Astro RX Special Reports
Neptune, that watery planet of depth and dreams, begins its annual retrograde on June 22nd this year and will stay in that retrograde period until the end of November. This can be a profound period of insight or the time of the year when every sugar spun fantasy turns into a sticky mess that we then have to spend a good amount of time cleaning up. As always, the trick is in how we approach and work with the retrograde period.
First, let’s familiarize ourselves with the territory:
Neptune is a planet strongly associated with the qualities of: healing, spirituality, unconditional love, art and beauty, fantasy, romance, and the past. There is an otherworldly quality to Neptune (accentuated by the fact that the planet is retrograde for so long) that makes those born under its influence seem especially beautiful, magical, alluring, elusive, and also not quite of this world. The greatest challenge we find with the Neptunian flow is that of practical thinking and sound foundations. The visionary capacity we all possess is expanded by Neptune to a great degree but this is not the planet to remind us to put a foundation on those castles we have been building in the sky.
As an outer planet, Neptune’s retrograde will not effect everyone equally. While there are global trends that go hand in hand with this retrograde, personally the retrograde often effects Neptune-sensitive individuals. This is you if you have Pisces as your Sun, Moon, or Ascendent sign, have a number of planets in Pisces, or have the planet Neptune in a strong position in your natal chart.
If you are especially psychic, sensitive, artistic, and/or a powerful dreamer then chances are you are keyed into the magic of Neptune. For those of us that are, here are some of the actions we can take during the retrograde period:
Recommit to any artistic endeavor that is ready to be completed and shared with the world. This can also be a more general recommitting to your own personal creativity and the role that art plays in your life.
Re-examine any fantasies or delusions that are siphoning life force and vitality from you and giving nothing of real value back in return. (Obviously, if and when you identify them, you then banish them!) Pay special attention to the areas of love and money as Neptune retrogrades can really aggravate those two arenas.
Reflect on our own history, including our ancestors and our lineage, for valuable teachings. This is also an ideal time to do healing work on behalf of Ancestors and lineage.
Reconcile any deceptions we have been told or told ourselves with what is actually true. Neptune retrograde is an ideal time to “come clean”.
Recognize our capacity to be both healers and healed, and to work from a place of deep, abiding, and unconditional love.
Remember and work with our dreams and the wisdoms they contain.
As always, we have a ceremony to honor and confer protection upon all during the Neptune Retrograde. It is our Plumbing the Depths and Tending Dreams Ceremony and it includes the following:
1. Devotional candle created with my special blend of oils and herbs to support each participant in going deeper into whatever area(s) they are most interested in exploring at this time.
2. Recipe for a Sweet + Deep Dreams potion that you can make on your own.
3. Sacred Waters Rite – the communal ceremonial component of this offering is a bit different from others. All petitions will be taken up, burned, and molded into a communal talisman. The talisman will then be bathed in sacred waters every day of the retrograde period in order to honor Neptune’s role in our lives and to offer deep protection to all who feel this retrograde.
What are Astro RX Special Reports?
Stars. Planets. Galaxies.
They shine down on us every night, twinkling out their messages, hopes, dreams and plans; it’s high time we start listening.
I love astrology – the study and the understanding of the stars, and for a long time I paid attention to it (and laid some excellent plans in accordance with it) for myself and my family members.
Now I am really delighted to help you do the same thing. But this works a little differently than your typical astro reading.
See, while I love looking at natal charts I feel like there are already some truly gifted folks who are doing that very, very well. And I’m not a fan of reinventing the (Zodiac) wheel.
Instead I will offer, several times throughout the year something special – a report that looks at a particular transit or celestial event and then drills down into how it applies to you and your life.
There might be questions to ponder and journal on, ritual suggestions, or special candles lit on your behalf, because astrology is not a stand alone tradition, but a member in the family of sacred arts.
No matter what the report may be focused on, I always promise to deliver it in a beautiful package and to describe the events in a way that is clear and easy to understand even for those who are brand new to the stars and the stories they tell.