Transit or Solar Arc Neptune opposing the Ascendant could, among other things, signal a time of temporary defeat and a shift of self-image, or that of sharing your creative vision with the public.
Let’s take a look at both scenarios using real life examples:
Neptune Opposition Ascendant – First Scenario:
Defeat to the Ego, Shift of Identity
Ascendant represents your ego or self-image. In our first scenario, transit Neptune opposing the Ascendant can temporarily wipe out the ego through defeat. Afterwards, you may emerge with a renewed and refined self-image.
- Al Gore lost year 2000 presidential election when transiting Neptune exactly opposed his Ascendant. This ended his ambition to become a president – he never ran again. Instead, he focused his efforts on innovative business ventures and environmental activism. Neptune crossing the Descendant coincided with a major change of his identity.
- Lee Iacocca’s last year as a president of Ford Motor (leading to his being fired in mid 1978) was a very humiliating and draining time, made so by Henry Ford II’s insidious attempts to sabotage him (an example: Ford promoted a man who worked under Iacocca and placed him above Iacocca – a public humiliation.) In mid 1977 Iacocca had Solar Arc Neptune opposing the Ascendant. After trying to hold his ground for a year, he finally got fired in June 1978 (transiting Pluto was forming an opposition to his Ascendant). This led to his entrance into Chrysler, a beginning of another victory to vindicate himself.
- Martin Luther King Jr. was involved in the Albany movement during 1961-1962. The movement was unsuccessful, and he was arrested and jailed. Transiting Neptune was opposing his Ascendant. This experience taught King a great lesson (to aim at a specific reform rather than a total overhaul of the system), that changed his strategy for the later movements. Again, Neptune crossing the Ascendant-Descendant axis coincided with a necessary course correction.
Neptune Opposition Ascendant – Second Scenario:
Projecting Creativity, Vision and Inspiration to the Public
Neptune opposing the Ascendant means it is crossing the Descendant into the 7th house, which represents the public. In the second scenario of this transit, Neptune can suggest creativity and vision shared with the public.
- Johnny Depp captured the public’s imagination when the first Pirates of Caribbean movie came out in June 2003 and became a huge hit. Transiting Neptune was conjunct his 7th house cusp during 2003-2004. Depp’s creative portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow earned him superstar status, certainly transforming his image (the Ascendant).
- When her Solar Arc Neptune opposed Ascendant, Drew Barrymore became one of the most famous child stars of the time through her role as Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Neptune co-rules her 10th house (career), and the solar arc to Ascendant was pretty much exact at the time the movie came out.
- In 2001, public support for George W. Bush dramatically increased following his speech and declaration of War on Terror after the September 11 attacks. He had transiting Neptune conjunct his 7th cusp (the public) during 2001-2002, representing shared vision of anger and grief expressed to the public.
- Martin Luther King Jr. gave the famous “I Have a Dream” speech in August 1963, sharing his vision of racial equality with burning passion. Transiting Neptune was crossing his 7th house cusp for the final time.
Conclusion: How to Get the Most out of Neptune Opposition Ascendant
In general, Neptune transits seem to favor people in the creative profession. Regardless of your profession, transit or solar arc Neptune opposition Ascendant is a time to shift ego’s energy in a more creative or inspired direction. Whatever defeat you may suffer has the effect of connecting you with the larger world, thereby expanding your self-image to include the joys and pains of others.
If you’re going through this transit right now, you may want to ask yourself “What feelings and inspiration am I longing to share with the world? How can I express more of my creativity, compassion or unconditional acceptance of others?”
Are you going through transit Neptune opposition Ascendant right now, or have you done so in the past? If so what was your experience? Feel free to share in the comment section!