Neptune Opposition Ascendant in Transit or Solar Arc

Neptune Opposition AscendantTransit 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!

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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Comments

  1. I have Neptune solar arc my natal Sun coming up next spring 2015. Neptune solar arced my descendent, while Pluto was transiting my natal Sun back in 2003, producing a painful crisis in my work and path. So I am very sensitive to what these two planets are doing in my charts. I wondered what you had to say about this upcoming solar arc, which I believe I am already beginning to experience as pressure on my ego to let go of attempting to control losses and inertia in my life. What do you think? The lesson seems to be to go with whatever is happening and drop my resistence. Accept it all.

    Regards,
    Edward

    • Hello Edward,

      I think you said it very well. My friend and very good astrologer Kathy Rose says it’s important to take action during Neptune transit so you are not just satisfied by pretty ideas floating in your head (paraphrasing – she said it nicer). I liked that so I’ll pass it on.

      Hiroki

  2. Phoenixrising says:

    Thank-you Hiroki for this article. I have SA neptune conjunct my descendant in 2020. The same year I have Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all crossing my descendant and making their respective conjunctions on it. Also my personal Saturn opposition is exact at the time of the Great Conjunction in December of that year. I am anticipating some significant changes to do with my interaction with others! I am trying to read as much as I can to do with major transits / solar arcs to the Descendant as I can, so thank-you again. :)

  3. I would also like to say thanks for this article. At this time, I have transit Neptune conjunct my descendant/oppose my ascendant, conjunct my Venus, also squaring my natal Uranus which is conjunct my I.C. Adding to the mix is transit Saturn which is conjunct my natal Uranus and squaring transit Neptune. I do not think I prepared for all of this like I could have, and I’m regretting that now. Currently I do have somewhat of a defeatist attitude and a little bit of hopelessness. I believe some ‘illusions’ I had are fading, some of the dreams and hopes I had for a long time now seem almost impossible. Maybe it’s time to let go of those because they no longer suit the path my soul wants to take? ‘Birthing pains’ or a paradigm shift comes to mind. Any guidance or comments are welcome. Again, thank you Hiroki!

    • Hello, thank you for sharing your experience. Your thoughts about the Neptune transit sounds reasonable. Neptune square Uranus blurs the edge of individuality – through confusion or inspiration will be up to you, but usually it’s a journey from one to the other.

  4. Neptune station on my descendant has been opening up many creative pathways. Some are very surprising, for instance I now have the ability to draw which I never had before. There is a very strong desire to take this new, creative ability to the public. Saturn is hovering around my IC as well, so there is a great need to bring structure to my creative ideas. It’s a real balancing act.

    • Hello Sharon,

      Thank you for your comment. Neptune conjunct Descendant and Saturn opposing MC both suggest an important milestone in your life. I would definitely encourage you in this new, creative direction!

  5. My former girlfriend had this transit when she broke up with me. She seemed to be having issues with living authentically, and apparently decided that I was not the one for her and believed that moving on was the only way to be true to herself (which is a universal maxim so in theory I could respect it). She also had transiting Chiron conjunct her natal moon a couple of weeks before this. I was devastated by the break up even though we had only been together a short time (her Sun was opposed my vertex and I guess I was considerably more invested emotionally than she was). This was about two and a half years ago, but I still sometimes wonder why she suddenly felt the urge to dissolve the union. Anyway, this page did help. Thanks.

    • Also, she had her Juno conjunct her Vertex at this time, so I guess it shows most of the story. Yeah, your page is great!

    • Hi Helen, thank you for sharing your experience. I found it interesting that she was the one that dissolved the relationship when transiting Neptune opposed her Ascendant.

  6. I’ve had transiting Neptune conjunct my Sun Mars conjunction for a while and I can really feel the tiredness but none the less a creative time as well. My SA MC is about to conjunct my natal Neptune in a years time. My artistic career is moving well in the right direction so I’m hoping for even more advancement in the public realm.

    Curious to note here that September 18 2015, T. Jupiter will be conjunct my natal Uranus in the 9th while at the very same time T. Uranus will be conjunct my natal Jupiter in the 4th. Neptune, 2 degrees off my Sun, will be in exact opposition to the T. Jupiter aspect… Any thoughts on this?

    • Hi Brian, MC=Neptune can work well for artists and creative professionals. Your other transits involving Jupiter and Uranus are generally considered positive as well. Please feel free to schedule an appointment if you want me take a look at your horoscope in more detail.

  7. Hello Hiroki–Thank you for these reflections surrounding Neptune opposite Ascendent. I have Neptune approaching my 7th house cusp (in Pisces). I have been having dreams of Neptune archetype; such as floods carrying away all life structures and being submerged in the ocean. In exciting anticipation, these dreams have not been distressing. Rather, more like invigorating. I have made a conscious attempt to become welcoming to waves of confusion and doubt. I am also digging into my solar fire software and notice Neptune will be conjunct my descendent actually 3 times over the next 18 months due to retrogrades.

    I was wondering if you had ant reflection on how to consciously approach these dynamics?

    Thanks—Bryan

    • Hi Bryan,

      Good question. Neptune opposite Ascendant is one of those ‘sweeping change’ periods that is characterized by a shift on multiple levels – physical, social, emotional and spiritual. A sense of faith helps – so does a commitment to expressing your creative essence. Action is the key as much as conscious reflection.

