Neptune’s Transit Through Pisces: Romantic Delusion or Delight?

Neptune returns to Pisces this February and certain signs (Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius) will be vulnerable to its heady cocktail of romance and illusion. Neptune rules Pisces with an energy that transcends reality. It is spiritual rather than physical. Boundaries fade, acceptance grows and others’ faults don’t seem to matter.

When transiting Neptune makes a hard (conjunction, opposition or square) aspect to the relationship planets (Venus, Mars, the Sun or Moon), the chance of romantic delusion increases. But so does the chance for the romance of a lifetime. Read on to see how the four mutable signs will be affected and what they can do about it.

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If you have planets between 0-4 degrees Pisces, Neptune will pass over (conjunct) them during the next couple of years. Existing tendencies for romantic escapism and weak relationship boundaries will be magnified. So will your natural compassion and ability to heal the one you love. If you’re in denial about relationship issues, this transit will confront you with the truth. Neptune initially obscures, but the big reveal always follows with a shot of disillusionment.

Let’s say you have Venus in Pisces. You give your lovers 100 second chances. You relate (Venus) to others through your desire to surrender. What you surrender depends on Venus’s house position and natal aspects, but it can range from pain (when you heal your partner) to self-respect (when you martyr yourself).

Neptune’s transit could bring a dreamy, addictive relationship. How will you know if it’s the real thing or another illusion? If a new relationship feels like other heart-breakers you’ve experienced, chances are it’s not a keeper. If you’ve been working on your issues and you meet someone who treats you differently than past lovers, this could be your dream come true. In other words, you’ll attract the reflection of your self-esteem (Venus).

An existing relationship may shift and become unclear as you explore your romantic needs. If your love life is basically healthy, you may simply experience a more profound bond with your partner. This transit will emphasize existing patterns.

Use this rare, potent energy to transform yourself. Handled correctly, Neptune can dissolve your pain and replace it with a greater understanding of what you have to offer in a relationship. You may not even want to be involved with someone during this transit. If you feel like withdrawing, know that it’s a chance to heal.


Neptune will form an opposition to planets between 0-4 degrees Virgo over the next two years. The opposition involves you (Virgo) and the other (Pisces) that you feel uncomfortable with. This is when you’ll learn how to cut partners (and yourself) some slack. The more you try to be the perfect partner or find the perfect partner, the more you’ll fail. That’s a harsh word, but it’s the lesson Neptune will deliver if you insist on pushing that Virgo agenda. Here’s your chance to break away from romantic pessimism and micro-managing.

I’m going to use Mars in Virgo as an example. With this planet/sign combination, you know who and what you want. You have a precise way of achieving your relationship goals. Well, get ready for all that to change during this transit. Focus will go out the window and who you’re attracted to will become a mystery. Sexual (Mars) fantasies (Neptune) may become very distracting. The idea of sex, and projecting your fantasies onto someone unavailable, could become more compelling than the real thing.

Neptune wants to release you from any intellectual limits you’ve been putting on your love life. If that means dangling someone totally inappropriate but ridiculously tempting in front of you, so be it. Should you throw caution to the winds and chase this new addiction? If they are unavailable/uninterested/unreal or unaware of your existence, things probably won’t change. A healthier use of this energy would be to identify what it is about the fantasy that you’re so attracted to. This is what Neptune can bring into your life, if you allow it. Treat a new romantic interest as a symbol of what’s missing rather than the answer to your prayers.


Planets between 0-4 degrees Gemini will be squared by Neptune in Pisces in the coming two years. This aspect will challenge your ideas about relationships. Rationalizations that you’ve made in the past won’t cut it now, and you’ll question your romantic choices. Neptune’s emotional, super-sensitive energy will make it feel like you’re drowning. But you’ll actually be diving into emotional intimacy.

