The Multidimensional Communications of The OA and Mercury Conjunct Neptune
Just when I thought the second season of The OA had reached maximum delicious strangeness, an octopus begins communicating with a theater full of people through OA herself — i.e. Prairie, and/or Nina, and/or OA acts as a medium — telepathically receiving messages from Old Night and translating them to the audience. Later in the show, Brit Marling falls from a great height and trees catch her. The octopus’ tentacles lock themselves around her arms and the tree branches grasp at her frame. An octopus, and the sea from which it comes, have the potential to destroy us — and so I was afraid. But we learn that the creature wanted to communicate, not harm. Ditto the trees. After she settles into tree-embrace and octopus-consciousness, it’s all connection, not destruction.
The OA reveals, through interdimensional and interspecies communications, what we’ve always already known — we’ve been fucking with nature and because we are nature, we’re separated from ourselves (cut to: a severed Octopus limb). Even so, nature wants to connect. Current planetary happenings make our present moment (March 24-April 2) a stellar time to be a medium (and to watch The OA). A medium is a mode, an agency, a way of translating information otherwise unaccessible. The first abstract expressionist painter, Hilma af Klint (whom I wrote about here) channeled her paintings. From her Guggenheim show: The majority of spiritual mediums during the period were women, and many used channeling as a way to overcome society’s marginalization of their voices by claiming direct access to an absolute authority.
In season 2 of The OA, we learn that humans dimension-hop together. They form constellations — as in the astronomical term syzygy (also the title of The OA’s octopus episode), which translates from the Greek as “yoked together.” In the sky, syzygy refers to three or more celestial bodies forming a configuration. This happens during eclipses and other planetary transits. Mercury and Neptune are yoked together from March 24-April 2nd — Mercury, planet of intellect and communication, is conjunct Neptune, planet of dreams, instincts, and psychic capabilities. Neptune is the blue ice-giant and ruler of the sea. If the sea is a metaphor for the collective unconscious, then Neptune is the very essence of that octopus communiqué. This Mercury-Neptune syzygy means that Mercury (our intellect and communication) gets infused with a hit of Neptunian psychic energy and so too our collective mind is more willing to wander into the tree-octopus-mediumship zone wherein we, as The OA says, will see our true face.
Our true face looks a lot like an octopus. Or a tree. Or our enemy. Or our best friend. One way to use this conjunction’s energy is to open the mind to other modes of communication and intellectual pursuit. Or, open the mind to the other. We’re all mediums and as we learn from The OA, it’s all about perspective. Earth is a blue dot when you’re looking at it from, say, Neptune. Or another dimension. The planets in our solar system, like The OA’s trans-dimensional travelers, cannot escape each other, but they can aspect each other in manifold ways — forming squares, trines, conjunctions, and everything in between. As they move, we feel the shift and use the energy that we receive from their conversations. Or, it uses us.
It’s not easy to take a trust fall into the Neptunian occult. It’s brave to soften into the idea that reality is permeable and nonlinear. I’m not suggesting octopus-communing, although they’ve been here for some 295 million years and no doubt have some things to teach us. Our relationship to the sea (see Plastic Ocean) is in direct conversation with own collective unconscious, our capacity for mediumship and new ways (old ways, original ways?) of communing with each other and our world(s). I look forward to a day when The OA isn’t totally mind-blowing, when what’s woo woo or new age is considered with the same rigor by the masses as tech and crowdsourcing, when our inner energetics are studied as much as data analysis. As within, so without and what we stuff into the sea, we stuff into our subconscious. Enter Neptune.
Neptune, as an outer planet, can be seen as a higher octave of Venus. Where Venus is the beautiful, Neptune is the sublime and as such, is limitless. Whereas the beauty of Venus is within our capacity for comprehension, Neptune alludes. As Mercury steeps in the Neptunian during this next week, we’re urged to get rigorous about the mystic and to bring the fringes to the center — as Neptune herself, situated on the outer reaches of our solar system, is a fringe-dweller and a tastemaker. Carl Jung, who also adopted the term syzygy (“an archetypal pairing of contrasexual opposites, which symbolized the communication of the conscious and unconscious minds, the conjunction of two organisms without the loss of identity”) said, “If I had ten more years to live, I would spend it studying astrology.”
Neptune, like The OA, reveals that reality is not reality, that illusion might not be illusion, and that what’s real is always already up for review. In one dimension, OA is psychotic while in another, she’s a prophetic angel. Or is it a dream? During a workshop in my MFA program, a teacher told one of the students that no one wanted to hear about his character’s dreams. But Neptune reminds — what we call reality might be a dream and a dream dreamt while Mercury is conjunct Neptune is a particularly potent look into our psychic capabilities. Brains grow flowers, your hand is not quite your own, deja vu could be interdimensional remembrance, a wall is a door is wallpaper is a window, and you need fuel to change dimensions.
Mercury is still retrograde in Pisces and so the energy is turned inward, where we get access, like HIlma af Klint, to absolute authority. What happens when we channel more and think less? Thought (Mercury) can be laser-focused and apt to miss, while a channel (Neptune) remains open. The Neptune of it all urges our more linear thought patterns to short circuit, integrate the shadow, and then wonders: but is it really a shadow? Don’t just look at the sea, channel the sea, become the sea. Remember: A channel is a passageway into or out of the ocean, the self, and other perspectives. Think about what Earth looks like from Neptune. In this photo, taken by Voyager 1 on its way out of the solar system, Earth is a tiny blue dot inside one of the light rays. A pixel.