“Your Soul wants you to know that it is time to lay down your reasons for living a life too small for you”*
The sea. At sunset. Orangey reds and yellows merging with aqua greens and blues. Vibrant and beautiful. Evoking wisps of passion…seemingly calm and subtle…yet…
Dive deeper still. Or just sink slowly to the depths. Awed by silence. Swayed by currents. Hypnotic. There are no boundaries here. No differentiation. No limits. Floating. Drowning? Welcome to Pisces.
The Piscean approach to life is one of feelings and impressions, of surrender to the ebbs and flows of life. It is bittersweet. There is release. Relief. Letting go. Pisces, as the final sign of the zodiac, contains multitudes. Has seen it all.
And is therefore ready to release into death.
On Wednesday, March 6 at 8:04am we have a New Moon in 15 degrees of Pisces. Right in the middle of the sign, alongside Neptune and Vesta. This New Moon, as all New Moons in Pisces, marks the last cycle of the astrological year, which will begin again when the Sun shifts into Aries at the spring equinox. Pisces is about endings and the transition into beginnings. So, what is it time to let go of now so that you can commit your power to giving birth to something new?
Furthermore: might ye need a little silence and solitude to recenter before moving forward? It might be best to heed that call, if only for a day…
Pisces energy is passive. It can be downright exhausted. So much life. So many trials and celebrations. So much feeling. Ecstasy. Bliss. Terror. Pisces is said to be boundaryless, but the truth is a little more complex. Pisces refers to the parts of us that create boundaries and draw lines based on intuition. We no longer need to think and justify and logic our way to a decision; discernment in Pisces is more a matter of intuition, ideals and values. Who cares about the details now, anyway, when surrender and release are so near…
Pisces is the 97 year old human who has lived a good life, has seen what they need to see, and is now…just….ready…
The death spoken of through the Piscean archetype is not the turbulent transformation of Scorpio, or the death of the body. Pisces death is the death of memory. It is loss of self, as in the ego identifications that tether us to our constructed lives. It is the loss of conditioning. Our celebrations. Our hardships. It is where our personal mythologies and narratives melt away. It is the amnesia the comes as we make our way through the bardo states, disoriented and confused.
An existential dread or terror can be found in Piscean times. Because it is so untethered. Because our ego constructs are failing. We can, therefore cling. To relationships. To fantasies. To religions or party affiliations or scientific explanations. To the masks we wear. We can attempt to play any role — many roles! — to escape the fear of what happens when dissolution comes. And yet it always comes…whether temporarily or ultimately.
The Piscean realms are a state of undifferentiated flow. Persona-less. Ego-less. All that remains in that state of flow is something quite magical: remembrance. Of union. Of divinity and oneness. Of connection, intuition, instinct. Of the body as a vessel of light and spaciousness. We forget who we are, yes. In that mundane sense. But we remember Self.
This connection to an ultimate knowing is an ultimate remembering. This is why in Pisces — or during Piscean periods — we can be so incredibly tapped into creativity. Words can be so very difficult to access in the realms of deep sea emotion, or when leaning more towards the right than the left hemisphere of the brain. Other modes of expression come forward as ways to move that nebulous energy through, but also as ways to ground in the here and now. Emotions. Visual art. Song. Movement. Sex.
More than that, though. Strongly Piscean periods call for two things above all else: silence and simplification. Let’s add a third: solitude. This is a time to go within. To incubate. To dream. Or maybe just breathe.
In solitude we find a bit of a conundrum. As Chiron transited through Pisces between 2010 and February 18 of this year, we were given the opportunity to work through separation wounds. Solitude in and of itself is not a bad thing, or a sad thing, but it can be closely associated with isolation and aloneness. Oftentimes folks with Piscean karma are tapped into lifetimes of solitude, often of the religiously inspired kind. When by choice, we might see a monk who has taken a vow of silence living outside the city walls, or within them and yet alone. When by force, we might see a child given as offering to the gods and dosed with hallucinogens as part of a ritual.
Loss of self. It comes in many forms.
The water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) all teach us about the evolution of the soul, which is imprinted in the emotional body. The soul contains two paradoxical desires: the desire to separate from source, and the desire to return. The insecurity of Cancer is related to our first conscious awareness of being separate. From the mother’s womb. From the cosmic womb. The tumult and transformation reflects the ways we push up against our limits, and transition back again, the barrel of the wave that has forgotten whether it is moving towards the tip and separation, or back to the sea and undifferentiation.
As we continue to integrate all we’ve learned about our individual separation wounds after Chiron’s transit through Pisces, several movements in the heavens point to ways we can facilitate more conscious awareness of that process. Mercury stationing retrograde in the final degree of Pisces on March 5 begins the review of emotional contents and how our feelings inform our dreams, beliefs and more. When that is all said and done, Venus will sweep through Pisces of her own accord in April, exalted and bringing tender loving care to the last remaining pains of our lessons.
But there’s something else aiding us along the way. A medicine born of devotion and service. This New Moon takes place conjunct the asteroid Vesta. She who tends the eternal flame, knowing exactly when to go in, nurturing her own energy in silence and seclusion. She who is whole unto herself. She who knows the vital nature of sacrifice and the ways it is different from martyrdom. She who then extends back out again, clear and focused on the ways to best fulfil her dharma.
The world needs more dharma priestesses now. The world needs those who will go within when called in order to head back out again, stronger and more focused. Those who are not afraid of connection with the mysteries, and who can in fact harness true belief in love as power are being called to focus now. This New Moon creates a powerful portal for release and shift of old wounds that are holding us back. It is the kind of portal that we’ll likely move through, though, regardless of whether or not we actively work with it. A conjunction to Neptune, in its home sign, means the veil is incredibly thin.
This is a time to find solace in softening. This Pisces New Moon opens space for grace amidst constantly shifting landscapes.
So once again, I invite you to tap into your dream. Let go of beliefs that aren’t serving. Take time in silence. Regroup and recharge. You were made for these times, this life, and this journey. And when this portal ends, we’ll emerge back into the daylight and the powers of Aries, which will give us the courage to manifest what is incubated now.
*From Alison Nappi’s “The Wildness Deck”
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