Neptune Retrograde

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Neptune Retrograde Meaning

Neptune retrograde natal is more common than inner planet retrogrades such as Mercury and Venus. About 40% of people have Neptune retrograde in their birth chart so it is less feared and less harmful than having a retrograde inner planet. That being said, Neptune retrograde natal still has karmic repercussions and a definite influence on soul growth due to the spiritual nature of the planet.

Natal Neptune retrograde suggests that some area of life is so painful that you prefer to escape this reality through your own imagined dream world. It is likely that this tendency to avoid pain through illusion is strongly rooted in tragic past life experiences such as torture, where your only option to escape physical pain was to transcend from a physical to a more spiritual plane of existence.

This earlier experience of spiritual pain relief was probably so intense and overwhelming that it became imprinted in your soul memory, in the DNA of every cell in your body. Past life crises like illness, false accusation and victimization will often be repeated to a lesser extent early in your life. You may notice you are the of subject to gossip, scandal or slander.

I associate religious persecution with Neptune retrograde. Throughout history, the Roman Catholic Church alone has accused, tortured, burned, drowned and massacred countless millions of pagans, Protestants, Muslims, and many other innocents.

No matter the reasons, you come into this life with some justified fears and anxieties. Although not exactly as real or extreme now, certain experiences will trigger those more painful memories. Your natural reaction is to get rid of the pain by accessing that higher spiritual dimension. The quicker the better and you probably don’t care whether it is through meditation, prayer, your imagination or drugs.

The release of pain-relieving hormones in your brain is addictive so you could easily resort o escapism more often and for less critical reasons over time. You may use illness to gain sympathy or to avoid the harsh realities of life. Perhaps you are more subject to confusion and deception than most or have a tendency to become involved in intrigues and scandals.

False accusation and victimization will exacerbate your ears and anxieties around groups of people or certain people. Other karmic issues associated with Neptune retrograde in your chart could include misdiagnosed or mystery illnesses with the associated blame or guilt; or institutionalization for crime, mental illness or religious mania. Feeling isolated from society is common for many reasons.

Neptune retrograde is likely to play some role in the case of the accuser, inquisitor or torturer. However, I expect that Saturn retrograde guilt and Pluto retrograde misuse of power would play bigger roles in these stories.

Neptune Retrograde in Transit

Neptune retrograde in transit is a regular cycle lasting 160 days every year during the opposition to the Sun. As with all outer planets, it causes less concern than the rarer inner planet retrogrades. Neptune is retrograde 40% of the time compared to Mars at 9% and Venus at only 7% of the time.

Transiting Neptune retrograde can internalize your fears and anxieties by stripping away the illusions, dreams and false realities that have clouded your vision. The destruction of your fantasy world will show those harsh realities you sought to avoid at some stage in the past. Maybe you have kidded yourself about true love, your financial situation or your career prospects.

The further from the truth you have traveled, or the more extreme you methods of escape, the bigger the shock. The truth of your reality is often quite painful, as is often the case when addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling or porn has been your escape. It does not have to take an intervention or withdrawal to recognize your self-deception either. This realization has always been there in your higher self, or pineal gland as represented by Neptune.

A new relationship or a critical event can trigger an old or past life memory of pain. Neptune rules self-sacrifice, victimization, false accusation, scandal, and slander. Neptune retrograde can show the source of the pain from which you sought to escape. You may then feel humiliated, betrayed, scared, anxious or guilty.

The internalizing influence of retrograde motion means you may spend more time worrying about yourself and your problems. Self-pity, social anxiety or depression could lead to withdrawal and loneliness. Neptune retrograde is the ideal time for spiritual self-development. Self-help books or counseling may help but other tools include meditation, Yoga, Tarot, astrology, swimming and a healthy, toxin-free diet.

Phobias, hypochondria, and paranoia may become more noticeable during Neptune retrograde but also easier to discuss. The world may seem boring when conspiracy theories are debunked or Armageddon is postponed indefinitely. Sometimes, however, your suspicions may, in fact, be based on realistic psychic impressions. In the case of health matters especially, it is worth seeking a second opinion in case of misdiagnosis or misinterpretation of results.

Neptune Retrograde Dates
  • 2018, June 18 to November 24, 16° to 13° Pisces
  • 2019, June 21 to November 27, 18° to 15° Pisces
  • 2020, June 23 to November 28, 21° to 18° Pisces

128 thoughts on “Neptune Retrograde

  1. Jaime: I was wondering what book or information you researched that pegs Neptune retrograde in ones’ chart that signifies a past life of some kind of misery? Do all higher planets such as Uranus and Pluto also refer to a past life? My book also refers to one’s 5th house as a past life. How can astrologers ever know for certain which house refers to a past life when it’s not proven there is a past life? Thanks you for the info.

  2. so glad that this retrograde is ending soon. The increased intuition and empathy has been… interesting, but sometimes it’s just like… I want my thoughts and feelings to go back to being my own.

    I have gotten completely sober over the course of this transit which is a huge blessing.

  3. This Neptune Rx has been brutal! Undiagnosed illness. Anxiety that has been paralyzing at times. Insomnia so bad, I feel as though I am losing my mind. I’ve never looked so forward to a retrograde ending. Would you be able to tell me how long after Neptune goes direct that we could feel some relief? I suppose it doesn’t help that Neptune is conjunct my DC to the exact degree and opposite my Progressed Sun on my natal Asc to the exact degree. My Asc is 11 degrees Virgo. Please help. I’m at my breaking point.

    • Holy crap Jennifer you hit the nail on the head for me too. I am a progressed 7 degree Virgo, my DC is early aries (not totally conjunct to Neptune, but its heading in the direction) Never would have picked up on that detail, but I have been coughing for the past month. I am back on antibiotics, due to a tooth that needed pulling with abscess, till Neptune goes forward on 11/22. Best of health and luck to both of us.

