KF writes: “I notice that Neptune is in Pisces until 2026. I have a friend who has his Venus, Saturn, Moon, and Mercury spread out throughout Pisces (in that order). I feel really sorry for him, and kind of worry about him. But I don’t quite understand Neptune and what it means to have Neptune transiting all of those planets. He’s an 8 degree Aries, so even when Neptune is no longer in Pisces it will soon connjuct his Sun. Please help me understand so that I can look after him and also myself (I am an Aquarius with Pisces descendant).”
The short answer here is: It’s probably not going to be as bad as you’re afraid it will be. The longer answer is: It’s easy to get in a panic over one major “difficult” transit and forget some very important points.
–The slower a planet is, the longer a transit from it lasts. The Uranus-Pluto square has been in effect for a couple of years so far and has a couple of years to go yet. On the face of it that sounds like a pretty nasty transit, but it’s not as if the entire world has blown up every day for the last two years and will keep blowing up every single day until 2016. Long and slow transits do open bigger and longer windows of possibility, but they aren’t usually that relentless.
–During periods when long difficult transit are happening, other planets are making their transits too. Some of those will be supportive of other planets in the birth chart, and some of those will actually be helpful to the planet that the long slow transit is kicking apart. For example: if Neptune is conjunct your natal Mars, that could theoretically screw up your blood pressure and your energy levels. However, when another transiting planet is trine that natal Mars, it can represent either a “break in the battle” or an opportunity to make the situation better.
–Bad-sounding transits aren’t always “bad.”
Let me give you an example from my own life. In the last two or three years, transiting Neptune has been square my Mercury and my Nodes. Mercury rules writing and communication, and especially so in my case since Mercury also rules the Third House. A square from Neptune may be “difficult,” but it is during this time that I have finally been able to start making an okay living purely through communication – by doing readings and by writing professionally. The square from Neptune gave me the chance to dissolve a bunch of karmic connections to various people and places and attitudes that were holding me back from that.
If you look back at transits like this that happened in the past, you’ll be able to see all of these things in action. For example: if you have a planet in early Pisces that is being conjuncted by Neptune now, that same point got squared by Pluto back in 1995-1997. In fact, any planet in your chart getting the Neptune conjunction between now and 2026 previously got the square from Pluto somewhere between 1995 and 1998. Find those times in your past be able to see that you survived those times, and that you can survive these ones too.
–Any planet in Pisces in your birth chart that gets hit by Neptune between now and 2026 will get a helpful sextile from Pluto in Capricorn somewhere between now and 2024.
Besides… life may never be perfect, but it’s often beautiful.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
And hey, if that doesn’t help… you can always get a reading. That’s what I’m here for.