Neptune Retrograde 2018


NOTE: Many of you ask questions about transiting Neptune. I have an article on this on this website under TRANSITS. Read this article as this article is only about transiting Neptune Retrograde.

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.

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.

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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Lynn Koiner Says:
    NEPTUNE THERAPIES: 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.
  8. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NEPTUNE TRANSITING 7th House (9-2012):

    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.

  9. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NEPTUNE TRANSITING 7th HOUSE (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.

  10. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NEPTUNE & HEALTH (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.

  11. 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.
  12. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NEPTUNE & HEALTH (9-2014):

    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.

  13. Vera Says:


    I am sun Gemini 8 degrees, and I am wondering if you have any insight about Neptune transiting Pisces. The confusion regarding my career has certainly been frustrating, and I certainly feel the push and pull between dreams and reality. Any information would be greatly appreciated;I am 26 this year and eager to start my career.

  14. Lynn Koiner Says:

    VERA (6-2015): I am not a psychic so I know nothing about your Sun, its location and aspects. So, I will give a general interpretation.

    Neptune opposed my Sun in 2014. I had one help issue connected with DISCONNECTEDNESS – sciatic. I feel it started with a Potassium deficiency. It surely grounded me!

    Neptune is a time to FLOAT rather than make firm decisions about your life. You can make a bad choice but the choice is actually a stepping stone under Neptune. You cannot realistically choose so just choose something.

    There can be a health issue for someone around you that may not be revealed until the aspect is over.

    Often things happened under Neptune that will not be revealed until later when the aspect is over. Now that Neptune has left my Sun, I learned that someone close to me has advanced prostate cancer.

    Look at the House position of your Sun and transiting Neptune and the House position of the natal Neptune.

  15. Stine Says:

    I have my north node 7ยบ20 in pisces in 1st house, and birth neptune in a wide conjunction with my MC in sagittarius.

    Last autumn I started working seriously with art (painting mostly). The prequel to this was that I have been studying at a Jung inspired school of psychotherapy. During this period I over and over again had dreams that dealt with making movies, making art and exhibiting. The strange thing was that this was not at all a conscious aim or aspiration I had in my daily life.

    When transit neptune hit my north node I had the most powerful creative outburst (and production) I have ever experienced. Later (this spring) I got my work accepted in one of the 4 major censored state supported artist exhibitions in my country.

    Now everything cooled down a little bit, and I also start realizing how much (hard) work might be ahead of me if I want to continue as an artist. I’m curious what the retrograde neptune conjunction will bring (and looking forward to having neptune right where it is for another 6 months:-)

  16. Lynn Koiner Says:

    STINE (7-2015): You have described perfectly and exactly what I say about transits to the Nodes — any transit or progression to the Nodes will highlight the energy of that aspecting planet. Everything you described is purely Neptune.

    It does not matter what the aspect is (square or trine) – it just highlights the energy. The progressed Moon on my Node triggered a very emotional event.

    I made a list of outer planet crossing years ago and all I noticed was the energy of the aspecting planet.

    Some astrologer talk about meeting people from a past life. Frankly, at this stage of our evolution, just about everyone is someone from our pat life so this is not a clue…but what you described is.

    I do not always see the Outers R as being much different, except Saturn — Saturn R can be an opportunity to go back and tke care of a matter. This is not always true for the others.

  17. Amber Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Thank you for this posting.

    I was born with a Neptune retrograde in my 5th house/Sagittarius. It is at the 24th degree. Over the past decade, I have struggled with heightened perception and increased sensitivity and I feel I am reaching a turning point in this 33rd year of my life.

    Often, I’ve struggled with perception into the depths and struggled with my capacity to titrate that gift/burden, in order to not overwhelm myself or my loved ones, or complete strangers.

    I have just received my degree in somatic depth psychology and feel I am refining these skills and talents. I am being pulled back toward music, however. Music, painting, writing, performing. (I studied jazz in New Orleans, where I am from.) Do you have any advice as this Neptune retrograde approaches which will square my natal Neptune?

    *A little bit more about my chart: I am a Virgo sun, Leo rising, Moon in Aquarius, stellium of Mercury, Saturn and Pluto in Libra, and a final stellium of Mars, Eros and Jupiter in Scorpio (4th house). *

    My inner voice is loud…

  18. Lynn Koiner Says:

    AMBER (6-2016): You have posted under the wrong article. You are really asking about 1) your natal Neptune R in the 5th — you need to read my article on Natal Retrogrades through the Houses. It is on this website.

