New Moon 11th November – Life, Light and Shadows

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By Michelle McClunan

One of the things I love about writing these newsletters is that I get to ponder things more deeply and intensely than usual… deep and intense both being properties of Scorpio, along with transformation and change, our theme for November.

On the 11th November, we have a New Moon in Scorpio, joined by Mercury, which means that the focus is on giving careful consideration to and transforming our beliefs and the way we think and communicate.

As we hurtle at breakneck speed towards the end of the year, rest assured, you are not alone if you feel like the world is a difficult place to be in. The “shift” that many of are continuing to experience, I believe, is about how we deal with what’s going on “out there”… “in here”.

“The only way out… is in!”

The reality is that the world will continue to change… there have always been and possibly always will be wars, illness, natural disasters and violence. People will likely continue to let us down, cut in front of us in the traffic, get sick, die and leave us. Governments and politics will continue to be …well … government and politics. As long as the planet is turning and we’re on it, there will continue to be strife and struggle and darkness, but… for every strife, there is a joy… for every struggle, liberation and for every bit of darkness, there is light. Helen Keller said it like this “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I’ve learned that whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”

As hard as we try to escape the darkness in life, it’s just not possible. Our own shadows are eternally connected to us. In fact, if you think about it, the only way we can change the shape of our shadows is by shifting our position or our viewpoint. We can also choose whether to focus only on the shadow or on the light that is casting it. In every minute, of every day, we have the choice of how we’re going to handle each and every situation we are presented with. We choose whether we’re going to see something as a crisis or an opportunity, whether we’re going to stand in the sidelines shivering in fear or embrace it all with gusto – the bumps, roadblocks, joys and victories in equal measure.

The only way to really transform on a deep level is to change the way we view things, which requires a bit of investigation into the thought patterns and beliefs that run our lives. This month, the intense Scorpio energy helps us to access that information and start to transmute it. Scorpio is the plumber of the zodiac, so there’s a  good chance that “stuff” from the past will come up to the surface in the next few days– old emotional hurts,  issues, resentments and regrets.  Other things that are likely to come up, are concerns about money, power and sex.  You may also experience  “water” issues in your home, body or vehicles. I personally have just discovered a problem with my car’s water pump, which I choose to see as symbolic. Some emotional engine overhauling and clearing out is on the agenda for me.

The bible says “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”

 There’s a lovely story about two Buddhist monks who came upon a woman needing to cross a stream. The older monk carried her across on his back, but when he set her down she ran off without so much as a thank you. After walking for several more hours the two monks arrived at the monastery whereupon the younger monk simply could not stand it anymore. “You shouldn’t have carried that woman across the stream. She did not deserve your kindness, she did not even bother to thank you.”

The older monk replied, “I put her down hours ago, why are you still carrying her?

What are you still carrying around?

This new moon is the best one this year to do some internal plumbing, bring to the surface and release disempowering beliefs, thoughts and behaviours… fears, deeply ingrained knee-jerk reactions, resentments and sadnesses.

Sit quietly. Allow whatever needs to arise, to arise. Breathe, allow, release.  And then plant some healthy vibrant new seeds in the form of empowering beliefs.

I have some space left on my Metamorphosis workshops on the 14th or 28th November. I will also be hosting two workshops in December to give you the chance to take stock of 2015 before year end and to tie it up into a neat package before entering 2016.  See below for more details or email me for more info if you are reading this on my blog

In life, light and shadows

MIchelle

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Lifelight Astrology – 23 October

Solar Eclipse

Just before Midnight on Thursday evening (23 October) at 11:55pm (South Africa), we have a partial solar eclipse, which although not visible in South Africa, is still being  felt by us. A solar eclipse is seen as a more powerful time than a normal new moon and happens when the sun, moon and earth align and we see the moon moving across the sun, causing a shadow. This shadow or blanket effect has been felt by many of us already over the past few weeks, as many fears and issues from the past have reared their heads, along with extremes of emotion, potent dream experiences and a feeling of heaviness and confusion for many.

Every new moon marks the end of one cycle and the beginning of another and is always an opportunity to plant seeds for the moon cycle ahead – the type of seeds depend on what sign the sun and the moon are in.

This one is at 0 degrees of Scorpio and is, according to all the reading I have done, is an extraordinary opportunity for deep introspection, release, recharge and planting the seeds for our highest intentions to be manifested…. If we take time out in the next few days, we have a huge opportunity to resolve personal issues at a deeper level.  This eclipse sets the scene for the next astrological month, as the sun journeys through Scorpio, the sign of transformation

This is a chance to look at what lies beneath, to take our attention deeper, reach inside and find the truth that resides in our unconscious. Scorpio is all about deep water, which relates to unconscious emotion. This means digging a little into our feelings of vulnerability, insecurity, sadness or fear and bringing into them into the light of consciousness.

