Current Events: planets in Pisces and Saturn square Uranus

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The collection of planets that have been traveling through Aquarius together have begun to move into Pisces. The Sun moved into Pisces last week on the 18th and today, the 25th, Venus joins her. We are letting go of the past cycle and preparing for a new one (which will begin when the Sun enters Aries in March). With the Sun and Venus in Pisces we are better connected to our internal reality, and we tend to feel a greater connection to, and compassion for, the suffering of others. 

As mentioned in the last post, this year’s energy is defined by a third-quarter square between Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Aquarius. It exacts three times over the year, and last week (the 17th of February) was the first time. Did you feel it?

Like any square, there is tension as both planets need to be satisfied. Uranus wants us to break free from circumstances that feel boring or restricting, and Saturn wants us to retain some level of stability. The restless tension of this particular square may lead to the desire to make a sudden career change or a move.

Ordinarily, the first time a major transit comes into exact, one gets a glimpse of what needs to happen or a good sense of the issue at hand. At the second exact, something concrete happens, and at the third, there is some integration of the solution. 

Pull out your chart and see where 7º of Taurus and Aquarius fall in your wheel. The placement of Uranus shows where you are stuck and what needs to change, and the placement of Saturn shows why you need to change that thing.

For example, I have a friend who has Uranus in his 6th house (of diet and health) and Saturn in his 3rd (the thought process). A few days ago, he got a jolt of a thought that he might be becoming intolerant to wheat. Uranus works like that; he shoots thoughts out from the subconscious to the conscious mind. If we are jolted by a thought that seems to come from nowhere and it happens more than two times, it’s best to pay attention to it. It is telling us of an incremental change that we should make so as to avoid a crisis later on. My friend received the repeated thought that he would do well to make the shift to eating less wheat products. He made the connection because he is beginning to feel brain fog after eating excessive carbohydrates. His diet (the 6th house) has begun to affect the functioning of his mental process (3rd house).

If you would like some help interpreting how this square may affect you, please post your chart or the information related to where 7º of Taurus and Aquarius falls in your wheel, and we will work it out here, in the comment stream. 

Sun into Pisces

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Thursday, February 18, the Sun moves into Pisces. The symbol of Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions, tied together by the tail fin by a cord. This suggests a linkage between the sign opposite Pisces, Virgo, and also the connection and completion of both halves of the cycle.

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Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune, an enormous gassy giant out in the farthest, coldest regions of our solar system. It is freezing, obviously, but there is a layer in its stratosphere where the temperature increases with altitude. So, snowflakes of coal are formed there that don’t melt before they hit the ‘surface’, but rather, get squished out of existence by the force of the atmosphere, which is a dense layer of hydrogen, mostly. It’s clouds are icy. The planet is a giant granita, really.

One could liken Neptune to the silence from which the original bang arose, the sound that precedes matter, the waters from which experience arises. Indeed, Neptune represents the primal waters in which cycles dissolve and begin. The 12th house is the hummus for the seed that gets planted at the Ascendant.

Neptune and Pisces rule the 12th piece of the 12 piece pie of the wheel, the 12th house. This is the archetype of unity, imagination, illusions, delusions, the fog/obscurity, altered states of consciousness, wholeness, transcendence. It is the disillusion of the ego into forces much larger than itself, via music, meditation, drugs, and surrender of various kinds. Those of us with Sun, Moon, North Node or South Node in Pisces or the 12th house have been/are dealing with victim roles, ideas about purity (often about food or sex), boundaries, and our particular sensitivities (e.g. sound, energy, the unconscious desires of other people, food, etc.). We have past life (and perhaps present life) experience with addiction, enslavement, imprisonment, institutions, giving ones life to a spiritual (sometimes religious) purpose.

Wherever Neptune is in our charts is where we are learning to let go, to work on issues of trust. The sign and house it is in specifies what area of life we are working on trust and in what way we let go. It also shows where we are learning to trust our intuition and where we are delusional. Those of you with Sun, Moon or Ascendant in Pisces (or a heavy 12th house/Pisces/Neptune) would do well to meditate, learn to surrender without the use of substances (meditate), hone your gifts with the interpretation of symbols, music, photography, film-making, the exploration of consciousness, and dreamwork. You would do well to learn tai chi or yoga, especially yantra yoga, observe periods of solitude, soak your feet in water, and gaze at the stars.


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