Neptune is the Spiritual Planet
Neptune will be at home retrograding in the changeable watery sign of Pisces, enhancing both spirituality and delusions. There is a great deal of psychological and spiritual transformation on an inner level. You may experience new spiritual dimensions and come into contact with hidden spiritual gifts during this time. However, it may be difficult under retrograde to tell what is real and what is illusion.
Neptune spends approximately 23 weeks per year in retrograde. There is also a ‘shadow period’ commencing a few months before and after this time. Neptune has an affinity with the feminine yin energy. When she’s retrograde, delusions and illusions may occur more often than usual. Logical thinking may be particularly difficult, and judgment doesn’t seem as clear cut as usual.
Neptune is the 2nd transpersonal planet, which means it relates to individuals and large collectives of people, for example, countries.
Stay Present with Everyday Reality
Neptune retrograde may also bring up issues from past lives and other universal dimensions. You may have always known that you are ‘different’ from others, and this time proves it! Lead a balanced life by practising being grounded in this physical reality rather than letting your mind go off too much into other dimensions. Try to stay present with everyday reality rather than using escapism tactics such as alcohol, drugs, or other addictions. You could be feeling somewhat ‘foggy’ or experience a feeling of boundaries dissolving between you and others. You might not be sure of where you begin and where you end, especially in relationships. Stick to your own knitting and allow others the same opportunity.
Release Hurts from the Past
During Neptune Retrograde, you may have spiritual wounds surface from the past that will need to be understood and healed. Painful feelings about past situations or past incarnations could come flooding back into your mind now, affecting your self-esteem and confidence. You may be feeling like a victim in some way. If so – it’s time now to deal with it. It’s all going to be ok; cry if you need to. Write your feelings down into a journal and do a personal ritual to release the past and forgive yourself and others who hurt you. You’ll learn to deal with your spirituality differently, to when Neptune is direct.
More Focus on Self Care
You may lack energy and motivation, feel sorry for yourself, or just plain ‘flat as a tack’. Watch your health and look after your general wellbeing, as Neptune is associated with viruses and ill health. Take plenty of long warm baths, have massages, and spend time in silent contemplation. It’s a time for being rather than doing.
It’s also a great time for spiritual self-development. Check out some self-help books, astrology, yoga, or learn astrology. Your psychic abilities could become stronger during this time. Especially the ‘clairs’ such as clairvoyance (clear sight), clairaudience (clear hearing), and clairsentience (clear feeling). Rely on your intuition, especially if it’s hard to think clearly now.
All planetary retrogrades give us the opportunity to review, reflect and reassess different areas of our lives. You can do this very effectively under a retrograding Neptune!
Those Most Affected by Neptune Retrograde
- Spiritual people such as psychics, healers and those interested in self-help and development.
- Those working with chemicals.
- Artists and musicians.
- Those involved heavily with water or aquatic animals.
- Communities that rely on the ocean, such as islands or fishing communities.
- Those travelling on boats, ships and yachts.
The zodiac sign most impacted is Pisces. Those with Neptune in their 6th house (especially Librans) should pay particular attention to their health while Neptune is retrograde. Most of the Neptunian retrograde effects could be within.
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