There’s two astrological aspects going on this weekend that make for a fascinating, but just a little challenging combination. Venus is opposite Neptune (the exact was late yesterday) … so our perceptions of love were pulling in opposite direction to our hopes and ideals. This can be dreamy and romantic, but it risks being the kind of romantic that has “hopelessly” attached to it. Neptune brings the chance for delusion to whatever it touches, so it’s a time to take care that whatever we’re feeling, or more likely, creating in our minds, is actually real.
The other aspect is Mars opposite Pluto, activating the Pluto-Uranus ‘evolve or evaporate’ energy (again!!). With Mars in play, there is likely to be an underlying tension to the weekend, and with Pluto, it is possible that little irritations could easily blow up into big disputes. Time to take a deep breath, appreciate the mystical, and don’t get hung up on or triggered by any of the detail … it is all Maya anyway!!
Uranus turns retrograde this week, until mid-December. The effect of any retrograde planet, like with Mercury, is that its energy is exacerbated but internalised. Uranus is all about revolution, invention, technology … it is the expect the unexpected planet. As it transits through Aries, this suggests some kind of cultural and technological revolution at the same time as a strong and potentially disruptive drive for freedom and independence. During this retrograde period it again closes up the Square with Pluto (exact at the end of October), giving us an opportunity for deep evolution at a personal, the kind of evolution that can eventually play out in a global and political level (hmm, it’ll be interesting times for an election … expect more of the unexpected when it comes to power plays). For the moment though, combining Uranus retrograde with the Grand Water Trine, I anticipate that the next week will offer flashes of brilliant intuitive insight … take note of the wacky stuff, there’s likely to be a message in it somewhere, but it won’t be the one you planned for!!
Neptune moved into Pisces in Feb 2012, a significant wobble in planetary energies. Neptune is a very slow moving planet, it stays in PIsces for 14 years (the last time it was in Pisces was the mid-1800s). Things spiritual and psychic take the driver’s seat. If we’re open to it… this was a global shift that could even challenge gross materialism … it is the opportunity to appreciate the illusion. Surrendering to the field, to energy that is greater than the merely mortal, is the ultimate liberation. All is maya, illusion.
“Your suffering is a dream, your darkness is a dream, your going astray is a dream. That’s the meaning of the word maya. Man lives in illusion. The way out of illusion does not exist, because the way out of illusion will be another illusion. You have simply to wake up. There is no way, no bridge. One state is of unawareness, another is of awareness. And from unawareness to awareness the distance is nil… just a little effort, a little jogging.” Osho.
Neptune in Pisces … it’s a chance to wake up, to accept the illusion that is!