Magical Timing

Astrology has a long history of involvement with magical ritual and practice. In this article, I will be discussing a way I use astrology in my personal life as a magical tool and sharing with you some of the “rules” that I follow.


These are not of course the only rules as there are multiple ways of using astrology in a magical practice even in terms of the ways of using it as a magical timing tool, which is what I will be focusing on talking about here. Many of these guidelines come from a branch of astrology called electional astrology, which concerns itself with choosing propitious or fortuitous moments for events or the beginnings of projects, but others come from my own personal work and my published work. Although I am writing this article with the planning of a magical ritual in mind the advice which I provide here could also be adapted to suit a vast number of other projects such as a performance, celebration or a work project. Anything in which you could gain advantage from your timing can make use of this information.

Astrological influences will not ever guarantee success in a magical working, but nor will they guarantee failure. The guarantee of success in a magical working comes from the participants who set the magic in motion, and not from any of the tools or magical implements which they use to do so. Indeed, while such tools can be very useful and helpful they are never necessary. What astrological factors will do is influence execution of the ceremony or ritual and influence the moods and general effectiveness of the practitioners. So, for example, a powerfully supportive astrological influence can ensure that your ritual goes without a hitch, while one that is lumbered with many problems might actually set fire to your alchemy lab when you stumble and knock the burner over. These situations can put a serious kink in your operation, but they are usually not game enders, just complications. A well trained magician in full command of their faculties just shrugs them off, unless the house actually blows up too. Such happenings are messages anyway, not merely accidents. Likewise, evocation of the Venus sphere will not be guaranteed success just because Venus is in a good place in the sky for you at the time, but it will certainly help with the accumulation of the appropriate atmosphere for a being to make use of. The accommodation you have made for it through your careful planning of the timing will be noted.

This article assumes that you have sufficient training and a general idea of the kind of magical ritual you want to perform– for example, that you want to create a talisman of some kind related to the planet Jupiter, or that you want to help yourself to overcome shyness – but the information contained herein could also be applied to any particular moment that you happen to want to work with, even one chosen on the spur of the moment. You just have to have more skill and experience in evaluating an astrological chart, because you have to be able to identify the strong and weak points in the chart overall rather than look for a specific moment in which one ingredient of a chart will be strong.


Setting Parameters

There are two kinds of parameters you need to look at in terms of planning your magical ritual. The first one is the temporal one of how much time you have before your ritual or magical ceremony needs to take place. Ideally, this doesn’t matter at all but there are a large number of cases in which it really does – for example, a ritual for someone’s healing or the planning for a ceremony that must take place in the summer both carry these temporal constraints. Another example of a temporal parameter is the window of opportunity for a particular activation that you are seeking to work with in your magical ceremony. For example, if you are working with an activation of the Moon key by Saturn you have a window of activation to work with lasting several months of time, but if the same Moon key is instead being activated by Pluto you have a number of years. These act to frame the units of time you have to work with in order to select a propitious moment for your work.

The second kind of parameter is a qualitative one concerned with what you need to accomplish. Assuming that you have at least a general idea of the magical effect that you want to produce, you need to select an astrological analogue for that effect. Sometimes you may begin by selecting an astrological analogue (one that is currently very strongly represented in the sky) and then look for appropriate temporal parameters from there. For example, having decided that you generally want to explore the magic of Jupiter, you look in your keys for upcoming activations by Jupiter or of the Jupiter key, and you look for other times when Jupiter will be strong in the ephemeris as I will describe in this article – in other words you start with the planetary parameter which then helps you to determine what the temporal parameters are.

Spiritual leaders perform a Mayan ritual

The qualitative parameters used in magic with an astrological focus are chiefly the zodiacal signs and the planets, with the planets being the most important focus. Signs carry different temporal parameters than planets. With signs of the zodiac, wherein you are seeking to work with an overall quality of the zodiac itself, your work will actually be more powerful and effective when you have a planet transiting through that sign at the time you do the ritual, and because of their central importance and regularity the Sun and the Moon are the primary batteries that energise signs for magical work. This means that your temporal parameter for working with a sign will usually either be a month (once a year) or about 2 1/2 days (once a month), these being the length of time it takes for the Sun or the Moon to move through a single sign of the zodiac. However, you can also work with signs even when there are no planets in them. To do this, you must select a moment in the day when that sign is rising, which means your temporal parameter is about two hours long each day, but each and every day could be used. In this case, you just have to choose a day which avoids troubles and challenges, as will be explained in this article.

So the temporal parameters for operations that tap signs are usually either about two hours long (the time it takes one sign to completely rise), 2 1/2 days long (the time it takes the Moon to pass through a sign) or one month long (the time it takes the Sun to pass through a sign). Within these temporal parameters you must find your auspicious moment to work with that sign. Sometimes you will be lucky enough to have a longer temporal parameter for working with the sign, a situation which arises when a very slow moving planet is in a sign of its own rulership or exaltation. For example, if you are seeking to work with the sign Capricorn you may be lucky enough to be living through a time when Saturn is in Capricorn, a time in which Capricorn qualities are strongly emphasised for about 2 1/2 years. This means you have 2.5 years to look at to find your auspicious moment for working with that sign, but, and its a big but, it will be a Saturnine moment. Saturn will have a major presence in your encounter with Capricorn.

This brings me to talking about the temporal parameters of planets being tied to those planets themselves – they arise from how far away they are from the Sun and hence how long they take to orbit the Sun. Since the planet Jupiter, for example, takes about 12 years to go around the Sun, it will spend about one year in each sign. This means that the temporal parameter for a magical ritual focused on Jupiter is always about one year. Again, the auspicious moment to work with Jupiter must be found somewhere within these temporal parameters. This is because after that time it is a different kind of Jupiter and will be suitable for a different kind of magical work (or not at all). Basically, the temporal parameters of the planets are equal to the length of time that they take to go through a single sign.

So the key thing you need to arrive at at this stage is which planet or sign you are seeking to gain assistance and power from in your magical ritual, and what time frame/s you have in which to perform your magical operation given that information. Throughout this discussion I will use the example of seeking to gain assistance from the power of the Moon to illustrate the process involved in selecting an auspicious moment to do so.


Narrowing the Focus

The basic idea when working with a sign is to choose a moment when that sign is being emphasised by activations, progressions or transits, i.e. when there are planets of some kind in it, preferably planets that enjoy being there. When working specifically with planets the basic idea is to choose a moment in which that planet is either in its rulership or its exaltation (see below for these attributions). In our example of creating a ritual of the Moon, we will therefore try to select a time when the Moon is either in Cancer or Taurus. In addition, for most purposes we will want to choose a time when the Moon is waxing in either of these signs and not waning. We want the waxing Moon for most things because it is the one which generates energy, but if we are seeking to banish something then the waning Moon would be more appropriate. The Moon is so important in fact that even if the subject of the magical ritual is not the Moon, we want to be observing it in any case and following these guidelines. We also do not want to see a time when the Moon is void of course, because these will generally not lead anywhere since the cycle of events is coming to a close and nothing new is scheduled to emerge. For this reason in the example it will be better for me to plan the working to occur just as the Moon enters Cancer or Taurus so that it is at the beginning of the sign and not the end. At the very least, we do not want to see the Moon in great difficulties, void of course and waning in a sign she is uncomfortable being in, these being Scorpio and Capricorn, unless we have a specific intention in mind which involves those qualities.

Turning to the example used, this means that every month I will have two good opportunities to perform my magical work focused on the Moon, once when the Moon enters Cancer and once when the Moon enters Taurus, and that ideally I want to do this during the waxing Moon in these signs which means that I have 50% less opportunity for the months that the Sun is in Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, or Sagittarius (since in the case of the Moon in Cancer it will always be waning in these periods) and 50% less opportunity for the months that the Sun is in Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Libra, (because in the case of the Moon in Taurus it will always be waning in these periods). Now I can also see that during the time the Sun is in Leo, Virgo and Libra I have no opportunity to work with the waxing Moon in Cancer or Taurus. Instead, what I see are opportunities to work with the waning Moon in Cancer or Taurus. This is a mechanic that is tied to the Sun and so it is annually repeating.

