Moon conjunct Neptune
There’s no shortage of imagination when the Moon is in conjunction to Neptune in the natal chart. How this quality is used depends greatly on the other aspects to this conjunction and the natives’ level of maturity. In a difficult chart, over-sensitivity, dependency, self-pity, irresponsibility, escapism, and irrational fears are possible. However, most people with this aspect do not display all or even most of these traits for prolonged periods.
There is a powerful need for a creative outlet for their imaginations. Intuitive and dreamy, these people “feed” on inspiration. They want to connect to something higher than themselves–to rise above the mundane. The idealism of this position is tremendous, but it also opens them up to some serious let-downs. These people grab onto some fantasy, feeling, or inspiration and it takes them so very high, that when reality hits, they fall down hard.
Sensitive to a fault, they live in the world of feelings. They just as easily feel ecstatic as they do pained by life, although these processes are very much private matters that are not usually apparent on the surface of things. They want to believe that people are honest, kind, refined, and good-hearted, and they will pick up any small indication that this could be true. In other words, they find the good in people as much as possible. They are very accepting, and generally make those close to them feel quite free. However, the closer you are to these people, the more you will realize that it can be very easy to burst their bubbles. Emotionally, they can be hard to pin down. They rarely categorize people, and they have a hard time making definite statements or commitments. They do most anything to avoid hurting a loved one’s feelings.
People with this aspect generally need a fair amount of “down time”, as they are very sensitive to all of the mixed energies of any given milieu. Stress is not something they handle well, and their usual response to difficult situations is escapism.
Emotional nourishment is constantly sought, and these people find it difficult to satisfy their emotional longings. The expression “divine discontent” applies here. Creative outlets help tremendously.
Alternate Karmic Insight interpretation: The ability to empathize is a soul quality you have developed through many past experiences. Your psychic openness and capacity to “tune in” to what others are feeling is certainly a talent and a gift, but it can also make you vulnerable to your environment in many ways. You unconsciously absorb the psychic atmosphere and feelings of the people around you, so much so that you may be unable to separate yourself and distinguish your own emotions from other people’s. You are thus susceptible to being manipulated, especially through pity. Allowing others to leech off of you emotionally, financially, or even psychically can be a problem for you. On another level, when you are not in balance you may manifest an over sensitivity toward chemicals, pollutants in your surroundings, or even prescription drugs, and an intolerance for any sort of noise, stress, or dissonance. You tend to take it all in, rather than resist or maintain firm limits. You have rather soft, permeable boundaries. When you get out of balance, however, you respond well to subtle therapies which affect primarily the emotional or subtle energies and thereby bring you into harmony. Beautiful music has a healing affect upon you, color therapy, aromatherapy, or simply being in or around water can all be very effective for you.
It is also beneficial for you to periodically withdraw for renewal. Going on spiritual retreats or visiting sanctuaries, even just being out in the wilderness, are quite necessary for you at times. You have a pronounced desire to escape or leave the world.
It is as if you remember a much more beautiful, idyllic, and peaceful world (the womb/home) and a part of you always longs to return. Meditation and contemplative practices can satisfy this urge to reconnect; the use of drugs, alcohol, or indulging in other escapist strategies could be a negative (or at least ineffective) way to try to achieve the same peace or bliss.
Some Famous People with Moon conjunct Neptune: Bill Cosby, Mike Farrell, Tommy Hilfiger, Dustin Hoffman, Billy Joel, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Frank, Bono (U2).
Moon square or opposition Neptune
Because of their dreamy natures and big hopes, it is too easy for those with Moon in hard aspect to Neptune to become disenchanted. In turn, it is easy for them to be inspired once again. The result is an emotional rollercoaster ride. These people hunger for emotional inspiration and nourishment, but they can be like a bottomless pit in this regard. Or, their hopes can be too lofty and unrealistic, so the undefined prize they are searching for is forever elusive. At times, they feel very much at mercy of their emotions, yet they have a hard time truly understanding or defining their emotional worlds. There is much yearning of the soul with this position, yet the emptiness they tend to feel so overwhelmingly at times is hard to define. In all likelihood, they are searching for unconditional love–both to give it and to receive it. Yet, their own faith and trust in others is subject to huge swings. They want more than anything to trust their loved ones, yet when they do, part of them is suspicious of their own trusting hearts, and they worry that they trust too much. Often, these issues stem from a childhood in which the nurturing was inconsistent.
These people can waste a lot of time on emotional whims, when they follow illusive or unrealistic goals and people. In relationships, quite ironically, these emotional souls can be hard to reach. They have a hard time committing to any one path, and they can very easily sidestep difficult issues. The avoidance of “not so nice” topics is perhaps most prominent in men with this position, although both sexes very often say something on the lines of, “let’s not talk about that”. Facing reality and hard cold facts can be hard for these people. They tend to glamorize their past or dream about an ideal future, and enjoying the present is a rarity. Procrastination on an emotional level is a huge tendency. These are compassionate souls who may nevertheless be reluctant to get involved, perhaps because they sense that they could easily become lost in any given cause. They are psychic sponges who absorb the emotions of others. They are extremely sensitive to the emotional “climate” of any given place, setting, or situation. In some cases, people with this aspect in their natal charts project Neptune onto their environment, and thus attract Neptunian people and circumstances into their lives. Some, for example, attract partners who are elusive, addicted, irresponsible, or unwilling to commit. Unusual emotional entanglements and fancies are common with this position. In some cases, “scandals” occur in the life. Creative outlets for their powerful imaginations can be extremely helpful, as they can provide a forum for the emotional drama that they crave.
Some Famous People with the Moon in Hard Aspect to Neptune: Squares – Brigitte Bardot, Clint Black, Lloyd Bridges, Farrah Fawcett, Mia Farrow, Al Pacino, Sigmund Freud, Martha Stewart, Bruce Willis; Oppositions – Lisa Bonet, Frank Capra, Geena Davis, Robert Downey Jr., Sally Field, Brendan Fraser, Marilyn Monroe.
Moon sextile or trine Neptune
With these aspects in the natal chart, there is an unmistakably compassionate and understanding side to the nature. These people have a natural affinity to music. While everyone enjoys music, people with Moon in harmonious aspect to Neptune respond to music as a vehicle to heal, relax, and to uplift the soul. Naturally perceptive, without even trying they tune into the feelings of others, and the mood of their surroundings. There is a distinct emotional need to escape into the world of imagination, and to withdraw from others at times when they need to re-center themselves, largely because they tend to “take in” a lot of mixed energies from their surroundings. Strong and sudden “feelings” and hunches can overcome them. More often than not, their intuition is correct, although their imagination is also powerful and they can read too much into a situation as a result. Some laziness is associated with this position. This stems from a natural timidity and sensitivity that is apparent from youth. They may have been labeled “shy” in youth, and family members or friends may have jumped in to “save” them from situations that required boldness or aggressiveness. Thus, passivity was accepted and, as adults, these people are less experienced than most when it comes to reaching out or going after what they want.
The trine aspect is the more dynamic of the two harmonious aspects. Those with the sextile can call upon these traits when needed, and those with the trine between the Moon and Neptune have incorporated the traits of the aspect into their personalities, expressing them naturally and consistently.
Some Famous People with Moon in Harmonious Aspect to Neptune: Sextiles – Jeffrey Archer, Ted Danson, David Spade, Sheena Easton; Trines – Ed Asner, Tyra Banks, Marlon Brando, Bo Derek, Queen Latifah, Matt LeBlanc, Catherine Zeta-Jones.