Neptune Rising 🌊 astrological patterns of spirituality, creativity, & eternal self-seeking

Neptune is a planet associated with all things ethereal, transcendant, and difficult to pin down concretely. Astrologically, Neptune is a symbol of altered states of consciousness, unconditional love, divination, connecting to the collective unconscious & universal themes of humanity, creativity, art, performance in theatre or movies, divine inspiration & intervention.

Neptune also symbolizes problematic issues such as codependence, substance abuse, addiction, avoidance, and self-medication in an effort to numb overwhelming feelings or situations.

People with Neptune aspecting a sensitive point in their natal chart (Neptune conjunct, square, or opposite an inner planet or point such as the Ascendant, Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, or Mars) embody any of these symbols especially well.

But, how do we know if someone will be a spiritual enthusiast, an artist, or struggle with substance abuse?

Ultimately, there is no way to know for certain because a person’s birth chart simply shows the potential. We are shaped by our environment and experiences.

But, we can look at the nature of the placement of Neptune to see the variety with which things may develop.

Looking specifically at Neptune Rising (Neptune conjunct the Ascendant), we know that the physical body and the very core of the person’s identity is Neptunian. People with this placement tend to be highly sensitive at a physical level. This can manifest as being clairsentience (literally feeling sensations based on feelings of others or other factors in the environment). They may be prone to sensitivity to foods, scents and other products. And they simply require more downtime to recharge because they are significantly affected by the environment around them at a physical and psychological level. Concentrative meditation practices and regular energy clearing practices can go a long way for these people to feel more stable and secure.

Neptune Rising people tend to have a fluid persona. They are impressionable and tend to take on the mannerisms and interests of people they spend long periods of time with. And, they are highly skilled at consciously adapting their persona to fit a situation. This is seen to function extremely well for those involved in the performing arts, acting, or any activity where a person must “become” someone or something else temporarily. Those with any inclination toward the arts or performance would benefit greatly from channeling their interests in that direction. The creative process is both therapeutic and purposeful for Neptune Rising people.

This fluid persona is accompanied by the ongoing question, “who am I?” – the classic Neptune person conundrum! People with Neptune Rising are particularly prone to be on a lifelong journey of self seeking because they are so malleable and adaptable. In addition, people tend to project onto the Neptune Rising person what they want or need, so the Neptune person is constantly having to discern if they are indeed how other people see them, or if they’re someone or something else. Which changes so often that it can bring up this questioning constantly!

Ultimately, this journey of self seeking and asking “who am I?” is one of the most satisfying for Neptune Rising people. When they relax into the process and let go of the endpoint, it becomes an exciting journey rich in symbols and adventure.

Practices such as self-reflection, mediation, and having unbiased and grounded people who can assist in the journey to stabilize the Neptune Rising person in the modern world are extremely helpful. Ultimately, this process is about seeing themselves as they see themselves, not as other people perceive them to be.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to thrive as a highly sensitive person, check out my online course here.

Or, if you’d like to set up an astrological counseling session with me to identify the next steps in your journey, find out more about my sessions here.

Transitions & Transformations! (with my channel 😊🌟)

I’m super excited to make a change with my channel! Instead of horoscope type videos, I’ll be sharing information for highly sensitive and empathic type people to work with their challenges and gifts. HSPs and empaths often struggle with codependence, creating healthy boundaries, or are chronically overwhelmed in daily life.

I’ll be sharing information about topics like this based on my own life and what I see most useful for my clients in my practice as an astrological counselor.

Enjoy and thank you always for your support ❀️

Love reading your thoughts in the comments, thank you for watching and for being who you are in the world!



