New Moon March 17th in Pisces

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BY MICHELLE MCCLUNAN

Hi Everybody

Well we’re in the final stages of the moon’s waning (releasing) cycle and preparing for the New Moon March 17th in Pisces. This is a really important one, as it heralds not only the end of a month’s cycle, but also the beginning of the end of our Astrological year. The New Year starts on 20th /21st March, when the Sun moves in Aries.

Due to the New Moon being in close proximity to Chiron, the wounded healer, this is also a very unique  opportunity to gain understanding and bring healing to our deepest and most painful struggles or hurts. More about that further on. This is greatly expanded and possibly assisted by a trine to Jupiter in Scorpio. We also have 3 planets in Aries, adding a fiery element to the mix.

NEW MOON IN PISCES

A new moon in Pisces is always a time of letting go, releasing and planting new seeds for the year ahead.  As a mutable water sign. Pisces strengthens our connection to all that is/ Source/ the Divine; as well as activating and deepening our imagination, intuition and creativity. At this time of the year, we are able to refine our perceptions and raise our consciousness, by aligning with and flowing with the energy of the moment. It is a time to release and surrender the year.

The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions and there are most definitely two sides to the sign, as there are with all the signs of the zodiac.

THE FLIP SIDE

The flip side of Pisces energy is that it is can also be a time when we feel the suffering of everything more acutely, when we are more sensitive or when our grief, sadness, fears, or victimhood can come to the surface. We can also feel lethargic, tired, confused,  all at sea, in a fog, hopeless, invaded, frustrated, victimised, or ill. It’s the end of a cycle after all!  It’s often a time when people who have been struggling to release an age or illness-ravaged body are able to finally let it go. If you haven’t heard, Stephen Hawkins passed yesterday. My uncle passed peacefully on Tuesday too. He was very old and it was time! Whilst visiting him last week, he certainly seemed to be connecting with and drifting between different dimensions, starting the process of completing his journey here and moving on.

FALLOW FIELDS AND THE VOID

So – this is the time of the year when the fields of our lives need to be cleared, and the soil left to stand fallow for a bit to recover,  before a new crop is planted.

The problem is, most of us homo sapiens are more human doings than human beings, and a lot of us aren’t too crazy about stopping the noise, possible because when it does, we are pulled into a quiet place where all that remains is us and “all that is”.  We generally aren’t too happy to be in a void for long, so we tend to fill it up as quickly as we can and that is where the exhaustion sets in.  We just don’t give ourselves time to catch our breaths and recover, before carrying on with the next thing!

Nevertheless, it’s very clear that this is what we’re being called up upon to do, even it its uncomfortable at first. Bite sized pieces of the void are better than no void at all 😊That’s why meditation or stillness are so important, because they give us mini vacations in our overflowing lives.

CHIRON – THE WOUNDED HEALER

The reason this new moon is SO important is because of Chiron, who is sailing along right next to the sun and the moon and is about to leave the sign of Pisces where he has been since 2011.  Due to having a 51 year orbit, this marks the end of a much longer cycle as well!.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer (we all have one) can be seen as the wound that make us wise;  the pain and struggles that are actually designed to help to grow and raise our consciousness, even though it really doesn’t feel like that sometimes!  When Chiron moves through Pisces, we are asked to investigate how much we trust  – not other people –  but rather how much we trust the flow of life; how much we are able to surrender to the ebb and flow cycles; how much we are able to understand that we are connected and supported by something much bigger and more mysterious than our the physical world.

If you were born between the years of around 1961 to 1969, you probably have your natal Chiron in Pisces, like me, which means that this is part of your core wound anyway, If so, you  might feel as if you’re being tested now more than other people, as Chiron makes his last freestyle dash though the deep waters of Pisces, making sure you get the message and the healing. There is help at hand!

TRUST, SURRENDER AND RELEASE

Whether or not you fall into this category, we are ALL  being urged to trust, surrender and release something or somebody at this time.

IF YOU HAVE HAD YOUR CHART DONE:

The area that Chiron is moving through your chart will give you clues as to where you need to trust, surrender and release. If for example, Chiron has been travelling through your 4th house, it might suggest that something to do with your home or your home itself or your family needs to be released. If he’s travelling through your 10th house, then the focus would be on on your career/vocation; in the 6th house your health and so on. The area in which Chiron was in when you were born will also be brought into the mix.

Wherever Chiron is now and wherever it was when you were born, you would have had many opportunities to work with  trust.  faith, surrender and deepening your connection over the past 7 years or so.

