Coming full circle
As the New Moon in Pisces arrives, we come to the end of another circle on life's creative spiral. What began in the fiery initiation of Aries dissolves in the watery mists of Pisces, disperses back into elemental emotion ... and prepares to rise again.
As winter eases its grip to make way for spring, the prevailing energy brings rest, quiet, serenity, gentleness, and contemplation. It's like the long sigh of satisfaction when a hard job is done ... the drowsy, dreamy, well-earned rest you can relax into and enjoy as you listen to the soft inner whispers of what can be done next time with all this knowledge, experience and improved skill.
Seclusion and creativity
Religious teachings and wise men through the ages have recommended deliberate, scheduled times of rest and introspection for spiritual, emotional and physical renewal. It's part of a healthy, rewarding, productive life. In the creative process, this phase is known as "incubation." Something new is forming, despite the outer appearance of "nothing happening." Once again, we learn ... appearances can be deceiving.
As the last, most sensitive and most malleable of the Water signs, Pisces contains an amazing breadth of spiritual and creative energy. Spiritual as in mystical, loving, tolerant, forgiving, understanding, accepting, and inclusive. Creative as in visionary, inspirational, imaginative, artistic. The weaver of illusions and dreams. Both skills have the power to heal, encourage, revitalize, uplift, comfort and console those who are weary, exhausted, injured, and lost. If it sounds like Pisces carries a special pocket full of miracles, I wouldn't argue with that for a moment.
Communing with Spirit
The maternal, sympathetic and supportive care of Cancer and Scorpio's ability to forge improvement and progress out of crisis blend together in Pisces' assurance that Divine Love is an indisputable reality and life not only survives the limits of physical existence but can count on immortality as a promise ... a sacred bond that is never, ever in doubt.
What the other signs call faith and intuition, Pisces calls knowledge ... because it lives in a landscape of expanded reality where infinite possibilities are always available -- pretty much for the asking. In this well-known realm of feeling, intuitive knowing and subliminal sensation, Divinity's impulse to shape new forms and new experiences makes alchemy ... and magic.
As the last step on the continuum of the creative process, Pisces works on several levels -- to bring completion and closure, to tie up loose ends and make way for new beginnings. It takes spiritual wisdom and emotional depth ... and communicates through art things mere words cannot contain. It speaks the language of the heart and soul. It takes desolation and despair -- the wounds of the spirit, as well as the injuries of emotional and physical havoc ... and restores wholeness and health.
Medicine is the province of Pisces, as is psychotherapy, as are dreams, as is salvation, as are forgiveness and unconditional love. Pisces listens, counsels, accepts, and embraces. In its purest form, Pisces energy is non-judgmental, non-resistant, responsive, vulnerable, accommodating, and undefended.
Making sense of contradictions
It understands a myriad of paradoxes: that life cannot act against itself -- for being immortal, it cannot die; that nothing real can be threatened and nothing unreal exists; that endings are only beginnings in disguise; that change is constant -- and therefore nothing is ever what it seems. It even contains its own paradox: In its fashion it is the strongest, most resilient of the Zodiac signs -- and yet, in a mundane sense, it can be too fragile for the harshness and brutality of the real world.
Pisces lives in the world of inner sensations, intuition, metaphor, symbolism, greater meaning, fantasy, impression, illusion, essence, and subliminal images. All are valid sources of knowledge carried on the subtle vibrations of thought and "being-ness" ... and yet as present in the "atmosphere" as anything that can be seen, smelled, tasted, heard, or touched.
Through art and inner work
It works through art forms, meditation, contemplation, visualization, "journeying," dialogues with itself, and dialogues with spirit ... otherwise known as prayer. It focuses inward, into the channels of the subconscious mind -- where phenomenal amounts of power reside -- but contained in a reality that much of the world, or at least much of our society, would prefer to dismiss as unimportant to non-existent.
It thrives in seclusion and isolation that would be unthinkable for the more social signs. It values privacy. It keeps confidences. It treats life with the tender reverence it deserves. It viscerally understands concepts like Fate and Cosmic Justice -- otherwise known as karma. It can be selfless to the point of self-sabotage ... and self-destruction, if such a thing were possible.
In altered realms
It dreams -- sometimes to the point of hallucination and psychosis. It preaches tolerance -- and offers it, too. But the balance in Pisces between coherence and chaos is always precarious -- and it can tune into altered states of conscious so completely, it leaves the world of physical reality behind.
When this energy is not well integrated into a personal chart, or when it conflicts with more preferred strategies, the results show themselves in actions and attitudes that are helpless, hypersensitive, unreliable, secretive, deluded, unrealistic, neurotic, overly naive, and inconsistent. The frequent confusion, impracticality, and vagueness of Pisces is as well-known as mother-in-law jokes.
