Are we puppets on a string, swayed by world events? Are we minions of God, directed by some Big Producer in the Sky? Are we self-made women and men, boldly reciting “I am the captain of my soul….”? Do we soldier on through life with the belief “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me”?
Right now in my astrological communities there is a lot of sturm und drang about the Cardinal T-Square energy that is afoot these days. This post isn’t about that per se (sorry astro fans!) but rather the response I see. People who are in the first camp (we really are puppets on a string – in this case ruled by planets – a view I most definitely DO NOT share) are frightened.
Just as in the current political arena (which is exemplifying said energy beautifully – a textbook case of the Uranus/Saturn part of it all) there is much heated rhetoric and a lot of “the sky is falling!” The most extreme example of this that I have heard of was the billboard put up by a Tea Party group in Nebraska comparing Obama to Hitler. Oh my! But lest my family & friends on the right think I’m saying that extremism and dire views of the current zeitgeist are limited to one side of the political spectrum – I’m not.
And this post isn’t about politics.
It’s about how our view of the world colors all that we do, feel and yes, experience.
Individually how we respond to the challenges, opportunities, joys and sorrows that life hands us will determine much about the content and character of our life. And I think, our happiness.
And collectively how we as a group (family, religious body, school, workplace, company, or governmental body or nation) respond to what happens will affect our place in the world, too.
And it occurs on the theatre not only of space, but time.
In my BigGirl Corporate career I used to complain to my patient father about the transgressions of others or how unfair BigCo was – some corporate political maneuvering that struck me as particularly egregious. My grew-up-as-a-farmer Dad (who later became a sales executive at Johnson & Johnson) would remind me “Cream rises to the top. Just do YOUR best and ignore all the distractions – it will work out in the end.” That seemed absurd when I was flailing. But my Dad is one of the people I’ve admired the most and so I would follow his advice. Darned if he wasn’t right on that one, too!
I’m seeing that right now in the results I’m getting from the changes I’m implementing with the big energy afoot. As an aside, one of the reasons I have studied astrology for over 35 years is that it’s a good barometer/clock – it describes energy that is afoot. Doesn’t create it – but like a good weather map let’s you know what is on the horizon). So, seeing the energy afoot and how it affects me I sprang into action. As I used to tell my colleague Marc at BigCo – “Act or be acted upon!”
So i’m making these very big (to me) changes in how I feed and move my body. And while the end game is health and strength one of the side effects I’m most eager to see is weight loss.
So I plug away each day and see little result, tiny result —– and then, all of a piece – “wow!” – big result. As an aside, I noticed this years ago when I did a Weight Watchers plan – it seems to be how my body changes itself – holds on tight to each ounce til the last possible second and then drops 3 lbs seemingly overnight. Up and down and quite erratic, when the effort applied is slow (VERY slow it seems on some days!) and steady.
My corporate career was like that. Seemingly big promotions “out of the blue” when in reality there had been years in the making.
With work and money I have always had the underlying belief that I am and will be successful. So as the waves roll in and the chaos “out there” continues swirling I “do the next right thing” and trust God/the Universe/my Self/my own efforts that as Bob Marley says “Every little thing is gonna be alright”
As I noted on my post about hope – I am seeing that I can do that same thing – change my beliefs, change my mind, change my expectations on all the rest of life.
Einstein said: ” There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
I vote for option B. You?