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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Today’s Current Events post is a two-fer. It’s about Jupiter moving into Libra, and the square between Saturn and Neptune.
From September 9, 2016 to October 10 of 2017, Jupiter will be traveling through Libra. This transit, which begins Friday, will make for a noticeably festive weekend. These two energies together are great for our social life. Jupiter takes twelve years to go around the wheel, spending about one year in each sign. This year, from basically September to September, there will be more parties, more discourse and more social movement, in general. It’s a time of meeting new people and letting go of any relationship that has become rigid or limiting or is unequal in some fundamental way. Depending on where Libra is your chart, more can be said about it, but, in general, it’s a great time to connect with old and new friends from different cultures, to expand relationship patterns to allow new people and ways in, and to expand your social horizon.
Look at your chart to find Libra, the horizon-looking glyph. Notice which house 0º Libra is in. That is whereabouts Jupiter is traveling in your chart now. The house it is in indicates where in your life you’ll have particularly good fortune, where things will go well and perhaps, expand, where there will be some form of benevolence, perhaps over-indulgence. Even if you don’t know where Libra is in your chart, this is a special time – use it. Cooperate with the energies and make the most of this year by hosting or going to parties, learning a language, traveling and meeting people (especially of other cultures), and letting go of relationships that are not balanced.
September 10, 2016 is when Saturn will make a third-quarter square to Neptune. The interaction of Saturn and Neptune is a major, long-term cycle. It takes Saturn 36 years to go all the way around the wheel to meet back up with Neptune (who is much slower). The cycle began February 20 of 1989 with a conjunction in Capricorn. Overall, the cycle is about letting go of rigidity and tradition to allow compassion, forgiveness, and faith to guide us. The first-quarter square happened in April of 1999, and the opposition happened in 2007. This third-quarter square is the third, major hit we’ll have of this energetic interaction until 2025 when the cycle ends and a new one begins. We will feel this transit’s energy most strongly for about 2 weeks.
Saturn is about limits, discipline, time, responsibility, and the maturation process. Neptune is nearabouts the opposite. Neptune is boundary-lessness, letting go, timelessness (and the doing of things that promote the experience of it), and escapism. When these two meet up limits become permeable, and illusions and delusions are created related to work, goals, family, the disciplinarian of the family, authority and authority figures. Squares create tension because each of the planets is wanting/doing different things. Saturn in Sagittarius is going to point out where our beliefs have gotten rigid or dogmatic, and Neptune in Pisces is going to expose where we are being delusional, perhaps about work, authority or how much escapism we are doing.
More specifics can be sussed out by knowing where (in which houses) this square falls in your chart. But you can get some hints about how by this cycle has been manifesting for you by considering the cycle as a whole. Look to the time-periods mentioned above as well as last November and June of this year to get a sense of how this transit is being experienced in your life. What was the confusion/uncertainty about at those times? Decisions that were made in November that came back around in June of this year that are coming back around again. With Neptune involved you can be sure that things are not what they seem.
The ideal use of this energy is in bringing into manifestation something experienced in the Unseen. If you are a musician, poet, visionary artist, dreamworker or meditator this can be a very productive, focused time.
If you want me to take a look at your chart so we can speak about either of these transits, hit me up. I’d love to chat with you about it. If you’d like me to speak on something specific, please do leave a comment.