Have you noticed that over the years there are trends or fashions in illness? At one time, quite a few years ago now, if you were a business man then you hadn’t yet ‘made it’ if you hadn’t had your third heart attack. Of course there are people having heart attacks all the time anyhow but there was a glut or abnormally high number of such attacks amongst business men. The same has been true for ‘stress’, bulimia, M.E. and even some forms of cancer. For the last year or so all you seem to hear about, especially in the counselling world, is ‘depression’ – and that was before lockdown. The end result is an army of drug dependent depressive people who are not able to climb out of the pit of their making, for yes it usually is of their own making. Lockdown just made it ten times worse as there was no respite through normal social channels. There was increased brooding upon the injustice of life and the need to blame ‘those powers that be’ be they government, neighbours, family or God – anybody but themselves.
Where there is acknowledged depression, one factor for those suffering is the seasonal variation of daylight. SAD (seasonal affected disorder) is considered to be a medical condition where the darkness triggers loss of mood regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin. However it has been found that those living within the Arctic Circle such as the population of Tromso, Norway, who live without the rising sun for weeks at a time usually do not suffer from SAD and the accompanying depression – Quite the reverse. See the link https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/26/dreading-a-dark-winter-lockdown-think-like-a-norwegian. It’s all a matter of mindset.
As the Covid restrictions continue, and are likely to continue for some time to come, then emotional tensions will increase. However, all counselling really does is to challenge the mindset and look within for the person’s resources to take responsibility for self determination and progress. Wouldn’t it be marvellous if the medical fashion was to move on and people’s spirits lifted without those anti-depressants?
I stuck my neck out last January when I interpreted the astrological charts for that month as indicating a world staggering event. Obviously hindsight showed it to be Covid. Well next month shows an ever increasing tension until towards the end of the month something gives. My neck is on the block again. There is a RELEASE of tension! See this month’s Astrology. Let’s hope it is just as world wide and light at the end of the tunnel and a boot to SAD.
Have a brighter month