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Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron

We’ve been watching Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron move closer to one another for several weeks. Jupiter and Neptune are exactly conjunct for the first time on Wednesday at 26° Aquarius, and shape-shifting Chiron, the wise teacher from outside of our solar system, is also at this degree. Since both Chiron and Neptune station in the next few days, and Jupiter stations in mid-June, these three continue to stay close all year, with another peak period in December.

Mars is now at 26° Aries; in these immediate few days the qualities of these three bodies coming together, their alchemical possibilities, gain encouragement, warmth and guidance through the easy support of the sextile aspect.

The New Moon yesterday was at 3°28′ Gemini (and a happy lunar return to the president, whose natal Moon is 3°21′ Gemini). President Obama, of course, has the North Node at 27° Leo (conjunct Uranus at 25° Leo) and the South Node at 27° Aquarius, also the degree of the U.S. Sibly Moon. (This is also the degree of his pre-natal solar eclipse, February 15, 1961.) The convergence of Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron this week activates all of these points.

The Moon in the chart of a country represents ordinary people and the general populace, the “little” people as opposed to the rulers. One aspect in the political debate this week is the focus on the president’s nomination for Chief Justice. Obama made the shocking-to-some admission that he is looking for the quality of “empathy” in his choice. As Mercury retrograde is bound to do (accompanied in this case, by a square to Neptune), the word has been reframed and dissected throughout the media this week. In some contexts a discussion of empathy vs. compassion and sympathy might be relevant. But, for now, I’m going to imagine that “empathy” is a quality that the union of Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron could well pull off, if not specifically in our next Chief Justice, then perhaps in our own ordinary/extraordinary human consciousness.

Since the Moon in a country’s horoscope shows the mood of the people, maybe we are confused (e.g., is anyone telling the truth?), yet optimistic and idealistic. The planets that bring the greatest benefit (Jupiter) in the best possible ways (Neptune) to the human community (Aquarius) are speaking to the people of the nation. With Chiron there as well, there’s an even more translucent quality to this time in which the invisible worlds are opened up and teaching us a lot. Increasing our spiritual sensitivity has many methods and means, of course. Whether through devotion to religious or artistic practices, a meditative or contemplative path, or a more secular inquiry into issues of human rights and justice, we certainly see a deep reorganizing of priorities as people grapple with huge unemployment numbers, unending wars, an upended economy, global warming, etc.

These are strong days for our most expansive ideals, demonstrations of faith and generosity, and raucous nothing-to-lose interconnectedness and service to the highest good.

If we consider transits to your personal horoscope, the natal house where this conjunction falls is of primary focus. At least as significant, however, is the house with Pisces on the cusp. Herein is the domain in your inner/outer life where the experience of sublime transcendence and dissolution of self-centered fixations can be directly felt  (and may, for some of us, require guidance – remembering Saturn’s place in keeping us tethered in reality).

In a display of Gemini’s capacity to gather information, here is a brief offering of ideas and experiences that I think suggest this current alchemy between Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron. Please add your suggestions to advance the collective endeavor offered by these planetary archetypes towards more (Jupiter) love (Neptune) and healing (Chiron) for us all (Aquarius)!

Many readers may be familiar with the teaching of Gangaji, a spiritual teacher in the lineage of Ramana Maharshi. She’s now blogging on one the most visible sites: Huffington Post. Her first entry is a clear and simple commentary on the meditative state.

Environmental activist Paul Hawken gave a superb commencement speech earlier this month at the University of Portland. If you haven’t already, do read it now, with the words charged by the potency of this moment. Hawken’s words are infused with “a deep sense of connectedness to the living world.” He says: “Inspiration is not garnered from the litanies of what may befall us; it resides in humanity’s willingness to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, reimagine, and reconsider.”

Musician John Legend also gave a commencement speech this week at the University of Pennsylvania. Legend considers the reality of poverty and the politics of war, as well as the necessity for a “politics of empathy” and the quality of soulfulness. (Musicians, sensitive to the muses, are ruled by Neptune whose dreams are furthered spectacularly now by Jupiter’s expansive view and Chiron’s body/mind wisdom.)

