There it was again, this rumbling in the depths. The world trembled in its foundations. "Necessity," Lady Moon heard Pluto murmuring in the depths, "reversing the need."
Water swirled around Lady Moon's naked feet. The light broke in wafts of mist and shone in delicate rainbows. She stood at the edge of a glassy, deep blue body of shiny water. An old white-haired man in the lotus position floated just above it as if he was sitting directly on the surface of the water.
"Luna, beautiful Lady Moon, welcome," Neptune said. "I have been expecting you. You must be wondering," he continued, "why you are meeting me at this place. But water is water, both at the source and in the depths of the ocean."
"I know that, esteemed Neptune. Everything comes and goes in the eternal cycle," Luna responded quietly. "But the human beings seem to have forgotten it. They dream of eternal growth."
"That does not exist, dear Lady Moon, in the mortal world, as you know. Here it is final and everyone who goes far enough will eventually wind up at their starting point again. Even the human beings will meet up with themselves again at some point. They confuse "un-end-ing" with "eternal." He stood up and walked across the water to Lady Moon. How small he was, she thought to herself.
"You must know, Luna, that I am only here for a little while," he smiled with some embarrassment, "virtually as a course of treatment. We overdid it a bit, Uranus and I. We simply found no end in our dream as he lingered in my realm and I in his. It was a great and wild dream full of hope. But when I awaken, I found myself in the form of a giant wave and raced directly toward a coast. With all my might, I tried to prevent my horses from surging against the mainland, but I no longer had the strength to hold them. Something crunched horribly between my teeth, the people screamed and were concerned as they looked at one of their strange structures in which they tried to hold Pluto's fire in check with my water. I have not felt very good since then. Chiron, the great healer, God be with him, thought I should regenerate here for a while by meditating and remembering. I already feel much better and will soon return to the ocean."
"Chiron is here?" Lady Moon asked. "Can I see him? Perhaps he knows what the human beings need."
"The human beings!" Neptune let a few tears flow over his cheek and into his white beard. "If they just were not so stupid! Many residents of the oceans have bitterly complained about what has been done to them and the water. The human beings must finally learn to feel again. They know so much in their minds, but it appears that they have lost any ability to act in keeping with their knowledge. Whatever they do to the water, they are also doing to themselves!"
"What advice would you give to the human beings, God of the Water?" Luna asked him.
"If I were a human being, I would pray." Neptune bowed before Luna and moved in the direction of the thick fog that billowed above the surface of the water. "Give Chiron my greetings. He is very close," she still heard him call before the fog swallowed him up.
(Moon conjunction Neptune)