We live in a time of great uncertainty. Forgetful of our past, we are more than ever projected into an indefinite future. The Brexit referendum outcome is just the last manifestation of the way we perceive the world of today. Since this lack of security makes us feel vulnerable and frightened, we close ourselves—as the United Kingdom did.
We seek comfort in the analysis and forecasts of the experts, or worse: we believe the false promises of populists and demagogues to send evil—yet another scapegoat—away. We want to know, so we think we can take control of the situation and dispel our insecurity. Ultimately, we just don’t want to feel that way.
As a great tool for making accurate predictions, Astrology is no exception. We can misuse it to convince ourselves we are in control of what’s going to happen. Actually, to a certain level we always are; still, we have to surrender to the fact we are not able to control—nor to predict—everything. We might be the captain of our ship, but the weather is never certain.
From the astrological perspective, all we have said so far falls under the saturnian symbology : fear, being closed, feeling lonely, building boundaries, scapegoats (the goat refers to Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn), taking control, be independent, and so on. For this reason I don’t feel that giving an astrological analysis of Brexit is—at least right now—of any help because it would only strengthen our desire for prediction and control.
In response to the new uncertain European scenario (I am based in Italy, by the way) I’d like to respond by focusing on the force which enables us to face and deal with uncertainty: Jupiter . This is in my opinion the best thing to do at the moment, especially because the planet of trust and confidence is currently debilitated (detriment in Virgo).
This means that right now Jupiter’s intervention doesn’t come for free, but requires us to make some efforts. Remember that we are always able to make a difference in our “inner sky” (our soul or psyche). We may not be able to change a situation we are stuck with, but we can always change the way we react.
How do we face the unknown?
If you are analyzing and making predictions you are not accepting the unknown. You are rather trying to change it into the “known”. So the first thing we must learn in order to face it—is just to face it. You can’t do it if you are running away from it. Just surrender to the truth that the unknown is part of life and embrace the fact that sometimes you are going to feel vulnerable and insecure because of it. It’s perfectly fine to feel that way. Just stop analyzing.
This way of thinking is going to release your emotions: you are going to feel them instead of trying to avoid them by telling yourself you shouldn’t be there. By doing so, you’re also going to stop feeding them: every time you run away from your fears you just make them stronger. Now that we have cleared this up, we can move on and develop Jupiter—the bearer of our higher trust and faith.
Trust and faith () are indeed all we need to face the unknown. It is as simple as that. The hard part is to develop them without lying to yourself or being naive. We all know that bad things happen—the world is a place full of misery and tragedy. We just can’t pretend that “everything is going to be alright”. How could we, after all that happened to us? The saturnian force easily becomes a temptation difficult to resist. We want to stay closed to protect ourselves. We are scared of the future.
So how do we shift our perspective from Saturn to Jupiter? How do we turn fear into confidence? Mainly, by stop focusing only on the outcome—the outward result of our actions and decisions—and start giving more importance to our inner growth and experience ().
We live in a materialist society obsessed with results, to the point we are more concerned about our children’s school grades rather than their learning experience. I am not saying results don’t matter, they do. But if you focus too much on them you will eventually forget that—whatever happens—you are going to make a valuable experience on the path of your personal, spiritual growth. This way of thinking allows you to make mistakes—even to fail—simply because the outcome is not the point anymore.
They say experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. I think experience is what you get—anyway. This is why in astrology Jupiter is the planet of optimism: it puts you in a win-win situation. Actually, from this perspective only if you keep doing always the same things you are losing. You know them already, so you are not learning anything new. The unknown is no longer the place where to project your worst fears and insecurities: it becomes the symbol of your unexpressed potential. So you start to long for it.
As you can see we have reached a totally different point of view. Here’s some sentences to help you resonate more with Jupiter’s vibration and shift your perspective.
Am I overanalyzing because I’m scared?
What are the fears I am projecting in this situation?
What kind of experience would I gain from the worst case scenario?
How would this make me grow as a person?
How did I handle a similar situation in the past? What did I learn?
If I was to fail, what have I learned so far?
There’s no need to answer these questions. What’s effective is to let them resonate within you, allowing them to change your mindset. It is also important to understand that we are not trying to eradicate Saturn’s point of view: it is key when it comes to get tangible results. But only Jupiter can be your guide in facing the unknown.
I consider myself a free researcher in western spiritual disciplines, in particular Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy and the Neoplatonic Hermetic tradition. I have a three-year training in Astrology at the CIDA delegation of Trieste, the Italian Center for Astrological Disciplines. I graduated in Computer Engineering from the University of Trieste.