The solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth.
– Deborah Byrd, goddess of science journalism
Way back on Sept. 22, the Sun entered Libra, initiating a new season and an equinox just hours after retrograde Neptune returned to the first degree of Pisces to receive a quincunx (150 degrees of separation) from the Sun. Neptune has occupied the first degree of Pisces ever since, filling a special role.
Since then, nearly every object that has moved from one sign to another has made its first aspect from the new sign to Neptune, and the Sun was the first. It’s as though Neptune has been holding the door open for change.
At 6:11 am EST Friday, when the Sun enters Capricorn to initiate a new season and a solstice, Neptune will still be in the first degree of Pisces receiving a sextile (60 degrees of separation) from the Sun. With the exception of the Moon, the newly Capricorn Sun will be the last object to shift sign and immediately aspect Neptune on the threshold of its rulership. A few days after the solstice, Neptune will leave that portal behind for the last time until the 22nd Century has grown old.
The Sun, to paraphrase Robert Hand, represents consciousness shining forth — yours, and at the same time, the consciousness of every being on Earth. Hand also refers to Neptune as the stuff of dreams. A quincunx often represents an awkward, and myopic relationship between the objects in aspect. A quincunx from the Sun to Neptune thus symbolizes the fallible human, you, and all of us at once, everywhere on Earth. The fallible human in need of adjustment, but still worthy of love for possession of consciousness in quest of a dream.
In the course of a season, the equinox quincunx from the Sun to Neptune has become a solstice sextile. A sextile is usually emblematic of a reward for effort past and an encouragement for effort to come, like a scholarship or a grant. That’s a long way to come from a quincunx, and that’s how far you have come. Therefore, when the Sun enters Capricorn to sextile Neptune a few hours later, it’s as though it is saying, “you done good.”
You have done good because you are still alive. You have done especially well because you have come to Planet Waves to read these words now. You are still human, you are fallible. You and all of us, everywhere on Earth, have a lot of work yet to do. You have work to do on yourself. You have work to do for others. You have work to do for Earth — the only place you will ever live — but you have done good.
So, give Neptune a break already. Go through the solstice door, at the same instant with the rest of us. Go through the door and get to work on the other side, resolved to do better. Resolve to help others do better as well. Don’t worry that Neptune will move on. So, eventually, will you. There will be other doors and other seasons and, if all of us everywhere on Earth do better, other people to greet Neptune when it returns to the door of Pisces when the next century grows old.
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