by Robert Wilkinson
The short answer is Yes and Yes. Many seem to be having a hard time for one reason and another. Today we'll explore possible angles to find out why.
This post was inspired by a client who despite apparent setbacks is still doing fine, and yet having more of a hard time than they thought they should be having. They wanted to know if there was an astrological correlation so they might work with it more effectively.
Here the first thing to remember is that an astrological event (like a square) does not "make anything happen." It does show the nature of the outer and inner atmospheres. An astrological factor and our inner experience do a synchronous dance where our inner experience mirrors astrological factors but also exists apart and independent from those factors since we can always adjust our response as we will.
That means it is not necessarily a given that we will have a hard time when Saturn squares Pluto, but it also indicates that it's a time span when we are given a reality check on our internal reaction to these planetary functions in our life. The planets show the timetable, but we are the ones who must show up ready to play the Game of Life!
So during this Saturn square Pluto period, if our inner Saturn doesn't know how to relate to the ongoing larger transformational energies symbolized by Pluto, then we'll experience friction and/or conflict. If our inner Saturn knows how to adjust to the dynamic relationship symbolized by the square, then we'll find a degree of effectiveness while turning corners and releasing seeds of potential. Transiting Saturn may symbolize the on-going challenges, but our inner Saturn determines whether we'll indulge forms of mental slavery or do what we must to demonstrate our response-ability.
Just because we are at a point when hard choices must be made doesn't imply we must have a hard time as we go through them. That's why some are not having that hard a time despite the demanding astrological configurations, while others are breaking down, breaking through, and breaking out into new life chapters.
The reason a Being gets unsettled when difficult aspects happen is that we are responding to something that matters, and we've hit a point when we must acknowledge something in our life needs attention. Usually when there's a strong charge to our feelings, it means something is being driven by how our inner nature is relating to the experience and something is cracking loose from our subconscious.
When unknown strong feelings come up from within, it can be distressing if it "doesn't make sense," or we "don't know" where it's coming from or why it's happening. "Not knowing" is part of the human condition. Uncertainty definitely has its sources, both internal and external. But these should not lead us to feeling badly about ourselves or the "not knowing." It's usually fairly easy to figure out the source of our disturbance, but then the issue is what are we going to do about it?
I've found that "having a hard time" is a universal human issue, and fairly normal at specific times in our life. These give us an opportunity to examine how we feel about things past and present, and why. A lot of "having a hard time" has to do with our internal view of whatever is unsettling as well as what we believe we don't know but somehow feel we should.
Often when we're having the hardest time it's because feelings related to our past are coming up. There are many triggers. These may be echos of feelings from past times when we suffered disappointment, or times when others said or did something that hurt. Until we examine these and transmute our responses, they will lurk in our subconsciousness.
There are also mixes of past and present feelings, like when we feel we'll never be able to accomplish some things because we haven't so far, or tried and fell short of our ideal. Or when we get discontented because it seems like others past or present have had it better than we do.
Then there are the times when inner changes are triggered by us feeling the collective vibe, or another's subconsciousness, or because the atmospheric pressure dropped, or a lack of sunshine, or ten thousand other possibilities. There are many triggers that bring forth feelings we must understand so we can reposition our Higher consciousness relative to our Astral (emotional) body.
By a measure of objectivity and detachment we can change our response patterns to whatever we feel is the driver of the feelings about having a "hard time." We can still feel our feelings, but are not being overwhelmed by them. Then swimming in the midst of difficulty becomes an opportunity to take a breath, stop playing to fears that something's wrong, and practice compassion for yourself.
If we can find a way to use our imagination productively, coupled with generating the will-to-good, we can achieve many things and improve our circumstances. Other times changing our inner response is the only thing we can do, since there are many situations where there's nothing external to do except not make anything worse, and count our blessings.
That's when we get to practice patience, mindfulness, and remember that all forms pass away. And if we shape our thoughts, feelings, and actions to cooperate in allowing our Higher Self to come forth, eventually the "hard time" will pass and we'll be riding the wave of a more perfect form of Self expression.
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson