Sun is opposite Neptune on 4th of September. Sun is in Virgo and Neptune is in its domicile in Pisces.
The opposition takes place in the Virgo / Pisces axis, the most compassionate and service oriented axis of the zodiac, inviting you to challenge your ego and learn to become more humble and giving.
Because Sun represents our identity, and Neptune dissolves any planet it touches, the transit is a good time to leave behind the old definition of who you are and meet the timeless, infinite, unchanging Self that you really are.
Neptune is an outer planet, which means it cannot be seen with the naked eye. In fact, Neptune is the first planet to be discovered by using mathematics only. Neptune has therefore a very abstract quality. With the discovery of Neptune, mathematics and theory, rather than observation became the rule in astronomical research.
The Sun is You, is the role you play in life. We identify so much with the Sun, that we reduce all the sky to the Sun. If someone asks you “What’s you sign” you answer with your Sun sing, not with your Moon sign or with your Mercury sign.
What does it mean when an outer planet makes a challenging aspect to the Sun? An outer planet applying an opposition to the Sun signifies a crisis that happens outside the consciousness. The crisis happens outside our consciousness, because as we’ve pointed, an outer planet is a planet we cannot see, we cannot perceive, at least not with our limited material senses.
That’s why Neptune transits are famous for the confusion they bring. When something happens outside if yourself, it something you cannot see, you cannot measure, you cannot make sense of. In these circumstances it is absolutely normal to feel confused, to feel lost. You don’t know what’s going on.
Sun opposite Neptune can also shake your self-esteem and self-confidence. You can feel powerless yourself, or something from the outside can come seemingly out of nowhere and take away your power.
Another way you can experience Sun opposite Neptune is through a loss in motivation. Neptune can fog your vision and blur your focus – you can suddenly loose interest in something that was very important to you before, for example your career, or a big project you were involved in.
Neptune is the opposite of Saturn, if Saturn builds, Neptune demolishes. Neptune opposite Sun will dissolve or demolish the foundations you built your life on. Your mission, your goals, your ambitions can make no sense to you anymore. All the order in your life transforms into chaos.
But it is in the chaos that a new order emerges. The old foundations of your ego are demolished so you can find who you really are.
Neptune opposite Sun disintegrates your old self, so your new, higher self can emerge. Neptune dissolves the identification with your ego, so you can move to a higher expression of yourself.
Sun is not only who you are, is also who you think you are. We tend to identify with our origins, with our community, with our workplace, with our career.
Sun opposite Neptune will challenge all these projections and layers of identification and will push you on a different direction, on an unknown direction, on a path you’ve never been before, on a path that scares you.
But the path that scares you the most is usually the one that liberates you the most. Neptune is also the planet of liberation from the material world, representing the higher, immaterial, spiritual level of our existence. It is that part of you that is immortal, that part of you that is pure, unconditional love.
Sun opposite Neptune can also bring you deep longings, desires, restless nights, regrets; you will aspire to something higher, something divine, something out of this world, something magical.
Sun opposite Neptune can also bring disappointments with authority figures, with people that hold some sort of power. During this transit some people can let you down. If someone promised you something they might not stick to their promise when Sun is opposite Neptune.
But before you get disappointed and decide to remove these people from your life, think how you may have contributed to this situation.
Even if you did everything right, maybe you idealized too much that person, or that desired outcome. Maybe you projected some supernatural power on that person, maybe you expected some sort of magic, maybe there was a bit of an illusion from your side as well.
Deep inside we always know who to trust and who not to trust. Can you consider that maybe you knew that project will collapse, you knew that person will let you down, but you decided to believe it anyway? Maybe there was something unrealistic about your goals in the first place.
Or maybe it’s YOU who needs to become that authority person you admire. Maybe you haven’t really put yourself “out there” in the past and you have projected your own power onto others, hence the disappointment.
Neptune makes us see what we want to see. Did you put your rose colored glasses on? That’s fine, but the reality is not always pink. With Neptune we need to keep in mind that the scenery might change when we take our glasses off.
But there is a big WHY behind all this confusion and chaos – the purpose of the Sun opposite Neptune transit is to help you let go of the old identification of the ego, of all the goals and desires that are outdated, that no longer serve your best purpose.
However confusing this time is, right now you are actually searching for who you truly are.
Do you feel lost? Stay with that feeling, don’t try to fight it, resist the temptation to label it as “wrong” or inappropriate. It is ok to feel lost. Is in that place of apparent confusion where you can find the real you, where you can find your true goals.
Remember that Neptune represents the “higher power”, God, the cosmic womb, the ocean of existence where we all emerged from.
We are not higher than Neptune, we cannot control Neptune, we are just a drop of water in the ocean. The best thing you can do is to simply go with the river, go with the flow.
Don’t try to resist change, don’t fight your circumstances. This is not a time to fight, or to show others you’re right and they’re wrong. This is a time to show compassion and understanding and let life be.
On a positive note, Sun opposite Neptune can make you more compassionate, more gentle, more responsive to suffering. You can now tune in with others more easily, you can connect better with other people, you can see behind their projected ego, you can see deeper, you can connect with their soul.
What to do to make the best of the transit
- Do something nice for others – show them that you care, send them a nice message of support
- Be there for people in need – you can volunteer for a cause or do a small donation, for example to the victims of the Hurricane Harvey or the victims of the South Asia floods. Neptune also rules water and floods.
- Stay away from negative vibrations and surround yourself with positive vibrations – travel to a secluded place, visit a spiritual site, listen to enchanting music, meet gentle and compassionate people
- Try hypnotherapy, dream therapy or mantra chanting
- If someone lets you down, try to forgive them. Look for the silver lining – what could be the purpose behind this betrayal?
- Design your ideal you and your ideal lifestyle – with Sun opposite Neptune it’s ok to do dream big and aspire to the best version of yourself
We are all going to feel the Sun opposition Neptune transit but if you have planets or angles around 12° in mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) you will feel it more intensely.