“Nobody has the wrong chart. There are no bad charts. Your chart tells you how to live. And your chart makes you a solemn promise. It describes a life that, if you live it more or less successfully, you will conclude it with a smile on your face. You will lie on your deathbed feeling, “I nailed it. I did what I came here to do.”
There is no greater victory in this world than that. And that is the vow your birthchart makes to you. If you trust anything in this world, let it be that.”
Stephen Forrest, The Book of Neptune
I’ve taken some time getting back with this post as I’ve been working through some major changes in my life, sparked off by reading the above book. Neptune is in my first house, which is about yourself and your life. As Astrology.com put its: “the First House speaks to the person we are becoming and will become, both internally and externally. It addresses our personality and presentation to the world, our essential qualities, approach to life, demeanor and basic sensibilities. The inner self and outer body are what the First House is all about.”
Neptune is the planet of illusions, magic, dreams, visions – all that appears to be yet vanishes in mists and swirling whirlpools of what may be and what isn’t. In other words, Neptune – which is pretty close to my Ascendant – is the part of me which can go out into the Universe, which senses magic, which is open to the fae and other unseen energies, which can sense the energies of trees, and through which I can read people and feel their emotions.
For most of my life I was unaware of how this planet has worked – I have tended to be all things to all people, to drift into actions and activities rather than make decisive decisions about my life’s directions, to be ungrounded and ready to move house at the drop of a hat.
I do have one exception to that pattern – when I bumped synchronistically into my now husband one Friday night, knew he was the one, and we moved in together than very evening!
But I drifted into the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) more by osmosis than firm decision-making. It suited my social justice tendencies. Similarly, I drifted into the position of Vice-Chair by the choice of others rather than my own decision-making and I stayed there more by default because it pleased others more than it pleased me. I was reliable, conscientious and steady because people then liked me and it didn’t rock the boat.
Until 1996, that is, when I quit the Party and began my journey with crystals, Reiki, healing, astrology, art and teaching – a really decisive action on my part which I still find quite amazing and also empowering.
But reading Stephen Forrest’s book has also made me realise that I’ve been writing about my life because others wanted me to. And it’s really begun to drag me down, I’m having to force myself to write to please others. Now I want to please myself – to feel I’m living in accord with my inner wants and needs as I’m 68 and really don’t know how many more years I’ve got up my sleeve!
So, twenty years after I switched to the metaphysical side of my life and began to honour the strands of my astrological heritage from the galaxy, I’m now taking another decisive action – this is my final post! I want and need to focus on my digital art because, here in North Cyprus, I have reconnected with nature, with the fairy elements of this world, with the power of trees and with the messages from the unseen forces around us. And boy, is this really Neptunian!
If you are interested, below is a link to a series of videos I made about astrology and connecting with the various elements. I shall also continue posting material from my e-book on Mandalas, Crystals and Astrology, which you may find of use.
So there we go – from me, it’s adios, hasta la vista, ciao and all that stuff. I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey as I’ve enjoyed your comments. I wish you a life which fuels your body, mind and spirit electric. May you live out your galactic heritage and may you, as Stephen Forrest says, at the end of your life feel you’ve lived well, with love and are at peace.