Neptune, God of the Sea, is the ruler of Pisces. In astrology, Neptune is considered a planet of inspiration, dreams, psychic receptivity, illusion, and confusion. Neptune rules spirituality, and all things subtle. A youthful, and sometimes naive, spirit characterizes those with a strong placement of Neptune in their natal charts.

On the up side, Neptune is associated with intuition and spiritual enlightenment. As well, it is a planet of mercy and compassion. The more negative manifestations of Neptune include deception, trickery, deceit, guilt, and addiction.

In the chart, the position of Neptune by sign will be shared with other people in the same generation due to Neptune’s slow movement in the heavens. By house, Neptune’s position shows where intuition, dreams, and psychic sensitivity come into play. Natives may be able to rise above the demands of the ego in the areas of Neptune’s influence.

Planets that Neptune contact are often colored by fantasy and dreaminess, and a vulnerable nature that may be susceptible to disillusionment. Here, we find hope that is sometimes unrealistic, a poetic and intuitive outlook, and compassion.

Our nightly dreams can be a portal through which we find meaning in life. And dreams, as well as the visions of waking life, can be expressed through art, dance, movies, music, etc, reflecting back to us a vision of that inner world.

Neptune is a bridge to the mysterious and that knowing many of us have that we’re all somehow linked. It’s like the other slow moving planets. guiding each generation toward its collective spiritual destiny. Because of this, it’s often easier to see how it colored a particular period in retrospect.

Beyond the sign shared by an entire generation, the house position of Neptune is important in the individual birth chart. It shows areas of life that could bring up confusion because it’s hard to discern reality from illusions. But it also points to how you’ll express the vast landscape of the imagination through creativity. It might show what areas of life you find spiritual meaning, as well.

If Neptune is prominent in your chart – if there are many favorable aspects, for example – you could be naturally drawn toward the spiritual path and mysticism. Neptune also holds sway, if you have a heavy Pisces influence in your chart. But everyone has a personal dream world and the potential for creativity, and the house and sign position shows how this part of life will be expressed.