(c) by Donna Cunningham, 4-17-15
A few months back, I asked my readers to share the positive ways they were using transits by Neptune in Pisces. The responses were quite uplifting….most of the time. Some used it as a gripe session, which wasn’t quite the point. I’m very sorry if you’re drowning in a Neptunian sea right now, and, yes, it can sometimes be very painful. However, one way to move out of a state like that is to learn ways of using Neptune well and focus on them while avoiding the less constructive expressions.
It’s a process, like most transits. What often happens in the early stages is that you bottom out on self-sabotaging ways you’ve been using the natal planet that’s being transited and in the matters of the house being affected. Typically, you’re burned out and it’s too hurtful to keep on doing that, but you feel stuck–a sense of stagnation. You don’t know how you can possibly get to the other side without disturbing the status quo too much, risking important relationships, or taking steps that you’re absolutely certain you’re not up to.
So you may retreat into a negative Neptune funk, escaping, getting into some sort of addictive pattern like spending too much, eating too much, or playing computer games or watching old movies endless hours every day. Those sorts of responses are common during the early stages of Neptune transits, as it takes time to get the clarity and courage to take the next step.
Meantime, it’s helpful to explore the positive ways of using Neptune. Maybe in some of them you’ll find new inspiration and uplifting things to focus on rather than the misery. Things like spiritual pursuits, inspirational reading, creative outlets, volunteer work, music, art, dancing, or tai chi.
For me, it’s swimming. It’s therapy and meditation all wrapped up into one. I could be brooding or wallowing in self-pity, but an hour in the pool, and I’m back on track.
The thing I am completely burned out on, I hesitate to reveal, is writing. Not blogging, mind you, but the type of totally focused writing and year-long commitment that it takes to write a book. Transiting Neptune is squaring my three early Gemini planets, while transiting Saturn is opposite them. I guess after 40 years of writing and publishing articles and books, it’s time to take a break.
In trying to find what to do with myself now that I’m almost completely retired, I’ve started taking art classes. I doubted that I had even a smidgeon of talent, based on clumsy doodles in the past, but I do love art. And, as serendipity would have it, my senior building had gotten a grant to fund a free class and art materials.
Here’s a drawing from a few months ago. I can’t share one of my newer drawings yet, as I’m having a lot of trouble getting used to my new computer and may have to buy a new art program. (The picture is fitting for Neptune in Pisces anyway! And,no, I’m not fishing for compliments!)
But, based on six months of drawing classes, everyone who sees it seems to find the work good and with a distinctive style of my own. I don’t quite believe them, but some of them are people who wouldn’t lie to me.
Last night, my fellow students from the building and I actually had an art exhibit/chili dog dinner for our neighbors. (The tree frog drawing is one of mine.) Some of the other residents who do arts and crafts showed their work as well. It was an amazing event, and I feel joyful about this new way of using my Neptune.