LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY UPDATE – 23rd JUNE

new moon cancerCome Home to your Heart

As the Sun and Mercury move into Cancer on Wednesday 21st June, followed by the moon on Saturday (full  moon), they forecast some internally watery times ahead… but before you roll your eyes heavenward and click to the next email or post, this is a good thing! Remember, nothing can survive without the nurturing properties of water.

As the focus shifts from Gemini to Cancer, we move from the head to the heart, from the rational mind to the  emotions, from external environments to the home, from  being busy busy busy, to  nurturing ourselves at the deepest level and to acknowledging and honouring our history and our roots.

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When I was contemplating this theme this morning, I felt led to pull a card out of my home-made deck of Soul Oracle cards and this one presented itself.

The meaning will be different for all of us, but in this context, for me , the guidance and confirmation is clear. We need to stand in the water/ in our feelings, engage with them with love and compassion…. One  by one… little by little, basin by basin.

If we do this regularly, we prevent those tidal waves of emotion coming at us and threatening to take the earth out from beneath our feet.  When we engage with our feelings quietly, gently, kindly, as they arise, we honour them and in so doing, we honour ourselves and connect with our true home, our heart.

When we do this, we heal not only the present, but the past as well.

These cards really fascinate me! I’d love to know what your take on this one is – Please share under this post on Facebook .

I still have space on my last ART OF LISTENING –  Oracle Card workshop of the year this coming Saturday, if you’d like to learn how to dialogue with your Soul’s guidance in this way (Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

With the deep feelings that are likely to be stirred up over the next month, we’re being encouraged to  become loving mothers to ourselves by truly honouring them.

We’re also being prompted to revisit the past, not so as  to dwell there, but  so as to bring understanding to it.

Speaking of the past,  If  you were given the opportunity of going back  and changing something in your life, what would it be?

Think about that for a few seconds before you read on.

Whatever you come up with will probably provide a clue as to what might be in need of healing and nurturing in your life. That might need be exactly what needs to be washed and rinsed again a few times, so as to provide clarity and understanding?

Now ask yourself this… if you did change that one thing, where would you be and who would you be right now?

Every single thing that happens to us, every choice we make (from the most mundane to the utterly profound) is interwoven into a universal tapestry containing threads of everybody’s lives we come into contact with us. We all have a profound impact on each other’s lives, whether we are aware of it at the time or not.

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Have you ever considered, that if you had to go back and change one single thing in your life, everything would be different. Your home, your friends, the work you do, the children you have, the place you’re at in your personal development and the list goes on.

Changing one event would be like pulling an important thread out of the tapestry, which then starts to unravel. Very often, at first glance, our lives seem like a confusing jumble, much like the back of a tapestry.

In times of turmoil especially, we battle to see the big picture and feel lost in the chaos of it all. But then, when we investigate a little deeper, some common threads start to appear and the picture starts to come into focus.

Everything is connected. This is one of the reasons I love Astrology so much, because each chart I look at reveals these threads and reminds me daily of the Divine Symmetry and perfection that exists.

When looking back on the transits to a natal chart, they clearly show us where our defining moments have been. Like landmarks on a road map, these moments mark key points on our life’s journey.

Very often they feel like crises or huge challenges at the time, but when we look back at them, they almost always are invitations to shift and change and grow.

Descansos

There is something very healing and nurturing about sifting through the waters of our past every now and again.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, in her classic book ” Women who Run with Wolves” , describes the process of “Descansos”, which is a Spanish word that means rest or resting place.

We’ve all seen those little wreaths on the side of a road, marking or decorating the site of a tragic accident in which somebody died. Clarissa explains that we often come to a time (usually around midlife) when we  feel as though our lives are just a mass of broken hearts, marriages, dreams and promises ( a bit like looking at the back of that tapestry?)

We battle to make sense of it all.   She recommends that when we get to this point, we make a time-line of our lives, acknowledge where the significant milestones ( she describes them as small and big deaths)  have taken place and then decorate them with a descansos.

This is one of the most powerful processes I have done for the following reasons

  • We start to identify the threads that run through our stories – the ups, the downs, the losses the victories, the dark threads and the light, all making up the tapestry of who we are today.
  • We are able to see and acknowledge how and where we have triumphed… and if you’re reading, then you have triumphed!
  • We can then nurture ourselves and decorate our own souls in gratitude, as opposed to lamenting our supposed mistakes and failures.

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our own story is the bravest thing we will ever do” Brene Brown

There’s another benefit to looking at our lives in this way. When we start to identify common threads on the back of our personal tapestry, something else rather magical starts to happen. Our golden threads are revealed. These are the threads that lead us to our highest potential, to our dharma, to our Soular Power. But more about that next time, when the sun moves into Leo.

