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NEPTUNE

Zodiac sign ruled by Neptune: Pisces

House ruled by Neptune: Twelfth

Day of the week: Thursday

Colors: Ivory, Sea Green, Turquoise, Pale Pink

Astrology

Neptune is the planetary dreamer. This is the part of you that rejects logic, doesn’t want solid or definitive. He is the part of your mind that questions, reality and loves daydreams. This is where you know that what you don’t see is more important than what you see. This is where you are capable of intuition, perception, awareness of the subtle and spiritual attunement. Here you may also be deceived or deceptive, never certain of fact or fantasy. This is the twilight zone, where anything is possible and nothing is sure.

Mythology

Neptune is named after the Roman god, also called Neptune.  He is the god of the sea, and the patron of horse racing.  Poseidon is the Greek counterpart.  He is god of the sea, earthquakes, and horses.

Facts

Neptune is 30 times farther from the Sun than Earth, and the only planet besides Pluto that cannot be seen from Earth with a telescope.  It is much larger than Pluto; about 4 times the size of Earth.  Neptune completes his orbit through around the Sun, and through the Zodiac in about 165 years.  Each year, he spends about 5 month in retrograde.  Although, like Pluto, little is known for certain about Neptune, scientists believe that this planet does not have a solid surface.  There are many layers of clouds surrounding Neptune, and it is believed that they become denser, evolving into a liquid-like state, with a possibly rocky or icy core in the very center.  This is a fitting description of Neptune, known for illusion, uncertainty, and vague evolving boundaries. Nothing is quite certain, there is never a clear-cut dividing line with Neptune.  Also known for the bizarre and unusual, Neptune holds the distinction of being the only planet who has a Moon that orbits in the opposite direction of the planet.

Glyph

The astrological symbol for Neptune depicts the crescent of the soul above the cross of matter.  Although all the astrological symbols are variations of one or more of three basis symbols - the crescent (soul), the cross (matter), and the circle (spirit) - Neptune's symbol has a distinctive feature.  The cross is extended, along with the upward pointing crescent, forming a trinity.  That in itself speaks of the highly spiritual nature of Neptune.  The fact that both symbols are pointing, and reaching upward symbolizes the connection with the infinite.  The absence of the symbol of spirit, yet suggestion of soul and body reaching for, possibly touching it, symbolizes the element of the unseen.  The cross of matter, representing the typically factual, tangible physical world is extended, through the soul and reaching beyond.  This symbolizes the mystical nature of our physical world, all to often over-looked, but brought into focus under Neptune's influence.