In early 2009, we find ourselves swimming the tempestuous seas of high unemployment, record rates of foreclosures and seemingly daily announcements of corporate collapses. So the Sun’s annual sojourn through the gentle mutable spiritually conscious water sign of Pisces is most welcome. Pisces represents the completion of a cycle, in this case that of the zodiac. Its strongest attributes are compassion, an acute desire to create, deep and genuine empathy, and an innate connection to Source. This year it’s as if these sweet cosmic waters have arrived just in time to calm and sooth the aches of uncertainty, to redirect collective and personal anxieties about the external world to a state of inner awareness and peace, and to wash away all that will not be needed when the Sun enters Aries and the start of the next turn of the Wheel.
If mystical Pisces has a theme song, it’s “Atlantis” by 60’s flower power troubadour Donovan. If it has a philosophy, it’s “Can’t we all just swim along?”. And if it has a message, it’s that of Disney’s seafaring protagonist Nemo: “Keep on swimming.” Why venture into those intangible, illogical and unfathomable Neptunian realms to problem-solve? Because going “way down below the ocean” to the very depths of our natural psychic insight and creativity is precisely where the answers are hidden.
Here are some of the planetary highlights of this year’s Pisces cycle. The serene energies of the new Pisces moon on February 24th make it an ideal time for meditation. When that moon moves into Aries a couple of days later however, be prepared for an astrological bumpy patch from the 26-28th due to this Aries moon not being particularly well aspected. Staying aligned with peaceful Pisces energies is the key to a smooth ride here. March 6th marks the onset of a Venus in Aries retrograde giving all a chance to reevaluate both relationships and possessions. The time to act on the insights gleaned during this retrograde will come after April 18th when the Sun is in Aries and Venus is direct. On March 8th Mercury (ideas) enters Pisces where it will be joined by Mars (desires) on March 14th. With the Sun and innovative Uranus already in these imaginative realms, the 14th-20th portal with four planets in Pisces offers us a lovely and downright groovy invitation to the dreamy and insightful worlds of the fish.
On March 20th the Spring arrives when Sun enters Aries. Much like a loud alarm clock rousing us from the Winter’s slumber, Aries will demand action and give us plenty of energy to take it, which in my book, is all the more reason to hit the cosmic Pisces snooze button now and enjoy the sublime dreamtime presently on hand. In this subterranean splendor you can experience profound acceptance of whatever is changing in your life, and you just might be given the keys to your future.