800px-the_magic_circle_by_john_william_waterhouseMy next task will be to choose a month in the times ahead during which the waxing Moon in Cancer or Taurus is not in any conjunction, square or opposition aspects with troubling planets, especially Mars or Saturn, and the outer worlds Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, and is also preferably making strong harmonious aspects with any objects, especially those which somehow relate to my intention. So, in order to do this I will begin by looking at the current position of Jupiter and followed by Mars and Saturn and the other planets, look for a time when they are either supporting the Moon or not interfering with it. I start with the slow moving planets simply because their situation does not change very often and is therefore easier. In the case of my example, I will be very happy if I see Jupiter in a Water sign (thus conjunct or trine the Moon in Cancer) or Earth sign (thus conjunct or trine the Moon in Taurus), especially Taurus or Pisces. I will also be happy to find Jupiter in Virgo – Jupiter giving a sextile or a trine to my chosen planet is a great asset I will want to include. However, I will be less satisfied seeing Jupiter in Virgo because this is a sign in which it is not supported. If I am not this lucky with Jupiter, I will start looking around for the position of Venus to play a similar role, looking to find her in a strong position herself while at the same time providing a sextile, a trine or a conjunction to the Moon in Taurus or Cancer. Once I have found a good-looking time based on this information I will then check to see whether Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and sometimes Chiron might be throwing some kind of spanner into the works. I won’t necessarily throw those times away if I do find such is the case, but I will make a note and place these opportunities in a lesser category to those which do not have such interference. These more ideal charts or opportunities will then begin to be examined in closer detail.


Drilling Down

The detail I will look at first is whether or not any of the planets are in uncomfortable signs, these being the signs in which they are in fall or detriment. If all of the planets are in comfortable signs or at least in signs which are not uncomfortable to them, it is a better moment. After this, I will begin looking at all of the aspects that are going on in the background, basically focusing on everything from Jupiter outward. By their nature these influences are very long-term ones which can go on for a number of years, the current case in point being the Uranus square with Pluto. It is difficult to come up with an astrological configuration that is more troubling than this one, and indeed it has been one hell of a time for many people. These influences need to be acknowledged and accounted for, and ideally de-emphasised in the moment that is chosen. This usually means putting them in the 6th or the 12th, or simply away from the angles, the Lights and ruler of the chart, and not making any direct challenges or blocks for your chosen planet.


The choosing of the precise moment to begin is the final step and it is only at this stage that I will begin looking at the temples. Having selected a period of time in which the object I wish to work with in my magical ceremony or ritual is strong and unimpeded, I will then drill down into that time-frame looking for the periods where it is emphasised. In the case of a sign which I am seeking to tap, the primary moment will be when that sign crosses over the ascendant of where I have planned to do the ritual. Sometimes this will be a specific degree, for example when working with Earth Zone beings. In the case of a planet, I have more options – I can choose the moment when the planet itself rises at the place where I have planned to do the ritual, or I can do it beginning at the moment when a sign that planet rules is rising. For example, in the case of the Moon working supposing that I have chosen the time when the waxing Moon is in Cancer as the period to do my work, I will look for the times in that period when the Moon and Cancer are rising. If instead I have chosen the Moon in Taurus as the period to do my work, I will look for the time when the Moon or Taurus is rising or when the sign Cancer is rising (the Moon rules Cancer). In another case, supposing that Jupiter is currently in Cancer and I wish to tap into its energies, these being the exalted energies of Jupiter, I will look for a time during the period that Jupiter is in Cancer when it is not being challenged or impeded by other planets elsewhere, and within that period I will then look for a time when either Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces are rising as the optimal moment for my ritual work (Cancer because Jupiter is in Cancer, Sagittarius and Pisces because those are its signs). I will not use exaltations in this manner, for example even though the Moon in Taurus is exalted, I will not select a time when Taurus is rising for the moment to do a Moon ritual. Only rulership will be used in this way.

Below you will find a short explanation of the different signs that the various planets prosper in, as well as those that should be avoided for most purposes, and I have also offered some commentary on the planet in question with regard to magical work, its temporal parameters and narrowing the focus of the search within those parameters:

Saturn is strong in the signs Capricorn and Aquarius (rulerships) and is also strong in Libra (exaltation). However, it spends about 2 1/2 years in each of them once every 28 to 30 years. Therefore operations which call upon the powers of Saturn often fall back on lesser forms of dignity that Saturn can gain from other zodiac signs. For example, with Saturn in Taurus one can take advantage of the fact that the last 10° of Taurus are given over to Saturn in the decanic system of dignity, with 22° to 27° being especially Saturnine because these degrees are also his Egyptian bounds or terms. Using astrological decans and terms in this way is useful because (sometimes) it means that we do not have to wait a very long time for a strong Saturn energy, and this method can also be very helpful when planning an operation connected with Jupiter and sometimes Mars as well. Saturn operations should not be done during the periods when Saturn is in Cancer or Leo, and should probably be avoided if at all possible when Saturn is in Aries. These operations often come under a malefic influence, and generally should be performed during the day when Saturn is above the horizon so that he is more Electric, which in his case means less inclined to obstruct. Saturn needs to be de-emphasised when in these signs. Saturn operations also apply themselves by nature to binding and restrictive influences (which can be used positively, for example to summon restraint in the face of addiction, or to bind oneself to a discipline).

ganesh-1224419_1920-copyJupiter is strong in the signs Sagittarius and Pisces (rulerships) as well as Cancer (exaltation) and spends about a year in each of them about once every 12 years. While these opportunities are not as rare as those calling upon the powers of Saturn, they can still be infrequent enough to merit the use of decanic dignity or terms. As with Saturn, Jupiter takes such a long time to waltz through a particular sign that there can be long periods in which it is not advisable to call upon them in a magical working (because they are in signs which do not agree with them). We have just left a year long period in which Jupiter was in Virgo during which the function of Jupiter has been inhibited, for example. This also means that the good opportunities need to be embraced when they do come around. Jupiter is disenfranchised in the signs of Virgo and Gemini and is also debilitated in Capricorn. Operations of Jupiter scheduled during these times encounter a lack of abundant saturation of the Jupiter principle. Jupiter operations apply their nature well to things intended to cause expansion and enlargement, to operations that bring prosperity and success or the increase of flow, to weather magic and especially storms and rains and also to magic of mercy and grace. It is also suited to legal matters and spiritual gnosis.

Mars is strong in the signs Aries and Scorpio (rulerships) as well as the sign Capricorn (exaltation). It will visit each of these three signs every 2 to 3 years, but the length of time it will spend in each of them varies from visit to visit. Sometimes, then, Mars will be hanging out in one of these signs for a very long time (or in one of the signs which it does not suit well) but sometimes it will zip through a sign shortening the temporal parameters that you have to work with. Magical operations focusing on raising the powers of Mars should probably be avoided whenever Mars is in Taurus, Libra or Cancer, since these are the signs in which Mars is not very strong. Workings of Mars are also better conducted during the night time when Mars is visible in the night-time sky somewhere, since this tempers his capacity for rash behaviour and violence. Mars operations are often malefic in nature, given that they either make us more aggressive or attract competition so that we can prove our mettle. They have often been important to soldiers and explorers, people who risk their lives, as protective charms. It is also a magic suited to winning competitions or championing things, and to severing and cutting things. The magic of Mars is also a potential stimulus to the libido, particularly the male sex drive, and to desires in general.

The Love Potion

The Love Potion

Venus is strong in the signs of Taurus and Libra (rulerships) as well as in Pisces (exaltation), while being weakened in the signs of Aries, Scorpio, and Virgo. Importantly, because Venus is closer to the Sun than Earth is she is always in the near vicinity of the Sun as it moves through the zodiac. This means that she visits each of these signs about once every year, and she will usually only spend about a month in each of them. However sometimes she will dally in one sign for a longer period of time like Mars does, becoming more generous with her temporal parameters, while at others she will withhold it more. The magic of Venus is suited not just to love and relationships and feelings, but also to truth, fairness and justice, to equality and repulsion as well as attraction. Her magic is also well suited to any of the arts and to socialising.

