The Perfect Storm. You’ve heard of the book or the movie. But in case you haven’t, “The Perfect Storm” was an extraordinary weather condition that occurred in 1991 off the northeast coast of America. Imagine a cyclone, tropical storm and hurricane all coming together at the same time. That’s a perfect storm.
Not to diminish the magnitude and outcome (a reported 13 people died) of the perfect storm, but that is the best description I can attach to the period of my life from July 27th to August 30th —my own perfect storm.
Perhaps you read my earlier post titled “Full Moon Report #1” where I detailed some of the physical, mental and spiritual challenges that were hitting back-to-back. For those of you who didn’t I’ll just summarize by saying it was not a fun period and I was so glad when life finally returned to normal.
I took some time after my perfect storm passed to sit in quiet and think. During those quiet moments, I reflected on knowledge other people had shared with me. I thought about sessions I had had with pastors, intuitives, and friends–all of whom had shared truth. I also turned deeper within myself to examine long-held beliefs and memories. After all that contemplation and divining, I came to understand that the following conditions led to my storm:
- The full moons at the end of July and again at the end of August;
- Numerological/astrological conditions;
- The premature season change from summer to fall.
Although science claims there is no connection between the moon and human behavior, I disagree. During both full moons, I was hyper-sensitive. Things that normally rolled off my back, settled in and festered. I was short- and bad-tempered when usually I’m fairly controlled and good-natured (I can hear a few family members snickering). Even my technology was impacted. My printer would not print color one day but printed color beautifully the next. My cell phone log showed calls I couldn’t explain (and no, my purse did not make the calls for me) and emails did not surface in my Inbox (thank goodness some of you called) or emails populated when they felt like it.
Full moons can signal a time of change. They certainly heighten any latent feelings or thoughts, whether positive or negative. When you multiply that effect by two (two full moons in July or three within 62 days), no wonder I had challenges on top of challenges. The challenges started with me and the fact that in July, during the entire month, I was tired, stressed and frustrated; working myself for long periods with seemingly little payoff. Thank you full moon for shining a spotlight on that.
I have a friend who is a numerologist. A few years ago, she ran a couple of reports based on my birthday and my full legal name. When I pulled out those reports and reviewed them, I was reminded of my “life path” and how the challenges (in business, career and health) I encountered during my perfect storm, were indeed lessons that supported my work here on Earth. No challenges, no stretching, right? No stretching, no growth, right? The storm period aided in teaching me more spiritual and life lessons like trusting my inner voice more and resting when I needed rest and trusting God to care of my world while I took care of myself.
For the past three years, we Libras have been taking a beating. Saturn, known as the task-master planet, parked in our chart and isn’t due to leave until mid-September. Until Saturn leaves, Libras can continue to enjoy difficult challenges in every quadrant of life. I say this with tongue-in-cheek because really Saturn’s visit is a mixed blessing. Yeah, the difficulties can be a drag, but Saturn’s job is to prepare us for the next level. Saturn’s job is to embed lessons and “better serving” behaviors and thoughts in us. It’s been painful, even tearful at times, but I hold on to the belief that this is all for my good.
Even though Fall’s official start date is September 23, I have felt Fall for several weeks now. The air is denser, insect life is retreating, the light is shifting and temperatures have been wonderfully moderate. This “Fall feeling” may have been helped by the fact that we didn’t reach 100 degrees until mid-August, which is unusual in this area. And when we finally reached the 100-degree days, they didn’t hang around long. No complaint here except for the impact to my head. Sinus drainage and headaches have been a bummer, but that’s a small price to pay for the arrival of fall, my favorite season.
All of these conditions crashed together in July and August to create my perfect storm. But, unlike the crew of the Andrea Gail, I made it through and am now enjoying fairly relaxed, peaceful days. I appreciate the growth that the challenges prompted, but I pray I never have to go through another period like the summer of ’15.
Thank you for listening to my whines and complaints. Thank you for going through this growth period with me. Happy Days to all!
that photo is stunning. I’m glad you weathered the storm…
Thanks Geraldine! I appreciate the kind words. I just recently read this Psalm for Life…”striving and struggle precede success.” I call myself successful and I hope you do too. Have a super month!
I agree, Geraldine, that photo is stunning!
Hi Carol and Geraldine, photo credit belongs to mindbodygreen.com.
aww… so sorry about your challenges…they come in tidal waves and gentle breezes…think of all you have learned about yourself!
“Today I wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t go to the door of the study and read a book.
Instead, take down the dulcimer,
let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground,
there are a thousand ways to go home again.” – Rumi
Rumi…he has heart-strong words for all! I especially like “…let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Thanks for sharing these lovely words, Becky. I pray joy, peace and love for you.
This is a very insightful post, Ann. I particularly like your ability to see difficulties as lessons and love the metaphor of your perfect storm.
“The storm period aided in teaching me more spiritual and life lessons like trusting my inner voice more and resting when I needed rest and trusting God to care of my world while I took care of myself.”
Also liked the two Rumi quotes in the comments.
Sept. 23 is just around the corner! 🙂
Yeah for 9/23! Boo to the people who claim 9/23 marks the beginning of End Times. In spite of them and their beliefs, I plan on treating myself to feet reflexology. I have never had that type of treatment before and am looking forward to it. Have a beautiful Fall week.