New Moon November – Jewels from the Depths

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Image by Dariah Hlazatova

New Moon November 7th, sets the scene for the month ahead, so even if you miss it, this may be worth reading.

The upcoming New Moon is deeply intense, transformational and healing, being in Scorpio – a feminine, fixed water sign and trine to Neptune (mystical, magical,  healer of the unconscious and ruler of our dreamworld)  On the same day, Uranus moves back into Aries (from Taurus), opposes Venus and squares the nodal axis.  And lastly, Jupiter travels through the 29th degree of Scorpio, before he moves into Sagittarius. Final degrees are always known as a critical point on the wheel.  I explored Jupiter in Scorpio here 

That’s a lot of astrology, I know… so I’ll try and break it down!

SCORPIO – INTO THE DEPTHS

Scorpio energy is always intense, focused, intimate and penetrative – interested not in superficiality, but rather in what lies beneath the surface. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet of transformation. Both the sign and the planet are often referred to as the Plumbers of the Zodiac, so this is the time of the year when those plumbing rods need to be sent down into darker, shadowy parts of our psyches to clear out the pipes.   I find it interesting to note how many people are experiencing flu-like/ mucous-filled symptoms right now (fixed water), or water issues in the home – which seem to be difficult to shift.  This new moon seems like the purge we need.

THE SHADOW

Whether we like it or not, we all have parts of ourselves that we don’t like much…  shadow selves – the things we fear, self-doubts, denials, raging emotions.  Very often we are taught to repress the shadow, or are told that it is somehow unacceptable or “un-spiritual”, if there’s even such a thing!

We’re generally encouraged to embrace the light, not the dark!  This New Moon can lead us  through the darker, hidden sides of ourselves and into healing, if we let her.  We really cannot go forward, until we have faced whatever is buried within us and what is holding us back. If we do have the courage to explore beneath the surface, we might find that our  inner conflicts become our greatest strengths. At this time of the year astrologically, we are  urged to heal the unresolved issues about who we really are  (at the deepest level) and what we truly want to be.  This is transformation and life will effectively provide us with ample opportunities to work with it right now.

Some of you might feel a curtain go down at the thought of that. You might even be tempted to stop reading.

But before you leave…this doesn’t mean we have to hang out in the shadows forever or soak ourselves in the stagnant water!  Rather, it’s a call to connect with the wise observer, explore a bit and see what’s hiding there. If you do this, you might find that you bring to light some real jewels. It’s a very powerful time to investigate your dreams (Neptune) or your current life circumstances symbolically  and/or creatively!

HOW DO WE WORK WITH THIS?

There are many ways of doing this, but here’s one – a personal example, which is happening in my life right now:

On the superficial or mundane level, over the past year, with Jupiter (my personal chart ruler) moving through Scorpio, and Saturn opposing my Sun (in Cancer – the sign of the home), I’ve experienced a series of seriously challenging issues regarding my home/property, amongst which have been without doubt, the most awful tenants I’ve ever had.  They have finally left the property (happy dance) and new people have arrived.  All clear?  Nope! – even though I am very eager to clear their stagnant energy and start afresh, there’s now an issue with a boat… yes… a boat!  My delightful ex-tenants decided, in all their infinite wisdom to haul a great big ugly-ass boat down the steepest driveway in Hillcrest and now they can’t get it out!

What do I do with this and why even mention it?  It’s just life right?  Trivial even?   Well yes… but for me, viewing things like this symbolically makes life richer and more rewarding. Even though this is a frustrating life event, which I would dearly like to disappear forever, I decided to work it and drill down to explore it more.  So yesterday, after waking from a rather emotionally unsettling dream, which started stirring the waters to reveal a whole tribe of feelings – ranging from abandonment, fear to insecurity  (emotions emerging from the unconscious), I decided to write it all down in my trusty, ever faithful, non-judgement journal,  a practice which I wholeheartedly recommend.

THE BOAT

Well… there it was… the ugly ass boat came creeping onto the page and when I dug a little more, by asking some very obvious questions, rather a lot was revealed. When working like this, don’t assume you know the answer. Take the time to write it down and let the answer emerge. You can use this process to decode your dreams too.

This was the gist of it.  I  have been, and intend to go, even deeper than this, but I’m sharing the basics with you.

Q: What is a boat? A: It’s a vehicle which transports you though water

Q What is water symbolically  A: For me it represents emotion, often unconscious

Q: Where is the boat? A: It’s stuck on land (out of it’s element) at the bottom of my driveway, in my garden.

