The crazy energy out there raised a lot of emails and calls! Everyone seems to be feeling this energy - the good, the bad and the ugly. So I thought I should write something about coping with the changes taking place the next 18 months.
When I speak of energy at odds, it literally means we are in a storm. Its not a metaphor, it's for real. There is storm of opposing energy. Since we are part of the fabric of this planet, we are part of this opposition. The Earth herself is changing - reaching a cataclysmic state as she approaches a rebirth. Global warming is changing her, just like our DNA is literally changing as we speak. We are on the precipice of a rebirth. The parts of ourselves which does not work will be torn from us if we don't work hard to go with the flow. CHANGE is everywhere, and so are tempers. People are feeling caged, frustrated, confused and rather helpless at times. We are snakes in the process of shedding our skins so we can be something else.
A the core of these changes is CLEANSING. There's a reason you want to clear the clutter, rearrange the furniture, change your look, your hairdo, your job, your career, your friends and family are even undergoing a certain scrutiny because we are EVOLVING into new levels of consciousness. We have to be MINDFUL of what we take with us, who we associate with, how authentically we live our lives.
I recently turned into the mad cleaning woman, obsessed with going through every closet, drawer and cabinet and getting rid of all the unwanted stuff. It's elemental Feng Shui - you have to have empty space to allow NEW things to come in. Most of us are pack rats. Get busy and clean the house and the garage and the yard. Tell yourself an important person is coming to visit and you want the place to be as spiffy as it can be. You need to literally make space in your house. Less furniture, less clothes, less kitchenware, less pictures on the wall. Make room for new stuff to come into your environment. How about giving it an an hour every evening on something? Clean a drawer out while you watch TV. Turn on your favorite music as loud as can be and tackle that closet or garage. Clean. Clean. Clean. This is an act of faith, of belief that you want a new future and you are telling the universe and your higher self you are ready.
Then there is a harder part, clearing out the people from you life who don't value you. Do your "friends" and family make you feel good, encourage you, treat you with respect, or do they always ask for help and never return the help when you need it? Do they always seem to say things that hurt your feelings? Do they make you feel insecure and undervalued? Then its time to clean those people out too. (yes its harder with family, but you can limit your contact if need be.)
I had a friend for over 20 years I recently asked to leave my life. It took me 6 months of mulling it over, but no matter which way I looked at it, this person belittled me, took advantage, coerced me, and made me feel used and insecure. There were a couple of final straws for me, but one that stands out was the night she left the house, I leaned against my front door and said out loud to myself "Thank God she is gone." This drove home to me how uncomfortable she made me feel and I had to ask myself why I was allowing this habit to continue when she was so toxic to me. I talked to my other friends about it. Turns out a lot of them only tolerated her for me. Others said to follow my heart, and that's what I did. So I told her that her attitude toward me was anything but friendship, that her belief systems were full of fear and anger and did not make me feel good, and I was, sadly, ending our relationship. She was shocked. I don't think she ever expected me to speak up for myself and change the pattern of abuse. And from that moment onward I felt like an anvil lifted off my shoulders. I was free. I never looked back. And even though it took me six months to do it, I felt that I had to honor myself and feel good about me. It's not only my right, but my duty to keep good energy around me.
She lost several other friends that same year, and she never did the work to figure out why. I did the right thing and made room for new people to come into my life, and a new friend came along almost immediately like magic. it was one of the hardest things I ever did, but it was worth it for my sanity, my self respect and my happiness. If you have people like this in your life, toxic people, know that they prevent you from moving forward, from having self respect and from raising your own vibrations to a higher level so you can move into the new energy of the world. I never said it would be easy, but boy it feels good to be surrounded by people who love and cherish me. I deserve it. And you do too.
Do the same with career, start looking for a new job, or starting your own business. Make your life a happy place and your vibrations automatically elevate, taking you to the higher level.
