Sometimes bad poop happens. I know I've been dealing with my own pile of unexpected, challenging crud in the past few weeks since I last wrote you:
*flu (finally better now, thanks!)
*sick kids multiple times over
*a loved one with an emergency medical procedure right after a planned medical procedure (things have stabilized, thanks)
*news that the retirement money I thought I had recently invested with a new advisor was sitting untended during volatile economic times due to unexpected personnel changes
*a still-unresolved quarrel with my ex, due to the coronavirus outbreak, about not sending the kids to Europe with him in a couple weeks during spring break
Years ago, a rabbi wrote about a related concept in a book you may remember, called When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
I have not read this book, but I have long been intrigued by the title and this question of why most of us--really wonderful, good loving people--have to suffer at times on earth?
Recently, as the coronavirus outbreak has occurred, as the stock market has fluctuated wildly, as I've watched loved ones in my life battle their own challenges like loss of eyesight or winter depression, and as my own life's latest round of "crap" piled up...
....I am inspired once again to contemplate this question of when and why "bad" things happen to good people.
Based on the spiritual teachers I have followed over the years and on my own reflections, intuition, and personal experiences, I believe that we actually choose, at a soul level, to experience adversity in order to grow. In fact, it is part of why we choose to incarnate in each lifetime. (I know...annoying!!!)
On earth, adversity can feel like tragedy, injustice and pain. In the spirit world, in which our higher essence remains, adversity is viewed as a springboard for our personal and collective evolution.
So how on earth is it that something as unappealing and awful as the coronavirus could be part of some meaningful force in the universe for our personal and collective growth?
I am humble enough to know I do not have all the answers, and I may not get every detail right.
Yet, given the fact that this virus has recently landed in the United States and concerns are heightening about its spread and its effects on certain populations, I wanted to offer you some ways to understand the outbreak from a spiritual and astro-perspective, to help you make the most of this potentially scary and intense time.
See if any of these factors resonate for you.
1. With the North Node in Cancer from now until May, it is a great time to draw family close and invest in your home life.
CDC guidelines and other news reports tell us, in addition to hand washing, that one of the best ways to avoid the virus is to avoid contact with sick individuals.
We are learning on the news of school closures and cancellation of large public gatherings in infected communities. If the outbreak comes to our community, we may have to work or go to school from home.
As an astrologer, I see how the coronavirus threat is causing many of us to pull our loved ones close and appreciate them as we work through any fears of our human vulnerability.
With the North Node in Cancer and coronavirus spreading, this is also a great time to keep our immune systems strong through healthy eating, time with loved ones, and nurturing forms of exercise like yoga, swimming, or walks in nature--whatever keeps you de-stressed and feeling good.
2. With Saturn about to move into Aquarius on March 21, we are also being reminded of the importance of doing our part each and every day to care for society and the collective.
As we watch the coronavirus spread across the globe to every continent except for Antarctica, we are reminded of how connected to each other we truly are--China, Iran, Italy, the United States.
We see clearly how quickly our neighbor's misfortune can become our own and vice versa as the virus jumps from country to country and state to state.
A global disease outbreak also encourages us all to pull together--to share information, to stay connected to each other, and to put our rational (how Aquarian!) heads together--to solve the problem, stay calm, and make reasonable decisions on how to safeguard ourselves, our families, and our communities without grinding the whole global economy to a halt.
3. Lastly, Pluto and Saturn are currently conjuncting each other.
According to astrologer Anne Ortelee's Weekly Weather on BlogTalk Radio this past Sunday, this conjunction is associated with plagues, including the bird flu outbreak in the 1980's and the polio epidemic in the 1940's and 1950's.
Here's my take on the conjunction and the coronavirus.
Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth. Saturn is the enforcer of structure and discipline.
Bring these two together with coronavirus, and I think we are being given a symbolic reminder to identify the toxins in our lives and communities and to come up with strategies for restoring our personal and collective health.
When we find the discipline and focus we need to restructure our lives for optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health, we will experience a powerful rebirth--a chance to evolve into the next great version of ourselves.
Are you in?
What toxins are you ready to rid yourself of?
What health practices do you want to bring (back) into your life?
How do you want to do a better job of balancing work life with home life?
How do you want to commit/recommit to your community so we can all move forward together?
As you answer these questions and prepare for your personal rebirth, hold your loved ones close. Appreciate them. And do lots of hand-washing in warm water with soap for at least 20 seconds!