© April 2011 by Fabienne Lopez
Neptune in Pisces
In addition to Jupiter and Uranus entry into Aries, another planet will change signs in 2011: Neptune.
This process will take place in stages, with Neptune dipping its toe in Pisces on April 4, 2011, retreating to Aquarius from August 5, 2011 to February 3, 2012, after which time it will enter the sign of its rulership again where it will stay until 2025.
As the higher octave of Venus, Neptune longs for the spiritual and ideal expression of love that connects us to each other and to the world.
Astrologers consider Neptune as a bridge to our ability to see the sacred beauty in all things.
When I was thinking how to best describe those qualities of Neptune, the book “The Little Prince” from Antoine de Saint-Exupėry kept popping up in my mind.
The Little Prince makes several profound and idealistic observations about life and human nature that resonates with Neptune own attributes. Concepts that are articulated in the key thematic of the book, such as “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
The Little Prince
The Little Prince is a poetic self-illustrated tale in which a pilot (the narrator in the story) stranded in the desert meets a young prince from a tiny asteroid named B612. Before the little prince lands on Earth, he hops from planet to planet, meeting adults who are portrayed as strange, weak or frivolous. Once on Earth, however, the little prince meets a fox who teaches him about love. Lessons, that, in turns, he passes on to the narrator, a pilot shipwrecked in the desert.
But the book is much more than just a parable, it is also a criticism of society and how it lost its connection to the mysteries and wonders of life. To me, the whole book is an example of Neptune in Pisces and how the lessons it shares with the reader are similar to the task set for Neptune in Pisces: revive a sense of spirituality in the world.
Three lessons stand out in my memory, namely, compassion through open-mindedness, communion through exploration and curiosity, togetherness through accepting the responsibilities of love to oneself, others, and the collective.
The Dangers of Narrow-Mindedness
The first lesson “The Little Prince” learns from the fox is that one of the basis for love is open-mindedness. An attitude that adults often forget to practice in daily life.
Throughout the book, the author exposes the dangers springing from a narrow-minded attitude. For Saint-Exupėry, love cannot flourish if one is bound by stereotypes and prejudices.
According to Saint-Exupėry, narrow-mindedness is fueled by a lack of imagination, of being capable to go beyond the obvious and change one’s limited perspective on reality.
In the very first chapter, the narrator draws a sharp contrast between the respective ways grown-ups and children view the world. He explains that adults lack the imagination to see his Drawing Number One, which represents a boa constrictor swallowing an elephant, as anything other than a hat.
Isn’t that a lesson of Neptune in Pisces? A wider perspective on life develops love and compassion, which in turns leads to a happier and fulfilling life.
Exploration of the Mysteries of the World
The second Neptune in Pisces lesson that I see in the book is that open-mindedness comes from a willingness to explore the world, both internally and externally.
As the narrator and the little prince come to understand more clearly their own natures and their places in the world, they grow spiritually which, in turn, develops open-mindedness, which leads to love and compassion.
The key is to actively pursue adventure (exploration of the outside world) and introspection (exploration within himself).
As a consequence, we become more aware of and sensitive to the mystery and beauty of the world.
With Love Comes Responsibility
As the planet of Universal Love, Neptune in Pisces teaches us the meaning of brotherly love. The book goes further deep and explains what love entails.
The Little Prince reminds us that with Love comes responsibility, for ourselves, for others and for the world in general. The Prince’s love for his rose (a common symbol of universal love) spreads throughout the book. The prince leaves his planet because of the rose; the rose permeates the prince’s discussions with the narrator; and eventually, the rose becomes the reason the prince wants to return to his planet.
Relationships are one of the sources of spiritual enlightenment. In the book, the fox asks to be tamed. He explains to the little prince that investing oneself in another person makes that person, and everything associated with him or her, more special.
By becoming special to each other, Saint-Exupėry teaches that the responsibility demanded by relationships with others leads to a greater understanding and appreciation of one’s responsibilities to the world in general.
Neptune in Pisces will help us recognize this fact.
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Photos: Illustrations by Saint-Exupėry