And a bit deeper:

Q: What does this tell me?  A:  That there is some “not so pretty”  stuff which needs to be dealt with; possibly some stuck or blocked emotions or fears related to my security,  home (inner and outer) that needs to be shifted. Well… yeah!

Q: What is the solution to the boat?  A: It might be that the boat can’t be taken out all at once (as I would prefer) but may have to be carted out piece by piece!  Or they’re going to have to hire a truck – in other words  – get some assistance.

On  a deeper level, what this reveals to me is that

  1. I may need some help in dealing with shifting my stuckness.
  2. I may have to deal with it bit by bit, and not all at once, even though I want it to be gone now!

So – that’s what I’m doing. The Universe answered the call with an extremely powerful session with a treasured and highly gifted healer friend, during which I experienced rather  a momentous energetic/ emotional shift, which  extended into the even and which I’m still working through.

Once again, the challenges that life present, turn out to be exactly the teachers I need… if I choose to see them like that.

Straight after journaling yesterday,  a post appeared on my timeline by a truly remarkable soul and therapist Matt Licata, who describes this, as well as the current Astrology more fluidly and cohesively than I could ever do, even though he’s not an astrologer.

Emotionally-sensitive, somatically-grounded inner work is unique to each person. We must discover for ourselves the most skillful, effective, and compassionate ways to open and enter into the body, psyche, and heart. No other can reveal the right way for us. The journey is individual and unique by nature, requiring experiential, primary experience; a collective spirituality will never meet the longing within.

It is difficult to tend to the shadow and lost pieces of psyche on our own, and is often best approached via an empathic, attuned relational field, where our experience can be co-regulated and integrated slowly, by way of the relational field itself. To “borrow” another’s soothed, calm nervous system as we enter uncharted territory.

The way of direct revelation is not the easy way. It is not the path of five-steps to empowerment, manifestation, or thinking our way into permanent happiness, abundance, and bliss. While it is natural to want clear methods and direction, it is too wild inside us for all that. It is a humble journey, heart-wrenching at times, as we will inevitably be asked to compassionately tend to the disowned as it surges for reunion.

The goal is not to become dependent upon another in an unhealthy way, but over time to practice the art of self-regulation and be able to shift wisely, skillfully, and compassionately between the two.

Wherever you are on your journey, you can ask a guide to bear witness as you move into unknown territory, honuoring the immensity of the call to wholeness. Find a therapist, lover, mentor, or friend; a tree, a bird, a mountain, or dog; the sky, the sun, the stars, or the mud. A God or Goddess, wise inner figure, or being of light.

Allow your symptoms to merge into these protectors and enter into dialogue, practicing intimacy with the inner material, while simultaneously not fusing with it.

It is unlikely we’ll ever fully understand or resolve the mystery of self and other, separation and union, sun and moon. But we can break open into the questions together, as beginners, as amateurs, and as servants of the mystery.

That kind of says it all, really!

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

I will be running two more workshops this year and then will be taking a break for December.

I’ll be available for astrology consults for the month of November and then I will be taking a break until January. Please let me know asap if you would like to set up an appointment, as  my November diary is filling up!.

CHANGING PERSPECTIVES  WORKSHOP – 17 NOVEMBER

Jupiter’s move into Sagittarius urges us to see things from a different perspective – turn things upside down, shake them up a bit and see what emerges. I  experience this SO  often in my own art and whilst facilitating Intuitive Art Workshops and private sessions.

When we make art from the inside out,  we allow whatever is there, to bubble up to the surface. Then we take a step back…look at the painting  from a different position…turn it upside down a few times. And suddenly… there it is…an image…. an idea…. a light goes on!  We see something for the first time. It speaks to us. There’s an inner heart knowing that we will never be able to see ” it”the same way again.

There is a permanent shift in our perspective.. from the inside!. We’ll be exploring the theme artistically in my workshop on 17th November. Let’s see what arises!  Email me for details

THE ART OF COMPLETION – 18 NOVEMBER

As we hurtle towards the end of the year, I have decided to offer a Completion Day workshop.

  • You might want to attend Saturday and Sunday (R100 off if you do) and use the second day to deepen and fine tune your Perspectives artwork.
  • Or you might choose to do a Completion Collage, reflecting back on the year.
  • Or you are welcome to finish a piece of art you have started during the year, but not got around to finishing.

That  kind of says it all and to finish off the blog, I’m sharing one of my favourite poems by David Whyte – Everything is Waiting for you.

Love

Michelle

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FULL MOON OCTOBER IN TAURUS – SUN IN SCORPIO

Moon octoberOn 24th October, we have a full moon in the sign of Taurus, which links back to the New moon in Taurus on 15th May If you reflect a little, you might find that similar issues, or a continuation of what was happening then, might be arising again now, but with more intensity.

This full moon is not only within a degree of Uranus, the planet of change, liberation, revolution and awakening, but both of them are closely opposing the Sun and Venus (Retrograde) in Scorpio. This combination can feel very unpredictable or uncomfortable for some, but it does have the power to boot us out of our comfort zones and align us with some magic, provided we work with its energy consciously.

The alignment provides us with no less than 8 planetary points in fixed signs and no fire whatsoever –There’s the deep desire for change, but we might feel stuck, without much impetus right now to make it happen!

Let’s explore this energy a bit more.

IT’S STEADY

Firstly there’s Taurus – a fixed earth sign, representing our connection with planet earth, our physical bodies,  five senses, money, food and that which we truly value. The full moon shines a spotlight on our need and concerns about stability,  comfort and security!

IT’S ELECTRIFYING!

And then along comes electrifying Uranus (in fixed Taurus), who’s not in the least bit concerned with any of these things. He’s an unpredictable, unconventional wildcard who demands liberation, excitement, adventure and change.  If things are too stultifying, earthbound or comfortable, he’ll send in his emissaries of thunder and lightning to penetrate and cut through the dross in order to get things moving. Mars, the planet of action,  is firmly ensconced in Aquarius (ruled by Aquarius), which simply reinforces this theme!

IT’S DEEP!

And of course, there’s Scorpio, a fixed water sign. The Sun has just moved into the sign of  deep transformation for the next month, where he joins  Venus (retrograde), Mercury and Jupiter in the sign of deep transformation.

This combination places the magnifying glass on intense emotive issues around relationships, sex, value, communication and the beliefs or “truths” that we hold dear to our hearts. The Scorpion insists that we go beneath the surface to investigate these at a deeper level and release what needs to be released, in order to make space for the new.

Suffice to say, this certainly isn’t the calmest or easiest of full moons, but, as always, we have the choice of how we’re going to respond to the energy  – Its electrifying, its deep, its passionate and its transformational!

All we can really do is to stay as present as possible with what ever is arising.

JOURNAL QUESTIONS

  • Write down 5 things that you really, really, really want in your life
  • Now apply laser focus and narrow that list  down to one thing!
  • Write down what you are prepared to change, release and/or commit to,  in order to help to bring it into being

OTHER WAYS TO WORK WITH THE ENERGY

  • Ask the penetrating questions about your life, but don’t demand the answers… right now.
  • Be aware of signs and symbols that appear in relation to your questions
  • Feel the feelings that arise, as they arise!
  • Keep returning to your breath, over and over again.
  • Get your body moving – it will help to get the static energy moving and ignite some much needed fire.
  • Listen to some inspirational or calming music
  • Watch some uplifting programmes or read a really good book
  • Soak in a bath… with bubbles or beautiful oils
  • Lie down on the grass and seep in the beauty of this moment
  • Between the 24th and the 26th do a detox or a releasing ceremony to prepare for the Birth of Venus.

VENUS JOINS THE SUN

On a positive note, when Venus joins the Sun on 26th October, it marks the beginning of the second part of her retrograde period and is often known to symbolise The Birth of Venus.  This is  a creatively inspired,  heart opening opportunity, which should help us to find the clarity we’ve been looking for over the past few months

METAMORPHOSIS WORKSHOP 27th OCTOBER

We’ll be working with this powerful Tranformative energy  and the theme of the  Birth of Venus in my next Art & Soul Workshop on 28th October. I still have a few places left, if you would like to join us.

ASTROLOGY READINGS / COACHING SESSIONS

I’m available for readings until the end of November ( First time Birth Charts, annual or 6 monthly updates, childrens’ charts, relationship charts, vocational readings and navigational coaching.Please contact me soon if you would like to book some time with me.

 

In Life and Light

Michelle

New Moon 26th April 2017

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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 10TH APRIL

butterfly roseLIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY UPDATE

10 APRIL 2017

By Michelle McClunan

Hi everybody

I’ve been contemplating over the past few days, whether to even write a newsletter for the full moon on Tuesday 11th April, because to be honest, I’m not sure I have any wise words for anybody at the moment. Having been through the ringer myself over the past few weeks, I’m feeling a little bent and bruised and am still trying to makes sense of it all.   So… I’m going to just write this and let what needs to emerge, emerge! This comes from a place of not having the answers…and I guess that’s ok!

As the Sun moves through Aries, joining revolutionary Uranus, we are being called upon to be Bold and one of the boldest things we can do, is to show up 100% for ourselves and to be vulnerable.

Some words from Brene Brown “Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences — good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as “ordinary courage.”

In addition to the political shenanigans in South Africa over the past few weeks, which have wobbled our worlds, many of us have had a whole heap of other challenges to deal with as well. A quick list of some  of mine – a dear friend of mine was  diagnosed with Cancer and is having chemo as I write this;  my beloved  16 year old cat  died; I received a shocking and very hurtful accusation from an old and trusted friend;  my geyser burst, which lead to me having to vacate my living area for  a week;   I smacked  my head hard  on my car door, resulting in a deep gash in my eyebrow;  old health challenges have re-presented themselves and I had a car accident on Friday followed by two people getting very aggressive towards me….eish!

A part of me seriously just wanted to curl up, lick my wounds and hopefully protect myself from any further onslaughts. Having given myself the opportunity to do just that yesterday, I am now starting to feel the glimmer of something else arising. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I know, without any doubt that there’s something much bigger at play here that needs my attention. I do believe that when we feel as though we’re being pummeled, there’s always something more going on.

The way I see it, with FOUR PLANETS RETROGRADE right now, we’re all being encouraged to take responsibility for what’s going on in  our lives, to get REAL,  reflect, review, and reassess everything!

With all this retrograde energy, it can feel as if we’re taking one step forwards and a few backwards; as if our progress is being blocked, or we’re being physically stopped or slowed down. Some of us might even feel hopeless, unable to “see” the future” and maybe fearful of even contemplating what lies ahead.

All of us have experienced that moment when a computer/tablet/cell phone starts just going haywire. It might freeze or a strange gobblygook language might  appear on the screen. It’s almost as if the device is  saying “I’m overloaded… too much going on… too much is being demanded of little old me…please give me a break!”  Sometime,  the only option is to switch the thing OFF… and when we do this, and then turn it back on,  it often sort itself out.

It’s the same with us, methinks…There’s never been a better time to  re-set…re-boot!

Here’s how I see this Retrograde season.

Mercury Retrograde (until 4th May) – We’re all familiar with this one, which comes with reassessing how we communicate with ourselves and others (including unspoken communication – the raising of eyebrows, body language, the way we turn away or walk away from somebody and in so doing, dismiss them); the amount of time we spend on social media, our phones, our computers or in front of the TV; the way we numb our feelings, by absorbing more and more information, which can result in us really not knowing what is true for us anymore.

Saturn Retrograde (until 26th August) – this can feel as if we’re being severely challenged or disciplined by a strict, finger-wagging celestial authority figure. It might feel like we’re being dealt a series of karmic klaps. Perhaps its a message that its time to be honest about our fears, about our shadow side and in a a kind and loving way, get real about where we are self- sabotaging ourselves,  where we keep repeating the same fruitless patterns and where we don’t live up to the promises we make.

Venus Retrograde (until 17th April)  – We get to review  our relationships with ourselves, friends and partners. Where are they out of balance?  Where might we be over-giving? Where are we pleasing others and forsaking ourselves or the other way around? What is truly valuable to us…now? How worthy are we? How much money, love, happiness do we deserve?

Jupiter Retrograde (until 10th June)  – where do we inflate things and situations?  Where do we exaggerate, blow things out of proportion, over-indulge?  Where do we see our own specialness as being more important than anybody else’s? What are the blessings or the learnings hidden within the challenges?  How can we grow from them?  Perhaps these hardships are softening us? Maybe they’re preparing us for something more? Could it be that we’re being humbled and brought to our knees for a reason?

Some examples in my own life (which I’m still working my way through) –  Geyser – Where in my life have I been putting myself under extreme pressure?  Where do I bottle up emotions (water) until they have to be released?. Bashing the ol head – what am I not seeing/ where do I keep on doing the same things, expecting things to change?  Car Accident – where am I not paying attention?  Where am I trying to push something that is stationary, forward? Aggressors – How am I handling my own rage and what is beneath it – Sadness, fear, grief?

The potent  full moon tomorrow in Libra calls us to look at where we mask our true selves, in order to please others and where we project our anger or aggression (Aries) onto the people in our lives (Libra).  It asks us to find out what, in our lives is out of balance and what needs to die, in order for something new to be reborn.  This full moon calls on us to be bold – to face the truth about ourselves, to sit with what’s going on and not run from it.  There is huge boldness in vulnerability, in surrender, in taking accountability and responsibility.

It was such a privilege to  journey with some special, brave souls this past Saturday on the first of my BORN TO BE BOLD workshops. I still have space on the second workshop on the 22 APRIL 2017.

If you feel the need to RE-SET or RE-BOOT, you might want to consider joining us at ANTBEAR lodge for our AUTUMN RETREAT from 12th 14 May.

Its been a while since I read “The Invitation” but it seems very relevant right now.

In life, light and BOLDNESS

Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY UPDATE 21 MARCH

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

Our new Astrological year has finally begun, with the sun entering Aries, the sign that governs new intentions, new beginnings and new life. This is the time of the year when we feel a real desire to emerge from the oneness, express our individuality, stand up, be seen and push forward with new initiatives.

The cusp on which Aries falls in your Natal chart is the area of your life which is where you will be wanting to focus your energy and  where a new cycle of expression will begin.

Some other important news is that Venus, the planet of love, peace, harmony and money,  is currently travelling retrograde through Aries, which means that she will be in the sign of the warrior for 13 weeks in total, compared to the normal 3 weeks she spends in a sign.

With her being retrograde, we are asked to re-visit our relationships, our money and our value systems. If there seem to be blockages in any of those areas, this is a good time to reassess them and make the changes that need to be changed.

When you combine the feminine energy of Venus with the fiery boldness, individualism and assertion of Aries,  you can end up with a ragingly angry feminine force OR a person who stands gently, but firmly in her own power, despite the opinion and actions of others.

This is the time of the year, where we are encouraged to explore our uniqueness, to embrace life to the full… to move, to sing, to dance, to make art, to make love, to adventure….  to emerge from the  shadows, step into our power and boldly embrace the next step in our lives.

Where are you unique?

How do you stand out from the crowd?

What is one audacious dream you have for your life? ‘

Where in your life, are you prepared to make one bold step into the future?

Email me for details on the BORN TO BE BOLD Workshops in April.

We still have space on our EARTH AND AUTUMN ODYSSEYS as well, so be sure not to miss them.

 

In Life and light

 

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology 30th July – Once in a Blue Moon

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Big news in the next couple of days and weeks folks.  First of all there’s the full moon on the 31st July, which is the second one this month, commonly known as a Blue Moon. Having two full moons in one month only happens about once every 2.7 years, hence the saying “Once in a Blue moon” .  This one certainly is even more potent than usual, with 6 planetary bodies now in retrograde motion.

It feels as though the planets are conspiring to sloooooow us right down, so that we can re-flect, re-assess and re-strategise our lives.

Two important planets turned retrograde this week, encouraging us to ask:

Uranus – What needs to change? Where are we stuck? Where are we afraid to be different?

Venus (retrograding back into Leo) – What do we really love and value? … and are we treating it with love and value? When Venus connected with Jupiter earlier in July, different ways of being, new ideas and creative urges surfaced. Now a few weeks down the line, we reassess, re-look – do they still have value and if so, have we acted on them or left them by the roadside?

Here’s a quick question… without over thinking it… in your head, list 5 people or (furry/ feathered beings) who you love and cherish with all your heart… those you would hate to lose the most. Ok – once you have them, bank them for later….

Back to the planets. The full moon is in Aquarius, ruled by the Planet Uranus, bringer of thunderbolts and lightning and  designed to get us to remove our heads from our  butts… stop… look around and see the bigger picture. This is the ideal moon to boot us clean 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 thing over and over again and expecting different results – the definition of insanity, according to Mr Einstein.

So, the energy this week is likely to range from rather exciting, to a bit prickly, or edgy, to downright uncomfortable, bringing old emotional and physical aches and pains to the surface. This 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 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 is good for us, we don’t do it?

I honestly believe it boils down to a lack of self worth, which seems to be a global epidemic. The truth is, if we really, truly believed we were valuable, wouldn’t we treat ourselves as such?

Back to the list you made earlier. Did you appear on it amongst your nearest and dearest?  Well done if you were and if you weren’t … well …there you have it…!

I was speaking to a friend on the weekend about self- worth and I remembered a story I heard once. I’ve forgotten the exact details, so I’ll re-write it, just for fun. Hey Venus in Leo brings out the playful me.

Let’s call it Matilda and the Monk.  One day, a Monk came upon Matilda, weeping and wringing her little hands in despair. She had made some sort of boo-boo and was busy beating herself black and blue. In between sobs, she told the Monk what a terrible person she was and how little value she thought she  had. “I’m just no use to anyone” said little Matilda.

The Monk sat down and took her by the hand. When the tears subsided a little, he asked her how much she would be prepared to sell one of her eyes for. Matilda was horrified – “One of my Eyes ….?  Never…. How would I see?”, she said. “How about an ear?”, he asked. Again, the answer was a resounding “No”. The Monk continued to ask her how much she would ask for a hand, a foot, her heart,  which kept her blood flowing, her lungs that helped her to breathe or the skin that protected her.

Needless to say, by the end of the exercise, Matilda’s eyes were regaining a sparkle, and she had started to sit up a lot straighter, as she realised that she was, in fact, priceless… that there was no amount of money that could replace the amazing miracle that was Matilda.

And so it is with each of us. We are precious and priceless and we deserve to be treated as such. So…. this month, how about treating yourself as you would the most precious person in the world? How about thanking yourself for all that you do on any given day?  How about congratulating yourself on the small wins, rather than beating yourself up, when you feel you don’t succeed?

According to Matt Kahn, every time we do this, we fill up our self-worth tanks. The fuller they are, the more we will treat ourselves as valuable and the more love we will have to spill out into the world. And that my dears is the theme of big, lion-hearted Leo. Leo loves LOVE, creativity, expression, fun and beautiful things.

With Venus doing the lion dance again, maybe its time to ditch all the stuff that you no longer wear and try a different look, more suited to who you are NOW, or change your hairstyle, vamp up your décor or just have some fun!

As I see it, when Leo is around in all his playful glory, it is THE time of the year to start loving our inner child.  To celebrate come and play for the day in August – see below for details about my Doodling workshops.

I am also offering a special on Readings for children for the next two months – see below for details.

And lastly, I’m thrilled to bits to be planning my next (Summer) Retreat and my next workshops in Johannesburg– below.

All this excitement!  Must be the Full moon drawing near!

In Love and Leo Light

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology Update – Full moon 16 January 2014

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EMBRACING THE FEMININE

Full moon this Thursday the 16th January is in the “feeling” sign of Cancer. Together with Venus in retrograde, the focus is firmly on embracing and expanding the mature feminine within us – men and women alike. Rather than expecting and waiting for someone else to provide what we need, we need to give it to ourselves.

With the Sun still in Capricorn, much of our energy is on our personal and practical goals, as we immerse ourselves into the responsibilities of the year ahead and work out how we intend to climb our individual mountains as it were.

As we do this, we’re being asked to remember that we are human beings and not human doings. We’re reminded this week to balance the “doing” with some heart-centred feminine “being”.

Take moments out of your busy schedule to stop… connect with your body and just notice what’s happening. Bring your attention to wherever you feel tension, pressure or pain. With gentle awareness breathe into it and allow whatever comes up to just be there, without judgement or resistance. You might see or sense a colour, a sensation, a symbol or a feeling. Notice it, accept it and allow it with a soft heart. Ask what you need and give it to yourself. This might sound “me” centred, but amazingly  the more you do this, the more you’ll notice the relationships in your life begin to change, as your gentleness and compassion is reflected back to you. As our own responses become less spiky and more considered (Capricorn), our interactions with others become smoother as well.

If each of us brings more softness, more gentlenesss into our lives, it magnifies out into the world and brings about change at a level we cannot even comprehend.

“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers restorers, story tellers and lovers of all kinds”. These are the words of the Dalai Lama, who like our beloved Madiba is a Cancerian – real men, completely in touch with the Divine Feminine – that’s what the world needs now.

Footnote – As a fellow Cancerian, I wanted to share this mandala with you, painted recently by me, after a heart-centred meditation.

Please contact me if you need help with navigating the year ahead. I offer private and group Process Art sessions and astrology consultations. There are still a couple of places left on my two Vision Board Workshops on the 18th January and 8th February.

Blessings

Michelle