FULL MOON TAURUS 4TH NOVEMBER

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FULL MOON TAURUS 4th NOVEMBER

Saturday’s  Full moon in Taurus provides a sexy, sensual, earthy container for the intense, penetrating and potentially challenging Scorpio energy of  the moment. With Jupiter being in Scorpio for a whole year, we’re really being urged by the God of the Skies to go deeper, in order to reach our next level of expansion and growth.  See my video where I discussed this a while back.

There’s also a magical, mystical romantic flavour to this full moon which is provided by positive flowing aspects to Neptune, King of the Ocean. This could bring  important soul connections, love matches or help us to take our relationships to a deeper level.  Why not plan a beautiful, sensual ritual for Saturday, with your nearest and dearests this weekend?

THE MERMAID BECKONS

This combined energy reminds me of an alluring mermaid sunning herself on a rock, beckoning us to leave the shallows for a while and follow her into her watery underworld. The mermaid has always been a strong, evocative archetype for all of us (men and women). She  represents the part of us who is wild, free, intuitive and feminine, equipped to navigate both earthly and watery realms.

The picture I’ve used in this post was painted by my friend Toni D’Amant at my last workshop and  exquisitely  depicts the integration and personal power that can be achieved when we embrace both realms.

THE ELEMENT OF WATER

In Astrology, water is  associated with our feelings and planetary activity of the moment provides us with a real opportunity to consider how we are navigating them.

Although it’s perfectly normal to have feelings running through us, many of us have been told that something is vastly amiss when we’re sad, angry, listless, or scared, or when we’re firing on anything less than all cylinders. Many of us have been told repeatedly that we are too sensitive, too soft and that showing our feelings is weak and pathetic.  So, when tricky emotions threaten to surface, we often drown them out via various addictions, occupy ourselves with continual busyness or deny them completely, in the hope that they will just go away. But, they don’t –  whatever we resist really does persist. They will resurface at some point. The dam wall will eventually break.

I find it interesting that western horoscope astrology focuses only on the Sun sign (the active, masculine, outward achieving parts of ourselves) and doesn’t even consider the moon (the feminine part of  us which  connects us with our feelings and our intuition).  When I do a chart, I pay equal attention to both!  Ignoring our feelings is much like chucking our navigational equipment overboard when at sea.

Very often, when I am working with a client, I’ll ask how they process or navigate their emotions. I cannot tell you how often people just stare back at me blankly. I know the feeling. We all do.

We have simply not been given the tools to process our inner waters, which is often mirrored in our relationship with the water in our external world.

This has really been highlighted for me this week by staying in Cape Town, which as you may know, is in the midst of a truly terrible drought and is rapidly running out of water.  Like anything, when something is in short supply or is disappearing, we start to value and appreciate it more. Those who understand the severity of the problem here treat each drop with the utmost care, re-using it wherever possible, wasting as little as possible.

What if we were to nurture our internal waters and feelings in the same way? What if we could acknowledge their preciousness, care for them with compassion and gentleness, find ways of channelling them, rather than pushing them under the surface, denying them or damming the up.

When we visit the deeper waters of our souls from time to time (we don’t need to hang out there permanently) we are usually able to connect with that which we know to be right for us, that which is true and real.

The concern  for many of us is that if we visit the watery underworld, we might never emerge again, that somehow we might get stuck there. This really isn’t my experience. When we find ways to consciously allow our feelings to flow through us, they pass more quickly. When we repress them, they stick around for longer, become stagnant and cause all sorts of issues.

CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER WATERS

At this full moon and over  the next two weeks,  see if you can allow your inner mermaid  to lead the way, beyond the busy, rational, “doing” part of you.

  • On a daily basis, take a few moments to check in with yourself
  • Sit quietly, connect with your 5 senses
  • Notice what you feel in your body
  • Ask how your water is doing:
    • Do you feel that you are drowning in emotion -overwhelmed? – if so, perhaps your water needs to be channelled through some sort of expressive activity.  This could be through talking, journaling, painting, sculpting, dancing, singing, cooking, baking etc . Being outside exercising can evaporate some water, leaving you clearer and lighter.            .
    • Maybe it feels as though your water is moving too fast – your emotions running too quickly. Perhaps they need to be contained – you might just slow down, pause, acknowledge the feelings, without needing to name them.
    • Are you dry or parched – You might need more nourishment, more kindness, more nurturing. Maybe you need to immerse yourself in water, or drink more water, or take some time out
    • Are you feeling stagnant and stuck? Perhaps you need to introduce some movement or more flow into your life. Consider how you might be able to bring more flexibility into your life, or soften into the present moment more often.
    • If you feel that you need some help navigating your inner waters, you might be interested in setting up a Process Session with me. I’ll show you how you can use  creative expression to navigate your emotions.

