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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Because Venus and Mercury orbit between the Earth and the Sun, they are never more than a certain number of degrees away from the Sun from our perspective. For example, Mercury will never be more than 16º in front of the Sun before it stations retrograde. Then it moves backwards (again, from our perspective) until it is 16º behind the Sun at which time it stations direct and begins running ahead again past the Sun, repeating the pattern ad infinitum. Venus never gets more than 42º away from the Sun. She makes a similar pattern to that which Mercury makes, although in true Venusian style, her retrograde pattern makes a lovely, 5-pointed star.
Mercury and Venus (and Mars) are called the ‘personal planets’ because those archetypes make up the overtly personal parts of a person, the parts of the psyche that others see and deal with on a daily basis. When two or three of the personal planets are in the same sign as the Sun they set a strong, unified archetypal tone. This month of February, however, it won’t be at all like that. The planets are all over the place.
For several weeks Mars and Venus have been traveling together in the last degrees of Pisces. On January 28, Mars left Pisces and entered Aries. Meanwhile, the Sun is in Aquarius and Mercury is in Capricorn: all the personal planets are in different signs! And Mars is in his home sign, Aries, which gives us all a fiery push toward getting our needs met.
In addition to the aforementioned combination of energies, Venus and Jupiter will both go retrograde this month, too. The various conflicting energies and Mars in Aries gives us an underlying sensation that things are in flux. Indeed, they are, specifically in the area of relationships and/or money. But before we change things, we must first pull back the curtain and see things as they are.
Today, Friday, February 3, Venus will enter Aries. She’ll cruise along in Aries for a month initiating new projects, relationships and sources of income. Then, on March 4th, Venus will slow down and stop (from our perspective) at 13º of Aries. For the next month, she will go backwards over those first 13º of Aries again, getting a better look at the relationships or streams of income that we began in early February. The issue is whether or not things are in balance. Fear and anger is to be expected. Consider matters introspectively for the month of March, using, as much as possible, the objectivity made available by Mercury in Aquarius. The first half of April is the best time to let go of resentment, anger, delusions, and the relationships that are not in balance. (∞)
The dance of Venus passing back and forth over the ASC point asks us to take a second look at our values, the fundamental dynamics of our relationships, and our relationship with money. It’s a time of resetting self-esteem and up-leveling our relationship with our self and to our own talents.
Supporting the work of Venus in the re-calibrating of our relationships is Jupiter who will turn retrograde February 6 at 23º of Libra. As he moves backwards a full 10º in Libra, the sign of balance-seeking, we will be encouraged to look at our values and beliefs, at how we spend our money, and whether or not our relationships are in balance. Jupiter and Venus (and Mars and Mercury!) are working together this spring to force us to reconsider the recent new beginnings and help us see where we are being excessive and delusional in relationships. (@)
Mercury is between retrograde cycles these days so he’s going full-speed-ahead. He will take only two weeks to race through Aquarius (February 7 to February 25), during which time our minds will literally be racing. Our thoughts will be focused on the groups we are part of (or want to be part of) and our dreams for the future. In February, we will be more open to information and ideas from all corners. And because the mind will be superficially skipping along the surface, it will be easier to be objective. This objectivity will come in super handy as we uncover imbalances in our relationship dynamics with the retrogrades of Venus and Jupiter.
To take advantage of these energetic shifts in February, be willing to examine the balance points in your relationships: Is there as much listening as talking? As much receiving as giving? Is the attention usually centered on one person? Does each person in the relationship have the freedom to follow their desires? Also be willing to examine how your values are connected to your self-esteem. If your values, money situation or relationships need to be adjusted, you will know what you need to do by April. If by then you aren’t sure or haven’t made the changes, circumstances may change on your behalf when Jupiter stations direct in June. When Venus enters Aries (February 3), we will begin all manner of new relationships. A month later when Venus goes retrograde, she will show us where our impulsiveness, selfishness, need to be needed, and our instinctual desires pull us into delusional situations. Use the information uncovered in the retrograde period to make adjustments in relationship dynamics and personal values.
More specific information can be gleaned from your chart by penciling Venus in outside the wheel at 0º Aries and considering the information that the house placement provides.
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(∞) April 2, the still retrograding Venus backs out of Aries and into Pisces. On April 15, at 26º of Pisces, Venus stops (from our perspective) and begins moving forward again (stations direct).
(@) Jupiter will be retrograde until June 9.