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Astrology 6: Neptune & Pluto

NEPTUNE

I have a small set of cards which I bought years ago on which are reflective words such as “Love”, “Detachment”, “Wisdom”, etc., and I pull out one of these cards first thing in the morning to ponder and reflect over the word that emerges and see its relationship to my daily life.

When I started moving towards reflection on Neptune, I kept pulling out “Humility”. It helped me realize that “humility” is the catchphrase for Neptune because it is an energy which leads us into Divinity. Here we lose our attachment to ego and earthly desires and connect with the unknown. We encounter submergence – submission, submersion, transcendence – a sinking below the waves of earthly desires to surrender to the Light within and to co-dance with the Light of The Beloved.

This helped me understand Neptunian energy better as it was a bit like wrestling with a shapeshifter to start with, to grapple with an elusive illusion which slipped away like a dream does in the morning when we awaken and forget the visions of the night as soon as we open our eyes. You can’t pin Neptune down, it is a nebulous energy which permeates all aspects of our being and pulls us towards union with The Great Mystery and release of the illusion of separation.

Neptune calls us to a spiritual death, to leave our old path of ego and control, to let go of that which is no longer of use to our spiritual journey, and to start afresh with practical mysticism to truly feed and nourish our hearts and souls. Just remember too though that Neptune can also lead to illusion, deception and deceit as it casts mists around the truth and can lead us into the whirlpools of wishful thinking rather than clarity of vision.

Neptune takes 165 years to orbit the sun and spends roughly 14 years in each astrological house. It has been transiting Aquarius since 1998 and completes this transit in 2012. So the energy of this planet plays out slowly in our consciousness and influences generations due to its long-lasting and profound effects. Thus at present there has been an upsurge in interest in spiritual matters, for freedom, equality and for peace, and in taking responsibility for our own power and recognizing that Divine Light is in everything and everyone on and within Mother Earth. Neptune inspires us to open our hearts and embrace compassion and humanity as a whole.

Some of this spiritual searching is disconnected from the Earth, ungrounded if you will. This represents Neptune’s energies of illusion, and so is impractical and inspired by wishful thinking and ego, an example of the negative effects of Neptune, but nevertheless a search for higher understanding. Conversely, we are also witnessing the misuse of power, the surrender of power, feelings of powerlessness, turning off, sedation through the glitz and glamour of TV, celebrity cults, etc, closed hearts in relation to the people of other nations, and so on. We are imbalanced when we try to control our world and other people. We are in balance when we release control, allow the flow of universal energy and recognize that none of us can be the Pied Piper for other people, they have their own path to walk as we have ours. We can do this when we surrender to Divine Love and realize that we are an incontrovertible part of the great Web of the Universe as are all other energies in the galaxy.

Neptune is the 10th planet in our solar system, one which to me, numerologically, relates to the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new: 1+ 0 = 1. The sign of the God of the Sea represents the metamorphosis from the cycle we’ve experienced in the Sun, Moon, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus to the spiral of illumination, transcendence, enlightenment, expanding
our consciousness into a graceful, spirit dance with All That Is. Conversely of course, we may seek to avoid the Grand Vision of Neptune by turning to delusion, fantasy, aimlessness, seeking a high in drug addiction, to feed our earthly desires rather than surrender to Great Spirit.

However, for me, I don’t see Neptune carrying his trident just as an ornament – it’s to poke us into an awareness based on our connection with Mother Earth and not an awareness which is off into the wide, blue yonder capable of stuff all without the grounding of connection with the Mother who nurtures us. Neptune, through the oceans he rules, allows us to dive into submergence of the watery depths of emotion, inspiration, dreams and vision while ensuring we are capable of walking our walk and talking our talk on our life’s journey.

When this beautiful, blue, mysterious, giant planet way out in the Universe moves into retrograde mode – where its orbit in relation to Earth’s orbit makes it look as if it is going backwards – Neptune asks us to enjoy slowness and mystic envisioning – to reflect upon the preceding period and to consider how we have followed our dreams and visions. It is a time to embrace your dreams, visions, inspiration, creativity and artistic inspiration.

