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Mars meets Neptune in Pisces

Horoscope 29/04/24

Mars and Neptune meet approximately every two years and have been meeting together in Pisces since early 2013. These conversations are a part of Neptune's journey through Pisces and mark a progression of change as Neptune travels through the sign. What do Mars and Neptune have to say to each other and why is this meaningful?


Mars Glyph

Mars' orbital period is approximately two years, meaning Mars usually spends two month's in each sign.

'Mars is the energy that spurs us into action and allows us to further our ambitions.' Carole Taylor

'The Mars archetype is behind our biological urges to take action and assert ourselves, to go out and participate in life, gratify our material and sexual needs and protect ourselves during times of threat. It underlies our drives to pursue the things we want, and to actively avoid the things and experiences we don't want. The negative qualities related to Mars, such as aggression, competition and rash actions, present many problems in the spiritual quest, tying up our attention in cycles of hurt and revenge, and delaying the healing process.' Renn Butler

'Mars is the principle of energetic force; the impulse and capacity to assert, to act and move energetically and forcefully, to have an impact, to press forward and against, to defend and offend, to act with sharpness and ardour; the tendency to experience aggressiveness, anger, conflict, harm, violence, forceful physical energy; to be combative, competitive, courageous, vigorous; Ares, the God of war.' Richard Tarnas

Mars key words:

  1. Energetic force

  2. Assertiveness

  3. Action and movement

  4. Vigorous pursuit

  5. Competitive spirit


Neptune glyph

First sighted in 1795, Neptune wasn't officially discovered until 1846. Neptune's orbital period is almost 165 years, meaning it takes about 14 years to go through a sign.

'Neptune is the desire to move beyond the material world into the limitless imagination.' Carole Taylor

'Neptune corresponds to the Ultimate Reality principle, the divine source itself and our deepest yearnings to reconnect with it, remember where we came from and where we are going. Neptune transits can help us to regain states of blissful unity, satisfaction, and higher meaning. Blessedly re-enchanting our awareness through dreams and imagination, the Neptune archetype dissolves boundaries, enabling us to compassionately identify with the experiences of other people and other life forms, surrender our limiting egos, and reconnect with our true divine identity.

The Neptune archetype underlies the spiritual drive, per se, the pull of our psyches to merge with divine consciousness, as well as representing the divine itself, the unbroken field of self-aware consciousness underlying all things. At the highest levels of Neptunian experience, people realise that they are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but one spiritual Super-consciousness having all the experiences. Neptune's challenging features, including vulnerability, confusion, deception, and escapism, can be seen as partial but unintegrated contact with Neptune's boundary-dissolving nature.'

Renn Butler

'Neptune is associated with the transcendent, spiritual, ideal, symbolic, and imaginative dimensions of life, with the subtle, formless, intangible, and invisible; with the unitive, timeless, immaterial, and infinite; with all that which transcends the limited literal temporal and material world of concretely empirical reality: myth and religion, art and inspiration, ideals and aspirations, images and reflections, symbols and metaphors, dreams and visions, mysticism, religious devotion, universal compassion. It is associated with the impulse to surrender separative existence and egoic control, to dissolve boundaries and structures in favour of underlying unities and undifferentiated wholes, merging that which was separate, healing and wholeness; the dissolution of ego boundaries and reality structures, states of psychological fusion and intimations of intrauterine existence, melted ecstasy, mystical union, and primary narcissism; with tendencies towards illusion and delusion, deception and self-deception, escapism, intoxications, psychosis, perceptual and cognitive distortions, conflation and confusion, projection, fantasy; with the bedazzlement of consciousness whether by gods, archetypes, beliefs, dreams, ideals, or ideologies; with enchantment, in both positive and negative senses.'

Richard Tarnas

Neptune key words:

  1. Transcendence

  2. Spiritual yearnings

  3. Imaginative dimensions

  4. Boundless imagination

  5. Dissolving boundaries


man in a hat amongst a wacky universe

'Pisces is the domicile of Jupiter, exaltation of Venus, and the sign of the Fish.

In this sign, although the darkness is still dominant, the season of Winter is transforming and yielding to Spring, where the light side of the year will take over.

Jupiter rules the signs where the light begins and where the light takes over.

The following themes are associated with Pisces:

Hope, faith, and redemption

Union, divinity, and materiality

Visions, dreams, and delusions

Divine discontent, divine weakness

Sinners, saints, and salvation

Pisces is a sign related to the restless emergence of light from within the darkness.'