      • Add me in too. Virgo sun at 8 degrees conjunct Pluto at 7 degrees opposite Neptune just out of orb to my DSC, still in my 6th. Dealing with this intense opposition for about 8 years due to another close conjunction, duh, uranus/NN. Neptune despite a trine to itself has been in a quincunx to mars (in libra in my 1st) house. Starting to move off. Other than menopause issues, it was discovered I have an iron overload condition which is a poison, like Jamie talked about with neptune issues. I also have a tooth needing to be pulled. Progressed sun heading towards Neptune in my 1st. I am counting the days to neptune going direct but psychically been told i will feel better probably around when Uranus moves into taurus. Misery loves company? Would like ongoing updates with u both. Sounds like a lot in common!!

    • This may reach you too late. I wonder if your “undiagnosed illness” has anything to do too much WiFI radiation, dirty electricity, and or magnetic fields. I have become electrosensitive from living next to 36 electric (digital) smart meters for 1 1/2 years. Fortunately I did a ton of research when I first learned about this situation (and discussing the radiation with a tech from ComEd, who was equally scared about his exposure). Then I bought a WiFi meter and made a number of changes in my apartment to lessen the total amount of EMF I’m getting. However, in February 2019 I began to have explicit symptoms of Electrosensitivity, and there weren’t too many changes available to me. So I realized that I must move to a more rural area where I will have less chance of receiving strong WiFi radiation when 5G is rolled out in my suburb of Chicago (haven’t found that place yet). The best website I can give you for explanations of all this, plus some very good solutions, is Jeremy Johnson was a Silicon engineer who became electrosensitive. He had to get totally away for a while (and quit his job), But since then he has devoted his life to helping others with these problems. I wish you luck. There are too many unhealthy things that have been pushed onto Americans (pharmaceutical drugs, GMO and processed foods, the never-ending search for oil companies to get the last ounce of oil out of the grounds. Unless you research things online carefully, one of more of these things will add to your ill health. At least in 2004, after I was told I would be on Dialysis within 2 years, and going some 6 doctors who were full of shit, I researched into Europe and found I needed to eat organically. I switched overnight and also began added meditation to my daily prayers for guidance. It’s kept me healthier than any other 74 y.o. I know, and my lifelong depression disappeared. However, the anxiety remains – and I think that’s mainly because we live in a country ruled by corporations who don’t give a damn about ut. Sally

  4. As a part of my spiritual, physical and lol mental acuity learning in life I’ve become less concerned with the negative sides to retrogrades. Rather my understanding of the experience is part of the learning curve we transit through. I have read your posts several times throughout the years and find your exquisite fanfare very positive.

  5. Hello. Thank you for such an informative article.

    I just noticed that on June 18th, Neptune gets to its station and is turning retrograde. It is directly above my natal Jupiter. What does that signify?

  6. Neptune is retrograding my 4th (opposing Mars/Jupiter natal and squaring my Moon/Mercury) as I have to move while Saturn is in my 2nd and Pluto in my 3rd is squaring natal 12th house Pluto. Uranus in my 6th of health… I’m exhausted already and trying my best not to show it. I’ve never been one for praying but I suppose it can’t hurt now… Also a small detail but the degrees are listed backwards (forwards). Thank you for the 2018 update.

  7. Hello! I just discovered your site. I like this article! In the last few days I’ve been having a noticeable rougher and more intense emotional time. A lot of negative thoughts have crept in and I’m not using my most effective mental/emotional health tools as willfully as I have been for many months before this (I’ve been in very effective therapy recently). So additionally, I feel some depression and a sense of failure around not managing well and feeling fairly miserable during these last few days. i realized this “downturn” seems very much in tandem with Neptune’s Rx. I looked at the transit in my chart and there isn’t too much to say about obvious aspects except… my natal Mars at 18 Scorpio in the 7th house, with natal Pluto nearby at 11 Scorpio, same house. I would think a trine would be positive and harmonious, though maybe it’s a little different with Rx planets. Otherwise, not a lot happening with any water or mutable signs in close degrees to where Neptune currently is.I do have a semi-sextile, I suppose, with my natal Asc (14 Aries), Eris (15 Aries), and Jupiter (19 Aries). What’s going on? I am always open to learning more astrology. Thanks for your writing.

  8. So far, I’ve never been aware of Neptune in transit going retrograde, but this time… it’s conjunct my natal Venus at 16·42′ Piscis (4th house, ruler of the 7th), so my Venus is involved in all these water grand trines this summer. I wonder what this could mean. Could it be about being more compassionate and realistic in love?

  9. I realize this is about 7 months past the post, but I feel you, Jennifer. I’ve had it going back and forth over my sun and my anxiety has also been very intense. also ended up in ER with massive panic attacks. awful. i cannot wait for this whole transit thru pisces to end! hang in there!

  10. I have all my outer planets retrograde with the exception of Saturn. I also have Neptune at 29 degrees Scorpio… the infamous “gandanta” point. The spiritual knot so to speak. As I soul scan to feel what this has meant for me, I have to say…. I feel almost as if it is my portal to the other side. It keeps me grounded in my faith which is Christianity as well. I feel this is the opening where my angel guides come through to speak to me or protect me especially from my upbringing which was was very lonely, isolated and lacked real love. BUT all is good for me, I know that I am truly loved by a higher power and therefore I love myself.

    • Because of what you do today, you have a wonderful future ahead of you, Misty.

  11. Neptune Rx, Age of Aquarius chart, Jan 12, 1996

    “Neptune Rx in the 2nd house brings nightmares about being homeless. Once you understand that Neptune Rx magnifies things out of proportion, it’s energy can be used to visualize and manifest mountains of money”

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