Return to the big picture
Often, when we concentrate on the present, zooming into the changeable astrological signatures from week to week, this New Moon, that Full Moon, Mercury Retro, Mars changing Signs etc, we forget the overall interlacing cycles of which the present period is part.
In order to make some sense of the difficulties we are all facing at present I find myself looking again at those cycles of collective evolution: the transits of the slow moving planets, especially Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
Neptune in Pisces
Here is a revised post on Neptune’s transit through Pisces that I published in June 2016. A cluster of celestial bodies in Pisces’ opposite complementary Sign of Virgo, between September and October 2017, will tend to activate the Neptune transit, bringing its effect down to earth, for want of a better expression, thus affecting more our daily lives. The Sun will be in Virgo until September 23, reaching the opposition to Neptune on September 5; Mars will be in Virgo from September 5 to October 23, reaching the opposition to Neptune on September 25; Mercury will return to Virgo, after retrogradation, between September 10 and 30; and Venus will transit Virgo from September 20 to October 14, reaching the opposition to Neptune on September 30. The Asteroid Vesta is also transiting Virgo, from July 18 to September 18.
The individuals more directly affected by these Pisces/Virgo transits will be those who have the Mutable Sign highlighted in their Birth Chart, Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius. The dates given above representing the periods of greater and more tangible effects.
At the end of this post I have added a list of negative and positive key words/phrases to describe the possible expressions of Neptune in transit.
Neptune in Pisces in recent historical times
Neptune remains in each Sign approximately 14 years, orbiting the Sun in about 148 years. At present Neptune is on its sixth year into the Sign of Pisces. It will remain in this Sign until 2025, entering then the Sign of Aries.
The last historical passage of Neptune through Pisces happened between 1848 and 1862 (soon after its discovery in 1846). This is often referred to as the Romantic period in the arts and literature, and ideologically one that saw the rise of socialistic ideals, with the writing of Marx and Frederick Engels (the Communist Manifesto was published in 1848). A very significant Occult Revival occurred then also, in response to the rationalistic and materialistic ideologies that flourished during the so called age of Reason brought about by modern industrialization.
The present era of Neptune in Pisces (2011-2015)
A new Romantic era is upon us. We are witnessing the resurgence of interest in the mantic arts, like alternative healing methods, astrology, palmistry, tarot, occultism, etc. There is a renaissance of the feminine spirit in art, religion, philosophy and in lives of discerning men and women. We may more consciously seek experiences of transcendence, via trans-personal psychology, channeling, active dreaming, out of the body experiences, meditation etc. These and similar activities will become more widely accepted and sought after by an increasing number of people. The visual arts, the media, music will all be influenced by this mystical trend.
Neptune symbolizes the ever present longing for a lost state of bliss and unity, the lost individual paradise of the womb and the collective paradise of humanity’s Golden Age. With Neptune in Pisces this longing will permeate the lives of more and more people, perhaps stirred by the ecological catastrophes threatening our world. This transit shows the collective desire for unity to be on the increase, despite the worsening outer struggles of our troubled world.
Chiron, in Pisces since early 2011 will remain in this Sign until 2018/19, accompanying Neptune in his journey; its transit showing the potential for healing our collective ills by embracing wiser and more compassionate ways.
As our daily lives become more and more impacted by the momentous adjustments and disruptions all around us, Neptune in Pisces can show us transcendental ways to navigate the troubled waters of the present, enhancing creativity, imagination and compassion. There will be a sense of underlying unity between us and the planet, a striving toward greater integration among races, religions and ideologies, in the face of the still polarized situation on the surface of things. Outlasting many other transits that preoccupy astrologers at the present time, this influence gives us real hope that we will be guided toward greater spiritual unity in the next decade and beyond. The fate of the planet, I feel, depends very much on the way we will be able to embrace Neptune in Pisces, avoiding its downside of extreme passivity and escapism.
When viewed in the light of the other major transits, in particular of Pluto in Capricorn (to 2023/2024) and Uranus in Aries (to 2018/2019), the passage of Neptune and Chiron in Pisces could be just what we need to keep a sense of unity and transcendental meaning to our lives, in times of dramatic social, political, economic, ideological changes. Through Pisces we may be able to distill the spiritual essence of this period of evolution, the coming together of all the separated bits to form a new wholeness. Many sacrifices, personal and collective, will be required to truly embrace the visionary age opening in 2025 with the ingress of Neptune into Aries, beginning a complete new cycle in our spiritual evolution.
People born while Neptune transits Pisces
Neptune’s passage through a new Sign will be reflected in a shift in the spiritual aspirations of the world. The generation of people born with Neptune in Pisces, between 2011 and 2025, will produce some charismatic visionaries and artists of a higher order, contributing to a spiritual and artistic renaissance, as people born with the same Neptune’s placement have done in the past, like Rudolph Steiner, Emmanuel Swedenborg, Gustav Mahler, to name just three. This transit will define an epoch in human history, reflecting on our spiritual and aesthetic values for years to come.
This generation will be extra sensitive to our spiritual connection to the Earth as the all giving Mother. Neptune in fact, traditionally depicted as a powerful male god, rising from the ocean’s waves with his mighty trident, is actually very much a feminine energy, passive and inclusive, fluid and changeable, a shape-shifter, helping us to glimpse the subtle aspects of all situations and relationships.
This generation will hopefully be also more sensitive to our collective suffering, including that endured by the Earth itself, and be ready to work selflessly toward global solutions, including everyone in this world’s multicultural melting pot, from which the flower of a new humanity may be able to emerge.
Positive and negative key words to describe the effect of Neptune in Pisces
Hopelessness in the face of overwhelming events
Escapism, to remove ourselves from what we feel we cannot face
Passivity and depression, feeling exhausted of life energy, depleted, weak
Going along with whatever
Indulgence, promiscuity, dissipation of energy, debauch
Delusions of easy fixes
Raise of messianic figures who promise to change everything for the better
Excessive idealism, impracticality, lack of realism and common sense
Greater than ever use of drugs, legal and not legal, to compensate for an uninspired, meaningless, soulless existence
Collective mayhem, mass madness, riots, chaotic gathering
Many death at sea, drownings, disasters involving water
Spiritual and artistic Renaissance
Charismatic visionaries and artists of a high order
Self sacrifice for common or universal causes
Love of Nature
Compassion, tolerance, a sense of Oneness