Adam Elenbaas - Nightlight Astrology

As the final sign of the zodiac, Pisces encapsulates the essence of culmination and transcendence. Pisceans are the mystics, drifting between the veils of imagination and the tangible world. The watery realm of Pisces invites us to surrender to the ebb and flow of emotions, to explore the depths of our subconscious, and to embrace the intangible threads that connect us all.

In Pisces the boundaries between the self and the collective dissolve. With its intuitive prowess, Pisces invites us to navigate the vast ocean of empathy, understanding, and compassion. Gods here prompt us to reflect, to delve into the recesses of our souls, and to seek spiritual enlightenment. They guide us to appreciate the beauty of impermanence, to let go of rigid structures, and to immerse ourselves in the serenity of surrender.

Neptune in Pisces

April 4, 2011 to August 4, 2011

February 3, 2012 to March 30, 2025

October 22, 2025 to January 26, 2026

Neptune in Pisces marks an era of collective spiritual interest and expansion. Neptune, God of Transcendence, Spiritual yearnings, Imaginative dimensions, Boundless imagination and Dissolving boundaries, is at home in Pisces, the sign of Hope, faith, and redemption, Union, divinity, and materiality, Visions, dreams, and delusions, Divine discontent, divine weakness, and Sinners, saints, and salvation. This placement intensifies Neptune's principles, implying there will be a profound impact on both individuals and society as a whole.

The last time Neptune was in Pisces, shortly after the official discovery, we saw 'the rapid spread of spiritualism throughout the world, the upsurge of social ideologies, the rise of universalist and communitarian aspirations in both secular and religious movements, the full ascendancy of Idealist and Romantic philosophies of spirit and the imagination, the widespread cultural influence of Transcendentalism, the new popular interest in both Eastern mystical and Western esoteric traditions, and the emergence of theosophy. Here too could be sited the rise of the recreational use of psychoactive drugs in European bohemian circles, the beginning of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and the invention of anaesthetics.' Richard Tarnas

Neptune in Pisces fosters a heightened sensitivity to the mystical and the unseen realms. It encourages a deep exploration of spirituality, compassion, and empathy. Individuals with this placement may possess a strong intuition and a natural inclination towards artistic expression, especially through mediums like music, poetry, and visual arts.

On a collective level, Neptune in Pisces can inspire idealism and a longing for unity and transcendence. However, it can also manifest as escapism, delusion, and confusion if not grounded in reality. As we have seen since 2012, this placement coincides with a period of increased interest in mysticism, spirituality, and alternative healing modalities. We have also seen a rise in technology that allows us to cross boundaries and merge with collective awareness, we can swim in a sea of information with a glance at our phone. Of course this has also brought a new addiction and way of escaping our reality.

In the realm of politics and social movements, Neptune in Pisces can fuel movements centred around compassion, empathy, and humanitarianism. However, it can also contribute to collective disillusionment, deception, and the spread of misinformation if not approached with discernment and critical thinking. Another thing we've seen a huge rise in, particularly through the pandemic in 2020 and beyond. Information and misinformation is now so intertwined that no-one knows who or what to trust. We are all being deceived in one way or another.

A blend of Mars and Neptune

'A gentle and sensitive strength, an open and flexible resilience, a capacity to go with the flow, softened ego energies, relaxed confidence, effortless effort, "smooth strokes", and instinct for being rather than doing, inner radar and sensitivity, the path of least resistance, the ability to have an effect without rousing opposition. A feeling of synergy with others, gifts of compassionate action, right action and enlightened non-action, the ideal of being in the world but not of it, acting without attachment to the results, service to those less fortunate, blends of passion and faith, quiet crusades...Sensitive passion, sacred sexuality, oceanic sex, tantra, and the sacredness of energy and movement.

Shadow qualities include a demoralising sense of futility and pointlessness, weakness and lack of confidence, inability to take decisive action, not being up to life's challenges, unfocused or stalled willpower, procrastination...'

Renn Butler

Mars meeting with Neptune in Pisces

Meeting dates:

  1. February 2013

  2. January 2015

  3. December 2016

  4. December 2018

  5. June 2020

  6. May 2022

  7. April 29th, 2024

This is the final meeting of Mars and Neptune in Pisces.

When Mars and Neptune join in Pisces, an additional layer of depth and complexity is added to this already potent combination of energies.

In modern astrological schools of thought Neptune has been assigned as the ruler of Pisces, a sign traditionally ruled by Jupiter. Pisces is associated with sensitivity, intuition, empathy, and spirituality. It represents the dissolution of boundaries and the merging of individual consciousness with the universal whole.

With Mars and Neptune uniting in Pisces, the assertive and action-oriented energy of Mars is softened and infused with the dreamy, ethereal qualities of Neptune. This alignment intensifies the spiritual and compassionate aspects of this conjunction, as Pisces encourages a deep dive into the subconscious mind and the exploration of mystical realms.

