NEW MOON, MERCURY RETROGRADE, URANUS MOVES!

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6 MARCH 2019

Change is in the air

This is a big week astrologically, starting with a New Moon in Pisces on the 6th March, which is less than one degree away from Neptune, king of the ocean and ruler of Pisces. Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces on the same day, until 28th March,  which involves a a rare and close dance  with Neptune that will last until the middle of April. This expands and extends the Piscean theme considerably.

Last, but certainly not least, also on 6th March, Uranus, the planet of change, re-enters Taurus, where he will stay until 2025/6.  At this new moon, we have 5 planets in mutable (changeable) signs, suggesting that this is a time where things are shifting and moving at warp speed. The faster they go, the more we need to slooooowwww down and breathe!

PISCES

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Let’s plunge into those Piscean waters a little more deeply. When the Sun makes its way through the sign of the fish, the final sign of the zodiac, it marks the end of our Astrological year. Although New Moons are always the time to plant intentions, this one asks that we hit the pause button on our fast, forward moving,  analytical minds and spend time going within, re-visiting and re-visioning  our dreams, ideals, aspirations, and spirituality and setting intentions from a much deeper, more feminine heart-based place.

Pisces is a mutable water sign (the symbol is of two fish swimming in opposite directions) – representing the healer, the mystic, the artist.  We might see it as one fish giving us access to the dreamworld, the unconscious, imagination, intuition, Divine Connection and calling upon us to surrender to the flow of life.  The other fish might urge us to separate from the flow of life, swim upstream and can lead us to feel confused,  deluded, addicted or  victimised.

The question is – do we choose to go with the flow,  try to swim upstream or find a balance between the two? That, for me, is the theme of the coming lunar month.

The next few weeks  will be very supportive  for dream-work, art, meditation and reaching expanded states of consciousness.   Honour this energy by spending time in and around water and nature, listening to gentle music and quietening yourself as often as you can. Our extra sensory perception, intuition and sensitivity are heightened right now, so if we slow down and listen, we can find healing and receive direct guidance from Source.

If, however, we persist in forging forward, ignoring our bodies and disregarding our intuition, this can be a time of confusion, fogginess, feelings of victim-hood, and misunderstandings. Our bodies will be more sensitive too, so we need to pay more attention to what they are communicating to us and what we’re ingesting.  This is the  time of the year to detox on all levels, release, surrender and flow with what arising. Any resistance to what “is” is only going to make it harder, so why resist… right?

MERCURY RETROGRADE

As you will know if you read my blogs regularly, during Mercury Retrograde, travel plans and communications can and often do, go awry. I highly suggest that you double check any travel bookings, vehicle road-worthiness,  back up all your data and be very clear in your communications with others.  Read the fine print on any contracts carefully over the next few weeks and if you’re unsure, get a second opinion.

URANUS IN TAURUS

Uranus moves into Taurus on the day of the New Moon and will stay there until 2026. The planet of change visited Taurus from  6th May to 7th November last year, so take a few moments to  reflect on what was happening then and you’re likely to find a connection to what’s coming up and changing for you now.  If you have a copy of your chart, this will  likely be in the houses in which Taurus resides. When a slow moving planet like Uranus changes signs, we all feel the energy in some way, but if you have any personal planets or your ascendant in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio) you will probably feel this move more acutely.  Over the next 7 years, Uranus will move over these points in your chart, symbolising some change in those areas.

The interesting thing about Uranus in Taurus is just how different the energies are.

URANUS

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Uranus was referred to by the Romans as “the great awakener” and to the Greeks,  he was the “God of the sky” and the creator of life as we know it.  The symbol for Uranus is a circle, 2 crescents and a cross, symbolising the bringing of divine truth into our lives on earth. Astrologically, Uranus rules everything related to the sky – lightning, electricity, electronics, new inventions, sound waves, the internet,  metaphysics, alternative modalities, out-the-box thinking,  healing, computers and community.

This energy of Uranus is revolutionary, maverick, free spirited and innovative – a Uranus move can be likened to a flash of lightning, shaking loose whatever is stagnant or immovable, in order to make way for the new.

We could view Uranus moving into a new sign in a similar way as we see a software upgrade on our computer or cell phone. At first it can feel irritating, as we might have to stop what we’re doing and reboot the computer. However, when its done and we settle in to the new changes, we start to appreciate the upgrade and the new features that are available to us.

TAURUS

Where Uranus rules the sky, you might say that Taurus rules planet earth.  This fixed, feminine, earth sign  is very concerned with safety, stability and not shaking the foundations or upsetting the status quo. Particularly when threatened, the bull can  dig his heals  in and stubbornly hang onto whatever seems to constitutes security and safety.