Mercury is strong in the signs of Gemini and Virgo (rulerships, and Virgo is also the exaltation), and debilitated in Sagittarius and Pisces. Like Venus it is closely bound to the Sun and thus orbits the zodiac about once every year, while also being able to dally for longer periods of time in a particular sign. Generally though you will only have about a month in which to take advantage of the position of Mercury in one of its favourable signs. Within that month you will have to find your auspicious moment. At this point it’s helpful to note that since both Mercury and Venus closely follow the Sun through the zodiac every year, it is always roughly the same periods of the year in which their operations are given astrological support. For example, Mercury will be in Gemini around the same time that the Sun is in Gemini every year. Furthermore, given that four of the signs positively associated with Mercury and Venus – Taurus, Gemini,Virgo, Libra – are actually also close together in zodiacal order, we end up with particular seasons of the year wherein it is common practice to perform magical operations connected with these planets. This is more than convenient, since a variety of magical effects can be generated through the magic of Mercury and Venus, meaning that for most purposes one of these planets will suffice, and if not one of the Lights will usually do. This is another reason why there are relatively few talismans of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. The magic of Mercury encompasses all cerebral learning, all sciences and topics that can be learned from a book, but also commerce, travel, communication and persuasion, tests, thought and perception.

The Moon is strong in the sign of Cancer (rulership) and also in Taurus (exaltation), while being debilitated in Scorpio and Capricorn. Since the Moon only takes just under a month to go through all 12 signs, opportunities for working with the Moon and adding its power are frequent. However, the opportunities are relatively brief since the Moon only takes about two and half days to move through a sign. Additionally, operations involving the Moon must consider whether the Moon is waxing or waning and void of course. Furthermore, you may wish to give careful consideration to the aspects that the Moon will form with other planets after the ritual or ceremony has been completed, since these are symbolic of the consequences of setting the energies in motion. The last aspect that the Moon forms after the ritual but before it moves into a new sign symbolises the outcome of events. Therefore, you might want to ensure that this aspect synchronises with your intention or is in some way auspicious of a successful outcome. Another point to consider is the condition and influence of the planet that rules the sign the Moon is in, as this also symbolises the outcome of events. You want this planet to be strong and supportively placed concerning your intentions. Lunar magic is astral, nurturing, instinctive, Magnetic and soulful. It has been used for thousands of years in agriculture, but has many other uses including raising children, nurturing ourselves, dream magic, clairvoyance and psychic development.

dsc04581-copyThe Sun is strong in the sign of Leo (rulership) and also in Aries (exaltation) and debilitated in Libra and Aquarius. It visits each of these signs at the same time every year and spends about 30 days in each of them. There are therefore very frequent opportunities to call upon the magic power of the Sun every year, and normally you have an entire month to work with in seeking your auspicious moment. Solar magic puts us in the spotlight, it centralises power towards us and is Electric, radiant, commanding, energising and life-giving. Its magic has often been drawn upon to bring notice or success, yet expectations will also rise regarding us, and it also provides a powerful boost to magic using the vital energy, as does the Moon.

The modern planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as well as the centaur Chiron need to be mentioned here. First, these objects being new do not have agreed upon decans, terms or even exaltations, and the rulerships of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto to Aquarius, Pisces and Scorpio respectively are recent additions. To my mind the fact that there is an association between Uranus, Neptune and Pluto to these three signs is pretty much settled in the astrological community, but the nature of that association is still unclear. I have proposed that it is akin to a form of rulership but that it does not displace the traditional rulerships attached to these signs. I have chosen to call this “collective rulership” because the slow movement of these outer planets endows them with the power to affect large numbers of people (hundreds of millions of souls at a time). Therefore, it is appropriate to regard these new objects as being more suited to group magical ritual or to personal magical ritual which influences the collective awareness or our connection to it. In practice, I have found that when wishing to empower a ritual with the energy of the planet Uranus then placing Aquarius on the ascendant works very well provided Uranus is also in a very strong position in the chart, and the same goes for workings with Neptune and the sign Pisces and Pluto and the sign Scorpio. In the case of Chiron I have found the best way is just a place on the ascendant or the midheaven.

Uranus passed through Aquarius recently and is now in Aries so it will be many decades before he is in Aquarius again. Pluto also recently passed through Scorpio and it will be two centuries before he is in that sign again. Neptune is currently in Pisces and will remain there for about another 10 years. After that, it will be about 160 years before Neptune enters Pisces again. So if there are associations between these planets and the signs, opportunities to really make use of them in a magical sense are very limited, especially given the fact they have no decans or terms, as I said. We have to rely on placing these planets at the angles or giving them some other emphasis such as by being in conjunction with one of the Lights.

That said, Uranian ritual is well suited to awakening, accelerating, reversing, renewal, inspiration, invention, mental magic, sky magic and stimulation of collective human identity and spirit. Neptune magic is connected with the world of the spirits, oceans, mysticism, dreaming, astral magic, dissolving, merging, sleeping, visions, prophecy, divination and stimulation of collective human imagination and soul. Pluto magic is connected with death, mortality, rebirth, resurrection, transformation, the underworld, ghosts, obsession, power (especially occult power), reckoning, burying, mourning and stimulation of collective human fate. The magic of Chiron can be employed in healing, teaching, the restoration of our relationship with nature, integration, bridging, mending, preparing, questing and sacred truth.


Finding the Moment

Assuming that you have identified the general temporal parameters that you have to find your auspicious moment within, you can begin looking for it. In our example where we are looking for a good moment to work with the Moon, we know for instance that we must look at the days when the Moon is waxing in Cancer or in Taurus. If instead our operation is focused on gaining the assistance of Mars then we have however long it takes Mars to go through either Aries, Scorpio or Capricorn.

If the planet that we are seeking to gain the assistance of goes retrograde in the period that we are looking at, regard those periods as secondary because the retrograde motion of the planet is more suited to a banishing operation. Similarly, do not opt to use a moment in which your chosen planet is combust unless what you are seeking to achieve does not require much physical effect. If it does not go retrograde and the period we have to look at is a large one (say a year in the case of Jupiter), then look for times in that large period when the planet concerned will be forming strong trines or sextiles to other planets. Conjunctions can also be helpful but these depend much more on the nature of the planets being conjoined. Avoid Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as each of these planets presents difficulties through conjunctions.

The aim with the slower moving planets (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) is to narrow down the temporal parameters to within a few days or a week and to begin looking for the auspicious moment in this smaller unit of time. If necessary, just pick a period you like from somewhere in the span of time concerned. If you do not find an auspicious moment in the period you select, pick another one and start again.

As noted earlier, you want to begin looking for your special moment by finding the time when one of the signs that is ruled by the planet you are seeking to gain the assistance of is rising at the place you are doing the operation– so, for the timing of a Venus ritual you want to use a time when either Taurus or Libra are rising. This is the default. In that chart, you also want to see the planet that you are seeking to emphasise being emphasised, usually by being in an angular temple or in conjunction with the Sun or Moon (without combustion or void of course) or in some other way expressing what you want to achieve. You do not want to see that planet tucked away in a conjunction with Saturn in the 12th, for example. If there are troubling aspects in the astrology of this chart, for example there is a Uranus square Pluto aspect, then you do want to tuck it away and put it in a place where it is not prominent. Also, regardless of the focus of your magical operation, it is advisable to check the Moon to see that it is not void of course and also to look at its applying aspects, especially the last aspect she makes before she leaves the sign she is in.

Hopefully, and it will happen more often than not, you will find a suitable moment which matches these criteria. Yet if you do not please do remember that nothing can stop you from succeeding if you have the proper training, the determination and the correct motivation. If there is a nasty fly in the ointment, for instance you can’t tuck that Uranus square Pluto aspect away without de-emphasising the planet you seek to work with, then so be it – go into your ritual with an awareness that has already been prepared for that aspect to influence eventualities. Most times, so long as you have chosen to emphasise the planet you are seeking to be empowered by, this will be sufficient.


There are some considerations to share with you regarding the default position which can also give you more options. There may be some cases in which you do not want to put one of the signs that your chosen planet rules on the ascendant because these result in difficult charts, or because you have some other purpose in mind which is more specific. If you do place a different sign on the ascendant, do always check the status of the planet which rules that sign as it will have a strong influence over the ritual operation. At the very least make sure that it does not counteract what you intend. If you decide to go with this you must find another way to emphasise the planet you are seeking to gain the assistance from. First, you can just put the planet you are seeking to emphasise on the ascendant and forget about the signs that it rules. This basically has the effect of putting an – ! – on that planet. However, it’s important to understand that since each zodiac sign takes about two hours to cross over the ascendant completely, and each sign is composed of 30°, you only have about two hours before one sign gives way to another. For most rituals adopting the default method this is enough time provided that they are begun within a few minutes of a sign becoming the rising sign. Yet a planet is a more discreet object which takes less time to pass over the ascendant. Each degree of a sign takes approximately four minutes of our time to pass over the ascendant. So, allowing for an orb of influence of about 6°, every planet will only be conjunct the ascendant for about 25 minutes. If we also add in the 6° orb above the ascendant in the 12th temple then there is about an hour. What most practitioners seem to do here is consider the entire 1st temple to confer a condition similar to being conjunct the ascendant. In other words, they will place the planet they want to emphasise somewhere in the 1st temple and as close to the ascendant as they can get it.

