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

 

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 10TH APRIL

butterfly roseLIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY UPDATE

10 APRIL 2017

By Michelle McClunan

Hi everybody

I’ve been contemplating over the past few days, whether to even write a newsletter for the full moon on Tuesday 11th April, because to be honest, I’m not sure I have any wise words for anybody at the moment. Having been through the ringer myself over the past few weeks, I’m feeling a little bent and bruised and am still trying to makes sense of it all.   So… I’m going to just write this and let what needs to emerge, emerge! This comes from a place of not having the answers…and I guess that’s ok!

As the Sun moves through Aries, joining revolutionary Uranus, we are being called upon to be Bold and one of the boldest things we can do, is to show up 100% for ourselves and to be vulnerable.

Some words from Brene Brown “Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences — good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as “ordinary courage.”

In addition to the political shenanigans in South Africa over the past few weeks, which have wobbled our worlds, many of us have had a whole heap of other challenges to deal with as well. A quick list of some  of mine – a dear friend of mine was  diagnosed with Cancer and is having chemo as I write this;  my beloved  16 year old cat  died; I received a shocking and very hurtful accusation from an old and trusted friend;  my geyser burst, which lead to me having to vacate my living area for  a week;   I smacked  my head hard  on my car door, resulting in a deep gash in my eyebrow;  old health challenges have re-presented themselves and I had a car accident on Friday followed by two people getting very aggressive towards me….eish!

A part of me seriously just wanted to curl up, lick my wounds and hopefully protect myself from any further onslaughts. Having given myself the opportunity to do just that yesterday, I am now starting to feel the glimmer of something else arising. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I know, without any doubt that there’s something much bigger at play here that needs my attention. I do believe that when we feel as though we’re being pummeled, there’s always something more going on.

The way I see it, with FOUR PLANETS RETROGRADE right now, we’re all being encouraged to take responsibility for what’s going on in  our lives, to get REAL,  reflect, review, and reassess everything!

With all this retrograde energy, it can feel as if we’re taking one step forwards and a few backwards; as if our progress is being blocked, or we’re being physically stopped or slowed down. Some of us might even feel hopeless, unable to “see” the future” and maybe fearful of even contemplating what lies ahead.

All of us have experienced that moment when a computer/tablet/cell phone starts just going haywire. It might freeze or a strange gobblygook language might  appear on the screen. It’s almost as if the device is  saying “I’m overloaded… too much going on… too much is being demanded of little old me…please give me a break!”  Sometime,  the only option is to switch the thing OFF… and when we do this, and then turn it back on,  it often sort itself out.

It’s the same with us, methinks…There’s never been a better time to  re-set…re-boot!

Here’s how I see this Retrograde season.

Mercury Retrograde (until 4th May) – We’re all familiar with this one, which comes with reassessing how we communicate with ourselves and others (including unspoken communication – the raising of eyebrows, body language, the way we turn away or walk away from somebody and in so doing, dismiss them); the amount of time we spend on social media, our phones, our computers or in front of the TV; the way we numb our feelings, by absorbing more and more information, which can result in us really not knowing what is true for us anymore.

Saturn Retrograde (until 26th August) – this can feel as if we’re being severely challenged or disciplined by a strict, finger-wagging celestial authority figure. It might feel like we’re being dealt a series of karmic klaps. Perhaps its a message that its time to be honest about our fears, about our shadow side and in a a kind and loving way, get real about where we are self- sabotaging ourselves,  where we keep repeating the same fruitless patterns and where we don’t live up to the promises we make.

Venus Retrograde (until 17th April)  – We get to review  our relationships with ourselves, friends and partners. Where are they out of balance?  Where might we be over-giving? Where are we pleasing others and forsaking ourselves or the other way around? What is truly valuable to us…now? How worthy are we? How much money, love, happiness do we deserve?

Jupiter Retrograde (until 10th June)  – where do we inflate things and situations?  Where do we exaggerate, blow things out of proportion, over-indulge?  Where do we see our own specialness as being more important than anybody else’s? What are the blessings or the learnings hidden within the challenges?  How can we grow from them?  Perhaps these hardships are softening us? Maybe they’re preparing us for something more? Could it be that we’re being humbled and brought to our knees for a reason?

