Full Moon 29th August/ September – Dance with Me!


When marimba rhythms start to play
Dance with me, make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more

As we bid August farewell, full moon in Pisces on the 29th is our last dance, before we usher in September… and Spring!

Madame de la Luna is not only in boundless Pisces, but she is also dancing cheek to cheek with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces… and the sea, making her even more oceanic, more imaginative, more dreamy than usual.

And then… there’s our masculine force, the Sun –  in pragmatic, earthy, clever Virgo, accompanied by Jupiter, which serves to expand his Virgo-ness.

Imagine an old fashioned dance floor, where it was still customary for men to cross over to the other side and ask a woman to dance. Yes… it was in this century all you young ones!

Lets go on a little flight of fancy – Pisces loves that !

The first character in our story is the Sun in Virgo – masculine,  earthy, grounded, clever, witty and pragmatic. He cuts a dashing figure, freshly shaven, immaculately turned out in his custom designed suit and stylishly cut hair. With an eagle eye, and using his incredible powers of discernment, he starts to suss out the talent on the other side of the dance floor. “She might do… but …oh no.. her nose is a little large!” Or “… Well she’s pretty, but that laugh…. too loud!.” ” Hmmm…She looks quite interesting, but really, those colour choices?”  Mr Virgo carefully and critically weighs the options, before making his move, which will be strategically planned. He likes things to be timed properly, and to be clean and orderly. He really hates chaos and does everything in his power to avoid it. In fact, he prides himself on bringing order to chaos. He favours the pure, the healthy, the fit and the hygienic. No mystical, magical stuff for him!

And then…the lights change, the marimba rhythms start to play and suddenly out of the corner of his beady eye, appears a vision of loveliness. Seemingly manifesting from the ethers, she  floats into his line of sight, this other-worldly, ethereal looking feminine phenomenon. She’s all fragility, floaty fabric,  and flowers in her hair. Her eyes are half shut, as she sways seductively to the music, seemingly lost in another world.  Miss Pisces loves to connect to and sometimes lose herself in all that is. She hates too much order, dislikes any kind of boundaries and prefers to spend her time creating, imagining, dreaming, healing, and playing. Her pleasures may very well include slowly sipping an entire bottle of excellent wine and getting more than a little tiddly, demolishing all manner of delicious tit-bits and making long and lovely love. She is oceanic and vast and difficult to catch and pin down and control – a little like an angel fish.

Mr Virgo initially is appalled that he’s even vaguely drawn to this strange creature, so he returns to his strategy of assessing the rest of the feminine contingent. However, the music is intoxicating and as  Miss  Pisces starts to dance towards him, he feels himself being irresistibly  pulled towards her. Before he knows it, he’s standing in front of her in the middle of the dance floor. His strategy and planning goes the way of the dodo, and he feels himself merging with her. She gently touches his hand, encouraging him to sway with her, flow with her. As he imbibes her gentleness, he feelshis defenses dropping…. softening… gentling.  She on the other hand, is drawn to his strength, and finds his sense of order and direction reassuring, like a welcome rudder in a turbulent sea.

And this dear hearts,  is the way I see the energy playing out for the  next few months. The feminine …meeting and integrating with the masculine and visa versa. For better or worse, in sickness and in health.  The parts of us that wish to dream and love and imagine and merge, accepting and integrating  the parts that wish to plan and strategize and order… rather than keeping  them on separate sides of the room, or the world, or the universe for that matter. To add power to this energy, we have Jupiter in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces, all the way until November, which effectively  continues this theme.  And… lastly, there’s Venus and Mars entering into a dance as well, for the same period, in heart-based romantic Leo.

For me, this means that we’re being given another chance to understand and integrate the sacred male and female that resides within each of us – which, if we all did, would probably end all strife, all war… all hatred!.

Most astrology clients who I see for the first time, are surprised when they realise that they are not just their sun sign (masculine), but that they have a feminine moon as well, which is often completely different to the sun. And they have a  Mars and  Venus too, which makes things even more interesting. It’s only when we understand these different parts of ourselves, that we can start to integrate them. When we can do that, we stop fighting who we are and start to love and accept ourselves, in all our complexity.

