Picture the wild horses of the Camargue, free to roam in the marshlands of southern France where the River Rhone meets the Mediterranean sea; the home of the pink flamingo. The Camargue horses are a very ancient breed, born black or dark brown, they turn white/grey when they are in their fourth year. Well they actually don’t turn grey, a white hair coat grows to cover their black skin when they mature. They’re salt and pepper.
Many of these Camargue horses live in semi-wild herds, although most are working steeds herding livestock, the Camargue bulls. Locally, their guardians/cowboys (called Gardians) wear black hats and black jackets and carry what I always thought were long poles, however they are not poles or lances – they are tridents. Tridents? What’s a cowboy doing with a trident, you may well ask.
Ancient meets modern, that’s what. Put together salt water and horses and we get… insert a drum roll here please… the ancient Ocean God, King Neptune or as the Greeks would tell us, the Oceanic God, Poseidon. He’s the old man who sits on a throne and is always pictured holding a trident.
Neptune is the God of the Ocean and also the patron of horses, not just sea horses but equine horses as well. The Camargue is where Neptune is at his happiest in the modern world – with horses splashing through the salty water of the Rhone Delta.
Apart from much cavorting with the Oceanic nymphs and nymphettes, we are told that the mythological god, in his Greek form of Poseidon, sired the winged horse, Pegasus with Medusa. Poseidon also seduced the Harvest Goddess, Demeter who attempted to escape by morphing into a mare and hid among a herd of horses. Poseidon saw through her disguise, did his ‘god’ thing and the stallion had his way with her. Their offspring was a horse called Arion, who was capable of human speech. The locals called him Mister Ed. Oops, just kidding – Mister Ed was a television show about a talking horse.
The equine Neptune certainly applies to this man, the well-groomed Gerard Baden-Clay. If I were to say that he fancied himself as a stallion; was hot to trot with the ladies, I doubt that anyone would argue with me. I wonder if he liked a flutter on the horses, or did he just admire their glossy coats? I bet he liked to stroke their withers.
An astrologer could have told any young girl that this man would be a philanderer. His Neptune (apart from being peregrine in his chart) is in Scorpio and in the fourth house, the home. There’s that naughty Scorpio and secrets again. The problem is not so much the Scorpio and the fourth house Neptune. This can manifest as an animal magnetism (not just for equine mares) extravaganza – the problem is the ‘peregrine’ Neptune, running amuck.
The word peregrine means ‘wanderer’ (as in pilgrim), which sounds quite benign, however don’t be fooled, wandering can lead the immature astray. Apart from being a child who probably wandered in the shopping mall and drove his mother to distraction every time she took him out with her. As a child (and an adult, as it turns out) Gerard Baden-Clay would have had to be guarded so as not to stray outside the ‘home paddock.’
If a horse is unharnessed, as in the Camargue, he can run free. Neptune will never be in harness in the life of Gerard Baden-Clay. He may dream of the freedom of the Camargue, however he must live a human life, not an equine one.
The accused would need solar arcs and transits to give his Neptune some sense of direction in his life, however these would always be temporary as the planets continue in their orbits. Neptune’s orbit around the Sun, centre of our solar system takes close to 165 years. Do I hear you cheering?
You and I are not going to see a Neptune return in our lifetimes. We won’t escape completely however, as there will be transiting planet aspects and at one stage in our lives before we reach 40, an angle will intersect with Neptune and we will hear one of those ‘big bells’ tolling, which Noel Tyl tells us about, but more on that later.
Astrologically, Neptune is seen as representative of creativity, idealism and compassion, but also with illusion, confusion, and deception. Neptune governs hospitals, prisons, mental institutions, and any other place that involves a retreat from society.
So we could say that the accused is currently in the realm of Neptune and that all’s well with the world.