Taurus rules the land, our food, our money,  our physical bodies, beauty, the five senses,  and that which we possess and value.

SKY MEETS EARTH

When Uranus and Taurus combine, there are usually significant, sometimes radical changes.  Globally, a move like this can signal sudden, unpredictable shifts  to planet earth. I’m not an expert in the astrology of  global events, but when Uranus moved into Taurus last year, it coincided with the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, which resulted in around 1700 people evacuating their homes.

Historically if we look back, when Uranus was last in Taurus in the 1930’s, the world saw the rise of Hitler and many countries changed their monetary system from the gold standard. Most global astrologers are predicting  many more changes to our monetary systems over the next 7 years, possibly moving more and more towards crypto-currencies etc.  We are likely to see more technological inventions and changes in our health care, personal health monitoring, farming, food and beauty.

We are also likely to see radical change in our  value systems, with more and more people moving towards owning less and simplifying their lives. There could be a lot more people living in communities, sharing resources, cars, homes and working together to become more self sustainable.

As a collective, the next 7 years is calling upon us to raise our consciousness, to attune to and honour this planet and our own bodies.  The best investment we can make is learning to become more self autonomous, live more simply,  start our own businesses, grow our own food and  rely on our own resources, thereby reducing our debt load.

Uranus in Taurus will urge us to really take care our food, our water resources and all aspects of the feminine –  and to remember that Earth is a living, breathing being and without her, we humans cease to exist. If we persist in abusing her as we have done, she will retaliate. This is happening already on a personal level with more and more women widely publicising abuse and mistreatment.

Personally, over the next 7 years we will be asked to reevaluate where we find our safety, belonging and security.  We will be asked to redefine our value systems and our relationship with whatever we believe we possess – (as if we ever really possess anything in this constantly changing world).  We will be asked to question how we define ourselves, which is revealed by the words we speak.  Be aware of sentences  starting with  “I live for… my pets, my job, my home, my art, my partner, my children.  or “I am a …. mother, business person, seeker etc”.  Yes,  these things might be important to us or they might be the roles we play, but we cannot let them define who we are any longer.  I find it helpful, when I feel very attached to something, to put the word “the” in front of it. Instead of “my” car, “my home”, by referring to it as “the car, the home etc, helps to give me some space and perspective, from which I am able to respond with  more clarity.

Uranus in Taurus urges us to find our sense of stability and belonging from the only place that never changes – that quiet still place inside us that is always there, no matter how crazy the world around us is.

HOW THIS AFFECTS YOU PERSONALLY

If you would like to understand where Uranus is moving through your chart and how this move is likely to be working with you personally, you might like to set up an update reading with me.

In life and light

 

Michelle

 

 

 

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New Moon February 4th in Aquarius

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by Michelle McClunan

February kicks off with a rather sizzling New Moon in Aquarius, which will be  exact at 11:03pm on the 4th Feb in South Africa, and will hopefully start to liberate the somewhat stuck, challenging energy that has been around over the last couple of weeks. Despite all the planets being direct and getting through the eclipse season, many people have asked me what’s going on “up there”  and whether “something” is retrograde. Well, no… all the planets are still direct, until 5th March, when Mercury starts its retrograde cycle.

So then why?  Well… astrologically, Mars, the planet of forward movement has been in a square to good old Saturn, a connection that is often referred to as the handbrake / head against the wall syndrome. One step forward and a couple back.  This connection can also make us feel more tired or weary or NAAFI than normal.

Mars is a masculine planet that represents forward momentum, striving towards our goals and our physical vitality and energy levels.  In Aries, he is in full  warrior mode, brandishing his sword to cut through the dross, impatient to get things MOVING!   But the wise old codger Saturn in Capricorn is standing on the side-lines, reminding us to be responsible adults and not to make stupid, impulsive decisions.

Thankfully, things change constantly up there in the cosmos, as they do right here on our little blue planet. Mars is now separating from Saturn and moving towards Uranus (ruler of this new moon).   He is also moving into a square with intense, transformational Pluto, both of which will be active this new moon.

So… lets translate that into English…

Leading up to and on either side of the New moon, there is likely to be some strong, intense, anxious, irritable, impatient, possibly combative energy around, which could, if unchecked, lead to explosive and/or intense encounters and situations.

Remember to earth yourself regularly, drink plenty of water, be careful on the roads and breeeeeathe!

On the upside (and there’s a big upside to this one) the Moon is accompanied by the Sun and Mercury and all three of them are in a beautiful  flowing connection to benevolent, expansive Jupiter in Sagittarius.  This alignment unlocks a strong maverick,  liberating    “ Free Spirit”  energy for the month ahead.

