“With each year the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch he thinks is most sincere.” The word around the pumpkin patches is that the Great Pumpkin decided to stay in lock-down this year. Who can blame him? A lot actually happened this weekend that affects us on many levels. Besides it being Halloween there was a blue moon the same night. A blue moon is when there are 2 full moons in one month.
The next one will not appear until 2023. That is like 2 powerful forces colliding. If you were a teacher, worked in an institution or just noticed what was going on around, you may have been aware that people of all ages do not act themselves when there is a full moon. Then add Halloween which can carry it’s own weird energies and you might have wanted to duck and cover.
It is said that things come in 3’s. The third thing to complete the trifecta was the time change. The good news about turning back the clocks is getting an extra hour of sleep. The less good aspect is that out come the experts on such things citing there are more accidents after the time change. As standard time rolls along and the days get shorter, depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can set in. It seems that with each time change more and more people are asking for it to discontinue. Just select standard time or daylight saving time and let it be ad infinatum. Hopefully, one of these days someone who can affect change will get the message and do something. I’m not holding my breath.
This weird weekend being over, what’s next? For one thing, the Mercury retrograde ends tomorrow. While that’s always a good sign towards better communication and less technology glitches, with the topsy-turvy world we are living in, who knows anything for sure.
The facts are this is not the only crazy time people have lived through. If we go back to around 1918, World War I was coming to an end, the Spanish flu pandemic hit, there was prohibition. The U.S. then moved into a depression followed by another World War, followed by the civil rights movement, the cold war, and on and on. Nearly every decade had major, significant issues to deal with. All of these conditions could be considered crazy making. At this moment in time we have another pandemic, a devastated economy, the effects of climate change, social justice, deep uncertainty and on and on again. Because we are all right smack dab in the middle of this craziness, it feels like the worst of all time. And, if that’s how it feels, then that’s exactly what it is.
What the heck do we do? There is one thing that can give some relief. It may sound like a rose-colored glasses or Pollyanna thing. It is not. It is a small act that can cause a brain switch from anxiety or stress to a degree of calm. Try pushing the pause button on thinking about the craziness that is going on all around and acknowledge some of the good things. There is still beauty in nature. Who has done a kindness for you recently or a kindness you have done for someone else? What are things and people in your life for which you can be grateful. I’m sure you can come up with many examples yourself that you can focus your attention on. This really works. Even if only for a short period of time. However long or short you can focus on goodness, it does provide a respite from the crazy.