Mars just submerged into Scorpio, and for the next six weeks any of the following could very well be its avatar – which of these warriors will you choose? (Hint: You may want to swap out your fighter as needed)
Not all transits are created equal. While this premise doesn’t seem to get quite enough astrological press, it is absolutely true; particularly when we are dealing with any scenario that involves a chart receiving a long series of transits from one of the Transpersonal Planets (that would be Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto BTW). While this can certainly also be the case with other heavenly bodies, the effects of a transit are going to be much more pronounced when they involve the energies of any of these slow-moving astrological Heavy Hitters. Not every chart is wired in such a way that it will receive a (more or less) continuous chain of transits from a given planet over a long number of years, but when this is indeed the case it’s worth paying special attention to the final contact the transiting planet makes to a nativity because the manifestations are apt to be especially marked.
For example: There’s been a lot of cosmic action around the 8-15 degree mark of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, & Capricorn) as Uranus & Pluto squared off during recent years. If a chart has a bunch of planets clustered around this degree range in any of these 4 signs, it was blitzed by the influence of both these planets. Ergo, paying close attention to the LAST planet or point (by latest degree) in the natal chart to be touched by these two would be particularly important, because issues related to that planet may arise with a vengeance as the transiting planet(s) exert their final successive influence. So if one has Moon in Aries at 7 degrees, Mars in Cancer at 10 degrees, the Sun & Mercury at 12 & 14 degrees of Libra, and Saturn at 16 degrees of Capricorn, one would take note of this not so much as individual transits operating in a vacuum but see this as a continuum while paying special note to the last planet being affected. Now – using this example – assigning yet another layer of additional importance to the event of one’s natal Saturn being contacted by an outer planet (or planets) would also be warranted if the individual in question is also ruled by Saturn; say by virtue of that individual being a Capricorn Rising. But that is a topic for another day.
Not all transits are created equal; some are more impactful than others and this is why looking at the greater context of a chart is so important. This is most obvious in cases where a natal chart displays a stellium; a row of planets all smooshed together within a very tight area of the zodiac. If one has 6 planets piled up in Pisces, a planet passing over them – like Neptune currently is, for example – is going to create a chain reaction not unlike that of a row of dominoes toppling over.
This is the best way to visualize the concept, actually; seeing the invisible “hand” of a planet creating this energetic ripple effect over a chart. When you are looking at transits – whether it’s your own chart or someone else’s – try to take a macro, longer-term view of what’s going on and note whether the majority of the chart contains planets or points concentrated within a tight degree range of like Elements (Fire, Air, Earth Water) or Modes (Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable) – if so, any transits to the “caboose” are especially likely to go out with a “bang”.
We’ve already discussed some of the potential downsides to the upcoming square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces in Part 1 of this series, but now I would like to shift the focus over to its potential benefits. Before I proceed though, it’s important to mention this square isn’t operating in a vacuum; it has the benefit of being connected to the equally powerful and grounding influence of Saturn in Capricorn c/o Saturn’s ongoing sextile with Neptune. This is a MAJOR plus, as neither Jupiter nor Neptune prefer being earthbound. Good old reliable Saturn keepin’ it real over in Capricorn is holding the fort down; making sure we get/keep it together whilst Jupiter and Neptune square off. The old Zen proverb “Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood carry water” seems particularly apropos when considering the effects of this trifecta, as Saturn has much to do with Work and both Jupiter and Neptune are highly spiritual energies. To stay grounded during this square, we must roll up our sleeves and keep doing the mundane things that keep us firmly moored when we might otherwise float away. Further, the spiritual purpose behind any epiphany experienced during this square may entail taking this newly enlightened state and applying it in real-world ways; vision and imagination function best – even if divinely inspired – when we humbly set about to use them to practical effect. Our responsibilities also do not simply vanish just because our philosophy about life, the universe, or our spirituality has altered – work is the constant; all else is variable.
With the broader contextual understanding of the how the square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces is actually subject to the influence of a 3rd planet, let’s get into some of the upsides of this energy now:
1) If you need a big miracle, pray – nothing brings out the beneficent side of Divinity like aspects between Jupiter and Neptune! But in the spirit of also honoring Saturn, do The Work as well – show The Universe you have something substantial to offer in terms of your willingness to meet it halfway in manifesting a Neptune miracle.
2) This square can take us places beyond our wildest dreams; literally in terms of global travel or figuratively in terms of Journeys of the Spirit. For this to go well, heed Saturn – plan. Have an experienced and reputable guide. Be prepared and know what to be careful of; do *not* just wing it & hope all will go well during this square! Also, re: Journeys of the Spirit, I expect ayahuasca retreats and the like to be huge during this square but I would generally advise against mixing travel & substances because hallucinogen-addled tourists = easy pickings. On a related note, ever watch an episode of “Locked Up Abroad” where unwitting tourists get used as drug mules and are sent to prison, LOL? Besides, sobriety is a functional baseline level from which to operate with Saturn parked in Capricorn, which helps to keep Neptune’s penchant for altered states of consciousness in check.
3) If you need to secure a grant or scholarship to help with your tuition, this square could provide opportunities *provided* you’re also willing to put in the effort and honor Saturn. Bust your butt to get good grades and look for other opportunities to exemplify distinguished academic leadership, because without Saturn this square can also burst bubbles and create huge disappointments re: tertiary education if we haven’t laid foundational groundwork. Don’t slack, and don’t be overly idealistic regarding the university experience.
4) Intuition is amped up by this square and prophetic tendencies proliferate. It may be tricky to sort truth from self-deception, however – self-honesty is crucial re: any kind of psychic impression or divination, and checking our projections that may be based on exaggerated hopes or fears gives us the wisdom to sort Truth from Fiction. Acknowledgement of this reality makes us less susceptible to misinterpreting. And when in doubt, wait it out; learn from experience when intuition has spoken true vs. when it has been colored by our bias.