If you do not put your chosen planet on the ascendant, try to put your chosen planet in a temple which closely matches your intentions for the operation. For example, a ritual designed to influence self worth and income could place your chosen planet in the 2nd temple. Again, remember to check on the ascendant and the planet which rules the ascendant to make sure that it will not contradict what you are intending, and hope that it will ideally be supporting it. Failing all of this however you can just put the planet you are seeking to emphasise on one of the angles of power other than the ascendant, but each of these has a particular quality which is suited to a particular kind of magical effect and this may have a bearing on how things turn out.

The ascendant itself has the default position because its power is basically about raising and evoking energy and essential meaning into being. It is especially suited to anything which is intended to affect the magician themselves, particularly their health. Magic focused around this angle tends to generate effects within the awareness of the participant, in other words it acts upon the awareness of the magician and changes it. This change then causes reality to realign around it.

Opposite to the 1st you have the 7th temple or descendant which is more suited to banishing rather than raising and to projecting rather than accumulating. The magic of this angle is connected to affecting other people, relationships and transformations which involve letting go of aspects of our self identity. It can help to draw people into our lives to teach us the lessons of the planets, and to train us in different ways of relating to people while also offering us opportunities to diminish the power of negative complexes.

At the 10th temple or midheaven you not only have a place suitable for anything which is designed to magically affect a career, but more specifically in a magical sense you have a place that is suitable for establishing command over certain things, such as the Elements. This angle has a magic suited to operations which are intended to confer status, authority and influence or the attainment of goals.

Opposite to the 10th temple there is the 4th temple or imum coeli which has a natural association with imprinting and binding magic, as well as with the creation of sacred space. This is a good temple for work with talismans or other procedures wherein the effect of the magic must be bound to a distinct physical object or location.


Activation and Conduction

If you have a strong activation happening at the time of the ritual which you can somehow apply to your magical intention, it can either enhance or replace the power available from a planet in strong essential dignity. For example, during the last year I have mentioned that Jupiter was in Virgo which means that for that time Jupiter was sending the message “less is more”, meaning the abundant supply of Jupiter would be gained through careful rationing. Typically, this is not a good time to be evoking or calling upon the magical power of Jupiter. However, you may have been born with the Sun or the Moon or the ascendant in Virgo, meaning that during this period Jupiter activated those keys and this would have provided a temporary boost in terms of your awareness and access to the principle of Jupiter despite the fact that he was in Virgo. Had Jupiter instead been in Sagittarius along with your ascendant or Sun or Moon, the effect would have been much greater, but the power of an activation is such that the awareness is the key ingredient in determining how much of that planets principle and what quality of its principle we will encounter.

For the most part you want to focus on activations of the world keys when you are intending to harness the power of particular planet, for example when seeking to harness the power of Venus, choose an activation from your Venus key, and in terms of the temple keys unless your magical operation fits specifically into one of the 12 temples you should simply follow the advice given in finding the moment and restrict yourself to the angles, Meaning that you work with the activations of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th temples and not any of the others, giving chief preference to the 1st and 10th.


Sacred Spaces and Stars

In a previous article I have written about the existence of sacred spaces connected with our birth chart scattered around the globe. If you know what these are, you can make use of them to great effect by combining them with the advice in this article. For example, you can conduct your ritual of the Moon in a place where your astrological connection to the Moon is strong (perhaps your Moon rising line), at a time when the waxing Moon is in Taurus or Cancer and during a time in which your Moon key is being activated by Jupiter. But you had better be ready for it!

You can also make use of geomantic principles in your choice of location – for example, you could do your Neptune work at a place where there is a public statue of Neptune. You can make use of the landscape in this way too, for example placing significant landmarks like mountains or rivers in certain directions, so that you can watch with your own physical eyes as the various planets or the Sun or Moon rise in front of a certain symbolic landscape.

Constellations are also used in acts of evocation and some forms of talismanic magic, and have played important roles in magical ritual for hundreds of thousands of years at least, probably millions. The general practice with constellations is to place them on the ascendant or the midheaven whenever possible and to be able to see them during the operation is also a great advantage. If it is impossible to see them – perhaps you live in the northern hemisphere and the constellation is in the southern, or you just live in Los Angeles or London or Beijing – then the space wherein you do your working should have a representation of those constellations prominently placed somewhere within. Another possibility less often written about is to wait for a star in your constellation to form a paran with one of the planets of the solar system and then to invite that stars influence into your ritual via that planet. This usually requires you to have at least a passing familiarity with the magical power of that planet.

I hope this advice is useful to you and proves fruitful in your future. In my experience the times when I have had the support of an activation backed up by some conduction done beforehand and have chosen an auspicious moment using the guidelines as set out above have proved to be some of the most interesting ritual experiences I have had, and among the easiest and most satisfying ones.

The Dream Seekers: Neptune in Sagittarius

Warm greetings, and welcome back to journeys! If you are new and would like to help support the future of this corner of the web, please considered becoming one of my patrons.


Neptune, the Guardian of the Great Ocean – this far out in space, the focus is on much broader issues than just you and I and even the future of the human race. Neptune represents something fundamentally beyond (yet one with) material existence. It is the urge to transcend, to unify one’s awareness with the completely boundless, commonly expressed in a yearning to seek escape from the ‘prison’ of a confining material reality through drugs, music, or the imagination, but Neptune is intended not merely for escape but for transcendence into unity. It therefore builds on the influence of Uranus, adding other dimensions and another challenge to the birth of the collective – whereby through the initiation of the planet Uranus we have to wake up and accept one another’s individual differences and emphasise our common humanity or face being fractured into ever more differing factions until we fall apart, by Neptune we have to remain anchored as we drift deep into dreaming worlds that embrace our wider unity, perceiving ourselves as one with all other things and coming to a place of deep mutual respect and compassion for them, or else fall to confusion, the collective dissolving in a stupor of warring faiths and dreams, entranced and overcome by secretive cabals and conspiracies which seek to supplant the collective with the most dominant religious or ideological paradigm, a ‘one truth to rule them all’. Humanity cannot exist in or sustain a healthy collective state of awareness without embracing the equality of all life – not just human life as with the agenda of Uranus – because if it does not move beyond an emphasis that places humans at the centre it becomes vain and egotistical and loses its soul. It is the evocation of the soul of the collective that Neptune is most concerned with, where Uranus is the evocation of its mind and spirit.

Artist's Concept of Voyager

This is why Neptune associates itself with the far-out, the extremes of possibility that lie beyond even the inspired but semi-logical reasoning of the planet Uranus. Where Uranus shows us that there are always alternatives to the way things have always been, Neptune reveals that all alternatives are part of a whole, a voyage of awareness towards total awareness of Unity. The seemingly endless routes to enlightenment with their infinite promises dissolve into a single truth – that the multiverse is a living mind, with a soul of sorts that inevitably leads it to become aware of its own reality, throughout all of its diversity. Unconditional love – a phrase and concept often linked to Neptune – then becomes the only authentic way of being.

Neptune was discovered on September 23rd 1846 – just over 170 years ago – by use of (suitably arcane) mathematical equations. Its orbit is very lengthy – it takes Neptune just under 165 years to completely orbit the Sun and pass through all 12 zodiac signs. This has important implications for the 26 keys because it means Neptune will not activate every key of our chart since only about half of it will be visited by Neptune in a normal human lifespan. It means that the influence of Neptune is not just subtle and difficult to discern due to its slow movement, but also that its influence is somewhat of a partial glimpse of the whole – a human awareness of life cannot embrace it wholly – and so Neptune is more confined in form of development than any other planet except Pluto, although new discoveries like Eris now join this group. Neptune, however, was the first of its kind. It is also the most subtle planet to discern at work, bar none (except, again, new discoveries may be even more subtle in influence). As a completely invisible planet (to the naked human eye) Neptune represents completely invisible and intangible influences that generally take time to bleed into the collective or individual awareness, as well as the development of psychic senses which unveil the greater mysteries of the universe. The overall effect of Neptune tends to influence what physical beings are collectively feeling or sensing, while Uranus generally influences what they are collectively thinking, although these distinctions are not at all rigid.

