Neptune in Pisces
On a personal level, because it is so slow, Neptune is likely to cross any planet or angle only once or twice in a lifetime so we cannot refer back to earlier experiences to gain better insights, we must use intuition more and try to glean from historical events what Neptune does.
Some Neptune in Pisces events
Paul begins Christianity
Buddhism introduced to China.
374 - 389
Nicene Christianity officially adopted by Rome
Spread of Buddhism –official introduction to Japan.
St David brings Christianity to Wales 550.
701 - 716
Muslim expansion –Moorish invasion of Spain.
Muslim state established in modern Pakistan. 712.
1192 - 1207
Crusades. The 4th seen as final act in Great Schism between the Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church.
1520 - 1534
Martin Luther condemned as heretic and excommunicated
Henry 8th cut ties with church of Rome.
Calvin starts Protestant movement in France.
1684 - 1698
Louis 14th bans all religions in France except R.C.
Salem witch trials.
Newton published “Principia,” most basic book in all science
1847 - 1862
Communist Manifesto by Marx & Engels.
Speed of light first measured
Darwin’s Origin of Species published
We notice a common thread…at these times the various belief-systems that dominate the world take important steps forward. Each of the movements that support these ideologies believes in them as though they were truth, yet Neptune doesn’t even believe in truth. Neptune wants us to know that the map we have of reality is only a story, only of local relevance, only temporary and never finally provable.
2011 - 2026
What about now? Can we yet identify Neptune’s current message? It is always hard to know about the transit that we are experiencing until after it has passed away. Objectivity is in short supply when we are in the middle of loss and confusion.
These ideas have come up among the comments:
1. Binge watching of TV series
2. Air B&B popularity
3. Mindfulness apps' explosion in popularity
4. Awareness of the oceans – too much plastic and melting icecaps
5. Gender and sexuality questions
All of these relate to boundaries in some way. An Englishman's home was once his castle and is now taken over by paying guests; mindfulness has as its ultimate goal the end of all separation; oceans are being spoilt by the invasive force of consumerism, fish are dying off; women and men were thought once to have well-defined sexual orientation and now it’s a bit cloudier.
We could add a few more topics. For example Zuckerberg is answering awkward questions about privacy (at long last), and how about microchip implants? Scientist Mark Gasson whose team demonstrated how a computer virus could wirelessly infect his implant and then be transmitted on to other systems. Gasson reasoned that with implanted technology the separation between man and machine can become theoretical because the technology can be perceived by the human as being a part of their body.
Possibly the most poignant political issue of the day has to do with borders too – Brexit and the election of Trump. In both cases many lies were told and the result seemed to shock and even dismay the winners who had no sense that the need for strong borders was such an emotional question for the voters. When we discuss what dissolves boundaries, nothing is more obvious in astrology than Neptune in Pisces.
These main questions seem to dominate our sense of Neptune.
1. How to find a working model of reality to explain what we hold to be of the highest spiritual and personal significance? This could well be religion, mysticism, communism or, for some people, keeping up to date with the latest fashion.
2. Separation and boundaries
3. The illusion of glamour and the glamour of illusion
All the other planets, even Pluto to a considerable extent, bring us into deeper relationship with normal everyday life, each in their own way, but Neptune’s focus is not that. It is deals with questions of reality and identity. What is real? Who am I? Am I real or an illusion? It is not only hippies and other druggies that are asking these questions; scientists at the leading edge of physics and technology have similar uncertainties.
Neptune asks these questions of us and yet gives no answers. It is enigmatic in the extreme, it answers everything with the Zen wisdom “not this not that!”
Neptune transits bring confusion and illusion – but also spiritual clarity and dis-illusion-ment. At first, gripped by, and gripping onto, our false sense of who we are and what is real, Neptune washes away all the anchorage points of our lives, and we lose traction. With Mercury we lose our sense of clear-mindedness; with Venus we become foolishly un-boundaried in the fantasy of romantic love; with Mars it disinclines us away from self-serving action towards the hidden self-gratification of altruism. Neptune-Sun connections rob us of the all-important definition of ego that allows us to operate safely in a dangerous world.
And these transits go on and on. As soon as we rebuild our lives another tsunami comes along and we lose all the structures of limitation again and yet again until we find within ourselves a place of surrender and willing acceptance. From that moment all is well – then we flow with the deepest mystery and ride the tides of change. The more we allow Neptune to carry us along the better it feels. There is a beautiful serenity, a blissful sense of sweet goodness and a tiny but spiritually-transforming glimpse of All That Is.