One of my favourite things about The Birth Chart, is it’s inherent knack of making clear what we can’t seem to grasp or fully understand about ourselves. To add to it too, often the parts of us that we question or negate are easily the facets that make us unique, loved, and appreciated by others; talented even.
I’ve got Neptune on my Ascendent and lately the planet has had me thinking a lot about its effects on a life.
There are 8 planets we look at in a chart, two luminaries (The Sun and The Moon), One Ascendent, and the North and South Node axis. Of the 8 planets, 3 are personal and 5 are interpersonal because they are distant and their effects as such are slow and impact many of us at once, so its hard to boil it down to a personal story, at best. Neptune is of the latter. It takes 14 years to move through 1 zodiac sign and makes its way through all 12 over the course of 168 years, give or take. So when we look to Neptune, often we're taking into consideration which of the personal planets it touches in a chart, and which house it falls within.
The thing I've struggled with the most for the better part of my life, have been boundaries. Part of it is ancestral and inherited behaviour past down from previous generations and part of it is Neptune on my Ascendent. When it comes to anything structured, methodical and formulaic, Neptune's very essence, falters. This, because at its most poignant, Neptune is depth, limitlessness and an-all encompassing experience. To be flesh and blood is almost a foreign experience for Neptune. Ruling the sign of Pisces, clarity isn’t its forte and it prefers to navigate the ebb and flow of life, at its own pace.
So what’s the deal with Neptune? A lot of artists and life’s creative geniuses have it prominently placed in their charts, or at the least, they possess a lot of planets placed in Pisces, speaking equally to its ruling planets’ impact. Nothing is clear with this planet. It takes us to the depth of our soul and leaves us swimming in its murkiness. At its best we’ve got an almost psychic insight that connects us to information beyond the visceral experience which is the space many of our worlds Creative Greats do their best work from. At it’s most challenging, it leaves its natives highly sensitive to the pain of others, even weakened by the simple charge of navigating the physical world. Neptune is one big energetic leak. Like a dense fog, it has no beginning and no end. It’s hazy with a smoke and mirrors effect on both those living with its prominence and on the receiving end.
So how do we deal IRL with Neptune’s otherworldly magic?
Surrender. Many times the feelings, the insight, we’re capable of intuiting through its lens, leaves us overwhelmed and seeking refuge by way of denial or vices to manage our sensitivity. Temporary fixes, these solutions often band aid our pain only to leave us paying for it in overtime down the murky road.
Awareness. Learning about my massive Neptunian energy has helped me tremendously in gaining the one thing it struggles to know- clarity. It’s porous, confusing and draining; embodiment is actually the complete antithesis to its nature. And that’s also kind of the secret to managing its weakness.
To live with it in fulfilment, we must know and accept its hypersesitivy. Applying its intuitive strengths to swim our way through life’s most uncomfortable situations. It disdains anything that seeks to control which is where many a human falls short when navigating with Neptune.
To experience this planet’s effects first-hand is really to know a life likely rife with pain and a oft debilitating sensitivity. But like all depths, its momentum offers a tsunami of potential that may not resonate with the human experience per se, but underscores a soul level understanding of life’s greatest mysteries, which many among us, spend our life in search of. Neptune is the soul’s fulfilment. We just have to be willing and vulnerable enough to love and accept what’s unseeen to the naked eye and exists between the lines of time and space.
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