This week’s card from the Major Arcana is the Hanged Man in recognition of the planet Jupiter ending its retrograde period on 6 December 2023. Neptune started its retrograde movement on 30 June 2023 and has spent the entire period in the star sign of Pisces. Neptune is the ruling planet of Pisces and both represent very similar qualities of idealism, compassion and spirituality but, on the flip side, you may experience confusion, deceit, guilt and doubt. This means the energies emitted by Neptune can cause you to have clouded thoughts and/or judgment that, in turn, make it more difficult to see the true situation and events. When a planet goes retrograde it appears to be travelling backwards when viewed from Earth. However, this is an optical illusion as no planets actually move backwards in its orbit. Rather it is the symbolism of the backwards motion that matters to the astrological interpretation. Astrologically speaking, when Neptune is in its retrograde movement, our compassionate look turns inwards and you are able to be a little kinder, tolerant and more forgiving of yourself. From the 6 December 2023, Neptune turns direct again and it is the time to enable the compassion and selflessness to form a pool that will extend out into the wider world. We must also consider the sign through which Neptune is transiting when we look at how the end of its retrograde motion is likely to affect us. Neptune has been residing in Pisces since 2012 and will remain there until 2025. Turning attention now to The Hanged Man with its associations to Neptune and spirituality, intuition, dreams and confusion, it is a very apt correlation. The name Neptune originates from the Roman times, whereas in the Greek era, the name ascribed was Poseidon. Items associated with Neptune include tridents and dolphins. The Hanged Man can indicate an upcoming spiritual awakening or realisation, along with a time of confusion regarding the uncertainty around your direction. This is very common during a time of transition when the future pathway has opened up but you may still be clinging to the familiar path that you are used to.