Lifelight Astrology 5th July 2017

Full Moon 9 July

As the Full Moon in Capricorn approaches, you might be feeling some rather potent, possibly uncomfortable energy drifting around. Is your inner warrior rising up to the surface, possibly in ways that might not be entirely comfortable? Well, there is some big stuff going on out there in the heavens right now and although planetary energy doesn’t actually cause anything to happen,  it does provide us with a weather report, so that we can prepare ourselves and choose how to respond… and the weather doesn’t really get more intense than this, so buckle up!

Once a year, the Sun moves into an opposition with Pluto, which is happening right now.  This year, the picture is more complex than normal, as  Mars, the “don’t hold anything back” warrior, is locked into a fiery dance with the Sun and opposing compulsively intense and transformational Pluto.

This energy is bringing rather volatile emotions to the surface for many of us. All those old feelings and patterns of behaviour that we thought we had worked through and put in neat little boxes? Well…. they  could very easily come bubbling up…. again!

AND THEN THERE’S THE FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN!

By the time the Full Moon arrives later this week, there will be no less than 6 planets involved in this alignment.

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned the fact that emergency rooms are generally busier over Full Moons, as are mental asylums, the reason being that  energies  and issues are vastly amplified.  Full moons always highlight polarities in our lives and this one, being on the Cancer/Capricorn axis, puts the spotlight on emotions vs practical commitments, work vs home, nurturing vs ambition, emotional inhibition vs emotional expression,  what you need vs what you want. Any feelings of limitation, constraints, or being ignored / dismissed, could easily blow the lid off the pressure cooker, if we don’t keep an eye on it.

On the day of the full moon, the Sun & Mars opposing the Moon & Pluto will also be square to Jupiter in Libra (which tends to amplify everything it touches – and brings relationships into the picture).  The lunation is also square to Uranus in hot-headed Aries, bringing, revolutionary, rebellious, disruptive energy into the fray.

All this  can bring about emotionally charged, volatile  situations, as people act disruptively, aggressively or unpredictably. The political situation is going to be particularly interesting in the next few weeks.

Anybody feel like escaping to a desert island?

In terms of the signs involved, the  Sun and Mars in Cancer tends to make us extra sensitive and emotional. The moon and Pluto being locked into a tango, also raises the intensity a few notches. Capricorn brings a sternness and controlling element to the mix, telling us to control those emotions and get with the work at hand… and then the emotions rise up… and so it continues.

And that’s not all!  All 6 of these planets are in Cardinal signs.  Think of 6 rowdy children living inside you. They ALL want their own way and they want it now! Impatient, demanding, passionate, angry, emotional – but very powerful too!

This alignment could either result in huge power struggles and emotionally charged arguments, or if we are conscious and aware, it could provide us with the energy and courage to ditch what’s no longer serving us, speak our minds and make conscious and lasting commitments to moving forward, despite our fears.

Leading up to, during and after this full moon in Capricorn – it’s probably best to count to ten before we react to anything. If you find yourself in a volatile situation, get up and leave.  It will be easy to get drawn into  intense and possibly violent communications or situations. If you have a desperate need to confront somebody, it might be better to wait until after the full moon. Avoid anyone behaving in an aggressive or attention-seeking way. Your own moods could be subject to change without notice, so be careful where you go picking fights.

THE PHOENIX PROCESS

This really does feel like a Phoenix Full Moon to me. Elizabeth Lesser writes about the Phoenix Process in her book Broken Open, which I highly recommend.  She explains that every five hundred years, the Egyptian bird, known as the Phoenix, renewed his quest for his true self. “ Knowing that a new way could be found only with the death of his worn-out habits, defences and beliefs, the Phoenix built a pyre of cinnamon and myrrh, sat in the flames and burned to death. Then he rose from the ashes a new being, a fusion of who he had been before and who he had become. A new bird, yet even more himself”. 

“You and I are the Phoenix. We too can reproduce ourselves from the shattered pieces of a difficult time. Our lives ask us to die and to be reborn every time we confront change – change within ourselves and change in the world. Each one of us, is looking for the treasure in the ashes. We are in search of our most authentic, vital, generous and wise self. What stands between that self and us, is what burns in the fire. Our illusions, our fear, our blame, our lack of faith, and our sense of separation. All of these are what must die, in order for a more true self to rise.  If we want to turn a painful or challenging even into a Phoenix Process, we must name what needs to burn within us”.

WHAT IN YOU LIFE NEEDS TO BURN?

