So much war energy everywhere now—not just in countries with long histories of conflict, but also wars on virtually every front: about our relationship with the earth; about how, and whose responsibility it is, to feed, house and care for each other; about who has value and a voice in society; about the truth of our country’s (and other countries’) history; about the role of government and democracy; about what values we are willing to commit to with action; and even about truth itself. 

There will likely always be differences of opinion on these issues, but because disagreements now have become fights for dominance and control, any bit of conflict becomes a war. 

I have read that the energy window around new moons and solar eclipses encourages new beginnings; that solar eclipses tend to mark turning points; and that today’s eclipse in Libra supports shoring up imbalances by creating new responses to old patterns. I hope that somewhere some of that comes to pass, because today on the new moon/annular solar eclipse I am most aware of “eclipse” as an obscuring of light.

Though I guess that means underneath the shadow there is indeed light.

I do believe there is, and that without the disturbing revelations and cultural disintegration of the past few years we would not make the changes that are long overdue. 

But it is still heartbreaking how long this kind of massive transformation takes and how much suffering it causes. Hard not to feel weary watching the same outworn formulas reached for again and again. And unsure some days about my role in moving things forward.

Following are a few quotes that were helpful to me today. I hope they are for you too. I’d love to read any that you have found helpful; feel free to add to the comments.

When somethings going on,
something else is going on.
Notice the something else, too.

William Stafford 

As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We dont deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that. We deserve our birthright, which is the middle way, an open state of mind that can relax with paradox and ambiguity. 

Pema Chodron

People have always been good at imagining the end of the world, which is much easier to picture than the strange sidelong paths of change in a world without end…Despair demands less of us, it’s more predictable, and in a sad way safer. Authentic hope requires clarity—seeing the troubles in this world—and imagination, seeing what might lie beyond these situations that are perhaps not inevitable and immutable.

Rebecca Solnit

History is not just facts and events.  History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make anothers pain in the heart our own.

Julius Lester