Using the Moon in Gemini as an example, the need (Moon) for choices (Gemini) in relationships makes you feel safe. Intellectual distancing is your way of coping when things get heavy. The square from Neptune will undermine all that. Be prepared for increased sensitivity, restlessness and confusion over what makes you feel good. Where did that light and airy comfort zone go?

Any deception that arises will be a result of your confusion—or not wanting to hurt your partner’s feelings. When everything you think about relationships is dissolving, you may not even know what the truth is. This is why honest communication will be critical; try to express exactly what you’re thinking, even if you’re not sure what that is. The ultimate goal of this transit is to dissolve the superficial and expose you to a whole new level of relationships. While we’re on the subject of honesty, can you trust a new lover who appears during this transit? Pay close attention to what they say and how they say it.


Neptune will also square planets between 0-4 degrees Sagittarius. This transit will challenge what you believe by expanding your urge for exploration in relationships. This could mean a time of wandering without a map in new relationship territory. It could also be your Dark Night of the Soul. Watch that the search for meaning doesn’t get you tangled up with a partner who takes advantage of you.

If your Sun is in Sagittarius, your ego is healthy and your will is focused on the future. You see no reason why a relationship can’t work out. If you’re single, it’s okay because you’ll meet someone when it’s meant to happen. Neptune’s square can undermine this fiery energy. You may find yourself questioning what you bring to a relationship and how special you really are. When faith in yourself vanishes, where do you look?

For many Sagittarians, this could be the first time without your optimism to keep you warm. The ensuing search might make you do some interesting things. Potential romantic partners who come into your life during this time should be viewed as experiments, not saviors. Your faith hasn’t gone anywhere, you’ll just be questioning it. This is what will make it stronger and turn you into a more empathetic partner.

For any sign, the rule of thumb during a hard Neptune transit is to hold off on new romantic commitments until the influence is over (although of course there are exceptions to every rule). Neptune’s influence on planets between 0-4 degrees will continue (roughly) until early 2014. Many people wake up after these transits and wonder what they ever saw in their Dream Lover. Some are fortunate enough to experience a capital “R” romance that is positive and healing. Everyone who goes through this transit will be gifted with the opportunity to transcend their relationship limits.

How do you think Neptune’s transit through Pisces will affect you and your relationships? Let us know in comments below.

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Nadia Gilchrist offers 15 years of experience in Evolutionary and Traditional astrology. Her writings and personal consultations focus on applying astrology and tarot readings with a clear, practical approach to the real world. Nadia blogs regularly at Ruby Slipper Astrology.


  1. Um… my boyfriend has Mars in Virgo at 9.55 degrees and MY Virgo moon is at 26.08 degrees… I realize they’re not in the more powerful aspects of 0-4 degrees, but this now made me paranoid lol! He’s totally happy with me, but what can you add on for me with these aspects that last til 2014?

  2. @no-perspiration
    Neptune won’t hit your boyfriend’s Mars until April, 2015 and it won’t hit your Moon until 2024 so you have a ways to go until either of you feel this.
    If everything’s solid between the two of you he may just experience the Neptune opposition as lack of motivation and low energy. You really need to look at the synastry (comparing your 2 charts) between you to see how Neptune will impact your relationship.

  3. Neptune will square my Sun (3 degrees in Sag) in late April and it will square Uranus (0 degrees in Sag) and Pluto will be opposing my Cancer Asc at the same time. im also in my saturn return.

    this is a new twist.

  4. Can Neptune just not? Can’t it just skip on over to Aries? Its going to be conjunct my Mars, and Mars – Neptune transits are the worst. And its going to be like that for yeeeeeears ugh.

  5. @Nadia Gilchrist
    You used my planets in two of your examples. Ha! Many thanks.! My Mars is at 12 degrees Virgo and my Moon is at 4 degrees Gemini (2nd house). My feelings towards connecting emotionally with pure vulnerable honesty (yet, with strong boundaries) has already been at play dramatically at late. Because of my moon potentially being affected, does this mean that I should be aware of steering clear of emotional attachments for two years???

