeply imbedded fears, core beliefs and old conditioning (sometimes karmic).  He will tell us exactly why the things that we say we don’t want, continue to repeat themselves, provided we take the time to reflect and review.

If you find yourself in the same situation AGAIN – in a particular area of your life, it could be a clue that there is something that needs to be worked with, a lesson that needs to be learnt, a karmic debt that needs to be paid or a thought pattern, person, place or situation that needs to be released.

WHERE IS IT HAPPENING FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

Your Personal Birth Chart will tell you in which areas of your life this is playing out and give you real insight into how to work with the energy, so as to prevent the same thing happening again… and again!!

Mars, Saturn and Pluto are all retrograding in Capricorn, so that’s the area of your chart that you will be working with this energy.

You are most welcome to schedule a session to work with me on this, to optimize the learning, before the planets turn direct.

In the meantime…

REFLECT

Without getting caught up in the full emotion of it, reflect on how you are feeling right now. Then, as if you are looking though a rear view mirror, think back to what was happening around January-February of this year and how it might be linked to how or where you find yourself now.  Where were you energetically? What was coming up for you? What were some of your major concerns and fears?  What has happened since then?

Then, if you like, go back even further to where this might have happened before in your life. Journal it, talk with somebody about it and try to trace the threads.

REVIEW

Review where you have been and might still be sending your energy.

Remember that when you focus on anything (positive or negative) for  17 seconds or more, it starts to change energetically.   So… if you’re sending your energy down the same muddy roads again and again, you’re just going to be faced with more potholes.

WATCH WHAT YOU’RE SAYING / MUMBLING,  UNDER YOUR BREATH, TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.

  • Really get real with yourself and what you truly believe and are saying about your life, your future and the situation/s at hand.
  • A few prompts –
    • ………. keeps on happening to me
    • I can’t trust………………….
    • I hate……………………
    • I can’t …………………….
    • I feel limited by…………………..
    • I believe………………………..
    • I’m so sick of……………………….
    • I’m never going to be able to……………………
    • I fear…………………………..
  • Just know this… WHATEVER you’re saying over and over, is GOING to repeat itself!
  • Breathe in… Breathe out… and affirm the opposite

RE-ENVISION

One way to work out what needs to change is (for a few moments) to focus on what you DON’T want and how that feels to you.  You don’t need to STAY there – just visit briefly. Notice how it feels in your body. Give it a colour, a texture, a word and/or and/or an image.

Then come up with something that you do  want or a way that you would like to feel more often.  You are wanting to access a positive resource state. Make this as vivid as possible, using all your senses. This needs to be a situation or vision where you feel light, expanded, free, happy, joyful.  Consciously spend more time focusing your energy there.

Start and end your day by visualizing it as vividly as you can, until you can feel it pulsing in your body. A vision board, created with images that activate this state, also helps to connect with it. Gratitude journals work too, as do affirmations, particularly when done whilst in the “resource” state.

Heads up – if your patterns run very deep, you might need the help of a qualified therapist, Hypnosis practitioner, Life Coach or good Energy worker to help to clear and release them.

WORKSHOPS

I had two amazing workshops recently in Durban at the beautiful Rest and Digest in Gillitts. Watch this space for more to come.

I’m delighted to be running another retreat in Grotto Bay (Western Cape) in September. Called The Flowering of You, it has been created to coincide with the arrival of the exquisite wild flowers that appear here at this time of the year.

Thanks for reading. Please send comments as to how you feel this retrograde energy, if you feel led to.

In life and light

 

Michelle