Astrological Musings

Astrological Musings

Part I: Neptune in Pisces, 2011-2025

by Lynn Hayes

To do justice to this topic I will serialize this article in two parts.  Thanks to The Mystical Experience on Facebook for this amazing image. Neptune entered Pisces on April 4th, beginning a new 14-year cycle of Neptune traveling through its own sign.


By its very nature, Neptune is difficult to talk about.  It tends to be evasive and dreamy, and full of imagination and artistic creativity.  It also can become lost in the illusion of fantasy and encourage sacrifice of the individual self, sometimes for a higher purpose and sometimes in a codependent loss of Self.  In its highest form Neptune inspires us to transcend the material world and connect deeply and directly with an experience of the Divine.

Before Neptune was discovered, Pisces was ruled by Jupiter.  Jupiter, being one of the personal planets, operates on the worldly plane where Neptune, a transpersonal planet of transformation, inspires us to go beyond this world.  Where Neptune governs the direct experience of transcendence, Jupiter presides over the more intellectual construction of what gives life meaning.  Jupiter therefore is more concerned with religion and theology where Neptune deals with matters of spiritual experience.  Both planets also have a hand in popular culture.  Neptune is found in areas of artistry and entertainment, where Jupiter is more involved with the actual media through which entertainment is  delivered to the masses.


With Neptune moving into Pisces, there is the potential for tremendous spiritual transformation, but also mass delusion such as has never been seen before.  The last time Neptune entered Pisces was in February 1848, shortly after its discovery in 1845.   1848 is the year that the gold rush began in California, leading one reporter to complain that everyone in the state was under the spell of gold fever.  This kind of fever, or mass hysteria, is emblematic of Neptune in Pisces.

Note:  Some astrologers are linking the publication of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto to Neptune entering Pisces, but we must not forget that Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in Aries during this same period.  The kind of socialism that evolved into Communism is representative of the Uranian longing for equality and justice, although some of us would argue that in Communism that longing was carried to an untenable extreme.  For this we can probably blame Neptune in Pisces in which the forces idealism can become clouded by illusion.


Over the past year and especially over the past few months we have been discussing the power of Uranus in Aries to foster revolutionary (Uranus) fervor (Aries), and with both Uranus and Pluto in Aries the radicalism that we are seeing today would have been exponentially more powerful, even though neither Uranus nor Pluto had yet been discovered at that time.

The spiritualism of the 19th century has its roots in Neptune’s travel through Pisces during that time.  Wikipedia tells us that

Spiritualists often set March 31, 1848, as the beginning of their movement. On that date, Kate and Margaret Fox, of Hydesville, New York, reported that they had made contact with the spirit of a murdered peddler. What made this an extraordinary event was that the spirit communicated through rapping noises, audible to onlookers. The evidence of the senses appealed to practically minded Americans, and the Fox sisters became a sensation.


Please see the Wikipedia page for the citation. After this event there was a huge increase in seances, automatic writing, and other modalities of communicating across the veil of death.  Remember, under the influence of Neptune boundaries of all kinds become more permeable and psychic activity is heightened.  Over the next few years, Neptune in Pisces-inspired activities of contacting those on the other side spread around the world and inspired those who would later found the Theosophical Society.  The famed Theosophist Helena Blavatsky spent these Neptune in Pisces years traveling the world in search of spiritualistic knowledge.

Neptune in Pisces seeks a direct experience of the divine, and conventional religious theology (falling under the domain of Jupiter) does not satisfy the inner longing that Neptune inspires.

Tomorrow we’ll take a closer look at what we can expect under the influence of Neptune in Pisces over the next few years.


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment vj


    Thank you for this dreamy article. Neptune will be transiting my MC in Pisces at 24/14. I’m having a lot of dreams, and feel sleepy, practically comatose, slipping in and out of reality. Perhaps, I’ll come up with a few far-out fantasy stories.

    Poseidon’s hitting with his dreamy lightning trident.

    • Lynn Hayes

      VJ, Neptune just transited my MC over the past couple of years and it has been an incredible time for my intuitive work, but I have definitely been more spacey than usual.

      Deb, unfortunately there’s no way to generalize about how people of one sign will be affected by any planetary cycle. It depends on what’s happening with the rest of the chart.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Deb

    What does this mean if anything for those of us who are pisces?

  • Mary Batson

    Thank you – looking forward to Part II… {smile}

  • Angela Artemis/Powered by Intuition

    Hi Lynn,
    Great post. There’s been an explosion in mental mediumship in the last few years and a resurgence of interest in physical mediumship too. I think this next journey of Neptune through Pisces is going to open the door to mainstream society accepting that our consciousness does survive physical death.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jess

    Dang, what you got against the Communist Manifesto? Wish I didn’t have to read your capitalist politicizing. But good info on Pisces in Neptune overall, thanks.

  • owly

    Just some thoughts….the last time Neptune was in Pisces, one of the major events was the Gold Rush. While Neptune was in Pisces in 2011, the price of gold rose 400 percent. Gold is known in nature to purify water.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lee

    Given the global tension generated by Pluto/Uranus/Saturn, the return of the Sea God to his Domain could cause mass spiritual-emergence. Not a religion, which requires tribalisms, but the unlocking of billions of chakra !!! This is the Dawning of The Age Of Aquarius……love n peace !!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tom

    I have Neptune conjunct my Sun & Mercury, all within 30 sec of eachother. Raised by earth signs (I’m air, Libra) my earliest inclinations & later training were all oriented away from the ephemeral toward the practical & down-to-earth. Yet, I’ve never lost “the touch”, and have made a lot of money with it. I try to balance my karma with a great deal of charity work.

    Your readers will not like what I’m going to say about this transit, because “Age of Aquarius” themes are the exact opposite of what may happen. With Pluto in Capricorn & Uranus in Aries, it’s more like Matthew 24:22, “were times not shorter, no flesh would be spared”. Sorry, I call it the way I see it.

  • Robert E Graham

    I would love to read part two of the Neptune in Pisces article.
    Robert E Graham

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