    What happens with a natal Neptune at 23 degrees Sagittarius? It always seems that Neptune gets this really foreboding reputation. If you are already approaching many aspects of your life in a spiritual, higher intentioned way, wouldn’t Neptune’s effect be more of a blessing?

    Also, I have read for a member here that she has heard that it is helpful with a harsh transit to look to the guidance of the opposing house. Would looking at the opposing house and potentially opposing planet provide some balance?

    Loads of questions. Thank you in advance for any additional insight you could share!

  6. Neptune is killllling me!!

    It has been square my Asc at 29 degrees scorpio

    I seriously have not come across more shadiness and lies in a LONG time… just deceptive swindlers

    I’ve been swooned and I feel like a tender heart has been taken advantage of, but I feel strong.

    Back in 2008/9 I got out of 2 relationships that were just like this………. Neptune was square my mercury and venus

    Males that are very charasmatic, romantic, dreamy, beautiful, insecure, lie with ease, rebound before I can blink an eye.

    They were all Neptunian guys…. one was Pisces Sun/Moon, a Leo with a close Neptune trine 1degree, his Neptune in my 1st, and a Capricorn with Pisces venus conj mars.

  7. Yikes – with Moon at 4 Virgo, Mars at 10 Virgo, and Venus at 15 Virgo, it looks like I am in for a long haul of Neptune oppositions. I also have Pluto making its way through trining them for about 3 years each, and Chiron also opposing them from Pisces. At the same time Mars is going back and forth in Virgo this year, conjucting them at various times. The last year or two has not been boring at all, to say the least, and definitely not always pleasant. Am I really in for another decade of this? What’s a Virgo to do? Any advice Nadia? I do believe that my coping skills are pretty good, but this is ridiculous! ;-)

  8. Thanks for the response, Nadia!

    I went and looked – Neptune in the 4th house (ambiguous home life). Mars squares Neptune (ego games, which I don’t think we have any). Jupiter Square Neptune (making sure idealism doesn’t get in the way of reality, which is moreso him than me). He’s been trying to be more and more ideal to himself and to everyone else, lately. I just hope his niceness isn’t mispercieved(?) as a sexual or emotional bonding opportunity. He’s a Cancer sun. Saturn Square Neptune (making sure idealism doesn’t mess with reality, as well.) This makes sense – he’s usually the one to ground me when I say really sweet things (I’m Libra Mars) so when I say things like “Can I keep you?” he’s like “well, you have me on lease for now” lol! But Neptune also trines the Sun and Mercury (good balancing act with communication and idealism) and it sextiles Pluto. I’ve never really been a fan of Neptune lol!

    Again, thanks for your help. We’ve only been together for 5 1/2 months and his longest was like 9 months I think. Got my fingers crossed. I don’t see it ending to be honest, but I’ll reiterate that I hate Neptune lol!

  9. @NovLady,
    Rather than steering clear of emotional attachments it might be more productive to approach them with caution (unless of course you see an obvious red flag…then you should definitely steer clear). But I wouldn’t cut out all potential romantic attachments for duration of this transit. A square to Neptune is not a guarantee that a relationship will fail, it just means you have to focus on being honest and crystal clear about your intentions and their intentions.

    A square to your natal Neptune will bring up any existing issues. If, as you say, you are already approaching life using the higher form of Neptune’s energy then this transit may just act as a test to confirm your faith. Transits that involve hard aspects will always test you in some way, no matter how evolved you are.

    Look to the opposing house when the aspect is an opposition. when it’s a square, look to the house where the square is coming from (whatever house the transiting planet is in). Also, look at other natal aspects to the planet that is receiving the hard aspects. Easy natal aspects (trines, sextiles) will give you an outlet.

  10. @Rainbow
    You’re almost done. Neptune leaves Aquarius (where it is making the square to your AC) next month.

