The world feels like it is in shambles. We are dealing with so many big, structural issues involving huge swathes of society, and it is simply exhausting. This is Capricorn and Aquarius energy run amok. So many of us feel the problems are too big for us to address and we simply want life to feel manageable again. Luckily, astrology has the answer.
Whenever there is an excess of one sign’s energy, the best way to temper it is to work with the energy of the opposite sign. In this case, that would be Cancer and Leo.
· Take a Breather. Cancer is an intensely personal sign that rules over home and hearth. When the world outside gets too overwhelming, Cancer knows there’s nothing wrong with withdrawing into your shell for a little while. Retreat to your safe space and tend to your family and your home. Beautify your space or take a good long nap. Turn off social media for a while. Strengthen your family relationships even if they are strained by political tension. Find common ground. For example, I disagree with my father about nearly everything, but I know we both love history. So when we are together, we spend time poring over books, going to museums, and pulling up old photos. We may have disagreements, but the world doesn’t have to divide us.
· Have a Heart. Leo rules the heartspace, and that is exactly what is lacking right now. All of us are so tuned into our personal echo chambers and outrage machines that we have blocked off our ability to feel real empathy and kinship with those on the other side of an issue. While I don’t mean to diminish the feelings of outrage and fear so many are feeling, we have to remember that we are dealing with human beings. And in my years of working with people, I have learned that most of us want the same thing. We want to be safe and to operate in our environment without fear. We want to love and be loved. We want peace and security. And if we can remember that every person we meet is coming from the exact same place we are, it can go a long way toward bridging the divide.
Wherever you stand, whoever you are, we are all human. We all have the same basic needs and desires. When we’re overwhelmed by the enormity of our problems, it’s okay to step back. Sometimes a little comfort and a lot of heart really are the best medicine.
How have you found peace in times of strife?