Don't be dismayed if you can't relax this week. The planets continue to align in unsettling combinations, and life on Earth continues to unfold in an equally erratic rhythm. Patience is key to handling this tumult, particularly patience with those less able to cope with anxiety about what's going to happen next. I often think that spiritual health is learning to live comfortably in a state of uncertainty. It's hard to live that way all the time, but this week, as Uranus' entry into Aries continues to stir surprising developments, staying open and flexible is the best way to manage the intensity of change.
There are only two important astral news items this week: (1) Mercury goes retrograde on March 30 and (2) Uranus continues its entry into Aries. We all know the drill on Mercury Retrograde, but just in case a new convert is tuning in, here are the basics. Mercury symbolizes all things related to communication and travel, and when it seemingly turns around and retraces its path, all those areas of life appear to work in reverse. The best way to handle Mercury Retrograde is to back up your computer, now - as in today. Also, if you are making travel plans, try to have all your arrangements fixed by March 27. The three days before a retrograde can be a little sticky, and so can the three days after. Mercury goes Direct on April 23. The most important advice for Mercury Retrograde is to not initiate new plans and projects during this phase. Mercury Retrograde is best spent reviewing what's already in motion and refining those plans.
Uranus' entry into Aries is a far more complex subject than Mercury Retrograde. While we know that Uranus is volatile and unstable, very few of us would have predicted the 8.9 earthquake in Japan or a nuclear meltdown as a symbol its explosive intensity. Uranian events do challenge nervous systems to stay steady in the midst of change, but the magnitude of this change is hard to bear. We are no longer a planet of isolated countries, cut off from events that happen thousands of miles away and to someone else. We are a global system, an ecological web of interconnected systems that register cause and effect almost instantaneously. This means, among many other things, that we can feel each other's crises as it happens, and the emotional toll is palpable. It shows itself in small things - in minor anxiety attacks about seemingly insignificant details. Many of us don't need to experience a tsunami to feel the fear, grief, and loss that disastrous wave set in motion. Don't misunderstand: Those of us not directly affected are not experiencing the same degree of loss. But for many, the sheer idea that life could change so violently in an instant - the reality that we are not in control of our planet - can have a tremendous emotional effect. This week, as you attempt to cope with your relationship to Uranian uncertainty, be as gentle with each other as you can. All acts of kindness have a beneficial effect.
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