A person with Neptune in the 1st house carries the immense whirlpools of this oceanic planet around with them. It immediately adds a strongly sensitive, stormy, and magnetic resonance to their being. This part of the natal chart represents the physical body, sphere of identity, approach to life and personal outlook. With Neptune in this position, they’re often dreamy, thin-skinned, other-worldly, mysterious and far-away.The person is uniquely gifted at picking up the emotional tone in the atmosphere; they carry around this huge “psychic sponge” and respond sensitively to everything around them. It can give rise to prophetic premonitions, which are difficult to interpret and, thus, introduces otherworldly elements into the life without there being much protection in place. Neptune tends to pick up the qualities of the atmosphere and emotional vibrations, absorbing all experiences and being changeable in its nature.
Anybody with a powerful Neptune energy is not always clear about what they want in life and may be found drifting throughout experiences without any definite direction. The lines are a little blurred when attempting to establish a grounded sense of self-definition. The person can be extremely sensitized and have a hard time functioning in the world. The 1st rules the physicality of a person and so there is, at times, an unexplainable and mystifying tiredness with general lethargy or confusing illnesses occurring. As Neptune rules escapism, those with this placement may be drawn to drugs and alcohol as a way to escape the challenge of life.
Life possesses a magical reality when viewed through a dreamy lens. Imaginative, artistic, psychic or even musical, those with Neptune placed here can be happily found in different spheres of creative expression. Neptune also mirrors the needs of others unconsciously, it gives the ability to slip in and out of different characters. A trait that was particularly evident in Marilyn Monroe’s (Neptune Rising) personality, the Hollywood pin-up.
Thousands, even millions of American men projected their internal feminine onto Marilyn Monroe. Projections without personal contact can damage the person receiving them. We have to say that Marilyn Monroe called for these projections as a part of her power and longing, and her disturbance must have gone back to victimization in childhood. ~ By Robert Bly.
In Bly’s view, such projections can be dangerous. Nonetheless, Marilyn had the gift of pleasing others and the ability to mirror their emotional needs whilst fulfilling untold fantasies. Neptune, through its ability to transform, leaking into places it shouldn’t always do, has a weak sense of boundaries and is often found merging with the immediate environment. With Neptune here, the person may be a channel for the expression of ideals, longings, and dreams. Neptune represents a mutable, feminine, watery nature and so is both sensitive and impressionable. However, others may play upon this vulnerable, soft and even malleable exterior.
The 1st house also describes one’s birth and the circumstances surrounding it. This can even stretch into early childhood events:
The experience of physical birth may be felt by the person with a 1st house Neptune as a process in which he or she has no volition or choice. It is the mother’s will, or perhaps that of the doctor or midwife, but not one’s own; and the archetypal Martial component of struggle, inherent in the birth process, is often curiously absent. I have seen this placement in the charts of many people whose mothers were drugged into unconsciousness during the birth process, and both mother and infant share in the topor and lassitude which results. The whole experience takes place, as it were, under the water. Later in life, the individual tends to deal with external reality with the same lassitude and passivity. ~ The Astrological Neptune & the Quest for Redemption
Neptune in the 1st house is directly opposite the house of one-to-one relationships, both public and personal (7th). Relationships are, in this case, sometimes comprised of the victim/saviour dilemma. With Neptune’s addictive propensities, it can lead an individual to be dangerously needy of others and emotionally manipulative. The fear of separateness can dominate and the need to fuse with others can be just as powerful. Neptune here may indicate a highly compassionate nature and someone who looks to others for an emotional connection. This person may be attracted to healing and counselling roles that suit their capacity for empathy, sympathy and the ability to enter into another’s feelings. Above all, the sensitive qualities are highly unique and when used positively this person expresses great compassion towards everyone they meet.