For me, the stone spirits of Larimar, Chrysocolla, Papagoite, Fairy Stone Concretions, Aquamarine and Amazonite embody Neptune’s subtle, swirling energies where we can let go, submerge ourselves in All That Is and trance dance with inspiration and The Great Mystery. Of all these planets, when we consider Neptune, I feel we each of us need to listen to its energies to bring forth the dance of inspiration with those stone spirits which are waiting to hold us by the hand and warm our hearts as we soar into Neptune’s spiritual spiral.

Qualities:

Transcendence; illusion; inspiration; vision; dreaming; glitz; glamour; smoke and mirrors; enlightenment; submission; humility, ego, addictions – drugs, shopping, etc; mystical experience; subconsciousness; visions; ungroundedness; delusion; faith; trust; hope; hunches; supernatural; occult; creative artistry; idealism; philanthropy; selfishness; hoarding; bondage; freedom.

Body: Addictions; out of body; movement; dance; yoga; purposeful action; shapeshifting; directionless; lack of boundaries; healthy boundaries.

Crystals: Black Tourmaline; Jet; Pink & White Calcite; Green Tourmaline; Chrysanthemum Stone; Red Jasper; Pietersite.

Mind: Inspiration; vision; artistic inspiration; procrastination; hypochondria, schizophrenia; insanity; delusion; wishful thinking; spiritual purpose & focus; emptiness as in Zen meditation; occult.
Crystals: Clear Fluorite; Kimberlite; Turitella Agate; Carnelian; Turquoise; Inca Jade; Congolese Gwindel Faden.

Emotion:

Bliss; depression; euphoria; black mood; disillusionment; happiness; deception; fog.
Crystals: Blue Vivianite; Mother’s Heart; Watermelon Tourmaline; Pearl; Opal.

Heart: Love; openness; embrace of all; fear; surrender to the Divine; sensitivity; resistance; separation; healing; release; sacrifice; identification with humanity as a whole; release of ego.
Crystals: Plum Quartz; Brandberg Amethyst; Dioptase; Peruvian Rhodochrosite Crystals; Papagoite; Malachite.

Soul:

Transcendence; connection with the Divine; connection to the Great Mystery

Crystals: Elestial Quartz; Scolecite; Staurolite; Fairy Stone Concretions; Pezzotaite; White Spirit Quartz

Spirit:

Love; mystery; trust; faith; hope; surrender; submergence.
Crystals: Blue Hemimorphite; Plancheite; Lapis Lazuli; Angelite; Amazonite; Azurite; Petalite.

That’s it for Neptune, folks. I invite you to climb onto a high diving board, take a deep breath and dive into the depths of Neptune to swim and dive with the dolphins, whales and other watery creatures to submerge yourself in vision, ecstasy and dreaming. But as you frolic in the watery depths, keep your eyes open for the caverns and canyons of Mother Earth below the waves so you keep grounded and practical as well as inspired and visionary.

PLUTO
Pluto is all about our shadow selves, our fears, our deepest held prejudices, our negative beliefs about ourselves – all the so-called junk we stuff down and pretend doesn’t exist within us. Having flung ourselves into the Universe with Neptune, embracing our intuition and creativity, we collide with all the deeply held shadow side and fears which hold us back and which we need to embrace before we can move forward into the wholeness of our inner light. Often the Underworld is truly hidden from our gaze, the release of the shadows from our subconscious is often accompanied by massive dislocation, upset and upheaval as the tsunami of release hits our conscious shores.

More than that, we are called to embrace the past in the form of our Ancestors – to re-connect with them, to surrender to their loving assistance and kindness, to reconnect with our ancestral heritage and live with our roots deep into where we came from spiritually speaking and deep within where we are now – co-habiting with Mother Earth and all other sentient beings here and in the wider Universe.

I found it interesting that a while back astronomers junked Pluto as a planet, saying it wasn’t a “real” planet. Hmmmm. This to me is a reflection of our desires not to go into the Underworld of ourselves – whether internally or externally – and face up to what we consider the “not so nice” bits and pieces. This dumping of Pluto as a planet came about at a time when we are facing global warming, global warfare, social dislocation, and so much more chaos in various places. We are being called to powerlessness by appeals to fear and hatred around the world. In this respect, let’s remember that Pluto was discovered in 1930 when the world started lurching towards the Plutonian energy of Hitler and people giving their power away to one individual and not taking responsibility for their own actions.

Yet this planet is about light and dark, good and bad, peace and war and yes, our own inner conflict with all these aspects which are reflected in the outer world. Unlike in earlier times where resistance to Hitler was slow to manifest, the use of Plutonian power now – regardless of where it manifests – is being met with people reclaiming their power and refusing to kneel at the altar of fear and ignorance. The world – through the vast advances in communication systems – is a much smaller place and powerfulness is nurtured by our growing awareness not just of facilities such as the Internet but of our interconnection not as citizens of individual countries but as beings of light connected to the magnificent web of love permeating every atom of our beloved Universe.

This is not just in the external world. Within we internalise fears from our childhood and later life, all the judgements we make about ourselves or the judgments of others we’ve taken on board. In doing so, we disrupt our own glimmer of light in the galactic web. We’re meant to shine brightly as a meaningful link in this web. As such, Pluto is a clarion call to embrace our own power wherever we are in the inner and outer worlds, whether in big or small ways. Ignore Pluto at your peril!

Pluto to me is characterised by The Tower in the Tarot, the point where, in order to advance, you need to let go or be forced into letting go – to de-construct yourself, surrender to the forces of upheaval and disruption, of digging deep into the shadowy depths, of acknowledging your fears, bringing them into the light to face them, and re-constructing yourself as the next step into the spiral of growth that is just beginning. It’s much like people who’ve lost all their possessions in a fire – they emerge with nothing in material terms but with a clean slate and with the amazing knowledge that they are alive, with no baggage, embarking on a life which has – literally – been cleansed by fire.

It’s no surprise that plutonium is part of the nuclear energy cycle which is so massively explosive. Pluto explodes into our lives to crunch us, chew us up, urge us to give up our bones free of the flesh which conceals them, get cleansed by the vultures of the light and dawn and day, and emerge afresh, sparkling clean, eyes bright, ready to prance down the Yellow Brick Road on our path to greater treasures waiting to be revealed.

To return to the world situation, for example, Plutonian energies as exercised by someone such as Hitler in general generate awareness not of giving one’s power away but taking one’s power back to stand in one’s own sense of ethics, justice and responsibility. So as darkness and chaos seem to reign, the other side of the coin is the upsurge in interest and awareness of healing the earth, working with compassion and tolerance, working for peace, organising to live lightly with this wonderful Mother Earth that supports us so wonderfully.

In hauling our shadow side to view, in helping us embrace all aspects of ourselves and integrating them into a Greater Whole, Pluto opens the way for the loss of attachment, of deep surrender to our own particular path and to the Song of the Universe chanting through our hearts and soul, to transformation and release. We are all the lighter for plunging into Plutonic energies, descending into the Underworld for deconstruction and then surfacing again for reconstruction in a world free of our fears and limitations, and welcoming us just as we are – us as unique, whole, integrated individuals with hopes, fears, light, dark, brightness, shadow, wonderful beings with eyes alight with awe and wonder as we see the Yellow Brick Road sparkling ahead of us leading us on to more mystery, adventure and soul evolution.

Qualities:
Underworld; shadows; disruption; pain; fear; deconstruction; reconstruction; mystery; release; transformation; cleansing; liberation; power; powerlessness; domination; abuse; self-empowerment; abuse of power; right use of power; unseen; sacred; subconscious; death (metaphoric); rebirth; suffering; depression; optimism; destruction; restriction; gateways; crossroads; sense of direction.

