Neptune is the planet of spirit and faith. It governs our dreams and intuitions, our spirituality, imagination, delusions and addictions. This is the planet that can lead us to our higher purpose, dissolve our personally created limitations and boundaries, or send us spiraling into the murky depths of grief and chaos. Neptune energy can be harnessed for growth and change, particularly when we take the time to embrace the energy and the lessons Neptune gently or brutally is sending our way. Neptune is a slow planet and takes 14 years to transit through a sign, and 165 years to orbit the sun. It has been retrograde since May 28, and finally turns direct on November 4.
Neptune retrograde periods encourage us to reflect on our past, to contemplate our connectedness with ourselves, emotions, and spirituality. The retrograde periods can be a time of denial, delusion, and escapism - often bringing us to our lowest points, whereupon we come to the conclusion that we need to grow, evolve or change.
When Neptune turns direct it is time to implement the needed changes that the retrograde has brought to light. For most, this is a time of clarity - we create and receive less drama, are more aware of deceptions and manipulations, and even can recognize and break our negative and codependent tendencies.