I’m not sure if I’m addicted to my computer, or just addicted to the Internet. Either way, my laptop is like my sixth limb. I use it before I go to sleep and as soon as I wake up. It is an extension of me, for better or worse. In this day and age, I know I am not the only one attached to technology. We are connected to the convenience of our phones, tablets, and mp3 players in such a way that we forget how to function on our own.
Neptune is in Pisces. This is a placement of extreme intuition and sensitivity. Boundaries dissolve as we soak up collective energy like psychic sponges. Because we’re so incredibly receptive, we are prone to become emotionally overwhelmed. Pisces heightens Neptune’s evasive tendencies, so instead of opening ourselves to receive spiritual insights, some of us choose to escape into the illusory world of addiction.
When you think of an addiction, what comes to mind? Drugs, right? We’re taught to condemn drug addicts and abusers of other unlawful distractions, but many of us have legal vices that can be just as detrimental if overdone. Food, sports, masturbation… just to name a few.
“addiction: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.“
This isn’t meant to be judgmental or negative. It simply is what it is. There is, however, a difference between pleasure in moderation and rituals of reliance. We suffer so many addictions that go overlooked and untreated. Most of us are reluctant to recognize the dependency. Remember, the first step is admitting you have a problem. If there’s something (or someone) in your life that you cannot live without, you must ask, “Who is the master, and who is the slave?”
Sobering Saturn in Scorpio makes us startlingly aware of obsession and consequence. Is the price you pay for pleasure too high? If not, keep doing what you do! If so, maybe it’s time to break the cycle. Use your newfound awareness as a catalyst for reinvention. Re-structure the way in which you manage your personal power. Realize your transformation by creating and committing to a solid set of boundaries.
What’s your addiction? Whatever it is, own up to it! It’s amazing what can happen when you take responsibility for your indulgences. Might even change your life.