More in honor of Neptune in Pisces: The Healing Labyrinth

One of many mandalas created for The Mandala Project

It might be because Neptune, in my natal chart, is in strong sextile both to Saturn in Capricorn, and to my Venus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo, but I tend to see Neptune as a positive influence.

Obviously, there is the possibility for negative expression with any planetary placement, and I’d be the first person to tell you, with Saturn in Capricorn on the Ascendent ruling my chart, not to see the world through rose-colored glasses.

However, when it comes to Neptune, I truly do think of it as having the potential for healing energy. Now that Neptune is transiting through Pisces, I am on a mission to find sources that will explain my beliefs about why Neptune can be accessed as a healing, rather than a destructive, energy. My focus will be on finding resources to show you the positive side of Neptune, and constructive ways of working with its fluidity and creativity.

A group of people who support this idea are The Labyrinth Society. They promote a perspective discussed in Melissa Gayle West’s book Exploring the Labyrinth: A Guide For Healing and Spiritual Growth. In her book, she says that

“[T]he labyrinth is one of the oldest contemplative and transformational tools known to humankind, used for centuries for prayer, ritual, initiation, and personal and spiritual growth” (p. 4-5).

The Labyrinth Society is in the process of developing its mandala labyrinth project. Also known as The Peace Mandala Labyrinth Project, this will be an educational program and a collective art piece displaying the unifying message of the mandala. Individual mandalas created by participants will be connected with one another to create a walking labyrinth—a collaborative art piece that will be a personal and shared experience.

The labyrinth is ‘unicursal,’ which means that it is a ‘closed or curved surface that can be drawn in a single movement.’ West points out that its unicursal quality means it has only one way in, one way out. It is not a maze.

I think this is a powerful metaphor for what Neptunian energy, used consciously, can offer us. Neptune is too often accused of being ‘about’ self-deception, maze-like in its ability to confuse and delude. In fact, I think Neptunian energy is more labyrinth-like than maze-like—or, it can be when you strip away all the negatives that have been associated with it in the past ten years or so.

West says

“once you set your foot upon its path, the labyrinth gently and faultlessly leads you to the center of both the labyrinth and yourself, no matter how many twists and turns you negotiate in the process” (p. 5).

This is an apt metaphor for the way the Neptune experience can be for us, if we eliminate the typical fears associated with losing control. Control, in the chart, is very much associated with Saturn and Pluto, and I would argue that the only way you can effectively work with the unknowns of the Neptunian experience is both to give up control about outcome, and, paradoxically, maintain control over yourself at the same time. A difficult path to tread, perhaps, but the experience of walking a labyrinth will bring you closer to what this feels like.

As West says about this experience, “Since the destination is assured, there are no obstacles to overcome, no muddles to figure out, no dead ends to retrace.” Think about what that means: your destination is assured.

That is the promise with Neptune: the inner knowing, based on spiritual wisdom borne of peace and security, that you are on the right path, because if you weren’t, you would know it, you would sense it. Trust your inner knowing, your Higher Self. Release anxiety, release control, release the need to have total control over the outcome, and you will access the energy at the center of your own personal labyrinth.