Alive and Well
with Neptune: Transits of Heart and Soul, by
Bil Tierney. Llewellyn Publications, 285pp,
This is the second in the series of Bil Tierney’s Alive and Well books
on the three outer planets. The first
one, on Uranus, was reviewed earlier this
year in Daykeeper Journal (read
the review of Alive and Well with Uranus).
As would be expected, this book has
an entirely different tone than the first one. After all Neptune
is an entirely different god (and planet) than
this tome, Bil delves into our deepest emotions,
fantasies, visions, ecstasies, depressions,
disappointments, and delusions. In other
words, he takes us on a trip into the shadowy,
watery, depths where the God Poseidon (Neptune) dwells and rules.
guides us in his typically humorous way through
all the possible mutations of aspects, houses,
planets (including both the earthy and airy
sides of Mercury and Venus) necessary to
understanding how Neptune will affect us
gives a thorough history of how Neptune came
to be, including some of the experiences the
mythological god had as a child that led
to his complicated and complex personality.
Neptune has an especially multifaceted relationship
with his father, Saturn. Even
though this relationship is not an easy one,
Bil explains beautifully how Saturn’s
structure can help the unfocused, unclear Neptune
bring his wonderfully creative ideas/visions
into reality on the earth plane where Neptune
is not always at his best.
Neptune, as with
all the outer planets, operates on the grand
scale and affects us as individuals but is
also played out over a generation. Bil skillfully
leads us to an understanding of how this complicated god functions
both personally and transpersonally in a chart.
I especially enjoy
Bil’s creative naming of certain sections of the book,
such as "Swimming with Neptune," "Dreams and
Visions of Oneness," etc. which evoke the watery
imagery that Neptune is all about.
Bil encourages us
to look at how Neptune functions in our own
chart/life in order to learn how this energy
really works on a deep level. If we can
understand how energies impact us on a personal
level, we can take this understanding and apply it to any chart we
might be inclined to read.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced
astrologer, you will find value in this book.