Covid-19: An astrological and energetic perspective
Looking at the energy around the global Covid-19 situation is like standing in front of a giant washing machine packed with all sorts of clothes, created from all sorts of materials, from smooth pink chiffon to rough grey fleece, spinning at full speed and trying to decipher what’s in there. There’s so much going on, with so many consequences, potentials and hidden hands. The rapid rate at which things are unfolding is head-spinning – which is crazy to write seeing as usually we’re asking “Why is this shift taking so long?!!”
Society as we know it has been disrupted, paused, postponed, cancelled. Not just in one city or in a far-off country. This is happening everywhere, to everyone. We are ALL riding this wave together now. Not just energetically anymore. Physically.
Life right now is like that scene in Willy Wonka where Mike Teavee gets broken up into a million tiny pieces as he gets teleported through the air and then re-emerges inside a television set. Our reality right now is like those million tiny pieces floating about, only there are billions of pieces.
Nope there was no flash of light to indicate that this is “the shift”. Yet shifting we are, and shift we will. In our bodies, with our bodies. It’s no exaggeration to say that our old world and old reality is rapidly disappearing. There is a new world and new reality on the other side of this that we will re-emerge into. In the meantime we are in the transition zone.
The transition part of any process feels scary because it is the void, the great unknown. It’s the phase where demolition is happening but you don’t yet fully know what the rebuild will look like. On one level this process has been happening for a long time with millions of people, and even entire countries at times, experiencing various stages of “exiting the old”, “entering the new”, and “transitioning in between.” Now though the time has finally come where THE WHOLE WORLD is experiencing the shift collectively. Each person in their own way.
We have known for a long time that something was coming. Something that would stop the world, reset us, and shift our course. This time was prophesised by the ancients, only no-one knew what would happen or when. Yes we have had ‘pandemics’ before, or other major world events like WWII, but not with the following conditions:
7 billion people on the planet, (there were 1.8 billion in 1918, the time of the Spanish flu)
The majority of those 7 billion are now either on full or partial lockdown, self-isolating or social distancing. The social, emotional, spiritual and economic effects of this is beyond comprehension.
Up to 200,000 flights globally are usually in the air on any given day transporting millions of people only to have that suddenly come to a near standstill with borders closing and travel bans in place
60% of the global population has internet access and is using it to connect like never before
Social, emotional, spiritual, economic effects
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Over the past week, this quote by Charles Dickens has been constantly popping into my mind. It’s an apt description of this time that we’ve found ourselves in. Over the weekend I was looking at fire flames flickering and they too gave me a similar message: fire burns, it warms, it provides light and heat. It can destroy and it can sustain life. With fire there is death, there is also purification, regeneration and rebirth.
For years I’ve been writing about how “the light” and our “awakening” isn’t about everything becoming all rosy overnight. Light and awakening is about awareness. Heightened insight and perception. A microscope and torch shining on those parts of ourselves, and those parts of our world, that we haven’t wanted to see, been ready to see, been able or allowed to see. The Awakening process involves amplifying all things: the good, the bad and the ugly. All has to be amplified so that it can either be fully embraced and appreciated (if for our highest good), or transformed, or finally released (if it is no longer serving us).
While many people have gone through their own individual processes, their purges, their identity breakdowns and breakthroughs, there was always going to be a time when everyone experienced it together. We are now at that time. There was always going to be a trigger. That which has been called ‘Covid-19’ and the international/national/state/community responses to it, and the subsequent almost overnight effect on our lives on multiple levels, is that trigger. And just like any deep, powerful transformation process, it contains a melting pot of all sorts of feelings and experiences; the good and the hard, the high and the low, pain and loss, beauty and love.
So this is one of the reasons why the Charles Dickens quote came to mind, (the other reason came to me later and I’ll go into it in another section) and why the fire is such a potent symbol for what is happening right now.
