What happens when Neptune, the planet of dreams and the imagination, stands in opposition to Saturn, the planet of limitations? One possibility is that Neptune's illusions come up against a harsh Saturnian reality, and you're left wondering what happened to the magic and mystery of life. There could be an intensity now to the tug-of-war between conforming to societal pressures and the pull toward following your bliss. Some of your loftiest goals may no longer seem realistic, ushering in dark clouds of disillusionment.
The influence of this Neptune-Saturn opposition is felt throughout the 2006/2007 cycle, with the second direct alignment just past (on March 9th) and the third alignment to occur on June 25th this year. It's a time when deceit and illusion -- especially in global politics and entertainment -- may seem to be shaping reality itself. On a personal level, suspicion and wariness can come up in unexpected ways and even between close allies. But the push and pull between what's illusion and what's real can itself create a foundation for more solid ground. Several movies about magicians have woven these themes into the story line in the last year, among them The Prestige and The Illusionist.
One interesting outcome of the Neptune-Saturn opposition is that nightly dreams may be more lucid now. Through these symbolic images of your inner life, you may be getting valuable and practical guidance from the dreamworld. The bottom line is that not all of Neptune's illusions should be acted on as real, and this opposition helps sort that out. And when it comes time to revisit those broken dreams, you might benefit from Saturn's reality check. It's a rude awakening to be ejected from fantasyland, but it can be a relief to let go of mission impossible in favor of more attainable goals.photo of Neptune (public domain) NASA