Aquarius is the sign of the maverick, visionary, freedom lover and innovator, the one who marches to the beat of her own drum, dislikes limitations of all kinds and has perfected the art of leaping out of the box, or getting rid of the box altogether.  This new moon has the potential to give us a proverbial kick up the butt to get out of any unhealthy ruts we may have fallen into and to set new intentions that are aligned to the unique vision we have for our lives. (I have two more spaces on my Vision Board Workshop on 9th Feb to make the most of this energy (only 2 spots available) Email me for details.

I often find myself asking, if happiness, vigour, vitality and vision are our birth right, why we so often sabotage them, before they have a chance to manifest in our lives? Perhaps because we know that in order to start something fresh and new, it’s possible that we may have let go of something that isn’t right for us, move into the unknown, confront something unpleasant or disappoint somebody.

Whenever we set intentions, we’re inviting the Universe to join us in co-creating something new and that always means that something will change.  The fear of change can keep us doing the same thing over and over again.

And so… we keep singing the same song, doing things the same way, staying in our comfort zones, even though they’re often anything but comfortable, often becoming prisons, which prevent us from growing and learning.

When we push the limits, they move – and this Moon is suggesting  that we do just that!

The situations in our lives that make us feel irritated, fearful, nervous, overwhelmed, inhibited or even angry, will usually tell us where we are repeating the same patterns and behaviours over and over again.

As Einstein apparently said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.  So, if we want something we’ve never had, we’ve got to do something we’ve never done!

With Pluto as part of this cosmic party, now is the perfect time to dig a little deeper!

  • Ask yourself where you repeat the same behaviours, and how they are serving you – (and they are serving you on some level, otherwise you wouldn’t be repeating them).
  • What areas of your life feel stuck, limited or just too damned comfortable?
  • What are you afraid will change, if YOU change?

What if, this New Moon, we infuse something “new” and exciting into our lives. Go somewhere different, take an alternative route to work, try something adventurous, get a funky haircut, chat with people  we wouldn’t normally chat to? Maybe pretend that we’re on holiday in our own city?

The good news is that every time we do something new, we literally start to form new neural pathways in our brains, which get stronger and stronger each time we practice. Eventually, if we work on stretching ourselves, we won’t be afraid of anything! Imagine that!

WEBSITE

Please note that my Soular-power.com website is currently down (with a virus!) :(, so please email me if you need to contact me about workshops or consults

ASTROLOGY CONSULTS –  YOUR 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.

I also do readings to help to bring understanding to your relationships with your children, partners and colleagues.

In Life and Light

Michelle

 

 

New Moon November – Jewels from the Depths

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Image by Dariah Hlazatova

New Moon November 7th, sets the scene for the month ahead, so even if you miss it, this may be worth reading.

The upcoming New Moon is deeply intense, transformational and healing, being in Scorpio – a feminine, fixed water sign and trine to Neptune (mystical, magical,  healer of the unconscious and ruler of our dreamworld)  On the same day, Uranus moves back into Aries (from Taurus), opposes Venus and squares the nodal axis.  And lastly, Jupiter travels through the 29th degree of Scorpio, before he moves into Sagittarius. Final degrees are always known as a critical point on the wheel.  I explored Jupiter in Scorpio here 

That’s a lot of astrology, I know… so I’ll try and break it down!

SCORPIO – INTO THE DEPTHS

Scorpio energy is always intense, focused, intimate and penetrative – interested not in superficiality, but rather in what lies beneath the surface. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet of transformation. Both the sign and the planet are often referred to as the Plumbers of the Zodiac, so this is the time of the year when those plumbing rods need to be sent down into darker, shadowy parts of our psyches to clear out the pipes.   I find it interesting to note how many people are experiencing flu-like/ mucous-filled symptoms right now (fixed water), or water issues in the home – which seem to be difficult to shift.  This new moon seems like the purge we need.

THE SHADOW

Whether we like it or not, we all have parts of ourselves that we don’t like much…  shadow selves – the things we fear, self-doubts, denials, raging emotions.  Very often we are taught to repress the shadow, or are told that it is somehow unacceptable or “un-spiritual”, if there’s even such a thing!

We’re generally encouraged to embrace the light, not the dark!  This New Moon can lead us  through the darker, hidden sides of ourselves and into healing, if we let her.  We really cannot go forward, until we have faced whatever is buried within us and what is holding us back. If we do have the courage to explore beneath the surface, we might find that our  inner conflicts become our greatest strengths. At this time of the year astrologically, we are  urged to heal the unresolved issues about who we really are  (at the deepest level) and what we truly want to be.  This is transformation and life will effectively provide us with ample opportunities to work with it right now.