As a reminder, in an earlier article I have had this to say about the influence of the Neptune cycle:

“The Neptune (and Pluto) micro cycles are also mysterious partly because they are parts of the largest order of macro cycles (and thus contain complex nuances from other smaller cycles) and additionally because they are fragmentary as there is no possible transmission of the wisdom of a complete cycle from elder humans. Sometimes, there are historical flashpoints that illuminate the cycle. The Neptune micro cycle tends to manifest in visual and fashion trends, and in the modern era not just with themes and moods in film but also with the ways visual media are consumed, such as vogues in gaming (MMO, shooter, etc) but it also resonates fiercely with religious ideology and spiritual movements, and these are more often the flashpoints. The Neptune in Pisces era, for example, is a generation that will be the first born into a world where the delivery of visual arts is made through virtual reality – total immersion, with a deep shaping of the unconscious – but there is also a religious flashpoint in the form of the ancient feud between Islam and Christianity.

Moods in music shift in a Neptune way as Neptune transitions between signs – Disco and Punk (Neptune in Sagittarius – do not forget this is not only a gregarious and flamboyant sign but the only sign armed with a fashioned weapon in the zodiac) became ‘New Romantic/Pop’ (Neptune in Capricorn, the ‘glamour’ of the materialistic utopia lifestyle of the 80s) and eventually went with yellow faced smiley Techno and spontaneous, socially aware Rap (Neptune in Aquarius), but how exactly did those transitions happen? They were all gradual, seamless changes, not the jarring ones they might seem to be from different styles of the music, and yet they neatly encapsulate the mood of a specific era and make it look more dated as fresher visions emerge. This is the slow erosion of Neptune at work – once it leaves a sign, the ‘visions’ cease, and artists attached to them adapt or ‘lose their muse’ and fall out of popularity.

However, this is where the Neptune tribes come in, because they still carry a torch for that wave and still seek its visions. They will tend to cluster together in nostalgic recognition of certain ‘classic memes’ as time goes by. Once one of the other slower moving planets enters their Neptune sign, say Jupiter or Saturn, they will get busy with it again on some level. When Neptune goes into a different sign but one with the same Element, the muses are with a different tribe but what that tribe does sends ripples into our tribe which also get it working on the vision again, though this time more astrally, in daydreams and other forms of astral interaction. Yet when Neptune squares itself when we are about 41-42, it is part of the mid-life crisis our generation goes through, because the vision we came in with is challenged by its lack of realisation (and there is always a lack, because 42 years is not enough with only fragmented individuals working on the agenda, this should be a unified team effort). For all these reasons and others the collective astrology generated by Neptune in the signs is not as compelling or forceful compared to other planets discussed here, and this means that organised groups of these Neptune tribes rarely form and remain cohesive. But what if they did? What power might they hold if the tribes heard the voice calling them, saw the vision that was before them and followed in its light from childhood on as part of the sacred wheel of life? It was once so, when we took notice of the spirit world.

This square of Neptune to its own position is part of the macro cycle, and between one part of the micro cycle starting and this square Neptune will pass through 3 signs. Once it reaches the 4th sign, the total effect of what has already passed plus the arrival of a new generation starts to trigger the mid-life crisis. So even though the macro cycle is so massive and only partially encompassed in a human life, we still have enormous individual sensitivity to it. Our collective awareness is similarly endowed, but this is dulled to our sight. The other major challenge in the partial macro cycle is the Neptune opposition to itself which we encounter in our early to mid 80s. This dovetails into the Uranus return to show us again how far away from our vision of the future actual reality is from where we expected it to be. Our minds can begin to balk at the immense mystery of life, and if we have trouble this can even result in loss of faculties and senility. At the very least, the world looks like a very confusing place, but at the same time there is also a potential for us to see it all as a metaphysical exercise, even if we cannot grasp its point. The loss of detail is replaced by a perception of essences.

The micro cycle and macro cycle of Uranus and Neptune are roughly synchronised in a 2:1 relationship – for every orbit Neptune makes around the Sun, Uranus makes about 2. This also means that Uranus takes 7 years to go through a sign on average while Neptune takes 14, so for every Neptune generation seeded there are 2 Uranus generations seeded within them.”

in-dream-in-dreaam-1542690Neptune has an influence on the break-up and disintegration of rigid and outdated social patterns like Uranus, but unlike Uranus it does so subtly and through slow wearing away or osmotic disintegration, seeping through but permeating everything. It infiltrates and takes over from within rather than overthrowing the old order by external pressure. It is the difference between a revolution (Uranus) and a fashion trend (Neptune) or a pressure group and an aid concert. The two planets are complementary forces in awakening us, with the focus of Uranus being primarily mental and the focus of Neptune primarily astral. Uranus awakens us to new alternatives and innovations, new paradigms, and Neptune brings visions, access to intangible realities and the possibility for material transcendence.

In our modern human society the sign in which Neptune is in when we are born qualifies the way in which the spiritual selflessness or material confusion of a generation will attempt to resolve or escape social problems (rather than revolutionise or rebel against them, as Uranus urges) often through heretical, pioneering and controversial or even delusional ideals or visions which are not in vogue at the time because they are perceived as being too futuristic, heretical, dreamy or simply illusory, yet which gradually bleed into and are absorbed by the collective by the time that generation has matured so that they smoothly become part of the zeitgeist, taking form in imagery and vogues. Visual trends in fashion, drugs, epidemics and pandemics, general tones of mood in music (and also in earlier times poetry), religions developments, cinema trends, the visual arts and glamour industries and broad but subtle phases in the spiritual evolution of mankind alongside the mass development of psychic perceptions are linked to Neptune. The influence of Neptune in a sign seems to be especially clear in musical trends. Wherever it appears, with Neptune there is always a danger of substance addiction as a form of escape whether the substance is crack or communion wafers, to forms of paranoid conspiracy theory, to vain glamours and to delusional apprehension of reality and filters of perception which must be lifted so that what is hidden beyond the veil can be perceived. That is, in essence, the mysterious and mystifying path Neptune invites us to walk, using symbolism and the influence of the spirit world to do so – a path whereby we encounter specific symbols which represent, for us, the current face of universal oneness.

The emergence of psychic perceptions or the opening of the ‘third eye’ is said to involve seven veils. This signifies a connection to the seven celestial bodies known to the ancients – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Each planets sphere – the spheres being the dimensions of awareness which the physical planets only symbolise for us – has a ‘veil’ which is lifted when the required maturity is reached revealing a new formerly hidden dimension of reality and the beings which inhabit it. This is what the art of evocation accomplishes in a gradual ascent through each sphere. The sign of Neptune shows how these veils are lifted, or rather, what the process or experience of dissolving them is like for the generation concerned, what it shows them and how it emerges. Each person is subtly guided by Neptune in this gradual process and each generation shares a common experience through their sharing of Neptune in a sign. From a magical perspective this is obviously very important information, but there is much more because the influence of Neptune will colour all of our interactions with the intangible worlds.

The lifting of these veils is really the refining of the awareness so that it is able to encompass and perceive the realms symbolised by the planets. This is not as esoteric as it sounds; in fact, people do this all the time but do not fully penetrate to the depth point of the realm, so they only connect with the surface layers. Consider the last time you had a feeling so strong that you could not think straight – your awareness in such an experience is placed in the realm of feeling, the realm of Venus, so completely that temporarily you cannot clearly access any rational thought process – the Mercury realm. The same is true of the magic of moving the mental awareness around to different places – people do it all the time, for example, when they stub their toe and all they can be aware of is the toe. The difference between this kind of transference of awareness and a magical one is that the magical one is fully, completely conscious and under our direction and observation, and the magician inhabits that level of awareness with the entirety of their being, completely concentrated and yet completely relaxed in that realm of awareness. This kind of fluidity of awareness allowing entities to transfer across any barriers is what Neptune attempts to teach us. Once we have the knack of being able to move between these states of awareness Neptune starts to reveal how they all dovetail into one another.

