Posts Tagged ‘Hermetics’

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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