Alright, let's talk about Neptune retrograde.
A few commenters on the blog have mentioned the impact transiting Neptune in Pisces has been having on them. One issue I'd like to discuss is this: how do you know if your ideals are unrealistic (no one could possibly match them) or if your ideals are fine, but the people you're dealing with are dishonourable?
Neptune is about ideals (and fantasy). Transiting Neptune can inflate your expectations of people into Sistine Chapel-worthy creations. If you're getting hit with hard (square, conjunction, opposition) aspects from Neptune in Pisces, and you encounter someone who stretches your capacity for forgiveness, it's a safe bet that your ideals are out of whack with reality. Neptune dissolves boundaries, and forgiveness can become infinite. But your energy is finite.
And here's a surefire way to discern the truth, no matter what your ideals are. If someone repeatedly disrespects/abuses/ignores/drains you, and you continue to give them the benefit of the doubt, your ideals are unrealistic for that person.
The higher manifestation of Neptune is compassion and forgiveness that does not drain you. Here's another litmus test; does being around a certain person makes you feel good, or bad? Calm, or drained? Don't worry if your expectations are "correct" or not. If something feels bad, remove yourself from the situation. Honour your intuition.
So, what about Neptune retrograde? It will reverse (at 5 degrees Pisces) from June 7th, 2013 t0 November 13th, 2013 (at 2 degrees Pisces). This will be an intensification and clarification phase. The issues in your life (being triggered by Neptune) that need to be understood and resolved will intensify. You'll no longer be able to ignore/avoid/repress/hide or misunderstand them. This is about putting your head underwater to see what's swimming around. It won't happen in a blinding flash of detached clarity (that's Uranus), but it will be a gradual swell of feeling or intuition. By the time Neptune goes direct, you'll have a better idea of where you stand. This influence will be especially relevant for those who have been hesitating to pursue a dream, or have wandered off the path.
A quick reminder of what Neptune in Pisces represents:
- The Divine/Higher Power
If you have planets/angles between 2-5 degrees Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius, you'll feel this influence most strongly.