Water connects. It rises from the oceans to form clouds, falls to earth as rain and explores deep caves underground. Water is the lifeblood of our bodies and the bodies of all other living things.
The water in you now, down through time, has been in all of these places. In the sky. In the oceans. In the earth. In other beings. Consider this.
The summer of 2013 brings us the gift of water – an awareness of how we connect, transform and flow with the watery parts of ourselves.
As June opens, Mercury and Venus have already entered the water sign Cancer, starting off the “grand water trine” in the first week of June. This unusual aspect will be active in some form over the coming months. The Sun enters Cancer on June 22, followed by Jupiter on June 27. Expansive Jupiter remains in Cancer for a year. Also this month, Neptune, god of the oceans, begins his retrograde sojourn in another water sign, Pisces, on June 7. Mercury turns retrograde in Cancer on June 26, where it remains until early August.
What does this cosmic deluge mean for us?
On the level of the psyche, water brings us into contact with our deep and emotional natures. A tsunami can’t be controlled by dams, levees and sandbags. Neither can you control your emotions by locking them away inside yourself, pretending they don’t exist, or trying to remain detached in a safe intellectual sanctuary.
Joy. Anger. Longing. Grief. Sadness. Ecstasy. Emotions can be messy. Uncontainable. Overwhelming. But they cannot drown you. You are larger than any emotion you experience. You can learn to slow down, and expand yourself to make space for what you feel.
Don’t try to fight, analyze or escape. Just acknowledge your experience and breathe through the waves. No judgment either. Emotions are not right or wrong. They simply are. Allow them to move in you, and they will rise and ebb naturally. Ever changing.
Working with your emotions, you may discover that those things you’ve created to repress your emotions are also inhibiting your intuitive gifts. Intuition is of a subtler energy than emotion, but it too requires room to flow. The first step in cultivating your intuition is often allowing yourself to feel.
Listen with compassion, to yourself and to others. We are all experience the deluge from our own perspective. Some will swim more gracefully than others. But each one of us will be swamped from time to time. Beware of your ego, which likes to believe it’s in control or more enlightened and wise than others. Give it a chocotini and send it to the beach. Allow yourself to be childlike. Unleash your imagination.
Explore these ideas, gently and playfully. On a mundane level, celebrate water in all its forms. Keep a pitcher of water at hand to drink. Swim. Dance in the rain, or just a garden sprinkler. Conserve this precious gift. Give it generously to others.
The waters continue to rise through June and July. There’s plenty of time to splash.