5) Our spirituality is increased by this square – we’re likely to yearn for connection with something greater than ourselves and long to believe that Divinity has our Highest Good in mind (and it always does!). This square can expand our perception of how “God/Goddess/The Universe works in mysterious ways” and augment our connection to the unseen world of Spirit where Divinity, our Spirit Guides, and/or Guardian Angels work behind the scenes. But this square can also generate uncertainty about our spiritual Path, or might have us placing our faith in false gurus/prophets. (Good) Judgement is frequently eclipsed by this square; making it tricky to pierce the veil of the idealized narrative we’ve told ourselves that actually obscures greater spiritual Truths. The potential gullibility or suggestiblilty of this square benefits from a dash of Saturnine skepticism and pragmatism. Test theories and subject beliefs to healthy scrutiny to see if they’re functional and useful. Don’t automatically accept everything as gospel, and be aware of the reality of your own & others’ biases.
6) There’s a generosity of spirit conveyed by the square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces that’s great for boosting charitable inclinations and altruistic concern for broader social causes. The poor, ill, and helpless benefit from this vibe and we’re compelled to do more to help the needy or meek. That said, this energy can also bring out a scammy, unscrupulous side to humanity where people lie to obtain a benefit – “Trust but verify” is a perfect mantra for this square so that we’re able to do the most good for those who truly need it most. Again, Saturn is our friend here, helping us to assure we’re placing our faith in the right causes and people by asking us to hold up a minute and check credentials.
7) This square idealizes justice and will sacrifice much for “what’s right”; calling to mind the image of the civil rights movement and those who give their all on moral principle. The inclination is to promote a utopian vision of some kind and lift all of humanity up. This isn’t a bad thing provided we’re not confusing a personal truth for a Universal Truth, because morality is something entirely subjective and it’s entirely possible to delude ourselves into painting with a very broad brush in a way that doesn’t respect others’ Truths under this square. Respect and boundaries – Saturn – help prevent a well-intentioned belief from becoming some kind of delusional dogma/propaganda we seek to blanket the world in. We should also be aware that on the flip side, this square has the equal capacity to constitute miscarriages of justice where the Truth and what’s Right & Good is skewed; especially due political flimflam. It’s very troubling indeed when political propaganda seeks to paint those asking for accountability in government as liars (See: The current situation here in the USA). Jupiter in Sagittarius can be quite the propagandist and highly prejudiced to boot, while Lo-Fi Neptune can be super slimy in Pisces – if one is looking to spread a warped ideology with lies and spin, this certainly has the capacity to interfere with justice being served. Big issues may get obfuscated with massive smokescreen operations; don’t be deceived and continue to keep the pressure on and demand Saturnine accountability; falling back on the Hi-Fi potential of this energy to sacrifice all for the Truth and what we believe in. Don’t believe those who insist that you “Look the other way; nothing to see here” – see through their *coughbullshitcough* attempted Jedi mind tricks, because they *are* the droids you are looking for!
There’s a little sumthin’-sumthin’ I see coming on the astro-horizon in the not-too-distant future: Between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, Jupiter will enter Sagittarius and head toward a square with Neptune in Pisces. We’ve had the good fortune over the last year+ of having both planets in Water signs and supporting each other, but when Jupiter moves into its fiery home turf of Sagittarius this will put it at odds with aquatic Neptune in Pisces at points; specifically on January 13th 2019, June 16th 2019, and then a final time on September 21st 2019. The degree range affected is 14-19 degrees of the Mutable signs, so if you have planets or points around these areas of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces, this is definitely something to pay attention to. Both planets are very powerful being located in their respective home turfs, so this is something epic; a true large-scale astrological “production”.
To understand the effects of this square, first we must contrast and compare the energies of these celestial bodies: Jupiter in Sagittarius is uber (excessively?) honest; Neptune in Pisces is prone to (self?)deception. Jupiter in Sagittarius = high-test optimism; Neptune in Pisces = pure idealism. Jupiter in Sagittarius can be super biased; Neptune in Pisces utterly non-judgmental. Jupiter in Pisces tends toward orthodox religion; Neptune in Pisces has a much looser and free-form concept of spirituality. Jupiter in Sagittarius inclines toward intemperance (If a little is good, more must be better, RIGHT????); Neptune in Pisces is apt to veer towards addictive tendencies.
When these two planets square off as they are about to in fairly short order, we need to be very, VERY careful of a few things; namely
1) Not to lie to ourselves or others REGARDLESS of whether or not it comes from a place of good intent.
2) Not to be so overly honest/candid that it’s actually self-defeating – perhaps showing all our hand at once demonstrates too much trust that should instead be EARNED, or maybe there’s no real benefit to be had from over-sharing and it causes more problems than anything else.
3) Not to live under some kind of massive delusion – when you take the idealism of Neptune in Pisces and inflate it with the boundless optimism of Jupiter in Sagittarius, there’s a tendency to seek out feel-good “warm & fuzzy” narratives that paint a better picture of Reality than is truly warranted. We may fantasize excessively, or enjoy such wonderful dreams that we experience difficulty operating on the concrete level of “What Is”; the hazard being the bigger the bubble, the larger the “pop” as the USA found out in the Housing Bubble that peaked/burst circa 2006 and in the Higher Education Bubble that arguably reached critical mass around 2012 in the wake of the Great Recession (AKA the LAST times Jupiter squared Neptune).
4) Not to skew religious or political beliefs towards some kind of cult-like bias. There can be a heavy inclination to drink vast amounts of moral or political “Kool-aid” under this energy; gulping it all down thirstily instead of using better judgment to see there is in fact something distorted in our perspective. Be very aware of narratives pitting supposed “Truth” against supposed “Lies”; this is a huge theme of this energy. And crucially, understand the difference between a personal Truth vs. a Universal Truth, because some will attempt to conflate the two in order to tilt views a certain way or spread mass confusion.
5) Not to overdo it on the “Love all, forgive all, help all” end of the spectrum. Jupiter and Neptune both like to believe in people’s better natures and there may be an inclination to suspend judgment entirely in a way that creates greater opportunity to be victimized. For example, letting a broke & newly sober addict-in-recovery crash in your home “just until they can get on their feet” and then wondering why all your jewelry suddenly goes missing. This can indeed be a “No good deed goes unpunished” kind of vibe, so it’s important to recognize any inclination we may have to be overly forgiving, trusting, or loving before it gets out of hand and use better judgement.
