With Jupiter opposed Neptune, knowledge and ‘the facts’ face off against illusion, against what might be–and if we aren’t truly clear on who we are and in our connection to reality (and how can we be during Merc retro in Air?) then we may come out the worse for it. This aspect initiates an even more serious gap between those who believe in the rational and those who cling to fantasy–and the problem is that both sides see themselves as the rational ones! Jupiter in Virgo, moving into trine with Pluto, quincunxing Vesta and sesquiquadrate Ceres, tells us that the devil is discovered via the details, in critical examination that is not overly respectful of authority, and in a certain willingness to question our values and then adjust them according to what we find. If we fail to do that, we are definitely living Neptune at the moment, feet firmly planted in the fog of our own hazy reasoning. Look around: it’s Mulder and Scully, George and Gracie, Cheech and Chong, Lucy and Ethel, Bert and Ernie, Bart and Lisa, Holmes and Watson, Spongebob and Patrick, and I’m giving no hints as to which of the two in each of these pairs was the one really being realistic.
This is the only aspect for Neptune at the moment (and we’re not counting the fleeting touch of the transiting Moon); that suggests that those disconnected from reality have no touchstones, other than the Jupiterian facts, to pull them back into this dimension. When you hear an assertion, look for the reality behind it; don’t trust, verify the reality of what you believe, before making it your anthem. Normally I would say something about creative types and creativity getting a boost from this, but this time, No–a big part of true creativity is about being able to work with reality, to mold it, to see the potentials–and that’s only possible when we work with what is. We can try to turn water into wine all day, but if we don’t acknowledge that wine comes from grapes, and so must be our starting point, we’re going to serve one weak-ass beverage this evening.
Also of note: Juno and the North Node meet up at 00 Libra, showing us (if we’re paying attention) precisely how much the shaping of our future relies on our own empowerment. If you have placements within two degrees either side of this, or in hard aspect from the other Cardinals, that energy contacted will be instrumental, especially over the immediate future, in determining which way you go and how successfully you do it. Who used it best? might be the Universal question at this point, focused on your natal contacted energy.
Zeus and Venus are also sextile; should you have anything at 14-18 Virgo you have a temporary Finger of God that implies your ambitions plus relationships, finances, or values, when working together, will successfully bring about a positive expression of the Virgo energy. With Venus trining Pallas and catching Zeus at the midpoint, be smart and/ or practical about the use or role of that Venusian asset, for best results. And if you have anything at 14-18 Taurus, that becomes apex to a Finger with base of Zeus (ambition and desire) and Pallas (wisdom, practical skills), making for the obvious formula of applying wisdom to ambition creates, what, at this time? Whatever you’ve got at that point in Taurus.
do you consider Finger of God a good thing? I thought that yods were difficult and maybe even impossible to “successfully bring about a positive expression” of anything.
A yod (or Finger of God) requires the involved energies to adjust; there are two (or more) base energies that are in sextile to each other, meaning they can work together, and in doing so they open opportunity to resolve the relationship of each of the base energies with the apex energy, which is quincunx both of them. So, a Finger is a situation where one can take advantage of an available energy (the sextile) in order to resolve the tension they both feel with the apex energy–and I think resolving tension is a positive expression
I thought yods worked differently and were pretty much unresolvable. Glad I was wrong… Thank you for the explanation.
Some people do see them this way; my thought is that the configuration is a kind of message pointing out that the two base energies together can resolve tensions each can’t handle alone (the individual quincunxes) And thank you, H 🙂
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As for finger of goddessand a quincux Iaspect i heard described recently as like combination of square and trine simultaneously which to me sounds pretty good as square really evokes the energy and trine reduces friction. My experience usually shows apex degree as most important ( of course)
Hi guru, that may evoke the contrast in energies, but is I think too much tension to adequately describe the quincunx. Part of what makes dealing with that aspect hard is the way things are just off, not in outright conflict as with the squine (yes! there really is an aspect that combines the harsh clash of the square with the ease of the trine–105 degrees). The quincunx is more an aspect of frustration that takes adjustment to resolve–and of course, resolve both quincunxes through the base sextile of the Finger as those energies work together, and you get the apex–and I agree that the apex always turns out to be the most important point in the configuration.