A Conversation with Tounresol Astrologer Lisa Karmen...
So many of my clients have recently been asking me what is going on energetically that is making especially sensitive people feel so drained. Many people have mentioned to me that they are feeling like the world is crashing down and ask if there is anything I could share astrologically that might help to make sense of what people are going through. My response is a resounding YES! Astrology is a phenomenal resource for solace, guidance, and support especially through challenging times.
I am sure anyone reading this would agree that we are certainly living in turbulent times – profoundly and overwhelming turbulent times. In fact, there has never been a time in history that matches the intensity of our current times. The powerful and unusual intensity of this moment is reflected by the unprecedented combinations of planetary energies that we are all absorbing currently. Thus, our existential anxiety is not unwarranted: we are experiencing a complete breakdown of the structures, systems, patterns that we have relied upon, identified with, and felt safe within. However, at the same time that we are experiencing this breakdown we are also receiving masses of new energy that is for our benefit, energy that is revitalizing and healing for our individual and collective rebirth and survival.
This past week, the Full Moon in Scorpio (5/10) turbo charged everything because Scorpio is about life and death – the perpetual cycle of life and death that teaches us that when something ends something new begins. This week was also the second time this month that we were bathed in highly ionized particles of energy that are the result of Solar Flares (eruptions of plasma on the Sun, the giver of our life force energy). During Solar Flares, disruptions to power grids, telecommunications, satellites, and navigation systems have been recorded proving and confirming the reality of the impact of their power. Solar Flares are intense because they restructure the Earth’s magnetic field, which in turn affects our personal magnetic field, our DNA, and our consciousness…it is no wonder the inclination these days is to stay in bed and pull the covers over our heads!
To add fuel to the cosmic fire, from now until the fall we have several of the slower planets in retrograde motion, which means they appear to be moving backwards in their orbits. Symbolically this means that the energy of the planet(s) involved is reversed implying that it is a time for inner work. Focusing on things with “re” like review, reorient, reassess, reevaluate, reorganize, release etc. is the best way to navigate these periods. What are the implications of a summer full of retrograde energy? Relax and practice being instead of doing. Seasonally, we are in a time of growth and expansion despite the chaos on a macro level. This means that on the micro level, in our everyday lives, the energetic mandate is to embrace and enjoy the new life energies that are blossoming as Spring turns to Summer.
While the “global breakdown and transformation” that is happening on the macro level is beyond our control, we do have control about how we engage with our selves, each other and our lives on a day-to-day basis. Paying attention to the energetic themes as the planets move in the heavens are the clues to how we can deal with “Life” on a day-to-day basis. The language of astrology is the decoder as we navigate through our experiences. Each month we are given specific guidelines as the Moon waxes and wanes through the signs in the same way as the path of the Sun guides us on an annual basis. Being aware of the potentials that exist in the planetary phases teach us that energy is constantly evolving and devolving from formless to forming to form and back again. This cosmic truth is the proof that despite the turbulence, the Universe has our backs.
To learn more about aligning with the current planetary energies on a day-to-day and month-to-month basis, I invite you to attend my FREE monthly Astrology and Wellness lecture at Tournesol Wellness. The lecture takes place from 6-7 PM on the third Wednesday each month. The next one is this coming Wednesday, May 17. Astrology as psychological guide, not as predictive technique, is the GPS for the 21st Century.