This week, the sky offers a striking contrast between the surface and the deep. Planetary patterns appear simple and so do earthly interactions. Yet hidden in that minimalism are powerful and profound signatures and as those forces combine with the seasonal emotional undertow, the week unfolds with heightened intensity. Expect meltdowns, yours or others, as coping mechanisms are put to the test. And be aware, you may not need a specific reason to decompensate. 2008 shifted paradigms, personal and collective, local and global. And the soul work necessary to integrate those shifts is mighty. So while external festivities and celebrations may seem like irresistible opportunities to self-medicate, from an astrological as well as a practical perspective, this final week of the year is best spent sorting through the changes of 2008 in preparation for what lies ahead.
One source of power and simplicity this week is a Sun/Mars/Pluto conjunction, which is joined by the Moon late in the day on Christmas. Sun/Mars/Pluto interactions generate a tremendous amount of energy, but because the power to control and succeed drives this current, you might find yourself overextended, overwhelmed, and overtaxed. The solution is to let go of the need to have the holiday be anything other than what it is. Unfortunately, a Venus/Neptune conjunction that longs for perfection feeds projection, making it harder to relinquish attachment to a specific picture of holiday reality. Fortunately, a two-fold source of power and simplicity also kicks into gear, as Mercury/Saturn trine provides clarity and depth, and by Saturday, a Mercury/Jupiter conjunction supplies heaping servings of common sense.
The other big news this week is Christmas. And despite the bad news about the economy, which has sucked the jolly out of many joyous festivities and rituals, Christmas still has a profound meaning that reaches beyond finance, commerce, and statistics. About ten years ago, I wrote a column about the essence of Christmas that I would like to share again:
Christmas celebrates a simple truth: Each of us is a divine child, born fragile and delicate, pure of heart, and magnificent with unfathomable promise and potential.
Daily life makes it difficult to stay in touch with that spark of divine light. We struggle to survive, maintain, and cope with modern life, which increasingly grows more complex and convoluted. We have more information than we can possibly integrate or digest, and seemingly far more responsibilities than we can handle. At sea in a world where we must stay in control, we grow up quickly, and we encourage our children to do the same. Naiveté is seen as a failing. Innocence, a useless flaw in a ruthless world.
And yet the divine child in each of us stays alive and active, even if we are unconscious of its presence. It dwells in our hearts, feeds our imagination, fires our desire to believe. It allows us to hope. No matter what scars of bitterness or brokenness our hearts may bear, this divine child endures. Its innocence nourishes and sustains our resilience, a resilience that supports the potential to survive suffering, no matter how brutal, and to return to life. When we nourish the divine child within us, we look at the world through eyes of wonder and awe, humble and curious about what lies ahead. Willing to try again and again.
Christmas celebrates our innocence. And innocence is non-sectarian. As is joy, happiness, love, and the wish for peace and prosperity. So regardless of your religious affiliation, take a moment to celebrate the divine child. Honor its strength, acknowledge its wisdom, respect its innocence. Make a commitment to help it to mature into a compassionate heart, open and vulnerable, and despite the challenges and complexities of life, skillful at maintaining hope and love.