Addiction and dependence on drugs are nothing new, and addictive personalities understand the consequences of their habit. It leads to illness, premature death, and health expenses. Addiction to nicotine is a massive problem, and the difficulty of shaking the habit is known to millions of people. A dependence on a drug can lead a person to all sorts of immoral behavior, and the loss of self-respect is inevitable when an individual will do almost anything to obtain their habit. There are all types of addiction from drug and alcohol abuse, sex, gambling, work, internet use, compulsive eating. Most of us have experienced some kind of addiction in our life, and everybody seems to be seeking some form of Neptune. Sometimes the reality of our life becomes unbearable and we have nowhere else to turn. We shut the world out and follow blindly that which we think we need, but we can be led down a path of self-destruction.
Addiction falls under the rulership of Neptune and many of the behaviors associated with addictive behavior echo this planet’s characteristics of escapism, deception, altered sense reality, and the ability to disappear into a different world altogether. Neptune is the planet that can slip into uncharted depths. It’s also the planet of disintegration. A lot of Neptune people are highly creative, but if the destructive pull is too strong – addictive types dangerously slip. Many Neptune types will fall chasing the next high and seeking oblivion through substances for the illusory sense of oneness. Ultimately this leads to a wasted life with close family wondering what happened? Where did it all go wrong? How did they get so wasted? Some astrologers refer to the 12th house (Neptune’s house) as the dustbin of the zodiac. Herein lies all the wasted potential of people whose lives have gone horribly wrong. The tramps, heroin users, discarded and unwanted in society, all residing in the twelfth house of “self-undoing”.
C.E.O Carter discussed alcoholism and drug addiction in an Encyclopaedia of Psychological Astrology. Carter associated alcoholism and drug addiction with a number of different factors. In the birth chart of an alcoholic, according to Carter, the Sun, and Moon are almost always weak by sign and house position, or else they are badly afflicted, especially in or from fire and water, or both. Additionally, the fifth house (pleasure and entertainment) is nearly always afflicted by Neptune or by planets in watery signs, and Mars is frequently afflicted by Neptune, in or from Pisces.
Astrologer Liz Greene states that Mars-Neptune is common in the charts of those with serious drinking or drug problems:
Aggression may then be masked by apparent docility; and the rage which lurks beneath the surface may be a chief factor behind drug and alcohol addictions, which reflect anger and vengeance against life as much as the desire to escape life. When a well-lit channel cannot be found for Mars-Neptune romantic heroism-political, military, scientific, artistic-it may be sought in darker waters, like Charles Manson (who has them in exact conjunction), to play the anti-hero, who destroys others and himself rather than endure the dreariness of a decent but unglamorous life. The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption
Pluto is also often a factor in compulsive and obsessive behavior. Saturn-Neptune aspects, and 12th house planets.