A Deeper Look at the Personal Side of the Jupiter-Neptune Transit: Part III

Posted on August 11, 2009
Posted by Jim Sher


Jupiter is the planet that signifies expansion. It does this in many ways. It can expand our learning by urging us to seek greater understanding through the study of philosophy, religion and higher (abstract) concepts. Also, Jupiter can motivate us to travel which can enable us to experience people, societies and cultures completely outside our own personal limited experience which provides us a platform for discovering a broader basis for finding meaning in our lives. Every time you feel your mind expand or your understanding grow, you are living in Jupiter’s realm. For the most part, however, Jupiter does stay in a relatively conventional area. When Jupiter dominates a person they often find themselves in careers of law, education, or religion, etc. Maybe even a quantum physicist or two will be found as well. What they have in common is that they seek to understand how the world works and perhaps desire to teach what they have learned.

Neptune though, takes us into very different territory, a world that is beyond mere words or knowledge. Its world is one of imagination, dreams and an idealized sense of how we are all united in some way, though the feelings often cannot be described. Neptune destroys that sense of separateness and as such can confuse us and bring about an enormous sense of groundlessness that is somehow both scary and exciting at the same time. With Jupiter we can talk, discuss, theorize, debate and write all kinds of books and treatises, but with Neptune we become speechless and seek ways of communication that go way beyond mere words, such as music, art, painting, and theater, etc. We feel moved to enter the world of the universal or archetypal, or whatever words we use to describe that which underlies the mundane world. We sense that the ‘real’ world is a mere superficial layer of existence, the tip of a very deep world that actually creates and supports us.

Jupiter and Neptune Coming Together

When we look at charts of people who have strong aspects between these two giants, we see visionaries, idealists and people of great compassion and imagination. They see through the lens of Love… not a love limited to the personal, but a devotional, even an impersonal love that makes no distinctions between self and another. In music we find Enya, Bob Dylan, John Coltrane and Judy Collins who exemplify the incredible ability to tap into deep wells of human desire for some sort of perfection. In mythology, the pioneer Joseph Campbell saw the universal archetypes operating throughout the cultures of the world. Carl Jung developed a philosophical system that combined psychology and spirituality in a way that is so new and historic that it is still being developed today and is affecting many different disciplines.

Cooperating and Working With this Transit

The way in which this transit will affect an individual will, of course, depend on the nature and potentials of that birth chart of that person. Some will not feel this transit very much as they may not be able to resonate with its subtle urgings. But for those of us who can feel these forces, when expansionistic Jupiter meets boundless Neptune we are moved to reach some sort of higher (more inclusive) ground. But this journey is not something that can be mapped out or planned. To fixate on a goal is to prematurely create a limitation that could needlessly confine us. Moving into a truly new experience always involves a letting go of the past (conditioning) and an embracing of the unknown. What we may find however, may be something that feels eerily familiar. As we break free from rigid confines of our inner structures, we may discover openings to our deepest Self. This “free state” may be sensed as our own ‘real home’, a state that is, at least for a few moments, completely unconditioned. Could this feel unreal? Of course, but we may do well to consider that it isn’t as unreal as we think, but closer to being our true state. This is where we experience a hope that regards anything and everything as possible, that we live in a boundless, multi-dimensional universe that is hidden from us only by our own conditioning.

These are the dynamic potentials of Jupiter and Neptune operating together. It is possible that some could have a ‘peak’ experience that can last for quite a while. But what is more likely is that we will open up or be opened for brief moments that give us a hint, a smell of something far deeper than what we usually allow ourselves to feel.

Sorrow or a Beautiful Sadness

There is no avoiding a side of Neptune that is so difficult to describe, but it is necessary to try. Imagine you are in a spaceship from another solar system and you are entering this one. You have sensors on your ship that can measure the joy and pain of the people living on a planet you are investigating. What do you think the readings of planet Earth would look like? Would you see a lot of joyful readings? I don’t think so. You might be seeing measurements of so much pain and sorrow you would turn your ship around and get away from our solar system as fast as possible. Life on planet Earth is rough and to begin to feel it requires a deep sensitivity, but also something else. It would require a willingness to feel something that we don’t like to feel at all. The planetary pair of Jupiter and Neptune could open a door to our being able to perceive the deep sorrow of what it is to be human. But there is more as well. For alongside sorrow is a nobility and beauty that reflects the co-existing other side that is immensely joyful. To know the sensation-emotion of ‘beautiful sadness’ is to begin to know what it is to be truly human and that is the gift that awaits when we surrender personal ego and immerse ourselves into the consciousness of life.

The Shadow Side

As always, there is a negative or shadow side to any transit of which we would do well to remain aware. The first is the attempt to escape from one’s own (or the World’s) shadow. True integration always demands that we see all sides of any situation, including our own nature. Each of us has aspects of our psyche that we don’t approve of, which we then repress. This is what the term ‘shadow’ means. Some have called this tendency the ‘spiritual bypass.’ We leap so high and feel so good that we want to stay in this feeling of great joy or ecstasy and will do whatever we can to bypass all those things that could bring us down. One friend calls this –‘staying in the cumbaya moment.’ It is vital that while we validate these idyllic moments for they are indeed harbingers of future, potent possibilities. But to actually live in these higher states, we must honor the dark, grungy, yucky, sucky feelings that compose a part of each and every day of our lives. This is our battle, isn’t it? We can be enticed into staying in our Shangri-La sense of perfection or commit ourselves to engage in the ‘holy’ battle with both sides of our nature, which can lead to what is perhaps an evolutionary state for the human race.

