Associated signs: Pisces

Mythology: Along with Poseidon (his Greek counterpart), Roman god Neptune governs the sea and earthquakes. Though he was initially consumed by Saturn, his father, Neptune’s brother Jupiter ultimately saved him by forcing Saturn to regurgitate the children. The jurisdictions of the ancient Roman world were then divided among Jupiter, Pluto, and Neptune. Neptune was notorious for his temperament and his lusty passions. The sea god’s volatility caused rough waves, dense fogs, and unpredictable quakes. Nevertheless, since the Mediterranean Sea was the most significant channel during Classical Antiquity, Neptune was recognized — and worshipped — as a major god.

Transit: Neptune is an outer planet, and takes approximately 14 years to transit each sign. Neptune goes retrograde annually for around 150 days.

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What it means in your chart: On a good day, Neptune’s placement reveals how we cultivate our psychic powers, brazen creativity, and emotional intuition. On a bad day, however, Neptune in the natal chart exposes the blind spots of our character — the areas of life we romanticize, idealize, or simply refuse to acknowledge. Neptune is associated with fantasy and illusion, but also drugs and escapism. Though Neptune’s mystical energy can guide us into another dimension, the safest way to deep dive is to make sure you’re anchored to reality.

Retrograde lowdown: Neptune spends nearly 40% of its orbit in retrograde and in many ways, Neptune’s backwards glide defines its spirit. Neptune represents fantasy and illusion, so during the planet’s reverse phase, we are encouraged to backpedal through the fog. Neptune retrograde isn’t about clarity; it’s about sitting in the discomfort and embracing the unknown.

Herbs and offerings: Honeysuckle, mugwort, myrrh, sandalwood, water lily, jasmine, white mulberry, sea anemone, seaweed.

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