Continuing with the three-part introduction to generational planets in astrology, we are going to be talking about Neptune.
Neptune takes 164 Earth years to orbit the sun. It’s at some of the furthest reaches of our solar system, a distant world discovered by Urbain Le Verrier and Johann Galle in 1846.
In astrology, Neptune represents the planet of illusion and mystique. It defines the hopes and dreams of entire generations. It’s seemingly serene blue appearance prompted scientists to call it Neptune after the Roman god of the sea.
Later studies discovered that the massive ice giant is less like a sea of tranquility and more like a raging gale of a planet. It has the strongest winds in the solar system. It’s this turbulence that acts on our unconscious and gives us a need to push boundaries and break free of the norm.
Neptune signs define a generation’s need to look beyond ourselves and into the realm of mystical possibilities. Where Uranus gives you momentary flashes of inspiration and insight, Neptune governs the realms where those insights come from.
With Neptune, everything is an illusion, reality may be elusive, and things may not always be what they seem.
I only focused on my own sign for Uranus, but I’m going to talk a little about the Neptune signs that came after me because I was born at the latter end of my Neptune sign and I may fall into a cusp. A cusp happens when you are born so close to the end of your sign that the next sign may influence you.
Like Uranus, Neptune was also in Sagittarius at the time of my birth. Those of us born between November 6th, 1970 and January 19th, 1984, are Neptune in Sagittarius signs.
Those of us Neptune in Sagittarius people tend to view belief and illusion with a more opened and tolerant lens. We are a generation that values tolerance and freedom. We have to be careful not to become too idealistic because our sense of freedom may cause our sensitivities to cloud our sense of reason.
Since Neptune governs our beliefs and Sagittarius is a sign that values independence, those of us in this generation tend to look at the world of the metaphysics with more of an open mind. And this makes sense. We were the sign that was born after the sixties, after the counterculture hippie generation.
I was born in December of 1983, and in January of 1984, Neptune entered the sign of Capricorn where it remained until June 23rd where it reentered the sign of Sagittarius in retrograde. Then, on November 21st, it reentered Capricorn where it stayed until January 29th, 1998.
So for this reason, I’ll talk about Neptune in Capricorn signs as well. 1984 was a bit of a turbulent year for Neptune signs. If you were born in the brief period between January and June, and then after November, you are a Neptune in Capricorn. Your generation is refined, prudent, and reserved.
While Neptune in Capricorn signs have a desire for wealth, they also tend to value professions that help others. Even though Capricorn is a sign known to be reserved, this generation also values thinking outside the box and unconventional thinking.
If you were born between June and November of 1984, like most of my high school graduating class was, you are a Neptune in Sagittarius retrograde sign. Many of us may be aware that the planet Mercury goes into retrograde quite often and that it’s retrograde periods tend to be a time of upheaval and chaos. But Neptune’s retrograde tends to look inward at itself, and your traits may be more muted as a result.
Sagittarius is a sign that tends to like to value independence and pushing boundaries and those who were born when Neptune was in retrograde may still possess those qualities; they may just be a little more muted; perhaps buried in your subconsciousness.
So that’s the Neptune sign. Next time, I’ll talk about Pluto signs, and then I’ll probably also do a post to bring all three generational signs together.
Sources: https://space-facts.com/neptune/, https://www.astrology42.com/neptune-sign/#sag, http://www.siddhantika.com/ephemeris/neptune-sign-table?year=1983, https://cafeastrology.com/natal/retrogradesinthenatalchart.html