Most people experience despair at some point in their life. I’ve been through periods like this myself, more times than I care to recall. You look at your life and you can’t see a way out of whatever horrible scenario you’re in.
Nobody wants to feel this way. If you’ve ever had this experience, and recovered, you want avoid having it again it but this is not always possible.
Why do people feel despair?
A person can bring misery upon themselves but sometimes pain and hardship is delivered to you. It lands right on your doorstep when a loved one dies or you lose a job that you need very badly. You may suffer a catastrophic financial loss, or you or someone you love may have an major illness or a tragic accident. When these things happen, comfort may be hard to come by.
Can astrology help?
Astrologically, speaking, the outer planets aren’t much help in a scenario like this. The lights (Sun and Moon) and the inner planets won’t help much either. To illustrate, let’s say you child dies due to medical malpractice. What good is your ego (Sun) in this situation? What will your emotions (Moon) do for you?
Talking about it (Mercury), will not stave off despair, either will a big fat cash settlement (Venus). You can lash out (Mars) but you’re still going to have a horrible time.
This leaves Jupiter and Saturn to provide a remedy, which they do, without fail, when used in combination.
How can I apply this to my life?
Jupiter rules perspective and the big picture. I don’t care how bad your situation is, if you place it in a larger picture, you can scale it down. In fact, it takes about two seconds to find someone who has it worse than you do. When you consider your problem, next to yours, all the sudden you’re blessed rather than cursed. That’s perspective!
For example, the mother who lost her child as outlined above, is looking pretty good next to the mother who lost her three sons in a car accident, where her daughter was the driver and oh yeah, her house is in foreclosure and her surviving daughter has to have her leg amputated.
I realize that is an outrageous story but you see my point. Your problems can be scaled down in this way and immediately made more manageable.
Once you have your problem scaled, Saturn comes in to have you accept the reality of your situation and the limitations you face. This is a benefit because you’re not going to get out of your mess, waiting to rescued. It will take commitment and perseverance (Saturn) to work toward your vision of better times ahead (Jupiter).
What if I have no vision of better times ahead?
Even if practical application is not possible in the moment, you still want to use the energy of these two planets to improve your situation. Here are some ideas:
- Come up with a philosophy (Jupiter) that allows you better handle the difficulty (Saturn). Example – hardship builds character, where ease does not.
- Realize you are in a difficult (Saturn) part of your journey (Jupiter) but it’s part of a larger story (Jupiter) and will not last forever (Saturn).
- Discipline (Saturn) your higher mind (Jupiter).
- Develop beliefs (Jupiter) that support you (Saturn), rather than oppress you.
To sum up, when yourself in a state of despair, visualize (Jupiter) a light at the end of the tunnel. Make getting to that light, your goal (Saturn). Follow up by moving slowly and methodically (Saturn) towards that light, believing (Jupiter) you can do it. I think you’ll find his very effective. Move forward (Jupiter) even if progress is slow (Saturn).
Have you survived a period of despair and gone on to thrive? Tell us!