Peru will always be my spiritual home.
There’s just something about it that's always deeply touched my spiritual sensibilities.
It isn’t rational, and no matter where I happen to be in the world, Peru will always haunt me.
I spent two years living in this amazingly diverse country learning about the healing plants and shamanic culture of the Amazon, and had many profound spiritual epiphanies and healings take place there.
I’m not only talking about my experiences with plant medicines like Ayahuasca and San Pedro; there’s just something in the air there that deeply nourishes my spiritual yearnings. OK, so I am starting to repeat myself… But I think you get the point: I love Peru and have always considered it my spiritual home.
When I was perusing the list of minor asteroids at www.serennu.com, I discovered that there is an asteroid called Peru (#10866). I immediately looked up its natal placement in my chart and found that it is at 1° Capricorn 54'44" conjunct my natal Neptune at 29° Sagittarius 35'52".
Mysticism and Delusion
Despite having profound mystical experiences in Peru that ranged from encountering inter-dimensional beings to "burning" old karma, I also experienced a lot of delusion there. Nothing was ever clear; people were never quite as they seemed and I always had the sense that everything I ever heard or saw was a lie, a trap, an illusion…
The skin between the worlds felt very thin and flimsy in Peru and I would often discover that a lot of the people who presented themselves to me with such honour and integrity were often deceptive and hypocritical…
Any permanent commitments I made during my time there would get washed away in an amorphous sea of fantastical illusions.
Ego Porousness and Leaky Aura Syndrome
My ego was rendered completely ineffectual so it was the perfect place for me to surrender to higher realities. My body felt more porous than it usually does –not just on an etheric level but on a physical one, too (I have Neptune conjunct Peru #10866 in the 6th house). I would often succumb to parasitic infections such as dysentery and giardia, and got strange illnesses and rashes that conventional medicine could not explain or treat.
On more than one occasion I became possessed by otherworldly entities that I needed a shaman to help exorcise. (Neptune in the 6th is known for having a leaky aura).
Neptune and Idealism
Strange that I should still love Peru so much considering all the delusion and hardship I experienced there…
That’s because Neptune idealises whatever planet it touches. No matter what loss or suffering I experienced in Peru it was always somehow intertwined with a sense of spiritual longing, otherworldly beauty and a deep feeling of being connected to the big, boundless universe.
Neptune is the planet that dissolves our sense of reality. It rules mysticism, illusion and loss of ego boundaries.
Wherever we find Neptune in our charts is where we seek salvation and loss of self so that we can merge with the divine source and feel that we are at one with all of life.
Peru conjunct Neptune
Discovering that asteroid Peru (#10866) is in a close conjunction with Neptune in my chart has made much of what I experienced in Peru make more sense to me. I am so grateful that astrology has, once again, been able to shed some new understanding on something that would otherwise have certainly remained hidden from my consciousness.
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