Lifelight Astrology

make-a-wish

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

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 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

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 1ST SEPTEMBER

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 1ST SEPTEMBER

Ring of Fire – Solar Eclipse

By Michelle McClunan

The first day of Spring (in the Southern Hemisphere) is ushered in by a burning ring of fire, an annular solar eclipse. This is, in essence a super charged new moon, which has far reaching effects. The Moon is positioned in between the Earth and the Sun, almost but not entirely blocking out it’s light, so as to create  a  corona or a ring of fire. Apparently  it will be visible in Central Africa . However, whether we see it or not,  we will definitely feel its effects.

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Here is an example of what a Solar eclipse looks like in action!

What does it mean?

Before I explain what I think it means, close your eyes for a few seconds and feel the energy of it and what it might mean to you.

There are many myths and superstitions around Solar Eclipses and throughout history, they’ve  been both feared and revered. In some cultures, they are still seen as bad omens, as the sun disappears from the sky or the cosmic light “goes out”. This is the first of two eclipses this month, which could be an interesting one on all fronts – politically, economically and climatically, with dire weather being rather widely predicted.

Symbolically, a Solar Eclipses can be seen as the  masculine (Sun) being eclipsed / vanquished by the Feminine (moon).   Eclipses are also seen as portals or gateways between the material and subtle worlds, Generally though, a Solar eclipse signifies a closure, a completion… where something disappears or ends, to allow for something new to enter.

Completion 9 9 9

There’s a strong theme of  completion and closure with this one, being at 9 degrees Virgo, in the 9th Month of the year 2016, (which reduces to a 9) making  it a 9 year numerologically.  Although I don’t practice Numerology, a nine year does indicate the  end of a cycle and signals this as a year of completion, surrender and forgiveness.Next year will be a 1 year, when the time will be right to start afresh. That will be a relief for many, as this year its seemed to be rather difficult to get things moving forward… or maybe it’s just me.  That aside, we all get the chance this year to complete and release whatever we need to from the last 9 years.

Completion cycles often come with a sense of aloneness, grief or sadness, as we part ways with things and people who have been important to us.  Even though this can be challenging, it also carries the potential for huge spiritual growth , even if it’s hard to see at the time.

Eclipses work in 19 year cycles, so this one relates to 1st September 1997, when there was an eclipse at the same degree.  It might be useful to take a few moments and cast your mind back to that time and to what was going on for you.

What ended or disappeared from your life?

What new elements or people entered your life in the months after the eclipse?

What loose ends do you need to tie up from that period?

The part of  your birth chart which houses  8 to 10 degrees Virgo  indicates the area of your life where this played out and which is likely to repeat in some way now. If you have planets or points at those degrees of Virgo or in any of the other mutable signs, (Sagittarius, Pisces or Gemini) you’re likely to feel the effects more strongly than if you don’t.

In my case, 9 degrees Virgo sits at the apex of my chart and in September 1997 EVERYTHING changed for me…. And I mean everything. … so its going to be interesting to see how this one plays out!

Saturn/ Mars and Neptune are caught up in the Ring of Fire

I’m placing more importance on this eclipse than I normally do, due to it triggering the Saturn/Mars/ Neptune square which I wrote about here.

And  don’t forget  Mercury Retrograde

Last, but certainly not least, this eclipse coincides with Mercury (the eclipse’s ruler) turning retrograde until 21st/22nd September (don’t delay in backing up ALL your data and  double check your travel bookings!) .

So, what do we do with it?

I see this as an opportunity to look back (Mercury retrograde) and reflect on the last 9 or 19 years – where we have shifted and where we haven’t;  where we’ve grown and where we haven’t;  where we’ve broken promises or vows to ourselves or others; how our relationship is with our bodies; where we are overly perfectionistic or pedantic, to the point of  stalling activity completely and what we need to fully and finally let go of, in order to move forward in our lives.

This is a really powerful time to release and let go, so that we can be cleared for a re-boot.

  • Close your eyes
  • Picture a ring of fire
  • Ask yourself what you really,  really, really want to let go of?
  • Put it into the ring of fire and let it burn baby!

If you’re feeling that something is changing in your life, but you’re unsure about how to move forward or how to navigate it, it’s highly likely that your chart is being triggered in some way. I’d be more than happy to do a mini reading over Skype to help you shed some light on it.

