Saturday, November 24, 2012

R u a Neptune Type?

Photo by Patricia Herlevi
I actually planned to write a post about Saturn, the ruler of my natal chart, but Neptune woke me up last night.  Then for around two or three hours, my head buzzed with information about Neptune types.  Who exactly are the Neptune people? Do they resemble aliens, call themselves Indigo and act like they're more special than everyone else? Some do if they get caught in illusions, delusions of glamour.  But in reality, Neptune types either have one of the following traits in their charts, or multiple traits involving Neptune, Pisces, or the Twelfth House.

You are a Neptune type if you have your natal Sun, Moon or Ascension in Pisces, if you have Pisces on the cusps of an angular house (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses) that would include having a Pisces Ascension, you have Sun, Moon, or Neptune in an angular house in Pisces or the Sun, Neptune, or Moon in your Twelfth House.  Other things to consider is if you have a stellium or cluster of planets in Pisces which doesn't include the Moon or Sun or it can.  Anyone born now with Neptune in Pisces and until the end of this transit is a member of a Neptune Type generation despite where their other planets appear in their charts. 

While I cannot go over every possible situation in this short post, we will look at Pisces on the cusps of angular houses, Pisces Moon, Sun, and Neptune in Pisces.  Since Neptune transits last over a decade, the only people now with Neptune in Pisces are the ones born at this time, referred to as Crystal and Rainbow Children, and hopefully, not the lost generation, which is a possibility too.

Photo by Patricia Herlevi
Pisces First House & Ascension or Neptune in the First House

These folks resemble mermaids and aquatic species... Okay, so they resemble human beings, but they have a faraway look in their eyes as if they rose out of the sea.  They seem fragile, vulnerable and delicate to others and might even suffer from extreme sensitivities or at least imagine that they do.  They have to work at building confidence in themselves because this doesn't come easy and when life grows difficult, they look for the escape hatch, appearing to swim in two different directions.  Or their souls transcend from their bodies and it appears that nobody is home.  They could live in a Neptune fog having just journeyed from the Twelfth into the First House, but whatever it's going on, they don't appear comfortable in their body or asserting their needs as if everyone should just know telepathically their needs.

The downside these Piscean/Neptune types might struggle with addiction and other escapism or live in a fantasy world.  On the plus side, they came to the planet bearing numerous spiritual and artistic gifts if only they could ground themselves.  Even the ones who seem cold and detached and brimming over with compassion--just look into their Piscean orbs and you'll met their hearts or they will melt yours.  But don't fall for their victim trap.  These folks might seem vulnerable and helpless, but have you ever seen rapids on a river or a tempest at sea?  Their ruler is Neptune, a bit fishy and slippery at times, but powerful nonetheless. Don't let these folks whip any storms (dramas) in your life.  The real glamour is on the stage not off of it, and not playing the role of cheap drama.  If you can't play at Elizabeth Taylor than settle for Mother Theresa and serve the world. That's what Neptune Types choose to do anyway.

Photo by Patricia Herlevi
Pisces in the Fourth House or Neptune in the Fourth House

If home is where the heart is, than these types can make their home anywhere in the world, and often do.  Travelers, nomads, musicians, filmmakers, wandering healers, troubadours, and vagabonds all fit here.  If they choose not to travel or live in a cloistered spiritual environment (monastery, convent, temple), they turn their home into a shrine.  If they're not religious then they'll have lots of little furry creatures running around their home and adopt a stray is their daily motto.  They might have a big screen television to watch world cinema or Hollywood classics, and if they're not the television type, then you will find an altar in the corner full of items and icons from a variety of religions and spiritual practices.  Or they might have a music room full of exotic instruments and an aquarium in the background.  They might spend time alone in their home or entertain friends with glamorous parties where the who is who shows up.  You'll find both hermits and socialites in this home.

Pisces in the Seventh House or Neptune in the Seventh House

The urge to merge is the motto of these types, but they tend to live more in a fantasy world when it comes to one-on-one relationships.  Or maybe they swim in two different directions, "yes, I want a relationship with you, but no, I don't."  Their partners might feel like they're riding a seesaw or playing a game of hide and go seek.  A healthy relationship with this type would involve some type of shared spiritual practice such as yoga or meditation or even singing together.  This couple watches movies together or attends concerts or on the downside, they might escape through addiction, dragging each other down with them.

