Among the many fine things about growing older, I particularly enjoy the increasingly lengthy list of matters one realizes are of no matter. An early addition to this list: I no longer find it necessary to denigrate or defend my liking for astrology. Indeed, I find it to be a helpful system for cultivating psychological self-awareness. Also, I think it an asset that the entire conceptual framework relies upon the elemental symbology of the earth, placed as the center point of the universe. After all, that is where we are living, and so as a place of reckoning our own particular frequencies and influences, it seems to make a lot more sense than laying the entirety of plausibility upon the doorsteps of numerical equations and the sun.
All of which is to, admittedly perhaps defensively, say that astrology as a study really has assisted my internal epiphanies over the years. Not necessarily solving the weak points of character and psyche, but at least making me aware of them and providing a way to think about the complexity through a framework that is materially and symbolically observable.
My own most taxing trait is the utter lack of Earth (physical, tangible) planets in my chart. Practically all Water (emotion) and Air(intellect) with one measly Fire (action) planet. This means I have a very difficult time existing outside my head and in the present moment. Likely why dance and yoga and woods walks are so needed and helpful. Likely also why I am in an almost constant state of worry, and strategizing over solutions.
I know it is preferable to live in the moment, in gratitude, giving out waves of love to my family and the world. But I find it nearly impossible to overlook the barriers to doing those peaceful things in peace. Meaning, a great deal of my head space is focused on the emotional despair and intellectual outrage that is engendered by our current political state.
So what to do, as a deeply frustrated, indignant Scorpio Sun/Gemini Moon? Well, a small measure of relief comes with sending letters to elected (cough , cough gerrymandered!) officials. Here’s my latest, pertaining to the $20+billion requested to increase “immigration enforcement.”
I wholly oppose spending billions of dollars to further intimidate and demonize immigrant populations. All the rhetoric of “take care of our own first” is a total sham when the idea is to use such exorbitant amounts of money on such forces and at the same time cut funding for hunger programs, our clean air and water, medical care for the poor and elderly, and on and on.