Saturday’s Pisces Full Moon was aligned with a rare aspect that’s happening now, the Jupiter-Neptune opposition. That’s a lot of Pisces in the air — or is it in the water? — and the Full Moon was just the beginning. On Tuesday, the Sun forms an exact opposition to Neptune.
Jupiter and Neptune, for their part, form their one and only exact opposition for this 13-year cycle on Sept. 17, one of the busiest astrological weeks of the year. I’ll have more on that exciting, adventurous week for you in the coming days. For now, let’s look at the Sun-Neptune opposition.
In the spirit of Neptune, this can have the misty, mystical, subtly lit up quality of the Full Moon.
Particularly given the presence of Neptune in Pisces, there is a clairvoyant quality to this event — though it will be easy to miss. Sting described it beautifully in his song “Love is the Seventh Wave.”
In the empire of the senses
You’re the queen of all you survey
All the cities all the nations
Everything that falls your way
There is a deeper wave than this
That you don’t understand
There is a deeper wave than this
Tugging at your hand
Now, with Sun-Neptune we are outside the realm of what can be proven. Yet the Virgo planets (the Sun and also Jupiter) are asking for some proof. It would be easy to get into the paradox of trying to prove what can only be experienced with the subtle senses; or the struggle of fact versus imagination or intuition. The thing to remember is that in our dimension, we need both.
Intuition gets you so far. Facts and reason get you so far. It’s also necessary to make sure that one’s intuition is really intuitive, and that one’s facts actually check out. You might focus on doing a lot of both this week, with the question so focused.
Ask yourself the question that is the mantra of fact-checking departments everywhere: how do you know that? You can say, “I read it in this book,” or “I have a hunch.” However, it’s essential that you know the difference, and too often that difference is lost. As an investigator who relies on intuition, my MO is to boldly verify or disprove intuitive hunches with factual investigation, and to use my intuition when assessing the value of certain facts or the conclusions they point to.
Any potent Neptune alignment can grant some ability to see in the dark, which you might think of as seeing into that “deeper world” that Sting described so unforgettably. Yet Neptune also cautions of slick floors and slick people. When you see a sign that says “slippery when wet,” it’s a reminder to watch your footing; it’s not an indicator that you will indeed fall down.
This is the week to apply that principle. Carry a little pouch of metaphorical sand that you sprinkle in the floor in front of you in the event things get slick. If you’re driving on a street or highway and it starts to rain, slow down below the speed limit. Put on your headlights. Traffic law is using good sense when it requires you do so, but we don’t need a law.
For people you’re dealing with who seem just a little too glossy, use salt. Get real, and challenge them to get real, or to provide you with a fact or two or three that supports their presentation. Then, in the spirit of Neptune, let that percolate before you make a decision or a move that is difficult to reverse.