Neptune Retrograde 2015


Similar to the natal retrograde Neptune, the transiting retrograde causes sensitivity and receptivity to be much more acute. Due to this heightened receptivity, we are allowed to see far more than is possible when Neptune is direct. This is possibly a result of augmented intuitive or inner vision that bestows a different and more insightful perspective on matters.

Delusional hits:
+ September 16-17: Neptune opposes Jupiter in Virgo – ESTABLISH BOUNDARIES NOW!!
+ October 6-7: Neptune opposes Mars in Virgo – do not listen to discouragement; actions may fizzle out due to perfectionistic discouragement.

When Neptune turns retrograde, our feelings are more astute at picking up and perceiving the illusive. It is easier to ascertain information about issues that have eluded us while Neptune was direct. Delphine Jay feels that it is essential that we do something about the problems that we pick up on while Neptune is retrograde because they can worsen when Neptune goes direct. I personally have noticed that, if you do not work on an internal level while Neptune is retrograde, you will be plagued by feelings of disillusion and vague dissatisfaction.

As one’s perceptions become more acute, it is important to listen more, listen to the “inner voice,” so that you can see more of what is going on around you. It is essential that you talk about what you are feeling, sensing or absorbing because Neptune retrograde can produce a type of psychic overload for very sensitive people. Heightened sensitivity can be both an asset and a liability.

It is important that you avoid drugs, chemicals and stimulants while Neptune is retrograde. Protect yourself by refraining from associating with addictive personalities, psychic attractions, and overwhelming people who drain your energies. Wearing black tourmaline can funnel off negative energy and psychic attack. If you feel a little paranoid during the retrograde period, it may be that you are picking up too much from your external environment. As an asset, this period is excellent for using and cultivating your psychic perceptions. I am not aware of the augmentation during the retrograde period but I am aware that my abilities seem to diminish when Neptune turns direct.

  1. Lynn Koiner Says:

    With general lethargy, it can be due to the transiting Neptune afflicting a natal planet or Asc (see my article on Neptune Transits) or Mars being in the opposite sign from the one at birth (see my article on Mars Cycles – not the signs but the Cycles).

    Saturn, if aspecting natal planets, can be very depressing. If combined with afflictions from the transiting Uranus, this is an extremely difficult combination with regard to depression.

    There are many physical causes for depression — low body temperature and the thyroid (only the Saliva Hormones test will show this, not a blood test), a past injury affecting the spine, food allergies…to name a few.

    Actually, lethargy can be connected with food allergies and this would be shown by natal afflictions to the Moon.

  2. Lynn Koiner Says:

    My favorite book on aspects in the chart is Betty Lunsted’s ASTROLOGICAL INSIGHTS INTO THE PERSONALITY.

  3. Mara Says:

    What is a “delusional hit”?

  4. Lynn Koiner Says:

    A DELUSIONAL HIT is when Neptune transits an affliction to another planet. During this period, people are inclined to be unrealistic, idealistic and self-deluding. It is important for us to be very grounded and realistic during these periods.
    This occurs to our natal planets for 1-2 years but I have listed (Neptune) transits to other transiting planets so these are inclined to affect the population in general.

  5. maki Says:

    My Sun is at 0 Capricorn and transiting Neptune forming sextile, turned retrograde last month. I lost creative inspiration and I m really confused. I ve been planning an creative project at the begining of the Neptune sextile transit period, but i stopped last month, founding myself in a total confusion. I don’t know what to do…not sure if this project is some kind of illusion for me or it’s worth to work with it. On the other side,that project is concerning a person with whom I think I have psychyc connection..and it scares me a little bit and drains me a lot. Am I going mad or? My natal Neptune is in my 12 house in Scorpio

  6. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MAKI (7-2011): A favorable transit from Neptune would not cause these problems. However, planets at 0 degrees are in a new beginning cycle but to where you are going is not clear.
    This is happening to many people as the transiting Neptune is opposing the transiting Transpluto.
    When the slow moving planets change signs, many feel lost and disconnected — all must be patient at this time.

