Merry Christmas everyone! No matter what seasonal holiday your culture celebrates near this day, may it be a joyful and carefree marking of the Earth’s turning, of another moment in our cycle of life. Whether it’s Winter, and we’re celebrating the return of the Sun, little by little, to longer days, or Summer, where we are in the midst of our warmest, most bountiful time, this is the changing of the seasons where our Mother Earth and Father Sun are prominent in our lives. Long before the birth of a special baby in Bethlehem, people marked the seasons with rituals and celebrations.
Yesterday I heard a radio DJ call out to her listeners for help. She was not in a festive mood, she could not feel like there was any reason to celebrate. She asked people to call in, to tell her about the Solstice Eclipse, what it means, and give her some hints as to what the season of hope and joy means today. I listened with great interest. We all know that there are things wrong: wrong with the way people deal with each other, wrong with the way governments deal with their own people and other nations, wrong with our planet’s health. No one need remind us of that. So I was quite happy to hear listeners call in saying that the eclipse was/is momentous, that it is a doorway to the new age. I was thrilled to hear callers remind the DJ that this season, we can help each other, we can remember the simple gifts of kindness, charity, and brotherhood. That even if you don’t have family or friends to celebrate with, you, too can feel the love and good energy that becomes so strong when so many people pay attention to it at once.
A friend and I spoke last night about life in these times. I said I believe that every energy in a person’s or a group’s life has a spectrum—it can go all the way from dreadful negativity to the delightful positive, and that it’s our job to work toward the positive. There will always be balance in life, on this Wheel of Samsara, so we needn’t worry about over-tipping toward joy. My friend said he likens life more to a river: we can float wherever the current takes us, or we can paddle our boats away from the obstacles and whirlpools. “If life is a river, then Astrology can be our kayak paddles, helping guide us,” said I. “Our knowledge of what energies are happening, and where the planets will be in the future gives us a glimpse into where the rocks and whirlpools show up in the river of Life, and where the current runs smoothly.” To this my friend answered very wisely, paraphrasing the Dalai Lama: it doesn’t matter which model or philosophy one uses to navigate the world, as long as it works for you. So on this Christian-but-celebrated-everywhere holiday of turning seasons, my gift to you, such as it is, is to remind you that you are free to choose whatever model of life works for you, that you are able to pick & choose bits from all the various philosophies, sciences, religions, and ideas that have ever been imagined, and build your own world view. May it include a sense of connectedness to all that exists, and as you extend your love to those around you, may you feel it returning from everyone and everything else.
Happy Holidays! Love and Peace to us all, every one.