Neptune Retrograde: State of Grace

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

Effective Dates: June 22nd- November 27th, 2019

Helios’ Astrological Angle on Neptune Retrograde– Can you feel it? In the air? All around you, an intangible sense of… not contentment, but… assurance. An indelible feeling that regardless of how things may look right now,  all is going according to plan? That, my friends, is this (admittedly, odd) Neptune Retrograde. It’s setting the stage for the summer Eclipses, along with a truly dramatic upcoming Mercury Retrograde- So we better pay attention to the God of the Seas, and master of Magic and Mystery! But what does he want from us this time?

Well, this time Neptune wants you to understand that although things may not be perfect right now, they are all right. YOU are all right. Your choices, whatever they were, have led you to this point. You are where you are meant to be in life where you are, BECAUSE it is where you are right now. Start with an acceptance of your path as it has led you here, and then take a deep breath. Moreover, you are right on time- You are not too late. Any day can be the day you choose to have a second act. You can start over again, even if it means starting out late. You are not too far gone to pursue your dreams, to come back to what you are meant to do. You haven’t locked yourself out of anything yet.

Every Retrograde asks a question. In this case, Neptune is asking us “What do you believe about yourself?“- and that question will need an answer. This will be a time of self-reflection, but aside from the eclipses to come, this will not be one of the usual torture sessions we’ve been used to. No, this is oddly… giving us room, in a way. You are being given the space, right now, to dive deep into the waters of your soul to reconcile who you are internally with your actions in outside reality. This goes deeper than acceptance- the goal is for you to embrace forgiveness. Its time for you to heal, and you are going to be given the space to do so over the next five months. 

This transit will build upon the structure I mentioned in the last Full Moon articleYou will need to really examine the things you say to yourself, the light you choose to cast yourself in. If you keep telling people that you’re an asshole, they will start to believe you. So why not start talking about yourself in the light you actually WANT to be seen in? Its time to let the world see the real you, the one you’ve been holding back to get along– You’ve officially got along, and can let go now. Start peeling back the layers of your identity that don’t fit you anymore, and focus on cultivating a truly authentic expression of your soul.

Of course, all of this leads us to the deeper truth of this transit; because no matter how far you go with Neptune there will always be deeper depths to explore, filled with their own dangers and treasures. The real challenge of this transit is to go down into the deepest parts of your soul and face what you find there– And then accept it, in order to forgive it. You need to make peace with yourself, no matter how horrible it is. You cannot keep walking around on edge, in fear that someone will inevitably look into your heart and see how messed up you truly are. It doesn’t matter what you have done. Your peace has to start from within, and you’ve gone as far as you can on your internal conflict. I’ll even take the first step with you so you don’t have to do it alone- I forgive you, for everything that you have done, whether real or perceived, and I love you. Now its your turn- can you look in the mirror and say the same to yourself? Intention matters here, you can’t do this in fear. You have to be in a mindset of actual love, which can be messy, too much, and overwhelming at times- But it never quits, or gives up.

This is not supposed to be a stressful transit, though it may be difficult at times to face the depths of your soul. Neptune’s end goal here is ultimately free you from the limits you have put on yourself, and to give you a chance to cleanse your own sins- You don’t need a savior anymore, you can save yourself. Start with unconditional love and acceptance for yourself, including the broken and battered bits, and go from there. Take a breath, and let your life progress naturally- your path unfolds in perfect harmony if you let it. Don’t give up on yourself.

I believe in you, Heretics. Prove me right.

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