Listen. Make a way for yourself
inside yourself. Stop looking
in the other way of looking.
You already have the precious mixture
that will make you well. Use it. – Rumi

neptuneThe nuclear age and the oil age are reaching their dramatic culmination, as exemplified in the crisis continuing to escalate in Japan, and the Gulf oil catastrophe, also continuing to unfold. We have reached the endgame of the old, Piscean Age paradigm of energy and power — that power lives outside of us, and in order to get it, we have to assault the Earth, extract her blood and minerals, and destroy the lives of countless humans, animals and other life forms in the process.

As politicians and corporate execs (is there a difference?) continue to defend the systems that are clearly killing us, their credibility erodes. Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024) signifies the transformation of worldly power, and the death of industrial civilization — and, ideally, the rebirth into a sustainable culture. Instead of looking to the “powers that be” to fix the vast problems humanity has created, it’s time for each one of us to take responsibility, step up and get to work.

In the Aquarian Age paradigm, we work with energy to access our own divinity, our own power as creator gods. We recognize the power within us, instead of projecting it outside of us. At this critical evolutionary moment of making the leap from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age, humanity is scheduled to save itself, every one of us waking up to our own power, and each becoming a leader to co-create our new world.

Against the backdrop of intensifying global crises, at this change-or-die crossroads as we rapidly approach the end date of the Mayan Calendar, Neptune enters Pisces, bringing in a wave of new energy we can use to heal and inspire, or to sink deeper into denial, delusion and despair.

Neptune’s entry into Pisces on April 4th will be the Ocean God’s first visit to this sign since 1861, and only the second since his discovery in 1846. This year we’re just getting a brief preview, until August 4th, when Neptune will Retrograde back into Aquarius. But starting in February 2012, Neptune will be in Pisces for fourteen years, until 2026.

Since Neptune is the modern planetary ruler of Pisces, this is a strong combination, amplifying sensitivity, imagination, mysticism, dreams, and the felt connection of oneness with all life. As Neptune in Pisces dissolves the boundaries between self and other, it becomes easier to feel the suffering of the world. Ideally, this felt connection to others inspires compassionate action.

Henry David Thoreau wrote Civil Disobedience during Neptune’s last visit to Pisces (1847-1861), in response to his outrage at the Mexican-American War and slavery in the US. Taking the concept of the connected self to its logical conclusion, Thoreau wrote: Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison… the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.”

Civil Disobedience, penned in 1849 from a jail cell, was an inspiration to two of the 20th Century’s great peacekeepers — Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Thoreau’s gift to the future, and the higher expression of Neptune in Pisces, is to imagine an idealistic vision for a compassionate and peaceful world.

Feelings and Spirit

“Emotions are the natural substance of the soul… and when we think we can’t handle the emotions, we lose the natural substances of the soul and begin looking for substances to replace the flow.” – Michael Meade, The Great Dance

Neptune and Pisces both rule the ocean, the literal Source of all life on Earth, the Great Mother’s watery womb from which we all emerged. Symbolically, the ocean represents consciousness. The state of the planet’s oceans — flooded with oil, poisoned by Corexit and myriad other toxic chemicals, taken over by plastic, and now being dosed with massive amounts of radiation — reflects the state of our collective consciousness.

The poisoning of the Earth’s waters also mirrors our relationship with the Water element — the realm of feelings. We live in a culture that is terrified of emotions and encourages their repression. Most of us learn when very young to shut down our feelings, stop crying, put on a smile even if we feel sad, repress anger, etc. The mass drugging of the population — including, and increasingly, children and even toddlers — with pharmaceuticals that numb emotions has largely gone uncommented on in the mainstream, so normalized as to not warrant attention or debate.

Neptunian and Piscean people (those who have this sign and/or planet strong in their birth charts) are the ones who are often told they are “too sensitive” — i.e., they “feel too much.” Neptunians feel the pain not only of others in their immediate environment, but of the collective. Considering the mass suffering on the planet right now, this is no easy job. Neptunians are thus prone to addiction as a way to cope with the overwhelm.

All of us will have enhanced sensitivity to the feelings of the collective, and all of us need to learn how to work with this watery, emotional energy, to surf the tides of emotion rather than being drowned by them. Neptune in Pisces is calling for increasing our emotional intelligence (I recently read a very helpful book on this theme — The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren).

Neptune and Pisces rule both heightened emotional sensitivity AND the divine — a clue that our feelings serve as a kind of bridge between Spirit and the body, messengers from our higher self. When we’re disconnected from our feelings, we lose our internal guidance system, and become susceptible to external signals, rather than our own soul’s calling.

One of the more shadowy expressions of Neptune in Pisces is an increasing deluge of misinformation (as we’re seeing now concerning the nuclear catastrophe in Japan), and the potential for (even more) mass delusion. We need our internal guidance systems in high working order so we can distinguish between fact and fiction. This means being able to tune into, clearly hear, trust AND act on that “little voice” that always guides us in the right direction, even if it seems illogical or defies popular consensus.

Here on the West Coast, we’re getting all kinds of competing information about the “plume of radiation” wafting over from Japan. Radiation is so very Neptunian — invisible, undetectable by our five senses. We can’t protect ourselves from it by building walls or barricades — radiation doesn’t respect borders and boundaries, it cannot be contained.

We ask ourselves, Is it safe to be outside in the rain (an important question in Portland), or outside at all? Should we change our diets (how?), or take herbs or supplements (which ones?) to protect ourselves? What about the food in our gardens, the food coming from Southern California? Are we even at risk, or just being paranoid?

In situations like this, we have to look to our own inner guidance for answers, trusting our feelings and instincts to give us reliable information. We also have to get smarter about working with subtle energy — the way to deal with a “substance” so subtle as radiation is to counter its effects using energy medicine — flower essences, homeopathy, BodyTalk and other modalities, etc. These will all become increasingly critical allies in the times ahead.

As we transition out of the Age of Pisces, a new understanding of energy is emerging. While Uranus has been transiting Pisces these past seven years, there’s been a rapid acceleration in our understanding of what energy is and how to work with it. What we think of as solid matter is more than 99 percent “space” — energy — and, according to physicist Nassim Haramein, this “space” is not nothingness, but infinite potential. On an atomic level, god is within us.

Neptune in Pisces calls for us to implement these understandings, both individually and collectively, to embrace this new paradigm of energy, to access within what we’ve been projecting outside of ourselves, and awaken to our true divinity.

– Emily Trinkaus