Driving up Interstate 35 this weekend on my way to Dallas-Fort Worth to lecture about the Moon, I passed at billboard admonishing us to prepare for an eclipse in 2027 over Jerusalem. It made me smile.
Thirteen years seems generous preparation time.
In April 2014, many astrologers and astrology lovers are also in the throes of apocalyptic angst. This month, four planets – Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars – are engaged in a four-way tug of war, which astrologers call a grand cross. The internet yields predictions of death, destruction, epidemic, political collapse, economic collapse, natural disaster and more. In the face of cosmically induced global catastrophe, what's a being to do?
We humans do seem to enjoy our apocalyptic thinking. In fact, there have been more than 140 predictions of the End of the World since the beginning of the common era. (That’s 1 A.D., for those old-school types.) And yet, apparently the more the world ends, the more we wake up the next morning and think: "Now what?"
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Psychological studies suggest that humans have evolved a "negativity" bias. We tend to ruminate on failures, worse-case scenarios, and other difficulties perhaps because the risk of immediate failure (such as being eaten by a tiger), outweighed the necessity of immediate success (such as finding something to eat). Those negative, stressful thoughts also raise the levels of some positive hormones, such as dopamine, which can gear us up to take action.
Difficult things happen, whether the stars are aligned or not. However, allowing catastrophic thinking to paralyze you won't help you cope with whatever comes. Neither will attempting to banish all negative thinking from your mind.
Instead, when you find yourself feeling anxious, try one of these techniques:
This month's "heavenly writing" is neither good nor bad, but it is energizing. Could you use that energy in your world to push through and make some lasting changes in your life? If so, what would you create?
Astrology Detective writes the Love – Money – Health Horoscopes for Dell Horoscope Magazine. She also runs her own site, astrologydetective.com, offering weekly and monthly horoscopes, personal readings and reports, ecards, and more.... read more