  7. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SAM (2-2012): The 8th House rules all things totally beyond your control and your attitude towards them.
    It is the most obsessive House in the chart. As a result, reality can sometimes be distorted — however, it is the most powerful healing House (physical, mental, emotional, physical, economic and technological) in the chart, if the energies are directed outward and not internatized. It is the House of inventions as well.
    So, ground yourself and get out of your own head — direct efforts externally and for others.

  8. Vera PB Says:

    Hi Lynn!
    I have read so many of your Neptune texts and i want to thank you for enlightening me about this Planet. I have Neptune conjunct Sun and Mercury in Scorpio 6th house. Neptune has just finished its square as im 43 and now i have it squaring my Sun 0º right now… i feel i spent my life floating through and asleep and disconnected for the past 2 years. However i wrote 2 books on past life therapy (my passion) but now i cant write a single phrase.!
    I also had my share of romantic delusions and i am wondering if will still have a final one as the transit is now passing but turning retrograde (my natal Nep is 26º Scorpio)
    I was looking for someone who had this kind of strong Neptune influence and how do they feel after it passes (can´t wait really! :)
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom Lynn!

  9. Lynn Koiner Says:

    VERA (2-2012): A am giving you the same advice as I did for Maki in #7-8 —
    …planets at 0 degrees are in a new beginning cycle but to where you are going is not clear.
    This is happening to many people as the transiting Neptune is opposing the transiting Transpluto.
    When the slow moving planets change signs, many feel lost and disconnected — all must be patient at this time.

    People are shifting to new goals and directions in 2012. Neptune changing signs always impacts creativity, art, music and even fashion. Creative people need to be patient and wait for the new influences to unfold.

  10. Shastina Says:

    I found it interesting to read what you wrote about food allergies causing depression. I am allergic to dairy and ate some cheese today and my digestion didn’t feel too bad but I did have a huge plummet in mood and felt emotionally unstable and couldn’t figure out why.

  11. Lynn Koiner Says:

    (posted earlier in Spanish – 6-2012):
    What type of therapy would be best with Neptune R in 7th?

    I used to have a list of the therapies indicated by Uranus, Neptune and Pluto but I think that I threw it away…oh no…because I do not remember. If this is a natal Neptune, then there are different approaches: + Neptune does not like a direct approach so dream analysis, often found with Jungian therapy, is preferred but this takes a LONG TIME. +Neptune needs to get a grip on reality since it sees the potential in others. The harsher approach would be a Dr. Phil type of therapy that helps pull your head out of the clouds. +Learn to RECEIVE! There is a book by Amanda Owen that you can get from Amazon cheaper called the Power of Receiving. If you do not allow yourself to receive then the only people in your life will be takers.
  12. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    I was wondering if you could shed some light on Neptune Rx and whether it would have any influence on the problems I have been having in a relationship. I am a Sag November 28 1973 Sydney Australia 00:45am. I have Pisces intercepted in the 7th house. A Leo Man and I fell in love around the time Neptune went in to Pisces, we had previously been friends on the internet for many years but nothing more, it then progressed very quickly. When Neptune went retrograde it broke up very suddenly, but then it has been on and off and on and off. I am not sure if it will right itself once more when Neptune goes direct. I also have my Moon and Venus in Capricorn being effected by Pluto in the fifth house although I do not think it has started transiting my Venus yet. I would love some insights as I am feeling very broken hearted.
    Thank you.

  13. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JACQUELINE (9-2012): I normally never give personal readings on my website but I can answer this in a why that my interest others.

    Transiting Neptune R in your 7th House would not cause the ending of a relationship, unless it is aspecting a natal planet — which it will not do until it aspects your Sun-Neptune in 2013-14. For that time, I suggest you read my article on Neptune transits on this website.

    Neptune transiting the 7th House is a long cycle of learning to accurately assess what is REAL and what is not in your relationships. You must be very careful during the next 2 years so you are likely to trust too much and not see the “true colors” of people in your life, even family members.

    I would never trust an internet relationship because these are always Neptunian, delusional and illusional. They are almost never real and subject to dissolving and disappointing.

