Neptune's entry in the sidereal Aquarius

Date posted:  March 31, 2008

One of the important planetary events of 2008 is the transit of the modern planet Neptune from the sidereal zodiac sign Capricorn to the next zodiac sign Aquarius. It first occurs on April 16, 2008. Neptune stays in Aquarius till July 8, 2008 and then with its retrograde motion it returns to Capricorn and stays in Capricorn till February 9, 2009. After February 9, 2009 it will continue to transit through Aquarius for the following 14 years (till April 2022).  Although it is going to be in Aquarius for only about 3 months in 2008 before it returns to Capricorn, Neptune being the most spiritual planet of our solar system, it will certainly affect the matters related to Aquarius in a significant way. 

Aquarius being an air and fixed sign ruled by Saturn, some of its significant characteristics are: intelligent, mentally powerful,  artistic, talented, patient, persistent, strong willed and determined, humane, musical, open-minded, impersonal, intuitive, ascetic and introvert. These qualities complement very well with qualities of Neptune that include: spiritual, intuitive, divine, psychic, magical, highly emotional, moody, clairvoyant, inspiration, imaginative, compassionate and mystical. 

As a result, a subtle and slow change in our collective moral and spiritual perceptions are certainly going to be manifested in the way we never experienced before. This era (next 14 years) will be remembered as the period of spiritual inspiration and transformation. Interestingly, this era also complements well with the era of Pluto's transit in sidereal Sagittarius (another spiritual sign) that runs in parallel during the same time. The way we have been used to deal with religions will no longer be our norms.  Our moral codes will be greatly influenced by our collective spiritual experiences. And in that sense a subtle but most effective transformation of world morality during this unique era of 14 years is likely to take us to a level where the norms solely based on spiritual experiences will dictate and guide our lives with new level of understanding.  

Aquarius, being the sign for academics, scientists, musicians, paranormals, and philosophers, these respective fields will go through significant transformations to reflect the new norms of morality and ethics, advances in science and technology keeping in line with steady progress in longevity, and creation of arts and music that complements our spiritual progress. 

In scientific and technological areas lot of drastic changes and emerging new ideas will find their way into innovations and discoveries.  The scientific and technological growth rate will be at a very rapid pace.  However, it will be the first time the scientific and technological research will be more focused in areas that will bridge the gap between the science and morality. The likely areas of research will be in biotechnology, medicine, spiritual healing, and life-force related activities. A new wave of philosophers with their new perspectives on living, in general, will certainly transform our world in next 14 years to a new level of understanding.  

On the downside, the return of a similar to sixties hippies era is very likely.  The increase usage of mind altering drugs, disregard for social and to some extent moral responsibility, rise in mental disorders, and losing the touch with reality are some of the likely manifestations of negative side of Neptune. 

On individual level for those who have Aquarius ninefold ascendant should get ready for a brand new and long lasting (14 years) cycle of change, especially a very pronounced cycle if Neptune is a dominant planet in your birth charts. The changes that might occur would be very subtle and would deal with your new or renewed interest in spirituality, openness, philanthropy, transformed perceptions and beliefs, and the way of living.