Lifelight Astrology

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26th December 2016

Every now and then, the Universe gifts us with a New Moon right at the end of a calendar year and that’s exactly what’s happening in a few days time! It’s a gift because New Moon’s are always opportunities to finish off and let go, so that we can plant beautiful new seeds.

On the 29th December, the Moon joins the Sun and Mercury (retrograde) in Capricorn. It’s almost as if we have our very own trio of  mountain goats, beckoning us to journey with them up the 2017 mountain. They’re at the ready to  equip us with  resourceful guidance, discipline, structure, responsibility and commitment.

…All sound a tad boring?  Well, never fear… Uranus is near, giving us a hearty whack of maverick energy to kick start the New Year!

The planet of change and liberation, turns direct on the same day as the new moon,  after a five month retrograde period.  When Uranus is retrograde, we feel the force of change internally, but often aren’t able to make it manifest, for one reason or another.

This new moon, should, by all accounts, be a positive catalyst for change! Yeah!

All those plans you’ve had – all the change you’ve  wanted to bring into your life?  This is the time!   If you feel excited and maybe a little nervous  about doing something different – something that will  expand you,  ignite you, excite you…that’s our revolutionary friend Uranus!

Connect with the energy of this mature, thoughtful, goal-driven Capricorn new moon to assess the changes you want to integrate into your life. Write them down. Make dates in your calendar. Commit to them.

And then… stir in a handful or two of sparkly  Uranus energy to take it up a few notches. Break out of the norm. Do something new… or… Do something old in a way you’ve never done before. Embrace the unique, the unusual, the invigorating!

Why not?

What do you have to lose?

Happy New Year to you all.  Its gonna be a cracker!

 

In life and light

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Mercury Retrograde/ Summer Solstice

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Here’s a quick  heads up, as we scurry or scuffle towards the end of the year. Mercury in Capricorn turns retrograde on the 20th December until the 9th January. Being the planet of communication, it can and often does coincide with  disturbances or breakdowns in all forms of communication and conveyance. SO, even if it feels like you don’t have the time,  take a few moments to back up your ALL your data – across all your devices. Check your travel bookings and allow for extra time to get wherever you’re going. Check documents before you sign them and take ten deep breaths before you react verbally – to anything. Mercury is travelling alongside Pluto right now, which could make for some fairly intense interactions!

Apart from the irritating stuff, at a deeper level, we are all being given an opportunity to carefully consider, assess (Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn)  and transform ((Pluto) the way we think and communicate.

Over the next few weeks, see if you can  unplug from the continual influx of information whenever you can and re-flect on the quality of your thoughts. Ask whether the story you’re telling about yourself and your world is true. If not, set the intention to ditch some of the old mental garbage and start re-designing and re-framing your thoughts.

Down south, we have the Summer Solstice on the 21st December which is the longest day of the year, after which, the days start to get shorter.

The Solstice is always significant and powerful and is the perfect time to  release the old and dream in  the new – before we get carried away with Christmas and New Year festivities. If you haven’t yet, take a few moments (that’s really all it takes) to reflect back on the last 12 months (See my last blog) . Recognise  the wins,  losses,  challenges and  victories, acknowledging every single thing as integral to your journey.

A lovely ritual you can do at the solstice, is to write down anything you want to release from the year and surrender it into a candle flame or a bonfire. Remember that fire transmutes and transforms, changing what was into something else.

Then – write down your hopes and wishes for the next year onto another piece of paper. Light it and watch as the paper transforms to smoke, carrying your intentions out into the Universe.

I’ll be running two Vision board workshops in January to get those intentions working even more. Vision boards really work folks. See below for details or if you don’t receive my newsletter, email me on michellemcclunan@gmail.com

Thank you all for reading my ramblings and for those of you who have had readings done, attended my workshops and classes or in some way, been part of my 2016, I’m filled with appreciation and gratitude for the richness you’ve added to my life.

May you all have a stunning Solstice, a blessed Christmas and Fantastic New Year !

Love

 

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology 13th December 16

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As the end of yet another  year draws to a close and we find ourselves immersed in the silly season,  let’s take a few moments to consider the year and all it held, before we go scuttling off on another journey around that golden sun of ours.

