Re-dreaming; the Neptune effect

On 11th November at 07:45GMT Neptune turns direct. Although this is a slow moving and gentle about turn by one of the giants of the solar system it’s also pretty significant, not least because this turn around coincides with important eclipses, linking the themes of the summer past to this autumn.

Back on June 4th this year, just after the lunar eclipse and just before the transit of Venus, Neptune turned retrograde. With Neptune ruling dreams, illusions, poetry and mysticism it suggests that some dreams or ideals were due to pass out of our lives (that’s often the effect of a lunar eclipse) and the retrograde would clear the way so that new dreams and ideals could come along.

Now Neptune is about to turn direct just in time for the solar eclipse on the 13th (and solar eclipses often bring new things into our lives). To make the most of this energy it is probably worth while spending a little time this weekend thinking or remembering what dreams or expectations you had at the beginning of the summer that have come to nothing and then considering what new opportunities might be coming along. They will more than likely be more realistic, achievable opportunities as Neptune does tend to spin some fantasies and then have to go back over his tracks finding out where there might be some substance to his dreams and where it was all pie in the sky.

Looking at the Sabian symbols can also be interesting and useful – often these are envisaged as a developmental route where we work through one before moving onto the next, but Neptune has been moving slowly backwatds over the degrees right at the beginning of dreamy Neptune – unpicking, ready to fix things back together again. Many of the Sabian symbols relate to our role in the community and social worlds of humans – so they also repeat the themes of recent transits of planets back in October:

Back in June Neptune had reached the 4th degree of Pisces and was busily making connections but it seems things got blocked up somehow:


KEYNOTE: The mobility and intensity of interchange which make possible and characterize complex social processes.

Here we see the Concept of commerce and social interaction in a new form. What is stressed is the need to establish unceasing dynamic relationships between all aspects and functions of the social life. The more complex the relationships, the more dynamic and restless the society. In this symbol the “isthmus” refers to a geographic situation found near San Diego, California, where these Sabian symbols were produced — also in Florida and elsewhere. A narrow strip of land separates the sea from a lagoon and on this strip, houses are built and roads are constantly filled with moving cars. The proximity of the sea stresses the collective nature of social experiences and of what may appear to be “individual” achievements.

This fourth stage symbol-evokes many aspects of what at several levels can be called TRAFFIC. The technique for achieving social results is always based on an interchange of ideas and interplay of activities. Often, however, confusion ensues and traffic jams are ever-present possibilities.

It then passed back across the 3rd degree where he was challenged to find what had real staying power in the dreams he had woven:


KEYNOTE: The power to preserve records of their achievements which is inherent in fully matured cultures.

When a vast group of men succeed in building a culture with strong institutions which express themselves in significant symbols and works of art or literature, such an effort of many generations is rarely lost altogether. In one form or another, records of this culture endure or are mysteriously preserved, simply because they reveal the place and function of this particular culture in the long process of unfoldment of the potentialities inherent in archetypal MAN. It is such a concept that has been mythified and popularized in the religious idea of the resurrection of the dead on the Last Day. The symbol of petrified wood in the Arizona desert, however, tells us that the actual preservation of the records is never perfect or total. Only fragments remain, significant enough to reveal the essential archetypal form.

This third symbol of the sixty-seventh five-fold sequence brings the promise of social immortality — i.e. the preservation of the enduring (because archetypally meaningful) factors in whatever man attempts within his culture. A symbol of INDESTRUCTABILITY.

Moving then back into the 2nd degree the dreams started to feel much more vulnerable and we were all being challenged and having to assess what parts of our dreams we would hang on to and which would not help us any longer and so should be forgotten:


KEYNOTE: The individual’s need both to ensure his future subsistence and to protect himself from aggressive social elements.

The squirrel not only has to hide and store food for the winter, but to be on the lockout for the dangers involved in gathering this food supply. Social processes always cast strong shadows, The individual is never certain of being safe among his fellowmen, once the process of individualization — with its negative aspects, competition, social aggressivity and greed — forces the breakdown of the organic tribal state of mankind during the archaic ages.

This second stage symbol contrasts with the first. It warns of the dangers of life in society during an era of exacerbated individualism, when violence is a possibility never to be dismissed. The need for SELF-PROTECTION and caution is ever present.

Finally Neptune moved back into the first degree of Pisces where he had entered so optimistically back in February 2012, remembering his hopes for them but a little older and wiser to his own capacity to overdo things and fantasise a little too much. Now we are reminded of the need to share and to ensure that the needs of others are taken into account in our dreams:


KEYNOTE: The process of commingling and interchange which at all levels demonstrates the health of a community.

In any twelve-fold division of a complete cycle (for instance the 12 zodiacal signs and the 12 Houses of a birth chart) the twelfth section often has been given a negative significance. It can refer to oppressive conditions as it represents a “closing of accounts,” a final evaluation of the harvest of the cycle. A very bad harvest may lead to bankruptcy; a premature revolt may bring the rebel to jail; the dissolute may end in a hospital. In this section of the cycle a man reaps what he has sown. But it may also be honors, social prestige, the interests of well-managed wealth. In this twenty-fourth scene what is stressed is the coming together, in a final experience of community, of all factors previously experienced; this means constructive interaction and an interchange of the products of social activity. In a practical sense, the symbol, whenever it is found, emphasizes that the time has come to take full advantage of the social opportunities to bargain and to trade.

This is the first stage of the process related to the sixty-seventh five-fold sequence of symbols. It refers to all that can be gained from social interplay and especially, in the broadest sense of the word, from COMMERCE.

From this point we move forward again, taking care not to overextend ourselves, remembering what part others play in us achieving our dreams, not being selfish, but at the same time making preparations for the future and keeping sight of what is important, the core of our dreams rather than the superficial detail.


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