I will be running a series of workshops and retreats in September and early October, which will assist in doing just this. Please see below or contact me for details.

In the next few weeks and months,  with Mars and Venus joining together,  romantic relationships  may very well come under the spotlight. If you’re not involved,  a feeling of hopelessness may arise as to whether  you’ll ever meet the “right “ person. The potential is there for you to bring in exactly what you’re looking for, so have faith!.  If you are in a relationship, some cracks could start to show and criticism or disillusionment  could creep in, but there’s huge potential for healing whatever needs to be healed.  And, for those in happy, close relationships, this is potentially a potent time to deepen your love and have some fun as well!

And.. whatever our relationship status is with significant others, let’s not forget, the most important relationship we have is the one with ourselves. Ask yourself this full moon and this month – How can I open my heart more … to myself?  How can I be completely present with myself … despite my supposed imperfections? Can I still love me, when I’m lying on the couch, seemingly not achieving all I should be achieving, when I’m  not as thin or  as rich or as perfect as I’d like to be?

 Can I sway with myself… Hold myself close, like the lazy ocean hugs the shore?

Lyrics from “Sway with Me”  Watch this old fashioned version – it will have you swaying in seconds! 

In Life and Light



Lifelight Astrology 13th August – New Moon, Jupiter into Virgo

Moon bag

Image by Eric Puybaret

The big news this week is that Jupiter, the giant planet of expansion, higher learning and opportunity, has completed his  year long journey through fabulous, fiery Leo.  During his time there, many of us have become really excited about new, creative ideas, which we have or haven’t given birth to yet, started (and perhaps not completed) a myriad of projects,  fallen in (and maybe out of love, made (and spent) some money and sent plenty of big-hearted intentions out into the universe.

And now as this huge planet shifts into Virgo, we add a more pragmatic, practical, routined, health-oriented lense to the aspect of growth in our lives.  As you can imagine, big expansive Jupiter, who is associated with the Greek God Zeus, isn’t too crazy about having his wings clipped in the puritanical sign of the Virgin, but if we understand and integrate the energy, the shift can be very helpful indeed.

Think back to September 2003 to September 2004, which was the last time Jupiter journeyed through Virgo. There’s likely to be a thread to, or a similar theme happening in your life now. If you have a copy of your chart, and you know a bit about Astrology, find the house where 1 degree Virgo resides. This will be the area in your life where you need to show real commitment, in order to grow into your next level of your evolution.

This shift has happened while the sun is still in Leo, where he is joined by the moon and Venus on Friday (New moon). With all the retrograde planets around, we’re being given another invitation to reassess our heart-felt ideas and intentions and to re-ignite our flames. At the end of June, (see my blog below for a refresher) Jupiter and Venus danced together in Leo and we connected with our wildest imaginings. Now, many of us have felt that  flame start to flicker, as daily life has once again got in the way of our heartiest intentions.

This new moon, we are being asked to add pragmatism and commitment to the mix, as we start to separate the wheat from the chaff, clear the clutter and make order out of some of the chaos in our lives. (It’s a really good new moon for a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual purge or detox)

Ask yourself again … What do I really, really want in my life? If  I had to do one thing before I died, what would it be? If I had a year left to live, what would I be doing  more of? What is my unique heart song? How can I embrace it and share it?  Am I taking the time necessary to tend my unique flame?

…And if are finding that there isn’t enough time to stoke the fire in your heart, then ask what you can cut and trim from your life, to make more space. Maybe it’s time for some of your old dreams and wishes to be re-visited, in order to establish whether they’re still relevant and worthy of your energy, or for those some extraneous tasks or commitments to be cleared away, to make room for the new.

If you’ve had a creative idea bubbling inside you for a while, this is the week to write it down and schedule time to commit to it on a regular basis – daily if possible. If your intention is to get fit or to lose weight, or get more supple, then this is the week to start and commit to that new eating or exercise plan. If you feel that you’re a bit stale creatively, or are in dire need of fun, then get serious about having some fun – this week actually schedule fun into your calendar.

This quote was very timeously sent to me by my friend and amazing Life Coach,  Liz Witherspoon the other day – thanks Liz.  It says it all.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. 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.” William Goethe

In Life and LIght