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 Update – Scorpio Full Moon 14th May

Full moon Scorpio

Tomorrow the 14th May we have a full moon in Scorpio – which means that she’s opposite the sun in Taurus – Taurus is all about hanging onto security and the status quo and Scorpio is about transforming and changing – bit of a tug of war, what! In addition to this, we still have a loose grand cross, the moon is in very close proximity to stodgy, serious, Saturn… and Mars, the planet which rules forward motion is approaching a complete stand-still before he finally turns direct on the 19th . Eish!

So…  To put it simply, this really isn’t  a full moon where we’re likely to feel like we’re forging ahead and taking the world by storm. In fact, many of us feel as if trying  to move anything forward right now is a bit like pushing a giant boulder up a very steep and slippery hill.

So what’s is all about? I wish I had the answers, but  the theme for me I think is “To resist or not to resist – that is the question”.  As the theme of transformation continues, unabated, our  limitations,  deepest fears and old conditioned thought patterns are up for investigation…yes again or still, depending on where you are.   We’re being urged to invite them in, to feel them, to stop resisting them and in so doing, to hopefully usher in a deeper sense acceptance and therefore freedom.  Carl Jung wrote the phrase “What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size”, when he found that the more patients resisted shadow aspects of themselves, the more those parts grew, eventually sometimes fracturing their psyches.

Interestingly, some synonyms for the word “resistance” are fighting, opposition, battle, hiding, denying, blocking, combat, struggle.

I think the reason so many of us feel that we’re in a state of struggle is that we spend so much of our time resisting reality,  or the present moment. Even if we resist a past or future moment, memory or projection, we can still only resist it now. Resistance is like trying to hold a giant beach ball under the water. It takes a LOT of energy and eventually the thing is going to pop up onto the surface anyway.

When we stop resisting whatever it is we don’t want or like, be it emotional discomfort, fear or aspects of ourselves that we dislike, we free up a huge amount of energy to do what we do want.

The penny’s finally beginning to drop for me that the first step to loving ourselves completely and I believe finding peace, is accepting everything (the “good”, the “bad” and the “ugly” ) and resisting nothing. I’m realising that the more I resist or try to control anything, the more tired, frustrated, angry and resentful I become and the more of a struggle life is. When I resist something, I’m judging it, saying its not right and separating myself from it. At that point there is duality and struggle begins. However, when I make a conscious choice to stop, breathe and accept whatever it is, I feel peaceful… in that moment.

The irony of life is that the one sure thing is that everything is going to change, yet we spend so much of our vital energy trying to ensure that it doesn’t. Dropping resistance is choosing acceptance and change. It doesn’t mean that we have to become whimps and relinquish our desires and dreams or stay in situations that we have the power to change. It simply means that if we accept the here and now, and stop being completely attached to controlling the outcome, we are able respond creatively and calmly to whatever unfolds.

The work I do is largely focused around assisting clients to connect with where they are right now, to feel into it, question the stories that their minds are telling them and then to find a more truthful and positive way forward.  The first step is usually a comprehensive astrology reading, which is often followed by one or more  personal creative coaching sessions and/or  a group workshop. If you’re stuck in any area of your life, this is a very potent time astrologically to get to the bottom of whatever’s holding you back.  Drop me a line and we can discuss the options michellemcclunan@gmail.com

With the Sun moving into Gemini in a week’s time, the focus will be shifting to our thoughts, our core beliefs, what we are thinking and communicating.  I will be running two Art & Soul workshops (7th and 21st June) to help  get to grips with our
core beliefs  and changing the stories we tell ourselves.  Click  here for details

Happy excavating and roll on Mars going direct on the 19th May

In life and light

Michelle