Those with Neptune in the 1st house often feel lost and confused around their identity. Neptunian's are not always clear about what they want in life. The lines become blurred when the individual attempts to establish a solid and grounded sense of self-definition. The Ascendant is our place of birth; it is the house of identity, potency, approach to life and personal outlook. If Neptune conjuncts the Ascendant there may be a dreamy, sensitive, other-worldly, mysterious and far-away quality in their appearance. Neptune in the 1st house often mirrors the needs of others unconsciously, rather like slipping in and out of character. The trait was particularly evident in Marilyn Monroe's personality. The Hollywood pin-up, actress and singer had Neptune rising in Leo.
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 ability to mirror others emotional needs whilst fulfilling untold fantasies. With Neptune here the individual may be a channel for the expression of ideals, longings and dreams. Neptune in the 1st house represents a mutable, feminine, water planet and is both sensitive and impressionable, but others may play on this vulnerable exterior. This person is also uniquely gifted in picking up the emotional tone in the atmosphere and responding sensitively. Neptune acts like an emotional sponge and tends to pick up the qualities of the last person it has come into contact with, representing the chameleon and watery side of the planet.
The Ascendant will often describe 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. ~ Liz Greene
Life possesses a strange unreality when viewed through a cloudy and emotional lens. Neptune in the 1st house lies directly opposite the house of one-to-one relationships, both public and personal (7th). Relationships are sometimes comprised of the victim/saviour dilemma, and 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.
However, Neptune here may also 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 ability to enter into another's feelings. Neptune has weak boundaries and merges with the immediate environment.
Imaginative, artistic, psychic or even musical, those with Neptune placed here can happily drift into different spheres of creative expression. Neptune also rules escapism and so some may be drawn to drugs and alcohol as a way to escape the challenge of life. On this path, the individual will take the line of least resistance and has a tendency to drift. The Asc rules the physical body and so there is sometimes tiredness and general lethargy and sometimes confusing illnesses. A bove all, the sensitive qualities are highly unique and when used positively this person expresses great compassion towards everyone thy meet.
Courtney Love has Neptune in the first house in the fixed and intense sign of Scorpio. The singer is most famous for her dangerously "addictive" and toxic relationship to partner Curt Cobain, he committed suicide and possesses a very Piscean chart (Neptune). According to Love, her mother named her after the alcoholic, fledgling debutante protagonist of a 1956 "dime-store novel" called Chocolates for Breakfast by Pamela Moore. Love’s family separated after her birth, and her mother and friend presented letters implying the father had given the three-year-old LSD.
The allegations were denied and he passed a lie detector test. However, it did lead to he mother retaining full custody. Neptune's involvement here describes plenty of scandal and deception around the star's early childhood. Love has also been treated for an accidental overdose of Oxycodine. The physical health of Love has raised many concerns and she has been warned to stop her smoking and heavy drug use after looking particularly frail and weak in appearance. River Phoenix is another Neptune in 1st house; he collapsed outside of a nightclub and was full of heroine and cocaine when examined. Obviously some of these cases represent the more negative, extreme and addictive personality types.