FULL MOON MARCH – The End of a Cycle

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Hi everybody

I almost didn’t write a newsletter this week, due to what feels a bit like a tidal wave moving through my life. Without going into the details, on deep reflection, I’ve realised that this often happens at this time of the year for me and when I look at my personal astrology chart, I can clearly see the cycles and areas that need to shift.. so watch this space!

On my retreat in Cape town this coming weekend and in my March Art & Soul  workshops,  we’ll be working with the theme Ebb and Flow, and exploring the cycles of our lives, how to understand them and move through them with grace (not always so easy for us human doings – and I speak for myself here!).

I used to be married to a surfer, who spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours on and in the ocean.  One of the most valuable things he ever shared with me, was his take on the sea’s rhythms, which are echoed in some way throughout the natural world, which includes us!

At any point a surfer is:

  • Hanging out, waiting for a wave (in the trough) – surfers spend a lot of time doing this!
  • Paddling like crazy to catch the wave (climbing) – a test of strength, courage and determination
  • Riding the wave (enjoying) – a time of exhilaration, when all the waiting, effort and hard-earned skill finally pays off.
  • And I’m going to add a fourth one… being dumped by a wave and feeling as if you’re in a washing machine, not knowing which way is up.

He also said that if you feel yourself being washed out to sea, the best thing you can do is to stay afloat and surrender to the current, because eventually it will bring you back to the shore again, probably in a different place, but back to solid ground nevertheless.

And of course his final pearl of wisdom was that “This too shall pass”. Whether you’re waiting, struggling, being tumbled or blissfully riding the wave, it will  change. “Good”  or “bad”, the cycle you’re in has to end and a new one has to begin! It’s a natural law!

Even though we know this innately, we often tend to forget this important fact and spend a lot of our time and energy attempting to ride the crest of the wave all the time, doing our utmost to avoid the waiting, efforting or heaven forbid, the tumbling.

We favour the light above the dark, prefer the highs to the lows and avoid anything resembling a void, at all costs.

And then, if we do go through a time of struggle, we tend to think that we’ve done something wrong, that we’re being punished, that  it shouldn’t be happening. This is where the resistance starts and due to what we resist persisting, the struggle cycle continues… and around we go again.

Even when we know in our heart of hearts that something needs to be changed or released, we  often tend to hang on to it for dear life and then wonder why we’re depressed, stuck, sick, angry or resentful.

Imagine if a tree were to hang onto its leaves in autumn, or if a bear refused to hibernate, or a snake raged against shedding its skin, or a worm tried to prevent itself from dissolving in the cocoon and eventually becoming a butterfly!

 Sounds crazy right?  But we humans are masters at trying to fight natural cycles. We even fight aging, trying desperately to hang on to our youth. Is a red/orange/yellow, mottled leaf uglier than a green one?  Could it be, dare I say, more interesting…. ?

Are age spots and wrinkles REALLY so ugly that we have to erase them or smooth them out?

Much of our society has no value for the elderly whatsoever, actually looking down on them with disdain. How very sad this  is. This  clearly shows our abhorrence of life’s cycles.

When the sun moves through Pisces every year, it’s a cyclical message from the Universe to clear the fields of our souls, so as to prepare for the planting of new seeds when our Solar Power enters Aries and a brand new astrological year begins. Full Moon March Virgo

The tail end of our annual cycle can be accompanied by lethargy, exhaustion, hopelessness, feelings of overwhelm, extreme sensitivity or confusion. It is also a time when we are more open, more intuitive, more fertile and more ready to receive insights and signs from unexpected places!

Right now, we have FIVE planetary bodies in Pisces–( that’s a whole lot of oceanic energy right there), so we’re really being encouraged to release and surrender in no uncertain terms.

FULL MOON IN VIRGO

To help us to do this, in the early hours of Friday 2nd March, we have a Full Moon in Virgo, providing us with a very welcome dose of earthy pragmatism. The role of Virgo is to discern what’s working and what’s not, to separate the wheat from the chaff, to bring pragmatism, practicality and some strategic thinking to our lives.

It might help to think of this full moon as a sturdy, well-crafted  life raft, which we can hop onto and see what’s going on, before adjusting our course for the year ahead.

On the day of the full moon, use her Virgo energy to discern what needs to be released, and set active steps to set this in motion over the next two weeks.