Over the coming weeks and months (and this has started already), we’re going to see the following as well as experience certain aspects of it:
Devastating losses of work and income, some temporary, some permanent
Bursts of new creative ideas born from the need to save livelihoods, businesses and sanity
Opportunities to think about what you really want to do, in light of having time off your regular job or losing it entirely
A massive increase in using online technologies to salvage businesses or start new endeavours
Time to work on aspects of your business or other projects that you usually don’t have time for
Feeling fear, confusion, anxiety, sadness, depression or grief due to the unknown, loss of normalcy, financial uncertainty, social distancing, self-isolation, upheaval of daily routines and other plans
Feeling calmer and more at ease than you have in a long time as the constant external busyness stops a while
Relief at not having to feel guilty for not doing certain things
Bouts of feeling a loss of purpose and direction as the regular flow of life is disrupted
Feeling your purpose and direction clearer and stronger than ever before, knowing you were born for this time
Feeling excitement at the positive possibilities resulting from this situation
Discomfort if you aren’t used to spending time with yourself, physically isolated from others
Much needed slowing down, time to reflect on what’s important, time to connect with yourself and your Soul
More time with your partner and children, or those you live with, making any ongoing relationship issues impossible to avoid or ignore
More time with your partner and children, or those you live with, providing quality time together that you wouldn’t have experienced otherwise
Less time with your loved ones or children that don’t live with you, if in lockdown for an extended period of time
A pause on festivals, parties, weddings, gatherings of family and friends, café breakfasts and lunches, bars, restaurants, dinners out, cinemas, concerts, theatre shows, all events, fun parks, after-school and weekend activities, church, funerals, sports events, beach outings, hair & beauty salons, massage therapists, gyms, yoga studios, museums, art galleries, zoos, parks, playgrounds, shopping, weekends away, trips and holidays
Feeling sadness about missing all of the above, and that all you had in your diary is now crossed out
Deeper appreciation for things that you took for granted, and looking forward to the great joy we’ll all feel when we can engage in ‘outside world’ social and cultural activities again, including work and school
Finding new ways to connect in the meantime, and new ways to have fun
Re-connection to home-based activities that you’re usually too busy for: reading, cooking, gardening, home DIY projects, craft, playing music
Schools closed indefinitely
New ways of learning as schools, yoga studios, music teachers and other educators transfer to home-online education
Children who aren’t getting enough to eat because it was school that provided them with a healthy, free lunch (30 million kids in the US alone), or because their parents have lost their jobs; families struggling
Community support groups popping up on social media to support those who need assistance in any way
Women, children and men stuck at home with their abuser
An increase in calls to mental health support hotlines, from adults and children
Homeless people who will no longer have passers-by giving them some spare change or a hot coffee
A great reckoning as society is confronted like never before with the reality of how we have failed those who needed more help, and how we have undervalued those who are in positions to help yet don’t have enough resources
People stepping up to help those who need it, or support the helpers in more ways
Re-evaluating how we value/pay healthcare workers, social workers, teachers, nurses, emergency services providers – the caretakers of our community
Less pollution and Co2 emissions as planes, cars and factories pause, clearer skies, cleaner water, fresher air; a cleansing time for Mother Earth
Emptier supermarket shelves, and street vendors facing empty streets
An increase in the desire for greater self-sufficiency, on the household level, community level, and national level; more people starting everything from growing a herb garden to moving toward totally self-sustainable off-grid living
Creating more eco-friendly, healthier, local supply chains
A balancing of the see-saw as our hyper-masculine socio-economic structure gives way to a more feminine focus on community health and wellbeing, and on inner/home life for a time. As the feminine energy is restored, so too the masculine will be returning to a more natural, healthier state
This is a surreal time. Even as I write the above list it still in part feels like a dystopian/utopian sci-fi movie plot, or a futuristic energy report like many I’ve written before. But it’s not a movie, and it’s not the future. It’s reality, here now for now.
The Phoenix rises from the ashes
Our collective dark night of the soul leading to collective rebirth
While the current situation is far from comfortable, there is a re-balancing that is going to happen because of it. Sometimes we don’t even realise something is out of balance until a change is forced upon us. Sometimes we do know that something needs to change but think we can’t change, or have no idea how to.
