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Ocean Waves: Neptune's Trident

  Neptune is beginning a series of alignments over the next three years as it makes a number of aspects to the natal US Moon. On March 5th, 2008, Neptune paralleled the US Moon and will do so again on August 19th, 2008 and January 10th, 2009. This will be followed by Neptune conjuncting the US Moon on March 7th, September 2nd, 2010, and January 7th, 2011. Both the parallel and the conjunction are similar in nature and will essentially produce the same themes throughout these times, but especially as we draw closer to each of these dates. Think of them as celestial waves (Neptune) lapping the shore and re-shaping its shoreline (Moon).

  The US Moon is in Aquarius, and essentially deals with our democracy (of the people, by the people, for the people), a land (Moon = home) of the free (Aquarius). It is our freedom of speech (the US Moon falls in the 3rd house = communications) and our ideals of independence and self government. Since the US of A was born on the 4th of July, 1776, we are a Cancerian nation (the Sun is in Cancer every July). Cancer is a water sign ruled by the Moon, which means the Moon's position is more important in a chart that has strong Cancerian themes, all of which brings us back to the US natal Moon in Aquarius. It's a powerful player in the US chart.

  One high side to the Moon in Aquarius is that we can be a very humanitarian-oriented people. The public mood can be one that desires freedom from war. There is a long history of public protests against wars, especially through the 19th and 20th centuries. There were strong anti-war movements during the Mexican-American and Spanish-American Wars. Between the two world wars, much of the public did not want to get involved in another European conflict. When the US Moon in Aquarius is triggered by one of the outer planets, these humanitarian themes bob to the surface and becomes evident in our protests, press and history.

  Because Neptune rules the subconscious, our spiritual side can be evoked under its influence. Neptune is a sensitive guy. He feels everyone's pain like Pisces, the water sign he rules. But even as Neptune is deeply emotional, it is also mystical. It is fog and confusion, mist and illusion. When we pray, are our prayers answered or was that simply a package from Fed Ex that arrived? It's often hard to tell.

  When Neptune aspects a planet in our charts it waterlogs our minds, effectively removing thought as a player. We often rationalize ourselves into situations, thinking that we will hang in there for this, that or the other reason. But if the foundation you've built upon isn't solid, those reasons may not be enough to weather a real storm. Neptune makes us dig, pushing the mind aside so we can see how we feel about it at a deeper level. But because the organ which deals with clarity, specifics, and logic (the mind) is pushed out of the way, we're still not sure whether what we're being faced with is the right answer or not, hence the mist and confusion. With Neptune, a water sign ruler aspecting the Moon, another water sign ruler, there's water everywhere.

  Well, history helps. Neptune paralleled the US Moon before, and we learn from history, right?

  Have you ever heard of the Quasi-War? That's really what it was called. Was it or wasn't it a war?

  Here's a hint. It took place entirely at sea.

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