The full moon in the early hours of the morning on 14th December  in Gemini, provides just such an opportunity. This is normally a  light-hearted, busy,  communicative, optimistic full moon – much like this time of the year is on the surface, with all the bells and gifts and  fairy lights and  Christmas cheer. But this year, Saturn is joining the party and adding a dose of seriousness to the mix . I do think its good to bear in mind that for many people, who might be experiencing loss, illness or struggle,  this can be the hardest and loneliest time of the year. In the next few weeks, as we count down to the end of the year, not only is Saturn travelling close to the Sun, but Mercury, the planet of communication is in Capricorn (the sign ruled by Saturn). The communicator will go retrograde on the 21st  and is hanging out with Pluto, the plumber of the Zodiac.

This can play out in a number of different ways.

Old Chronos (Saturn) can be a real party pooper, a finger-wagging, stern,  parental voice, taking up residence in our heads. He can tell us, in no uncertain terms what we’ve done wrong, how little we’ve achieved, where we’re failing in our lives  and what losers we are.

Or, he can be more of a kind-hearted parent, who has our best interests at heart and helps us to enter into a dialogue with ourselves and others,  to assess and COMPLETE the year, with a good solid dose of maturity, sprinkled with tenderness.

I’m seeing this truth seeking, communicative full moon and the weeks leading up to the new moon, on the 29th December, as a brilliant time to do this. We are being presented with just the right energy to GENTLY reassess the year,  look at the blessings, the challenges, the wins and the losses and to excavate the  GOLD!

Here are some questions that might help get you started:

  • What changed for you this year?
  • Describe  your challenges
  • Describe your wins
  • What do feel you accomplished?
  • What do you feel you didn’t accomplish?
  • Who were the most important people in your life this year?
  • Was there anybody new who arrived in your life?
  • Was there anybody who left your life?
  • Describe the sadnesses
  • Describe the joys
  • What have you  discovered about yourself this year?
  • If you could sum 2017 up in one word, what would it be?

Use these questions as a guideline, but add to them. If you like, play with images, or collages, or doodles.

As the moon wanes for the next few weeks, clear, declutter and let go of whatever you don’t need, so you can start afresh in 2017.

I still have a a couple of places left on my WRAP IT UP workshops this  Saturday or Sunday and have dates lined up for the VISION BOARD WORKSHOPS in JANUARY. Check out my newsletter or email me for details. .

If you haven’t yet done so, you might want to book an astrology session for the New Year to see what’s in store astrologically for you in 2017.

 

In life and light and kindness

 

Michelle

 

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 13TH OCTOBER

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SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL

Are you ready to be catapulted out of the old and into the new?  Well the full moon on Saturday night/ Sunday (16th October) might help you do just that!

First of all, it’s a Super Moon, which means that it’s closer to the earth, bigger and a lot more potent than usual!

The moon is in fiery, independent, assertive, potentially war-like Aries  and is opposed by the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter in Libra.

That’s quite a polarity right there. Aries is about me… my life, my needs, my goals,  my ego, my independence. Libra is about you/ the other… it’s about relationships of all kinds; keeping the peace; justice; balance, co-operation and money!.

But here’s the kicker… the moon is closely joined (and the sun  opposed by)  rebellious, revolutionary, rule-breaker Uranus, which makes  this a  “thunder and lightning” type of full moon.  Uranus arrives unexpectedly,  just like lightning, with a large dose of the dramatic, jolting us out of any sluggishness, paralysis or boredom… shaking, rattling and rolling our cages, in order to break down old barriers and initiate radical change.

This full moon will light up exactly what we feel is limiting us or standing in the way of our independence or our personal freedom (Aries), as well as what’s really going on with our money and our relationships (Libra) It will illuminate in technicolour what we just aren’t prepared to tolerate any more and what needs to shift.

This full moon is a harbinger of change, which could be stressful, uncomfortable and possibly a little dangerous

AND/ OR

If you like a bit of excitement and are ready to embrace change, you might find it exhilarating. She brings with her flashes of intuition, along with some highly charged energy to help blow those cobwebs away and get things moving!

