Neptune in Pisces

The Dark Moon & Mars Conjunct Neptune

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Shortly after the New Moon, the planet Mars conjoins Neptune in Pisces. The Neptunian energy has been active all week via its square to the New Moon and exacting a square to the Sun just one day before. With hard Neptune aspects this week, things can get unusually hazy.

Yes, hazy thinking is one possibility, but another is the need to question various narratives, truths presented, or all presentations in general. It's easy to deceive on several fronts, but consider the karmic consequences before exploiting that insight. Instead, try to see past the various facades of the moment.

The Mars/Neptune conjunction (exact Dec. 7) has been building since the last week of Nov. and will be in notable orb until Dec. 17. It can be a challenging aspect for any decisive actions. The willful energy of Mars can quite literally evaporate, leaving us uncertain or dumbfounded about what to do or how to correctly handle a situation.

Over the next few days especially, be mindful of the risk of completely missing an intended target, or worse, going on the attack against the innocent. Further, Mars and Neptune meet up shortly after the New Moon and Mercury's direct station. A feeling of newness and possibilities opening up can tempt premature moves.

Mercury still needs to pick up some speed, and within a week, we'll be free of the retrograde shadow. This isn't a moment to completely freeze or indulge in rampant paranoia, but rather to take a moment to breathe and patiently plant the seeds you intend to nurture. The risk for apathy is exceptionally high, and for some, the enticement to give up could be a source of rumination.

Neptune to Mars can gift us with insight which comes when we choose to surrender to what we don't yet know. So, if in doubt, trust that and wait for the haze to clear. Question your desires the remainder of the week, and focus your courage on actively shifting your consciousness, perception, or current crusade. Mindfulness, meditation, and patience could be vital assets.

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Deflation or Inspiration: New Moon in Sagittarius 2018

Photo by Josh Lewis [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html),  CC-BY-SA-3.0  or  CC BY-SA 2.5

Photo by Josh Lewis [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5

New Moon @ 15 Sagittarius 07’

December 6, 2018

11:20 PM Los Angeles

December 7, 2018

3:20 AM New York

7:20 AM London

3:20 PM Beijing

6:20 PM Sydney

Every so often, the cosmic landscape synchronizes itself in quite astonishing ways. This month's New Moon is one of those moments, occurring alongside Mercury's direct station and Mars' conjunction with Neptune. Mercury direct is the end of the retrograde period; however, the glitchy, techno-disruptions and communicative failures often cluster around Mercury's stations.

We can anticipate that trend to continue at least a week or so beyond this lunation. But fortunately, solutions and forward progress will be more easily accessible soon enough. And vital new steps can now happen, but caution is still needed. The dark of the Moon is a natural rest and recharge moment, imbued with hesitation and uncertainty. With Mercury's station and Mars conjoining Neptune, there isn't a lot of momentum contained in this New Moon.

For some of us, it can feel like a drain of willfulness, force, or enthusiasm. Low energy, discouragement, and frustrations can emerge in this dark Moon. On the collective level, events which have been building and generating power can seem to have suddenly fallen into obscurity. Mars and Neptune conjoin several hours after this New Moon, adding an element of obfuscation with regards to necessary actions and decisions.

The energy of Sagittarius wants to leap into the unknown, begin planning for an adventure, or assert its vision and ideals onto the world. Neptune's active involvement in this New Moon, plus Mercury's station, can slow the flow of zeal or fury. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. One of the vital lessons that Neptune offers us is that of patience, but also revealing the limitations of the ego's needs and desires.

The darkest face of this New Moon can tempt us to leap into exciting yet fruitless endeavors. Falling victim to schemes, delusions, and lies are easy. So what can you trust under this lunation? Look beyond yourself, listen to your intuitive hunches, and feel out whether emerging situations align with your highest principles and integrity. Challenge yourself to let go and flow with signs, insights, and omens. Miraculous ideas and opportunities can emerge from the darkness.

The Mars/Neptune square can feel deflating, for sure. Second guess impulses, desires, and assumptions. This new start is likely beyond your control but has the power to enlarge a worldview or perspective, to open the heart to a higher reality beyond the self. Take it easy under these New Moon vibes. Inner frustrations will dissipate as quickly as they emerged, energy and passion will return. This is a fertile lunation for further reflection. Allow the moment to pass and dispense its wisdom and take action in a few days.

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Lifting the World: Jupiter in Sagittarius 2018-2019

A raven soars overhead at Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah, September 2018; photo by Chad Woodward.

A raven soars overhead at Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah, September 2018; photo by Chad Woodward.

