“I mean, we are tribal by nature, and sometimes success and material wealth can divide and separate – it’s not a new philosophy I’m sharing – more than hardship, hardship tends to unify.”
Colin Farrell, Actor (Neptune in 11th House)
Nebulous Neptune in the realms of the 11th house of friendships, unions, and collectives can make connecting with people a wonderful spiritual exercise, feeling at one with the tribe…or a misty gray nightmare where you do not know who you are, who you are with or even what you stand for.
Such a juxtaposition for Neptune is apt, as the planet is often associated with not only the higher dream realms, psychic ability and illusions, but also their negative connotations of nightmares, disturbing visions and deceptions.
The owner of such a natal placement may be swept up in being part of a group, a ‘click’ of friends – to then suffering complete isolation due to being hurt by said friends, never really understanding why or how events occurred. Neptune in the house of friendships can make friendships somewhat foggy, shallow and hazy. This can mean disputes that turn ugly, and these natives feel this pain acutely.
These natives are on a path of learning that friendships mean coming together, not becoming each other and losing your own individuality. Boundaries are always healthy, never more so when establishing healthy group associations and friendships.
Which leads on to another issue with Neptune, commonly associated with drugs and poisons. What does that have to do with boundaries and friendships? We all know how friends can sometimes be bad influences. Well, with Neptune in the 11th house of friendships, and being the ruler of drugs and poisons… it is always advisable for these natives to learn boundaries and the art of saying no…especially to friends that may be involved with drugs. It can also be the case that these individuals have a penchant for drugs because they have a desire to access the higher realms, and to feel at one with the group. It’s just that these natives think they can handle it, only to be rudely awakened when the drug does indeed turn into a poison in their lives.
As owners of this placement progress through life and the lessons of Neptune in the 11th are learned, they can achieve the nirvana they seek through healthier activities that naturally raise their consciousness (such as meditation/yoga/art). When this occurs, they go on to impress society and themselves with their innate ability to unify individuals through art and music especially, resolve conflict amongst the masses and ultimately attain a sense of togetherness that these natives secretly yearn for.
With thanks to http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore for the photo use.