marimba dance2September dances into being with a beautiful, gentle full moon in Pisces.  This Full Moon September 6 2017 Softens things a LOT, after the fiery intensity of the last few months.

Madame de la Luna is not only in boundless Pisces, but she is also dancing cheek to cheek with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces and the sea, making the current astrological theme even more intuitive, more oceanic, more imaginative, dreamy and FEMININE than usual.

Opposing all this dreaminess is the Sun in Virgo –  earthy, orderly, health conscious,  organised, strategic, sometimes a little critical.  Mars enters Virgo on the 5th as well, giving us a hefty dose of masculine order and pragmatism this full moon.

Mercury finally turns direct on the day of the full moon at the same degree as the eclipse , extending the eclipse season into this month. If you missed my last post, you can read more here The winged messenger then moves into Virgo on the 10th, where he will stay for the next month, lending us all some pragmatism and strategic planning ability, so that we can make positive steps regarding our health and well being for the next few weeks.

Let’s go on a little flight of fancy – Pisces loves that !

Full Moon  September 6 2017 – She’s asking us to dance!

Imagine an old-fashioned dance floor, where it was still customary for men to cross over to the other side and ask a woman to dance. Yes… it was in this century all you young ones!

The first character in our story is the Sun  in Virgo – masculine, earthy, grounded, clever, witty and pragmatic. He cuts a dashing figure, freshly shaven, immaculately turned out, in his custom designed suit and stylishly cut hair. With an eagle eye, and using his incredible powers of discernment, he starts to suss out the talent on the other side of the dance floor. “She might do… but …oh no.. her nose is a little large!” Or “… Well she’s pretty, but that laugh…. too loud!.” ” Hmmm…She looks quite interesting, but really… those colour choices?”  Mr Virgo carefully and critically weighs the options, before making his move, which will be strategically planned. He likes things to be timed properly, and to be clean and orderly. He really hates chaos and does everything in his power to avoid it. In fact, he prides himself on bringing order to chaos. He favours the pure, the healthy, the fit and the hygienic. Not too much mystical, magical stuff for him!

And then…the lights change, the  rhythms start to play and suddenly out of the corner of his beady eye, appears a vision of loveliness. Seemingly manifesting from the ethers, she floats into his line of sight, this other-worldly, ethereal looking feminine phenomenon. She’s all fragility, swathed in floaty, gossamer fabric the colour of the sea, and bedecked with fresh flowers in her hair. Her eyes are half shut, as she sways seductively to the music, seemingly lost in another world.  Miss Pisces loves to connect to and sometimes lose herself in all that is. She hates too much order, dislikes any kind of boundaries and prefers to spend her time creating, imagining, dreaming, dancing, healing, and playing. Her pleasures may very well include slowly sipping an entire bottle of excellent wine and getting more than a little tiddly, demolishing all manner of delicious tit-bits and making long and lovely love. She is oceanic and vast and difficult to catch and pin down and control – a little like an angel fish.

Mr Virgo initially is appalled that he’s even vaguely drawn to this strange creature, so he returns to his strategy of assessing the rest of the feminine contingent. However, the music is intoxicating and as  Miss  Pisces starts to dance towards him, he feels himself being irresistibly  pulled towards her. Before he knows it, he’s standing in front of her in the middle of the dance floor. His strategy and planning goes out of the window, as he feels magnetically attracted to her.  She gently touches his hand, encouraging him to sway with her, flow with her. As he imbibes her gentleness, he feels his defences dropping…. softening… gentling.  She on the other hand, is drawn to his strength, and finds his sense of order and direction reassuring, like a welcome rudder in a turbulent sea.

And this dear hearts,  is the way I see the energy of the Full Moon September 2017  playing out for the  next few weeks. The feminine within us…meeting and integrating with the masculine within us. For better or worse, in sickness and in health.  The parts of us that wish to dream and love and imagine and merge, accepting and integrating  the parts that wish to plan and strategize and order… rather than keeping  them on separate sides of the room, or the world, or the universe for that matter

Jupiter in Libra is standing on the side-lines, egging us on to find balance, peace and harmony through love and acceptance in our relationships. Not forgetting, that the most important relationship we have is the one with ourselves.

5 ways to dance with this Full Moon September 6 2017

  • Spend a little more time just “being” and not “doing”
  • Listen to your intuition – your internal gps will be more finely tuned than normal – use it
  • Engage in non-outcome driven creativity – dance, sing, make music, paint, play!
  • Flow with life more – reduce the rules and the outcomes
  • Be aware of where you criticize yourself and others and opt for love and acceptance instead

I Hope you Dance!

Have a look at this video or just read the words, but either way… I hope you dance! Thanks to my friend Toni D’amant for this!

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
 Your personal astrology chart will show you the area in which this full moon September 6 2017 is playing out for you. You might want to consider having your chart done (if you haven’t already) or having a yearly update, if you have.

My Flowering of You Workshop on 23rd September is almost full, so book quickly if you’d like to join us!

Bookings for my Tapestry of Life Workshop in Capetown are now open.


