The sensation of an opposition is often described in astrology as feeling like being pulled in two directions. Planets in opposition also mirror each other in some way. The Moon reflects the light of the Sun, for instance, mimicking it in a less bright, more-tangible way. Something like that seems to be afoot with this week’s opposition between Jupiter and the Galactic Center — though it may be more like a fun-house mirror.
With both Jupiter and the GC, the energy is working on a scale that might feel overwhelming or incomprehensible. You might be faced with too many options on the one hand, and an inability to see all the way to the edges of what you’re looking at on the other.
Both are something so big and widespread, you can’t quite wrap your brain around it.
Jupiter in Gemini represents the more worldly manifestation of this, illustrated by the public’s response to the news that the NSA is collecting an unprecedented amount of phone and Internet data about everyone. How many people in your Facebook news feed are actually talking about it, passionately demanding accountability? Heck, how many people do you know who have even registered the news enough to feel fear or paranoia about their privacy?
As Eric has mentioned before on Planet Waves, there is a lesson from A Course in Miracles that says there are no private thoughts. The NSA would seem to agree, though they’ve twisted the concept. Most people, however, are not on that wavelength, and are still mighty sensitive about the idea of their sexting, email rants and hot phone conversations being common knowledge. Culturally, we are far from ‘okay’ with being known fully.
That idea from ACIM brings us back to the Galactic Center, hanging out in late Sagittarius and currently opposed by Jupiter. The GC acts like our cosmic homing signal; it’s where our Milky Way galaxy essentially spawned itself, and where new stars and various radio waves are still being generated. Astrologically, it represents ‘source’, ‘spirit’ and the sense of universal connection underlying everything.
We can’t see its edges. We can’t see its actual center (there’s too much space dust in the way) and can barely conceive of the distances involved. But if we have the science right, then everything we know on this planet has its long-distant origins in the GC — and long before its discovery, whole branches of spiritual thought had evolved around this idea of universal interconnectedness. For some, that idea is incomprehensible.
The NSA’s data mining may also feel too big to comprehend, making it hard to react to emotionally. You may be struggling to make visceral contact with this event, yet the NSA is made up of a bunch of people, just like you. They are using the Internet on computers, just like you. They follow the instructions of their bosses (well, one didn’t), just like you. Even their bosses are just people, just like you.
So what sets you apart from someone who thinks it’s okay to spy on millions of regular people going about their regular day? Are you willing to claim that, and recognize it in others? Can you see yourself more clearly in the mirror of the Galactic Core or in Jupiter in Gemini? You may find clarity, comprehension or perspective between the two of them — and then you can use it.