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The suggested interpretations are offered as a guide to aspect meanings.
For refined interpretation, consider the general condition of the planet, its dignities, sign, and house location.
Remember, generally:
conjunctions unite planetary influences and show a strong focus of energies
trines and sextiles bring planets together in an easy release of energy
squares suggest tension
oppositions show resistance and swings between extremes






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Aspect Meanings in Birth Charts

Aspects involving Neptune
by Michael McClain




       

[See also: Sun & Neptune through the Aspect Cycle by Charles Harvey]

Conjunctions



neptune conjunctionsun
Neptune conjunct Sun

A conjunction of the Sun and Neptune produces insight into ideas and people. Most of the time you operate on hunches and intuition that you follow with veracity. You believe so strongly in your intuition and opinions that you may often find yourself at cross purposes with facts and basic common sense. Sometimes, it's hard to express yourself with confidence, and you may doubt your own capabilities. You function well when your mind is focused on such subjects as art, music, or drama, and in these you may be inspired. You thrive on projects allowing you to express your creativity, and operate by your own clock. A routine schedule or workload is hard for you to maintain. You are easily inhibited by setbacks, and you seek projects that don't require minute accountability. It's essential for you to pursue a service of some sort that is needed and appreciated. The realities of life often make this difficult.
 


neptune conjunctionmoon
Neptune conjunct Moon
The conjunction of the Moon and Neptune shows daydreaming, or at least a highly imaginative and sensitive nature. You have strong psychic abilities that makes you aware of stimuli others fail to detect. You're the type who is willing to help anyone. Yet somehow you end up getting blamed for their failures and rarely get much credit for their successes. Because your mind wants to wander, you need stimulating challenges and you must avoid boring and repetitive tasks. You are a little idealistic in accessing people, and you often get fooled and disappointed. You're very much the romantic, and it's hard for anyone to measure up to your expectations.
 


neptune conjunctionmercury
Neptune conjunct Mercury
A conjunction of Mercury and Neptune suggests that your imagination often works overtime. Logic and illusion become confused and you find it hard to express your highly developed and sensitive mentality. You are so attuned to the emotions of others that you may be vulnerable, and sometimes too easily influenced. There is a tendency to idealize and dream beyond attainable levels, often setting yourself up for disillusionment and disappointment. Good education and professional training are necessary before you can succeed in a career. This placement can produce creative writers or poets.
 


neptune conjunctionvenus
Neptune conjunct Venus
The conjunction of Venus and Neptune adds a spiritual tone to your affections. You are impressionable, and have a deep and broad capacity for emotional rapport. A vivid imagination and fertile unconscious mind serve as aids to any artistic talents in music or art. Avoid any tendencies you may have to be the impractical dreamer. You're very much the true romantic idealist.
 


neptune conjunctionmars
Neptune conjunct Mars
The conjunction of Mars and Neptune gives the personality strong psychic magnetism. Mystery and secrecy shroud the affairs governed by Mars. You have a definite talent for leadership because people will respond to you and follow you instinctively. Often, goals and energies are directed to spiritual matters. Yet sometimes the direction of this can be a little clouded. A very romantic nature can establish impractical or uncertain objectives. You must always remain open and above board. Avoid any temptation to employ secrecy or subterfuge in your actions.
 


neptune conjunctionjupiter
Neptune conjunct Jupiter
The conjunction of Jupiter with Neptune shows creative imagination. You may be very artistic, and somewhat excessive in the expression of your talents. Often this aspect shows much idealism, and you may be drawn to a religious or humanitarian life. You may be an escapist, too.
 


neptune conjunctionsaturn
Neptune conjunct Saturn
When this aspect is used to its best effect, the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune gives the abilty to apply structure and form to ideals and personal dreams. Along the way, you will be called upon to look critically at your own illusions and separate false impressions from reality. This aspect often shows that insecurity and dissatisfaction must be overcome in the battle between your idealistic and material self. You are always ready to make personal sacrifices but can sometimes be too quick to give in to the needs of others when you would be better to stand your own ground.
 


neptune conjunctionuranus
Neptune conjunct Uranus
This is a 'generational' influence that is most noticeable in charts where it contacts the angles or Sun or Moon. Uranus fosters change and innovative breakthroughs. Neptune relates to mass consciousness. When these planets are in contact with each other, collective ideals will be shaken and disturbed in order to allow new modes of thought and collective expression to emerge.
 


neptune conjunctionpluto
Neptune conjunct Pluto
This is a 'generational' influence that is most noticeable in charts where it contacts the angles or Sun or Moon. Neptune relates to mass consciousness. Pluto relates to political power, global organisations, focussed energy or 'underground' institutions. When these planets are in contact with each other there is often widespread onflict or focus upon political issues and collective ideals.
 


