Mercury/Neptune

Mercury/Neptune combines Mercury's association with thinking, learning, writing and communicating with Neptune's association with dreams, visions, spirituality, idealization, and the imagination:

 

The Mercury/Neptune combination can be seen in the idealization (Neptune) of the voice (Mercury) in a number of singers, such as Sinead O’Connor, Christina Aguilera, and Amy Lee of the band Evanescence. The lyrics of songs by musicians with this combination often speak of (Mercury) dreams (Neptune), such as in the song “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift, or particularly in the song “Running Down a Dream” by Tom Petty, because of Mercury’s association with the movement of walking and running.

 

The Mercury/Neptune combination in the chart of Rudolf Steiner is demonstrated in the author’s tendency not only to write (Mercury) on spiritual (Neptune) topics, but also in his ability to communicate (Mercury) spiritual (Neptune) messages (Mercury). “…One must carry the knowledge of the spiritual world within oneself after the fashion of geometry ... [for here] one is permitted to know something which the mind alone, through its own power, experiences. In this feeling I found the justification for the spiritual world that I experienced ... I confirmed for myself by means of geometry the feeling that I must speak of a world 'which is not seen'.”

The GZA, founding member of the hip hop group, Wu-Tang Clan, was born with Mercury and Neptune aligned. Mercury is the archetype associated the mind, thought, communicating, speaking, and writing. Neptune is associated with the spiritual and the ideal. Neptune as the archetype of the ocean has no center. For this reason the archetype of Neptune tends to dissolve ego-centrism and bring about altruism and compassion. With Neptune in aspect to Mercury we would expect to find compassionate (Neptune) communication (Mercury). Indeed, in “I Gotcha Back,” GZA speaks of two children on their way to school:

“Little shorties take walks to the schoolyard, trying to solve the puzzle to why is life so hard. And as soon as they reach the playground, shots ring off, and now one of them lay down. It’s so hard to escape the gun-fire, I wish I could rule it out like an umpire.”

The mid-1990’s, when the GZA recorded these lyrics, saw the glorification of gun violence as a trend among MCs. Yet the GZA states his opposition to gun violence and his compassion for the victims. As well as being associated with the spiritual and compassionate, Neptune is also associated with the ocean of images that is the imaginative faculty. The archetype of Neptune is also aligned with rituals and substances that create either authentic or quasi-authentic spiritual experiences. The GZA’s rhymes are often imaginative and visual to an almost hallucinogenic degree. In “Reunited,” the GZA rhymes,

“Where I come from, getting visual’s habitual, you’re more safe walking on hot coals in rituals. I splash the paint on the wall and form the mural; he looked and saw the manifestation of it was plural.”

Neptune’s association with the ideal can be seen in the GZA’s moniker “The Genius.” Here the idealization principle of Neptune is associated with the mind (Mercury). Of the GZA’s mental prowess his fellow Wu-Tang members say on the track “Can it Be All So Simple,”

“The GZA, the Genius, is just a genius. He the head. Let’s put it that way: we form like Voltron and the GZA happens to be the head.”

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