Neptune: Olokun, the Goddess of Dreams and the Dark Realm of the Unconscious (Yoruba People, West Africa)

The blue-glowing planet Neptune is named after the Roman God of the Sea (Greek Poseidon), and just like the sea astrological Neptune’s character is vast, boundless and unfathomable. It rules over our dreams, our right brain and the unconscious.

These are all traits of the Waning Moon or Dark Goddess in Her aspect of the Keeper of Wisdom and the Bringer of Death and Decay. (See also “Moon Magic and the Triple Goddess“) At the end of our lives our bodies and egos are dissolved and once again we become one with the Goddess, our loving Mother. Figuratively speaking in eastern philosophy the death of the ego is needed to experience enlightenment and become one with the Cosmos.

There is no better allegory for the mysterious and dark unconscious part within us that is ruled by instincts and emotions than the unpredictable and seemigly bottomless sea. For that reason I knew that the Goddess I’d assign to the planet Neptune would have to be a Goddess of the Ocean such as Sumeran Nammu, Baylonian Tiamat or Yoruban Yemaya. I did at first consider Yemaya, as She is also a Goddess of the Moon. However, as Yemaya is the Goddess in Her life-giving aspect and is symbolised by the full moon, I eventually chose Her Sister or darker self, Olokun, the Goddess of the Deep Bottom of the Ocean. To find out more about this less well-known Goddess, please check out my post entitled “Olokun – the Yoruban Goddess of the Deep Dark Sea“.

Olokun‘s traits and what She is about

While Mother Holle-Saturn is concerned with the setting of boundaries and Oya-Uranus with their destruction, Olokun is about the dissolving of boundaries so that all becomes one. Although on a quantum level we always are one with everything around us, due to filters in our brains we’re usually unable to perceive that. Only through trance work can we consciously enter Dream Land and experience the diffusion of boundaries and become one with the Universe. Olokum is the Goddess that reigns the ego-less deep seas of our unconscious, both within ourselves and on a collective level.

Drug use is very conjusive to Olokun and Her Realm of Dreams. All through the ages shamans have amongst other techniques used drugs to facilitate their transition into the Otherworld. When abused by the uninitiated the formlessness of Olokun can lead to addictions and other psychological problems. Similarly, some people find it easier to enter alternate realities than most of us. In days gone by those with such a gift would have undergone years of training to become shamans and aid their communities through communication with the spirit world. Today, unfortunately, someone who can easily enter Olokun‘s Realm of Oneness and experience the close connection with other beings often find themselves on psychiatrist couches diagnosed with mental illnesses.

Olokun‘s main areas of focus are:

Formlessness

– dissolution of boundaries
– ego-less states
– purposelessness
– just being

Oneness

– becoming one with all, with the Goddess
– empathy
– compassion

Right-brain “knowing”

– emotions
– instincts
– intuition
– imagination
– creativity
– art in all its forms
– dreams
– innate “remembered” knowledge

Spirituality

– transcendence
– mysticism
– psychic abilities
– trance states
– altered realities
– shamanism
– spiritual enlightenment

Olokun-Neptune’s metal is the artificially created radioactive element neptunium.

Within the body Olokun is associated with the sub- and unconscious and the right brain hemisphere.

Olokun in a Horoscope

Like Oya-Uranus Olokun is an Outer Planet of Transformation. Due to their slow orbits outer planets stay in the same sign for years. Their influence therefore tends to be more collective rather than individual, as many people born over several years share the same Olokun sign.

Because of that house positions and aspects tend to be more important in an individual horoscope than the actual sign Olokun is in.

Outer planets affect our cultural programming and changes due to their influence are long-term and far-reaching. These changes affect an individual in one of two ways, either indirectly through the community she or he lives in or directly through her or his own divine inspiration or spiritual enlightenment.

Within a community Olokun‘s influence tends to be spiritual or mystical in nature. The emergence of the New Age Spirituality and the re-emergence of the Goddess are examples of that.

On a communal level, Olokun is also associated with collective karma, which means that the group, or at least some of the group, reap what the community has sown. This can be positive, where oneness can lead to universal love and the re-awakening of the Goddess in our hearts. On the other hand, this may also mean collective suffering as the result of collective wrongdoing, such as pollution-related illnesses and loneliness due to modern living.

Olokun rules Pisces, the spiritual watery empath of the zodiac. She is exalted, i.e. feels at home, in Cancer, the intuitive water sign of the Moon. On the other hand, Olokun, the Goddess of Formlessness, is in Her fall in Capricorn. This means that Her traits don’t blend easily with those of Capricorn, which is exactly as expected, considering that Capricorn is ruled by Mother Holle-Saturn, the Crone of Boundaries and Limitations.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Fiestaestrella
    May 15, 2014 @ 14:25:39

    I had a head rotation done by a Yoruba priest a few years ago. He told me that I was a child of Olokun’s. Thank you for your insightful post! I love how you linked Neptune with Olokun. Makes sense to me, too!

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  2. Fiestaestrella
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 22:21:32

    Reblogged this on Fiesta Estrella and commented:
    Here is the second part of my re-blogging of her two posts: Olokun & Neptune

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  3. Lisa Bracewell
    Oct 01, 2017 @ 23:55:06

    Thank you ..I too had a reading from an ifa priest who told me I was a child of Olokun…I am born under the sign of pisces ….This article was very helpful and insightful.

    Reply

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