I leave you with a profound quote written by a Chinese Scholar in the 11th century

“Water is yielding, but all conquering. Water extinguishes fire, or, finding itself likely to, be defeated, escapes as sea and reforms. Water washes away soft earth, or, when confronted by rocks, seeks a way around. It saturates the atmosphere, so that wind dies. Water gives way to obstacles with deceptive humility, for no power can prevent it following its destined course to the sea. Water conquers by yielding, it never attaches, but always wins the last battle.

YOU AS A MERMAID” WORKSHOPS – NOVEMBER

We’ll be exploring the Mermaid theme in my Wednesday classes from 8th October and Saturday workshops on 18th and 25th October. I’ll only run the second one if I gather enough mermaids/ mermen together. Come and frolick in the waves!

ASTROLOGY READINGS AND VOUCHERS

Consider having an update to see where Jupiter in Scorpio is featuring in your chart.  I offer readings in person in Hillcrest and over Skype anywhere else. An ASTROLOGY VOUCHER makes for a great gift.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle

 

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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

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 14TH SEPTEMBER

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 14TH SEPTEMBER

War or Peace

There are some strong themes in the heavens right now,  which suggest  that positive change is afoot.

LUNAR ECLIPSE

On Friday 16th September, we will have a lunar eclipse, following on from the solar eclipse on the 1st September. It’s a bit like we’re in the birth canal, where something new is about to be born, but we still need a few more hefty pushes.

A lunar eclipse happens  when the moon (feminine) is eclipsed by the Sun (Masculine). With this one, the sun is still in organised (male) Virgo, while the moon is in  (feminine) oceanic, free-flowing Pisces. But there’s more… our lunar lady is  swimming  gill-to- gill with Chiron the wounded healer and kick boxing with Mars in Sagittarius.

So… what this means in English, is that this Eclipse  is rather a wing dinger, where old wounds (and anger)  around male domination of women could be triggered. If you read deeper into this… it also means the triggering of anger within us, particularly if we honour  the masculine over the feminine, paying more attention to what we’re achieving, to the intellect, than to our inner workings.

When I feel into the energy of the eclipse, it reminds me a little of a  pressure cooker, which we need to keep an eye on, lest that pressure rise to a point where the lid pops right off!

Leading up to, during and after this eclipse, give yourself permission to process any residual or obvious irritation or anger and find a way of letting off some steam.  Anger often rises when the masculine and feminine  within us are polarised… when we’re not listening to our inner voices, when we’re disconnected from our souls.

We’re being urged right now in a big way, to really listen to what our bodies our telling us (Virgo), to connect with the feminine emotions that are simmering underneath the surface (Pisces) and to intuitively (rather than intellectually)  move towards our goals (Mars in Sagittarius).

…which  leads me to the next big planetary happening:

Drum roll please!

JUPITER HAS JUST ENTERED LIBRA

For the past year, Jupiter the planet of growth and expansion has been travelling through earthy grounded Virgo, along with the North Node of the moon. The energy of Jupiter is expansive, curious, optimistic and enthusiastic. It wants to travel, grow, learn, enjoy life and shoot its arrows towards the stars. When it’s in Virgo, it feels a tad boxed in to say the least.  During the last year, many of us have realised that the big bold creative ideas we had when Jupiter was in Leo (July 2014 to August 2015)    require routine and dedication and that Rome really wasn’t built in a day… Damn!  The  saying “Chop wood, carry water”  comes to mind. Necessary, but not entirely easy.

This is all rather humbling and very often, at this point, the “dreams” are put in the bottom drawer, as we feel overwhelmed, incompetent or incapable of moving forward with them.