9 THINGS TO DO ON THIS TRIPLE 9 ECLIPSE

  1. Re-visit September 1997, what was going on for you then and how it connects to where you find yourself today.
  2. Connect with what or who you really need to let go of and release.
  3. Write it down, paint it, sculpt it, dance it, sing it, make some nature art
  4. Do some kind for ritual where you release it – eg burn the paper you have written or painted on,and blow away the ashes.
  5. Go through papers and photographs and burn  or throw out what you don’t want to keep.
  6. Clear out a cupboard or two – get rid of whatever you haven’t used or worn in 2 years. Remember, this is symbolic. By doing this, you are notifying the Universe that you have space for the new and are not holding onto the old out of fear.
  7. Make amends – write a letter to anyone you’ feel you may have wronged. If you aren’t able  to send it that’s ok – writing it will help clear your path.
  8. Really release anybody you might be holding onto who has physically departed from your life
  9. Commit to doing one thing towards a healthier, fitter, happier you – every day for the next 21 days.

.In life and light and Rings of Fire

 

Michelle

 

Featured image – Land art by Andy Goldsworthy

 

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 – New Moon 6th May

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PROSPERITY PORTAL

On Friday 6th May, there is the most beautiful,  prosperous and fertile new moon alignment we’ve had in ages. Beautiful because the sun and the moon are joined by  Mercury and Venus in Taurus (the sign of love, beauty and worth)-  a stellium (group) of planets which on its own brings sweetness, sensuality and a celebration of our earthly delights. But that’s not all – this new moon also forms  a flowing grand trine with Pluto and Jupiter – a connection wthich represents transformation, power and wealth;  and a sextile to Neptune, which brings a sprinkle of  Divine inspiration  and creativity into the mix.

And then … 2 days after this magical new moon, on the 8th May, Jupiter, who has been retrograde since mid January, finally turns direct. This will  hopefully start to turn the tides of prosperity, especially if you’ve been feeling that things have been going more or less nowhere or backwards since the beginning of the year.

However, we do need to acknowledge that even after Jupiter turns direct, we  will still have 4 planets in retrograde, so the key to navigating this energy, is to be patient and mindful. Rapid movements and impatience seem to  just set us back even more at the moment, so we really don’t have much option other than to go  S L O W L Y  one step at a time.

We  are being given a major opportunity to tune into the rhythm of Mother Earth (Taurus);  give our minds time off (Mercury retrograde);  slow things down energetically/ rest and recover (Mars retrograde); and assimilate/ consolidate (Saturn Retrograde)  the shifts / transformations (Pluto Retrograde) and higher learnings (Jupiter Retrograde) we have made and received over the past few months .

Even if you feel as though you haven’t been making much progress outwardly, if you slow down, tune in and listen, you will see that you have internally shifted.

When last did you really slow down?

I’m doing a wonderful Mindfulness course with some brilliant life coach friends at the moment (email me for details) , where we are being encouraged to be more mindful in  every area of our lives. What a difference it makes to everything!

There is an old Zen saying “ When eating, just eat!

Try it – When you’re eating, don’t do anything else. Just eat. When you’re drinking, just drink. Sip by sip. When washing the dishes, just wash the dishes. Feel the warm water on your hands. When brushing your teeth, just focus on doing that one thing.  Open up all your senses – look at the colours and the shapes, feel the surface textures, notice the sounds in your environment, smell the smells. You’ll notice that when you focus on one sense, it expands and improves your experience.

Taurus represents fertility and connects us to Gaia or Mother Earth. When we attune ourselves to her rythms, we tap into the stream of abundance.

This weekend, take some time to really smell the roses. Sit outside, or better still lie on the grass and just be. Listen to the sounds, feel the earth supporting you. Watch the clouds scudding across the sky. Smell the earth.  Feel how prosperous you really are, your connection to all that is and to the sense of stability that exists in the present moment.

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This is just what we’re doing at the Slow  retreat I’m facilitating in the Midlands this weekend. Perfect timing!. On 21st May, we’ll connect with our Power Animals and see what they have to tell us.  Email me for details

In the next few weeks, from a non-judgemental, compassionate place, notice the stories you tell yourself  about perhaps not deserving time off or not being valuable unless you’re pushing and striving. Listen to the words you utter about prosperity, abundance and value. When we continually  affirm that things are difficult, stuck or lacking, that’s exactly what our reality is going to be.

This is an opportunity to plant new seeds of prosperity and value in your life.

At any moment during your day, when faced with a decision or a choice, ask yourself what would be the most valuing thing you could do

Reflect on what or who, in your life is really valuable … now. Your values may have changed.

Ackowledge and appreciate the prosperity you do have in your life

Connect with your own value. If you feel that you, as a human being, aren’t valuable, how much would you accept for your  right hand, or an eye, a leg, your heart, your lungs?.

You get the drift…

Ok? … So… slow down, you valuable, magnificent being and celebrate your life – you deserve to!

And…Happy Mothers Day to all you amazing women out there…!

In life and light

Michelle