  11. @Limerence
    I hear you. I have a bunch of planets in Virgo as well.
    With many years of Neptune’s opposition ahead of you, look at the house that Neptune will be transiting through. What needs to change in that area? What do you need to let go of? If you can figure these things our before hand and start the process, this transit should not be as tough. Also, remember that nothing can be forced or controlled with a Neptune transit. If there’s something you want and it’s not happening, let go. That’s not to say you should drift for the next few years and accomplish nothing. Neptune transits are famous for draining vitality and focus but you can still (and should) function in the real world. But it will be more challenging so cut yourself some slack. Let go of any perfectionism and just do your best. If you have creative urges, now is the time to embrace them.

  12. @no-perspiration
    Another side effect of hard Neptune transits is panic or worry that something bad will happen. And then it doesn’t. :)
    It’s tricky energy and easy to get sucked into a mire of what if’s. Just focus on making your relationship as strong as you can right now in preparation for the future.

  13. Thank you for the response Nadia. Sorry you are going through some of this too! My moon is at the tail end of my second house (often interpreted as the third), and Mars and Venus are solidly in the third house. So I will give that some thought. I see that we have a pattern of about three years of a Pluto trine followed by about three years of the Neptune opposition, and Chiron oppositions moving more quickly for the next few years. So the Pluto trine to my moon ends in February and the Neptune opposition starts in April, just as the Pluto trine to Mars starts. And so on… Perhaps Pluto will “toughen us up” before Neptune can do too much damage :-)

  14. Neptune is conjunct my sun in 4 degrees. I either want to steer clear of anything that looks to resemble a connection from the past that didn’t work out or I want to dive right in. Both of these can be felt all in the same day. Talk about Neptunian energy gone wild. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so torn in my life. I also can actually feel myself wanting to lie to people and maybe make my words elastic as a means of being able to bail out of committments at the last minute.

    It’s the weirdest thing ever. lol I guess I shouldn’t laugh, but see what I mean…that’s a serious thing…to want to bail out on committments, especially when people are not expecting you to…and here I am kinda laughin about it. SMH

    What has been working so far is reaching out immediately or responding immediately when someone asks me about something…as a means of staying connected to the reality of their expectation based on what I SAID I was going to do instead of how I feel in the moment. This much I CAN say. NOW I understand how other Pi people who have come on the board talking about doing these things feel. There’s nothing like it in the world and unless you actually FEEL it….you can’t understand it. It seems shady, underhanded, manipulating, etc. However, from the inside out…it actually feels somewhat like a scene straight up out of “one flew over a cuckoo’s nest”.

    For real.

  15. My sun is in Sag @ 29° and my ascendant is in Pi @ 2° (but will this transit affect me at all?) The only other planet that kinda quantifies is Saturn, which was in Virgo @ 0°27′ (I do have Mercury in Sag @ 29°30 & Venus in Sag @ 22°, so it doesn’t appear these planets will be severely affected by this transit).
    That all being said, will this transit serve to topple my boundaries & barrier even more so because it will effect my Saturn?

  16. @Fujicakes,
    Neptune will start to move back and forth over your Ascendent around April, 2012.
    You may notice an increase in charisma as your external image blurs and others are able to project things onto you. Also, you may start to question your current identity.

    Neptune won’t square your Sun/Mercury until 2025, your Venus until 2023. It won’t oppose your Saturn until 2024.
    So you’ll only feel the impact on your ascendent during the next few years.
    When it hits your Saturn it will have an impact on your boundaries. They will definitely become less defined but I wouldn’t go as far as saying they will be toppled. Look at what house your Saturn is in and what house Capricorn (ruled by Saturn) is in; these are the areas of your life where you will become less sure of yourself. You’ll question what you have or do.

  17. Thank you so much Nadia!
    Yikes, I’ve got Saturn in my 7th & Capricorn is mainly in the 11th house…as difficult as being in a relationship (and even friendships) is for me, I can’t imagine being more befuddled. I appreciate the insight on this. It’s very nice to know before hand when things are going to get a bit wacky so I can better understand why I feel the way I do, especially pertaining to partnerships as a whole.
    Thanks you again so much.

