Lifelight Astrology 30th July – Once in a Blue Moon

moon child

Big news in the next couple of days and weeks folks.  First of all there’s the full moon on the 31st July, which is the second one this month, commonly known as a Blue Moon. Having two full moons in one month only happens about once every 2.7 years, hence the saying “Once in a Blue moon” .  This one certainly is even more potent than usual, with 6 planetary bodies now in retrograde motion.

It feels as though the planets are conspiring to sloooooow us right down, so that we can re-flect, re-assess and re-strategise our lives.

Two important planets turned retrograde this week, encouraging us to ask:

Uranus – What needs to change? Where are we stuck? Where are we afraid to be different?

Venus (retrograding back into Leo) – What do we really love and value? … and are we treating it with love and value? When Venus connected with Jupiter earlier in July, different ways of being, new ideas and creative urges surfaced. Now a few weeks down the line, we reassess, re-look – do they still have value and if so, have we acted on them or left them by the roadside?

Here’s a quick question… without over thinking it… in your head, list 5 people or (furry/ feathered beings) who you love and cherish with all your heart… those you would hate to lose the most. Ok – once you have them, bank them for later….

Back to the planets. The full moon is in Aquarius, ruled by the Planet Uranus, bringer of thunderbolts and lightning and  designed to get us to remove our heads from our  butts… stop… look around and see the bigger picture. This is the ideal moon to boot us clean out of any comfort zones we may have become ensconced in. The thing about comfort zones, is that they usually aren’t all that comfortable!!. They’re just familiar and tend to keep us exactly where we are, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – the definition of insanity, according to Mr Einstein.

So, the energy this week is likely to range from rather exciting, to a bit prickly, or edgy, to downright uncomfortable, bringing old emotional and physical aches and pains to the surface. This moon will shine her  light on anything in our lives which makes us feel small,  constricted or boxed in, bringing the rebel, the revolutionary, the quirky one out of the closet. She will also bring with her,  brilliant out-the-box, intuitive ideas, for those of us who take some time to listen.  It’s  a stimulating moon, encouraging us to  look deeper, shining a bright blue laser truth serum into those dark rutty corners and ferreting out all the lies we’ve been telling ourselves, for oh… so long. Also paraded in the line-up will be the parts of ourselves and areas of our lives where we keep breaking promises to ourselves.

You know… those things that we consistently tell ourselves we’re going to change…. And then do absolutely nothing about ?  Well, they are being  ousted – exposed in the bare light of this full moon, with nowhere to hide.

And there – right there, just as soon as they are exposed, we need to take ourselves  gently by the hand and ask why – why when we know something is good for us, we don’t do it?

I honestly believe it boils down to a lack of self worth, which seems to be a global epidemic. The truth is, if we really, truly believed we were valuable, wouldn’t we treat ourselves as such?

Back to the list you made earlier. Did you appear on it amongst your nearest and dearest?  Well done if you were and if you weren’t … well …there you have it…!

I was speaking to a friend on the weekend about self- worth and I remembered a story I heard once. I’ve forgotten the exact details, so I’ll re-write it, just for fun. Hey Venus in Leo brings out the playful me.

Let’s call it Matilda and the Monk.  One day, a Monk came upon Matilda, weeping and wringing her little hands in despair. She had made some sort of boo-boo and was busy beating herself black and blue. In between sobs, she told the Monk what a terrible person she was and how little value she thought she  had. “I’m just no use to anyone” said little Matilda.

The Monk sat down and took her by the hand. When the tears subsided a little, he asked her how much she would be prepared to sell one of her eyes for. Matilda was horrified – “One of my Eyes ….?  Never…. How would I see?”, she said. “How about an ear?”, he asked. Again, the answer was a resounding “No”. The Monk continued to ask her how much she would ask for a hand, a foot, her heart,  which kept her blood flowing, her lungs that helped her to breathe or the skin that protected her.

Needless to say, by the end of the exercise, Matilda’s eyes were regaining a sparkle, and she had started to sit up a lot straighter, as she realised that she was, in fact, priceless… that there was no amount of money that could replace the amazing miracle that was Matilda.

And so it is with each of us. We are precious and priceless and we deserve to be treated as such. So…. this month, how about treating yourself as you would the most precious person in the world? How about thanking yourself for all that you do on any given day?  How about congratulating yourself on the small wins, rather than beating yourself up, when you feel you don’t succeed?

According to Matt Kahn, every time we do this, we fill up our self-worth tanks. The fuller they are, the more we will treat ourselves as valuable and the more love we will have to spill out into the world. And that my dears is the theme of big, lion-hearted Leo. Leo loves LOVE, creativity, expression, fun and beautiful things.

With Venus doing the lion dance again, maybe its time to ditch all the stuff that you no longer wear and try a different look, more suited to who you are NOW, or change your hairstyle, vamp up your décor or just have some fun!

As I see it, when Leo is around in all his playful glory, it is THE time of the year to start loving our inner child.  To celebrate come and play for the day in August – see below for details about my Doodling workshops.

I am also offering a special on Readings for children for the next two months – see below for details.

And lastly, I’m thrilled to bits to be planning my next (Summer) Retreat and my next workshops in Johannesburg– below.

All this excitement!  Must be the Full moon drawing near!

In Love and Leo Light

Michelle

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Lifelight Astrology February 2014 – New moon and Year of the Horse

Advice from a horse

The good news for the month ahead is that although there are still some challenges, things should  start lightening up a tad – what with the Sun in Aquarius, the second new moon of the month in Aquarius, Venus turning direct and the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Horse! Yeehaa!

