It depicts the God Neptune and the Goddess Amphitrite, his spouse.
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Between April 5 and August 5 2011 Neptune will make its first tentative ingress into Pisces, entering this Sign for good only in February 2012. It has been 164 years since Neptune was last in Pisces. The mystical planet will be in its own Sign for the next 14 years, leaving only in 2025.
The last historical passage of Neptune through Pisces happened between 1848 (soon after its discovery in 1846) and 1862. This is often referred to as the Romantic period in the arts and literature, and ideologically one that saw the rise of socialistic ideals, with the writing of Marx and Frederick Engels (the Communist Manifesto was published in 1848). A very significant Occult Revival occurred then also, in response to the rationalistic and materialistic ideologies that flourished during the so called age of Reason brought about by modern industrialization.
During the last fourteen years humanitarian and egalitarian trends have gained momentum with Neptune in the socially conscious Sign of Aquarius. We have witnessed the uncanny development of social networking, through which many people who could not possibly interact with each other before have found a novel way to share their experiences via the world-wide-web, a definite Aquarian experience. In the last seven year a special relationship between Uranus and Neptune was also active, what astrologer call a Mutual Reception. This happens when a planet is transiting the Sign traditionally ruled by another planet and this second planet transits the Sign ruled by the first. In this case it was Uranus in Pisces, Sign ruled by Neptune, in Mutual Reception to Neptune in Aquarius, Sign ruled by Uranus. This has also contributed to the amazing spread of the internet because Uranus, like Aquarius, has a lot to do with new technologies and also with group activities, while Neptune, like the Water he presides over, always helps to broadcast things far and wide, like the oceans connecting different shores.
Neptune’s passage through a new Sign will be reflected in a shift in the spiritual aspirations of the world. The generation of people born with Neptune in Pisces, between 2011 and 2025, will produce some charismatic visionaries and artists of a higher order, contributing to a spiritual and artistic renaissance, as people born with the same Neptune’s placement have done in the past, like Rudolph Steiner, Emmanuel Swedenborg, Gustav Mahler, to name just three.
This generation will be extra sensitive to our spiritual connection to the Earth as the all giving Mother. Neptune in fact, traditionally depicted as a powerful male god, rising from the ocean’s waves with his mighty trident, is actually very much a feminine energy, passive and inclusive, fluid and changeable, a shape shifter helping us to glimpse the subtle aspects of all situations and relationships.
A new Romantic era is opening, that will witness the resurgence of interest in the mantic arts, like alternative healing methods, astrology, palmistry, tarot, occultism, etc. There will be a renaissance of the feminine spirit in art, religion, philosophy and in the heart of men and women. We may more consciously seek experiences of transcendence, via transpersonal psychology, channelling, active dreaming, out of the body experiences, meditation etc. These and similar activities will become more widely accepted and sought after by an increasing number of people. The visual arts, the media, music will all be influenced by this new mystical trend.
This generation will hopefully be also more sensitive to our collective suffering, including that endured by the Earth itself, and be ready to work selflessly toward global solutions, including everyone in this world’s multicultural melting pot, from which the flower of a new humanity may be able to emerge.
Neptune symbolizes the ever present longing for a lost state of bliss and unity, the lost individual paradise of the womb and the collective paradise of humanity’s Golden Age. With Neptune in Pisces this longing will permeate the lives of more and more people, perhaps stirred by the ecological catastrophes threatening our world.
Chiron, in Pisces since February 9, will remain in this Sign until 2018/19, accompanying Neptune in his journey. They will be conjunct, on and off, until the end of 2014, showing the potential for healing our collective ills by embracing wiser and more compassionate ways.
From a previous post on Neptune n Pisces:
Neptune returning to Pisces
After six months spell in Aquarius, Neptune finally returns to Pisces on February 4, to stay in this Water Sign until 2025. This transit will define an epoch in human history, reflecting on our spiritual and aesthetic values for years to come.
As our daily lives become more and more impacted by the momentous adjustments and disruptions all around us, Neptune in Pisces can show us transcendental ways to navigate the troubled waters of the present, enhancing creativity, imagination and compassion. There will be a sense of underlying unity between us and the planet, a striving toward greater integration among races, religions and ideologies, in the face of the still polarized situation on the surface of things. Outlasting many other transits that preoccupy astrologers at the present time, this influence gives us real hope that we will be guided toward greater spiritual unity in the next decade and beyond. The fate of the planet, I feel, depends very much on the way we will be able to embrace Neptune in Pisces, avoiding its downside of extreme passivity and escapism.