Unlike the other two movers and shakers in the “Outer Planet Trio” Neptune, The Visionary Dreamer, has effects that are subtle, insidious and subterranean. He will creep up upon you silently, without fuss, and without any sort of a warning. Gradually step by careful step, he will inch his way into your life, weaving his spells and enchantments around you, until one day you realize that you have been ill for longer than you care to remember, you have no energy to speak of, and that it feels like you have lost your sense of who you are and what direction you are going in. Neptune touching personal planets or angles, by transit in the horoscope, can often coincide with illnesses that seem impossible to diagnose, feelings of exhaustion, depression, a sense of confusion and a loss of life direction. Like the rest of the “Bad Boys”, Neptune’s function is to change our perception of who we are, to dissolve the structures that have supported us thus far, and to inspire us towards a new vision that is more inclusive and whole. Neptune puts us in touch with our dreams, our ideals and our romantic vision of who we would like to be….. and leads us to being susceptible to being hoodwinked, confused and deluded by encounters with people and situations that sound too good to be true. When Neptune comes to call, we can become prey to romantic infatuations, obsessions and hopeless causes. Our good nature can feel exploited, we feel like we have been led astray, our hearts and minds feel broken and wounded…. And it may seem that there will never be an end to the pain that we are suffering. But eventually there is, and the endless rivers of tears that we have shed, has cleansed our perception, and one day, we wake up and we can see again, the whole world looks fresh and new, and we are ready to begin again. We may have lost, sacrificed, suffered and endured, but we have survived, and we have given birth to a new vision to sustain us anew.
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