A Call to Re-awaken the Sacred Feminine

Hi All

There have been a whole lot of shifts and a changes in my life over the last month or two, which is why I haven’t done a lot of communicating with you all.  At the moment, I am taking a bit of time out to re-connect with myself, just “be” and to set the groundwork for some ideas that have been wanting expression for a long time.

As usual, this strongly coincides with the planetary energy of the moment, so although I wasn’t intending to write anything right now, there is so much heavenly stuff happening, I just had to share it with you.

We have a few pretty major happenings this week in particular – which are sending us very clear messages from the Universe.

NEW MOON IN TAURUS AND URANUS MOVES INTO TAURUS

On the 15th May, we have a NEW MOON in the sign of TAURUS, coinciding with URANUS, the planet of change, revolution and awakening, moving into Taurus, the sign of stability and sustainability, for the first time in 84 years!  We always feel a shift when one of the outer, slower moving planets moves into a different sign! When Uranus is involved, it is almost always a wake-up call of sorts, for us personally, as well as globally.

To give you some idea of the potential power of these alignments, 7 Years ago, when Uranus (the one who shakes things up)  moved from Pisces (the ocean) into Aries (fire))  there was an earthquake at sea, followed by a Tsunami and resulting in the Fukushima Nuclear disaster.  A move like this does not always depict crisis, but it does demand that we wake up.

The combination of Taurus and Uranus this week is particularly interesting, as they are energetically so completely different. Taurus represents the planet earth, our bodies, stability, security, the five senses, money, food and what we truly value. A New Moon in Taurus ushers in a month of listening to and nourishing our bodies, connecting with nature, slowing down and finding our inner sense of stability and security.

On the other hand, Uranus energy is electrified…like thunder and lightening… laser cutting it’s way through the dross and bringing the truth to the surface.

It’s impossible to predict what will happen over the next 7 years (nor would I want to), but we can almost guarantee that there will be more sweeping changes to our monetary/ banking  systems, Mother Earth, our food supplies, what and who we really value and our relationship  to the Feminine.

RE-AWAKENING THE SACRED FEMININE

For me, this alignment, together with Jupiter moving into Scorpio last October,   is about reawakening and honouring the Sacred Feminine within ourselves and simultaneously bringing healing to our planet.

For so long, the feminine was pushed into the background, diminished, even reviled. For so long, the focus has been on the masculine, on achieving, doing, driving forward, that many of us have forgotten our human “beingness”.

For some of us, we might experience this as a time of exciting change and breakthroughs, but  for others it can feel more like a break down.  The more out of balance we are, the more challenging the energy may be to integrate.  Some of us might be feeling super charged, at odds with others, aggressive, nervous, angry or feeling a heightened need to break free from limitations.

Whatever in our lives is unsustainable, is coming up for review and possible change, in order to bring us back into harmony and balance.

10 WAYS TO WORK WITH THIS ENERGY

  • Take frequent pauses during the day. Just one conscious breath can bring you into the moment and quieten your nervous system. IF you feel explosive or agitated, take your attention to your breath and soften your body.
  • If you feel your mind running away into the past or the future, bring it back, over and over to the breath or to your 5 senses.
  • Ground yourself every day, as often as you can, by walking barefoot on the earth.
  • Spend time in nature – just being – Sit in one spot and gaze upon something natural, be it a butterfly, a plant, the sea or a little patch of grass.
  • Connect with your body through dance, stretching, walking, yoga etc.
  • As you feel emotions arising, stop and connect with where they are registering in your body. Really connect with what your body is telling you at any moment, because it never stops communicating with you.
  • Gently breathe into those areas of your body
  • As you consistengly put yourself into a state of “beingness”, allow insights, visions and ideas to simply drift in and out of your consciousness.
  • With care and intention, pick a flower or find something from nature, light a candle, put on some beautiful music, run a beautiful bubble bath or essential oils and soak, allowing what wants to arise, to arise. Make this a sacred activity.
  • After your bath, slowly, sensually, rub some beautiful cream into your body. Check in with your body before and after your bath and notice any difference.

ASTROLOGY APPOINTMENTS AND WORKSHOPS

I’m currently booking astrology appointments and updates for June, so pop me an email if you’d like to book. Watch this space for new workshops and retreats.

 

In Life and light

 

Michelle

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LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY MAY 2015

resistance

May kicks off with a rather intense full moon in Scorpio on Monday 4th, squaring  Jupiter – all three of which are in fixed signs. Jupiter amplifies the Taurus /Scorpio issues of money, power, passion, security and sex (to name a few). When balanced, fixed energy is consistent, loyal, reliable, stable, persistent and enduring. On the other hand, when out of whack, resistance becomes the order of the day and along with that, inflexibility, fanaticism, fear and control.