You’re welcome to book a short session with me to investigate how this is playing out in your chart, and what you need to release  before Chiron moves into Aries in April. Heads up – This might be contrary to your personal preference!

IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD YOUR CHART DONE

If you  haven’t had your chart done or aren’t keen to have it done, then just just intuitively connect with what you feel you need to release right now in your life.

HOW TO WORK WITH THIS ENERGY

  • Please make some time before or on the New Moon to jot down the main things that have happened in the last astrological year in all aspects of your life. The wins, the losses, new arrivals, departures, health, work, finances, home, family etc.
  • If possible, do some kind of clearing or detoxing of mind, spirit, body before the New Moon as well. This is arguably the best time of the year to do this.
  • Then preferably on the day of the new moon, connect with the energy of water in some way – the sea, a river, a dam, a stream or if none of those a swimming pool, bath or bowl of water.
  •  One idea is to write  down what you want to release, on a leaf or a stone and set it down / throw it into the water… or come up with something even more imaginative!  Watch as it drifts down the river or gets washed out to sea. As you do so, repeat to yourself

I cleanse and release all the dead weight from the year gone by. I release………………………. (be specific)

I calm and centre my mind, body, and spirit, so I may hear the calling of my soul guiding me in the right direction

I replenish my energy and welcome in a new vision for my life (describe it) – you could send something into the water course to represent this too, if you like.

We’ll be  working with this in my  EBB & FlOW Workshop on Saturday 17th March. I still have a bit of space, so join us if you are able to. Email me for details

MERCURY RETROGRADE

Mercury will be retrograde from 23rd March to 16th April,  so make sure you back up all your data and double check travel arrangements before then.

Thanks for reading!

In Life and Light

 

Michelle

 

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Lifelight Astrology Update 18th July 2016

boldnessBy Michelle McClunan

The full moon in the early hours of Wednesday 20th July is in no-nonsense, goal-driven, committed Capricorn, the sign of the trusty mountain goat. Full moons are always intense and this one’s no exception. Being in a square to fiery, revolutionary Uranus, we’re being encouraged to  s t r e e e t c  h  out of any comfort zones and commit to the vision/s we have for our lives.

There’s a compelling need to finally stop ruminating and to really get serious about the changes we want to make. As we continue to climb our 2016 mountains, we have reached the place where we need to stop and reassess everything.

Start by asking whether the mountain you’re on is actually the right one and if you’ve selected the best path possible… or whether you need to consult your internal GPS (your emotions – sun in Cancer) and reassess your route.

Do you have the provisions you need in order to make it to your summit and if not, how can you go about procuring them?

Perhaps you need to dump some excess baggage, so as to lighten your load or find some people to help you carry it….or maybe  you need to take a little bit of time out to  replenish your energy and gather your wits, before resuming your climb?

However  you decide to proceed, the time has come to really ask yourself what your real bottom-line priorities are… and then commit to them absolutely. 

Questions to ponder…

  • What is the most important, pressing thing in my life?…
  •  What is vital to my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing?
  • What ONE small  step can I take today towards consolidating this, making It a reality?

And then strategically plan to make time for it….every day. That’s what Capricorn, the pragmatic, disciplined time-keeper is really good at.

I think it’s about putting our priorities before everything else. If you really want to write,  paint, meditate,  exercise, eat well, start a new business, move into a new home, find a partner,  elevate your vibration, create more financial abundance in your life, change the world, then it’s about  making time for that before anything else.

I remember visiting an astrological  counsellor a long time ago, who asked what the biggest priorities in my life were. I told her that one of them was my spiritual / creative / personal development. She then asked me how much time I committed to it on a daily basis. When I answered, somewhat sheepishly, that I didn’t have a lot of free time to spend on it at all, a look of complete shock and confusion crossed her face. Frowning deeply, she  asked ” But how can you NOT spend time on it, if its the most important thing in your life?”

Food for thought…. her words come back to me often!

It’s about making time every single day for our top  priorities. If you look at people who achieve big things, that’s what they do.

William H Murray, Author of The Scottish Himalayan Expedition wrote this:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. That the  moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one, that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream, you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

…Like a mountain goat … one step at a time!

See below or email me for  details on my CELEBRATING YOUR INNER CHILD/TEENAGER  the workshops in July August and September.

I’m delighted to be planning an 2 day INTUITIVE ART  Workshop in Johannesburg on 17th  and 18th September. I’m giving you plenty of time to plan, because I know how fast paced it is up there. Let me know if you’re keen to find out more!

