Tuesday, 6 September 2016

On why topics on depression are trending

"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not," according to an often-quoted line by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. One depression sufferer has now used social media to open a window onto their secret sorrows, to show not only how the condition affects their life, but to also record a small, but significant, personal victory. The person who uses the handle @OP published two photos of their bedroom on the photo-sharing site Imgur, in a post titled "Me 1 - Depression 0!" - which were viewed more than 300,000 times in less than 24 hours. Sept.6 http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-37276821

Readers would we aware that the defining aspect for the current period is the Saturn-Neptune active since November 2015. On September 10, 2016, the two planets make their last exact square. At London, from where BBC has filed the above news report the square is caught up very significantly in a T with the nodes on the angles. And to top it all, the solar eclipse of Sept. 1 fell on the North Node. The North Node in astrology has to do with current popular trends. 

Saturn and Neptune together can coincide with an especially difficult mental malaise that we normally speak of as depression. In their shadow expressions, both archetypes can express as giving up. When worn down by Saturnian life obstacles, giving up looks like complete exhaustion. A Neptunian version of throwing in the towel would be giving up because “it just doesn’t matter.” With Neptune you might just run away from the problem through escapist behaviors used to avoid pain (because of heightened Neptunian sensitivity). However, Saturn-Neptune times are good for sobering up. A more responsible approach to our inner landscape can clear up foggy, unclear behavior. Discerning Saturn energy can help reveal delusions we’ve bought into, cutting through our mental haze to reveal what’s real. It may require digging deep inside to find the strength to face your challenge another day. Or to take responsibility for where you’re at today, and resolve to work hard to overcome your difficulty with maturity and determination.

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