10 Tips for Getting Through a Dark Night of the Soul

Many people all over the world have been through a dark night of the soul – including me! Here are some things that helped me immensely and continue to be a source of support…

  1. There are no steps, it’s a spiral and it’s life.
  2. Practice surrender to the process, it is what it is. Trying to change it creates emotional quicksand
  3. Go outside, in nature, in public, be around people even if you don’t interact (sometimes that’s better actually)
  4. Find healthy creature comforts (feeling things via your body)…textures, scents, foods, movements that are pleasing). Note: if you struggle with substances this could be a tricky one…favor bodywork instead.
  5. Limit exposure to people who want you to be different than you are. Limit exposure to superficial conversations because they may heighten feelings of alienation.
  6. But, tell people how you are…if someone tries to cheer you up, kindly tell them that you feel how you feel and they can support you by listening
  7. Talk to safe people (therapist, counselor, teacher, friend, family – INVALUABLE)
  8. Fuck it, just talk to people. 
  9. Create a support system of people you can turn to AND realize that no one person or activity will relive your suffering. That is something that happens organically from within you. Expecting others to comfort you emotionally sets you up for disappointment. Focus on comforting yourself while being connected to others…interdependence.
  10. Have a purpose every day. Sometimes that’s simply getting out of bed and moving through life. More advanced purposes are connecting to others, building your support system, and connecting with other people in a genuine way.

If you’re going through a dark night of the soul or if you have before, leave a comment to others know what helped you most.

Xo, Shawna

How To Follow my Weekly Forecasts with Your BirthChart

If you want to understand your chart, learn astrology, and apply the weekly forecasts at a deeper & more personal level, this video is for you! Grab your chart and follow along…


  • Print out your chart with Whole Sign Houses (if you’ve gotten a reading with me, use that or if you need help with this, email me).


  • Make note of: sign and degree (round up) of your rising, your Moon, Sun, Venus, and Mars – these are the personal points that you want to pay attention to when it comes to weekly transits (outer planets are many because MANY people have same placement born within same years). Side note: some of these will be more important than others based on what house they rule, aspects they’re making, strength overall, etc. etc….but that’s why we do an astrology reading to look at all of that stuff.


  • Mark where lunations (new moons, full moons, and quarter moons) are happening – this brings to focus areas of life within the houses (watch my upcoming video series about interpretation of each house) or in relation to your sensitive points.


  • Is there action happening in the same space (or square or opposition) to your personal points? You know this if it’s in same sign or same mode (watch my video on modes).


  • Sit back and look at major common themes – how would this apply to your life now? What is present and what advice would you give yourself?


Full Disclosure: This is a first attempt to share a guide to following along with your own chart. This is a full list and I hope you’ll find it helpful no matter what your level. If you feel overwhelmed, just start with printing out your chart (email me!).Β 

Or maybe you just want to track the lunations and leave the rest for later. It’s all about what’s most accessible and do-able for you right now.

Leave me a comment and let me know how you’ll follow along next week!



The Modes (Cardinal, Fixed, & Mutable) as Signs of Expression in Astrology

Get a deeper understanding of the astrology signs by getting to know the Modes (Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable)…

Cardinal: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn

Fixed: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius

Mutable: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces

  1. There are 3 ways that the signs are categorized – this actually is the root of interpreting aspects (sextile, square, trine) – when you understand the modes, it will help you easily see aspects in a chart over time with practice.
  2. The Categories are: Gender (or yin/yang, or active/passive), Element (fire, earth, air, water) AND the Mode (cardinal, fixed, and mutable). Note: this is simply Western astrology, Chinese astrology they use a different element system, not universal.
  3. Mode tells us about the general pacing of a planet. You can think of it as where the planet is within the process of life (beginning, middle, or end (aka transition).
  4. Cardinal: beginnings, initiation, quick movement, in the now
  5. Fixed: sustaining, slow, little to no change, developing
  6. Mutable: change, transition, not as fast as cardinal but not as slow as fixed. This is about 2 – the choosing, the changing, the movement between.
  7. How to interpret? What planet are you looking at, what does it symbolize?
  8. Modes are used especially in horary astrology to ask a question and they show how quick or slow things will happen.
  9. When we’re looking at transits (or natal), it’s more about how active and dynamic is that planet…that lends itself to the interpretation and we combine that with the element and house.
  10. Aspects: it also means that any planet who shares the same mode will be square or opposite. These are often seen to be challenging aspects…which seems odd since they have something in common but maybe this is because all the common energy moves toward a certain energy with a lot of force.

Hope you find this helpful! Leave a comment and let me know what mode your Moon is in. How would you interpret this in your life?

Love reading your thoughts in the comments, thank you for watching and sharing!