NEW MOON JANUARY 6TH IN CAPRICORN

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– This beautiful image was created at my Ebb & Flow Retreat last year by Jenny Piercey

Can you even believe that another year has ended and a new one has begun?  Happy New Year everybody!

If you’re anything like me, you might be feeling that we’re still in 2018! This could be because we started the year with the Moon in her waning cycle, which isn’t necessarily the most optimal energy for setting intentions and getting those over-indulged Christmas-infused engines going.

Energetically, the official start to this calendar year as I see it, is marked by the New Moon/ partial Solar Eclipse on the 6th January. New Moons always mark new beginnings and provide us with powerful opportunities every month to set intentions, send them out into the Universe and start new endeavours.

EARTH – CAPRICORN

This is a particularly strong one, setting the theme for the year. The Sun and Moon are joined in Capricorn by Mercury and the South Node and flanked by transformational Pluto on one side and Saturn, the wise teacher on the other. That’s a LOT of Capricorn/ambitious/ goal setting energy right there!

Depending on where and how this plays out in your personal chart, on a positive note, it’s likely to bring some commitment, common sense, maturity and clarity to your thought processes and decision making, with regards to how you want to move forward in your life.  However, it could also feel a little heavy – as if there’s a giant finger wagging in front of you, demanding to know what your next move is going to be. With Pluto joining this little party, there could also be  some intense encounters with others, around security, money, business and/or home.

FIRE

Uranus turning direct in Aries and Mars in the same sign adds some fire energy to the mix, which bodes well for moving forward with new ideas, but can also ignite anger or aggression. Deeeeep breaths people!

GOALS… RESPONSIBILITIES!

It may be that the prospect of another year is a bit overwhelming or responsibility laden. All those expectations …. all those goals you need to set for 2019… all those things you have to accomplish… the weight you need to lose or gain…. the decisions you need to make….  the diets you need to go on…. the money you need to earn…. the parts of yourself you have to fix…….

Really… ?

Truly…..?

It all just sounds exhausting to me!

SOFTENING INTO FLOW

Fortunately Neptune is around to soften things and suggests that we don’t have to control every little thing or figure it all out!. The King of the ocean beckons us into the flow of life, over and over again and reminds us that “success” is an inner, not an outer thing;  that striving and  outward success is not guaranteed to make us happy.

BALANCE

With the Moon’s nodes on the Cancer/ Capricorn axis until mid 2020, we are all being prompted to find a balance between being and doing,  nurturing/ nourishing and excelling out there in the world, between the inner and the outer.  We are reminded that stopping, resting, and tuning in is vital and the only way to reallly get into sync with ourselves and our innate life force, which is the starting point of everything.

THE PRESENT MOMENT

This present moment really is the only reality, so why not make one of the goals this year to commit to that!

 “The most important time in your life, is now

The most important person in your life, is the one in front of you… now

The most important activity in your life, is what you are doing now”

From “A Monk’s Journey”  Deepak Chopra

Really let those words seep into your soul!  They give me goosebumps!

There’s certainly nothing wrong with having goals and dreams, but when we define ourselves by them or link our self-worth to them, we are destined to live in an llusory future and very possibly set ourselves up for suffering.

How do you specifically, bring yourself into the present?  What about committing to more of that?  How do you love to feel?  Why not commit to doing/being more of whatever it is that makes you feel that and see what flows from there?

TO COMMIT OR NOT TO COMMIT

This New Moon,  have another look at your calendar, reassess your goals and ask yourself which ones you really, really, really want to commit to and why. If you have set goals to please others, perhaps question their  validity. If you are committing to things that don’t feel right for you anymore, can you choose differently?  How many of the things you have on your list bring a feeling of joy and expansion?  The one thing we do have as human being is the power of choice!

There really isn’t any sense in getting “ there” (wherever that might be) and being too exhausted to enjoy it.

SUSTAINABLE VISION – STEP BY STEP

With Venus joining Jupiter in Sagittarius on 7th January, we really do have the potential  this year of  tuning into the highest possible, achievable and sustainable visions we have for our lives and then committing to them with all the joy and presence that we can muster.

ASTROLOGY CONSULTATIONS

I have opened bookings for Astrology Consultations and Coaching Sessions from 22nd January. Please email me if you’d like to schedule an appointment.

VISION BOARD WORKSHOPS

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 19th January and the other on the 9th February.  I only have 2 spots left on 19th January, so be sure to book quickly if you’d like to join us on that day. So many people tell 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  or to book, please email me

Here’s to an wonderful year ! I look forward to sharing it with you.

