Under the Influence: the Siren Call of Neptune

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As I mentioned yesterday, Neptune is retrograde and will be until 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.

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.

In love, Neptune casts a fog. Neptune transits of Venus can send the recipients into a romantic haze that can lift as quickly as it descends. There are stories of people who fall madly in love during a Neptune transit only to drink the last bottle and walk away as the transit ends. I have a close friend with Venus at 0 Pisces who I know will be especially susceptible to falling in love with somebody Piscean or Neptunian at this point in time. Whether or not I warn this person is immaterial…it will happen.

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.

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. as i wrote yesterday:

But what does this mean? 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.

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.

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 28 Aquarius – 0 Pisces will be particular susceptible to the very special charms of this planet. You are even more at risk if you have planets at either end of this range- the stationing points are the most deliciously dangerous.

Personally speaking, I have made some of the most spectacular mistakes of my life under Neptune transits, but it felt oh so right at the time. As painful as it all was, these were lessons I had to learn and, whilst painful in the aftermath, whilst under the influence I would do it all over again. Neptune can be like a siren call and just as irresistible. I told you so’s are not only unwelcome but irrelevant- under the influence you do what you do.