Lifelight Astrology 7th June 2017

intuition muscle

FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS 

On Friday 9th June, we have a full moon in Sagittarius, which means that the Moon is opposite the Sun in Gemini, continuing the communication theme for the next two weeks.

Gemini represents the logical, rational mind and is concerned with our busy daily lives, our immediate environment and all incoming information. Sagittarius represents the truth seeker, the higher intuitive mind, the guru that resides within each of us.

This full moon urges us to reach higher, shoot our arrows further and explore beyond the borders of our daily lives, by developing and honing our intuition.

Even though the rational mind often gets a bad rap, without it, we would be incapable of processing any information whatsoever.

However, we need to make it a servant, not the master.

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift”. Albert Einstein

 

The barrage of information that comes to us on any given day, together with the gazillion thoughts and concerns we may have, tends to drown out any intuitive messages that might be trying to gain access.

Over the next few weeks, see if you can connect more consciously with your intuition. This is not something that’s reserved for a special  gifted few. It’s available to us all, but we need to work it like any other muscle.

14 WAYS TO HONE YOUR INTUITION:

  • For a few minutes each day, turn off or step away from your devices and the noise of daily life and spend some time in silence. Give the chattering mind a chance to subside, so as to allow your intuition to emerge. Remember that the words “Listen” and “silent” have the same letters.
  • Spend time in nature. Ground yourself regularly! (Read more here)
  • If you have a dilemma or a problem, try stepping away from it and doing something completely different. Go for a walk or a shower or pull some weeds out of the garden. Very often, the answer will magically appear.
  • Tune into the 5 senses regularly. It’s quick, easy and accessible and brings you into the moment, opening a channel to your higher self.
  • Do some stream of conscious journalling, which clears the mind of busy mundane thoughts and worries and makes space for intuitive guidance  to come through.
  • Try writing with your non-dominant hand. It will help you to liberate rigid patterns of expression.
  • Write down whatever you remember of your dreams. Our souls communicate every single night, but we need to listen.
  • Take some time to creatively express yourself. Spontaneous imagery, collage, painting, doodling, drawing, singing, making music and dancing help to calm the busy mind and give us more access to  our intution.
  • Start an intuitive notebook. Write down every intuitive flash or hunch you have.
  • When you have a feeling that you should call or visit someone, or reach for a book, follow it and see where it leads.
  • Pay more attention to your feelings. They are a compass and will tell you whether you’re moving in the right direction.
  • See if you can guess who’s on the phone before you look at it. Have fun with it and don’t beat yourself up if you get it wrong 🙂
  • Pick a subject and speak to yourself or to somebody else for 3 or 4 minutes – without interrupting. As you talk, notice how the clutter clears and gems of insight and wisdom start to appear.
  • Let somebody else talk for the same amount of time and just listen, without commenting, fixing or helping. As you listen, notice any new awareness that might arise  about yourself or your own life.

I’ll be sharing some insights on Intuition and Listening on FACEBOOK over the next month. Please join in the conversation and share how you connect to your intuition!

THE ART OF LISTENING WORKSHOPS

To work with the current communication/ intuition theme,  I will be running two THE ART OF LISTENING workshops in June, where I will be teaching you how to make your own deck of Soul Guidance Oracle Cards. The process of selecting images and reading the cards in a group environment will hone your intuition and listening skills and is highly likely to shed light on important issues in your life.

The workshops will be held on Saturday 10th and 24th June – 9:00 to 4:30  AND every Wednesday in June from 9:30 to 12:30

From June, Wednesday “pop-in” classes will be in the form of stand-alone courses – with a different theme each month.

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

In light and life

 

Michelle

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Lifelight Update – 16th June New Moon in Gemini

write a new story

 

What’s your story and is it still a page turner or are you a bit bored with it? I know I am more than ready for the New Moon on the 16th  June  to help me push the re-set/ re-write  button on mine.

Mars, the fiery warrior planet, is stepping onto the stage with the Sun and Moon in Gemini, the sign of the communicator/ talker /thinker –  bringing fire and brimstone and some extra vooma to our thought processes and communication. This is the day when we’re likely to side-step the eggshells and say it like it is, which might not be a bad idea.  We’re being given a perfect opportunity to really notice what we’re feeling, thinking and saying, to check whether the three are in alignment, and to make adjustments if they’re not. Some genius ideas might just appear too, provided we give ourselves the chance to download them.

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, irritated, anxious, frustrated or downright angry lately, this new moon could provide some red hot triggers that will accentuate these feelings. If this does happen,  rather than project it onto some unsuspecting soul, use the energy to really feel the feelings and get to the bottom of those thoughts. Vent the feelings in a safe way and listen to the stories attached to them.  They might have some really important information for you about the next chapter of your life.  Write it out, talk it out (to yourself if necessary) punch a pillow, run, move, paint ….  Whatever works for you…just connect with where you are, as authentically as possible, because whatever you do, will set the scene and open the door to the next month of your life.

