If you hang around astrology circles long enough, you’ll eventually hear about the outer planets being considered “higher octaves” of some of the faster-moving planets. What this means is that the outer planet is considered to bring a higher, more universal expression to the principles of the faster-moving planet. But what does that mean in practice? Let’s look at Venus and Neptune.
First, Venus is exalted in Pisces, which Neptune has a special relationship with. Venus rules love and desire, and Neptune rules universal communion and spirituality. If Venus rules love, then Neptune rules unconditional love.
But I think it goes deeper than that. Venus rules what we desire. Whether it be love, good food, a gorgeous new dress, another bottle of tequila, or a syringe full of heroin, Venus is the instigator. Venus creates the desire.
But Neptune asks us to look beyond the surface desire and find the root of the craving. Jung believed that all desires have a sacred origin, and Neptune is the principle that confirms it. All of our desires have a holy core. We may think we want the new dress, but maybe what we really want is to feel beautiful, valued, and appreciated. We may think we want another bag of chips, but maybe what we want is to feel nourished and safe. We may think we want to get high, but maybe our real craving is to let down our walls and be at one with the universe.
Maybe we all crave to return to Source, with all the perfect love, comfort, and safety that implies. And Venus helps us create approximations of those feelings. But Neptune, difficult as he may be, is calling is to go a little further. Fly a little higher. Dig a little deeper. And when we do, we can feel the flow of the universe and fulfill our real desires. Neptune, in a way, brings us home.
Can you find the source of your desires? Where are Venus and Neptune in your chart?