Neptune Stations Retrograde

“I could erect a temple to my life’s relics. A child born. A thigh deep snowfall. An old blue Toyota crossing the brown wheat fields of Kansas in the middle of the night. A page of a journal. A willow tree shot up through the asphalt. A thin, brown- eyed man with bent posture in a shaggy coat. These are my memory’s flotsam. Things wash up on the river bank, their crevices filled with mud-lost things, precious and useless things. I am tumbled agate pushed along by the waters, going on, worn smooth, a mixture of colors.”  Normandi Ellis 

“Every beginning
is only a sequel, after all,
and the book of events
is always open halfway through.” Wislawa Szymborska


Today, Neptune the planet of the watery Sea God, stations retrograde. A prominent Neptune is often found in the charts of poets, of artists, of spiritual seekers and also in the charts of people prone to addiction-  in the sense of addiction as  a derailed spiritual journey.

Neptune is strong in the sky now with the awkward alignment to Jupiter -the planet of expansion. This can create a kind of fog around the ability to keep things straight and to understand what is going on. This alignment suggests the ongoing need for adjustment in perception and will be present throughout the summer.

A bit of interesting advice for this time from the gifted writer and astrologer, Amanda Painter, is to “look to see what is shimmering just below the surface” of your dreams and aspirations. We are living in a time of great flux and change when old modes of thinking and being are being challenged by evolutionary forces.

Neptune will station direct in late November. One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “A sword used in many battles is now in a museum.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill

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