Here are some prompts to assist you with this:

  • Where, who or what are you holding on to that is robbing you of your life force, restricting you, preventing your light from shining?
  • Where might you be resisting change, to the detriment of your heath and well-being?
  • What areas of your life feel chaotic, messy and confusing and what might this be telling you?
  • Where in your life are you ebbing, waiting, flowing or being tumbled and what is this telling you?

After the moon has reached her fullness, she will enter her waning cycle until the New Moon on 17th March, giving us  two weeks to release what needs to be released, before the new annual cycle begins.

See this process over the next two weeks as weeding the fields,  so that you can start planting seeds for  a new crop, starting on the new moon.

Clear the fields well, plant new seeds on the 17th March and they will start sprouting at the Autumn Solstice on 20th  March when the sun enters Aries (more about that in my next blog)

ART & SOUL WORKSHOPS

You might like to consider joining us on Saturday 17th  March for the Ebb and Flow Workshop (or on each Wednesday morning in March) . This is an  opportunity to bring understanding to the cycles you are experiencing, to release what needs to be released and to dream in the new! Email me for details. 

 ASTROLOGY UPDATE

If you’d like to explore what needs to be released and where new seeds need to be planted, book an update session with me and we’ll look at where this energy plays out in your personal chart.

 

In light and life cycles

 

Michelle

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

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Lifelight Astrology Update 10th March

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Full Moon 12th March in Virgo!

Hi folks

On Sunday, we have the last full moon of the astrological year. This means that we’ll end the year on a waning moon cycle, which gives us a final opportunity to clear out, detox, release and surrender.

The moon is in earthy, pragmatic, organised Virgo, opposing a school of planets is Pisces (the fish), comprising the Sun, Chiron, the wounded healer and Mercury (communication, thought) and Neptune (connection with the Divine/ Universal energy)

Astrology is basically the study of energy and all energy is made up of the elements –  fire, earth, water, air and ether.  They are the building blocks of everything, including ourselves.  An astrology chart, whether it’s for a person, a country or a business, basically tells us where and how these energies are distributed, as well as where our balances or imbalances are likely to be.  The fact that we understand this instinctively, is demonstrated daily to me, when discussing the elemental make-up of my clients’ birth charts.

What I do know, is that when we understand the elements, we are able to work with them more consciously and to bring them and ourselves, into balance and harmony.

So – what’s happening right now elementally?

Let’s look at water first, with all the Pisces energy around.

In astrology, water is the element which absorbs, purifies, softens, nourishes and clears. It’s associated with our feelings, emotional needs, connection with all that is, as well as with nourishing, replenishing and softening.  When our water is balanced, there is empathy, compassion, flow and nurturance. When there’s too much, we feel overwhelmed, deluded, confused, victimised or over -emotional. When there’s too little, we might feel parched, dry, rigid, pressed. You get the drift ? (excuse the pun…J)

How’s your water feeling right now, this minute?  Take a moment to check in with where you are. Is your water flowing. Are you feeling dry or water-logged?

Let’s look a bit further and investigate Pisces in particular.  When there’s a lot of Pisces energy around, it often coincides with actual water issues in our environments – like leaking pipes, floods, cars overheating or heavy rains.   In our physical bodies, we often find excess fluid or lack of flow. Flu,  pleurisy or other mucous conditions might present themselves. Physical, emotional or mental issues that have settled into the unconscious will often come up to the surface at this time. Emotionally we might feel confused, overwhelmed by grief, loss, – or pain.  Unconscious mental conditioning can surface as well. There may be a huge urge to escape into anything that is less harsh than the situation we find ourselves in. There can be a lethargy, a lack of clarity and sometimes a fogginess as well.

On the upside, there can be more creativity, better intuition and easier connection to higher states of consciousness. Pisces helps us to bring things up from the unconscious and to release them, by washing them away. It helps us to relinquish the controlling ego mind and allow something bigger to emerge, to connect with the big Self, rather than the small self.  It encourages us to get into alignment with the Universe, rather than resisting it; to flow with the river of life, rather the try to push it – and we are so good at pushing rivers in our culture.

Now let’s have a quick look at the element of Earth – practical, grounded, steady. When Earth is in balance, we are deeply connected with and able to properly listen to and nurture our bodies. We feel that we have a steady base, from which to launch ourselves into the world. When there’s too much earth, we might feel heavy, lethargic, sluggish, depressed, rigid, controlled,  controlling or stuck. When there’s too little, we might feel spaced out, ungrounded, insecure, scattered.

