Ask any medical student: at some point or another they usually end up believing they have some strange rare disease or something that they’ve read about. “I thought it was just a hangover, but maybe it’s Chagas Disease!” It’s virtually a universal human trait: you can only spend so long looking at the possible disasters before you start believing in one. Astrologers are prone to this sort of thing too. One of the great joys in my line of work has been teaching it, and one thing I can count on is hearing from an old student, typing away at three in the morning, worried about the South Node conjunct their secondary progressed Mercury during a Void of Course Moon, or something.

As I write this, the clock is ticking down to the first of October’s two Eclipses. I’ve already done my best to defuse a few people’s concerns over that matter. Yes I know Eclipses have a big scary reputation, but as I’ve said before: they don’t operate on their own, but within the context of other transits. They bring Bonus Surprises, perhaps… but they always happen within the context of the current storyline being woven by the interaction of the birth chart and transits. So if there’s no storm on the horizon, there’s little need to worry about one sneaking up on you.

But — having said that — I’m reminded of how many times the little transits from the Sun or Moon can be the first pebbles that start the Eclipse Avalanche.

I don’t usually write that much about my personal life here — it’s barely my business, let alone anyone else’s — but I thought I’d make an exception today for illustrative purposes. Astrology is not supposed to be about cowering in terror, waiting for the Divine Hammer to fall. Just as paying too much attention to your health can lead to hypochondria, staring for too long at one’s own birth chart can be a practice that goes wrong. But like many of you I’m feeling Saturn transit over my Neptune and despite the fact that there are many good things in my life right now… there’s also a certain mood hanging over everything.

I mention all this simply because I want you all to be as relieved (yet unsurprised) as I am when I’m back here, tomorrow, in one piece… just like I know I will be… and you will be too. In the meantime, stay calm and adapt any way that suits you. Find comfort in the presence of a loved one. Pray. Meditate. Light a candle. Watch a favorite movie. Call a friend. You’ve been through worse before, and you’ll make it through this just fine. If you’re worried about your future because of the Eclipses, or your transits, you can find your way to, as they say, keep calm and carry on.

We all have our ways of coping with — Oh look… the liquor store is still open!

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