LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 1ST SEPTEMBER

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 1ST SEPTEMBER

Ring of Fire – Solar Eclipse

By Michelle McClunan

The first day of Spring (in the Southern Hemisphere) is ushered in by a burning ring of fire, an annular solar eclipse. This is, in essence a super charged new moon, which has far reaching effects. 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. Apparently  it will be visible in Central Africa . However, whether we see it or not,  we will definitely feel its effects.

Solar Eclipse.jpg

Here is an example of what a Solar eclipse looks like in action!

What does it mean?

Before I explain what I think it means, close your eyes for a few seconds and feel the energy of it and what it might mean to you.

There are many myths and superstitions around Solar Eclipses and throughout history, they’ve  been both feared and revered. In some cultures, they are still seen as bad omens, as the sun disappears from the sky or the cosmic light “goes out”. This is the first of two eclipses this month, which could be an interesting one on all fronts – politically, economically and climatically, with dire weather being rather widely predicted.

Symbolically, a Solar Eclipses can be seen as the  masculine (Sun) being eclipsed / vanquished by the Feminine (moon).   Eclipses are also seen as portals or gateways between the material and subtle worlds, Generally though, a Solar eclipse signifies a closure, a completion… where something disappears or ends, to allow for something new to enter.

Completion 9 9 9

There’s a strong theme of  completion and closure with this one, being at 9 degrees Virgo, in the 9th Month of the year 2016, (which reduces to a 9) making  it a 9 year numerologically.  Although I don’t practice Numerology, a nine year does indicate the  end of a cycle and signals this as a year of completion, surrender and forgiveness.Next year will be a 1 year, when the time will be right to start afresh. That will be a relief for many, as this year its seemed to be rather difficult to get things moving forward… or maybe it’s just me.  That aside, we all get the chance this year to complete and release whatever we need to from the last 9 years.

Completion cycles often come with a sense of aloneness, grief or sadness, as we part ways with things and people who have been important to us.  Even though this can be challenging, it also carries the potential for huge spiritual growth , even if it’s hard to see at the time.

Eclipses work in 19 year cycles, so this one relates to 1st September 1997, when there was an eclipse at the same degree.  It might be useful to take a few moments and cast your mind back to that time and to what was going on for you.

What ended or disappeared from your life?

What new elements or people entered your life in the months after the eclipse?

What loose ends do you need to tie up from that period?

The part of  your birth chart which houses  8 to 10 degrees Virgo  indicates the area of your life where this played out and which is likely to repeat in some way now. If you have planets or points at those degrees of Virgo or in any of the other mutable signs, (Sagittarius, Pisces or Gemini) you’re likely to feel the effects more strongly than if you don’t.

In my case, 9 degrees Virgo sits at the apex of my chart and in September 1997 EVERYTHING changed for me…. And I mean everything. … so its going to be interesting to see how this one plays out!

Saturn/ Mars and Neptune are caught up in the Ring of Fire

I’m placing more importance on this eclipse than I normally do, due to it triggering the Saturn/Mars/ Neptune square which I wrote about here.

And  don’t forget  Mercury Retrograde

Last, but certainly not least, this eclipse coincides with Mercury (the eclipse’s ruler) turning retrograde until 21st/22nd September (don’t delay in backing up ALL your data and  double check your travel bookings!) .

So, what do we do with it?

I see this as an opportunity to look back (Mercury retrograde) and reflect on the last 9 or 19 years – where we have shifted and where we haven’t;  where we’ve grown and where we haven’t;  where we’ve broken promises or vows to ourselves or others; how our relationship is with our bodies; where we are overly perfectionistic or pedantic, to the point of  stalling activity completely and what we need to fully and finally let go of, in order to move forward in our lives.

This is a really powerful time to release and let go, so that we can be cleared for a re-boot.

  • Close your eyes
  • Picture a ring of fire
  • Ask yourself what you really,  really, really want to let go of?
  • Put it into the ring of fire and let it burn baby!

If you’re feeling that something is changing in your life, but you’re unsure about how to move forward or how to navigate it, it’s highly likely that your chart is being triggered in some way. I’d be more than happy to do a mini reading over Skype to help you shed some light on it.

9 THINGS TO DO ON THIS TRIPLE 9 ECLIPSE

  1. Re-visit September 1997, what was going on for you then and how it connects to where you find yourself today.
  2. Connect with what or who you really need to let go of and release.
  3. Write it down, paint it, sculpt it, dance it, sing it, make some nature art
  4. Do some kind for ritual where you release it – eg burn the paper you have written or painted on,and blow away the ashes.
  5. Go through papers and photographs and burn  or throw out what you don’t want to keep.
  6. Clear out a cupboard or two – get rid of whatever you haven’t used or worn in 2 years. Remember, this is symbolic. By doing this, you are notifying the Universe that you have space for the new and are not holding onto the old out of fear.
  7. Make amends – write a letter to anyone you’ feel you may have wronged. If you aren’t able  to send it that’s ok – writing it will help clear your path.
  8. Really release anybody you might be holding onto who has physically departed from your life
  9. Commit to doing one thing towards a healthier, fitter, happier you – every day for the next 21 days.

