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Astrology Planets: Neptune
Neptune: Planet of Transcendence
Neptune is a planet of transcendence, which means it goes beyond artificial or imagined fixed forms and limits, and it can achieve much more than could rationally be imagined.
For instance, a person wishes to create a hospital for small wild animals, injured by vehicles on the roads. He has no medical knowledge, no money, and no supporters. Naturally he has nothing like a business plan. He doesn't talk or persuade well. And he isn't very bright either. It is only a dream. He has no rational chance of achieving his dream. However, with Neptune, he achieves it to the amazement of everyone.
She decides she will go to a foreign country on a spiritual mission. The country is dangerous. And she must travel by the cheapest means possible, exposed to every danger. Of course we plead with her not to go. She goes and achieves her aim, and, as for the danger, no one so much as gives her an angry look.
We cannot understand these and many other examples, and we do not know why some people seem to be able to do what the rest of us know is impossible. Neptune does, however, also have a protecting force for those under its rule. Perhaps it's some intuition which leads them to avoid dangerous places and dangerous people.
The irrationality here does not lie with Neptune, for whom things are quite clear. It is for the other planets and signs to be confused and amazed.
Neptune could, of course, be described in many ways, the negative descriptions in part a reflection of the person who cannot understand. The negatives include: delusions, illusions, self-sacrifice, submission, nonsense, illogical, deception of self and others, unrealistic, impractical, lacking common sense, etc, etc. These descriptions aren't wrong, however, they aren't always right and they are probably half right. The half that is right are the denotation of the words and not their emotional connotations.
For instance: what is a delusion to some, is an enlightenment to others; what is self-sacrifice and submission to some is non-resistance to others (in judo non-resistance is a powerful weapon); what is nonsense and illogical to some, is the power of faith and belief to others. And what appears to be illogical and unreasonable by any standard can nonetheless be extremely effective and workable (Quantum Physics is one example).
Neptune comprises those transcendent forces that tend to loosen and dissolve the artificial barriers of time, space, egos, and nations, and the traditions, conventions and laws (of man and nature) which appear unchangeable. All modern planets tend to be transformational. Uranus does it abruptly, mainly in the areas of human thought and beliefs. Pluto does it drastically. Neptune mostly transforms in a more agreeable and not violent way. However, this is only mostly true. Just as an ocean can be quietly and gently powerful, so can it be a raging torrent. And Neptune can be very very powerful.
When we referred to "transcendent" in the previous paragraph, we were referring to intangible forces. Another way to describe transcendent is to say it refers to going beyond the normal limits, surpassing and exceeding them. It refers to forces that cannot be perceived by the five senses, or perhaps not graspable by the mind. Transcendent also means rising above and becoming independent of something.
Neptune is creative. For instance, an engineer looks at a river and sees a bridge. If engineers didn't have illusions, then there would be no bridges. If we didn't dream up new and wonderful things, then there would be no civilisations. Naturally, there are extremes. Some people have no imagination, or appear not to have any. And other people have too much. An engineer who looks at a river, imagines a bridge. Imagines someone falling off into the river and urges us to launch a boat to rescue them, has clearly gone over the top!
Neptune was discovered not through the senses but was the first planet to be discovered through the mind, through mathematical calculation. Neptune is a planet of abstraction in that it uses purely mental processes to achieve things. It is a planet of magic, whereby success is gained through unknown means. Later, these means may be understood, through science, etc. But at the present they seem like magic. Neptune is also associated with channelling and psychic ability.
While Neptune was discovered as a result of mathematics, another planet, Vulcan, was supposed to exist through similar calculations. As it happened, the slight errors due to applying classical physics to Mercury's orbit, were explained, not by another planet (as in the case of Neptune), but by a new theory (Einstein's Relativity). The same transcendent forces which yielded positive results can also lead one astray and into illusion and delusion.
In the world of Neptune, both A and not-A can both be true. They appear to be true in Quantum Mechanics. Although this formula has been considered the basis of logic (called the law of the excluded middle), modern logicians have questioned it. There is a new type of logic, which like Neptune, has less strict definitions and borders. Fuzzy Logic, which deals with the "fuzzy" concepts we use in everyday life, has come into prominance. This is, partly, Neptunian logic. It seems that Neptune only appears to be illogical. It is really a higher level of thinking which only seems like nonsense.