Keep a few tricks up your sleeve

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We are building up to the first eclipse of the season that happens on March 8 or 9 (depending where you are) @ 19 degrees of Pisces.

If you live in North America, you won’t be able to see this eclipse.
Does it mean you won’t be able to feel it?

A Solar eclipse is a significant marker. If you have personal planets (Sun, Moon) or if your Ascendant is in any of the mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces) and especially between 14 and 24 degrees this particular Solar eclipse could indicate the closure and/or the beginning of something new influencing the next several months. A Solar Eclipse is like a very special New Moon containing a potent seed.

Flexibility is your best asset right now as things can change very quickly. There is no need to jump to any conclusion since there could be more changes before March is over. One of the reasons for this is the many planets currently transiting through mutable signs.
Mutable signs in astrology are associated with the transitional phases between seasons. Gemini represents the transition from spring to summer, Virgo from summer to fall, Sagittarius from fall to winter and Pisces from winter to spring. These signs are also associated with flexibility, changeability and adaptability.

The down side of mutability is a tendency to get scattered in all directions.
It is important to stay realistic about what we can get done right now since we might end up not finishing what we start. There is a possibility of getting overwhelmed by all the responsibilities down the road. Keeping it simple is your best bet!

Anxiety

With the upcoming Full Moon in Virgo on the 22nd of February and more extensively with the transit of Jupiter in Virgo and the Nodes of the Moon on the Virgo/Pisces axis, where most of the eclipses will happen this year it seems like anxiety is on everyone’s lips.

Chronic anxiety has become a modern epidemic affecting millions of people. We can never be good enough for the standards of perfection. The pressure is to be productive, efficient, beautiful, healthy, active, successful, driven but relaxed AND happy. How is it even possible to breath through this type of burden? With the increasing speed of life through technology, we are wired, stimulated and constantly comparing ourselves to an imagined standard of perfection. This is a very cruel and deceitful game.

Putting pressure on ourselves is fantastic to accomplish some of our goals. But we also have to accept that perfection is not the ultimate goal and that life is perfect in all of its messiness.

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Sayaka Maruyama

In their 20 years of treating and studying trauma survivors, Drs. Dennis Charney and Steven Southwick have identified ten common practices in people who have shown resilience in the face of extreme stress.

• Maintaining an optimistic but realistic outlook
• Reliance upon own inner, moral compass
• Turning to religious or spiritual practices
• Seeking and accepting social support
• Imitation of sturdy role models
• Staying physically fit
• Staying mentally sharp
• Cognitive and emotional flexibility (finding a way to accept that which cannot be changed)
• Looking for meaning and opportunity in the midst of adversity
• Facing fear (ability to confront one’s fears)

The Full Moon in Virgo on Monday might increase our desire to have everything perfectly compartmentalized. But with the Sun in Pisces we might also need to know when surrendering to the tides is necessary.

We are in a relatively calm period and March will pick up speed again. Take advantage of this time to get yourself in order and prevent possible stressors down the road. Get rid of unnecessary pressure or accumulated responsibilities and BREATH.

Reference from: Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation