The planet Neptune
Neptune is a large gaseous planet on the outskirts of our solar system and is not visible to the naked eye, however, it can be seen by a powerful telescope. It takes 165 years for Neptune to revolve around the Sun. Its bluish clouds and hazy structure of the surface have earned this giant the name of the “blue” planet.
Neptune has the second strongest gravity in the solar system after Jupiter. No wonder Pisces has such a magnetic pull! With its perpetual storms and active climate, Neptune is known to stir up drama and confusion. This can have a disorienting effect, making it difficult to stay in touch with what is ‘real’. Neptune personalities aren’t exactly known for their stellar logic. But sympathy? Absoutely! People with the planet Neptune strongly placed in their chart make great therapists, shamans and healers.
According to astrology, Neptune rules everything below the surface and the watery flow of creativity. Nearly 2.8 billion kilometers from the Sun, like its neighbors Uranus and Pluto, Neptune rules the unseen aspects of personality – especially the subconscious mind: dreams, fantasies and even delusions.
In Roman tradition, Neptune is the god of the seas. The esoteric and spiritual realms are also the domain of Neptune. Every time you create a vision board or use the law of attraction (“what you focus on manifests”), you are working those Neptunian vibrations.
Neptune is the planet of escape, fantasy and spiritualism. It is a guiding light for humanity, one of the main functions that advances human society and consciousness.
Neptune in astrology
Ruling the zodiac sign of Pisces, the role Neptune plays within astrology is spiritual development. People strongly influenced by Neptune often find freedom from the demands of their ego.
In astrology, Neptune is considered a planet of inspiration, dreams, psychic receptivity, illusion and confusion. Neptune rules spirituality and all things subtle.
On the positive side, Neptune is associated with intuition and spiritual enlightenment. Moreover, it is a planet of mercy and compassion. Neptune’s most negative manifestations include deceit, trickery, guilt, and addiction.
The planets Neptune comes into contact with are often colored with fantasy and daydreaming, and a vulnerable nature that can be prone to disillusionment. We find here a sometimes unrealistic hope, a poetic and intuitive look and compassion.
Neptune relates to the deepest wells of the subconscious and governs all aspects of our life that are unseen and mysterious. This planet is associated with those subtle forces of life that dissolve and undermine the artificial barriers of time and ego.
Due to its distance from the Sun, Neptune needs 165 years to circle the Sun. Thus, Neptune will linger in a single sign for an average of fifteen years, shaping the generations. Divinely inspired creativity comes from Neptune (with help from Venus). This is where we tap into the right brain, releasing logic and letting pure creative impulse flow through us.
The planet Neptune in the natal chart
In chart interpretation, Neptune’s position by house and aspect represents our view of perfection and ideal. Neptune rules our dream world and imagination, and its placement in the birth chart describes what we dream or fantasize about and what we truly yearn for. People with a strong Neptune presence are drawn into careers associated with the « imaginary » worlds of film, theater, art, dance, poetry and, of course, religion.
A youthful, and sometimes naive, spirit characterizes those who have a strong Neptune placement in their natal charts.
The house Neptune occupies in the birth chart shows where intuition, dreams, and psychic sensitivity come into play. It reveals an area of life where we tend to ignore or avoid reality. We attach spirituality to the areas of life governed by the house. Often we chase dreams and illusions in these areas of life.
Neptune’s position in the birth chart shows that we have many dreams, hopes, and wishes; it indicates where we are particularly idealistic; where we could give more, or on the contrary, avoid responsibilities. Neptune indicates where we might feel vague discontent or spiritual longing, and where we might have too many expectations. Neptune’s position can reveal some of the karma we experience.