Before I get going wrapping up the weekly horoscope that comes out in a few hours, it seems timely to mention a current aspect — the Sun opposite Nessus. As you can see from the ephemeris below, Nessus is making a transition from Aquarius to Pisces. It spent much of 2014 in Pisces, and how now retrograded into the last degree of Aquarius. By this time next year, Nessus will be in Pisces to stay.
What we get to day is the last, and indeed only, iteration of Sun opposite Nessus in the last degrees of Leo and Aquarius. There have been many oppositions between these two points during the past 10 years. Events in the last degrees of signs carry special emphasis because they relate to what happens at the end of the cycle, which is the seed of the new cycle.
Nessus is considered the third-discovered centaur. (That is now in question, because a point called (944) Hidalgo, which crosses the orbit of Jupiter, was discovered on Oct. 31, 1920, and is now considered a centaur. I will be opening up this discussion more fully soon.) Nessus is one of the most interesting points I’ve ever worked with — every bit as intriguing as Chiron, and every bit as useful in astrology as a healing practice.
On the surface, Nessus carries a theme of abuse and the response to abuse. At its heart, Nessus is about accountability. This is not a popular topic right now. Indeed, one of the defining themes of our time in history is the lack of accountability, and what often seems like a vast struggle to avoid any responsibility at all.
We see this from the highest levels of corporate and government structure to the denial trips that seem to provide all the lubrication of modern life. There is such a stunning effort to avoid the conversation that it takes nothing less than murder to spark the discussion — and even then, it rarely happens and only lasts for a few days. For the past two weeks, we’ve had some semblance of a national discussion of how the police treat people of color, and we’ve even noticed that there are standing militias in small towns, ready to come at us with automatic weapons.
Let’s see where this discussion goes. I think it’s about to vanish for a while. Who knows, maybe we will get a full three weeks out of it.
Today we get a proving moment for Nessus. If you’re interested in how these new planets are developed, and how they come to mean what they mean, observe the news, observe your personal interactions with others, and most of all, pay attention to what’s going on within you. Nessus aspects can seem to trigger all the unresolved material of the past, as if it happened yesterday. It’s necessary to work with this phenomenon in a balanced way, and to go beyond blame.
Blame is not accountability. It is a mock of accountability, a ruse that goes nowhere. Take it slowly and work with as many viewpoints (inner and outer) as you can muster.
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