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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Neptune the lovely blue planet governs spiritual matters. Last spring it entered its home of Pisces where it had been absent for 162 years. Its a momentous time. A time of awakening. Spirit will overturn the negativity of the world if we work on our own spiritual growth. Our energy goes into the pool of energy that covers the earth. The more connected we are to spirit, the more minds will change and care about friendship, family, love, the Universe vs "stuff".
It went retrograde this summer but now its back. Our minds will be more focused on the spirit if we let it. Spiritual growth will come easier, as will insights, heart opening and caring. Its all good, and its in good aspect to Saturn (trine) which means we'll find the discipline to make those spiritual changes permanent. Who cares if someone cuts you off on the highway. Slow down, pull over and let them go. Go with the flow. Go with peace and a sense of well being. Don't sweat the petty stuff. It just bogs you down. Focus on fairness for us all. Focus on real family values, not political campaign versions of family values. Help one another. Wish the best for each other and stop being so competitive. Take time to sit on the porch, smell the roses, and volunteer for a group you want to help. Its about "we the people" not about power and greed. We will stop the selfish by being unselfish. We will find our way and the world will turn into something lovely. You just need faith and practicing what you preach. Open your heart to love and being loving.
Mercury retrograde always makes me wince. The mind gets fuzzy, past mistakes are shoved in your face, people don't hear you, mail gets lost, things back up and progress is hard to come by. Its time to finish those things you've been meaning to do and they will go smoothly. Thanksgiving week will be esp crazy so expect delayed flights, dark moods, forgetfulness etc. Its time to be quiet and not engage in anything resembling an argument. Bite your tongue and wait till Nov 27th when it goes direct...no wait another week for your brain to come back because you will be living in lowered IQ time during a retrograde mercury which rules the mind. But its not all bad. People from the past come back, old matters get resolved or renewed, clean those closets, make that to do list and clear the decks for December. Be quietly productive.
Saturn enters Scorpio, the ruler or the underworld, for 2.5 years. Neptune is in Pisces, its home base, for 14 years. Scorpio and Pisces trine or interact harmoniously. This is a time of great spiritual awakening. I have noticed recently people driving like reckless, angry manics like I've never seen before. These are people reacting poorly to the amazing amount of energy bombarding us right now. If you are not looking at your spiritual life and growth, you are going to be tossed like a ship at sea. Meditate and center yourself, ask for guidance, burn candles for the world, bless your friends, be thankful what you do have no matter how small. It is time to speak to the universe on a regular basis to build the bridge between we here on earth and the "other world" of spirit, where God, the angels and higher selves exist. Piscean's and Scorpios are especially affected as these planets sit next to them. Cancers will also be greatly affected, and Taurus, Virgo and Capricorns will also bump into their spiritual selves and will be allowed to partake in this new adventure. Air and Fire signs may be having a hard time if they are not connected to their spiritual growth, but the other signs mentioned will also be having a deluge of energy pushing them into the spirit life, and if you resist, it will be overwhelming. Focus on the universal energy of love and kindness and compassion and your heart will be filled with a new joy. Become a spiritual warrior and help yourself and others rise above to a new level of being. These two planets will be bumping into each other for the next few years, so take this invitation seriously. A new world is dawning. Join in and celebrate. This is what you came here for....to see the unfolding ...and to be a part of it.
Yvonne Walker, founder of theAstroHealer.com (formerly Astrological Healing) is an astrologer with 30+ years experience.