Neptune is slowing to station retrograde at 5 degrees Pisces on June 7 for a retrograde period that will last until November 12, 2013. As Neptune stations, still within range of wounded healer Chiron, it permeates the astro atmosphere with its energy and themes, and this means end-of-era despondency can sit on us.
Hollow-gut disappointments hang around us like stale fumes. End-of-era love relationships are a confusing, disorienting mess. The idea that our dreams are not special, that we're not special under egalitarian Aquarius, can erode us at the heart. The discrepancy between where we hoped we'd be at this point versus where we really are is staggering at times - both personally and on a broader societal or collective level.
Anyone aware of the circumstances of humanity on Planet Earth at this time will find them humbling, to say the least.
The Moon enters Pisces at 7:30 p.m. tonight, conjuncting Neptune at 4:54 a.m. tomorrow and Chiron at 7:46 p.m. tomorrow evening. The themes are acute until the Moon enters Aries in the early morning of June 2.
Some lingering depression, disappointment, disillusionment, despondency, or a sense of utter futility about carrying on from here can be expected for the next couple weeks, however, as Neptune stations and starts moving backward through the zodiac. There's an unfulfilled sadness in the air, in the collective psyche, so watch to make sure you or your loved ones don't tip too far into the psychic bleak.
The new guy wasn't who you hoped he was. The new job that seemed so interesting turned out to be more of the same. The daily grind seems increasingly dull, painful, pointless, hopeless. Reaching for the bottle, for the bong, for junk food, or for the credit card are all possibilities to dull the pain, to desensitize.
This is standard end-of-era backwash, however. More end-of-Pisces clearing. Fool me once, shame on you, Neptune. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Keep moving, keep flowing, and keep laughing at the insanity of the situations with which we are faced in this foul year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen.
It's the sensitives, the creatives, the Piscean/Neptunians who hold the true weight of where we are right now. They're the ones holding the energy of Pisces, the energy of the spiritual whole, where every last detail matters and nothing can be conveniently amputated or ignored without problematic future repercussions. They're the ones potentially being crushed under the cruelty, the inhumanity, and the dysfunction of the current scenes. Yes, it's that serious.
But it's also funny.
To be set up with these seemingly impossible clusterfuck scenarios during our lifetimes on Planet Earth?
It didn't start with us, and it doesn't end with us.
But we do have a prime and shining opportunity to direct things now.
Neptune stationing, like prominent Neptune in the natal chart, can create a sort of stoner effect on even the most sober among us. Air-headed and flaky. Forgetful. Dreamy. Wistful. Pie-in-sky. Avoiding. Self-pitying. Indulgent. La La Land-living.
Stay on track and stay focused on your own newly burgeoning Aquarian-era ideals, despite the Neptunian fog tempting us to go down maudlin back alleys or to take diversionary, wishful-thinking detours. We have plenty of assistance in keeping our feet on the ground with the Neptune trine to concrete and steady Saturn in Scorpio. Focus on dealing successfully with the full reality in front of you, and the rest will take care of itself.
For more Neptune stationing effects, check this post from Neptune's last direct station in November 2012: Neptune Stations Direct and Brings the Foggy, the Floaty, the Wispy, and the Surreal