The “New” Neptune

August 11, 2011

The Divorce between Saturn and Neptune

Since Neptune entered Pisces last March, we earthlings have experienced totally new and different:  Neptune without the influence of Saturn!   When Neptune, the most ethereal of all planetary influences, was discovered in 1846, it apparently required the influence of Saturn to be brought to earthbound consciousness:   It was discovered at 25 degrees of Aquarius, right next to Saturn, also at 25 Aquarius.

But in 2009-2010, Neptune finally made it’s long cycle to return to the position of its discovery.  Generally, astrologers opine that the “discovery return” is our first chance to really understand an planet, since we are now seeing its cycle in its entirety.  But this time we had THREE returns to that discovery degree–and each of these returns were potently conjunct other planets.

The first, in April 09, was conjunt Chiron, both at 25 Aquarius.  This bound Neptune to the “shock that heals”.   The second, later that summer, was conjunct (at 25 degrees) BOTH Chiron and Jupiter:  Chiron helps Jupiter heal our ability to believe and trust.   The third return was in 2010, and was conjunct (all at 25 degrees) BOTH Chiron and Venus:  Healing our wounded value systems.

But the real shock came this year, when Neptune finally left Saturn’s sign of Aquarius.  Separating Neptune–our deepest spiritual ideals–from the stern taskmaster of Saturn left many of us in a strange kind of limbo–lassitude, an inability to whip ourselves into performance, a questioning of why we do what we do.  Acedia, ennui, the big “whatever” shrug…  how do we reach spiritual ideals without Saturn driving us?

The conjunctions of the return answer the question:  We are shocked into recognizing the false pairing of Saturn “shoulds” with Neptune’s ether, we are shocked into letting go and trusting, and we are shocked into revising our outmoded value systems.   This is a period of free-fall and reorientation, and it’s amazing to see the story told in the skys.