Changing the Habits of a Lifetime
So, what have you been dealing with in recent weeks? What are the issues at the foremost of your mind and heart? What’s kept you awake at night and distracted during the day? The answers to these questions will give each of us a clue about the coming seven days. Because whatever they are, that’s where we need to focus our attention. Uranus, Pluto and Venus are asking us now to step up and look at these things in a different way.
If we have been focusing on practicalities and making little progress, we now need to consider our emotions about the issue at hand and work with them. If we’ve been awash with emotions about something but failing to take action, now’s the time to do something about it. If we’ve been avoiding the elephant in the room, now’s the time to acknowledge and name it, no matter how scary it may be to do so.
This change of approach is necessary to prepare us for the exact Uranus/Pluto square next week, which has the capacity to open up a whole new perspective on things that may feel all too familiar, jaded and troublesome in our lives. But it won’t happen by magic and we must be prepared to do our bit to shift perspective and adopt a different approach.
The old adage ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got’ rings very true here. It can be hard to take a new approach when our habitual responses are so deeply embedded that we barely question them. But the time to question has arrive and whatever’s not working for us now needs to be released so we can begin to live in a different way and take our part in the creation of a new world.
The past can be extremely seductive, enticing us back again and again to revisit painful memories or better times. If we try hard enough we can probably find something there to explain or justify every single problem in our present, but who really wants to live forever beholden to days gone by and old wounds? In the coming few days we have an opportunity to break out of that habit and discover something shining and new in our present.
It isn’t about denying our past – after all, it has undeniably informed our present – but it’s important we leave it where it belongs and recognise that in every moment we have a choice about how to proceed and in each moment we can begin again and try something different. Which is the challenge set out before us in the coming days: No matter how familiar the situation we face may be, find a new response and see what happens!Sarah Varcas