If someone has a strong Neptune/Pisces/12th House emphasis in their natal chart, you can be pretty sure they’re going to be empathic/psychic/intuitive/imaginative types. (They are also sometimes very controlled in their lives, as if in fear of the chaos within). However, what I’ve found is that people can be like this without much in the way of Neptune etc in the chart, without anything that, as far as I can see, points to it. Why this should be I don’t know. One person I know who is quite psychically gifted has very little water or Neptune, but does have a Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Uranus Grand Trine in Fire. Anyone got any ideas?
I don’t myself have a particularly pronounced Neptunian influence, in the sense of my Sun, Moon or Angles being involved, but Neptune is part of a t-Square with Jupiter, Node, Mercury, Venus and Uranus. I think Neptune comes out in me when I do Astrology or Tarot, but via my mind (Mercury). People say I use a lot of intuition when I do readings, and they’re probably right, but I’m not aware of it. I can always justify what I say in terms of the symbols in front of me, and I often try to get the other person also to see the connection. But there are always any number of interpretations, and I think the intuition comes in my ability to put together the symbols with what the person has told me about themselves, and make the leap that reveals a truth about the person.
As I said in my blog of 2 January, Neptune will come within 1½ degrees of conjoining my Sun this year. It is currently exactly 5 degrees away, which seems to be about when these transits start to become noticeable. I have had a desire growing in me to be able to do ‘readings’ for people, or to talk usefully to them, without an intermediary such as astrology or Tarot. In other words, to become the sort of Neptunian person that I’m not natally, but which Neptune may be turning me into by transit.
Neptune transits can put you to sleep (e.g. when bits of you disappear, due to tough conditions, when you’re a kid), and they can also wake you up. I have a sense that this transit is going to wake me up to the sort of person I am in quite a significant way. I probably shouldn’t be saying all this, but if I do it right I don’t think Neptune will mind too much.
My natal Sun is in the 4th House (all my personal planets are below the horizon) in Aquarius, conjunct Chiron and opposite Pluto. It has always been problematic for me being ‘at home’ in myself (4th House). When Neptune squared my Sun aged 8, I began my 10 years at boarding school, which was a literal loss (Neptune) of home (4th House Sun). 40 years later, as Neptune comes to conjoin my Sun, it feels like in a much deeper sense I will find my home.
I was brought up to believe that what mattered was DOING, making lots of money, keeping busy and achieving: Thatcherite values, which might have suited me if I’d had more planets above the horizon. (I’ve always thought it interesting, as a reflection on Margaret Thatcher’s values, that her son made money from arms dealing, and is now a pariah, having been caught trying to finance a coup in Equatorial Guinea. He was at the same school as me.)
So this has been a lot to do with why I haven’t felt properly at home in myself, why I haven’t KNOWN myself. I have been at war with these values which are within myself and which I think, in their one-sided form, are so pernicious in our society. It has been a 30 year war of attrition, but the good guys are gradually winning.
If you’re functioning from Saturn, you’ll do well to aim for concrete achievement, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re functioning from Neptune, he cannot be ‘used’ in this sort of way. Neptune’s values are the opposite of Saturn’s; they are not of this world. If you believe measurable achievement is the main thing, Neptune gets shut out.
I have a sense – and this is where I don’t want to pre-empt Neptune – that my real nature is much more Neptunian, much more intuitive and connected to some other source, than I have ever realised. I feel strongly drawn to the idea of being that sort of person, which to me means it’s probably for real. Despite my lack of natal Neptune.