Some of you might feel a curtain go down at the thought of that. You might even be tempted to stop reading.

But before you leave…this doesn’t mean we have to hang out in the shadows forever or soak ourselves in the stagnant water!  Rather, it’s a call to connect with the wise observer, explore a bit and see what’s hiding there. If you do this, you might find that you bring to light some real jewels. It’s a very powerful time to investigate your dreams (Neptune) or your current life circumstances symbolically  and/or creatively!

HOW DO WE WORK WITH THIS?

There are many ways of doing this, but here’s one – a personal example, which is happening in my life right now:

On the superficial or mundane level, over the past year, with Jupiter (my personal chart ruler) moving through Scorpio, and Saturn opposing my Sun (in Cancer – the sign of the home), I’ve experienced a series of seriously challenging issues regarding my home/property, amongst which have been without doubt, the most awful tenants I’ve ever had.  They have finally left the property (happy dance) and new people have arrived.  All clear?  Nope! – even though I am very eager to clear their stagnant energy and start afresh, there’s now an issue with a boat… yes… a boat!  My delightful ex-tenants decided, in all their infinite wisdom to haul a great big ugly-ass boat down the steepest driveway in Hillcrest and now they can’t get it out!

What do I do with this and why even mention it?  It’s just life right?  Trivial even?   Well yes… but for me, viewing things like this symbolically makes life richer and more rewarding. Even though this is a frustrating life event, which I would dearly like to disappear forever, I decided to work it and drill down to explore it more.  So yesterday, after waking from a rather emotionally unsettling dream, which started stirring the waters to reveal a whole tribe of feelings – ranging from abandonment, fear to insecurity  (emotions emerging from the unconscious), I decided to write it all down in my trusty, ever faithful, non-judgement journal,  a practice which I wholeheartedly recommend.

THE BOAT

Well… there it was… the ugly ass boat came creeping onto the page and when I dug a little more, by asking some very obvious questions, rather a lot was revealed. When working like this, don’t assume you know the answer. Take the time to write it down and let the answer emerge. You can use this process to decode your dreams too.

This was the gist of it.  I  have been, and intend to go, even deeper than this, but I’m sharing the basics with you.

Q: What is a boat? A: It’s a vehicle which transports you though water

Q What is water symbolically  A: For me it represents emotion, often unconscious

Q: Where is the boat? A: It’s stuck on land (out of it’s element) at the bottom of my driveway, in my garden.

And a bit deeper:

Q: What does this tell me?  A:  That there is some “not so pretty”  stuff which needs to be dealt with; possibly some stuck or blocked emotions or fears related to my security,  home (inner and outer) that needs to be shifted. Well… yeah!

Q: What is the solution to the boat?  A: It might be that the boat can’t be taken out all at once (as I would prefer) but may have to be carted out piece by piece!  Or they’re going to have to hire a truck – in other words  – get some assistance.

On  a deeper level, what this reveals to me is that

  1. I may need some help in dealing with shifting my stuckness.
  2. I may have to deal with it bit by bit, and not all at once, even though I want it to be gone now!

So – that’s what I’m doing. The Universe answered the call with an extremely powerful session with a treasured and highly gifted healer friend, during which I experienced rather  a momentous energetic/ emotional shift, which  extended into the even and which I’m still working through.

Once again, the challenges that life present, turn out to be exactly the teachers I need… if I choose to see them like that.

Straight after journaling yesterday,  a post appeared on my timeline by a truly remarkable soul and therapist Matt Licata, who describes this, as well as the current Astrology more fluidly and cohesively than I could ever do, even though he’s not an astrologer.

Emotionally-sensitive, somatically-grounded inner work is unique to each person. We must discover for ourselves the most skillful, effective, and compassionate ways to open and enter into the body, psyche, and heart. No other can reveal the right way for us. The journey is individual and unique by nature, requiring experiential, primary experience; a collective spirituality will never meet the longing within.

It is difficult to tend to the shadow and lost pieces of psyche on our own, and is often best approached via an empathic, attuned relational field, where our experience can be co-regulated and integrated slowly, by way of the relational field itself. To “borrow” another’s soothed, calm nervous system as we enter uncharted territory.

The way of direct revelation is not the easy way. It is not the path of five-steps to empowerment, manifestation, or thinking our way into permanent happiness, abundance, and bliss. While it is natural to want clear methods and direction, it is too wild inside us for all that. It is a humble journey, heart-wrenching at times, as we will inevitably be asked to compassionately tend to the disowned as it surges for reunion.

The goal is not to become dependent upon another in an unhealthy way, but over time to practice the art of self-regulation and be able to shift wisely, skillfully, and compassionately between the two.

