You are a sensitive soul and maybe you have some confusion about who you are and why you are here. Often it may seem that others don’t quite understand you. You may feel undermined or inferior to others and display a naturally shy temperament. You may project a vague manner and have tendency towards forgetfulness.
Sometimes this aspect manifests more as a feeling that something from the self has been lost – perhaps a long time ago. You may feel like you’re searching for something illusive and intangible. You are an incurable romantic, not only about love but also about life. Sometimes it is difficult for Sun square Neptune to live in ordinary reality. For you, life is about experiencing something extraordinary. There may be a belief that life for all of us could simply be better. Sun square Neptune has an endlessly forgiving heart and a powerful compassionate streak. You may be drawn to work with those who are ‘outside’ of society in some way. Idealism may carry you far or carry you away. Others may take advantage of your kind nature.
Your Father or father figure may have been absent, ineffectual or distant
(emotionally or physically). Alternatively your father may seem have seemed like a magical figure, idealised, artistic and also a dreamer. You may gloss over the more difficult aspects of your relationship with your Father preferring a glamorised image, whether true or not.
Because reality can be a challenge, escapist behaviour may manifest such as alcoholism, drug-taking, too much television or a tendency to day-dream your life away. Sometimes, Neptunian habits may be used as a form of self-sabotage born from some indefinable fear of not be strong enough to deal with what life requires. Alternatively these coping mechanisms may be employed to dull the ache that somehow you can’t live up to the fantasy – yours or that of another. There can be a fear of being swallowed whole by the system or disappearing into nothingness. Being extremely sensitive, you may find it hard to deal with over-powering people and crowds. Your body may be more sensitive to toxins.
At its most extreme, this aspect can lend its subjects towards deceit and a tendency to lie to get out of the hot seat. More frequently, this aspect can manifest as self-delusion and a propensity to being misled by others.
Whilst there can be many challenges with this aspect, there are many beautiful benefits. One of the mostly helpful things you can do is to learn to ground yourself and practice self-reflective techniques such as meditation or creative journaling to tune in to the real you. Forgive your weaknesses – we all have them. Actively seek out ways to build your confidence. Your intuition can be a powerful tool, as can your creativity. You are likely to have a highly refined artistic sense and an extraordinary imagination. A spiritual path of some kind may help to keep your feet on the ground whilst exploring other realms of existence and ways of being. Your natural kindness can endear you to many and you may have a rather magical air about you which charms others.
Carl Jung made his name exploring the mysteries of dreams and coined the term the collective unconscious. His father was a pastor (a Neptunian profession). Throughout his life Jung experienced profound visions and vivid dreams. He was naturally drawn to mysticism. This aspect it cleverly manifested through the title of his autobiography “Memories, Dreams and Reflections”.
Barry Manilow – He wrote his first musical at age 19 called ‘The Drunkard’. One of his signature songs is ‘Could it be Magic! Famously secretive about his personal life, it’s difficult to get past the glitter of fame to the man himself.
Barack Obama inspired the masses by becoming the USA’s first black president. Noted for his charisma, many hopes and dreams have been pinned upon him. His identity was questioned and his detractors deeply suspicious of him which eventually forced the release of his birth certificate to prove he was born on US soil and therefore eligible to become president.
Sai Baba – With the birth date itself called into question, this is perhaps the most enigmatic manifestations of Sun square Neptune! A mystical guru known for performing miracles, he was either seen as a holy man or a charlatan. Ex-devotees have alleged sexual abuse and fraud.
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