Moving Mountains

There’s an exciting celestial event upon us that has the astrology community all a-buzz right now: the meeting up of the planets Jupiter and Neptune next week on April 12, 2022. So let’s talk about it!

Neptune was discovered in 1846 by astronomers using mathematical calculation to predict its whereabouts, based on the curious orbital behavior of the planet Uranus. In other words, they didn’t happen upon a new object just by looking into the sky, first they calculated, then they made a prediction, then they aimed their telescopes, and voila! Neptune. Well, it wasn’t that easy, but you get the picture.

Ten years later, in March of 1856, this new planet met up with Jupiter. That was 166 years ago. And next week, they’re meeting again, in the same region of the sky, for the first time since then! Just to be clear, these two planets meet every 12 years, but this is the first time since 1856 that they’re meeting in this region of the sky.

For me, finding meaning in this planetary conjunction is helped by looking at what else was going on in March of 1856, and it just so happens that while astronomers were using mathematical calculation to discover new planets, the British, who had been conducting their Great Trigonometric Land Survey in India, announced that they could confirm the tallest peak in the world, which they called Everest, after Sir George Everest, Surveyor General. To his credit, Everest really didn’t want the mountain named for him, and recommended the team use local names.

The Tibetans revere the mountain as Chomolungma, the Goddess Mother of the World.

So take note, this whole season is about reaching furthest and highest, knowing that the ability to move mountains begins with our dreams.


This episode on Interlochen Public Radio and the Storyteller’s Night Sky podcast.

Image: Chomolungma, Mount Everest, North Face, as seen from the path to the base camp, Tibet.