NEW MOON, MERCURY RETROGRADE, URANUS MOVES!

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6 MARCH 2019

Change is in the air

This is a big week astrologically, starting with a New Moon in Pisces on the 6th March, which is less than one degree away from Neptune, king of the ocean and ruler of Pisces. Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces on the same day, until 28th March,  which involves a a rare and close dance  with Neptune that will last until the middle of April. This expands and extends the Piscean theme considerably.

Last, but certainly not least, also on 6th March, Uranus, the planet of change, re-enters Taurus, where he will stay until 2025/6.  At this new moon, we have 5 planets in mutable (changeable) signs, suggesting that this is a time where things are shifting and moving at warp speed. The faster they go, the more we need to slooooowwww down and breathe!

PISCES

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Let’s plunge into those Piscean waters a little more deeply. When the Sun makes its way through the sign of the fish, the final sign of the zodiac, it marks the end of our Astrological year. Although New Moons are always the time to plant intentions, this one asks that we hit the pause button on our fast, forward moving,  analytical minds and spend time going within, re-visiting and re-visioning  our dreams, ideals, aspirations, and spirituality and setting intentions from a much deeper, more feminine heart-based place.

Pisces is a mutable water sign (the symbol is of two fish swimming in opposite directions) – representing the healer, the mystic, the artist.  We might see it as one fish giving us access to the dreamworld, the unconscious, imagination, intuition, Divine Connection and calling upon us to surrender to the flow of life.  The other fish might urge us to separate from the flow of life, swim upstream and can lead us to feel confused,  deluded, addicted or  victimised.

The question is – do we choose to go with the flow,  try to swim upstream or find a balance between the two? That, for me, is the theme of the coming lunar month.

The next few weeks  will be very supportive  for dream-work, art, meditation and reaching expanded states of consciousness.   Honour this energy by spending time in and around water and nature, listening to gentle music and quietening yourself as often as you can. Our extra sensory perception, intuition and sensitivity are heightened right now, so if we slow down and listen, we can find healing and receive direct guidance from Source.

If, however, we persist in forging forward, ignoring our bodies and disregarding our intuition, this can be a time of confusion, fogginess, feelings of victim-hood, and misunderstandings. Our bodies will be more sensitive too, so we need to pay more attention to what they are communicating to us and what we’re ingesting.  This is the  time of the year to detox on all levels, release, surrender and flow with what arising. Any resistance to what “is” is only going to make it harder, so why resist… right?

MERCURY RETROGRADE

As you will know if you read my blogs regularly, during Mercury Retrograde, travel plans and communications can and often do, go awry. I highly suggest that you double check any travel bookings, vehicle road-worthiness,  back up all your data and be very clear in your communications with others.  Read the fine print on any contracts carefully over the next few weeks and if you’re unsure, get a second opinion.

URANUS IN TAURUS

Uranus moves into Taurus on the day of the New Moon and will stay there until 2026. The planet of change visited Taurus from  6th May to 7th November last year, so take a few moments to  reflect on what was happening then and you’re likely to find a connection to what’s coming up and changing for you now.  If you have a copy of your chart, this will  likely be in the houses in which Taurus resides. When a slow moving planet like Uranus changes signs, we all feel the energy in some way, but if you have any personal planets or your ascendant in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio) you will probably feel this move more acutely.  Over the next 7 years, Uranus will move over these points in your chart, symbolising some change in those areas.

The interesting thing about Uranus in Taurus is just how different the energies are.

URANUS

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Uranus was referred to by the Romans as “the great awakener” and to the Greeks,  he was the “God of the sky” and the creator of life as we know it.  The symbol for Uranus is a circle, 2 crescents and a cross, symbolising the bringing of divine truth into our lives on earth. Astrologically, Uranus rules everything related to the sky – lightning, electricity, electronics, new inventions, sound waves, the internet,  metaphysics, alternative modalities, out-the-box thinking,  healing, computers and community.

This energy of Uranus is revolutionary, maverick, free spirited and innovative – a Uranus move can be likened to a flash of lightning, shaking loose whatever is stagnant or immovable, in order to make way for the new.

We could view Uranus moving into a new sign in a similar way as we see a software upgrade on our computer or cell phone. At first it can feel irritating, as we might have to stop what we’re doing and reboot the computer. However, when its done and we settle in to the new changes, we start to appreciate the upgrade and the new features that are available to us.

TAURUS

Where Uranus rules the sky, you might say that Taurus rules planet earth.  This fixed, feminine, earth sign  is very concerned with safety, stability and not shaking the foundations or upsetting the status quo. Particularly when threatened, the bull can  dig his heals  in and stubbornly hang onto whatever seems to constitutes security and safety.

Taurus rules the land, our food, our money,  our physical bodies, beauty, the five senses,  and that which we possess and value.

SKY MEETS EARTH

When Uranus and Taurus combine, there are usually significant, sometimes radical changes.  Globally, a move like this can signal sudden, unpredictable shifts  to planet earth. I’m not an expert in the astrology of  global events, but when Uranus moved into Taurus last year, it coincided with the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, which resulted in around 1700 people evacuating their homes.

