When Neptune Retrograde Ends, Here’s The Wakeup Call You Need

The fog lifts December 6 when Neptune retrograde ends. What will you see clearly now? Your horoscope for Neptune direct in Pisces.

Neptune, the planet of dreams and healing, began its annual retrograde on June 30, 2023, in Pisces, the sign it’s been traveling in since 2011! When Neptune retrograde ends on December 6, the planet moves in direct motion until its next retrograde, from July 2 to December 7, 2024. This pattern continues as Neptune transits Pisces until 2026!

What does it mean when Neptune retrograde ends?

Because of its distance from the Sun, Neptune has a huge orbit to make. It takes 165 years to circle el Sol, and therefore spends an average of 15 years in each of the zodiac signs. Like the other outer planets, Neptune goes retrograde annually for about five months.

Every Neptune cycle shapes a generation. It directs the music that moves us, spiritual ideologies that resonate with mass culture, and the way we live out our dreams.

Check in with the major themes of the 2023 Neptune retrograde. How did you fare?

As the planet of unconditional love (and unconditional everything!), Neptune suspends logic. It allows us to truly dream as if anything were possible. So Neptune retrogrades can be deeply introspective time periods—but ones that require extra reality checks!

During Neptune retrograde you may have felt like retreating or escaping from the world. This may have been a healing process for you, or one that lured you back to a destructive habit.

“Just this once” may have become famous last words while Neptune was in reverse. When the Neptune retrograde ends on December 6, be sure you set up support systems so you don’t give in to toxic temptations. While Neptune intensified its boundary-dissolving effect in its home sign of Pisces, that advice goes double!

What’s next while Neptune moves direct in Pisces (until its next retrograde, in 2024!)

What’s next? That question has required deep contemplation in 2023, and even that hasn’t necessarily yielded much clarity. But beginning December 6, answers start coming into focus as tuned-in Neptune ends a long retrograde in its home turf of compassionate, dreamy Pisces.

During this period of soul-searching, we hope you came to enlightening realizations about yourself, your desires and your relationships. Now, you can start putting those divine downloads into action. Pro tip: That doesn’t mean you should stop the daydreams. Quite the opposite! Neptune is a master at manifestation. See for yourself in your Neptune direct horoscope below!


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Neptune direct horoscopes

When Neptune retrograde ends on December 6, read how you can move forward as the planet does.

Below are horoscopes for every zodiac sign. You can read for your Sun sign or your rising sign (ascendant). Visit our Cosmic Calculator section if you want to calculate your Rising sign or discover more about your personal astrology.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

The fog is lifting, Aries. Hazy Neptune, which has been in a low power retrograde since June 30, resumes forward motion on December 6, helping you regain clarity and insights about the best steps for you. Over the last five months, you may have slipped into an old pattern—one you thought you’d put to bed for good. Old habits die hard, but once Neptune retrograde ends, do the healing work to get yourself back on solid ground. A creative project, one you’ve been developing behind the scenes, begins to move at an accelerated pace. Read more Aries horoscopes.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Where, oh where do you belong, Bull? Soulful Neptune wakes up from a five-month retrograde on December 6 and powers forward in your eleventh house of groups and teams. If you’ve been drifting between affiliations, uncertain where to plant yourself, fear not. With Neptune spinning direct, you could tap into your tribe before 2023 is through. Check the privacy settings on all of your accounts. When Neptune retrograde ends, it’s a good time to change your passwords—and make sure confidential documents are properly protected on your hard drive. Read more Taurus horoscopes.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Office martyr is not a title of distinction, Gemini, but with heavy Neptune retrograde (backwards) in your career sector since June 30, you’ve been saddled with responsibilities that weren’t yours to carry. On December 6, the sacrificial planet snaps out of its daze, resuming forward motion once again. Asserting healthy boundaries will be easier again when Neptune retrograde ends. Burnout begone! Neptune’s drifter vibes have made it hard for some Geminis to find your professional footing for the past five months. A permanent position or inspiring project could open up in the days ahead. Phew! Read more Gemini horoscopes.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

What’s real for you, Cancer? On December 6, ethereal Neptune wakes up from a five-month nap, effectively ending its retrograde in your ninth house of higher truths. Since June 30, you’ve tried on new philosophies, given other people’s methods a go, all with mixed results. At the end of the day, only YOU can decide what feels right in your life. Stop searching and tune in to your gut. Beginning December 6, you’re able to clarify the direction that feels right for you when Neptune retrograde ends. There’s no need to justify or look to others for approval. This is your life and you get to have the final say here! Read more Cancer horoscopes.

