The Planet Neptune

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.

Where is Neptune now?

Where is Neptune in your Astrology chart?