Got a problem (Part II)?

Situation

The key to working with astrological Mercury is to remember that mythical Mercury was a thief and a trickster, a quick and light and slippery kind of guy – an amoral salesman, bartering and selling to the highest bidder.

Astrologically, Mercury represents our way of thinking, our opinions and ideas. He also represents our train of thought and as such, if not properly managed, can easily (and quite happily) derail us.

Since the beginning of November, Mercury has been retrograde (i.e. apparently back-peddling against the sky). During that time, your focus was on researching, reviewing, re-editing, and/or renegotiating a problem along with its potential solution.

Now that Mercury has finally turned direct, it’s finally time to take that decision and join Mercury with moving forward again.

Issue

But what is the best way to accomplish this without getting awash in all the data and information that you’ve gathered and garnered?

Advice

Systematically and honestly, work your way through the following five questions [1]. This will greatly improve your chances of making a good decision, a decision with which you’ll remain happy five weeks, five months, and even five years later:

  • What are the net consequences of all potential solutions  – most problems are not black and white but clouded by shades of grey. Acknowledge and honor that, even when you feel pushed in our 21st century 24/7 whirlwind world.
    • Each potential solution carries with it real-world consequences that will affect the lives a wide-range of people, potentially in undreamt of ways.
    • Keeping this in mind, carefully and thoroughly consider the implications of each possible course of action. Who will be helped or hurt by each potentiality?
    • This is not about what you should do but instead what you could do; there could be a huge difference.
    • Do not mistake this as a simple cost-benefit analysis but instead treat it more like a leafy decision tree.
  • What are my core obligations – every day, we each play a number of important yet very different roles – parent, citizen, employee, spouse, and so on – no surprise then, that our loyalties feel divided.
    • But the more important the decision at hand, the more stakeholders involved and to do service to each of them, imagine yourself in their shoes, especially of those stakeholders who are most vulnerable.
    • Again, this is not a cost-benefit analysis nor is it just about money or even legality, although these are, of course, important elements of consideration.
    • Instead, it’s about at the end of the day, to whom are you (truly) the most obligated?
  • What will work the way things are right now – ultimately, you need a plan that will work, not tomorrow, but today.
    • Yes, this is a pragmatic (even cost-effective) consideration but not one that should be used as an excuse to choose the safest, most expedient solution when you know in your heart that is not right.
  • Who are we – Humans are social animals and so, to a large extent, our thoughts and ideas are shaped by a ready-made cultural mold.
    • At this stage in the decision-making process, it’s time to ask yourself what are the most important operational ideals underpinning the community at large in which you live and operate.
  • What can I honestly live with – imagine explaining your decision to a close friend, your adult child, your parents, or even a trusted, respected coach or mentor. How would that person react? Would you be comfortable with that? If not, why not, and what needs to change?

[1]  The number 5 has long been associated with power, domination, victory across a wide variety of conflicts and battles. 5 is the number of manifestation and thus channels energies that could be directed either toward useful, constructive enterprises or to wanton acts of destruction. Choose wisely and well.

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