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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