In Plato’s Symposium, we learn that humans originally consisted of four arms, four legs, and a single head with two faces. But Zeus, most powerful of the Greek gods, feared the humans’ power and tore them asunder, condemning them to eternally search for the other half of themselves, their soul mate.
That’s as good as any explanation for the magical, mystical, and most importantly – fated – union you can feel in the presence of another. For many, it’s the most beautiful, moving, and transformative experience for which one could ever hope. I’ve had it. Have you?
So why is it that – more likely than not – it all ends in tears?
Astrologically, the ‘soul mate’ phenomenon is inevitably bound up with Neptune – which moves in mysterious, illusive ways. Neptune is counter logical and doesn’t play by the rules. Neptune is of another world, luring us into pursuit of a glamorous dream that takes us to places we’d never otherwise willingly have gone.
At the moment, Venus is in opposition to Neptune.
This amazingly beautiful, yet highly dangerous, configuration has provided inspiration for poetry and fiction from the beginning of time; inevitably involves the pain of illicit (and often unfilled) desire. This aspect reflects back to us the intoxicating feeling of ‘being in love’. Yet often it produces only a broken heart.
During the next couple of days, be particularly vigilant of soul mate or similar fantasy experiences, anything which threatens to lure you into a mindset of wishful thinking. If ever there was a time for a reality check, it’s when Neptune is involved. We all need some glamour in our lives. But when the dream is over you will need to move on.
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