Human Being is walking his inner landscape. He is at the docks. There’s a pier that extends out into the water, into the fog. There he can just see the shape of a massive sailboat, rising and falling with the swell of the waves. Waters swirl and eddy. Neptune and Saturn are there. Saturn is working on the boat. Neptune is looking over some maps. They point him toward the gangplank. Human Being comes aboard the boat. Over Neptune’s shoulder, Human sees a patch of the map: “Here be dragons.”
Saturn: Ah, now that Human Being has arrived, we can shove off.
Neptune: You be in charge of making sure the boat is sound. I’ll steer us toward interesting visions.
Saturn: That sounds better than the reverse!
Neptune: Yeah, I’m not the best at safety.
Saturn: And I’m not the best at imagination.
Human: Good division of labor. Where are we going?
Neptune: Currently we’re set to go to the Island of Dreams Come True.
Saturn: Is that the place C.S. Lewis talked about in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?
Neptune: The very same.
Saturn: I seem to recall that was a scary place. Dreams are sometimes nightmares, and if you have no control over your imagination, you can be led off into paranoid fantasies and get lost in a sea of fear.
Neptune: Too true. The ocean of imagination is vast and contains many things—not all of them are safe and not all of them are happy.
Human Being: If you don’t mind, I’d really like to stick to the happy, non-scary possibilities.
Neptune: We don’t care where we go. You’re the one who decided.
Saturn: This is your Dream Boat, and you’ve got it set to autopilot. It’s been this way since you were in high school. We’re going where you always go. And apparently, it’s not the happiest place.
Human: Can I change that?
Neptune: Of course. You can create anything you want in this magical time.
Saturn: If you harness your imagination.
Human: I don’t know what you mean.
Neptune: Are all your fantasies fearful ones? Do you spend your time asking yourself, “What if…?” Do you perpetually imagine what might go wrong and then try to fix it, instead of imagining what might go right and how to get there?
Saturn: If you indulge paranoia, we’ll be heading to Nightmareland in short order.
Human Being: What if what I really need is a rest? Can we please just take a pleasure cruise?
Saturn: If you really deserve a rest period, better take one, but you could get so much more out of this.
Neptune: The possibilities are endless.
Saturn: But it will take psychological work to make them actually happen in a tangible way.
Neptune: It can be a beautiful fantasy.
Saturn: It can be your worst nightmare.
Neptune: You decide.
Neptune: Manifestation is powerful now. Whatever you can imagine, you can have. You can manifest positive things–big, powerful ones, even if you have a habit of expecting negative things.
Saturn: If you are willing to do the inner work.
Human: You mean I have to overcome my own fear?
Neptune: No, you don’t have to do anything. You can choose to overcome your fear. And not just fear—doubt, remorse, cynicism, all the negative feelings that stop you from building something bigger out of your life. But we won’t force you to do it.
Saturn: You can stay unconscious if you want to.
Neptune: You could just go to sleep every night, lulled by the rocking of the boat.
Saturn: But then you’d come out of this journey untouched.
Neptune: Your life unchanged.
Saturn: Nothing manifested, nothing built, nothing achieved.
Neptune: Just a nice relaxing boat ride.
Saturn: It seems like a waste. We thought we’d tell you what was possible, so that if you choose to sleep through it, at least it was your choice.
Human: Gee, thanks. So what do I do now?
Neptune: Keep your thinking positive—
Saturn: —and pragmatic—
Neptune: Focus on how you’d like your life to be. Dream into that.
Saturn: And practice letting go of fear.
Neptune: Especially if fear has become a habit.
Saturn: And trim your dreams down to what is doable.
Neptune: That may make them smaller. . .
Saturn: . . . but easier to make happen. Look, here’s your berth.
Neptune: Why don’t you relax and think about it?
Human Being climbs into his bed, stretches out, is lulled by the waves and soon drifts into sleep. Neptune and Saturn smile at each other and tuck Human in.
Saturn: What will Human do with this opportunity?
Neptune: Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Saturn and Neptune will be traveling in a harmonious trine in Water signs from October of 2012 to July of 2013. Read another installment here: Neptune and Saturn Launch a Bubble of Useful Magic Energy. What will you manifest during this magical time?