LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 3 AUGUST 2017

THE ECLIPSE SEASON HAS ARRIVED!

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We are now fully entering eclipse season, with a lunar eclipse or FULL moon on  7th August in Aquarius. This will be followed by a solar eclipse on the 21st August, which I’ll write more about next time.

Let’s look at this one first. As we all know, full moon energy is always powerful, but eclipses are  even more so, as they happen in sets and have longer lasting effects.

This eclipse season relates back to August 1998, so reflect back on what was happening for you then. Chances are, there will be common themes at play!.

The ruler of this eclipse is Uranus, bringer of thunderbolts and lightening,  designed to get us to remove our heads from our  butts… stop… look around and see the bigger picture.

 

With Mars right next to the sun, we are provided with some extra vooma, to clean out any cobwebs and boot us out of any comfort zones we may have become ensconced in. The thing about comfort zones, is that they usually aren’t all that comfortable!! They’re just familiar and tend to keep us exactly where we are, doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results – the definition of insanity, according to Mr Einstein.

SO, If you want something different in your life, what are you prepared to change?

This moon full moon will shine her light on anything in our lives which makes us feel small,  constricted or boxed in, bringing the rebel, the revolutionary, the quirky one out of the closet. She will also bring with her, brilliant out-the-box, intuitive ideas, for those of us who take some time to listen.  It’s a stimulating moon, encouraging us to look deeper, shining a bright blue laser truth serum into those dark rutty corners and ferreting out all the lies we’ve been telling ourselves, for… oh… so long. Also paraded in the line-up will be the parts of ourselves and areas of our lives where we keep breaking promises to ourselves.

You know… those things that we consistently moan about, tell ourselves we’re going to change…. And then do absolutely nothing about?  Well, they are being ousted – exposed in the bare light of this full moon, with nowhere to hide.

And there – right there, just as soon as they are exposed, we need to take ourselves gently by the hand and ask why – why when we know something isn’t good for us, do we do it?  Or, when we know something is good for us, why don’t we do it?

Saturn is forming positive flowing aspects to this full moon, helping us to see exactly how we sabotage ourselves and how often we are our own worst enemies.

The truth is, if we really, truly believed we were valuable, wouldn’t we treat ourselves as such?

It all starts there really!

This full moon, ask yourself what ONE THING you can do to bring about change in your life.

On the day of the eclipse, sit quietly and write a list of whatever  you really, really, really want to let of for once and for all, the sabotaging patterns you want to send hurtling into the ethers, the habits that no longer serve you.  And then put the date on the page and sign it.

Go outside if you can and start to burn the paper. As you do so, make a statement something like this  “I release this……. Now”.  Once it has turned to ash, blow the ashes away into the light of the moon.

Mercury will be turning retrograde on 13th August, so back all your data, check travel arrangements and contracts before you sign them.

See you in  a few weeks for the great big SOLAR ECLIPSE

 

In life and light

 

Michelle

 

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Solar Eclipse 8th / 9th March – A Pause

Let your Soul be your Pilot

Take a few moments out of your busy day, pour yourself a cup of something lovely and really look at this image. How does it speak to you? Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting somewhere outside on a  bright sunny day,  and observing the moon passing between the earth and the sun,  blocking out most of his light… all except the bright corona or halo.

How  does it FEEL to you….  intuitively?

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Does it feel like a pause?  ….Or maybe a curtain closing?  ….Or a moment of darkness?  Or the still point in a storm?….. Or the ending of something and the beginning of something else?  Or maybe you feel it in a completely different way?

On the  8th or  9th March (in South Africa) , we have a Total Solar Eclipse in the sign of Pisces, a very very powerful portal, where we are being called upon to PAUSE…. reconnect…. listen to our feelings and our intuition. If we take the time to do this, there is a possibility for huge release, healing and clarity, regarding our soul purpose.

As we approach the end of our astrological year, this is  probably the most potent opportunity we have to let go of  what is no longer working in our lives and connect with a new way forward.

This Solar Eclipse is very close to the South Node, which connects us with the our past, as well as to Chiron, which represents our old wounds, anxieties, blockages and inadequacies. This means that unconscious lunar emotions which arise right now, are clues as to what’s going on deep in our psyches, and what needs to be redefined in our lives.