Have a wonderful wintery week.. Wrap up warm and nurture yourself

In light love and with commitment

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology July 2016

 

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July gets off to a swimming start with a new moon in watery Cancer on 4th July, accompanied by Venus and Mercury, all forming a beautiful flowing aspect to Neptune in Pisces… fluid, imaginative, gentle, connected to all that is!  But… but there’s more…. Pluto, King of the Underworld is opposing this bunch too, adding some drama , depth and intensity to the picture.

So… grab your snorkel and get ready for some deep sea diving in the month ahead, punctuated by some blissful, creative, in-the-moment inspired drifting. In astrology, water represents emotions, feelings, gut instincts and intuition. Cancer is the sign of mothering, nurturing, family and home. More importantly, the sign of the crab is about SECURITY.

Neptune in Pisces is gently coaxing us to find our security and stability from a deeper, more eternal source… to acknowledge the connection, magic and mystery that exists amongst all things and to trust it !

Imagine drifting along on your back in a turquoise sea… gentle  sun on your face, soft nourishing water caressing your body… not a care in the world. You feel safe, held, nurtured, comfortable and connected to all that is… Bliss!

And then…. cue music…. The sky darkens a little, as a cloud passes over the sun and the air grows suddenly chilly. Before you know it, something grabs you by the ankle and pulls you under the water. This would be Pluto, who’s been cruising around like a sea monster, looking for some company, wanting to take you on a deeper exploration of your psyche.

For a few moments you’re completely disorientated, possibly fearing that you might never re-surface. After kicking and screaming and struggling with all your might, you realise that it’s not doing any good and that you might indeed drown if you continue. So, you decide to surrender and allow him to lead you into the nooks and crannies of your unconscious, coming up for a breath of  air every now and then. Even though the water has changed, it’s still the same ocean and you’re still being held.

Pluto in Capricorn represents the security we get from external sources – our jobs, homes, status, as well as those big, hefty, governmental structures, bosses, authority figures,  institutions and banking systems. With all that’s been going on globally, it’s pretty clear that things are changing on our planet and will never be the same again. That which we have always depended on to provide us with our security is in a constant state of flux and change, whether we like it or not.

Many of us are  asking…What will become of us?  What if we can’t earn the money we need to earn to support ourselves and our families? What if we can’t keep ourselves safe?  Or, for the very rich – what if we lose the wealth we’ve built?  I don’t think there’s anyone who isn’t feeling this on some level.

This month we’re being asked to really look at where we find our sense of security and stability from in this constantly changing world.

What is it that constitutes security for you? Is it your money, your job,  business, love partner, family,  group of friends,  home?

Here’s it comes – the Sea monster ….Grab that snorkel…

What if every single thing that you’ve always though provides you with security were to leave your life or change completely… what then?

Who would you be, without  the things you own, without the people who love you, without your job, your title, your home?

Who or what is it that lies beyond or beneath all of that?

Difficult questions, I know, but each of us needs to find those answers for ourselves. Neptune is at hand to encourage us to find the stability we search for within ourselves and through our eternal connection to Source. We’re encouraged to tune in, listen to our dreams and notice the signs that guide us to the centre of the storm and they are surely there, if we pay attention!

With all this Cancerian energy, I see this as a very good time to work with those needy little children that reside within each one of us and to re-parent ourselves on every level. We need to be very present and attentive to the fears and old conditioned beliefs that arise this month, as if we were dealing with frightened children…. Because we are?

If your children or nieces and nephews came to you and said,  “I’m really scared”, what would you say to them?  How would you nurture them? How would you support them?

Whatever you would say to them or do for them, do the same for yourself.

During July and August I’ll be facilitating four workshops to connect with, nourish and celebrate our inner children. In July we will meet and re-envision our 0 – 7 selves and in August our 7 to 18 selves. This is probably the most important work we can do on this journey of the Soul, so come and play for the day!  See here or email me for details

Above all this month, allow the water this month to cleanse, soften and nourish you.

Take time to really connect with what nurtures you and makes you feel safe. It could be going into meditation, painting a picture, getting together with your special tribe and having a beautiful comforting meal, or perhaps running a hot bath, lying on the ground, allowing Mother Earth to hold you, or sitting quietly with a cup of tea and just connecting with the bigger you… the eternal you, the soulful you… the you that will be here  long after Brexit and Trump and Malema and all the stuff of the world as we know it.

In life and Light

Michelle

Lifelight Astrology January 2015 – Comfort Zones be Gone!

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Happy New year everyone – may this one be the one where we expand… move forward, upward and onward on our journeys, this seemingly being the theme for 2015.

