This amazing image comes from T.-C on Flickr and was taking along the Jiancing Historic Trail in Taipingshan National Forest in Taiwan.
Where there is no map...
The photograph above reminds me so much of these 'end times' when some of the routes that seemed so fixed and dependable before are not looking so stable these days.
The later degrees of Pluto in Capricorn continue to bring breakdown, which can seem final and devastating, but there will be new life and pathways. Our instincts and intuition can lead the way now, but if those are atrophied, we might need to strengthen them day by day.
Protection Against Mind Viruses
“Indeed, it is becoming ever more obvious that it is not famine, not earthquakes, not microbes, not cancer but man himself who is man’s greatest danger to man, for the simple reason that there is no adequate protection against psychic epidemics, which are infinitely more devastating than the worst of natural catastrophes.“
Carl Jung – The Symbolic Life
It's cheering to see such a line-up of energies in the days leading to the Autumn Equinox on the 22nd. I see the Sun and Mars (in purifying Virgo) in an opposition to spiritualizing Neptune (in dissolving Pisces). There are also so many planets in Libra (Mercury among them) to elevate our thinking and inspire visions for alternatives to the dystopia that's on offer.
I'm starting to really find my feet again and invest with more commitment in the natural path. I'm seeing it as a challenge now to find new ways to celebrate true well-being and to curate my own experience.
It's a great time to purge what's no longer relevant from your life, such as old files from the computer. Make space on your bookshelf or in your closet by passing on what you've already read or no longer wear. Don't rush to fill the empty space - let a fresh breeze blow through.
One Day at a Time
For those choosing the natural path, the future is not set in stone. It helps me in this time of mania and uncertainty to focus on the day at hand. Other things I find helpful are having a practice in the morning (kundalini yoga and meditation), writing in a gratitude journal every day, and staying away from sites that I know stir up my angst about the future. This last one is trick since knowledge has helped me make wise choices, but you likely know when it's 'doomscrolling,' becoming too much and self-destructive.
I'm excited to report that yet another black kitten (this is my fourth) has showed up on our farmlet. I've named him Barry, short for the Black Fairy. I'm also seeking to broaden my skills in trauma counseling with courses and readings on my own. I'll be adding content here as this experiment continues, with the intent to share inspiration and find kindred spirits along the way. Feel free to leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear from you!