The Saturn/Neptune square shimmers around us for the month of August, although it won't be exact until September 10th (at 10 degrees). This will be the third and final square, activated by a Virgo stellium, and Mars in Sagittarius.
Saturn in Sagittarius will square Mercury, Venus and the Sun in Virgo, while Neptune in Pisces opposes them. This suggests concerted efforts to get the facts (Virgo) straight. Communication, ideas, relationships, self-esteem and finances will be in the crosshairs. It may be a struggle to arrive at the truth, because the rules (Saturn) will be shifting (Neptune). What you thought was real and perfect may dissolve. But, something new could emerge that's actually better for you. Saturn/Neptune is slippery, but the theme is new realities.
Virgo likes things to be nice and neat. Saturn/Neptune will challenge that, and what does Virgo do when challenged? Try harder. If any sign can step up and deal with ambiguity, it's Virgo. Sure, there may be anxiety at the outset. But Virgo is about improvement, and it is a Mutable sign. Once it becomes clear that corrections are necessary, Virgo shifts and analyzes and searches until the appropriate solution is found. The crunchy Saturn square will demand effort and precision. The key will be making small adjustments until it works. Or, you may have to accept that something will never work, no matter how hard you try.
How to differentiate between the two possibilities? Keep adjusting and correcting if you have something that's basically solid. If something completely dissolves (the bubble bursts, the lie is exposed) then you'll know it's not going to work.
The North and South Nodes (12 degrees Virgo and Pisces) will be close to the Saturn/Neptune square. They won't quite be exact: Saturn squares the Nodes on October 8th, 2016 and Neptune passes over the South Node on November 17th, 2016. But they're close enough to tie in with the overall theme: new truths (Virgo) mark the way forward (North Node).
The Next Chapter in Sagittarius
Mars in Sagittarius will conjoin Saturn and square Neptune. Saturn will focus Mars' enthusiastic gallop, bringing consequences, focus and determination. Note the degree of this conjunction (9 degrees) is just past the degree that Mars stationed Rx at, on April 17th, 2016. As Mars finally leaves the territory it reviewed when it was Rx, Saturn ensures a significant next chapter. Even though Sagittarius is optimistic and adventurous, Mars/Saturn will focus efforts in a specific direction. The square to Neptune Rx in Pisces a couple of days later can crack open a door, right off the bat. Already, new potentials emerge. But the challenge will be separating faith from illusion.
What begins during the Mars/Saturn conjunction may be hooked into events from April 17th. You'll have to move forward cautiously: Mars/Neptune can send you careening down the wrong path. Or, frustrations at being blocked could combine with Neptune's undermining influence, and you give up. Surrender may be your best option, but remember that you're dealing with Mutable energy. There's tons of room for adjustment. Maybe all you'll have to do is shift into a lower gear and proceed at a slower pace.
BTW, Saturn will station direct at the same degree it conjoins Mars, so there's a sense of events being underlined as forward movement becomes indisputable. There will be no going back from here, even if the next steps are not crystal clear.
Finally, the September 1st New Moon eclipse (9 degrees Virgo) caps it all off when it activates the square. This feels like a summary of all the Virgo/Sag and Saturn/Neptune action. The climax and new beginning, based on new versions of reality.
Overall, these influences suggest a high degree of picky ambition, and heightened anxiety about getting it wrong. You may get it wrong. Your facts may be challenged. Will you fall apart if this happens? Nope. You'll get back up and Virgo your way forward, as you correct, improve and keep working.
Here are the aspects involved in the Saturn/Neptune square:
- Aug 6th: Mercury in Virgo squares Saturn Rx, 9 deg
- Aug 7th: Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune Rx, 11 deg
- Aug 13th: Saturn stations direct, 9 deg
- Aug 13th: Venus in Virgo squares Saturn, 9 deg
- Aug 14th: Venus in Virgo opposes Neptune Rx, 11 deg
- Aug 24th: Mars conjoins Saturn, 9 deg
- Aug 26th: Mars square Neptune Rx, 10 deg
- Sept 1st: New Moon eclipse in Virgo, 9 deg
- Sept 1st: Sun in Virgo squares Saturn, 10 deg
- Sept 2nd: Sun in Virgo opposes Neptune Rx, 10 deg
- Sept 10th: Saturn/Neptune square exact at 10 deg