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The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption is written by Liz Greene, published at the beginning of the millennium. The text is nearly 500 pages long and probably contains everything we would ever need to know about this nebulous planet. The author began the process of putting the work together for the book under a transit of Uranus conjunct Neptune.

This Neptune Odyssey contains articles on psychoanalysis which delves deep into the unconscious like one is taking a diving expedition to as far as the bottom of the sea that could possibly be reached. The journeys explored in this Neptunian swim take us towards the discovery of hypnosis, and swimming into the parts of us remaining unknowable until prodded. Moreover, this Neptune exploration covers all the wonderful emotional spiritual rapport we feel with this planet. On the downside, there is also the danger of losing ourselves, of allowing the Heavens to transport us away from reality while also symbolizing the side of us which is easily seduced.

Neptune is considered one of the astrological significations for water, and Greene’s description of this element is beautiful. Water and Neptune are hard to describe in the astrological language, intelligently enough to give both meaning and application to our own lives. All of its healing, cleansing, redemptive and destructive qualities are succinctly explained. What’s also interesting is that Greene disagrees that a male god should rule over Neptune and should preferably be represented by a female deity. Furthermore, some of the less pleasant underwater creatures like Jaws are also compared to the planet Neptune showing the more voracious and monstrous side of this watery world.

The mythical stories surrounding the planet, have a way of painting reality as an illusion.

An individual life is nothing more than a dream among many, dreamt by the cosmic sea; and the events of that life are the emanations of her substance, just as we believe our own dreams arise from the human brain. An individual death is thus only the end of a dream. Just as a psychologically sophisticated Western person might sift through a dream to distill its meaning, forgetting the images once the essence has been gleaned, so the cosmic sea draws the essential meaning from the dream of a human life which is quickly forgotten. The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption

The colorful, embarrassing, right or wrong fashion choices over the years are also described throughout the signs. We are transported right back to the years of Dynasty, shoulder pads, mullets and ripped denim jeans. With Neptune involved, it is about the sweeping trends, fashions, and art that have taken the world by storm at various stages. Whether you wanted to wear those clothes or not it is easy to see how the individual is carried away by the fashions of the time, and even swept along with the currents.

For Neptunian icons, we need to look no further then to Diana Princess of Wales, with her innate ability to gain sympathy from the masses, thought to be one of our most fascinating figures with a life filled to the brim of scandal and intrigue. The relationships of the Neptunian-kind do not escape the author’s gaze, and there is a dramatic exploration of the often drink-fueled life of Elizabeth Taylor and Burton.

The Mythology is discussed heavily at the beginning of the work, an area that she appears to have studied in-depth offering many nuggets of wisdom from these ancient stories and how they apply to Neptune. It is a fascinating book and is definitely a worthwhile read for astrologers or Neptunians alike, both in my case.