Ideally this chapter would be written in musical notation. Heard through evocative sounds. Experienced as an emotional melody or a spiritual hymn. It would generate a symphony of moods rather than a line of thought. Felt, not understood. A sense of awe and mystery rather than of clarity and insight would result.
The best way to approach Neptune would be to close this book, empty the mind and meditate. Not on anything, but on nothing at all. Thus one may open to an illumination from beyond the busy inner chatter.
Neptune is the only planet completely invisible to the naked eye. Its reality lies beyond conscious reach. Its presence can be felt, but never known. It infuses the atmosphere from behind the scenes, but remains inaccessible to direct perception.
Neptune symbolizes the primordial Unconscious. The dream behind material manifestation. The ideal behind the real. This exists in its own right, beyond Uranus' abstract organizing principles or Saturn's concrete behavioral laws. It describes the primal longing at the source of all life. And the rapture of release from the bonds of existence at its end.
Neptune acts subliminally as our contact with an all-inclusive Consciousness beyond any self-centered consciousness. It describes a general psychic sensitivity rather than a specific awareness. Ego floats at the surface of its unfathomable mystery. Neptune is the Ocean. We are its fish. Fish are unaware of the ocean, yet they live in its embrace.
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