    2) You are asking about a Neptune Transits and you need to read my Neptune Transit article. I am updating this but it is only adding more personal experiences.

    Neptune square Neptune is a generational aspect so that all born around the same year will experience this. Mine occurred in 1986-87 and it was the beginning of major changes in my life. I no longer wanted to be the same old Lynn but I did not know how I would change.
    The beginning really started with working on cruise ships giving astrology lectures. This set the stage for international travel.
    The changes were so subtle – so Neptunian. It was not until 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down that I began major transformations.

    Neptune-Neptune is only really powerful when it aspects personal planets as well — because it affects everyone born in a 2 year period! Yet, it does dissolve the past that you have outgrown. Uranus brings sudden changes – Neptune is a slow dissolving.

    Telling me about all of the planets in signs is impossible to visualize…sorry. Read the other articles.

  19. Diane Keys Says:

    I am highly sensitive, and have had problems sleeping now for several weeks. I had insomnia last night so assumed it must be a full moon. Nope! I can’t find an explanation but it is not just me-everyone in my household is having a hard time sleeping!

  20. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DIANE (6-2016): I am not a psychic so I do not know what is going one astrologically in your charts and your family’s charts (family charts are often very similar). Uranus afflictions (even minor ones) can speed up the currents flowing through the Nadis, making you feel wired. Uranus and Pluto can step-up Cortisol levels and this makes for anxiety with sleeplessness.

    I used to recommend Seriphos because it contained Phosphorylated Serine which produces Seratonin. Interplexus changed the formula to Phosphtidyl Serine — and this is useless. I returned the product to the distributor.

    Dr. Michael Platt (Adrenal Dominance) sells bio-identical Progesterone that lowers Cortisol.

    Yes, Neptune can increase sensitivity so you should read my Neptune Transit article. THis article is not relevant to your issues.

  21. Clonnie Says:

    How does this affect you. If you are a Pisces born with Neptune retrograde? As I am. 3-14 Pi day.

  22. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CLONNIE (11-2016): I do not find that being a Pisces makes you more susceptible to Neptune R. Frankly, I do not notice much with Neptune R. Since it is Retrograde for almost half of the year and every years (since you were born), you can look at the past. However, you need to exclude the difficult outer planet transits that you may have experienced…just think about my description of Neptune R.

    But, if you work with Neptune R, it will produce exactly what I have written here.

  23. Lynne Says:

    Dear Lynn, I must tell you that I have found your musings on Pluto and Neptune the best online. Thankyou. My DOB 13th July 1956, Nottingham. England, approx 3.36 pm. I say approx because my parents did not want me and when I was born a girl, that made my father, well, he was pissed off basically. I had no name and at 10 days old the sister who had delivered me told my mother she had to name me so my mother named me after the Scottish sister, good job her name was’nt Mabel or Phyllis eh. I am the eldest of 6, always cleaning for my useless parents, beaten constantly, married a wife beater, divorced him, never any maintenance and at 42(how stupid am I?) remarried a man who has Sun Aqu opposed by Pluto at 15 degrees. I did know a little of astrology then but not much. Married on the eclipse August 22nd 1998.!!!!!!! The Nodes on 1 Virgo/Moon 1 Virgo/and progressed Sun 1 Virgo, all on my Jupiter!! My Pluto at 27 Leo bought my elderly Pa in law to my care, Cancer, died in my home(husbands). In the last year felt impelled, that’s the word to study astrology again, did not know what the nodes were, but I do now. In 1980, my beloved Grandfather died, his Mars at 27 Leo, the moon in Leo, sudden unexpected death. Anyway, your articles have helped me, thought I would let you know that before its too late. If I could sum up my miserable life I would call it solitary confinement in prison, no matter how I have tried to escape there is always someone who wants me to give up my life to look after them. Pluto is looking at my sun now and Neptune trine my mercury, and my husband has made no financial arrangements for me, he is like an utterly selfish big baby. I have just opened a bank account in my own name and been saving whilst Saturn opposite my Venus, its what you Americans call a doody, love that word. Recently, I paid a world famous astrologer to tell me if I would be moving home this year and instead she said that my husband would be dissolved, dead, by Neptune conjuncting my Mars, in 2 years, really upset about that but looking after a selfish man who lets you(and he is ill) just subjugcate your life for him has made me start asking the universe for help and wierdly its Pluto talking to me, re money. Money has never been my spiritual guru as you can see by my chart, but things are changing in me. So, I will ask people if they can help me in the future and being friendly does not mean they are your friends, Thank you Lynn, I needed to back up my extraordinary messages if you like. May the Gods bless you. Lynne Crisp.

