If you haven’t read the Intro to this series, you can read that HERE.
Knowledge about each of these gates will help you understand the energy as it transits and also how to master the energy if it is defined in your chart.
Gate 18 – Fear of Not Being Perfect
Timing of the Transit
This gate is being activated by the sun from September 27 through October 2.
Gate 18 is connected to the Spleen Center and is part of the Collective Sub-circuit called Understanding (or Logic).
Called the energy for Correction, this gate is all about logic, patterns, and serving the greater good.
The highest application of this energy is to correct patterns, to see what is “off” and how to fix it. Life is full of patterns which help us understand our world and predict what may happen next.
Gate 18 is a brilliant energy for any kind of diagnostic work and for improving things. It challenges what needs correcting, which can include challenging authority. Correcting patterns restores the vitality and perfection of the patterns for the benefit of all.
This can look like criticism and fault-finding. Offering correction that has not been asked for can feel to the recipient like being judged and criticized. Another low expression is turning that criticism inward and becoming very self-judgmental, which can be debilitating to the person with the Gate 18 defined.
Potential FEAR (can be avoided with high expression of the energy)
-Fear of not being perfect, or not being perfect enough
-Fear that no one and no thing will ever be perfect enough
-Fear of authority or resistance to authority
What This Means as a Transiting Energy
While the sun is transiting Gate 18, you may find yourself feeling more critical toward yourself or others. You may notice that others are more critical of you or others. The world may seem on a rampage of criticism and judgment, with unrealistic expectations of perfection.
What To Do
-Know that it is just energy, and that this too soon shall pass.
-If any external or internal criticism (or fear of it) is holding you back, take a deep breath and move forward anyway. The fear will dissipate as you move through it, and you’ll look back and wonder what you were so afraid of!
-Focus on what is right and what is working, not what is wrong. You may be aware of what’s wrong and can work to correct it, but you don’t need to keep your attention there.
-Wait to be asked for your “corrective” input. Don’t offer unsolicited “advice.”
I previously wrote a separate post about Gate 18. Learn more about it here: Quick Tip: The Blessing (and Curse) of Gate 18
Next gate in this series: Gate 48 – Fear of Being Inadequate or Not Ready