When I think about the Saturn Neptune square, the second contact of which will be exact on 17 June, I’m reminded of a quote from the poet W.B. Yeats: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” We all put our faith in impermanent things: jobs, marriages, people, living situations. Everyday we rely on the structures of life, the realm of Saturn, to be there for us, and yet one day everything will dissolve and crumble.
The Saturn Neptune square reminds us of the simple truth that everything is impermanent. Out of the blue a marriage can end, a person we are dependent on may die, conflict may arise and an otherwise suitable situation becomes suddenly untenable. This is the nature of the manifest reality of Saturn: everything eventually passes away. Nothing remains unchanged.
This uncomfortable fact is at the heart of Buddhist teaching and if the truth of it has not been integrated into your understanding of the world you may find the Saturn Neptune square has you feeling as though the rug has suddenly been swept out from under your feet. A previously stable situation is now crumbling unexpectedly and you’re left floundering, frantically trying to find some firm ground to stand upon.
I’m experiencing just such a situation now: I’ve suddenly lost my home three weeks before my baby is due to be born. In the midst of it, all I could feel was panic. Yet even then I knew at a deeper level that my security comes from something greater than this: from the deep bonds I have with my family and friends, my own inner strength and courage, and from my faith in the benevolence of this universe of which I am an integral part. This is what the Saturn Neptune square can teach us.
When we come to understand the truth of Neptune, beyond the illusions and phantoms: we begin to see that we are all part of an immense and wondrous spirit and each one of us can access a true sense of groundedness through our connection to this whole. Together we are on a journey of discovery and even when we feel that things are going completely wrong, at a deeper level everything is actually entirely as it should be.
So if you’re having a hard time with this second pass of the Saturn Neptune square, perhaps it’s time to ask yourself whether your faith in the impermanent would be better placed in the infinite and enduring.
Exact dates for the Saturn Neptune square
Due to retrograde motion, the Saturn Neptune square will be exact three times:
- 26 November 2015 at 7 degrees (active from 24 October to 26 December)
- 17 June 2016 at 12 degrees (both Saturn and Neptune will be retrograde)
- 10 September 2016 at 10 degrees (Neptune will be retrograde)
You can read more about the first exact contact of the Saturn Neptune square in my previous article Saturn square Neptune: sweet illusion meets cold hard reality.
Meanwhile in another part of the cosmos…
A number of transits are occurring during this second contact of the Saturn Neptune square that work together to help us process this challenging energy.
Jupiter is still within square of Saturn and opposing Neptune, forming a t-square that amplifies the effect of the Saturn Neptune square. Read more about these transits in my articles Jupiter opposition Neptune: what is truth? and Saturn square Jupiter: opposites collide.
The Sun and Venus have been conjunct in Gemini for the past few days and will remain within orb of each other until the day the Saturn Neptune square is exact. This aspect will greatly support communication in relationships, particularly where things may not be as stable as they once were or where an intimate connection is dissolving.
On 9 June Mercury will form a sextile to Chiron, followed closely by a trine from Mars on the 12 and 13 June. This will give us a boost of energy to direct into our own healing process, as well as the understanding of what underlies our fearful search for security in relationship. With Mars retrograde in Scorpio this may involve facing up to some of the darker emotions that we find within the psyche such as jealousy, possessiveness and attachment.
Personally I’m looking forward to Jupiter and Pluto forming another exact trine on 26 June. This is a powerful and fortunate transit and if you’re lucky enough to have it hit your natal chart directly you can expect things to be flowing very nicely for you by the end of the month. You can read more about this lovely aspect in my article Jupiter trine Pluto: the magic of ambition and synchronicity.
How will the Saturn Neptune square affect you?
Those with planets or points between 9 and 14 degrees of the Mutable signs (Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) will be most strongly affected by the Saturn Neptune square. To understand which area of your life will be most affected by this transit check to see through which house Saturn and Neptune are currently traveling. If this doesn’t make sense and you’d like to learn how to apply current transits to your natal chart, check out my free astrology mini lessons.
Working positively with the Saturn Neptune square
Are you feeling the Saturn Neptune square strongly right now? What aspects of your life are coming under Saturn’s scrutiny? Are there structures that you had come to depend upon that are currently dissolving? Feel free to share your thoughts below.
Faith is founder and principal of Insight Astrology and has been teaching and giving readings for over twenty years. She is fascinated by astrology as a tool for personal growth and passionate about empowering others to read its language.