First of all, although I’m not a numerologist, this is a power 8 year. When you turn an 8 on its side, it’s an infinity symbol, so we are being encouraged to let go of limitations and embrace the limitless opportunities that the Universe presents to us. The symbol 8 also represents the physical world and the spirit world and the weaving together of the two.

Astrologically, the big news is that Saturn, the planet that rules responsibility, maturity and practical goal setting, has moved out of the deep dark waters of Scorpio where it’s spent the last 2.5 years or so.  As it starts it’s journey through Sagittarius the optimistic far-seeing archer (yahoo!), it should start to feel more and more as if we’re coming out of the basement and re-adjusting our eyes to the light.

We’re being called upon to reassess and clarify the visions we have for our lives and take responsibility for bringing them into reality – no more cogitating or procrastinating.

The full moon on Sunday in Cancer (which activates the Uranus Pluto Square) sets the scene for the month and the whole year quite frankly, as one of challenging our comfort zones.  It’s so easy to stay where we feel “safe” and “secure” (Cancer) but really, what does that even mean? Every single second of every day, it’s all changing anyway and by endlessly holding onto what we think is safe, we stop growing and start stagnating.

I’ve just spent the last week or so, on a sailing boat with 4 other people, doing two 15 hour journeys at sea (the pic above was taken of us by someone in Ballito at about 5am). Let me tell you, I learnt a whole lot about comfort zones and what it’s like to be taken right out them, in one foul swoop. Every single one I had was challenged, as we rocked and rolled on the wild Indian Ocean. Sharing a living space with relative strangers was one (quite a  challenge for someone with an uber-private 12th house moon). Another was learning how to make coffee down “below” with one hand, while the other held on for dear life, lest I get thrown clear across the cabin (which kinda did happen, until I started getting the hang of it)

I quickly learnt not to walk anywhere or do anything, without holding onto something “solid”. As a result, I started to become very attuned to the present moment in time, being conscious of every movement I made (especially whilst “up above”) to prevent myself from slithering across the deck or being unceremoniously tossed into the sea.  One momentary lapse of attention and away you go…and there’s no other person watching out for you. They’re too busy seeing to their own survival and rightly so!  Confirmation of another life lesson… we and only we, are responsible for our lives!

My levels of observation quickly increased, as I watched for swinging booms, ropes that are really easy to trip over and stairs that you can fall down in a heartbeat. I also started becoming very conscious of where I put things, so that I could find them easily if I needed to, in the dark if necessary. I even had the experience of steering the boat a few times, something you can only do half properly if you’re awake, aware and tuned into the wind and the motion of the waves – much like navigating life.

Interestingly,  as someone who doesn’t generally sleep well, even to the sound of frogs croaking, somehow I was able to sleep solidly and deeply for stretches of time, despite the movement and the noise (of the wind in the sails, the sea and sometimes the motor).  When I chatted about this to my friend, the skipper, he told me that he thought it was because the boat was like a womb in the ocean, holding us. When there’s nothing else you can do, you have to surrender yourself completely to the boat, the skipper, the ocean and the Universe… an amazing lesson for me and another metaphor for life.   In the midst of chaos, we can find peace and “security” if we surrender.

And now on the other side of the journey, with a few bruises to prove my encounters with galley cabinets,  I am so glad  I didn’t listen to the voices in my head that were telling me I was stark staring crazy to go on such a trip.  There is nothing quite like being out there on the endless, living, breathing ocean, watching the sun rise at 4:30 in the morning and the twinkling lights of ships or the distant shoreline in the evening, emerging out of the inky blackness.

I feel expanded somehow, as a result of stretching myself  and somehow, I think, a little spark has been re-ignited inside me, restoring my belief in this wondrous life. Thank you to my travelling companions for making it possible.

And so, this month and this year, I encourage you to ask yourself what would really stretch you…what would re-ignite your flame? What would take you out of your comfort zone?  What would really challenge you?  What are the things you’ve wanted to do for ages, but have put off for one reason or another?  What if you pulled those ideas out of the closet and breathed some life into them?

That book you’ve always wanted to write; the trip you’ve always wanted to go on; an adventure you want to embark on; the creative project you’ve been shelving; the vege garden you’ve wanted to plant; the fitness level you’ve wanted to achieve; the business you’ve wanted to start?

What are you waiting for?  If you’re waiting until you have no doubt or no fear you’re going to wait forever.

This is the time to start bringing your visions into reality!.

There is still space on my Vision Board workshops on the 10th and 24th January. See below or email me for details.

In love, life and adventure

 

Michelle

http://www.michellemcclunan.com