The agenda of Neptune is thus to lead us through each of these veils, revealing the invisible worlds around us – bacterial, atomic, microscopic, ethereal, quantum, sub-quantum, mental, physical, emotional, ‘divine’, ‘human’, ‘angel’, ‘faerie’, etc. – gradually unveiling the artificiality of any boundaries and the unity of all things, and once this is realised to train us in being able to move or transfer focus freely from one realm to another without barrier or impediment, so that all levels of awareness blend into the awareness of unity. This illuminates the unending and all loving nature within us and leads to familiarity and companionship with the beings that inhabit each of the realms. If Neptune is strong in our awareness and we lose sight of this illumination, we get into deep waters of turbulent trouble as delusions and fantasies take hold in our lives, often wrecking them in ways we do not realise we have done until later. Neptune on the ascendant can be especially dangerous to itself in this respect, as can Neptune in square or opposition with the Moon, which has a similar effect.

mystical-fountain-1542152So astrologically Neptune is our inter-dimensional portal, one that permits glimpses into other realities through scientific advances that allow us to peer deeper into the ocean of life, and also facilitates our inner journey of becoming personally and individually aware of our innate unity with all that is. It may sound like fantasy or science fiction, but that is only how it looks from where we are now. The reality is that this is actually an ancient state of awareness that we are once more returning to after deviating from it for a very long time. This deviation has been part of our karmic cycle as a collective species, and our amnesia – the collective forgetting of our previous awareness – is actually part of what is guiding us back to the awareness that we are one with all that is. Neptune is like a beacon from a lighthouse shining through the fog of self induced miasma and confusion. As we have now come upon Neptune in the physical universe these themes have entered the unfolding drama of human existence once more, the gods are returning, they are one by one being evoked from the far reaches by Neptune and with them comes the challenge of seeing through and redeeming what we have done in their name in our world. At the same time these new worlds represent opportunities to reacquaint ourselves with sacred truths and potentials, realisations of the magical power that our unity provides. They each pose a test, a threat should we fail or refuse the test, and a sacred truth with gifts.

Given that Neptune takes 165 years to journey around the Sun, twice the time of Uranus, it also spends about twice as long in each sign, taking about 14 years to pass through each one. As can be inferred from this, Neptune results in a wider generation gap which encompasses almost everyone we go to school with. If we are born at the beginning of Neptune in a sign virtually everyone we grow up with through to puberty will have Neptune in the same sign as us and these are people who feel particularly united with their generation, who know who they are and what their vision is all about with greater clarity thanks to this fortune of timing. Conversely, someone born at the very end of Neptune in a sign will sometimes feel ‘out of place’ growing up among children with different dreams, different ways of expressing imagination, different tastes in music and film, etc – ones that belong to a former Neptune tribe. For example, I was born right at the end of Neptune in Scorpio and when I grew up there were a few children in my years who were interested in things like the unexplained, the occult and horror novels and films, but we were in the minority because we were surrounded by people with Neptune in Sagittarius whose tastes were more inclined towards the romantic, the philosophical, the adventurous or explorative and the optimistic. More often though there will be two more or less evenly distributed Neptune tribes growing up together and these backgrounds result in more imagination and a more nuanced variety of dreams but greater potential for confusion and misunderstanding among both as a result of the mixture.

Below is the recent historical emergence of Neptune in Sagittarius and its appearance for the near future:

Neptune in Sagittarius (1400 – 2100)

• 15th Dec. 1478 – 31st Oct 1493 (Excluding 7th May – 19th Oct 1479 and 29th Dec 1492 – 29th Jun. 1493)
6th Dec. 1642 – 14th Oct. 1657 (Excluding 10th Jun. – 7th Dec. 1643 and 29th Feb. – 2nd May 1656 and 21st Dec. 1656 – 6th Aug. 1657)
27th Jan. 1806 – 6th Dec. 1820 (Excluding 6th Apr. – 21st Nov. 1806 and 11th Jul. – 12th Sep. 1807 and 4th Feb. – 1st Jun. 1820)
• 4th Jan. 1970 – 21st Nov. 1984 (Excluding 2nd May – 6th Nov. 1970 and 18th Jan. – 22nd Jun. 1984)
19th Dec. 2133 – 4th Nov. 2148 (Excluding 23rd May – 22nd Oct. 2134 and 4th Jan. – 13th Jul. 2148)

The current tribe of Neptune in Sagittarius people are still relatively young as a generation – the youngest have just passed their first Saturn returns while the eldest are about 46 years old. This means that modern day astrologers have had only a few decades to observe this generation and it has not yet reached full maturity (which generally waits for the Neptune square to happen – something only the eldest of the tribe have experienced to date) meaning we will not see much maturity of the themes embodied by this tribe yet, but we can expect to see them emerging in the eldest and gradually becoming more visible and influential in the years to come, with clear signals having emerged by the time Neptune enters Aries. We can note, however, that this is the very first generation to be born with Neptune in Sagittarius whilst Neptune was present in our collective awareness – i.e. in an era when we knew Neptune was out there. This is important because the conscious physical discovery of a world allows its principle to manifest more and to potentially arrive in a more healthy expression because of an increase in awareness.

We can turn to history for clues and context, and when we do we must remember that Neptune, like Pluto and to a much lesser extent Uranus, can take some time to materialise their influence in events and sometimes will manifest in earlier periods as moods and memes gradually sweeping in and which set the stage for later events (i.e. before the year in which Neptune enters a particular sign, it can still be manifesting things in the buildup to that entrance). The happenings associated with Neptune are also, given the length of time it has to work with every sign, often very broad and sweeping which means that there are less specific events to identify and more general themes. Below I have compiled a list of major happenings connected with the periods in history in which Neptune was in Sagittarius to help you identify its motifs and serve as starting points for research:

• 1478 – 1493: The Spanish Inquisition; Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias sails around the Cape of Good Hope; Jews expelled from Spain; Christopher Columbus lands in the Americas; sunstoneThe Aztec Calendar Stone or Sun Stone is carved (a 24-ton sculpture honouring the sun god Tonatiuh and depicting the great ages of the world, of which this is the 5th which is prophesied to end in movement or end by earthquakes); Aztec emperor Auitzotl dedicates the Great Temple Pyramid of Tenochtitlan with thousands of human sacrifices; reign of Richard III of England, followed by start of the reign of Henry Tudor; outbreak of the much feared ‘English sweating sickness’ in Europe; Typhus first appears in Europe during the Spanish siege of Moorish Granada; Leonardo da Vinci produces a number of designs for flying machines and his Vitruvian Man drawing; the witch-hunters’ manual, Malleus Maleficarum, is published in the Holy Roman Empire; the “Comet of 1491” comes 873,784 miles (1,406,219 km) away from Earth, the closest ever recorded.

• 1642 – 1657: Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman achieves the first recorded European sighting of New Zealand; English Civil War; musashi_ts_picthe death of Miyamoto Musashi, legendary Japanese Samurai warrior, of natural causes; Semyon Dezhnyov makes the first recorded voyage through the Bering Strait between Asia and North America; the Great Plague of Seville; a massive epidemic breaks out in northern and central China; the Peace of Westphalia marks the end of the Holy Roman Empire as a major European power; Parliament orders the theatres of London closed, effectively ending the era of English Renaissance theatre; Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is discovered by Christiaan Huygens; the first autopsy and coroner’s jury verdict are recorded in the Colony of Maryland; establishment of the Quakers; René Descartes’ “Meditations on First Philosophy” is published; global temperatures begin to decline as part of the Little Ice Age; wallpaper begins to replace tapestries as a wall decoration; a popular rebellion sacks Beijing, prompting the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty to commit suicide (this marks the beginning of the Qing Dynasty, also known as the Manchu Dynasty, the last imperial dynasty of China).

• 1806 – 1820: Holy Roman Empire dissolved as a consequence of the Treaty of Pressburg; Beethoven performs his Fifth Symphony; the University of Berlin was founded and proves to be so successful that its model is copied around the world; Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice; pickering_-_greatbatch_-_jane_austen_-_pride_and_prejudice_-_she_then_told_him_what_mr-_darcy_had_voluntarily_done_for_lydiaMary Shelley writes Frankenstein; Mount Tambora in Sumbawa erupts, becoming the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, destroying Tambora culture, and killing at least 71,000 people, and the eruption creates global climate anomalies known as “volcanic winter”; discovery of Antarctica; the height of dandyism in men’s fashion in Europe; Napoleonic Wars; gas lighting becomes a practical technology and is implemented in cities in Europe and the United States; the Great Comet of 1811 is discovered; René Laennec invents the stethoscope; Robert Stirling patents his Stirling engine.

