Finding Balance Amid Chaos
Card for the Collective 3.14.23
I don’t know about you, but last week’s full moon and transit of Saturn into Pisces turned more than a few things upside down for me. It began with a major typo in the headline and first paragraph of last week’s Tarot Tuesday and went downhill from there.
“As above, so below,” the modern version of what’s written on the ancient Emerald Tablet, certainly rang true in my life. Result? Chaos!
“As above, so below” —Emerald Tablet
Because of the powerful nature of the transit coupled with the full moon and the proximity of the next major transit of Pluto entering Aquarius next week, I’m willing to bet that many others had similar experiences. So what can we do?
Today’s Card for the Collective offers good advice.
Balance: Stability. Standing Firm.
You might say, easier said than done! But let’s take a closer look at what that could mean.
Pulling this card is an indication that restoring order and balance in your life is needed now. The first step to take is to examine the energy you’re radiating. Are you angry? sad? confused? ambivalent? Although everyone feels out of sorts at times, if the down times aren’t balanced by up cycles in your day, you will lose your sense of center and may feel disconnected or ungrounded—which only increases the discomfort.
Next, take a good look at how you’re spending your time each day. Are you working too much without periods of rest and too little attention to your personal needs? Do you eat nourishing foods and drink enough water? Do you spend time outside in nature or have other periods of peaceful relaxation? How about physical activity? Do you meditate or journal about your feelings?
Any or all of these necessary self-care activities can be ignored when we’re stressed. But that’s precisely the time to double up on taking care of yourself! In times of discord, it’s common to spend too much time in your head, thinking about your problem at hand or being consumed by your to-do list.
This card’s illustration shows the Priestess of Balance with both hands up, light extending from her palms to Universal connection. This represents the need to balance yin and yang, receptive and active, or feminine and masculine energies.
And how do you do that? By being aware of the imbalance. Signs include signals from your body such as stomach upset, headache, or pain anywhere for seemingly no reason. Although it’s important to attend to recurring or persistent discomfort with a medical professional, these symptoms can also be signs of imbalance in your emotional and energy systems. Yes, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever and keep going, but that doesn’t get to the underlying cause of the upset, and it’s very likely the same symptoms will appear again under similar circumstances.
Once you learn to honor these warning signs from your body, you can make concerted effort to learn to balance yourself. A good daily practice is to ground your energy upon waking. Before reaching for the phone to check email or mentally reviewing the day’s to-do list, keep your eyes closed and simply take a few deep breaths and check in with your body.
Be present with how your head, neck, arms, legs, and trunk feel on the mattress. If all feels comfy, continue to focus on your lower body and mentally connect with the ground below you. Picture yourself planting an imaginary cord or root from your bottom down through the floor, deep into the Earth.
Breathe naturally, but perhaps a bit deeper than normal to a count of four or more on each inhale and exhale. Allow yourself to feel stable and connected to the source of life, either by feeling positive energy enter your body through your head or up from the Earth.
Now you’re ready for prime time. But don’t limit yourself to grounding upon waking. Take a few minutes throughout the day to sit in a chair with feet on the floor and take a few deep, clearing breaths. Close your eyes and imagine your grounding cord dropping into the Earth, sprouting roots, and bringing positive, nourishing energy up from Mother Earth into your body.
Other stress relievers include walks in nature, stretching, yogic poses or breathing, physical activity, or anything you enjoy that takes you out of the mental cycle causing anxiety. Even stepping outside for a few minutes and breathing fresh air while looking skyward or at a pleasing view relieves tension and helps balance your emotional state.
Over time, consistent and mindful use of any of these practices will result in a natural feeling of connection and balance. You’ll be less likely to be thrown off course when an upset emerges and more likely to remain or easily restore calm.
These are only a few tools of the trade to stay balanced when circumstances appear chaotic. But any of these are a good place to start.
Another route to maintaining balance is to make choices that honor your body, mind, and soul. Set personal priorities and put yourself first. It’s not selfish, it’s self-care. Feeling good about yourself and your life is key to balance. Think about a time when you left a job or relationship that caused you to be unhappy. Remember the feeling of relief or release when it was over? It can be like getting out of prison.
I’m offering you a free “Get out of jail” card with no limit on how many times you can use it. Be good to yourself. I’ve lit the candle of the fourth (heart) chakra to help you connect to your true self and added aventurine to balance your heart-mind connection.
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Your post is full of good words as usual. Yes. I have been working too much. I did stop and rest pretty much for the past 2 days, however. It was another of those birthdays for one who has passed. So I gave myself time to feel what I feel. It never goes away. It doesn't get better with time. I just have gotten used to it and carry it with always. Some days my grief is packed away. Other days I take it out and feel it. That works for me.