Body: Headaches; illness; nausea; pain; tension; loosening up; energy; lethargy, exercise; new health patterns.
Crystals: Wulfenite, Dogtooth Calcite; Morion Quartz; Black Melanite Garnet; Namibian Rose Quartz.

Mind: Resistance; turmoil; clogged up; foghead; clarity; direction; manipulation; obsession; decadance; serenity.
Crystals: Aurora Borealis Marble; Dreamweaver; Arkansas Shaman Stone; Wah Wah Amethyst Crystal.

Emotion:

Depression; Dark Night of the Soul; detachment; manipulation; optimism; brightness; emotional release, joy, honesty.
Crystals: Smoky Quartz with rainbows; Singing Shaman Calcite; Pink Pollucite

Heart: Confidence; meanness; hate; love; consideration; empowering others; support; bringing the sacred to light on earth; mutli-dimensional galaxy.
Crystals: Galaxyite; Green Fluorite; Fulgurite; Emerald Green Calcite; Garnet; Smoky quartz with rainbows; Starburst Nebula Stone

Soul:

Transformation; Love; Fearlessness; Courage
Crystals: Covellite; Metamorphosis Quartz; Libyan Desert Glass; Moldavite.
Spirit: The Power of Spirit; Alignment with Highest Good; Sanctity; Blessedness; Ancestral Links.
Crystals: Blue Kyanite; Metamorphosis Quartz; Proustite; Bolivian Blue Danburite.

That’s it for Pluto, folks. Good luck with your descent into the Underworld whenever it manifests, as it surely will. But just remember – the journey back to the Light makes it all worth while.

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Canyons of My Mind (41)

Divine Dance

To all intents and purposes my childhood wasn’t that bad. I was born with pigeon toes (Mum said she knew something was wrong when everyone went quiet after I was born) and spent the first 18 months of my life in braces to force my bones to grow more straight. Now I tend to have duck feet with my toes pointing out!

I do know Mum said her milk didn’t come through properly, I screamed with hunger the first two days of my life, the nurses refused to believe my mother when she said I was starving, until finally they decided she was right, I was fed formula milk and stopped screaming. To this day I have an intense fear of starvation – my cupboards and fridge are always full which drives my husband stark, staring mad.

Even at a pretty young age, I was always aware that I had to be well-behaved. I can remember being in a department store once with mum talking to another woman and telling her I never played up because I knew I’d get a slap on the leg. I know even at that age – about 3, I think – I felt deeply resentful at being talked about as if I were invisible.

At this point I need to add that I’ve found out about myself since I studied astrology. I don’t want to go into huge detail because this isn’t an astrology blog, but what I did find out is that I have the planet Neptune in the first house which relates to me as an individual.  It is incredibly close to my Ascendant, Libra, which is the constellation popping up over the horizon as I was born and which influences how I express myself with a Libran Sun.

In my e-book, Astro-Crystal-Mandala Healing (which I’ll shortly be re-publishing), I characterise Neptune thus:

General: Transcendence; illusion; inspiration; vision; dreaming; glitz; glamour; smoke and mirrors; enlightenment; submission; humility, ego, addictions – drugs, shopping, etc; mystical experience; subconsciousness; visions; ungroundedness; delusion; faith; trust; hope; hunches; supernatural; occult; creative artistry; idealism; philanthropy; selfishness; hoarding; bondage; freedom.
Body: Addictions; out of body; movement; dance; yoga; purposeful action; shapeshifting; directionless; lack of boundaries; healthy boundaries.
Mind: Inspiration; vision; artistic inspiration; procrastination; hypochondria, schizophrenia; insanity; delusion; wishful thinking; spiritual purpose & focus; emptiness as in Zen meditation; occult.
Emotion: Bliss; depression; euphoria; black mood; disillusionment; happiness; deception; fog.
Heart: Love; openness; embrace of all; fear; surrender to the Divine; sensitivity; resistance; separation; healing; release; sacrifice; identification with humanity as a whole; release of ego.
Spirit: Love; mystery; trust; faith; hope; surrender; submergence.

