Lifelight Astrology Update 21 January – Out the box

Aquarius New moon: Think out the box

This week, we start to feel the energy of the sun entering the freedom-seeking, communicative  sign of Aquarius. We started our journey this year clambering up our earthy little Capricorn mountains, filled with serious intentions and back-packs full  of responsibilities. Now, those packs are starting to feel a bit heavy.

Ooef….Another year…. another mountain…seems to be the general consensus.

It’s time to put the pack down, sit under a tree and consider the view of your year from a different perspective.  If you’re approaching the year in the same old way, it’s time for a change. How can you introduce some of the lightness and freedom you may have experienced during the festive season into your life more regularly? Those excursions to beautiful places … why not do more of them during your normal week and stop waiting for the holidays to give yourself the permission to have fun? The social gatherings you may have had – why not organise them more often?  Life is all about connection, after all, so if you’re slogging up your mountain all on your own, reach out.

Aquarius is all about community – friends, groups and gatherings and seeing things from a broader perspective. Connect with like-minded people and let your minds run free as you  brainstorm wild new ideas. Share your dreams and your dilemmas with others and let them help you come up with some new progressive ways of doing things.

We have the opportunity of being very inventive, original and innovative in the next month, so let’s make the most of it and march to our very own, very unique drums.  Do something different… that you ordinarily wouldn’t do … go somewhere new,  change your routine, wear something unusual, take the risk of standing out.

This is the time to think out of the box … to express yourself differently. And if that chastising parental voice tells you to get back inside it, tell it to get lost and roam free.

More on this next week. Watch this space for news on the exciting transformational workshops I’ll be running on this theme in February and March.

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Blessings to you all 

Michelle

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Lifelight Astrology Update – Full moon 16 January 2014

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EMBRACING THE FEMININE

Full moon this Thursday the 16th January is in the “feeling” sign of Cancer. Together with Venus in retrograde, the focus is firmly on embracing and expanding the mature feminine within us – men and women alike. Rather than expecting and waiting for someone else to provide what we need, we need to give it to ourselves.

With the Sun still in Capricorn, much of our energy is on our personal and practical goals, as we immerse ourselves into the responsibilities of the year ahead and work out how we intend to climb our individual mountains as it were.

As we do this, we’re being asked to remember that we are human beings and not human doings. We’re reminded this week to balance the “doing” with some heart-centred feminine “being”.

Take moments out of your busy schedule to stop… connect with your body and just notice what’s happening. Bring your attention to wherever you feel tension, pressure or pain. With gentle awareness breathe into it and allow whatever comes up to just be there, without judgement or resistance. You might see or sense a colour, a sensation, a symbol or a feeling. Notice it, accept it and allow it with a soft heart. Ask what you need and give it to yourself. This might sound “me” centred, but amazingly  the more you do this, the more you’ll notice the relationships in your life begin to change, as your gentleness and compassion is reflected back to you. As our own responses become less spiky and more considered (Capricorn), our interactions with others become smoother as well.

If each of us brings more softness, more gentlenesss into our lives, it magnifies out into the world and brings about change at a level we cannot even comprehend.

“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers restorers, story tellers and lovers of all kinds”. These are the words of the Dalai Lama, who like our beloved Madiba is a Cancerian – real men, completely in touch with the Divine Feminine – that’s what the world needs now.

Footnote – As a fellow Cancerian, I wanted to share this mandala with you, painted recently by me, after a heart-centred meditation.

Please contact me if you need help with navigating the year ahead. I offer private and group Process Art sessions and astrology consultations. There are still a couple of places left on my two Vision Board Workshops on the 18th January and 8th February.

Blessings

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology Update – 6th January – All Aboard for 2014!

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Well Matey’s, we’re almost a week into 2014, which promises to be a  powerful, exciting and challenging voyage! As the RaRa and hype from the festive season starts to settle down, many of us are starting to face the realities and practicalities of the year ahead. There’s a chance that some of the intentions we set whilst raising our glasses might not be all that realistic or may have already seemingly fallen by the wayside… or perhaps we’re just not feeling the same verve and vigour we did a week ago…?

