We’ve come to the end of the astrological year, diving into the deep ocean of Pisces from the starry heights of Aquarius. The ocean is the womb where life first arose on our beautiful planet Earth. The ocean also symbolizes the collective unconscious, the womb of our spiritual heritage and past life karma as well as the collective database of all experience and wisdom of life here on Earth. As we approach the end of the Age of Pisces, our task is to learn to use the powers of life and death with wisdom, love and joy. Our test will be to see through the illusion that separateness, greed and violence are the proper way to run the world.
The waters of Pisces symbolize the fluid, enchanted, illusionary realm of the Imagination, the source of Spirit within us. It is this Spirit who told Jesus of Nazareth that he was the Son of God and it is the voice within each of us that whispers that we too are daughters and sons of Great Spirit. This is the real initiation we all have to undergo at the end of the Age of Pisces—to step into our spiritual heritage and become Embodied Spirit through the marriage of Christ -consciousness and Wisdom, the Logos and the Sophia.
When we enter Pisces’ domain, the Cosmic Story tells us to let go of society’s rules and the Ego’s needs (not my will but Thine) and go back to the Source. The Story of Life says, ‘Here at the end, allow the chaos of endings and beginnings into your awareness. Let go of past behaviors, ideas, beliefs and wounds as well as future expectations that no longer serve your soul’s needs. Let Spirit guide you to the eddy in the river of life you need to be at when the fire of Aries rises at the Spring Equinox.’
In many ways, this is the hardest thing to do in our patriarchal society, which distrusts this letting-go, this dissolution into the unconscious unity that is the challenge and gift of planet Earth to humans. Pisces isn’t about the death of the body; rather it is about the death of the illusion that we are all separate, that our individual ego is the highest form of consciousness and that matter and spirit are at odds with each other. At its best, this is the point in the year where we connect to the World Soul and recharge ourselves before Aries’ fire stimulates the new growth within us to emerge into the world.
One reason we are so wary of this watery realm is patriarchy’s unbalanced reliance on left brain rationality to understand how things work rather than seeking to understand why things are. The right brain is our channel to the Creative Imagination, the interface between the material world and the hidden realms, the many dimensions of reality that physicists know are cradled in and around the material world.
The best ways to access the collective unconscious are through dreams, stories, the arts, meditation, being out in nature and through inner journeying—all right brain activities. But we then have to bring our discoveries back to our left brain intellect and decide what we want to do about it. Since the zodiac mirrors the essential elements of life, we need to integrate this part of ourselves back into our daily routines. We need downtime for our inner check-ins to keep us centered, self-aware and capable of exercising our free will. This is vital for us now. As the world continues to undergo disruptions which will ultimately force us to make changes, we need people who are capable of leadership, healing and innovation.
I believe we need to go back and listen to our cultural creation stories since we are in the midst of creating a new paradigm of life. If we listen deeply and let those creation tales into our psyche, they will work in us to shape our energies toward the future we’re hoping to build. They will take us back to the archetype behind creation itself and re-energize a new story for humanity. So let’s look at an important Piscean creation story; important because it tells us what our gift and goal is.
The Greek creation story tells a tale of Gaia, the Earth, who mated with Ouranos, the Sky; in this tale, we are given the secret of the union of Heaven and Earth. It is the mystery of life we humans have to experience, learn from and share. When we learn to live in this mystery, we will reclaim the power to bring Heaven to Earth.
“…first there was Chaos, and then appeared broad-bosomed Earth, who bore, first of all and as her equal, the starry Sky, Ouranos. Then she bore the great mountains, valleys, plains and the Sea, and after that she mated with Ouranos and bore many children. … although Ouranos came every night to mate with Gaia…he hated the children whom Gaia bore him. As soon as they were born, he hid them and would not let them come out into the light. … So Gaia took council with her sons and daughters…and only Kronos/Saturn took courage and agreed to act on her behalf.
