Flow—New Moon in Pisces—February 20th.
So, this is how you swim inward. So, this is how you flow outwards. So, this is how you pray―Mary Oliver.
The new Moon in Pisces foreshadows Saturn’s long-distance swim through Pisces which begins on March 7th.
Pisces is the last, world-weary sign of the zodiac. This new Moon alludes to poignant endings and tentative new beginnings as we acknowledge our longing for something deeper, as we begin to weave new dreams, as we begin to tend to those places in our heart that know only Love.
Pisces is not an easy constellation to see with the naked eye. And in our birth chart, Pisces planets or the house with Pisces on the cusp, may be concealed by louder or more overtly visible planetary archetypes. A rumbustious Aries Sun or dutiful Capricorn Moon may be more comfortable in a world where we compare, compete, and have a “nice day”. Julia Cameron, writes, “The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.” We may hesitate at the water’s edge, admiring other people’s creativity, their altruism, their faith. We may disown our Pisces planets as the outer world presses its concerns into the sanctum of our intuition. We may not notice the signs and the symbols and pack away our childish magical thinking and innocent imaginings.
Pisces is where we journey to those soulful regions of our psyche, those places where we encounter mysterious daimons, and where powerful currents of emotion surge like a riptide, shattering our peace, bringing us to our knees. In this underwater realm, we hear the songs of whales, the whisper of sea grasses, the prayers of ancestors who lie full fathom five.
For those of us who like our lives anchored by certainty, the world may seem a precarious place right now. The Full Moon T-square Uranus on February 5th symbolised the devastating earthquake that ripped across Turkey and Syria the next day, leaving thousands still missing and the dead entombed by the rubble of defective housing. In New Zealand, people are just beginning to assess the damage of Cyclone Gabrielle as they wade through what remains of sodden homes and businesses. Still the ache of the war in Ukraine reverberates across the body of the earth and threads through our nervous systems.
As Saturn swims through the porous waters of Pisces (March 2023-February 2026) we may feel as if we are swimming through opaque waters, a psychic fog where we’ve lost our way. Things disintegrate, boundaries blur in the primal waters of Pisces. We may sacrifice something, release a tsunami of grief that may be collective, archetypal, rather than personal. This may be the time to let go. A person, a job, a way of being in the world as we feel the ache of a difficult choice, open our heart fully. This may be the time to become a creator instead of an algorithm-led consumer. By letting go, loosening our grip on self-growth, and anxious self-improvement, we may float awhile in unfamiliar territory as we absorb by osmosis, a looser life, a life less determined by “influencers” but rather by our own deep force of vitality. As the darkest shadows of human nature emerge in fundamentalism and bigotry, the swell of watery Pisces energy has a slower rhythm that meanders, pervades our dream time, flows into our creative life, cleanses, and revitalises faith, restores hope. Saturn was last in Pisces in the 1990s as AIDs ravaged the lives of millions. The Soviet Union toppled, and the Internet transformed the way we think and talk.
Now as Saturn returns to Pisces, José Ortega y Gasset’s celebrated quote, “tell me what you pay attention to, and I will tell you who you are,” may prompt us to notice where the gaze of our attention lands.
Those who experience their Saturn Returns in Pisces over the next three years, and those of us who have planets in the mutable signs of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius may be prompted to create art, music, poetry; discover a gift for needlework or photography, or focus on maturing a spiritual practice. Saturn in Pisces will transfigure the ordinary, arrive in a turn of events that strike us like an annunciation, as we choose to see differently, consciously do differently. In Pisces, we dive deep into opaque waters where music and poetry melt walls that divide. We may experience, in the words of Eckhardt Tolle, “all things that truly matter―beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace―arise from beyond the mind.”
Venus moves into Mars-ruled Aries on the new Moon, signifying a shift in tenor in our daily interactions with others, an opportunity to revaluate how we can live in this world more soulfully. Expansive Jupiter meets Chiron (in orb from February 28th- exact from March 10th-March 13th) joined by Venus in Aries (March 2nd-4th). Chiron is associated with the evocative image of The Wounded Healer who takes away our suffering, and in our horoscope, also one who wounds. Chiron/Jupiter contacts often accompany grandiose aspirations that may inflate/deflate as we pursue “enlightenment” or constantly feel the need to speak “our truth” or follow “our bliss.”
This conjunction activates the Aries part of our horoscope (self-expression, will, courage, action) offering inspiration and motivation to re-connect with a deep force of vital energy, to feel a stirring of passion and creativity, and to know ourselves more intimately. Mercury joins Chiron and Jupiter in Aries on March 25th as perceptions shift, new insights may wash to the shore of our consciousness.
A faerie-circle of golden spring crocuses waiting expectantly for the bees may remind us that everything is interconnected. A homeless woman, hollow-eyed, thinner than her beloved dog, may stir our compassion. The mute suffering of factory-farmed animals may compel us to be more discerning about the food we choose to buy. Searing temperatures, drought, and fire, may prompt community spirit. Our challenge will be to remain alert to the moray eels, the sharp shards of shell concealed beneath the opaque waters of Pisces.
“Certain things grow in darkness. Babies, dreams, roots…” wrote psychologist Jill Mellick.
As the tethered fish of Pisces draw us deeper, may they guide our prayers and direct our faith, so that we can hold on tight to the dreams that grow in the darkness.
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