From Earthquake to Equinox – a Cosmic Week

I’ve just come to say sorry for the silence. I’ve been mesmerised by world events. In the light of the Japanese tragedy, all personal thoughts and concerns I have seem shamefully self-absorbed and petty. Suddenly everything is prioritised. Say I have two needs (I have rather more than that): to lose weight and to meditate. The first fades to the very pits of inconsequence; the second becomes important. Forget the diet – just be quiet. That’s my mantra right now.
And yet every moment there is dual thinking, about now and the future. Because I have wandered into the forbidden bog, which is conspiracy theories on YouTube. Out of it I have learned things I wish I didn’t know. I’ve done some checking and here are the bald facts:
There is a comet called Elenin which no one I have spoken to has heard of, and yet I’ve checked with NASA and it’s true, it crossed the elliptic  a couple of days ago and for the rest of this year will be sailing through our solar system (not, I suspect, to the William Tell Overture as some of the more dramatic videos show). No one knows how big it is. Distances from the earth are all guess work. But for the astrologically-minded (which all medieval historical novelists surely are?) there is an alignment tomorrow of Earth – Sun – Comet – Mercury. March 15th – the day they are predicting for the pole shift and the end of Facebook (Noooooooooo!)
The same alignment will occur on or near the Autumn Equinox. Coincidentally (?) the Spring Equinox is next week, 20th March, the date I’ve set to finish my novel. Again, thoughts of novels and their completion seem fatuous in the light of cosmic events. March 19th, I’ve discovered, is a ‘supermoon’.  I haven’t been able to find out much about supermoon, but it’s a cyclical event which usually coincides with severe weather. I’m disturbed that my self-imposed deadline of March 20th to finish my novel may be a day too late! It’s so queer to be thinking like this, pushing on regardless, determined to fulfil an aim, whilst simultaneously imagining the end of the world (as we know it). Schizophrenic or what?
Of the many dramatic videos on YouTube, I’ve been impressed by stuff by ‘dutchsinse’, who seems to have a knack of predicting things a couple of days in advance. Nuggets of Truth provides balance (‘It’s all shite!’), and I particularly like the Truther Girls on the pole shift. (‘By all means get your survival supplies but listen, would you want to survive the Apocalypse?’)
The message of the last is, ‘love, not fear’, and ‘be here now and don’t worry about the future’. This I shall adopt.
Does history help us in all this? Yes. I’m immediately reminded of the 14th century. Some centuries are just plain bad, and the 21st may well be another. And what came out of the 14th century? Why, the Italian Renaissance in the 15th! It really was a rebirth, and not just of culture but of life at every level.
And with all that, my sermon would be ended, except to say that the format of WordPress seems to have changed overnight and I’m writing this post in a very basic layout much like a recovery programme in Word. And, after that beautiful spring day yesterday, I’ve awoken to deep frost and the realisation that I’d left the cold frame open. So, slightly unnerved by these ‘signs’ I’m now going to meditate for half an hour.
Be aware, be vigilant, be at peace. We must do as the Japanese do and carry on as if nothing has happened with that implacable expression of mild surprise. Aren’t they amazing? I want to help, we all want to help, but the only thing I can think of is to be quiet and hold them in heart and mind.
Normal service will be resumed soon, but perhaps not until after the Equinox. No, not because of comets and supermoons, but because of that seemingly impossible deadline.

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  1. A supermoon is when the moon is closer to the earth than normal. This week it is the closest for a decade or so. Its gravitational pull is thus stronger, and it should be no suprise to find a couple of earthquakes going on in the build up, given how fisaparious our little crust is, floating around on its hot core with us running about on its wrinkly surface pretending we’re not all on a boat in a sea of lava.
    I’ve been obsessed by it all too, not least because wife and 2 out of 3 kids are in China, and no matter how much the news reassures me this is paranoid fantasy, the thought of nuclear smoke plums gliding SW and straight over them is rather hard to get out of my mind. Plus there’s the middle east.
    In these circumstances we all need some black humour, so I’m sorry that the headline here:
    Seems to have changed. An hour ago the picture on the right was the same, but the headline on the left said ‘Death crash on A34 near Aylesbury’.
    I can well believe that that would lead to countries overrun by mighty seas, cities afire, and a death toll in the tens of thousands…

  2. Thanks for the laugh! I’m reminded of an old radio joke where the headline news was that Martians had landed in Manchester and were destroying lives and property as they swept across the country. ‘Next, the cricket results.’
    Seriously, this is no time to be parted from your family. I hope they are soon back, safe and well.

