Like so many of you, I was disturbed yesterday by the news coming out of Wall Street. Hecate wrote a juicy post about how it impacts us personally, and astrologer Lynn Hayes pointed out that the financial fall happened just as Pluto left expansive Sagittarius for the reality check of Capricorn. (It will stay in Cap until 2023, BTW.)
The good news about Capricorn (trust me, this Cap knows) is that dedication and hard work are always rewarded.
But first, Pluto breaks down structures to make way for their transformation. (Read Lynn's article for more insight on Pluto in Cap.)
So I pulled my head out of the creative focus it's been in, over the last few days, and did a short reading.
I asked: What do I need to know about the current economic crisis and how it will affect us personally?
Opportunity – the Lovers
Mmmm . . . well, that's odd, I thought, when I first saw the card. Then I realized its ramifications. We have the opportunity to draw closer to the ones we love. The ties that bind us to our loved ones and our communities cannot be bought or sold. Not only that, but this card always carries the message of following your heart's desire when making a choice. "When times get rough," writes Hecate, "joy has a huge premium." She urges us to stockpile, now, tools for the things that give us the greatest joy — like books, art supplies, yarn for spinning, garden tools, musical instruments. We can always clap our hands and sing. We can create art, we can do ritual, we can make love. We can meditate, and stay in the present moment. (Hmmm . . . perhaps it was no accident that Eckhart Tolle brought his message to millions last spring, in preparation for the hard times ahead.)
Challenge - Ace of Air
We're going through a metamorphosis (there's that pesky Pluto again) and may feel like we're just hanging by a thread. We're challenged with new thoughts, ideas, decisions, strategies. We have to figure out how to live a different way — to live more simply and give up some of our overinflated consumer habits. (Credit card debt, anyone?) It may be a challenge to stay as light-hearted as a butterfly . . . so it all comes back to joy. Where do we find our joy? ("Joy is the happiness that doesn't depend on what happens," I hear David Steindl-Rast saying. And it grows from the fertile soil of gratitude.)
Resolution - Awakening
Ah. Now there couldn't be a better resolution, could there? Our consciousness is raised, and we "wake up" in some way. We're out of denial. Yup, things are really bad. So how do we now live? Differently from the way we've lived in the past. Again, paraphrasing Hecate: Hunker down. Get out of debt. Cut expenses. Grow some of our own food. Brainstorm creative ways to bring in more money. Live authentically. And serve others.
And vote! On November 4th. You know what to do.
I'd love to hear your insights into this reading. Blessed Be.
(Added: Here's an excellent post on the situation from PaulaG at BlogHer. Read the comments too.)