With Jupiter station direct now, and Neptune about to station retrograde, they find themselves within two degrees of a direct opposition all throughout the merry month of May 2016. Merry for some perhaps, but not for all.
Because both planets have slowed down so much now, the alignment is much longer than usual. The last time they aligned thus was September ‘15, about 8 months ago. So an opportunity to resolve something from then or to further it, should have its last window of opportunity to play itself out before the planets move away from alignment until next time.
Add to this Saturn making a square aspect to both, situated exactly half way between them in the zodiac wheel, and you have an ongoing T-Square alignment of the three planets, making it one of the most influential astrological aspects affecting us this entire month. Saturn, as the apex planet in the triangular alignment, becomes focal and crucially important in resolving the tension here.
This is a wonderful opportunity to harness the challenge and make it work to inspire creative change. Normally the empty fourth point opposite Saturn in the 360 degree wheel of the zodiac would suggest the solution point by sign. In our case that would the be Gemini, the empty sign opposite Saturn in Sagittarius. For example, Jupiter now in Virgo would be the detailed work required to get an overseas visa. While the opposition from Neptune in Pisces is something like the yearning to see an ideal dream life on an ashram overseas where life will be preferable, particularly considering the dire straits most of the world finds itself in. Jupiter and Neptune are both planets associated with religion and mysticism. When combined in opposition like this we project out there on to the world our dream life in spiritual contentment, in harmony with the earth and her inhabitants, including the cows, a life based on Dharma and principles healthy for a child of any age. The dream is there and the opportunity is there to heed the call of Jupiter in Virginal Virgo, to cross the seas and find the holy land, the dhama, the Neptunian sanctuary, shrine, spiritual home and shelter in this material world.
The last time Neptune was in Pisces, like this, we had the flocking of migrants and refugees to the Americas in a search for shelter from religious and economic oppression. This time round our generation is seeing the flight of refugees “en masse” out of war torn Middle East and into the EU. Or into America from down further south. Similarly among seekers of all sorts throughout the world, there will be the call to come to the holy land, the dream spiritual retreat, the place of learning and study even, and that is an admirable call to heed. With Neptune in her own sign of Pisces this era, we have the opportune time to take up a life of selfless service, collective community or ubuntu. So finding the ideal place to do so overseas may be good. As long as it lives up to what is idealised. Refugees flooding into EU, for example, are facing a negative reaction from locals. Sometimes the hoped for opportunity out there has its own limitations. Ironically it was in September 2015, the last time Jupiter and Neptune were exactly aligned like this, that the stampede outside Mecca killed over 700 pilgrims. Also that same month devastating fires swept through California, as states of emergency were declared. And today, with Jupiter and Neptune identically opposed to the degree, we have almost identical fires raging through Alberta Canada, 8 months later.
Now on a psychological level, with Jupiter opposition Neptune now, we project out there the dream solution or destination, but not all can literally access that envisioned place of sanctuary. They then need to learn the art of internalising the holy land, being able to go within and take one’s mind to a place of sanctuary and shelter.
The temple within can be built stone by stone, hour by hour, in the mind, and a sense of feeling centred can bring the peace of home wherever one finds oneself, whether on the front line or in a refugee camp or in any urban jungle. Some of the archetypal themes of these planets together include –
great idealism, propaganda
mystic belief (see the charts of popes).
big (Jupiter) idol, deity, hero(Neptune)
great (Jupiter) scandal (Neptune)
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” -C.G. Jung
Now Saturn in Sagittarius, square both Jupiter and Neptune can be the key in resolving the opposition. In our above mentioned example it plays itself out as the visa procurement process and the time-consuming detail that entails. Or it is the extra course or college diploma acquired to qualify for the opportunity out there. Certainly when Jupiter gets involved with Neptune, sometimes a degree of deception, self-deception or pipe dreams may occur. For example not only is the allure of the ashram and guru heightened now, but so too will be the call to jihad among other religiously inspired communities. That is when Saturn in Sagittarius can assist by grounding the spiritual quest in actual study and research, so that one’s visions are based on a foundation of academic or educated inquiry, from the appropriate sources. Usually that means literature or other scholars in the field, teachers perhaps, when Jupiter is involved. Disillusion and the ability to become bewildered or deluded is possible now, as well as things not living up to expectations.
Another manifestation is the medical health issue that may need attention and have a chance for healing now. The chance can come when, for example, on 4 June, Venus swiftly crosses the empty point in Gemini, directly across from Saturn and thus completes a Mutable Grand Cross, with the 3 planets of the T – square becoming 4 planets all exactly 90 degrees apart in a square alignment to each other in the zodiac wheel. Pictorially this literally “squares the circle” even if only for a day or two as Venus passes along. Then again when Mercury crosses that same point opposite Saturn and also forms a Grand Cross with the other 3 during the third week in June, yet another opportune moment arises to resolve the impasse, or attain the required resolution or healing needed. Being in mutable signs, these are the moments when changes can be made, adaptations and moves. These would be good dates to have the interview with the Embassy of your desired country of destination, or with your doctor or teacher at a college.
Famous spiritual inspirations who were born with a Mutable T-square in their charts include Sathya Sai Baba, Baba Ram Dass and Martin Luther King Jr. (the pastor – Jupiter, who had a dream – Neptune). They became spiritual heroes for many by living the archetype themselves, some better than others, of course.
For those who struggle to resolve the impasse, make the change, find the way out, or get the visa, or education, or heal the wound, or who were disappointed by over-idolised gurus in the past, whether spiritual, financial, academic or other, it helps to remember that the Kingdom of Heaven is within, the holy land, the temple, sacred space. As is the guru, the guide, teacher, and even healer. You have what it takes, and as soon as we remember our own power as spirit souls in biological organic bodies, consciousness in matter, we can give up trying to look out there, externally, via projection, for our goal or saving grace. We can educate ourselves, teach ourselves, and be our own heroes. Of course hearing from the right source is crucial too, so long as that source is a bona fide one, genuine and transparent. And there lies the rub.