This is probably the best time this year, to bring to light the stories we’ve been telling ourselves for years, about our lives, and to start editing and re-writing the chapters  that aren’t serving us anymore.  So often we find ourselves repeating the same sentences, the same actions, having the same reactions and  believing that this is the way it is and that there’s nothing we can do about it, when it really is in our power to change the script.

What is the story you tell about your life and is it true?

Here are some clues to get you going.

I will never …..…………

I always …………………

I’m a  very  ……………….person.

I always wanted to ………..

I have to ………………

I’m too…………. to do …………

It’s too late to………………….

The …………… part of my life just doesn’t work

The …………….part of my life flows really easy

I believe I can do ………………………..

My ……………… situation never changes

I’m not good at………………..

I am really good at……………….

……………. is really difficult for me

……………..is really easy for me

I can’t take ……………….. any more

I’m really sick to death of ……………………..

I really wish…………………….

Another excellent clue as to finding out how our story might need to change, is to be  aware of the advice we give other people. Very often, that’s the very thing we need to do  ourselves.

The thoughts we think and the words we speak do become our reality, so doesn’t it make sense to change the story if it’s not working, take steps in that direction and re-envision our lives? It really is up to us!  Mercury has turned direct again, so it’s all systems go!

My workshops in July will be based around this theme.  In a playful way, we will connect with the stories we tell about our lives (and yes, they really can make us laugh). And then, using imagery, sharing and visual journaling, we will set about creatively re-writing the script and re-envisioning it.

I am also available to work with you on this theme on a one-on-one coaching basis

Happy New Moon everybody!

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology June 2015

Lifelight Astrology June 2015

circle dance 2

I got back last night from a trip to Greece, after spending a week participating in a transformative painting workshop on the island of Paros ( yes I know, I know … I’m blessed…) and then working in a community high up on Mount Pelion, for another week. Home of Chiron, the wounded healer, the mountain experience was in stark contrast to the island Paradise, but very valuable nevertheless.

I’m in a bit of a travel-weary fog, feeling really sensitized and touched by the experiences I’ve had, amazing people I’ve met and all I’ve learnt. I’m still contextualizing it all, so please forgive me if this month’s newsletter is a bit rambling.

The month starts with a full moon on the 2nd  June in Sagittarius  opposite the Sun, Mars and Mercury (retrograde)  in Gemini, both squaring Neptune. This can make for some foggy, unclear, scrambled,  communication – so do your best to converse with yourself and other with as much clarity as possible.  We all want to reach our highest potential, to understand the truth about ourselves and our roles here on earth, but it seems a bit unclear. There may also be a cupful of jadedness, weariness or even a bit of blue thrown into the soup, but… Neptune opens the creative, intuitive gates, so find some time to be quiet, go within and let some inspiration drift up to the surface. Mercury turns direct on 13th June.

This full moon asks that we really notice what  and how we’re thinking, feeling and communicating with ourselves and others.

Every single day on my trip, I was reminded of the importance of real conversation, which often goes way beyond words.

In the workshop I participated in, much of the conversation was completely non verbal – eyes meeting eyes, hands touching, bodies dancing – rendering words completely unnecessary.  Most of us processed deeply and our facilitator, the magical Meera was often heard to say “No talking” , which allowed the real truth kernels and understanding to emerge, without interruption or going into the drama and the story.

It is always a special privilege to be part of a group of people, who start off as complete strangers from all over the world and end up moving closer and closer together, in softening and acceptance.  Sometimes not understanding each others languages actually helps to foster a deeper, unspoken understanding.  Even outside of the workshops, travelling around and working in a country where a lot of people don’t speak English, prompted me to find  ways of communicating, other than talking.

And then there are the words… harsh ones, gentle ones, wise ones…

One of the highlights at Pelion was spending a couple of days with David Whyte – (no… I’m afraid not in the flesh…) As I yanked deep roots out of the garden, I listened to (and wept at) his incredible words in a series called – the Five forms of Female Courage.  A million thanks to my new and lovely friends Sue and Pete for knowing what it would mean to me and for lending me your Ipod. I laughed and cried and released, as his words reached deep into my heart and soul.

And friendship does the same … what a treasure it is. I am so grateful  that I got to travel with my dear friend and soul sister Theresa – sharing the experience with you made it all the richer. And to all my friends – you know who you are – life would be very pale without you…. I did warn you that I was going to ramble.

Circles touch and mend hearts and souls too!  Each day in Paros and Pelion, our group would meet in a circle and check in with where we were. I’ve written about checking in many times before, but never really about the power of the circle. I start all my workshops in this way  and have grown to value it hugely.

