The Sun is moving into a square aspect with Neptune. At the same time, it’s forming a trine with Mars. This configuration is coming into focus now and the energy runs through the end of this week. It's all the more important given that we are swiftly moving into eclipse season.
In classical astrology, the Sun is associated with spirit – our lives are always moving forward according to our set intentions, whether or not we realise it.
I liken this process to Heidegger’s concept of ‘being’, which is a tricky one. To really engage with it, you’ll need to jettison 2500 years of Western thought and philosophy and that includes our beloved Descartes, ‘I think therefore I am’.
Nonetheless, a short-form version of Heidegger’s primary point is to pay attention to your changing moods. They are not temporary flights of fancy, as many in western society would have you believe. Instead, they are reliable indicators of who you are at a very deep level, at least who you are at any given moment.
With the current Sun/Mars dynamic , you can expect action taken to achieve your destiny, or your ideal conception of that destiny. This may require sacrifice of something of less importance in order to achieve something of more importance. Stamina and courage are the order of the day - but now we come to Neptune. Neptune brings the urge to break down the barriers between self and other, to become ‘one’ with the universe and all that it contains.
Think crusaders here, marching off the war with some 'otherworldly' ideal that’s nearest and dearest to their hearts leading the way. Sounds wonderful in theory - but in practice, it's dangerous because it's all too easy to get carried away with these ideals, which of course are often not in the least that which they would appear to be.
Whenever you get a whiff of this ‘otherworldly’ spiritual dimension, you can get lost in your illusions of what it is that you want and what it is that you are meant to achieve. When that happens, it’s all too easy to convince yourself that you’re right and others are wrong, if for no other reason than you have ‘right’ on your side. Crusaders have both a light and a dark side and you'll do yourself and others no favour, if you allow yourself to wallow in this dynamic.
At the same time, Mercury (already not in the best of shape being in detriment, or the sign opposite that which it rules), will be making a conjunction with the South Node. Getting lost in a bit of a haze and/or feeling disillusioned with someone or something is all the more likely during this time.
Equally, however, you may be getting some interesting dreams, dreams about which you’ll need to decide as to whether or not they hold important information upon which you'd should take action. It’s not unusual under with this dynamic to feel lost and/or overwhelmed. So many choices – or apparent choices – which to choose (if any).
Key to getting through this in one piece, is to always remember that when we fail at something, we learn important lessons. That’s an important part of life. Likewise, don’t be too hard on others who may fail in this same way. As much as we’d not like to admit it, especially during a Sun/Neptune aspect, no one and nothing (in the material world) is or can every be perfect.