Today Neptune entered Pisces, the sign of its rulership. Neptune is comfortable here, she has ‘come home’! She knows how to navigate the waters of Pisces, and these are deep waters indeed!
But I confess that I wonder: what are we in for now? I am thinking/hoping that a big sign of relief will ultimately be called for!
Neptune moves very slowly. The last time Neptune entered Pisces was in 1848, very shortly after its discovery. It takes 165 years for Neptune to circle the entire zodiac! It is an uncommon occurrence for this outer planet to change signs! None of us, alive today, have had the opportunity to experience this placement, it is completely outside of our experience. What can we expect?
The outer planets work on a generational and a cultural level more than on a personal level (although if you have personal planets in the early degrees of Mutable signs it will likely feel very personal indeed!).
Between now and August we will get just a taste of the changes this energy will bring us. In August Neptune will retrograde back into Aquarius for approximately 6 months before making a final entrance into Pisces where she will stay for the next 14 years.
It can be difficult to get a clear handle on what Neptune represents, the type of changes this shift will bring to the our collective consciousness. Neptune is often thought of as the higher octave of Venus. Neptune brings us an expanded level of sensitivity, imagination, a lack of boundaries, sometimes bewilderment, idealism, and compassion. Neptune shows us the places to find an alternative reality. Think of all the things that take us away from the hard realities of our human life. In Pisces all these issues with take on more space in our lives!
Poetry. Prayer. Drugs. Alcohol. Dreams. Love. Mysticism. Religion. Music. Ecstatic Dance. Film. Escape. Devotion. Imagination. Deep Suffering which results in Deep Compassion!
For good or for ill, all the places where we lose our sense of boundaries are a part of the Neptune vibration. Neptune brings us to a level of suffering and of ecstasy that drop us to our knees. It is through this suffering and ecstasy that we finally come (often times kicking and screaming) to a place of self-transcendence and spiritual awakening.
I expect that this time of Neptune in Pisces will bring us, collectively to these levels of deep suffering and ultimately to a place where we will see the wisdom and necessity of compassion and empathy for our fellow humans on this path of life. I suspect that we will search to find a connection within ourselves and to each other that will bring meaning to our lives. I am hopeful that we will learn to care for each other in many ways that have been so long neglected.
We may learn to understand the suffering that is inherent in all humans life – the suffering of birth, old age, sickness and death. Perhaps as we understand that human suffering is universal we may finally learn the depth of compassion that will enable us to truly serve and help each other.
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