Updated: Jan 25
An Astrological View.
Sadness, sometimes named 'depression,' can descend and envelop the soul in a deep dark state. And yet, the words 'depression' or 'sadness' do not capture the fullness of the mood. Perhaps because there seem to be different kinds with different needs in their images. In astrology, depression is often associated with Saturn/Capricorn. Here there can be a sense of feeling blocked, stuck, unable to move forward or to achieve one's intentions or goals, a sense of failure, even guilt. Here the depression may feel dark and cold and seemingly unmovable. Perhaps allowing Soul time with the earth, with rocks warmed by the sun, can provide a calming sense of strength. There is much to be patient with here, and even loving.
Another dark, terrifying state may be associated with Pluto/Scorpio. When one falls into Pluto's darkness one may come face to face with a deep fear of shame, even a terrifying inadequacy. Here one may be challenged to remain awhile in the dark depths. Remain long enough to wrestle with a fierce force that feels threatening and destructive, to walk with it fearlessly, authentically. Perhaps allowing Soul time with the vastness of the night sky and silent walks among the shadows of trees can bring a healing through the gift of stillness and darkness. While there is much to face here, there is the power of integrity to claim.
Then there is the sadness of Neptune enveloping one in a cloud of inner tears. There may be a deep sense of loss which sits like a rudderless ship wrapped in a murky fog on a dark sea. The temptation is to numb this sadness, to want to escape it, to deny it. But by being with this sadness, by allowing it to flow, to move like the mists of the fog, images of what the loss is about can float to the surface to be mourned, and even once again loved. Being with this melancholy can bring from the depths a state as beautiful as the mournful call of the loon on a dark soundless lake. Soul welcomes the cry in the stillness, to then perhaps express itself through music or poetry. Here the gifts received may be of compassion and forgiveness.
I think these times of darker Soul expression are every bit as enriching to life as moments of bliss or ecstasy. Rather than feeling something is inherently wrong, to be gotten rid of, to medicate or remove in some way, it is more helpful to allow and be with them, to spend time with them. Doing so gives space to imagine, and perhaps learn, what Soul is asking of us.