  18. Oh my word, i am going through my saturn return, saturn is also in my eighth house ( Can’t sustain a relationship to save my life.) just before that i had to deal with saturn in my partnership house and now this. When with it all end???? All the signs you mention are in my houses. I’m a pisces sun 8 degrees, sagittarius moon 5 degrees, i also have sag in my 6th house 13 degrees and i have gemini in my 12th house at 13 degrees; so i’m thinking i’m gonna be affected by this transit for sure. Can you tell me how, what wonderful surprises does neptune have up it’s sleeve for me? Thanks

  19. @Coleen
    You’ve mentioned 2 planets but I’m not sure what you are referring to when you say “sag in my 6th house 13 degrees”. If you are referring to house cusps it’s not the same as as Neptune’s transit hitting a planet. But you will feel Neptune’s general impact in the house that it enters.
    The kind of analysis you’re asking for here is too time consuming for this forum.

  20. Oops sorry I’m new and typing this on my phone and somehow it posted thru Facebook instead of here. Hopefully its showing up the same?

  21. To copy the info up here in the right place (sorry)…I have Sun in Pisces (1 degree) conjunct Venus in Pisces (8 degrees) in the 8th house and Neptune in Sag (0 degrees) in 5th house. Is this going to be good or bad?

  22. @Dana,
    “Good or bad” really depends on what has been happening in your life prior to this transit. As I mentioned in my article, transiting Neptune over planets in Pisces will magnify existing issues. So it all depends on how self-aware you are. The 8th House represents shared resources, intimacy and the subconscious so deep issues that you don’t have much control over could arise. On the plus side this will be the ideal transit for delving into those issues via psychology/self examination, etc.

  23. @Nadia Gilchrist, i wasn’t expecting a ten page analysis.You’ve given everybody else on here an overview of how you think neptune is going to affect them. For me it’s too time consuming for this forum, but whatever it’s really not that serious to me.

  24. @colliz6 I think the information you provided was difficult to understand, which is why Nadia responded the way she did. You provided signs and degree areas without specifying if they were house cusps or the positions of natal planets. Nadia is kind enough to offer some mini-analyses, but please note that she is a professional astrologer who is doing this is a courtesy. Please afford her the respect she deserves. If it’s “not that serious” to you, then there is no need to reply in the manner in which you did.

  25. @Jeffrey Kishner First off it’s not necessary for you to outline what she (Nadia Gilchrist) does. Her credentials are clearly listed at the bottom; and as far as courtesy is considered she certainly wasn’t being very courteous to me. I would assume that a “professional astrologer” would understand “sag in my 6th house 13 degrees” means the sign Sagittarius is located in the 6th house at 13 degrees.The statement is pretty self explanatory. But then again i’m not a professional astrologer so what do i know right??? My question wasn’t posed with any greater complexity or ambiguity than anyone elses, and i’ve read every last comment on here. I think it’s really strange that Ms Gilchrist formulated this “The kind of analysis you’re asking for here is too time consuming for this forum.” how could she have formed that conclusion if she’s not clear as to what i’m asking?? uhmm!!! anyway like i told her i’m telling you it’s not that serious. She has the right to show courtesy to whomever she chooses; others she can dismiss as being “too time consuming”. I’m over it that’s why i said it’s not that serious.

