Neptune Goes Retrograde--Walk Between The Worlds
“Wake up!” says Neptune. “Recently I showed you that there is more to your life than what can be experienced with the physical senses. I demanded that you look deeper. Now I’m telling you again: it’s time to re-dream your life.”
Today Is A Pivotal Day
When a planet turns retrograde it makes a pivot in the sky and also creates a metaphorically “pivotal” experience for human beings. Today, that planet is Neptune. It’s as if Neptune is telling us, “You can’t go on avoiding this change forever. Today I’m delivering a wake-up call.” If Neptune is touching a planet in your chart this year, this message is for you and it will have very specific meaning, depending on what planet that is. That planet, and the part of you it represents, is receiving a vision of what is possible; during this time you’ll be asked to re-dream that part of you. Today is the peak of Neptune’s wake-up call, but it could happen anytime within 5 days surrounding today.
Initiation Leading To An Inner Journey
Sometime between now and the beginning of last November Neptune showed us an area of life in which we are due for a change. What she delivered was an initiation and it was our first chance to catch a clue about the spiritual reorientation to come. That clue may have been obvious or it may have been subtle, but we’ve been shown a way to become much bigger and much more like our ideal. And we may have to push through some uncomfortable delusions to do it.
The clue was delivered, but did we notice? It’s human to go into denial. During the winter we may have said to ourselves, “Maybe I don’t have to do anything about this. Maybe it was just a one-time thing. Maybe I can just move on. Maybe I can get away without paying attention to this.”
Or maybe not. Today Neptune turns up the volume and gives us a reminder. “That redreaming you’re going through?” she says, “You’d better get with the program.” Today, Neptune’s retrograde journey begins and with it begins our journey into our personal land of dreams (and nightmares). Neptune’s retrograde journey lasts until the day it turns direct, which is November 9, 2011.
Journey Into the Imaginative Realms
The veil between physical and nonphysical realities is thin right now. If you close your eyes you can reach right through it. You can enter that place between the worlds where nothing is actual and everything is possible, that magical, in-between place where imagination is rich and you can dream up your future to be whatever you want it to be. Neptune is the stuff fantasy books are made of.
But Neptune is also the planet of illusions and delusions. While Neptune is retrograde (until November 9) you will be pulled into circumstances that bring your delusions into sharper focus. Examine your life carefully—are there places where you are pretending things are different than they are? Are there places where you are living a fantasy because it’s nicer than the reality you face? Sometimes a fantasy is a form of healthy escape that helps us cope with a painful but necessary reality, but at other times escaping from reality keeps us from coping and from courageously changing our reality to better match our ideal.
This transit can be great for those who live by their imaginations: writers, artists, filmmakers and creative people of all stripes. It can also be great for those who know themselves to be psychically sensitive. Neptune’s action is gentle and so subtle that it can be hard to notice unless you are already the kind of person who pays attention to your imagination. This is a great time to attend a dream-group or keep a dream-journal or to do Morning Pages.*
Is This Story Your Story?
If this feels true for you, it may be that you are personally touched by this transit. Neptune may be triggering a planet in your own chart, thus bringing these themes up for you. This year Neptune is covering the space between 28 degrees of Aquarius and 0 degrees of Pisces. If there is anything in your chart in 28 or 29 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio, you will feel this. You’ll also feel it if you have anything in 0 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius. And knowing it can help a lot if you’ve been feeling sucked into other worlds and you don’t know why. Neptune has you in a walking dream this year, because she has an important message for you. Your ideal life is calling and if you listen to her siren song, this could be the year you make a subtle shift in direction that leads to a whole new future.
What Area Of Your Life Is Being Affected?
Good question. It will have to do with the planet in your chart that’s being triggered by Neptune. If Neptune is affecting your Mercury, you may find yourself a little mentally fuzzy and more prone to daydreaming than usual. What’s happening is an awakening of your intuition, so make room for that. If Neptune is affecting your Venus or Juno, you may become aware of illusions you’ve had in your relationships. You’ll want to clear those away. If Neptune is affecting your Moon you may have a psychic opening or a very active dreamlife this year. Pay attention to your dreams—they will contain wisdom for you.
But whatever planet Neptune is affecting, you can bet that the dreamworld is catching hold of you now. You may find yourself more distractible, more prone to daydreaming. You may even want to sleep more. It’s as if there’s another you, who dwells in your dreams. That other you is activated right now and when s/he is awake, you must sleep. This is normal for a Neptune transit. Get the rest you need. Pay respect to Neptune and in return, she’ll make your dreams come true.
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*Morning Pages are a creativity-priming technique devised by Julia Cameron and described in her book The Artist’s Way which I recommend highly.