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

 

 

 

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FULL MOON TAURUS 4TH NOVEMBER

toni mermaid

FULL MOON TAURUS 4th NOVEMBER

Saturday’s  Full moon in Taurus provides a sexy, sensual, earthy container for the intense, penetrating and potentially challenging Scorpio energy of  the moment. With Jupiter being in Scorpio for a whole year, we’re really being urged by the God of the Skies to go deeper, in order to reach our next level of expansion and growth.  See my video where I discussed this a while back.

There’s also a magical, mystical romantic flavour to this full moon which is provided by positive flowing aspects to Neptune, King of the Ocean. This could bring  important soul connections, love matches or help us to take our relationships to a deeper level.  Why not plan a beautiful, sensual ritual for Saturday, with your nearest and dearests this weekend?

THE MERMAID BECKONS

This combined energy reminds me of an alluring mermaid sunning herself on a rock, beckoning us to leave the shallows for a while and follow her into her watery underworld. The mermaid has always been a strong, evocative archetype for all of us (men and women). She  represents the part of us who is wild, free, intuitive and feminine, equipped to navigate both earthly and watery realms.

The picture I’ve used in this post was painted by my friend Toni D’Amant at my last workshop and  exquisitely  depicts the integration and personal power that can be achieved when we embrace both realms.

THE ELEMENT OF WATER

In Astrology, water is  associated with our feelings and planetary activity of the moment provides us with a real opportunity to consider how we are navigating them.

Although it’s perfectly normal to have feelings running through us, many of us have been told that something is vastly amiss when we’re sad, angry, listless, or scared, or when we’re firing on anything less than all cylinders. Many of us have been told repeatedly that we are too sensitive, too soft and that showing our feelings is weak and pathetic.  So, when tricky emotions threaten to surface, we often drown them out via various addictions, occupy ourselves with continual busyness or deny them completely, in the hope that they will just go away. But, they don’t –  whatever we resist really does persist. They will resurface at some point. The dam wall will eventually break.

I find it interesting that western horoscope astrology focuses only on the Sun sign (the active, masculine, outward achieving parts of ourselves) and doesn’t even consider the moon (the feminine part of  us which  connects us with our feelings and our intuition).  When I do a chart, I pay equal attention to both!  Ignoring our feelings is much like chucking our navigational equipment overboard when at sea.

Very often, when I am working with a client, I’ll ask how they process or navigate their emotions. I cannot tell you how often people just stare back at me blankly. I know the feeling. We all do.

We have simply not been given the tools to process our inner waters, which is often mirrored in our relationship with the water in our external world.

This has really been highlighted for me this week by staying in Cape Town, which as you may know, is in the midst of a truly terrible drought and is rapidly running out of water.  Like anything, when something is in short supply or is disappearing, we start to value and appreciate it more. Those who understand the severity of the problem here treat each drop with the utmost care, re-using it wherever possible, wasting as little as possible.

What if we were to nurture our internal waters and feelings in the same way? What if we could acknowledge their preciousness, care for them with compassion and gentleness, find ways of channelling them, rather than pushing them under the surface, denying them or damming the up.

When we visit the deeper waters of our souls from time to time (we don’t need to hang out there permanently) we are usually able to connect with that which we know to be right for us, that which is true and real.

The concern  for many of us is that if we visit the watery underworld, we might never emerge again, that somehow we might get stuck there. This really isn’t my experience. When we find ways to consciously allow our feelings to flow through us, they pass more quickly. When we repress them, they stick around for longer, become stagnant and cause all sorts of issues.

CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER WATERS

At this full moon and over  the next two weeks,  see if you can allow your inner mermaid  to lead the way, beyond the busy, rational, “doing” part of you.

  • On a daily basis, take a few moments to check in with yourself
  • Sit quietly, connect with your 5 senses
  • Notice what you feel in your body
  • Ask how your water is doing:
    • Do you feel that you are drowning in emotion -overwhelmed? – if so, perhaps your water needs to be channelled through some sort of expressive activity.  This could be through talking, journaling, painting, sculpting, dancing, singing, cooking, baking etc . Being outside exercising can evaporate some water, leaving you clearer and lighter.            .
    • Maybe it feels as though your water is moving too fast – your emotions running too quickly. Perhaps they need to be contained – you might just slow down, pause, acknowledge the feelings, without needing to name them.
    • Are you dry or parched – You might need more nourishment, more kindness, more nurturing. Maybe you need to immerse yourself in water, or drink more water, or take some time out
    • Are you feeling stagnant and stuck? Perhaps you need to introduce some movement or more flow into your life. Consider how you might be able to bring more flexibility into your life, or soften into the present moment more often.
    • If you feel that you need some help navigating your inner waters, you might be interested in setting up a Process Session with me. I’ll show you how you can use  creative expression to navigate your emotions.

