Neptune in Astrology

Neptune is the second furthest planet from the Sun in our solar system and was discovered in 1846. It is considered an “ice giant” and curiously enough is sometimes orbiting further from the Sun than Pluto, due to the elliptic orbit of the latter. The planet’s glyph is the Poseidon’s trident, the weapon he carried according to Ancient Greek Mythology.

Neptune rules the sign of Pisces, which was, until the planet’s discovery, ruled by Jupiter. Still, Jupiter is considered the co-ruler of the sign. In addition, Neptune is ruling the 12th house and a full circle around the zodiac lasts about 165 years. He spends approximately 14 years in each of the 12 signs. One can easily understand that during an average human life the planet will have traveled less than the half of the full cycle. This makes the effects of Neptune’s transit long-lasting and even permanent, as there is no way to experience a similar transit again.

Neptune’s name represents the roman god of Seas, equivalent to the Greek Poseidon. Indeed, the planet rules everything connected with water, both on a physical and a metaphorical level. We should not forget that the sea and the oceans are considered the cradle of dreams, and how much the liquid status of matter is even symbolically tied to fantasy and everything that is fluid and unstable. Neptune is a synonym for flexibility, governing abstract ideas, illusion, and mystery. Naturally, whatever is touched by Neptune is receiving a misty outlook, and the planet’s secretive fog can hide a lot that simple eyes cannot observe.

As a planetary force, Neptune is a gateway towards spirituality. Being the higher octave of Venus, it governs the fine arts, while also all activities that can induce trance such as meditation. Being the planet of illusions, Neptune is highly associated with artificial transcendence towards altered states of consciousness. Alcohol, drugs, medicine, and everything that can distort our view of stable reality are being governed by the mystical blue giant. Of course, as every planetary force has its light and dark sides, Neptune can bring through these, spiritual enlightenment or dependence and self-destruction.

Due to his connection with the 12th house, he is an open gate towards the individual and collective subconscious and unconscious. This fact also makes the planet responsible for psychology and psycho-analysis, and people with a strong Neptune can easily enter other people’s mind. Neptune is strongly connected with intuition and can open antennas that can absorb, through osmosis, thoughts and emotions that hover in the air. Even though this can be a blessing in order to better understand other people, any native with a prominent Neptune can suffer from over-sensitivity towards such currents. Sometimes, the planet can even lead towards isolation, as it can become unbearable to feel every single person near you in such a strong way. What the planet does is distorting the borders between your own self and the other individual. Neptune does not like and does not have borders; it can smooth them so much that they become non-existent. Through Neptune, one can connect with anything else without an effort – just by being present.

The mystical planet is a rather passive one, having strongly feminine energy and a receptive nature. It is therefore not a surprise that it also rules hypnosis, religious delusions, and spiritual manipulation. A person with an adversely aspected Neptune should guard against charlatans who would offer him false perceptions of reality just in order to use him.

As Neptune is a slow moving planet, it creates large currents that can affect the masses. Thus, the television, theatre and fashion are also activities connected with the planet’s mysterious realm. Indeed, all of these are nothing more than transmissions of illusions, frequently idealized and can be used for massive manipulation due to various reasons. Of course, we should not deny that if purely regarded as art, they can promote spirituality, knowledge and ascension towards higher states of consciousness.

As a planetary force, Neptune requires from us to “merge” with our surroundings and sacrifice parts of us for the greater good. The planet dissolves our perception of ego and makes us understand that we are a part of something bigger. Thus, the blue giant is also considered a planet promoting compassion, altruism and self-sacrifice for the sake of others. Of course, we should always beware of being used, as the planet’s mist can allow others lurk inside and willing to exploit our selfless offers. Also, Neptune tends to give tendencies of martyrdom and suffering for the others. It is not a coincidence that the sign it rules, Pisces, is one of the symbols mostly used to represent Jesus who willingly sacrificed himself for the sake of humanity. Of course, other traits like practicing mercy and forgiveness towards our enemies are in the end promoting our own spiritual evolution.

As every planet, Neptune also does have his dark side. Lies and (self)-deception, victimization and escapism are just some of the difficult traits that the planet can offer. As easily it can make someone a dreamer and a visionary, so he can make him a procrastinator, a madman or a junkie. Neptune rules masochism and submission; when these two apply to the non-sexual aspects of one’s life he can become very passive. Becoming a marionette of other people or of the random events of your surroundings does not really seem the wisest perception of life.

Neptune is a generational planet, which means that it stays for long years in a sign, thus defining a whole generation. It strongly influences subconscious currents, defining mass phenomena and trends. It can create massive delusions, many time connected with religion and spirituality. In addition, he can also bring destructive and vicious cults that vampirize on the souls and wallets of weak individuals. The large changes in fashion that roughly appear every decade are also partially a product of his transits.

Every individual should research his natal Neptune placement in order to understand its functions better. Many times, Neptune is operating as a “malefic” because it has low guard towards external interventions. Thus, the house where it is located should be shielded stronger. Also, we should research the house’s matters better in order to have a correct perception; the planet is famous for distorting any information connected with it. Find in which house Neptune is located in your natal chart, and read the respective article to uncover more about its functions.

Find in which house your Neptune is located in your natal chart, and read the respective article to uncover more about its functions:

Each planets have a different effect on you, depending on which house and sign they reside in. In order to find out where they are located in your natal chart, you can use our free birth chart generator. Also, examine the aspects that they form with other planets in your chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that they have in your horoscope.

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Cláudio Nélio

Great article! 🐟♓✝




I can’t wait for a “Neptune Aspects” in the future, it will be informative to read about, like Neptune conjunct Ascendant, for example. +