Neptune in Capricorn
Neptune was last in this sign between 1984 and 1998. Because of Neptune's excessively wet nature, Saturn's dryness which promotes distinctions is inhibited. This has the effect of undermining, in a subtle way, the structures and institutions of government such that their integrity is questioned. Scandal is often the result. In the USA, the period began with the idealism of patriotic values under Reagan and ended with the impeachment of Clinton. Because the energy level of Neptune is low, resistance is often passive in nature. It is similar to Jupiter's transit of this place in that one has to evaluate what is truly real and what is just illusion. Communism was strongly affected by this transit because Neptune is inclusive and idealistic and Saturn seeks to organize this into a political reality. This generation will be prone to idealistic values with regard to what the proper role of government should be. Those with inner planets in close aspect or conjunction to Neptune here may promote a form of government in the future with religious or philosophical overtones.
In a diurnal chart, the heat and dryness of the day counteract the cold and wet nature of Neptune. Therefore, Saturns ability to create and maintain structure is upheld. Neptune may only be felt as a sort of idealizing influence upon the structures that Saturn has created in your life. As a result, you may be blinded or rationalize any problems related to the house position of Neptune. You may find it difficult to let go of traditions.
In a nocturnal chart, the cold and wet of night amplify these same qualities in Neptune. These natives will have to face and discern reality from illusion in order to create effective structures represented by the house placement of Neptune. They are less likely to have idealistic values related to government and patriotism and are more likely to passively resist injustices.
© 2001 Curtis Manwaring