Wherever you are on your journey, you can ask a guide to bear witness as you move into unknown territory, honuoring the immensity of the call to wholeness. Find a therapist, lover, mentor, or friend; a tree, a bird, a mountain, or dog; the sky, the sun, the stars, or the mud. A God or Goddess, wise inner figure, or being of light.

Allow your symptoms to merge into these protectors and enter into dialogue, practicing intimacy with the inner material, while simultaneously not fusing with it.

It is unlikely we’ll ever fully understand or resolve the mystery of self and other, separation and union, sun and moon. But we can break open into the questions together, as beginners, as amateurs, and as servants of the mystery.

That kind of says it all, really!

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

I will be running two more workshops this year and then will be taking a break for December.

I’ll be available for astrology consults for the month of November and then I will be taking a break until January. Please let me know asap if you would like to set up an appointment, as  my November diary is filling up!.

CHANGING PERSPECTIVES  WORKSHOP – 17 NOVEMBER

Jupiter’s move into Sagittarius urges us to see things from a different perspective – turn things upside down, shake them up a bit and see what emerges. I  experience this SO  often in my own art and whilst facilitating Intuitive Art Workshops and private sessions.

When we make art from the inside out,  we allow whatever is there, to bubble up to the surface. Then we take a step back…look at the painting  from a different position…turn it upside down a few times. And suddenly… there it is…an image…. an idea…. a light goes on!  We see something for the first time. It speaks to us. There’s an inner heart knowing that we will never be able to see ” it”the same way again.

There is a permanent shift in our perspective.. from the inside!. We’ll be exploring the theme artistically in my workshop on 17th November. Let’s see what arises!  Email me for details

THE ART OF COMPLETION – 18 NOVEMBER

As we hurtle towards the end of the year, I have decided to offer a Completion Day workshop.

  • You might want to attend Saturday and Sunday (R100 off if you do) and use the second day to deepen and fine tune your Perspectives artwork.
  • Or you might choose to do a Completion Collage, reflecting back on the year.
  • Or you are welcome to finish a piece of art you have started during the year, but not got around to finishing.

That  kind of says it all and to finish off the blog, I’m sharing one of my favourite poems by David Whyte – Everything is Waiting for you.

Love

Michelle

Solar Eclipse 13 July- Riding the Wave

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Have any of you been feeling some rather intense energy over the last few days …particularly around family, security, home, mothering, roots?  Well…  its not really surprising, as we prepare for the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer in the early hours of Friday morning 13 July (in South Africa).

It’s always emotionally intense  when both the sun and the moon are in the watery, sensitive  sign of the crab, but this one takes it up a good few notches.

When we have a solar eclipse, the sun is overwhelmed by the moon.  In other words the feminine vanquishes the masculine. The light disappears and we are pulled into the darkness for a while.

This can feel scary at first, but when we stay there for a while, our eyes start to readjust and we start to see things differently. When the obvious colours and details are not available, we start to look at things in a deeper way. That is what is asked of us now.

DEEP SEA DIVING

This New Moon eclipse forms an exact opposition to Pluto, the king of the underworld, modern ruler of Scorpio.  Pluto is the plumber of the zodiac, beckoning us beneath the surface, so that we might process any debris that might be sitting there, or, to be blunt,  clear out the sewer. Not a particularly pleasant thing to do, but quite necessary every now and then to avoid even more, serious blockages in the future.

Suffice to say, emotions that are coming up right now might not be comfortable at all, especially for those who have a lot of fire/ air in their charts, who prefer to keep things light and positive!

Amongst myself and my closest friends, here are some examples of what is and has been arising over the past week. Issues around home/security/ finances/;    illness to do with fluids (pneumonia);  flooding of houses; old emotional issues coming to the surface;  leaking roofs,  a feeling of general down-ness or off-ness for no seeming reason; big emotions around parenting/  family issues and responsibilities; feeling sick to the stomach; feeling lost at sea, having lost sight of the shore; vivid disturbing dreams.

So – what do we do?

Well, those troublesome, irritating feelings or general dis-ease,  “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 desperately 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?

HONOUR YOUR FEELINGS

The good news is that if we are prepared to honour the feelings that come up, we have a very supportive, very powerful Grand Water Trine, formed by Sun/Moon, Jupiter and Neptune, which can help us to bring understanding to or clear some debris, so that we can move forward, lighter and less encumbered. Jupiter in Scorpio (more water)  has just moved direct after 4 months of being retrograde. With Jupiter being a beneficial planet, this can be seen as a positive thing – much like a giant pressure hose, coming in to clear away all the sticky stuff, if we choose to allow it to do so.

