I’ve recently had an international news moratorium – for several weeks, for myself and not just for this blog – and in the process discovered that another friend never watches the news at all, with the philosophy that anything really important will find its way to her ears anyway. Not so recently I might’ve frowned inwardly at the idea of staying uninformed. Yet I should add that the above mentioned friend is one of the most intelligent, compassionate and insightful women of my acquaintance and is a highly effective therapist/astrologer/business woman and prolific writer.
Now I am beginning to think is there something truly oppressive about being exposed to a constant flow of tragedy? As this is such a transitional week I did log onto the news this morning, and within seconds I found myself reading about suicide, murder and devastating landslides.
I think the real issue is boundaries. As I write the Sun has just entered Pisces – traditionally the sign of suffering and redemption, mysticism, the sea (co-ruled by Neptune/Poseidon) and boundless emotional depths. The Piscean nature is highly absorbent, it can soak up an atmosphere in seconds, it’s sensitive to the point of/bordering on being psychic, it’s compassion for humanity and it’s the “urge to merge”. Falling in love is, in fact, the temporary collapse of personal boundaries. The struggle is how to put them back again! Disillusionment and feeling swamped by life is the flip side of the Pisces coin.
Later today Saturn turns retrograde in another water sign of Scorpio, and Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces at the end of the week. This adds up to a lot of uncertainty, and a lot of vulnerability. Keep an eye on your boundaries – in other words, how far can you healthily go if you are in the role of Rescuer? How much can you realistically expect of others?
On a more mundane note I’m wondering if the record breaking wet weather here is now dug in for yet another three weeks, until Mercury goes direct again! Nidri is waterlogged and I’ve also discovered plumbing problems in the bathroom… water, water everywhere! It’s hard to imagine that in a few months time I’ll be complaining about the heat….
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