  8. On another angle (IC) prog Neptune in Scorpio is conj natal IC.There has been death of 2 of my step siblings (one terminal illness the other heart attack) death of my grandmother (sudden at 84), water pump issues in my car (overheating them exploded..had it replaced), hot water cylinder issues (4 times over last 2years),flooding both in and outside my house,theft (2 bicycles were stolen) & much sadness and tears.Transiting Saturn in Sag has just crossed this prog point (natal 6th cusp) today so I guess Im gna be focussing on more matters at home.I do plan to homeschool my 10yr old son during this transit which Im excited about..but please Neptune no more drowning on th inside pls.Thk u : )

  9. Hi there,
    Thanks for your comments regarding pisces, I’ve been reading with interest as a couple of comments have really struck a chord with me..Neptune is approaching my descendant and transit Saturn is almost conjunct my IC, which..you guessed it..is conjunct my natal Neptune! I’ve had a growing creative writing urge, no real idea what to do with it yet but I’m hoping that will come sooner rather than later! Uranus has also just passed my natal chiron and is in opposition to my natal sun so I must admit I’m feeling tired from constantly sensing big change..I’m just hoping it’s positive change now for the second half of life! ! Thanks for your replies to people, they’ve helped me too!

    • Hello Liz,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience! The key with Neptune transit is to take action as much as possible to bring some of those creative ideas into reality.

  10. I have neptune conj desc, opp asc nataly. I am a pioneer in my field. There are very few woman that I know of that are power generation mechanics. Im currently a forman on a military base as a contractor. This is my 3rd yr. I went thru military school in 1981 for wheeled vehicle mechanic and power generation. Perhaps Im paving the way for more women to enter this male dominated position.

    • Hello Karen,

      Thank you for sharing about your experience with natal Neptune opposite Ascendant. I also think there is probably more that this aspect represents in your life, e.g. in terms of partnership.

  11. Also, Im very sensitive to drugs and alcohol.

  12. Hallo Hiroki
    Loved your article! Thank you for shering this knowledge!
    I wanted to ask you – in your opinion: what is the difference between transit Neptun conjuncts the 7th house casp(opposing the Asendant) and transiting Neptun conjuncts the Ascendant itself……..?
    Thanks in advance, and would love to subscribe for your Newsletter but for some reason it didnt work out…..
    All the best!

    • In a big picture sense, Neptune will be impacting your Ascendant either way – so your identity will be challenged to grow in Neptunian ways regardless of which aspect is activating it.

      In a finer analysis, Neptune’s passage through Descendant most likely will emphasize important relationships in your life, as well as your relationship to the public. However, this can also be true when Neptune opposes the Descendant, so the more you study the more you begin to recognize the Ascendant-Descendant axis as one thing…

      Sorry you’re having issues with the subscription – please try again, and if it doesn’t work let me know – I can try to add your email address manually.

  13. Talking about Neptune (I have SA ASC 0º natal NE now) I’ve recently met some astrologers who think that Transsaturns including Neptun are astronomical but not astrological planets. What do you think about it. Thank you

    • All of astrological planets are astronomical to begin with – the planets get discovered by astronomers, and astrologers ascribe meanings to them and collectively study them. If some astrologers do not want to look at Uranus, Neptune or Pluto, they are most likely traditionalists that want to work with old systems before those planets have been discovered by astronomers. I could say more on that, but it’s a long debate – suffice it to say majority of modern astrologers would consider Uranus, Neptune and Pluto to be indispensable in understanding modern horoscopes.

      (By the way, Pluto got demoted in astronomy to a non-planet status, but modern astrologers still consider it to be very important.)

  14. Hi Hiroki,

    Thanks for the article. My sun is Sagittarius & my ascendant is Virgo.

    I am going through some heavy transits with regard to my Virgo ascendant of which one is the transiting Neptune opposite my Virgo ascendant. The transit was exact in December 2015 & I am still experiencing it. This transit is making me feel completely lost career-wise. I have no direction. What I noticed is that I suddenly started gym exercising again in December 2015. I guess this is the self-image focus. I just got determined to improve my fitness levels & got serious with gym exercising, self-image & meditating.

    The other transit in November 2015 is transiting Saturn squaring my Virgo ascendant.

    Also in February 2016, I am going through transiting Pluto squaring my natal Pluto. Hectic!!!

    • Hi Bradley,

      Thanks for commenting and sharing your experience. Good for you to use the transit’s energy to focus on improving your fitness – sounds like this transit was a good time to catch an inspiring vision of what you want to look like, feel like etc. The coming transit Pluto square promises a significant change of life perspective, so probably you’ll start to feel stronger and more empowered through the changes you’re making now.

  15. I am going to have transit Neptune conjunct my Descendent in June 2017. Neptune is ruler of 7th house.

  16. I have been on this site several times. It’s very interesting and a bit scary to read.
    I have Transit Neptune conjunct both my Desc. and Natal Mercury in Pisces right now where it stays exact until Feb. 2017. I also have Saturn passing through my 4th. house squaring my Desc./ Mercury also right now. I wonder what this will mean for me…??

  17. Neptune opp my asc and Saturn sq asc exact nov 2015 . 10 year partner dissolved relationship without a word of explanation ! has been a painful year

    • Hi Alan, thank you for commenting. Yes, as Ascendant is opposite Descendant, the Neptune transit would have activated your relationship. Hopefully there was a silver lining after the dissolution of the relationship (there often is.)

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