I have personally been going through a lot of physical and emotional challenges and when I talk to my friends, I am hearing great distress also.  People are sick, going into the emergency room, losing loved ones and it seems a bit more than usual.  We have discussed that much of it will lift after March 3rd when Saturn gets out of a heavy section of Sagittarius (10-13.20) degrees.  Our heart goes out to the people of Florida and the tragedies that seems to pervade our society.    I have mentioned in past columns, there is no point in predicting calamities and not sure we can really avert them or if anyone would believe us if we predicted them.

Many of us are  are really on the edge, emotionally and mentally the last month.  The post solar eclipse energy is not helping and Mercury, Venus and the Sun going through the heavier sign of Aquarius aspected by Saturn and Mars is not helping matter.

Many people  are up against material problems that seem to be coming out of nowhere with health and finance and career and Saturn in early Sagittarius in the constellation of Mula  has a way of creating more anxiety than we can deal with and everything slows down and we get nothing done.

Saturn is spinning webs of anxiety that are not helpful in moving forward in our life–yet we have to find someway to do so.    The trick will be engaging Mars for courage as he is so strong in the sky and dismissing the rumbling sub-conscious anxiety going on in the background.

Still if we search deeply there is a underlying core of well being there that we have to grasp onto and it is there with Jupiter in Libra and the meeting of the two benefics and soon Jupiter will be trining Venus and bring some warm positive energy.     We have to tap into that core and not buy into the mental worries of the mind and the core anxiety that Saturn will continue to bring–and it is just doing its job.

If you are challenged, we have to reach to Pluto and surrender and Divine will.  Fighting “what is” and saying it shouldn’t be this way plagues the mind and cause our current discomfort.  We do not have to keep going through what we are going through. Surrender is the key. Once you surrender to the ineffable and once you take it upon yourself to rely on the grace of God, then you have a chance to be free. It does take a shift of the mind and doing enough meditation practice so that we can reach back and find that Lightness of Being.  If we do not go there we are going to get gripped by Saturn’s grumbling and complaining.

And still we have to avoid spiritual by-pass and be real with what is going on in our life and somehow reach back to the power of the very strong Jupiter in the sky  that is reminding us that we are safe and always protected and taken care.  There is underlying it all, an ineffable lightness of Being.  If   we can let go of the heavy luggage and baggage of the mind that is carrying a 100 pound suitcase through the airport when we just need a 20 pound carry-on.   Let go of the baggage.  What will be. Find the those unbearable moments of lightness and love to fall back on or you will be doomed to the gnawing and complaining mind.  Find the sweetness of Venus and trust in the Divine which is strong in Jupiter now while they are there to give us so grace in March.

We are always given a choice.  Do we get caught in the media hype that wants to send us over the cliff or do we turn to the Divine and focus on all the good things that also happening?   There is a famous story of a Saint who always speaks positively about everything that is happening no matter how grim. A mischievous nay-Sayer,  was determined to get the saint to speak negative and took him down an alley where a dead animal was rotting.  When the saint failed to say anything negative, the nay-Sayer, beckoned him to say something and he said, “But look at those beautiful white teeth.”

Wishing you all joy and blessings in the midst of your suffering and may the Divine come to you in this great time of need.

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