The Lion's Gate Portal is so powerful.
I've found a good way to respond to fluctuations in consciousness, if you are a sensitive person, and this period is stressful - is to treat your mind and emotions like a ride. (Keep in mind the eclipses can cause energy fluctuations too). These are times where we get to look at our inner challenges, and flex our strength. But it's not about "winning" some test or proving yourself. It's about flowing, listening, observing. Observe but don't worry about believing it.
In other words...it's about a process...what you experience is real, but it is not the real you. I think we get caught up in thinking, when we are feeling low, or challenged, that the feeling is a reflection of our true self. We start saying "I'm so this, I'm so that, I'm just this way." No, YOU are not that way. Your consciousness is giving you valuable information, and it's only needed to observe yourself with kindness and gentleness. And flow, meaning, do what is necessary. Rest. Move. Call someone. Take a walk. Fast. Eat cake. Whatever you truly need to take care of yourself as best you can. Don't worry about long term goals during big energy fluctuations - it's time to listen to yourself. You might be looking at your shadow, but if you are, it's so that you can embrace it. Because the Universe, your Higher Self, knows well that when we stretch to encompass these hidden sides of our psyche, we are prepared to become who we've been claiming we want to be - and sometimes, who the Universe knows us to be - but we don't yet know it. :-)
So take a deep breath into that edge where there is space for expansion - and claim it. The lion is a fierce teacher, because it's about having the courage to expand into the unseen spaces in your consciousness and to know that there is light there, it is worthwhile, it's a part of who you are!