Was watching the news just now. I don’t know when the report was from exactly. Earlier today I think. People in communities in Coney Island who lost everything. Maybe they have their homes, but no food, no water, no electricity, no heat. And then some who lost their homes as well. Cars too. And they’re running the marathon as usual? (As I edit this post just heard the NYC Marathon is cancelled this year for the first time ever.)
I live in an area that got lucky. Our power didn’t go out. My apartment lost internet access for 24 hours but it came right back on like magic. And today I went to my PO Box in another neighborhood. That particular subway train isn’t up and running yet so I took a bus and then got off the bus because the bus was SO crowded and SO slow. Figured that I’d get there just as fast if I walked, easily an hour.
Getting back was easier, a bus and a train and when I was walking to that train I saw folks in Downtown Brooklyn waiting for a Manhattan bound shuttle bus (no trains running from Brooklyn to Manhattan yet as far as I know) – we all stared. I can’t even tell you the number of people waiting — three or four long long city blocks? At least ten buses worth of people. Ten buses. Maybe.
Back home, on my desk is a book called The Unbreakable Soul. I haven’t reread it yet. I took it out of one of my storage boxes last night. I like the title. From what I recall, it’s about using your hands for work, for your livelihood, but using your spirit, your soul, your heart, for God. Putting it there. It’s a book from my traditionally religious days 🙂 from about 7-8 years ago. Don’t get me wrong though — I’m still religious. I still seek connection to the Divine. But it’s different than before.
I have no words of wisdom for the suffering going on now in New York and New Jersey. In my warm apartment with water and food (and not that much heat actually), who am I to tell them to be unbreakable. That they are unbreakable. I wish anyone suffering from this storm to be safe and warm and full and fed. To know the comfort of a hot shower, clean clothes, warm coat, shoes that fit. Help on the way.
Tomorrow the Moon is in vulnerable homebody Cancer and will trine poetic Neptune and hard-working Saturn, creating a Grand Trine in water. You can make your life (your home = Moon) more beautiful (Neptune) if you try (Saturn).
Venus in Libra will square Pluto and she’s been opposing Uranus (a stressful configuration) so the Moon in Cancer makes the tsquare a Grand Cross. Will this be a love (Venus) transit for you? An uncomfortable one? Maybe. A realization. Crisis. You may feel (Cancer) pushed to take action or take cover.
One more thing I want to mention is my current obsession: Neptune going direct on November 11th. I fully believe that retrograde planets hold us up, keep us prisoner 😉 make us wait! Call it review time or re-do time but mostly, lately, I just find it annoying 😉 I want life to proceed. The retrogrades remind us that we are… not ultimately in control. Oh yes I’m starting that conversation again: free-will vs. fate and how much of each is in charge of us.
So Neptune moves forward and that area of your life, your chart, will begin to glow. And like all the planets, signs, houses, even aspects, there are lower and higher vibrations, like lights. I’m reading Isabel Hickey again so let me give you part of her list:
In a personal chart Neptune represents:
Obligation: in whatever area it is placed in the blueprint, one must serve the universal whole.
Psychic and mystical capacity.
Cosmic consciousness that comes through devotion and feelings.
Chaos or Cosmos.
Dreams, night or day.
Illusion and disillusion.
Alcohol, drugs, anesthesia.
Along these lines (and this came up in the private room) there’s a word that comes from Chassidic thought that I like a lot: bitachon. And from what I remember (and I am not a Rabbi) this word, more or less 😉 means BELIEF (with a side dish of surrender).
And that belief is BEYOND faith. That faith is… hope or wishing or closing your eyes and maybe just maybe you’ll make it through. Whereas belief is WITHOUT A DOUBT you are being taken care of and will be taken care of. You don’t leave even a corner of a corner of a corner untouched by Divine shelter.
Such a distinction could be considered hair-splitting for some but it’s part of a long tradition… 🙂
Are you tracking Neptune in your chart?
P.S. Just heard! Power is back on on the Lower East Side 🙂