Neptune retrograde is going to end in just a few days, and will then be back moving forward in its home sign of Pisces until June 30th 2023. What does this turn direct have in store for us?
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Neptune in Astrology
Neptune is the planet of spirituality, intuition, imagination, compassion, empathy, what's hidden, and karma. It connects to what's not visible on the surface and is beyond the tangible physical world.
In transit, Neptune dissolves. When this is beneficial, the dissolving makes way for the new, shines a light on what we've been missing, improves intuition, and helps us be creative. When this is challenging, this can be foggy energy and we have a hard time seeing what's really there.
What is direct in astrology?
A planet or body in astrology is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward through the Zodiac from our view here on Earth. When the planet or body is no longer appearing to move backward, this is called turning direct, and the planet or body is now or will be moving forward.
Most planets/bodies move forward as their normal motion, so this can be helpful. The issue when a planet or body is turning direct (or retrograde) is it slows way down and hovers in the same spot, called stationing.
This can be frustrating because we're not really moving in any way. We're not going backward or forward, we're stalled and waiting for things to pick back up. If the planet/body is making any aspects, these aspects are intensified because they are continuous while the planet/body is stalled.
Neptune Direct: December 3 2022 at 7:15PM ET/4:15PM PT
Neptune has been in Pisces for some time now, and this is the sign that Neptune naturally rules. Neptune retrograde in Pisces has brought out extreme foggy energy. Neptune retrograde is normally foggy on its own, and retrogrades in Pisces are normally foggy on their own, so combine the two and it's fog city!
With Neptune retrograde ending, the fog begins to lift. We can start to see what's been hidden and obscured all of this time. Sometimes this is a good reveal, and we're relieved and happy and informed. Sometimes this is challenging, and we're mortified and have to scramble to fix things.
The turn direct is square (challenging aspect, 3 signs away) Venus in Sagittarius, so we may have some troubles with others around this time. There may be issues in relationships that we haven't dealt with that are revealed, and our dealings with others may be fraught with subconscious issues, motivations, and desires getting in the way.
We need to be more open, compassionate, understanding, and channel our empathy. A gentler hand may be more helpful than an angry one. Venus rules compromise and mediation, so perhaps we need to come together and find some middle ground.
The Neptune direct is also widely opposite Ceres in Virgo. Ceres is a dwarf planet that rules nourishment, so Neptune opposite Ceres might bring challenges to having what we need, our resources, and security.
There may be something that feels out of our control that is getting in the way, and we may not have an easy answer to solve the problem. On the flip side, the answer may be right in front of our faces, but we're not seeing it and need to stop deluding ourselves.
We may also be prone to giving too much, and letting out boundaries be breached. We need to recognize that healthy boundaries are a good thing, and we're not really helping ourselves or others by not having them.
I'm also concerned about things like polluted lands and water since Neptune rules toxins and Ceres rules food and agriculture. Hopefully nothing like that happens but humans aren't very good about avoiding that, now are we?
Neptune Direct 2022 Aspects
The turn direct occurs at 22 degrees 39 minutes Pisces, so major aspects are:
Conjunction: 20 degrees 39 minutes - 24 degrees 39 minutes Pisces
Sextile: 20 degrees 39 minutes - 24 degrees 39 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Square: 20 degrees 39 minutes - 24 degrees 39 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 20 degrees 39 minutes - 24 degrees 39 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Opposition: 20 degrees 39 minutes - 24 degrees 39 minutes Virgo
Look through your natal chart and see if you have any planets or bodies located at these positions. This aspect will be strong for you right now, and likely for the next month.
Suggested Reading: Use the interpretations from the Transit Neptune page for information about potential impact