On Febuary 25, social medias were taken by storm with a debate that somewhat altered our vision of what is real in our collective consciousness. The story of the dress first appeared on Tumblr by a user named ‘‘swiked’’ who said that her friends could not agree on its colors. Some said that it was gold and white, others insisted that it was black and blue. Soon after that, the debate went viral.
What is interesting to note, is that on that same day, the Sun was applying to conjunct Neptune with the exact conjunction happening the following day at 7 degrees of Pisces. Neptune takes approximately 164 years to come full circle. It is currently in Pisces the sign that it governs so it is ‘’at home’’ and it will remain in that sign until 2024.
Neptune is associated with dissolving boundaries, creating illusions, the subjective perception of reality, self-deception, ambiguity, vagueness, fog, projection and confusion. Neptune’s realm is all encompassing and vanishingly subtle. It dissolves the fragile structures of our perceptions bringing us back to a timeless and mysterious source where we drink from the well of the anima mundi. As for the Sun it is associated with the conscious ego and the creative spark. It is masculine or yang in essence and it is the giver of life and at the center of our solar system. It allows us to exist here on earth.
The debate over the colour of the dress, illustrates perfectly what happens when the Sun enters the fog of Neptune like it did with the conjunction of Febuary 26. What is the REAL colour of this dress? What is REAL? How do I know that what I see is actually there and not imagined?
A series of articles ensued with various theory as to WHY not everyone could agree on the colour. Some stated that it was due to the colour settings of their computers while others said it was an optical illusion. There even was a theory about an Illuminati conspiracy aimed at distracting us. It was finally agreed (with scientific expertise) that it had something to do with individual perception of colours and that the dress was actually black and blue…or was it really…?
More importantly, what this debate brought to us collectively is the awarness of individual experience in shaping our reality. It has made us question and reflect on the nature of our perception. The beautifully orchestred dance of the Sun joining with Neptune on that day reflected sychronistically within our own collective and individual psyche.