Why is Spirituality Becoming So Popular?

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It's thanks to the Neptune in Pisces transit.

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When I was a kid, I could guess people’s birthdays, but until 2010 I didn’t have words for the vibes I would feel. Through Astrology, I discovered a language for what often goes unsaid.

I began paying attention to the patterns, transits, and cycles occurring. I think of it like cosmic weather. We can’t predict what will happen, but knowing that it’s raining helps make sense of why we’re all wet.

A significant shift was in 2011 when Neptune moved into Pisces. Back then, I anticipated this transit would bring peace, compassion, and empowerment to planet Earth. I neglected to look at the flip side of the coin, and I now see the confusion, delusion, and disempowerment this transit is capable of.

Confusion, delusion and things not being what they seem are symptoms of Neptune in Pisces. It’s my pleasure to unpack this astrological transit, so we can understand what it’s about, what it’s not, and move forward feeling informed.

From 2011 until 2025, Neptune is transiting Pisces. This transit occurs every 165 years. Taking a look at these themes can help navigate the present. While also taking a look back to learn from our mistakes.

Finding Our Deeper Selves

This is an era of connecting to our deeper selves instead of looking for the divine outside of us.

There are many delusions, confusion, mixed messages, and outdated versions of power floating around. The key is to embody a down-to-earth approach to spirituality. Using buzz words, following a guru, and only keeping things positive chains us to the shallow self.

These are years of embracing our inner mermaids and mermen, diving deep into the waters of ourselves, and embracing our unique path, which is unlike anyone else’s.

We can feel blinded by the magic, enchanted, or pulled into delusion. It’s like the fairy godmother who turns the pumpkin into a carriage. It’s magical but confusing. And often, like Cinderella’s curfews, there’s an expiration date. When the times up, the spell ends, and we find ourselves facing the facts.

The energy of Neptune in Pisces is linked to duality; it’s paradoxical. For the highs, there are equal amounts of low. For the moments of hope, there are moments of dread. For the times we feel in awe of life’s interconnectedness, we can feel doomed and separated. It’s a wild ride. Neptune in Pisces is associated with our feelings and emotions; it’s in those subtle realms that this energy plays out.

Neptune’s Symbolism

English doesn’t quite capture the essence of Neptune, but let’s give it a shot anyway: Divine, Source, God/Goddess, Spirit, or Higher Power. Neptune is not some almighty being who lives in the sky above us. Its power is not out of reach because it is not separate from us. On an energetic level, there is a substance, a power, like hands shaping play-dough, that forms reality. Neptune is that play-dough. -Analogies, Energies & Celestial Bodies

We can imagine that Neptune is the character of this story, and Pisces is the setting where it all plays out. Now, let’s take a look at the symbolism of Pisces.

Pisces Is the Setting

This is an area where we can ask some esoteric questions and debate the meaning of life for ages. It’s important to understand that Pisces has everything to do with feelings. Sometimes, emotions cannot be rationalized or logically understood. This is the final area of the Zodiac, where everything folds together. Here we find unity, oneness, and an absence of boundaries. Imagine that we use a garden hose to spray water all over a room- the water will go everywhere; similarly, the energy of Pisces is not naturally contained.-Analogies, Energies & Celestial Bodies

At its best during Neptune in Pisces, we see this higher power in each other and every living thing. From this place, we can take responsibility for our lives. We understand the obligation to form our play-dough wisely. We can see that our actions have ripple effects and take ownership of the waves we’re creating.

At its worst, we see Gurus or leaders acting from an inflatable God complex. From here, we pass the baton off to them while we sit on the sidelines as spectators.

Historical Context

The last time Neptune was in Pisces occurred between 1847 and 1862. During this time, occultism and Spiritualism gained popularity.

Modern Spiritualism dates from 1848 when the Fox sisters of Hydesville New York produced knocking sounds that were alleged to be spirit messages from a spirit. The story of the Fox sisters led to an explosion in spiritualist activity in the USA.

The movement rapidly became very fashionable with both men and women and across all social classes and acquired the name Spiritualism in the 1850s. Some writers argue that Spiritualism was one of the first religions to become widespread through the actions of mass media. — BBC

However, in true Neptunian style, not all was as it seemed. People were enchanted and pulled into the movement, but as the “spell” lifted, it seemed to be a kind of delusion.

Tests carried out in 1851 suggested that the girls were deliberately producing the knockings themselves, with no participation by spirits. This exposure did not slow down the growth in Spiritualism, nor damage the reputation of the sisters. However, in 1888, the Fox girls revealed that they had faked the whole thing. -BBC

Today’s Relevance

Today, spirituality has gone mainstream. We hear leaders like Gabrielle Bernstein encouraging us to trust that “The Universe Has Our Backs.” The Kardashians talk about intuition and psychics on their hit TV show. I’ve even seen Brittany spears posting on Instagram about what it means to be a Sag.

Terms like “retrograde” have become common knowledge, and we see memes like “mercury being in Gatorade” going viral. Tarot and oracle cards are bestsellers, and the yoga business is booming.

Like the late 1800s, are people looking to the great beyond for answers? Are we are cultivating a new understanding of “God”? One that, like Spiritualism, is becoming fashionable?

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