Neptune is currently in retrograde, in Pisces located at 24 Pis 45' 27"

Planetary Aspects

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Neptune is currently in Opposition Mercury

   Ends on Wednesday, 24 August, 2022

Neptune is currently Sextile Pluto

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Friday, 08 March 2019 17:00

Neptune Retrograde

Neptune Retrograde

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As the farthest known planet from the Sun in our solar system, Neptune, the 8th planet’s astronomical description is entirely appropriate to its astrological. It’s the densest giant planet and it moves very slowly. In astrology, it rules Pisces and is considered the planet of deception, spirituality, illusion, and addiction. It’s not all bad, though- as with other things, the flip sides are the good sides and intuition, dreams, sensitivity, mercy and compassion also fall under its auspices.

Interestingly enough, you also can’t see Neptune without help and its discovery wasn’t by way of actually seeing it: it was actually found using math. Alexis Brouvard started to notice that Uranus was behaving a little funny so he shined a flashlight in its eyes- no no, actually, what happened was he noticed there were some changes in its orbit people hadn’t really expected. He recognized this was likely due to it being in close proximity to a planet they had yet to discover- and Urbain Le Verrier predicted a position that might explain this from there.

Then, in 1846, Johann Galle whipped out a telescope and went looking- and he found it within a degree of that exact position. Technically speaking, Galileo probably did discover it much earlier, but at the time he did so, he just assumed that it was fixed star.

Neptune is known as something of a reality altering influence- which probably explains why it rules drugs and addiction. That said: are all drugs bad? No, absolutely not. Is escaping reality bad? Have you SEEN reality lately? That said, it’s really kind of difficult to change a reality you cannot face- which is where the problem with Neptune tends to lay. It makes it a little more difficult to decipher facts when feelings are involved and the lies we tell ourselves often change our perception more than any mind altering substance could. Except for maybe mescaline. I’m pretty sure mescaline might beat out bullshitting yourself.

Still, there’s definitely something said for the power of hopes, dreams, and being able to see things in an almost naive light from time to time.

The Retrograde

We get one Neptune retrograde a year but it lasts for a little over 5 months. If you have had areas of your life where you’re not being quite as honest with yourself as you should be- you might be getting your cognitive dissonance thumped pretty hard. I have, however, seen enough of these cycles come and go to recognize that like all those types of things: cognitive dissonance thumped often just gets even stronger for it. Kind of a shame really.

What should happen, rather is that those things which obscure the truth, whether you did it or someone else does it clears away. Reality knocks, you answer the door- maybe sometimes this sucks, but ultimately, it beats continuing to believe something that’s simply not true.

Lies, no matter how many people tell them, no matter how much you try to convince yourself otherwise: are not the truth. Neptune retrograde is usually a time when the truth comes stomping on in and whether you sit down and look at it or not is entirely up to you.

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Planetary Positions

20.08.2022 at 03:25:45 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun27 Leo 07' 01"
Moon07 Gem 41' 41"
Mercury23 Vir 17' 36"
Venus10 Leo 15' 10"
Mars29 Tau 53' 23"
Jupiter07 Ari 54' 42" R
Saturn21 Aqu 29' 39" R
Uranus18 Tau 54' 45"
Neptune24 Pis 45' 27" R
Pluto26 Cap 39' 20" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:-2
Proton Density:9.31
Proton Speed:618.7 k/sec
KP Status:4
TypeAug 20Aug 21Aug 22
Active30%35%20%
Minor35%15%5%
Moderate15%5%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT533
03-06UT522
06-09UT422
09-12UT322
12-15UT321
15-18UT321
18-21UT342
21-00UT333
Solar Activity
Solar activity was at moderate levels. Region 3078 (S24W62, Dac/beta-gamma-delta) produced the majority of X-ray activity, the largest of which was an M1/Sn flare at 19/0444 UTC. A Type II (est. 410 km/s) and Type IV radio sweeps, along with a tenflare (150 sfu), were observed with the event. Forecaster analysis/WSA Enlil modelling are underway for this event and the earlier CME associated with a C4 flare at 18/2240 UTC. Coronal dimming was observed in SDO/AIA 193 imagery near the flare site.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters, as measured by the DSCOVR spacecraft, reflected enhancements from a negative polarity CH HSS and arrival of one of the many CMEs that left the sun this week near 19/1700 UTC. Total magnetic field strength increased from 5-12 nT. Solar wind speeds increased from near 550 km/s to a peak of 675 km/s. Phi angle was predominantly oriented in the negative sector.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached high levels with CME/HSS influences. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained near background values.