Neptune in the First House and an Uncertain Identity

Neptune and the 12th house where it rules, are never fully understood.

Having a planet such as Neptune in one’s first house of the physical body and identity can make things feel cloudy and uncertain. The first house correlates with the sign of Aries, and it’s focus is much on the self. Planets existing within this house have a personal and profound effect on the chart holder, being that it is literally you in material form. Neptune is dreamy and mystical just as much as he is a master of illusion, relating to Pisces and the last house on the astrological wheel. People with Neptune on the ascendant or first house cusp usually have physical features and personality characteristics associated with the sign of Pisces. Their eyes can be glossy with heavy eyelids, sleepy and distant. They are sympathetic, understanding and enjoy helping others. They can seem quite spacey or “spaced out” and daydream often, spending a lot of time creating elaborate fantasies of alternate realities. Personally, I’ve found that I tend to sometimes blank out or dissociate when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Grounding exercises would likely be beneficial in helping bring them back into reality and the present moment.

People observing from the outside may view the Neptune individual in an inaccurate way since planet Neptune can often dissolve and distort things, leaving them vulnerable to people projecting their ideals onto them. The individual may then feel an obligation to fulfill the role another has placed on them to maintain the illusion. When it becomes shattered, others around them may be left feeling deceived. There can be several reasons a Neptunian might go along with other people’s perceptions of them — most of which are because they want things to be peaceful. I’ve also noticed that Neptunians tend to be chameleons that are easily able to adopt the qualities of people around them, especially if they find themselves idealizing a person.


Planet Neptune occupying the first house of a natal chart


One of the many gifts Neptune bestows upon Pisceans and other individuals influenced by the planet is a psychic ability. They can be mediums and energy healers; but regardless of whether or not they have the ability to see other dimensions or into the future, their intuition is always on point. They can be like a sponge — extremely sensitive to the environment they are in and can feel the moods and energy of others. It’s important for them to surround themselves with people that have their best interest at heart. Neptune risings are kind and gentle, preferring to avoid confronation. They are compassionate and accepting of others and can easily be taken advantage of. They can be overly giving of their time, resources and themselves, even when it’s not deserved. They are usually selfless individuals that sacrifice their own needs for the well-being of others because they have a desire to help people and want to make others happy. Some unevolved Neptunians can be prone to doing things in an unethical way where they expect to receive something out of their good deed, but I believe most have positive intentions and do things from their heart.

Since they are naturally so open to psychic influence, they can feel easily drained and their body usually requires more sleep than the average person. Neptune in the first house individuals may also be prone to mysterious illnesses of the body that are difficult to diagnose. I’ve also noticed sensitivities of the skin and within the body to stimulants, alcohol and even an intolerance to certain foods.


“I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” – Chuck Palahniuk


A downside of this placement is a confusion or lack of individual identity. With a constant influx of psychic information coming in from their environment, Neptunians can feel lost and unsure of what belongs to them and what belongs to someone else. It’s easy for them to be what other people want them to be. With Neptune being a watery and unstable planet, it can also create difficulty in defining and carrying out goals for the individual. It may take them longer than most to identify their talents, and even when they do realize they have a particular inclination to something, they may doubt their abilities or lack the confidence to proceed. As the ascendant in astrology directly deals with the moment of birth, and the first house is the beginning of your chart, Neptune’s confusion may cast a cloud over one knowing where they came from. I don’t believe it’s a common theme for this placement to make everyone’s birth circumstances unusual, but there could be an element of uncertainty as it relates to their personal identity within their family. For instance, not having a knowledge of family history or background, which can feel isolating.

Not having a concrete idea of who you are or what you’re meant to be can provide you with opportunities to explore and grow through different experiences. As you learn about yourself, you could gain a greater understanding of everything around you. I hope this resonated with those of you that have Neptune in the first house and provided insight to others learning astrology. I’ll be exploring more with you soon, but in the meantime, I’d really enjoy reading your own experiences with this placement, so please feel free to comment!