Moon Neptune Aspect: Managing Your Sensitivity

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Moon Conjunct Square Opposite Neptune: Special Sensitivity

Moon represents instincts and emotions.  Neptune refines everything it touches. When Moon and Neptune form an aspect, your emotional receptors become much more refined and sensitive compared to others.

Natal Moon Neptune aspect suggests “special sensitivity,” which often comes with vivid imagination and intuition.

Here we’ll explore the various potential of Moon Neptune aspect and how to channel its sensitivity in a constructive way:

Moon Neptune Aspect: Sensitivity and Imagination as Talent

Moon Neptune aspect often appears in horoscopes of poets, writers and musicians.   But you also find successful athletes, doctors and entrepreneurs with this aspect.  Successful Moon-Neptune people tend to share certain traits:

  • In their chosen subject, they grasp subtle nuances that others may miss.
  • In work, they use empathy, imagination and vision to accomplish goals.
  • Moon Neptune people are able to visualize the “right picture” in their mind, which helps them perform better than others in their chosen field (be it sports, medicine, or science, etc).

Well Known People with Natal Moon Neptune Aspect

Here are some well known people with natal Moon Neptune aspect:

  • Financial legend and philanthropist Warren Buffett (Moon square Neptune) is venerated for his refined understanding of business and investment.
  • David Packard (Moon conjunct Neptune), who famously founded Hewlett Packard in his garage, is known for creating a company culture that value imagination and creativity.
  • Other well known executives such as Jack Welch (Moon conjunct Neptune) and Lee Iacocca (Moon square Neptune) also share strong charisma and visionary leadership.
  • Aviator, inventor and environmental activist Charles Lindbergh had Moon opposite Neptune.
  • TV show host and animal rights activist Bob Barker has Moon opposite Neptune.
  • Composer Beethoven had Moon square Neptune.
  • Author Charles Dickens had Moon conjunct Neptune.  Emily Dickinson had Moon square Neptune.


Moon Neptune Aspect: Sensitivity as Vulnerability

Refined sensitivity can be either ecstatic or painful.  Having a natal Moon Neptune aspect usually means magnified feeling sensations.

Your feeling of love can be felt as a blissful, swooning infatuation.  On the other hand, the pain of abandonment can be devastating.  Happiness is experienced as pure joy, whereas depression can be crushing.

Unless grounded by other factors (earth, Saturn) in your horoscope, such sensitivity can easily turn into vulnerability.


Numbness and Escapism: Moon Neptune Trap

Growing up with special sensitivity isn’t easy, for others may label you oversensitive.  Exposure to harshness or abandonment can shock your psyche into numbness.

Being numb is a defense mechanism, and many Neptunians actually choose to be numb in order to avoid experiencing the intensity of their emotional pain.  Escapism, then, becomes the norm.

While escapism is a common reaction to the overwhelming sensitivity of Moon Neptune aspect, there is an alternative: To choose to be alive by feeling everything.


Sensitivity with Courage becomes Clear Vision

Fully feeling your emotions takes courage, especially if you have the sensitivity of a Moon Neptune aspect.  However, actually feeling the pain of disappointment, sadness or separation will be healing to your sensitivity.

By opening yourself to accept the painful emotions, you’re also opening to the joyful emotions within.  When you choose to feel instead of escape, numbness gradually fades, and the feeling of joy returns.

When you have the courage to feel, your sensitivity will allow you to see things more clearly, rather than less.  Your imagination turns into vision, aided by your intuitive understanding of all things.


Conclusion: Managing (and Embracing) Your Sensitivity

Rich, colorful emotions.  Moon Neptune aspect reflects a poet’s sensitivity and imagination.  When balanced by other parts of your psyche, it becomes a unique asset.

Managing the strong sensitivity isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve had a rough upbringing with unstable emotional foundation.  Like most Moon related tension in the horoscope, the answer lies in fully feeling the emotions rather than avoid them.


Do you have a natal Moon Neptune aspect?  How do you experience it’s strengths and challenges?  Feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comment section.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. Veronica says:

    My 6yo daughter has this aspect and she is a very emotional little girl who feel everything more than other people. For instance, her teacher scolded her for yelling at a friend in class and b/c of this she wants to never go to school again or go to another school. She also has an 8th house sun (Taurus) so her intution and sensitivites go father tha the moon neptune aspect. I feel she will be some sort of artist or performer as her neptune is in the 5th house (albeit conjunct chiron). Im excited to watch her grow!

