It’s time to do Neptune lines. I’m going to repeat the following information here:
- The ascending line is the location on the earth where the planet is rising. (As a corollary, the ascendant is the point on the horizon — northeast, southeast, or anywhere in between — where the sun would be rising at the time of birth). A planetary ascending line is the planet on the cusp of the first house.
- The descending line is the location on the earth where the planet is setting. (The descendant is the point on the horizon — northwest, southwest, or anywhere in between — where the Sun would be setting at the time of birth). A planetary descending line is the planet on the cusp of the 7th house.
- The MC lines are where a planet would be at its highest point of the day in the sky, or essentially on the prime meridiem. They will be directly south above the Tropic of Cancer, directly north below the Tropic of Capricorn, or overhead (the possibility for being overhead only exists between the tropics). A planetary midheaven line is the planet on the cusp of the 10th house.
- The IC lines are where a planet would be at its lowest point of the day underneath the earth. A planetary IC line is the planet on the cusp of the 4th house.
It should be emphasized again, that you should spend some time on or near a line before taking the plunge, picking up, and starting over.
I’ll be using the Time Passages astrological software as well as Dan Furst’s Finding Your Best Places – Using Astrocartography to Navigate Your Life. (Furst’s book came out in 2015 and is essential).
Here’s someone’s Astro Map of the whole Earth:
Looking at a close-up where we can see the Neptune Ascending line, it looks like this for this particular person:
Here’s the Time Passages interpretation of the Neptune Ascending line:
With Neptune on the Ascendant, you experience the mystical side of life strongly in this location. Your psychic sensitivity increases along with your desire for the attainment of beauty and grace, and for experiences that are literally out of this world. When you are in this place you tend to feel ‘dreamlike’ and somehow removed. You may experience a great deal of artistic sensitivity in your pursuits. You will also get in closer touch with your ideals while you are here. In this part of the world you tend to relate to others you encounter with compassion and empathy, and could find that in turn, people cast you into a savior role. You might discover a heightened sense of romance and emotionality in yourself as well. It is also said that Neptunian energy wants to merge with the divine, but will settle for any substitute. Thus, you want to carefully navigate through subtle fogs of confusion or self-deception that may tempt you in this region. It benefits you to engage in grounding spiritual practices that can help you make the most out of the subtle energies you will access as you move through this part of the world.
Here’s Dan Furst’s take:
Under Neptune on the Ascendant lines, the same fantasy-object outcomes can be even mroe dramatic in every sense. Others who see us as intriguing and beautiful may not see us at all — Marilyn Monroe said, “They don’t see me, the only see thier own desires” — but may only see us as a mirror or remedy for their own sad self-image. We are likely to be hypersensitive here, especially if substance use, even addiction, opens our emotional field to any and all illusions and temptations. While we may pursue spiritual paths here, and identify ourselves as “spiritual people,” we may invest a guru, even one teacher after another, with expectations that are sure to be disappointed, with depressing results when the balloon bursts. We can become self-sufficient in time, but at a painful price.
Looking at the Neptune IC (Nadir) line:
Here’s the Time Passages interpretation:
With Neptune on the Nadir, while here you tune in deeply to your inner world, as well as to your family and home environment. Your focus tends to turn away from the mundane and instead toward the vastness of your inner life. Your intuition can open wide, giving you an almost psychic sixth sense. You benefit from paying close attention to the dreams and visions you have while in this place. You may become musically or artistically inspired while you are residing here, or find yourself in retreat mode with a desire to explore nature. While Neptune strengthens your imaginative and transcendental powers, it can also cloud your sense of reality and clarity of judgment as it applies to the routine world. You may feel lost or confused here, especially when it comes to finding your way with regard to home and family matters. You have to trust in the divine. It benefits you to let go of making sense of the three dimensional world and to instead be prepared to make your home in the cosmos.
Here’s Dan Furst’s interpretation:
On Neptune on the Nadir lines, we often suffer from false hope and delusion in the areas of home and livelihood, and we may be prone to disappointment from business associates who are either actively dishonest, or are ethical enough, and have the best of intentions, but seem to live in a Neptunian fog, unable to deliver what we’ve agreed. The unreliability of othres around us may force us to become more inventive and resourceful, yet a reliable, predictable way of making a living can still be very hard to create here, to the point that we may contemplate communal, even monastic living. Life here is built on “foundations of sand,” as Jim Lewis put it, but deep spiritual rewards may still come from all the slippery dreams.
Here’s the map with the Neptune Descending line:
For the Neptune Descending line, here’s Time Passages interpretation:
With Neptune on the Descendent, the mystery of relationship is featured for you in this part of the world. You may find yourself strongly attracted to artists, healers and other highly sensitive types of people. You are closer in touch with the divine in this locale and may forge significant bonds with like-minded others that you meet here. Private concerns and worldly issues could take a back seat with regard to interpersonal relationships that you focus on cultivating. You also may find you are unusually attuned to your partner or significant other while here and tend to see them in the most positive of lights. You have more compassion in general and may form relationships that allow you to express your need to serve and to honor the sacred. If your Neptune is challenged, you may find yourself becoming involved with addicts or victims. At its best, you create partnerships here that honor and value sensitivity, celebrate beauty and bring more love and a sense of universal oneness to the larger world.
Here’s Dan Furst’s interpretation:
Neptune on the Descendant lines may be the most agonizing of all, as they raising possibilities of love unions that are based on pure fantasy, or that subject us to love swindlers and people who lose themselves completely in the beloved, so that all their self-esteem depends on their partner’s love, or at the very least they are too emotionally dependent to love from a position of clarity and strength. Similar outcomes can apply to other relationships too, especially with spiritual friends and teachers, so we may come to believe that all, not just some of the people we meet here are spiritual scam artists. Checking perceptions with truthful friends, and being open to what they really say, is essential.
Looking at the Neptune Midheaven line:
Here’s Time Passages:
With Neptune on the Midheaven in this locale, you will find that your ambition transforms and your worldly life takes on a sense of mystery. Status and salary take a back seat to a larger sense of purpose and meaning. Here you are able to recognize and give priority to the spiritual component of your work in the world, fueled by strong sense of idealism. An increased sensitivity to suffering could add a whole new dimension to your life. You may find you develop an interest in fields involving art, spiritual healing, entertainment, or film. Since these feelings and realizations run counter to the ordinary way of seeing things, there is also the possibility that confusion will overtake you in pursuing your perceived mission. In order to stay out of the fogginess or escapism that can accompany you in these parts, go with your deepest inspiration and give it a constructive, creative outlet. You feel best in this region when you get in touch with your highest ideals and find a way creatively share them.
Here’s Dan Furst:
Neptune on the MC lines can apply to both professional and spiritual paths, and can certainly yield impressive successes in art-related field, especially performing arts — for Neptune rules music, theatre and dance — and creative work in the realm of fantasy. We may also find that we have become objects of fantasy to others, who wish to cast us as characters in their fantasy linves. This line is sometimes called the Hollywood Line, for the thousands of people who go there every year hoping to be Brad Pitt or Nicole Kidman, only to find that their dream is far tougher than they thought, if it’s realizable at all.
Well, we can dream, right? That’s Neptune in a nutshell.