Manage Anxiety Using Astrology

An Introduction to Anxiety

In this section you will learn:

The first thing to understand is that it’s ok to feel anxious. This sensation is not pleasant but it serves a very important purpose. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to be without it!

We need to do away with the idea of escaping anxiety. Without this primal reaction to possible threat we’d all have been dead long ago. What we should all be aiming for is to manage anxiety effectively. There’s a ridiculous notion that if you’re anxious then you can’t manage, you’re weak. Let’s get a few things straight here.

Stress and Anxiety Work to Keep Us Alive

Our world is unimaginably complex and we can’t control every aspect of it or render it predictable. It’s just not possible. In life there is ALWAYS the potential for something to occur and catch us off guard. No matter how hard we try to safeguard against disruption, the unpredictable nature of reality will always manifest in one way or another. I am not saying that we should live in fear, but we shouldn’t underestimate the capacity for life to throw us a curve-ball or disparage others for feeling anxious. Nature is a great analogy to use because it is beautiful and life-enhancing but powerful and destructive in equal measure. This is life.

On a primal level we know this, Our anxiety is a defence mechanism designed to keep us safe, and more importantly alive. Anxiety does not make you weak, it makes you sensible. However, our ability, or lack of, to manage anxiety effectively can make us vulnerable. If we feel stress in response to threat and we freeze, then the consequences could be devastating. Stress is designed to move us forward in a sensible direction. This way we may learn from the situation so as to better manage it next time.

We go to great lengths to live relatively free from fear so that we can turn off our survival instincts and direct our energies elsewhere. To do this we put processes and structures in place to help minimise risk. Our governments are charged with doing this on a wider scale, but we do this on an individual level too. For example, the routines we put in place help render our days more predictable so that we don’t feel the need to be on our guard (anxious) all the time.

But what happens when these structures become unstable, or worse, collapse?

The Strength in Knowing You Can Cope

Humpty Dumpty falls off the wall.

In extreme cases, our world and our perceptions of what works are broken in many pieces. Our defences against threat are brought down and so our anxiety goes up! This is to help mobile us to make it through to the other side, and safety. Our minds go into overdrive and our imagination plunges into the future. In doing so it conceives of every different potentiality so that we can prepare to face it. At some point we will all experience events that we didn’t see coming, such as job losses, illness or relationship breakups.

But all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put Humpty together again…

On one level, this alludes to an extreme in mental breakdown, where the stressors are so extreme as to cause trauma and significant damage to our mental health. The individual in this instance lacks the objective capacity to help themselves and will need professional support. However, in terms of otherwise mentally well individuals, who have the capacity to cope (whether they realise it or not), this alludes to how we cannot be put back ‘the same’ following periods of stress and anxiety. We have been irrevocably changed. Our experience has taught us:

That life can be difficult, but most importantly, that we have the strength and resilience to cope with it!

There’s no going back to the way things were. We have lost an element of naivety. Our eyes have been opened up to certain realities and we see the truth of the matter. This is called wisdom.

That we have the fortitude to withstand difficulties. We can now begin to move forward with greater courage.

That we are capable of achieving more than we originally thought. If we can cope with this then maybe we can cope with other challenges.

Mental Health and Anxiety Triggers Through the Signs.

More coming soon!

When discussing anxiety in this article I am referencing normal levels of anxiety that serve to mobile us to action. It’s important to note that people can suffer from anxiety disorders, this is when the level of anxiety experienced is disproportionate to the event. In these instances medical intervention may be necessary.

Sections in Progress…

  • The Moon – The Root Nature of Our Anxieties
  • Moon Through the Houses – The Environment We Need to Thrive
  • Sun – Moon Aspects – How we Manage Anxiety
  • Mercury – Our Ability to Process Subconscious Material

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