Neptune affects all people right now in such a way that we are steeped in a time of great reconciliation—challenged to see the fantasy for the concrete. In other words, we are now starting to see that what we dream about might not always be feasible. Those strong religious ideals that put man above nature--even the stereotypes around each human gender--are now coming back to bite us with some consequences.
We are also starting to see that the investment in rigid modes of healing is not delivering the results needed for a planet full of humans who are ready to evolve to a new level of consciousness. Indeed, people are increasingly tapping into the collective unconscious and the healing and centering power of the (umbrella-term yoga among other) practices that allow it.
This article relates to everyone, but will apply to you most directly if you have planets in, square, or opposed to Pisces. The activation of direct energies in your chart will happen when Neptune is within a ten degree orb of your planet’s position. It will affect your life in the realm (house) and mode (planet) associated with Pisces when you were born. This article also relates to people with planets in Virgo, Sagittarius and Gemini quite a bit, because it presents a reflective and challenging opposition and square energy, respectively.
Reading this article may require a stretch of imagination here and there. But at the end are six ways to practically work with the current state of affairs, and if you consider these a pretty bow tying together all of the information in a useful way, you may find this whole experience worthwhile!
Let’s take a look at the planet and the sign, since it just went retrograde (Neptune retrograde 2017 starts on 16 June 2017 at 14° Pisces and ends on 22 November 2017 at 11° Pisces). In looking at Neptune in Pisces, we will find we have more insight into what’s been going on since 2012 and what will be going on through 2023. It behooves us all to rise together to a more conscious understanding of our lives as a deeply connected expression of the grand life-force.*
First of all, Neptune is a planet that is ten times the size and mass of the Earth and yet only its core, which is the size of the Earth, is solid, buried deep beneath thick blankets of blue gas and ice. Galileo noted the planet in the 1600s and wasn’t sure if it was a fixed star at first because it was stationing retrograde at the time (just like it has been lately). His telescope wasn’t powerful enough to get more clarity, so it took more than 200 years for scientists to follow up. They didn’t notice Neptune so much as the fact that Uranus was getting tugged irregularly off course. They guessed a gravitational force of another planet was affecting Uranus and calculated based on the movements they saw. When they pointed their telescopes to their calculated spot, voila! They found Neptune (just as Galileo strained his ocular muscles rolling his eyes in his grave).
So think about that: Neptune was imagined to exist before it actually became something to reference as real based on “solid” proof. And thus we get an idea of the energetic indication of this magnificent blue giant.
In this case, we can also reference how the planet Neptune was discovered as well as when in order to get a sense of the relationship we have to it. Just like Galileo could not discover Neptune directly, we cannot discover the source of our angst, without the help of those who help us see our problems as what is being pulled off course by a deeper reality that is ours alone. Indeed, what we experience as frustration or imbalances around parts of our mental, physical, emotional health that seem affected by something so out-of-reach, will more likely come within reach when we turn to gifted healers—cranio-sacral, astrological, tarot, bio-feedback, intuitive, psychics, etc.
What I find key to understand here though is this: These healing folks will not deliver the solution in a neat little package, they will only offer you pieces of a puzzle that is all yours to put together. This is where people can fall into a trap of “all or nothing” logic and complain that unconventional healers are all quacks. Some of them very well are! But in reality, when was the last time you went to a psychologist or a medical doctor and found all of your mental or health problems solved with one appointment? And when was the last time you heard of people or insurance companies spending thousands and thousands of dollars in medical bills before a solution was reached, if it ever was. Yes, this is what Neptune, Pisces and this time is about. Cutting through BS from every angle, perhaps by wading neck-deep in it first!
For example, a healer may point out, as one did with me: “you haven’t connected to your feet for some time due to the trauma of an accident three years ago.” This healer showed me exactly how he pinpointed this and I found myself in shock that with all the yoga and activities I had participated in, I had completely avoided this fact and put a lot of strain on different parts of my body in the process.
It has been up to me to continue to work and develop healing strategies within my yoga practice, and with other activities and healers and perspectives. For another example, all of my main injuries are on my right side. And there are a lot of different interpretations available on this from the running community, crossfit community, chiropractic community, healing community, which I can reflect on and use, or not. But there might be something deeper still causing this lopsided battering of my body. It’s up to me to find out what it is. Do you see what I’m getting at here? Because this applies to you, too. Whether you realize it or not.
