The Septile Circular: Uranus septile Neptune #2

Hello. Blog sade sati is fading, though not yet gone, and not without some Saturnian reconstruction in the offing. I've realized that I'm not so much interested in publishing to the whole wide world. The whole Leo-Aquarius social media model of centralized focus set-on-a-pedestal to a broad undifferentiated audience doesn't seem to be a healthy human thing. Perhaps the current theme of Saturn in Aquarius is "be cautious what you let in and who you share with." It's not health solely in a physical sense, but in an energetic one as well. And for my own deepening explorations, I would like to balance what I offer with a sense of trust that it will be used well and not just consumed willy-nilly or abused. Granted, my penchant for offbeat topics keeps matters more human-scaled to begin with, but in observing scads of plagiarism unveilings with every Mercury retrograde this year and now Mercury on the lunar South Node, movement towards a new model or format seems prudent.

So with this preamble, which I think you'll also find revealed in the heavens down below, I bring you some chart reading for today's second exact opening septile between Uranus and Neptune (of five, through the first half of 2023), if only because it's easier to write well here than on Twitter. This may be the last post for a long while, save perhaps a wrap-up or two.

But before we get to today's chart, backing-up to examine preceding aspects may be warranted.

Uranus-Neptune conjunction (1993)

When contextualizing aspects, my preference is always to view them through the lens of their synodic cycle, with the individual charts expressing variations on that initial theme. To wit, to begin to speak about the Uranus-Neptune septile, it would help to know a little of the Uranus-Neptune conjunction. There were precisely three conjunctions —in late Capricorn, in 1993— to ring off the current cycle, the first of its kind since Neptune was discovered in 1846. These were set against a backdrop of both planets having recently conjoined Saturn in Sagittarius/Capricorn at the end of the Cold War, an era of liberation and idealism overcoming cold hard reality.
With Saturn having moved on into Aquarius, the first return of which we presently experience, Uranus and Neptune were free to express themselves in conjunction, limited only by their Saturnian dispositor. 1993, give or take a year, was a cultural drop-off point. The year prior saw a culmination of light-hearted Pluto in Leo generation nostalgia, unweighted by the long shadow of nuclear holocaust: My Girl, the acapella stylings of Boyz II Men, the rise of that generation to seats of power fueled by the lightest song on Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album (of all things). But where the building conjunction gave us numinous abstract sounds idealistic and unbound by earthly concerns, 1993 brought the sexual and defiant, the dissonant and rough-edged, the embrace of mediocrity as an aesthetic to cleanse the palate of the unctuous and saccharine. You can tell the difference by where department stores temporally cut their music playlists.

Yet at the same time it was a relatively small hiccup to the history which followed, a cultural shift that slightly curved a flow of "more of the same." The rise of the Pluto in Virgo generation called back to the Pluto in Leo coming-of-age moment at the mid-1960s mid-Virgo Uranus-Pluto conjunction (which happened to trine the Uranus-Neptune position). Significantly, our Uranus-Neptune squared transit Eris, while Uranus-Pluto triseptiled her. Moreover, the previous Uranus-Neptune conjunction from 1821 also occurred in Capricorn, albeit in the early degrees of the sign. The reinvocation of Capricornian and Earth sign energy, and connection to rambunctious, Titanic Eris provided generational continuity — which says something considering how anti-generational Uranus can be from an astrological and mythical standpoint.

To pull some threads from the chart of the third and final U-N conjunction above, we find 1993 to be a nodal opposition year to 2021, almost to today's degree, with Jupiter transiting an Air sign, a Mars return to this very day, and an emphasis in Aquarius outmatched by the pile-up from this past February. Further, whereas in '93 Uranus and Neptune squared Eris, this year completed the final two Pluto-Eris squares. The cycle calls itself forward and reveals itself in our present moment.

Uranus-Neptune Septile #1

Which brings us to our present year (though a case could be made that the planets came within orb last year). Here we can get into the bread-and-butter of septiledom, but, like, fairy bread, and butter from UFO-abducted cows or something.

You may have seen me mention that septiles, particularly lunar septiles, are like this guy right here: sweet little kitty-cat at the kitchen table scanning the paper before heading off to work. Only an idea hits that stops time and the normal routine cold. 

"Why didn't I think of this before!?" kitty-cat yowls. "It all makes so much sense!"
Granted, we would have noticed if everyday life were riddled with these moments, because every day tends to have at least 2 or 3 lunar septiles, to say nothing of connections between slower-moving planets, points and objects. But that's why I used this meme: it's a relatively subtle, quiet moment captured. Though when you experience a septile, that energy signature tends to be unmistakable. That lucidity and clarity and the way it tumbles forth out of nowhere, even from a fuzzy mind. You know that feeling, even if you don't have the vocabulary for it.

Much in the same way scientists like to claim that there's no scientific rationale or causal mechanism behind astrology, it's a demonstration of incuriosity and lack of imagination and self-awareness to assume that what was known per the tradition can completely describe lived experience. If you don't have the vocabulary, it doesn't exist, right? If you've been on social media long enough, have you noticed how refined our ability to comprehend common subtle sentiments has become thanks to memes?

If that's a small moment, though —and most lunar aspects aside from lunations will typically have an effect of a few hours— consider Uranus-Neptune.

I know, right?

You can begin to see why David Hamblin connects septiles to fantastic realms, or why Robert Hand defined septile aspects, in much the same way as Mars relates to the square and Jupiter the trine, as being of the nature of Uranus with a small part of Neptune.

