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 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!

Ahoy Matey

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

Christmas 2013 – Follow your star

Peace on earth

 

A quick note this week,  as I know most of you are run off your feet round about now – I’ve just got back from the shops, after promising myself I would not go near them today… why I do it I will never know.  It felt like a pressure cooker out there, much like the rather tricky (to put it mildly) planetary line up for tomorrow and the next few days.

This time is often rather challenging anyway, with family get togethers triggering our issues and often igniting old power struggles.  It can also highlight loneliness for those who don’t have family and make us feel the loss of loved ones more deeply. Let’s reach out to those who are alone in the next few days and embrace the true spirit of Christmas which is Peace and Goodwill to all.

Whatever’s going on for you, wherever possible, step away from the drama, observe your reactions and breathe. Light a candle, be silent for a few moments and connect to your inner star, to that spark of love that resides deep inside your heart.

On that note, to each and every one of you, thank you for sharing your life and journey with me.  To my friends old and new, colleagues and clients – each one of you is a teacher to me and I appreciate you so much.

Look forward to journeying together in 2014.

In love

Michelle

 

Lifelight Astrology Update 9 December

Peace madiba

The big focus this week is undoubtedly on the loss of the Father of our nation, which has left rather a large gaping hole, not only in our country, but across the world. Although not very outwardly active in the past few years, Mandela continued to hold the energy of equanimity, tolerance, humility and forgiveness. Amongst the many things he showed us, by example, was his ability to forgive his oppressors and completely transform hatred into love. If he can do it, so can we!

Somehow we all knew that as long as he was here, things would be alright. For me he was like our tap root, which kept us stable and balanced and now that he has departed in physical form, we need to keep that vital root alive, lest we tumble into chaos.

Over the past few weeks  I’ve written quite a bit about Venus (the feminine  planet of love) being in Capricorn, which is about embracing the mature feminine,  as we take responsibility for every aspect of our lives.  The big news this week is that Mars (the masculine warrior planet) has just moved into Libra, the sign of peace, harmony, dialogue and co-operation. This is interestingly the sign it was in when Madiba was born and in the second half of his life he certainly embraced the higher vibration of the planet, as a Warrior for Peace.  Mars usually spends only a few weeks in a sign, but this time it will be in Libra until July 2014.

The message, to me is clear –  it follows on from my newsletter last week on” Love being what the world needs now” (see below). Each one of us needs to now move beyond talking and actively take responsibility for keeping Mandela’s legacy alive. This is relatively easy right now, as the hearts of people all over the world have been opened and there is an outpouring of love,  as we remember the man, his life and his words. However it will all die down after while, as it does and that’s when we need to step into the very big shoes our beloved leader has left behind.

These words, handed to a Deepak Chopra by a monk really resonate with me and show the way forward.

The most important time in your life is now

The most important person in your life is the one you’re looking at right now

The most important thing you can do in your life is what you are doing right now

The best way to prepare for the future is to be totally present now

Now is the moment that never ends.

 Each one of us has a sphere of influence, where we can lead by example and raise the vibration of those around us. It might be with our children, our friends, in our work, our gym, our sport, inspiring others through social media, in meditation or creative circles or in our daily moment by moment interactions with the people who cross our paths. How would you treat the car guard who shows up each day and helps you carry your packages, if he were the most important person in you life in that moment?  How would the world change if we really started living like this?

How can you make a difference… today and every day? How can you help to fill those Mandela shoes? How can you nurture that tap root and help it to grow stronger? How can we all as a community uphold Mandela’s vision, his life’s work and the cause he was prepared to die for… freedom for all?  His words ring in my ears “Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great – you can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”  We are that generation and this is the time.

Martha Beck posted these words yesterday on Facebook “Once, leaving South Africa, I wondered, “Who will be the next Mandela?” And a voice in my heart said, “You must all be the next Mandela.” Well, the hero has gone home. It’s our turn. Let’s do it.

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In life, light and peace

Michelle