The transit of Mars conjunct Neptune in June 2020 offers us a dual path, both routes lead to the same destination but the person that arrives will be drastically different. This difference is dependant on how self-aware we are and how well we can retain our individuality under pressure. I will explain exactly why in a moment.
You see, when these planets are conjunct one another we see how the individual responds to collective demands. It is quite a tide to weather but if one can retain autonomy (Mars) then much can be achieved for the collective (Neptune)
This contact really forces people to reveal their personal level of consciousness. Neptune represents that which both precedes life and that which we should be aspiring to achieving after a full cycle of evolution. In this respect it will bring out the very best and the very worst in humanity. We will see people acting from a place of pure love but will also see people acting like animals, from primal instincts and lack of rationality.
Mars Conjunct Neptune – Lower manifestation
Neptune represents that which comes before life; the primordial sea, the collective unconscious, the womb from which we all emerge. It rules the house that precedes the 1st in the astrological wheel. We are forever enticed back towards the safety of the collective, it’s our herd mentality and the notion of safety in numbers. However, if the energy of Neptune is not raised it is chaotic, highly emotional and destructive.
Neptune, using the analogy of the womb, is the devouring mother who does not want her children to ever leave her. Through the first house we naturally begin to individuate (Aries/Mars) and we develop a sense of who we are and what we want. The lower polarity of Neptune tells the child “No, we are one, your thoughts are my thoughts, your life is my life and we will forever be united. Come back.” Under this influence individuals feel afraid to act or speak up for what they believe in for fear of being ostracised from mother, aka the safety of the herd. Alternatively, they let go of any sense of autonomy, are in no way committed to improving themselves and act in the vein of the devouring mother, this is when mayhem reigns.
Here’s the deal, embodied in the dark side of Neptune/Mars is the idea that within the herd there is immunity to individual scrutiny, and likewise everyone else is subject to overly generic accusations. This is because there is no ‘I’ and it takes an exceptionally self-aware and disciplined person to live a honest life if they are permitted exemption from personal accountability.
In this sense Mar conjunct Neptune sees people being granted the symbolic Ring of Gyges. Those shielded by the collective, but who hold to none of the higher principles of self improvement are simply exhilarated by the power it grants them.
If I am just, it will bring me no advantage but only trouble and loss, whereas if I am unjust, but can contrive to get a reputation from justice, I shall have a marvellous time.The Ring of Gyges, – Plato, ‘The Republic‘
It’s crazy stuff for sure and highly hypercritical, but with no influence of air or earth there’s no grounding in this aspect, and certainly no reasoning. In it’s lowest manifestation this aspect serves to extinguish the individual will and drag people back towards disorder.
If we do not stay true to the notion of ourselves as distinct and free-thinking individuals then we will no longer respect individuality in others. We tread on dangerous ground if we only understand one another in terms of collective-stereotypes because we are essentially dehumanising each other. Our ability to move towards peace lies in our ability to recognise each others humanity.
This is a really good opportunity to reflect on your use of collective terminology, such as ‘we, us, them, they’. This in language for the sake of convenience, evolutionary-wise it serves for ease of mental processing. However, it renders you incapable of identifying with people on an individual level. Individual lives become symbolic, and I don’t need to point out how this has panned out in history!
This is the very worst of Neptune, raw emotion and unbridled chaos, but of course Neptune also stands at the end of the wheel. It is where, after a full cycle of evolution, we must return to in order to complete our journey. Now let’s get into the brighter side of this aspect.
Mars conjunct Neptune – Higher manifestation
What we need to understand is that the aim is not to go back to what was but to return to the collective with what one can offer after a cycle of learning. Once you have travelled through all of the symbolic signs and houses in the wheel, and taken on board what they have to teach, you will find yourself with something of real value to bring back. Wisdom. In terms of energy this means that only after we have worked on raising consciousness, so that we may have control over our more carnal desires, do we really have something to offer humanity as a whole.
The beauty in Mars conjunct Neptune is when the energy is used consciously we are able to bring our truths back to the collective to help others on their evolutionary path. In raising ourselves up we raise everybody up.
This is only possible if people preserve their sense of individuality and are committed to self improvement and the expression of love towards others. It sounds easy but it’s not easy to do. This is because it involves facing ones fear of stepping away from the Pisces collective in order to know themselves as an individual. They will discover that they are not the same as everybody else, that they are a single unique human flame. To be different feels unsafe, and like a baby being born from the Neptune womb into the reality of the world, it makes us feel incredibly vulnerable. This takes incredible courage.
It’s disorientating existing in a world of multiple conflicting consciousness’ and this transit will help us to build up resilience. This collective consciousness that we find ourselves a part of is both beautiful and absolutely brutal. One needs to learn to exist within, but to do so must centre themselves so that they do not get drawn back towards the metaphorical ‘devouring mother’.
Whatever sentiment we want to bring about in the world, be that harmony, freedom or justice, we first need to experience them on an individual level. We can then share that and work to bring it into the lives of others. This is the only way that we can be of service to humanity. What we truly experience on the inner plane is projected outwards. The world is just a manifestation of us.
This is the message of the now and it’s the same message that came with the Sagittarius full moon, see below. The current energy is telling us to go inwards and to ground and develop ourselves so that we can better serve others.
There is a need to ‘know ourselves’. We must become centred and grounded through our philosophies, values and ethics. This permits us to enter into the societal maelstrom without being adversely affected by the fluctuating rhythms. We can become the eye of the storm so to speak, able to engage in learning without the threat of losing oneself.Full Strawberry Moon in Sagittarius, June 2020, Astrology Studio
Square the Sun in Gemini
Mars and Neptune is square the Sun in Gemini on the 13th June. So what can Gemini offer to mix?
Through Gemini, as the 3rd sign, we learnt the power of communication. We evolved from the reactive Aries archetype, through the defensive Taurus archetype and started trying to understand one another through Gemini. Through communication we can begin bridging the duality in ourselves and in our societies (the twins).
If there’s one thing that history has taught us it’s that without communication there will only ever be violence. We will never be free but will rather alternate perpetually between acts of defiance and defence.