… And when Ouranos came at nightfall, inflamed with love and covering all the Earth, his son Kronos…cut off his father’s manhood and cast it behind him back into the sea. …
…The Father’s genitals fell into the sea, and it mixed with the foam and gave birth to Aphrodite. Since that time, the Sky has no longer approached the Earth for nightly mating.” (Hesiod, Theogony)
Aphrodite/Venus is the key to Earth’s future. Goddess of Love, Sexuality, Wisdom, Beauty and Divine Union, Aphrodite is perhaps the best-known goddess of antiquity but also the least understood. She represents the female human being as well as the depths of Love, Beauty and Wisdom which have been ignored and made irrelevant in patriarchy, except as an adornment to its agendas.
There is no doubt that life’s truest essence is Love. We have been given this awesome gift—the power of Love gives us the power to connect with everything and everyone; it gives us the wisdom to understand what is needed and helps create beauty all around us. It is the key to creating Heaven on Earth. That is our test and our purpose—to allow Love, and therefore Wisdom, to grow and flower within us. And out of that change in perspective, we just might create the world of our dreams. A world where—ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!
So this month, sit back, take a breath and set sail for the inner realms.
Pisces New Moon, February 28-March 1, 2014
The 2014 New Moon in Pisces occurs on Friday, February 28th through Saturday, March 1st at 11:59pm PST/ 2:59am EST/ 7:59am GMT. There are 4 planets changing direction around this New Moon, creating tidal energy shifts, so don’t take this usually gentle and inspired New Moon for granted—the energies might get wild. Mercury goes direct hours before this New Moon.
- What have you learned about your hopes and dreams?
- How clear sighted are you about your purpose?
- What do you envision for the future?
The Sabian symbol for Mercury direct at 19* Aquarius is: Amidst smoke and drizzle, jubilant fire fighters dig the final trench around a mountaintop blaze.We have a mix of elements—fire and water—that usually are at cross purposes. But there’s a Rumi quote I love: Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water. Where there is too much passion (fire) we need the waters of love to turn it into compassion. This image speaks of controlling our passions and transmuting one element into another, like alchemy.
- What is your vision?
- Is it burning in you like the mountaintop?
- Perhaps you need to add love to it!
Mercury and Saturn challenge each other and us to acknowledge the truth of the heart and let our rational mind help us find the way to meet our tests with courage, integrity and hope.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 11* Pisces is: Pilgrims traveling a narrow path, seeking illumination. This image speaks to the power of spiritual ideals, of a hoped-for mystical union. It speaks of a pure and loving heart, of holding to our spiritual principles. It opens our ability to see into others’ hearts and souls—giving us opportunities for spiritual unions with others. Remember, Aphrodite was born out of the waters and so when you plant seeds this month, plant the seeds of love and compassion and wisdom. We will need them this year.
This New Moon is joined in Pisces by Neptune, Chiron and Juno, the archetypal energies of the Creative Imagination, of the wounded healer and of balanced partnerships. Our old beliefs about the power of the imagination (Neptune), of our wounded psyches (Chiron) and of our relationships (Juno) are dissolving back into the collective unconscious so that they might be renewed. What will it be like when we engage the Imagination to discover Wisdom, face our inner wounds to discover meaning and purpose, and come to understand that our partnerships can encompass the perfect balance of energies to create a new wholeness? Imagine.
Jupiter in Cancer, which is slowing down to turn direct on March 6th, is exactly trine (120*) this New Moon. This angle generates a positive flow of energies, easy to incorporate and use. Jupiter in Cancer deepens our sense of our emotional body, our Soul; this expanded sense of the truth of our deepest needs gives us a stronger sense of the Self, of our archetypal wholeness. When a planet slows down, its energy is more concentrated and forceful.
Jupiter’s energy is large anyway, so its impact might be more noticeable in your life right now. Jupiter can bring you good fortune as well as make something you want to ignore more obvious. Pay attention to your needs right now. Accept them, accept yourself! Cancer is the sign of the Mother, the watery sign that understands what is needed to make life blossom for you. Whether it’s a new relationship to your inner life, to food, to your family or your country, the need to find your emotional security is going to be up for all of us, especially in the United States, which is just beginning to undergo the first ever Pluto opposition to its Cancer Sun. As a country, the US needs to go through the death of an old myth about itself with the hoped-for birth of a new and more truthful national identity. By this April, we’ll know what we have to face.
