If you enjoy studying the nature of reality, this is an awesome time to be alive. Prior to the pandemic, three-dimensional life was already moving to virtual life via screens with moving images (ruled by astrological Neptune).
As humanity was forced indoors by government due to pandemic, moving images became reality. There is less and less “out there.” What’s fascinating is how much that is seen in media is believed yet when a real event occurs and is presented through media it is not believed.
If humanity were a single individual, I would say we are having issues with dissociation.
For this astrologer, it is not the first time realizing that while we all share a physical space, we do not share a common reality. For others, this might seem like a new thing. It’s scary when you discover it. It makes you feel alone.
My own pet theory is that as humans, we are hard-wired to “believe” what is visual. That is why Neptune rules both moving image and beliefs. I’ve often wondered if in the depths of our brains we really know that crying at the funeral of television character is really different than crying at the funeral of a distant relative.
We feel both. We see both. What’s the difference to our brain?
Neptune is also associated with escape, often through drugs, alcohol and media. In a way, it’s not escape but choosing a less rigid reality as governed by the astrology Saturn which is tangible reality, limits, rules, borders and boundaries.
Neptune is currently transiting the sign it rules – Pisces. While Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are struggling for dominance (Mars, Jupiter), power (Pluto) and control (Saturn, Pluto), Neptune is drifting along in its own sign enjoying media, a glass of wine perhaps and emotional connection to loved ones. Or maybe it’s binging on the same.
The Fourth Dimension
In the metaphysical world, the fourth dimension is not time or space but thought, idea and image. Like an Internet image directory, when we hear a word – “doctor” – an image comes up. Is it your doctor? Is it George Clooney on ER? Is it a specific gender? Is he/she wearing a white coat with a stethoscope in his/her ear?
Neptune could be said to influence this dimension although I would say it’s properly ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the gods, the communicator, and the deliverer (it must rule Amazon). Mercury provides the structure of thought while Neptune gives it color and emotion.
While we collectively develop the images, as with media, the images can be manipulated. Neptune (Pisces) and Mercury (Gemini) are known too as amazing manipulators when they choose for this very reason. They mentally (Gemini) or emotionally (Pisces) connect and understand your strengths and weaknesses – even ones you do not understand yourself. They know how to press your buttons. If you find yourself manipulated, you have found an area of yourself that you do not fully understand.
The great con artists are models of Mercury and Neptune. They understand that to be accepted as a doctor they have to fit your image of doctor both intellectually and emotionally. To control masses, they must tap into collective images. We can individually deny we carry those images; but if a leader of masses is effective, then you know these images are a great part of the fourth dimension.
Cleaning the Fourth Dimension
Many in the world right now are trying to bridge the gap between segments of their populations – some with sharing and communication, some with forced assimilation.
To avoid manipulation from fourth dimensional images, we need to clean it up, reject images and be diligent about which new ones are allowed in. It’s collective so as with garbage on earth, if someone dumps their trash in your backyard you can remove it and return it to them.
Neptune is powerful. No image is truly benign as it can cause a reaction very similar if not exactly the same as a reaction occurring with that same object in physical space.
My meditation teacher always quotes her teacher as saying, “The image of your mother is not your mother.” That’s a powerful statement and why meditation practice takes much time and practice. Imagine a world in which we didn’t react at all to images but only to physical reality. Not easy.
But let Neptune take you into that imaginary world, which it can do by the way. What would it be like?