It’s  ok … and it’s not too late. The moon is still waxing until 16th January, so we have ten days to reassess our intentions for the month and the year ahead and to prepare ourselves for our annual voyage. To provide us with some oomph and initiative, our Lunar Mother moves into Aries late on Monday evening and on Wednesday forms a square to the sun, a lunar phase often referred to as a “crisis of action”. This is when we realise that our dreams and intentions are only going to happen if we have some kind of plan and actually put it into action and stick to it.

The Universe applauds action, not thought.

The grand cross I wrote about last week is still in play, so the energy continues to be powerful, yet potentially challenging.  Venus (the planet of love and money) joins with Mercury (communication) to assist us in facing whatever we need to in our relationships and finances. This is a good time for serious discussions with the significant people in our lives, although we need to stay centred and calm, as there may be differences of opinion or even clashes of wills.  As we look at our relationships without blinkers, some may end or need to be re-structured and others will get even stronger and more enduring.

We’re the captains of our own ships and this week we’re readying ourselves for our 2014 voyage…. Making sure we have the right people on board; checking our life-saving equipment; offloading whatever is weighing us down; setting our GPS’s for the right destinations; ensuring that our holds are well stocked, leaks are plugged and equipment is running smoothly… all ready to sail into the wild blue yonder.

If you feel that you need some help in navigating the year ahead, I’m available for astrology consultations or private coaching sessions.

My Wednesday morning Art & Soul classes resume on the 15th January.

And if you haven’t yet done one, a vision board really helps to clarify your route and is a powerful goal seeking missile – see here for details on the workshops I’ll be facilitating in January and February.

Bon voyage

Michelle

January 2014 – New Years Day – Leaping Goats, Gifts & Good intentions

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On the very first day of the Year, we have a highly significant New Moon in Capricorn and then a second one on the 30th January in Aquarius. Two new moons in one month is  relatively uncommon, although this year it happens in March as well. New moons always mark new beginnings and are a powerful opportunity every month to set intentions, send them out into the Universe and start new endeavours.  The house where 10 or 11  degrees Capricorn falls is the area of your life where you’re likely to make a new start this year.

This particular new moon is a whopper, with 5 planets in Capricorn (including transformative Pluto), all activating a Cardinal Grand Cross with three other planets.  This is an unusual, challenging but potentially incredibly powerful planetary formation, which has been happening in fits and starts for a while now and will continue for months to come. It’s intensified radically this new moon and sets the scene for 2014.

Let’s try and understand it better, so we can work with it and harness its energy. Cardinal signs (Capricorn, Cancer, Libra and Aries) have a pioneering, brave, initiating, “take no prisoners” type energy and we have 8 (out of ten planets)  in Cardinal signs  this new Moon. If you have any of your personal planets in Cardinal signs, it will be especially powerful for you.

The bunch of planets in Capricorn – (lets call them our little herd of mountain goats) –  are standing by, beckoning us to journey with them up the mountain, utilising their resourceful guidance, disciplined, mature, tenacious energy to introduce order and structure into our lives and make solid plans. First of all though, we need to identify which mountain we want to set our sights on and start the clamber, one step at a time. Somewhere along the journey, the chances are we may have to take a calculated risk and leap across a crevasse to get to another place in our lives or our consciousness.

And this is where the other planets involved in the Grand Cross come into play this year. First let’s look at what a Grand Cross formation is – it basically occurs when 4 planets or groups of planets are in a square (or challenging) aspect to each other, normally depicted by red lines.

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The best way I can describe this energy is as a red box. Imagine yourself for a moment, inside this box, with no view out…. scurrying from corner to corner and back again, not able to see anything other than red.  How does that make you feel… stuck, heavy, energised, tired, agitated, irritable, emotional, panicky, or maybe even a tad aggressive? Wanna get the hell outta there?  That’s the energy of the Grand Cross. What to do?  Walk slowly and gently towards the middle of the box, gathering your energy into a core centre line. Connect with the stillness of the present moment, in the centre of your heart, lift yourself up… and “transcend” out of the “chaos” – one Goat step at a time.  From there, you become the observer, with a birds eye view of what’s going on, the patterns that are being triggered and whether  action is required or not.

