by Robert Wilkinson
A reader asked a great question others have regarding commerical pop astrology sites stating that when Neptune is on your Sun it can "make me delusional and full of false hopes and dreams." Aside from the fact that the planets cannot "make" us anything, this is the perfect jumping-off point to address some of the issues raised. So today is a brief look at Neptune and the other outer planets' influence.
I wrote, "Well, Neptune on one's Sun can make for illusions, but 'what the fog bringeth the fog taketh away.' That said, it can also make for glimpses of immortality, the ideal human state, visions of the future, and always a sensitivity to collective consciousness. It's great for defining who you are, and putting the brakes on procrastination, drifting or self-pitying behavior."
Then there are more subtle applications. For example, since Neptune is the spiritual ruler of Sagittarius and Pisces, it can bring to us the spiritual manifestation of those house energies in tangible ways. In one example, as the Spiritual ruler of Aquarius' house of wealth, Neptune can also bring ideas of how to capture money in a big way for Aquarians by giving the collective something it wants or needs. If Neptune is the spiritual ruler of your 6th house, it could bring forms of hypochondria, but also ideal forms of work helping us serve some worldly need, or do humanitarian work with animals, or in some job helping the public health.
Then there's the issue of comercial astrology and how uselessly negative and pedestrian it can be. As I wrote: "I tend to take most commercial negativity as being intellectual flotsam showing a failure of imagination. Mainly, when Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto is conjunct one's Sun, it's like an acid trip without the acid. There will always be an element of unreality when any of these are conjunct any planet, since they represent transpersonal forces beyond individual control."
"When these forces are in motion, either we respond productively or don't, but usually have no ability to control the larger collective forces at work. However, if we grow into a larger role to address some need of the world, we can become the agent of transformation symbolized by that planet. Also, if we have one of those planets prominent in our natal chart by house position, we are the living embodiment of those energies whether we're conscious of it or not, and often act as that force in others' lives."
We ALWAYS have an ability to respond to the forces in our lives, even though at times it is difficult, or seemingly impossible to resolve productively. Remember that we only create our responses to what shows up, some of which is generated by another's free will, or the larger socio-economic forces of our world. While we can to some degree create favorable tendencies and manifestations of good things through our thought-forms and affirmations, we are limited by a) whether some thing is or is not true for us, b) our subconscious resistances and negative imagery below our radar screen, and c) what karmas we must resolve before we get to move into a new way to do our Being.
Also, if we serve a planetary role in the lives of others (and we do, whether we know what it is or not) then we will be perceived as that, whether we want to be or not. And it may be that we don't play the role as perfectly as anyone would like, and so become misjudged, whether deserved or not. In any case, if Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto is visiting your Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or any other planet, please don't let the commercial negativity, or the inherent unreal-ness of the long term visits of Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto get you down. As a great Master of the Wisdom once put it, "Nothing is impossible if you find the right point of view."
ps. - If you haven't already, check out Spiritual Astrology in Nov-Dec 2006 where I offer an in-depth look at who the outer planets are most influencing at this time.