“It was like a war zone.” That’s what witnesses said about Moore, the Oklahoma town torn apart by Monday’s devastating tornado, now estimated as a class five, with winds up to two hundred miles an hour and at times two miles wide. It’s amazing that so many survived. It’s also an appropriate emblem for the astrology of this week—when we find ourselves caught between two eclipses and the volatile Uranus/Pluto square.
Around the world there are actual war zones and we might be grateful that none of them have gotten crazier. But most of us, in ways much less dramatic, are nonetheless feeling unstable, fragile, helpless, angry, insecure, or overwhelmed. The air is filled with considerable emotional turbulence. Most of our lives, thank goodness, are free from actual devastating events, but it’s easy to absorb the instability. We catch bad feelings much like we catch bad viruses. However our dark mood began, our mind, trying to be helpful, starts supplying reasons for why we’re upset. These thoughts, if allowed to continue–and they often do, stalking and circling us throughout the day–can then whip our troubled mood into something more terrible. We might start saying things to people that we’ll later regret. And soon, without exactly knowing how it happened, our life feels as hopeless as a tornado tossed town.
Difficult times remind us that we’re not entirely in control. But we do have an influence over our own destructive thoughts. Even when the collective energy is turbulent, we can soften our own negativity before it gains momentum. We can quiet our minds and tune into our hearts. This is a good human practice. We can send compassion to the trouble zones around the world. These winds of compassion may not be as fierce as a class five tornado, but they have a mighty power too. A good way to approach the lunar eclipse, is to make a sincere effort to add to this pool of positive energy. You’ll feel better. And the world will feel better too.