  24. Sam Says:

    Wondering if you could talk about what to be aware of when purchasing a home while Neptune transits one’s 4th house? Looking at a home right now that has a river view off the back. The Neptune transit just began so will be there for another 12 years. My North node is in my 4th house. Thank you!

  25. Lynn Koiner Says:


    Neptune will be in a House for a long time, at least 13 years. I usually advise people to buy a place near water, with a LOT of LIGHT and light colors.

    For buying a House, I usually ask a hoary question or the client asks this (I am not a horary astrologer but I know enough to advise on property). If Neptune is there, in the chart for the time of the question, there will be problems with water or unseen problems. Neptune R indicates that you will not find it until it is too late. If Neptune, it can be found usually.

    Neptune is R now so, if in the 4th House of a horary question (the time and place that one asks the question), do not buy.

    Years ago, a client asked if she should renovate her bathroom. Neptune was R in the 4th. I said there was an underground stream that will ruin any new work. She had a plumber look for this and he never could find the entry of water into the house. One year late, the old bathroom wall caved in with vines growing in the pipes. Then, she did the renovation.

    So, Neptune in the 4th is not a problem unless badly aspected. I would urge you that, when you find a place, to cast a horary for the question: Should we buy the house?
    The 4th House will tell the condition of the house.

    If that does not work for you, I always pull 3 tarot cards for advice.

  26. Anna Says:

    Could you tell me what it would mean if Neptune transit conjunct Saturn in the 12th opposing my ruler Mars Uranus Pluto conjunct in the 6th? Would Neptune weaken Saturn’s work or Saturn would stricjen Neptune’s influence (positive and negative?)

  27. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ANNA (9-2017): I am not sure how to answer this question. Usually, Neptune crossing Saturn ends some structure in your life and this can make you feel lost, disconnected and anxious.

    You should read the article on Neptune Transits (and Pluto Transits for your other question). Retrogrades articles will not answer your questions.

    There is a need to ground yourself as a part of you might want to go to another reality — this always occurs under strong Neptune transits.

    Finding some supportive structure is helpful — something that gives a positive type of discipline (education), support from friends who give encouragement and setting goals for yourself.

    I recommend the Bach Flower Remedy for Neptune to help you feel connected to the planet. Do not spend too much time alone but do not get lost in big groups.

    Not know what you want to do under Neptune is a problem.

  28. Chiara Says:

    Could you please help me to understand how this would affect somebody with Neptune in Retrograde at birth? Also I have so many aspects from it –

    My birth data is (17/5/91 – 1:30am / Sydney, AEST)

    I don’t know if its the nature of a retrograde planet or the nature of Neptune (or also Saturn and Uranus which also have in retrograde!) that makes this so hard for me to get my head around!

    Could it also be the fact my moon (in gemini) is at 29 degrees as well as my merc in aries?

    Any insight/starting points for research would be appreciated! I love your website, favourite for learning.

  29. Nik Says:


    Is it possible to have more psychic attacks during this time? and or feel disconnected spiritually during a retrograde?


  30. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NIK (11-2017): Your chart has to show that you are susceptible to psychic attacks in general. In a general way, the R could make you feel disconnected but this is usually the case when Neptune is aspecting a planet in your natal chart.
    I would suggest reading my Neptune Transit article as Neptune is Retrograde for 5 months out of every year.

  31. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CHIARA (11-2017): Your post was never sent to me so this is the first time that I have seen it.

    The fundamental issue with these Retrogrades and the Neptune aspects is BOUNDARY ISSUES. Learning to say NO, learning NOT to assume the problems of others and GET OVER feeling guilty when you do something for yourself.

    ENDING degree planets are not difficult. It is the planets at 0-2 degrees that are difficult to regulate, which you do not have. Ending planets are too long to discuss here, although I do sell a manual for this.

    Your Moon is Out of Bounds and this always portends a disconnect with your mother — Oprah Winfrey has this and she has always had a disconnect with her mother.


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