Neptune Retrograde

Neptune Retrograde 2021

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 your 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

  • 2020, June 23 to November 28, 20°57′ to 18°09′ Pisces
  • 2021, June 25 to December 1, 23°11′ to 20°24′ Pisces
  • 2022, June 28 to December 3, 25°26′ to 22°38′ Pisces

Natal Neptune Retrograde

Neptune retrograde in the birth 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 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 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 accusations 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.

12 thoughts on “Neptune Retrograde

  1. Hi…I’m quite curious how this will affect my chart. I have Virgo ascendant 23 degrees. Venus R in Gemini 23 degrees conjunct Mercury 28 degrees in 10th. Antoinette

  2. If Neptune sq Mars confuses you at this time write a procedure or To Do list. Number them with Greek Letters to add a level of sophistication and refinement to your tasks.

  3. Natal neptune r in 2nd house 24° conjunct lilith 26° in saggitarius.
    What does that mean?
    I know about psychic ability i had a few experiences of that.
    I also have a bad judgement how i see myself and quite some people who lie to me but i always sense it and uncovered it.

  4. I am a former Catholic and believe how in the Crusades and the Inquisition they were responsible for a long, long list of horrors as you’ve mentioned (probably in the Saturn Rx section). However, to give a little ballast to another side, Henry 8th in order to make divorce OK and steal the RCC’s extensive land holdings, tortured by boiling in oil, dismembering, burning alive, disemboweling, skinning alive, and crucifying the monks who would not renounce their faith.
    remember in Catholic school, the nuns would instill in us that we should be happy to be martyrs for Christ. Even then, as a 6 year old, I wasn’t so keen on that. I think H8 might have had his clutches on me in a past life.
    Power trips by any side are ugly and unjustifiable.
    Strength to you sword arm! (Oops!)

  5. In the USA chart, Neptune 22Vir25 squares Mars 21Gem22. “Gonna do what I want”
    In the Apple Tree chart (Jan 3, 1518-julian), Neptune 23Aqr15 semi-sextiles the Sun 22Cap17 “Gonna hang out with cute Apples in Henry’s orchard”
    In the Elm tree chart (Jan 12, 2020), Neptune is unaspected (33%) “Gonna take my Imagination and spelunk at Astrologyking, find no thing, and write memos to expensive consultants all over the world”

    and (4) …. in the multi composite, Neptune conjoins Venus, and Venus trines Jupiter. Asteroid Hill and Omicron Herculis garnish the banquet table. Don’t leave it out in the blistering eat too long or get a gastro Mars sq Moon.

  6. Толкова много ретроградни планети(Плутон, Сатурн, Юпитер, Нептун) в неголям отрязък от звездното небе няма ли да доведе до някаква голяма глобална криза ?

  7. Hah, I like that “Strength to your sword arm!”, Former Catholic 😄
    I too have felt the connections to some heavy pastlife energies, being in the Crusades, and perhaps being very persecuted for spiritual beliefs, burned at the stake etc.
    In the now, we are being led to release all the old traumas encoded in our very DNA, and to embrace the path of Light, to be standing in our true spiritual power and to receive all the blessings that Spirit is so graciously bestowing on us…. no one ever said it would be easy, right?
    (Neptune retro is a great time to release it all and be the lighthouse, not the fog ..😉💛)

  8. This is all BS. Same generic crap that every other astrologer/psychic/intuitive/empath / ‘woo woo’ scam artist has to say. Along the lines of law of attraction. Delusional.

    • K – you haven’t lived long enough! Wait and see – you will observe patterns. A closed mind is never an asset.

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