Neptune's ingress into it's own sign of Pisces in 2012 has signified many current events including: the brainwashing of western youth to become terrorists, fast spreading heroin addiction, fake news, video game addiction, a missing Malaysian airliner (MH370), and more. Neptune will end its sojourn in Pisces in April 2025.
Neptune's influence causes confusion which can result in misplaced belief and trust. Neptune rules over altered states of consciousness, whether that be from meditation, brainwashing, or drugs. Neptune also pertains to anything imaginative: films, art, music. Neptune rules Pisces and is associated with the 12th house of imprisonment, confinement. Neptune is water vapor/fog and rules over the ocean as well.
Neptune is about escaping reality for a while. There are healthy ways of exercising the imaginative, creative forces and then there are the destructive ways. The allure and impact of Neptune can be life altering, for good or bad.
There is a story that describes the euphoric experience of Neptune (although Neptune is not mentioned in the story) about four wise me who go to heaven.
Four wise men are taken up to visit Heaven one night. After they return back to the real world they each react differently. The first man completely loses his mind. The nirvana (Neptune) that he experienced was so overpowering that he could not handle being back in his day-to-day life anymore. He spent the rest of his days wandering around talking to himself. The second man become completely cynical. He denied it ever happened. He never went to heaven, it was a dream. There is no such thing he said. The third man returned home, he couldn't stop thinking about it. He spoke about his experience in paradise all the time and to everyone he met. He became obsessed and did nothing else but relive his experience for the rest of his life. The last wise man, used the experience of nirvana to write beautiful poetry. He also created music and art to express his love for his family and friends.
The moral of the story is that the fourth man handled his Neptunian experience in the most positive way. He allowed the divine to touch his life and used it to enhance it, not to drown in Neptune's waters. Like when we listen to music while we drive or work, Neptune helps make our daily lives more magical.
Neptune isn't all angels, paradise and spiritual awakening - it also rules fears and phobias. Anxiety, depression and despair may be from causes which are conscious or unconscious. When one is drawn to dip into Neptune's fog, taking a moment to do a personal inventory of why is essential.
Is it just to feel good or is it to avoid feeling something? If the former, all may be well but if the latter, some restraint may be called for. Neptune has often been accused (and rightfully so) of pulling the wool over people's eyes. Scams, dishonesty and sometimes fraud. However, a dreamer may also use Neptune's intoxicants to pull the wool over their own eyes. An escape to avoid or delay dealing with difficulties or worries. Humans are a resourceful lot and have come up with a solution, places like AA or NA..etc.
In the end, a dose of Neptune helps the medicine of life go down.
Neptune is associated with the cadent 12th house while religion/beliefs, illness, thinking/communicating/traveling belong to the other cadent 3, 6, and 9th houses. Neptune appears to mess around with our health,thinking and believing. It causes some to travel far away to seek heaven. What if that is the crux of the problem?
Late astrologer Dave Roell wrote in his March 24, 2009 newsletter:
"Consider also angular vs: cadent houses. Angular makes for aggressive people, according to the angle. Cadent are those who blow with the wind."
From Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos
"XV. Signs cadent from the ascendant of any kingdom are the ascendants of that kingdom’s enemies. But the angles & succedent houses are the ascendants of its friends. It is the same in all doctrines & institutions."
The cadent houses don't help our practical lives. In fact, the cadent houses can be harmful. The 12th house represents 'secret enemies' or 'self-undoing.' It is associated with harmful gossip, curses, and ways that we sabotage ourselves. Cadent houses are not meant to be a way of life but a way to navigate with things to avoid. Adapting when necessary, traveling and learning when the opportunity arises.
Roell also wrote in his 19-Jan-2010 newsletter:
"Planets in Cadent houses (3, 6, 9 & 12) make you DEFENSIVE. The world is a strange place & you must be on your guard at all times. Cardinal planets in cadent houses compel you to hunt down ambiguity & kill it. Fixed planets in cadent houses make barricades, behind which plans are carefully crafted. Mutable planets in cadent houses live in chaos. I presume that after a time, they get used to it."
This may help explain why there is so much fighting, war and arguments when we delve into cadent houses. Conversations that veer into religion and politics almost never end well. Perhaps the sacrificing, escaping, and isolating tendencies of Neptune also never ends well when we invest too much of our lives in it. One can only swim for so long before hypothermia starts to set in. How much is too much? Should we learn to swim at all?
Like the Titanic, we are a ship traveling through the night. It is our life mission to travel from point A to point B and we are traveling on Neptune's waters. If we are lucky, we won't hit an iceberg. But if we do, we're better off if we made sure to have a seat on a lifeboat and a life jacket. Knowing how to swim would also increase our chances of survival. This could mean that a certain amount of knowledge about our 12th house matters is necessary. We should be aware of how best to survive in the ocean - just in case. But our goal is to stay safe and dry on the ship's deck throughout our voyage. (Maybe jump in for a quick dip for fun.)
Many people love a good mystery. Neptune represents things which are mysterious. But there are some
things that we will never know for certain in this lifetime. Like the
plane that disappeared in the Indian Ocean that may not be found in this
lifetime or ever. All we can do is try to learn from the experience to try to
prevent it from happening again - requiring all planes to have crash
resistant GPS mechanisms, for example.
Enjoying Neptune's escapes: the beach, beautiful music, spiritual experiences can be crucial in maintaining our inner and outer peace and harmony in this short life. Using while avoiding abusing Neptune's gifts appears to be the most advantageous way to incorporate Neptune into our lives. Not seeking heaven outside of ourselves but embracing our inner spirituality. Trusting our own instincts, practicing compassion, forgiveness and restraint. Understanding our foibles while taking the initiative to prevent ourselves from falling off the ship. Maybe stepping out of our comfort zone once in a while, building up our inner strength by facing our fears. Then after our work is done, taking a little vacation.
Speaking of rest, Neptune/12th also rules over sleep. The little bits of daily death we experience. When our conscious life releases into the unconscious domain of slumber. Do we question sleep? Do we try to rationalize it - avoid it? We may try to fight it, but like all Neptune things, it will take us over and there is very little we can do about it. Accepting the inevitable time for bed and scheduling our lives around it is the best plan of action.
All in all, we need to accept that a complete understanding of Neptune will never happen. There are mysteries which will never be solved. We may enjoy mulling over them, coming to some conclusions. If we are lucky, we may have a dream about it.