Indeed, right now, you may suddenly just feel the urge to go beyond proof into a territory that asks why and continues the quest for deeper answers, strewn along many roads less traveled.
Good news is, with Neptune in Pisces, plenty of people are surfacing to take our hands and help us through the next step of milling around in a mysterious land of healing ourselves, as individuals responsible for our own subtle levels of disease and the restoration of our health to levels that give us greater levels of connection, joy and abundance in our lives.
The healing available to us now applies to all bodies: emotional, spiritual, physical, mental, etc. Acupuncture (on the rise and covered by insurance now), chiropractic, allergy screening, nutrition coaching, individualized therapies—these are the first level that scratch the surface into the depths reached with cranio-sacral, bio-feedback, medical intuitives, dream analyzers, kinesiologists, past-life-regression therapists, etc. Indeed, at deeper levels, the solutions are not black and white. They require a soft but penetrating focus, and a holistic, gradual zoom into possible culprits via different healing experiences with a range of gifted practitioners.
In fact, there is nothing direct about Neptune but the problems that are awash in this energetic current are quite obvious to those suffering with them.
Problems that people are dealing with now in more holistic and less “conventional” yet quite recently developed western medical ways include: allergies, IBS, psychosomatic disturbances, cancers, pain, nagging addictions, crippling joint issues … you name it, actually.
These days, Neptune is IN Pisces, which means it’s in its own sign and element, which is a pair of jumping and diving fish and ether, respectively. Pisces is classically associated with water, but as I heard recently from one of my key teachers and favorite astrologer for the masses, Tom Letscher, a.k.a. Kaypacha, ether is a more accurate element to associate with Pisces. Again look at the planet. Neptune is mostly made up of substances that are not necessarily water but more of a super-cold matrix of ice and gas. Incidentally, is it any wonder that the same year of Neptune’s discovery we learned how dip and lift people in and out of unconscious states (using ether) for surgery?
Watch a fish swim in the water a while. You will see the depth of time and space reality in this practice as the fish never stays still, it is completely connected to the medium in which it is suspended and beyond predictable in its behavior. Pisces, indeed, is a feminine energy and one that is marked by mystery and subtleties. It is the oldest sign in the zodiac, comprising all other signs, all other ages and degrees of development. It is unfathomable and wise.
When we carefully consider and observe the nature of Pisces, we start to get more of an idea of the energetic phase that we are dealing with. Have you ever tried to speak directly with a Pisces or someone with a lot of Pisces in their personal planets (I will term them a Pisces “native”)? Actually, many times you can’t, because if they sense there is no space for their point of view, they will be very quiet and usually don an understanding smile (I have mercury in Pisces—people find me shy, but I have a ton of stuff waiting to share with the people I feel safe with and who I sense are open to it).
If you can speak with a Pisces native, the experience can be … fantastic and mutable! Although seemingly “out of touch,” the native is very in touch, but with something beyond the hum-drum ordinary … and they weave that experience into conversations that, with, say, an Aries, might seem an absolute waste of time. Nuance is key, as well as processing all of what is being exchanged from any angle and dimension. Indeed, once you get them started, you might be overwhelmed with all of the perceptions and points of view they are capable of processing and sharing! Pisces natives are the kings and queens of empathy, and yet they may even come across as cold if they feel unsafe to express it.
This is the sign of the artist. The imagination is absolutely robust here. The filter is off—everything is evaluated and often in association with other stimulus. The mood can shift from clear to cloudy. When personal planets are positioned here, Pisces endows one with an almost photographic memory and an occasional inability to shut the imagination off or immediately distinguish between reality and fantasy can be hampered at times.
Pisces is signified by the fish. The position and number of fish are key to understanding the way this energy works. The two fish are pointed up and down. Heavenward and seaward. The responsibility of those with a lot of this sign is to grab from the shared unconscious depths and lift toward the light of understanding that which is captured. The lift cannot last, and the fish is plunged again down. The heavenly experience of all-one-ness is available in the leap as well as it is in the connection to the shared unconscious.
But this amazing capacity comes at a price.
The person with a lot of Pisces in their chart benefits from a solitary meditation practice; otherwise, they will try to recreate the experience of diving into the depths by drinking or drugs, which is futile and a source of misery and crippled functioning. In actuality, the most important practice of all is to wait for moods and phases to pass—for that which is craved to arrive before learning to release it until the next go-round. On top of this, the Pisces native has the capacity to experience suffering from the shared unconscious. Once tapped, there seems to be a limitless amount. Tonglen practice is helpful here. Just to have a sense that there is something one can do about it.