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For now, let’s make the most of the Sun’s passage through Cancer. Let’s be kind parents to ourselves, nurture ourselves, treat ourselves and others the way we would want to treat a precious child. Let’s not repress our feelings, because they are our inner compasses. Let’s feel into them and see what they have to tell us.

There is deep healing there. Anita Moorjani, who had terminal cancer, went into a coma where she had a near death experience and came back fully healed explains her experience like this

“ I saw my life intricately woven into everything I’d known so far. My experience was like a single thread woven through the huge and complexly colourful images of an infinite tapestry. All the other threads represented my relationships, including every life I’d touched. The threads represented every other person who’d ever come into  my life, whether they related to me in a positive or a negative way. The Universe makes sense! I understood that I owed it to my self to everyone I met and to life itself to always be an expression of my own unique essence.

THE TAPESTRY OF LIFE WORKSHOPS

This theme, right here, is my passion  and is the basis of SOULAR POWER. It’s forms the basis of all the work I do – the astrology, the navigation and the workshops and retreats. So – I’m very very excited to be running two separate workshops on this theme over the next two months.

It will be most beneficial to do both workshops, as they have been designed to run sequentially. You can either do one Saturday workshop in July and one in August or attend four Wednesday morning classes each month.

PART ONE – COME HOME TO YOUR HEART In July, the focus is on Self Nurturing. We will do a timeline of our lives and then make a mixed media photographic collage (with pics from our lives) to decorate and celebrate ourselves and what we have triumphed over.

PART TWO – FIND YOUR GOLDEN THREAD In August we will start to identify our golden threads, which show us the way to our highest potential. We will spend the day creating our very own personal labyrinth. I’ll be sharing some insights on this theme on FACEBOOK over the next month. Please join in the conversation and share how you connect to your intuition!

THE ART OF LISTENING WORKSHOPS

I still have space on my last  THE ART OF LISTENING workshop on 24th June, where I will be teaching you how to make your own deck of Soul Guidance Oracle Cards.

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

In light and life and Golden Threads

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology July 2016

 

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July gets off to a swimming start with a new moon in watery Cancer on 4th July, accompanied by Venus and Mercury, all forming a beautiful flowing aspect to Neptune in Pisces… fluid, imaginative, gentle, connected to all that is!  But… but there’s more…. Pluto, King of the Underworld is opposing this bunch too, adding some drama , depth and intensity to the picture.

So… grab your snorkel and get ready for some deep sea diving in the month ahead, punctuated by some blissful, creative, in-the-moment inspired drifting. In astrology, water represents emotions, feelings, gut instincts and intuition. Cancer is the sign of mothering, nurturing, family and home. More importantly, the sign of the crab is about SECURITY.

Neptune in Pisces is gently coaxing us to find our security and stability from a deeper, more eternal source… to acknowledge the connection, magic and mystery that exists amongst all things and to trust it !

Imagine drifting along on your back in a turquoise sea… gentle  sun on your face, soft nourishing water caressing your body… not a care in the world. You feel safe, held, nurtured, comfortable and connected to all that is… Bliss!

And then…. cue music…. The sky darkens a little, as a cloud passes over the sun and the air grows suddenly chilly. Before you know it, something grabs you by the ankle and pulls you under the water. This would be Pluto, who’s been cruising around like a sea monster, looking for some company, wanting to take you on a deeper exploration of your psyche.

For a few moments you’re completely disorientated, possibly fearing that you might never re-surface. After kicking and screaming and struggling with all your might, you realise that it’s not doing any good and that you might indeed drown if you continue. So, you decide to surrender and allow him to lead you into the nooks and crannies of your unconscious, coming up for a breath of  air every now and then. Even though the water has changed, it’s still the same ocean and you’re still being held.

Pluto in Capricorn represents the security we get from external sources – our jobs, homes, status, as well as those big, hefty, governmental structures, bosses, authority figures,  institutions and banking systems. With all that’s been going on globally, it’s pretty clear that things are changing on our planet and will never be the same again. That which we have always depended on to provide us with our security is in a constant state of flux and change, whether we like it or not.

Many of us are  asking…What will become of us?  What if we can’t earn the money we need to earn to support ourselves and our families? What if we can’t keep ourselves safe?  Or, for the very rich – what if we lose the wealth we’ve built?  I don’t think there’s anyone who isn’t feeling this on some level.

This month we’re being asked to really look at where we find our sense of security and stability from in this constantly changing world.

What is it that constitutes security for you? Is it your money, your job,  business, love partner, family,  group of friends,  home?

Here’s it comes – the Sea monster ….Grab that snorkel…

What if every single thing that you’ve always though provides you with security were to leave your life or change completely… what then?

Who would you be, without  the things you own, without the people who love you, without your job, your title, your home?

