“People who are grabbed and taken away by the red shoes always initially feel that whatever substance is that they are addicted to is a tremendous saviour in one sense of another.
Sometimes it gives a sense of fantastic power, or a false sense that they have the energy stay awake all night, create until dawn, go without eating. Or perhaps it allows them to sleep without fearing demons, or calms their nerve, or helps them not care so deeply about all the things they care so deeply about, or maybe it helps them not want to love and be loved anymore.
However, in the end, it only creates, as we see in the tale, a blurred background whirling by so fast that no real life is truly being lived. Addiction is a deranged Baba Yaga who eats up lost children and drops them off at the executioner’s door.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estes – from The Red Shoes – On Torment & The Recovery of Soul Life
The sad passing of Amy Winehouse has made many of us think more about addictions and the lure of Neptunian substances.
The North Node aligned with her Ascendant square her Sun-Mercury in the 5th house reflect her superb, singular talent. She had Jupiter with Uranus in her 6th house/Saggo, suggesting raw, reckless drive and professionalism.
Then of course, there was Neptune – aligned with her Moon, on the South Node, squaring her Sun/Mercury and opposite her Ascendant. The shamanic planet was muse and nemesis in this case.
The astrological Neptune represents the desire for transcendence and glamor, utopian beauty and intimacy. You may merge with Neptune in all manner of ways (dreamscape, music, meditation) but Neptunian substances offer a quicker route… albeit with a more slippery comedown and/or a degree of psychic danger
Neptune morphs back into the late degrees of Aquarius in just a few days but consider the Neptune in Pisces season that has been April till early August as a premonition.
Interesting that Neptune in Pisces began with the passing of Elizabeth Taylor – a highly Neptunian diva with her own well-documented battle with booze & other substances – and A.W went just last week.
What did April to August delliver in the way of nebulous insights, ghosts, and spiritual realisations?
Practically everyone I know has had a spike in Neptune activity since April and are currently vowing to find more healthful ways of raising their consciousness. So many peeps have been getting on it but are literally considering going straight edge.
The Neptune In Pisces era should see some wild polarity in this regard.
Image: Cyd Hayman – Percy