Mars conjunct Neptune Transit – 13th June 2020

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

mars conjunct Neptune - the primordial sea

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.

Mars conjunct neptune - serving humanity

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.

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George Floyd and the Rise of Social Tension

In this article I’m going to walk you through the current planetary configurations that are underpinning the social unrest in America. If you haven’t been following these events I suggest you read the article linked below. It outlines the rise of social tensions following the death of George Floyd, 25th May 2020.

George Floyd death: Why has a US city gone up in flames?

I will discuss Mars in Pisces in terms of being both our saviour and our noose. The loss of individuality that this entails, as the self merges with the collective, can signify both the unsung hero or faceless aggressor .

Now for the really ugly part – Nessus. If any asteroid is going to lower the tone it’s this one. Nessus forces us to look at the most despicable aspects of nature and challenges us to make a choice; perpetuate the pain or break the cycle. There’s no easy way out with Nessus, but there is a right way out. More on that to come!

Human Rights Warriors – Mars in Pisces

Let’s quickly recap on Mars in terms of its place in the astrological cycle. So here’s the deal, Mars is ruled by Aries which follows Pisces on the wheel right? But why? Because in Pisces there is no self, this sign is concerned with collective identity and universal principles. In terms of evolution Aries, or Mars, thought ‘To hell with this!’ and developed through a primal drive to individuate, to separate from the crowd and follow their own path and be free to express themselves.

So when Mars transits through Pisces it’s pulled back into the collective pool that it was hell bent on escaping. It’s primal needs are denied and it’s made to feel powerless, weak and ineffectual.

The positive manifestation of this transit can be understood as an opportuity for the individual to learn to direct personal energy towards collective good. It recognises that what hurts one of us hurts all of us. It is compassionate and driven to unite people.

On the other hand, what do you think Mars does when it’s threatened and it’s back is against the wall like this? it does one of three things.

  1. It adapts – the individual learns to direct their personal energy towards a collective good. Here we have the peaceful protester.
  2. The life forces gives up, it disassociates from the self and withers. It drowns in the metaphorical Pisces ocean. This can lead to severe depression.
  3. The life force fights back whatever the odds! Though understand if Mars fights back under these circumstances what you see is a fight to the death type mentality. To the individual it’s a matter of drown, die for the freedom you stand for, or just go down swinging! This can be understood as the martyr.

Sound extreme? It’s not. I know Mars transits Pisces every two years or so, and it’s true we don’t always see headlines like we’re currently seeing. The difference is the other two bodies in the astrological mix – Neptune and Nessus. Both of these exaggerate the narrative of:

  • The dissolution of individual rights – tyranny and martyrdom
  • Feeling powerless against collective force – the faceless enemy
  • Assertive action without forethought or consideration of consequence – recklessness

Before we move on, if the primal drive of the Aries/Mars archetype interests you, or if you know that it’s a key player in your chart, you may be interested in reading:

The Psychology of Aries – Basic needs and dominant drives

Introducing Nessus – abuse and history repeating itself

I want to introduce you to Nessus. Some of you may have come across this asteroid, some of you purposefully may have given it a wide berth. I can understand why! It’s dark and at it’s lowest polarity full of spite and cruelty.

Learn all about the mythology of Nessus here

Let me give you a brief overview of the astrological themes underpinning this asteroid.

  • Karma
  • Tyranny
  • Physical and psychological abuse
  • Death
  • Revenge
  • Jealousy
  • Victimisation

Seeing any cross-over between this and the uprising in America? Exactly!

Boil all of these keywords down and you get an over-riding theme:

The misuse of power

So, with Nessus the role of the abuser and the abused, the oppressor and victim, come to the fore. In order for these terms to exist at all you need to understand that they are mutually dependent on one another.

Nessus stirs up deep karmic physical and psychological wounds, not unlike his fellow mythological centaur (and asteroid) Chiron. History is made present again through Nessus, if it’s deemed that evolutionary lessons are still to be learnt. In this situation we can see the fires of the American Civil Right Movement of the 1950’s/60s being stoked and brought into the limelight of the present day. This is made more prevelant by the current transit of Saturn through Aquarius and the themes of social justice and social responsibility that this carries.

