There is no Courage without Fear.
When I turned 40 I got my driver’s license. It took me three tries to pass the road test. Terrible driver? Not really… terriFIED. Then I went out and bought a Mini Cooper S, yeah the turbo… stick shift. Why am I telling you this?
I was terrified to drive. I was born & raised in NYC and didn’t need to drive… plus I was terrified. (White knuckles, mindless whistling through clenched teeth, yeah, that kind of terrified…) But I decided that driving was a useful thing to know how to do and I wasn’t going to let my fear get the better of me. Did I stop being terrified? No, actually, I still don’t like to drive, but I can if I have to.
[pullquote]Fear only shifts if you make the moves.[/pullquote]Too often we think we have to feel fearless to accomplish something that matters to us. We tell ourselves that once we get over the fear we will do “it”… but that day NEVER comes unless we actually DO what we are afraid of.
News Flash: Fear is just a feeling… it comes and goes… and comes again like the tide.
For the past few days I’ve been encountering one courageous person after another. (The fact that Mars is currently conjunct Jupiter might have something to do with it… more on that in a minute). A childhood friend just spent the past 13 years of her life making a feature documentary (called “Rebel”) about a woman who fought in the Civil War. Courage on courage… and yeah, you heard me right… approximately 1,000 WOMEN fought in the Civil War!
Another friend is facing major life changes so that she can honor her needs & who she is. The acts of courage are likely to grow in the coming days…
What’s going on?
Remember my talking about the Uranus/Pluto Square? Well, the plot thickens. As I write this, Mars & Jupiter just jumped on the band wagon and are conjunct in Cancer, adding another “leg” to the Square making this what’s known as a T-Square. (Pay close attention Libras! This is a very stressful time for us. Yes, the other Cardinal signs of Aries, Capricorn & Cancer are feeling this as well, but we Libras complete the “Square”.)
Enough of the astro-babble, what does this mean in real life?
There’s a lot of energy out there, particularly protective (Cancer) energy in conflict with the intense change (Aries/Capricorn) energy so here’s the prescription:
Where in your life have you been waiting to find the Courage to make changes? What old behaviors, world views, ways of being, have you been holding on to because you’ve been too fearful to address them? Fear only shifts if you make the moves.
It’s official: it’s time. Choose change or it will be chosen for you by Uranus/Pluto and now with Mars/Jupiter adding a power push.
And the hits just keep on coming… Because Mars in Cancer is now in exact opposition to Pluto in Capricorn, we may see continued hostility against the feminine principle.
The Silver Lining…
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”…
While all of this is “going on” there’s another dimension to consider. We are also right in the middle of a Grand Trine of Saturn, Mars/Jupiter, Neptune in Water… (Trine = Smooth, self-soothing, easy energy.) This is giving us the energy (Mars/Jupiter), the follow through (Saturn), and the spiritual motivation (Neptune) to make the needed changes… providing we get into action, don’t get lulled to sleep, and stay out of the drama.
[pullquote]Get grounded in what you hold sacred… develop a daily practice.[/pullquote] So… get grounded in what you hold sacred at this time. Reach out to whatever feeds your soul and ask for guidance, strength, and compassion to push through the fear. On the other side of this time, there could be wonderful new aspects to your life that will make you want to sing and dance!
Remember: these energies are ultimately here to help us… though it sure may not feel that way.
Uranus is about radical change for the sake of your FREEDOM.
Pluto cuts away what’s false for the sake of your SOUL and your authentic Self.
Winston Churchill said it best:
“If you’re going through hell, keep going…”
Always infinite possibilities… always your choice.
Read these articles for more on this significant T-Square.