Not that long ago I became a fan of the Free Daily Kindle pages on Facebook — and I find that often the free Kindle books are on topics connected to homesteading, living off the grid, cooking, gardening, and the like. I find myself actually collecting and hoarding books on these topics. It feels like it will be important to have them as a resource at some point. Why?
Meanwhile, I have one very intuitive friend who has been telling me for two years, somewhat melodramatically, that a starving time is coming. I don’t feel it myself in quite such melodramatic terms. And of all the intuitive people I know, only one friend keeps telling me this. Yet, something about what she is saying rings true. It feels as though food will become more scarce, even here in the U.S. where we expect a certain level of abundance that many parts of the rest of the world have been denied. It feels as though our definitions of what we consider to be abundance are about to change — radically. It feels as though something like the Great Depression is coming. It does not feel as though the economy is getting better. It feels as though a time of living by our wits and being more frugal, resourceful and independent is coming. It feels as though hunkering down, and saving what money, food, resources, we can, is appropriate. But why?
And then today I read this article in the Guardian: “Why Food Riots Are Likely to Become the New Normal.” This seems counterintuitive. I’ve always understood that we can produce, worldwide, enough food to feed the world — but that the problem is distribution. Isn’t it? Why should there be food riots? Why should food prices suddenly start rising like this? Yet, I can see from the prices at my local grocery store that to some degree we are already experiencing this — even here in the heartland of the U.S.
I decided to pull some cards on this issue, and got The Moon, The High Priestess reversed, and the Seven of Swords (see above). I don’t know what these cards mean. You got me! But here are some interesting commonalities: the theme of illusion and deception is running through these cards. Reversing the High Priestess card puts the moon at the top of the card, as it is on the Moon card. The Moon makes me think of natural cycles, of certain events rising and falling as if there were a season for recessions. The Seven of Swords card makes me wonder about the role of human avarice in bringing about a recession or depression–but also makes me think of hoarding, being frugal, and even of withdrawing from society itself — like people moving off the grid, or dropping out of the economy in terms of no longer operating as much on regular money but perhaps on some other system, like barter. There’s also a theme of depression, lack of confidence in one’s own gut feelings–and I think this comes from people feeling that they should have more than they do have, that they should have what their parents had–it’s men, especially, who often seem to feel this the most. But that isn’t necessarily so–we live in a different economic climate than our parents did and I strongly feel that men should try not to take it so personally if they cannot provide what their fathers did. (Women feel this too, but it’s men who take it so to heart and who view it as a reflection on their own identities.)
I don’t usually make these kinds of predictions and this is a rather negative one. But I want to put it out there and say, think ahead about the future. There’s not really any harm in being careful and planning conservatively, nor is there harm in picking up some self-reliance skills like gardening, pickling, canning…etc. Learning to knit and sew or repair appliances. Those sorts of skills are good for our environment and our Earth even if my worry is totally wrong and off base. Think about how little you could live on if you had to and aim for being able to do that…just in case. Don’t take foolish risks and don’t overextend yourself financially. Just–plan for possible unexpected setbacks. I think it’s responsible to watch what’s happening and plan for it just in case.