Neptune in Pisces: Collective Times of Transition
Neptune is the planet linked with the impulse to transcend the human experience and connect with something greater than ourselves, with something beyond ourselves. Associated with spirituality, glamor, the arts, as well as psychic and emotional sensitivity, Neptune carries an ethereal and elusive energy, challenging to express in words, but unmistakable when experienced.
Neptune is creative flow, intuitive inspiration, and spiritual bliss. When this energy is expressed unconsciously and the ability to deal with high levels of sensitivity is not developed, we can see distorted expressions of Neptune such as addiction, escapism, victim mentality, and living in fantasy or illusion.
Pisces, the twelfth sign of the Zodiac, corresponds to the dissolution of the individual sense of self or ego that has been formed through the previous eleven signs. It is associated with non-duality and oneness, with the absence of boundaries, and with the interconnectedness of everyone and everything. The end and the beginning, the alpha and the omega, Pisces carries an energy of closure and transition that invites non-attachment to outcomes and deep faith in Life’s plans for us.
Neptune has been in Pisces, his domicile in modern astrology, since 2011, and is going to remain in the sign until 2026. This transit is teaching us to stay in the space of not knowing, inhabit the present moment, surrender to Life’s timing, and relate to our sensitivity in a conscious way, rather than feeling victimized by it.
Both Pisces and Neptune are associated with dreams and altered states of consciousness. Pay attention to your dreams these days, as they will be especially vivid and rich in symbolism and messages.
Neptune stations direct: Follow the Flow
Neptune is a transpersonal planet: its transits give us information about collective unconscious dynamics and cycles of collective spiritual evolution. Neptune is retrograde for about five months per year: during this time, we are invited to turn inward, spend more time in inner contemplation, and focus more on being and less on doing.
Neptune’s retrograde period offered us an invitation to allow existing attachments and identities to dissolve, resist the temptation to take action to immediately replace them, and learn instead to be in the space of emptiness, of liminality, of not having anything figured out.
When planets station, either retrograde or direct, they appear to be at a standstill from our perspective. Their energy is more powerful as they are closer to the Earth at this time: Neptune’s prominence corresponds to an increase in our psychic and emotional sensitivity and in our ability to perceive subtle shifts in energy and frequency, both in other people and in our environment.
Neptune’s shift of motion is an invitation to begin to move forward, while being mindful we are doing so without using force, but rather following the flow, the momentum. This shift allows us to access deeper contact with our intuition, more profound empathy, and heightened awareness of our interconnectedness with everything and everyone. At this time, the invitation for us is to trust the direction where Life is taking us, let go of rigid self-concepts and definitions, and allow Life to move us and through us by releasing our attachments to specific outcomes, goals, and ambitions.