• 1970 – 1984: mass transmission and eventual emergence of the HIV pandemic; first outbreak of the Ebola virus; smallpox eradicated; first close-up images of Jupiter and other planets in the solar system; Watergate scandal; end of ‘Cultural Revolution’ in China; launch of the Voyager spacecraft, currently the most distant man-made object known to exist in the universe; dawning awareness of global climate change; invention of artificial insulin; first orbital flight of the Space Shuttle; GPS becomes available for civilian use; notable and iconic Neptune in Sagittarius films include Grease, The Exorcist, Omen, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, The Deer Hunter, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, everything by Bruce Lee, and Superman; the arrival of the VCR is also of critical importance; popular TV shows iconic of Neptune in Sagittarius include Battlestar Galactica, The Six Million Dollar Man, Fantasy Island, Roots, Dallas, Saturday Night Live, Open University; notable trends in fashion and culture are the return to the dandyism of the early 19th century, the emphasis in music on big, extravagant, confident, loud, glitzy and ‘truth’, lava lamps, the influence of black culture and platform shoes, the concern over the influence television might have on moral standards, the decline in Church attendances in the west and the saturation of our lives with visual imagery from all possible far away cultures (the emergence of global culture).


The themes here – or some of them – involve religious and racially based persecutions (Malleus Maleficarum and the Spanish Inquisition, expulsion of Jews from Spain), the often gradual dissolution of religious powerbases (collapse of Holy Roman Empire, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Tambora annihilation), cultural homogeneity and the emergence of global culture (rise of reggae in white music, discovery of the Americas, almost everything that happened in the 1970s and early 1980s), increased awareness of the far reaches of the globe (advances in cartography, mechanisms of long distance travel), major advances in our discovery and window of perception onto darkness or outer space (i.e. farsight – Voyager, discovery of Titan, gas lamps), inventions which involve gas, light and heat (lava lamp, gas lighting), climate change (Little Ice Age, Volcanic Winter, El Nino), comet sightings (1491 and 1811), the emergence of new moral dilemmas and new ethical and philosophic belief systems (Vitruvian man, Aztec Sunstone, Descartes, Quakers, Jane Austen, legal autopsies, Watergate), epidemics which are feverish or transmit with alacrity (Ebola, Typhus, sweating sickness, HIV, Great Plague of Seville), encounters with exotic cultures (Columbus, Cortés, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Fantasy Island, first sighting of New Zealand), passageways opening up or becoming accessible (Cape of Good Hope, Bering Straight), and the spread of and greater access to higher levels of educational information (Open University, University of Berlin, spread of multicultural information).

Neptune in Sagittarius is a trailblazer, like a piercing spotlight being shone onto the future trying to prophesy the path ahead, and it is idealistic and enchanted by the exotic. The spirit of this tribe is on a quest for truth like a blazing arrow fired at a distant or invisible target. They are a forward looking, optimistic people who can be easily led astray by faraway wonders and a miasma of Utopian idealism. They see themselves as some kind of a pilgrim making a sacred journey, but they rarely know where it leads and can become perversely fundamentalist and myopic in vision through sheer enchantment and wonderment at their own discovered truth. They often just have hunches about where to be heading as they gallop to whatever it is they are moving towards. They have an internal faith in their compass, an intuitive sense of moral and spiritual direction that can guide them truly, but only if they trust it and only if they do not allow distortions to cloud an objective perception of actual reality. Importantly, they must avoid dogma and a level of idealism that can only bring disillusionment. It is a gift to have a dream or a sense of faith in something bigger than ourselves, but facts need to be checked and involved somewhere along the line.

All these things and others connected to Neptune in Sagittarius will act to subtly shape the imagination and idealism of its tribe, giving it a philosophy, ‘look’ and visions. Like the younger Uranus in Sagittarius generation with whom they share similarities (1981-1988) the current tribe of Neptune in Sagittarius is descriptive of a visionary generation on a quest for truth. The difference is that this generation possesses the gift of a broader and potentially more prophetic vision, but one of the unity rather than of extreme possibilities and groundbreaking paradigms. They will be able to help humanity focus on adventure and become more expansive and inclusive of differing races, cultures and beliefs – or incinerate them, as happened with disease in the late 15th century when the west came to the Americas. That karma and others like it are in some significant way being carried by this tribe and may be a major factor in the spread of multicultural relationships. That is to say, there is an attempt at atonement for racism which takes the form of multiracial love.


This generation is possessed of a particular vision – the vision of exploration and adventure in exotic lands and of the underlying unity of all nations, or conversely, the illusion of the moral superiority and truth of their vision, their initiative, their culture. They are hopeful of being the first adult generation in space. Many of these people will dream of far travelling and if they cannot break out of their country of origin it will seem as if their dreams are being smothered. Many others will adopt the spiritual imagery and philosophy of foreign, far off cultures. Others will sacrifice their discernment on an altar of religious dogma or idealism and become unable to distinguish between those they idolise and their fantasies about them. Some will feel the scorn of religious and moral ideological persecution. They will also sometimes be forced to unite closer together or segregate themselves in order to halt the spread of diseases or of toxic cultural memes. Part of what this tribe is seeking is a new vision of its own cultural identity which is far more inclusive and far more aware of how other cultures perceive it.

Sagittarius is highly aspiring, idealistic, humorous, optimistic, philosophical and flippant. These generations will have a broad and evolved sense of humour, many of them seeing it as a healing force, a way of unifying. Large groups of this generation of people will gather to discuss and acquire spiritual knowledge and the desire for an intuitive re-visualisation and broad spiritualistic transformation of society will be begun by them and the preceding generation of Neptune in Scorpio (the 1956 – 1970 children who possess the psychic gifts to add to these peoples visionary and intuitive foresight). Many others will turn their attention to the institutions of higher learning – the universities, law courts and religious organisations – seeking to open them up to greater freedom, universal access and wider horizons. It is with this generation, for example, that the notion of taking courses on television and then online has developed. Universities have begun teaching metaphysical subjects and cognitive sciences, trends which will continue to develop while at the same time the powerbase of universities is likely to erode and religions will tend to be regenerated by truth or disintegrate into dogma by the actions of this tribe. One of the great dangers this tribe faces collectively is that it can become enchanted by its own knowledge to such a degree that it believes it is always right.

journey-1544229Under the influence of this generation as it grows to take the reins of authority and power, a form of gradual ontological shock takes place in society as old dogmatic religious and cultural belief systems about humanities being and its role in the universe gradually disintegrate or enter a new chaotic phase of clashing ideologies that threatens to dissolve us all. New beliefs, cults and religions form, slowly at first but with increasing visibility; belief in contact with extraterrestrial life and non-physical cultures as well as crossings of dimensional horizons spreads invisibly, subtly yet profoundly altering the fabric of human ideologies. This is happening around us now but will continue cresting into the future. This is the birthing time of new ideologies with a broad scope of vision or of deluded and misguided crusades. It is the modern equivalent of discovering the continent of North America or watching the disintegration of the Holy Roman Empire. The ‘God Particle’ is perhaps just the beginning of a new paradigm which this generation will witness emerging. This is the way with Neptune in Sagittarius, and the paradigm is always exotic and projects humanity forwards like an arrow into wide open spaces.

Benares 1978The generation born during this period will put more stress on our personal contact with unity through inner contemplation which will result in increased meditation and the use of the intuitive faculties of the Greater Self, the purpose and use of which this generation will comprehend instinctively. They really benefit in terms of psychic training from having contact with the wilderness and with roofless environments. They are gifted with navigating the inner and outer cosmos by intuitive sensing that manifests as wandering. They are seeking universal truths which they can live up to, truths that they can align their lives with. The presence of the One in All will be intuitively sensed by many of those born in this generation, being largely initiated when Pluto entered Sagittarius in 1995, staying in that sign until well into 2008. This was a period in which the Neptune in Sagittarius tribe was seeded with a mission to profoundly transform our culture and our vision of race. During this time cultural, racial and religious barriers became deeply porous, religious dogmas and ideologies merged and clashed, and a re-vision of human beliefs invisibly began to take hold. Powerfully dark forces living within our religions were exposed and made all too clear. All manner of new frontiers of reality have been opened and explored by advances in quantum physics, and synthetic merges of previously disparate scientific/religious world views are taking place. We have faced a prevalence of corrupt and shadowy religious wars, malevolent deception on a grand scale, holy crusades and spiritual expansionism in the years Pluto was in Sagittarius and activating the Neptune keys of all these people. All of this has served to massively awaken this generation to what is really going on around them and in the wider world. They have more far reaching knowledge, and so now they have more complex moral choices to make. They are also, it must be said, notably more paranoid than they were before.