  2. Laura politzki says:

    This was a very enlightening article. Thank you so much Hiroki. I have Jupiter at 28 degrees Scorpio, Neptune at 0 degrees Sag and the Moon at 2 degrees Sag all in my 12th House, not to mention the aspects of my Sun, Venus, Mercury and Pluto in Virgo in the 9th House and Saturn in Gemini in the 6th House. Since I can remember, people have always been aghast at how sensitive I am, often telling me I’m overly sensitive or too sensitive, finding it unnerving when I pick up on things about them that they aren’t even aware of yet or are trying to suppress. I’ve worked in many high volume customer service jobs where I have been able to uncannily intuit a customer needs but at the same time those jobs took an extreme toll on the well-being of my entire system, as has most of the relationships I’ve had throughout my life. As I’ve gotten older, I have become a recluse almost to the point of dysfunction. I have gained so much weight in order to numb out and insulate myself from feeling things so intensely. I haven’t been able to hold onto a job within the last five years due to being a well-tuned antennae on the thoughts and emotions flying around and surrounding me. The last few years I’ve been in healing mode, learning techniques and methods of releasing and protection but it is a serious struggle. I’ve been trying to find the right work for me to be able to function and thrive in, which has been hard to. But I think I’m getting somewhere with it all. It’s an excruciatingly slow process. I would love to be able to completely feel things again instead of this numbness, detachment and apathy that has engulfed me in my efforts to preserve my self. To feel emotions so deeply again feels scary and painful. Your article has given me a different perspective and much to think about. Thank you again.

  3. I guess fully feelling its kind of hard to me because i have pretty unemotional position – Saturn in 1st house and conjucting Aquarius ascendant. At the same time i have moon in 1st house squaring neptune in 12th house. I wonder whenever these positions could be responsible for intense mood swings.

  4. Hi Hiroki ~ Thank you for your beautiful words about learning to accept and see as blessings our unique sensitivities, perceptions and feelings. With my 4H Saturn in Sagittarius at the midpoint of my close Moon/Neptune square (in Aquarius/Scorpio, respectively) understanding myself and finding a large enough spiritual container to hold and support all of my emotions (as well as my perceptions) has been key.

    The rulers of my Aquarius Moon (Uranus) and Scorpio Neptune-Mercury-Jupiter conjunction and 3rd house Scorpio cusp (Pluto) are both placed in the 12th, so throughout my life I’ve been sensitive to unspoken elements and unconscious forces. I’ve also come to realize how comfortable I am communicating in the symbolic language of the unconscious, using my ever-expanding psychological awareness, spiritual faith and connection to Source, as my larger container and foundation. At least I try to make them my container.

    Remaining open to synchronicities is part of it too. Just yesterday, and with only minutes left on my husband’s parking meter, I entered a small used bookstore hoping to find a book by a particular Jungian author. Instead, I immediately spotted another book, one I’d just read about in a random post the day before, “The Highly Sensitive Person” by Elaine Aron. I purchased it on impulse and then spent all last night reading, amazed and overwhelmed at how well it captured some of my earlier experiences and instinctive reactions to the world and collective (and personal) unconscious.

    I was pleased to read the author finds value in many of Carl Jung’s thoughts, and even recommends Jungian psychotherapy for some sensitive individuals (who, she makes a point, can sometimes be extraverts). Exploring Jungian ideas about ego, persona, shadow, projection and the archetypes ~in relation to God/Source/higher “self”~ has opened up a whole other way of being for me and has helped me to become more self-aware and ‘intuitive, also more creative (using collage to express dreams and feelings). I’m learning not to chase after happiness and how to sit with my joys and sorrows, even in the midst of my darkest nights of unknowing. I admit it’s a struggle sometimes, hard to speak wisely and forgive and especially hard not to fall back on the belief that I’m somehow ‘flawed’ or broken . . . maybe that’s okay too. It keeps me humble and compassionate.

    During this second Saturn-Return (which naturally has triggered my natal Moon/Neptune square), I’ve increasingly recognized the important role of solitude in my life, how something I once saw as being socially isolating (4H Saturn), is really my friend. My time alone allows me the freedom to read, think, create, and to know myself and my thoughts independent of the collective. Then when I re-enter the world (as I frequently do) it’s somewhat easier to hold onto what matters and to let go of what doesn’t, to “be in the world but not of it.” Always a challenge.