If however, we elect to repress or medicate or numb the emotions that are coming up, they will simply join the others  lurking in the sewer,  until the next time.

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.  Consider this… what if, each time we  feel a feeling, without  censorship or guilt, we help to transmute it, perhaps not only for ourselves, but for mankind and Mother Earth too?

RADICAL SELF CARE

I see this as a time of radical self care. If you feel insecure, needy, inadequate, sad or full of rage, sit with it for a few moments and breathe into it…  or express it in some way… dance it, sing it, paint it, write a poem about it, journal it –   if it’s anger, hitting a pillow really helps.  Then ask yourself how best you can show up, nourish and nurture yourself.  Maybe that means  cooking yourself a warm nourishing meal, sitting next to a fire, or perhaps 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 for yourself!

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 regular cleaning and refilling and this is the time to do it. The fuller our individual tanks are, the more love we have to give.

SOME TOOLS TO HELP YOU RIDE THE WAVE

You might want to try Emotional Freedom Technique. Try it – it’s really simple and sure  does work. Whilst tapping certain points, you acknowledge what you are feeling (out loud preferably EG “Even though I am feeling …. X, Y Z, I deeply love and approve of myself”

Other tools that could help would be grounding – spending time outside with no shoes,  walking, spending time in nature, meditating, deep breathing, or visiting a hypnotherapist, trusted energy worker or psychologist. Just as we feed ourselves nutritional food,  and exercise our physical bodies, our emotional bodies and energetic bodies also need regular nourishment and tune ups!

 

Eclipses always happen in sets and have much longer lasting effects than normal new and full moons. This one marks the start of the Cancer/ Capricorn eclipse season, which will last until 2020, so there’s lots of time to work with these themes . The last time we had an eclipse at the same degree was 11 July 2010, so you might find that there are similar themes that are coming up.

SET THOSE NEW INTENTIONS

This solar eclipse is also an excellent time to set new intentions. Wherever 20 degrees of Cancer/ Capricorn lies in your chart will usually be where this is most pressing.

If you’d like to plumb further into this, you might consider setting up an Eclipse Reading, where we can explore how and where this is going to be working with you personally over the next few years.

AUGUST WORKSHOP AND RETREAT

My next Art & Soul workshop, CELEBRATING WOMEN will be in Durban on Women’s Day, 9th August, followed by COME HOME TO YOU,  a retreat on 10th to 12th August, where I will be collaborating with Deborah Prosser of Rest & Digest.

CAPE TOWN WORKSHOPS

Stay tuned for exciting new workshops and retreats in the Cape Area.

With  you in the Ocean

Michelle

 

New Moon March 17th in Pisces

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BY MICHELLE MCCLUNAN

Hi Everybody

Well we’re in the final stages of the moon’s waning (releasing) cycle and preparing for the New Moon March 17th in Pisces. This is a really important one, as it heralds not only the end of a month’s cycle, but also the beginning of the end of our Astrological year. The New Year starts on 20th /21st March, when the Sun moves in Aries.

Due to the New Moon being in close proximity to Chiron, the wounded healer, this is also a very unique  opportunity to gain understanding and bring healing to our deepest and most painful struggles or hurts. More about that further on. This is greatly expanded and possibly assisted by a trine to Jupiter in Scorpio. We also have 3 planets in Aries, adding a fiery element to the mix.

NEW MOON IN PISCES

A new moon in Pisces is always a time of letting go, releasing and planting new seeds for the year ahead.  As a mutable water sign. Pisces strengthens our connection to all that is/ Source/ the Divine; as well as activating and deepening our imagination, intuition and creativity. At this time of the year, we are able to refine our perceptions and raise our consciousness, by aligning with and flowing with the energy of the moment. It is a time to release and surrender the year.

The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions and there are most definitely two sides to the sign, as there are with all the signs of the zodiac.

THE FLIP SIDE

The flip side of Pisces energy is that it is can also be a time when we feel the suffering of everything more acutely, when we are more sensitive or when our grief, sadness, fears, or victimhood can come to the surface. We can also feel lethargic, tired, confused,  all at sea, in a fog, hopeless, invaded, frustrated, victimised, or ill. It’s the end of a cycle after all!  It’s often a time when people who have been struggling to release an age or illness-ravaged body are able to finally let it go. If you haven’t heard, Stephen Hawkins passed yesterday. My uncle passed peacefully on Tuesday too. He was very old and it was time! Whilst visiting him last week, he certainly seemed to be connecting with and drifting between different dimensions, starting the process of completing his journey here and moving on.

FALLOW FIELDS AND THE VOID

So – this is the time of the year when the fields of our lives need to be cleared, and the soil left to stand fallow for a bit to recover,  before a new crop is planted.

