The Jupiter-Neptune square aspect is exact this Saturday, 21st September. This is the third and final connection of these two boundless, expansive planets.
They first came together on January 13th, again on June 16th and this is their third and final connection in 2019.
Whenever a major planetary aspect repeats, it acts as a backdrop, a theme to this year’s events. You see the symbolism playing out in the world. For example, Jupiter is in Sagittarius, a fire sign and Neptune is in Pisces, a water sign.
Coming together in a square aspect, these two planets can create overwhelm, overblown exaggerated activity. Recently, Mother Nature has been venting her fury with devastating fires, e.g. in the Amazon and devastating floods due to hurricane activity as we’ve seen in the Bahamas.
Symbolism isn’t limited to one factor only, as you see time and again when you work with astrology. Jupiter also rules higher education and this year, there’s been a big scandal taking place, which is Neptune’s domain.
This has been the college admissions cheating scandal in the US which many people, usually wealthy and entitled, became involved in.
They literally bought their child’s education by paying a company to doctor marks and fake admissions information for elite universities in the US. It’s the biggest college admissions case ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
One of the parents caught up in this scandal is the actress, Felicity Huffman (b. December 9, 1962), married to the actor William Macy.
Huffman paid $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT score boosted to ease her way into college. This is by no means the biggest amount paid in this far-reaching scandal. Some parents paid amounts ranging up to $500,000.
However, Huffman is the biggest name caught up in this scandal and her case has become high profile. Arrested in March 2019, Huffman was sentenced on Friday 13th September. Her punishment – 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and one year supervised release for her part in the scandal.
Her astrology is revealing and shows why she’s become the ‘poster girl’ for the scandal . There’s no time of birth for Huffman but this doesn’t matter as it’s all about her Sun in Sagittarius (see chart below). Her Sun is at 17 degrees Sagittarius, which is the exact degree of this week’s Jupiter-Neptune square aspect.
The symbolism is blindingly obvious – in wanting to secure a top-level education (Jupiter Sagittarius) for her daughter, Huffman was seduced (Neptune) by the tantalising prospect of paying to secure her daughter’s future surreptitiously.
However, as astrology shows, Neptune by square aspect can be illusory and deceptive as it lures you in, like a siren tempting you. Allow yourself to be seduced by Neptune and the outcome isn’t always guaranteed to work in your favour. For Huffman, it’s been a personal tragedy.
In wanting the best for her daughter, the mother went behind her daughter’s back. Now, the truth has come tumbling out, this has not only damaged Huffman’s reputation but her relationship with her family as well.
Reportedly, Huffman’s daughter said to her, ‘I don’t know who you are anymore, mom. Why didn’t you believe in me, mom? Why didn’t you think I can do it on my own?’ Huffman’s reply, ‘I’m sorry Sophia. I was so stupid and I was so wrong’. … I have done more damage than I could have ever imagined.”
Sagittarius – The Star Sign Of Truth & Justice
What I admire about Huffman is her willingness to admit that she’s done wrong and pay for her mistakes. Sagittarius is the star sign that stands for truth and justice. Many other parents caught up in the scandal are refusing to admit their guilt and are preparing to fight huge court battles.
Yes, Huffman has been seduced by Neptune square to her Sun Sagittarius. Yet, the conjunction of Jupiter to her natal Sun is restoring the importance of truth and justice within herself.
Note that in Huffman’s birth chart, the Sun is square to Pluto, so Jupiter’s justice also involves incarceration. And, I would guess, a deeply and painful time of self-understanding and personal transformation.
This week’s Jupiter-Neptune square aspect may bring further revelations. It would be interesting to see the astrology of some of the other parents involved. Some of them may still be wearing Neptune’s veil, wanting to distort the truth of the situation, unable to admit their wrongs.
For Huffman, it looks as Jupiter, Sagittarius’ star sign ruler, has prevailed over Neptune. The Jupiter-Neptune square brought tough lessons her way.