I am sitting at a desk in a high-ceilinged room in Brighton. The tall window frames blue, at the lower edge lavender blossom and then a few inches above, the horizontal of prussian blue sea meeting pale, brilliant summer sky.
In the distance, the sounds of church bells, surf, cars’ swish.
My friend, whose flat I am borrowing, is a religious scholar. Beside me the Qur’an, The Muhaddithat, then the poet Brodsky’s On Grief and Reason.
I gaze at the sea, listen to the chimes. I am at a loss for what to write. I cast a horary chart. “What shall I write about?” The answer comes: Jupiter and Neptune.
As you have just read, I am in a blue glass bowl of Jupiter and Neptune, the rulers of Pisces, the sign of the two fishes going in opposite directions. Jupiter the philosopher, Neptune the mystic; the sea, the church, the scholar, the poet. The horizon, where sky god meets sea god.
Very quietly, Jupiter and Neputne are approaching a quincunx this week, which will become exact on August 15. They make an aspect maybe once a year, so this is important. And between Leo and Pisces, as they are now, once in a lifetime.
The quincunx – an aspect that demands attention. It is normally between signs of incompatible elements making a passionate, jarring, uneasy connection where naturally there is none. But therein lies the magic. With the quincunx, the signs and planets make up for each other’s flaws, fill in the gaps. The whole is far larger than the parts.
Fire has courage and gut instinct. Water has depth and sympathy. Look at your chart and see what parts of your life are drawn together by the two rulers of Pisces. Jupiter and NeptuneL boundless, infinite, mystical, imaginative. Where is the strange music being played? Where are the mermaids singing?
Here is Ella Fitzgerald, showing how Neptune in Leo plays. (And a stellium in Taurus can sing.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2olBE4C5_Gk