Today is Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Neptune enters Pisces today at 2:03 pm EST. After fourteen years in what may be the least comfortable sign it could travel through (Aquarius), Neptune is finally coming home for a long spell. The sky is strong and favorable with Pisces energy, rolling out a welcome mat for this transition.
For one thing, Jupiter and Chiron are still in a sextile from Taurus to Pisces, respectively – and each has a strong association with the other’s current placement. Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces; Chiron was discovered while it was in Taurus – right in the degree Jupiter now occupies. It adds up to a lot of strong Pisces energy all at once, but the sextile makes it accessible, and Jupiter in earthy Taurus provides some real grounding for it. Chiron provides a complimentary grounding in the form of focus and a consciously applied visioning power.
The configuration, with Neptune blending into the edges of the aspect, translates to applied creativity for a purpose. Remember: unlike some aspects that can feel like a kick in the ass and others that seem to slide right by, a sextile is an energy you can actually use. And just in case you needed an extra boost in that, Uranus is right at the midpoint between Jupiter and Chiron, urging you to reinvent yourself.
The rest of the sky is a reminder to get that ball rolling in other ways. Mercury is just a couple degrees from its conjunction with the Sun in mid-Aquarius (exact Tuesday). We’re midway between two Mercury retrogrades, so if your reinvention/reorganization/relocation requires any significant purchases, don’t dally. The next few weeks will fly by.
Of course, Mars is still in the early days of its own retrograde in Virgo. When it comes to the inner work that transit represents, however, you do have time. It’s long-term work; keep taking steps as they present themselves, with an eye toward your process more than any goal, for now.
The waxing Moon is in Gemini today, adding a sense of mental duality to complement the emotional/spiritual duality represented by all the Pisces activity. Tomorrow it enters its own home sign Cancer just before 1:04 am EST, reinforcing the sky’s watery welcome of Neptune. Monday morning the Moon slips into Leo, on its way to the Leo Full Moon in Aquarius (which is a Sun-Moon opposition). Track any emotional agitation or sensitivity this weekend, and as you head into work Monday morning, let your foreknowledge of the coming Full Moon temper any ego flare-ups – whether your own, or your reactions to others’.
For its part, the Sun is now halfway through Aquarius, which means we are halfway through the season. In this case, in the Northern Hemisphere, that means we’re halfway through winter, and at a point known as the cross-quarter holiday Imbolc.
Circling back to Neptune for a moment, most of us are wondering what the god of the seas in the most watery planet will be like. What can we expect? Outer planet sign changes are big; they set era-defining events in motion. Neptune is a little bit of an exception in the prediction game, though, mainly because it tends to operate under the radar much more than, say, Pluto or Uranus. With Neptune, you often can’t see what’s going on until after the fact. Even if we all did tune our sixth-sense antennae to its frequency, chances are the markers of Neptune in Pisces will unfold gradually enough that our everyday consciousness may be too busy to fully register whatever our Spidey-senses are picking up — until we’re well into the transit.
This does not mean Neptune – or Neptune in Pisces — is weak. We can still keep our eyes out for what’s going on in the world as Neptune makes contact with other outer planets, and that will give us clues to the final puzzle picture.
Consider, for example, the role of Neptune in world events of the late 1980s and ‘90s, when it was in Capricorn. We tend to think of Pluto and Uranus as the only revolutionary players. But guess what aspect was exact when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989? Saturn conjunct Neptune in Capricorn. I mean, it was exact: When Günter Schabowski, the party boss in East Berlin and the spokesman for the SED Politburo, had the task of announcing new, looser regulations for private travel between East and West Germany – and mistakenly stated that the changes were effective immediately – Saturn was within one quarter of one degree of an exact conjunction with Neptune. Within four days, the conjunction was precise to the arc minute – and the wall was being torn down, chunk by chunk, along with a couple generations’ worth of psychology.
That conjunction was at 10 Capricorn; Pluto is currently only two degrees away from there now. As Pluto activates that chart from 1989, keep your ears tuned for echoes and your eyes peeled for moments asking you to apply your Neptune-in-Pisces-inspired creativity to a world that is ripe for your participation and vision.
Looking for insights on how this week’s astrology affects your personal Sun and rising signs? Eric Francis interprets the signs every week, every month and every year. Weekly and monthly horoscopes are in Planet Waves and Planet Waves Light. Annual readings are in a special edition called Revolution. Revelation. Reality Check.