And now, our planet of expansion has finally moved into peace-loving, beauty seeking, social, relationship-orientated  Libra. …it’s a bit like a breath of fresh air, which we will probably start to feel after the eclipse.  It will hopefully bring some lightness to the mix and in the next year, we should see growth, expansion and opportunities  in the Venusian areas of life –  love,  money, creativity, art, relationships, social contact, beauty, peace. … Yes Please!

Where ever Libra sits in your birth chart is where you can expect this kind of growth and opportunity.  If you think back to 12 years ago, when Jupiter was was last in Libra, you might get an idea of what’s in store for the next year.

Historically,  Jupiter moving into Libra has often come hand in hand with peace initiatives and lucrative trade agreements. World War II ended days after Libra entered Libra in 1945. On other occasions, according to astrologers specialising in that kind of thing,  the Oslo accord and the Strategic Arms Treaty were signed and SA abandoned it’s Nuclear Weapons programme. Let’s all hold the hope that there will be more of the same in the year to come.

Jupiter’s move also coincides with the ending of the heavy Saturn Neptune square which has had us all in its grip this year. So, here’s hoping the veil starts to lift a bit and that some clarity begins to peak out from behind those  Neptunian Clouds, so we can begin to birth the new.

Check out my new workshops in September and October, when we will be working with these themes. Email me for details if you’re not on my newsletter list.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle

Full Moon in Aquarius

Full Moon in Aquarius

By Michelle McClunan

On Thursday 18th August, we have a stimulating, perspective-changing, rule-breaking Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius.

With both the Sun and the Moon forming easy aspects to Uranus,  stay tuned for bold new energy, intuitive flashes, and original creative insights.

With Saturn having  just moved direct and a beautiful flowing trine between Venus and Pluto, we are being handed some extra Universal help this full moon , to eject us out of any boxes we may have been hiding in, step out, embrace our individuality and  stand up for what we believe in.

Hopefully we’ll  start feeling some forward movement in terms of our goals, relationships and finances too.

It’s interesting that the Olympics are held when the Sun is in regal Leo, which rules the human heart, the colour gold and honours individual expression.

Have you ever considered why so many millions of people, who may normally have little or no interest in sport, tune in and watch the opening, and much of the games? For me, it’s so much more than people showing their athletic prowess.  It’s a chance for the whole world to see, acknowledge and honour men and women who have challenged themselves, put their hearts and souls into their particular discipline and  actually succeeded in making the Olympic team.

I think we watch the games because collectively and individually we like to see people beat the odds.  Our hearts swell, as we watch  an athlete break the tape first, jump the highest, swim the fastest,  throw the furthest.

We watch because every single one of us wants to shine in our own unique way. We all want to be seen and acknowledged. It’s part of the human condition.

But what about those athletes who don’t win… those who have trained single-mindedly, mercilessly  for years, only to somehow not “make it” or even worse, injure themselves? I think that’s all part of it too. As we watch them, we feel our hearts opening to their sadness and their disappointment.  Win or lose – we feel connected to each other, which is what Aquarius is all about!

But here’s a question… when someone doesn’t make the cut, misses the mark…  do we respect and admire them less? Do we see them as losers?  I don’t think so!  In fact, the Olympic athletes are honoured with medals even when they don’t win. Even when they may feel that they have let themselves down by not winning the Gold, we still applaud them for their bravery, determination and endurance.

How often do we do the same for ourselves? How often do we applaud ourselves for our efforts, whether we “win” or “lose”? Many of us are experts at judging and berating  ourselves for our mistakes, failures,  errors of judgement, bad behaviour, “negative” emotions; for the  times that we’ve missed the mark in relationships, business, or life in general. Some of us could write books about our failures and our apparent misdemeanours.

How often do we look back on our lives and acknowledge the challenges that we have dealt with, the hardships that we have endured and overcome, the things we have accomplished. Why is  it that we  find it so hard  receive compliments or applause? I think we are probably harder on ourselves than anyone else.

So this full moon,  ask these questions…

How often do you honour or decorate YOURSELF?

What would honouring yourself look like?

How about setting an intention to write down three things at the end of each day that you actually did achieve… so those little things don’t go by unnoticed?

What would happen if you viewed yourself in the same light as you do an Olympic competitor – as a person  who, against all odds, has made it into the team, is showing up, giving it  all you’ve got, training, learning, honing your skills and shining your light, whether or not you win the gold.

What if you honoured yourself, even when you didn’t succeed the way you anticipated?