Who or what is it that lies beyond or beneath all of that?

Difficult questions, I know, but each of us needs to find those answers for ourselves. Neptune is at hand to encourage us to find the stability we search for within ourselves and through our eternal connection to Source. We’re encouraged to tune in, listen to our dreams and notice the signs that guide us to the centre of the storm and they are surely there, if we pay attention!

With all this Cancerian energy, I see this as a very good time to work with those needy little children that reside within each one of us and to re-parent ourselves on every level. We need to be very present and attentive to the fears and old conditioned beliefs that arise this month, as if we were dealing with frightened children…. Because we are?

If your children or nieces and nephews came to you and said,  “I’m really scared”, what would you say to them?  How would you nurture them? How would you support them?

Whatever you would say to them or do for them, do the same for yourself.

During July and August I’ll be facilitating four workshops to connect with, nourish and celebrate our inner children. In July we will meet and re-envision our 0 – 7 selves and in August our 7 to 18 selves. This is probably the most important work we can do on this journey of the Soul, so come and play for the day!  See here or email me for details

Above all this month, allow the water this month to cleanse, soften and nourish you.

Take time to really connect with what nurtures you and makes you feel safe. It could be going into meditation, painting a picture, getting together with your special tribe and having a beautiful comforting meal, or perhaps running a hot bath, lying on the ground, allowing Mother Earth to hold you, or sitting quietly with a cup of tea and just connecting with the bigger you… the eternal you, the soulful you… the you that will be here  long after Brexit and Trump and Malema and all the stuff of the world as we know it.

In life and Light

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology New Moon 16th July 2015

raging sea

This is a rockingly intense week emotionally, as we head towards the new Moon in Cancer on Thursday. Not only the sun and moon, but also Mars and Mercury are congregating in the super-sensitive sign of the crab and will be opposed by deep, dark, transformative Pluto.  There are some other rather tricky planetary fisticuffs which add to the picture as well this week, but suffice to say… emotions  are already, or will be coming up for a lot of us, which may not be entirely comfortable.

Those troublesome, irritating little feelings of “off-ness” or “not-so-goodness”, are just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath, if we do some deep sea diving, we may discover beauties like anger, sadness, grief, rage or fear, which are  trying to get our attention. And… as usual, we have the choice to feel them or to beat them into submission… guess which one works better?

I speak from personal experience, after waking up yesterday morning feeling absolutely, completely rotten emotionally… for no real rhyme or reason (that I could analyse anyway). But there it was – this heavy feeling –  like thick  grey lead jelly in my heart centre. Much as I tried (and I really did try) to ignore it, the feeling just wasn’t going away and I couldn’t get myself together  to get on with all the pressing things I had to do.

SO! … I elected to stop everything and honour what I was feeling, allowing it to just be there or to even expand if necessary.  After a short while of sitting quietly, the tears began to roll and before I knew it, they were flowing like the Victoria Falls.  I hung in there and not long afterwards, the sobs started to subside and  the lead jelly started to melt a little. Then there was what felt like a gentle voice (I don’t actually hear anything)  telling me that it was all ok, that I was fine and  I would survive. After a while, a couple of answers to some pressing questions started to drift into my consciousness too – without any effort.  I asked what I could do to support myself and the answer was – “Make some tea Michelle”… which I did.

A few minutes later, I was getting on with my day, feeling a whole lot lighter. Do I know what caused the heaviness?  Not really. Do I need to know? No I don’t. Did I need to just feel it?  Yes I did.  Is that feeling gone?  Not completely – but it’s changed.  And if it comes back, I know what to do.

If  there was ever a time to ride the wave of emotion, this is it. Many of us are feeling the angst and suffering of Mother Earth and humanity right now, in addition to our own. According to Matt Kahn, each time we are able to feel a feeling without censorship,  we’re helping to transmute it, not only for ourselves, but for mankind. A few tears for Mother Earth – I can do that!.

Themes that are likely to present themselves this week, are issues around  security, money, home, family, tribe, women and/or our mothers.

I see this as a time of radical self care. If you feel insecure, needy, inadequate, sad or full of rage, sit it with it or express it outwards –dance it, sing it, paint it,  if it’s anger, hitting a pillow really helps.  Then ask yourself how best you can show up for yourself. Maybe that means  cooking yourself a warm nourishing meal, sitting next to a fire (or a heater in my case – with a beanie on), or perhaps its connecting with the people who love you, taking a nap, or having a hot bath.  What would you advise your best friend, lover or child to do if they were in distress – do that!

Every single time we abandon or berate ourselves, we deplete our energetic  and emotional tanks. Every time we value and love ourselves, we fill them up. All our tanks need filling and this is the time to do it. The fuller our individual tanks are, the more love we have to give.

With  you in the Ocean

Michelle