  3. As an astrologer, it’s my experience that people can either resist the astrological energies of change or flow with them. How any particular astrological alignment works out for us (whether “benefic” or “malefic” in the old terminology) is largely governed by whether we resist or embrace needed change. Of course, embracing change can be hard to do, because we tend to fear the unknown, and it’s not always crystal clear in advance whether our various options for change will lead us in the “needed” direction or the “whoa–really bad decision” direction. The most “malefic” energies, though, are the ones that give us the strongest push for needed change, and they can work out very beneficially if we respond by mustering up all our best spiritual gifts and diving into the stream of life. Comets are traditionally “malefic,” causing wars, the deaths of kings, and whatnot–but the more we can collectively align ourselves with wisdom, understanding, compassion, and a certain amount of detachment, the more we can use their energies for good, I believe. Comets don’t visit us very often, so we don’t have the chance to test this theory on a regular basis as it applies to comets, so I am extrapolating from more ordinary planetary transits–I have seen very “bad” astrological transits work out very well for people who use them creatively (whether they’re aware of the transits or not) instead of hunkering down and telling the universe “no.”

  4. One could close one’s mind to the reality of the Cosmos; see Elenin as a shooting star to wish upon; see the moon as a sister in romance and heartache, not a mere piece of stone orbiting the earth. One could celebrate the Equinox as rebirth of the land and forget that we might find ourselves on a different Pole the very next morning. What will be will be. [And Linda, what’s written is written. So stick to your dead-line.]
    But one cannot close one’s mind to the suffering of our fellow human, and anmal beings. All living things are a divine spark of life. The Japanese are ordered, dignified and resilient. They were prepared, even taught their children how to handle this catastrophy, though beyond imagination it is. Let this be a lesson to other races/peoples. My thoughts are constantly with them, I hold them in my heart, but I get up every morning and see that my bit of the world, my Valley, is not wanting where I can possibly help.
    Will it be callous to say; see Earth as a an individual, the stars and planets as her fellow beings. Like us she has her upheavals; a pain in the side, a broken bone, a ruptured spleen. She will heal herself like she has through the ages. Like we heal our minds through meditation and acceptance. Or am I just trying to ease my mind in this calamity?
    A song in my head the entire day; Rocky Horror Show;
    Like ants across the planet’s face
    Runs the human race.
    I do feel very small and insignificant now. Rather go to my bed. It’s close to midnight. Thanks for the food for thought, Linda.

  5. Very many thanks to Margaret and Joyce. I am blessed to have such wise friends who can write so beautifully. I was reading in the Bhagavad Gita yesterday, Chapter Two, where Arjuna cannot fight because he is weakened by despondency and compassion for the opposing army he is about to wipe out. The Lord Krishna, who is Arjuna’s charioteer, tells him to stand up and fight because that is his duty (and anyway, he can’t see straight when it comes to reality).
    I’ve applied the lesson to myself. I am writing furiously now, whatever the outcome. I am a writer and it is what I must do to the best of my ability. Why is a question for someone else to answer.
    ‘My heart is oppressed with pity; and my mind confused as to what my duty is. Therefore, my Lord! tell me what is best for my spiritual welfare; for I am Thy disciple. Please direct me, I pray. For should I attain the monarchy of the visible world, or over the invisible world, it would not drive away the anguish which is now paralysing my senses.’
    Krishna replies: ‘The wise grieve neither for the dead nor for the living. There was never a time when I was not, nor thou, nor these princes were not; there will never be a time when we shall cease to be.’
    BG translated by Shri Purohit Swami.
    Moral: always have a god in the driving seat.

  6. Linda,
    Appreciate the post and your wisdom, but I think I’ll steer clear of YouTube for the time being. Also, the comments to your posts are as worthy of note as the posts themselves.

  7. I agree, Mari. The comments on this particular post have put a bounce back in my step. Unfortunately those who subscribe by email are, I think, unlikely to see them. I must look into it. I’m sure I’ve seen on someone else’s blog the opportunity to subscribe to comments also.
    I am thrilled to find that March 15th has passed without any of the predictions coming true, so far as I know. I hope that is true for the rest of the week. It was one of my reasons for doing this post, because when I say anything’s going to happen, it tends not to. A bit like taking out insurance: whatever I cover never happens which, in a perverse way, means that it pays to insure.
    But I am glad to report that I have the end of my revision in sight and it looks as if I’m going to make the deadline – if it’s not tempting fate to say so.

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