Nessus is a controlling force. It embodies the dynamic of the bully and the bullied. By this I mean the abuser who in an effort to disguise his own powerlessness violates another, and in doing so creates the illusion of power. It’s clear to see how this role was enacted by the police officer that killed George Floyd.

Here’s the thing though, we all know how the abused child, if support and intervention isn’t put in place, is at a greater risk of growing up to repeat the same pattern of behaviour. Not so sure?

This study by the CDC on adverse childhood experiences outlines the correlation between historic trauma and social emotional and cognitive impairment.

Also, this study by the World Heath Organisation “The cycles of violence – The relationship between childhood maltreatment and the risk of later becoming a victim or perpetrator of violence” shows how patterns of abuse are perpetuated through generations.

Why am I telling you this?

Rioting and revenge

We cannot think of Nessus as a static set of traits, it’s part of a process. We are not formed from nothing, our behaviour does not manifest in isolation. In the situation of George Floyd we are seeing historic trauma being channelled at the individual level. The situation has touched so many people because it is iconic, exemplary or you could even say archetypal.

The cyclical element of Nessus explains this asteroid’s correlation with revenge. One ill turn deserves another your could say, and this was evident in the riots, you could say that people were fighting fire with fire. To master Nessus and turn it into a strength (this can be done and I promise to address this in another article,) you need to break the vengeful cycle of the aggressor and the victim. Else we will be subject to escalating feelings of enmity, fuelled by power and hate for a long time to come.

Turning pain into a strength

The bottom line with Nessus is that it is indeed a dark and unpleasant influence, but if developed into a strength it would grant a force capable of shattering mountains. You’ve never met anyone as strong as the one who has been to the depths of hell and returned. Who has confronted and overthrown all of the demons lurking in the shadows.

This is what Carl Jung spoke of when he referred to the importance of integrating the shadow. It is about acknowledging the connection between one’s personal proclivity for evil and the collective proclivity for evil. What one person does we are all capable of doing. We are all united in our capacity for both good and evil. What differentiates a bad person from a good person is their ability to control and master it.

Neptune and the strength of the collective

Wow! As if the Pisces influence alone wasn’t enough, we have weight of an olympic god firmly nestled in the mix at the moment. This serves to enhance the themes of:

  • Group idenitifcation
  • Alignment of the self with universal principles
  • Collective pain and collective hope

I want to illustrate the collective mentality and the common drive towards an identified goal through a selection of quotes taken from recent press articles. Please pay careful attention to the language.

“It falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”

Barak Obama, 44th President of the USA (CBS Minnesota)

As leaders, we must encourage people who are frightened and frustrated. We must stand in solidarity and unity as one human race. We must reject the socially engineered concept that our skin colors and ethnicities divide us into racial groups.”

Alveda Kin, evangelist and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King (Fox News)

Our country has a sickness. We have to be out here. This is the only way we’re going to be heard.”

Brianna Petrisko, demonstrator (The Telegraph)

Neptune rules Pisces and, as discussed earlier, this archetype dissolves the concept of the individual and considers one’s purpose and meaning only in as far as it contributes to the bigger picture. If and when a leadership figure arises under a strong Neptune influence, they don’t use their voice for themselves, but rather they channel the voice of the people!

This is why Neptune, ruler of the ocean, can be considered a wave of considerable magnitude. We can hold back individuals, we can’t hold back the force of an ocean.

To offer a word of caution concerning Neptune. It is incredibly difficult to channel Neptune energy, the currents are strong and we struggle to see clearly underwater. Intent can lack focus and beware of misinformation through media sources (Gemini square Pisces). Neptune rules illusion, and it may well take a collective effort to see through smoke and mirrors to expose the truth of the matter.

Though remember, when the wave is aligned with the greater good incredible things can come to be.

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