neptuneGrief, overwhelm, hopelessness … dissociation, denial, alienation, escapism. Neptune and Chiron in Pisces have been extra-active recently, and along with a high potential for healing and spiritual connection, they’re also stirring up a tidal wave of deep feelings.

Neptune is forming a challenging square to the Nodes of the Moon, which has been in effect since April, will be exact on August 4, and continues to be strong for the rest of the year. Meanwhile, Jupiter — expansion, faith, wisdom — is squaring Chiron the Wounded Healer, exact on July 24 and reverberating for the next few weeks.

The Gemini South Node (March 3, 2011 to August 29, 2012) points to patterns of perception, communication and connection that have become stagnant and block our evolution. This includes the ways that we limit ourselves through our old stories, the lies we tell ourselves and others out of habit and/or fear, the mental “tapes” implanted in our little brains as children that run on automatic.

The North Node in Sagittarius — which reveals the best way forward — urges us to look at the bigger picture, reconnect with the truth of who we are, focus on the future vision of what we want to create, and take the risk of acting on our instincts and inner wisdom.

gemini the twinsGemini rules information and the media, and Neptune’s square to the South Node asks:  How can we find spiritual empowerment and mental sovereignty amidst the pervasive deluge of “news,” advertising, propaganda? What do we do with all the information — images and stories of mass trauma and suffering — that we’re bombarded with? Are we using our thoughts and words to foster healing or despair? Since Jupiter moved into Gemini on June 11 and squared Neptune, conjoined with the South Node, and now is squaring Chiron, these questions have been front and center.

Unconsciously navigated, when we hear about traumatic events (like the recent shooting in Aurora), we get pulled into other people’s pain, and drown in feelings of helplessness. This is essentially the purpose of “The News” — to traumatize the population and propagate fear and powerlessness. A more productive approach would be to tend to our own wounds — i.e., identify and work with the wound that is being triggered by whatever is happening “out there” — and then intentionally send that healing out in the world to alleviate suffering.

Writing of Jupiter-Chiron aspects, Melanie Reinhart says, “The crucial factor is our willingness to reflect deeply on our experiences, to balance our expansion with enough stillness and introversion where some inner synthesis (Jupiter) can be reached.” (Chiron and the Healing Journey) “Stillness and introversion” seem especially key to productively utilizing squares between planets in Gemini and Pisces, which offer the potential for connecting with higher states of consciousness, dissolving dualistic thought patterns and belief systems, and accessing information beyond our logical minds and five senses.

mercuryOne less pleasant potential of these aspects that I’ve been experiencing is regressing back into childish states. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is now Retrograde — turning attention to the past — in the sign of Leo, the child. Reconnecting with our “inner child” sounds delightful, except when that child is pissed-off, abandoned, fearful, or stuck in some other emotional state that you would prefer not to feel or acknowledge.

I was talking with a friend last week about an embarrassing appearance of my inner child, and casually referred to this part of myself as “stupid.” My wise friend (bless her) corrected me, saying that that child in me had a very good reason for her reaction, and she reminded me to be compassionate toward this part of myself. This is the high expression of Neptune and Chiron in Pisces — healing and dissolving old pain by bringing love, compassion and acceptance to those wounded places in ourselves, others and the world.

– Emily Trinkaus