  26. @Jeffrey Kishner
    Thanks, Jeff. :)

  27. jastoomuch says:

    hey nadia.. new to the site :) i’ve just just begun to take an interest in astrology. was wondering how this Pisces transit might affect mine and my s/o relationship ? I am Pisces moon @ 0 deg (5th house), he’s also Pisces moon @ 9 deg (6th house).. i’m not even really clear on how transits work in regard to house positions.. if you could plz share whatever you can

  28. jastoomuch says:

    **sorry i meant his pisces moon in 5th house not 6th

  29. @jastoomuch
    So you both have 5th House Pisces Moons. This house represents creativity, ego, fun, romance and children. Regarding the transit’s effect on house positions…the energy of that transit will hit you in the area of your life represented by that house.
    I would say the romantic, creative, emotional base to your relationship will be enhanced by this transit. If you’re trying to have children (or if you have children) this transit will affect them as well.
    There might also be a desire to escape the real world together but that’s not always a bad thing. :)

    This will be modified by natal aspects each of you have to your Moons. So if your Moon makes any aspects to the planets in your chart, this Neptune transit will make that same aspect. For example, if your Moon trines your Saturn, transiting Neptune will also trine your Saturn when it passes over your Moon. So you would factor in the influence of Neptune trine your Saturn. It’s the same idea if your Moon makes any aspects to your partners planets. Neptune contacting your Moon will hit his other planets through your Moon.
    Since your Moon is at 0 degrees, the impact the transit has on you will be a preview of how it will affect him.

  30. hi nadia ~ just reading through your neptune post now ~ very nice! i enjoyed your commentary :):):)~ …natally mars is in my 11th H @ 5 degrees pisces ~ neptune will be in conjunction for a few years it apears… ~ the only aspect it makes is opposing my moon @ 1 degree in virgo 5th H ~ does this mean i will have outgoing delusional behavoir in society that will be in direct conflict with my emotional boundaries? haha ~ thanks for any insight you have to offer ~ also the houses are intercepted,,,idk if you take that into consideration:) ~

  31. Am I falling for illusions when I see the benefits of neptune?
    With her asc 1° virgo and an empty 7th house this pisces man came arising on her dsc just along with neptune. At the same time both their sun/moon midpoint were conjoined in progression and exactly squared by a neptune transit. There are many more significant synastry contacts between them including saturn contacts. Must this be illusion just because of the neptune stuff ? What about the good sides?

  32. Neptune would be opposing my ascendant. It has been a very confusing situation. I have beendating a Gemini Sun, so this article, fits perfectly for us. The transit is not exactly yet but it is in orb. I have a Stellium in Virgo. Saturn, mercury, my asc, venus, mars, the nn… a lot! I’m going to take things one day at a time. Thank you for the info.

  33. Dear Nadia,

    Another great article and the examples right on the nails very informative….and what you commented on one of your post: “Good or bad” really depends on what has been happening in your life prior to this transit. ”

    I’d like to share my experience with Neptune as I am still studying it, I have Sun 20 deg Sco and Moon 28 Leo, and Venus 26 Sag, about 15 years ago I found myself departed from my marriage and became a single mother with lots of responsibilities alone!

    When Neptune was around 20 degree Auq square from T Neptune, I felt lost, found myself depressed, loss of ego, loss of boundaries, on trial meds with side effects, self-delusion in relationship (love)

    This continued to opposition to my Moon , crying for no reason to anything and everything in private and public, unhealthy relationship(love), saving others, forgiving the wrong deeds of others, dealing with raising my kids
    Around this time Tpluto conjucted my Venus ( rejected from love of my life ( self-delusion) again by Neptune

    The good News, around 2008 T Neptune sextile my Venus while T Pluto Conjunction my Venus and Trine my moon, I began to pour my heart to making arts, I started to read self-help and spiritual books, Poetry and taking the Astrology to the next level

    When finally Neptune was secured in Pisces about 4 degree away from the cusp I felt the ground I was walking on, it was like ” what just happened? ” and I was a new person, I learned the art of acceptance and let go of unhealthy attachment and unhealthy mind with a new set of value about self. Looking back, I can tell you, in my case I learn more by experiencing the hard transits then a soft one , having several trine and sextile in my natal chart, trying is always is in the back burner we need a jolt…so for someone like me hard aspects create wisdom. I hope lesson learned use in a positive way to grow.

    …….. when there is a darkness, we will appreciate the Sun!


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