We’re in Retro Season – 6 Retrograde Planets

We’re in Retro Season – 6 Retrograde Planets

Have any of you been feeling as though you’re performing the lead role in Ground Hog Day?  Same thing – different day?

Well, you’re certainly not alone and it’s not really surprising, seeing as we have 6 planets AND Chiron, all Retrograde right now.  This means that from our perspective here on earth, they all appear to be moving backwards! Although it’s an optical illusion, the energy certainly isn’t!

RETROGRADE PLANETS

In a heavy retrograde period like this, we often feel as if our lives (or areas of our lives) have come to a standstill.  We know that things need to change, but are unsure of exactly what to do next.

It really can feel as though we are taking one step forward and three backwards, as if our progress is being blocked, or that we’re being physically stopped or slowed down.

Some of us might even feel hopeless, listless, confused, unwell, unable to “see” the future” and perhaps fearful of even contemplating what lies ahead.

When there is this much retrograde activity around, we’re urged to go back… reflect on, review, reassess, reconsider different areas of our lives, so that we can learn from them and re-envision a future more aligned with our true potential.

Without going into too much astrological detail, we are quite accustomed to the outer planets (Pluto, Neptune and Uranus) going retrograde every year and Mercury every few months. However, this time it’s a bit different as they’re all retrograde together and are joined by the other hefties (Mars and Saturn).

The good news is that Mercury will turn direct on the 20th August and Mars  on 29th August, followed by Saturn on 6th September, so things should start to  turn around in the next couple of weeks… , but first, let’s grab this retro season by the tail and see what its teaching us.

 MARS

The one many of us are feeling most acutely right now (particularly if it’s triggering your personal chart)  is Mars  Retrograde (from June 26 to Aug 27th) The fiery one only  retrogrades once every 1.5 years, so it’s not as common as the others. To intensify it even more, he’s been moving in and out of a square with Uranus, the planet of change!

The way I’m feeling the energy is – “I want / need this situation to change, before I can shoot my arrows in the direction of my goals and dreams”  – “Oh.. but hang on… I’m not exactly sure what those are… and before I move forward, there’s this to take care of… so not yet!”

Mars, the planet of action really doesn’t enjoy being… well… inactive. The fiery one wants to shoot his arrows towards his goals, dammit!  Move FORWARD… not backwards!  He’s impulsive, impatient and wants to get on with it.  Obviously, when this isn’t possible, it can lead to irritability, nervous anxiety, anger, accidents or clashes with others.  This has all been elevated by the Eclipse season, by the way.

PULL BACK!

Mars Retrograde is asking us to really reassess/ review our goals/ desires to see if they are still valid or if they need to be adjusted a bit.  He also asks us to look at how we are using or abusing our energy.  Are we sending it on missions that are helping or hindering us?That little arrow on the mars symbol is itching to be set free, but first, as any good archer would tell you, he has to PULL IT BACK, reassess the target, make sure his feet are planted on solid ground and that neither the target or the ground beneath his feet are moving. Then when the time is right, take aim and fire!… but not yet!

Hopefully, when he turns direct on 29th/30th August,  the pressure should ease a little. Until then, pull back, if you can. Reflect. Reassess. Review.

AND THEN THERE’S GOOD OL SATURN

Saturn, the Lord of Karma, Father Time, the stern parent teacher planet, has been retrograde since  April and will stay that way until 6th September.  On his journey through Capricorn (where he will remain until 2020), he is, more or less, grabbing us by the scruffs of our necks and making us confront reality, face up to our responsibilities and do what needs to be done.  He is  also insisting that we take responsibility for everything in our lives – the good, the bad and the ugly. Even the stuff that seemingly isn’t “our problem” or “our fault”  – Everything. All our actions. All our thoughts. All our words.

The tendency is to want to run and hide, but that’s not the way it works, because it will just come around again – cue Ground Hog Day – scene Ten!

Saturn is also a past master at revealing our old, deeply imbedded fears, core beliefs and old conditioning (sometimes karmic).  He will tell us exactly why the things that we say we don’t want, continue to repeat themselves, provided we take the time to reflect and review.

If you find yourself in the same situation AGAIN – in a particular area of your life, it could be a clue that there is something that needs to be worked with, a lesson that needs to be learnt, a karmic debt that needs to be paid or a thought pattern, person, place or situation that needs to be released.