Is it fear? Fear of your own power, fear of change, fear of loss, fear of others? Or perhaps it’s your inability to feel, crippling cycnicism, sense of shame, eternal dissatisfaction, lack of trust, continual need to please others or perhaps a  deep and abiding anger?

FULL  MOON IN CAPRICORN RITUAL

This full moon is a really powerful time to do some sort of ritual. One way would be to connect with what you would really like to shift in your life. Feel into it, allow it to move through you. Then visualise feeding it into the fires of change. Or you could paint it out, write it out and burn it. Watch as it turns to ash and blow it away, as you set the intention to usher in new and exciting treasures.

SOLAR RETURN

Each year, the sun returns to the same position it was on the day you were born. This is called your Solar Return, which is why we wish people Many happy Returns on their birthday. After you’ve had your natal chart done, its a good idea to have an update once a year. This is a stand alone chart, which gives you a weather report for the year ahead. Referring to this during the year, will help you to stay on track with your Soular Power.  We will also look at transits and progressions to your  Natal Chart, which remains your fundamental Astrological blueprint.

ART & SOUL WORKSHOPS JULY & AUGUST – The Tapestry of Life

I’m very excited to be running  two workshops over the next two months, which are designed to help you to navigate your way to your true Soular Power.           It will be most beneficial to do both workshops, as they have been designed to run sequentially, but it’s not essential.

JULY – CREATE A BOOK OF YOUR LIFE

In July, the focus is on journeying into,  healing and celebrating our lives.  In this one day workshop, we will do a timeline of our life story  and then create  a mixed media photographic collage in the form of a Z-fold book,  to decorate and celebrate ourselves and what we have triumphed over.

AUGUST – CREATE A PERSONAL LABYRINTH MANDALA

In August we will start to identify the golden threads that run through our lives and lead us to our  highest potential. We will spend the day creating our very own Personal Labyrinth, either in Mandala format or as per your choice.

I’ll be sharing some insights on this theme on FACEBOOK over the next month. Please join in the conversation!

Thanks for reading 🙂

In light and life and Phoenix Moons

Michelle

 

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Lifelight Astrology June 2014 – by Michelle McClunan

 

in silence

By Michelle McClunan

Take a   l  o  n g   d e e e e p   breath. .. drop those shoulders…. E x h a l e  …. Connect with yourself right now in this moment.  Listen… What are you feeling? …. Where are you feeling it in your body? … What are the stories that are going on in your mind….Notice them… Breathe. ..

That …right there is the theme for June as I see it.

With the Sun currently in Gemini, the focus is on communication and this is usually a social, light, intellectual, airy, chatty, busy time of the year, but this one’s a little different to most.

The New Moon in Gemini on the 28th May  set the scene for a much  more gentle, intuitive, creative, sensitive and quieter June than usual. There’s basically a lot more water around, with a square to Neptune, Mercury (the mind)  moving into heart based Cancer and a beautiful grand water trine between Saturn, Jupiter and Chiron.

 “When flowing water … meets with obstacles on its path, a blockage in its journey, it pauses. It increases in volume and strength, filling up in front of the obstacle and eventually spilling past it.  Do not turn and run, for there is nowhere worthwhile for you to go. Do not attempt to push ahead into the danger … emulate the example of the water: Pause and build up your strength until the obstacle no longer represents a blockage.” Marsha Sinetar (sent to me By Antoinette McInnes)

 

 All in all, this is potentially a deeply intuitive, creative, profoundly healing time, IF we take time out to stop and listen.

With Mercury turning retrograde on the 8th June in Cancer, we need to remember that if we operate from the level of the rational mind alone, we’re in for possible confusion, delusion and misunderstandings.

This isn’t the best time to make life changing decisions, but if you do need to, try this:

Stop, be quiet, ask for guidance and  bring to mind each alternative one by one. Then tune in with which one feels expansive and which one feels limiting… in your body. The one that makes you feel expansive is very likely to be the right decision.

 The more we’re able to go into silence, even for a few minutes at a time and listen to our inner compass, which resides in our hearts, the more we tune in with our truth. It really is that simple.

Gemini is all about communication and learning, how we speak and how we listen.  And the focus this month is on inward communication rather than outer.

 When you recognize that there is a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking. When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice (the thinker) but the one who is ‘aware’ of it. Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom. ~ Eckhart Tolle ~

See if you can cut out the noise at  intervals during your day. Turn the cell phone off, take time away from any electronic gadgetry, make some tea and walk outside or spend some time breathing and listening to your inner dialogue. You don’t need to be sitting cross-legged on a cushion to do this, although that’s fine too J

Really in my experience it’s about taking precious moments to check in with yourself. Let the thoughts just drift in and out of your awareness, taking note of their quality and the feelings they evoke in you. Become aware of the manner in which you speak to yourself, perhaps even judge and criticise yourself and ask whether you would speak to anyone else like that. Simply listening,  without judgement… just interested curiosity.

