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Neptune: Planet of Illusion
Neptune, another of the outer planets, was discovered in 1846. Its slow orbit around our zodiac ensures that its effect is generational in nature.
Neptune’s glyph is the trident of Poseidon, God of the Seas. Much about this planet is fluid (Neptune rules the oceans of the Earth), changeable and illusory in nature. Dreams, illusion, abstract thought and the mysterious are all governed by Neptune. Our spirituality is important to this planet, and how we harness that energy for our personal betterment. Neptune invites us to let its energy wash over us and to use a meditative state to gain insights and heightened awareness. Poetry, music and dance are among the trance-like activities which this planet favors.
Neptune does have its showier side, as it rules movies, television, theater, fashion and all forms of glamour. In essence, Neptune is creating an illusion — of what is enchanting on the outside and captivating within. Neptune has a mystique which doesn’t reveal itself easily. It can be a poser, too, dabbling in flattery — and subversion.
The shadow side of Neptune is akin to the aging star who cannot make one more curtain. When the lights are low, this planet plays in a netherworld of drugs, alcohol, trances and hypnosis. Neptunian energy reeks of escapism on its darker days, a sea of delusion, hypochondria and abnormality. Sleep and dreams are also lorded over by this planet. At the end of the day, Neptune keeps coming at you — how will you receive it?
It takes Neptune 165 years to complete its whirl around the zodiac, spending roughly 14 years at each sign. It is feminine energy and rules Pisces and the Twelfth House. Neptune is known as the higher octave of Venus and is the second of the transcendental planets.
Neptune in Pisces is selfless. They want to serve others, trying to alleviate their physical problems as well as their spiritual ones. They can be self-sacrificing, impressionable, and inspirational. On the other hand, they may be co-dependent, gullible and passive. They are not natural leaders. They may have addiction issues if they are not strong enough to keep themselves away.
Pisces Neptune has gifts with mysticism and the occult. They are compassionate, well-liked and may be the recipient of aid from others, who give willingly to this needy little beam of sunshine.
Pisces Neptune loves the arts. They like to express themselves creatively in art, music or drama. They will spend vast amounts of time wrestling with the ultimate questions in life or in learning about paranormal phenomena. They may live in a greatly enhanced state of consciousness or feel that all in creation are part of the one. They let go of previous perceptions of reality for the new consciousness they feel rising about them.
Neptune in Pisces is raw emotion personified. It transcends everything else about them, and may lead them to amazing clarity or delusion. When they decide to fight, they expect to win or die a martyr, and so feel they have nothing to lose. This can be dangerous in some cases. They are willing to lose all in the name of their cause.
Neptune in Aquarius dreams of independence and freedom. They may be a bit unconventional, yet idealistic. They are loyal to their friends and their beliefs. They may appear rather eccentric. Sensitive and passionate, they have plenty of zeal to fuel their aspirations.
Aquarius Neptune at their best is altruistic. They wish to save the entire world from their ills. They may be seen as dreamers or visionaries. At their worst, they tend to bring everything they touch into disgrace.
They may have talents in bringing people together or introducing new technology, energy or a higher consciousness. Aquarius Neptune is a natural humanitarian, and they want to do all they can to help others, with as much compassion and emotion as Neptune bestows. They are not cynics or skeptical, either. Religion is not a big deal for them. Modernization is their theme in all things.
There is a blurring of the lines between science and mysticism for Neptune in Aquarius. They never lose their sense of awe. If you try to get them to read the old dry academic texts, you will not succeed. They feel like they need to break away from the ordinary; the traditional. Boundaries are made to be broken or crossed.
Neptune in Capricorn is reserved and refined, especially in areas related to control, power, fame and success. They dream of wealth and power, even if they don’t quite know how to attain it. They can use their imagination to put just about any idea to practical use and turn it into money.
Capricorn Neptune is serious and likes to think things over. They have the ability to concentrate on anything that happens, so they can solve any problems that occur. Detail work is something they usually excel at. On the other hand, they may tend towards melancholy, secrets and deceit. When they get this way, they want to shut themselves away from the world.
Capricorn Neptune may be a bit conservative and traditional. They reflect on spiritual matters, and are inspired by the Great Masters of art, music and literature. Many become cynics or critics. They may be accused of not having enough compassion.
