Jupiter trine Neptune: Beyond beyondness…

The final episode in my mini-series of key planetary aspects for 2017…

Oh, I’m looking forward to this one. I’m looking forward to when Jupiter moves into Scorpio, but when Jupiter hooks up with Neptune? Both my chart rulers talking the same language? Oh yes, that’s what dreams are made of.

The thing I like best about this aspect is the idea of selfless generosity and inclusivity attached to it – the concept that there is room for everyone. I’m not just talking about people, races, cultures, colours, religion, love. I’m also talking about ideas and voices. Who’s to say that there’s not room for us all? There’s magic in this one.

Anyways, let’s break it down:

  • Jupiter is about faith, expansion, trust, abundance. Jupiter wants you to be “bigger” than you are – to expand past your existing boundaries.
  • Neptune is about the dissolution of boundaries, beyondness, selflessness, idealism, illusion, dreams. Neptune wants to dissolve the ego to lift you to something higher.
  • Trines are about ease and flow. Whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily. Obstacles will be removed. This doesn’t mean that it will be good or painless, just that whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily!

Ok, so putting it all together, what does it mean?

This is probably the most likely aspect to promote feelings of humanitarianism, spirituality, and sharing of any aspect we’ll see this year. It’s hopeful, it’s idealistic, and it’s inspiring in the true sense of the word.

The Timing?

This aspect will be exact on December 3, 2017 at 11 Scorpio/Pisces.

Who is impacted?

While Jupiter trine Neptune will form part of the astro weather forecast for all of us in that first week or so of December, the people most impacted will be:

  • Anyone whose Ascendant or Sun is ruled by Jupiter or Neptune – that means Pisces, or Sagittarius. More specifically:
  • Anyone with planets (especially personal planets) or chart points at between 9-13 Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer.

Not sure if this is you?

Duck back and check out the toolkit I published the other day for all the links you need.

The advice?

If there are any dangers associated with this aspect, they’re around trusting the wrong people, and a tendency to idealise a situation. As for personal goals and ambitions? Yeah, not the best aspect for that either, but you know what? This is all happening in December – there’ll be plenty of time for that sort of thing when 2018 comes around.

Next time: This concludes my mini-series on 2017 aspects. I could keep going and look at Jupiter into Scorpio and Saturn into Capricorn, and…but this will keep us going for now!

Don’t forget, if you want to stay on top of your daily forecasts, you can pick up a copy of the astro diary that I collaborated on, or you can bag yourself a copy of Sally Kirkman’s 2017 Horoscope

Something about Mercury, Neptune and a name…

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So anyways, it’s been a mad mad week. In parts it’s also been a mad bad week.

This has been partly because I’m just back from holidays* and (in this weeks surprising news) wanted to still be on holidays, and partly because it’s been mad and bad and bad and mad in the partition job.

On Friday I literally went from unrelated issue to unrelated issue and back again. All completely random, all unplanned, all requiring a decision or action or another piece of my brain to be thinking.

That’s the way it is at present. I’m juggling a 5 day a week extremely busy corporate job. I leave home at 7 and generally walk back through the door at a similar time that night. Then I work on my novel** or my blogs or whatever.

I have the copy editor booked for the end of Feb, so my priority is getting that final structural piece completed by then. In the meantime, I also have a big astro writing job with deliverables each week for the next 6 or 7 weeks. It’s mad, it’s chaotic, and it’s using every piece of planning and prioritising at my disposal.

And, as we speak, Neptune is exactly conjunct my Mercury***.

Yet, I’m coping. In a way it’s giving me the fluidity to go from crisis to crisis without thinking. Somehow it’s making the whole multiple hat thing easier.

I have a list of outstanding posts I want to write here, but they’ll need to wait a few weeks. If I’m not around much on Facebook, blogs, email etc, you know why.

Anyways, another thing that has come up- and it’s something I need to make a decision on very soon…the name I’m publishing under.

I thought I’d already made this decision- yes, last time Neptune was hanging around Mercury…although there really hasn’t been a time over the last couple of years where it hasn’t been in orb.

I decided I’d publish my fiction under a pseudonym to keep it separate from my astro. I was so adamant I even created an author page under my alter-ego Tracey Hamill.

Just lately I’ve been wondering.

Then last week a few things happened.

I came across a fiction book by Jessica Adams that had nothing to do with astrology. Sure, I knew she wrote fiction, in fact I’d read this particular book years ago- but I hadn’t connected the dots. You can be an astrologer and a fiction writer. Who would have thought it?

Then I listened to a podcast featuring a woman I admire a lot- Dr Anita Heiss. She has absolutely nothing to do with astrology. Nothing. But she writes across numerous genres and makes absolutely no effort at all to keep her readership separate. She is her brand, and her readers know whether they’re picking up her fiction, her non fiction or her poetry…or anything else. You can write under the same name across numerous genres. Who would have thought it?

I’m walking a lot at present, so bingeing on podcasts, and the very next one I listened to was about pseudonyms- and when they’re a good idea.

The following episode featured a man who writes erotic fiction under a female name while being a marketing manager and buyer for a large book distributor by day. That was a great example of when it’s a good idea to have a pseudonym. I’m no longer convinced that my reasons are as good. I’ve worked hard to build a “brand” of sorts, and regardless of genre, my writing voice is my voice.

Having said that, it would be fun to have a shot at writing erotic fiction (hello, Mars in Scorpio in the 8th), but if I ever do, I won’t be publicising that particular pseudonym ;).

Another thing Neptune- Mercury conjunctions are good for is making you aware of random repetitions, synchronicity (if you like)…those little events that on their own mean nothing, but together invite you to take notice. So I am.

I’m now almost as adamant that I’ll be re-creating that author page under my own name after all- but I won’t be making the final call until Mercury is well and truly direct.

I’m currently at cover design phase, so have a couple of weeks until I sign off on that.

What do you think?

*If you want to know what I did on holidays, duck across to and anyways.

** If you want to know more about my novel, you can read about it here.

***If you want to know more about Neptune conjunct Mercury, I’ve posted something here.

Love the Fall- Neptune Retrograde

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Neptune is now retrograde- and will be until 15 November.

Being the planet of spiritualism and delusion can be exhausting- all those artists to inspire, all that illusion to create, all that intuition and psychic ability to enhance, all that fog and wonderful haze.

The downside of a Neptune transit, however, can be an increased need to escape, self-doubt and paranoia (very often for no reason) and an absent minded “whatever” attitude. That would be the fog and haze.

Neptune transits are a time of heightened awareness, amazing mini series dreams and an unconscious need for spiritual growth of some description- this may be religious, it may be something else…but it will be true to your soul. You may be lifted into the rosy glow of a new romance, you may run off and join the circus or take to your bed with exhaustion for the duration of the transit. And then it’s over.

Key words we associate with Neptune are intuitive, deceptive, fantasy, dreamy, highly sensitised, escapist and delusional. Yep Pisces characteristics all wrapped up in a single planet.

When Neptune turns retrograde, all of this turns inwards and intensifies. What can you do? Your focus is off, your judgement is off, your intuition is heightened and your sense of reality is distorted.

During the retrograde period, Neptune becomes more Neptunian. Your intuition will be heightened and you may suddenly get insights into something you have been struggling with. Seeing things clearer, you may no longer be able to deny truths that you have been…well, denying- something that I personally do an awful lot of. Sometimes it can be hard to listen to what we need to listen to- and that is where the escapist nature of Neptune may also come into play. During the retrograde period you may be more inclined to run away into whatever is your favourite way of escaping. Not a great idea- you will have to emerge from the self induced alcoholic haze (or is that just me) at some point & see reality for what it is.

