The Sun moved into Pisces on Feb. 19. Pisces is a mutable water sign ruled by both Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter is the largest planet, and so Pisces is associated with massive expanses of water, especially Neptune’s home, the oceans.
Water is the element of our emotions, so with Pisces there is always an ocean of emotion. And being mutable in nature, the tides of Piscean feeling are constantly ebbing and flowing. Emotional energy can be particularly intense and extreme during this time.
The symbol of Pisces, the two fish swimming in different directions, represents the yin and yang flow of our emotions, from the height of bliss and ecstasy to the depths of despair and depression. Because Pisces is about unity consciousness, it necessarily stretches like a great yogi to include these extremes.
The glyph for the planet Neptune looks like Neptune’s trident, but it can also be seen as a divine tuning fork, which is why the soul activating vibrations of music and poetry are associated with Pisces.
In the chakra system, Pisces fits best with the energy of the crown chakra, the thousand petal lotus of enlightened consciousness. At its highest vibration, Pisces can embody this Christ Consciousness. It can experience unity with everything and create astonishing beauty. It can dissolve the ego and fuse into oneness with everyone, showing boundless compassion for the poor and suffering and channeling the music of the spheres.
At the lowest vibration though, Pisces can surrender its will to anything and everything and become a hopeless addict, a hungry ghost trapped in the shadows. Pisces rules the 12th house, which has been called the house of “self-undoing”. It is also associated with prisons, hospitals, and institutions, and the sick and helpless people who live at the margins.
The 12th house is a place where we can dissolve our karma through selfless service and return to wholeness by embracing the “other” and realizing our unity with all beings. In the ever spinning zodiac wheel of change, Pisces is the final resting place where we die to our former lives and prepare for the next cycle of identity that will be born when we spring forward into Aries.
One of our cultural rituals that takes place in Pisces is the Academy Awards. Acting is definitely a Neptunian art. Actors learn to surrender their identity and merge with their characters, creating for us the illusion that they are someone else. They draw upon unity consciousness to understand and inhabit a completely different personality. Acting is a great metaphor for the spiritual realities of this incarnation game. We all take on different bodies and roles and play them to the hilt on this very convincing world stage. Then we start to wake up to the illusion of they play and free ourselves from identifying so narrowly with one ego and one personality and develop soul consciousness.
The big astrological energy this trip through Pisces is an expansion and transformation of the ongoing square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries into a tense T-square alignment by Jupiter in Cancer. Jupiter is one of the rulers of Pisces, and it definitely resonates with the slogan “go big or go home.” So look for an intensification of emotional extremism in the ongoing tug of war between progressive New Age Uranus in Aries and regressive Old School Pluto in Capricorn. With Jupiter in Cancer stirring up the emotions behind the friction filled square, there is the opportunity for both emotional breakdowns and breakthroughs in understanding. The spotlight on gay rights that the Olympics is providing is a good example of this clashing of planets.
The Sun in Pisces further intensifies the emotional energy and provides glimpses of potential unification. Jupiter in Cancer is positive and nurturing, pleading for us all get along. And the high minded unifying side of Pisces is also present to remind us of our shared humanity and open the door for peace and healing.
Feb. 23 – Universal Tuning: The Pisces Sun is conjoined to its planetary Ruler Neptune today, shining its spotlight on all things Neptunian. This is a great day to make unifying music and art. It is also an ideal time for healing and forgiveness. Practice surrendering your ego and channeling your higher self and you may be in for some pleasant surprises today. If you are stuck in a cycle of addiction and surrendering to lower powers though, this energy could take you down to an equally extreme and unpleasant bottoming out. Pisces is trying to get us all in tune today, but we may have to be stripped of some big illusions and distractions before we can hear its subtle tune.
March 3 – Healing and Wounding T-Square: The ongoing T-square between Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, and Jupiter in Cancer is getting a boost of juicy emotional energy from the transiting moon in Aries which crosses the crucial outlet point of the T today. Aries in Uranus is all about the empowerment and freedom of the individual, so look for a general restlessness with the status quo today.
Uranus is a wild electric energy, and people ought to be a little more unpredictable and fiery today. This can be a revolutionary energy, so things may be heating up in all those global hotspots today. This is a good day for sending Piscean beams of peace and healing to all of the people who are angry and hurting in the world. If you have been feeling restrained and you are itching to have an outburst, try to check in to see if there is a healthier outlet than throwing a fit like a flaming baby. It is advisable to DO something, but your first impulse may not be the healthiest. Make sure you are acting in alignment with your higher self before doing taking actions that could have negative long term consequences.
March 6 – Double Trouble: There is a second tense T-square added to the mix today between the Moon in Taurus, Saturn in Scorpio and Mercury in Aquarius. These are all fixed signs so though it is a brief aspect pattern, it should be very intense and intractable. This could be an entrenching energy related to fallout from whatever took place on the 3rd. There may be some strong fixed opinions and lots of taking sides. Taurus wants a peaceful revolution of the heart, while Scorpio is not afraid to get down and dirty in the trenches and get blood on its hands fighting for what it believes. Aquarius is the referee here trying to get everybody to communicate and come together but it isn’t easy.
March 10 – Soothing the Wounds: The Moon has moved on top of Jupiter in Cancer to boost the emotional energy of the ongoing revolutionary T-square again, this time in a much more nurturing and peaceful way. This is a chance to clean up any damage that occurred during the challenging aspects proceeding todays big water works. If you can let those emotions flow today, good things can happen. There can be a Piscean happy ending full of forgiveness and healing. As they say in recovery, don’t give up before the miracle happens. The Moon is in its home of Cancer and Jupiter gives it even greater resilience and strength in its quest to nurture the world. The Divine Mother is definitely present today, and if you need help, now is a great time to ask for her assistance.
March 16 – Full Moon: This full moon is with the Sun in Pisces and the Moon in Virgo, highlighting their two very different approaches. Look for dynamic tension between sloppy, holistic, visionary approaches and detailed, reductionist, critical ones. Saturn is making a wedge aspect of the opposition offering some stabilizing influence. Saturn in Scorpio can provide that safe space for venting that can eventually help both sides understand each other’s positions better. Together Pisces and Virgo can perfect the world and create great things, but it isn’t easy for them to play well with each other. Use this dynamic dance of opposition to help get your own mind and heart together on the same page and you will make the most of today’s energy.