Have you ever been through an extreme experience or situation in your life, a dark night of the soul, a Pluto transit, something you didn’t think you could survive but you did, and you came out the other side changed forever? The old you broken, yet replaced by a new version of you, a you that was inside you all along, waiting for the trigger to be activated, a version of you that is closer to being an embodiment of your Soul, stronger, wiser, perhaps softer and humbled? This is what we as a collective humanity are going through now. And it is what many individuals will be going through.
If you are a helper, healer, teacher, lightworker, starseed, wise soul, or kind soul, now is your time. Now is your time to step up, soothe and support wherever and however you feel called to do. You can do this in small and large ways, it is all good, and it all helps the whole. The supermarket aisles have such a heavy feeling these days. Just smiling at people you pass is doing something. Posting helpful, inspiring things online is doing something. Phoning your friends and family members to make sure they are doing okay (mentally as well as physically) is doing something.
This is your time to add clarity and calm
to a confusing and uncertain situation
Ask for guidance.
A suggested prayer:
Thank you for putting me where I can be of the most good
for the most amount of people.
Thank you for guiding me
to offer that which people most need right now.
As everything slows down, everything is magnified. The good and the bad. It is like a bright light is being shone on every individual making us see all we need to see about ourselves. It is being shone on our governments, our media and social systems, highlighting cracks, showing what works and what doesn’t. It will be shone on all sorts of criminal activities that are currently not able to operate, or are under surveillance in a way they weren’t able to be before. Light is being shone on the absurdity of celebrity worship and their increasingly bizarre posts during this time, juxtaposed against the backdrop of tired, underpaid health care workers, supermarket staff and truck drivers who are all working around the clock to make sure people are taken care of.
For Australia 2020 started with a focus on our firefighters and emergency service workers who were there for us during the many months of bushfires. That time showed us that when a crisis looms, it is grassroots level ordinary people, friends, family, neighbours and service workers who are there to save, care for and protect the community. Together we can get through all things. Even though this time we have been physically isolated from each other, the community spirit prevails and thanks to the internet can continue via online means.
2020 is a year when we are all
being confronted with our shadows,
personal and collective.
What do you value, and why?
Who do you value, and why?
What have you ignored or avoided, and why?
To what do you need to reconnect?
To whom do you need to reconnect?
What is power?
How do you use it?
How is it used over you?
Feel your Feelings
If you have been feeling like you need to cry, cry. Normal has been left behind for the time being and it is natural to grieve even the temporary loss of ‘normal’. If you can see that there is something bigger going on here, don’t use that to spiritually bypass any of your own human feelings, or dismiss the feelings and fears of others. There is no right or wrong way to move through this, and how we feel one minute might be very different to how we feel the next. It’s all okay.
As I was getting my take-away coffee (we are still allowed that here for now, and in these dramatic times I’m fully aware of how privileged that one action alone sounds), I noticed that I was surrounded by an abundance of food, fruit, gelato, homemade jams and Himalayan pink salt. And I thought about how people lived through the great Depression, and how my grandparents survived WWII living in refugee camps. I thought about how they would likely say to me now “Umm, what is the problem here?” Because right now in the grand scheme of things we are okay. We are being asked to stay home, a home that is safe and warm. We have plenty of food and water, hot showers, all sorts of devices and activities to keep us occupied. Much more than many people have under even ‘normal’ circumstances. That said, many people who just a few days ago or weeks ago were okay are now not okay.
The feeling of overwhelming sadness, shock, heartbreak and uncertainty is in the air at the once bustling café, only one or two other customers waiting for their take-away, standing 2 metres apart, while staff soldier on wondering how much longer they’ll have work. This feeling is in the air in the supermarket aisles, not a pack of toilet paper, pasta or rice to be seen. It is in the air as millions of people are being let go from their workplaces without pay. It is in the air as I look at my son and as much as he is loving the novelty of home school, I’m thinking of his great school and friends, and the things that have been put on hold for now. None of this is forever, there are silver linings all around, it is a bridge to get us to humanity’s next phase, and yet still…if you are feeling the grief it is all part of the process.
Grief and the Lungs
Interestingly, grief is the emotion that is metaphysically connected to the lungs. The lungs are the organs being most affected by Covid-19. We are grieving the loss of life as we knew it – some of those losses are temporary, some will be permanent.
