Somebody asked me what i meant by “Neptunian” and so slippery a concept as this is, here goes: A Neptunian is a person with prominent 12th House, Pisces and/or Neptune influences at the time of their birth. (Neptune rules Pisces and the 12th House in astrology is akin to Pisces). More than any other astral influence, Neptune slithers swiftly between high (haute) and low versions of its own vibe.
Once i joked that the astrological Neptune is not so much a planetary influence as it is a drug. Neptune, whether by its strong placement at birth or via activation by a transit, is a potent guiding vision – spiritual, artistic – that can be addictive and all-consuming. The soul quest that Neptunians are on, whether they consciously know it or not, can leave them more prey to misuse of Neptunian substances…Dream Weed, Space Dust, Blue Devil Hoochie Juice, Opiates. For every shamanic vision quest facilitated by entheogenic plants, there is a hollowed out person seeking only to get out of it.
There are Neptunians who use seduction and romance as a drug, hooked on the initial high of someone being beguiled by them, blurring all boundaries and genuinely not bothering with the boring shackles of reality. Whether they deploy this for good or to get their needs met in the moment, Neptunians have immense reservoirs of charm and transmitting multiple simulacra to activate the desired response in the other person feeds their consciousness, compassion (the other person is happy, right?) and admiration for theater. Of course, it is a performance and at some point the lights have to come back on…
Standard morality is not necessarily a strong trait. But their keenly refined aesthetic senses, musical appreciation, adoration of the arts in general and – usually – creative talents draw them into realms where make-believe is not just an asset but a prized core competency. Film-Acting-Beauty are all Neptunian professions. So is staging a production, something that can leak into every aspect of life…
But it’s sad when Neptunians get all of their Qi – their life vibe and vitality – sucked into the facade, feeding only off the adulation of the masses (if they are renowned) or of people they seduce and beguile, losing their connect with Source/their Muse. Because Neptunians have a sublime ability to perceive and be moved by unseen energies, magic, Quintessence, the natural world, animals and spirit. They are naturally sensitive souls who need quality time alone…
But when you’re a Neptunian you’re never really alone – their awareness of different dimensions is exquisite, their inner life automatically enriched. “Psychic” is a word often misapplied but Neptune often lends true psychic genius – as opposed to the rapid genius processing of Uranian types or the insanely strong instincts of Pluto people. They are the most likely to literally see visions, ghosts, angels and/or to have actual premonitions.
Sometimes the ideals of Neptunians can be so high and their dislike of plebeian relationships so intense that they subconsciously make a decisions to have purely imaginary but not officially existent romances. They don’t want to risk the inevitable disenchantment. More sensitive than they ever let on, they could even still be melancholy re that first shard of disenchantment, eons ago. Their empathy and compassion is real – it’s just that they will redirect it without notice.
One thing that brings out the best in Neptunians (apart from not sliding down the Lower Neptunian rabbit hole of addiction or hooking up with vampires because they’re hot) is dedication to spirit, a cause and/or creativity. With a genuine spiritual and/or artistic high able to be worked at with Saturnine diligence and/or sought out consistently, the lure of transcendence via substances or crazy, unreal and in the end empty romance no longer twinkles.
Top Image: Sidney Sime
Woman with Cat/Moon: Lucian Bernhard
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