I leave you with a profound quote written by a Chinese Scholar in the 11th century

“Water is yielding, but all conquering. Water extinguishes fire, or, finding itself likely to, be defeated, escapes as sea and reforms. Water washes away soft earth, or, when confronted by rocks, seeks a way around. It saturates the atmosphere, so that wind dies. Water gives way to obstacles with deceptive humility, for no power can prevent it following its destined course to the sea. Water conquers by yielding, it never attaches, but always wins the last battle.

YOU AS A MERMAID” WORKSHOPS – NOVEMBER

We’ll be exploring the Mermaid theme in my Wednesday classes from 8th October and Saturday workshops on 18th and 25th October. I’ll only run the second one if I gather enough mermaids/ mermen together. Come and frolick in the waves!

ASTROLOGY READINGS AND VOUCHERS

Consider having an update to see where Jupiter in Scorpio is featuring in your chart.  I offer readings in person in Hillcrest and over Skype anywhere else. An ASTROLOGY VOUCHER makes for a great gift.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle

 

Supermoon 27th October 2015

MOON UNCOVERING

Quick check-in – Today (27th October) we have the third Supermoon in a row, and a powerful one at that. Even though we in Durban are unlikely to see it, due to the rainy weather, we can still feel it.

The sun is now firmly ensconsed in Scorpio, the plumber of the zodiac, and he is down in the trenches shining his torchlight into those dark shadowy corners, determined to uncover and root out anything which is blocking us or standing in the way of us living our best lives.

The moon is opposite him in earthy, sensual Taurus, which represents the relationships we have with our bodies, our value systems and with Mother Earth.

Take a few moments today to sit quietly, close your eyes and run through your body. Connect with and become aware of any areas of tension, discomfort or pain. Imagine walking into that area and feeling what it feels like. What’s the colour… whats the texture… whats the shape? Is there an emotion there? How is your body telling you where you aren’t valuing yourself? Whereabouts is the discomfort and how could it perhaps relate to your life situation?  Is your neck stiff or sore – maybe you need to put some burdens down. Is your throat uncomfortable? Perhaps you need to communicate something to somebody.  Play with this and use that brilliant intuition of yours! 

The planetary alignments are really helping us to be our own investigators right now… to find out exactly where we are under-valuing or just flat-out abusing ourselves and to start clearing up the crime scene.

The investigations continue in my November Metapmorphosis workshops…join us!  See below for details

Blessings

Michelle

Metamorphosis in 7 Steps

Metamorphosis in 7 Steps

tree butterfly mandala

There’s some butterflyingly beautiful, transformational energy around for the next month folks. Right now, we have Venus, Mars and Jupiter (all in Virgo), in a gorgeous free flowing trine to Pluto (the planet of Transformation and ruler of Scorpio)…and then on the 23rd, the Sun  enters Scorpio, further assisting us in transmuting whatever we choose to, in our lives.

I’ve been fascinated by the concept of metamorphosis ever since I was a small child, when I spent my days poking holes into  shoe- box lids and  collecting mulberry leaves for my silkworms.   The process by which the caterpillar or worm turns into the butterfly or moth, has long been  used as a human metaphor for transforming states of consciousness, from one dimension to another.  With all this Scorpio Energy around,  I’m dedicating the next month’s writings, Facebook postings and Workshops to the Butterfly and the incredible process of Transformation.

The glorious, gorgeous butterfly, which not only lifts our spirits, but also serves the planet by pollinating our plants, starts off it’s life as a  caterpillar … doing it’s thing, eating and crawling and hanging out with other caterpillars, not for a minute envisaging life as anything other than a caterpillar.  And then one day, our little friend  decides he just doesn’t feel like doing the same old thing everyday, so he starts to shed his skin, stops eating and hangs upside down on a twig. It is here that he starts to spin himself a cocoon, and that’s as much as most of us know. He goes into the chyrsalis as a caterpillar and comes out as a butterfly… right?

Yep, but what happens in between?

Well, he starts to let go of his caterpillarness entirely. He actually starts to release enzymes which dissolve all his tissues, until there’s seemingly nothing left of him… just caterpillar soup! You can imagine that for the caterpillar, this probably feels a little confusing and disorientating to say the least! But it is there, in the midst of the apparent dissolution, that the magic starts to happen. A group of cells, known as imaginal discs survive the dissolution and using the protein rich soup around them, start to form the features of a butterfly.

There was order in the chaos after all!

Out of this imaginal place, emerges the possibility of the caterpillar transforming into something completely different.  It takes some time, but eventually, the wings start to form and he starts to push his way out of the cocoon.  But, its not over yet… our newly designed butterfly now needs to  struggle out of his cocoon all on his own.   The restriction of the cocoon and the difficulty required to get through the opening, forces fluid to flow from the body into the wings, so that they will be strong enough for him to fly. If he is helped out by anyone, he will literally never get off the ground.

