by Karin Ugander
Have you been tired lately? Had strong and vivid dreams? Has the line between dreaming and wakefulness blurred from time to time? Do you feel a strong desire to assist people and the world around you, but are unsure of how to help in the best way? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Let’s take a walk together with the stars and see what we can learn.
The Jupiter and Neptune Conjunction
On the 12th of April, Jupiter (expansion) and Neptune (creativity, intuition, art) are meeting up in the sign of Pisces (spirituality, art, dreams) at 23 degrees. They will only conjunct one time on the 12th of April, but we will feel it before it happens and for a long time after. This is a very strong event and the last time Jupiter and Neptune met in Pisces was in 1856. The next time it will happen is in the year 2188, so this is a once in a lifetime event!
Jupiter and Neptune do conjunct each other in a cycle of 13 years. Because of that it can be good to look at what happened in your life at that time:
- In 2009 they met in Aquarius on May 27th , July 10th, and December 12th
- In 1997 they met in Capricorn, Jan 9th
- In 1984, they also met in Capricorn Jan 19th
Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces and Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces from a time when only seven of the planets were used in astrology. This means that there is a lot of water energy with all of its gifts and challenges.
Possible positive things with this event:
- The beginning of a new 13-year cycle
- Opening of psychic abilities
- An outburst of creativity
- Deeper spiritual connection
- Finding a higher meaning to one’s life
Possible challenging things with this event:
The end of the previous 13 year cycle
- Feeling unsure about the future.
- Lack of grounding and feeling “spaced out.”
- The feeling of walking in a dream, hard to know if you are dreaming or awake.
- Feeling overwhelmed by information and the world around you.
- The feeling of being at the wrong place doing the wrong things in your life.
Jupiter and Neptune travels together until the 22nd of May. By then Jupiter has moved into the sign of Aries.
A Shift Also Means Change
When we go through a shift of awareness it also means that things in our life change. It kind of goes hand in hand. When I work with clients, we also look at what took place within 9–13 months after an important astrological transit or numerological shift. Around that time the energy and the consequences of the transit have started to manifest. Another manifestation cycle that is important is the 2-year cycle related to the mental energy field and that is the time it usually takes us to mentally process change. So when you trace the years and dates of the previous conjunctions of Jupiter and Neptune you might want to take that into consideration as well.
Brilliant Ideas, But Don’t Be Too Slow
The Sun at 21 degrees in Aries is travelling together with the asteroid Pallas Athena (intelligence, strategy) at 22 degrees in the sign of Aries. Together they can create brilliant ideas and bring positive changes. This is even stronger with the asteroid Urania right next to them at 27 degrees. Urania is one of the Muses and she can spark creativity and create fantastic solutions. She also gives inspiration to things like astronomy and astrology.
What might slow things down though is that Mercury (information, thinking) is also right next-door at 1 degree in Taurus, and Taurus like to think things through, which is good, but the process can take so long that your window of opportunity closes. This is extra strong with Mercury in Taurus making a challenging square to Pluto in Capricorn, slowing things down further. The good side of this Mercury/Pluto combination is it hinders you from making mistakes. My advice is this, take good care of the inventions, ideas, and opportunities that arrive on your doorstep or in your mind. Do your research, make reservations if you need to, make the calls. Then, before you make the final decision, think things through and ask for advice from a professional if you need to. But once again, if you are too slow, good fortune may go to someone else who was faster to take action.
The Sun and Pallas Athena travel together until the 27th of April.
Mercury squares Pluto until the 13th of April, and travels in the sign of Taurus until the 30th of April.
The End of an Era
The Asteroid Juno in transit often signals change in relationships, groups, and phases of our lives. For example, she is often very active in the chart when someone has their period for the first time, the first time having sex, meeting a life partner, becoming the owner of a pet or having a child. She is usually there when our lives change, an old era of our lives end, and a new one begins.
Sometimes this is by our choice, at other times it can be someone else breaking up with us or something happening to us. How we deal with strong Juno transits has a lot to do with how good we are with separations and endings. If we have separation anxiety we may very well unconsciously create difficult situations for the people involved, where it eventually becomes all right for us to leave the situation or relationship. But if we have worked through the idea and process of separations and endings as a natural way of life, we can do it more in beauty and respect for ourselves and everyone involved.
One example of a “bad” separation might be that we are so afraid of separation that we become passive-aggressive towards our partner. Then when our partner finally has had enough and expresses anger towards us, demanding to know what is really going on? We play innocent and say, “You are impossible to live with. Just look at how angry you are. I’m leaving you.” The partner ends up with all the blame, when in fact we are just as much responsible, or even the catalyst starting it all.
Right now Juno (endings, new cycles) is travelling at 26 degrees in Aquarius right between Saturn (limitations, karma, blocks) at 22 degrees, and on the other side Mars (aggression, drive, conflict) at 27 degrees. With this we can expect things to end and new things to start. With the transit taking place in Aquarius we can also expect it to be about organisations, friendships, and the safety net we have around us.
On a personal level this can be anything from changing the electric company you’ve had for ages, to no longer going to the wine lottery with your friends, leaving your coven, or breaking up with a partner or a friend. Change is coming, the question is how are you going to deal with it?
On the other side, there may also be new alliances forming and creating a new sense of belonging and feeling supported and protected. This becomes a stronger influence with the planet Venus (love) right next to Mars and just entering the loving sign of Pisces. On a collective plane, countries, companies, and defense alliances are being changed and reformed.
Juno and Saturn travel together until the 23rd of April, Mars and Juno until the 28th of April.
Changes in Your Magick
Hekate is known to many as the Queen of Witches. As an asteroid, she is strong in the charts of not only Witches but also herbalists, midwives, doctors, therapists, psychic mediums, and animal lovers. In transit in our astrological chart she often signals a change in our healing and magick.
Right now the asteroid Hekate is at 16 degrees in Taurus (earth, magick, manifestation) right next to the rebel Uranus (sudden changes, the unexpected) at 13 degrees in Taurus. Together they are making a challenging aspect to the asteroid Vesta (priest, priestess) at 14 degrees in Aquarius. This can create unexpected events and situations, some even chaotic. But, the result might be that you take the next step in unfolding your magick, healing skills and leadership. Anyone involved in magick can expect the unexpected!
Hekate and Uranus travels together until around the 18th of April.
To Summarize: This is the end of an era on a personal and collective plane, and a new one is beginning. Let’s hope that it is a good one, and may we all use our dreams, magick, visions, and powers to help make it so.
To anchor the strong healing energies of the Neptune/Jupiter conjunction you may take a deep breath and connect to all the good things that you know in this world and beyond. Let them fill your heart and allow them to spread out goodness in your own life. Allow them to radiate further to the past, into the future, and out to all living things.
Karin Spirit Talker Turtle Red
Karin Ugander (Spirit Talker Turtle Red) is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is an ordained high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program. Her work can be found on Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial and she can be reached at [email protected].