Neptune and Uranus in the 90's: The Changing Perception of Dietary Fat and Health
In the last three years there has been an unprecedented interest in Western
culture about the role of fats in the diet in the achievement of both optimal
body weight and physical health. The obvious reasons are twofold; the widespread,
almost immediate access of ideas by the public via multiple forms of media,
and the number of people in health-related fields is at an all-time high.
Many health professionals are speaking publicly, some writing articles and
books, many giving seminars for a dozen people to thousands.
How much body fat we have influences hormone production and uptake by all
body systems and therefore has an impact on physical and mental health. Our
bodies do seem to have an optimal range of percent of body fat that varies
for individuals, but when unbalanced can negatively affect both emotional
and physical functioning.
Diets high in fat have been linked to adult onset diabetes since the 1930's,
to heart disease since the 50's, and is currently under scrutiny worldwide
as a causative factor in various types of cancer; notably, breast and colon
Estimates of overweight Americans range from 30% to 80% of our population,
depending on the criteria and background of those making the estimates.
Considering comments made by medical spokespersons, the majority of people
in the U.S. have a diet too high in animal fats, and deficient in many essential
The proportion of Americans who are underweight is considered to be much
lower, usually around 5%. Although the media emphasizes the untoward attempts
of many young women to control body weight by starvation or purging, chronic
underweight actually goes through all ages and both sexes, and is often a
side effect of medical treatment or disease processes, or a result of behavioral
habits sometimes emotional in origin.
In the four decades preceding the 90's, diet and weight control were usually
regarded as cosmetic concerns, to be affected by the manipulation of total
calorie consumption. A major shift in this thinking recently occurred in
the public conception of how and why to lose or gain weight, and what role
fats might play in a variety of health issues. Many non-overweight people
are giving thought to which fats may be the most healthy ones to consume,
with a focus on increasing energy and stamina.
In regard to other health issues, the focus was often on cholesterol content
in foods. This idea is slowly giving way to the perception that high fat
diets might negatively contribute to general health in a more complex way.
Alternative health practioners have known this for several decades, but the
general public has not focused on helath as a personal responsibility until
There is often confusion about the relationship of Jupiter and Neptune to
fats. The traditional ruler of Pisces is Jupiter, but the modern ruler is
Neptune. Neptune represents the susbstances of fats, both liquid and solids,
fatty acids, and all food metabolized as fat, including alcohol and most
Western desserts, which are sugar/fat combinations. The conjunction of Uranus
and Neptune and the placement of Saturn in Pisces (1993 to 1996) were indicators
of the recent public awareness regarding fat intake and metabolism, nutritional
knowledge and personal dietary habits.
Most astrologers will agree that Neptune is associated with alcoholic beverages,
due to the influence on the alteration of consciousness. However, alcohol
(Neptune) is rapidly metabolized in the body, creating an excess (Jupiter)
of available energy which will be stored as fat (Jupiter/Neptune), unless
the calories are used. Jupiter is considered to enlarge or increase anything
it aspects, and larger sized people in general are indicated by several Jupiter
aspects in natal charts. However, large, muscular people of low body fat
content are also indicated by Jupiter aspects. An indication of a large,
muscular person might be a Jupiter/Mars aspect, or Jupiter in contact with
the Sun or Ascendant of a natal chart. This aspect by transit usually indicates
a great deal of physical activity, which builds muscle.
Jupiter conjunct the Moon does indicate an increase in food intake, but not
necessarily foods that contain fats. However, when Jupiter contacts Neptune,
the person usually does increase fats, or alcohol, or desserts containing
fats and sugars. Neptune foods are usually linked in culture with celebration
or a special ritual or meaning beyond pure nutritive value or hunger.
These same foods are associated with addictions. While many people
eat sugar or fatty foods to excess, we never hear of someone eating too much
salad. Obviously, the more of these planets (Jupiter, Moon, Neptune) present,
the higher the content or amount of fat. Neptune, (fats) also have to go
through Sagittarius (the liver) before being used or deposited as storage
in the body.
Saturn has a stabilizing nature, with its affinity for the sign Capricorn.
Saturn shows us where to focus on mature growth through structured and
disciplined behavior. Saturn also indicates the specific physical structure
of a compound. Since the beginning of Saturn's transit through Pisces, diets
and their merits have been discussed mainly in terms of percentage of fat,
not calories or cholesterol. Although the medical profession and dieticians
were previously aware of the myriad fat-based structures, they did not attempt
to educate the public through the media regarding various "good and bad"
fats and fatty molecules until the mid-nineties.
Saturn entered Pisces during a solar eclipse on May 21, 1993.
The chart run for Greenwich, England at 2:10 p.m. shows a 9th house Sun and Moon at 0 degrees of Gemini, conjunct
Mercury in square to Saturn. Pallas Athene is also in Pisces in the 6th house
of health, closely squaring Mercury. Libra is rising, and Neptune conjunct
Uranus in a one degree aspect are in the 4th house of food! Although we usually
look at a chart as either representative of a world-view (mundane astrology),
or as representing an individual, there are certainly multi-layered meanings
and interpretations. If this were not so, we could not have the chart of
a business, a city, a birthday party, or a discovery, set for the same time
as the chart for a newborn person or animal.
