Elements of the Pandemic
Currently Neptune is in the sign of Pisces. Neptune first entered the water sign of Pisces in April 2011. Neptune exits Pisces at the end of January 2026. Pisces is a water sign and Neptune as the god of the Ocean is the ruler of Pisces. In the past year with the Covid pandemic it can seem as if we all all awash in a vast sea. Neptune and Pisces also rule what is hidden and the pandemic did sneak up on us, not visible to the naked eye. So it has been a watery year, and many have spent countless hours watching movies and television, which mediums are also ruled by Neptune. Luckily on that front, Neptune in Pisces is strong and good for creativity, so we are benefitting from the golden age of television and film.
If water has been a strong element of the pandemic, earth also played a role. 2020 was a very strong year for earth. Jupiter Saturn and Pluto were conjunct in Capricorn, an earth sign for most of 2020. Uranus was also in another earth sign, Taurus. We were grounded. But as with everything, there were positives and negatives. Many took up walking outdoors and found a stronger appreciation for the beautiful earth. Without all the cars, the spring was incandescent.
Here in the U.S. we are relying on recovery to a great extent on the guidance of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease. He was born Dec. 24, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. Although we don't have a birth time, he has a very grounded Neptune in Virgo, and as befitting a Doctor, Moon and Mars in Scorpio, the sign of the researcher and the healer. Also Mars in Scorpio is good in a crisis. He is a Capricorn, so will stay the course. And Mars in Scorpio exactly opposite Uranus at 22 Taurus gives him the extra energy needed. Dr. Fauci has his Mars return coming up on Feb. 18th. Perhaps there will be some good news on that day. His Mercury at 22 Sagittarius is quincunx Uranus and semi-sextile Mars. He was very careful with his words during the last year of working under a non-science oriented administration. Probably a bit challenging for his Mercury in Sagittarius but Capricorn caution saw him through. See the New York Times interview with Dr. Fauci.
Planets moving to air signs are coming to the rescue. On Dr. Fauci's birthday just this past year there was a Jupiter Saturn conjunction at zero Aquarius. This mirrors his natal Jupiter Saturn conjunction in Taurus. Air rules the thinking function and Aquarius is a very inventive sign. So optimism is in the air, and there is a global effort to vaccinate as many people as possible. The Jupiter Saturn conjunction will be present in Dr. Fauci's solar return and is also trine to President Biden's Neptune in the 10th house at 1 degree Neptune. With four planets and the Ascendant in Scorpio, Biden will work well with Dr. Fauci.