Emotional Sensitivity

What it means in practice is that I am quite often off in la-la land, I daydream a lot, and am incredibly sensitive (although I’ve successfully hidden that over the years with brashness, cockiness and a forced self-confidence) and can sense what people are feeling under the surface.  I used to go to meetings in Melbourne and come home feeling disoriented, sick and dog-tired because I never realised I was picking up on all the emotions swirling around – anger, fear, aggression, game-playing, and so on. If I do Tarot readings, I can also sense people’s emotions and I pretty much always go with my first impressions of people. If I over-ride uncomfortable feelings, I generally find I was right in the first place.

And what it meant within the family situation was that, sub-consciously,  I was picking up on the Libra Earth Balancehidden language and actions of my parents. I was aware of having to behave, to be under pressure to perform at school (at 9 I came fifth in my class instead of first and all hell broke loose, with lectures from parents and nuns at my convent, extra homework and added pressure to come first in the next lot of exams).

I felt like a spare part in the family, that mum and dad were there for each other, and I was not part of that inner relationship. I used to feel loved at birthdays and Christmases when I got presents and, yes, my parents went to a lot of trouble to get me some fantastic presents.  It reassured me in December and September each year that all was okay and I had parental approval.  Whether I had love, I wasn’t sure. My mum used to complain bitterly about how awful giving birth was and later, when I was a teenager, my father told me (as I mentioned in an earlier post) that he could have made something of himself if I hadn’t been around. But, as I pointed out to him, he and mum were responsible for my conception, not me, and I wasn’t going to take on board that thoroughly rotten comment.

Now I have to say that, for my family, I was very intelligent and fulfilling expectations of a working-class family to do well, particularly after World War 11 when many people had lost dreams and experienced difficult lives. I had the added pressure that my father had been very clever and had been denied the opportunity to go on to higher education due to his family’s poverty. On the other hand, it went without saying that, if Dad’s elder brother, John, the family favourite, had been as bright as my Dad, they would have found the money to fund his higher education.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

At least, I think that’s the case.  Because I was to realise in later life that my father was a liar, a first-class con man and he would rip off his closest friend if he could make money out of him or her.

The irony is that I went through my childhood with the label of “liar” hanging over me, and all over a storm in a teacup. When I was about four-and-a-half years old, I was talking to my friends at the window who asked me to come out to play.  I told them I couldn’t but in talking to them through the window, I managed to pull down the lace curtain which used to cover the lower windows in those days.

Looking back, any normal child would have told their parents what had happened and the curtain would have been hung up again. But I was terrified because I’d done something wrong and tried to fix it myself. My father crept up on me, found what I was doing, gave me a hiding and I ran downstairs to our basement kitchen, bawling my eyes out and hiding under the kitchen table. My mother didn’t talk to me or console me in any way which was devastating.

I was so scared at my parents’ reaction that, when they asked who’d pulled the curtain down, I said it was my friend’s older sister, justifying in my child’s mind that the sister had been urging me to come outside and if she hadn’t, I would have not pulled the curtain down. My parents went storming down to my friend’s house to rant on about Jenny (and I expect my friend’s parents though my mum and dad had really over-reacted!), and it was only a week later I confessed that I’d been the culprit.

Now it’s likely that a more sturdy, outgoing child would have shrugged their shoulders over the kerfuffle and got on with their lives without worrying too much. But I was extremely sensitive, a lonely only child, and I bottled it up inside. Added to this, from that day on my father accused me of being a liar at the drop of a hat; threatened to put me over his knee and give me a hiding, again at the drop of a hat; and was extremely strict about where I went, when I went and what time I got home.

Finally, when I was about fourteen, as I mentioned in another post, when Dad threatened me with his usual words: “You’re not too old to put over my knee and give you a hiding” I stared back at him and told him that if he so much as touched me again I’d pack up, move out of the house and my parents would never see me again. He could see I meant it and, as bullies do when you stand up to them, never mentioned giving me a hiding again.

In my next post, I’ll be addressing the history of domestic violence in my mother’s family, and my father’s behaviour as a dry drunk.

 

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