Your Practice Site for Gratefulness is a lovely stopping point. It is the site of an international nonprofit organization that “provides resources for living in the gentle power of gratefulness, which restores courage, reconciles relationships, and heals our Earth.” There are meditative and prayerful experiences herein, including a labyrinth walk and the Angel of the Hour The angel hours are accompanied by bells and chants for each of the traditional eight hours of the day (e.g., Vigils, The Night Watch, “before the day’s noises begin and it is still perfectly quiet”; Terce, The Joy of Living, a “mid-morning prayer break” and Compline, Completing the Circle, at night, just before going to bed.

And, of course, Susan Boyle sang to the world again on Friday night. One of the British TV host’s spoke of how the world going through a very difficult time was looking for a “bit of hope and inspiration” and found it in Ms. Boyle. TV reviewer Ken Tucker writes: “Wearing a glittery brown dress, standing behind a backdrop of clouds with a spotlight behind her head making it look as though her face was emanating from heaven, Boyle pulled off her second major public appearance with ease.” As Robert Blaschke noted in an earlier blog, she has the prenatal solar eclipse at 26° Aquarius (like President Obama). If you’re not already one of the 60 million viewers who have seen it thus far, take delight in Susan Boyle’s singing (and notice the supreme confidence in her face and voice while singing the lines “a new day will begin.”)

On this Memorial Day, thank you to all who have served, who are serving and who will serve our country in the days ahead.


  1. Nicely written Mary. I have watching this phenomena for some time now since I have a number of planets in Aquarius. With Chiron involved as the wounded healer I always attribute this force with natural healing, such as homeopathy, herbology, acupuncture, and the healing hand therapies. As you know at this time there is a lot of focus on health care and how to make it work for everyone. Also in the news was a woman who refused to have her son treated with chemotherapy and took him away somewhere so he could be treated naturally. She was working with the Indian culture, using herbs and other natural means. The media has been quite harsh on her and calling her a negligent parent, yet never really looking at holistic medicine as a viable means. We speak of freedom but when it comes to health we still don’t have the freedom of choice. None of the Insurance moguls support natural medicine and manual medicine so the question of health care is still in the hands of who makes the money.

  2. I pressed the wrong key and accidentally sent my last communication prematurely. In closing, I have been watching this healing conjunction and I am looking for the silver lining that invites health care to be a non profit organization as well as inviting natural medicine into the forum of discussing preventive care and teaching the art of self-reliance in cultivating health. The author Barbara Hand Clow, wrote a book on Chiron and she mentions that Chiron was discovered and viewed in the sky in 1977+ or – a year and it marked the beginning of the Healing Arts. The east came to the west with Acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine,Meditation, Martial Arts etc. Homeopathy had a resurgence and many of the hand therapies such Rolfing, Hoshino Therapy,Chiropractic, Osteopathic, Feldenkrais, etc. and massage therapy began to surface everywhere. Now these guilds are everywhere across the United States, Canada and around the world and still the Insurance companies only cover that status quo, practices. Of course I’m not into throwing out the baby with the bath water, but it would be progressive if health care would open the playing field in both education and practice. I could go on and on but my point has been made…Keep up the good work…Ron

  3. Thanks for again providing such a great column with examples of uplifting happenings. Another chart having a lunar return – the Beginning of the Federal Gov’t (March 4, 1789, 12:01am, New York City) has its Moon 4°56′ Gem conj South Node 2°39′ (intercepted in 7th) with Mars 28°42′ Aquarius and Sun 14°06′ Pisces conjunct Saturn 13°38′ – which is opposed by transiting Saturn station in Virgo. That chart also shows Mercury 22°47′ in Pisces Rx !! Mayhaps there’s basis for MIS-information? Does Neptune rule ‘smoke & mirrors’?