For me, this  describes the energy of Scorpio and the theme of transformation so perfectly. We’ll explore the concept in more depth over the next month, as the full moon and new moon in November continue this theme.

In the meantime, consider the caterpillar’s story,  how you have experienced the different phases of metamorphisis in your own life and how you have emerged, time and time again. Its a good idea to journal or visual journal it.

Consider too, where you feel you might be in this process right now, bearing in mind that different parts of your life might be at different phases of transformation. i.e. your business might be in the cocoon stage, your relationship might be emerging!

Are you or is a part of your life:

  • Crawling around, tired of the same old, same old
  • Feeling the need to hang upside down (change your perspective)
  • In the cocoon/ withdrawn – feeling like things are dissolving and changing
  • Starting to imagine a new life
  • Getting ready to emerge
  • Struggling to emerge
  • Emerging as a butterfly

I am very excited to announce a brand new one-day workshop “Metamorphosis – Me as a Butterfly”  where we’ll  play with these themes in the Magical Imaginal Realm of meditation, movement and art.  I will be running the same workshop on Saturday 14th November and Saturday 28th November, so as to accommodate end of the year busy-ness . See below for details.

metamorphosis

Blessings

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology – Full Moon 6th November

Full moon 6 Nov

I’ve been undecided whether I would or could write anything this week, as I am in the midst of Scorpio in all its glory… death, regeneration and rebirth. But we have a potent full Moon in Taurus…. So here I am and here it is…

Last Friday, my dearest mom, aged 91, slipped gently out of  this physical realm and entered into  her next adventure. In the days leading up to her passing, I was privileged enough to sit at her bedside and just be with her. As she started the process of separating from her physical body, her spirit seemed to grow stronger and brighter.  A peace that I had not seen before in her, started to emerge.  Gone were the masks, the pretences, the control, the struggle – all that remained was innocent acceptance of the next stage of her journey. We were not able to communicate with many words, but there was absolute understanding on other levels.

She is now free and those of us who loved her get to grieve the loss of her in our lives, whilst at the same time, celebrate her life and her liberation …. The words of William Blake have been coming back to me with each new wave of emotion.

Joy and Woe are woven fine

A clothing for the soul Divine

Under every grief and pine

Runs a joy with silken twine

And so –this brings me  to the astrology  for the next couple of weeks, starting with the full moon on the 6th November. Being in Taurus (opposite the sun in Scorpio) we are being asked to re-define what life and death and security actually mean to us. Does security mean that our physical bodies are healthy, our homes secure, that we’re succeeding in our work, earning enough money or that our relationships are thriving?  Everything in the physical realm is in a state of flux and transformation all the time, so really, the only reality is  right here… right now.

We try so hard to control and hang onto things that need to change and the more we do that, the more we suffer.  Over the last week, in fact the last few months, as I have watched my mom’s physical body start to decline, I’ve had lesson after lesson in surrender. The little “Miss Fix-it” part of me was placed in a position where she had no use at all. I could do absolutely nothing to change the situation. All I could “do” was “be” there in the moment. And now, all I can “do” is “be” here in this one and the next  and the next– accepting it all.  If tears need to flow, then so be it. If joy swells in my heart then welcome to that too.

This is an  intense time for us all, with a stellium (group) of planets all in Scorpio, as well as Mars joining with Pluto on the 10  November. Mars and Pluto are both rulers of Scorpio,  so elevating the Scorpionic theme. This means  highly charged emotional energy, with things coming to a head both  personally and globally. That said, we could all do with taking a few deeeeep breaths before we react. Under the giant spotlight will be our relationships – to other people, to money and how we earn it, to what we value and to anything which we believe gives us security. It’s also about passion – in our physical  relationships and our lives in general. Are we playing it safe, putting off our happiness until some time in the future, or are we entering life fully, as if this was our last year, our last week, our last day on earth? We really don’t know when this physical incarnation is going to be over and we all know it can be… in the flash of an eye.

With this in mind, how can we re-ignite our life sparks, how can we inject passion into our lives and relationships? How can we release the old, to make room for the new?How can we show the important people in our lives that we love them and say what we need to say to them, before its too late?

Can we free ourselves while we’re still alive, by dropping the masks, being real and accepting our lives, ourselves  and others for exactly who and what they are… warts and all. What a liberation!

With love

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology – 23 October

Solar Eclipse

Just before Midnight on Thursday evening (23 October) at 11:55pm (South Africa), we have a partial solar eclipse, which although not visible in South Africa, is still being  felt by us. A solar eclipse is seen as a more powerful time than a normal new moon and happens when the sun, moon and earth align and we see the moon moving across the sun, causing a shadow. This shadow or blanket effect has been felt by many of us already over the past few weeks, as many fears and issues from the past have reared their heads, along with extremes of emotion, potent dream experiences and a feeling of heaviness and confusion for many.