    The sudden end of the relationship is due to T Uranus squaring your 5th House Moon. You really do not want this type of person back in your life. Fortunately (in my mind), Uranus will cut the cord — Neptune transits are difficult to let go.

  14. Jacqueline Says:

    Thank you Lynn, I appreciate your time, comments and sensitivity. Just checking, do you think it un-wise for me to consider having another relationship over the next two years? I am prepared to work on personal growth but I would love to think that there is a chance for me to have a loving romance in my life again. Just to clarify about the above internet relationship, we met as friends on the internet some 5 years previous but our love relationship was a live in relationship.
    Thank you again and kindest regards,

  15. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JACQUELINE (9-2012): With Neptune squaring your Sun and Neptune in 2013-14, it is unlikely that you will find true love – more likely love that is an escape for you or an illusion. Stick with only what is real and real is often not as exciting but definitely more stable and reliable.

  16. Al Says:

    I currently have Neptune transiting the 2nd House in opposition with both my natal Sun and Venus un the 8th house.
    Does this transit involve a money problem? What if I am involved in a Creative field of Work? Should I expect love mirages with this opposition to my Venus? If the Natal Sun represents the Ego, Identity anf also the Father, how transiting Neptune in opposition would work? Thank Lynn!!

  17. Lynn Koiner Says:

    AL (4-2013): You need to read my article on Neptune transits. This would better address your questions.
    These are money Houses – you or a partner can make a bad decision about finances. But, you can change this by avoiding all that seems too good to be true.
    This is more about finances, evening investing or decisions about money.
    Neptune is at early degrees so it is a new situation that presents itself – be careful.

  18. Kelly Says:

    Hello Lynn,
    I really enjoy your columns and was interested to see your post above on Lethargy & Neptune. I have transiting Neptune in early part of my 6th house inconjunct my ASC, Pluto, Sun, square my natal Neptune, Saturn running over and backing up over my Moon/Mars opposition and Uranus loosely opposing my Sun. It has been a real battle against exhaustion, frazzlement and waves of discouragement that seem to come from nowhere.

    I went in for endocrine, adrenal/thyroid tests & started a vitamin regimen. Have not heard back yet. (Will pursue the saliva test you recommend also.) It did not turn up the first round of tests a year and a half ago but the symptoms are there now. I have also, BTW, had previous spine problems and food allergies also. Time for a general cleanup methinks!

    Any other remedies you know of? I’m interested in any/all suggestions.

    Will the 2013 retrograde period make my health matters worse? (My ASC = 29 Virgo, Pluto 4 Libra, Sun 6 Libra) or is it possible that I get to the bottom of these various health issues? I’d like to feel “back in my life” again!

    Thanks so much!

  19. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KELLY (5-2013): I am in the midst of similar health issues because Neptune is about to oppose my Sun-Moon for several years.
    Having a Hormone Saliva Test tells the levels of adrenal and thyroid during the course of the day. It seems that my thyroid is not a problem but rather my adrenals.

    The test showed that, while sleeping, my adrenals functioned at the lowest level in the normal range. As soon as I get up, my adrenals flat line – they do not function at all.

    What the HST also showed was that I take Metatonin! I take the liquid form under my tongue so that I can go to seep easily. My body is saturated with this stuff, my body is continually in sleep mode and the adrenals are exhausted from keeping me awake. So, the doctor gave me liquid DHEA for the adrenals.

    You must have the HST to know exactly what is going on in your body.

    I have an article on Neptune transits. This article is only about the Retrograde period, which occurs 5 months out of the year.

  20. Sofia Says:

    Hi Lynn I was born with Neptune Rx I feel better when it’s retrograde since the last 5 months I was practicing to ask for help from my friends and others never in my life had to do that I was always self reliant and 90% of the time I am a giver and not a taker,i’m very happy you mention ceres since the 4 major asteroids receiving more attention the past year or so,my question is you mentioned Saturn currently unfortunately Saturn conjunct my natal Uranus ,but transiting Uranus trine my progressed Saturn..?? Now what should I make out this? I know you would have to see other aspects from the other planets but do I have an ease here or..? about Neptune Rx I decided to learn to meditate do yoga etc.. thank you for the article again it was a pleasure as always.