The answer? Go with it. But make your lists, identify what is really important and try and stay on game. Sometimes it’s worth checking in every so often and asking yourself if what you’re doing (or about to do) means anything.

Pisceans will be more Piscean now. Anyone with Neptune closely aspecting the Ascendant, Sun or Moon will be more Piscean now. Anyone who has personal planets or chart points at or around 3 Pisces- 8 Pisces will be particular susceptible to the very special charms of this planet. Anyone with planets or major chart points at the station points (4 Pisces 48’ and 7 Pisces 36’) will require their fog lights.

Something about how to bake a dream…

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Thursday 14 November

Moon in Aries

Neptune Direct

There are certain words and phrases that us astrologers are contracted to use a certain number of times a week.

Words like:

Journey

Closure

Dream

Vision

Path

Transformation

Growth

Let go

It’s a little like Service Level Agreement (SLA), or Key Performance Indicator (KPI), or our version of the metaphors (often mixed) that are used in the workplace that I like to call wank bingo. Today I’m going for my weeks quota worth with dream.

You see Neptune has just turned direct. Around thirty six minutes before I started to write this- to be precise-ish. Not that you would have noticed it- Neptune’s effect is subtle, barely there- on the surface, anyway. Anyone who has been or is going through a Neptune transit knows that the impact can be huge. A little like how that cupcake looks like it could only have a teeny amount of calories in it- something that beautiful couldn’t possibly cause that much of a movement on the scales, could it?

Most of us have a dream, a vision of the future, an idea of how things could be. The very nature of that dream is often idealistic, and couched in terms of if only. That’s ok- that’s what dreams are made of…

In fact, a recipe for a decent dream might look something like:

Take a pinch of illusion, a touch of delusion, a smidgeon of glamor, a dollop of idealism and mix it together with a good whack of fairy dust. Spoon into a cupcake tins and bake for as long as it takes.

Sometime we take our dreams out and turn them into goals.

Sometimes we forget to turn the oven on.

Often we just continue to, well, dream.

Over the last five months, Neptune has been retrograde- our dreams have been directed inwards, happily baking away.

But now the buzzer is going.

Will you be opening the oven door, and bringing your dreams out? Icing them, decorating them and consuming them? Or will you be leaving them to bake a little longer…

It’s time…

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Saturn conjunct Neptune

Warning: This post is longer than usual…

Ok, I’m going to talk about something that the thought of writing about made me have a sneaky little mouth vomit.

I’m going to talk about, gulp, an age thing. Given that I like to think there’ll be a cure for old age by the time I get there, that’s a big thing for me to talk about.

Actually, that’s not strictly correct, I’m going to talk about a transit that will be happening to all of us of a certain age over the next 12 months or so. I’m talking about Saturn conjunct Neptune.

Yes, I know I don’t normally write a lot about transits between inter personal (ie Jupiter and Saturn) and outer planets, but if I had a dollar for every reader who has commented, messaged or emailed with any of the following:

  • I’m having a Saturn- Neptune conjunction
  • I’ve just made it through a Saturn- Neptune conjunction
  • I’m worried- I have a Saturn-Neptune conjunction coming up

…I’d not need to be worrying so much about getting a publishing contract.

So, here’s the deal.

  • If you were born between August 1957 and January 1970 you have Neptune in Scorpio- which means that at some point before December 2014, Saturn will conjunct Neptune… possibly more than once (depending on the retrograde cycle).
  • If you were born prior to December 1961, it’s already happened.
  • This is a transit that is common to our entire generation.

Surely it’s more personal that that?

Absolutely.

When it comes to this sort of transit- inter personal/outers or outers to outers- it’s not so much the fact that it’s happening, but where in the chart it is happening for you.

What makes it even more personal is what other aspects it’s triggering in your chart and what each of the transiting planets means to you.

Ok, let’s break it down. As Saturn is the transiting planet, we’ll deal with it first.