Neptune in Capricorn excels at organization and bureaucracy, and they are conscious of status. They like to be in authority. Their only problem is getting reality to work as they think it should. They may envision a system that runs smoothly, is responsive to the needs of all those involved, and that promotes on merit. It can be frustrating for them to deal with the harsh reality instead.
Neptune in Sagittarius is intuitive and may have psychic talents. They want experiences that expand their senses and spirit. They have the potential to understand the meaning life on a deeper level. At the same time, they may be challenged to develop sound judgment or be overly emotional or indecisive.
They are idealistic, love grand ideas and usually enjoy sports. Travel, religion, politics, philosophy and spending time with others like them bring much joy.
Sagittarius Neptune knows how to refine facts and belief into a tolerant, free environment. They can be very sensitive to these matters. They are normally tolerant, but sometimes it is because they are so blinded by their ideals they can’t see reality. They have the ability to overcome these challenges if they are willing to work on it.
Sagittarius Neptune will be miserable if they dream only of distress or danger. These fears can take over their life if they are not careful. They much prefer the vision they have of enlightenment reaching into the realms of religion and philosophy. They may also find themselves fascinated by UFOs, prophecy and other forms of unusual phenomena. This can lead to speculation or fantasy that may be taken more seriously than it ought to be.
Neptune in Sagittarius can become a fanatic about their causes unless they learn that delicate balance. This is difficult for them to do. They much prefer one answer one truth. Acknowledging there may be more to an answer than black and white can be very challenging for them. Once they meet this challenge, they can be more compassionate towards the plights of others.
Neptune in Scorpio is unafraid of the darker aspects of life. They may be interested in the esoteric, the mystical or the occult sciences. They see physical desires and sexuality as a spiritual experience that is acceptable. They may find interest in eastern philosophies, practices or hallucinogens.
Scorpio Neptune’s passionate nature shows in everything they do, both internally and externally. They may become intrigued with religion or cults that share their beliefs. Paranormal phenomena are very interesting to them. They need to learn to discriminate in their beliefs, and not choose just to believe in something just because it may be profound or mystical. They may be selfish and self-sacrificing, which creates inner conflict for them. Dealing with deeper issues may help them overcome this.
Scorpio Neptune prefers to delve into the deep dark secrets of nature and the inner workings of the soul. They can see beyond reason into inspiration and perception. They can sometimes have a bad temper. If they are not careful, they can lose themselves in drugs or drink.
Neptune in Scorpio is aware of mankind’s potential for transformation away from their current materialism. Neptune in
Scorpio can bring a lot of energy through sex, and they learn that they can also bring this ecstasy into the spiritual realm through discipline or blocking normal urges. They learn that altered states, no matter how they are accomplished, have the potential to lead one into the cosmic consciousness. This is a dangerous path, however, and that is part of the challenge.
Neptune in Libra may bring lessons regarding partnerships. While they crave relationships, they may need to learn to sacrifice or compromise in order to make them work. For some, they will need to make a deep inner change in their consciousness. By changing their inner attitudes, they can effect change in the larger world around them.
Libra Neptune likes to find harmony in relationships with others. They may be inclined towards the arts in one form or another. They may have a wonderful relationship of a very high spiritual nature, or it can be unconventional, clandestine or illegitimate. They may tend to be over-emotional or weak minded.
Libra Neptune would like nothing better than to end war on Earth in their lifetime. They are idealistic to an extreme. Reconciling their idealism with reality may be difficult for them. They have an eclectic attitude towards religion, and may pull aspects from many that appeal to them while leaving the unappealing aspects alone. They may not be very decisive and may be deceived easily. They may lack a clear purpose, which can hinder their goals.
Neptune in Libra wants perfection but they must learn that perfection takes sacrifice. This is a hard lesson for them to learn. It is hard for them to relax and have faith that everything will turn out okay in the end after making their sacrifice. They may be too caught up in their immediate loss to see what they have gained. Their indecisiveness really becomes an obstacle leading up to making the ultimate sacrifice. It is hard for them to come to terms with the price required for their idealism.
Neptune in Virgo is concerned with health and nutrition. They may wish to help feed the hungry or heal the sick. They may bring health consciousness to the attention of others, or they may become hypochondriacs and worry about every germ and disease. They are interested in anything new that will heal others, especially if it has mystical or non-physical applications.
Neptune in Virgo has a great fondness for family and their home. They idealize the dream of having a snug cottage surrounded by their children and grandchildren. Physical security is important to them. If you happen to prefer solitude, others may feel sorry for you when there is no need. The natural world is important to Virgo Neptune, who knows it holds many secrets to health.
Virgo Neptune may feel a need to overcome negativity that they believe causes disease and discomfort. They may emphasize the connection between emotions and physical health to others. They may lose themselves in the pursuit of serving others. They may be critical of any who do not share their opinions.
Neptune in Virgo possesses the mental faculties of inspiration, prophesy, and high standards. They can be spiritual at times. They are concerned with environmental hazards, nutrition-less foods and pollution. They have a very strong sense of what is right and what is wrong. They follow their own strict code of ethics and moral judgment. They may appear conservative or straight-laced. They must be cautious not to lose the big picture because they get lost in minor details. This is even easier to do today with computers. It is easy to lose oneself on the computer.
Neptune in Leo is creative and has a natural flair for entertainment, film, theatre and fashion. They have such magnetism that others are easily influenced by them. They are flamboyant and extravagantly idealistic.
Leo Neptune is generous, sociable and warm-hearted. They are fond of pleasurable pursuits. They have artistic abilities and are successful in their educational careers. They are conscientious with others and usually have successful relationships. Alternatively, they can be disappointed in love. They can act by impulse rather than intellect. They may lack the wherewithal to face up to challenges or be fickle.
Neptune in Leo loves color and drama. They like movie stars and other famous people. They may project their fantasies on their partner, and they will have to learn to face reality. They may use movies or theatre to escape reality.
They also love children. In fact, they have a difficult time identifying with any adult authority figure, even they are the adult. They can get so off track that they can think they are fighting against tyranny when they are, in fact, the tyrant themselves. They are creative problem solvers, however. They can figure out answers that will get them out of trouble and come out smelling like a rose.
Some whom are born with Leo in Neptune feel that the world owes them automatic appreciation. If they have any common sense, they will keep this to themselves. If not, they may find out that the world feels differently. Leo Neptune is usually popular, and will have many followers. Their natural charisma makes them into a beacon to those inclined to admire those who lead.
Neptune in Cancer is patriotic and tends to idealize their country. This may make it difficult for them to see the flaws in their nation’s policies. They glorify their homes, taking great pride in a beautiful, well-kept home. Along with their homes comes the enjoyment of domestic tasks like cooking. Food is important to Cancer Neptune, and they enjoy preparing delicious meals with their family. They may have a weakness for sweets, which can create health problems if they are not careful.
Neptune in Cancer loves children, family and motherhood. They may have unrealistic ideas about what family is really like, however. It can be difficult for them to acknowledge troubles in their relationships. They would rather ignore a problem and hope it goes away than work on it. Emotionally sensitive, Cancer Neptune is empathic. They may have psychic abilities. They can be overly sentimental.
Cancer Neptune dreams of the ideal home and family. They can be very protective and emotional about them. Family traditions are very important to them. Their family history may spark an interest in genealogy or other research.
Neptune in Cancer is intuitive and lovable. They are able to understand the joys and sorrows of those around them. They may be good at counselling because of their empathy. They have a lot of friends because they are so likeable. They are no stranger to self-sacrifice. They may be a bit self-indulgent, that may lead some to alcohol or drugs. They may be possessive, but it is in response to the emotional security they feel they need. Love, money and land represent protection against all ills to the Cancer Neptune. They have a close tie to birth and infancy. If they work at improving themselves, they can hold their ideal family as something to strive for rather than using the imperfect reality as an excuse.
Neptune in Gemini is versatile, especially when it comes to education, communication and children. They may have an idealized view of the world. They can also be easily fooled because they tend to become blinded by their passions. They are easy to get along with, and they can often achieve much in the fields of communication or logical reasoning.
Gemini Neptune is gifted mentally. They may possess talents with the occult, they may be able to prophesy, or they may be able to inspire. They are sensitive to vibrations in their surroundings. They may be terrific speakers or writers; if they go in another direction they may excel in math or mechanics. They may also have problems concentrating. They may have restless minds that are wavering or inclined towards fraud or deception. They may end up being taken advantage of by others.
Gemini Neptune likes fiction and poetry. They possess great curiosity
about paranormal phenomena, astrology and the rest of the metaphysical topics. They may be non-emotional about religion, and they easily see the flaws in religious dogma. They need to work hard not to become nothing but empty words. It takes work to keep their heart in everything they do. They can be brilliant at explaining the darkest mystery, or they can just babble. Clarity of mind is necessary for Neptune in Gemini to bring wisdom to the surface for us all to learn from.
Neptune in Taurus dreams of their possessions. They are material-oriented. Once they get going, it is difficult to get them to stop. They may get fixated on a matter such as romance and not be able to let it go. They are practical, even when they dream.
They have the ability to overcome challenges in their path, and may find themselves achieving more than they thought they would. They are kind and make terrific companions. They appreciate beautiful things and enjoy art and music. They may overindulge their sensuous nature, however and suffer consequences because of their greediness.
Taurus Neptune has the gift of incorporating their ideals into everyday life. They like to work on practical projects like the environment, places for others to enjoy like parks, and construction. Anything they design is aesthetically beautiful. They have a hard time understanding how anyone can build anything unattractive. They spend their time in artistic ways rather than delving into metaphysical matters.
Neptune in Taurus may be inspired or confused when it comes to financial matters. They can even put a practical spin on spirituality, making it fit their everyday existence. Taurus Neptune can make their home anywhere. It is easy for them to put down roots and stay. They are part of the real world of nature. They are able to bring in Nature’s grace and poetry into the mundane world in a way that everyone accepts and appreciates it, even if they are out to control Nature rather than be a part of it. They can easily separate the abstractions from the true world. They have a gift for making their words and works grow.
Neptune in Aries is full of energy. They can appear very impressive to others. They may be strongly into religion, seeking to convert others in their own personal crusade. Religion is very important. At the same time, they may not believe in a traditional religion.
They want to raise humanity to a higher plane of existence, which they can try to implement through peaceful ways or through anarchistic methods.
They are not afraid to begin projects that began in their imagination. They do have a weakness they can be deceived in matters about which they feel passionately. They are good at dissolving barriers, however and can achieve marvelous things. Neptune in Aries questions long-held beliefs and ideals. They seek alternatives to what they grew up with.
Neptune in Aries makes radical changes in art, literature and music. They are avant garde in taste. They work best when following their intuitive impulses. They are very interested in survival needs, and will have many creative ideas on how to make things work.
Aries Neptune may find themselves idealizing battles of all types. They see the glory of physical courage and warfare. They can find themselves willing to battle over a cause they consider sacred. They don’t really see a line between spirituality and war. They may forget to be skeptical about things long enough to see the real picture.
Neptune in Aries may see themselves as a hero of sorts. They may be imperfect, but they don’t think far enough ahead to worry about whether they will be in danger or not. If they believe in the cause, whether it is religious or to help someone, they will rally round the flag and head into battle
Neptune, God of the Sea, is the ruler of Pisces. In astrology, Neptune is considered a planet of inspiration, dreams, psychic receptivity, illusion, and confusion. Neptune rules spirituality, and all things subtle. A youthful, and sometimes naive, spirit characterizes those with a strong placement of Neptune in their natal charts.
On the up side, Neptune is associated with intuition and spiritual enlightenment. As well, it is a planet of mercy and compassion. The more negative manifestations of Neptune include deception, trickery, deceit, guilt, and addiction.
In the chart, the position of Neptune by sign will be shared with other people in the same generation due to Neptune’s slow movement in the heavens. By house, Neptune’s position shows where intuition, dreams, and psychic sensitivity come into play. Natives may be able to rise above the demands of the ego in the areas of Neptune’s influence.
Planets that Neptune contact are often colored by fantasy and dreaminess, and a vulnerable nature that may be susceptible to disillusionment. Here, we find hope that is sometimes unrealistic, a poetic and intuitive outlook, and compassion.