New Moon September 9th – Bringing in the New

flowers

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; 
And give us not to think so far away 
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here 
All simply in the springing of the year.
Robert Frost

 I recently spent some special time in the Cape and had the incredible opportunity of hanging out with the wild flowers on the West Coast, something that’s been on my bucket list forever. I felt as if I had been dropped onto a magic carpet of  diverse new life, joy and abundance! Mother  Nature really does teach us everything we need to know, if we take time to immerse ourselves in her bounty.

 SPRINGING INTO LIFE

Saturn finally moves direct on the 6th September, after a long and rather arduous retrograde period, which, along with all the other retrograde energy of late,  has been challenging for  many of us. Here’s hoping that from the New Moon on 9th September, things  will start to move forward in a positive way,  as we officially welcome spring, the bringer of new beginnings.

The season of flowers always coincides with the Sun’s annual journey  through Virgo (in the Southern Hemisphere) the sign  associated with separating the wheat from the chaff.   No other sign is stronger when it comes to differentiating and discerning – between what is healthy and unhealthy; useful and pointless; valuable and damaging. It’s this sign that focuses on protecting and preserving our individual bodies and planet earth and on analyzing, strategising and putting in place, systems and routines to serve them.

 NEW MOON  SEPTEMBER 9 IN VIRGO

This new moon in Virgo is in an exact opposition to the planet Neptune in gentle Pisces, which creates somewhat of a paradox.  On one hand we feel the need to put systems in place, make order out of chaos, analyse, strategise and perfect –  an on the other, we feel led to surrender, trust and flow.

Virgo and Pisces are both signs concerned with healing and completion, perfection and improvement, so it’s about finding a balance between our physical world and our spiritual connection – how we can bring spirit into matter and matter into spirit.

With 6 planets in earth signs right now, we’re being provided with a strong feminine flourish of healing and feeling – with a dollop of earthy Virgo practicality stirred into the mix.

 CLEARING THE WAY

One of the best ways of working with the energy of a Virgo New Moon is to take some time to discern what you want to let go of and what you’d like to keep in your life;  what’s healthy and what’s not; what’s useful and what’s done it’s time; what is serving you and what is not.

It’s an excellent time to detox, purge or de-clutter your physical word –  home, work space and body,  to make space for the  new.  With Virgo ruling Mercury the planet of the mind, this time is also about becoming more aware of the mind/ body /soul connection.  This is a month where we can more easily observe how are thought patterns, emotions and  habitual reactions are connected and practically start to shift those that aren’t serving us.

 BRINGING IN THE NEW

As the moon waxes between the 9th and 23rd, it’s an excellent time to put  new physical, mental, spiritual habits and routines into place. With all the earth energy around, this is a really good time to introduce practical change in our lives.

Habits are sets of automatic unconscious thoughts, emotions and behaviours that are acquired through repetition . Do something (positive or negative)  for long enough and it becomes hard wired.

So, making one small change in our routine or replacing one negative thought with a positive one, really can and does shift everything.  Simply starting your day with some quiet time and a few positive affirmations can work wonders to shift old patterns.

This is an excellent video by Joe Dispenso, who is an expert on this subject.

Ask yourself this new moon:

  •  What can you clear out, to make room for the new  body/physical spaces/ mind?
  • What in your life is ready to spring into being?
  • What new physical, mental, spiritual habits and routines  can you put into place and commit to for 21 days?

ASTROLOGY CONSULTATIONS

As a qualified Counselling Astrologer, Creative Therapist and NLP Practitioner, I use a multi-faceted approach to help people understand themselves, navigate their lives and develop their true potential.  I consult over Skype globally or face-to-face in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

Please email me to set up a session. 

SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER – SPRINGING TO LIFE WORKSHOP

9 to 5pm – Rest and Digest – Gillitts, Kwa Zulu Natal

What, in your life is ready to be brought to life? What needs to be cleared, in order to make space for the New. In this one day Art & Soul Workshop we will explore these themes, using the flower as our guide.

