Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
Effective Dates: June 13 – November 20 2016
“You said you were a fairy princess
You said you were a shooting star
You said we’d go to Bora Bora
Now look at where the fuck we are”
― Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
Cards: 2 of Cups, Knight of Swords, 8 of Swords
I always think of the trans Saturnian planets as the higher octave of the original 7 “planets.” Uranus represents change, innovation, and flashes of insight. He is the mad scientist, rebel activist, douchebag hipster of the planets. To me, he feels like he reflects a higher aspect of Mercurial energy. Then comes Neptune, who is commonly equated to being Venus’ higher vibration. She represents universal love, as opposed to personal love, and the world of illusions. Pluto, of course, seems to pulsate as the higher octave of Mars, dealing in power, desire, legacy, and transformation. The outer planets influence us as a collective, and Neptune’s retrograde effects the grand illusion that is so god damn persistent.
Both Venus and Neptune deal in illusions. Venus is all about presentation; the face, the performance, the intoxicating bits of life. Neptune takes that a step further. She dives deep into the illusions and the illusive, teasing the mind in multi-dimensional ways. She is so beyond Venus’ intoxication that she represents addictions themselves.
But everything is an illusion. Right? We live our lives in socially constructed illusions, read books about illusions, and watch illusions on our television sets. The planet Neptune is the ruler of these woven fabrications. I guess you could say that Neptune rules over things that are maps of other things or things that are distractions. It rules over addiction, because addictions are things that bring illusion over hard to face realities.
Neptune influences music and dance. This reality is a dance. It is the flowing and weaving of particles, ever shifting and morphing into new things before vanishing once again into another form. With the mutable, soul spilling journey that we have been through, Neptune retrograding is giving us a moment of clarity that will reverberate through our existence very sharply. The 2 of cups tell us that we have poured ourselves into constructs heart and soul, and the shattering of those constructs is like losing a deeply seeded love. Truth cuts like a sword. Are you ready to plow through the things that will be revealed to you?
When Neptune goes retrograde, past deceptions creep out into the open. Don’t let what is revealed to you scare you back into old ways.
The Knight of Swords tells us to wield these truths like a weapon and plow through. The truth, like a sword, cuts you open. Keep this in mind. It takes a lot of courage to be able to go through this process. Your rational mind, as well as your intuitive mind, are going to be heightened during this time. With Neptune in retrograde, we will be able to feel each other’s energies in an almost overwhelming manner. This can be an interesting time for empathic individuals. AKA it’s gunna be a little bit nuts, but hang in there, fam. We have more warnings. The 8 of Swords tells us that addictions will be far more prevalent at this time. It is easy to collapse into a new fantasy if the frightening face of a situation is suddenly turned to you. As humans, we construct. We have been placed in a position where we must communicate our experiences to others but words can never show the full meaning of an experience. We are all stuck in this abyss, lost souls, and we only have each other as any real form of figuring out this great illusion.
Here’s the thing. You can intellectualize a thing as much as you’d like, but you will only ever have the map of it. To truly UNDERSTAND or KNOW something, one must EXPERIENCE this something. This will be a time of immersion. Neptune is about illusion because she likes to play. She likes to imagine what it would be like to be in any situation. It seems this retrograde will bring her into actually physically adventuring into these situations and seeing them for herself. Submit to a new experience. Dive into something or some people you have always wanted to understand. The art forms that Neptune rules are very immersive.
We alienate each other because we fear our realities being torn a part by others’ truths. This is the furthest thing from what we should be doing. During this period, we will be forced to confront the realities of others. Instead of outright attacking them, learn. What you learn first hand will arm you for your spiritual journey. You cannot evolve alone. We must all evolve together. Remember, Neptune is concerned about the collective. And Neptune is also concerned about love of the collective. Now let’s walk this retrograde in someone else’s shoes.
“We’re from the land of lost souls where no one knows where they’re going. Everybody floating. Seaweed in the ocean. Let the tide roll out and let it flow in.” – Batz Inda Belfry