Neptune is one of the farthest planets from the Sun in our solar system. Known as a planet of ice, it oddly enough circles further from the Sun than Pluto at times, because of the elliptic orbit. The planet's symbol is derived from Poseidon's trident, his favorite weapon under ancient Greek mythology. In Greek and Roman legend, Neptune was the god of the oceans, and he rules over the zodiac sign of Pisces. Neptune is also the equivalent to the Greek Poseidon.
The planet Neptune is also the ruler of the twelfth house of the zodiac, as well as the zodiac sign Pisces. A full cycle around the zodiac signs takes around 165 years. That means that Neptune spends around 14 years in each zodiac sign. This means that the impacts of Neptune's travels are enduring and even perpetual, so its placements on a natal chart usually affect an entire generation.
The planet Neptune rules everything associated with water, both on a physical and an allegorical level. Let’s remember that even the ocean and water itself is viewed as as having the quality of dreams, emotions and fantasy - as water is seen to be unstable, flexible, and fluid. The planet Neptune therefore, is characterized by the traits of adaptability, abstract thought, fantasy, illusion, and mysticism.
The planet Neptune has its showier side, as it rules films, television, theater, fashion and all things that are charming. In other words, Neptune is great at making fantasies come alive, at creating a charming appearance and spellbinding personality.
Everything that Neptune touches becomes fogged up by the planet’s sense of mystery and secrecy. As a planetary power, Neptune is holds the key towards our spiritual selves. It also represents art and creativity, but also any activity that leads us to higher states of consciousness, like meditation.
While fantasies can express our more creative nature, we must also be aware of the fact that fantasy can be a double-edged sword. The planet Neptune is also the planet of illusions, and can be connected with feelings of superficial grandeur and transcendence. Neptune’s influence can draw us towards things alcohol, drug use, and everything that can alter our perspective of reality. But as it is with all planetary powers, the planet Neptune has its light and dark sides. It can bring profound illumination or addiction and self-harm.
The energy of Neptune feels more like escapism when going to its darker extreme, an never-ending ocean of delusions, neurosis and avoiding the hard reality of truth. Rest and dreams are also ruled over by this planet.