Historically if we look back, when Uranus was last in Taurus in the 1930’s, the world saw the rise of Hitler and many countries changed their monetary system from the gold standard. Most global astrologers are predicting  many more changes to our monetary systems over the next 7 years, possibly moving more and more towards crypto-currencies etc.  We are likely to see more technological inventions and changes in our health care, personal health monitoring, farming, food and beauty.

We are also likely to see radical change in our  value systems, with more and more people moving towards owning less and simplifying their lives. There could be a lot more people living in communities, sharing resources, cars, homes and working together to become more self sustainable.

As a collective, the next 7 years is calling upon us to raise our consciousness, to attune to and honour this planet and our own bodies.  The best investment we can make is learning to become more self autonomous, live more simply,  start our own businesses, grow our own food and  rely on our own resources, thereby reducing our debt load.

Uranus in Taurus will urge us to really take care our food, our water resources and all aspects of the feminine –  and to remember that Earth is a living, breathing being and without her, we humans cease to exist. If we persist in abusing her as we have done, she will retaliate. This is happening already on a personal level with more and more women widely publicising abuse and mistreatment.

Personally, over the next 7 years we will be asked to reevaluate where we find our safety, belonging and security.  We will be asked to redefine our value systems and our relationship with whatever we believe we possess – (as if we ever really possess anything in this constantly changing world).  We will be asked to question how we define ourselves, which is revealed by the words we speak.  Be aware of sentences  starting with  “I live for… my pets, my job, my home, my art, my partner, my children.  or “I am a …. mother, business person, seeker etc”.  Yes,  these things might be important to us or they might be the roles we play, but we cannot let them define who we are any longer.  I find it helpful, when I feel very attached to something, to put the word “the” in front of it. Instead of “my” car, “my home”, by referring to it as “the car, the home etc, helps to give me some space and perspective, from which I am able to respond with  more clarity.

Uranus in Taurus urges us to find our sense of stability and belonging from the only place that never changes – that quiet still place inside us that is always there, no matter how crazy the world around us is.

HOW THIS AFFECTS YOU PERSONALLY

If you would like to understand where Uranus is moving through your chart and how this move is likely to be working with you personally, you might like to set up an update reading with me.

In life and light

 

Michelle

 

 

 

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Full Moon November 23rd – Don’t believe everything you think!

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by Michelle McClunan

Full moon November 23rd  is in Gemini, opposite the Sun, Jupiter and Mercury in Sagittarius and squaring Mars. This makes for a big, rather blustery, restless, perhaps slightly opinionated or impatient energy, which you might be feeling even now, in the lead up to the full moon.

On the upside, Sagittarius and its ruler Jupiter are all about big ideas, new perspectives, expansiveness, freedom and wonderful new visions for our lives. This sets the scene for the next year, as Jupiter has just moved into his own sign of Sagittarius. We’ll be exploring this more in the months to come.

For now, with Jupiter (our largest planet) being so close to the Sun and opposite the moon, does suggest BIG energy, big emotions, possibly big weather / maybe more bush fires and big internal and external changes.

And…. we also have no less than 7 planetary bodies in mutable signs right now. Mutable energy can be adaptable, restless, changeable, confused, edgy or even unstable.   This is a good time to  explore different perspectives, spread our nets wider,  travel, learn and dream.   However, It’s not that greatest time for detail-orientated projects. If you have a task that requires a lot of focused energy, it would be optimal to leave it for a few days. If you do it now, you might get more irritated than normal and/or make mistakes. If you don’t have the option of postponing it for a bit,  just make sure you have regular breaks.

The best thing we can all do right now is to consciously and repeatedly take ourselves out of the drama and plant ourselves firmly in the role of the observer, focus on our breath and earth ourselves – Spending  time outside barefoot every day will help to ground this energy.

MERCURY RETROGRADE

Mercury has just turned retrograde  and will stay that way until 6 December.  The winged messenger is currently  square  Neptune, making for potentially unclear communications, both within  and outside of us.  As many of you know, Mercury Retrograde 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 twice or three times before you push the button 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. It’s a good time to reflect, reassess, research & reduce information overload.

And … Don’t believe everything you think or hear at this time!

WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

  • As a thought appears, see if you can step into the role of the observer and view it from a different perspective.
  • Before you say anything to anyone ( including yourself) you might ask if it’s actually true or necessary.
  • If you’re feeling scattered and battling to make a decision about something, you could try sitting  quietly and connecting with a “you” of a different age and asking what he/she would do in the situation you are faced with. Try it … it really does work. Ask the 5 year old you, the 14 year old you, the 90 year old you and see what comes up!
  • Or you could ask what somebody you respect would do. If it’s a money/business issue, you could ask what Richard Branson would do.  If a spiritual issue, what a specific spiritual teacher’s  advice would be.
  • Or you could just ask  yourself what would a wise person do in this situation.

