From May of 2009 to November of 2010, Neptune and Chiron are dancing in & out of conjunction with each other. They came within kissing distance of a conjunction on May 30, 2009 and will again on November 6, 2010. Their only true (exact) conjunction will be on February 17, 2010, but since they’re close enough for us to feel it here on earth, I thought I’d better let you know what this is about.
While you are in a dream, you find yourself in a beautiful, ancient forest, filled with tangled trees and brush. You sit quietly, feeling at peace with the world and your place in it. Among the trees you spy two beings who must be gods because they are larger-than-life and they glow. You sit very quietly and watch them from behind a tree.
Neptune is a slim woman, dressed in a flowing garment that is always moving. Sometimes it looks like water, sometimes mist and sometimes clouds. As you look at her, you can’t quite get a fix on her position, even though your peripheral vision sees that she is there. It’s like the way some stars are so faint you can’t see them dead-on; you have to look a little to the side. She is like that.
Chiron is a little more solid. He is a centaur, standing strong on his four horsy legs while his naked human torso rises proudly from his animal body. He seems comfortable with his odd self, which makes you feel comfortable too.
The two are having a conversation, which you are able to overhear.
Neptune: I have always loved this beautiful green place. I love how it could be on any continent, anywhere on Earth.
Chiron: Me too. What do they call this?
Neptune: It is the Wood Between The Worlds.
(And if you ever read the Narnia books as a child, particularly The Magician’s Nephew, you now know exactly where you are.)
Neptune picks up her skirts, which go green to match the surrounding leaves and she spins, casting off green sparks of living energy. Then she laughs and sits on the grass, her skirts gathering around her but still ever-moving. She reaches out her hand into a nearby pool of water and gently touches its surface, smiling meditatively.
Chiron: What world is in that pool?
Neptune: It’s the ideal world of that silly little human over there, hiding behind the tree.
You freeze, wondering how she knew.
Chiron: She’s a goddess, silly! That’s how she knew. You can come out now. We’ve turned down the volume on our divine presence, so you won’t get blasted. It’s safe.
You slowly come out from behind the tree. Neptune is beckoning softly.
Neptune: Why not have a look?
You: What am I supposed to do?
Neptune: Sit here beside me. Meditate and make your mind very still. Take the armor off your heart and reach way down into your belly for the last moment of real bliss you felt. Then, when you’ve done all that, put your hand in the water.
You are nervous, but you obey. Making your mind still turns out to be harder than expected, and removing the heart-armor is hard too. After you’ve done those things, feeling the bliss is fairly easy and soon you reach out to the pond.
As your hand slips into the water, you become aware of descending into a beautiful landscape. As you look around you, you notice it’s just like the everyday world you know, except everything is just a bit brighter and warmer. There are people in this place, and they are happy—really happy, deep down, not just in a phony way. You see that they are doing what they love to do and somehow it all fits together. There is no sign here of all the things you hate and fear: war, poverty, disease, and the rest. This is a well-functioning world. Everything is as it should be; everything is perfect.
You are struck by the disparity between the world you long for and the world you live in and you begin to weep. You realize that you need to bridge this gap in order to make yourself whole. With that realization, that there IS a way to this beautiful place, your heart breaks open and you can feel sunlight streaming out from it. Peace descends upon you.
As you come back to yourself, you realize Chiron’s hand is on your shoulder, touching you reassuringly and giving you strength.
Chiron: Do you know what you must do now?
You: I have to create that world, on Earth, in my own life.
Chiron: Yes, exactly. You are the bridge.
Neptune: You are the one, the only one who can do it. Don’t wait for someone else. Your world is special; everyone must create their own heaven on earth.
Chiron: And it’s not a burden, not something you must do, but something you get to do.
Chiron: Yeah, “Woah.” That’s right.
Neptune and Chiron link arms and stroll away through the wood, leaving you to ponder this. As they walk away, you can still hear their voices, fading but ringing clear through the trees.
Chiron: Do you think that one knows what it’s going to take?
Neptune: Nope, there’s absolutely no clue.
Chiron: It’s probably better that way.
Neptune and Chiron will be doing their dance in the sky from May of 2009 to November of 2010. They will make 3 passes. The first and last pass will be inexact but extremely close. The middle pass will be exact on February 17, 2010. If you have any planet in your chart between 25 and 27 degrees of fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio), you are bound to feel this.
If you want to read other articles about 2009’s triple conjunction of Neptune, Chiron & Jupiter, look here on the Trends For The Year 2009 page.