Here is an excerpt from the BookCosmos and Psyche where Richard Tarnas explores the meaning of Neptune. Neptune turns direct on November 18 2015, after a 5 month retrograde.
The Neptune archetype is also associated with illusion and delusion, deception and self-deception, confusion and ambiguity, projection, maya. It rules both the positive and negative meanings of enchantment-both poetic vision and wishful fantasy, mysticism and madness, higher realities and delusional unreality. It informs all that is paradoxically united. It transcends and confuses attempts to maintain strict boundaries, definitions, and dichotomies. It is the archetypal principle of the multidimensional and the metaempirical, the metaphorical and multivalent.
The Neptune principle has a special relation to the stream of consciousness and the oceanic depths of the unconscious, to all nonordinary states of consciousness, to the realm of dream and visions, images and reflections. It governs myth and religion, poetry and the arts…
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