Lifelight Astrology Update 9 February

Lunar Eclipse 11th February – It’s a biggie!

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Hi everybody. Here’s a heads-up on the first eclipse of the year, which happens on the 11th February. This is a lunar eclipse, or a multi-coloured full moon on steroids! It will be followed by a Solar Eclipse (new moon) on the 26th February.

An eclipse represents a gateway, an opportunity, an opening… as well as a time when whatever has been going on beneath the surface, tends to rise up to the surface!  Being a full moon, the focus is likely to be on relationships – those with the people in our lives, as well as with our money, our bodies, our homes etc. The degree of the eclipse is at 22 degrees Leo and Aquarius, so look at the houses that it straddles to find out where it’s likely to play out in your chart.

The good news is that due to the way the planets are aligning around this eclipse, there is a real potential to clear and shift old patterns and obstacles!

The sun is in airy AQUARIUS  (which represents individuality, originality and quirkiness) The moon is in multi-coloured LEO, which represents creativity, joy, warmth and fun.  Together they form a mystic rectangle with Jupiter (the planet of expansion and opportunity) and Uranus (the planet of conscious collective change and liberation).

(Now you know why I posted the pic of the Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitten!)

And that’s not all! They form a  GRAND FIRE TRINE and not one, but  two kites – a stunning combination of air and fire energy that provides a gateway to inspiration, enthusiasm, opportunity and change.

Have a look at this chart and try to sense  the energy of the rectangle, the big blue  triangle and the 2 kites. The blue lines symbolise easy flowing energy, the red  lines represent polarities or tension.  How does it feel to you?

lunar-eclipse-chart

This eclipse has a big upside. It’s a beautiful invitation to connect with and express our TRUE COLOURS  in all their glory– our inner sun, our heart, our creative life source (Leo) and then allow our unique expression to shine out and ripple out into the world (Aquarius).

There’s a whole lot of good, positive energy around, but we also need to be aware that all the planets involved are ALL  in fire and air signs – that’s a lot of of masculine energy right there!  When I personally feel into the energy, it seems exciting, quickening, almost urgent! There’s lots of inspiration (fire), an abundance  of ideas (air) and plenty of busy-ness!

One small note of caution. We need to remember that air fans fire and that runaway fires can destroy everything in sight!

So…

it would be  good…

to remember to…

PAUSE

in between different activities over the next few weeks. Stop, take a few breaths before we start the next activity or engage with the next idea!

Try it… It really does work!

If we’re able to find our still-point in the midst of all the movement, there’s an excellent chance that we can use the energy of this eclipse to shift, resolve and clear old redundant issues!

If there is a situation or issue that you don’t know how to resolve, try sitting quietly for a  few moments. Connect to your breath and then gently place the situation inside your heart. Send send light and love into it, breathe out and surrender it upwards and outwards.

Then be  on the lookout  for unexpected aha moments, ideas, downloads,  inspirations and  new answers to old problems. They WILL come in if we are open enough. We simply need to show up in our true  multi-coloured presence!

If you haven’t already booked, I still have space on my Rainbow Healing Workshop on 25th February. Its the perfect time to be shifting and clearing and healing!

TRUE COLOURS (Lovely version here) 

You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small

But I see your true colours
Shining through
I see your true colours
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colours
True colours are beautiful
Like a rainbow

Show me a smile then
Don’t be unhappy, can’t remember
When I last saw you laughing
If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I’ll see your true colours
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow

In life and light, with a few rainbow butterfly unicorn chickens thrown in !

 

Michelle

 

FULL MOON IN LEO ON SUNDAY 24th JANUARY

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 In the early hours of Sunday morning, we have a glorious full moon in Leo and thank goodness for that. The reason I say that, is that things have been a little on the heavy side since the start to the new year and this full moon could help to lighten things up a bit…. If we allow her to.

When we have a full moon in fiery Leo, it means that the moon is opposite the sun, which has just moved into the airy sign of Aquarius. It’s shines the light on and brings into focus, whatever we started two weeks ago, when we had a new moon in Capricorn. That was all about kick starting our year, setting and committing to our goals, as we started the ascent up the mountain of 2016.

Now  I don’t know about you, but it’s been quite a whopper of a start for many people. Not much time for kicking back and chilling, as we’ve all had to face up to our adult responsibilities, get back to work/ life mode and deal with all that’s going on around us…. Trudge… trudge… trudge… !