As soon as we do this, we are able to look at things from a different perspective, we have access to different solutions to our problems.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” Wayne Dyer

CONSULTATIONS

I am taking a break from consulting in December, but am booking now for January. Please get in touch with me if you’d like to set up a reading for the New Year.

LA LUNA LA FEMME – MOON JOURNAL

As some of you might know, I am collaborating with two amazingly talented young women,  Keri Bainborough and Amy Keevy in producing a Monthly Moon Journal. We launched it in November and the wonderful  feedback is that it is really helping to connect women to the magic of their natural rhythms and therefore themselves, whether or not they are still menstruating.

If you’re keen to learn more about setting new and full moon intentions, holding ceremony, journalling and creating ritual in your life – if you really want to get in touch with yourself as a woman,, head on over to the online shop  and purchase you December copy.  And please pop over and follow us on Instagram  Or like us on Facebook

 

In Life and light

 

Michelle

 

We’re in Retro Season – 6 Retrograde Planets

We’re in Retro Season – 6 Retrograde Planets

Have any of you been feeling as though you’re performing the lead role in Ground Hog Day?  Same thing – different day?

Well, you’re certainly not alone and it’s not really surprising, seeing as we have 6 planets AND Chiron, all Retrograde right now.  This means that from our perspective here on earth, they all appear to be moving backwards! Although it’s an optical illusion, the energy certainly isn’t!

RETROGRADE PLANETS

In a heavy retrograde period like this, we often feel as if our lives (or areas of our lives) have come to a standstill.  We know that things need to change, but are unsure of exactly what to do next.

It really can feel as though we are taking one step forward and three backwards, as if our progress is being blocked, or that we’re being physically stopped or slowed down.

Some of us might even feel hopeless, listless, confused, unwell, unable to “see” the future” and perhaps fearful of even contemplating what lies ahead.

When there is this much retrograde activity around, we’re urged to go back… reflect on, review, reassess, reconsider different areas of our lives, so that we can learn from them and re-envision a future more aligned with our true potential.

Without going into too much astrological detail, we are quite accustomed to the outer planets (Pluto, Neptune and Uranus) going retrograde every year and Mercury every few months. However, this time it’s a bit different as they’re all retrograde together and are joined by the other hefties (Mars and Saturn).

The good news is that Mercury will turn direct on the 20th August and Mars  on 29th August, followed by Saturn on 6th September, so things should start to  turn around in the next couple of weeks… , but first, let’s grab this retro season by the tail and see what its teaching us.

 MARS

The one many of us are feeling most acutely right now (particularly if it’s triggering your personal chart)  is Mars  Retrograde (from June 26 to Aug 27th) The fiery one only  retrogrades once every 1.5 years, so it’s not as common as the others. To intensify it even more, he’s been moving in and out of a square with Uranus, the planet of change!

The way I’m feeling the energy is – “I want / need this situation to change, before I can shoot my arrows in the direction of my goals and dreams”  – “Oh.. but hang on… I’m not exactly sure what those are… and before I move forward, there’s this to take care of… so not yet!”

Mars, the planet of action really doesn’t enjoy being… well… inactive. The fiery one wants to shoot his arrows towards his goals, dammit!  Move FORWARD… not backwards!  He’s impulsive, impatient and wants to get on with it.  Obviously, when this isn’t possible, it can lead to irritability, nervous anxiety, anger, accidents or clashes with others.  This has all been elevated by the Eclipse season, by the way.

PULL BACK!

Mars Retrograde is asking us to really reassess/ review our goals/ desires to see if they are still valid or if they need to be adjusted a bit.  He also asks us to look at how we are using or abusing our energy.  Are we sending it on missions that are helping or hindering us?That little arrow on the mars symbol is itching to be set free, but first, as any good archer would tell you, he has to PULL IT BACK, reassess the target, make sure his feet are planted on solid ground and that neither the target or the ground beneath his feet are moving. Then when the time is right, take aim and fire!… but not yet!

Hopefully, when he turns direct on 29th/30th August,  the pressure should ease a little. Until then, pull back, if you can. Reflect. Reassess. Review.

AND THEN THERE’S GOOD OL SATURN

Saturn, the Lord of Karma, Father Time, the stern parent teacher planet, has been retrograde since  April and will stay that way until 6th September.  On his journey through Capricorn (where he will remain until 2020), he is, more or less, grabbing us by the scruffs of our necks and making us confront reality, face up to our responsibilities and do what needs to be done.  He is  also insisting that we take responsibility for everything in our lives – the good, the bad and the ugly. Even the stuff that seemingly isn’t “our problem” or “our fault”  – Everything. All our actions. All our thoughts. All our words.

The tendency is to want to run and hide, but that’s not the way it works, because it will just come around again – cue Ground Hog Day – scene Ten!

Saturn is also a past master at revealing our old, deeply imbedded fears, core beliefs and old conditioning (sometimes karmic).  He will tell us exactly why the things that we say we don’t want, continue to repeat themselves, provided we take the time to reflect and review.

