By Barry Rosen


Bad news sells as the nature of the mind is to cling to and exaggerate the negative.  The media has learned this as if you want to increase ratings, paint a bleak picture of life on the planet and show all the catastrophes in the world.  Astrology has to move away from this tendency. There is always something positive coming from even the most difficult world events.  I saw this with 9/11 as the world poured its hearts on money and love and service into helping New York.    People are good even when a few bad people try to spoil it for the rest of us.

With the eclipse season and  Mercury squared by Saturn and conjunct Ketu the last week,  people are very much on edge about the economy, China, and the state of government all around the world.

There is a lot of fear up because Saturn in Capricorn is more malefic and has more power and naturally dampens our optimistic energy and this influence will be there until Saturn gets into Pisces in 2025. 

The eclipses can bring up intense fear also as the optimism of the Sun and Moon get eaten up by Rahu and Ketu which becomes a metaphor for allowing the darkness to temporarily destroy the Divine light and plunge us into fear.   It is all illusion. Know that the Divine is taking care of you in the same way that a mother cat nurtures her newborn kittens. Why would God put us on this planet and not provide the resources and love to get us through?

Luckily the moon moves quickly but it said that the impact of an eclipse can last 3-6 months for key signs.   Still, we have to use the power of our consciousness to overcome the darkness.   The light of Divinity cannot be snuffed out for very long but our minds can get trapped in fear for days.  Remember Y2K when everyone thought the world would end in 2000 or the Mayan calendar ending in 2012?    For some reason, the mind likes to cling to fear.  Yes, be safe, but 99% of the things you fear, never happen.   Fear is like taking a 100-pound suitcase on a trip because you are afraid you will need this and that when you need a 10-pound carry-on bag!

Despite the terrorist and psychopaths in the media brewing up fear,   God is still running the show.  Do we want to spoil our belief in the innate beauty of deeper family connections and love and forget who we are or get mired in the media’s story that the world is a terrible place?

Stay away from the drama of politics.  Why pour so much hate and attention on the President and his cabinet?     The wise yogis remind us that when you point 2 fingers at someone, 3 fingers point back at us.  This means when you talk ill of others and project negativity toward others, it comes back to you even more strongly. The other person does not feel any of it. It fills your mind with hate and robs your love.   That is why it is thought not to speak ill of others because you take away their darkness and it goes to you.   The wise saints are always neutral about bad people.

I remember how clear this was for me when I watched the film Fahrenheit 9/11  by Moore.  While a brilliant film, I came out with nausea as I had put my attention on all the bad qualities of George Bush for two hours.  One of my Gurus used to say, that what you see, you become.  Watch a horror movie for 2 hours and you will become intense fear.   So why waste your time watching these people?  Yes, we want a better country but go out into your community and help troubled people directly rather than spend your time angry at selfish politicians who will never lift a finger to help others while being paid by their corporate lackeys.  We are so naive to think that our politicians will serve the people and if you get rid of one, they will get replaced by another corrupt one.  By 2024, I do hope the people will rise against corruption but we are still too mesmerized by our cell phones and streaming TV shows to use our energy to go out and make a difference with community service.  At least donate to organizations that do make a difference.  We are here on this planet to discover deeper and more spiritual truths and become enlightened and awakened human beings not to become paralyzed in fear and confusion by a media that is owned by corporate oligarchs that want to control your mind or to become addicted to the feeds on our cell phones.

 Don’t let the media fool you. The world is a wonderful place. Good people are doing good things to help humanity every day.  Do not buy into the dread and confusion.  The mind tends to amplify the few bad things that happen in our world and make them seem like they are 100 times worse than they are.

Take this precious time to hug a loved one, enjoy a wonderful cooked dish and see beyond the doom and gloom. Yes, we have problems ahead but God has a plan, bigger and brighter than we can imagine.   I leave you with a wonderful quote from one of my favorite books :


Emmanuel’s Book: A Guide to Living in the Cosmos.

Fear of the unknown is forgetfulness.

There is no such thing

as the “unknown”

to the soul.

There is a natural fear and resistance

when one does not recall

one’s Divinity.

You are safe. You are safe.

You are infinitely safe.

Oh, my dears,

if I could only make it possible

for you to experience the loving, gentle kindness

of the universe,

the balance, the fairness,

the sweetness and the joy.

there would never be another moment of fear

in your entire lives

And that is true. 



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