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Psychic inflation:

 

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Neptune:

 

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Nodes, Travel, and the "Triple-zero" Transcendental:

 

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Transcendental Neptune

The poet … gains consciousness only that he may better obey the movements of the unknown waves which cradle him, and that he may widen, through consciousness itself, the limits of the unconscious.
–Elie Faure, History of Art: Modern Art.

To see a World in a grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a wild flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
–William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence.”

Core meaning:

As the planets located at the farthest reaches of the solar system, Neptune and Pluto–both invisible to the naked eye when viewed from the earth–seem ideally suited as symbols for the archetypal realm of the collective unconscious. In astrology, they symbolize profound yet hidden processes of psychic transformation. While Pluto has a shatter­ing effect (yang) upon consciousness (breaking apart outworn personality traits; transforming the ego and enabling it to sustain substantially “heavier charges,” e.g., traumatic life experience), Neptune exerts a “dissolving” effect (yin) on the foundations of consciousness. Through Neptune, consciousness is no longer sharply focused through the singular point of the ego. Instead, we experience a “diffused” state of awareness. Empathy toward others; dream states; clairvoyance; meditation; creative imagination: all fall under the category of such “nonego” states. The thread running through all such phenomena is an in-depth, transpersonal imagination: the image-generating power of the collective uncon­scious.
         In its negative function, Neptune prevents the ego from fully forming or maturing or leaves an aspect of the ego-complex permanently “out of focus.” Uncertainty of purpose (e.g., regarding career or identity) will result. While Pluto depletes the ego of its strength through a “shattering” manifestation of the Divine Will or through the revelation of a difficult-to-digest truth, in its negative form, Neptune, the god of the sea, submerges the ego: dissolving its foundation; blurring its perceptions; inhibiting its ability to discern and discriminate; and leaving it prey to the “denizens of the deep”: the destructive forces of the archetypal unconscious.
        In its positive expression, the Neptunian “dissolving and diffusing” process results in extending the perimeters of soul. One of the ego’s functions is to limit the range of sense perception by narrowing the focal point of conscious­ness.1 This prevents us from being overwhelmed by what surrounds us; it allows us to focus upon one thing at a time. Through the medium of imagination, Neptune relaxes this pinpoint concentration and helps us to interact with broader aspects of the supramaterial realm.4
        Neptune symbolizes a direct experience of the Sacred Absolute. Indeed, much of the language used to describe this ineffable process is borrowed from mystical liter­ature and spiritual tradition, which honors the nonrational experiences that move us and which are impossible to express in a literal, direct manner.
        We should bear in mind, however, that all the planets (even Saturn!) describe aspects of the sacred. While Pluto transforms and regenerates the ego, Neptune relieves us of ego constraints in direct proportion to our capacity to grow more yielding, recep­tive, and open to things that take us “beyond ourselves” (and to miraculously return from such nonego states with our ego intact, healthy, and rebounding). Through Neptune, we realize the potential elasticity of consciousness: its ability to stretch beyond ordinary boundaries and to seemingly transcend itself. Therefore, Neptune increases the permeability of the ego-complex. If we can overcome a fear of “dissolving,” the ego is expanded beyond its everyday limits. 
        Empathy and compassion are typical phenomena that develop as a result of the Neptune effect. While Pluto rules “objective truth and in-depth comprehension of a Divine Self,” Neptune rules empathy with other sen­tient creatures, particularly in the spiritual context of empathizing with the world soul. Through Neptune, we feel the divine nature in ourselves or experience a sense of merging with the soul of a person, place, or thing. Neptune’s transcendence of ego-boundaries leads to ecstasy, grace, rapture, or bliss: states that are difficult to describe with words and that are transpersonal, extratemporal, or divine in nature.
        Such extraordinary states of consciousness are typically expressed with symbols (much like those experienced in dreams). Traditionally, Neptune is associated with the image-generating aspect of the psyche. It also rules the constantly evolving imagery found within the universe itself (and the image-less phenomena of gravity and of interstellar space). In the phenomenal world, every object we perceive–rock, bird, plant, sky–is also an “image”: an “imagined” means of perception. Though we cannot perceive the subatomic world, we “imagine” we perceive matter in its objectively real state. Yet, such images communicate a metaphoric essence: they “imaginatively” describe the nature of the object we perceive. 
        As the ruler of imagination, Neptune describes how we perceive and, therefore, conceive of the immaterial world, i.e., what we imagine reality to be. (The Latin root of the word perceive means “to grasp thoroughly.”)2

Improper manifestation of the energy:

•The attempt to dissolve the focal point of consciousness in another person.
•Personal identification (or inflation) with the Neptune principle, e.g., “generating illusions” for personal gain.
•Inappropriate “blurring” of the ego-boundary and -structure (e.g., through the use of drugs or alco­hol), resulting in the destruction of consciousness rather than in its transcendence.
•A “dissipation” of soul.