Give your lungs extra care and attention right now. (I’ve made a couple of Breathing-focused meditations available free on my site. Link at end).
Breathe in love and lifeforce
Breathe out all that is no longer serving you
On a collective level see all Earth and humanity
breathing in unity and connection
See us all breathing out anything from the old world
that is no longer serving us.
There are also the hilarious memes and videos that are getting us through. The spirit of humanity is shining through as we bond through our shared experiences. There is a ‘small village’ feeling that the internet and social media have provided, meaning that even in isolation we don’t have to be alone.
What’s really going on here?
There are a lot of mixed messages and various theories going around regarding what’s really happening with both the virus and the unprecedented response.
Is this a new, natural virus?
Is it a man-made virus that escaped a lab accidentally or intentionally?
Is the response also being used as an extreme ‘new world order’ trial run for the next phase of social control?
Is this a plot to crash the world economy or create a financial reset?
Are the lockdowns and travel bans also being used as part of a covert mass takedown of global crimes, corruption and cabal activities?
Has the universe sprung this on us as a quick and effective way to clean Mother Earth’s air and waterways, and get us all to review everything from overly dependent supply chains to more independent self-sustainability, from unplugging from external busyness to slowing down and plugging in to ones self and family?
All of these questions are being asked across social media and by regular people wondering what is going on? The weirdness of 2020, and the whiplash speed at which life has changed in recent days and weeks, is so far beyond what we used to call “normal life” that any and all of the above could be true. Time will tell.
To help make sense of the constantly-changing circumstances we all find ourselves in, let’s look at the current astro climate. It’s a way to press pause on the swirling washing machine and zoom in to check out some of the influences, players and potentials involved.
Astro Climate in relation to Covid-19
While the virus started in China in November 2019, things only really started escalating in Italy and elsewhere in recent weeks. Other countries in Europe, the US, Canada, South America, Australia, NZ, India and others have massively increased their response daily over the past week.
The first most obvious astro factor is that we are right in the thick of a very intense interaction between Mars, Jupiter and Pluto.
20-23 March – Mars conjunct Jupiter 22-23 degrees Capricorn
Jupiter rules international travel among other things, while Mars is about action, assertiveness and high energy. Now if this was happening in a more fun sign then it might of played out differently. However this transit is in very serious Capricorn, the zodiac’s Father figure.
These dates are when we saw a rush of energy around closing borders, grounding flights, banning travel and enforcing lockdowns, quarantines and self-isolation. This is very Saturn-like energy, who manifests through his ruling sign Capricorn. Capricorn is about creating secure, sustainable foundations, and is perfectly fine to do it alone without distractions. He might seem like a party pooper in the short-term, (Everything: cancelled), but he always does things with the long game in mind.
So, while these actions might feel like they’re destroying our social, cultural and economic foundations, there is something happening here to get us all on more solid, stable ground in the long-term. This feels to be happening on multiple levels: personally, socially and collectively. Yes Capricorn can be heavy-handed in the authority department, and we definitely wouldn’t want to live this way for an extended period of time, but Jupiter’s presence tells us that even amid the restrictions the end goal is eventual expansion and abundance. Jupiter adds elements of joy and silver linings to what is otherwise an extremely tough time.
On the surface these measures are about ‘flattening the curve’ and ‘slowing the spread’, and it would be easy to guess that the solid, stable ground is merely us getting out the other side with our health and lives intact. But there is something deeper afoot. The stable ground to which we are being lead is not just about getting through this Covid-19 time. This is about a greater transformative overhaul – personal, social, collective. Covid-19 just happens to be the vehicle (and even then it comes with moving parts that we aren’t yet aware of). We know this because Pluto is involved. More on that in next section.
Jupiter also rules, fame, celebrity, international connections, and wealthy, successful people. With this Mars/Jupiter conjunction in ‘bring down the hammer’ Capricorn I keep intuitively hearing “anger at being caught in a trap.” Interestingly 20-23 March is when most of the US were told to stay home, and when