Neptune is the planet of our subconscious minds, influencing our dreams and fantasies, our imaginations, hopes, beliefs and our connection to spirituality. Yet Neptune can also be deceiving, as there is a tendency to take the fantasies that Neptune delivers as true reality, only to realize later that we've been duped. Confusion can arise when Neptune's in the picture, yet there is also incredible potential for compassion, creation and connectivity.
Nickname: Nebulous Neptune
Zodiac sign Neptune rules: Pisces
Exalted in: Leo
House Neptune rules: 12th House of Spirituality and Subconscious
Neptune retrogrades: once every year, with each retrograde lasting around five months
Neptune stays in each zodiac sign for: about 14 years
Neptune makes a complete trip through the zodiac: about every 168 years
Neptune was discovered in: 1846, by Johanne Gottfried Galle, when both John Couch Adams and Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier had separately predicted the placement of an eighth planet, beyond Uranus. Using these mathematical predictions, Galle located the planet Neptune, though Adams and Le Verrier are credited with pointing him in the exact direction!
In Roman mythology, Neptune was the God of the Sea, hence his association with the blue planet Neptune and the zodiac sign of the Fish, Pisces. The symbol for the planet Neptune, as seen in the image above, comes directly from the three-pronged trident that the god Neptune carried.