  4. It is always a pleasure to have insight from
    Mary Plumb as she is a wise woman as well as
    a fantastic writer of heavenly events.
    She always says it like it is with such a clarity
    that snow flakes and tear drops will take notice
    when she releases her thoughts in the ethers.
    Beverly Criswell

  5. This is indeed a fantastic three-planet conjunction – in my 10th house and conjuncting my moon and midheaven! (Only 5 degrees out in the latter case). Perhaps this is a good time to get my books published and make myself famous!

  6. Mary,

    Thanks for your wide-ranging and perceptive article. It’s a keeper! I LOVED John Legend’s commencement speech, which I heard on Democracy NOW. He is a gem. Thanks to you and TMA for this blog!

  7. For another New Moon boost of Gemini communication this week (brought to us by The Learning Channel, no less) we might also include the new season premiere of reality TV’s Jon & Kate Plus 8 – watched by a whopping 9 million (curious!) viewers. Jon and Kate, both Aries Suns, and each with the Sun opposed Pluto natally, have come across a rocky patch in their marriage. With angry, hurtful, defensive feelings surfacing very visibly between them, and the Mars transit through Aries apparently a triggering factor. I think an article by a known psychologist-astrologer addressing Jon & Kate – and the public fascination with them and reality TV – would be of great interest to TMA readers.

    Ron, have you checked into Integrative Medicine? It is a field that combines traditional and alternative methods, and I wonder if it may offer the bridge needed to facilitate health care funding for nonconventional treatment. FYI According to Steven Forrest’s website, his new book Yesterday’s Sky was made possible by a generous grant from the Integrative Medicine Foundation.

  8. Hi Ron,

    Yes, I do think of Chiron with the healing arts as well..

    Thanks for writing, and you, too, keep up the good work!

  9. Hi Roberta,

    I hadn’t look at this chart in awhile..yes, all good observations on your part.

    At 911, the Federal gov’t progressed Moon was 22 degrees Pisces 54′, right on the Mercury retrograde. No wonder many people (the Moon as significator of the people) have serious questions about what really happened..

    Take care..

  10. Hey Beverly,

    As I said in an email, I was almost embarrassed to post your very lovely comment!!

    Thank you very much..

  11. Hello PD Wills,

    Thanks you for the you have birth data for the couple? I read People magazine at the eye doctor this week and got the fascinating story about this family and all the children.

    Now I’m hooked too, wish I had cable!

  12. Hi Terry,

    Thank you..I also saw John Legend on Democracy Now..yeah Amy Goodman…

    I have a sunrise chart for her: born April 13, 1957 in Washington, D.C. Aries Sun closely conjunct Venus (23 degrees), Moon in Libra (full early on the 14th), Mercury in Taurus (13 degrees), Mars in Gemini opposite Saturn in Sag (14 degrees). Venus was exactly conjunct the Sun early on the 14, so she may very well have Venus cazimi the Sun (within 17′), like Oprah..

    Amy’s natal Juno is late 27 degrees Pisces, so transiting Uranus has yet to cross it..I don’t expect her to be quieting down on her support for the powerless and vulnerable any time soon!

  13. Mary, thanks for the reply. Here’s the birth data I came up with after net surfing (Wiki, etc.). The dates seem accurate. As I recall, Kate’s birthplace is confirmed in different sources. Jon’s is not so clear, although PA appears to be correct.

    Jon Gosselin, b. April 1, 1977; Wyoming, PA (maybe); time unknown.

    Kate Gosselin, b. March 28, 1975; Lancaster, PA; time unknown.

  14. I like Mountain Astrologer, but since I live in Mexico, the price is pretty high for someone living on just SS, $100USD??? I would ask that when you mention good astrology/numerology sites, you only mention the ones that do not require personal invitations. I tried to read PiscesBlog, and was put off by having to have an invitation, and by it being in Spanish. While I speak Spanish, I am not able to process it because all of my astrological/numerology training is in English.

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