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The Pisces New Moon
March 2, 2022 at 12:36 PM EST
Sun/Moon at 12 degrees; conjunct Jupiter at 14
Venus, Mars, and Pluto conjunct; Square Eris
Mercury conjunct Saturn
Calling all intuitives, creatives, and “right brain” types! This is YOUR moon!
Pisces has been long regarded as the most spiritual, ethereal, cosmic, and metaphysical of the signs. When there is a new moon in Pisces, all of those energies, abilities, premonitions, and other affiliated psychic “downloads” can flourish and become manifest! Given that Jupiter is also closely aligned with this moon, there is an expansive reach and lasting nature of its effects that cannot be undervalued or left unexpressed!
This auspicious moon brings with it all the enhanced qualities of the Piscean nature… from the musically gifted to the emotionally confused; from the rich artistic imagination to not even knowing what day it is; from the lofty inspirations of the spiritually attuned and attenuated to the acute wondering why I am here, or what is for dinner?
In short, there is a spaciousness and a seemingly amorphous quality to the Piscean nature… making it the hardest sign to define or pin down in is descriptive possibilities, and you can be sure that the lingering enigmas of character and conundrums of identity will follow the plans you make, and it might be a lifelong challenge for Pisces people to set boundaries and feel clearly directed toward a specific goal…
Lena from the Shamanic school gives us a synopsis of the lunar possibilities for Pisces to try to give their attention to and focus on… She writes:
“...The challenge is to be clear about what you want, how you want your life to unfold, and what it is you wish to manifest. Don’t worry about the details and don’t overthink the process. What does your heart want? Rely on your intuition rather than intellectual information and imagine your intentions from a place of creativity and dreaming more than what you have accepted as your reality. Set the seeds now that will determine how to support your intentions once they are set… Stay away from negativity, martyrdom, cynicism and limited thoughts, both in yourself and in others.
Simone Butler, writing in Mooncircles, offers us more encouragement for our aspirations and some necessary caution for our visions… She writes:
“This is the first time since 1856 that Jupiter and Neptune, the co-dispositors of Pisces, have been in their own sign at the Pisces New Moon. Between now and the time those two heavenly bodies embrace on April 12 at 24 Pisces, we’ll be hearing the siren call to take a leap of faith. All the planets are direct through April, so very little can stop us from pursuing our dreams.
Why not set a big, seemingly impossible intention at this New Moon? Even peace on earth is possible if enough of us are committed to it. Jupiter in Pisces knows how to make magic happen, and he particularly favors the water and earth signs now. Yet we should all stay open to portents, dreams and random encounters that conspire to sweep us into the current, reveal previously unknown truths and talents, and reinforce our faith in our higher guidance.
The element of water embodies the Divine Feminine, which we’ve been sorely lacking for the last few thousand years. Now we’re flooded with Her essence, a gift of unfathomable grace that opens the floodgates of feelings and sensitivity to others. This is meant to be a cleansing process, as long as we don’t become submerged in its shadow side of depression, addiction and fear.”
Aligned most directly in time with this new moon is an important conjunction aspect between Mercury and Saturn. At first, many people new to astrology might conclude that any aspect of Saturn usually brings some challenge, restriction, or even a blockage into your life. That would be a false assumption, especially when it involves such a positive connection to Mercury. This is the ideal aspect to “start something” where it's a new career, friendship, social contact or a book you have been meaning to read, etc., today is the best- it is big with beginnings!
This aspect gives you structure, it offers you a format or a willingness to get things out of neutral and move into a new experience! We all need discipline somewhere… this aspect will give it to us as a necessary gift !
As you recall, the new moon is the best time for beginning and for setting heartfelt intentions for the coming month/year… Practice a ritual for the setting of these intentions using water, music, a candle, and maybe sacred objects and/or crystals … If possible, recall a dream of significance for you that you would like to see come to life, or that could become a new purpose or direction for your life…
Because of the nature of Pisces, a less materialistic approach would be best; so choose to focus on the depth of your spiritual journey, the opening of your heart to more intuitive knowing, and expanding your creative and artistic skills in ways that enhance and improve your life goals.
Given that Pisces is the most spiritual of the signs, I feel that I would be remiss if I did not speak about the dimensions of faith and the depth and range of spirituality that this placement could provide…
Of any time in the spiritual calendar of the year to begin some soulful practice, the synchronicity of Ash Wednesday with the Pisces new moon is quite startling! Without going into too much theological and liturgical detail, this time of year is dedicated to or is focused on how best you can understand the practice of releasing the past, and comprehend that the spiritual life connects you with the essence of who you are- That act of letting go that can be Ash Wednesday for you…
With this as your Lenten guide, allow yourself some sacred, quiet time… following my recommendations for the new moon, set aside some table or sacred corner etc., and there you can add pictures, symbols, and books of people or pictures of virtues and values etc..
