Moon / Neptune




The contacts of these two bodies are not easy to interpret, for they operate in many seemingly diverse ways.  Both the Moon and Neptune affect the emotional nature, and the action of the latter is greatly to sensitize it and as it were enlarge its scope.  Perhaps the dominant feature is the desire to do something great and unusual.  In the more ordinary types we find chiefly a desire to do comparatively usual things in an unusual manner or on a grandiose scale.  In more exceptional horoscopes the desire takes all sorts of strange forms.

The contacts are undoubtedly beneficial in a worldly sense, tending to bestow wealth and ease, and very often there are more of the good things in life than the native seems to merit; he may benefit considerably by others’ brain and toil and may be a conscious or unconscious parasite.

It is specially good for the numerous Neptunian features of modern business, such as hire-purchase.

In some cases, there is much spiritual ambition, inclining, if the rest of the map shows afflictions, to such unbalance as we find in Joseph Smith the Mormon, William II of Germany, Ghandi and Archbishop Laud (who was a very superstitious man).

It has a mediumistic and spiritist side, for Neptune has particularly intimate relations with the so-called “astral plane”; but this tendency has been exaggerated, and is more commonly found under other aspects to Neptune.

It is a rather unsatisfying configuration, for there is no boundary to the aspirations of Neptune, and we often find an overweening desire to push further and further ahead, without due acceptance of the limitations which mundane conditions necessarily impose upon all of us(*).

           (*)This difficulty of adjusting spiritual longings to earthly conditions is at the root of most, and perhaps of all, Neptunian influences.



Here the restless, insatiate character of the combination is much to the front.  It is a kind, sympathetic, warm-hearted influence (though less so in such a sign as Gemini) and often has much to do with the sadder and more stricken part of humanity.  There is also, by reason of the great sensitiveness, a marked tendency to withdraw into seclusion and live a retired and cloistered life.   My impression is, that it is a very dissatisfied contact, but this unhappiness is often concealed, and is only to be detected by one who is aware of the forms in which such a condition betrays itself.  Thus we may have gloomy moods, sarcasm, sneers at others, temper, resentment of supposed ill-usage, cynicism, extravagant display – all attempts to appease an inner hunger.  At the same time, since, as stated, the Conjunction is at heart a sympathetic and kind influence, these unpleasant features are often by no means prominent or frequent.

It is a position (like Sun Conj. Neptune) which is often found in the nativities if astrologers, but I have not often found it in psychic maps.

It tends to uncertain and unreliable behaviour, so that it is unwise to depend too much upon persons who have it, for their conduct at one moment may be quite different from what it will be an hour later.

It cannot be considered as a strengthening moral influence, and in the maps of men is a frequent cause of secret or would’be “affairs”; it is very hostile to happy marriage in male maps.  In women’s maps it seems to range from flightiness through emotionalism up to religious fervour, according to the general character of the map.



These aspects tend in the case of men, to a kindly, rather easy-going character, and the probability of complications with the other sex, and probably scandal.  Much must, as always, depend on other parts of the map, but as a general rule it is a scandal-engendering influence.  It also often causes the wife to be an invalid, a recluse or a nag.  Neptune has high ideals, and under affliction is prone to apply them mercilessly, sometimes to itself sometimes to others, perhaps both to itself and to others.  Discontent and complaints ensue.  An inability to rest satisfied with anything short of perfection is a common and a tormenting condition.

In affairs there is a tendency to intrigue, and to seek short-cuts and get-rich-quick methods.  There is sometimes a subtle interior laziness, which shuns definite matter-of-fact views, and seeks to meander in fantasy.  A legitimate outlet for these romantic tendencies is very much to be desired in such cases.

In women there is a high emotional tension with various forms of manifestation.  From a moral point of view they run from the deceptive and untruthful to those who are unreliable owing to the instable character of their feelings.  There is also a distinct liability to be deceived by others and to suffer various forms of disillusion.  Neptunian traits often appear in the husband even with the lunar affliction, and similarly with the father.  This, I know is quite contrary to accepted teachings, in which the Moon is always referred to the mother, but the evidence is pretty clear.  Thus, running down my list of six female cases with Moon in bad aspect to Neptune, I find: Two cases where the father was a minister of religion, two where he was an artist, and two where he was a muddler!

In the case of men it seems that one or other of the parents is often of a harsh – sometimes a rigid discipline or Puritanic – type.  This is clearly shown in the case of King Edward VII.  In his case Moon is Square Saturn as well as Sesquiquadrate Neptune, but I have noticed it in other cases wherein the Moon was afflicted only by Neptune.

I have known instances wherein the Square seems to have denoted a parasitical tendency, the native being of an easy-going, put-off-the-evil-day type, but as a rule receiving help in his difficulties from others.

The tendency to resort to spiritualistic practices is common under these configurations; and this I attribute to the inborn desire of the Neptunian to rise to something above and beyond earthly interests.  Moreover, the “messages” delivered by mediums are often of a comforting and optimistic character, and this is helpful to the anxious frame of mind that Moon-Neptune afflictions are apt to generate.  Further, Neptune, through the 12th house, has affinity with death and the dead, and these aspects seem sometimes to cause the native to be obsessed by thoughts of the hereafter.  These proclivities seem commoner in women than in men, whose activities depend on solar rather than lunar configurations.  I know a case of a couple both of whom have Moon Square Neptune in almost identical degrees – Pisces to Gemini – and the spiritist interests are very strong in the wife, but the husband is hardly affected except through her.




Zola, Ghandi, Ramsay MacDonald, Ford, Maupassant, Sven Hedin, Mortinus (French astrologer), “Bullfighter,” Lord Beresford, President Garfield, Dawson Rogers (spiritist), George Borrow.


The Conjunction

George Washington, R.L. Stevenson, Nicholas II, Charles Dickens, Lily Langtry, “Obession,” H.J. Bennett and wife, “Born in Flood,” Lord Elgin, Clarence Hatry (London financier), Dreyfus, “Mabel Collins.”



Abbas Effendi, Generals Gordon and Mackenson, “Opium Habitute,” Felix Faure, Fallieres, Ceasar Borgia.