Saturn

The essential nature of Saturn is cold and dry. In the body it represents the processes of ageing and anything of a chronic nature. The direction of the energy is limiting, confining, binding and restricting. And, not to put the frighteners out, in terms of medical astrology, Saturn is the chief disease producing planet. Eeew.

When it comes to Saturn transits you usually have a choice- do you want to be depressed or do you want to be exhausted? As I said, eeew. Make no bones about it- Saturn transits are hard- they’re designed that way. We can, however, make them even harder…

The right choice here is, you knew it, exhausted. Why? Because you’ve given it your all. Saturn transits call for serious mountain climbing and the absolute best that you can do. Go with it and while you will be exhausted, self respect will follow. Look for the easy way out and well, you’ll be left with at the least melancholia and a feeling of alone-ness.

That’s the theory.

The other thing about Saturn transits, as well as giving us astrologers the opportunity to use naff phrases like:

  • Climb a mountain
  • It’s about the journey
  • One foot in front of the other

…is that it’s a little like going to that boot camp session that you’re dreading. You think of reasons to get out of it, make excuses, procrastinate, ask whether there’s something else you can do instead- something that’s not quite so hard. But when you’re in there, it’s somehow not as bad as when it was hanging over your head…well, that’s the theory.

The other thing about Saturn is that despite everything, he’s actually focused on the future. Saturn doesn’t want you to stay the same- he wants you to mature- although I really, really hate that word…but you get the idea.

Neptune

Aaah Neptune.

The essential nature of Neptune is warm and moist. The planet of deception, it’s hypnotic, pulsating and comatic in energy. Yes, you heard it, comatic. Neptune can take you to a different state of being. In medical astrology, Neptune represents those obscure and hard to diagnose ailments.

Wherever Neptune is in the chart is where you might be operating under a delusion, daydreaming, escaping. It’s where you need to learn to function intuitively. It’s where you need to learn the difference between wishes, fear and reality.

And that’s where this transit comes into play.

Saturn conjunct Neptune

I don’t know about you, but I far prefer my Neptunian illusions and dream world (hello, note my comment earlier about there being a cure for growing old) than the maturity of the real world.

And therein lies the challenging part of this transit. Of course we’re going to feel like crap when our wishes and illusions are held up to be not as real as we may have thought. Of course we’ll have doubts and question what we’re about and what our dreams really mean.

The thing is, in true Neptune fashion, things are not as bad as they seem- we just think they are…at the time. Of course we feel this way- we might be feeling as though our dreams will never come true.

In seeing through the fog, we’re also able to see the irrationality in fears and put structures in place to make our dreams real- a little like when you take a bucket list item out of the bucket and bring it onto the table. You’re taking a dream and making it real. Whether you do anything about it is, of course up to you.

Once something is out of the bucket, it can’t go back. It can, however, be built and given form. Fairy dust, however, is not the main ingredient. Not this time.

You might tell me that you’ve done the work, that you’ve let go of what you need to, but have you really? Have you really done everything, stripped yourself bare- metaphorically speaking? I know I haven’t. Not really.

Naturally there’s a health warning with this transit as well, and you know what? At our age (I can say that because all of us having this transit are, by definition, of a certain age) we should be getting regular scans and check ups as a matter of course.

Does this mean that all of us will come down with some obscure, chronic difficult to diagnose until it’s too late type of disease? Hardly- imagine the strain on the medical system if that were the case! It is, however, better to be proactive about these things rather than wait until it’s too late.

I have Saturn in the 1st house, so as I’ve said before, all Saturn transits have an impact on my health and body. I will be taking my head out of the neptunian sand and getting in for some long overdue check-ups.

Not all Saturn-Neptune Transits are created equally

I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again.

