This what I’ve been thinking and perhaps others have written about it before or perhaps what I’m writing here is not quite correct. I certainly haven’t thought about it for very long or done much research on it. It’s about Neptunians, really. People with Pisces strong or Neptune much aspected. Especially with personal planets. And Neptune with Venus if you’re narrowing in on romantic love.
I was listening to a Howard Sasportas lecture on Venus (UAC 1992) and he was talking about the trials that people with Venus squaring Neptune go through. Can’t be very easy if you have Venus opposing or conjunct the planet of illusions and illumination either.
And this is what I think: Neptunians fall in love with archetypes. I’m not using the word “archetype” in any strict sense with reference to Jung unless I am doing so inadvertently. What I mean by it is concepts we hold like: hero, victim, genius, mover-and-shaker. Feel free to add more.
It makes sense that Neptune is associated with celluloid. Because in movies we see these archetypes clearly defined, they come alive for us. Is it any wonder we fall in love with movie stars? They’re such a perfect hook for our projections.
I suspect Neptunians project more than other people and on more people. Because Neptunians see archetypes. It’s not always easy for them to see people as flesh-and-blood mostly un-glamorous beings, no matter how rich or talented or how victimized and misunderstood. Neptune has no boundaries and what happens when you put the planet of romance with this planet that knows no bounds? It isn’t easy to love the way Neptune wants us to, to love all there is, all there are, unconditionally. It messes with one’s mind or do I mean heart? So you see Neptunians caught up in impossible situations with impossible people and happy-and-miserable at the same time; stumbling around in a weepy daze in this very limited and limiting space-time continuum reading and writing poems, watching or creating movies, reading stories and living out their own.
Some drink, some don’t, but they’re all on a wavelength that is not quite of this world. It’s not like James Bond who thinks the world is not enough. In their cases this world is not enough. They see the world through a Neptunian haze and what they see is not what the rest of the world sees. Borrowing and modifying what Glendower says, “I can summon archetypes from the vasty deep.” Although what happens is that they coat people they see with archetypes and then fall in love with their own vision. As they look upon the world, archetypes rise and fall before their eyes. But you cannot marry an archetype. People embody them now and again for us and the greater our distance from them, the more they become archetypical for us. And hence more alluring… Ah, Neptune traps, Neptune hooks that pierce the hearts of these dreamers. They feel the pain and know it as love.
And perhaps it is Neptune that comes to us in dreams and lovingly shows and says, “This is a world of illusions.” And perhaps that is what we need to learn when the archetypes rise before our eyes and our heart follows: that this is a world of illusions. Learn so that when the hook of compassion pierces our hearts, we feel pain but not too much; we feel sadness but only enough to draw our compassion for this sorry old planets and its trapped beings.
For more on what Neptune rules, float on to this site http://www.librarising.com/astrology/misc/neptunepower.html
Addendum: There is another side to being a Neptunian. As my friend Leisa Schaim said: “Neptunians also frequently can be the recipients of projections – positive, negative and neutral ones.”
Here’s what Catherine Ormsby shared about Neptune that I found really helpful: “Detached compassion is the way for Neptunians. Breaking away from being ‘in love’ with illusionary archetypes is a difficult feat.”
P.S. I have a Mercury-Neptune square natally and transiting Neptune has been and will be opposing my Mercury for a while. But I bet you figured some of that out…