The Pisces ruler is Neptune, the God of the Sea. It is regarded in astrology as a planet of inspiration, dreams, emotional receptiveness, illusion, and confusion. Spirituality rules Neptune, and everything subtle is subtle. A young, sometimes naive spirit is the hallmark of those who have a strong place in the charts of Neptune.
On the top, it is connected to intuition and spiritual illumination. It is also a planet of compassion and mercy. In Neptune, deceit, trickery, deception, guilt and addictions are the most negative manifestations.
In the chart, due to the slow motion in the cieles of Neptune, Neptune’s position by signal is shared with others in the same generation. That is why the sign is often referred to as a generational impact. When linked with a personal planet or a luminary like the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars, it is becoming more personal. The qualities of the sign of Neptune are those in an ideal world we could imagine.
The position of Neptune by house shows where intuition, dreams and mental awareness come to play. In the areas of Neptune’s influence the natives may rise above the ego’s demands.
The planets in contact with it are often colored by fantasy and dreaminess and a vulnerable nature, which can be deceptive. In here we find hope, a poetic and intuitive view and compassion sometimes unrealistic.
The glyph or symbol of Neptune resembles the trident often depicted by god Poseidon/Neptune. The crescent, which represent receptivity, points upwards, shows spiritual receptiveness and stands above the crucifix of matter. This symbolizes the soul’s longing to free itself from the constraints and restrictions of reality.
Neptune takes around 164 years to complete our birth chart in a complete circle. The long-term transits of the slow-moving planet take time for each transit to unfold. As it transits one point on our chart, retrogrades it and then touches it again directly into motion, he gives the areas of life and parts of psyches which he controls in this respect his own special wisdom.
It is very important whether we resists his influences or try to work on the planet of illusion and spirituality how Neptune affects our lives. In the first part of the transit, it is common for it to be a confusing one. Neptune’s ultimate “lesson” is to help us connect with the immaterial world. This contrasts strongly with the transits of Saturn, which connect us to the material tangible world.
Whichever part of our lives and psyches Neptune affects is an area where we can feel “in the air” and confused in the first phases of transit. Boundaries are not as clear, commitments are not clear and perception is misleading. We don’t know, if the Sun is involved, where we go, and it’s hard to define what we want and where we want to go. Our love life is unusual or confused if Venus is involved. As transit progresses and certainly when it is over, we should have a better understanding of the areas affected by it.
What begins with confusion can ultimately increase our understanding and perception. Sometimes a burnout of sorts leads people to a different path—often more gratifying and fulfilling spiritually. It is doing what it touches to dissolve.