Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sun Moves into Opposition with Neptune

I’ve been reading excerpts from the astrology writing of Liz Greene and Robert Hand today.  In between these readings I took a coffee break and was looking at some of the upcoming planetary transits marking the end of August and the early portion of September.  I checked a favorite site of mine,, and came across a great piece by Adam Elenbaas of the Nighttime Astrology School and author of Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest.  Elenbaas writes about the Sun moving into opposition with Neptune and notes that this planetary Sun-Neptune opposition highlights a more fundamental archetypal opposition, upon which I will be commenting further soon.  But suffice it to say that the Sun and Neptune both reflect different ways of being an individual.  The Sun highlights that which is singular, and especially the singularly brilliant, of the individual.  As Elenbaas notes the archetypal domain of the Sun is “about constancy, supremacy, unity, and universality.” Neptune, while also having an important relationship to the individual, serves to diffuse the powerful distinction the Sun demands from other observers.  Neptune brings the individual to relation with the collective unconscious.  And in that domain Neptune calls the individual to growth in the face of the abyssal horizon of the ineffable.  For it is that ineffable, apophatic sense of the Divine and the awesome terror of that Sublime that invites the growth of a more profound individuality.  Later I will post more about some of the archetypal manifestations of persons with Sun-Neptune oppositions in their birth charts. 

See Elenbaas’s article here:


Thoughts on What Comes Next After Ferguson (A.F.)–Part 1

The police murder, no the summary execution, of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri shortly after midday on August 9, 2014 has to be the final straw. The murder of unarmed young black youth, especially young black males, in the United States is a national pandemic. The executions of Michael Brown, following upon that of Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Oscar Grant, and many hundreds or even thousands more from the last year; testify bloodily to the delusion behind liberal declarations that the Age of Obama is the beginning of a post-racial era in the U.S. Similarly, the deaths of these young people of color mocks the recent Pharrell Williams statement to Oprah on the arrival of the “New Black” who doesn’t see race because:

“The new black doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The new black dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re gonna be on.”[1]

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