|Titania (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Bottom (Kevin Kline) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream|
My friend J has great big, baby blue eyes. They’re beautiful. She comes across as a little flaky, vague, kind, not quite of this world, when she walks along, these days in a kaftan likely as not, she floats.
She’s not. In fact she has a hot-tempered Aries Moon and a smart Aquarius Sun. So why the floaty fairy impression? Neptune on the Ascendant: that is what you see when you look at her.
You could dive into those eyes and get lost there. Or maybe they just reflect back exactly what you want to see…
That’s the thing about Pisces and its ruler, Neptune. Sometimes, you’re looking into a mirror. Sometimes you’re projecting all kinds of stuff into that mirror and it bounces right back at you. This has its plus points for both parties. It allows the Neptune person to hide and it gives them a magical, uncanny glamour; it allows you to make up any old thing you like.
Neptune is glamour, a word that comes from the Scottish gramarye meaning witchcraft, magic or enchantment. Where Neptune is in a chart, there’s a sprinkling of fairy dust. That’s why film stars so often have Neptune rising or on the MC or North Node.
There’s a downside to this as well, and I’ve noticed this a lot. Neptune can render the wearer invisible, because invisibility works by reflection. If you’re an actor and you need to put on a series of masks, this is handy, but what if you want someone to look at you properly and see you for who you are? Being seen as a person, especially by your nearest and dearest, is crucial for your sense of self. Wherever Neptune is in you own chart, you may be invisible.
And if you fall in love, Neptune can play all kinds of tricks. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titania is helplessly smitten by Bottom, the donkey-headed weaver because a little bit of magic juice has been squeezed into her eyes. Titania is queen of the fairies (a position perhaps only RuPaul can aspire to nowadays) but even she was confounded by magic.
Neptunian glamour can last a moment – or it can go on for years. Then one day, just like Titania, you wake up and look over to see a donkey’s head on the pillow – the illusion has gone.
On the other hand, of course, without the Neptunian glamour would any of us fall in love in the first place.