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

 

Lifelight Astrology – New Moon 6th May

abundance moon

PROSPERITY PORTAL

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

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

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

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

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

When last did you really slow down?

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

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

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

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

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

feet on earth

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

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

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

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

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

Ackowledge and appreciate the prosperity you do have in your life

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

You get the drift…

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

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

In life and light

Michelle