Lifelight Astrology March 2015

yin yang fire water By Michelle McClunan

It’s the final countdown beautiful people … not only of our astrological year, but also to the Grand Finale Uranus Pluto Square, for the 6th and final time since June 2012

I’ve written a lot about this over the last few years, but here’s an ABF quick re-cap of this paradigm-shifting transit, that’s been pushing and pummelling us for so long – lest we may have missed it’s message!

Uranus in Aries (revolutionary energy that demands brand-new change) cracks open and reveals the old stuff that has been swept under the proverbial carpet (Pluto) – in a nutshell, whatever we’ve been numbing out, running away from or just flat-out denying, is very likely to come drifting up to the surface… again! This goes further than ourselves of course, to include the governments, the banks, the climate, the state of Mother Earth – the whole caboodle.  No doubt about it, things are coming out into the open and something is shifting on our little blue planet.

A good clue as to how the energy may be playing out in your own life is to become very aware of how your body reacts, when an outer challenge hits you like a Thunder God. You know the feeling… there you are, happy as a sand-boy,  when out of the blue, there’s that  sms, that email or somebody says or does  just the thing, that in an instant has the ability to reduce you to a quivering lump of jelly or a raging inferno.  Sneaky little pain bodies, hanging out in the basement of our unconscious, waiting for Uranus in Aries to come and break em out!

Every time that happens, right there, the Universe is presenting us with yet another opportunity to  notice, inquire about, surrender and clear… all the while being the ever-loving, ever-patient parent to ourselves.

If you have your Natal chart and understand a bit about houses, the house that contains 15 Degrees Capricorn represents old fears, beliefs and baggage that  could do with a little more clearing. The house that  contains 15 Degrees Aries, is where you are being pushed to assert yourself and move forward. If you haven’t had a reading for a while, now would be a good time.

For further clarification  of whats coming up for you– if you keep a journal, (or  just have a really good memory) think back to the previous dates that the square was exact and see if you can find a pattern.  June/July 2012; September/October  2012;  May/June 2013,  October/ November, 2013 , April  2014;  November/December  2014.

New moon on the 20th March is a total solar eclipse, that falls at the very last degree of Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, This is a very powerful time to dump whatever we no longer need, so that we’re clear and free to start the new Astrological year, when the sun enters Aries the next day.

Along with the Sun in Pisces, we also have a batch of personal planets in Aries for most of the month. There are no two signs that are less alike than the Fish and the Ram.

Focused Fiery Aries is a Yang sign – masculine, driven, in control. When the Warrior is in balance, we are able to initiate, pioneer and send our beautiful courageous energy out into the world, for all to see. When he’s out of balance, the energy is a little like a run away fire, burning everything that stands in the way of achieving what he wants – hot-headed, tantrum-throwing, aggressive and self absorbed are some words to describe an Aries/ fire imbalance.

And then there’s dreamy, watery, seductive Pisces, a Yin sign – feminine, receptive, imaginative and connected. When she’s in balance, we are able to be more creative, more compassionate, surrender more, let go of what we don’t need,  and connect with the Divine more deeply. When she’s a raging torrent however, we become overwhelmed, delusional and escapist, often reaching for the nearest thing that will numb the pain and take us into another zone.

So how do we deal with these polarities?  The Autumn Equinox on the 21st  March gives us a clue. The equinox signifies the balance point in our year, where day and night are equal in length. It symbolises the union between Yin and Yang; the inner world and the Outer world; Water and fire; Sun and Moon, Feminine and Masculine; the unseen and the seen; logical and intuitive, conscious and unconscious.

What we’re being called upon to do right now is to really integrate and balance  the male (yang)  and the female (yin) within ourselves.

Whenever we can bring ourselves into our heart centre, (which is the unity point between masculine and feminine), we move into  neutrality, into a state “beingness” rather than “doingness” and it’s there we find peace and unity.

We will be working with this through the powerful ancient symbol of the Yin Yang, in my March Workshops and Wednesday classes this month– see below  for details or if you’ve accessed this via my blog, click here

If you feel yourself being triggered or spinning out this month, try this:

  • Stop
  • Breathe (for longer on the out- breath than the in-breath)
  • Drop and soften your shoulders, put them back a bit to open your heart
  • Gently imagine gathering your energy into a core centre line running from above your head to beneath your feet, spreading out like roots into the earth.
  • Soften the area around your heart
  • Keep doing that for a minute or two and check in again with your body

Try it now. …Seriously, you can do this at any time during the day – while driving, standing in a queue, dealing with a tricky customer – it takes seconds and you do not have to be sitting in the lotus position meditating. I practiced it whilst sitting in a queue at SARS yesterday (not my best place in the world)  and I have to tell you, it really helped!

If you have a little more time, you might want to do the “Living in the Heart” meditation by Drunvalo Melchizadek. It’s perfect for this month

Blessings everybody

MIchelle

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LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY UPDATE – New Moon 5th October

Waking moon

The new moon on 5th October (at 2:35am) is a whopper!  New moons are  always a time to start afresh, plant,  or set intentions for whatever we want to grow in our lives. This month the focus is on the relationships we have with ourselves and others, and finding a way of bringing them into balance, at a time when things may not be all that hunky dory.  In fact, the next week could be downright tricky, as we yearn for personal freedom and yet paradoxically need to reach out more  …  complex beings that we are.

Over the next few days, be on the lookout for where and how, other people are rattling your cage or pushing your buttons? You might find that they’re showing you exactly what you need to change within yourself.  The astrology of this New Moon is literally here to shake us up, wake us out of our slumber and give us a hefty push to do things differently – personally, professionally and globally. Now is the time to reflect on what’s not working in your life and then take active steps to change it.  If you want something different, do something different…it all starts with you.

We’re constantly needing  to re-invent and re-balance ourselves, so if the old way of doing things isn’t working for you, at this “Waking Moon”,  allow your mind to leap out of its box and run free to embrace new ideas, new strategies, new birth and a new relationship with yourself.  Watch this space for planned workshops in Johannesburg and Durban around this theme

With this being relationship month, If you’ve never had a relationship astrology chart done for you and your partners/ lovers/ children,  then this is a good time to do it.  I’m offering a special on relationship readings until the end of November. I consult  face-to-face in Durban and worldwide on Skype. Contact me for more details.

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