The problem is, most of us homo sapiens are more human doings than human beings, and a lot of us aren’t too crazy about stopping the noise, possible because when it does, we are pulled into a quiet place where all that remains is us and “all that is”.  We generally aren’t too happy to be in a void for long, so we tend to fill it up as quickly as we can and that is where the exhaustion sets in.  We just don’t give ourselves time to catch our breaths and recover, before carrying on with the next thing!

Nevertheless, it’s very clear that this is what we’re being called up upon to do, even it its uncomfortable at first. Bite sized pieces of the void are better than no void at all 😊That’s why meditation or stillness are so important, because they give us mini vacations in our overflowing lives.

CHIRON – THE WOUNDED HEALER

The reason this new moon is SO important is because of Chiron, who is sailing along right next to the sun and the moon and is about to leave the sign of Pisces where he has been since 2011.  Due to having a 51 year orbit, this marks the end of a much longer cycle as well!.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer (we all have one) can be seen as the wound that make us wise;  the pain and struggles that are actually designed to help to grow and raise our consciousness, even though it really doesn’t feel like that sometimes!  When Chiron moves through Pisces, we are asked to investigate how much we trust  – not other people –  but rather how much we trust the flow of life; how much we are able to surrender to the ebb and flow cycles; how much we are able to understand that we are connected and supported by something much bigger and more mysterious than our the physical world.

If you were born between the years of around 1961 to 1969, you probably have your natal Chiron in Pisces, like me, which means that this is part of your core wound anyway, If so, you  might feel as if you’re being tested now more than other people, as Chiron makes his last freestyle dash though the deep waters of Pisces, making sure you get the message and the healing. There is help at hand!

TRUST, SURRENDER AND RELEASE

Whether or not you fall into this category, we are ALL  being urged to trust, surrender and release something or somebody at this time.

IF YOU HAVE HAD YOUR CHART DONE:

The area that Chiron is moving through your chart will give you clues as to where you need to trust, surrender and release. If for example, Chiron has been travelling through your 4th house, it might suggest that something to do with your home or your home itself or your family needs to be released. If he’s travelling through your 10th house, then the focus would be on on your career/vocation; in the 6th house your health and so on. The area in which Chiron was in when you were born will also be brought into the mix.

Wherever Chiron is now and wherever it was when you were born, you would have had many opportunities to work with  trust.  faith, surrender and deepening your connection over the past 7 years or so.

You’re welcome to book a short session with me to investigate how this is playing out in your chart, and what you need to release  before Chiron moves into Aries in April. Heads up – This might be contrary to your personal preference!

IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD YOUR CHART DONE

If you  haven’t had your chart done or aren’t keen to have it done, then just just intuitively connect with what you feel you need to release right now in your life.

HOW TO WORK WITH THIS ENERGY

  • Please make some time before or on the New Moon to jot down the main things that have happened in the last astrological year in all aspects of your life. The wins, the losses, new arrivals, departures, health, work, finances, home, family etc.
  • If possible, do some kind of clearing or detoxing of mind, spirit, body before the New Moon as well. This is arguably the best time of the year to do this.
  • Then preferably on the day of the new moon, connect with the energy of water in some way – the sea, a river, a dam, a stream or if none of those a swimming pool, bath or bowl of water.
  •  One idea is to write  down what you want to release, on a leaf or a stone and set it down / throw it into the water… or come up with something even more imaginative!  Watch as it drifts down the river or gets washed out to sea. As you do so, repeat to yourself

I cleanse and release all the dead weight from the year gone by. I release………………………. (be specific)

I calm and centre my mind, body, and spirit, so I may hear the calling of my soul guiding me in the right direction

I replenish my energy and welcome in a new vision for my life (describe it) – you could send something into the water course to represent this too, if you like.

We’ll be  working with this in my  EBB & FlOW Workshop on Saturday 17th March. I still have a bit of space, so join us if you are able to. Email me for details

MERCURY RETROGRADE

Mercury will be retrograde from 23rd March to 16th April,  so make sure you back up all your data and double check travel arrangements before then.

Thanks for reading!

In Life and Light

 

Michelle

 

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Solar Eclipse/ New Moon 15th February

spiral fb eclipseCHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Hi everybody

We’re preparing for the partial Solar Eclipse on 15th February (New Moon in Aquarius), following the Lunar Eclipse on 31st January.

The period between the two is often referred to as an eclipse gateway.   Due to eclipses always representing points of growth, awakening and change – this can be a very powerful time, albeit not always entirely comfortable.

At a partial Solar Eclipse, the Moon is positioned in between the Earth and the Sun, partially blocking out it’s light.

