Neptune in retrograde will give you a brutal wake-up call: Here’s how to prepare yourself

Here we are again with another planet possibly affecting our lives. While Saturn is still doing its thing, Neptune started its retrograde just last week and will last until Nov. 24.

According to, Neptune is known as the planet of dreams, spirituality, and personal possibilities. During its retrograde period, it’s considered “a bit of a wake-up call, as it can provoke you to make big changes in your life.” Bottomline: It’s not as bad as Mercury in retrograde but it will bring big revelations in your life that you need to act on.

That said, here are some of the things that you should start doing in the next few months. Take a close look because you might putting some of them off during the first half of the year.

Materialize your dreams and ideas

Bustle notes that Neptune “fully supports a vision board the size of your bedroom wall.” While it’s nice to daydream and just think of plans, it might be time for you to make them happen. Spirit Science Central adds, “Neptune retrograde wakes up the dozy dreamer in you and lovingly pushes you to get real about your life. It shows you how to start actually working towards the life we envision.”

Jot down all the ideas

That said, Refinery29 explains that your creative juices will flow even more during Neptune in retrograde. So have a notebook or your trusty Notes app ready once you get an idea for work and personal projects.

Confront challenges

Neptune being in retrograde will push you to face reality, including the challenges that you chose to ignore in the past. These can include bad relationships, being in debt, and illness. Astrology King notes, “Neptune retrograde can show the source of the pain from which you sought to escape. You may then feel humiliated, betrayed, scared, anxious or guilty.” So use this opportunity to resolve any problems you have with other people and cut ties if necessary, especially since this coincides with the karmic effect of Saturn in retrograde.

Grab the self-help books

Astrology King adds that the retrograde has internalizing influence which means “you may spend more time worrying about yourself and your problems.” This is why it’s time for you to focus on your spiritual self-development. You can read self-help books, do meditation, work out, and have a toxin-free diet. Do anything that will help you clear your mind.

Avoid things that drain your energy

If you’re sensitive and feel easily drained by, well, life, Star Sign Style lists down the things you should avoid: “Drugs (including strong medicine), chemicals, stimulants, addictive personalities, attractions, overwhelming people and places that drain your energy.” Again, Neptune in retrograde is the perfect time to achieve inner peace so don’t let anyone and anything ruin that.


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