Even though I’m supposed to be decking my halls, I’ve been feeling decked by deep emotional turmoil instead. Lots of old fears and unhelpful thought patterns have emerged in the last week and I feel as if I'm constantly treading water. The plans I’ve laid in the last six months have gone up in a shredder, and I’m flailing after the fragments of paper. So today at Maha Rose, I talked to astrologer Leslie Galbraith. “Is there something cosmic going on?” I asked. The answer is YES—a lot of things. I found out that I’m not alone in this experience--others here at Maha Rose echoed these sentiments, and my heart was bolstered by being less alone. This post is a rallying together in the maelstrom, and this paragraph is a mixing of metaphors because that’s what the energy of this time is like—things are hard to contain and move all over the place.
I return to my thesis statement. It’s the most intense time of the year. Many of our planets are out of bounds, nothing’s behaving properly, and it’s kind of like a super-charged mercury retrograde until January 3rd.
Saturn is about to move out of Scorpio for the first time in two years. Saturn is our planet of power, hard work, and responsibility. Scorpio is the sign of deep experience, shadow selves, mystery, probing the depths. The combination of these two has made the past two years a challenge for many and it will be a breath of relief when Saturn moves into Sagittarius on December 23. When these large transits happen, we feel them the most in their first 3 degrees and the last. Guess what baby, we’re in the last few degrees! So our power sector and our self worth are all a jumble.
It’s the most intense time of the year.
Also, there is so much fire in the air right now. There’s this vigorous, frenetic energy, that has the unattended mind jumping up and down, screaming, “Do this. Now this. Then you’re going to do this, and when you’re done do it’ll be time to do this.”
With all these movements, plus asteroids and planets running a muck in the galactic center plus the Sun being in Sagittarius, it is as if we are caught in the middle of a wild fire.
It's the most intense time of the year.
So, what to do? Is there a silver lining here? Or should I hole up for the next few weeks?
Luckily, there’s always a silver lining (thanks planets!) This time is a chance to ground. Some teachers say “learn to meditate in the most hectic environment you can. Then when you move into a peaceful environment it will be easy.” Grounding now is like that—if you learn to do it here, nothing can stop you. Grounding is also a chance to contain the forest fire, to work with it in order to get things done, and experience life’s spontaneous magic. Much of the magic of this time is people being brought together in fun and unexpected ways (I ran into three old friends yesterday). It is a time to connect. As things are getting tossed and turned in the fiery fury, it’s also great time to hold on to what is working, what and who you hold dear, and let the rest be purified by the flame.
So friends, the best things to do contain the fire: Meditate. Breathe. Ground. Come back to the present. Salute the sun and the earth. Sit around your fire pit with your loved ones, with all the fun people fire has brought into your life. Watch it glow this bright sigil of chaos and love and light, let it keep you warm like a gooey marshmallow, instead of burnt to a crisp like that utterly charred one that you had to throw out last time (eww).
There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago
It's The Most Intense Time Of The Year :)