Lifelight Astrology October 2014 – by Michelle McClunan

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There’s a lot going on this month, with the Sun making his way through Libra,  Mercury turning retrograde in Scorpio   (3rd to 28th  October) and not one, but two eclipses (8th and 23rd).  The theme  for October, as I see it, is relationships peace, balance, reflection, change and transformation.

As I started typing this newsletter, the words from an old Cosby, Stills, Nash and Young song popped into my mind, which really describe the energy in October, for me.

People come and go
Living other lives
Running everywhere at such a speed
Never taking time
To open up their eyes
Never knowing where life leads

Take another breath
Take another chance
Take another look at who you are
And get ready for your life
‘Cause it’s such a crazy dance
So open up and you’ll go far

We’ve been running so far away
From where our lives belong
Will we ever get back to the rhythm of the heartbeat?
Do you ever feel sad
For those whose hearts have turned to stone?
You are not alone

It’s time to take it slow
Time to take a rest
Time to leave the fast lane far behind
Life is hard enough, I know
But you can only do your best
To get it in your hearts and minds

There in the heartland people everywhere
Try to share their hopes and dreams
In the heartland on any given day
You can find your way back home

Take a few moments to click here, close your eyes and listen

Many of you know by now, that when Mercury turns retrograde, communications, travel arrangements and electronic data can go seriously awry, so, you’ve got a couple of days – back em up!

However, it’s also an opportunity to…  “take a take another breath, take another chance, take another look at who we are”.  Mercury will be spending the first part of its retrograde cycle in Scorpio. This is  the “rota rooter” transit of the mind, designed to take us deeper than normal, and ferret out those ancient ways of thinking, communicating and reacting that no longer serve us… particularly in terms of our relationship to ourselves and others (Libran influence).

So this month, let’s get those gloves on and dig around a little,  find those smelly, musty, dank old corners in our psyches, sweep them  out and bring the debris up to the surface.

Some plumbing prompts :

Are the words you utter to yourself and others helpful or harmful; kind or unkind; loving or hateful?

Where do you find yourself trotting out the same old lines, silently or aloud over and over again? … this always happens to me …;  I’m a fool or a failure….; This is just the way I am and have always been…; I need to protect myself from getting hurt…; My relationships never work…; Communications between Humphry and I has  always been like this….; This will never change…; I’m so sick and tired of X,Y,Z,….;  I’m really trying to change this …:  Maybe I need to accept that I’ll always be, depressed, tired, unwell, poor (pick your poison)….;  I’d love to do this, but I can’t because…..:   and a common theme song for many of us… I just can’t seem to be able keep to the promises I make to myself,  get fit, give up what doesn’t serve me and do what does.

Over the next few weeks, we all have the opportunity to make honesty our mantra.  Why is it that we don’t stick to the promises we make ourselves, but do stick to those we make to others?  Why is it that we keep putting off what we know is good for us?  Why… really?

Is it perhaps because we don’t really believe we deserve to be healthy, hearty and whole?

What if… we fake it till we make it?  What if we said… Just for today, “I’m going to behave as if I really like and honour myself, as if I deserve to be happy, whole and healthy”.  How would our lives change?

Mars in Sagittarius is encouraging us to step out of the old hackneyed ways of doing things and change our paradigm completely.  I listened to something by Liz Gilbert the other day, where she  said our Fears are the most boring things about us and I think I agree. I know that I am mind-numbingly bored with mine.

She went on to say  ” We think our fears are precious and special, but they aren’t. We are precious and special, but our fears are not. Fear only ever tells you one thing: STOP. Whereas creativity, courage and inspiration only ever want you to GO.     GO = motion = change = fascination = possibility = growth = LIFE.     STOP = well, nothing.   And nothing is always more boring than something.    So…go do something.”

The Lunar eclipse on 8th October is all set to get us going, to  catapult us out of the old and into the new, if we allow it to. The Moon  in Aries (new) is  alongside Uranus (Change), both of which are fanned by the Airy Libran Sun (relationships and balance), square Pluto (change and transformation)and in a beautiful trine to Mars (action) and Jupiter (expansion) … so it’s a major opportunity for global and personal challenge, change and transformation.

Lots of people I know are experiencing this intensely, with physical, emotional and interpersonal issues literally coming to a head. All this is teaching us that there no such thing as certainty and all we can really do is be awake, aware and curious, and ready to embrace change.

As the song says “Its such a crazy dance, So open up and you’ll go far’

The way I see it, we need to keep dancing into the Heartland, even when the going gets tough… actually,  especially when the going gets tough. Whenever we are tempted to reject, repress, walk away, numb… we need to notice, open,  breathe, soften and stay with it.

Over the next few weeks, we will be balancing the polarities in our lives – the need for radical independence, personal freedom, the expression of our own unique identity (Aries) and the need to co-operate with the significant people in our lives in a balanced way (Libra)  The polarity is independence vs interdependence, self involvement vs compromise, my needs vs your needs, my perceptions vs your perceptions.

If tensions run high, which is a possibility this month, we’re being asked to step back and take a few breaths before launching into defence or attack, so we can see both sides of the story more clearly. If we do this before reacting, we can often see the truth about what’s really going on, speak our truth and look after our own needs, whilst simultaneously considering the other person. With Libra being the sign of the scales, the idea is to (constantly) be aware of and adjust the weight we give either side of the polarity, so as to get it into and maintain balance.

This is the THE time to transform patterns of viewing and relating to ourselves and others, which may have been around for most of our lives. Although we’re often really invested in changing how others should behave, it really is usually about us and not them… because as we know, the only person we can change is ourselves.