6) Understand there will be moments of uncertainty when it comes to spirituality/matters of faith. Both these energies have a strong connection to Divinity, but there may be some sort of dogma we’ve absorbed along the way that has actually been doing more harm than good for us. Or perhaps we’re feeling disillusioned with a particular spiritual path and seeking greater understanding. There’s the sense of a whole lot of questioning going on where we’re not so sure of the Divine Plan and feeling like the answers from Above are vague/unclear/subject to interpretation.
7) Addictions can get really out of hand under this energy. If it feels good and floods our brain with dopamine, we can have a very difficult time convincing ourselves that we’re doing something to excess. We may con ourselves into believing that it’s not impairing our motivation, functionality at work, or relationships; this square is super permissive and – more often than not – the default may be to give ourselves a “pass” instead of being super honest that sometimes it feels good to check out/“escape” from reality. But again this energy tends to snowball; this square is intemperate by nature and it’s a slippery slope from something that just “feels good” to a full-blown addiction.
Now having said all of this, there are definitely positive ways to harness the square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces; it just takes a little more work/awareness to steer ourselves away from the pitfalls, so it’s this angle I wanted to address FIRST! The trick in working this square to maximum advantage and avoiding the above-mentioned drawbacks lies in the ongoing supportive relationship Neptune in Pisces will have to Saturn in Capricorn. In a nutshell: GROUND. Anchor. Foundation. Reality is our friend; not a buzzkill. Work within the parameters of What Is, *then* – and only then! – may we indulge a vision of Things As We’d Wish Them To Be. Think: Augmented Reality; not a replacement for it.
We so often hear about Neptune’s trickier side in astrology; its propensity for deception, denial, obfuscation, escapism, addiction, and delusion. While all of that is certainly true in discussing the Lo-Fi potential of this planet’s energy, that’s only the half of it; what if I told you Neptune also has an exquisitely Divine countenance that – when it smiles upon us – gives us direct access to transcendental states of being? Neptune energy alone can hold us in an invisible auric forcefield where we’re enveloped in a state of infinite love, kindness, and mercy by The Universe (or insert your deity[ies] of choice here) in a way that allows us to totally Trust. We may not know where we’re going or how exactly we’ll get there, but we’re nonetheless compelled to surrender our individual will and flow/float in the current of something that we feel is divinely orchestrated. The experience of Neptune can indeed be a direct a “Hotline to Heaven” where our prayers are heard and answered, but how can we help ensure this is the way it plays out for us vs. being lured by the Siren Song of Lo-Fi Neptune into a riptide that sends us crashing upon jagged rocks?
It’s actually deceptively simple while also being easier said than done. Rocks represent cold, hard Reality – we have to acknowledge the Saturnian terrain of limitations, obstacles, facts, challenges, and workable parameters whenever we’re dealing with Neptune instead of just allowing ourselves to gloss things over with a slick sheen that would surely only trip us up later. With Neptune, it’s easy to get swept up in fantasy to the exclusion of What Is; ignoring all that doesn’t fit into our idealized narrative of How We’d Wish It To Be. But with Neptune finding supportive links to Saturn multiple times during 2019 (late January, mid June, & early November), it’s going to get a whole lot easier to incorporate a rational sense of practicality with this planet’s dreamy romanticism; especially for those who have planets or points in their chart located around 14-19 degrees of any Earth or Water sign and this zone of Capricorn and/or Pisces in particular. Sobriety helps, as does having A Plan. Organize. Think about the long term vision, and maybe even ask for help via professional advice or a mentor. Because while God(dess)/The Universe/Divinity may provide, we’ll definitely have to do some heavy lifting. Earn your miracle. Prove that you respect any godsend you’ve been given by working your ass off to maintain it – roll up those sleeves and sweat your prayers. 🙏
Every so often there are certain energetic portals that open to us and offer transport to places – or perhaps states of being – beyond our imagining. Energetically speaking, it’s as if we have a Date with Destiny and it’s possible to predict when such instances may occur by tracking the movement of the Moon’s Nodes. The Nodes are like invisible astrological vortices that pull us toward the Future (North Node) or Past (South Node), and when they come into contact with an individual’s Sun by transit or progression it’s as if kismet is in play.
While any planet or point in the nativity can certainly be touched by the Nodes, the Sun is a highly personal point that represents the eternal spark of the Divine residing in each and every one of us. When the Nodes cross the Sun by transit or progression, I liken it to being touched by the hand of God – while we can’t *see* Divinity, our consciousness becomes activated in such a way where we often get the strong sense that fated situations, meetings, and events are in fact occurring in our lives.
The South Node passing over our Sun tends to kick up residue from the Past – regarding our current incarnation and/or perhaps lifetimes prior if our philosophy allows us to be open to such views – for the sake of bringing closure to our Now. Vaguely familiar old habits, situations, patterns, and people beam into our lives but in a way that might not be the most conducive to our soul’s evolution because we’re less inclined to be put outside of our comfort zones.
By contrast, the North Node crossing our Sun is a transport vehicle toward our Future Self – it often brings challenging but rewarding circumstances that serve as a cosmic invitation to self-actualize. North Node influenced situations or interactions tend to give us the sense of “Well, this is new for me; I’ve never done this before” yet ideally confidence inspires us to make that leap and embrace the soul’s journey into new and unfamiliar territory.
Though there is no hard-and-fast rule regarding a particular age at which we experience the influence of the Nodes crossing over our Sun since this largely depends upon how close our birth was in proximity to an eclipse, by transit the Nodes make one full lap around the zodiac about every 18 years and a half cycle roughly every 9. So once you determine when the last or next time this happen(ed)(s) for you is, all you have to do is look ahead at 9 or 18 years to see when your next astrological Date with Destiny is.
After spending what seemed like an eternity in Hades ripped away from all you previously held dear and stripped naked of any pretense or false assumption about who you truly are at your core, you emerge from this prolonged Dark Period newly reborn. The haters and those who once sought to subjugate you now crushed like dirt under your shoe as you come into your own and claim your power. Congratulations, you’ve just made it through hell and back – as the last vestiges of flame lick at your back, take a moment to fully appreciate the newfound strength this Razing has stoked within you. Arise; you have just received the ultimate in astrological empowerment!
