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After the last Fridays San Antonio Astrological Societies discussion on the outer planets, that is Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, I decided to look into the planet of Neptune. At this point in time I am not convinced on the current astrological understanding of Neptune.  The entry at CafeAstrology.com, which represents the common understanding of Neptune, has this to say about Neptune;

“Neptune, God of the Sea, is the ruler of Pisces. In astrology, Neptune is considered a planet of inspiration, dreams, psychic receptivity, illusion, and confusion. Neptune rules spirituality, and all things subtle. A youthful, and sometimes naive, spirit characterizes those with a strong placement of Neptune in their natal charts.”

As a subscriber to the classic version of dignities of rulership the outer planets cannot be in rulership of any of the signs. The outer planets can have exaltation, which will be discussed in another blog entry at a later date, but the outer planets cannot have rulership.

With the topic of rulership temporarily removed from the table the idea of specific influence can be discussed. The first influence of Neptune that I would like to discuss is that of spirituality. What I would like to propose is that Neptune is the gateway to spiritual influence. When we look at the placement of Neptune in the solar system it is the last of the ice giants before you reach Pluto which resides on the inner side of the kipper belt. Neptune is the gate and Pluto is the shore to the other side. The other side, in this case, is a place where the forms of objects start to distort and lose their common shape.  This is very much the description of how when we die we lose our material bodies and take on the non-material shape of spirit.

The characteristics of illusion and confusion, which I once subscribed too, are, after a more intense look, just not Neptune. Neptune, according to NASA data, is the gravitational ruler of the kipper belt. Neptune is doing to the kipper belt what Jupiter is doing to the inner planets and asteroid belt and that is keeping it in line. Neptune orbits the sun at about 33 AU, which are 33 Earth orbits away. In addition, Neptune has a gravitational influence of up to 75 AU on the kipper belt. This includes the gravitational influence over Pluto which orbits at a resonance of 1:2 to Neptune. That is Pluto orbits twice for every one Neptune orbit. This leads me to believe that the aspects between Neptune and Pluto are exceptionally powerful in a chart as one influences the other in a dramatic way.

With this gravitational rulership the attributes of illusion and confusion just do not play out especially when we look at this from a Hermetic perspective that everything has an influence on everything else.  The gravitational forces of Neptune are creating a resonance order in the kipper belt which does not bring confusion or illusion into Neptune’s gravitational domain only order. If we must address the attributes of illusion or confusion it would be because the message of Neptune was not properly received by the native.  

What we need to look at from an astrology perspective is what would cause the spiritual message of Neptune to become lost in translation. This will be covered next week when I shed some light on the aspects that can cause Neptune signal loss.

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The subject of this blog has been on my mind for some time. That subject is what it means to be a Piscean. It is noted that this topic is subject to the thoughts and the memories of this Piscean and it is my own interpretation of personal experience. Yet these personal experiences are general and will provide a solid frame work for this entry.

So what is a Piscean? Anyone that has a rudimentary knowledge of astrology knows that the time of Pisces 22 February – 21 March. Others with a little more knowledge of astrology would know that Pisces rules the 12th House of the Zodiac which is sometimes called the God House. In addition, Pisces is ruled by the energies of the planets of Neptune and Jupiter. The term ‘ruled by’ is stated as giving a major influence to that particular sun sign. In the case of Neptune the influences that are parted is the breakdown or the fostering of illusions depending on how the person is viewing life. The illusions in question come in the form of the duality that surrounds us in the world of form. These illusions also take the form of impossible relationships, escapism, and addictions. In general the illusions are anything that are not real or based on a lie.

Jupiter has the influence of joy, expansion, and luck. In this case Jupiter helps the Piscean to expand the situation that they are in. This includes the positive situations and also the fostering of illusions. In the case of Jupiter this planet will help the Piscean in any way that the Piscean finds important at that time.

The third influence on the Piscean is that of the Sun. When I talk about the Sun it needs to be viewed as the place that the spirit is expressing itself in a material world. The influence of the Sun needs to have structure to express the experiences that we have come to enjoy. There is an inherit conflict here. That conflict is that the Sun energy needs to have structure while the Piscean energy is removing that structure to return to spirit and become one with the creator. This desire to express in structure yet knowing that the structure is an illusion puts the Piscean in a quandary. Structured self expression is hard when all you want to do is pull the world down and return to the Creator. A viscous circle indeed!

The above conflict is the basis to what most people understand about Pisceans and that they are dreamy, delusional, prone to addiction, self torturing and moody. It is difficult not to escape when you are in direct conflict with yourself between the illusion of the material and the reality of the spirit. If you are a Piscean you will have no problem seeing my point after a little soul searching.

