Astrology of the Coronavirus – a Neptunian conundrum
What is a ‘coronavirus?’
‘Coronaviruses’ are a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In 2002-2003, 774 people died globally of SARS. To date, the coronavirus death toll has risen to over 1 669, easily doubling the SARS death toll, and infections totalling 69,000 in China alone.
According to media reports, 8 December 2019 was the first date of people having symptoms in Wuhan, Hubei province, China (please see chart below). On 31 December 2019 Chinese health authorities stated that there was a viral pneumonia of unknown origin, and a few days later stated that the outbreak had been traced to a local fish market in Wuhan; which had subsequently been closed. Then on 13 January 2020 a Chinese woman visiting Thailand reportedly fell ill with the virus, and she had not visited the relevant fish market. Another Chinese visitor to Thailand, and one to Japan are reported ill in the next days. The virus has since spread, with the US and Europe having now reported deaths, along with 26 other countries confirming cases. The Chinese doctor, Dr Li Wenliang, who first raised the alarm over the novel virus died on 7 February 2020.
This particular coronavirus has been called COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Viruses are connected with the nebulous planet Neptune, which concerns that which is invisible and no boundaries. On 8 December 2019, the Sun at 15° Sagittarius exactly squared Neptune at 15° Pisces. Pisces rules the lymph gland system which is important for our immune response. The corona is outer atmosphere of the Sun, and it also means crown or the king, with the Sun in king Jupiter’s (Zeus’s) sign of Sagittarius. The Sun rules our life force, with this tense aspect indicating the lowering of vitality due to unseen forces. Neptune, modern ruler of Pisces, swimming happily in his home sign since 2011 has therefore held the potential to be grounds for a pandemic. Interesting too that this outbreak started at a wet fish (Pisces) market, and Jupiter is the ancient ruler of Pisces.
Recent Solar eclipse
The Solar eclipse on 26 December 2019 fell at 4 degrees of Capricorn, conjunct Jupiter (an intense new beginning involving expansion), and directly opposite China’s Uranus at 4° Cancer – planet of sudden and unexpected happenings (see natal chart below).
Jupiter in Capricorn
Transiting Jupiter (currently at 16° Capricorn) squares China’s Libra planets of Sun / Mercury / Neptune as this virus emergency expands. Jupiter is also returning to its own place as Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter in Capricorn will conjunct China’s natal Jupiter over the next few months. Already foreign travel, ruled by Jupiter, has been affected. Here in Australia the travel ban for flights arriving from China has been extended another 14 days from 15 February 2020 and cruise ships are anchored at sea with holidaymakers quarantined in their rooms. Russia and North Korea have closed their borders. Flights have been cancelled to and from the epicentre, Wuhan.
Jupiter traditionally rules China’s Second House, indicating their economy will change, or even dissolve since transiting Jupiter is in the Twelfth House and in its Fall position in Capricorn (although Accidentally Dignified in this House). Neptune (dissolution), Venus (money) and Chiron (wounded healer) are transiting China’s Second House, so again it appears that it is possible for China to experience broadranging economic changes regarding world trade.
Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn
The current Saturn conjunct Pluto transit in Capricorn in China’s Twelfth House also shows that people are being isolated and quarantined. They are out of sight and potentially experiencing intense fear and suffering while confined and ‘behind’ the scenes,’ whether in hospitals, homes or on ships. The conjunction also represents the death of the victims, their burials (Pluto), the grieving and mourning of their families and friends.
Saturn rules boundaries, and Pluto transformation, where we’re also witnessing the destruction, death and rebirth of borders which are being defined as able to be crossed, or otherwise closed. We are also examining whether our national boundaries are serving their intended purpose when a global, borderless threat emerges, and the plans for co ordinating and leading an international response (Saturn), especially with Jupiter in the mix. The fear of spreading this virus however shows us that in reality, the borders we attempt to impose, do not exist (Neptune in Pisces).
At a global level, it is a sign that the economic rationalist paradigm that began with the last Saturn / Pluto conjunction in 1982 is not working anymore. Be prepared to witness more social and economic breakdown even though governments will wish to maintain business as usual. With Jupiter conjunct Pluto too three times this year starting on 5 April 2020, the truth will be revealed, and anything corrupt or untoward will disintegrate. (See more on the Saturn Pluto conjunction here: https://astrologyworks.com.au/saturn-conjunct-pluto-in-capricorn-breaking-down-and-building-up/).
Uranus in Taurus
Apparently at the market, a ‘wet market’, the raw flesh of animals was exposed to the open air, and the market also sold vegetables and live animals. This is not a good mix to say the least, so with Uranus (revolutionary change, the future) in Taurus (cows/ beef, sensual delights generally, currency), we may see improved food regulation, and the simplification of growing, harvesting and cooking our own food, self-sufficient with a vegetarian diet. There could be a revolution in the cattle trade, including live animal exports, a new regulation of the food market, a radical change in the world economy, and crypto-currency could become the new means of exchange.
January’s Saturn Pluto conjunction, Jupiter also in Capricorn, plus the solar eclipse in Capricorn on 26 December 2019, the lunar eclipse at 20° Cancer on 10 January 2020 AND change agent Uranus stationing direct in steady Taurus have ushered in a breaking down of the old, and in with the new.
Mercury Retrograde 16/17 February – 9/10 March 2020
Mercury will Retrograde in Pisces (Detriment) on 16 February at 12° Pisces widely conjunct Neptune at 17°, so we can imagine that communication and reporting will not be clear or accurate regarding the extent of contagion, and a re-view and re-consideration will need to be undertaken of deaths, confirmed cases and recoveries.
Full Moon in Pisces – 9 March 2020
The upcoming Full Moon in Virgo is opposite the Sun (19°) conjunct Neptune (18°) (again, the ruler of invisible viruses) in Pisces on 9 March 2020 which could indicate either a culmination in the current crisis, where there is completion and eventual dimunition or closure, or it could indicate an intense new crisis.
Jupiter conjunct Saturn December 2020
The once in 20 years Jupiter Saturn conjunction in humanitarian Aquarius commences conjunct China’s Ascendant and Moon late in 2020 so it seems there will be a new beginning or recovery around that time. The hierarchical governments of the day could also give way to a new government structure which show more egalitarianism to all people as equals in society.
The Nodal axis shift to Gemini-Sagittarius in 2020-2021
Further down the track there will also be an exact T-Square aspect pattern between Neptune at 19° of Pisces and the Nodal axis with the North Node at 19 Gemini (factual information, lungs) and the South Node at 19 Sagittarius (broader philosophies, expiratory functions of the lungs) between around 24 January 2021 and 27 January 2021. The nodal axis only falls across these signs every 19 years as it retrogrades through the zodiac, and it starts in June 2020. This could indicate a tense time in relation to the virus and continued elusiveness, uncertainty and confusion in trying to resolve it.
How could this end?
With the intervention of public health controls, including quarantining people with the virus and improving infection control measures, this will hopefully bring the spread under control and it will just peter out. Unfortunately, those who have the virus can transmit it to others before they show symptoms, making it harder to contain. It could also become another seasonal virus like the winter common cold or flu which comes and goes. As yet, we do not know the direction or potential of this coronavirus. If the virus continues to spread globally into areas which don’t have the best medical facilities to contain it, such as in Cambodia, North Korea or on the African Continent, then the potential for mutation increases and an unstoppable spread is also possible. There is no medical cure as yet, however Australian scientists replicated the virus in laboratory conditions in early February which will assist in developing a vaccine more quickly, even though it is still some time off.