Astrology of Now: Ready To Catch The Wave
Neptune goes direct November 18, 16.30GMT.
Salt water is sucked backwards over the shingle, and you are pulled over loose sand and pebbles. You can see the shore, but the wave drags you away. The energy is concentrated, focused in the belly of the wave. Then it seems to stand still and grow taller. A moment later it’s crashing, rushing forward to the beach with froth and roar.
Neptune, the great god of the sea, has been quietly retrograde since June 12. He moves very slowly. He’s gone back all of two degrees. But this slowness has focused the energy on to 9-7 Pisces with intensity. This last month, Neptune has been almost stationary as he gathers in his strength before roaring forward on November 18. If you have any planets at 7° or thereabouts, you may have felt this strange, still intensity this month. With Sun, Moon or Ascendant there, you can go up to 10° and down to 4° at least.
Retrogrades work differently for each of us and this one seems to have combined strongly with the Venus Retrograde of the summer, which pivoted at 0° Virgo, opposite Neptune. I know two women with Pisces Rising who have not just returned to old loves — but returned to the arms of someone they had not seen or heard from in decades. In one case, the wait was over 40 years. Romantic, dramatic — and tearful.
But you may not have experienced this current station in this way at all. In fact, you may have felt it as a kind of oppressive emotional waiting. It’s the moment before the storm. When the wave has reached its apex, and just before the rain starts to fall. If you have felt a lump in the throat, a tightness in the chest, a need to cry — it may have been Neptune in Pisces gathering power.
Some things are worth waiting for.