The Sad Truth about Soul Mates

In Plato’s Symposium, we learn that humans originally consisted of four arms, four legs, and a single head with two faces.  But Zeus, most powerful of the Greek gods, feared the humans’ power and tore them asunder, condemning them to eternally search for the other half of themselves – their soul mate.

That’s as good as any explanation for the magical, mystical, and most importantly – fated – union you can feel in the presence of another.   For many, it’s the most beautiful, moving, and transformative experience for which one could ever hope.  

So why is it that – more likely than not – it will all end in tears?

Soulmate encounters usually end in tears

Astrologically, the ‘soul mate’ phenomenon is inevitably bound up with Neptune – which moves in mysterious, illusive ways.  Neptune is counter logical and doesn’t play by the rules.  Neptune is of another world, luring us into pursuit of a glamorous dream that takes us to places we’d never otherwise willingly have gone. We all need some glamour in our lives.  But when the dream is over you need to move on.

Does this mean you can never have a long-term relationship with your ‘soul mate’? 

Of course not.

What it does mean is that you want to make it work, you’ll need to understand the dynamics in play and have a plan.

Do any of these sound familiar?

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  • The sheer strength of the sexual pull between these two ensures trouble– Mars/Neptune.
  • Being at the heart of that intoxicating feeling of ‘being in love’, this aspect has provided poetic inspiration since the beginning of time – Venus/Neptune.
  • The dialogue between these two is poetic and inspired yet sadly usually ends in misunderstandings and quarrels – Mercury/Neptune.
  • This aspect involves a profound sense of shared religious and spiritual values that when it goes wrong (as it usually does), disillusionment follows – Jupiter/Neptune.
  • At the base of this aspect, is a feeling of stability, sympathy, and safety but as the bond cements, intolerable possessiveness sets in – Moon/Neptune
  • Although this aspect has the greatest potential to provide a tangible sense of hope and faith, initially it is characterized by intense anger and emotional pain – Saturn/ Neptune.

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