In the midst of so much other astrology, I have not mentioned an aspect I’ve been tracking for a while — Jupiter conjunct Varuna. It will be exact on June 27 in a one-time event; that is, Jupiter makes no additional retrograde in Cancer before moving on to Leo on July 16. This aspect appears on an approximately 12-year cycle. Jupiter is in its last stages in the sign Cancer before it ingresses Leo on July 16. Varuna is a longtime visitor to Cancer; it arrived in 1993 and leaves in 2018. It’s one of of a new category of long-period planets of which there used to be just one, Pluto. When it was discovered in 2000, it was considered so significant a discovery that it was given the minor planet designation (20000) Varuna. The mythology of its namesake god is a long story, and it involves a deity who was once considered supreme over all of creation but who was ‘demoted’ to being the god of one quarter of the sky. He is the counterpart of Mithra, and the two are sometimes considered so interwoven as to be a single entity, Mithra-Varuna. They are protectors of the righteous and those who uphold the proper functioning of the universe and everything in it. This reminds me of the concept of dharma — acting as if to hold the world together, but it’s connected to a much older concept not of correct action but of upholding the natural order of existence. In the human realm, that includes honoring contracts, keeping promises and being good for one’s word. The conjunction from Jupiter accentuates this fact, magnifies it and emphasizes that in this cycle of Varuna, in the sign Cancer, we may be talking about something close to home or right inside, and that exists primarily on an emotional level. It’s not a stretch to say that Jupiter-Varuna in Cancer boils down to be true to yourself and it’s inevitable that you’ll be true to others.
“They just feel like stuff is supposed to happen to them,” he said of contemporary baseball players. “They’re not going to have to work for it. And that bugs me because I know how hard I had to work to get where I got. Sometimes they sit there in amazement at why I come out here every day. But I cannot let their way of thinking into my head.”
— Tony Gwynn (1960-2014), quoted in The New York Times