I’m finding it hard to write this week’s forecast.
I worry about the world. I worry about the way history repeats itself.
I am a positive person, but I am also a realistic person. I don’t tow the “love and light” line because it doesn’t feel quite right for me.
I like the idea of sending love, and the idea of sending light, but so often, I am filled with other emotions that I can’t coat over.
There is no glossy sheen for dread or concern, no way to pull a shiny blanket over my eyes and hide away from reality.
To say, “just think positive” in the face of any challenge isn’t always what I need to hear. Sometimes, it means more to me to have someone say, “that must be so hard.”
Even though I have built a life out of tarot and astrology, spirituality and creativity, my feet remain firmly planted on the ground at all times. I am of the earth. The gods and goddesses I pray to are, as well.
But the earth gets dirty. Things grow in the soil, but they also die, failing to take root. It’s where we bury the dead, but also where we plant new seeds.
I look to nature to understand my own rhythms, but I also stay aware that it is as destructive as it is beautiful. It can wipe me out in a single storm, or a brush of fire. Its ground can quake and swallow me whole. To me, this is truth. This is the reality I accept and embrace.
So I can’t, and won’t, remove myself from the harsh truths of life. The past year was heavy and hard, personally and politically, for so many people.
There are truths that must continue to be brought forward, and old beliefs that must be challenged. Personally, I keep trying to remind myself that I have so much more to learn. I can never assume I have it all figured out, and must always work to burst any bubbles I find myself living in.
I can’t disconnect from reality.
There are so many stories and scenarios that remain unheard for many reasons. It’s not always easy for someone to speak out, and many people have been taught not to say anything at all.
That was a rule that I grew up with in my home. My parents had been raised to believe there was great shame in anything that suggested life was less than picture-perfect.
In my house, you didn’t talk about your body. Or your sadness. Or your failures. If you did, sympathy or a listening ear were not reasonable expectations. More often, admissions would be met with red faces, anger, and disappointment.
I felt alone in this, but later, I learned I wasn’t. My came from an entire generation that had been raised to believe the same. I was just one of many kids who had to learn that there were other ways to be in the world.
But it takes time. And it takes trust. There is always risk involved. When you tell a truth, you wonder: Who will be there to help on the other side of this?
So often, we are blocked by other people’s opinions or advice on what to do, or how to proceed. Or, we are blocked by other people’s apathy, the attitudes that come with a shrug of the shoulders that say, “So what? Nothing will ever change.”
I think we are all moving through a time where it is more important than ever to listen to each other. To be careful of assuming that we know what’s best for one another before taking the time to learn what it is that’s actually needed right now.
These things are on my mind as Uranus is picking up speed after stationing direct last week. Uranus, the planet of rebellion, has been in Aries since 2011.
In Aries, Uranus focuses on the individual. At its best, this influence can help each of us to define who we are and move past any unwanted external influences.
It allows for self-actualization and challenges conformity and conditioning. It allows for people to rise up.
Uranus in Aries can give life to movements like #metoo.
But it can also give power to terrorism and extremism.
It can create a militant, all-or-nothing mindset in some people. It can be singular in its thinking, and moves with blinders on, vehemently caught up in its own beliefs without compassion or sensitivity or care for what else needs to be considered in the equation.
Terrorist group ISIS started making mainstream media headlines with Uranus in Aries. It was founded before 2011, but its presence has strengthened in this time.
With Uranus in Aries, we have seen the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany when Uranus was in Aries, too.
Of course, they are different leaders in different times, but I find it unsettling that, in 2017, the Anne Frank Centre has compared this presidency to the “escalating steps of oppression” of Hitler’s Germany.
This is an influence that can give power to extreme, narrow viewpoints and strong convictions. History’s parallels might not look exactly the same every time, but the collective consciousness ends up circling around the same ideologies and conflicts again and again.
Later this year, Uranus will enter Taurus. This can give power to even more conservative viewpoints. Saturn in Capricorn can also factor into this.
It all feels like a train is rushing into a station, except the train is fire and the brakes have gone out and no one knows how to stop it, or if they can.
The tension of the world isn’t something I believe we can pray away. It’s not just about sending love and light hoping to manifest a new reality.
Prayer can be a soothing balm for the soul, but it doesn’t replace the need for real, tangible action within our day-to-day lives.
That means caring for ourselves, and for each other. It means taking more time to listen before reacting too quickly, or before jumping to conclusions.
It’s not always easy with Uranus in Aries, as it’s an influence that can blind us to our own convictions. Uranus in Aries wants an all-or-nothing mindset. It wants to believe that “any means necessary” is the way to go.
But if everyone feels that their way is the right way, how do we find unity? How do we come together? How do we lead with compassion and community when the powers that be are pushing violent, oppressive agendas?
These questions are not new, but I think they are ones to hold onto tightly in the year ahead. They are ones we have to be careful not to lose sight of.
I don’t have all the answers.
Instead, I remain chronically aware of how little I really understand of the world we live in. They say the older you get, the less you know, and I have found that to be one of the greatest truths of my life.
I can only share that in my experience, patience and information can go a long way.
I find that admitting mistakes can help, too. But forgiveness has to be part of the equation, too. Even if it begins in small ways.
Staying informed and making time to hear, understand, process, and discern can all be powerful tools that we, as individuals, have access to.
With Mercury moving into Capricorn this Thursday, January 11, there will be an opportunity for groundedness. Capricorn season is in full swing, and this earthy, stabilizing energy can help to support patience and clarity. Capricorn likes to see the big picture.
And part of that big picture will remind us that there is always hope. There is always good happening in the world no matter what. There is still time for things to change.
At least that’s what I want to tell myself, and what I want to believe. But I also want to be real. I want to sit with the weight of possibility that things might get worse before they get better.
True to form, tarot is with me in this writing, bringing up the Lovers card. Life may not be all about love and light, but love is part the big picture too, this card seems to say. And of course it is.
With so many reasons to be angry, let’s not forget compassion, forgiveness, and empathy.
That no matter what, we are still stronger when we come together, and no one is in this alone.
Until next time,