Healing and Wonderment

support from the Stars: slow & steady

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For the past few years I have indulged my curiosity for astrology, diving deeper into the practice of reading the sky. What I've learned is that astrology helps me get a pulse on the atmospheric energies and find my place among the stars. Astrology* is more than the study of applied terms and categorizations. It is a living science that helps provide context for our experiences. We have sayings in English like, "it's in the air today," signifying that we are aware of patterns arising among people we know. Even if we don't have the time or patience or appetite to seek potential explanations, we do notice trends within our community. 

As of late, I have been noticing a trend in myself and those around me of perspectives and events shifting from chaos to clarity as if a dust storm has begun to settle leaving crystals of truth exposed. Meanwhile, the stars seem to be supporting structure, determination, stability and growth with Saturn having entered Capricorn (December 2017) and the Earth Dog year commencing this week.

The shifts I've seen have come as insights, as if years of practice and focus are distilling into clear form. For me, this looks like conviction and confidence in pursuit of my goals, for my brother it is an understanding of his last 10 years and his next 10, while a dear friend of mine has found ease and dexterity for a guitar style he's played for the last 5 years.

As 2018 picks up speed and while beginnings are still ripe, I invite you to tune into what is in the air as if feeling the current of a river. Some questions to help you begin to grab hold of the energy:

  • where do you notice stability in your life? 
  • what back-burner endeavors might be moving to the forefront?
  • how has your focus shifted?
  • is there a theme crystallizing for your year as 2018 moves along?

Beginning to notice trends and how those among us might be echoing our experiences helps us sense larger energies at play and while no planet or transit is going to "cause" fortune or afflictions, it is helpful in assessing where the momentum is. Will that business endeavor be supported? Or is it a better time for brainstorming and collecting resources? What actions and decisions are supported by the atmospheric energies? What is in conflict?

You do not need to be an astrologer to determine where the momentum and support lies. You just need to notice yourself and those around you for a sense of what's at play.

*(If you are curious about astrology, I recommend checking out Dana Gerhardt for western. For Chinese, I have found Susan Levitt accessible and informative.)