The next few weeks may have some bittersweet blessings in store as Jupiter in Scorpio is joined by the Sun on October 26, 2017 and then Venus on November 13, 2017. The first 10 degrees of Scorpio are going to see some action, affecting not only those with planets or points in this area of the zodiac but also anyone who has placements within this degree range of any of the other Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Aquarius), Water signs (Cancer & Pisces), or Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn). There’s something for just about everyone it seems, and although the circumstances arising near these times may seem ill-fated it will be important to bear in mind the larger anchoring influence of Jupiter in Scorpio underpinning these conjunctions means that even out of something “evil”, something powerfully good can emerge.
In just a few days’ time the Scorpio Sun will join with Jupiter right in between the 3 and 4 degree mark of this sign, signifying an opportunity for some deep and possibly psychologically-oriented growth to occur. While this energy may indicate it happening as the result of some kind of loss (because Jupiter in Scorpio will tend to magnify losses and endings), this alignment does have a “let go to gain” kind of feel so it will be important *not* to be consumed by the perspective of what is gone/passing from our lives now. Believe instead that it all works out for the best in the end – sometimes, even a craptastic ending can be better than stagnation. If something in our lives is/has become toxic, it’s better that it be allowed to pass from our lives so we can devote more of our energy to moving onward & upward. As a general FYI, legal matters, collegiate issues, religious/moral/political concerns, as well as in-law relationships (if applicable) tend to take on increased emphasis during this time and may indeed be where this “letting go” is called for. Mind you there certainly *can* be more outright positive manifestations of this energy, as any Sun/Jupiter conjunction brings the phrase “I’d rather be lucky than good” to mind and sometimes we don’t have to choose because we’re blessed to be both. However, the turbulent nature of Scorpio – though incredibly insightful – tends to bring a darker hue to this conjunction’s blessings, cloaking them and perhaps causing them to seem invisible to those who don’t know where to look (Hint: Inward is always a good direction when Scorpio is involved).
The conjunction of Venus with Jupiter in Scorpio happens just a few weeks later at 7 degrees of this sign. Even with Venus debilitated in the sign of her Detriment it’s hard to deny the positive facets of both benefics being teamed up like this, though the vibe may indeed carry a rather “bittersweet” flavor overall. Venus in Scorpio is the magnetic Feminine, attracting complex but enriching, growth-oriented scenarios when it comes to relationships or finances. From a fiscal point of view Venus/Jupiter pairings can be lucrative, though again because we are dealing with Scorpio energy there can be a loss/ending theme prompting this. Some examples of this can run the gamut from a large inheritance to a sizable divorce settlement or anything else that would involve taking a loss for greater material gain. Another facet of Venus/Jupiter pairings is its gluttonous vice for extravagance, and the underlying Scorpio vibe can bring a covetous feel to the equation; like someone maxing out their credit cards or going into debt with a big (balloon??) loan for some kind of massive expenditure. An actual investment that has calculated ROI is one thing, but we must remember that with these planets all ruled by Pluto in Capricorn, taking on any kind of “dumb debt” is a definite “no”!
As far as the love end of this equation goes, things can get complicated when Venus is in Scorpio and even moreso with Jupiter boosting this. On one hand this pairing can magnify dysfunctional relationship dynamics with the hope of improving the alliance as we increase our level of insight, especially around areas involving sharing, fairness, money, possessiveness, and/or power/control issues. This conjunction may also facilitate an opportunity for us to put our chips “all in” regarding a partnership and help us uncover the true meaning of “intimacy” in a union. It won’t be easy but the right synergistic alchemy between partners can facilitate massive growth, empowerment, and transformation for both parties, though again this may come at some kind of expense. Perhaps it will entail letting go of a (toxic?) union to facilitate greater, more fertile space for a better one to enter in the future. At its best this conjunction can attract a partner/partnership that intimidates us in a *good* way; where we are more *together* than just the sum of our parts and share the philosophy that leveling up means we must “root down to rise up” from deep within. But first it may well entail getting intimately acquainted with our more dysfunctional beliefs about love…
“Long-term sustainability” is more than just some trendy catchphrase; it’s a concept we all need to be deeply considering during Pluto in Capricorn. Why? Pluto represents the principle of destruction and when it inhabits the enduring sign of The Goat we do need to be very careful about things that degrade the long-term sustainability of something in our lives; particularly if it involves our career, professional field as a whole, status, or reputation and DOUBLY so if the cause of this potential ruin stems from any ethically funky conduct.
Capricorn likes to build things up, but Pluto razes them to the ground and there is a “deconstructed” feel to Pluto in Capricorn overall; especially when it comes to uncovering the basic framework or modeling that makes a current (business?) model of something unworkable in the long run. It becomes increasingly important to consider how viable something is in its present form while being nuclear conscious of the way(s) in which the energy we’re putting into that particular venture is either going to enrich or undermine it. And with Saturn soon entering Capricorn and approaching a conjunction with Pluto in the not-too-distant future (Jan 2020), ambitions can become intensified in such a way that we may lock onto the goal of ascending to the summit at all costs. The very last thing we want to do ahead of this kind of astro is to build upon the wrong foundation, because to topple from that kind of height can be devastating at the least and perhaps even lethal in a worst-case scenario.
Obviously, averting this kind of outcome is highly advisable – to do this we must first consider WHAT we’re using our power for and HOW we’re using it (hint: ethically and responsibly are always pretty good places to start). We must be mindful of the energy we’re directing toward our image/brand and take seriously any threats that stand to detract from our reputation. Integrity – especially in a professional sense – is absolutely critical; it’s when we try to cheat and take shortcuts to success, compromise our standards for greed or because we’re terrified we “won’t make it” otherwise, and do not respect our limitations that we get into trouble. This energy hits professionals of all stripes, but I do think it’s likely be harder on business owners, teachers, and law enforcement in general and we really must pause to consider how anything we do might reflect badly upon our profession as a whole. Holding ourselves to the highest possible standard and considering the mark we’re leaving on the world (which hopefully doesn’t amount to a stain) is critical; under this energy it is better to ditch a career path or fold up a business if the alternative involves disgrace – the refusal to do something that damages self-respect is the most reliable litmus test for integrity, always.