Sextiles



neptune sextilesun
Neptune sextile Sun
The sextile between the Sun and Neptune shows a deep awareness of creative potential. You understand social responsibility and you feel your sense of obligation in this regard. You are sensitive in positive and helpful ways. You succeed in public related activities, being able to adapt in a variety of responsibilities and tasks. Your imagination and talents are considerable and may lead you to a variety of interests. You blend well with people, being particularly drawn to those who are sure of their identity.
 


neptune sextilemoon
Neptune sextile Moon
The sextile aspect between the Moon and Neptune shows such a vivid imagination that you may possess psychic potentials. Your hunches, that are often accurate, may stem from an unconscious prompting connected to this placement. Your keen emotional sensitivities forms empathy with others. There is a tendency to idealize and sometimes fool yourself, confusing the real and the imagined.
 


neptune sextilemercury
Neptune sextile Mercury
The sextile of Mercury and Neptune gives intuitive insight and a fertile imagination. You are creative in writing and you may have more than a passing interest in photography, magic or illusion. You are thoughtful and contemplative, usually having schemes planned well ahead of schedule. You know not to accept ideas at face value, and you check every matter out in fine detail. You have an insatiable curiosity.
 


neptune sextilevenus
Neptune sextile Venus
The sextile formed between Venus and Neptune produces artistic imagination. Emotions and sympathies often have a spiritual or religious theme, or at least a very compassionate nature permitting you to deal very effectively with people's problems. You are willing to adjust to establish and maintain personal relationships. Your sensitive nature can sometimes set you up for emotional disappointments and setbacks. You are always so optimistic that it's necessary to keep your expectations within realistic bounds.
 


neptune sextilemars
Neptune sextile Mars
Mars forms a favorable aspect with Neptune in your chart energizing your psychic nature. You have a keen sensitivity allowing you to sense insincerity in others. With this sense, you can often out-maneuver your opponents without interference or resentment. You understand your deepest biological and emotional urges, and have them under control. You are a very understanding person, and often you are called on to lend a sympathetic ear.
 


neptune sextilejupiter
Neptune sextile Jupiter
The sextile between Jupiter and Neptune shows imagination and much hope about the future. You solve problems in theory, and some ideas may be impractical. An idealist, you are always trying to help. You are certainly one who is willing to stand and be counted. You want to believe the best can come from every situation, and of course that is not always true.
 


neptune sextilesaturn
Neptune sextile Saturn
Saturn sextile Neptune gives the ability to bring realism and idealism together for constructive aims. It fosters patience and responsibility tied to altruisitc motivations. Those born with this aspect are willing to work hard to make their dreams reality and can usually find a sense of satisfaction and higher purpose in the tasks that appear mundane to others.
 


neptune sextileuranus
Neptune sextile Uranus
This is a 'generational' influence that is most noticeable in charts where it contacts the angles or Sun or Moon. Uranus fosters change and innovative breakthroughs. Neptune relates to mass consciousness. When these planets are in contact with each other, collective ideals will be shaken and disturbed in order to allow new modes of thought and collective expression to emerge.
 


neptune sextilepluto
Neptune sextile Pluto
This is a 'generational' influence that is most noticeable in charts where it contacts the angles or Sun or Moon. Neptune relates to mass consciousness. Pluto relates to political power, global organisations, focussed energy or 'underground' institutions. When these planets are in contact with each other there is often widespread onflict or focus upon political issues and collective ideals.
 


