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

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Lifelight Astrology Update – 6th January – All Aboard for 2014!

Ahoy Matey

Well Matey’s, we’re almost a week into 2014, which promises to be a  powerful, exciting and challenging voyage! As the RaRa and hype from the festive season starts to settle down, many of us are starting to face the realities and practicalities of the year ahead. There’s a chance that some of the intentions we set whilst raising our glasses might not be all that realistic or may have already seemingly fallen by the wayside… or perhaps we’re just not feeling the same verve and vigour we did a week ago…?

It’s  ok … and it’s not too late. The moon is still waxing until 16th January, so we have ten days to reassess our intentions for the month and the year ahead and to prepare ourselves for our annual voyage. To provide us with some oomph and initiative, our Lunar Mother moves into Aries late on Monday evening and on Wednesday forms a square to the sun, a lunar phase often referred to as a “crisis of action”. This is when we realise that our dreams and intentions are only going to happen if we have some kind of plan and actually put it into action and stick to it.

The Universe applauds action, not thought.

The grand cross I wrote about last week is still in play, so the energy continues to be powerful, yet potentially challenging.  Venus (the planet of love and money) joins with Mercury (communication) to assist us in facing whatever we need to in our relationships and finances. This is a good time for serious discussions with the significant people in our lives, although we need to stay centred and calm, as there may be differences of opinion or even clashes of wills.  As we look at our relationships without blinkers, some may end or need to be re-structured and others will get even stronger and more enduring.

We’re the captains of our own ships and this week we’re readying ourselves for our 2014 voyage…. Making sure we have the right people on board; checking our life-saving equipment; offloading whatever is weighing us down; setting our GPS’s for the right destinations; ensuring that our holds are well stocked, leaks are plugged and equipment is running smoothly… all ready to sail into the wild blue yonder.

If you feel that you need some help in navigating the year ahead, I’m available for astrology consultations or private coaching sessions.

My Wednesday morning Art & Soul classes resume on the 15th January.

And if you haven’t yet done one, a vision board really helps to clarify your route and is a powerful goal seeking missile – see here for details on the workshops I’ll be facilitating in January and February.

Bon voyage

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology Update 9 December

Peace madiba

The big focus this week is undoubtedly on the loss of the Father of our nation, which has left rather a large gaping hole, not only in our country, but across the world. Although not very outwardly active in the past few years, Mandela continued to hold the energy of equanimity, tolerance, humility and forgiveness. Amongst the many things he showed us, by example, was his ability to forgive his oppressors and completely transform hatred into love. If he can do it, so can we!

Somehow we all knew that as long as he was here, things would be alright. For me he was like our tap root, which kept us stable and balanced and now that he has departed in physical form, we need to keep that vital root alive, lest we tumble into chaos.

Over the past few weeks  I’ve written quite a bit about Venus (the feminine  planet of love) being in Capricorn, which is about embracing the mature feminine,  as we take responsibility for every aspect of our lives.  The big news this week is that Mars (the masculine warrior planet) has just moved into Libra, the sign of peace, harmony, dialogue and co-operation. This is interestingly the sign it was in when Madiba was born and in the second half of his life he certainly embraced the higher vibration of the planet, as a Warrior for Peace.  Mars usually spends only a few weeks in a sign, but this time it will be in Libra until July 2014.

The message, to me is clear –  it follows on from my newsletter last week on” Love being what the world needs now” (see below). Each one of us needs to now move beyond talking and actively take responsibility for keeping Mandela’s legacy alive. This is relatively easy right now, as the hearts of people all over the world have been opened and there is an outpouring of love,  as we remember the man, his life and his words. However it will all die down after while, as it does and that’s when we need to step into the very big shoes our beloved leader has left behind.

These words, handed to a Deepak Chopra by a monk really resonate with me and show the way forward.

The most important time in your life is now

The most important person in your life is the one you’re looking at right now

The most important thing you can do in your life is what you are doing right now

The best way to prepare for the future is to be totally present now

Now is the moment that never ends.

 Each one of us has a sphere of influence, where we can lead by example and raise the vibration of those around us. It might be with our children, our friends, in our work, our gym, our sport, inspiring others through social media, in meditation or creative circles or in our daily moment by moment interactions with the people who cross our paths. How would you treat the car guard who shows up each day and helps you carry your packages, if he were the most important person in you life in that moment?  How would the world change if we really started living like this?

How can you make a difference… today and every day? How can you help to fill those Mandela shoes? How can you nurture that tap root and help it to grow stronger? How can we all as a community uphold Mandela’s vision, his life’s work and the cause he was prepared to die for… freedom for all?  His words ring in my ears “Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great – you can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”  We are that generation and this is the time.

Martha Beck posted these words yesterday on Facebook “Once, leaving South Africa, I wondered, “Who will be the next Mandela?” And a voice in my heart said, “You must all be the next Mandela.” Well, the hero has gone home. It’s our turn. Let’s do it.

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In life, light and peace

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology December 2013

The world needs loveThis is one power packed month folks! As Sagittarius shoots his fiery arrows heavenward, we are all being prompted to follow his lead……. get out of our boxes, expand our paradigms,  look above our egos, personal stories and dramas and to become part of a new earth, a new vision, a new consciousness.

I don’t think any of us can ignore the incredible amount of evidence that we are indeed experiencing a shift in consciousness, and that our reality as we know it, is changing…. and quickly too. You and I, right now, have an important job to do….. and Venus, the planet of Love clearly tells us what it is.