In Life and Light



Lifelight Astrology September – Advice from a Tree

Advice from a tree

Stand tall and proud

Sink your roots deeply into the earth
Reflect the light of your true nature
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The energy and birth of spring
The growth and contentment of summer
The wisdom to let go the leaves in the fall
The rest and quiet renewal of winter

Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

Ilan Shamir


I have always had a deep and abiding love for trees. As a child, where there was a tree, there was me… clambering up her, hanging from her branches or just sitting in her warm embrace. The trees in my life have always, and still do provide me with a sense of safety and security and like all of nature are real teachers to me.

This poem resonates so deeply with me and seems like perfect advice for us all, during these turbulent times.

It seems to fit too, with the Sun’s passage through Virgo, a mutable (adaptable) Earth sign. What is a tree, if not steady, rooted, grounded and yet completely adaptable at the same time?  And that’s precisely what’s being asked of us during these times we find ourselves in.

Taking the Advice from the Tree a little further– you may want to ask yourself this month…

How are you standing in your life – are you steady, rooted, grounded and adaptable at the same time?

  • Are you standing strongly in the light of your own power or are you in the shadow of others?
  • Do you have a strong enough root system to continue to stand, even if those around you fall or depart?
  • Are you flexible enough to bend and sway with the winds of change and can you accommodate the needs of others?
  • Are you able to let go of old brittle branches that may be weighing you down?  Can you move on, when something is over and embrace the new?
  • Are you able to let down your defences (drop your leaves) and expose your vulnerability?
  • Do you perhaps need to strengthen your roots, spread them deeper and further, so they help you to withstand the storms of life?
  • Can you spread your branches wider and higher, expand your horizons… reach further towards the light?
  • How’s the health of your tree  – are you getting enough nutrients from the soil (food), sunlight and water?
  • Is there any situation or person who may be robbing you of your life force? I have a beautiful Mdoni tree in my garden and I was recently advised to remove some of the plants growing on it because they were leeching some of the nutrients out. It was hard to do, because they were so pretty, but they had to go – the wellbeing of the tree comes first.  How important is your own wellbeing and is there anything that needs to be trimmed from your life in order to free up energy?
  • Can you welcome the changing seasons, ageing and loss as much as you embrace new growth and blooming?
  • Can you remain firmly, but gently in your own space, despite the opinions and actions of others, accepting yourself exactly as you are?

Virgo energy helps us to separate the wheat from the chaff in our lives, analyse what’s good and what’s not, bring order to chaos, focus on healing, put in place healthy routines, reassess our contribution to the world, the impact we are having on Mother Earth and streamline our lives so that we have more time for what really matters.

More and more right now, we are being stretched and squeezed, to eliminate anything that is not true and authentic, anything that is taking us away from the true essence of us. More and more, we’re being called to love and accept ourselves exactly as we are.

Check our The Love Revolution by  Matt Kahn –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFS84Jp1qfc

More advice from a tree … It all begins with a seed, which is basically a copy of the plant it came from. Genetically it has all the information needed to grow into that specific species of tree. It never wavers from that. A willow is a willow, an Oak is an Oak and they probably don’t stand there comparing themselves to other trees and wishing they were something else. The tree is true to itself from the beginning to the end.

Imagine if we could follow that lead! No more comparing, no more judging… just being.

This is a really, really good month to pay attention to any health related issues that you might have been masking or ignoring.  So often we spend our lives hurtling at great speed from one thing to another that we don’t listen to what our bodies are telling us.  When something’s out of whack physically, we normally get a signal of sorts at the very beginning, in the form of a discomfort or pain. These warning signs are a little like the oil light that comes on in our cars.  Most often, when that happens, we’ll stop, pull in at the nearest garage and investigate what the cause is.  We do not (generally J) put a sticker over the light and pretend it’s not blinking at us madly, which is a  lot like popping a pill to take away a symptom.  Neither do we haul out the whole oil tank – which is like removing an offending organ when it plays up. With ALL that is happening “out there” at the moment, so many people I know are feeling squeezed, stressed and tired, with long term health problems coming up to the surface.  These are hefty nudges, if not kicks in the butt to slow down and pay attention to what our bodies are telling us – before our engines start to seize.  (By the way I’m only just starting to really get this myself, in case you were wondering).

In the work I do it never fails to amaze me how accurately we can tune into what’s amiss in our lives mentally, physically, emotionally and energetically by just checking in with our bodies.  We are all far more intuitive than we give ourselves credit for and we have an innate ability to heal ourselves.  The same self diagnostic, repair and regeneration system that heals a cut by forming a scab, immediately goes into action when something goes wrong with our bodies and we have the capacity to help that process along.

The fact that we consciously play a role in our own healing is finally being recognised by mainstream doctors and the scientific community.  Research has proven that patients using guided imagery for example. come through  surgery with 50% of the complications, experience 50% bleeding and pain and get out of hospital quicker than those not using it.

Harnessing the imagination through interactive guided imagery (and art) is one of the most powerful techniques we can use to trigger the body’s intrinsic healing ability.  I’m using it more and more in my own life and in my work, because I can feel and see the results.

I’ll be running a workshop on Saturday 6th September and again on the 20th September, where I’ll be teaching how to set up and cultivate a dialogue with our bodies. Healing comes from within and if it’s not happening for you, working with imagery can give it a nudge and set the wheels in motion for your body to self correct. Click here for details https://michellemcclunan.com/art-workshops/.  Please email me as soon as possible if you’d like to attend, as space is limited.

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