From April 2002*
Mercury in Taurus Square to Neptune in Aquarius
Today, Mercury in Taurus (intellectual focus on relationships and money) moves square to Neptune in Aquarius (dreaming, fantasizing, self-sabotage, unrealistic visions). A square is an aspect of hindrance, frustration, and over-stimulation.
The prevailing intellectual energy for the next week or so will point out to you how your dreams regarding money, income levels, possessions, and your ability to share this enjoyment with other people have not yet been met. The "scale" on which these fantasies occur may easily include extravagance and luxury, life lived on an extremely lavish plane.
It's wonderful to dream, of course ... and this aspect may show you how you really want to live and point out that you haven't quite made it to this level yet in physical reality. But because Neptune's energy can be extremely fragile, malleable, and hard to control, there are some problems here, too.
While dreaming is intended to boost you into doing something about your visions if they are possible, honorable, realistic, and productive intentions, Neptune can get so carried away with producing the movie in your mind that you settle for dreaming all by itself -- lost in the sweet fantasies of your own concoction, and never accomplish a thing to support those plans out in the outer world where effort counts a lot.
The creative possibilities of this highly charged and visionary energy can be stunning. But they can also lead you down the path of wild schemes that have no practical value, dreams that are never going to happen, and unrealistic ideas that sound great on paper but which create no lasting results.
The really bad part of this energy is a tendency to foster bitterness, self-pity, regrets, envy, and a "can't-win" attitude ... which is the downside of dreaming at its worst. Letting paranoia take over your fantasies is a catastrophic way to use your imagination and its fabulous power -- but that, too, is possible here if you don't exercise some self-control.
As with all the challenging energies -- and squares are certainly that (!!) -- you have to work with a diamond-in-the-rough to get the goodies and do your best to recognize and work with the possibilities of problematic extremes. Some of your best ideas of the year -- especially if you do creative work -- may come to you soon. But putting them into production and practice that proves useful will take a fair amount of self-control and discipline.
* 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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