How would your life change if you treated yourself as an honourable being, rather than a  worthless one? What would happen if you could be patient with yourself, as you would be with a small child, if you could accept your mistakes, forgive yourself, ditch the judgements and recommit to your game, eyes wide and heart open, with wisdom, love, forgiveness and acceptance?

Speaking of Honouring and Celebrating- I have 2 more spaces on my Celebrating your Inner Child Workshop on 27th August. If you’re in Johannesburg, check out details of my 2 day workshop  on 17th and 18th September (almost full, so book asap) and lastly I’ll be running a  Seed of Life Workshop on the 24th September.

Love

Michelle

 

Lifelight Astrology Update 18th July 2016

boldnessBy Michelle McClunan

The full moon in the early hours of Wednesday 20th July is in no-nonsense, goal-driven, committed Capricorn, the sign of the trusty mountain goat. Full moons are always intense and this one’s no exception. Being in a square to fiery, revolutionary Uranus, we’re being encouraged to  s t r e e e t c  h  out of any comfort zones and commit to the vision/s we have for our lives.

There’s a compelling need to finally stop ruminating and to really get serious about the changes we want to make. As we continue to climb our 2016 mountains, we have reached the place where we need to stop and reassess everything.

Start by asking whether the mountain you’re on is actually the right one and if you’ve selected the best path possible… or whether you need to consult your internal GPS (your emotions – sun in Cancer) and reassess your route.

Do you have the provisions you need in order to make it to your summit and if not, how can you go about procuring them?

Perhaps you need to dump some excess baggage, so as to lighten your load or find some people to help you carry it….or maybe  you need to take a little bit of time out to  replenish your energy and gather your wits, before resuming your climb?

However  you decide to proceed, the time has come to really ask yourself what your real bottom-line priorities are… and then commit to them absolutely. 

Questions to ponder…

  • What is the most important, pressing thing in my life?…
  •  What is vital to my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing?
  • What ONE small  step can I take today towards consolidating this, making It a reality?

And then strategically plan to make time for it….every day. That’s what Capricorn, the pragmatic, disciplined time-keeper is really good at.

I think it’s about putting our priorities before everything else. If you really want to write,  paint, meditate,  exercise, eat well, start a new business, move into a new home, find a partner,  elevate your vibration, create more financial abundance in your life, change the world, then it’s about  making time for that before anything else.

I remember visiting an astrological  counsellor a long time ago, who asked what the biggest priorities in my life were. I told her that one of them was my spiritual / creative / personal development. She then asked me how much time I committed to it on a daily basis. When I answered, somewhat sheepishly, that I didn’t have a lot of free time to spend on it at all, a look of complete shock and confusion crossed her face. Frowning deeply, she  asked ” But how can you NOT spend time on it, if its the most important thing in your life?”

Food for thought…. her words come back to me often!

It’s about making time every single day for our top  priorities. If you look at people who achieve big things, that’s what they do.

William H Murray, Author of The Scottish Himalayan Expedition wrote this:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. That the  moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one, that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream, you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

…Like a mountain goat … one step at a time!

See below or email me for  details on my CELEBRATING YOUR INNER CHILD/TEENAGER  the workshops in July August and September.

I’m delighted to be planning an 2 day INTUITIVE ART  Workshop in Johannesburg on 17th  and 18th September. I’m giving you plenty of time to plan, because I know how fast paced it is up there. Let me know if you’re keen to find out more!

Have a wonderful wintery week.. Wrap up warm and nurture yourself

In light love and with commitment

Michelle

FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS 21st MAY

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On Saturday 21st May we have the first of two full moons in Sagittarius. This one is nose-to-nose with the warrior planet Mars, at 1 degree of Sagittarius. The first and last degrees of signs always intensify the qualities of the planets in question, and this one puts a sword-like laser spotlight on communication and truth.  Full moons are always pretty intense anyway, as whatever  has been drifting along in the unconscious, is brought into the light. The combination of energies  this full moon could create some wonderful exciting sparks in communications and ideas…  or a raging inferno… depending on how we respond in the moment.

