What Neptune in Aries/the 1st House Reveals about Your Chart

All about Neptune in Aries or in the 1st house

The zodiac sign and house of Neptune at your time of birth will reveal where your imagination reigns supreme. You’re likely to be more unstructured, spiritual and free-flowing in this part of life—but you might also have moments that you feel gripped by inexplicable fear. Since Neptune is associated with therapy and healing, the house it falls in can give clues about your inner work, as well as the ways you’ll give back to the world through charitable giving.

Through sometimes painful experiences, Neptune teaches you how to set boundaries. But first, it dissolves them, creating lessons in self-compassion and codependency alike. Does it all sound like a head trip? Yep, that’s fantasy-agent Neptune. Try to enjoy the pretty colors while you spin this cosmic kaleidoscope.       

Your Natal Neptune or Neptune Sign

As the planet of unconditional love (and unconditional everything!), your Neptune sign shows where you may suspend logic. Here’s where you can dream as if anything were possible. Sometimes the visions are pure bliss; other times, they descend into nightmares. Limitlessness is the name of Neptune’s game. If romance requires a level of illusion, Neptune is the rose-tinted, soft-filter lens that lets us view the world in this way. 

Confusion alert! You may find that your Neptune-ruled area of life is never fully defined—and maybe you prefer it that way. The rest of the world might have another opinion, however. At some point you may have to put more boundaries into this part of your world to keep relationships intact—or to avoid plunging into self-destructive habits or chasing after an illusion.

Whatever zodiac sign and house Neptune was orbiting through at your time of birth determines your “natal Neptune” or “Neptune sign.” More specifically, this will guide you in the following ways:

  • Dreams: What do you fantasize about and what dreams inspire you daily?
  • Healing: How you’ll process ancestral and childhood trauma
  • Subconscious: From music to meditation, what moves you on a subconscious level? 
  • Boundaries: Where you’re fluid with boundaries—or where you feel hemmed in and stuck
  • Illusion: Where you are gullible and naive or unable to see things for what they are
  • Addiction: Where you struggle to say no or set limits, spiraling into self-destruction
  • Sacrifice: Where you’ll give up too much for others and play the victim
  • Glamor: Where you’ll create a magical spin that enchants the world
  • Arts: What forms of creativity are you capable of?
  • Compassion: Who you’re here to help and champion

Neptune is one of the outer planets, housed between Jupiter and Pluto. Because of its distance from the Sun, Neptune has a huge orbit to make. It takes 165 years to circle the Sun, spending an average of 15 years in each one of the zodiac signs. Every Neptune cycle shapes a generation, directing the music that moves us, the spiritual ideologies that resonate with mass culture and the way we live out our dreams.

What’s your Neptune sign? 

Use our cosmic calculator to discover what zodiac sign and house Neptune was in when you were born. To accurately determine the house, you will need to know your birth time.

What if the zodiac sign and house are different?

This is common! Read both the sign and house description below. Do these interpretations pull you in two different directions? That’s not unusual. We human beings have range. Astrology is an interpretive dance, a tool which provides a fascinating layer of self-discovery. Do some “astro mixology.” Reflect on how you can work with both energies to enhance your life.

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Special positions of Neptune


Neptune turns retrograde for five months of every year, so it’s not unusual to be born with this planet in reverse. You may have to work harder to muscle through its lessons, but once you nail this planet’s energy, your additional effort may actually lead to a rock-solid mastery of working with Neptune in your life. 

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: Cancer or Leo 

The planet’s most powerful position; indicates ease and added fortune with using the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart

Fall: Capricorn or Aquarius 

Opposite sign to the exalted position, can indicate struggles with utilizing the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart

Neptune in Aries or the 1st House 

Hello shape shifter. With Neptune in Aries or your 1st house of identity, you’re enchanting and enigmatic.

Traits of Neptune in Aries

You may change your look frequently, enjoying the art of being a chameleon. This theatrical Neptune in Aries placement can make every day feel like a costume party—and you probably have the wigs and sequined get-ups to prove it. Performance art may be your passion, either as a hobby or career. At times, you may choose to keep a low profile, playing the role of the selfless supporter. You can be powerfully attentive with people—and your presence alone can be healing since you have a gift for reflecting people back to themselves. 

The mysterious side of Neptune in Aries

All the same, people will have a hard time reading you. But who can blame them…you’re a mystery unto yourself! With boundless Neptune in Aries, you can adapt your personality to fit any situation. This can be a blessing and a curse. Winning people over is easy. You can “become” what they want, even intuiting their needs before they realize what they want for themselves!

But too much adapting can leave you feeling lost, hooked on validation or stuck in a cycle of people-pleasing. Until you gain awareness of this tendency, feelings of self-doubt or victimization could become part of your identity. (And sure, you might mask it with your wickedly self-deprecating humor.) 

The core life lessons for Neptune in Aries

You’re bound to have the occasional identity crisis with Neptune in Aries, but dive in. One of your core lessons in life is to “know thyself.” Breaking free from Neptune’s hall of mirrors may require some assertiveness training. As you grow comfortable speaking up and taking charge (instead of falling into passivity), you emerge as a wise and intuitive leader.

Getting in touch with anger can be another sticking point. Learn to recognize it and express it before it festers. Otherwise, it can turn inward and manifest as self-abuse or deep resentment. With Neptune in this warrior sign and house, you do have a fighter in you, but may find it easier to stick up for other people than for yourself. Remind yourself often that you are worth it!


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