Bring Lucifer on...about time he was out in the open.
One from Amethyst
5 February 2007 – 11 February 2007
The Week beginning February 5th, 2007
Week as a Whole:
Every year as the Earth circles the Sun a series of annual contacts is formed by the Sun and the inner planets: Mercury and Venus. This week the course of the Earth’s revolution will align the Sun with Neptune on Thursday to be followed by the Sun appearing opposite Saturn on Saturday. Viewed from above the Solar System, the Earth is moving into a line connecting the Sun, Saturn, and Neptune. Functionally Saturn and Neptune are opposites. Saturn defines and enforces borders, limits, and boundaries; Neptune dissolves these same dividing lines and seeks to unify. Saturn is the “reality principle” bringing us to confront hard facts and sometimes unpleasant truths; Neptune shows us perfection and what could be. Every year the Sun aligns with Neptune and every year he passes opposite Saturn. The current conditions, which find Saturn and Neptune opposite each other, bring us situations in which what we wish must quickly confront what’s possible.
When the Sun aligns with Neptune our dream life leaks into waking life. Our imaginations color what we see and feel during the day. We sometimes see what we want to see, rather than what is. Our discrimination is not optimal. It’s a fine line we must walk to appreciate the potential of people and situations without being gullible and without being cynical as a defense. Confusion and indecision often come with Neptune’s energy. Our protective shields, that can both isolate and protect us, are lowered and we are more open to influences in our environment. This can be wonderful if you place yourself in a beautiful and enriching setting. It can create pollution issues if we sponge up negativity. So we must use our consciousness to be selective and alert for body messages that warn us of “poison” in the atmosphere.
Before the Sun – Neptune alignment on Thursday, another annual event occurs: Venus aligns with Uranus. Uranus represents another force that acts to breakdown Saturn’s structures. We need the strength of Saturn in our bones and in the ability to retain a sense of identity and continuity in our lives. But Saturn acts over time to lock us into habits, habits of activity and habits of thought. He ranks people according to their utility. And he doesn’t like to admit he might be wrong or that people can change or improve. Uranus blows this crystallization apart. Coming through Venus, as he does this Wednesday, he lets us see people in a new way, or meet people that don’t ordinarily cross our paths. We have a sense of distance and can step back from our relationships and take stock. And this stepping back sometimes brings the shocking realization that a particular relationship has reached the end of its useful life.
After the Sun – Neptune event, Venus forms a square with Jupiter. This too asks us to stretch our concepts of what we want from people. Venus in Pisces and Jupiter in Sagittarius are both operating in religious/mystical realms. We will feel a need to have meaning in our social life and to feel a deeper and broader connection with the people in our lives. We will want to see forward motion or growth from our relationships and a shared purpose. If taken negatively, this can be a brief but intense case of grass being greener just because it’s new or different grass. If we open our hearts and minds and pay attention during the influence of Venus – Uranus, Sun - Neptune, and Venus – Jupiter, we can move into the weekend with a new point of view.
For three days we’ll be challenged to open our minds to new ideas and new perceptions, first by Uranus and then by Neptune, and finally by Jupiter. There may be a slight “out of control” feeling since many of these new notions come from deep within us and may seem strange. The urge to chuck it all and run off to the South Seas may cross our minds. This is not always a bad idea. Breaking out of the mold and following one’s dream is moving toward individuation and away from collective living. Escaping from responsibility is not.
But then comes Saturn on Saturday to remind us we do have responsibilities; people count on us: partners, families, co-workers, groups, etc. Saturn will work to focus our dreams and give us pause to consider what they require. While he may deflate some, to others he will give form and structure. Saturn and Neptune in healthy combination have been called the “architect’s planets”. The architect has a vision and then makes it a reality. What many find difficult is that not all blueprints become buildings. Saturday some of our dreams and ideals will be tested. The confusion (and, yes, there can be deception) of Neptune will be clarified. Some of us will feel they’ve “come to their senses”, others brought “down to earth”, and still others charged with a plan for a new future.
These are annual contacts happen regularly and form the background music to human life. We’re coming down from the very high energy of last week’s unusual Full Moon and Mars – Uranus violence. We’re beginning a few weeks of lowered stress levels soon to be enlivened by the usual Mercury retrograde hi-jinks. Perhaps we can take a break from worrying about a future that seems to be rushing at us with the acceleration of the Mayan calendar.