The outer planet Neptune symbolizes imagination, intuition, inspiration, cosmic consciousness, higher spirituality and, in its shadow, confusion, illusion, and delusion. In the language of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Neptune is allied with Nephthys, Keeper of the Mysteries Behind the Veils. In Egyptian myth, Nephthys mixes the magic elixir that heals the wounded heart of the newly deceased. She is the Cosmic Mother, the revealer of that which has been hidden. She is also the Abandoning Mother, the one who lies her newborn child on the desert floor and walks away.
Neptunian energy is both an invitation into the mystery and a challenge. Can we trust what we see? Is a loving presence beckoning to us through the veils or are we being lured to ruin by the siren’s song? Nephthys’ realm is one of dreams, ghosts, spirits, and other dimensional consciousness. This is the domain of Spirit; entering requires trust. When artists create, this is the well of inspiration from which they drink.
When a planet is stationary, it’s influence is strong in our collective awareness. This Neptune station can be seen in the emergence – seemingly out of nowhere - of the Omicron variant. We are confused and assailed by unanswerable questions. What does this mean? How will I be affected? Can I travel or should I – once again – hunker down in isolation and loneliness?
There are no clear answers when Neptune/Nephthys is stationary. We must move forward into the mists of uncertainty, continuing our passage through the Eclipse Portal (ending on December 4) without clarity. Our destination is shrouded in mist and hidden behind the veils. All we can do is trust our intuition and rely on our inner guidance.
Neptune turns direct on December 1 at 8:22 am EST.
November 29, 2021 by Ruby Falconer. Available for chart readings.