I have a question about shoes not fitting
So, for the last three months, I have been trying to replenish my shoe wardrobe/everyday collection as I have thrown out two pairs of stalwarts recently and am lacking enough footwear with comfort and versatility.
I have never had such a strenuous exercise in shoe shopping, although I am quite particular about my style and comfort is a must. It has turned into an ongoing saga/rotating door for shoes; I have for the first time had to resort to online shopping which I rarely do for clothes, and had never done for shoes. I think I am at my wit’s end thinking the next pair will be right and I can get on with more important projects!
I’ve started asking myself ‘what is the symbolism here, of shoes not fitting right, not being comfortable enough in a style I like?’ But I’m stumped (pardon that pun) for anything that resonates. I do very much need to feel I am myself in my attire (Mercury/Mars in Leo in 1st?), I remember that Pisces rules the feet, but I am not particularly Piscean in my chart (other than the Moon in Cancer in 12th/Neptune in Sagittarius in 5th?)… I just looked, and Neptune is currently transiting my 8th house.
I feel like the Princess and the Pea.
Shoes are psyched. Think of Cinderella, the Red Shoes and the winged sandals of Mercury – the Talaria. Astrologically, feet are Pisces, Neptune (the ruler of Pisces) is IN Pisces until 2027 and so feet are some kind of a weird psycho-somatic zone for sure.
As I am writing this, I am wearing Yoga Toes, and though I don’t think this is a claim that they make, they alter your consciousness. Having the toes which usually curl in being gently stretched outward instead does something to the brain. Is it fascial? Psychic? Think about how the toes got that way! Guaranteed it was from them being forced into narrow shoes or high heels to play a particular role.
I was on Skype this morning with someone who is going through her closet this Venus Retrograde to donate a whole pile of “Louboutins and Pradas” from her trophy wife days. Maybe radical foot comfort will evolve into a sideline of the neo-feminism/Age of Queens?
And recently I re-read the Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s The Red Shoes: On Torment And The Recovery Of Soul Life:
Using an ancient tale deeply rooted in our collective psyches, Dr. Estes illuminates how people fall prey to destructive impulses while seeking to balance their inner lives. In our culture, she begins, we may travel life’s path in one of two ways: in handmade shoes, crafted with love and care according to the unique needs of the individual soul; or in Red Shoes, which promise instant fulfillment, but ultimately lead to a painful, hollow, and split existence.
It’s stunning. She gives a whole new deeper resonance to that old saying of “if the shoe fits…” Also, how many of us have worn hideously uncomfortable shoes, that caused real pain and strange posture, while aspiring to a particular identity?
So to answer your question, I think that you could productively listen to The Red Shoes, Jung out on this a bit and then go back to the shoe shop when Venus is Direct. Think also of the symbology of feet; that they are how you stand on the ground, your connection to Gaia, symbolic of stability, strength, and momentum.
What does everyone else think?