Leo (July 23-August 22) 

With Neptune spinning retrograde since June 30, it’s been hard to see the forest for the trees, especially with people who charmed and dazzled you. Starting December 6, Neptune soldiers forward once again and your keen intuition is back. If you’ve overlooked the obvious, get ready for a sudden wakeup call when Neptune retrograde ends. If you discover that a supposedly faithful member of Team Leo has a dueling agenda, address the issue ASAP before it balloons into something serious. Read more Leo horoscopes.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

You love them, you love them not…what’s it going to be, Virgo? With elusive Neptune spinning retrograde through your relationship house since June 30, your heart has been tested. People may have misrepresented their intentions or oversold themselves, which has been a letdown, to say the least. But don’t give up on the human race! Starting December 6, Neptune resumes a forward trek, helping you see the past five months as a giant learning experience. Use this data to refine your search criteria or sharpen conflict-resolution skills with the one you love. Read more Virgo horoscopes.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Hop back on the wellness wagon, Libra. Slippery Neptune has been retrograde in your house of healthy living since June 30, luring you with temptations right and left. So, Libra, what’s your vice…the one that’s ensnared you once again? On December 6, Neptune does a U-turn, powering forward and strengthening your resolve. You can beat this demon once Neptune retrograde ends, but you’ll have to take it one day at a time. Enlist the support of a coach, trainer or accountability buddy over the next few days. Old habits die hard, and breaking this one could require some backup. Read more Libra horoscopes.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Fantasy or reality? It’s been hard to tell since June 30 when Neptune, the planet of illusions, turned retrograde. You’ve been prone to romanticizing during this five-month phase only to have reality come crashing down on you at times. Don’t doubt your instincts, Scorpio, and don’t give up on love. Starting December 6, Neptune snaps out of its daze and resumes direct motion. In the days ahead, fairy tale fantasies might just come true. The plot twist? They may arrive in a different form than expected. Read more Scorpio horoscopes.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

With slippery Neptune retrograding through your domestic zone since June 30, feeling “at home” hasn’t been easy for the last five months. There may have been chaos or emotional turmoil to weather under your roof. Getting family on a synced schedule hasn’t been a picnic either. Starting December 6, you can breathe a sigh of relief as Neptune turns direct once again. Reset your sanctuary, resolve conflicts with relatives and if it’s time to relocate, slowly begin your search. A place near water or on a quieter block may be calling your name. Read more Sagittarius horoscopes.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

You say tomato, they hear “tomahhto,” but is that any reason to call the whole thing off? No, Capricorn, so just breathe. You’ve weathered some nebulous interactions with people in your life since Neptune, planet of illusions, turned retrograde on June 30. Starting December 6, the foggy planet resumes forward motion bringing more compassion to your communication with these wishy-washy types. Perhaps you’ve been pushing them a little too hard, pressuring them to go along with one of your grandiose plans. Creative compromises lie ahead when Neptune retrograde ends, so it might be in your best interest to give an inch. Read more Capricorn horoscopes.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) 

Has money been slipping through your fingers, Aquarius? With hazy Neptune retrograding through your finance zone since June 30, you may be scratching your head, wondering where all your hard-earned cash “disappeared.” (Um, you spent it…) Starting December 6, Neptune resumes forward motion, helping you get a handle on your funds. You can still have play money, Aquarius, but you may need to make a sacrifice in the name of saving up when Neptune retrograde ends. If that means shelving one of your grand schemes or projects until there’s more money in the bank, so be it. Read more Aquarius horoscopes.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

With your ruling planet Neptune spinning retrograde since June 30, you’ve been a mystery unto yourself. This “identity crisis” has also been a gift. It helped you stretch and discover new layers of your personality—as well as your own strength. Starting December 6, the dreamy planet powers forward again, helping you reveal these new sides of yourself to the world again. Be more vocal—your words and stories of triumph are a clear inspiration to others once Neptune retrograde ends. Read more Pisces horoscopes.

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