We experience the effect of Eclipses for at least six months and as discussed in my last video, this pair  link back to February and August 2017, as well as further back to 19/20 years ago (1998/1999).

This does NOT mean that the same things are going to happen again, but if you look back, its very likely that you’ll find some common threads and themes, particularly if points are being triggered in your personal birth chart. It’s likely to particularly apparent if you have your Sun, Moon, Ascendant or other personal planets that fall in Aquarius or Leo.

When we’re in between a Lunar and a Solar Eclipse, as we are now, it means that we are in a waning moon cycle, which is a time of letting go of the old, so as to make space for the new.

During this eclipse gateway and on the day of the eclipse, it can seem as though everything that is buried deep down inside us is being pulled up to the surface. We might feel anywhere between a bit lethargic or lazy, to flat out depressed and confused. It’s often a time of endings and is always an excellent time to detox and clear out the clutter!

These particular eclipse pairs are encouraging us to look at our lives from a higher perspective and potentially make some rather massive paradigm shifts.

The Aquarius / Leo axis is concerned with how we give and receive love (including love for ourselves);  whether we’re on course and are shining our light into the world the way we would like to; whether we are acting or reacting from our small selves (ego) or  from our big selves and how our actions and reactions are contributing to the collective.

Whenever there is a lot of energy in Aquarius, which there is at the moment, we tend to get shaken out of any ruts that we might be in.

When the same old knee jerk reactions, hurts, fears and insecurities come up over and over again, it can often feel as if we’re just going around in never ending circles.

Even though it seems that way, nature (and astrology 😊) continually show us that this just  isn’t the case!.

In my workshops this month, we’re working with the symbol of the Spiral, which appears EVERYwhere in nature, showing us that there is an incredible, awe-inspiring Divine order and symmetry, which we often  can’t rationally comprehend.

I find it more  helpful to see our cycles as spirals, rather than  endless circles. This way, whenever it seems that we’re  experiencing the same old thing, we can consciously make the choice of seeing it and responding to it  in a different way.

Compare yourself now, to yourself 19 or 20 years ago. With a great deal of gentleness and compassion, notice your patterns, where you seem to say or do the same things over and over again, or where the same situations seem to be repeating  themselves.

As soon as you feel yourself in what feels like familiar similar situation, or find yourself about to react in the same way, about to utter the same words, take a moment. Breathe. Centre yourself. Get some distance. Breathe more.  And then make the choice to  consciously respond differently.

If somebody is pushing your buttons – that taxi driver, that colleague, friend,  family member – that person who always seems to say or do just the thing that makes you want to run and hide or scream or shut down or cry … ask what they are showing you, about you. Perhaps they could be enacting your shadow side – the part of you that you disown out of hand? You might not be able to change them, but they could be teaching you something valuable.

Aquarius asks that we BE the change that we want to see in the world and big change starts with small change. For the next month, why not change it up.  Instead of sitting in the same place, sit somewhere else, use a different tea mug, drive a different way to work, move your furniture around, introduce one new thing into your life and stick with it for 21 days. Find new thoughts and affirmations to replace old self-sabotaging ones.

There’s a strong Neptunian flavour to this eclipse passage too, with Venus moving into Pisces on the 11th February and Neptune (the ruler of Pisces)  squaring Mars.  One one hand, this can bring confusion, slipperiness, lethargy,  or delusion  AND/OR  it can be beautifully creative and romantic and can  lead to deep insights and healing.

HOW IS THE ECLIPSE SEASON PLAYING OUT IN YOUR CHART?

Consider booking a reading with me to explore where and how this eclipse season is playing out in your chart and how you can best work with it’s energy.  In July/August we will have the last two eclipses on this axis (for the next 19 years), so there’s still time to bring understanding and integration to what they are trying to show us.

ART & SOUL WORKSHOPS

I still have some space on my SPIRAL OF LIFE workshop on Saturday 17th February, as well as two places on the EBB AND FLOW RETREAT in Grotto bay from 1st to 4th March.

In my March Durban  workshops – Wednesday Mornings and Saturday 17th  March (new Moon)  we will also  be working with the Ebb and Flow theme as the Sun makes its way through Pisces. Please email me for more details.

 

In Life and Light

 

Michelle

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NEW MOON 18th NOVEMBER – Powerful Healing Opportunity

 

 

New Moon November 18th November is in the watery sign of Scorpio.  For the days leading up to the new moon, we have a real  opportunity to let go of that which  isn’t serving us. On the day of the new moon, we have some powerful healing energy to help us to get in touch with our true feelings and  connect  much more deeply with our soul’s wisdom. More in the video

 

In Life and Light

 

Michelle