        Improper expressions of Neptune usually take one of two forms. In its extroverted form, when someone improperly identifies with the energy, he will exert manipulative powers of deception over others. The goal is to deceive through the image-spin­ning or illusion-generating propensity of the Neptune complex. By creating a series of images that are perceived as “glamorous,” “otherworldly,” “entrancing,” or “divine,” the image is mistaken for the thing itself.
        The lesson to be learned is that, certainly, not all that glitters is gold. Victims of such fantasy-rigging devices are often those who lack experi­ence with the transpersonal nature of such “outer-planet” energies (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto). This is the key to understanding victims who fall prey to the machinations of those who identify with transpersonal energies and who misuse them for personal gain.
        Those who fall into an identification with a planetary principle have, in effect, fallen into the timelessness of the archetypal world itself. By identifying with and misusing a transper­sonal energy, their horrible fate is to overstep the entire personal experience of human nature. Side-stepping the personal and interpersonal dimensions of life, their peculiar role is to deliver the force of such outer-planet energies into the lives of unsuspecting mortals. The latter are often those who are overly concerned with the more personal expressions of the energies symbolized by the inner planets (Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars). By suppressing or fearing the Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto principles, such natives are inadvertently creating an intrapsychic vacuum that attracts outer-planet forces. Instead of encountering the energies in rela­tionships based on psychological projections (with “shady” (unconscious) Uranian, Neptunian, or Pluto­nian characters), they would be better advised to work on consciously integrating such energies in a manner that is less fearful and less projective. Invariably, the Neptune principle, which symbolizes profound receptivity and empathy toward others, is seeking a more conscious, sophisticated level of expression as an accessible energetic function, rather than being dramatized in projected, vicarious experience.
        Another typically destructive encounter with Neptune assumes a more introverted expression. On the mundane level, the abuse of certain drugs (e.g., alcohol, tranquilizers, barbiturates, marijuana, hashish, opium) results in the ego’s dissolution (or its escape) into marginal, fantastic (as in “fan­tasy-based”) realms. The continued corruption or destruction of con­sciousness (or any constant “leakage” of psychic energy) describes this malefic aspect of Neptune: a cosmic vampire suck­ing away an essential life force.
        Neptune’s function of consciousness expansion (achieved through the paradoxical method of momentarily dissolving conscious­ness) is safely experienced only when the physical and psychic nature is emotionally healthy, philosophically tempered, and spiritually prepared. Otherwise, the energy will be abused and the physical (body) and spiritual (soul) containers will be depleted.
        When Neptune is unintegrated, the spiritual dimension of the soul will be ignored or will be conceived of in a merely conventional terms. Likewise, the relationship between the personal- and transpersonal soul will not be properly considered. This represents a basic misunderstanding of the functions of empathy, compassion, and the expression of the religious instinct.
        Unintegrated planetary energies always produce an unconscious condition of yearning: a search for the qualities ruled by the planetary principle in question. In Neptune’s case, a longing for spiritual meaning will haunt the native throughout life. The need to feel “cosmically connected” will manifest in a desire to feel psychically “dissolved” in another person, place, or belief system. Empathy and compas­sion will be expressed in strangely sentimental or subjective manners, yet the posi­tive aspects of such feelings will remain unconscious, no matter the degree of one’s longing to “connect.” The image-spinning propensity of the in-depth imagination (a means of imagining other worlds and of creatively manifesting them, e.g., artistically, in the corporeal world) is at work here but only on a dimly per­ceived, unconscious, or fantasy-based level.
        The imagery fabricated by Neptune is, in essence, symbolic, con­taining core emotions and insights. When Neptune is unintegrated, one will feel plagued by a host of barely understood emotions and subliminal fantasies that tran­scend one’s ordinary notion of the “real world” (and that provide a means of “letting-go” of ego constraints and of experiencing extrapersonal dimensions of being). But an inability to comprehend the Neptune principle as an alternative yet legitimate reality will result in projections or concretizations of the Neptune function. For example: by developing an obsession with narcotics or with the acting out of other ego-denying, masochistic fanta­sies (e.g., the pursuit of glamorous yet emotionally shallow experience). This occurs when the authentic spiritual experience is not consciously believed in; then it has no recourse but to break into consciousness through a host of primitive (e.g., crypto-religious) behaviors that are patterned on destructive acts or on tasteless displays that deny the sacred forms of expression that define the true Nep­tune experience.