Other than our little bunch of mountain goats, the other planetary gifts in our red box are Jupiter,  Uranus and Mars, describing the landscape for the rest of the year. Jupiter in Cancer calls upon us to connect with what we’re feeling… in fact, without reacting, to let those feelings to grow, rather than push them away. To allow them to be present so as  to assist us in expanding our consciousness in a nurturing  way.

Using our feelings as our compass, we’re then encouraged to journey a little deeper beneath the surface  and unearth whatever has been stashed there, which is potentially the source of our greatest transformation. This is where Pluto comes in (which is positioned in the midst of all the mountain goats), encouraging us  to investigate and question everything …our  beliefs, the roles we play, whether we’re being honest with ourselves and others, where we break our promises, whether we’re living authentically and maturely or expecting someone else to take the lead in our lives.

Mars in Libra invites us to discover whether our inner masculine or feminine is running the show and asks us to balance them by placing ourselves in the centre of our internal scale, thereby embracing  the qualities of temperance, tolerance and balance.

And lastly Uranus in Aries encourages us to be active revolutionary agents of change in our own lives and on the planet; to leap out of our comfort zones, speak our truth and to really be the change we want to see in the world. This really is a make or break year people, where we have the potential of raising our consciousness to another dimension… or not. It all depends on whether we’re prepared to commit ourselves to making deep inner change. If so, the forces are with us. If not, I’m afraid we’re going to feel more stuck in our little red boxes than ever before.

Before or on Old Years Eve, do yourself a favour and quietly contemplate or journal the past year, sifting out the lessons and the awakenings. And then let go symbolically or ritually of whatever you don’t want to carry into 2014. Reflect on the changes you’d like to make in the New Year and what you’re prepared to commit to with your whole heart.

Then on New Years day, just start one thing you’ve committed to and stick to it for 21 days. Why not speak your intentions out loud to the supportive people in your life, or write a mission statement for yourself and put it somewhere you can see it every day

Energetically the next two months are  definitely the best time to clarify our visions and put them out there, so I’ll be running two VISION BOARD workshops – one on the 18TH January and the other on the 8th February. Quite a few people have told me that the visions they worked with in last year’s workshop have already manifested 🙂 –  so its really important to keep them updated and fresh. For more info

