Reader question: How can we adapt in an unjust world?

Serenity Charm by James Avery

Gina asks,

As a person born in Aug 1966, I have (it seems to this amateur) that there is such an emphasis in my natal chart of Saturn and Chiron. I also have Uranus and Pluto in my 12th so I feel like I can get weighed down with the concerns of the collective and have experienced some eerie coincidences when I have experienced depression before a large event. So I can’t help but notice injustice (and there are so many). Then I can become cynical and embittered and distrustful.

Obviously this isn’t helpful to me or anyone.

I also was born with an Aries moon so my ire has really been stirred the last few years. So in my long winded way (sorry) in your blog entry when you suggest we ‘adapt,’ what do you mean. How do you see the balance between addressing injustices and adapting to new changes? What if the new changes seem unjust and unacceptable? Is it then time to break out the crying towel and have a misery party? I really would rather not.

This is a powerful question Gina, and not that easy to answer. First of all, the conjunction of Saturn (the Celestial Teacher) to Chiron the Soul Healer) in the mid 1960s is a difficult one that is often accompanied by deep soul wounds that create a great deal of emotional sensitivity.

When Saturn tightly aspects Chiron in the natal chart there is a requirement that we work diligently (Saturn) to heal our inner wounds which likely feel more intense than we imagine others to be.  You have fairly accurately described the tendencies of the other factors in your chart, and in addition you have a triple conjunction of planets in Cancer (Mars, Venus, Jupiter). I’ve noticed that people with a strong Cancerian influence also tend to feel the pain of the world in a more intensely personal way.

Still, regardless of our innate tendencies and predispositions towards certain behaviors we are not doomed to behave in ways that continue to reinforce negative patterns.

The first step towards finding a way towards greater balance with a chart like yours is to focus less on the challenges unfolding in the outer world and more on healing the inner wounds.  Some of this emotional pain you came into this life with, others were patterned into you as a child.  These wounds must be healed through feeling and sensation, by embracing and releasing the painful feelings as they emerge.  When we hold on to resentments and rage at the injustices in the world, of which there are many, we internalize these feelings and they become a part of our overall pattern which makes us less effective as agents of change.

Developing a mindfulness practice will help you to move through these feelings so that you can more easily release them.  Engaging in the world as an activist can help to relieve feelings of powerlessness, but can also reinforce rage and cynicism which keeps us from doing our own healing.

Personal transformation is a never ending balancing act.  It’s not easy, but it can be as simple as taking one simple moment at a time.  The Serenity Prayer that is used in twelve-step programs may seem trite but I believe it’s an important concept: that we must learn to accept the things we cannot change, ask for the courage to change those things that we know must change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


By | 2018-06-11T12:28:18+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Inspiration|4 Comments


  1. Gina September 13, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Lynn: Thank you so much for addressing my question(s). I have been in psychotherapy for years to help me work through issues of child abuse. My mother had schizophrenia and my parents divorced when I was 11. My father won custody of me, but in his fear of raising a child, (especially a girl) alone he remarried quickly to a deeply insecure and abusive woman. So basically after just surviving childhood and young adulthood I have worked for years trying disentangle the knots of my identity and my relationship to the world. Therapy has greatly helped but I have also learned so much from trying to study the basics of astrology. I have a natural fascination with astrology but not the technical chops for it. That is why I am so grateful to astrologers like you who really assist others like myself with sharing your insights and knowledge.
    You are correct that someone with my type of growth challenges shouldn’t focus too much on impossible world problems because it is too easy for me to take them personally and feel defeated. Mental balance is the key for me and it is a lifetime challenge for me.

    Thanks again and many blessings!

    • September 14, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Gina, thank you for reporting the details that help to add color to the chart reading. I think it’s always useful to see how someone’s personal experiences are described in the chart, and how we can ultimately transcend those patterns.

  2. Deb September 16, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Every morning I say “I am happy, healthy, wealthy and enlightened.” Then I raise my arms up and say “I send love, joy, and harmony” then I bring my hands to my chest and say “I receive love, joy, and harmony.”
    If I get stuck in the muck during the day, I repeat over and over “LOVE, LOVE, LOVE……….”

    • Deb September 16, 2016 at 10:29 am - Reply

      And at bedtime I count my blessing, what I am Grateful for.

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