Squares



neptune squaresun
Neptune square Sun
A square formed between the Sun and Neptune shows suffering from an inferiority complex. You feel that you must constantly defend your ideals and objectives. You may find yourself being undermined, or perceive this is the case. You are imaginative, but you may reject reality. It can be difficult for you to find an avenue of self-expression. It's hard for you to create a vision of exactly where you are going, because you underestimate your ability to succeed. You become involved when others lean on you and depend on you. You are sensitive to suffering, fond of animals, and more emotional than you let on. You are vulnerable emotionally. This aspect sometimes produces a lax in morality, bohemian tendencies, and many impractical and unrealistic ideas.
 


neptune squaremoon
Neptune square Moon
The square formed between the Moon and Neptune suggests you have difficulty separating fact and fiction. You may be artistic talent, but reality and imagination often blur. You try to adjust reality to fit your emotional view of the matter. When this is not possible there is usually an effort to escape or avoid confrontation. You feel that you are persecuted by your responsibilities at home or at work. You may try to escape or reject them. There is a need to examine situations intellectually instead of emotionally, and then to make fair and firm judgments. There is a naive charm to your character. Yet your impractical approach to problems can impede your progress until you get your feet more firmly planted on the ground.
 


neptune squaremercury
Neptune square Mercury
The square formed between Mercury and Neptune suggests that your imagination often gets in the way of logical thinking. You are somewhat absentminded. Reluctant to accept responsibility, you have tendencies toward escapism. There is a need to focus mental energies and prepare yourself to face competition. Be cautious or conservative in your romantic alliances, for your imagination can play tricks on you.
 


neptune squarevenus
Neptune square Venus
Venus is square Neptune in your horoscope. This aspect may show subconscious difficulties in close interpersonal relationships. It's hard for you to maintain close relationships because of defense mechanisms that go up when you sense that you are being challenged. Rose-colored glasses or blinders may affect your judgment in matters of the heart, and perhaps also to your financial affairs, as well. You are likely to be shy and retiring with the opposite sex, at least more so than shown by other indicators in your chart. Often this aspect shows a lack of direct or a degree of dishonesty or subterfuge associated in marital affairs.
 


neptune squaremars
Neptune square Mars
The square between Mars and Neptune suggests that your natural tendencies to assert yourself may cause confusion and turmoil in your life. You may experience ups and downs in your feelings and ambitions. Vague or subconscious reasons prompting you to act may conflict with your sensitive feelings. This aspect stimulates interest in spiritual issues and produces a degree of psychic energy, even spiritual delusion. It's often associated with sexual anxieties, repressed sexual urges, or some degree of deception associated with sexual affairs. This aspect is one that suggests you may do best when you are alone. You should perhaps work by yourself or with as few people as possible. Preferably, you should work in a field such as medicine where you can satisfy a need to provide human service and remain detached. Develop your abilities to plan and control, and be more willing to accept responsibility when something goes wrong.
 


neptune squarejupiter
Neptune square Jupiter
The placement of Jupiter and Neptune form a Square aspect in your chart. This aspect shows a tendency toward exaggeration and confusion. There is a likelihood of being deceived or deceiving others. In any event, there are emotional excesses and impractical behavior. This aspect is often associated with religious idealism lacking discipline. There is a degree of self-indulgence associated with this placement, and this can result in a failure to attain potential success.
 


neptune squaresaturn
Neptune square Saturn
Saturn square Neptune suggests some difficulties between accepting life as it is, and how it is wished to be. This aspect dilutes the ego, making those subject to it all too aware of the thoughts and feelings of others, often to the detriment of the self. It can indicate deep-rooted - or sometimes groundless - fears or anxieties, or a resistence to pursuing objectives when the going gets tough. Those with this aspect are often tireless workers for a cause belonging to someone else and may need reminders that their own needs are precious and worth fighting for.
 


neptune squareuranus
Neptune square Uranus
This is a 'generational' influence that is most noticeable in charts where it contacts the angles or Sun or Moon. Uranus fosters change and innovative breakthroughs. Neptune relates to mass consciousness. When these planets are in contact with each other, collective ideals will be shaken and disturbed in order to allow new modes of thought and collective expression to emerge.
 


neptune squarepluto
Neptune square Pluto
This is a 'generational' influence that is most noticeable in charts where it contacts the angles or Sun or Moon. Neptune relates to mass consciousness. Pluto relates to political power, global organisations, focussed energy or 'underground' institutions. When these planets are in contact with each other there is often widespread onflict or focus upon political issues and collective ideals.
 


