Transiting Neptune conjunct Natal Sun

Like many transits, this one has both positive and negative points. On the positive side, it can greatly increase your sensitivity and compassion for the people around you and allow you to help others in new ways. Like many other Neptune transits, this one greatly elevates your concern with religion and metaphysics and makes you much more concerned about the ultimate meaning of life. You are inclined to subordinate your own ego drives to the needs of others, to feel that what benefits them is as important as what benefits you.

But the Sun is the will, which is usually harnessed to the ego drives. The energy of the Sun in your horoscope signifies your ability to express yourself as an individual. The Sun is the basic energy system of the body and the mind. It is not the ego, the sense that you are a particular person with your own identity and needs, but the ego draws heavily upon the Sun for its energy.

Neptune represents a state of c beyond the ego for which most people are not prepared. If you are prepared, you will experience this transit in the positive ways described above, but if you are not prepared you will experience the less positive effects. When Neptune transits the Sun, it rechannels the normal energy that your ego requires, but it is not always apparent where this energy is going. A very common reaction to this transit is fatigue, the feeling that your body just doesn't have any more energy. or you may feel psychologically fatigued, futile and ineffectual. You may tend to be disappointed in or even sorry for yourself. Often this sense of weakness surfaces as confusion, aimlessness and purposeless actions. This is an extremely difficult transit for people who have problems with drinking or drugs. In fact, even medication that a doctor prescribes may cause problems. It is best to avoid ingesting any chemical that is foreign to the body's normal experience at this time. Your body is extremely sensitive to external influences and less able to resist strain. Be very careful about making excessive demands on your physical energy, for you could become ill.

Another result of this transit is that you may be inclined to deceive others, as if your ego energy is trying to make you appear as something other than what you really are. Whether or not you choose to deceive others will be decided by your own morality, but if you do, you had better be good at it. Neptune has an embarrassing way of letting the truth come to light at inconvenient moments.

You are likely to be unusually idealistic under this transit. Just be sure that your ideals are rooted in reality and are not merely a device for escaping it. If they are an escape device, disappointment is almost certain.

Transiting Neptune sextile Natal Sun

Under this transit, concern for others in your immediate circle will become a much more important part of your life. You will begin to realize the significance of friends and how important they are to you, and you will be less interested in getting your own way with them. Concerned about their welfare, you are willing to work for them if necessary. This belief may extend beyond your personal friends to groups you are associated with. Group ideas and values may be more important to you than your own.

Spiritual concerns are also more important to you at this time than they have been before. This may mean that you will become involved in an organized religion or one of the other groups that have sprung up in recent times. Or you may travel on an individual spiritual path by yourself, depending upon what is the most appropriate approach for you. At this time you are able to devote your basic energies to transcending the limitations you have always accepted in life. If you work toward this goal, you can achieve great understanding.

Under the influence of this transit you may work to assist people who are less fortunate than yourself or for causes you believe in. If so, you may work very selflessly, without thought for your own personal gain. It is not that you don't care about yourself but that you identify with the goals of the people you are helping. You perceive that you are much more than the self within your body, as you had thought in the past.

During this time you will be much more sensitive to the world around you, so it might be a good idea to retire temporarily to a place where you can meditate upon your life in peace, unless your everyday environment provides this opportunity. You won't suffer terribly if you cannot retire in this way, but you will not get the most benefit from this transit.

Transiting Neptune square Natal Sun

When transiting Neptune squares your natal Sun, you become unduly sensitive, vulnerable and moody. Your confidence, direction and certainty become weak and vacillating, and worse than this, you may completely lose perspective. Perhaps you distort current problems and past failures way out of proportion. Judgment may be faulty because objectivity, detachment and common sense are out the window.

This can be a period of confusion and uncertainty in which your life direction becomes unclear. Even if you have previously felt that you knew what you were doing and why, now you may encounter circumstances that force you to question your assumptions. Your will may seem to be temporarily paralyzed, and you won't have your usual energy. In fact this transit can coincide with times of low physical vitality and low psychological energy. For this reason you should avoid any unnecessary physical stress and follow good health habits to maintain strong overall resistance to illness.

But it is much more likely that this transit will result in disorientation, as alluded to above. You may experience disappointments in your work, career or even in your home life that make you feel defeated and dispirited. But you must not sit back and allow this reaction. Certainly you may suffer defeats during this transit, but these defeats occur only when you do something that is not a true reflection of yourself. Because your total energy as a human being is not behind your actions, you don't push through with the vigor that would guarantee success; hence your failure. The discouraged and disillusioned victim is the negative stereotype of this transit. Life may seem unfair, unreasonable, and just too hard.

Also you may suffer a disappointment during this period, if you allow someone to talk you into a project you do not really believe in. Above all else, you must be true to yourself under this transit. In fact its main function in your life may be to point out that you do not really know who you are. While this is not a very happy discovery, it is important to make it so you can proceed to find out who you are.

