EYE ON THE SKY: NEPTUNE RETROGRADE
Neptune turned retrograde on June 16th and stays there until late November. Retrograde Neptune increases psychic energy. As Lynn Koiner notes: “Similar to the natal retrograde Neptune, the transiting retrograde causes sensitivity and receptivity to be much more acute. Due to this heightened receptivity, we are allowed to see far more than is possible when Neptune is direct. This is possibly a result of augmented intuitive or inner vision that bestows a different and more insightful perspective on matters.”
While the outer planets are not a traditional part of Vedic astrology, I find them important for understanding collective behavior and if they impact sensitive points in your chart within 2 degrees by transit or in your natal chart, they can be rather impactful. As Dennis Harness has discussed, Narendra Desai saw an ancient Vasistha Nadi palm leaf in a museum in Madras, India, which predicted that three important grahas or planets would be discovered by the jyotishis of the Kali Yuga. The great seer Vasistha was the author of a number of hymns in the Rg Veda (dated 3000 BC) and was considered a great priest of the kings. According to the ancient palm leaf the names of the grahas or planets would be Prajapati, Varuna, and Yama. The middle one, Varuna is know today as Neptune.
“Varuna is the lord of the cosmic waters and is associated with the mysterious laws of fate. He is a powerful, mystical healer and is the lord of maya or illusion. Varuna is the bestower of spiritual wisdom and the god of cosmic medicines. In the early cycles of Creation all the gods together approached Varuna and said to him: “May you accept the lordship of all waters on earth and protect us all. May you ever dwell in the ocean, refuge of the aquatic creatures. The great ocean, the husband to all the rivers and streams, would thus remain subservient to you. You would swell and shrink along with the Moon”.4 This sounds strikingly similar to the role and meaning of Neptune, god of the mystical seas, in modern tropical astrology.”
Planets that are stationary are very powerful and exert much more force a few weeks before and after around their station. Neptune will have that impact the week of Nov. 16th through Nov. 23rd, It is going stationary around 20-22 degrees Aquarius so if you have any key planets or your ascendant there or at 20-22 degrees Leo or 20-22 degrees Taurus or 20-22 degrees Scorpio, you may feel a stronger impact.
Neptune causes life to become confusing and unclear and people believe what is not true. It is a planet of deception. It can have an eg0-deying influence which can make you feel discouraged, undeserving and futile. Conjunct the spiritual planet Ketu ( but far enough away now by 17 degrees) it can create spiritual and intuitive heights and experiences but if negatively aspected in your chart, it might lead to mental illness or disillusionment.
Neptune is considered a malefic as it dissolves what Saturn is trying to create in reality. Hence it may lead to addictive behavior rather than being responsible. At its worse it can create an addictive crash leaving you lost, confused or defeated. At its best it can expand your connection with the infinite and create spiritual art. Be carefully with addictive habits the next few weeks. Fantasies may take you off the path of getting to your goal and rob you of your energy like the Sirens tempting Odysseus. Good time for a spiritual or meditation retreat with this energy so high.
Whatever house Neptune is transiting in Aquarius now may impact that area of your life. So if you are Capricorn rising and thus Neptune is going through your 2nd house, you would be impacted by speculative gambling around money or be impacted by addictive food or drink habits.
So observe your reaction to Neptune/Varuna this week. Realize that all of this will pass.
Avoid bad habits and use this higher octave of Venus to create great art, write a poem or story or compose a spiritual piece of music. Avoid the spinnings of the TV pundits who continue to create Neptunian fogs of “anonymous sources for their stories but never have any evidence to back it up. The Dept. of Justice even warned the public to ignore such stories. They said today: “
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