Jupiter square Neptune in the very earliest degrees of Gemini/Pisces.
We have expansion, religion and optimism challenged by compassion, spirituality and mysticism. This would seem to imply questioning what we gain from Jupiter’s growth and success and how we reconcile that with Neptune’s deepest meanings of our spiritual belief systems . It is a fairly short-lived influence as Jupiter moves on quickly to escape Neptune’s rays during this week. So, we have to look at what is flagged up by such a powerful aspect during its somewhat brief influence.
Last weekend (24th June) under the exact square, the Observer newspaper (Gemini) published extracts from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s latest book which is due to be released this autumn on the eve of his retirement. He lambasts the UK Conservative Government for losing sight of the poor, downtrodden and helpless in our community. When Prime Minister David Cameron took office he wanted to develop the idea of a “Big Society” where ordinary citizens could make time to do good works, thus setting the Welfare State free from having to do it instead.
Archbishop Williams reflects on his frustration with the rampant materialism and unquestioning of economic growth together with spiralling militarism, saying that “the adventure in Iraq and its cost in any number of ways seems to beggar the imagination.” And any number of cultures and nations involved, I would also suggest.
As the Archbishop of Canterbury’s office is the head of all Anglicans worldwide, his words are for everyone in his flock, not just in the UK.
The book seems to call for a more inter-faith community approach to citizenry of the UK (and maybe worldwide? I ask) which puts belonging to a nation ahead of cleaving to a particular religious system, much as our Jewish population manages to do so successfully, for example.
So while we leap into more and more expansion (Jupiter gone mad) we ignore the deeper underpinning of all religions thus represented by the energies of Neptune – those of compassion and the understanding that we are all One anyway.
Saturn has changed direction – not that you’d notice – as it will sit at 22 degrees of Libra for another 3 weeks, in fact. This picks up the natal Saturn of those born in 1952 who had Saturn around 22 Libra with Neptune right beside it. This is the generation of SA/NE people who ask hard questions about the structure of belief: atheism if SA is the stronger partner, or ancient beliefs and ideals if NE wins this struggle. So while they have been going through their Saturn Return, i.e. SA returning to his natal position which occurs at ages 29 and 58, they have also had to remind themselves to keep their feet well and truly on the ground and not get caught up in wishful thinking. However, this combination can also bring an idealistic way of living into being as well, that is well founded and solid.
Mercury entered Leo today (26th June) and will slowly proceed until mid-July when he will stand still and then enter a 3 week retrograde period. More on that next week.
On 27th June, Venus stops her backward swing across early Gemini, and begins to move ahead, not too quickly – just faster than SA. This will be the end of this Venus transit period for another 123 years. How fortunate were we to be able to see it live on our laptops in the night time of Europe or live in the sky in other countries. A real treat.
Now this is over, Venus remains hidden from the earth i.e. behind the Sun for 40 days and nights – now where have I heard that before? How many of our spiritual myths, biblical stories, etc, that we call “Truth” and are willing to kill for, are cleverly encoded astronomical events? Many millennia ago it would make sense to create stories and images to pass the information on into the future, as very few people could understand mathematics – but they could get something out of graphic images and stories.
And the big one – the Uranus/Pluto square is coming to exactitude now and will continue to unsettle ALL our financial and governmental institutions – especially in areas where the State, in Capital letters, has dominated its people over decades. When Mars gets into Libra from mid-July for a couple of weeks, we will see events occurring around the world that will take our breath away at the level of cruelty and inhumanity. And all we can do is watch and wait until it’s all over. There is a kind of inevitability about it all. And it doesn’t have to be like that, you understand ( I hope you do?) – it could be Mars energising young people to clear the ground for new ways of living that supports and transforms populations (Pluto) and opens up their lives with alternative technologies that can nourish them (Uranus). Mars will then go into Capricorn and then Aries and Cancer over the next 18 months and through the next few years once again make the same offer, by touching off UR and PL again. Nothing is ever set in stone.
An ideal world perhaps?