Your Saturn-Neptune transit will depend on:

  • What house natal Neptune is in- this is where Saturn is transiting and where you’ll find the big picture behind the transit.
  • What house natal Saturn is in.
  • What houses are ruled by Saturn and Neptune.
  • How Saturnian are you? How Neptunian are you? Generally those who are more Neptunian than Saturnian will have a tougher time of this transit. If you don’t know where you fit, check out this post.
  • What aspects are made by Neptune- all of these will be activated by the transit. Eg in my case Neptune forms the top part of a kite. The Saturn conjunction with Neptune will activate this. And, by the way, I choosing not to see that as a Bad Thing. Thankfully this time around trines and sextiles are involved.

This post has a refresher for analysing Saturn transits…

The Good news

Remember- if you’re reading this now, you’ve been through it before- 28 years ago…last time Saturn was in Scorpio.

I don’t know about you, but the dreams I put structure around at 18, are very different to the cycle I’m starting now…

The title is from Imagine Dragon’s song It’s Time… it feels right. Here’s the link.

So tired…

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Neptune trine Mars transits

I’ve had 8 hours sleep- spread over the last 2 days.

I’m exhausted.

In fact, I haven’t had any more than about 6 hours for what seems like the last few weeks, or it could be months. Most nights I average 5 hrs. Some high powered very productive people might be able to exist and function in polite society on that- I can’t. I feel like I’ve been tired forever. It’s probably why I succumbed to man flu the other week and why I still don’t feel 100%.

It’s felt as though my energy is gradually leaching out of me.

There are things I need to be doing, and the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Every time that I feel my strength is coming back, I do too much and have a relapse.

Yesterday I had one of those blinding flashes of the obvious- since August Neptune has been less than a degree away from trining Mars.

Mars represents our drive, our get up and go- the way in which we go after our desires, particularly that which our ego desires. Neptune dissolves things, adds a spiritual element. The trine helps it all happen quickly and easily. No wonder I’m tired.

Neptune first came within 1 degree of Mars back in March. When the trine was exact I was in Thailand on holiday. Rather than doing what I usually like to do on holiday ie run around, do as much and see as much as possible, an inconvenient head cold prompted me to spend the best part of a week lolling about on a deckchair on a beach in Phuket.

Looking back, that was Neptune speaking to me. Although I wasn’t inclined to listen to what she had to say, extreme tiredness and a virus forced me into action- or rather inaction.

My time on the deckchair allowed me to appreciate the now. It nourished my spirit and my imagination, and gave me an idea for a new fiction piece- the first draft of which I wrote when Neptune was trine Mercury in June and July.

If it wasn’t for the cold (which I’m convinced was the outcome of either an ill advised swim in a dodgy looking hotel pool in Bangkok or the accidental ingestion of dodgy water during Songkran celebrations) I wouldn’t have spent my days on that beach. And, if there’s a better place to spend a Neptune-Mars transit, I’d like to hear about it.

Neptune is retrograde now, so what I’m feeling is the second pass.

This time the trine was exact a few weeks ago.

It was the October Long Weekend and all I wanted to do was lie by the pool or catch up on TV. I hadn’t been sleeping, (I already told you that part) so didn’t have the energy to do what I’d scheduled to do that weekend- clean out the garage.

But, as we had a council clean up scheduled for that week, I had no choice but to push through. You guessed it- I ended up with another head cold, this time triggered by the dust etc that found its way up my nasal passages.

Neptune is notorious for opening the body up to invaders- infections, bacterias, viruses. Indeed it “rules” the immune system and lymphatic system- both of which are easily compromised in those of us with strong Piscean signatures.

Another thing Neptune rules is those poisons and substances masquerading as something else ie alcohol, tobacco, drugs, pharmaceuticals. Yesterday, when I connected the dots, I also acknowledged that my night-time wine has been creeping up without me really noticing it. Neptune is, after all, transiting my 12th house.

