As we edge ever closer to the eclipse season beginning on 13th October, Pluto and Saturn remind us that the only way out is through when it comes to the kinds of challenges eclipse seasons can present. Currently in mutual reception, that is each in the other’s sign, these two heavy-weights of the cosmos are working in our favour to guide us through the coming weeks which contain two eclipses and the next Uranus/Pluto square.
There may well be some unpredictable occurrences and moments of intensity – no point pretending otherwise – but in the midst of all this we are reminded that progress continues unabated on the evolutionary path that we currently walk, and all things naturally move towards a state of balance if we allow them.
But of course, balance can be a slippery goal, and it is often the case that we must visit extremes before we can find the middle point of stillness and reconciliation. In visiting these extremes we can easily become disheartened at best, if not downright despairing, and today the cosmos speaks up to encourage us not to give in to despair in the coming weeks. With the approaching New Moon in Libra at the end of this week balance is very much in the air, at least, the issue of it is, if not the thing itself. We need to understand what it really is, to penetrate its true nature, not just assume that balance is a peaceful state of harmony forever sought after and eternally satisfying.
For at times, it has to be said, balance is anything but peaceful. It may require the meeting of one force with an opposing one equally disruptive and powerful. It may require the exertion of enormous effort, more than we feel we can sustain for the long haul. Balance may require intense and emotionally charged negotiation to ensure that all prevailing needs are met before peace can take a hold.
Balance, it seems, may not always be as peaceful as it’s made out to be. Those Libran scales may look terribly calm, but the force exerted on each side to maintain that state remains invisible to the naked eye and therefore, often, overlooked. Remove the weight on one side and the other will quickly come crashing down.
The coming few weeks provide an opportunity to explore the true nature of balance and the part we can play in establishing it, which brings us back to the message from Saturn and Pluto who say that the only way out is through. For only by meeting the challenges of life with equal force in the form of resilience, commitment and acceptance (another often overlooked force of nature!) can we begin to balance the more extreme aspects of this transformational time.
Allowing the force of change to repel and push us back into a state of fear or denial merely means we must meet those same forces with greater strength further down the line. But if we commit to meeting them now with the inner strength required to balance them and continue forward in a state of grace, true peace lies on the other side of this meeting, hard won and yet enduring for that very reason: the peace born of knowing what is truly required for balance to prevail, alongside the willingness to do whatever it takes.
With love to everyone.