.In life and light and Rings of Fire

 

Michelle

 

Featured image – Land art by Andy Goldsworthy

 

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Lifelight Astrology Update 19th June

BLUE MOON AND WINTER SOLSTICE ON THE SAME DAY

Blue moon

Well folks, we have a real bona fide “Once in a blue moon” coming up on the 20th June. Not only is it the second full moon in Sagittarius within a month (see my post on 21st May for details of the first one) but it falls only one hour before the Sun moves into Cancer, heralding the Winter Solstice ( in the southern hemisphere that is )

This is the first time this has happened in 70 years, so it’s got a batch of sky watchers out there into a gleeful flurry.  For us astrologers, this combination of the Winter solstice and the Full moon in the sign of the archer, certainly brings with it the theme of opposites, as well as  a quiver of truth and meaning seeking arrows, as we ask –

” What is the meaning of it all?”  and “Is what I believe to be true, really true?”

Full moon shines bold and beautiful in the night sky – exposed, full and expressive. She always illuminates relationships – those we have with others, as well as with ourselves, our  thoughts and our beliefs about anything.

The Winter Solstice on the other hand is quiet and soulful, bringing the urge to retreat ot even  hibernate a little and then, from that silent  alone place, ask the big questions.  By taking shelter from the relentlessness of life,  the full  moon is able to shine her light on the questions which we ask.

To add more spice to this important moon, we also have another grand cross ( see my last blog for details) . This time, Mercury, the ruler of communication is involved. The fleet footed messenger opposes Saturn, invoking serious mindful thought or despondency/ depression. Jupiter and Neptune then form a square to this axis.

I’d like to explore the slow moving Saturn Neptune square a bit, because it’s  been around since November 2015 and will stay in our heavens  until September this year. It really is the transit of the year.

Firstly, Saturn is in Sagittarius and Neptune is in Pisces, both mutable signs, connected to our quest for truth, meaning, belonging and spiritual connection …  so there’s a bit of a  common  theme there.

But that’s where the similarity ends!

The two (a little like the introverted winter solstice versus the  extroverted beautiful big bold full moon) could not be more different.

Saturn in Sagittarius is the teacher, who insists that we go after our goals in a systematic, pragmatic , mature way. He just adores spreadsheets, schedules and boundaries, and wants us to be  disciplined, hard- working and, focussed on the future.

And Neptune in Pisces? Well….Our  king of the ocean would much rather  lie back in a hammock with a glass of wine  and contemplate the insides of his eyelids –  not apparently  achieving very much. He’s into dreaming beautiful dreams, connecting with the Divine, escaping the harshness,  drifting along in the present moment,  maybe strumming the ukulele, or dancing with the pixies. He finds Saturn crushingly boring with all his demands and Saturn in turn,  finds Neptune hazy, lazy and irresponsible.

And never the twain shall meet – but… like all relationships, we are challenged to  find common ground between the two.

We all have both these archetypes active within us right now and usually, one lands up winning, depending on our predispositions, upbringing and of course our natal charts. We might find ourselves feeling more or less unable to move forward, wanting to escape and  tune out reality completely , or we  may perhaps swing the other way , driving ourselves  relentlessly up the damn mountain.

A more helpful  way to deal with squares is to find a bridge, a centre point between the two energies.

So… whichever way the pendulum has been swinging for you, ask yourself what you need to do to bring it back to the centre. What is your medicine?

If you feel  as if you’re lost at sea without a paddle, perhaps you need to call on wise old Father Time (Saturn) to help you put some boundaries and routines in place … make some lists even !

If, on the other hand, you’ve been overdoing it, burning the candle at both ends, slogging up the never ending mountain, then maybe some time strumming the ukulele  in the hammock might not be a bad idea after all.

Above all, over this  full moon and for the next few weeks, remember to keep sending those truth seeking arrows into the centre of your soul – to find out what’s really true for you now! Don’t forget, as  we each expand our perspectives and upgrade our beliefs, we are actively helping the rest of the planet to do so as well.

In July and August, as the Sun moves through Cancer and Leo,  we will be working with the theme of re-envisioning our infancy, early childhood and our teenage years in my Art & Soul Workshops. Please email me for details.

In Life and Light

 

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Full Moon in Gemini 25/26 November 2015

Moon and children

As we hurtle at breakneck speed towards the end of yet another year, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to check in with what the planets are up to. It’s no coincidence that Thanksgiving falls on the Gemini full moon this year (25th /26th November – just after midnight if you live in South Africa). For me, this brings the theme of Gratitude into the light, a quality which I think will get us through the next few weeks, as there are some rather challenging alignments around.

