Neptune's Primordial OceanNEPTUNE’S PRIMORDIAL OCEAN

”.. this deep and endless source of magickal imagination and gnostic consciousness.”  H. F. Jean-Maine

Something was perturbing the motion of the newly discovered planet Uranus; all indications pointed to the existence of another planetary body, but so distant from Earth as to be almost invisible. The French astronomer Urbain Leverrier calculated the position of this unknown planet and his predictions coincided with those of a young English mathematician John Adams. By 1845 both were able to predict where the 8th planet might be found, but an official search was plagued by delay and frustration. Leverrier eventually had better luck and a search by the Berlin observatory found the faint greenish star-like object on September 23,1846, so distant that’ ‘trying to see details of Neptune from Earth is like trying to see details on a quarter from a distance of a mile.” For the first time a planet was discovered by applying mathematical theory rather than observation through a telescope; suddenly the solar system had expanded tremendously.

After Voyager 2 flew by Neptune in 1989 millions of people across the world experienced the wondrous sight of this distant world for the first time, with its deep aqua blue methane-rich air and system of tenuous rings. Also revealed was the Great Dark Spot in Neptune’s atmosphere as large as Earth itself and similar to the red spot on Jupiter. Close-ups of the satellite Triton exposed a frigid surface (-236°C), looking somewhat like the skin of a cantaloupe. Nereid and other newly discovered moons complete the picture of Neptune’s mysterious family.

The confusion and controversy surrounding this planet’s discovery is typical of Neptune’s character. Named after the Roman god of the sea, Neptune symbolizes the subtle and ever-shifting ocean of energy which lies beyond the world of appearances. In this respect Neptune is ‘outside’ the traditional system of correspondences which connect the inner planets with specific metallic substances on earth. Instead,’ ‘Neptune tunes one into the reality of the unseen, immaterial forces of life.”

Just as the ocean dissolves all elements into itself, so the formless and boundless Neptune dissolves away all limiting structures and conceptions, all distinctions between energy and matter, between spirit and body. With Neptune we are dealing with a force “…beyond the fringes of reason or of anything comprehensible to the logical mind.” We are touching on the mystery of life itself, the giver of inspiration and mystical visions, shunned by the sane and rational scientist who is endlessly concerned with cataloging, classifying, categorizing, imposing fixed, exact facts, limits and boundaries.

This boundless ocean of primordial energy which gave birth to all form, is an image common to all ancient mythologies. In the Egyptian tradition the god Nu was conceived to be the deep and watery mass from which primordial matter arose. The goddess Nuit was his creative counterpart, containing and giving direction to this primal energy. The letter-sound N /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ with its undulating ‘electrical’ waves is the hieroglyph for the primary water-energy, “…for original Energy is like still water which, under impulsion, manifests itself in waves and these, growing as they go, carry the energy from centre to circumference.”1

Thousands of years later this image still remains with us… Theodor Schwenk writes: “Natural philosophy in the time of Goethe and the Romantic movement still gave water its place as the image of all liquids and the bearer of the living formative forces. People experienced the fluid element to be the universal element, not yet solidified but remaining open to outside influences, the unformed, indeterminate element, ready to receive definite form; they knew it as the “sensitive chaos.”2

This primordial energy, imbued with ‘living formative forces’ has also been called the Aethyr, or the ethers, among other names, the focus of great interest for researchers outside the mainstream of modern science. Here in the invisible realm of the ethers the esoteric knowledge of the past and natural science coalesce.

Much has been written on the ether, but little finds its way into mainstream scientific journals. Following here is a brief history of the ether concept; as Sir Oliver Lodge called it, this “universal and possibly infinite uniform omnipresent connecting medium.”

According to physicist and borderland researcher Carl F. Krafft: “The existence of a single universal substrate for all different substances has been vaguely suggested in the Homeric poems, dating as far back as the ninth century B.C., in which doubt was expressed as to whether there were really as many different kinds of matter as the endless variety of substances that we find in nature. In the Homeric poems, and also in the subsequent teachings of Thales during the sixth century B.C., water was considered to be the universal substrate from which all other substances were produced. Although water is definitely not the ether, still the underlying thought of having a universal substrate is almost as old as recorded history itself, and it is therefore not surprising that the relativists have not been successful in their efforts to abolish the ether.

“A closer approach to the modern ether theory was made by Anaximander (611-547 B.C.), apupil and successor of Thales. Anaximander did not recognize water as the primary substance, but postulated a substrate, namely the ‘Infinite,’ which he described as being more rarified than air and different from any of the elements, but from which all elements (namely, air, water, fire and earth) were produced, and to which these elements would return when destroyed.

“Anaximander’s Infinite was commented on by Aristotle with the remark that ‘it is not necessary to prove that the Infinite should actually be matter that sense can perceive,’ and similarly we are today told of the ether that is not a form of matter that we can perceive, but is nevertheless the source of all subatomic particles of which matter is composed. Anaximander declared that the Infinite is in perpetual motion, and that if its motion ever ceased, the world would cease to exist. This is nothing else than a paraphrased version of the modern ether theory with its vortex protons, electrons and neutrons which owe their very existence to their motion.”3

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