Mars, ruler of Aries, is forming a harsh square to Saturn and Pluto—the planets responsible for this year’s great collective upheaval. We’re experiencing deep triggering now, our painful patterns emerging in loud, unavoidable ways. While these energies may feel frustrating or regressive, their purpose isn’t to punish us.
They’re amplified now so that the Cosmic Sword can slice through our addictions, fears, anger, abuse, and paranoia. This way, we can clear old karma and move into the next phase of our evolution. Meanwhile, Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is conjunct the already agitated Aries Full Moon. With our wounds surfacing, we may feel raw, vulnerable, and even tired. Are we worn out from all of our fighting? Have our inner children finished their tantrums? Gentleness and diplomacy are key, as the Libra Sun reminds us to practice acceptance and love. We can embrace all of who we are—feeling unconditional compassion for even our prickliest parts. As Neptune squares the Nodes through early next year, our ongoing evolutionary journey involves healing and forgiving all parts of ourselves in order to dissolve our divisiveness. We can recognize that when one finger points forward, there are three pointing back. We might sit up straight and still our minds, then ask: How much of what we hate is really us? After setting healthy boundaries, can we feel empathy for all that we see and experience, both internally and externally? Crises arise just before healing. We can hold steady through this firestorm, and trust that cool rains are coming. Collective soothing is possible as more of us embody genuine self-love. Sign Up for The Alchemist's Kitchen newsletter. Get the latest savings, events, herbal education and save 10% on your first purchase. Through the fires of crisis and renewal, may we find solace by connecting with our internal peace. May we learn to fearlessly love ourselves—even our worst triggers—then offer that same compassion to everyone we meet. This article was originally published by Juliana McCarthy on Ethereal Culture. Featured Image by Anne Craven @annecraven For more than twenty years, Juliana McCarthy has been studying and practicing Western Astrology, finding it to be a powerful tool for self-exploration and examining how we relate to others. She loves working with people to help them understand their authentic selves—their complexities, gifts, karma, and life paths. In particular, she finds Astrology to be helpful for major transitions, unexpected life changes, and for better understanding relationships—romantic and otherwise.Juliana also practices Energy Healing, using a blend of Reiki and shamanic methods. She helps facilitate powerful breakthroughs by clearing blockages around physical, spiritual, relationship, and emotional difficulties. A longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism, she's an avid meditator and spiritual practitioner.
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