With Saturn’s re-entry into Sagittarius, a new energetic dynamic came online. We have transitioned out of a cycle dominated by cardinal and fixed energies into a cycle dominated by mutable energies. (See August
November 2015 The Mutable Signs: Truth and Consequences
Astrological signs can be divided into three kinds: cardinal, fixed and mutable.
Cardinal signs, like Aries, are associated with decisions and initiatives.
Fixed signs, like Taurus, are associated with determination and follow through.
The light from cardinal and fixed signs makes for soft focus and rich, warm, bright colors. They trick the mind’s eye, lull reason and overstimulate the imagination and cause hyperactivity generally. It seems to demand an unending series of hasty and important decisions. This rich, stimulating but seductive light conceals a multitude of errors and ferments endless drama.
The light from mutable signs is, by contrast, even and true. At its best, it composes the mind and calms the imagination. It fosters careful analysis, long-term thinking, and takes intuition and other subtle mental processes into account.
Mutable light casts few shadows. It makes for more accurate colors and sharper focus. Mutable light does not produce the glare that often blinds us to important realities. In fact, it penetrates the concealing glare of cardinal and fixed light.
The even light of mutable signs also exposes flaws, penetrates deceptive appearances and reveals the likely consequences of error and oversight. It cuts through the glare of the light from cardinal and fixed signs.
Mutable energy also de-dramatizes. It works against inflamed emotion and hasty, unwise reaction. It inoculates us against charged, manipulative rhetoric and the faulty reasoning behind it.
Major Mutable T-Square
As this new cycle gets underway, then, expect a more fair, accurate and honest picture of the world to emerge in collective consciousness.
Functioning together, as they do in this T-Square, the mutable signs support a balanced, deliberate, holistic reasoning process. The mutable signs, each in its own way, each in its own area, fosters mental and moral and ethical clarity.
- Gemini governs day-to-day, down-to-earth communication and mundane transactions of all kinds.
- Virgo governs our health, our jobs, our close family relationships and our most fundamental and important economic ties.
- Sagittarius governs the creation and maintenance of our worldviews, our overarching philosophies of life.
- Pisces governs our inner, spiritual awareness.
The four mutable signs, then, work synergistically to create a picture of reality that does not, for example, emphasize Gemini’s short term, localized outlook at the expense of Sagittarius’s long-term, universal perspective. Nor does it let us emphasize Virgo’s fact-based analysis at the expense of Pisces’ intuitive, inspired and idealistic input. Or any combination of the above.
It is fair to say, then, that the mutable signs govern our understanding of ourselves, our world, and our place in the world. The cumulative effect of the four mutable signs is to create and maintain a holistic, balanced view of reality that takes all relevant considerations into account.
So now, the three planets crucially related to the process of self understanding – Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune – are squaring each other from signs that combine to produce a clear, balanced, inclusive view of reality. These energies are arranged in a way that will minimize excesses and bring out the strengths of all astrological energy.
No major planet is currently transiting mutable Gemini. Gemini is, therefore, acting as a point of synthesis, a point of reference for the changes wrought by the T-Square. It is through Gemini, the popular mind at its most basic level, that the changes wrought by the T-Square must filter into our daily lives, bringing real, concrete change in collective consciousness and behavior.
Years of dominance by cardinal and fixed energies have taken their toll on the accuracy of our self-understanding and our worldview. Many unbalanced, distorted and illusory ideas have become enshrined in collective consciousness. These, in turn, have taken their toll on economic and political life, human behavior and global quality of life, to understate the case.
With the T-Square now in place, we are already seeing a heightened awareness of the errors that pervade mass consciousness and the injustice and inequities perpetuated by these flawed ideas. We are also seeing an increasing tendency to challenge these ideas and fight the conditions they have imposed.
Jupiter Opposite Neptune
The Jupiter/Neptune opposition is the dominant component in this mutable T-Square. It is the most dynamic. Of the two placements, Neptune, in its home sign of Pisces, is by far the more powerful.
Neptune in Pisces . . .
Neptune’s roughly 16 year transit of Pisces began in 2011-2 and will end in 2025-6. Neptune governs Pisces. Hence, this transit will amplify the profoundly transformative energy of Pisces and Neptune very significantly.
Taken by itself, then, this transit marks the beginning of a complete renewal of the world’s ideas about the nature of reality and the transformation of the institutions founded on those ideas. The present mutable T-Square seems like a direct expression of Neptune in Pisces and an early and necessary stage in the renewal process it will foster.
Neptune in Pisces dissolves our bonds to everything and everyone, stripping away the links that bind us, motivating us to establish new beliefs about the nature of the world and our place in it.
