For some, this time of year lingers like the sweet sorrow of a melancholic melody, as time is spent with those with whom you would not be friends but fate has decreed otherwise. But navigating the familial landscape does not have to be akin to tiptoeing through an emotional minefield, where the dormant can awaken and unresolved issues can erupt, casting emotional lava across the familial terrain. Remaining conscious, not in fearful anticipation or judgement, of the power of ancestral echoes and the impact of unresolved issues on the present moment is the Way of the Doula, as you skirt along the perimeters of a familiar graveyard, unintentionally shedding a flickering light on those buried grievances, slights, misunderstandings and stealthily hidden ego agendas.
A conscious heart, aware of these invisible forces, stands as a guardian against the inadvertent activation of emotional landmines. Taking time to reflect on the vast array of potential triggers embedded in familial interactions, offers you an opportunity to tread lightly, fostering an environment where not reacting to the whispers of unresolved issues can enable you to see how far your personal healing and compassionate understanding has come. Remember that your reactions are not merely personal but intertwined with the collective emotional history of your family, and your choices to rise to the bait or to let them wash over you, can have an impact on altering the level to which your ‘composite’ dynamics can express themselves.
Reflections on the Cardinal Earth Sun’s sextile to Mutable Water Saturn
Art by Elizabeth Shakespeare