The way to harness the energy of this Solar eclipse is to connect with the innate wisdom that resides within us, by disconnecting from our logical brains for a while. This is often a challenge, because when we shut out the noise,  we can feel as though we are momentarily plunged into the darkness or the chaos of our emotions, which is a tad unsettling for us human doings… but therein lies the magic as well.

This weekend, I did a workshop where the instructions issued by the facilitator were a little vague. I felt my well-defined critical left brain wanting clarification,  demanding a logical step-by-step process. But,  when I realised that this wasn’t going to happen, I opted to surrender into the “not knowing” and let what needed to… arise.  After a while, my left brain kind of went walkies and when that happened, the most amazing images and answers came through, unfiltered and uncensored by my inner critic…. And this happened for every single person on the workshop.

For me, that’s what this Eclipse is all about. If you’re feeling a bit confused, weary, sad, overwhelmed or jaded, take a little bit of me-time. Pause… draw the curtains on the noise for a few moments and do whatever you do, to disconnect from your logical linear brain. Ask a question and then allow the answer to drift to the surface, rather than trying to force it. You might accomplish this by immersing yourself in water, or music, or art or nature – whatever it is that connects you with the deeper part of yourself… do that!

Dreams, imagination and creativity are what open this portal to discovering healing and insights… not the logical mind. Actually, the more you try and demand answers from the left brain  part of yourself, the more jaded, the more weary and the more confused, you might become.

Let your soul be your pilot  now.  Sting’s lyrics really do say it all!

The door is open over the next couple of days  to understand yourself at a deeper level and release whatever it is that is limiting you. A clue as to what area of your life this would be related to, can be found in the house which contains  18 degrees of Pisces, if you have copy of your chart.

As this eclipse suggests, over  the next few days and weeks… or for the rest of your time on earth, try introducing the concept of the…

PAUSE

..into your life. Between each action or activity, take a few moments to just stop and breathe. When you get into your car to go somewhere, pause and breathe before you turn on the ignition. When you arrive at your destination, pause and breathe before you get out of the car (it only takes an extra couple of seconds!) . This is one of the most valuable processes I  have in my tool-kit. When I remember to do it, it stops me from dragging the energy of one thing into the other and brings me into a quieter state of being.  Try it… you’ll see! Let me know how it works for you.

Another useful thing to do on the solar eclipse is to write down whatever you want to release from this past year…. Then burn it and blow away the ashes. Or write it on a stone and throw it into the sea or a river, or write it on a leaf and blow it away. Be creative! It’s the intention that counts

The solar eclipse is visible in Indonesia and the South Pacific, but felt by all of us.

In life, light and darkness

 

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 15 October – Last quarter Moon

 

 

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Well here we are, pretty much slap bang in the middle of two eclipses – the lunar eclipse (full moon) of the 8 October and the upcoming Solar Eclipse (new moon) in Scorpio on  24 October. This period has been compared to being in a birth canal and that sure is how if feels for me, as things inch very slooooowllly along. Today particularly, we have a last quarter moon, which is always a bit of a crisis in consciousness anyway and this one is caught up in a Grand Cross formation, with Pluto and Uranus, which seems even more uncomfortable than usual.  It’s as if we’re being held in a holding pattern whilst we reassess everything. On the one hand there’s a feeling of discomfort with the status quo and on the other, there’s a lack of motivation to do anything about it, or a feeling that when we do, not a whole lot happens.

As when a baby is in the birth canal, or a sprout is getting ready to emerge from a seed, this really isn’t the best time to be pushing and struggling and resisting, because it ain’t gonna  do one bit of good. As with any new birth, you kinda have to wait until it’s ready to emerge.

Looking at next week’s new moon  in Scorpio, we need to go beyond the normal surface layers now, challenge  the norms and shift our perceptions. This is what we’re being called to do personally and collectively.

We can all use this relatively  non-productive time to get rid of the clutter in our lives and psyches, in order to make way for new growth. If you feel that you aren’t moving forward in your life, there’s probably some blockage somewhere. You might need to talk to someone about how you feel, or write  down the thoughts that are swilling around in your head, do some process art 🙂 ;  or a physical detox or actually clear out any unnecessary stuff in your home or workplace. Your soul may be crying out for some exfoliating and nurturing before you go flying into your next outward endeavour. Let the ideas emerge like sprouts, in their own sweet time.

Yesterday, I was feeling well and truly stuck and my ever practical Taurean friend, Ev, seeing that my beautiful roses were starting to drop, suggested that I cut the stems off and  put them in a bowl of water. This one action turned out to be a real eye opener and spanner for me…. Thanks Ev.

First of all, as I cut those stems off and threw them into the garden to return to the earth, it felt as if I had ridden myself of some of the the dead wood inside me that was draining my life force.

Placing the roses one by one,  in a bowl of water felt incredibly nurturing.  As the tiny stems seeped in the water, the blooms opened up even more and probably because they are being held by the feminine nurturing of the water, they have stopped dropping their petals for now.

Today, they are even more beautiful than they were yesterday– just as they are, patiently accepting this stage of their lives and awaiting the next step, whilst they continue to provide me and my home with colour and beauty a while longer.

And lastly, the roses look completely different in the bowl than they did in the vase, just as we do and life does when we shift and expand our perspective.

Nature is such an amazing teacher and Life really is full of lessons if we just open our eyes and hearts.  See my November Art & Soul Workshops below – My Life as a Tree – so excited about this one. If you are on my blog page, email me for details on michellemcclunan@gmail.com

Some questions to ask yourself this week.

What’s the dead wood you need to cut out of your life?

How can you be more nurturing and accepting of yourself?

Can you shift your perspective and see yourself and your life in a different way

Can you allow yourself to just be – here – now.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY NOVEMBER 2013

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY NOVEMBER 2013

Darum… darum…. darum…

The time has come all ye fellow humans to take off those rose coloured specs and replace them with a big old magnifying glass, a torch, some sturdy gumboots and a raincoat as we embark on a serious investigation… leaving no stone un-turned until we have unearthed the honest to God, pure, unbridled, unvarnished truth about ourselves and the role we are playing here on Planet Earth.

 There’s SO much going down right now that I’ve roped in good ol Professor Clouseau, the Pink Panther and Venus in Sagittarius, to help us move through it with a sense of adventure, lightness and humour. If you’re too young to know who they are, ask Mr Google – he’ll come to your aide.

As we travel between the tunnel of two eclipses, most of us are experiencing some discomfort to put it mildly – Whether you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, weary of the same old thing happening over and over again, or just plain out of sorts, its ok… you’re not alone and it’s all meant to be… really!

We are in the birth canal and are starting to feel labour pains before the birthing on the 3rd November, with the mother of all eclipses. Present in the delivery room will be the Sun and Moon, Saturn, Mercury Retrograde and the North Node – all in intense, investigative, deeply transformational, watery, emotional  Scorpio ( I did say you needed gumboots and a raincoat). Add the exact Uranus Pluto square to the mix and we have some pretty potent revolutionary energy right there.

As I see it, in plain English, this eclipse marks a potentially huge turning point, a breaking through of awareness, both personally and globally. It symbolises the death of old outworn patriarchal power structures, so that the new can be reborn into something more intelligent, evolved, balanced and connected. The seed that was planted in the sixties is now starting to germinate with the re-emergence of the feminine and the maturing of the masculine.

I said “potentially” because in order to experience or be a part of any transformation,  we have to show up and actively participate. What that means is that we need to take full ownership of being the change we want to see in the world and in order to do that, we first need to find out what needs changing, which is where Professor comes in. Herewith a handy Clouseau style guide into our very own personal thriller.

Question everything

Mount a serious no-holds-barred investigation into every aspect of your life. Of particular significance will be the areas where 11 degrees  Scorpio and Taurus lie.  That’s where you’ll find some potent clues and keys to open the doors of transformation. If you don’t know where that is or what I’m talking about, it might be time to have your chart done or updated.

Some examples of questions to ask:

    • What am I feeling in my body at any given moment?
    • Whose rules am I living by and are they serving me and anyone else?
    • Have my belief system or my values changed and how?
    • Do they need to?
    • What or who pulls me back, makes me feel shackled, heavy or small?
    • What or who makes me feel free, light and empowered?
    • Where am I stuck?
    • What can I let go of – be it false beliefs, negative reactions, people or clutter
    • If I died tomorrow, what would I regret?
    • What do I need help with and who can I ask?
    • What can I do differently, today to help myself and our planet?
    • How can I serve or nurture others?
    • How can I lift my vibration?

It is no mistake that you are here at this moment in time and it is never too late. My mom has reached the ripe old age of 90 and I can honestly say that as frail as she is physically, she has never been stronger emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Far from feeling unimportant she sees herself as performing an important role in sending light and spreading kindness to others. You too, are a unique and vital thread in the tapestry of life and everything you say and do does make a difference!

