By Barry Kerr
The Sun moves into Sagittarius on November 22. Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius and reflects the part of us that seeks truth and meaning in our existence. That is because Jupiter is our inner spiritual child that remembers, down in our gut, that we are really spirit, a soul, not limited by this world of seeming limits. Jupiter seeks how to return to wholeness of spirit. Jupiter asks the big questions. Why? How?
In Scorpio, we are confronted with the intensity of self-reflection, our heart ripped open, exposing our ego for what it is, an illusion of our mind. In emotional chaos, we invoke spirit, searching for answers, and begin to sense our soul’s presence. Now, our Jupiter is thrilled to discover an entirely adventure, a whole new paradigm of truths to explore.
This is the energy of Sagittarius: adventure, travel, and exploration, both outwardly and inwardly. By exploring the larger patterns of human endeavors, the cosmic connections of concepts and ideas, and the intuitive downloads of inspired understandings, we expand our awareness of what lies outside the five bodily senses that feed our human mind. In Sag, we learn to rely less on our logical faculties and more on our soul intuition. This larger perspective is what is needed to increase the potential for the next part of the cycle, Capricorn, where we will apply this larger perspective to being manifestors.
Saturn is squaring Neptune – Now into 2017. This is an important, long-term transit affecting all of us, individually and collectively. Understanding it will give you insight into the international conflicts and politics over the next year and your personal response to them.
Saturn represents the part of us that agreed to come into the physical world as a human. When it acts in our lives, it is seeking to conform to the rules of time and space, the polarities of the physical world. This brings up issues of limits, rules, structure, discipline, definition, choices, commitments, consequences, responsibility, and accountability. Saturn provides a “reality check” on our lives. Ideals are fine, but this physical world forces us to ground those into its rules if we want to manifest them. That can feel dauntingly scary.
Neptune, on the other hand, is the part of us that actually does imagine a more ideal world. That’s because it is a part of us, beyond our ego/personality, that still connects us to the world of pure spirit. If unconscious, it can play out as fantasy and escapism or through addictions to pain numbing substances. When conscious, Neptune awakens our ability to feel our soul and the existing divine perfection. Neptune is currently in Pisces, it’s home, prompting our inner mystics to wake up and amplify.
So now, as these inner parts of us dance a tango, they may sound very different, with conflicting aims, but there is an innate attraction that can lead to a fertile relationship, yet not without some periods of delusion, confusion and disillusionment.
When Saturn came into Sagittarius in Dec of 2014, it brought its “get real” focus on the themes of religion, spirituality and deep science, affecting our deeply held beliefs and meanings. For more than two years, we are all being challenged to question whether our beliefs are authentic. Do they truly serve us? Can we let go of some and bring new structure to others?
This is profoundly connected to the Saturn-Neptune square, as life events expose the degree to which we are still in escapism and addictions to cover up our responsibility to take charge of what we are creating in this world.
Does the reality that Saturn imposes scare us into closing down our intuitive sense of what is possible? Or does our conscious, mystical experience of divine perfection boost our ability to stay present to what is and to apply our wisdom, skill and talent to creating the more beautiful world we know is possible?
This is a dynamic that will play out for our planet over the next year. If you watch the political and social scene, it’s pretty easy to see. How is it affecting you?
The Dalai Lama channeled this transit when he said about the recent ISIS attacks on Paris, “We cannot solve this problem only through prayers…I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.”
Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.