I typically use 1½° orb to track intensity for most aspects. In the case of the Discovered planets, it implies a 4-6 week period of orb on either side of the aspect's perfection. This was the case for the first Uranus-Neptune septile (the day of the second Saturn-Uranus square, no less). Albeit it was extended by an additional month thanks to the early application of the lunar South Node to form the strong purple pattern as we see in the chart.* If you'll recall, that extended month happened during the previous eclipse season. They're thematic over the course of our aspect's iterative duration.

* I favor using 14th harmonic charts as shown here (purple = septiles/7th harmonic, red = oppositions as part of the 14th harmonic, pink = quatorziles/14th harmonic) to allow easy spotting of septile aspects of axial points (DC, IC) to which the software will not draw aspect lines. A 14th harmonic to one point on the axis reveals a 7th harmonic to the opposite end. See Neptune to the lunar nodes, here, for an example.

By way of observation, I noted several reports of intense synchronicities and dreams in the lead-up to the first aspect. As well, thanks to the nodal involvement, recollections of music and film from earlier Saros cycles emerged, probably aided by Neptune's transit through Pisces. Septiles, when they're of this scale, need large containers such as art.

But even without the exact hit, that these aspects endure for weeks or months at a time creates a backdrop like a humming fluorescent light, from which 7th harmonic aspects from all others relay the greater message. Even the daily turning of the skies bringing planets into contact with angles will enhance their signal. And it shouldn't be taken for granted: we won't have another 7th harmonic aspect of this scale until Uranus-septile-Eris in 2029, after an unending stream since 1990.

With this chart, the South Node was our on-ramp back to the meanings of our personal Uranus-Neptune experiences, and smoothly merged from the tail-end of the recent Uranus-Pluto biseptile. Juno's involvement suggests a past promise, to self, to others, returning to our fore to be re-engaged. There's a sense that if you had a dream but had to lay it by the wayside at a previous juncture, the first septile hit encouraged a renewed interest. It's a pandemic - why not? It's your one rare precious life.

Uranus-Neptune septile #2

Which brings us to today, the second of five exact hits.

Or perhaps a slight backstep yet again. Do you remember the phenomenal solstice solar eclipse in June of 2020? Were you aware of the 7th harmonic alignment that keyed Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto and Neptune to the eclipse and North Node, after which Saturn also joined the lingering pattern? This lunation seems to have seeded or invoked many of the important aspects that have occurred ever since.

To begin, last December featured the Grand Mutation/Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn firmly shifting into Air signs on the winter solstice.

This year, Saturn squares Uranus, Uranus septiles Neptune, Neptune resumes its sextile to Pluto, and Pluto completes its squares to Eris. As in the eclipse, what began in the seventh harmonic as ideational lead time has manifested down to mundane aspects and necessarily had to expand. With Uranus-Neptune remaining as a tether to the divine. The seeds of Saturn, in Aquarius and in conjunction with Uranus then Neptune and meeting Pluto where once they stood, a generation prior, have expanded. What seed does Saturn lay?

Further, we should remain aware that these aspects do not happen in a vacuum. A 7-pointed star may be inscribed inside a circle, and there may be other pertinent points which form aspects to our alignment. As we saw in the first exact septile, the South Node and Juno filled a point in Sagittarius, now filled by the beautiful cazimi of Sun-Mercury-Vesta. Within two days of the Uranus-Neptune perfection, these three will also perfect to Uranus and Neptune a degree later in Sag.

All to the good. The other points for this chart are 03♋15, 24♌41, 16♎07, and 28♑58. That last one is a bit short compared to the other exact hits' analogous points in early Aquarius. As in the location of last year's Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.

It isn't merely the connections between all the outers, or relevant hot degrees, or how Jupiter's sign shifts affect the expression of Neptune and his aspects, or how Saturn's pressure to Uranus makes the screws strain their fastenings or the workers revolt. They paint the picture of a world bound in the stranglehold of superior powers, with none open to appeal for ease, not without the entire system breaking. One thing leads to another.

And here we are, in the middle of yet another pertinent eclipse season this year. Next year's sole hit of Uranus-septile-Neptune will occur on June 10, precisely a full year after this year's solar eclipse tightly conjoined retrograde Mercury.

Which brings us to Mercury, the magician in all 5 hits. In July's septile, Mercury was in phasis just sinking into the Sun's beams for his superior conjunction. In septiles #3 and 4, he's not long past stationing direct. In septile #5 he is stationary retrograde. And here, you see him by longitude within the most exacting definition of cazimi, driving the meaning of this chart along with Vesta.
 Hestia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless gods and men who walk on earth, you have gained an everlasting abode and highest honour: glorious is your portion and your right. For without you mortals hold no banquet, -- where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Hestia both first and last.

And you, slayer of Argus, Son of Zeus and Maia, messenger of the blessed gods, bearer of the golden rod, giver of good, be favourable and help us, you and Hestia, the worshipful and dear. Come and dwell in this glorious house in friendship together; for you two, well knowing the noble actions of men, aid on their wisdom and their strength.

Hail, Daughter of Cronos, and you also, Hermes, bearer of the golden rod! Now I will remember you and another song also.

Do you remember where I pointed out that septiles this grand need large containers? And here, small-scale Mercury in the sign of the far wanderer momentarily finds respite in sacred temenos, while the royal midnight starry skies of Sagittarius loom in mighty expanse above, while the portal remains open and unknown lurks in the increasing dark, while the thrashing Titanic bull argues against the restraints of the people it is meant to lead, while the cosmic fish rains down acid poison fastidiousness. It's all too much for one person to bear, let alone to willingly expose themselves to on a daily basis.

Pull the right ones close, and keep them within your temenos. Don't tell the world your secrets. Inside clay walls, the firelight dances. It can be simple once again. The entanglement with Outside need not be permanent. Inside, let the divine whisper to you. You'll never know how great Vesta's stores are until you ask her.