Astrologers have a reputation, which we ourselves and our forbears have propagated, of being able to foretell the future. If you run a Google search for “Can astrology predict the future,” the very first article is from a well-known astrology site titled “Predicting the future with astrology.”
The hunger to know the future is not, of course, limited to astrology. Climatologists, stockbrokers, economists – all are paid to predict the future. All fail miserably.
In our personal lives we long to know the outcome of our personal situations. As one client brilliantly wrote me in frustration that astrology could not provide a clear map for him, “It is difficult for me, who feels blind about many things in life, to see a possible path to the answers, and that I feel on the edge of great personal discoveries, without the ability to really obtain them.” I have certainly experienced those same feelings, and for many years I studied every aspect of my life through an astrological lens, hoping to find a clue to the future.
It’s not possible to know the future because we are on a journey of self-discovery. Religious people have a hard and fast belief system that tells them what their future holds, and for many that blind faith offers comfort. I am a person that needs to experience things to believe them, and what I CAN tell you is that after over 30 years as a student and practitioner of astrology I have learned to really trust the planets. The painful changes that we are forced to make under a Pluto transit can be seen through the eyes of hindsight as having been extremely beneficial. The hardships of a Saturn/Sun conjunction are later seen as having developed great resilience. If we pay close attention, we begin to see a pattern that each experience unfolds with purpose and leads to a future that we are more ready to face and embrace with trust.
This trust of the planets is echoed in a letter I received from a client a couple of years ago which I made the centerpiece of a blog post. The planets are only a reflection of the greater Wisdom of the Universe that supports and facilitates all life and all experiences.
For me, the observation of the planets on behavior, which after all is what astrology really is, has given me a closely personal experience of that Wisdom and a trust that the unseen celestial allies and teachers are guiding me through what sometimes seems to be a blind morass of decisions over which I have no control. These teachers instruct from within – they are that voice that says “Follow your heart. Do not be afraid.” The voice that we so often disregard and later realize was the correct one. Whether you think of this voice as being from a god or from your spirit guides, or your guardian angel or your spirit allies – it is the voice of your higher self that is always with you, providing assistance along the path.
So when we feel that we are on a path that is twisting out of control, and feel blind and powerless to control the outcome, seek out that inner voice and see what it has to tell you. We are here to succeed on this journey and while we may make mistakes along the way, it’s the journey itself that provides the answers.
Neptune just slipped back into Pisces where it will remain until 2025. Neptune’s role in the astrological pantheon is to cause us to question where the physical world ends and a more transcendent reality begins. It therefore rules our spiritual experience, but it can also be confusing and induce delusion if our grasp of reality begins to slip.
Over the past few years Neptune was in Aquarius, which is ruled by Uranus (modern rulership), and Aquarius, the sign ruled by Uranus, was in Pisces which is Neptune’s sign. Astrologer’s call this “mutual reception” and it was signaled by the blurring of boundaries (Neptune) between the “real” world and the world of technology and the internet: the wired world.
Neptune is also associated with any kind of mass consciousness in which the mind of the individual is subsumed by the mind of the collective such as we see in pop culture generally, episodes of mass hysteria, etc.
So with Neptune in its own sign of Pisces, different forms of reality are already entering the consciousness of the masses. Such as “augmented reality,” which will bring us experiences such as this one:
It’s reality, only better. Maybe. With augmented reality you can see the world through the lens of your electronic device, instead of through your own eyes and your own soul. I’m not so sure that’s an improvement, but it’s certainly the wave of the future during Neptune in Pisces.
In googling around I found an article I myself wrote five years ago on this very subject. In this article I quoted my friend Tim Boucher who predicted this very thing:
How many years this will take to happen, I can’t say. Maybe five years? But the world is going to look like this. You are going to walk around with an augmented reality device, as well as a variety of devices whose purpose is to record, sort and “index” audio, visual and other information about your experience of life. You will become the spiderbot for Google walking around and “crawling” the physical earth. You will be paid a modest amount for your data-collection efforts. We think of these technologies now as “tracking” and “surveillance” but those terms will fall away and be replaced by terms which more accurately reflect the breadth of cultural change these devices will entail. By way of analogy, you could think of your experience of life as going something like this. You walk around and perceive augmented or mixed reality through your headset.
This is an unexpectedly and eerily accurate prediction, down to the timing. As I said then, and as I still believe today, “With information coming only through the media, we lose the ability to process information independently and live as autonomous beings; instead we will become cogs in a huge wheel that is controlled by the media machine. The better alternative, I believe, is the choice to live a real and authentic life.”
art by Dave Archer. The Moon will be full in Leo on February 7th at 4:54 pm Est/9:54 pm GMT. The Full Moon is the peak of the lunar cycle – it’s a time when our goals and aspirations reach fulfillment as we prepare for the waning cycle during which we are generally asked to let go of something that no longer works in our ever-changing lives.
The Leo Full Moon is all about learning to become the very best “I” we can be. Leo instills a sense of healthy ego identification and joy – there is greater generosity and expansion of the heart. The Full Moon is a culmination of the cycle, and bringing something into form is an important piece of the intention here. Yet the Leo Moon is opposite the Aquarius Sun, necessitating a balance between our identification with the personal (Leo) and our lives as part of a collective (Aquarius).
This balance between the personal (Leo) and the transpersonal (Aquarius) is an interesting dichotomy for those of us on a path to spiritual and personal growth where the Ego is often considered a hindrance. It can be tempting to try to extinguish the Ego (Leo) in favor of a transcended view in which all are one and the needs of the community are served first (Aquarius). But astrological symbolism teaches us that there is no human quality that is more important than any other, and that all must exist simultaneously in balance. So the Leo Full Moon asks that we delve deep within to find the source of that which makes us special, unique, and ready to open our hearts so that we can better serve the collective on all levels, from the very personal to the global community. The Self is very present now, giving us an opportunity to allow ourselves to shine as we discovery the true Self that lies underneath the false illusions, fears and doubts.
Mercury conjoins the Sun on the day of the Full Moon, and it opposes the Moon so Mercury is tightly wound into the fabric of the lunation and brings a mental alertness and flow of ideas. There is a sense of anticipation at this time, with Neptune having just entered Pisces and Venus at the 29th degree of Pisces, preparing to enter Aries. When planets change signs the energy shifts and we have a sense of movement. Neptune entering Pisces has shifted our consciousness into a growing awareness of the need to let go of our attachment to the material world and learn to flow with the ebb and tides of our lives. Venus on the verge of Aries suggests that in our personal relationships, for a few weeks at least, we need to become more courageous and more adventurous as we connect with each other.
Saturn will turn retrograde just after the Full Moon and its motion has slowed down to a crawl, it is virtually stationary at the 29th degree of Libra. The retrograde turn of Saturn brings our attention back into the past even as we feel pulled into the future, so as with any Saturn influence it is important to look very clearly at areas of our life in which we feel insecure or experience self-doubt. These are areas that require greater attention now, and the Leo Full Moon, motivated as it is by self-expression and a general positive attitude about life, can help us to see where these changes are necessary and inspire us to overcome our blocks and move with enthusiasm towards our ideals and dreams.
The energy of the Full Moon generally lasts for 2-3 days after the event, so there will be time for us to integrate these blessings into our lives in a deeper way.