On April 12th there will be a Jupiter and Neptune conjunction at 23°59’ Pisces (antiscion 6°01’ Libra).

    In the Astrological Journal, page 20 article “The Planet Jupiter” June 1961, author and astrologer Ingrid Lind wrote:

    “Jupiter in Pisces has the same kindly instincts, taken a step further into philanthropy or self-sacrifice. Sometimes it is not so much self-sacrifice as self-disguise, for the infinite adaptability of Pisces makes it very much the actor Sign. The true character actor who loses his own personality in the role he is playing. But acting is only one way of externalising an exaggerated instinct to merge. At a high level, this is mysticism and unity with the Godhead. At a more mundane level there is secret or behind-the scenes work, where the ego is submerged and gets no immediate credit for the work performed.

    This can exaggerate the muddles of Pisces, the vagueness and lack of practical common sense. It can also increase the escapist tendencies of this Sign.:. love of drink, drugs and sensationalism. But the faults of Jupiter, though irritating, are always due to an amiable intemperance; an inability to put on the brakes.”

    Alan Leo in his book “The Art of Sythesis” describes Neptune as “unstable as water” and well as “instinctive and intuitive” and continues:

    “A well-integrated Neptune in the natal chart could lead to genius and an attraction and ability for spiritual mediumship. An afflicted Neptune however could involve addiction, temptation and even deception.”

    Let’s keep in mind that these were the first impressions of the astrologers of that age (early 1900’s) when Neptune was still a recent astronomical and astrological discovery and they have been confirmed and implemented by further, extensive research of the international community of astrologers up to the present day.

    Neptune and Pisces, the sign it rules, is a sponge for other peoples’ emotions so lending itself to being gullible and open to all kinds of feelings.

    Conjunctions between these two planets occur approximately every 13 years with the last one being a three-time hit during the months of May, July and November 2009 at 26° and 24° Aquarius.

    What was going on in your life then?

    However, the last time the conjunction was in the sign of Pisces was on the 17th March 1856 at 18°13’.

    What was happening in the world at that time?

    Well, one, really useful invention (at least for women) was the cage wire crinoline frame which liberated women from wearing 6-7 really heavy petticoats under their hugely wide skirts. Also in vogue that year together with huge skirts were large sleeves and paisley patterned shawls which with their beautiful arabesque patterns certainly hint at the very imaginative mind of the artist who invented this design.

    This year we have a repeat in fashion as loose and baggy clothes have already been designed for the Autumn/Winter 2022-23 collections and were on the catwalk during the recent Milan Fashion Week (Dolce e Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Max Mara to name a few).

    Another event in 1856 was that the American Civil War ended. Perhaps the peace talks under way as I write this article (end March 2022) will eventually bring an end to the war in Ukraine.

    The first Oxford-Cambridge boat race was held in 1856, a meeting of geniuses on the water.

    The conjunction of these two planets combines a quest for truth as we know it with truth which is often beyond our normal comprehension, Pisces adds sensitivity, compassion and often gullibility as well as a dream-like quality to those truths.

    What might we expect?

    The arrival of a glamourous (Neptune) guru (Jupiter)?

    A truth (Jupiter) that has been hidden (Pisces) giving us a new vision (Neptune)?

    A theory (Jupiter) about being victims (Pisces) suddenly dissolving (Neptune)?

    A new vision (Neptune) taking us into the realm of fantasy (Pisces) and awaking our curiosity (Jupiter)?

    There are so many examples of how this energy might work out on a collective and personal level, play around with the keywords for each planet and sign and see how this fits in with your chart and the house, planet or angle which the conjunction touches.

    The Sabian symbol for 24° Pisces: “On a small island surrounded by the vast expanse of the sea, people are seen living in close interaction.” Indicating the need to consciously accept one’s own personal limitations in order to concentrate one’s energies and to live a centred and fulfilled life.

    For the antiscion at 7° Libra: “A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks.” Indicating the need to face the antagonism of “powers of darkness” as one attempts to feed the mind of as yet helpless and frightened apprentices.

    “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

    Martin Luther King, Jr.


    Leo A. (1949) “Art of Synthesis” VI Edition, Chapter XII, Neptune the mystic, pp 103-123, International Publishing Co, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 176, 284, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    https://fashionhistory.fitnyc.edu/1850-1859/ accessed 18/02/22

    Artwork: myskypie2022