Saturn transits are often accompanied by fear and worry. More is demanded of us by the world at large and the people closest to us. Because accomplishing the things we need to do tends to get harder, we experience more stress. People are finding Saturn transits even harder than usual during 2009-10 because Pluto and Uranus are joining Saturn in a triangle called a cardinal t-square. We live in a difficult, challenging age, and many of us simply don’t always feel up to it!
Flower essences–also known as flower remedies–are an inexpensive and easy-to-use healing tool that can help us shift from fear to action, and so they’re helpful during Saturn transits. If you’re not familiar with the essences, download the introductory chapter from my essence book at flower essence information-ch1 and read the instructions for how to use them.
Number one for this purpose is Bach’s Mimulus, for fear of something specific, or of many specific things, as well as more general timidity and shyness. I generally combine it with other remedies specifically related to the situation. For instance, add Money Plant if the concerns are financial.
Borage is a wonderful remedy which the Flower Essence Society says is for “cheerful courage.” The very idea of cheerful courage is heartening, somehow. One of borage’s common names was herb of gladness: the Greeks used it in wine to give a feeling of well-being. Cordials made from it were used to cheer up those suffering from such prolonged illness as tuberculosis.
There are a variety of preparations for terror or panic, including Bach’s Rock Rose, Australian Bush Flower Essences’ Grey Spider Flower, and Living Essences’ Pink Fairies. (Rock Rose is a component of Rescue Remedy.) They are helpful in emergencies or life-threatening situations, of course, but such events rarely confront us in our daily lives. However, should you be tested by having to make a speech, audition for a part, or take an actual examination, you’ll find that they will restore calmness so that you can function to the best of your abilities.
While living in California, I had to take a state licensing exam, although I had received my degree in social work long before many years earlier and had many years of experience. The test included a variety of long-forgotten theories, newer additions to the curriculum, and social welfare laws of the state of California. The oral section involved being questioned by a panel of hard-nosed examiners. I was terrified. Just before going into the room, I took a dose of Rock Rose straight from the stock bottle and immediately felt cool and collected. I passed, too, even though the majority of candidates have to repeat the testing process twice or more! A good income undoubtedly awaits the person who gets the Rock Rose concession for license examination candidates.
Many times, however, people have the uncomfortable experience of being nervous and fearful with no clear-cut reason. If you’re anxious and don’t know why, Bach’s Aspen may very well reveal what you’re actually upset about. Anxiety is a generalized response through which the unconscious masks feelings the person finds unacceptable, like anger or sexual attraction. It is also one of the symptoms of serious depression, so if you have recurrent or severe anxiety, consult a physician.
The legends about aspen are revealing. The medieval church taught that the cross was made of aspen and so it trembles, out of guilt. One study shows that people who have something on their conscience are more fearful. No doubt the unconscious anticipates and even desires punishment for its transgressions. This arises both because of childhood experiences of discipline and because the Higher Self wants us to grow and evolve into better people. Therefore, when guilt is an underlying cause of anxiety, Aspen may bring that layer of feelings to the surface, to be handled.
Fear makes every effort more difficult and we often waste precious energy worrying about things that never happen. I remember going through a very anxious time, when everyday or two a new worry would become my total reality. Someone suggested I make a worry box, writing my concern down on a piece of paper, praying over it, and then placing it inside the box for God to take care of. After six weeks, I opened the box to find 26 slips of paper. Only one of the things I was so concerned about had actually happened. This realization helped me stop worrying so much. If you are a frequent worrier, you might try making a worry box.
Note: This was an excerpt from Donna’s Flower Remedies Handbook. It’s out of print, but copies can be found on Amazon.com. If you’re not familiar with the essences, download the introductory chapter from my essence book at flower essence information-ch1 and read the instructions for how to use them.
Donna’s ebook, Flower Remedies: How Plants’ Energies Can Heal You, can be found at http://www.moonmavenpublications.com. For a wealth of articles and information about flower essences, visit Vibration Magazine’s blog at http://www.floweressencemagazine.com/blog.
WANT PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF THAT THE ESSENCES WORK? See http://www.floweressencemagazine.com/blog/?p=979 by Deborah Bier, PhD These photos of an experiment conducted by Deborah and her students were lost for several years. They show clearly the positive effect an essence mixture has on germinating and growing plants. These photos have never been published anywhere before!
Articles to help fight fear and despair on this blog:
- Hope for Those in the Dark Night of the Soul
- Sweet Chestnut-a Remedy for our Darkest Hours–Guest Blogger Connie Barrett
- EFT-Another Self-Help tool for Freedom from Fear
- Red Clover Essence–A Gentle Antidote to Mass Hysteria, by Sheryl Karas
- Shields Up! Fight Second-hand Fear and Despair!
- Healing Tools For Plutonians: Transforming The Self And Others
This article is featured in A Collection of Articles about How to Combine Astrology with Flower Essences published by Vibration Magazine as Part of the 2010 International Astrology Day Blogathon. The purpose of this web-based event is to create a permanent library of articles about how to deal with the stresses of the Cardinal T-Square of Pluto, Saturn and Uranus. The main page for the Blogathon collections is at The Cardinal T-Square of 2010: Saturn, Uranus, Pluto.
About the Author: Donna Cunningham is an internationally-respected author of books, articles, and columns about astrology, flower essences and other metaphysical topics. Her insights reflect her dual background in astrology and psychotherapy. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and over 40 years of experience in working with people. Her ebooks can be found at Moon Maven Publications (http://www.moonmavenpublications.com) Visit her blog at http://skywriter.wordpress.com.
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