More news is that Pluto and Mars  in Capricorn (which are squaring the Libra contingent)  are  moving in for a close dance, which challenges power structures of all kinds. This  is likely to be  accompanied by tensions in communications and even more skeletons emerging from  even more governmental closets.

When I was reflecting on what to write about today, the word “Equanimity” popped into my head.  Definition –  “calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation.

Life is challenging for many of us right now, so I think Equanimity is a good  Libran quality to connect with. IF or when you are triggered by something or someone, try stepping away, breathing and counting to  ten or twenty or a hundred…. before launching into defense or attack. Ask yourself one simple question. Is it  worth going to war!  Sometimes it is, but we always have the choice.

The other word that comes up is  “surrender”. When we’ve done all we can do , sometimes we just need to let it be, do our best to stay in the present moment and wait it out.

 

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In Life and Light

 

Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 2 AUGUST 2016

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By Michelle McClunan

Late on Tuesday night (2nd August) we have a beautifully creative, lighthearted New Moon in Leo, which, when compared to what we’ve been experiencing of late, has a buoyancy and an optimism to it.…  dare I say, perhaps even a dash of fun!

This is the perfect new moon to plant new seeds, set new intentions and start new creative endeavours. Saturn, (which I wrote about in my last blog) is in a positive flowing aspect to this moon, adding a dollop of maturity, commitment and endurance into the playful mix, ensuring that those seeds get planted properly, so that they can take root and grow.

The sign of Leo is of course symbolised by the Lion and rules the heart, courage, fun, play, romance, expression and creativity.

COURAGE

Interestingly, the root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart.

For me this Lunar  month,  we’re being asked to courageously  follow our uniquely creative hearts.

  • In what ways are you completely unique?
  • If you weren’t afraid and could do anything with your life force, what would it be?
  • What’s the one thing you want to do before the end of your life?
  • What’s the one thing you want to do before the end of the year?
  • Where in your life, can you take another courageous step towards expressing your heart’s desire and your uniqueness?

 

CREATIVITY

I can’t tell you how many people tell me they’re not creative  I’m still shocked every single time it happens.

It’s impossible to be human and not to be creative.

It seems that a lot of people get creativity and artistic ability confused. Somebody tells us  early on that we can’t draw as well as somebody else … and boom…. What we hear is “I’m not creative”, when basically, someone has just given you their opinion on your technical artistic ability… NOT your creativity!

Have you ever heard a small child utter the words “I’m not creative” ?

I certainly haven’t! They KNOW they are!

If you think about it, our lives are a continual process of creativity… from selecting ingredients for a meal,  hunting down that perfect shirt or dress, to raising our children, choosing a hairstyle, negotiating our relationships, planning our holidays, nurturing others, picking out furniture, and arranging our home and work places…. And everything else too!

For me, creativity is our relationship with and connection to, the Supreme Source of Life and how we shine our unique light into the world.

CREATING OUR REALITY

Right now, you might be creatively imagining or visualising what you’re going to have for dinner, or  the things you need to do when you finish reading this. Maybe you’re wondering how you might or might not be able to pay your bills at the end of the month, or what’s going to happen during or after the elections.

We constantly have stories swirling around in our heads. In fact, they probably have the potential to be Pulitzer prize winners if we wrote them all down.  Our imaginations are rich and  infinite and can work for us or against us.

At the end of the day, the stories we tell ourselves today are creating tomorrow’s reality – whether they’re negative or positive.

A COURAGEOUS COMMITMENT

Here’s something for you to try.  Just for today, make a courageous commitment to yourself not to judge anybody, including yourself… or to complain about anything at all. If you do find yourself about to judge or complain, take a deep breath, collect your energy and affirm something more useful. If you feel better as a result,  do it for another day and another.

This is a really quick way to become more conscious of what kind of reality we are creating in this moment.

SHOOT THOSE ARROWS

Mars the planet of action and activity, finally leaves the  deep waters of Scorpio later today, where it’s been on and off since January. During its journey there, a lot has surfaced, been transmuted and released  globally and personally.  The floods last week  in South Africa may have been part of a massive clearing.

Now that its finally moving into the sign of Sagittarius, the far-seeing archer, we should be able to start viewing things from a higher perspective and  shoot those arrows in the direction of our hearts desires.

 

In Life and Light

 

Michelle