neptune astrologyNeptune is a cold planet located between Uranus and Pluto. Visible only with the aid of a telescope, it is a large, gaseous planet with a turbulent atmosphere consisting of hydrogen, helium, and methane. This violent environment is caused by a storm the size of Earth, called the Great Dark Spot, which circles Neptune every 18.3 hours.

The unusual events surrounding the discovery of Neptune, an astrological symbol for illusion, are quite fitting for this elusive planet. Neptune was first sighted by Galileo in December 1612. Instead of identifying Neptune as a planet, Galileo believed it was a moon of Jupiter and did not research it further. It was not until 1845, more than two centuries later, that a British astronomer published that Uranus’s orbit was the result of a planetary body.

It was suggested that Neptune be named after the Roman god of the sea. In the early 20th century, this name was confirmed after astronomers learned of Neptune’s watery interior. Neptune, the only other “blue” planet, was discovered in 1846. Its slow orbit around our Zodiac ensures that its effect is generational in nature.

Neptune (Greek: Poseidon) was the brother of Jupiter (Zeus) and Pluto (Hades). After defeating their father Saturn (Cronos) in the Trojan War, the brothers divided the world into three parts. Jupiter took command of the sky, Pluto the underworld, and Neptune rulership of the Earth’s water.

Mythology reveals Neptune as having a violent temper as well as a savage and unpredictable nature. When angered, his rage often displayed itself through storms and earthquakes on land and at sea, making them much feared especially by seafarers.

Floods and droughts were also common results of his wrath. Neptune’s correlation with the sea is quite symbolic as was his association with the sign of Pisces from the first century C.E.

This connection was adopted by many modern astrologers, who consider Neptune the ruler of Pisces. As a seafaring god, Neptune’s role in mythology connects him with all maritime matters and liquids. As such, boats, sailing, fish, sea creatures, bodies of water, fog, and floods all fall under his domain.

Psychologically speaking, the sea symbolizes the collective and personal unconscious as well as all that is part of the subtle, intangible side of human existence. Thus, Neptune speaks to the intuitive mind, inspiration and imagination, dreams and psychic receptivity. Yet, the depth of water often distorts vision causing illusion or disillusionment, and bringing states of confusion, escapism and suffering.

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.

In the birth chart, Neptune indicates the ability to see beyond the finite self and world in order to experience unity with a greater whole. It seeks to dissolve the limitations and boundaries of the physical world by beautifying life or raising it to a higher level through displays of compassion, service, and creative force. This inner desire is often sought through artistic or spiritual experience.

These activities allow one to escape the bonds of the mundane reality for a time. Through suffering, the wisdom of Neptune helps to flow through difficulties, leading towards levels of consciousness beyond the ego and providing the capacity to see the unity in all. Hence, Neptune teaches empathy and the highest form of love. Neptune is the higher expression or octave of the planet Venus.

Venus symbolizes personal love and harmonization with others, while Neptune represents universal love and unity with the cosmos. Neptune
refines and sensitizes everything it touches such that one steps beyond the crudeness and coarseness within and embraces the capacity for unselfish devotion and giving.

Individuals with this planet prominent in their horoscope often feel a need to merge or submerge themselves in a group, even to the point of sacrificing their own interests for a collective belief (such as a religious or political movement). It is also possible such individuals are susceptible to victimization or an attitude of being the victim.

A true Neptunian feels connected with everything. They are naturally kind and caring towards others and display a great love of animals and all helpless creatures. Often individuals with a strong Neptune care for the problems of others as if they were their own and can get so tangled with others’ vibrations that they require some degree of solitude in order to revitalize themselves and separate their thoughts and feelings from those of others. Otherwise, it is quite easy for these individuals to become lost in the clouds, unable to separate reality from illusion.

This sensitivity supports Neptune’s connection with addiction, alcohol, intoxicants, and hallucinogenic drugs as a means of escaping the difficulties of the world and the fear of connecting or merging with a
higher source.