    • Adding how in addition to being sensitive to psychological, emotional, and spiritual undercurrents (something Laura has also commented on), I’ve had to give up coffee, alcohol, most sugar, certain foods and many of the trappings and illusions of popular culture. In situations where choice is involved, what I take in as nourishment is a reflection of how and what it is I choose to nourish.

    • Hi LB, thank you for sharing your experience. Very well put!

  5. hi Hiroki,
    I have a Yod configuration with the moon in Pisces (6th H), Pluto in Leo (11th H)and Neptune in Libra (1st H). Moon also squares Mars conjunct Chiron in Sagittarius (3rd H). I have always been super-sensitive to other peoples’ moods and feel uncomfortable in large crowds. I tend to keep my thoughts to myself unless provoked or asked for my opinion. I have poetic and artistic leanings and prefer one on one discussions or debates. Neptune is also conjunct Venus. Yet with all these loner tendencies, I would be devastated to be without a significant other in my life. I have spiritual leanings, yet my practical side always gets in the way… any thoughts on the Yod and Chiron/Mars configurations?

    • Hi Liz, thank you for sharing your experience. Yod is a midpoint configuration, so in this case it’s Moon = Neptune/Pluto (probably). This suggests intrusion of the spiritual elements in life, so that would add to the discussion about special sensitivity. For a more in-depth discussion on your horoscope, please consider scheduling a private consultation.

  6. Hi, I have Moon/Neltune conjunct in Scorpio and an 8th house Sun/Venus. I’m an astrologer with medium/psychic abilities which work through all my readings and I am a recluse, relationships are way too sensitve for me although I’ve tried them. I ‘feel’ everything

  7. Great article. I have the trine. Apart from a great sensitivity which I find most of the time annoying, can´t see the good part of this aspect. Maybe because Neptune for me is the worst planet to handle.

  8. Natasha says:

    Thank you for this beautiful article, Hiroki,you gave me a reason to be more courageous. I have Moon conjunct Neptune in Capricorn (3H,cusp 4H),after a hard childhood I’ve decided not to let myself feel anything, it was to much for me,and it felt better for a while,but after so many years,I’m a 28 y old now,i feel so empty,have no joy or grief inside of me i feel like I’ve lost so much,and i want it back no matter how painfull it can be,thanks again for giving me another perspective.

  9. Glad to come across this article, Hiroki! I frequently have fears of people manipulating me for being too transparent with my feelings without even intending to reveal them, so learning to have courage in doing so on my own terms is mandatory. My moon, besides Neptune, also conjuncts Uranus and my MC in Capricorn, and is part of a t-square between my ASC and Venus. With time I’ve found the more I attempt to cloak my feelings for fear of being unjustly exposed, the less responsibility I’m actually taking; these feelings are meant to be channeled in some way. It isn’t easy, though, I still fail at controlling my way to respond instead of react, but at least it feels more doable than years ago. Thank you, this perspective you’ve offered here has been valuable to consider with further contemplation.

  10. This is very accurate. I have Moon (in the 8th) inconjunct/quincunx Neptune (in the 3rd).

  11. I have Neptune in 12th squaring Moon in 1st. I either feel too much or too little, it’s very hard to find the balance between two. The same happens with imagination.

  12. Spot on! Thank you. This energy dominates my chart…..I have Stationary Neptune in the 12th house almost exactly square Moon conjunct MC. Neptune is also the apex of a T-square between Mercury / Moon / Neptune. In addition i have Sun, Mercury & Venus in Pisces…..Luckily i also have hefty Saturn in my chart & a Grand trine of Venus/ Mercury /Uranus / Mars.
    What you say about Moon Neptune people being able to visualize the “right picture” in their mind is precisely how i’ve always been. I visualize the potential of everything first in complex detail, rearranging in my head in different patterns, then work backwards to achieve the practical steps. I’m also extremely sensitive and empathetic, with all the positive & negative manifestations. It feels like feeling everything by a kind of 3 dimensional antenae. Keeping any kind of clear personal boundaries is a lifelong challenge, that i was hopeless at when i was younger

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