The sesquisquare between Mercury and the Uranus-Neptune conjunction indicates
news and education about the ill-effects of too much fat in the diet, but
also the problems inherent in the response to this publicity by the food
industry, who in 1995 began en masse to substitute sugars and imitation fats
for the real thing. Fat-blocking agents were heavily advertised late that
same year, and in 1996, as Saturn was in the last few degrees of Pisces,
scientific studies were indicating a possible link with the fat-blockers
and increased susceptibility to cancer through their absorption of beta-carotene
in the intestine, thereby lowering availability of one very important element
in our immune response to the disease.
In the interim two years several spokespersons for the low-fat dietary regime
became extremely well known for their views. Susan Powter's infomercial made
her famous for her no-fat diet and theme of move-enough-to make-you-breathe-fast,
and Dr. John McDougall (author of several no-fat diet books) went coast-to-coast
with a daily syndicated radio show, and recently, a television show.
Ms. Powter aims her pitch exclusively at overweight persons; but Dr. McDougall's
message is that a no-fat vegetarian diet is a preventative measure against
many serious chronic diseases. He seldom mentions weight loss; yet his monthly
seminars attract thousands, and his books continue to sell.
Jupiter and the north node of the Moon were in Scorpio in 1993, (new ways
of healing the body through food), and as Jupiter in Sagittarius (shall we
all exercise?) squared Saturn during 1994, Ms. Powter got her own network
television show; a highly unusual move for a person focused primarily on
weight loss. Oprah Winfrey, for several years possibly the most influential
woman in the United States, (her opinions were heard by millions every day),
dieted her way into a size six during 1994, and her personal cook published
a best-selling low-fat cookbook.
Many of my clients, whose natal charts had a sixth house Pisces cusp, lowered
their fat intake considerably, starting almost to the week that the Saturn
transit occurred to the house cusp! Most of these people would also have
the current transit of Uranus and Neptune in their 4th houses, being the
larger indicator of changing awareness in nourishment needs.
One might sensibly project that when the Moon's nodes enter Pisces and Virgo
in February 1997, while tightly trining and sextiling Neptune, that moderate
and specific fat consumption will be urged on the public for the purpose
of protecting fatty acid stores and hormonal activities in the body.(Writer's
note: This article was written in 1996, and by early 1997 national publications
and newspapers are slowly carrying the message to re-evaluate fat intake
from low to balanced.)
In the charts of individuals, the house placements of Neptune and the sign
Pisces, the 12th house and any planets contained therein, and all related
aspects to those factors will represent the need for attention, exploration,
learning, and adjustment of certain behaviors regarding the intake of these
substances. This is where it gets sticky. For example, Neptune in the 4th
house in hard aspect to Saturn occurs in both underweight and overweight
people. It seems the relationship between what the two planets represent
needs to be brought into balance, or harmony.
Extremes of fat or food intake are the usual mode of operation. There may
be a lack of awareness of the purpose and qualities of foodstuffs, (nutritive
values), that may have had its origin in an early family dynamic promoting
non-responsibility of the individual. This does not mean the parents fed
their children an unhealthy diet, but that the child did not develop optimal
Neptune square Saturn can represent an addictive attitude toward high fat
foods, even for slender people, and can also suggest a deficiency of fatty
acids. Miss. L.
had an extremely high fat
diet based around pastas, cheeses, ice cream and copious amounts of butter
and mayonnaise-based dressings. Fat is known to have an appetite-depressing
Although more than 70% of her total calories came from fat sources, she often
skipped meals, and was seriously underweight, eventually being hospitalized
for that condition. Although only 30 years old, she had frequent chest pain,
and poor healing of infection, extreme mood swings, and blood sugar imbalances
causing prolonged thirst. Diabetes was a serious possibility. As progressed
Uranus conjoined the 4th house Neptune, she made a major dietary change,
dramatically decreasing fat intake, resulting in a significant weight gain
and greatly improved health.
A 4th or 6th house Neptune square Saturn sometimes signifies low initiative
in food preparation. The causes may be many, including tiredness, depression,
other interests or time conflicts. Neptune square Ceres can also show the
need to learn to make healthy, deliberate food choices for specific results.
Neptune in hard aspect to Jupiter or the Moon, or in the Moon's house, can
indicate a large fat intake or a craving for desserts or sugar, and usually
an unwanted weight gain. Ms. F.
has Neptune in the 4th house
oppose Saturn, square Chiron in the 12th, and Ceres in the 6th. She has been
up to 100 lbs. overweight, although she does not like to cook. She has discovered
she has multiple food allergies, (also sometimes shown by this aspect) and
has struggled with taking responsibility to prepare what she can digest,
while limiting her fat intake to control the weight condition.
Optimal health is a product of many variables, of which the balance of fats
in our diet is but one element. Neptune and Uranus are no longer in an applying
conjunction, or even in the same sign. Our attention will soon go to other
areas of health, and other ways of affecting it through nutritional manipulation.
However, the use of specific fat combinations for health purposes may have
another phase of development when Uranus is in Pisces, especially likely
because Neptune will be in Aquarius, which in the modern context is a mutual
reception. The genetic engineering of fatty acid molecules with special enzyme
triggers is already being worked on in laboratories and may be available
to the medical profession early in the next decade.