Neptune stands for the power of identification. To identify ourselves with something is a feeling of belonging. For example, we identify ourselves with our country, our family, our work or our partnership. The more we feel something as ours, the more it defines us. This kind of identification changes when we find a new partner or start a new job. Uranus brings the new, Neptune makes us feel it is ours. Afterwards we say “this is my job” or “this is my partner” and we feel it that way. Then the old partner is no longer our partner and the old job is the past.
Neptune is the God of the sea and husband of the earth. He lets old things sink and new things emerge. He does this slowly and creepingly. In a subtle way he changes the feeling within us of how much we perceive something as ours. The Keeper of the Dream of Life stimulates our desires and dreams. He makes visible the new that we need for our development. At the same time, he dissolves the attraction to the old that we no longer need. At the end of a partnership, the longing for each other disappears, similarities diminish, love fades. Neptune dissolves. Those who hold on will ultimately experience loss. Then the Sea God becomes an earth shaker who brings down to fall securities, dissolves boundaries, makes dreams burst and disappoints deceptions.
Mythology tells the following story: Once Minos wanted to become king. He called the Sea God for help and promised to sacrifice everything that emerged from the sea. Then Poseidon/Neptune sent him a beautiful white bull and Minos became king. When it was time to sacrifice the bull, Minos brought only a pseudo-sacrifice. He kept the bull. Poseidon/Neptune immediately understood this deception. He deprived Minos of the love of his wife Pasiphae. Pasiphae means “who shines for all”. Gifts from Neptune are always meant for all. The essence of Neptune is universal love connecting with everything. Also our life dream is connected with that of others, otherwise it is only a wish dream. The one who uses gifts, abilities or fortunes only for himself, withholds something from others, which they need. He deceives himself and will inevitably be disappointed.
Pasiphae fell in love with the white bull. The Minotaur, a monster with a human body and a bull’s head, arose from their union. The bull’s head symbolizes possessive thinking. If we believe that we can hold on to the gifts of life, possession is soon more important to us than our fellow beings. But instead of possessing, we become possessed. We are no more able to detach, so that we lose the love of others. Thus, we build our own prison, the labyrinth of the Minotaur. Only Ariadne’s red thread of life leads out from there again, back to our starting point, back to the source.
As the God of sources, Neptune wants to lead us back to ourselves so that we can be completely who we are. He dissolves all boundaries that prevent us from reaching this goal. Therefore, Neptune gives us everything we need. He does not do it, just to keep it for ourselves. He wants that Ours becomes one day that of others. Connecting and detaching is again the secret. Receiving and distributing. To enter into an experience, but also to finish it again. Thus, we are able to connect more and more without getting attached. Fate always brings what we need at the right time – also the end of the old and the beginning of something new.
Neptune is the God of horses. His horses are wild and untamed. Only Athena has the ability to tame them. Athena is a child of Metis and Zeus/Jupiter, thus of wisdom and insight. He who sees with his head and acts according to his heart is able to absorb Neptune’s power. He follows the current of life, which leads him back to himself. Horses stand for the power of thought. Free thoughts correspond to our true nature – what we really are. It is worth identifying with them.
To express our true nature, it is necessary to walk the path of love. Love connects the self-will with the divine will that serves all. This leads to true devotion. Only then, Neptune is willing to let his full power flow into our wills and desires. This is what mythology tells us. Ares/Mars, the self-will, fought his way through the battlefields during the day in order to lie in the arms of his beloved in the evening. When he united with Aphrodite/Venus, Hephaistos/Volcano tied both together with a net. He, the divine will and at the same time the lawful husband of the love goddess, set free the adulterers again only after Poseidon/Neptune had promised him to pay back the bridal gifts. Then Poseidon/Neptune took Ares/Mars under his care.
Neptune is always about detaching from gifts and offerings and giving them back. Life wants us to pass on to all what is given to us by the divine will in the form of love and to give it back to life. However, we are only ready to do this when we have learned to love. To love means to give and to let go. What are you still holding on to which you could share with others? Actually, what could you give away, that you no longer need?
…will be continued
Photo Neptune taken by NASA/JPL