If you find yourself in the same situation AGAIN – in a particular area of your life, it could be a clue that there is something that needs to be worked with, a lesson that needs to be learnt, a karmic debt that needs to be paid or a thought pattern, person, place or situation that needs to be released.

WHERE IS IT HAPPENING FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

Your Personal Birth Chart will tell you in which areas of your life this is playing out and give you real insight into how to work with the energy, so as to prevent the same thing happening again… and again!!

Mars, Saturn and Pluto are all retrograding in Capricorn, so that’s the area of your chart that you will be working with this energy.

You are most welcome to schedule a session to work with me on this, to optimize the learning, before the planets turn direct.

In the meantime…

REFLECT

Without getting caught up in the full emotion of it, reflect on how you are feeling right now. Then, as if you are looking though a rear view mirror, think back to what was happening around January-February of this year and how it might be linked to how or where you find yourself now.  Where were you energetically? What was coming up for you? What were some of your major concerns and fears?  What has happened since then?

Then, if you like, go back even further to where this might have happened before in your life. Journal it, talk with somebody about it and try to trace the threads.

REVIEW

Review where you have been and might still be sending your energy.

Remember that when you focus on anything (positive or negative) for  17 seconds or more, it starts to change energetically.   So… if you’re sending your energy down the same muddy roads again and again, you’re just going to be faced with more potholes.

WATCH WHAT YOU’RE SAYING / MUMBLING,  UNDER YOUR BREATH, TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.

  • Really get real with yourself and what you truly believe and are saying about your life, your future and the situation/s at hand.
  • A few prompts –
    • ………. keeps on happening to me
    • I can’t trust………………….
    • I hate……………………
    • I can’t …………………….
    • I feel limited by…………………..
    • I believe………………………..
    • I’m so sick of……………………….
    • I’m never going to be able to……………………
    • I fear…………………………..
  • Just know this… WHATEVER you’re saying over and over, is GOING to repeat itself!
  • Breathe in… Breathe out… and affirm the opposite

RE-ENVISION

One way to work out what needs to change is (for a few moments) to focus on what you DON’T want and how that feels to you.  You don’t need to STAY there – just visit briefly. Notice how it feels in your body. Give it a colour, a texture, a word and/or and/or an image.

Then come up with something that you do  want or a way that you would like to feel more often.  You are wanting to access a positive resource state. Make this as vivid as possible, using all your senses. This needs to be a situation or vision where you feel light, expanded, free, happy, joyful.  Consciously spend more time focusing your energy there.

Start and end your day by visualizing it as vividly as you can, until you can feel it pulsing in your body. A vision board, created with images that activate this state, also helps to connect with it. Gratitude journals work too, as do affirmations, particularly when done whilst in the “resource” state.

Heads up – if your patterns run very deep, you might need the help of a qualified therapist, Hypnosis practitioner, Life Coach or good Energy worker to help to clear and release them.

WORKSHOPS

I had two amazing workshops recently in Durban at the beautiful Rest and Digest in Gillitts. Watch this space for more to come.

I’m delighted to be running another retreat in Grotto Bay (Western Cape) in September. Called The Flowering of You, it has been created to coincide with the arrival of the exquisite wild flowers that appear here at this time of the year.

Thanks for reading. Please send comments as to how you feel this retrograde energy, if you feel led to.

In life and light

 

Michelle

 

New Moon March 17th in Pisces

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BY MICHELLE MCCLUNAN

Hi Everybody

Well we’re in the final stages of the moon’s waning (releasing) cycle and preparing for the New Moon March 17th in Pisces. This is a really important one, as it heralds not only the end of a month’s cycle, but also the beginning of the end of our Astrological year. The New Year starts on 20th /21st March, when the Sun moves in Aries.

Due to the New Moon being in close proximity to Chiron, the wounded healer, this is also a very unique  opportunity to gain understanding and bring healing to our deepest and most painful struggles or hurts. More about that further on. This is greatly expanded and possibly assisted by a trine to Jupiter in Scorpio. We also have 3 planets in Aries, adding a fiery element to the mix.

NEW MOON IN PISCES

A new moon in Pisces is always a time of letting go, releasing and planting new seeds for the year ahead.  As a mutable water sign. Pisces strengthens our connection to all that is/ Source/ the Divine; as well as activating and deepening our imagination, intuition and creativity. At this time of the year, we are able to refine our perceptions and raise our consciousness, by aligning with and flowing with the energy of the moment. It is a time to release and surrender the year.

The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions and there are most definitely two sides to the sign, as there are with all the signs of the zodiac.

THE FLIP SIDE

The flip side of Pisces energy is that it is can also be a time when we feel the suffering of everything more acutely, when we are more sensitive or when our grief, sadness, fears, or victimhood can come to the surface. We can also feel lethargic, tired, confused,  all at sea, in a fog, hopeless, invaded, frustrated, victimised, or ill. It’s the end of a cycle after all!  It’s often a time when people who have been struggling to release an age or illness-ravaged body are able to finally let it go. If you haven’t heard, Stephen Hawkins passed yesterday. My uncle passed peacefully on Tuesday too. He was very old and it was time! Whilst visiting him last week, he certainly seemed to be connecting with and drifting between different dimensions, starting the process of completing his journey here and moving on.