Where balance is tenuous
In fact some of the qualities I just listed can be the milder forms of Pisces dysfunction. The association of insanity with great creative genius has long been noted -- suggesting that at least part of the time they lie on the same continuum.
Malfunctioning Pisces energy can be literally suicidal, psychotic, unwilling or unable to face reality, delusional, hysterical, obsessive, paranoid, and treacherous. The dark side of Pisces energy indeed deals with betrayal -- both from within the self and from relationships with trusted others.
And forgiveness is necessary
The cynical straight line says: No good deed goes unpunished. Pisces, in its eternal willingness to offer itself to others -- to provide whatever is required, occasionally finds itself the victim of unscrupulous exploitation. As we have seen over and over in history, the great spiritual teacher can eventually become the martyr. Perhaps this is why forgiveness is a necessary part of its nature.
With the arrival of the New Moon in Pisces, the theme of life's creative cycle -- and the focus of people in general -- becomes more altruistic and selfless. The flavor of life in Pisces energy tends to be quieter, more thoughtful and reflective. In the cycle of creation, this is intended to be a period of tranquility and peace, of summing up, closure, and gentle acceptance of "what is" ... before beginning to reach for "something more" with the arrival of impetuous and pioneering Aries ... next time.
Be responsive ... and open
To push against this tide is usually unproductive and frustrating. The launch of anything not naturally aligned with the peculiar, idealistic energy of Pisces often turns out to be a case of "jumping the gun." It can turn out to be terribly quixotic, visionary, and nourishing ... but it needs more to maintain itself in physical reality.
Personally during this, you may find yourself and others being a little more laid-back, unfocused, responsive, sensitive and accepting. As I've said, this can be a very creative and inspirational time.
You may return to the artistic, musical, literary, poetic and spiritual interests that decorate your life. Your empathy, generosity and tolerance are stronger. So are your ideals and sentimentality, inviting you to view the world through rose-colored glasses.
You may day-dream and fantasize more. Your lack of physical energy can look like laziness, but you are quieting outer action to heed the workings of your inner self ... unhindered. Your night dreams -- if you pay attention -- are more accessible and informative. It's time to commune with your spirit and with Spirit itself. It is a time to consume "soul food" in its purest sense.
And let it be
You're also interested in abstractions like artistic endeavors, mystical interests, matters of faith, time in seclusion and contemplation, projects that stimulate and require imagination, and ways to help to the dependent and needy.
You may further explore the workings of your subconscious mind and ways to reach it through psychotherapy, prayer, meditation, memories, dreams, visualization, fantasy work, art, writing, and methods designed to make the inner world more conscious and accessible. It's time to sum up and evaluate, time to both heal and offer healing -- and these quiet, introspective strategies are some of the best ways to do this.
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The New Moon in Pisces -- Pisces Energy in the Creative Process ---> Coming full circle -- As the New Moon in Pisces arrives, we come to the end of another circle on life's creative spiral. What began in the fiery initiation of Aries dissolves in the watery mists of Pisces, disperses back into elemental emotion ... and prepares to rise again.
The New Moon -- A Milestone Celestial Event ---> When The Moon joins The Sun in the sky -- In astrology, the celestial phenomenon known as the New Moon occurs at the exact moment the Sun and the Moon occupy precisely the same point in the sky-map of the Zodiac -- the same degree and minute of arc in a particular sign. This alignment is known as a conjunction.
Born with The Sun in Pisces -- The Pisces Character ---> The saintly souls of the Zodiac -- Pisces souls are extraordinary people, often unappreciated and misunderstood for the crucial contribution they make to the reality where we all reside. In its uncorrupted state, the energy of Pisces is so gentle, non-resistant, unassertive, and pliant, other signs mistake Pisces' peaceful nature for weakness and even apathy.
The Sun in General -- Your Essential Self of Power, Will, Vitality and Ambition ---> The essence of you -- In Astrology, The Sun represents your basic core identity. It gives information about the qualities of your ego, your individual self-expression, your self-image and your sense of personal identity.
The Sun -- Ruler of Leo -- Symbol of Your Essential Self ---> The Sun, without which life on Earth could not exist as we know it, is the astrological metaphor which symbolizes an individual's basic personality, the underlying canvas upon which all the other colors and elements of his character are co-mingled and combined. The Sun and its meaning are the centerpiece in the structure of Astrology.
Horoscopes When the Sun is in Pisces -- February 18 to March 20 ---> If your Sun, Moon, or Ascendant is in Aries -- Plan to step out of the rat race this month and take some time for yourself. The energy most available to you now is quiet, subtle, reflective, creative, and healing. It's a month for self-care of all kinds ... physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual.
Conjunctions of the Sun -- When the Essential Self Merges with Another Inner Self ---> When the Sun and another Inner Self join forces -- Conjunctions involving the Sun merge the Sun's symbolism of self-image, creative effort, personal pride and initiative with whatever the other planet (or planets) symbolize. These two are then joined together as a unit.