The second new moon is on  30th January, which means that we have a second chance this month to start afresh, to plant new seeds as it were.

The first New Moon on the 1st January was about identifying our goals for the year and setting structured, serious intentions. By now, many of those resolutions may have all but fallen by the wayside, as old patterns emerge and take over.

This new moon  in Aquarius asks us to become the observer, to look at things from an entirely different perspective and to bring our intentions more into alignment with what’s really achievable and maybe more importantly, with what really feels right for us. This is a much less serious, more freedom-seeking, inventive energy. It’s about liberating our minds to seek original, innovative and unique solutions to old issues. New ways of looking at and doing things is the order of the day.

If you have a copy of your chart, the house in which 11 degrees of Aquarius falls is where you need to change your perceptions or try something new.  This link will give you more information on the houses –http://www.cafeastrology.com/articles/housesofthehoroscope.html

If you don’t have a copy of your chart, then just sit quietly at or just after new moon and intuitively connect with the area in your life that you feel you need a different perspective on or where you need to think out of the box.  

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. “Albert Einstein

Be brave enough to question every single one of the perceptions you have this month. Become the observer of your own mind. When a thought or a belief comes up, immediately ask if it’s true. Remember the word “belief” has the word “lie” buried within it. Ask whether your beliefs or thoughts are expanding you or holding you back.  You can do this by simply thinking of a statement and feeling how it feels in your body. Our bodies never lie.

Ask too how you can see a particular issue, problem or challenge in your life as a creative opportunity for your growth, rather than as a troublesome drama to be chased away as soon as possible.

Say for example you have an issue with another person (which is highly likely, as  relationships are under  the spotlight right now). Your thought might be  ‘”Buggalugs should be more reliable and consider my feelings”            As soon as you become aware of the thought, run it through your body and see how it makes you feel – expanded or constricted.

Then shift to a higher, less emotional perspective and  ask yourself if it’s absolutely, fundamentally true….  without any doubt.

Lastly, play with that sentence and turn it around. Try a few different options

Eg Buggalugs should not be more reliable and consider my feelings (perhaps Buggalugs is behaving in exactly the right way to take you to your next level of consciousness or development)

or  –  “I should be more reliable with me and consider my feelings towards myself more

Or maybe even  “I should be more reliable towards Buggalugs and consider his/her feelings .”  … fancy that!

The more you do this, the more liberated you start to feel – guaranteed!

The energy of this new moon can really be like a breath of fresh air if you allow yourself to connect with it.  The next few days are a wonderful time to dream, set your spirit free to roam and imagine the biggest vision for yourself.

Ask yourself questions like :

  • Where am I different from other people and how can I embrace those  qualities?
  • What are my unique abilities, talents and gifts?
  • How can I share them every day?
  • How can I look at this situation in a different, innovative way?
  • How and where can I  jump out of the box and do things differently

I’ll be sending out details shortly  about an upcoming workshop I’ll be running in February and March on the theme of Thinking out of the Box and Changing our Perceptions – watch this space. 

I also have one place left on my Vision Board Workshop on the 8th February. 

Any kind of investigation into our thoughts and beliefs will become even easier as Mercury goes retrograde from 8th Feb until 1 March. As we know, communications and electronic data can go awry during this time, so be sure to back up everything. If we view Mercury Retrograde from a more positive perspective, this is a chance to review, re-evaluate, reflect on, re-envision our beliefs, our words, our perceptions, our actions… our lives and step our consciousness up a few notches.

Along with the amazing energy of this new moon, which will be carried forward for the next two weeks, Venus, the planet of love and money comes out of her Retrograde phase on  the 31st of January. This could start to ease things financially for some of us and allow for more clarity to enter our relationships.

There might still be some drama however, as Venus and Pluto continue their intense dance together. With the Sun in Aquarius and Venus in Capricorn, we are asked to embrace our mature feminine – feel the feelings we feel, but detach from the drama of the story. In any situation, imagine you are in the audience, watching it like you would a movie or a stage show. Observe what’s going on, listen to what’s being said, but don’t jump onto the stage.   In other words, watch, wait and then respond, rather than react.

All this coincides beautifully and powerfully with the start of the Chinese year of the Horse on the 31st January.  Although I don’t do Chinese astrology, I think it’s a wonderful theme to consider this month.  The Chinese chaps  say that this will be a year of rapid expansion, fast growth spurts, optimism, achievement of goals and the embracing of our wild, free instinctive natures.

Let’s allow the spirit of the Horse to lead us through the month and the year. These amazing animals are very powerful teachers to us and they show us exactly how we need to treat them, ourselves and others. Horses are incredibly powerful, yet sensitive and intuitive. They need community, safety and prefer to be approached with caution and gentleness. They do not enjoy being kicked or being yanked  this way and that by strange metal objects placed  in their mouths.  What they do enjoy is rolling in the hay, being stroked and running free in wide open spaces. We are not so different.

The first time I ever rode a horse in the wild was in Zululand at NIGHT and a moonless night at that. At one point I could see absolutely nothing and had no option but to completely put my faith in this incredibly intuitive being, who knew exactly what he needed to do and where he needed to put his feet down. I was told by my friend who was riding with me to give him a long rein so that he was able to smell and sense his way along. All I had to do was stay on the horse and keep my head down, to avoid the branches.

I think with all that’s going on right now, this is quite a powerful analogy. Sometimes we need to loosen the reins, rather than hanging on tighter, pulling, tugging and trying to force and control, which is our normal instinctive reaction when we’re fearful. Leaning back a little can be quite scary at first, but when we get the hang of it, we realise that our intuition comes to the fore and leads us to where we need to go…every time.

Horse blessings

Michelle