Planets & Astrology: Neptune

Brrrrrr! Icy Neptune is the last of the gas giants in our solar system. According to astrology, Neptune rules all that lies below the surface—and the watery flow of creativity.

At nearly 2.8 billion miles away from the Sun, we need a telescope just to get a glimpse of Neptune. Like its neighbors Uranus and Pluto, it governs invisible aspects of the personality—particularly the subconscious mind: dreams, fantasies and even delusions.

In Roman lore, Neptune is the god of the seas. The esoteric and spiritual realms are also Neptune’s domain. Here, we must have faith in that which could be dubbed as fantasy. Any time you make a vision board or use The Law Of Attraction (“what you focus on expands”), you are working those Neptunian vibes. There’s a lot of magic to play with here!  

Neptune may rule the invisible realm, but it’s a powerful force to be reckoned with.

The ruler of dreamy, sensitive Pisces, Neptune has the second strongest gravity in the solar system after Jupiter. No wonder Piscean people have such a magnetic pull! With its perpetual storms and active climate, Neptune is known for whipping up drama and confusion. It can have a disorienting effect, making it hard to stay in touch with what’s “real.” Neptune personalities are not exactly known for their stellar logical. But compassion? Absolutely! People with a strongly placed Neptune in their chart make great therapists, shamans and healers. 

To find out your Neptune sign, run a free chart here:

Because of its distance from the Sun, Neptune has a huge orbit to make—it takes 165 years to circle el Sol. Thus, Neptune will linger in a single sign for an average of fifteen years, shaping generations. Divinely inspired creativity comes from Neptune (with some help from Venus). Here is where we tap into the right brain, releasing logic and letting pure creative impulse flow through us.

Looking at the music of a generation can also be a fun way to track this celestial influence. From 1998-2012 Neptune toured Aquarius, the sign that governs electricity. During this phase, we saw a rise in EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and deejay culture. Early music sharing websites like Napster were also born while sites like MySpace gave independent artists a forum to share their tracks without requiring a record deal.

Neptune is also the planet the dissolves boundaries. Not surprisingly, the free love movement of the 1960s erupted while Neptune was in sexy Scorpio from 1956-70. Like a cosmic acid trip, Neptune brings a sense of oneness consciousness, blurring the lines between “me” and “we.” Compassion runs deep with Neptune—but it can also turn into codependence and martyrdom if we aren’t careful. People born with Neptune in ambitious Capricorn (1984-1998) work longer and harder than any recent generation. There’s no 9-to-5 for this bunch, who are easily lured into staying after hours with so-called “perks” of an office beer tap or pool table.

Neptune’s placement in your birth chart can even show a propensity toward addiction. How we relate to mind-altering substances is determined by Neptune. Neptune can dissolve the ego—but this loss of “self” can also provoke a crisis. Hospitals and institutions fall under Neptune’s watch—little surprise since following Neptune’s compass without paying heed to other planets like sensible Saturn or the self-focused Sun might just get one strapped to the gurney. Like the other outer planets, Neptune goes retrograde annually, for about five months. These periods can be deeply introspective times—but ones that require extra reality checks!

Bottom line: Neptune may rule the invisible realm, but it’s a powerful force to be reckoned with. Getting in tune with Neptune in your natal chart can be the short code to avoiding crazy-making. Neptune can show where you need to release attachments—but also where you need to bring more grounded logic into your decision making.

When it’s time to make our final passage from the Earth plane to the spiritual one, it’s Neptune who helps us release from the waking dream and fly free into the eternal.


Planetary Stats: Neptune

  • Changes Zodiac Signs: Every 13-15 years
  • Zodiac Sign It Rules: Pisces

Neptune governs:

  • The psyche and subconscious
  • Spiritualtiy, esoteric realms
  • Institutions, hospitals
  • Fantasy and illusion
  • Boundaries
  • Imagination
  • Mind-altering substances
  • Addictions


Special positions of Neptune: 

Domicile: Pisces
The planet’s home base, an easy flow if placed here in the chart.

Detriment: Virgo
Opposite sign of home base, may need to work harder to integrate the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart.

Exalted: Leo & Cancer
The planet’s most powerful position, indicates ease and added fortune with using the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart.

Fall: Aquarius & Capricorn
Opposite sign to the exalted position, can indicate struggles with utilizing the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart.