|Neptune's Horses by Walter Crane.|
Neptune, the great god of the sea, has dived into the ocean of Pisces. This is a moment laced with magic for each of us. How and where can we find it?
That great numinous beast (with the help of his white horses) spreads glamour, confusion, dissipation, illusion, an indefinable feeling of God, the desire to disappear into the great ocean of the universe. Where Neptune goes, boundaries dissolve, what was once reliable disappears, mirages manifest. All this is more so now that he is super-powered in his own sign.
I have to admit – on a personal level I am very excited since I have a huge amount of Piscean energy in my chart. I feel sure I can hear the mermaids calling – or is that my imagination?
Neptune often acts malevolently – drugs, alcohol, the creeps, masochism, lying, deceit. But I want to think about how you can use this transit positively, especially since it's going to be effecting your life for the next decade and more.
Neptune will be in Pisces from now (with a brief retrograde back into Aquarius this autumn and winter) until January 2026. That's a long time.
0°, where Neptune is now, and will return to later in the year, is often a significant moment. Pay attention to yourself now and how you are feeling and see if you can find any clues about how Neptune in Pisces may work for you later.
So I've been wondering how Neptune's sign change will work on a personal level. Obviously, it depends on the shape of your chart – how strong Neptune is natally, how much Pisces you have and which natal planets Neptune will transit by conjunction, square etcetera.
In the very broadest sense, everyone born with Neptune in Scorpio – which is rather a lot of people (anyone born in the mid-50s to early 70s) – should be able to drink in this new Neptune energy with greater ease than in the previous decade. However, that is too wide a generalisation to be truly useful.
Here are some thoughts I've had about the signs, but please think of this as opening a window onto new possibilities, not a definite prediction. I figure if you read your Sun sign and rising sign, you should be able to think the Neptune, but if you read the lot you'll be able to feel the Neptune.
Aries - Dreams
Neptune is in its own sign and house: this is good, but powerful. Your magic comes in the area of ancestors, the past, your psychological inheritance. Neptune has left the part of your chart associated with aspirations, so you may find that you take that reality, in some way brings you up short at first, but once you get in to this transit, I feel that Neptune will become your friend. Also certain friendships that have been part of your life for the past decade may now fade away. I have some personal experience of this and can tell you that this is a very comfortable placement for Neptune. Of all the signs, you should be feeling the most relaxed about this change.
Taurus - Fellow Feeling
You may find that the direction your desires take you changes subtly over the next decade. Whereas before you were focused on material stability, you may find yourself seeking a deeper spiritual connection to the world and to the people around you. Neptune has left your status and career sector, suggesting that he has done his work there perhaps expanding your ambitions or helping you carve out a career in a "Neptunian" industry such as film, music or even fishing. I know someone who has been building bridges. On the other hand, you may have felt oddly directionless for a Taurus – unable to make a job stick, strangely dissatisfied if it did. That feeling should be truly over now as you move into the next decade.
Gemini - Imaginative Work
There are two obvious ways this could work: either your career could go very off course or you could find yourself shifting focus into a more Neptunian sphere – film, music, caring, charity – anything associated with water. I have seen more than one person with this transit who has found the audience (or clientele) for their creative work go global. As a Gemini, you could well suffer from living life in the shallows but Neptune in the career sector of your chart will help you connect your work and ambition with wider and deeper humanity.
Cancer - Faith
As a water sign, you have some affinity with Neptune and he will be at a nice angle to your Sun for the next decade, lending a certain glamorous aura to you personally. I think he'll simply help you become even more attractive (is that possible?!). He is also traveling through the house of religion and higher knowledge for you, which is an excllent place for him. You may well look back on this time and see it as an inner pilgrimage. By the way, if you've had any difficulty keeping tabs on investments or other monies (not salary), that time should be over.
Leo - Touching Souls
|Sunrise with sea monsters - JMW Turner|
Virgo - Power Partner
Your partner is about to become far more powerful and active than you would have thought possible. This may not be obvious immediately, but over the next decade watch your darling grow from strength to strength. If you're single, look out for Neptunian types. I know they have a bad rap in astrology - drunks, junkies, leeches - but they are also poets, musicians, sailors and simply sun sign Pisces. I have come across people with Neptune natally in the house of partnerships and I've seen all of these potentials play out. You've had Neptune disrupting your daily routine for almost a decade now, perhaps with some indefinable illness or a chronic complaint. You may not leave this behind now – that's not how astrology works – but you may find you have greater clarity about what exactly you need to do to cope on a daily basis. One word of warning, watch out for needy Neptunian types coming into your life.
Libra - Everyday Magic
You like things in your day to day life to be just so, dear Libra, but you may find that you have far less control of your routine over the next decade. The time has come for you to go with the flow. Your best tactic is not to fight it, but allow the Neptunian energy to take you where it will. Neptune has been at an especially lucky angle for you in the last decade, giving you true artistic inspiration. Don't worry, this won't go, but think about taking that inspiration and applying it to every aspect of your life. Allow your inner artist to touch everything you do.
Scorpio - Artistic Inspiration
Lucky you - a decade of inspiration. Your artistic nature is about to be touched by Neptune's magic wand. As a water sign, you have a natural affinity with the big blue planet and he will be at a lovely angle to your Sun for the coming decade.Your children may also be a source of inspiration for you but if you have teenagers you may find that you need to keep a close eye on them. If you're not on the ball, this could be the decade when your child drifts away from you while your head was turned. If any of your children are musical give them all the support you can.
Sagittarius - The Sea, The Sea
Have you thought about moving to the seaside? Or going to live by a lake? For you, embracing the energy of Neptune in Pisces is probably more straightforward than anyone else. Make your home near water or, if that's just not possible, bring water into your home – sea paintings, a fish tank, a fountain. When you have this kind of major transit it's a good idea to embrace the Neptune rather than run away; since in some way I can't define, the boundaries of what you call home may become hazy.
Capricorn - Music
|Remember what Odysseus had to do to pass the sirens…|
Aquarius - Cashflow
Your experience of the noughties may have been, well, weird. Neptune transiting Aquarius saw the rise of that most Aquarian of activities - social networking - but how did it effect Aquarians personally? Well, you know, speaking uber-broadly, I've seen quite a lot of romance - and Neptune is romantic. I've seen you being idealised and pedestelled and the things Aquarius stands for (humanitarianism, technology, science) glamorised. Take that with you into the next decade, because actually, this Neptune placement could see you making a lot of money. I know you don't care tuppence for gold, but better money flowing in than out - right. Because that's the other way it could go. Use your talents to benefit everyone, and you will benefit morally and financially - it's that simple.
Pisces - Grace
One thing's for certain, the world's about to get a swamp of a lot more Piscean over the next decade, so it should be nice and wet for you, little fishes. Your friend Aquarius has been having this transit since 1997, so take a good look at what happened to Aquariocity in that time, and think about how that could apply to fishiness. Neptune often shows us what's fashionable, glamorous, sexy - that's going to be you and the stuff you like. Be yourself as deeply as you can be Pisces – and I don't mean get drunk and fall down, or get confused and go to sleep. Dream your dreams, but now is the time to share them.