When life is no longer “business as usual”

This isn’t the newsletter I was planning on sharing for this week.

But life is not business as usual right now. To expect that things can and will always go as planned is a fallacy in our society.

The world around us wants to keep everything automated and on schedule. Many of us work with strict routines with specified timelines for life events. In many workplaces, we are told that:

– Vacation (aka rest, adventure or enjoyment) should last just two weeks.

– The death of a spouse, child or parent nets just two days of bereavement leave here. Just two days to grieve someone you might have known for a lifetime.

– Sick days are limited regardless of the timeline it actually takes to heal.

There’s an underlying message here that denies our humanness.

Somewhere along the way we have forgotten (or ignored) that life is not linear.

We are not linear. And yet there is a constant push to fit experiences, emotions and well-being into perfectly organized schedules.

The astrology of 2020 promises massive change and it is already taking place. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January was looked as a harbinger of transformation, with both planets in the industrious sign of Capricorn.

These two planets conjunct every few decades; the last time they met up was in 1982, during an economic recession.

Saturn rules structure but also restriction. Pluto rules death and rebirth. Certainly, we are seeing a slowing of the economy with the Covid-19 outbreak.

We are also seeing discussions emerge around how people work, gather and go out about their routines – routines which are much-beloved by earth energy like Capricorn.

This weekend, on Saturday, March 21, Saturn leaves Capricorn and enters airy Aquarius, signalling the start of a new chapter personally and collectively.

Saturn will square unpredictable Uranus in Taurus, potentially causing more economic fears or panic. The key is to remain practical – stay aware of the reality of any situation, and proceed with care rather than impulse.

With Saturn in an air sign for the next few months, I expect there will be further discussions around social distancing, and changes in social etiquette when it comes to understanding that we cannot help the air we breathe.

Whatever you breathe out, I breathe in. In esoteric capacities, we spend a lot of time talking about the element of air as it relates to our words, ideas, and conversations.

But air is also life. It is essential to our survival. The air we share connects as one. If the health of your neighbour is suffering, then you might suffer, too.

The astrology of 2020 has the capacity to influence the etiquette of the day, as we are gearing up for more airy Aquarian energy to come: Late in the year, Jupiter will also enter Aquarius.

The language we use, the social graces we adhere to, and the relationships we build through technology will be highlighted with this air energy.

As we’ve already been seeing, more and more people are realizing that there is a lot that can be accomplished through working remotely, meeting via video chat, and utilizing our digital world – all air things – rather than continuing to force our overcrowded transit systems or long commutes to serve schedules that can be much more flexible if industry would only bend a little. 

Saturn won’t stay in Aquarius all year – it will have a retrograde period and backtrack into Capricorn starting July 1 – but these next few months will give us all a glimpse of what’s to come once Saturn re-enters Aquarius in December and stays there until 2023.

I have always believed that one of astrology’s brightest gifts for us is the lesson that life is not linear. Our universe is always in motion, and learning how to work with its motions can help you ride the waves when they get rough. The planets enter new territories and begin to play out their days through the signs they dance through. 

Every day is a little bit different. Just as the celestial bodies around us move by degree so do we, each day inching forward toward something new, or different.

It’s easy to worry right now, and it’s not wrong to do so. We are living in uncertain times.

Feel what you need to feel – but also trust that we are built for change. Regardless of what we have been taught, the true nature of this world is adaptability, not fixity.

Times will change no matter what. It is up to each of us to learn how to change with them.

Until next time,

Liz xo  

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