Astrological Musings

The Jupiter/Neptune square of 2019: Dissolving limitations and boundaries

Jupiter square Neptune

One of the more significant planetary cycles of 2019 is a powerful square (90 degree) dynamic between Jupiter and Neptune.  Jupiter and Neptune are connected through their mutual rulership of the sign Pisces:  Jupiter is the traditional ruler and Neptune the modern ruler of Pisces. Jupiter and Neptune share an expansive view of the world, and a desire to bring true meaning into our lives.  However, Jupiter’s focus is more on the expansion of the Self through a pursuit of meaning and Truth whereas Neptune’s role is to inspire us to break free of the boundaries of the limitations of this material world and the individual Self.

Because Jupiter and Neptune are natural allies, even the stressful aspects like the square can bring about a swell of creativity and bliss.   Jupiter’s expansive and buoyant nature gives a boost to Neptune’s inspiration to expand the inner spiritual heart.  The only danger here is that Jupiter is especially powerful in the other sign which it rules: Sagittarius, and Neptune is in Pisces, the sign co-ruled by Jupiter and Neptune.  All of this magic and bliss and creativity and inspiration is wonderful for writers, musicians, artists – anyone practicing in a creative field or exploring spirituality.  It is less wonderful for keeping our feet on the ground and making sensible decisions.

Fortunately, during this first phase of the Jupiter/Neptune square (January 10-30) we have a stellium of four planets and luminaries in grounded Capricorn: Saturn, Mercury, Pluto and the Sun.  Saturn, the planet that teaches us to master the material world, is in its own sign of Capricorn where it is creating boundaries as quickly as Jupiter and Neptune can unravel them.  This may feel a bit nerve-racking […]

By | 2019-02-03T08:41:59+00:00 January 14th, 2019|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|3 Comments

Some scientists agree…the Universe is a conscious being

Since the beginning of time, humans have debated the source of consciousness.  Is it all in the physical brain?  Are we just a pack of neurons in a physical body?  Is the sum total of all that we experience contained in the physical body?

A recent article in Aeon Magazine postulated:

Some consciousness researchers see the hard problem as real but inherently unsolvable; others posit a range of options for its account. Those solutions include possibilities that overly project mind into matter. Consciousness might, for example, be an example of the emergence of a new entity in the Universe not contained in the laws of particles [emphasis added].

Panpsychism is the theory that consciousness is the root of all things – a universal feature that links all beings and things.  This kind of theory is a part of nearly all eastern religions as well as most ancient philosophies, but fell out of favor with the emergence of the scientific method which required empirical proof rather than speculation.

With Neptune, the planet that inspires in us the direct experience of divine consciousness, in its own sign of Pisces, it’s not surprising that there is a bit of a resurgence in the idea of pantheism and the idea that the Universe is itself conscious.  Scientist Gregory Matloff has hypothesized that

humans may be like the rest of the universe in substance and in spirit. A “proto-consciousness field” could extend through all of space, he argues. Stars may be thinking entities that deliberately control their paths. Put more bluntly, the entire cosmos may be self-aware.

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I myself have always felt it to be true that there is a Universal […]

By | 2019-01-09T15:36:25+00:00 January 9th, 2019|Consciousness, Wonders of the universe|2 Comments

Who is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez? The astrological profile

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was recently elected to the US House of Representatives from the 14th District of New York – the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress.  Not only that, she is in the middle of her first Saturn Return.

The Saturn Return happens to each of us every 28-30 years when Saturn, traveling through its orbit around the Sun, returns to the degree of the sign that it holds in our natal astrological chart.  Because Saturn represents the virtues of hard work and achievement as well as the distress of tests and challenges, the Saturn Return is an important time and one in which we are often tested with experiences that may feel outside of our control.  But the Saturn Return can also be a time of great achievement and growth.  This is the period during which we realize that we have to grow up and start adulting, and this process is more comfortable for some than for others.  Some individuals find this too difficult, flaming out in their careers and shifting to another path, while some begin to achieve success during this time.

Recently I wrote about this crop of Saturn Return people who were born during the early 1990s when Uranus, Saturn and Neptune were all conjunct in Capricorn.  Here is an important takeaway from that article:

These periods can be very difficult, but for Saturn/Capricorn people they have the potential to be life changing in highly beneficial ways.  Many of the Capricorn stellium people, with the dreamy genius of Uranus/Neptune in their charts, have had difficulty coming to terms with the duality in their personalities between the creative inspiration of Uranus/Neptune and the requirement of grounding and achievement of Saturn/Capricorn.  Under these influences right now and in the coming years, […]

By | 2019-01-11T08:06:36+00:00 January 8th, 2019|People, Politics|2 Comments

Planetary news this week, January 7, 2019

This week, while we are coming off the influence of the solar eclipse at the Capricorn New Moon, Uranus is at a standstill in the sky as it prepares to change direction.  In its role as the instigator of radical change and transmission of information from the higher mind, Uranus helps to expand our consciousness as it inspires us to break out of routines that keep us stuck in our day to day ruts.

When any planet prepares to appear to change direction (of course we all know that planets don’t really change direction, they just seem to from our vantage point on Earth) it slows down, just as a car does before making a U-turn.  At these times that planet’s influence is more intense than usual, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself needing to break out of a routine or someplace you feel stuck over the next week since Uranus turned direct on the 6th.

Venus enters Sagittarius today (January 7) which will be nice for our relationships and our general sense of well-being.  While in Sagittarius for a few weeks, Venus will encourage us to socialize more and enjoy having fun with the people around us.  There will be less emphasis on confrontation and processing hard stuff, and more of a focus on sharing ideas and just enjoying each other.

Venus is associated with the monetary system, and while Venus is in Sagittarius, especially since Uranus has turned direct, we may see the globalize financial situation stabilize for a few weeks as the principle of confidence under Venus in Sagittarius offsets the heavy solidity of the Capricorn stellium at the eclipse.

Still, the challenging square from Jupiter (optimism) to Neptune (delusion) that culminates on January 13th is […]

By | 2019-01-07T08:04:04+00:00 January 7th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments
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