For us in the Southern Hemisphere, Jupiter and Neptune meet at the same point in the zodiac at 23°53’ Pisces on Wednesday, 13th April 2022 at 12:42am (12th April at 3:42pm UTC for our Northern Hemisphere friends).
A Jupiter Neptune conjunction occurs approximately every 13 years.
In astrology, such a conjunction is considered the start of a new cycle: a synodic cycle where the ‘seed’ energy of the combination of these two planets coming together travels onwards, influencing our personal and global history in a unique manner.
Jupiter and Neptune last met in 2009 and in the sign of Aquarius, a year when Bitcoin came into existence, and Barack Obama became President of the United States.
When we look to Pisces, we can see that this conjunction last occurred in 18°13’ Pisces on 17th March 1856, 166 years ago!
Around that time in 1856, Europe was coming to an end of a 3 year war centred around the Crimea (Ukraine), a war that started around the right to faith (Jupiter) and then escalated into issues of land ownership, but the ‘real’ cause was never understood, indeed it has been written that the war commenced due to a “greater confusion of purpose” 1 (Neptune). This same author notes that the Crimean war was an example of “notoriously incompetent international butchery”2. Something we could probably say about all wars but a particularly pertinent statement given current world events!
A positive to come from this ‘butchery’ was the professionalisation of medicine needed to manage the injuries of war, especially that of nursing via such individuals as Florence Nightingale. Maybe, we will experience a renewal in healing as a result of current conflicts?
I see this conjunction in 2022, occurring in the sign of the zodiac that both planets rule as being the principal astrological event of 2022 and the ’seeding’ of a ‘potent’ Jupiter Neptune synodic cycle.
The Pisces archetype is a complex one of dissolution, blurring the edges of the material world, and pushing us towards the realms of the spiritual – the unified, inclusive world of wholeness, where we find unity with the whole. Pisces stimulates us to be compassionate, to express empathy and to inspire each other.
Neptune in Pisces tasks us to transcend the material and free ourselves of the limitations we impose on ourselves when we restrict our vision and awareness to the concrete physical world, divorced from one another.
Neptune can lead us to escapism and delusion when we fail to recognise that life is more than our personal ego’s.
When we fail to see the ‘big picture’ and live in disharmony with all creation, we delude ourselves and seek out things to keep us in a state of blissful ignorance.
Jupiter will reinvigorate our Pisces nature – we all have some aspect of Pisces in our ‘cosmic makeup’, and this will be a time when we will be prompted to seek the truth, to find faith in life, and renew our optimism in being alive.
As a whole, we can expect to see an increased interest in spirituality and creativity such as music and literature, stimulated by this Jupiter Neptune conjunction in Pisces.
I recall reading somewhere that people born with Jupiter in Pisces may express an “unconquerable faith” in their beliefs and behaviours: “I am right you are wrong”; “I am doing God’s work”, etc. And, as we know from history, such attitudes lead to some terrible situations for those who hold opposing beliefs! This then, is a potential danger with this conjunction: ideologies run rampant!
With that said, if we focus on the ideal of unity and wholeness devoid of separation and differences, this conjunction may see humanity revel in a resurgence of compassion and empathy that leads us to a unified faith in being part of a universal family.
When Jupiter transits through Aries from May this year, we will all feel the urge to assert this new found faith and optimism, to create art and find unity with the whole!
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1: Troubetzkoy, A. (2006). A Brief History of the Crimean War.
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