©5-20-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
These past few days, the Sun has wended its way through the Pleiades—those ill-reputed last degrees of Taurus–and made a big, fat ol’ Full Moon in Scorpio. And during these days, I’ve been hearing a lot about the end of the world. (Again!)
According to a certain branch of Evangelical Christians, tomorrow (May 21st, 2011) is Judgment Day. The Believers will ascend and experience The Rapture, leaving us Sinners to our own vices and devices. If they’re right and all those True Believers ascend, then they’ll leave the rest of us in peace. If it doesn’t happen, then maybe they’ll be embarrassed enough to let up on us sinners for a while.
For those of you who are wondering about the astrology of it, no, tomorrow’s chart doesn’t look like a disaster, any more than any other day. In fact, with Sun in Gemini exactly square Neptune in Pisces, it looks like a perfect setup for a hoax or a delusion.
Still, I have to admit that I’ve been thinking of the end of the world a bit lately—the end of MY world, anyway. How many of you have started thinking the unthinkable in the wake of recent disasters? Japan’s huge quake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown? The siege of tornadoes in the southern United States? Floods along the Mississippi? It seems like disaster is in our face daily.
Are you like me? I usually shrug it off, convinced it will never happen where I am. But it CAN happen here, I’m seeing now.
Portland, Oregon is on a major fault line, sitting between two volcanoes—one active (Mt. St. Helens) and one seemingly inactive but occasionally burping (Mt. Hood). We have mudslides on our rain-saturated hills, and it’s a wonder we didn’t have more flooding in this record-breaking rainy winter.
So, yeah, I’ve started thinking seriously about what I would do if SOMETHING happened. I’m not losing any sleep about it. For sure, I’m not moving from this beautiful city—several times at the top of the list of America’s Best Places—but I am pondering, productively, what I’d do in a disaster.
If you’ve started thinking about it, too, that’s a positive thing. I’m not bringing this up to panic you, just suggesting that you consider what your alternatives and options are. Make emergency preparations like the ones suggested in the links below.
At the time of the quake, I made a “grab and go” bag to carry me through the 2-3 days it might take for Red Cross or the National Guard to establish shelters and get relief supplies to us. It sits on a shelf just beside my front door.
In case today IS the last day, I’ve made a plan, and it’s a sound one.
I and a couple of fellow Johnny Depp fans are going to the opening of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I’d kick myself to Kingdom Come if the world came to an end tomorrow and I hadn’t gone to see it.
Then we’ll go to Happy Hour at a nice restaurant nearby for a late lunch. Instead of my usual monthly limit of one frozen, blended, salt-rimmed margarita, I’ll have two, one for Johnny and one for me.
Here’s a list of 5 other times the world was predicted to end and it didn’t: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/case-of-poor-judgment/story-fn7x8me2-1226060289339 .
Readers, have recent events changed your thinking any? Have you made any preparations for a crisis? Where would you go if SOMETHING happened? And, most important of all, how are you going to spend today, our last day on earth?
- Emergency Preparedness—A Q&A Session by Dr. Deborah Bier
- Emergency Preparedness Project–Using a Crisis to Mobilize Yourself
- Emergency Preparedness–What’s in YOUR “Go Bag”?
- Rescue Remedy—Dr. Bach’s Emergency Formula
- Mayan Calendar Jokes: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the End of the World
- Depp’s Darker Roles—Where Do They Show in his Chart?