Chiron and Nessus in Pisces Too . . .
Thus, Neptune in Pisces will be actively dissolving our understanding of ourselves, our world and our place in the world. It will act primarily by holding up a mirror that reveals all of the flaws in our religious and spiritual beliefs, our self-understanding and our concept of the world.
It’s worth pausing to note that both Chiron and Nessus are now with Neptune in Pisces. Chiron and Nessus both give us very concrete reasons, usually in the way of discomfort or outright illness, injury and pain, to break with past beliefs.
Neptune will reveal ourselves to us in the depths of its magically revealing mirror. Chiron and Nessus will be showing us the physical, emotional or mental consequences of the imperfections we see in Neptune’s mirror.
The profound, thoroughgoing and prolonged process of cleansing and release will continue. (http://on.fb.me/1MbxQXC
New Year, 2015, etc.). In fact, this cleansing and release is the foundation of the changes that will occur.
. . . Opposed to Jupiter in Virgo
Jupiter in Virgo, opposing the bodies in Pisces, will strongly affect our response to these uncomfortable revelations. When it is afflicted, or seriously challenged, as it definitely is in this T-Square, Jupiter responds defensively. It causes exaggeration, overgeneralization, overestimation, excessive optimism, a wildly inflated sense of self-importance, and so on. A dense and billowing smoke screen.
Afflicted Jupiter will do anything in its power to deflect attention, and avoid judgment or responsibility. Neptune opposing from Pisces is just the influence to maximize Jupiter’s defensive behavior.
Perhaps most important, Jupiter, given its connection to Sagittarius, will want to construct elaborate systems of flawed ideas to conceal its mistakes and deflect blame and the inevitable demands for change. Afflicted Jupiter will try to replace all the old lies with bigger, better and more effective ones.
Neptune opposite Jupiter will seriously exacerbate these tendencies. We might, for example, go so far as to adopt, adapt or create an entire set of new and ever more flawed ideas to make our illusions seem valid or our misbehavior acceptable.
Fortunately, Virgo’s natural preference for careful observation, meticulous, detail-oriented, fact-based analysis and delayed reaction will also restrain Jupiter’s defensive excesses. It will also counter the more fantastic inclinations of Neptune in Pisces generally.
Saturn Square Jupiter and Neptune
Saturn governs thinking in general. Sagittarius governs the kind of thinking Neptune opposite Pluto will engender in particular. Hence, Saturn in Sagittarius squaring both Neptune and Jupiter will likely suppress the worst excesses of the Neptune/Jupiter energies.
The Long, Slow Revolution
Accordingly, while Neptune in Pisces is slowly but irresistibly and irreversibly dissolving our ties to the past, the mutable T-Square is making sure we replace the old distortions with more carefully reasoned ideas.
I know that many are expecting or fearing or hoping for a violent, revolutionary turn of events. However, this particular mutable T-Square is not given to revolutionary outbursts. In fact, the present concentration of forces in mutable signs will work strongly against the residual revolutionary propensities of the lingering Uranus/Pluto square.
It’s energies are most likely to be channeled into constructive outlets by the bracelet of supportive semi-sextiles, sextiles and trines extending from Jupiter in Virgo to Uranus in Aries.
Instead, we should expect persistent, pervasive reform efforts fueled by a deep-seated, abiding rejection of the current state of the world. This, in turn, will give rise to numberless acts of protest, resistance, activism and reform – billions a day, globally. Such actions will be too numerous and pervasive to allow for easy, quick, forceful acts of government suppression.
The powers that be will ultimately be forced to accommodate this new mood.
An Economic and Political Note
With the memory of the recent economic and political crisis still fresh, many, as noted, will interpret current economic turmoil in extreme terms. They will, understandably, fear another economic collapse and more radical developments in the global political arena. However, the recent economic and political crises were the product of extreme cardinal energies – namely Pluto in Capricorn.
The economic upheaval and subsequent political turmoil was exacerbated by the energies of Saturn in cardinal Libra and Uranus in cardinal Aries. These cardinal energies made for high turbulence and a tumultuous economic recovery. Saturn in fixed Scorpio, a sign that profoundly affects political and economic events, did not help.
The predominance of mutable energy will, by contrast, produce more moderate, gradual, incremental economic and political adjustments. You can see for yourself that all the routine predictions of economic and political catastrophe continue to not come true. The pages of the newspaper are filling up with undramatic but doggedly persistent efforts at reform.
People are quietly adjusting their ideas about reality. The world is no longer on a roller coaster ride powered by cardinal and fixed energies.