When interpreting aspects in one’s birth chart, it’s important to keep in mind that for every constructive and helpful potential, there’s a dysfunctional and maladaptive one. The relationship between Mercury and Neptune provides an excellent example. As we investigate the planetary archetypes, we come to realize that Mercury is the thinker and the communicator. It’s associated with our perception, information exchange, speech and our rational mind.
Neptune, on the other hand, is the archetype of all things which are nebulous and can’t be clearly defined. The planetary energy is slippery, and simultaneously enchanting and deceptive. Ideals, escapism and lack of boundaries also fall in the Neptunian realm.
So, what type of potentials exist when these two meet up in the birth chart? On the constructive side, there’s potential for the flowing of the left-brain, right-brain connection. An affinity with symbols can be present and in turn, creates a strength in deciphering languages which speak to the collective in broad and universal terms like film, music, astrology, poetry, etc… One’s speech may be refined and from the intellectual standpoint they may be able to tune into subtleties that others miss. When this aspect is working, there’s a definite power of suggestion at play. In fact, this is the same suggestion that advertisers use to “tune into” what their audience wants (or what they think they want).
There’s also a talent for understanding how ideas are interconnected which can give a person a great sense of rhythm and flow and the capacity to communicate ideas to others which reflect idealism and inspire creative activity. A visionary with the sensitivity of mind to tap into what makes people tick and assist and heal in the subterranean realms would be a great use of this aspect.
On the other side of things, there can be a penchant for lying by omission in one’s communication, “double talk” and delusional thinking. The maladaptive side of this aspect can manifest as someone who is able to permeate the thought processes of others, but uses it for designs that are less than honorable, such as those that participate in the “brainwashing” process.
Inherent within this Sun/moon blend is the potential for a synthesis of the most gentle winds and a raging hurricane.
A certain need for spirit, nuance and delicacy fills your heart , as there’s a longing to unite with a source must greater than yourself. Not only do you have the capacity to tap into the subtlety of emotional undercurrents, but it also fuels your vitality to plunge into the depths; right into the heart of matters which would be considered taboo.
Unless you’re penetrating life’s mysteries, peeling away layers and removing veils to uncover truth, you may feel like a car that’s designed to run on high-octane fuel, but has settled for regular 87.
What you really want to do is integrate the parts of your being which deal with raw, authenticity and aspire to control the seething intensity in your gut as it bubbles up to the surface, and those which long for an ideal world. On any level, profound connections are sought. Managing inner turmoil and acute sensitivity isn’t the easiest of jobs, but someone has to do it.
What may assist you is considering the perspective that sometimes, the more we seek to impose our will, to control and to manipulate people and things, the more slippery they become in our illusory grasp.
Indeed, having a sense of “flow” is something which nourishes you at your core, but the fluidity becomes blocked when other people exclusively become the focus of your psychological scrutiny as a means to navigate the waters of your personal unconscious.
Understand that you can still use your imagination and be firmly connected to reality. You can exercise empathy toward the pain of another and still walk away, and you can swim in the deep without becoming engulfed.
With the Astrological signature of a Leo Sun, Libra Moon and Scorpio Rising, one’s lifetime work includes delving into life in a deep and significant way which can make yourself and others around you uncomfortable. They key to this is to understand that everyone doesn’t share that particular penetrating and investigative spirit and to edit yourself accordingly.
You shine brightest when you let others share some of the stage with you and shift your genuine interest in the viewpoints and opinions of your fellow human beings. In fact, your social acumen can be used as a gateway to gain notice and attention from others in the most genuine, NON ego-inflated way possible. To understand that “your side of the story” is just A side, is to claim a victory for you.
With Scorpio at the helm, you approach the world in way that no stone goes unturned and the motives of others are scrutinized. When you shine the mirror back on yourself, you can learn a great deal about the tension which exists between wanting to be known and celebrated by the world and protecting your privacy. Just remember, the deeper you delve and the more truths you face, no matter how grave, the closer you’ll be to neutralizing the fear of embarrassment when it comes to exposure.
You’re fulfilled and nourished by personal relationships, but only the ones which will allow a full range of who you are to be displayed will stand the test of time. If you’re addressing your own issues, you’ll be able to help people whether their storms and then cast a warm healing light on them as a gesture of genuine friendship. If you’re projecting, others will continuously be viewed as being “up to something” and your modus operandi will be how you can best control others while minimizing the damage to yourself.
A great deal of emotional power is at your disposal if you’re willing to risk putting your cards on the table and relinquish anxiety behind appearing in your best light all of the time. No one is perfect, so that striving to be seen as kind, “nice” and together will have to be modified. If you take anything with you, take the fact that we’re at our most beautiful when we’re most human, and that beauty is the heartfelt desire of your life.
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