The second area of concern is zealotry. An amazing spiritual experience or insight MUST be shared, right? We are full of life and want others to feel it too. But did dogma or the reading of a book or maybe the attending of a lecture or seminar take us to the heights? Or were we blessed by a Grace we do not understand and did not control? And can our journey be duplicated for another or is the truth that each of us has our own journey, a journey that is uniquely ours to travel and be transformed in just the way we need? Perhaps there is no path but our own. If we find ourselves wanting to share our good fortune, perhaps we also can retain the knowing that the Divine is never asleep and that no one needs to be converted.

By the way, a wonderful example of the Jupiter-Neptune-Chiron in Aquarius archetype can be found on the new show called “The Philanthropist.” Its appearance on network TV completely coincides with this transit. Our hero uses his fortune to seek ways to overcome national boundaries and create solutions to the world’s major problems. It is utopian, unrealistic and impossible in the ‘real’ world. Gotta love this stuff!

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Jim Sher

Jim brings over 35 years of experience as a therapist and transformational counselor to his practice of astrology, metaphysics, meditation and philosophy. He operates as a teacher and counselor and specializes in the use of discourse as a part of his teaching approach.

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12 responses to “A Deeper Look at the Personal Side of the Jupiter-Neptune Transit: Part III”

  1. Kimberly says:

    Lovely article! I resonated with the discussion of Neptune very much as it is so dominant in my chart. I’ve long thought that what we “see” is just the tip of the iceberg and I yearn to discover the mysteries of the deep, wanting to travel to places Jupiter alone can’t quite take me, like the Akashic records (oooh what fun that would be!), or that other world I sense so often just on the other side of an energetic veil. With the current Jupiter/Neptune transit affecting my chart I do feel the expansion of Jupiter at work lighting up my active imagination with the words to express it that before seemed so illusive. BTW, I love The Philanthropist. Great show!

  2. j.lorraine@yahoo.com' Janet says:

    Loved this article! Jim, it’s your best.

  3. dkbalsz@hotmail.com' Donna says:

    I’ve held back from expressing what is going on in my life during these Neptunian times…I’ve been listening to a lecture by Eckhart Tolle, on Finding Inner Peace… there are portions of this lecture that touch so deeply they bring tears..along with the deep throbbing sensation of pure love..I appreciate all operating energies that are allowing these kinds of experiences…
    LOL…I live with the utopian ideas of the “Philanthropist”… I thought we all did!! Neptune, Neptune, Neptune the amazing depths and directions you have taken me!!!
    Thanks for all the help with understanding “me”!

  4. cynthiapaigeaaron@gmail.com' Cindy A says:

    Very eloquent. Many, many happenings in my life- I can’t even keep up. It’s almost as if your article was written expressly for me alone, even though I am feeling (and reading)that many others are experiencing the same level of change and transformation. The beautiful sadness is what I refer to as a bittersweet feeling, a feeling of loss (of the ego?) and also love (so moved by humanity, it hurts.) The answer to all my problems and concerns seems to boil down to the same thing: let go! To all desires and conditioning, yes, but even my “needs” are not really needs at all, but just more conditioning. All the built-up layers are being stripped away (and I have no choice in the matter!),while at the same time, I’m feeling I am not my body, I am not my mind, and what is left?

  5. Jim Sher says:

    To Tammy:

    Thank you for expressing the way in which the article inspired you. You asked an interesting question. Was the poem sparked into being from the article or the planetary energies? Perhaps they aren’t two separate things. Did I write the article or did the article come from those very planetary archetypal forces longing to be expressed, seen and heard? I don’t know.

    I’m just grateful that the message sparked and inspired since being a messenger for a higher principle is something that further inspires and excites me. Assuming there is a ‘Me’. 🙂

  6. graceladymn@yahoo.com' Tammy H says:

    For those who’d like to read the poem, the site is at http://www.originalpoetry.com/dreams-that-tease I hadn’t realized the message post didn’t have it. A little idealism.

  7. graceladymn@yahoo.com' Tammy H says:

    Hi Jim,

    Your message today sparked this poem into being (or was it the planetary energies?), I left the message midway and out came this poem, then returned to finish your message. Amazing insight you have, it caused a minor poetry birth.

    Thank you,

  8. ledesmalaura@socal.rr.com' Laura says:


    I enjoyed it immensely, and I agree, it was beautifully writen, and, very much to the point with whats going on on a personal level, and all around me. We are living in very interesting, scary, and exciting times in soo many levels.

    Thanks for writing about it, and givin us the sing post to make this ride a little bit easier.


  9. carol@personalandbusinesssolutions.com' Carol says:

    This is amazing as Jupiter/Neptune are currently in my 3rd house. I feel the need and pull to learn and be open to a higher education than I ever thought I could access. Yet on the other side because of the aspects that are being made to my Venus/Neptune I feel tremendous growth and openness of a heart nature and feeling connected to others. I am feeling more seen than ever before. This is a third house/eleventh house correspondence. Expanding my mind and expanding my connection to a broader network of people that take me to another level of my own growth and potential.

  10. ronnamail@mac.com' ronna says:

    “beautiful sadness” that is a healing expression and an enlightening perspective for my own current personal experiences…. interesting thought… i think neptune must be a cousin of mine. LOL.
    this is a beautifully written article Jim.

  11. suzanz108@yahoo.com' Susan says:

    This was writen beautifully…
    I truely enjoyed it.
    Thank you,

  12. Jim,

    This is an amazing analysis that coincides perfectly with current events for me and the world. It’s a frightening, but exciting, time and it’s wonderful to have some guidance.

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