Neptune Retrograde

Neptune Retrograde 2017Neptune retrograde 2018 starts on June 18 at 16°29′ Pisces and ends on November 24 at 13°41′ Pisces. Neptune retrograde 2018 forms a fortunate aspect pattern called a grand trine. It shows great natural talent and creative potential. Mercury and Jupiter are the other planets involved so there is a hopeful, philosophical and friendly feel to Neptune retrograde this year.

Neptune retrograde is the ideal time for spiritual self-development. The grand trine aspects and fixed stars involved make Neptune retrograde 2018 especially good for undertaking a spiritual quest to seek the truth. More detail on Neptune retrograde 2018 follows definitions of natal Neptune retrograde and transiting Neptune retrograde.

Natal Neptune Retrograde Meaning

Neptune retrograde in the natal chart 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 a tragic past life experience 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 to 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 fears 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 counselling 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 2018

The chart below for the moment that Neptune stations retrograde shows a Grand Trine aspect pattern with Mercury, Jupiter retrograde and Neptune. The fortunate trine aspects create a balanced and harmonious blend of the planetary energies. Grand trines are very fortunate, showing great natural talent and creative potential. However, without some desire and effort the potentials may never be realized. But the more challenging nature of the two planets in retrograde give the motivation needed to turn opportunity into success. There are also fixed stars with each planet that energize this grand trine.

Neptune Retrograde 2018

Neptune Retrograde 2018

Neptune Retrograde 2018 Aspects

Mercury trine Jupiter brings optimism and good news. Research, study and socializing are favored, and this is one of the best transits for making plans because of your good instincts, future-oriented and positive thinking. Planning or setting off on a journey is favored, especially long distance travels. Particular areas of study which may interest you include religion, law, language and philosophy. Business dealings should go well and this is the ideal time for entering into negotiations and for signing contracts. This is also a good time for all legal matters.

Mercury trine Neptune stimulates your creativity, imagination, sensitivity and spirituality. This a great time for working on anything involving harmony, like poetry, music and dance. Drama would also benefit from your closer inter relatedness with others, or increased empathy. All of your communication skills benefit from a non threatening, caring and soft influence. Your senses will be finely tuned so you can communicate effectively at the non verbal level, through gestures, your eyes, and telepathically. This aspect enhances psychic abilities and intuition.

Jupiter trine Neptune encourages hope, generosity and community spirit. You may undertake a spiritual quest to seek the truth. There may be destined encounters with priests, guru’s or psychics. Others may come to your for spiritual guidance or you can go it alone. Enlightenment can come through dreams, visions or meditation. You can follow your dreams for success without needing to sacrifice your ego or material possessions. Wealth, fame and glamour may come but above you should feel happy and content. Romance is also possible as others find you mysteriously attractive.

Neptune Retrograde 2018 Fixed Stars

Mercury conjunct Fixed star Sirius at 14°19′ Cancer: Great business success, help through influential people, worries unnecessarily, associated with the Church, physical defect through accident. [1]

Jupiter conjunct Fixed star Alphecca at 12°33′ Scorpio: Honor and dignity, artistic ability, benefit through ecclesiastical matters, favorable for material gain. [1]

Neptune conjunct Fixed star Achernar at 15°34′ Pisces: Success in public office, beneficence, and religion. [1] Well placed, it promises happiness and success by giving good morals, faithful adherence to one’s religious beliefs, or a philosophical inclination. [2]

Neptune Retrograde Dates
  • 2017, June 16 to November 22, 11° to 14° Pisces
  • 2018, June 18 to November 24, 13° to 16° Pisces
  • 2019, June 21 to November 27, 15° to 18° Pisces
  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.116, 132, 209.
  2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.61.

125 thoughts on “Neptune Retrograde

  1. Yeah Jamie, you were bang on right about this pandemic in Yemen. I read your update. In Canada and elsewhere we are facing an opiod pandemic, particularly fentanyl. Many overdoses every day. Neptune= escape addiction and deception. These drugs are deceptively laced with fentanyl often. Sad.

    • Oh yes I heard about that. We have similar problems in Australia but the talk is of an epidemic of ice addiction.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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