 Ever given any thought as to what “resistance” actually means?  The dictionary provides synonyms such as fighting, opposition. Some synonyms interestingly include battle, hiding, denying, blocking, combat, cover, fight, friction, impeding, and struggle.

No wonder so many of us on this little blue planet are in an almost constant state of struggle, at odds with ourselves and each other. I think it’s because we spend so much time resisting reality or “what is” in 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, we free up a huge amount of energy to become the co-creators of what we do want and like – simple as that.

This includes pain too – Having had a long journey with physical pain myself, I now know that the more I resist it, or fight it, the more my body contracts and the worse it gets. Like-wise with emotional pain and the aspects of ourselves that we don’t like.

Carl Jung wrote the phrase “what you resist persists”, when he found that the more patients resisted shadow aspects of themselves, the more those parts grew, eventually sometimes fracturing their psyches.

The penny’s finally beginning to drop for me that the first step to loving and celebrating ourselves completely and (I believe finding peace), is accepting everything (the “good” the “bad” and the “ugly”) and resisting nothing.

As you read that sentence, you might just  feel a touch of resistance rising up in you? Wadda you mean accept everything?  Does this mean that we have to sit back and become jellyfish, relinquish our desires and dreams or stay in situations that we have the power to change?  Definitely not! It simply means that we start living more in the now, instead of projecting all our energy into the past or the future. When we accept, open to and even celebrate this moment right now, whatever it is, we become more centred and are able to respond creatively and calmly  to whatever unfolds.

For those of you who have a little bit of astrological knowledge, the house that contains 13 degrees Scorpio is where you are being encouraged to surrender control, and find greater acceptance.

Can you think of anything “out there” that you spend your precious energy resisting or trying to control? No? What about the traffic, taxi drivers, the weather, the government, the cost of living, the state of the planet, the country  – name your poison. You may want to consider whether that resistance has helped or is helping you or anybody else?  I believe we can still be helpful, without being a state of resistance – celebrating and actively doing what we can do, without getting into the drama of the story.

Bring to mind something  closer to home that you resist or want to control – your financial situation, ageing (now there’s an interesting one), empty nest syndrome, problems at work,  your partner, or the lack thereof,  your kids, dogs, parents, loneliness, an illness or physical pain, regrets about your past or fears about the future.

Close your eyes for a few moments. Pick one situation, person or thought that you resist and visualise the last time you were fully in resistance mode. Allow yourself to really get into it. Let your mind take you into a few stories associated with it.  Make the story as vivid as you can and then scan your body and see how you feel. Notice the areas of tightness, constriction, heaviness or even physical pain or discomfort. Notice the emotion you feel. See if it has a colour, a texture, a shape.

Now, still keeping the resistance in the centre of your awareness, start to reign in your thoughts a little. Bring your attention to your breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. Just that. Now breathe into the area of your body that’s been feeling uncomfortable and as you breathe out, relax your muscles. Keep doing that for a couple of moments, relaxing your body more and more on each out breath.

With each in-breath whisper what you are grateful for right now in this moment and then breathe out resistance. Now re-scan your body. Still feeling the same heat… the same frustration? Probably not. The “situation” hasn’t changed, but your response to it has. It has therefore lost its power over you in this moment, freeing you up to use your energy in ways that serve yourself and others.

You can take it further if you like. The next time you’re feeling unhappy, frustrated,  resentful, depressed or anxious, try stopping for just a few moments and considering what you’re resisting about yourself. Where do you think you are supposed to be perfect? Where do you beat yourself up? What are you ashamed of, guilty of?  What part of yourself are you angry with or dislike intensely? What part of you are you hiding?  What if you just accepted that part of yourself, exactly as it is – in this moment?

I am in the privileged situation where I get to experience and witness this almost every week in my Art and Soul classes and workshops.  For a few hours, we give ourselves the luxury of just allowing  whatEVER needs to come up, to come up –  in meditation and/or through  making art.  With each breath or brush stroke,  pencil line or clay shape, I witness magic starting to happen, as angst, fear and sadness start  become transformed into peace, clarity and even joy in that moment. The transmutation happens especially quickly when there is no resistance.

Please see below or email me for the exciting Winter RETREAT  and WORKSHOPS coming up in May, June and July.

New moon this month is on 18th May in Taurus, – time to connect with and celebrate nature, creativity and the ones you love. Mercury starts turning retrograde the next day and stays that way until 13th June. Be sure to back up all your data before and check all your travel details and contracts.

 “When you surrender and stop resisting and stop trying to change that which you can’t change, but be in the moment, be fully open to the blessings you’ve already received and those that are yet to come & stand in that space of gratitude … and look at where you are and how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished …- when you can claim THAT and SEE that, the literal vibration of your life will change.” Oprah Winfrey

 

In life, light and celebration

Michelle

Email:  michvr@intekom.co.za

Cell:     0834145641

Web:   www. michellemcclunan.com