Listen too to the words you use when you’re speaking to someone else and how often you repeat the same mantra’s. “ I’ve got no money, I’m scared, I’m insecure, this is not working, I’m irritated, I’ve had enough, I’m sick and tired”  These thoughts and words are literally creating our reality and only when we take time to notice them can we choose different ones.

One of the greatest gifts I think we can give ourselves and others is that of listening It’s the most incredible thing actually. Try this. When someone you know is worried or stuck or fearful or confused, just listen intently to what they are saying for 5 minutes or so without interrupting.. In my experience, the answers start to drift into up into the speaker’s consciousness, completely… without your help. The same applies if we listen to ourselves.

What are the stories you tell yourself about your life and your future and are they true?  Will you always be stuck in the place you’re in now? Will you always be overweight, sad, unwell, alone, broke? How do you know that any of that is  true?

What if you allowed yourself to imagine a life that was everything you dreamed of… and then visualised it often?

In every moment that we connect with what we love and feel good, we are re-wiring our brains, lifting our vibrations and changing what we attract into our lives.

To help us along with this, Venus, the planet of love, beauty and value, has also just moved into her own sign of Taurus. Yay!  Her home visit will help us to get in touch with the false beliefs that run our lives from behind the scenes and assist us in  realigning  us with the truth of who we are. This will happen mainly when we’re in a relaxed state and fully engaged in things we love to do.

Keep a record of your dreams this month, as well as important conversations and meetings with others and be open and awake to any “aha’s” dropping into your consciousness seemingly from “no-where”

Ideas and answers always appear when we’re not pushing and shoving. They flow in when we stop the incessant barrage of information and busyness. Just yesterday I found myself labouring over some creative writing and strategising I was doing to the point that  I was going around in square circles. For once, I listened to my own advice and went for a walk. No sooner had I walked out of my driveway than the ideas started flowing in, effortlessly… it was like a tap had been opened. When I got home, I sat down at the computer and the words and ideas just poured out. Eureka!

But what about when we have nagging thoughts and worries that just won’t go away?

I read a really interesting article the other day on the “ironic monitoring process”, where research studies have shown that our brains actually search for whatever thought or emotion we are trying to suppress.

In a series of experiments, a group of participants were told not to think of a white bear while they performed other tasks. A second group was instructed to think of white bears and then not to think of them. Interestingly, the first group, which tried to keep the white bear at bay, thought about them more than once a minute! The second group thought about them more when they were trying to suppress white-bear thoughts than when they were told to think about them.

Basically when we try to suppress an intrusive uncomfortable thought or feeling it’s as good as putting out a welcome sign for it.

The article suggested and I find that it helps to rather invite the worrying or disturbing thought in, making it intentional. Say it out loud, write it down or talk to someone about it. Then, if you think there is something you can practically do about it, set 5 to 15 minutes where you commit to focussing on it  (or really worrying about it if you like).  I find that when I notice the thought or feeling rather than suppress it, it relaxes its hold on me and often disappears completely or a solution arises easily and effortlessly when I’m least expecting it.

The more work I do with myself and clients, the more I realise that this human experience is  really about being fully present to what’s going on right now – whatever it is, … to feel into it, to dialogue with it with compassion and  from there to move forward.

If you are stuck in any area of your life, this is a potent time astrologically to get to the bottom of what patterns or behaviours might be holding you back. If you would like to investigate working with me to help you to Navigate your life, you can read more about the life coaching here.

The first step on our adventure together is usually a comprehensive astrology reading, which is often followed by an agreed number of personal navigational coaching sessions, to put you back on course. These include Process Art, Neurolinguistic programming, Energy work and more.

Drop me a line if you’d like to discuss the options michellemcclunan@gmail.com

I still have a couple of places left on the Build a new Truth Highway workshop on the 7th June and one on the 21st June. In this one day workshop, using a combination of group work, visualisation, journaling, muscle testing, Neurolinguistic programming, Astrology and Process Art, we will excavate old neural pathways that no longer serve us and start building a new diamond studded truth highway. See below or email me for more details

So… all you beauties, this month, give yourself permission to slow down, appreciate and cultivate beauty, stop whenever you have a good moment and anchor the sensations into your being. Let yourself imagine the most beautiful future possible for yourself and take yourself to that place as often as you can. Above all, connect to your heart and listen to what it has to say.

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With love

Michelle