If one is involved in the law enforcement field, this is a mighty important time to be examining any potential power and/or control complexes within that compel us to seek authority over others – get that shit sorted out NOW because the karmic retribution is likely to be terrible if/when our unexamined psychological baggage leads to a misuse/abuse of position. Those who teach in any capacity must be prepared to make sure they are stringently qualified to specialize in the areas they plan to teach, because illegitimacy may be a real issue under this energy while also respecting the integrity of the fundamental foundations of these subjects – this is not a time to get all loosey-goosey and teach a corrupted version of something we’ve learned because this would amount to tainting the wisdom. Distill it down into something more potent while staying true to the core teachings by all means, but do not veer toward irreverent disregard for the System (whatever that may be) or tried-and-true keystone(s) that have withstood the test of time. It’s also a time to consider very careful WHAT tools you are giving to WHOM – for example, this would not be the time to put occult teachings in the wrong hands. And be prepared to accept responsibility for what you’re passing down to students, for they are your legacy. Supervise them to ensure the wisdom and tools you instill within are handled respectfully and responsibly so they prove a credit to the teachings, because under this energy it’s easier than normal – if this caution is not heeded – to wind up pumping out a student who not only reflects badly upon YOUR good name, but it also circles back to the earlier point I made about not degrading the long-term sustainability of one’s field as a whole by giving it a bad reputation (ex: a “quack” psychologist or one that is going into the field for the wrong reasons/has not worked through their own psychological baggage). Business owners, on the other hand, may find themselves having to make some tough calls that affect the integrity and/or survivability of their biz/business model. Remember what I said before: It’s better to take a loss or fold a company than compromise our standards, credibility, or ethics under this vibe – in the long run, we are likely to be screwed far harder for doing so.
You are having a Lunar-flavored Pluto-in-Capricorn transit if any one of the following applies:
And, to a lesser extent:
With Pluto in Capricorn affecting a Lunar area of the chart, psychologically digging around in old, family-of-origin -related “stuff” may be in order for the sake of unearthing anything potentially dysfunctional that may still have a hold on the psyche and burying it for good. Funny this song came on while contemplating my own Lunar-flavored Pluto-in-Capricorn transit…I found the both the song title – “Roots” – and the lyrics disconcertingly apt:
“I know it’s gotta go like this, I know…
Hell will always come before you grow…
Trouble found me, trouble found me….
I’m going back to my roots
Rock bottom, rock bottom, rock bottom….”
I’ve been musing about Pluto’s long transit through Capricorn (until 2023) and its effects upon an individual chart; especially when we have personal planets or points being contacted by this astrological heavy hitter. One thing that occurred to me is the importance of metaphorical “deco stops” throughout our (individual and collective) Pluto in Capricorn journey. Deco stops – scuba diving slang for “decompression stops” – are a technique utilized by divers who descend to great depths. The further down a diver swims, the more intense the pressure exerted upon their bodies. This pressure causes the gasses they breathe through their air tanks to expand as they ascend, and if they try to rise to the surface too quickly and aren’t careful, this abrupt change in pressure can cause the gasses to create tiny bubbles in the bloodstream; a potentially life-threatening condition known as decompression sickness or “The Bends”.
To avert this, divers deliberately slow down their ascent and pause at marked depth intervals for a specified period of time, waiting until their body gradually decompresses at each stop as they return to more normal pressures. The body needs time to acclimate to this transition, for it is not naturally designed to withstand these kinds of forces and then just bob right back up to the surface; no – it needs time to assimilate the intensity of this experience before it can return to operating as normal.
This is not unlike dealing with Pluto in Capricorn…if we think of a Pluto transit as a symbolic journey to our Center – all the way down to the very core of our souls – we can start to see how this metaphor has resonance. When we experience Pluto in Capricorn contacting a planet or personal point in our chart, what we are dealing with is some heavy-duty, industrial-strength transformation somewhere in our lives. The changes and challenges we encounter along the way can be profound – often, an old “life” or old way of being “dies” in some way. Our physical, emotional, psychological, and energetic bodies therefore require time to process the intense experiences that are part and parcel of this metamorphosis; we need metaphorical “deco stops” as we make our preparations to ascend back into the Light.
It is understandable that when one spends a prolonged period of time in the Underworld, one might then find themselves in a rush to return to the surface and feel sunlight upon their face, for Pluto in Capricorn is the epitome of dense and heavy…at times its energy can feel like concrete cinder blocks that may threaten to drag us toward a cold, dark, bottom. Proper integration is essential for this reason; especially on a psychological level. We must therefore begin our ascent slowly and carefully, periodically checking our watches to ensure that we are spending enough time at each and every stop (hmmm…perhaps this entails processing loss to a degree, à la the Kubler-Ross 5 stages of grieving) on the journey upward. These pauses should be thought of as a time to take stock, gradually releasing as we go the weight – the ballast – associated with such a serious transformational process.
***See also: Pluto in Capricorn Transits, Part 4
Hi all – I’m back after a temporary (necessary) blogging hiatus! It’s been a busy holiday season, but now that my duties have eased a bit I have put together a video discussing the nuts & bolts of the upcoming Mercury retrograde (Rx) in January, which runs from the 5th through the 25th. Humorously enough, it’s worth mentioning that I did have some odd tech glitches while making the vid, so it seems as if our Trickster friend is already making himself known! 😉 😀
In part 1 of this series, I spoke of how Pluto in Capricorn represents the concept of something deteriorating over time. When a planet or personal point in our chart is touched by this placement, things don’t just fall apart on us “all of the sudden” – it’s gradual and slow; ostensibly because of the gravitas attached to this transformational process. When a termination occurs under Pluto in Capricorn, it’s not uncommon for it to be a drawn-out, prolonged sort of demise – the blessing in this is we have ample time during this transitional state to put our ducks in a row and prepare for the new reality or “new normal” that awaits us on The Other Side so it’s less of a shock to the system. A planned ending or extraction may indeed come into play; possibly one that runs on a delay while all the proper elements/steps are calculated, organized, and then systematically executed. For the transformation of Pluto in Capricorn isn’t likely to be quick or easy; it is hard, time-consuming work that is often fraught with obstacles, so we may need to take our time. If we are spiritually inclined, this may be an instance where petitioning Ganesha – the tusked pachyderm deity known as the Remover of Obstacles in the Hindu pantheon – may come in handy.