This “altar” can function either or two ways: Because it is where you have placed images and articles that pertain to your spiritual path, you can use it to focus on gratitude you have for who and what has been a part of your past, and the things you now have to leave behind, and secondarily, you can use those symbols, pictures, and those qualities to represent what you wish to embody and practice this coming year….
(Throughout my ministry years, and even today when asked to offer the ritual(s) to an interfaith group, I have chosen to transform both Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent from being a more dour and restrictive time, to a time set apart of deeper work of “letting go and letting God” for Lectio or spiritual reading, for meditative breath walks, and spiritual exercises etc. activites and intentions that both redeem the time and overcome negative patterns in our lives. If anyone would like some interfaith readings for Lenten reflection, I will gladly share some with you…)
One of my favorite ”down to earth” astrologers who recognizes the value of the Piscean qualities in our lives is April Elliot Kent. If one finds the concept of spirituality troublesome or without a particular focal point for their lives, Ms. Kent gives us this helpful guideline based on where the sign of Pisces lands in your birth chart (For further refinement and study, you can also look into where the planet Neptune is, and to a lesser degree, where Jupiter resides…) here is what she has written about Pisces in our charts:
“Wherever Pisces falls in your chart, you seek to create a sanctuary… In fact, I think the areas of life symbolized in our birth charts by Pisces are sacred not just because they’re places where we can retreat and regroup, but because they describe where we meet the issues that stand between us and true inner peace.
So at this Pisces New Moon (March 2, 2022, 9:35 am PST), I invite you to find sacred sanctuary in your chart, and consider how these areas of your life serve as both your retreat and your spiritual classroom. Here are a few real-life examples ( with a few additions by me!) to prime your imagination.
A friend with Pisces rising, born with a curved spine, finds her sanctuary in her yoga practice, transforming her body through physical exercise.
An acquaintance with Pisces on the cusp of the second house finds sanctuary in his love of gardening, cooking, coin collecting, and of collecting antiques.
With Pisces on the cusp of the third house, a serious, businesslike Capricorn-rising client found tranquility in writing poetry and making music with friends.
One client with Pisces on the fourth house lives full-time on a houseboat!
One woman with Pisces on the fifth house adored artwork with a sacred focus;.... With Pisces on the fifth house cusp, you may consider music, art, other creative pursuits, or time spent with pets or children as your sanctuary.
A co-worker with Pisces on her sixth house cusp held a well-paying position, but worked in a basement office with no natural light. She transformed her prefab cubicle into a sanctuary, complete with a trickling fountain and Japanese scroll.
A client with Pisces on the seventh house cusp found sanctuary in a series of lovers who were artists, musicians, and spiritual seekers—and ultimately married a man who is strongly religious.
One friend with Pisces on the eighth house cusp was an avid devotee of Ta***ic yoga. The eighth house is a house of sexuality, but also of sharing and of magical practices. Pisces offers an element of spirituality to these connections.
A woman with Pisces on the ninth house has been known to sigh, upon entering a library or bookstore, that “books are all I know of heaven.” Come to think of it, she would probably love to buy a church and turn it into a bookstore!
An artist with Pisces on the tenth house cusp said she did her very best work once she rented an office above a local church. For many, the secret to this placement is a career that reflects spiritual as well as material values. It is often regarded as a sign for monks, mystics, and clergy; also spiritual healers, and people dedicated to music, art, etc..
A sensible Ta**us rising man with Pisces on the eleventh house cusp found soothing refuge in his friendships, including his recovery cohorts, numerous artists, and at least one priest.
One woman with Pisces on the twelfth house cusp used to sleep as much as possible; when awake, she drank a lot. When she got sober and found love and religion, her faith became her sanctuary.
And these closing meditative thoughts from spiritual astrologer, Dana Gerhardt… She asks us to :
Do not fear your empathy. It blesses you as it blesses the ones you hold in your heart. Be willing to be engaged. Aquarius is the sign in which we honor our social contracts. Let the emotions of the social fabric move through you. But energetically, be like a screen door in a windstorm. Let the energy pour through you without your clinging or resisting it.
The Pisces New Moon is all about compassion. Breathe and let its sweet healing energy wash through the darkness. Stay awake. Know that more will be revealed.
Celestial Blessings, Peter
The Full Moon in Leo
February 16, 2022 11:57 AM EST
Sun at 27/28 Aquarius; Moon at 27/28 of Leo
Square the Nodes; Trine Eris; Venus Conjunct Mars
Planetary Stellium in Capricorn
Since February is our shortest month, it often will give us “wrinkles in time” that are usual and noteworthy… This year, there is NO new moon in February! Given that the last new moon was January 31st/February1st across the USA, and the next new moon will be on the 3rd of March!
