Neptune is the planet that rules Pisces, the mystical water
sign. Neptune takes about one hundred sixty-five years to travel through all
twelve signs of the zodiac, and it remains in each sign for about fourteen
years. And so Neptune is like Pluto; it defines a generation.
Depending on where Neptune falls in your personal chart, which
can be found at astro.com you will be easily influenced by ideals and
fantasies. The placement shows what an entire generation idealizes and has
trouble being realistic about because the dreams and illusions of perfection
get in its way.
Neptune energy is not rational in any way; instead, it
operates on a subconscious level. It is connected to dreams, intuition, psychic
abilities, and deep emotions. The broad brush of the planet’s influence
determines what a generation of people finds pleasing and desirable. For
example, with the exception of the retrograde periods, Neptune was in Scorpio
from December 1955 until November 1970. Those who came of age in this time
frame were focused on transition. It was a period of great transformation—the
traditions of the fifties dissolved into a passion for the new and
experimental, and in many respects the worldview shifted. During this time our
most inspired and impactful leaders—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, Malcolm X,
and Robert Kennedy were all assassinated, events emblematic of the transitions
in American society. Everyone born during this time was deeply transformed by
these deaths and the civil unrest of the time.
Neptune also impacts us personally, determining our ability
to dream, create, and escape reality. As the ruler of Pisces, Neptune’s
placement in our chart can also influence our spiritual nature, how we handle
problems, and how we relate with others. For instance, Pisces is the zodiac sign
that absorbs everything like sponge. Those born under the sign of Pisces blend
their energy with that of others unaware of their doing so, and this is the impact
of Neptune. Neptune’s energies pull us into the deep, subconscious mind where
our egos disappear. A great deal of self-exploration (I suggest meditation or
hypnosis) is required to access the deep oceans within us. It is arguably
easier to identify what Neptune is up on a large scale, just turn your
attention to how the group consciousness of the time is presenting.