I should also speak to another important facet of Pluto-in-Capricorn endings, as they’re apt to be very matter-of-fact. Capricorn’s energy has the effect of minimizing the potential trauma attached to this ordeal so it’s more of an “Alright, let’s get on with it” kind of thing where we handle the situation an adult manner instead of kicking and screaming about it. Anything that dies on Pluto in Capricorn’s watch should be looked at as legitimately non-functional, and while a post-mortem autopsy as to the cause(s) may prove useful, the expiration may have been more or less anticipated for some time thus dialing down the drama-factor considerably. When we’ve seen it coming and/or know that normal life expectancy has more or less been reached in a situation, it can be considerably less upsetting/tragic. The Hi-Fi use of this energy handles endings maturely; seeing no practical good in making them any harder than they need to be and preferring instead to conserve energy for rebuilding.
On that note, picking up where I left off re: this placement’s capacity for “constructive destruction”, I think of it as a “controlled implosion” similar to the demolition of the old hotels and casinos along the Vegas Strip. Capricorn is the Architect and Master Builder, and if the metaphorical footings are rotten or a structure is obsolete in our lives, building code dictates that it’s going to have to come completely down if a new skeleton is to be erected in the footprints of What Once Stood Before. We cannot simply piecemeal things together – we have to scrap it and rebuild, but the RIGHT way! As I alluded to earlier, it is a systematic overhaul, and these kinds of things are never overnight.
When Pluto in Capricorn touches a planet or point in the nativity, sometimes instead we are able to salvage something that is still useful to us or that can be repurposed…this may simply be the “life lessons” we’ve distilled by experiencing this process of disintegration. But in cases where a full razing isn’t required, it is important to take our time reinforcing the weak areas that have been degrading in order to build them up from the inside out – consider this metaphor in a psychological context as well. I would say that in certain cases, the destruction of Pluto in Capricorn may indeed be preventable, but the problem is preventative maintenance is often let go with this placement so that whatever has fallen into disrepair eventually goes off the rails completely. A failure to hit the brakes before this point-of-no-return can absolutely prove fatal, so when we see fissures appearing in the walls the keynote is to stop and address them because they’re not just cosmetic and more than likely indicate a severe underlying issue.
Whether we start over on more solid underpinnings or are able to arrest the process of deterioration in its tracks with the aid of some heavy restructuring, it’s important that any demo work be done carefully and respectfully. Something *has* to come down when Pluto in Capricorn touches our chart, but by handling the teardown process responsibly and with honor, we set the right energetic precedent for the “rebuilding” part of the equation. In some respects the moment we stop resisting the letting go process the reconstruction can already be considered underway, because it’s all about eliminating stale, locked-up energy; especially that which has somehow become ingrained in the status quo. And holding space for this to unfold in due time is important, because a quality restoration matters.
There are many layers of interpretation regarding Pluto’s passage through Capricorn, but for the purposes of this particular post, right now I want to discuss one key concept of this placement…that is the idea of something deteriorating over time. It’s not as if a situation, a relationship, etc. immediately falls apart if/when touched by Pluto in Capricorn; rather it takes its time unraveling. Think: a controlled collapse, or a brick-by-brick demolition. Pluto in Capricorn’s passage through a specific house of our chart or contact to a planet or personal point in our nativity signifies that something is very likely undergoing a process of being gradually – perhaps even carefully and deliberately – deconstructed.
Because nothing touched by Pluto’s hand can ever stay the same, it is highly unlikely that Humpty Dumpty will ever be put back together again in exactly the same way. However, there is also an equally good chance that whatever it is may yet live on in another, more solid or mature form after that Limit Break has been reached and the non-functional status quo subsequently flushed down the tubes. There is usually a razing involved with Pluto transits, but while this planet traverses Capricorn this will take its time in happening and we will see it coming (read: have ample warning) quite possibly YEARS before whatever it is actually dies – we’ll hear that freight train coming looooong before it actually hits. It’s not as fatalistic as it sounds, I assure you – the process of destruction can actually be quite constructive with Pluto in Capricorn….more on that later.
LOL, if you change up the lyrics a bit, this song is actually totally apropos for Mercury square Pluto, which is exact as I post.
Pluto has been calling me quite a bit lately, actually – I’ve had many Platinum Plutonians emerging from the woodwork and getting in touch in recent months. Most recently, it was a Scorpio girlfriend from 20 years ago texting me from out of the clear blue sky. Now I am a Plutonian as well, and usually when contact between myself and another dies off, I tend to just leave it wherever it lies and am not prone to reconnecting with people once the line has gone silent for whatever reason. But she has always been an exception to this general rule and I have thought of her fondly over the years – we were separated when she moved halfway across the country and lost touch during the tumultuous upheaval that was my youth…somewhere during my many changes of residence, I had lost her contact info. We were mutually jazzed to reconnect with one another and spent some time chatting on the phone and catching up – she is actually living in (of all places!) Sin City – I can’t think of a more hilariously apt locale for Scorpio!
I’ve also re-established contact with a Moon-Pluto woman whom I’ve always seen as sort of a surrogate mother figure. Tragically, she lost her home in a fire earlier this year…she had no idea she was a Moon conjunct Pluto gal, and yet for some reason has been inexplicably (well, unless you know astrology, LOL) drawn to Phoenix symbols to adorn her home, which is in the process of being rebuilt from the ashes as we speak (better than ever)! Truly, the stories she has about this are freakishly cool – I will save them for another time as this makes a very interesting astro-post all on its own.
There have been at least a half dozen instances of Plutonians connecting or re-connecting with me since this Pluto transit of mine kicked in. I do love & appreciate the higher-flying versions of this breed and have said for eons there is always room for another at my table. I don’t voluntarily orbit in the company of the Lo-Fi variants, though, and have theorized it might be because I scare them off…a bright light in a room will tend to send all the cockroaches scuttling for cover, LOL!
I do love and appreciate good Plutonians, though….they are a rarer breed by nature because Pluto energy can so easily corrupt, but there is none better than a Hi-Fi Plutonian ally. It would seem life appears to be sending them my way in droves and when you’re right in the midst of a major Pluto transit, lemme tell ya, there is no one else you would want supporting you! It’s a bit of funny role reversal for me as I have spent decades of my life always being the go-to (Plutonian) person for others during times of crisis and loss; the proverbial Ferryman across the river Styx shepherding lost souls through major transition. Now I am on the receiving end.