Trines



neptune trinesun
Neptune trine Sun
A trine formed between the Sun and Neptune shows that you have precocious qualities. It allows you quickly to absorb ideas and concepts with deep comprehension. You have fine talents in expression, and you take up new projects with enthusiasm. Yet you are likely to become easily bored. This may have been a problem that caused you to have a difficult time in school when the subject matter was something that you already knew. You have strong psychic abilities, and much of your strength is in your intuitive grasp of matters. You are permissive with others, and with yourself. You may not be a hard pusher for one of your shortcomings may be that you dawdle a bit. You function well when allowed to operate at your pace and without others relying on you too much.
 


neptune trinemoon
Neptune trine Moon
The trine formed between the Moon and Neptune denotes close ties with the family. This bond may not be consciously apparent to you. There is a link from the past producing an unconscious prompting that plays an important part in your decision making. You have a keen psychic sensitivity, and you express your creativity in prophetic or intuitive ways; you are in tune spiritually. This apsect often gives a love of the arts, especially music. You may dramatize life, and exaggerate and distort events. Apathy may be one of your larger liabilities.
 


neptune trinemercury
Neptune trine Mercury
The aspect between Mercury and Neptune suggests you're a practical idealist with an intuitive mind. Because your intuition is so highly developed, you understand what motivates others in their relationships with you. You have an artistic imagination and the skill to express it well. You can visualize objects or processes in your mind, much as though you were looking at a finished product. In this regard, your mind is very inspirational. You communicate effectively, and with a flair for dramatic delivery. You are sensitive and intelligent and prepared to accept your social responsibilities without question. Superficial matters don't clutter your life. You focus on the important issues that have social implications and ignore other issues. Your life can be rich and full because of the many ways you have of expressing your potentials.
 


neptune trinevenus
Neptune trine Venus
The trine formed between Venus and Neptune denotes a highly romantic nature. Artistic talent is very often present, but the will to express this talent may be slow to appear. The ability to handle practical affairs must depend on other factors in the chart. You are apt to have unusual romances or meet your partner under such strange circumstances that you may feel that it may even have been predestined. You are kind and sympathetic toward those in need, but your way of giving help may be impractical. You're too tolerant of people, but you don't think so. You are an idealist likely to have deep spiritual beliefs.
 


neptune trinemars
Neptune trine Mars
The trine formed between Mars and Neptune suggests a successful integration of forceful action and dreams. Because you understand your deepest biological urges, you can control them. You are successfully in tune with those having less understanding than you, making you a sympathetic listener and counselor. Keen sensitivities allow you to detect insincerity in others and to grasp the emotional coloring of your surroundings. Thus, you know how and when to act. The physical and the psychic, or unconscious, sides of your nature are successfully blended. You may have interests in artistic dance, the practice of Yoga, or related activities involving physical expression.
 


neptune trinejupiter
Neptune trine Jupiter
The trine formed between Jupiter and Neptune expands your latent intuitive faculties, giving a practical application to your hunches. You may find you often gain materially by following the dictates of your intuition and what just feels good. If you have any artistic leanings, this aspect helps your expression become more salable. The personality is likely to appear very jovial and human, allowing you to make friends easily.
 


neptune trinesaturn
Neptune trine Saturn
Realism and idealism merge easily under the influence of Saturn trine Neptune, to foster constructive efforts to achieve inspirational plans. There is a good balance between intuition/receptiveness, and the self-preservation instincts. Those born with this aspect are capable of pursuing profitable and worthwhile pursuits that benefit themselves and others. They are blessed with the gift of remaining critical to easy promises made by others, whilst keeping an open mind that allows for the possibility of miracles.
 


neptune trineuranus
Neptune trine Uranus
This is a 'generational' influence that is most noticeable in charts where it contacts the angles or Sun or Moon. Uranus fosters change and innovative breakthroughs. Neptune relates to mass consciousness. When these planets are in contact with each other, collective ideals will be shaken and disturbed in order to allow new modes of thought and collective expression to emerge.
 


neptune trinepluto
Neptune trine Pluto
This is a 'generational' influence that is most noticeable in charts where it contacts the angles or Sun or Moon. Neptune relates to mass consciousness. Pluto relates to political power, global organisations, focussed energy or 'underground' institutions. When these planets are in contact with each other there is often widespread onflict or focus upon political issues and collective ideals.
 