The reason this newsletter is going out at the last minute is that I’ve been and still am, feeling this tricky energy rather acutely…  For me, it’s a bit like wading through thick slimy mud or quicksand, but here goes. ….Please forgive me if this is all over the place, but  I’m going to explain how I’m feeling and intuiting what’s going on, rather than relying on any external information.

Interestingly this Full moon is encouraging us to do just that. She is in  busy, restless, communicative, information/ activity seeking Gemini… opposite the Sun in optimistic, expansive, truth seeking Sagittarius. Normally that would be simple enough –  suggesting that we filter through all the information “out there” and ask whether it is true and relevant to us personally, before we accept it as gospel or share it with all in sundry. The Gemini/Sagittarius axis urges us to connect with the intuitive point of wisdom that lies between information (Gemini) and knowledge (Sagittarius).

In some respects, with the instant access we have to information these days,  we are also forgetting how to work through problems and issues ourselves, because there is always some sort of a solution  or answer courtesy of Mr Google.  Although it’s amazing and incredible to have this technology, it’s also dumbing us down a bit, if you think about it.  In years gone by, when faced with a problem or a challenge, we often had no option other than to slow down and figure it out or feel it out for ourselves. By going through something step by step, we gain experience, develop our intuition,  and turn information into knowledge , the way I see it. When we hurry towards the end point, we prevent that from happening.

Now that’s where I would normally leave it, but there’s more to this particular full moon than that. That weighty old geyser Saturn has pulled into the party, joining the Sun and Mercury. With this alignment, the usually optimistic Sagittarian sun has sort of  disappeared  behind a cloud for a while. The fiery one wants to expand and grow and think big and send good  positive energy (and newsletters) into the Universe, but Saturn is sitting on his shoulder whispering… “But should you….? What if it doesn’t work… What if you can’t do it…. What if you fail…What if other people don’t like it … or you?

And that’s not all…there’s more… (that sounds like one of those hard selling ads of the 90’s 🙂  – This full moon also opens the curtain on a slow square dance between Saturn and Neptune, which will continue on and off until September 2016.

Whenever the outer planets get into an uncomfortable alignment, it signifies a big paradigm shift. The last one was the Uranus Pluto square  from 2012 to 2015 and was seen by many to signify a Shift in Consciousness . This one is taking the shift to a deeper level.

So what’s being asked of us now?

Well, Saturn and Neptune could not be more different. Saturn represents form, structure, boundaries, the old guard, tradition, goals and achievement. Neptune represents dreams, imagination, escape, illusions, addiction, connection, formlessness, oneness and our connection to the Divine.

When these two giants are at odds, like they are now, some of us might find ourselves feeling depressed, with old hurts, guilts, resentments or even old health conditions rising up from nowhere. Or we might feel lethargic, unwell or as if there  are major obstacles standing between us and our dreams. We may also find ourselves swinging from one extreme to another.  One minute we’re all fired up about achieving what we want to achieve, heading towards our goals in a mature, structured way… and the next, we feel burdened and saddened by the goings-on in the world, overwhelmed by everything and all we want to do is to lie in a hammock, dreaming and imagining a better life, or to zone out from reality completely..?

So what do we do with that?

Well, as I said, I’m still making my through this particular quagmire, but the idea with all squares and oppositions is for us to find the middle ground. We need to give both energies attention – invite Saturn in to provide us with enough structure, but not too much that our light is quelled  and allow Neptune to lighten the load a bit,  with some time out, dreaming, rest,creativity and compassion.

If you do find yourself spiralling downward in the next few weeks, I would suggest starting a Gratitude practice. I’m going to start a 30 day Gratitude challenge tomorrow on Face book – join us there.

Take a few minutes, sit quietly and connect with every single thing that you are grateful for. From the breath that keeps you alive, to your senses, your limbs, your heart, your bed… This will also help to lift your vibration out of the mud, shift your paradigm, and re-frame your experience should you slip into victim-hood and isolation – another theme song of Neptune Saturn.  I still have some space in my Taking stock / Gratitude workshops in December – a great way to complete the year. See below or email me for details.

In the next day or too, be sure to  schedule some time (Saturn) to connect to yourself and all that is (Neptune.) If you are in a quandary about something, ask the question, tune into your body and get a sense of what feels expansive and what feels restrictive. .. allow answers to surface, rather than chasing them down and when they do, take the first step, and then another and another….

And through it all, make sure you love and accept yourself , imperfections and all!  To demonstrate that, I’m going to hit send on this newsletter, even though it’s far from perfect!

 

Life and Light to you

 

Michelle