Eventually, for some of these types reality bites and the delusion of glamour ends with a thud and a crash.  The urge to merge ends in bitterness and avoidance unless the Piscean type gets grounded and faces the realities of a one-on-one relationship.  Instead of the urge to merge, they adopt the urge to evolve.  Eventually, he or she meets a more balanced partner while also finding a balance in the relationship between togetherness and independence.  Bobbsy twins are a bore anyway.

Photo by Patricia Herlevi
Pisces in the Tenth House or Neptune in the Tenth House

Since I have Neptune in my Tenth House I can speak with authority on this astrological set-up.  Invisible is the key phrase here, invisible to employers, your community, and society at large.  While Steven Forrest delegates Cancerians to the role of the invisible man or woman, I can assure you that the true invisible people have Neptune in their Tenth House or their Sun in the Twelth House.  My Neptune conjuncts my Midheaven and I have noticed the amount of effort I have to put into promoting myself or just blend into the scenery.

Not that I wouldn't recommend blending into the scenery on occasion.  There are times when it's better to observe than to participate.  This becomes a problem when we want to land the perfect job or get people to pay attention to artistic achievements.  For anyone with the Sun or Neptune in the Tenth House consider a healing profession, especially with sound healing or dance therapy or a career in cinema or music.  But find a Leo type to play the role of your publicist or agent.  You'll need someone else shining your light into the world, even if you're more glamorous than a Cadillac.

Pisces in the Twelfth House or Neptune in the Twelfth House (not an angular house, but Pisces Home)

Neptune and Pisces feel at home in the Twelfth House.  The soul that makes it this far has prepared itself to transcend the mundane and turned towards a spiritual mission.  The upside is that this type has mastered meditation and has sage wisdom to share, but they prefer to remain cloistered speaking only to Ascended Masters while forgetting to share what they have learned with others.  And if they haven't reached spiritual heights this time around the astrological wheel, then they're probably dealing with a wicked addiction, mental illness or imprisonment, usually due to a drug addiction.  Saints, martyrs and victims reside here along with fools for love.  Ascension will occur eventually, but some of these types prefer the crooked road to the cosmic elevator.  Either way, they'll reach their destination.

(update on May 27, 2013)

Pisces Moon

I'm so Neptunian that I forgot to add Pisces Moon, Sun, and Ascension in his post.  Oops!

I was born with a Pisces Moon and I have mixed feelings about this Moon. One can grow tired and weary of coming across as fey and ethereal, which are words we use to describe people with Pisces Moon. If they don't feel like a mermaid perched on a rock waiting for Godot or their prince to appear, they focus on their artistic side making movies, choreographing dance theater, or enjoying a career as a dancer, or photographer.  These folks also delve into metaphysical and psychology tools, enjoy dream interpretation and most likely because they use these tools to discover themselves.

Since the Moon rules emotions and feelings, she feels safe and content in Pisces.  However, unlike a Cancer Moon, Pisces Moon natives forget to nurture themselves unless they practice yoga or meditation where they physically ground themselves.  These folks can literally feel like they are an invisible blob floating around and forget that they have a human body.  Therefore, it is easy to abuse the body with substances and other addictions.  I have also noticed with some Pisces Moon and Sun natives that these people gain weight easily, and not because of an addiction to food.  They use the extra baggage as a shield to protect themselves from other people's vibes, especially if they experience physical abuse as a child or domestic abuse as an adult.

Some type of therapy is a requirement for Pisces Moon, but even a life coach could help these people to ground themselves and learn some practical life skills.  Pisces Moon people have a tendency to find others to take care of them, then they rebel against these caretakers.  If you have a Pisces Moon and you fall into this tendency, hire a life coach to kick your butt into shape.  You are stronger than you think.

Pisces Sun

These folks are much stronger with their identity than Pisces Moon people.  However, if they don't balance the polarity with Virgo practicality, they are gullible and easily preyed upon.  Under the Pisces Sun you can find everyone from a powerful energy healer, to a phenomenal performing artist or filmmaker, to a con artist. You will find the gypsy types who never succeed in life because all their dreams are half baked and they lose interest in a dream before the launching day appears.

