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

Lifelight Astrology Update 21 July

pexels-photo-207997BRAVE HEART

There’s some exciting Astrological weather ahead, with the Eclipse Season approaching, ushered in by a New Moon in Leo, the first of two in the same sign!

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the Phoenix Process, which is undoubtedly still in play.  Without going into the details, I for one, have definitely been through the fire and although the flames have subsided a little, there’s still a whole lot of heat around and ahead of us –  more like burning embers than a raging inferno,  but fire and heat nonetheless.

fire lion

Yesterday, Mars emerged from the deep waters of Cancer, after a 6 week sojourn,  during which, a whole lot of emotion was churned up. He has now just entered Leo, the brave-hearted Lion King, where he’ll be brandishing his fiery sword for the next  6 weeks.

 

 

On Sunday 23rd July,  the warrior planet will be joined by the Sun and the Moon, presenting us with a New Moon in Leo.    This  sets things in motion for the  eclipse season ( Lunar eclipse on the 17th August and a Total Solar Eclipse (new moon in Leo) on the 21st  August. As the  second New moon is also in Leo,  some astrologers refer to it as a black moon. This is all particularly  relevant for people who have personal planets in Leo and Aquarius!

 

The first new moon in Leo ushers in what feels to me energetically like a holding pattern, a bed of embers stretching before us, beckoning us to walk through them and burn away anything that is still preventing  us from expressing ourselves in all our glory.  With the Sun, Moon and Mars all being in a square to Uranus, this is a crucial trigger point to start clearing a pathway to a new cycle of courage, self love, growth,  fulfillment and happiness.   But, as we know by now, the good things don’t generally come without testing some comfort zones.

Some years back, I attended a fire walking ceremony.  At first, I refused  to participate, shrinking back,  unwilling to take the risk. But after a while I managed to  muster up some courage and go for it.  Encouraged by the supportive group  around me, all I had to do was hold a positive intention, commit to the process and  keep moving – not running – but walking… across red hot coals! As soon as I hesitated or doubted, I would feel the heat rising through my feet more intensely. However, when I shifted my mind back to the positive intention, trusted and moved forward in a committed way, I felt nothing at all…amazingly  There certainly was a huge feeling of elation when we got to the other side with our feet and our dignities intact.

As we walk through the fiery embers of the next few weeks,  it’s possible that we’ll come face to face with our shadow, with self doubt, lack of trust and possibly some  pretty volatile feelings or situations. If we are able to just be present with the emotions that arise (keep moving through the fire) ,without rejecting or projecting them, there is very real potential to burn away whatever isn’t serving us and open the door to more inspiration, expansion and liberation.

The energy of the next astrological month is all about  living whole heartedly and any of the rage or rebellion we feel at the moment, is very likely to be triggered by a feeling that we are not.

I went to see an incredible movie at the Durban Film Festival the other night, called “The Most Beautiful Day”, where two men (complete strangers) are told that they are hurtling towards death’s door. Rather than wait for it to arrive, they decide to throw caution to the wind and find their Most Beautiful Day, before they die. Its poignant, funny and well worth the watch.  But more than that, there were a few things that really stood out for me. Being given a death sentence actually liberated these men, as it does for many people in the same position. Knowing that they weren’t going to be around for long, gave them the “permission” to go out, break the rules and fully embrace the time they did have left.

They stopped waiting for things to come to them and went out to get them!

This is the only life any of us will ever have in this form!

Are you living your life, with all your might… or are you just existing….waiting ….?  Waiting for the right person to appear, waiting for more money, a better house,  more security, the right occasion to get that beautiful crockery out, light that beautiful candle,  wear that sexy lingerie? Are you waiting until your house looks good enough to entertain your friends, or until you have enough time to go for a walk on the beach, talk with a friend, learn how to play the guitar or go on that trip you’ve always wanted to go on? Are you waiting for somebody to complete you or tell you that they approve of you  enough for you to embrace all that you actually are?

  • If you were given 1 month or 6 months to live, how would you spend it… really?
  • Are you doing any of those things regularly?
  • If not, what are you waiting for?
  • How do you  really feel about yourself and your life?
  • What  makes you happy, opens your heart, makes it race with excitement or fills it up with love?
  • What is it that’s stopping you from doing more of this?
  • What are you afraid of? – THIS is a key question, because that’s what needs to be burnt in the fire?
  • What would you do differently, if you had nothing left to lose?

I’ll be sharing some insights on this theme on FACEBOOK over the next month. Please join in the conversation!

In My Tapestry of Life Workshops, we explore this theme more fully.

TAPESTRY OF LIFE WORKSHOPS

In addition to running the two part Tapestry of  Life Workshop in July and August ( on two different days) in Durban, I’m delighted to be running it as a two day workshop in Johannesburg (September) and Cape Town (October.

The workshops are designed to help you to navigate your way to your true Soular Power.

SOLAR RETURN

Each year, the sun returns to the same position it was on the day you were born. This is called your Solar Return, which is why we wish people Many happy Returns on their birthday. After you’ve had your natal chart done, its a good idea to have an update once a year. This is a stand alone chart, which gives you a weather report for the year ahead. Referring to this during the year, will help you to stay on track with your Soular Power.  We will also look at transits and progressions to your  Natal Chart, which remains your fundamental Astrological blueprint.

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

In light and life and Fiery Moons

Michelle