In the community on Mount Pelion, apart from it being situated in the most exquisite mountain rain forests,  we were getting the place ready to receive guests, so there was a lot of hard work to be done, combined with a fair amount of stresses, strains, shrieking landlords, leaking pipes and cold, rainy weather for the last few days.

Without doubt for me, the most beautiful and sacred part of each day was the morning circle.  A candle was lit and each person had a turn with the talking stick.  Despite the work that had to be done, the differences that existed between people, the pressures  and anxieties,  this time was sacred and really necessary. This was where we could all be real and human, where we could address how we were feeling, without being cut off or minimised. By verbalizing where each of us were, we were able to check in with ourselves and each other in an authentic way.

It’s one thing to see somebody as grumpy or obnoxious or closed off and to judge them as such – it’s another to look into their eyes and  understand where their behaviour comes from, to see the pain or worry there and understand  what’s really going on for them.

The process made me realize again,  how often I judge or assume that I know what someone is thinking or feeling and how wrong I usually am.  I truly believe that if we were able to check in, in this way… often… with our loved ones and in our workplaces, the world would change

I really think being listened to  is one of the most of the most fundamental needs we have as human beings. To listen to somebody without interrupting, judging, fixing or defending is simply one of the greatest gifts we can give to anyone. When we are truly interested in another human being, we put ourselves aside and listen to what they have to say, only speaking when we need clarification and only if something is unclear. I reckon the art of listening is a learned skill. It requires concentration, dedication and discipline to just keep quiet for a while and let the other person have their say.

At Pellion, we  were encouraged to communicate to the centre of the circle (neutral point), rather than to address people specifically, to keep our conversation “I” centred, and to keep our sharing deep and brief!  All really good suggestions, which really work.

What was very apparent to me too was the time that the local  Greek people take to talk to each other –  be it  over a morning cup of coffee,  a leisurely meal mezze style (no hurried gobbling and going) or a  drink after work.  Most of the time when people were having a meal,  there was a wonderful absence of cell phones. Haallleluliah!

So… this month, lets  communicate from a heart-centred, authentic place. Lets keep it real, deep and brief. Lets look into each others eyes and find the recognition and understanding there. Lets make time to switch off the phones, break bread together  and actually converse with each other.

Love

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology – Full Moon in Sagittarius 13th June

roller coasterI’ve been musing about the Full moon in Sagittarius (Friday 13th June) for a few days now and wandering what to write. Actually I’ve been feeling rather uninspired  to write more of the same – Pluto/ Uranus/ Mars calling on us to be more conscious, do more, achieve more – some frustration and overwhelm, Venus/ Saturn calling on us to be more responsible, more serious, Mercury retrograde asking us to reassess, reflect….bla bla blah.

So today, maybe because its Friday 13th  or maybe because the full moon is activating my Sagittarius-ness,  or maybe because I’m just tired of being serious, I really don’t feel like writing about all that at all!.

What I am going to focus on is the largess, the generosity, the expansion, the truth of  Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius.  When I think of Jupiter, I think of the laughing Buddha, I think of breaking bread with friends at a table laden with delicious food, flowers and wine, jesters, clowns, magic, travelling to exciting new places, being outrageous, feeling the wind in your hair, diving into an ocean, riding a horse in the countryside,  turning up the music and dancing like nobody’s watching,  relishing the smell of freshly baked bread, newly ground coffee, picking some flowers, biting into a strawberry, soaking in a bath filled with bubbles  – I think of living, growing and expanding.

A short while ago I wrote in my journal… What if…. there is nothing else I have to achieve… nobody I have to please, nothing I have to do any better or any more perfectly… What if… I was complete right now… if I could accept and embrace myself as I am … this moment?

What if?

When I read those words, I feel expansive. I feel relieved. I feel free.

The reality is that when we do let go of the need to control and scheme and analyse, even for short periods, we actually rewire our brains and redesign our physiology. So when we’re having fun or relaxing, we’re actually healing ourselves and our lives.

What if, this weekend you allowed yourself to embrace the child-like you (even for short periods)  and  released yourself from the prison of  responsibilities, concerns and burdens for a while? What if you embraced your quirky side? What if you bestowed upon yourself the luxury of spending some time doing the things or having the experiences that give you a sense of freedom and expansiveness?

This is my invitation to you this weekend – and if it works, maybe for EVER.

I’d love you to share the fun adventures you have, big and small with me on my Facebook page. Let’s inspire each other.

Some words from Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer-mats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple. 

Injoy

Michelle

 

As a qualified Counselling Astrologer, Navigational Life Coach and Process Art Facilitator , Michelle uses a multi-faceted  approach to help people understand themselves, navigate their lives and develop their true potential.

  • Astrology Readings
  • Navigational Life Coaching
  • Process Art – private sessions, workshops and retreats

Email me on michellemcclunan@gmail.com