First of all, Mars… masculine, driven, assertive, passionate, impulsive and potentially aggressive, is still retrograde and because he’s a forward-moving type of chap, it’s not something he’s too fond of. Actually he can get rather edgy, frustrated, agitated or flat-out pissed off , when things don’t move as fast as they should, especially in the area of communications. Being in Sagittarius, there can also be impatience and  intolerance with people who don’t “get” things as quickly as we’d like them to, or say what we want them to say.  Fortunately, Mercury starts turning direct on the 21st, so that should  thankfully ease things a bit.

Back to the full moon – Gemini gathers information and knowledge, Sagittarius fires truth seeking missile arrows everywhere he goes.  The only thing is, the archer can be rather tactless at times, especially when he’s hanging out with warring Mars.

We all just need to be aware that our truth is not necessarily anybody else’s and to be cautious of wielding the sword of “our” truth, to all in sundry!

There is sure to be a LOT of noise and chattering going on inside and outside of our heads this full moon and we really need to filter it, before we react verbally or in writing.

If you feel triggered, try making some space for the  emotions as they arise, but don’t go into the story of them. For example: Somebody says or does  something and you suddenly feel angry/ sad/ hurt/ alone/ angry.  The knee-jerk reaction, courtesy of the Mars/ Moon conjunction is to project it onto the other person. Instead, allow yourself to notice the emotion and  let it just be there for a while,  without trying to change it. When your mind starts zooting down a myriad of rabbit holes, bring it back gently to the present moment. Emotions that are ignored or repressed will be the ones that cause the explosions or implosions this full moon.

On the days leading up to, and those directly following the 21st,  we could all do with taking 10 or 20 breaths before we blurt anything and this includes the words we say to ourselves.

Then ask…

...Is what I’m about to say absolutely true for me and for this person?

Is it necessary?

Is it kind?

In every moment we have the choice of going to war or not. Let’s not!

I still have some space on my Power Animal workshop this Saturday 21st – on Full Moon!   There are also  two exciting workshops in June. Check them out in the newsletter or email me for details

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In Life and Light

Michelle

 

Lifelight Astrology 20th April 2016

Eagles fighting

This Friday 22nd April, we have a transformational full moon in Scorpio,  a highly complex misunderstood and sometimes feared  sign. What many people don’t understand is that Scorpio has three different symbolic totem associations – the scorpion, who aggressively exercises power through emotion and instinct and will sting you on the foot without a second glance;  the Eagle, who sees all, discerns hidden motives, discovers deeper truths below the surface of life and exercises power through the intellect;  and the Dove of Peace or Phoenix, who  observes compassionately without judgement and exercises power through love,  healing and transformation.

When there is Scorpio energy around, issues around power and powerlessness tend to come spiralling up from the murky waters of the unconscious. There can be fear, there can be conflict, there can be war… and there can be healing!.

This is an interesting full moon because BOTH of Scorpio’s rulers – Mars and Pluto, have just turned retrograde. This only happens with Mars once every two years, so its relatively rare. His retrograde cycle lasts until the 30th June, beginning in Sagittarius and ending in  Scorpio.  Saturn and Jupiter are in also retrograde and Mercury in Taurus will be joining the gang from  30th April until 24th May… joy of joys! Start backing up your data now!

So… we have a strongly Martian / retrograde theme – which are almost diametrically opposed to each other. It’s very much a push pull energy.

Mars is the  masculine planet of forward motion, assertion,  aggression, defence and war. He  determines how we go after our goals, how we meet challenges and how we react in the face of fear or stress. Very often when Mars goes retrograde, things get delayed, we feel irritated (largely because we want to keep moving forward) and the aggravation can lead to anger or even rage, which is stirred up from the depths of our beings. .

As always, there is a reason for this – the planets aren’t out to get us, even if it seems that way sometimes. We’re being given yet another chance to check in with ourselves and this time, to see how we react to stressful, potentially volatile situations.

Most of us are familiar with the  Fight or flight syndrome, when faced with a threat or a stressor.

FIGHT – when we instinctively and impulsively act, attack or defend.  This comes in really handy if we’re being chased by a lion, or we need to jump into survival mode. We’ve all heard stories about women who have suddenly accessed super human strength and lifted cars off their children to save their lives. When we’re in fight mode, adrenaline courses through our veins and we are stronger, faster and potentially more lethal than at any other time.

The problem is, many of us are living in that mode almost constantly – which has resulted in us being an over-stressed, aggressive and volatile society.