In the case that you are not a Piscean I will give you an example. Put yourself in a movie theater and you are watching a movie that you can interact with. That is to say that your actions in the audience have a direct effect on what happens on screen. Just about any person gets caught up in their part of the movie and would feel a bit of disappointment when the film was over. Yet there is nothing against watching that film again to feel included. This goes on until you know that the movie will always end and that in the end you will be left with only disappointment. Why the disappointment, because no matter how much you enjoy the film it is not tangible. It is an illusion so you move to the next item which then plays out in the same manner as all things in this world are nothing more than a illusion. To the uninitiated this would be absurd as a rock bouncing off your head is very real feeling indeed. When you take the basis of many spiritual philosophies that state all things in this world change showing us the impermanence of what we think is permanent. This then shows us that even our emotions and our thoughts follow the same course. They come and they go. They change with our perceptions. My favorite is to look at the color blue. There is no way to verify that the color blue that I see is the color blue that anyone else sees. So we move from one theater to the next looking for something that is real yet understands that everything that we see is an illusion. The Piscean feels lost and cast out in the tempestial ocean. In this state of mind the Piscean decides to flip the coin.

That flip side is to choose to believe in something. The logical of the Piscean is that if I focus on one thing it will become a focus point which I can then find my way back from the stormy sea. Now, depending on the choice, the Piscean finds the lighthouse or they take on water and become a casualty of the vast emotional sea that truly is Pisces. The wrong choice is to invoke the Piscean keywords of ‘I believe’ on objects of the dualistic world. In other words, the Piscean starts to believe that the movie is real. This leads to delusional behavior for when the Piscean invokes ‘I believe’ it becomes solid to them. This is the start of Piscean addictions. Deep down the Piscean knows that the object of believe is an illusion. This is compounded with the influence of the Sun stating that loosing yourself is not an appropriate way of self expression. Before they know it the Piscean is caught in the net of bad influence.

The greatest weakness of the Piscean is also the greatest strength; the ability to confront illusion and dismantle it all with ‘I believe’. This takes practice and spiritual training which is daunting in this time of turmoil that does not foster the discipline of self reflection and self mastery. When a Piscean invokes the ‘I believe’ and directs it to the reality of spirit it becomes a beacon to the Creator who rushes in and saves the Piscean.

The goal of the Piscean is to understand that they are in the world yet are not of the world. The use of structure to pursue self expression of spirit is the key. Just as people use tools to build a house the Piscean needs to use experience to evolve the spirit.

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In this entry I am going to digress a little from the usual topics that this blog covers and discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement. In the Pagan and Astrological circles that I participate in the Occupy Movement is brought up on a regular basis. As this movement is brought into conversation there is a majority consensus, of the female conversationalists, that this occupy is a good thing. When I ask the question of what is so good about it the answer boils down opposition to bad government, corporate greed, and praise of Arab Spring. As most sane people, I do not like bad government nor corporate greed. Unlike most Occupy supporters I see Arab Spring as a major destabilization force in the world that should not be praised.

In an effort to shed some light on Occupy I decided to do an astrological chart of the movement. The start date of this event is the 17th of September, 2011. The time that was chosen is 8am. This is a guess of course as there is no official start time.

So here is what we have for the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

Virgo Sun in the 12th House: Virgo as an earth sign is concerned with the material yet is concerned with forms of beauty and purity. With the Sun, self identity, in the 12th House, or the God House, Virgo is concerned with lofty ideals. Helping the socially deprived is a great concern for 12th House Virgos. In this house, Virgos like to work within a group to accomplish their idea of social justice. With the 12th House also representing isolation both voluntary (monasteries) and involuntary (jail) the Virgo is able to suffer times of incarceration with little effort so as long as the lofty ideal is being followed. Since this is the 12th House these ideals can become lost in the material if they are not brought into being from a spiritual perspective.

Taurus Moon in the 8th House: Taurus is another earth sign that is connected to the good life, luxury, comfort, and its own needs. The Moon represents the emotions, feminine, and creates a framework for the Sun to express itself. With the Moon in the 8th House, which represents other peoples stuff, the Occupy Movement is looking to the possessions of others to give the Virgo Sun a frame to work its lofty ideals of social justice.

Libra Ascendant: Libra is concerned with the balance to be maintained. In the case of the Occupy Movement the balance is not being maintained as the split between rich and poor has increased during the recession.

So we have a lofty idea that is grounded in the material yet is sitting in the house of spiritual ideals. This makes the idea sound wonderful yet will be very hard to obtain until it gets grounded in spirituality.

The emotional framework of the Occupy Movement is based on the stuff of other people in this case material goods and wealth of the elite. The Occupy Movement  is spurred on by a desire to create a balance in the situation of material possessions.

The layout of the chart tells me that this movement is not going away anytime soon. The other aspects show a strong indication that this movement is gathering more resources and will come out again, but from a different angle. This and the chart for Arab Spring in Eqypt will be explained later.

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