Do you live straddling two contradictory streams? Do you say, ‘I only spread love and light,’ and then post politically or religiously or racially divisive statements, attend hate-supporting gatherings, or laugh at those who are different (or who are seen as fair game, in your world)? Do you complain about your significant other, openly contemplating (even planning) divorce, flirting or even cheating, and then play up certain dates with all the romantic trappings and expectations, demanding you be treated as ‘the only one’? Do you prize (and require in others), for example, loyalty, or honesty, but reserve for yourself the ‘right’ to be disloyal or dishonest when it suits you (because your reason to do it is always a ‘good’ one)? No, I didn’t think you did, but there are many who do, and frankly, we’re surrounded by them right now! It’s the effect of Vesta opposed Neptune, challenging every single one of us to put lots of daylight between what we honor and treat as sacred, and the natural human propensity to fudge it all, just a bit, to live in a fantasy, to blur the lines or tell a fib, to ourselves or others, in the name of being gentle, or keeping the peace, or getting our way, or just plain avoiding a hassle.
The two energies actually carry a large number of similar themes: ideals, and particularly the imaginative ideals conceived in flawless form through pure creativity, as well as the spiritual ideal applied not just to the individual Soul but to the state of humanity, are all Neptune, while the Vestal counterpart is the identification and treatment of particular beliefs, practices, things, individuals, causes, and ideals in the life as sacred, honored, with aimed-for realization in an ideal form the goal. When these two oh-so-similar energies meet in opposition, we’re faced with embracing one and denying the other–and that’s an ‘all or nothing’ proposition, requiring a clear-cut choice. We can’t just lie a little, at this time, just do a little dishonest or deceptive thing, because battle lines are drawn–we can’t be a little pregnant, a little dead, or a little Neptunian in our behavior, without claiming it all as our own, because that puts us in an anti-position to the Vestal values of dedication, integrity, and the sacred.
As we undergo the New Moon new start, we see not only this opposition but a Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius that’s notable, because it acts as a kind of positive bridge connecting Vesta-Neptune, the NM, and the Saturn results of later in the month, and it does so via that Uranian-Aquarius commonality. It offers Higher Mind and the belief system a clear understanding of the rewards of a heart-oriented stance, of taking a generous and ideal-guided approach, and offers the opportunity to align the Self with Love, to kindly apply ‘the facts’ to what we care about. When we do that there’s no room for deception, no room to split consciousness along two divergent (and so both inauthentic) paths. If we do by chance grab the wrong end of the Neptune-Vesta stick, we may find ourselves at this point undergoing exaggerated heartsickness or heartbreak, punitively high costs in worldly efforts, we may get a bill for having ignored ‘the facts’, or we may see those beliefs we hold precious directly challenged by something or someone fact-oriented and forward-thinking.
We need to take into account that the Saturn-Uranus square will perfect on the 17th, and is already within orb. This will deliver in real-world terms the results of any rebelliousness, unreliability, erratic behavior, or Self-restriction we’ve imposed–but it will also bring the results of hard work aligned with Higher Mind, inventive or innovative efforts, and those things done in genuine service to the group. This will very likely tie back to the Neptune-Vesta opposition, with that setting the tone, leavened by Venus-Jupiter, showing the outcome to our responses through that mix of Saturnian-Uranian real-world circumstances.
Now, go ‘be intentional’, and of one mind!
John Spirko said:
Mostly no now (I think) – I’m able to keep aligned under normal circumstances, particularly with COVID restrictions. It’s a lot simpler to live that way. But I can look back and easily see trying to live dual or even multiple paths that usually tangled up somewhere along the line.
BUT, also, I’m all for fantasy role-playing games where you can explore alternate realities safely (just started a new one). I’ve moved away from the typical multiplayer ‘shooter’ type games (too violent & too competitive and too many cheaters) to mostly single player RPGs with occasionally an old strategy game with my brother or online acquaintences. I’ve also stayed away from a lot of modern action type movies – too violent also. The exceptions are movie/series versions of books I’ve read (sci-fi/fantasy) or older movies that I’ve never seen start to finish.
I suspect that streaming, movies, violent sports, gaming, reality tv, etc. are now becoming the new drug. i.e. in Roman times they had the colleseum for blood sports.
I agree, John, that Covid times have simplified some things, and taken pressure off in some ways, and that isolation really can help us sort ourselves out–and RPGs, even when you’re playing online with strangers, wouldn’t count as duplicitous, in my book, just a positive form of Neptune (and I know what you mean–I’m put off by the really violent ones, and that kind of movie, too). It seems there’s always something being compared to Roman spectacle and its engulfing and distracting effects, so I don’t worry too much–it’s been said about Rock, TV, video games for the last 40 years, etc, so I tend to take the next declared source of societal deterioration with a grain of salt 🙂
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Thank you Julie!
You’re welcome, Gina!
My dear Julie,
I have been thinking of sending you a little message for some time now, ever since you wrote that you wouldn’t been posting regularly (actually, it “sounded” worse than that, but the reality is much better, thankfully). Just wanted to say that I miss you when you don’t write, but I am quite happy when you do. I hope that everything is going well with your new endeavors and wish you health and all the best.
I’ll be “seeing” you then.. Until next, take care, much love 🙂
(I also wanted to send you this wonderful piece of music, which sort of expresses what I wanted to say in a musical way).
Hello Anthony! Thank you so much–what a lovely note! I don’t mean to make anyone sad, but it is nice to be missed 🙂
And thank you for the video–one of my favorite songs, and performed in LA, my home town.
Take care, ‘see’ you soon!
Thank you for such a call to live a straight and rather uncomplicated path. I feel like we often find ourselves in crossroads, hence the contradictory streams.