So here we are at the peak of the Jupiter/Chiron/Neptune conjunction in Aquarius and there will be all manner of weird and wonderful manifestations amongst us, depending on what's ready to be healed and how open our system is to this grand event. For some it will be quite subtle, for others quite shattering, with all sorts of murky movements reflecting the flushing and oscillating with exalted clarity, expanded perspectives, even "small and big E" enlightenment experiences.
The nature of the combination has its own inherent chaos, as the different chakras are activated, exaggerated by a semi-sextile from Uranus in Pisces. The depth of some of the processes and the sheer psychic turbulence generated make it hard to get real clarity about what's going on while we are in the midst of it - but we can be assured that the eventual results will be exceptional in terms of the direction of our lives.
The fact that the whole thing squares Mercury in Taurus this month reinforces for us that the mind will have difficulty staying focused, tending to drift into "disengage mode" as the left brain becomes scrambled and the right brain overwhelmed by incoming images, psychic impressions, energy surges. For those who are sensitive to them, the archetypal worlds will be galloping close to the surface. It's a better time for meditation, creative work and going on holiday than trying to exert too much unilinear will.
The conjunction sextiles both Pluto in Capricorn and a Venus/Mars conjunction in the ardent sign of Aries. Bringing the former into the picture adds great depth, power and intensity to all the workings of the Big Three, positively available for manifesting long term structural change on any level you are ready to work it. Pluto's presence also counterbalances the tendency of the Aquarius energy getting too upper chakra and ungrounded, by demanding that the lower chakras get their pound of flesh. There's nothing like having the god/dess of death and rebirth around to keep us in touch with our bellies and genitals.
Speaking of which, Venus and Mars, already fired up in Aries with fiery passion and erotic juices, will benefit equally from the Plutonian presence. While the sextile to the Big Three draws the abundant creative and sexual energies into its expanding, sensitising and healing whirlpool, Pluto adds a significant amount of psychospiritual potency and emotional depth to our relating and sexual expression.
This is a fantastic combination for all sorts of sexual healing as well as tremendous support for clearing lower chakra blockages to a purer expression of the life force in general. This in turn will move up into our hearts as we develop more trust in the organic essence of our sexuality and creative fertility.
This is not the only lineup wanting to bring more depth, honesty and freedom into our relationships. Uranus in Pisces is conjunct Juno, also known as Hera, the goddess of marriage and commitment. This injects the urge toward greater freedom into any long term bond, challenging those places where the Shakti or spiritual essence of a relationship has become stagnated by too much repetition, routine, over-familiarity and desensitisation.
All long term connections need regular challenges to keep them healthy instead of habituated, to lessen the tendency to take each other for granted or allowing the demands of work and family to take away from being lovers - lovers of life as well as each other. This is one of those times and calls for some creative inspiration and challenge, whether having quality time together, or apart, going on a tantra retreat, doing things that you've always wanted to do as a couple. It calls for some element of risk taking to challenge not just stagnation but excessive co-dependency that locks up individual expression and freedom. And virtually all of the above offers numerous creative options and potentials, so it is a good time to go for it.
However, alongside all this dramatic, big time, sexier energy systems is a tougher collection that reminds us that no matter how inspirational and mystical some of these forces are, we still have to take out the garbage, literally and emotionally (chop wood, draw water!).
In Gemini's month, things can get a little heady, but this one begins with the Sun squaring a Moon/Saturn conjunction in Virgo. Saturn's way in a situation like this is to put the resistance of the material world, and in this case the emotional one, in your face. The tests provided are to assist us in identifying what needs work, focus and discipline on both fronts. In the physical world, we will meet various obstacles that illuminate how well we deal with blockages, disappointment and failure. Emotionally, it provides a tougher focus on whatever parts of our emotional history are revealed and activated by the Chiron/Jupiter/Neptune. This calls on us to be clear, honest and proactive with whatever needs healing from the past and in the present.
This will not be a problem for the courageous and the committed and, if these qualities are not there, then it's time to find them.
Daniel Sowelu (B.Sc.Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 22nd year of private practice. He is willing to answer questions of a general nature, so please send to firstname.lastname@example.org and his response will appear on this website.