Perhaps since I spent so many years as an agent in his service, Pluto felt some small recompense was due and decided to bust out the Bat Signal on my behalf; psychically or subliminally communicating with his minions and giving them the impetus get in touch with me en masse. Regardless if this was the case or not, they have all proved to be invaluable resources for which I am very grateful. On a personal growth level, one other thing I can say is these contacts have all allowed me to strip away a protective shell of guardedness so people can communicate with and meet me at deeper, more authentic level, and I truly do treasure this. So if your BatPhone starts ringing off the hook, definitely don’t be afraid to pick it up and see if it’s Pluto calling….
This is a perfect little clip for the impending squares between Saturn in Sagittarius & Neptune in Pisces, the first hit of which will be happening in late November 2015. Do watch, because it will give you a pretty good feel for the contrast we have going on with these two astrological energies.
Note the clock (Saturn) sternly tolling in the middle of the segment, LOL…
So what have we learned from Cinderella and how does this apply to the astrology of the Saturn/Neptune squares of 2015 – 2016? I think the first theme of these squares center around the notion of staying strong in your belief and protecting your faith in your dreams, even when this is being challenged. With Saturn, a delay or obstacle shouldn’t be misconstrued as a denial – difficulty is NOT an indicator to throw our hands in the air and just give up! In reality, while I would indeed add a proviso onto the premise that if we just “keep on believing, a dream that [we] wish will come true” and state that we’re also going to need a hefty tub of Elbow Grease (work) to make it happen, the core takeaway is to protect our vision; whether it be personal OR vocational. And incidentally it IS worth noting how I did mention elsewhere that I do see this square as a potential indicator of professional disillusionment and a subsequent quest for meaningful vocation; particularly for two groups of people – those born circa ’86 who are just now experiencing their first Saturn Return & the ’72 – early ‘76 vintage who have Neptune in the early-mid degrees of Sagittarius and are contending with a simultaneous Neptune Square. Though we are all dealing with this to a greater or lesser extent over the next year+ depending upon which planets or points in our individual charts are being impacted, these specific age brackets are especially sensitized as a whole.
But I digress…my point is a challenge in manifesting our dream should be thought of as a philosophical test to hammer out how we might perhaps be seeing things the wrong way; where our well-intentioned implementation or execution of that vision is for some reason askew and thus cannot yield the results we wish to achieve if we were to leave it as-is. We may need a better, more supportive framework to protect that dream and make sure it will stand the test of time rather than allow it to be gradually eroded away via negligence like a sandcastle completely bereft of a seawall left standing at the water’s edge when the tide is coming in. When we seem to hit a wall, we must utilize a certain degree of intuitive wisdom to sense how to keep things fluid and able to adapt to shifting conditions while also recognizing the necessity of having a safe and sturdy container (a form) to hold that dream so it doesn’t wind up slowly seeping out and disappearing into the ground beneath our feet.
For this reason, I am equating the energy of Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces with the concept of imagineering a better system – the difficulties we encounter may just be a prompting from The Universe that we need to go about things another way if we’re looking to turn that dream into a reality; perhaps by adjusting our plan, methodology, etc. for optimum functionality. During these squares we simultaneously have to learn how to flow/float while keeping ourselves tied off to a beneficial anchoring structure/framework of some kind…an interesting proposition for sure! It’s a bit like cave diving – even the most skilled divers know it’s easy to lose your way underwater if you don’t have a literal guideline to follow. Vision can be totally obscured by silt, the current can shift and carry you away….the point is drifting is not advised! So whether we are attempting to manifest a vision that is personal or professional during this square (which will run more or less continuously from late 2015 – late 2016), it is certainly good to keep this in mind.
With this test – as is usually the case with anything Saturn-related – if we don’t throw in the towel and give up when we encounter hardship, our persistence is usually rewarded 9 times out of 10. I say “usually” because if there IS a firm and repeated spiritual “no” involved w/ Saturn in Sagittarius, we can absolutely be sure it is for our own good – maybe Divinity has something better in mind that we just can’t see with our narrow focus. Maybe that dream we so badly want to come true is actually too confining for us…perhaps our imagination had certain limits we weren’t aware of and so we couldn’t dream what else might be possible due to certain contextual limitations. We could be blind, for example, to how the realization of that fantasy could actually somewhere down the line potentially restrict opportunities or stunt growth.
The point is, we may lack the capacity to understand the spiritual reason or lesson at the time, but I assure you that it IS there! I believe in the wisdom of The Universe and trust it fully, and I don’t think as mere mortals we can ever possibly pretend to know what the Divine Design is, exactly, because this would take all of the magic out of life. So if we work hard to realize a dream during the squares between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces, making many sacrifices only to have it not to come true, we must at least stay strong in the belief that The Universe knows what it’s doing. Sometimes the “no” is because life has something better in store for us at a later date; something beyond the bounds of our current level of understanding that will become clear to us possibly years later. The blessing about having Saturn involved with Neptune is that our life lessons tend to be delivered with an infinite amount of mercy and compassion, even if there is a delay in the realization of this fact ❤
Ever since this Pluto transit kicked in, I have experienced some pretty wild encounters on the Vulture Medicine front. One of the most memorable was the time I came upon a flock of about 20-25 ominously large Turkey Vultures perched upon the lower boughs of a decaying old sugar maple one evening during a run. They were probably only about 30 feet away from me and didn’t even startle as I passed…it was surreal and made the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up in a combination of awe and also a vague sense of foreboding – I knew that life wasn’t likely to be the same after an encounter like that, as that’s some Big Medicine!
Vultures are an earthly manifestation of Plutonic energy, you see, and may appear to us at times when an old way of life is passing as harbingers of this transition. They are carrion feeders, so there is an element of learning how to spiritually sustain ourselves from the decay that surrounds us. Fortunately (LOL, that’s my gallows humor, folks!) I am well-versed in the practice of finding gold in the shadow…
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“Welcome to your Saturn Transit, Mr. Stewart – this is your captain speaking. Your flight time will be approximately 2 years and the weather at your destination is looking clear and cool.”
