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

 

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Full Moon in Gemini 25/26 November 2015

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As we hurtle at breakneck speed towards the end of yet another year, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to check in with what the planets are up to. It’s no coincidence that Thanksgiving falls on the Gemini full moon this year (25th /26th November – just after midnight if you live in South Africa). For me, this brings the theme of Gratitude into the light, a quality which I think will get us through the next few weeks, as there are some rather challenging alignments around.

The reason this newsletter is going out at the last minute is that I’ve been and still am, feeling this tricky energy rather acutely…  For me, it’s a bit like wading through thick slimy mud or quicksand, but here goes. ….Please forgive me if this is all over the place, but  I’m going to explain how I’m feeling and intuiting what’s going on, rather than relying on any external information.

Interestingly this Full moon is encouraging us to do just that. She is in  busy, restless, communicative, information/ activity seeking Gemini… opposite the Sun in optimistic, expansive, truth seeking Sagittarius. Normally that would be simple enough –  suggesting that we filter through all the information “out there” and ask whether it is true and relevant to us personally, before we accept it as gospel or share it with all in sundry. The Gemini/Sagittarius axis urges us to connect with the intuitive point of wisdom that lies between information (Gemini) and knowledge (Sagittarius).

In some respects, with the instant access we have to information these days,  we are also forgetting how to work through problems and issues ourselves, because there is always some sort of a solution  or answer courtesy of Mr Google.  Although it’s amazing and incredible to have this technology, it’s also dumbing us down a bit, if you think about it.  In years gone by, when faced with a problem or a challenge, we often had no option other than to slow down and figure it out or feel it out for ourselves. By going through something step by step, we gain experience, develop our intuition,  and turn information into knowledge , the way I see it. When we hurry towards the end point, we prevent that from happening.

Now that’s where I would normally leave it, but there’s more to this particular full moon than that. That weighty old geyser Saturn has pulled into the party, joining the Sun and Mercury. With this alignment, the usually optimistic Sagittarian sun has sort of  disappeared  behind a cloud for a while. The fiery one wants to expand and grow and think big and send good  positive energy (and newsletters) into the Universe, but Saturn is sitting on his shoulder whispering… “But should you….? What if it doesn’t work… What if you can’t do it…. What if you fail…What if other people don’t like it … or you?

And that’s not all…there’s more… (that sounds like one of those hard selling ads of the 90’s 🙂  – This full moon also opens the curtain on a slow square dance between Saturn and Neptune, which will continue on and off until September 2016.

Whenever the outer planets get into an uncomfortable alignment, it signifies a big paradigm shift. The last one was the Uranus Pluto square  from 2012 to 2015 and was seen by many to signify a Shift in Consciousness . This one is taking the shift to a deeper level.

So what’s being asked of us now?

Well, Saturn and Neptune could not be more different. Saturn represents form, structure, boundaries, the old guard, tradition, goals and achievement. Neptune represents dreams, imagination, escape, illusions, addiction, connection, formlessness, oneness and our connection to the Divine.

When these two giants are at odds, like they are now, some of us might find ourselves feeling depressed, with old hurts, guilts, resentments or even old health conditions rising up from nowhere. Or we might feel lethargic, unwell or as if there  are major obstacles standing between us and our dreams. We may also find ourselves swinging from one extreme to another.  One minute we’re all fired up about achieving what we want to achieve, heading towards our goals in a mature, structured way… and the next, we feel burdened and saddened by the goings-on in the world, overwhelmed by everything and all we want to do is to lie in a hammock, dreaming and imagining a better life, or to zone out from reality completely..?

So what do we do with that?

Well, as I said, I’m still making my through this particular quagmire, but the idea with all squares and oppositions is for us to find the middle ground. We need to give both energies attention – invite Saturn in to provide us with enough structure, but not too much that our light is quelled  and allow Neptune to lighten the load a bit,  with some time out, dreaming, rest,creativity and compassion.

If you do find yourself spiralling downward in the next few weeks, I would suggest starting a Gratitude practice. I’m going to start a 30 day Gratitude challenge tomorrow on Face book – join us there.

Take a few minutes, sit quietly and connect with every single thing that you are grateful for. From the breath that keeps you alive, to your senses, your limbs, your heart, your bed… This will also help to lift your vibration out of the mud, shift your paradigm, and re-frame your experience should you slip into victim-hood and isolation – another theme song of Neptune Saturn.  I still have some space in my Taking stock / Gratitude workshops in December – a great way to complete the year. See below or email me for details.

In the next day or too, be sure to  schedule some time (Saturn) to connect to yourself and all that is (Neptune.) If you are in a quandary about something, ask the question, tune into your body and get a sense of what feels expansive and what feels restrictive. .. allow answers to surface, rather than chasing them down and when they do, take the first step, and then another and another….

And through it all, make sure you love and accept yourself , imperfections and all!  To demonstrate that, I’m going to hit send on this newsletter, even though it’s far from perfect!

 

Life and Light to you

 

Michelle