Only when we understand what our unconscious patterns are, can we start to release them. As long as they lie there unexamined and unnoticed, they continue to run the show from underground. Most of us really want to stay in the light and avoid any darkness, but this really does go contrary to the rhythms of the Universe. Everything is constantly in a state of death and regeneration. Your skin is shedding as you sit here and read this, cells are dying and new ones are growing. Everything is changing all the time and yet we resist it constantly.

Imagine a world without night time. Imagine if we weren’t given the opportunity to recharge every evening, to connect with the potent imagery our souls present to us through our dreams. Somehow we’ve got the message that being in the dark, even briefly, is wrong, that if we’re not in the light all the time, there is something wrong with is. How come? There are seasons for everything. The wave builds, crests and breaks.  All life is born, lives and dies.

What if we accepted that those times where the light gets dimmed a little in our lives have something to teach us and are as important as the light, bright happy times.  The truth is, we are never completely in the dark and we can always connect with the light that lies within us…always.  Just like the eclipse pic, it looks dark, but the light is right there too.

So with inner lantern in hand, this is the time to dig a bit deeper into those feelings. Allow them to be there for a bit and ask what they have to show you.  If for example, on your explorations, you come up with a fear such as “I’m fearful of feeling my emotions more” ask yourself “If I were to feel them more what could happen?”  The answer might be something like “I could lose control completely”.  Then prompt… “ and if you lost control completely, then what would happen?”  The answer might be “ I wouldn’t be able to function and run my life”  and “If you weren’t   able to function and run your life, then what? “I would be a failure” could be the answer – and there you have it -an unconscious fear of failure that is running your life from beneath.

Another example could be “I’m fearful of opening my heart”.  What if you did?  “If I opened my heart, I might be rejected”. “And if you were  rejected, then what? “I would feel alone” And if you were alone, how would you feel?”  “That nobody wants me”  How would that make you feel?” That I’m not good enough”

And there you have the unconscious core belief that you are not good enough. Funny this one, because the fear of opening our hearts is so common and it results in exactly what we are fearful of – shutting people out and landing up alone.

This is the most potent time to feel what you feel, find out the beliefs that lie beneath,  bring them into the light, question whether they are true, release them if they’re not and plant new ones that are.

Happy inner gardening.  Speaking of Gardening, come and “Be a Tree” for the day in November – a transformational Scorpio type workshop – see below for details

 

Garden gloves on, lantern in hand.

 

Michelle

 

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY NOVEMBER 2013

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY NOVEMBER 2013

Darum… darum…. darum…

The time has come all ye fellow humans to take off those rose coloured specs and replace them with a big old magnifying glass, a torch, some sturdy gumboots and a raincoat as we embark on a serious investigation… leaving no stone un-turned until we have unearthed the honest to God, pure, unbridled, unvarnished truth about ourselves and the role we are playing here on Planet Earth.

 There’s SO much going down right now that I’ve roped in good ol Professor Clouseau, the Pink Panther and Venus in Sagittarius, to help us move through it with a sense of adventure, lightness and humour. If you’re too young to know who they are, ask Mr Google – he’ll come to your aide.

As we travel between the tunnel of two eclipses, most of us are experiencing some discomfort to put it mildly – Whether you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, weary of the same old thing happening over and over again, or just plain out of sorts, its ok… you’re not alone and it’s all meant to be… really!

We are in the birth canal and are starting to feel labour pains before the birthing on the 3rd November, with the mother of all eclipses. Present in the delivery room will be the Sun and Moon, Saturn, Mercury Retrograde and the North Node – all in intense, investigative, deeply transformational, watery, emotional  Scorpio ( I did say you needed gumboots and a raincoat). Add the exact Uranus Pluto square to the mix and we have some pretty potent revolutionary energy right there.

As I see it, in plain English, this eclipse marks a potentially huge turning point, a breaking through of awareness, both personally and globally. It symbolises the death of old outworn patriarchal power structures, so that the new can be reborn into something more intelligent, evolved, balanced and connected. The seed that was planted in the sixties is now starting to germinate with the re-emergence of the feminine and the maturing of the masculine.

I said “potentially” because in order to experience or be a part of any transformation,  we have to show up and actively participate. What that means is that we need to take full ownership of being the change we want to see in the world and in order to do that, we first need to find out what needs changing, which is where Professor comes in. Herewith a handy Clouseau style guide into our very own personal thriller.

Question everything

Mount a serious no-holds-barred investigation into every aspect of your life. Of particular significance will be the areas where 11 degrees  Scorpio and Taurus lie.  That’s where you’ll find some potent clues and keys to open the doors of transformation. If you don’t know where that is or what I’m talking about, it might be time to have your chart done or updated.

