The Sun has moved into Pisces now, which is a water sign ruled by both Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter is the largest planet, and so Pisces is associated with big expanses of water, like the ocean. Water is the element of our emotions, so with Pisces there is always an ocean of emotion. Feelings can be particularly intense and extreme at 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 to the depths of despair.
Because Pisces is about unity consciousness, it necessarily includes these extremes. The glyph for the planet Neptune looks like Neptune’s trident, but it can also be seen as a tuning fork, which is why the high vibrations of music and poetry are also tied to Pisces. In the chakra system, Pisces fits best with the energy of the crown chakra. At its highest vibration, Pisces can embody the Christ Consciousness that experiences unity with everything and creates 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.
Pisces rules the 12th house, which has been called the house of “self-undoing," a place where we can dissolve our karma through selfless service and return to wholeness. In the great wheel of change, Pisces is that final resting place where we shed our old selves and prepare for the next cycle of identity that will be born when the wheel turns to Aries again.
Pisces can be great and saintly but it can also be hard for our humanity to reach its lofty ideals. The shadow of Pisces is hopeless suffering, martyrdom, and clinging to fantasy and illusion. One of our cultural rituals that takes place in Pisces is the Academy Awards. Acting is definitely a Neptunian art. Actors merge with their characters and create for us the illusion that they are someone else. They draw upon unity consciousness to understand and inhabit a completely different person. Acting is a great metaphor for the spiritual realities of this incarnation game. We take on all these different bodies and roles and play them to the hilt on this very convincing world stage until we start to wake up to the illusion of it and free ourselves from identifying so narrowly with one ego and one personality and develop soul consciousness.
The astrological age of Pisces started with Jesus and Christianity and covered the last 2000 years. Think of all the fishiness in the Christian tradition. The fish in the sand, the fisher of men, the loaves and the fishes, the fish on Fridays. And if you look at the last two thousand years, you can certainly see an era that encompasses the extremes of Pisces. There is the sublime beauty of cathedrals and the boundless compassion of the saints and then there is the ugliness and brutality of the crusades and the Inquisition. There is Jesus, providing a shining example of selflessness and forgiveness, and then there is the egomania, self-righteousness and violence of so many of his supposed followers.
March 5 – Full Moon Healing the Roots. This is a powerful full moon with Venus and Uranus and Mars all lining up together in Aries close to the collective south node in Aries. The collective south node shows the spiritual lessons we are currently learning en masse. As the south node has been traveling through Aries, we have been learning to put aside self-centeredness and anger and move towards the peace and harmony of Libra. Whenever Mars and Venus come together, there is an opportunity to end divided consciousness and experience sacred union. In this case, we may be able to untangle some of the gnarled roots of hatred that foster so much violence in the world. Specifically, we may be able to temporarily mend the perennial rift of misunderstanding and enmity between the masculine and feminine principles. See this time as a cease fire in the classic battle between Mars and Venus, a time when we can bring them together and make love instead of war. Seeing through Pisces unifying googles can help us dissolve our sense of separation and difference and get us to expand our consciousness so we can see our self in the Other and embrace instead of hate. The moon is in Virgo and the Sun is in Pisces during this full moon, and the underlying energy that both of those signs share is service to the world. The best service we can perform right now for the world is to root out the seeds of anger and violence in our own souls so that we can contribute to the flowering of peace and harmony.
March 7 – Brief Peace Realized. If you’ve done your due diligence and dug up some of the roots of your personal dysfunctions over the last week, you should get a good feeling of peace today. As the moon makes a brief pass over the north node in Libra, we can get a little taste of what living in a new age of harmony could be like. Libra is all heart, so give your head a rest today and do something you love. Sharing and caring are the order of the day. Create or appreciate art and beauty. Take the time to express your heart and practice loving kindness and you will make the most of this energy.
March 11 – Dig Deeper. Today Mars and Venus have moved out of their unifying embrace, and Mars is now exactly conjoined to Uranus in Aries. Both Mars and Uranus are closely square to Pluto in Capricorn as well. The ongoing tense square aspect between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn has been the driving energy behind much of the conflict and transformation of the last four years. So look for an intensification of the core conflicts of the last four years this week. Mars and Uranus combined can have an explosive quality, and in the sign of Aries it can lead to sudden outbursts of violence. We may have an increase in terrorizing activity by jihadists, or a further deterioration in the situations in the Ukraine or Middle East. Today marks the anniversary of the 2004 Madrid bombings and this date seems to hold significance similar to 9/11 to terrorist groups. Other issues which may come to the fore include the ongoing struggle towards a more universal health coverage in this country. The Supreme Court will be considering a case that may have a profound influence in setting back the progress that has been made towards expanding individual health care by potentially taking away federal subsidies for states without a state exchange. The key tension right now is between the expansion of individual freedom and rights (Uranus in Aries) and the desires of corporations and governments to maintain power and control (Pluto in Capricorn). Uranus in Aries represents the pioneers who stand up and speak truth to power and fight for the empowerment of the average citizen. Pluto in Capricorn represents the centralized forces that work in the shadows using fear and intimidation to squash dissent and maintain their vice grip on power. A good illustration of this tension is the recent assassination of Boris Nemtsov in Russia. He was a voice for freedom and change (Uranus in Aries) and railed passionately against the brutal old school power abuses of Putin (Pluto in Capricorn). In this case, Pluto has won a momentary victory, but many other brave critics will surely step up in his place, as the idea of freedom is a compelling one in the face of an oppressive state.