Neptune. A planet I like, a planet that plays a starring role in my birth chart and that I’ve got a bit of a love and, well, I won’t say hate because it’s too strong a word for my Libra moon, but let’s call it’s a tricky relationship with.

As Neptune prepares to go backwards (it doesn’t actually go backwards, it just appears that way, and you can find out more about this in my other blog here), I’m already seeing people from the past coming back into my life.

What’s this all about?

Neptune rules Pisces

Pisces is the sign it rules, two fish, one looking back, one forward. This is a highly spiritual time, therefore, because this is what this sign and its ruler are also all about.

So, as we move into high summer, it’s a time to listen to your inner voice as well as what is being illuminated around you in the bright summer sun.

As this is also the planet of subtlety and layers of meaning, you can and probably will attach deeper meanings to things, and do a deep dive in an attempt to work people out in a way that fills in the gaps and joins the dots.

Neptune retrograde 2023 is from June 30 2023 to December 6, 2023, but Jupiter and Uranus will be retrograde at the end of the year, so it won’t be anything like normal service resumed.

What’s called the post-retrograde ‘shadow’, the time the energy takes to completely clear, lasts until March 25, 2024, allowing us to fully work with and get to grips with the lessons of Neptune retrograde 2023.

What are those retrograde Neptune lessons?

Neptune stands for romance, glamour, creativity, and dreams, and we can’t forget the other side of the coin either of course, namely illusion, delusion, fantasy and especially self-deception.

That’s why this is also a time to be hyper-vigilant about scams and frauds, emotional recklessness and manipulation, and so while we all want to keep a bit of our head in the clouds and dream, please make sure that both feet are on the ground at the same time.

Neptune retrograde 2023 horoscope for all 12 signs

Here’s your Neptune retrograde 2023 horoscope.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Aries horoscope

For a sign that loves to take action, Neptune retrograde could very well stop you in your tracks and this might be no bad thing. There might be an increased interest in more spiritual matters and belief systems and you may even revisit one that you feel you perhaps didn’t give enough time to try on for size. Dreams are perhaps a lot more vivid during this time, or that they’re repeating, or an old repeat dream resurfaces, kind of demanding to be interpreted.


Neptune retrograde 2023 Taurus horoscope

Friends and creativity are what this Neptune retrograde 2023 ploughs up for you energy-wise and while your focus might be a little more scattered than usual, it’s nevertheless one of those times when you can cut through the confusion because of the way you’re built. Earthy. Practical.
An old friend that is creative and fun and a bit scatty or unreliable might come back into your life or you could make a new friend that ticks these boxes during this transit. But, again, things are not always as they appear to be whenever Neptune steps into the spotlight.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Gemini horoscope

Neptune retrograde at the top of your horoscope could throw up a few interesting thoughts and ideas for you, Gemini. Career moves that you make during this time might not be built on as solid foundations as you think – they might even be built on shifting sands. All the more reason to check out all the small print. There might also be hold-ups with applications or with any work you’re having done on your home. Not the end of the world, but if you’re psychologically prepared, then that’s all to the good. Where you were once sure about the direction you are going in, now things are a good deal more shapeless and vague.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Cancer horoscope

Neptune retrograde is a thing of beauty for you because it will help you look at life expansively and calmly and philosophically because you, Cancer, are a water sign, just like Pisces, this will be an easier transition for you on the whole. There might be some changes to travel plans or flights of fancy might fall back to earth with a bump. This could also mean that you’re punching a few holes in a previously held belief system that you held dear or stuck fast to, and if there’s one thing that you need it’s some adaptability. Please also watch out for dogma out of your mouth or other people’s.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Leo horoscope

Do you still think of a past passionate encounter that has rarely, if ever, been topped? This is what Neptune retrograde may plough up for you, Leo. Or this could be related to something slowing down when it comes to a house sale, or if you have been in a bubble or fantasy, then this might mean that you leave it. Not that this is going to extinguish your need to dream big. It’s not. This is also a time of revisiting the foundations that made a relationship what it is, and there is a need in you to go back over things, to unpick them, and to determine whether or not something from your past was authentic or not. Putting business plans into place before you take action, perhaps at the start of 2024, could also figure.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Virgo horoscope

Neptune is retrograde in your relationship zone Virgo, and Neptune retrograde might put a few spanners in the works of several of your key relationships. At the extreme, this could mean that you feel as if you aren’t getting the full story or that there might be deception around you. Or you might see that a person you care for is self-deceiving. Yet this is a healing time. If you start a new relationship between now and the end of the year, there’s a chance that fantasy could play a part in the dynamic at some level.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Libra horoscope

Harmony and balance are associated with the star sign of Libra but only when those scales are balanced. You can fight the good fight and champion iniquity and unfairness doggedly, and this is what Neptune retrograde might mean for you. It could shine a light on a scenario at work where you have been overlooked or bring some changes to your daily routine or cause you some confusion in terms of where you see things going for you. But this might all be a prelude to change in your life, and this could also include getting fitter and kicking bad habits.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Scorpio horoscope

Well hello, Scorpio. Neptune in your most creative zone might mean that you revisit something creative that you used to love doing in your spare time. This is about reintroducing some fun into your life too if it’s been absent. Or you might think about romantic liaisons past through rose-tinted glasses, and while the dreamy energy associated with this sign is not lost on you, you can also filter it a lot more practically. There might also be some unusual twists and turns to your life now too.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Sagittarius horoscope

The place you call home might undergo some changes in the next few months and with a creative planet like Neptune turning retrograde, this might mean some interior design or décor changes, or you reverting to an old look that you never really got over losing. There might also be some confusion around family issues or there could be a few realisations when some answers that eluded you in the past come to light. This may also be the time to fuel dreams that you have been told are unrealistic. You can be very determined once you press play on your wants and needs.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Capricorn horoscope

The move of Neptune in your ideas zone can fire up some old ones that you parked and help you find a footing in the local community if this is an area where you feel you could do some good. Even if you turned down an opportunity in the past doesn’t mean that you can’t go back and revisit it. Communication might be a bit woolly with certain people, but in the main, you aren’t demanding in the slightest and can clear up the confusion by tuning into your perceptiveness and inner voice rather than exclusively employing that earth sign logic.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Aquarius horoscope

Please pay extra attention to your bank and all your finances during Neptune’s retrograde motion because it’s easier to overlook things or forget to pay bills etc, Aquarius. Or you might be questioning things more, like finding that extra bottle of wine on your restaurant bill for example. If you’re looking for a new mortgage deal etc, it may pay to start earlier than you normally would. This is also a great time to revisit some utility deals just to make sure that you’re getting the best deal possible.

Neptune retrograde 2023 Pisces horoscope

Neptune is of course your ruling sign Pisces, so its retrograde motion holds greater resonance for you. This is a time to pause and reflect and think about your next moves, especially if you have felt like you’ve been buffeted about by fate rather than you shaping your destiny. It’s also by revisiting the past that you might get some answers that have eluded you for a while. You are a water sign, so you are fluid in your approach and the great thing about this is it means you will keep an open mind about what all of this energy is paving the way for.

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