WHERE IS IT HAPPENING FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

Your Personal Birth Chart will tell you in which areas of your life this is playing out and give you real insight into how to work with the energy, so as to prevent the same thing happening again… and again!!

Mars, Saturn and Pluto are all retrograding in Capricorn, so that’s the area of your chart that you will be working with this energy.

You are most welcome to schedule a session to work with me on this, to optimize the learning, before the planets turn direct.

In the meantime…

REFLECT

Without getting caught up in the full emotion of it, reflect on how you are feeling right now. Then, as if you are looking though a rear view mirror, think back to what was happening around January-February of this year and how it might be linked to how or where you find yourself now.  Where were you energetically? What was coming up for you? What were some of your major concerns and fears?  What has happened since then?

Then, if you like, go back even further to where this might have happened before in your life. Journal it, talk with somebody about it and try to trace the threads.

REVIEW

Review where you have been and might still be sending your energy.

Remember that when you focus on anything (positive or negative) for  17 seconds or more, it starts to change energetically.   So… if you’re sending your energy down the same muddy roads again and again, you’re just going to be faced with more potholes.

WATCH WHAT YOU’RE SAYING / MUMBLING,  UNDER YOUR BREATH, TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.

  • Really get real with yourself and what you truly believe and are saying about your life, your future and the situation/s at hand.
  • A few prompts –
    • ………. keeps on happening to me
    • I can’t trust………………….
    • I hate……………………
    • I can’t …………………….
    • I feel limited by…………………..
    • I believe………………………..
    • I’m so sick of……………………….
    • I’m never going to be able to……………………
    • I fear…………………………..
  • Just know this… WHATEVER you’re saying over and over, is GOING to repeat itself!
  • Breathe in… Breathe out… and affirm the opposite

RE-ENVISION

One way to work out what needs to change is (for a few moments) to focus on what you DON’T want and how that feels to you.  You don’t need to STAY there – just visit briefly. Notice how it feels in your body. Give it a colour, a texture, a word and/or and/or an image.

Then come up with something that you do  want or a way that you would like to feel more often.  You are wanting to access a positive resource state. Make this as vivid as possible, using all your senses. This needs to be a situation or vision where you feel light, expanded, free, happy, joyful.  Consciously spend more time focusing your energy there.

Start and end your day by visualizing it as vividly as you can, until you can feel it pulsing in your body. A vision board, created with images that activate this state, also helps to connect with it. Gratitude journals work too, as do affirmations, particularly when done whilst in the “resource” state.

Heads up – if your patterns run very deep, you might need the help of a qualified therapist, Hypnosis practitioner, Life Coach or good Energy worker to help to clear and release them.

WORKSHOPS

I had two amazing workshops recently in Durban at the beautiful Rest and Digest in Gillitts. Watch this space for more to come.

I’m delighted to be running another retreat in Grotto Bay (Western Cape) in September. Called The Flowering of You, it has been created to coincide with the arrival of the exquisite wild flowers that appear here at this time of the year.

Thanks for reading. Please send comments as to how you feel this retrograde energy, if you feel led to.

In life and light

 

Michelle

 

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Lifelight Astrology 17th May 2017

shadow gifts

Well, it’s been a pretty hectic few months and many of us feel as though we’re still taking one step forwards and a few backwards … a little like wading through the mud!

Astrologically, a couple of planets that were retrograde have turned direct, but Saturn and Pluto are still going backwards… so there’s a lot more reflecting and reassessing on the cards and a bit of shadow play too.

The sun’s journey through Taurus is helping us to do this in a real, down to earth way.

I love this passage from “Love it Forward” by Jeff Brown. “ I am not interested in enlightenment if it means detachment from the emotional body, the earth plane, the challenges of being human. I am interested in “enrealment”, because it means that my most spiritual moments are inclusive, arising right in the heart of all that is human: joy and sorrow, shopping list and unity consciousness, fresh mangos and stale bread. Enrealment is about living in all aspects of reality simultaneously, rather than only those realms that feel the most comfortable. We are not just the light, or the mind, or the emptiness, or perpetual positivity. We are the everything. It’s ALL God, even the dust that falls off my awakening heart. ‘

So how can we bring Enrealment to the remainder of the retrograde season?