  21. Jenn Says:

    Great post. What is a “psychic attraction?”

    NOTE FROM LYNN: Psychic Attraction is an emotional reaction to another person whereby you get swept up with feelings...that this is destiny, karmic...but this is usually a "mood" that allows you to escape reality. I always say, "Thinking about it is better than doing it," where some of these relationships are concerned. People who have severe boundary problems or who are going through a strong Neptune transit (affecting one's sense of boundaries) are susceptible to this type of negative attraction.
  22. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SOFIA (5-2013): I have not considered TSaturn crossing Uranus to be highly significant…as with the personal planets.
    When well aspected in the chart, you can concretize your innovative ideas.

    Or, you might feel that your responsibilities are limiting your freedom to do what you want…but this is not a serious aspect, especially with Uranus trining your progressed Saturn (which should last for 1 year).

    Uranus trine PSaturn can be someone liberating in some way but you have to look at the Houses involved. The House with the PSaturn (usually the same as the natal) will be emphasized.
    Let us know what happens.

  23. Charity Says:

    Hi, thank you so much for your blog! Very enlightening! I am wondering if you have any general information on how this retrograde period would affect someone who has a natal Neptune Rx.


  24. sun Says:

    Ran into an old lover on june 8th. Its been a whirlwind since then. With intent to heal old wounds, today july 8th I suddenly remembered why we broke up to begin with. Now I’m torn confused and hoping to use this new moon energy yo help me figure things out. Any insight?

  25. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CHARITY (7-2013): Neptune is R 5 months out of the year so I never considered it important enough to think how it might affect people born with Neptune R. Now, it might but I never have made such an observation.

    SUN: You have already gotten your insight — july 8th I suddenly remembered why we broke up to begin with — now dump him/her.

  26. soph Says:

    By “psychic attractions,” do you mean PSYCHICS, astrologers, channellers, mediums etc.? I seem to have stumbled upon one too many since Neptune went retrograde, and now I’m having trouble remembering what I do and don’t believe anymore!

  27. Raul Says:

    Hello Lynn

    My transiting neptune in the 5th house has south node in my birth chart opposed by 6 planets in 11th house- sun,saturn,venus,north node,mercury.
    How bad is the aspect of transiting neptune on my natal south node.

  28. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SOPH (9-2013): By psychic attraction, I am not referring to psychics or astrologers or mediums, although dishonest ones can come under the influence of Neptune.

    Psychic attractions are ones in which you feel pulled karmically to the other person. Generally, it is because they have no boundaries and they can intrude upon your own. When you feel “swept away” by another person, put on the brakes.


    RAUL (9-2013): Why do you think an aspect is negative or bad? Anytime any planet aspects the Nodes, regardless of the type of aspect, it only highlights the energy of the aspecting planet. At least, this is my personal observation.

    Neptune describes a year of spiritual studies and interests or involvements. Interests in psychic phenomena are stimulated. You do need to be cautious with the people that you need since they will not prove enduring.

  29. soph Says:

    Dear Lynn,
    Thank you for your response! I’ve certainly been a victim of psychic attraction before thinking it was “love at first sight,” or my “soulmate”…
    do you have any tips on how to tell the difference between a psychic attraction and “true” love?

  30. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SOPHIA (9-2013): You have to be very realistic to assess the difference. And, you have to learn why you attract the losers.
    Only a detailed look at your chart can answer what the problem is and what you really need in a relationship.

  31. Marylene Says:

    Hi Lynn. I was just reading this and it made total sense.
    THe romantic delusion occurred to me when I got a reading about someone I was ‘interested’ in. I knew it was kind of delusional, but I couldn’t dislodge it from my head. It was even in my dreams, even though I knew that it was impossible, wrong and would be a disaster. Fortunately, nothing ever happened.

    I’m sun sag, libra rising, and my natal neptune is in scorpio, venus at 20 deg. libra.

