Following The Stars

Pisces Cherishes Neptune's Dreams & Aspirations

March 4th, 2011 — August 5th, 2011 and then February 3rd, 2012 — January 26th, 2026

Neptune started its 24-year journey through the sign of Pisces on February 3rd, 2012! When the slower moving outer planets change signs, it always heralds a change in the zeitgeist or the "sprit of the times."

What does Neptune in the sign of Pisces mean? In an individual horoscope, this planet symbolizes our hopes and aspirations. It shows us how and why we take a break from our mundane reality in order to reach for the stars. The sign of Pisces is linked to spirituality and service, meditation and seclusion, the creative impulse within us, and most importantly, our compassion and unconditional love for our fellow sentient beings. However, Neptune also rules addiction. As we know, addiction can be linked to a substance abuse situation, such as food or alcohol, or something, such as a blind adherence to a doctrine and the refusal to take responsibility for one's own actions. Interestingly illusion and disillusion always put in an appearance when there is a refusal to acknowledge reality!

Neptune's last transit through Pisces 1848 to 1862

On the mundane or "worldly" level, Neptune relates to spiritual matters. However, it should be noted that the last time Neptune transited through Pisces, two important documents came to light and created an immense controversy around religion and spirituality, which continues to resonate even today. The year Neptune entered Pisces, Karl Marx published "The Communist Manifesto," and almost a decade later, in 1859, Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species." Both of these works undermined the unquestioning adherence to religious doctrine that was the norm of the day. While Communism no longer exudes global influence, the battle between science and spirituality is still very much alive. And this tension will likely grow and mutate throughout this Neptune transit!

Neptune also rules the element of water, the seas and fluids. It is evident that our oceans are in serious trouble on many fronts, from overfishing and pollution. Moreover, while those of us who live in the developed world have the luxury of buying expensive bottled water even though we have access to potable water on tap, water is in a dangerous short supply in many other parts of the world. I expect there to be a concerted effort during this transit to clean up and treasure our precious marine resources. We can already see that effort taking place with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 to 2030) being a focus during our current decade.

Oil and its products, especially plastic, are also ruled by Neptune. Unsurprisingly, the first commercial oil well was sunk in 1853 and the forerunner of modern plastic was invented in 1855, during the time when Neptune was last transiting Pisces. We are all aware of the problems linked to our dependence on oil. However, as it becomes scarcer as a result of controversial environmental and political issues around the world, it has become clear that we must seek alternatives to this resource.

However, Neptune transiting Pisces isn't all negative! We can expect some important innovations during this transit. Neptune's link to film and photography shows new and exciting techniques on the forefront. Think about how many of us use the camera on our phones now versus turning to a separate photographic device!

Neptune and spirituality are true companions and I fully expect to see an upswing in the interest and exploration of the mysterious and unexplained. Religion, spirituality, clairvoyance, psychic experience, chakra work, crystals, Tarot and astrology will all be under the microscope with those for and against squaring up to each other. Even while science and spirituality seem to be sworn enemies right now, I believe that by the end of this period we will find that they are much closer together than currently appears.

My greatest hope is that, despite all the challenges facing us now, we will be able to embrace what is at the heart of Neptune in Pisces: true unbiased compassion. After all, when we really think about our time on earth, two emotions stand out: love and fear. If we can strengthen and increase the former collectively, we will effortlessly banish the latter. That would ensure that a great many problems that seemed insurmountable at the start of Neptune's transit in 2011will be almost forgotten by 2026!