I also want to talk about "perfection". People tell me they will get busy on their work WHEN they get everything in order. Excuse me! Everything is NEVER in order. The Universe and life is chaos and change. While you're waiting to be perfect, life is passing you by. Maybe you're the big pink flower and you'll get busy when you're smaller like the white flower. Or maybe you're the white flower and you'll get busy as soon as you're able to change yourself to pink like the other flower. Our need for perfection prevents us from living our lives. Our disatisfaction is a block to success. Stop Sabotaging yourself. Is your life passing before your eyes because "someday" is never today? Well stop it. Change is a process, one step at a time. LIVE. LIFE IS A BANQUET AND MOST POOR SUCKERS ARE STARVING TO DEATH was a line in the movie Auntie Mame which changed my life at age 13. I lived in a small town, where people seldom dreamed or stepped outside the box, and they made me feel like life was dull and a bust. This movie helped me see the possibilities in life. So much to learn, so many people to meet, so many places to see, so many experiences to have. Life is only dull if you are dull. Get out there and explore, make as many changes as you can, but don't stop moving forward because you're waiting until everything is perfect. There is no such thing as perfect, its only an excuse not to LIVE!
And finally, some other ways to keep the spirits up, and focus on the best in you, and the ability to cope with the true madness which is coming. I wish I could tell you rainbows are around the corner, but the next 18 months are about destruction so the phoenix can rise from the ashes. There will be turmoil. Learn to be of this world but not in it. Don't let this dark energy suck you under. Remember, its always darkest before the dawn. Great things are coming....just not quite yet.
PS: Pluto turns direct Thursday the 20th. Road blocks are lifted and progress can finally be made. Take advantage of this forward moving energy.
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Mars in Capricorn manifests things quite easily. Work really hard during this transit and you will accomplish a lot. I know its the holidays but this is the season for hard work and solid results! Take the time to push yourself and you'll see what I mean!
From August 23rd to October 6th, Mars, the planet of war, energy, drive and ruler of Aries moves into dark, mysterious Scorpio.
Mars in Scorpio gives you focus and drive. The details become clear and you harness them to make things HAPPEN! Its the perfect time for finishing those long thought about project and ideas. Its a time for deep, penetrating internal energy as you visit your darker site.
Its also great for romance and sex, but can also bring up issues like jealousy, the need to control and over intensity. Scorpio is not known for his light touch. This is deep, strong powerful energy. Use it well and you can accomplish some great things during this transit. Scorpios, Aquarians, Taurians and Leo's - watch those tempers. Are you feeling full of yourself???
After what seems like an eternity, Mars turns direct Friday the 13th. Mars, the first sign of the zodiac, is our energy. When Mars is retrograde we feel tired. We just can't get enough rest and when we try we still feel run down. Business dealings get stalled and nothing moves forward the way you want it to. Romance goes sour as everyone is feeling out of sorts and critical. Mars in Virgo, where is has been since November, is a poor place for the firery Martian energy. Virgo is earth, Mars is fire. Earth puts out a fire. Virgo is also quite picky and Aries is rash and does not like to think before acting. Mars is pretty annoyed in Virgo, because its slowed down. Add to that the retrograde which began the latter part of January, and Mars feels like a lion locked up in an escape proof, tiny cage. Mars is very upset, rattling the bars and growling to no avail. So today, Friday the 13th, Mars goes direct at 9PM. We are feeling disconnected today and the weekend would be a good time to catch up on sleep and finally be rested, and to put your ducks in a row for movement....finally. Aries people will be especially pleased, as everything has gone awry for a while. Finally business deals move forward, tension and the jitters subside and romance can flow again. But don't forget its still in virgo and will be until July 4th so people will still be a little cranky and nit picky until then, as Mars does not care about the details and Virgo demands they be reviewed. But finally on Independence Day, Mars moves into Libra, where it is exaulted. Mars generally stays in a sign 6 weeks, and it will cease its visit with Virgo after 8 months!!
After a retrograde it takes a while for that planet to "settle in" direct motion. By April 21st, when the new moon is in Aries, our energy should be stabilized and we should feel energetic and ready to go. From now until then there are several cranky aspects where people may still not get along or come to an agreement. You might be too critical and blow a deal or a compromise. So cool your jets before the 21st and try to keep your lip zipped and rest up. Because you will be ready to move, and the world will be ready to move....spring has sprung. Occupy is out and about again, Earth day is the 22nd, and by the 29th when the Sun trines Pluto, ruler of Power, big things will happen. Get ready!
Yvonne Walker, founder of theAstroHealer.com (formerly Astrological Healing) is an astrologer with 30+ years experience.