We really can, in the next few months, discover the kinds of songs we sing, dances we dance, what our movements are like and whether it would serve us to perhaps change the music, update the choreography, re-write the lyrics and find our way back home.

Please see my blog for details about my October workshops


In Life and light








Lifelight Astrology – New Moon 24th September


On the 24th  September,  we have a new moon in Libra (the sign of the scales) which makes this the time of year when we need to be planting seeds of peace, balance, beauty and harmony in our lives. The beginning of this new moon cycle also happens to coincide with Heritage day, which was set up to celebrate our cultural differences and bring about national unity.

I’d like to suggest that each of us embraces this holiday and this idea in our own lives. Can we celebrate the differences that exist between us and in so doing bring about unity in our own homes, because that’s where it starts.

With Libra ruling Venus, the planet of love, the focus is firmly on our relationships with others and identifying any imbalances that exist there. This new moon is different from most, as there are no aspects forming to other planets, making it a little oasis . . .  time out . . . a breathing space as it were.

During this pause, let’s ask what parts of our lives are out of balance, whether we’re standing at the centre point of our scales or allowing ourselves to be jostled  about by others. Are we giving too much or too little to the significant people in our lives;  co-operating in a spirit of unity or just being push-overs?

Where are we judging others and can we see it as the mirror it is?   When that thought comes barrelling it’s way in that  “X should be  more loving, caring, generous towards me”, what if, before we went down that old roller coaster,  we simply paused and turned it around (preferably prior to reacting or projecting?)  Eg “I should be more loving caring, generous towards me or towards x?)  Can we watch our words and before we utter them, ask whether they’re going to be helpful or harmful?  Can we accept ourselves and others  as we are, with kindness, fairness and compassion?

This is the time to negotiate what you need in your relationships, so take advantage of the pause, grab your partner by the hand, go somewhere beautiful  and have a good heart-to-heart. There’s magic in the air. You never know what might happen….

See below for October Art & Soul workshops in Johannesburg and Durban

In Life and light





Life continually teaches us lessons, if we pay attention. Yesterday I woke up feeling more than a little rattled, for no particular reason… and as the morning wore on, it didn’t get any better. Rather than carrying on relentlessly, as I normally would,     I listened to the voice inside me and  took myself to a yoga class. The theme was Peace and I can honestly say that I walked out in a completely different place to the way I walked in. I felt more collected, more centred, much more peacful… and I noticed that I was more kindly disposed towards myself and everybody else, even taxi drivers.!

Just another reminder that it if we want the world to be a more peaceful place, it has to start within us.

This coming Sunday 21st September is World Peace day, where people around the world will take part in various activities and events centred around the theme “Peace”. Events vary from private gatherings, to public forums involving large audiences. Many thousands of people around the world will observe a minute of silence at noon (their time) to help to bring peace to our planet.

Peace Day paves the way beautifully for the Sun’s upcoming entrance on Tuesday 24th September into Libra, the sign of peace, balance and beauty.

In addition to this, Mars, the masculine planet of  war and strife,  has just moved (thankfully) from Scorpio into high minded Sagittarius, where he will remain until the end of October. This  brings with it a desire for all of us to lighten up a little,   to expand our minds and our experiences, to break free of confines and to embrace more adventure in our lives.

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. Deepak Chopra

 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 family and friends, in our work, our sport or our hobby. It could be by being inspiring others in some way 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 you treat yourself if you were? How would the world change if we really started living like this?

How can you make a difference… today and every day? As Mandela told us before he left.  “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.

I’m proposing that we dedicate the whole month to Peace, rather than just one day – that we spend the next 30 days being Warriors of Peace…What can you do that will help you to find patches of Peace in your busy days or to help somebody else find them?

Who’s going to join me…?    To honour Peace month, I will be posting regular inspirations and reminders on my community Facebook page

I’ll also be facilitating a Peace Mandala Workshop on 18th October, as well as two Art & Soul workshops in Johannesburg on 25th and 26th October. Email me for details






Lifelight Astrology Update – Full moon in Pisces 9 September

Lifelight Astrology Update – Full moon in Pisces 9 September

Be gentle

Energies peak toady, with the last of the Super Moons this year –  in ultra-sensitive Pisces. This means that she is opposite the sun, who is in “no-nonsense, practical, get it done” Virgo. The polarity and possible conflict that is being highlighted is that of surrender and control.

Always at full moon, we have a  giant spotlight, shining down and within, exposing  everything as it is – which makes it hard to run and hide. This one has been  stirring up strong feelings for a few days now and will continue to do so for a few more, so don’t be surprised if the waterworks are close to the surface. If they are, it’s ok – let em flow!  A Pisces Full moon always increases our sensitivity to pain, (our own and others) and to the world as a whole. We basically feel more connected and therefore feel the suffering more.

This time, Chiron, the wounded healer has joined the party, uniting with the moon, opposing the sun and squaring the  teacher, Saturn. This means that old deep feelings of insecurity, separation, abandonment, not being good enough and soul loneliness may be coming up. We’re being encouraged to be very gentle with ourselves and others, whilst we stay in a vulnerable open hearted place, tempting as it may be to skedaddle away, put a lid on it, get busy or drown our sorrows.

This is the time to stay with whatever comes up and see if you can be the observer, ask “Who is it that is insecure, sad, lonely?”  …. And ….“Who is it that is noticing that I’m insecure, sad, lonely”  etc? And then stay there, breathe, soften and allow the wave move through you. “Be truthful, gentle and fearless” Gandhi

This is a powerful time to do whatever it is that reconnects you spiritually… that opens you up to  the mysterious flow of life.  Be aware of sudden intuitive flashes, dreams and symbols.  The next two weeks carries great potential to bring about yet another layer of healing and integration.


With gentleness