    Fortunately, the romantic delusion is fading away, but Neptune is now rx in my 6th (health) and I’m now worried about a health issue, and that it won’t really be clarified until after Neptune goes direct on the 11.

  32. Phoebe Says:

    Thank you Lynn. I wanted to contribute to say that every year since 2009 when neptune goes retrograde I quit alcohol entirely and altogether…. However the day it goes direct I feel that if I do not drink I just might burst!!! I will be much more mindful this year of not drinking on nov 16. How very fascinating on the thyroid/adrenals. I just had two thyroid tests also. One abnormal and one normal. I will have a third and request saliva test. I wanted to also contribute I have neptune sextile my Asc right now and have become vegan for two months now. I love the neptune retrograde and always find it increasingly the best part of the year. I do have a question…what do you make of neptune in the 8th house sag? That’s my natal position and I’m worried I will die penniless! However jupiter is about to enter there so I am buying my lottery tickets ;) keep up the great work on the site Lynn!

  33. Judith Says:

    What is your take on Neptune and excessive water retention in the lower body? I’ve noticed since about last summer (2013) me and many other light & energy workers have been experiencing profound lower body fluid retention since Neptune entered orbit. Was just wondering if you could shed light and bring clarity if there is a connection. Thanks!

  34. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JUDITH (9-2014): If you had asked about sciatica, I could give oyu an answer.

    Netpune is one of the rulers of the lymphatic system. Congestion here causes edema. I have an article on this website under MEDICAL on the lymph.

    Besides Neptune, the Mutable signs, Water sign and the Moon also rule the lymph. Lymph is often congested through the emotion of FEAR.
    Of course, empaths are sensitive to the fear-inspiring events occurring in the world today.

    Read my Neptune in Pisces and Empath articles.

    Castor oil packs and lymph massages are helpful.

    AND, strange as it seems, a car buffer GENTLY applied to the body helps with the lymph. I got a big one at Sears when my lymph therapist used it. Aldi was selling small ones that seem more practical for self-application for $20.

    But, read the article based upon the book by Elaine Hruska.

  35. kitty Says:

    Hi , I ‘m now so confused by neptune Rx.
    At first , I’d like to thank you for such a great articles you’ve made before I loss my text co-ordination.

    When neptune enter my 6th , it form a grand water trine in my chart ( I have scorpio mecury and cancer moon trine eachother). The story of this neptune are never easy for me.

    I have bizarre health problem , last year it Rx back and forth my moon/mercury. I developed TICK syndrome , I’m quite panic but this disease dosen’t have exactly medicine to ceased it. I must wait for the time ending by itself.

    Then this year start from Jul 2014 , neptune travel furture more to form quincunx to my natal sun and then Rx back to form a water grand trine again (to my natal Moon/Merc) . I think I have a Pshychosomatic symtoms – I have a lower abdominal pain that I checked by the doctors and didn’t find any things unusual.
    So , I think I must wait fir it to go direct , then things will be more clearly.

    This time that I’m writing to you is the hardest time in my life , because right now transit mercury will turn retrograde exactly on my natal mercury. And I’ve been through saturn return 3 years ago , I fought everythings with my wise consideration , although it’s hard time , I fought with my self- consciousness . But this time I’m totally loss , confused . I can’t really make any simply decision – it took me more than one hour for decision to go out. And I loss my analytical brain , I feel I’m so dumb that I can’t just analysed the simple things . I have a scorpio mercury at the beginning if sign , so this analysus quality of mine are all gone.

    There’s also the good story of neptune transit. Last year when it turn direct and firm exactly the grand water trine in my chart , it increase my psychic ability , I just now what will happen next . I work as healthcare personal, we ‘re nit believe in any psychic ,when this happen to me it’s quite amazing .

    Thank you for let me share,


  36. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KITTY (10-2014): What you tell me about transits is telling me nothing about your chart. However, many involuntary body movements are connected with Gluten. Go on a gluten free diet and take Omega 3. This might help. There are other possibilities but try this first.


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