When noting this unusual phenomenon, some astrologers will see February as a continuation of January’s energies and teachings… Some will put more of an emphasis on this week’s full moon… The way in which this full moon fits or places herself in your chart will reveal its character for you!
Simone Butler, an astrologer who writes for Mooncircles, gives us this synopsis of the power and potentials of this Leo full Moon. She writes:
“The upcoming Leo Full Moon (Feb. 16, 8:57 a.m. PST), however, can help. Any Leo lunation has the capacity to open hearts, but this one is especially potent since it falls so close to Valentine’s Day – and an exact conjunction of Venus and Mars. These cosmic lovers have been flirting with each other since late Jan. in Capricorn, a sign associated with age and maturity that still likes to get a little frisky from time to time.
This high-energy Full Moon creates a karmic grand cross by squaring its own nodes, so it could coincide with fated lovers uniting or other twists of fate with matters of the heart. The Moon at 28 Leo will turn void of course just after it’s full, which suggests a final hurrah or letting-go of a burden we’ve been carrying.
This is a more upbeat lunation than the Jan. 31 New Moon conjunct Saturn. Still, if we open our hearts we’re going to feel whatever is there, whether it’s love, grief, or bitterness. Wednesday’s Full Moon encourages us to do it anyway, to shed any tears and release the pain as we fan the flames of love. Leo's energy is quite sunny, charming and loves to have fun. … expect things that have been pending for some time to finally get catalyzed, thanks to the added blessing of Jupiter sextile Uranus the next day.”
This moon, being emphasized by the signs of Aquarius and Leo, is not well supported by the other planets… As a consequence, the shift of Mercury into Aquarius on the 14th, acts as a signal or a messenger that might be awkwardly yet quietly received- filled with mental promise and far reaching ideas, but needing to accept the boundaries and limits that Capricorn and the other earth sign like to bestow!
So, in many ways, this report has distinct facets to our overall appreciation of its messages for us… the moon, the nodes, and then the planets in Capricorn and in the earth and water signs that are influencing everything else!
April Elliot Kent, in one of her latest columns offers us this understanding of the relationship of this full moon to the Nodes of the moon. She writes:
The Sun and Full Moon are square to the lunar nodes in late Ta**us and Scorpio. Planets square the lunar nodes are said to be at “the bendings” of the nodes. If the planet is at an opening square to the North Node, it’s south bending, and it’s involved with internal experience and release. In this Full Moon chart, the Moon is south bending, encouraging a release of painful emotions around being seen and acknowledged. Is your voice being heard and valued? If the answer is “no,” and you’re carrying hurt about it, this is a good Full Moon for letting that go.
If a planet is at the closing square to the North Node, it is north bending and will be expressed more outwardly rather than inwardly. In this chart, the Sun is north bending. And so, while at the same time the Moon in Leo is carrying this pain about not being noticed, the Sun in Aquarius reminds us that our individual gifts are most meaningful when we share them with others.”
After a prolonged stay in cautious Capricorn, Mercury moves back into Aquarius on the 14th and stays in Aquarius until March 9th! In other words, just in time to write your love notes with a poetic and idealistic touch! You see, Capricorn has rarely been considered to be a romantic type! While they do not lack for earthy or direct passion, they are much more likely to keep their expressions more conventional, routine and more straight to the point!
Mercury enjoys his stay in Aquarius where he can be a strong presence as an awakener of new thoughts and as a source of thinking filled with futurist ideas. He is allowed the freedom to roam the verbal and inspirational universe- exploring ideas, getting lost in words, and finding just the right phrase to convey their messages that are wide, wild, and diverse!
Riding the coattails of this full Moon in Leo, where the energies of expressiveness can run high and the focus on oneself and their needs for relationships can become primary, we have the planets of love and romance, Venus and Mars, conjoining at 17 degrees of Capricorn.
Astrobutterfly in her latest column advises this outlook on the importance of this conjunction and how its message for you can best be understood. She says:
“The best way to understand this influence or effect has to be from the images and energies Pay attention to what happens at the time of the conjunction – these could be insights, events or opportunities that will trigger something inside you – you may become aware of something that is very important to you – suddenly everything will make sense.”
Later in the month, when Pluto enters into the combination, we get a three-way chemical reaction because Pluto never settles for any connection or relationship that abides easily by societal norms. He wants the alchemy of change and does not allow the two lovers to get off the hook without addressing the shadow of each person, and without the promise that when people come together or meet for more spiritual and alchemical purposes, the changes in self and soul are lifelong and lasting!”