Every new moon marks the end of one cycle and the beginning of another and is always an opportunity to plant seeds for the moon cycle ahead – the type of seeds depend on what sign the sun and the moon are in.

This one is at 0 degrees of Scorpio and is, according to all the reading I have done, is an extraordinary opportunity for deep introspection, release, recharge and planting the seeds for our highest intentions to be manifested…. If we take time out in the next few days, we have a huge opportunity to resolve personal issues at a deeper level.  This eclipse sets the scene for the next astrological month, as the sun journeys through Scorpio, the sign of transformation

This is a chance to look at what lies beneath, to take our attention deeper, reach inside and find the truth that resides in our unconscious. Scorpio is all about deep water, which relates to unconscious emotion. This means digging a little into our feelings of vulnerability, insecurity, sadness or fear and bringing into them into the light of consciousness.

Only when we understand what our unconscious patterns are, can we start to release them. As long as they lie there unexamined and unnoticed, they continue to run the show from underground. Most of us really want to stay in the light and avoid any darkness, but this really does go contrary to the rhythms of the Universe. Everything is constantly in a state of death and regeneration. Your skin is shedding as you sit here and read this, cells are dying and new ones are growing. Everything is changing all the time and yet we resist it constantly.

Imagine a world without night time. Imagine if we weren’t given the opportunity to recharge every evening, to connect with the potent imagery our souls present to us through our dreams. Somehow we’ve got the message that being in the dark, even briefly, is wrong, that if we’re not in the light all the time, there is something wrong with is. How come? There are seasons for everything. The wave builds, crests and breaks.  All life is born, lives and dies.

What if we accepted that those times where the light gets dimmed a little in our lives have something to teach us and are as important as the light, bright happy times.  The truth is, we are never completely in the dark and we can always connect with the light that lies within us…always.  Just like the eclipse pic, it looks dark, but the light is right there too.

So with inner lantern in hand, this is the time to dig a bit deeper into those feelings. Allow them to be there for a bit and ask what they have to show you.  If for example, on your explorations, you come up with a fear such as “I’m fearful of feeling my emotions more” ask yourself “If I were to feel them more what could happen?”  The answer might be something like “I could lose control completely”.  Then prompt… “ and if you lost control completely, then what would happen?”  The answer might be “ I wouldn’t be able to function and run my life”  and “If you weren’t   able to function and run your life, then what? “I would be a failure” could be the answer – and there you have it -an unconscious fear of failure that is running your life from beneath.

Another example could be “I’m fearful of opening my heart”.  What if you did?  “If I opened my heart, I might be rejected”. “And if you were  rejected, then what? “I would feel alone” And if you were alone, how would you feel?”  “That nobody wants me”  How would that make you feel?” That I’m not good enough”

And there you have the unconscious core belief that you are not good enough. Funny this one, because the fear of opening our hearts is so common and it results in exactly what we are fearful of – shutting people out and landing up alone.

This is the most potent time to feel what you feel, find out the beliefs that lie beneath,  bring them into the light, question whether they are true, release them if they’re not and plant new ones that are.

Happy inner gardening.  Speaking of Gardening, come and “Be a Tree” for the day in November – a transformational Scorpio type workshop – see below for details

 

Garden gloves on, lantern in hand.

 

Michelle

 

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY UPDATE – 24th November 2013

arrowsMonday’s last quarter moon ushers in a week of finishing off what we began 3 weeks ago and reflecting on our next steps for a new month… a new vision.  Its not necessarily the best time to start new projects (that’s for next week at new moon). Rather, with the Sun having just entered Sagittarius, it’s a good opportunity to step back and get some perspective about the past few weeks. What have we learnt about ourselves, our significant others, our lives, the world? What’s working and what’s not? How can we do things differently?

Things should feel a bit lighter, as we slowly start to emerge from the subterranean depths of Scorpio,  but there’s unlikely to be a whole lot of clarity just yet. Actually, we might not feel very energetic, perhaps less focussed, a little foggy, jaded or just plain lazy.  There might be a rather loud and persistent voice in your head urging you to lighten up, laugh more, let your hair down or hit the road and head off into the sunset. If you can heed the voice and are able to get some time out, great! If, however, like most of us, your head is down and you’re still hard at it, be sure to set some time aside to pause… reconnect with yourself often…. Dream about the future and have some fun!

Next week’s Sagittarius new moon is all about expanding ourselves and our visions for the future. So for now, dust off your little  quiver of arrows,  straighten them out, sharpen them up and get ready to shoot  them off next week in the direction of your dreams.