Neptune in Pisces: “Humanity’s Final Exam”

The planet Neptune moved into the sign of the two fish – Pisces in April 2011 and will remain until it final exit into the sign of the ram, Aries in January of 2026. This roughly 14 year cycle has Neptune residing at home – it rules Pisces. There are many world themes to explore in this cycle including the steady loss of boundaries between ourselves as individuals and the rest of the world, humanity’s expression of empathy and compassion to those in need, ways we may escape or transcend our reality, increased interest in all forms of media and creative expression, as well as our use and abuse of our earth’s oceans. This last theme echoes in all discussions around climate change, extreme weather patterns and rising sea levels.

Like prophets of old, the climate scientists Raymond Pierrehumbert and James E. Hansen are calling upon us all to be aware that the political and social choices we make around our use of energy resources reaches far into the future. Our children, our grandchildren and many generations after will be at risk of losing the very quality of life we take for granted now.

Intuitively the Pisces glyph of two fish symbolically swimming away from each other indicates the choice to swim upstream or down. Neptune in Pisces calls upon us to explore unworldly choices that include swimming with or against the tide of denial, illusion and escapism around climate change. What we sacrifice now to buy back that treasure we are in danger of losing is called redemption. Redemption of our shared oceans, weather patterns, coastal cities and the very way we live, clothe and feed ourselves. Redemption of our very humanity.