Neptune has been virtually stationary for the past month as it prepares to turn direct on November 28 after months of retrogradation. When a planet is stationary in the sky, its influence can be felt more deeply as its energies penetrate in a way that is more intensely personal.
Neptune, an outer transformational planet rather than a personal planet of personality, inspires and motivates us to seek a reality that lies outside the boundaries of the physical world. Under Neptune’s influence we can experience a spiritual bliss and unbounded creative inspiration, but also can take us into realms of illusion if we slip too far beyond the pale of the mundane world.
Thomas Moore writes about the soul in a way that is profound and yet accessible. Today I offer a few passages in honor of Neptune!
“Beauty feeds the soul, wakens it, and brings it to life as nothing else can. Beauty is a deep-seated reaction to some meaningful and stunning presentation of life. It stops you and gives you an instant promise of pleasure. But if you have no soul, you won’t even see the beautiful in the thick layers of your practicality and in the density of your own ego. All your senses and your full imagination have to be alert when beauty makes its appearance. If you miss it, it is like going without food.”
— Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life’s Ordeals
“Spiritual people often speak glowingly of wholeness and pursue it as an ideal. But the soul is present in disintegration as well when we have entered life generously and have been affected, having lost our original innocence and ideals. To be spiritual is to be taken over by a mysterious, divine compulsion to manifest some aspect of life’s deepest force. We become most who we are when we allow the spirit to dismember us, unsettling our plans and understandings, remaking us from the very foundations of our existence. Nothing is more challenging, nothing less sentimental, than the invitation of spirit to become who we are and not who we think we ought to be.”
The Soul’s Religion: Cultivating a Profoundly Spiritual Way of Life