Sugar cravings are also creeping in- although I haven’t given into them yet. Combine the increased alcohol, sugar cravings, foggy brain, water retention, difficulty sleeping, asthma, and a myriad of other symptoms you don’t need to know about, and it’s obvious that my candida infection is out of control again. And yes, this is also something that Pisceans are prone to. Neptune does, after all rule (with Jupiter) my first house, so any Neptune transit will always have a 1st house impact for me.*

Neptune stations direct in a couple of weeks, at 2 Pisces 35’, just 30’ shy of exactly trine Mars. The third trine will be exact on Christmas Day, but the influence will still be with me until January.

The thing with Neptune/Mars transits is it’s about dissolving the ego and pushing the focus towards a higher, more spiritual purpose. The trouble starts when you don’t listen to the message- or, because of the pressures of normal life, are unable to listen to it.

I’m lucky. With contacts to the Ascendant, Moon, Sun and Jupiter (as well as Uranus, Pluto and Chiron), I live with Neptune daily.

Also, the aspect in question is a trine- the energy, such as it is, flows more easily. Neptune is asking me to step back, and I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to- even though I didn’t realise that I was supposed to be stepping back…if that makes sense.

Somehow I’ve instinctively done what this aspect was asking me to do.

I’ve sat on a beach, I’ve started teaching astrology, and I’ve allowed my idea of the trappings of self to dissolve a little- some would say more than a little….although my fantasies of dropping out somewhere in Bali will remain as fantasies…for now.

Now that I’m aware of it, I’ll also be cutting out all possible food sources for the candida infection- yep, that means bread, wine, beer and any other sources of sugar, yeast or (ew) mould- for the next month.

When Neptune comes to call, not only is it difficult to recognise, but it’s also difficult to deal with the transit intentionally- after all, by it’s very nature a Neptune transit will be insidious in nature.

My tip? Recognise that this is not a great time to follow your own. Understand too that your internal GPS will be malfunctioning, so it’s far easier and more rewarding right now to go with the flow. The current might tip you out somewhere different to where you thought you were headed, but maybe it’s actually where you need to be. And finally, if you resist the call to step back, Neptune just might force you to do so.

*Your Neptune/Mars transit may not be the same as mine.

Why?

The nature of the transit will depend on:

The house Neptune and Mars is in natally

The house being transited

The house/s ruled by both Neptune and Mars.

Also, the more attuned you are to Neptune natally, the more readily you will deal with the Neptunian influence via transits.

If you want to know your Neptune score, check out Donna Cunningham’s checklist. The link is here.

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Neptunitis- how to recognise the symptoms…

I often feel like this!
I often feel like this!

Moon and Neptune sitting in a tree K.I.S.S.I.N.G (I’m keeping it g rated).

Feeling unusually prepared to touch nothing that may be remotely work related? Feeling unusually drawn to the open bottle of vino on the kitchen cabinet even though this week absolutely you are not touching the stuff between Monday & Friday? Already constructing highly plausible and justifiable excuses as to how you can blow off Monday night training and still lose your targeted 5kgs this week? Actually believe you can lose 5kgs this week and keep all your limbs and not change your training or eating patterns?

If that is you, you are under the spell of Neptunitis.

Neptunitis (or Lunas Pisces as it is becoming known) is an affliction that attacks the central emotional systems of anyone with the underlying condition of a Moon-Neptune contact or a water Moon. People most at risk of this debilitating condition are those with Pisces Moons or those with their Moon in the 12th house. Some unlucky individuals may have a combination of all risk factors, making them particularly likely to be infected.

Not to be confused with cyber-chondria (the condition which has you typing medical symptoms into google or previous episodes of House or Greys Anatomy and them all resulting in a diagnosis of cancer- commonly borne by those prone to Lunas Virgoas), Neptunitis has some worrying, but thankfully short lived symptoms. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The tendency to find anything and everything distracting
  • The ability to construct creative excuses and have them seem plausible
  • An increased tendency towards procrastination
  • An increased tendency towards daydreaming
  • The ability to believe that fantasy actually is reality
  • An increased tendency to trust the world
  • Complete failure of all internal warning and radar systems
  • A feeling of compassion for the person who last knifed you in the back because they must have been having a bad day
  • A feeling of compassion towards the last person who broke your heart because he really didn’t mean it
  • The need to cry at cute puppies in toilet paper ads
  • The increased ability to actually forget that you are supposed to be eating mindfully and healthily
  • The increased ability to believe that wine really does contain no calories at all when consumed under a Pisces Moon

If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, administer tissues, but do not allow the afflicted person to consume copious amounts of anything- as persons prone to Neptunitis do not process alcohol or prescription medicines well under the best of circumstances.