Speaking of Pluto… Much is being made of the significance of the Pluto Return which becomes exact on the 19th… Since this is not a column for astrology researchers or long time students, I will try to summarize the meaning of this one in a lifetime return to the place where Pluto was at the time of the American Revolution, and where it was in 1776!
Here is a shortened version of research done by Dorothy Oja, teacher and astrological researcher… She gives us her insights:
“Pluto is known for many things, among them: transformation, regeneration, life & death, rebirth, passion, intensity, research. In short, it is the relentless process of evolution, creation & destruction. It governs power, money, and resources and how we use the same. It represents part of the zeitgeist of the times, the deep political, emotional undercurrents that force events and people to the surface of awareness.
In the sign Capricorn, fear must be managed, and security gained. Perhaps a sense of instability has brought fear into the culture. As society shifts demographically and social norms evolve, there could be a sense of not knowing where and how we belong. Each human being must find a way to gain stability within changing social and cultural dynamics. … Pluto’s concentrated power and influence shakes the standards, rules, and institutions that have existed and prevailed. Those cracks in the walls of established entities have raised alarms for those who are unwilling to change and those who want to maintain the status quo…
Pluto in the sign Capricorn is also preoccupied with position, reputation, integrity, achievement, mastery, and leadership. It means that we are observing how these concepts and attributes are working (or not) in our society. As the culture and groups of people respond to these issues, there we will experience changes because there is where the increased pressure will demand it. We are in for a reckoning of the shadow self of the country. If you have Pluto strongly affecting your chart, remember that Pluto is the lord of the underworld. To survive the journey through the underworld, one must be exposed, naked, and vulnerable. Pluto will demand an offering, a sacrifice, something must be left behind.
So, review the past, release what no longer serves you and move into the new cycle unburdened with an unembellished version of your best self, strong and confident in your values.”
One of the last considerations that needs our attention is the rare event happening at the end of the month- February 26th and 27th. It is a stellium in the sign of Capricorn. A stellium is the traditional word for a gathering of three or more planets and/or asteroids gathered in close approximation, usually sharing a place within the same sign so that a blending or an intensification of energies, principles and influences are possible…. It has many dimensions of significance, not the least of which is that it will not happen again for approximately 250 years!
While there is much that can be said about this rare alignment, let me share with you the highlights of the research that I have been able to discern and discover… The heavenly bodies involved are the Moon, Venus, Mars, Pluto and the asteroid Vesta. For those of you unfamiliar with the asteroids, there is an increasing amount of research and regard for what the asteroids symbolize and can teach us. There are four large asteroids that many astrologers will discuss: Pallas Athena, Ceres, Juno, and Vesta. (Chiron is considered primarily on its own as a planetoid or special significance…)
Vesta has an ancient connection to the vestal Virgins and those women who were priestesses and keeper of the sacred flames at oracle sites such as Delphi…
Their responsibilities include tending the eternal fires of Truth, and have a role in the answering of questions and the comprehension of what the requirements of receiving an answer and what the actions and consequences required might be…
The more spiritually aligned astrologers who delve into the more mythological and esoteric meaning will ascribe to the Moon as being the seat of the unconscious, or the seat and residence of the soul in their readings. As the message of this combination comes from a place deep within us, it most often bubbles up as a dream, an inspired awareness or a sudden insight! All of which can take us by surprise and be disorienting at first, only later to reveal their more complete meaning and value for us…
The key to all this intense aligning energies comes to us from where it falls or is placed in your natal chart… IF you have planets, the Sun or the Moon, located between 23 and 29 degrees of Capricorn, or for that matter 23-28 degrees of any of the Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, you might experience these happening more acutely than most other people…(1 to 2 degree orbs)
The intensity of these influences cannot be readily denied IF you are even conscious of them and their importance to your growth and well being. What comes to the surface can be and often is startling, but it is also gracious in that it clearly points the way to progress necessary for you to move toward what you really want, what you genuinely need,and what connections and relationships grow to meet your soulful purposes.
As the astrology author, Astrobutterfly describes it, this conjunction is not only a call to release whatever is stale or outgrown, it is also indicative of some changes of self and soul that are crucial and transformative. She observes:
Some people can end careers, relationships or life situations that are no longer supportive of what their soul truly wants. Others may say yes to something they always wanted, but they didn’t know they wanted, or they didn’t have the courage to say yes to.
Pluto work is anything but easy. Pluto will strip down our ego, asking us to take a very honest look at our shadow. Some very hard truths may need to be confronted.
Awareness is key. The more we listen to what the planets in Capricorn are trying to tell us, the easier the integration process is. The more we’ll try to resist it, the more brutal the Plutonic awakening will be.”
Quite a full moon…Quite a month!
Celestial Blessings, Peter
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