Neptune is also the embodiment of imagination and artistic sensitivity. Its gifts include artistic and musical talents, imagination, inspiration, and visionary abilities. Its artistic capacities include film, photography, dance, and painting.

This planet is also associated with mysticism and spiritual enlightenment. Thus, matters of religion connect Neptune with saints, nuns, monks, priests, churches, alters, and other dimensions.

Neptune moves very slowly in the sky, completing an orbit of the Sun every 164.79 years, meaning it stays almost 14 years in each sign of the zodiac. Because of its slow movement, its significance in a zodiacal sign is often considered more generational than individual, describing shifts of ideology within society.

However, its house placement in the birth chart shows in what area of life it is easiest to delude one’s self or where one has and can make use of intuitive sensitivity and creativity in order to fulfill one’s highest ideals. There is often a deep sense of mission and a willingness to sacrifice personal interest, rising above the demands of the ego, for the larger good in the attainment of this ideal.

Its placement is also where one is most attuned with the higher realms. Negative manifestations of Neptune can include escapism (including addictions), deception (including self-deception), confusion, depression, guilt, and vagueness. Planets in aspect with Neptune are inclined towards fantasy, dreaminess, and a vulnerable nature, making its expression susceptible to disillusionment.

Neptune Astrology is associated with those forces that tend to do away with such artificial barriers as time, space, ego, and national borders. It might be seen as the higher, more spiritual, form of Venus.

Its qualities include universality, idealism, compassion, spirituality, formlessness, elusiveness, secrecy, mystery, fantasy, and delusion. All states of consciousness that destroy the limitations of normal waking consciousness indicate Neptune’s influence.

Neptune’s glyph is the trident of Poseidon, God of the Seas. Much about this Planet is fluid (Neptune rules the oceans, rivers, etc. 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.

The house that Neptune inhabits in your horoscope tells you where you can
access the most profound level of intuition — and where you’re prone to
 Neptune in the first house: You’re impressionable, dreamy, and fluid.
Your intuition is acute, but you can easily become dependent. You con-
fuse and fascinate people; they aren’t sure who you are or what you’re
up to because your identity seems to shift. There’s a good chance that
you have musical or artistic ability.
 Neptune in the second house: You have an intuitive sense of how to
make money. You can even earn money through spiritual pursuits. But
you also have the ability to be defrauded because you haven’t a clue
about the mechanics of saving money, and as a result, your financial
affairs are likely to be chaotic. Hire a responsible earth sign to help.
 Neptune in the third house: You’re impressionable, imaginative, and
highly sensitive to language. Persuasive but easily distracted, you soak
up knowledge and have poetic ability. You’re also gullible — and no one
knows how to fool you better than your brothers and sisters.
 Neptune in the fourth house: The members of your family are an
unusual lot. Their influence is powerful and subtle, and you find it diffi-
cult to separate from them. You may have inherited psychic ability.
 Neptune in the fifth house: You’re artistic and sensitive, but you find it
difficult to focus your creativity. Platonic relationships and secret affairs
may characterize your romantic life, and you’re drawn to people who
mystify you. Your children (should you conquer your ambivalence about
that subject and decide to become a parent) are likely to be impression-
able and gentle, and you have a strong psychic tie with them.
 Neptune in the sixth house: You tend to get caught in the web of office
politics, and the physical aspects of regular jobs — the fluorescent
lights, the hideous decor — make you long for escape. Job possibilities
exist in film, pharmacology, music, fashion, and anything connected to
the sea. Keep in mind that your health complaints are seldom solved
through Western-style medicine. Doctors have difficulty diagnosing you,
and you do better with more intuitive healing styles.
 Neptune in the seventh house: Moody people and artistic souls attract
you. You seek your spiritual soul mate, but in your confusion about rela-
tionships, you may sacrifice yourself to an image or ideal that has noth-
ing to do with your actual partner. Idealism about relationships is
wonderful, but only when it’s tempered with realism.

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