Category: Neptune

Glamour, illusion, mystery, magic and dreams: Neptune is called the Mystic for a good reason.

Astrology of Now: A Mars-Neptune Pas de Deux
Mars, the planet of the physical, is going backwards slowly, coming to an opposition with Neptune, planet vague, which drifted into his own sign, Pisces, just a little while ago. Mercury has slipped backwards into Pisces too for another brief swim in the sea. Pay attention to your dreams, your [...]
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Afghanistan, Britain and the Uranus Cycle
Second Afghan War Six British soldiers were killed in Kandahar province this week. The oldest was 33, the same age as Jesus when he died, and the youngest was 19. The Afghan War has been going on for 10 years and 153 days. World War Two lasted just under six years in comparison. British [...]
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More Neptune: Picasso Holds Up A Mirror
Pablo Picasso loved the virile masculinity of the bull – the cojones. He painted and drew and modelled and made hundreds of bulls. It’s well known that he especially identified himself with the Minotaur, the mythical monster half-man, half bull: tender and bestial. So, astrologically [...]
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Neptune Puts A Spell On You
Titania (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Bottom (Kevin Kline) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream My friend J has great big, baby blue eyes. They’re beautiful. She comes across as a little flaky, vague, kind, not quite of this world, when she walks along, these days in a kaftan likely as not, she [...]
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Unpacking My Library: Invisible Man
Nude by Francis Cadell. “There must be possible a fiction which, leaving sociology and case histories to the scientists, can arrive at the truth about the human condition, here and now, with all the bright magic of the fairy tale.” – Ralph Ellison, Born March 1, 1913 Sun in Pisces, Mercury in [...]
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Astrology of Now: Imagination
 “What if you had a really big seed and you could draw on it and if you planted it, your drawing would grow into a real thing?” “What would you draw?” “A kitten.” Neptune (imagination) is squaring my six-year-old’s Mercury in Gemini (story-telling) [...]
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12 Ways to Feel the Magic of Neptune in Pisces
Thought it was time to revisit this post, which I wrote back in April. Neptune goes back into Pisces on the 3rd or 4th of Feb, depending upon where in the world you are. Catch that wave. Neptune’s Horses by Walter Crane. Neptune, the great god of the sea, has dived into the ocean of […]
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Astrology of Now: Goodbye to Neptune in Aquarius
2011: Idealism + action / Neptune + Uranus Neptune, the god of idealism, illusion, fashion, faith, glamour and mist, is in the very last degree of Aquarius now. This is momentous because he will not return to this spot for, oooh, another 160 years or so. We are in the very end game of Neptune [...]
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Myth-making in a City of Scholars: JRR Tolkien, C S Lewis and all
I still get a small thrill when I walk past number 20 Northmoor Road after dropping my kids off at school. Half a century ago, JRR Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and the first two volumes of The Lord of the Rings in that unprepossessing suburban house. I’ve often wondered if there were [...]
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How Adele is a Shaman
Listen to this. You wouldn’t think that the British singer Adele turned 21 last May, would you? She has the voice of, well, experience. When I hear a voice like hers, I ask myself where’s the Capricorn? Nina Simone…what a voice This is because I’ve noticed that Sun [...]
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Studio Neptune
Sometimes you get an overwhelming sense of one planetary energy from a particular room. I have a friend who’s North Node, destiny or even destination, is conjunct the planet Neptune, the planet of music and the sea. Sitting in her studio for an afternoon is immersion in Neptunian vibes [...]
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Britain in Europe: An Identity Crisis
Eclipses always signify endings. Some more major than others. This ending is a biggie. On Friday, by rejecting closer fiscal co-operation, UK Prime Minister David Cameron put Britain in a minority of one within the European Union. The British departure from the European project has closed [...]
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Astrology of Now: Face the Music and Dance
As an über-Neptunian type, I am always excited when the god of the sea turns around and starts to surge forwards. Today’s the day. Dreams, fantasy, ideals. Love, sacrifice, deceit. Mob violence, peaceful activism. Fog, illusion, self-undoing. Music and movies. Drugs and [...]
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Neptune in the Kitchen
A friend recently described my house as “tousled”. She really was being too kind. I have Neptune (floaty chaos) on the IC (home angle of the chart). Housework shmousework: I’d rather be dreaming, and He Who Must Be Obeyed would rather be cooking (Moon in the 4th among other [...]
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Astrology of Now: Dream of Your Self
Shiva, god of tranformation, dances his cosmic dance within a ring of fire. Image courtesy Wikemedia Commons. Art by Arumugam Manivelu. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications. As I start to write this, the Sun, Venus and Mercury are clustered at the Midheaven in Leo. The Sun is [...]
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Neptune and Bin Laden Update
If you read my post of May 4, you’ll know that I think Osama Bin Laden is an example of the dark side the Neptune archetype. A few more pieces of information have come to light that reinforce this notion. It has emerged that the codename for the operation to get Bin Laden was [...]
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The Ballad of Bin Laden
There are two opposing narratives about Osama Bin Laden. One is that he is an evil terrorist, who darkly manipulates invisible minions around the world and is responsible for the deaths of thousands. The other is that he is a martyr for Islam, fighting the hegemony of Western decadence. We [...]
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12 Ways to Feel the Magic of Neptune in Pisces Now
Neptune’s Horses by Walter Crane. Neptune, the great god of the sea, has dived into the ocean of Pisces. This is a moment laced with magic for each of us. How and where can we find it? That great numinous beast (with the help of his white horses) spreads glamour, confusion, dissipation, [...]
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Brotherhood of Romantics: Neptune in Pisces Redux
Daydreaming by DG Rossetti London 1848: capital of the largest empire the world has ever seen, a city where the rich live in lace and cream and fripperies, children work as chimney sweeps and bootblacks, where the streets run with sewage, and where everyone is – more or less – for sale. Just [...]
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“Facebook Is A Mirror”
‘The word Facebook means it’s a mirror. You’re actually looking for a mirror. And you need a mirror because you haven’t got a picture (of who you are). You need a mirror to tell you who you are… You only exist if you tell people you are there.” AS Byatt in an interview with the [...]
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