The Sabian symbol for the degree where Jupiter turns direct at 11* Cancer is: A clown caricatures all kinds of human expressions. A clown exaggerates human characteristics so we can look at ourselves and laugh at our own foibles and follies. Laughter and humor help us to look at life more objectively, to look behind the illusions of our personas to the very real emotions and needs behind our masks. All those politically incorrect emotions that we want to cover over and ignore. What if we just felt them and asked why we felt that way? Once we work it through, we can usually laugh at ourselves and see the fears that create our illusions. Once we understand our own motivations and emotions, we are better able to understand other people. You can find your emotional security by being truthful with yourself.
Saturn is slowing down in Scorpio, ready to begin its yearly retrograde on March 2nd until July 20th. At 24* Scorpio, Saturn is entering the nurturing phase of its journey through Scorpio, but it needs to go back to find a little more compassion and understanding for those foibles our clown is satirizing. The Sabian symbol for 24* Scorpio speaks to this need to incorporate our inspirations and values into everyday life: After hearing an inspired individual deliver his ‘sermon on the mount’, crowds are returning home. Saturn can give us the disciple and structure to bring our new vision of life into reality. Saturn occupies the 3rd water sign of this New Moon chart, creating the likelihood that we can successfully integrate our emotional body needs (Cancer) and the needs of the Collective Unconscious (Pisces) into our daily routines and relationships (Scorpio).
Just as Mercury goes direct, followed by the Pisces New Moon, Mars goes retrograde on March 1st. Talk about shifting energies! We’ve been learning how to integrate our personal energies with the cosmic energies of change since Venus went retrograde on Winter Solstice 2013. When Venus (how we love) went direct at the end of January, Mercury (how we think) went retrograde a few days later. Now our desire nature—Mars—has to turn within to understand what’s worth desiring and even fighting for. Mars goes retrograde about every 26 months. When it does, it stays in a sign for about 6 months rather than its usual 6 weeks. So we’ll have Mars in Libra until late July. This will change the energy of Mars, because in Libra, we have to play fair and consider others. When it comes to desires, like the image of the forest fire, we can’t let our passions get out of control. We have to learn compassion—to share our passions consciously. What better way than through relationships (Libra) and diplomacy.
The Sabian symbol for Mars turning retrograde at 28* Libra is: A man becoming aware of spiritual forces surrounding and assisting him. This image speaks to our unique ability to become conscious of our choices and be willing to sacrifice for the future good of the community at large. We need to remember that self-sacrifice for the common good is part of our makeup. So open to the spiritual forces surrounding and assisting us in these sometimes dangerous and transformative times!
Of course, remember that we are still cooking in the cauldron of the Pluto/Uranus square. Look around the world. People are uniting and taking back their power from ruthless and parochial leaders. We can be the change we’re looking for. It starts within each of us.
I HAVE COME INTO THIS WORLD TO SEE THIS — Hafiz
I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height of their arc of anger because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound and it is His – the Christ’s, our Beloved.
I have come into this world to see this: all creatures hold hands as we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way to even a greater being of soul, a being of just ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play with Him.
I have come into this world to hear this: every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in the Divine’s womb and began spinning from His wish, every song by wing and fin and hoof, every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child, every song of stream and rock, every song of tool and lyre and flute, every song of gold and emerald and fire, every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity to know itself as God: for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching—only imbibing the glorious Sun will complete us.
I have come into this world to experience this: men so true to love they would rather die before speaking an unkind word, men so true their lives are His covenant—the promise of hope. I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men’s hand even at the height of their arc of rage because we have finally realized there is just one flesh we can wound. ~ Hafiz ~
(Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky)
— Cathy Pagano, www.wisdom-of-astrology.com
Note from Kelley: I am taking a brief brake from writing the New Moon and Full Moon reports. I have invited astrologer Cathy Pagano to share her amazing gift of astrology, psychology and mythology with us. She is lovely, wise and very talented. Please Enjoy!
Love and Peace,
Happy Pisces New Moon!
March Astrological Events
Mercury Direct February 28
Pisces New Moon February 28 — March 1
Mars retrograde March 1 — May 20
Saturn retrograde March 2 — July 20, 2014
Venus enters Aquarius March 5
Jupiter direct March 6
Virgo Full Moon March 16
Mercury enters Pisces March 17
Sun enters Aries March 20 (Spring/Fall) equinox
Aries New Moon March 30
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