While time and hard exercise may be the only cure, there is some relief possible.

While under the influence of Neptunitis:

  • Take care not to gaze into the eyes of anyone you slightly fancy as you may fall under their spell even more. I can’t stress this one enough.  And if it does happen, take care not to weave the entire relationship into the fantasy land that is your head if at all possible.
  • Take care to avoid movies with a sad ending, a happy ending, anything where the dog is lost or harmed, and where people get together or split up. Likewise stay clear of books where any of these events may result in copious amounts of tears. Keep songs that you know will trigger memories and tears off your playlist, and if possible, avoid those scenes in those movies- you know what they are.
  • Do not commit to anything you may regret in 2 days time or make declarations without substance.
  • If possible stay clear of anyone who will not understand the depth and breadth of the emotional impact you are under for these 2 ½ days each month- namely anyone with heaps of Saturn or Earth. Aries and Sagittarians should also be avoided if possible- the former will tell you to just flipping do it and the latter will make you cry with some off hand remark that they have already forgotten but which you will remember for ever.
  • Accept that your flight control tower is faulty and simply do not take the risk.

As for me? With a Pisces Moon aspecting Neptune natally, I have already forgotten and ignored my own advice… be careful out there!

 

Love the Fall

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Neptune is almost stationary and will turn retrograde later today at 5 Pisces 22’.

Being the planet of spiritualism and delusion can be exhausting- all those artists to inspire, all that illusion to create, all that intuition and psychic ability to enhance, all that fog and wonderful haze.

The downside of a Neptune transit, however, can be an increased need to escape, self-doubt and paranoia (very often for no reason) and an absent minded “whatever” attitude. That would be the fog and haze.

Neptune transits are a time of heightened awareness, amazing mini series dreams and an unconscious need for spiritual growth of some description- this may be religious, it may be something else…but it will be true to your soul. You may be lifted into the rosy glow of a new romance, you may run off and join the circus or take to your bed with exhaustion for the duration of the transit. And then it’s over.

Key words we associate with Neptune are intuitive, deceptive, fantasy, dreamy, highly sensitised, escapist and delusional. Yep Pisces characteristics all wrapped up in a single planet.

When Neptune turns retrograde, all of this turns inwards and intensifies. What can you do? Your focus is off, your judgement is off, your intuition is heightened and your sense of reality is distorted.

During the retrograde period, Neptune becomes more Neptunian. Your intuition will be heightened and you may suddenly get insights into something you have been struggling with. Seeing things clearer, you may no longer be able to deny truths that you have been…well, denying- something that I personally do an awful lot of. Sometimes it can be hard to listen to what we need to listen to- and that is where the escapist nature of Neptune may also come into play. During the retrograde period you may be more inclined to run away into whatever is your favourite way of escaping. Not a great idea- you will have to emerge from the self induced alcoholic haze (or is that just me) at some point & see reality for what it is.

The answer? Go with it. But make your lists, identify what is really important and try and stay on game. Sometimes it’s worth checking in every so often and asking yourself if what you’re doing (or about to do) means anything.

Pisceans will be more Piscean now. Anyone with Neptune closely aspecting the Ascendant, Sun or Moon will be more Piscean now. Anyone who has personal planets or chart points at or around 1 Pisces- 6 Pisces will be particular susceptible to the very special charms of this planet. Anyone with planets or major chart points at the station points (5 Pisces 22’ and 2 Pisces 35’) will require their fog lights.