You should avoid several types of activity during this transit, because your insecurity about yourself will make them turn out badly. You are very intuitive now, and you may have an intense urge to pursue self-development techniques. These activities may produce powerful mystical experiences but they are not likely to help with your current feelings of inadequacy and lack of purpose, and they may actually increase your laziness and self-indulgence in emotional and psychological predicaments. Similar warnings apply to the study of the occult in general. It is always a good time to meditate and pray.

Avoid risky or speculative ventures, because your sense of reality is too weak to appraise the risks accurately. besides, you are likely to be swindled. If you are having trouble in your work, avoid the temptation to change jobs now. Later, when you understand your needs better, you may be able to make the change. Any new job you start now would not be an improvement over the present one.

Be very careful in any business dealings. Major decisions may be better postponed until a more stable period, when you are more secure and sure of yourself.

Guard against being deceived by men, government officials, and persons in authority. Some people experience problems with their father, who is subject to instability, weakness and illness. A woman going through this transit should beware of deception with the men in her life. Also, her husband may experience strange and peculiar difficulties now.

You feel the stress and harshness of life more than usual. Avoid drugs and alcohol because you are in a highly susceptible and impressionable state, and such things may harm you physically and exacerbate your confusion and uncertainty.

More than anything, you may want to escape from the world and all its mundane responsibilities, but remain active, and do not withdraw from people to ponder your problems. That will only inflate them out of all proportion and make them harder to deal with. Socializing can help avoid depression, isolation, loneliness and self-indulgence. Surround yourself with supportive family and friends who appreciate you, and will remind you that life is worthwhile.

Transiting Neptune trine Natal Sun

This transit will alter your attitude toward the world tremendously. If you have always been a materialist, you will find that spiritual concerns, perhaps disguised in some way, will become important to you for the first time. This does not necessarily mean that you will be attracted to an organized religion, for your expression of spirituality is likely to be more unorthodox. You will be concerned with a direct experience of the divine or nonmaterial aspects of being. You will recognize that purely material considerations do not give ultimate meaning to your life.

This transit stimulates your compassion for others. You may express this by working for charities or in institutions for people who are physically, mentally or economically disadvantaged; or you may become more concerned with helping people in your immediate environment. One peculiar characteristic of this transit is that you will not be terribly concerned about gratifying your own ego through such work; you only want to be of assistance to others.

In general, this is a rather idealistic time in your life, and you will want very much to actualize your ideals. But nothing will be handed to you now. You will have to work to achieve what you want.

Your creative imagination is also stimulated by this transit. This is a good time for any kind of creative efort, particularly if it involves rather abstract notions. Neptune operates in a rather immaterial way and is at its best when dealing with the abstract. Artistic creativity, especially in music and poetry, is favored by this influence.

A related effect of this transit is that it greatly increases your sensitivity. You are able to perceive very subtle ideas and thoughts and to understand them at the gut level. This perception can be useful in all your relationships with others. You will be able to perceive their needs and to help fulfill them. Just as this transit minimizes your ego drives so that you can work for others without feeling resentful, it also enables you to get out of the way and give others what they need once you have perceived it.

The most negative side of this transit is that you may be tempted to sit around and daydream. Reality may not seem as interesting as your dreams, but this is a time when you can work succesfully to realize your dreams, so it would be a tremendous waste of very creative energy to just sit! Any course of action as described above would help you become a more creative and happy individual. There is much potential in this transit.

Transiting Neptune quincunx Natal Sun

Transiting Neptune opposite Natal Sun

You should be very careful under this transit. First, your physical vitality will not be as great as it could be. You may become weakened by a variety of ailments, if you are not careful. Avoid exposure to illness, and if possible don't use any type of drugs, prescription or otherwise. Be sure to eat the proper foods and stay away from dietary regimens that involve giving up a particular kind of food for philosophical reasons. Unfortunately your body does not live on philosophy! Iron deficiency or similar debilitating conditions are a great danger at this time.

In your relationships, make absolutely certain that you present yourself to others as clearly and as straightforwardly as you can. Do not leave people in any doubt about your intentions or your position on any matter. If others have any reason to misunderstand you, they will, and they are likely to work against you because misunderstanding easily turns to fear or mistrust. For the same reason, avoid any involvement in underhanded or devious schemes, for they probably will work to your detriment.

Work only with people whom you can trust and communicate with, so that if there are any accidental misunderstandings, you and they can straighten them out without becoming suspicious of each other. Give anyone who enters your life now plenty of time to prove that he or she is honest before you place a great deal of trust in that person.

The problem at this time is that defeats in connection with others can be unusually debilitating. Feelings of discouragement and futility are a great danger and can make you want to give up, thus creating even worse results. If you are not careful, you may come out of this transit feeling very badly about yourself.

Be careful about new elements in your life, such as becoming totally involved with some new movement or organization or adopting uncritically a new approach to life or a new philosophy. You are unusually subject to self-delusion at this time. Let every idea or movement prove its worth before you commit yourself to it.

If you follow these precautions, this transit can show you a very spiritual dimension to life. You can become aware of a deeper meaning in life than you have ever been aware of before. The problem is that the road to this understanding is full of snares and delusions that you must carefully find your way through.