FALLOW FIELDS AND THE VOID

So – this is the time of the year when the fields of our lives need to be cleared, and the soil left to stand fallow for a bit to recover,  before a new crop is planted.

The problem is, most of us homo sapiens are more human doings than human beings, and a lot of us aren’t too crazy about stopping the noise, possible because when it does, we are pulled into a quiet place where all that remains is us and “all that is”.  We generally aren’t too happy to be in a void for long, so we tend to fill it up as quickly as we can and that is where the exhaustion sets in.  We just don’t give ourselves time to catch our breaths and recover, before carrying on with the next thing!

Nevertheless, it’s very clear that this is what we’re being called up upon to do, even it its uncomfortable at first. Bite sized pieces of the void are better than no void at all 😊That’s why meditation or stillness are so important, because they give us mini vacations in our overflowing lives.

CHIRON – THE WOUNDED HEALER

The reason this new moon is SO important is because of Chiron, who is sailing along right next to the sun and the moon and is about to leave the sign of Pisces where he has been since 2011.  Due to having a 51 year orbit, this marks the end of a much longer cycle as well!.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer (we all have one) can be seen as the wound that make us wise;  the pain and struggles that are actually designed to help to grow and raise our consciousness, even though it really doesn’t feel like that sometimes!  When Chiron moves through Pisces, we are asked to investigate how much we trust  – not other people –  but rather how much we trust the flow of life; how much we are able to surrender to the ebb and flow cycles; how much we are able to understand that we are connected and supported by something much bigger and more mysterious than our the physical world.

If you were born between the years of around 1961 to 1969, you probably have your natal Chiron in Pisces, like me, which means that this is part of your core wound anyway, If so, you  might feel as if you’re being tested now more than other people, as Chiron makes his last freestyle dash though the deep waters of Pisces, making sure you get the message and the healing. There is help at hand!

TRUST, SURRENDER AND RELEASE

Whether or not you fall into this category, we are ALL  being urged to trust, surrender and release something or somebody at this time.

IF YOU HAVE HAD YOUR CHART DONE:

The area that Chiron is moving through your chart will give you clues as to where you need to trust, surrender and release. If for example, Chiron has been travelling through your 4th house, it might suggest that something to do with your home or your home itself or your family needs to be released. If he’s travelling through your 10th house, then the focus would be on on your career/vocation; in the 6th house your health and so on. The area in which Chiron was in when you were born will also be brought into the mix.

Wherever Chiron is now and wherever it was when you were born, you would have had many opportunities to work with  trust.  faith, surrender and deepening your connection over the past 7 years or so.

You’re welcome to book a short session with me to investigate how this is playing out in your chart, and what you need to release  before Chiron moves into Aries in April. Heads up – This might be contrary to your personal preference!

IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD YOUR CHART DONE

If you  haven’t had your chart done or aren’t keen to have it done, then just just intuitively connect with what you feel you need to release right now in your life.

HOW TO WORK WITH THIS ENERGY

  • Please make some time before or on the New Moon to jot down the main things that have happened in the last astrological year in all aspects of your life. The wins, the losses, new arrivals, departures, health, work, finances, home, family etc.
  • If possible, do some kind of clearing or detoxing of mind, spirit, body before the New Moon as well. This is arguably the best time of the year to do this.
  • Then preferably on the day of the new moon, connect with the energy of water in some way – the sea, a river, a dam, a stream or if none of those a swimming pool, bath or bowl of water.
  •  One idea is to write  down what you want to release, on a leaf or a stone and set it down / throw it into the water… or come up with something even more imaginative!  Watch as it drifts down the river or gets washed out to sea. As you do so, repeat to yourself

I cleanse and release all the dead weight from the year gone by. I release………………………. (be specific)

I calm and centre my mind, body, and spirit, so I may hear the calling of my soul guiding me in the right direction

I replenish my energy and welcome in a new vision for my life (describe it) – you could send something into the water course to represent this too, if you like.

We’ll be  working with this in my  EBB & FlOW Workshop on Saturday 17th March. I still have a bit of space, so join us if you are able to. Email me for details

MERCURY RETROGRADE

Mercury will be retrograde from 23rd March to 16th April,  so make sure you back up all your data and double check travel arrangements before then.

Thanks for reading!

In Life and Light

 

Michelle

 

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FULL MOON SEPTEMBER 6 2017

marimba dance2September dances into being with a beautiful, gentle full moon in Pisces.  This Full Moon September 6 2017 Softens things a LOT, after the fiery intensity of the last few months.

Madame de la Luna is not only in boundless Pisces, but she is also dancing cheek to cheek with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces and the sea, making the current astrological theme even more intuitive, more oceanic, more imaginative, dreamy and FEMININE than usual.

Opposing all this dreaminess is the Sun in Virgo –  earthy, orderly, health conscious,  organised, strategic, sometimes a little critical.  Mars enters Virgo on the 5th as well, giving us a hefty dose of masculine order and pragmatism this full moon.

