In the news this week, I found this obituary for Swami Bhaktipada to be very interesting. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/us/swami-bhaktipada-ex-hare-krishna-leader-dies-at-74.html
I knew upon reading this obit that Neptune figured prominently in this man’s chart. And indeed his Sun and Neptune are together in Virgo. Initially he saw his chosen path as some means of salvation for his life. But instead of using this combination of planetary forces for self development, creativity and as a visionary, he chose the darker side of the energy.
This is a perfect example of Neptune at its worst. It began as a desire and longing to unite with the divine, to connect with a power greater than oneself. Only to deteriorate into debauchery, ego and far worse. It has all the classic components of a cautionary tale of Neptune – apparent spiritual devotion, a charismatic leader capable of mesmerizing groups of people, his illusion that he is invincible and then eventually imprisonment. This story is of mythical proportion, yet is a familiar one amongst a number of religious leaders.
Plenty of people were born on the same day as Swami. And a greater number of people have a contact between their Sun sign and Neptune. They usually do not have this story. But every day they must contend with an intangible element in their lives that sometimes feels completely enlightening or otherwise utterly confusing. Either way, these people must always seek out and face the truth about self to navigate the unruly waters of Neptune.