Some examples of questions to ask:

    • What am I feeling in my body at any given moment?
    • Whose rules am I living by and are they serving me and anyone else?
    • Have my belief system or my values changed and how?
    • Do they need to?
    • What or who pulls me back, makes me feel shackled, heavy or small?
    • What or who makes me feel free, light and empowered?
    • Where am I stuck?
    • What can I let go of – be it false beliefs, negative reactions, people or clutter
    • If I died tomorrow, what would I regret?
    • What do I need help with and who can I ask?
    • What can I do differently, today to help myself and our planet?
    • How can I serve or nurture others?
    • How can I lift my vibration?

It is no mistake that you are here at this moment in time and it is never too late. My mom has reached the ripe old age of 90 and I can honestly say that as frail as she is physically, she has never been stronger emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Far from feeling unimportant she sees herself as performing an important role in sending light and spreading kindness to others. You too, are a unique and vital thread in the tapestry of life and everything you say and do does make a difference!

Look for clues

    • Surveillance – keep watch of how other people (partners, bosses, friends, children and authority figures, drivers, call centre staff etc)  trigger reactions in you. Notice them, and then turn the spotlight onto yourself and ask where in your life you do exactly the same thing. Even if you can’t see it at first, shine it around a bit and you’re sure to find something.  Eg:  “Bloggs is just so lazy, it’s driving me crazy” – Immediately… there and then, ask yourself where in your life you drive yourself crazy by being lazy. Or, “The Government / powers-that-be need to wake up and sort things out” – where do I need to wake up and sort things out? You get the drift…When you find something, see if you can chuckle at yourself, rather than beat yourself up.
    • Be on the lookout for sensations in your body – these can be anything from feeling like a horse has kicked you in the solar plexus, to tears welling up in your eyes when something has touched you deeply, to delicious goose bumps when you  know you’ve stumbled upon grace or unearthed a truth.
    • Watch for synchronicities – even if they seem irrelevant. I’ll give you an example of a recent one of mine (shared only days later by one of my soul sisters)  – I jumped into my car the other day and it was as dead as a dodo… nada… not even a glimmer of life. After contemplating my situation for a few minutes, I got out the car and roped some unsuspecting security guys into giving  me a push and she started. I drove to the closest garage, where they told me that my battery was kaput and kindly lent me one until they could get a replacement. This little event held such lessons for me. First of all, my own internal battery has been feeling flat lately and secondly I realised I need to sometimes ask for help.  I’ve also had a whole lot of un with blocked drains and flooded driveways in the past while, which have served to provide more clues as to what’s out of whack.  Moments after I had the pipes cleared, my energy lifted… go figure!

Take action

This is the time for us to connect with our innate wisdom (feminine) so that we can be guided how to actively and maturely participate (masculine) in transformation of ourselves and our planet.  It’s so important that during this time of confusion and fear, we don’t freeze like deer in the headlights, but rather dive in and do what needs to be done to change what needs to be changed.

Check out Russel Brand’s recent interview on.  You might not agree with him or even like him and he might not know all the answers, but he’s being a catalyst and is prompting us to ask questions we might not normally ask, which is what Scorpio is all about.

We’re being challenged to be revolutionary, to step beyond our comfort zones, take complete responsibility for our lives, for the impact we have on planet earth, for how we treat others, our thoughts, our reactions, the energy we project into the world… and to take it up a notch, to a new level of maturity. Basically we need to grow up, step beyond self doubt and fear and take action. Imagine if we lived our lives afraid of nothing, viewing every thing that happens in our world as an opportunity to change and grow… Imagine if, when in the soul state, you selected each and every person and situation in your life and elected to live during these times in order to help your soul evolve. With that viewpoint, there can be no blame and no victim-hood. The only thing is the question – how am I growing from this or what is it teaching me?

“Transformation happens when you dare to be awakened to greater heights. When you stay open, no matter what. letting each experience, especially the tough ones, strengthen you and add depth and wisdom” Oprah.

In the days leading up the eclipse, we have one of the best opportunities this year to see to our personal plumbing, by releasing whatever toxic waste or clutter we don’t need or doesn’t serve us– physically and metaphorically. Use Mercury Retrograde to reflect on any disempowering  false core beliefs, fears, habitual behaviours, and resentments that are holding you back and start releasing them…. one by one. Writing them down and burning them would be a powerful ritual to perform just before the eclipse. And then on the 3rd, as the moon starts to wax, use your newly found awareness to set new, positive steps in motion.

I still have a few places left on THE DIVINE ROMANCE workshop on the 2nd and 3rd, where we will be working with all of this.

Continuing the theme of investigation into December, I will be running a “REFLECTIONS 2013” workshop, where we’ll review the road we’ve travelled in 2013, before we go hurtling into 2014. We’ll be creating a Gratitude Collage, which is a wonderful process.

On the subject of Gratitude, if you haven’t already, please join my 26 DAYS OF GRATITUDE of Gratitude on Facebook. We’re having such fun and raising vibrations at the same time. This is one way that you can make a difference. 

I leave you with some wisdom from Socrates, who was never known to mince his words. “The unexamined life is not worth living” 

Please share this with anybody you feel might benefit from reading it.

In life and light Michelle