On November 5, Chiron stations direct, at the same degree of the zodiac where Neptune stations the very next day. This is the final iteration of the pairing that presided over the skies last year, with Jupiter, as the Super Conjunction. All this month, the planet of illusion (Neptune) and the planet of wounds (Chiron) are joining forces to teach us about self-delusion. The two of them promise that when denial is shaken off, we stand to gain a new kind of freedom.
The surreal perceptions of Neptune can lead us to the furthest reaches of wisdom when they are used optimally. Even when only partially accessed, Neptune inspires artists, sweetens love affairs, and supports seekers of personal growth (for delineations of the transit through the houses of the individual natal chart, see the November Skywatch on MotherSky.com).
For more than a year, this column has been looking at the impact of Neptune and Chiron on the US (Sibley) Moon. November marks the swan song of this transit, and the best chance we will have, in our lifetimes, to understand its meaning. In secular societies like ours, where there are few healthy outlets for the planet’s sublime yearnings, the self-deceptive side of Neptune is particularly dangerous. Chiron’s involvement suggests that behind the deception there is pain. For those who look for meaning in the cultural currents during these years of cosmic crossroads, the Neptune-Chiron transit provides a rare window into the group psychology of the USA.