Email me for more details

 

In Life and Light

Michelle

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Astrology 19th to 26th September

New Moon virgo

New Moon Virgo – The Trap of Perfectionism

We kick off the next few weeks with a New Moon on 20th September in Virgo, along with Mars, Venus and Mercury.  That’s a whole lot of Virgo Energy, so how best can we work with it?

New moon in Virgo is a great time to plant seeds for a healthier, more organised life.

  • Discern what you need and what you don’t
  • Clear out the clutter
  • Strategise a healthy, practical way forward

Chiron and Saturn are involved, so perfectionism and criticism are highly likely to appear.

Can you allow yourself to move forward on something, despite the  fear that it might not be as  perfect as you’d like or that you might be criticised for it?

Are you ready to let go of some of your perfectionism and self criticism, to allow what is inside you to emerge?

If you bring forth what is within you , what is within you will save you.                                    If you do not bring forth what is within you, what is within you will destroy you. Gospel of Thomas

What is it within you that you would like to bring forth?

I am doing my best to find my way out of my  own Trap of Perfectionism by publishing my very first VIDEO, where I explore this theme more deeply.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Love Michelle

NEW MOON/ PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 13TH SEPTEMBER

vIRGO NEW MOON

On Sunday we have a New Moon in Virgo, which is also a partial Solar Eclipse. As the sun, moon and earth align, it appears as if the moon is moving across the sun, causing a shadow. We won’t see it in South Africa, but symbolically, it means that the masculine (Sun) is being eclipsed / vanquished by the Feminine (moon), which sets the theme for the next lunar cycle.  With the new moon opposite Chiron (the wounded healer) in the gentle sign of Pisces, we’re being provided with a strong feminine flourish of healing and feeling – with a dollop of earthy Virgo practicality stirred into the mix.

One of the best ways of working with the energy of a Virgo New Moon is to take some time to discern what you want to let go of and what you want to keep:  what is healthy and what’s not, what is useful and what’s done its time.  It’s an excellent time to detox or purge your cupboards,  body, mind and your emotions, from whatever is weighing you down and holding you back.

As we approach this new moon, old wounds, physical pain, grief or sadness (Chiron) may arise – all coming up for another chance to heal.

TEN things TO DO this VIRGO NEW MOON

  • Sit quietly and connect with how you’re feeling and what is coming up for healing
  • Notice where you feel it in your body
  • Ask for a symbol, a colour or a texture.
  • Ask how this feeling is serving you or what its telling you.
  • Breathe deeply
  • Surrender. Let a wave of softness and compassion wash through you.
  • Afterwards, write down whatever you want to release, burn it, blow away the ashes.
  • Clear out a cupboard or two
  • Give something away
  • Commit to doing one thing towards a healthier, fitter, happier you – every day for the next 21 days.

Mercury turns  retrograde from 17 September to 9 October, so be sure to back all your electronic gadgetry up before then.

If you need  assistance in healing any area of your life,  please contact me for  a one-on-one Process Healing session, coaching, class or workshop. See below for details

Have a good weekend everyone.

Blessings

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology Update – 22 August

Relax

Glad it’s the weekend? Been feeling a little wiped out, frustrated or irritable this week… as if you’ve been beating your head against a brick wall?  Well, the good news is that the planets have a lot to do with it and this too, shall pass.  Saturn (the planet of limitation) is sitting on top of Mars (energy and our goals). So… the more we try to desperately control things, the more we push against the current, the tougher things are going to be right now.

Probably the best thing we can do until the New Moon on Monday is to chill, catch up with ourselves, dream and just be.

What if,  for the next few days, you stopped striving and pushing and  allowed yourself to just love and accept exactly where you are in your life at this moment?  What if you just surrendered?  What if you nurtured yourself with what you need right now?  What if….?

If that’s not completely possible and you feel that you  must “do” something, as always on a waning moon, this is  a great time to time to clear out and let go of  beliefs, habits and extraneous stuff that no longer serve us. The Sun moves into Virgo (the discerner) on Saturday 23rd and provided we take time to listen, will help us to do just that.

There’s also thankfully some beautiful, romantic, heart expanding, creative energy around at the moment, so grab the one you love (maybe that needs to be you) or your significant others, family and friends  and spend some quality time together….

….Injoy

Michelle