Have a wonderful New Year everyone. I look forward to sharing it with you

Blessings

Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY OCTOBER 2013

The Divine Romance

By Michelle McClunan

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As usual, the Universe has been conspiring to provide me with exactly the material I need for October’s newsletter.  After a long, dry winter in Natal, I was feeling a little arid myself, tired, cranky and creatively somewhat stuck. So, I made a decision to head to Knysna for a short holiday with one of my oldest and dearest friends, on the beautiful farm she stays on. My head was shrieking at me… stay at home and “do, do, do”… but for once, I opted to listen to my heart and just  “be, be, be”.
One week later, after lots of hearty meals, afternoon snoozes, chats around cozy log fires, art making, walks in nature, a paddle down the Goukamma river, communing with donkeys, cats, dogs and other assorted flying, walking, buzzing beings, we’re both slowly starting to sense a quickening … a rustle of energy here… a flutter of excitement there… the first flush of enthusiasm… as the slightly submerged life spark slowly starts to ignite the fire of passion that resides deep within us… a little like falling in love actually. By slowing down, nurturing ourselves and allowing ourselves to “be”,  we’ve been strengthening our inner female; softening and becoming more receptive, so that she can provide her inner male with a warm, fertile place to land, penetrate and light the spark of new birth.  We’ve started to accept the differences and needs of our masculine and our feminine and to integrate the two.  Jung called this individuation, the alchemical transformation process of the personality into spiritual gold.And that is exactly what the astrology for the end of September and much of October is all about (see what I mean about the Universe conspiring?).  Mars in Leo (Driven, active, creative male energy) is at loggerheads with Venus in Scorpio (Passionate, intense, transformative female energy).  The Sun in Libra steps in to help bring about peace, harmony and balance through integration.  The New moon in Libra on 5th and the Lunar Eclipse in Aries on the 19th further reinforce the theme. The Uranus Pluto square becomes exact again at the end of October, so we will need to be as integrated and balanced as possible, to stay centred amidst ongoing personal and global change.
When the masculine and feminine within us is out of balance, you can bet your bottom Zimbabwean dollar that we’re going to project the lack of harmony we feel onto others, which can only lead to tension, aggression and conflict.  This is basically what’s happening in Western Society, which to a large degree, praises male energy and quashes the feminine. When last did someone ask you how you were really feeling on the inside? Usually the first thing we ask is what you’ve been “up” to, how much you’ve achieved and what you’ve been doing ‘out there in the world’.  And so, in an attempt to be seen in the eyes of the world as successful, we favour and strengthen the masculine and downplay the feminine. The problem is, whatever we’re oppressing, rejecting, judging or withholding has to have an effect on the opposite. Hard as we might try to keep them apart, the masculine and feminine within us can never be separated – they are woven into the very fabric that is us.Let’s look at the archetypal male and female qualities that are found within us all, so we can get an idea of what might need some tweaking. Give whatever is more active in your life 1 point and then add up either column to see which one is more dominant at the moment.
Who’s wearing the pants?
FEMALE MALE
Moon / Egg/ Earth, Water/ Yin/ Soul Sun / Sperm/ Fire, Air / Yang/ Spirit
Receive
Surrender
Nurture
Dream
Gather
Reflect
Rest
Lean back
Listen
Feel
Intuition
Synthesis
Now
Mercy
Chaos
Soft
Depression
Stillness
Contain
Being
In, down, under
Push
Assert
Defend
Rationalise
Hunt
Shine
Strive
Push forward
Speak
Think
Logic
Analysis
Future
Discipline
Order
Firm
Anxiety
Motion
Expand
Doing
Out, up, above
If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, brittle, filled to the brim with busyness, rational ideas, lists and strategies, but have difficulty in manifesting them into anything tangible, your inner male is probably running the show.If you’re feeling hyper emotional, heavy, lethargic, confused, stagnant or unable to move forward, your inner female is wearing the pants. What’s probably needed is a good dose of active, animating male energy to hoof her out of her sludge. 
Here’s an example of how the dance can play out. We feel a pain, ache or discomfort. An awareness arises within us that we need to pause, nurture, turn inward, slow down and relax. Society and survival say “No way Jose – keep trucking – what about the rent?”  So we march on like true little soldiers… firing off a relentless stream of busy little idea sperms into the world.  If we can just push a little harder, succeed a little more, be more disciplined, more focused, then we’ll feel secure and things will be just dandy.  In the war we wage on the world, the feminine side of us gets relegated to the sidelines like ugly floral wallpaper as we continue to climb our ‘oh so important’ mountains.
And then suddenly, the earth shifts and we feel ourselves slipping … an accident, illness, retrenchment, break-up or some situation arises that more or less brings us to our knees.  We have no choice.  We stop because we have to… our thirsty souls have designed it that way.  We spend time being, nurturing, replenishing, listening, renewing and softening, so that when that little sperm cell comes a’cruisin’, it finds a soft fertile place to land.And then, it’s a lot like a love story… that first flush of romance when we feel special and cherished, we start to remember the things we once loved about ourselves; sparkling new ideas start to appear as if out of a fog; the life spark that we thought may have been lost forever starts to ignite. We start to feel capable, grounded, confident, ready to commit to this new unconditionally loving Divine Romance and dance the dance of life.
What’s the status of your inner marriage? Does your male have a nurturing place to come home to?  Do you tell each other how much you love each other or snipe at each other?  Do you appreciate your differences and love each other anyway, like you did in the beginning?  Do you still cherish you?  Are you faithful to you?  Do you buy you flowers, write you love letters, stick to the vows you make to yourself?  Is your marriage bed sacred or do you allow creepy characters to threaten its sanctity?  What if you were to fall in love with all of you again and commit to yourself in Holy Matrimony?
The honour of your presence is requested
at the marriage of yourself to yourself
at my next 
Art & Soul Workshop
 The Divine Romance
 

on the 19th (full day) and 20th October (Half day) 
(Lunar Eclipse)  
We’ll spend a magical day re-introducing our inner male and female to each other, igniting the spark of love between them and joining them in Holy Matrimony.  It’s going to be a fun creative process – there will be music; there will be prayers; there will be vows, rituals, flowers, delicious food and magical art making. If you bring three friends with you, you’ll receive a 50% discount.
  
If you feel ready to nourish, celebrate and recommit to yourself
 
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Blessings.

Michelle