“Without imagination, the blueprint of the mind will not be ensouled, and thus any love will be mere empty gestures, and any art, lifeless”

This romantic and deeply sensitive character is the sister of the Moon and, being one of the outer planets, stays outside the family unit, yet is nevertheless intrinsically part of it.

She embodies the higher intangible nature of love, conceived in Venus and, like her sister, takes the qualities of the movement of the sea, for Neptune is Queen of the Oceans, and sub-mariner of the soul.

Without the light of Neptune within us, we would have no imagination.

She is the clairvoyant and the mystic, touching the sensitivity of others, and filtering the brilliance of the rays of the Sun. She catches a moonbeam from the heart of her sister, and draws to earth the artist’s creative imagination, embodied in a realisation of truth that goes far beyond the power of restriction, reason and thought.

As a character, Neptune adds a subtle, illusive dimension to the functioning of the cosmic family. She delves beneath the surface, and can bring out from within, hidden treasures and mysteries which, without her presence, would be lost forever.

Yet sadly, this mute and gentle creature is not of earthly persuasion. She belongs to some distant land in the depths of the oceans. When under stress and faced with reality, she dissolves into her own secret and escapist world, for she cannot cope with physical concerns, and feels constrained by earthly restriction.

She has great difficulty when confronted with logic, for she is the mistress of inspiration and disguise, and her reasoning powers can be lost in a fantasy of illusion, often resulting in confusion and chaos.

This Queen of Mysteries is the inspirer, not the doer. The responsibility for action has to be taken by others in the family.

At the point of a crucial decision she can become vague and confusing, yet, when an artistic approach is required, she opens up a world of dreams, heralding a vision of the unknown through the indelible impression of her brush.

Neptune is the artist, poet, and the dreamer, inspired by the hidden depths of her emotions which rise on the tides of change.

She is the celestial musician, capable of bringing an extension of sound to those who cannot see or hear the wisdom of the stars.

With her Lyre, she brings forth the hearts of those who draw close and, as in a far-away echo, they hear the faint silvery music of their innermost being.

How Neptune affects us

Neptune was only discovered by the erratic movement of Uranus, which indicated that there was another ‘unseen’ planet that affected its orbit.  It is beyond our sight, yet we were made aware of its presence.

Astrologers likened this to our inner urge to touch the intangible qualities within our nature – to dream and to be inspired. Neptune therefore became known as the planet of illusion.

We have an illusive, dreamy side to us also, which is our own ‘personal’ Neptune.

In mythology, Neptune is associated with the sea and its strange and hidden depths, concealing treasures lost beneath the waters.  Because of the power of the sea, it has been represented as a male figure, but that same power can be equally depicted as female.

We may be aware of this illusive treasure within us, but can rarely bring it to the surface. It is like a dream we have had which is lost on awakening, yet we know it is still there, if only we could catch hold of it.

Neptune in the horoscope is said to represent our psychic and illusive talents; our ability to to express ourselves in a language other than normal words, and the romantic, dreamy side of our nature.

Where the contacts with other planets are good, the person shows a highly sensitive and artistic approach, inspired by the hidden mysteries of life.  But where they are difficult, it can lead to confusion and irrational fears, with a tendency to run away from the harsher realities of life.

Like the Moon and Mercury, Neptune is greatly affected by the contacts with other planets.  It tends to absorb influences, and can be easily damaged by an antagonistic contact.

Neptune is the second of what are known as the ‘outer planets’ and can therefore affect whole generations of people.  Nevertheless, like both Uranus and Pluto, it can have a strong affect on the individual also.

We are advised that if we deny the influence of this gentle mystic within us for too long, we can lose our ability to fantasise, dream, or touch the inner worlds of our sensitivity; and perhaps even find ourselves alone with our logic, in a cold unimaginative world, being unable to hear or respond to the secret call of our Spiritual Self.

On the Tree of Life Neptune is associated with Kether – reunion with the Source of Creation, and completion of the Great Work – the colour white and the number 1.

See also: Workbooks  /  Illustrations of the Tree of Life  /  Kether sample page