Autumn Equinox – Sun enters Aries 20th March 2014


Autumn Equinox

Well we’ve finally reached the end of our Astrological year. For those of us in South Africa, the Sun enters Aries tonight (20 March) at 6:57. This also is the  Autumn Equinox, which means equality of day and night. So tonight is the turning point at which our days start to get shorter and our nights longer.

Aries is the sign which governs new intentions, new beginnings, new life … so this  is the time of the year when we usually 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.

The chart for the year ahead, which is drawn up for the moment the Sun enters Aries, however, tells a slightly different story.

First of all, Mars, the ruler of Aries, is REtrograde in Libra (its opposite sign) – The retrograde motion suggests that the focus is more on RE-envisioning, Re-flecting, RE-structuring. The Libran scales bring our focus to creating balance in our lives rather than pushing, shoving, achieving in a desperate attempt to be number one.  Actually, the spotlight is more on others than little ol us right now. Libra  governs relationships and  the Mars / Libra combination can present us with some interesting, if not tricky interactions right now.  It’s really about noticing how we’re relating and responding to others… or not … and what they’re mirroring in us.

As I wrote  at the beginning of the month, Saturn is also retrograde for the next while and right now is in close contact with the moon, which is in the waning phase. This further indicates that we might be feeling a little emotionally cut off, isolated,  a tad  depressed, negative, numb or even somewhat stuck…. Heavyish!

So… The way I’m reading this energy is that we need to be as present and authentic as possible, staying centred and connecting to our hearts intentions rather than our goals.

The difference as I see it, is that Goals focus on specific outcomes in the future (which are unlikely to be clear right now) , whilst intentions focus on the present and provide the guiding light  which points us towards our deepest hearts aspirations and values.

We need to be asking ourselves if what we’re putting out there is congruent with our deepest hearts desires. If not, we’re unlikely to feel as if we are living purposeful lives.

I’ll be writing more about this theme next week and will be running 2 workshops in April and possibly one in May on Inspired Intention or as it’s referred to in Sanskrit, Sankulpa.  This is probably one of the most important workshop I’ll be running all year and I really feel that the time is ripe for it. Email me for  details.

You are what your deepest desire is (Sankulpa).
As your desire is, so is your intention.
As your intention is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
~ Upanishads

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Happy Equinox everyone.

In life and light





Lifelight Astrology Update – Full moon 16th March

Virgo full moon

As we near the end of our astrological year, many of us have been feeling tired, overwhelmed or even unwell.  When the Sun travels through the final stages of Pisces, we are supposed to be winding down, letting go and preparing to start a new phase of development when our brightest star enters Aries on the 21st March.  More about that next week.

For now, we’re leading up to the last full moon of this astrological year, which happens on Sunday 16th March. The Moon will be in Virgo, opposite the Sun in Pisces. As I mentioned in my previous post, Pisces is all about tuning in and letting go. Virgo on the other hand is the purifier, analyst, strategist …the perfectionist. The Virgin governs, amongst other things,  service to yourself and others, health, diet, fitness and the mind/body connection.

This full moon gives us a really good opportunity to get to the bottom of what’s causing any physical, emotional or psychological imbalances. Allow the Pisces Sun energy to take you inside and the Virgo moon energy to discern what’s  out of whack. Virgo is the expert at separating the wheat from the chaff, helping us to identify what we need to clear out and showing us  what  really serves us.

We are a strange species, us human “doings” – Most other sentient beings will naturally do what they need to do, in order to make themselves feel better. However, so often with us, it takes getting sick or really feeling out of sorts, to wake us out of our slumber and start  taking care of ourselves.  Actually, we often do exactly the opposite of what serves us, which sabotages our happiness and our wellbeing. If that’s true for you, this is a good weekend to ask why?

The Virgo full moon kicks off a week of real healing potential, so stop, re-connect, clear out and purge your body and life of anything that isn’t serving you.

With Venus recently joining Mercury in Aquarius, there is also … wait for it… a “lightness of being” possible this weekend… yay!!

Get out into the fresh air, connect with friends and have some fun.  If we get our striving minds out of the way, brilliant innovative ideas ideas may very well be showered upon us too… bring em on, I say!

Aquarius is also the sign that rules energy and humanitarian concerns. As energetic beings, when we heal ourselves, we raise our vibration and in so doing, help to elevate others and heal the planet. With Virgo being about service, ask yourself this full moon what you can do to contribute to the welfare of our precious planet, which continues to serve us every single day.

The light of this powerful full moon will go a long way in helping us cope with the stress and chaos around us. It will also help us to feel more peaceful and harmonious, in preparation for the fiery month (and exciting astrological year) ahead.

If you’d like to connect to your innate healing ability in a creative way, why not come along to a Wednesday Art & Soul class – first one is free.

Full moon blessings everyone