Oppositions



neptune oppositionsun
Neptune opposition Sun
The opposition of the Sun and Neptune suggests that you will periodically be challenged by problems difficult to understand and diagnose. This aspect presents much confusion in your life. Sometimes you may create imaginary problems where none exist, and feel singled out to face unfair obstacles and penalties. Early in your life you may have felt that you were being singled out for discipline, and responded with a defensive attitude toward your teachers or parents. In maturity you must learn to accept responsibility and meet challenges not always so clearly defined.
 


neptune oppositionmoon
Neptune opposition Moon
The opposition between the Moon and Neptune shows talent and creativity. Yet emotions govern most of your actions. You have some difficulty separating truth from fiction, and you may create illusions about yourself and others. Objectives are obscure, and you lack the ability to plan your life in an orderly fashion. You may experience periods when you are lacking in self-confidence. You can become an escapist at these times. People sometimes take advantage of you because you become so emotionally involved with their problems.
 


neptune oppositionmercury
Neptune opposition Mercury
The opposite positions of Mercury and Neptune show communication is marked with creativity and imagination, a vivid imagination that is not always dependable. Competition is an obstacle that poses a problem for you. You are at your best when you don't have to look back over your shoulder and worry about what your competitor is doing. You have a sensitivity to the thoughts and motivations of others. Your advancement may be impeded by a tendency to dream and scheme a little too much. Beware of a tendency to be deceived often following this placement.
 


neptune oppositionvenus
Neptune opposition Venus
The opposition between Venus and Neptune shows emotions and affections are strongly influenced by unconscious forces. This aspect blurs aesthetic, social, romantic and sexual perceptions. In matters of marriage, social life, and artistic creativity, your unconscious desires generate wishful thinking and a distorted perception of reality. Social relationships are apt to be somewhat undermined. There is a tendency toward self-indulgence in this aspect, and you can be especially susceptible to drugs and alcohol should you wander astray. There can be much confusion in sexual matters. Emotionalism and self-delusion may cloud judgment.
 


neptune oppositionmars
Neptune opposition Mars
The opposition of Mars and Neptune can make it hard for you to relate to others emotionally. You are susceptible to deceit and becoming involved in misdeals. You may be perfectly honest and above board in your activities. Still your motives and actions will be questioned and suspected. Be careful not to become involved in any activity that is the least bit shady. Learn to reason with your intellect and not be led by your fascination for thrills and the unknown. Avoid drugs, alcohol, and the occult. These are dangerous for you because you are so susceptible to them. You are easily mesmerized by illusions and those who create them. Avoid setting unrealistic goals.
 


neptune oppositionjupiter
Neptune opposition Jupiter
The opposition between Jupiter and Neptune shows a tendency to promise more than you can fulfill. You are creatively talented, but you must develop self-discipline to channel your energies in a productive direction. This aspect showing a lack of practicality damages business and financial affairs. You are extremely generous and kindhearted, but you may lack discrimination in this regard. You are somewhat revolutionary and may be over-emotional in your personal involvements. This aspect often denotes difficulty with drugs or alcohol.
 


neptune oppositionsaturn
Neptune opposition Saturn
Those born with Saturn opposite Neptune often swing between the extremes of hard materialism and uncritical idealism. They are naturally susceptable to overblown promises made by others and when reality creeps in their response is to seek protection in distorted mistrust. This aspect is equally prominent in the charts of fervent believers and fervent skeptics. Great effort should be made to maintain sensitivity and maturity in the decision-making process.
 


neptune oppositionuranus
Neptune opposition Uranus
This is a 'generational' influence that is most noticeable in charts where it contacts the angles or Sun or Moon. Uranus fosters change and innovative breakthroughs. Neptune relates to mass consciousness. When these planets are in contact with each other, collective ideals will be shaken and disturbed in order to allow new modes of thought and collective expression to emerge.
 


neptune oppositionpluto
Neptune opposition Pluto
This is a 'generational' influence that is most noticeable in charts where it contacts the angles or Sun or Moon. Neptune relates to mass consciousness. Pluto relates to political power, global organisations, focussed energy or 'underground' institutions. When these planets are in contact with each other there is often widespread onflict or focus upon political issues and collective ideals.
 


Acknowledgements:
Robert Pelletier's Planets in Aspects, (Whitford Press, 1987) has inspired some of this work and is recommended for a deeper discussion of aspect meanings.

Notes on aspects between Saturn and the outer planets provided by D. Houlding.



Michael McClain has called astrology and numerology a hobby for more than 28 years. His work, all of which has been shared online, entertains thousands around the world every day. Michael lives with his wife Fran, in Savannah Lakes Village in South Carolina. Visit his site at Astrology-Numerology.com.

© Michael McClain

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