Look for clues

    • Surveillance – keep watch of how other people (partners, bosses, friends, children and authority figures, drivers, call centre staff etc)  trigger reactions in you. Notice them, and then turn the spotlight onto yourself and ask where in your life you do exactly the same thing. Even if you can’t see it at first, shine it around a bit and you’re sure to find something.  Eg:  “Bloggs is just so lazy, it’s driving me crazy” – Immediately… there and then, ask yourself where in your life you drive yourself crazy by being lazy. Or, “The Government / powers-that-be need to wake up and sort things out” – where do I need to wake up and sort things out? You get the drift…When you find something, see if you can chuckle at yourself, rather than beat yourself up.
    • Be on the lookout for sensations in your body – these can be anything from feeling like a horse has kicked you in the solar plexus, to tears welling up in your eyes when something has touched you deeply, to delicious goose bumps when you  know you’ve stumbled upon grace or unearthed a truth.
    • Watch for synchronicities – even if they seem irrelevant. I’ll give you an example of a recent one of mine (shared only days later by one of my soul sisters)  – I jumped into my car the other day and it was as dead as a dodo… nada… not even a glimmer of life. After contemplating my situation for a few minutes, I got out the car and roped some unsuspecting security guys into giving  me a push and she started. I drove to the closest garage, where they told me that my battery was kaput and kindly lent me one until they could get a replacement. This little event held such lessons for me. First of all, my own internal battery has been feeling flat lately and secondly I realised I need to sometimes ask for help.  I’ve also had a whole lot of un with blocked drains and flooded driveways in the past while, which have served to provide more clues as to what’s out of whack.  Moments after I had the pipes cleared, my energy lifted… go figure!

Take action

This is the time for us to connect with our innate wisdom (feminine) so that we can be guided how to actively and maturely participate (masculine) in transformation of ourselves and our planet.  It’s so important that during this time of confusion and fear, we don’t freeze like deer in the headlights, but rather dive in and do what needs to be done to change what needs to be changed.

Check out Russel Brand’s recent interview on.  You might not agree with him or even like him and he might not know all the answers, but he’s being a catalyst and is prompting us to ask questions we might not normally ask, which is what Scorpio is all about.

We’re being challenged to be revolutionary, to step beyond our comfort zones, take complete responsibility for our lives, for the impact we have on planet earth, for how we treat others, our thoughts, our reactions, the energy we project into the world… and to take it up a notch, to a new level of maturity. Basically we need to grow up, step beyond self doubt and fear and take action. Imagine if we lived our lives afraid of nothing, viewing every thing that happens in our world as an opportunity to change and grow… Imagine if, when in the soul state, you selected each and every person and situation in your life and elected to live during these times in order to help your soul evolve. With that viewpoint, there can be no blame and no victim-hood. The only thing is the question – how am I growing from this or what is it teaching me?

“Transformation happens when you dare to be awakened to greater heights. When you stay open, no matter what. letting each experience, especially the tough ones, strengthen you and add depth and wisdom” Oprah.

In the days leading up the eclipse, we have one of the best opportunities this year to see to our personal plumbing, by releasing whatever toxic waste or clutter we don’t need or doesn’t serve us– physically and metaphorically. Use Mercury Retrograde to reflect on any disempowering  false core beliefs, fears, habitual behaviours, and resentments that are holding you back and start releasing them…. one by one. Writing them down and burning them would be a powerful ritual to perform just before the eclipse. And then on the 3rd, as the moon starts to wax, use your newly found awareness to set new, positive steps in motion.

I still have a few places left on THE DIVINE ROMANCE workshop on the 2nd and 3rd, where we will be working with all of this.

Continuing the theme of investigation into December, I will be running a “REFLECTIONS 2013” workshop, where we’ll review the road we’ve travelled in 2013, before we go hurtling into 2014. We’ll be creating a Gratitude Collage, which is a wonderful process.

On the subject of Gratitude, if you haven’t already, please join my 26 DAYS OF GRATITUDE of Gratitude on Facebook. We’re having such fun and raising vibrations at the same time. This is one way that you can make a difference. 

I leave you with some wisdom from Socrates, who was never known to mince his words. “The unexamined life is not worth living” 

Please share this with anybody you feel might benefit from reading it.

In life and light Michelle