Transcendental potential:

In its positive form, Neptune triggers a more sophisticated expression of soul. This includes an appreciation of its propensity to create images that, although dis­tinct from the objects they describe, communicate a root metaphor of a spiritual or otherworldly nature. The word epiphany describes this evocative Neptune experience. By yielding to Neptune’s propensity to spin images past the defenses of the ego, we permit it a chance to reshape our “imagined” concepts and perceptions. This includes a perception of our self-“image”: of the soul’s shape-shifting human guise.
        A relocation to the Transcendental Neptune region will result in encounters with those who guide us toward a greater receptivity to creative aspects of this energy. On the mundane level, such experiences typically include employment in creative vocations; work that involves the professional expression of empathy (social work; supportive counseling); or professions involved with the creation of social fads, “crazes,” trends, and fashions (the professional “spinning” of collective fantasies in the form of international “styles” and global “images,” e.g., haute couture).
        Such phenomena illus­trate how Neptune foreshadows the symbols of its neighboring planet, Pluto. Social and political mass movements (Pluto) often take root and grow as a result of such mass movements in fashion and lifestyle. An example: the counterculture movement of the 1960s was solidly rooted in fashions such as long hair for men and in specific dress codes that communicated highly charged symbols that led to “widespread social and political transforma­tion” (Pluto).
        Whatever its mundane manifestation, when experienced as a Transcendental energy Neptune inspires the imagination and serves as a vehicle for communion with the world soul. Just as the “world of the sea” is scientifically recognized as the primal matrix of life, Neptune’s role as the “Lord of the Depths”3 is to facilitate a process of spiritual growth, extending the reach of the emo­tions, the creative imagination, and the empathic capacity of the transpersonal soul through its mysterious ability to emerge from the “oceanic depths” of one level of yin con­sciousness to the next.

Personalities with Primary Transcendental Neptune:

Alexander Graham Bell (whose “compassionate urge to help those in need” led to his invention of the telephone); Madame Helena Blavatsky (whose travels through Tibet in search of “occult wisdom” occurred directly under her Primary Neptune); Robert Burton (vicar, astrologer, and author of Anatomy of Melancholy, who devoted a section of his influential book to the phenomenon of “religious” melan­choly); Victor Hugo (one of the most “imaginative” writers of France, whose childhood travels to Elba and Naples occurred in the vicinity of his Primary Neptune); Iris Mur­doch (whose novels are peopled with “great mystics” and centered round “religious and mystical themes” and whose first novel, Under the Net, explored the “falsehoods and illu­sions” generated by emotional “entanglements and misunderstandings”); Alfred Lord Tennyson (most well known poet of the Victorian era, whose “highly imagina­tive” Poems expressed a yearning for a “sustaining power of belief” in an age of increas­ingly overt materialism).

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Keynote phrases for Neptune:

•Wisdom gained through the surrender of consciousness to nonego or transpersonal states, often assisted by a “drift” of the imagination or a “spinning” of fantasy.
•The experience of the personal soul (Moon) merging with the transpersonal or world soul, the anima mundi.
•Profound spiritual experience, especially that of a “blissful” nature.
•The further evolution of Jupiter’s yin energy, which has now “expanded” (Jupiter) into a state of “diffuse awareness” or “dissolution of consciousness” (Neptune).
•The final form of yin consciousness in the symbolic solar system.
•Yin experienced as a “mystical union” or as a “cosmic relationship” with the transpersonal soul.

1. See Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception, pp. 22-23. In his famous personal account on the effects of mescaline, Huxley eloquently describes the ego as a function that limits and constricts the portals of consciousness:

Reflecting on my experience, I find myself agreeing with the emi­nent Cambridge philosopher, Dr. C. D. Broad, “that we should do well to consider much more seriously than we have hitherto been inclined to do the type of theory which Bergson put forward in con­nection with memory and sense perception. The suggestion is that the function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs is in the main eliminative and not productive. Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be prac­tically useful.”

2. “Our idea is of esse in anima. This principle recognizes the objectivity of a world out­side ourselves, but it holds that of this world we can never perceive anything but the image that is formed in our minds. We can never see an object as such, but we see an image which we project out upon the object. We positively know that this image is only imper­fectly similar to things as they are. […] The esse in anima admits the subjective nature of our world perception, at the same time maintaining the assumption emphatically that the subjective image is the indispensable link between the individual entity, or entity of con­sciousness, and the unknown strange object. I even hold that this case of the subjective image is the very first manifestation of a sort of transcendent function that derives from the tension between the entity of consciousness and the strange object.” Carl Jung, Analyt­ical Psychology: Notes on the Seminar Given in 1925, pp. 135-135.
3. See Patricia Morimando, The Neptune Effect, p. 17.

Additional Neptune quotes:

The harmony past knowing sounds
more deeply than the known.

The sea is both pure / and tainted, healthy / and good haven to the fish, / to men impotable and deadly.

The soul is undiscovered, / though explored forever / to a depth beyond report.
(Heraclitus.)

 

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