©2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
The following is an excerpt from Donna Cunningham’s ebook, The Outer Planets and Inner Life, Volume 1: Outer Planets as Career Indicators, available at moonmavenpublications.com.
Do you have Neptune or Pisces in the career houses of your astrology chart—the 2nd, 6th, or 10th or making a major aspect to your Midheaven (10th house cusp)? Or, is Neptune moving through one of them by transit? If so, you may be feeling in a fog, puzzled or stuck as to finding the right career path.
It’s not very Western to have Neptune, Pisces, or 12th house pursuits as a vocation since those born into Western civilization tend to be more result-oriented and material-minded, even Me-centered. Neptune asks something different of us, something more Eastern. It asks us to be selfless, to sacrifice, and to serve the greater good—and then not to get conceited about it. Of all the planets, Neptune has the least to do with success in the material world, for its concerns are intangible and nebulous.
Pisces, the sign Neptune rules, shares many of Neptune’s issues and can express either its positive or negative poles. When important Pisces placements—especially the Sun, Moon, or a stellium—fall into the 10th, 6th, or 2nd houses, then Piscean qualities color the individual’s approach to vocational issues. Neptune and Pisces are related to the 12th house.
On a psychological level, planets and signs in the 12th depict motives and emotions we hide—even from ourselves—as well as ways we sabotage ourselves.
A 12th house individual who is unwilling to address hidden motives may suffer from addictions, chronic illness, or other self-defeating patterns. As career indicators, Neptune or Pisces can share these pitfalls when used unwisely.
Where Pisces and Neptune are in the birth chart, we are usually at our most impractical, ungrounded, and idealistic—but also at our most inspired. Its sign, house, and aspects show visions we hope to realize in this lifetime. The positive expressions are service, compassion, spiritual seeking, creativity, and imagination—all worthwhile goals and badly needed in our world.
Challenges of Neptune in the Career Houses
When exaggerated, these positive qualities can be twisted into something less healthy. Imagination is wonderful—the basis of arts and innovations of all kinds. An overactive imagination can turn into suggestibility, living in a fantasy world, and self-delusion.
Spiritual seeking is a valuable antidote to today’s pervasive materialism, yet the seeker must also learn to live with the world’s demands. Metaphysical teachings say that we incarnate in order to take advantage of the wealth of challenges earthly existence provides. Exaggeratedly Neptunian types, however, tend to feel put upon by having to deal with realities like earning a living, when to their own eyes they are meant for greatness, glamour, or guru status.
Service—one of our most generous impulses—originates in the heart. Yet, the path to service is full of twists and turns, for if consistently pursued in unwise ways, it is seldom good for either party. It can sap the giver’s energy and resources while also subtly undermining the receiver’s self-sufficiency, until it turns into a relationship based on rescuing and codependency.
People who serve in order to feel needed and to gain a sense of worth may covertly sabotage those they help. When ego or desire for personal gain enter the picture, our highest intentions can become corrupted. Neptune shows where we are most prone to denial, so ego can masquerade as its reverse, spiritual pride. (“I’m the best servant and the humblest person in the whole wide world.”)
Another challenge in dealing with Pisces and Neptune are their fluid, shape-shifting nature. At one moment, the Neptunian part of our being can encompass all that is high, holy, and creative within us; the next moment, deceit, and self-deception can take hold. Neptune’s realm is the astral plane, which is easily shaped by thought and distorted by fantasy.
Self-awareness is a crucial correction for Neptunian denial and self-deception. While the positive expressions of Neptune or Pisces are gifts, rigorous self-examination and honesty can avert the less desirable expressions. The discipline of a regular spiritual practice such as meditation or Tai chi can provide clarity to keep us on track.
In this exploration of the ways Neptune and Pisces color the vocational houses of the birth chart, we contrasted neurotic or even destructive manifestations with the more exalted ones. Let us not deny the very real place Neptunians have in uplifting and inspiring the collective, for without them we would be too earthbound and mired in mundane realities.
Our world is increasingly materialistic and ruled by greed, and the workplace is more and more technological and dehumanized. In such an era, Neptunians’ dreams become harder and harder to fulfill at the same time that their visionary capacities are more and more needed. They remind us of our own spirituality and compassion for others, and they inspire us to be better people.
The Balance We Learn through a Lifetime of Service
It’s never a simple matter to use Pisces or Neptune well, given their nebulous and ever-shifting nature and the all-too-human wish to deny our less-than-holy motives. Neptune is especially tricky to use in a healthy way when placed in the houses related to success on the material plane.
Where these factors are in our charts, however, we learn over the course of a lifetime to cope with balancing spiritual and earthly concerns. Thus, when they are career indicators, the struggle to integrate their energies into the workplace represents a tough yet extremely productive spiritual path. This life path serves not only the people who have this feature but the rest of us as well. Thanks, folks—we need you!!
Note: This has been an excerpt from a longer chapter about Neptune as a career indicator in Donna Cunningham’s ebook, The Outer Planets and Inner Life, Volume 1: Outer Planets as Career Indicators, available at moonmavenpublications.com.. (Ebooks $15, or 3 for $35.)
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Readers, do you have Neptune or Pisces in the career houses of your astrology chart—the 2nd, 6th, or 10th or making a major aspect to your Midheaven (10th house cusp)? What has your work experience been like and how have you reconciled spiritual vs. material needs in the way you make a living? Tell us about it in the comment section and read the remarkable stories of others with these placements.
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- Planets Squaring the Midheaven—How They Affect your Career
- Neptune’s in your Career House? It’s not a Transit, It’s an Epoch!
- Transits to the Vocational Houses–Temp Job or Career Departure?
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