Neptune’s Last Dance in Aquarius
January 2012marks the final month the much misunderstood planet of illusion, confusion, delusion and spirituality journeys its final 34 days in the sign of freedom, revolution, and detachment. Neptune entered Aquarius January 30, 1998 for the first time, and moves into Pisces February 4, 2012. This will be a whole new realm of lessons and ideas for humans to process and evolve with.
Neptune transits generally last 13-14 years in duration, and when Neptune changes signs the world changes with it. Neptune changes things on a feeling level. Neptune reflects the longings, dreams and desires of the collective as well as the individual, whether they be political, artistic, or even a religious. In mythology, Neptune is connected with the mermaid and the sea, beckoning mortal man to submerge himself. Some could call it a union with God or the infinite, and it becomes enticing because you no longer feel the separateness that exists between man and God. Neptune influences urge us to merge, whether it be with God or another individual. Neptune influences our deepest, most primal feelings and urges both collectively and individually.
Astrology deals with many different levels of existence and being. One level is the collective consciousness, and events that affect everyone living on planet earth. Another level is individual consciousness and growth. During years of great conflict such as we will face in 2012, we must all participate to some degree in worldly events as they occur, but we must remain individual entities with our own path to follow. We can never lose sight of the fact that as human beings we are growing and changing, and follow our greatest potential. During all difficult times the world has experienced, individuals will prosper, grow and love in spite of worldly events.
Neptune in Aquariushas been concerned with the themes of the planets that rule Aquarius: Uranus and Saturn. Saturn represents our structure and foundation, and Uranus rules sudden and unexpected situations, upheavals and revolutions that can occur. It is the planet per say of revolution, change and new ideas.
At no time was this more apparent than 09-11-2001. Neptune was at 6 degrees of Aquarius, and Saturn in Gemini opposed Pluto in Sagittarius at 12-14 degrees. Boundaries became blurred at this time and freedom was questioned. Freedoms of the American people came into question with the Patriot Act, and freedom for citizens to travel and operate freely across the globe soon came into question. Osama Bin Laden eventually claimed responsibility for the bombings blaming the US support of Israel, presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, and US sanctions against Iraq as his reasons for the bombing. All of these reasons imply the theme of freedom on another level. Neptune rules religion and in the eyes of many, including then President George Bush, who used the word “Crusade” to describe his war against the people he called “evildoers.” Bush believed the United States of America a Christian nation, and that the government should be used to promote Christian religious projects. General Wesley Clark reported in his book the White House drew up a list of exclusively Muslim nations to target as enemies over the next four years (Afghanistan, Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and the Sudan)
At the time of this post Arab Spring as become Arab Winter-2011-12 as the revolutions throughout the Middle East continue, and citizens voice their desire for a new kind of life and government. Gone are the cruel dictators of Libya, Egypt and North Korea. As Neptune moves into Pisces time will reveal the future of these countries and whether self governing democracy and free elections will succeed in this part of the world.
On American soilthe Occupy movement gained momentum with citizens calling for freedom from corruption, and unfair banking and financial practices, along with the right for all citizens to have health care. Politicians and would be contenders decry the unfair foreclosures and Wall Street practices. Contenders to the White House bring freedoms of women into question raising questions about a woman’s right to chose. Our foundations will be tested in the US during 2012 as Uranus squares Pluto and Pluto conjuncts Venus in the US chart. American’s will have to decide what they value the most during this year.
Neptune reaches it’s final degree on January 15, 2012.The Sabian symbol description of Neptune at 29 degrees states. “The beautifully winged insect has just come forth into glorious adult being on completion of its metamorphosis.”
Perhaps it’s fitting Venus will make the final aspect to Neptune outside of Saturn on January 14.Neptune is the higher octave of Venus.Venus is the planet of love and money,and Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion. Put these two together and you have romance, illusion, intrigue and drama, and revelations. The Great Medieval Courts of the Middle Ages could have no more drama than this. You should not assume anything to be totally true or correct until this energy passes over. This will be a day many will try to convince or be convinced by others. Remember, appearances are deceiving and only facts speak the truth. It is likely we will hear of scandals on this day or situations involving money. At it’s highest this paring can bring true spiritual love. This day will be significant if you were born January 11-14, May 17-20, August 19-22, November 17-21, or you have a personal planet in your natal chart being aspected at 25-29 degrees of Aquarius.
The planet of structure (Saturn) will trine Neptune January 15-Febuary 3. This represents a time span that is a window of opportunity to solidify hopes, ideas, and compassion to others, and find a way to solve problems that is both positive and in line with reality. It is a mature appreciation for beauty and the mystical, that which lies beyond reason, and compassion and bring to fruition answers, ideas and events that have a positive, solid and uplifting result. This energy applies to individuals as well as couples and governments and governing techniques. Saturn trine Neptune is a creative flow of ideas and longings, compassion and action built into action and solid structures. The energy is there. It is up to us to take advantage of it.
Next: January 2012-Part 2-Uranus/Pluto: Structure vs Revolution