I’ve covered the retrogrades a bit in recent blogs, but let’s explore Saturn and Pluto a bit more, as they both deal with the shadow, which we tend to try and avoid, even though it is always attached to us. Have you ever considered that the brighter the light, the bigger the shadow?   There are a multitude of gifts to be found in our dark bits, as long as we’re prepared to shine the light there.

Saturn has been retrograde since April the 5th and will be until 27th August.  When the stern teacher is in Sagittarius, he kind of finger-waggingly demands  that we look beyond our fears and blocks and try to see things from a higher, broader perspective.  We have the chance in the next couple of months to really become compassionate parents to ourselves and to reflect on  our self -imposed limitations. If we experience what might feel like a betrayal during this time, we need to ask where we might have betrayed either ourselves or somebody else and what it may be teaching us.  Saturn asks us to reflect on where we are over-critical or merciless with ourselves and others, how we are handling stress, responsibility and the practicalities of life.  How committed are we to what we really want to do and are we sabotaging ourselves in any way? Where do we push ourselves beyond our limits and what are the consequences? How do we deal with hard knocks and problems? You will feel Saturn’s effects most clearly in the house that it’s moving through. If you have a copy of your chart, look for 21 to 26 degrees Sagittarius. Here’s a brief description of the houses that you can use as a reference.

Pluto, the planet of transformation,  is still retrograde too, and will be until October. We’ll feel the effects more acutely if he crosses over a planet or house cusp in our charts.

During a Pluto retrograde period,  issues of power, control and transformation can arise – and unconscious patterns can come drifting up to the surface. (the area in your chart and life will be where 16 to 19 degrees Capricorn is situated).

Where do you feel manipulated or controlled?  Where and how do you manipulate or control? What are you holding on to, that you might need to let go of?  This might be a person, a home, a habit, a belief or an ideal. What, in your life needs to die, in order for something else to be reborn? We are asked (without judgement) to observe our unconscious knee-jerk reactions, as well as the stories we tell ourselves. When you think about it, pain and struggle usually arise when we attach a story to a particular event.

For example.

FACT – The rain is leaking through my roof. On it’s own there is no pain, no struggle. It’s just a factual statement. A child might even see it as a joyful event!

STORY – The pain enters when our minds start to tell us stories about the leaking roof.   For example:  “It wasn’t installed properly in the first place;  I told Blogs to fix it – he never listens;  I’m not able to cope with all these responsibilities;  This house is falling to bits; I don’t have the money, time or knowledge to fix it; I’m useless.…and on and on it goes, until we’re right in the middle of an almighty struggle with yourself and life.

As we spiral further and further down into our stories, we can start to feel more and more overwhelmed and disgruntled.  Only when we can employ the mature observer (Saturn), can we see it as it really is and detach from the drama.

If we’re not able to find the observer, our stories and struggles can feel like a never-ending looped recording.

Remember the story of the road?  Here it is with a slightly different spin.   You’re walking down a road in the dark and you fall into a hole.   The second time, you carry a torch, so you can see the hole, maybe you look inside it and then walk around it. The third time, you choose a different road.

If there is a particular situation that keeps on repeating in your life, it might be an idea to approach it from an entirely different perspective, shine a light into the corners and see what you find… or make a completely new choice!

If you would like more clarity on how Saturn and Pluto are working with you, to shine a light into your particular dark patches, and reveal the way forward,  you might want to  book a one hour session with me.  See below or email me for details.

We’ll be celebrating the last day of the sun’s journey through Taurus on the 20th May with my ART OF EARTHING workshop, where we’ll be re-establishing our connection to mother Nature. I have two spots left, if you’d like to join us. See below or email me for details.

The Sun moves into  Gemini on the 21st, ushering in a month where the focus is on communication. To work with this energy, I will be hosting two ORACLE CARD workshops, where you will make and interpret your very own deck of cards. If you’ve done this workshop before, it’s absolutely fine for you to do it again, as you will be adding to your existing card deck.  Every time I work with these cards on my own or with others, I find the guidance that comes through absolutely astounding, particularly in a group environment. See below or email me for details.

 

In realment

 

Love

 

Michelle

 

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