This full moon this weekend is in pragmatic, organised Virgo. She helps us to discern what’s healthy and what’s not, assisting us in separating the wheat from the chaff in our lives.

What this full moon is asking us to do is to slow down, ground ourselves and connect with the wisdom of  the earth and our bodies (Virgo). We can do this by checking in with all our senses, to find out how we’re feeling on all levels. When we do this, we provide ourselves with a container, which helps our water to flow, without overwhelming us.  This can be achieved by spending time in nature,  quietly just sitting with our feelings and allowing them to ebb and flow, or by engaging with them through playing, painting, singing them out – these would all be containers.

Squaring the sun and the moon is Saturn in Sagittarius, the wise old teacher. He encourages us to notice what’s going on, but not to get caught up in the drama. By moving into the position of the seer or the observer, we are able to find the learning in what is arising for us. However, we need to be aware that Saturn can be stern  task master and is perfectly capable of dishing out some pretty heavy lessons, especially when we’re not listening, or not  being true to ourselves. He can be the dispenser of some Karmic klaps, to wake us up.

To end off, I’ll give you a quick example of how this has and still is, playing out for me personally this week, which might help you decipher what’s happening in your own chart and life.

Last week, my friend and business partner Theresa and I pushed really hard to get a new WEBSITE and vision up and running. We used to be in the production industry together, which was all about working around the clock to get the job done…no matter what! When I have a deadline (self-imposed or not) I  still find myself stepping straight into “production mode”. I tend to  become super-focussed and, if I’m not careful,  ignore the needs of my body and almost everything else too, in order to get the job done! This can be very helpful on one level, because I… well… get things done!  However… and I know this for sure…. When I do this, without listening to my deeper needs, I step out of the universal flow and my body starts to freak out. She sends signals to me, to tell me she’s not happy, but because I am so captured, I occasionally ignore her and then, she stages a revolt.  This generally comes (for me) in the form of really bad cluster headaches, as I seem to process most of my stuff through my head.. go figure! . Symbolically – there is  too much going on “up there”. Too much pressure!  Over the years, thanks to the work I’ve done and with a lot of help from my A team of healers, these headaches have largely disappeared… except when I stop listening to the signs.

This is where it gets interesting.   By the time the weekend came around, I realised that I needed to lean back and rest, which I did!  And then on Monday night I got home to water pouring into my lounge through a light fitting.  You guessed it – burst geyser. These days, I view things very symbolically, so I absolutely have not missed the “co-incidence”  – too much pressure (up there), too much activity (fire), emotion ( (energy in motion)  – boiling water, with no outlet. Due to it being the middle of the night, there was nobody to ask, so I turned to our trusty advice provider, Mr Google. I laughed out loud when the advice was to “ Turn the geyser off.  Run the hot water to release the pressure”   Great advice indeed. When I was able to stop the train the next day, feel what I was feeling and throw some paint at a canvas, the headaches started to ease.

So, this is how we can work with the elements and with what life is presenting us with at any given moment.  Theresa and I have planned to run a series of retreats this year, where we will be doing a deep dive into each element.  Starting with EARTH, we’ll be spending 4 nights and 5 days in the Drakensberg at the most exquisite venue, Mkomazana. The mountains, rivers and trees will provide us with the perfect container to help us to get ourselves back into rhythm with our planet and with our bodies. Over the five days, we’ll spend a lot of time  connecting with the earth, walking in nature, seeping her into our bodies and souls. We will make art both indoors and outdoors, with paint, clay and gifts from our natural surroundings .We will star-gaze, flower-gaze, lie on the grass, drum, stretch, and dance to get into alignment with Mother Earth.

Theresa will help you to understand the Earth Element in terms of mythology and archetypes.  I will help you to investigate your astrology charts through the lense of Earth, to find out what your blueprint is and how you can bring it back into balance. This is the first step to understanding Astrology and will be the precursor to the Astrology retreats and on-line courses we are putting together.

Please have a look at our new website:  www.soular-power.com. I will continue to post here as well for the time being, so if you already follow this blog, there is no need to change anything.

Have a beautiful, soulful Full moon weekend everyone.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle