Sticking to the idea of reviewing and processing, Budd notes that Neptune retrogrades are a great time to examine your dreams, open your heart, transcend pain, and release suffering. “We are also invited to explore the way we confuse or delude ourselves and avoid responsibility or reality (i.e., substance use, fantasizing, excessive TV, or other distractions),” she adds.
And FYI, sometimes things get worse before they get better. As Budd explains, Neptune retrogrades can intensify problems before we choose to address them, or confusion may grow before we find clarity. However, they can also trigger spiritual insight, intuitive awakenings, and expansion, she says.
So, the question then is, how do we make the most of this transit? According to Budd, you’ll want to find where the 25th degree of Pisces falls in your birth chart, and identify which house it’s in. “The house containing the 22nd to 25th degree of Pisces will have the opportunity to contemplate changes, ideas, and insights that occurred during the past seven months of Neptune’s direct motion,” she says. (For example, if this retrograde is happening in your second house of finances and security, perhaps you use the time to home in on a budget plan.)
“If you failed to take sufficient action on something important [while Neptune was direct], you’ll get a chance to review what happened and try again (or prepare to try again),” Budd says, adding, “Reflect on the insight gained during this time and the steps that are still needed to put that new understanding into play in your life.”
And no matter where this retrograde falls in your chart, Budd suggests generally using this Neptune retrograde to deepen your spiritual connection to yourself and prepare to release your current dreams into the world.