Thanks to this Pluto activation this generation is now as a mass entity psychically aware of the hypocrisy of the world’s laws and institutions, they have seen enough of the corruption of its moral guardians to know they cannot be trusted, and furthermore that what we know about the universe is accelerating all the time, and what is asserted one day is disproved the next; their faith in the pronouncements of truth that come from the leading edge is now tempered with the awareness that tomorrow there will be a new truth, and none of it can really be trusted. So this generation, which is a truth seeking generation given to ask relentless but subtle questions about the meaning of things, has reached a stage where it no longer trusts anyone who says they have The Truth, which leaves it restlessly seeking for something it knows is too elusive to pin down. It is a generation of searchers and spiritual adventurers, questing for self, new social systems, ecological balance, and spiritual teaching – above all, this ever elusive Truth.


Does the quest have a resolution; is The Truth really out there? It depends on the question you are asking, but in general I believe it does, and it is, but that resolution cannot be given by any astrologer, for it is not anyone’s to give – it is only yours to seek and receive. As for the truth, it is certainly far more unbelievable than most people would be capable of imagining, given the scale of infinity. There is possibly truth in many of the conspiracy theories, but the total truth is certain to be far, far beyond anything even the wildest conspiracy theorist could ever imagine. The way to this truth is within us first and foremost. This is the state of Universal Oneness that is Neptune’s essential principle. The Eye of this Truth is always watching us.

The people of Neptune in Sagittarius receive help in all of this not only from one another but from those tribes who have Neptune in Aries (1861-1875, then 2025-2039) or Neptune in Leo (1914-1929), but there is currently nobody alive with Neptune in Aries (they are to arrive in the next decade) and the youngest to have Neptune in Leo are about 88 years old. So at the current time in order to benefit from this kind of support the Neptune in Sagittarius people have to look to the very oldest among us who are also still able to help them, or wait about 15 years for the first Neptune in Aries people to grow up enough and to develop clear individuality and personality. The assistance that Neptune in Aries brings to the Neptune in Sagittarius tribe is one of inspiring newness, creativity and motivational force. The Neptune in Leo tribe can help the Neptune in Sagittarius people to utilise both their charisma and their sense of humour to its fullest extent. Neptune in Sagittarius is stimulated by both Neptune in Libra (1942-1957) and Aquarius (1998-2012). It is therefore more practical at this point for the Neptune in Sagittarius tribe to look for supporters in these tribes since they are recent births. With the Neptune in Libra people this tribe finds kin in its search for truth, while with the Neptune in Aquarius tribe they find the visionaries. The three tribes which the Neptune in Sagittarius tribe have the most clashes with are Neptune in Gemini (1887-1902), Virgo (1928-1943) and Pisces (2012-2026). These three tribes are the tribes whose vision and philosophy are not easy to integrate into the Neptune in Sagittarius worldview. However, once again there are no or very few living Neptune in Gemini souls in positions to pass on what they have learned and they will not appear again for about 30 or 40 years. With Neptune tribes, the age gaps mean that there is always one major supportive tribe not alive and one major opposing tribe that is not alive. The supportive tribe that is not alive alongside the tribe in question will represent something they aspire towards, something intangible at the time, while the tribe opposing them which they clash with but are not alive usually represent the ideology and vision they are kicking against. If it existed, the conflict that would come from the Neptune in Gemini tribe would be extremely argumentative and involved in hairsplitting the truth by asking devilish and troubling questions of the general conclusions being reached by Neptune in Sagittarius. With Neptune in Virgo the effect is similar with the tribe pointing out numerous flaws and problems in the philosophical structure which is at the core of the vision of Neptune in Sagittarius people, pressing them on confusing details, while with the Neptune in Pisces tribe the problem is that the inherent and innate idealism is overstimulated leading to a radical departure from reality. As always of course the challenges from these three tribes would also represent a refinement and improvement of the expression of Neptune in Sagittarius if their challenges were met positively and constructively.

Neptune in Sagittarius can also gain help from any other tribes which belong to Aries, Sagittarius, Leo, Libra and Aquarius – for example from Uranus in Aries or from Pluto in Libra or Jupiter in Aquarius – and also from individuals who have a strong emphasis in these signs (such as Sun and Moon, Mercury and Venus) and likewise it can experience great difficulties and challenges leading to new discoveries and refinements when interacting with cohorts or people who have a strong emphasis in Gemini, Virgo or Pisces. Additionally of course if we have strong emphasis in these signs in our birth charts it can also either hinder or enhance and support the expression of the Neptune in Sagittarius qualities within our own psyche and lives. In the list of individuals I have supplied with this article you will find people who have Neptune in Sagittarius conjunct the Sun, Moon or ascendant indicated in bold. These individuals provide good historical examples of the traits associated with Neptune in Sagittarius and are recommended as starting points for your research.


To Neptune in Sagittarius it may seem that others may question the practicality of the tribes beliefs and philosophies, but as an astrologer I am reminded that those who believed the Earth was spherical were once laughed at by those who knew that it was flat. And I would remind this tribe of the words of Giordano Bruno, the astrologer and hermetic who, in 1600, was burned at the stake by the Church for holding the opinion that:

“Innumerable suns exist; innumerable earths revolve around these suns in a manner similar to the way the seven planets revolve around our sun. Living beings inhabit these worlds.”

Today, few would dispute his once visionary – and ultimately deadly – claims. One thing comes into my mind when I contemplate the message of Sagittarius in Neptune – truth, whatever it is, has a habit of marching on…and on…and on. It can be concealed, even killed, but never made to completely disappear. If it is true, it will always be so. The Dream Seekers of Neptune in Sagittarius – gypsies and pilgrims looking for something to truly believe in – become the sages and teachers of truths that only an exotic wanderer can encounter and comprehend.

Neptune was in Sagittarius during the births of Margaret Tudor, Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII, Isaac Newton, Queen Victoria, Jamie Oliver, Karl Urban, Herman Melville, Martin Agricola, Ben Affleck, Martin Luther, Napoleon III, David Strauss, Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Josh Hartnett, Christina Richi, Michael Fassbender, Giuseppe Verdi, Michael C. Hall, Robert E. Lee, Christian Thomasius, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sean Lennon, Karl Marx, Vallabhacharya, Bernardino Luini, Raphael (the painter), Cameron Diaz, Robert Kirk (a Scottish minister and author of “The Secret Commonwealth”, a treatise on fairy folklore, witchcraft, ghosts, and second sight), John Flamsteed, Eliphas Levi, Pope Clement XI and XII, Kate Winslet, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Ellen MacArthur, George Eliot, Alfred Tennyson, Felix Mendelssohn, Frédéric Chopin, Justin Timberlake, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hernán Cortés, Thomas Cromwell, Emily Brontë, Uma Thurman, Julian Assange, Jacques Cartier, Antonio Pigafetta, Paul Ryan, Simon Pegg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Peter Kay, Prince William, Robert Browning, P. T. Barnum, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ferdinand Magellan, David Tennant, Ewan McGregor and Louis Braille.

The Lorekeepers: Saturn in Cancer

Hello, and welcome back to  journeys.🙂 This will be my only post this month, as I have unfortunately injured my hand – this writing was finished before my injuries. Since my hand will need several weeks to recover, I will only be posting once per month during this time.

journey deeper…

Mirrors of Eternity: Pluto in Libra

Greetings, and welcome back! Today I have another post about collective or generational astrology, and one that has a particular significance for anyone born in the 1970s or early 1980s. If you enjoy this post, please consider supporting further posts on Patreon.

journey deeper…

An Introduction to Collective Astrology

Currently I am in the process of publishing a lot of words about generational or collective astrology and its impacts. Collective astrology is a phrase I use to describe astrological factors that affect everyone born in a period of a year or more, so if there is something happening up there that is slow enough to be in the chart of everyone born in a single 12 month period, I am calling it a generational or collective effect. From this point of view, then, a generation is a very elastic concept, as it can encompass any unit of time greater than a year. With an astrological model we can talk about different sizes of generations of people being connected to different planets and signs, and that’s what this message is about. journey deeper…