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Neptune transits can create a haze, and while Neptune transited Aquarius, computers, the internet, and other technical developments made it a dangerous thing to space out where finances are concerned. If you believe that it somehow makes you more spiritual to never look at price tags or ask questions when money is involved, in today’s world, you’re looking for trouble. Neptune in its own sign, Pisces, is likely to be even more spacey.
Have you been living in a dream world where money is concerned? The longer the dream goes on, the more jarring the awakening, so stay with me while we talk about Neptune transits to the money houses—the 2nd or the 8th.
Wherever Neptune is transiting, it’s there for the long haul. Slow-moving Neptune stays in a sign for about 14 years. Since it moves a little more than 2° a year, ball park figures would be 11 years for a 25° wide house and 21 years for a 45° wide house. The effects aren’t continual—the transit sets up a general mood or trend but is only fully active when forming actual aspects to a natal position.
Neptune in the 2nd or 8th: Shopaholics Anonymous
The dual message of the 2nd is that it doesn’t just show your earnings, but also how you spend and manage your money. If you have Aquarius there natally, you may have always snatched up the newest things, the leading edge, the gadgets, and the glitter. The 8th can represent debt spending, and with Neptune transiting there, you may be running up debts while putting on a false front of affluence and glamour.
Neptune also represents addiction, and so in the time Neptune has been in your 2nd or 8th, you may have become a shopaholic, especially where state of the art electronics and computerized gizmos are concerned. You probably don’t wait until the prices come down, because the newest models make you feel so leading edge, so advanced, and even part of the digital elite or the glitterati.
Heads Up—Scams are Everywhere!
While Neptune transits your 2nd or especially your 8th, the house of credit cards and debt, you need to be perpetually vigilant against scams. This is also true of people with Neptune in those houses natally.
Identity thieves and other scammers around the world are more and more crafty and predatory. They stay years ahead of the curve in terms of programs to steal data, viruses to infect a hard drive, and so on. A stolen identity can be ruinous and take years to put right, so with Neptune transiting these houses, fraud insurance is an important hedge against financial disaster.
In general, being alert to the possibility of fraud is important with Neptune transits to the money houses. Be careful not to invest more than you earn, and do be wary of charming con artists and get-rich scams. If it sounds too good to be true…..you know the rest! They say you can’t cheat an honest man, but in today’s world, you also have to be smart, skeptical, and forever alert.
While you’re at it, read all the fine print in your credit card and loan documents. Predatory lending can leave you in so much debt that it’s hard to get out from under it. There are plenty of thieves in the corporate and banking worlds, though they’re called CEOs. Don’t sign contracts you don’t understand.
Mixing Finances–Neptune, Codependency, and Boundaries
Likewise don’t invest more of your money, time, or heart in someone with “potential” who doesn’t invest as much as you do and more. You can’t save anyone who won’t save themselves—don’t be a rescuer, because a rescuer too often winds up being an enabler.
We’ve spoken a good deal about Neptune, codependency, and boundaries on Skywriter in recent weeks. If Neptune is transiting your 2nd or 8th house, the hardest lessons about setting and respecting boundaries are likely to be learned in the area of finances and money management. Reread that series of articles with finances in mind—you’ll find the links below.
More Fortunate Potentials of Neptune Transits
If transiting Neptune is making positive aspects like trines and sextiles to 2nd house planets or from the 2nd to the Midheaven or other natal 10th house placements, this may be a time to capitalize on your creative and artistic gifts. The 2nd often shows profitable sidelines, so you may also find rewards in a home business selling beauty, fashion accessories, or home decorating products.
In the 8th, the support can come from people who believe in your gifts, but do be careful of the relationship deteriorating over time if you don’t make sure to make and respect boundaries.
If you’ve wanted to begin a practice in the metaphysical realms, start part time during these aspects. When it transits the 2nd house, an important concern to work through is that of feeling so guilty charging for your work that you don’t meet your own needs adequately. Service to others is a beautiful application of Neptune, but be aware, also, that codependency and boundary issues can creep into service work.
(See the free download from my ebook, Counseling Principles for Astrologers here: Cunningham–codependency_and_astrology. )
Related Articles about Neptune on Skywriter:
- Neptune in the 2nd—Money, Boundaries, & Codependency
- Fog in the Workplace—Neptune or Pisces in the Career Houses
- Neptune’s in your Career House? It’s not a Transit, It’s an Epoch!
- Skywriter’s Readers share their own Neptunian Career Tales
- What your Astrology Chart Says about your Boundary Issues
- Boundaries 101 ~ A Course for Neptunians
- Boundaries 201–Ten More Tips for Neptunians
- 22 Articles about Neptune on Skywriter
- How Strong is your Neptune? Here’s the Score!
Articles in the Astrology and Personal Finances series:
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 2nd House
- Astrologers’ Hang-ups about Money—How they Hurt our Clients
- The 2nd House and Money Management Patterns
- Your 2nd House—A Clue to Extra Income
- The Unsuspected Role of the 8th House in Fiscal Fitness
- Uranus in the 2nd—Freedom & Individuality, vs. Financial Stability
- Saturn and Uranus Transits to the 2nd/8th House Axis
- Neptune in the 2nd—Money, Boundaries, & Codependency
- Neptune Transits to the 2nd-8th Axis—Time to Get Real about Money
- Money and Pluto in the 2nd House—The Haves vs. the Have Nots
- Thought Forms–How They Add to Money Blocks
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