Neptune is currently in retrograde, in Pisces located at 25 Pis 25' 48"

Planetary Aspects

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Neptune is currently Sextile Pluto

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Friday, 08 March 2019 17:00

Neptune Retrograde

Neptune Retrograde

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As the farthest known planet from the Sun in our solar system, Neptune, the 8th planet’s astronomical description is entirely appropriate to its astrological. It’s the densest giant planet and it moves very slowly. In astrology, it rules Pisces and is considered the planet of deception, spirituality, illusion, and addiction. It’s not all bad, though- as with other things, the flip sides are the good sides and intuition, dreams, sensitivity, mercy and compassion also fall under its auspices.

Interestingly enough, you also can’t see Neptune without help and its discovery wasn’t by way of actually seeing it: it was actually found using math. Alexis Brouvard started to notice that Uranus was behaving a little funny so he shined a flashlight in its eyes- no no, actually, what happened was he noticed there were some changes in its orbit people hadn’t really expected. He recognized this was likely due to it being in close proximity to a planet they had yet to discover- and Urbain Le Verrier predicted a position that might explain this from there.

Then, in 1846, Johann Galle whipped out a telescope and went looking- and he found it within a degree of that exact position. Technically speaking, Galileo probably did discover it much earlier, but at the time he did so, he just assumed that it was fixed star.

Neptune is known as something of a reality altering influence- which probably explains why it rules drugs and addiction. That said: are all drugs bad? No, absolutely not. Is escaping reality bad? Have you SEEN reality lately? That said, it’s really kind of difficult to change a reality you cannot face- which is where the problem with Neptune tends to lay. It makes it a little more difficult to decipher facts when feelings are involved and the lies we tell ourselves often change our perception more than any mind altering substance could. Except for maybe mescaline. I’m pretty sure mescaline might beat out bullshitting yourself.

Still, there’s definitely something said for the power of hopes, dreams, and being able to see things in an almost naive light from time to time.

The Retrograde

We get one Neptune retrograde a year but it lasts for a little over 5 months. If you have had areas of your life where you’re not being quite as honest with yourself as you should be- you might be getting your cognitive dissonance thumped pretty hard. I have, however, seen enough of these cycles come and go to recognize that like all those types of things: cognitive dissonance thumped often just gets even stronger for it. Kind of a shame really.

What should happen, rather is that those things which obscure the truth, whether you did it or someone else does it clears away. Reality knocks, you answer the door- maybe sometimes this sucks, but ultimately, it beats continuing to believe something that’s simply not true.

Lies, no matter how many people tell them, no matter how much you try to convince yourself otherwise: are not the truth. Neptune retrograde is usually a time when the truth comes stomping on in and whether you sit down and look at it or not is entirely up to you.

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Planetary Positions

05.07.2022 at 03:34:05 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun13 Can 07' 49"
Moon20 Vir 05' 04"
Mercury29 Gem 46' 05"
Venus14 Gem 28' 40"
Mars29 Ari 55' 37"
Jupiter07 Ari 48' 52"
Saturn24 Aqu 32' 02" R
Uranus17 Tau 54' 29"
Neptune25 Pis 25' 48" R
Pluto27 Cap 42' 28" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:0
Proton Density:4.78
Proton Speed:429.5 k/sec
KP Status:1
TypeJul 5Jul 6Jul 7
Active30%30%35%
Minor15%35%25%
Moderate1%15%5%
Strong1%5%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT333
03-06UT244
06-09UT254
09-12UT353
12-15UT342
15-18UT342
18-21UT333
21-00UT343
Solar Activity
Solar activity reached low levels. Region 3045 (S15W23, Axx/alpha) redeveloped a spot, but was otherwise stable and quiet. Region 3046 (N18E21, Hsx/alpha) was responsible for a C5.1 flare at 04/1333 UTC, which was the largest of the period. A new area of spots was observed in NASA SDO HMI imagery near N15E75 and will be considered for numbering next period pending USAF observatory reports. All other numbered regions were quiet and otherwise unremarkable.
Solar Wind
The solar wind environment remained enhanced under what is likely influence from the 29 Jun CME. Total field reached peaks of up to 20 nT, but otherwise averaged near 10 nT. The Bz component of the IMF underwent a few pronounced southward deflections with -13 nT at 04/0303 UTC being the most significant. Solar wind speeds were mostly in an ambient-like state until ~04/1422 UTC when they increased to peaks near 480 km/s. Phi was predominantly negative while taking a few brief excursions into a positive orientation.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was normal to moderate and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at background levels.