Some examples in my own life (which I’m still working my way through) –  Geyser – Where in my life have I been putting myself under extreme pressure?  Where do I bottle up emotions (water) until they have to be released?. Bashing the ol head – what am I not seeing/ where do I keep on doing the same things, expecting things to change?  Car Accident – where am I not paying attention?  Where am I trying to push something that is stationary, forward? Aggressors – How am I handling my own rage and what is beneath it – Sadness, fear, grief?

The potent  full moon tomorrow in Libra calls us to look at where we mask our true selves, in order to please others and where we project our anger or aggression (Aries) onto the people in our lives (Libra).  It asks us to find out what, in our lives is out of balance and what needs to die, in order for something new to be reborn.  This full moon calls on us to be bold – to face the truth about ourselves, to sit with what’s going on and not run from it.  There is huge boldness in vulnerability, in surrender, in taking accountability and responsibility.

It was such a privilege to  journey with some special, brave souls this past Saturday on the first of my BORN TO BE BOLD workshops. I still have space on the second workshop on the 22 APRIL 2017.

If you feel the need to RE-SET or RE-BOOT, you might want to consider joining us at ANTBEAR lodge for our AUTUMN RETREAT from 12th 14 May.

Its been a while since I read “The Invitation” but it seems very relevant right now.

In life, light and BOLDNESS

Michelle

Autumn Equinox – Sun enters Aries 20th March 2014

 

Autumn Equinox

Well we’ve finally reached the end of our Astrological year. For those of us in South Africa, the Sun enters Aries tonight (20 March) at 6:57. This also is the  Autumn Equinox, which means equality of day and night. So tonight is the turning point at which our days start to get shorter and our nights longer.

Aries is the sign which governs new intentions, new beginnings, new life … so this  is the time of the year when we usually feel a real desire to emerge from the oneness, express our individuality, stand up, be seen and push forward with new initiatives. The cusp on which Aries falls in your Natal chart is the area of your life which is where you will be wanting to focus your energy and  where a new cycle of expression will begin.

The chart for the year ahead, which is drawn up for the moment the Sun enters Aries, however, tells a slightly different story.

First of all, Mars, the ruler of Aries, is REtrograde in Libra (its opposite sign) – The retrograde motion suggests that the focus is more on RE-envisioning, Re-flecting, RE-structuring. The Libran scales bring our focus to creating balance in our lives rather than pushing, shoving, achieving in a desperate attempt to be number one.  Actually, the spotlight is more on others than little ol us right now. Libra  governs relationships and  the Mars / Libra combination can present us with some interesting, if not tricky interactions right now.  It’s really about noticing how we’re relating and responding to others… or not … and what they’re mirroring in us.

As I wrote  at the beginning of the month, Saturn is also retrograde for the next while and right now is in close contact with the moon, which is in the waning phase. This further indicates that we might be feeling a little emotionally cut off, isolated,  a tad  depressed, negative, numb or even somewhat stuck…. Heavyish!

So… The way I’m reading this energy is that we need to be as present and authentic as possible, staying centred and connecting to our hearts intentions rather than our goals.

The difference as I see it, is that Goals focus on specific outcomes in the future (which are unlikely to be clear right now) , whilst intentions focus on the present and provide the guiding light  which points us towards our deepest hearts aspirations and values.

We need to be asking ourselves if what we’re putting out there is congruent with our deepest hearts desires. If not, we’re unlikely to feel as if we are living purposeful lives.

I’ll be writing more about this theme next week and will be running 2 workshops in April and possibly one in May on Inspired Intention or as it’s referred to in Sanskrit, Sankulpa.  This is probably one of the most important workshop I’ll be running all year and I really feel that the time is ripe for it. Email me for  details.

You are what your deepest desire is (Sankulpa).
As your desire is, so is your intention.
As your intention is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
~ Upanishads

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Happy Equinox everyone.

In life and light

Michelle

 

 

Lifelight Astrology March 2014

be still

By Michelle McClunan

March slips quietly into the great blue yonder with the first of two new moons this month on Saturday 1st.  With the Sun, the Moon, Chiron (the wounded healer) and Neptune all in Pisces, there’s a very strong, watery theme indeed.  On the same day we have Mars, Mercury and Saturn in a stationary position, after which they will turn retrograde. More about that below. 

 Fortunately the new moon falls over a weekend, so hopefully we’ll be able to heed the Universal call to apply the brakes and come to a full  STOP ( I think that’s a clear enough message, with three stationary planets), to  tune out the noise, centre ourselves and connect at a deeper level.

 Let’s be human beings this weekend and not human doings!