Mercury finally turns direct on the day of the full moon at the same degree as the eclipse , extending the eclipse season into this month. If you missed my last post, you can read more here The winged messenger then moves into Virgo on the 10th, where he will stay for the next month, lending us all some pragmatism and strategic planning ability, so that we can make positive steps regarding our health and well being for the next few weeks.

Let’s go on a little flight of fancy – Pisces loves that !

Full Moon  September 6 2017 – She’s asking us to dance!

Imagine an old-fashioned dance floor, where it was still customary for men to cross over to the other side and ask a woman to dance. Yes… it was in this century all you young ones!

The first character in our story is the Sun  in Virgo – masculine, earthy, grounded, clever, witty and pragmatic. He cuts a dashing figure, freshly shaven, immaculately turned out, in his custom designed suit and stylishly cut hair. With an eagle eye, and using his incredible powers of discernment, he starts to suss out the talent on the other side of the dance floor. “She might do… but …oh no.. her nose is a little large!” Or “… Well she’s pretty, but that laugh…. too loud!.” ” Hmmm…She looks quite interesting, but really… those colour choices?”  Mr Virgo carefully and critically weighs the options, before making his move, which will be strategically planned. He likes things to be timed properly, and to be clean and orderly. He really hates chaos and does everything in his power to avoid it. In fact, he prides himself on bringing order to chaos. He favours the pure, the healthy, the fit and the hygienic. Not too much mystical, magical stuff for him!

And then…the lights change, the  rhythms start to play and suddenly out of the corner of his beady eye, appears a vision of loveliness. Seemingly manifesting from the ethers, she floats into his line of sight, this other-worldly, ethereal looking feminine phenomenon. She’s all fragility, swathed in floaty, gossamer fabric the colour of the sea, and bedecked with fresh flowers in her hair. Her eyes are half shut, as she sways seductively to the music, seemingly lost in another world.  Miss Pisces loves to connect to and sometimes lose herself in all that is. She hates too much order, dislikes any kind of boundaries and prefers to spend her time creating, imagining, dreaming, dancing, healing, and playing. Her pleasures may very well include slowly sipping an entire bottle of excellent wine and getting more than a little tiddly, demolishing all manner of delicious tit-bits and making long and lovely love. She is oceanic and vast and difficult to catch and pin down and control – a little like an angel fish.

Mr Virgo initially is appalled that he’s even vaguely drawn to this strange creature, so he returns to his strategy of assessing the rest of the feminine contingent. However, the music is intoxicating and as  Miss  Pisces starts to dance towards him, he feels himself being irresistibly  pulled towards her. Before he knows it, he’s standing in front of her in the middle of the dance floor. His strategy and planning goes out of the window, as he feels magnetically attracted to her.  She gently touches his hand, encouraging him to sway with her, flow with her. As he imbibes her gentleness, he feels his defences dropping…. softening… gentling.  She on the other hand, is drawn to his strength, and finds his sense of order and direction reassuring, like a welcome rudder in a turbulent sea.

And this dear hearts,  is the way I see the energy of the Full Moon September 2017  playing out for the  next few weeks. The feminine within us…meeting and integrating with the masculine within us. For better or worse, in sickness and in health.  The parts of us that wish to dream and love and imagine and merge, accepting and integrating  the parts that wish to plan and strategize and order… rather than keeping  them on separate sides of the room, or the world, or the universe for that matter

Jupiter in Libra is standing on the side-lines, egging us on to find balance, peace and harmony through love and acceptance in our relationships. Not forgetting, that the most important relationship we have is the one with ourselves.

5 ways to dance with this Full Moon September 6 2017

  • Spend a little more time just “being” and not “doing”
  • Listen to your intuition – your internal gps will be more finely tuned than normal – use it
  • Engage in non-outcome driven creativity – dance, sing, make music, paint, play!
  • Flow with life more – reduce the rules and the outcomes
  • Be aware of where you criticize yourself and others and opt for love and acceptance instead

I Hope you Dance!

Have a look at this video or just read the words, but either way… I hope you dance! Thanks to my friend Toni D’amant for this!

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
HAVE YOU HAD YOUR BIRTH CHART  READ? 
 Your personal astrology chart will show you the area in which this full moon September 6 2017 is playing out for you. You might want to consider having your chart done (if you haven’t already) or having a yearly update, if you have.

My Flowering of You Workshop on 23rd September is almost full, so book quickly if you’d like to join us!

Bookings for my Tapestry of Life Workshop in Capetown are now open.

 

In Life and Light

Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 17th August Solar Eclipse coming up

Solar eclipse

A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART

I don’t know about you, but it feels as though I’ve been bombarded with news about this eclipse season.  This is partly due to the fact that the Total Solar Eclipse will fall at the exact degree of  Mr Trump’s Ascendant (who was born on an eclipse). It will  also be visible across North America, which is probably why there’s so much hype from across the pond!