In cased you missed it, on Thursday night Sagittarius Sun Jon Stewart had his last hurrah as fake news anchor of The Daily Show. Jon is having just a wee bit (that’s a joke, BTW) of a Saturn transit – or more correctly, series of Saturn transits – for the foreseeable future, perhaps being spurred on by the Cosmic Taskmaster to move onto something more “legit” (also tongue-in-cheek). Jon has his Sun, Moon, & Mercury in Sadge, which means Saturn will steamroll all of them by the time it leaves this sign in late 2017. Further, during this same time The Ringed One squares his Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, & Chiron – that’s a boatload of Saturn energy to have happening in such a comparatively short window!
Saturn transits are decidedly Not Fun(ny)…we tend to become more serious under this planet’s auspices and are apt to experience internal or external pressure (usually via a sense that time is ticking) to figure out what it is we REALLY want to achieve in life. Saturn imbues us with ambition, pragmatism, and a healthy dose of wisdom via trials and experience. And where we stumble, we come to know our limitations. We grind onward, however, knowing with inner certainty that hard work always pays off in the end and that nothing worth having is ever easy.
So how has Jon’s Saturn transit – which started last year – manifested thus far? Well, it began when he decided that he had apparently reached the pinnacle of his late-night television career, as there were certainly no mountains for him to climb and this had been the case for quite some time. Sure he was riding high, but his progress had more or less plateaued due to hitting the ceiling and there wasn’t any room for him to grow – an anathema to Sagittarius. Saturn was a mere two degrees from his Sun when the announcement of his August departure came – Saturn transits can tend to have a very limiting, confining feel to them which would certainly be enough to make any Sadge restless; let alone one that might not have been feeling sufficiently challenged from a creative & professional standpoint! Sagittarius is not a particularly simpatico placement for this planet overall since this is a sign that’s all about EXPANSION, and the (conscious or unconscious) sense of having to deal with this kind of astrological internment can be quite claustrophobia-inducing to our Centaur friends. “The walls are closing in – quick, make for the exit!!” Anyone who has ever observed a Sadge contemplate the prospect of marriage can surely attest to the veracity of that little statement, LOL! 😉
But what really struck me as a fairly literal manifestation of all that Saturn energy he’s been/‘bouta be rockin’? WTF, The Boss (aka Saturn in his Bruce Springsteen guise) serenaded him offstage on his last night with the show?!? With “Born To Run” – are you kidding me?!
Here’s the other wacked thing about this: Though Jon has long dismissed the idea of entering the political arena, he IS born under the sign of The Politician and in some ways this would seem like a fairly natural transition for him – a sort of “next level” advancement, if you will. And if Saturn loves one thing in Sadge, it’s literal or metaphorical grad school. This would not be an altogether unprecedented move, either – hell, Al Franken managed to successfully make this same journey from comedian to government official in recent times. So what’s the deal, Jonny Boy – are you being a cheeky monkey there with your choice of song by just fooling around and jerking the chains of those who clamor for you to make a run, do you really just love “Born To Run” that much to where you would pick it to mark the end of an era in your life, or is this actually not-so-subtle wink that a job in public office may indeed be in your future? Sadge has always had a wicked sense of humor, after all……
Despite the candid disdain he has expressed for politicians, this is a man who is clearly passionate about politics or else he wouldn’t have spent 16 years of his life calling “Bullshit!” on them. I will tell you one thing – if *any* Sadge were to even remotely toy with the idea of running for office, this would certainly be the kind of transit they might be likely to do it under. Jon has waaaay more than just the Saturn activity going on in his chart, too – he’s already most of the way through a series of disillusioning Neptune hits to many of those same planets and he’s gearing up for “Big Time” Jupiter boost via its soon to be approaching square to his Sun and opposition to his own natal Jupiter. So here we have a Jupiter-ruled Sagittarian about to be doubly augmented by transiting Jupiter, which could certainly be enough to crank up the decibel level on his own political ideologies. It will be interesting to see exactly what Jon decides to do with all of this energy….regardless of the direction he takes, I certainly wish him Buona Fortuna in all of his endeavors – Onwards and Upwards; onto Bigger and Better, Sadgie-Ho!
LOL, the above was something I used to tell a Virgo stellium girlfriend of mine once upon a time – I almost got it printed on a workout T-shirt for her to wear to yoga or at the gym, but you know how…particular…Virgo can sometimes be and so I thought better of it in the end! It probably would’ve had to been made of unbleached organic cotton or some other very specific hypoallergenic all-natural fiber, or maybe the font wouldn’t have been quite right, or she might have preferred a v-neck to a crewneck…by now, you are probably getting the picture as to why I ultimately refrained. 😉
But with Jupiter about to enter Virgo for a year-long stay on August 11th, “Keep calm & Virgo on” could well become our new mantra for the next 365+ days! If you’re not subbed to my free monthly newsletter, now would be a good time to do so because the August edition (which will come out on or around the 1st) is featuring an editorial on the subject in question. In this issue I discuss some vital considerations and key themes for this placement, and although I will build on this via some supplemental blog posts on the topic, you are totally missing out if you’re not on the list. Not only is this where I share some of my more insightful musings, but subbing also gets you insider-only access to special promos. You can always unsubscribe at any time if you change your mind later, so what are you waiting for?
Though Sagittarius is currently getting a brief reprieve from Saturn’s energy until September 17th due its temporary backtrack into Scorpio, I find the effects of this energy still lingering on my mind nonetheless. There is a particular a visual image conjured forth when I contemplate Saturn in Sagittarius – it is that of a bush pilot skillfully navigating through dicey terrain; soaring toward an as-yet unknown landing zone in some remote, aboriginal destination. Sadge has long been associated with air travel, and with Saturn as our captain it seems we are indeed learning to fly in a metaphorical sense.
Being this planet squares Neptune in Pisces a total of three times between now and late 2016, we should expect this could turn out to be a water landing, so hopefully you will come prepared for this possibility and thus equip your aircraft with pontoon floats. In a figurative sense, the ground beneath our feet is not solid at all during these squares; rather it is liquid. Consequently, conditions such as this can make it difficult to gain traction; however this is not the point. As is always …Read More…