On March 18, 2020

Fear itself

By Cal Garrison a.k.a. Mother of the Skye

This week’s horoscopes are coming out under the light of a void-of-course Sagittarius moon. The moon will remained in that state until it entered Capricorn at 12:25 p.m.on the 16th. Mercury entered Pisces in the wee hours of Monday morning, and we’re coming up on the Spring Equinox on March 19. The Equinox is always a pivotal moment. For those of us who still observe nature’s rhythms, it is the beginning of the New Year. From that perspective this would be a good time to fertilize our visions for the next 365 days.

In light of all the chaos that is infecting the planet, those instructions might seem out of place.  After all, with the coronavirus in the headlines, and predictions that say millions of people are at risk, anyone who follows the mainstream news is probably thinking, “ She’s got to be nuts to suggest that there’s anything hopeful in sight.” While I understand why some of you might see it that way, relative to the story that surrounds the threat of a pandemic, it might be good to keep in mind that ‘fear’ is contagious, and can easily go viral. Wasn’t it FDR who said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself?” Aside from that, like it or not, there is way more to this than meets the eye.

I could rattle off a long list of aspects that confirm the reality of the coronavirus from an astrological perspective; with the media working overtime broadcasting that information, who among us needs to be reminded of that? Even so, it might help to know that outside of what we are being told, there are background influences forming the framework for an intense state of affairs that is as subject to change as anything else.

The fact that the Asteroid Pythia is T-boning all of the virus related configurations, sticks out like a sore thumb. Pythia governs the whole concept of “being misled.” She shows up in situations where people are getting the wrong information, and/or in situations where people are misinterpreting what they are hearing. This leaves us open to exaggeration, and to the dissemination of falsehoods, which in turn seed the potential for panic. If you don’t mind, I would like to use a situation which recently came to my attention to showcase some of this.

I have a good friend who is a leader in the local AA Community. Since the coronavirus became a newsworthy issue, the AA people, who because they congregate on a regular basis in groups, have had to address the prospect of contagion in a very direct way. Some of the members of that community are totally freaked out by the virus; others are less concerned.

At a recent meeting it was decided that at the end of every gathering, the entire group would stand up, join hands in a moment of silence, and pray for the health and safety of everyone on the planet. What seemed like a good idea at the time turned into a bit of a hassle. Those who were most fearful of infection didn’t want to hold hands. Those who had more of a laissez-faire attitude were OK with holding hands and saying a prayer, but they were hard pressed to find anyone who was willing to hook up and join them. The saying goes,“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” What everyone thought would bring them together and serve the greater good of the planet, only served to divide them into factions.

I mention all of the above to raise a question or two – because the last thing we need is to have one more thing increase our sense of isolation and separation. Along with this, the dilemma of the people at the AA meeting gives a chance to look at some of the aspects that are impacting all of us right now. Thinking about this, I couldn’t help but notice that the trans-neptunian point, Admetus is in high focus. Admetus relates to shunning, avoidance, being isolated in small spaces, quarantines, the whole concept of having to endure things for extended periods of time, delays, hindrances, and numerous other things. At the moment it is aspecting a bunch of health, travel, separation, and unsolved mystery asteroids; here is a short list:

1)      Admetus conjunct Hygiea – Health issues isolate us. Health issues that cause us to be shunned, or that cause us to shun certain people and activities.

2)      Admetus opposite Isis – Health issues separate us. Health issues that take time to recover from.

3)      Admetus square Odysseus – Health related issues cause us to avoid travel. To have delays and interruptions in our travel plans. To have whether or not we are able to travel depend on X, Y, or Z.

4)      Admetus square Persephone – Due to health concerns, there are long term separations from others who have gone away, or who are far away. This also includes people being sent home due to health issues. (Consider people who have travelled to lockdown countries being required to remain in those places, indefinitely. Consider students and others who are now being required to work/study from home because their school or work situations have been shut down.)

5)      Admetus conjunct Sphinx – No one knows how long these conditions will last. No one knows when these limitations will end. How long will we be in quarantine?

6)      Admetus square Urania – People have tunnel vision, or fixed ideas when it comes to their perspective on a health crisis.

I could go on and on with this – because the astrology of the coronavirus is a banquet of aspects, of which the above list is just a spoonful. Instead of digging up more of those details, let’s see if we can lighten up and put the focus on what the Spring Cross-quarter is all about. After all, life goes on, and it makes no sense to lose our perspective on that, just because things are a little freaky.

As far as Mother Nature is concerned, March 19 ushers in the New Year. It is the alpha and omega point in the zodiac, the place where our visions for the future are inseminated by the power that is intrinsic to the Aries archetype. This is where we get to pour our hearts and minds into thought forms that have the power to take us beyond whatever we have gotten stuck in. It is where we get to plant new seeds and begin again.

Most of us are hip to the law of attraction and the power of thought; so the question might be, if you believe in these things, can you put your money where your mouth is, or do you want to get stuck in fear and panic? Wouldn’t it be better to envision the best of all possible outcomes? Could we remember that it’s always darkest right before the dawn and ask ourselves what it will take to picture a new and better world? Could we sit quietly and pray for this, instead of rushing out to stock up on toilet paper?

Fear isn’t where it’s at, folks. Don’t make things worse by feeding into it. One of the qualities of the Admetus aspects includes the idea of wait and see.  Until then pray to Allah, tie your camel, and take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.

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