"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pisces New Moon, Neptune & Universal Oneness

   So, the Pisces New Moon arrived yesterday and I was in a fog after my trip to my island home last week. Oh, I knew it was the New Moon and I talked about it quite a bit with friends and a couple of clients, but when it came time to write about it,  I struggled to get thoughts and words out of the brain and through the fingertips to the keyboard. Add in a laptop screen that broke down again several days ago and was all hazy and plaid and hard-to-see and you have a Neptunian kind of communication. Not to mention the distractions of coming home and having to do laundry, some house cleaning, take out trash, and re-connect with the kitties! There's the escapism/illusion side of Neptune and Pisces.

   Now, on to the spiritual growth side of connection to the divine and universal oneness. Neptune is the planetary energy whose natural home is the mutable water sign Pisces, and as such, Neptune is the ruler of the oceans. The Piscean influence expresses through psychic impressionability, sensitivity, compassion and self-sacrifice. Pisces natives often need to retreat into their own world because they can feel too much and need to set some limits on those impressions. Visiting the opposite side of the Pisces coin, Virgo, helps with the discernment of what is mine and what is yours, what I can do something about, or where it is best to mind my own business. There was a movie called Yours, Mine and Ours and that's how I like to think of this balancing act between the Pisces(compassion) and Virgo(discernment) axis and where they can meet - in the heart center.

   As the lunar cycle begins another round of new to first quarter to full and finally last quarter moon periods, we have a wonderful opportunity to begin anew, every month.  Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac that the Sun will travel through before the Vernal Equinox on March 20th when it enters Aries for its annual tour of the twelve signs. But yesterday, the Sun and Moon came together to highlight the need for compassion and understanding, trusting our instincts and being more flexible during this lunar cycle. What makes this time so special is that Neptune just happens to be joining the party in the first degree of Pisces. Years from now, we'll be looking back on this time and saying "remember when..."

   No matter what you need to take care of, begin or end, as long as you do it with sensitivity and clarity of thought, you will be acknowledging Neptune's ability to tune into the undercurrents of inner feelings and the way forward will be at least partially illuminated. The other consideration where Pisces is involved is that of 'service'. The questions to ask yourself could be "where am I of service to others?", or "how can I be of service to the greater good?", or "have I become a martyr in service to others and I'm not taking care of myself?" Once again, balance is the key... not too much of one thing and a lack of another.

  Be especially mindful of those people in your life who are struggling with addiction issues, as that is another manifestation of escapism. Often, people suffering with this illness of mind, body and spirit are in fact searching for their connection to their own divinity and the escape through drugs or alcohol is part of the search. Addicted behaviors know no bounds, causing loved ones to feel that they suffer the most. Forgiveness is a two-way street, of self and others, no matter if you are the injured party or the one suffering from an addiction. There's no need to be an enabler and there is help when the addict is ready.

  That's all for now, but I appreciate your feedback and will answer any questions you may have about Neptune and/or Pisces. In the meantime, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.


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