The time we are living in now allows us to talk about these things at length and hold attention on such subjects precisely because Neptune is in Pisces!
The rise and mainstreaming of esoteric practices, healing arts, card reading and the like is precisely linked with the planet entering the sign. These arts are the only way to access deep, individual patterns of behavior and resultant life circumstances. We are blessed with the ability to imagine and pursue possibilities in the realm of healing because we can open ourselves up to accessing the shared collective conscious and lifting the bits we have access to into a healing forum for others’ relief.
One thing about Pisces is that it not only understands, it becomes. Cancerians and Scorpios (the two younger water signs) understand and feel, extremely. But Pisces will actually sacrifice its own position to become what is in its vicinity: the situation, the object, the animal, anything. The imagination has the bandwidth and power to take that on and really walk a mile with it.
Yes, this is amazing … with a caveat.
Pisces knows no limits to provide comfort and enforce a fantasy around someone or something they care about to help avoid suffering. The truth is very slippery and subjective here. Someone in need of help needs help. Period. The trick for Pisces energy, however, is knowing where that help begins and ends—where does the line exist between someone else’s problem and my problem? This is a very precarious balance to strike for someone who is regularly steeped in all-one consciousness and unconsciousness.
Taking time to learn and understand the nuances of co-dependence is a good idea right now. Because helping someone else means helping the self to an extent, but we also have to look at our intentions, which are very good indicators of our limits if we educate ourselves about them. This involves looking practically at our patterns and a whole Pandora’s box of motivations around helping another person.
A lot of time there are hidden motives and self worth issues buried in a pattern of being a sacrificial helper of the entire world.
In the case of Pisces, it’s more about discovering what the ego actually is—as bastardized as that term has become, there is a reason we have one—and learning the energetic limits of the self in order to sense where boundaries are.
Just like when scientists knew another planet’s orbit was being affected by Neptune before they discovered the planet itself, a Pisces native will have to navigate the entire tapestry of experience and create a marker system in order to discover their own boundaries. This is because they are so integrated and effusive … so expert at being able to merge!
In fact, you might notice that Pisces natives express themselves a lot and usually have a lot of ornamentation or expression around themselves in order to somehow stand out based on how absorbed they feel by everyone and everything else around them.
What are you going to do about it?
Neptune is currently in retrograde, so we are getting an extra deep steep in the energies at play. A look at six simple ways to approach this time might help illuminate the writing leading up to this and enable you to maximize this time:
1. If you repeatedly hear about or think about a mode or method of healing that you have not previously engaged in, why not book a session? You read about cranio-sacral healing one day, a friend talks about it three days later at lunch and you see a sign on a shop front advertising it. Might be a good time to book a session!
2. Take care not to expect instant solutions so much as solid next steps along the path to healing and becoming more integrated in your life plan, as well as a state of balance and centeredness in your own life.
3. Spend time sitting in silence or with music that helps return you again and again to the present time and space. I’ve been meditating for a long time—average of 25 minutes a day. It took about two years to figure out what I was doing … it’s one of those things that you have to start to figure it out. I prefer silence. But I recently found this music very helpful as well if my mind was extra agitated. There are lots of other ambient meditation and energy tracks out there. Find a way and commit to a seated practice, often. Here are some other tips.
4. Practice Tonglen. This was mentioned above. I mentioned this above. And I will never say I could describe it better than Pema.
5. Explore the concept of codependence and even sign up for a local CoDA meeting. These CoDA recovery patterns are incredibly helpful as a start.
6. Explore the power of mantra or repeating affirmations to retrain the mind toward desired ways of thinking. On that same note, become mindful about the information you are consuming. Just like food in your digestive system, ideas and information take time to digest, and some of it is pure junk that simply gums up your gears! Filter that stuff out. Do you really need to watch all the catastrophes happening in the world three times a day? Or might you instead take a glance in the morning, note what is happening and put people in your prayers before tending to your world and the people in it in a positive and proactive way?
* The study of other planets, their compositions and behavior, and their positions at the moment of our birth help us to align more directly with the course of our lives. For more information about getting a natal chart reading, feel free to reach out to me or a trusted astrologer!