From July 2002*
Mercury and Mars in Leo Opposing Neptune in Aquarius
Mercury and Mars are opposing Neptune in the sky at the moment. Oppositions deal with blockages, psychological projections, and relationship issues ... and the energy that is forming now for us to "enjoy" ... is a strange one.
When Mercury conjuncts Mars, as it does about once a year, ideas and opinions are forcefully, even aggressively, expressed. In the brash, self-involved sign of Leo ... which is where this conjunction is right now ... personal ideas and opinions are forcefully expressed, and disagreement can feel like a personal attack.
People are very self-centered with their viewpoints now, and the ability (let alone the willingness!) to see another person's side of things, already significantly impaired by the sheer amount of ego Leo carries around wherever it goes, is going to be clouded and confused even further over the next week or so.
When Mercury opposes Neptune, you find you have a high degree of sensitivity to the thoughts, motivations, and intentions of other people in a way that can deliver positively eerie insight through your psychic and intuitive channels.
Even for those who are used to working in these areas, the results can be startling and disturbing. The accuracy of the information that comes through can leave you breathless and give you a "window" into the inner dynamics of those around you. Because the telepathy here is so automatic and unconscious, it can be unsettling to those who suddenly experience the effects without understanding the origins -- or what is happening.
(Some people still don't believe in telepathy ... so they may either deny the information coming in for them to use, dismiss it as "just imagination" -- or start to think they are "losing their minds." They may also rationalize these experiences as symptoms of physical or emotional stress.)
It can be doubly confusing to work with this energy, because we all have many thoughts (and wishes, and urges) that we never act on (thank heaven!!), but conscious or even indirect knowledge of these random fantasies can leave you wondering what you can trust ... and make it difficult to distinguish between what's real and what's not.
It can leave you feeling your privacy has been invaded by people around you who seem to know things about you without being told ... and it can deliver information to you that you had no realistic way of knowing. The uneasy hunches, "gut feelings," and other sensations common to people with highly developed intuition can be a very tough experience for those whose belief in "reality" begins and ends with messages from the five senses.
Because at this time the dividing line between reality and fantasy is so thin and permeable, it's easy to get caught up in improbable illusions that for a while seem very plausible. It's also easy to get tied up in knots when you let your imagination run away with you ... along darker paths of worry and apprehension. And it's easy to let yourself be talked into things by people who don't have your best interests at heart -- because at this time, they know exactly which strings to pull to get a response they may be looking for.
Thus deception and self-deception is a danger during now ... that in harsher, more sensible surroundings will make you wonder what in the world got into you!! The same goes for self-sabotaging fantasies. It's also easy to divulge secret or confidential information without meaning to ... because you forget or don't realize that knowledge you came by "automatically" isn't meant for public consumption.
The heightened sensitivity of this energy makes this an extremely interesting and productive time for anyone in artistic, creative, therapeutic, or psychological professions, but they are used to working with variations on this theme as part of their daily lives. The new levels of awareness are often delightful territory for them to examine. But for people who find "mind-reading" a strange and upsetting experience, the events of the next few weeks can be a lot less fun.
When Mars opposes Neptune, there is an energy afoot that impels people to take action based on vague or unconscious desires. Peculiar obsessions may show themselves in people whose charts are afflicted by these energies ... or who have some natural inclination in this direction already.
You may act for reasons you don't understand ... or on matters which "seemed like a good idea at the time" -- but turn out to be anything but!! This energy is a cloudy combination of repressed sexual energy, disowned aggression, secrecy, violence, and deceit. They all sound pretty alarming. This shows itself in actions people don't want to admit ... or have discovered, actions where a "cover-up" or intense confidentiality is part of the scene.
This energy also traffics in anger you may not want to admit, or bitterness you may not want to reveal, but which nevertheless works itself out through accidents, mistakes, Freudian slips, passive-aggression -- such as "forgetting" something essential, and other self-sabotaging behavior where the message is disguised, but nevertheless emphatic.
You may have a hard time being completely honest about your motives and desires -- even with yourself. Subconscious energy erupts in the strange and indirect ways of neurotic reactions, compulsions, phobias, dissociation, psychosomatic illnesses, and irresistible impulses. If ever there was an energy that depicted "temporary insanity" ... this may be it.
The tendency for self-sabotage is extremely strong for a little while now, especially if this configuration causes problems in your natal chart. Peculiar drug reactions, alcohol abuse, and problems with chemicals, liquids, or mind-altering substances are also highlighted.
Hallucinations, delusions, visions, prophetic fantasies, and strange dreams -- which may nevertheless be quite revealing -- are also a possibility during this time. So, too, are ideas or fears you just "can't shake." Another danger is that of being victimized by someone else's dishonesty, or acting in ways that cause your own undoing.
Although this energy is temporary, and thus will pass in a few weeks, this is also associated overall with bizarre, unsolved crimes, psychological illness, underhanded and sneaky maneuvering -- as in conspiracies and plots, poisonings, peculiar and mysterious deaths, religious delusions, and actions taken to prevent the exposure of secrets and scandals.
People born with it show peculiar sexual urges and fetishes, strange philosophical and religious ideas -- often amounting to obsessions ... and may want to be considered "special" in some way -- often based on logic that seems "insane" to the rest of us. (The Natal Chart of Timothy McVey ... the man convicted in the Oklahoma City bombing ... contains this energy.)
So ... this is a time to be especially honest and straight-forward in your own conduct ... and to take a lot of things with a grain of salt. The potential for events that take a long time to unravel, undo, admit, understand, or "bring to light." ... is really intense now, and for the next few weeks, it is winding its insidious way into the fabric of life.
People with placements at around 9° of Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio, or Taurus are especially in harm's way. People with placements at around 9° of Aries, Sagittarius, Gemini, or Libra may actually find ways to benefit from this strange and powerful configuration ... or be able to help modify the potential for damage if and when they encounter it.
* Articles in the extensive series "Things to Know About" are constructed from information originally published in Step-by-Step, our Premium Members several-times a week Astrology Ezine. This Ezine has been continuously published since late November 2001. The material is published here mostly for my convenience. It is not intended to be finished, organized, polished or even complete. Some of it may be notes that don't even make a lot of sense, but you're welcome to look at it.
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