Pisces Sun people show up in hospitals as healers and as patients (usually mental patients) and Pisces-Neptune also associates itself with prisons and other confining situations.  However, even if a Pisces Sun person ends up in these situations, redemption on a grand scale is possible and so is spiritual enlightenment.  Remember that Pisces represents the endpoint of the Zodiac culminating in either transcendence or Tom foolery in which they return to the sign of Aries and travel through the 12 signs another round.

You will find spiritual gurus with Pisces Sun and spirituality of one kind or another plays a role in a Pisces Sun person's life, even if they don't discover religion until joining an AA group as they recover from a wicked addiction.  These people represent life-changers for others because of their own experiences that brings them wisdom and compassion.  In fact, it's possible that Pisces Sun or Moon are the most compassionate folks in the Zodiac.

Pisces Ascension

This is the same as having Pisces on the cusps of the First House or Neptune near any AC in the First House.  The soul has left the 12th House (also a Neptune experience) where they felt like an outsider of sorts with Aquarius ruling their 12th House.  Now, they have moved from a detached Air Sign into a deeply emotional water sign.  These folks are dreamy and sometimes unrealistic. They might either have grandiose thoughts about themselves or just the opposite and feel that they are invisible.

Pisces AC most noticeable feature are their feet (either too large or too small) and they experience problems with their feet.  They might entertain a shoe or foot fetish (this is also true for Pisces Sun natives).  I have a vision of ballerinas for my description of this ascension sign or just someone with a petite frame that seems fey and delicate (in either a man or a woman).  Other astrologers have commented on the eyes of Pisces Ascendent people--the eyes are large and otherworldly.  However, Leo's and Capricorns also have noticeable eyes and so do Pisces Sun and Moon natives.  Sometimes their eyes are in striking colors or resemble fish eyes.

Personally, I have known few people with Pisces AC, and tons of people with Pisces Sun and Moon so I'm unable to comment beyond what you'll find in astrology books.

To conclude this article, if you have a Pisces Sun, Moon, AC, or the Moon or Sun in Pisces falling in an angular or 12th House, or if you have several planets in Pisces forming a stellium, then you are a Neptune Type.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tuning into Neptune (that wonderful blue planet)

(This is an archival article from 2012). Today I named the corner of Railroad Avenue and Magnolia Street in Bellingham, Washington, the Neptune corner.  This corner provides fodder for Pisceans and Neptune-types in the form of a record (CD) store, next to a tropical fish shop, next to another pet store and across the street from another record store--all things Neptune. 

You will also find people with addictions and dealing with all kinds of social ills standing on the block next to the second music shop.  I mention, the downside of Neptune too.  You'll also find a smoke shop, a glass art store which is really a head shop (paraphernalia for marijuana users) and the drinking of alcohol on the street near this Neptune corner.

At the bus station and police department across the street, music blasts out from a PA system meant to stop loitering, but the musical choices are only conscious for achieving this aim, 6 days out of the week, and not on the day rock music blares from the PA, something about that screeching electric guitar solo that cries for substance abuse.  Okay, so you're asking, what the heck does any of this have to do with astrology?

I strongly believe, and you might coin the phrase "planetmorphizing", that each planet represents certain energies and scenarios (the universal stage, the show must go on), that seems like personalities.  Okay, so personality is too strong a word to describe planetary energies.  If you read the cookbook style astrology books, the authors will describe Neptune as mystical, spiritual, creative, artistic, musical, prone to escapism, addiction and often landing in institutions such as prisons and mental hospitals.  And Neptune and it's ruler Pisces do represent those things.  However, if you want to befriend planets and get behind the scenes, you need to get a better handle on the planets and become intimate with them like you would a friend.

And just like our energies as humans change when we meet new people, live with people, or interact closely with people, but still retain our true essence, I believe it is the same for each of the planets as they transit and aspect each other.  For instance, take Neptune and Saturn since my generation is now experiencing Saturn in Scorpio conjuncting Neptune or will do so within the next 2 1/2 years at some point.  A few different scenarios could play out with Saturn conjuncting natal Neptune in Scorpio and which scenario plays out has to do with the evolution of each soul of my generation.

