Yesterday was the first day of spring. It may seem irrelevant that the present panic/crisis coincides with this time of the year but God speaks to us in a variety of ways, though rarely directly, and I like to think he is speaking to those of us who care to listen now. And what he is saying is this.
Even at this time, when there is darkness all around, and fear and uncertainty and no one knows what to believe, look to the eternal truths. The beauty of life goes on. New life, new growth continues. Behind the chaos of the human world there is an underlying goodness and truth which is reflected in the cycles of nature and the patterns of life. You are frightened of death but look to the bigger picture. God has not abandoned you. He sees you have wandered far from him and he is giving you the opportunity to reflect on what really matters. You might have dedicated your life to a false idol, whether that be money, pursuit of pleasure or just the self. This idol will end up taking from you all you have, all you are. You will be left the husk of a person if you carry on worshipping it. But look up from the earth to the heavens and rejoice in the fact that God loves you. You have only to open your heart to him and it will be filled, not necessarily with happiness on a personal level but with understanding.
Spring is the season of hope. Out of the darkness and death of winter arises a new beginning. I would not normally bother to point out such a truism, but it seems appropriate to do so now, given the extraordinary period we are suddenly living through, though it has to be said that what is occurring now has been on the cards for quite some time.
On a totally different note, there was a conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in January. This lasts for about a year as Saturn moves forward then goes retrograde in May, going back to within a degree or so of Pluto in October, before moving forward again and going out of orb, as it is called, early next year. Saturn and Pluto are the two of the most difficult (in terms of the challenges they present to human consciousness) planets to deal with. Saturn represents restriction, limitation and what is hard and unyielding while Pluto symbolises forces of death, transformation and destruction. Put together and in Capricorn which is ruled by Saturn, meaning its effects are magnified because of a similarity of expression, they represent quite a package. What it means is that problems that have been suppressed or denied will be brought to a head. There will be no escaping them and they must be faced and dealt with. This will mean hard times but out of that may come, if one reacts with sense and really does face them, a new understanding. The potential for new life or death are both there.
The next year is going to be hard but remember the fresh growth in spring out of the hard ground of winter. Never give way to despair. Place your hope in God and it will be justified.