I’m going to try and simplify the whole thing:

MORE ABOUT THE ECLIPSE

  • On 7th August , we had a lunar eclipse in Aquarius  and on  21st August there will be a total solar eclipse in Leo.
  • At a Solar Eclipse, 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
  • Eclipse seasons happen twice a year, so it’s not that unusual.
  • However, this is the SECOND new moon in a LEO, which doesn’t happen often and as a result, is often referred to as a black moon.
  • It falls at 28/29 (final) degrees of the sign, which tends to shake things up and intensifies the energy more than normal.
  • This Solar Eclipse is conjunct (at the same degree as) one of the Royal stars, Regulus, which is concerned with success and fame, but it’s negative polarity is REVENGE.
  • Mars and Mercury (retrograde) are close to the eclipse as well, creating a Leo Stellium.
  • Eclipses are connected to the nodes of the moon, which are in Leo/ Aquarius from 28 April 2017 to 13th November 2018 extending this theme way beyond this eclipse.
  • This eclipse season links back to 19 years ago. It does NOT mean that the same thing is going to happen again, but if you look back, you might find some common threads

WHAT  DOES A SOLAR ECLIPSE REPRESENT FOR US SYMBOLICALLY?

  • A gateway between the material and subtle worlds – a portal or opening to something new.
  • A closure, a completion… where something disappears or ends, to allow for something new to enter.
  • The masculine (Sun) being eclipsed / vanquished by the Feminine (moon).
  • The feeling of life speeding up and unpredictable events occurring.
  • The revealing of issues that have existed quietly in the shadows – remember when a Solar Eclipse happens during the day, the light from the sun is hidden, briefly revealing the night sky.
  • Pressure, tension, anxiety, rage AND creative inspiration, liberation, flashes of intuition.
  • Something that’s been “cooking” for months or even years, can suddenly come to a head and before you know it… it’s over, or it changes…. just like that!
  • This can feel like a crisis or a big breakthrough, or both !
  • We all need to bear in mind that very often what feels like crisis, can turn out to be a gateway to a whole new experience, although we seldom see it at the time.

WHAT IS LEO ASKING US TO DO?

  • Leo is a fixed fire sign, that rules the heart and represents our unique essence.
  • Think of a lion living inside you, encouraging you to let go of old conditioning and to shine your light brighter, be MORE loving, to yourself and others, to expand your heart, to be courageous and roar with the uniqueness of you!
  • If you have repressed your fire/ fun side/ creativity/ rage, it will want to escape, somehow!
  • The Sun, Moon, Mercury retrograde and Mars in Leo presents us with a whole lot of fixed fire (Fixed – stubborn, contained, sustaining or repressed) (Fire – inspiration, creativity, intuition, recklessness, restlessness, anger, rage)
  • This combination of energy CAN lead to impatience, irritability, exhaustion, disagreements, volatility, or even violence, hatred and revenge.
  • OR, the energy can ignite something bigger, something higher within us and help us to make significant and enduring change.

HOW BEST CAN WE WORK WITH THIS ENERGY?

  • The best way we can serve this energy is to maintain a loving centre.
  • Instead of spreading bad news or hate speech, we CAN make a difference, by simply not perpetuating it.
  • If  horrific events showing up on your Social media timeline are depleting your energy, STOP reading them! If someone you know consistently posts negative stuff, un-follow them (for a while) until this energy cools.
  • If you are active on Social media, post inspiring news, beautiful imagery. The world needs more of that!
  • Instead of judging somebody else for their apparent shortcomings, ask yourself where you do the same thing and what you need to change inside yourself.
  • Instead of closing your heart, open it more!
  • Be the bigger person. Reach out to somebody who is struggling.
  • Hold and spread the light.
  • Light always wins over darkness!
  • As yourself how and where you can be more loving, more daring, more creative, have more fun, perhaps even take a risk or two?
  • Reflect on what needs to change and take some sort of action on the day of the Solar Eclipse to activate that change.

 HOUSES

If you’d like to understand how this is playing out  for you, grab your chart and see which houses  14 to 30 degrees Leo falls in. The eclipse season will activate both houses.

If you haven’t had a chart done, it’s a good time to book a session with me, OR run through this list and intuitively connect with what is being triggered in your life.

FIRST / SEVENTH HOUSE AXIS

FIRST HOUSE – The way you radiate your light/ energy into the world, self-discovery, selfhood, independence, new choices, your approach to risk and new beginnings, your physical body, style, health, how you see yourself, independence, autonomy, self absorption, ego

SEVENTH HOUSE-  Partnerships, relationships, marriage, close friendships, counsellors, open enemies, projections, co-dependence, how other people see you, co-operation, pleasing behaviour

SECOND / EIGHTH HOUSE AXIS

SECOND HOUSE – Money that you earn, talents/gifts/skills/resources you have that can support you, movable possessions, resources, where you derive your security from, your ability to survive and feel safe in the world, your sense of self-worth.

EIGHTH HOUSE – Other people’s money, shared resources, your attitude toward transformation, sexual intimacy, psychological transparency and honesty, intimate bonding, death, rebirth, regeneration.