The first scenario that could play out is that someone with an addiction to cigarettes, alcohol, drugs or other types of addiction could find themselves hitting bottom, find the structure of their lives completely dissolve (Neptune is dissolution and Saturn is structure), which leads them into psychoanalysis or some other type of healing modality (Scorpio/Neptune).  A situation that began at birth or in early childhood when Neptune was traveling through Scorpio resurfaces from the subconscious and plays itself to the hilt. 

The person going through this scenario will try to escape, but everywhere he or she turns confrontation of self and life choices turn up.  This situation could even deal with child abuse or domestic violence caused by a parent with an addiction that now surfaces for healing.  Chiron, the wounded healer asteroid or mini-planet is in Pisces and many of the Neptune in Scorpio generation folks had Chiron in Pisces when they were born.

Now, a person experiencing Saturn in Scorpio conjunting natal Neptune could at this point drink themselves to death or overdose, even commit suicide since Scorpio rules death or the person could heal him or herself and in the process develop self-empowerment and empathy that leads them on a path of healing others.  (And this also depends on which house in the chart is highlighted by this conjunction and other aspects from transits).

On a more positive note, Pisceans and other Neptune types or people of this Neptune in Scorpio generation (late baby boomers and Gen-X) could develop new structure for their artistic endeavors especially in the fields of music and cinema.  With Saturn in Scorpio making probing below the surface types of documentaries is favored at this time.  Music therapy, the medical establishment using music for healing and music-brain research will also flourish at this time, with new discoveries coming to the surface everyday. 

We will explore how the music industry's profit-making structure at all cost does not serve musicians or music lovers.  Then with Scorpio coming in and blasting away old structure (Saturn in Scorpio, and don't forget Pluto in Capricorn also occurring at this time), music can be returned to its rightful place of evolving consciousness while also giving us pleasure.  Imagine healing through something pleasurable rather than the usual suffering and misery of conventional medicine, which in itself has some Saturn and Scorpio elements.  Personally, I don't find conventional medicine kind or gentle so how can it heal anyone, other offer some kind of placebo effect?

My main passion in life is researching music as a evolutionary tool as well as sound healing, working with crystals, and other Piscean metaphysical tools.  With this article I hope that I have tuned you into Neptune (my favorite planet) and that you will explore how Neptune's energies transform and shift depending on its relationships to other planets both in your chart (under transits) and on the world or mundane chart (which affects all of us).  In any case, I will write more on this fascinating topic in the future.  Don't worry, we're not through with Neptune yet and now the dreamy planet is home in Pisces for over a decade, Neptune has a lot to say.

On the trickier side, Neptune is slippery when wet, dissolves what it touches, and wants to merge with everything while giving off a mystical fog.  Neptune is like that friend who can't make up her mind, swimming in two directions and driving you nuts.  On one hand, Neptune searches for the escape hatch, but on the other hand, boy can this planet speed up ascension and help us to go with the flow.  It's always your choice about how you will use Neptune's energy--either for evolution or de-evolution of your soul.  But in either case, if you're the type who enjoys drama and racing around the block, eventually, you will tire of all that, and flow with Neptune.

There is one last area I forgot to mention, and that is Neptune and dream interpretation.  If you want to improve your dream interpretation and meditation skills, now is the time to do that.  Namaste.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Evolving with each planet starting with the Sun

Photo by Patricia Herlevi, Seattle, 2009
When I lived in Seattle, I knew an astrologer with the theory that we must master each of the planets to reach enlightenment and most people never get past Mars.  If  a person made it as far as mastering Saturn, they slowed down at Chiron or Uranus.  Needless to say, if we choose to learn the lessons of the planets we need to know what lessons each planet represents.  In addition, we also need to feel friendly towards the energies of those planets and stop all dualistic thinking in the guise of benefic and malific planets.  I fall prey to these beliefs too.  We have thousands of years of thinking in this regard behind us. Remember those medieval fortune tellers or even more closer to our time, the gypsy fortune tellers?  When the dark of the moon arrives, you will meet a tall stranger with ill intent because Saturn moves into your 8th house.

