“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.”
I have no idea why, but this morning, on the 8th of February 2013, I wondered what Rumi’s chart looks like. It seemed a long shot but I searched astro.com’s astrodatabank, and there it was! 30 September 1207 in the Gregorian Calendar. The birth time is uncertain, but there’s quite a lot we can see non-the-less.
It so happens that today Mercury and Mars are in Conjunction in the heavens (not far from Neptune), and this Conjunction is Square my natal Neptune. Transiting Mars Square Natal Neptune can make one feel tired and defeated. The ego represented by Mars is ‘at sea’ when encountering the limitlessness of Neptune. It can’t fight, force it or direct it. It has to surrender. Sometimes this surrender process can cause one to feel very emotional. Transiting Mercury Square Neptune is about otherworldly ideas, mystical literature, and literally, poetry. So, it’s interesting that I would feel this sudden urge to investigate Rumi under these influences, since a male mystical poet is one very consistent and viable translation of Mercury/Mars/Neptune.
I was not consciously aware this morning of feeling down, emotional or weepy, but the moment the chart opened up and I saw that Rumi was born with the Sun and Moon in Conjunction Opposing Neptune, tears came streaming down my cheeks. Across 800 years, a veritable ocean of time, there is this snapshot of the moment of his birth, and it’s instantly clear it’s him! Sun and Moon Opposite Neptune; this sums him up: an intoxicated mystic ecstatically yearning for the divine beloved! Somehow this triggered quite an emotional response in me, swamped as I am too, by Neptune today.
Here are the opening sentences of my own text book’s interpretation of Sun/Neptune Aspects:
“The Sun and Neptune are not at all similar. We could describe the Sun as ‘Fiery’ and Neptune as
‘Watery’, and water tends to kill and stifle fire; so Sun/Neptune people don’t have the typically
robust strength that one would encounter in a pure Solar type. Sun/Neptune combinations call for a
surrender or sublimation of the ego, and often this happens through identification with an
idealistic or spiritual cause, or possibly through artistic self-transcendance. One will often be able
to discern an illusive, ethereal or dreamy aura in the Sun/Neptune type; they may be somewhat
inaccessible and not totally present.”
For many people, most actually, such a strong dose of Neptune would be too much to manage. They become addicts, martyrs, victims…
There is too much Neptune coursing through my veins today to attempt anything like a meticulous analysis of this chart or a methodical investigation of the outer facts of his life. Even putting together these few remarks has been a feat of dedication. Some other time maybe. Briefly…
In the Sidereal chart Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter are all either exalted or in their own signs. In Vedic terms this would in itself create a Raja Yoga, marking Rumi as someone exceptional, someone possessing mastery of several different faculties.
Articulate Mercury becomes exceedingly powerful in the Sidereal chart through the Sun and Moon both occupying Mercury ruled Virgo, while Mercury is exalted, being located in Virgo. This points to intelligence of a high order. That such a person would be a writer is hardly surprising. This powerful Mercury is tightly Square Saturn, which may seem strange in the chart of a poet, since Saturn is considered a planet of material things, but as we see in Einstein’s chart, although Mercury/Saturn aspects can dull some people’s wit, it can also make for deep and profound thought.
The powerful, even overwhelming influence of Neptune Opposing his Luminaries immerses Rumi in a world beyond names and forms from which he gathers his mystical poetic inspiration. Such a configuration instills a profound desire to lose oneself, to dissolve, and while it craves the bliss of an ultimate experience of communion, part of this process may entail utter disillusionment, as the petty attachments of the little self are necessarily yielded to ocean of eternity and infinity. Few return from such immersion in Neptune, with it’s inevitable renunciations, intact and coherent, and with those insights only the self-less attain, and herein, I think, lies Rumi’s greatness.
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”