The Neptune archetype represents our need for transcendence, inspiration and universal love. It shows us altered states of consciousness, imagination, dreams and fantasy, which we express through art, film, music, photography and fashion. Neptune dissolves boundaries, bringing psychosis and deception, as well as ecstasy and mysticism. Neptune is the ruler of Pisces. The symbol is the cross of matter between two crescents of the soul, or Poseidon’s trident.
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There are many gods who represent the mythology of Neptune. From Babylonian myth we have Ea, a water and creator god of supreme wisdom. Ea is depicted as a goat with a fish’s tail. He also crated man whom he fashioned from clay.
In Greek mythology the obvious god is Poseidon. Originally a fertility god, Poseidon later became god of earthquakes and the ocean depths. He is depicted as a horse or a giant bull, prone to changeable moods, and called ‘the husband of the Mother’ – the Mother being Earth. The Roman god Neptune is similar to Poseidon, but is just a water god.
Greek mythology also gives us Proteus, ‘the old man of the sea’. Proteus is a sea god and depicted with a fish’s tale. He is a seer and changes shape into any animal form. If you can catch him and bind him, he will move through all his transformations, until eventually taking his true shape and offering an oracle.
We can also include Dionysus (or Bacchus, if you’re Roman), god of life, ecstasy, sexuality and death. Dionysus was dismembered several times but was always reborn. He was driven mad by Hera, and wandered the world teaching the art of wine making, and initiating orgiastic mystery rites. Dionysus is depicted as youthful and kind of androgynous. He is a redeemer god, in the spirit of Mithras, Osiris, and Christ.
Neptune Myths on Film
Finding Neverland tells the story of the writing of the classic play, Peter Pan. James M Barrie, played by Johnny Depp, is searching for inspiration for a new play and finds it in the company of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (played by Kate Winslet) and her children, one of whom is called Peter.
The Fountain tells the story of Tom Creo, played by Hugh Jackman. Tom finds himself torn between three parallel lives as he struggles to save the life of his wife, Izzi, played by Rachel Weisz. In searching for the cure for death, Tom discovers the secret to eternal life may not be what he was expecting or hoping for.