Not many people jump up and down with joy when they find out that transiting Mars and transiting Uranus are conjunct and squaring one's natal Saturn or natal Pluto. Yikes!  Yikes! Yikes!  You'll also hear a lot of "Oh, my gawd!"  However, if your soul's purpose is to evolve past a reactive state to proactive wisdom and grace, then you'll need to master those energies.  But of course, we never start with Pluto, Neptune or Uranus, we start with the natal Sun.

Photo by Patricia Herlevi, Mount Vernon, WA, 2010
Many people, not educated in astrology, think that all they have to do is read their daily horoscope in the newspaper to get a grasp of their Sun Sign.  Wrong!  You could not get more general and bland than to read the same horoscope that fits millions of people around the world who share your sign.  Your natal chart is what makes you an individual.  It represents your soul's signature in the world for your current life and even gives us some signs of your previous lives.  Everything about you appears somewhere in your natal chart, from your parenting and upbringing, your past loves, your state of health and state of mind.  Everything appears in those strange symbols that reside in that pie-like chart.  It's actually magical watching it all unfold and seeing a person from a place of love and admiration because you see the person's struggles, victories, right and wrong decisions, and their frailties and vulnerabilities.  It's all there.

So we start with the natal Sun as it appears in your chart, aspected by other planets and in a specific house and sign.  You ask yourself, what does the sun mean to me? What does my sun sign mean to me? And what about this house where it resides? What type of energy does my natal sun bring to my life and what are the lessons it teaches me?

Let me give you an example.  The Sun represents our personal identity and along with the Rising Sign shows how we present ourselves to the world through our strengths or weaknesses.  The Sun is consciousness and is how we choose to shine our light upon the world and the sign the Sun is in, represents what style we shine this light.  So let's look at an Aquarius Sun (excluding any aspects to other planets which either enhance or dilute the Sun's effect in our charts).

The Aquarius Sun with planet Uranus (Aquarius rules Uranus) strives for individuality and looks for ways to present it's uniqueness and genius in the world.  A weak Aquarius Sun hides behind the mad professor routine, is absent minded and acts different for the sake of difference or stands on the fringe thinking he is superior to others.  This Sun might profess himself a genius or an enlightened one on a field of sheep.  A strong Aquarius Sun starts a grassroots movement, brings inventions to humankind to help us live more sanely in the world or leads a peaceful rebellion that brings equality to everyone.

It's not enough to know the role of the sun in a chart, we need to live out the energies of the particular sun, flavored by its aspects to other planets.  An unaspected Sun proves a challenge to the person trying to understand the natal sun energies and how do you master something you don't understand? Reminds me of when I took high school algebra.  How do you master something that eludes you, which an unaspected planet does?

You can learn the basics from an astrology written "cookbook style," which usually has phrases, "if you have an Aquarius Sun, you are..." Or you can delve deeply into the actual sun's roles.  What does the Sun do? It gives us unconditional love and compassion in the form of warmth and light.  The Sun does not judge us and deny us light if we are "bad".  The sun brings growth to the planet, but can also scorch us and leave us dying of thirst or hunger.  On a good day, the sun nourishes us with vitamins from its light and in the form of actual plant foods.  The sun prevents us from freezing to death or does the opposite and bakes us.

So now, relate all of that information to the sun in your chart flavored by a specific sign.  Play around with the energies.  That's your job, and not the job of the astrologer to tell you how to do this.  You could spend your entire life mastering the sun in your chart or you could do it quickly then move onto Mercury, Venus, Mars...This all depends on the discipline in your chart presented by Saturn and your spiritual leanings presented by Neptune.  It depends on you awakening your consciousness too.

Briefly I will list qualities and energies of the remaining orbs and planets:

  • The Moon represents emotions, intuition, unconscious mind and urges, mothering, nurturing and how we deal with our shadows and projection
  • Mercury represents our communication style, how our minds work, logic, thinking, planning, learning, grasping concepts, and how we broadcast ourselves to the world
  • Venus represents our feminine side (so does the moon), sex appeal, how we attract to ourselves, and manifestation, the earth, ecology, womanhood, or for men, the type of women he attracts
  • Mars represents assertiveness or aggression, war, ambition, childhood, ego, creativity, leadership, and gives us the energy to wake up every morning and face the day.  For women, Mars represents the type of man she attracts