One significant aspect of this combination is the potential for spiritual warriorship. Mars in Pisces, especially when conjunct Neptune, can manifest as a fierce dedication to spiritual ideals and a willingness to fight for justice, compassion, and the greater good. This isn't about aggressive confrontation but rather a steadfast commitment to ideals that transcend individual desires.

The Mars Neptune conjunction in Pisces also heightens intuition and imagination. We may find ourselves deeply attuned to the subtle energies of the universe, able to tap into intuitive insights and creative inspiration with ease. This can be a powerful asset in pursuits such as artistic expression, spiritual exploration, and healing practices.

However, there is also a risk of confusion or disillusionment with this placement. Pisces' influence can blur boundaries and create a sense of ambiguity, making it challenging to distinguish between reality and fantasy. We may need to guard against escapism or becoming lost in idealistic dreams, ensuring we remain grounded in practical realities while still honouring our spiritual and creative impulses.

The conjunction of Mars and Neptune in Pisces adds a profound layer of spirituality, compassion, and intuition to this next cycle. It invites us to embrace our inner warrior with a heart full of empathy and a vision guided by the wisdom of the soul. The next time the pair meet they will be in Aries and we will begin a brand new cycle with a very different flavour.

Neptune Mars Through the Houses

house significations

The house this conjunction lands in (dependent on your rising sign) will add another layer of nuance to the meaning of this transit for you.

Aries Rising: This conjunction falls in your twelfth house, indicating a period of introspection and spiritual exploration. You may feel a strong urge to delve into your subconscious mind and confront any hidden desires or fears. It's a time for spiritual renewal and healing, but be cautious of self-deception or escapism.

Taurus Rising: The conjunction occurs in your eleventh house, highlighting your connection to social causes and group activities. You may feel inspired to join forces with like-minded individuals to pursue humanitarian goals or creative projects. Watch out for unrealistic expectations in your social circle.

Gemini Rising: This conjunction falls in your tenth house, influencing your career and public image. You may be drawn to pursue a profession or creative path that aligns with your spiritual beliefs or artistic talents. However, be wary of illusions or deception in professional matters.

Cancer Rising: The conjunction occurs in your ninth house, inspiring you to expand your horizons through travel, education, or spiritual pursuits. You may feel a strong urge to explore different belief systems or philosophies. Just be mindful of idealism clouding your judgment.

Leo Rising: This conjunction falls in your eighth house, bringing focus to deep psychological transformations and shared resources. You may feel compelled to explore the depths of your psyche or engage in spiritual practices like meditation or energy healing. Beware of financial or emotional entanglements based on illusions.

Virgo Rising: The conjunction occurs in your seventh house, influencing your relationships and partnerships. You may feel a deep spiritual connection with your significant other or be drawn to compassionate collaborations. Ensure clear communication to avoid misunderstandings or deception.

Libra Rising: This conjunction falls in your sixth house, highlighting your health and daily routines. You may feel inspired to incorporate spiritual practices into your wellness regimen or pursue a career in healing arts. Be vigilant about maintaining healthy boundaries and avoiding burnout.

Scorpio Rising: The conjunction occurs in your fifth house, influencing creativity, romance, and self-expression. You may feel inspired to channel your artistic talents into projects that carry a deeper spiritual or emotional meaning. However, be cautious of romantic illusions or creative blockages.

Sagittarius Rising: This conjunction falls in your fourth house, bringing focus to your home, family, and inner emotional world. You may feel a strong desire to create a sanctuary that nurtures your soul or reconnect with your roots. Guard against family secrets or unrealistic expectations in domestic matters.

Capricorn Rising: The conjunction occurs in your third house, influencing communication, learning, and local interactions. You may feel inspired to express yourself creatively or engage in spiritual studies. Be mindful of miscommunications or confusion in your immediate environment.

Aquarius Rising: This conjunction falls in your second house, highlighting your values, finances, and self-worth. You may feel compelled to pursue a career or creative path that aligns with your spiritual beliefs or humanitarian values. Beware of financial idealism or overspending.

Pisces Rising: The conjunction occurs in your first house, influencing your identity, self-expression, and personal goals. You may feel a profound sense of spiritual awakening or renewal, guiding you towards a more authentic expression of yourself. Be cautious of self-delusion or martyrdom tendencies.

What could it mean?

The final one to one conversation between Mars and Neptune in Pisces begins the concluding chapter of a book Neptune has been writing since 2012 around the divine masculine archetype and our collective will and action orientated energy. Neptune in Pisces signifies the rise in consciousness and the embodiment of the divine spark.