FLIGHT –when we turn and run – as fast as possible in the opposite direction.  Other ways that we flee, are by  numbing ourselves out – getting busy, zoning out in front of the tv, reaching for the wine or whisky bottle – anything to just make the issue go away.

FREEZE – a lesser known reaction is the “deer in the headlights” syndrome. When faced with the threat/ aggressor/stressful situation, we just freeze – unable to move or respond in any way.  Sometimes, this is good, because it gives us a moment to assess what’s going on and to re-group. Usually we recover relatively quickly and can then put on the boxing gloves or scamper off.  It becomes problematic when the paralysis continues and we become scared of making the wrong move in our lives, so we  do nothing at all.

FACE – We take some deep breaths and face the situation or the person in a direct, but non-aggressive way.

I’m going to add a 5th option:

FEEL – When somebody or something presses our buttons, we allow first acknowledge the sensations in our body and the feelings that we are feeling, without judgement – breathing at the same time.

And then… when the feelings settle, we decide how we are going to respond.

We all have our automated ways of dealing with fear or stress and this Mars Retrograde (in Sagittarius/Scorpio) challenges us to explore other ways of responding.  If we generally freeze or flee, then we might need to become more assertive. If we tend to fight first and think later, we might need to practice a less confrontational way of protecting or defending ourselves and dealing with our masculine energy.

This is a good time to reflect on some situations in your own life and find out what your patterns are.

This is how I unpacked one experience in my own life, which happened last year whilst helping out at a retreat centre overseas.  When I arrived there, I quickly discovered that the person who ran the place was rather grumpy and somewhat abrasive – not what I expected. As a result, I more or less  kept out of his way, until one morning, when he raged at me in front of the entire team, due to not receiving a telephone message.

The first thing I felt, was the heat rising to my face and that familiar old “kick in the solar plexus”. In an instant, I was right back to being an 8 year old child,  being shouted at by a  a red-faced, rather manic step-father. I  froze… tears prickling in my eyes, rooted to the spot.

Then my  fiery gut instinct kicked in (I have Mars in Leo!)… fight… go to war… give it straight back, in no uncertain terms…take him on… I mean, “how dare he!” But, I’ve been rocking around on this planet for long enough to know that going in with guns blazing does NOT generally work out well in my life, however righteous I might feel at the time.

And then I fled. For the rest of the day, I weeded in the garden like a mad-woman, allowing every conceivable emotion to surface – the anger, the humiliation, the indignation, the unfairness,  (and I can tell you, they were definitely NOT all about him) He had triggered my ‘man” issues in techni-colour.  Later that night, I burnt up the pages of my journal, letting it all out, leaving nothing unsaid, mounting a thorough investigation into the stories I was telling myself. It was quite a night!

When it was all out, I meditated for a while and when I was calm,  I asked myself what the most self- valuing thing I could do, would be. One option was to  get the hell out of there the next morning, another was just to ignore the whole thing as if nothing had happened and the third was to face him. I elected to do the third, because I knew that was  my 8 year old needed me to do.

So… the next morning, I requested a meeting with him, which lasted all of 2 minutes. I sat down opposite him, and clearly, calmly (yes I know, even I was shocked at me) stated that I felt that the way he had handled the situation was not acceptable to me.  And guess what… right there and then, his eyes softened, he said that I was right and asked if I would accept his apology. Here’s the kicker –for the rest of my stay, we got on like a house on friendly fire.  I am, to this day, so grateful for the amazing healing opportunity that his man presented with me with.

And that is, as  I see it, what this full moon in Scorpio is all about.Its an opportunity to feel, investigate,  transform and heal.

The one thing I know for sure is that we can always choose whether we’re  going to go to war or not.  We can also choose whether we’re going to engage with and get involved in other peoples’ drama. I chatted to a dear friend yesterday who said it’s like standing on the edge of a murky dirty, smelly river. We get to choose whether we’re going to plunge into it, or not.

On 21st May, in keeping with this symbolic transformation theme, I’ll be running an Art & Soul workshop,  where we will access and creatively engage with, our Power Animals and see what they have to tell us. Email me for details

I also  have some space left on my SLOW Retreat in the Midlands from 6th to 8th May, where we will spend the whole weekend reveling in the senses (Taurus) and making the most of the retrograde energy by slowing down, reflecting and revitalising.

 

In Life and Light

 

Michelle