On the solstice later this month, she turns retrograde until the end of January, which means that she will spend about 4 months in the sign of Capricorn.  The message is so clear – its time that we embrace the mature, authentic feminine and really experience love at its deepest level. I’m not talking about romantic “chocolates and roses” type love (although there’s nothing wrong with that), but rather the pure spark of divine love that exists in each of us… Love as THE frequency of the Universe, of God.

I’m pretty sure this is what all the greatest teachers have been trying to tell us for millennia.

 “Love one another” – Jesus Christ

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart” Carl Jung

“When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us to develop inner happiness and peace”– Dalai Lama

“Reason is powerless in the expression of love” – Rumi

 “Eventually you come to understand that love heals everything and love is all there is” – Gary Zukav

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love andaffection”. Buddha

Ask any question – and just see … if love might just be the answer.

 If you have any doubt, try it out (hah that rhymes!). If you have a conflict with someone, instead of lashing out and reacting in anger, try acting in love and see what happens. If you think you can’t do something, feel stuck, useless, desperate, sad or confused, see what happens when you go into stillness, connect to your heart and send yourself love… because it always starts with loving and accepting ourselves.

If you find that the answers which come to you are judgmental, angry, guilt-ridden or critical, they are coming from your mind, not your heart. After all, what are anger, sadness and pain but the soul’s desire for love? What if, this month, when we start thinking resentful thoughts or talking negatively about somebody or something, we just stop – there and then… in that moment and focus on something more empowering, more uplifting, more loving.

We don’t even have to look for love, because it’s always there and it’s our natural vibration.  All we have to do is tune into it… be receptive to it.  It’s much like receiving the frequency of light through our retinas when we open our eyes.  To access the frequency of Love, we need to open our hearts and immediately, our vibration increases and harmonises with the Universal rhythm. When we do that, not only does our own spiritual frequency rise, but we also help to heal the planet. On the flip side, when we live entirely from the egoism mind, we vibrate in a way that is counter to the Universal rhythm and actually do more damage – no wander Mother Earth is in the state she’s in.

There is so much we can do to connect to our hearts and raise our vibration -quiet our minds, spend time in nature, listen to beautiful music, play with children, meditate, give and receive energy healing, dance, sing, hug another human being, do a random act of kindness, make art, stroke an animal, forgive everybody, be grateful for everything… each of us know what takes us into our heart space and we need to do it …every day.

The one choice we all have in these challenging, somewhat difficult times, is how we deal with and react to every single thing that happens in our lives. If we continually, minute by minute, take responsibility for making less ego based choices and more heart based ones, I believe we are participating and helping to precipitate great change.

Both the New moon on the 3rd  December and the Full moon on the 17th  have  strong Sagittarian themes, so its all  about breaking out of our comfort zones, stepping out of our old paradigms of conditioned beliefs and reaching for our own authentic truth, raising our consciousness and understanding that Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. As we step into love, gratitude and acceptance, we start to free our hearts and minds and the rest of our lives and those of others follow suit.

This is month to let go of anything that makes us feel stagnant or small and embrace that which grows us,  s t r e t c h e s   u s   and raises our vibration.

I still have some places left on my Gratitude workshops on the 7th, 13th and 14th December, where we will do exactly that.   Come and join us for a day of good vibrations! Read more 

I posted a link to this video a few years back, by Kiesha, Little Grandmother – she talks more about the subject of love and it’s really worth the watch.  Part one  ;  Part two

ASTROLOGY READINGS 

This is a good time of the year to have an astrology reading or an update. We will wrap up the past year and see where you’re headed in 2014. I will  be around for December and January for consultations –  person to person in Durban and on Skype if you live elsewhere.

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THANK YOU

As we head towards the end of the year, I’d like to thank all my friends, clients and colleagues for the important part you have played in my life this year. I would also like to thank you for reading my ramblings. May you have a beautiful, love filled festive season.

In Life and Light

Michelle

LIFE LIGHT ASTROLOGY UPDATE – 10th November 2013

Mature feminineSunday’s first Quarter moon has set the scene for an interesting week. First of all, most of you will be pleased to know that Mercury will turn direct on Tuesday, so computer and communication glitches should start easing up. However there’s still some dreaminess and possible confusion around  for most of the week, so be careful when making decisions or signing contracts. Use the creative energy to make or appreciate art, music, dance,  or to spend time in nature, connecting with the beauty around you, even for 5 minutes a day.  

The focus this week  is firmly on the Feminine, with Venus, the planet of love, beauty and money having just entered Capricorn, where she will stay until March next year. She brings with her a level of maturity in the way we handle our relationships, our finances and whatever is valuable to us. If you have a creative outlet which you enjoy, you may feel called upon to spend more time with it and take it more seriously. This earthy Venus also encourages us to find and feel gratitude in our everyday lives, to roll up our sleeves and commit to attending to the present moment, with as much grace as possible.

In my December Art & Soul workshop – we’ll be looking back on the past year and creating a beautiful Gratitude Collage. Click here for more details

As Venus joins Pluto on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, she invites us to  consciously excavate whatever’s been left unattended to in our relationships, financial affairs, or our creativity, without being drawn into the drama of the story, which will be very tempting. Make a commitment to yourself to bring anything you’ve been ignoring or putting off, out into the open.

Those financial worries and woes? – sit down and face them.

Whatever you’ve been procrastinating about – just do it.

The relationship issue that’s been niggling you? Have a heart-to-heart discussion with the person. This is a powerful opportunity to heal our relationships on a deeper level than before.

Any gremlins left unattended and ignored are likely to come bubbling, full of fire and brimstone, to the surface anyway, so we might as well lift the lid gently before that happens.

All in all, this is a great week to embrace the mature, grounded feminine side of yourself, to  show up, feel what you feel and deal with what needs to be dealt with, one step at a time… mountain goat style.