"The positive Sagittarian has....the inner conviction that he has it in him to give much. If others are less fortunate than he, it is his privilege to give to them out of his abundance. He gives not so much material things as the gifts of the spirit--leadership, moral courage, self-respect, sparks for flagging faith and waning energies, a lift to the whole world that comes from contact however fleeting with the warmth, and the verve, and the dash, and the directness, of the Sagittarian."-- Grant Lewi, Your Greatest Strength

Jupiter will transit its home sign, Sagittarius, from Nov. 2018 through Dec. 2019. Jupiter changes signs every year but reaches Sagittarius once every twelve years. Classically, Jupiter is the greater benefic with optimal dignity in the mutable, fire sign Sagittarius. We know Jupiter as the God/Goddess of abundance, growth/expansion, luck, success, optimism, hope, and altruism. Jupiter opens doors, inspires confidence, and paves the way to opportunities.

In its negative face, Jupiter can tempt us with glitzy yet empty promises of fame, happiness, and fortune. It can provoke laziness while opportunities glide past due to a misguided sense of satiation. And trickster Jupiter can inflame arrogance, dogmatism, and ego-aggrandizement. While Jupiter transits Sagittarius the next year, there will be a magnification of both its positive and negative qualities because Jupiter's home sign bolsters its power.

Sagittarius stimulates Jupiter's extroverted side. This is the most adventurous, audacious, and enthusiastic of all Jupiter cycles. But it might also be the most fanatical. Consider that Sagittarius correlates with the zealous pursuit of faith in oneself, an ideology, or a mission. We can imagine empowerment of radicalized followers of various faiths in synch with the restoration of hope or optimism about one's purpose.

Look to the house ruled by Sagittarius in your chart. You'll likely experience increased growth and newfound success in that area over the next year. However, as with anything in astrology, Jupiter needs your involvement to bring out its most auspicious blessings. Success almost always comes from consistent effort and hard work, and opportunities need to be acted upon. Discernment will be the key to optimally managing Jupiter's transit through Sagittarius.

Too much of a good thing can lead to ruin, and overextension can result in missing the target. Overconfidence in one's abilities or potential can inspire foolish leaps and downfalls. Jupiter in Sagittarius is a momentary cycle which can help us all increase faith, confidence, and expand into new areas of experience. But we'll need to be careful and remain realistic about how much we can handle and what we're capable of. When opportunities arrive, they won't last long. Staying where you are is sometimes a safe choice, but one you may later regret with Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Breaking With Routines

Routines can feel extra suffocating under Jupiter in Sagittarius. This is a cycle which inspires us to break free of predictability and expand our horizons more than ever. Reflect on the area in your chart affected by Jupiter's current transit. If you've been treading safely there, you'll begin to notice gradual dissatisfaction with the topics of the concerned house, and a growing sense that you need to take some risks and actively look for escape routes.

Jupiter in Sagittarius Archetypes

As archetypes, Jupiter in Sagittarius is the emigrant, vagabond, crusader, preacher, prophet, or philosopher taken to the extreme. We’ll likely see these archetypes as significant figures in major media events. And if we have strong placements in Sagittarius, or if Jupiter aspects planets in our chart from this sign, we can take on these archetypal qualities ourselves, or they may show up as significant people in our lives.

Whether we experience these archetypes within ourselves or as outside influencers, the Jupiter in Sagittarius energies motivates us to move beyond our usual boundaries, escape the trappings of safety and predictability, inspire us to take bold leaps of faith, boost our belief in a higher purpose, seek new adventures, and actively engage with opportunities to further success or understanding. With Jupiter in fire sign Sagittarius, it asks whether we have the courage to reach for greatness and if we're willing to take some chances to get there.

Jupiter Square Neptune

While Jupiter transits Sagittarius, it will make a square aspect to Neptune in Pisces. We can view this aspect as active throughout the entire cycle, though the peaks will be experienced Jan. 13, June 16, and Sept. 21, 2019. On the collective level, Jupiter's square relationship to Neptune can serve to puncture illusions, hope, faith, and beliefs. In other words, this is likely to be a cycle of severe disillusionment, especially for those who have fallen for false promises of greatness or abundance.

In considering this aspect, it's important to remain skeptical about anything hyped or overpromoted while Jupiter transits Sagittarius. Jumping into “get rich quick schemes” or alluring ideologies could lead to disappointment. Jupiter square Neptune certainly adds to the element of fanaticism and religious fervor, and during the peak squares, we're likely to witness the decline of a prescribed dogma or creed. Failed prophets, messiahs, and gurus are expected to make some headlines.

