Neptune Direct – Road to Damascus

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

I am divided for loves sake, for the chance of union…” – The Book of the Law

Effective Dates- November 20th, 2016- June 14th, 2017

The Star.  What is the Star card (and fuck, why does it keep coming up the past couple of months)?  Well, we get dragged through the dirt the entire way through this life, yet we keep hanging on.  Why is this?  Why do we wake up each day and decide to take this beating from life, over and over again – and as it’s delivered, we think, “maybe, maybe… just maybe today.”  The Star card represents hope, faith, and great spiritual healing.  The Star card represents all of the indescribable things just out of reach of the intellect.  The Star card is quantum advancements and channeling of information from the heavens down to earth.  The Star card is salvation.

3 of Swords.  And here we are, coming to the end of the Year of the Tower, after you have been tested left and right like you have never been tested before.  This truly is the dawning of a new era, and as Neptune is prone to doing, her retrograde since June has made the world seem like a caricature of itself.  Am I really meeting these people right now?  Are these events really happening in my life?  Are these things really transpiring in my country, in my world?  It is like we have been in a dream (and as we all know, Neptune is associated with the realm of dreams).

Neptune is beyond your intellect.  Neptune is a feeling.  The things it whispers to you cannot be explained, so they demand faith.  Remember, this planet was named after the god of the sea.  Aha-  Now we are seeing the connections; the sea, dreams, the deep unconscious, the underbelly, the great mystery, faith, the things just beyond reach but we all know are fucking there because we all feel them (the reason Pisces, who are ruled by Neptune, come off so god damn alluring).  Because of this, Neptune also rules over the sacred, the mystical, and the unsavory side effects of our existential angst; addiction and self undoing.

Sometimes, though, things need to come undone before anything can get done.  The fact that Neptune goes direct during Scorpio season tells me that this entire beat down this year was the necessary element to get you to fucking take that leap of faith into your divine calling.  “NOW NOW NOW” as I was told by my friend, who is essentially embodying the lightening right now.  “THE TIME IS RIGHT NOW,” and doesn’t it feel like that more than ever right now?  “DO YOU FEEL IT?”  Do I feel it?” he asked.

Yes, absolutely, more than ever.

6 of Cups.  Ah, we have all been sitting back with our pleasantries for quite some time.  Sorry everyone, things are about to get crazier than they have ever been.  Our time of relaxation is over, but hey, this is actually a good thing.  Enough Netflix and Chill, it is time for action.  It is time to leave our blinders behind.  We can no longer pretend like everything is in it’s proper order as we have been clearly shown it’s disorder.  It is very easy to allow yourself to fall prey to the bullshit permeating all around you that tries all fucking day long to keep you asleep.  Nope.  No longer.  It is time for some dignity.  Neptune going direct is your divinely channeled inspiration that rattles you to finally say, “It’s time.  I can’t fucking keep pretending anymore.  It’s time to go.  It’s time to do this.  It’s time to tell the real story.”

You will frequently hear Neptune referred to as the higher octave of Venus, the planet of personal love.  Where Venus is romance and intimacy and all of the sexy elements of love, Neptune is all of the harder elements- self sacrifice, faith, and surrender.  Neptune is the things we do beyond the ego.  What is your highest calling?  Where do you need to go – how deep do you need to go – to burst through to a higher level?  You know it’s there, and you’ve been scratching at the wall that divides you from it for some time now.  So what you’re going to do now is you’re going to follow this feeling – the undying one deep inside of you that survived the shadow work of Scorpio season – that deep longing you feel – follow it, whatever it is leading you toward.  Neptune is about salvation, and we cannot reach our salvation if we ignore the messages we are receiving.  You will suffer all of your life if you do not serve that weird magnetic pull…  If you ignore the divine.  If you ignore the beyond.  If you ignore the mystery.

“Serve or suffer,” Neptune says.

The World.  Who are we to serve?  Surely not our government.  It is a mockery of what it was established to become, and it will wilt away like the ones before it.  No, this needs to be something more, something real, something eternal.  Neptune represents illusions.  As it goes direct, don’t forget the events that have transpired since June.  There was more reality there than there will be now that Neptune has gone direct.  The thing is, though, we will be full of exhilaration – a willingness to actually make change because we all feel this higher calling.  That is exactly what this transit is – a higher calling.  Where is it pulling you?  How is your higher calling merging with the collective’s?  How is it merging with the people in your life?  We all see it – the star – the next year and era ahead for all of us, and we all know that we must surrender to something much higher than all of us right now.  We must all become the highest version of ourselves so that we may all collectively become the salvation for this world.  I know, I know, big words and big themes, Artemis.  But honestly, what is transpiring all around us really is quite… out of this world.



Neptune Retrograde in Pisces – Patterns

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