What is the Divine Masculine?

The concepts of the divine feminine and divine masculine are archetypal energies that represent fundamental aspects of human consciousness and the universe. They are often associated with qualities traditionally attributed to femininity and masculinity, but extend beyond gender binaries and are present within everyone, regardless of gender.

Divine Feminine:

  • The divine feminine embodies qualities such as nurturing, intuition, compassion, creativity, receptivity, and interconnectedness.

  • It is associated with the energies of the moon, water, and the earth, representing the cyclical nature of life, birth, and transformation.

  • Archetypal figures of the divine feminine include goddesses from various mythologies and spiritual traditions, such as Isis, Lakshmi, Athena, and Mary.

  • The divine feminine represents the power of creation, intuition, emotional intelligence, and the ability to nurture and sustain life.

  • It emphasises qualities of empathy, compassion, collaboration, and co-operation, fostering connections with oneself, others, and the natural world. Divine Masculine:

  • The divine masculine embodies qualities such as strength, courage, leadership, logic, assertiveness, and action.

  • It is associated with the energies of the sun, fire, and the sky, representing power, clarity, and transformation.

  • Archetypal figures of the divine masculine include gods and heroes from various mythologies and spiritual traditions, such as Zeus, Apollo, Odin, and Jesus Christ.

  • The divine masculine represents the power of manifestation, logic, rationality, and the ability to protect and provide for oneself and others.

  • It emphasises qualities of determination, resilience, self-discipline, and the ability to take decisive action in pursuit of goals and aspirations.

Both the divine feminine and divine masculine energies are essential for achieving balance, harmony, and wholeness within each of us and in the collective consciousness of humanity. They complement each other, forming a dynamic interplay of energies that supports growth, evolution, and spiritual awakening.

By embracing and integrating both aspects within ourselves, we can cultivate a more holistic and empowered way of being, fostering deeper connections with ourselves, others, and the world around us. This integration allows us to tap into our full potential and contribute to the collective evolution and transformation of consciousness.

As within, so without

Activating your own inner divine masculine involves cultivating and embodying the divine masculine qualities in a balanced and empowered way. Here are some suggestions on how to do so:

  1. Self-awareness: Start by reflecting on your own beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours related to masculinity. Identify any societal conditioning or stereotypes that may be limiting your expression of the divine masculine.

  2. Connect with your strengths: Take time to acknowledge and embrace your unique strengths, talents, and abilities. Whether it's leadership skills, logical thinking, physical strength, or emotional resilience, honouring your strengths is essential for embodying the divine masculine.

  3. Set clear intentions: Define what the divine masculine means to you and set clear intentions for embodying these qualities in your daily life. This could involve qualities like courage, integrity, assertiveness, and compassion.

  4. Practice self-discipline: Cultivate self-discipline and self-mastery by setting goals, establishing routines, and following through with your commitments. This helps build confidence and resilience, key qualities associated with the divine masculine.

  5. Take action: Don't hesitate to take decisive action towards your goals and aspirations. Trust your intuition and inner guidance, and have the courage to pursue your dreams with determination and perseverance.

  6. Embrace vulnerability: Recognize that vulnerability is not a sign of weakness but a strength of the divine masculine. Allow yourself to be vulnerable, express your emotions authentically, and cultivate deep connections with others based on trust and authenticity.

  7. Practice compassion and empathy: Cultivate empathy and compassion towards yourself and others. Recognize the interconnectedness of all beings and strive to support and uplift others with kindness and understanding.

  8. Seek mentorship and guidance: Surround yourself with positive role models and mentors who embody the qualities of the divine masculine. Learn from their wisdom and experience, and integrate their teachings into your own journey of self-discovery and growth.

  9. Embody integrity: Align your actions with your values and principles, and strive to live with integrity in all areas of your life. Be honest, authentic, and accountable for your choices and behaviours.

  10. Balance masculine and feminine energies: Remember that the divine masculine is not about dominance or control but about balance and harmony with the divine feminine. Honour and integrate both masculine and feminine energies within yourself to achieve wholeness and harmony.

By consciously cultivating and embodying these qualities, you can activate your own inner divine masculine and contribute to the collective evolution and transformation of consciousness.

Read more about the divine masculine energies here and here.


Astrology: Using the wisdom of the stars in your every day life - Carole Taylor

The Archetypal Universe - Renn Butler

Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View - Richard Tarnas

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  • What's going on for you at this time will depend on other conversations in the sky above and how those conversations are interacting with your own birth chart. Everyone is unique and everyone's journey through the cosmos is unique.

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