However, both personally and collectively, the square of Jupiter/Neptune is a severe test of our ideals and faith. If we can endure resistance to our convictions, and if our dreams can undergo significant reality testing, then we'll come out of this cycle with a greater sense of confidence in what we believe. Jupiter's square to Neptune suggests that the karma has ripened for a vision or dream, and whether or not it survives depends mostly on how much basis it has in reality. Many will fail, but some will learn to fly and lift the world.

Getting Wyrd: Mercury/Neptune Opposition

A rocky peak rises from a sea of fog in an Arizona Valley; image by NOAA.

A rocky peak rises from a sea of fog in an Arizona Valley; image by NOAA.

Mercury's opposition to Neptune is building in intensity, inviting the numinous into the daily flow. For Mercury in Virgo, Neptune's opposition can be a frustrating distraction to the current, earth sign synergy. Staying on track/task could be a challenge. But Neptune can open the mind to the domain of the irrational as well as magical.

The synchronistic flow of the past week continues through Mercury/Neptune, a poignant reminder that mystery and meaning imbue our daily narrative. Combined with Mercury's trine to Pluto this weekend, the remainder of the week offers up cutting-edge insight and altered perceptions. Be careful with all communicative transactions, as critical details can evade even the most astute.

Take a step back, and if in doubt, allow the next few days to pass before you can once again rely on clarity. By the weekend, Mercury's Pluto trine can re-empower prudence and reasonable control, giving the mind an acute focus. Mercury in Virgo's constructive powers will be at maximum strength by the start of next week, so use that as an incentive to wait out the fog.

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Mercury's Grand Trine+Sun/Neptune Opposition

David Hawgood / Rock Arch in Diggory's Island

David Hawgood / Rock Arch in Diggory's Island

Mercury in Virgo joins Saturn and Uranus in an earth grand trine, alongside the Sun opposing Neptune. The mind is attuned to the mundane this week as it enters into a phase of extra efficiency. Plotting your way toward accomplishments, solving real-world problems, or tending to bodily needs/desires might take up a lot of our time and energy. Saturn's direct station can inspire proactive steps to free yourself from stagnation if you've felt especially static the last few months. 

However, the typical limitations brought by pure earth energy are not as dominant this week. Mercury trine Uranus offers fresh possibilities, unique perspectives, and novel solutions to all practical dilemmas. The earth trine synergy with Mercury helps with mental/communicative clarity. For enhancing competence and understanding, Mercury's grand trine is exceptionally fortuitous. 

While you may feel additionally motivated this week with all that you need or want to get done, the Sun's opposition to Neptune suggests that many things still evade our grasp. This weekend's New Moon is a natural period of rest and downtime, and its oppositional relationship with Neptune can feel like a need to step back for some of us. Neptune also infuses the numinous in all that we do, which can be a source of inspiration or outright confusion. 

In your busyness or worldly focus, don't ignore the subtle signs or synchronicities all around you. Take a moment to notice the mystery of the world and how little you understand it. A step back might sound counterintuitive, but it offers a chance to slow down and clarify a vision. Realize that your efforts have a higher purpose and that tending to the details always takes more time. 

Humility is especially vital in the next few days. Be forthcoming about what you don't know or understand. And Neptune the trickster can be a tempting route toward escapism, so be mindful of what you're trying to avoid. For those struggling with meeting responsibilities this week or with feeling overwhelmed, focus on the first step you need to take and go from there. Surrender to your desire for change and trust that each effort will get you closer to your goal. 

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Dive in but Don't Drown: Neptune conjunct South Node

The planet Neptune is stationing direct this month. It will be at a standstill at 9 degrees of tropical Pisces on the Moon’s south node. If you think things have been weird lately, confusing, or just hard to pin down, it’s in the air. The world (and current events) may take on a preternatural glow. Neptune has a powerful influence on the collective psyche. When prominent such as now, Neptune empowers massive groups of individuals brought together by a common cause, ideology or belief. 

The Moon’s south node tends to emphasize the shadow side which can lead many into the trap of projecting an inner crisis onto external symbols, unconsciously hoping for a resolution that will never be found in the outer world. It can also greatly stoke strong desires for escapism and avoidance of reality. Utilize this powerful portal as a time to connect inwardly to find your connection to God/Goddess/Universe within. From there, you’ll discover a pool of inspiration, imagination, and spiritual insight which you can utilize to bring to the service of others in some practical way. 

This powerful Neptunian focal point may enhance your dream life or create a longing for higher, ecstatic states of consciousness. Many may be starving now for some savior to deliver them from their inner hell. But remember, the true savior is in you. No one can save you from the inner work you must eventually do yourself. The outer demons are reflections of our own repressed desires, fears, and hatred. Dive in but don’t drown! As difficult as it might be, don’t get pulled out to sea. Stay close to shore and learn how to engage with life more consciously.