The Sun entered Libra this morning at 9:31 am EST. In the northern hemisphere, this is the start of the fall season.
It’s time to plant your seeds for spring. What do you want to see growing in your life six months from now?
What kind of experiences do you want to be having next year?
What do you want more of – and what do you need less of in order to make that happen?
Libra is symbolized by the scales – an image of balance and fairness. In my opinion, balance is an illusion: We aim for this elusive idea of “work-life balance” only to find it’s nothing more than a vague tagline.
I will be the first to admit I don’t live in balance. I am all-or-nothing with everything I do. When I am writing a book or putting together a new tarot course, I make it a primary focus until it’s done. I don’t compartmentalize my time into little bits so that everything gets a fair share of my attention.
No: I get focused, deep, and selfish with my time and energy. I let other things slide.
The mail piles up. I fall out of some of my routines. I put things off until tomorrow.
Things get messy. But my projects get done.
I wasn’t always like this. I used to have every minute of my day planned out. The only problem was I left out time for me: Everything was planned around what should happen, and could happen.
And when there were things I wanted to happen, I felt guilty for making the time to do them.
Another problem was that whenever something unexpected came up, my carefully laid plans went down like a row of dominos.
As you move into a new season, I encourage you to let things get messy, too.
If Libra is about fairness, then it’s only fair to let yourself tip the scales to favour something you really want to spend more time on.
Let yourself tackle something full-on. Let yourself spend an inordinate amount of time doing what you love.
And what might that be? It can be anything: Reading a book for an entire afternoon. Writing poetry for hours in spite of the dishes that are piled up in the sink and the vacuuming that needs to be done.
Balance is an ideal: It’s a nice concept, but not reflective of most of our realities. More often than not, we are scrambling between tasks, trying to keep up with the many aspects of our lives.
This season, I encourage to lose any expectations you have of yourself of attaining work-life balance. Ditch the perfected, minute-by-minute schedules that feel like a too-tighter sweater that shrank in the wash.
When farmers or gardeners plant seeds, they don’t grow all of the crops or all of the flowers: They work with specific seeds to grow specific plants.
Get specific about what you need to put your energy into, as well as what you don’t.
Give yourself over to something with abandon. Tip the scales in your favour.
Until next time,