Imaginative Pisces is a water sign that represents amongst other things –  connection to the divine, healing,  oneness, spirit,  that which is hidden in the unconscious, illusion, delusion, addictive patterns, letting go and surrender. We give Pisces its form and substance through  all different forms of creative expression and flow.

This really is a new moon to go inside and listen. We will all be more  sensitive and finely attuned to spiritual and creative dimensions than usual.   We can also be more emotionally sensitive, tired, lethargic, addicted and depressed than usual.  Wherever you’re at, this  New Moon is setting the stage for a month of surrendering, rather than  striving and controlling. In fact the more we push, the more we’re going to feel like fish swimming upstream. So… I ask myself … Whats the point?

Let’s leeean back… breeeeathe……slooooww down….  Be still…. Feel how your body and soul feels even reading those words.

If possible this weekend,  go for a long walk on a beach , or if you’re inland, find a river.  Reflect on,  journal or creatively process  any illusions, delusions, false beliefs or addictions that may be holding you back from living your life fully. Where are you fighting and resisting and how you can surrender more? What do you need to complete, clear out or release, to prepare to embrace the new astrological year with a lighter load?

 When I look at the planetary activity for this   month and next, March feels like the calm before the storm. There’s another  Grand Cross happening in April, so this is the time to hunker down, connect with and stabalise our centres.

I know I sound a bit like a broken down record, but we really are being called upon as a species to drop our “head” knowledge down to the heart, to get in touch with our souls and not our egos.

More about Mars Retrograde1st March until 20th May

Mars is a masculine planet, that represents how we use (or abuse) our energy in an effort to reach our goals. When it turns retrograde, it’s a prompt to reconsider and re-evaluate our goals, how we go about achieving them and  reflect on how we are spending our energy. Are we making wise investments energetically or poor ones?  Who are the people and what are the situations that raise our energy and who and what drains it?  Really watch that this month. In any situation, feel how your energy is responding. Do you feel revitalised or demolished?  Then re-assess how you can put up healthy boundaries when faced with energy gobbling people, places or situations. Are  you able to stand up for yourself when its called for, in a gentle but strong way?  Can you say “no”?

With Mars being in Libra (the scales) when faced with a challenge, we’re  being encouraged to stop, centre and assess before we react. We need to look at other people or  situations as mirrors serving our growth.  What routines or rituals can we introduce to reduce stress  and create more balance and harmony? Can we be more considerate towards others in terms of the energy we’re putting out?  How can we be Peaceful warriors and stand authentically in our truth in an honest, loving, peaceful way?

Saturn retrograde – 3rd March to 21st July

Saturn is the planet of karma, lessons, limitations and structure.  The next few months will provide us with an opportunity to re-examine and restructure our lives, especially those parts that we find limiting, heavy or inhibiting.  Its about re-organising schedules and setting up systems that serve us.  Look at what you’ve been procrastinating about and attend to whatever needs sorting – finances, taxes (eeu…I know)  This is a time for each of us to stop blaming something  or somebody “out there”  for the situations we find ourselves in, to take full responsibility for our lives and grow up. The area where this will be most highlighted will be the house in which Saturn is situated in your chart.  A Saturn Retrograde period is also a time to re-asses where we have over-committed, dump the things that aren’t entirely necessary and put up healthy boundaries.

Although I realise this might not be entirely feasible,  this month is  not optimal in terms of starting major new projects.  Our energy is best spent  completing, clearing, contemplating, structuring and  planning.

Mercruy goes direct

Most of you will be relieved to know that Mercury goes direct on the 2nd March. Thankfully, this should alleviate some of the crazy technical glitches, delays, contractual upsets and misunderstandings. Whew!

 Full moon – 16th March

Allow the full moon in Virgo on the 16th to show you what healthy routines you can implement to get your mind, body and spirit into balance. More about that closer to the time.

2nd New moon – 30th March

All of the above is in preparation for the 2nd New Moon on the  30th March which feels like the real start of the year. As the sun (our will) and moon (our feelings) dance together in fiery Aries, we will be encouraged to leave the past behind, be brave and give birth to new ways of being; to blaze new pathways, and fully participate in the life you want to co-create with an incredible lightness of being.

I will be posting regular updates on my Facebook page throughout the month. https://www.facebook.com/MichelleMcclunanCreativeSelfDiscovery

 “The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” ― Steve Maraboli

In life, light and stillness

Michelle