THIRD/ NINTH HOUSE AXIS

THIRD HOUSE  – Learning, teaching, the mind and perception, neighbours and neighbourhood, siblings, local travel, vehicles, transport, how you adapt to your everyday environment, how you adapt to rapidly changing circumstances

NINTH HOUSE – Higher education, Philosophy, wisdom, foreign travel, gurus,  publishing, publicity, personal growth and expansion, thought systems, the search for meaning/the bigger picture/perspective, belief systems, in-laws

FOURTH TENTH HOUSE AXIS

FOURTH HOUSE  – Private innermost self, physical home, family, roots, foundations, committed, parents, inner psychological self, introspection, imagination

TENTH HOUSE –  Career, vocation, public image, fame, who you are in your community, marital status,  worldly ambition, success

FIFTH ELEVENTH HOUSE AXIS

FIFTH HOUSE –  Creativity, love affairs, romance, children, self-expression, recreation, art, performance, spontaneous pleasures, sharing from your heart, being seen, love you give others

ELEVENTH HOUSE –  future, goals, hopes, wishes & dreams, groups of friends and networks, humanitarian concerns, being recognised for your gifts, love you receive receive from others

SIXTH TWELFTH  HOUSE AXIS

SIXTH HOUSE –  health, mind-body-spirit, work life, co-workers, service, perfection, order, control, discrimination, pets, mentoring and apprenticeship, lineage, aunts and uncles, mundane daily routines and habits

TWELFTH HOUSE  –  The collective unconscious, retreat, dreams, meditation, hidden enemies,  self- sabotage, secrets, institutions (hospitals etc)  spiritual consciousness, restoration, loss and surrender, saying goodbye, the end of a cycle

Check out the Art & Soul  workshops I’ll be running in Durban, Johannesburg and Capetown in August, September and October – where we will continue  creatively working on the Leo Aquarius theme.  I’ll also be co-hosting an ART OF EARTHING  Yoga/ Art retreat  with Tracy Collyer of the Yoga Sanctuary at the beautiful Thornwood Lodge in  Hluhluwe from 15th to 17th September.

In Life and Light

MIchelle

New Moon 26th April 2017

lying grass

By Michelle McClunan

On 26th April we have a new moon in Taurus , which celebrates the  recent re-emergence of the Venus from the underworld.

The planet of love and money (ruler of this new moon) has turned direct after her  retrograde journey, which happens only once every 18 months. This is often  likened to Persephone’s descent into the underworld, where she gets to face her shadow, amongst other things. During a Venus retrograde period (especially if Venus features prominently in our charts) we face the parts of ourselves which we dislike or disown.  In addition to this, any fears or insecurities about money, love, safety and self- worth very often come bubbling up to the surface.  This has been emphasised in 2017 due to Venus also being locked into a tight square with stern, restrictive Saturn.

The good news…( yes there is good news!)…. is that not only has she turned direct again,  but she is also separating from the square with Saturn,  and is about to embark on a brand new journey on the 29th April when she enters Aries.

This beautifully gentle new Taurean moon ushers in some very welcome earth energy, after all the fire and brimstone of the past month, which has left many of us scorched and gasping for breath… and for an oasis of some sort.  We need to be aware that there are still some sparks flying around, which could easily start more blazes if they’re not tended, but generally the energy seems to have quietened down a little.

This new moon is a good time to integrate any learnings we’ve received during our time underground and to set new intentions regarding money, security or relationships.

Taurean energy is not fast or fiery. It’s slow and stable, methodical and sensual. Remembering that we still have 4 planets retrograde, this is not all about forward motion and climbing the next mountain. It’s about being present and patient and then taking the next step and then the next. It’s always possible to deal with this moment and the moment 60 seconds from now!

The sun’s passage through Taurus and this  new moon also  encourage us to reconnect with mother nature in a big way.

With all that’s going on, Earthing or grounding is essential right now.

Earth is an electrical planet, and we are bio-electrical beings.  Emerging science  has revealed that direct contact with the EARTH gives us an  energy infusion, which can help to restore and stabilize the circuitry that governs our  physiology and organs, harmonise our basic biological rhythms, boost self-healing, reduce inflammation and pain, improve our sleep and engender feelings of calmness. This  must be why we always feel better when we spend time in nature!

If you’re still feeling fiery, anxious,  burnt out, sluggish, frustrated, or exhausted, take some time to reconnect with Mother Earth and ask her to  recharge you. Walk barefoot as much as you can. Try lying down on the grass for a while and allow her beautiful  energy to seep into your being. Revel in those small, simple, sensual  moments of comfort or joy – luxuriate in a bubble bath, sit under a tree, dip your toes in a stream, slow down, stroke a cat, bask in the sunlight, read a good book, sip or eat something delicious… and enjoy the long weekend!

Check out the upcoming  ART OF EARTHING workshop on 22nd May. If you’d like to do the workshop but can’t make the date, let me know and I might schedule another one.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle