Neptune is currently in Pisces located at 23 Pis 47' 52"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Neptune is currently Sextile Mercury

   Ends on Wednesday, 08 February, 2023

Neptune is in Conjunction Venus

   Starts on Sunday, 12 February, 2023

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
neptune2023-06-30 21:07:00 UTC2023-12-06 13:23:00 UTCPisces
neptune2024-07-02 10:41:00 UTC2024-12-07 23:43:00 UTCPisces

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.

Planetary Positions

07.02.2023 at 09:29:23 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
The Sun18 Aqu 19' 36"
The Moon06 Vir 07' 37"
Mercury24 Cap 34' 39"
Venus14 Pis 01' 29"
Mars11 Gem 48' 49"
Jupiter07 Ari 17' 22"
Saturn26 Aqu 36' 54"
Uranus15 Tau 02' 42"
Neptune23 Pis 47' 52"
Pluto28 Cap 52' 01"

Solar Status

BZ Status:-8
Proton Density:0.39
Proton Speed:583.7 k/sec
KP Status:3.33
TypeFeb 7Feb 8Feb 9
Active40%30%30%
Minor15%10%5%
Moderate5%5%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT3.333.002.67
03-06UT3.673.332.00
06-09UT3.002.332.00
09-12UT2.332.672.00
12-15UT2.672.002.00
15-18UT3.002.002.00
18-21UT3.332.332.33
21-00UT3.333.002.33
Solar Activity
Solar activity was at low levels. Region 3211 (S17W57, Dao/Beta) produced a C7.8 flare at 06/1212 UTC, the largest of the period. This event was also the source of a CME, first seen emerging from the SW limb at 1236 UTC in LASCO C2 imagery. Initial analysis and modeling have determined this particular CME to be off the Sun-Earth line, but additional modeling is ongoing. Regions 3213 (N29E13, Cri/Beta-Gamma) and 3214 (N10E33, Dao/Beta) were responsible for other low-level C-class activity as they exhibited development. Region 3213 grew in overall size while gaining intermediate spots that displayed a small gamma configuration in magnetic complexity. Region 3214 grew in overall length while developing maturing penumbra on both its poles. Region 3216 (N24E67, Hsx/Alpha) continued to slowly rotate into view this period, but remained quiet. The remaining five active regions were relatively quiet and stable in comparison and otherwise unremarkable.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters indicated the influence of a negative polarity CH HSS. Total field was enhanced, reaching peaks of 13 nT, but averaging mostly between 8-12 nT. The Bz component of the IMF was predominantly southward, undergoing several deflections of -8 to -10 nT. Solar wind speeds gradually increased during the period from an ambient like state to peaks near 450 km/s. Phi was predominantly negative while undertaking relatively brief excursions into a positive orientation.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached moderate levels and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux was steady at background levels.