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'Still Life with Nautilus Cup' Willem Claesz 1640 {{PD}}

‘Still Life with Nautilus Cup’ Willem Claesz 1640 {{PD}}

It’s a fair question, though if you exclaim in protest, “I’m not angry!” I ask you to take an inventory: just because it’s called by some other name doesn’t mean it’s not there. Look beneath the crust of labels or dissembling for the meat of frustration, disappointment, denial, or wounded pride, all of which mellow (through sublimation) into anger, either at ourselves (showing as depression or Self-sabotage) or a convenient other, often something large and unaffected by our outrage, a target that can absorb all our indignation and sense of injustice, and that offers to launder our anger into righteousness, turning what we may have been taught is a verboten expression into a virtuous one (politics, corporate operations, the social order are all likely vehicles).

To process our emotions in a healthy way, one of the things we must do is discover and acknowledge the very personal origins of some of our most passionate beliefs and responses; that is, we must see that, for instance, our livid response to those who sully the environment, though genuine, carries some displaced energy from, say, our loss of a significant relationship. Our anger at or rejection of someone else may center on the fact that they observed us at a vulnerable moment–and the shame we felt has been translated. It’s not easy to do, but honesty demands we trace that feeling of anger or outrage back to its source–and we find this response is a conversion, one that had very personal origins.

Today is a perfect day for this kind of examination and sorting, especially considering we are in the Dark of the Moon, which makes it that much easier to turn within; if we don’t take the opportunity to look at some of our most genuinely vulnerable feelings and reactions, we could end up lashing out at others, making unwise choices in the area of ambitions and desires, potentially allowing our instincts to be tainted by a need to maintain what we care about (and that means accepting and not acknowledging something artificial or negative about it), and we may be prone to see the ugliness in the social order, or to demonize others, without realizing that is our judgment fueled by denying that potential within ourselves, rather than indisputable fact. Instead, be willing to look within–it’s the only place we can get any real answers, anyway (Pallas sesq Zeus, Vesta conjoined Sedna, Jupiter semi-sq Black Moon Lilith, Mars sesq Uranus, Venus qnx Mars)

From quite a few years ago, but this advice for a Mercury retrograde, and the job scene (in the comments) is still good today

Living statues at Sydney Town Hall. by Eva Rinaldi https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Creator:Eva_Rinaldi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Living statues at Sydney Town Hall. by Eva Rinaldi https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Creator:Eva_Rinaldi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Today’s word image is a statue that looks uncannily real–or is that someone real who looks a bit like a statue? What thing or person in our life are we seeing as static? A fresh look is required.

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