Astrology of Now: Refound Beauty
Sometimes the music of the planets is pure magic.
On the news this morning: the discovery of a painting by the Renaissance master, Sandro Botticelli — a version of the famous Madonna of the Pomegranates which hangs in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It had been considered a fake, but when the layers of yellowing varnish were removed, the beautiful colours and delicate brushstrokes were revealed. After a lot of fancy tests by experts, the painting was verified as from the master’s own workshop.
How perfect on the day after Venus (the Madonna) entered otherworldly, religious Pisces, the sign where she is in “exaltation”, ready to be worshipped. The Madonna is a representation of pure love.
Mercury Retrogrades in Pisces right now, too, right over the Sun of Sandro Botticelli at 19° Pisces. Traditionally Mercury Retrogrades are when we find lost objects.
But there’s more.
Botticelli’s work fell out of fashion as soon as he died, and it was not “re-discovered” until the 1850s, the last time mighty Neptune traversed Pisces, Botticelli’s Sun sign. His natal Neptune is at 15° Virgo (the sign of the Virgin), and today Mercury Rx and Neptune make an extremely rare conjunction at 16° Pisces — the second of three during this season. The next will be on April 2. So Neptune by transit opposes Neptune.
Neptune is the planet of visions, art and universal love. Is Botticelli’s Madonna sending us a message?
Finally — and if you don’t think the planets speak yet, wait for this one. There is an actual asteroid named Botticelli — today at 8° Aries. The Sun is at 7° Aries and by the end of today will have made a conjunction.