Neptune is one of the most mysterious and intangible planets in our solar system.
For the past 6 months, it’s been retrograde, back-spinning through its home sign of Pisces.
Neptune: Planet of Dreams
Neptune can only be seen through a telescope.
Not long after the discovery of Uranus in 1781, astronomers noticed that the planet was being pulled slightly out of its orbit, which led to two more astronomers calculating the exact positioning and mass of Neptune, the eighth planet from the Sun.
So, in a sense, the idea of this nebulous planet was conceived, before it was ever actually set eyes on. And this is something that Neptune keeps on asking of humanity: to believe, and to trust, before you get to see the “proof”.
Today, astrologers recognize Neptune as the most spiritually-saturated of the planets. It symbolizes all that sits below the surface of our awareness of reality:
- The unconscious
Neptunian energy is intangible yet permeates everywhere. Like the morning mist that sits on the surface of a deep, deep lake, it flows, yet holds. It is translucent and opaque. It is all and nothing.
(Neptune in Pieces 2011 – 2026)
The dreamy planet is around halfway through its 15-year transit through its home sign of Pisces. Here, it’s innate qualities are enhanced and strengthened, as it has got the added benefit of a firm foundation (like when you’re home life is good – you can be yourself with confidence!)
In the last 8 years, Neptune in Pisces has ushered in the New Age with gusto, it’s seen alternative therapies, holistic and sound healing come to the fore.
This Astrology paved the way for personal creativity to bloom, even when the heavy-hands of authority (ahem, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn;) have seemed determined for it to wither. Neptune in Pisces has also synchronized disclosure and the lifting of the veil around governmental involvement with ETs.
And of course, with every year that Neptune transits through water sign Pisces, it spends around 5 months retrograde. So this deep-digging, retrospective energy keeps spiraling back to strip away another layer.
Neptune Stations Direct
Back on June 21, Neptune stationed retrograde at 18º of Pisces. Since then, the planet has been slowly backtracking through its home sign, when on November 27 it will reach 15º and station direct.
Neptune is a slow-moving planet (taking 165 years to orbit the Sun and spending 13 – 14 years in a single Zodiac sign). So its’ station – that’s when it slows down and appears to stand still, whilst switching to either retrograde or direct motion – goes on for around three weeks either side of the actual date it changes direction!
And if you know anything about Astrology, then you’ll know what the stations are when a planet emits a powerful, powerful vibration. So even if a retrograde hasn’t been affecting you a great deal, it’s likely that its’ station will.
The Power of Neptune in Pisces Gets Amplified. What are You Going to Do with It?
So as Neptune retrograde finally comes to a close this week, and we all sit here inside its station, we’ll be gazing at the world through a Neptunian lens for almost a month. Offering us it’s superpowers of insight, intuition, and spiritual awareness, we’ll all have an opportunity to see just how many boundaries we can break, and leaps in consciousness we can make.
Are you game?
Neptune and Dreamwork
Sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it?!
But actually anchoring in this high-vibrational Piscean energy can actually be a real challenge (which is why daily spiritual practice and discipline is SO important!)
Yet there’s another piece of kit in the toolbox of spiritual development that comes straight from the heart of this divinely inspired planet: Dreamwork
Working with dreams in a conscious way is a practice that’s been taught for millennia. All over the world, people use their night-time mental wanderings to glean guidance, meaning, information, and answers to their deepest questions.
Your dreams can heal you.
They can teach you.
They can utterly transform you, once you begin the deep dive within.
A lot of people in the West get stuck at the first base of dreamwork, needing to first understand “where” your consciousness goes when you dream, or “where” dreams come from. But the truth is: it doesn’t matter! How can you ever know for sure, the what’s, where’s, why’s and how’s?
A much better way to harness the dreaming power of Neptune is to rid yourself of any boundaries or blocks, and simply drop into a dreamwork practice.
Dreamwork is incredible at any time of year, life, phase or cycle. But here within Neptune’s station, the added potency of this planet’s influence can make it remarkable. And it’s so simple!
Here’s How to Begin:
1. Set a Dreaming Intention
Before you go to sleep, ponder a subject or question that you’d like to dream of. Maybe you want more information or clarity around something you’re going through? Maybe you’d like to get to know a part of yourself better? Maybe you’d like to see something from another perspective?
Here are some examples of dreaming intentions:
- I wish to dream to learn more about my shadow
- I wish to dream to better understand this a specific problem in my relationship
- I wish to dream for guidance in my career
- I wish to receive healing in my dream
2. Write Your Dreaming Intention in Your Journal and keep it Beside Your Bed
Writing down your intention to dream about a specific thing (and remember it!) will really serve to make it so. A single line will do. Be sure to place your dream journal and a pen or pencil under your pillow, or on your bedside table so it’s within reach for when you wake up.
3. Practice Recalling your Dreams
On waking, before you even fully open your eyes, grab that journal and pen and begin to write. Don’t think about it. Don’t try and make it make sense. And don’t panic if your dream disappears completely as soon as you put pen to paper! If that happens, see if you can just get a sense, a color, or a feeling, and write that down. A single word is better than nothing.
Practice makes perfect – it will get easier.
4. Analyze for Themes and Metaphor
Realize that the power of dreams lies in their metaphors and symbolism. Don’t embark on literal dream interpretation (no, your teeth are not falling out, and you’re not going to arrive at work naked this morning!)
Instead, see if you can get a sense of a theme or two running through what happened.
- If you were at your old school, the theme could be around learning.
- If you were with a good friend, the theme could be around friendship, connections, or intimacy.
- If you were swimming, the theme could be about finding flow in your life, or listening to your emotions.
Then think about what happened within these themes, how you responded, and how you felt. It’s important not to try to “figure out” your dream, but let it be something layered and rich with many different messages. Remember too, that the themes and messages will be personal to you.
Dreamwork is a fascinating way to get to know yourself more deeply long-term. Dreams are such powerful tools for growth and evolution, not only because they’re highly personal, but they’re always there for you!
Plus, even if you’re too busy for any other kind of personal or spiritual development practice, you are already dreaming every night – it’s just about making it intentional. And right now, Neptune, the planet of dreams is igniting your capacity to do this powerful work.