“Belief” has always been a strange word to me and more so during a general election as people take sides of a arbitrary split and seem to “believe” that one particular man can save us. We enact this same drama every four years.
Dictionary.com defines belief as “confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof.”
Belief is usually associated with religion because we seem to be unable to see each other’s gods or logically convince each other of spiritual or religious belief.
In our age of information, belief has gotten stronger because rather than too little information, there is too much and we are less likely to know the source of information. More and more information creates conflicting information and we need this thing called “belief” to chose some information over other information.
Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, a mutable water sign, has the key phrase “I believe.” Because of this willingness to believe, Pisces is considered spiritual and/or mystical. Pisces is intuitive and empathetic. It’s also easily influenced and too sensitive to disagree or fight. Pisces style of survival is more about emotionally manipulating events than taking an active, open stance (see the fire signs for this).
Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, represents merged states from the fetus in the womb to speaking in tongues during a religious experience. It’s “we” not me, much like Libra. Libra is a “we” in terms of picking up the identity of others while Pisces is “we” in that it wants no identity at all.
Among the many things ruled by Neptune, it also rules the moving image, film.
What is the connection between image and belief?
Image relates to sight which appears to be the most powerful sense in that if we see something, we believe it. We know the models on the magazine are airbrushed, but we still want to look like those models, those images. The models themselves are not the image on the cover – they are the foundation of the image.
While most claim TV and movies are just mundane entertainment, I think many of those images transfer unconsciously to life, such as ideas of romance or the power of having a certain car. Advertisers have known this for a long time. Yet we feel in control of our subconscious and watch image after image thinking we control the gates from conscious to unconscious (also ruled by Neptune).
Neptune rules the ocean. If I put a chemical in the ocean, can anyone stand in the ocean and not touch the chemical? You can’t sequester Neptune.
Neptune in Pisces
Transiting Pluto in Capricorn is squaring transiting Uranus in Aries and getting all the attention – economic breakdown and revolutions.
All the while Neptune is starting its travels through the hazy waters of its natural home creating a silky glaze over our world weary eyes.
As Neptune enters Pisces, it may be time to think about why the two presidential candidates are spending almost $1 billion on television ads and why those that can’t compete in money can’t compete at all.
The true winner of the election is image. The images we create of our democracy are way different than the image it has become.
When the recent jobs report was issued showing the unemployment rate below a milestone 8%, it was questioned whether the report was cooked. It’s a good question but also raises the question of what is real and how do we know it, ever?
Belief in what we see seems addictive and also comforting. The idea that we don’t really know anything is scary. I saw a television ad on Ohio’s Issue 2 (wanting a “no” vote) that didn’t even bother to explain what Issue 2 is about. It’s quite insulting to see an ad that doesn’t even bother with an appeal to reason and also quite scary that a market researcher determined that an ad without any explanation is effective. Is the ad simply hypnosis (also ruled by Neptune) much like the Queen of Diamonds in the Manchurian Candidate?
Every planet has a purpose and Neptune’s absorption of images into our subconscious seems necessary to move us from a state of survival to one of higher purpose. Neptune connects us in our entirety to everything else in its entirety but then leaves us open to all else that floats in the collective wind.
Astrologer Barbara Hand Clow writes about the “fourth dimension” as a dimension of collective images (if I understand her correctly). I can understand this idea of fourth dimension – we can pretend to ignore the images around us, but like radio waves we are penetrated.
It will be interesting to see what we collectively “believe” in 15 years from now as Neptune finishes its transit of Pisces. Few of us would go to a glass of water sitting on a park bench and drink. But we do that every day when we open image portals like TV, film and Internet. The Internet used to be a place where we directed the images but notice how little control we now have over what is presented to us on the Web.
Will Neptune in Pisces teach us to choose our images like we choose our drinking water?