Blessings

Michelle

 

 

 

 

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To Surrender or not to Surrender?

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Coming up on the 26th February, we have a powerful solar eclipse (new moon).  The sun is joined by the Moon, Mercury, the South Node,  Neptune and widely by Chiron … all in Pisces. That’s a whole lot of water right there!

Solar Eclipses always indicate major endings, in order to usher in the new. This is  especially true when they happen in Pisces. Being the last sign of the zodiac, this signals that the end of the astrological year is nigh.  This one is connected to the Pisces  Solar eclipse in March 2015, so  there might very well be a connection, if you think back to that time.

Pisces is a dual water sign  (two fish swimming in opposite directions) and relates to the dreamworld, imagination,  intuition, surrender, Divine Connection and all things mystical. However, it is also associated with  delusion, illusion, addiction and  self-sabotage. It shows us where we let ourselves down, over and  over again, where we still consider ourselves to be victims and where we’re waiting for somebody else to come in and rescue us.

If this eclipse involved only a batch of planets in Pisces, I would expand on that, but it’s really not that simple.  Bringing all that  water to the boil , we also  have a major pattern in the sky, formed by Mars (masculine, goals, ambitions, ego drives) in fiery Aries ( the  warrior)  at the same degree as Uranus,  the planet of radical change and liberation; square  transformational Pluto and opposite expansive Jupiter.

So in English now… this combination of energy says – “What do you desire?  Where do you want to go?  How are you going to get there?  It’s time to push yourself forward, take no prisoners!  Don’t be a woes! Make those changes now and  get things moving!.”

So… what do we do with that?

Push forward or surrender?

I’ve just read a very interesting book called The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer.  He has made a life-long  commitment to release his personal preferences, and surrender to the bigger “plan” for his life. The story that emerges is very  interesting,  because every single time he relinquishes his ego drive,  something bigger and better than he ever could have imagined, opens up for him.

However, I have to admit, even though this resonated with me on one level, there was and still is, a voice inside my head  that pops up to say…. “But what happens to MY dreams, MY needs, MY purpose… if I surrender entirely to the flow???”

I’ve been mulling over this for a while and have yet to come up with anything definitive, but it does bring to mind  the first  time I ever rode a horse in the wild. It was at NIGHT, a moonless night at that and we were heading down into a valley in the middle of Zululand.  At one point, early on  in the ride,   I could see absolutely nothing. Let me tell you, my ego was freaking out. Every part of me wanted to take control of that horse, or get off and walk.  My body was stiff, I was scared and hanging on for dear life. A friend (experienced at riding in the dark) advised me to soften my body and give my horse a very long rein so that he would be able to smell and sense his way along.

This was completely counter- intuitive, because all  I wanted to do was tighten the reins and hang on with all my might. However,  due to the fact that I didn’t actually know anything about riding, and  had no idea of how to get to where we were going,  I had no option but to take his advice.  All I needed to do was to stay on the horse and keep my head down, to avoid being de-eyed by unseen branches!

The amazing thing was the  more I surrendered my control and put my faith in this  incredibly intuitive being, the more I realised that I could trust him to lead me to where I needed to go, which he did… and flawlessly at that, never even faltering once.  Along the way, on the straight sections, we cantered, wind in our hair…nothing but the sound of horses hooves on the ground and the occasional “Yeehaa!” from the likes of me and my fellow rookies.  I remember closing my eyes at one point and letting my steed do what horses do, without any interference from me at all. I felt completely connected to  him, to the evening, to the earth, the sky, the stars… the whole caboodle.

By trusting and surrendering to something bigger, I had one of the most exhilarating, liberating experiences of my life … and I reached the destination, but in an entirely different way to how I would have planned it. If I reflect on it, whenever   I have surrendered to the flow, I have been supported!

I  guess there is a midpoint somewhere between our  ego drives and surrender.  Perhaps this eclipse asks us to find it. What if we show up, wholeheartedly… get on the horse, head in the basic direction and then let go of the reins a little?  What if we are kinder, gentler, less cruel, less rigid… softer… towards ourselves and others?  What if we are able to relax and trust that we really are not alone in all  this and that there might be an even bigger, more delicious  plan in store for us than the one we’ve imagined ?

As Rumi says, “Life is a balance between holding on and letting go” … perhaps it’s  a dance between making it happen and allowing it happen.

Please see my newsletter or email me for details about my “Art of Surrender” workshops in March.

 

In life and light

Michelle