Neptune Retrograde Meaning & More

Along with Venus, Neptune is a planet of feminine energy. As the modern ruler of Pisces, she symbolizes what's ideal, noble, transcendent, nebulous, and spiritual in our lives. She is how we experience a sense of unity and sympathy with the world. However, she also represents how we encounter illusion, delusion, addiction, and loss.

2021 Neptune Retrograde Dates

  • June 20 - December 1

2021 Neptune in Astrology

Neptune takes it's time to move through the zodiac, spending roughly 14 years in each sign. Because of this snail's pace, the effects of the transit may be subtle and reveal themselves only over time, or when Neptune makes significant aspects to the natal chart. Neptune stations retrograde only once a year, spending nearly half of the year there, as these retrograde cycles normally last between five to six months.

Neptune Retrograde Meaning

If you were to chance upon a text regarding Neptune's role in astrology, you would likely be inundated with its soft-touch spiritual themes, ranging from its ability to inspire heady artistic visions as well as pitch us into mystical whirlpools of healing. In part, this is true: Neptune has a nebulizing effect that can snap us out of our ego-identities just long enough to let a little universal love pour in.

There is much more to Neptune, however, and not all of it so rosy....

Neptune Retrograde Effects

Being the Master of Illusion means working in mysterious ways. The fact that it is retrograde about 40% of the time, also means that Neptune's effects are subtle, and even sneaky—very sneaky. When direct, Neptune will put a veil on our eyes, helping us hide anxieties and unwanted realities. Once it is retrograde, Neptune loses its powers, and this illusion is slowly but surely stripped away; sometimes leaving us face-to-face with a harsh and painful reality. The rose-colored filters are gone, and we must face reality.

Neptune has been called the Greatest Malefic, perhaps because we do not see her coming until she is there. But ultimately, Neptune retrograde can help us find deeper meaning, not only in our dreams, but also in our entire existence....

Neptune Retrograde in the Natal Chart

Since Neptune spends roughly one half of the year in retrograde, there's a good chance you may have Neptune retrograde in your birth chart.

Retrograde planets in the birth chart are sometimes described as being unable to fully express themselves or having oddball, round-about ways of manifesting their influence. Just as common is the idea that retrograde planets in the natal chart only begin to emerge successfully later in life after much introspection and adjustment....

Neptune retrograde calendar dates

Dates based on Pacific Standard Time (PST)

  • Stations retrograde June 18, 2018, at 16°29' Pisces
  • Stations direct November 24, 2018, at 13°41' Pisces
  • Stations retrograde June 21, 2019, at 18°43' Pisces
  • Stations direct November 27, 2019, at 15°55' Pisces
  • Stations retrograde June 22, 2020, at 20°57' Pisces
  • Stations direct November 28, 2020, at 18°09' Pisces
  • Stations retrograde June 25, 2021, at 23°11' Pisces
  • Stations direct December 1, 2021, at 20°24' Pisces
  • Stations retrograde June 28, 2022, at 25°26' Pisces
  • Stations direct December 3, 2022, at 22°38' Pisces
  • Stations retrograde June 30, 2023, at 27°41' Pisces
  • Stations direct December 6, 2023, at 24°53' Pisces
  • Stations retrograde July 2, 2024, at 29°55' Pisces
  • Stations direct December 7, 2024, at 27°07' Pisces
  • Stations retrograde July 4, 2025, at 2°10' Aries
  • Stations direct December 10, 2025, at 29°22' Pisces