Hello lovely ones and happy Monday!
I just got back from recording your Soulstrology Summer Solstice Soundbath and I am sooo excited for you all to hear it, I just love Pluto who I used for your Soundbath :)
Today, Neptune turns retrograde at 16 degrees of Pisces for almost five months until he turns direct on November 24th at 13 degrees of Pisces.
To understand where this transit is playing out in your chart check the Soulstrology zodiac guide below and as always read for both your Sun and rising sign.
If you want to get more precise then check for where you have between 13 and 16 degrees of Pisces in your chart, as well as any planets you have between 10 and 19 degrees of Pisces in your chart as they will get pinged - cosmically activated - by this retrograde.
Now Neptune retrograde is not to be feared (it is not like Mercury retrograde) although to be honest no retrograde should be feared - that is not cosmic consciousness!
Retrogrades are planetary illusions - the planet does not literally go backwards but it does spin in a way which creates the effect of it doing so on the physical plane for us earthlings.
Retrogrades are amazing opportunities to go inwards with regards to the areas of life ruled by that planet/zodiac sign in our lives.
Neptune at its highest octave rules creativity, dreams, spirituality and unconditional love and compassion.
At its lowest octave Neptune rules addictions, deception, fantasies and lies.
When Neptune turns retrograde (which by the way happens every year for four - five months) we may find ourselves internalizing a lot more about all of these themes - we will tend to be very reflective (oh so on point for the REtrograde!)
Now, whether we tap into the light of Neptune or shadow, depends on the work we do during this time.
Soulstrology tells us that this Neptune retrograde favors us because of the aspects Neptune will be making to other planets - namely Jupiter and Mercury - which creates a very lucky celestial formation known as a grand trine.
This can help us with all the areas ruled by Jupiter, Mercury and Neptune (in the Scorpio, Leo and Pisces ruled parts of our unique charts as this is where the respective planets will be).
An easier way to think of this is that 2018 Neptune Retrograde can assist us with the themes of creativity, spirituality, rebirth and soulful power.
But it requires us to go within and to see where we are deluding ourselves, to shatter those illusions, or addictions (doesn't have to be drugs or alcohol, can be an addiction to a goal/pursuit!) to no longer deceive ourselves, or be escapist and live in fantasy land and to instead wake up, smell the coffee, be compassionate to ourselves but also realistic, to infuse spiritual consciousness and realism into what we wish to achieve and to be creative about how we manifest our goals - specifically in the Pisces ruled parts of our charts but also in the Leo and Scorpio ruled parts.
We must aim to be grounded (shadow of Pisces is to be all over the place and flaky/not living in reality as a result) not feel sorry for ourselves if our reality check is a tough one (another shadow of Pisces is victim syndrome) and to see what it takes to turn our dreams into reality and then to just get on with it.
We have five months of this transit. We will experience eclipses in that time and a Mercury and Mars retrograde (yikes!) which will have us slowing down and going inwards, so we have plenty of time to do the work to get to where we want to be internally, so we can manifest externally on the physical plane.
But for now, with the amount of light increasing in the lead up to the Summer Solstice - take the time to think about the Pisces ruled part of your life and what you want to achieve and perhaps start to (gently!) conduct that reality check, to start sowing the right seeds within your consciousness so you can manifest a different outcome in this area of life come the end of November.
I will be back for the Solstice.
Until then, have a great week!
SOULSTROLOGY ZODIAC GUIDE TO NEPTUNE RETROGRADE
Aries: Healing, psychological matters, work you do behind the scenes/in private, secret projects
Taurus: Friendships, groups and organizations. Your soul tribe. Your hopes, wishes and dreams for the future.
Gemini: Career, success, status and ambition. Your soul's legacy.
Cancer: Higher education, spirituality, foreign places or people, travel, legal matters, publishing
Leo: Joint finances, sex, transformation and merging
Virgo: Close partnerships of all kinds, platonic, professional and romantic
Libra: Daily lifestyle, work and routine. Health - mind/body/soul
Scorpio: Love, dating, romance, fun, self-expression, creativity, children
Sagittarius: Home, domestic life. Who and what you consider home/family.
Capricorn: Your mind and communication, your voice in all formats and associated projects. Siblings, neighbors and your local community
Aquarius: Your personal finances and income, possessions, your values and self-esteem
Pisces: Your identity, appearance and how others view you