There have been some planetary factors contributing to the intensity and possible heaviness of the year so far. Mercury has been in retrograde, sloooowwwwiing things down and creating some havoc with communication on all levels. One step forward, 3 steps back?  And….the quicksilver planet, which likes to move at the speed of light, has been yoked to  deep dark intense Pluto and squaring Uranus to boot.  This means that challenges from the outside world (Pluto/Uranus)  impact on our state of mind (Mercury). And then there’s Mars in Scorpio…so all around us, a strong theme of death, re-birth and regeneration, threatening our sense of security. There seems to have been quite a lot of actual death around too, starting off with the departure of  rock icon David Bowie, which felt like the end of an era. I personally know 3 people who have passed in the last month!.

We are all aware of how much  chaos there is in the world, on every level. The dire economical situation is having a huge effect on everybody and with it, old drama’s, fears  and issues regarding money and relationships  continue to  emerge, dredging stuff up from our collective and individual psyches. The best we can do is to observe how this affects us individually and make moment by moment choices, of how we’re going to respond, rather than react.

Now… back to the full moon.   The sun in bohemian, unconventional, sociable Aquarius, is much  airier and lighter than Capricorn. Aquarius has the ability to see things from a higher perspective and is the sign of vision, freedom, the higher mind,  liberation. The Leo moon sashays in to join the party, colourfully and dramatically dressed up to the nines, armed with balloons, musical instruments and maybe some hooch. Leo wants to party, have some fun, romance and creativity.  Much too much of this serious stuff!

So imagine that you’re on your 2016 mountain. Just for this weekend… put that heavy pack down. Turn off the cell phone and the computer. Allow the free spirit inside you to come out and play. Invite some people around, do something creative, get some fun  and laughter going. It will lighten the atmosphere and raise the energy for us all and help to penetrate the darkness. Light a fire (the Leo moon will love that) Put some music on… sing, dance… shake all that tension, worry and frustration out of your body. You are allowed to put the climb on hold until Monday. To put you in the mood, click here to Buble singing  Its a marvellous night for a moon dance.

Whilst chilling on the side of the mountain, allow yourself to go off on some flights of fancy. Imagine sprouting wings and flying up above your summit.  From this Aquarian perspective, you can see things more clearly, because you’re not in the thick of it. Where are you repeating the same behaviours as you always do? What obstacles are stopping you from moving forward? Reassess your route. Where might you be choosing the most difficult path when you don’t have to? Notice if you’ve added any more baggage since you started your journey and set the intention of releasing it, to lighten your load.

Above all, while everybody out there is freaking out ,be sure to reconnect, reconnect and reconnect with that which never ever changes. The spark of light within you. While the world  continues to go bezonkers, we each need to be securely positioned at the centre of our own  wheel, lest we spin right off it. And if you do hit a speed wobble,  breathe, soften and bring yourself back to yourself with relentless gentleness. Regroup. Raise your vibration and keep going.

I have one place left on the Mountain Vision board workshop on the 30th January and one on the 13th February. See below or email me for info on the “Escape your comfort Zones”  workshops on 27th February and 12th March.

Have a fun filled, fabulous weekend all.

Love Michelle

 

 

Lifelight Astrology February 2015

off hook fish

Welcome to February everybody.  During the first few weeks of the month, we have  the Sun and Mercury (Retrograde) moving through Aquarius. Full moon is in Leo on the 4th  (which puts the focus on self love) and  New moon is in Aquarius (for the second time in a row) on the 19th, (which is about detachment, higher perspectives and freedom). Last, but certainly not least,  we have a whole school of planets swimming through Pisces, adding compassion, connection and flow to the mix, as well as the chance to unveil unconscious patterns of self destruction and victim-hood.

So if we put all this together, we are being presented with another opportunity to compassionately love ourselves and others, by detaching from our stories and seeing things from a higher, broader perspective.

With this being Valentine’s Month,  what if, in addition to lavishing love, attention and gratitude on others,  we gave ourselves roses, took ourselves on a date, assured ourselves of love and acceptance, exactly as we are?  What if we treated ourselves in the way that we’d like our lovers or perfect parents to treat us?

I deeply resonated with  a beautiful talk by Matt Kahn, called Emotional Oneness,  where he says that our dark side appears from the shadows, when we  ignore our inner child. He urges us to engage with the innocence of our hearts, saying “The real spiritual journey is the transforming of inferiority into the autonomy of the Infinite one that  you are. From inferior to infinite, one “I love you” at a time”.

Listening to Matt and looking at the planetary activity of the month, I was presented with the  image of a fish (Pisces) being unhooked (Aquarius) and freed to be the full expression of itself (Leo).

So how do we let ourselves off the hook and get that love flowing?

The first and probably   most important and practical  way that I have found to do this  is moment-by -moment re-parenting. This means being compassionate with ourselves when we “mess up”?  We all know what it’s like to spiral down into a place of judgement and self sabotage, but this month, we have the opportunity of practicing the art of unhooking ourselves   before we slither down the slippery slope.   And we do this by loving ourselves through it.

Here’s a real life personal example of how I am practicing doing this.  It’s your normal garden variety Monday morning. I’m going about my day, feeling full of the joys of spring, when… I fumble, drop and shatter a porcelain cup (substitute this with any situation where you feel that you let yourself down” or mess up)

Option One

A dialogue ensues  that goes something like this. “Well there you go again… If you were more careful, more conscious, more perfect, this wouldn’t  have happened… Look at the mess you’ve made…. Now you’re going to have to spend a whole lot of time and energy cleaning it up…  By this time, I’ve already started to make my descent down the slope, at which point its quite tricky to get off. Gathering momentum, the dialogue  quickly starts to get more and more personal. The cup is forgotten, as I enter into a full blown diatribe with myself. I may start calling myself some names that I wouldn’t  dream of calling anybody else and  very easily end up concluding that I’m just a big old failure, that nobody will ever love me and that I should go into the garden and eat worms…. all because of a damn cup.

Whats happened here is that I’ve been well and truly caught by my old unconscious conditioning. My inner child is in agony, my shadow self is running the show and my pain body has taken me down – hook, line and sinker.

Option Two

Same cup… smashed on the floor. I  immediately change my perspective to that of a gentle parent and say to myself “It’s ok sweetie. It’s only a cup. What can we do to make you feel better before we clean it up… how about we go outside for a breather or have a cup of  tea?”

In that moment, I’m letting myself off the hook, loving myself and accepting that it’s ok and I’m ok. Moments later, the cup is forgotten, I feel fine about myself and I can get on with the day.

The cup still got broken, but my  “story” about it has changed. In other words, when I’m able to compassionately detach in the moment, I shift into a higher state, unhook myself and I’m free.

For me, I need to be ever vigilant of the slippery slope and my gentle inner parent has to be standing very close by, to love me unconditionally.  But, the more I do it, the  easier it gets and these days I can often catch myself before I start the downward slide.

I do believe that only  when we’re able to love ourselves  unconditionally, can we extend the same to  other people in our lives.

 I think one of the biggest hooks that take us down is  our expectations.  As soon as we  expect something to be the way we think it should be, or  expect somebody to behave in a way we think they should behave, there’s a good chance we’re going to be disappointed,which then  leads to suffering. Take the expectation away and we take the suffering away.

Carolyn Myss advises “Have no judgements about your life, no expectations and give up the need to know what happens tomorrow. Be fully present and appreciate all that is in your life right now”  … and that includes the seemingly “bad things” in our lives. We really have no idea, in the broader scheme of things, what is good or bad.

I know this seems impossible sometimes, but I believe we can achieve this kind of liberation if we practice, with infinite patience, one step at a time.

One of the greatest liberations in my life came about when I was able to accept that a member of my  family could not, for their own reasons, give me the love I thought I deserved.  I remember the moment that I finally decided to let the person off the hook and stop expecting their love, like it was yesterday. The energetic and emotional release was palpable and really did feel as if a hook was being removed from me.  By letting this person off the hook I was setting myself free as well.

What really helps me from getting hooked into the should haves and shouldn’t haves of victim-hood, is to see life as an ongoing stage show, with every person and every situation being perfectly choreographed to present me with the opportunity to learn and love. I often forget this and get the mutters, but it quickly comes back into focus when I do an Astrology session for somebody. Every time I do a chart, I’m shown that there is an exquisitely perfect, beautiful order in the Universe. There are  no accidents and  everything is unfolding exactly as its meant to unfold, as part of a big and intricately designed plan. We are exactly where we are meant to be… no mistakes.

So with all this in mind, what if we stopped worrying so much,  accepted our lives as they are and cut ourselves and others a little slack?

Maybe we’d be free?

Love

Michelle