What’s happening this week?
Again, apologies for last week’s mix-up with dates. Here is the blog for this week – some of it was posted last week, some of it is updated.
This has the feel of a landmark week. Saturn (takes about two and a half years to travel through one sign) and Neptune (takes about 14 years) catch up with each other by trine (harmonious aspect). This aspect forms in the water signs, Saturn being at 5 degrees of Scorpio and Neptune being at 5 degrees in his own sign of Pisces, and will be exact at 00.19 BST on Wednesday. This is the second contact of three – the first was on 11 October 2012, the third will be on 19 July 2013. If you have planets at 5 degrees of any sign in your own horoscope this event will be especially significant for you. I would add that if a long running issue “peaks” for you this will probably take another month to resolve fully.
As above, so below. The headlines this morning include the news of devastating floods (Neptune/Poseidon) in Central Europe and the attempts to contain them (Saturn, planet of boundaries and blockades). Rather late in the day for Magdeburg in eastern Germany, where a dam has already broken and thousands have had to leave their home. What utter misery. It’s all too easy to believe that the recovery operation will take a full month or much longer.
It has to be said that these outer planets carry tough messages, even when in harmonious aspect. Also this second contact is flanked by two difficult aspects – Venus opposite Pluto late on Tuesday night and Venus square Uranus. So Venus is re-invoking the ongoing Uranus – Pluto square that is taking a very long time to play out… only two more years to go on that one!
For now, if you had conflict in your life around 20 May look out for the next episode and, ideally, a chance to resolve it. Also check back to see what has roots stretching back into last October. Neptune’s big message is redemption and much can be achieved when we step out of “ego” and connect with compassion/understanding.
Thinking symbolically, the stories in the news can often reflect back to us more personal issues. (NB macrocosm/microcosm an “ancient Greek Neo-Platonic of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale all the way down to the smallest scale… the recognition that the same traits appear in entities of many different sizes, from one man to the entire human population.” WIKIPEDIA)
The dam may need to burst in order to rescue emotional and highly charged situations.
Up your game to protect what is of value to you. Venus is not just about love between couples, she is also girlfriends, pets, money, a comfortable life style, treasured possessions and all the sweet things of life. As she runs the gauntlet of Pluto (loss, endings, surgery, power and control issues) and then Uranus (the unexpected, the loose cannon, disputes) sensitive issues are likely to peak.
On a personal note, in response to the animal lovers who have kindly enquired, my cat Jasper has healed perfectly after having his tail amputated a week ago but has developed cat flu and has had to be quarantined! This also captures the symbolism of containing (Saturn) a highly infectious virus (Neptune). My other cats are vaccinated, but the visiting strays are not, and Jasper being a newly acquired rescue cat had slipped the net.
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