  • Jupiter represents enthusiasm, generosity, idealism, religion, foreign travel, culture (so does Venus), exuberance, fortune, expansiveness, and higher education
  • Saturn represents structure, discipline, authority, leadership, teachers, life lessons, karma, ambition, career, father figures, bosses, life lessons that bring us grace and wisdom, aging, and sages, past lives
  • Uranus represents rebellion, humanity, humanitarian, socialism, activism, breaking old structure, creating something original, inventions, computer technology...
  • Neptune represents spirituality, transcendence, escapism, addiction, cinema, music, monks, nuns, meditation, yoga, dreams,
  • Pluto represents the Dark Night of the Soul, underworld or Hades, descent so we can ascend, shadows, psychology, sex, death, rebirth, transformation...
My list of planetary attributes are incomplete and you will need to fill in the blanks.  However, I hope this article gets you started in your evolution as defined by your planets.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bugaloo with trickster Mercury

Even gods & planets need to rest
As if the upcoming US Presidential election doesn't feel stressful enough, thanks to the hyperactive and hyper-phobic media, the communication planet, Mercury goes stationary retrograde on November 6, 2012.  And to further complicate the situation, Jupiter transiting in its opposite sign Sagittarius, although the orb is too wide to form an opposition between Mercury and Jupiter.  Okay, for those of you not familiar with a Mercury retrograde, let's back up a bit (pun intended).

When the planet Mercury gets too far ahead of the transiting Sun (3 times a year), the planet appears to travel backwards, when in fact, it is the earth's rotation that causes this illusion.  Mercury isn't actually traveling backwards, even if I see a driver pulling out of a driveway onto a busy street, when I think of this astrological event.  If you speak to a fear-based astrologer, they will warn you about all the things that could go wrong with mail getting lost, computers crashing, cars ending up at the mechanics, and miscommunication all around.  Those things could happen, but you could also take a mini-vacation for three weeks, meditate more, detach from all drama, get in touch with old friends, edit papers or books, or write a research paper.

When Mercury seemingly goes retrograde, it's actually asking us to backup, go over plans instead of implementing or launching them, make sure the virus protection on the computer is working, to get a check up for your car if you have one and to practice clear communication.  And please do not get caught up in cheap drama during the next three weeks, especially not with the debacle or flying circus we call an election in the US.  Instead, take time to read favorite books, watch favorite movies, and meet with those friends you haven't seen in a few months or even years.

Joan Crawford in peril over Mercury RX
I'm going to backup even further to when I first learned about Mercury retrograde.  When I was in my 20s, my friends and I dabbled in astrology and feared Mercury retrograde as if it were the Black Plague.  We called each other on the phone in peril, wringing our hands, and worrying that whatever guy we dated at the time would break up with us, or we would lose our job, or our cars would break down.  Darn that Mercury retrograde!

We failed to see the trickster humor and with Mercury, even when it's direct, the joke is always on us.  I realize that we have little to laugh about with this upcoming US election, but I will give you a few tips so that you stay calm and centered during the process.

  • Do not try to control or manipulate events, situations, or other people
  • Detach from whatever outcome happens knowing that you're in Divine hands
  • Do not exaggerate circumstances or engage in cheap drama
  • Meditate, meditate, meditate
  • Watch videos of spiritual authors or read their books
  • Watch comedy movies, not thrillers (yeah like thrillers are going to stop you from thinking paranoid thoughts)
  • Do not engage in negative or doomsday conversations
  • Stop worrying about prophecies since you have no control over them anyways
  • Read trickster stories (Native Americans have many) so you can get a handle on Mercury
  • Stop watching television news (these days that's equivalent to joining the melodrama club)
  • Dance to drums or drum CDs
  • Go for a long walk
  • Spend less time on social networks unless you have something positive to contribute
You'll be fine. I'll be fine.  Mercury retrograde my actually cough up information you need before you vote in the election so pay attention to details.  Read all candidate and legislation issues on the ballots carefully and then re-read before voting.  This is where the trickster comes into play, especially for people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.  Go slow during this time, this is not a rat race and I doubt you want to make it to the finish line anyway.  Fill your heart with joy and laughter.  Namaste

Thanks to Astrologer Mark Ortman for inspiring me to write this post on Mercury.